Tasting Notes for Kustjagr

(134 notes on 129 wines)

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Red
3/31/2021 - Kustjagr wrote:
88 points
Drinking window through 2040 seems rather fictional. Come on, why so? An intriguing wine as such, quite unusual. Very strong presence of green pepper, too much so. Also clear gooseberry, not sure that is a good thing either. Tannins are there, but those over the top flavors dominate over the tannins. Suppose the grapes are like from Angola or something, as the winery is a class act and better than this. The again, quite OK for this very low price point.
Red
2/22/2021 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
91 points
What a great wine. Combines the rare Susumaniello.grape with Negroamaro grape. I adore both of those grapes. This is a profoundlly fruit dominated wine. If there are any tannins, they are masked by the fruit. Simple acidicity. Lots of lingering complexity on the palate. Certainly not.red fruit, but blueberries, plums and flat out caramel and vanilla instead. Stellar value and a well kept secret. Have dozens still in my cellar, though aging potential.will be limited. So a wine to relish and cherish in the now.
Red
2/19/2021 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
88 points
Nice, real wine. Much in terms of extracted tannins, quite pronounced. Lingonberry, red cherry and so on. A modern style Barolo with oak used to make it more approachable. Good value. A real wine at this price point. Then again, very clearly also not a top end Barolo. Due to an unpleasant tartness that gets more, not less, pronounced with aeration.
Red
2/13/2021 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
87 points
Nice Primitivo aka Zinfandel. Shows typical character. Weak tannins, subtle acidicity and elaborate fruit, as you would expect. More like cherry tomatoes/strawberries/raspberries than darker fruit. Nicely done and good value.
Red
2/13/2021 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
90 points
Rock solid WA cab. Dark druit, olives, coffee, oak and a hint of pencil flakes. Promising moderately zippy tannins. Decent acidicity. Obviously still a baby wine but likely with OK cellaring potential for up to a decade. Likely to reach at least 92-93 range over time. Hard to beat at this price point.
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Red
2/12/2021 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
88 points
A serious wine. Not pretentious. A bit on the tart side for a merlot. With noticeably chewy tannins. Not strong, but present.. At most modest fruit. Better, more laid back WA merlot can be had for half the price, and maybe less.
Red
2/7/2021 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
94 points
Yet another bottle with 15 of this vintage still in the cellar. Still.on the upswing after a tantrum phase some years ago. Cassis, licorice, meaty. Nice balance between fruit and acidicity. Wondering how good this can become still?
Red
2/3/2021 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
89 points
Liking it. A very merloty Merlot with a peppery twist. Not too fruit forward, but has this spicey peppery thing going for it. As much as I hate to admit it, this low end wine from Columbia Crest may be, in some regards, more complex than their H3, which I adore. Insanely good value. Better than many wines priced 5X higher.
Red
1/26/2021 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
94 points
Even just a tad bit pomerolsque. Distinct berries. Candycane. Chocolate. Hints of vanilla. Powerful, yet sublime. Bright acidicity due to the 1000 feet elevation and phosphorus rich soil of the vineyard. Nicely done. A certain vague tartness is limiting for the experience.
Red
1/24/2021 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
87 points
Serviceable raisin wine at this price point. Not a lot happening, but for this price, anything happening is not necessary. Not offensive at all.
Red
1/24/2021 - Kustjagr Does not like this wine:
86 points
One word: blah. Not recognizable as a syrah. Dry acid forward. Metallique. Also had another bottle with friends. Borderline undrinkable. The cheap dolcetto we also got for 1/4 of the price was better. Fits my stereotype of French stuff. Strong avoid at this price point.
Red
2015 Château Grange-Neuve Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/16/2021 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
94 points
New world merlot, of which I am fan, can never evem approach these Pomerols. Instead of blunt fruit, this one has density, staying power, acidicity and complexity.at an entirely different level. While that one movie gave US West Coast merlot a bad name, many of the best wines in the world are pomerols made out of merlot. This one is a little on the young side still, but already a delight.
Red
1/8/2021 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
90 points
Quite good, though obviously.not as good as the Estate one. Drinking it just a tad bit iver aged so the fruits are weaker but the acidicity and tannins more pronounced. Still lovely.
Red
12/31/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
95 points
Near perfection. Sublime and well wounded. Cherries, in a sweet, not tart way. Solid balsamic acidicity and emergent tannins. Clear traces of vanilla and cocoa. That telltale Spanish cellar like bouquet is just starting to emerge. Will inprove over the next decade or two. Really good already. Bought this one in Hetta, Enontekiö, Finland. Google where that is! As far North as anything in Alaska.
Red
12/11/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
94 points
OK, so back to drinking this again. Finally, it has gotten back up to 94. The tantrum years are over. It is again subtle, fruity in a good way with this perfect well roundedness with no hint of anything offensive ... at all. Almost like a good Pomerol kind of roundness to it. Will be cool to see how high it goes over the coming years.
Red
12/6/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
91 points
My default wine in this world. Have had like maybe 20-30 bottles of this vintage. Some 50 in the car still. Want to order more. This is the standard, against which I compare other wines. There of course are far better ones,.but the QPR is phenomenal
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Red
12/6/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
92 points
Bought this in Walla Walla, WA. Drinking it now, a world away, in Finland to celebrate our 103rd Independence Day. Was surprised that it had a cap rather than a cork. Glad that I cellared it "too long". Much of the fruit is.gone, but some remains. Some mild tannins and nice acidicity. Some spices. Hints of something Old World. I liked it. Likely more like a 88-89 with recommended cellaring only.
Red
12/4/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
88 points
Actually had the 2019 susumaniello. Not the first one either. This has some odd tartness rather than the over the top fruit forwardness of the other susumaniellos I have had. Drinkable and enjoyable, but lacks sophistication as all susumaniellos do but then also lacks the over the top fruit forwardness. Not impressed, but hey it was cheap.
Red
12/4/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
90 points
Rather pedestrian in its infancy. Made a brutal mistake by drinking a 2 year old baby nebbiolo. Right now, this is a lot like a dolcetto. Fruity, light on tannins and drinkable, yet a total non-event. Should be better with aging, but am not going to bet on that with this one. Just seems to lack all character.
Red
12/3/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
93 points
Drinking this way, way, way too already. Already pleasant. Tannins in their infancy, a hint of fruit and a ton of pencil flakes. The oak is likely more dominating now than later. Not really my cup.of tea, being a complex Bordeaux blend. But I have access to this at bargain prices, so I will buy a set of six.and cellar for at least a decade, maybe more. Promises overwhelming complexity, that's why.
Red
11/4/2020 - Kustjagr wrote:
92 points
Classy, medium bodied, accessible, drinkable and with a little bit of sassy tannins, but not too much. Recognizable as a Pomerol and good value for the price. Was just a tad bit confused by something, which must be the small amount of Cab Franc (15%) in it giving it a certain darkness.
Red
10/7/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
91 points
Way too young still. Too much tart fruit. The tannins are present, but not rounded to finesse. The leathery bouquet must be in its infancy. More like a top end Chianti rather than a bold Brunello now. But will surely improve over the years.
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Red
9/24/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
86 points
Serviceable table wine. Would be better suited for a 6L party pack. Vague traces of something intriguing, likely in the merlot of it.
Red
9/13/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
90 points
Agree about the raspberry. Also boisenberry and some pepper. A nicely done WA Merlot that is not too fruit forward. Compensates with sturdy oakiness.
Red
9/12/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
94 points
Ruby in color. Delightful herbal nose. Blackberry, cedar and licorice. Sassy tannins. Will improve a lot over the next decade. Nice modern very well crafted Ribera del Duero. This can easily be a 95-96 with aging.
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Red
8/28/2020 - Kustjagr wrote:
89 points
Relatively plain, the kind of a Napa cab they sell in Europe. Fruit forward, very much so. Tannins are pretty round. Might be more of them after all the fruit fades. Sort of in between red and blackberryish purple fruit. Even some cocoa. Easy on the palate, does not linger very long. Not much acid, could be mistaken for some merlots. But I like merlots. So a decent weekday warrior but at best modest QPR. Easy drinker. Winery is in Oakville, but the grapes are sourced from all over Napa. Not a lot going on, probably not enough of structure to age that well.
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Red
8/22/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice. After all that other stuff, back to a Rioja Gran Reserva. This one is not a baby anymore. More like a teenager. Nice zippy tannins, present acidicity and hardly any fruit. But ... the reason you drink wine like this is there ... that God level earthy cellaresque leatheresque bouquet. Really a lot tobacco, unusually so. Noble wine already, likely even better in 5-10 years.
Red
8/21/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
87 points
Much prefer genuine Primitivo over most Zinfandels, which is the US name for the same grape originating from Croatia. The thing with both though is this certain tartness, not really acidicity, but like this tartness. Like tart cherry, but not with quite really the red fruit. Solid value for money. Some tannins and some acidicity even. Just that the fruit is, for me, a little offputting. Somehow tart. Again, not offending, just not inviting. Like Primitivo/Zinfandel tends to be.
Red
8/21/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
88 points
Very nice. Love Susumaniello, love Negroamaro. This combines them both. Affordable, fruit forward easy drinking wine. Not much tannins, limited acid, certainly no earth toney bouquet. But really pleasant and unpretentious.
Red
8/18/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
87 points
Meh. Not into Malbec or Argentinian wines at all. Somehow closed, as they always are. Not a lot of fruit. At the red end of the spectrum. Tannins and acid dominate their way into true sourness. Maybe I just decanted it too short. Or then it is just way too young. Not really happening, at least yet. Not offensive in any way, just a little closed. Which again could be due to me not decanting it enough.
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Red
8/11/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice value. Certainly intriguing. Not fruit forward at all. Not a very typical WA syrah in that regard. Very, very dark. Peppery. Blackberryish. Some tannins and good acid. Probably better with food.
Red
8/8/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
91 points
Oakiness contained. Some red berry and vanilla. Zippy fresh acid. Some tannins. And once you aerate it some, the leathery earth tones are present. Yummy!
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Red
8/7/2020 - Kustjagr wrote:
88 points
What Will said. Well put. Nicely done wine.
Red
7/25/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
90 points
The one I had was actually.the 2013 Gran Reserva. A very delightful wine. The tannins are there, yet not too overpowering. The fruit is there, yet not in your face. Same with oak and bouquety earth tones. Very nice.
Red
7/11/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
89 points
Tasty. Well rounded. Funky combination of grapes with Cab, Merlot and Syrah. Rarely all in one bottle. Hint of floral tones, some purple fruit. Somewhat zippy tannins already at a baby age. Will let my remaining bottles sleep for 5-10 years more.
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Red
7/8/2020 - Kustjagr wrote:
91 points
A little young for.a Ribera del Duero Reserva. But still. Traces of earth, smoke, cellar and leather are already present. Some oak and some tannins. Very little fruit. Very robust acidicity. This will be so good in 5-10 years. Already enjoyable.
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Red
7/7/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
86 points
Totally had to buy it. Who and why would combine Cab, Shiraz and Pinotage? The product is quite serviceable. The cherry and blackberries are present. As are vague traces of …. smoke and pencil. Yes, pencil flakes. Pinotage alone can be a bit of an acquired taste, but this one works. Very affordable also. Quite young, but not without some sophistication for its age.
Red
7/2/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
95 points
A big one. More red fruit than normally in a Syrah. And then flat out minerals. Hint of tobacco and smokey earth. Very penetrating and zippy. Modest tannins. A winner!
Red
6/20/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
92 points
Brutally too young. The fruit is way too jumpy. No complexity, but subtle floral tones already present. Note to self: let this sleep for 5 or more years still.
Red
5/23/2020 - Kustjagr wrote:
88 points
A little pedestrian. Maybe simply too young. Distinctively a Rioja, no doubt about it. Not much fruit, solid tannic body and surprisingly much red fruit, think red cherries, that I dislike. Maybe that "simple redness" will turn into "sophisticated brownness" over 5-10 years of cellaring. Or then not. Actually not sure whether I would bet on that happening. Decent, that's all.
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Red
5/22/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
92 points
Must be at the simpler end of the spectrum as far as 20+ year old Barbaresco riservas go. Still, quite nice. Tannins are there, as always in nebbiolo, but not overly zeisty. Initially some surprising fruit even, which disappears in minutes. Toffee, as others already said. And something black pepperish. By no means over the hill, based on just one sampling. Of course, no idea what this was like in its youth.
Red
5/16/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
89 points
Clearly not a pure Merlot. Has like 85% Merlot rest being Cab Franc and Petit Verdot. The fruit is very ripe, blackish rather than purple. More acidicity than in pure merlot. Hints of licorice and spice. Markedly tannic too. Not at all fruit forward. Interesting and serviceable, but also a little pretentious. I personally prefer a more merloty fruit forward style, even from South Africa. Can someone bring back those Culembourg merlots with all that vanilla?
Red
5/15/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
93 points
My default mid range wine. Still have like 20ish bottles, some bought directly from the K Vintners vinery in Walla Walla, WA. Now in a better phase than early this year. Certainly a sophisticated wine, more so than the slightly pricier K Vintners the Deal Syrah. Much closer to the stunning K Vintners the Beautiful Syrah. Has hints of similar aromas at this point, a lavenderish subtle bouquet. Definetly improved, also opens up faster. Very encouraging, just ordered even more.
Red
5/14/2020 - Kustjagr wrote:
92 points
The nose is absolutely unique, cassis and some blueberry type fruit, but not blueberry. Certainly a vegetal aroma also, like green pepper. Not jumpy in terms of tannins, but the taste, oh the taste. The tannins, the acid, the alcohol are all in the background, while the unique palate dominates. Definetly nothing like a merlot. Definetly nothing like a cabernet franc. Definetly nothing in between the two. Truly unique, never tasted wine like this ... yet, somehow also knew that wine could taste like this, maybe. Not still really into it, so different, so different. Hard to grade, unfair really. Absolutely singular and unique. Should be good to cellar for another 10-20 years. We shall see.
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Red
5/14/2020 - Kustjagr wrote:
90 points
Super serviceable. A workhorse. Nice merlotness combined with rarely expressive and strong tannins for a Merlot. Not sure how they did it, but I will take it. Modest fruitiness. Again, very solid.
Red
5/7/2020 - Kustjagr wrote:
88 points
I am often a little torn with these "raisin wines". This Amarone somehow seems a little plain, a little pedestrian. Somehow a disconnect between the tannins, acidicity and fruit. Maybe just more of a retail offering. Not bad by any means, but not really happening either.
Red
4/28/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
91 points
My favorite wine valuewise in the entire world. Have had so many bottles of different vintages and also visited the winery when I lived in Seattle. Just a nice wine. Not quite as jammy us some other vintages. The cocoa, vanilla and licorice are all there. As is some tobacco. No noticeable earth tones, same with tannins, which are rounded almost to oblivion. Just makes me smile. Bought 12 bottles, again. Will buy more, again. The way Merlot is meant to be.
Red
4/27/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
95 points
A good syrah. Very, very solid. Sort of unfair that I paired with K Vintners' the Beautiful Syrah. This one was flawless, but not not with quite the same character.
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Red
4/25/2020 - Kustjagr Likes this wine:
98 points
Quite literally the most intriguing wine I have ever sampled. Tasted alongside a 1999 Paul Jabolet Aine La Chapelle Hermitage. Not even a remotely close call. Stunning. There is some floral tone, a strong one, that I have never, ever tasted in any wine. Like violet or lavender or something. Just wow. Everything else is perfectly balanced and there is that unique floral finish. No words, just wow.
Red
4/18/2020 - Kustjagr wrote:
87 points
Encounter products from this winery rather frequently, despite its small size. As an Amarone, the grapes dried first to raisin. In this case for four months. Was too edgy and jumpy without food and much better with spicy food. Raisnis, jammy plums, faint coffee. Lots of sugar, little acid. Tannins quite weak. Many of the more memorable wines in my life have been Amarones. This one would benefit from more balance and finesse.
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