Tasting Notes for lifeattable

(996 notes on 899 wines)

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Red
Not really all that comparable to Barbera from piedmont, but still quite tasty. Lots of oak influence currently (though not obnoxiously so), so I’d like to see it again in a few years.
Red
Lovely perfume, clean and fresh. Reminds me of Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo. A touch less ripe might be nice, but still very enjoyable.
Red
Light, almost rose-like. Clean, nicely balanced. I might've liked it even more if I didn't know it was Nebbiolo. (Its good in its own right but not really like any Italian Neb.)
Rosé
Lovely floral and fruit notes, huge acid and present tannin. A slight hint of green. Very nice.
Red
10/19/2019 - lifeattable wrote:
84 points
I’m typically a brett fan, but this one is a bit over the top. Huge band aid notes, which I’m afraid mute the fruit potential. Drinkable but that’s about it.
Red
10/18/2019 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
89 points
Crazy VA upon open, needed a few hours to come around. After that was good for a few days. Sour cherry, tasty.
Red
10/12/2019 - lifeattable Does not like this wine:
82 points
Not particularly good... A stemmy note gets in the way of the fruit. A little better day 2.
Red
10/2/2019 - lifeattable wrote:
84 points
We popped and poured this... and pushed it away after a few sips. Was completely undrinkable. But when I was cleaning up later that night I took a whiff on a lark and it seemed less offensive. I cautiously tasted... and it wasn't bad at all! Def some of that hybrid funk and grape flavor, but the pinot also comes through and there is loads of acid.
White
9/27/2019 - lifeattable wrote:
88 points
Solid example of the style... not the best, but reliable.
White
9/27/2019 - lifeattable wrote:
87 points
Ok, not great. Resinous, herbal notes typical of the variety. Some fleshiness at the start, though it trails off at the end. Better on the 2nd day, interestingly.
White
9/27/2019 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
92 points
Awesome fruit features peach, apricot, Granny Smith and pleasantly bitter citrus. Hint of petrol. Lovely fresh acidity on a long, mouthwatering finish. Fantastic stuff. #acidhound
Red
9/21/2019 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
91 points
WAID Noble Italian Reds (What Am I Drinking?! Bryn Mawr, PA): Coravin over the summer for a glass, then p&p now. This is drinking quite nicely - though there is some tannic bite, the fruit and tannin are well integrated. Unless the argon affected this in some way, I'd say this one is for drinking over the next year or two.
Red
9/21/2019 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
91 points
WAID Noble Italian Reds (What Am I Drinking?! Bryn Mawr, PA): Lovely wine... showcases the Nebbiolo charm in an elegant, delicious and approachable way.
Red
9/21/2019 - lifeattable wrote:
88 points
WAID Noble Italian Reds (What Am I Drinking?! Bryn Mawr, PA): Nothing exciting, but decent. Would give this one a little time to let the oak integrate more.
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Red
9/21/2019 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
92 points
WAID Noble Italian Reds (What Am I Drinking?! Bryn Mawr, PA): Though certainly a bit too early, still drinking nicely. Good fruit, tannins already well integrated. Nice.
Red
9/21/2019 - lifeattable wrote:
85 points
WAID Noble Italian Reds (What Am I Drinking?! Bryn Mawr, PA): Disappointing, as I expect great things from Avignonesi. A stemmy, green note dominates. Improves a bit with air but not enough.
Red
9/22/2019 - lifeattable wrote:
87 points
A bit overripe for my taste, but otherwise decent. Save for winter.
Red
9/21/2019 - lifeattable wrote:
87 points
WAID Noble Italian Reds (What Am I Drinking?! Bryn Mawr, PA): Medicinal, huge anise note, cherry, earth. A little disjointed but not without some charm.
White
9/2/2019 - lifeattable wrote:
85 points
Day 1: marred by a dirty rubber undercurrent, which overwhelms the otherwise explosive fruit. Flattens the finish too. Blech. 81
Day 2: Bad stuff has blown off, along with some of the fruit. Still, quite refreshing and nice. Enjoyable. 88
Highly recommend decanting for a couple of hours, based on the above results.
Red
2013 Cafaggio Chianti Classico Basilica Cafaggio Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
8/18/2019 - lifeattable wrote:
85 points
Second time, same experience: nothing special here. A bit overripe. Not a disaster at $13 but otherwise a pass.
White
8/16/2019 - lifeattable wrote:
85 points
Drinkable, but kinda bland, with maybe a touch of overripe fruit. At $21, a pass.
White
8/14/2019 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
91 points
Lovely Riesling. Petroly on the nose, lots of green apple. Marked halbtrocken, but 12.5 and only slightly sweet. Plenty of acid on the tart, crisp finish. Good buy on sale for $19.
Rosé
8/11/2019 - lifeattable wrote:
87 points
This was given to me, and I assumed that, based on the word “Bolla” on the label, it would be crap. But it is actually quite decent. Typical Chiaretto aromas and flavors. I wouldn’t rush out to buy it, but in a pinch it’ll certainly do.
White
8/11/2019 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
94 points
Man this wine is good. Such a complex mix of fruity, savory and mineral. Evolving. Wonderful acid. Worth every penny of the $35 it costs. Would love to follow some over time, but I’m not sure I can wait. (1000th CT review!)
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White
8/9/2019 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
88 points
I think this may be a special bottling just for Wegmans because it is not even listed on the winery website. Regardless, it is by far (by far!) the best QPR wine I have ever tasted from Pennsylvania. Fresh, fruity, delicious. Case worthy at $9.99.
White
8/9/2019 - lifeattable wrote:
86 points
Eh. Not without interesting aspects, but rather pedestrian in sum. A bit light for a Greco too.
White
8/7/2019 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
92 points
Lovely stuff, even coming from a guy who only occasionally likes Gewurz. Typical aromas, though not overwhelmingly so, plus nice acidity and a pleasantly bitter finish.
Rosé
8/4/2019 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
92 points
Man this stuff is DANGEROUS. Fresh, delicious, so easy to drink, but with great acid and minerality. Just lovely.
Rosé
2018 Malene Wines Rosé Santa Barbara County Rosé Blend (view label images)
8/4/2019 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
90 points
First bottle was too soapy, but the second seemed more balanced, and was thus quite enjoyable.
Rosé
7/31/2019 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
89 points
Solid, straightforward Chiaretto. Wasn’t paying a lot of attention but it was nice.
Red
7/27/2019 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
90 points
WAID Italian Summer Reds: Big cherry, mineral notes, but remains light on its feet. Good stuff.
Red
7/27/2019 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
90 points
WAID Italian Summer Reds: A unique one... starts light and fresh, finishes with sneaky tannin. Good savory notes too. Nice example of the variety.
Red - Sparkling
7/27/2019 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
91 points
WAID Italian Summer Reds: Things I love about this: the impossibly deep color, the not too fizzy effervescence, the bone dry finish. Lovely example of what Lambrusco can be.
Red
2017 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
7/27/2019 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
91 points
WAID Italian Summer Reds: Perhaps a little bolder than earlier vintages (Lucifer and all), but still a beauty. Lovely balance, fresh and complex.
Red
7/27/2019 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
90 points
WAID Italian Summer Reds: Classic, varietally correct pinot noir. Cherry, cola, earth. A beauty and a nice value.
White
7/21/2019 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
93 points
This wine is so good. Tropical fruit, huge mineral finish, great acid. The absolute perfect choice to change someone’s mind about what Grigio can be.
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Red
3rd bottle of 3. I guess I just don’t like ripasso wines, because this does nothing for me.
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Red
7/11/2019 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
92 points
My last bottle and by far the best... Still so rich in color, with minimal to no bricking at the edges. Nose featured caramel, tobacco and earth. There was quite a bit of new oak on this -- which made it borderline undrinkable 10 years ago, but is well integrated now. Still, some of that wildflower note synonymous with Lagrein showed through on the palate. Good stuff all around. and I think it will continue to hold/improve for at least the next few years.
Rosé
2018 Malene Wines Rosé Santa Barbara County Rosé Blend (view label images)
Though it never seemed flawed, there was something off about this for me. To some extent it is one of these roses that tastes more like a Bath & Body Works product than a wine, and that throws it all off balance. Plenty will likely enjoy it, but it was not for me.
Red
overripe, stewed fruit with not enough acid. a pass.
Red
Slow Wine NYC 2019: Very interesting wine made with Sanforte, or "Sangiovese Forte," - the debate rages on whether this is a subtype of Sangio or a different grape all together. There are similarities, though this has a spicier character. Not sure I'd pay $50 for it, but it is fun to try.
Red
3/11/2019 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
91 points
Slow Wine NYC 2019: Bright, fresh, easygoing, fun. A perfect warm weather red, or for pizza pasta etc. Sneakily complex too. 100% Ciliegiolo! One of only 22 producers (or something like that). Lovely.
Red
2017 Gulfi Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG Red Blend (view label images)
Slow Wine NYC 2019: Lovely blend of the two grapes; perfectly balanced. Beautiful.
Red
2016 I Custodi Etna Pistus Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
Slow Wine NYC 2019: Light in color and style, but still quite complex. Get the Pinot Noir references here for sure - cherries, dirt, acid. Nice.
Red
2012 I Custodi Etna Ætneus Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
Slow Wine NYC 2019: Serious Etna here - that cherry, dirt etc, but in a richer, fuller package. Great.
Red
Slow Wine NYC 2019: a dry Freisa... very interesting. rich deep cherry fruit, some notes of oak. nice.
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