Tasting Notes for tomlbs

(118 notes on 116 wines)

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Red
4/13/2020 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
90 points
Big peppery zin with blackberries, a touch of citrus peel with fine tannins and a long finish. If properly cellared still has some years but it is ready to drink.
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Red
4/13/2020 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
93 points
A delicious California syrah. Dark berries, spices and fine tannins that are balanced and smooth. An excellent ready to drink wine from a talented wine maker. Wish we had more!
Red
4/10/2020 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
93 points
An elegant Pinot. Aromas of cherries, raspberries, spices and some minerals also show up in the mouth. The juice is delicious, smooth and balanced. We enjoyed over two days and the second day it was even better than day one.
Red
4/6/2020 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
92 points
Ripe red raspberries, cherries and a touch of orange peel on the nose and a delicious mix of fruit, juicy acidity with fine tannins and a long smooth finish adds up to an excellent California Pinot Noir. Ready to drink but could be excellent for a several more years if properly cellared.
White
2016 Turley The White Coat California White Rhone Blend (view label images)
4/12/2019 - tomlbs wrote:
90 points
Floral, stone fruit, melons, juicy acidity and delicious. Excellent with food or as a great wine to drink on your patio after work.
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Red
4/5/2018 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
94 points
Nose of ripe bing cherries and spices. In the mouth this big Pinot is a nice balance of ripe fruit and delicious acidity. It all comes together with fine tannins and a long long finish. It is definitely ready to enjoy!
White - Sweet/Dessert
3/15/2018 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
92 points
A delicious dessert wine. A great nose of tangerine, stone fruit and honey. The sweet fruit juice is nicely balanced with a refreshing acidity and a long finish. A wonderful Sauternes with years of life left.
Red
3/9/2018 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
93 points
This is one of the best zinfandels we’ve had in a long time. It’s a big wine with complex aromas of blackberries, dark currants, black pepper, and hints of licorice. It’s just as delicious in the mouth with brambly fruits, fine tannins, juicy acidity, and a long smooth finish. We had a bottle and now we wished had purchased a case!
Red
3/4/2018 - tomlbs wrote:
93 points
Delicious cherry, plum, dark fruit with fine tannins and a long finish. It’s ready to drink but still has some time left if you want to see how it evolves. An excellent example of California Pinot noir!
White
2007 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant Savennières-Coulée de Serrant Chenin Blanc (view label images)
2/27/2018 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
94 points
I cannot really add much to the previous tasting notes. This is the first time I’ve ever tasted this wine. It is unique. There is some oxidation but it adds rather than detracts. There are floral notes, some stone fruit, minerals, and a nice acidity. Although it’s high in alcohol you would never realize it without looking at the label. I would agree with others who believe there are many years left for those of you lucky enough to have some in your cellars.
Red
1/20/2018 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
92 points
Inky juice with dark berries and some plum on nose. It has a nice balance of fruit, spice and fine tannins. It has aged well and in my opinion has several years to go. Overall a delicious California Syrah!
Red
2008 Château d'Escot Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/21/2017 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
87 points
A nice surprise. A quality Bordeaux for the price. It has red currant, plum, and some leather notes on the nose and in the palate. It is not a powerful wine but is nicely balanced with fine tannins and a medium finish. A very good wine with a meal.
White
5/9/2017 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
93 points
We loved the bouquet of ripe pears, some citrus, and minerals. These all show up on the palate along with juicy acids that balances everything out. An added bonus- the long follow through that lingers on and on until the the next delicious taste.
Red
1966 Château Magdelaine St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/24/2017 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
93 points
My wife and I opened this wine for the Annual Open That Bottle (OTBN) night. We've owned this bottle for more than 40 years. Over the years it has been moved and often poorly cellared. Figuring that the wine had long ago turned to vinegar I was never going to open it until reading Dorothy Gaiter's recent OBTN blog.
I was surprised that the cork was in good shape and came out in one piece with an "ah so" wine opener. Also, the wine was still up to the base of the neck.
When poured, the wine was red brick in color and it initially gave off a funky smell along with cigar box and some leather. After swirling and sitting the "funky" was gone and replaced with dark currants and plumb. In the mouth, there were notes of tobacco, herbs, some dark fruit and fine tannin. We drank it over a couple hours and saved a couple glasses for the next day. The fruit became more raisin-like the following day. The wine was still alive and delicious! It would be an understatement to say that we were happily shocked by this old nearly forgotten Boudreaux!
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Rosé
8/8/2016 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
88 points
An excellent rose enjoyed chilled with a group of friends at a summer BBQ. The wine has a nice nose of fruit and some spice and is delicious on the pallate with summer fruit, spice, and a juicy balance. This is ready to enjoy.
Red
2007 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/8/2016 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
94 points
I can't add much to all the previous notes. This delicious wine is powerful yet elegant, fruit balanced with spice and fine tannins, and and enticing in the glass and on the pallate. A group of us loved this wine as we enjoyed it wth grilled steaks. I believe, properly stored, this Syrah has many years left to enjoy.
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Red
8/8/2016 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
92 points
We enjoyed this with grilled steaks. It has glass filling aromas of currants, plums, licorice and some minerals. The pallate is a nice balance of dark fruit, acidity, and fine tannins that tell you this delicious wine still has several years left if properly cellared.
Red
2011 Château Mayne Guyon Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/31/2016 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
87 points
Interesting nose of dark fruit, graphite, and cedar which follows through with a balance of fruit, minerals, juicy acidity and fine tannins. After drinking so much new world red, this is a nice food friendly change. Also an excellent wine for the $7.00 cost!
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Red
6/6/2016 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
92 points
Inky red and a lot ripe cherries, blackberries, and spices both on the nose and palate. All the fruit is balanced with smooth tannins, juicy acids, and spices. It is hard to believe it has15.5 % alcohol! This is one of the best Zinfandels we have had in quite some time.
Red
5/7/2016 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
94 points
This eight year old Pinot is really ready to drink. It's nose of cherries, spice, and a touch of oak is followed through with a delicious balance of fruit, juicy acidity and silky elegance. If you have this, don't hesitate to enjoy it now!
Red
1/1/2016 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
91 points
Notes of cherry, ripe strawberries, earth, and spices. Smooth, balanced with fruit, spices, some earth and acids. All ends with a nice follow through. It is definitely ready to drink. Every Shane Pinot and Syrah we've had has been excellent!
White - Sweet/Dessert
12/30/2015 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
94 points
First time tasting a Quart de Chaume. A huge nose of honey, orange peel, dried apricot, baked apples and spice. This is very sweet but the sweet fruit, spices, some minerals are nicely balanced with acidity. Every sip is creamy and juicy with a long follow through! What a wonderful wine that in my opinion should age for at least 10 more years. We wish their was more in our cellar!
Red
5/6/2015 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
92 points
This is ready to drink and it's delicious. On the nose its ripe bing cherries, a touch of vanilla and Forrest floor. The palate is all of that plus smooth tannins, juicy acids, and a nice follow through. The wine is silky smooth. It is definitely ready to drink. I wish I had more. K
White
4/20/2015 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
93 points
Delicious big California style Chardonnay. After nearly five years there is a bouquet of spice, ripe pears and a hint of vanilla. In the mouth, there is fruit, some cream brûlée that is totally balanced with a juicy crisp follow through at the end. It all ends with wanting to take another drink to repeat again and again.
Red
3/12/2015 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
93 points
Cherries, some strawberry, and a touch of earth describe this delicious wine on the nose and in the mouth. The wine's juicy acids are balanced with fine tannins, some oak and result in a long silky smooth finish. It is ready to drink and I wish we had more!
Red
12/7/2014 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
91 points
Cigar notes, ripe cherries, and some earth. This is followed by a delicious mouthful of ripe dark fruit, minerals, tobacco, and fine tannins with a long finish. Excellent with grilled grass-fed steaks. This was better than the bottle we drank last year, much to our surprise!
Red
11/21/2014 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
92 points
A dark red brick edge wine with aromas of dark fruit, minerals, some cedar and cigar box. It is a delicious, complex mouthful of ripe fruit, some cedar, fine tannins and a long finish. This turned out to be a wonderful wine with a special birthday meal of prime rib that we had at home. If you are fortunate to have some in your cellar, enjoy it over the next few years. It's ready to enjoy.
Red
4/15/2014 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
90 points
The dark garnet juice is an explosion of black berries, candied cherries, some licorice on the nose and in the mouth, along with some spice and delicious acidity. I would drink this over the next couple of years to enjoy all the fruit and spice this zin has to offer.
White
3/12/2014 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
90 points
This is a delicious chardonnay. It has a light nose of stone fruit, pear, and some spice. The palate is filled with fruit, spice, minerals, and a juicy medium finish. This is not a wine for those who want a buttery creamy heavy chard. It is a great food wine that is definitely ready to drink.
Red
3/5/2014 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
89 points
Ripe berries, minerals, and spice on the nose and silky fruit and minerals in the mouth adds up to a delicious Beaujolais. You should not wait to drink this wine, because in my opinion, it will lose what makes it so enjoyable.
Red
1/18/2014 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
92 points
This pinot is big, balanced, complex and delicious. As the nose opens, there are cherries, ripe raspberries, spice, some cola and oak. The palate is consistent with the nose. The fruit and spice is balanced with juicy acid, smooth tannins and a long finish. This is great with food or just sipping. It is ready now but should last a few more years if cellared properly.
Red
12/13/2013 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
90 points
We drank this over a two day period. The first day red berries and sour cherries with notes of oak stood out both on the nose and in the mouth. Day two the berries and cherries were still there but now there were hints of spices and licorice, and the sour edge disappeared. Everything mellowed out. Don't get me wrong, we enjoyed the wine both days but would decant or give it some time to really get all that exists in this zin.
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Red
11/23/2013 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
90 points
The wine is dark red with brick colored edges. It has a complex bouquet of Cherry, Black currant (cassis), Cinnamon, and Minerals. It is a smooth mouthful of Mineral, Black Pepper, Tobacco, and summer fruit. Overall, this is a medium bodied wine with fine tannins and a smooth texture that has a pleasing medium finish. It definitely should be drunk over the next few months.
Red
11/23/2013 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
95 points
This juice is inky, garnet - almost black with a huge aroma of blackberries, cassis, chocolate, and spices. The palate is almost overwhelmed with black fruit, spice, a silky elegance of fine tannins, and a finish that goes on and on. I know this wine has all the signs of big rewards with age, but it is so good now it's difficult to wait to find out!
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Red
11/23/2013 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
91 points
Aromas of cherries, berries, mushrooms, and a palate of ripe fruit, spice, and earth. All of this is framed in a silky mouthfeel, fine tannins and a nice finish. This wine is one of the few California pinots that remind me of French Burgundy.
Red - Fortified
11/12/2013 - tomlbs wrote:
92 points
A well crafted port style wine with a wonderful nose of ripe jammy fruit, mocha, some nuttiness, and spice. The juice is rich, smooth, and elegant. Just try and stop after one glass, we couldn't!
Red
1969 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/23/2013 - tomlbs wrote:
Completely forgot about this bottle. Tried to open with "ahso" opener but cork fell into bottle. Decanted. Musty off notes but also cigar, leather mineral notes. A glass or two were interesting with some of the same notes on the palate. Wine quickly faded. It was way past it's prime. Not sure how good the wine was in its prime. We would not give this a rating but have tasted equally aged Boudreaux of othe vintages that were wonderful, unlike this wine.
White
9/29/2013 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
91 points
This chardonnay is straw colored with a nice bouquet of apples, pears, vanilla, and baking spices. It is medium bodied with a delicious balance of fruit, minerals, and acidity that makes you want to keep filling the glass. It was wonderful with fresh sweet corn and grilled pork chops.
White
6/22/2013 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
92 points
Citrus notes, baking spices, and a touch of vanilla leads to a palate of delicious juice consisting of tropical fruits and minerals. This ine should improve over the next two or three years.
Red
5/28/2013 - tomlbs wrote:
90 points
Nose of ripe dark cherries, plums, and blueberry notes. Dark fruit, some spice, medium body, silky texture with a long finish resulted in a nice wine with grilled salmon. Not the most complex pinot but an excellent California pinot at this price.
White
5/28/2013 - tomlbs wrote:
94 points
Complex nose of green apples, some tropical fruit, floral notes, baking spices and a small touch of vanilla. Delicious mouthful of green apple, stone fruit, minerals, balanced with a crisp juicy ending that makes this a wonderful wine to drink alone or enjoy with food.
Red
5/23/2013 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
94 points
I do not really have anything new to add to all the other tasting notes. This wine has a beautiful complex nose and delicious complex favors. The tannins are silky smooth and there is a long satisfying finish. Drinking this was a happy sad experience since this was our last bottle of this great wine.
Red
5/19/2013 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
93 points
Ripe red raspberries and bing cherries jump out of your glass after the first swirl. I noticed a touch of jam but my wife who has a much better nose than me also noticed kalamata olives along with the berries and cherries.
The fruit juice was smooth with fine tannins and a medium finish. There was a complexity of favors balanced by some oak and acid. This went great with a grilled grass fed strip steak.
Red
3/5/2013 - tomlbs wrote:
89 points
Dark crimson in color. Faint cherry, raspberry, and baking spice aromas. Flavors are fruit forward cherries followed by a juicy balanced follow through. The mouth filling favors are a surprise given the small bouquet. Very good California Pinot Noir.
Red
3/3/2013 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
90 points
Dark crimson with candied fruit and vanilla aromas. The taste is dominated by ripe bing cherries, some spices, wrapped in a silky smooth mouthfeel and finishing with a little heat. Even though this big Pinot will never be confused for one from Burgundy, this was a delicious and enjoyable dinner companion with our aged grass fed ribeye.
White
2/28/2013 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
92 points
Light gold color. Grapefruit, pear and a whiff of oak on the nose. in the mouth, there is citrus, minerals and a juicy acidity that ends in a finish that goes on and on. If you like really good Chablis you should enjoy this wine. I believe this will improve with a few more years in the bottle.
Red
12/12/2012 - tomlbs Likes this wine:
91 points
An excellent brunello with a big bouquet of cherries, dried cranberries, spices, and a touch of leather. The palate was more of the same with silky tannins and a huge follow through. This was great with pan seared aged porterhouse.
Red
11/12/2012 - tomlbs wrote:
90 points
Dark red with a big bouquet of cherries, baking spices and a just a whiff of vanilla. Silky smooth tart cherries, raspberries, fines tannins all balanced by a food friendly juiciness that makes this an excellent California Pinot.
Red
11/12/2012 - tomlbs wrote:
92 points
Blackberries, currants, ripe dark fruit with notes of vanilla, leather dominate the nose. Delicious fruit, juicy acid, fine tannins and a long follow through makes me wish I had another bottle of this excellent Diamond Mountain cab. This was excellent with grass-fed strip steak and carmalized onions.
Red
2006 Château Moutte Blanc Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/3/2012 - tomlbs wrote:
91 points
A wonderful wine which greatly exceeded my expectations! A lovely complex nose of cassis, ripe cherrijes, spice and minerals. It fills the mouth with cherries, spice, minerals, juicy acids and fine tannins. It ends with a long finish. This is an excellent value.
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