Tasting Notes for T-Bag

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Red
12/5/2010 - T-Bag wrote:
81 points
Watery, weak, fake. At $10, there are 50 better Malbecs.
Red
11/23/2009 - T-Bag wrote:
94 points
Smooth (almost too smooth) fruit forward fruit BOMB! Blueberry/blackberry explosiveness in your mouth. No evidence of alcohol. Finish that goes on for days. Great body and weight. WOW. Stunned.
White - Off-dry
2/26/2009 - T-Bag wrote:
85 points
Absolutely delicious, but no finish. IF it had finish, it would be 3-4 points higher.

Incredibly crisp acidity. Tart apple, peach, tropical. Slight effervescence. Would be GREAT with a spicy dish or just to pound on a hot summer day.
Red
2/17/2009 - T-Bag wrote:
88 points
Not enough fruit, this BIG wine is overpowered with THICK and CHEWEY tannins (at first). They overpower anything else in the glass. Very rustic. After having some time in the glass, the fruit is coming forward. I would pop it a few hours before drinking and serve with a hearty meat. Decant if you can. Certainly not a sit around and enjoy a glass of wine on it's own wine. Seems a bit hot too.

I think this thing can sit in the cellar a few years and then will start to shine. I am sitting on the other bottle for 1-2 years...
Red
2/14/2009 - T-Bag wrote:
90 points
Deep hued purple and red. A little floral, spice and dark berries on the nose. Good weight, with loads of dark cherries, warm oak, and a lot of mocha on the LOOOONG finish. Very nice bottle, although this Merlot isn't shy. Drinks very big.
Red
2/10/2009 - T-Bag wrote:
86 points
SOLID EFFORT! Medium body. Cranberry, strawberry, rasberry with some toasted oak thrown in. Has a hint of a candied finish (Jolly Rancher). Not overly complex, nice finish with a titch of tart acidity in the back of my mouth on the finish.
A little hot, but I popped and poured. Just a simple, delicious wine. For $6 a bottle, it could make it's way into an 'everyday' rotation.
Red
2/7/2009 - T-Bag wrote:
83 points
I really don't think this is THAT bad. For $14, not worth it as there are MUCH better Cabs out there - but it isn't terrible.

After open for 3-4 hours:
On the nose - dark fruit, alcohol, black cherries and oak. Maybe a little floralness.

Medium bodied, light for a Cab. Watered down cherries and blackberries. Very mild tannins. Medium finish. If I was drinking blind, I would NEVER guess a Cali Cab - but the scores in the 70s aren't fair. This isn't a dumper at all.

This is fine for a sipper in the evening, but don't pair with a big steak. A titch of acidity on the finish, back of the pallet.
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White
1/11/2009 - T-Bag wrote:
86 points
Crisp, tart acidity, will pair nice with some Chinese I'm about to cook.
Red
1/10/2009 - T-Bag wrote:
89 points
Medium body, intense fruit. CHERRY COLA BOMB! Finish that won't stop. Apparent oak with some solid vanilla. Almost Dr. Pepper in a ZIN. Very nice for the money.
Red
2005 Clos du Cheval Blanc Côtes de Bourg Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/6/2009 - T-Bag wrote:
83 points
Nothing wrong with this wine, just not that great. For $11, there are a million better bottles out there - although nothing from the 05 Bordeaux since prices have gotten STOOPID!

Slightly floral nose, dusty too with a little spice. Thin/watery wine. Tart acidity with some black cherry and chocolate. Tannins present, but they don't overpower the wine. This wine could be cellared for a few years to soften the tannins, but there won't be more fruit - so what is the use?

Decanted 2 hours prior to tasting. Didn't notice the alcohol the other reviewer did, could be the decanting.

This will be my last bottle, but it isn't a dumper.
Red
1/5/2009 - T-Bag wrote:
86 points
Heavy on the oak, strong vanilla aftertaste. Medium to full bodied, nice long finish. Lots of fresh dark fruit with a vanilla bomb at the end. Titch of heat. For the money ($9ish), I think I like it. Drink now as I don't think this wine has the backbone to stand up to much more than another year in the bottle.
Red
12/9/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
86 points
Nice wine, sits between a Merlot and a Cab. A bit vegital, but it blew off with some time open. I'd like to try other Carmeneres to see how it compares.
Red
2006 Torbreck (Cuvée) Juveniles Barossa Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
11/26/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
89 points
Solid bottle, but a little thin.
White
10/1/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
85 points
Nice medium bodied wine. Crisp, but not over the top, acidity. Nice lingering finish for a $11 bottle. Ripe pineapple, subtle citrus, apple, grapefruit. Fruit forward for those that aren't into the oak thing (butter, spices, etc).
White
9/28/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
87 points
Nice fruit. Buttery and rich. Decent finish for a sub $10 Chard. For the money, I don't believe I've had better.
White
9/20/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
91 points
GREAT Chard for the $$. Wow!
Red
8/31/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
93 points
Wow! A smooooooth, rich, fruit bomb! Incredible.
Red
7/22/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
83 points
Really nothing to write home about. Simple & straight forward. Does it taste good? Sure. Would I buy again? No way. For the money there is a TON of better wines out there. Much too simple for me.
Red
7/16/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
90 points
Dark brooding bottle. Rich and spicey with TONS of fruit, but not over the top fruit bomb. Nice acidity and some pepper thrown in the mix. I'd say the finish is almost like a mocha'd cherry.

Great complexity, great mouthfeel. For the money, I'd say it is a must try. Drinks like a bottle twice it's price!
White
7/12/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
87 points
Very muted on the nose, soft wine with just a hint of acidity. Flavors of baked cinnamon apples and pineapple w/ slight hints of vanilla. Clean finish. You pick up something else in this wine with each sip. For the $, a fantastic little wine.
White
7/10/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
70 points
Tastes like bottled water. . .
Red
7/8/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
89 points
Lush and heavy fruit. A bit of spice (alcohol) and a bit of oak. Layers of complexity in this inky dark wine. For the money (I paid about $10), it is a MUST try and I want to get more before it is all gone. Easy 89+, drinks like a $20+ bottle.
Red
2006 Pisano Rio de los Pajaros Progreso Tannat Blend, Tannat (view label images)
7/3/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
86 points
A good solid cab. A little hot, but after decanting for 4 hours - the alcohol faded and a rustic wine came through. Plenty of oak, and structure in this tannic wine. Not sure I'd buy again, but certainly not a terrible wine.
White
6/23/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
86 points
Crisp, tart, and citrus. A phenomenal patio pounder and at $6.50 a bottle, a must have. For when you want something refreshing and simple and don't want to over-think. Nice.
Red
6/9/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
83 points
Spicy and fruited with hints of pepper and smoke. Thin with a short finish. I'd pass on another opportunity if it wasn't so inexpensive and if it wasn't for the cause - $.50 per bottle goes to fight breast cancer!
Red
5/25/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
84 points
Rustic, old-world, Bordeaux like. Tart, tannic, needs time. I think this will open up and be a much better wine, but right after popping the cork - it is only so-so.
White
2005 Penfolds Rawson's Retreat Semillon Chardonnay South Eastern Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay (view label images)
4/16/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
85 points
Nice pineapple and red apple flavors with subtle hints of oak. Medium body with a medium finish. For the money, I think it is a great buy!
Red
4/4/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
84 points
Pepper bomb (black) with hints of rubber bands. Veny unique, not all that horrible. Wouldn't buy again, but don't mind drinking it. . .
Red
4/3/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
81 points
Mellow, light, not much going on and very little flavor. A disappointment and I will not purchase again.
Red
4/2/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
85 points
Deep, dark color. Muted nose with dark berries and spice. Dark fruit, a little red fruit, spice and slight hint of dark chocolate flavors. Medium finish, nice soft tannins. Smooth, almost too smooth. I sometimes like a cab to kick me in the teeth and this doesn't. Easy drinking and enjoyable.
Red
2005 Twin Wells Shiraz South Eastern
3/27/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
83 points
Nice ruby color, not too dark. Smoke, vanilla and fruit on the nose - slight floral notes. Brisk acidity, nice tannins, un-ripe berries, vanilla.

Good lingering finish, but still akward in some way. Very unique but doubtful for another purchase.
Red
3/26/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
Can't judge fairly as I am drinking out of a plastic solo cup. Taste of spices and fruit. That is about all I can say...
Red
3/25/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
86 points
Floral, dark fruit and minerals on the nose - the most dominant being floral. Deep opaque purple. Ample spice, raisens, black berry, and ripe bing cherry flavors with a solid finish. Slightly over-ripe fruit, but some slight acidity keeps it balanced. Medium body ++, soft tannins, silky and polished.
Red
3/24/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
86 points
Floral and red fruit in the nose. Nice deep ruby color. Medium body, red cherry and strawberry fruit with some baking spices and a little dirt. A little short on the finish. For a $12 Pinot, it is pretty nice.
Red
2004 Marquis Philips Roogle Red South Eastern Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
3/23/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
75 points
Hot, vegital, absolute shit.
Red
3/21/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
85 points
Nice deep purple color. Cranberry BOMB on the nose with something incredibly funky going on in the glass - something I really don't like. FIRM tannins & strawberry, cranberry and spice flavors with some minerality too. Long, lingering finish. A bit tart/acidic, but not over the top. Complex and thought provoking although I know this isn't for me.

I don't know if I should score this higher as it could be a good wine, I just know I don't like it.
White
3/20/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
86 points
Nice pale yellow with a slight green hue. Straw, pineapple, and red apple on the somewhat tight nose. Low acid, medium body and notes of apple (red), ripe pineapple, and maybe kiwi flavors. Nice finish. Good wine. I will buy more on my next trip to the wine shop.

Simple and good!
White
3/18/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
85 points
Bright, crisp and acidic. Great summer time patio pounder. Tart citrus and melon, light-medium body. Nice finish. Would buy again to have on hand for those summer days on the back porch or in the front yard with the kids.
Red
3/16/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
87 points
Deep purple hue. Lots of spice and vanilla on the nose with dark fruits. Strong tannins in this medium body ++ wine. First sip - BLUEBERRY BOMB! Fairly complex wine - sweet blueberry, tart plums, vanilla, spice, maybe a little dark cherry. Mouth drying tannins and the flavors carry on and on and on..... Much bigger and bolder than I would have ever thought...

I thought this thing was nearing the end of it's drinkability, but I think it has a few more years left.
Red
3/13/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
85 points
Fairly deep color for a Pinot. Red fruit and cedar on the nose. Light-medium body, minerality and heavy with strawberry and cranberry. Short finish, it's gone in a matter of moments.

Not a great wine, but for an $8 Burgandy - I'd drink again.
Red
3/7/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
90 points
I'd say this is a solid 88-90 rated wine, based on it's price ($10ish), I'm going with a solid 90!

Deep inky purple color. Dense and thick. Great nose, but so much going on - it is tough to pinpoint what all is there. Dark fruit, damp earth, spices, tobacco. A whole lotta mmmmmmm!

Spicy and slightly hot (14.5%), more approachable as the night goes on. Dark fruit bomb - plumb, dark cherries, blackberries. Very complex with clove/cinnamon, mint, tobacco and dirt components. Nice lingering finish in a full bodied wine.

I can only imagine this with a pepper encrusted burger or filet. For the money, this thing is mind blowing and I would HIGHLY recommend!

WOW!
Red
3/5/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
87 points
Interesting wine. Dark inky color. Decanted for about 2-3 hours and drank over a 3 hour period. Very floral nose with strong hints of dark berries, black cherries and earth. Medium to full body and very complex flavors of dirt, minerals, black cherries, as well as vegital notes. Strong tannins (even after decanting) and a LOOOOOOOONG finish. Tannins are bodering on absurd with grape seeds and stems, but still manageable.

This can certainly stand up to some time in the cellar, but I'm not certain how much I'd be impressed in a few years. If the tannins soften and the fruit comes foward, it'd be a solid low-90s wine. I'm on the fence as to if I see that happening. The fruit isn't going to come forward, but if the tannis soften and the wine "comes together", it will be quite enjoyable.

I know the oh-5s are supposed to be 'it', but in my price point - I've yet to be floored. Still considering a case at the now inflated prices to put down for 5+ years.
Red
2005 Talia Sicilia Red Blend
3/4/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
84 points
Nice deep ruby color. Floral nose with some earth, must, and dark fruit. Strawberry, black cherry and loads of black pepper on the incredibly short finish. Medium body. I imagine this will improve for the next few hours and then start a steady decline.

Fairly well balanced, nothing really shines through. Very subtle, would get absolutely lost if drank with any kind of food and not interesting enough to drink on it's own.

Drinkable but not repurchaseable. . .
White
3/3/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
84 points
Crisp, not as tart as I would have thought. Hot summer day, seafood boil, watching the kids play in the front yard, "patio pounder". Melon, apple, pear flavors dominate. Light to medium body, short to medium finish.

I would love this wine with fresh chilled oysters, slurp them down and follow up with this. Mmmmm......
Red
3/2/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
86 points
Dark cherry and plumb on the nose with a bit of spice. Dark fruited flavors with hints of vanilla - tastes like it smells. Nice finish, good body. Drank with some spicey Chinese, the food may have overpowered the wine. I'll edit if my opinion changes through the night.

Solid wine, but nothing to write home about.
Red
2/23/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
86 points
I don't drink a lot of Zin, so I didn't know what to expect. Light in appearance, ruby red - almost Pinot-like. Red fruit nose with some earthiness, black pepper, and minerality, maybe a titch vegetal. Medium bodied, cherry-bomb with some spice and maybe a little heat. Kind of a light cherry-cola w/ a tablespoon of freshly ground pepper in the glass. Nice finish but lots of black pepper on the back of the tongue.

I am enjoying it, but don't know the last Zin I had to compare it to.
Red
2005 Bodegas Luzon Jumilla Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre (view label images)
2/18/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
87 points
Very floral nose. Dark purple hue. Medium bodied. Spicy, licorice, plum and blackberry notes. A little hot, and slight hints of vanilla bean. A little cranberry or dark cherry on the finish. Some apparent tannins, but they have softened with time. REALLY hard to beat for $7 a bottle. A MUST HAVE!
Red
2/17/2008 - T-Bag wrote:
88 points
Solid Pinot for the money! Strawberry saltwater taffy on the nose, nice medium garnet color. Strawberry, dark cherry, raspberry? flavors with some hints of minerals on the finish. Heavier for a Pinot, but I'll call it medium bodied. Nice finish, although it doesn't go on and on and on. . . Nice tannins that make me think this could stand up to a few years in the cellar although I'd say it can be readily consumed now.

I will seek this out and buy more, for the money - I haven't had a better Pinot.
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