Tasting Notes for Volleyball

(132 notes on 126 wines)

1 - 50 of 132 Sort order
Red
2015 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/22/2021 - Volleyball wrote:
90 points
Exactly as advertised. Classic, good quality medium bodied left bank bordeaux, very enjoyable and good reflection of the terroir, but not overwhelming in any way. Should improve with 5+ years of age.

Deep ruby color with just the tiniest early hints of age.

Fairly limited aroma which is all fruit - blueberry, with a little bit of wood.

Medium+ acid and fairly high tannins that coat the lips and tongue. Grippy, but not harsh. Medium body and alcohol. Savory blackcurrant flavor, some mint, a little bit of earth, leather and chocolate, esp on the finish.
4 people found this helpful Comment
Red
2015 Viñas del Regajal Galia 'Le Dean' Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
11/22/2021 - Volleyball wrote:
90 points
Good quality but rather aggressive

Not a massive aroma but full of savoury flavour. Slightly unripe blackberry, artichoke, mint, cedar and flint. Pretty high acid, full body, fairly big and firm tannins.

Definitely best left to breathe and enjoy with food.
White
11/14/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
94 points
This is a very good aged Chassagne Montrachet and for the price superb. The fruit flavors have lost a bit of intensity but are complemented by delicious tertiary characteristics with enough acid to keep this wine drinking well for a while yet.

It’s a medium gold color, looks weighty.

The nose is straw and honeysuckle, a little nuttiness, a little cur grass. Elegant but not super intense.

Prety high acid and generous alcohol give this wine a full bodied mouthfeel and a lot of structure. The flavor is soft, ripe pear with a hint of lemon, straw, a bit of the grassiness, and then quite a long finish where some nuttiness, petroleum and caramel come into play. A bit of a hole in the mid palate on the finish, but generally really enjoyable.
Red
11/7/2021 - Volleyball wrote:
91 points
Nice wine with some complexity. Pretty juicy and quaffable right now, I think it will evolve well and be much better with a bit of age.

Medium garnet color with quite a distinct orange rim

After a 1 hour decant, this had an aroma that was quite complex, if not terribly intense. Cherry, orange, thyme, oregano and some wood. No tertiary aromas.

Fairly high acid. Medium+ tannins but very well integrated. Medium body, quite a long finish, medium+ flavor intensity. Flavor profile was largely fruity - piquant cherry with a real citrus note, with that herbal undertone and aftertaste. There's a hint of charcoal and chocolate, and I think this will be more interesting in 5 years time.
Red
11/6/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
93 points
I really enjoyed this Tommaso Bussola Amarone. It had the distinct varietal character, including the luxurious richness, but for an Amarone is a bit on the lighter side making it pretty “drinkable” (ie more than one glass required …)

Color is brick red, medium depth.

It’s a reasonably intense nose that immediately tells you it’s Amarone, raisiny with earth, leather and some mint.

Decent acid, firm and mouth coating but not aggressive tannins. A full body but not enormous. Medium+ finish. Actually quite a bit of black fruit balancing the tertiary flavors of the nose, although still a pretty savory wine.
Red
2002 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/2/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
95 points
Decanted this for about 7 hours before drinking. No lightweight, but more elegance than power, which was surprising but very enjoyable. This is very good drinking at the moment, but still pretty early in the development of its tertiary characteristics. I think I’ll save my other bottles for a little while …

Fairly deep russet color, showing its age a bit, but not too much.

Quite a pronounced nose of blueberries, earth, tobacco, flint and asparagus. Clearly a complex wine.

Higher acid than expected (M+), with mounth filling and persistent, but soft tannins. Full body and a good long finish. Still plenty of fruit - blueberry and black currant - balanced by just a little vegetable (the asparagus) and mint with tobacco, leather and truffle on the finish.
White
9/25/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
89 points
A very tasty but simple wine. Paired very well with Chinese food.

The flavour is great - overripe pear with the residual sweetness, offset by petroleum and herbs. However, there’s just not enough acid, the aroma is really lacking and the finish is pretty short.
Red
2006 Château Haut-Bergey Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/31/2021 - Volleyball wrote:
91 points
More enjoyable this time.

Medium color, clear signs of age. Reasonably intense aroma, still primary aromas although most of all bell pepper, followed by blackberry, black pepper and pear. Would not have suspected the age from the aroma.

Definitely more secondary and tertiary flavors to taste. Cedar, coconut, leather and tar, although still some dark berries and also that hint of pear. M+ acid, full but soft tannins. Medium body and M+ finish.
Red
1994 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/28/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
93 points
A lovely, elegant wine. Mature but nowhere near end of life. The nose is the best part of it. Did not improve (or degrade) overnight but did require a short in-glass decant to open initially.

Medium depth color, clearly showing signs of age.

Intense and expressive nose. Classic left bank blackcurrants and capsicum, with flint (or graphite as other reviewers have noted), white flowers and a little toast. It "smells like" it will be high in acid.

... and it rather is! Tannins are quite high and coat the mouth but very soft. Body and finish are just medium+. Flavors more or less match the nose with a bit more toast and flowers, lots of minerality, less fruit and some chalkiness.
Red
8/24/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
92 points
Getting a little bit flabby but still very nice at 23 years. Definitely leave it to breathe for a while.

Dark color and while there is a little bit of orange around the rim you woulnd’t guess it’s that old.

The aroma is really excellent, powerful and rich. Luscious plums, roses, cedar, a bit of licorice. Best part of the wine.

Full body and very good length, but tannins are very soft now. Medium acid. Flavors match the nose although the plum tends to the stewed flavor, which is that taste that lingers on the finish and suggests that this wine’s time is nigh.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
8/22/2021 - Volleyball wrote:
90 points
I bought a bunch of these on the back of the good reviews and must say I was rather disappointed. This one I tasted properly after 3 days open, which definitely improved it, although it’s still only “decent” and I shan’t be buying more.

Deep, ruby color, definitely doesn’t look like Sangiovese.

Nose has opened up and is now M+ intensity, with quite a bit to like. Ripe blueberries, musty cigar box and white flowers.

Pretty full bodied, full but soft tannins and a good whack of acid. Fresh, clean and savoury. Blueberry but quite savoury with the white flowers and bell pepper, some leather developing. Longish finish, decent minerality
Red
8/17/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
90 points
This was pretty decent. Greater-than-medium bodied wine with a good bit of flavor and character, well balanced. Great for a weeknight dinner - even if it’s the kind of wine that has you reaching for a second glass.

Color: Dark cherry with broad clear rim, medium depth
Nose: Medium- intensity. Strawberry and raspberrry, some mint and yellow flowers
Palate: M+ acid, M+ tannins, fairly soft. M+ body and finish. Strawberry, pretty earthy, nutmeg, hint of ripe banana and bell pepper
Red
7/31/2021 - Volleyball wrote:
88 points
I didn’t really enjoy this bottle - seemed jammy, cloying. Not too old but heavy without a lot of interesting complexity.
Red
7/20/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
93 points
Really, really good. It’s certainly full bodied, as you’d expect, but it’s not overpowering and there’s a fair bit of depth and complexity here. Fully mature, with soft tannins, but no evidence that it’s in decline.
1 person found this helpful Comment
White
7/11/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
93 points
This is really an excellent wine. Quite powerful, but full of layers of flavor and nuance.

Clear, light golden color. Relatively intense nose of pear, nectarine and straw, plus a little bread.

Fresh acidity and lovely minerality throughout. Flavors of starfruit, ripe pears and nectarines, juicy coconut and just a hint of the straw. Fairly full body - obviously a decent amount of alcohol - and a nice long finish.
Red
1998 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
7/3/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
95 points
Pretty, pretty good.

Decided not to decant when opened. Bad idea. Finishing the bottle the next day was *much* better - huge improvement in complexity of aroma and flavor
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
6/26/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
90 points
More savory, elegant and acidic than a typical brunello. Not a heavyweight. Good but perhaps not worth the price tag.

Medium color; garnet with just a hint of brown.

Medium aroma of dark, rich cherries. Sweet spices. Some mint

Lots of acidity, more than normal for a Brunello. Soft but present tannins. Medium bodied with a medium+ finish. Generally savory flavors. Raspberry + blackberry, toasted wood, bell pepper.
Red
6/19/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
91 points
With steak al fresco. Nailed it again.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
6/12/2021 - Volleyball wrote:
89 points
I normally really like this wine, but this bottle was flabby and way too Jammy.
White
6/5/2021 - Volleyball wrote:
90 points
Bit of an odd wine - tart minerality but still strangely a bit cloying. Would have been better with real food - maybe some baked salmon.

Medium green/gold color. Nose is only medium intensity and of honeydew melon and straw

Flavour to match, plus a bit of gooseberry and good dose of minerality. M+ acid, medium body with a fairly viscous mouthfeel but quite rich. The label says trocken and 13% but it really seemed like it had some sugar.
Red
6/1/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
92 points
This was much better than I had expected, an elegant bottle well worth the money

Medium ruby color with a clear rim and no hint of age

Disappointingly soft aroma, just a little lavender and oregano

Nice structure with M+ acid and soft but firm tannins. Quite a long finish. Medium body amd alcohol. Flavour of blueberry with lavender, oregano with lingering flavours that were both a bit sweet (nutmeg?) and bitter (fennel?)
White
5/25/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
89 points
Nice, light and pleasant. Good accompaniment to Thai takeout

Pale straw color. Surprisingly soft aroma of grass and lime peel.

High acid, light body, not much length. Lime and grass, but lots of flinty minerality - which offset the residual sugar very nicely. Residual sugar in an Aussie Riesling? I couldn’t believe it at first, but at 9.5% abv it must be so.
Red
2004 Palari Faro Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
5/9/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
93 points
Drinking fabulously but have a bandaid on my thumb so must leave a truncated review.

Garnet color with ruddy edge. Medium strength aroma soft red fruit mint and a bit dusty

Racy acidity with soft tannins. Medium body and alcohol, long finish. Dark cherry, oregano and Asian spices, lots of minerality
Red
5/2/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
92 points
I was expecting this to be a bit of a gimmick and was pleasantly surprised to find and elegant and well made wine with a fair bit of character. While it has plenty of structure, Lack of developing tertiary characteristics make me wonder whether it has much more in it, but I’ll give it a few years in the cellar and see.

Decanted for ~1 hour before drinking and tried again the next day without an enormous change.

Very deep color, ruby, signs of age beginning to appear

Not overpowering, but very elegant aroma. Violets and roses, soft plum, a little bubblegum (whole cluster?). A touch of breadiness suggesting fairly gentle oak maturation. Not much in the way of tertiary aromas.

Medium + acid; very prominent, but fairly soft tannins. Full but by no means overpowering body. Fairly long finish. All of this suggests a rather “big” wine, but in fact it’s not. Not a ton of fruit flavor - some sharp-ish cherries and ripe blueberries - a lot of that floral flavor and a bit of coconut & woodiness from the French oak. Again, no real tertiary flavors.
Red
4/7/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
94 points
Very good. In a nutshell: classic, high quality Australian Shiraz with an interesting menthol twist

Deep tawny color, clearly showing its age

Fairly intense aroma, mainly secondary and tertiary: cloves, biscuit, menthol. Some ripe plum left.

Full, juicy body and quite a long finish. Not much acid. Tannins very soft now. Flavour very similar to the nose - nutmeg, biscuit, menthol, a bit of plum.
Red
4/6/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
91 points
Full of juicy red fruit but a little one dimensional at this stage - will be interesting to see how it ages.

Tasty and guzzlable, but didn’t seem worth the price point.
2 people found this helpful Comments (1)
Red
3/28/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
93 points
Look, this was very nice, but I’m really not sure it deserves the price premium.

Very elegant, with the flavour dominated by flowers (roses and violets) and orange peel, which I. The main flavour in the long, soft finish.

Medium bodied brunello, decent but not overpowering aroma. Fresh acidity.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
3/21/2021 - Volleyball Does not like this wine:
87 points
The sticker on the front of my bottle reading “97 points - Decanter” has just persuaded me to stop paying any attention to Decanter ...

Young Rioja with a ruby/purpley hue and medium depth.

The nose is medium+, promising tart cherry sherbet but also a bit dusty and herbal.

Flavor is similar, with a lingering and not very pleasant cherry kool aid finish.
Red
3/21/2021 - Volleyball wrote:
91 points
Very nice “everyday” Brunello. Well worth the price.
1 person found this helpful Comment
White
3/20/2021 - Volleyball wrote:
93 points
Lovely treat for the first Saturday of spring.

Color of a pirate's treasure chest and aroma that sings with the angels.

The latter is a wonderful mix of honey, yellow flowers, clementine, honeydew melon, petroleum and a little bit or rosemary and flint. I know that is an awful lot of descriptors, but I could really just inhale it all day without even drinking.

The flavor, while very good, is actually a little bit of a let-own after the aroma. Still has high acidity and quite a lot of fruit - clementine dominated, although that fruit tastes a little "unripe" with the help of the petrol, olive oil and herbal flavors. Quite a bit of minerality. Surprisingly full body for a riesling. Finish is medium-medium plus.
Red
3/10/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
91 points
Dry good value for money. Mature, classic bordeaux
White
2001 Château Carbonnieux Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
3/6/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
93 points
Fully mature but very much alive and delicious.

Rich, greedy-gold color.

Quite intense and complex aroma: Bay leaf, green olive, peach some lime and petroleum

Still has a bit of racy acidity and quite a large mouthfeel. Fresh peach, green olives, herbs and wet stones - quite a bracing minerality that lingers. Other than that, the length is only moderate, would have been a bit higher rating but for that.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
3/6/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
92 points
Very nice, medium bodied Brunello. Fairly classic characteristics.
Red
2/19/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
91 points
Hefty wine, I like

Medium depth color, straight ruby, no signs of age

Fairly soft nose of dark cherries and herbs. Would be a higher score with more aroma.

Delicious flavour, juicy cherries, tar, charcoal and oregano. Not much acid and medium but softish tannins - classic southern Rhone. Full body and hefty alcohol with a decently long finish.
3 people found this helpful Comment
Red
2/16/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
95 points
An excellent wine, large but not massive, with lots of complexity. This will easily age for another 10+ years but this was my only bottle - so I will have to find some more. I agree with some of the other notes that sufficient time to air is a must.

Quite deep ruby color, not yet showing any signs of age.

M+ strength aroma, dominated by dark berries and a little eucalyptus, mint and bell pepper - clearly Cabernet and again very little age showing.

Fairly high acid and full, grippy but soft tannins give this wine a great structure that balances the juicy dark fruits very well. Flavors match the nose, but the secondary and tertiary flavors - leather, caramel and vanilla - clearly coming through and dominating the long finish. Quite a full body.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
2/9/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
91 points
Fruity, flavoursome mid weight red. Not fancy but quite interesting. The kind of wine where three glasses just disappear - you could drink this all night.

Bright ruby color, medium depth. M+ intensity nose with juicy strawberry and raspberry as well as white flowers and menthol.

Low acid, M+ tannin mainly on the tongue and cheeks. Fairly full body, very juicy red fruits with some interesting lingering bread and charcoal flavours, which linger for a decently long finish if you can hold off from the next swig long enough.
Red
2/6/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
92 points
Medium bodies, light colored wine. Quite aromatic. Not a lot of fruit, with the flavor dominated by white flowers, herbs, a little orange peel. Not my typical taste but quite nice. Quite a bit of acid, medium tannin, medium + finish.
Red
1999 Château Monbousquet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/5/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
92 points
Deep garnet color. Not much of an aroma, rather vegetal (bell pepper) and a little sour.

Some of that in the flavor, but a lot more complexity. Still very juicy raspberries and blackberries, some of that bell pepper, and a real burned toffee tertiary flavor, which to me is pretty nice. Not a lot of acid but pretty full and grippy, if soft tannins. Full, mouth filling body and a good length with both the juicy fruits and the burned toffee really lingering.
Red
1/30/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
95 points
Muy bueno. This is a rich, flavor packed Shiraz, drinking brilliantly right now.

Deep color, a tiny bit of bricking but mainly ruby and certainly doesn’t look 20 years old.

Lovely and quite intense aroma, which is really rich - juicy dark plum, menthol and eucalyptus, cedar and tar.

Full body; medium acid; tannins have softened way down but still coat the mouth. Flavor delivers on the promise of the aroma - rich plummy fruit (slightly jammy but not too much) with the menthol making the flavor very interesting. A bit or tarry and chocolaty tertiary flavor. You want to take a *large* swig and when you do, the flavor really lingers.
Red
1/24/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
93 points
Disappointing immediately after opening, the next day this was a revelation. Sharp black cherries and a zesty minerality balanced by some coconut, oregano and some balsamic coming through. Tart acidity, well integrated and tight tannins, fairly full body and a long finish.

Not much of a nose, which would have taken the score higher.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
1/23/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
93 points
Very enjoyable. Age is clearly taking it’s grip, but this is fully mature rather than over the hill.

Medium garnet color, clearly showing age.

Medium+ intensity nose. The tertiary characteristics of rich balsamic vinegar hit first, followed by olives, rosemary, oak and still a little cherry.

Medium bodied, but full flavored with a lingering finish of balsamic. Acid is medium and the tannins have become very soft. Still quite a juicy wine, and while the balsamic flavor has become dominant it’s nicely integrated into the olive, fruit and herbs.
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
2004 Bodega O. Fournier Alfa Crux Blend Valle de Uco Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
1/17/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent full bodied wine. Drinking very well right now.

Deep color, fairly intense nose.

Spices and pepper, red fruit. strong coconut from the new oak and tobacco.
Red
1/3/2021 - Volleyball wrote:
89 points
Decent but not great brunello, should definitely be drunk with food that can balance the high acid and savoury flavours.

Medium depth, surprising garnet color that makes it look much older than it is

Modest, savoury nose that doesn’t scream Brunello. Some unripe dark cherries, mint, asparagus and a little oak

High acid and medium plus tannins, mainly on the tongue. Medium plus body and length, but not a ton of flavour - seems more like a chianti than a brunello to me with the sharper cherry flavours. Definitely a bit more soft oak to taste which does a good job of balancing the asparagus and herbs.
Red
1/2/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
87 points
Very mediocre with little character.
Red
1997 Torbreck RunRig Barossa Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
1/2/2021 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
94 points
As expected, a powerful wine
Red
2014 San Pedro de Yacochuya Cafayate Malbec Blend, Malbec (view label images)
1/2/2021 - Volleyball wrote:
92 points
Classy, elegant wine
Red
12/31/2020 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
91 points
This one still good, but not as good
Red
12/25/2020 - Volleyball Likes this wine:
94 points
I must have more

Big, rich, full bodied, bursting with ripe plums, eucalypt and tar.
1 - 50 of 132
More results
  • Tasting Notes: 132 notes on 126 wines
© 2003-21 CellarTracker! LLC.

Report a Problem

Close