Tasting Notes for R2-D2

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Red
10/18/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
91 points
A blend of estate grown Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and a splash of sourced Cabernet Franc. Medium ruby colored with an inviting nose of ripe black cherries, licorice and violets. An elegant mouthfeel reveals flavors of juicy plums, fennel, anise, sandalwood and a touch of salinity. Chewy tannins and a playful acidity should allow this Super Tuscan clone to age well over the the next five years.
Red
10/18/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
92 points
The 2015 @danzadelsolwinery Petite Sirah delivers a stiff jab to the face without knocking you over with the extracted fruit, high tannins and excessive alcohol that is present in many Temecula Valley Petite Sirah.
Typically inky dark, this bottling is just a shade transparent. An aromatic bouquet of smashed black plums and blackberries with savory undertones of graphite, bramble and bay leaf. Powerful black fruits pack a punch to the palate, yet calmly relent to tasty chocolate covered coffee beans, cedar, cardamom and peppercorn. A low (for Temecula) 13.8% alcohol combined with a medium acidity and medium tannins keep the full bodied wine in check. Deserving of recent platinum award in the 2019 Sommelier Challenge. I have had a lot of CA Petite Sirah over the last year and this ranks among the best.
Red
10/18/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
84 points
I liked this a bit better than the previous tasting. There is a hearty whiff of potpourri, potting soil, spearmint and black cherry. Med bodied with rigid tannin and heightened acidity. Rustic palate of dried cherry, iron and peppery herbs (anise, fennel, clove, thyme). The finish leaves a dry, bitter aftertaste that Nebbiolo can be infamous for.
Red
10/18/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
86 points
Second bottle was much better than the first - much more fruit, balance and depth. Still, I find the mid-palate and finish to be a bit rough.
Red - Fortified
10/18/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
86 points
Tastes like a good ruby port.
White
10/12/2019 - R2-D2 Does not like this wine:
72 points
Starts out ok, but the finish is vile!
Red
2003 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/18/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
95 points
This has everything one would expect in a beautifully aged Bordeaux. Deep garnet with a sensuous fragrance of forest floor, cedar, cigar smoke, black currant, espresso and chocolate. The palate reflects the nose. A rich core of black plum and black currant fruit is supported by tobacco leaf, iron, roast beef and pine. Time in the glass allows one to coax out the subtle undertones of cassis, walnut and lead pencil on the moderate lengthy finish (length of the finish being the only downside). Full bodied, exquisitely balanced, complex with medium plus acidity and some evolving tannins. A lovely wine to drink now or hold for years.
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White
10/17/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
87 points
76% Pinot Gris, 8% Viognier, 5% Muscat, 4% Roussanne, 3% Pinot Blanc, 2% Albariño, 2% Riesling and other. As you can see by the laundry list of varietals, this barely qualifies as a legally labelled Pinot Gris. It's a lush blend full of bright pear, peach, mango and honeydew in the nose and on the rich, full bodied palate.
Red
10/11/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
93 points
Really excellent! Must buy another and re-taste with actual notes.
Red
10/11/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
89 points
Comes across as a little too ripe and syrupy, definite raisen/prune thing going on. Not bad at all, just pales in comparison to a Tensley Syrah.
Red
10/11/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
90 points
Similar notes as before, but adding some additional ripe green chiles/jalapeno out there in the nose and palate. Was decanted for four hours and re-tasted after 24 hrs. Perhaps that opened up that profile. Was paired against a more youthful Cab Franc, so seemed a bit lacking in the fruit department.
Red
10/11/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
91 points
Youthful, fruit forward style but backed by terrific balance and complexity. Best enjoyed now. Mascota is making some terrific value wines and they are consistent crowd pleasers.
Red
10/11/2019 - R2-D2 Likes this wine:
92 points
KFrench’s review is pretty spot on. Even though I decanted for 6 hrs prior to my tasting, the wine is in a rugged, tight phase right now. Many blind tasters did not like that aspect in comparison to a more open New World sangiovese. This will be an excellent wine with some patience.
Red
10/11/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
91 points
While light in color, it delivers high doses of an expected Sangiovese experience. Lacks the long term tannic structure to be held on to. So definitely just drink and enjoy now. Was wine of the night for a few people.
White
10/11/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
88 points
Old cheesy, diesel (someone said propane) aspect to this blend that you won’t find in the New World. A touch white Burgundian in that regard. Love it or leave it for many New World palates. I think it added character but wasnt as an enjoyable wine compared to its California pairing partner.
White
10/11/2019 - R2-D2 Likes this wine:
90 points
Much more accessible than a similar white rhone. Sad to hear that Somerset has decided to discontinue making one of Temecula’s better white wines.
White
10/11/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
92 points
Well received by all. Sleek, clean and vibrant.
White
10/11/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
87 points
Much more tropical fruit notes than before - specifically a lot of guava. And found the mid palate to have a creamy weight to it. It was much by itself than compared side by side to a superior Sauvignon Blanc.
Rosé
10/11/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
88 points
Loved the dried apricots, floral and honey notes in the nose. Would like to see just a touch more fruit on the dry palate. But that is just my palate preference.
Rosé
10/11/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
87 points
Same notes as before.
Red
2015 Château Lagrave-Aubert Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/12/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
flawed
Corked.
Red
10/6/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
87 points
Fresh tasting red and black berry fruits, cinnamon, cocoa, graphite and minerals. Medium acidity and low tannins. Ready to drink now. Went nicely woth some carne asada tacos.
White
10/4/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
89 points
Ripe Anjou pear, graham cracker, lime zest and ginger cut quite a swatch on the nose and palate. A dry, mouthwatering acidity struck a delicious balance to a sauerkraut and mustard coated bratwurst.
Red
9/29/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
89 points
GBV loves aging their wines on Hungarian oak. In this case the 2014 Erato sat for a whopping 36 months on medium toast, new oak before bottling. While the oak adds a lot of interesting spice, clove, smoke and cocoa notes and smooths out the moderate tannins, one is left with a drying finish that amplifies the 14.3% alcohol and oak flavor a bit too much. Some, or many, may totally be fine with that. There is a lot to like - aromas of violets, mint and pipe tobacco, bold black fruits, and flavors of chalky minerals, roasted jalapeños (totally appropriate for hot weather cab franc) and gravel. Good wine, balanced acidity, but just a touch heavy on the oak.
Rosé
9/29/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
88 points
First day, very dry and highly tart. Second day, way smoother, refined and quite enjoyable.
Red
10/2/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
88 points
Wednesday Night "Chardonnay" Blind Tasting (Miramonte Winery): Tasted Double blind. Dark purple/ruby color; Blueberry and cherry pie aromas explode out of the glass, followed by baking spices, roasted herbs and a stewed/jammy odor. The sticky red and black fruits coat the mouth. A bomb of flavor - stones, tar, espresso, jalapeno and black pepper. High tannin and high alcohol (16%).

Guessed Aussie Shiraz (blueberry aromas and black pepper finish)
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White
10/2/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
91 points
Wednesday Night "Chardonnay" Blind Tasting (Miramonte Winery): Tasted double blind. Aromas of buttery toast and cinnamon. Sour green apple, vanilla, pineapple and melon, minerals, lemon zest. Moderate plus acidity and moderate alcohol level.

Guessed Sonoma Chardonnay.
White - Off-dry
10/2/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
89 points
Wednesday Night "Chardonnay" Blind Tasting (Miramonte Winery): Tasted double blind. Aromatic; aromas of white flowers, cane sugar and petrol. High acid, light mouthfeel (bordering on effervescent), citrus blossoms, minerals, melon, peach, cashews and lemon zest. Just a touch of sweetness.

Guessed German Riesling Kabinett.
White
10/2/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
flawed
Wednesday Night "Chardonnay" Blind Tasting (Miramonte Winery): Tasted double blind. May have been oxidized as the cork displayed signs of seepage and the aroma was of candied lemon peel, dried apricots and nuts. The palate was dominated by sourness and was nearly devoid of fruit.

NO GUESS.
White
10/2/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
87 points
Wednesday Night "Chardonnay" Blind Tasting (Miramonte Winery): Tasted blind. Lemond colored; Apple and stone fruits dominate the wine aromas and flavors. Loads of acidity along with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Guessed Sonoma.
White
10/2/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
89 points
Wednesday Night "Chardonnay" Blind Tasting (Miramonte Winery): Tasted blind. Pale lemon; Loaded with tropical fruit, specifically melon, in the nose. Brioche, lime zest, moderate plus acidity on a lively, fun palate.

Guessed Maconnais!
White
10/2/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
88 points
Wednesday Night "Chardonnay" Blind Tasting (Miramonte Winery): Tasted blind. Very pale lemon in color; Delicate aromas and flavors of flint, minerals, green apple, lemon, peach, and white flowers.

Guessed Chablis.
White
10/2/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
87 points
Wednesday Night "Chardonnay" Blind Tasting (Miramonte Winery): Tasted blind. Darkest lemon color of the six blind Chards. Oak and buttery secondary aromas take precedent over the tropical fruit. Medium acidity; toast, vanilla and almond on the palate. Touch of heat from the 14.2% alcohol.

Guessed to be from Napa.
White
10/2/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
89 points
Wednesday Night "Chardonnay" Blind Tasting (Miramonte Winery): Tasted blind. Pale lemon in color; funky nose of truffle, dough, flint, citrus and green apple. Mouth watering acidity, lingering sour lime. 13% alcohol

Guessed to be a Cotes de Beaune.
White
10/2/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
86 points
Wednesday Night "Chardonnay" Blind Tasting (Miramonte Winery): Blind tasted. Lemon colored with pie crust, lemon zest, caramel, some new oak and distracting high alcohol (14.5%). Guessed Central Coast.
Red
2015 Pax The Vicar North Coast Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
9/28/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
89 points
Grenache with 5% Mourvedre. Medium ruby; floral, with ripe cherries and cranberries, liquorice and pepper aromas. Ample flavors of sour cherries and subtle hints of green peppercorn, tomato leaf, stones and cloves. Fresh and clean tasting fruit, medium bodied, low tannins and a racy acidity. Best consumed in its youth.
Red
9/28/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
90 points
Stealing the bottle description for this, "... intense black fruits and harmonious structure with freshness and elegance. Also a long finish of minerals and peppery notes combined with velvety tannins." I found that to be fairly accurate and will add some herbal and liquorice notes to go along with that. Solid wine, good value.
White - Fortified
WSET Level 2; 8/20/2019-10/15/2019 (Leoness Cellars, Temecula, CA): Not at all my style of wine. Tastes like dried oak and watered down, bland whiskey. Bless y'all that love this! Must be a very acquired taste. Thus no rating from me.
White - Sparkling
N.V. South Coast Winery Brut Temecula Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
9/24/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
86 points
WSET Level 2; 8/20/2019-10/15/2019 (Leoness Cellars, Temecula, CA): 100% Chard. Tropical aromas, lemon in color. Dry, high acidity, herbal, green apple, ginger and sour lemon. Tank fermented.
White - Sparkling
9/24/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
84 points
WSET Level 2; 8/20/2019-10/15/2019 (Leoness Cellars, Temecula, CA): Light and simple. Very faint nose, dry, soft palate of apples, honey, peaches and melon. Good, lightweight aperitif.
White - Sparkling
9/24/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
89 points
WSET Level 2; 8/20/2019-10/15/2019 (Leoness Cellars, Temecula, CA): Delicate and elegant. Creamy, fizzy palate that reminds me of applesauce and nuts. Very aromatic.
Rosé - Sparkling
9/24/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
85 points
WSET Level 2; 8/20/2019-10/15/2019 (Leoness Cellars, Temecula, CA): Aromas of lemon, green apple and a cola/root beer kind of note. Tropical fruit, mango and melon with medium acidity and ginger and cinnamon on the finish.
White - Sparkling
9/24/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
91 points
WSET Level 2; 8/20/2019-10/15/2019 (Leoness Cellars, Temecula, CA): Lots of youthful energy in this. Aromas of lies, cheese, white flowers and stone fruits. These carry over to the delicate palate while adding additional notes of honey, almonds and star anise.
Red
9/23/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
90 points
Quintessential Argentine Malbec - blackberry and raspberries, chocolate, smoke, stones and sweet tobacco. All in good, balanced proportions. Medium acidity and tannins.
White
9/22/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
83 points
Pale straw in color with an affable bouquet of stone fruit, honeycomb, citrus flowers and a hint of petrol. Simple and light bodied with just enough supporting acid to keep the ripe, sweet honeycrisp apple fruit from becoming too cloying. Drink now.
Red - Fortified
N.V. Doffo Doffo Port Temecula Valley Port Blend (view label images)
9/19/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
85 points
Eh... nothing special. Taste and color similar to an average producer's 10 year tawny. Save your $ and buy a real Oporto 10 year from Graham's or Taylor Fladgate.
Red
9/19/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
89 points
Smokey, chocolate, oak, char, roasted herbs, cherry and vanilla. Smooth yet
Red
9/19/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
88 points
A blend of three grapes with one from So. Italy that is not grown anywhere else in the Valley. Chewy dar, acid and intense. Mineral tinge.
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