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White

2004 Gravner Ribolla Gialla Anfora Venezia Giulia IGT

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9/23/2012 - midieh wrote: NR

Awful. Unclean.

  • Comment posted by richardhod:

    9/1/2013 6:35:00 PM - Curious: do you mean it was tainted (cork, sulphur or air), over the hill, or just a bad wine?

  • Comment posted by richardhod:

    9/2/2013 4:44:00 PM - Thank you. I'm just trying to work out what to expect, still!

Red - Fortified

1977 Graham Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

8/3/2013 - msimoes Likes this wine: 93 points

The cork was v dry and desintegrated as I tried to pull it. Feared for the wine but it turned out nicely.

Right after popping there were plenty of sweetness and heat on display. 2 hours later, it seems to have hit its stride. V nice in the mouth, though the finish is beginning to show hints of something earthy/mineral that I can't really explain but that i dont find desirable and which i remember from a similar 77G we had last Thanksgiving.

Overall, v enjoyable. My first attempt ever at a score would put it around 91-92.

Edit: at 4 hrs after decanting it is tasting really good. That weird taste vanished, just the good stuff left. Upping my score to 93.

Edit 2: There was a glass full left in the bottle, which i kept in the fridge wo a cork, and went back to it yesterday (2 days later). It was still tasting great, the ending of it would say better than at 4hrs open. Felt a bit more tawny like. V good. Final score at 93-94.

  • Comment posted by richardhod:

    9/1/2013 6:45:00 PM - I've had bottles of this side by side one of which was way more aged despite haiving been kept side by side. Amazing stuff, and it can stand being open for several days, such is its complexity! Helps to soften down its strong alcohol and kick when first opened too.

Red

2007 Wellington Vineyards Zinfandel Estate Vineyard

Sonoma Valley more

8/3/2013 - trifecta Does not like this wine: NR

No detailed notes. Taken to a winemakers BBQ, where it was at the bottom of the pack. Just too hot and heavy handed with the oak. I continue to be unimpressed with anything but cab from this producer.

  • Comment posted by richardhod:

    9/1/2013 6:41:00 PM - I've found I liked the Estate Zins less than his ordinary Sonoma Zin from 05. The Cabs and (aged) Syrah are definitely his best, though I'd recommend the divine Sauvignon Blanc, and many like the ports.

Red

2007 Wellington Vineyards Syrah England Crest

Sonoma Valley more

8/14/2013 - klezman wrote: NR

On PnP at cellar temp it's rather odd - the nose is in the range I'd expect of black pepper and some dark red fruit underneath it all. The palate, though, was rather chalky and odd. There's a bitterness I don't expect. This is well before dinnertime so I hope it smooths out with air.

The air did help somewhat, but not the best bottle of Wellington Syrah I've had. Probably slightly corked.

  • Comment posted by richardhod:

    9/1/2013 6:40:00 PM - I found the 06 to have bitter tannins, so I'm laying them down for a lot longer. Sad yours was corked.

Red

2010 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Palo Santo

Colchagua Valley more

8/17/2013 - MSheridan wrote: 87 points

Dark and dense. Heavy fruit notes of damson and blackcurrant with a chocolate finish. Upon opening I'd find it fairly difficult to distinguish this from some aussie Shiraz.
Settled down a bit on day 2 but still punchy
Tannins didn't give the impression this has a very long future ahead probably more medium term. I would guess to drink this over the next 3-5years

  • Comment posted by richardhod:

    9/1/2013 6:37:00 PM - It seems to have much more tannin than fruit, but the tannins I had seemed so bitter and big I thought they'd last a long time. Your experience may be different: how do you think they'll not last?

Red

2007 Expression Pinot Noir 44° Roserock

Eola - Amity Hills more

8/11/2013 - trifecta wrote: NR

Such a beautiful Pinot Noir. I was a bit worried given the sub par vintage for Oregon. Earthy without funk. Leans more to the duff/cedar side. Balanced and elegant with a long finish. As it open the layers just keep rolling through. Tons of depth on this wine and really worth the attention to it while drinking. Drinking really well after an hour or so open, but not need to rush this. Could hold for a decade without a problem.

  • Comment posted by richardhod:

    9/1/2013 6:36:00 PM - Wish I'd more of these!

Red

2005 Kunde Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Sonoma Valley more

8/16/2013 - Janstan Likes this wine: 91 points

Decanted for only half an hour before dinner of Merryvale's coffee rubbed strip steaks. Cherry, loganberry on palate. Wonderful nose.

  • Comment posted by richardhod:

    9/1/2013 6:35:00 PM - Ah yum! This isn't sleeping then.. still nice and fruity?

Red

2007 Expression Pinot Noir 44° Zena Crown Vineyard

Eola - Amity Hills more

8/18/2013 - JasonG Likes this wine: 90 points

Love this, just goes to show you can't lump all wines into a generally agreed poor vintage. Turns out 2007 was great in the right hands. Lovely medium-light cherry color. Nose is forest floor, the pleasant earthy funk, no barnyard. Round mouthfeel, dried cherries and traces of noticeable alcohol. But lasting and satisfying. A sense of mint in the nose lasts. Surprisingly good for the price, but you needed patience.

  • Comment posted by richardhod:

    9/1/2013 6:34:00 PM - A good winemaker (Wellington) taught us how any year you can make a good wine, as long as you are flexible and intelligent with your farming nous! Great review, and I agree entirely thank you!

Red

2005 Jana Winery Cathedral

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon more

8/14/2010 - Drspat wrote: 91 points

Patience is the key here. Just began to open up after one hour of decanting. By the second hour it was tasting great, but we had too little in our glass.

  • Comment posted by richardhod:

    9/1/2013 6:31:00 PM - I left it too long though and by tthe next day it's lost its complexity! Lovely stuff though.

Red

2008 Inspiration Vineyards Pinot Noir

Carneros more

7/27/2013 - HWgeek wrote: 90 points

Accidentally opened up another bottle! Still very similar to my last note : The tart and dark cherry was more evident on the palate upon opening, didn't need to decant.
Nice nose with strawberries, earth and a little smokiness to it. Some cherry on the palate good acidity and well rounded. Not a typical Cali PN. Very delicious and more of a hint or reminder of french burgundy. Will TRY hold off drinking more until a little more aging. Expect it will mature with age!

  • Comment posted by richardhod:

    7/28/2013 3:08:00 PM - Glad you like too... but I' curious as to how you opened it by accident. "Oh doctor, I slipped and this cork just appeared in my hand"

  • Comment posted by richardhod:

    9/1/2013 6:28:00 PM - Ha ha yes, me too. Fortunately I didn't find the sediments a problem. But next time I will decant also!

Red

2001 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

6/28/2013 - As-Is Likes this wine: 89 points

Takes a little time to mellow out but has a nice, smooth taste once it has time to breath

  • Comment posted by richardhod:

    7/14/2013 5:53:00 PM - hi! I'm opening one soonish. How long before it got nice and open??

  • Comment posted by richardhod:

    9/1/2013 6:27:00 PM - thank you. (except that this is very red! 8)

White

2003 WineSmith Chardonnay Faux Chablis Student Vineyard

California more

5/23/2013 - mibuwolf83 Likes this wine: 88 points

Upon first glance, this Chardonnay seems to be holding up well with its clear, yellow gold appearance and showing no signs of its 10-year bottle age. On the nose, I can pick up wet stone with a hint of flint, lemon and lemon zest. The palate is more linear with its diminished sense of the lemon and lemon zest and finishes with a long mineral tenacity. Light to medium bodied, this is a perfect wine for summer drinking.

  • Comment posted by richardhod:

    7/24/2013 7:02:00 PM - reckon it'll improve any more with age?

  • Comment posted by richardhod:

    9/1/2013 6:26:00 PM - Thank you: worth knowing! I'll drink up.

White

2007 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant

Savennières-Coulée de Serrant Chenin Blanc more

7/13/2013 - eharkins Likes this wine: 91 points

First jolly experience, personally I found the wine to be showing quite a bit of secondary notes, bruised apples, pie crust, macerated pears and hints of vanilla, palate was delicious, finished on a medium length with the acidity prevailing

  • Comment posted by richardhod:

    7/28/2013 3:18:00 PM - How long did you decant it, if much, and what temperature did you think was ideal?

  • Comment posted by richardhod:

    9/1/2013 6:26:00 PM - Thank you. these special ones are new to me!

Red

2006 Kent Rasmussen Pinot Noir Carneros

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7/21/2013 - Bill1100 wrote: 88 points

Very hot right out of the bottle. After decanting for about an hour it improved quite a bit. Beautiful translucent color, excellent with fennel spiced salmon burgers.

  • Comment posted by richardhod:

    7/28/2013 3:16:00 PM - Hot? That's interesting... you think it's losing its body too much or it'll still age nicely?

  • Comment posted by richardhod:

    9/1/2013 6:25:00 PM - I seem to remember decanting helping, thank you for the feedback. Sounds like it has some time left to drink, which is good news!

Red

2008 Roadhouse Winery Zinfandel Russian River Valley

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7/13/2013 - merryberry wrote: 87 points

Deep dark ruby. Crushed raspberry, leather and earth nose. Medium to full bodied, dirty cranberries, turbo black cherries, pepper, heat, copious sweet tannins, dark chocolate, and a medium finish. Fruit forward but not out of control.

  • Comment posted by richardhod:

    7/28/2013 3:17:00 PM - I love your descriptions. I didn't notice this in it before but I'll try again next time. Turbo cherries too! 8)

  • Comment posted by richardhod:

    9/1/2013 6:24:00 PM - My understanding of Zins has evolved since I last had one, but my rating was about the same (give or take a couple) I think. for me Zin is about the fruit forwardness!

Red

2005 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Bench Reserve

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8/31/2013 - awinejourney Likes this wine: 91 points

Nice subtle fruit with a great dustiness. Medium finish.

  • Comment posted by richardhod:

    9/1/2013 6:21:00 PM - is this going to age further nicely, you think?

Red

2007 Vino Noceto Zinfandel OGP Grandpère Vineyard

Amador County more

8/28/2013 - klezman wrote: NR

Delicious. Raspberry, blackberry, leather, bright fruit but intense. Acid is balanced and present as are the tannins. Great wine, definitely in a good zone with some five spice notes on the finish. It's got a year or two to go, but drinking beautifully at the moment.

  • Comment posted by richardhod:

    9/1/2013 6:20:00 PM - no rating?

Red

2006 Scott Harvey Zinfandel Old Vine Reserve

Amador County more

7/10/2013 - klezman wrote: NR

On PnP the port character is at the front. With time, that faded somewhat and a nicely textured plum/black fruit but beautifully balanced wine came out. Try the last one 2015-6?

  • Comment posted by richardhod:

    7/28/2013 3:19:00 PM - so, decant decant decant!?

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