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Tasting Notes for Bradford

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Red
3/29/2013 - Bradford Likes this wine:
88 points
Lush and viscous, sweet core of fruit and bit of leather. Good heft but still elegant. Tannins are pleasantly bitter.
Red
3/18/2013 - Bradford wrote:
89 points
Tobacco, dark cherry, vanilla on the nose. Milk chocolate and charoset on the palate. Quite like this. Super delish, nice little acidic kick throughout. Modern-ish but not grossly so.
Red
1/17/2013 - Bradford wrote:
89 points
THE RED WHALE California Cabernet Tasting (Alek's house): Beautiful, shimmering dark color. Smells a bit hot, intense and ripe. There is an intriguing density on the nose. Well-balanced with structure provided by acid, soft tannins. The palate has sweet currant and blackberry. This is new world in style, but well-executed.
Red
1/17/2013 - Bradford wrote:
86 points
THE RED WHALE California Cabernet Tasting (Alek's house): Menthol on the nose, bit of red fruit. The palate is all cherry ludens. Not super exciting, but perfectly drinkable and a great deal. I like these guys.
Red
1/17/2013 - Bradford Likes this wine:
90 points
THE RED WHALE California Cabernet Tasting (Alek's house): Smoky black currant on the nose. Smells "classic" and, within the context of Napa, Bordelaise in style. The wine is quite young and will certainly develop in the bottle for a couple years. Before the well-handled but fairly aggressive tannins set in, one can taste a very pure black currant combined with something like pencil lead.
Red
1/17/2013 - Bradford wrote:
89 points
THE RED WHALE California Cabernet Tasting (Alek's house): A pronounced note of Ethiopian coffee bean (read: blueberry) combines with dying lilac and something savory. On the palate, the fruit is buried under earthiness and a pretty serious wall of tannins, which coat and linger... This wine is super young.
Red
1/17/2013 - Bradford Likes this wine:
88 points
THE RED WHALE California Cabernet Tasting (Alek's house): A nice medium ruby color betokens the charm of the cabernet. Red fruit (cranberry) and dried herbs on the nose. There is something pinot-like about the weight of this wine, which displays soft tannins that close out a very drinkable but not very "compelling" wine--which is a good thing. You can taste the location (Mendo and Lake) and vintage in this wine. Well done.
Red
1/17/2013 - Bradford wrote:
86 points
THE RED WHALE California Cabernet Tasting (Alek's house): The fruit on this nose is a bit reticent, showing mostly rubber. The 15.5% alc shows through on the palate, but it is not unpleasant. Dark fruits transition into firm tannins. There is a pleasing rusticity here, but it lacks balance and complexity. At $16, though, I'm not complaining.
Red
1/31/2013 - Bradford Likes this wine:
87 points
THE RED WHALE California Syrah Tasting (The Jackson Arms): Dark plum, cough syrup, "sweet" nose. Good rustic mouthfeel that does not sacrifice acid for richness. Combines dried herbs with pleasant red and black fruit. What a value at $11!
Red
1/31/2013 - Bradford Likes this wine:
88 points
THE RED WHALE California Syrah Tasting (The Jackson Arms): This purple wine smells of grape and alcohol at first, but it develops a black fruit profile with air. Cocoa/blackberry palate. I found this wine to be a bit monolithic, but still quite enjoyable.
Red
1/31/2013 - Bradford Likes this wine:
93 points
THE RED WHALE California Syrah Tasting (The Jackson Arms): Loved this wine. Very nice rose and white flower component floats above blueberry and green pepper. Very nice, refreshing body, light on its feet with vibrant acidity, with a richness that you register in your short term memory. That sounds ridiculous, but it's true. A great wine.
Red
1/31/2013 - Bradford Likes this wine:
89 points
THE RED WHALE California Syrah Tasting (The Jackson Arms): Solid bottle. Tar and blackberry nose. A nice resin-pine combines with blackberry in the mouth. Lingering pepper. Quite good and robust.
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Red
2010 Unti Vineyards Petit Frère Dry Creek Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
2/7/2013 - Bradford Likes this wine:
89 points
THE RED WHALE Sonoma Tasting (The Red Whale): This had a cherry chapstick, strawberry and cinnamon nose that indicated grenache immediately. The palate is fairly straightforward, light on its feet and with delicate tannins. Quite nice, but a bit pricey at $23.
Red
2/7/2013 - Bradford Likes this wine:
90 points
THE RED WHALE Sonoma Tasting (The Red Whale): Bacon, savory black olive, blueberry, and an overall meatiness that everyone quite liked. Powerful, tight, dark and brooding. Quite a serious wine but somehow still fresh. This wine is good, but demanding.
Red
2010 Ridge Three Valleys Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
2/7/2013 - Bradford Likes this wine:
90 points
THE RED WHALE Sonoma Tasting (The Red Whale): Nose of confectioned red fruits...not quite jammy, but definitely red fruit with some sugar mixed in. Very fruity-driven, with nice, finely ground black pepper tannins. Good stuff--rustic, fresh and bracing--but just a bit pricey.
White
2/7/2013 - Bradford Likes this wine:
90 points
THE RED WHALE Sonoma Tasting (The Red Whale): Delicious. Honeysuckle and peach, maybe some lychee. Oily texture with nice acidity, bitter pit. Someone said "kiwi seed." Exactly. Great value at $14.
White
2/7/2013 - Bradford Likes this wine:
87 points
THE RED WHALE Sonoma Tasting (The Red Whale): Definitely some malo on the nose, baked pear, creamy, sur-lie yeastiness. Medium body and nice, crisp acidity. Lemon meringue pie. After a few hours, yeastiness turns into maltiness, almond...not totally pleasant. At $11, this wine admirably combines lushness and acidity. Good value.
Red
1/18/2013 - Bradford Likes this wine:
93 points
Drank at Camino in Oakland. Everyone loved this bottle. Quite savory--bloody, smoky, bacon--but with great freshness and a very pure blueberry component. The wine developed throughout the meal, with warmer spices emerging. Quite serious but very pleasant. Really wish I left some in the bottle and watched this develop over a few days. Just a stunning Syrah from Salinia.
Red
1/17/2013 - Bradford Likes this wine:
92 points
The Red Whale California Pinot Tasting (The Jackson Arms): My favorite wine of the tasting. Some found this nose a bit off-putting, but I loved it. Reminded me of a Loire Valley wine, with green pepper and fresh, crunchy tart berries. It tastes like a Cali wine, though, lovely fresh fruit accompanying the briary characteristics. Glad to see this kind of wine being made in these parts--and at $27. Bravo!
Red
1/17/2013 - Bradford Likes this wine:
90 points
The Red Whale California Pinot Tasting (The Jackson Arms): Very RRV nose of blood orange, christmas spice and dark cherry. Someone picked up cherry cola as well as a "dark room" smell (this blew off on day 2). Nice and lush. Once can tell this is well made but it needs some time to come together.
Red
1/17/2013 - Bradford wrote:
91 points
The Red Whale California Pinot Tasting (The Jackson Arms): Yum! Fresh raspberry and strawberry combine with leafiness on the nose. Showing good "lift." Everyone likes the nose on this. Very fresh in the mouth despite not bursting with acidity. Reminds me of a more modern-styled Bourgogne Rouge. Very bright and spicy rather than lush or velevty. Well-balanced and a great deal at $21.
Red
1/17/2013 - Bradford wrote:
88 points
The Red Whale California Pinot Tasting (The Jackson Arms): Quite powerful. Sweet strawberry and plum paired, tobacco. A bit goopy and brooding, reminding me of a 2007 CdR, but one feels that it just requires time. Tannins are a bit bitter--almost licorice-like. I liked this, but it's not overly pleasant. At $23, this is a lot of wine.
Red
1/17/2013 - Bradford Likes this wine:
89 points
The Red Whale California Pinot Tasting (The Jackson Arms): Everyone thought this was tart, but i thought it surprisingly lush, with sous-bois, raspberry jam and strawberry notes. Pretty clean, acid a bit muted. Overall quite lovely, but not quite worth the $30. At $25, maybe.
Red
10/22/2012 - Bradford wrote:
88 points
Got this for $7, which is insane QPR. Ripe, smooth, chocolate, blackberry, espresso. rich and pleasant. a "friendly" Cali wine.
White
8/1/2012 - Bradford wrote:
91 points
Pale gold, wonderful tropical aromas and a distinctive lemon curd note. Very elegant and well balanced...just the right amount of fat to round out the acidic fruit profile. Delicious Burgundy. (bought at legrand)
Red
8/1/2012 - Bradford wrote:
87 points
Excellent served right out of the fridge. Crunchy red fruits and just a hint of green from the Franc. Wish there was more of this kind of wine in the States. (Tasted at Le Garde Robe on l'arbre sec in Paris.)
Red
8/1/2012 - Bradford wrote:
93 points
Nice plump fruit, chocolate, with some earth and raw mushroom emerging. A very pure, luscious quality to the body. Very enjoyable with magret de canard aux girolles....
Red
12/24/2011 - Bradford wrote:
flawed
Second of two bottles bought direct from cellar: both spoiled. BS. Nice litte hint of crushed centipedes, urine and cola lurking somewhere in there.
Red
6/16/2011 - Bradford wrote:
90 points
Big, sweet Syrah, but still balanced and delicious. Big nose of vanilla and blue-black fruit, inky, little bit of asphalt (just after summer rain). Blueberry pie in the mouth, with impressive, sweet tannins that sustain the fruit quite nicely. Totally Cali but really nice. Went really well with rack of lamb, and steak for lunch the next day. Give it some time or decant a couple hours.
White
5/26/2011 - Bradford wrote:
85 points
The nose promised a very floral, delicate play between peach, apple and orange flower. Unfortunately, it came across sweet and grapey, with a bit of stewed tomato--lacks body and acidity. I still found it charming, kinda dorky, but not overly pleasurable.
Red
5/26/2011 - Bradford wrote:
88 points
Very enjoyable, but hard to pin down: oscillated between classic and fake fruit. Rich cocoa and blackberry, jammy but not cloying, creamy but classic profile. I think I like this.
White - Sparkling
5/26/2011 - Bradford wrote:
90 points
Yeast, apricot, almond, lemon. Nice long finish. Somehow austere. Great with food.
White
5/26/2011 - Bradford wrote:
86 points
Solid. Lemon dominates, tart apple. Mouth-puckering.
Red
5/26/2011 - Bradford wrote:
88 points
Animal blood, red fruits and provençal herbs. medium body, good acidity. Solid QPR.
White - Sparkling
5/26/2011 - Bradford wrote:
90 points
I'm always stunned by this sparkler. Very fine mousse. White flower, apple and pear on the nose. Mid-palate and finish is always characterized by luscious valencia orange. Crisp. My go-to sub-$20 sparkler.
Red
5/3/2011 - Bradford wrote:
92 points
This wine rocks. Feral, juicy, zingy, fruity all at once. Rustic elegance.
Red
5/3/2011 - Bradford wrote:
83 points
By no means offensive, and food-ready. At this price, hard to complain.
White - Sparkling
5/3/2011 - Bradford wrote:
91 points
the best sub-$40 champagne? citrus and yeast nose...beautifully textured, baked apple, nuts, doughy. Long finish. Knocks the pants off Veuve and M&C.
Red
2009 Altovinum Evodia Calatayud Garnacha, Grenache (view label images)
5/3/2011 - Bradford wrote:
87 points
Undeniably solid grenache. Big, little bit sweet, cherry notes. crowd pleaser.
Red
5/3/2011 - Bradford wrote:
86 points
Hmmm. I usually love this wine, but it didn't show so well this afternoon. Nose of dark fruits and faint stink. Palate is somewhat monolithic, candied cherries mixed with licorice. Lacking acidic kick. One word: flabby.
White - Sparkling
5/3/2011 - Bradford wrote:
91 points
Killer petillant. Intriguingly pungent nose of honey, funk, and apricot reduction. Very clean entry, great texture. Apple and pear. Great stuff.
Red
2004 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/31/2011 - Bradford wrote:
92 points
Dark, graphite, tobacco and black cherry nose. Super smooth wine within an austere framework. Cranberry, cassis and mint palate, with minerality that is like finely ground charcoal. The definition of robust but integrated tannins. Delicious and young--let it rest or decant 2hrs+
White - Off-dry
1/30/2011 - Bradford wrote:
91 points
No mistaking the rubber tire and petrol on the nose, which combines fleshy white peach, white flower, touch of honey. Sweet, opulent entry, oily texture. Rocky mid-palate, meyer lemon (the acidity explodes rather than streaks), nice generous finish. Tasty, almost hedonistic. Perfect with spicy Caribbean food.
White - Off-dry
1/28/2011 - Bradford wrote:
90 points
Very lively acidity, crisp white peach and pineapple meets wet slate. very clean, short finish. Lovely. 9.99 for half bottle? More please.
White - Off-dry
1/22/2011 - Bradford wrote:
92 points
Delicious and young, still light and spirited. Lemon, petrol, orange flower nose. Light but plush mouth feel, good acidity and balace overall. Intriguing musty mushroom and earth governs transition from mid-palate to finish. Oxidized nuttiness develops with air and warmth. Very enjoyable.
Red
1/15/2011 - Bradford wrote:
86 points
Quite primary, tannic, disjointed. Settled down a bit with time. Reminds me of a sub $10 Languedoc. Purple, Grape Big League Chew, mineral, black pepper. I'm not sure this was drinking at its best.
Red
1/15/2011 - Bradford wrote:
91 points
Tight, dark nose, leather and animal fur. Sweet, soy core. Rich raspberry. Bit earthy. Delicious and intense CdR, perfectly put together, a great value.
Red
12/22/2010 - Bradford wrote:
84 points
7.50 euros. Cherry and menthol.
Red
12/22/2010 - Bradford wrote:
88 points
Stinky, fruity, spicy. Hit the spot.
White
12/22/2010 - Bradford wrote:
87 points
5.50 euros. Summer garden in a bottle. Perfect.
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