Tasting Notes for andtheodor

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Red
10/17/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
How is this so good already? Tangy, wild, complex, authentic stuff. A good match for paella.
White - Sparkling
10/17/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
91 points
Good, but soft and mature based off this bottle with flavors leaning towards golden apple and biscuit.
Red
10/17/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
A rather fat and rich Beaucastel, tastes more like the vintage than the producer. Good, but not really what I'm looking for. Buy the '99 or '01 instead.
Red
10/17/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
90 points
Sweetly fruited with sugared strawberries and cinnamon. Mature, and not the greatest old York Zin but handling its age well.
Red
2001 Domaine Louis Remy Clos de la Roche Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
10/17/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
Aromatically this is great with interesting tea and cherry notes. The palate isn't so generous and only really began giving anything up after many hours in the decanter. Lots of future promise.
Red
10/17/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
94 points
Served double blind. Cranberry, rhubarb, wild strawberry fruit over tangy acidity. Funky, intense, a touch acetic, with a decayed leaves and beef broth savoriness. Great stuff.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
10/17/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
94 points
Marvelous stuff that appears to be improving with age.
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Red
10/16/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
90 points
Strawberry preserves, caramel nose. Palate reduced to a spicy fruit syrup. Intense, lively, somehow still getting along very well.
Red
10/15/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
85 points
Melted crayons, deeply volcanic, leather. Coarse and shy on fruit, not sure if I dig Aglianico much anymore. Better the next day, less chemical and more fruit, will hold and hope for the best.
White - Sweet/Dessert
10/12/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
I was underwhelmed by this at the end of a long night but someone took home the remainder and said it shined the next day.
Red
10/10/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
flawed
Tasted blind. Cinnamon, cocoa, excessive alcohol, wallop of oak, and blackberry compote. Palate has some pronounced sweetness and we discuss whether this is Amarone or late harvest Zinfandel. Either way, not good.
Red - Fortified
10/10/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
95 points
Tasted blind. Obviously a Tawny but of note is the power and potency here despite the softening effects of age. Hugely complex with a powerful madeira like acidity that gives a sense of severity. Brilliant.
Red
10/5/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
80 points
Stinky, cooked fruit, coarse tannin, not fun.
White
9/27/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
87 points
Certainly advanced with a golden color, smelling of golden apples and quince. Not bad, but not a great Chenin, premox or not.
Red
9/6/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
85 points
Weird, sweet soil tones, spicy black peppercorns, VA, overt alcohol, a bit like an ultra ripe Aglianico or something.
Red
9/5/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
Shockingly dark color. Nice old wine nose featuring cinnamon, roses, brandied cherries, and damp wood. Smells a bit like Rioja actually, and I wouldn't be surprised if they had used some old American oak here (or even some Tempranillo). Palate is smooth and tender with a mature sweetness and freshening acidity, some mentholated coolness, leather, red cherries, a leafy herbal bitter tea character. Totally mature but not tired. Peculiar label where "Gran Reserva" has been inked over so I guess this either a relabeled crianza or perhaps no longer qualified as GR status when it was finally released? Either way, an excellent bottle of wine.
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Red
8/28/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
95 points
Wow. A light ruby color belies the intensity here. Raspberry and underripe strawberry fruit, raw rubbed herbs, tealeaf, and a strong streak of animale. Lots of tart acidity and some tannin despite looking like more like a mature Pinot, this has that kind of effortless power great wines often have. Marvelous.
White
8/28/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
93 points
Perhaps the greatest Garagiste acquisition ever. Deep golden green color, lovely floral nose of lemon verbena and honeysuckle, peaches, lime zest, laced with slight hydrocarbon scents. Stony, green apple palate, wonderfully fresh and generous, 12.5%, no rush here.
Red
7/22/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
95 points
Wow, this was magnificent. Double decanted a few hours before dinner and it immediately had a lovely floral raspberry perfume. With dinner the fruit just kept getting sweeter and more intense, eventually settling into a currant and strawberry profile. Soaring aromatics of anise, roses, mint, just glorious. Palate had enough tannin to frame everything and delicious acidity that added detail and energy. This just seemed to gain over the course of dinner.
White
7/19/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
93 points
Last, and best bottle of this. If I could find more of this I'd swap out every bottle of dry Riesling in my cellar for it.
Red
7/19/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
89 points
Dense and showing its 14.5% but good Syrah savoriness.
Red
6/29/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
My last of 6 which have been pretty mixed experiences. Happily, this is the best of them. Black cherry, beetroot, crushed incense, rusty iron nose. Palate has buzzing acidity, Montmorency cherry, sun baked earth, quite sour and finishing dry with a lot of bitterness that benefits from food. Mature but somewhat unforgiving in its rusticity.
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Red
6/22/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
89 points
Light, clean, varietally correct, with plenty of understated charm. Fresh enough and low alcohol that the whole bottle is effortless.
Red - Sweet/Dessert
6/6/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
Tasted blind. Cocoa powder, pine needles, cigar wrapper, cedar, iodine, cherry cordial. Dense, musky, and complex. Very much like a drier Dal Forno recioto, which is what I guessed. Very large amount of sediment here, beware.
Red
6/6/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
93 points
Served double blind. Musty and mushroomy at first, this fanned out to show dried orange peel, herbal tea, walnuts, wrapped in great acidity. Succulent, silky, mature, finished up with a savory rust/dried blood note. I immediately said, "this can only be one thing - Tondonia from the 80s."

Hilariously wrong, but a great endorsement for this fully mature burg which taste much older and prestigious than it is.
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Red
6/6/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
93 points
Served double blind. Sappy, garrigue-driven, yerba santa aromas, like your hands after chopping fresh rosemary and sage. Really wonderful invigorating nose. Spicy, plum, black pepper palate that's drying and less interesting than the nose but very good none the less. I was pretty sure this was some Rhone blend. Ooops.

Will look for this.
Red
6/6/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
flawed
Served double blind. Perhaps the worst nose I've ever experienced. Pruny, fecal, bruised, shit fest cooked in the sun. Surprisingly the palate is relatively enjoyable with little off flavors and a good dose of leather, tobacco, and cocoa. Someone mentioned Aglianico and I really liked that guess.
Red
6/6/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
Served double blind, turns out it was my contribution. Wild nose that is very deep, rich and ripe with an unusual floral/peachy topnote I've never smelled in a red wine before. Sleekly textured, the alcohol is moderate, the fruit has a cool freshness about it. Berry cobbler palate with a sticky persistance. The unique nose has me thinking Cote Rotie with a lot of Viognier giving aromatics but some American oak sticks through so I guess Australian Shiraz blend (perhaps the best I've ever had).

This is a good wine but I'm glad Murrieta opts to do this to a spinoff wine instead of their Gran Reserva.
White
6/6/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
Served blind. Deep golden color, looks like poxed white burgundy. There's some sherry aromas and the attendant briny nature, but also some hay, guava, and quince. Salty, tangy acidity, tastes miles better than it looks. Reminds me of Kalin Sauvignon Blanc and Coulee de Serrant. I guessed some middle aged Chenin.
Red
5/25/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
Weird brownish color and large amount of superfine sediment despite perfect fill and cork. Had a bruised, oxidative, volatile quality that improved a lot with decanting and air. More similarity to Nebbiolo than anything else; lots of tannin and very high acidity. Funky too, some brett here, just a wild ride. Ultimately enjoyable but perhaps inscrutable.
Red
5/25/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
93 points
Cherry, iron, herbs, beef broth. Richly textured, long, and savory with great acidity. Marvelous.
Red
5/25/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
93 points
A good dose of cherry and plum fruit underpinned by a vein of graphite minerality. Then the Sangiovese takes over and the acidity sparkles. This seems like early maturity and is in a great spot, better after a few hours of air. "Cabernet is the greatest blending grape in the world"
White
5/23/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
Lime zest, bitters, immense texture. Satisfying and interesting.
Red
5/19/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
93 points
Wonderful nose of applewood smoke, violets, blackberries, and tar. Lifted, flowery, and elegant, almost perfumed despite the young age. Great energy and acidity nearly hides the tannin but some years will do for my tastes here. Some tar and black pepper shows up at the end but the fruit is fresh and youthful throughout.
Red
5/19/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
Hilariously green with a strong vein of campfire smoke. Not unwieldy on the palate which is still structured but has some tender currant fruit. Somewhat similar to a recent '78 Talbot. Monterey veggies indeed.
Red
5/18/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
84 points
Nice enough nose; licorice, sour cherry, mint, graphite, incense, but the palate has this heavy cooked fruit, plum pie, brandied pallor over everything. The finish is bitter and the alcohol is felt in the sinuses and chest. A try-hard wine with exceptional concentration and body but little balance or grace. Sell.
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Red
5/11/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
Dried strawberries and pressed flowers on the nose with a bit of tar. Rhubarb and cranberry tartness drives the palate over a scintillating acidity, fading tannin, and some resinous tarry cacao nib finish. Great with some braised meat and pasta.
Red
5/11/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
Served "triple" blind to my group. Really pretty nose showing provencal herbs, black licorice, menthol, juniper, smoldering incense. Thick, sappy, powerful palate that's more like Amarone than Chateauneuf, but quite suave without obvious alcohol or raisiny fruit. I guessed CdP because of all the aromatic characters, but any amount of sweet or sugary fruit on the palate and I would've been sure this was Amarone. Good wine, but not really my thing. I'd take any number of the classics over this.
Red
5/7/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
Chocolate, tobacco, bell pepper, cherry, very green & herbal nose. Palate is less interesting, with some cherry cordial and a kind of flaccid sweetness. Great color, some tannin, plenty of acid, an unusual level of ripeness (especially for Merlot) that simply isn't done any more for better or worse. In very good shape and a decent match with braised beef over polenta and kale.
White - Sweet/Dessert
5/7/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
Blisteringly acidic, poached pear, flowers, a little cleaner and sharper than these tend to be but still great.
Red
5/5/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
Cherry pie and baking spices. Shared with guests who seemed to like it.
Red
5/5/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
flawed
Good fill but soft cork; totally maderized.
Red
5/4/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
This seems to have all the structure and not so much of the charm as the more expensive Joguet wines. Somehow it improved over the course of a few days, whereas it began as one of the least enjoyable bottles I've had in some time, closer to a hostile Aglianico than Franc. I'll hang onto the others for a few more years since this certainly isn't going to come apart any time soon.
Red
5/4/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
Surly, bretted, and compact fruit when opened but unfurled over a few hours before finishing with a sausage/kale/bean stew for which it was an ideal match. Sour pie cherries, marzipan, sweet soil tones, and spice. Really good and promise for more to come. One of the best inexpensive Chianti if you like that high-toned, aromatic Sangiovese style.
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Red
5/4/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
89 points
As before a bit sweetly oak & strawberry alone, but a marvelous match to the paprika and saffron in a paella.
Red
5/4/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
91 points
With a bit of air I think this is almost in the zone. Classic cherry, tobacco, leather, modest oak now. Guzzled with grilled pork pintxos.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2011 Château Guiraud Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
4/27/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
flawed
Perhaps the corkiest young wine I've encountered.
Red
4/27/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
90 points
The only wine that benefitted from pairing with all the paprika and chorizo, soft and gently oxidized from a long stay in barrel. Mostly cherry and piquillo pepper, with a big, sweet, leathery nose. Pretty good but not up to my previous bottles.
Red
4/27/2019 - andtheodor wrote:
92 points
Unanimous wine of the night. Shy nose of raspberry pastille and pressed roses, but what a palate! Despite all of the tannin having faded away, this is almost architectural in its structure, like it has chiseled shape and definition and mouthwatering acidity without having any particularly notable flavor. Really enjoyable.
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