Tasting Notes for troutmonster

(272 notes on 263 wines)

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White
In a perfect spot right now. Drink 'em if you've got 'em. Deeply extracted and mouth coating, but with beautiful cut.
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White - Sparkling
12/7/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Yeasty nose along with a touch of mushroom and earth. The palate is rich and broad, with a creamy texture through the finish. Not overly complex but solid and worth its entry fee.
White - Sparkling
11/26/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Downright gorgeous right out of the gate, but clearly time for development. Tense and wound up, with a dart of acid that gives it real life. Nicely integrated oak that is present and gives richness but never pokes out. So much energy!
White
10/30/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Viognier done right. None of that sticky, flabbiness that so often plagues this grape. Alive! Nose of honeyed peaches and marzipan. Round, viscous texture on the palate with a combination of orchard and stone fruits. Plenty of acid so that the richness doesn't make it excessively weighty. Very, very good. Wish I had more to watch over another few years.
Red
9/29/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
No question that this is unfiltered! Intensely savory and pure nose of Provencal herbs,sweet strawberries and blueberries. Juicy red and black fruits on the palate with enough acidity to carry the fruit through the finish and keep it fresh, though not quite as much as the 2011. This is downright slurpable ... and really interesting wine! In a word, "pure".
White
9/29/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Sulfur quickly blew off to show a nose of apple and a touch of tropical fruit, with underlying cane sugar and slate. Plush, Ripe tropical fruits lead the way on the palate, with the vintage's acidity kicking in on the mid palate through finish, but all the while keeping its balance. Electrifying! Very good wine for the money.
White
8/17/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Maybe the most "salty" wine I've had to date. There is this rush of sea air on the nose, that is absolutely unmistakable, with underlying citrus and orchard fruit. Very vibrant on the palate, with high acid that cuts through the finish. Very "precise". Not nearly as round and weighty as the last two vintages of Briords, and I actually prefer this effort. Continues as one of the wine world's greatest values!
White
5/21/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Very classic Gruner nose of sweet peas and melon, with a palate that brings good ripe fruit up front and a bright acidity. Tails off on the finish with modest complexity.
White
6/24/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Just a little bit of reduction. Threw it in a decanter and it revealed very fresh lemon zest and chalky notes. On the palate, this has rich meyer lemon fruit up front, turning zippy and very mineral on the finish. Dead ringer for 1er Cru Chablis!
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White - Sparkling
6/26/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Monday Night Bottles (Brooklyn): Very tight nosed to begin, showing just a little toasty yeast and chalk. On the palate though, this has incredible depth and power! Intense baked orchard fruit, with razor acidity that is incredibly long. Just a baby now but all the parts are in place for this to turn into something special with more bottle age. If drinking now, give this a good decant.
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White
6/26/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Monday Night Bottles (Brooklyn): Served blind. Copper colored. Really complex nose, showing graham cracker, grainy cereal-like aromas, and a touch of honey. Surprisingly youthful palate with impressive acidity, but all of the character here is tertiary and closes with the tell-tale Wachau white pepper. I actually nailed the grape and region, but guessed it was closer to 15 years old, not 20+. Who knew Gruner could age like this? Fascinating!
White
6/26/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Monday Night Bottles (Brooklyn): Color just beginning to speak to its age. The nose here is so exotic, it's hard not to lose yourself in the glass. Spearmint, orange marmalade, tangerine and a touch of smokiness leap from the glass, leading to a palate that has uncharacteristic weight for Loire, but the telltale acidity and minerality of the region. Long, long, long. The first time I've had Dagueneau with this kind of age and it was an eye-opener, for sure. Outstanding.
Red
6/26/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Monday Night Bottles (Brooklyn): Served blind. Ever so slight bricking at the rim, with an incredibly expressive nose of saddle leather, olive tapenade and dried cherry. The palate showed dark fruits and tobacco, with fine grained, but very-present tannins that made me think this was much younger. So elegant and "sophisticated" in style. My guess started in Tuscany with all that leather but I eventually settled on right bank Bordeaux. I was completely floored when it was revealed as California Cabernet. They don't make 'em like this anymore... at least most of them don't.
White
6/21/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
I've had this wine a few times in the past couple of years and it really seems to be developing. The nose brings orchard fruit and slatey aromas, with a palate that is a bit fatter and fuller than I remember, having fleshed out, with a honeyed granny smith apple flavors. I wouldn't go so far as to say this is flabby, but I may have preferred its youthful acid tinge of a year ago. Or maybe I've just been drinking too many 2010s?
Rosé
6/16/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Summer Grilling with a wide assortment of wines (Williamsburg, Brooklyn): Frizzante and brightly hued salmon color. Nose is fun with candied strawberry and floral notes. The palate is zippy and refreshing with lively acidity. One of the most "fun" wines you'll ever drink and a good way to start the night.
Red
6/16/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Summer Grilling with a wide assortment of wines (Williamsburg, Brooklyn): I was leery of opening this for fear that it would be shut down, but boy was I wrong! Popped and poured, giving slow oxidation and drank over the course of a few hours. What a stunner! One of the most savory noses you'll find in any wine, with cracked black pepper, meat and fennel jumping out of the glass. Black fruits, meat, and iron flavors that make you feel as though you're eating this wine, instead of drinking it, with a streak of acidity throughout that gives it impeccable freshness and balance. Long! This bottle made it clear why Allemand has become the benchmark for Cornas.
Red
6/16/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Summer Grilling with a wide assortment of wines (Williamsburg, Brooklyn): This wine is in a really tough place... lacking the fruit that made it hard to resist in its infancy, but not mature enough to shed some of the intense structure. With an hour+ decant, some of the floral and mineral notes on the nose begin to crawl out. On the palate though, this is pretty hard and angular, with some harsh acidity. Unyielding any of the black fruit that lies underneath all the structure. I'll hold my last bottle a couple years.
Red
6/16/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Summer Grilling with a wide assortment of wines (Williamsburg, Brooklyn): What a treat! Light bricking and very savory on the nose, with a touch of black fruit underlying pleasant herbal notes. Medium weight with good acidity. I think this wine is in a perfect place right now with a good balance of fruit and secondary notes.
White - Sparkling
6/16/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Summer Grilling with a wide assortment of wines (Williamsburg, Brooklyn): A developed nose with a touch of oxidation. Very "Pinot" in its approach, with a honeyed, bruised apple and cherry notes. The palate is quite rich and full up front, with the acid really popping on the finish, giving it an austere edge. A champagne that begs for food.
Red
6/16/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Summer Grilling with a wide assortment of wines (Williamsburg, Brooklyn): Popped and poured a taste, which showed an intense earthy, rustic approach with just a small touch of brett. Threw in the decanter and this blew off, as the fruit emerged to take center stage. On the palate, sour cherry, plum and coffee flavors are rich and well delineated, with a cool herbal quality on the finish. Intense but not weighty. Clearly very good raw materials but I think this wine probably needs a couple years to really strut its stuff.
White
6/13/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Honeyed stone fruit and an intriguing minerality that is almost smokey. The palate has impressive phenolic ripeness with a beautiful beam of acid. The finish is honeyed and long. I'm a big fan!
Red
6/9/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Ever so slightly bricking rim. A "dark" nose of black cherries, tar, and a touch of leafy, earthiness. The palate is surprisingly sweet up front, with black cherry fruit, before turning more savory and structured on the mid palate, leaving with a long finish. Not the most complex of barolos but very balanced, and downright tasty! Cavallotto is so good for the money. I've been a big fan of the 01 vintage lately and this definitely adds to that list.
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Rosé - Sparkling
6/9/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Pale salmon colored. Great nose of strawberry and citrus fruit, floral notes, and just a touch of brioche. Palate has great persistence and length, with bright acidity. Fantastic champagne for food and a great value rose!
White - Sparkling
6/9/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Bright nosed led by citrus and a touch of floral qualities, with a palate that is fresh and lean, with great depth of fruit and minerality. Manages to maintain incredible balance with ripe fruit flavors, even with zero dosage. I think this was my fifth time having this, and each bottle seems better than the last. Quickly becoming one of my top NV Champagnes.
White - Sparkling
6/9/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Initially got the caramel and toffee notes of good mature champagne but the TCA grew with more air. Corked. A shame because underneath it you could tell there was a great wine!
Red
6/9/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Popped and poured and drank over a couple hours. Initially the nose came across to me as somewhat stemmy and underripe, with bell peppery notes, but my mind was quickly changed after it had a few minutes in the glass. So complex for a wine that's still so young, with black fruits, earthy truffle, and unmistakable vosne spice. The palate really shows this wines pedigree, with incredible power and extract, and wide fruit profile that ranges from black cherry to tart cranberry. Beautiful!
Red
6/9/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Slight bricking that just barely hints at its age. Nose is fantastic with sweet berry and cherry aromas combined with spice and floral notes. The palate has richness and weight, but isn't at all heavy, led by dark fruit flavors and a lingering savory spice on the finish that can't be found anywhere else in the world. This wine is in a fantastic place for drinking now but should have many years of drinking pleasure ahead of it. I've been on the fence with some of Grivot's wines but this is downright fantastic.
White
5/19/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Delicate nose mixing white flower and orchard fruits, leading to a palate the shows sweeter peach and pear fruit, before the acid pulls back the ripeness and finishes with a more citrus driven profile. Good length. Ambitious wine for the price!
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Red
5/11/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
My second time with this wine, and it's only gotten better after settling in a bit. Impressively complex aromatically for such a young wine, exploding with ripe red cherry fruit, floral notes, a hint of Vosne-like spice, and just a bit of sweet oak. On the palate, this is a beast. Ripe and intense, yet focused with fine grained tannins and a finish that goes on and on. Like a big, heavyweight boxer, that's chiseled and has speed to boot. Very, very impressive!
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White - Off-dry
5/11/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Consistent with most recent note. Gorgeous! I'm drinking these too quickly...
White - Sparkling
4/16/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Heady, alive mousse. Impressive nose, with freshly diced granny smiths, meyer lemon, and yeasty. The palate is incredibly bright and focused, with citrus and biscuit flavors that practically tap dance across the palate. Lots of tension and depth, which makes me think this should have a long life ahead of it. But it's so good now, it's hard to wait. A great special club!
Rosé
4/16/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
There are roses that you casually drink this time of year, as a frivolous welcome to the warmer season. This isn't one of those wines. Light salmon, slightly darker than onion skin, color. Impressive aromatically with great floral and apple character. Medium to full bodied on the palate with impressive length. Long lingering pure strawberry fruit flavor is what makes this so impressive. Fantastic pairing with whole grilled fish.
Red
4/16/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Popped and poured. Interesting aromatically... red cherry, tilled earth and a touch of oak, but with an odd grilled fish type of smell. Guesses at a flaw, yeast type, dirty glassware, or restaurant-imparted smells were thrown around, though the aroma did subside a bit with air. Quite forward and accessible on the palate, with red cherry fruit up front, framed by good acid and a spice quality on the mid palate that keeps things interesting. Not quite up to Pavelot's 09 Serpentieres but a very well made wine nonetheless.
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White - Sparkling
4/14/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Paired with a big plate of west coast oysters. Initially tight nosed, showing a chalky, salty, citrus driven aromatic profile. Slow to open up, but the palate showed slightly riper, driven by its PN fruit profile. High acid and long finished but a hair lean and unyielding right now though it did improve with air. Give it time?
Red
4/9/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
As fresh as a daisy. Tastes like a barrel sample, with juicy blackberry fruit, cracked black pepper, and the freshest of lilacs leaping from the glass. The palate has incredible freshness, with high toned black fruits, beef stock, and impressive structure. Not quite as flashy and juicy as the 09 vintage was at the same stage. That said, this is far from lacking in concentration. A great young syrah that I'll be eager to track over time. Back up the truck!
White
4/9/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Just a touch of reduction to start. Decanted and this opened up really nicely to show toasty meyer lemon and a stony minerality on the nose. The palate is rich and mouth coating, in keeping with the vintage, but also maintains fresh acidity. Very good length, finishing with honey and hazelnut on the way out. Fantastic for the price!
White
4/1/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Very tight nose immediately, showing just a touch of citrus and stoniness. Decanted and came back to 30 minutes later, and this had really come around. The fresh lemon and mineral notes took it up an octave or two, along with an underlying delicate floral and slight "wooly" chenin note. The palate is led by citrus fruits, with a searing line of acid that makes the mouthfeel electric. Very complex now but I think the acid still needs to integrate. It hasn't completely come together but there's huge potential here.
Red
3/26/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Decanted 60 minutes. Much more accessible than a bottle ~6 months ago. Sweet red cherries, cloves, and a touch of black tea. Palate is still primary, with bright acid that keeps the sweet ripe red fruits elevated and fresh. Well made.
Red
2/11/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
My fourth or fifth time with this wine. Popped and poured a glass, then decanted the rest and drank over the course of 3 hours. This is the most backward and tightly wound of the bottles I've had. The nose was very closed initially, but slowly opened to show a black fruit profile, along with some blood and iron notes. Completely unyielding on the palate, showing nothing but a solid core of acid and tannin with barely a glimpse of black fruits and a stony, mineral streak through the finish. Shut down for business now but I'll be eager to see where this goes in 3-5 years.
Red
2/8/2012 - troutmonster wrote:
Speaks of its alpine upbringing with red fruits and herbs that are highly perfumed. On the palate, cool red cherry fruits are quite fresh and "drinkable" - a wine that can gulped as easily as its sipped. An herbaceous quality lingers through the finish. Almost like a blend of beaujolais and nebbiolo. That said, it's just a touch simplistic.
Red
12/27/2011 - troutmonster wrote:
Textbook Brunello nose, with ripe black cherry, earthy, tobacco, and leather notes coming through. A beautiful combination of savory and ripe fruit qualities, with black fruits leading the way up front, before a smokey, leather aspect comes through on the mid palate through finish. The tannins are still a little aggressive at this stage, making it a contender to hold another couple of years before opening.
Red
12/23/2011 - troutmonster wrote:
Incredibly expressive aromatically, packing sweet raspberry, cherry, and, what I pinpointed as "expensive leather bag" notes. There's plenty of powerful, ripe cherry fruit but it comes across as middleweight thanks to its plentiful acidity. Long on the palate. Classically styled, well made Brunello.
Red
11/29/2011 - troutmonster wrote:
Bright and vibrant nose, which has wonderful red berry and lilac floral undertones. With air, a leathery, gamey aspect begins to come through. The palate has that same lively aspect, with bright acidity and ripe red fruits. The peppery, darker, syrah character really reveals itself on the finish.
Red
9/23/2011 - troutmonster wrote:
No formal notes taken. Very new world oriented, with a candied black fruit element and heavy-handed oak. It's got ripeness and depth of fruit, but lacks finesse.
Red
11/18/2011 - troutmonster wrote:
No formal notes taken. Red fruit driven with good acid, but a hair short on the finish. Textbook Barbera but expecting a bit more from this producer.
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