Tasting Notes for thomaskeil

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Red
8/25/2019 - thomaskeil Likes this wine:
92 points
No decant needed. Somewhat translucent reddish violet. Dark fruit, light barnyard and floral notes. Palate was terrific. Velvety fruit, laced with mineral acidity and an integrated tannic backbone. Meant for the table.
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White - Sparkling
8/12/2019 - thomaskeil wrote:
93 points
Dark golden color. Terrific fruit expression and nuttiness offset by mineral fine mousse and acidity. What a treat.
White
8/7/2019 - thomaskeil wrote:
91 points
Crunchy, mineral-infused citrus. Pure expression of Sancerre for me.
Red
8/5/2019 - thomaskeil Likes this wine:
93 points
Slow oxed x 3 hrs. Aging beautifully. Still with bright strawberry/cherry fruit, garrique, licorice on nose. To me the palate is unique to this vintage with medium plus weight, well-integrated tannins, and just enough acidity to balance the round fruit feel and keep it food-friendly. On a great plateau now and no sign of falling off.
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Red
7/22/2019 - thomaskeil wrote:
92 points
PnP, served throughout evening - expressive on opening with some evolution. Red, violet and some brown. Cherries, earth and secondary notes on nose. Medium weight fruit with chewy tannin, balancing acidity on palate. Deep penetration and persistence without losing food-friendliness. Tarry finish. Great expression of syrah.
Red
7/1/2019 - thomaskeil Likes this wine:
93 points
Opened for 3 hours and elected not to decant (nose and palate opened well with moderate swirling). Just a wonderfully balanced, nearly elegant wine. Nose has nearly equal light cherry and sous bois with touches of asian spice and floral notes. The palate has the right doses of fruit, acid, tannin and mineral so that none of them pokes out. Some note that this is light on fruit, but I disagree. We had this with red snapper and it was perfect! Great now and will last for years.
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Red
5/24/2019 - thomaskeil wrote:
93 points
Opened for 3 hours before serving; elected not to decant. This wine seems to be right at its probably very long peak. Expressive dark fruit, mineral and earth on opening that only improved with time and more so after pouring (a decant would not hurt). On palate this has just the right amount of full dark and some light berry pinot fruit, fresh (not crunchy) acidity and trace of tannic backbone. No signs of aging other than a performance that could not have been realized in its 1st three years.
White
5/16/2019 - thomaskeil Likes this wine:
91 points
Plenty of interesting aromatic and crunchy fruit joy in this wine. Mineral up front and on the finish is a key feature. There's also a nice Chenin breadth on the palate.
White - Sparkling
4/8/2019 - thomaskeil wrote:
91 points
A grower champagne ringer. Nice bead, nose with floral notes, mineral, light yeast and citrus. Bright and expressive fruit on the palate.
Red
3/26/2019 - thomaskeil wrote:
92 points
Opened 3 hours before serving (was pretty open from the start). Brownish red. Nose of smoky cherry and some green herb/earth elements. Terrific palate with medium fruit, gritty expansive tannin and energizing acidity. Not particularly complex, but this was really interesting from nose through the entire palate experience. Great alone, but also a perfect match for a white pizza with blue cheese and grilled ribeye slices.
Red
3/18/2019 - thomaskeil wrote:
85 points
Burnt red color. Nose has slightly overripe cherry and noticeable etoh. Palate was a mess of stewed red fruit, tar, thinning tannins, trace acid and heat. Tried over the entire evening to like this wine, but ended up pouring out.
Red
3/17/2019 - thomaskeil Likes this wine:
92 points
While fine on opening, this took several hours to open up. Given age, I was reluctant to decant. Translucent brick red. At 3 hours, cherry and raspberry fruit with dried leaves and musky spice on nose. Medium weight, persistent bright fruit on palate with soft tannins and balancing acidity. Complexity of texture with light/bright expression over creamy/rich. Pleasurable alone and with petrale sole over pea/spring onion risotto. This wine is at a nice plateau.
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Red
3/10/2019 - thomaskeil wrote:
89 points
Opened 2 hours, not decanted. Translucent light burnt-red. Floral and hints of red berries with underlying asian spice on nose. Light weight fruit with soft tannins and a balancing dose of acidity with tinge of mineral. Matched well with fish as this has bright lightly weighted fruit. Drink or hold.
White
2/26/2019 - thomaskeil wrote:
90 points
Good white and citrus fruit presence with zippy mineral/stony acidity. Not a 'statement' wine and spot on for the region.
White
2/11/2019 - thomaskeil wrote:
92 points
Atypical in a good way. Mostly sea shells and floral on the nose; I had to hunt to find lemon and apple. Palate entry begins with velvet fruit, but transforms into almost weightless citrus tinged juice that finishes weigh a light mineral purity. Very finesseful. Not paired with food, but I would aim for something light such as a fresh goat cheese.
Red
2/11/2019 - thomaskeil Likes this wine:
92 points
Elected to not decant; left open for 3 hours. Deep garnet color. Gorgeous nose featuring red fruit/berries, licorice, floral notes and forest floor. Broad medium weight fruit with silky persistence, lightly substantial tannins and mineral acid. Great match for lobster with peas and herbs risotto. Harmonious now but with years to go.
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Red
2/11/2019 - thomaskeil wrote:
89 points
PnSlowOx. Light garnet behind orange/brown. Nose indicates fruit is fading fast, but plenty of secondary/tertiary notes. Some strawberry/cherry still present. Palate is balanced between lighter fruit weight and acidity. My notes from 12 years ago barely noted acidity as is was behind so much fruit. Now it is a harmonious feature. Plan to hunt down my last bottle soon.
White
1/28/2019 - thomaskeil wrote:
92 points
Great shape, starting to mature. Strong sense of fruit weight, but without overt identifiable individual fruit aromas or flavor, beyond light lemony citrus. Good balance of fruit vs mineral/acidity. Not at the level of 2002 or 2008, but no complaints. I intend to drink the remainder of these in the next couple of years.
Red
1/28/2019 - thomaskeil wrote:
92 points
Opened 3 hours without decant. Deep red color. Completely enjoyable from bright fruit with earth and spice components on the nose through a lengthy finish with acidity and some mineral. Not a contemplative wine, but very refreshing, interesting enough and so great with food. No signs of deline.
Red
2016 Comando G La Bruja de Rozas Vinos de Madrid Garnacha, Grenache (view label images)
1/23/2019 - thomaskeil wrote:
90 points
Did not decant. Translucent light garnet. Berries and earth notes on the nose. Palate leads with light, but expressive fresh slice berries with approachable tannins and a good cut of acidity. Surprised by the light color, but I truly enjoyed the unmanipulated expression. Not for long term cellaring.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Camossi Franciacorta Extra Brut Rosé Franciacorta DOCG Pinot Nero, Pinot Noir (view label images)
1/23/2019 - thomaskeil wrote:
91 points
Not a rose as there is no hint of color; maybe a nod to its pinot noir content. Very well balanced with white orchard fruit, some citrus, yeastiness, bright bead and rounded mouth-feel (due to dosage) that is nicely cut by acidity. Lovely as aperitif and, later, even better with food.
White - Sparkling
1/16/2019 - thomaskeil Likes this wine:
91 points
Bright, mineral, citrus and hints of yeast and apple. Very nice.
White
1/15/2019 - thomaskeil Likes this wine:
90 points
White orchard fruit, some citrus and vanilla oak. To me this is too light on the acid/mineral side for a PF and resembles a Cali chard with its fruit and oak. Still, it is quite tasty.
White - Sparkling
12/4/2018 - thomaskeil wrote:
92 points
An array of fruits (apple, lemon, pear), very precise with great mineral and zesty acidity. Complex nose, flavors, and palate feel. Really great.
Red
11/19/2018 - thomaskeil wrote:
88 points
PnP. Fruit is beginning to lean toward raisin-like qualities on the nose and palate. Red berries and bramble till nicely evident. Light acidity and still firmish tannins mixing with heat on the finish.
White
11/19/2018 - thomaskeil wrote:
88 points
Light, crisp food-friendly wine. Apple, citrus, trace mineral
Red
2013 Villa del Cigliano Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
11/11/2018 - thomaskeil wrote:
92 points
PnP. Reddish violet. Cherry and other red fruits, back by an array of lightly expressive floral, tar, and earth notes. Expansive fruit of medium weight on the palate with light tannins, light, balancing acidity and medium penetration. Really quite a harmonious package and uniquely Tuscan.
Red
10/26/2018 - thomaskeil wrote:
91 points
PnP. Had this with room service in a tumbler. Even in this meager setting the charms of this wine shown through. Starting to show brown/orange on the edges (no real rim in a hotel tumbler), nose has bright red fruit with evident crushed dried herbs, pine floor and some slight oak/vanilla. Palate is balanced ever so slightly towards its Cali fruit, but with bright acidity and easy/grainy tannins. Almost elegant, but certainly enjoyable alone or enhancing an almost dreadful meal.
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Red
10/8/2018 - thomaskeil wrote:
92 points
Decanted for one hour. Still deep violet red. Similar to first encounter in 2010, but clearly more expressive now. Red cherry fruit really prominent on the nose, with tar, floral notes, vanilla (oak) and pepper. Almost heavy fruit on entry is kept light enough by the fine tannins and good acidity. Licorice/anise notes after midpalate as the fruit flavors recede a bit. Bit of heat on finish.
White
10/8/2018 - thomaskeil wrote:
91 points
Well delineated, tart/mineral/citrus white burg with a round center of tropical and white orchard fruit. Medium/light oak. Interesting and pleasing from nose to palate.
Red
9/24/2018 - thomaskeil Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted 2 hours (definitely opened as a result and plenty of sediment). Deep cherry red. Nose has plenty of dark berries, cassis, leather, tobacco and some dried herb. Palate is a delight with great integration/balance. Lush fruit, firmish tannins and acidity all evident if sought separately, but forms a nice harmony. This is in a great place with a little air. No signs of age other than copious sediment.
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White
9/18/2018 - thomaskeil wrote:
87 points
White fruit and some acidity. Palate is a bit 'clunky and lacks tension, refinement; more like a dry fruit juice.
Red
9/18/2018 - thomaskeil Likes this wine:
91 points
Opened 3 hours before serving and elected not to decant. This wine has really developed since my last note 6 years ago. Now with both primary and secondary notes on the expressive nose (cherries, strawberry, dried leaves, earth, floral notes and flint). Palate has a underlying creamy, light fruit painted with lifting acidity, mineral and light, but firm tannins. Served with seared opah and saffron risotto too great effect. Everyone kept returning to the bottle for more sniffs and sips as the wine slowly evolved. Now ready and should last; decant optional.
White
9/16/2018 - thomaskeil Likes this wine:
91 points
Evident stone, apple, lemon on the nose. Palate is a bit steely in a good way. Crisp but with a little fruit weight/roundness. Great on the deck on an unseasonably warm evening.
Red
8/20/2018 - thomaskeil Likes this wine:
90 points
PnP. Nice expression of Pinot. A little on the dark fruit and color side of the spectrum. Floral notes, somewhat tannic, nice acidity.
Red
8/13/2018 - thomaskeil Likes this wine:
90 points
Elected to decant as this was a bit closed. After almost 3 hours the dark berry fruit, blood and pepper (?) were evident. Palate is pretty balanced with medium+ fruit weight, a pretty sizable dose of gritty tannin and balancing acidity. Work well with pork chops, carmelized peaches and lemon/garlic/rosemary as both the tannin and acid were good offsets to the meat and sweetness.
White
8/13/2018 - thomaskeil wrote:
91 points
Interesting contrast to the last bottle. This one crisp, mineral and with plenty of acidity. Citrus/apple/pear on nose and with a saline quality. Terrific with food. I have a few of these left and I hoping they resemble this one.
White
8/6/2018 - thomaskeil wrote:
92 points
Initially flint and rocks on the nose . With air and warming floral notes, white orchard fruit and some citrus emerged. Palate is light, tart and mineral. Fruit textures emerged with time. No hurry to open. Fine now, but consider a decant.
White
7/16/2018 - thomaskeil Likes this wine:
91 points
Seemed be more expressive and 'deeper' than last note (4 years ago). Same exact aromas, sense of mineral and freshness. Definitely had some extra weight and length/complexity this time.
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Red
7/16/2018 - thomaskeil wrote:
93 points
Opened 3 hours before serving and elected not to decant (left open). Ruby/garnet with some light orange on rim. Nose has a mix of fresh cherry/plum and dried fruits, vanilla/oak, flint/stone, white pepper, and garrique. Palate is amazing with gritty (pleasant) tannins balancing fruit in an elegant manner. Acidity and mineral throughout. Long, persistent flavors that evolve. Decanting an option. This has years and years of life.
Red
5/28/2018 - thomaskeil wrote:
92 points
Four years since the last bottle. This time I elected not to decant as it was quite expressive on opening. I see a very slight brown tinge that was not noted last time. Everything else applies. This is a vibrant, complex wine. Judging by its age, it should continue to be wonderful for years to come.
White
5/28/2018 - thomaskeil wrote:
92 points
This wine beautifully combines sweet-fruit weightiness with vivid counterbalancing acidity. The nose is complex with tropical, citrus and hint of green fruit. It also has metal, floral notes and vanilla/nuttiness. Slightly higher fruit weight on the palate for a Sancerre, but truly dances on the palate with hard to pin down character that keeps your attention.
Red
5/20/2018 - thomaskeil wrote:
90 points
Splash decanted (some benefit as the medium/light fruit was reticent). Light red in color. The fruit on the nose leans towards lighter berries and floral notes; also some cherry and a hint of earth (not detecting oak). Medium light fruit weigh with a bright crunchiness, light tannins and quite evident acidity. All seems in balance. Was better with food (white pizza), but would not put this Brunello with red meat as a first choice. Drink or hold.
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Red
5/14/2018 - thomaskeil wrote:
92 points
Left open 3 hours before serving, elected to not decant -- worked fine but will decant the next one. Garnet with some orange. Stone, red berries and floral notes on nose. Medium (-) weight fruit enveloped by equal parts mineral acidity and tannins. Underlying richness of fruit. Great with food and the nose continued to transform throughout the evening, taking on more asian spice and earth notes. Amazing bargain and with many years to develop.
Red
4/30/2018 - thomaskeil wrote:
92 points
Decanted 2 hours and could have used at least double that. Translucent garnet/brown. Nose with cherry, pine, floral notes, black pepper, flint/brass and touch of background oak/vanilla. Palate with fresh, medium weight fruit, zippy acidity and hard-edged tannins. Good persistence and finishing with some mineral. With pork chop and gnocchi the tannins receded considerably and accented the cherry flavors, enhancing both the wine and the food. Charming wine that’s built for the table.
White
4/8/2018 - thomaskeil wrote:
93 points
Figured this would be nice, given the vintage and 1er cru, but this truly exceeded expectations. Bright white orchard and citrus fruits on nose and palate. Zingy palate feel that never approaches tart. Stony mineral. Really alive and craves food. Hugely popular at the table.
Red
4/8/2018 - thomaskeil wrote:
94 points
Opened for 4 hours, but elected not to decant. Nearly translucent violet red. Nose has mix of red and dark berries, pepper, earth and garrique - transfixing. Palate has medium weight fruit, active tannins, good acidity acidity, some etoh heat (but not out of proportion). Nice penetration and length. Complexity of aromas, flavor and palate feel. This is in a very good place. Great match with pork tenderloin.
White - Sparkling
4/8/2018 - thomaskeil wrote:
92 points
Elegant in an fine, understated manner. Lemon, mineral, slight yeast and apple on the nose. Light to medium fruit on palate, made lighter by fine mousse. Beautiful mineral/acid balance to fruit. Vibrant and open.
White
3/19/2018 - thomaskeil wrote:
94 points
A real stunner. Bright citrus-driven fruit with mineral, floral and white pepper notes on nose. Exquisitely balanced palate of mouth-coating, lightly-flavored fruit that matches the lacy mineral acidity and then persists and penetrates. Mouth watering before dinner and then a perfect match with seared cod.
White
3/8/2018 - thomaskeil wrote:
91 points
Round tropical fruit with bracing flinty acidity. Good persistence. Love the balance.
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