Tasting Notes for afalk

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White
8/25/2013 - afalk Likes this wine:
89 points
A full-bodied blend with equal percentages Sauvignon Blanc, Grüner Veltliner, Chardonnay, and Gewürztraminer in the tradition of the Austrian "Gemischter Satz". A greenish gold colored wine with notes of Honeydew, Apple blossom, and Melon. The palate has a polished texture with hints of Apple and Peach. Very pleasant wine for a summer evening.
White
5/13/2013 - afalk Likes this wine:
90 points
Deep golden color, nice minerality, spicy oak, lots of tangy fruit with hints of pineapple. Complex finish. However fruit is starting to fade, so no decanting needed and clearly time to drink up.
Red
2000 La Bastide Dauzac Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/1/2013 - afalk wrote:
86 points
Fairly short finish. Not a lot of complexity left. Getting to the end of its drinking window.
Red
5/1/2013 - afalk Likes this wine:
93 points
Really enjoyed this bottle with a friend this week. Blackberry, vanilla, subtle hints of tobacco. Full-bodied, very smooth, deep ruby red color, moderate tannins. Seems to be the perfect time to drink this now.
Red
1998 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/20/2013 - afalk wrote:
91 points
Leather, black currant, graphite. Exquisite balance.
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Red
2/19/2012 - afalk wrote:
92 points
Medium ruby-red with a beautifully balanced nose. Black currant, licorice, leather, minerals. Excellent wine with an Italian buffet-style dinner.
Red
2000 Château des Annereaux Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/18/2012 - afalk wrote:
88 points
Leather, black currant, and green tea on the nose. Subtle, a bit velvety, nice fruit. The bottom of the bottle had plenty of sediment and the last sip was somewhat astringent as a result. A bit beyond its prime, but still rather enjoyable. No need to decant it and make sure to not empty the last bit of the bottle. Do not keep beyond 2012.
White
1/14/2012 - afalk wrote:
86 points
Refreshing impression of green apple, sage, pepper. Not a lot of complexity, but a very pleasant wine with our Italian dinner.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1/5/2012 - afalk wrote:
96 points
Stunningly beautiful wine, superbly balanced, with a blend of caramel, pecans, marzipan, and perhaps a hint of tea. This was simply wonderful.
Red
1/6/2012 - afalk wrote:
89 points
Very tight when first opened. Decanted for a good hour before dinner. Black licorice, cherry, perhaps some plum. Worked well with the lasagna for dinner.
White - Sparkling
12/31/2011 - afalk wrote:
89 points
The old widow does it again - still one of my favorite every-day champagnes. And by that I mean the one that I prefer for any kind of celebration. New Year's Eve is suddenly as good an occasion as any to open a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. A pale golden yellow color with tiny streams of effervescent bubbles produces a strong mousse. Green apple and hints of peach on the nose, then a bold but well-balanced palate with peach, ripe green apples, lemon, minerals, and some remembrance of rose petal. Smooth, but somewhat clipped finish with a touch of honey. Happy New Year!
Red
2009 Apothic Red California Red Blend (view label images)
12/28/2011 - afalk wrote:
84 points
I enjoyed a bottle at the Boston Yacht Club for dinner with friends and it was a pleasant, yet unsophisticated, wine to have with dinner. Went well with the Surf&Turf special. Dark red in color, with a very fruity palate and lots of berries, pepper, and jam. However, it can be said to almost be too juicy and overly sweet. Not a lot of back-bone and fairly flat finish. I've had this a couple of times in the past by the glass and noticed some inconsistency over time, which also explains the wide diversity of opinions here on CT.
Nonetheless, for the price it is a nice dinner wine to be shared with friends at a restaurant and its fruit-forward style makes it a pleasant and uncomplicated pairing with intensely-flavored dishes. Which brings me back to the Surf&Turf special. Would probably go well with BBQ dishes, too, especially pulled pork or baby-back ribs.
Would I buy a case for my cellar? Absolutely not! But I would probably buy it for a party or enjoy it again at a restaurant, if it is just a regular family dinner or dinner with friends. Keep this away from your wine-connoisseur friends, though...
Red
1998 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/28/2011 - afalk wrote:
91 points
Tight and a bit unyielding when first opened, this deeply and dark red to ruby colored St. Émilion opened up nicely after about an hour and showed its full-bodied strength with lots of black cherry, blueberry, and hints of coffee in the finish. Perhaps some liquorice, too. But not at its prime yet. Definitely will benefit from aging a couple more years.
White - Sweet/Dessert
12/26/2011 - afalk wrote:
89 points
Complex wine with notes of caramel, peach, and elderflower. Surprisingly fruity and still has significant acidity.
Red
12/12/2011 - afalk wrote:
93 points
Beautiful complexion with dark ruby red color; hints of chocolate, black pepper, earth, leather; full bodied. Will develop more over time to become even more grande! Very happy to have an entire case of it in the cellar! Make sure to let it open up for quite a bit...
White
12/11/2011 - afalk wrote:
91 points
Hints of apple and elderflower. Complex structure with pronounced minerality. Long finish. Excellent burgundy.
Red
12/10/2011 - afalk wrote:
90 points
Tons of raspberry, with a touch of earth. Fully mature with a well-balanced finish.
Red
12/4/2011 - afalk wrote:
90 points
Dark color, almost purple. Black raspberry, hints of licorice. Wonderful, but slightly past its prime.
Red
8/12/2011 - afalk wrote:
89 points
Nice structure, cherry, chocolate, hints of leather, smooth finish. Still a little young, make sure to decant for an hour.
White - Sweet/Dessert
7/29/2011 - afalk wrote:
91 points
Intense honey with hints of lychee and mandarin oranges; the fruit nicely balancing the sweetness. Beautiful finish.
White
7/29/2011 - afalk wrote:
78 points
Rather disappointing. Fairly high acidity. Maybe the next bottle will be better? There seems to be some inconsistency - at least I get that from reading the other tasting notes.
White - Sweet/Dessert
4/20/2011 - afalk wrote:
89 points
Honey, pineapple, spices, maybe with a hint of apricot. Delightful dessert wine.
Sake
2/17/2010 - afalk wrote:
90 points
Peach, green apple, hint of lychee. Medium finish. Excellent pairing with teppan steak or bul go gi. Probably too strong for sushi.
Red
8/8/2009 - afalk wrote:
92 points
Modern Rioja. Dark ruby color. Very nice notes of espresso and berries on the nose. Palate showed dark cherry, currant, and hints of chocolate, complex and potent, very rounded and persistent. Finish oaky with a hint of pepper.
White
4/23/2009 - afalk wrote:
88 points
Label: "Palio". Citrus notes, fresh and well-balanced bouquet. Great with an Italian dinner.
Red
10/21/2008 - afalk wrote:
88 points
Deep ruby to purple color. Cherry, and a hint of licorice on the nose. Palate is full and dominated by black fruit. Nice tannins. Moderately long finish.
White
10/13/2008 - afalk wrote:
87 points
Sepp Moser has done it again. Very nice balance of fruit and acidity. A great wine to have with a meal. Fruity, but not sweet. Notes of peach and lime.
Red
10/14/2008 - afalk wrote:
93 points
Deep ruby red color, nose of black fruit and licorice, very nice black fruit palate, with great structure and balance. What a nice wine, and a massive bottle. Overall a large Marlbec with great balance and finish.
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