Tasting Notes for Bacchant

(341 notes on 241 wines)

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Red
5/23/2012 - Bacchant wrote:
91 points
Tasted blind I'd have guessed a well made CA Pinot...Lots of musty oak on the nose, and not much else. Quite light in color and body. A hint of sweetness initially greets the palate, as if this might be a typical over-the-top Aussie fruit bomb. Then tightens up considerably through the midpalate with surpisingly sharp acidity, a bit of undifferentiated spice, & even some firm, drying tannins on the relatively lean finish. Definitely serious juice. And a steal at this closeout price. Of course, I bought exactly..,one. [15% abv.; $17.00].
Red
5/7/2012 - Bacchant wrote:
91 points
Consistent with previous notes in terms of flavor profile. However, where the last bottle or two seemed to have faded a bit, the acidity in this bottle was still fresh and vibrant. [14.6% abv.; $9.50].
Red
5/12/2012 - Bacchant wrote:
93 points
Enjoyed at Fralo's with Joye & Sasha for my B-day. Bouquet was difficult to evaluate, given we were seated outside. Dark color. Blackberry flavor profile typical of big Aussie Shiraz, but with a lovely thread of acidity interwoven throughout. Fine grained, almost chalk-like, tannins & a bit of spice round out the lovely & lengthy finish. Good stuff...with lots of life left in it. [14.5% abv.; $60].
Red
4/29/2012 - Bacchant wrote:
Similar to previous bottles, but sadly, the gorgeous acidity that once filled mid-palate has faded from this bottle. Drink any remaining sooner, rather than later. [14.3% abv.; $30.00].
Red
4/8/2012 - Bacchant wrote:
89 points
This bottle seems to have held up a little better than the last. Otherwise, consistent with previous notes. [14.6% abv.; $9.50].
Red
3/15/2012 - Bacchant wrote:
92 points
Pitch black with thick legs. Deep & brooding nose of chocolate and figs or dates. Rich & oppulent on the palate. Utterly explosive finish full of spices and soft tannins. No acidity. All the 'Dooker fans out there will Love this. Received an extra point for just hitting the right spot after a long, long day of work...And a great price through the winery, to boot. [14.5% abv.; $24.00].
Red
2/17/2012 - Bacchant wrote:
90 points
Sometimes ya just need a Big Aussie Fruit Bomb...[16% abv.; $24.00].
Red
3/7/2012 - Bacchant wrote:
88 points
Decent New World Pinot. Can do better for the price. [14.5% abv.; $23.50].
Red
2/12/2012 - Bacchant wrote:
83 points
Whether past its prime, or in some sort of "dumb phase," this bottle was simply underwhelming in just about every respect. [14% abv.; $33.50].
Red
2/10/2012 - Bacchant wrote:
82 points
While drinkable, this bottle was defnitely "Off." [14.6% abv.; $9.50].
Red
1/27/2012 - Bacchant wrote:
87 points
Consistent with previous notes. [15.6% abv.; $21.00].
Red
1/27/2012 - Bacchant wrote:
89 points
Consistent with previous notes. [60% Shiraz/40% Cab.; 14.5% abv; $10.00].
Red
1/8/2012 - Bacchant wrote:
88 points
Dark color. Unremarkable both on the nose & upon entry. A bit of sweetness emerges through the midpalate. Some spiciness and very pleasantly drying tannin then come through on the back...As with this producer's White Table wine, this comes across as a very "manufactured wine," i.e., blended very deliberately. Still, all told, quite decent & palatable. [14.2% abv.; $18.00].
Red
1/3/2012 - Bacchant wrote:
90 points
Bigger and more spicy than our last bottle. Just more of everything you expect of this producer. [15.4% abv.; $19.00].
Red
1/7/2012 - Bacchant wrote:
89 points
Solid New World Pinot. Consistent with previous notes. A steal at this closeout price. [14.5% abv.; $10.00].
Red
12/31/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
89 points
Typical dark, extracted, heavily-oaked CA Pinot. Big black cherry & spice notes on the palate, with no acidity & little tannin. In no way bad, but replicable at half the price. Disapointing QPR. [14.5% abv.; $39.00].
Red
12/25/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
89 points
Chistmas dinner w/family [accompanied by an `04 Rosenblum Monte Rosso Vyd]. Self-described as "dark, inky, & concentrated." Actually shown to be quite traditional in style. Plenty of acidity through the midpalate & tannins on the back. Somewhat non-descript for a CA Syrah; No game meat notes & the only spiciness detected seemed to come from its oak, not its fruit. Undoubtedly well-made, but questionable QPR. [15.9% abv.; $39.00?].
Red
12/17/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
86 points
Desiring something delicious, we opened this. Though not as "big" as past vintages, similar in style. Loads of blackberry up front, a hint of sweetness through the midpalate, and a little heat to go along with the soft tannin on the back. No acidity. Cotie Not for the faint of heart. Cote-Rotie it ain't,...but that certain "delicious factor" is undeniable. [16% abv.; $24.00].
Red
12/9/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
89 points
Dark, brooding, richly oaked, and powerful dark fruit. Reminiscent of a `Dooker, but with a shade less blackberry, a hint of game through the mid-palate, and some really nice tannins to go along with all that savory spice on the back. Very nice everyday Syrah. [15.5 abv.; $18.00].
Red
12/3/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
91 points
Lighter in color than our last bottle. On the nose there's more cranberry & cedar, than cola & root beer. The flavors are less jammy and there's more acidity & tannins. Decent purity, if not depth, of fruit; predominantly spiced cranberry. A bit of heat also shows through on the back. Mix this bottle with the last, and the concoction would've been perfect. [14.3% abv.; $24.00].
Red
11/24/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
93 points
A bit lighter in color than many CA Pinots I have had. True garnet, with a clear ruby hue. Unremarkable nose, apart from a little fresh cranberry. Light to medium bodied. Never over-oaked. Palate exhibits great purity & depth of fruit, which is never over-blown. Some spicy flavors emerge early, along with some tangy acidity through the mid-palate. That said, the finish IS remarkable. Perhaps unlike any other bottle of CA Pinot I've ever tasted, the back of this vino blossoms into a grogeous crescendo of spice, tannin, oak & fruit. Nothing overstated to call it Explosive...Beautifully balanced wine. [14.9% abv.; $87.50].
White
11/24/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
90 points
Perhaps just a bit past its prime. Darker in color than our last bottle, and the slight greenish hue has faded. Nose still exhibits that classic ZH "cleanliness," along with some delicate floral & tropical notes. Lighter in body than this producer's entry level Pinot Gris & Gewurtz., but remarkably similar flavors; spiced lychee, fresh pineapple, & melon predominate. Still holding onto decent acidity throughout...So, drink `em if ya got `em. [12.5% abv.; $24.00].
Red
10/17/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
87 points
Decent everyday drinker. [15.5% abv.; $18.00].
Red
10/7/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
85 points
Consistent with previous notes. Surprisingly tart and tannic for Rosenblum. [15.4% abv.; $19.00].
Red
10/15/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
88 points
Consistent with previous notes. [14.6% abv.; $9.50].
White
10/14/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
87 points
Pale golend color. Tropical nose mixed with a healthy dose of kerosene. Shows nice, tingly acidity up front, with primary flavors of lime, petrol, and effervescent pineapple. Unfortunately, everything fades during the midpalate, and the finish is short and unremarkable. Pass for the price. [8.5% abv.; $18.50].
Red
2009 Penfolds Rawson's Retreat Shiraz Cabernet South Eastern Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
10/10/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
83 points
Not sure when I drank this. That said, the 2001 vintage of this bottling is what captured my imagination and began my journey into wine. Either that was a spectacular year or my tastes have changed. Not as impressed as I was when I was younger. Either way, TY Penfolds for opening me up to the world of wine...[?% abv.; $7.50].
Red
10/10/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
87 points
Not as good as past bottles from other vintages, but still, not bad. [?? abv.; $9.00].
Red
9/25/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
89 points
PnP'd @ room temp. Definitely cut from Rosenblum cloth. Dark. Oaky. Nose reminiscent of spiced caramel. Medium-bodied. Lovely depth of spicy fruit up-front, a touch of acidity through the mid-palate, then tightens up with just enough on the finish to keep things from being one dimensional. Good zin! [15.3% abv.; $24.00].
Red
8/12/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
88 points
Working from memory here, but as I call this was quite good. Much like their 08, but with a little better acidity, and decent spiciness. [??% abv.; $9.00].
White
8/18/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
90 points
Puports to be Alsatian in style. I agree. Pale gold color. Mildly floral/tropical nose. Gorgeous acidity, throughout. Slightly oily in texture. Not quite the weight or depth of flavor as, say, a Zind Humbrecht, but similar flavor profile. Not bad. [13% abv.; $19.00].
Red
8/18/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
88 points
Consistent with previous notes. [14.6% abv.; $9.50].
Red
7/26/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
88 points
Drank with Ron & Joye. Consistent with previous notes.
Red
8/9/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
88 points
Consistent with previous notes.
Red
7/15/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
89 points
Nearly identical to our previous bottles. Though heavy on oak & lacking in Pinot typicity, the blance of acidity & tannins remains wonderful. Decent spice. And little heat, which I didn't find last time. All told, very well made wine. [14.7% abv.; $23.50].
Red
7/4/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
88 points
Dark color to the rim, little thinning. Rich, plush fruit up front. Decent spice through the midpalate & finish. Moderate tannins. No acidity. LOVED our first bottle, and have been "chasing the dragon" ever since. Still, for the price, who can quibble? [14.6% abv.; $7.50].
Red
6/29/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
87 points
Opened on a whim to celebrate a friend's new job. PnP'd @ 55 degrees. Dark, but not opaque, color. The nose, apart from a bit of musty cedar, is unremarkable. Light in mouthfeel, despite fairly thick legs. Plenty of acidity throughout, but on the back the tannins are subdued and the finish is short. Palate comes across initially as something like a gently mulled cherry cider...with an appreciable hole in the middle. With air & time the wine picks up a little weight, the hole in the middle subsides, but a lack of Zin-spiciness persists. Our 3rd Turley from `05. All have been similar in style. And quite frankly, I don't get the hype. Is it good? Sure. Is it Forty Bucks worth of good? Hell No. [15% abv.; $40.00].
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Red
6/25/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
90 points
Consistent w/previous notes. Fairly dark, with cleary ruby hue. Huge oak, spice, & funk on the nose. Identical flavor profile. A little non-descript in terms of fruit, unless "funk" qualifies as fruit. Off-dry through the midpalate, but turns nicely tannic on the back. Easy-drinker. [14.5% abv.; $10.00].
Red
6/19/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
88 points
Dark burgundy color, with a clear ruby hue. Oak, oak, & more oak on the nose, and not much else. Palate was rather restrained for an Aussie Shiraz, at least initially. Good purity--though not necessarily depth--of fruit. Blackberries mostly. Also didn't find much black pepper, which was disappointing. Appreciably tart, and somewhat tannic, finish. The bottle's second half was "bigger", due perhaps to air & time. Last glass finished like a slightly better balanced Mollydooker. Did pair well with bacon-wrapped filets, well-trimmed baked potatoes & fresh corn on the cob. That said, even at this price, not sure I'd go back for more. [14.5% abv.; $30.00].
White
6/18/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
91 points
Pale golden color. Thick, oily legs. Sublte pine needles & pink grapefruit on the nose. Similar flavors echoed on the palate, along with some melon & fresh pineapple. A thread of acidity is woven throughout, but is never sharp. As it warms, sweeter tropical notes emerge. Had thrown some tartaric cyrstals. Precisely what you'd expect from Dave Phinney's take on Sauvignon Blanc. [14.5% abv.; 94% Sauvignon Blanc, 2% Muscat, 4% Semillon; $25.00].
Red
6/15/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
85 points
2 of 4. Dark color. Tremendous musty oak on the nose. Ripe, brambly fruit upon entry. Decent, if soft, tannins on the back...And a Huge Hole in between. It's as if this wine attempted to be a Rosenblum, and just didn't quite make it. As bland as our first bottle. [15.3% abv.; $24.00].
Red
6/11/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
89 points
Dark in color, with a bit of bricking around the rim. Musty, spicy cedar notes on the nose. Rich--but not overpowering--black cherry upon entry. Then shows extremely well-integrated oak, Pinot spices, & lovely drying tannins on the back. New World, with a touch of finesse. [14.6% abv.; $9.50].
Red
6/5/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
88 points
4 of 8. Lush brambly fruit, well-integrated oak, & nice firm tannins on the back. Lacked the bright acidity of our first bottle, but still a great wine for the price. [14.6% abv.; $7.50].
Red
6/3/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
84 points
3rd of 8. First bottled rocked. The second, not so much. This effort was more like No. 2 (pun acknowledged, if not intended). [14.6% abv.; $7.50].
Red
5/30/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
92 points
Extremely dark & viscous in appearance. Smoky & faintly pruney nose, which initially is somewhat underwhelming. Full bodied mouthfeel. Deep, rich, brambly fruit upon entry & through the midpalate. Then loads of zesty oak, baking spices, & just enough gripping tannins all come together to create a finish that's both firm & peppery. Moderate acidity. Not for the faint of heart...definitely a Big Boy. [15.5% abv.; $31.00].
Red
5/29/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
87 points
Not quite as exceptional as our first bottle, which was purchased from the same lot. More simple & jammy, with less acidity, tannic structure, & pepper at the end. Still, at this price point, a decent QPR. [14.6% abv.; $7.50].
Red
5/22/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
90 points
It's said there are no good vintages, just good bottles. Well, here I bumped into a great bottle...Dark in color, but not opaque. Deep, musty oak on the nose, & not much else. Beautiful palate: Rich, brambly fruit upon entry, but never overpowering or jammy. Brightly acidic through the midpalate, but never tart. Pleasantly tannic on the back, but never bitter. And absolutely gorgeous black pepper rounds out the very end. Have paid far more, for far less...Definitely going back for more. [14,6% abv.; $7.50].
Red
5/13/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
90 points
My 2nd AP, and I see a pattern here: medium dark, but not opaque, color. Traditional Pinot nose of smoke, cedar & spices. Slighty effervescent upon entry...which subsides with air & time. Flavors initially are somewhat nondescript--at least for a wine self-styled as "bold, [&] complex." I got tart cherry and that's about it. Still, whatever fruit is there transitions early into a brightly acidic midpalate and finishes with some pretty spices and firm, drying tannins. Lovely structure, decent balance. Straddles the line between New & Old World styles very nicely. [14.7% abv.; $49.00].
Red
4/30/2011 - Bacchant wrote:
89 points
Medium dark color, with a quite clear ruby hue. Pretty, if not particularly deep, nose of cranberry, spicy oak, a bit of funk, & some alcohol. Still quite tight on the palate, with moderate acidity & pronounced tannins. Decent depth of fruit; however, the flavors are simple & nondescript. In fact, if tasted blind, I may not have pegged this as Pinot at all. Certainly not Premium Pinot. For the price, I would expect more. [14.7% abv.; $54.00].
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