Tasting Notes for KRKacsuta

(106 notes on 105 wines)

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Red
10/8/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
91 points
This was so nice and in a great spot in my opinion. Much of the fruit character has given way to the more earthy, savory qualities of underbrush, hints of crushed flowers, and some wild mushroom. I also found the dusty, granitic note that I often get with sangiovese. On the palate, the tannins are wll intergrated but still have just enough grip to them. Great length for its age. Caught this bottle at a great time.
Red
9/3/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
92 points
Beautifully refined Barbaresco. While this may not have the structure for the long haul, it is lovely at the moment. The nose has a wondeful rosey perfume, with some forest floor (think wet leaf after rain) and cherry notes as well. The palate has great acid and well structured, but not overly firm tannins. Again, I dont know that this has the structural length for 15-20 years, it makes for pleasant early drinking.
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Red
8/30/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
92 points
A very compelling wine. The nose has an interesting mix of olive brininess, balsamic, and spice. The palate is still quite tight, with firm tannins. The mouthfeel has a similar brine to it. This will continue to evolve for years to come.
Red
8/26/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
93 points
This was drinking beautifully. Pop-n-pour. The nose was powerful and filled with scents of rose potpurri, eucalyptus, spices, mineral scrub, and dried cherry. On the palate, the tannins were firm but weren’t harsh and the spiciness/herbal notes on the nose followed the palate. Nice length on the finish. This is in a lovely place right now.
Red
8/8/2019 - KRKacsuta Likes this wine:
93 points
This is just beautiful. A langhe nebbiolo on an entirely different level. A nose of tar, leather, and earth. There is a distinct spice component as well. The tar and earth follow through the palate, along with gripping, firm tannins and tons of power. This is easily in line with some higher quality barolo out there.
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Red
8/4/2019 - KRKacsuta Likes this wine:
92 points
This is right in the sweet spot of its drinking window. Savory notes on the nose of leather, earth and cooking spices. The palate follows with the savory qualities, namely leather and cedar box. Medium length finish.
Red
8/2/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
92 points
This still has great complexity to it. The nose is full of dill, leather and forest floor. There is also a presence of mushroom and herbal notes. On the palate, I found more leather and forest floor. Awesome stuff
Red
8/1/2019 - KRKacsuta Likes this wine:
91 points
A super juicy wine from start to finish. On the nose, I found cherries, dried strawberry, hints of spice and some floral notes. There is also some lingering granitic quality. The palate expresses a vibrant, juicy quality of strawberry and minerality. A beautifully refreshing wine.
Red
7/25/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
87 points
Took several hours to open up. After 2+ hours of decant, the nose showed hints of dried purple fruit, flinty notes, spice and granite. The palate follows with granitic qualities, mouth-coating tannins.
Red
7/19/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
88 points
Still had some life to it, but certainly on its downward trend. There is tobacco, leather, cooking spices, forest floor, cedar box and dried dill on the nose. The palate has fully integrated, the tannis are resolved, and the palate leans toward the cedar box and leather notes. Bot much in the way of length however.
Red
7/6/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
90 points
Very welcoming and approachable, even at this young stage. Pretty nose of roses, tar, baking spices and herbs. There is also a tiny bit of heat on the nose, but it is ever so slight and will probably reconcile in time. Firm tannins, nice acidity and decent length. Given the price increase with the Conterno acquisition, this is probably a bit overpriced now.
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Red
6/25/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
90 points
Translucent red in the glass that faded toward the bowl. On the nose, I found cherry, strawberry, rose water and tar. The palate leaned toward the rose water characteristics with firm, but not overpowering tannin and juicy acidity. Medium length.
White
6/22/2019 - KRKacsuta Likes this wine:
92 points
The minerality jumps from the glass, starting with the nose. Beautiful notes of white flowers, lemon and some honey. The palate follows with the saline qualities, great acid, and a finish that lingers.
Red
5/19/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
90 points
A nose of roses, spice and tobacco. On the palate, the acidity is wonderful and provides a great backdrop for the spice-driven palate. Relatively good length on the finish.
Red
5/19/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
93 points
Super complex for a langhe. Lovely color. A nose of cherry, roses, and spice box. Great acidity and rounded palate. Wondeful length for a langhe.
Red
4/26/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
90 points
A nose of cherries, baking spices, cloves and floral notes. Very nice texture on the palate, with some more weightiness to it. A mineral character lingers from the palate through the finish. Nice wine indeed, though not a value buy.
Red
4/15/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
93 points
This was just beautiful. A light red color in the glass, that was virtually clear at the edge of the bowl. A spicy cherry on the nose, with some balsamic and earthy notes, with pepper and herbs as well. The palate is full of juicy acid and berries. Beautiful length.
Red
4/12/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
91 points
It took about 4 hours before this began to open. It felt somewhat limp and light at first, but grew to show notes of dried cherry, rose petals, chalk, with hits of orange zest and anise. A bit of leather also became present. Really nice acidity woth firm tannic structure. A first Boschis for me, and Im unsure what to make of it given the current price point.
Red
2015 Castello dei Rampolla Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
4/10/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
91 points
This was a pop and pour. The color was definitely a darker, reddish purple in the glass. The color of beets. On the nose, there was leather, graphite, smoked meat and a mushroom/umami note. The palate was powerful and rich, with tannins that lingered along with the distinct graphite presence that came back on the finish. An enjoyable wine, but it did not feel like a true chianti classico.
Red
4/8/2019 - KRKacsuta Likes this wine:
91 points
I thought this was really pretty. There was an initial, green and stemmy note I was worried about. But that blew off almost immediately. The nose was full of bright red fruit, with cherry and cranberry notes. Also clear orange rind, cinnamon, paprika and baking spices. I also found some flinty, granitic notes at times. An excellent palate with great depth and excellent acid. Impressed.
Red
4/6/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
89 points
The nose was largely muted and light. There were notes of roses, cherry, gravel, hints of smoked meat, and after a few hours, there was a clay-like note that became evident. This still has some acid and clear tannic structure. The palate is far more interesting than the nose.
White - Sparkling
4/3/2019 - KRKacsuta Likes this wine:
92 points
This is a very impressive wine. Excellent citrus on the nose, with a beautiful honeysuckle and slight nuttiness. On the palate, the wine has great acid and full of great minerality.
Red
2016 Dominio del Aguila Pícaro del Aguila Viñas Viejas Ribera del Duero Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
4/1/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
90 points
A nose of blue fruit, dill and spice. This is really enjoyable on the palate. It has nice weight, good acid and an interesting chalky/minerality quality. A really nice wine, I would be interested to revisit this in a few years.
Rosé
3/26/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
90 points
This definitely took time to open up-at least 2-3 hours. The nose was really tight at first, but opened to orange rind, dried cherries, cinnamon and baking spices. A palate full of minerality, some density, but the tannins are fully integrated. As others have said, this is really geeky and interesting but should definitely not command its current grey market price.
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Red
3/24/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
This was definitely pretty closed initially and took the entire meal to open up some. When it finally did, the nose was bright cherry, with some graphite/rockiness that I often find in Radda. Also some notes of black licorice and game. Very nice acid, but not overly tannic. This is probably closed up for now and needs time to re-emerge.
Red
3/21/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
91 points
A deeper, richer red in the glass. Only slight fading to a red-orange at the edge of the bowl. A beautifully earthy nose of mushroom, forest floor, along with floral notes and some cloves. There are also aromas of leather and spice. This is a rich palate, that both feels weighty yet has great acid. On the palate there also earthy character. Medium length. There is stil great life to this.
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Red
3/10/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
92 points
This is a really nice value and excellent QPR for Brunello. A lovely, traditional nose of cherry and herbs. Also showing a distinct graphite and faint hints of fig and balsamic. Well-balanced with nice acid and firm tannins. This will certainly last a number of years, but is probably not the longest-lived Brunello. Its drinking great as is right now.
White
3/8/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
89 points
A nose of lemon zest, white flowers and hints of green grass. Excellent pop of acid, with a good finish. A lovely, fresh expression of chardonnay.
Red
3/2/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
87 points
This isnt for me. First of all, this is a gigantic wine with 15.5% alcohol. The heat from the alcohol is not overpowering though. But this nose was uninteresting-black cherry, baking spices, cooked herbs, tobacco and cedar chips. It was difficult to get past the clear woody notes. Mouth drying tannins, but missing the acidic balance. Just not my style.
Red
2/27/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
92 points
A beautiful bright red color in the glass. The nose is extremely compelling, cherry and strawberry at the fore. Tar, graphite and black licorice make this such a fun wine. Excellent acid, but not overly powerful tannins. There is also a distinct saline quality to the finish. Really enjoyable to drink.
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White - Sparkling
2/24/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
90 points
Great QPR here. A pleasant nose of green and yellow apples, honey, and honeysuckle. Great acidity and vibrancy on the palate. A lovely mouth-coating freshness. Not an exceptionally long finish, but still a very nice entry-level cuvee.
Red
2/23/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
92 points
Decanted for about 1.5 hours, but is way way too young to fully appreciate right now. Lovely nose of roses, chalk, cherry and herbs. Fabulous acidity and gripping tannins, with a long finish. This is only going to get better, so happy to have another bottle put down for another decade.
Red
2/20/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
91 points
A nice red-purple color in the glass. A nose that is expressive and fairly open for such a young wine and shows dark cherry, fig and green olives. The acid jumps out on the palate and provides and clean, crispness to the wine. Olive tapanade is also present on the palate. A very nice medium+ length.
Red
2/14/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
94 points
For a 32 year old wine, the color in the glass is beautiful. Ruby red with some light coppering toward the bowl. Crushed cherry, graphite, dried basil and paprika on the nose. There is a bit of a smoked meat note as well. It is a very classic nose. On the palate, mouth-drying tannins are present, with some minerality and more graphite and chalk. There is still a TON of power left in the glass. The finish is very, very long. This wine feels unbelievably young and could use more time for the tannins to relax. Absolutely a food wine.
White
2/11/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
91 points
A nose that has bright lemon zest, honeysuckle, vanilla and honey. On the palate, a clear minerality. A well balanced chardonnay with plenty of acid, tannins that are present, but not overpowering. Nice length to this.
Red
2000 Sarget de Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/9/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
89 points
A deep garnet color in the glass. The nose is filled with plum, fig, peppercorn and forest floor. On the palate, I found dried black fruits, cocoa and black tea. The tannins are still present and give a bit of stiffness to the wine.
Red
2/8/2019 - KRKacsuta Likes this wine:
91 points
Brick colored with a slight fade to red/orange at the edge of the bowl. Intense cherry on the nose, with rose, cooking spices and hints of smoked meat. Plenty of acid, with rich tannins. Medium length. This evolved over a few hours and probably needs a bit more time to integrate fully.
Red
1986 Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
2/2/2019 - KRKacsuta Likes this wine:
90 points
Pale brick red that fades to orange at the bowl. Dried cherry and gravel on the nose, with dried herbs and baking spices. Pleasant acidty, with tannins that are fully integrated and now melting away. Fun to drink, but not much more life in this beyond a few years.
Red
2/1/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
87 points
A distinct orange peel aroma on the nose, along with some bing cherry at times. Otherwise not particularly aromatic. This is still quite tannic, but is also out of balance. Too modern.
Red
1/27/2019 - KRKacsuta wrote:
90 points
A complex nose with cherry, forest floor and Christmas spices. The palate is integrated, with a medium finish. Not sure this will evolve much beyond its current state.
Red
1/27/2019 - KRKacsuta Likes this wine:
92 points
For its age, a beautiful and bright red color in the glass. This nose is extremely floral with its rose aromas, it also shows hints of cherry, cocoa and at times some fainter notes of forest floor and mushrooms were also present. Remarkably refreshing mouth feel and acidity. Not an overly long finish, but this wine still shows so much life it’s stunning.
Red
1/14/2019 - KRKacsuta Likes this wine:
92 points
So lovely and elegant. This is a wine with so much depth and yet is light on its feet. A nose of violets, olive and hints of bacon fat. Beautiful acidity and integrated tannins. An incredibly long finish.
White - Sparkling
12/20/2018 - KRKacsuta wrote:
90 points
Lovely nose of honey, brioche and ripe peach notes. A classic.
Red
11/27/2018 - KRKacsuta wrote:
88 points
Classic but light sangiovese nose with cherry, basil and some spice. Nothing on the nose jumps from the glass. Good acidity, but lacking tannins at this early stage. Medium length, but clearly gets somewhat flabby on the finish.
Red
11/12/2018 - KRKacsuta wrote:
92 points
A nose of dried cherries and dried plum, with bacon fat, floral and mushroom notes that emerge with time. A nice, rounded texture in the mouth withenough tannins to last for several more years. Super enjoyable.
Red
11/11/2018 - KRKacsuta wrote:
87 points
A bit underwhelmed by this. An interesting nose of bright sour cherries, dried flowers and leather. On the palate there is also some richer, purple fruit. Decent tannins and medium length. This wine is just lacking a bit of complexity for me.
White
11/3/2018 - KRKacsuta Likes this wine:
88 points
Lovely nose with hints of vanilla, dried pineapple, some lemon zest and wet rock. Great acidity and some nice, lifted tannins.
Red
8/30/2018 - KRKacsuta wrote:
91 points
A beautiful nose thats full of ripe cherry and fig with refined floral notes and hints of fennel and graphite. There is just a bit of noticeable heat. Grippy tannins and nice acidity. This will get better with more time but also enjoyable now.
Red
2015 Monteraponi Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
8/26/2018 - KRKacsuta wrote:
91 points
Still consistent and great value. A pure, crisp wine from start to finish. Nose of bright red cherry, with notes of gravel and cooking spices. Rounded mouth feel with fresh acidity and moderate, integrated tannins. A clear presence of minerality as well.
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Red
8/15/2018 - KRKacsuta wrote:
93 points
Beautiful nose of crushed cherries, black pepper, anise and hints of olive. Fresh acidity and firm, mouth coating tannins. Beautiful now with a couple of hours in glass to open up. This will no doubt be even better in a couple of years.
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