Tasting Notes for Hillbilly

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Red
12/5/2008 - Hillbilly wrote:
Bottle at veritas last month and another at Thanksgiving. I really enjoyed this wine. Showing a decent level of maturity with incredible verve and plenty of miles to go. Sensual mouthfeel, medium weight and elegant Cote Rotie flavors just a pleasure to drink. Stunning complexity on the nose, great finish.
White - Sparkling
12/5/2008 - Hillbilly wrote:
Drank 3 bottles from a perfect ocb in the last 30 days. This is a very nice wine. It shows some aged tones of toffee, caramel and red apples, pastry and freshness. it is a bit sweet and works great as a dessert wine! Some complexity and nice weight. it can come off a little heavy at times as the acidity is not strong, much more ripeness. Strong wine, but the 1989 is notably better with more acidity. GIven the elevated price of 90, I'd buy 89
Rosé - Sparkling
4/5/2008 - Hillbilly wrote:
Sortof a straight down the middle pink to light pink color. Little reticent on the nose but some red fruits and minerals. Very straight forward in presentation, but a notably soft profile. A big step down. This is almost too soft but with Ok fruit. So much less acid than the 96. An Ok wine, but not inspirational and not worth the freight to me --I won't be cellaring any of this.
White - Sparkling
3/1/2008 - Hillbilly wrote:
95 points
Aggressive wild nose with floral notes, exotic spices, sea breeze and complexity. Expands on the palate with pretty balanced acidity, though a little bit aggressive. Some fruit and some slightly stoney nature too, but really still wild and exotic flavors. The wide ranging flavors keep it from becoming too strict. Solid finish. This is a unique flavor profile in this Champagne and very fresh. A fun wine to drink. Very good. Wild.
Red
3/26/2008 - Hillbilly wrote:
About my 5th bottle of this, first in 6 months and by far the best. Decanted for 20 minutes, back in bottle for 2 hours opened and followed for 2 more. Stunning and beautiful in every sense. Tiny bit of muddled reduction at open was completely gone when opened. Complex nose and palate, light pepper undertoe, roasted bone marrow, molten asphalt, dark deep blackberry, iron and earth with touches of oaky coffee on the finish. Expansive and deep with lots of structure under the fruit. Increasingly smooth and light but noticeable glycerin mouthfeel. Great now and happy to visit in 30 years.
Red
3/9/2008 - Hillbilly wrote:
94 points
Thanks to my friend MB for calling this out several months ago. Opened 2 bottles over 2 weekends and they performed very well. Needs air, but the reduction is not too much. Just sort of mutes the nose until it gets an hour+ of air. Dark fruits with a little red peeking out. Very seductive elegant fruit (but no crazy sweetness) with enough legitimate structure to keep it together. Nice floral nose. if you want a high end Cali Syrah and are not buying loads SQN, this is a no brainer at $75. I like that it does not collapse into sweetness as so many do. Well above the competitors
White - Sparkling
2/17/2008 - Hillbilly wrote:
Heavy upfront and pervasive dosage. Liquer dominated flavors that turn to almost apple-tini flavors. Drops off sharply in the mid palate through the finish. Very little acid/structure to this wine. The 93 was not a strong vintage for DP and there is just not enough wine here to carry this through. Not recommended and it certainly does not deliver value in the 2 to $300 range.
White
1/31/2008 - Hillbilly wrote:
92 points
This is a good wine with lots of tropical flair and citrus, mostly lime. Pretty well integrated and drinking well now.
White - Sparkling
1/31/2008 - Hillbilly wrote:
Magnum. Just fantastic. Fresh and lively, light golden color. Breezy nose, fresh scents but great kruggy impact with fruits and nuts and tiny bits of honey. Notable lively acidity, but not grating in any way. Fantastic!
White - Sparkling
12/23/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
Disgorged 2003. Rich yellow golden color which darkens a bit over 2 hours. Lovely light red apple, baked apple, wildflower honey with light baking spices mixed within....transitions to more spiced fruit, generic nuttiness with truffles in the midpalate and finishes with light DP coffee tones. Showed some pretty good mousse at pour and retains bubbles. Incredible honeyed mouthfeel and just a great aged Champagne.
Red
12/17/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
96 points
This is an outstanding Cabernet. Typical dark purpley color. Great mix of dark fruit with smooth mouthfeel. Credible structure, but tannins are super ripe smooth and silky. Sneaky structure. The choco coffee Foley oak flavors are not overwhelming and in contrast to Dr. Nowak's advice, I would drink this now without hesitation. Delicious!
White - Sparkling
10/19/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
87 points
Light golden with vigorous mousse. Seems a bit wound up. Dominant grapefruit on nose and palate. Other mixed citrus too. Lacks complexity, but young. Some green tea and sea breeze too. Light dosage I suspect. Just does not excite me, competently constructed, but boring and somewhat simple. Lots of tooth slickening acid sticks out at warm temps. 87 pts, maybe, probably less.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Jacques Selosse Initial Champagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
10/13/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
94 points
PC Bottle Disgorged October 2006. Vibrant complex nose. This is a serious weighty wine. Lots of earthy, blood orange, hay and pineapple fruits in the nose. Broad mouth filling and expansive on the palate. No sweetness, but sweeter than the ultra low dosage would suggest. Oak notes notable with toastiness and oxidative style, big wine. Neat stuff.
Red
7/30/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
95 points
Decanted for 2+ hours and followed for 2 more. What a nice wine. My first 2004 Northern Rhone. Early there was some coffee oak which was a bit distracting, but it really integrated with air. Nicely structured without overt tannic grip, elegant and pretty smooth. All the right fruit notes, acid and complexity. Surprisingly smooth. Nice! 95+
Red
9/22/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
94 points
From a half bottle. Shocking youth and depth of color. Incredible complexity with fruit holding and signature aged Bordeaux charecteristics. Blew away the flight. Just damn fine wine.
White - Sparkling
8/20/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
93 points
I admit a significant bias in favor of Clos des Goisses. Moderate+ mousse light golden color. Light saline nose with citrus melange, pears, some melons and tiny bits of nuttiness. Moderate amount of acidity. It is true to its' pedigree and a fine wine, big shouldered wine. It does not possess the expansive mouth filling mid palate of the 96. A bit more austere in fruit than 96 as well. Pretty impressive finish. Very nice wine, but if you must choose...buy all the 96 you can afford. Buy this to keep your hands off the 96.
White
8/19/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
87 points
I can't reconcile the review by ST on this one. Buttered popcorn nose. Some general green fruits, light apple and mineral, but the oak is way out of whack with some acid too. Significant grating woody notes on the finish. Typically overoaked and underfruited. To suggest this is Chablis like is a shocker.
White - Sparkling
8/6/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
flawed
Shot bottle, but a few interesting flavors of burnt caramel and burnt pumpernickel toast...still oxidzed and not a proper bottle by any means. Poor storage.
White - Sparkling
8/5/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
87 points
Straightforward light apple fruit with a bit of a grating acid dosage feel. Simple with lots of mousse. Quaffable. Finish drops off quickly.
Rosé - Sparkling
8/5/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
92 points
Medium orange tinted red. Notable sulphur aromas dominate the nose and never go away, though they did mitigate some with hour+ of air. Red strawberry, but mostly raspberry with a dusty mineral tone. Fruity-spice and depth on the palate which feels wound up. Needs many many years to unfold. Not sweet, well proportioned with no dosage or acid sticking out. Serious and weighty wine. Sulphur almost reductive aromas keep me from rating it highter now. Not sure I can see through it.
Red
7/21/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
88 points
Blind. Did not show that well. Foley esque oak treatment with some fruit, but a lot of herbal elements on the nose. Did not taste as intense or concentrated. Seemed to lack in the midpalate with more herbal notes.
White
7/20/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
93 points
Yellow gold with the green tinged cloudiness. Tropical with notable lime finish and a little lemon/apple. I love the producer and like this wine, but it does not seem quite as concentrated as 2004 or as complex, but may be close. More acid provides a somewhat linear palate expression with a bit of minerality.
White
7/21/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
89 points
Sweet pears and melons. Soft and round, wished for a touch more acid. Nice counterbalance with a slightly acidic citrus apple salad dressing.
Red
7/20/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
95 points
Really needed 2-3+ hours of air to open. Dark nose showing asphalt, light but not overpowering reduction that never fully goes away, seems integrated rather than disturbing. Elegant slightly floral nose, but deeper palate impact. Dark berries, slight tarry touches. Smooth mouthfeel but structured. Lots of depth and complexity. Gets better with time in the glass. Has a lovely lightness with concentration. Oak more noticeable towards the finish, but still a deep wine with just enough acid. Very nice. Should go for miles. I love Guigal.
White
7/21/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
91 points
Bright golden and clear. Some tropical flair on the clean nose. Straightforward on the palate with tropical, lemon, pear and melon. Moderate acidity keeps it moving. I just don't get the complexity on this like an Aubert. It is pleasant, but I do not see a level of greatness.
Red
7/21/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
88 points
Blind. I thought an average Pride Merlot. Straight up sweet Cali cab, but not exuberant. A little simplistic, but still a basically drinkable unsophisticated California cab with sweet fruit.
Red
7/21/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
89 points
Blind. Thick. Very thick. Lots of woody barrel smells but they fade with air. Caramel, toffee smells with not a lot of fruit impression. Twix bar or some such candy. After and hour or so and some swirling, some sweet fruit appears. Still really oak dominated.
Red
7/21/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
94 points
Blind. Dusty cocoa powder I get on every Switchback. Rich and concentrated. Dark berry melange with some coffee bean and dark chocolate. Lavish oak, credible medium+ tanninc structure. Big and rich and delicious. A hair below the Merlot, but I still love it. Richer than the 03.
Red
6/23/2006 - Hillbilly wrote:
93 points
This was also a nice wine. It is by no means a fruity Napa Cab. This showed a nice complexity and mix of currants, earth, mild spice and a bit of a mild espresso oak finish. The flavors were nicely woven and interesting. I really liked this wine, may buy more, but wish it was less expensive! Great with the rabbit and herbal sauce
Rosé - Sparkling
7/15/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
87 points
Wow, I've always liked this wine, but the two bottles this week showed an unbearable sweetness. As this wine warmed, it was especially noticeable. Candied gumdrop red fruits dripping with sugar syrup. Coarse swirling bubbles.
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White
7/15/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
flawed
Somewhat oxidized with a loose cork.
Rosé - Sparkling
7/6/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
88 points
From a 375. Pretty solid, but on the sweet side. Technically correct. Moderate mousse. Clean with sweet red fruits, balanced, but tilts a bit towards the sweet side. Could use a little more acid.
Red
7/7/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
88 points
Side by side with the 2004 SS. This was clearly inferior to the 2004. Similar style but lacked the nose and palate intensity of the 2004. I would not buy at any price. Lacks anything distinctive and I cannot believe the price of this bottle.
Red
7/7/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
93 points
I was prepared to diss this wine, but found it pretty good and quite drinkable. Ready to drink style, sweet fuit and not overwhelmed with oakiness at present, still has a bit of a spine. Tastes like a generic cocktail of Napa, but just not distinguished. Still, the best Caymus SS I've had...my experience only dating since 99. Not worth the price, but still a nice wine for today.
Rosé - Sparkling
7/14/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
90 points
Medium Salmon color. This really needs 30+ minutes to open up and only improves over a couple of hours. Light strawberries with more raspberry touches. Some blood orange. There is an almost dustiness to the midpalate with a little animal fur note, which can be attractive. This is solid and well built, it shows neither excessive acid or sweetness. Nice but not profound.
Red
6/9/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
93 points
Opened after the first bottle showed heat damage. This showed well, but never really opened up. Seemed darker and thicker than the average La Turque. Deep and brooding. Nose opens slowly as if this wine is simply sleeping. More fruity than meaty. Dark berries, but they seemed caged up with a mineral finish. Followed this for 3+ hours and it needs a decade more I suspect. I'm not familiar with the vintage, but the acid seems low in this cuvee. The palate shows better than the nose.
White
7/8/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
92 points
Pretty ctrus and melon on the nose. Still has a bit of a green tinge. Slight green apple touch, but mostly citrus melange. A little more acid than the average bear keeps it lively, but does not have quite the complexity of the best cuvees. Touch of wood appears on the finish. Pleasant.
White
7/16/2006 - Hillbilly wrote:
91 points
Abe shared this with us after the barrel whirlwind. Light golden color, not oaky. Leesy nose with light citrus. Resolves to mineral and steeliness with lime. A whiff of nuttiness on the front end. A little better warmer to me, it adds some nuttiness and loses the harder steel edge. Quite nice.
White
7/16/2006 - Hillbilly wrote:
Tasted from multiple barrels with Abe. What great fun. Some noted barrel variation here from good to great. I cannot recall Abe’s take on the 05 versus 04, but I prefer 05. Most intense citrus flavors....most have heavy notes of lime and swirling aromas of citrus and tropical notes with gravitas, green apples and bright acidity. Extreme minerality on the finish. Minerals drenched in lime with exuberance. The wine has a great depth and cloudiness. I doubt he’ll filter any of this. Suspect this will be very good and may be flat out great.
White
6/30/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
90 points
Shows very tight on day one, little there. Recorked and reopened 24 hours later. Nice wine, not showing any overt oak. Mineral. light citrus and soft pears. My least favorite of the 05 Varners. Day one almost flavorless, day 2 nice.
White
6/23/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
93 points
Round fat and plush. Green and yellow fruits with acid and almost a sweetness. Much bigger and less mineral than the 04. Different strokes. This is good, but I prefer 04 stylistically for Chablis.
White - Sparkling
6/16/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
88 points
Undistinguished, some basic tight champagne flavors with balanced acid, but just nothing to get excited about. I much preferred the NV.
Red
6/16/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
Did not show well. Could be an off bottle, but little distinctive fruit here.
Red
6/16/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
88 points
Decent smooth Cabernet fruit which has aged nicely until you get to the searing jagged tannin on the finish. I cannot imagine the fruit surviving the questionably ripe and excessive tannins.
White - Sparkling
6/9/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
92 points
Nice bottle. Medium mousse, medium golden. Fresh presentation with classic citrus and apple flavors, shows sweetness, but is fruit rather than dosage I think. Finishes with minerality and shows light toastiness. Nice.
White - Sparkling
6/8/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
83 points
Mediocre wine. This is a dramatic step down from the delicious reserve. Jumbly, some fruit, jarry acid, shows dosage especially as it warms. Tasted from 2 bottles and both showed a bit of metal especially on the finish. Buy the reserve it is a treat.
White - Sparkling
6/8/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
88 points
Medium mousse, light golden. A bit of red and green apples framed with decent acidity, not too sweet. More yeast than toast. Nice cut towards the finish, but not a lot of complexity. Fresh.
Rosé
6/8/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
88 points
Pale salmon rose. Served a bit cold with muted aroma. Some strawberry and light raspberry. I like the refreshing acid fruit balance. Almost as good as the 2004, but significantly better than the 2005.
White - Sparkling
6/8/2007 - Hillbilly wrote:
87 points
Utterly boring. Has some fruit and enough acid to hold it together in a tight flavor range, but it is too sweet. Seems to rely on dosage instead of fruit to carry through. Not much finish. A technically correct Champagne I suppose, but just plain boring. Why bother?
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