Tasting Notes for aero

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Red
11/23/2020 - aero wrote:
So young, primary, and tight even with air, wait until at least 2022 or better yet 2024+
White
11/22/2020 - aero wrote:
90 points
Medium- bodied, mostly modern styling. Secondary-heavy nose of nut shells, straw, fine lees. Palate is lush and oily with light wood alongside tree fruit, malic and citrus acids. Good balance, medium finish. Straightforward, pleasurable, easy drinking.
Red
2010 Twelftree Wines Grenache/Mataro Greenock Barossa Valley Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
11/18/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
91 points
The 2010 Tweftree releases, a side project of Two Hands (I believe?), are QPR legend. Difficult to fault objectively - they're long-lived, complex, balanced, lively wines that also happen to be crowd pleasing. Perhaps that's the fault, they lack geeky seriousness. The Grenache Mataro is not the strongest in their 2010 pack, but still overachieves: balancing sweet red fruit, mentholation, Syrah meatiness, fig, cacao. Drink now.
White
11/16/2020 - aero wrote:
89 points
Light+ bodied, modern styling. Roasted nut shells, melon, hint of citrus on the shy nose. Palate is fairly secondary towards mineral, saline, oyster shells, with some tree fruit and maybe citrus on the heels.

Oily mouthfeel, short length but with a persistent softly bitter taste I can't quite name - perhaps like tree fruit skin but creamier. Drank at 56F/13C and it came across a little flabby, some crisper acidity would be welcome.

Edit: better day 2 after sealing bottle with gas overnight.
Red
11/10/2020 - aero wrote:
89 points
No formal note. Consumed over two days, a fine value at $20 on release. Could use 4-6 years of aging to improve, but no issue drinking now. Surprised by low scores here, it has a good deal of elegance, balance, and longevity for the entry level price. But if you have $30, get a Ch. Siran.
Red
11/8/2020 - aero wrote:
88 points
Medium- bodied, modern style. The back of the bottle is perfectly accurate: "The lightness and balance of a Pinot Noir...with the depth and finish of a Cabernet." Usually expectant of hard tannins out of Greece, but here a light touch: perhaps harvested early and a short maceration?

Bright high-toned cherries, cranberries, and red fruit with a decent tannic grip and chalkiness after 7 years. Not overtly manipulated. Cannot recall price, but if ~$25 realm it's completely appropriate. Crowd pleaser.
Red
11/6/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
90 points
Full bodied, modern style. A few hours of air does it well. Meaty nose with cracked pepper and plump fruit in the background. Savory profile, sweet wood, smoked meats, nice roundness in the palate. Luscious mouth feel. Not scorched or volcanic, but a darker brooding savory Syrah. Brief but clear coconut and green pepper notes came and went early on. Would guess Syrah clone 877 dominant.

Had the 2014 Ramey Rodgers Creek Syrah last week, and it is indeed double the wine at double the price. If cost is not a concern, it's worth the look. Both are great and did not stop improving with air.
Red
11/1/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
89 points
Medium bodied, rustic styling. Could whiff this reductive, leathery, farmyard nose all day. Really nice acidic backbone in palate framing spiced cherries, cranberries, dried leaves, salinity, and leather with smoky and earthy edges. Finish is backwards and thin as with so many moderately priced Brunellos.
Red
10/29/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
2nd note -- consistant with first, and still youthful. Could pop-and-pour today or wait a decade. Remarkable wine.
Red
10/31/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
92 points
Medium bodied, modern and rustic style. This wine is two things: an elegant Californian Syrah, towards central coast volcanics with stewed fruit that turns brighter with air. And at the same time it's funky in a similar way to Cayuse's infamous style, particularly in milkiness, high salinity, wilted greens, long meaty finish. Would go as far as to call this vintage a baby Cayuse: lighter bodied, less of that "dirty" complexity, more approachable. Good value.

Could use 2-4 years to more fully balance, but do not hesitate to open today.
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White
10/30/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
90 points
Medium- bodied, modern style. Wood char, stone fruit, roasted nuts and shells. Good value, at least at time of en premier.
Red
10/24/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
As far as Levet releases go, this is more on the elegant end of their rustic wines, while still huge, long, powerful. Two days and decanting were unable to substitute for cellar time, needs 4-8 years (2024-2028) both to balance as well as for Cote Rotie secondaries to develop. 92-94pts in 2024 with peak starting towards 2030?
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Red
10/23/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
92 points
Full bodied, rustic styling. Needs years to balance, but excellent today if tannins don't bother you. Iron, pumice, red berry and dark fruit, candle wax, wet rusty soil, cacao. Plenty going on, mouth-coating weight, with chewy long (still tannic) finish. Unmistakable Renaissance/Oregon House terroir. Young fruity peak in 2025, more mature secondary-driven peak in 2030-2035.
Red
10/21/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
93 points
Fifth bottle in 3 years, first note. This wine is intensely bright spiced berries alongside burnt earthy soil, with many archetypes of serious Syrahs echoing in the background (bramble, leather, violets, etc). And in the berry/earthy realm of Syrah it is simply bliss -- masterclass in how it balances the high, mid and deep notes with sustained intensity on the high even after 11 years. Good mouthwatering length, visceral grip, and acidic lift. The berries give the impression of slight residual sweetness, which excels next to the charred soil, apple skins, and herbal bramble. It's so easy to drink it seems almost simple at first.
Red
2015 Château Haut-Brisson St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/19/2020 - aero wrote:
Modern style. Still hot, tannic, and backwards, give it until at least 2025 to come together.
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Red
10/17/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
Medium bodied, modern style. Much too young, tightly wound, and tannic today for a full note. Give it 3-5 years minimum. A blend of light florality with rich, volcanic body. Though not as terroir-driven as I prefer. Billon doesn't disappoint, and a good QPR for any Syrah at this level let alone Cote Rotie.
White
10/16/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
Consistent with previous notes, and improving. One of the finer orange wines I've encountered to date. Also perhaps the most salinity, almost saltwater-like in the persistent finish. No rush to drink but difficult to estimate development. Safe to say great through 2023.
Red
10/11/2020 - aero wrote:
Cork soaked through (as red on top as bottom), but came out intact. Won't leave a review as likely some damage from faulty cork letting liquid seep out, but seems like in 1995 it started as a Zin with cool climate sensibilities rather than massive fruit forward. Past prime days but still firing strongly on terciaries and some fruit.
Red
10/4/2020 - aero Does not like this wine:
87 points
Medium bodied, modern style. Starts out backwards but with N. Rhone-like qualities. With a little air it quickly devolves into generic purple fruit, huge vanilla, and sweet oak. The sort of wine you'd find at a random fancy pizza joint.

Could evolve back towards being interesting in many years, but I have doubts. Have had dozens of 2000-2010 Copain Syrahs and this is the first that did not bring me joy, even makes me question the winemaking direction.
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Red
10/4/2020 - aero Does not like this wine:
88 points
(Brief note) Medium- bodied, modern styling. Riper California-like PN profile with cherries, impactful tartness, hint+ of oak and sweetness, firm acidity. Thin mid-palate, not much on the finish.
Red
10/1/2020 - aero wrote:
89 points
Medium bodied, modern styling. Nose stays pretty shy, some fruit- and confectionary-sweetness. Palate is bright purple and red fruit, marshmallows, with some slight raisining. Manipulated and lacking terroir, but oak and vanilla in a good place -- not to be disregarded if you're looking for an easy drinker. So-so QPR. Has plenty of years left.
Red
9/29/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
90 points
Medium bodied, rustic styling. In a way it's so secondary it's not dissimilar a late 90s CdP, bricking and all. Nose stayed fairly closed for hours, but reveals tobacco smoke, prune, tar, volcanics, olive. Palate is mouth-coating with arid soil, browned conifer needle, tea leaves, and a fairly drying long finish. Many hours of air are needed to bring this towards balance.

Far less meat, herbs, spiciness, and berries than any other Pegau Reservee I've had (but more Brett), and perhaps the least compelling. Give it 3-5+ years to see what happens. 2012 and 2014 are much more approachable and complete today. 2014 is perhaps the best Pegau value - as it ended up developing better than critics estimated.

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edit Day 2 - first signs of real fruit though has become a little "hotter" on the finish than yesterday. Cacao in finish as well. The Brett has blown off. Hasn't fallen apart despite tasting a decade+ more mature than its age, so I would reiterate holding for 3-5 years.
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Red
9/26/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
93 points
Medium bodied, rustic styling. Nose is immediately fragrant, but takes an hour or so for palate to build power. Nose is complex and bucolic with meat, provincial herbs, spiced bramble berries, charcoal, aged leather. Palate follows suit and with time adds a Northern Rhone-esque conifer forest and finishes long and volcanic with hints of coffee. Ready today with an hour or two of air, will last for years.
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White
9/24/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
90 points
Light+ bodied, glou glou styling. Riesling's white flowers, petrol, and a little citrus rind shine through brett, funk, and fair structure from brief skin contact. Touch of heat in the finish for the first hour or so. Reductive winemaking in play, and it's really pleasant if let you it "air out". Not for someone set on having a traditional Riesling, or any white for that matter.

Edit - day 2, had re-corked bottle and left on counter. Funk has significantly subsided and now cinnamon, white flowers, orange rind, cloves, white stone fruit are more present. Ultimately fell apart maybe 3 hours after uncorking, but great until then.
Red
9/23/2020 - aero Does not like this wine:
85 points
Medium bodied, modern style. Charcoal and dried fruit on nose, palate is volcanic with some raisining on the fruit - butter and heat in the finish. Lacks typicity and freshness, and sits in the realm of $10-14 cabs.
Red
9/21/2020 - aero Does not like this wine:
85 points
Light+ bodied, modern style edging towards glou glou. A co-fermented field blend of three Grenaches: Noir, Gris, and Blanc. A fine florality, and even some emerging minerality, is the only redemption to an otherwise flat flabby wine. The concept is sound, the execution underwhelms.

Spend a few dollars more and get any bottle of Irene (natural) or Halcon Esquito (sustainable?), same floral style and eons ahead in quality.
Red
9/14/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
92 points
Medium+ bodied, rustic styling. From blue logo bottle (not orange). Rusty earthy forest floor mushrooms on the nose. Palate picks up fruit as it gets a few hours air, with enough acidity to back it -- alongside iron, stone, olive. Decent length, decent balance. Great for $30 at a (climate controlled) gas station near the winery, retails much higher elsewhere and may not quite live up to $60+. Unlike others I detected no raisining or maderization. Drink now.

edit - Noticed the sediment adds nice acidity, iron, and complexity; would mix it in rather than letting it drop out.
Red
9/8/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
94 points
Full bodied, unique styling. Nose is dark berry compote, volcanic soil, pepper, grass, alongside something nameless but unmistakeable that a few Milton-Freewater producers often have -- like a burnt roasted berry marshmallow. Palate is on the pumice and scorched-earth end of Syrah with fresh bramble, blueberry, cabbage, plenty of "funk" but more like stones and aged leather rather than brett and farm.

The length, balance, elevating acidic freshness, and lucious mouthfeel push it into rare air. Good value.
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Red
9/7/2020 - aero wrote:
89 points
Medium bodied, modern styling. Strawberry, cranberry, spice, sweetness on the nose. Body follows nose, with smoke, lots of spice. Unfortunately comes across almost syrupy. Doesn't quite have the acidity to elevate and balance it.
Red
2015 Château Puygueraud Francs Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/31/2020 - aero Does not like this wine:
88 points
Medium+ bodied, modern style. Non-descript purple fruit and oak come through strongly, with Malbec-like dark spicing following on with just barely hints of leather and wet forest. It's a bit of a mess on balance - running slightly hot, and falling apart on day 2. Decent length and good color. Some cellar time may do it well.
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Red
8/23/2020 - aero Does not like this wine:
89 points
Full- bodied, modern styling. A Syrah with early 2000s Napa Cab treatment: cigar, mocha and vanilla oak somewhat obscuring what would be oxydized bramble blue and red fruit. Drank over 6 hours -- length, complexity and balance didn't materize. Likely the fruit won't outlast the oak, drink in the next few years.
White
8/19/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
90 points
Light+ body, glou-glou styling. Needed 10 min and larger glass for VA to blow off, all good after that. Melon, citrus, saline, mentholated, alongside savory stony elements. Acidic mouthwatering tartness. Like a muscat with "umph".
Rosé
2018 Léonine Qué pasa? Languedoc Roussillon Syrah (view label images)
8/18/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
90 points
Light+ body, glou-glou styling. Melon, juicy white peach, nut shells, funk. Round mouth feel with some reduction, persistent length. Good value for an enjoyable pink wine with structure.
Red
8/10/2020 - aero wrote:
90 points
Full bodied, modern and rustic styling. Brief note: charcoal and any type of carbonization you can think of, with dark berries, anise, and soil. Almost over the top with charred volcanics, leaving me wanting for a little more acidic lift. By 2025.
White
8/7/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
90 points
Medium- bodied, glou glou styling. Nose is minerals and cantaloupe, palate continues with savory minerality, creamy melon, citrus, salinity. Refreshing acidity, good persistence.
Red - Sparkling
8/6/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
90 points
Light+ bodied, glou glou styling. Nose of Hawaiian Punch (strawberries, pineapple, watermelon-like sweetness) with dark fruit skins buried in there. Palate is crisp and acidic, cranberries, strawberries, roasted nut shells.

Not sparkling, but more than a little CO2 -- frothy pouring at first. Suspect partial malolactic fermentation. Medium complexity, zippy acidity, decent length. Perfectly enjoyable.
Red
8/6/2020 - aero Does not like this wine:
86 points
Medium bodied, modern style. Some nice berries and bright elements, not masks by vanilla and oak but those are present. There is just a bulbous bitterness and astringency present that you find in so many mass produced wines. Like the seeds cracked open when they pressed the wine.
Red
2010 Château Plaisance Cuvée Alix Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Still going strong, not developing much since 2016 note but holding steady. Clean fruit, some greenness. Bitterness and astringency in the finish. Overpressed, I'd wager. 88pts
Red
2018 Zerba Cellars Wild Z Walla Walla Valley Red Blend (view label images)
8/1/2020 - aero Does not like this wine:
87 points
Medium+ bodied, modern styling. Ripe cherries and red fruit, vanilla, wood on the nose. The modern sweet red fruit-forward, vanilla and wood continue on the palate with some warm spices and Milton Freewater minterality relegated to the background.
Rosé
8/1/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
89 points
Light+ bodied, glou glou styling. Tart cranberry dominates nose and palate, with peach, yellow citrus, mineral backdrop. Good persistence. Refreshing. A simple joy.
Red
7/30/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
92 points
Medium bodied, traditional styling. Violet, cassis, and dark berry aromas, with more on the rich palate alongside olive, flowers, tobacco, stone, and bacon fat. Long, balanced, tannic. Wonderful blend of grace and strength. Surprisingly approachable and complex today, will drink well through 2030.
Red
7/25/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
Wonderful wine, particularly considering the price. Thematically like a brunello with lighter burgundy weight and sensibilities, yet unlike either in the specifics. Continues to develop, but generally consistent with my prior notes. Best through 2023?

Simply the most autumnal wine I've tasted.
Red
7/24/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
87 points
Medium bodied, modern style. Milky fruity nose, vanilla. Same again in the palate, with some rich prune. Long warm finish, with mocha riding it on out.

Easy pleaser, it's in the summer blockbuster category of wines... Pay a few bucks, suspend disbelief, enjoy the show, and forget it existed by the next morning.
Red
7/22/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
92 points
Medium bodied, traditional and modern styling - though will appeal to natural wine fans too. Nose energetic with raspberries, ultra-sour candy, and hints of the sultry-ness to come. Palate is tart-forward, bright red, forest floor, smoke, and meanders into village burgundy territory. Rocketship of acidity, but with complexity backing it. Tart from start to finish. Drinking nicely alone and suited to food. But I wouldn't wait too many years to enjoy, by 2025?

If this is your jam, check out Joseph Swan "Saralee" Pinot Noir and Windy Oaks "Proprietor's Reserve" Pinot Noir.
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Red
7/18/2020 - aero wrote:
Medium- bodied, modern styling. Translucent, like a lighter Pinot Noir. Raisins and cherry on nose and palate. This is a non-offensive warm climate wine. No complexity. My understanding is they converted to biodynamic prior to 2017. Good mouthfeel, long finish. Drink sooner.
Red
7/16/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
89 points
Medium+ bodied, modern style. 3.5 years ago here I called this wine "young...confused" but a good value. My has that changed, except the value. Peppermint and eucalyptus still dominate nose and palate, with accompaniment of rich dark red fruit, char, soft pepper, and rich chocolate mocha through a strong, long- finish. Low+ complexity, but it's palate is powerful and balanced* (heavy on menthol for my taste) and uplifting.

It's a lot of wine for $20-$25 USD.
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Red
2015 Château Dalem Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/15/2020 - aero wrote:
89 points
375ml. Medium bodied, modern and traditional styling. Nose is mentholated with red fruit and oak. Palate continues the woody, mentholated (like fresh forest), dark red fruit trend adding in dried tobacco (like cigar), spices, cacao powder. Mid-palate is that fresh herb-stem Cab Franc sort of green. Good balance and surprisingly powerful finish and length. It's not fruit-dominant like many 2015s.

There are more negative reviews here than I'd expect, but maybe it's just not what you'd expect (no big fruit, cedar, pencil shavings). It's a solid Cab Franc Bordeaux, with some hints of Loire and Santa Cruz Mountains terroir mixed in. Priced appropriately if you follow Bdx, or a bargain if you're used to supermarket Bordeaux.
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Red
2015 Frenchtown Farms 19 Harts North Yuba Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
7/14/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
2nd bottle, consistent with the first though I'd revise to say it has more in common with Hermitage stylistically than Cote Rotie -- perhaps it's the granite, iron, and power. Splitting hairs. Pleased to have more than a case remaining to drink into 2030s.
Red
7/12/2020 - aero wrote:
Full bodied, modern style. Woody, dark nose leading into incredibly dense black fruit. Mouth coating, you can feel the tannins gripping between your teeth. Long.

It's easy to buy a wine that needs bottle aging, this feels as if it should go back in a tank for a couple more years.

That said it can be enjoyed today, and probably for decades to come.
White
7/12/2020 - aero Likes this wine:
89 points
Medium bodied, glou glou style. Beautiful golden color, and crystal clear. Looks impressive. Nose telegraphs brett, hay, hints of honey. Palate is silky and creamy -- it starts out like a mature Sauvignon Blanc and ends towards brett. Presumably it went through malolactic fermentation.

Simple pleasure if you enjoy "natty" wines, this is a well-designed one. In balance, slightly short finish. Gulpable. 89-90
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