Tasting Notes for TomTom

(311 notes on 290 wines)

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White - Sparkling
9/23/2019 - TomTom wrote:
Very well made wine. Full bodied aroma and a definite richness on the palate.
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Red
9/16/2019 - TomTom wrote:
Yikes, this was more ripe and muscular than I expected from a Fleurie. Going to wait a couple of years to see if this mellows out, but right now, its a disappointment.
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Red
6/2/2019 - TomTom wrote:
94 points
Relatively disappointing. As expected, it had nice balance. On the aromatics and on the palate, it was a bit tight, not yielding a lot even after a one hour decant. I’m guessing this is just an awkward phase for the wine.
Rosé - Sparkling
6/2/2019 - TomTom wrote:
95 points
The best part of a Don Rose is the aromatics and this did not disappoint here. Almost a light copper color in the glass and was very expressive on the palate. Was expecting it to be a bit tight out of the bottle, but not this bottle.
Red
4/14/2019 - TomTom wrote:
93 points
Wonderful wine that will be even better in a few years. Blanket is emerging as one of my favorite Cabernet producers in Napa. This “second” has great balance and depth.
Red
2/7/2019 - TomTom wrote:
80 points
Off flavors and disappointing.
Red
1/31/2019 - TomTom wrote:
92 points
A pretty cool-climate Syrah. More of a red fruited Syrah with good acidity. Perhaps missing some of the pepper/spice varietal characteristics, but a really nice wine. Nose was a bit reticent at this stage.
Red
1/18/2019 - TomTom wrote:
94 points
Really a nice bottle of Pinot, one of the better California Pinots I’ve had in the last year. So well balanced with lovely tertiary flavors staring to develop. One of the few California Pinots I’ve had that has started to develop a mushroom aroma ala Burgundy. Glad I have a couple more.
Red
1/9/2019 - TomTom wrote:
More fruit forward and acidic than I expected, especially compared to the Walter Scott Gamay and some Beaujolais I’ve had recently. At one point, it tasted like over ripe dried cherries which is not what I expect from Gamay. It seemed to settle down a bit, but not enough for me. Not sure if this is a vintage issue or their style.
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White
12/31/2018 - TomTom wrote:
Still quite acidic, almost to the point of harsh. I’ve got another bottle, but will hold for a number of years to see if some of the acidity fades. On the upside, really like the flavor profile.
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Red
12/1/2018 - TomTom wrote:
85 points
A bit candied and simple. Not really what I was hoping for with a Mugnier wine.
Red
11/18/2018 - TomTom wrote:
90 points
Pretty nice evolution to date. Perhaps a bit more ripe than I would ordinarily like, almost a blue fruit finish, but not overly so.
Red
8/15/2018 - TomTom wrote:
89 points
I'm not convinced this one is going to come around to be a great wine. Second bottle and this was is about the same as two years ago. Somewhat bitter finish. Not a bad wine, per se, but clearly not was I was hoping when I spent $70 for a California Pinot.
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White
8/15/2018 - TomTom wrote:
95 points
Notes of lemon, meringue, a touch of oak. Great silky mouthfeel. Drinking really well right now.
Red
4/15/2018 - TomTom wrote:
94 points
The best A Tribute to Grace wine I’ve had. The last glass of the evening had this wine singing with beautiful red fruit and impeccable balance. I’m going to hold my last bottle a few more years as I think this could be even more special in a few years. She makes such feminine and beautiful Grenache, its like nothing from either Rhone or other California producers.
White
A really nice Rhys Chardonnay. The second glass was better than the first as I think it needed a bit of air in its youth. Lemon and some tropical fruits are the primary flavor profile along with a good bit of acid, which I liked. The nose is very expressive and maybe the wine's best feature. A few more years to round it out a bit is the plan for the rest of them in my cellar.
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Red
2/22/2018 - TomTom wrote:
84 points
Overripe and not my style. Prunes and a bit tannic. A hint of bay leaf makes it somewhat interesting, but a poor QPR by any measure.
Red
12/3/2017 - TomTom wrote:
Not great, I’m beginning to feel like their 2011‘s are generally week. This was stemmy With not enough fruit to balance. Not a bad wine, just not consistent with other Home vineyard wines I’ve had. Glad that was my last bottle.
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White - Sparkling
12/2/2017 - TomTom wrote:
It appears I'm the outlier here, but I found this wine to be overly acidic to the point of almost being undrinkable. Honestly, I don't get it.
Red
12/1/2017 - TomTom wrote:
This is drinking really well young. Very well balanced with a finish of herbs and clove. A pretty wine and a good QPR.
Red
10/15/2017 - TomTom wrote:
A beautiful wine with beautiful fruit, pencil lead and wonderful balance. Definitively entering its long-term drinking window.
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Red
10/15/2017 - TomTom wrote:
83 points
Menthol on both the nose and the palate. A ripe wine that is a bit out of balance and disjointed. The finish has a bit of black licorice which I do not find appealing.
Red
2014 Château d'Armailhac Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/7/2017 - TomTom wrote:
91 points
A really nice value for $32. Too early, but absolutely not a bad decision to try this wine. Who says you can’t get a really nice bottle of wine for a good price. Traditional Bordeaux nose with a hint of tobacco and a bit of oak. Soft tannins, probably not a wine that is built for the long-term, but going to be a solid in 7-10 years.
Red
8/19/2017 - TomTom wrote:
Ethereal wine. Very light in color, almost with a tinge of orange. Beautiful nose of strawberries and roses. Silky mouthfeel. Flavors of berries and herbs linger on the palate for a long time. My only complaint is that I was just allocated two of these wines. I'd order this by the case if I could.
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White
8/16/2017 - TomTom wrote:
As with the last bottle in January, this is advanced for its age. There are some nice elements to it, but still comes off as a bit oxidized. Trying to get through these. Ended up dumping the remaining half bottle.
Red
6/16/2017 - TomTom wrote:
If I could reduce the oak by 50-75% this would be a great wine. The fruit and structure are beautiful, but the oak is very present. I usually don't mind a little oak, but the finish really is effected by it. Enjoyable, but knowing what it could have been is frustrating.
Red
6/5/2017 - TomTom wrote:
A bit of a disappointment. The '10 Alpine we had the night before had more concentration and was more interesting overall than the Swan Terrace. It was a solid wine, but for the price, not what I was hoping. It had a relatively muted nose, it was black fruited but lacked structure. May benefit from aging to get more tertiary flavors.
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Red
2001 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/23/2017 - TomTom wrote:
89 points
A good wine for the price. Lighter style with mostly resolved tannins. Indistinct fruit profile with a bit of tobacco to finish.
Red
5/23/2017 - TomTom wrote:
91 points
This improved significantly over the two hours. Nice fruit and well balanced. I think just starting to hit its stride.
Red
5/23/2017 - TomTom wrote:
A bit over the hill for my taste with faded fruit and earth.
Red
1/20/2017 - TomTom wrote:
90 points
A dark Pinot. Nose is brooding and dark as well. Good balance with no hint of alcohol. Not too complex at this point, but enjoyable.
White
1/18/2017 - TomTom wrote:
I had this a couple of weeks ago and had the same impression as Amateurwino below. The wine was solid, but seemed a bit advanced in age. It was a bit darker than the '10 Alpine and had a slightly oxidized tasting profile. A bit concerning for the remaining bottles, to be sure.
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Red
11/3/2016 - TomTom wrote:
Hmm, much lighter in color and body than last year. At first, I appreciated its delicacy, but then I felt it was lacking in the mid-palate and finish. Had a nice strawberry and rhubarb flavor profile, but in the end, I may have liked something with a little more weight. That being said, the floral-like aromatics are beautiful.

I haven't fully made up my mind on this wine, but it seems in a much different style than the last two years.
Red
2013 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/24/2016 - TomTom wrote:
Tasted at the winery, this is going to be a beauty. Very young and, honestly, not worth drinking at this point without a significant decant. Even still, lots of complexity and balance.
Red
6/12/2016 - TomTom wrote:
Could be a bad bottle, but this tasted a bit old and tired with some stewed fruit, similar to Peter's note below.
Red
6/10/2016 - TomTom wrote:
92 points
Bright fruit, floral nose, long finish, nice balance. This will be better in a number of years, but very pretty now.
White
5/9/2016 - TomTom wrote:
The nose on this wine is both intriguing and compelling. Layers of aromas from chalky to tropical. On the palate, however, this wine is just not my style. A big wine, for sure, with loads of fruit and a nice bit of acid. Unfortunately, just a bit too much of everything for me. A well made wine, but I would prefer it toned down a bit. Glad I've tried a few of these Chards because they are grand for their style. However, will not likely buy again.
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Red
2001 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/20/2015 - TomTom wrote:
Went to Church & State and decided to go with this one as its been ages since I've opened a Monte Bello. Just a wonderful nose and a beautiful palate of fruit and a bit of earth on the finish. One of the more balanced and satisfying Cabs I've had in a while. Have one more and will try to hold it for another 5-10 years, but this was in a good place at 14 years old.
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Red
7/20/2015 - TomTom wrote:
Bought a case of this wine and have not been disappointed. Every time I have a good Beaujolais, I wonder why I don't drink more of it, especially in the summer. Had it with dish of pasta, tomatoes and basil and it was just lovely. Beautiful rose petal nose and a finish that had some smoke and clove. Kermit Lynch is usually spot on with these types of wines and for the price, you just can't beat a nice Beaujolais.

I had some really nice wines this weekend that cost a lot more, but none of them brought me more pleasure than this one.
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White - Sparkling
4/27/2015 - TomTom wrote:
Ok, but not really my style, a little too yeasty. Not entirely together right now, probably would be better in a couple years.
White - Sparkling
4/11/2015 - TomTom wrote:
Pretty wine, but young. Served it a bit too cold as it was a little austere, but really opened up when it was cellar temp and warmer. Expressive nose with a hint of sherry. On the palate, good chardonnay creaminess with just enough bite to make it interesting. Not the strongest vintage, but not disappointing either.
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Red
3/20/2015 - TomTom wrote:
Definitely one of the better noses I've had in a while. Traditional gamay profile with a beautiful raspberry palate with almost a hint of clove on the finish. Silky smooth, easy drinking, great QPR.
Red
8/2/2014 - TomTom wrote:
91 points
Nice wine and definitely consumed too early. That being said, for $70 I expected more. Had some nice flavors, but finished a bit sweet for my taste.
Red
4/11/2014 - TomTom wrote:
Beautiful balance, silky mouthfeel. Will be better in a few years, but very good right now.
Red
3/30/2014 - TomTom wrote:
Decanted about half and hour, but not near enough. This one needs some time.
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Red
12/27/2013 - TomTom wrote:
What a great wine this was. Very well balanced and show lots of tertiary flavors. One of the better syrah producers in California.
Red
10/14/2013 - TomTom wrote:
94 points
Very well balanced and just hitting its peak IMO. Black fruit with a bit of funk mixed in.
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Rosé
8/18/2013 - TomTom wrote:
One of the best California Roses I have had.
Red
8/2/2013 - TomTom wrote:
Drank from a 375 with about a half hour decant. Closing down, but not shut. A beautifully balanced wine with lovely perfume of rose petals. The oak was nicely integrated and not very noticeable, at least compared to other Bouchard reds. I know Corton is meant to be had at 20+ years, but there was no harm in killing this half bottle now. Now the question is whether I want to load up and wait 20 years to have it at its peak.
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