Tasting Notes for davidcbaker

(132 notes on 121 wines)

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Red
12/23/2014 - davidcbaker wrote:
90 points
Pedernales Cellars is giving Texas wine a good name. Finally dialing in the right varietals and techniques. I'll buy this again. Good fruit with solid structure - which Texas wines have been missing.
Red
9/20/2014 - davidcbaker Likes this wine:
89 points
Drinking wonderfully. Smooth, aged tannins. Just enough fruit to make this pleasant, uncomplicated drinking. Complexity is gone though. Consider this to be at its peak.
White
8/15/2014 - davidcbaker Does not like this wine:
85 points
I rate this as "good" because it seems decently executed. I just do not like the taste profile. How do you get such predominant bannana flavor from a chardonnay?
Red
7/4/2014 - davidcbaker Likes this wine:
93 points
Scrounged up the courage to open this bottle from my late father's cellar and drink a toast to him this 4th. It had kept beautifully though I would say that you should not keep much longer. Decanted and filtered, drank right away. This puppy had thrown lots of sediment but the wine was clear, light ruby with nice brick tones toward the edges. Soft with super nice red fruits.
Red
1/22/2013 - davidcbaker Likes this wine:
92 points
OMG - outstanding. Expected this to be over the hill. Dark berry flavors, that kept changing as it rolled around in my mouth. Glad I kept it around this long.
Red
12/31/2012 - davidcbaker Likes this wine:
91 points
Smooth, mild, nice fruit. In perfect balance too make a quaffable wine. Drank this from my magnum and I am convinced the size helped age this to perfection. The New Year's Eve crowd loved it.
Red
11/7/2012 - davidcbaker wrote:
92 points
I have waited a LOOOONG time for this baby to get drinkable. It has probably been 4 or 5 years since I had tried one. All earlier tastings were dreadful - green pepper, herbal, tannic. But, wow, was I surprised now. Balanced, tannins have resolved (lots of sediment!) and fruit finally is visible. Soft, mature cabernet. Not sure how long it will stay this way. I have one left and will be drinking it soon.
Red
3/4/2012 - davidcbaker wrote:
94 points
OMG, this has to be at its peak. Smooth, integrated, beautiful zin fruit. Dark and velvety. I agree - if you have any of these left, drink them now.
Red
2/17/2012 - davidcbaker wrote:
75 points
Last of my bottles and this one definitely crossed over and was too old. Little to no fruit left. What was left was musty, dusty, lacking in flavor.
Red
12/4/2011 - davidcbaker wrote:
flawed
Waaay past their prime. My last two bottles were uniformly spoiled - vinegar and sulphur.
Red
9/30/2011 - davidcbaker wrote:
89 points
Deep red color, very clear, slight browning at the edge - less so than last time. Very nice acidity and fruit - all in balance. QUaffable. Still holding up nicely.
Red
8/1/2011 - davidcbaker wrote:
85 points
Wow, really closed. No finish. Tried double Venturi on it and still not much luck. Needs more time I think.
Red
7/2/2011 - davidcbaker Likes this wine:
90 points
Very soft with good dark fruit. Well integrated tannin that provides good mouthfeel and structure. Drinks well right now, wonder how long it will keep?
Red
2003 Viader V Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/20/2011 - davidcbaker wrote:
84 points
Drinkable, but not as good as more recent vintages. Dry, tannic with only a hint of fruit.
Red
12/17/2010 - davidcbaker wrote:
89 points
Popped and poured, immediately hit with the nose of chocolate and red fruit. On the palate, soft tannins and a nice burst of fruit that fades and thins out towards the end. I'd like to notify the owners of the other 93 community bottles that they shoudl be thinking about drinking up!
Red
2000 Burgess Enveiere Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/4/2010 - davidcbaker wrote:
84 points
In decline, oak and cedar have outlasted the fruit. Not sure I can attribute this to the specific bottle and this was my last one, but significant difference from one I had about a year ago. Drink up.
White - Sparkling
12/4/2010 - davidcbaker wrote:
74 points
Dry, metallic, bad bottle or "get what you pay for?".
Rosé
11/29/2010 - davidcbaker Likes this wine:
92 points
Amazing actually. Color is a bit like Big Red and I was thinking "oh no, this is going to be horrible" but upon tasting was totally impressed. Strawberry nose and dry with a hint of sweetness. Manages to retain the structure of the Syrah making this a quaffable delight and one that holds up well to food.
Red
11/24/2010 - davidcbaker wrote:
90 points
3 years from my prior tasting. Has been resting comfortably in my cellar. Popped and poured. Has thrown a fine dust of sediment. Drinking beautifully right now. Tannins have receded leaving beautiful fruit yet enough tannin to provide structure. Lower score than prior tasting because I think the tannins have receded a tad too far for me. Will consume my remaining bottles soon.
Red
11/19/2010 - davidcbaker wrote:
I'm not rating this as it would be an injustice. The wine has past its prime for sure but still drinks OK. The fruit outlasted the tannin so what is left was pleasant, sort of brown sugar and berries, but definitely thin. It has been interesting to sample this one over the last 11 years or so. I second the kudos to the Karakasevics. Charbay finally released their brandy, check it out.
White - Sparkling
10/22/2010 - davidcbaker wrote:
85 points
True to it's nature, this champagne was done dry. Light in color, furious bubbles, the first flavors were crisp, clean, with fleeting fruit flavors. My biggest complaint though was the lack of any finish. It hit mid-palate and then disappeared.
Red
10/22/2010 - davidcbaker wrote:
84 points
Popped and poured. Started out with a little cherry cough syrup but the alcohol blew off pretty quick. Decent red wine though definitely not reminiscent of any traditional cab (Cali or French). Soft tannins on the palate with some bright red fruit flavors, a little pepper and some chocolate flavors. I'd decant this for 15 to 30 minutes and then enjoy a soft, quaffable, fruit forward wine.
Red
9/24/2010 - davidcbaker wrote:
Agreed. Past its prime. Found two bottles lurking in the back of my cellar.
Red
7/19/2010 - davidcbaker wrote:
89 points
Smooth, smoky, spicy. Antithesis of an Aussie Shiraz. Drink now.
Red
7/17/2010 - davidcbaker Likes this wine:
88 points
Thought this was going to be a dog - could not remember where it came from. A gift? And with a bit of age - thought this would be going down the drain. No way. Very nice, quaffable merlot. Nice fruit with some super nice structure of forest floor and mushrooms.
White
7/11/2010 - davidcbaker Likes this wine:
92 points
Yum, pineapple and spiced rum flavors. Very nice with Big Bob Gibson's barbecue chicken with white sauce.
Red
2004 Alamosa Wine Cellars El Guapo Texas Hill Country Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
6/21/2010 - davidcbaker wrote:
87 points
Improved greatly after sitting open but lightly stoppered overnight. First night was a bit alcoholic and oaky, second day was very nice, smooth, spice cake and some jam.
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Rosé
6/16/2010 - davidcbaker wrote:
90 points
In the very wide world of rose, this one tilts steeply onto the heavy side - which I happen to love. Dry and weighty on the tongue yet somehow with wonderful red fruit flavors (I guess I need to eat more red fruit to figure out which ones!). The syrah makes a stand. Reminiscent of the Lewis Cellars Vin Gris Rose. GREAT value.
Red
1997 Girard Red Wine Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/17/2010 - davidcbaker wrote:
The last of my case. Have drunk this over about 10 years. Loved it in its youth, hated it in it's mid life, and loved this last bottle. Why does that always happen? Smooth and mature yet still strong, complex flavors of red fruits with background layerings of cocoa and tobacco. Yum. Will always remember this wine as it is what opened up the world of Oakville vineyards and led me to find Rudd.
Red
6/18/2010 - davidcbaker wrote:
87 points
Thought I'd let this one go too long, but no. Certainly that mature funk on the nose, but it blew off. Still decent structure though missing any real brightness to the flavor. Good fruit. Enjoyable mature wine. Longevity may be due to decent cellaring in one of my Transtherms. Definitely drink up though!
White
5/24/2010 - davidcbaker Does not like this wine:
85 points
Decent SB but very much in the acidic grapefruit style that seems so common these days. I'm looking for something a tad more balanced.
Red
4/12/2010 - davidcbaker wrote:
75 points
Past its prime. Only tannin and alcohol left.
Red
4/3/2010 - davidcbaker Likes this wine:
92 points
Cannot imagine this getting any better from this point out. Cracked 'er open and drank right from the cellar. No funk or spritz that seem to be in the other Loring vineyard bottles. Warmed up nicely and had bright berry flavors from start to finish. Enough tannin to give a bit of a smoky finish that lasted about 20 seconds.
White
3/16/2010 - davidcbaker Likes this wine:
89 points
Light straw color, fresh, vibrant. Grapefruit and honeydew flavors.
White
2007 Jonata Winery La Flor de Jonata Santa Ynez Valley Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
3/14/2010 - davidcbaker Likes this wine:
93 points
This is not your typical cheap acidic grapefruit bomb (and the price reflects that too). Balanced very well with 20% Semillon, lovely fresh nose of grass with a hint of citrus. Weighty mouthfeel, with just enough acid to be clean and refreshing, no pucker. Pairs extremely well with cheese.
Red
2/26/2010 - davidcbaker wrote:
85 points
Needs another year or two I think. The flavors are a bit light in relation to the alcohol (14.8%) at this time. There is some berry flavor along with an earthiness on the aftertaste yet some alcohol burn. This should improve with time a bit more integration, overcome its flatness.
Red - Sparkling
2/20/2010 - davidcbaker wrote:
84 points
Black, black, black. Impossible to see thru yet had tons of bubbles. Unusual sight. Blackberry nose. Nice fruit comes thru when tasting, though remains dry. Do NOT think about Champagne when drinking this - far from that. Like drinking a dark but lightweight Shiraz (very little tannin) with bubbles.
Red
2/8/2010 - davidcbaker wrote:
90 points
Drinking nicely right out of the bottle right now. Close to its peak would be my guess. Sweet fruit with smooth background tannin, enough to provide good structure. A treat to taste.
Red
1/23/2010 - davidcbaker wrote:
89 points
This is drinking very well right now. Popped and poured. Smooth, well integrated. Fruit and tannins are balanced. This will only decline from here so drink up!
Red
1/17/2010 - davidcbaker wrote:
93 points
Yummy - black cherry and smoked meats
White
1/16/2010 - davidcbaker wrote:
89 points
Very nice for the price. Did not think this was a Cali chard at first - too austere. But warmed up nicely in the glass and was clean and crisp. Long finish - that's where the oak showed up - in good balance with the acid, subtle fruits.
Red
12/22/2009 - davidcbaker wrote:
80 points
Drank over two nights, left the bottle out, with cork in it overnight. First night was almost undrinkable. Strong tannin, oak, not pleasant. On second night the tannins had softened and the fruit was on the palate. Probably past its prime, the tannins will outlive the fruit, as they already have.
Red
12/20/2009 - davidcbaker wrote:
82 points
May be past its prime. Closed nose, drying tannins and just a bit of fruit.
Red
12/19/2009 - davidcbaker wrote:
85 points
Good effort from a Texas winery. Ruby color and fruitful nose. Red fruit flavors in nice balance with some acid. This wine did not see much time in oak. Seemed lighter than Italian Sangiovese. Pleasant. Good price and the winery is only 45 minutes from my house (they have a nice facility).
White
11/23/2009 - davidcbaker wrote:
90 points
Earlier bottle must have been bad. Quite a difference here as the wine was smooth, a bit oak forward but with good fruit. The leanness was missing from this bottle. Can only imagine this is what it is supposed to be.
White
11/14/2009 - davidcbaker wrote:
86 points
Never guess that this wine does go through malolactic fermentation, must be limited - light, crisp, showing good acidity. To me though, too austere - missing some fruit, even after sitting in the glass a little while. I cannot even draw analogies to any white Burgundy. I am going to hold on to my others for 6-12 months and try again - hopefully open up a bit of the fruit.
Red
8/30/2009 - davidcbaker wrote:
91 points
Stellar. Thought this would be past its prime but think it is IN its prime right now. The heat that was there earlier is gone and now a perfect balance of berry like fruit and a smoky tannin. I think I can taste the sweat of the barrel maker as the casks were charred! Excellent steak wine. Have one more that I need to drink within the year.
Red
8/15/2009 - davidcbaker wrote:
74 points
Clean the cellar night again, Looking for the faded or about to fade. Drinkable but clearly way past any prime if it ever had it. Light with no finish whatsoever.
Red
N.V. DaVero Pollo Rosso - Lot Two Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
8/14/2009 - davidcbaker wrote:
84 points
Solid, decent wine for around $16. They blend (probably leftover) juice from their "neighbors" in Sonoma County probably leading to some inconsistency from batch to batch. But this was fruit forward with enough tannin to be enjoyable plonk.
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