Tasting Notes for rosenst1

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Red
10/9/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
87 points
PnP. Cellared since release. Perfect cork and fill. Medium red. Lovely floral nose with lavender and spice. Sweet fruit with whole cluster spice and wood character, especially on the finish. I expect this will integrate with air. This did get better with air and became more seamless. I still think the whole clusters are overdone in this wine. With additional air this declined rather rapidly; perhaps this is on a downward slide or else was an off bottle. Surprising and disappointing
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Red
10/4/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
92 points
PnP. Perfect cork and fill; cellared since release. Light red with slight browning at the edge. Subtle mineral nose with sous bois, spice, and red fruits. Smooth on the palate after a little air; really lovely and classic Chambolle. Finish has lovely texture with a hint of tannins and slight drying but quite long. This just needed time. Nice surprise.
White
10/3/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
91 points
PnP. Pristine clarity and medium light gold. Complex nose that is one part Chablis (limestone, sea air) and a variety of spices. Lovely fruit and almost unctuous on the mid-palate followed by a high acid finish. Lots going on here! Will see if this integrates with air. This does integrate somewhat but the finish is still very high acid; will wait a few years on my last bottle.
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Red
10/1/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
87 points
PnP. Clear whole cluster influence present and not very well integrated a bit hot as well. Not a successful experiment.
Red
9/25/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
92 points
PnP. Medium red. Lovely nose of red fruits and blood orange. Much of less of the over-oaked cola smells that W-S RRV Pinots often have to my palate. Relatively light on the palate but with nice balance and a reprise of the red fruits and citrus (blood orange) flavors. This seems much more Peay than W-S, less wine maker driven and more vineyard specific. Very nice at age 7.
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Red
9/23/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
91 points
PnP. Medium deep red. Lovely nose and flavors of berry compote - very RRV Pinot. Fades a bit with air. Drink up.
Red
9/20/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
95 points
PnP. Medium red. Complex nose of red fruits: pomegranate, cherry, raspberry, a hint of blood orange. Very fruit driven. On the palate this has gorgeous intensity and yet balance. Velvet texture and a very smooth but tangy finish. This has the old vines quality of vinosite (French) which is an intense winyness. No oak apparent and this should continue to be enjoyable for years to come. Excellent.
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Red
2005 Nicolas Potel Clos Vougeot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
9/20/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
91 points
Taken out to dinner and opened about an hour prior to tasting. Medium deep red; rather restrained savory nose with some red fruits. Initially this was quite tight, especially on the finish; over the next 2-3 hours it slowly evolved into showing more and less tannic fruit and better overall integration. This bottle seemed too young to be showing well; I will save my last one til age 20 or thereabouts. Seems to have the material to evolve into something very good.
Red
2007 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/14/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
93 points
PnP as expect to drink over a few nights. Medium dark red with slight lightening at the edge. Initially intense nose of spice, camphor, a bit funky, then intense oak and fruit. This smoothes out after a few minutes. On the palate good intensity but more on the elegant side, with more air the tannins, which are not at all rough, make themselves felt, but finish is very long. Quite complex and very good but not sure it will be great. Will hold last bottle til 2024. Over the next couple of nights this got better and better as the tannins softened and the fruit became more dominant. Definitively worth waiting til 2027 for.
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Red
9/6/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
92 points
PnP. Medium red. High toned almost floral savory nose of red fruits and spice, especially sage. Red fruits and spice on the palate w good intensity; seems a bit lacking in the Hirsch iron/Gevrey flavors but good penetrance and length on the finish. Very good showing at age 11.
White
8/29/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
92 points
PnP. Light gold. Lovely open nose of orchard fruits and some spice. Nice depth on the palate and good minerality on the finish. Drinking well at age 5.
Red
8/28/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
92 points
Decanted for 2 hours. Perfect cork and fill; cork wet about a quarter way up. Medium deep red with touch of brown at the edge. Complex nose of balsamic, sage, other herbs, very forest floor like. On the palate this has lovely Sangiovese fruit but it tastes brooding, dark, and like it is hiding a lot. The finish clearly has some tannins but they are relatively well integrated. Will be fascinating to see what it is like tomorrow. Double decanted back in bottle.
White
8/28/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
87 points
PnP. Light gold. Spicy oaky nose. On the palate this is quite tight and seems like it saw too much oak; fruit is quite buried but good acidity. I'm not a fan of this, although perhaps 5 years down the road it will be wonderful (don't think so).
Red
8/27/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
89 points
PnP. Medium red. Ripe red fruited nose. Just not that interesting; as the fruit and finish are a bit angular and out of balance. Not my style.
Red
8/24/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
94 points
PnP. Medium red. High toned nose of red fruits with a hint of the menthol I noted in my last note in 2015. Lovely depth of fruit on the palate with a richness that is well balanced with finishing acidity. Tannins are largely resolved. Just a delicious wine on first impression. With air this develops a more savory character and the fruit integrates into an elegant whole.
White
8/22/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
96 points
Stood upright for a day, chilled, then transported out to dinner in SF. PnP. Hazy medium gold. Fascinating nose of marzipan and tropical fruits. Rich and ripe on the palate but with enough acidity to keep it interesting. Superb intensity and a finish that lasts forever. This seemed to improve with air rather than falling apart; perhaps just past its peak but still one of the best new world Chards I've tasted.
White
8/19/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
90 points
PnP. Medium gold. Intriguing nose of mint and orchard fruits. Good balance on the palate with some minerality, crisp fruit and good acidity. This drinks well but could go longer. Better than the last bottle from my previous note.
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Red
8/16/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
93 points
PnP. Medium light red. Lovely nose of ripe red fruits and blood orange. Silky smooth on the palate with lovely medium weight fruit and a nice sappy intensity. Seems more typical than the last bottle. Very nice.
Red
8/15/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
90 points
PnP. Medium dark red. Intense berry nose - blackberry and strawberry in particular. Strong flavors echoing the nose on the palate with some significant tannins and the alcohol is noticeable (almost 15%). Needs a few years to mellow.
White
8/15/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
91 points
PnP. Light greenish gold. Lovely nose of orchard fruits with some herb and tropical notes. A touch sweet on the palate but with lovely fruit density and acidity. Still drinking well 3 days after opening with storage in the fridge. Lovely wine but not great QPR.
Red
2010 Podere il Palazzino Chianti Classico Grosso Sanese Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
8/13/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
92 points
PnP. Dark red. Lovely Sangiovese nose. Thick and rich on the palate with some tannins but well integrated. This seems to be just hitting its stride. Last bottle unfortunately! Expect may be better tomorrow.
Red
8/9/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
91 points
Opened. Like the screwcap. Medium red. Lovely red fruited nose; medium weight on the palate. Drinking very nicely. No reason to wait.
Red
8/7/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
92 points
PnP. Medium red. Lovely nose of raspberry, cherry, and a hint of orange. Excellent fruit flavors with good acid on the finish. Not as fruit dominated as this vineyard can be and drinking very well at age 7. This has more restraint than bottles of earlier vintages with a bit more sophisticated flavor balance. Very good.
Red
8/3/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
91 points
PnP. Medium deep ruby. Intriguing nose of dark fruits and spice. Lovely long finish which is spice and acid driven (whole clusters?) on the palate preceded by medium weight dark fruits black cherry, blackberry. The acid fruit balance is unusual and the finish is really driven by what I think is whole cluster effect. Fascinating wine. Drinking well but not at all delicate; given the balance can certainly go for a few more years.
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White
8/3/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
89 points
PnP. Medium dark yellowRather closed on the nose with a hint of citrus and sage. Initially rather light and acidic on the palate but as it chills it puts on more weight. Nothing special but good QPR at $30.
Red
8/1/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
91 points
Cork removed; wet about half way. Decanted for 30 minutes. A small amount poured initially showed dark red with some slight browning. Rather closed on the nose. After air this began to slowly unfurl with deep Pinot noir scents and flavors, pretty typical Vaucrains large sized NSG flavors and structure. The finish is long and the tannins are more integrated than the last bottle. This will last a long time but I don't know how much it will improve.
Red
7/30/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
91 points
PnP. Medium light red. Cool nose of blood orange and blueberry but rather one-dimensional. Medium weight on the palate but still a bit clenched, especially on the finish. Surprisingly this is still quite young and should be better with more air or more years. The balance is there for extended aging.
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White
7/29/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
90 points
PnP. Medium gold. Lovely nose of crisp apple, and a touch of exotic tropical fruit (mango?). On the palate this has lovely fruit density but is a bit ripe and perhaps low in acidity. Would drink on the younger side (next couple of years).
White - Sparkling
N.V. Digby Fine English Non Vintage Brut England Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay (view label images)
7/26/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
90 points
PnP. Lovely mousse, light lemony. Excellent acidity and balance. Clearly "Old world" as lacking the rounder fruit qualities of North American sparklers. Just missing some of the creaminess of true Champagne, but a very nice drink.
Red
7/24/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
91 points
PnP. Medium dark red. Cranberry, cherry, and spice on the nose. On the palate this is still quite tight but with good acidity and intensity. Surprisingly backward at age 6. Needs a few more years or hours in the decanter.
Red
7/22/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
92 points
PnP. Medium red. Lovely nose of rich red fruits - strawberry, cherry, etc. On the palate this is medium weight with nice acidity and a long finish of strawberry. This is quite rich but the acidity makes it lively; very nice and no rush to drink.
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White
7/19/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
89 points
PnP. Initially quite a hit of funk/sulfur, which blows off quite quickly. Rather thin and acidic but then broadens and softens with air. Similar to last bottle.
Red
7/18/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
87 points
PnP. Medium red. This has an herbal note on the nose along with some red fruits. Seems a bit tight on the palate with a smokey quality as well, which could be whole cluster influence. Unusual - perhaps an off bottle.
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White
7/17/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
93 points
PnP. Light gold. Subtle nose of citrus and spice. Beautiful linear flow across the palate with citrus a touch of marzipan and nicely balanced acidity. This is drinking nicely but should develop more complexity over the next few years. Lovely wine.
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Red
7/12/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
92 points
PnP. Quite a light red. Savory tea and a slightly smokey note on the nose. On the palate this is dark fruit and spice with some of the whole cluster savory quality on the finish, which is quite long. A deceptive wine which has excellent balance and is all about complexity rather than fruit. This could improve further based on the balance but quite an interesting drink today.
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Red
7/9/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
94 points
PnP. Medium red. Nose of cherry, blood orange, and spice. On the palate this wine has marvelous balance, good depth of fruit, but then it veers off into a savory direction, and lovely acidity on the finish. It has a sappy quality that I associate with old vines (which I don't believe these are) and Burgundy which it isn't but comes closer than many. Although it is Anderson Valley it tastes more Sonoma Coast. From a vintage that the Littorai folks thinks should be drunk on the earlier side, this totally exceeded expectations. Drinking beautifully now but no rush.
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Red
7/6/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
90 points
PnP. Medium red. Nose of spice and red fruits. Good acidity on the palate medium to lighter weight red fruit driven . Pretty classic Anderson Valley flavors. Balance is good enough that this could last for a few years. Nice wine but nothing special. Not great QPR.
Red
7/6/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
93 points
PnP . Almost black in color. Intense nose of white pepper and black fruit. Thick and rich on the palate very ripe but with significant tannins still present . This is a baby but has great promise. 5+ years in the cellar.
White
7/6/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
92 points
PnP at a BBQ so not a lot of notes. Clean intense fruit good minerality . Not as fruit forward as when tasted at the winery but pretty classic St, Cruz Mtn. wine . Very good and still young.
White
7/4/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
90 points
PnP. Medium gold. Clean rather subtle nose of citrus a bit of butter and some tropical notes. On the palate this has softened considerably and the acidity has receded making it a touch flabby. Still a nice drink but drink up!
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Red
7/3/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
90 points
PnP. Medium ruby. Deep nose of balsamic, sage, and other spices. Quite linear on the palate with significant tannins to resolve on the very long finish. This appears to be a baby to me. Next night: tannins have softened and this is quite drinkable though still young. Needs 5 years, and then could be very good.
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White
7/1/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
91 points
PnP. Medium greenish gold. Classic nose of sea salt, limestone, and citrus. Medium weight on the palate, very clean flavors, and a nice acidic kick on the finish. This is classic Chablis and drinking well at age 11; no signs of pre-mox.
White
6/27/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
91 points
PnP. Medium deep gold. Airy nose of citrus especially lime and perhaps a touch of orange peel. Quite ripe on the palate with some peach and pear and then just enough acidity to make it interesting. Good QPR. Ready to drink.
Red
6/26/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
93 points
PnP. Perfect cork and fill. Medium red with clearing to the rim. Intense nose of red fruits and spice, especially raspberry. Lovely palate presence with intense fruit and smooth texture. Finish is quite long. This is drinking very well at age 10; not sure it will improve but will hold my last bottle for a few more years. Lovely wine.
Red
6/21/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
95 points
PnP. Medium red. Gorgeous nose of boysenberry, strawberry, sage, spice, and a hint of blood orange. Lovely weight on the palate with excellent balance of the red fruits and spice. Long finish. This is one of the best Littorai I have had recently and will age further, though I'm not sure it will improve, it may gain complexity. Bravo.
White
6/20/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
91 points
PnP. Perfect cork just wet at the bottom. Light greenish gold. Citrus nose with wet limestone and sea air notes. No Pre MOX! Initially this showed quite a lot of acidity on the palate (especially the finish) but with air this dissipated and had a very clean lively taste. It seems to me this is still young, but with the pre-mox, issue, who knows. I did not see Pre-Mox in any of the bottles I purchased from the Wine Club in SF. This could be great with more age.
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White
6/17/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
90 points
PnP. Light gold. Citrus nose. This has high acid on the palate but with some air the fruit begins to come forth to make a much better balanced wine. This is almost Chablis-like. Clearly this can age for quite a while yet; very atypical for California Chardonnay, but consistent with this bottling over the years. Intriguing.
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Red
6/15/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
96 points
Last bottle or second to last from a couple of cases bought on release in 1985. Cellared mostly at 58 degrees with some years in the 60s. Fill bottom to neck. Cork removed largely intact. Poured a small amount; nose is amazing right out of the bottle. Violets, lavender, sage, and spice. Decanted about an hour before consuming rest of bottle over 2-3 hours. Medium red with slight hint of browning at the end. Wonderful nose of violet, sage, lavender, and spice. Smooth as silk on the palate with any tannins completely integrated but with good acidity and a finish that went on and on. One of the best bottles I've tasted of this at age 35. I think this is at peak but could age for another 5 years with pristine cellaring. Great bottle of a great wine.
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White
6/12/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
90 points
PnP. Light gold. Nose of citrus with a hint of tropical fruit. Light bodied, crisp on the palate. Medium finish. Very drinkable and versatile at table.
Red
6/11/2019 - rosenst1 wrote:
90 points
PnP. Medium red. Nose of cola, cherry, some spice. On the palate this was initially a bit awkward with some oak poking out, but with some air, it smoothed out and integrated nose. Good persistence on the finish. Better fruit and balance than I would have expected for an '11 at age 8. Pleasant surprise.
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