Tasting Notes for wagonwine

(742 notes on 726 wines)

1 - 50 of 742 Sort order
White
9/29/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
92 points
Showing very well tonight with pretty florals, mineral, and petrol. A touch if RS to balance the sturdy spine of acidity. Lovely pairing with a simple ginger-rice dish.
1 person found this helpful Comment
White
9/22/2020 - wagonwine wrote:
88 points
Solid dry rendition, but lacking the aromatic impact that I love with above average rieslings. A touch of petrol, some zest, but certainly muted. Some grapefruit and a hint of kiwi on the palate.
Red
9/19/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
92 points
Consistent with prior notes. Drink now through 2026.
Red
9/14/2020 - wagonwine Does not like this wine:
84 points
Uninspiring and more oak than needed. Shared with a dinner group, and nobody found this interesting or enjoyable.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
9/11/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
90 points
A very good Columbia Valley bottling, though surprisingly did not hold well on day 2. Fruit and smoke dominate, with less meat and game than other Syrahs from some sub AVAs.
Red
9/10/2020 - wagonwine wrote:
88 points
Perfectly enjoyable, but falls short at this tier. Dusted, musky red fruits with tannins and acidity that still show edges at year 8. Aromatically good, but lacks the seduction expected of great Pinot Noir.
Red
9/7/2020 - wagonwine wrote:
87 points
Relatively clean compared to many nattie wines. Bordeaux elegance with milder tannins than expected and a touch of "grandpa" on the nose - cigar, earth, and something you can't quite name. Enjoyable without rising above the masses. At the price, to be expected.
Red
9/2/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
92 points
Broad shouldered, inky, and structured. Will hold remaining bottles until 2025+. Great potential here. Already solid, though requires food.
Red
8/25/2020 - wagonwine wrote:
87 points
Agree with last note from a year ago. Brett is too dominant for my palate, though others may find it moderate enough to still enjoy.
Red
8/6/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
92 points
No notes taken. Solid and thoroughly enjoyable. Aromatically pure and alive, and a palate without fault. Delicious.
Red
2014 Gillmore Mariposa Loncomilla Valley Red Blend (view label images)
8/4/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
90 points
Lean mean herbacious machine. Tastes more like a Syrah Carmenere blend than Syrah Merlot. More medium in body than anticipated. Thoroughly enjoyed, the the palates falls just short enough to keep this in the 89-90 range.
White
7/30/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
90 points
Lemon oil meets lemon drops, florals, and marzipan. Moderate intensity on the nose leads to medium plus body and medium plus acidity. A new variety for me, and one I would enjoy drinking again with shellfish or cream-based dishes.
Red
7/28/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
91 points
Wild strawberry, cherry, forest floor and soil are followed by a tensile palate that marries silk and crunch. Medium tannins and acid, the finish showcases the concrete and low to no new oak usage. Fruit, stems, and terroir doing the speaking here. Very enjoyable, especially at the closeout pricing.
2 people found this helpful Comment
Red
7/22/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
94 points
Effusive aromatics leaning ripe on the fruit spectrum with clear oak overtones. The palate is sappy with a hint of RS, while staying composed. Flashy without boisterous new world flare. Enjoyed greatly by the group. A bit hedonistic for my palate, but also undeniably great.
1 person found this helpful Comment
White
7/17/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
93 points
Stunning aromatics with white tea, jasmine flower, citrus, Granny Smith apple, and brioche galore. The palate marries weight and lift deftly, and leaves you exceedingly ready for another sip or bite. Drink 2021-2032.
Red
7/15/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
92 points
Showing so well tonight. Deep, dark fruits, savory smoke/charcuterie, cracked peppercorn all come together seductively and boldly. The touch of oak is deftly integrated and selected to elevate without masking. Clearly New World, the palate has cohered well at this 6 year mark. Drink now through 2022. Wish I had another 4 bottles.
Red
2015 Château La Vaisinerie Puisseguin-St. Émilion Merlot (view label images)
7/13/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
88 points
Well appointed aromas with a nice mix of berries, plum, and loads of non-fruits including graphite, cab franc spice and herbs, and a trace of cigar box. Medium-minus in body with med-plus acidity, this is a lean mean style that will likely benefit from another 3-5 years+ to cohere and meld. Certainly not groundbreaking, but intriguing enough for $13.
Red
7/7/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
90 points
Ripe blue and black fruits with smoke and meat edging into the scene. The palate is full without heaviness, and the alcohol pokes our from around corners a touch more than desired. No perceptible RS, which I cherish. Would benefit from 2-4 more years, which is nice to say at this price tier. Solid qpr.
Red
6/16/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
91 points
High tones with red fruits leading with both tart and ripe profiles. A walk in the woods meets graham cracker, while the whole package exudes fresh, "alive" energy showcasing the unfined/unfiltered/low sulfur winemaking. I would wait until 2023 to open again. Enjoy through 2028+.
Red
6/10/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
90 points
Effusive nose with smoke, bacon fat, Wintergreen, blueberry, and blackberry. Some of the fruit has an compote intensity. The palate surprises with zesty acidity and medium body, all around leaner than expected. If I had more than this one bottle, I would hold for 5 more years. The fruit and bones are there. I certainly enjoyed this.
White - Sweet/Dessert
6/6/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
90 points
Brown in color with more lift than I expected. Caramelized pear predominately. Also brown sugar and peach. Interesting and enjoyable from a style I taste rarely.
White
5/27/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
90 points
Still vibrant and showing very well. Med + acid helping this go a distance, and some hints of reduction after all this time (interesting level, not distracting). Drink now and enjoy. Wish I had shellfish in front of me right now.
White
5/24/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
89 points
Likely past its peak, showing neutral aromatics with some lemon and florals. Not heavy on lees, though some showing. Enjoyable.
Red
5/21/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
92 points
Very elegant and perfumed with florals galore, plum, blackberry, and barrel spice. Drinking well now (2.5 years in barrel certainly helps this), though this has the verve to drink well through 2026+.
White - Sparkling
5/19/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
92 points
This producer has me hooked for QPR. The marriage of autolytic bread dough with lemon zest, flowers, green apple, and white peach is memorizimg. Punches well above its class. Impressive.
Red
5/17/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
92 points
Red fruits mingle with underbrush/forest floor, and barrel spice, particularly cinnamon. A touch of cola and floral (lavender?) as well. The palate starks silken and ethereal, and then transitions to show some crunch and spice. Would likely benefit from 1-4 years in cellar, though could drink through 2026+.
Red
5/15/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
93 points
Improved mightily over the past 18 months. Singing.
Red
5/13/2020 - wagonwine wrote:
89 points
Oak is prominent on the nose with blackberry, cocoa, and pine coming thorough as well. Lacking the aromatic x factor of solid Pinot Noir to impress. The palate has a touch of unpleasantness on the finish, partially bitterness but also something else unkind.
White - Sparkling
5/13/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
90 points
No specific notes taken. Second time trying this wine, and it didn't disappoint again. Lovely autolytic layers, a touch of RS to balance. The complexity on the nose is impressive. The palate doesn't quite follow through with the same level of detail, but still warrants a stunning QPR alert. Based on the lack of notes by others and few bottles in cellars, this is carried by a smaller distributor than I expected.
Red
5/11/2020 - wagonwine wrote:
88 points
Cool, minty fresh nose suggests this leans lean. Black cherry and blackberry dominates with mint and cedar playing second fiddle. The palate certainly follows through lean as suggested on the nose. Medium body, medium gravelly tannins, and a modest finish. Reminiscent of AOC Bordeaux. 2016 impressed me more, but still overdelivers at the tarrif I paid.
Red
5/8/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
92 points
Clear over achiever, especially on the aromatic front. Non-fruits of smoke, meat, and a touch of olive brine take the fore with mixed berries playing second fiddle. More acid than expected, and held well 48 hours. Showed best at 48 hours, and over half the bottles was empty for those hours (plenty of O2 exposure). A clear winner in the sub $20 category.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
5/3/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
92 points
Pre release tasting. Fruit impact is solid and compelling. Tannins still showing some grip, which will certainly resolve in 1-2 years time when's released. Solid qpr.
Red
4/28/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
92 points
Red fruits, granite, and oak. Aromatically seductive, with a palate that follow suit balancing silk and crunch. Delicious.
Red
4/25/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice specific notes. Very compelling zin. Aromatics were excellent. Palate had a few edges, but overall was very nice. Could age 5-7 years more.
Red
4/20/2020 - wagonwine wrote:
90 points
Bold aromatics featuring red fruits and abundant cinnamon and other mixed baking spices. More oak influence than I prefer, but certainly alluring. Classic 2016 with amped acidity leading to more tart raspberry on the palate. Drink now through 2026.
Red
4/17/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
89 points
Red and black fruits with secondary aromas of leather and graham cracker. A touch of volatile acidity, though not unpleasant. Mid-weight with true-to-place elegance and lift. Tannins are still asserting them self. Drink now through 2022. Solid qpr.
Red
4/14/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
92 points
No notes taken. Enjoyed greatly. Clearly in a prime drinking window. Not understanding how this could fall shy of 90 pts. Aromatic complexity and nuance, and a palate without excess fat or edges. Lovely.
Red
4/12/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
92 points
Best spent $15 in my wine life. Wow. Right in its prime. Lovely blend of primary and tertiary, and could definitely trick some BDX lovers, though it ultimately tilts ever so slightly new world. Aromatics are singing, palate is on point. True to grape and place. Excellent.
2 people found this helpful Comment
Red
2015 Château des Pelerins Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/8/2020 - wagonwine wrote:
87 points
Cocoa, under-ripe plum, iron, and herbs. A perfectly mediocre wine with little to say, let alone inspire. Medium body, med plus acidity, and a tart, bitter finish with little length.
Red
3/25/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
92 points
Chocolate covered strawberries, raspberry and red plum with a touch of oak. Well tuned palate with tannins resolving nicely, and a sturdy backbone of acidity to help this go another 2-5 years quite easily. Very lovely and complex nose with classic Washington crunch i.e. structure without over the top RS and plushness. Wish I had a few more in my cellar.
Red
3/21/2020 - wagonwine wrote:
89 points
Aromatics provide plenty of of intrigue, layers, and nuance. The palate turns dusty with dried apple and fig, showcasing old world character, and perhaps a sign this should be drink in the next 1-3 years. Enjoyable, but a touch more mid-palate weight and fruit would help this wine carry more profoundly.
White - Sparkling
3/16/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
94 points
Deep gold with some lemon hues. Profound aromas of the baked bread, dried lemon peel, caramel, chalk, and a touch of chicken stock. A deeply satisfying wine, and we'll balanced.
Red
3/2/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
91 points
Ripe red and dark cherry, strawberry preserves, and baker's spices predominate with a touch of black tea and cola. The wine has harmonized some since tasting this some months back. Tastes true to place, and can serve well as a more broadly distributed exemplar.
Red
2016 Château Julian Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/22/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
88 points
Oak leads with dark berries playing second fiddle with briar patch along for the ride. Med+tannin, med acidity and med body. Approachable while certainly not catering to an American palate. Perfectly enjoyable. Balanced and as it should be. On day 3, still holding true to notes above.
Red
2014 Château Cap d'Or St. Georges-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/22/2020 - wagonwine wrote:
88 points
Black fruit, earth, minimal pyrazine, and smoke. Med body, med+ tannin, and med +acidity. The oak stands out a touch, leaning slightly off kilter. Good and as expected at this tier. After 3 days, cinnamon stick has come forward, an influence from oak.
Red
2014 Château Barbé Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/21/2020 - wagonwine wrote:
86 points
Mint, herbs, pencil lead, smoke, mixed berries, both ripe and tart. The tannins are med+ with med body and med+ acid. The finish lacks cohesion and ends unpleasantly. A touch of iron comes through on the palate as well. Digging the nose, but the palate doesn't keep up.
Red
2/19/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
91 points
I appreciate the rigidity of this wine. Classic cab aromas with fine, chalky tannins asserting themselves after 4+ years in bottle. Acidity also keeps this lively and interesting. If serving now, decant for 1-2 hours if possible. A great value that isn't shooting for the middle, safe zone.
1 person found this helpful Comments (1)
Red
2/13/2020 - wagonwine Likes this wine:
90 points
I rarely drink Australian Grenache, and this blend offers plenty of intrigue and value. Ripe mixed fruits ranging from berries to plum with some floral overtones and something barrel influenced akin to rubber (a novel aroma). Nice med+ tannins are well-tuned with the body and acidity. A clear value.
Red
2015 Château des Antonins Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/13/2020 - wagonwine wrote:
87 points
A compelling mix of blue and black fruits including blueberry, plum, and black raspberry, as well as briar patch, cigar box, savory herbs, and a touch of leather and barnyard (brett). Classic Old World lift and boyouncy with med+ tannins creating some rigid structure. I like my Bordeaux a touch cleaner, but certainly an acceptable entry level offering.
1 - 50 of 742
More results
  • Tasting Notes: 742 notes on 726 wines
© 2003-20 CellarTracker! LLC.

Report a Problem

Close