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Red

2006 Château Pontet-Canet

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/18/2015 - lvjohn Likes this wine: 92 points

This wine is too young to drink right now. It is loaded with potential. We decanted our first bottle and then started sipping. With lots of agitation in the glass, a glimpse of the future started to unfold. The wine has a great nose of spices and fruit. It tastes a little thin until it starts to open up a bit then it displays wonder spices and fruits. This stuff is the real deal, but be patient with it and make sure it is properly cellared for maximum enjoyment later on.

  • Comment posted by Joegish:

    2/18/2015 8:03:00 PM - Perfect summary...very much agree!

Red

2012 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Dairyman

Russian River Valley more

1/18/2015 - tomherer Does not like this wine: 85 points

Last bottle, and good riddance. Was hoping it would come around with a little more cellar time, but you can't polish a turd, as they say. Gloopy, saccharine, woody; just can't see how this resolves, ever. The core of pure fruit puts it a rung above apothic. I'm not exactly one of the pinot cognoscenti du jour that's turning their cellar over to 100% Rhys and keeps a pinup of Rajat Parr in my gym locker, either. Loves me a full-throttle RRV pinot, but this should never have been released for $45.

  • Comment posted by Joegish:

    1/19/2015 7:26:00 AM - hmmmm.....not sure 2 years on a fruit bomb in the cellar is enough time? Will let mine sit for at least another 2-3 years before touching...hopefully, they will improve. If not, then they are non-wine drinker/party favorite kind of wine...
    Definitely agree on the $45 price point being excessive.

Red

2008 Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Indian Wells

Columbia Valley more

12/10/2014 - JHWine Likes this wine: 50 points

Good

  • Comment posted by Joegish:

    12/10/2014 6:48:00 PM - 50 points is a good? Would hate to see a bad wine! Typo, perhaps?

Red

2001 Delectus Cabernet Sauvignon Stanton

Oakville more

12/9/2014 - Mech-E Likes this wine: 93 points

Wow wine. Beeaaautiful structure, plenty of fruit. Will attempt to buy more! Gotta love wax capsule wines.

  • Comment posted by Joegish:

    12/10/2014 7:09:00 AM - I have found that the long corks and wax capsules used by Gerhard (Delectus) really age well. Just bought a case of their 1997 Merlot at auction and it is rather fantastic.

Red

2012 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon H3

Horse Heaven Hills more

11/28/2014 - Corked1350 wrote: 89 points

Dark berries, chocolate, currant and some nicer tannnins below the surface. Shows strength of 2012 washington cab's. Drink over the next 5 years, likely only a small amount of benefit with aging. If recommending, I'd suggest to not overthink it -- it's a great $10 U.S. cab. It will stand up to $20 stuff, but probably not much higher. Great value for parties and everyday cabernet.

  • Comment posted by Joegish:

    12/4/2014 9:09:00 AM - Exactly! Could not agree more.

Red

2013 Veramonte Pinot Noir Ritual

Casablanca Valley more

9/26/2014 - wtb375 wrote: 70 points

DID NOT LIKE AT ALL

  • Comment posted by Joegish:

    10/30/2014 4:17:00 PM - please explain why. thanks.

Red

2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

10/12/2014 - BrianT wrote: 71 points

Vinegar and earth on the nose. Quite sour, earthy, with fine tannins. Had it with bbq pork ribs, which didn't help with the flavor. Had it without any food later, and it was worse. Unfortunately, I have 2 more bottles.

  • Comment posted by Joegish:

    10/12/2014 5:52:00 PM - sounds like a bad bottle...you're 20 pts below the average review...corked?

Red

2005 Bodegas Muga Rioja Gran Reserva Prado Enea

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

10/9/2014 - mike l. wrote: 88 points

at corazon y miel.

definitely on the tight stubborn side. wish id decanted for half a day.

not sure this will get much better, was fairly simple and fruit forward. food helped.

  • Comment posted by Joegish:

    10/10/2014 5:27:00 AM - I found this best 2-3 hours after decanting. Next day (after re-bottling) the fruit was getting tired.

Red

2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary

Napa Valley more

9/25/2014 - philweird Likes this wine: 90 points

This wine is always heavy on the fruit. I have never had a bottle that was not. But I actually think this is a great quaffing wine with people who enjoy wine but aren't enthusiasts.

  • Comment posted by Joegish:

    9/25/2014 6:57:00 AM - That is exactly what my perspective is on Caymus in general and also on this 2012.

Red

2012 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

7/24/2014 - _Xenon wrote: 91 points

I tried this wine after it has been released to the market for quite some weeks now. Doing it the analytical way (on my own :-)): I wanted to know if this wine has it all for me to buy a case of 12 bottles and cellar it.

Opened it and tried without food: First thought: I find it too early to assess. I am not that kind of guy to taste a barrel sample and know how this wine will taste in 1, 5 and 20 years....

Tannin-wise very good to enjoy already right now. Well integrated, fine and not too obvious. If someone says this wine is too young, it's not because of tannins, it's because the fruit hasn't integrated yet: The wine is very fruity (as expected for a young CdP) but shows no sweetness. You can feel the 15% alcohol, it's quite a bit hot. Hopefully this will resolve.

It lacks a bit of body, finesse and elegance at this moment. It's medium bodied. After one hour the wine opened up in the decanter. The nose is typical Clos des Papes.

So the next step was to have it with food. I bought some stuff at the local market and prepared duck breast (Barbarieentenbrust) with honey, balsamic vinegar and red wine (of course the Clos des Papes :-)) and sesame seeds, supported by chanterelles with garlic, onions, butter and parsley.

Drinking the wine with the prepared dinner made it clear that the wine at this stage does by far not have enough body to accompany such heavy food.

After finishing the whole bottle (approx. 5 hours), I am quite undecided about my assessment: It's a nice wine, no question, and it's a pretty young wine. Probably too young to assess for my limited knowledge in that regard.

However, at this stage I am sure it's not worth 75-85 € a bottle. Especially considering the 65 € I paid for an 2009 which to me is ready to drink now and consists of all the characteristics I love in Clos des Papes.

So far it has not shown the 'wow!' factor, which makes me want to buy as much bottles as I can of a specific wine. And believe me, this usually hits me quite often! :-)

Lets conclude it this way: A nice wine, too young for me to assess, at this stage missing finesse and body and pricewise not able to compete on the wine market against other lovely CdP or wines from Italy.

Before buying 12 and putting them in my cellar I will definitely wait and taste again in a while. Not convinced.

  • Comment posted by Joegish:

    7/24/2014 6:10:00 PM - Thank you very much for this review. Loved it! I am a fan!

Red

1999 Azienda Agricola Sant'Elena Ròs di Rôl

Friuli Isonzo Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/21/2014 - Teamkv Does not like this wine: 83 points

Beyond barnyard. More like pig pen. Perhaps an acquired taste, but personally not enjoyable at all. Will be tossing our remaining bottle.

  • Comment posted by Joegish:

    7/22/2014 6:41:00 AM - That was pretty much my last experience with this...not sure why? Other people seem to like it quite a bit. Significant bottle variation perhaps??

Red

2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary

Napa Valley more

7/13/2014 - RobertDwyer Likes this wine: 90 points

Glass-coating. Dark and dense - 85% opaque. There are a dazzling array of aromatics present in this wine: Ripe plum, Chambord, black and blue fruit, cedar, a hint of cinnamon. It gets a bit boozy at times, especially on the nose, so if you're looking for a balanced wine (between fruit, acid, and tannin) this probably isn't for you.

That said, the wine is incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Hardly any tannins to mention and as heavy as it is it doesn't get tiring coming back for a second taste.

Overall, I think it could use more structure to bump it up to being truly extraordinary. But considering the relatively favorable price points this vintage is being offered at it's worth buying a bottle or two if you like fruit forward Napa Cab.

Sample for review.

  • Comment posted by Joegish:

    7/13/2014 4:25:00 PM - Caymus does seem to be making more fruit bombs....at least while the wines are very young.

Red

2009 Aratas Petite Sirah

Napa Valley more

6/30/2014 - Gestalted Likes this wine: 94 points

A STUNNING Petite Sirah! Rich and intense with fat blueberry, leather and dark chocolate with nuanced lemon oil and a finish of thick chewy tannins. The finish just keeps going. For me, the best Petite Sirah I've experienced. Superb!

  • Comment posted by Joegish:

    7/1/2014 5:32:00 AM - You nailed this one...my feelings EXACTLY!

Red

2012 Ramsay Pinot Noir North Coast

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4/21/2014 - RobertDwyer Likes this wine: 89 points

Inviting nose of ripe black cherries, strawberries, and supporting brambly notes. Smooth on the palate and very easy to drink. If there's a fault, it's a lack of depth and a somewhat short finish. But overally it's varietally correct and an amazingly strong effort in the $12 range. 13.5% alcohol. The perfect weeknight Pinot. Amazing value here.

  • Comment posted by Joegish:

    4/22/2014 6:07:00 AM - I agree 100%. A very nice QPR play for $12. I liked it as there were none of those annoying green/stemmy notes. Glad you were happy with it!

Red

2010 Domaine Saint-Damien Gigondas Les Souteyrades

Red Rhone Blend more

3/14/2014 - Anonymous wrote: NR

NOT DELIVERED. SEE 2007 INSTEAD

  • Comment posted by Joegish:

    3/14/2014 7:28:00 PM - not really sure what kind of tasting note this is supposed to be???

Red

2003 Delectus Dog In Style

Napa Valley Red Blend more

6/18/2012 - Joegish Likes this wine: 91 points

Excellent as always. Sadly, only one more bottle in my cellar. Nice cab blend, paired well with a fillet.

  • Comment posted by Joegish:

    2/25/2014 11:42:00 AM - I saw that email and want to bite, but won't. I have more than 200 Delectus downstairs at the moment and am about 550 bottles over capacity. Bummer. Will regret that decision I'm sure....you made a nice grab picking up some of Gerhardt's vino...always delicious....and on sale...it even better!

Red

2005 Cirillo Grenache 1850's Old Vine

Barossa Valley more

2/24/2013 - cadamson Likes this wine: 97 points

Pretty easily I think my wine of the year to this point. This is simply outstanding in every way, from thelight violet hue, to the ethereal nose of dark fruits, spice and earth, to the palate, on which a myriad of flavors battle for your attention. Simply stunning. The fruit is pure as it gets, not overly concentrated, just fresh and big, but the size of it is well kept in bounds by a cornucopia of spice and earth elements. A 40 second finish, and lively acidity caps off this nearly perfect wine. At $40, this is an unbelievable bargain, especially for a wine which comes from vines planted in the 1850's, all pre-phylloxera. Unquestionably a producer to watch, and since the wines are quite limited, better jump on them while you can.

  • Comment posted by Joegish:

    2/24/2014 1:22:00 PM - Agree 100%!!! This wine is pretty much amazing and was a paradigm changer for me. Glad you liked it so much...and glad I have a few more.

Red

1999 Azienda Agricola Sant'Elena Ròs di Rôl

Friuli Isonzo Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/23/2014 - wmccone54 wrote: 86 points

Short decant, opened right up. Starting to brick, displaying a murky, dull crimson color with a medium body and some noticeable sediment. Huge upfront component of damp earth, dry leather, leafy tobacco, spicy tomato leaf, and a mixed vegetable nose. Most of the primary fruit has faded; what little red fruit is left is pretty lame. Thin and slightly hollow in the mouth. Definitely aged, not terribly inspiring, and probably past it's prime.

  • Comment posted by Joegish:

    2/23/2014 6:22:00 PM - That was pretty much exactly my experience...I wanted to like it, but could not as it way under-delivered vs. my expectations.

Red

1999 Azienda Agricola Sant'Elena Ròs di Rôl

Friuli Isonzo Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/17/2014 - Joegish Does not like this wine: 85 points

Faded fruit, seemed way past its prime. Not offensive, but not enjoyable either. Bummed that I have more. Would not buy again.

  • Comment posted by Joegish:

    2/20/2014 10:40:00 AM - Hope you are right....I bought several based on others' experiences with this wine. Bottle and cork were pristine, so I am a little concerned...

Red - Fortified

1983 Cockburn Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

2/16/2014 - guitarguy wrote: NR

Huge disappointment, mildly corked which shows on the wine exit but bit upfront. The color had faded almost to tawny, and I'm guessing this was actually good ex-TCA. No eating possible.

  • Comment posted by Joegish:

    2/17/2014 6:23:00 AM - The '83 Cockburn has a very high incidence of being corked. Unfortunately, your experience is not unique. Bummer.
    Some people have had luck by drinking quickly without decanting....sounds like you were not so lucky...

Red

2009 Orin Swift Machete

California Red Blend more

1/29/2014 - Joegish Likes this wine: 89 points

See recent note from markandsusanw...I agree.

I generally like OS wines, the fruit is fading a little here...I do not detect a lot of secondary characteristics developing that would make this more interesting, so I would recommend:

Drink 'em now if you got 'em!!

  • Comment posted by Joegish:

    1/30/2014 10:28:00 AM - Drank it over two days....did not improve on day 2. Will try another bottle to check for bottle variation.

Red

2008 Shafer Relentless

Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah more

1/28/2014 - Sundbyberg wrote: 89 points

No way I would have guessed syrah.
Typical new world, which means a wine that provides an anonymous drinking experience.

  • Comment posted by Joegish:

    1/28/2014 12:11:00 PM - Ouch. Quite a generalization, don't you think?

  • Comment posted by Joegish:

    1/29/2014 6:31:00 AM - If I can be so bold, the point that created the comments on your TN was that you implied all new world wines are boring, a point with which I take exception and strongly disagree.

  • Comment posted by Joegish:

    1/29/2014 6:46:00 AM - Thanks for confirming. I find your comments and generalizations quite offensive.

  • Comment posted by Joegish:

    1/29/2014 7:05:00 AM - You continue to miss my point. I do not care if you hated the Relentless and scored it a 43....your generalizations about new world wines being boring are arrogant and offensive IMO.

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