Tasting Notes for Yaozi

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White
3/17/2020 - Yaozi wrote:
89 points
This is a very good Chardonnay with some oak. Beautiful combination of fruit and minerality but it will not be very long-lived. I would like to have another bottle to contrast with a Domaine St. Eden Chard from Santa Cruz mountains. I suspect the Californian will be more full-bodied but perhaps 2/3 the price. I'm always looking for a good white Burgundy - this one is not bad - but I suspect still too pricey.
Red
3/17/2020 - Yaozi wrote:
90 points
I tasted this wine from the same bottle over three nights. On the first, there was a tiny bit of frizzante - a fizziness that rolls over the tongue and then is gone. By the second night that was gone, and only the wonderfully balanced dark cherry fruit bouquet remained. This wine is soft, rounded and full, with a nice balance of fruit and acidity and alcohol. Beautiful but I don't see it staying around too long. By the third night the wine had very subtly started to change, and I never experienced much tannin. I really like the wine and the producer, but if you've got the 2016, I'd encourage you to drink it this year and next.
Red
1/1/2020 - Yaozi wrote:
94 points
This is a wonderful old Bordeaux that is extraordinarily enjoyable with soft tannins and wonderfully balanced fruit. I don't think it will age further, but it did not fade over a New Year's eve dinner and instead opened further into a very approachable cabernet/merlot blend with good structure after many years.
Red
12/25/2019 - Yaozi Likes this wine:
90 points
Not worth $100+ but still a good Pinot. I served this for Christmas dinner and thought it was quite good, but I remember thinking that for the same price I could find an exceptionally excellent American Pinot. Burgundy is overpriced but still a joy to drink. Two days later what remained in the bottle was not special in any way, suggesting to me that this will not last to 2025, as WA suggests. Drink up over the next couple of years, and I guess I will mostly prefer the more complex aromatics and fruit of Chambolle-Musigny. But if tariffs add to the price of French wine, there is no point in thinking about it further.
Red
10/5/2019 - Yaozi Likes this wine:
88 points
This is a decent pinot with a great aromas of smoky red fruit - cherries and raspberries, - with strong flower-like romas of violets and perhaps roses. The taste is balanced and with adequate tannin and acidity. The fruit is apparent and immediately notable. My only complaint is the finish - it has a somewhat short and bitter ending, not too pronounced, but there is certainly no glide path on the back end.
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Red
10/3/2019 - Yaozi Does not like this wine:
79 points
This wine just doesn't make it. A generic Pinot Noir using grapes from anywhere in the Willamette Valley, the OTWC 2016 Pinot has light red fruit, and alcohol, acidity, and tannins are OK and give the taster some hope. But ithere is a bitter finish that destroys most pleasure. There is no evidence that this is due to cork taint or any other fault of the wine, other then the grapes or procedures within the winery. My guess is the stems were not removed, but I am unsure. At $15/bottle, it could have been a good value Pinot, but I will look elsewhere. Tasted before and during dinner with little difference.
Red
8/25/2019 - Yaozi Likes this wine:
94 points
Shared at a dinner party with six people. Served with lamb, which was an ideal pairing. This is a beautiful wine with wonderful flavor, subtle tannins and not overwhelmed by alcohol. It is fruit forward with lots of red fruit nuance that lingers on the palate. Nice finish. The wine drinks perfectlly now - I don't think it will get better - but it should sit nicely in a cellar for several more years.
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White
8/20/2019 - Yaozi Likes this wine:
95 points
This is my third bottle of Cotat's 2016 Monts Damnes that I have tasted this year. The first bottle - myself and everyone else who had a taste thought it was the best Sancerre any of us had ever tasted. Complex flowers and fruit, great length, and enough minerality/acidity and alcohol to hold it all together in perfect balance. A great wine that led me in a rush back to the store to buy more. However the next bottle lacked the acidity of the first and as a consequence it seemed a bit flat and flabby. Not too much, but a disappointment after the first. I thought that the wine may have peaked a while back and was beginning a slow decline. But now last night I opened another, and it remains wonderful, this bottle with all the characteristics of the first. Nonetheless, I would not hold the 2016 forever. I will always look for Pascal Cotat's wines and especially the Mont Damne. I can't wait to see how the 2017 compares.
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White
7/4/2019 - Yaozi wrote:
86 points
This wine was a disappointment after tasting a bottle of 2013 Fogarty Santa Cruz Mountains Damiana Vineyard, which was one of the best Chardonnays I have ever tasted - perhaps the top five - in thirty years world-wide. Admittedly this one was an entry level wine, and I note that Wine Advocate gave it 91 points. There is good acidity, minerality, and fruit, but to me it is rather similar to many Chardonnays from California where you experience the oak and the alcohol and tropical overtones that are way too obvious to be enjoyable throughout an evening. I have great hopes for Thomas Fogarty, but I will save my bucks for the more complex and balanced Damiana and try some of his other single vineyards when I can find them. In short, I'd rather pay $60 for the Damiana than $30 for this one.
Red
6/28/2019 - Yaozi Likes this wine:
90 points
Still very nice - beautiful fruit, long finish. Tannins are certainly soft but the whole things is well balanced, moderately complex, and neither overly acidic or alcoholic. It is either at it's peak or a bit past, but so enjoyable with copper river salmon.
Red
6/4/2019 - Yaozi Likes this wine:
90 points
I have a previous note on this wine from over six months ago. It is still quite good and I agree with other reviewers that there are wonderful light cherry, strawberry and flower aromas, with good minerality. It is a well-balanced wine. But this Nebbiolo appearsto be slowing fading, and I disagree that you can hold on to it for a decade. It is still wonderful on the day the bottle is opened and on the next day as well. It heads slowly south after that, and I suggest drinking what you have this year and the next.
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Red
5/1/2019 - Yaozi Likes this wine:
94 points
Excellent Syrah tasted opposite a Ramey Sonoma Syrah from the same year 2010. Quite different, with the St. Joseph more autere, less fruity, but quite good and capable of another couple years of bottle age.
Red
1/19/2019 - Yaozi Likes this wine:
92 points
This is an excellent Willamette Valley Pinot that will last for several more years, probably through 2023. The wine tasted quite different before and after a two-hour decant. I agree with Neal Martin's comment that it is "surprisingly backward toward the finish" right out of the bottle, but with the decant the finish was smooth and uninterrupted, with lots of dark fruit flavors from the nose to the palate straight through to the next sip! I have two more bottles and will save them for a couple years.
Red
10/6/2018 - Yaozi Likes this wine:
91 points
I had another bottle of this about a year after my last one. It continues to be quite good, and I was surprised how it tasted at least as good leaving it open for 24 hours. I have enough of this wine to continue to drink it through 2019. I'm not sure about it's life after that, but we shall see.
Red
12/23/2017 - Yaozi wrote:
92 points
This is a very fine example of French Pinot. It is quite mellow with wonderfully consistent soft fruit throughout . Tannins are very soft if nonexistent. It is for immediate consumption seven years after production and tastes so wonderfully that I will look for other wines of Francois Raquillet. This is neither a forceful nor highly alcoholic wine at this point in it's development, but it is elegant and very fine, with wonderful subtle fruit. Excellent with a chiopino (fish soup).
White
11/4/2017 - Yaozi wrote:
93 points
This is an excellent Chardonnay tasted next to a Chassagne Motrachet and followed by a 1970 Lynch Bages, another Lynch Bages, a Haut Brion and a Dominus and several Sauternes including Y'quem. I say this not to impress but to demonstrate that this premier cru Puligny was memorable in such company. Somewhat fat and fleshy but a wonderful fresh taste that was clean and pure and should last several more years. Seems to be a great value for Puligny.
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White
10/10/2017 - Yaozi Likes this wine:
95 points
This is the last bottle of 2011 de Ladoucette that I have and it was excellent. Shared with three others and everyone remarked how good it was. I am surprised that a Sauvignon Blanc is this good after six years. Beautiful floral aromas with citrus and somewhat dry, refreshing, and a variety of fruit throughout the pallet. Consistent, complex, refreshing. Ladoucette is one of the best producers in France and I highly recommend their wines, whether Pouilly Fume or Sancerre. The 2011 is about as good as it gets and there is no need to hold it further if you still have any left. Wonderful.
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Red
9/6/2017 - Yaozi Does not like this wine:
86 points
This is a mass produced syrupy wine that lacks any finesse but is nonetheless pleasant to drink. I might call it a hardy farmer's blend of assorted pinot grapes. I was disappointed because previously I had earlier vintages of this wine and found it to be of excellent value. It is still good value, but any pretense toward a higher priced pinot is long gone.
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Red
2010 Lanciola Chianti Classico Le Masse Di Greve Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
9/1/2017 - Yaozi wrote:
92 points
This may be the best chianti classico I have had. It is drinking wonderfully right now - a very balanced yet complex wine with cherry overtones and soft tannins. Everything about it is good, unlike many chianti's that are thin or not clear in the intensity of their fruit. It may still have a couple years left - I have another bottle and will try to put it off for awhile.
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White
8/27/2017 - Yaozi Likes this wine:
89 points
This chardonnay was quite good the first night with delicate floral aromas and a very refined, elegant taste that was both complex and consistent from start to finish. Neither the oak nor the alcohol 9 - at only 13% - overwhelmed the flavors. I enjoyed it immensely a saved a glass for the second evening. To my disappointment the wine took on oak flavors that overpowered some of the floral hints that were there earlier. The wine also had a somewhat bitter aftertaste. It was still good, but not nearly like after opening the bottle. Parker says this wine will age will until 2025 and, tasted in 2015, rated it 91. I would rate it 91 on the first day, but 87 on day 2, for an average 89. I don't think it will last until 2025.
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Red
8/26/2017 - Yaozi Does not like this wine:
82 points
It may be that this wine is way too young to be accessible at this time. It is clearly very tannic and also closed after more then 24 hours in an open botle. There is a bitter aftertaste that mars any sense of consistency. It tastes astringent. All of this overpowers the fruit and lead to a disappointing experience. Nonetheless, I wonder whether it needs time to become a bit softer, more round in it's flavors, more pleasant overall. I doubt that I will buy it again.
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Red
2015 Altovinum Evodia Calatayud Garnacha, Grenache (view label images)
8/26/2017 - Yaozi Likes this wine:
90 points
This is one of the more incredible values out there in the wine world. Consistently, year after year, Evodia is a wonderful Granacha for the price. Lots of fruit, well-balanced but strong with 15% alcohol. Kind of jammy. No complaints for an everyday wine that is enjoyable from start to finish.
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White
8/22/2017 - Yaozi Likes this wine:
89 points
I like this sauvignon blanc from Barsac but I particularly noted the oak and a somewhat cloying taste that was not too sweet but lacked the vibrancy of some other sauvignon blanc like a good Sancerre. The Doisy-Daene website notes the barrelling for eight or nine months. This wine indicates a trend among the Sauternes growers to branch out to dryer wines to increase market share. I recommend Clos Floridene as a more dry alternative to Doisy-Daene. This is not a bad wine and in fact it is quite unique but to my taste I prefer a somewhat dryer and more acidic minerality that this one lacks. I guess I disagree with the Robert Parker review, which notes the acidty. I will buy it again just as an oddity in the world of sauvignon blanc. Also, since when does a 100% sauvignon blanc compare with the great Semillon wines of Graves and Pessac-Leognan? It is a different animal entirely.
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Red
8/13/2017 - Yaozi Likes this wine:
89 points
this is a somewhat alcoholic, big, merlot with, as they say, blackberries and plum. I didn't smell or taste any chocolate unless I let my imagination run wild. The taste confirms the high alcohol content. I think it is still young but wonder whether it will become any more soft and round with age. I wish it would. There are still good tannins and a strong fruit, somewhat chewy mouth feel. I think the alcohol may be a bit strong here, and I prefer a wine that is somewhat softer, but the quality of the fruit is very good.
Red
8/13/2017 - Yaozi Likes this wine:
86 points
This entry level Merlot is good value for an every day kind of wine. It is certainly not complex but it has nice fruit that opened up considerably on the second day. It is good for another year or two. Soft tannins, berries, and mild to moderate alcohol yield a continuous pleasant taste of fruit and berries. Somewhat unidimensional but for the low price it is fine. I will compare it tonight with another Merlot that is more expensive from the same year (La Storia, 2013)
Red
8/8/2017 - Yaozi Likes this wine:
91 points
I continue to think this is one of the best wine values in France. A single bottle tasted over three days, at day three it was wonderful: soft and velvety fruit from start to finish, mild tannins and nice complexity. The 2014 Les Darons will continue to drink well for several years - I will not drink anymore of the small stash I have until next year, but again, it will be fine in 2019 and I imagine 2020 or beyond. I will also seek the 2015. Jeb Dunnuck of Robert Parker likes both vintages - I agree with his opinion completely. This wine could cost three times as much if it came from a prestigious appellation.
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White
8/1/2017 - Yaozi wrote:
70 points
Tasted over two days. Pretty much tastes like unfermented grape juice. I have read that German Rieslings may add unfermented juice back into the wine to increase sugar content and I would not be surprised if this was true of this wine. No depth whatsoever. Plenty of fruit but no complexity to the fruit. A glass of juice with a little bit of fermentation. Probably very healthy.
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White
7/20/2017 - Yaozi wrote:
85 points
This is not a bad wine if you like the Gruner Veltliner grape. It is a somewhat subdued and nondescript white wine. It lacks edginess or much acidity. It is inexpensive and refreshing in the summer but not nearly as refreshing as say, a Greek Asyrtiko or a cheap Chablis. I will not buy it again, but it is good value for a summer white wine. It is for immediate consumption.
Red
7/18/2017 - Yaozi wrote:
93 points
This is a very good wine that will continue to improve over the next five years and perhaps plateau for another ten. It is well-balanced and full-bodied with plenty of plum dark, deep ripe fruit. A bit too much alcohol for me but it doesn't get in the way. Soft tannins. This is a very drinkable wine with somewhat somber tones, heavy dark fruit, not elegant but very well balanced from start to finish. I would buy it but it is not easy to find on the east coast and it is a bit pricey for a proprietary red blend.
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Red
7/16/2017 - Yaozi wrote:
85 points
Drank over two days - it is not memorable and I will not look for this wine again. A decent everyday cab that should cost about $15. Nice fruit aromas but a slightly bitter aftertaste at the back of the palatte. The second day slight tannins were still noted although the wine became softer but not necessarily better. It is OK - there just isn't much complexity and it is imbalanced for what is there.
White
7/11/2017 - Yaozi Does not like this wine:
79 points
I do not like this wine. Ii found it poorly balanced with a slight bitterness at the end. The wine got worse over time. I would not buy it again. It may be that I prefer the greater minerality and acidity of a good Chablis over Pouilly-Fuisse, but if this were the best Pouilly has to offer there is no need for me to explore further. I'm sure there are better ones out there.
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Red
7/8/2017 - Yaozi Likes this wine:
90 points
This wine was tasted opposite a Barbera from the Vajra vineyards. The Travaglini was very good but lighter then the Babera. Tannins slightly more pronounced but the wine is near to peak. As the bottle sat open for several hours it became a bit thin but was still quite good. Smooth palette from start to finish with bright fruit notes and a somewhat alcoholic aromatic. Somewhat dry and mildly austere and definitely not a fruit bomb but plenty of elegance. Go figure.
Red
2012 Podere Poggio Scalette Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
7/6/2017 - Yaozi Likes this wine:
87 points
This wine surprised me after it had been open for three days. The first and second day it was relatively harsh and uninviting. If I had finished it I would have rated it in the low 80's. But today, with one glass left, I found it soft and full and very pleasant from start to finish on the palette. I think many wines are drunk before they have properly matured, and this is a good example. The 2012 Poggio Scaletto Chianti Classico could sit for another year at least. If you find some just put it away for a year or two and then open it up. It is not Barolo or Brunello, but with plenty of oxidation it was very enjoyable.
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Spirits
6/26/2017 - Yaozi wrote:
96 points
The Cerbois XO and the De Lord 25 year-old bas armagnac are the two that I have enjoyed the most in my life. It is a very fine call which is better and I will not try to persuade the reader either way. The Cerbois is the subject here, and one is tempted to just continuously swirl the glass and inhale the exquisite aromas suggestive of brandied peaches and apples and more beyond my descriptive ability. The taste is deep, smooth, continuously enjoyable throughout. This is quintessential bas armagnac and can make a fine comparison with any high-end cognac.
Red
2014 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
6/26/2017 - Yaozi wrote:
90 points
2014 is supposed to be a great year for this wine, perhaps the greatest according to Robert Parker. It is indeed very good but it is too young to drink currently. Plenty of tannin. Served very slightly chilled and half the bottle sampled immediately after opening. Initially closed aromatics and pronounced tannin began to mellow in the glass over an hour. Color is light to medium red, perhaps crimson or ruby. As it became more available floral and fruit aromas emerged, particularly strawberries and raspberries. On the palate more berries and other fruit,not overly alcoholic or sweet. No bitterness and a consistent taste from start to finish. This wine suggests strong appeal over several years. I have two more bottles and will look for more and not drink any for 2-4 years. It should last several years beyond that. No sediment. I will add that I drank the second half of this bottle three days after the first half. There was no sign of oxidation. The tannins had mellowed considerably but were still there. My wife noted that it was more enjoyable then the first night. I highly recommend this wine. Buy a case and keep it for ten years.
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Red
6/14/2017 - Yaozi wrote:
90 points
This grenache blend is an excellent value and I will look for the 2015 as well. I purchased close to a case at under $20 and I am down to the last six bottles. Les Darrons is consistently good although it has started to mellow and become a bit softer, still full of fruit but lacking the wildness I associated with it sometime last year. Robert Parker says it may last until 2022 but I think it is near it's peak now. Soft and full of fruit flavors from start to finish, not overly complex but very satisfying and easy to drink. Drink now through 2020.
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White
6/14/2017 - Yaozi wrote:
90 points
The 2014 is a very good chablis. I have just noticed that I once had five bottles and now I have none. I am drinking the 2015, which is not nearly as vibrant and alive as the 2014. The 2014 St. Claire is a wine I served to veteran friends of wine, all of whom thought it was comparable to at least premier crus chablis. The 2015 is a different story, and I will not buy it again. I will however, return to the wines of Jean-Marc Brocard. Overall, they are excellent. The 2014 is an incredible value that provides the true experience of chablis.
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White
6/13/2017 - Yaozi Likes this wine:
89 points
This wine is a new experience for me as I have never tasted the petit manseng grape. I'm going to go look for more, as well as wine made from the gros manseng grape as well. It is a fruity yet spicy and slightly dry or sour aftertaste. It went well with bluefish one night - held it's own with an oily fish - and the next night it went well with a chef salad. More enjoyable then many rieslings or other predominantly sweet wines.
White
6/10/2017 - Yaozi wrote:
85 points
Nothing special. I purchased three bottles of this wine as a refreshing summer white that is inexpensive, after an in-store tasting. It is quite pleasant but there is nothing here that makes me want to write poetically about it. It is fairly nondescript. Pleasant fro start to finish for immediate consumption, not very acidic or overly dry, moderate alcohol, but like many other wines in this price range.
White
5/22/2017 - Yaozi wrote:
86 points
The 2015 Brocard St. Claire does not have the clarity or cutting edge minerality of the 2014. There is plenty of fruit but it is rather nondescript. I very much enjoy Brocard St. Claire but this one is very slightly disappointing. Still a good buy for Chablis, but not as compelling as before.
White
5/22/2017 - Yaozi wrote:
88 points
This is a good wine for $11. Tasted over three days ( the bottle is one liter). Held up well with nice tartness and very subtle fruit. This is a somewhat dry wine and I don't know the grape well enough to say whether it is the grape or the vintner. It is a bit uni-dimensional with a somewhat disappointing finish but overall for the price I could drink this every night with seafood.
White
5/22/2017 - Yaozi wrote:
90 points
A very nice wine for the price. I tried to buy more but the 2015 vintage is all gone. Highly recommend this wine and the winery is worth watching.
Red
4/16/2017 - Yaozi wrote:
90 points
This is a very good Oregon Shea vineyard pinot. I disagree with Neal Martin at Robert Parker, who rated it 87. Drank two bottles over two days with many people - no complaints and my wife and I both thought it was quite good. Plenty of fruit, significant alcohol, but overall well-balanced and subtle with lots of berries and cherry flavor but not at all cloying or overly sweet. I think it is sold out but if you can find it I suggest you try it.
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Red
4/3/2017 - Yaozi Likes this wine:
89 points
This is Calera's base pinot and it is quite good for this price range. I think it has significant life left and will save my second bottle for next year. The wine opened up considerably over several hours, at first a bit frizzante and unsettled and a bit wild but with air it became a very good California version of a Burgundian style pinot. Not overly sweet, good balance and plenty of fruit from start to finish. Drink 2018 - 2019.
Red
3/31/2017 - Yaozi Likes this wine:
89 points
This was OK for a village Gevrey but it was not memorable.
White
3/31/2017 - Yaozi Likes this wine:
94 points
A good friend brought this over for dinner - gorgeous, floral, full-bodied from start to finish. I enjoy every Kermit Lynch wine I have had and if only I could find more of this one I would hope the price is not outrageous and I would buy a case! Good for at least another three years.
Red
3/29/2017 - Yaozi wrote:
100 points
I don't find anything to complain about regarding this wine. Perhaps the price at $120/bottle? This is as good as Malbec gets. Tasted together with the regular Achaval Ferrer 2009. See professional opinions in both the Wine Advocate and Vinous. Suggest putting this away for 5 to 10 years if you are lucky enough to find it and have the funds to buy it. Wonderful fruit, well-balanced and great depth from start to finish.
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Red
3/26/2017 - Yaozi wrote:
86 points
This wine is good but not very well balanced. I drank it over three days - the first day it was somewhat wild and the second day it settled down. By day three some oxidation had occurred. As other reviewers have noted, the wine is a bit alcoholic and lacks subtlety. I note the Syrah/Carignan blend and remember reading an old wine book about Minervois that stated that the best producers planned to remove Carignan from the blend. This vintner has gone in the opposite direction, but I am not very familiar with Minervois to know how this one compares with others.
Spirits
3/24/2017 - Yaozi wrote:
90 points
I do not drink a lot of Calvados, as I am attracted mostly to Bas Armagnac. But this one is quite good, with an aroma of apples and alcohol and a taste that suggests young apples sliced cleanly on a plate. Plenty of fruit and not an extremely alcoholic drink and suitable for desert with chocolate of after dinner separately. I will have to taste more.
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White
3/21/2017 - Yaozi wrote:
91 points
I think this is a very good wine but I am unfamiliar with the grape. It is more dry and more alcoholic than I expected, but it is put together well with no rough spots at all. Smooth and well-rounded with obvious fruit. I like it and would buy it again, but I plan to do a bit of research on Austrian wines before I do.
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