Tasting Notes for Kermadur

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Red
4/7/2019 - Kermadur Likes this wine:
90 points
Dark color, medium body. Starts off wonderfully fruity, midway you get some richness, earthiness, and then a long and beautiful finish with a little grip that shows off the integrated tannin. Balanced and delicious.
Red
Decanted 1 hour+. Medium-full bodied. Smooth, round, flavorful. Very nice. Great value.
Red
Just opened this bottle that we bought in Spain last year. I find it delicious with the beer braised pork cheeks we're having on a rainy Sunday afternoon. The tempranillo is showing its character, backed up by pleasant oakiness. Dark color, medium bodied, full mouth, nice finish.
Red
Everything I want from a Rioja. Fruity, round, full, nice finish, easy drinking, good value. Very good.
Red
6/15/2018 - Kermadur wrote:
Big fruity zin. Smooth and sweet. It was just what I expected and what I was looking for - that big lush California zin.
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Red
5/4/2018 - Kermadur Likes this wine:
89 points
Dark garnet. Medium bodied. Oaky nose. Juicy red berry flavors, balanced with a lovely lingering slightly grippy finish. This is an easy crowd pleaser as it is fruity, full and smooth, not too complex but delicious. We popped and poured but I can see that it could open up over time as others have noted.
White
Very pale straw color. Medium but pleasant nose. Not much body/mouth feel at all. Lean and racy and juicy too. Great balance and structure. Lemonade with some tropical hints. Beautiful long finish. Not really a sipper and unfortunately, it did not pair very well with what we ate, but would be fabulous with oysters, scallops, lobster.
Red
Beautiful earthy nose. Taste is surprisingly light; fruitier that it smells. Fresh and elegant.
Red
Bought this on the recommendation of a "wine expert" at Total Wine. Said it was her favorite, a fabulous pinot noir. Super fruity, no complexity. Big disappointment.
Red
This wine was terrific! Beautiful cherry color. Medium bodied. Leathery almost smoky nose. The taste starts off peppery then moves to a juicy burst of sour cherry. Nice medium-long finish. Yum.
White
Not a sipper, definitely a food wine. Lovely golden color. Medium bodied. There is a certain edge/roughness to this wine, but in a good way. Full flavor, nice long finish.
Red
Such a treat to drink this bottle. Smooth and supple, balanced, delightful.
White
Interesting bottle. I'm not familiar with the grape; found it to be enjoyable. Not too acidic. Not fruity, but there is a roundness to the wine that was enjoyable and made a nice pre-dinner drink.
Red
This was a lovely surprise. Very light in color, almost pink and somewhat translucent. Light bodied. Full flavor. Mostly ripe strawberry, with a hint of earthiness. OK finish. Very enjoyable. A good value from Garagiste. Wish I could get more.
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Red
1/16/2018 - Kermadur wrote:
A little disappointed with this. After reading others' notes, I opened and decanted it well before drinking. Upon opening, there was a strange cough syrup thing going on. After decanting and with food, it settled down. OK but I wouldn't buy it again.
Red
I've been hanging on to this bottle and thought it might be past its prime, but I was pleasantly surprised. Lovely wine. Strawberry with a good balance and a nice finish.
Red
Terrific bottle. Medium bodied, taste on the lighter/smooth side, great flavor. Not particularly complex. I'm not sure what the blend includes; I suspect maybe some Bordeaux varietals. Excellent value for a solid every day drinker.
Red
I cannot find the review that influenced me to buy this bottle a few years back, but I had a sticky note on it that said to save for a couple years and decant. Decanted about an hour + before drinking. Dark color, medium bodied. Dark berry with lovely spice notes. So much flavor without being overpowering. Beautifully balanced. Strong finish. It just kept getting better and better and then it was gone!
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Red
This is the kind of wine that you get in France when you go to a cafe/bistro and order the house CdR. Old world - lean and a bit reserved, needs food. A solid good value every day dinner wine.
White
I first bought this wine untried when we had a Bastille Day party and I was looking for something French that would be a crowd pleaser and not too costly since I needed enough for a pretty big crowd. Everyone seemed to enjoy it, but I didn't end up drinking any at the party. I bought more recently and must say that this is a good every day drinker. I tend to go for fruity whites, and found it a little bit acidic for my taste, but the flavor it really nice and it ended up going down easily. Simple, good, great value.
Red
Decanted about 2 hours prior to drinking. Lovely and smooth. Less aggressive than previous Sea Smokes.
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Red
2010 Château Baret Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/19/2017 - Kermadur wrote:
Medium bodied, dark blackberry color. The wine has a good nose - leathery/tobacco. The mid palate doesn't make it for me. Too sharp and hot. Then some defined tannin kicks in making a good long finish. The second day the mid palate mellowed out some, but not much. This might be good with a roast beef or something hearty to cut the sharpness. Some additional age might help. OK but I wouldn't buy it again, even at the seemingly value price.
Red
This was our last bottle of the Wine Spectator Top 100 Values that we collected 2 years ago. Sorry to see that collection end, but it was a blast to collect and drink. Great value for a medium bodied, balanced wine with a nice finish.
Red
2005 Garagiste StarFire Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Dark color, a bit of a smoky nose. Popped and poured a little glass, then left it open and drank a couple glasses over the course of the evening. Lots of sediment. Rich, full, fruity. Wonderfully balanced. A finish that went on and on. Yum.
Red
2012 Waters Tremolo Walla Walla Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
Drank this over the course of an evening with a French Syrah/Grenache blend. They compared pretty much how we expected - classic old world/new world. This one was full, fruity, and delicious. Went well with our roast beef dinner, but could also stand on its own. Yummy.
Red
Nice Central Coast cab. Full, fruity and bold.
Rosé
I wasn't sure what to expect of this bottle and unfortunately don't remember where I got it. Opened on a warm end of summer day, Sunday brunch, which is a perfect way to drink this. The color is salmon, the body is light. First taste I tasted apple, but subsequent tastes not so much. It is light and enjoyable. Not much finish; it is almost like drinking a puff or cloud that disappears as soon as you get a little taste. Interestingly, a somewhat high alcohol for a French rose, 13%, and that comes through on the finish but not in a bad way. Drink it ice cold.
Red
An interesting blend of equal parts of 5 grapes...carignan, cinsault, syrah, grenache and mourvedre. Medium bodied, lively, a bit peppery/spicy. Great with a simple supper of eggs and green beans. Terrific bottle of wine for the price which was about $9. And organic to boot.
White
Medium bodied. Fruity. Lovely as aperitif or with food. Summery.
Red
This grenache (blend?) is dark in color and fruity in taste. Light/meduim bodied. Just enough tannin to keep it from being one-dimensional. This is a good wine with or without food. At about $12, a great value too.
Red
Nice enough, a simple pinot. A bit on the lean side for me, but it was good with food, and had a lingering finish.
White
Drank over three days. Pale yellow color, medium bodied. Mineral nose. The flavors were hard for me to pin down; a bit all over the place .The first day it wasn't quite cool enough. Front was almost tropical fruity, finish was acidic. 2nd and third days the wine was colder, and the apple/tartness/acidity came through at the beginning. What threw me off was that there was so much bright acidity, yet fruity flavors would pop up here and there. Very interesting. Good with or without food.
White
Sauvignon Blanc is often too lean and acidic for my taste. This is an exception. It is richer than most, and has some lovely tropical flavors. Delicious and a good value.
White
3/21/2015 - Kermadur wrote:
Medium/full bodied, with a nice full mouth feel. Buttery and rich, but not harsh as some oaky chardonnays can be. Good fruity finish.
White
3/11/2015 - Kermadur wrote:
I was a little disappointed with this wine. It is from the list of Wine Spectator 100 top values. The others I have tasted from the list are surprisingly good for the price. This one, however, was so-so. Not bad, but nothing special or complex at all. Super fruity, simple, one-note. Had with teriyaki chicken but even that did not bring anything out in the wine.
Red
3/8/2015 - Kermadur Likes this wine:
88 points
This was surprisingly good for a mass produced, under $10 bottle of wine. Medium bodied, clear cherry color. Nothing special in the nose or finish, but it was smooth, tasty, easy to drink. Easily as good as other wines twice the price.
Rosé
Very pale pink/melon. Light bodied, lovely structure. Holds up well in the mouth without being at all heavy or syrupy. Plenty of acidity but not too much. Citrusy.. Wonderful.
Red
5/23/2014 - Kermadur wrote:
Dark berry color. Medium bodied. Not much nose. Pretty dry. No finish. Nothing super distinctive about this wine. Not bad, just ordinary.
Red
I wasn't sure about this wine after reading others' tasting notes, but I ended up liking it just fine. Not much nose to speak of. Clear cherry juice color. Light bodied. The first sip tasted a little sour and thin, but once it got going with food, it was fruity and smooth. Not complex or very structured but easy and good.
White
Mineral nose...like a wet stone on the seashore. Taste was clean acidic and citrus. Very lean. I wished I was eating raw oysters with this wine. Very good muscadet.
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Red
Beautiful cherry color. Medium bodied. Somewhat aggressive nose. One taste and I was hooked. Nicely balanced; fruity and tannic. No holds barred new world wine. Up front, full, open. Zesty. There is nothing subtle here. High octane, Californian, wonderful. All this without being at all jammy or raisin-y. Good work Edgar!
White
This is a wonderful Riesling, especially at 8.99 a bottle. It is quite fruity at the beginning but ends with a wonderful tang. The riesling varietal flavor is strong. Lovely glass of wine when you want that riesling flavor.
White - Sparkling
12/31/2013 - Kermadur wrote:
Not my favorite of the bubbly line up. Quite tart, very lean. Not too much there for me, but others liked it fine.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Mumm Napa Cuvée M Napa Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
Good value bubbly. Does not have the lean crispness of the Prestige we usually get. This is fruitier and flavorful.
Red
Lovely bottle for New Years Eve at home. This bottle was much funkier/earthier that I remember from a year ago when we drank our first bottle. Great balance, nice finish, surprisingly earthy. Absolutely needed food. Perfect with a roasted tri tip.
Red
2007 Saxum Broken Stones Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
Very dark and velvety. Full and fruity; smooth with a nice finish. Great new world wine - big and rich.
Red
I jotted down some notes when I drank this over a month ago. Dark cherry juice color. Light/medium bodied. Oak and spice on the nose. Starts off bright and fruity. Red fruits. Mid-palate grip. Long finish.
Red
10/24/2012 - Kermadur wrote:
This has held up surprisingly well. But I'd suggest finishing up any bottles you may have.
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