Tasting Notes for R2-D2

(379 notes on 354 wines)

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White
6/9/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
84 points
Nothing complex, green apple w a light, effervescence in the mouth. Great on a 99° day by the pool.
Rosé
6/9/2019 - R2-D2 Likes this wine:
85 points
A refreshingly crisp all grenache take on #NationalRoséDay. Dark salmon in color, a subtle floral bouquet features watermelon & grapefruit while the palate is dried cherry, wild strawberry, red pepper flake & stoney minerals.
Rosé
2018 Akash Winery Rosé Temecula Valley Rosé Blend (view label images)
6/7/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
87 points
White - Sparkling
N.V. Danza Del Sol Espumosa Temecula Valley White Blend (view label images)
6/7/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
82 points
Petite Sirah Blind Tasting at Chris & Rich's House (Temecula, CA): Boring, but competently made. Touch off-dry in style.
Red
2015 Avensole Touché Temecula Valley Red Blend (view label images)
6/7/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
88 points
Petite Sirah Blind Tasting at Chris & Rich's House (Temecula, CA): Tasted blind. A bold wine with blackberry and minerals in the nose. Graphite, sharp red fruit, cigar box, and saline on the palate. Finish is very alcoholic and hot. Color has some bricking. Groups #1 wine, not my style of wine and I rated about the middle.
Red
6/7/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
86 points
Petite Sirah Blind Tasting at Chris & Rich's House (Temecula, CA): Tasted blind. Brick red color; red plums, cocoa, tobacco; smooth and light. non-offensive, but nothing special. Groups #7 rated wine (last).
Red
6/7/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
88 points
Petite Sirah Blind Tasting at Chris & Rich's House (Temecula, CA): Blind tasted. Earthy, mushroom aromatics. Very dark, excessively grippy tannins. Finish of lead pencil, black pepper and espresso. Tied for group #4 wine.
Red
6/7/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
85 points
Petite Sirah Blind Tasting at Chris & Rich's House (Temecula, CA): Tasted blind. Jammy raspberry nose, simple smooth chocolate and coffee. Tied for Group #4 wine.
Red
6/7/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
90 points
Petite Sirah Blind Tasting at Chris & Rich's House (Temecula, CA): Tasted blind. Complex and dark. Dark, young color; earthy, caramel, dark jammy nose; herbal, fennel, anise, baking spices; smooth palate with rising acidity on the finish. My favorite, group ranked second to last at #6
Red
6/7/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
87 points
Petite Sirah Blind Tasting at Chris & Rich's House (Temecula, CA): Tasted blind. Dirty nose, rolled tobacco on the palate. Group tied for #2 wine.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1998 Château de Rayne-Vigneau Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
6/7/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
90 points
Petite Sirah Blind Tasting at Chris & Rich's House (Temecula, CA): Full of apricot, lychee and honeycomb. Acids? nope. Mellow and delicious. Can't beat a $13 purchase that I have held on to for 15 years!
Red
6/7/2019 - R2-D2 Likes this wine:
89 points
Petite Sirah Blind Tasting at Chris & Rich's House (Temecula, CA): Tasted blind. blueberry, minty nose. jammy red fruits, minerals, chalky, lime pith, high acidity producing a tongue tingling finish. Tied for #2 wine in the group, and my second favorite wine from the tasting.
Red
6/7/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
88 points
On the lighter side with some acids and not a ton of complexity. Yet it's well made and affordably priced for Burgundy. Cherries, minerals, flowers and some soil on the nose. Tart cranberry seems to dominate the palate. Graphite, mushrooms, tar on the chalky finish.
Red
6/3/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
86 points
Herbal, earthy aromas back the subtle cherry licorice. Thin looking. Touch simple up front, but bright cherries and asian spices hit the mid-palate with a wallop. Acids run a touch hot on the finish but there are notes of leather, stones and anise of the finish.
Red
6/3/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
82 points
Thin and flat. One dimensional and simple plum fruits. Some minerals, smoked, roasted game. Not up to par
Red
6/3/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
86 points
Jammy raspberry, leather, cinnamon and tobacco. Zin like finish.
Red
6/3/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
88 points
The nose on this possesses a strong aroma of spearmint, accompanied by dried cherries, herbs, and fresh cut roses. Softer on the palate, red currant, eucalyptus and spiced oak on the high acid finish.
Red
6/3/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
91 points
lush, bold Cab Franc dominant #wine in the 2015 Ferdowsi. Dark color & aromatically full of violets, black currant, red pepper, eucalyptus. Syrupy dark fruit on the palate leads to a rich earthy, mineral, meaty, pipe tobacco finish.
Red
6/3/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
87 points
Crazy kitchen sink blend of various italian varietals.
White
6/3/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
85 points
Grassy with a touch of bell pepper. Riper than previous vintages.
White
2018 Vindemia de Blanc Santa Ynez Valley White Rhone Blend
6/6/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
88 points
Santa Ynez sourced Grenache Blanc-Viognier blend. Slightly grassy nose with grapefruit & orange blossoms. Honeydew & citrus greet the palate, followed by a touch of minerals & tarragon. A zesty finish zaps the tongue.
Red
6/3/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
89 points
Similar tasting notes as before. Definitely not an overly jammy CA Zin. Which is a style I tend to enjoy more.
White
5/31/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
86 points
Light floral and peach aromas. The oily textured palate has some honey, stone fruits, and a hint of melon. I do get a heavy dose of bitter almond and lingering ginger on the finish. Overall, to me the wine feels a bit flat and underwhelming.
Red
5/31/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
87 points
With nearly two thirds of the blend being petite sirah, this wine is extremely dark and teeth staining. The dense bouquet is controlled by black and blue fruit, with some vanilla and bramble. The palate is all smashed blackberries with some clove, black pepper and licorice poking through in the mid-palate before a harsh, tongue-tingling hot finish takes hold. I will say, pairing this wine with some dark chocolate really smoothed out the rough edges. Consumed over two days with same notes.

[Edit] I will add that this is a perfect example of reading the CT reviews rather than going by the CT Average score. If this is your style of wine, you will love this wine and rate it at the higher end of the CT scores. Personally, while I can appreciate this style of wine, it just didn't speak to me.
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White
2017 Avensole Grace Note Temecula Valley White Blend (view label images)
5/25/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
87 points
is Rhone blend of Roussanne/Viognier. This golden #wine is loaded w citrus blossoms, pineapple & salty almond aromas. Some bitter lime pith & green tea gives way to a waxy palate finishing w brioche, pear & spice.
White
5/24/2019 - R2-D2 Likes this wine:
91 points
Another Winebid winner at $25. Bright golden color; fresh peach, pear, butter and brioche aromas. Still displaying laser-focused lemon fruit, followed by a rich mid-palate and energetic finish of zesty citrus, fresh croissant, honey, almond and rich mineral notes.
Red
5/26/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
88 points
Tasted again during the Palumbo members party. A harmonious blend of 50/50 Grenache & Mourvedre displaying baked raspberry, dried herbs & rose aromas. Black cherries coat the palate as this fruit forward wine is ready to go. Moderate acid, w flavors of tar, mineral, smoke, lead pencil & citrus.
Red
5/27/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
90 points
They have another wine called the Bold Move. This wine is exceptionally bold compared to the aforementioned wine. They got the names wrong.

Also, this is another wine they are claiming that Wine Enthusiast gave 92 pts to. Nope, they only gave it an 89. Why the lies?
Red
2013 Lorenzi Estate Rated R Temecula Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/27/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
85 points
Kool Aid grapey and vanilla. Dry
Rosé
2018 Lorenzi Estate M Rosé Temecula Valley Rosé Blend (view label images)
5/27/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
75 points
Nasty bell pepper and mouth burning jalapeno. They are claiming it is a wine enthusiast 94 pt wine, no its a lie. It only received an 84. The 94 points came from a social media reviewer who was paid by the winery to review it and give it a high score to offset the wine enthusiast score. This wine is undeinkable... and not just by me.
Red
5/27/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
90 points
mooth, tannic, lots of cherry, eucalyptus, bell pepper. Dried herbs, anise, lavender. Black pepper finish. Needs some time
Red
5/23/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
89 points
Bell pepper, eucalyptus aromas w black pepper finish. Lively. Very Temecula
Red
2013 Monte De Oro Cuvée de Oro Temecula Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
5/25/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
88 points
Agree with Baltar’s review, this is a really nice rhone inspired cuvee. Lots of juicy dark fruit backed by earthy, mushroom, mineral, and smoked tobacco notes. Fine company to a burger and a late, sunny afternoon.
Red
2013 Baily Estate Meritage Temecula Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/24/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
90 points
Monte de Oro Blind CA Meritage Tasting (Temecula, CA): Tasted blind. I nailed this exact wine. Bailys Meritage is quite unique for Temecula and has done very well in various blind tastings. Never is it over the top w sticky extracted fruit and this is more of the same. There is so much chocolately mint to it that you would have thought you were tasting an Andes after dinner candy. There is also a basil and herbs de provence aroma. Rich acidity, black pepper and savory minerals linger on the palate.
Red
2013 Estancia Meritage Reserve Paso Robles Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/24/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
89 points
Monte de Oro Blind CA Meritage Tasting (Temecula, CA): Tasted blind. Without a doubt the most savory wine of the evening. Roasted game and earthy, leather aromas. A chewy palate of dark fruit, hickory, vanilla, and salty minerals. Enjoyed but didnt love.
Red
5/24/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
85 points
Monte de Oro Blind CA Meritage Tasting (Temecula, CA): Tasted blind. Least favorite of the Monte de Oro wines. Love the dried cherries and herbal quality of the wine. But the finish is very hot, maybe developing some volatile acidity.
Red
2014 Rodney Strong Symmetry Alexander Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/24/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
88 points
Monte de Oro Blind CA Meritage Tasting (Temecula, CA): Tasted blind. Some acetone in the nose; black cherries, tobacco and cedar. Didnt find this to be anything offensive or overly interesting.
Red
5/24/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
90 points
Monte de Oro Blind CA Meritage Tasting (Temecula, CA): Tasted blind. By far the most interesting of the three Monte de Oro wines served blind. The nose is restrained but shows some mint and eucalyptus. Ripe dark fruits, minerals, oak and dill to go with the chewy tannins on a lengthy finish.
Red
5/24/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
91 points
Monte de Oro Blind CA Meritage Tasting (Temecula, CA): Tasted blind. A tasty mix of rich dark plums, leather, bell pepper, chaparral, bell pepper and tangy peppercorns. Never over the top, very elegant and interesting.
Red
5/24/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
91 points
Monte de Oro Blind CA Meritage Tasting (Temecula, CA): Tasted blind. My favorite from a large flight. Correctly identified as a Napa Merlot dominate blend. Dark colored, sharp black currants, mint, eucalyptus, leather and forest floor. All well balanced with soft tannins. It was a crowd pleaser.
Red
5/24/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
90 points
Monte de Oro Blind CA Meritage Tasting (Temecula, CA): Tasted blind. Baked cherry pie aromas and extracted cherry fruit is thrown right in your face. Anise, herbal tea, lush, and a tiny bit medicinal on the finish. Unrestrained.
Red
5/24/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
87 points
Monte de Oro Blind CA Meritage Tasting (Temecula, CA): Tasted blind. Tasted alongside the winemaker who also felt this did not show well. Lightest colored of the three in this flight. Soil nose w soft cherry fruit, bell pepper, short mid-palate, and black pepper, acidic finish. Just so so.
Red
5/24/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
93 points
Monte de Oro Blind CA Meritage Tasting (Temecula, CA): Tasted blind. Overall favorite from the tasting. Loaded w red currants, floral and mild tobacco in the nose. Bright currant fruit that stays with you throughout the palate. Touches of violets and coconut followed by tar and rich earthy/tobacco notes. A well made, balanced and nuanced wine.
Red
2015 Fazeli Cellars Meritage Temecula Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/24/2019 - R2-D2 wrote:
90 points
Monte de Oro Blind CA Meritage Tasting (Temecula, CA): Tasted blind. Soft plummy fruit forward w minty espresso, chocolate, rich minerality, black pepper and a biting acidity. Touch of bell pepper in the nose. Correctly identified as from Temecula. Have had multiple times non-blind w mediocre opinions. Much better showing this evening.
Red
5/24/2019 - R2-D2 Does not like this wine:
77 points
Monte de Oro Blind CA Meritage Tasting (Temecula, CA): Tasted blind. Really the odd ball of the 12 wines and added out of curiosity. Overall, has a weird soapy, dishwater aroma and aftertaste. But also lots of cigar box, dark fruit, lavender, mint, and vanilla notes. Not unbalanced or defective, just weird and not enjoyable.
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