Tasting Notes for cheron98

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Red
11/1/2012 - cheron98 wrote:
83 points
As a house wine at the local sports bar, I wasn't expecting much. Gave it a shot one evening and was pleasantly surprised. A nose of black cherry and vanilla leads way into plum and cherry across the palate with a hint of smokiness. Soft tannins, nicely balanced. The finish is short and leaves something to be desired, but works very well as a food wine. Excellent QPR.
Red
2/16/2012 - cheron98 wrote:
87 points
Very tasty - well balanced, easy drinking. Drinking very well right now with only a few minutes of air in the glass. Slightly muted nose but opens up well across the palate with tart berries and a lingering vanilla finish.
Red
10/24/2011 - cheron98 wrote:
88 points
Excellent QPR on this one - for around $10, very good all around. Interesting blend of Petite Sirah, Barbera, Carignane and Zinfandel. Tremendous nose of forest floor, dark stone fruits and spice. Dark summer berries and cherries across the palate with a bit of vanilla, finishes well with a little spiciness. Tannins are very well integrated, good acidity. Very nice with a pot roast and root vegetables.
Red
8/21/2011 - cheron98 wrote:
84 points
Very fruity on the first sip, it mellowed out to exhibit more oak/vanilla undertones as the air got to it. Enjoyable as an evening sipper with a charcuterie board, pairs exceedingly well with aged cheddar. Nothing super special about it, but a tasty wine. Good value. Stelvin closure makes for a perfect choice for picnicking.
Red
8/15/2011 - cheron98 wrote:
86 points
A pleasant surprise - I discovered this in the cellar this evening and half expected it to be past its prime and undrinkable. It is, however, holding up quite well. I am enjoying this outdoors this evening and surrounded by fragrance from the garden, so I cannot give valid scent descriptors, but across the palate it is still displaying very typical Aussie Shiraz - big black fruit flavors, solid fruit on the attack with pepper across the mid-palate and finishing with a subtle oaky vanilla. I realize I am scoring this lower than my previous tasting, but 3 years have passed since then and I have learned a few things about wine, and feel this new rating is much more appropriate. A solid overall wine, good value for the store-shelf cost.
Red
2009 Grape Expectations CyberPub Cellars Publend California Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
7/14/2011 - cheron98 wrote:
This is showing beautifully now and has moved much more into the pop-and-pour arena. Very fruit forward, alcohol is extremely well integrated - you'd never know it was 17.6%. Beer drinkers in the group who almost never touch wine, and generally only have white when they do, thought it was amazing. VERY easy drinker now, so watch out for that kick.
Red
7/2/2011 - cheron98 wrote:
87 points
Drinking really well right now. Ran once through the Vinturi, filtered. Typical Wellington tartrates on the cork and the neck was coated in sediment, as to be expected. Bright flavors of tart cherry and plum with a vanilla and mocha finish. Quite fruit forward, could probably stand to be a little more acidic, but quite good overall. Very enjoyable.
White
7/2/2011 - cheron98 wrote:
Still quite good, but I think it'll need to be drank over the course of this summer and next. Not certain it'll hold up another year beyond that.
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White
5/31/2011 - cheron98 wrote:
85 points
Fresh, easy drinker. Better when served chilled. Very typical Pinot Gris - nothing super special about it, but very pleasant to drink.
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White
5/21/2011 - cheron98 wrote:
87 points
It was a mixed bag of which was preferred - the original Triacipedis or this one. The label's much more awesome, hands down. Me, personally, I preferred the new one. We tasted them side-by-side, so bear in mind that the original is now a few years in the bottle. Some were saying that they enjoyed the original Triacipedis better when it was new but side-by-side right now, this one is better.

It has a good clear color, very pale as is to be expected from a new white. There was a very aromatic component to hit, honey and apricot, some floral. The acid hit the palate like a refreshing splash of water - not effervescent, but fresh as if it were. The flavor of apricot hit first, settling into peach and green apple with a touch of minerality and grassiness. We couldn't figure out at the time what was in it (it's not listed on the label), but seeing the composition now makes a lot of sense.

The finish was clean, and the first bottle went fast. We had so much wine to go through that we never got around to opening the second bottle, so it is currently happily residing in my cellar, likely to be pulled out this weekend. Excellent summer wine - I heartily recommend serving it nicely chilled to get that refreshment from it, and then sipping your way through it as it warms up, for the full experience.

Everyone was asking when this would show up - I'd told them that generally when WD starts handing them out to gatherings, it's typically within a week or two. Here it is a week later! Now the only question is - 1 or 2...?

Edit: 2% RS? Really? Wow. Doesn't come across as "sweet" at all. Crisp, fresh, fruity... not sweet.

Also: For up to 4 players, level 21 and over.
Red
12/27/2010 - cheron98 wrote:
93 points
OLD wine, can tell it was absolutely astonishing in its prime, as it is still a beautiful thing. Still had great color and good flavor left to it, and still a touch of tannin structure. Weird nose - vinyl/plastic inflatables primarily, but the flavor still showed cherries, berries, tar and, well, old wine, with a clean (but short) finish. There was a lot of variation in the bottle though, as two of the glasses poured were undrinkable, and the rest were just fine. Very strange. The flavor peak was between 15-45 minutes after opening (which was fine - there were 8 of us sharing the bottle, so we each got a good taste of it and it went quickly).
Red
2005 Twisted Oak *%#&@! Sierra Foothills Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
1/30/2011 - cheron98 wrote:
90 points
This + pizza = awesome! Still drinking beautifully and has moved into the pop n pour realm.
Red
8/30/2010 - cheron98 wrote:
90 points
Tobacco, earth, and dark fruits on the nose. Blueberry, plum, and black cherry across the palate followed by smoke and oak. Nice smooth finish, very well balanced. Went great with the pizza we ordered.
Red
5/11/2010 - cheron98 wrote:
79 points
Disjointed and flabby. Lots of fruit right up front, falling flat on the midpalate and transitioning to a weird finish. Too sweet-tasting, food only made it worse. Indistinct fruits on the entry and exit. I've had worse. I've had much better.
White
2006 Twisted Oak %@#$! Sierra Foothills White Rhone Blend (view label images)
4/30/2010 - cheron98 wrote:
89 points
Flavor profile consistent with previous notes, but with a touch of aged-taste to it as well. Still just darn fun to drink. I let this one sit open in the fridge for a little more than a week, and by the time I got to the bottom of the bottle, it was all peaches and apricots... Like biting into a fresh peach. With a weeeee little bit of shoe polish (age).
White
2/17/2010 - cheron98 wrote:
89 points
Had this for the 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies party I held. Really beautiful, easy drinking wine. Lovely floral and summery fruits on the nose. Nice acidity, not too sweet (rated as semi-dry from the winery), with minerals and stone fruits on the palate. Good full flavors across the palate from front to back, with a dry finish that leaves you refreshed.
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Red
2005 Twisted Oak *%#&@! Sierra Foothills Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
2/8/2010 - cheron98 wrote:
Still drinking beautifully. Has a nice bit of age on it now to add a new layer of funky flavor on top of the fruits, which are still very present. Expect this one to continue drinking well for the next couple of years.
Red
1/7/2010 - cheron98 wrote:
92 points
Color 5/5: Super dark inky, almost-black purple. Huge amounts of color extraction on this.

Nose 12/15: Classic tempranillo nose with an overlay of soft vanilla, aromatic spices, and touches of floral with an underlying earthiness.

Taste 8/10: Berries, cherries, cocoa, cinnamon and cardamom. Tastes very lightly oaked, really smooth and well balanced.

Finish 9/10: Mocha and dirt, with a really nice subtly spicy ending that just goes on. Nice tannin punch. Really satisfying finish.

Aging 4/5: This one is set to just get better with time. I'd say this one will cellar beautifully for quite a while.

Overall 4/5: Really wonderful to drink. This is a beautiful wine and I'm going to need to find more of it to see how it develops over time. Lovely.
White
1/7/2010 - cheron98 wrote:
90 points
Color: (5/5)
Pale lemony yellow, like pure lemon juice. Clear, very nice color.

Nose: (12/15)
Vanilla dominates with soft herbal and floral background. Musty oak barrels, like when you walk into a winery's barrel room, a smell I wish I could bottle up and take home. Pretty nose. Not super complex, but pretty.

Taste: (8/10)
Grapefruit and canteloupe are the first things to hit. There is a slightly sweet taste to this, although I believe it is considered dry. Nice summery fruitiness to it. I was a little worried there would be a lot of oak on the palate given the nose, but it really isn't there. Good acidity, crisp and clean. Slightly hot, though.

Finish: (8/10)
Ah, there's the oak. Very subtle though. A nice vanilla finish that stretches on. There's a touch of minerality in the finish as well, and way on the back end, a little vegetal.

Aging: (2/5)
This wine may not have peaked yet - seems like there's still a little integration that could happen in here. Will probably hold up well for another couple of years.

Overall: (5/5)
I must admit, I liked this more than I thought I would. I absolutely adore the combination of smelling that old-musty-barrels and tasting the fruits together more than I anticipated. Really pretty wine, worthy of the Wellington label.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Mumm Napa Brut Rosé Napa Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
1/7/2010 - cheron98 wrote:
87 points
because this is a non-vintage, I am not scoring on aging. Aging means nothing to a non-vintage, so the overall rating will be out of 10 points.

Color: (5/5)
Rich pink, almost salmon colored with good clarity. Nicely sized bubbles that trail from the bottom of the glass to the top that make really pretty patterns when you twirl the glass.

Nose: (11/15)
Strawberries and raspberries up front. Summery, pleasant, but simple.

Taste: (8/10)
More fizzy in the mouth than the bubbles would lead you to believe. Tastes very much like a raspberry spritzer. Nice and dry, clean. Really tasty.

Finish: (6/10)
Short but pleasant. Nothing memorable about it though.

Overall: (7/10)
Really good stuff, very easy drinking. Fun to drink, too, with the fizziness!
Red
12/31/2009 - cheron98 wrote:
96 points
This is by far my gold standard for Cabernet. It's still a BABY, though, and really requires more bottle time. Definitely needed a good bit of air to open up and really shine. If you're patient enough to let it sit in a decanter for a few hours or have a vinturi to run it through a few times before drinking, go for it. But personally, my bottles are going to sit for some time before I open another. Absolutely beautiful.
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White - Sparkling
2001 Woot Cellars Reboot North Coast Champagne Blend (view label images)
12/16/2009 - cheron98 wrote:
83 points
Color: 5/5 - Good clarity, pale yellow in color, like wheat. A good number of smallish bubbles floated eagerly upwards from the bottom of the glass to the top. Pretty.

Nose: 11/15 - Pleasant but on the plain side. Granny smith apples were the first thing to come to mind. Friend agreed and said like very new granny smiths. Other friend waxed poetic about honeysuckle and pears. I eventually could see the honeysuckle, but not sure I would've gotten there without the suggestion. I also pulled out some wheat toast.

Taste: 6/10 - Again, pleasant but plain. Predominantly pears and sour apples. Friend added really early season white grapes. It was tart, for sure.

Finish: 6/10 - Meh. Salty. Like rock salt. Very minerally finish, and it lasted forever. Not unpleasant, but not really the kind of finish I like to have.

Aging: 2/5 - It's probably peaking now, so I would definitely have these for New Years and not really plan on holding it for long.

Overall: 3/5 - I didn't dislike it. It didn't rock my socks, either. But we did finish the bottle tonight. It drinks very easily, and will be just perfect for a party when you have food floating around and everyone's in good spirits. We broke out some Brandini Toffee to have with it, and they complemented really well. Could also see having this with a rich cheesecake, soft sweet creamy cheeses, desserts, strawberries.
Rosé
12/9/2009 - cheron98 wrote:
88 points
Color: (5/5)
Salmon pink with good clarity. Seems to have sat on the skins just long enough to impart this beautiful shade.

Nose: (11/15)
Strawberries right off the bat, a touch of citrus and mineral. Grapefruit becomes distinct after a bit.

Taste: (8/10)
Strawberry and raspberry up front with a little creaminess. It has a good rich mouthfeel. Plum follows, turning into Jolly Rancher watermelon. No heat - really easy drinking. Bright, almost crisp, with good acidity.

Finish: (8/10)
Vanilla and cherries, melting away to a little woodiness. Fades away to some green herbs (parsley in particular) then dissipates.

Aging: (2/5)
2 years and holding well, but would recommend drinking sooner rather than later. This is its peak, for sure.

Overall: (4/5)
Really tasty. I'm enjoying this quite a bit. Make sure it gets a good chill before drinking it.
Red
11/10/2009 - cheron98 wrote:
86 points
Color: 5/5
Deep plum, excellent clarity. Color just slightly pulls back from the glass, but only barely.

Nose: 12/15
The first scent to come to mind was of roses, followed by violets. Very floral nose, with a finishing scent of spices, predominantly cinnamon. A very mixed potpourri nose, but kind of simple at the same time.

Taste: 7/10
Start with a bite from a fresh plum. Pop in a few chocolate-covered raspberries and cherries. Take another bite of the plum. That's it. Not very complicated, on the sweeter side, really needs some food to temper it.

Finish: 7/10
The plum continues on the finish along with the sweetness, and a touch of vanilla with a little bit of cherry cough syrup. The finish goes on and on, but it's mostly plum. I like the finish more than the palate.

Aging: 2/5
I'd say this will probably stick around until 2012. 6 years from vintage date.

Overall: 3/5
Certainly not my favorite from Scott Harvey. I liked the 2004 vintage better, which does not have the Forte addition. Apparently when bottling the magnums of the 2006, it was a different blend that is more in the dry style, closer to the 2004. It's tasty, definitely a food wine. Trying to drink it alone is tough.

Total: 86pts
Red
10/15/2009 - cheron98 wrote:
92 points
As good as remembered. This wine has now dragged on (opened) in my fridge for well over a week and is still holding strong. Incredible age-able, enormous QPR, this is just a fantastic wine.
White
N.V. The Round Barn Winery Vineyard Tears Lake Michigan Shore Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay (view label images)
10/11/2009 - cheron98 wrote:
88 points
Tasted at the winery. The current bottling is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Muller Thurgau, unoaked. This is a really nice, crisp wine with good acidity. Floral and citrus nose, lemon, stone fruits, and spice across the palate. Well balanced and very enjoyable. Serve cold.
Red
9/3/2009 - cheron98 wrote:
92 points
Color: 5/5
Deep deep purple, inky dark loveliness

Nose: 14/15
Raspberries, currants, black pepper, mustiness, blueberries, touch of oak, a touch of earth. A sit'n'sniff all day wine!

Taste: 8/10
Blackberries & chocolate at the front, black pepper on the mid-palate. Somewhat herby.

Finish: 8/10
Raisinettes, vanilla, oak.

Aging: 3/5
Drinking beautifully now, seems like it will hold a little while longer.

Overall: 4/5
Arguably one of my favorites. One of Ty's "lower end" bottles, makes a great every day drinker that also works well on special occasions. Lovely, lovely wine.
Rosé
8/18/2009 - cheron98 wrote:
90 points
Color: 5/5
Deep pink, like the flesh of wild-caught Alaskan salmon

Nose: 14/15
Lovely nose of rose hips, tangerine, thyme, mint, fresh herbs and florals. A little sweet, a little tangy.

Taste: 8/10
Summery berries - raspberries, strawberries, mulberries, with earthy undertones, and just a touch of tannin. A wee bit thin on the mid-palate, but otherwise a nicely structured wine.

Finish: 7/10
A little plain - a touch of oak, perhaps like vanilla creme. Short. Pleasant, but not a whole lot there.

Aging: 2/5 - drink now - 2011

Overall: 4/5
I like this wine a lot. I first tried this one at a local wine store with a number of friends. We all walked out with a bottle or two each.
White
6/14/2009 - cheron98 wrote:
82 points
Color: 5/5
Honeysuckle yellow, good clarity

Nose: 10/15
honey, apple, pear, herbs. Very light. A little difficult to pull the aromas out.

Taste: 7/10
Slightly fizzy, crisp and clean, pears, peaches, starfruit. Not complex, just tasty. Semi-dry.

Finish: 6/10
Apricot, a little bit of petroleum, nice. Short, though.

Aging: 1/5
Yeah right. Drink it within a year of purchase. Especially since they're NV. I do have to admit, though, it held up nicely enough in the fridge to be used in a lovely tomato sauce a few weeks later.

Overall: 3/5
Really nice. Not complex, but an easy drinker. Excellent for summer.
Red
6/15/2009 - cheron98 wrote:
89 points
This really is an all-around kind of wine. Dinner consisted of tacos de carnitas, grilled veggies (tri-color bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes), and deep-fried taquitos and mini beef tacos, along with some bread and manchego and cheddar. The Tempranillo paired wonderfully with all of it.

The nose was really rather closed upon opening, but eventually took on aromas of vanilla, some fruit, and earthiness. Across the palate was sour cherry and the barest hint of spice, silky smooth with no heat, and one of the Twisted Twio commented on there being a bit of something citrus to it. Not a real complex wine, but enjoyable for sure!

If you have Tempranillo-specific glasses, be sure to use them, as we found the flavors and aromas more pronounced in these glasses as opposed to Cabernet/generic red glasses.
Red
6/15/2009 - cheron98 wrote:
87 points
The 2005 Murgatroyd still could use a little time in the bottle to mellow out, but it's pretty enjoyable right now. Practically pop and pour - it's a little hot right out of the bottle, so let it air in your glass, but it doesn't really require decanting.

The nose has layers of spice and fruit - predominantly fruit at first (strawberry, blueberry, blackberry), but mellowing out later with earthy notes, tar, and tobacco. The flavors across the palate follow from the nose, hitting at the forefront with fruit, with black pepper and other spices hitting the midpalate and finishing with oakiness. The description says there's nutmeg, but I didn't catch that - which is good because nutmeg is a real turnoff for me. As time opens the wine, the finish stretches out, adding on layers of earthiness and chocolate. Tannins come to the party, and the wine takes on a distinctly cabernet-like feel to it. It rounds out nicely, making for a nicely balanced, enjoyable wine.

This was paired with tapas for dinner, including an asada tri-tip roast, which had a good peppery kick to it. The wine held up really well to the spice, so don't be afraid to pepper up your food with this one.

Pairing suggestions: Tapas, Tacos and Taquitos! Manchego cheese, robust beef (ribeye, sirloin, tri-tip).
Red
2002 Big Moose Red California Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
6/15/2009 - cheron98 wrote:
77 points
Nothing memorable about it. Can't complain for the meager $4 I spent on it.
Red
5/16/2009 - cheron98 wrote:
Wine.Woot Detroit #6 - Detroit Dark & Delicious (Northville, MI): This was part of the DTW #6 tasting. Full notes to come.
Rosé
5/6/2009 - cheron98 wrote:
76 points
Definitely past its prime. Weird nose, dirty on the palate, but has a nice floral fruit behind it. Strawberry, cherry, dirt, mulch... Strange but alright. A little boring, but I can't complain for the $3 I paid for it.
Rosé
2007 Scott Harvey One Last Kiss Rosé Sonoma County Rosé Blend
4/20/2009 - cheron98 wrote:
86 points
Color: 5/5
Really pale pink. Just a hint of a red tint to it. Really pretty.

Nose: 11/15
A little difficult to pull out distinctive scents. A little on the generic side. Citrus with a touch of strawberry. Some orange peel and watermelon.

Taste: 8/10
Smooth vanilla, with cherry as the predominant fruit. Honeydew and pineapple follow with a faint bit of lemon. There's some herbaceousness to it as well. Excellent acidity with good balance.

Finish: 7/10
The cherry carries through to the finish, along with watermelon. Clean and enjoyable, mid-length.

Aging: 1/5
If you have it, drink it now. Doesn't seem like it was made to age (as most roses are not). It's ready to go, but it's probably peaking right now.

Overall: 4/5
Solid effort. Fun to drink. Good rose, especially for the price.
Red
4/13/2009 - cheron98 wrote:
86 points
Black pepper, strawberry and raspberry on the nose, with minerally fruity flavors on the palate. A bit thin, but nice to drink and very pleasant with food. Pretty well balanced, no lingering heat or unpleasantness on the finish. Definitely requires a little opening-up time.
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