Tasting Notes for davetong

(294 notes on 262 wines)

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Red
7/20/2017 - davetong wrote:
93 points
In a great place right now
Red
2014 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
1/8/2017 - davetong wrote:
I don
Red
7/24/2016 - davetong wrote:
This vintage does not exist
Red
7/24/2016 - davetong wrote:
There was no 2009 vintage of this wine, only 2008 and 2012 so far
Red
5/11/2015 - davetong wrote:
89 points
A ripe wine from an excellent vintage that's holding up well. It's still quite the fruit bomb; there's some residual sugar too - without the label you'd probably think it was a much younger wine from a warmer region.
Red
4/8/2015 - davetong wrote:
50 points
Found it lurking in the K&L Hazerai bin. Even though Paso Zinfandels aren't famed for their ageability, this one's taken it harder than most.
Red
6/6/2012 - davetong wrote:
92 points
Late picked, 14.9% alcohol, 5% Petite Sirah
Cork was in good condition and came out easily; despite corrosion around the capsule the fill level was well into the neck.
Good colour, between terracotta and garnet. Nose smelt musty which was a concern, but the wine was sound.
First impression was of acidity and lots of secondary flavours of leather and cedar, but after a couple of minutes the fruit came out.
The more Zinfandel ages, the more it resembles claret, and this was just like that. No sign of fading over the hour. Very good.
Red
12/31/2011 - davetong wrote:
79 points
Cost under £5.00 and tasted like it. Rough and unremarkable. Wouldn't buy it again.
Red
8/2/2011 - davetong wrote:
69 points
Pinot shouldn't taste like this. It's as if someone wasn't sure whether to make a super-ripe style Pinot or a port and ended up with the worst qualities of both.
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Red
9/5/2010 - davetong wrote:
92 points
Waning Crescent.
Loads and loads of blackcurrant; didn't get much eucalyptus this time.
Very, very drinkable. Had to resist the temptation to open a second bottle.
Red
7/10/2010 - davetong wrote:
87 points
Decent value, but not terribly exciting.
Red
7/10/2010 - davetong wrote:
91 points
Rather tasty for a Petite Sirah. Not your typical monolithic and one-dimensional example; good blueberry fruit and nice tannins. Would get this again.
Red - Sweet/Dessert
5/28/2010 - davetong wrote:
Crappy Old Wines (Nazca Peruvian Restaurant, San Jose): Fairly simple; lots of sweet rasberry fruit which persists on the finish, but not much else going on. The acidity is decent. Another wine that doesn't show its true age.
Red
5/28/2010 - davetong wrote:
Crappy Old Wines (Nazca Peruvian Restaurant, San Jose): Paul brought this out partly as a joke, expecting it to be undrinkable. It's a non-vintage wine from the early 1970s. Who knows what's in it; it was cheap stuff then.
The nose was porty and it had pruney flavours, but it wasn't anything like as bad as we anticipated.
Red
5/28/2010 - davetong wrote:
Crappy Old Wines (Nazca Peruvian Restaurant, San Jose): Amazing; this wine is 50 years old. Mushroom and floral nose. Tart blackcurrant, rosemary, forest floor. Some leather, but less than I'd expected. WOTN candidate
Red
5/28/2010 - davetong wrote:
Crappy Old Wines (Nazca Peruvian Restaurant, San Jose): Nose shows more earth, less stinky than the 68. Lots more acidity; cranberry and redcurrant fruit.
Red
5/28/2010 - davetong wrote:
Crappy Old Wines (Nazca Peruvian Restaurant, San Jose): Stinky, leathery nose. Like old shoes. Still got fruit - black cherry, cranberry, earth, lots of leather, and cedar
Red
5/28/2010 - davetong wrote:
Crappy Old Wines (Nazca Peruvian Restaurant, San Jose): I continue to be impressed by this wine time and again. An unknown producer with no track record, an unnamed vineyard but over 30 years later it's still in great shape.
Plenty of smooth blackcurrant fruit, still some fine tannins, really good.
Red
5/28/2010 - davetong wrote:
Crappy Old Wines (Nazca Peruvian Restaurant, San Jose): Very nice nose - Roasted meat and smoke. Plenty of sweet fruit, balanced with good acidity.
Red
5/28/2010 - davetong wrote:
Crappy Old Wines (Nazca Peruvian Restaurant, San Jose): From a magnum. The nose really delivers - lovely, savoury and herbal. Sweet rich fruit, with tremendous depth. Probably my WOTN.
White
5/28/2010 - davetong wrote:
Crappy Old Wines (Nazca Peruvian Restaurant, San Jose): Initially seemed very youthful; rather light weight with a sherryish hint. Of the four whites this was my least favourite.
White
5/28/2010 - davetong wrote:
Crappy Old Wines (Nazca Peruvian Restaurant, San Jose): Darkest colour of the four whites. Nose showed caramel and lychee. Slightly sweet, earthy, lime peel, apple juice. Pleasant acidity.
White
5/28/2010 - davetong wrote:
Crappy Old Wines (Nazca Peruvian Restaurant, San Jose): Nose showed Paraffin and nuts. Tart crab apple, hint of sherry, sort of a dry Sauternes. I'd have guessed Semillon rather than Chardonnay
White
5/28/2010 - davetong wrote:
Crappy Old Wines (Nazca Peruvian Restaurant, San Jose): Vibrant and youthful. Light nose. No sign of oxidation. Sultana & mineral flavours, shows its maturity on the finish.
Red
5/14/2010 - davetong wrote:
93 points
(Opened after a 2001 Clos Apalta. Not decanted.)
This was exactly what I was looking for in a wine, with everything nicely balanced. The right amount of fruit, acid, tannin, all integrated and harmonious.
Hard to see this getting any better than it is now, though I don't think there's any rush to finish my last bottle off.
Red
5/17/2010 - davetong wrote:
Took to a restaurant where it was not decanted. It started off well, then shut down a little, showing too much oak, before finally opening up after about an hour when there was only one glass left. With hindsight I wish I'd pre-decanted it before taking it.
White - Sweet/Dessert
5/8/2010 - davetong wrote:
It's certainly turned rather dark for its age. I have two remaining bottles, all showing the same colour. It's developed some interesting nutty madeira notes; not nutty to the extent that the 1991 went if you're familiar with that wine (I was hoping this would evolve the same way) but still hazelnut and caramel. it went remarkably well with a chocolate dessert, which I wouldn't have expected from a Semillon. I don't agree with the other taster's comment on the acidity; I found it to be a little lacking there, but I certainly think this has plenty of life left in it.
Red
5/4/2010 - davetong wrote:
89 points
I bought this around 10 years ago after sampling a 1990 Generations in the Raymond tasting room, and hoped it would go the same way. The fact that it's currently available at auction for half what i paid for it speaks volumes. There's nothing wrong with it; it's still got good acidity, a little tannin and some sour berry fruit. I suspect that like many 1997 Napa cabs it's in decline and peaked at least 5 years ago.
Red
2/18/2010 - davetong wrote:
93 points
Opened and decanted. Dark purple in colour. The nose has earth, mint and blackberry. On the palate it's initially very tight, dry and tannic, but over the next hour or two it opened up to reveal lots of savoury blackberry and blackcurrant. I'd give it at least 3-5 years in the cellar, if not more. Fans of Mount Eden, or Kathryn Kennedy's "Small Lot" Cabernet should love this.
Red
4/4/2010 - davetong wrote:
87 points
Decent value at $12. Expected much more intensity considering the age of the vines.
Red
3/29/2009 - davetong wrote:
Nose of coffee, with hints of sage and mint. Good blackcurrant fruit and a nice, balanced finish. But it's by far the most expensive Santa Clara Valley wine I've ever tasted, and I'm not convinced that the market will bear it.
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Red
3/29/2009 - davetong wrote:
Castillo's house style of low tannins works well with this tricky grape. It's a big, bold wine with good dark fruit and spicy pepper notes. There's chocolate on the finish from the 14 months in oak. My favourite of the range.
Red
2007 Castillo's Hillside Shire Red Table Wine Santa Clara Valley Red Blend
3/29/2009 - davetong wrote:
100% Malbec, though not labeled as such. There's an offputting musty nose like an old wet dishrag, but that doesn't transfer to the palate; the fruit shows well and there's decent acidity.
Red
3/29/2009 - davetong wrote:
Another bright nose, also showing a little smoke. Nice plum fruit, with more acidity and tannin than the two previous wines.
Red
3/29/2009 - davetong wrote:
75 points
A light nose of blackberries is followed by bright raspberry/blackberry fruit and a smooth finish. It's low in tannins and acidity, and was proving popular among other vistors.
Red
3/29/2009 - davetong wrote:
70 points
The colour is a hazy purple; the wines are unfined and unfiltered. It reminds me of a home-made Loganberry wine I tried recently, with light tannins and a sweet and sour "Starburst" character.
Red
3/15/2010 - davetong wrote:
90 points
Bearwallow is the first estate vineyard outside the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is in the process of being replanted, but already had some established vines in place Pommard, 777 and 115 clones. Those will be replaced in due course.
Cherry, strawberry nose. Lots of dry, astringent tannin; there's good fruit but it's rather in the background at this stage. Somewhat different to the other Rhys wines, but still good.
Red
2007 Aver Family Vineyards Hope Santa Clara Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
2/20/2010 - davetong wrote:
Hope is a blend of 37% Petite Sirah, 36% Syrah, 17% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre
Red
1/22/2010 - davetong wrote:
90 points
Slightly lighter colour than the 2004 with an amber tinge to the meniscus. The nose is very funky with leaf mulch and earth; I expected earthy flavours too but was surprised by bright redcurrant, blackcurrant and black cherry fruit. Good depth of flavours, nice acidity, probably at its peak right now.
Red
2005 Clos Tita Gironde Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/22/2010 - davetong wrote:
89 points
A 50/50 blend from two small vineyards; Cabernet Sauvignon from Saratoga and Merlot from Los Gatos. The nose is smoky with brambly notes. There's nice blackcurrant fruit and light oak. Reminds me of Mount Eden's Saratoga Cuvee.
White
1/22/2010 - davetong wrote:
88 points
Lovely citrus, grassy nose. Lots of acidity; flavours of lemon, pear and green apple. Crisp finish
White
1/22/2010 - davetong wrote:
90 points
The name means "Song of the Sea". It's a blend of Viognier and Torrontés from Lodi with some Pinot Gris from the Dettamanti vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains and Sauvignon Blanc from Monterey. A lovely floral nose. Light, crisp and floral with lots of white stone fruit.
Red
1/22/2010 - davetong wrote:
60 points
In 2006 the Pedrizzetti family sold the winery and retired. The 2004 La Fenice Cabernet Sauvignon was made by the previous owners. It opens with a nose of barnyard (brett?) and green pepper. On the palate it's thin, green and sour, with very little fruit evident. I had one glass; the sink drank the rest. Whatever the new proprietors do going forward it has to be an improvement on this.
Red
1/5/2010 - davetong wrote:
93 points
Pretty good. Expect it'll continue to improve for a while.
Red
12/30/2009 - davetong wrote:
92 points
This is a really earthy Pinot. On the nose there's lots of funk and spice which carries through onto the palate; notes of mushrooms and wet leaves. Good acidity and tannin. Fruit was very much in the background on this occasion.
Note: While I respect Richard immensely I've not noticed any brett on Woodside Pinots.
White
12/30/2009 - davetong wrote:
82 points
The nose is nice, with lemon, vanilla ice-cream and a minerality, like a fresh mountain stream (that might sound pretentious, but I can't think of a better descriptor). However on the palate it's like chewing oak staves. There's no smoke, but the wood is if anything stronger than it seemed last time, probably because my palate was trying to compensate. The nice lemon and lime component in the background is overpowered by the wood that really bites on the finish. It's not your typical mellow buttery oak that mars so many generic Californian Chardonnays, it's a harsh wood which gives me hope that given time it'll soften and let the fruit show.
Red
12/29/2009 - davetong wrote:
93 points
Decanted about 1 hour, in a wide-based decanter. Light coloured, as is typical for Windy Oaks. Nose of strawberries, roses and allspice. On the palate there's baking spice, red fruits - strawberries and cherries - and citrus pith on the finish. It started out fairly lightweight, but showed increasing weight and depth over the 2 hours it was open. 93 now, could easily gain 2-3 points with time.
White
12/4/2009 - davetong wrote:
86 points
Nose is muted, with notes of lime. Palate is soft and creamy with gooseberry and lime. Nice but I'd probably have rated this a point or two higher on release.
Red
11/29/2009 - davetong wrote:
I had this earlier in the year and wasn't particularly knocked out by it - I'm afraid it hasn't got any better since. The nose shows pear drops and a vegetal note. There isn't much fruit, just some tart redcurrant with a touch of oxidation. Tannins are still there on the finish. The sink enjoyed it more than I did.
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