Tasting Notes for fotomill

(540 notes on 454 wines)

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Red
7/5/2020 - fotomill Likes this wine:
94 points
Heavy in body and alcohol, lots of tannins but formed in sediments so the liquid is creamy smooth. Blueberry, cloves, pepper, nice fresh oak, later a hint of vanilla. A little overly bitter.
White
5/28/2020 - fotomill Likes this wine:
89 points
a bit like Marlborough SB, plus raspberry note in finish. Starts from 90/100, ending in 87/100. So drink in an hour, once opened.
Red
5/23/2020 - fotomill Likes this wine:
93 points
Quite aged, with a tint of red brick, medium plus bodied, complex, tobacco, spices, good amount of tannins, slightly stinky not in a bad way, a good classy old world BDM.
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Red
4/25/2020 - fotomill Likes this wine:
91 points
Already ripe, so dried jujube is dominant. Thought it would be gone in hours but it lasted a week. Quite bitter and salty, strong, starting from medium plus to full, a bit thick. Good but not enough finesse. 91+/100
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White
3/8/2020 - fotomill Likes this wine:
92 points
Fresh citrus, quince, soon becoming woody.
Red
4/5/2020 - fotomill Likes this wine:
93 points
Very nice acidity, medium bodied, clear ruby, salty, cherry, raspberry, black olive, tobacco, licorice, almost no puckering tannins, very smooth, somewhat like a good BDM. Best on day 3.
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Red
3/13/2020 - fotomill Likes this wine:
94 points
Concentrated berries, wood components, full bodied, well balanced, great QPR.
White
3/19/2020 - fotomill Likes this wine:
91 points
Very concentrated tropic fruits, with fresh acidity.
Red
3/6/2020 - fotomill Likes this wine:
93 points
Very classy red with all elements at hand. Good concentrated berries, oak, a hint of vanilla, spices like menthol and pepper. Medium plus tannins, almost full bodied. Dry but it's got a minimum amount of pleasing sweetness. When aerated enough, it tastes quite like a good Aussie shiraz. This is accented with a nice acidity, reminding me of an Italian Super Tuscan.
White
2/28/2020 - fotomill Likes this wine:
93 points
Very concentrated, not as bitter as usial, which is good. A (much) better version of E Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc plus classy oak and vanilla. 93+/100.
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Red
2/19/2020 - fotomill Likes this wine:
91 points
Concentrated berries, dark purplish red, medium plus bodied growing into full bodied, (Szechuan) pepper. Good but fairly simple and too much alcohol. 91+/100
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Red
2/8/2020 - fotomill Likes this wine:
91 points
Very concentrated purplish Malbec blend with roughly equal amount of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The liquor is very smooth, concentrated blueberry, hints of black pepper, some floral note. 91+/100. Good QPR.
White - Sparkling
2/5/2020 - fotomill Likes this wine:
93 points
Very classic Champagne, with ripeness and freshness combined.
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White
2/1/2020 - fotomill Likes this wine:
89 points
Nice classic Chablis. Simple but satisfying.
Red
2010 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/24/2020 - fotomill Likes this wine:
94 points
Classic full bodied Bordeaux. Still quite fresh with just a hint of nice acidity and floral notes. Best after an hour, when sweetness opens up and it gets smoother. Seems the 36% Merlot plays its role. No need to aerate is n afvance but need to decant due to the sediments.
Red
1/20/2020 - fotomill Likes this wine:
89 points
Always a great QPR wine. Beautiful color, medium bodied. Concentrated berries (raspberries, cherries, and some blueberries), sweet, bitter, with right acidity, cedar, a note of menthol, and just a hint of vanilla on finish.
White
1/9/2020 - fotomill Likes this wine:
90 points
Refreshing salty citrus plus quince, then raspberry and vanilla, almost exactly the same as raspberry icecream, plus some rose petals. The flavor itself tastes quite natural but I suspect they use some artificial flavors for the raspberry icecream note.
Red
1/6/2020 - fotomill Likes this wine:
89 points
Starts from medium, ending in medium plus body, getting gradually tannic. Raspberry, blackberry, vanilla, or Häagen-Dazs raspberry icecream or chocolate. Peculiar. This winery seems to use some kind of artificial flavors because their Viura+Chardonnay shows exactly the same flavor notes of Häagen-Dazs raspberry icecream.
Red
2014 EgoMei Rioja Alma Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
1/1/2020 - fotomill Likes this wine:
93 points
Great again. 93/100 or more.
Red
1/1/2020 - fotomill Likes this wine:
92 points
Quite classy, definitely of Bordeaux. But second thought says is this Italian? Because of the unexpected acidity. Tannic, rough with particles, medium plus bodied, a bit weakened, blackberry, oak. 92+/100 at best.
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Red
12/21/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
95 points
Excellent balance of everything, fruits, sweetness, bitterness, wood and spices. Very smooth and full, plush. Lots of fragrant blueberries and vivid raspberries, which is unusual. Cloves, pepper, vanilla, oak, sweet chocolate. The full contents of flavor overwhelm the otherwise overwhelming high level of alcohol, 16%. One of the most delicious red wines.
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White
12/21/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
92 points
As always, fragrant, fruity, elegant. Ripe honeyed apple, lychee, apricot, lemon. Sweeter version Viognier. 91~92/100.
Red
2016 EgoMei Rioja Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
12/17/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
90 points
Always great QPR. 90+
Red
12/1/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
93 points
Most concentrated vintage, almost salty. Mixed berries, cloves, pepper, oak, balsamic, a hint of perfume, plus butter. Very clean.
Red
12/8/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
91 points
Very consistent performance through the years. Medium+ to full bodied, somewhat tannic, black+blueberries, vanilla, balsamic, tobacco, menthol, a bit of sweet pepper. Good QPR.
Red
2016 EgoMei Rioja Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
11/21/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
92 points
Almost full bodied, good acidity, nice combination of blueberry, plum, oak+cedar, (Szechuan) pepper, vanilla, balsamic. Medium plus tannins. Best QPR. Best example of serious efforts with a minimum price. And best enjoyed on day 3.
Red
11/15/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
94 points
Excellent combination of berries, woods and spices. Blueberry, plum, oak, a bit of butter, plus menthol. Dark dense ruby with a touch of purple. Full bodied of course. Great. 94/100 at best, 93+/100 overall.
Red
11/9/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
90 points
Bitter, indeed. Very transparent ruby, looks like a Pinot Noir. Medium minus body. Bitter berries and wood with acidity. Tastes a bit like whiskey due to high alcohol, 16%. Blend of 55% Corvinone, 25% Corvina, 20% Rondinella.
White
11/1/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
90 points
Typical Viognier but a bit softer maybe due to its age. Still fragrant. 91/100 on day1.
White
10/29/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
93 points
Very enjoyable wine with a delectable spectrum. Smell of warm pee, oxidized apple, pear, and vanilla. First attack is very refreshing citrus, then follow flowers and some perfume, bee wax, then follows a ton of pure vanilla. It all happens within 10 sec.
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Red
10/29/2019 - fotomill wrote:
89 points
One of the worst QPR wines. Color is a bit murky. Almost full bodied. First smell is like Korean soy sauce like some of better Bordeaux, plus pepper. Dry, little fruit component. Yellow mud wall, crayon. 89/100 at best.
Red
10/21/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
89 points
Very 'Chilean' at first. Smells a bit like sour kimchi. But it fades away in time. Blackberry, plum, cedar, menthol. Medium body, smooth. Best on day 3.
Red
10/25/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
91 points
Very fruity, balanced. Raspberry, black plum, pepper, cedar. Good harmony of acidity, sweetness, and bitterness. Medium finish. Very smooth. Great QPR as always.
Red
2015 Yarra Yering Dry Red N°2 Yarra Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
10/19/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
93 points
Shiraz 95%, Mataro 2.5%, Viognier 2%, Marsanne 0.5%. Very elegant, refined wine with a touch of perfumed white grapes. Medium plus bodied, silky smooth, an excellent combination of fresh sweet red berries, properly bitter wood components, spices like pepper, and acidity. Very fragrant. First glass is 94/100, getting gradually weaker. Overall 93/100.
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Red
2015 EgoMei Rioja Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
10/15/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
90 points
Again great QPR, but a bit too tannic this time.
Red
10/9/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
92 points
Very well balanced, classy. Tastes like second of Valbuena 5. Dense purplish garnet, medium plus bodied. Very enticing nose of berries, flowers and spices. Blueberry, balsamic, coffee, sweet tobacco, oak, maybe violet. Great QPR.
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Red
10/5/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
90 points
Dark purplish garnet, but nore than medium plus bodied. Dark cherry, rose, (Szechuan) pepper, cedar, menthol. At first very sour but gradually diminishes. Best when enjoyed on day2 & 3, after open and close the bottle.
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White
10/1/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
88 points
Rather typical Aussie Riesling. Sour and dry green grape flesh, flint, a hint of gun powder. 88+/100.
Red
9/26/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
89 points
Blend of Garnacha Tinta 50%, Carinena 15%, and Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon. 14.5% Alcohol. Medium plus bodied, slightly purplish ruby with medium plus extraction. Tannins are very smooth. Black cherry, plum, raspverry, a hint of rose, pepper and menthol. Sour and sweet, though it's dry. 89+/100.
Red
9/20/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
89 points
Light bodied, transparent ruby. Very surprising initial nose. Fish scale plus a hint of sweet tobacco foil. The fishiness gradually fades away fortunately. Very prominent palate of rooibos tea, tobacco, earl gray tea, plum tea, sweet and sour, all mixed together. This is a fruit combo tea with some alcohol. 88+/100 average, 89/100 when best. Open and close it, then enjoy 2 days later, when it’s best.
Red
9/13/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
93 points
Dark garnet with just a hint of purple. Medium bodied at first, which grows into full in 2 days. Pomegranate, raspberry, plum, (Szechuan) pepper, floral fragrance soap, very intriguing bouquet. Crushed grape seeds and blueberry on finish. The extravaganza gradually vanishes into some watercolor paint and more sweetness. Best enjoyed by day 2.
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Red
9/12/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
92 points
A nice example of typical Barolo. Saturated transparent ruby, elegant fragrance. Smoked bacon, maybe gooseberry plus elderberry, spices, some dried flowers, not particularly rose. Medium bodied but tannic. Good QPR.
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Red
9/8/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
94 points
Dark ruby, well integrated, smooth, powerful, sweet. Blueberry jam, balsamic, sweet baking spices. Very expressive. For under $50, it's a bargain.
White
9/8/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
92 points
Very much like a Champagne without fizziness. Soft baked bread, cheese, oak, fresh Muscat grape juice, some green apple, all blended into a good balance. 91+/100 average.
White
9/1/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
89 points
Passion fruit, lemon, grapefruit, plus green apple. Quite salty, maybe more minerals than fruits. Starts from 89/100, 88/100 next day.
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Red
8/27/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
90 points
At first it smells and tastes like in between Argentinian and Chilean, becoming more like in between Italian and Rhone. Blackcurrant, black olive, plum, licorice, oregano, balsamic. Medium plus bodied, medium tannins, well balanced, but not quite plush. 90/100 at best. Nice QPR of course.
White - Sparkling
8/24/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
91 points
Still very fragrant, rich lychee, ripe sweet apple, plus some flowers like peony.
Red
8/19/2019 - fotomill wrote:
88 points
Well balanced, but alcohol is too high. Some blackberry, black cherry, just a hint of oak, balsamic, menthol. Good acidity. Starts from medium body, but gradually getting more tannic up to medium plus body. No need for much aeration. Lasts till day 3, when it's 89/100..
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White
8/16/2019 - fotomill Likes this wine:
92 points
Still very good. Fragrant, rich fruity.
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