Tasting Notes for lifeattable

(927 notes on 834 wines)

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2009 Buty Rediviva of the Stones Walla Walla Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
3/16/2019 - lifeattable wrote:
88 points
Some positives here, if nothing too exciting. More aged oak than funk. Cab dominitaing a bit more than I’d like it to. And a HUGE amount of sediment... if you have some still, be sure to stand it up for a few days and decant.
Red
3/9/2019 - lifeattable wrote:
87 points
It’s interesting, this and the Cornas from the same vintage both came into the PA sale program a few years ago. The Cornas was so good, but this seemed tight, as if it needed more time. With more time, today... I still didn’t love it. Drinkable, but just not quite right.
Red
2/23/2019 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
93 points
OTBN 2019. Decanted and started drinking immediately. Evolved quite interestingly over the course of several hours. Started tight, then earth and savory notes came out (the best phase), then finally a more fruity, ripe expression. Overall very enjoyable.
Red
2011 Château de Belcier Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/24/2019 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
88 points
Wasn’t sure about this one since I didn’t love the bottle I had a few years ago. Still a bit too sweet, but some decent savory development and reasonably firm tannin. Not bad at all. Recommend decanting for sediment.
Red
Found in the back of the wine fridge... past its prime, but still offers some interesting savory notes.
Red
2013 Rôtie Cellars Northern Blend Walla Walla Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
Hard to say here, as there was not an obvious bottling or storage flaw, yet the wine was awful. Hot, overripe, completely out of balance. Based on other comments, perhaps just a bad bottle. Either that or y’all are crazy. ;)
Red
1/26/2019 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
86 points
Nice buy for $8.99 in PA. Decent balance, simple sipper for pizza and pasta. Negatives include a hint of cake batter and an oddly bitter finish, but at this price these are minor concerns.
White
1/5/2019 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
88 points
A more mineral-styled Greco; would have liked a bit more fleshiness for this varietal, but overall a tasty wine. At $18 (in PA) I am not inclined to buy a lot of this, but I'd gladly drink it again.
Red
1/5/2019 - lifeattable wrote:
91 points
Flirted with greatness, but at times also felt unbalanced. Good not great. Better with more air.
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Red
Solid all around Asti Barbera. No notes.
Red
12/25/2018 - lifeattable wrote:
87 points
Fine if uneventful. There's a tartness on the finish that I am not sure about. Acid is good but this one was a little weird.
Red
2015 Tenuta di Renieri Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
12/25/2018 - lifeattable Does not like this wine:
82 points
Far too much oak on this modern-styled wine. Harsh and rough, fruit struggles to come through. Maybe with some time it will integrate but for now its a big pass.
White
12/24/2018 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
91 points
A typical, well-made Alto Adige PB. Herbal, citrus, mineral. Softened a bit by the oak aging, but still with plenty of acid for food. Quaffable yet complex.
Red
12/15/2018 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
91 points
Very nice Lagrein. Lots of floral, fruity notes, plus a hint of chocolate. No reason to cellar - delicious now.
White
12/5/2018 - lifeattable wrote:
89 points
Great acid, strong mineral notes. I did not pair this well (Chinese takeout) but it is well made
Red
12/5/2018 - lifeattable wrote:
88 points
Decent Conero. Nice mix of savory and fruit. Better with food.
Red - Sparkling
11/23/2018 - lifeattable wrote:
86 points
Fun, easygoing wine. Good for pizza night. For $21, QPR isn’t really there.
Red
11/22/2018 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
92 points
Fantastic wine. So much complexity, yet fully in balance.
Red
11/18/2018 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
91 points
Really nice wine... lovely mix of savory, earthy flavor with dark fruits. Hugely floral, violet notes. Great acid. Lots of complexity. Would buy again at $19.
Red
11/17/2018 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
90 points
Surprisingly complex. Lots of earthy notes alongside sweet cherry. Lots of v a on p&p, but that blew off with some time. Still the nose was mostly muted. Anyway, overall quite nice.
Red
10/28/2018 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
89 points
Solid overall Lagrein. (There's an amazing consistency with this grape from this region, which definitely cannot be said about everything.) Not a wine anyone needs to rush out and buy, but if you do, know it'll be good.
Red
10/27/2018 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
92 points
Outstanding stuff, though somewhat odd and unique - so perhaps not for everyone. Intensely wild mountain violets lead the way, with an undercurrent of dusty earth. Wild berries (blue?) through the mid, with a lingering finish. I need to find more of this!
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White
10/27/2018 - lifeattable wrote:
just ok for me... nice acid, but a little too much of that medicinal, herbal thing that Albana often features.
Red
Total oak bomb. If that integrates I guess this could be ok, but I wouldn't get my hopes up.
Red
Big, needs a little time. Should be nice though. Kirsch, herbal notes.
Red
10/27/2018 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
90 points
spicy, earthy, good fruit, acid, really nice overall. drink now.
White
10/26/2018 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
92 points
This is just fantastic. Buy it.
White
10/26/2018 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
91 points
Nicely balanced, fresh Soave. Awesome finish.
Red
10/26/2018 - lifeattable wrote:
An odd, wild and wacky wine. Tasting blind I assumed it was some sort of Ripasso, with the strong raisiny notes. Anyway it was fun to try but not something I would probably drink on the regular.
Red
10/26/2018 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
95 points
Wow. Outstanding aged Barolo, with everything one would hope for. I might've rated it even higher if I had more than a few sips.
Red
10/26/2018 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
92 points
One might think this is too young, but actually it's drinking quite nicely, especially with food to match. Nicely balanced even with Sagrantino tannins. Highly recommended.
Red
10/20/2018 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
91 points
Enjoyed this. Lots of complexity, especially on the nose. Cherry and red berries intermixed with earth, leathery hints. Fruit a little darker on the palate: plum, blueberry. Ripe without being too overripe. One drawback was a little too much caramel from the oak. Still a great way to try a new grape.
Red
2016 Il Colombaio de Cencio Chianti Classico Contessa Ava Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
10/19/2018 - lifeattable Does not like this wine:
79 points
Overripe, which is obviously disappointing in a Chianti. Almost tastes like a passito. Blech. Btw this is a Chianti not a Classico.
White
9/12/2018 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
89 points
Almonds, smoke, candied lemon peel, herbs. Rich and full-flavored but also so damn drinkable. Delicious! Chuggable!
White
7/3/2018 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
90 points
Definitely a little too early to be drinking this one - it was quite good but seems like it will improve with some time in bottle. Smoke, almonds, herbs, melon, papaya; fleshy, rich, honeyed, but still with nice acidity. chalky finish, med acid, just enough to extend and refresh, which is impressive considering "Lucifer" and 2017.
Red
6/17/2018 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
94 points
“This wine is so #$&@ing good!” ~ my wife. Well put. In a great place, with tons of complexity. Great. (Interestingly, *much* better than a bottle I had a few months ago.)
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Red
4/25/2018 - lifeattable wrote:
87 points
Nice bright red fruit, but too much of a green note that put this out of balance. At $25-ish, it’s a pass.
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Red
2013 Cafaggio Chianti Classico Basilica Cafaggio Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
3/23/2018 - lifeattable wrote:
86 points
Didn’t do much for me... not sure exactly why, but it just offered little of interest. Fine but not a rebuy.
Red
3/21/2018 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
89 points
Great cellar defender for $10. Med-full. Nice balance between rich fruit / cocoa notes and stony minerality.
Red
3/21/2018 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
91 points
My first Crovino. Odd, yes, but definitely complex and interesting. Fresh, herbal, floral, mineral, earthy, chocolatey, and more. Very fun to try. If I had to compare it to something I would go with either lacrima di Morro or lagrein.
Red
3/10/2018 - lifeattable wrote:
87 points
Flavorful and complex, but overripe. Disappointing.
Red
Something off about this one: underripe green, off-puttingly floral like perfume. Wouldn't buy again.
Red
3/9/2018 - lifeattable wrote:
87 points
Solid sangio - as one would expect from cerro - though not particularly memorable.
Red
3/9/2018 - lifeattable wrote:
85 points
Decent flavor but lacks acid. Just ok.
White
2/24/2018 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
94 points
Started tight and petroly, but once it opened it was outstanding. So Complex. Citrus, honey, nuts, minerals. Long finish. Whoa. I did not decant but wish I had. 30-60 ought to do it.
Red
2/16/2018 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
90 points
Solid stuff, decent savory development. Not sure about the qpr, but I liked it anyway.
Red
1/1/2018 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
92 points
Drinking very nicely - decant about an hour for best results.
Red
12/31/2017 - lifeattable wrote:
80 points
Definitely has some of that under-ripe east coast flavor, but certainly drinkable, especially out of juice glasses in a hotel room.
Red
12/28/2017 - lifeattable Likes this wine:
88 points
Easy going, enjoyable. Nice mix of fruit and tannin.
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