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Red

2012 Foris Pinot Noir Maple Ranch

Rogue Valley more

5/12/2015 - ewledbetter wrote: 85 points

Opened and let breathe for over an hour during which I tasted at various intervals. Altogether the wine never seemed to open and express itself. Its nose was stingy to the point of being shut down, and later in the evening the faint hint of fruit earlier gave way to a predominant hint of Bourbon and floral fragrances. In mouth the flavors were equally one-dimensional with bright red fruit being most prevalent. The finish was short at best. Given this wine's drinking window, I recommend holding to 2017 until trying again.

  • Comment posted by Neecies:

    5/13/2015 2:30:00 PM - I bought a case of that wine I liked it so much. But each bottle we opened seemed slightly simpler. Eventually, I 'sold' them to my wine club for serving at a big dinner rather than risk holding them. Your note seems like a logical progression of where mine were headed. They might have been just slowing going into that big sleep pinots often love to do, but at not quite three years out seems a bit early.

Red

2001 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

1/25/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine: 92 points

A very good bottle. No sign of oxidation--but I said that last time and two days later the unfinished half had turned into prune juice. Dang, I don't know what to make of these.

  • Comment posted by Neecies:

    1/26/2015 11:53:00 AM - No, not if it's a wine with a long life ahead of it as this is supposed to be. This bottle was not left open per se, but recorked (Vacuvin) and refrigerated.

Red

1995 Chateau Musar

Bekaa Valley Red Blend more

1/3/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine: 95 points

As perfect a Musar as I've ever had. Bright and spicy red fruit and a long lingering strawberry finish, with in between notes of spiced pumpkin latte, clove, fruit bread, and leather. Gorgeously at peak: Serge Hochar, here's to you!

  • Comment posted by Neecies:

    1/3/2015 3:20:00 PM - How kind of you to take the time to let me know that--I didn't. It was just the oldest of the three vintages I have on hand. But I feel even better about it now!

  • Comment posted by Neecies:

    1/25/2015 10:16:00 AM - Enjoy the day, I envy you that experience! Btw, a week ago I took my last and only Musar white, a 97, to a blind geek lunch. I insisted it be poured first of the day as it wasn't a 'food wine' per se. A lot of variation in those old whites but fortunately for me this one could not have been better, or a better tribute to Serge.

Red

2008 Clos Pepe Estate Pinot Noir

Sta. Rita Hills more

4/6/2014 - Boxster Guy Likes this wine: 90 points

True expression of Chablis

  • Comment posted by Neecies:

    12/1/2014 9:05:00 AM - Suspect your comment was meant for another wine.

White

2012 Charly Nicolle Chablis 1er Cru Les Fourneaux

Chardonnay more

8/12/2014 - tward Likes this wine: 91 points

Wow, this is very nice. Agree with "isaacjamesbaker". Citrus is dominant on the nose but restrained, great balance in the body, just enough acid, great minerality with slight salinity, crushed sea shells and limestone. (Will wait a couple years for the next one.)

  • Comment posted by Neecies:

    11/30/2014 2:19:00 PM - Tward, unless you have just one bottle left, I recommend you try another soon. We just had this with lunch and it's really in the moment right now.

  • Comment posted by Neecies:

    11/30/2014 3:02:00 PM - Indeed a quandary--depends on how much you like to gamble! There are no diesel-ish developments of the type that can come with cellaring but the bottle we opened with lunch (holiday weekend!) was fully open and ready, not the least bit tight or in need of more cushion. Btw, where is this Poetic Monger? Mine (a case, from which this was the first bottle) came from Garagiste. I'm in Bellingham.

  • Comment posted by Neecies:

    12/1/2014 12:30:00 AM - I'm sorry, I should have recognized it! If you'd said "random hype generator" I would, of course, have understood you. :) Btw, that I bought a case and am happy about it is a one-off event. Nearly all other large purchases over he last 11 years have been quite the contrary. In fact, this was my last purchase.

Red

2012 Evening Land Vineyards Gamay Noir Seven Springs Vineyard

Eola - Amity Hills more

10/5/2014 - winopops3 wrote: 87 points

Slightly grapey on the nose. Tart sour cherry on the palate with fairly light feel. Short to medium finish. Not particularly complex but satisfying enough.

  • Comment posted by Neecies:

    10/18/2014 1:49:00 PM - Grapey? Carbonic Maceration style grapey? If so: DREAD! I hate 'grapey'. And I bought four bottles of this. Oh woe.

Red

2005 Arcadian Syrah Stolpman Vineyard

Santa Ynez Valley more

10/10/2014 - Neecies Does not like this wine: 75 points

Stewed fruit, simplistic, lighter body. Nothing here showed syrah typicity and it's a wreck as an example of California syrah in general and Arcadian quality in particular. Took to a wine lunch with friends and was totally embarrassed. Possible heat damage? Am disgusted to admit I have two more bottles. Oh woe.

  • Comment posted by Neecies:

    10/10/2014 9:59:00 PM - Note I did question heat damage (I acquired this second hand, so always possible!); but, thing is, the wine was not at all oxidated. Instead I'd say closer to what others noted about the light body and some jammy qualities--just seemingly further along on the maturity curve.

Red

2009 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah The Unnamed

Walla Walla Valley more

5/10/2014 - alpha_ori Likes this wine: 93 points

Nose is intensely floral and perfumed. (From Viognier, I assume.) It smells like a wine that I would not like, as I do not like a lot of florality in my wines. And the first half second of the palate I'm unsure about, too, frankly. Then it makes this sharp right turn into OMG. Soft, but slightly viscous, but smooth, but just a little spicy, no single element of this wine overwhelms. This is not normally what I want in a Syrah, but I'm into it. This is my first Reynvaan, and I have to say, I'm intrigued.

  • Comment posted by Neecies:

    9/6/2014 10:27:00 AM - Ori, re your presumption re the viognier? No, the Unnamed is 100% syrah. Other Reynvaans do get the co-ferment treatment, viognier in In The Rocks and marsanne in The Contender. Not sure about the others. Just thought you'd like to know. Remember my first OMG experience with Reynvaan, the 08 In The Rocks. Now I'm on the mailing list. Irresistable stuff.

  • Comment posted by Neecies:

    9/6/2014 11:14:00 AM - Ori, I signed up as soon as I found out they'd gone to a mailing list and were no longer distributed to retail. Got an allocation in about six months. With the high scores across the board on the 12's (95 to 99), I'm guessing the list is a lot longer now. Just got my allocation on the 13's, I can have six ea Contender, Rocks and Unnamed. Too bad you're not closer, or I'd offer to cut you in--I don't have anyone around locally (coastal Northern WA) who buys at this level and isn't already on the list. Don't think I'll order my full allocation. Prices are up, though that was predictable. ($70 Unnamed and Rocks, $80 Contender).

Red

2005 Jean Bourdy Côtes du Jura Rouge

Red Blend more

9/6/2014 - Neecies Likes this wine: 86 points

Tight and hell-bent on acidity at the moment; simplistic cherry and rhubarb fruit. Needs time, like another ten years to achieve, if this vintage is up to it, what I know these wines can do. HOLD.

  • Comment posted by Neecies:

    9/6/2014 10:55:00 AM - Thanks! Would you believe I took this to a blind tasting lunch yesterday, where another attendee has never tasted this wine but owns two vintages. Get this: he has 2006 and 1942. Yeah, '42.

Red

2005 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyard

Willamette Valley more

3/2/2014 - MLipton wrote: NR

Quite lovely and understated. Bright, red cherry fruit is overlaid with some smokiness. Fairly dense for a St. Innocent Pinot, it maintained balance and avoided any sense of overextraction. Nicely balanced acidity.

  • Comment posted by Neecies:

    9/5/2014 10:28:00 AM - Mark, just a note from a friend to say your TN helped me make up my mind about taking this wine to lunch today. It's going!

White

2010 Secret de Grand Bateau Blanc

Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc more

9/1/2014 - hoservin wrote: 92 points

Aromas of tropical fruit, lemon, lime, peach and coconut. Peach, melon, citrus and a hint of toasted oak on the palate lead to a long, crisp, dry finish. Rich mouthfeel, excellent acidic balance and mineral character. An outstanding value, it over performs for the price. Paired well with baked stuffed shrimp.

  • Comment posted by Neecies:

    9/3/2014 8:17:00 AM - Have one or two bottles left from a case purchased about two years ago. Each bottle has been more interesting than the last.

Red

2000 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

7/1/2014 - saturnaisland wrote: flawed

Have been a bit unlucky with this wine. Have had a couple of very nice bottles over the years but last two have been flawed - not sure if both were from the same source. This one was raisiny, a bit stewed. possibly a bit oxidized. Not sure if it is a bacterial flaw or heat damaged.

  • Comment posted by Neecies:

    7/1/2014 12:58:00 PM - Sounds like heat damage. Btw, do you live on Saturna? Next time you look east at Mt. Baker, wave--I'm on the other side of the strait!

Red

2007 Sullivan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

more

2/21/2014 - tcbrown Does not like this wine: 82 points

Not great. Possibly stewed. Lots of dropped sediment. WTSO purchase, somewhat regretting

  • Comment posted by Neecies:

    5/20/2014 8:37:00 AM - I understand your report on this wine perfectly, reacted identically to my first bottle. But if you filter it yourself through a coffee a filter and remove all that sediment? It cleans up the texture and flavor. I put it blind into a tasting of six cal cabs last week and was shocked when the wines were revealed at the end of the night: it was my favorite of the six. Yes, it changes THAT much.

Red

2010 Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Franc de Pied

Cabernet Franc more

4/19/2014 - Finare Vinare wrote: 90 points

Mineral, gravelly cab franc nose, with Finnish salmiak and red bio-apples. Lively co2 on the transparent palate, but the fruit is clearly fading as well as the acidic freshness. Better drink up now, and not gamble on keeping this "sans soufre" cuvée any longer.

  • Comment posted by Neecies:

    4/20/2014 9:30:00 AM - Oh no!!! I bought three of these and was told to leave them alone for about three years. Well, we're just about there, and in fact I stood up a bottle last week to remind myself to start in on them. I'll cry if I took the wrong advice and missed the show!

  • Comment posted by Neecies:

    4/24/2014 6:58:00 PM - Good news, Finare: my bottles are fine. No co2, no fruit fade whatsoever. In fact, I updated my drinking window to 2020.

Red

2011 Phelps Creek Vineyards Pinot Noir

Columbia Gorge more

4/16/2014 - mqvn Likes this wine: 88 points

Day 1 - cool, red fruit with lots of earthy notes
Day 2 - kind of flat, boring, with only hints of the previous day

  • Comment posted by Neecies:

    4/19/2014 7:11:00 PM - Did you leave it alone for a 3rd day? Wines often have a sophomore slump on the second day that pulls back for glory on the third day. Not that I expect this to be the kind of wine that had long aging potential based on the bottle we had last week, I don't, but I nonetheless wouldn't rule it out since, having just been shipped, it might have a little travel shock going on.

Red

2006 Long Shadows Wineries Pirouette

Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/16/2014 - mlabbee wrote: 87 points

Not sure we're this wine is going. Tart when opened, evolved into a darker, fruitier place, but with a metallic finish. Nice for little while in between. This was my last - not sure how much longer I'd lay this down if I had more.

  • Comment posted by Neecies:

    4/17/2014 4:06:00 PM - MLABBEE, I have a few bottles and am hanging in for the long haul. I'm thinking--hoping?--that they're deceptively easy to drink at this stage. The last bottle I had about a year ago suggested that these had enough tannin and acidity for a 10-15 yr run.

Red

2009 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah The Unnamed

Walla Walla Valley more

4/8/2014 - whits Likes this wine: 93 points

intoxicating perfume; shows smoke, flowers and fresh picked berries, feminine and beautiful, shows strength of fruit without being too fruity or candied, caresses the palate with red cherries, sweet cranberries, bright plums and clean stone, the finish is long like the cork, very special, delicious and exotic, this is high tier syrah

  • Comment posted by Neecies:

    4/8/2014 7:30:00 AM - Very different from the last bottle I opened, probably last August. Definitely not "fresh" and "beautiful" or "bright" or "clean" but harsh and fruitless, like it had been made out of cactus instead of grapes. More like 'retarded' than just merely closed, which is why when I ordered my 2012's, I ordered everything except The Unnamed. Thanks to your note, I'll look forward to my next bottle with more hope than I'd have felt otherwise.

Red

1995 Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux

Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/11/2014 - WineGuyFL wrote: 88 points

Has gone downhill very quickly. Had a bottle in the fall of 2012 which was great, as was a bottle earlier that year. This one was very mundane. One of the Pro Reviewers has 2013 as the back end year of the drink window. Should have listened to him.

  • Comment posted by Neecies:

    3/12/2014 3:14:00 PM - Uh oh! I have a bottle, better look into this. Thanks!

Red

2008 Dusted Valley Vintners Wallatage

Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/6/2014 - Pedroel wrote: 87 points

First impression of spicy fruit was favorable, but it was all downside from there. Too acidic and out of balance, with a lackluster finish. This after a 2-hour decant. Somewhat better on day 2, but still disappointing. Horrible QPR.

  • Comment posted by Neecies:

    3/4/2014 1:53:00 PM - Love that you added "horrible QPR". Was not impressed with any of the DV wines. Say, looks like you're in Bellingham. Me too. You in a tasting group? Friends and I get together once a month to taste, and we have room for more.

Red

2007 Meerlust Rubicon

Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/29/2014 - Neecies Does not like this wine: 79 points

I am absolutely at a loss to reconcile Tanzer's 92 pt description against the rotting cabbage/sewage nose on the four identically tainted bottles of Rubicon I bought and poured for a local wine tasting a few weeks ago. Opened early in the day, splash decanted and left to air out over about eight hours, though some fruit developed in that time the stench never did blow away. I'm very familiar with this wine in other vintages and know this not to be typical. But four bottles says it's not a problem with the closures.

  • Comment posted by Neecies:

    2/1/2014 5:27:00 PM - No, all four from same source, distributor-direct so no retail middleman. I started a discussion about it on wldg.com, and it looks like the issue is mercaptans. The rotting cabbage smell is the classic odor.

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