Tasting Notes for jarfour

(232 notes on 204 wines)

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Rosé
4/25/2020 - jarfour Likes this wine:
90 points
Lightish nose of honeysuckle and frisky sliced peaches. Mouth is surprisingly full, lots of nectarine, pretty complex and pleasantly heavy for a rose. Lingering finish of a just underripe strawberry tops off this delightful wine.
Red
11/13/2019 - jarfour Likes this wine:
89 points
Great dark deep color. Nose of dried cherry and cedar wood with some spice box. Mouth is medium weight with tart black cherry that blooms into a slight dusty and raisinous middle with a quick, lightly tannin finish. Delicious on its own or with a lighter meal.
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White
10/10/2019 - jarfour Likes this wine:
89 points
Had this in Belgium. Lovely little white. Bright, floral nose of white flowers and stone fruit. Mouth is clean, nice balance of citrus with touch of honey. Moderate finish.
Red
10/5/2019 - jarfour Likes this wine:
90 points
Nose of black currant and violets with a little black olive tapenade. Mouth is a touch dry up front but blooms into blackberries and mulling spices. Finishes a bit hot with lingering white pepper and a lovely barbecue-y smoke.
Red
10/4/2019 - jarfour Likes this wine:
89 points
Nice cherry on the nose with a touch of smoke. Mouth is pretty full for a Pinot. Black cherry, with a hint of rhubarb pie and then closes with notes of brown sugar.
White
1/25/2019 - jarfour Likes this wine:
90 points
Lovely Albariño. Nose of honeysuckle, nectarine, and the ocean. Mouth is surprisingly full bodied but not syrupy. Great pear and nectarine with nicely balanced citrus and a little grassy towards the end. Settles into a nice, long finish.
White
1/11/2019 - jarfour Likes this wine:
88 points
Distinct and tasty wine for the price. Great one to start off an evening. Nose is light and floral with a touch of vanilla. Mouth is medium heavy for a chenin blanc but not cloying. Taste is a lovely mix of white peach, apple pie spices, and a finish into key lime custard.
Red
1/3/2019 - jarfour wrote:
93 points
Terrific Cab, won our New Year's Eve blind tasting!
Red
8/25/2018 - jarfour Likes this wine:
88 points
Nose of plum and brambles with nice vanilla notes. Mouth is medium-light, especially for a Zin. Taste is a slightly underripe plum and pastisse. Slips away quick in the finish which transition with solid black pepper heat.
Red
4/17/2018 - jarfour Likes this wine:
90 points
Nose of dark chocolate, leather, stewed plum, and raspberry. Mouth is ligher than one would expect for the nose and flavor. Taste is bright fruit well balanced with acid and tannin. All around yummy.
Red
3/7/2018 - jarfour Likes this wine:
89 points
Nose of black cherry, raisins, and wet slate. Mouth is surprisingly full, unexpected citrus with rich black cherry. Interesting for a priorat. In a good way.
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Red
2014 Rupert & Rothschild Classique Coastal Region Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/24/2018 - jarfour Likes this wine:
89 points
Nose of black cherry, saddle leather, and pepper. Mouth is light, bright, quick fruit with light tannins. Well balanced but a bit fleeting on it own.
Red
2/2/2018 - jarfour Likes this wine:
89 points
Nose of violet and saddle leather with a touch of sweetness (raspberry blow pop). Mouth is dry and little dusty. Fruit blooms with well balanced tannins. Not too acidic. Slightly underripe strawberry with a touch of graphite pencil. Finish is pretty quick with lingering heat.
Red
1/26/2018 - jarfour wrote:
87 points
Nose of raisins and stewed plums with hints of leather and all spice. Mouth has tight fruit, slightly under-ripe strawberries. Quickishcfinish with some lingering heat and tannin.
White
1/12/2018 - jarfour wrote:
75 points
Usually like Austrian Reislings but this one stayed too much on the side of sour.
White
11/6/2017 - jarfour Likes this wine:
92 points
Amazing color of golden straw. Nose of white flowers, Meyer lemon, and underripe pears. Mouth is lush, slightly syrupy (in a good way), rolling into honey and orange evolving into a finish of honeydew melon with the crispness of a Sauvignon blanc. Yummy.
Red
7/23/2017 - jarfour Likes this wine:
91 points
Sure the rating is based in part of the price, but the bottom line is this is an eminantly drinkable wine. Nose of stewed blueberries and violets. Mouth is surprisingly full, starts thin with predominantly blueberry flavors but blooms into an expansive balance of fruit, soft tannins, and some heat. The growth continues into an incredible finish that is long lasting with oddly enough a butteriness (brown butteriness if that is a thing) and lingering spice and heat.
White
7/14/2017 - jarfour wrote:
84 points
Wine is fine but unremarkable.
White
7/14/2017 - jarfour Likes this wine:
87 points
Very well balanced wine. Light nose of white flowers and strawberry plants. But heavier than most Pinot Gris with a touch of sweetness to match. Big taste that transitions to a very pleasing and long finish. But pretty midline I terms of flavor, nice but not particularly striking.
White
6/15/2017 - jarfour Likes this wine:
89 points
Nose of white peach and honeydew with lemon zest. Mouth is medium full. A touch of sweetness with just underripe peach, grapefruit, and lemon. Finish is medium length with balanced flavors.
White
6/7/2017 - jarfour wrote:
84 points
Nose of pink grapefruit and honeysuckle. Almost Reisling-like. Mouth is medium dry with well balanced stone fruit and a pleasant touch of citrus that rolls into a lingering finish. Nice but nothing too remarkable.
Rosé
6/5/2017 - jarfour wrote:
83 points
Lightly perfumed nose of white peach and rose petals. Mouth is heavy-ish for a rose. Big, like biting into a crisp red apple. Finish is medium-quick with light tannins. Wine was ok but nothing particularly special about it.
Red
6/4/2017 - jarfour Likes this wine:
90 points
Nose of black fruit, pepper, spice box, hint of green pepper. Mouth is medium full with blackberry, nice pepper, and strong but balanced tannins. Nice dustiness. Finish is quicker on the fruit than on the tannins with nice lingering heat.
White
5/19/2017 - jarfour wrote:
85 points
Simple Chablis. Pleasant but not distinctive. Loaded with green apple and lemon. Light finish.
Red
2014 Department 66 D66 Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
5/5/2017 - jarfour Likes this wine:
88 points
Nose is lightish. Brambles with a touch of perfume. Black cassis. Mouth is medium full. A bit sweet, strawberries and basil. Hint of spice box. Finish is refreshingly spicy and warming.
White
2015 Luigi Baudana Langhe Bianco Dragon Langhe DOC Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay (view label images)
12/17/2016 - jarfour wrote:
91 points
Inviting nose of honeydew melon with a little grassiness. The mouth is medium heavy with bold white stone fruit well balanced with acidity and a sweetish lingering finish. Lovely.
White
12/16/2016 - jarfour wrote:
86 points
Great nose of tropical fruits. Matches with initial big sweetness and citrus balanced by moderate tannin. Not enough to round it out though. Probably better with spicy food.
Rosé - Sparkling
4/17/2016 - jarfour wrote:
89 points
Great balance of light sweetness and light tannin. Great summer wine.
Red
1/30/2016 - jarfour Likes this wine:
89 points
Nose of dark cherries, leather, brambles. Mouth is full and rich, sweeter than the nose suggest. Medium-quick dry finish. Yummy.
Red
6/30/2015 - jarfour Likes this wine:
90 points
Bigger nose than other Seghesio Zins. The mouth is silky soft, with moderate red fruit that quickly slides into a long, mellow, peppery finish that lingers.
Red
6/22/2015 - jarfour Likes this wine:
90 points
Medium-thick nose of dark fruits and earth. Mouth is lighter than expected but rich with moderate fruit (plum compote) very well balanced tannins, and great spice that builds into a peppery finish.
Red
5/23/2015 - jarfour Likes this wine:
91 points
Nose of black cherry, some cedar, and confectioners sugar. Mouth is starts with an explosion of dark cherries and pomegranate. Medium quick finish with nice, lingering tannins.
Red
4/18/2015 - jarfour Likes this wine:
90 points
Nose full of black currant, violets, and a little black pepper. Mouth is subtle at first, hints of sweetness and solid fruit. Rolls into a medium finish with nice tannins.
Red
11/27/2014 - jarfour wrote:
84 points
Still pretty tight.

White
11/14/2014 - jarfour wrote:
90 points
Color is old-painting gold. Nose is rich with honey dew and floral tones. Mouth is full, heavier than expected, with great citrus (lime, green apple) to balance the subtle sweetness. Finish lingers. Great wine.
Red
9/25/2014 - jarfour wrote:
87 points
Decanted for about an hour. Medium nose of dark berries, rich soil, leather. Mouth is big, full of fruit.
Red
5/16/2014 - jarfour wrote:
90 points
Great dark color. Nose of black cherry, violets, hunt of vanilla ice cream. Mouth builds into dark fruit, moderate tannins, and nice spiciness. Finish lingers a bit. I've always loved this wine, but 2011 seems lighter and quicker than earlier years. This one lacks the rustiness and bold depth of earlier vintages. It's really good but seems to be a slight step back. But still yummy.
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Red
4/19/2014 - jarfour wrote:
89 points
Nose of stewed fruit, grilled meat, and tobacco. Mouth is a bit smaller than expected but rich with fruit, spice box, great balanced tannin. Closes with a touch of sweetness in a medium-long finish.
White
4/18/2014 - jarfour wrote:
90 points
Actually the 2013. Light, clean nose of white peach and wet stone. Mouth starts small and warms up with green apple and kiwi. Continues to bloom info a warm, long finish that balances fruit and citrus. Great summer wine.
White
2012 Orin Swift Mannequin California Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay (view label images)
3/26/2014 - jarfour wrote:
89 points
Delightful white. Nose of lemon and honeydew melon. Mouth is inviting, bold flavored in the front of the mouth. Tropical fruit and pineapple with hints of spices. The finish stays forward in the mouth. Evolves into a pleasant nuttiness with good heat and acidity.
White
2/28/2014 - jarfour wrote:
89 points
Wow. Nose of white peach and stone fruit. Mouth stars with the fruit then expands into citrus with a sweetish finish. Medium light and delicious.
Red
2/20/2014 - jarfour Likes this wine:
92 points
What a great wine. Decanted about 40 minutes. Complex nose, well balanced with red currant and strawberry, spice box, cedar, and a general savory/earthiness. Mouth it also well formed and complex. A moderate entry of fruit, more into blueberry, that blossoms into heat and spice and a long lingering glow. Yummy.
Red
9/14/2013 - jarfour wrote:
92 points
Last of my 2007s. Boy has this wine aged well. Nose of dark berries and plum. Good undertones of sandalwood, mulling spices, and smoke. Mouth is rich and rewarding. Warm glowing berry expands throughout the mouth, coating every surface. The tannins slowly ease into the picture followed by a pleasant expansion of heat. Finish is long and lingering, heat on the edge of the tongue, fruit and tannin throughout. Boy will I miss having a bottle of this around.
Red
9/6/2013 - jarfour wrote:
90 points
Nose full of ripe fruit and spices. Undertones of a moist chocolate cake. Mouth is medium full. A bit more acidic than you would expectation first but it quickly blooms into a warm, full moth of fruit and spice box. Like others, I found it a little hot but that dissipates quickly. Finish is warm, glowing, and very pleasant and slowly fades away.
Red
2010 Turkey Flat Butchers Block Barossa Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
7/26/2013 - jarfour wrote:
89 points
Nose of blueberry pie with vanilla and toasted white bread. Mouth is full with a medium-quick explosion of blueberry with a little blood orangey-type citrus notes. Quickly transitions to a pleasant bloom of heat in the back of the tongue and into the belly. Hopefully with age, some longer earth notes will balance out the finish and really frame out the wine. But all around quite drinkable.
Red
4/26/2013 - jarfour wrote:
89 points
Nice bold fruit and strong but pleasant tannins. Mouth was a bit bitter, could taste it at the back of the throat. Good heat on the finish.
White
2011 Buty Sémillon/Sauvignon/Muscadelle Columbia Valley Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
4/23/2013 - jarfour Likes this wine:
90 points
Drank this a little warmer than the previous versions. Really opened it up. Bigger floral notes in the nose. The mouth was fuller (the semi-syrupy aspect evaporated) with explosive citrus and even a bit of pepperiness. Quicker finish but lingering pleasant tones. Great wine.
White
3/27/2013 - jarfour wrote:
92 points
Mildly buttery with an excellent balance of acidity. Nose of honeysuckle, pear, white peach, and a little wet stone. The mouth is solid, inviting, and blooms into delicious explosion of sweet peach, lemon custard, and lemon zest. Finish is a bit quick but very satisfying.
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