Tasting Notes for Madera16

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Red
Great structure here — firm and aggressive tannin and ample, long acidity. Fruit character is ripe, loads of cherry, with some meaty and violet character as well.
White
Yum. Low alcohol but huge texture on the palate. Lemony, stony, very tiny touch of tropical/sulphur. Clean, good acid. Perfect for raclette as encouraged by the Rhined.
Red
Excelente. Nose of rose, earth, blood orange, pomegranate. Great structure, elegant, good weight on the palate. Opens up a lot more on day 2 and onwards. Medium plus finish, cherry and bitters. An amazing deal and I wish this were easier to find.
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White - Sparkling
Impressed! Lots of strawberry, apple, bread crust on the nose. Palate has rich, full texture that’s definitely above average. Medium plus finish, good acid. Best Italian sparkler I’ve had, I think it could easily stand beside entry level NV Champagnes. Would be fun to put it to the test sometime. Great qpr too at $25.
White
Floral, some green, earthy, grippy tannin and moderate plus acidity... very charming! And light. It’s something like a Loire red but very much its own thing. Interesting and worth trying but wouldn’t buy again given the qpr (can’t remember exactly but it was >$30).
White - Sparkling
Excellent quality and value Champs! Nose is full of chalk and white flowers, apple, cream, subtle restrained pastry. Fine bubbles, full texture, good acid, moderate finish. Overdelivers at $40, this is my kind of Champagne.
Red
So nice, really at its peak. Ripe strawberry and rose. Soft and elegant, medium body with surprisingly full texture, graceful tannins, overall elegant and a pleasure to drink.
Red - Sparkling
Delicious, gulp-able, quite fizzy, light tannin, full of earthy and olive quality. Yum.
Red
Very tasty and still quite bright. Late in the night so don’t have much more to note.
Red
Very tasty, nice texture on the palate, very well integrated. Simple good Bourgogne that stood up to some time. Still decent red fruit.
Red
Far developed with plenty of isovaleric character. Nowhere near as charming as the Hudelot-Noellat by its side. Still okay but I’d say several years past its prime.
Red
Funkiest of the vertical, this one felt a bit muddled on the palate. Generally darker than the ‘10 and ‘11 and my least favorite.
Red
Most pronounced floral quality out of the vertical. But it was a bit green, and the tannins did not feel quite ripe. Interesting and enjoyable.
Red
Impressive, the best out of the ‘09-‘11 vertical. Big, good fruit, good acid. New world for sure but with plenty of restraint.
Red
3/7/2020 - Madera16 wrote:
Over the top candy, fuzzy texture. I can only drink this once a year, if that.
White
Very yummy. Beautifully light, piercing acidity. Some petrol right out of the bottle but opened up into fruit with some time in the glass. At 11.5%. Remains my favorite riesling producer.
White - Sparkling
Great $40 Champs. Fine texture, balanced acid/dosage. Nose is full of fruit, with a distinct pineapple note on the nose and palate. Otherwise apple, pear, good earthy/mineral balance. Would buy again.
White - Fortified
Delicioso. Complex nose of butterscotch, toffee, hazelnut, fig. Balanced on the palate, dry, nutty and toasty.
Red
Wow this was top quality Bourgueil. Elegant raspberry and floral notes balanced with earth and a touch of bell pepper. This had real class and was really just at the start of its peak. Would have probably been even better in three years or so. Excellent.
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White
Insanely mineral nose with a lot of intensity. On the palate though it lacks balance and comes across a touch hot and awkward. Interesting but wouldn’t buy again.
Red
For OTBN. Gosh this was delicious. Such a nice texture, beautifully balanced tannins, a pleasure to drink. Could have very easily kept going but it was a pleasure now.
White
3/1/2020 - Madera16 wrote:
flawed
Vivian brought for OTBN. Sadly corked. In spite of that, good texture and acid.

We tried the plastic wrap decant a week later. But better, some butter and hazelnut. Could have been great.
Red
2017 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Langhe Mores Langhe DOC Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo (view label images)
Only getting better on its last day open. Touch of purple and dark past nebbiolo. Lots of florals, dark red and black berries, mineral core. Open on the palate, balanced structure. Tannins are assertive but not overbearing. In a great spot given its age. Only downside may be the price.
White
Excellent sub $20 Italian white with an understated but elegant personality. Not very fruity at all, this is all about mineral and subtle nutty character. Great texture, very soft yet with plenty of acidity, enough to stand up to mussels in tomato sauce.
Red
Tasted next to the village Chambolle as well. To me this was really not THAT different, except that the nose was not quite as open and the palate had more structure. Honestly maybe because this one needs more time in the bottle, I preferred the village wine a bit more.
Red
WOTN for me, this nose just made me weak in the knees. So perfumed, sexy, light, deep. Beautifully perfumed on the palate as well. Just irresistible.
Red
2/16/2020 - Madera16 wrote:
flawed
Very sad to say that this was slightly corked.
Red
Fascinating wine right now, full of toasted sesame and soy sauce on the nose. Palate still structured. Its life goes on in full savory, toasted intrigue.
Red
2008 Gérard Raphet Clos de la Roche Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
This was big on the palate. Honestly not my favorite of the night, as it was on the dark and brooding side. But was some people’s favorites this night.
Red
Aha, this is in a great spot right now. As Vivian pointed out, it has a sharpness on its acid that is maybe out of balance. Tannin though is in a great spot and with food, this is a very enjoyable wine.
Red
Very good, nice structured palate, outclassed the two NZ pinots from Pyramid Vineyards with its weight. By nose alone it was actually not that different, but the palate was another story.
Red
Quite good, maybe stereotypically Pommard as this packed quite a punch on the palate. Full and aggressive. Still too young but not without pleasure now, plenty of bright red fruit.
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Red
See note on the Earth Smoke. This one was even more delicate on the palate and maybe more floral/ethereal on the nose as well.
Red
Yum, such an interesting balance between pure ripe new world fruit and old world bass note and restraint. Tasted next to the Angel Flower, this one has a bit more tannin. The problem with both, compared to burgundies on the same night, is that they lack force on the palate. Rich thought it was almost like they’re young vines and need another 20 years. Either way very pretty wine.
Red
Young, tight wine with black cherry and cedar. Very good structure and body, but would be more enjoyable with a few more years under its belt. As it is now, it’s a bit austere compared to some others at the same qpr.
White - Sparkling
Certainly not bad but nothing special. Good clean nose with pear and light toast, mineral. Body, acidity, and finish could all be better. Good for the $30-40 price point.
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Red
Delicious, elegant mourvedre. Light color with touch of haze. Pronounced gamey character together with pure red fruit. Like a cross between Fleurie and CdR. Worth $40? Not sure. Definitely a good deal by CA standards.
White
Touch of amber color, crystal clear. Bruised apple dominates the nose. Acidity is razor sharp and fresh; the palate holds some more depth beyond the oxidized quality. Ymmv; it’s not bad but I wouldn’t purchase again.
Red
Really excellent! Fresh and balanced, beautiful floral quality, texture, everything. Will definitely keep for some years... And will buy more if I see it. A steal at Binny’s for $21.
Red
2018 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
Quite good. Bright, precise, good structure. Versatile with food. At work dinner with variety of vegetables as well as steak. Worked great.
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White
Very pure, high acid, lean body, floral and mineral. Good stuff, like a Pfalz. Just barely off dry. Works best with food, otherwise the acidity comes across a bit sharp.
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Red
Nose has a haunting floral quality that I just love, as well as cherry and smoke. The palate has good acidity and weight but the tannin is not quite there and the flavor lacks some precision. In that respect I prefer the 2016. But this is still good and overdelivers for the $15 sale price.

Day 2: As with the ‘16, this has improved tremendously. Heat has dissipated, tannin has softened, overall quality has gone up. Seems it’s not a wine to PnP.
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White - Sparkling
Yum. Precise nose of pear, apple, nectarine, honey. Beautiful full texture — brings to mind the trendy description of “vinous” Champagnes. Acid is broad and persistent but at the same time very soft. A standout for a $40 - $50 Champs.
Red
Attractive nose, almost meaty. Linear, strong acid on the palate; good structure. Enjoyable now, but could improve.
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Red
Strawberry, roses, black tea, pomegranate on the nose; classic. Very good structure, good weight, tannic but open and ready to drink.
Red
Very nice light red. Tons of floral/aromatic character, nice balance on the palate with tannin and acid. Opposite of the typical Napa red.
White - Sparkling
This was extremely tasty, with a pure mineral character that reminded me of Chablis. Good weight, concentration, and class. On the lookout for more from this producer.
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White - Sparkling
Wow, this is impressive qpr. Possibly the best sub-$20 French sparkler I’ve had — at least, the best Champs substitute. Apples and bread on the nose, good acid, nice texture! Not just thin juice and fluff. Clean moderate finish with no bitterness. Excellent value. I noticed I’ve also had the rose before which is also a great deal.
Red
Surprisingly dark ruby. Massive amounts of American oak after PnP, all coconut. Full body, ripe, moderate tannin. On day two the oak has lossened up and revealed more fruit — cherry, plum, blackberry. It’s fairly modern. A big step up from their Joven/Cosecha. A bit too rich for me, but it’s tasty.
Red
Yum. Beautifully full and welcoming texture. Totally open, plenty of fruit, earth, olive, classic Loire character. At $20... an excellent deal.
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