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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 isaacjamesbaker:

    5/1/2015 7:58:00 AM - I too love me some big RRV Pinot (and Rhys), but this line was friggin hilarious, had me doing a legit "lol": "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."

Red

2012 Château Lynch-Bages

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/25/2015 - Grb040 Likes this wine: 94 points

Heart's Delight Bordeaux Master Class (Omni Hotel and Resort Washington DC): 94+
Would love to taste this in a few years, slightly sweet nose like vanilla or caramel, smooth and long finish, very balanced

  • Comment posted by isaacjamesbaker:

    4/26/2015 2:41:00 PM - Wish I could've made it to this event, but looks like it was a solid Bdx tasting. Cheers!

Red

2011 La Ferme du Mont Côtes du Rhône Premiere Cote

Red Rhone Blend more

6/7/2014 - joncohen wrote: 90 points

Nearly opaque purple going to pink at the edge, medium weight in the glass with beautiful legs. Initial violet aromas quickly give way to typical garrigue, meaty elements with a trace of barnyard and slight reductive notes. On the palate presents plum and blueberry fruit, with meat, olive, black licorice, and black pepper; good dose of slate minerality. The anise lingers on and on in the finish. Impressive package with excellent typicity without being ordinary or without distinctive character. Home run qpr. This is what CdR wants to be (but too often is not).

  • Comment posted by isaacjamesbaker:

    4/18/2015 5:48:00 PM - Perfectly put, you nailed it with this: "Home run qpr. This is what CdR wants to be (but too often is not)."

Red

2007 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel

Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend more

4/2/2015 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 93 points

Urban Butcher (Urban Butcher - Silver Spring, Maryland): Full, ripe and juicy aromas, along with cola, smoke, pepper and grilled meat. Strong tannic backbone but still a creamy mouthfeel. The Mourvedre jumps out, so earthy, with lots of mushroom, charcoal, bacon, black and green olives. The fruit is plush and ripe (black cherry and currants), but matched by the non-fruit elements. Complex, pure, savory, this bottle was singing and I think the wine has a long life ahead.

  • Comment posted by isaacjamesbaker:

    4/3/2015 7:46:00 PM - Yeah, this bottle was perfect and singing! Even better on the second day.

White

2011 Smith-Madrone Chardonnay

Spring Mountain District more

4/1/2015 - dzop wrote: 80 points

Blind California Chardonnays - New School v. Old School: Group's 8th (76 points), my 8th. Lots of discussion about whether this was corked or just a mess. Much darker color than the other bottles, tons of obvious botrytis on the nose and the palate, VA, and, well, I thought some cardboard, but others insisted otherwise. Very funky and unpleasant. Smells and tastes like a late harvest Loire Chenin laced with some oxidation.

  • Comment posted by isaacjamesbaker:

    4/3/2015 9:46:00 AM - Shame this was flawed. A proper bottle would have shown much, much better, I'm sure. Cheers!

Red

2006 Cayuse Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard

Walla Walla Valley more

4/2/2015 - pilot360 wrote: NR

This wine brought out and served first and foremost the funk. I'm not sure how they get the funk into the wines of cayuse, But I do not question how balck sabbath gets the "sabbath" into their music.
It just is.
One of my favorites of the night.

  • Comment posted by isaacjamesbaker:

    4/3/2015 7:21:00 AM - A Cayuse review with a Sabbath reference? Hell yes. Well done.

White

2013 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley more

3/14/2015 - JerM wrote: 92 points

(accidental brunner) Funky white florals, lemon limes, soft oak. Rich, creamy lemon custard, hint pineapple zing in an off-dry fruit-sweetness. Toasted nuts, stonefruit-stones and fresh pomelo pith on the oily, savoury finish. Old-world-ish, but immediately accessible. Young, with lotsa time ahead for it.

  • Comment posted by isaacjamesbaker:

    3/18/2015 5:34:00 PM - Great note, and I agree, this will age beautifully.

Red

2005 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

2/7/2015 - Grinner wrote: 94 points

Wine night with Joe and Kyla (Joe's Bar and Grill): Decanted 7hrs ahead, this wine has a medium garnet color and an open nose. Ripe red and black fruit with hints of kelp, underbrush, and spice. A really smooth texture and glorious finish that just lingers like a TSA line. Now-2025!

  • Comment posted by isaacjamesbaker:

    2/11/2015 9:54:00 AM - Excellent tasting note!

Red

2011 Bodega Numanthia Toro Termes

Tempranillo more

1/18/2015 - Tim and Bonnie Likes this wine: 91 points

This wine tells you its gonna kick your a$$, it kicks your a$$, then it told you it kicked your a$$.

Not for the meek of heart, but if you want velvet violence...drink this.

  • Comment posted by isaacjamesbaker:

    1/23/2015 7:06:00 PM - I did a legit "lol" reading this. Spot on. Velvet violence indeed. Cheers!

Red

2001 Domaine Jean Royer Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Prestige

Red Rhone Blend more

1/5/2015 - dbkitc wrote: 92 points

Ruby color with a mature, bricking rim. Very pretty, classic Chateauneuf nose: sweet Grenache fruit, flowers and pronounced garrigue. Medium to full bodied with very good flavor concentration. The flavors of the nose are continued on the palate. This is solid, chunky Chateauneuf. There is a bunch of tannin left in this wine, yet the maturity of the sweet fruit makes this a joy to drink this evening. (92)

  • Comment posted by isaacjamesbaker:

    1/21/2015 12:43:00 PM - Nice note. Yeah, at 15% percent, chunky sounds about right. Gonna hold off for a bit longer, nice to know still got the stuffing. Cheers!

White

2013 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley more

1/17/2015 - dollevoet wrote: 88 points

Nice balance between fruit, acidity and wood. Drank too young. More potential in a few years.

  • Comment posted by isaacjamesbaker:

    1/21/2015 12:41:00 PM - Yeah, I'm convinced this is one for the long term.

White

2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Compagni Portis

Sonoma Valley White Blend more

1/20/2015 - Griffeyfan04 wrote: NR

Very uninteresting and not hitting it for me. No real acidity to speak of, some white flower and mild lemon grass flavor. After seeing notes on CT i was a bit underwhelmed. Which stinks because I have had a few Bedrock wines and have been impressed. Perhaps something was off

  • Comment posted by isaacjamesbaker:

    1/21/2015 12:39:00 PM - Just tasted this yesterday, and the acid was singing. Strange, because I always am excited by this wine. And way to go, Morgan, with the classy move. Bedrock rules. Cheers!

Red

2011 Cornerstone Cellars The Cornerstone

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/13/2014 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 92 points

Magenta color. Lots of loamy and dusty soil on the nose, coffee bean, notes of cedar and pine, mixed in with tart black and red currant fruit. Starts off with a dose of refreshing acid, the fine-firm but grained tannins provide some weight for the velvety truit. Black cherries and red and black currant fruit, all of it ripe but crunchy as well, the wine glides across the palate. Complex notes of black tea, sweet cocoa, cedar and vanilla and integrated well with the earthy and herbal aspects. Needs time to expand but a beauty. Impressive stuff.

Red

2011 Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon

Spring Mountain District more

11/10/2014 - TallMikeWine Likes this wine: 90 points

This vintage in Napa is getting pooh poohed by most everyone. And those people are spoiled brats! There is some kick-ass wine out there from the '11 vintage. Like this one. Yeah, it's a little peppery, bell pepper, some bramble. But it also features plush fruit and acid to counter. Then silky tannins on the back end. Old School Napa Cab, I think. And quite drinkable and lovely. You don't like it? Tell it to your Mamma!

  • Comment posted by isaacjamesbaker:

    12/10/2014 3:07:00 PM - Ha! I like it, but I'll tell it to my Mama anyway. Great note. Loving 2011. Let the fools pooh pooh it. More for us.

White

2012 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie

Melon de Bourgogne more

8/19/2014 - Rob and Meg wrote: 90 points

Unbelievable value and depth at this level. Sea brine, bright lemon/lime, slate minerality, and dried green herbs rolled into a taught, energetic medium frame. Just excellent now, will age effortlessly. Drink or Hold

  • Comment posted by isaacjamesbaker:

    12/4/2014 8:47:00 PM - Yeah, you describe it perfectly. Just tasting, and this is exactly the way I'd describe it. Cheers!

White

2013 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley more

11/26/2014 - Spencer wrote: NR

Another excellent bottle of this wine. Pure, balanced, long, mineral. Over the last couple vintages has been my favorite New World chardonnay.

  • Comment posted by isaacjamesbaker:

    11/28/2014 9:00:00 AM - "has been my favorite New World chardonnay." - Yup, it's worthy of such a bold statement. Cheers!

Red

2011 Cornerstone Cellars Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley more

11/5/2014 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 90 points

Mixed Blinds (My Place - Washington, DC): Bright red cherry colored. Cool red fruit bursts from the glass (strawberries, cherries and raspberries), along with a hefty dose of spice (oregano, black pepper, nettles) and some sweet coffee. Fresh and inviting on the palate with high acid, smooth tannins and tangy strawberries, raspberries and red currants. I like the kick of pepper, soy and wet leaves. The cedar and coffee notes are integrated well into the overall package. Bright and fresh but lots of complexity. Ready to drink but able to hold.

  • Comment posted by isaacjamesbaker:

    11/22/2014 8:43:00 AM - Thanks! I really enjoyed this, as I have most 2011s. So bright and refreshing and complex. Cheers!

Red

2010 Niner Wine Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Bootjack Ranch

Paso Robles more

9/30/2014 - Gestalted Likes this wine: 92 points

This has to be one of the best Cabernet values I've had in a long time. Extremely rich yet complex with espresso bean, blueberry, blackberry pie and mocha. Unbelievable QPR.

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Consumed at at cellar temp: 60°-65° F. Friends don't let friends drink red wine at room temp!

  • Comment posted by isaacjamesbaker:

    10/31/2014 7:39:00 AM - I'm totally with you here. Crazy value for $35, blows away a lot of competitors.

White

2006 Chateau Grand Traverse Dry Riesling

Old Mission Peninsula more

4/16/2014 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: NR

An orange apricot color. Smells like dried wax, some apricot jam, expired honey. Tastes tired, with dried apricot and orange peel, some caramel and waxy notes. Not flawed, just old and beaten up. Oh well, it was a gamble and I lost. That’s what makes gambling fun. Bottled under faux cork, which I didn’t realize until I took off the foil.

  • Comment posted by isaacjamesbaker:

    10/5/2014 3:52:00 PM - Yeah, I knew this was gonna be a goner, but was curious. I've had some fresher ones that I've enjoyed.

Red

2011 Domaine Charvin Côtes du Rhône (Le Poutet)

Red Rhone Blend more

9/27/2014 - Curton Likes this wine: 92 points

Maybe I got a bit carried away with this. Opened in the morning - 15 degrees which is perfect for this. Starts off with a nose of agricultural notes, dark berries - with a couple of hours in glass it reveals a light fennel touch. Beautiful clear garnet but a full bodied and still elegant wine. Intriguing complex mixture of fresh an dried out fruits, soft tannins, green peppers and herbs. Keep at 15-16 degrees to avoid too much alcohol. Can't wait for the next one.

  • Comment posted by isaacjamesbaker:

    9/27/2014 5:37:00 PM - It really is an awesome wine. I look forward to how it ages. One of my favorite Cotes du Rhone.

Red

2009 Copain Syrah Les Voisins

Yorkville Highlands more

9/17/2014 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 91 points

Huge magenta color. Tons of tart, rich black and red currant fruit on the nose, blackberries, some loam and graphite. Dusty tannins, the red and black currants and cherries taste tart and crunchy, but some nice freshness from the acid. Lots of deep rocky, granite, loam and mineral elements. Some lovely mushroom and nutshell elements on the long finish. Showing a lot of flavor but some class as well. With time some cola and root beer elements come out with some sage and sweet basil. I managed to cellar my only bottle for 2.5 years, but I’d love to try it again in three or four. 13.9% alcohol.

  • Comment posted by isaacjamesbaker:

    9/18/2014 4:50:00 PM - Thanks kdubler! Enjoy it!

Red

2007 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

Red Rhone Blend more

9/4/2014 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 91 points

Nice deep ruby color with a hint of bricking. Deep and rich on the nose, with plum skins, black and red cherries, dusted with earth, sage, black pepper, soy sauce and mocha. Medium+ bodied, a bit low on the acid (always a problem between me and the 2007s), tannins are fine but still structured. Silky and refined, I love the roasted chestnut, scorched earth and charcoal elements, also some crispy grilled pork, sage and menthol elements. Long, full, quite complex, not subtle but somehow very pretty. If the acid was higher I’d be even more impressed. Opens up a lot over time to show all sorts of complexity. Drinking wonderfully now, and perhaps I’m against the grain here, I think this could evolve a bit more. Gotta find some more. Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and a few other varieties.

  • Comment posted by isaacjamesbaker:

    9/6/2014 9:34:00 PM - Disclaimer: I like old Southern Rhones, but yes, that soy and earthy stuff makes this perfect to drink now. I bought this a few years ago from someone who had stored it well, been stored well since, and it was in perfect condition. A bit too ripe and roasted for me, as a lot of 2007s are, yet this one is showing a lot of rustic, earthy, mature qualities, a lot of fun for sure. Cheers!

Red

2012 Mary Elke Pinot Noir Boonville Barter

Anderson Valley more

5/19/2014 - SkeBum Likes this wine: 89 points

I hesitate to write this, as I consider this wine a hidden gem, of the first order. This wine for the price is a steal, as a Wednesday night pasta wine, this wine can't be beat. It is a balanced and well made Pinot from the Anderson Valley. Not a fruit bomb, just good drinking wine that smokes some $45 bottles from Sonoma. I bought a case, drank most of it, had to go back and buy two for summer.

  • Comment posted by isaacjamesbaker:

    8/25/2014 7:37:00 AM - I hear you about this being a hidden gem. Such good value! Cheers!

Red

2010 Domaine de la Pinte Arbois

Trousseau more

8/5/2014 - Rob and Meg wrote: 92 points

Absolutely excellent. Complex aromas and flavors of savage wild berry, dried herbs, savory spice, and potpourri. Medium bodied with excellent acidity and chalky slate minerality. The long, vigorous finish adds orange peel and subtle smoked game. Drinking beautifully, and will only get better with time. Drink or hold.

  • Comment posted by isaacjamesbaker:

    8/6/2014 4:49:00 PM - Great to hear an update on this. Such a cool wine, I think I'll keep mine buried for another few years. Cheers!

White

2009 Jacques Puffeney Savagnin Arbois

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7/7/2014 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 94 points

Like a Puligny-Montrachet and a Manzanilla sherry had a kid together. I love this because you get those crisp, saline flavors from the oxidative process with a more nimble and fresh presence owing to the fact that this has the alcohol level of a regular wine rather than a fortified one. My first bottle of this a few months ago was practically riesling-esque in its brightness; this one is starting to take on deeper tones though not yet in the territory of anything nutty. This is a really attractive wine that I think could also appeal to those who haven't quite acquired the taste for oxidative stuff, because there is still so much freshness and energy here.

  • Comment posted by isaacjamesbaker:

    8/5/2014 6:14:00 AM - So spot on: "Like a Puligny-Montrachet and a Manzanilla sherry had a kid together."

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