Tasting Notes for Michael Davis

(331 notes on 297 wines)

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Red
1/13/2019 - Michael Davis Likes this wine:
96 points
An impeccable food wine. The first of my six bottles and I can’t wait to dig into more. Drinks like great burgundy with a hint of rusticity. Delicate, and complex on the palate. Like drinking great perfume.
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Red
12/1/2018 - Michael Davis Likes this wine:
93 points
Punching way about it's weight right now. Still has plenty of fruit and tannins, could go another 5 years easy. This is acting like a Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Wonderful cherry kirsch and tar on the palate. A bit of barnyard on the nose but nothing too funky. Just a great Southern Rhone.
Red
Decanted for 4 hours. This wine really stepped up tonight. Tart red fruit and wonderful earthy qualities raised everyone's eyebrows at the table. It was the wine of the night among a 92 Château Haut Marbuzet and an '06 Daniel Bocquenet Vosne-Romanée.
Red
1992 Château Haut-Marbuzet St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Very vegetal on the nose but not in a bad way. Smelled of a fresh spring salad, and green bell pepper with interesting undercurrents of soy sauce and smoked anchovy. The palate showed good acidity and fair amount of fruit under predominantly earthy savory tones. A very nice food wine that paired very well with beef tenderloin and pureed celery root. Time to drink up. Nice now but not getting any better.
Red
A tense, well structured Pinot that needs a lot more time to come together. Right now it lacks the elegance of it's Burgundian counterparts. Came off a little like a Northern Rhone with it's granite soil flavors. I'll wait at 5-7 years before popping another bottle.
Red
Excellent but still too young. Bracing acidity and minerality that gives the red fruit nice lift. Gonna wait on my other bottles to see where this goes. As it resolves I think it will be ever better.
Red
2/15/2010 - Michael Davis wrote:
Let this breath for an hour. The first glass was a little tight, then boom. It was wide open. Lots of plum, roses, spice and black tea on the nose. On the palate the very ripe cherry and plum fruit is balanced nicely with good acidity and firm tannins. This wine has a few years left in it. The other striking feature was the slightly bitter black tea finish. A very nice wine. Glad I have a few more bottles.
Red
My first bottle of this and I'm going back for a case. This is medium bodied, graceful but with some serious power. It's great stuff. A very nice nose of roses, forest floor and spice. The palate has a lot going on under the briary red fruit, grippy tannins and assertive acidity. There is a spicy, earthy quality that is very interesting. It's still young and a little awkward. Given 3-5 years to settle down and integrate and I think this is going to have something really special. Finesse
Red
12/23/2009 - Michael Davis wrote:
This has the structure to go at least 2-3 more years. Nuff said.
Red
12/19/2009 - Michael Davis wrote:
Terrific red fruit wrapped around a good dose of earth and minerality. More Burgundy or Loire than I expected. Seriously good stuff for old world lovers like me. Plays far above it's price point too.
Red
12/15/2009 - Michael Davis wrote:
After a couple of hours of air this wine had a very cool nose of black olive, roses and watermelon rind. More austere than expected. A nice wine.
White
11/22/2009 - Michael Davis wrote:
This rocks! Drink it and people will find you more manly and virile. OK, just drink this great stuff...because I said so.
Red
11/3/2009 - Michael Davis wrote:
Wow! What a difference a year made. This wine is rocking tonight. Popped and poured with a roasted chicken....an excellent pairing. Berry compote, graphite and garrigue on the gorgeous nose. The palate is perfectly balanced. Ripe black fruit that brings nice acidity, a hint of dark chocolate and sweet fine tannins. The minerality really lifts this wine to the next level. I wish I had more than one bottle left. Really good stuff.
Red
9/29/2009 - Michael Davis wrote:
E. Guigal La Mouline/La Landonne & more at the Wine Guild of Charlottesville (Wine Guild of Charlottesville): I was put off by a slight burned rubber note on the nose. Fortunately the palate didn't follow. It brought ripe red and blue fruit with nice balance and the minerality of a Northern Rhone. Cool toned and not too extracted. A very well done new world wine that handled itself well among some old world legends.
Red
9/29/2009 - Michael Davis wrote:
E. Guigal La Mouline/La Landonne & more at the Wine Guild of Charlottesville (Wine Guild of Charlottesville): I had this from barrel in May of '07 and it's impressive how it's stayed very true to my notes from then. Red fruit, celery and raw meat on the nose followed by nice ripe red fruit some vegetal tones and expresso on the palate. Needs some time to really come into it's own, but it's certainly on the right track.
Red
9/29/2009 - Michael Davis wrote:
E. Guigal La Mouline/La Landonne & more at the Wine Guild of Charlottesville (Wine Guild of Charlottesville): Tar, blueberry and shit on the nose. Seriously stinky stuff here. Stark and tart on the palate but nice. Tomato and ash on the finish. A typical young CR. Lacking the tannins to go the distance. I'd pass on this.
Red
9/29/2009 - Michael Davis wrote:
E. Guigal La Mouline/La Landonne & more at the Wine Guild of Charlottesville (Wine Guild of Charlottesville): We gave all these wines plenty of time to breath but this one still needs some years to come around. Very tight right now. Giving up some green pepper and tobacco on the nose. A bit green on the palate with bitter tannins and an ashy bitter finish. Reminded me of many tight young Côte-Rôtie's I've tasted from barrel. Given it's pedigree I think it's safe to say a little time will reward you with something wonderful. Tonight we committed infanticide.
Red
9/29/2009 - Michael Davis wrote:
E. Guigal La Mouline/La Landonne & more at the Wine Guild of Charlottesville (Wine Guild of Charlottesville): WOTN: This was considered by most to be the wine of the night. An amazing nose of bubble gum, anise, bacon fat and forest floor. The ripe red and black fruit is lifted by a solid mineral core. It reminded me a lot of some wines I've had that came from blue clay soils. Drinking very well now but certainly has plenty of life left in it.
Red
9/29/2009 - Michael Davis wrote:
E. Guigal La Mouline/La Landonne & more at the Wine Guild of Charlottesville (Wine Guild of Charlottesville): Tar, floral, potting soil and hints of Anise on the nose. Much riper fruit than the 2001's we tasted earlier. Gorgeaous read and black fruit on the palate with a subtle herbal quality. Seemed older, more resolved than I expected from such a young Côte-Rôtie.
Red
9/29/2009 - Michael Davis wrote:
E. Guigal La Mouline/La Landonne & more at the Wine Guild of Charlottesville (Wine Guild of Charlottesville): Although this was the same vintage and same producer as the 1st wine of the night (the Lancement), this wine felt much younger, less integrated. On the nose there was an interesting duality. Rustic garrigue dancing with fine perfume and green pepper/tomato. Odd but nice. On the palate the wine was much softer than the Lancement. More acidity would have served it better. Not enough nerve to really make it sing.
Red
9/29/2009 - Michael Davis wrote:
E. Guigal La Mouline/La Landonne & more at the Wine Guild of Charlottesville (Wine Guild of Charlottesville): An elegant wine that offered up a gorgeous nose of rose petal and charcoal. Very well balanced on the palate and quite consistent with the nose. Floral, ashy with a little tart tomato juice note that made me think this needed food to really sing. A bit austere on it's own. All in all a lovely wine that is drinking very well right now.
Red
9/25/2009 - Michael Davis wrote:
An intoxicating floral nose with a dash of baking spice. Just lovely. The first hour the palate was a bit off balance and acidic. That all worked it self out with a little air. 2 hours in and the balance was perfect. Gorgeous ripe red fruit with fine tannins and nice lift. Very impressive for an off vintage. Glad I have a couple more.
Red
Excellent stuff. Perfectly ripe fruit with good acidity, firm tannins and nice minerality on the finish. Classic vegetal Cab Franc nose with really nice floral notes. Glad I have more of this. It's a winner. Delicious and intriguing.
Red
7/24/2009 - Michael Davis wrote:
Nice cranberry, spice and good acidity. A very nice wine and a steal for the price.
White - Sweet/Dessert
6/25/2009 - Michael Davis wrote:
This was wonderful. The elements of honey, fresh peaches and pastry made for an experience akin to eating a baklava made with fresh peaches. Sweet, but nicely balanced acidity. One of my top 50 wines of all time. Wow!!!
Red
6/14/2009 - Michael Davis wrote:
I love Pegau but this one had left me wanting until day 2. On day one I decanted for 6 hours but it still showed a strange medicinal note and cloyingly sweet fruit. Sipping it now on the second night and it's really come into it's own. I'd still wait on this as the secondary elements are still faint. Approachable yes, but be patient and get much more. This was the first '04 I've popped and I'll wait 2-3 more years before popping another. Update: On day 2 this had come together and was rocking. A terrific wine!!!!
White
6/11/2009 - Michael Davis wrote:
Pass on this. Too sweet. Misses the mark for a refreshing VV. Blind I'd say this was Sprite soda. Ugh!
White
6/11/2009 - Michael Davis wrote:
A terrific Vinho Verde...zippy, refreshing and oh so quaffable. Nuff said.
Red
I'm lovin' the nose on this. A very intriguing mix of Black fruit, soy sauce and lead pencil minerality. The mouth feel is a bit gritty...with beautiful ripe black cherry, ash, roasted meat and mineral elements. A good long finish and nicely balanced. Went wonderfully with a Flat Iron Steak and roasted veggies. I wish I bought a lot more than 3 bottles of this. At $13.00 it plays like a $25+ bottle. One of those great wines that is not only delicious but intriguing too. Head and heart are served.
Red
2/12/2009 - Michael Davis wrote:
QPR Alert!: Give this an hour or two of air and you will be rewarded. Red fruit, roses, slate and cinnamon on the nose. Nice silky mouth feel with good acidity. Ripe plum and cherry with a some pleasant cinnamon notes on the finish. An unbelievable deal at $6.00.
Red
Gorgeous nose of blackberry, leather and a bit of licorice. Leaning a bit modern in style but still nicely restrained. The palate is delicious red and black fruit, pepper and a very nice earthy minerality. Very good stuff....drinking very well right now.
White
1/30/2009 - Michael Davis wrote:
Loving the value reds from Portugal. Unfortunately, the whites are hot and flabby.
Red
Nicely balanced Cali Syrah. I would have said Northern Rhone rather than California if I'd tasted this blind. I'll be buying more of this for sure.
White
Recommended by a local retailer as one of the better Virginia Viognier's but this one disappointed. Nice on the initial attack but unfortunately it fell apart on the finish and finished hot.
Red
12/31/2008 - Michael Davis wrote:
Really starting to show well. After an hour open it showed a classic Rhone nose of garrigue, hints of tabacco and some pepper. On the palate the wine gives up bright fresh fruit with good acidity and a nice tannic backbone that says this has a few years ahead of it. I was very impressed with how well it paired with food, no surprise since it comes from Kermit. A very good wine that overperforms for it's price point. Blind I would have thought it was a Village level Cdr, specifically a Cairanne.
Red
12/20/2008 - Michael Davis wrote:
A major value at $6.29, this is real wine. Plum, smoke, licorice and fresh herbs on the nose. On the palate it offers fresh plum on the attack followed by a tomato juice and iron/blood finish. More old world, there is a salinity with fine tannins and good acidity making it more of a food wine. A bit unfocused but at $6.29 it's a steal.
Red
12/8/2008 - Michael Davis wrote:
Vegetal Cab Franc nose but with more jalapeño than bell pepper. Had a serious tabasco smell. When first popped the wine was just ok...not much going on. However, an hour or two in the decanter and it was just delicious with the pot roast. Floral and fruit blended nicely with the vegetal notes. Good stuff!
Red
2006 Fado Tinto Vinho Regional Alentejano Red Blend (view label images)
11/28/2008 - Michael Davis wrote:
Great QPR. Very thought provoking. The nose is quite vegetal with some floral and spice notes. On the palate the cherry fruit is certainly there but it's mixed with an over rose petal finish. Also look for the grapefruit aspect. Not delicious, but pleasant and very intriguing. Impressive for $7.00.
Red
11/23/2008 - Michael Davis wrote:
Black cherry and boysenberries are joined by licorice and ash and cedar box on the nose. On the palate the medium bodied wine contains it's 14.5% alcohol with good acidity and fine tannins. The core is a nicely focused pure cherry juice and baking spice. It's also showing some secondary toffee elements at this stage. Good stuff and well worth the $20 I payed for it. Needs an hour of air for the funk to blow off. At first there was a fear of some cork taint but it was not the case.
Red
11/22/2008 - Michael Davis wrote:
Great QPR on this medium bodied wine. I'm really digging the wine of Portugal. A common element seems to be an iron component like a nice rusty nail. Not overly extracted or overripe fruit as I would expect from a warm climate. Good balance and easy drinking....works well with food.
Red
11/7/2008 - Michael Davis wrote:
Escellent QPR at under $10. Very enjoyable. Nothing thought provoking, just delicious. On the nose you get rusty nail and cranberry. The palate is medium bodied with a nice balance of tart cherries and minerality. The acidity is good for food pairing and the tannins are fine but certainly up to the task.
White
11/7/2008 - Michael Davis wrote:
This is the third white from Portugal we've had recently. All of them were too hot. Which is not something we find in the regions reds.
Red
11/1/2008 - Michael Davis wrote:
Enjoyed with pasta...not with roast chicken.
Red
11/1/2008 - Michael Davis wrote:
Considering how hot this vintage was I was surprised by the acidity levels of this wine. Overall it through the wine out of balance. The wine brings a good deal to the table. Earth, mineral, herbal elements etc. However, it's not delicious. I found myself thinking about it but never really enjoying it very much.
Red
10/13/2008 - Michael Davis wrote:
Had the blackberry and garrigue that my wife adores. I enjoyed the one glass we had left on the 2nd (or 3rd?) night. I seemed less rustic, more refined. Went very well with an herb roasted chicken.
Red
10/13/2008 - Michael Davis wrote:
No specific notes....but I do recall enjoying this. A very good value. I'd buy again.
White
2006 Fado Branco Vinho Regional Alentejano White Blend (view label images)
10/10/2008 - Michael Davis wrote:
Pass due to the awkward and hot finish.
Red
9/11/2008 - Michael Davis wrote:
The two bottles we had last year were nicely balanced. This latest bottle too oaky and hot...to the point of being undrinkable. I'll sit on my remaining 2 bottles for at least 3 years to see if these tannins resolve and the extracted fruit softens.
White
8/19/2008 - Michael Davis wrote:
The distributor rep Ryne Hazzard described this as a Pouilly-Fumé on steroids. I couldn't have described it better myself. Great stuff.
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