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Red

2002 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille

Columbia Valley more

4/29/2015 - yofog wrote: NR

This is super young and there's still a lot of tannin to work through, but it has a natural, fluid/supple feel and it should come good, not that it isn't great to drink right now, which it is. Very compact, full wine, stuffed with what will in a few years become really expressive flavor of the cassis, leather, game variety.

  • Comment posted by BRR:

    4/29/2015 9:33:00 AM - Completely agree on these Betz Bordeaux-style reds. They keep showing me how much they need to lay down. I really think they're as close to Bordeax (ageability-wise!) as you can find in WA. Super exciting.

Red

2011 No Girls Grenache

Walla Walla Valley more

4/24/2015 - *Vine* wrote: NR

Popped and poured, medium purple/ruby. Pronounced aromas immediately off the pop of smoked meats, Islay-peat, vegetal funk and all manner of savory weirdness. Within 15-20 minutes, the fruit emerges and shows raspberries, strawberries & watermelon along with notes of spicy vanilla bean, Kalamata olives, quality pot, hippy incense and cracked pepper. Flavors in mouth initially seem to show the influence of stem inclusion with a complex "greeness" permeating throughout. That said, just as aeration opened this aromatically the palate also unfurls with additional air into a complex amalgam of juicy red fruits, tobacco, savory funk and an undefinable, utterly ubiquitous element which defines the wines of this producer. Tannins are somewhat chewy as the finish sails on.
This is one of those wines you can smell across the room, worth opening right now if you have a few...just redonk.

  • Comment posted by BRR:

    4/24/2015 7:44:00 PM - Love the TN.

Red

2010 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve

Willamette Valley more

4/15/2015 - MV2007 Likes this wine: NR

This was an enjoyable wine but the oak was evident and the fruit was either already fading or the wine has shut down some. This is my first experience with this bottle - will the wine re-open or is this one already fading (much earlier than I expected)?

  • Comment posted by BRR:

    4/23/2015 12:40:00 PM - I'd be amazed if the fruit was fading already. Even basic OR Pinot Noirs can lay down for several years easily, so I'd expect this might just be going through a dumb phase of sorts.

Red

1988 Château Lynch-Bages

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/25/2014 - Wine-Strategies wrote: NR

Tasted after the 1985 Lynch-Bages, and again, the same latent lactic aroma on the nose. No age (color-wise) to speak of on this very well cared for/stored bottle (cork in perfect condition); aromas are out of the gate, but slowly out of the gate; rising, over the course of half an hour to medium intensity. Bell pepper, graphite, soil, repeat. On the second night, more fruit than place, having added some weight, though only slightly. Medium-bodied, elegant, and in a good place now and for the next 3-4 years. Finished on night 3, by which time it was subtle and faded, though still somewhat enjoyable. recommended

PnP, served non-blind.

  • Comment posted by BRR:

    10/28/2014 8:55:00 AM - I've got one bottle. Given how slow it was to open up, what would be your recommended treatment upon opening? Decant? Pop and pour and swirl? I don't have a ton of experience with aged Bordeaux, so I appreciate your thoughts.

Red

2010 No Girls Syrah

Walla Walla Valley more

9/19/2014 - MC2 Wines Likes this wine: NR

Charleston III - the Weekend; 9/18/2014-9/20/2014 (Charleston SC - various locations incl. Red Drum, Halls, Circa 1886, and Kings Courtyard Inn): Decanted this all through the afternoon drinking session and then rebottled and brought to dinner. It was the most approachable at the beginning of all of the wines. Wonderful funkiness - mushrooms, rocks, granite, etc. but much softer than I would have imagined. This one holds those flavors a bit more in check. Great wine although when the Frog woke up I preferred it.

  • Comment posted by BRR:

    9/22/2014 8:33:00 AM - Great writeup on the whole event, mc2 wines! Great read, and some pretty impressive wines!

Red

2010 Cadence Bel Canto Cara Mia Vineyard

Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/26/2014 - jlhkiss Likes this wine: 93 points

Opened and decanted 2+ hours ahead of Memorial Day dinner of seared Wagyu NY Strips, pan-fried crab cakes, and mixed salads. Deep, cloudy crimson color. The bright, Burgundian nose brings a potent mixture of cherries, raspberries, strawberries, menthol, mint, eucalyptus, herbs, spices, roses, violets, funk, and hints of old leather. The full-bodied palate is still a little hard, bringing more ripe cherries, candied raspberries, rhubarb, blackberries, and baked apple pie, which leads into an outstanding 45-60-second finish of creamy strawberry custard and sweet herbs. This guy combines the pure finesse of a Pinot with the brut power of a young, ripe Cab, and is absolutely delicious. Definitely one of the best 2010 WA Cabs I've had and will be best 2015-2025.

  • Comment posted by BRR:

    5/27/2014 7:35:00 AM - Great note, JLHKISS. I don't think there is a winery in the state that makes better long-term agers than Cadence, and this will undoubtedly do just that very well.

White

2012 Liquid Farm Chardonnay Golden Slope

Sta. Rita Hills more

4/28/2014 - BRR Likes this wine: 88 points

Very nice Chardonnay but, I have to say, I might prefer the While Hill to this. This was, however, my first Golden Slope, so I'm going to have to sample much more than one to formulate a solid opinion. Oh darn.

So much of what I love about the WH bottling (the nervy acidity, the brisk mouthfeel, the minerality) were all less pronounced in this. I noticed more oak, more suppleness, with great citrus and stone fruit flavors. I guess it was more closely aligned with prototypical upper-end Cali Chardonnay than I felt the truly standout White Hill is. Still, very good, but I'm not positive I think it's worth the extra coin. Hmmm...

  • Comment posted by BRR:

    4/28/2014 12:27:00 PM - I think you're right, this definitely seemed to have the stuffing and structure to lay down, likely (hopefully) resulting in a superior wine.

Red

2008 Corliss Estates Cabernet Sauvignon

Columbia Valley more

1/10/2014 - DinoG Likes this wine: 95 points

Bright red-ruby. Aromas of blueberry, cocoa powder and licorice; one can smell the sexy Taransaud barrels here. Silky on entry, then sweet and superconcentrated in the middle, spreading out to saturate the entire palate with dark berry and coffee flavors. A wine of extraordinary energy and clarity. Most impressive today on the echoing, juicy finish, where the ripe tannins are already in perfect harmony with the wine's fruit. As with the Corliss Red Wine, I would not be at all surprised if this wine merited an even higher score by the time it's released in the fall of 2013.

95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

  • Comment posted by BRR:

    1/10/2014 4:16:00 PM - I believe the above TN you're quoting is from International Wine Cellar, and likely reviewed by Josh Raynolds. This isn't the Wine Advocate, FYI. Your score of 95 from WA is correct, while IWC gave it a 94.

  • Comment posted by BRR:

    1/10/2014 4:32:00 PM - Ha, easy mistake. Either way, I love those scores! Your impressions?

Red

2007 Wineglass Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Yakima Valley more

11/18/2013 - BRR Does not like this wine: 80 points

Either corked or just going downhill, and I suspect the latter. Drying fruit, more on the red profile, with gritty, slightly green tannins. Drink up.

  • Comment posted by BRR:

    11/19/2013 8:03:00 AM - After viewing the note I had written on this same wine just a few months earlier, I suspect it must've been corked, or bottle variation.

Red

2002 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

Napa Valley more

6/27/2013 - Replevin wrote: NR

The idea that a 2002 Montelena Estate could be past its prime (in 2013) is ludicrous. CT is getting so diluted and it is unfortunate; there needs to be a better mechanism to sort out uninformed reviews.

Had this wine tonight and it is so linear - amazingly constructed. One of those wines that makes you shake your head and wonder how they did it. Soft and cottony mouth-filling tannins on entry. Full-bodied and rich/soft mid-palate fruit enveloped by those tannins. Long finish. Just a classic Montelena and a wine that will last many decades when properly stored. Absolutely delicious and a cut above so many Napa Cabs. Amazing qpr too, even at $100 +.

  • Comment posted by BRR:

    6/28/2013 8:18:00 AM - Montelena Estate Cab, like Dunn and some others, is best left alone, as you've said in your note. I've got a magnum and, based on some other notes, I was getting nervous. You've allayed those fears!

Red

2001 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille

Columbia Valley more

6/11/2013 - Eric wrote: 92 points

Wow, showing beautifully at this stage. A bright, lifted violet nose moves to a deep, cassis laden palate that manages to remain quite vibrant. Textbook Cabernet. Brilliant.

  • Comment posted by BRR:

    6/12/2013 7:26:00 AM - Great note. As I've had more aged Betz Bordeaux-style wines over the last year, I'm beginning to believe in laying them down almost without question. A 2003 PdF a few weeks back was also very, very good.

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