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Tasting Notes for Toasty Oak

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Red
2017 Château Tronquoy-Lalande St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/22/2022 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
91 points
After a few hours in the decanter this wine was boldly aromatic, evoking thoughts of dark cherry and ripe plum, leather, espresso, and pencil shavings. On the palate, this was quite rich and plump, but the tannins are really grippy and firm and will need a few years to soften
Red
1/15/2022 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
87 points
A light, alpine pinot noir with delicate aromas of fresh strawberry & raspberry coulis, permanent marker, tilled earth and espresso. There is some juiciness to the wine, but also firm, slightly bitter tannins. The wine finishes moderately long.
White
1/14/2022 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
88 points
Delicate aromas of lemon-lime zest, white flowers, bread dough, and crushed stone. The flavors are more pronounced on the palate and it finishes with a little tangerine and seaspray. This is pure pleasure with mouthwatering acidity and a silky, almost creamy texture.
Red
1/11/2022 - Toasty Oak Does not like this wine:
85 points
Strawberry candy, herbs, blackberry. Easy going table wine with a little residual sugar, well-integrated tannins. Drinkable on its own or with food.
Red
I really wanted to like this.

The aromas were gorgeous…mixed berry fruit cup, delicate floral aromas, almost like fresh lilac or freesia and a whiff of cigar ash…

Then I took a sip…those lovely berries? On the palate, they tasted under-ripe. The wine was almost unbearably tart. It was certainly better with food which tamed the high acid and allowed the flavors to shine through a bit more.

I let the bottle sit overnight. The next evening, there was no change.

Bad bottle? Needs more time? It was my only bottle, so I may never know.

Ochota Barrels has such a loyal following, and I’ve heard nothing but great things about Taras Ochota (RIP) that I’m willing to explore other bottlings.
White
12/31/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
92 points
This is such a pleasing wine with flavors of apricot, tangerine, honey, and a minerally finish with notes of almond skin. Interesting texture, almost oily but not in a gross sort of way.
Red
2009 Château du Tertre Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/31/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
91 points
This property managed to make a classic Bordeaux in a vintage where so many others produced bigger, fruitier wines. This had a wonderful nose of fresh red cherry and damp forest underbrush, on the palate it was a little plummier with baking spice and mint on the finish.
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White - Sparkling
A fine, nose-tickling mousse. Fresh aromas of lemon, bread dough, green apple and gardenia and quite lively on the palate. Such a fun, wallet-friendly sparkler.
Red
2000 Château La Tour Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/31/2021 - Toasty Oak wrote:
flawed
Oxidized :(
White
12/25/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
90 points
One of my favorite styles of chenin blanc, walking the line between fruity and herbal. Intense aromas of creamed apple, apple skin, chamomile with honey, sweet grass. The palate matches the aromas. The first sip is lightly sweet, then builds to mouthwatering, tart acidity. The wine finishes long and minerally.
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Red
12/25/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
93 points
The aromas are somewhat subdued, but explosive on the palate with an immediate hit of cigar ash followed by sweet cherry with meaty undertones, lavender and green herbs with some vanilla and white pepper on the long finish. By long, I mean minutes after taking the sip it was still going. The tannins are well-integrated and balanced by the acidity. Superb with Christmas dinner of glazed ham, potatoes au gratin and green beans almondine.
Red
12/22/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
90 points
Plums and dark berries. Cigar ash and vanilla. Leather and herbs. Ample acidity to handle a meaty tomato sauce, somewhat rugged tannins. Great value.
Red
12/18/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
90 points
Dense ruby in the glass with immediately appealing and moderately intense aromas of macerated cherries, damp underbrush, and leather. With about an hour of aeration, the wine opens up, broadening the aromas and flavors. There is a nice melange of cherry and plum, licorice and coffee, baking spice, mint and an undercurrent of iron. This is a well-balanced wine with refined tannins. It’s really lovely and makes me want to try their grand vin.
White
12/14/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
89 points
Ripe grapefruit, quince paste, gardenia and ocean breeze. Zippy, building acidity. Short to moderately long finish. Easy going wine, fun to sip during dinner prep.
Red
2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
12/8/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
92 points
Dang this is good stuff. I gave it an hour in the decanter which really smoothed some of the initial sharp angles.

The wine became soft and plush on the palate with flavors/aromas of sun-warmed red cherries, permanent marker, green herbs, coffee and candied orange rind.
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White
11/25/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
93 points
A little effervescent on first pour.
Intensely perfumed with aromas of lemon-lime soda, petrol, white lilac, wet gravel. The palate confirms and though dry, is sweetly fruited. The citrus element on the palate is more sweetened white grapefruit rather than lemon or lime. Racy, tooth-squeaking acidity and a long finish.
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Red
11/25/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
92 points
Heavenly aromas. Bright, ripe red cherry and some blueberry in the background, menthol, bread dough, petrichor and roses. Lively palate with balanced acidity and ripe tannins. A long finish which ends with some lovely brininess/oyster shell.
White
11/19/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
89 points
Light to medium gold in the glass.
This is an intensely aromatic wine reminiscent of dried apricots, honey, walnut oil, week-old cut flowers and vanilla. The flavors are less intense, but the salinity and “minerality” come through a bit more. The wine is rich with sneaking acidity. Somehow it drops off mid-palate but comes back for a moderately long finish. It’s a beauty of a wine
Red
10/29/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
90 points
Another delicious wine from Dutraive. Aromatically complex. It reminds me of cherry lip gloss and nail polish remover with a little Dubble Bubble in the background with a small dose of damp earth. The fruit is more prominent on the palate and starts off sweet but the tart acidity asserts itself soon after. A long lingering, minerally finish. Lithe, light-bodied and delicious with a slight chill.
Rosé
10/17/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
91 points
Last year’s release and still fresh as can be. Pale salmon pink in the glass. The first swirl brought a generous waft of peaches ‘n’ cream, an orange on a sunny window sill, fresh green herbs and summer rain. The palate offers similar flavors but the citrus note is more like ruby red grapefruit. There is some lively acidity, the texture is slightly creamy and there is a hint of tannin along the gums.
White
10/12/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
88 points
Moderate plus intensity of aromas of ripe pear, golden delicious apple, vanilla and wet, crushed gravel. On the palate the wine is fruity with refreshing acidity and a moderately long finish, ending on a note of oyster shell.

Delicious, easy drinking on its own or with food. Attractively priced
Red
I’m not even sure how to describe this, but here goes. There were these plants that grow in the woods in Pennsylvania where I grew up; they look like elephant ear plants, but they’re kind of fuzzy and when you crush the leaves they give off a somewhat unpleasant odor, sort of skunky...well, that’s what this wine smells like to me. There is an underlying aroma of unsweetened cranberry and damp hollow log. The palate comes off a bit sweeter and more pleasant, but with a tart edge. The palate is tongue-numbing and gum-tingling.
Red
2015 Château Reynon Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/3/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
87 points
Deep violet in the glass. Moderately intense aromas of ripe, sweet black cherry, dusty attic and forest floor with a tease of purple lilac. The palate gave me additional flavors of coffee and iron filings. The wine is fresh with velvety, tongue-coating tannins. The finish could be longer and the alcohol better integrated, but neither of these things were major detractors.
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Red
9/24/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
89 points
This is a super value from the Rhone Valley! Moderate plus intensity of aromas which make me think of macerated blackberries and Fruit Roll-Up, black licorice, coffee and a wisp of lavender on the breeze at the end of a hot summer day. The palate explodes with flavor, then slowly fades to reveal ripe tannins felt along the gums. The wine is fresh, medium-bodied and the alcohol is well-integrated. Served at cellar temperature.
White
9/18/2021 - Toasty Oak wrote:
86 points
Canned fruit cocktail, almost creamy texture, simple, easy drinking
Red
9/17/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
91 points
The 2017 BTF Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is drinking perfectly. Bright cherry, orange zest, black tea, wild roses, fresh acidity and ripe tannins with a moderately lingering finish.
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White
9/11/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
90 points
I found this more enjoyable than my initial tasting two years ago, in 2019.
My notes indicated that the oak was too present and the acidity was jarring. I had neither of those reactions this time around.

The wine is moderately aromatic with flavors of grapefruit, gravel garden path, white flowers and canned peaches and a little bit of freshly mown lawn, vanilla and toast on the back end. The medium plus acidity is balanced by the fruit and creamy texture. So far, I really like what all of the Sauternes / Barsac producers do with dry white wine. Great quality for the price, too.
White - Sparkling
Fizzy and fun with flavors of apple and lime, bread dough and crushed gravel. Zippy acidity. Great with Japanese fare.
Rosé
8/28/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
91 points
One of the more intensely aromatic rosés I’ve encountered. The aromas and flavors reminded me of strawberry soda, warm cantaloup, dried herbs and a dusty road. The acidity is bright and refreshing. The wine finishes long and savory. Two years after release and still so fresh!
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Red
2015 Château Ducluzeau Listrac-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/22/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
88 points
The wine is a translucent ruby red with immediate aromas of red cherry, mint, plum and espresso. There is a tanginess on the palate and the tannins are a little rough at first but smoothed out with a little aeration. There could be a bit more concentration and length, but this is a tasty, attractive wine.
White
8/22/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
88 points
Moderately intense aromas of apricot, tangerine...slightly more intense on the palate, but with a nuttiness and salinity on the finish. The wine is tangy and has a little bit of richness to it without being fat. I really enjoyed this wine with antipasto.
Red
1995 Château La Pointe Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/22/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
90 points
The wine opened up pretty quickly to aromas and flavors of sweet dried cherry and plum, anise seed and baking spice with an undercurrent of damp hollow log. The wine still had some tangy acidity and good grip. It’s in a nice spot. Wanting for length.
Not bad for a bottle rescued from an abandoned house!
Red - Fortified
8/23/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
88 points
Rich and sweet, but not cloying. The alcohol makes itself known. Vanilla and fig newtons, mint and tobacco, spice cake. I'm not usually a fan of ruby port, but this was pretty good. Gimme a cigar and some dark chocolate.
Red
8/15/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
88 points
A lovely, easy-going pinot noir with aromas and flavors of mixed berry coulis, tomato leaf, baking spice, pine forest and minerals on the finish. This is medium bodied with well-integrated, silky, sweet tannins.
Rosé
Aromas of melon and citrus, ocean air and warm dry rocks. On the palate it is lush and juicy with concentrated flavors. Reliably delicious and easy-going year after year.
White
8/6/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
90 points
The wine is golden and slightly cloudy. The aromas are all about flowers and river rocks but the palate comes through with citrus--I’m thinking limeade or lemon-lime soda. There is a building acidity that works its way from the front to the back of the palate and a subtle hint of tannin along the gumline. The finish is somewhat long and finishes with a brininess. Overall it’s a juicy and delicious “orange wine,” that I feel would be a good introduction for the uninitiated.
White
2014 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
7/29/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
91 points
Lime, vanilla, minerals, green herbs and a pleasant nuttiness. Ripping acidity, but balanced and delicious.
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Red
7/23/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
89 points
A juicy and delicious chillable red wine with flavors of cranberry, morello cherry, green herbs, a little pool toy and a little barnyard. Lively on the palate with soft, tongue coating tannins. Good on it’s own, great with grilled vegetables
Rosé
7/24/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
88 points
A pale, salmon-colored rose with a little spritz.The nose was a bit shy but the flavors were intense on the palate: melon, cherry, bread dough and dusty minerals. The wine had a creamy texture and a moderate finish. While delicious, I wanted a little more crispness
White
7/16/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
90 points
A beautifully aromatic chardonnay evoking thoughts of golden delicious apple and apple skin, lemon and vanilla with a salty mineral finish wrapped around a focused line of acidity. The wine is rich and luscious with a long finish. Super drinkable on its own or with food. Delicious.
Red
2015 Château Bellevue Peycharneau Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/15/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
88 points
An inky, violet wine with moderately intense aromas of saddle leather, black cherry cream and plum sauce, a little bell pepper, the palate offers additional flavors of baking spice, coffee and a savory, minerally finish. The wine has mouth-coating tannins and a moderately long finish. This is a very good midweek Bordeaux.
Rosé
Very pale coppery salmon color. Aromas / flavors of ripe cantaloup, tangerine and dusty road with herbs and sea breeze on the finish. The wine has a creamy texture and just enough acid to keep it from feeling too heavy. To me, it was best served ice cold.
Rosé
Nice weight and texture, fruity and mineral with balanced, moderate acidity
White
7/3/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
88 points
No cat pee and no grapefruit domination! Two good omens when it comes to sauvignon blanc, at least for me. The aromas are all about ripe, white peach and gardenia with some citrus in the background. I’m thinking it’s more like lemon than grapefruit. The aromas follow through to the palate plus I get seashell / minerals and a pleasant bitterness on the finish. The finish is not quite as long as I would like but everything else about this wine is so good that I barely noticed. While the acid is high, it is well-integrated and not jagged or jarring.
Red
6/26/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
90 points
On the first night, the wine was quite tight and night two saw very little development, so I’m combining my impressions from both tastings.

It’s definitely a high quality wine. Mr. P’s first comment was, “This tastes expensive.”

The aromas were both red and blue fruited, quite robust cherry and black currant with a woody undertone, forest floor and horse saddle--but the oak was still too much in the foreground. The tannins were silky, but still astringent as the wine lingered on the tongue. The wine finishes long. It’s good now, but I think it will be a knockout in a few years. If I track down another bottle, I’ll hold off on opening until 2023 or later.
Red
6/11/2021 - Toasty Oak wrote:
88 points
Serve it with a chill! This bottle is all about red fruits, cranberry, maraschino cherry with a dash of pepper, green herbs and a little nutmeg on the finish. The flavor profile reminded me of a regional beaujolais, structurally it veered off in another direction with moderate to low acid and fine sticky tannins. It went really well with dinner on the grill: zucchini, salmon & roasted sweet potato.
Rosé
5/31/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
89 points
This is a mellow and easy-drinking rose with aromas of ripe melon, red cherry lip gloss, tangerine and ocean breeze. On the palate it is fruity with fresh acidity and a silken feel. The moderate finish ends with lemon and oyster shell.
Red
2014 Château Lynch-Moussas Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/28/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
92 points
This inky, purply elixir struck me with aromas of sun-warmed plum and blackberry, coffee, damp forest floor, pencil shavings, crushed herbs and anise. It’s a juicy wine with a pleasant grip. The finish is long and ends on a note of cherry Jolly Rancher.

Tasting notes take after one hour aeration
White
5/22/2021 - Toasty Oak Likes this wine:
88 points
Delicate aromas of gardenia, white peach and ripe bartlett pear, chalkboard eraser, the palate confirms and there was a bit of white pepper on the finish. With medium acidity and a creamy texture, this wine made for a pleasant and easy drinking experience.
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