Tasting Notes for Big Dog

(149 notes on 116 wines)

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Red
8/26/2019 - Big Dog Does not like this wine:
75 points
Good god this wine was terrible. What was Pax thinking when he made these wines. Devoid of fruit and insipid. Unfortunately, I have 2 bottles left. I would not serve this to people that drink 2 buck chuck!
Red
6/25/2019 - Big Dog wrote:
80 points
Bought this on a Last Bottle (previously said garagiste) special. Glad I did not pay much for this wine. Thin, acidic with a strong note of peat - like in a great scotch but not in a good way for this wine. I like restrained wines but this wine is a complete miss. My 80 pts. is probably being generous.
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White
12/3/2018 - Big Dog wrote:
85 points
Meh - I have drank about 10 of the 1997s and 1998s. This was my last bottle. I don't understand what Parker said back in the day about the wines turning into something magical with age. These wines a suspect are best drunk young. I have had some bottles that were completely oxidized and others that were just ok. This wine had some mature flavors as well as little bit of oxidative notes. The wine was drinkable but nothing memorable. Drink them up if you got them!
Red
11/13/2018 - Big Dog wrote:
89 points
One of the bottles I got back after Bill Holder of Safe Wine Storage stole the majority of my collection. I would drink this sooner rather than later as it is in the down slope IMO. Wine was soft, not much tannin left and the fruit is starting to fade away.
Red
12/23/2017 - Big Dog Likes this wine:
93 points
This wine is in a great spot. I have learned from experience that holding on to CDP to long can lead to disappointment. However, Clos des Papes seems to age gracefully and there is no hurry to drink then up. This wine had everything you want in CDP. Clean and pure fruit, spice and good acidity.
Red
8/4/2017 - Big Dog wrote:
85 points
This wine should be drunk up if you still have one. The wine had bricking around the edges and some pruney elements on the nose. The fruit was nearly gone and outlived by the acidity and tannin's. Been stored since release at 55 degrees. Other Pax wines from 2004-2005 have been great.
Red
1972 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
7/13/2017 - Big Dog Likes this wine:
88 points
This is the first birth year wine I have had from a terrible vintage from around the world. I was lucky enough to have been given this bottle from a person who has stored it in his cellar since release. I was not expecting much but was presently surprised. Had mature flavors of dried cherries, mushrooms and earth. A great treat!
Red
7/13/2017 - Big Dog Likes this wine:
93 points
My last bottle of 4 and it was by far and away the best. This wine was hitting on all cylinders. The wine has some spice, pepper, meaty quality to it with nice plum fruit. Great secondary aromatics have developed. Not sure it will get any better than this!
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Red
3/10/2017 - Big Dog Likes this wine:
92 points
Drank my last bottle of Audelssa. RIP Dan Schaefer.
Red
11/16/2016 - Big Dog Likes this wine:
94 points
Not great at giving descriptors but these wines have held up fabulously and have gotten better with time. I cannot say that for all California syrahs....some costing close to 2X this wine. Glad I still have 6+ wines from Pax Mahle from the 2004 and 2005 vintage. Bravo!
Red
11/2/2014 - Big Dog wrote:
87 points
I found this bottle to be somewhat disjointed. It did not have the typical aromatics the other bottles of Alesia have had in the past. The palate seemed a little hot even served at cellar temperature. I am not sure what to think. I have one bottle left and suspect some bottle variation is the cause for less than stellar showing.
Red
11/1/2012 - Big Dog wrote:
92 points
A fantastic bottle of wine. Followed over a couple of hours. The last time I had this wine in January 2007, it was completely shut down and I was not sure the fruit would out last the structure. Amazing what another 5+ years of aging has done. This wine is open for business but will last easily 5 more years. The wine had tremendous aromatics. Black olive, dark berry fruit soared from the glass. The wine had great acidity and was a perfect example of a California cool climate syrah. I have one bottle left and I am not sure how long it is going to last!!
Red
7/14/2012 - Big Dog wrote:
91 points
Nice syrah although not sure it was a good value for what I paid. The wine was restrained and had a little reduction at first that blew off after about 20 minutes or so. The wine had nice blackberry, mineral and some floral notes which I suspect was from whole cluster fermentation. Not a bad syrah and my last bottle.
Red
6/23/2012 - Big Dog wrote:
70 points
Complete and utter disaster. Bought this wine at release and stored in temperature controlled unit. The wine is brick/orange color and smells like overripe prunes and is a complete alcoholic mess. I had a bottle from another person with similar results. I am not sure this wine was ever right since bottling. Unfortunately, I have 3 more bottles of this crap.
Red
5/12/2012 - Big Dog wrote:
Unfortunately, I think this wine is past its prime and over the hill. This is the second bottle I have had and the wine smell like alcohol, pruney, and no tannins left. The other possibility is the wine was heat damaged before I received it. When I had my first bottle in 2006 before putting in storage, I thought the wine had a bright future in terms of development given the 2002 vintage in Oregon. I have 2 bottles left but I am not hopeful that they will turn out any better.
Red
11/26/2011 - Big Dog wrote:
78 points
This wine is basically undrinkable. Insipid, thin, with very little flavor. I would not cook with it or give it away. Bleh.
Red
5/9/2011 - Big Dog wrote:
75 points
This wine is not very good. It is overripe and very reductive. Smells like burnt rubber. What a complete waste of money. My first wine from Garagiste that turned out to be a complete disaster. A second bottle consumed tasted exactly the same.
Red
2/12/2011 - Big Dog wrote:
92 points
My last bottle and it is absolutely killer juice. Great nose of brambly jam with black raspberries, and other dark fruits. Great palate presence with enough acidity to keep the fruit in check. This is quintessential Carlisle zinfandel at its finest.
Red
6/13/2009 - Big Dog wrote:
90 points
Thia is my third and last bottle and I am sad to see it go. Just a great bottle of wine for the price. Some great blackberry, barnyard with some herbal notes.
Red
5/30/2009 - Big Dog wrote:
82 points
Just a very average bottle of wine. Cherries, tart with not much depth. For 14.99, this wine is not what I would call a QPR.
Red
3/27/2009 - Big Dog wrote:
91 points
Decanted for 1 hour. This wine is much more open than when I last tasted and is drinking beautifully. The wine smells of smoke, tar with blackberries and spice. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with a nice mouth feel, refreshing acidity and firm but round tannins with a 20+ second finish. The wine is still young and is in no danger of fading anytime soon with some tannins to resolve if you like your wines more mature.
Red
1/29/2009 - Big Dog wrote:
93 points
Opened and decanted for 5 hours. The wine was drunk along with a 2001 Viader, a 2000 second wine of Montrose and a 2002 Ruston Stagecoach and this wine stole the show. The other wines were good but this wine was blackberry pie with tar and smoke in a bottle. The acidity kept the wine nice and balanced and the tannins made for a great finish. The wine is still young but drinking great.
Red
1/17/2008 - Big Dog wrote:
87 points
I have now had about 4 different vineyards of 2005's from Loring and I don’t get what all the fuss is about. The 2005's to me are somewhat thin, acidic with bitter notes on the finish. I do not like fruit bombs but the 2005's don't have any soul. The nose starts off promising but in my opinion, the wine is a big failure in the mouth. I bought these from my brother and he thinks they are so bad that he serves them to drunk people and guests that know nothing about wine. Very disappointing.
Red
10/8/2007 - Big Dog wrote:
80 points
I certainly don't understand all the accolades this wine is receiving via the tasting notes. The wine was thin, acidic and had a tannic finish with some cherry notes. This is the second and last bottle I have of the Keefer Ranch vineyard and the wine has been disappointing both times. I left about half the bottle on the counter and it did not get any better the second day. I think Brian missed the boat on most of his 2005s.
Red
10/8/2007 - Big Dog wrote:
85 points
This is my last bottle and I think it is either in a bad spot or starting to really crack up. The wine did not have any of the lush fruit that was evident in earlier bottles. The oak was the prodominent smell/flavor. The bottle was not corked so I can only say that it was an off bottle or just not meant for long term aging.
Rosé
9/21/2007 - Big Dog wrote:
89 points
This was one of the best rose's of the year for me. The wine tasted of strawberries and some melon with a nice mouth feel. The finish was a little hot but did not detract from the wines overall balance and impression. I have not had a bad Kutch wine yet.
Red
7/25/2007 - Big Dog wrote:
92 points
This bottle has been well stored and gives everything I want in a mature cab. The nose was decadent with vanilla, earth/forest floor and a mushroom component that was really nice. On the palate the wine tastes of currants, and other dark fruits. The tannins are mostly resolved and the finish is smooth and long, lasting a good 25 seconds.
Red
6/30/2007 - Big Dog wrote:
91 points
I still think this wine is a one trick pony. My girlfriend liked this much better than me. The wine smelled of mint and Eucalyptus with black fruits. The wine is not nearly as heavy as before and the tannins seemed more prevalent. I am not sure if the wine is beginning to crack up or just in an awkward stage. Not bad but not great. I have to say that my tastes have moved to Bordeaux and Chateauneuf de Pape since I purchased these bottles.
Red
5/24/2007 - Big Dog wrote:
80 points
This stuff is pure plunk....give it away as a party gift This is truly a party favor for people who do not know wine. The wine is acidic, with no fruit and some tannin. BLAH!!
Red
4/14/2007 - Big Dog wrote:
88 points
This was my last bottle of a case and I have to say that I think it is peaking/has peaked. The wine did not show the luscious fruit that prior bottles displayed. The wine had a good nose but fell flat on the palate. The wine seemed to be dominated by oak and with fading fruit. Overall, this is a great QPR and a nice producer of Aussie Shiraz.
Red
4/14/2007 - Big Dog wrote:
90 points
When I opened this wine and tasted it, all could taste/smell was alcohol but had great mouth feel. The wine was obviously closed so I threw it in the decanter and drank over the next 4 hours. The wine blossomed into an old school Chateanueuf du Pape. Great mouth feel...the wine tasted of herbs, old world fruit and a nice finish. The wine seemed to be fairly tannic on exit. The wine should easily go another 5 years.
Red
3/31/2007 - Big Dog wrote:
92 points
Drank this bottle at Corduroy in DC for my brother's 30th birthday. The wine was decanted for approximately 2 hrs. The wine smelled of game, dark fruits, and smoke. On the palate, the wine displayed a strong notes of black fruits and pepper with a long finish. The wine was still tight and continued to open up until the bottle was finished. This wine can be drank now with decanting or cellared for 3+ years.
Red
2004 Rusack Anacapa Santa Barbara County Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/31/2007 - Big Dog wrote:
89 points
This wine was much better than the first which I am now convinced was flawed. This was drank over 2 days and was more integrated the second day. Nice dark fruit with cassis, vanilla and a smooth finish. Good wine at a good price. Very bordeaux like in its flavor profile.
Red
3/31/2007 - Big Dog wrote:
92 points
This wine has gotten better with time. I am not good a flavor descriptors with cab franc, but it had varietly correct taste and was loaded with black fruits and a long finish. Wish I had more than 2 bottles left.
Red
3/31/2007 - Big Dog wrote:
88 points
Nice bottle of wine. Had good fruit and the wine had a pleasant finish along with the typical merlot flavor profile.
Red
3/31/2007 - Big Dog wrote:
88 points
Time to drink up. The fruit seemed to be fading with the oak coming to the forefront. the wine has been good but never great.
White
3/14/2007 - Big Dog wrote:
90 points
This is my 3rd bottle of this I have had and I am going to buy a case!! This wine is an amazing value for 12.99. The nose smells of melons, peapods, and lentils. On the palate the wine display lush fruit with vibrant acidity. The finish is moderately thick with a long finish for a wine of this price.
Red
2002 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
3/3/2007 - Big Dog wrote:
92 points
Great bottle on zin with nice brambly fruits, spice and structure. The wine was drinking great now, but will hold for many years but why wait? The finish lasted for 30 seconds.
Red
2002 Alban Vineyards Tithings Edna Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
3/3/2007 - Big Dog wrote:
92 points
This wine was decanted and consumed over 3 hours. The wine was initially closed and not giving up much although you could tell it had great concentration. The wine opened up to reveal black fruits, smoke and tar with nice structure. The wine was full bodied on the palate and the finish lasted for a good 30+ seconds. This was an excellent wine and was a pleasure to taste. I only wish I had more than one bottle.
Red
1/13/2007 - Big Dog wrote:
92 points
Deep red/purple color. Dark fruits - blueberry and raspberry on the nose. Sweet but not cloying. A real balanced wine with nice body but not over the top. Oak and tannins are well integrated. This is drinking well. I wish more Australian wine tasted like this.
White
1/10/2007 - Big Dog wrote:
This wine was an alcoholic mess. The wine smelled and tasted like paint thinner, nail polish and other smells I cannot describe. I chilled the wine in the freezer hoping it would get better, but it was undrinkable. You could tell there was underlying fruit and it was viscous in the mouth, but that was about it. A previous bottle was better (88pts) but was still very alcoholic and needed to be drunk very chilled.
Red
12/1/2006 - Big Dog wrote:
92 points
Very tight and needs another 5 years
White - Sparkling
12/1/2006 - Big Dog wrote:
91 points
My first vintage champagne and tasted of biscuts and some mature fruits. Not bad but not overwhelming.
Red
12/1/2006 - Big Dog wrote:
91 points
Still drinking well but starting to fade IMO. The wine is still viscous but the fruit is starting to fade and the tannin is more dominant. Still a great wine.
White - Off-dry
12/1/2006 - Big Dog wrote:
91 points
Brought this to a dinner party and served with my homemade cerviche made from halibut I caught in Alaska over the summer. It went really well with the spicy marinade.
Red
12/1/2006 - Big Dog wrote:
90 points
Drank this bottle over Turkey Day in Naples Florida with family. The wine had great fruit and was still very primary with notes of cherry and smooth tannins. The wine did not display the complexity or smokiness of the Rochioli we that we also drank.
Red
12/1/2006 - Big Dog wrote:
89 points
This bottle was much better than the last 2 bottles I had of this wine. The wine was starting to show some age on the rim while the fruit was maturing with notes of tobacco, spice and some nice mature black fruits.
White - Off-dry
12/1/2006 - Big Dog wrote:
93 points
All I can say is back up the truck. This was drank way too young but it was ohhh sooo good. Great fruit and acidity and it has a very long life ahead of it.
Red
12/1/2006 - Big Dog wrote:
91 points
Another great bottle of wine for the price. The wine seems to have tamed a little bit showing nice vanilla flavors with some great fruit and smooth tannins. I will enjoy my remaining bottles over the next 5+ years. Not bad for $22.00/btl
Red
12/1/2006 - Big Dog wrote:
89 points
See my note from before. This bottle was a little more concentrated and complex.
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