Tasting Notes for rosenst1

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Red
5/23/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
88 points
Terrible fill. Cork soaked all the way through and black but was extracted in one piece. Reddish brown. Still fruit present with interesting leather on the finish. Clearly old but drinkable. Not close to an 85 drunk last year with much better fill. Bottles not vintages at this age.
White
5/21/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
90 points
PnP. Medium rich gold. Saline citrus (lemony) nose. Nice richness on the palate but perhaps now needs the higher acidity. Intriguing wine - drink up.
Red
2010 Podere il Palazzino Chianti Classico Grosso Sanese Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
5/20/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
92 points
PnP. Perfect cork, Medium dark red. Nice nose of sangiovese dust, herbs, and dark fruits. Good structure on the palate with intense fruit and spice and a well balanced though slightly tannic finish. With air this smoothes out to have a lovely texture and finish. No rush to drink but really nice wine at age 9.
Red
5/18/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
93 points
PnP. Cork broke in half but extracted remainder without crumbling. Medium red. Savory nose of a variety of spices and some red fruits. Lovely intensity on the palate with sweet fruit still remaining. Quite impressive at age 12.
White
5/15/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
90 points
PnP. Medium light greenish gold. Unusual nose of hay, spice, a saline quality rather discrete. On the palate a bit disjointed with nice round mouthfeel and texture initially followed by considerable sharp acidity on the finish. Does integrate more with air - could be better tomorrow.
Day 2 - much better integrated. I think this could be really interesting in 3-5 years. Will hold last bottle.
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Red
5/14/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
93 points
PnP. Only bottle. Medium ruby. Spice, cherries, red fruits on the nose. Lovely weight and silkiness on the palate. Nice intensity of flavor without being at all heavy; still a bit constrained on the finish which is quite structured with some residual tannin and whole cluster influence. With air this mellows quite beautifully; may be even better tomorrow.
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White
5/8/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
90 points
PnP. Light gold. Citrus nose. Good acidity and minerality on the palate; light to medium density. Nice drinking right away.
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White
5/6/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
93 points
PnP. Medium yellow. Spice and tropical fruits on the nose with some saline character. Rather restrained. On the palate this is has an unctuous mouthfeel, but has the acidity to carry it off with style. Needs air to show more. Over a couple of days this really didn't improve further, unlike previous bottle.
Red
5/1/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
92 points
PnP. Medium musky red. Rather restrained nose of cherry, some other red fruits. On the palate this has a lovely vinous intensity driven by fruit and acids; very spherical with no hard edges but a slight tension to the finish which adds interest. With air this develops a lovely silky palate impression.
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Red
2010 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/22/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
91 points
Double decanted 2 hours prior to dinner. Dark red. Reticent nose of dark fruits, cedar, and cigar box. Medium to full on thepalate with excellent fruit and some tannins buried on the finish. Still young but not infanticide with some air. Nice wine.
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White
4/21/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
94 points
PnP. Medium gold. Pear, guava, and a saline quality on the nose. On the palate this has a weightless quality with stone fruits and iodine to it that ends with some intense minerality. I'm sure this would age beautifully but last bottle.
Red
4/20/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
flawed
PnP. Medium dark. Rather closed on the nose. On the palate this is very oaky; rather unusually so. Consistent with other comments. I wonder if the young vines didn't have fruit which would absorb the oak, which is clearly over done. Seems to have gotten more pronounced since last bottle
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Red
4/18/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
91 points
PnP. Medium dark red. Nose of dark fruits; rather restrained. Well balanced between richness and acidity on the palate. Very nice flavors on the finish. This seems quite young but promising.
White
4/5/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
89 points
PnP. Medium light gold. Crisp green apple and citrus on the nose. Excellent balance on the palate in a restrained way; nice basic Chard but nothing outstanding.
White
4/1/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
92 points
Have a head cold so aromatics aren't clear. Light greenish gold. Spicy nose with citrus and some tropical notes. Bright on the palate with bracing acidity but also depth and some viscosity. These are always interesting and represent probably the oldest SB vines in Sonoma (1959).
Red
3/26/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
90 points
PnP. Medium light red. Intense nose of cherries; medium weight on the palate w good balance, no real tannins to resolve. Good but not a favorite Littorai vineyard.
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Red
3/18/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
90 points
PnP. Medium red. Forward nose of pomegranate, red apple, and strawberry. Medium light on the palate but with nice complexity on the finish. Ready. Interesting contrast to the 17 tasted at the winery last weekend which had a lot more depth and tannins,
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Red
3/17/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
88 points
PnP. Dark red. Typical RRV Pinot nose of berry compote. Still rough on the palate and the finish; better than previous bottles but still not my idea of good New World Pinot noir.
Red
3/12/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
92 points
PnP. Very dark red. Intense nose of ripe dark fruit - not much varietal character. On the palate this shows deep dark fruit and alcohol initially; with air, more complexity becomes apparent w sandalwood and olive notes on the finish especially. Rich deep wine showing little signs of age. Quite good.
Red
3/7/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
85 points
PnP. Medium light red. Nice nose of blood orange and red fruits. Medium weight on the palate. This goes off a cliff pretty quickly - drink up!
Red
3/7/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
90 points
PnP. Medium red. Nice Sangiovese nose of red fruits and dust. On the palate this is relatively light with good fruit and relatively fine tannins which are still quite present. Doesn't have the weight I would have expected for the vintage, but may just need more time. Balance is impeccable. I imagine the 2010 Rancia has more depth and character. A bit disappointing.
White
3/5/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
90 points
PnP. Classic Aubert nose of tropical fruits and a little vanilla oak with a dash of marzipan and citrus. Less intense and focused than the single vineyard wines or getting a little long in the tooth. Nice wine though.
Red
3/4/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
91 points
PnP. Medium deep red. Ripe nose of berries, cherries, and a floral component I often think of as lavender. On the palate this is rich and ripe but with some nice savory notes on the finish. This is atypical for Scallop Shelf in my experience as this vineyard usually gives an elegant and high toned Pinot with gorgeous aromatics. The ripeness here is lovely and this may improve with air but it is less interesting than other vintages.
Red
2/26/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
93 points
PnP. This got better and better w air; even the second day. Gorgeous nose and flavors.
Red
2005 Balthus Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/20/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
91 points
PnP. Deep red, no signs of bricking. Ripe nose of dark fruits, chocolate and wood. Good depth on the palate with a nice density of flavor on the finish. Still young. Not a lot of complexity but very good QPR.
White
2/18/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
93 points
PnP. Medium light greenish gold. Intense nose of orchard fruits - peach, pear, and some citrus as well. Not at all tropical. On the palate this is intense with the fruit and a strong mineral component; this wine is clearly young and tense; it needs a few years to relax and meld. But all the components are there.
Red
2/15/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
92 points
PnP. Medium red. Ripe nose of red berries, cherry, and spice. Good intensity on the palate with ripe fruit well balanced with acidity. This has much less of the candied sweet quality I sometimes find in W-S wines. Nice pure finish. This has aged quite gracefully.
Red
2/11/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
93 points
Opened 4 hours before a tasting of Chiantis (mostly 2015 Riservas). Dark color, tarry, leather nose. Deep flavors with significant tannins to resolve but great balance. My first and the group's first; I did ID this as the Rancia blind.
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Red
2009 Château Malescasse Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/9/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
90 points
PnP. Good cork and fill. Nice wine more fruit than savory; typical of the vintage. Good QPR.
Red
2/6/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
91 points
PnP. Medium dark red. Lovely nose of cherry and spice with a mineral component. This has a nice silky mouth feel in the front of the palate and then the minerality tannins and whole clusters kick in. This feels a bit disjointed when tasted after being opened for a short while. May integrate more with air. Intriguing wine.
White
2/4/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
92 points
Cellared since release at 58 degrees. PnP. Medium deep gold. Intense nose of tropical fruits, vanilla, and peach. Lovely viscous mouth feel and with great dry extract intensity finishing with a slight acid kick perhaps added to by some alcoholic heat. Impressive at age 11. I have noted previously that the Carneros bottlings from Aubert (and Kistler) seem to age very well.
Red
2/3/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
86 points
Found this in the cellar. PnP. Medium dark red. Rich very ripe nose of red berries, cherry, rhubarb, and a candied quality which I found quite odd. On the palate the candy fruit quality returns in spades. Interesting that at age 10 the fruit is so central. Very much different from the wines that Peay makes themselves and not in a good way. I find myself pretty unhappy with the way the Williams-Selyem wines have developed with the exception of Allen and Rochioli vineyards.
White - Sparkling
1/29/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
92 points
Popped and poured. Lovely mousse. Bright on the palate but with good fruit intensity balancing the acidity. Goes down very nicely. Just missing the creaminess of a fine Blanc de Blanc from Champagne. Much more classical than the Blanc de Noir.
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Red
1/26/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
94 points
Opened and let sit for an hour before dinner. Medium dark red. Classic Sangiovese nose. On the palate this cuts a broad swathe of black fruits, blood red meat, spice, and lovely acidity. This is much better than the last bottle from 5 years ago. I would say this is as enjoyable as it will be for the lovely fruit/tannin balance; may soften and develop more complexity for the next decade, though. Last bottle
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Red
1/23/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
93 points
PnP. Medium light red. Initially this had quite a stinky quality on the nose but this cleaned up with air. Nose is quite complex with pomegranate, citrus (blood orange?), strawberry and spice. Lovely smooth palate with a creamy quality and then good acidity and drive. Lovely wine. Drinking very well but no need to rush,
White
1/22/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
91 points
Took out to dinner. PnP. Cork was in good shape and fill was excellent. Medium to light yellow. Intriguing nose of spice and lanolin. Medium weight on the palate - good fruit still present and so sense of drying out. Quite remarkable at age 25.
Red
1/18/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
91 points
PnP. Lovely ruby. Rich nose of red fruits including rhubarb, strawberry, and a hint of lavender. On the palate this is rich and soft with no hard edges, but a sneaky spice note on the finish. Bodes well for the 17 SVDs to be drinking early.
White
1/17/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
92 points
PnP. Medium light greenish gold. Subtle nose of complex spices and citrus; not tropical at all. On the palate this is medium weight with riper fruit, good acidity and freshness. This is rather restrained given how this vineyard often gets very ripe. Lovely subtlety to the flavors and excellent balance. This progressed nicely over a couple of hours.
White
1/15/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
92 points
Cork was a bit soft but perfect fill. Color is medium gold; a bit darker than I like to see in Chablis. Nose is classic seashell and limestone with citrus (lemon/lime) notes. Initially this was quite tight on the palate but with an hour or so of air, it developed a lovely silky mouthfeel. Good long finish. Not a great Clos, but for the vintage and at age 12, quite lovely. I would say drink up if you still have any.
Red
1/13/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
91 points
Opened then waited 30 minutes or so before tasting. Medium red. Nose of red fruits and a blood orange/citrus note. On the palate this is rather light weight but with a lovely smooth texture. The finish is subtle and rather long but not intense. There is little tannin to resolve. Very nice wine though not with the complexity or intensity of bigger vintages of Littorai.
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Red
1/11/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
88 points
Taken out to dinner, so bottle could have been not in perfect condition. Decanted for an hour before serving. Dark red/purple; intense nose of berries (more black than red) and a smokey oak character. On the palate this was decidedly too young for current drinking with the oak intruding on the overall palate impression. This seemed more like a throwback to the older Kistler style which was big, brawny and not always discernible as Pinot Noir. One more bottle for which I will wait til 2022.
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Red
1/10/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
92 points
PnP. Lovely intense nose of red and blackberries. Good intensity and definition on the palate with nice acid balance. Any tannins are subsumed in the fruit. Lovely drinking now but will be fine for a year or two. One of the better showings for a Littorai AVA wine recently,
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Red
1/4/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
91 points
PnP. Medium light red. Lovely nose of strawberry red fruits and spice, the former classic Anderson valley the latter likely whole cluster influence. Rather light on the palate but with nice balance, with the whole cluster spicy quality echoing on the finish, Not impressive but lovely and interesting.
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White
1/3/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
89 points
PnP. Medium greenish gold. Citrus nose with some Burgundian sulfur/funk. Quite broad on the palate with good balancing acidity. More forward than last bottle.
Red
1/1/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
93 points
PnP. Perfect fill. Cork wet about half way; came out in one piece without an issue. Medium dark red; no browning. Deep smoky nose with dark fruit and mineral/iron. Very rich and dense on the palate initially, with a long finish; tannins buried in the fruit; intense. This is just beginning its drinking window at age 20; classic NSG.
White - Sparkling
1/1/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
93 points
PnP. Lovely light gold. Very effervescent with a fine bead. Creamy on the palate with nice balancing acidity. Young but drinking beautifully; gets better as it warms to room temperature. Perhaps missing complexity at this point in its evolution. Very good.
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White
12/29/2018 - rosenst1 wrote:
92 points
PnP. Medium dark gold; darker than I expected. Slight reduction on the nose with intense minerality and some fruit buried underneath. On the palate this shows good balance of acidity and fruit but with the mineral quality dominating. Really interesting wine; still seems young but is drinking well now.
Red
12/28/2018 - rosenst1 wrote:
91 points
PnP. Cellared since release. Medium dark red. Spicy nose of dark berries; blackberry, currants, and perhaps cherry. Quite full on the palate with a spicy finish, which is a combination of acidity and perhaps the fruit beginning to fade. Typical Rochioli SVD; lovely flavors and fruit but not a lot of complexity or finesse, except perhaps West/East Block.
Red
12/25/2018 - rosenst1 wrote:
92 points
Doubled decanted. Medium red. Lovely nose of red fruits, cherry, plum, some spice and perhaps some blood orange. On the palate this is rich and deep flavored almost sweet but not quite; quite undeveloped for age 9. Intriguing wine - expected more sophistication from it. Will see how it evolves in its second decade.
White
12/24/2018 - rosenst1 wrote:
92 points
PnP. Medium gold. Nose of tropical fruits, peach and pear. Intense on the palate with fruit driven flavors but not at all cloying, as the acidity is good but not out of balance. This seems to be quite typical Thieriot based on previous Littorai bottles. Still young and I think this will get better with 2-4 years more time. Likely better tomorrow.
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