Tasting Notes for rossso

(39 notes on 38 wines)

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Red
12/4/2019 - rossso Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP with leftover lamb. Still young. Dense, dark colour with no sign of age. Nose rather closed but opened with time in the glass. Perfectly balanced wine, an absolute steal at just under NZ$22 like other recent vintages. Does anyone know where these grapes are going now? My guess is that they now form part of a well branded regional blend at about twice the price I’ve been paying.
Red
2 hour decant. Getting a bit old now, definite brown around the edges but colour still fairly dense. Muted nose. Strong prune flavour, hints of shoe polish and chilli chocolate. NR due to age but I'm guessing it would have been a 94 or 95 a few years ago.
White
8/25/2018 - rossso Likes this wine:
90 points
Last reviewer nailed it, excellent food wine, drinking well now.
Red
7/19/2018 - rossso Likes this wine:
88 points
Good basic South Australian shiraz. Plenty of fruit but a bit light on tannin and acid. But for less than US$10 I haven't found anything better than this, and it's as good as many wines that are twice the price.
Red
2012 Jacob's Creek Johann South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
6/27/2018 - rossso wrote:
88 points
Quite pleasant nose, good colour with plenty of depth, ok in the mouth but one of the shortest finishes I have had in a wine. Three seconds after swallowing, all you have is dry tannins on the sides of the tongue. Doubt this will improve much with age but neither is it likely to crash. A bit meh, certainly much less than you'd expect from a signature wine made in a good year by a winery with access to everything it needs to make good wine.
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Red
2006 Wolf Blass Black Label South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
6/16/2018 - rossso Likes this wine:
92 points
Well balanced, showing signs of age but not yet over the hill. Good drinking, no reason to hold.
Red
6/13/2018 - rossso Likes this wine:
92 points
Deep dark colour. Sweet nose. First impression in the mouth is sweet licorice balanced by grippy tanins and a surprisingly dry finish. Plenty of black fruits to follow. Lengthy finish. Lots of life left here.
Red
6/9/2018 - rossso Likes this wine:
93 points
2 hour decent. Dark purple, youthful appearance. Nose still closed but blackberry plum and spice emerged in the glass. Really well balanced in the mouth but somewhat underwhelming given the price, pedigree and vintage. An elegant wine without being memorable. Not sure how happy I am that I have 5 more of these in the cellar.
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White
6/9/2018 - rossso Likes this wine:
94 points
Drank this over 2 nights. Notes are from second night. Bright and clear in the glass. Fresh hay on the nose, gorgeous in the mouth with caramel and citrus flavours. Chalky dry. No signs that this is nearing the end of its life. Lovely wine.
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Red
6/8/2018 - rossso Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted 2 hours. Definite brownish tinge. Nose of coffee, spices and vanilla, all beautifully integrated. A wine I could sniff all night. Palate follows the nose, lengthy finish. Still drinking very well but not sure for how much longer.
Red
6/6/2018 - rossso wrote:
85 points
Plenty of alcohol on the nose, also evident in the mouth. The dominant flavour was dark chocolate which overpowered any other flavours. A very one-dimensional wine.
White
6/6/2018 - rossso wrote:
87 points
Lovely light gold colour. Nose of apples with some kerosene. Disappointing in the mouth, nowhere near as good as the 2011. Predominant flavour for me was feijoa (think perfumy tangy apple for those not from NZ). Doubt it has much improving to do nor a long life in front of it.
Red
6/3/2018 - rossso wrote:
90 points
Dark without being dense. Black currants and cherries on the nose and palate. Only had one of these and wish I'd waited another 3 to 5 years before opening.
Red
6/3/2018 - rossso Likes this wine:
93 points
Pretty good cabernet. Good cork, deep colour with no real sign that it's 10 years old. Nose developed in the glass, black fruits and some pepper. Beautifully balanced with a hint of mint and no hole in the palate. Great now, will go many more years but not at all sure that it will get any better. Wish I had many more of these.
Red
5/27/2018 - rossso Likes this wine:
90 points
This has come together beautifully. For a wine tha cost under US$15, it has it all. Lovely, complex nose of dark fruit, palate in harmony, and a pretty good finish. Sure, there are plenty of better wines but you won't find many this good at anything like this price. Only one bottle left and I'm tempted to give it a couple more years.
White
5/22/2018 - rossso Likes this wine:
88 points
Drank this afternoon after a full-on kiwi chardonnay. Great nose but not easily identified as a chardonnay. In the mouth it was somewhat disappointing, not unpleasant but not what was expected from the nose. Nice finish. Good food wine but not a typical chardonnay.
White
5/21/2018 - rossso Likes this wine:
91 points
Lovely wine. Bright and clear, citrus nose and palate, long finish.
Red
5/6/2018 - rossso Likes this wine:
90 points
Well balanced and elegant. Excellent value and still has a few years in front of it.
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Red
2004 Yalumba The Reserve Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
1/11/2018 - rossso wrote:
86 points
This was discounted and recommended at a local wine shop. Cork was in good condition. Colour showed definite age, brownish round the edges but still dark in the middle. The nose and the palate were both disappointing, plenty of alcohol, and the overriding impression was of port. Not good value for money despite the discount. Will not buy any more.
Red
1/3/2018 - rossso Likes this wine:
91 points
2 hour decant. Colour still very dense and dark. Restrained on the nose, needs more air. Dark fruits, chocolate on the palate. No need to hurry to drink this one.
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Red
7/16/2017 - rossso Likes this wine:
92 points
This was quite different from any other vintage of Command I have tasted. Decanted 3 hours prior. Colour looks more like 10+ years old, clear but not deep. Nose somewhat closed, missing the usual boot polish. On the palate more restrained and refined. Pleasant enough drinking but not what I expected. Unsure where it will go.
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White
5/27/2017 - rossso Likes this wine:
90 points
Lovely mature riesling, honey and apples, hint of kero, still has a year or two left in it.
Red
4/26/2017 - rossso Does not like this wine:
65 points
Wine was well past its best. Possibly badly cellared, looked and tasted more like an average 30 year old wine rather than a 13 year old wine of reasonable quality.
White
5/4/2017 - rossso Likes this wine:
88 points
This bottle seems to be a lot more advanced than the last one of these that I opened. Dark golden colour but still pretty good balance. Drink the rest of these soon?
White
4/23/2017 - rossso wrote:
88 points
Golden yellow in colour but no hint of flabbiness. Still in good condition but I would drink up soon.
Red
4/23/2017 - rossso Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted 90 mins. Drinking very well already and should continue to improve.
Red
3/14/2017 - rossso wrote:
88 points
Medium garnet colour, bright and clear with some browning evident. On the nose, cherries, spices and some earthiness. Some heat in the mouth, quite complex for a Marlborough pinot, medium long finish. Well made wine, probably at or just past its best at 6 years.
Red
3/11/2017 - rossso Likes this wine:
85 points
Deep, dense ruby colour, bright. Nose quite closed an hour after opening. Will decant future bottles. Subdued fruit, tannins prominent, dry finish.
Red
2/25/2017 - rossso Likes this wine:
90 points
This bottle is in great condition and in no way past its best. Medium garnet colour, bright and clear, with no browning. Nose of mushrooms and chocolate. Integrated flavours with restrained fruit and a long, dry finish. I will save my last bottle of this for a few more years. Great value at US$12.
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Red
1/14/2017 - rossso Likes this wine:
96 points
Beautifully integrated and balanced wine. Difficult to believe it is only 5 years old and no reason to believe it won't be just as good 10 years from now.
White
1/3/2017 - rossso Likes this wine:
90 points
Young wine, bright and clear. Plenty of acid to balance the sweetness, will be good to see how this develops over 10+ years
Red
1/2/2017 - rossso Likes this wine:
88 points
High alcohol on the nose reminiscent of port. Medium ruby red colour with browning on the edges. Somewhat dull in appearance. On the palate, nothing like any NZ pinot noir I have tasted. Surprisingly well balanced, some berries and dark chocolate on the palate.
White
12/31/2016 - rossso wrote:
88 points
Bright green/gold in colour. Nose clean but somewhat subdued. Acid dominates the palate, apples and some toasty flavours. Not unpleasant but not special either. Won't buy more.
Red
12/30/2016 - rossso Likes this wine:
89 points
Medium red colour with browning on the edges. Nose still fairly youthful, berries and spice. Nicely integrated palate, spicy with lengthy vanilla-like finish.
White
12/29/2016 - rossso wrote:
90 points
Pale golden colour. Toasty chardonnay nose. Acid and fruit in balance, nice long finish. Good drinking now.
Red
12/25/2016 - rossso Likes this wine:
93 points
Drank this on Christmas Day with others so no detailed notes but overall favourable and I will be happy to leave my 2 remaining bottles of this vintage for 2 to 3 more years before drinking.
White
12/25/2016 - rossso Does not like this wine:
86 points
Golden in colour, looks older than it is. Not much on the nose, overly heavy and not very refined on the palate. A bad bottle?
White
12/25/2016 - rossso Likes this wine:
91 points
Opened approx 2 hours prior to drinking and put in the fridge. First 2 glasses poured showed a lot of spritz, so many small bubbles the wine looked cloudy. On settling however the wine was totally clear, bright and light yellow/green in colour with no hint at all as to its age - it looked like a new wine. Later glasses had much less spritz character. Nose was a little closed, but did develop citrus notes with time. Bone dry on the palate, heaps of acid with the fruit somewhat understated. Needs more time to come together - I will leave it 5 years before opening my next bottle of this vintage.
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White
12/22/2016 - rossso Likes this wine:
91 points
Very good wine and great value for money. Bright golden colour. Lovely honey on the nose with mineral/petrol. Slight spritz at first which went after a few minutes in the glass. Strongest impression in the mouth was again of honey, with citrus/apple zing giving beautiful balance and long off dry finish. Only 2 left and I will have to space them out.
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