Tasting Notes for Winefrog

(16 notes on 16 wines)

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White - Sweet/Dessert
4/24/2011 - Winefrog wrote:
90 points
Rather dark. Delicious without being overly sweet... Taste of apple with peel... Not quite as full-flavored as I had expected, but very nice!
White - Sweet/Dessert
4/24/2011 - Winefrog wrote:
90 points
Very nice, full-flavored, with distinct apricot and perhaps pear character.
Red
1997 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/24/2011 - Winefrog wrote:
89 points
Very good, but rather more understated and perhaps even a bit weak... frankly, without a lot of character. Here's hoping I didn't hold it too long, as I have a few more...
Red
4/24/2011 - Winefrog wrote:
92 points
Wonderful... Enjoyed half an hour after opening (from bottle, not decanted), with a meal of grilled marinated kebab (chicken w/Dijon/thyme/garlic/wine, and beef w/rosemary/wine/garlic/EEOV) and potatoes cut & seasoned w/rosemary, garlic and EEOV, and green beans steamed... The wine really worked well with the food, in a soft yet complex way, fully balanced & satisfying.... One bottle of this left, looking forward to it in the next few years...
Red
12/28/2010 - Winefrog wrote:
91 points
Notes taken over an hour and a half, without food (unfortunately!): Nice, but in the first half hour, as the taste develops on the palate the acidity seems a little out of balance, perhaps due to something else in the profile beginning to fade. I'm not sure how to evaluate it. Maybe the lack of accompanying food has something to do with it, and I hope to try the next bottle with a hearty meal! The nose seems rich, but as time goes on (Going on one hour open so far) there seems to be a "hole" in the palate. Still has some tannins, but not out of balance. Additional time (over an hour now) it is coming into better balance, as a more mature aussie Shiraz, so perhaps my earlier concerns were just a matter of the wine needing to breathe a bit. Overall, it is rather nice, but I have to wonder if it is beginning its downhill journey a bit earlier than I had hoped... 4 bottles left, so I guess I will try to fit this into some dinners over the next year or two, one rather soon to see if this bottle was anomalous....
Red
2/17/2010 - Winefrog wrote:
92 points
Very nice, a little sweeter than expected, and relatively youthful (in a mostly good way), but with that classic musty Tempranillo/Rioja nose. Enjoyed some over several hours, re-corked in the cellar, and finished it up the following evening. Glad to have a few more bottles to enjoy over the next few years!
Red
3/17/2009 - Winefrog wrote:
93 points
Intense fruity nose (very ripe!), heavy dark berry taste, inky intense color... Wow, if you have a weakness for the Aussie-type approach then this may be one for you!
Red
1/4/2008 - Winefrog wrote:
86 points
A little more rustic than I had expected, but it seemed to improve over the evening. Not bad for the price.
Red
1/3/2008 - Winefrog wrote:
89 points
Very nice for the price!
Red
1/2/2008 - Winefrog wrote:
90 points
Not too structured, but very nice, with fruits and floral hints on the nose and a smooth palate rich with fruits. Tannins seemed well-integrated, and I would enjoy now, though it may develop further. Very enjoyable, but perhaps there are better wines at $22. Glad I tried it, though!
Red
2005 Two Hands Brave Faces Barossa Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
2/5/2007 - Winefrog wrote:
Very enjoyable!! Dark fruits, touch of spice, not highly complex, but balanced and nice. Still some tannin in there, so it may have some years in it, but I'm not able to judge how it will come together, and it tastes so good now...!
Red
9/30/2006 - Winefrog wrote:
89 points
Color quite dark. Nose rich and spicy, with dark berry/chocolate overtones (which also come through on the palate). On the palate, the tannins are definitely there, but not overbearingly so, given everything else going on with this. Acidity may be a tad high, but it still comes out nicely with fruit and tannin enough to compensate fairly well. A heady McLaren Vale Shiraz, which should be good with sufficiently flavorful foods (red meats, etc.), though I'm quite enjoying it on its own. Guess this comes down for me to an 89-90 point range (not sure I'd use the word "Outstanding" (=90-94) so I'll notch it down to the "Very Good to Excellent" and give it an 89). I find it rather pleasing, so the $16 I paid seems like a fair deal.
Red
3/23/2006 - Winefrog wrote:
83 points
Opened & poured directly into the glass for evaluation, and apparently it didn't have a chance to reach a proper cellar temperature beforehand (mistake! purchased this afternoon...). In appearance, this wine is clear, and with medium to deep intensity of color in the range of ruby to garnet. The nose is youthful and clean, and of medium intensity, leaning most towards cherry, with some vanilla and a touch of spice (later I detected hints of leather/saddle). On the palate, the acidity seems fairly balanced (perhaps a tad low?), and the tannins on the hard side (!). The body seems medium, as does the intensity of the fruit flavor, though I'm not getting a clear picture of the specific flavors... "red fruits" is about as far as I'd go with this right now. Needs more cellar time or some serious decanting, I think, but even with that I wonder if this will come into balance. I guess I have to rate it in the "Good (80-84)" range. Not really to my liking, but not bad.
Red
3/21/2006 - Winefrog wrote:
88 points
Clear & medium color intensity (touch of bricking on the edge, hint of blueish/purplish in the depths). Nose is clean & 'soft' (but not weak!) right out of the bottle. I smell mostly cherry, a little floral scents, some leather & earthiness, with hints of mushrooms & mineral I think. On the palate... Tannins are in there, but soft & well integrated. Earthy & cherry flavors... having trouble untangling the flavors, but I think there's a bit of strawberry in there? Drinking very well now, I think, but no idea what the lifetime is going forward. Very nice! I have very little experience with Burgundies, but I think I need to change that! (take that into account in interpreting the points I gave)
Red
11/7/2005 - Winefrog wrote:
375ml bottle opened & 1 glass immediately sampled without food; remainder decanted for later sampling. Rich ruby color. Licorice & cassis on the nose, with a hint of cinnamon. Palate very strong up front, with very ripe dark fruits & strong tannins tightly wound with some acidity, a bit hot (alcohol). Not at all ready at first!! 2 hours later, nose showing more clove & nutmeg. Palate has softened a bit, but still fairly vigorous tannins seem out of balance, still a bit hot. Still not very much to my taste yet (food would help?). After 3 hours, tannins still positively tooth-coating. Palate not coming together. I conclude that this needs years to resolve, or MUCH more time in decanter to develop. Reserved a small amount to taste tomorrow, but I don't hold out much hope at this point for the near term. P.S. - 24 hours later it has not improved appreciably to me. Tannins still over-dominant, with lots of ripe dark fruits on the palate and spices in the nose.
Red
1/1/2002 - Winefrog wrote:
More to record several details at this point, since it's been so long (purchased in late 2001, drank in early 2002): "Gran" does not appear on front label, but it is indeed a Gran Rerserva according to the official DO label on back. At first it looked too good to be real, so we figured it had been a hoax... but we found information elsewhere on the web suggesting it may have "spent 35 years in wood, and 5 years in bottle," and if that's the case it was bottled around 1970 and released around 1975 !! That explains the relatively modern bottle, good bottle condition and fill level, as well as the relative lack of sediment (I imagine most of it would have settled out long before it saw the bottle). From my recollection, the wine was not at all faded, nor did the decades in wood leave it out of balance... very nice, in fact. Unable to rate it 3 years later though. Drank with tapas brought in from a local place.
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