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Tasting Notes for CheviotCellar

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White
1/19/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
90 points
This a heavier white with great texture and length. Pretty much as full as red grenache. Aromas are loaded with white fruits, white peach, flowers and the like. Palate is full, lots more ripe fruit, some viscosity. Acid is a touch high, so pair on the heavier side like swordfish, turkey, even lamb, red sauces, etc. The ripe fruits impart sweetness. Not a sweet wine, but a little more than expected.

Fair QPR. There are more complex white grenache blends from the Rhone for the same or less, and for a little more you can have Mogador white, some of the best in Priorat.
Red
2013 Domaine Odoul-Coquard Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
1/19/2022 - CheviotCellar wrote:
89 points
Disappointing. I held this bottle over 3 years in the cellar. It was good but not great. Nothing interesting on the nose or palate. Rather primary.
Red
2012 Torbreck The Steading Barossa Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
1/18/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
91 points
Last bottle of this vintage and it drank really well. Fruit was fully mature this time, and overall impression very elegant.
Red
1/14/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
94 points
Luscious wine. Cherries, iodine, coffee bean. Perfectly mature and pure.
Red
1/7/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
90 points
Pnp. After some strong swirls in glass, a beautiful fragrance emerges. Very enticing however the palate is super oaky and chalky, also acidic. Decanted 4 hours and more accessible. Harsh oak becomes tobacco, chalkiness is less chewy, red cherries, and floral and funky notes all on palate. Finish has more cherries and dark olives. Good complexity. I wish they used less oak here but overall a well made wine.
Red
2011 Lapostolle Clos Apalta Colchagua Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/7/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
94 points
Pnp. Dark cranberry body looking great in glass. Nose is potent: of pencil shavings, blackberry, mocha, breeze from a lavender field. Very bordeaux-esque, leaning left bank. Texture is glorious and unique, just short of viscous but not feeling oily in anyway. It is rich but earthy, which belies the palate flavors: cranberry and cassis, yes but also earth root, dust, dry chili, wet bark, and forest floor (in a smooth, fecund way). Long, dry, and complex finish.

This is a great wine. I literally can picture Chilean landscape when I take a sip and close my eyes. Nice vintage too. Not young or old, just in its prime. Drink now or hold 3 more years.
Red
12/30/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
91 points
This is nice, fully resolved oak and tannin. Color is rather clear, bricking and brown hues. Nose has raisin, caramel, coffee, praline, umami and leather. Palate is similar but has bright acid and also some savory notes, tomato jam, and faint licorice in finish. Interesting wine but not that pleasing to my palate.

Cool bottle notes: what looks to be original price sticker on it, $39.97. The cork had almost no seepage, a tiny red ring 5% the length of the total cork.
White - Sparkling
12/29/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
90 points
Hazy, pale 10k gold color. Excellent champagne flavors and good acid. Only knock is the large bubbles.
Red
2010 Château Côte Montpezat Cuvée Compostelle Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/28/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
91 points
Followed 3 bottles over 4.5 years, and this was the best. Has more life in it. Nice, earthy Bordeaux
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Red
12/28/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
92 points
Very dark body. Enticing nose of dust, balsamic, raspberry jam, chocolate bar. Oak and fruit are fading but acid remains moderate and adds some cut and interest to the wine. The fruit that is still there has an oxidative quality that’s enjoyable also. Leather and graphite are really a nice 2 hours or so in. Nice food pairing wine.
White
12/27/2021 - CheviotCellar wrote:
89 points
Had with fondue. Bottle purchased during trip to Portugal last summer. Lacked vibrancy and dimension of an earlier bottle had at restaurant in Lisbon. This bottle has some nuanced flavors but overall is pretty flat. Maybe a bottle storage issue (a lot can go wrong over 25 years). Saved half the bottle and will try again tomorrow night with seafood.

Day 2 acid is much more vigorous: lemon curd and pineapple. Very nice.
Red
12/24/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
92 points
Give it time to open. Very nice and approachable in its youth.
Red
12/21/2021 - CheviotCellar wrote:
89 points
This is a big wine. Heady aroma of ripe purple and red fruits and berries. Palate is loaded with fruit, silky from the grenache, alcohol is rather high, not much complexity at this point. Medium acid and low tannin. On its own, too rich for me. Better with food, even spicier food. Good for a party following other wines. Probably an 88 but good value at $16. One more bottle, will stash away for a couple years.
Red
12/21/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
92 points
Decadent ripe fruits. Also a hint of anise. Good value and would buy again.
White - Sparkling
12/21/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
89 points
Excellent value wine. Big nose and palate of passion fruit/maracuya. But palate is also dry and peppery. Great balance with the intense tropical fruit. First had at a Thai restaurant and loved the pairing. Found 3 bottles afterward and picked up.
Red
12/19/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
94 points
Drinking fabulous. Deep, concentrated fruit and lots of complexity, including coffee note in finish.
Red
12/17/2021 - CheviotCellar wrote:
87 points
87-88. From Portuguese grocery store. High acid and fruit. Not showing much of its 10 years age. Fine qpr but not very interesting.
Red
12/17/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
89 points
This was really nice. Glad we cellared for 3-4 years. Wine drank beautifully with grilled steak and roasted veggies. Short decant in fridge. Need to visit this winery again.
Red
2009 Goulée Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/16/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
91 points
Not as good as prior bottles but still satisfying. Nice Bordeaux notes of dried stone fruits, leather, and earth. Drink up
Red
12/16/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
92 points
Unusually dark body. Nose is heavy with black cherries, slight rosemary, pencil shavings. Overall medium complexity but alluring. Palate is smooth and fruit forward, dominated by the merlot. Tastes of more dark berries and cherries, some tobacco. Medium to medium plus acidity, pairs extremely well with food. Definitely more Italian than right bank merlot. Alcohol well integrated. Not much structure, little to no tannins is where this wine loses points for me. I do wonder if its a little past its prime. This was thrown in for free with a large wine order but I think it delivers fairly in the $60-80 range. Drink up, I don't think this will improve.
Red
12/14/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
91 points
Really fun wine, and our first Marzemino, a late-ripening, dark-skinned grape variety from Lombardy. Body is light like a pinot noir. Nose is fresh cherries and strawberries. Palate is smooth yet heavier than you'd expect from its look. Packs more of the cherries and srawberries, but also honey and mint which lets face it, are very rare for a red wine. It's enjoyable at room temp or cool, with or without food. But the wine shows different characteristics in each of these ways, making it more enjoyable and unique. Nice find and good QPR.
Red
12/14/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
90 points
89-90. Quality made and dry but just not that interesting. Compared to Bella’s 2 Hands, Torbreck or other Aussie’s in this price point, it falls flat. Just lacks complexity to punch above the $35 level (in this case $60, which it isn't worth).
Red
12/14/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
90 points
I concur with JOBU’s most recent tasting. Great value, and one of the most enjoyable young Priorat’s we’ve had.
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Red
12/12/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
91 points
Last bottle of Alfaro. So much charm and quality wine making. Balanced, everything has its place. Terrific silky fruit, peppery notes, and food friendly acid.
Red
12/10/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
93 points
Pnp and solid from get go, especially surprising for how young it is. Delicious wine in the distinctly Priorat way: gorgeous aromatics, even with a eucalyptus or juniper note that went great with decorating the Christmas tree. If I had to guess, its 50/50 Grenache and Carignan. Didn't take formal notes but this was very enjoyable and great value.
White
2020 Denis Dubourdieu Liaison Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/6/2021 - CheviotCellar wrote:
86 points
Not bad but nothing special. Half the quality and flavor of Clos Floridene.
Red
12/10/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
90 points
Pretty sure this is my first California 100% Malbec. Medium transparent with black edges. Nose is tart cherries, cran with cool blueberry, rhubarb, some leather, dried leaves. Very smooth and silky, no tannin. Abundant fruit and acid on palate. Some caramel in finish. Very bright for 10 years old.
Red
2018 Apothic Dark California Red Blend (view label images)
12/7/2021 - CheviotCellar wrote:
85 points
Pitch black body. Coffee, chocolate, caramel on nose. Palate has chocolate, raspberry coulis and coffee liquor.

It has a smooth, velvetyness at room temperature and decanted. Little to no tannin and finish is a little funky.

We dont drink this type of wine but if stranded at a small market hotel or remote area this is acceptable.
Red
2018 Prisoner Wine Company Saldo California Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
12/4/2021 - CheviotCellar wrote:
85 points
Fruit flavors are well defined and a little more exotic than most California zinfandel, showing more passion fruit. No real structure here though. No black pepper, rhubarb or other drying elements to balance with the ripe fruits, making this very one dimensional. Disappointing for the price.
Red
12/4/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
86 points
Medium transparent garnet color. Nose of red cherries, tangy smarties candy. Pleasant juicy black berry and red cherries on palate, with nice drying oak and tannins. Nice with a roast beef. Mouthfeel is a little thin or would have rated higher.

Bought at the beach, this was the only european red in the grocery store.
Red
12/2/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
90 points
Very smokey and fruit was a little tight upon opening. Evened out after an hour or so. Full flavored, medium acid. Would like to try other producers from this region
Red
12/3/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
87 points
Fine qpr. Dark and concentrated looking. Nose has oak, cassis, blackberry. Palate has dark fruits, zinger acid, drying tannins and some earthy soil. Not over the top but it is puckering. Dry side which we enjoy. Solid for the price.
Red
12/2/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
90 points
Excellent value here. The flavors won't knock your socks off with complexity, but what is there is pure, concentrated, and correct. Very dark, begins smooth but also builds to chewier tannins. The flavor profile is delineated, allowing you to pick out the grenache, syrah, and carignan characteristics. Dark fruit, anise, musky earthiness, and no alcohol burn.

I thought the wine was fine at cellar to room temperature, but it did benefit from a decant and airing 30-60 minutes. The initial glass felt thin without the air time.
Red
2012 Château Moya Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/30/2021 - CheviotCellar wrote:
92 points
So reliably delicious and not fading one bit. The most consistently good value of any wine we've ever had. Literally have gone through cases of the stuff over the last 4 years, given them away as gifts, and sadly down to just 2 more bottles. We also have some 2015s but they are more modern and lacking the earthy notes and texture of the 2012.
Red
11/28/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
92 points
Very good, polished Rioja. Very correct, and baked fruit pie aromatics are still there. It didn't hit the ethereal levels of our first bottle 4 years ago. It's possible we're drinking much better wines in comparison now, or that our palates changed, but I think this wine is either in a down phase or past its prime?
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Red
11/28/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
90 points
Scoring based on third night; the wine has immense fruit and needs lots of air to open up. Initially it had a green, unripe taste that was offputting. That went away though presenting an even palate of delicious cherry, fig, leather and chocolate.

Body is opaque. Palate is loaded, tannins supple and easy going, finish is long, and abv mostly hidden.

Would love to try this in 10 and 20 years from now.
Red
11/27/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
91 points
Immediately accessible, complex and layered st. Emilion-esque style merlot. Well aged, showing some bricking and has the tertiary notes of fig and tobacco. Very satisfying. Wish I had more.
Red
11/28/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
93 points
2nd magnum we’ve had. This was in better shape than the bottle last year. Slow oxed for 2 hours and didn't let up at all over 3 hours of drinking. All the lovely flavors from prior review plus a coffee note that I found intriguing. Good depth and quality of flavor here, balanced dryness and acidity.
Red - Fortified
11/27/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
89 points
Solid
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Red
11/23/2021 - CheviotCellar wrote:
86 points
Day 1 seemed flat and lacking fruit. Day 2 not much improvement. Day 3 with spicy green chile verde chicken it was ok and some fruit was detectable. This is not my first time being disappointed by a Washington State Syrah that came across flat and lacked body. Perhaps I’m not understanding the style?
White - Sparkling
11/24/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
92 points
Pleasant surprise, solid champagne with some uniqueness at a crowded $40 price point. Starting with color, it has just a hint of pink like a pale rose brut. Bubbles are extra tiny. Nose is full with ripe white peach and nectarine, faint banana, rich brioche. Palate is assertive, with power and medium acid, baked apple, brioche, white peach and white pepper. This could stand up to most any food flavors. Long finish
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Red
A lot to talk about concerning this wine, an equal blend of Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah and Petit Verdot.

Dark color but only 50% transparent. Nose is funky syrah, peppery and perfumy, dark berry fruit. Comes across as cheaper table wine. Palate is better, also spicy, oak driven. Fruit flavors are harsh and unpolished. Its interesting and fine with charcuterie but I could say that about a lot spanish wines at half the price.

Now lets get to Sucklings 93. Of course its laughable, 93 CT is about a 97 on sucklings scale, making this an 87-89. Suckling overscores cheap wines and for wines $100+ scores the same as Parker and everyone else. I really don’t understand why any consumer would respect his ratings. He’s a hype man for the low end and mass industry.

In the end, I didn't buy the wine because of JS, I saw the 200 CT ratings and figured it was a solid wine, which it almost is.
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Red
11/22/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
94 points
Pitch black with garnet rim. Voluptuous nose of black cherries, fig, clay dust, coffee, black pepper. Palate is concentrated with flavors: juicy bing cherry, fig, dried apricot, black pepper and clay. Vibrant, juicy fruits bursting with acidity. Phenomenal, liquid joy.
Red
11/19/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
91 points
Didnt take notes, and also didn't have proper glassware. Really good concentration of fruit and balanced drying notes. However there was a green streak flavor note that I didn't like and found distracting. I could sense the quality for the price and would love to try again with the right glass, and preferably 2 more years of bottle age
Red
11/21/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
94 points
Rockin super Tuscan with 2 hour decant. Still develops a lot in glass so am thinking this could decant 3-4 hours. Enchanting nose of black and red cherries, tomato jam, violets, lavender, very faint raisin. Palate is similar, healthy acid and savory tomato notes, some iron/blood, and iodine. Perfect blend of sweet, savory, mineral and acid. Fabulous QPR at $56.
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White - Sparkling
11/21/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
92 points
81% pinot noir,19% chardonnay. Excellent profile, lending structure to make this very food friendly. Nose has pineapple, apple, honey, brioche. Very fine bubbles bursting on palate with brioche, lemon, dried pineapple, honey suckle, and white peach. Really enjoyable and should improve with more bottle aging. We live the oxidative notes of older Scramsbergs.
Red
11/20/2021 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
88 points
This was good. Lots of ripe mountain berries and a peppery finish. Exceed my expectations for the low price.
Red
Flabby, cheap table wine. No structure even with time in decanter.
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