Tasting Notes for mdvino63

(294 notes on 243 wines)

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White - Sparkling
4/19/2019 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
91 points
This bottle drinking beautifully. Prime time, I think.
White - Off-dry
4/17/2019 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
91 points
Still great - amazing for a 15 year old gewurz from New Zealand. Who would guess. If you like gewurz, you will really like this wine. Classic bouquet and flavors, off-dry, intense and flavorful. Wonderful with Indian curry. Yummy.
White
For those of you who may still have bottles of this, know that it is still fresh and drinking beautifully. Killer QPR.
Red
3/3/2019 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
92 points
Had next to the 2001 Vieux Donjon, which I found much more to my liking. This was, however, better than expected for a 2007 as it has begun losing some of the heavy, overripe jamminess I remember from when I first tasted it. Obviously, very ripe and rich, but not the alcoholic mess I was fearing. Nice flavors of kirsch with some spice. No nearly as complex and refreshing as the 01 Donjon, though. My 2007 Cotes du Rhones have been drinking beautifully for the past couple years, are the CdPs going to emerge from their hot, jammy mess at some point and drink better? I wouldn't have thought so, but this bottle might get me thinking otherwise.
White
3/3/2019 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
93 points
Great showing. Everyone loved this wine - classic meursault. likely on the downhill at this point, given its deep color and butterscotch flavor, but by no means OTH.
Red
3/2/2019 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
96 points
This was simply stunning last night. Right from the get-go in incredible Cdp: wonderful kirsch fruit, full of earthiness, cigar tobacco, garrigue - everything one could hope for in a classic CdP. Vibrant, pure and perfectly balanced. Exceptional and exactly what I want when I open a CdP. Addenda: 1) this was nowhere near being over the hill, and 2)I just read ST's note where he said, "If someone sticks a glass of this in your face and you don't say Chateauneuf du Pape, you should give up wine drinking." - almost exactly what I said last night. This is unmistakably CdP.
Red
2007 Ontañón Rioja Crianza Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
1/14/2019 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
89 points
This is still drinking beautifully tonight - opened last night, with 1/2 the bottle left on counter with cork put back in. Just a delicious bottle and terrific quality given the price. Fruit is still fresh, oak very subtle at this point, some nice earth and spice. good acidity. mid-weight. great with food. Really enjoying this.
White - Off-dry
11/7/2018 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
94 points
Simply stunning gewurztraminer. Incredibly, Tanzer's note from 1999 is an almost perfect description of the wine today, nearly 20 years later, right down to the 'red grapefruit' description, which I never would have come up with myself. Unfortunately, I think this is my last bottle. Sweet, moderately unctuous, with wonderful and enough acidity that it is not even remotely cloying. I could drink this all night long. Fantastic. Goes great with Indian curry dish.
Rosé - Sparkling
9/26/2018 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
89 points
Josh Raynold's note rings true for me as a very accurate description of this lovely Cava. Delicious and so easy to drink, as well as having some interest. I find it very well-balanced. Simply stupendous QPR for the $10 I paid for it.
Red
still drinking beautifully. Really nice, mature barolo that still has good fruit.
Rosé
8/26/2018 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
91 points
Still delicious. unusual, great minerality and acidity, a hint of muskiness. Agree with Meyer lemon, maybe blood orange, and I like the rhubarb suggestion, as well. Terrific palate persistence and is great with food.
Red
2013 Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
5/7/2018 - mdvino63 wrote:
85 points
Not sure what Galloni was drinking when he wrote his note on this, but it sure as heck wasn't the same wine I was drinking tonight. I love chianti, and this was a decidedly mediocre one - nothing special at all. Red fruit that comes across almost as something artificial. Decent balance, but strikes me as manufactured wine. Not a fan. Poor QPR at close to $20.
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Red
1999 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/22/2018 - mdvino63 wrote:
93 points
From .375. This is just fantastic. May deserve a higher score by a point or two. Now, ready to go on the PNP, although there is still some tannin present, and this will, no doubt, go on for many more years, even in 1/2 bottles. See my prior notes, just update to ready-to-drink-now...almost. So glad I have more of this.
Red
4/18/2018 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
90 points
excellent on PNP. Herbaceous fruit with some meaty and mineral aspects, but tannins have melted away to give this a nice soft mouthfeel, even while there is some nice acidity to it. Best bottle of my bunch, so far, by a long shot. Can't understand how people thought this was on the downhill 3 years ago - still improving, to my taste, from my cool cellar! I like this much better than I did 3 or 4 years ago.
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Red
4/6/2018 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
90 points
Just beginning it's mature drinking phase. finally coming into its own. Medium/deep red ruby with no browning Plum and jammy dk red/black fruit nose. Spicy cool plum, dk red berry, blackberry fruit saturates the palate. Still young, but this is quite delicious and, honestly, much better than I thought it was going to turn out based on earlier bottles a few years back. Should hold up well - and even develop - for a few more years. 90+
White - Off-dry
1/24/2018 - mdvino63 wrote:
93 points
Yum. Still spectacular and way to easy to drink. Nice baking spices add some complexity to delicious fruit. Would be even higher score if a bit more acid/cut.
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Red
Once, again, outstanding. Really drinking a point, right now.
Red
12/11/2017 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
92 points
Utterly compelling Cotes du Rhone that would put many Chateauneufs to shame. Very ripe blackberry/black raspberry and kirsch on the nose with some minerality. Ripe fruit on the palate is more jellied than jammy and well kept in check by some nice cigar and tobacco notes and good acidity. Yum! NB - this has been in professional storage since I took delivery from Garagiste back in 2010.

I have generally not been a big fan of 2007 southern rhones (too alcoholic and extracted) but am wondering if waiting on them yields better results as I've been very happy with the Cotes du Rhones I've opened in the past 2 years. Will the Chateauneufs be better with a few more years of aging?
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Red
12/9/2017 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
93 points
Still fantastic. Amazing nose. Lots of life left. Wish I had more bottles. One of those rare bottles in the $50 range that you actually feel is worth significantly more than your good $20 -$25 bottles.
White
12/6/2017 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
92 points
Terrific gewürztraminer. Bought at auction 8 years ago and in my cellar since. Now just getting around to opening. I am, admittedly, a big fan of gewurztraminers in the ZH style. This is not quite as sweet, and has a bit more minerality and litheness relative to many of the ZH wines. One of those wines that screams sweet and yet has dryness on the palate. Classic gewurz lychee and tropical fruits. Rich, but not cloying. Hint of rosewater. just yum. I'd buy more of these if I could. This was a steal at less than $20 I paid.
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White
10/25/2017 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
92 points
I genuinely feel sorry for folks who have had bad or prematurely oxidized bottles of this wine. My tasting notes echo DRS-INC and Ron Slye (last note) have written. Beautiful expression of Rousanne/Marsanne blend. Great nose, wonderful flavors and gorgeous texture. This is a fantastic wine and one of the very best $20 white wines I have ever come across. Gorgeous to drink on its own or good with a variety of food (though not for lighter dishes). Holds up well in the fridge for a couple days, as well. Wish I had more.
White - Off-dry
9/30/2017 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
93 points
Can this still be getting better? Yes! Incredible nose is 95+ points and this is pure deliciousness. Not too sweet, not heavy at all, this just glides across the tongue. Fantastic. Bonnie practically swooned over this when I poured for her at her birthday party. 93+
Red
9/30/2017 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
93 points
Right on PNP this is terrific, with a complex warm and inviting nose of red fruits, leather and baked earth that screams Tuscan sangiovese. Follows through on the palate. Wonderful mouthfeel. Secondary characteristics gain with some air and augment the fruit, which is still very much present. Tannins are soft. This is well into its drinking window and need not be cellared any further. Recently pulled from professional storage, where it has been for many years since original purchase. Just lovely. If you like sangiovese, you will love this wine. It was a big hit with everyone.
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Red
8/18/2017 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful wine in a modern style. Big and rich, but very well-balanced. Just delicious. 93-94 points
Red
7/31/2017 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
92 points
Deep blood red. Beautiful nose of meat, dark red fruits. Deep. Succulent, ripe fruit with nice acidity to balance it so it is not heavy of jammy, though it is rich and thick. Really a terrific California Syrah that is drinking fabulously well right now and should go on for several more years. Seriously, I wish I could throw this into a Guigal LaLa tasting. It would show Cali, but would make people perk up and think twice for a moment. Wish I had more.
Red
1/1/2017 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
90 points
huge, vibrant nose savory and fruity. No cork taint here, thankfully, unlike my last 2 years ago. Very syrah. Palate not as intense. Excellent, though palate intensity not same as nose. Meaty. Other notes ring true. Solid 90-92..
Red
7/18/2017 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
89 points
very nice indeed. clean New World Pinot. Moderately pale. Varietally correct mid-weight without any excess fat, but not lean by any stretch. Tasty. Very nice. Solid 88-90 pt.
Red
5/29/2017 - mdvino63 wrote:
90 points
This is just a really good, varietally true, easy-to-drink nebbiolo. Not the be all and end all on complexity, but just yummy.
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White - Sparkling
5/14/2017 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
92 points
Mothers' Day. Delicious, mature Champagne and, as Champagne goes, a bargain at $50/btl, as this can compete with bottles double the price. Moreover, I'm much happier drinking this than a top vintage Champagne that is 10 years too young. Nice yeasty, moderately rich flavor. Some might want a bit more cut, but I like a rich mouthful of flavor in my Champagne, and this delivers nicely. Yum. Bonnie really likes it, too. Yay!
Red
5/14/2017 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
91 points
terrific bojo. Opened on Mothers' Day for Bonnie, who loves beaujolais, and it did not disappoint. She loves it. Violets, dark cherry. Beautiful.
Red
5/13/2017 - mdvino63 wrote:
87 points
This is, to me, not nearly as interesting as the 2007 Peters I drank recently. This has rich, ripe California pinot fruit....and, that is kind of the problem. It is very rich and ripe, with fairly hefty alcohol and just doesn't have nearly the complexity or elegance of the Peters, which is much more Burgundian. Don't get me wrong - I like this fine. It is a really nice Cali pinot, but a bit to ripe and over-the-top to be excellent, for my palate, and not what I want when I want a pinot. Too heavy. Fans of Martinelli and Marcassin pinots will find a lot to like here. By the way - not at all over-the-hill; this is still very fresh, at least from my cellar.
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Red
4/28/2017 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
92 points
What Loren Sonkin said. Amazingly, after 2 days open on the counter with a cork in it, still delicious, and a 1/2 glass left out overnight after that is still terrific and becoming more burgundian! 92+, as I think this gains complexity and still improves from here, to my taste.
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Red
4/16/2017 - mdvino63 wrote:
Agree with basically everything Brooklyguy has written on this wine. My one disagreement would be perhaps where this is going. Many of my 2005 cru beaujolais have been surly and unappealing for many years until recently, when most of them have blossomed into things of beauty. Perhaps, this one is just a little slow. It certainly seems to have the material. For now, however, it is surly and requires some significant effort to get to a place of modest enjoyment. Ultimately, judgement reserved.
White
Really very good. Food friendly. Improves with some air and warming up a little from fridge temp.
Red
2000 Sarget de Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/2/2017 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
91 points
Delicious. Plenty of life left from my cellar.
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Red
2/17/2017 - mdvino63 wrote:
Alas, I may have waited too long for my last bottle. Tonight, this bottle, at least, was OTH. Well, it sure was good while it lasted....
Red
2/1/2017 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
90 points
Delicious! best bottle, yet, by far. Fully mature. just delicious red fruits right on PNP and lovely aromatics - earth and savory spices.
Red
1/29/2017 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
89 points
Must be bottle variation given other peoples' impressions. Deep ruby. Nose of cherry, tobacco. Bright flavor of cherry, mineral, dark fruit. Very nice on PNP. This is very good, though hard to see it as GR3.
Red
1/8/2017 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
91 points
Better than I remember the last bottle from earlier this year. Dark, venous blood red. Lovely nose that is floral, with leather and slightly smoking dark red fruit. Delicious right on the PNP. Can't quite pin the fruit flavor, but it's really nice. Kind of like what red licorice might be like if made with a serious adult palate in mind. A little earthiness. Small amount of residual tannin. Medium acidity keeps it lively. Not-quite-full bodied. Nice intensity of flavor that haunts the mouth after swallowing. I really like this today.
Red
1/7/2017 - mdvino63 wrote:
89 points
beautiful light-mid-weight pinot. lovely and delicious. Some nice spice to it. Drinking perfectly.
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White - Sparkling
1/3/2017 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
90 points
Amazing that this wine is still drinking beautifully. It actually continues to get better and better. Tastes very French champagne tonight. Medium bodied, some tart apple, a little baking spice and yeast, and just beginning to get a hint of a slight oxidative edge that adds to the complexity. Yum. I'm going to blind some friends on my next bottle.
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Red
12/15/2016 - mdvino63 wrote:
88 points
I really liked this. Classic zin nose and palate, though on the older side - a bit more maturing fruit and some autumnal notes. But, clean, still good fruit, not over-extracted, good balance. This is very nice wine. As always, good QPR.
Red
11/5/2016 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
93 points
Just terrific. Deep garnet. Requires about 15-30 minutes for some mild volatility to blow away and to open up to reveal really sexy aromas of ripe, but not overripe, dark fruits with violet and spice. Rich wine, but not jammy, great spicy fruit with a little herbal earthiness to make it more interesting. Delicious, complex, great balance. Bonnie: "best wine ever". Me, not quite, but I love it and will definitely be looking for more from this producer, especially given Bonnie's enthusiasm. Held up well open for a day. (92-94)
Red
11/1/2016 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
92 points
After posting a private note to myself and my rating (92). I scrolled down through notes all the way to Tanzer's note from 2004. It rings perfectly true to my experience tonight, 12 years later. There is a lovely perfume to this wine that persists on the finish. Not a subtle wine, but lovely. Stylistically, this wine reminds me of Sean Thackrey for some reason (though there really isn't any eucalyptus flavor here).
Red
10/2/2016 - mdvino63 wrote:
90 points
Beautiful wine today. Completely mature. Syrah dominant on the palate once it opens - plenty of flavor intensity but not in a jammy, extracted way, more in a classic northern Rhone style. Very light on its feet. Quite a lot in common with a Chave Offerus, now that I think of it.
Red
2004 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
9/23/2016 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
90 points
Young. Really took a while to come together. Seemed simple at first but picked up intensity and complexity and weight after being open a couple hours. Great pairing with cumin lamb at Grand Sichuan. 90++
Red
1999 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
9/21/2016 - mdvino63 Likes this wine:
93 points
Drinking beautifully right from the get-go (breathed for about 30 min. before pouring). Complex, great fruit and balance. Silky. Yum.
Rosé - Sparkling
9/18/2016 - mdvino63 wrote:
89 points
Fun and just so good. A "drink because why not?" sparkler that is inexpensive enough for every day and good enough for an occasion. Love it.
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Red
9/17/2016 - mdvino63 wrote:
90 points
superb rosso di montalcino that would fare well up against many brunellos. Drinking mature, smooth and elegant right on PNP, so to drink now. Lovely warm sangiovese/tuscan earth. Right in my wheelhouse for this kind of wine. (90-91). Great value.
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