Tasting Notes for DB Lawton

(215 notes on 177 wines)

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Red
12/31/2019 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
93 points
Nice plum color, smells of spice and tobacco. Tangy with olives, raspberries, and a savory component on opening but more fruit came forward after the first hour. More comments on Day 2. Great on day 3!
Red
2013 Ridge Geyserville Alexander Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
12/25/2019 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
93 points
Christmas Eve served with Prime Rib Roast. Excellent, very smooth with great dark fruit, hints of chocolate.
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Red
12/18/2019 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
91 points
My last of 4 bottles and the best. Dark fruits, pepper, and a nice finish. Seemed like the sweetness noted in earlier bottles had moderated. Had with Pork Belly, great match.
Red
2014 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
12/14/2019 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
91 points
As with previous bottles, dark color, Cherries, earth. Had with a Rigatoni with Vodka Sauce. Very nice.
Red
11/29/2019 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
91 points
My 3rd bottle of 5, and the first one in the past couple of years. Really great, floral nose but still puckering upon opening. After 30 minutes this was very nice with Thanksgiving dinner and I’m glad I still have 2 more bottles. I believe this still has the stuffing to go several years in the cellar.
Red
11/28/2019 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
90 points
Solid and enjoyable. Great dark color. As others have noted, this is well made with good structure and tannins, but not overly complex (at least yet). My only bottle.
Red
2018 Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert California Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
Ordered a bottle at Stoney River in Troy, Mi. Very early and I am not scoring it but the wife and I both enjoyed it. Big and fruit forward now. Would love to buy some bottles to hold for a few years.
Red
9/21/2019 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
92 points
Drank with Anniversary dinner, Butch’s Dry Dock in Holland, MI. Beautiful color and nose, rich, fruit forward. Everyone at the table enjoyed.
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White - Sparkling
9/22/2019 - DB Lawton wrote:
flawed
Sadly, this bottle, opened on our 28th anniversary was flawed. Quite old, purchased back in 2004 or so and overlooked for several years.
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Red
8/18/2019 - DB Lawton wrote:
87 points
Maybe just me, but had high expectations and was disappointed with this bottle. Seemed harsh with bitterness and not much fruit. Everyone else thought it was OK but not too encouraging. Off bottle?
Red
6/25/2019 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
91 points
Restaurant pop-n-pour. Really not ready but decanted and it was showing well with steaks.
Red
6/20/2019 - DB Lawton wrote:
92 points
Strong. Great match w Indian food at Kirans in Houston.
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Red
6/19/2019 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
91 points
Quite excellent. At Xochi Houston
Red
6/16/2019 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
91 points
2nd bottle, good as the first
Red
6/16/2019 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
91 points
Fathers Day and this was very good after lunch. P-n-P, but it opened quickly with dark fruit, some vanilla, and moderate tannins. No signs of the fizz that others mentioned. So good we opened the 2nd bottle that was on hand.
Red
2/15/2019 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
88 points
This was a steakhouse pop-n-pour, and was good but was very tight. 30 minutes later showing some fruit but just a peek. I have a couple bottles, will wait.
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Red
2/14/2019 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
91 points
Restaurant Pop-n-Pour. Very young, but decanted and was very approachable with tame tannins. Everyone liked this and we drank all that Vinotecca had on hand, then switched to a ‘16 Quilt, which was good but a bit more austere.
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Red
2/7/2019 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
91 points
Dark inky color. Big aromas and loads of dark fruit. BlackBerry. Really nice with Shrimp and grits with Tasso gravy. The wife gives a thumbs up as well.
Red
2/1/2019 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
90 points
Another very nice bottle. A little hot when opened but blew off in 15 minutes and by 30 minutes it was rolling. Consistent w/dark fruits, pepper, and medium body. Had w/leftover Chicken Parm.
Red
1/29/2019 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
88 points
Much better than the last bottle. Tensley redemption. Opened a bit grapey, but after 30 minutes are so began to develop some depth and complexity. Hoping day 2 will continue to show improvement.
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Red
1/26/2019 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
88 points
A lot of pepper and tobacco, with some anise as well. Fruit on vacation. Tannins integrated, persistent finish. I would say drink up but doesn’t seem like there are many bottles out there. Day 4 under vacuvin and its hanging tough. Maybe better now than when opened.
Red
1/18/2019 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
88 points
Restaurant pop n pour. Decent Paso Cabernet. Dark, rich flavor. Middle of the road and a bit oaky, but the table enjoyed it, and a good value.
Red
1/17/2019 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
91 points
Dinner pop n pour, at Eddie V’s. Dark, great nose. Very solid fruit coming through, with tannins on guard. Medium-long finish. Everyone enjoyed and a second bottle was consumed. Would have benefited from an hour or so of air, but otherwise drinking nicely now.
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Red
2014 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
1/9/2019 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
91 points
Another strong outing for this lovely dark Chianti. Served tonight w a basil pesto pasta. Nice pairing but needs more acidity. Not improving on day #2, but wonderful with a Spaghetti/meat sauce.
Red
1/4/2019 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
92 points
Beautiful ruby color. Aromas of earth & mushroom. Big cherries with hints of vanilla and blackberry on the back end. Glad I held on to this point. Superb QPR. Now it’s going to be tough to stay away from that second bottle. Must put corkscrew away....
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Red
1/2/2019 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
90 points
Solid on opening. Served with charcuterie including salami, prosciutto, some truffle cheeses and manchego. This was a great match with dark fruits and earthy flavors, minerality.
Red
12/21/2018 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
88 points
Day 3 comeback. Dark fruit, blueberries and blackberries. Still a little coarse on the tannins.
Red
12/13/2018 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
90 points
Was a big hit at last nights dinner out with team. Opened and quickly poured. I would say medium bodied with cherries and some smoke for character. Nice with my main dish, a short rib cannelloni.
Red
2013 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
12/8/2018 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
90 points
Drank at a party. Should have allowed some time to open up but you know how it is...Would probably score higher if given more air. Overall good purity of fruit and a nice finish.
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Red
12/7/2018 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
91 points
A difficult wine to track down on Cellar Tracker and I’m not sure I have it right. This was really nice. Big nose, red fruit and cherries on the palate. Fine tannins and just a little baked fruit. It was a gift and a good one.
Red
12/2/2018 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
90 points
Very solid. Had during an impromptu football/pizza party. The wife thought it had a bit of a funky aroma, but everyone agreed it tasted good. Really felt it needed some time to open up, but impatience won out...
Red
11/30/2018 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
91 points
Beautiful color, a little bricking on the edge. Restrained nose but came around in 30 minutes or so with red fruits, mushroom, and nice acidity. Tannins intact, still firm.
Red
11/25/2018 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
91 points
Consistent with past note. Blackberries and other dark fruit. Medium body, medium tannins. Wonderful QPR. Sadly my last ‘14.
Red
11/16/2018 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
90 points
My second (and last) bottle. I am adding a point to my last rating. Really enjoyed this, dark fruits, spice, tannins starting to integrate and a solid finish. Would like to have more, great QPR.
Red
11/6/2018 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
90 points
Great nose and good dark color. Moderate acidity. Red fruits with some cedar and tobacco notes also. Nice. Much more complex after a couple of days under Repour.
This was actually the Santa Rosa vineyard version. Mis-identified at entry.
Red
2014 Foggy Veil Wines Santa Maria Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
10/26/2018 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
88 points
Consistent with previous note, took some time to come around and was then quite enjoyable. Dark fruits, coffee, medium tannins w/slight bitterness.
Red
10/17/2018 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
87 points
Had with a wonderful dinner in Puebla. Served very cool, it had a salinity on the front end that I haven’t experienced before, medium length on finish. Rather light.
Red
10/7/2018 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
88 points
Opened a couple days ago. Better tonight. Dark color, blackberries and some spice. Drying tannins which were more astringent when first opened. Don’t get the same bright character I got from previous bottle. Good, solid QPR and would buy again.
Red
9/22/2018 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
91 points
Restaurant purchase, Parc Detroit. Decanted for about 30 min. Still very young and tight, but nice structure and some fruit. Everyone enjoyed.
Red
9/14/2018 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
89 points
Nice garnet-purple color, a bit of oak on the nose but mostly fruit. Red Rasberry, cola, nice acidity (off balance a touch). Overall enjoyable with pretty spicy Thai.
Red
9/7/2018 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
91 points
Very solid with black pepper and smoke wrapped in dark fruit. Good now.
Red
9/3/2018 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
89 points
Overall good but liked it far less than the ‘13 vintage I had not long ago. Lighter in color, less complex and not much length on the finish. Has improved by night 3, gained some additional spiciness
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Red
8/8/2018 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
90 points
Took an hour for it to open up. Smokey, some dark berries coming through. May improve overnight
Red
8/8/2018 - DB Lawton Does not like this wine:
84 points
I maybe should call It flawed. Could be that part of this vintage has been impacted by some issue. That would account for the wide ranging scores. Either that, or this came from their Reserve Jolly Rancher vineyard plot. Carbonation, tart, candy grape flavors. This dude does not abide. And damn, I have another bottle!
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Red
8/6/2018 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
92 points
Fresh. Tasters have been noting that they expect the wine was nearing or past its peak since 2012, but it just keeps cruising. Beautiful, with plenty of fruit and tannins well integrated. Drinking great despite its advanced age.
Red
2014 Rocca di Montegrossi Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
8/2/2018 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
92 points
Wow. Dark and extracted. Cherries along with some leather and earthiness. Matched with a tomato based Pasta dish this was really nice. Buy more, great QPR.
Red
2014 Foggy Veil Wines Santa Maria Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
7/31/2018 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
88 points
After a poor opening impression, this wine came around 30 minutes in and was trending up after 90 minutes. Good color, really nice acidity, and good Syrah character. Different than the ‘13 where I picked up a lot more Grenache. This was darker, fuller. Day 2 note - further improvement, would re-buy.
Red
7/15/2018 - DB Lawton Does not like this wine:
86 points
A party gift that has been in the cellar for 1 1/2 years. Good color but was harsh and bitter. It’s the thought that counts, I guess...
Red
7/10/2018 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
89 points
I was struck by it’s bright acidity. Easy drinking and great with some pizza. Spicy, but not much complexity. Still, very enjoyable.
Red
6/17/2018 - DB Lawton Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice Syrah character, Smokey meats and spicy. Tough food matches being served but it held up well and everyone liked it.
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