Tasting Notes for DRod

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Red
2000 Rutini Antologia VIII Maipú Red Blend
6/6/2012 - DRod wrote:
Stunning. As refined a Bordeaux blend (though it seems it might be 100% Malbec from different sites) as you'll find anywhere and a testament of what wine drinkers around the world need to understand about the top of 'New World' wines. Beautiful nose of cherry, cassis, flowers, forest floor. On the palate just a beautiful and harmonious mix of intensely concentrated dark fruit, delicious ripe tannin, black olive, saddle leather. The finish seems to go on forever. Impeccable wine.
Red
4/1/2012 - DRod wrote:
Quite opaque, purplish hue at the rim. Rich mix of mostly dark fruit, grape, blackberry, tangy raspberry, sweet essences, pencil lead. A good deal going on with the nose but still quite primary at this stage. Tastes downright delicious on the palate. Same big and rich mix of mostly dark fruit, quite primary, but has great backbone of ripe tannin that grips your palate from the midpalate on. Good acid as well, mouthwatering on the finish with great dark fruit and ripe tannin. Very young but just plain delicious.
Red
2/18/2012 - DRod wrote:
Great as always. Sad to see my last bottle go.
Red
2/1/2012 - DRod wrote:
93 points
Pop and pour. Beautiful nose of blackberry, BACON!, dirt, bacon fat, just beautiful dark fruit though. Smells awesome. Tastes a lot like it smells and it's wonderful. Gorgeous dark fruit and great savory notes of meat/bacon, quite ripe but not goopy. Good acid. Finish of beautiful ripe tannin, meat, dark fruit. This is a delight. Planned on having a glass or two and I'm damn-near finished the bottle. Beautifully ripe not not overbearing. Cali in its sweet spot.
Rosé - Sparkling
1/23/2012 - DRod Likes this wine:
93 points
Nice color in the glass. Like pink lemonade from powder when you put too much powder in there. Dark pink, almost a translucent red. Big nose of berry red fruit, a little candied, almost like a cherry liqueur. Smells delicious. On the palate big red fruit with that liqueur-like quality again, dominated by cherry and raspberry but there’s a lot going on. A nice kick of tannin you don’t fully expect, but it’s really nice. Good-length finish of that same red fruit and tannin. This is a treat.
Red
2009 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
1/14/2012 - DRod wrote:
On the nose big blackberry/raspberry jam, almost like a fruit roll-up. Very rich in fruit and smells almost over the top. On the palate that same big fruit and deliciousness, but enough acid and tannin to make it far from tiring. A touch of vanilla towards the tail-end and an incredibly long finish of that same blackberry. This is very young and delicious. Definitely has the stuffing to age for a while. And though I'm not as high on this as Antonio Galloni, it's a very nice drink.
Red
12/21/2011 - DRod wrote:
Wonderful bottle of pinot. Especially on the second night, would be hard-pressed to peg this as CA pinot in a blind test. Very lithe on the palate yet packed with flavor. Nice dose of minerality. Hitting all the right notes.
Red
12/13/2011 - DRod wrote:
91 points
Beautiful wine and consistent with the past. Great mix of sweet cranberry, raspberry, blueberry, cassis on the nose. Same wonderful mix on the palate with a nice dose of olive tapenade and a pleasantly leathery mouthfeel. Good finish of ripe tannin and leather. All in all delicious bottle of wine with very good balance.
Red
12/11/2011 - DRod wrote:
90 points
Sadly my last. Should've bought a case of 350ml's when this went on sale at Wine Library. Nose: tart cranberry, cherry, strawberry with a sweet-smelling touch of vanilla. Tastes a lot like it smells. Lots of mouth-watering acidity with delicious red fruit and ripe tannin. Good stuff.
Red
11/24/2011 - DRod wrote:
92 points
Remains a beautiful wine with the most intoxicating dark fruit and incense notes. Quite ripe and downright delicious, but has enough to keep things in nice balance.
Red
11/24/2011 - DRod wrote:
Tasty as heck with plenty of ripe fruit, but distinctive minerality and floral notes that make it quite elegant. Nice QPR on the list.
Red
11/15/2011 - DRod wrote:
95 points
The kind of wine that reminds me why I drink wine to begin with. An absolutely stunning nose of dark fruit, black pepper, meat--perfect mix of sweet and savory with great typicity to the N Rhone. On the palate, off-the-charts concentration with rich dark fruit, mix of black pepper, blood, meat. Substantial tannin and mouth-watering acid. This is still an infant and has a long life ahead of it, but it's a beautiful wine and extremely sexy now.
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Red
11/8/2011 - DRod wrote:
flawed
I can only describe this bottle as flawed somehow. Smells consistent with the last, through the mid still quite pleasant, but the finish is this near-astringent intensely mineral iodine-like note. Unpleasant, tossed down the drain.
Red
11/5/2011 - DRod wrote:
91 points
Beautiful nose of blueberries, leather, maraschino cherry. On the palate, an explosion of that same beautiful blueberry and red fruit mix, good acidity, ripe tannin in spades that turns leathery on the lengthy finish. A certain spiciness to it on the palate, a bit peppery. All in all delicious and paired just fine with a simple dish of pasta in tomato sauce. Disappeared in a hurry.
Red
10/31/2011 - DRod wrote:
91 points
Beautiful nose of blueberry, lavender, cassis, hint of incense/smoke, and a wet stone-like note. Smells great. Beautiful dark fruit with great concentration, but it's so light on the palate. Wonderful floral qualities, palate-cleansing acid and pleasant ripe tannin. This is really great stuff and belies its price point on the mailing list.
Red
10/29/2011 - DRod wrote:
Fantastic stuff. No formal notes. Bright strawberry, cherry, deliciousness. Stands to shed some of the oak with age.
Red
10/18/2011 - DRod wrote:
92 points
One of the more sulphured wines I've had in a little bit. After extensive air the burnt match smell is going away. Juicy strawberry, sour cherry, mushroom, forest floor, touch of tobacco on the nose. Really smells delicious. Medium bodied attack of that same delicious and juicy red fruit, touch of cherry cola, gets a little vanilla on the mid. Really nice acid makes the mouth water, medium tannin. Good-length finish of dark cherry and a solid dose of earth. Nice modern pinot that will be better with time.
Red
10/15/2011 - DRod wrote:
89 points
Nose is jam-packed with pretty red fruit and strong hints of vanilla. Almost candy-like, reminds me a bit of Fun Dip. Raspberry, strawberry on the palate with earthier tones like a touch of tobacco. The wood influence is fairly clearly there. Gets a touch hot on the finish for me. Surprisingly approachable for such a young nebbiolo, relatively low acid. A delicious drink that won't necessarily suit too many Piedmont fans. But it's so tasty that it's hard to get mad at it.
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Red
2007 Clos de los Siete Valle de Uco Malbec Blend, Malbec (view label images)
10/13/2011 - DRod wrote:
88 points
This wine is starting to come around more. Blackberry, blueberry, anise, some woody notes on the nose and a touch hot. On the palate those same big dark fruits with an interesting texture, tobacco, woody notes. Turns a wee bit clove-ish on the transition to the finish. Resolves to dark fruit and ripe tannin. Solid if unspectacular. May rerate on night #2.
Red
10/13/2011 - DRod wrote:
Just taking inventory, don't remember it too well, but thought it drank well at the price point.
Red
10/12/2011 - DRod wrote:
90 points
Starts off a little funky on the nose, rusty, dirty. With a good chunk of air it starts to come to life. Very pretty tart strawberry, dried cherry notes on the nose. A smidge of candy-like scents, but not in a bad way. It comes alive on the palate. Like diving face first into a bowl full of strawberry and sour cherry. A little hint of clove on the midpalate, but otherwise no discernable oak influence. Finishes with ripe tannin and delicious red fruit. Deliciously smooth tannins, solid acid. For a pinot with real pinot character, this is a steal at $16.
Red
10/5/2011 - DRod wrote:
This wine is still quite tight and darn-near astringent on the pop and pour. Very primary, tastes like wine. After 3 hours of air, the fruit is starting to show a great deal more and it's starting to drink well. Nose of ripe plum, tart raspberry, blackberry. Smells tasty. On the palate get that same mix of red and dark fruit in a big way. Big dose of flavor, ripe tannin in spades, solid acid. Resolves to a finish of mouth-drying tannin and dark fruit. This is still a baby, but it's already pretty tasty.
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Red
9/29/2011 - DRod wrote:
92 points
Completely consistent with the last time I had it, this wine is excellent. A bit tight on the pop and pour, but I poured it into the decanter and consumed over the course of about two hours. The last glass was definitely the most expressive. Great stuff.
Red
9/28/2011 - DRod wrote:
88 points
I finally popped my bottle and I honestly can't understand all the hate. It's a fairly restrained wine that didn't rock my world, but it by no means was offensive. In fact it was actually pretty good, just not great. For me it was a nice and dusty mix of red and dark fruit, some pepper and earth becoming more obvious on the palate. If I'm going to ding it for something it's the short finish, but overall this is really very good--just not excellent.
Red
9/18/2011 - DRod wrote:
What troutmonster said. Incredibly complex nose with really pretty fruit but more savory elements. A wall of tannin makes it a somewhat-difficult casual sipper, but I dig it. This'll be a real stunner in a handful of years.
Red
9/7/2011 - DRod wrote:
91 points
Cork soaked through almost to the very end. Initial concerns over oxidation. Popped and got a big hit of funk, tasty if unimpressive on the palate. With air and on the second day it started to come alive. Nose: Grapey, Welch's grape juice, touch of leather, rich aromas of dark fruit. On the palate, it's big, juicy, grapey and dark fruit again. Big concentration on fruit flavors, but great leathery ripe tannin and surprisingly good acid. Great concentration on mid, resolved to a lengthy finish of delicious ripe tannin. Delicious city with surprisingly good tannic and acidic structure. 91/92
Red
9/4/2011 - DRod wrote:
flawed
Womp womp. I'm not particularly perceptive to TCA, but this was corked to high heaven. Bummer, I love this wine.
Red
8/30/2011 - DRod wrote:
85 points
Second bottle, same as the first. Noticed fruit started to fade fairly quickly with air. Highly advise against decanting, nice on the pop and pour.
White - Sparkling
8/27/2011 - DRod wrote:
91 points
Pale yellow. Nose of fairly rich apple and brioche, apple pie almost, nice hit of fig. Smells delicious. On the palate it tastes a lot like it smells. Apple pie with fairly fine mousse, good acidic structure. Again that lovely fig, touch of vanilla. Persistent finish of similar. Delicious. 91+
Red
8/22/2011 - DRod wrote:
Wonderful as with the first go. Much better on the second night when the fruit really starts to shine through and creates a wonderful balance of sweet and savoury. Really very good and excellent at the price point.
Red
8/14/2011 - DRod wrote:
Fantastic wine. Packs a punch with full-flavored fruit but is in amazing balance for something that tips the scales at 14.6% ABV. No trace of heat or goopy fruit. Just beautiful rich black and red fruits with a wonderful smoky character, strong tannic structure, good acid. This is drinking well right now, but some further time sideways can only bring out further complexities.
Red
8/3/2011 - DRod wrote:
No formal notes, but this was a stunner. Beautiful black olive, olive brine, dirt, knockout dark fruit on the nose. On the palate it was just an amazing mix of power and elegance that hit all the right notes for me. Those same savory characteristics on the nose are there on the palate but overshadowed by a beautiful mix of blackberry and raspberry with concentration off the charts and a super-long finish. Yet everything was so well-integrated with velvety smooth tannins and firm acid. A certain femininity to it but still a powerful wine. Bravo.
Red
6/24/2011 - DRod wrote:
85 points
Translucent ruby in glass. Nose of maraschino cherry and tart raspberry, touch of iodine/mineral note. Light bodied attack of bright sour cherry, high acid/modest fear of VA. That iodine note comes back stronger on the palate. Resolves to a finish of that same bright sour cherry with modest tannin. Not life-changing by any means, but a nice quaff all the same and consistent with the lower-end Cote de Beaune reds I've had in the past. 84-86
Red
6/1/2011 - DRod wrote:
91 points
Nose of flintstone vitamins, underbrush, but a core of sweet and seductive blackberry, blueberry, but also some red fruit. Smells pleasant and a lot going on. Savory attack of black olive tapenade, earthy notes, but again core of that pleasant darker fruit with medium tannin and strong acid. Notes of leather and tasty ripe tannin on the medium+ length finish. Impressed with this wine, and at this price even moreso. Definitely feels more old world in style, a little surprised to see 14% abv on the label. Great value.
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Red
5/23/2011 - DRod wrote:
Beautiful bottle of wine. More youthful than the last few, had wonderful signs of age but vibrant fruit and nice acid. I vote for returning to the days of <14% ABV Cali cabs.
Red
5/20/2011 - DRod wrote:
87 points
Consistent notes with before. I think it was a touch hotter this time. Whether that's bottle variation or I'm in a different mood is a good question. Still, nice S Rhone QPR.
Red
5/19/2011 - DRod wrote:
93 points
Surprisingly funky nose of dirt, rust, but good core of dark fruit behind that. Definitely on the old world side of the spectrum on the nose. Big blackberry with delicious pepper and a smoky/charcoal-like note. So savory with great acid that just makes your mouth water on the good-length finish. I paired this with a BBQ pulled pork dish, which was perhaps a tad sweet given this excellent cool-climate wine. Man this is really, really good. Rich fruit but excellent savory characteristics. Big but doesn't weigh you down and very food friendly.
Red
5/15/2011 - DRod wrote:
95 points
Rich dark fruit with an almost an incense-like note, red licorice, a hint of leather. So much stuff going on with the nose. Wow on the palate. Big black fruit with off-the-charts concentration, but this has so much minerality, acid, tannin. Beautiful notes of leather grip your palate and lasts for what seems like forever on the finish. This is really a beautiful wine and I'm in complete agreement with Gary V on this. A steal at $35 if there ever was one.
Red
5/9/2011 - DRod wrote:
Nice wine. I think Spectator is a little off-base here, but maybe they see something I didn't. That said, this was remarkably easy-drinking for a young Nebbiolo. Nice nose of fairly ripe plum, leather, tar, floral scents. A lot of those same flavors transfer to the nicely concentrated palate with a nice punch of tannins. Opened up further with air, but this is surprisingly approachable at this stage IMO.
Red
5/8/2011 - DRod wrote:
Wonderful wine consumed over the course of three nights. I thought it was really hitting its stride on night #3, as its (ripe) tannin overwhelmed the fruit a bit on the first night especially. Wonderful nose, delicious mix of dark fruit with medium acid and medium+ tannin. If I weren't up to the gills with great wine, I'd consider a rebuy at $30 because I think this could be really special in a few years.
Red
5/8/2011 - DRod wrote:
First experience with Kutch. No formal notes. Rich dark cherry and pomegranate on the nose and palate, but good tannin and acid. Great Cali sunshine with sensibility. It's drinking well now, but I'm saving my remaining bottle for a long while. I'd like to see the fruit die down a bit in favor of some tertiary characteristics.
Red
5/2/2011 - DRod wrote:
Lovely wine showing plenty of savory elements that come with 30 years of age, but still a good frame of fruit, tannin, and acid. Nose of forest floor, tar, pine needles, blackberry, leather, green olive brine. Tremendously complex. Same complicated but tasty flavors transfer onto the palate with a good hit of fruit, acid, and tannin. Long finish. Really nice stuff.
White - Sparkling
5/2/2011 - DRod wrote:
93 points
Finished my second and last bottle. No formal notes, but this was as impressive on the second go as it was the first. Just really first-rate stuff. See previous TN for more coherent thoughts.
White
4/26/2011 - DRod Likes this wine:
91 points
Light yellow in glass. Burnt popcorn on the nose with malo/buttery scent and woody notes. Still some pretty pear, almost an apple-pie like note. Rich pear, green apple, mild buttery note but not overbearing. Same woody notes that makes this reminiscent of burnt popcorn, but it's not at all overdone. Still quite-solid acid that keeps things together nicely. Resolves to a finish of delicious apple pie with almost a coconut-like note. Outright delicious, but if I had more bottles I might give it some time for the oak influence to settle down a bit.
Red
2008 Betz Family Clos de Betz Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/26/2011 - DRod wrote:
92 points
(Opened for a glass 3 days ago, recorked, TN now) Opaque red, ruby at the rim. Great nose of sweet mix of red and dark fruit. A nice sweet vanilla note with a touch of menthol. On the palate rich dark fruit but excellent tannin structure and good acid. A black tea note from the slightly bitter tannin starts to take grip on the midpalate, a lot like black licorice. Long finish of that same tannin and great dark fruit. Good acid, mouth almost instantly watering. This is a delicious and really well-made wine that has the stuffing to age for a long time. 92+ points.
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Red
4/25/2011 - DRod wrote:
93 points
(Open for one glass. Tasted two days later after re-cork.) Opaque red with purplish hue at rim. Hugely expressive nose of super-ripe blackberry, raspberry, a hint of strawberry. Has a good hint of menthol which prevents it from being completely over the top. Huge ripe dark fruit on the attack through the mid. Blackberry, blueberry, deliciousness for days. Good hit of mocha pops up on mid, follows through with a dark chocolate note on the finish.Good ripe tannin and adequate acid that underlines this is no run-of-the-mill cali cab. Very delicious without being cloying. Resolves to beautiful finish of ripe dark fruit with grip of solid ripe tannin. Has the stuffing to age for a little bit, but this is pretty darn delicious right now. Big thumbs up; this is an excellent cab made in the riper style.
White
4/23/2011 - DRod wrote:
Huge celery, grassiness on the nose. On the palate those same green flavors with a good amount of acidity. Some tropical fruit, but definitely greenness predominates. Funny, the first four bottles were really disappointing given the raves. In fact I took this to barbecues and similar because I really didn't care for it. But somehow in the past however long it's come into its own and is drinking well now. Probably an 88pt wine from me or thereabouts. Went over well with a non-wine-drinking crowd.
Rosé
4/23/2011 - DRod wrote:
From memory. Very tropical nose of peach, guava, honeydew. Smelled very sweet on the verge of cloying, which concerned me on first go. Completely dry on the palate, however, and full of those same peachy flavors with a nice dose of acidity and good concentration. Quite fruit forward and delicious without being over the top. Well-made wine and went over as a big hit with a non-wine-drinking crowd and this wine snob all the same.
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Rosé
4/23/2011 - DRod wrote:
Probably drank it too soon after shipment, but this didn't blow me away as I hoped it would. Fairly tropical nose of peach, guava, pineapple. On the palate those same tropical notes on the attack through the finish. I felt like the acidity was lacking a bit for a Rose, but to be fair I like a great deal of acidity in my Roses and white wines. No score because the bottle's all gone and this is from memory, but I'd put it at around an 87-88 for my palate. Very good, just not great.
Red
4/19/2011 - DRod wrote:
91 points
The only problem with this wine is that I'm going through it way too fast.
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