Tasting Notes for D H Grant

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Red
12/25/2018 - D H Grant Likes this wine:
91 points
Very enjoyable bottle. Pop and pour. Ready to drink!
Color - dark dense purple with pale purple and reddish rim. Nose - high toned blackberry, chocolate, cassis, subtle note of tobacco and wet earth and stone. Primers bouche and palate - dense and earthy with focused fruit that has matured into piercing ripe blackberry and cassis. Notes of cigar box, leather, mineral and earthy depth. Acidity and tannins are the bg counterpoint. A rolling subtle but lasting finish.
White
12/23/2018 - D H Grant wrote:
91 points
Bright, medium golden. Semi clear, Viscous legs.
On the nose - almond, toast, orchard fruit with an edge of brine.
Prim Bouche - palate of juicy orchard fruit; the fruit component is still vibrant and carried thru by the backbone buzz of nice acidity. With layers of toast, almond and a touch of brine. The fruit, the notes, all carry through to a long enjoyable finish. Drink real soon.
Red
Good bottle of cab frank
A bit past it’s prime and has lost some fruit
Red
1/1/2018 - D H Grant Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautifully mature. Ripe and lucious fruit. Dark boysenberry, hint of tar and spice notes. Full on primeer bouche. The impact is astounding. Long finish with a great acidic trailer for a fresh palate.
White - Sparkling
10/24/2015 - D H Grant wrote:
89 points
Had been in my fridge for 5 years +.
Drinking well - like a vintage champagne. Dry with yeasty notes, green apple must, good acidity and lasting palate and finish. Well made wine.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
9/27/2015 - D H Grant wrote:
81 points
Decent but just ok. non-descript.
White
9/27/2015 - D H Grant wrote:
88 points
Whitish yellow hue, aromas of orchard nectar, floral and earthy must. A first impression is a resonant hum of structure, good acidity with a lot of meat on the bone. Rich and deep orchard nectar on the lees for a while with a touch ot tropical. Lasting finish. Great all around wine for anytime.
Red
2009 Château des Monges Abbaye 1204 Coteaux du Languedoc La Clape Red Blend
5/1/2015 - D H Grant Likes this wine:
86 points
Dark fruit and raspberry on the nose. Feminine, elegant and soft palate. Dark fruit, backbone and backdrop of fresh acidity. Nicely balanced now. Drinking very well. Medium finish.
Red
6/1/2013 - D H Grant wrote:
Dark, inky black / purple. Nose of dark fruit compote, hint of cayenne spice and dark chocolate spice. Full bodied on the palate with loads of sweet blueberry / blackberry - ripe and full on, but not over the top. It manages to stay on this side of over-extracted, sweet offerings. But it is most definitely spicy and zesty on the initial attack. It drinks like a rather spicy American zinn.
Red
12/30/2013 - D H Grant wrote:
87 points
Young and vibrant color - deep ruby purple. Aromas of violets, white peper / fragrant spice, sweet dark fruit. Medium density - fresh character with abundant red and dark fruit, mild tannins and acidity, hint of eraser rubber (not bad) and herbaceousness. Feminine in character and easy drinking.
Red
12/25/2013 - D H Grant wrote:
Dark ruby-purple color. Dark fruit, boysenberry / blackberry. Medium palate with mild tannins, smooth now, the fruit is there but restrained and even a little bit faded, I think. The oak character has made its presence know now but that seems to be keeping with the character of this wine. It is striving for balance and just about makes it. The fruit is there but it seems to be on its way.
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Red
12/20/2013 - D H Grant wrote:
84 points
Aromas of dark, piercing red fruit with an overtone of ripe blueberries. As a pop and pour, it has a refreshing quality. It is simple. A palate of dark red fruit with a deeper herbaceous note - a little murky. A little vegital on the finish as it lingers but not a bad quality. Looses its zest by day 3 in the bottle.
Red
11/4/2013 - D H Grant Likes this wine:
86 points
Dark, almost inky black in color. Aromas of dark, black cherry, mineral and burnt cigar box. The palate was a little hard edged thru day 2 with dark red fruit, high toned menthol, stout tannins and medium acidity. Day 2: a tannic arcade with an overlay of bright fruit. Dark cherries and mineral and in the twilight some acidity. Medium finish
Red
9/12/2013 - D H Grant Likes this wine:
91 points
A big wine. Dark inky color. Full on dark fruit and mineral on the nose. Rich and deep palate. Big on fruit. Bold but nicely woven tannins. Big on mineral. Good acidity. Long finish and fairly balanced, but with an earthy richness that has to be terrior driven; dell'irpinia (Tari) literally means "the soil that is thrown down". It taste like there is a volcano inside.
Red
4/27/2013 - D H Grant wrote:
85 points
Great nose, full on dark, rich black and blue berry. At once very lush in character and full palate but after that I found it to be fairly one dimensional, lacking the backbone and earthiness of what, to me, makes mencia, mencia. Mild tannins, background acidity, nice round finish. Pleasant with strong cheese and some heavier sauces.
Red
4/1/2011 - D H Grant wrote:
88 points
Actually a very well made wine. It will grow and evolve with air and time. Dark inky ruby purple color. Nose of dark fruit - red and purple and mint. A bit of sweet dark berry fruit detected on the initial attack, then a subtle cab with medium body, dark fruit, mild tannins, decent acidity and a finish with nice tones of spice. One could say that this is not quite as full bodied as it should be and that may be fair but still, I think this is well made, showing restraint and some finesse.
Red
10/15/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
I really like the balance and palate of this full bodied shiraz. Dark inly plumb purple color. Bouquet of blackberry fruit, black currents and a touch of sassafras. Primer bouche, or first impression, of a balance of deep dark ripe berry fruit and black currents, a touch of bracing but not overbearing oak and background tannins. Pepper spice on the lasting finish.
Red
2006 Tikal Patriota Mendoza Malbec Blend, Malbec (view label images)
9/10/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
88 points
Bold nose of black current, deep black berry, mild but earthy oregano; this wines sensuousness draws you in. Primmer bouche of a sweet almost jammy note of ripe deep black berry on the full bodied palate; there is a rustic element and that gives some complexity to the mix. Mouth coating tannins, oregano herb note and juicy fruit on the medium finish.
Red
2006 Calcu Colchagua Valley Red Blend (view label images)
10/29/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
85 points
Medium garnet. Nose - menthol, fine grained cedar spice, piercing dark red fruit. The oak treatment appears on the palate as well but the fruit is there w/ cedar spice and a simple medium finish. As mentioned before this is a good one to drink young / pop and pour.
Red
12/31/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
88 points
Deep, dark, garnet color; nice forward nose of dark raspberries, red current, touch of toasty oak - shading of spice vanilla. Lots of flavors and aromas brought out by by the oak cask. Dry medium palate; with lots of breathing room and interaction with the tannins, flavors of bitter dark chocolate and tart dark cherries evolve along with the red current fruit and cask toasty vanilla spice. Medium finish with decent acidity. Interesting old world take on merlot. Very good QPR.
Red
1/18/2011 - D H Grant wrote:
90 points
Gave this a 90-91 for the evolution to day 2. Starts as dark inky purple - rich color.. Aromas of lucid ripe sweet blackberry , touch of mocha and trace of clove spice. Rich but delineated clear flavors - first impression on the palate with ripe dark berry fruit, peppery tannins, oak was up front day 1. Day two's change was palpable. The oak resolved and the flavors grew richer. Long and lingering finish. This vintage may have a nice way in a year still. Now, maybe give a serious decant.
White
12/30/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
88 points
Light golden yellow, nose of grass, touch of honeydew melon, nice earthiness. Palate is simple but has nice flavors of a grassy sauvignon, with hints of melon and a note of subtle citrus on the back end. Good acidity and freshness. Will look for more at a cheaper price. I hope that because the S. African offerings are catching on, they are not trying to cash in on popularity (to quickly - at least). Everyday wine is getting expensive.
Red
12/15/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
89 points
Dense purple hue. Nose is fairly aromatic with scents of violets, cassis and primary dark fruit. The flavors follow on the big palate. Nice chocolate, cassis driven Cabernet Saunignon. Really fruity / lush.
Red
12/15/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
87 points
Deep inky purple. Primary scents of dark fruit, tobacco, and then laces of black pepper. Got some earthiness on the energetic, medium palate. Good fruit up front, with balance, formidable but well integrated tannins. Nice lingering finish. Well made, nicely balanced wine.
Red
11/28/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
88 points
Nice solid deep and fruity offering. This vintage is still putting forth. Dark garnet. Fruity, expressive nose with ripe blueberry, touch of brambly herbs and berries, clove and vanilla. Sweet ripe dark fruit, a little sweet on the primere bouche - full to medium bodied. There are some hearty spice notes; earthy chipotle and black pepper, flinty tannins and enough acidity to keep it in check. It finds more of itself in a good structure on day 2.
Red
12/6/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
89 points
88-89 Deep dark inky purple. Blueberry, fresh crushed dark berry fruit, toasty vanilla resin on the nose. The palate is full and broad. not really defined but rich. Black fruit, toasty vanilla resin and spice, fig, Tannins are faint and in the background but they are present. This can stand on its two feet. Medium finish with decent acidity.
White
12/10/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
88 points
88-89 This opens up to a really nice slightly off dry riesling. Light golden hue; Nose of orchard nectar, granny smith touch of lemon. The palate has good depth and some nice complexity after it finds some air; Fruity, juicy and just a little off dry - actually nice balance of tangy and a touch sweet. The flavors follow with a nice grip of acidity and some mineral notes on the finish. Tangy lime citrus driving the acidity. Very good QPR.
Red
11/12/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
91 points
Medium glistening ruby; aroma profile of dark raspberry, dark clove, eucalyptus, menthol. The palate is full, big and sumptuous with dark fruit - sweet at first, resiny tannins - kind of sweet but savory, earthy black pepper spice and mineral. Got a lot going and it really rocks hard.
Red
9/18/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
87 points
87-88 Dark berry fruit, touch of earth on the nose. The palate is vibrant with good fruit, bracing acidity, solid but juicy tannins; a Rhone style cool climate, not very complex, solid syrah.
Red
9/18/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
89 points
Bright but semi opaque medium plumb color. Cherries - bright and high toned, funk and mushroom. On the palate: cherries, red fruit - lilting and fairly complex, medium bodied, forest floor underpinnings. Defined and clear fresh flavors for an 2005. Opens on the finish with spice notes. Good value and interestingly good.
Red
12/26/2009 - D H Grant wrote:
88 points
Day 3 with a vino-vac: This has opened up nicely. Clear and direct red fruit, aromatic with some tobacco notes. The palate is lively with high toned red currents hovering above and a nice aromatic orange peal citrus note and acidity. Very clean with mild background tannins. Drink now.
Red
12/2/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
88 points
Deep dark inky purple. Aroma profile of ripe dark berry fruit - blackberry, touch of blueberry, toasty oak / cedar with a hint of vanilla. Creamy texture, full bodied, sweet ripe blackberry and dark berry fruit with toasty oak, cedar spice and black pepper. Oak flavors will settle a little with a good decant but will be prevalent upon first opening. Lots of wine here. Fruity, juicy, but with some bracing tannins and decent acidity. Very good table wine for hearty dishes. Good QPR.
Red
6/28/2009 - D H Grant wrote:
89 points
89-90 Medium plumb red, a tad murky, Aroma profile is rich with earthy strawberry, perfume of intoxicating earthy garrigue. The premiere bouche is juicy and firm with spice laden strawberry / earthy undertones. The flavors get clearer / more focused after an hour or so. Juicy with a bit of earthiness on the finish. A restrained CA pinot noir from a good year for pinot in Northern CA. Nicely defined fruit with just enough fleshiness and earthiness to keep it interesting.
Red
12/25/2009 - D H Grant wrote:
91 points
Ripe blackberry, raspberry, dark chocolate with that edge of tropical earthy citrus on the nose. The palate has juicy fruit with juicy black current, blackberry, dark raspberry, with that earthy edge and herbal side touching on the back of the palate and finish. Deep and rich but buoyed by decent acidity and braced by spicy background tannins. Spicy, luscious, balanced food friendly zin. This did not bottom out and drag my palate down. Was not an overly alcohol laden fruit bomb. Zin - full and classy.
Red
11/21/2008 - D H Grant wrote:
Enticing nose with cherries, anise and spice. The premiere bouche is a bit racy, medium bodied, but not lean, with good acidity, sweet red fruit and cherries and some distinct minerality on the finish
Red
11/19/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
85 points
This is a more than decent bottle of wine. It will be best with hearty food. Deep garnet purple color - Red fruit, floral - dark flowers, resin is the aroma profile. Medium bodied. It's a bit heavy handed though with substantial flinty tannins and deep notes of iron curtain mineral. The fruit is in the mix but mostly in the background. Finishes with mineral and red fruit and tannins.
Red
10/21/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
83 points
Medium ruby; aromas of red fruit and wet clay; Fairly light bodied - lighter than I would like to think of this region and producer. This lacks a little presence and sparkle. The alcohol is in the fore and overshadows the fruit content. Finishes like it started - a little disjointed, lean with substantial alcohol flavors. Pleasant enough but there are better values even at this low price point.
Red
2007 Clos de los Siete Valle de Uco Malbec Blend, Malbec (view label images)
3/21/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
89 points
Overall, another strong vintage for Clos de los Siete. 2007 is no hammer but a lot of great elements are here. You get some standout juiciness with good depth. Deep blood ruby with glistening edges. Dark fruit, dark currents, subtle earthy spices on the nose. Supple palate and some distinct but background tannins from the oak and grape. Has an earthy touch with deep dark fruit. Good acidity and mineral notes on the finish. Wine has pretty good structure and pretty sure this will evolve nicely over a year or 2. VG QPR.
Red
2005 Zenato Ripassa Ripasso della Valpolicella Superiore Corvina Blend, Corvina (view label images)
10/26/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
90 points
Very dark but glistening black deep purple color. The nose is fairly shy but expressive in its somber and resin tones of raisins and dark fruit. The palate takes one by surprise; lush, succulent, and port like in this matured bottle. Raisins, resins, deep dark blackberry and cassis. The tannic quality is totally integrated as is the acidity - present but overshadowed by the lushness and depth of the ripassa; but it is not jammy. Lingering finish. Drink in the near term before it really goes into another dimension.
Red
10/17/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
88 points
88-89 for QPR. I thought this was a very good everyday pinot which could cover a lot of needs. Ruby, ruby; black cherries, hint of cola, subtext of sage and floral spice on the nose. Really supple on the palate and premiere bouche with black cherries, dark raspberries, cola or tea earthiness; a little heat but totally palatable. Subtly layered but not complex. Nice toasty tannins on the lingering finish. One could say that it is tilting towards the heavier hand and one would be right but it gets a pass from me for balance and drink-ability. good QPR especially at 16/ btl
Red
10/23/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
85 points
Not too much on the nose here. Red berry, pomegranate and an earthy rind of sorts. The medium palate is clean, with a pronounced tannic edge, pretty straight forward and simple with red fruit pomegranate, black pepper and decent acidity. It finishes with pepper spice notes and is a complement to spicy bean dishes, soups and maybe BBQ chicken.
QPR is decent (as the whole price points are in general are rising for inexpensive everyday drinkable offerings)
Red
10/1/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
90 points
90-91 A medium garnet ruby red color; Piercing aromatic nose of blackberry, toasty vanilla spice, tobacco and hints of violets; The palate is rich and supple with deep dark berries, tobacco w/hints of earth and toasty oak well integrated into the overall texture. Sultry tannins and just enough acidity give it enough structure and make this food and roast ready, finishing well. Very much a steal at this price but did have to wait about 2 years.
Red
8/10/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
83 points
Aromas of dark current and an earthiness of cured tobacco leaves. The palate is a little hard edged with black current fruit leading the way - mostly one dimensional in the fruit profile. Some earthiness there. It had formidable but forgettable tannins in that they did not complement the fruit or the whole offering. It misses on this balance IMHO Overall, it does not exactly connect with my sensibility of balance and harmony.
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Red
9/29/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
87 points
87 A very good Loire Valley Cab Franc. Definitely a study in Cab Franc. Medium pinkish red garnet colour. Young. Upon first opening I found under expressive aroma notes of dark red cherries, sassafras, a note of earthy clove spice. The medium palate has red fruit, red berries, dark cherries, black pepper and roooty earthy spice. But the over-all feel of the body of the wine is a tad wanting for a little more fruit I think at first. This wine opens on the 2nd day or probably with considerable decanting into a formidable cab franc. Deeper crushed red cherries, crushed fresh red currents and black pepper spice on the nose. The palate fills out with crushed, youthful cherry and red current flavors along with fresh ground black pepper spice and flinty tannins. Bracing acidity and puckering tannins on the finish with a spicy aftertaste. I would buy again as I think the first time around merited another paired with a good dish.
White
9/25/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
88 points
87-88 Very open nose with citrus and whiffs of white pepper. The palate is crisp and sharp with citrus, spice, piercing freshness and for me, not over the top acidity. Good refreshing everyday white.
Red
6/20/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
88 points
Not quite as taken as last time (one point lower I guess) but still a really good wine. Deep purple color, opaque. Nose of deep dark berry, dark fruit, white pepper / high toned spice. The palate is full, subtle medium bodied with good ripe dark fruit not overly extracted, subtle clove spice, good acidity and grainy but not intrusive tannins. Has a substantial finish. Well made wine at a great QPR.
White - Sparkling
9/6/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
88 points
Lots of apricot, peach, orange peel citrus (the acidity lends itself to this) at the edges. Sweet as it should be but with crisp acidity and a round but focused sharpness to the palate to keep it un-cloying. Drank as an aperitif. Really nice, substantive, low alcohol moscato.
Red
3/5/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
Clear, medium ruby; beautiful color. On the nose there is red fruit, a kind of raspberry. It's got smokiness and earthiness in the spice notes. Full and sumptuous palate; very juicy, mild tannins, chipotle smoked spice and mild acidity, but it grows on you and it will open up so the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. For foods with a spicy, smoky edge. Spicy ham and cheeses would pair well with this wine too. Very good QPR.
Red
8/25/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
85 points
85-86 interesting bottle of juice. Upon opening, pouring and getting a good nose, the wine showed considerable brett. It was beyond barnyard. Deep dark colour. The brett took a while to blow off, maybe 2-3 hrs and was gone the second day. Showed nicely on day 2 as well and would up the rating a point or so. A peppery note came more to the fore. Deep dark blueberry, a bit funky, a little creamy even, suggesting a good bit of malolactic fermentation. I also got a small but distinct sense of fizz on the tongue suggesting carbonic maceration. Not a hallmark of syrah but interesting non the less. Medium to full bodied. Creamy smooth medium finish. I would say good QPR and don't know if all the bottles would have brett like this one did. If so, not a pop and pour.
Red
8/27/2010 - D H Grant wrote:
85 points
Interestingly enough, similar notes to the first bottle drank more than a year ago. It has not evolved that much since then. The nose has kind of come out to more higher toned strawberry and bramble than before and the palate is layered with a chewy cherry bramble fruit on top and earthy structure supported by tart tannins on the bottom and back end. This wine has good classic Burgundian structure and you can get where the winemaker and the wine are coming from. I am still missing a higher / greater expression of fruit I guess. Very good food wine for the tannic and acidic components. Interestingly long finish.
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