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Tasting Notes for eyewino

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Red
1/14/2022 - eyewino wrote:
93 points
What a dichotomy of a wine. On one hand, the color is burgundian, certainly not deep or opaque, it is light-bodied, has low tannins, and fantastic high acidity. On the other hand, the nose immediately brings dark cherry, port-like raisin notes, and an almost sweet depth of flavor that one expects in a more viscous, heavily extracted wine. The palate flavors largely follow the nose with the addition of volcanic minerality, which extended to the nose after 30 minutes.

This strikes me as a focused, intentional wine that is exactly as the winemaker set out for it to be. Bravo! What to pair this with? Something Sicilian seems appropriate. I went with bourbon-barbecued salmon, because apparently I am an uncultured cretin. It was pretty good, actually.
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White
1/9/2022 - eyewino wrote:
flawed
Deep golden color in the glass. Slightly oxidized "fluor" on the nose along with some nuttiness and a touch of minerality. No lemon or saline as one would usually expect with assyrtiko. Palate follows nose with medium acidity, medium body, and a mild, but astringent aftertaste. This bottle, while still drinkable, is clearly past its prime. Did not finish the bottle. Drink years ago.
Red
12/26/2021 - eyewino wrote:
90 points
Dark/opaque garnet fading to pink rim. Dark cherry, sour cherry, smoke, and sweet tobacco on the nose. The palate hit hard with aggressive, persistent tannins, more cherry, good acidity, and a long aftertaste. There is a lot going on here. It coats your mouth and hangs around. Serve with rich or gamey red meats. Very good now, but it will be better in five years.
Rosé
2020 Prima Materia Barbera & Aglianico Kelsey Bench Lake County Red Blend (view label images)
12/22/2021 - eyewino wrote:
85 points
Exceptionally dark for a rose. More like a muted claret color. On the nose, raspberry, sour cherry, and orange peel are bright and aggressive. The palate follows the nose with good acidity, a medium-bodied mouthful, and a medium-length sour finish.
PnP, it improved over 90 minutes. This wine is clean and well-made, but does not look or drink like a rose to me - it is a light red. Interesting, but not a repeat buy for me.
White
12/14/2021 - eyewino wrote:
86 points
Very pale straw/gold in the glass. Nose is tropical fruit, white flowers, and saline. Meduim-full bodied on the palate. Feels flabby at first, but after the swallow, the sneaky acidity makes the sides of your tongue water...interesting. Very smooth on the palate with more salinity and a bit of lanolin.

We bought this at the winery two months ago. It was better there in the moment, as are many wines. The profile for this bottle does not quite match most other Viogniers in that it is not as waxy-feeling or floral-smelling as I expected. Having said that. It is good and well made. Paired family well with mushroom risotto. Rouge River Valley is starting to figure out what they want to be in the wine world. Recommended if you are interested in trying wines from new places. Not Recommended as a classic Viognier.
Rosé
12/1/2021 - eyewino wrote:
86 points
Salmon colored fading to a clear rim. Faint blood orange, white flowers, lemon balm, and saline on the nose. The palate continues the low-key citrus, and salinity with good acidity and a medium-length aftertaste. Not a spectacular rose - the flavors started muted and opened up only a bit over an hour. Best with food.
White
11/26/2021 - eyewino Likes this wine:
89 points
Very pale yellow with a clear rim. Notes of lemon curd, lychee, and saline on the nose. Palate strikes with high acidity, light body, more lemon, and a medium-length aftertaste.
Good on its own, and very good with food. Recommended.
Red
11/25/2021 - eyewino wrote:
83 points
Medium ruby fading to brown/orange with a clear rim. Muted cherry, tobacco, and vanilla on the nose. The palate follows the nose with good acidity, mild tannins, and a medium-short aftertaste. This would have been better (perhaps an 87 or 88?) a couple years ago. Drink now.
Red
11/23/2021 - eyewino wrote:
87 points
Bright ruby fading to pink with a clear watery rim. PnP, but consumed over 2 hours. Nose of cherry, vanilla, smoke, and candied walnut. The palate is Full-bodied with fine tannins, medium acidity, more cherry, and a medium-long aftertaste. This is a solid, if not spectacular Rioja. It did not evolve over 120 minutes as much as I expected - it was ready to drink when opened. While I think it will hold for 5-7 more years, it won't improve. Drink up.
White
Excellent. Not a typical Vermentino, this has a distinctive grapefruit note. Great acidity, smooth, very food-friendly.
Red
Cherry cough syrup marinated in oak chips with added sugar. Almost wine-like. I know this is one of the best selling wines in the U.S. And I feel like I need to apologize to the rest of the world.
Red
11/14/2021 - eyewino wrote:
86 points
Pale ruby fading quickly to pink with a watery rim. Nose of red fruits, leather, and a bit of tar. Medium-bodied on the palate with good acidity and fine but persistent tannins. Medium length aftertaste. Solid, but not special.

I am not an expert on Barolo or Barbaresco, but I was expecting a bit more oomph to this bottle. It is more... gentle...than I believe it should be. Having said that, it's a pretty wine that would pair fairly well with roast chicken or grilled pork.

EDIT: over 90 minutes, it became more integrated. It held up well against venison with cranberry-port sauce. I raised my rating by one point.
Red
11/13/2021 - eyewino wrote:
Strong barnyard. Second bottle of the night, so no additional notes...
Red
11/7/2021 - eyewino wrote:
94 points
Brilliant ruby color fading to pink with a watery rim. Bouquet of volcanic mineral, some red berries, and leather. It attacks the palate with bright acidity, fine tannins, and flavors that are true to the nose. The long aftertaste fades from mineral to cherry.

Man, is this good. This wine is a great example of what I love about Nerello Mascalese. I haven't yet been to Mt. Etna, but to me, this is what the volcanic rock will smell and taste like. Surprise your wine-tasting group with this and it will blow them away. Wine novices may not yet be ready for an offering so much mineral and little fruit. I need to get more.
Red
10/31/2021 - eyewino Likes this wine:
91 points
Deep ruby color fading to garnet with a clear rim - it does not appear ten years old. Immediately after opening it was very closed (surprise, surprise). After 45 minutes ripe cherries and sweet tobacco emerged. A bit later, leather and even hint of mint joined the party. The palate hits with a lot of sweet cherry and some mineral. Mouthwatering acidity and gentle yet persistent tannins lead to a long finish.
Wow! I wish I had decanted this a couple hours before drinking. This is really good now, but it still tastes fresh. I believe it still has years ahead of it, and I hope it loses some of the sweet flavors. I have another bottle and I will not touch it for 3-5 years.
Red
10/6/2021 - eyewino Likes this wine:
91 points
Lovely magenta fading to pink with a thin watery rim. Lighter in color than expected for a Mourvedre. Dark berries, herbs,and meat with undertones of purple flowers. On the palate it is Full-bodied with good acidity, more fruit and meat, a little smoke and enough oak to smooth out the strong tannins.

This bottle paired well with a venison roast, potatos, carrots, and onions. It is a lighter, more polished version of most French and Spanish (where is known as monastrell) wines using the same grape. I really like what this winery has done with this, and many of their offerings. Apparently the winemaker trained under Randal Graham (Bonny Doon) and many of his wines reflect the same "Rhone grapes, American soil, rebel soul" attitude. Recommended as a surprise bottle from an obscure region.
Red
10/1/2021 - eyewino Likes this wine:
92 points
Deep magenta fading to pink with a watery rim. On the nosecare dark fruits, violets, and a hint of sweet tobacco. The palate is long in acidity, fine tannins, more dark fruit, and medium plus body. A long and gentle aftertaste of lavender and expresso comes through on the end. Recommended.

Give this an hour decant. Is wasn't until 45 minutes+ that the nuances became apparent. I love what Prima Materia is doing - obscure and historic grapes made in small batches, rustic treatment, resulting in primal, authentic, and delicious wines that are unlike any other I have found. And no, I am not associated with the winery in any way other than being a fan.
Red
9/29/2021 - eyewino wrote:
91 points
Bloody, meat-like, red berres...gorgeous and feral. I laughed at the review previous, but after opening it, I agree completely. Unfortunately, I decanted it 90 minutes before serving it to guests. Bad move. It was a shell of itself. Recommended. But PnP. And drink quickly.
Red
9/24/2021 - eyewino Likes this wine:
93 points
Primal. Medium dark ruby in the glass. Red berries, briar patch, and then delicate rose on the nose. Palate is powerful with aggressive shaggy tannins, good acidity, and more red berries followed with earthy notes. Long finish. The NV classification of this bottle had me concerned. Only three barrels (60 cases) were made, according to the label. Fortunately, the old-world taste and acid profile won me over. It is probably overpriced at $40 US, but it is a really good bottle. Highly recommended.
Rosé
9/8/2021 - eyewino Likes this wine:
89 points
Orange/salmon color in the glass. Nose of blood orange, herbs, mineral, and even a little barnyard funk. Creamy palate with medium body, good acidity, and a long aftertaste of herbs, bitter citrus, and salinity. My first Musar rose and it did not disappoint. It definitely needed 45minutes+ of air to show well. Not for the typical rose drinker - this is a wine-lovers rose.
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Red
9/3/2021 - eyewino wrote:
85 points
Dark garnet in the glass. Dark fruit, some leather, and generous vanilla on the nose. Mouthful is full with shaggy tannins, more dark fruit, medium acidity, and a medium-length finish. While this is a half-step back from. A typical new world friut-bomb, it is still just not my style. I understand why JS and his ilk rate it highly, but I do not. Recommended only for those who like big new world reds. Those of us who trend AFWE, keep away.
White
8/22/2021 - eyewino wrote:
92 points
Brilliant gold color. Nosecof lemon balm, peach, and petrol. Medium mouthful with lanolin, apple, more petrol, and good acidity. Medium-long aftertaste. Lovely. Thus is a great example of a Mosel riesling at a very reasonable price that is aging very well. Highly recommended.
White
8/21/2021 - eyewino wrote:
84 points
Semi-sparkling with medium mousse that lasts...a short while. Deep gold color that is a touch cloudy in the glass. Nose of ripe/bruised apple (often a sign of a natural wine to me), fresh lemon, and some salinity. The palate is medium-full with good acidity, more bruised apple, and a Medium-short aftertaste. I really like many natural wines while absolutely disliking others. This one seems to lie somewhere in between. While I think wine geeks like myself will find some redeeming characteristics in this wine, I fear the general wine-drinking public will not. O will not purchase this again.
White
8/7/2021 - eyewino wrote:
84 points
Yellow-gold in the glass. Nose of lemon, white flowers, pineapple and a touch of mineral. On the palate, it is Light-bodied, medium plus acid, and almost completely dry. Medium-short aftertaste of lemon and astringency. This seems like an off-year to me for what is usually one of my favorite QPR summer sippers.

11/25/21 - pineapple more prominent than previous note.
White
7/30/2021 - eyewino wrote:
92 points
Very pale yellow in the glass. Nose of lemon balm, rubber eraser, lime, and mineral. Lightweight on the palate, competing "zings" of acidity and sweetness compete for attention. A long lemon and rubber eraser aftertaste complete the swallow. Really well constructed and executed. A great example of how co.plex and delicious an entry-level Mosel riesling can be. Highly recommended.
Red
7/19/2021 - eyewino Does not like this wine:
82 points
Very dark ruby core with a thin watery edge. The nose brings smoke, strawberry compote, and cedar. Full-bodied, medium tannins, low-mediun acidity, and a medium-length astringent aftertaste complete the swallow. This is a big, brawny red that comes at you with power, aggression but not much nuance or refinement. Drink now.
Rosé
7/12/2021 - eyewino wrote:
83 points
Very pale/watery pink. Faint nose of overripe strawberries, and herbs. Light-bodied (of course) with medium acidity and a short aftertaste of talc and mineral. I was a big fan of the 2019. Not so the 2020. Drinkable, but certainly not outstanding.
White
6/19/2021 - eyewino wrote:
84 points
Mediuum brilliant straw in the glass. Lemongrass, pineapple, and some herbaceousness on the nose. Certainly not the "grapefruit-gooseberry-lime typical" Sancerre. Palate follows nose with a bit of talc added. Meduim-light body, slightly viscous, medium-high acid. Lanolin-like finish. Not bad, but not as expected. Drink now through 2023.
Rosé - Sparkling
6/17/2021 - eyewino Does not like this wine:
78 points
Meh. Pretty pink color. Agressive bubbles. Not much flavor. Decent acidity. I guess I got what I paid for at Trader Joe's
Rosé - Sparkling
6/16/2021 - eyewino wrote:
88 points
Different. Aggressive pet-nat bubbles. Orange/pink/salmon and slightly cloudy in the glass. Notes of orange peel, rhubarb, and herbs on the nose. Mouthfeel is full with good acidity, notes of sage and more rhubarb, and a a medium-long saline/mineral finish. Plenty of sour funk. Obviously in the "natural wine" category. If you are looking for an easy-drinking summer sipper, this ain't it. Challenging, cerebral, and not easy to love, but easy to appreciate. If you are used to Whispering Angel, think Kathy Bates vs. Jennifer Lawrence. I'm glad I purchased a bottle, but I doubt I will purchase another.
White
6/11/2021 - eyewino wrote:
90 points
Brilliant gold color in the glass. Nose of lemon, honeycrisp apple, melon, and mineral on the nose. Dry on the palate with medium acidity, medium weight, cream notes, saline and a medium- long finish.

This 70% Viura, 30% Maturana Blanca wine is crisp yet creamy, tart on the finish, and would pair well with a variety of foods. Spanish whites are often underappreciated, and this is yet another example. Great QPR.
White
6/8/2021 - eyewino Does not like this wine:
78 points
Brilliant pale straw color in the glass. After a few swirls, I detect lemon balm, and a hint of sweet spices. Light body, almost a bit effervescent on the front of the palate, medium acidity, fading to....not much of anything. This seems to be a wine devoid of much flavor, character, or anything else. I blame the varietal more than the winemaker - you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Check it off your list of "varietals tried", but don't expect a great experience.
Rosé
2019 Prima Materia Rosé Kelsey Bench Lake County Rosé Blend (view label images)
6/7/2021 - eyewino wrote:
Slightly cloudy salmon in the glass. On the nose I get red berries, orange zest, black pepper, and a bit of mineral. The palate follows the nose with good acidity, medium body, an unusual "chewiness" for a rose, ana a medium length saline finish.

This natural wine made of 85% Sangiovese, and 15% from combined primotivo and barbera is a winner. It tastes authentic and is not trying to be another Whispering Angel or any other "mass appeal" rose. Paired wonderfully with roasted chicken over salad greens.
Red
6/3/2021 - eyewino Does not like this wine:
80 points
Unremarkable overextracted gloopy mess of red berries and vanilla. No flaws, but a great example of exactly what the wine world is mass producing in an effort to get higher scores.
White
Quite good! Not what I expected from an Italian/Tuscan white. Great acidity, lime, a bit of mineral. Very good patliring with seafood, or citrus chicken. Unfortunately, we had it with rosemary pork. Drink now through 2023.
White
5/23/2021 - eyewino wrote:
82 points
Brilliant deep gold color in the glass. Lemon balm and white flowers on the nose. Palate follows nose with salinity, medium weight, high acidity, and a short finish. Drink now, or better yet last year.
Rosé - Sparkling
5/23/2021 - eyewino wrote:
Not profound, but very pleasant. Strawberry, peach, and a hint of herbs. Great deck sipper. For $7 at Trader Joe's, buy a few!
Red
5/22/2021 - eyewino wrote:
88 points
Dark brick red fading to orange then clear - in the glass it looks almost like an aged Ruby port. Closed for the first hour, then black cherry, sweet tobacco, and forest floor emerge on the nose. Mouthfeel is full and very dry with strong, grippy tannins, more cherry, and a bit of heat on the long finish.
EDIT: three hours later it had taken on some heat, like an alcoholic cherry cough syrup. It was more integrated, however. Drink now or hold up to another ten years. Recommend fatty meats or cheeses with this wine as the tannins really need something with which to bind.
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Rosé
5/14/2021 - eyewino wrote:
Nothing there. No smell. No taste. Flawed bottle, or just that bad? Drain pour. Makes me wonder if it was just corked enough to mask 99% of everything, but not quite enough to have that typical "corked" smell.
Red
5/11/2021 - eyewino wrote:
87 points
Bright, dark Ruby color fading to pink with a watery rim. Nose of dark cherry, vanilla, and a little tobacco. Tart cherry, mediuum tannins on the sides of the tongue, surprisingly high acidity, high-medium body, and a medium-long aftertaste complete the sip.
EDIT: after 90 minutes, the tartness was accentuated, but a nice mineral note was also present on the nose and palate.

Historically used as a blending grape, I can taste how it would play well with Sangiovese. Ciliegiolo is now found a few places in Italy as a stand-alone variety. In Umbria, I understand it is usually much lighter-bodied. Worth trying. Drink now through 2024.
White
5/7/2021 - eyewino wrote:
87 points
Pale gold, bright color. Pineapple, lemon, and a bit of funk on the nose. High acidity, surprisingly large mouthfeel, bone fry, and a long aftertaste make the back half of the experience better than the front. It tastes "natural" in that it is not as linear or "pure" in taste as many Mosel Rieslings. Interesting, but not my taste, exactly. Drink now or hold up to 3-5 years.
Rosé
5/2/2021 - eyewino wrote:
83 points
Pale onion skin color. Faint nose of red berries and orange blossoms. Palate is light, talc dry, and...hollow. Not much there. Short aftertaste. Summer deck quaffer, but the $10 price I paid from WTSO is probably about right. Drink now.
Red
4/28/2021 - eyewino wrote:
85 points
Beautiful deep Ruby color with a thin watery edge. Nose of
Red and dark berries, vanilla, and cedar. Full-bodied with gentle shaggy tannins, dried fruit on the palate, and a meduim short finish. Not bad for $10 at WTSO. I have never had a Nero Di Troya wine, so there's that. Recommend trying once - drink now through 2023.
White
Golden orange color. Unfiltered. Oxydized nose with a bit of floral and honey components. Very dry on the palate with medium light body and good acidity. Astringent long aftertaste. Perhaps this is what the winemaker was after, but I hope not. This is the kind of "natural" wine that makes most wine drinkers weary of the category. I have had many natural wines that I have enjoyed, but this is not my cup of tea. Drink or dump now through 2022.
Red
4/19/2021 - eyewino Likes this wine:
88 points
Very dark Ruby fading to dark pink. On the nose, blueberry and dark cherry dominate, with tobacco and old leather in the background. Very full-bodied with big, grippy tannins on the gumbs. Flavor follows nose with the addition of some mineral and medium acidity. After 30 minutes, a vegetal flavor (green pepper?) emerged. Medium-longg aftertaste. Very rustic. Drink now or hold another 5 years.
Red
4/16/2021 - eyewino wrote:
88 points
Dark Ruby fading to dark pink with a watery rim. Blueberry/boysenberry and vanilla on the nose. Full mouthfeel with grippy tannins, that coat the gumbs and mediuim-low acidity. Medium-long aftertaste with a touch of astringency. Not my cup of tea, but well made. If Cali zins are your thing, I hope you enjoy it. The alcohol is "only" 14.5%, so there's that. Better than a year ago. Drink now or hold up through 2024.
White
2015 Château Moulin de Clairac Blanc Graves Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
4/13/2021 - eyewino wrote:
86 points
Bright yellow/gold color. Lemon, grapefruit, and herbs on the nose. Dry, light on the palate with a short aftertaste of mineral. Pleasant. Easy summer sipper, but would pair with a variety of light dishes. Drink now.
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