Tasting Notes for cagold

(43 notes on 42 wines)

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Red
8/17/2011 - cagold wrote:
Agree with Chriskrueger. Dead. Now down the drain...
Red
1/13/2011 - cagold wrote:
Extremely nice wine, but opened well before its time... needs another 7 - 10 years to let the tannins soften.
Red
12/23/2010 - cagold wrote:
92 points
Outstanding fruit and earth, with a good finish. This puppy needs another 5 - 10 years.
Red
12/23/2010 - cagold wrote:
88 points
extremely light and thin, delicate and floral.
Red
2007 Château Franc La Rose St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/22/2010 - cagold wrote:
83 points
A bit thin and acidity for my taste. Did not improve overnight.
Red - Fortified
2005 St. Francis Port Sonoma County Port Blend (view label images)
12/17/2010 - cagold wrote:
85 points
Good warm fruit. Lots of vanilla on the finish. Not very sweet. Tried to make a reduction with this bottle, but it never thickened, even after reducing to about 1/5 of original... not enough sugar?
Red
12/12/2010 - cagold wrote:
95 points
This wine is drinking perfectly right now. The nose on this is wine is a powerful blend of delicate fruit scents. The tannins are soft and integrated. An amazing wine (was 'voted' better than the 98 in our tasting.
Red
12/27/2009 - cagold wrote:
84 points
A few years outside the CT consumption window, this wine still drinks well (but if you have any left, drink it *yesterday*). The blackberry and cherry remain structured with fair amount of heat. A very accaptable table wine.
Red
12/18/2009 - cagold wrote:
91 points
Agreeing with ORWines: Definitely drink now. And enjoy it thoroughly. This is a great example of the art and craft of small batch winemaking.
Red
11/6/2009 - cagold wrote:
Not as big and complex as other vintages. Hold at least one more year before tasting again.
Red
11/29/2009 - cagold wrote:
88 points
Earthy, big and chewy. Nice balanced tannins. Went well with a beef stew. A solid bottle of wine for $20.
Red
11/18/2009 - cagold wrote:
Popped and poured, and that was a mistake. First night I almost poured it down the sink and wondered what I was going to do with the other 5 bottles I had. But the next night the wine had turned for the better. Much better. Probably one of the best $8 bottles on the market, so long as you give it some time -- like 24 hours! It's not complex, but very drinkable.
Red
10/24/2009 - cagold wrote:
89 points
Good fruit and well balanced. Not nearly as good as the 2004, but a very solid wine.
Red
10/24/2009 - cagold wrote:
94 points
Truly an outstanding bottle of wine. Writing these notes a week late, I won't try to describe except to say that in terms of power, it held its own with a David Fulton Petite Sirah -- perhaps a touch bigger. THe wine is simply "classy." We all agreed that this could lay down for another five years. Just hope I have the patience for that.
Red
10/24/2009 - cagold wrote:
92 points
Cherry with a bit of orange on the nose. Wonderful middle-of-the-road fruit, good Oregon terroir combine with a light acidity to make a good, solid, wonderful, wine. This wine can be proudly served to your most discerning guests. I would say "drink now."
Red
10/11/2009 - cagold wrote:
74 points
The nose is alcohol and earth. Very tannic. Flavored of leather and acid. No fruit to speak of. Long acidic finish.
Rosé
9/20/2009 - cagold wrote:
82 points
Top seller at Topline this summer. Surprising. Good nose, but not my favorite flavors. Nice dry wine, but too monodimensional.... no depth of flavor. Fine for a large party.
Red
9/19/2009 - cagold wrote:
83 points
Just needed one more bottle to go with desert, and this was the call. Very sweet, but with a huge body of flavor behind that sweetness. It's very much a "local Sonoma wine." Hold remainder for at least one year before tasting again. This wine should get even better with a little time.
Red
9/20/2009 - cagold wrote:
93 points
Sweet. Vanilla, cherry, some spice on the finish. Really good desert wine. Will look for more.
White
9/15/2009 - cagold wrote:
80 points
Too much acid without other flavors to carry it. Drinkable, but would not purchase again unless <$8
Red
9/10/2009 - cagold wrote:
89 points
This wine needs some more time in the bottle. Great potential. Try it in another 18 mos and see where it's at.
Red
8/13/2009 - cagold wrote:
92 points
Let this baby breathe! And DRINK NOW. If this wine is not right at its peak, it's just *barely* past it -- but is still really, really good. I am writing this note 3 days after consumption so I won't try to give details, but will say at this age that it still has a fantastic nose and it needs about an hour in a decanter for the fruit to come out of hiding. Be patient with it. If you drink it immediately or even shortly after opening you will be disappointed. But it just needs some air to turn into an outstanding wine. And it's a Merlot for g*d's sake! Wish I had another bottle of this.
Red
8/9/2009 - cagold wrote:
89 points
An extremely reliable bottle of wine.
Red
8/6/2009 - cagold wrote:
94 points
Beautiful color. Strong and very pretty nose (lots of fruit and chocolate). An amazingly powerful and complex Cab Franc. It wouldn't win in a battle, but it is definitely in the same class as Quintarelli's Alzero which probably defines Cab Franc. Lots of fruit and chocolate. Good spices mixing the two together. And changing with each moment. I sure wish I had more of this.
Red
2004 Kathryn Kennedy Lateral California Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/6/2009 - cagold wrote:
90 points
Good blend of grapes. A light and fruity front pallet ends up dense and chewy at the end.
Red
8/8/2009 - cagold wrote:
Extremely dense and vibrant, but very dark purple. Nose of sawdust and alcohol when first opened, but that mellows
Not a lot of fruit anywhere on the pallet, but strong taste of ...
White
6/14/2009 - cagold wrote:
All pine, all the time.
Red
6/8/2009 - cagold wrote:
80 points
Popped and poured... Wine is fairly dark -- a really beautiful garnet with (unfortunately) a tinge of brown in it (no distracting, just notice it when put to the light). Lots of alcohol on the nose, along with grape, orange and grass. The pallet is nothing special. A very average wine on its own. Probably need to taste with food.
White
5/31/2009 - cagold wrote:
84 points
Very faint hint of peach and rose on the nose. Grapefruit and a little banana. A bit acidity and sharp on the front of the pallet, but mellows to a pleasant banana and honey-based taste (not sweet at all, just those are the tones that I taste).
White
5/28/2009 - cagold wrote:
88 points
Extremely light colored White Rioja. Nose of melon...on the cantaloupe/honeydew side. It's a very simple, clean, straightforward wine. Simple fruit pallet is bit hot with alcohol. Nice to sip, but even better with food. It's outstanding with Artichoke (which gives it some sweetness and adds complexity and removes some of the alcohol's heat). Do NOT have basil with this wine -- yuck -- they just don't pair well! That said, it's a very nice wine.
White
5/17/2009 - cagold wrote:
It wouldn't be fair for me to give this wine a rating. I really appreciate what the winemaker accomplished with this wine. It wasn't easy. But s/he didn't do it with my pallet in mind. The nose consists of complicated *alternating notes* of peach and lemon, both over a base of grapefruit. The wine has an amazing mouth feel. There are amazing flavors of melon and peach over a base of honey. There is some honeysuckle in there, too. The flavors linger into an orange that never falls off! It's amazing. It's extremely complex No oak at all (hallelujah!). If I could stop there, I would, and I'd give this wine a 93+. But, unfortunately, all of these wonderful flavors are blended with a tar taste that I just don't care for. Everyone else at the table appreciated it, but it just wasn't my cup-o-tea. For my pallet (and the price) this would reduce the wine to an 83. Rather than splitting the difference, I'll let you be the judge.
Rosé
5/24/2009 - cagold wrote:
89 points
This wine went really well with spiced, smoked mussels. The nose totally betrays this wine -- almost nothing there, but lots of good fruit (lemon/grapefruit/melon) on the pallet.
Rosé
5/23/2009 - cagold wrote:
84 points
A nice Rose, good berry and melon flavors. Esp. Strawberries, but it had some vegetal notes that simply didn't belong.
White
5/22/2009 - cagold wrote:
88 points
Very light color. Nose of apples and roses. Very crisp mouth feel with a pleasant lingering acidity. The taste is extremely light and of lemon and apple. Absolutely no oak (hallelujah!) There's really not a whole lot going on here, but it's EXTREMELY drinkable. And for $7? Buy a case! This is a fantastic everyday summer vino.
White
5/24/2009 - cagold wrote:
91 points
This is an extremely interesting wine. It has a sweet hit on the tip of the tongue, and then immediately goes BONE DRY. It truly is a wonderful dry Riesling. Pricey but worth it. That said, I've not had it retain this dryness with served with food. Not surprisingly, when served with a dish containing artichokes, it turned into a fairly sweet wine. But a few days later, when served with spaghetti carbonara and soft shell crab, it also turned to the sweeter side. Next time I'll just have it as a drinking wine w/o food so it retains its wonderful dry quality.
Red
5/4/2009 - cagold wrote:
91 points
An amazingly complex Zin that is sure to get even better with a little bottle aging. The previous reviewers are spot-on.
White
3/31/2009 - cagold wrote:
89 points
Nose of grapefruit and orange. Forward, it's very tart with lemon which mellows down to a buttery note. The tartness of the citrus lingers nicely on the finish. Fairly full-bodied, this wine could stand up to some food with lots of herbs.
Red
3/27/2009 - cagold wrote:
83 points
Some grass and terroir on the nose. Nothing too exciting there. The wine starts quite alcoholic and acid. It relaxes on the mid-pallet with raspberry, apricot and a touch of cherry. The finish is a bit drying from the alcohol. Probably a very nice table wine for non-wine lovers.... There is absolutely nothing objectionable about this wine. It just could be "anywine." Served at a party, I could drink it without wincing...
Red
3/21/2009 - cagold wrote:
82 points
Beautiful dark color. Not a lot on the nose but some faint cedar, a tiny bit of berry and faint alcohol. The wine itself is pleasant enough with flavors of blackberry, blueberry and maybe a hint of lemon? Short finish with very few tannins. Nothing objectionable at all about the wine. For the price, I can't complain, but there's nothing tremendously special about this wine.
White
3/16/2009 - cagold wrote:
84 points
Nose is light lemon and grapefruit. Taste is some lemon, some grapefruit, some grass and a bit of acid. Lingering grapefruit finish. It's a nice "everyday" white on its own without food.
White
3/15/2009 - cagold wrote:
83 points
Beautiful floral nose with an extremely slight *hint* of turpentine... not enough to be a deal-breaker, but just enough to keep it interesting. Wine is fairly crisp with flavors of orange, grapefruit and hints of lemon BUT, unfortunately, that turpentine taste is there (well, I've never had turpentine, but it does taste of turpin hydrate cough syrup), and without food, it's not such a nice flavor. With food, however (an artichoke and garlic butter), that taste is masked, and this is a nice wine, but not a great wine. Probably won't buy it again.
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