Tasting Notes for aquinones

(42 notes on 42 wines)

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White - Sparkling
7/14/2020 - aquinones Likes this wine:
91 points
Very little oxidation, the color was still very pale and youthful. Very leesy and rich. Elegant texture and finish.
White - Sparkling
7/14/2020 - aquinones Likes this wine:
89 points
Crisp, citric and fresh champagne with a bit of brioche and nuttiness. Great with food or as a mid-day beverage!
Red
7/13/2020 - aquinones wrote:
87 points
Well made, natural wine from a varietal originally from southwestern France (almost extinct there now). Earthy and funky aromas with a lot of fruit: raspberry, cranberry and bramble. A bit too tart on the palate for my taste.
Red
2014 Château Petit Val St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/11/2020 - aquinones wrote:
90 points
Showing really well. Ripe sweet cherry on the nose with plum as well. Noticeable new oak, more on the mocha side but a bit of vanilla as well. Very rich and textured, but balanced.
Red
7/11/2020 - aquinones wrote:
92 points
Very new world style of Cab Franc but incredibly delicious and well made
Rosé - Sparkling
7/11/2020 - aquinones wrote:
93 points
My marker for this one: aperol spritz! Orange rind on the nose and very citric on the palate as well (grapefruit). Rich, yeasty, Dom P. Awesome minerality in the finish.
White
7/11/2020 - aquinones Likes this wine:
88 points
Super interesting wine: cabernet franc vinified as a white!

Aromas of ripe tree fruit, but almost candied red apple. The wine has a bit of weight to it, soft creamy texture, and a bit of minerality. Really enjoyed this wine, especially considering the price point.
Red
7/11/2020 - aquinones Likes this wine:
89 points
Mostly savory aromas: pepper, violets and "stemmy". On the palate, a lot more fruit than you would expect, primarily dark cherry. Structurally balanced with good acidity and tannins.

Wine will benefit from another 2 to 5 years of aging.
Red
6/17/2020 - aquinones wrote:
83 points
Simple, juicy, light pinot noir with aromas of red fruit. A bit green and balsamic (more as flaws than anything).
White
5/30/2020 - aquinones wrote:
Way past its peak. Oxidized with unpleasant aromas. Not sure why I bought a 12-year-old Falanghina
Red
5/30/2020 - aquinones wrote:
94 points
A wine of great freshness, complexity, and balance. Medium ruby in color with a spicy and smoky nose. Floral and vanilla hints as well.

On the palate dominated by fresh red fruit (cherry, red currant) with a chalky minerality and hints of vanilla as well.

The first wine I've had from Le Marche IGT. It's an excellent wine that stays in your mind well after finishing the bottle!
White
5/28/2020 - aquinones wrote:
89 points
One of 17 Malvasias in Italy, Malvasia Istriana is also widely planted in Croatia.

Not particularly struck by this wine, as it’s neither aromatic or mineral-driven. Aromas of honeydew and flavors of pear, but overall quite tight. I would hold off another 2 years to see if the aromas and flavor develop a bit more.uu
Red
5/26/2020 - aquinones wrote:
90 points
Pale ruby. Tasted side by side with Les Brouillards from the same producer. More ripe red fruit but less chalky minerality on the palate. Felt a lot leaner. Still, a wine of great finesse that will certainly improve with time.
Red
5/26/2020 - aquinones wrote:
92 points
Medium ruby color. Aromas of cherry, raspberry, pepper, roses, and violet. On the palate, it's an interesting contrast: light, almost ethereal texture, with an intense minerality (very, very chalky). A bit of tart fruit in the mid-palate with a long finish.

Will certainly benefit from at least 5+ years, but already a delight to drink!
Red
5/24/2020 - aquinones wrote:
86 points
Single-vineyard Tinta de Toro that's both jammy and spicy. Aromas of black currant and ripe berries with cigar box, pepper, and licorice. On the palate quite rich with tannins that are drying with a mocha finish.
White
5/23/2020 - aquinones wrote:
89 points
Pale gold wine with greenish specks. The nose is quite tight and mineral, but you get hints of green apple and white flowers. Austere palate with a bit of citrus and lemon, specifically. Solid wine but I would wait at least 5 years to enjoy.
White - Sparkling
5/23/2020 - aquinones wrote:
87 points
Excellent sparkling from Etna with aromas of sweet brioche and citrus. On the palate nice minerality, acidity, and a green apple finish. First sparkling from Sicily - great value!
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Red
5/22/2020 - aquinones wrote:
89 points
Good regional wine. Leaning more on the minerality side, but with good fruit and soft fine tannins. A bit thin in texture and medium to short finish but I was pleased overall!
White
5/21/2020 - aquinones Does not like this wine:
85 points
Too green/vegetal for my taste. No fruit on the nose and a simple palate of lemon-lime.
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Red
5/20/2020 - aquinones wrote:
80 points
I will disclose that I'm not partial to heavy, alcoholic wines but this was a big miss for me. Sweet fruity nose, overripe on the palate with 16% ABV.
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Red
5/16/2020 - aquinones wrote:
92 points
Aromas of under-ripe cherry and cranberry balanced by damp moss and baking spices. Tart red and black fruit on the palate with fine tannins and a persistent mineral finish.
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White
5/16/2020 - aquinones wrote:
90 points
Light golden wine with aromas of cantaloupe, apple, and citrus. On the palate an oily texture with toast. Zesty and mineral finish.
Red
5/16/2020 - aquinones wrote:
90 points
Big, concentrated pinot noir. New oak aromas of cream soda and coconut are prominent. On a second plane, blackberry, raspberry, and clove. The wine is rich and structurally balanced.

Not a wine for those who seek the elegance in Pinot, but well made and delicious.
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White
5/9/2020 - aquinones Does not like this wine:
85 points
Just an OK wine. No Chablis typicity (no vibrant acidity, minerality).
White
5/9/2020 - aquinones wrote:
90 points
Medium gold wine more on the aromatic side (vs other Corsican vermentinos that can be more steely). Aromas of white peach, pear, and tropical fruit. On the palate citric notes/grapefruit and green apple with a nice minerality.

M body, M acid.
Red
5/7/2020 - aquinones wrote:
91 points
Very dark wine with a lot of extraction. On the nose black fruit with some earthiness. Balsamic, licorice, and violet notes as well.

On the palate, a lot more ripe fruit than one would expect from Alto Adige with a very slight vegetal finish.

Good acidity, soft but sticky tannins, and medium alcohol. The wine is in great shape but will likely not improve with time.

Fun grape with a cool history!
Red
2010 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
5/5/2020 - aquinones wrote:
88 points
The wine’s color was a bit off; “oil” puddle on the surface. Maybe related to secondary fermentation...who knows.

It didn’t, however, otherwise affect the appreciation of the wine.

Aromas of blackcurrant, plum, fig and violet. On the palate, more on the tart red fruit spectrum: cranberries, strawberry
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Red
5/1/2020 - aquinones wrote:
94 points
I finally had a chance to re-taste after my first bottle was corked. I'm quite glad that I revisited this wine and vintage.

Medium ruby in color with quite a bit of extraction for Beaujolais. Aromas of pomegranate, ripe cherry, blueberry, violet, and spices. On the palate, tart red fruit with a long mineral finish. Good acidity and softer, but still present tannins.
Red
4/30/2020 - aquinones wrote:
91 points
Initially very tight; benefited from 1 hour of decanting. Aromas of dried cherry, raisin, and spices. Very, very structured wine. Tart cherry on the palate with good acidity (M) and balanced alcohol. Long mineral finish.

Good value at this price point and plenty of aging potential!
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Red
4/29/2020 - aquinones Likes this wine:
91 points
Good but still has a lot of room to improve with aging.
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Red
2004 Clos de l'Oratoire St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/25/2020 - aquinones Likes this wine:
93 points
Medium ruby wine with a bit of bricking on the edges, still youthful in color. On the nose a lot of black fruit and plum with chocolate, coffee beans, and a hint of violet. Very fleshy texture, fat wine with softened but present tannins.
Red
4/23/2020 - aquinones wrote:
85 points
Very extracted, deep purple wine. Blackberry jam, balsamic notes, and dill on the nose. The taste, however, more on the red fruit spectrum -- think sour cherry. Evidence of oak. Tannins were a bit too astringent for my taste.
White
4/21/2020 - aquinones wrote:
93 points
Medium gold wine with gravitas. Aromas of ripe apple, lemon-lime, and lillies. On the palate pear, citric flavors and a steely minerality. Evidence of oak (very little new). Amazing Soave Classico with 100 y/o vines
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White - Sparkling
4/17/2020 - aquinones wrote:
90 points
Aromas of almond croissant and citrus. Nice minerality with a citric finish.

Single vineyard, organic and biodynamic.
Red
4/16/2020 - aquinones Does not like this wine:
88 points
Deep purple wine with a lot of ripe black fruit on the nose (black currant and blackberry), mocha and spices. On the palate, stewed black and red fruits with a licorice finish. Fat wine with medium tannins.
Red
4/15/2020 - aquinones wrote:
90 points
Agree with previous note that there are initial reductive aromas that fade away. Balsamic scents at the forefront with additional aromas of plum, pepper and licorice.

On the palate, cooked raspberry and mostly ripe red fruit. M- acidity; M tannins and M+ body
Red
4/13/2020 - aquinones wrote:
90 points
Medium garnet color wine with aromas of ripe red cherry, spices, licorice, and violet. On the palate, the fruit is sourer than the bouquet would suggest. Signature Etna ashy finish. '15 drinking quite nicely
White
4/11/2020 - aquinones wrote:
89 points
Medium-straw color but a bit hazy.

Expressive nose with lemon-lime, yellow flowers, and minerality.

Vibrant acidity, with an intense green apple flavor with leafy and mineral finish.

Super well regarded Falanghhina producer at a killer price!
White
4/11/2020 - aquinones wrote:
88 points
Medium gold color wine with aromas of tropical fruit, pineapple, and pear.

Nice minerality and citric flavors on the palate. Medium body, soft texture with relatively low acidity.
Red
4/5/2020 - aquinones Does not like this wine:
80 points
Really disappointing, unexpressive wine. Maybe it evolves more favorably over time but even hard to appreciate its potential.

Notes of black currant, plum, and cherry. Simple, fruit-forward wine.
The wine looks purple colored.
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