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Red

2011 Cardwell Hill Cellars Pinot Noir Estate Bottled

Willamette Valley more

3/8/2015 - NZ Dave Does not like this wine: NR

What a waste. I try to support local wineries but can not get behind this one.

  • Comment posted by Bluecollar:

    3/9/2015 8:36:00 PM - Dave, not that I can guarantee what this vintage will do, but I felt the same way about the 2008. Bought it off the WS score and thought it would be a winner. It was terrible and thin....until it was 5 or 6 years old. Now I'm sad I only have one bottle left. I have bought this 2011 and have not tried it, but like most of my pinot's am letting it sit for a few years. Hope this helps.

Red

2004 Hijos de Antonio Barceló Ribera del Duero Viña Mayor Reserva

Tempranillo more

11/13/2014 - Bluecollar wrote: 91 points

Decanted 1.5 hrs. This is a complex, well intergrated wine that comprises plum, boysenberry, cedar, and baking spice onto a medium weight frame. The finish was somewhat drying and of decent length.

This wine was somewhat overpowered by our pot roast dinner, which surprised as I expected this wine to be bigger. Would go better with a pasta dish and if served with other wines should not be served behind "big wines".

  • Comment posted by Bluecollar:

    1/19/2015 2:45:00 PM - This wine should have no problem going another 2-4 yrs and still needs some decanting to get in shape. I'm not sure how much more it will improve, but It hasn't reached the "softness" stage so I suspect it could get better as long as it doesn't give up too much fruit when it softens.

    Personally I am drinking my few remaining 2004 Riojas first as they are drinking better and may be peaked. I will slowly chip away of my 4 remaining bottles of this wine over the next 3-5 yrs.
    Hope this helps

Red

2012 Syncline Subduction Red Wine

Columbia Valley Red Rhone Blend more

1/5/2015 - Champagneinhand wrote: NR

Not ready. Only real noticeable are a bit of restrained Grenache and Mouvedre but the herbal notes are there. with a few years this will become a beauty as I hated the 2010, but by the end I wish I had purchased a full case. I will wait 2 more years as that seemed to be just right with 2012.

  • Comment posted by Bluecollar:

    1/8/2015 5:40:00 PM - As a long time fan of Syncline and local, I think your assessment is right on. Syncline really comes on after 2-5 years of laying around. I have only been disappointed once time after waiting and that was the 2008 subduction red. Their other 2007 and 2008's are drinking sublime right now.

Red

2011 Syncline Syrah Boushey Vineyard

Yakima Valley more

3/4/2014 - sjmotta wrote: 79 points

Balsamic vinegar nose, very off-putting. Palate is sour, under ripe cherry. Very acidic. This bottle does not appear to be flawed, and I purchased from a reputable retailer. Not at all good and down the drain.

  • Comment posted by Bluecollar:

    3/5/2014 7:00:00 PM - You might try taking this back to the retailer as I have tasted this wine 3 or 4 times in the last year and found it to be very representative of the upper tier of Washington syrahs. Just a thought for what it's worth

Red

2010 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon H3

Horse Heaven Hills more

6/10/2013 - mlanglois wrote: 88 points

I really wanted to like this for an everyday drinker but sadly I could not. Reminded me if cherry cough syrup on the finish. Too tart for me. I am still looking for a good QPR in this price range.

  • Comment posted by Bluecollar:

    6/11/2013 3:34:00 PM - Read your note and I wouldn't disagree with your assesment right now. But my experience of the Columbia Crest wine is that they need to lay down for at least two years before being ready to drink. This might seem strange for a $10 bottle, but every year since 2005 has proved this to me. At this price, you might set a few bottles back and see what happens?
    Hope this helps

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