Tasting Notes for Bunch

(33 notes on 33 wines)

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Red
12/29/2011 - Bunch wrote:
94 points
Initially very Burgundian. Like Burgundy on steroids, yet elegant. Roses, barn-yard, a touch of cherry liquor, spring forrest floor after rain in May, almond-cake, lush and elegant. Later blood, blood orange, discrete oriental spices, freshly ground coffee, wet newspapers. Palate with a beautiful balance between acid, fruit and tannin, but unexpectedly short, which puzzled us a bit. Five hours after decanting: Pine needles, thyme and chocolate. Now very Barolo like (!). This wine is drinking really well now, but will of course develop more complexity over the next 5-10 years. At this (feminine) stage not a very typical Cndp, but indeed very delicious.
Red
8/15/2010 - Bunch wrote:
94 points
Nose is initially restrained but cool and elegant, displaying hints of assorted red berries, mushrooms, white roses, sea-shell, leather and brioche. After 2 hours in the glass strawberry pie, gingerbread and cool mint - also hints of tar and spices. Palate medium-bodied, intense, yet a bit out of balance regarding the acid that appears rather dominant. After 4.5 hours. The wine has really come together now. The air has finally developed the fruit in the wine: Fat red fruit, forrest berries, glazed citrus fruits and the classical, yet undefinable, “Vosne spices” flow into a dry and medium long finish. Acid still present, but the wine has really come together. Sleek, charming, not extraordinary profound, but indeed a very, very fine wine.
Red
8/15/2010 - Bunch wrote:
93 points
A blockbuster of a Barbera. Almost pitch black. Decanted for five hours, but very difficult to get more than intense black currant and some herbal notes. It is a great, full-bodied wine, no doubt, but I will definitely not touch it again until 5 years from now...
Red
12/20/2010 - Bunch wrote:
93 points
Mature brown colour. Nose is dominated by strawberries, hazel nuts and a touch of black hawthorn. Also a sweet biscuit note, butchers floor and licorice root. After 20 min a less charming polisher/confit note dominating the nose and the strawberries appear more jammy. Aftertaste medium long, tannins nice and coating, fruit with medium weight on the palate. All the palate elements appear well integrated and balanced. The wine is mature now, but should keep drinking well over the next 2-4 years. A wine that really divided people and the score range was unusually broad, between 90 and 95 points, so the final score below is an average. I was personally in the low end of the spectre because of the polisher / strawberry jam components...
Red
8/15/2010 - Bunch wrote:
98 points
Restrained nose initially: Wild boar, caramel, a hint of celery, cool mint. But Wow, the palate is SUPER intense. Have never experienced anything the like. A tsunami of red berries, almost impossible to comprehend and deal with, sweet pain trickering spontaneous laughter. And all the elements on the palate are seamlessly balanced. Is this wine or a product from another planet? This is a completely new experience.

After 2 hours: notes sticking in all directions, e.g. strawberry, gooseberry, marzipan pie-crust, wild boar, autumn leaves, flowers. After 4 hours. The wine has found itself now and is showing it’s whole spectre of notes: Tons of bright fruit, sea shells, smoke, game, chocolate, mocha, Vosne-spices, black and red berries, flowers, candied citrus fruit peels, baked bread and cedar tree. The palate is so powerful and long, yet very elegant, and indeed, very inciting.

This is an extremely profound wine. When drinking this wine space, time and place are annulled and you enter into a state of redemption and infinite happiness. What more do we want?
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Red
8/14/2010 - Bunch wrote:
91 points
Very dark, opulent, chocolaty style Barolo bordering the rustic. Decanted for 3 hours, but difficult to open up. Give it 5-10 more years. It might develop more elegance down the road...
Red
12/20/2010 - Bunch wrote:
98 points
Very complex and WOTN of black cherries, plum, espresso, pie crust and black tea, opening up more and more over the next couple of hours with compelling notes of tangerine peal, chocolate, mint, pine, white roses, marzipan and liquorice root. The wine is fat and dense, with this extra dimension of something enigmatic and undefinable that you only find in really great wines, a bottomless well of complexity that leaves you stunned and speechless, but with the exhilarating feeling of having met something larger than life. After two hours more secondary notes of bacon fat, sweet green tobacco, leather, musk oil and a hint of oriental spices (almost with a touch of Vosne) and the wine just kept on developing during the evening, without loosing it’s vibrancy. Good length and good grip on the palate too, and the tannins are superbly integrated at this stage This is an extremely elegant and refined Barolo, caught at a perfect time. It is mature, complex, elegant, dense and still with all the fruit one could wish for. Not to mention the instant mental effect as a mixture of exaltation and meditation topped off with a coating layer of pure happiness. Loud “Bravo’s” all around the table to this true Diva of a wine.
Red
8/15/2010 - Bunch wrote:
96 points
Light, orange color, seems initially to be a bit struck by age. Nose restrained, but reveals notes of autumn leaves, horse, underbrush, assorted red berries, raw mushroom and a hint of nuts. Palate, definitely more fat and full-bodied compared to the RSV. Wow, the finish, powerful and very long with a lingering aftertaste of ground cumin and candied tangerine peel. After 2 hours. Tons of flavours start to develop in every direction: Notes of wild boar, celery, dried porcini, underbrush, candied citrus fruits, hazel nuts, strawberries and cool mint.

Would be a perfect match with wood pigeon and wild porcini mushrooms. After 4 hours. Exact same development as the RSV. The wine has now finally come together regarding the fruit, and has completely let go of the initial signs of age as we often see with older, fine Burgundies that initially seems age struck but after 3-4 hours start to shine like you would never have imagined. Nose dominated by fat red berries, chocolate, tangerine, sea shells, cool mint and pronounced hazel nuts. This wine is singing now without loosing its profoundness and undefinable DRC quality. Bravo!
Red
6/10/2011 - Bunch wrote:
87 points
drinking really nice now...
Red
6/10/2011 - Bunch wrote:
87 points
a very fine Bourgogne rouge. Perfume and red berries and drinking really well right now.
Red
4/30/2010 - Bunch wrote:
95 points
The nose appears very elegant, showing white flowers, orange blossoms, strawberries and fresh blood. A lot of transparency and clarity here. The palate is silky smooth with medium weight and it finishes off with precisely defined, fine grained teeth coating tannins and a mild - yet pronounced - liquorice note on the back palate. After some time mild sponge cake notes, canned tangerines, cherries and hints of Asian spices find its way through the nose, again with great precision and understated definition. This is the embodiment of a super feminine, precise Burgundy showing great clarity and elegance. Bravo.
Red
3/7/2010 - Bunch wrote:
90 points
Vibrant, classical Burgundy nose of red berries, sweet almond cake and dung heap. Later "sous bois" and blackthorn notes are kicking in. The palate is VERY intense for a generic Bourgogne Rouge, aggressive and powerful. A very well made wine and probably the best "Bourgogne Rouge", I have come across so far (and there have been many - Groffier's probably comes closest).
Red
2/21/2010 - Bunch wrote:
89 points
Blackberry, chocolate, cigar box and dark roses.Then a pronounced pine flavor kicks in and the chocolate note becomes more pronounced. Later it all comes together in a black forest cake note. The palate has this dense, greasy quality powered by the chocolate that I find in many of the higher end BC wines. This greasy chocolate palate is so far THE single most important feature, I have detected in the high end BC reds. It is definitely a really nice wine, but I do miss a little bit of that European "clarity".
White
2/16/2010 - Bunch wrote:
92 points
Nose with brioche, wine gums, honey, butterscotch and hip rose. Palate has great weight, fat - yet with a wonderful citrusy acidity cutting through the back palate with just a hint of carozine in the finale. Great mouth feel and clarity here. Later passion fruit, lychee and a hint of lime, framed by minerality and with a pronounced brioche note on top of it all giving the wine an almost champagne like flavor profile. Just wonderful.
Red
2005 Torbreck The Steading Barossa Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
2/14/2010 - Bunch wrote:
86 points
Tons of fig paste and raisins coming through. Later chocolate , but the wine appears one dimensional. This wine seems to have been made from overripe grapes or alternatively suffered from heat during storage or transportation. There is no complexity, personality or elegance whatsoever. Just concentrated raisins, a strange sawdust-note, heavy cola spices. No other flavors, even after decanting for hours (and even on day 2). I found it rather clumsy and disappointing.
Red
2/3/2010 - Bunch wrote:
89 points
Flowers, huckleberries, pink cherries, raw meat and a hint of game. Then fresh herbs, sage, thyme, garrigue, a hint of pine and white pepper all embraced by a cool clarity recalling a spring day in early May after rain. In this stage the finish has a lot of green olives and an almost Campari-like bitterness, which I personally find refreshing, but which some might find a bit too much. Definitely a terroir driven wine, but maybe caught in a moment, where it is about to shut down. I would cellar a year or two, and I my guess would be more flowers and less herbs and maybe 90 or 91p...The day after, yes indeed more flowers and the distinct herbal notes had disappeared. Still quite a bitter finish, but lovely.
Red
1/30/2010 - Bunch wrote:
90 points
Color is dark and dense. Nose initially showing pronounced manure notes and beach with old seaweed, but soon fading and giving room for dark cherries, lavender and butchers floor. After some time comes a sawdust note that is a bit off, but fading again after some time, giving room for garrigue notes and a touch of baking spice. Airy palate, elegant with an weightless quality to it and a nice lingering finish of bitter cherry stone. The wine darkens up after a couple of hours with prunes, chocolate and flinty smoke and comes nicely together.
Red
1/20/2010 - Bunch wrote:
90 points
The nose initially shows fig paste, black currant, roasted herbs and a hint of cough syrup. Then garrigue, cherry pie and a hint of cream chocolate. Garrigue for sure as the predominant note. Ooooh, aromatic
slopes of Southern France, how I miss thee! Palate is soft, but very intense with a good grip and a persistent aftertaste. Finishes of with mature tannins coating the teeth, and a bit of licorice in the finale. A very good effort. 2007 is great, no doubt.
Red
12/30/2009 - Bunch wrote:
92 points
Nose over an hours time a mix of vanilla, fruit cake, lavender and dark cherries. Then thyme, chocolate, braised fig and melted liquorice, framed by a nice minerality. Palate, well balanced and smooth, medium weight, but good grip. The finale is dry, with bitter almonds and liquorice root. Good texture and mouth feel here - yum. Very nice. Drinkable now, but should keep well for 5 years+
Red
12/19/2009 - Bunch wrote:
94 points
Nose initially showing chocolate, plum sauce, fruit cake, black berries. After 15 min: Butchers floor, mixed red berries, marzipan biscuit. Then roasted herbs, garrique, lavender and a hint of smoke. 30 min: Cherries and a hint of clove and pepper. The palate is acid driven, elegant and versatile, but also very soft and pleasing. The wine is very open at this stage and the nose really complex. So well made.Overall a very well focused and elegant, Cornas-inspired Syrah in a good drinking window now, but with power and complexity for cellaring 15 years+
Red
12/16/2009 - Bunch wrote:
89 points
Nose: very intense blueberry, forest floor, black cherry, fruit pie and pine notes. Rather sexy. Palate: balanced tannins, not super ripe, a bit watery on the mid palate, but otherwise nice aftertaste and the bottle in general showing well. 30 min: intense blueberry perfume, darkens up, chocolate on top. 1 hour: The oak becomes more and more pronounced over a couple of hours, also to an extent, where it is a bit too much. Tannins a bit more focused. 2 hours: Oak and sweetness too pronounced. Probably peaking now (but maybe even more 2 years ago) but should drink well over the next 3 years.
Red
12/16/2009 - Bunch wrote:
95 points
Nose appears red at first with cherries. Acid quite pronounced with a herbal note, vanilla, cola spices. Later dark roses, mulled red berries, cream chocolate minerality, a touch of sage. Amazing palate, grand cru wave, smooth, but very focused and intense, great clarity, aftertaste goes on and on. 45 min: Sweet green tobacco, the smoky notes start to show too, palate even more dense, getting darker, touch of wild boar,
1 hour: black currant, almond cake, cola spices pronounced, under brush, milk chocolate, blood, raw meat, liquorice.1,5 hours: wet clay, fruit orchard. 2 hours: orange peal, under brush, even seashells and beach, dark tea notes, getting fatter and denser on the palate.

You really feel the Cornas inspiration, but the appearance of the nose is like a great Barolo, constantly in change and on the move. Something new happens every time, you put your nose down the glass. A hedonistic wine, but very complex and with great clarity, yet constantly on the move. Grand vin.
Red
12/14/2009 - Bunch wrote:
90 points
Nose has good depth, blueberry, roses, dark cherries, licorice, fruit cake and a nicely balanced "sous bois" note. Palate is lush and balanced and actually quite intense. Ripe tannins, good acidity. Very nice to drink. A good effort.
Red
2006 DeLille Cellars Harrison Hill Yakima Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/14/2009 - Bunch wrote:
94 points
Nose dominated by dark cherries, blueberry, dark rose petals and chocolate. Later pine forest, leather and a sweet, discreet sponge cake note. Palate is very vibrant, shows good minerality. Tannins are mouth coating and the aftertaste is long and persistent. A wine that shows great focus and clarity. Very good.
Red
11/23/2009 - Bunch wrote:
87 points
Very chocolaty on the nose, contrasted by the most citrusy palate I have ever encountered in a red wine. Quite strange, but it worked OK, even though the composition is a bit odd.
Red
11/7/2009 - Bunch wrote:
91 points
A merlot based meritage with a touch of the "fith element": a few percent of Syrah. Color red with a brownish tinge and a distinct yellow hue to the rim, thus showing signs of age. The wine is showing really well now. Nose dominated by red and dark berries, plum sauce, chocolate, pencil shavings and pine needles. Palate is intense but well balanced. A wine with a distinct personality and Okanagan Valley "terroir". A great effort from the winery now known as "Road 13". Drink now and over the next 3 - maybe - 5 years.
Red
11/7/2009 - Bunch wrote:
88 points
Classical Burgundian nose with notes of briar, hip-rose and mixed red berry perfume. Later sweet fruit pie, framed by gentle spices. Palate is soft, yet persistent with a ground cumin note to the finale. An understated, light and charming wine.
Red
11/6/2009 - Bunch wrote:
85 points
Nose displays vanilla, herbs, tomato and a flinty note too. Later cola spices. Palate a bit astringent and to the more acidic side. Appears a bit rustic. Maybe caught in a closed phase. Performed better, when tasted on the facility.

Follow up note: Much more homogeneous the day after with bright red cherries and pine forest notes, performing as when tasted on the winery: upgrade to 86-87p.

Just let it sit a couple of months and it should be fine.
Red
11/6/2009 - Bunch wrote:
91 points
Color is dark red with a discrete yellow hue to the rim. Charming nose, initially dominated by dark cherries and roses, darkening up and turning into black currant, lavender and garrigue. Later fruit cake, milk chocolate and assorted wild berries. Palate is dense, yet soft, modeled around a string of well balanced acidity. The wine is drinking very well now, but should stay on top the next 5 years. Very nice indeed.
Red
10/13/2009 - Bunch wrote:
92 points
Nose is rather reserved at this stage, but after a couple of hours of decanting notes of pencil shavings, lavender, dark berries, fruit cake but quite young and uniform still. Good palate, mature tannins and a good overall texture, but the style is a bit New World, bold and fruity dark. I would cellar for 3-5 more years in order to resolve the complexity issues. Will drink well over the next 10 years.
Red
10/10/2009 - Bunch wrote:
92 points
Great nose, very open: Butchers floor, blueberry, black cherries, plums, lavender, garrique jumps up from the glass. After some time sweet fruit cake and chocolate notes. The palate is thick and dense, tannins well integrated. The acid is quite apparent, which I personally like. Aftertaste long and peppery in a nice way. A very nice wine, drinking very well now. Will probably stay on top the coming 5 years or more.
Red
10/4/2009 - Bunch wrote:
90 points
Served blind at a dinner party. Appeared very open and fresh. Color showed no signs of age, which was pretty amazing. Nose dominated by dark fruits, plums and blueberry with hints of sweet chocolate, pencil shavings and pine forest. Palate smooth and balanced. I would have preferred a little bit more acid to add vibrancy and length to the otherwise soft and round palate, but OK. The wine will most likely attain more complexity if cellared 2-5 more years. Drinking window 2009- 2015.

People guessed Napa Valley Meritage in the 50 USD category and were really impressed with the wine, and so was I. It really proves how well BC wines keep. They have great cellaring potential, really.... (1 view)
Red
10/3/2009 - Bunch wrote:
89 points
Nose dominated by cherries, blueberry and tangerine. After an hours time rose-petals and strawberries. Good palate, vibrant yet balanced, driven by the fruit and a the right level of acidity. Has a new world zestiness to it even though made in a Burgundian style. The wine became softer and more velveted with food. A well made wine. Pretty.
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