Tasting Notes for Mid Palate Tingle

(28 notes on 28 wines)

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Red
Disjointed and not a great experience at the moment. Acidity stands out and tannins too much in evidence. Revisit in 2-3 years.
Red
Lovely balance on this and great drinkability. Acid and tannins at the moment making this more of a food wine but I can see this mellowing very nicely.
White
A lot of potential but to me this isn't very integrated. Oak stands out and acidity is a bit high toned. Revisit in 2-3 years
Red
Plum and black cherry. Ripe and quite floral nose.
Roses, blackberry palate. Almost tar & roses Neb flavours. 14.5% but nice and balanced.
White
Very deep gold. Either prem-ox or just over the hill.
White - Sparkling
Mature and showing very well. Lovely rounded nose with white flowers and stone fruits. Quite a light mousse but it compliments the rounded mouth feel. Apricot and peach flavours. Very drinkable for now and a few more years.
White
A bit reductive on opening and the oak stands out.
With some air it comes together. Nose is dominated by struck match/silage. Nice length on the palate with pithy grapefruit and lemon. Grippy finish. Foody wine, though this was drunk on its own
White - Sparkling
Delicious now, but really needs a couple of years
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White
1st of 6. I don't get the comments suggesting to drink this cold. Straight from the fridge made it hollow and disjointed but with air and warmth it started to open up. For me, still too young but there's some lovely yellow fruits and an acid drive that keeps me optimistic for the future. Revisit 2021?
White
Spritzy on opening.
Delicious but too tightly round at this stage. Needs a few more years at least, acidity is too high now but it has all the hallmarks of complexity and roundness. Yum
Red
Fully developed nose.
Palate is in a great place now. Blackberry, cassis and just the right amount of balsamic. Still plenty of tannin.
If I had more I'd drink soon, but could probably go a few more years.
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Red
Opened first night and after 1 hour decant it tasted dis-joined. Hard to pin down the problem but not a delicious Cabernet experience so put it back in the bottle.
Day 2 - Now we're talking. Big and fruit forward on the nose. There's a tarry aroma that reminds of Barolo. Palate is big and new world-y but not overdone. Tannins are front and centre but never intrusive. This could age longer but just lovely now!
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Red
3/24/2018 - Mid Palate Tingle Likes this wine:
87 points
Just about coming together, though could probably do with another couple of years.
On the nose and palate one flavour dominates, blackberry, and in lots of good ways. Really nice balance and length but at this stage maybe it lacks enough tertiary notes to compliment the fruit.
This is going to get better now - 10 years
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Red
1/29/2018 - Mid Palate Tingle wrote:
95 points
On the nose - Nice immediate ripe fruit hit with damson, blackberry and typical rioja oak character. Overall really juicy and attractive, encouraging you to dive in....
Palate - Oh Dear........

Even with a few hours decant this is super acidic and not very enjoyable. It's got all the makings of something special and delicious but damn it needs time.
Tannins are perfectly judged but overwhelmed by acidity.

A future classic
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White
Very enjoyable. Ripe yellow fruit but nice freshness too.
Drink by 2020
Red
A little bit balsamic on the nose meaning it's probably time to drink up. Nice floral note and red fruits too.
Juicy redcurrants, sour cherries and cumin on palate. More youthful than the nose suggests. Nice high acidity still, ideal as paired with cofit duck leg and frites.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2005 Château de Fargues Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
2/17/2017 - Mid Palate Tingle Likes this wine:
96 points
Outstanding
First 750ml of 12
I'm a fan of young Sauternes without lots of development but this seems perfectly balanced right now between freshness and age. Apricot, toffee, vanilla, spice and a good lick of oak. Very long....
Red
2006 Clos de l'Oratoire St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Nice but not as good as I was expecting. Maybe a symptom of the vintage. Nice open nose with good St Emilion character but disappointing palate. Dark and quite meaty but lacking interest. May have improved beyond the 1hr decant I gave it.
Red
Big porty nose. Stewed black fruit and really reminds me of sloe gin... Nicely done though, normally I hate styles like this.
Raisin and blueberry palate. Really well integrated alcohol given that it's stated at 16%, you wouldn't know. Really nice grenache characteristics on the finish. Looking forward to the rest of these.
Red
First of 12
Closed nose. Blackberry and quite pronounced creamy vanilla.
Palate more open. Nice spread of red and black fruit, aniseed, smoke & graphite. Quite savoury this early in life.
Tannins very fine and pretty long finish
Better kept than for immediate drinking
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Red
2009 Château Caronne Ste. Gemme Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Excellent value, very drinkable
White - Sweet/Dessert
2006 Château Doisy-Daëne Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
Tasty and well balanced but not especially complex
Red
First three bottles from the case drank over the last six months. All rubbish. Dumb even after 6hr decant. Heavy, heavy fruit, porty, high alcohol and no charm. Forget any garrigue or other flavours of interest, they're masked by the fruity/glycerol mess of a palate. Not the best intro to 2010 CndP... What the hell to do with the remaining 9?!?
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Red
2011 Craggy Range Sophia Gimblett Gravels Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Initially a terrible confected blackcurrant smell dominating everything else but after a four hours decant it came around. Fruit was much more measured and it was surprisingly lithe, maybe lacking a bit of body mid-palate. Nice, but hard to love.
Red
8/20/2015 - Mid Palate Tingle Likes this wine:
91 points
In a great place now. 1 hour decant. Blood orange and red cherries, surprisingly juicy and lithe but complimented with tertiary earth, smoked salami and a little tar. Silky but assertive tannins. I'll wait until its tenth year to open my last bottle.
Red
2006 Château Fougas Maldoror Côtes de Bourg Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/2 hour decant, pretty closed and a bit too meaty. After another 30-40 mins it was much more open. Liqueur cherry and plum, quite big tannins but smooth too. Holding well.
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