Tasting Notes for Cappie

(180 notes on 173 wines)

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White
8/20/2020 - Cappie wrote:
Opened this and thought this smells *exactly* like a Kientzler Osterberg.....I wish I knew the vineyard percentages on this (anybody know?), but I suspect quite a bit of it comes from the environs near the winery, but what do I know?
White
One of my favorite Alsace producers. On the higher acid side of Alsace. Lemon/lime palate on this Osterberg is similar to the 2010 I had a few years ago - love the zippiness, so easy to drink, but very serious and ageable. The leanness creates a somewhat unique Alsace Riesling - this is more Trimbach than Trimbach is. Sad these are so hard to come by in the US, would love to try the 2014 Geisberg when it's released later this year.
White
12/30/2016 - Cappie wrote:
Prodigious acidity, even compared to other vintages of this wine. Totally refreshing, one of those wines that you could just keep drinking and drinking. I love this style, but it would not be for everyone.
Red
12/5/2016 - Cappie wrote:
Is this Syrah? I remember the warm 09 vintage of this very well and this is much bigger than that. Not certain I love this, but it might be an excellent new-world wine drinker's intro to Beaujolais.
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White - Sparkling
12/12/2015 - Cappie wrote:
The best wine Gruet makes? Yes. The best US wine not from a major wine winemaking region? Possibly. The best bottle of bubbles from the US? It's right up there.
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Red
4/21/2015 - Cappie wrote:
As Burgundy goes this was hard as nails even after a long decant. Needs a lot more time. Clearly a largely proportioned wine, I'd even go as far to say rich compared to some of the 05s I've had.
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Red
1/10/2015 - Cappie wrote:
Lovely Cote de Nuits nose. A touch lean on the palate, but excellent food wine, particularly with cream and mushroom sauces.
Red
9/16/2014 - Cappie wrote:
Very Cote de Beaune. Lean, but also balanced with a fairly expansive finish. A little tobacco and spice on the nose. Laurence, the winemaker, told me this is best drunk young and I am not going to argue with her. An excellent example of Alsatian Pinot Noir.
Red
8/17/2014 - Cappie wrote:
Real Gevrey, animal nose. A bit of basement brett. Rounded and ripe. Rustic in a good way. The last glass was better than the first. The nose on this wine is it's most redeeming characteristic. I bought this from a bargain bin closeout at about half price, so this was a shockingly good value.
White
8/2/2014 - Cappie wrote:
In honor of Laurence. Sometimes people are more important than the wine, though the wine is pretty fantastic.
White
7/24/2014 - Cappie wrote:
Drinkable, but definitely on the road to oxidation. Darker yellow than it should be. Reminded me of aged Alsatian riesling, which isn't a bad thing necessarily, but not what you should be getting from Premier Cru Chablis. Real shame given how fantastically this wine showed a couple of years ago.
White - Sweet/Dessert
7/18/2014 - Cappie wrote:
Light in color and in weight, but beautiful and seemless. Almost Auslese-esque. The balance of acidity and sweetness made this dangerously easy to drink. I don't think this was ever meant to be a vintage for keeping for the really long haul, but at over 30 years of age it is still excellent and will be for a number of years.
Rosé - Sparkling
5/23/2014 - Cappie wrote:
The Pinor Noir really comes through. Definitely mushroom-like and a touch of truffle on the nose. It doesn't have the chalky character as champagne rose, but still a wine with complexity and nuance. Worth seeking out.
Red - Fortified
A port for lovers of aromatic varietals. Gorgeous, burgundy-like nose. Palate not the most intense, but still very serviceable. Enjoyable.
Red
1991 Joseph Drouhin Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
Drinking well - very elegent, yet concentrated. Lovely nose with a little bit of animal fur and black pepper. Awesome velvety texture.
Red
1/22/2014 - Cappie wrote:
Silky texture. Violets and a touch of funk on the nose. Has that low sulfur wine fruit juice appeal - like drinking the best cranberry juice you ever had. Foillard's Morgons are more structured than this so it probably doesn't have the longevity as those, but drinking beautifully right now.
White
12/26/2013 - Cappie wrote:
From the mid-slope of the Schlossberg. Definitely the most age-worthy of the Weinbach cuvees. An excellent wine that needs a little bit of time. A vintage that is a touch on the richer side, but still delicate and balanced.
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White
12/26/2013 - Cappie wrote:
Well balanced with some residual sugar. Definite mushroom on the nose. Juicy on the back palate. An excellent foie gras wine.
Red
Fairly Burgundian - much more old world than new. Some earth, high level of acidity, not very extracted, typical cool climate pinot (similar to some Alsatian Pinot). Given the warm vintage, I was a little surprised at the acidity as I was trying to pick an old world Pinot that a new world wine drinker would enjoy. I was thinking it would be a rich '09, but not really so. Still excellent value and very food friendly.
Red
11/9/2013 - Cappie wrote:
Smells like meat juices. A little bit noticeable oak. Acidity at the end of the mouth feel makes it fairly refreshing. A balanced Ribera from an excellent winemaker.
White
11/6/2013 - Cappie wrote:
This is Alsatian "muscadet". Lots of Minerality/salinity with lovely texture. Very drinkable.
Red
12/21/2012 - Cappie wrote:
Light ruby color. Clean and bright, but rounded. Stylistically a little bit bigger in terms of ripeness and alcohol than your average Oregon Pinot. Not a lot of density or complexity, but a definite crowd pleaser.
Red
12/19/2012 - Cappie wrote:
Big. Very Gigondas-like, not showing a lot of Chateauneuf charm.
Red
12/17/2012 - Cappie wrote:
Dark color. Still quite fruity and primary. Good acidity, good length, clearly beaujolais - perhaps in 5 more years this will be more Pinot-like but not getting that now.
Rosé - Sparkling
A really lovely rose bubbly. The nose comes off very pinot noir-like. It doesn't really have the acidity or minerality to be Champagne, but delicious, elegant, and quaffable.
Red
I really love Drouhin's style. Light, perfumed, elegant, and just so food friendly. This isn't as good as, say, their Chorey, Cote de Beaune Villages, or Vero, but still enjoyable for those who like a lean, high acid, food-friendly style. Awesome pairing with ouefs en meurette. I honestly think if this were blind-tasted in a dark glass, some people would think this is white or rose wine.
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Red
12/2/2012 - Cappie wrote:
Better than previous bottle, but still not great. Just not quite enough roundness to make it pleasant.
Red
12/2/2012 - Cappie wrote:
Past it. Elegant Burgundy nose, but on the palate it was unlpleasant, almost bordering on oxidized. Strange. Perhaps flawed.
White - Sparkling
Blind tasted with group of wine geeks and they all thought it was Loire - very good acidity, just excellent lean bubbly, highly drinkable. Of the gruet range of sparklers, even including some of their vintage stuff, this for me is their best wine.
White - Sweet/Dessert
11/30/2012 - Cappie wrote:
Hedonistic and awesome. Super ripe nectarine, a little lychee - delicious.
Red
11/30/2012 - Cappie wrote:
Purchased at the Chateau. Like their wonderful Beaujolais Blanc, I don't believe this cuvee is exported. A big, juicy, Morgon with a light touch of oak. Seems like they are treating this Morgon like you would a Moulin A Vent or a light Burgundy. Menthol, with slight barnyard on the nose - maybe, just maybe a little bit of Cote de Nuits-like spice. A little bit dead on the mid-palate, but nice enough. I would say drink up because I dont think this is going to transform, but knowing how good well-stored Beaujolais from almost any Cru can be after 15 years, I could be wrong.
White
Definitely containing the bigness of 2009, but a very drinkable Sancerre.
White - Sparkling
11/20/2012 - Cappie wrote:
I've heard Champagne described as "Chablis with bubbles" - this seems to fit the bill. Lots of minerals, great acidity, but still rich. Highly recommend.
White
10/15/2012 - Cappie wrote:
Lovely. Good balance - stoney lemon with hint of dried apricot and not too much oak. Impressive nose, good length....great pairing with sole meuniere and a baguette.
Red
9/8/2012 - Cappie wrote:
Past it's best. Greenness and acidity, little else.
Red
8/6/2012 - Cappie wrote:
A serious Beaujolais with a dark fruit profile and not a huge 2009 like many others. Black licorice really showning through with a touch of dolcetto-like bitterness on the finish. Initially at cellar temp, but improved as it warmed. Not my favorite Cru Beaujolais by any stretch, but still well made and enjoyable. Definitely a wine to try from a different vintage.
Red
7/23/2012 - Cappie wrote:
From Bern's Steakhouse. Not a perfect wine by any means, but still memorable. Ripe, but elegant. The texture was a little new world-ish. The nose, however, was pure Burgundy with leaves, cherries, underbrush, mushrooms, etc. Really held up well. I did read that the En Orveaux vineyard is one of the last to ripen in all of the Cote d'Or, and despite a complete heatwave in 1982, it still hung on to some balance.
White
7/15/2012 - Cappie wrote:
Gun Flint on the nose, almost Chablis-like. Lovely lemon with a touch of apple. Very enjoyable with sole meuniere.
Red - Fortified
6/20/2012 - Cappie wrote:
Having drunk some of Niepoort's Colheita's and Vintage Ports in the past, I thought I would take a chance on the low end wine of a really excellent producer. You know it's a serious maker when their low end is as well made as this. Not a big port by any strech with good balancing acidity to the fruit and light sweetness. Not wildly complex, but an almost Pinot Noir-esqe velvety texture that is intriguing and a steal for under 20 bucks. Colheita's and Vintage Ports from Neipoort are just outstanding and are nice special occasion wines, but it is good to know that regular tawny can be this good.
Red
5/13/2012 - Cappie wrote:
Disappointing. No earth, no spice, no floral, little fruit, just acidity. In a sense it works well with food, but it's just dilute and uninteresting.
Red
1989 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
5/7/2012 - Cappie wrote:
A lovely Grand Cru and, given I don't often drink Grand Crus, a real treat. Typical earth, briar, and barnyard on the nose. Good acidity with some soft tannins still remaining. Perhaps a little sour cherry on the palate at first, but it soon became textural velvet. Definitely a Grand Cru that should be enjoyed with food, rather than on it's own. Supposedly a difficult time for the domaine, but the wine shows no evidence of this.
White
4/13/2012 - Cappie wrote:
Agree with fellow poster who mentioned "searing acidity". Goes great with food. Would very happily drink this wine again.
White - Off-dry
3/25/2012 - Cappie wrote:
Very enjoyable. Enough acidity to balance an abundance of fruity. Lovely.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Gruet Winery Demi-Sec New Mexico Champagne Blend (view label images)
3/25/2012 - Cappie wrote:
Very impressed. Having lived a few years in NM, I might have a little bias for this producer, but the stuff they are producing is really outstanding and continually improving (Try their bone dry Sauvage if you can find it - you might think for a moment you are drinking Champagne). For this wine, surprised how little sugar comes through on the palate. Not sweet at all. Some saltines, sopressata, and some mild cheddar, yum!
Red
1/13/2012 - Cappie wrote:
Really excellent Chorey. Well balanced - Burgundian nose, cherry and strawberry on the palate. Great value.
White
1/5/2012 - Cappie wrote:
Short and a little harsh, and perhaps a little greenness among the lemon notes. Missing some of the steeliness that I often enjoy in village chablis. After having had a few bottles, I am not sure that Fevre is my style of Chablis.
Red
1/4/2012 - Cappie wrote:
Big proportions for a village wine, but I suppose that is typlical for Nuits St George. Burgundy nose of forest floor and mushrooms. Some noticeable tannins which surprised me a little for a 2007. Enjoyable cherry fruit as it mellowed with air. I would definitely keep this one for a few years, as I do think there would be a softening of the tannins.
White - Off-dry
1/3/2012 - Cappie wrote:
Enjoyable, but not outstanding. Typlical diesel minerality, with decent acidity. Creamy with perhaps a touch more sweetness than I would prefer. The 2009 I had a few months ago had more depth.
White - Sparkling
1/2/2012 - Cappie wrote:
A very well made wine, but having the Krug Grande Cuvee earlier in the evening made this feel a little bit of disapointment. Definitely on the lighter, more elegant side. Great as an apertif. From my memory of the Gosset Brut Excellence, I don't feel this is a large step up from that.
White - Sparkling
1/2/2012 - Cappie wrote:
Elegant toasty, yeastiness. Long lemony finish. Certainly the best non-vintage I have had.
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