Tasting Notes for Tubulus

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Red
8/3/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Dark and with lot of earth and sois bois though there is still this crunchy red fruit that pops up in the midpalate. Good acidity and nice to drink.
White
8/3/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Strange showing. An odd bitter finish upon first opening, it showed much better at nearly room temperature. Still much rounder than one would expect, atypical.
Red
7/24/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Eh, has that silky but full mouthfeel that many Bedrocks have but it has a bit of heat and sort of short. As usual with Bedrock better on night two where fruit comes out a bit more but still not an impressive showing.
Red
7/24/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Sweet darker fruit. Clearly in secondary phase with not much scaffolding left though a bit if tannin on the finish. The development reminds me a bit of an older sangiovese for some reason. Good acidity but not overly high. A lot of reduction at first which blows off after a few hours. Very good but not sure if I'd age it any more.
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Red
7/20/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Crunchy red fruit, high acidity, this could pass as an Anthill pinot. A savory note indicates the bit of age but it doesn't seem in danger of going over the hill too soon.
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Red
7/17/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
This is a bit stern, a bit lean, decent body though not much fruit. I enjoyed it more than the previous sentence sounds, it worked well with food, though not sure it was really worth cellaring for 5 year.
White
7/14/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Day 1 in line with Seth's note below. While quite good it was missing a bit of acidity and zing that I'd like. Fruit profile a bet less ripe and greener. On the other hand my better half loved it. Let's see how day 2 treats it.
Red
7/9/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Wow, did this outperform expectations! Much darker fruited and denser than I expected but without being heavy at all. Lot of orange peel and spice. A bit of light toast oak peeks through and rounds out the package.
White
7/2/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Well damn, I really wanted to like this less than I did. First full bottle of Rav (as opposed to glasses at bigger dinners) so really got to see the evolution. On initial opening it was clearly good, but not much better than my usual good Chablis go-tos. With time it blossomed, and every aspect of it just became MORE, in a great way. Drank a few weeks ago already so tough to be too specific, but the overall impression of balanced intensity really stood out after a few hours (and on day 2).
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White - Off-dry
6/24/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Not too surprisingly given the vintage this is certainly reaching an early mature plateau, with lots of petrol but also some good pear fruit flavors. The sugar has been eaten up a bit and it doesn't show very sweet. Acidity not particularly high but well balanced and delicious.
White - Sparkling
6/22/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Delicious stuff, fairly full bodied but still lots of acidic cut and good mousse.
White
6/13/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Really not much to add to add to coremill's note below, it's quite accurate! To me it could use a little more concentration and a bit more acid in the finish. Good at the price I paid, not at the current auction price.
Red
6/12/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
A solid bottle, has picked up a lot of weight since the last good bottle I had. Doesn't come off as particularly light anymore (even after starting with a big zin). Needs a half hour to get some reduction off.
Red
6/12/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Disappointing showing, fairly hot and unbalanced, though it's possibly a result of a bad coravin seal (though there wasn't really leakage and it was only a month ago). Who knows, judgement reserved.
Red
6/8/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
95 points
Previous note is spot on and very in line with what I was about to write! If I told you this was a blend it would not be impossible to guess the two main grapes, despite the rarity of this particular combo. It is super savory and meaty with some peppery notes, but also has that lead pencil and greenness of not-napa cabernet. Great acidity balances out the package. This is really great and I immediately ordered more.
Red
6/4/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Late to the Party Zoom (well, google) Tasting (Google Meet): Double blind tasting, unlike its flight-mate, this one screamed pinot. Guesses, however, were mixed between Burgundy and CA. I thought it showed pretty true to NSG, a bit chunky with darker fruit, not the acidity and cranberry of the CA guesses. Clearly the more serious and age-worthy of the two pinots, this was still quite drinkable now, definitely not the hard tannins of old-style Gouges.
Red
6/4/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Late to the Party Zoom (well, google) Tasting (Google Meet): Double blind tasting. Did not scream pinot and guesses were all over, from grenache to trousseau, though mostly CA. Lighter bodied than its flight-mate. Drinking fine now, not much tannic structure, doesn't seem like it needs or will benefit from age. Good but meh for the price.
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White
6/4/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Late to the Party Zoom (well, google) Tasting (Google Meet): Whoa, huge intense nose. Double blind tasting, everyone guessed riesling with some age. To me much thicker and more floral than a German riesling with much lower acidity (though still pretty high!). Great stuff and a great value especially considering it's released pre-aged.
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White
6/4/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Late to the Party Zoom (well, google) Tasting (Google Meet): Double blind tasting - guesses were all over the place, from riesling to ca chard. Interestingly nobody guess bordeaux blanc (though who would ever guess that?). Medium acidity, stone fruit, floral, no noticable alc despite the 14.2%. These Carlisle whites age nicely.
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Red
6/2/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Wow this is an intense Beaujolais, reminds me of how the 09s drank when they were released. Ultra-concentrated with dark fruits. Love it but wouldn't want it every day!
Red
2018 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Papera Ranch Russian River Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
6/2/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
My first Bedrock purchase in about 4 years and was interested to see how the style has changed as I've heard there's been a shift. The first thing to strike me is that this is delicious, like really delicious. 97 as per AG? I dunno, but it's very good. The acid is much higher than I remember on older Bedrock, and the mouthfeel is not nearly as thick/glycerine-ish as Bedrocks circa 2010-2013 ish. On night 2 the acid is even more prominent. It does not really have the brambly spicy zin thing going on, I'm not quite sure what I'd guess it as blind. Also not sure exactly how it will change with age as it's so damn drinkable now.
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Red
5/28/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Not showing too much rich now. A bit clenched and tannic, not quite what I expected esp given the style of the whites, maybe blind I'd guess Sonoma zin. Will let my other bottle rest a few years and see what develops.
Red
5/20/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Pretty much the same as my prior note. Rich, thick texture, sweet dark fruits, no heat (reasonable <15% ABV), and good acidity. Super fun to drink.
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Red
5/17/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
95 points
Amazing bottle, wide open after an hour in the decanter. Cranberry, some sous bois, structure enough to feel serious but still completely drinkable now. Medium acidity. All in balance.
White
5/17/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
92 points
Lovely bottle, I think the best of the 3 I've had so far. Very understated, certainly not advanced, some stone fruit a bit of oak and low-ish but sufficient acidity.
White
2018 Ferdinand Wines Garnacha Blanca Borden Ranch Garnatxa Blanca, Grenache Blanc (view label images)
5/16/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
More interesting than the albarino. Much lighter than I would expect from a Grenache Blanc (not that I have much Grenache Blanc experience) with a lot more acidity than the grape is known for. Delicious for the summer. If I was having big barbeques this year I would buy this by the case!
White
5/12/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Took a half hour or so to come into balance (tasted very sweet at first) but once it did was lovely. Acidity not the usual Lauer-face-rip but the balance was still there.
Rosé - Sparkling
5/12/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Opened, and then like Keyser Soze, it was gone. Excellent.
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Rosé
5/8/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Still very much alive with nice savory notes, nice bright nose that smells like a red. Nice work.
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Red
5/7/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Super savory, does this have American oak? It tastes more like rioja than syrah! But it's good, so...I'll take it!
White
5/5/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Drinking this was a slightly odd experience. Albarino is not my favorite grape - I often don't like whites with that bitterness on the finish, and the extended lees aging gave it a slightly too-rich texture so it didn't have the zip that I would expect. Yet...I couldn't stop refilling my glass. Somehow it all just works, though I don't think it works well as a shellfish pairing...something richer is more appropriate.
Red
5/5/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Super slurpable pure pinot fruit. I have minimal oregon experience but this has more body and a slightly darker profile than cool climate CA pinots. Certainly might age but this is just great to drink now.
White
5/5/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Drank alongside a 2016 Boillot Mouchere and the resemblance was quite uncanny. Lots of reduction (though the boillot had more), a bit of nicely toasty oak but no buttery flavors. Big fruit, high acidity. The finish suffered slightly from a mild odd sourness (almost beer-ish) that, truth be told, I barely noticed at first but my drinking companion picked up on. Really impressive.
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Red
5/4/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
A sound bottle. A bit muted on day 1 but opened up gloriously on day 2. Some olives and meats and tertiary fruit.
Red
4/30/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Not that different from my last note 7 years ago. Delicious and so drinkable with a lovely glycerin-y texture.
White - Off-dry
4/22/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
93 points
Opened out of the fridge and showed absolutely nothing, just sweet. An hour opened though and this totally transformed, honey and wooly, really the ur-chenin. A bit sweeter than I thought it would be but (after a few hours opened) there was great balance with nice acidity.
Red
2015 Clos Saron Kind of Blue Sierra Foothills Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
4/20/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
This is super savory. A bit of reduction but then it's all meat and rocks and brine and flowers. Yet also manages to be very juicy and easy to drink. Great pairing with grilled sausages. Not very tannic, in theory this should age but it's very good now.
Red
4/18/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Great nose. Palate did not quite live up.
White
4/18/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Still fairly linear and crisp. A bit of body on the finish, almost a little oak though I don't think this sees new oak. There's something floral here that almost remind me of Riesling.
White
4/18/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Drank a few weeks ago. Excellent. Not oxidized but tasted a bit older than I would have expected, ie like a really nice 10 year old white burg.
Red
4/18/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
High toned and savory. Drink your 11s now and let this one sleep
White
4/16/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Another great 2018 dry/off-dry (6g rs, so legally dry, but just barely) Mosel riesling. I can see how this is a year for Mosel/Saar to shine in dry/feinherb as there is ripe fruit galore and the acid is not so high that it needs a lot of sugar to balance it. Looking forward to working my way through more.
Red
2012 Carlisle Two Acres Russian River Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
4/12/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
92 points
Perfect pairing for a braised brisket. Mixed fruits, thick mouthfeel, zero heat out of grassl 1855s, great balance.
Red
4/7/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Very tight on first coravin pour. A few weeks later opened the rest of the bottle and it was in a much better spot. The nose is brighter red fruits but the palate follows with a darker profile. Still some tannins on the finish and this can easily go another decade.
White - Off-dry
4/4/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
92 points
Another delicious 2018 Falkenstein. A bit of herbal notes, light citrus fruit, just the tiniest bit of sweetness to keep the acid in perfect balance. Nothing out of place, just so gulpable. How could anyone not like this?
White - Off-dry
3/15/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
92 points
I'm sad there's only 6 bottles of this on CT. Come on NYC hipster German wine drinkers! This is delicious, pure lime fruit, with a wee bit of herbal bitterness, really nice, very slightly waxy texture with good body. Needs a bit of a shake afternppening to get rid of.some.spritz. I like this better than most dry MSR rieslings at similar price points.
Red
3/11/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
92 points
Pours very light but that is deceptive as this has fairly deep and way darker fruit than the color suggests this is not a glou-glou strawberry confection! Good acidity and some earthy secondary notes. I really need to buy some of the reds on the next sandlands release...
Red
2/21/2020 - Tubulus wrote:
Very reductive at first but that blows off after a few hours open. The nose becomes pretty and floral. Raspberry fruit seems an apt descriptor, though I agree that the finish seems a bit lacking at the moment, a bit bitter and sour. Will revisit in 5-10 years.
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