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Red

2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard

Anderson Valley more

5/7/2015 - brigcampbell wrote: NR

Book Club (Maro Grill, Laguna Beach): Blind - guessed California PN but struggled with the area of producer.

Oh sweet Jesus, this EXPLODES out of the decanter and fills the table with aromas when it's poured into the glasses and we were outside... The last wine that showed like this was... <drumroll please> The 2013 Bearwallow. What's going on in this vineyard? Silly.

There's a great moss, cherry, and red berry notes and flavors. Finishes with more of a pomegranate. Terrific complexity. A+ WOTN for everyone but me, my second, because I fell in love with a burg.

  • Comment posted by MattMauldin:

    5/7/2015 9:40:00 PM - Nice- I've been thinking of cracking a bottle from my meager supply, but am hands off so far.

Red

2013 Carlisle Syrah Sonoma County

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4/27/2015 - hawk30 wrote: 88 points

Drank over two days and wow, night and day. On day one, it was woody, astringent, tight, and plainly unpleasant. No fruit and a nose of only oak. If rating, maybe 84. Day two now and the wine is open, ripe, fleshy, a palate full of dark fruits with a finish that lingers. Flowers and herbs emerge on the nose. It doesn't have as many secondary notes as I'd like, but I've never experienced an overnight change in a wine like this. I'll let the next bottle sit a few years.

  • Comment posted by MattMauldin:

    4/27/2015 10:43:00 PM - Interesting, I wonder if there was a little bottle shock on this?

White

2013 Copain Chardonnay Brosseau Vineyard

Chalone more

3/18/2015 - MattMauldin Likes this wine: NR

IPOB in SF 3/16 - Quick Impressions: Like the DuPratt Vineyard Chardonnay, this stands out for its silky richness paired with its bright high tones. Shows a little more spice and earth and a little more melon fruit than the more citrus-driven DuPratt. Excellent.

  • Comment posted by MattMauldin:

    3/18/2015 10:05:00 PM - Thanks- Just a quick note (you read this before I added to my tasting story), these were 'quick impressions' from IPOB on Monday. Cheers!

Red

2009 Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir Original Vines Reserve

Dundee Hills more

12/20/2014 - jnewman77 Likes this wine: NR

Much improved from the last bottle. The nose is filled with high toned red fruits, floral notes, damp undergrowth, and hints of clove and cinnamon. A classic, elegant example of Eyrie this is really lovely. The palate is concentrated yet still light and elegant. The finish is fantastic and lasts 45 seconds. Really well done, still young and has years of quality drinking ahead.

  • Comment posted by MattMauldin:

    12/20/2014 9:33:00 PM - Sounds great. I was just wondering about this one- thanks!

Red

2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard

San Mateo County more

12/12/2014 - MattMauldin Likes this wine: 94 points

Clear, medium ruby color. Clean aromas, high intensity, with primary fig notes and secondary clove, black tea, lavender & crushed stone- youthful/developing. Dry on the palate with medium+ acid, moderate tannin and medium body. Racy and full primary fruit flavors of ripe fig and red apple skin, along with seamless layers of secondary depth- mineral, light florals, cracked pepper, clove, tea leaf- precise and intense. Great presence throughout, with silky airy-fine tannins. Finished dry with moderate length and floral/red fruit notes. This was very lithe and dainty when opened, it light up with just a little bit of air. Outstanding- glad I have another for proper aging.

  • Comment posted by MattMauldin:

    12/13/2014 10:14:00 PM - I popped and poured, and it was on the light side. When we sat down for dinner about 30 minutes later, I put a rubber pourer/closer with a decanting screen on and poured with it.

Red

2005 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

2/9/2014 - brigcampbell wrote: NR

Arcadian Dinner with Joe Davis - Something old, something new (A's Restaurant, Newport Beach, CA): I wrote a note on a flawed bottle, it wasn't severe because we debated whether it was mild TCA or something else. The nose was muted which sent up a red flag. I did get a quick pour of the other bottle but I had moved on to the next flight. It was good though and the nose was very apparent as expected.

  • Comment posted by MattMauldin:

    12/6/2014 9:49:00 PM - Sounds exactly like the bottle I opened tonight. Cork crumbled and it showed what seemed like mild TCA and possible slight oxidation. Just enough to distract.

White

2008 Littorai Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

8/25/2014 - JonAllen wrote: 89 points

this was fine, had good acid and citrus fruit, was bright and tight, but just didn't have the extra elements to drive a 90's rating… if it had added some pine, minerals, dusty texture, etc it would have scored better, this is a wine i am happy to drink but nothing exciting

  • Comment posted by MattMauldin:

    8/27/2014 9:57:00 PM - By using "tight" as a descriptor, do you think it benefits from more time?

White

2011 Rhys Alesia Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard

Mendocino County more

3/15/2014 - wgmccallum Likes this wine: 91 points

Pale yellow. Cream and lemon curd on the nose. Tangy acid on the front of the palate, rich grapefruit on the back, with a lingering finish.

  • Comment posted by MattMauldin:

    3/15/2014 10:42:00 PM - Sounds nice. Looking forward to my shipment!

Red

1994 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

Napa Valley more

12/31/2013 - MattMauldin Likes this wine: 95 points

Served from bottle at a dinner party. Still showing nice density in the glass. Bright aromas of violets and crushed stone, along with black currant. Completely integrated on the palate, highlighting the same floral minerality and black fruit found on the nose. Mere hints of cedar and tobacco, seamlessly woven within the wine. Completely resolved tannins, this drank with the elegance of a fine Pinot Noir, without showing compromise of its structure. No baked fruit or oxidized notes at all. Plenty of depth on the finish. An awesome wine still in its prime.

  • Comment posted by MattMauldin:

    1/1/2014 12:39:00 PM - Thanks Mike- Happy New Year!

Red

2008 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/1/2013 - spineguy wrote: 85 points

Some promise on the nose...hint of old world Bordeaux style. Went downhill form there. Thin/flimsy mouthfeel (not simply a light-medium mouth filling experience). Burnt strawberry, not very complex. Limited finish. Hint of graphite/pencil lead reminiscent of what I was wanting. Do not think it will improve much.

  • Comment posted by MattMauldin:

    10/3/2013 11:09:00 PM - Sounds like it could have been a flawed bottle?

Red

2005 Seavey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

9/27/2013 - JDV.DDSPHD Likes this wine: 95 points

This is 8 yrs old and still a baby. This a massive wine but so seductive and rich. The fruit is beautiful and the aromatics present in the glass come to life with a little decanting. This could easily cellar for another 15-20 yrs and probably a bit longer. What a treat. Black cherry, mocha, a hint of leather, and spice. Just beautiful. Great wine and great price.

  • Comment posted by MattMauldin:

    9/29/2013 10:19:00 AM - Great to hear- I have two of these guys- can't wait to give em a little time and open them up. Had a '97 at the winery three years ago and it was amazing.

Red

2006 Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red

Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/24/2013 - JDV.DDSPHD Likes this wine: 96 points

This was hitting on all cylinders. This is perfect and in my opinion ready to drink. It was just a big bold yet seductive and smooth wine. If it was a car it would be a ferrari, beautiful and sexy with power to boot. Long lingering finish and this could cellar easily for another 5-10 maybe even longer. Great wine.

  • Comment posted by MattMauldin:

    9/24/2013 9:06:00 PM - Thanks for the note- I've had my bottle for a while, but haven't seen many notes come up. I'm trying to hold between 10-15 years from vintage... we'll see.

Red

2011 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Cargasacchi Vineyard

Sta. Rita Hills more

7/7/2013 - MattMauldin wrote: NR

Sta Rita Hills tasting- Sunday 7/7: Big and opulent, with notes of baked plum and black cherry with lots of baking spice and hints of earth and medicinal-herbal notes. Aggressive fruit and spice paired with a velvety and rich mouthfeel, with a full finish.

  • Comment posted by MattMauldin:

    9/18/2013 9:31:00 PM - Hi Brian- you're right in that I prefer more acid in my Pinot Noir. Big fruit and power is not always a problem for me, as long as it's balanced and nuanced. Loring often times to me is too aggressive and crosses over what I perceive as what Pinot Noir should be.

    That being said, I recognize that these wines are well liked and have a diverse fanbase. And after reading your note and rereading my notes and score- I think I may have been knocking it a little score-wise due to my personal tastes and enjoyment factor. I stand by the description- but will remove what I scored it at (85).

    Thanks for commenting!

Red

2005 Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala

Nebbiolo more

8/23/2013 - kietkopelli wrote: 93 points

This wine is spectacular and an absolute bargain at $55 for those got in on the K&L sale. It is not as fruit forward as the 2007 but still a massive wine nonetheless. Nose has wet clay, dried herbs, tobacco and smoky pine. I would have liked some fruit profile but happy very pleased regardless. In the mouth it starts with dense red meat, more tobacco and loads of herbs. Finishes extraordinarily long. This is Nebbiolo done right.

  • Comment posted by MattMauldin:

    8/23/2013 10:02:00 PM - I count myself as one of the lucky ones (K&L!)

    Nice note- looking forward to it!

Red

2011 Clos Pepe Estate Pinot Noir Vigneron Select

Sta. Rita Hills more

8/18/2013 - MattMauldin wrote: 94 points

Wine & Fire - Sta. Rita Hills Sat 8/17; 8/18/2013-8/23/2013: Beautiful nose- tobacco, mineral, tea, mushroom and earth with red fruit woven within. Equally seamless and layered on the palate. Nice mid-palate weight. Fine structure, bright, persistent. An awesome '11 SRH Pinot.

  • Comment posted by MattMauldin:

    8/20/2013 9:21:00 PM - Thanks! That CP 2011 VS was WOTD for me... I'm adding more notes from the tasting as well.

Red

2000 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos Vineyard

Napa Valley more

5/9/2013 - MattMauldin wrote: 94 points

Napa Valley winery visits April 26: Purple color with hints of brick at the edges. Aromas of cedar, tobacco, blackberry, spice, rock, floral. Bright red fruit flavors with layers of subtle savory spice, floral, tea and cedar. Juicy and bright with firm fine tannins and a long finish. The flavors on this are really shining.

  • Comment posted by MattMauldin:

    5/13/2013 10:10:00 PM - Richard, it's tough to predict but it seems to be in a sweet spot. The flavors were well developed, although there seems to be good structure left. I would imagine this holds and starts to gain more mature flavors over the next several years, but the brightness of the fruit and high tones seem to be in their prime right now. Hope that helps!

Red

2011 Lucia Pinot Noir Soberanes Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

3/4/2013 - MattMauldin wrote: 91 points

World Of Pinot Noir Grand Tasting- 3/2; 3/2/2013-3/4/2013 (Shell Beach, CA): Cherry and plum-driven profile with briary spice and black tea throughout. Round-ripe profile with full richness and fine tannin. Good balance overall. Medium finish.

  • Comment posted by MattMauldin:

    3/5/2013 7:32:00 PM - Frank- thanks for commenting. I was impressed by the balance achieved in both of the Lucia wines that I tasted at WOP. When SLH Pinots achieve balance those big dark fruits really shine. Also at the same table was the 2010 Pisoni Estate, an impressive table to say the least!

  • Comment posted by MattMauldin:

    3/6/2013 8:16:00 PM - I'm sure you'll enjoy that first one with a good decant and serving temp. I'll look for the note!

Red

2011 Wind Gap Wines Grenache Sceales Vineyard

Alexander Valley more

1/31/2013 - MattMauldin wrote: 90 points

Tasting at The Watering Hole- Sandhi & other Terroir Selections (Los Olivos, CA): Ruby color. Aromas of fresh strawberry and cocoa cloaked in dense earth. Flavors of mulled spice and densely layered cherry and berry notes, along with hints of mineral. Rustic grainy tannins with a degree of finesse. Medium finish.

  • Comment posted by MattMauldin:

    1/31/2013 7:35:00 PM - Frank, I tasted it by chance today while visiting the Sandhi/Terroir Selections Tasting Room in Los Olivos, so my note is a quick snapshot. I do know that the bottle had been opened for 24 hours. I think this is still wound up- there's a lot there. The Wind Gap grenache-based wines really develop in some interesting directions with some bottle age. If you're a fan, I'm sure you'll enjoy it when the time comes!

Red

2007 Quilceda Creek Red Wine Columbia Valley

Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/29/2012 - Laughs and Juice wrote: 90 points

Disappointing, find the fruit bright and tart, lacks depth. If this is really worth $105 I'd sell all my remaining bottles

  • Comment posted by MattMauldin:

    11/29/2012 9:44:00 PM - The one your review is written for is the red blend- average community value of $38.58.

  • Comment posted by MattMauldin:

    11/30/2012 2:38:00 PM - Ok got you. Yeah the red blend is a good deal at its retail of $40, but I'm surprised it would have that demand at auction. I must have misunderstood.

Red

2009 Copain Syrah Les Voisins

Yorkville Highlands more

11/26/2012 - Itriolo Likes this wine: NR

Violets, black fruit, and iron flavors with high acidity. Just a hint of Brett (enough for my wife to enjoy without turning me off) adds complexity. A well-made wine with some mid-term aging potential.

  • Comment posted by MattMauldin:

    11/29/2012 9:45:00 PM - Good description- I remember those violet and iron notes from when I had it.

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