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Red
3/3/2012 - petrusncoke wrote:
93 points
Though thoroughly modern in style, and perhaps not the sort of wine that I like to pursue, this wine is undeniably pure, concentrated and complex. On the nose are aromas of berries, vanilla, espresso and black pepper. On the palate are very concentrated flavors of blueberry, vanilla, mocha, and spice, with nuances of mint, pencil shavings and minerality in the background. Though this is very ripe, and quite oaky, perhaps to the point where it is quite hard to taste any varietal characteristics, this wine is very well structured; the mid-palate and the finish are linked seamlessly and the wine always sees poised and fresh. The acidity level is nice, never does this wine seem heavy or overdone. One thing that should be noted is the softness of the tannins; though they are fine --however, not exceptional, they would suggest that this wine does not have the stuffing to age. I'd drink it in the next between now and 7-10 years, preferably with red meat. Very Outstanding.
Red
2/22/2012 - petrusncoke wrote:
88 points
A very well made wine, with ample fruit and concentration, this wine has aromas of blueberries, blackberries and oak. On the palate, the wine is a bit more nuanced, with flavors of blueberry, black pepper, and espresso coming to the fore along with the vanilla-like oak flavors present on the nose. The wine is well-balanced; the wine is buttressed by a nice acidity and the tannins though not too firm, give the wine just enough structure to this very plush wine. My only complaint is that the wine was over oaked, very over oaked. In short this wine has very little semblance to a grenache-based; I would have guessed blind that this was a modern-style Ribera del Duero, or even a New World cab. Typicity aside, this wine is still quite nice, especially for those who prefer modern/international styled wines.
White
2/21/2012 - petrusncoke wrote:
91 points
Wow! This is a really lovely wine, full of intrigue and nuance. On the nose are aromas of honey, pear, marmalade and lemon. On the palate are flavors of tangerine, honey, apple all underpinned by prominent minerality and a lovely acidity. The poise and balance of this wine is really terrific, with the ripe fruit marrying with the high acidity. A great wine to pair with fish or chicken dishes.
White
9/29/2011 - petrusncoke wrote:
91 points
A lovely, elegant wine, with good concentration, length and finesse, this wine has aromas of apples, pears, hazelnuts, and lemon. On the palate are flavors of pears, nutty oak, caramel, all framed by a distinct minerality. Every thing is in fine balance; the acidity is lively and underpins the weight of the fruit, and the flavors in the mid-palate transition beautifully to the long, nutty finish. Works wonderfully with salmon, lobster, or fish with cream sauces.
Red
9/23/2011 - petrusncoke wrote:
90 points
This wine is amazing, and really stands out as an example of what can be done with Syrah in cool climates here in Santa Barbara County. On the nose are aromas of bacon, white pepper, and fresh blackberries and nice floral element. The fresh fruit and spices carry onto the palate, along with a very appealing savoriness. The wine is balanced and elegant, with freshening acidity and ripe tannins. This is one of the better Syrahs out there under $30.
Red
9/23/2011 - petrusncoke wrote:
90 points
Who knew Pinot could be this ripe? I never really had Sea Smoke in its prime, and I was really surprised by this. On the nose are aromas of ripe cherries, vanilla, and a sweet muskiness (I know, I'm stretching it here). On the palate are flavors of jammy cherries and raspberries, oak and hints of cardamom, that carry on to a long finish. Though this seems impossibly big --for a Pinot, the wine still maintains balance, with surprisingly fresh acidity. However, this seems a bit monolithic, and is missing the mystique one associates with Pinot Noir, which is present in most of the Pinots coming out of Sta. Rita Hills. Stil, this a lovely wine that will be sure to please fans of these pleasure-bent wines.
Red
9/27/2011 - petrusncoke wrote:
90 points
Spicier, and more complex than the Sanguis and Melville I tasted the same night, this wine has aromas of blackberries, white pepper and cinnamon. On the palate are more of the dark fruit, with spices, and an intriguing meatiness that went well with the steak I had along side it. Furthermore, this wine was very balanced and poised; the transition from start to finish was seamless, and the wine was underpinned with good acidity and nice, ripe tannins. This is really impressive, food friendly, though very Californian Syrah.
Red
9/27/2011 - petrusncoke wrote:
90 points
A veritable fruit bomb if I've ever tried one, on the nose were aromas of blueberries, and slight hints of meats and spice. The palate was even more one dimensional, yet still pleasurable with waves of super ripe, jammy blueberries, and really not much else. The wine does well to balance its high alcohol, but is perhaps lacking the acidity and tannin structure for such a big wine. I also real admire the lack of oakiness; it gives the fruit real purity and allows the wine to be the pleasure-bomb that it is without going to far over-the-top. Yet, I must admit that this wine lacks a lot in terms of structure. Despite the concentration of fruit, the flavors seem to taper off during the mid-palate and finish, both which are quite short, relative to the depth of the jammy fruit. I don't see this as an age-worthy wine; I'd drink within the next 5-7 years. I think as far as pleasure and the intial "attack" of fruit, this wine is a 92-93 pointer, yet taking into account structure, finesse, and complexity, this wine falls short of its hype. Still, its a great wine that is worth the price if under $60.
Red
9/27/2011 - petrusncoke wrote:
91 points
This is the first time I have had one of these wines, and I've got to say that though I am impressed, I was perhaps expecting a bit more. Anyway, on the nose are scents of ripe blackberries, new oak and hints of cloves. On the palate are waves of sweet blueberry fruit, well-integrated vanilla-y new oak, and subtle flavors of spice. The wine is relatively low-acid, though the fruit was fresh compared to the 2008 Melville "Donna's" Syrah I had the same night; the tannins were very soft, and gave the wine a very plush and velvety mouthfeel. Overall, the wine is balanced and seems very polished; though its's very ripe, it never seems overdone or heavy. That said, despite the depth of the fruit, the wine was lacking in complexity and seemed a bit one-dimensional; it seems to be missing the spicy, meatiness one expects even from fairly ripe syrah. I also feel it could have had more of an acid/tannin backbone to go along with the waves of fruit. Still, this is a very lovely wine, and will especially appeal to wine drinkers who prefer riper styles.
Red
9/11/2011 - petrusncoke wrote:
88 points
A bit it seems perhaps its prime, the 89 Mayacamas still drank well, showcasing balance and finesse, along with charm. On the nose are somewhat faint, though very pleasant aromas of and tobacco, though this perhaps doesn't have the perfume one would hope given the age --that is to say for a wine of this level, given the less memorable vintage. That said, the pleasant fruit carries over into the palate with more present flavors of blackcurrants, black tea and bell peppers. Though slightly vegetal, these flavors aren't overpowering and instead give a bit of savoriness to the wine. Furthermore, the wine has loads of charm, balance and finesse, and I would pair it with game meats or steak --I only had a small taste with a bit of bread and cheese. Drink now.
Red
9/6/2011 - petrusncoke wrote:
90 points
A spicy and intriguing syrah which balances great California fruit with syrah's original varietal character. The wine has aromas of black cherries, lavender and white pepper. On the palate are flavors of cherries, blueberries, pepper, herbs and a deep savory aspect of the wine which gives it loads of character. Balanced, the high alcohol level is barely noticeable, and the wine has freshening acidity. It should go well with red meats.
Red
9/6/2011 - petrusncoke wrote:
88 points
A lovely cab, especially for the Santa Ynez Valley, this wine has lovely aromas of black currants. The fruit carries onto the palate with a pronounced cedar flavor. This wine is very balanced, has good acidity and a nice tannic grip. Moreover it pairs well with lamb, and should pair well with other red meats.
White - Fortified
8/26/2011 - petrusncoke wrote:
87 points
On the nose are nutty and and sweet aromas of brown sugar and raisins, that carry on to the velvety palate with hints of spice and dark chocolate. The finish is long, and the wine has a nice balance of sweetness and freshness for a dessert wine. Very good with chocolate desserts or blue cheeses.
Red
8/26/2011 - petrusncoke wrote:
89 points
A very good representation of the Sta. Rita Hills in terms of Pinot Noir, this wine has typical aromas and flavors of strawberries and spice in a medium- bodied, though somewhat rich style. The wine has admirable balance and should work well with dishes ranging from salmon to duck (I had with roasted duck).
Red
8/16/2011 - petrusncoke wrote:
89 points
On the nose are very sweet black cherries, with perhaps a floral element peaking through. Despite the sweet nose, the same black cherry fruit seems more fresh and is joined by flavors of lavender and pepper. The wine is balanced and very food friendly; the tannins are present, yet surprisingly fine, and the acidity gives the fruit freshness and definition. A really good wine, with good balance and complexity for its pedigree.
Red
2005 Tertre du Moulin Cuvée Millésimée St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/26/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
88 points
Quite lovely, and at $15, quite a bargain as well, with aromas and flavors of black cherry, leather and spice. The finish is long, and a bit tannic. Certainly not ambitions, I fancy it as more of a luncheon claret than a ripe blockbuster, but therein lies the charm, for this wine admirably balances fruit, acidity, alcohol and tannin, which all make the wine great for simple meals centered around red meat.
Rosé - Sparkling
4/26/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
91 points
On the nose are aromas of raspberries, yeast, almonds and rose petals. The flowers carry over into the palate and mingle with flavors of strawberry, biscuits and hazelnuts. The finish is long, persistent and recalls the sstrawberry fruit on the palate. The wine is very balanced, with a fine mousse and freshening acidity. This an outstanding wine.
Red
4/15/2009 - petrusncoke wrote:
92 points
Much more concentrated than the other Drouhin 07 reds, on the nose are lifted aromas of flowers, cola, curry, cherry, sandalwood, forest floor, black pepper, and meat. The red fruit, cola and spice are again evident on the palate. The wine has superb concentration, freshness and structure, and the finish is long and satisfying. A great, wonderfully balanced wine that may improve over the next 5 years.
Red
4/9/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
90 points
My 100th note! So, I found myself with a glass of this in my hands and boy I was very excited to try this very controversial wine. I saw this as another chance to settle some thoughts on international-style wine, and this to me seems a watershed moment in that I now must indeed be a confirmed traditionalist. But anyway, I brought my nose to the wine where there were strong aromas of new oak, both in the form of toast and vanilla, along with sur-mature blueberry fruit, and perhaps wood smoke. On the palate are waves of massive and layered oak-slathered, superripe blueberry fruit, and really not much else. Certainly well-made, with good, sweet tannins, I took this wine to be unbalanced: the wine's lack of freshnening acidity and alcoholic finish hardly betray harmony --and I mean for a modern-styled wine. I've read the reviews of these wines, and the nuances described were just not present; I must admit that I think that I haven't seen the best this, and really other wines of this style have to offer. 90?
Red
2007 Beckmen Vineyards Cuvée Le Bec Santa Ynez Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
4/9/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
88 points
An excellent Cotes du Rhone imitator, this wine has aromas of very ripe blackberries, with hints of pepper and licorice. On the palate are seductive and silky layers of ripe blackberries and cherries, with hins of grilled meat and milk chocolate. The acidity gives the fruit freshness, and though the alcohol is a bit present on the finish, the wine seems balanced. All in all the wine is attractive, and a good value if found under $20, especially those who like hedonisitic, modern styles of wine. Very Good.
White
4/9/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
89 points
Sec. A lovely wine from one of my favorite appelations, this wine has typical scents of pear, lemon, honey with faint hints of pineapple. One the palate are waves of honey-tinged apple fruit, minerality which give way to flavors of hazelnuts and almond cream. The fruit's freshness, the wine's acidity, the seductive, lush mouthfeel give impressions of balance and harmony. All in all, this is a great effort and a great introduction to the appeal of Vouvray and Chenin. Excellent.
Red
4/9/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
87 points
Popped and Poured. Primary, the wine displays a four-square nose dominated by oak, complimented by blackcurrants and hints of cedar. The youthfulness of the wine carries onto the palate where again oak is the prominent flavor, masking the wine's lovely blackcurrant fruit. The wine is admirably concentrated, with layers of flavor that carry onto a somewhat long finish, and along with the excellent balance and solid structure, this wine may have the stuffing to improve, or rather shed its obstructive oakiness, over the next five years. I hate to say this, but I think that for those who care for more fresh fruit, it's best just to pay the 30-35 dollars for the Tinto Pesquera. Or maybe a decanter... 87+?
Red
4/9/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
90 points
I am going to try this again, because from my first tasting of this wine, it seems that I might have encountered one of the better, and in my opinion one of the best values market for those inclined to more traditionally styled wines. On the nose are near-mature aromas of blackcurrants, leather, cedar, tobacco and hints of vanilla. The tertiary aromas are present on the palate, with flavors again of leather, earth, mushrooms, and cedar giving complexity to the waves of fresh blackcurrant fruit. Moreover, the wine is buttressed by a solid, yet surprisingly sweet --for a wine of this pedigree-- tannin structure, that with the freshening acidity suggests that this wine may hold up for at least another five years, maybe more. Balanced, refined, complex, typically correct and outright delicious --it out-classed an oaky and primary 2004 Pago de los Capellanes Crianza that I tasted along side of it, and at around $15, this again represents an enormous value, as well as a great introduction to the character of Tempranillo and Rioja. Wow! 90.
White
4/4/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
85 points
A simple, though good daily quaffer, the wine has aromas and flavors of tropical fruits, lemon curd and toasty oak. Balanced with good acidity and a silky mouthfeel, this wine is a good value in California chardonnay.
Red
4/4/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
89 points
A lovely, naked expression of the spiciness of grenache, on the nose are aromas of strawberry and raspberry, with hints of lavender. On the palate are more fresh raspberry fruit, lavender, chalk, grilled meat, all marked by intense flavors of white pepper. Seamlessly balanced, with freshening acidity, soft tannins, all without the alcoholic burn or over-ripeness often found in high-scoring wines at this price point. An excellent buy.
Red
3/21/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
86 points
A very standard, yet well-made Aussie shiraz, the Jacob's Creek Shiraz reserve has aromas of ripe blackberries, prunes, smoke, and vanilla. On the palate are more layers of ripe, even sunburnt fruit flavors, with pepper and clove. The wine is viscous and a bit heavy, and while the acidity lends a bit of freshness, the tannins are soft, and the alcohol is not to severe, the wine doesn't maintain the sort of balanced you'd want for a wine at this price. Still, this wine has pretty good concentration of fruit, and is a good buy for under 12 dollars.
Red
4/3/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
87 points
I have reason to believe that this wine may only be available in restaurants, but I am not sure, because it would be a shame if it is not available in stores because it has to be one of the best values in California cabernet I have tasted. Fruity, young and meant for early consumption, this wine has scents of black currant, subtle vanilla oak and wood smoke. The wine, not mangled by an awkward, heavy-handed oak treatment, has layers of blackberry and blackcurrant fruit on the palate, with hints spice and dead leaves in the background. Well-balanced, with freshening acidity and soft, but present tannins, this wine is a noble effort for something at this price-point, and if found at a restaurant for under 30-35 dollars, represents a great value.
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Red
4/2/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
87 points
A lovely every day drinker, and at 6.99 at trader joes, one of the best value wines I have encountered. On the nose are scents of raspberry liqueur and spice, which carry onto the palate with sweet strawberry fruit, white pepper, and hints of nuts. The freshness and purity for a wine at this price are something to behold. The only fault of the wine is a bit alcoholic --but not hot, on the finish, though this problem lessened with a bit of time in the glass. If the alcohol were to come into balance, this would merit another point, but I don't really see that happening. Otherwise this is a lovely wine for the price, and a seeming testiment to the greatness of the vintage. Very good; exceptional value.
Red
3/22/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
95 points
Wow, is this wine something special. Drank for a special occasion, this wine didn't disappoint. Utterly harmonious, elegant and noble, the aromas were not as powerful as I had expected, event after 7 hours in the decanter and the glass, yet present were scents of cassis, tobacco and cedar. On the palate however, were lush, concentrated flavors of lead pencil, tobacco, cedar and dirt underpinned by pretty, fresh cassis fruit. The mid palate flavors gave way to intense flavors of cedar, bacon fat, jasmine, and most notably leather. Everything in this wine is in the right place: the wine is structured, fresh and flavorsome, and because of this balance of fruit, tannin and acidity it has the things it needs to mature, if not at least keep, for the next 15 years or more. Moreover, this wine is so expressive of its Pauillac roots, and seems to embody all that which claret lovers crave. Astounding!
White
3/22/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
93 points
Another lovely wine from BC, this wine gives primary aromas of wet rock, pineapple, green apple, spring flowers and subtle, nutty oak. The palate reveals layers of lemon curd, minerals, more white flowers and tropical fruits, that segue into along finish long finish of apple and hazelnut. The acidity is very racy, giving the wine a certain exuberance to the flavors as well as hinting at the aging potential --or rather, the youthfulness, of the wine. I would say that though this is delicious, it should be held for 3-5 years so it can realize its full potential. Awesome! 93+
Red
2003 Château Monbousquet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/12/2009 - petrusncoke wrote:
91 points
From 375 ml
An utterly good surprise, the '03 Monbousquet happened to taste French, of Merlot and evoke its St. Emilion origins! Perhaps a bit more plush and forward than the usual St. Emilion --certainly a modern-styled wine, this lovely and balanced wine still managed to maintain excellent balance between fruit, acidity and tannin. On the nose were lovely, elegant aromas of cassis, subtle vanilla oak, tobacco, smoke and plums. One the palate were fresh, tobacco tinged layers of currant fruit which on the finish took on an almost mineral-laced quality. A superb wine that is fully mature and has 10 more pleasure-giving years left. Excellent!
Red
3/14/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
94 points
This wine is the first Chateauneuf du Pape I have tried from the '07 vintage, and from this wine I got an impression of the greatness of the vintage. On the nose were tell-tale Chateauneuf du Pape aromas of strawberry, raspberry liqueur, black cherry, white pepper, liquorice and mountain herbs, all evoking the wines most essential components: Grenache and Chateauneuf du Pape terroir. On the palate are very concentrated, fresh and frankly pretty flavors of raspberry and strawberry fruit with liquorice, pepper, meat juices, smoke, flowers and most notably lavender. This wine's balance and marriage of fruit, tannin and acidity lends it both nobility and a sense of deliciousness; the acidity makes the fruit so fresh and pure that one cannot help but pour another glass (or bottle for that matter)! Though it is drinking very well, one gets the impression that this wine is quite young and primary. So give this wine maybe 5-7 years in the bottle to take on more fragrance and teriary flavors. Awesome! 94+
Red
3/12/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
86 points
Sweet aromas of vanilla, blackberries and cassis on the nose give an impression of a fruity, even grapey, ripe wine. The fruit on the palate however is not as ripe, with cassis, vanilla oak and cocoa carrying onto the palate with a dry finish. A bit alcoholic, but the wine maintains a certain balance between fruit and acidity. Quite nice, but I feel it was missing the characteristic Syrah spiciness.
Red
3/12/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
88 points
On the nose are earthy, pleasing aromas of blackberry, bacon fat, white pepper, and herbs. The flavors of plum, smoke, meat and herbs carry well onto a solid finish. The wine has good structure, and is in perfect balance, with fresh acidity complementing the fresh fruit and quite plush mouthfeel. Very good
Red
3/8/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
90 points
So I have been going through a lot of the wine that I have already tasted, and this has been one of the wines that I have now come to like more. The nose reveals sweet strawberry fruit, raspberry, smoke, clove, and minerals. On the palate the fruit is a bit more drier and restrained, and perhaps a bit darker, betraying blackcurrant and blueberry, yet the wine's character seems dominated by the flavors of minerals, gunpowder and dust, with hints of spice. Very elegant, refined and balanced with nice acidity and medium tannins. 90pts.

I should also mention that this bottle, like others had the CO2 others have mentioned, yet it seems to disappear after 30 minutes of air.
Red
3/5/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
92 points
Very different from the more restrained elegance of the 1999 vintage I tried earlier this year, the 2003 was more vivacious, bright and young, with primary, somewhat muted aromas of red fruit, sage, minerals, almost in the vein of a Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This likeness however didn't carry onto the palate, where the Syrah, Hermitage character shown thrown with brooding fresh blackberry fruit with olive and bacon fat taking the foreground. On my first sip, these flavors were in competition with the firm, yet fine tannins. After a couple hours of decanting, the tannins softened a bit to reveal more of the olive and bacon fat, with more minerality coming through on to the long finish. The balance of this wine was absolutely exceptional, and given the loads of fruit and flavor along with the fine tannic buttress, this wine should have all the right things to fulfill its potential. On that note, it should be said that this wine should be cellared for at least 5 years to shed the tannin and let the flavors mature. 92+
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White
3/1/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
88 points
Racy aromas and flavors of lemon zest, ocean breeze and a hints of butterscotch. Very wonderful acidity; makes one beg for food! Will this get better?
White
3/1/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
87 points
Hints of gunflint mingle with the fruit aromas of green apple and marmalade in this classic Burgundy appelation white. The tart apple flavors carry on to the palate with pear, lemon peel and minerals in tow. Very good.
Red
3/1/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
86 points
Cherries, asian spice and cloves come through on the nose, with an almost clean, mineral quality. A bit tight, but the black cherry fruit on the nose carries on to the palate, along with cardamom and subtle rose petal flavors. Very nice for the vintage.
Red
3/1/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
85 points
On both the nose and the palate, bright blackberry intermingled with hints of cinnamon and pepper. A bit tart, but the acidity lends the wine very versatile food pairing, especially with pizza or spaghetti. Good for the price.
Red
2/13/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
88 points
Like the Sonoma offering, this wine is an excellent value, with lovely dark cherry aromas and flavors that are complemented by hints of earth, spicy cinnamon, lime, rose petals and vanilla.
Red
2/13/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
90 points
On the nose are lovely aromas of cherries, cinnamon, cola, earth and indian spices. The cherry fruit, which at times seems to taste almost like a throat losenge, carries onto the palate with spices and rose petals. As all the BC wines, the wine is balanced and elegant, and presents itself as the perfect companion for light chicken dishes.
Red
2/13/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
86 points
Spicy, almost like cardamom comes through the black cherry and cola aromas on the nose. On the palate, flavors of raspberries and blackberries give the wine a certain lushness, but though the fruit on the wine is very appealing, the searing alcohol unbalances the wine, making for a less than enjoyable pinot. For my money the Parker Station pinot noir, a wine by the same producer, is a better buy than this good, but overly-alcoholic wine.
White
2/13/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
86 points
On the nose are characteristic riesling smells of petrol, along with for me a fruitiness almost akin to orange juice, with hints of apple and honey. On the palate hints of petrol come through the apple fruit in this semi-dry styled riesling. The acidity and minerality make the wine both balanced and refreshing, as well as a perfect pair for spicy asian dishes.
White - Sparkling
2/13/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
89 points
Nice fine bead; on the nose expressions of minerals, pears and apples, with a yeast character coming through after a couple of swirls in the glass. On the palate, crisp lemon-tinged flavors of apple and toast mingle with a soft minerality and vivacious acidity. One of the better NV, and certainly one of the best from the grands salons.
Red
2006 Ancient Peaks Merlot Paso Robles Santa Margarita Ranch (view label images)
2/13/2010 - petrusncoke wrote:
86 points
Nice fruit, good use of oak. Simple, yet balanced and food friendly.
White
12/14/2009 - petrusncoke wrote:
92 points
Wow! I'm the first to comment on this wine which will certainly not disappoint tasters. A lovely Chardonnay with a lifted nose of flowers, lemon peel and curd, pear, mandarin orange. The wine is impeccably balanced and fresh, with the mouth-filling apple, pear and lemon peel fruit underpinned by a present, though not dominant minerality. Could easily be taken for a (slightly riper) PC Montrachet. Easily the one of, if not the finest Cali chardonnay under 30 dollars.
Red
12/14/2009 - petrusncoke wrote:
90 points
Though a thoroughly great wine, I am still disappointed, given the hype the wine receives as well as its showing against the more complex and interesting 2004 Pico Madama. The fruit and oak were massive, with waves of vanilla-flavored blueberry syrup lingering in the palate, but the wine was extremely one-dimensional. I like modern styled, ripe wines as long as they balance the fruit with freshness and complexity, while at least reflecting the region from which they come. The Clio, the big and opulent, isn't complex, isn't fresh and is completely unreflective of either Jumilla or the 30 percent Monastrell wine: simply put this wine tasted like a top-notch, boring Napa cabernet sauvignon. All this brings me to wonder whether or not this was a representative bottle, or that perhaps this wine's luster had already faded.
Red
12/14/2009 - petrusncoke wrote:
93 points
So I tasted this head to head with El Nido Clio 2002, and it pulled off quite the upset. Unlike the Clio, which I found to be a boring, linear wine, the Pico Madama was a showcase of ripeness, regionality and complexity with aromas of lead pencil shavings and spice that give way tp waves of almost overripe blackberry fruit, Monastrell spiciness --which for me recalls cloves and orange rind, and dark chocolate on the palate, with cinnamon and a mushrooomy earthiness flittering in from time to time. With air the fruit became fresher, and thus the wine more enjoyable. Surprisingly refined and complex, it compares also to the highly touted 2005 vintage, though the elegant 2005 has more balance and potential.
Red
11/19/2009 - petrusncoke wrote:
92 points
Sorry for the short notes: This wine is a big, but reasonably balanced --the only problem is a bit of heat on the finish, with waves of blackberries, with hints of tobacco, violets, forest floor and new oak.
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