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2012 Flowers Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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11/18/2014 - wineduggery Likes this wine: 91 points

Violets and red berries on the nose. Cranberry, raspberry, and spice. Light yet concentrated. It's a shame that this is my last bottle.

  • Comment posted by RobertDwyer:

    11/20/2014 9:50:00 AM - I just reloaded on this one. Terrific wine in the mid $30s.

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2012 Bodegas Juan Gil Monastrell Jumilla

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11/4/2014 - wineduggery Likes this wine: 91 points

Very enjoyable after an hour with air. A tremendous value.

  • Comment posted by RobertDwyer:

    11/14/2014 10:08:00 AM - I popped a bottle of this early in the week and I was amazed at how well it held up on the counter with the cork reinserted. I was perhaps even better on day 4! That's surprising to me given this wine's new world fruit forward tendencies.

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2012 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon H3

Horse Heaven Hills more

10/30/2014 - Joegish Likes this wine: 90 points

Solid cab with silky tannins. Great aromatics for $11!!! Had to try this based on the WS92....does not disappoint for a weekday drinker. might buy a few more as cellar defenders....

  • Comment posted by RobertDwyer:

    11/8/2014 4:36:00 PM - Tasting this vintage now for the first time. You nailed it. This is a good call from Steiman. And it's different than prior vintages of H3 Cab. Less fake oak. More real fruit. I'm a fan.

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2012 Kutch Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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7/10/2014 - tcufletch wrote: NR

Darker in color than what I would expect from a Pinot; nose of ripe strawberry and dark cherry and graphite; initial taste exhibited darker red fruits hiding behind the minerals and graphite; very evident spice characteristic that I wouldn't expect with a Pinot (possibly due to 100% whole cluster?); this is dark and intense; firm acid that softens a bit over time but is typical for Jamie's wines (which I love); firmer tannic structure; medium finish.

Consumed over four days and day four was the most enjoyable; put through the Vinturi on day four which helped to coax a subtle citrus note that I didn't get earlier; tannins still going strong, but as I come to expect with all of Jamie's wines, very balanced. Overall, very enjoyable now, but let it breathe or utilize a long decant. It's only going to get better.

  • Comment posted by RobertDwyer:

    9/14/2014 1:45:00 PM - I just opened the 2nd of 3 bottles of this I have and I'm not liking it at all. I think I'll put a stopper in it and check back tomorrow based on your note. Thanks.

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2012 Sojourn Pinot Noir Silver Eagle Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

7/22/2014 - RobertDwyer Likes this wine: 95 points

Spectacular. What Sojourn does best is site-specific yet fruit forward California Pinot Noir and this is a great example of their style. Bright light magenta in color but *full* of effortless power and finesse. Aromatically this is an amazing explosion of perfectly-ripened strawberries, briar patch, and orange peel. So light on its feet but it gets serious on the palate. The medium/slightly-full bodied mouthfeel is surprising given how light in color it is. Just brilliant across the palate and on the finish. A tremendous accomplishment here.

Classic California Pinot Noir. Wonderful.

14.2% Alcohol
325 Cases Produced
$59 Release Price
Sample for review

  • Comment posted by RobertDwyer:

    7/23/2014 7:30:00 PM - Not across the board. Their appellation bottlings can be terrific values. But certain single vineyard bottlings can be really special. Ridgetop, Gap's Crown and Rodgers Creek are 3 of my favorites.

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2010 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

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6/14/2014 - jtinto Likes this wine: 91 points

The best KB I've had to date. Stylistically this is dialed back. Less extraction, less perceived alcohol. Energetic dark plum, black cherries with some herbs and smoke. Impressed. 14.6% ABV

  • Comment posted by RobertDwyer:

    6/16/2014 6:28:00 PM - Nice note. I think they're a quality producer that's going to successfully pivot from being stereotyped as producing overripe wines. Just a little pricey for my taste. Happy Father's Day!

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2008 Peter Michael Les Pavots

Knights Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/28/2014 - wineduggery Does not like this wine: 89 points

This is a soft, smooth wine with well-integrated tannins, but it has a jammy sweetness that dominates the fruit profile that I found very off-putting.

  • Comment posted by RobertDwyer:

    5/30/2014 7:24:00 PM - Oh dear! How disappointing.

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2012 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Jenkins Ranch

Sonoma Coast more

4/19/2014 - wineduggery wrote: 90 points

Big, modern style Pinot. 15.4% alc, and you could taste the heat. That being said, it was a pleasant bottle. No better than the Sonoma Coast bottling though, but much more expensive. Not worth it.

  • Comment posted by RobertDwyer:

    4/21/2014 5:56:00 AM - *Great* guidance here. I think the 2012 Sonoma Coast is a terrific value in the $30-$33 range. I saw an offer come up for the Jenkins and I couldn't imagine it being twice as good. Your note confirms this. You saved me $60! ;)

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2011 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Dolinsek Ranch

Russian River Valley Red Blend more

4/18/2014 - jtinto wrote: 86 points

Dense, candied, little sweet. Very ripe and a bit hot. The signature Bedrock touch is lost here. Blind this could be many, many other producers. 14.8 % ABV

  • Comment posted by RobertDwyer:

    4/19/2014 1:31:00 PM - This aligns with what I'm complaining about when I say I don't like some of the wines from Bedrock and Carlisle. They make some great wines for sure, but many are overpriced duds.

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2010 La Porta di Vertine Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

4/15/2014 - jtinto Likes this wine: 95 points

I cannot say enough about this wine. Amazing depth, balance, and grace. The mouth-feel is seamless. So long and it builds with air. Tannins are sweet and integrated. Strong minerality. The pairing with Bolognese was spectacular. 14.5 % ABV

  • Comment posted by RobertDwyer:

    4/16/2014 7:57:00 PM - Wow! Where did you buy it? Do you have more? I'd like to try it.

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2011 Bedrock Wine Co. Bedrock Heritage Wine

Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel more

4/5/2014 - jtinto wrote: 90 points

Lots of red fruit and acid. Noticeable amount of oak on the nose and palate (not used to that with Bedrock). Felt disjointed and in an awkward phase. Going with 90+ because there is a good chance it will come around and harmonize with time. Power without weight. Drink 2015+. 14.2% ABV

  • Comment posted by RobertDwyer:

    4/7/2014 8:35:00 AM - Disjointed and awkward. 90+! Outstanding!

    C'mon jtinto, your Bedrock bias is showing here. With a short track record with this specific bottling how can you rate it for the future?

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2009 Bodegas El Nido Jumilla Clio

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3/19/2014 - wineduggery Does not like this wine: 87 points

Heavily extracted and oaky.

  • Comment posted by RobertDwyer:

    3/26/2014 9:16:00 AM - Your lack of enthusiasm for this wine is interesting to me. We seem to have similar taste in CA Pinot but this is a definitely split (though I didn't drink for the same bottle as you obviously). It would be cool to have a panel of like 10 benchmark wines we could list for people to try to see where their fit in the ripeness spectrum.

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2009 Dehlinger Pinot Noir High Plains

Russian River Valley more

3/22/2014 - jtinto wrote: 91 points

Big, lush pinot with lots of strawberry. Some vanilla swirling around with satiny smooth tannins. A little bigger, sweeter than what I'm used to at Dehlinger, but enjoyed it nonetheless. 15.4% ABV

  • Comment posted by RobertDwyer:

    3/26/2014 9:12:00 AM - Dehlinger has been consistently on the bold side of Pinot for me. 15.4% is taking it beyond KB territory. I bet I'd like it! :)

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2012 Flowers Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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3/25/2014 - wineduggery wrote: 90 points

Simple, but satisfying.

  • Comment posted by RobertDwyer:

    3/26/2014 9:11:00 AM - Hmm. Somehow I expect more at this price point. How are you liking 2012 CA Pinots in general? I've been less than blown away. Solid, but non-spectacular.

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2010 Domaine de Saint Siffrein Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

3/25/2014 - jtinto Likes this wine: 92 points

Medium weight, bright, cool red stony fruit, acidic spine, satiny tannins. Energetic. 14.5% ABV

  • Comment posted by RobertDwyer:

    3/26/2014 9:10:00 AM - I really like this producer but I've on tried one or two of their CdRs. Glad to hear the CdP is great too!

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2010 Bodegas Alto Moncayo Campo de Borja

Garnacha, Grenache more

2/7/2014 - RobertDwyer Likes this wine: 94 points

Across a few bottles I think the 2010 is better than the 2009. Whereas the 2009 can get a bit boozy at times (almost Port-like) the 2010 shows better balance but still that signature Alto Moncayo full throttle fruit-driven flavor profile intermingled with savory notes. A stunning value in the mid-$30s. Drinks like an $80 wine. The real question is whether this is better than Clio? On average I think Clio delivers more consistent value, but man - this 2010 Alto Moncayo is tremendous. Both deserve consideration in your cellar.

  • Comment posted by RobertDwyer:

    3/21/2014 2:29:00 PM - Sounds like we've got very similar tastes! Clio, Alto Moncayo, and Triga are all right there as favorites for me. Juan Gil 18 Meses fits nicely between the $12 Juan Gil silver label and Clio at ~$35. Alto Moncayo Veraton is a great buy just over $20 if you can find it at a good price. Such good values coming out of Spain!

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2012 Honig Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

3/13/2014 - Joegish Likes this wine: 92 points

Bottle tasted at Honig Wines Dinner at Culinary Institute, Hyde Park, NY. Beautiful ruby red in glass with wonderful fresh fruit nose. Still slightly disjointed with the tannins slightly fighting the fruit (much more so than the 2011) Also, a little too much ABV for a Honig. Definitely can see this integrating beautifully in another 24 months. Wonderful mouthfeel and mid-palate. Highly recommended and a definite buy for me. 92-93 pts.

  • Comment posted by RobertDwyer:

    3/15/2014 2:22:00 PM - Thanks for the early insight on this reliable favorite that we're all looking forward to in 2012! Your note reads like typical Honig Napa Cab. Immediately upon release and for about a year after it's a little quirky. I begin to wonder whether it's a so-so vintage and each bottle I crack from there out gets better and better. It's not an aging thing by any means - it just needs a *little* time to warm up.

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2010 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Las Alturas Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

2/28/2014 - tcufletch wrote: 91 points

Delicious...easy to drink; creamy, slightly spicy, bright, ripe strawberry, lots of fruit; very little acid and soft, subtle tannins. This is scrumptious and fun to drink, but, for the majority of the time, my palate prefers a little more acid, a little less "over-the-top" fruitiness and more minerality. Still, for what it is, and for what I wanted tonight, it's pleasing, no rough edges, easy to drink, and, once again, delicious.

  • Comment posted by RobertDwyer:

    3/5/2014 12:31:00 PM - Well said Trent. It's not always what I'm in the mood for either but when I'm looking for something a more full bodied (without getting into Napa Cabs) it hits the spot. I ordered a couple bottles of '12 Clark & Telephone at a work dinner in San Jose a couple months ago ($60/btl, not bad!) and it drew raves.

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2010 Two Hands Shiraz Gnarly Dudes

Barossa Valley more

1/7/2014 - Joegish Likes this wine: 93 points

This is a definite crowd pleaser with enough going on to make it interesting. Fruity, but with a depth and persistence that kept me and my wife refilling our glasses and opening up a second bottle.

  • Comment posted by RobertDwyer:

    1/7/2014 8:06:00 AM - I haven't checked in with that tier of Two Hands bottlings but seeing this note reminded me I should. Great juice when it can be found for around $20 as I recall!

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2011 Radio-Coteau Zinfandel Robert's Block

Sonoma Coast more

12/29/2013 - RobertDwyer Does not like this wine: 72 points

Bitter with dusty drying tannins and quirky vegetable notes. A massive disappointment given how reliable RC Pinots have been for me.

  • Comment posted by RobertDwyer:

    12/30/2013 6:10:00 AM - Strikingly similar to the Clos du Val. You might like it! ;)

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2009 Bodegas Alto Moncayo Campo de Borja

Garnacha, Grenache more

12/25/2013 - cuffthis wrote: flawed

Decanted at noon for my GF and my Christmas dinner at 5pm.

When I first opened the wine at noon, I gave it a quick taste to make sure all was ok. It reminded me of the two other bottles I've had over the last several months after RP's 100 point rating came out. I assumed all was well and my GF and I would have a special treat for our Christmas dinner.

After the 5 hour decant, we poured the wine, enjoyed our meal, company and conversation. Over the course of the hour the wine was open and we were enjoying our meal, each additional pour of the wine brought each of us wondering what was going on. By (small) pour 3, each of us realized the wine was slightly corked. Subtle at first, it became more and more pronounced as we worked our way through the bottle. We ended up dumping the last glass and a half of the bottle.

Thankfully, I sill have 4 more bottles of this excellent offering to enjoy on future days.

  • Comment posted by RobertDwyer:

    12/29/2013 5:33:00 PM - Bummer! So sad when a wine is annoyingly/slightly corked like this. Glad you've got more because when this is on it's ON as you know.

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2012 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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12/19/2013 - RobertDwyer Likes this wine: 93 points

So solid. Really - the bottle I tasted from was completely free of a single off note. Gorgeous black cherry aromatics. A perfect balance of rich/silky mouthfeel and abundant supporting acid. The flavor profile is just so spot on for the category. It's textbook. Back up the truck if you can find this for just over $30 - and you can.

  • Comment posted by RobertDwyer:

    12/20/2013 2:08:00 PM - Thanks! Looking forward to your thoughts. Cheers.

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2010 Bodegas El Nido Jumilla Clio

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12/15/2013 - jtinto wrote: 91 points

Decadent, rich, plush, jammy, baked fruit/pie, chocolate. Despite the largess it is surprisingly drinkable. You do notice some alcohol and oak, though not overbearing. Silky. What I respect about this offering is that it proudly represents Jumilla and the grapes it offers. There is no doubt where it's from and that's a compliment. Outstanding in this style. 15.5% ABV

  • Comment posted by RobertDwyer:

    12/16/2013 9:39:00 AM - Great note! I think you've described it very well.

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2012 Ancillary Cellars Pinot Noir Sangiacomo Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

11/28/2013 - tcufletch wrote: 92 points

No formal notes taken, so this is from memory: Opened and let sit for a few hours before first glass; really nice dark ruby color, clear; nose of crushed strawberry and cherry with some minerality; palate was similar; incredibly smooth and rounded...just incredible how smooth this is; soft tannins on the back. Had the rest three days later and it was still as full and round as Day 1. Great job Mike.

  • Comment posted by RobertDwyer:

    12/7/2013 6:58:00 AM - Nice note! Looking forward to trying these.

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2011 Bodegas El Nido Jumilla Clio

Red Blend more

12/4/2013 - RobertDwyer Likes this wine: 95 points

I was anxious to try this after adoring the 2010 across a bunch of bottles, but the 2011 comes through in a big way. The 2011 is perhaps a bit smoother and softer around the edges than the 2010, which can get a little rough at times. The alcohol (15.5%) is incredibly well concealed. The wine is just so utterly enjoyable to consume. Huge, gorgeous aromatics of rich fruit, vanilla, and a supporting touch of herbs. Coats the glass but amazingly doesn't feel heavy. A remarkable achievement. I can't think of a better wine in the $35-$40 price range. A great alternative to overpriced Napa Cabs.

  • Comment posted by RobertDwyer:

    12/6/2013 5:45:00 AM - No experiencing with what these taste like aged. The only data I have to triangulate is how well the Juan Gil holds up on the counter over night under a stopper. I think it's better the 2nd day. I'd treat the Clio like Caymus/SS: Enjoyable even on early release but can age nicely 5-10 years.

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