Tasting Notes for Rieslingfan

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White - Sparkling
4/20/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Fresh, clean, apple and citrus fruit, with a nice mouthfeel, this is an excellent value in sparkling wine. The $16 price tag beats out pretty much anything in the range, and things that cost more. No idea if it would age at all, but who cares. Buy, drink, repeat.
Red
4/19/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Popped and poured at a restaurant, this was open and giving tons of pleasure from nearly the first sip. It took about ten minutes to shake off time in bottle, then the rich, plummy fruit took center stage, supported by floral tones and a light touch of citrus. The brighter elements of the Viognier kept the richness of the Syrah in balance, and added a sleek element to the mid-palate. We ended up bringing about a third of the bottle back home, and finished it off about an hour later. The Syrah depths of the wine took on more focus, and added further gravitas, along with some added complexity, as the meaty, leathery aspect were added to the fruit a floral from earlier in the evening. I could see drinking this wine anytime over the next decade or more. It brings great pleasure now, but has the material and balance for a long future.
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White
4/17/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Refreshing, bright, barely off-dry, food friendly, and just barely starting to develop some aged complexity, this is still on the young side. For about $20 it's a great value, and an pleasing dinner companion.

I recently had the 2011 version, which was a little fleshier, and notably sweeter (but also still very young). This one hits all the right notes for the more classically style 2012 vintage.
Red
4/16/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Last minute replacement, as the planned wine was corked. This is dangerously drinkable, with luscious black fruit, a touch of vanilla, and a kick of spice on the finish. Yummy, which is, as well we’ll know, the winemaker’s intention!
Red
2014 Matthiasson Red Wine Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/15/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Early days, but it's what I wanted to drink. It shows a deep red color, and restrained aromatics, centered on black cherry, violets, rosemary and turned earth. The palate balance is impressive, with nothing out of place or sticking out. Moderate depth throughout, this is classically styled, and built to age for several years.
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Red
4/8/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Corked
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Red
I fought a pitched battle with the cork. The cork won. So after passing the wine through a fine mesh filter, I poured a glass of deep ruby red wine. It was quite forward, with red fruit, herbs and a bit of leather. Pretty much dead on Tempranillo. Easy to drink, it will make a great match with grilled meat, as it should!
White
4/7/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Low alcohol (7.5%), bright acidity, salty minerality, and crunchy apple fruit, spritzed with lemon juice. This is classic kabinett, with moderate sweetness, and infinite drinkability.
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White
4/5/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
In a prime drinking window for those who like some age on their German Riesling, this has developed a smoky overlay to the fruit, as well as a very interesting textural style. It wanders between creamy and oily, then the acidity takes over in the finish. It is still characteristic of the 2007 vintage, so if you are looking for laser focused acidity, I would choose a different vintage. There is never a bad vintage of Saarburger Rausch Kabinett. They just reflect the site, and the conditions of the year.
Red
4/4/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Young, quite tight, and also notably tannic. It’s got plenty of stuffing to ago for a good long while, but typically unfriendly Pommard for now.
Red
4/3/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
First time with a Goodfellow wine, but thankfully it won’t be the last. Clarity, purity and elegance are the first things that come to mind. Then the tannins kick in, and it’s clear that this wine means business. It has balance, but in a serious way. I could just quaff it, as the entry is fruity and friendly, but it’s compelling enough that I just can’t do that. The ripe strawberry and cherry fruit persists through to the finish, so that friendliness stays present, and promises that, aligned with the fine structure, there is ample room for development over the next several years. This is convincing stuff.
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Red
4/3/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Rose petals and warm herbs drift atop a bed of dusty red fruit and worn leather. Sneaky tannins break through in the mid-palate, to remind me that thirteen is still so early for an LdH Rioja. Time and patience are allies.
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Red
4/1/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Not yet ready to go, but this shows as a modern classic. Blackberry, cassis, herb, strong, balanced tannins, and a finishing acid kick to manage the rich depth, make for a strong, early showing for this wine. It has the balance to allow for many years of profitable aging. Drink from 2025 to eternity.
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White
4/1/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
A few years in the cellar, and this is in the zone. Ripe lemon, peach skin, seashell and salty minerals create a compelling, invigorating sensation that keeps drawing me back for more. Moderate acids make it very easy to drink, with (pan seared scallops) or without food. Wonderful.
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White
3/31/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Time to start checking the 2012s for premox, and this wine (under DIAM) is in fine form. Lemon curd, crisp pear, chalky minerality, it’s all there. Some have said it’s not showing “Chablis” enough, but let’s understand climate change, and that in most vintages, wines are going to be at least a little bit riper. It still shows as Chablis, with deep minerality and clean flavors. Wonderful wine that is developing very well.
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Red
3/30/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Berserker Day purchase to try out the wines of Ian Brand.

This starts with all the hallmarks of Grenache. It’s a pretty, strawberry red color, and it has bright, fresh, ripe red fruit on the nose and palate. What set it apart for me was that it had a denser mid-palate than what I typically encounter with California Grenache. It wasn’t just flash and flair. There was a depth to the wine that had me going back sip after sip, trying to get at what was ultimately an elusive core. I am glad to have a second bottle, as I want to let it rest for a little while, and see if that core unfurls. Very interesting wine.
Red
3/30/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Finally developing near 23 years past the vintage, this is still marked by very high acidity, but it at least now has some pretty aromatics. It definitely needs food to soften its stern personality. I would drink soon, lest the remaining fruit dry out, leaving a very harsh shell.
Red
3/28/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
There is a light at the end of the Rhys Pinot development tunnel. This still shows healthy red fruit, but it also has loamy earth, leafy underbrush and crushed herbs. The tannins are still apparent, but there is sufficient fruit to balance. This is on a great path for drinking any time over the next several years.
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Red
3/27/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Two years since release, and nobody on CT has tried this wine? Well that won’t do.

It’s really deep purple. It’s Machine Head deep purple. Hope I don’t get any on my white shirt. Grapey, piney, showing touches of fresh chopped rosemary and warm underbrush, it is like hiking a dusty trail on a hot day. Then the tannins hit, like stubbing your toe on a rock. It hurts a bit, you land on your hands and knees, and wince. You gather yourself for a minute, then the brightness and fruit hold out a hand and picks you up.

There’s one more bottle, and it may sit a long time. This wine has teeth, but it also has flesh.
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White
3/25/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Slightly cloudy from the partial skin-contact, this was effusive on the nose from the get go. Served at cellar temperature (55-ish), it was medium-bodied and bright on the palate, showing lots of pithy fruit elements, as well as a bit of brambly spice. It warmed up to maybe 60 degrees or so, and that extra bit of warmth opened the aromatics further, with more tree fruit, fresh hay and a touch of honeysuckle. Served with some cacio e pepe (heavy on the pepper), and grilled chicken, and the pairing worked very well.
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White
3/21/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Richly fruity, significant spice, medium to full bodied, and with a very long finish. It’s a really delicious wine, but very similar to a Ramey Hyde Chardonnay that sells for half the price.
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White
3/19/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Completely in the zone right now, this shows honeyed ripe fruit, floral tones, and deep minerality. The palate carries peach and mango fruit through a completely dry and persistent finish. What's most impressive is the depth of flavor for a barely medium-bodied wine.
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White
3/16/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Wow. Just wow. This is so good. Full of peach and pear fruit, bits of lime and cress underneath, and amazing palate density, this wine manages to be full bodied and yet lithe at the same time. The balance is spot on, so it magically disappears from the glass. Stunning Grüner Veltliner, that stands at the top of the heap for the variety. I am sure it has tons of time to go, but please drink one soon if you have it.
White
3/15/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Six years ago I said drink up. Turns out I still had one more bottle, and I opened it last night. Still very fine, with candied pear, spice and good freshness. No sense that the wine is tiring at all. 2000 has been a much maligned vintage, but Trimbach did very well.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
3/13/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Served blind to my tasting group, this was in a spectacular spot, with light caramel tones gliding over still vibrant tropical fruit and sage elements. Rich but not heavy, it was never tiring, no matter how many sips I took. Fabulous wine!
Red
3/13/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
I played a dirty trick on my blind tasting group with this wine. About 3 hours prior to the tasting, I decanted two halves of the magnum into two identical decanters, and placed them side-by-side in the same flight. The comments were all over the place. Some said - same wine, different vintages - "wine two is clearly older", "wine one is much more tannic", while others thought same producer, two different vineyards. I was having a very hard time keeping a straight face.

Overall the wine showed very well, with some brooding black fruit, loamy earth tones, herbal elements, and just a hint of funk. Moderate tannins in balance with the fruit, so good aging potential, but not so harsh as to preclude pleasure now. I really enjoyed drinking it.
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White - Off-dry
3/13/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Served alongside the 2002 Felsenberg Spatlese in a blind flight for my tasting group, the Kupfergrube took the flight with a deeper palate of fruit, an iron core, and fantastic length. It’s drinking so we’ll now, but probably has ten more years to full maturity, and two more decades of life after that. Spectacular stuff.
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White - Off-dry
3/13/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Served blind to my tasting group alongside the 2002 Kupfergrube, this showed less complex, but still beautifully into early maturity. Red cherry and peach fruit was supplemented by smoky minerals, and a light hint of creaminess on the finish. Tons of time left here, but it is a fun wine to drink right now, as are pretty much all the 2002 Donnhoff Spatlesen.
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Red
2001 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/13/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Another wine served blind, and decanted about 3 hours prior to service...

This was a bit darker in color than the 2001 Pontet Canet is was served with, and had a darker fruit profile - more black fruit than red. That being said, it also showed developing complexity, with a rich, earthy core, and touches of spice, cedar and a little lingering touch of vanilla. It's got plenty of stuffing, and it's evolving in a nice direction. I would hold off for another 3 years or so to allow it to continue on the current aging curve. What was once borderline too modern in style for my taste, is rounding into a lovely wine, evocative of Bordeaux, and more specifically Pessac.
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Red
2001 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/13/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Served as part of a blind tasting, and decanted about three hours prior to serving, this was gorgeous, textbook Pauillac. One of the guys actually said "this is clearly Pauillac" as he was tasting the wine. It really was classic, with red fruit, pencil shavings, etc. and still excellent fruit density and firm but maturing tannins. While it showed very well initially, it blossomed even more two hours later when we had a chance to re-taste. So five hours of air did the wine nothing but good. It's a wonderful drink now with all that air, so clearly it's going nowhere soon. Take your time, and enjoy now or later!
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White
3/12/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
24 hours of air made a world of difference, as the fruit opened up, and the mid-palate filled out. So either wait a few years, or give it a splash decant, and a few hours to open up. After that it’s delicious, medium bodied and clearly a different shade of Chardonnay from Hyde. This one is a bit leaner, more lemony, rather than the tropical tones of Hyde. Ramey quality, reflecting the character of the vineyard.
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White - Off-dry
3/12/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
It's all too easy to approach the final wines of Hans-Günter Schwarz career at Catoir with a sort of reverence. A bit of effort is required to clear the mind, and focus on what the wine has to give. This wine has a lot to give!

Purchased on release, and stored at a some what glacially cold temperature, the wine had barely moved into a light golden color. After thirty minutes of air the aromatics opened up, with a full plate of tropical fruits, and an light spice undertone. Only moderately sweet on the palate after eighteen years in the bottle (feinherb level perhaps), the palate maintained bright acidity, with a bit of finishing creaminess. I probably would have guess a 7-10 year old wine if I had been served this blind, and it looks like there are many more years ahead for well stored bottles. Riesling magic.

#2134 bottling
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White
3/10/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
I first tried this wine seven years ago, and it was much too severe. Patience won out for a change, and going back to it now, there has been a significant transformation. It’s still brightly acidic, but the aromatic and palate elements have opened and developed to supplement the bracing structure. Pineapple, lemon zest, a touch of cashew and high toned florals lay atop a bed of minerals. It’s now a fascinating, rather than punishing wine. The acids are still not for the faint of heart, but it’s a great pick me up!
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Red
3/9/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Holy tannin Batman! Thinking of opening this? Don’t! Give it many years in the cellar.
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Red
3/9/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Feels like this is closed in now. The tannins are really grippy, and stunt the finish. The entry is great. Just seems to need time to fan out a bit.
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Red
3/9/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Much more a D&R wine than a Merlot. Light, red fruited, bright acids and a pleasing herbal streak carry through until the tannins clamp down on the finish. I’ve never had a Merlot from Alder Springs, so I cannot speak to how the site carries through this variety. It does impart some grip! I will be interested to see how this evolves over the next several years.
Red
3/6/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Rounding into maturity, as the leather, earth and spice elements take center stage, supported by deep red fruit. There's still plenty of stuffing, so the dusty finishing tannins are not a problem. Maybe another 12-18 months before this is fully into tertiary, and I'll leave my last bottle for at least that long, just to see what happens. Overall this has been a successful first vintage of Tempranillo for John Lockwood at Enfield. His more recent vintages show an even more deft handling of the variety, so they should evolve quite well over time.
Red
3/3/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
There is still lots of time for this wine, but it gives a lot of pleasure now. Deep red fruit, black pepper, roasted meat and cinnamon & cedar spice are backed by fresh acidity and moderate tannins. The best aspect of the wine is it’s palate depth. It’s hard to get to the bottom of it. Right at the back end there is a deep umami element, combining the crispy, seasoned edges of a properly cooked roast with a dash of soy. Fascinating stuff.
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White - Sparkling
3/2/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Right off the bat the aromatics were striking and gorgeous. Fresh pear, apple and light toast, complimented by lemon zest kept me going back to the glass, just to smell the wine. I expected a more evolved palate, but it showed quite racy, with most of the expected richness reserved for the finish. Fun to drink now, but likely still has a good bit of runway. I will hold my last bottle for several more years just to see where it goes.
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Red
2/28/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Served blind, this was completely dominated by a jarring sweetness on the palate. It was so sweet that it actually made me recoil from tasting it. It gave the impression of being picked at an extremely ripe level and then watered back to create some sort of wine-like beverage. Thankfully the other Beauregard Pinot served in the same blind flight was less sweet (only in comparison!), but the distinct palate sweetness seems to be a thing for this producer's Pinot Noirs. I'll stay away.
Red
2/28/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Served blind, and easily recognizable as Pinot Noir, this had some elegance, as well as good palate balance. My one concern was a notable palate sweetness that came dangerously close to candied. It didn't fit with how the rest of the wine expressed itself. Maybe it's just in an odd spot, but the more I drank of this, the more the sweetness stood out, and dominated the wine. Judgement reserved for this one.
Red
2/26/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Tasted over the course of two evenings, this blossomed on the second night. The classic sappy red fruit of Evangelho, supported by earthy, dark spice tones, was backed up by solid acidity and moderate tannin. As is so often the case, Evangelho is eminently drinkable. The balance certainly allows for aging, but there is no downside to opening one now. Just give it some air to let it unfurl.
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Red
2003 Château Fontenil Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/24/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
While this was clearly marked by the vintage, with its roasted plum fruit, it was not out of balance or heavy. It was a bit slick, but that's not surprising given the producer, yet quite drinkable. I don't see it turning into some aged, complex gem, so drinking soon is advised. Overall a pleasing wine though.
White - Off-dry
2/24/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Rich pineapple and lychee aromas that filled the room, effusively fruity palate and a mature, smoky finish to this delectable Gewurztraminer. My last bottle, and what a way to go. Luscious!
Red
2/22/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
It is hard to believe that it's been about two and a half years since I last had this D&R bottling. In 2016 I said it had me in the mind of Bandol. My very first sip last night did the exact same thing. I said (out loud), that if Hardy Wallace was making Domaine Tempier, it might taste like the Stoney Creek. Dark cherry fruit, leather, earth tones, some wild herbs, it was all there. It was just on a lighter frame. The structure was a little light for being Bandol-esque, but that just made it easier to drink. I still have one bottle left, and may leave it for a number of years, just to see what evolves. Fascinating stuff.
White
2/20/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
I had a bottle two months ago, and I thought things were opening up. This bottle was shut down hard. The material is clearly there, but it did not express itself over several hours. I left the rest to try again in 24 hours.
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