Tasting Notes for dching

(259 notes on 237 wines)

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Red
9/21/2017 - dching Likes this wine:
94 points
Superb CdP. Showing an excellent balance of bright red and dark fruit wonderfully integrated with subtle oaking and delicate tertiary forest floor and mushroom notes. Drinking very well now but with plenty of life left.
Red
10/18/2016 - dching wrote:
flawed
Barely drinkable. This bottle had aged prematurely despite being kept in a Eurocave since purchase. Lacking in any depth or length.
Red
2012 Querciabella Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
7/11/2016 - dching Likes this wine:
92 points
Highly enjoyable. Very drinkable and elegant. Full of black cherry fruit, wild herbs with subtle charred oak notes. Medium bodied and modern in style. Very soft tannins. Not overly complex but a great example of a high quality Annata. Drink now in case that wonderful fruit starts to fade.
Red
4/13/2016 - dching wrote:
88 points
I agree with last comment. This has really lost intensity and interest with age. Definitely drink now.
White
3/28/2015 - dching wrote:
flawed
Opened and came out brownish and very cloudy. Never seen that before. Oxidised apple juice? Very disappointing.
Red
11/7/2014 - dching wrote:
87 points
Deep dark fruited and full bodied. Concentrated notes of bramble, plum, blackcurrant, blackberry and dark chocolate. Tannins are still pretty firm and a little drying. Reasonable acidity. Medium length. Good but a little one dimensional and still very primary characteristics.
White - Off-dry
7/24/2014 - dching wrote:
85 points
Medium intensity showing citrus, stony mineral notes. Relatively neutral flavour profile - some lemon, lime, green apple. High acidity masking the off dry sugar levels.
White
5/5/2014 - dching wrote:
90 points
Deep gold in colour. Feared this may be over oxidised like previous bottle but was fine just aging gracefully. Medium intense nose dominated by a mushroom earthy note with baked apple, pear and hints of smoke and vanillin oak char. Palate is full bodied and showing more intensity and freshness with a greater balance of primary and tertiary notes. Sweet yellow apple, pear with citrus notes of lemon/lime. Mushroom, forest floor. Subtle oaking complement gives a roundness and creaminess to the finish. Very enjoyable and balanced flavour profile with good concentration but a found a little lacking in acidity and hence unfortunately this impacts the length of finish. Good but probably just past its peak. Drink now. May well have been c.92 at peak.
White
12/8/2013 - dching wrote:
flawed
Deep gold. Cardboard nose. Premox i am afraid.
Red
2004 Andrew Will Sheridan Vineyard Yakima Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/8/2013 - dching Likes this wine:
92 points
I did not have great expectations when opening given the CT rating and so opened mid week. After one nose I was sold. A beautifully crafted left bank Bdx style blend, which could be forgiven for confusing with a 2009 St Julien. Big nose of ripe black currant with classic cedar, cigar box undertones. The palate is equally impressive as the concentrated sweet black fruit gives way to layers of dried plums, menthol herbal flavours. A lively acidity gives this wine balance, poise and surprising length. Medium bodied. The tannins are noticeable, firm but fine grained still offering plenty of framework for further maturity. Sheridan is clearly a potentially top vineyard and in the hands of a top producer capable of great things. The vines I understand were only 9 years old making this wine even more notable. Very good.
Red
10/3/2013 - dching wrote:
89 points
An interesting Sangiovese from a top cool climate Aussie producer. Deep ruby with a degree of browning on the rim. Big aromas of red fruit, cranberries, pomegranate, cherries (mostly cooked or dried rather than ripe); a real savoury note of gazpacho, Worcester sauce, breakfast tea; a little hint of grass and sage. Strange but interesting. The palate is full bodied. Sweet cherries and prunes on the entry, followed by a sourness alongside hints of medicinal and savoury flavours - tomato soup, figs, sour cherries. Medium plus length. The tannins are now fine and well integrated. Good acidity provides significant length. Difficult to score this one as you will either love or hate. Lots of concentration and interesting flavours; but not elegant or fine as you would expect. It is definitely a Chianti on heat. Not really for me as I love the silkiness, refinement and subtle herbaceousness and shere drinkability of a good Chianti or Brunello. If you like big flavours and concentration then you will probably love it. Drinking well now and probably at peak now and for next 2-3 years.
White
9/16/2013 - dching Likes this wine:
91 points
A super wine at this price point (£6.99 in UK). Vibrant lemon and lime alongside ripe melon and peach fruit. Honeyed richness. Grassy and floral. Mineral note (slate?) Good concentration and complexity on both nose and palate. Lively acidity providing surprising length. 91 overall but 94 / 95 at this steal of a price.
White
9/2/2013 - dching Likes this wine:
91 points
Fuller and riper than the 2010 Goutte D'Or from the same producer, but offering less elegance and minerality. Intense gun smoke on the nose with white stone fruit, melon and a hint of tropicality. Medium-full bodied with intense flavours but a little down in acidity compared to the excellent 2010's which offer greater length and refinement. A good premier cru Merusault showing the typicity of the ripe 2009 vintage. Approachable now but with 1 year or two bottle age the smokeness of the oak char should be better integrated and less dominant.
White
8/19/2013 - dching Likes this wine:
92 points
Good intensity on the nose of floral and citrus notes married to spicy nutty oak. This wine has excellent balance with c. 30% new oak. A new producer to me but very impressed. Intense apple and citrus fruit, delicate oaking against a steely stony backbone, with a long tingling finish. Rich yet nervous. If you like terroir driven wines rather than overoaked buttery chardonnay seek this one out. Very good.
Red
4/16/2013 - dching wrote:
91 points
Good intensity of black fruit and spice on the nose. Still mostly primary notes. Impressive concentration on the palate if lacking in real complexity at present. Fruit driven with well integrated oak spice and char flavours. A little herbaciousness but not much. Medium plus length. Tannins are softening well but still plenty of scope for future development. Would keep for further 3-4 years before opening another.
White
4/13/2013 - dching Likes this wine:
93 points
Very good. Intense and well balanced. Lots of classic burgundian flavours - citrus, honey, almond / hazlenut, minerality and toasted oak. Good length and medium + bodied. Just beautifully made and subtle oaking. Impressive. Drinking very well now and for next 2 years atleast.
White
3/31/2013 - dching Likes this wine:
92 points
Intense and concentrated. A fuller richer style of riesling on show here. Bone dry. Green to yellow apples, honeysuckle, honey, jasmine, slate. Still quite primary in character but showing excellent potential for aging. Very good length. Drink now just but will be more complex with atleast 3 years. Very impressed.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2/11/2013 - dching Likes this wine:
92 points
Deep gold. Wonderfully intense and long. Mandarins, marmalade, honey, maple syrup, hazlenuts, almonds, jasmine, chamomile tea, brandy snaps. Rich and complex but with superb balance and tingling acidity. Very good. Drinking very well now. Showing a good degree of development but no rush.
White
2/11/2013 - dching wrote:
90 points
Deep gold. The nose was a little muted and primary. Green apple, honey, peach and jasmine. Palate is an improvement. Rich and full. Additional notes of almond, marmalade, yellow apple, pear, apricot and summer flowers. Med+ length. Lovely acid backbone. Not sure I would keep for any longer.
Red
2/11/2013 - dching Likes this wine:
92 points
Mid garnet red with significant amber rim. Elegant and silky in style. Lots of intense strawberry, raspberry red fruits with classic savoury farmyard, truffle and mushroom layers on the nose. Medium bodied. Good concentration and length. In addition I noted mint, liquorice, green tea and leaf mulch over time. Classic Vosne.
Red
2/11/2013 - dching Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent for the vintage. Lots of complexity and layers. Red and black fruit, bacon, black olive, thyme, liquorice, mint and sage. More feminine and approachable than the 2006. Drinking well now but the tannins would benefit another 2-3 years to soften and for more evolution.
Red
1/26/2013 - dching wrote:
88 points
Medium to full bodied. Very savoury nose and palate. The fruit is dried rather than ripe - raspberries, bramble, cranberry. Bacon, mushroom, liquorice, thyme. Lacks a bit on the finish and complexity.
Red
2008 Ca' Marcanda (Gaja) Magari Toscana IGT Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/3/2012 - dching wrote:
87 points
Medium to Full bodied. Structured and polished Tannins. Dominated by oak char, liquorice and spice notes. Some pleasant and fresh black bramble, sour cherry fruit but lacking real intensity on palate and very muted on the nose. Medium length only. Comes across slightly lean and easy drinking. Expected a good deal more. Disappointing VFM and a pass.
White
12/2/2012 - dching Likes this wine:
90 points
Very good quality Condrieu, showing typical Viognier traits of white stone fruit, apple blossom, mandarin with a honeyed hazlenut taste. Perhaps lacking the intensity and acidic edge to be truly top class. Perhaps at best now.
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Red
11/23/2012 - dching wrote:
86 points
Slightly more length and complexity than previous bottle. No more than basic village level though. Drink now. At best.
Red
11/11/2012 - dching wrote:
88 points
Deep garnet, only a little evidence of aging. Typical sangiovese nose of dark sour cherries, meat, leather and herbal tea notes. Good if not great intensity. Palate is dominated by the high tannin, which I found very unintegrated and makes more than one glass a little tiring. Clearly not ready, but i would have concerns over the tannins softening and not drying out in time for there to be much fruit left. Palate flavours are predominated by liquorice and new oak especially the finish, with the interesting cherry, coffee, mushroom, olive, thyme, floral, tomato leaf elements unfortunately taking a back seat. Difficult to rate at this stage, it could be much better in the long term. There is certainly lots of concentration and good acidity for a 2003. Certainly keep in the cellar for atleast another 3-5 years. Fingers crossed.
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Red
11/6/2012 - dching wrote:
88 points
Medium bodied for a Malbec. Quite closed nose of predominately primary plum fruit and a little savoury notes. More concentration on the palate, but lacking real depth and complexity. Enjoyable none the less, with ripe plum, blackberry and bramble fruits and a musky, meaty, earthy savouriness. Medium + length with good acidity and structured tannins. Average value for the price point. Drinking well now but would benefit from 2-4 years bottle age.
Red
2008 Terras d'Alter Outeiro Vinho Regional Alentejano Red Blend (view label images)
10/28/2012 - dching wrote:
91 points
Consistent notes with previous bottle. Perhaps the alcohol was more noticeable than before so knocked down a point. Very good.
White
10/28/2012 - dching wrote:
93 points
Very impressive. Intense with lots of complex sweet ripe peach, yellow apple fruit, english pears; almond nuts and a honeyed maple syrup rich mid palate. The oaking is very well done adding richness and complexity without suffocating the ripe flavours. Highly enjoyable and long with all the components in wonderful harmony. The best godello i have tried. In fact the best Spanish white I have tried!
White
10/19/2012 - dching wrote:
92 points
Classic sauvignon characteristics of grass, hay, nettles and gooseberry. But i also get a good deal of ripe lime and melon fruit especially on the palate. Good intensity on both nose and palate, with very good concentration of flavours. As previous taster noted, the wine is quite full and rich for a Sancerre. Length is also impressive, with lots of lingering acidity leaving a chalky and stony mineral finish. An excellent sauvignon blanc (of which i must admit i normally find quite uninspiring and one dimensional). Recommended. An top notch Sancerre. The QPR is good if not great at £20 or $30. Drinking very well now...but would definitely benefit from some bottle age to develop more complexity...but saying that you may lose the lovely fruit...decisions...decisions!
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Red
10/15/2012 - dching wrote:
88 points
Medium bodied. Some intensity on the nose. Red fruits and mushroom. Not overly complex.

More complexity on the palate. Sweet raspberries and plums with savoury animal hints - bacon fat, mushroom, chocolate. Tobacco leaf and smoke. Marked acidity perhaps making this feel a little lean backed up by a green capsicum note. Medium plus length. Medium bodied. Tannins are very soft and offer limited structure, suggesting a wine for drinking now.
Red
10/15/2012 - dching wrote:
91 points
Medium ruby with only a little orange tinge. Good intensity on the nose. Very savoury and little fruit - mushrooms, truffle, blackcurrant leaf with some cooked fig, prune, strawberries. Lots of tertiary evolution. Slight hint of VA.

Palate - Lively acidity. Medium bodied. Tannins are now well integrated giving a silky mouth feel. Medium intensity on the palate, with again fungal notes and cooked red fruit. A minty, eucylyptus note. Only a hint of oak. Length is long. Very good now and perfectly in drinking window.
Red
2008 Terras d'Alter Outeiro Vinho Regional Alentejano Red Blend (view label images)
10/4/2012 - dching wrote:
92 points
Deep ruby in colour.

Lots of intense black fruit and eucalyptus and minty herbaceous notes on the nose, jumping out of the glass. Must be the Petit Verdot here. Very inticing and welcoming.

The palate does not disappoint. Full bodied and packed with intense, ripe black and red fruits. But this is no fruit bomb. Despite the ripeness and 15% alcohol, there is excellent acidity which makes this wine sing. There is a lovely soft, delicate tannic backbone providing structure. The oaking is very subtle adding subtle cedar wood and liquorice components. Medium plus length and good complexity with chocolate, coffee and herbaceous.

Will improve still for another 2-3 years given the acidity. Very good for the price point, c. £17. A must buy and a great vin de contemplation for those upcoming autumnal nights.
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Red
8/21/2012 - dching wrote:
89 points
Earthy and mushroom on the nose. Damp leaves. Plums. Medium intensity

Ripe red fruit - plum, mulberry, raspberry and strawberry on the palate. Hint of spice, tobacco, oak char and herbaceousness. Feeling of sweetness due to the lushness and ripeness of the fruit.

Medium length, but good intensity and mouthfeel on the palate with plenty of interest. Tannins are soft. Acidity is in tone with the body and sweetness of the wine. Good to very Good. Drinking well now and to end 2014.
White - Off-dry
8/16/2012 - dching wrote:
93 points
A superb example of a top quality Auslese. Beautifully balanced and precise with a very long finish. Wonderfully floral with citrus and tropical fruits and a hint of crushed rock minerality. The sweetness is in perfect harmony with the weight and acidity. Superb. Just tried young to see if worth laying some others down. Highly recommended.
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White
8/7/2012 - dching wrote:
74 points
Deep gold. Heavily effected by oxidisation. Limited enjoyment and well past its best. Lacking in length or complexity.
Red
7/2/2012 - dching wrote:
88 points
Typical Vino Nobile nose of sour cherries and wild herbs. Good concentration of ripe red cherry and cranberry fruits on the palate. Not hugely complex or long, but enjoyable none the less. Tannins are soft and approachable making the wine drink surprisingly well now. Drinking well now but would expect more complexity to evolve over next 2-3 years. A little expensive at 20 GBP.
Red
7/2/2012 - dching wrote:
86 points
Bright cherry and strawberry fruit. Simple but refreshing with lots of crisp acidity and relatively low alcohol. Good VFM for a mid week Summer glugger.
Red
1/25/2012 - dching wrote:
89 points
Maybe not the most intense or complex but plenty of iron and meaty notes to contemplate. On the elegant side with high acidity and little more than medium bodied. Medium plus length. Good and in it's drinking window
Red
1/25/2012 - dching wrote:
91 points
Good intensity of strawberry and raspberry fruit and herbal (bay and thyme) profile. Well integrated but structured tannins. Nicely done kiss of french oak adds a smoky cedar note. Medium plus length. The most noticeable character is the refreshing mineralogy and acidity providing a lovely balance and elegance. Very good with plenty of improvement with bottle age.
Red
2007 Bacio Divino Pazzo Napa Valley SuperTuscan Blend (view label images)
1/12/2012 - dching wrote:
84 points
Above average intensity on the nose of figs and plum, with a degree of herbaceousness. The fruit though to me tasted slightly cooked and medicinal (syrup of figs) and over extracted. Good acidity at first and soft well integrated medium tannins made the first sip held my interest, but after a few more sips the wine started feeling flabby and one dimensional with a little too much alcohol. Not overly impressed due to the inbalance and not particularly pleasant palate, especially at the price point. Chianti Classico Riservas for 1/2 price and much better balance.
White
1/9/2012 - dching wrote:
94 points
A blend of Vermentino, Trebbiano and Chardonnay.

Intense nose of tropical fruit, hazlenuts, ginger and honey. Wonderfully long and concentrated on the palate. Lots of complexity here but the oaking is wonderfully restrained and backed by a zesty, nervy minerality. Simply a brilliant wine of superb balance. One to treasure for special occasions or to bring a smile to your face.
Red
12/29/2011 - dching wrote:
80 points
Tested very vegetal. More like gaspacho than Rhone. Not very enjoyable. PASS
Red
12/7/2011 - dching wrote:
88 points
Still full of primary fruit and big oak. Good concentration if not particularly long. Ideally needs another 2-5 years to become interesting.
Red
9/28/2011 - dching wrote:
79 points
Medium intensity at best of not a lot really. Some olive tapenade. Dust. Yes very dusty. Very dry tannins on the palate. Minimal cherry / raspberry fruit. More dust. Not much length or concentration. Very disappointing. Maybe other bottle better but doubt it
Red
9/26/2011 - dching wrote:
90 points
Expressive floral, savoury and earthy nose. Dark sour cherry and raspberry fruits come with refreshing acidity. Pleasant and controlled hint of greenness from the cabernet.The tannins are well grained but maybe slightly drying on the finish. Length is good but what marks this wine is the impressive complexity of aroma and palate for the price point. Perhaps lacking the real depth and concentration of its siblings. Drinking well now and keep fro further 2-3
White
9/20/2011 - dching wrote:
89 points
Wonderful purity of citrus and yellow apple fruit. Concentrated. Medium bodied. Medium (+) length. Mostly primary notes so could do with some bottle age to bring out the complexities. Good to Very good quality. Drink now but improve for 1-2 years aging.
White
9/13/2011 - dching wrote:
92 points
Superb dry riesling. Wonderfully smoky, mineral, rich and opulent. Still very young but drinking well now.
White
9/13/2011 - dching wrote:
86 points
Medium intensity of almond, honey, beeswax and citrus. Medium bodied with waxy mouthfeel. Good length if lacking a little in acidity.
Red
7/26/2011 - dching wrote:
90 points
Very good CDR. Good depth and concentration of plummy, black cherry and raspberry with layers of savoury bacon fat and olive notes. Good complexity and surprising intensity. Good acidity provides length and lovely balance and elegance. Tannins are very well integrated, soft and . Excellent value for money. Highly recommended. Drinking very well now and keep for another 2-3.
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