Tasting Notes for Rob-Rah

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Red
10/16/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
93 points
Quite surprised by this. Two bottles tried in the last 6 months. Dark colour. Savoury cedar and cassis bouquet. All very classic. Palate approachable for drinking now, although I have the opinion that it will be better with the primary fruit starting to meld into secondary notes some time in the 2020s: there are better values at this price right at this moment in its evolution. Classic but fruit-focused Pauillac; ripe and nicely bodied; nothing over the top. Very good in fact. 92-93+
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Red
10/7/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
91 points
Two of these tried now. A pale brown-red colour.

Bouquet is nice Pinot, mushroomy with some strawberry freshness. Hint of herbs. Hint of roses. Smells like it is excellent.

Palate is quite hefty though: not really delicate enough for the aromatics. Stern and even a bit rustic. Might change with quit a while in the cellar, but for now this is marred by that clod-hopping weight on the palate. 90-91
Red
10/5/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
88 points
Hmmm. Still showing very youthful with no secondary notes at all. A bit tough, but fruit is OK. Quite tannic and a little bit hard work. Beef and smoke notes to the plummy fruit. Decent enough fruit but not much in the way of character. At the moment this does not have Cahors typicity (or, indeed, any typcitiy or character much of its own at all). 87-88?
Red
10/4/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
95 points
A few years since my previous bottle.... still opaque but offering a few secondary notes nicely balancing the fruit. Again that bouquet is superb. White truffles, mulberries, cigar, strawberries and tar. Quite sit-up-and-pay-attention really.

Less aggressive than last tried, and I'm more confident about a suggestion of early-drinkability for this now. A very firm body wrapped in graphite and truffley dark fruit compote at the middle, with some smokey meat perhaps: make no mistake this is a serious and stern wine. Dry, persistent and magisterial. Excellent.

Good for the first 2 hours or so and then went into a bit of a sulk as the fruit receded and the wine got a bit unfriendly. However, a large glassful left 24 hours in the bottle was showing no worse for wear the following evening, actually regaining the fruit and balance then. You wouldn't hurt with with a 24h decant. Ageing for decades ahead of this one.
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Red - Fortified
9/26/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
90 points
Perhaps youthful? Classic vintage port character.... however, this just lacking the depth, intensity and sit-up-and-pay-attention of a great wine. Fair to good.
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Rosé
9/16/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
94 points
This is a truly excellent rose. It is no shrinking violet, but a real proper Provencal rose, like they're meant to be. Not a wine to sip with aestival delicacy on the sunlit afternoon terrace. It's gutsy and food-oriented. Garlic, robust fish dishes, tomatoes: Bouillabaisse with aioli. Barbecued meat even. Strawberries, sour-oranges, vinosity, and a little smoky flick. Great tenacity and body.
Red
9/15/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
88 points
Again, serviceable and well made, but lacking any interest. Competent medium fruit.
Red
8/20/2019 - Rob-Rah Does not like this wine:
70 points
Overripe, tarry chemicals. Horrible. Poured back the glasses into the bottle for gravy use.
Red
8/14/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
89 points
This bottle a bit on the feral and earthy side for my taste - needed more fruit. Drink up.
Red
7/25/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
85 points
Dark colour. Tight, tending toward redcurranty fruit. At the moment this is coming over as un-generous and bitter. Maybe a difficult phase. Where is the plush sweet Syrah??? A poor showing.
Red
7/23/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
91 points
Another humongous top CdP from the 2016 vintage. Almost black. Masses of blueberry and blackberry fruit and oak. This is a bomb at the moment. I'm unsure if this carries the definition it will eventually need. It is just a lot of very deep, sweet Grenache fruit right now, disguising the massive tannins. No complexity apparent on this tasting, very high and obvious alcohol (16.5% - c'mon that's ridiculous and this wine is never going to be anything other than hot!), and a slightly worrying over-bitter end, but honestly at least it's delicious in its overdone way right now, though nowhere near theoretically ready (and nothing like traditional CdP either - I'm reminded of Mollydooker...)
Red
7/23/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
89 points
Super CdR. Smoky and gently fruited with dark fruits, savoury. BBQ wine with a twist of sophistication. Good, and good value. :)
White - Sweet/Dessert
7/20/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
85 points
Purchased on Stromboli island - quite hard to find the wines made there. This a golden amber with hints of brown. Wine isn't amazing. Sweet and anonymous, but not really sweet enough for the "liquoroso" expectation. No depth or much interest. Sort of sherry-muscatty in tone; a bit flabby. Not a patch on the better wines from the other islands under the Pantellaria or Lipari designations. I suggest serving over a chunk or two of ice to enjoy for refreshment rather than a strict dessert wine.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1983 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
7/20/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
95 points
75cl. Dark gold and not looking all *that* aged yet. Lovely stuff. Lychees, peaches, candied orange and honey. Deep and unctuous. Amazing acids. We actually finished a 75cl between two of us this was so moreish. This represents great value on the secondary market too at the moment - buy if you see a decent bottle! 95+
Red
1990 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/14/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
96 points
Really lovely. Early-middle age, with plenty of oomph. Very round and ripe. Hints of truffles, leather and bruised plums. Fruit gains weight (and a certain chocolatey aspect) with air - this does need a short decant at the moment. Expansive and mouth-filling, though poised and balanced. 95-96
White - Sweet/Dessert
7/14/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
99 points
Pours a bit syrupy! Rich golden colour. The most amazing bouquet of orchard fruit with peaches and pineapples. Honey. Flowers. Trees bending down to touch a fresh running stream in the sunshine, boughs laden with ripe apples and the leaves just taking on the first tints of autumn. Palate rich, very rich, such fruit. Amazing acids holding it all in check. So evocative, beautiful and breathtaking. At the end, just that bit too sweet to keep drinking the half bottle, but that's a notch below perfection only.
Red
7/11/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
94 points
13% from bottle, no decant. Pours a very light red. Pale even. Clairet. Like village Burgundy? The wine follows through in being a curious hybrid of French/Spanish Grenache and Burgundian Pinot! Strawberries and roses, but with a bit more heft than pinot. Glides across the tongue zestily. Assertively ripe though extremely deft and airien. Enough complexity to satisfy. Burgundy or Piedmont style, not Rhone or Priorat! This is very successful indeed!
Red
7/9/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
89 points
No fireworks here. It's now settled down though. Hedgerow fruits and bitter herbs. Some bitter chocolate. Not amazingly deep or long. A bit hard on the very dry and bitter end. Needs food to shine. I think at this stage I prefer the other Treloar premium priced wines... This one is pedestrian compared to the excellent Tahi, Secret and Motus. 88-89
Red
2016 Medi Valley Incanto Black Struma River Valley Red Blend (view label images)
7/6/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
Second try of this wine. Like before, but perhaps slightly less diffident. Glossy fruit is in there. A lot of oak up front, which starts to clear with some air. I can't read this though: I don't know whether to recommend a medium-decant and enjoy now for its fruit and massive structure, or whether to suggest cellaring for 5+ years.
Red
7/5/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
88 points
Dark purple. Like last time, lots of glossy, ripe, dark fruit, but all also vague and uninteresting. Not sweet, not jammy, well-balanced in terms of acids and tannins. Very well-made; just boring. 88+
Red
7/3/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
93 points
A stunningly-located winery overlooking the Danube in the vicinity of Erdut. The wines are sold locally (cellar-door and restaurants only).

This Cuvee is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Vranac (annoyingly, I forget the proportions, though it's largely Cab Sav). The Cuvee is only made from the best selections of the grapes.

Lovely rich scent (far better than the straight Cab Sav bottling). Strong cassis, lime-flowers and herbs. Palate high acid and decent tannins, counteracting any possibility of this to be jammy. The acids are quite bracing in fact: fresh and zingy. The flavours match the bouquet. Long, but not terribly complex. I don't think this needs ageing beyond 2-5 years only: it feels like a young-drinker. Very good! 92-93
Red
2013 Wolf Blass Black Label South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
7/2/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
89 points
Cab Sav - Malbec - Syrah 14.5% alc.

Decent dark, rich, fruited Aussie wine. I hoped I was going to re-experience a cherished flavour profile from 20 years ago, but this is not like the Wolf Blass of the 80s/90s if you remember that vivid cassis-fest. This is a little furry in texture, with straightforward fruit. Sweetish blackcurrant-ish and a texture somewhat "fluffy" and lazy (the Malbec maybe wasn't a great idea in this, though I don't know how much there is). Imprecise fruit, and a bit obviously alcoholic. Horrendously, massively overpriced at something like £35-£50 GBP per bottle now). Decent and enjoyable, but frankly avoid at this price. 89+
Red
6/29/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
90 points
I think Skaramuca is a safe pair of hands. This basic Dingac, not nearly as impressive as their barrique version, is a great wine. Juicy plavac fruit. Red cherries with a bit of heady herbs and figs. Nothing overripe. At around 100 Kuna just about tolerably priced.
Red
6/28/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
94 points
Not as good as 2012. Bright raspberry and cherry. Hint of candy but also of herbs and some bitter tar. White truffle too. Stern acids and tannins. Almost Barolo-esque. A bit reticent though. Didn’t really become terribly expressive or compelling. A hint of alcoholic heat. Perhaps too young. Very good though. Excellent with chocolate, incidentally! 94+

Unfortunately the price is stupid.
Red
6/27/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
88 points
Now aparrently labelled as “Grand select” rather than “Grand cru” (more accurate - it is a selection rather than a site - but a shame to lose a decades-long branding). This wasn’t all that great though. Deep fruit of some purity. Figs and boysenberry jam. Ultimately simple though and now costs 220 Kuna a bottle. Not as ostentatiously mesmerising as it can be. 87-88
Red
6/19/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
88 points
Like a fuller, tarrier, Cotes du Rhone. Herbs, raspberries, sweat and liquorice. A bit clumsy. Alcohol protrudes a little (though only a reasonable 13%). Benkovac vineyards are a bit baked and this reflects that. Overpriced but perfectly respectable and characterful for what it is.
Red
6/11/2019 - Rob-Rah Does not like this wine:
80 points
Not good. Brownish. Woodsy. Very slight oxidation? Decent enough fruit in there to drink and kinda enjoy. What's there is figgy and porty. As well as woody and sort of spoiled. This isn't a flawed bottle as such: I know too much about the style to think that.
Red
6/11/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
94 points
Just why this is so cheap I have no idea. Ochoa make very good wines, and their Gran Reserva is the best of them. 2010 is the best recent vintage. A slightly modern style. Slick ripe fruit. Rich, dark, almost hedonistic Cabernet-Merlot-Tempranillo blend, dobs of vanilla oak wrapping it all up nicely. Fresh though, and fragrant, and with plenty of Navarra typicity of wild strawberries. Amazing value. Load up!
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Red
6/9/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
87 points
Dark purple. Bouquet of tarry fruit. A bit stewed and anonymous. Palate quite large but sort of vague and imprecise. Damson jam. Chalky tannins again. Good acids. Some herbs. Not amazing. 87(+)?
Red
6/5/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
93 points
Needs a few hours decant. Delicious chocolately, rich fruit. Asian spices. Smooth and deep. Excellent! Vranac... I would never have hoped a few years ago.
White - Off-dry
6/2/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
90 points
Pale gold. Lovely scent - very fresh. Not much botrytis evident? Palate is sweet but not very sweet (I've had sweet kabinetts not far behind this!). Pretty fruit and good acidity. Apples and peaches. Good balance. However, I didn't find much to get excited about: again it's like a kabinett in structure, yes, sweeter, but with no more intensity, and misses the kind of laser-like assertiveness, complexity which which a true dessert wine can deliver. 90+ for me
Red
6/2/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice bouquet of cabbages and strawberries (!). In a good place between fruit and maturity. Enough stuffing and depth. Palate deft enough and classy. Not too complex, not long. Sweetish. Good. 90-91
Red
5/31/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
92 points
This continues to be a fab little wine, and is not showing signs of closing up as I thought a couple of years ago. Slight spritz on opening blows off. A lovely transparent and diaphonous style. Wild strawberry and hints of smoke. Such grace. Vaguest hints of herbs and balsamic somewhere in there too. Palate slick and fresh, though also decently round and fruited. Aérien! Puts on a little weight with air over a few hours, and starts to darken in mood *slightly*, in line with the 2015 character: a hint of game. Lacy tannins. Whatever power there is is covered all over with grace. Not especially complex or long though, but this is cracking and refined Bourgogne. I can't afford any other Leroy but if this is the house style the top wines must be truly astonishing.
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Red
2015 Montes Purple Angel Colchagua Valley Carménère (view label images)
5/29/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
95 points
Simply bloody marvellous stuff. Drink now or in 20 years. 95+
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Red
5/13/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
A bit anonymous. Lots of careful winemaking. Deep fruit. A bit hot on the nose. A bit muddled and imprecise on the palate. Might come good, might not.
Red
5/11/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
Not such a good showing from this bottle. Very alcoholic and hard to drink. Quite tough going, though plenty of fruit in there too. Phenolic and a bit varnishy. Porty, though very dry. Very slight hints of oxidation, though not a flaw. A bit left in the bottle the next day was no improvement. Unsure.......
Red
5/7/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
Not as compelling as the last bottle. A little flabby.
Red
5/7/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
90 points
Super little wine. Could do with some age, but air brings it alive tolerably. Deep fruit and slightly high-toned. Like Valpolicella crossed with Musar.
Red
2015 Damianitza ReDark Struma River Valley Red Blend (view label images)
5/7/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
Too young! Quite oaky/walnutty. Chalky tannins. Super depth of fruit but just all too young. Normally good at 10 years old + though. This shows great promise. NR
Red
5/5/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
92 points
Started tannic and aggressive on opening. Softened within 20 minutes though. This is excellent Vranac: dark, hedgerow-fruited. Floral aspects to the bouquet. Round and generous without being at all new-world in that fruit. Good tannins and acids. Drink or hold. Recommended.
Red
4/30/2019 - Rob-Rah Does not like this wine:
84 points
Competent, ripe but overdone. Dark and tarry. Not much fun.
Red
4/29/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
90 points
Quite classic rendition of Plavac mali. Not too overdone. Tight and denser than most. Needs a little time. 90+
Red
2015 Rizman Tribidrag Podrijetlo Srednja i južna Dalmacija
4/26/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
92 points
A super little wine - could tell from the bouquet that this was going to be good. Dark. Young and tannic. But chock full of the ripe zinfandel fruit that takes on the Croatian accent of figs and stagnant water and hay. Exotic and a bit overdone (but works here). Complex enough and plain delicious. A great find.
Red
4/25/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
89 points
Variable bottles from this half-case. All dark and plummy. Some a little oxidised perhaps. None stunning. Table wine. Deep fruit and a bit of Plavac funk. Not impressed on these showings like I was last time. 89-ish?
Red
4/14/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
88 points
An interesting wine, made in a passito (using slightly dried grapes) style - though it seems not an exaggerated one.

Dark burgundy colour. Nose reticent. Slightly confected. Palate sweetish and rich. Fun hedgerow fruit with definite jamminess. Almost porty. Went well with a rich but tangy osso buco. Would drink again although hard to drink many glasses at a time!

87-88
Red
4/13/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
85 points
Dark ruby. Lacking fragrance of much. A tough attack on the palate. A bit too much hard work. Where's the fruit and candy? This really isn't top-drawer so there's no need for it to be extracted like this. Nero d'Avola can and should be so much more fun than this. Lots of framework and bitter finish. Not convinced, and a bit overpriced (DeSpar in Sicily at. c. 12 Eur). Drinkable though. 85?
Red
4/3/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
93 points
A more refined example than the other vintages I have tried. Quite classy in fact, though also a bit bruising at this age. Raspberry, herbs and funk. The kind of over-lushness you get from a gardenia blossom: indeed there are also strong hints of jasmine/gardenia to the scent. Good acids. Highish mouth-puckering tannins though not too terrifying. Puts me in mind of Chateau Musar, aromatically and texturally, in this vintage! Can be drunk now, but better after a year or two to settle down: at the moment it's a bit coarse in its bitter finish. 93
Red
Dense - as normal. Perhaps more classical than I expected from Duboković: I have only had some quite "wild" wines from them til now. This vintage is much more restrained albeit massively ripe. None of the overripeness and blousiness that Plavac mali normally has. This is very reminiscent of good Chateauneuf du Pape, with a very similar flavour- and scent-profile: jammy black and red fruit, figs and Mediterranean herbs and a slight earthy mustiness. A certain waft of iodine? Big but balanced. Suggestive that a few years in bottle will be beneficial. Lovely acids. At the moment this is a little bit generic though fine: I would not have guessed Croatian plavac! Tentatively expecting great things in due course, but I don't know how long that course is supposed to be. Not rated for now.
Red
3/24/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
87 points
Not a great showing for some reason. Dark ruby. Scents of dried herbs and raspberry. Palate quite sharp and zingy. Lacking depth or richness, even with food it comes across as a bit lean. Probably a "phase" it's going through though. 86-88 at the moment though.
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