Tasting Notes for deBare

(174 notes on 141 wines)

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Red
11/22/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
94 points
Opened the bottle for the wife's 65th birthday with the family. Everyone enjoyed it for this special occasion. It was an inky colour with fast legs and moderate sediment. The aroma has notes of stoniness, black currant and blackberry. It taste similar with additional notes of mineral and mushroom. The body is full-bodied with a smooth texture and long finish. I'm looking forward to the enjoying the next two bottles. Cheers.
Spirits
11/14/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
89 points
The colour is autumn gold with aromas of fresh apricots, bergamot and molasses. The taste is rich coffee, toasted pistachios and deep cinnamon. It is cask-finished in American White Oak ex-bourbon barrels and enhanced with a warm finish from hand-selected Pedro Ximénez Sherry casks that previously held 20-year-old Pedro Ximénez Sherry wines. I have many different Isle of Jura scotches in my collection - this is good but not among my favourites. I'm not sure I would buy it again.
Red
11/15/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
86 points
I'm not sure when I got this bottle but it's an inexpensive wine that satisfies most palates. It's quite a light rosy colour with fast legs and no sediment. It has cherry and stoniness aromas while tasting like cherry, stoniness and butter. The body is light. The wine has a smooth texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has medium acidity. It's a good utilitarian wine to have on hand when you don't want to break out the expensive wines.
Red
2015 Lindeman's Cawarra Shiraz Cabernet South Eastern Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
11/15/2020 - deBare Does not like this wine:
82 points
I'm not sure this wine ever had a peak but it was certainly well past its 'best by' date. I inherited this wine from my Dad's small collection. He leaned towards cheaper bottles - this is a good example. It wasn't great but sort of tolerable. I've had worse. There was light sediment with a nose of blackberry and cherry - with similar tastes. The body was light/medium. I certainly wouldn't buy another one any time soon.
White
10/24/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
88 points
Citrus notes. Very pleasant without being overly sweet.
Red
10/13/2020 - deBare wrote:
86 points
Sadly I agree this wine is well past its peak - and I have two more bottles left in the cellar. It's garnet coloured, with fast legs and no sediment. There is almost no nose, but what does waft up is some stoniness. It tastes hot with a vinegar overtone. This was a good wine gone bad ... over time. I'm not sure what I'll do with the remaining pair but will have to figure out something soon. Cheers.
Red
10/11/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
92 points
I was looking for red wines that would pair well with turkey dinner for Canadian Thanksgiving. A great website* recommended Gigondas wines. I happened to have this 2007 vintage as well as a 2015 Domaine Brusset Gigondas Tradition Le Grand Montmirail. Both were perfect pairings though I preferred the Perrin & Fils (though it was also decanted much longer). It was ruby coloured with fast legs. There was no sediment. The nose was blackberry and bark. It had the sweet taste of blackberry, cherry and stoniness. The body was medium with a satin-like texture. It had a medium finish and was not very acidic. In the end, everyone enjoyed the wines and the turkey so that was a win in these CoVid times.

* https://www.matchingfoodandwine.com/news/pairings/top-wines-to-drink-with-turkey/
Red
10/11/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
89 points
I was looking for red wines that would pair well with turkey dinner for Canadian Thanksgiving. A great website* recommended Gigondas wines - particularly 2015/16 vintages. I happened to have this one as well as the 2007 Perrin & Fils Gigondas La Gille. Both were perfect pairings. The Domaine Brusset was ruby coloured with fast legs. There was just a hint of sediment. The nose was blackberry, lead pencil and black pepper. It had the same taste with some flint and mineral notes. The body was medium/full with silky texture. It had a long finish and was still very tannic. Given a choice, I preferred the Perrin & Fils as a smoother wine without the high acidity (though it was also decanted much longer). In the end, everyone enjoyed the wines and the turkey so that was a win in these CoVid times.

* https://www.matchingfoodandwine.com/news/pairings/top-wines-to-drink-with-turkey/
Red
8/25/2020 - deBare wrote:
87 points
This inky Syrah was unpretentious with medium legs and light sediment. Its nose was stoniness, black pepper and mineral. It had notes of stoniness, forest floor, medium toast, lead pencil, and black pepper. The body is medium/full with a leathery texture. The wine finishes long with high acidity.
Rosé - Sparkling
7/21/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
88 points
This was an interesting rosé. It was very pink with a nose of strawberry, red currant, strawberry jam and apricot with a similar taste profile. It has a light body with a satin-like texture. It has a short finish with low acidity.
Red
7/23/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
92 points
This was a great ruby colored wine with fast legs. There was only light sediment in the bottle. The nose was plum, blackberry and stoniness.
It had a similar taste to blackberry, black currant (cassis), plum and stoniness. The body was medium/full with a silky texture. The wine had a medium-length finish with high acidity. I'll wait a couple more years before opening my second bottle.
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Red
7/20/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
90 points
This wine is very inky with fast legs. There was only light sediment in the bottle. It smells like dust, mineral and stoniness. It tastes like dust, mineral, stoniness and burnt. The body is medium/full. The wine has a leathery texture. The wine finishes long with high acidity.
White
7/10/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
89 points
Crisp clean with notes of pineapple. Perfect summer wine.
Red
2009 Van Westen Vineyards Voluptuous Okanagan Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/5/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
90 points
Ready to drink now. Pleasent blend on a sunny afternoon. Nose of cherry with lots of tannins. It would pair nicely with seasoned steaks.
White
6/14/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
89 points
Not much to add in my notes for this second bottle - still a great pairing with a maple salmon dinner. I will likely buy more bottles in the future ... for the right price. Cheers.
Spirits
4/4/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
85 points
Definitely NOT meant for straight consumption, these bottles were the perfect base for homemade Limoncello. I did try a sip just to understand what 151 Proof might taste like ... it doesn't! Just a burn on the tongue and down the throat. However, I was really happy with the final results of the Limoncello following a recipe perfected by an online blogger: https://limoncelloquest.com/limoncello-articles/how-to-make-limoncello.
Cheers!
Red
5/27/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
90 points
This wine may be at or near its peak and is a great pairing with Keg-spiced steaks. The inky colour and medium legs offered a nose of tobacco, black pepper, lead pencil, cherry and black currant (cassis). The tastes were similar. It had a small amount of sediment with a smooth, medium finish with medium acidity. Overall a classic Beringer still holding its own almost 10 years later.
Spirits
5/2/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
87 points
This is not a vodka I'd necessarily drink chilled straight up but it's considered by bartenders to be among the best choices for Moscow Mules - one of my favourite cocktails. That's how I used up my last bottle - time to buy another one. Cheers.
White - Sparkling
5/13/2020 - deBare Does not like this wine:
83 points
I enjoyed a previous bottle more than this current one. It had a musty aroma and taste. Not sure if it was just this bottle but there was a flat stoniness - not enjoyable. Even turning it into an elderflower cocktail could not save it. Sad. I won't likely buy another one again.

P.S. I've added a picture of my favourite aperitif 'garnish' for prosecco - Luxardo's Original Marachino Cherries - drop one with a little juice to the bottom of your flute. It looks great and adds a little bonus when you finish the glass
Red
5/11/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
89 points
I remain a little surprised at the #32 position on this year's WS Top 100 Wines. The garnet-coloured wine has a nose of forest floor, stoniness and oak. The taste adds a hint of cherry. It's medium-bodied with a polished texture. While the acidity worked with the steaks, I was certainly expecting more from Torbreck - which is a great winery. Cheers.
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Red
5/10/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
90 points
This Charles Cimicky Shiraz Reserve 2008 remains among my favourite wines though admittedly this vintage is likely past its peak. The wine is a deep inky colour with fast legs. There was heavy sediment in the bottle. The nose was mineral, forest floor, stoniness, oak and black pepper. The full bodied wine tasted similar to its aroma. It had a leathery texture with a long finish. The acidity was perfect for pairing with a spicy tenderloin. I guess I need to drink my last bottle soon. Cheers.
White - Sparkling
5/10/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
88 points
This is the first time I've tried this sparkling wine. It was very sweet - almost like a dessert wine in some ways. It was very light gold-coloured with a nose of orange, lime, lychee, peach and pineapple. It tastes like lychee, peach, guava and orange. The body was light with a silky texture and had a medium finish. We paired it with smoked salmon and seared scallops. I would definitely buy it again to pair with the right appetizers.
White
5/7/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
88 points
This unpretentious wine is almost colourless. It paired well with teriyaki chicken. It has notes of lime, peach and pineapple, and tastes the same. It's light body has a silky texture and a short finish. I agree with RedFish that it's a reasonable QPR.
Rosé
5/5/2020 - deBare wrote:
88 points
The rosé is a very rosy colour with slow legs. It has a nose of red currant, peach and guava with similar tastes - plus a hint of papaya. The body is light with silky texture. The wine finishes medium and has low acidity. I'm neutral on whether I'd buy it again. Cheers.
Red
5/2/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
87 points
Pleasant Malbec - went well with spicy hamburgers and fries - sometimes you just need a decent wine that goes with a fun quarantine meal.
White
5/3/2020 - deBare Does not like this wine:
82 points
This is not a great wine. There was a lasting bitterness to both the initial taste and long finish. It was blonde in the glass with slow legs. It was hard to discern the nose - perhaps a waft of dust, stoniness and oak. It tastes similar to the nose but with a hot/alcohol mineral flatness. It finished unpleasantly - quite acidic. It was coarse - definitely a wine to pass on.
Red
4/24/2020 - deBare Does not like this wine:
85 points
Sadly this wine has long passed it whatever peak it might have enjoyed. It was very purple with fast legs and a short hot nose of alcohol and oak. It has a bitter after taste with bark, black pepper, and dust notes. It has a long finish with high acidity. I have two more bottles remaining - not sure what I'll choose to do with them.
Red
4/21/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
91 points
My love affair with the 'real' 2008 Schild Estate Shiraz continues. While it's now showing its age, and may not be in the award-winning peak condition it once enjoyed, the 2010 WS #7 wine continues to hold up down to my very last bottle. (Hopefully I can buy a couple more from a friend who has a half dozen still cellaring).

It remains a deep inky hue with slow legs and very light sentiment. The nose is flint, mineral, stoniness and black pepper, while the flavours run blackberry, cherry, flint, stoniness and black pepper. With a medium/full body, it has a leathery texture with a long finish. While the tannins have largely disappeared, it still pairs beautifully with a well-seasoned steak.

Don't be fooled by the poor imitation "second blend" that Schild Estate subsequently foisted on the public after finishing in the top 10. This original vintage remains the best QPR I've ever enjoyed, and certainly among the best wines I've been able to afford over the years.

Cheers.

PS. As I re-read through the 700+ comments on this controversial vintage, I feel sad for those who drank the 'counterfeit' release and never got a chance to experience the original wine in all its glory. I've personally been reluctant to give Schild Estate a 'second' chance on their subsequent vintages simply because they broke a fundamental trust with their customers. I'm hoping they learnt their lesson but twice fooled shame on me.
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White - Sparkling
4/16/2020 - deBare wrote:
85 points
I'm ambivalent about this wine. Admittedly I bought it mistakenly thinking it was 2020 Wine Spectator's #7 wine so I was probably expecting much more - shame on me. However, this is a sibling.
It's gold-coloured with a nose of flint, stoniness and mineral. The body is light. The wine has satin-like texture. The wine finishes long. However as a previous reviewer noted, there is a slight bitterness to the finish.
I'm not likely buying this wine again - especially at the price point here in Canada.
Red
4/16/2020 - deBare wrote:
82 points
It is what it is - a high volume winery producing 'merlot' for the masses. I got a magnum from a restaurant that was closing due to the CoVid-19 pandemic. Never one to turn down free wine, I had a chance to try a bottle that I would likely never buy. To be honest, paired with greasy hamburgers it was just fine. I wouldn't go out of my way for another bottle but it's good to try something different every once in awhile. Cheers.
White
4/15/2020 - deBare Does not like this wine:
84 points
Quite honestly it's hard to put a tongue on exactly what I'm tasting with the oddly salmon-coloured pinot gris. It drinks as different as it looks. The nose is adjacent to flint, mineral and orange blossom and tastes similar ... but has a bitter aftertaste with a long finish. It's definitely not a wine I'd buy again.
White - Sparkling
4/12/2020 - deBare wrote:
88 points
It was an interesting wine brought by my son-in-law as we prepped duck for Easter dinner. The sparkling wine was light gold-coloured with medium legs. The nose and taste was similar: notes of melon, pineapple, guava and apple. However, there was a slight bitter edge to this light-bodied wine. It has a medium finish.
While it was pleasant enough as an aperitif drink, I'm not sure I would recommend it for the price point.
Red
4/12/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
89 points
Double decanted this wine for an Easter duck dinner. It was a little astringent on the first sips. However it paired beautifully with the duck - cutting through the rich meat nicely. But it's not really a wine I enjoyed without food so I will not likely buy again unless we’re serving duck in the future.
The wine looks crimson colored with fast legs. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells faintly like petrol and black pepper but honestly doesn't have much of a nose. It tastes like mineral, stoniness and black pepper. The body is medium with a narrow texture. The wine finishes medium and has medium acidity.
As a side note, we did a horizontal tasting with another Madiran from Château Peyros Madiran Vieilles Vignes. Both bottles were a 2014 vintage so I think a fair taste test. Both were also decanted for a similar time - about two hours. Everyone took turns trying each separate glass throughout their meal. The universal favourite was, in fact, the less expensive Domaine Mouréou - something to consider if you're looking at wines from this region in France.
Red
4/12/2020 - deBare wrote:
87 points
Double decanted this wine for an Easter duck dinner. It was quite astringent on the first sips. However it paired beautifully with the duck - cutting through the rich meat nicely. But it's not a wine I enjoyed without food so I will not likely buy again even if we’re serving duck in the future.
The wine looks crimson colored with medium legs. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells faintly like petrol, black pepper, and alcohol/hot. It tastes like mineral, stoniness and black pepper. The body is medium with a narrow texture. The wine finishes short and has high acidity.
As a side note, we did a horizontal tasting with another Madiran from Domaine Mouréou. Both bottles were a 2014 vintage so I think it was a fair taste test. Both were also decanted for a similar time - about two hours. Everyone took turns trying each separate glass throughout their meal. The universal favourite was, in fact, the less expensive Domaine Mouréou - something to consider if you're looking at wines from this region in France.
Red
4/7/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
92 points
This is a great wine which has cellared nicely and required very little decanting. It has a deep inky colour with light sediment and medium legs. It smells like chocolate, black pepper, clove and black currants. It tastes like black currants, blackberries, flint, black pepper, stoniness and chocolate. The body is full with a silky texture. It has a nice long finish with just medium acidity as most of the tannins are gone. I'm thrilled to have another four bottles left!
White
4/6/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
91 points
The wine is light gold coloured. The legs are medium. It smells like mineral and fig and tastes similar with a bit of butter. The body is medium/full. The wine has oily texture. The wine finishes long with medium acidity. Paired well with our smoked salmon appetizers and halibut in capers. I'm looking forward to my remaining bottle.
White
3/31/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
90 points
Although I'm generally not a white wine drinker, a Sauvignon Blanc was one of the recommended pairings with Asian stir fry - so I thought it was worth a shot.
Kono turned out to be a great choice as noted by Wine Spectator's 90-point assessment: "Concentrated, intense and focused Key lime and lemon sherbet flavours are bright, smooth and very refreshing, with a touch of lemon verbena on the finish."
The wine complemented my wife's dish perfectly. I'll definitely add another couple of bottles for future meals.
Red
3/22/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
91 points
I was the beneficiary of a partially opened bottle after a restaurant closed. It was barely down to the shoulder so essentially a full bottle that had a day or two to 'decant' in the bar. Held up quite nicely although I still prefer (slightly) the 2014 vintage ... but as a wise man once said: "It's always tastes best when it's free!"
Red
3/30/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
91 points
I was the beneficiary of a partially opened bottle after a local restaurant closed. It was barely down to the shoulder so essentially a full bottle that had a day or two to 'decant' in the bar. Held up quite nicely although I still prefer (slightly) the 2014 vintage ... but as a wise man once said: "It's always tastes best when it's free!"
Red
3/22/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
91 points
I was the beneficiary of a partially opened bottle after a restaurant closed. It was barely down to the shoulder so essentially a full bottle that had a day or two to 'decant' in the bar. Held up quite nicely although I still prefer (slightly) the 2014 vintage ... but as a wise man once said: "It's always tastes best when it's free!"
White
3/29/2020 - deBare wrote:
89 points
Fresh and smooth with a long finish. The legs are slow - the body light with medium acidity. Beautiful pale golden colour. No real hint of oak comes through. Aromas of mineral and stoniness with tastes of lime, stoniness and mineral. Paired it with a maple-glazed salmon.
Overall nice wine - but not sure it's worth the price point.
Spirits
1/10/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
92 points
Among my top two Grappas. Clean and smooth. Not overpowering like many other grappas.
Red
3/21/2020 - deBare Likes this wine:
96 points
After 15+ years of cellaring, this was a perfect wine to celebrate a significant birthday. Time created a deep smooth wine that is sadly the only bottle I had from my brother in Australia. Subtle hints of licorice and plum with a satin finish. Amazing wine.
Red
1/28/2020 - deBare Does not like this wine:
82 points
Too sweet for my taste but it wasn’t well cellared either.
Spirits
9/1/2019 - deBare Likes this wine:
90 points
It's one of the best liqueurs for mixing with grape bases such as Proscecco, Champagne and white wine as well as diverse spirits such as vodka, gin and whiskey. Check out some delicious cocktails to try at www.thespruceeats.com/st-germain-elderflower-cocktail-recipes-4150371.
Red - Sparkling
5/20/2019 - deBare Likes this wine:
89 points
Generally love the Seppelt's sparkling wine releases. However, this one did not have great QPR given its high price point versus the much less expensive but delicious 2015 Seppelt Shiraz Original Sparkling Great Western. Just saying ...
Spirits
11/7/2019 - deBare Likes this wine:
88 points
It probably wasn't a fair comparison having first finished off a fine bottle of Ron Zacapa Centenario "Sistema Solera" 23 Gran Reserva rum ... but I find the Havana Club Añejo 7 Años is not really a great sipping rum - best served as a mixer in Rum & Coke. It seem sacrilegious to 'mix' a nicer rum but it makes a huge positive difference. Try a cheaper Barcardi first, then next drink use the Havana Club 7 - it's a truly great Rum & Coke.
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Red
11/2/2019 - deBare wrote:
flawed
Sadly the bottle is past its "best by" date. I don't think the estimated 2023 date holds up. Mine had turned so if you haven't drunk your bottles - time to drink up!!!
White
8/9/2019 - deBare Does not like this wine:
84 points
Surprising aftertaste - not what we were expecting in an award-winning Reisling.
Red - Sparkling
6/16/2019 - deBare Does not like this wine:
79 points
Surprisingly bitter - really undrinkable - certainly when compared to other Australian sparkling Shiraz styles (like Seppelt's) that I really enjoy. It was a disappointment that I don't plan to repeat.
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