Tasting Notes for R2-D2

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White - Sparkling
N.V. L. Mawby Blanc de Blancs Leelanau Peninsula Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay (view label images)
8/2/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
90 points
Solid, lots of autolysis flavors, fine bubbles, creamy yet crisp texture... just missing a lengthier finish. Very good for NV traditional styled sparkling wine.
Rosé
8/2/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
84 points
Light peach colored; candied watermelon, cut herbs, citrus peel, crisp. Kinda boring and non-descript.
Rosé
7/30/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
86 points
Simple, light red fruit flavors, crisp minerality, and a fun spritzy mouthfeel. Flexible enough to go with a range of foods and refreshing enough to enjoy on the porch at sunset. Dry. 80% Rabo de Anho, 20% Vinhao, aged in stainless steel tanks for three months. Grown in sandy loam, granite, schist soil at 320m.
White
7/27/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
90 points
Grown in the 400m high hills in Campania; fermented in Stainless Steel and aged on its lees for two months.

Medium lemon (from skins); Medium+ complex aromas of acacia, honeysuckle, jasmine, lemon zest, nectarine, pineapple, yogurt, and stale beer. The few years of bottle age have provided some tertiary notes of dried banana chips, dried pear, orange peel, and hazelnut. Dry, with a slight viscosity from the grape skins, this higher acid white shows zesty minerality and bitter pistachios on a medium+ length, lively finish. The best example of Fiano I have found. VERY GOOD
Red
7/27/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
89 points
Crunchy, similar to every other half bottle.
Red
7/27/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
88 points
The initial port-like, raisiny, prune, and fig flavors fade away after some air to reveal richly complex aromas dark cherry, cassis, floral, anise, black pepper, candied bacon, burnt toast, and clove. Resolved tannins, astringent black tea dries out the mouth leaving behind an earthy, menthol aftertaste. Aroma complexity surpasses the non-distinctive palate at this point.
White
7/21/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
89 points
Better by itself in the comfort of my home rather than tasted against a young, energetic Pouilly-Fuisse. Nose shows lovely mature notes of yogurt, raw bread dough, hay, mushroom, pear, peach, and spice. Palate is mostly dried apricots, melon rind, lemon zest, mineral, and nutmeg. Even a little dried banana chip character on the medium length finish. Still shows well,but drink now.
White
7/20/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
85 points
Past its prime aromas of dried apricots and pineapple, warm apple juice, butterscotch, and mushroom. Fruit is gone from the palate and mature notes of dried flowers, prickly ginger, hay, and toasty marshmallow. Certainly interesting, just old.
Red
7/20/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
88 points
Punchy, tart fruit. Hard to evaluate after a fair amount of Spanish wine. Not quite as intense or complex as I have experienced.
Red
7/20/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
88 points
Taste double-blind. Correctly identified as Tempranillo from Rioja or Ribera del Duero (I leaned more Rioja).
Light color than all of the other wines, with brighter, juicer cherry/plum fruit. A bit of oak influence with mint, spice, and anise making an appearance. Leather and licorice (maybe some Garnacha?) in the blend (which had me leaning Rioja). Not nearly as complex or powerful as the rest of the blind tasting wines.
Red
7/20/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
92 points
Tasted double-blind. Correctly identified as a Rioja.
Dark color but turning garnet to show it's age. First thought, perhaps Riserva or Gran Riserva. Super smooth palate - medium body and acid, refined tannins. Must have some age on (thus R or GR). Leather, prune, fig, clove... tastes older. Despite that, it has a light finish.
Red
7/20/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
92 points
CT Note #2000!!!!
Tasted double-blind. Correctly identified as a Toro. And to be fair it was my wine and this is at least the third time I have had it.
Dark color with just some garnet color revealing its age. Smooth tannins, smooth dried fruit, mature aromas of tar, spice, fig, clove, and spice on the palate seem to last for ages. Not as concentrated or complex as one would wish, but very refined and delightful. Favorite overall wine as voted on by the group.
Red
7/20/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
90 points
Tasted double-blind. Incorrectly identified as a Ribera del Duero.
BIG nose of black plums, roasted meat, toast, and baking spices. A juicy, ripe swirl of dark and red fruits, some blue, mineral, leather, spice, vanilla, dill, and clove.
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Red
7/20/2020 - R2-D2 Likes this wine:
90 points
Tasted double-blind. Correctly identified as Garnacha from Priorat.
Young, still quite tanning with clearly higher alcohol and juicy, black fruit, licorice, graphite, and smoke. The nose is a little earthy with a slight acetone/VA thing going on.
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Red
7/20/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
94 points
Tasted double-blind. Correctly identified as Carinena (Carignan).
A personal favorite of the tasting. Mature flavors and aromas of black cherry and plum, raisin, and dried fig while remaining slightly jammy. Leather, chocolate, mocha, vanilla all show on the long, refined tannin finish.
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White
7/20/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
86 points
Tasted double-blind. Correctly identified as a Hondarribi Zuri Txakolina.
Apple, citrus, honeysuckle, prickly pear, white pepper, mineral with a distinct blast of spritzy effervescence on the palate. It's Spanish and can only be...
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Red
7/20/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
91 points
just a taste but a lovely stemmy, cranberry aroma to this wine.
Red
7/19/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
90 points
Terrific, mature aromas of truffle, tea, dried roses, potpourri, tar resin and dried black cherries. Palate is a bit tired at this point with more of the aromas but fruit leans toward raisin and prune. Lengthy finish. One more bottle in the cellar.
Red
7/17/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
88 points
Better nose than palate
White
7/17/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
90 points
Clean, precise, concentrated flavors of pear, peachand melon, with slight toast, brioche, and stoney mineral notes.
White
2018 Massican Gemina California White Blend (view label images)
7/15/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
92 points
An exciting, racy, intensely concentrated wine.
Rosé
7/15/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
84 points
A little earthy
Red
7/15/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
86 points
Lacks the garrique
Rosé
7/15/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
87 points
Dry, watermelon, light strawberry, slight savory bite to the finish.
White - Sparkling
7/13/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
70 points
I had this, once, and lived to tell the tale.
Red
7/13/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
85 points
Plentiful earthy-herbal character (paprika, anise, pepper, black olive) to go with the grapey dark berry, cherry fruit. There is a streak of green stemminess to the slightly chewy tannin. Reasonable wine for $6.
White
7/13/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
80 points
Reticent aromas; Straightforward, watery-tasting fruit flavors of red apple, white peach, nectarine, and guava. Petrol and citrus blossoms round out a dry palate that could use some acidity to "perk up" the wine.
Red
7/13/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
87 points
Ripe and bold dark plum, blackberry fruit. Violet/floral character of PV really shines in the aromas. Ripe tannins, and chocolate, toasted coconut, vanilla extract oak influence. Well made, but underwhelming New World styled wine. I'm sure there will be bigger fans of this than me.
Rosé
7/13/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
90 points
Thank god I had my hand firmly on top as I released the wire. Otherwise, someone could have lost an eye! Surprised this bottle didn't explode due to all the pressure it was under. Consider yourself warned!

Yeasty notes overwhelmed by intensely sharp watermelon, grapefruit, citrus, and wild strawberry fruit. A bit funky and reductive, minerally rich and savory. Long, mouthwatering finish.
White
7/13/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
87 points
Provided by Uys.
No MLF; minimal oak aging imparts only a touch of vanilla, light toast, and brioche character into the aromas and flavors of the palate. Which keeps the wine fresh with bright pear, melon, papaya, and citrus blossoms. While a bit linear, I found it crisp with refreshing simplicity.
White
7/13/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
87 points
Provided by Uys.
Medium lemon-green color with aromas of baked apple, pear, apricot, and honeysuckle. More medium-bodied than lean and minerally, this high acid, dry Riesling has picked up some honeycomb, quince paste, and zesty ginger with bottle age. There are slight petrol and bitter orange peel notes to the finish. I believe this was somewhere between 13%-13.5% abv.
Red
2010 Latitud 42 Rioja Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
7/9/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
flawed
Coravinned, forgot to write a note, left standing up for four months, and... it oxidized.
Red
7/9/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
89 points
This Shiraz-leading, GSM blend shows plenty trademark black cherry and blackberry jam, clove, and black pepper. Ready to drink, earthy-herbal aromas and flavors of licorice root, fennel, sarsaparilla, bacon fat, and olive have emerged as the ripe tannin has rounded out. A rich, balanced finish that matches well with Mediterranean influenced dishes.
White
7/8/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
89 points
My favorite was the youthfully energetic Grenache Blanc that shows snappy green pear and white peach fruit, jasmine and honeysuckle, almond, fennel, and fresh lean herbs on the medium-bodied, surprisingly crisp palate. Refreshing in a warm SoCal sunny afternoon.
White
7/8/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
65 points
Three out of four bottles have shown deep yellow coloring, advanced aromas of dried apricots and tropical fruits, and a fruitless, watery palate with little Riesling character and signs of vinegar. The one good bottle showed much more fresh fruit, honey, and creamy/yeasty flavors from Sur Lie. I would rate that bottle an 87. However, three out of four duds is a terrible ratio and terrible value. Kindly donated to the porcelain god.
Red
7/8/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
91 points
Time has been very kind to this wonderfully mature wine. Still showing ripe fruit flavors of dark cherry and blackberry, mature notes of beef blood, fig, smoked hickory, and black licorice provide depth. Black pepper, anise, cocoa, and eucalyptus sing on the savory, drying finish. Bravo to David Bradley for crafting an authentic tasting SoCal Syrah!
White - Off-dry
7/4/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
88 points
Apple, pear, with a honeycomb texture, honeysuckle, white flower, musk, and vanilla bean flavor. Best part was the richer, textural, higher acid finish.
Red
2000 Château Faugères St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/4/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
flawed
Waited too long, over-the-hill. The nose was all over-ripe prune and raisin. Tasted flat. Could have been cooked, could have been oxidized. For a 20-year-old cork, there was hardly any staining and the cork was removed without difficulty.
White
7/4/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
89 points
Not quite as rich or complex as the recent Schippetto I had. But for $10 off Winebid, pretty good score. 7 months lees aging provides some depth to the vibrant acidity.
Red
2016 Château Lafitte Premières Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/4/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
89 points
Full-bodied, chewy Merlot-based Cotes de Bordeaux that is full of berries and savory flavors of tobacco and fresh herbs; and earthy notes of graphite and minerals. Medium, coarse tannins. Opened about an hour before tasting and then given a quick 15 minute decant.
Red
7/4/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
91 points
Bright, fruit-filled aromas of raspberry, cranberry, licorice, spice, and mineral; light red fruit on the palate and a tart acidic backbone. Quite pleasurable!
Red
7/4/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
87 points
Fruity, juicy, and focused. Ripe cherries, mulberry, spice, and green stem, leafy flavors. Some tea notes to go with the strawberry.
White
7/4/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
92 points
Medium-bodied, rare white varietal with yellow apple, white flowers, mineral, and light oaky, buttery notes. Singing finish! Wine has a reputation for picking up intense mineral notes as it ages.
White
7/4/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
86 points
Bursting with bright grapefruit, unripe passionfruit, citrus, herbaceous, and fresh herbal flavors.
White - Sparkling
7/4/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
78 points
100% Chardonnay, 4% residual sugar. Fruity aromas with flavors of pear, coconut, pineapple, and orange. Ok for what it is.
White - Off-dry
7/3/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
87 points
Not what it was six months ago.
Red
7/3/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
flawed
Oxidized. Brown sugar and raisen character overwhlem the Barolo character. Advanced brown/tawny color. Bummers
White - Sweet/Dessert
2003 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
7/1/2020 - R2-D2 wrote:
94 points
Magic! Pineapple, marmalade, ginger, honey, nutmeg... a long, delicate, yet intense finish.
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