Tasting Notes for G.A. Parker

(162 notes on 162 wines)

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Red
Dark rose from Georgia made with the aladasturi grape. Floral nose, passionfruit, a bit natural/skin contact/phenolic tasting. Decanted for ~30 min and is much more integrated. A bit of a plain yogurt lactic note underneath tropical fruit and citrus. Nice structure that stood up to Thai red curry, and was refreshing enough to balance it. Would be a nice porch pounder on a hot day.
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White
White Rhone blend with a little bit of skin contact. Acidic/phenolic upon first opening. Lots of fruit on the nose- stone to tropical fruit, peaches, some greenness. With some air becomes much more integrated, with a fuller feeling midpalate. Drank with spaghetti carbonara, and the acidity made it a good pairing that cut through the richness.
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Rosé
Aromatic nose of tart red fruits- pomegranate, hibiscus, and some spiced pear compote. Just a hint of savory funkiness. Robust color, in this case representative of robust body. Lots of acidity on the finish, but supported by the round mid-palate mouthfeel. Nice pairing with spicy takeout sushi.
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Red
1/1/2019 - G.A. Parker Likes this wine:
88 points
Took a little while to open up. Red fruited, some baking spice, bay leaf. High toned, cranberry, lots of acid but comes across a bit thin.
White - Off-dry
Bought at auction and held for ~1 year. Opened during Christmas Eve dinner with the family to go with Christmas fruitcake and creme brûlée. Amber colored, enticing nose that hasn’t lost its florality, with tropical fruits, baking spices plus some vanilla/caramel undertones. Nice level of sweetness, not syrupy in any way, still enough acid to keep it balanced. Lingering complex finish. Really nice, everyone at the table enjoyed it. Seems like it has enough structure to keep holding on, but primary fruit is fading.
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White
2016 Sans Liege Côtes-du-Coast Central Coast White Rhone Blend (view label images)
Aromatic nose of dried mango, pineapple, crystallized ginger and honey. Lush mouthfeel, nice full body, but with lots of acid. Very balanced example of bigger bodied/ripe wine. Rhone-style blend of viognier, roussane, grenache blanc and marsanne.
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Fruit/Vegetable Wine
Opened to sip on while doing the Thanksgiving cooking as it is only 5%. Made from the fruit of 300 year old pear trees in Normandy. Very aromatic nose, smells like what the most perfectly ripe pear must taste like, with some warm baking spices and stony minerality. Very refreshing, with a nice balance of slight sweetness, acidity and bubbles. A great expression of pears, which I usually find either hard, mealy or tasteless.
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Red
2017 Envinate Benje Ycoden Daute Isora Listán Prieto (view label images)
Some reductive sulfur on initial opening that blew off quickly. Bright red fruit, black pepper, allspice, blood orange. Fresh acidity, a bit thin on the midpalate if I were to nitpick. Drank with pasta and chicken liver ragu, the bright fruit and acidity made it a good palate refresher.
White - Sparkling
11/8/2018 - G.A. Parker Likes this wine:
89 points
Green apple, chalk, nutty and sweet marzipan, very refreshing, lots of acidity but with fruit and a bit of body to balance. Drank with Melissa Clark's onion and bacon quiche - nice pairing that cut through the richness.
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Red
11/4/2018 - G.A. Parker Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted upon opening, but poured the first glasses immediately. Plums, acidic yellow peaches, lavender, fresia, rosemary. Lots of fresh fruit and acidity, nice weight and long finish. Really liked this bottling from a few vintages ago when I tried it and this bottle was not a dissapointment.
Red
Plum frangipane tart, fig butter, dust, rosemary, grape jolly ranchers. Expressive nose that opens up with time. Lush and a bit heavy in the mouth, in a nice way. Good acidity on the finish that makes it easy to drink. Oak is there but not overt. Drank with some baked stuffed shells in marinara, but this wine screams fall to me and would be great with the earthier foods that go with it (squash ravioli, mushroom dishes, Thanksgiving fare, etc.).
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Red
10/13/2018 - G.A. Parker Likes this wine:
88 points
Poured with a bit of effervescence. Luxardo cherry syrup and sage, very light bodied (skim milk texture) but not thin, lots of acid on the finish. Not complex but food friendly, would be an great pairing with salami/cured meats.
Red
Strawberries, tomato leaf, cranberry sauce with warm spices. Fullish mouthfeel, with some prickly tannin and mouthwatering acidity at the finish. Very food friendly, nice wine.
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Red
My first time trying a bottle of one of Turley’s vineyard designate zinfandels after enjoying a couple of their lower-level blends. PnP, Ned picked out to go with chicken parmesan meatballs + garlic bread. Plums, fig jam, strawberry pie, walnut shells and dried dill, nose a bit hot, but barely. Nice mouthfeel, lush mid palate, balance tannins, and nice acid (didn’t find to be too much as previous tasters did). Overall enjoyable wine, makes me look forward to trying other Turley offerings.
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Red
8/5/2018 - G.A. Parker Likes this wine:
90 points
Macerated cherries, tart raspberries, thyme, black pepper, fresh alfalfa hay. Juicy and full midpalate, long finish with some drying tannin on the tongue and nice acid. Paired well with food (leftover deep dish and spicy cucumber salad). Fresh and vibrant, a really enjoyable wine.
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White
8/3/2018 - G.A. Parker wrote:
Bought this bottle because I had never heard of Carignan Blanc - apparently it's similar to grapes like Pinot and Grenache in that it can mutate to a white-skinned fruit. From the Aude region of Languedoc-Roussillon, but declassified as a Vin de France. Despite being a cool/geeky wine, it was just okay. Pretty muted nose, some apple juice and lemon. Fuller bodied, with some acid and alcohol on the finish. Decent table wine- although nothing compelling, we did finish the bottle. Happy to have tried it for its uniqueness, wouldn't purchase again.
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Red
Bought at Minimo in Oakland at the recommendation of the staff, who described this as something different and fun. Very strong savory, wet gravel and soil notes upon opening. Metallic, bloody(!) finish and aftertaste- one of the most intense wines I've tasted. Splash decanted it and let it be for an hourish. Happy to report that it evolved- still a very savory, mineral wine, but with the addition of red fruit, strawberries, raspberries. Nice texture, balanced, not hot or overwhelmingly tannic. Definitely a really interesting wine that speaks to its volcanic origin.
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White
7/26/2018 - G.A. Parker Likes this wine:
91 points
I'm usually not a big fan of gewürztraminer, but Ned is. When he goes shopping for wine without me he tends to bring a bottle of it home. This time, I'm really glad he did. The nose has floral and white peach notes, with subdued elegance. I think there is a bit of skin contact here; not enough to take over the wine's character, but just enough to counter the perfumed, oily quality that this grape sometimes has. The slight phenolic bitterness and abundance of acidity play perfectly with the tangerine, salty pineapple, and green papaya notes. Really delicious, approachable and food friendly expression of this grape.
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White
7/18/2018 - G.A. Parker Likes this wine:
88 points
Bought after having a glass of another higher level Richter Riesling bottling at a wine bar. Opened to drink with homemade Panang curry. Lush nose, pineapple, ripe pear, Not quite petrol, but some sort of oily/industrial note. Fruit forward palate, definitely some RS at 9.5%, but mostly balanced by the acidity. Would definitely reccomend to drink very cold. Overall a solid, food friendly wine at $13.99.
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White
7/1/2018 - G.A. Parker Likes this wine:
88 points
Needed 30 minutes or so to open up and reveal a lush nose of ripe stone fruit, lemon curd, and pineapple. Palate is acidic, but I don't get any of the fruit that's prevalent on the nose, giving it a watery quality. Ned says he gets honeydew ("watery fruit"). Nice, but indistinct.
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White - Sparkling
6/21/2018 - G.A. Parker Likes this wine:
89 points
Cloudy yellow, big head that fades to flat fairly quickly in the glass. Floral nose, ripe orchard and stone fruits. A lusher mouthfeel than I remember some other bottles having, but with lots of acid rounding it out. Some oxidative notes on the finish, Ned says he gets some banana.
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Red
Drank over two nights. Red and purple fruits, smokiness and lots of warm baking spice. A weighty midpalate with a balanced finish. Some noticeable oaky caramel notes the first night that integrated overnight. More robust than a lot of the wines we prefer but still light on its feet.
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Red
Fresh, not showing any aged characteristics to me. Red fruit, some earthy soil notes, very clean, balanced with mild tannin on the finish. Don’t have a very descriptive note writtten, but this was one of my favorite wines of the night.
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Red
I couldn’t quite put my finger on what this smelled like - the best I got was rose syrup, soapy florality, greeness. Red fruit, a bit watery mid palate, black peppery on the finish with a bit of tannin. Interesting to try a Blaufrankisch grown in California.
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White
Tropical fruits, unripe mango, some peaches in syrup, very fruity and refreshing, lots of acidity and a long finish.
Rosé
Rose petals, berry medley, and a savoury earthy character on the nose. Lush/rich mid-palate, with acidity to balance out the finish. Really nice rose with some substance to it. Great with pre-dinner cheese and charcuterie.
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Rosé
Drank over two nights. Lemons, kumquats, unripe melons, some floraility, minerality. First night was nice, but a little out of balance for me with a too tart/harsh finish (and I normally love acid), second night was much improved, picking up some roundess in the mouth, with a more lush berry fruit character.
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Red
5/25/2018 - G.A. Parker Likes this wine:
89 points
Berries, rose petals, dust, and a cough syrup/medicinal quality. On the orange/brown side of red, light bodied, acid driven with a small hint of alcohol on the finish. Needed a bit of air after opening the screwtop. Not totally sure if this is a different bottling than the last Heitlinger Pinot Meunier we had, but does have a different label and is designated reserve on the back so I added it to CT. Overall a nice wine, nothing complex but pleasant to drink.
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Red
5/21/2018 - G.A. Parker Likes this wine:
90 points
Translucent ruby-violet in the glass, drank a bit chilled. Very aromatic, juicy, red fruit, cherries in syrup, thyme. Velvety texture, Red fruit, sour plums, soil, garrigue, all wrapped up with a mouthwatering tart cranberry sauce finish. Really nice, gulpable, great with food.
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Red
5/12/2018 - G.A. Parker Likes this wine:
91 points
Dark purple-magenta in the glass, lots of black pepper and greeness that blew off after some time in the glass. Plenty of red and blue fruits on the nose, some dust, potting soil and thyme. Juicy and herbal with an acid driven finish. I always keep my eye out for wines from Regnie and I'm glad I picked this up. A steal at $19.
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White
4/25/2018 - G.A. Parker Likes this wine:
89 points
Golden in the glass, smells like lemon zest, lemon curd, and honeysuckle. Roundish mouthfeel with zingy citrus, limestone, a hint of vanilla. Paired nicely with homemade Thai panang curry.
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Red
Red fruit, minerality, not much cab franc greenness. Drank well over two nights, corked in the fridge in between. Paired well with food. A nice but somewhat indistinct wine.
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Red
Opened before dinner and this was smelling pretty funky. Decanted for about an hour and then poured back into the bottle for transportation. During dinner I thought most of the banyard had blown off, leaving a very aromatic nose of red fruits, citrus, tea, and just a bit of funkiness. Bright with juicyness and minerality, lots of acidity. I enjoyed this a lot.
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Red
Purple fruits, fuller bodied, lush upfront with a somewhat watery mid palate - finish. Paired well with food, not a complex wine but nice.
White - Sparkling
Very expressive nose, a hint of burnt rubber that blew off, cinnamon baked apples. On the palate tart granny smith apples and almonds, long finish with a somewhat bitter note followed by mouthwatering acidity. Very nice, especially with some pre-dinner snacks.
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Red
Blackberries, florality, cocoa powder, dried herbs. Lush mouthfeel, a darker and more robust Mencia than the Ribeira Sacra we drank recently. Nice acidity with balanced tannin and alcohol. Paired decently with burgers with goat cheese, fig jam, and arugula. A solid wine for $17.
Red
3/30/2018 - G.A. Parker Likes this wine:
88 points
Translucent violet in the glass, smells like boysenberries, macerated cherries, dust, underbrush and a chalky note. Fruit forward, nice acidity, a bit of alcohol on the finish but integrates with some air. For whatever reason we don't drink much Spanish wine, but this was nice and a good QPR at $17.
Red
3/23/2018 - G.A. Parker Likes this wine:
91 points
Welp, we ripped and sipped this one. Very fragrant nose, red fruits, candied fruits, with a savory graphite underpinning. Palate is juicy, red and dark fruits, fresh acidity with tannins that just dry your toungue on the finish but aren’t unpleasant. Herbal, minty finish with fruit and acidity carrying it through. Has the fresh juiciness that I look for in wine, but the complexity that doesn’t always go with it. Ned said he wished we had bought two - we’ll definitely be looking for this retail.
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Red
3/9/2018 - G.A. Parker Likes this wine:
89 points
Was intrigued because I haven't seen a bottling of still Pinot Meunière before and I really like the reds coming out of Baden. Gave it a go for $18. Juicy, strawberries, raspberry pound cake. Balanced but short finish. Not complex but really delicious.
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Red
Transleucent ruby in the glass, Strawberry jam, fresh, balanced but also a bit flat. My notes say that this gained some body with air.
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Red
Fresh and juicy red fruits, floral, nice acidity, balanced finish with no apparent alochol or tannins. Really nice. My favorite of the Produttori wines we tasted that night.
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Red
2/17/2018 - G.A. Parker wrote:
Similar nose to the Montestefano with red fruits and a bit of dustiness. Hot on the finish.
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Red
2/17/2018 - G.A. Parker wrote:
Dusty red fruit, baking spices, lots of acid, peppery finish.
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Red
2/17/2018 - G.A. Parker wrote:
Nose was surprisingly similar to the older wines we drank before it with vanilla oak and dried fruit (perhaps leftover from my glass?), however palate was very fresh with red fruits, balanced, a bit of astringency on the finish.
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Red
2/17/2018 - G.A. Parker wrote:
Expressive nose with tea, cranberry cocktail and a bit of cough syrup/medicinal herbs. Palate is very tertiary, integrated structure.
Red
2/21/2018 - G.A. Parker wrote:
Bought this for a Bordeaux themed dinner a long time ago but wasn’t opened that night. Finally popped it to go with a steak dinner. Drank over two nights. Green bell pepper, jalapeno notes on the nose, espescially right after opening. Darker fruits like blackberries, plums, with a earthiness on the finish. This is a balanced wine. 12.5% alcohol, not hot, oaky or overy tannic. Full bodied with a lush texture midpalate. Ned and I both prefer a lighter style but this was a solid bottle.
White
2/3/2018 - G.A. Parker Likes this wine:
89 points
Cloudy, structured, and tastes like it had a bit of skin contact. Citrus, glycerine, and some floral notes. Fresh acidity, food friendly and opens up a lot with air.
Red
2/2/2018 - G.A. Parker Likes this wine:
89 points
Juicy, red fruited, cranberry cocktail, a hint of dill on the finish. Food friendly but delicious by itself.
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Red
1/27/2018 - G.A. Parker Likes this wine:
88 points
A bit hot with oaky caramel notes upon first opening. Opened up with red fruits, black tea, some spiciness and a mineral/almost chloriney note. Balanced with fresh acidity. Drank with deep dish pizza, but enjoyed my glass after eating more than during.
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White
1/26/2018 - G.A. Parker Likes this wine:
90 points
This was a really great wine. Nose of white flowers, white peach, salt and minerality. Tastes like orange blossoms, stone fruit, sea breeze and fresh cut grass. Really nice acidly and minerality as counterpoint to the complex aromatics. Drank with lemon pasta and Suzanne Goin's slow cooked kale, both a bit spicy, and it was a nice pairing. Ned bought as part of a mystery six pack from the the winery - what a nice surprise!
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