Tasting Notes for blcarter3

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Red
2016 Proprietà Sperino Uvaggio Coste della Sesia Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo (view label images)
First of a case purchase. For Nebbiolo, it's tough to imagine a better QPR wine. Beautifully translucent. Rich cherry, berries (raspberries?), licorice/menthol, cloves/cinnamon/brown spices, tea, a slight bit of tar, orange pith on the finish. There's a coolness, a freshness to this wine that gives away its Alto Piemonte origin. Strong acid backbone, but very fine tannins. That, to me, is really the striking feature of this wine: The tannins are so fine that the wine itself is really quite open. I have no doubt it will age beautifully over the next 10 or 15 years, but it's enjoyable now, and it's great to have a baseline to follow it.

Proprieta Sperino's Uvaggio and rosato are so consistently delicious, and so modestly priced. Very excited for the 2016 Lessona.
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Red
Opened the bottle around 12p, drank between 5.30p and 9p, but with a half pour around 1p. The wine starts very tight; give it all the time you can. Th warmth of the vintage is obvious. The fruit is darker: hard raspberry candy, dark cherry, lots of sweet licorice. Also baking spices: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. Bright orange pith with time and swirling. Tar and black tea on the finish. Not as much rose as I expect will come with bottle age. The tannins are very aggressive at this point, as one would expect, and the alcohol takes some time to integrate.
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White - Off-dry
Time will be kind to this, but definitely enjoyable now. A bit of reduction on the nose at first, then honeysuckle, lime, white peach, and stone fruits. The most interesting part of the wine, to my palate, its the ginger note that emerges on the mid/rear palate, which is a wonderful balance to the residual sugar, which, obviously, is nontrivial.
Red
Quite delicious. Ripe and leaning more towards purple fruits -- raspberry and blackberry -- and violet florals. There's also a slight barnyard note on the nose, which I find adds complexity, as well as a hint of cinnamon. It's a fuller wine, but the acid keeps it fresh and vibrant. Really appealing, especially for the price.
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Red
Decanted for 30 minutes, drank over two days. Color is beautiful translucent, bricking around the rim. Cherry, tar, a touch of mint, blood orange, iron, brown spices. The cherry fruit is cool, fresh, but this is a very savory wine. Day two is similar, but the texture is slightly more dense, the palate somewhat more full. I have two left, and probably won't open the second for another five years. Still feels quite young. Virtually no sediment.
Red
Strikingly reminiscent of a high quality, properly ripened Langhe Nebbiolo, but with lighter tannins. Dark cherries, cranberry, licorice, rose florals, brown spices, white pepper, perhaps some violet and bluer fruits too. Good acid spine. Refreshing and delicious, especially served closer to cellar temperature. Really enjoyable.
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White
Drank over four hours. Pale straw color. Lemon lime spritz, under ripe pineapple, light petrol, a chalky minerality, crisp acid backbone. Refreshing and really delicious.
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Red
Decanted only about 15 minutes, which was obviously a mistake. Lots to like: the dust and leather from age, vibrant blackberry fruit, a certain spiciness. Powerful but suave too, consistent with 13.2 alcohol. But also didn't evolve quite as much as I might have hoped. Enjoyable now, but not breathtaking, so I think I would hold for a few more years to see what comes of it.
Red
Decanted for 30 minutes. A slightly Bretty-funk on the nose, which blew off after about 30 more minutes. Also just slightly oxidative, which gives it a nice lift. (These were purchased on release and stored professionally since.) Ripe cherry, strawberry, baking spices, a bit of pine on the finish. Happily, not as opulent as I was expecting. Not sure it's great QPR, though.
Red
Decanted for about an hour. Still quite densely colored core but with lots of bricking around the edges. This was tremendous. Plum, fig, high toned cherry, cigar box, dried tobacco. Lively acidity. Brilliant now and obviously on the downswing, but I think it will remain graceful and elegant for a while. Wish I had a few more.
Red
2012 Ovid Red Wine Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
From memory. Decanted for two hours. Saturated dark purple color. Blackberry, cassis, plum, graphite. Very powerful, but somehow sleek. Persistent finish. First of three, and probably won’t revisit for at least another five years. Not quite sure it’s worth the tariff, but clearly a very well made, delicious wine.
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White
Brilliant gold color. Nutty, hints of ripe red apple, citrus pith, slightly oxidized. Medium acid and perceptible tannins. The fruit is fading slightly, but I think the tertiary development will make this interesting for quite a few years to come.
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Red
Decanted for about 90 minutes. Combination of blackberries, blackberry pie, figs, cigar ash, faded vanilla, some baking spices, but the (American?) oak is quite integrated. Tannins are still drying. The alcohol is quite well integrated, though there is a bit of warmth on the finish. Perhaps some cracked black pepper. Low-ish acid. I wasn't sure what to expect, but this is holding up well. Drink or hold for another five years?
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White - Sparkling
The last tasting note has it perfectly. Nothing else to add, save that, one year later, it's in the same spot.
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Red
Decanted for 30 minutes, drank over four hours. Nose of cassis, blackberry, graphite, tobacco leaf, a touch of brown sugar. Similar on the palate, but the pyrazine notes really come out. Good acid, resolving tannins, well integrated, but still very, very vibrant. The drinking window on this is...just opening, and it would be fantastic to revisit in a decade.
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Red
Decided to open one of two before the Bedrock Lorenzo's release on Tuesday, though obviously wine making styles are different. Decanted for about 30 minutes, drank over three. Nose of dried plums, dried figs, dried cherries, dried blackberries, dried strawberries, chocolate, creme brûlée. Tannins are quite resolved, low acid. Some alcohol peaking out on the finish, which is unsurprising given 15.8% alcohol. Finish is also a touch bitter. I don't see much upside, unfortunately.
White
The note below seems about right to me, at least in its description. Skin contact Gewürztraminer. Rusted orange in the glass. Intriguing flavors of melon, lychee, rosewater, light honey. Good acidity and definitely perceptible tannins. Slightly bitter. As the wine warms, the lychee and rosewater become more pronounced, and the Gewurzt character really comes out. Interesting and delicious. Great with roast pork.
Red
Drank over three hours. Ripe cherry and cranberry, but with a bit of barnyard overlaid, which, for my palate, added to the complexity and intrigue. Fine tannins and a nice acid backbone. Drinking very well but no signs of decline. Paired really well with roast duck.
Red
Drank over four hours. Ripe red cherry, strawberry, rhubarb, clove, cinnamon, a touch of black tea, a touch of pine. Very fine tannins and medium acidity. A bit of heat on the finish as the wine warms, which gives away its 14.3 ABV. Delicious.
Red
From memory. Decanted for an hour, drank over three. Rich red and dark cherry, tart raspberry, orange peel, cinnamon, and a touch of Szechuan peppercorn on the finish. Very fine tannins and good acidity. Really enjoyed this, but probably not great QPR, as other notes have suggested. In a great place and should hold for quite a while. Paired really well with NoMad roast chicken: cut through the richness of the stuffing.
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Red
2016 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
Decanted for an hour, drank over three. Such tremendous QPR. Agree with the note below: Rich blue and purple fruit on the nose -- a bit of drying fig and a touch of menthol -- but so light on the palate. My first of six, which is not nearly enough. Enjoyable now, but will be quite special in 10 years.
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White
Agree with CPS note below. Honey and over ripe/bruised yellow apple, but the texture on the mid-palate is really distinctive: waxy, viscous, but only 12% alcohol. A streak of acid on the finish, but not quite as searing as I expected. Not flabby, but a bit less structured than I would prefer. One left, which I think I'll hold for a few years, mostly out of curiosity.
Red
12/17/2020 - blcarter3 wrote:
Slow o'ed for about 90 minutes. The nose is lovely: just ripe cherries, warm baking spices, very light pine, a hint of rose. Very fine tannins. Falls apart a bit on the finish: some VA that lingers and isn't entirely pleasant. Disappointing.
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Red
Decanted for an hour, drank over four. Deep magenta color. Nose of sour cherry, cranberry, dried thyme and oregano. On the palate, rustic tannins, high acidity, 12.5% alcohol, but mouth filling and wonderfully textured. Delicious, fresh, and showing no real signs of age.
Red
PnP, drank over three hours. On the nose: cranberry, raspberry, a bit of sour cherry, a bit of citrus pith. On the palate: very fine tannins, strong acid backbone, alcohol in check, great texture. Enjoyed, but never showed the complexity I hoped.
Red
Decanted for an hour, drank over three. Color is a beautiful translucent ruby. Nose of ripe strawberries, pomegranate, plum, and a bit of licorice. Fine tannins, medium-low acidity, and elevated alcohol, probably higher than the 14.8 listed. Delicious, and obviously well made. Not sure it's great QPR; for California Grenache, I probably prefer the Tribute to Grace bottllngs. That said, the wine was delicious.
Red
Decanted for 30 minutes, drank over two hours, paired with Eleven Madison Park roast duck. On the nose, this is strikingly reminiscent of Oregon Pinot Noir: dark cherries, earth, clove, citrus pith, and, especially, pine needle. Similar on the palate, with perhaps a bit more cranberry, raspberry, and citrus. The acidity is mouthwatering, with fine, resolved tannins and no noticeable alcohol. Well balanced. This is a delicious, interesting wine, still strikingly fresh. Will drink well for many years to come. Wish I had more.
Red
Decanted for 30 minutes, drank over two hours. Nose of leather, dusty chocolate, drying dark cherries, drying plums, even a bit of citrus pith. There's also a floral component, perhaps lavender. On the palate, the tannins are quite resolved and the alcohol, at 14.9, is not really perceptible. Finishes with a streak of acidity, though not as searing as classic Montalcino or most CCR. Stylistically, the wine is quite distinct from both: not nearly as concentrated as even classic Brunellos, but also much more giving than classic CCR. It's also much more evolved than one would expect from Brunello or CCR. It's drinking very well now, though I'm confident it will hold for a few years.
Red
Decanted for about three hours. Nose of cassis, menthol, dried pipe tobacco, cocoa powder, dried figs, a touch of brown sugar, leather. Similar on the palate. With air, the dried figs really become more pronounced. Quite delicious. There is a bit of heat on the finish, which betrays the 14.9 alcohol. I think this will continue drinking well for quite a while.
Red
PnP, drank over three. Nose of raspberry, tart cherry, dried plums, maybe some very dark strawberries, and a dusty leather note. On the palate, quite tart but also quite sweet: hard candy or cherry liqueur, dried plums, also a bit of mocha. Still very fresh, and very food friendly. Should continue to drink well for at least another few years, perhaps much longer.
White
Appearance is bright orange. Nose and palate of bruised apple, orange or tangerine. The finish is quite persistent, and marked by a pleasant herbal bitterness. Delicious now, and should hold for another few years. But also not sure I see a lot of upside.
Red
PnP from a 55 degree cellar. The color is striking: totally translucent, burnt orange, almost rust. Nose of light underripe strawberry, cherry, and lots of blood orange pith. Similar on the palate. Surprisingly bitter on the finish, but pleasantly so. Mouthwatering acids. Notably lighter and more citrus tinged than the Arnot Roberts Trousseau, which I generally find more redolent of cherries and strawberries. Delicious and refreshing. I suspect the blood orange pith will seem stronger as the primary fruits (continue to) fade. I also suspect this will be a very interesting wine in five years, though, again, I do think the primary red fruits will be quite faded.
Red
Decanted for about an hour, drank over two. Deep purple color, almost electric. Surprisingly tight after the hourlong decant, but opened nicely after about an hour in glass. There's a rich, powerful core, as others have noted, but the wine remains so fresh, with a lively, bright, mouth watering acidity. The fruits are purple: blueberry, blackberry, boysenberry. There's also a firm minerality, dark spice, licorice, a bit of cocoa, and oversteeped black tea from the tannins. The 2013 vintage in Napa was quite structured, and it really comes through here. I have one bottle left, which I won't open for at least five years, perhaps 10. Paired nicely with roast chicken.
Red
No one would mistake this for Burgundy, Oregon, or Sta Rita Hills. That said, this is obviously well made for its style. Lush on the nose. A touch of cherry cola, but mostly very ripe dark cherries and spice. Similar on the palate, but finishes with a pleasant pine. Very fine tannins, decent acidity. This feels like it's at peak, but should also hold for a while too.
White - Sparkling
Crisp green apple, pears, honeyed apricot, ripe peach, toasted brioche. Very refreshing. Fantastic with chicken confit.
Red
Great example of cooler climate Grenache. Rich strawberries, leaning into maraschino cherries, brown spices, light licorice. Quite translucent in the glass. Wears its 15.0% alcohol really well. Doesn’t really seem eight years from vintage, which makes me think this has three to five years to peak.
Red
Required about an hour to open and for alcohol to integrate. Nose of leather, chocolate, cinnamon, and dried figs. On the palate, dark cherry, cassis, spices of Christmas cake. Fine, resolve tannins. A bit alcohol still on the finish. Delicious, but I think this is at its peak or a year past. Will remain enjoyable for some time, but not sure I see too much upside.
Red
Dark cherry, dried fig, leather, and maple syrup/brown sugar.
White - Sparkling
The notes below are quite accurate. Yellow apple, pear, lemon oil, ginger, nuttiness, brioche, a bit of oxidation. Wit age, the bright fruit will fade a bit, and I suspect it will gain even more complexity. Glad I have a few left. Will revisit in 2-3 years.
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White
On the beach with oysters. Oxidized yellow apple, with phenolic bitterness, a mouth watering salinity, and a streak of acidity on the finish. Delicious.
Red
Fresh, lifted. Nose and palate are red fruited: raspberry, a bit of strawberry, hard candy, but with time on the glass some of the darker, blackberry notes come out too. The most intriguing component is savory: a rich licorice, especially on the nose, and especially on pour. The finish is marked by baking spices: cinnamon and clove. The tannins are fine, and impart a bit of black tea on the finish. It's a lighter bodied wine, but fills out very nicely in the glass, elegant and fresh. Delicious and somehow refreshing too. Drinking very well now, but I think this will age very nicely.
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Red
Longplay wines are such great QPR. This wine is more opulent, more fuller bodied than most, with richer cherry and raspberry on the nose and palate. The palate also features a bit of blood orange and has the savory pine note that I consistently get from Longplay wines. The finish is marked by warm baking spices and a firm acid backbone. The tannins are fine but present. This wine has a long life ahead.
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Red
8/30/2020 - blcarter3 wrote:
Tart cherries, cranberries, a bit of hard candy, some licorice. Also a really appealing dark spice note on the nose: clove, cinnamon, but very well integrated. Light bodied, with a great acid streak on the finish. Obviously picked early to hold down sugars/ABV, which is 12.9. With the pale, translucent color and the licorice/spice note, it's almost reminiscent of a very well made Langhe Nebbiolo from a cooler year, minus the tannins, which on this are quite fine. Really enjoyable, and will definitely improve with a few more years.
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Red
A fruit forward wine made from a cool climate site. Clearly picked a few weeks later than the Halcon wines. Defined by blackberry, blueberry, hints of lavender, white pepper and a bit of iron. The savory components are most pronounced on the finish: roast meats, bacon fat.
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White
This is delicious. On the nose: lemon pith, lemon oil, honeysuckle, green apple. Quite expansive on the palate. Finishes with a really pleasant bitterness.
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Red
Fruit: Dark cherry on the nose, but gives way to more blue and purple fruits, boysenberry and raspberry in particular. With more air, even some plummy notes.

Savory: A bit of black olive brine, which blows off and becomes more floral, with lavender and white pepper.

Tannins: Pleasantly bitter, like oversteeped English breakfast tea.

Nice streak of acidity at the end that makes it pair easily. In this case, roasted potatoes.

Worth noting: Picks up substantial weight with two or three hours in the glass. Notes of blackberry and dark chocolate emerge as well.

Really enjoyable now, but lots of upside. Would love to check in on this in 10 years.
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Red
Surprised to not see any tasting notes for this. At PnP, French oak dominates on the nose and palate, which is very surprising given the producer. Some blackberry and violet. Will return to it tomorrow, hope it integrates, and update accordingly.

Day 2: The oak has mostly integrated, giving way to quite elegant blackberries and violets, with some cassis and dark cherries too. Lots of cracked white pepper on the palate. The finish is marked by an interplay between bacon fat and a mouth watering acid backbone. Most reminiscent of Lagier Meredith, with a touch more plushness, probably owing to the warmer temperatures of Stags Leap relative to Veeder. Clearly a well made wine.

Realistically, I'll let my other bottles rest for another five years or so. I think this will age very gracefully. 12.8% ABV
Red
This has developed into something very enjoyable. Now six years from vintage, the nose has transformed into a mix of green olive, green peppercorns, violet florals, an underlying bit of iron, and perhaps a bit of must from bottle age. The fruit has evolved from tart cranberries into a more varietally correct core of just ripe black and blue berries. The acid backbone is strong but not overwhelming. Just entering its drinking window now, and will hold for quite a while. Great Berserker Day QPR too.
Red
3/31/2020 - blcarter3 Likes this wine:
91 points
Agree with the notes below. Black tea, dark cherry, occasional strawberry, and spice on the nose and palate, but the distinctive feature for me is a pine note on the very persistent finish. Such great QPR.
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