Tasting Notes for Barbara B

(791 notes on 751 wines)

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Red
3/24/2018 - Barbara B Likes this wine:
95 points
Black core, ruby rim. Dark fruits, clean earth on nose. On palate, super savoury: rare meat, roasted nuts/coffee, soy sauce, loaded with umami. Moderate acidity, high level of smooth/textured tannins, alcohol seems higher than the 13% declared. Rich, full bodied, long, complex. Superb. Drinking beautifully for a 16 year old wine; not a trace of oxidation. Will likely last many more years.
White - Sparkling
3/5/2018 - Barbara B wrote:
88 points
Pale straw. Bubbles fine, not numerous. Frothy mouthfeel. Citrus, mineral, burnt-match notes. Mid-range Brut sweetness, moderate acidity, moderate alcohol. Not very complex, but long, persistent finish.
Red
2/14/2018 - Barbara B Likes this wine:
91 points
Opened one a year ago, and it wasn’t ready. Today, it is ready, right from cork-pull. Ruby core, nearly-garnet rim. Clean earth, roasted kernels, strong red currant and subtle black fruits on nose and palate. Intense flavours, moderate alcohol (~13%), moderate level of smooth tannins, highish acidity (as one expects from a Sangiovese wine). Full bodied, rich, savoury, long and complex. Very happy drinking this 2012 vintage in 2018.
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White
6/21/2016 - Barbara B Likes this wine:
90 points
Pale gold. Clean and fruity nose. Aromas and flavours of tropical fruits and sweet spices. Lowish acidity, moderate alcohol, few g/L RS. Lightish body but seemed to put on weight with time in the glass. Medium length and complexity, but absolutely lovely, faultless wine.
Red
2/25/2016 - Barbara B Likes this wine:
89 points
Good colour, heading toward garnet, minor bricking at the rim. Double decanted; almost no sediment. Closed and mute to start, improved over a few hours, but improved greatly by next day. Some modest fruit, firmish tannins, nicely balanced and reasonably long and complex. Still pretty great, but in decline.
Red
2/8/2016 - Barbara B wrote:
85 points
Ruby core, narrow ruby rim. Clean, fruity and modestly oaky nose. Palate disjointed, with acidity not integrated (as if it were acidified, but not saying it was); tannins smooth but also disjointed, like oak chips or powdered tannins (but not saying it was); sensation of non-sugar sweetness; alcohol seemed higher than the declared 13.5%. Not very long or complex.
White
2/5/2016 - Barbara B wrote:
85 points
Medium gold colour. Slightly sulfurous nose. Lacking in intensity, little varietal character, very short and simple.
Red
1/26/2016 - Barbara B Does not like this wine:
84 points
Clear, ruby core, garnet rim. Clean, with intense (artificial?) notes of oak, roasted nuts/kernels, dark fruit and rose. Moderate alcohol, moderate acidity, medium level of smooth tannins. Short, not complex, disjointed. No one finished their glass, including me.
White - Sparkling
1/24/2016 - Barbara B Likes this wine:
85 points
Light gold colour. Medium-sized bubbles, not particularly numerous or persistent. Clean, with yeast and citrus notes. Moderate acidity, med- lowish alcohol (12%), medium Brut sweetness. Not long or complex, yet perfectly pleasant.
Red
1/19/2016 - Barbara B Likes this wine:
89 points
Dark ruby core, garnet rim. Clean, with aromas and flavours of ripe blackberries and plums, subtle oak; spicy and mildly balsamic, with a sensation of sweetness (but fully dry). Medium body, moderately acidic, high level of smooth tannins, alcohol seems higher than the declared 13.5%. Long, and reasonably complex. Really good at first pour; did not improve noticeably with air/time.
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White - Sparkling
2010 Hunter's Miru Miru Wairau Valley White Blend (view label images)
1/16/2016 - Barbara B Likes this wine:
92 points
Pale gold. Very fine bubbles, not numerous, not aggressive like many NZ “traditional bottle-fermented” wines. Clean, yeasty, moderately fruity, delicately floral. Medium brut sweetness, moderate acidity. Great length and complexity. First and only Jane Hunter sparkling wine I drank prior to this one was at a restaurant in Kaikoura in 2002, already with a fair bit of bottle age, but cannot remember vintage. Loved it then, love it now. Note to self: buy more of this one.
Red
4/25/2015 - Barbara B Likes this wine:
94 points
Black core, ruby rim, dense. Clean earth and fruit on nose and palate. Subtle oak. Flavour profile equally fruity and savoury. High acidity, high alcohol, high level of grippy/powdery tannins. Rich, full-bodied, long, complex. Love this wine every time.
Red
4/28/2015 - Barbara B wrote:
88 points
Dark red, approaching garnet. Not intense but typical Barolo aromas and flavours, mostly earthy. High level of not-astringent tannins, just right acidity and alcohol level (label-14%). All reasonably balanced. Nice body, moderate length and complexity. It's lost some of the austerity of same vintage opened some years ago, but still not a charming wine. Slow-ox in bottle for several hours; also tasted next day. R likes it more than me and gives it 90+.
Red
4/13/2015 - Barbara B Likes this wine:
94 points
Black core, ruby rim; dense. Aromas sitting low in the glass. Intense palate of dark fruits, earth, spice and savoury notes. High level of nicely textured tannins, good acidity, alcohol not hot. Full bodied, rich, complex, with long lingering finish. Drinking beautifully now, but still with long life ahead. Leaded capsule, and very high quality cork.
White
Medium, bright gold. Moderately intense nose of ripe melons, lime and petrol, carried through to the palate. Highish acidity, low RS, low alcohol. Fairly simple, quite quaffable.
Red
3/28/2015 - Barbara B Likes this wine:
94 points
Blackish core, ruby rim, opaque. On nose and palate, dark fruit, clean earth, savoury meatiness, cola, subtle oak; a lot going on. High acidity, high level of grippy (but not astringent) tannins, high alcohol (label=13.5% but seems higher); yet nice balancing act. Rich, full-bodied but not awkwardly heavy, very long, very complex. Magnificent at first opening, and even more so with time in the glass. My new favourite vintage of Tignanello.
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Red
Ruby, transparent. Clean. Intense aromas and flavours: just juicy fruit to start, with some savoury, earthy, oaky and spicy notes developing with time in the glass. Fruit still dominated to the end. Rich and smooth, with firm structure of ripe tannins and fresh acidity. Moderate length and complexity. Not sure how this happens to be in my cellar, but it was a pleasant surprise.
Red
2013 Te Mata Estate Coleraine Hawke's Bay Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Te Mata: Showcase release tasting (Glengarry on Thorndon Quay): Deep blackish ruby colour. Moderate intensity on nose and palate, with dark fruits and sweet oak. Nice firm acidity, highish level of grippy tannins, moderate alcohol. Full bodied and rich, but at least at this early stage it seems a bit short and simple. Slightly stalky on the finish (in spite of the ripeness of the vintage and complete de-stemming...). Very difficult to judge this one, hence no rating.
Red
3/21/2015 - Barbara B wrote:
Te Mata: Showcase release tasting (Glengarry on Thorndon Quay): Deep purple, opaque. Clean, showing subtle oak, pepper and spices, and dark/mature fruit. Moderate acidity, moderate level of smooth tannins, moderate length and complexity. Slight green streak noticeable on the finish. So difficult to judge at this young age (thus no rating), but just for fun I bought one to open in a few years.
White
3/21/2015 - Barbara B Likes this wine:
89 points
Te Mata: Showcase release tasting (Glengarry on Thorndon Quay): Medium gold colour. Clean, with modest notes of stone fruit, citrus and oak. Moderate in acidity having undergone MLF. Big, full bodied, with good length and complexity.
White
3/21/2015 - Barbara B Likes this wine:
89 points
Te Mata: Showcase release tasting (Glengarry on Thorndon Quay): Sauvignon blanc with small percentage of Semillon and Sauvignon gris. Pale straw. Clean. Interesting floral and sweet-tart aromas and flavours in addition to those expected from the SB. Quite salty minerality. Barrel fermented and aged but hardly a trace of oak. Good length and complexity, and a nice twist on a NZ SB.
White
3/21/2015 - Barbara B Likes this wine:
89 points
Te Mata: Showcase release tasting (Glengarry on Thorndon Quay): Pale gold with flecks of green. Ultra clean, elegant notes of stone fruit and melons, subtle oak. Fresher and more acidic than its Northern Rhone counterparts (a good thing for my palate). Excellent body and palate weight, reasonably long and complex.
Red
3/19/2015 - Barbara B Likes this wine:
86 points
Opaque; deep, dark ruby, no bricking. Clean, not giving much on aromas, neither the first day nor second. Savoury, meaty flavours. High acidity, highish alcohol (label=14%), high level of firm tannins that mellowed a little over time. Full bodied, moderate length and complexity. Good, but definitely my least favourite vintage in the range 1996-2012.
White - Sparkling
3/13/2015 - Barbara B Likes this wine:
89 points
Used to love this wine, pre-2000. Recent vintages have an unclean taint. Not exactly a fault, but still slightly disturbing. Nice gold colour, numerous fine bubbles. Good yeasty character and rich fruit, excellent body, long and complex. Too bad about that unclean finish...
Red
3/13/2015 - Barbara B Likes this wine:
95 points
Deep, dark ruby colour, opaque, with narrow paler ruby rim, no bricking. Clean earth, dark fruits, nicely integrated subtle oak, savoury notes. Moderate level of smooth tannins, nice acidity, alcohol high (14.5% label) but not dominant. Rich, full bodied, long, complex, well-deserving of its fame. Did not decant; changed little over the 2 hours of our contemplation.
White
3/8/2015 - Barbara B Does not like this wine:
84 points
Bright yellow colour. Nose and palate of flint, gunpowder, oak and sulfur, with a touch of melon fruit. Sharp, lemon-sour acidity, acrid. Not a charming wine.
White - Sparkling
2/19/2015 - Barbara B Likes this wine:
89 points
Good *pop* on opening; bubbles still fairly numerous. Medium gold colour. Nose and palate showing bruised apples, yeasty/toasted breads, but oxidative notes a bit too dominant. Low end of Brut, nice acidity, great length and complexity. Past its prime for my taste but others were not disturbed by the oxidation and felt it gave the wine more character.
White
12/17/2014 - Barbara B Does not like this wine:
84 points
Bright, medium straw. Clean, lots of oak, a little citrus. Very oaky, muscley style. Fully dry, moderate level of sharp acidity, moderate alcohol (says 14% but seems lower), bitter finish. Unbalanced, too much unintegrated oak, very little else for flavour or aroma.
Rosé - Sparkling
Champagne Test Drive (Truffle Fine Wine): Deep rosy colour. A little frothy. Savoury aromas and flavours, very dry, nicely acidic, med-Brut. A little oxidative but not disturbing. Substantial and complex. Favourite of the flight.
Rosé - Sparkling
Champagne Test Drive (Truffle Fine Wine): Pale orangey pink. Few bubbles. Not giving much on the nose. Very minerally, good acidity matching perfectly for my palate with the 8 g/L RS.
Rosé - Sparkling
12/3/2014 - Barbara B wrote:
Champagne Test Drive (Truffle Fine Wine): Medium gold. Course bubbles. Not much on the nose. Savoury palate, very dry.
Rosé - Sparkling
12/3/2014 - Barbara B wrote:
Champagne Test Drive (Truffle Fine Wine): Pale salmon, few and slow-rising bubbles. Earthy, mushroomy, some fruit, and slightly oxidized. Lowish Brut.
White - Sparkling
12/3/2014 - Barbara B wrote:
Champagne Test Drive (Truffle Fine Wine): Very foamy. Quite oxidized -- visually and on nose and palate; some fruitiness. Highish acidity, some detectible sweetness.
White - Sparkling
12/3/2014 - Barbara B Likes this wine:
93 points
Champagne Test Drive (Truffle Fine Wine): Numerous, medium-sized bubbles. On nose and palate, dark, mature fruit and a hint of oak. Quite masculine. Sensation of sweetness but claims zero dosage, good acidity. Complex and long. My best of the flight.
White - Sparkling
12/3/2014 - Barbara B wrote:
Champagne Test Drive (Truffle Fine Wine): Foamy with course bubbles. Not very expressive; lemon and little else. High acidity, RS declared at 9 g/L but seems lower.
White - Sparkling
12/3/2014 - Barbara B wrote:
Champagne Test Drive (Truffle Fine Wine): Course bubbles, medium gold. Dark fruitiness, seems sweeter than the others. Not-high acidity. Slightly oxidized.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Larmandier-Bernier Longitude Champagne Premier Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
12/3/2014 - Barbara B wrote:
Champagne Test Drive (Truffle Fine Wine): Bubbles fine and few. Yeasty, fruity, floral aromas and flavours. Crisp acidity, med-Brut sweetness, delicate and feminine.
Red
11/26/2014 - Barbara B Likes this wine:
90 points
Transparent almost-garnet core, watery rim; looks older than it is, but note that the back label says "fermentation in open vessels for two weeks...". Nose clean with no oxidative smell; ample fruit and savoury aromas. Palate of plummy fruit, savoury soy sauce/umami, meat, with vanilla and a sensation of sweetness on the finish. Nicely tart acidity, tiny touch of tannins, moderate alcohol. Light in body but still long, complex, and full of character.
White - Sparkling
11/21/2014 - Barbara B Likes this wine:
92 points
Pale gold. Bubbles very fine, numerous and persistent. Nose and palate loaded with yeast/toast, citrus/tart apples, honey and vanilla, and floral notes. Moderate alcohol (label=12.5%), medium acidity, and mid-level brut sweetness. Rich, creamy, long and complex. The best of the three Tasmanian méthode traditionnelle tasted this week.
White - Sparkling
11/18/2014 - Barbara B wrote:
85 points
Straw colour. Bubbles are fine, numerous and long-lasting. Clean, but not giving much on the nose. Intense citrus flavours, a little floral character, but not much else for palate. Lowish alcohol, moderate acidity, medium-high brut sweetness with odd persistence. Insubstantial in body, short and simple.
White - Sparkling
11/17/2014 - Barbara B Likes this wine:
89 points
Pale gold. Moderately numerous, fine, rapidly-rising bubbles; not persistent. Strong toasty yeast, tart apple and citrus notes. Medium brut-level sweetness. Moderate alcohol (12.5%). Nice body and palate weight. Clean and fairly simple. Perfectly pleasant but not especially interesting. Some hours later, developed some additional aromas and flavours (vanilla, floral), and came across with greater complexity and length.
Red
10/11/2014 - Barbara B Does not like this wine:
79 points
Deep black core, ruby rim. Intense aromas and flavours that were not entirely pleasant: bitter cherries, wet dog, smoky meat, spices. High alcohol giving off lots of heat, moderate level of smooth tannins, sharp but not high acidity. Short, unbalanced. Changed in its aromatics over the course of 24 hours but didn't improve and never lost the animally character.
Red
10/5/2014 - Barbara B wrote:
86 points
Dark red core, rim just bricking. Intense aromas and flavours of clean earth, berries, cherries, roasted kernels, touch of oak. Moderate acidity, moderate alcohol, lowish level of smooth tannins. But very short and very simple. Did not improve with time and air. Expected more from this wine. Diam closure.
Red
9/23/2014 - Barbara B Likes this wine:
89 points
Dense black core, narrow garnet rim. Intense aromas and flavours of dark fruits, roasted kernels, clean earth and a touch of oak. On palate, medium acidity, moderate level of smooth tannins from both oak and grapes, alcohol seems higher than its declared 13.5%. Moderate in length and complexity, full bodied, nice balance of all components. Has aged and developed well. Perfectly ready at first pour.
Red
7/11/2014 - Barbara B Does not like this wine:
84 points
Clear, bright, glossy ruby red color. Nose: clean, berry fruit, charcoal/smoky. Palate: unpleasant sensation of sweetness, slight effervescence, lowish level unintegrated acidity (as if it were acidified, but not saying it was), short and simple. Developed more earthy, meaty, savoury flavours with time in the glass. It wasn't a defective bottle, as I was tasting with people who knew the wine well and deemed it true to character. I am clearly in the minority, as most people give it high praise.
Red
2008 Dečani Monastery Rahoveci Valley Red Blend (view label images)
9/30/2014 - Barbara B Likes this wine:
90 points
From Metohija Velika Hoca vineyard.
Black core, ruby rim, opaque.
On nose, a bit of volatile acidity, but nice aromas of fruit, roasted meat, capers. On palate, slight sweetness, acidity not high but a little spiky, moderate alcohol (label 13.5%), lowish/smooth tannins. Moderate in length and complexity, elegant, medium body (in spite of looking like it should be heavy-bodied). Very pleasant on first day, but much better on second day, attaining greater length and complexity after a breathing. Excellent accompaniment to a grilled lean meat dish.
White - Sparkling
7/26/2014 - Barbara B Does not like this wine:
87 points
Deep gold. Moderate number of fine, slow-rising bubbles. Clean, but not so elegant, with clumsy notes of yeast, apples, apricots, melons on nose and palate. Hint of oxidation on palate, but not disturbing. Too sweet, seems higher than Brut; sugar:acidity ratio too high; cloying in after-taste. Decent length and complexity, but not worth it.
Red
7/27/2014 - Barbara B Likes this wine:
92 points
Deep black core, ruby rim, no trace of oxidation visually even though it is 11 years old. Clean earth with subtle sultry fruit on nose, but ample dark fruits on palate. Beautifully textured smooth tannins, both grape and oak, fully integrated; moderate acidity; high but unobtrusive alcohol. Rich, full bodied, persistent, heavy palate weight, perfectly balanced. Drinking wonderfully now, but has many more years of life ahead. Really nice, high quality cork too.
Red
2011 Azienda Agricola Panzanello Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
3/31/2014 - Barbara B wrote:
Deep, dark, blackish core, ruby rim, dense. Masculine aromas and flavours of earth, tar, roasted nuts and coffee beans; no fruit evident. High acidity, moderate level of slightly astringent tannins, high alcohol (label=14.5%). Simple, short, closed; did not improve with time in decanter.
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