Tasting Notes for benhalton

(80 notes on 76 wines)

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Red
2014 Domaine Tempier Bandol Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre (view label images)
4/7/2017 - benhalton wrote:
Floral, violetty nose. Slightly dilute on the palate but with great freshness. In many ways I prefer this to riper vintages. Needs a couple of years. ***
White
4/7/2017 - benhalton wrote:
Obviously young, almost too intense. Plenty of extract, ripe citrus fruit and a strong spine of acidity. A bit too young right now to be really enjoyable (whereas the Bourgogne is good to go) but due to the ripe fruit it won't be long. A proper step up from the BB and Aligote with an extra level of concentration and drive. *** 1/2
White
4/5/2017 - benhalton wrote:
More neutral and less obviously PYCM than the Aligote, but classy and drinkable. Broad and full with just enough acidity to keep it all together. ***
White
4/2/2017 - benhalton wrote:
a hint of ripeness from the vintage but balanced with plenty of acidity and a slightly saline/foxy streak. Slightly overwhelmed at the moment by the PYCM "signature" but still very good. This case will disappear fast. ***
Red
4/4/2017 - benhalton wrote:
On first tasting a strong prickle of CO2 on the tongue. Following a vigorous shake it settled down. Plush and ripe but still red fruited and fresh. Lacks a bit of drive but very tasty, perhaps a bit obvious at the moment. Will drink the next bottle in a couple of years. ***(*)
White
11/23/2016 - benhalton wrote:
flawed
first bottle - corked - is there a pattern here?
Red
1/11/2014 - benhalton wrote:
this shows much promise on first opening but with air the fruit retreats and the wine goes into its shell, all structure, acid and tannin. One to leave for a few years.
Red
1/3/2014 - benhalton wrote:
Ripe wild strawberries on the nose, on the palate good acidity but showing the vintage character somewhat with some blackcurrant/cassis ripeness. Perhaps just a little heat. Tannins seem soft but acidity gives it freshness. Will not touch another for at least 3 years or so.
Red
11/18/2012 - benhalton wrote:
my first 05 red Burgundy. Tastes of mildly oaky anti-matter. Completely closed. N/R
White - Off-dry
11/18/2012 - benhalton wrote:
Really delicious, light on its feet, enough acidity. Not showing any development yet, bit lacking in body and persistence. Better on the second day suggesting it may need a bit more time. Great aperitif. ***
Rosé - Sparkling
11/17/2012 - benhalton wrote:
About a year's age on this. Starts out tart and hard work. Opens a bit with air to reveal some decent strawberry fruit. Acceptable, not exciting. At £20 just about OK, but wouldn't buy again **
Red
11/18/2012 - benhalton wrote:
Bottle opened 1/2 hour before drinking. Very pure, dense fruit, primary and almost lush but a good lick of acidity keeps everything in balance. Will be difficult not to drink more of these now but some patience will be rewarded I think. *** 1/2
Red
9/16/2012 - benhalton wrote:
Slightly gamey on the nose with a hint of violet flowers. Starts out red-fruited on the palate but over time develops a black fruit (dark cherry and blackcurrant) character. Some savoury feral and soy notes. Fresh acidity and firm structure, pretty grippy on the finish. Very enjoyable. ***
White
9/15/2012 - benhalton wrote:
A bit fat but enough structure to hold it all together. Very full in the mouth, almost oily texture. Classic buttery, nutty Meursault palate. A bit soft, ready to drink now I think. ***
Red
9/15/2012 - benhalton wrote:
This feels a bit tired at first but blooms with a bit of time in the glass. Nice notes of decay on the palate, dried fruits, a green herbal streak but not at all offputting. Not elegant but plenty of interest. Would never have pegged this as Californian if tasted blind. ***1/2
Red
9/15/2012 - benhalton wrote:
pretty, elegant, tickle of raspberry acidity. Quite light in body, just showing the first signs of interesting development. Slight lack focus in the fruit. Fun to drink now but if I owned a few bottles I would wait as I think this will get better. ***
White
9/7/2012 - benhalton wrote:
this was hugely disappointing, dilute, flabby and oaky. Could have been a Bourgogne Blanc. Apparently made by PYCM but bears no relation to the other wines I have had from him. *1/2
Red
9/8/2012 - benhalton wrote:
From magnum. I had been a bit concerned that this would be a bit backward, but it was great fun. Deep, dark fruit, aromatic, no great development but just really tasty. ***1/2
Red
9/6/2012 - benhalton wrote:
Opened and poured immediately this was singing from the start. Cool, fresh, dense fruit, some spice and earth, young of course but no shame at all to drink this now. It occurred to me while drinking this (admittedly after a lot of wine) that if there really is an infinite number of universes out there, in one of them I am drinking this every day, a happy thought indeed. ****1/2
White
9/6/2012 - benhalton wrote:
Lanolin, lemon, minerality but with a hint of honeysuckle. With time notes of mint and iodine/violets come through. Very classy. Ready to drink now but no rush. ****
White - Sparkling
9/6/2012 - benhalton wrote:
Deep golden colour, concentrated and tightly wound but more accessible than some other 96 champagnes. Lots of fun to drink now but my last bottle will wait 10 years if I can keep my hands off it. ****1/2
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White - Sparkling
9/6/2012 - benhalton wrote:
Apple fruit, slightly floral, very light on its feet but a bit lacking in the mid-palate. I wouldn't hold onto this much longer. Delicious but completely outclassed by the 96 that followed. ***1/2
Red
8/24/2012 - benhalton wrote:
I remember tasting this a few years back and loving it, leading me to buy a few bottles. This is my first of them, and unfortunately it was completely dominated by oak. There is a hint of slightly green fruit underneath but really this was like drinking a bad milkshake. I'm no rioja expert so maybe this is in a dumb phase. Remaining bottles will be left for a few years in the hope that the oak resolves. *1/2
White - Sparkling
8/27/2012 - benhalton wrote:
this has been consistently excellent although there has been some bottle variation within the case with some seeming more advanced. This is one of the fresher bottles, red apple fruit, pronounced chalkiness, not as thrilling as the rose from this producer but still completely delicious. ***
Red
8/20/2012 - benhalton wrote:
this does not really suffer at all in comparison to the Coudoulet, which is about twice the price. Never going to excite but nothing wrong with it at all, exactly what I want from a Cotes du Rhone. **1/2
White
8/21/2012 - benhalton wrote:
unexpectedly sweet, a bit flabby without the acidity to balance it. On the downward slope I think - a hint of apple juice about this. Not bad having said all that. **
Rosé - Sparkling
8/26/2012 - benhalton wrote:
disgorged 09/11. The extra year of age has added a soft creaminess to this which makes it much more enjoyable. Really tasty now if not very exciting. Ready to drink for my taste. **1/2
Red
8/26/2012 - benhalton wrote:
clean, fruity, not much backbone, bit hot (14% alcohol and it shows). The alcohol and the ripeness make this a bit cloying and tough to drink after a glass or so. Pleasant enough drunk with a pub lunch. **
Red
2008 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
8/15/2012 - benhalton wrote:
I am a huge Geyserville fan but this didn't quite hit the spot. Seemed disjointed with the oak poking out more than I would expect and slightly hollow fruit. Was served too warm so I would give this another try before dismissing it. **1/2
Red
8/15/2012 - benhalton wrote:
Dark, ripe fruits, slight glossiness, prickle of acidity on the finish but not a lot of structure here although the wine was served too warm which may be the cause rather than vintage character. Very accessible but just not much fun at the moment. ***
Rosé - Sparkling
8/18/2012 - benhalton wrote:
Opened to celebrate the arrival of our new puppy! As per previous bottles, this is just lovely. More rounded than the last couple of bottles bit still with a savoury, slightly tart full body. Has the structure to age further (this bottle is approx 18 mths old) but I could drink this every day as it is. ***1/2
Red
8/17/2012 - benhalton wrote:
Ridiculously heavy bottle so I approached this with some trepidation. It is made in a fairly modern style but is actually restrained and balanced with great purity of fruit. Much more my thing than the El Pison which is more overtly "modern". The bottle disappeared pretty quickly. The only thing lacking is a bit of excitement. ***1/2
Red
8/16/2012 - benhalton wrote:
Opened after drinking a very good 2009 a few days before. This was hot, alcoholic, pruney, volatile, a bit of a mess. Massive bottle variation within this case, a couple of them have been very good but this was one of the bad ones. *1/2
Red
8/9/2012 - benhalton wrote:
soft, round, no great acidity or tannin, decent concentration, perfectly pleasant and a definite improvement over the overdone 2007s. **1/2
Red
7/22/2012 - benhalton wrote:
Shows a decent amount of complexity with wet earth, sour cherry and dried flowers. Slightly bitter finish but not overwhelmingly so. Crunchy acidity. Enjoyable but not sure it's worth the best part of twenty quid. **1/2
White
7/17/2012 - benhalton wrote:
This perhaps suffered in being served next to the 2010 Chenevottes which had so much much more of everything. Good balance, perhaps a little lacking in concentration, just a bit unexciting. If drunk on its own I am sure this would show better. ***
Red
7/20/2012 - benhalton wrote:
My first wine from this producer. A little bit tight to start with but opens out with each glass to reveal some complexity, depth and pre-sous-bois. Maybe slightly lacking in grip but very tasty and rounded, no rough edges. Left me wanting another glass after the bottle had disappeared. ***1/2
White
7/17/2012 - benhalton wrote:
obviously painfully young but still showing deep, concentrated fruit and a tingling, electric acidity that I associate with my (very limited) experience with Coche. You can drink this now with great pleasure if you like them young, no doubt it will develop nicely over a few years. ****
White - Sparkling
7/17/2012 - benhalton wrote:
Polar opposite to the elegance of a 98 Comtes a few days earlier, this is a burly, dark-fruited wine which is drinking nicely now but I suspect will age well. Again I think just missing some mid-palate concentration to make it really great but it disappeared extremely quickly. ****
Red
7/17/2012 - benhalton wrote:
a producer I like and was excited to taste this. Started out restrained but with air opened out almost too much, the nose becoming slightly sweet and simple. Perhaps needs more time to allow the oak to integrate as the fruit is excellent. ***
Red
7/17/2012 - benhalton wrote:
flawed
so much menthol on the nose that it brought to mind mouthwash. On second sip turned out to be corked. NR
Red
1997 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/17/2012 - benhalton wrote:
initially very horsey, the brett dissipated to leave behind a somewhat soupy wine, lacking structure and acidity. Regained some focus with time in the glass but still poor. 97 was not the best year for Dominus but this was worse than other bottles so perhaps a particularly bad bottle. Confirms my thoughts that 97 is a poor vintage in Napa and for most it is time to drink up. **
Red
2001 Domaine de Trévallon Vin de Pays des Bouches-du-Rhône Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
7/13/2012 - benhalton wrote:
the sommelier was keen to decant but having had this a couple of years back and finding it surprisingly open I felt there was no need. Not much changed from that last bottle, this is a stunner and while ready to drink I think this will evolve over many years. I wish I had a case and am talking myself into buying one as I type. ****
White - Sparkling
7/13/2012 - benhalton wrote:
every time I have a bottle of Comtes I like it more. Just lacking a little bit of concentration to make it perfect but still very delicious indeed, better than a recent 2000 I think but not as good as the 95. ****
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White - Sparkling
7/15/2012 - benhalton wrote:
new label bottle, this is too young, the lack of malo is not yet offset by bottle age and the wine is dominated by a Granny Smith acidity. Seems to be good stuffing underneath. Will open another in 6 mths. **(*)
Red
7/14/2012 - benhalton wrote:
opened an hour and a half before drinking to let the bottle stink blow off. This was something of a disappointment, the wine occasionally lifting its skirt to show some ankle before lifting the skirt further to show rough hessian undergarments. Maybe an extended decant required here but this was a bit mean. **
Red
2/5/2012 - benhalton wrote:
Showing its age, medium red, translucent with some bricking. Dusty nose, palate of stewed tea, some slightly disjointed acidity. Not unpleasant but still yet to have a Coudoulet that I have found convincing. **
Red
2/3/2012 - benhalton wrote:
First bottle corked, sadly opened the last of my 6. Immediately showed itself to be a class above the 2000 Beaumont opened earlier. At peak now, still a core of ripe fruit but all in balance, delicious. ***1/2
Red
2000 Château Beaumont Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/3/2012 - benhalton wrote:
From magnum. Still a deep purple. no signs of age on first glance. Ripe plummy fruit (perhaps a good dollop of Merlot) balanced by a crisp acidity which is not yet totally integrated. The tannins are soft and this is drinking really well now but I suspect in another couple of years this will start to show more development. Will be hard to keep my hands of my remaining bottles. ***
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