Tasting Notes for tak4

(390 notes on 342 wines)

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Red
10/20/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
93 points
Popped and decanted then tasted. Cork was crumbly and soaked through so despite ripping it using the corkscrew, I was able to fish out all pieces. While the surgery was successful, using an AhSo would have been a better choice.

It's a bright wine, crimson with bricking and a clear edge. Much less brown than I would have expected from a nearly 30 year old wine.

On the nose, it's pretty amazing. Tertiary flavors of leather, tobacco, and baking spice. But there are still primary flavors of rose and cherry.

Palate follows the nose nicely. Velvety tannins are fully integrated, good acidity. Refreshing. Perfect age.

I really like this wine. The only reason why I'm not giving it a higher score is because it may lack a little of complexity that you get with aged Bordeaux.

So nice.
White
10/20/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
Didn't do a formal tasting note but typical and lovely.
White
10/20/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
Didn't do a formal tasting note at the time. Typically lovely for Kumeu River. With a few years of age this wine also mellowed out a bit.
Red
10/14/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
91 points
Popped and decanted. Tasting note done one hour after opening.

Wine is crimson with a hint of brown. Moderately clear and bright. Fairly well colored.

On nose, really redolent of an aged Oregon pinot noir! Red fruit, forest, touch of menthol, but overall bright toned. Little bit of anise, too.

On palate, wine is sound. Hints of tertiary tobacco flavors starting to come through, but there's still fruit and earth. Tannins are softened by this point. Good acid holding it up.

Overall, this is really great! Not the mythical transcendent Burgundy experience but a very nice wine regardless.
Red
10/13/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
91 points
We've had a few bottles of this now from a case we bought last year. One bottle was a little flat, but all the rest have been just great.

This one's in the great category.

Lightly bricked color, thick and turbid.

On nose, more tertiary flavors peeking through than prior bottles. Plums, anise,, touch of leather, spice.

On palate, tannins are fully integrated, and the acid supports a lovely, clear profile reminiscent of the nose but perhaps a little more fruit forward.

Ah, so nice to have a good bottle. Aged Bordeaux is so good.
White
10/13/2019 - tak4 wrote:
Consistent with prior tasting notes, though wife says it's got shortbread notes this time. I didn't really pick up on that. Really nice wine, not overly complicated.
Red
10/5/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
Didn’t do a note at the time, but I enjoyed this simple Bourgogne.
White
10/4/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
91 points
Short note today. Really nice wine, especially for price ($62). Burghound nailed it. Saline and pear on nose, good body, citrus on palate.
White
9/27/2019 - tak4 wrote:
Lovely. Purchased at Sherry Lehman and consumed at Bohemian. Flinty, full bodied, and a touch of anise.
White - Sparkling
9/24/2019 - tak4 wrote:
88 points
Popped and sipped.

Nothing special about the appearance. Perhaps a touch more concentrated than the "average" champagne.

On nose, definite multivitamin with a grapey grapefruit underneath.

On palate, wine is sound. Very neutral - high citrus tone, lemon at finish, not particularly creamy, quite acidic. Definitely extra brut. Nice, but not my preference in terms of champagne styles.
Red
9/13/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
93 points
Popped and decanted, then tasted immediately.

Light color, not deeply concentrated. Medium red-brown crimson.

Beautiful nose of cherries, strawberry, black tea, medium weight. Lovely and delicate.

On palate, wow. Lovely notes of red fruit, touch of smoke, gorgeous long finish. Violets, and a touch of barnyard (but it's good).

What a lovely, delicate, gorgeous wine. Reminds me a lot of Beaux Freres but with a delicacy that is admirable.
Red
9/8/2019 - tak4 wrote:
Don't really feel like creating a full tasting note on it. I've got to say that this is just not to my taste. Super charged with blackberry, pepper, and cassis. Major fruit explosion. Maybe my palate is just changing but I am just not into this any more. Well made product, to be sure, so not providing a rating so I don't foul up the CT consensus.
White
No rating. I thought I had a formal tasting note already so didn't do the full tasting ritual. Nice wine, though.
Red
9/1/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
89 points
Consistent with prior notes. Maybe it’s the power of suggestion but I’m starting to like this more. Yes, there’s some reduction that hides the fruit, but what’s underneath is quite nice, with mineral and red fruit core. Is this what they mean when they say Volnay is “lacy?”
White - Sparkling
9/1/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
91 points
Popped and enjoyed on a long weekend Sunday afternoon!

Light color, pretty effervescence.

Slight toasty yeasty oxidized notes on nose. Hint of grapefruit.

On palate, just lovely. Full and creamy mouthfeel, grapefruit, touch of candied apple at the very end. Bit of lemon rind. Long finish.

Every time I have this wine I love it.
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Red
8/31/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
90 points
Popped, decanted, poured. Arduous day of reorganizing my cellar. Looking for some good juice tonight.

Wine is a cloudy crimson with a clear rim. Pretty color.

Nose of baking spice, cherries, a little closed. Will be nice to see how this evolves over the next few hours.

On palate, really pleasing wine. Touch of smoke, baking spice, red fruit, earth, mineral undertone. Good stuff. Finish is clean and straightforward.

Just what the doctor ordered - nice juice! Not grand cru but well crafted and crisp medium-weight product.
White
8/31/2019 - tak4 wrote:
Odd bottle. Not sure if it was flawed. Will try again.
White
8/30/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
89 points
Popped and poured.

Wine is a bright, pale straw color, and doesn't have a very concentrated appearance.

On nose, wine has a lovely grapefruit-driven smokiness, classic Burgundian nose.

On palate, wine is sound, and a little touch of sweetness makes itself present. Grapefruit, American Smarties, long malolactic finish. Acid forward.

Overall a very nice and pleasant wine! Not really life changing but a highly typical example.
White
8/25/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
Just excellent. Consistent with prior tasting notes. Pop this into a blind tasting of white Burgundy and you will have some highly embarrassed oenophiles.
Red
2016 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/24/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
94 points
Decided to open a bottle for fun. Have an entire case and interested to track the evolution of this wine over the years. I probably won't open another until 2026 at the earliest.

Popped and decanted. Left for about 3 hours before tasting.

Wine is a deep cloudy crimson with a purplish rim.

On nose, really complex. Roses, blackberry, tea, blood orange, something hot-spicy like szechuan peppercorn, and a violet undertone.

On palate, wine is sound. High tannin at this stage (of course), medium acidity, medium-high alcohol, loooong finish. Tannins are firm but not astringent/grippy, which bodes well. Great balance - fruit is present on palate and acid is present but not dominant.

This is honestly better than many red wines I have had which were supposedly "ready to drink." I can imagine this wine aging beautifully as it loses some of those youthful tannins and becomes something truly special. But even today this is by FAR the best young cabernet-based wine I have had.
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Red
8/18/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
89 points
Opened and left to slow-oxidize for about three hours.

Clear carnelian color with a touch of brick to it.

Very pleasing nose of red fruit, smoke, spice, tomato.

On palate, wine is sound. Spice really comes out. Good acid and nice finish. Maybe a little simple, but overall quite nice.
Rosé - Sparkling
8/17/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
90 points
Popped and poured on Saturday afternoon. A glass today and some more in coming days.

Wine is a fabulous salmon color. Really one of the prettiest colors in wine I have ever seen. Teeny tiny bubbles.

Not sure when this was bottled. On the nose lots of strawberry, brioche toast, touch of yeasty-malty.

On palate, wine is sound. Similar to nose with a little spice coming out, still red-fruit forward. Good acid balance, long finish.

This is really nice champagne! Not blisteringly complicated or finessed, but great on a nice day.
Red
1960 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/16/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
Troquet! Nice high shoulder. Wine not totally bricked. Red fruit - dried cherries - under the tertiary flavors. Great balance. Pencil shavings. Old but really great! Fact that there is fruit in here is mind blowing.
White
8/11/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
90 points
Bought from the local wine shop as we needed a bolder white for tonight's dinner, and I did not feel like visiting our offsite cellar.

Popped and poured.

Wine is a pretty lemon color. Clear, bright.

On nose, citrus and mint, with a tiny honeyed note. Papaya, too.

On palate, wine is sound. Good acid, nice finish, medium-high alcohol. A little more oak-forward on palate but not objectionable. Touch of buttery malolactic.

A really nice wine and way better than an "average" liquor store wine has any right to be.
Red
2012 Jérôme Chezeaux Clos Vougeot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
8/9/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
92 points
Popped, decanted, and somehow left alone for about 45 minutes.

I really don't want to like this wine as I am fearful of an expensive Burgundy habit.

Moderate clarity. Bright. Brick edge.

Iron, smoke, red fruit on the nose. And what a nose it is! Deep, rich. Is that clove?

On the palate, wine is sound. Dry, medium alcohol, long finish, medium tannin, low acid. Just beautiful and delicate, reflecting the nose but with elegance. More on the nose than on the palate.

Boy this is a nice wine. Yes, it could probably have benefited from a few more years to open up on "aging" flavors but great now.
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White
8/3/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
89 points
Popped and poured on a summer evening.

Deep, rich golden color. Richer than I would have expected.

Loads of apple and apricot on the nose. Golden raisin. And is that a touch of clove?

On palate, wine is sound. Good acid, dry, round mouthfeel. Floral - perhaps irises - on finish. Overall a very pleasant wine! Acidity and pungency would need to be sharper for me to consider this the equal of Alsace rieslings, but still quite good.
White
Consistent with prior tasting note. Legitimately fine wine. Would be interested to see what it’s like with a little age. Too bad I’m drinking all of it right now.
White
8/2/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
92 points
At Craigie on main, recommended by Todd.

What a wine! White pepper, apples, quince, unctuous texture, lovely structure.
Red
8/1/2019 - tak4 wrote:
Troquet summer sale

Stewed tomato and vitamin notes. Still fairly fresh. Consumed last after the older Bordeaux.
Red
1966 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/1/2019 - tak4 wrote:
Troquet

This is pretty great! Menthol. Tertiary touches.
Red
8/1/2019 - tak4 wrote:
Troquet!

Nice. Earth. Vitamin. Surprised at how youthful it is.
Red
7/28/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
91 points
Popped and poured on Sunday afternoon.

Wine is surprisingly light colored. Slightly cloudy, not that bright. Nice crimson color.

On nose, spice forward. Baking spices, five spice powder, red fruit. Really nice. Like an intense Sonoma Coast PN but more spice forward and less fruit predominant.

On palate, wine is sound. Really beautiful - full body, good acid structure, palate matches nose.

What a great wine! I have several bottles and I'm supposed to save them, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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White
7/20/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
90 points
Popped and poured. Really hot day.

Pretty lemon color with a hint of gold.

On nose, I get a buttered popcorn but not in a bad way. Like the stuff you make at home. Citrus, flint, maybe a little wool.

On palate, wine is sound. Acid forward. Medium-large mouthfeel, long finish, and the wooliness really comes out on the palate.

This is nice stuff - refined, elegant, interesting.
White
7/13/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
Okay, here we go! We used to drink Rombauer Chardonnay by the case about ten years ago. Since then we've become all wine-woke and, like good AFWE oenophiles, we wouldn't deign to sully our lips with this syrupy, supersaturated fruit elixir. Or would we?

This is the 2018 product, apparently fresh off the vine, stuffed into bottles, and delivered straight to Whole Foods Market.

On visual inspection, this wine is much less concentrated than I remember. It used to be nuclear waste yellow. Now it's more of a pretty lemon color. Very clear, very bright.

On nose, this wine is also different than I remembered it. Yes, memory is fallible, but the scent is so tightly associated with personal history that any difference is noticeable. This is much more restrained than it used to be. Less melon, less caramel. More white fruit, passionfruit, a hint of butterscotch, and some smokiness. Even a bit of dustiness - is Rombauer turning into Chablis?

One sip and it's clear that the answer is no. It's a return to form on the palate. Very full bodied, bold new oak, buttery finish, melon, smoke, vanilla. Pow!

Two glasses of Rombauer before the art opening and that's a good night right there.

At the end of the day, this is actually a pretty okay wine (that's okay, not "oaky", which it also is). It is a great exemplar of a style which I once loved and which I will not admit still liking - no, never, never will I admit such a thing. But it's clearly a deliberately and well-crafted product, and I am appreciating every sip.
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Red
7/13/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
Consistent with prior tasting note. Except for that part where I said I would hold until 2021 for the next bottle ;-). Actually I think we may even like it a little better this time.
White
7/7/2019 - tak4 wrote:
Consistent with prior tasting notes
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White
7/7/2019 - tak4 wrote:
Consistent with prior tasting notes
White
7/7/2019 - tak4 wrote:
Consistent with prior tasting notes
Red
6/29/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
92 points
Bay Area Redux - Anniversary trip 2019; 6/26/2019-6/29/2019 (Napa, Sonoma, and points in between): More garnet-brick. Fairly clear. Briny, roses, touch of secondary notes on nose. Dried lavender. Needs 1-2 years but lovely now. Licorice-anise note too.
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Red
6/29/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
91 points
Bay Area Redux - Anniversary trip 2019; 6/26/2019-6/29/2019 (Napa, Sonoma, and points in between): Medium color. Different profile than the other wines we tasted today - red/black fruit, blood orange. Great balance - acid forward, with spice too.
Red
6/29/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
89 points
Bay Area Redux - Anniversary trip 2019; 6/26/2019-6/29/2019 (Napa, Sonoma, and points in between): Medium crimson, red fruit, baking spices. Acid structure strong, red fruit on palate.
Red
6/29/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
90 points
Bay Area Redux - Anniversary trip 2019; 6/26/2019-6/29/2019 (Napa, Sonoma, and points in between): Medium crimson. Bright. Red fruit tones on nose; baking spices. Clean acid, red fruit, and white pepper. Touch of earthiness as well.
White
6/29/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
89 points
Bay Area Redux - Anniversary trip 2019; 6/26/2019-6/29/2019 (Napa, Sonoma, and points in between): Not terribly concentrated on appearance. Restrained and elegant on nose. Citrus, floral. Nice acid, streak of minerality.
White
6/29/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
89 points
Bay Area Redux - Anniversary trip 2019; 6/26/2019-6/29/2019 (Napa, Sonoma, and points in between): Super light tone. Very aromatic, with green apple, more fruit toned than wooly toned. Very unique expression - high acid, almost citrus toned. Nice!
Red
6/27/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
91 points
Bay Area Redux - Anniversary trip 2019; 6/26/2019-6/29/2019 (Napa, Sonoma, and points in between): Medium crimson, medium bright. Spicy roses, touch of black fruit on nose. Baking spices on palate. Great acid.
White
6/27/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
92 points
Bay Area Redux - Anniversary trip 2019; 6/26/2019-6/29/2019 (Napa, Sonoma, and points in between): Deeper golden color. Profound golden raisin, turpentine, apple on nose, with slight oxidation notes. On palate, round, rich, with a long finish, acidic core. Rich, mellow, superb.
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White
6/27/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
91 points
Bay Area Redux - Anniversary trip 2019; 6/26/2019-6/29/2019 (Napa, Sonoma, and points in between): Very different on nose vs. the Larry Hyde. Similar color, but more golden raisin and baking spices on nose. On palate, super smooth and balanced, with a touch of smokiness. Just beautiful.
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White
6/27/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
92 points
Bay Area Redux - Anniversary trip 2019; 6/26/2019-6/29/2019 (Napa, Sonoma, and points in between): Luscious golden color though not super concentrated. Fresh, melon, American smarties, mineral backbone. Great acid on palate, where citrus comes out. A little pseudosweetness. Love it. Probably the most robust chardonnay of our tasting.
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Red
6/27/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
94 points
Bay Area Redux - Anniversary trip 2019; 6/26/2019-6/29/2019 (Napa, Sonoma, and points in between): Similar bright crimson. Darker notes of tobacco, plums, spice. Palate: beautiful balance - good acid with fruit. Fantastic. We bought a bottle for corkage that night and it was great with dinner at Torc in Napa.
Red
6/27/2019 - tak4 Likes this wine:
91 points
Bay Area Redux - Anniversary trip 2019; 6/26/2019-6/29/2019 (Napa, Sonoma, and points in between): Similar bright crimson, moderate clarity. Touch of reduction on nose masks fruit a little. Palate: high toned red fruit. Great structure. With time, more high toned red flavors, pepper, and spice came out.
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