Tasting Notes for SparkyL

(40 notes on 40 wines)

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White
3/10/2012 - SparkyL wrote:
90 points
Pale Golden Color. The nose is lavendar mixed with Golden Delicious apple. On the palate, for me it is initially red anjou pear, then moves to sweet citrus; almost lemon chiffon. Delicious presentation of Sauvignon Blanc from Burgundy. First time enjoying a sauvignon blanc from Burgundy.
Red
2003 Reignac Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/1/2012 - SparkyL wrote:
70 points
over the hill. going, going, nearly gone. darn. I have 8 more bottles! First thing I noticed was the color has gone from purple/red to orange/red. Nose is dank barnyard. Little in the way of dark fruits, no mid-palate other than a tease of licorice or anise. Lesson learned. $ 15 bottles aren't meant for aging and took up space in the cellar.
Red
1/24/2012 - SparkyL wrote:
88 points
Nice fruit-driven QPR.
Red
11/23/2011 - SparkyL wrote:
70 points
Awful. nose of band-aids. Medicinal on the palate. I wish I could remember what prompted me to purchase this. Don't bother!
Red
11/17/2011 - SparkyL wrote:
83 points
Not in our wheelhouse. Nose: Funk, medicinal. Mouthfeel was thin. On the palate, very tart cherries with an astringent undertone, Sour Sour Sour, then BOOM! Some gravel and a Short finish. Decanted this for an hour, indulged for 90 minutes, and the bitch wouldn't open up. An old-world disappointment.
Red
2006 Atrea Old Soul Red Mendocino County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
10/10/2011 - SparkyL wrote:
90 points
Inky, ruby red to purple color. Nice viscous mouthfeel. Nose: dark berries with with a very slight cola note. Jammy dark berries, followed by cola and spices on a nice medium-long finish. A keeper!
Red
9/22/2011 - SparkyL wrote:
91 points
Nose: Dark red fruit (cherries) with some rubber? aroma or barnyard funk. Viscous mouthfeel with dark cherries, licorice, pepper spice on medium long finish.
Red
4/10/2011 - SparkyL wrote:
80 points
Bummer. We held onto this for too long. There's nothing left here.
White
3/21/2011 - SparkyL wrote:
92 points
Pale golden color in the glass. Aromas of apricots and a lovely floral undertone. Quite viscous mouth-feel with an immediate impression of apricots, then lightly sweet baked goods, then a long, interesting finish. Would be excellent as an apertif, or with light fare such as lemon-infused chicken dishes or shellfish.
White
9/27/2010 - SparkyL wrote:
89 points
Popped and poured. My first impression is elusive, as the wine has been chilled too much. Pale golden color. Rather dense viscosity, perhaps enhanced by cold temp. The nose is different from other Sancerres, almost wet socks on top of citrus. On the palate, it seems to be a rather masculine version of Sancerre; almost reminds me of a New Zealand SB it is so tart. I prefer softer style Sancerre.
Red
7/10/2010 - SparkyL wrote:
90 points
Decanted for 60 minutes. Wasn't enough. Tight, tannic overwhelmed the berries flavors. Too much oak maybe.
Red
6/6/2010 - SparkyL wrote:
88 points
Deep Purple in the glass. Dark fruity berries finishes with smoke. Nice everday quaffer for 10 bucks.
White
5/14/2010 - SparkyL wrote:
79 points
Don't have much prior experience with Viognier. So this appears, smells, and tastes very different than the usual white wine that we consume. Pale yellow/green color which is different. First impression after swirl and sniff is rubber cement! Funky nose that gives way to a vegetal aroma. Very light mouthfeel, first taste impression is astringent something; then lemon-lime, then heat. Kind of weird and not altogether pleasant. Glad I only paid 8 bucks a bottle, and only purchased 2 bottles. Will now go out of my way to try other viogniers.
White
5/8/2010 - SparkyL wrote:
87 points
Pale yellow color. Aroma of pears. Liquid pear with minerals in a glass. We didn't get any citrus at all. We consider this another strong QPR and a quaffable porch wine.
White
5/8/2010 - SparkyL wrote:
82 points
Pale yellow color. Some pear notes and a touch of citrus. Fits into our requirements for a summertime porch wine. Would make a good second or third bottle of white wine to serve. Paired well with chicken/broccoli rabe with garlic sauce over pasta.
White
4/27/2010 - SparkyL wrote:
85 points
Real nice porch wine. Went very well with cheese and crackers, as well as spicy chicken stir fry. Great QPR.
Red
4/21/2010 - SparkyL wrote:
87 points
Solid Sangiovese. Good QPR at $ 7.98/bottle. Some dark fruits and bits of cocoa on the nose. Mouthfeel ok, some mild berries and a bit of spice on the finish. Good every day "pizza and pasta wine".
Red
1998 Château La Pointe Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/29/2010 - SparkyL wrote:
89 points
Maybe past it's peak. Nice deep ruby color. Some barnyard or mustiness over berries on the nose.Weak berry fruit on the palate with some spice/astringent? on the finish.
Red
3/26/2010 - SparkyL wrote:
90 points
Dark purple color. Some licorice and blueberries in the nose. Dark, semi-sweet chocolate. Good everyday pizza and pasta wine.
Red
8/7/2009 - SparkyL wrote:
Simple. Fruit. Bomb. Which went perfectly with the Pulled Buffalo Chicken we made. Countered the spiciness beautifully. Good everyday quaffer.
Red
12/9/2008 - SparkyL wrote:
91 points
Deep purple color. Nose of spice, dark berry fruit, pepper.
Taste - fruit forward, spice, leather, earth. Nice QPR. Good case buy.
White
11/21/2008 - SparkyL wrote:
90 points
Nice golden color. Nose: straw and restrained citrus.
Palate: delicious pear and light grassy flavor with subdued grapefruit on a rather long finish. Well-balanced. Perfect with the Tuscan Chicken and Angel Hair dish.
Red
11/12/2008 - SparkyL wrote:
87 points
Simple - dark red fruit upfront. A bit of green pepper on the finish. A good everyday wine and a good QPR.
Red
9/3/2008 - SparkyL wrote:
83 points
Decent everday quaffer.
Red
9/1/2008 - SparkyL wrote:
92 points
Decanted for 90 minutes. Color - deep purple with good viscosity (nice legs). Nose: quite complex to me: raw meat first, then dark berries, vanilla, spice, just enough oak.
Taste: very good complex balance. Layers of flavors: berries and vanilla then peppers (vegetal) to coffee on a nice long finish. Soft tannins and good mouthfeel make this a very enjoyable approachable wine to accompany any london broil or big steak. Could be good with dark chocolate as well. I'm going back for a full case!
Red
8/19/2008 - SparkyL wrote:
85 points
Nose: Little tight at first. 90 minutes decanting helped.Candied cherries with licorice. Alcohol jumps out at first, then eases with swirl and air.

Palate: Nice medium mouthfeel. Red fruits with candy-esque aspect, then goes to plum on a moderate finish.
Not a stunner, but a good QPR to serve with the london broil on an everyday basis.
Red
8/16/2008 - SparkyL wrote:
79 points
Wow. Sour Patch cherry Kool-Aid. Would have preferred a bottle of Cerejeiras for $ 3.00 less. No memorable or redeeming qualities. No nose. Just sour palate. Blech!
Red
8/11/2008 - SparkyL wrote:
82 points
Color: Plum Red; translucent.
Nose: Tight, muted berries & spice.
Palate: Thin mouthfeel, weak strawberries, spices, chocolate.

Not again.
Red - Fortified
8/9/2008 - SparkyL wrote:
82 points
Good QPR for a simple porto.
Red
8/6/2008 - SparkyL wrote:
84 points
Fruity everday quaffer. Nothing here excited me.
Red
8/5/2008 - SparkyL wrote:
85 points
Pleasant enough. Decent QPR.
Red
2003 Château Fombrauge St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/27/2008 - SparkyL wrote:
89 points
Decanted 2 hours. Nose: still tight at first - opened up in glass to reveal EARTH, cedar, flowers, cocoa. Good plum red/purple color - good viscosity.
Palate: Good body & semi-long finish. Quite dry, earthy, musty, smoky on solid red fruit with some spices and soft oak. Delicious bdx. Going to buy more. Good QPR, especially with bdx prices going crazy.
Red
2006 Bacalhoa Tinto da Ânfora Vinho Regional Alentejano Red Blend (view label images)
7/14/2008 - SparkyL wrote:
90 points
Awesome QPR wine.
Red
7/12/2008 - SparkyL wrote:
85 points
Servicable everyday Cabernet Sauvignon. A genuine quaffer.
Red - Fortified
7/11/2008 - SparkyL wrote:
88 points
Nice dessert wine alternative. Lighter red wine than port, not quite as sweet.
Nose: Candied cherries followed by light spices.
Palate: Medium-weight mouthfeel. Strawberry Twizzler meets Grandma's baking spices.
Killer with chocolate!
Red
7/11/2008 - SparkyL wrote:
90 points
Very rounded tannins, smooooooth. Years in the cellar paid off. Dark berries, cocoa, some dark chocolate and mocha. Nice long finish. Wish I had more.
White
7/8/2008 - SparkyL wrote:
90 points
Color: Straw Yellow.
Nose: White flowers, honey, and citrus.
Palate: Light body with honey, straw, bit of Sprite soda. Good acidity. We're glad we bought a case of this wine!
Red
7/7/2008 - SparkyL wrote:
84 points
Nice dark purple color. Dark fruit, spice, and chocolate on the nose. Flavor of dark fruit - berries, with some tobacco and vanilla. Good mouthfeel and a decent finish. Not as impressive as the Layer Cake Primitivo or Zinfandel.
Rosé
6/29/2008 - SparkyL wrote:
81 points
Pleasant summer afternoon quaffer, went real well with BBQ chicken breast and three bean salad. LIght berries on the nose. Decent balance and acidity.
Perfect wine for a hot NJ summer day.
Red
6/27/2008 - SparkyL wrote:
83 points
Nose: Pretty tight after decanting for 2 + hours. Some fresh berries/vanilla/spice rack. Palate: young, I get cranberries followed by mint on the finish? could use more time in bottle. Good QPR.
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