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Tasting Notes for Sweet_Berry_Wine!!

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Red
2008 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/22/2012 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
95 points
Wow is all I can say. Incredible nose of laser-focused black cherry and currant fruit with strong overtones of roasted coffee and mocha. Strong earth component is found on the palate, but is beautifully balanced by some of the brightest, purest fruit I've expereinced in a Bordeaux in a while. Tannins soft and acidity right where it needs to be.
Red
2003 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/14/2012 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
94 points
Wow, impressive. Will evolve and improve for years to come. Outstanding.
Red
2/14/2012 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
90 points
Definitely more modern in style and oak-dominant than most Rioja at this price, but for the price this is a door-buster deal. Never disappointing.
White
2/14/2012 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
90 points
Lots and lots of diesel dominates the bouquet. Once you get past the gasoline, you get honeyed fruit, canteloupe, tamarind, nectarine, and a grapey note I cannot describe. The palate is full, rich and full of crisp apple and pear flavor characteristics. Excellent breadth and depth, paints broad swaths across the palate as layers upon layers of fruit, honey and nut flavors build. The acidity is mild, but still holding the wine together at this point and the wine should age another 5+ years in the bottle.
Red
2/12/2012 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
92 points
The nose opens with roses, cherries, allspice, dried rosemary and tobacco. The palate is full and well endowed but the fruit remains pure and vibrant, excellent vinous finish of dried fruit and licorice with some vanillin wood notes. Well texture, elegant and pure, this is an outstanding wine and one of the absolute best values in all the wine world.
Red
2/12/2012 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
90 points
Densley packed, well but not overly oak and great balance between savory and sweet black and blue fruit characteristics. Makes no apologies for being a modern wine, but this has depth and charm. Excellent.
Red
2007 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend (view label images)
2/12/2012 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
84 points
Vanillin oak bomb with some floral notes and a licorice character. In the typical Antinori tradition of late, this wine is too cleaned up and modernized to inspire any interest. Bland.
Red
2006 Antinori Solaia Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend (view label images)
2/12/2012 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
86 points
Sweet red fruit on the nose, hollow mid-palate and rough-hewn wood tannins that need time to integrate. Completely modern in style and cleaned up in an attempt to make a supple, "sexy" wine and in that regard is a success, but this lacks depth and is completely devoid of character, in fact one would not guess Cabernet dominated Supertuscan. Definitely has the tannins to age, but lacks quality of fruit to do so and so I suspect it will dry out rather than improve.
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White
2/12/2012 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
92 points
At this stage this wine is still showing incredibly youthful and brilliant aromatics, Apricot, nectarine and honeydew. Nose shows some honeyed yeasty and mineral characteristics with time. On the palate, the wine is rich and broad with tongue searing acidity and crackling mineral vibrancy. Still way young, and it shows tons of potential for future development. I wish I had more to try years from now.
Red
2/8/2012 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
85 points
Overall a relatively well made Oregon Pinot, but poor QPR and somewhat manipulated and forced in character and style. Too much black, almost blue fruit makes me wonder if this is 100% PN, tannins are still a little astringent and stemmy and acidity disapears behind the glycerine textured fruit and warming alcohol.
White
2/8/2012 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
90 points
Exlposive apricot, quince and pear on the nose of this wine with a slight mineraly slate frame holding it up. Great, rounded but elegant mid-palate with medium acidity. Still lively as the day it was bottled, just wish the acids were more vibrant and bracing rather than just faintly supporting.
Red
2005 Aurelius St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/8/2012 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
88 points
A quite dark and concentrated St. Emilion with typical rustic mineral qualities on the nose. Soy sauce, tomato and dried red fruit with forest floor and leathery underpinnings. Medium bodied and well structured but it seems to be shutting down. I'm iffy on wether or not this carries the requisite fruit to come back as a softened, elegant and still vibrant wine, but there is potential.
Red
2/8/2012 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
60 points
Smells like raspberry jolly ranchers soaked in cherry robitussin and nail polish remover. Would suspect that the ethyl acetate was a flaw, but judging by my previous experience with OS wines and their unapolagetically overblown alcohol levels, this is just more poor winemaking. This wine hits the palate with a load of cloying glycerine then hollows out into a disjointed, alcoholic mid-palate and an overly tannic finish that dries out the palate and leaves you feeling as though you've just licked a plank of burnt cedar. Tannins seem forced and artificially procured, and no amount of time in the bottle will help this astoundingly unbalanced wine come together or improve. This wine is an abortion.
White - Sparkling
2008 Naveran Dama Cava Macabeo-Xarello-Parellada Blend (view label images)
9/15/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
90 points
Loads of peach, honeysuckle and spring flowers on the expressive nose as this wine sings in the glass. The aromatics don't just rise from the glass, they leap from it, and it is fascinating. The wine has a full mid-palate with ripe apple, lemon and gooseberry taking the fore. The finish is rich, complex and long. This is some dynamite stuff.
White - Sparkling
9/15/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
88 points
excellent bottle of bubbly for the price. Nice nose of lemon peel and vanilla with a soft, background floral tone. The bubbles are smaller and more persistent than you'd expect from a sparkler at this price, very good. The palate is feminine and luscious with good apple and pear notes but not much else going on. Good medium body with a creamy, elegant texture. I will be looking forward to more of this, sparkling wines of this quality for under $20 are damn near impossible to find.
Red
9/10/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
86 points
Incredibly ripe, extracted, and intense. Screaming high alcohol levels. Blackberry liqueur and dried figs with an almost chewy texture. Tannins are more subtle and resolved than expected. An intriguing concept, but this wine just comes across as a very modernly styled one-D fruit, bomb. Delicious as it may be, it's all style, no substance.
Red
9/9/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
88 points
A well made, classically styled merlot. Rusticity and refinement at once recall the style of first-rate Southern Rhone wines. Plenty of brett and VA, but fruit density and long finish is there. A study in good Italian merlot.
White
9/9/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
85 points
It's easy to see that this wine was once glorious, but it's faded a little past its prime. A shame really. Score reflects tasting at 12 years of age.
Red
9/2/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
86 points
A little light and simple, lots of brett and good cooked red fruit tones. This is hitting its peak right now as it's showing some subtle oxidized fruit notes and is already fading on the palate somewhat. Good everyday Burg if it were $10 cheaper, but it fails to impress like other Rapet offerings have in the past.
Red
9/1/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
92 points
Outstanding nose on this wine, the red fruit (almost candied, but more macerated than artificial...if that makes a lick of sense) and spices are intoxicating. The wine shows a nice full body and velvety character, rounds out the mid-palate nicely and leads into a well integrated and clearly defined finish.
Red
9/1/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
89 points
Excellent bargain Burgundy (read; rare) as this wine show lots of soft red fruit with strawberry at the fore and little to no perceptible tannins. Acidity is just right. The wine is fairly simple, but what it lacks in complexity and character it more than makes up for in charm and drinkability.
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Red
9/1/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
94 points
An effectively very traditional take on Rioja that oozes personality and class. This wine glides across the palate like mercury with precision and focus. Aromatically very interesting with crushed red fruit, tea leaf, old leather, cola, and spices with a backdrop of sage and earthy mushroom tones. The wine has a Burgundian sensibility although a bit more savory and the finish goes on and on and fades into tasty roasted coffee and balsamic notes. One of the best recent offerings from Rioja and as I see it, a seering reactionary critique on the modernly styled, monolithic beasts that more and more producers are starting to release in this time-tested region. Hopefully this is the antidote to the current trends, I will be looking forward to future Valbuena releases as this one is drinking fantastically now and will improve for 10-12 years at the very least.
Red
8/10/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
88 points
Excellent fruit and soft texture. Moderate depth and concentration with some aging potential here, but not much. Has the acidity to back food up, but can be drunk as a "cocktail" wine as well, sans food.
Red
8/8/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
84 points
Cherries, kirsch and a little vanillin oak on the nose. Medium bodied with classic Cali Cab flavors; black currant, spices, licorice. Moderate/high acidity gives it some lift, but this wine lacks natural concentration and is somewhat one dimensional. Good, but this is pretty standard stuff.
White - Off-dry
8/5/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
88 points
The nose shows lots of petrol, pear and peach aromatics. Palate is rife with green apple and lemon tart. Creamy texture, very light on its feet. Refreshing and delicious. Not meant for too much aging, drink this with some spicy Vietnamese, Japanese or Thai and enjoy.
Red
8/5/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
93 points
Gorgeous wine. At this stage in its development it is showing a flashy and flamboyant bouquet of black currant, ripe blackberries, espresso, baking spices like cinnamon and coriander and touches of leather. This wine enters the palate with gusto, big black cherries and cassis with a layered texture that showcases the fruit and is framed well by secondary and tertiary flavors of mocha and roasted coffee. Firm tannins and a prominent, but not overwhelming acidity ensure that this bad boy will lay down and continue to improve for 5-6 years and drink well another half decade after that. Long, savory finish that begs for another taste. This wine is not shy and it transcends the vintage with fierce character and personality. This is one to stockpile for short-medium term drinking. Bravo!
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Red
8/5/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
87 points
Fairly good introduction to Pauillac. Good fruit (cassis, black cherry), moderate structure with not much aging potential. Pleasant wine for the price.
White
8/5/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
89 points
loads of apple pie, butter, tamarind paste, lemon, pineapple and charred oak on the nose that develops into a more vanilla and smoke tinted aromatic profile with some time. Palate is full, but gentle, not a sloppy, lazy mouthfeel and not overly extracted or oaked. Very good wine, but I'm afraid it's difficult to justify the price.
Red
8/5/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
85 points
Well made, though modern interpretation of a Rioja. Lots of ripe red fruit and spices, high acidity, lean body.
White
8/5/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
90 points
Very aromatic nose of guava paste and melon with secondary and tertiary notes of green pepper and tarragon. Medium bodied with moderate acidity and a creamy, mouthfilling texture that mellows as it finishes with apple and citrus notes. Excellent value.
Red
7/31/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
87 points
Overall, a very mediocre Barolo, but you can't beat the asking price.
Red
7/31/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
85 points
A bit tannic and hot on the finish. Good fruit, but not much going on. Lots of artificial tasting and smelling oak.
Red
7/31/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
89 points
One-D fruit bomb, but dense and delicious. Blackberries, melted chocolate and spices.
Red
7/31/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
90 points
Excellent depth for a second label. Mirrors the flavor profile of the grand vin, just lacking the persistence, tannic backbone and aging potential. Great bargain.
Red
2005 Vieux Château Palon Montagne-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/31/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
90 points
Excellent quality for the price of this lesser known producer. Great raspberry and tobacco leaf aromatics. Palate is big and backward right now with rustic tannins. Flavors hint at sweet pipe tobacco, chalky mineral, damp earth and plum. This probably needs some time. Very good example of a classic St. Emilion, if there is any such thing anymore.
Red
2004 Château Haut-Colombier Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/31/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
83 points
Dull, fruit seems dim. Probably already passed it's prime.
Red
7/31/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
88 points
Excellent bottle for the price. Medium bodied, classic wine with a good balance of fruit and acid. Low tannins, excellent QPR.
Red
2005 Château Grand-Pontet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/31/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
91 points
Big, powerful aromatics of tar, smoke, earth, tea leaf, dried red fruit and fig. Very savory wine with an extracted texture but sweetish, rounded tannins. Acid seems low, but may just be being obscured by the high extract and alcohol. Lots of mineral and crushed rocks on the long finish. Good aging potential. Give this one the full ten years, pop it open 2015 and you will be happily rewarded.
Red
2004 Château Giscours Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/29/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
92 points
A very impressive bottle for the average asking price. This is a medium bodied wine with muscular tannins for the vintage. Lots of stuffing on the mid-palate and good length on the finish, the wine still appears to be a little tight and young upon opening. The nose is a little oaky with touches of spice and vanilla prominently framing sweet, ripe blackberry and cherry liqueur, followed by scents of graphite, sweet pipe tobacco, and spring flowers. There is a multi-dimensional feel to the aromatics at play here, showcasing both sweet and savory tones in a subdued, not exactly flashy or exuberant way. In other words, a classic Margaux. I love the personality of this wine, of which it has loads. Seriously undervalued wine in a very undervalued vintage.
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White
7/26/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
88 points
Rich and full bodied Pinot Gris with a full-blown apple and melon nose with secondary and slightly oxidized characteristics. A bit low on the acid, finish feels a bit lazy but the concentration is there and secondary notes that show maturity and evolution are interesting.
White
7/26/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
92 points
Very rich, velvety and ripe wine upon opening. Seemed a little one-dimensional the first day. Wine improved immensely by the second day, becoming more crisp and evolved with secondary floral and sweet vanilla characteristics. Finish was honeyed and mineral at once, very balanced acidity. A bit young, but will drink. Will reward 4-5 years of lying down.
White
7/20/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
89 points
Excellent nose of stone fruit, pear, and tamarind nectar. The nose is reticent of a dry riesling with more earthy tones. Great mouthfeel with balanced acids and a warm, nutty, peachy finish. Lots of stuffing, minerality and complexity for the price. Definitely worth the dough.
Red
7/11/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
79 points
Very uninteresting wine. This vintage seems a little more high toned, but still thin and one dimensional as before. Fake, candied fruit on the nose, not much on the palate. Finish is non-existent. Score reflects price/quality disparity.
Red
2003 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/9/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
95 points
Second bottle as of late and this one seems to be performing even better than the last. Amazing depth and complexity. Notes same as previous except the wine seems to have put on some weight.
White
7/9/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
91 points
Very attractive nose of pear, apples, honey and cream. Fairly light-footed on the palate with incredible purity. Great, long-lasting finish with a toasty oak aspect and a good mineral touch.
White
7/9/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
79 points
I still have major problems with this producer and particularly this wine. One-D, crazy vanilla-laden oak, lots of malo. Dull fruit, uninspired wine.
Red
7/9/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
84 points
bright, clear and varietally correct. Off-dry. About all you can ask for and a little more from a wine at this price.
White
7/9/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
82 points
Agree with previous tasters. Lots of citrus, apple and some oak. One-dimensional stuff here.
Red
7/8/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
80 points
somewhat disjointed and I don't know if the tannins will resolve before the fruit dulls out. Alcohol is hot.
White
7/8/2011 - Sweet_Berry_Wine!! wrote:
90 points
An outstanding value in an already impressive category of Spanish Albarino. This wine has very ripe and expressive aromas of pear, pineapple, starfruit as well as crushed-minerally rock and white flowers. On the palate the wine is broad and round with sweet and tropical fruit notes that mirror the nose. Good ripe texture with just enough of an acidic zing on the finish to keep it from becoming boring.
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