Tasting Notes for brettlaurvick

(228 notes on 172 wines)

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White
9/20/2019 - brettlaurvick wrote:
92 points
Lovely Chablis. Came highly recommended from two people who know Burgundy wines very well. We really enjoyed this bottle. Very structured and has a heavier weight than other Chablis we've had at this price point. Will try to grab a few more and hold to see where these go.
Rosé
8/27/2019 - brettlaurvick wrote:
84 points
Was not impressed by this wine, especially at $20. Was recommended by Total Wine. Nose was muted. Showed nothing even after warming in the glass a little. Shortish finish. Just average at best.
Red
2014 Cayuse Camaspelo Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/24/2019 - brettlaurvick wrote:
94 points
This might be the best red wine I've had this year. Completely balanced. Subtle nose, but you can tell there are layers of red fruit.
Full bodied and silky mouthfeel. Drank a glass a night for four nights and kept getting better each night.
Drink or hold.
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Red
2006 Cayuse Flying Pig Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/17/2019 - brettlaurvick wrote:
88 points
This wine had a lot going on. Tons of camphor that rode the line of being over the top.
Tannin was fully resolved. Silky smooth finish. Veggies galore as well. For me, was just a touch too medicinal
White - Sparkling
7/18/2019 - brettlaurvick wrote:
92 points
Really enjoyed this bottle. Could be fooled into thinking this was a true champagne. Delicious notes of bread and nuts especially as it warmed a bit in the glass. Will seek this out again.
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Red
7/18/2019 - brettlaurvick wrote:
Not going to rate this as it's my first experience with the producer and I am not that familiar with Barbaresco. I found it really intriguing. Light bodied, somewhat tannic. Nose was closed for business on day 1. Left in a decanter in my EuroCave overnight. Day 2, the tannin faded to a longer, silky finish. The wine never really opened up though. Would love to cellar a few of these and see where they go. Would hold if I had additional bottles.
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White - Sparkling
6/10/2019 - brettlaurvick wrote:
Needs more time. Got better as it opened up. My first experience with this wine and had higher expectations than it delivered. Hold for now
White - Sparkling
5/12/2019 - brettlaurvick wrote:
Nothing remarkable here. Not bad. Not great. Would not be embarrassed to serve this to friends.
Red
5/9/2019 - brettlaurvick wrote:
90 points
Solid bottle of wine. Drink or hold. Good weight for a Cotes du Rhone. Some grip on the mid palate was not unpleasant and tells me these will age.
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White
4/6/2019 - brettlaurvick wrote:
90 points
Excellent bottle at $22. I see others have found for less but even at my purchase price I really enjoyed this wine. Creamy mouthfeel with the weight I prefer in Chablis. Well balanced. Lemon curd and stone. May buy more and tuck a few away for a few years
White
4/3/2019 - brettlaurvick wrote:
91 points
Lovely wine that makes me rethink many of my CA chardonnay past and future purchases.
Well balanced with a long finish. Hint of lemon and stone fruit.
Red
2/27/2019 - brettlaurvick wrote:
Really enjoyed this wine and great QPR. Will go back for more. Easy drinker and would pair nicely with any food
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Red
2/27/2019 - brettlaurvick wrote:
85 points
Just ok. Initially thought it was overripe out of the bottle but it mellowed out and more earthy notes came through.
Just had two small glasses and will repost if any changes on night 2.
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Rosé
2/27/2019 - brettlaurvick wrote:
84 points
Below average for our liking. Wouldn't be embarrassed to serve, but there are much better options at the same or lower price point for this style
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Red
2/8/2019 - brettlaurvick wrote:
87 points
Loads of oak. Really need more air to truly get a feel. This has a ton of life left on it so don't feel like you need to rush to open them. Last bottle from a case. I say hold. Will hold my last 08, 09, 10s longer.
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Red
1/18/2019 - brettlaurvick wrote:
95 points
Really impressive showing. Had a taste before decanting for about an hour. Nose explodes out of the glass. Had some wood initially that blew off after the decant. Not as much funk as I expected. Elegant and silky. Hints of smoke and cola. A lot going on. Drink or hold. No signs of this going over the hill any time soon
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White - Off-dry
1/17/2019 - brettlaurvick wrote:
My first Graacher Himmelreich. Drank over the course of 2 nights. Still have at least one glass left for night 3. Sweeter than I thought it would be. However, had a very nice balance and viscosity that I enjoyed. Loved the nose. A touch of kerosene or new tennis ball can that I couldnt get enough of and kept me coming back for more. Not fair to assign a score
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Red
1/14/2019 - brettlaurvick wrote:
93 points
Drank over two nights. Might be the best Chianti Classico I've ever tasted. Perfectly balanced. Wish the price were a little lower but cannot argue with the quality. Excellent wine
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White
1/12/2019 - brettlaurvick wrote:
Like this wine. Clean and crisp. Mineral, stone and honey. First bottle from a full case. Drink or hold.
Red
2013 Quilceda Creek Palengat Red Wine Horse Heaven Hills Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/1/2019 - brettlaurvick wrote:
90 points
Decanted for an hour before dinner. Oak was out of balance on this bottle. Last bottle score was 96 some we were a bit disappointed in this one.
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White
12/15/2018 - brettlaurvick wrote:
91 points
Brought to Kona Grill. Broken Road continues to be our favorite vineyard from Stonestreet. Nice balance. Had with my parents who are not chardonnay drinkers at all and they were impressed. Balance is spot on. Saving my other 2013 for a few more years to see if it develops at all.
White
12/25/2018 - brettlaurvick wrote:
90 points
Nicely balanced chablis. Had the perfect amounts of lemon and melon. Liked the weight of the mouthfeel. Silky. Had without food.
Haven't had enough 1er cru to appreciate the qpr on this one. We did enjoy it though
Red
12/24/2018 - brettlaurvick wrote:
87 points
Great everyday drinker. Purchased for around $17 at Total Wine and found at Costco same day for $15. Will be buying more.
Red
2010 Les Pagodes de Cos St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/25/2018 - brettlaurvick wrote:
91 points
Drank over two days. Really enjoyed this bottle, especially the 2nd day. Super smooth. No harsh tannin but not overly ripe either.
Will benefit from long decant or a few more years in bottle. Drink or hold.
Threw tons of sediment so definitely strain before drinking especially that last glass.
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Red
12/21/2018 - brettlaurvick wrote:
87 points
Decanted for about 6 hours and poured back in the bottle. Tasted over the course of 3 hours along with other pinots and tasted blind. Clearly stood out as not California or new world. I liked it. Would buy more and age a few bottles. Definitely young and can see it developing in time. Group rated 2nd or 3rd of 6
Red
12/21/2018 - brettlaurvick wrote:
82 points
Lead pencil, smoke and cherries on the nose. Super light color. Short finish. Tart. Among 6 other pinots tasted this was clear last by the whole group. Would not buy again
Red
12/14/2018 - brettlaurvick wrote:
92 points
Decanted for about 45 mins and drank half. Came back later in the evening and the oak had blown off and the wine was perfectly balanced.
Likely hold for at least a few years or give a good 2 hour decant if opening now.
Red
12/10/2018 - brettlaurvick wrote:
87 points
This bottle didn’t show well. Disjointed and tight. Tart cherry cola.
Thought it might open up with a decant so did that after the first glass. Never got better. Unusual as I usually prefer the appalation wines from KB. Would mark as a hold if had any more
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Red
2010 Château La Pointe Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/30/2018 - brettlaurvick wrote:
No formal note. Was at the start of a head cold so may not be fair to score. Really enjoyed though. Had with grilled ribeye. Reminder that I need to seek out more 2009 and 2010 Bordeaux
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Red
11/23/2018 - brettlaurvick wrote:
91 points
Thanksgiving meal wine. Tart cherry and strawberry. Have always enjoyed the appellation wines more than the single vinyard wines at W-S. Light and silky
Rosé - Sparkling
11/23/2018 - brettlaurvick wrote:
92 points
Really enjoyed this bottle. Started an hour before turkey and sides were finished cooking. Kept in ice bucket but preferred the sips as it warmed in the glass a bit. Beautiful nose, fine bubbles, and a decent finish.
Red
11/20/2018 - brettlaurvick Likes this wine:
91 points
This hasn’t been my favorite vintage of the CVR but this bottle was in a good spot tonight. Mellow tannin and oak. Half way through this case and will likely hold the rest at least another year before opening another
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Red
11/5/2018 - brettlaurvick wrote:
94 points
Decanted for about 2 hours in cellar. Beautiful nose. Wine is light, almost like a pinot but with a ton of depth and weight.
Much better than the 1st bottle which was opened July 2017. Will hold the last bottle for a few years to see where it goes.
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Red
11/5/2018 - brettlaurvick wrote:
87 points
Better on day two. Thought it was a bit grainy on day 1. Really nice qpr. Was recommended by some CT Forum folks. Would purchase again.
Red
9/3/2018 - brettlaurvick Likes this wine:
93 points
2010’s keep getting better with time
Red
8/29/2018 - brettlaurvick Likes this wine:
94 points
Lovely bottle. Perfect weight and silky smooth
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Red
8/8/2018 - brettlaurvick Likes this wine:
93 points
More approachable than Kosta Browne Keefer Ranch 2015. Had this bottle second. Both were wonderful but this one showed better tonight.
Red
7/22/2018 - brettlaurvick Likes this wine:
90 points
Sat outside in hot humid weather and may not have been best choice tonight. A little grainy to me
Red
6/29/2018 - brettlaurvick Likes this wine:
95 points
One of the best bottles I’ve had in recent memory. Silky smooth and still fruit forward. Drink or hold but this is in a good place
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Red
6/27/2018 - brettlaurvick Likes this wine:
92 points
2010s are in a good place
White
6/19/2018 - brettlaurvick wrote:
92 points
Also agree this was better than the last bottle. I’d hold for at least a year or two. Drinking nicely but can see this continuing to evolve.
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Red
6/11/2018 - brettlaurvick Likes this wine:
93 points
Super wine. Love Kosta Browne and this did not disappoint. Drink or hold. Long life ahead of this vintage.
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Red
5/9/2018 - brettlaurvick Likes this wine:
89 points
The 2011’s just need more time in my opinion. Drank over several days and improved each day. Left at room temp with stopper. Will probably wait at least two years before opening another. Hold in my opinion
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Red
2013 Quilceda Creek Palengat Red Wine Horse Heaven Hills Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/30/2018 - brettlaurvick wrote:
96 points
This was really good. Wood dominated the palate, which was my only complaint. Surely that will subside and integrate with age. Will wait at least 5 years on my other bottles.
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Red
4/14/2018 - brettlaurvick Likes this wine:
94 points
This wine is in a great place right now. Cherry and Strawberry. Slightly tart but long, smooth finish.
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Red
4/11/2018 - brettlaurvick Likes this wine:
92 points
2010s are in a great place right now. Drink or hold
Red
2009 Figgins Estate Red Wine Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/7/2018 - brettlaurvick wrote:
95 points
Great bottle. Shared with good friends at a Thai restaurant. $10 corkage. Super smooth and silky. Lots more life but super right now
Red
3/18/2018 - brettlaurvick Likes this wine:
93 points
Consistently excellent
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Red
3/15/2018 - brettlaurvick wrote:
86 points
Most, if not all, of the fruit is gone from this one. A touch bitter as well.
Red
3/6/2018 - brettlaurvick Likes this wine:
94 points
Popped and poured about half the bottle on Day 1. Super smooth. Had some funk. Wife didn’t like the “pig” smell but that’s exactly what I love about it. Put in stopper and drank the rest on Day 3. Funk is gone but still silky smooth. Great bottle
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