Tasting Notes for Rob-Rah

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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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Red
2004 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
3/23/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
88 points
A bit boring. Elegant style. Where’s the excitement?
Red
Bottles have some variation. 2 out of 6 so far corked and used for cooking (undrinkable but not so bad as to be uncookable). The best plush and delicious, but around half not so amazing, but nevertheless perfectly good. Unacceptable poor quality of cork. When not corked, 89-93-ish, depending on the bottle.
Red
3/16/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
92 points
Last of these six bottles. Dark. Creation wines in the comparatively cool and damp Hemel en Aarde valley, just inland across the hill from Hermanus, seems to favour a New World style for its wines, with obvious extract and sweet fruit. Sometimes this comes across as things all a bit superficial and candy-ish. Syrah is also a bit of an anomaly in the cool Hemel en Aarde valley.

However....... this is a super wine indeed. It's a bit more Shiraz than Syrah ;) and a delicious and serious effort. Deep and lush loganberry-cedar fruit. Plenty of acid and complexity and streaks of bitterness to balance the fruit - which is not candied or over-sweet. It's so delicious young and I can't quite imagine what this might do with age: perhaps it's not a wine to age long.

(91-92)
Red
3/10/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
92 points
A rather nice showing. Pours dark purple. Youthful looking. Nice scents. Clearly Bordeaux blend. Satiny and dense fruit, cassis with a bit of graphite and underbrush. not amazingly compelling though, and not seamless: some stern acids and tannins. On balance, still not living up its price.
Red
2016 Medi Valley Incanto Black Struma River Valley Red Blend (view label images)
Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. 4608 bottles produced.

Painfully too young. Masses of fruit immediately on opening but within minutes closes up to the extract and oak. I don't find this a monster, just far too young. Not Bordeaux-style, but clearly from somewhere south and east of there. NR for now. Try again in a few years. Very good potential if it comes into balance.
Red
3/4/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent wine again - for the price especially. A bit dusty on the finish. Needs a bit of time.....
Red
Maybe similar to the reviews of the 2010????

Anyway, this is young, but shows poorly. Generic ripe fruit. Not much going on. For drinking now, mid to high 80s only. I'll keep the next two as the notes on the 2010 suggest it might blossom in a few years.
Red
2/27/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
91 points
Amusingly totally unlabelled bottle: I'd better make sure the wrappers stay put!

Dark black-red. Hedgerow-fruit scent with hints of tobacco. Palate is full of sweet, rich fruit. Very dry, very tannic at the moment. Bitter herbs and perhaps tar start to emerge mid-palate. Refreshingly unlike most other wines. This could do with a little time to ease-up and unfurl a bit. 91+
Red
2/26/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
90 points
Blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir (!)

All very nice. Soft-ish rich fruit. Perhaps needs to develop some complexity. Not all that precise or focussed at the moment. Not bad but I wonder if it has the concentration required to develop. 90+?

Nice scent hanging about the empty the bottle the following day: suggestive of near-to-mid-term ageing possibilities.
Red
2/26/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
91 points
Not as lush as the first one I tried, but still very good. The flush of youth must have still been in that bottle and this now would benefit from a little time. See previous note(s). 91+
Red
2/21/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
89 points
75cl. Pours dark and dense. Almost alarmingly dark for what I am looking for. Wine follows through with this, being dense and less-than-graceful. Comes across as a hot-year product. Stewed plums, resiny herbs and a bit of sous-bois. A dollop of bitterness on the rather stern finish. Moderately long but dominated by bitter extract rather than anything you might call fragrance. Tannic, charmless. Il manque l'air aérien! I'm afraid I am not won over by this hefty and earthbound style, though clearly not a bad bottle by any means. 89+
Red
2/18/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
86 points
All bottles from the half case had a degree of spritz that needed shaking off. Flavour of fruit but a bit too much funk for the fruit depth. High-toned, resiny, varnishy. Decent acid to counterbalance the (over-)ripeness. All in all not a terribly satisfying drink though. Sort of overdone but shrill. Tasty in a way. Not recommended. 86+
Red
2/13/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
92 points
These two bottles were tighter than the first, but this is excellent Syrah 92++
Red
Dusty, almost vert slightly corked? Though every bottle from the this half-case tasted the same. Rich, but - all-told - overripe fruit, but then vinified to create a wine trying to be balanced. Not sweet anyway. Brownish/vaguely maderised fruit but sort of vibrant enough too. But I don't really like this. I have had other vintages though and this appears to be either a vintage anomaly or shipping damage. NR (flawed? or hovering somewhere 80-88 depending on how you view things)
Red
2017 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Mazoyères-Chambertin Mazoyères-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
EP tasting Jan 2019. Rich, luxurious fruit. Complex and fragrant with smoke and spice. Deep and haunting. Excellent wine and a bit of a tasting standout. However, 2017 is not the "best" vintage and the increased prices for this now mean that backfilling previous better vintages represents a more attractive proposition for me this year (eg. the superior 2010 is available at £600 p/6, whereas this 2017 is releasing EP at £850)
Red
2/6/2019 - Rob-Rah Does not like this wine:
84 points
Nah - this is watery, pinched and tedious, masquerading as a certain style. The Chinon-esque style relies on the wines actually possessing character and purpose inside them. This is berryish, bright, acidic, primary fruit with not much interest. Contrived and boring. Bleh. Rachel Hemming (17.5+) on JancisRobinson.com must have been drunk by the time she tasted it. Avoid at almost £30 GBP. 84-85 ?
Red
2017 Lukas van Loggerenberg The Graft Coastal Region Red Rhone Blend
2/6/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
89 points
Dark and tight again, but opens up quickly. Very Rhone. Smoky, blackberry fruit. A slightly tarry/herbs bitter-ish finish cleans it up. Well put together, but not more. Tidy, clean, neat, careful, but - yes - rich and fruity. But feels almost deliberately aping a style rather than being authentic to itself. Plenty of Cotes du Rhones from good years easily available at half this price (c.£32 GBP) and with bundles more character. The 17.5 score on JancisRobinson.com is generous..... 89+(?) but not recommended at this price.
Red
1/24/2019 - Rob-Rah Does not like this wine:
85 points
Didn't like this on this showing. Nose somewhat closed. Palate very chalky tannins and the fruit is leathery and a little tarry. Clumsily large-scale without substance to fill it. Anonymous quality of fruit. Not long. Tough to drink. 85+
Red
2015 Montes Purple Angel Colchagua Valley Carménère (view label images)
1/10/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
95 points
A massive, bruising and brooding wine. Already quite some sediment staining the inside to the bottle. Amazing depth both of colour and taste. Superb cassis and dark plum fruit quality with depth and just the right balance of plush sweet fruit and tannins and acid. Long, frankly delicious blueberry-fading-to-chocolate finish. Really very good indeed, and a wonder this isn't far more expensive. But also rather young right now and those tannins need to soften - give a LONG decant, or wait 5-10 years. 95+
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Red
EP tasting. Essence of blackberry mousse! Some thought it jammy; I thought it fresh and zingy enough to come together eventually. Bought: the only certain want from the tasting this year.
Red
1/6/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
89 points
Based on my previous experience, a second bottle from the same store. This far far more pedestrian! It’s like the first wine was mislabelled or something. This one slightly darker, nice flavours of fruit but nowhere near as precise and electric. Odd. This time 88-89 ish.
Red
2013 Castello Banfi Excelsus Sant' Antimo Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/5/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
92 points
Richly fruited. Simmering with hints of alcohol though. Cassis and menthol. Very Australian! Palate rich and cassis again, with a lushness and depth to it. Doesn't really come across as Italian to me though, nor Bordeaux: this is rich, new-world-type winemaking, with fruit and excitement at the expense of poise, grace and charm. Again, this really could be from Australia as well as other areas! Perhaps overpriced too (35-40Eur). Perhaps not. Delicious but also somewhat hard-work. OK now, and would cope with medium-term ageing I think (until 2025), but I'm not sure it will reveal more by doing so. 92+?
Red
1/4/2019 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
91 points
Paleish, but right for Nebbiolo. Nice light nose with plenty of quite distinct truffle. Medium palate, quite elegant. Hints of tea and grippy tannins. Restrained strawberries and truffle again. Rather surprised this is so good for 14 Eur in a Rome supermarket! (91++) Highly recommended at the price.
Red
1/4/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
88 points
Dark colour. Nice scents but a bit jammy. Tannic and quite stern, though fruity enough. A little anonymous and a bit grumpy, though the classic black cherry-bitterness is obvious. Not great. 88+?
Rosé - Sparkling
1/2/2019 - Rob-Rah Does not like this wine:
86 points
Not much nose. Certainly not strawberry- more like BdB. Aggressive palate. Hard work. Not enjoyed 85-86
Red
1/1/2019 - Rob-Rah wrote:
90 points
Got these last bottles out for New Years party. Nice and fruity but basically unbalanced now in my opinion. Not enough flesh and texture to support the almost shrill cassis. 89-90
Red
12/26/2018 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
95 points
Last magnum from the case of three. A good showing. Rich dark purple, no real signs of age. A little "serious" on the get-go, but air added some charm. Deep brambly fruit and a thick and tasty palate with a smooth texture. Easy to like. Just the right side of fruit-bomb. Vibrant and fresh fruit with depth of ripeness and a touch of secondary-character. Excellent wine. 94-95
White - Sparkling
12/26/2018 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice golden colour. Small mousse. Unexpectedly elegant and graceful from a house which can make some very rich wines. Rather subtle and beautiful bouquet with not too much toast and a nice balance of green apples and tropical fruit. Perhaps a little simple, but a delight nonetheless. 90-91
Red
12/21/2018 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
89 points
Good mature Cahors. Nice fruit still there. Not ostentatious but carried the Cahors mossy/warm/comforting thing well. Fruit and wood. Leather armchairs. Crackling hearth-places. The kind of dust it take dynasties to accumulate. Uncle Cedric's pipe smoke curling in from the games room. Garlicky food smoking over a wood fire in a distant part of the medieval manor house. Shot game hanging by the back door. All that kind of stuff. More characterful than great though. Ready but will hold for ages. 89+ but I love it more than score tells.
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Red - Fortified
12/21/2018 - Rob-Rah wrote:
89 points
This bottle oddly simple. Candied fruit. All very "vintage-porty" but simple and fruitily obvious. Lacking tertiary complexity, though the tannins are resolved (enough) to drink and no hint of age or flaws whatsoever. 88-89 for some reason.
Red
2010 La Dame de Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/21/2018 - Rob-Rah wrote:
This bottle less forward than other so far. Needed air and never opened up as much as would have been nice. Clearly a good wine despite that. Classy and restrained, but polished, fruit. Good balance. Though, in this bottle, monolithic and too young.
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2007 Domaine de Trévallon Vin de Pays des Bouches-du-Rhône Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
12/21/2018 - Rob-Rah wrote:
This bottle in a bad place. Tarry, bitter, fruity though, angular. Fruit disjointed. Sweetish and hints of sous bois and an almost choking bitter/char finish. Either a poor bottle or in a very, very awkward phase. Not very nice really. Not rated.
Red
2015 Domaine Menada Tcherga Stara Zagora Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/18/2018 - Rob-Rah Does not like this wine:
85 points
I presume this is the 2015, as that is the "current" vintage, although the bottle has no info on it telling me that. Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot & Syrah blend. Lightish, berryish. Anonymous. Not recommended unfortunately. 84-85
Red
12/8/2018 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine:
91 points
This was much better than previous tastes. This bottle with some development and as such the sous-bois, mushroomy notes are very pleasing alongside the still-vibrant fruit. 91 (+?)
Red
11/26/2018 - Rob-Rah wrote:
88 points
Thought I'd try this Mavrud from the Struma valley, near Melnik. Villa Melnik make sound commercially-sensible wines. Two bottles tried of this wine. Dark red colour, with hints of mahogany. Scent berryish and bright. Some character of Mavrud in there, but quite light. Palate medium bodied, quite high acid, but the depth of fruit not quite enough really, leaving the wine too bright and loose-knit and the tannic/bitter undertow isn't balanced well. Still, a perfectly serviceable table wine when you need something not too dense. Not for ageing. I prefer my Mavruds far riper, denser and textured than this. 88+
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