Tasting Notes for Tubulus

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White
10/13/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
87 points
This wine really shows a lot of producer signature, as it tastes just like the basic frohlich trocken, with perhaps a tiny bit more texture and richness. I generally find lower trockens to be a bit austere and underipe to my palate to be very interestinf, and this was no different, though it was still perfectly pleasant.
Red
10/7/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
Great bottle. Supple fruit, ripe enough but not overripe. Does not have the structure or acid of some of the old-school Napa cabs other notes are comparing it to, but on the other hand this means it's drinking great right now. Tannins are very well integrated and don't call out for further aging.
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White
10/7/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
Surprisingly this is still drinking fairly well. Soft round texture reminiscent of a Rhone white with a big mineral finish. Decent acidity.
Red
10/4/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
93 points
Super high-toned and bright with some briny flavors (hello syrah!) But also some old leathery notes from the cab. Barely any fruit. Delicious but not for the faint of heart!
Red
10/4/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
Can tell this is a good wine but it's in a weird place. The fruit has gone into hiding but still waiting for a bit more of the secondary flavors to emerge and the structure to calm down. I think this will be very good in 5+ years.
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Red
9/30/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
91 points
Red fruit with some secondary forest floor elements. The finish reminds me of a rustic volnay. Very good now and it tastes a bit more evolved than I'd expect given the vintage.
White
9/29/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
92 points
Apparently this has the highest RS of the Leitz GG and it shows as this has really nice balance for a young GG. Less green and rocky than Mosel GGs but not too rich.
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Red
9/16/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
86 points
This is fairly rough going and charmless. There is some nice dark fruit on the nose but the palate is austere and astringent, doesn't improve much on night 2. If I had more I'd let it sleep for at least 5 years though I don't know if there's enough fruit to make it interesting.
Red
9/10/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
Only a touch of Brett (so pretty clean for a Metras) but sort of muddled, soupy, and overly simple grape-y. Meh.
Red
9/6/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
On opening, this has some darker reddish fruits, some earth-y notes, great acid, really nice. Great with a pizza. However, after being open for a few hours (and drinking without food) the green/pyrazine notes really start to show up, almost to the of being unpleasant and it starts to really stand out as weedy and green, with a lingering unpleasant finish. Pointwise would be a 92 at the beginning but fading to 84 after 3-4 hours open. Interesting!
White - Off-dry
9/3/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
94 points
(AP 10). Whatever brief shutdown 15s had seems to be over as this is on fire. Superb balance despite surprisingly moderate acidity for a 15. The herbs soar out of the glass, with a mix of pear and stone fruit on the palate. The sugar is unobtrusive and just adds to the mix. Excellent.
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Red
8/31/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
92 points
Wide open for husiness. This is, as others have noted, a cross between old and new Napa. It doesn't need two decades and the tannins aren't overwhelming at all, the fruit is just ripe enough without coming across sweet, oak is unobtrusive, texture isn't heavy. Great stuff.
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Red
8/31/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
92 points
Delicious bright red fourrier fruit with a darker undertone of forest floor.
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White
8/16/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
Not as good as my last bottle. Oak showing too much, enough acid but it sticks out in a weird way.
Red
8/13/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
flawed
One of the Brett bombs.
Red
8/9/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
93 points
Wow! Dark fruited though there is a hint of something brighter in the background. Fantastic nose that is both fruity and savory. Tons of earthy, damp, forest floor types flavors running through this. Enough acidity to balance but not super high acid. Definitely a family resemblance to the val d'aosta wines of Donna's but this is much fuller and more dark fruited. Big hit with everyone at dinner, both wine geeks and normal folk.

One slight note - the last pour a few hours later seemed to retreat into its shell a bit, so recommend pop n pour right now.
Rosé
2014 Sandlands Blush California Rosé Blend (view label images)
8/9/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
Not too much left of this - it hasn't aged "badly" per se, no oxidation or bitterness or off flavors, it's just sort of faded out to mostly a soft textural exercise with a bit of acid and minimal flavor left.
Red
8/5/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
93 points
A very lovely bottle. Everything has fallen into place. Leather, the faintest bit of plum, a tiny bit of dill hidden in the corner...but only a touch Well into the secondary flavors, tannins are fully integrated. Will hang on for decades likely but will it be better?
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White
7/30/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
Good acid but also picks up some nice roundness. The nose has a bit more of that wooly chenin thing going on than the palate, which is more peach with a bit of (I think) oak bitterness on the finish.
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Red
7/28/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
93 points
This is drinking perfectly right now. The nose has a bit of age to it but the palate is still fresh as a daisy though more spice, and earthiness than fruit. The acidity, despite the vintage, is ample but not overly high. Fantastic accompaniment to a many-course tasting menu.
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Red
7/26/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
Great spicy nose, raspberry and darker fruits, finish a bit astringent.
Red
7/26/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
Lovely to drink now with bright and very pure fruit.
Red
7/14/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
A bit stinky on the first night but a little fruit left made it drinkable with some good acidity. Night 2 got very astringent with some alcohol burn.
Red
7/12/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
Not very advanced at all, this still has rich, somewhat brambly fruit. A bit too much toasty oak (not like the more slippery oak tannin I get in say a bedrock) and some heat.
Red
7/3/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
Bright cherry and strawberry, high acid, missing a little depth. Doesn't taste young but no real secondary development. Still, nice to drink!
White - Off-dry
7/2/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
flawed
Continuing my sampling of 17s...
Night 1 - why did I open this?
Night 2 - ah, much better. Green apple, mango, lots of acid and noticeably sweet, though balanced.
The sugar is more noticeable than the last wine I opened, felseneck gk.
White
6/26/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
This is some crazy stuff. Super tropical nose but also tons of slate and even, petrol? Plenty of acid, of course. Delicious.

5 days later (!) this tastes like a much higher acid/lower alcohol viognier.
White - Off-dry
6/26/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
I'm not sure what more I could want from a felseneck spatlese. This is intense and pure. Needs a day to lose the opening spritz. Sweet but balanced by waves of acid.
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Red
6/24/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
92 points
This has picked up weight since the last bottles and the fruit has turned darker. Still has slightly gritty young-nebbiolo tannins that leads me to believe it has many many years left.
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White
6/11/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
In comparison to the 17 prum WS I had last week this has a lot more apple and orchard fruit. A bit spritzy with a little typical s-f sponti funk (which I love).
White
6/11/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
Very herbaceous and minerally at this point with a real savory character. Can drink now if you must but this is going to be very different and I think very very good in many years.
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Red
6/9/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
Drank out of awful wine glasses at Cafe Matisse, which is somehow considered one of NJ's best restaurants. It's not. Anyone, this wine is typical Fourrier, always on, always red-fruit, always great.
Red
6/9/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
Big and dense but far from overstuffed or overripe. Tough going for the first couple hours though it picked up some surprisingly reddish fruit after a while. This certainly doesn't seem to match the 2014 stereotype. Having only had older Chevillons I can see where this is going and will hold the rest of my bottles for at least 10 years before touching one.
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Red
6/5/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
Drinking very well and no reason to think that won't continue.
Red
5/31/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
Very multidimensional wine, there's bright red fruit up front but also a very earthy nose, the midpalate is surprisingly full and dense, and there is a big, dark finish with quite a bit if tannin. This is nice right now but I think will be even better in a few years once all the pieces come together.
Red
5/17/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
Waited too long for this one. It doesn't taste old, just the various elements no longer are in harmony. Also a little poopy.
White
5/17/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
89 points
Needed some air to wake up, but then similar to my last bottle. Pretty full bodied with a bit of oak sticking out still. Medium acidity.
White
5/13/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
Much better than expected. Certainly a big white with a lox of waxiness and heavy texture, low acidity but not flabby. No bitterness. Some noticed a bit of heat but I think it carried the 15% well enough. Pleasant surprise.

Fwiw this was undrinkable on the second night.
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White
5/6/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
Not surprisingly this has more fruit and midpalate density than the bourgogne. Still very good acidity. Some pleasant herbaceousness on the finish. Of course still exhibits the pycm reduction.
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White
5/3/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
This is great stuff but even this basic BB tastes has the reductive/sulfery signature of the producer. Has the acid and cut to blast through that though, if slightly less full on the midsection than you would hope the higher level wines are.
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Red
4/24/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
90 points
Fairly ripe and a bit rustic. Pleasant but way outclassed by the hudelot noellot bourgogne from the same vintage.

Update 2 hours later - much better, reduction has blown off and some bright cherry fruit and more acid has shown up. Still on the riper side but better balanced.
White
4/22/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
This is just so damn good for a <$30 bottle. Zippy acid and fruit, perfect balance. Love it.
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White
4/22/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
Somewhere between the 15 and 14
Red
4/21/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
flawed
My previous bottle of this was great. This one was not. If was not horribly off - if the previous bottle (and other d&R's) hadn't been so good I would just have assumed it was just a too-funky-for-me natural wine - but it was just too dirty/reductive/whatever to really enjoy.
White - Off-dry
4/18/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
Decant, decant, decant. Doesn't show much after opening but after leaving open a day (and 2) this was glorious.
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Red
2010 Domaine Tortochot Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
4/18/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
I probably had lowered expectations given the price I paid for these, but this was a nice cherry-fruited, only slightly oaked, good acid, relatively young but not tannic burg. On nights two and three it picked up some pleasant earthy notes that bode well for future development.
White
2010 Bedrock Wine Co. Cuvée Karatas Sonoma County Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
4/10/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
Wasn't expecting much given recent notes but this was surprisingly very good. The nose is amazing, rich waxy tropical fruits. The palate is a bit behind with a bit too much oak and maybe a touch of heat sticking out, but still has good acidity.
White
4/7/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
On the first night agree with prior note, sort of flabby and closed down, but picked up some more acidity and brightness on night 2.
Red
3/1/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
Mostly in line with Keith's note, though there's no longer any CO2 to shake off. This has an interesting balance between having very dark fruit and feeling like it should be a big wine but not being overripe or plush at all. There is a lot of tannin showing right now and not a ton of fruit, this was a good match to a very intense steak but is somewhat tougher to drink on it's own.
White
2/26/2019 - Tubulus wrote:
Interesting to read the timeline of notes on this as clearly this wine has passed it's initial awkward stage. I am in line with recent notes, this is great, there is some nice mineral on the nose but the palate is lemon all the way. Have minimal Italian white experience (and I generally do not like them), tastewise this is like a chardonnay in riesling clothing...if that makes any sense. Obviously it's mountain fruit but nothing like northern Italian mountain wines.
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