Tasting Notes for Scott in Shaw

(122 notes on 119 wines)

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Red
7/21/2013 - Scott in Shaw Likes this wine:
93 points
Dark, brooding wine. Still very tannic. Very complex nose, spice and earth and black cherry on the palate. Extremely long. This has many years ahead of it. Won't touch another for at least 5+.
Red
This was a nice village wine showing appropriate developed aromas and flavors. Upon opening, it was not good at all - thin, off palate and not giving away much on the nose. I was worried that the ripeness of the vintage meant this wine did not age well, or wasn't very good in the first place. However, after about an hour, it really started to bloom. Tart cherry and earth on the palate, and a great nose of something warm and toasty, like a Belgian waffle or something. I continue to re-learn how much patience is needed with wine - both in the bottle and after popping the cork!
White - Sparkling
11/9/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
91 points
Love this. Unique. Drink with food.
Red
2002 Château Talbot St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/10/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
90 points
You need to decant this if drinking now! When I opened it, it was totally awkward. No fruit, tinny and thin on the palate. My wife thought it was corked. I came THIS CLOSE to pouring it down the drain. Instead, I left it in a decanter and forgot about it for 3 hours. Upon returning, it had emerged and was actually quite beautiful. I didn't take notes because it was late, but I recall the silky texture, dark fruit on the palate, and subtle wood notes. Yay science!
White - Off-dry
10/18/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
93 points
This wine was a revelation. Nose of petrol and lemon oil. Palate is creamy, with light sweet fruit in the pear/apricot spectrum - not quite tropical, but also with a crisp freshness and a touch of citrus, like the middle of a soft lemon cookie towards the end. The mouthfeel, though! Good lord, it is amazing. Weightless and creamy like meringue, it caresses your tongue like silk bedding and makes you want to just leave it in your mouth and never swallow (or just keep sipping more!). Just a ridiculously good aged Auslese and an example of everything that is brilliant about German Riesling.
White
10/15/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
90 points
Intense! Herbs and citrus nose, grapefruit and spice on the palate, then Boom! Like licking a chalkboard with the slate minerality on the finish. Not as oily in the mouth as the last time I had this - seems to have gotten more silky. Shows some alcohol as it warms up, so I recommend keeping a chill on it after decanting.
Red
8/18/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
90 points
Cloudy dark purple. Wonderfully expressive nose of raspberry, cherry and baking spices. Bright fruit, good acidity, crunchy tannins. With time, darker fruit emerges. Finishes with crushed rocks. I really enjoyed this wine.
Red
1982 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/12/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
Didn't take notes, but for those tracking this wine, I will say that the bottle showed quite well and this is in a prime drinking window right now.
Red
6/24/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
92 points
Simply delicious. Red fruit and coffee notes up front, and a fresh minty finish. Layers of complexity, very well balanced, delightful. A perfect pairing with Kona rubbed sirloin. This is the epitome of a wine that has gobs of fruit, but is not a fruit bomb.
White - Sparkling
6/10/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
86 points
Lemon yellow. A unique nose of sweet orchard fruit mixed with an earthy component. This wine has decent acidity, but a touch out of balance with the fruit, which is somewhat syrupy, like the remnants of a can of peaches or pears. Good mouthfeel, but has an odd finish. I look forward to seeing where this project goes.
White - Sparkling
6/10/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
84 points
Light gold in color. Not very vigorous bubbles. The nose is all creamy, ripe fruit. This is a big, heavy, full-bodied wine. Tons of red fruit - raspberry, sour cherry candy. The finish is surprisingly short, with a metallic edge. There is some potential here, but as yet unrealized.
White - Sparkling
4/21/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
Lovely rosy gold in color, small bead. Classic nose of baked apples and yeast. Moderate acidity. More apple on the palate, which cuts off a bit earlier than one would like. Nice chalky minerality on the finish. A great food wine (picnic, anyone?), and a fine alternative to other California offerings as an everyday house sparkler.
Rosé - Sparkling
2009 Loring Wine Company Brut Rosé Santa Lucia Highlands Champagne Blend (view label images)
4/13/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
Beautiful peachy rose color, like a sunset. Light bubbles. Nose of salted watermelon. More salinity on the palate, and a slightly vegetal character, maybe rhubarb and strawberry pie. Long finish, with an odd metallic note at the end. Not particularly complex, but a pleasant sipper with subtle charm.
Red
4/13/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
88 points
Very nice. Beautiful ruby color. Nose of red fruit and menthol. Palate of berries and cedar. Still kicking! Lots of fun.
White - Sparkling
4/9/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
91 points
This was a really, really nice surprise. A beautiful, classy Champagne from a new-to-me grower with a miniscule 3.5 hectares in the Valle de la Marne. Granny smith apple on the nose, along with something like pie crust or even waffles. A panoramic mid-palate that starts with more juicy, crisp apple, then the acid hits, followed by a buttered toast component before entering a lovely long, chalky finish. A gorgeous expression of the Marne terroir. Will seek out more.
White - Sparkling
4/4/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
88 points
This is a fun wine. Classic Riesling nose, but with an odd note that came off almost like pencil shavings and dry breadsticks, so I agree with the people below who said "yeasty slate," as that gets pretty close. Vigorous bubbles. Sweet and tart, with high acid and nice minerality. Dry, with very subtle fruit, maybe Asian pear, but shy so it's hard to tell. Nice, clean, long finish. An excellent change of pace from Champagne, and a fantastic wine with all manner of cuisine.
Red
2008 Lafken Maipo Valley Red Blend (view label images)
4/2/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
87 points
Dark crimson; nose of berries, menthol, maybe a hint of jalapeño; smooth tannins, cinnamon, cherry licorice, and a coffee note indicative of moderate, integrated oak; short finish holding this wine back - young vines?
White
4/2/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
93 points
Really enjoyable. Decanted for about an hour, then followed for another hour or two. Cloudy gold in color. Enchanting nose of lemons, flowers and a hint of toasted nuts. On the palate, it features more citrus, with a nice creaminess supported by a zippy acidity. Oily smooth mouthfeel without being cloying. This wine was really hard to nail down, as it continued to change through dinner. Eventually a spiciness emerged, with zesty orange peel, rose water, marzipan/almond and honey notes. The finish didn't go on as long as I would expect, but still, this is delightful, with room for improvement.
Rosé - Sparkling
4/1/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
90 points
Best bottle of the 4 we purchased. These may benefit from extended bottle aging. Earthy nose with forest berries and currant. Black raspberry flavors on the palate, nice acidity, medium finish. Good food wine.
Red
4/1/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
flawed
Off bottle. None of the expected aromas or flavors. Very muted. Likely low level TCA.
White - Sparkling
3/30/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
88 points
Yeasty nose of sourdough, some bruised apples; juicy apple carries over into the mouth, which is rich and mature; touch of honey-nut sweetness toward the end, with long finish that hints of stones, but lacks the minerality I was expecting.
White
3/30/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
91 points
Beautiful golden yellow; classic Riesling nose of peaches, flowers and a touch of petrol; smooth, silky mouthfeel; good acid, subtle fruit and white pepper; long finish.
White - Sparkling
3/29/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
91 points
Pale yellow; fresh and elegant nose of berries and lees; with some air, a strawberry shortcake note emerges. On the palate, it is powerful, but precise and balanced, with notes of crisp apples, toast and fruit cup. Moist pound cake emerges into a long, chalky finish. Really delicious.
Red
3/29/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
89 points
Tart cherries, moderate acidity, short finish. An enjoyable everyday quaffer.
White - Sparkling
3/29/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
92 points
Golden color, fine bubbles, but not super vigorous. Fresh, floral nose of honeysuckle, a touch of Asian pear, and a leesy, toasty note. On the palate, a turn towards apple, but covered in caramel and nuts, and a hint of something slightly tangy, like the white part of a strawberry top. Elegant and medium bodied, with a long mineral finish. This Champagne is rich and complex, but with a surprising freshness. Like a punk kid from an aristocratic family. (Sept. '07 disgorgement)
White
3/28/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
90 points
Golden color; lemon cream nose, touch of marscapone; more lemon on palate, plus some underripe apple, nice acid; medium finish of toffee and nuts.
Red
3/21/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
The Wines of López de Heredia with María José López de Heredia (Cork Market Tasting Room, Washington, DC): This bottle was brought by a diner at another table from his personal collection and generously shared with us. A beautiful ruby color, it looks younger than the '91 Tondonia. Fantastic mature nose of earth, truffle, mushroom and fallen leaves; nice, but very subtle red fruit; all about the tertiary aspects at this point; the tannins are fully resolved and it's in a nice place, but I don't see it getting much better from here. A great experience, like a well-aged Barolo or Burgundy.
Red
3/21/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
The Wines of López de Heredia with María José López de Heredia (Cork Market Tasting Room, Washington, DC): Light red with slight bricking on the edges; cedar and cigar box nose; palate unbelievably fresh for its age with lovely sweet cherries emerging after a few minutes in the glass. A revelation.
Red
3/21/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
The Wines of López de Heredia with María José López de Heredia (Cork Market Tasting Room, Washington, DC): Medium red; nose of cherry mint, like an Altoids; good acidity, more mint/menthol and bright cherry flavors; medium-long finish. Nice.
Red
3/21/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
The Wines of López de Heredia with María José López de Heredia (Cork Market Tasting Room, Washington, DC): Dark red; enticing nose of rasberry, cedar and mint; on the palate, more juicy red berries, cigar box, and a touch of meatiness, like ham. Well-balanced with a long, clean finish. Very nice.
Red
3/21/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
The Wines of López de Heredia with María José López de Heredia (Cork Market Tasting Room, Washington, DC): Maria called this a classic "tapas wine." Easy drinking. Medium red; red fruit and spice on the nose with a hint of licorice; subtle cherry and more spice on the palate; oak is well integrated. Pleasing.
White
3/21/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
The Wines of López de Heredia with María José López de Heredia (Cork Market Tasting Room, Washington, DC): Medium gold; funky nose, like stinky cheese, wet nuts; slightly sour flavor up front, like pickle or olive juice, moving to pears in syrup and a long, creamy finish. This wine really transformed with the food -- the rough edges smoothed out, the acid toned down, and the fruit came out. Very nice.
White
3/21/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
The Wines of López de Heredia with María José López de Heredia (Cork Market Tasting Room, Washington, DC): Light gold; nose of nuts and honey, slight sherry-like characteristic of an oxidative style; waxy; dry and acidic; nice baked apple flavor and a lemon cream finish. Nice.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Briceland Vineyards Brut Humboldt County Champagne Blend (view label images)
2/19/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
85 points
Pale yellow. Vigorous, medium-sized bubbles. Pleasant, nose-filling aroma of red apple and bread crust. Unfortunately, the palate does not live up to the nose. More apple, but the yeasty/toasty note disappears. Brandy/cognac notes are apparent (maybe a touch too much dosage?). Good acidity, but the fruit is too ripe and juicy. Lacks crispness/freshness. Finish is a bit clipped. Not a bad effort overall, but lacks definition or complexity and can't stand up to the better domestic NV sparklers.
Rosé - Sparkling
2/12/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
93 points
Beautiful bright pink color, very tiny bubbles. Enticing nose of fresh cut flowers and citrus, like pink grapefruit juice. On the palate, sweet red cherries and balanced acidity with lingering minerality into a nice clean, long finish. Enough weight to stand up to a variety of food (tonight it was green chile chicken enchiladas). Amazing stuff. If it was easier to find, it'd easily be my go-to rose Champagne (beating out Billecart).
White - Sparkling
1/9/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
93 points
Followed in glass for 2+ hours. Still light gold in color with nice, subtle effervescence. Captivating nose of salted caramel and hazelnuts. Decent acidity and a gorgeous, round mouthfeel. Flavors of buttered toast on the mid-palate into wonderful roasted pear in the very long finish. Simply delightful.
White - Sparkling
1/1/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
94 points
Very pale yellow with lovely tight small beads; nose of sweet honey buns and citrus; more citrus on the palate, like orange peel or lemon zest; bright and crisp and silky smooth, but with lots of energy; turns to brioche, then a chalky finish; this goes on forever. Spectacular effort that is drinking wonderfully now. Couldn't keep our hands off it, so no idea what it will be like with age.
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Red
2008 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
1/1/2012 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
91 points
Dark crimson in the glass; nose of bright cherries, licorice and a touch of forest - like cedar and eucalyptus; on the palate, more red fruit and horehound candy notes; very tannic, even with a 2+ hour decant. Delicious now, but clearly has decades of life left. Yes, decades with an "s."
White
7/19/2011 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
No formal note. While the nose was interesting, and the initial taste had pleasant tropical fruit notes, the finish was a bit hot and I can't help but think this wine was a bit flabby. Hopefully my other bottle will show better in the future.
Red
6/27/2011 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
92 points
Drank with dinner at Charles Court at the Broadmoor Hotel. Popped and poured. Didn't take notes, but recall bright red cherry fruit on the nose and in the mouth right off the bat. An hour or so later, some lovely secondary notes emerged, with a chalky minerality and tartness that made it not unlike a cherry antacid tablet (in a good way!). Still very, very young, but tannins were smooth. Long finish. Very impressive.
Red
2008 RdV Vineyards Rendezvous Fauquier County Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/14/2011 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
87 points
These notes are from Day Two (on Day One, the nose was muted and the palate was behind a wall of tannins). Opaque purple. Nose of dark fruit (blackberries, cassis?), cedar, smoked meat and possibly a little eucalyptus. In the mouth, wonderful layers of coffee and jam. The tannins are not as rough as the first day, but still present. The only displeasing thing is that at the end of the finish there's a tart/chalky note, like a TUMS, that doesn't seem to go away. My initial take is that it is better than most/all of the Virginia Merlot-based wines I've had, but I'm not convinced that it's a good value, especially given other options from CA or even South America. However, there's enough promise here that I look forward to trying the flagship wine and I will certainly continue to follow this new winery's development. (62% Merlot, 29% Cab, 6% Franc, 3% Petit Verdot)
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Red
1992 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/12/2011 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
93 points
Spontaneous Mini Ridge Monte Bello Vertical (Home): From 375mL direct from winery. Popped 4 hrs. before tasting. Still very dark, nearly opaque crimson. Beautiful nose of berries, pine needles, maybe a hint of leather. Cherries on the palate, though still a lot of tannins possibly holding back even more red fruit. Medium-long finish with a touch of orange rind. This has a ton of life left and is probably not even in its prime. (80% CS/11% M/9% PV)
Red
1993 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/12/2011 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
91 points
Spontaneous Mini Ridge Monte Bello Vertical (Home): From 375mL direct from winery. Popped 4 hrs. before tasting. More purple in color than the '92; still dark. Nose of menthol, a touch of mint, maybe even creosote. Gobs of fruit on the palate, a bit of tobacco, silky smooth tannins, medium finish. This is probably on the downward side of its drinking curve. A lot more Cab in this vintage, and interestingly, Ridge did not list the other varieties in the blend. Not a classic Monte Bello, in my opinion.
Red
1994 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/12/2011 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
92 points
Spontaneous Mini Ridge Monte Bello Vertical (Home): From 375mL direct from winery. Popped 4 hrs. before tasting. Brick red in color. Gorgeous classic Bordeaux nose of pine and cedar. On the palate, cooler, black fruit as opposed to the '92 and '93 (maybe due to the Merlot?). Touch of vanilla, like the ice cream on top of a slice of blueberry pie. This is probably in its peak drinking window right now, but that window is likely open for a few more years. (73% CS/15% M/9% PV/3% CF)
Rosé - Sparkling
2/13/2011 - Scott in Shaw wrote:
Cork Valentine's Day Champagne Tasting (Cork Wine Bar, Washington, DC): Orange salmon color, few bubbles; strawberry shortcake, red fruit, like a nice still rose; wet stone and sweet tart on the finish. A-
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