Tasting Notes for tarheel17

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Red
10/12/2019 - tarheel17 wrote:
86 points
I wasn’t particularly enamored of this. Tasted a bit flat, ordinary, and bark-y. The nose had aromatic roasted strawberry intrigue, but the palate was sharp/sour and lacking in deliciousness. Mouthfeel was up to snuff, it was the flavor that disappointed.
Red
9/21/2019 - tarheel17 wrote:
This was opened by mistake. Oops.
Anyway, the juicy fruit was definitely hidden behind a thick wall of tannin, but it still hummed with youth and vibrance on the tongue. While raw and astringent so early, it has a promising future, supple fruit and layered spice evident now. We shall have to hunt down a few replacement bottles.
Red
8/30/2019 - tarheel17 wrote:
Upon opening, the alcohol felt very obvious and unbalanced. A few hours air time resolved it, but this feels too young to drink more of at the moment. Planning to sock the rest of the case away for another 6 months at least.
White - Sparkling
6/29/2019 - tarheel17 wrote:
Winner of the tasting, nothing else came close.
White - Sparkling
7/15/2019 - tarheel17 wrote:
Winner of the tasting, nothing else came close.
White - Sparkling
6/29/2019 - tarheel17 wrote:
This did not perform well against other Champagnes in the tasting. Way too tight, too young. Gave it several hours of air which allowed it to simply peak out of its shell, but not enough to get a real feel for it. Needs time- - no doubt.
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Red
7/11/2019 - tarheel17 Likes this wine:
87 points
$20 burgundy is usually much more sour or bitter; this was a pleasant surprise. Gone very fast on a weeknight!
Red
7/6/2019 - tarheel17 Likes this wine:
91 points
This was a delightful wine. Strawberry tone with just the right amount of lift. Firm, yet lithe tannin. Would buy again.
White
6/2/2019 - tarheel17 wrote:
Did not wow, but for the price this is a bargain. Juicy, though a bit tinny. Definitely serviceable.
White
5/18/2019 - tarheel17 wrote:
I was impressed with this. Nice structure, decent length, tasty fruit. Excellent bargain.
Red
5/3/2019 - tarheel17 wrote:
Tasted a bit raw, the tannin was almost overwhelming. Too young to drink. I believe it has potential, though. Fruit was red, a bit sour, but no wallflower - I expect integration over time.
White
4/12/2019 - tarheel17 Likes this wine:
92 points
Been cellaring this for 11 years. In that time, I've moved 5 times, my wine has moved 3 times, and I've often wondered why I keep this around, having been relatively unimpressed with my first taste of this circa 2009/2010. But now I know why (I was told why a decade ago, but it was all on faith. Now I know my friends weren't just pulling my leg. Thanks, guys!)
14 years past vintage, this is akin to drinking a heavier, more perfumed white burgundy. The color was bordering on orange, and that unctuous oiliness I recall from 9 years ago has been replaced by a lovely palate weight without the oil. The flavors are more in harmony, the alcohol is seamlessly integrated (before I thought it stood out too much) and honey and almond flavors have emerged. This was gone almost immediately after opening - Chris wondered where we could get more.
Red
4/7/2019 - tarheel17 wrote:
87 points
nose: dark fruit, piney, some bramble but no sweetness, primal and earthy
palate: light in texture and weight, the fruit was a touch sour. Tannin was raw, quite young. I did like the mouthfeel, which was elegant and poised, but the fruit seemed dulled. I think it will surely change over time, not enough experience to say what that will taste like, though. Good. Not amazing.
Red
4/4/2019 - tarheel17 Likes this wine:
91 points
Apparently I've been drinking subpar wine of late, because this really impressed me. (Or maybe the real problem is I haven't tasted Kutch in a while.)
nose: limpid red fruit. love it! unmistakeable.
Palate: The savory, herbal, almost-but-not-quite-stemmy quality was balanced effortlessly by delicious raspberry strawberry fruit and that very subtle cola note. The tannins were rich yet not overpowering. Finish wasn't extra long, but that is easily remedied by taking another sip.

I'm so happy with my case purchase, even though I had to pay shipping to the east coast (the horror!) for the first time in my life. Totally worth it.
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Red
4/1/2019 - tarheel17 Likes this wine:
89 points
Nose: bramble, a bit jammy, but definitely Beaujolais
Palate: it is eerily akin to drinking unsweetened blackberry pie filling. Even the mouthfeel is plush, reminiscent of the cornstarch-infused fruit. The result is not unpalatable by any means, but I can’t escape the feeling that I’m drinking dessert. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Long length, tasty finish. 88/89 pts
Red
3/22/2019 - tarheel17 Does not like this wine:
80 points
Sour. Like, way sour. Agreeable tannin and better-than-average mouthfeel, but the fruit just wasn’t tasty. Unfortunately, a beverage made of grape juice just can’t make a go at it without actual fruit taste. Pass.
White - Sparkling
2016 Naveran Dama Cava Macabeo-Xarello-Parellada Blend (view label images)
3/17/2019 - tarheel17 Likes this wine:
87 points
Nose: ripe. Stone fruit with a hint of mineral. Pleasing overall
Palate: lacks the poise and cushion of Champagne, the bubbles are more raw & abrupt. The fruit on the palate is almost overrun by metallic energy, but somehow it doesn’t feel imbalanced. Through the aggressive bubbles there is a high, not unpleasant citrus finish. This is definitely better than the average Cava. A rebuy at $13, I think.
Red
I should note that I'm more of a Brouilly fan when it comes to cru bojo - I like the the lucidity, the crunch, the sap, the acid, and the cranberry. I love the cranberry. Chiroubles' darker bend always surprises me somehow. Maybe I'm just not that good at reading labels...
So anyway, this wine is quite nice. Lots of cranberry (huzzah!), lots of young tannin that is nicely melded into the fruit. The fruit is new and sour and lively. I like it. The dark blackberry on the finish is fun, too, and likely what gives it a way as the thing-that-is not-like-the-other in my beaujolais cellar.
Red
3/9/2019 - tarheel17 wrote:
nose: pine forest, sage, bruised apple. And odd assortment.
palate: In a word, savory. High acid, low fruit, the mid palate was sadly missing, though the wine seemed to resurge with a green, almost astringent finish as an apology. Lithe in concept, I thought it lacked substance, though the complete package was not exactly unpleasant. Worth $70? Hell no. For $40, it was a decent bottle of Volnay. Chris thought it "typical" and it was finished without overly analytic hemming and hawing. But I would not purchase again.
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Red
2/13/2019 - tarheel17 wrote:
flawed
Nose: herbal, earthy but definitely not bretty - earthy in the similar-to-soil sense. Not overtly fruity by any means.
Palate: it is silky in texture, and yet earth-filled as promised by the aroma. The fruit feels young and unripe, perhaps it will bloom later? Tannins are strong though not overpowering, and are in the right place...I’m just not feeling the fruit. Overall it’s ok. I’m not wowed. Would love to be proved wrong down the line, but I’m not investing in additional bottles to find out.
Edited: Day 2, this is showing signs of TCA. Ah. Now I get it.
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White - Sparkling
I see why this was on discount, definitely showing signs of age. Dark in color, with bruised apple and biscuit. Full body, though rather abrupt finish. I like this style and am happy with the purchase, but it’s not going to please a palate searching for high acid/piercing minerality champagne.
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Red
2/8/2019 - tarheel17 wrote:
Bleh. Earthy, muted, no real character. No obvious flaws, just rather insipid and tres boring.
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White
1/5/2019 - tarheel17 Likes this wine:
91 points
Nose: stone fruit, lemon rind. Not a generous aroma, rather quiet.
Palate: heavy on the tongue but not the least bit sweet. Lemon oil, barest hint of hazelnut. Super long finish, it’s like it never ends. Serious and seriously good wine.
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Rosé - Sparkling
12/28/2018 - tarheel17 Likes this wine:
92 points
Juicy fruit, humming acidity. Really excellent rose.
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Red
2014 Pepperjack Barossa Red Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
12/20/2018 - tarheel17 wrote:
I was pleasantly surprised, it's been a long time since I enjoyed an Australian wine. Tasty, without being fruit-bomby. I'd buy again as a party wine.
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White - Sparkling
as before, this is complete and delicious. Great buy at $30.
Red
12/19/2018 - tarheel17 wrote:
84 points
Lackluster, without joy or crunchy juiciness that I look for in cru bojo. Insipid, it somehow grew on me over the evening, which may have had much to do with the low alcohol content. However, if people are buying this for $13, it’s a good deal because it is clearly not manufactured or adulterated grape juice for the masses. My bottle was closer to $19. A pass at that point, since rockstar stuff is only $1-2 away.
Red
A little dirtier and less precise than other vintages. Still excellent value, as always.
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Red
10/27/2018 - tarheel17 wrote:
Chris’ least favorite of the Kutch wines, it’s more serious and savory. I liked it fine.
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Red
10/25/2018 - tarheel17 wrote:
Good value, and lasted 4 days in the fridge admirably.
White - Sparkling
Good intensity. Bright, but not sharp. Good value.
Red
10/19/2018 - tarheel17 wrote:
86 points
Ok for $24. Did not stand out. A bit flat and metallic, but not flawed.
Red
10/2/2018 - tarheel17 wrote:
88 points
nose: cherry, graphite, the definition of cru beaujolais
palate: lithe with red fruit, it has a charcoal undertone to add interest. I would say its duskier, more flinty and a little less defined than my personal favorite superstar Ambassadess Brouilly cuvee, but a very nice effort. I would definitely buy again.
White
10/1/2018 - tarheel17 wrote:
Very impressive. Tasty fruit, complete acid, sensual body. Too distracted for better notes, so I’ll just have to buy another bottle and do my due diligence. $35 is a bargain.
White - Sparkling
9/30/2018 - tarheel17 wrote:
89 points
Surprisingly good. Everything else we purchased from this particular store disappointed, but this Champagne was deliciously crisp, with fall apple crunch and yeasty tone. Long length too.
Red
as before, this was rich and complete. I think at peak, but I guess I'll never know since it was my last 2009. In anywise, it was delicious.
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Red
8/29/2018 - tarheel17 Likes this wine:
92 points
It's time to order again...so here I am opening up old Cayuse to justify another purchase. I would like to quote Chris, for posterity, who said "we should buy more of this" after he took his first sip. And since the actual stemware is still packed and we are drinking out of jelly jars, that is saying something.
*sigh* Champagne tastes...guess I'll reload.
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Red
7/22/2018 - tarheel17 Likes this wine:
93 points
I was impressed. Nice cool mouthfeel, not too oaky, fruit was subdued but not hidden or tired. A lovely bottle.
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Red
7/10/2018 - tarheel17 Likes this wine:
88 points
nose: plum, red fruits, it seemed well into middle age with a touch of obvious alcohol
palate: neither as refined nor as lively as the Kutch Savoy 2011 tasted earlier this week. The palate was soft and full, but the flavors were muted and while tasty, not particularly delicious. Some chalky cranberry and a lingering finish of old raspberry jam. While nowhere near old age, I wouldn't say this wine has a whole lot of evolution ahead of it. I'm glad I drank it now, in other words, instead of carting it across the country in a month.
White - Sparkling
7/8/2018 - tarheel17 wrote:
87 points
didn't think this was anything special. There's no way I would have guessed 2008 vintage, either. Felt like a basic NV on the lighter, more lemony edge of the spectrum.
Red
7/7/2018 - tarheel17 Likes this wine:
93 points
Perfection! Lithe and lovely and truly delicious . Bottle was empty before we knew it.
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White - Sparkling
Happy Father's Day!
This has the rich, biscuit-like persona of Veuve without the sweetness, which I expect is what they are going for. The mouthfeel is full, then tapers to a lemonade tinge that lingers long enough to impress.
I enjoyed the richness and complexity, though I'm not convinced it couldn't have benefitted from a higher dosage. For the money ($85), I'm not going to purchase more, though I consider it an interesting, informative experience. Also, I'm feeling "extra old" these days so I appreciate a label that speaks to me so frankly.
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White
5/23/2018 - tarheel17 Likes this wine:
87 points
I was quite happy with this. Simple, yes. Sweet, yes (I mean, it is Vouvray). But seriously, it was $16. You really can't find wine this drinkable for under $20 very often. A good buy. Serve it to Aunt Mildred and get her to toss that Sutter Home crap already.
Red
5/15/2018 - tarheel17 wrote:
earthy, funky, French. The darker side of Beaujolais. Quite well-composed. I prefer the crunchier, juicer variety, but this is well done.
Red
Ready to drink. Plummy, rich and mature. I will be drinking this sooner rather than later.
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Red
I love, love, love the Ambassades cuvee and I buy it every year. For a geeky experiment, I shoved 3 bottles of the 2009 in the back of the cellar after purchase, unearthing them just last month in an offsite-storage shuffle.

Since I usually drink the wine within 12 months of purchase, my notes are really just in comparison to what I usually taste.
This 9 year old wine is darker, less "crunchy" (which is a wine term I only ever use to describe new Beaujolais, and I can't be certain but I think I got the word from Keith Levenberg or, god forbid, John Rimmerman) and less energetic than when drunk closer to release. It also feels a touch heavier and is just a tad less bracing in its attack. However, it hasn't much changed and I think the moral of the story is that you can drink right after release or cellar this stuff for a decade and it will still perform admirably.
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Rosé - Sparkling
4/28/2018 - tarheel17 wrote:
86 points
nose: red fruit, red hard candy
palate: interesting, metal and dust accentuated by sour lemon and plum. The finish is dirty but in a fruity way. Not terrible. Also not something I would buy again. An experimental cuvee, I assume.
Chris summed it up: "not a refreshing delight"
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