Tasting Notes for wondersofwine

(504 notes on 432 wines)

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Red
10/12/2019 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
92 points
Took to an offline in Greensboro. I really liked it and the host did also. Compared it to a 2004 Chevillon Roncieres that was opened the evening before and both were in a good drinking spot. While the Roncieres was from a very warm/hot year, it didn't seem overripe or stewed. Both wines lacked the brooding quality of some young Nuits St.Georges. Wish I had more of the Perrieres.
Red
Preceded by an '82 Gigondas at an offline in Greensboro--not a fair comparison. The '82 was amazing and my young bottle was a brash adolescent in comparison but this has potential as a nice wine. I may order another bottle or two and leave it in the cellar for a few years.
White
10/13/2019 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
94 points
Shared at an offline in Greensboro, NC to plenty of acclaim. One guest called it possibly the best Chablis he has ever tasted. While it presents as elegant and refined, it also has a bit of the flintiness or steeliness that I seek in a Chablis--it was not at all flabby. One comment said very fresh, another said a hint of onion skin. I enjoyed it with mussels before we had our main course of smoked brisket.
Rosé
8/16/2019 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
88 points
Pale coral/pink with a little effervescence. A refreshing summer sipper. This was my second bottle and I think I have two more.
Red
4/7/2019 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
94 points
Shared with friends at an offline in Greensboro, NC. In a very nice place. General agreement among attendees that this is one of the better CdP wines of the 2007 vintage and tasted balanced, not overripe.
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Red
4/6/2019 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
91 points
Shared with friends at a Greensboro, NC offline. Mature with a little bit of funk but not enough to spoil it for me--that same funk made it more appealing to some of the Rhone fans.
Red
Very cherry impression. Pretty fruit. Shared with friends at an offline in Greensboro, NC. Did not take notes on it. 92-93 points
Red
1/31/2019 - wondersofwine wrote:
93 points
Shared with four other diners at my table at Oro in Raleigh at a wine dinner for the Triangle Wine Experience. We were sampling wines from
Antinori but not a Tignanello so my contribution was appreciated by the table. Delightful with the ribs.
White
3/17/2018 - wondersofwine wrote:
Not my favorite vintage of this wine. Acidic, steely.
Red
1/3/2019 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
88 points
14.4% abv. Dark purple-red color, opaque, viscous. The nose evokes black currants and leather. Black currants take the lead in the flavors with black tea leaves also contributing. Still some tannins on the finish, but it mellows somewhat with air or recorked for another day. Nice wine. Good QPR at $15.99.
White
Pale to medium gold color with slight greenish tinge. Lemon, lime and grapefruit on the palate. 91-92 points.
Red
9/4/2018 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
89 points
15.2% abv. Cork was not extracted cleanly. Earthy, slightly herbal, but with ample dark fruit to appeal to the pleasure taste buds. Tannins are integrated and the alcohol level is not that obvious. IMO this is quite vibrant for a 12-year-old wine. I had it one evening with beef and then the next evening with a Greek lamb, green bean and tomato casserole and a small baked potato. Quite attractive.
Red
2014 Ochota Barrels the green room McLaren Vale Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
9/25/2018 - wondersofwine wrote:
86 points
12.8% abv. Screwcap closure. Grenache: 88% Syrah: 12% Whole bunch. Mellow with ripe fruit and just a hint of pepper. Tastes like it might be higher in alcohol than the 12.8% indicated on the label. Slight tartness but pleasant--tart cherry, fine tannins. Slight sediment in the final glass. I have one bottle remaining.
Red
9/30/2018 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
88 points
14.5% abv. I had some congestion from allergies when I opened this so was not getting the full scent of the wine. On the palate I got pleasant sensations of dark cherries and berries. It has some grip and a lingering finish. This wine seems to be nicely poised between being easy drinking and having a bit of structure. In my estimation it doesn't need a lot of aging to be enjoyable. but I may keep my second bottle for a couple more years.
Red
10/4/2018 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
90 points
14.6% abv. Cork was in poor shape and broke up when I tried to extract it. I filtered the wine through a tea sieve. Impenetrable purple coloring. Attractive dark fruit with some underlying depth, textured and layered. Easy to gulp down but that would tend to make you miss the finesse. Fresher on the first two evenings--a bit tired the third evening. Many Zinfandels nowadays come in at 15% or higher alcohol. I appreciate that this is below 15%. I really enjoyed this although it could stand up to barbecue or something stronger than the baked pork chops I was having with it.
Red
10/10/2018 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
88 points
15% abv. Dark purple color; opaque. Rich dark fruit. Grippy and somewhat tannic.
Red
10/15/2018 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
91 points
I had a glass of this at Chris's Steakhouse (a locally owned restaurant in Fayetteville, NC--not Ruth's Chris chain). Darkly colored for a California Pinot Noir. Deep fruit but also some depth below the fruitiness. Smooth and silky, delightful. I had it with grilled shrimp, rice pilaf and broccoli.
White
15-year old vines grown on Kimmeridgien soil. Labeled as 12.5% abv. Gold color. Limestone contributes to the mineral (more steel-like than chalky IMO) quality of the wine. It is vibrant and easy to sip quickly. I think it would pair more widely with dishes than would a creamier rendition of Chardonnay. This wine is redolent with charm and harmony.
In a tasting with premier or grand cru wines from Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, Meursault, or Le Montrachet, I might score it lower to allow for greater wines to shine. However, on its own and for what it is, I find this attractive wine worthy of an outstanding or near-outstanding rating and would score it 89 or 90.
Red
10/23/2018 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
89 points
Labeled as 12.5% abv. Burgundy color. Dark berries on the palate with gentle tannins. Was still very appealing after several days in the refrigerator while I was out-of-town. Opened on October 14 and finished it on Oct. 23rd.
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Red
About 14% abv. Dark purple color. Quite fruity, suggestive of purple fruit (grapes, plums, and also dark cherries.) Speaks of the Russian River Valley terroir. Attractive but I prefer some of the single vineyard designates from Williams-Selyem. I would give it 88 or 89 points.
White
12/17/2018 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
88 points
14.7% abv. Medium-gold color. Fragrant with lanolin, apple and spiced pear. Similar flavors on the palate. Long finish.
White
11/16/2018 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
87 points
Took to a Cursillo gathering and finished at home. From Wolf Vineyard and vinified from old vines. 13.5% abv. Deep gold color with clarity. I find apricot nuance on the nose and palate. This wine presents in a rich, somewhat buttery style with some salient oak accents. Well made in that style.
Rosé
11/16/2018 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
92 points
I see my rating is higher than most but I don't care. I found this a very appealing, easy-drinking rose'. I've shared two bottles with Cursillo group including at our Christmas party December 8th and have one bottle remaining. Estate Cuvee'. It's light-bodied and trips along the palate. Pink/coral color. This paired nicely with fried chicken, chicken salad and crackers and cheese.
Red
12/2/2018 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
89 points
14.5% abv. From the label: "dream vintage" "old vines" "to develop this Shiraz with wonderful structure" most vines over 45 years of age American and French oak puncheons Selected for the Premium Australian Wine Collection. Label indicates this wine might age until 2015 or so, but it is taking things in stride in 2018 with hints of secondary development. The color is deep and dense purple. The nose suggests plum and chocolate. Viscous. On the palate I perceive ripe dark berries along with the plum and chocolate flavors. Mild tannins on the finish. I enjoyed this with broiled strip steak and baked potato. It would also pair with lamb or beef brisket.
Red
12/12/2018 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
91 points
Opened at Cursillo Christmas party at Fred and Judy's house and finished at my home. Dark purple color with slight transparency; viscous. Dark plum flavor with sandalwood hint; slightly tart in the mouth.
Red
11/3/2018 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
93 points
Shared with Petersons at Et Voila restaurant in DC. They also brought a wine from La Rue (different vintage and designation) but it proved to be mildly corked. This one was very pleasurable and paired well with my delicious duck confit. Jon enjoyed it with his Flemish beef stew.
Rosé
8/14/2018 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
88 points
Labeled as 11.5% abv. Screwcap. The color is a pale pink with maybe a touch of pale orange. On the palate, crisp, tingly with flavors of red berries meeting up with citrus. It has a longer finish than I usually note with rose' wines. Good flavor and balance. I liked it--worth repurchasing.
Red
Cork in poor shape and was extracted in pieces but without crumbling into the wine. Dark red to umber hue. Mature tasting but still enjoyable--a long-living Pinot. Dark fruit flavors and tea-like tannins. Probably better before 2010.
Rosé
8/4/2018 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
90 points
Labeled as 13% abv. Pretty coral hue. Tart red fruit with solid acidity. Long-lived for a rose' wine. I find red berries, pomegranate and lemon juice. Medium body and palate presence. 60% Syrah grapes; 40% Grenache.
Red
7/24/2018 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
94 points
12.9% abv. Long cork. Chilled from the refrigerator, the nose is evasive at first. Delicate cherry flavor on the palate, I detect some raspberry also--definitely red fruits with some plum also. Beautiful balance and minerality adds to the structure.
Red
7/21/2018 - wondersofwine wrote:
Semi-opaque. Earthiness on the first sip. Nice, but nowhere near as aromatic and expressive as the 2012 vintage which I opened in 2016.
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Red
7/16/2018 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
92 points
12.9% abv. Aged for 20 months in French oak, 33% new. Purple-crimson color; opaque. Flavor of tart cherries. Enticing on the palate, this invites continued sipping. This improved with air and was even more lovely the second evening. The initial impression of tart cherries transforms to a more ripe cherry flavor. Tasting notes on the winery website also mention cranberry, raspberry, cinnamon, lavendar and violets but I am not picking up on all of these elements. I recommend not finishing it off in one evening as I thought it improved over the next three days. I have been a fan of Katy Wilson's winemaking and I am not alone as she is getting very good reviews from "Pinot File" and Vinous and Jon Bonne in the San Francisco "Chronicle."
Red
Methode a l'Ancienne. 14.4% abv. Dark purple color. Suggestion of crushed berries and boysenberry on the palate. The bottle had been refrigerated and needed some time for the nose to emit a fragrance of black cherry, Chinese spice and cinnamon. The high alcohol content was somewhat noticeable. Slightly chewy texture. On the third evening it has evolved to a more harmonious wine with some depth in the layers. A somewhat hesitant 90 points.
Red
13.9% abv. Plum, cola and a bit of savory something. This has some texture but hints of ripeness and extraction. I rated a previous bottle 87 points but this time gave it 88-89 points.
Red
7/4/2018 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
90 points
14.3% abv. Purple color; semi=opaque. The nose and flavor tilt toward dark fruits, particularly black plums. This is quite fragrant and pleasing on the palate. It seems quite fresh considering this is eleven years after harvest of the grapes. The wine shows some savory notes. It does have some heat from the alcohol content.
Red
6/21/2018 - wondersofwine wrote:
89 points
13 % abv. Dark fruit. Hint of sassafras? Approachable now. I can't say if it would be better in three to five years or not. I may cellar one bottle for 2-3 years. More mellow on the second day. Worth buying again at around $25.00.
Rosé
6/21/2018 - wondersofwine wrote:
89 points
I had a glass of this at a restaurant with Bucatini Carbonara and found it to be charming (checked online and it is also very inexpensive.) Vivid rose color, light and refreshing with strawberry and pale cherry notes and a barely palpable citrus note.
Red
6/15/2018 - wondersofwine wrote:
93 points
I had a small pour of this at a wine dinner in Durham, NC last night. I thought it was quite approachable but one person at my table found it too tannic at the moment (The tannin level seemed mild to me for a Nuits St. Geroges.) We agreed on the flavor of cherries. The sales rep said it should come into its own in five to eight years (but I like it as it is drinking now.) I'm not sure I have the patience to wait five years to consume the one bottle I purchased
White
5/14/2018 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
88 points
Labeled as 13.5% abv. Very old vines. This was a medium gold color with some fizz when first poured (spritzig.) It had more petrol scent than a previous vintage. The petrol on the nose persisted, fading slightly the third day opened. I didn't like it as well as the 2014 vintage due to the petrol element. I have a number of bottles so will wait awhile before opening another and will hope that the petrol integrates in time.
Red
Medicinal taste along with aroma and taste of purple grape skins. A bitter note also. Not my style of Pinot so I may be biased.
Red
5/24/2018 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
88 points
Produced and bottled by Lumos Wine Co. McMinnville, Or 14.1% abv. I'm finding plum notes with a little too much astringency for full pleasure. The flavor on its own is attractive if it could somehow be separated from the astringency. It is structured and with some lingering tannins on the finish.
Red
5/2/2018 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
92 points
13.3% abv. This a deep scarlet color with fading at the rim, and is nearly opaque. It has freshness on nose and palate but also a suggestion of medium aging. It may be at its peak. Fruit notes include raspberry and possibly boysenberry. It is smooth-drinking, lip-licking and not very high in alcohol. This wine can be enjoyed either slightly chilled or at room temperature.
Red
4/5/2018 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
91 points
Floodgate Vineyard has been one my favorite grape sources for Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley but this wine from Hallberg Vineyard Crossroads rivals the Floodgate Vineyard Pinot Noir Rock Hill from the same vintage.
The cork broke in two but didn't leave many cork crumbs in the wine. Either the grapes were very ripe or the winemaker extracted lots of flavor--not the style for everyone, but I found it very attractive. This had a brightness to its persona.
I had it with broiled strip steak and baked potato with toppings. A tossed salad was eaten without wine accompaniment.
White
4/16/2018 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
88 points
Golden color with clarity. Sufficient acidity. This also has a suggestion of nectarines or other stone fruits with lanolin. I think this would pair well with a chicken salad with apple chunks, seedless grapes and diced celery. It could also complement halibut, grouper, or haddock.
Rosé
2/24/2018 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
88 points
I upped the score two points from the bottle I drank previously so maybe the truth lies in between at 87. The wine is a pale coral/copper color with clarity. On the palate I perceive hints of pink grapefruit and white cherries.
Red
5/23/2018 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
87 points
Produced and bottled by Tenet Wines, Paterson, WA. 14.5% alcohol by volume. Collaboration between Chateau Ste. Michelle, Michel Gassier and consulting oenologist Philippe Cambie. Owl-face graphic on the front label. In the glass, dark purple, dense and opaque. Juicy on the surface, but with some underlying depth. Dark fruit flavors and aromas. At around $20 a good qpr for everyday drinking. I had it with beef stir fry with bell pepper and onion.
Red
3/29/2018 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
87 points
The wine is a lighter cherry red hue with transparency and viscosity. The flavor strikes me as having plum notes as well as cherry. It is fruit forward as a label on the bottle indicates and is medium-bodied. With a bright, lively palate, I found it refreshing.
White
2/16/2018 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
92 points
13.1% abv. Somewhat surprisingly, at approaching seven years after harvest, this seems in its prime! It exhibits plenty of fruit not needing oak support. The wine has a lemony color with tart apple scent and tartness and tautness on the taste buds (say that fast three times.) It also shows a steely minerality. Hmm... maybe some honey melon in here also-- did anyone else pick up on this or is it far-fetched?
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