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Tasting Notes for barrkel

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Red
1/11/2022 - barrkel wrote:
89 points
Fruity reliable table wine. Solid, simple, unpretentious, clean and good value.
Red
1/11/2022 - barrkel wrote:
88 points
Almost flavourless on first pour, with a green aftertaste that eventually drifts into banana. After an hour, is still very muted, somewhat tannic, with a hint of herbs. Absolutely nothing like the previous vintage. I have more bottles, this may be a bad one.
Red
1/8/2022 - barrkel wrote:
88 points
Alright. A bit hot, somewhat green tannins, not very smooth, compared with something more benchmark. Previous two years were better.
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Red
2019 Clos René Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/7/2022 - barrkel wrote:
88 points
Green, lacking fruit, underwhelming.
Red
1/4/2022 - barrkel wrote:
85 points
This is lightly acidic fruit with heavy oak; zin pretending to be NZ Pinot, but with plum instead of cherry. It's even somewhat translucent in the glass. Not sophisticated, approximately zero tannins, no energy. It's wine as a soft drink without the fizz or life. Enjoyable mostly for the oak content.
Red
2019 Clos des Jacobins St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/10/2021 - barrkel wrote:
92 points
Primary blackcurrant fruit, coffee, toffee, tobacco, with good tension. Promising and already very tasty.
Red
12/10/2021 - barrkel Likes this wine:
90 points
Solid nebbiolo, savoury tannins.
Red
2019 Château Chasse-Spleen Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/10/2021 - barrkel wrote:
89 points
Sweet tannins and pronounced acid add up to energy but lacking fruit. Tannins turn a little green in the tail. Oak is ultimately subdued. It's a bit underwhelming.
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White
12/4/2021 - barrkel wrote:
86 points
Mild acid with some sweetness and fruit from the sylvaner, gentle quaffable cheap white. Not unpleasant.
Red
12/4/2021 - barrkel wrote:
87 points
This is a solid cheap "big" wine, unsubtle and brash. Sweet heavy oak and plum fruit with a bit of acidity and mild tannins make it easy drinking popped and poured. Slightly green tang in the tail. Good for larger parties on account of value.
Red
11/27/2021 - barrkel Likes this wine:
89 points
Tasty crowd pleaser. Sweet dark fruit with toasty vanilla oak and a hint of smoke, very easy to drink. Not a lot of depth but enjoyable.
Red
11/21/2021 - barrkel wrote:
90 points
Acquired from Coop Baden. Good Bordeaux with toasty oak and dark fruit, at its best reasonably fresh from the bottle. It impresses with density of flavour and energy on the palate. I did find it faded - soured - with air and ~7 hours after opening I ended up reluctantly abandoning my last glass.
White - Sparkling
11/21/2021 - barrkel wrote:
90 points
Fun dessert wine. Lightly fizzy, very light alcohol (5.5%), sweet but not sickly or cloying and plenty of acid to balance. Not deep but gluggable like apfelschorle. Feels like a soft drink.
Red
11/14/2021 - barrkel wrote:
88 points
Heavy oak on open, with some blood and metal. After a while to breathe, is light, fruity with pronounced oak and acidity. Mild tannins dominated by acid. Needs food to balance, is a bit angular on its own.
Red
10/26/2021 - barrkel Likes this wine:
91 points
This is fairly tasty. Quite primary with blue fruit, with a hint of pepper, some meat and plenty of oak. Quite rich, but a little short. Some residual sugar adds body, alcohol 13%. Tannins are mild. At the price, I prefer Côte Rôtie, does a better job of hitting the same notes, but this isn't far off.
Red
10/24/2021 - barrkel wrote:
89 points
Red berries, simultaneously fresh and with some substance. Mediim acidity, mild tannins, a hint of meat and lingering savoury notes. Tasty.
Red
10/16/2021 - barrkel wrote:
88 points
Ok. Muted flavours and a somewhat weak wine overall, but once your palate is tuned into it, it's smooth and pleasant. You wouldn't want to serve it after anything with a lot of energy, because it's fairly passive. Survived well into second day, slightly better if anything.
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Red
10/16/2021 - barrkel wrote:
89 points
This was rough on pop and pour. Very tart and a lot of blood. It came together after a few hours air. Juicy berries and good concentration, still quite tart, but matching it with fruit. It's the juicy fruit that saved the day. Intense.
Red
10/11/2021 - barrkel Likes this wine:
89 points
This is tasty but not deep or complex. Fresh, fruity, juicy, but more like a less intense garnacha than a recognizable Syrah. Oak is understated, tannins are long and mild. There's some stems in the aftertaste. Very clean, moreish, gluggable even. A shame not to finish the bottle, but it's late and there's work...
Red
9/30/2021 - barrkel wrote:
92 points
This is quite good and great value for the quality. Barnyard dominates somewhat upon opening, letting you know you have a French wine, but it blows off and tasty pepper notes pop to the fore. Meat and pepper, it's like a low end Côte Rôtie, just lacking in concentration and intensity, bit a good value alternative to have with food and still be very enjoyable on its own.
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Red
2018 Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella Ripasso della Valpolicella Classico Superiore Corvina Blend, Corvina (view label images)
9/30/2021 - barrkel wrote:
88 points
Reasonably typical Valpolicella. Great pizza / pasta wine, though this is bit more expensive and doesn't really justify it. A hint of oak along with typical grape perfume. Cherries and plums, rich, full of sunshine etc. as expected.
Red
9/30/2021 - barrkel Likes this wine:
90 points
Good and good value. Composite cork, Bordeaux bottle. Round mouthfeel (hint of glycerol?). Quite fruity, but balanced earth, perfume and oak come out after an hour+ air. Mouthwateringly acidic but not sour. Some residual sugar, mostly just enough to balance the acid. Almost NZ in style. Tannins are mild and meld with the acid rather than creating much tension. Length is mostly oak, which is well integrated and not overdone. Gluggable.
Red
9/11/2021 - barrkel wrote:
90 points
On open, very fruit forward - pronounced blackcurrant, that's cassis for you folks who haven't tasted blackcurrants - and mild acidity and tannins, to the point of risking being flabby. A few hours in, it's still fruity, there's some graphite and the acidity is more noticable but tannins are still mild. It's a gluggable wine and delivers the Ozzie fruit I was looking for, but it lacks energy / tension and complexity.
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Red
9/10/2021 - barrkel Likes this wine:
89 points
This is tasty high end table wine. Quite good with tomato-based food, and enhances herbs. It's not bad on its own but it wears after a while. Initially hot (14%), cherry and somewhat green tannins with noticeable but fairly balanced acidity.
Red
8/7/2021 - barrkel wrote:
91 points
Quite good. Initially, juicy fruit acid and some funk. Complex savoury notes in the acid and a hint of garrigue and even undergrowth. Reminiscent of pinot but with more substance. Hint of menthol. With more air, the acid is the main note in the wine - it's got medium tannins - and the funk is less perceptible, but the savoury edge and a fullness, a suggestion of ripeness, remains. I'd say the bottle age has improved the wine.
Red
8/2/2021 - barrkel Likes this wine:
89 points
Fresh, crunchy, black fruit, strong tannins, doesn't hold back on the vanilla. Big brash young wine for early drinking. Quaffable fun juice. Unsubtle.
Red
8/1/2021 - barrkel Likes this wine:
91 points
This bottle is head and shoulders better than my previous, which if I'd seen the note I would not have reordered. It's much smoother though the acid is still noticeable in the watering of the mouth, there's a milky quality to it which gives it a smooth mouthfeel. A hint of funk, some undergrowth with a suggestion of bacon, black fruit and some black olive. I won't be adding sugar to this one.
Red
2013 Viña Koyle Auma Los Lingues Colchagua Valley Malbec Blend, Malbec (view label images)
8/1/2021 - barrkel Likes this wine:
91 points
This is 50% Carmenere, then Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, and only then Malbec; it's more of a Bordeaux blend. It tastes of black cherries, dark fruit, a hint of ash, chocolate, tobacco. Acidity medium, strong tannins, it's a bold big wine. Somewhat brash but quite tasty. We had it with ribeye.
Red
6/11/2021 - barrkel wrote:
87 points
Waitrose. Light fruit, slightly heavy handed oak which needs some air to lighten up, and pronounced blood in the aftertaste which eventually moderates after a few hours. Very light tannins, a hint of muddy earth more than sous bois.

It is recognisable pinot but it's not elegant. Better with food, alright after.
Red
6/10/2021 - barrkel wrote:
85 points
Weak, short, thin, sweet. A brief fruity flavour, a hint of vanilla, then it's over. Bad value for money from Waitrose.
Red
5/31/2021 - barrkel Likes this wine:
93 points
Quite good. A combination of cherries and lighter berry fruit, with a hint of savoury meaty barnyard, good energy. Well balanced throughout, and tasty too.
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Red
5/16/2021 - barrkel Likes this wine:
94 points
Very good. Savoury, bacon on the nose. Quite strongly coloured in the glass. Mouth has bacon, intense red berries, well integrated medium oak, very polished tannins, fairly strong acid balanced by some sweetness, with a hint of perfume floating above it all. Improved the more air it gets, still gaining after 8 hours. Quite powerful.
Red
5/8/2021 - barrkel Likes this wine:
91 points
Good, fine. Quite structured but very approachable. Cherry fruit, some perfume and very good tension between acidity and tannins, which energetically do battle for a few seconds while emanating earthy cherry notes. Delivers to price but does not exceed, I'd say.
Red
5/1/2021 - barrkel wrote:
91 points
This is an interesting wine, very concentrated but not fully integrated. It has intense perfume which needs air, or very small sips well aerated, to consume. Mild cassis, bell pepper, black olive and long medium to mild tannins with lively acidity give it good complexity, but the stages of flavour are almost jarring in how they abruptly transition, with intensity. There's a sweetness, a hint of toast and a very slight note of banana particularly when freshly poured. The wine was a little bit hard to enjoy on the whole, though. More interesting than tasty.
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White
4/20/2021 - barrkel wrote:
92 points
This is a flinty, savoury, largely classical sauv blanc, with only a hint of grapefruit, mostly on the nose. Energetic, it goes right up your nose, and the aftertaste goes on for about a minute, but not too acidic to have on its own. Good stuff.
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Red
4/18/2021 - barrkel wrote:
90 points
Savoury acid with a hint of pepper and bacon, and a suggestion of oak. Tannins are mild, the pepper blows off with more air, and the wine is a little bit too acidic for enjoyable sipping immediately after opening, and after 12 hours air. In between it's not bad at all, but still better with food. It's just a bit angular.

With about 150mls left in my glass, I found it hard going so I experimented by adding a half-spoon of caster sugar, caster for easier dissolving (and it did dissolve easily). Improved the perceived acidity situation quite a bit and the wine seemed fruitier.
Red
2015 Château Montlandrie Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/15/2021 - barrkel Likes this wine:
92 points
Really quite tasty. Tannins are strong and chewy at this stage, plenty of time for things to soften. The 14.5% alcohol is mostly hidden well. A very slight hint of funk, solid dark oak core, then spice, earth, and a hint of leaf in the aftertaste, and the tannins - like black tea, not green at all - linger for some time. The fruit isn't particularly primary but very good energy in the balance between acidity and tannins. I enjoy this wine on its own but a great match for fatty ribeye too. I think it's a notch above the 2014 at this point.
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Red
4/11/2021 - barrkel Likes this wine:
91 points
Quite tasty, sipping well into the night, and sufficiently concentrated that I couldn't drink it quickly. Good balance of acidity and long smooth tannins. Not sure it's very good QPR at £42 or so, but not regretting it.
Red
4/10/2021 - barrkel wrote:
flawed
Another bad bottle from Wine Society; damp cellar & mould, noticeable on the cork, nose and aftertaste. Pity as the fruit still comes through, there's promise there.
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Red
2010 Château Batailley Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/9/2021 - barrkel wrote:
88 points
From Wine Society; I note this because I've had bad luck with their more expensive wines. This was opened 5 hours before tasting but not decanted. Plummy with long green tannins, a dark peak on each sip, and a hint of oak, with maybe - maybe - a slight suggestion of damp cellar. Alcohol is noticeable; it feels more than the 13.5 it is. The wine leaves an impression of being unbalanced and a bit flabby. I can't honestly say it's corked but I've had far tastier Bordeaux from the late Denis Durantou, at a third of the price.
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Red
4/5/2021 - barrkel Likes this wine:
89 points
Heavily oaked juice, delivers to expectations of decent NZ pinot. The oak is sufficiently powerful that some air time is warranted to smooth it out a little.
Red
2009 Château Peyrabon Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/4/2021 - barrkel wrote:
90 points
Second bottle didn't have the same degree of meat as the first, though it might have aired out more before drinking. Still quite solid and tasty though.
Red
4/2/2021 - barrkel wrote:
88 points
Hard to love, and doesn't particularly deliver either the concentration or the meat I expect from more mainstream Cote-Rotie styles. Quite acidic, very fresh in style, seems to be designed to be drunk young. Oak is mild, tannins are barely noticeable, but also low on perfume... Hard to like, really. I couldn't finish my second glass and I was starting to develop indigestion. A pity - it seemed promising on the second sip.
White
3/28/2021 - barrkel wrote:
flawed
My most recent bottle seemed to have some bacterial contamination, with a hint of mousiness almost tending towards beer in the aftertaste. The bottle lacked some clarity in acidity too. I enjoyed previous bottles so perhaps it's a one-off.
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Red
3/21/2021 - barrkel wrote:
89 points
This is a nice enough wine but it's weak. It offers some faint sous bois, tart cherry, a hint of mushroom, and then fades away with a little perfume and mild long tannins. It lacks energy and is almost watery in the aftertaste. Quaffable enough, as long as you're not looking at the price tag, but when you take that into account, the QPR is poor and the wine is mediocre.
Red
3/13/2021 - barrkel wrote:
89 points
I have high expectations of Cote-Rotie wines and this didn't meet them. Very fruit-forward (it is young, mind) with blackcurrant, blackberry. Not a lot of tension. Medium tannins. Not much in the way of perfume. Medium to mild oak. There's a little bit of mousiness that crops up in the aftertaste, but it's quite slight. A vague hint of pepper (you have to look for it), no meat. It's still enjoyable enough to quaff, but I wouldn't buy it myself (this was a gift).
Red
3/6/2021 - barrkel Likes this wine:
89 points
Good. Oak with balsamic twist and a banana aftertaste.
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Red
3/6/2021 - barrkel Likes this wine:
90 points
I think there's a touch of variation between bottles. The last of mine was very tasty, plum and cherry as previously noted, but the alcohol well integrated. Really great QPR.
Red
2015 Meerlust Rubicon Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/25/2021 - barrkel Likes this wine:
92 points
My last bottle of the 6 I bought, and probably the best. Opened at 4pm, tasted at 8pm, half drunk with cote de boeuf, the rest savoured on its own. Concentrated, juicy with blackcurrrant, smoky and savoury, with long smooth polished tannins on the finish. Oak is well judged and far from overdone, contra other comments, IMO; this is not in cheap California caramel vanilla territory, and nor is it oaky juice like so many NZ pinots.

This was excellent value from Costco when originally bought, in the territory of £25 or less. Can't get it for less than £49 now.
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Red
2/24/2021 - barrkel wrote:
88 points
The wine is 15% but everything about it actually feels light, apart from alcoholic warmth in the throat. Cherry and raspberry, a slight almost balsamic tang, a hint of oak and mild tannins - my bottle did not have the grippy tannins reported here for previous vintages. It's pretty smooth and tasty as far as it goes, but there isn't much concentration. Short finish dominated by alcoholic burn, perhaps a hint of herbs.
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