Tasting Notes for berko

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Rosé - Sparkling
8/25/2020 - berko wrote:
Easy breezy cremant for celebrating the minor victories in life. I have never regretted opening a bottle of this for any reason.
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Red
2007 Domaine Dublère Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
Pnp. Color is an ruby orange.

Nose is like being slapped across the face with a decomposing tree branch from the forest floor, a full spectrum of umami scents with mushrooms, decomposing leaves, moss, and cedar predominately, with a topnote of something herbal reminiscent of rosemary or pine with pinches of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Palate carries the forest floor theme but is lifted by a wonderful acidity that keeps everything light and nimble. Finally, an elegant dried stawberry fruit profile kicks in and persists through a long finish.

Beautiful harmonious wine.
Red
Opened my eurocave and once again the sliding doors of the lowest compartment blew out leaving a slew of northern rhones at my feet.

This bottle caught my eye and was poured into a decanter via an aerator 30 minutes prior to dinner of chicken parmigiana.

Ruby purple to the rim in the glass.

Nose is slightly wild and gamy but balanced by a lovely floral character and a pleasant bitterness that keeps things from being uncomplicated. Alcohol seems way more prominent than the 13% indicated which detracts somewhat.

On the palate there is muted black fruit and flowers and kalamata olives with a really nice acidity which cut through it all.

Love it.
Red
8/30/2017 - berko wrote:
pnp. Juicy red strawberries in a full bodied unrestrained new world style.
Red
As I am not a seasoned burg drinker, Im not sure how typical the big nose of macerated berries, sweet compost, flowers, and mushrooms is for this village. Nor do I know if the complex palate of strawberries and decomposing cedar combined with a bracing acidity and imposing structure is to be expected.

I can state with certainty that this wine got my attention and held it throughout the glass and the next. In fact, Im still thinking about it, which is really the best you can expect from any bottle.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
5/4/2017 - berko wrote:
Upon removing the capsule, an ominous plug of black mold was present on the top of the cork. The cork itself was sound, but the mold was extending down the sides about 1/4" on all sides.

Happily, this did not seem to affect the wine at all. Golden in color. The nose and palate seemed to be a solid wall of complex scents and flavors that I do not have the vocabulary to describe. It seemed to be light and heavy at the same time as well as both racy and restrained. Fully alive and mesmerizing wine which kept me coming back for more and more. Fantastic stuff.
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Red
4/26/2017 - berko wrote:
Decanted for two hours.

I remember loving the 2007, so I was excited to give this a go.

Hot, disjointed, and generally without charm. Had a glass and dumped the rest.

Hopefully this was a bad bottle.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2010 Château Guiraud Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
4/7/2017 - berko wrote:
Not much to add to Andtheodor's note which was spot on.

After sitting and thinking about this wine, I decided that it was the vinous equivalent of a cherubic youth who one hopes will shed their baby fat and gracefully transition into maturity, but ultimately may have a less attractive end.
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White - Sparkling
4/5/2017 - berko wrote:
Light yellow with fine bubbles.

apples and perfumed yellow stone fruit on nose with faint impression of lime zest.

Palate is much the same but the wine is bone dry which is surprising given the sensation of sweetness implied by the nose. Good acidity makes it very crisp and gulpable. Great palate cleanser.

Not a profound wine, but delicious and fun and a great qpr.
Red
3/5/2017 - berko wrote:
Poured into decanter through aerator and let stand for 30 minutes.

color: opaque ruby with purple rim

Nose: Initially just oak signature of cotton candy and something between vanilla and caramel. As it warmed, menthol and mocha notes emerged followed by dark fruit.

Palate: velvety but drying tannin, sweet plums, and subtle chocolate tones.

Overall impression is a well made wine that went very well with a NY strip with chimichurri, but really failed to excite on any level.

#Damningwithfaintpraise
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White - Off-dry
1/25/2017 - berko wrote:
Color: Dark golden yellow.

Nose: Peaches, plums, slate, something akin to black rubber/hydrocarbons.

Palate: Big stone fruits. Unfortunately unlike the tasters below, I thought that this wine was dominated by cloying sweetness with not enough acid to hold everything together. Given the age, I was expecting some more complexity than was delivered.

In summary, a pleasant enough wine, but not really interesting or exciting to me at all.
Red
Bought for the turkey.

Inky purple.

On the nose cloying sweetness predominately with notes of fig plum and something i wouldnt have been able to characterize had i not read a previous tn -- caramelized onion.

Tastes of primary grapes stewed fruit and vanilla with medium acidity and lovely velvety tannins.

Overall impression is of an overblown napa cab.

I can see why some would enjoy this but the only reason i was able to finish this bottle was due to the ongoing political discussion at the Thanksgiving table.
Red
11/13/2016 - berko wrote:
I guess I am cheap because I still cant resist buying wine from wtso. This one caught my eye as the alcohol content was purported to be only 11.8%.

The back of the label states this wine is made from pommard and wadenswil pinot clones and time in barrel listed as '10 months french.' Id assume they meant oak, but that was not specified.

Visually: light transparent purple. Near clear rim. Can easily read text on paper im holding the glass over.

Nose: cherry cola, strawberries, rootbeer ( tn on back of label suggest sassafras), loam and barnyard.

Palate: red fruit, pomegranate,light to medium body with a whole lot of earth and pleasingly bitter finish which i cant put my finger on but reminiscent of pomegranate pith.

On the whole, very nice wine with a distinctly old world feel.

If i had paid burgundy prices im not sure id feel so positive about this bottle, but @ $19, I'd pronounce this an unmitigated wtso success story.
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Red
11/8/2016 - berko wrote:
flawed
Corked.

One could get glimpses of a beautiful wine underneath but not enough to be enjoyable.
Red
2013 Brian Benson Cellars Mr Pickles Rolph Vineyard Paso Robles Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
11/3/2016 - berko wrote:
sampled the remains of a bottle opened yesterday. Tasted non-blind.

color: purple/red center to rim

nose: Flowers,dill pickles (suggestible I am) , cedar, vanilla, oak, alcohol.

palate: red and black fruit, green pepper, leather, vanilla, toasted oak, and velvety tannins.

Very pleasant. Picked up cabernet profiles but didnt get much syrah out of this.
Red
11/3/2016 - berko wrote:
Tasted non-blind. My first monastrell.

color: deep purple center to rim

Nose: Pronounced licorice candy, cherry jam, toasted oak, vanilla, asphalt, violets, wet stones, and powdered sugar

Palate: Dominant oak, black fruit, tar, and grippy unrefined tannins. Definitely less sweet than the nose would suggest.

Overall a very good wine that represents a great qpr for the $15 wtso price. Had the tannins been more integrated, this would have been excellent. Definitely makes me want to seek out more monastrells.

recommended.
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Red
8/30/2016 - berko wrote:
Poured thru aerator into decanter and drank after half an hour

Color: brick red throughout

Nose: prominently red fruit and sweet smelling flowers (violets?). In the background; cedar, stones, black rubber, bittersweet chocolate, soil, and bandaids.

Palate: much the same as the nose but the fruit dominates. Given the strength of the nose, the wine is relatively light in the mouth. Restrained acid in good balance. The tannins are very drying to the point of being astringent. Long finish.

Very good, i think. Certainly does not disappoint at the 30 buck wtso price. Very nice with pasta and meat sauce. If the tannins relax a bit, this would be a home run.

Edit: after unrefrigerated overnight vacuvin, floral character has decreased while nose and palate of cherries figs eucalyptus and cedar remains. Tannins have retreated to the grippy but not astringent stage.
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Red
5/20/2016 - berko wrote:
swade nailed it in his 5/11/16 tasting note. It is what it is, and when Im in the mood for what this is, it is deeply satisfying.
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Red
12/8/2015 - berko wrote:
Setting aside expectations of a grand cru burg, this is a nice wine. Muted red fruit and earth on the nose and the same plus some faint cedar/leather/spice and enough tannin and acidity to hold it all together on the palate. Very enjoyable wine with the pork loins we ate it with.
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Red
3/17/2015 - berko Likes this wine:
93 points
Initially, straight from the bottle after pnp, the wine was what could only be described as ragged. The nose was very primary fruit and it was hot with alcohol and the tannins were aggressive.

After 2 hours in the decanter, the wine underwent a total tranformation.

dark cherry, blackberries, , garrigue and stone on the nose and palate. SOme additional menthol on the nose that i didnt get in the mouth. Tannins regressed to a soft but structured backbone to the wine. Really pleasant surprise. The change in character in the wine was so stark that my wife swore that I had simply discarded the original bottle and opened something better.
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Red
2/26/2015 - berko wrote:
88 points
Pnp and tasted. Decanted via vinturi and let sit for 2 hours.

First impressions were hot and ragged. After decant heat subsided a bit but still not to the point where the wine approached anything resembling balanced or elegant.

Lovely nose of stewed fruit but in the end, a wine at war with itself.
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Red
7/6/2014 - berko wrote:
90 points
Very fruit forward without much to keep it in balance. Also fairly hot. Strangely, it's better than one would expect given that description.
Red
2007 Fattoria Viticcio Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
1/7/2014 - berko wrote:
91 points
When popped and poured it was shut down tight. After three hrs in the decanter it opened significantly. Still the tannins were dominant, but they backed off enough to allow the fruit to be appreciated. Solid chianti. Enjoyed with braised pork shoulder.
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Red
11/20/2013 - berko wrote:
88 points
disappointing bottle, given the ratings here. For me this was all earth and no fruit -- even by burgundy standards. Harsh tannins on opening, but became more integrated after 2 hours of air.

Perhaps a bad bottle, given the disparity between my notes and the others posted.

Will keep the other bottle for a several years and hope for the best.
Red
11/18/2013 - berko wrote:
93 points
Elegant well made wine. silky back bone of tannins holding everything together. Fruit forward without being unbalanced. Lovely.
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Red
10/13/2013 - berko wrote:
93 points
Drank after 3hr decant. Lovely soft tannins anchor a well balanced and well constructed wine.
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Red
4/20/2012 - berko wrote:
90 points
austere and restrained, but well balanced. will revisit after some time has passed.
Red
1/20/2012 - berko wrote:
Beautiful wine; well balanced in the nose and palate. Im sure this will improve with time, but if I had any more of this it would be very difficult to not open now.
Red
1/13/2012 - berko wrote:
86 points
meh. Good qpr but otherwise uninspiring
Red
10/27/2011 - berko wrote:
87 points
Wow what a let down. Nose: Prominent, almost overpowering barnyard funk. After 2 hrs in the decanter, it faded but not nearly enough. Aromas of blackfruit, asphalt, and chalk are present but beaten down by the funk. In the mouth, the fruit was more prominent, but the funk was still way too prominent and ragged, drying tannins rule from midpalate on. Hopefully this will come together after some time.
Red
2008 Montes Purple Angel Colchagua Valley Carménère (view label images)
9/5/2011 - berko wrote:
93 points
3 hr decant then back in the bottle to it finial destination. dark and deep as my heart. Complex, yet it Feels like its grudgingly giving up its secrets. A lot going on but wrapped tight in a net of firm tannin structure.

I am praying that age will put this wine into a generous mood one day--for that will be a special treat. Should it ever occur.
Red
8/29/2011 - berko wrote:
88 points
Had higher hopes for this. not bad, just not great. Lacking complexity. Meh.
Red
8/29/2011 - berko wrote:
92 points
drinking nicely. Nose was cedar and vanilla with dark fruit . In the mouth cassis, wood and soft tannins with a sweet finish.
Red
8/19/2011 - berko wrote:
88 points
Decanted for 1 hr. Found this wine to be disappointing. Thin and not as complex as other bottles in this price range. I found the tannins to be astringent and that combined with the lack of oomph on the front end made for a disjointed wine.
Red
6/4/2011 - berko wrote:
92 points
decanted for 1 hr. Nose of candied fruit fig paste, and camphor. Taste was much the same with prominent heat from the alcohol content and oppressive tannins. In a word disjointed. After a few more hours, everything became much more harmonious and pleasant with considerable softening and rounding of the tannins. Overall its a big cali cab and a great bottle for the money, but not as outstanding as i had expected. I will hold the rest of mine and hope for the best.

Edit: on day 2, the wine had improved markedly. Everything had come together beautifully and the tannins had mellowed and softened nicely. Make me considerably more optimistic that in a coup;e fo years, this wine will live up to the hype.
Red
5/22/2011 - berko wrote:
91 points
very nice. Not as sharp as I thought it would be for a zin. More cab-like thna zin in my opinion. Nose was blackberry cedar and vanilla. in the moth it was the same with cedar predominating.
Red
5/5/2011 - berko wrote:
89 points
Uncomplicated. Jammy fruit and not enough tannins to keep this from being flabby. Not at all unpleasant but not memorable, either. Hard to see how this could evoke strong feelings either way.
Red
4/19/2011 - berko wrote:
Decanted for 8 hrs prior to drinking. This was my first foray into the northern rhone, so I will not venture a rating, and perhaps this review should be taken with a grain of salt.
The nose was minerals. earth and a black fruit with a very nice floral note. Just beautiful. Sadly this wine was wrapped so tight that I can only catagorize the tannins as brutal--and not in a good way. The tannis were literally mouth numbing, and would not have been a bad choice for a topical anesthetic for dental procedures. I would have assumed that the previous taster who awarded this wine a 93 was drinking a different wine if his description of the nose was not so spot on. After day 4 under notrogen in the fridge, did the tannis soften into something that wouldn't be considered unpleasant, but by that time the good attributes of the wine had withered. Clearly this wine is too young to drink, but I am unconvinced that time is all this wine needs.
Red
3/31/2011 - berko wrote:
92 points
Beautifully balanced and focused. Restrained black fruit and sawdust nose with same on plate as well as slate. A nice surprise.
Red
3/30/2011 - berko wrote:
nose: pie cherries and flowers. Tasted of the same with a strong dose of wood. Prominent acicity which i felt was ovepowering.
Red
3/25/2011 - berko wrote:
90 points
Nice wine at any price, but absolutely outstanding for 13 bucks.
Nose was restrained at first but eventually opened up to reveal red and black fruit, vanilla, and cedar. Taste matched the nose, but with time, the vanilla tended to dominate. Weakness in the tannic backbone keeps this wine from being truly great.
Red
3/16/2011 - berko wrote:
88 points
Solid wine for the price. Doesnt impress in any category, yet does not offend either.
White - Sweet/Dessert
3/16/2011 - berko wrote:
88 points
First experience with a BA so not sure how it stacks up within the category. Nose: Fall fruits with lack of complexity. Palate is the same; I guess the charm is in its simplicity.
Red
3/7/2011 - berko wrote:
92 points
Big, powerful wine. Nose: Black fruit, earth, stone. Taste: Dry fruit with heavy tanins that are slightly astringent but not unpleasant. Long finish.
Red
2/2/2011 - berko wrote:
85 points
Popped and poured. Nose of fruit but overwhelmed by chemical smell of black rubber. Poured into decanter and let sit for an hour hoping that it would blow off--it did not. Tannins extrememly astringent. Overall unpleasant. Not sure how to reconcile my experience with the other rating here, but unbalanced and unstylish CDR imo.
Red
1/24/2011 - berko wrote:
92 points
fruity nose with plenty of vevety backbone to keep it from being too unbalanced.
Red
1/5/2011 - berko wrote:
87 points
highly disapointing.
Red
1/5/2011 - berko wrote:
89 points
pleasant zin. nice fruit, reasonable backbone without the hot nature of a lot of zins.
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