Tasting Notes for CheviotCellar

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Red
2016 Château Dalem Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/29/2020 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
90 points
Showing its youth but still a lot to enjoy here. Accessible and nice texture out of bottle, adds depth with more air. Rich, complex flavors and long finish. 90-91 with upside potential.
Red
2012 Château Dalem Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/28/2020 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
89 points
This performed much better than the last bottle. In a great spot and accessible without much of a decant.
Red
3/26/2020 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
89 points
May have been a flawed bottle or perhaps degrading faster than expected. This was a rustic version of what we last encountered 2 years ago. Nose was still very good but the palate was unflattering. Very dry/oaked with nondescript fruit. 2 more bottles left.
White - Sparkling
3/26/2020 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
93 points
Lighter, pale color than expected. Very fine bubbles. Nose has canned sweet pear, lemon, chamomile, stone. Full palate, not old tasting in the slightest. Layers of toast, fresh apples, dried honey fruits, some waxiness, limestone, good acid. Rich, full energy persists in finish. This full bodied and developed sparkler paired better with the main duck course than the La Rioja Alta 904 it was served with.
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Red
3/25/2020 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
92 points
Had with homemade burgers and fries. What you expect. Very dark. Nose has blackberry jam, honey, slate. Needs little air, just silky smooth fruit. Ripe plums, cassis. Overall presents clean and focused. I won’t criticize this wine like others for not having old world complexity. That’s not what its about. It offers good quality for the price in Napa without the ostentatiousness of its peers. Not too sweet or oaked. Hard pressed to find a meal it won’t pair with.
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Red
3/24/2020 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
87 points
Still drinking consistently.
Red
3/16/2020 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
88 points
Really complex and balanced St. George. Thinner, pinot like structure with balanced acid, dry spices, and wild dark berries. Palate is lively and interesting. Lower alcohol and lighter body and flavorful palate make this very easy to drink. Baked fruits and warm stones come through.
Red
3/15/2020 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
89 points
This is very good and immediately accessible. Adds a little weight and complexity with an hour of air. Evolves nicely in the glass. Shows garrique and clay from the terroir. Excellent QPR
Red
Terribly disappointing. Priorat to me as a region has above average to excellent wine relative to other places. This wine is so far below average its sad.

A sweet, perfumey mess. Thin and I enjoyable. After 2 days it calms down a little but I still found it unbalanced and off putting. Avoid.
Rosé - Sparkling
3/15/2020 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
90 points
This is nice. Dry, bright red berries, lemon curd, just a touch of sweetness and good length and clean finish.

Don’t serve too cold.
Red
2015 Château Côte Montpezat Cuvée Compostelle Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/13/2020 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
89 points
This is a solid, average vintage of this cuvee. Drank side bu side with the 2012 and very little difference. The 2015 has higher alcohol, is a little tighter as expected, but has deeper fruit.
White
3/13/2020 - CheviotCellar wrote:
86 points
A balanced table wine. Slight mineral and more sweetness/lower acid than expected. Would not buy again.
Red
3/11/2020 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
88 points
Nice wine, though a little simple. Better at room temp with air. Nose has cherry, leather, and stone. Palate starts with sweet cherry and strawberry but is quickly followed by strong acid and tannic lift. Volcanic soils impart a pleasant, finely grained chalkiness. Finish is relatively short, with a dry citrus note that closes off the berry fruit. Aged for 3 years in cellar. No signs of degradation.
Red
3/11/2020 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
92 points
This is very nice, and a lucky pickup this week at 6 years old and $30 usd.

Nose of fresh raspberry, red currant, caramel, and limestone chalk. Palate is full-bodied, zesty and lively, sporting high acid, alcohol, ripe berry and fleshy plum, characteristic Gigondas limestone, in a very silky package. Its a loaded, concentrated wine that comes off svelte and nuanced. Easy to like and drink, with enough secondary and tertiary flavors to contemplate as you wait for the long finish to end before taking another drink. Will buy more.
Red
3/9/2020 - CheviotCellar wrote:
90 points
Pours very dark, 90% obscure reddish black. Nose has cherries, tangy yogurt, plum, and tobacco. (after 2 days of air) Taste is loaded with black berries, cassis, chocolate and wood smoke. Medium-high acid and high alcohol make this a robust wine. Tannins are easy going. Needs lots of air to achieve this experience however.

Interesting, developing wine. Day 1 we found the fruit very thin (88 rating). Days 2 and 3, the fruit palate gained significant weight but both the alcohol and acid kicked way up. I like the Day 2/3 version better due to the richer flavors but the alcohol is a bit much (91-92 rating). Recommend decanting it and keeping it cool and/or serving with spicy food, salami or strong cheeses.

Lacks the regal, refined quality I remember from the 2012 vintage. This did not seem as good a QPR, but at the same time I'm not dissuaded from trying other vintages, as long as they've been decanted several hours.
Red
3/7/2020 - CheviotCellar wrote:
85 points
Nice aroma of american oak. Palate is very thin, watery in fact. Drink cool, with spicy food or on a hot day. Drinking alone though, this has no depth or interest
Red
3/7/2020 - CheviotCellar wrote:
84 points
Nose is funky, plummy and spicy. Smells inexpensive, gets a little better with 2 hours decant. Palate is actually rich, plum and full bodied tannin.
Red
2012 Château Côte Montpezat Cuvée Compostelle Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/5/2020 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
90 points
I like this a lot. Very dry, old world style with richer fruit and nose than the 2010 vintage. In a good spot right now
Red
3/2/2020 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
89 points
95% syrah and 5% mourvedre. Nose has blackberry, fennel, and woodsmoke. Pure, primary fruit flavors of black grapes and tart red cherries. Not too spicy, floral or funky; Light tannins, medium acid, savory palate, and long, cool menthol finish.

I initially scored this an 87 but on day 2 it picked up very nice weight and stood up to a strong lemon ginger chicken dish in a positive way that I didn’t expect. This is a well made wine with a rich palate. Per the label, “give it time after opening”, like 4-6 hours or more.
White
3/1/2020 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
88 points
Organic grapes, DOCG, versatile and food friendly for $8. Enough said.
Red
2/23/2020 - CheviotCellar wrote:
87 points
Pours a very light garnet, thinner than expected. Nose is funky, herbs and purple fruits. Taste is good, food friendly, but lacks power of nearby Chateaus in this price point. Could also be that its fading, but at just past 5 years that seems unlikely. Very feminine in style, reminds me of entry-level Margaux.
Red
2/21/2020 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
93 points
Smashingly great. Have had a $44 bottle cellaring for a year, then saw these on sale today for $30 and bought the last 3 bottles. No decant, just left bottle open for 20-30 minutes. Pours deep and dark garnet. Nose is everything wonderful about Aglianico: tart cran, bright cherry, balsamic, sweet raspberry, rubber, petrol, violets, raw meat, and faint dust. Mouth coating and puckering, gripping tannins and acid. Not grainy or chalky, perfectly integrated and liquid. Finish is long, bone dry, with remaining black fruit and cinnamon bark.
Red
2/16/2020 - CheviotCellar wrote:
87 points
I don’t recognize the equivalents of these Portugese varietals but it seems mourvedre and syrah heavy. Funky and sharp now. Needs a lot of time to integrate. Acid is just right, and alcohol is medium to low, so I think the future is bright. Could become 91+ but I wouldn’t touch this again for 5-10 years.
Red
2/10/2020 - CheviotCellar wrote:
87 points
I was expecting better. The 2013 and 2014's we had contained more body and refinement. The 2015 has a loose palate. Tried the bottle over several days and seemed overly oaked and thin on juice. I don't think bottle aging will improve but who knows.
Red
1/31/2020 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
92 points
4 hr decant. Dark cranberry with orange tint. Nose is cherry, vanilla, black molasses. Great weight and texture. Thick, silky, bursting with bright, acidic fruit; cranberry, pomegranate, honey also orange, mushroom, dill. Wound a little tight, I do think this will get significantly better, more integrated with time. But there is no reason not to try it now. Very delicious now, particularly with the right food pairing.

Drank against a 2010 Macan Clasico. Completely different styles for the vintage. The Macan is a silky, showy dame. The Ardanza, a full-figured, unrefined teenager.
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Red
1/25/2020 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
90 points
This is nice, step up from the run of the mill Napa cabs. Has vivid color and densely fruited palate. 6 hour decant. Nose is sugared cassis, plum and blackberry. Palate is similar, rich fruit with a long finish. 14.3% alcohol is more prominent than expected. Would suggest drinking this with a rich, heavy dish and/or as the 2nd bottle of night.
Red
1/14/2020 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
89 points
Straightforward, clean, silky, lighter texture.Great entry-level wine to Bordeaux that is balanced and gives a good sense of what should be there without anything that shouldn’t be there, if that makes sense. The wine is precise and a great pairing for an elegant dish. Well worth the entry-price.
White
1/10/2020 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
90 points
Delicious sauvignon blanc. Dry, minimal sweetness with clean, vibrant grapefruit and fresh heirloom tomato flavors. With sashimi, the wine accentuates wasabi and is a real treat. Excellent
Red
12/28/2019 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
89 points
Purchased at Michael David shop in Lodi then cellared for 2+ years. Wine is in a good spot, doesn’t need long to open. New world in style, smooth with little tannin and with primary fruit flavors. With that said, the wine is elegant and food/people friendly.
Red
12/27/2019 - CheviotCellar wrote:
87 points
This a strange wine. Didnt like it on day 1, wife thought it was corked. Vacusealed and came back to on day 3 and it was more understandable. Nice dryness, good tannins but uninteresting palate. This was in our cellar for 2 years. Bought on recommendation of local wine store employee; entry-level wine, wouldn’t buy again.
White
12/26/2019 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
88 points
Nicely balanced, food-friendly white. A touch of tropical aromatics and palate but what makes this delicious is its mineral-driven flavors and light texture.
White
12/24/2019 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted one hour in fridge. On point with a creamy, cheesy risotto and sea bass. Orange, brassy color. Nose is oxidized cherry, oak, butter, smoke, summer heirloom tomato, brie rind, and seashell. Delightful and vivid. Palate is juicy, mature fruits... apple, apricot, quince, white cherry, and kumquat. Long finish, best with a savory dish. On its own comes across more sherry like.
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Red
2012 Château Le Grand Faurie St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/22/2019 - CheviotCellar wrote:
86 points
Picked up at Trader Joes for $20, curious to see a 7 year old Bordeaux there. Nose is nice with sugared plum, leather, and chocolate caramel. Palate is same but watery, lacks any sort of tannic structure. Acid is medium and finishes with pencil lead.

Ok QPR but wine is past its prime. Could not handle a lamb stew but did ok with chocolate dessert.

Ok for beginner bordeaux but if you drink St. Emilion regularly, would suggest passing on this.
Red
12/19/2019 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
93 points
This is a delicious wine. Decant at least an hour, as it is wound tight with massive structure (St. Julien like). Fruit becomes accessible and soft after 2-3 hours. Very little oak. Lots of acid and tannins so is killer with food and less so on its own. I see a lot of promise here and went out and bought the last 5 bottles at a local shop.
White - Sparkling
12/19/2019 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
92 points
Pale gold, fine bubbles. Nose has lemon zest, peach, clove, bread dough. Full palate and mousse. Nice dryness. Oyster shell, mineral finish. Polished champagne. Enjoyed more as it warmed up and opened.
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Red
12/16/2019 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
87 points
A gift that was in cellar for 2 years. No risk of drink date passing, wine is drinking just fine. Dark garnet colored. Needs a little air, nose is typical Mendoza malbec; fresh grape notes, juicy blackberry, slight leather and dust. Vigorous swirling kicks up some lavender and clay. Palate is smooth with plum and blackberry and very fine tannins, and finishes with a kickback of acid and alcohol. With a juicy grilled steak, this is a no brainer. I didn't have with food but seems it would play off of a good spicy Argentine chorizo, contrasting its smooth fruit.
Red
12/14/2019 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
88 points
Aromas are funky and animal upon opening. After it opens up, has good drying and acidic notes and fruit. I agree with the previous reviewer entirely on aromas and flavors.

Expected table wine quality Aglianico, if not a little better. Definitely worth the price and would buy again.
Red
12/14/2019 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
93 points
Still young but drinking nicely. Beautiful, light orange cranberry color. Highly fragrant nose has bright cherries, rose, ripe banana peel, strawberry, leather, slight smoke. Flavors are very dry with abundant, yet balanced acid. Really nice structure. Palate has dry rose petal, bitter dark chocolate, cranberries riding atop smooth, powdery tannins. Medium finish.

Delicious on its own but different dimensions appear with food or a little chocolate.

Upon opening I definitely get the burgundy comparisons. The wine is tightly wound and acidic, focused. After 30-45 minutes and onward, fruit and secondary flavors build and smooth structure emerges.

Can't wait to see how our other bottles evolve.
White
12/8/2019 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
89 points
PnP and drank over 2 hours. It definitely was better at room temperature and with air. We'll decant our next bottle.

Pale yellow. Once warmed up, shows mango, pear and violet on the nose. Palate is refined, shy at first but once warmed emerges with violet, floral herbs, mineral notes and mild acidity.

Paired with a simple roasted vegetable and chicken thigh dish, it did ok. The most fun was with fresh and dried fruits during dessert. The acidity of strawberries was particularly nice. It excels with creamy cheeses, even blue cheese.
Red
12/7/2019 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
91 points
Decanted for 3 hours then drank over the next 4 hours.

This is a very good wine, though is modern in style for Rioja. Heavy usage of American oak here somewhat disguises the underlying fruit. What I can tell though of the fruit is that its nice quality and silky.

Nose has roasted notes, tobacco, chocolate, lead.

Palate has similar along with blue and black fruits. Stronger tannins. We found them enjoyable, but you may want to wait a few years for this to settle down.

QPR at $40 seems spot on. I've heard some comparisons with La Rioja Alta Ardanza or even 904 but I don't get it; the nose complexity and tertiary flavors of LRA are a completely different class ahead. Then again, those wines don't come to market until they're 8-10 years old, so will be worth checking back on this Sierra Cantabria in 5 years to see if its matured.
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Red
2012 Château Moya Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/5/2019 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
90 points
Drinks very consistent with my note from 2017. Nose has gained a little more boxwood funk and palate more leather. Not immense density or tertiary notes, but still a QPR champ and great with or without food.

This Chateau recently was sold to a US buyer. The winemaking process was certified organic and new marketing and label implemented, along with price increase from $20 to $60 a bottle.
Red
12/5/2019 - CheviotCellar wrote:
84 points
I don’t drink Amarone often but this didn’t remind me of the style I was expecting. Perfumed, flowery nose, thin with little to no tannin. Cali Pinot noir like. Not my cup of tea though wife found it interesting. With 4 hours of air it got a little better. Better with food.
Red
11/28/2019 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
92 points
Nice to try another bottle after nearly 2 years. Had Thanksgiving night with an Italian mob movie after guests had left.

Pours much more transparent than I remember, so pale I can see my hand holding the stem through the wine. Needs an hour to open and get situated. Nose has cherries, dry leaves, and leather. Well structured with drying acid and tannins. Luscious fruit and finely balanced.
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Red
12/1/2019 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
92 points
Cork was as soft as clay and crumbled into tiny pieces. Amazingly very few got into the bottle and were easily strained on way to decanter. Lovely, powerful nose of dense black fruit and earthy forest floor. Great from the onset but smooths out after 45 minutes. Sampled over 5 hours and it didn’t let up one bit.

Palate is similar to nose with ripe fig driven flavors as the focal point. I enjoy fig flavors in wine, so this went over really well. With the right meal this could approach 93-94.
Red
2012 Château Labégorce Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/30/2019 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice bordeaux and ready to go go with very little decant. Dry and tannic with red fruits and leather, dry spices. Acid slightly higher than optimal if drinking on its own, though would be just fine with food.
Red
11/25/2019 - CheviotCellar wrote:
85 points
Was left behind at a party we had a few years back, and took from cellar now to marinate a beef roast. Tried a little, and has a pleasant dryness with tart red plum and cedar. Nose is a little sweet but the palate of this wine is balanced and fine for accompanying most dishes, though lacks complexity. Finish is uneven, and red primary fruit flavors permeate.
Red
2010 Château Côte Montpezat Cuvée Compostelle Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/23/2019 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
90 points
2nd of 3 bottles. Last had about 2 and half years ago. Cork in great shape. Came out of the bottle a little harsh and stood in abrupt contrast to the 2010 Lagrange (St. Julien) we had been drinking. Older and rustic looking, with deep red, brown and purple hues. After settling down in the decanter for almost an hour, the Montpezat's nose opened with red berries and coffee. Crunchy and medium acid, tart raspberries riding a frame of smooth chocolate mousse. Wine is drinking at its peak with no signs of letting up. Will try again in another 2 years.
Red
11/23/2019 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful, very dark purple. 1 hour decant. Nose has cherry, smoke, alcohol, cassis and boysenberry. Palate is silky smooth, loaded with blue and purple fruits, dry and acidic. Tannins slowly ramp, then accelerate into a bold, long finish. This wine can stand up to blackened food, cumin chili, and other sharper flavors. After 3 hours in decanter, adds layers of flavor, showing elegance and class well worth its price. Fun enough to drink now but I will try to wait 3-5 more years before drinking another bottle.
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Red
Bottle purchased from K&L almost 2 years ago. Kept in great condition, hand pulled the cork all in one piece. Pours very thin with a slight haze, colors of orange, brown, and red. Nose has brick/clay, walnut, leather, oxidized plum, caramel, dill and cumin. Palate is sweet mature fruit, still rather thin. Finish has slight caramel and burnt orange peel. Fun to drink a 28 year old cab franc.
Red
11/3/2019 - CheviotCellar wrote:
91 points
This is inky, very dark stuff. Don't be scared to give it a long decant, more than 4 hours if possible. It was rather closed through the first few hours and was more drinkable on day 2. It worked better with food than on its own. As dense and concentrated as the blue and black fruit flavors are, this wine is simply too hot to be considered high end. While this might work in a Rhone blend, in a 100% cab sav, it does not. Even with food, we felt this wine was too astringent and edgy (not in a good way). Time will tell if it gains tertiary flavors and complexity, but high alcohol typically doesn't bode well. For the price and tasting experience, I wouldn't buy this again.
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