Tasting Notes for brettlaurvick

(252 notes on 194 wines)

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Rosé - Sparkling
12/2/2021 - brettlaurvick wrote:
One of our favorite rose champagnes. Rarely disappoints. Onion skin. Higher acid. Food friendly. Nose and body improved as it warmed from 45 degrees.
White
12/2/2021 - brettlaurvick wrote:
Beautiful chardonnay. Just a hint of matchstick and flint on the nose. Creamy, medium body. Medium high acid. Somewhat singular, but just wonderful with salmon. Closed with Diam 10. Will hold my second bottle for at least a few more years if not till 2027 to see how it develops.
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Red
6/18/2021 - brettlaurvick wrote:
87 points
Well made wine, but heavier than the style of pinot noir we enjoy. Might as well been drinking a cabernet
Red
5/21/2021 - brettlaurvick wrote:
90 points
I was a bit underwhelmed by this one. Had an initial taste from a small pour before dumping into a decanter. Nose was beautiful and super aromatic. Full bodied without being syrupy. The alcohol is really out of balance though. Off-putting to me.
Definitely was not closed down. Plan to hold my other bottles till at least 2026. Decant was 4 hours.
White
2/19/2021 - brettlaurvick wrote:
83 points
Just really disappointed in the style changes at Stonestreet from where they were in the late 2000's. This came across as a buttery mess.
Either my tastes have changed (which is likely) but this was definitely not the chardonnay I fell in love with at the winery. Initially drank too cold. Got a little better as it warmed up. Short finish. Hoping my Broken Road and Upper Barn bottles are better that I have remaining in my cellar.
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Rosé
12/31/2020 - brettlaurvick wrote:
Just average at best. Might have served too cold. A bit of sweetness...almost cotton candy on the nose.
We drink a lot of rose and was hoping this would be better. Will wait till summer 2021 when it's warmer to try again.
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White
12/31/2020 - brettlaurvick wrote:
92 points
We loved this. Stunning nose of grapefruit and melon. Medium body and long finish. Just delicious.
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Red
12/22/2020 - brettlaurvick wrote:
Punches well above it's weight. Bought a case for under $20 per and this is one of the best every day reds I've owned in my cellar
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White
12/21/2020 - brettlaurvick wrote:
Thought this is an excellent sauv blanc for the price point. Rides the line between creamy and acidic.
Can see this as a summer heat go-to. Refreshing, linear, solid white wine. Drank with chili which is one of my favorite combos when the weather cools down in Florida.
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Red
12/14/2020 - brettlaurvick wrote:
92 points
This wine is drinking beautifully right now. Strawberries galore. Light bodied and aromatic which is my preference for pinot.
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White
12/12/2020 - brettlaurvick wrote:
Tasted blind. Super tight. Muted nose, almost a steely or metallic element to it. You can tell there is some backbone there but it never showed up at any temp.
Night two - much better. Creaminess showed up and a touch of lemon curd. Well balanced and the finish was medium. Would love to cellar these and revisit in a few years.
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White - Sparkling
12/2/2020 - brettlaurvick wrote:
88 points
Lackluster to say the least. Had a hint of smoke and slightly oxidized. Not that we didn't enjoy, but have had several other champagnes at half or a third the price in the last few weeks that have delivered well above this level. 47th birthday choice from our cellar so disappointed in that too. Should have grabbed a 2008
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White
This was an incredible value at $20. Loved this wine and was sold out when I went back for more.
White
3/21/2020 - brettlaurvick wrote:
Seeing a ton of bottle variation from this case purchase. This one was darker than others. Slightly advanced oxidation?
Not fair to assign a number rating. A bit disappointed though. When these wines are on, they are excellent and an incredible value. This one missed the mark for sure
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White
3/21/2020 - brettlaurvick wrote:
94 points
One of the best wines I have tasted in recent memory. I love balanced wines and this one was perfect. Just a touch of creaminess on the finish. Beautiful bottle.
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Red
This was an excellent bottle of wine. Reminded me of other Sonoma Coast pinots including Williams Selyem and Kosta Browne. Almost weightless which is the style I prefer rather than thick and/or heavy. Tannin is well integrated and balance is spot on.
Red
Not so sure about this wine. Super thick, syrupy - but not overly sweet. Have two more bottles that I will hold for a few more years before trying again. Not a 93/94 point wine in my opinion. For what I paid it is a solid value but would be disappointed if I had paid full price.
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Red
12/15/2019 - brettlaurvick wrote:
Last bottle of a case. Really enjoyed the 2010s. Only regret is that I drank these too soon. Plenty of life left. Red fruit galore. Pretty well balanced. Oak has faded some which is agreeable with my tastes.
Red
2008 Cayuse Camaspelo Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/3/2019 - brettlaurvick wrote:
93 points
Lovely bottle of wine. Aromatically on point. Herbal characteristics- mint, camphor (that I see in Cayuse wines with a little age on them) and some earthy mushrooms. Lighter on the palette than expected for an 80/20 Cab-Merlot blend. Tannins were integrated. Still has plenty of life. Drink or hold. Was my only bottle from Ex-Cellar sale in 2008. Will definitely hold my younger Camaspelo wines for vintage+8.
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White
11/27/2019 - brettlaurvick wrote:
91 points
Case purchase coming. Do I need to add more notes?
White
11/26/2019 - brettlaurvick wrote:
92 points
Drank over two nights. Lovely chardonnay. Had a certain nuttiness as it warmed in the glass that was appealing. Wonderful balance with just a hint of oak. If could find more at the CT average price I'd buy more.
White
10/29/2019 - brettlaurvick wrote:
86 points
Really disappointing bottle. More buttery than any Stonestreet wine I’ve ever tasted. Somewhat disjointed. Short finish.
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
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