Tasting Notes for chuckille

(81 notes on 79 wines)

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White
6/26/2011 - chuckille wrote:
82 points
Very dry yet sweet nose and taste. Did not enjoy the taste, which came off as very metallic and not expressing fruit.
Red
9/16/2010 - chuckille Likes this wine:
87 points
This is one rich wine. Everything from the early, big dark fruit taste to the almost, viscous finish and the big tannins makes this a huge wine. I could see the kind of wine they were getting at and have moments when I enjoy the efforts. But on this occasion, we were looking for something a little big more nuanced and couldn't quite rate it higher than an 88. Maybe we will try at a future date and reassess.
Red
9/16/2010 - chuckille wrote:
89 points
Opened the bottle over 2 days. The first day was quite nice with rich dark fruits, tightly structured tannins, and a long finish that was more soil-like, perfect Cab Franc characteristics. The second day brought out even more vibrant fruit notes initially and was significantly more velvety on the early palate. However, the second day's finish was a bit disappointing with a more harsh note. Still a very good wine to drink. We had this with food, the first day with BBQ, the second day with steak.
Red
9/11/2010 - chuckille Likes this wine:
90 points
This bottle is well priced for the amount of taste and quality. I enjoyed the balanced notes of dark berries, earthy stone flavors, and refreshing acid. It paired well with short ribs and did not overpower the food. All in all a great value.
Red
9/2/2010 - chuckille wrote:
88 points
Started off quite earthy and tight, but the dark fruits slowly came to the surface after an hour. Drank this over 2 days and the wine has a nice balance without too much tannins or overbearing acid. Overall an enjoyable bottle that I wouldn't mind buying again.
Red
2/3/2010 - chuckille wrote:
92 points
Starts off very fruity but as it opens up, the tannins come out which was quite unusual. It became a bit bitter and earthy but still quite tasty. An excellent wine of great quality.
Red
1/27/2010 - chuckille wrote:
90 points
SL- brighter fruit, rich, no hint of earthiness. CK- extremely tight upon opening, opened up a bit after one hour, nice fruit but body wasn't quite there at this point.
Red
1/17/2010 - chuckille wrote:
90 points
Quite tannic coming out of the bottle but mellowed out its flavors soon. Nice acid balance to the fruit allowed for this wine to balance well with our steak. Not the usual Napa cab but very enjoyable nontheless.
Red
10/1/2009 - chuckille wrote:
93 points
Truly a decadent wine. Lush fruits dominated the entire taste bud from start to finish but the hints of earth and oak rounded out the flavors and provided a truly enjoyable drink.
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Red
9/11/2009 - chuckille wrote:
89 points
An almost well-balanced wine that was just a bit hot and masked the really bright fruit that we got a hint of. Very nice red fruit on the nose and on the taste buds .
Red
9/7/2009 - chuckille wrote:
92 points
A sweet and juicy nose after 15 minutes of opening. The taste continues the same w/some chewy, berry notes and a midlly tannic finish. The finish is quite long. This wine has the foundation for a great wine in a few years but is very drinkable today.
Red
2006 Demetria Pantheon Santa Ynez Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
9/6/2009 - chuckille wrote:
86 points
A very fine nose with dark berries and tar that was quite reminiscent of their other more costly wines. The initial taste was bright and fruity with green flavorings but that delicious balance thinned out very quickly. After 30 minutes of opening, this thin veneer opened up a bit to make the wine a bit more full. However, a fair blending of Demetria's grapes that is an easy "weekday" wine.
Red
8/22/2009 - chuckille wrote:
85 points
As a pinot noir, the MacMurray started excessively fruity and overbearing that hid the delicacy of the pinot grape. Over 30 minutes, this mellowed out a bit but never achieved any consistent pinot flavors.
Red
8/16/2009 - chuckille wrote:
90 points
A big and bold wine that came straight at the palate from the beginning and continued through the finish. Dark fruit and violet flavors were predominant with a real heavy tannin base. The 16% alcohol content was very evident as the heat was intricate to the flavors. As big as this wine was, it was balanced and a pleasure to drink.
Red
2005 Pahlmeyer Jayson Red Wine Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/28/2009 - chuckille wrote:
92 points
Opened up to a very strong and bold fruit nose that is reminiscent of Napa Valley wines. This didn't need much time to mature as it started big and bright with modest tannins that rounded out the fruit taste. A nice finish that paired extremely well w/our ribeye.
Red
7/12/2009 - chuckille wrote:
85 points
Very hot upon opening to the nose which mellowed after an hour. A bit too sweet and oaky for our tastes for a pinot noir and didn't have the delicate balance of floral, fruit, oak. A drinkable wine but not the impressive taste we wanted.
White
7/7/2009 - chuckille wrote:
91 points
The nose is very heavy in oak but the taste is very elegant, mild hints of oak, more minerality than is expected in a Napa Valley chardonnay. The 2nd day continued this trend, a well-balanced very drinkable wine.
Red
2006 Tercero Cuvée Christie Santa Barbara County Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
7/2/2009 - chuckille wrote:
90 points
One word to describe this: smooth. The fruit eased into the palate and a medley of dark berries and oak permeated for a while. This was very well balanced, not too hot, and the finish was long and concentrated. The color was a bit muted, while the nose was not too strong, again dark berries lingered.. A very fine wine, well priced, and a pleasure to drink.
Red
6/29/2009 - chuckille wrote:
84 points
This wine came out very light, even for a pinot from the start. Although it was relatively tasty to drink, I couldn't help but think how watered down the fruit was. It didn't have the sustenance that a wine made from great grapes should have. That was the main missing part of this otherwise affordable and average wine.
Red
6/16/2009 - chuckille wrote:
92 points
This wine was opened for 30 minutes before tasting. A bright and open wine from the get-go with a lot of fruit. The finish was the first thing that came out, a long finish that continued the bright fruit and mild oak taste. Mild tannins allowed this wine to be very accessible now but the potential was there for continued evolution of the oak and fruit. An extremely delicious wine.
White
6/15/2009 - chuckille wrote:
86 points
Light, fruity, quite a refreshing white wine that is affordable.
White
6/14/2009 - chuckille wrote:
87 points
A solid effort. Tart fruit taste that complemented fresh fish very well.
White - Sparkling
6/9/2009 - chuckille wrote:
88 points
Florally, not too sweet, crisp and refreshing with just a good amount of effervescence.
Red
6/9/2009 - chuckille wrote:
90 points
A nice and fruity syrah with a decent amount of tannins that dissipated with time. Well structured with dark fruits, a bit hot but not too alcoholic, and a pleasure to drink. Well priced as well.
Red
5/31/2009 - chuckille wrote:
83 points
This was a thin wine with a lot of fruit at the start but not much afterwards. Immediately after opening, the wine was extremely passive but began expressing itself a bit more around 15 minutes later, but the quality just wasn't there. If you're looking at QPR, this wine has some merit but purely from a quality standpoint, I wouldn't try this one again.
Red
2006 Four Vines Loco Paso Robles Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
5/31/2009 - chuckille wrote:
86 points
Not as full bodied as we remembered at the winery. Too weak for a tempranillo but otherwise a fairly enjoyable wine to drink on a weekday.
Red
5/31/2009 - chuckille wrote:
89 points
Good all around, well balanced wine
Red
5/27/2009 - chuckille wrote:
92 points
A very nice nose with light fruit and earth combined. The wine tasted aggressive for a pinot, more fruit forward with raspberries prominent. A bit of oak and floral-like flavors provided an extremely well-balanced taste that had a nice finish.
Red
5/26/2009 - chuckille wrote:
88 points
A well balanced wine that started off a bit tights, tasted medicine like but after 30 minutes, opened up and had nice fruit, moderate tannins, and decent amount of oak. The fruit was mostly dark cherries and raspberries.
Red
5/26/2009 - chuckille wrote:
84 points
Way too plum-like. Too much fruit without any structure. Quite an average wine.
Red
5/23/2009 - chuckille wrote:
89 points
This wine was decanted for 30 minutes and served with ribeye steak. A lot of bright fruit was present on the nose and on the palate, much more than expected. A very drinkable wine that went well with the food, but it didn't acheive greatness due to the lack of depth and structure. It was missing a bit of oak and finish that we enjoy with our cabs. Still a pleasant wine to drink.
White
5/21/2009 - chuckille wrote:
86 points
Dry, light, crisp with green apple taste and a light citrusy nose. A simple wine that is a fairly good value.
Red
5/20/2009 - chuckille wrote:
92 points
A very fresh and fruity pinot, one that had a good amount of acidity but filled with immense floral and light berry notes on the palate. The finish lingered in the mouth while the oak just hinted late in the taste. This is a real fantastic California pinot.
White
5/19/2009 - chuckille wrote:
89 points
Fruity with a little oak. Quite a refreshing, fruity chardonnay without the usual oak bomb.
Red
2000 La Grange Neuve de Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/13/2009 - chuckille wrote:
89 points
Decanted for 30 minutes. Initially began earthy with minerals and dirt tastes that was quite rich and strong. However, around 60 minutes after opening, the wine developed its fruit, with light berries and currant taste. Minimal tannins that seemed to complement the fruit, mild acidity, and a modest lingerning taste of earth and fruit. Quite an enjoyable wine.
Red
5/11/2009 - chuckille wrote:
89 points
A purplish inky color with a nice blueberry nose. A well balanced taste, slightly jammy, hints of blueberries and dark berries. Minimal tannins that went extremely smooth through the palate. Quite a nice wine, great QPR.
White
5/7/2009 - chuckille wrote:
84 points
Quite fruity on the nose and on the palate. Strong melons and citrus with a toasty oak taste hiding underneath. Not too complex which makes me give this an 84pt.
Red
5/6/2009 - chuckille wrote:
83 points
A very average wine that seemed one dimensional to me. Fruit without much else in the note, however it was a bit mellow and smooth which provided a bit of structure. A good table wine but nothing to write home about.
Red
5/5/2009 - chuckille wrote:
93 points
Simply a marvelous wine. It took about 15minutes to open up but once it did, the dark cherries and strawberries came out with moderate tannins. An exceptional finish that surrounded the palate completely. Not as much pepper and spice as the usual zinfandel but it's replaced by a full fruit and oak taste.
Red
5/3/2009 - chuckille wrote:
flawed
Opened this bottle and this did not taste right. A bit sour, minimal fruit, just not the same wine I tasted multiple times at Joseph Phelps. Will not rate until I try this again.
Red
1997 Merryvale Profile Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/3/2009 - chuckille wrote:
93 points
Decanted this wine and began drinking after 2 hours of oxygenating. Initially, this wine was very tight, with incredible amounts of tannin for such an older wine and really masked fruit taste. However, after an additional hour of waiting, this wine began its ascent into a fantastic wine quality. The dark cherry and currant flavors began exploding out combined with a tobacco and chocolate in the finish and the tannins began mellowing out significantly. Quite a complex wine with many different flavors meshing together.
Red
4/30/2009 - chuckille wrote:
89 points
This bottle wasn't kept up all too well over the years, but upon 30minutes of uncorking, the wine was fairly open to some nice dark cherry flavors married well with a hefty spice. The finish wasn't especially long lasting but as the bottle ran dry, the fruit popped into the palate a bit more. This wine felt near its peak and good thing we opened it. A very nice zinfandel that we discovered on the rack.
White
4/29/2009 - chuckille wrote:
80 points
Althought it says viognier on the label, it tasted more chardonnay in our taste buds. Minimal floral notes but very fruit-forward and powerful oak that had me thinking I drank a different bottle at first. In general, the wine was satisfactory and the pear and orange flavors were tasty but all in all, a pretty uninspiring wine that didn't hit the right notes.
Red
4/28/2009 - chuckille wrote:
93 points
Upon first opening, the wine was translucent with a nice ruby red color. You could smell a wonderful floral note that continued into the initial tasting. The tasting started off with raspberries and cherries with a hint of pepper and vanilla but only after 10 minutes of opening, the fruit opened up even more and softened nicely. This finished crisp with its nice amount of acidity and left my mouth refreshed. A spectacular wine we enjoyed on its own as well as with some blueberries.
White
2006 JanKris Ava Marie's Paso Robles Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay
4/27/2009 - chuckille wrote:
86 points
Well rounded wine that was chilled. Not much oak, quite dry, lots of light fruit. A nice offering that we stumbled on to in Paso.
Red
4/25/2009 - chuckille wrote:
88 points
The first night we opened, the wine was tight and the fruit didn't express itself completely but the 2nd day, a nice taste of blackberries and smoke. Not as much pepper as I would like but still a respectable wine. I think this wine would do better after some time.
Red
4/23/2009 - chuckille wrote:
81 points
If you like chocolate covered blueberries, this is the wine for you. Simply overpowering blueberries on the nose and palate, a bit of pepper permeates, but quite a one-dimensional wine that didn't have much complexity.
Red
4/22/2009 - chuckille wrote:
84 points
Score given on 2nd day tasting. Smell of blueberry and peppers melded into a more tobacco-y, earthy note that didn't sustain for too long. Still, a solid wine to drink that didn't lose too much fruit.
White
4/20/2009 - chuckille wrote:
85 points
Much heavier than the usual viognier. Smells of grass yet the taste was very fruity and oaky, more chardonnay and sauvignon blanc than viognier if the tasting was blind. A little hot as well that diminishes the delicateness of the viognier grape.
Red
4/18/2009 - chuckille wrote:
94 points
Wow, what a fantastic wine. Velvety soft for such a young cab. Very fruit forward with mild tannins, extremely easy to drink and went perfect with a kobe beef burger. I can't wait to taste this wine in a few years to see how the tannins mellow out the fruit even more!
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