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2011 Evening Land Vineyards Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyard

Eola - Amity Hills more

7/8/2015 - SexyEpicurean wrote: 84 points

This wine does nothing for me. I tried to find the original offer on it from Rimmerman (Garagiste) but could not locate it in my inbox. He must have hyped the heck out of it for me to buy a New World Pinot, though. It is very harsh, one note: no expansion, no good fruit or acidity. I really hope I didn't pay a lot. Anyone remember the offer date or the price? Stuck with 2 more bottles, too.

  • Comment posted by joraesque:

    7/9/2015 11:09:00 PM - Hey, I remember liking it -- will help you guys and gals get rid of any extra Garagiste bottles...

  • Comment posted by joraesque:

    7/17/2015 4:26:00 AM - "Too late! Someone just bought the Last Bottle."


2009 Potel-Aviron Morgon Côte du Py Vieilles Vignes

Gamay more

4/11/2015 - drrobvino wrote: 91 points

Fantastic Beaujolais, in spite of hot vintage. Red fruit which is tart with just a hint of underlying ripeness. Nice soil signature and steely minerality. Med+ finish, will drink well through 2019 or so. But drinking beautifully now.

  • Comment posted by joraesque:

    7/15/2015 11:14:00 AM - I think '09 is suppose to be a fantastic vintage in Beaujolais...


2009 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast


11/25/2014 - theharve wrote: 87 points

a crude jammy dumb wine withno characteristics of a pinot. could just as easily be an above average zinfindel. try again in 2 yrs. might be a good hamburger wine.

  • Comment posted by joraesque:

    2/14/2015 7:48:00 PM - Based on your brief description it sounds like it has got relatively low acidity, in which case it'd better be consumed sooner rather than later...


2003 Nonno Giuseppe Cabernet Sauvignon Neese

Redwood Valley more

6/2/2014 - VeniceCalif wrote: 87 points

Cabernet resembling Lodi Zinfandel? Figure it out: Decanted 45 mins. ahead off of just a bit of sediment. Very dark, almost espresso color of garnet and coffee. Nice but shy classic-cabernet nose, with plums, dust, spices, a touch of mushrooms. Smooth and dark on the palate as age has smoothed it out. Texture has a bit of syrup. Finishes richly, with a dusting of tannins holding on, along with black pepper and creosote. I can't remember what I paid for this wine, but it was probably a closeout deal. If so, it has a wonderful QPR. A crazy find. Note that 87 = very good, definitely drinkable and interesting.

  • Comment posted by joraesque:

    2/12/2015 3:14:00 PM - $5.99 at Grocery Outlet!

Red - Fortified

2011 Taylor (Fladgate) Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

2/1/2015 - LWI wrote: 95 points

Blueberries, crowberries, modest tannin, some spice, overwhelming fruit, very sweet. More sweetness and less tannin than older vintages (70s, 60s) had when they were young, less structured.

  • Comment posted by joraesque:

    2/5/2015 10:08:00 PM - Less structured? Interesting. Apparently much more approachable as well. When do you think this will be ideal to open?

  • Comment posted by joraesque:

    2/5/2015 11:12:00 PM - Ha! And I was hoping you'd be hedging sooner. Oh well...


2007 Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss Gewurztraminer Kritt

Alsace Gewürztraminer more

12/11/2014 - neurowine1 wrote: 80 points

Slight oxidation but still drinkable. Improved with cooling down further. Viscous and a bit clumsy, but nice apricot and floral. Not a great showing here. Overbought on these I'm afraid.

  • Comment posted by joraesque:

    12/11/2014 6:48:00 PM - You might want to try leaving these open for a few days.

White - Fortified

2011 Alvear Montilla-Moriles Pedro Ximénez de Añada


11/9/2014 - ucbeau Likes this wine: 85 points

Lightly chilled prior to serving. Opens with intense notes of golden raisins and dates. Thick, sugary, creamy on the palate with utterly intoxicating sweetness. This was hedonistically satisfying but didn't necessarily move me to my core like I'd expect a 100 point wine to.

  • Comment posted by joraesque:

    11/30/2014 1:19:00 AM - Perhaps you shouldn't have chilled it...

  • Comment posted by joraesque:

    11/30/2014 4:23:00 PM - That's good to hear, thanks. I tried the '08 last year and also thought Parker's rating (of 93 points) was seriously inflated.


2010 Domaine de la Colline Saint-Jean Vacqueyras

Red Rhone Blend more

1/30/2014 - Mr T wrote: NR

I thought this was slightly corked...initially nice southern rhone but then I got corked smell and the wine, to me anyway, seemed to harden up and the fruit went away. Perhaps young and tannic, but not sure that's how these behave, even young. I think it was flawed.

  • Comment posted by joraesque:

    4/16/2014 8:47:00 PM - My guess is it was an off bottle.


2008 Phillips Hill Pinot Noir Beeson Tree

Anderson Valley more

8/25/2013 - Tiger1028 wrote: 85 points

The smoke is still very present, no matter what you hear about the 2008s from Anderson Valley. I am at the point where I am ready to either pour out or give away my AV wines from this year.

  • Comment posted by joraesque:

    10/13/2013 10:05:00 PM - Hey, don't pour them out, I'll take them! (Love the smokiness.)
    :) :) :)


2007 Piedra Hill Vineyard (W.H. Smith) Cabernet Sauvignon Purple Label

Howell Mountain more

10/13/2013 - granreservedan Likes this wine: 93 points

Ok, going to make this really easy > E X C E L L E N T!

  • Comment posted by joraesque:

    10/13/2013 10:01:00 PM - 93 points is not excellent but outstanding; 87-89 is excellent.


NV Garagiste Cabernet Sauvignon Mystery #41

California more

1/31/2013 - Pinot Evil Does not like this wine: 66 points

Hope this doesn't damage my pipes as I pour this down the drain.

  • Comment posted by joraesque:

    9/27/2013 3:02:00 PM - What was it?


2011 Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Côte du Py

Gamay more

2/9/2013 - sidaga Likes this wine: 88 points

Dégusté hier soir dans un apportez-votre vin.
Au nez, je remarque en premier lieu les fruits rouges (framboise ou cerise). Un brin de terre &/ou poussière. Un peu de poivre aussi.
En bouche ça coule bien. On reste sur le fruit & les épices. L'ampleur que prend le vin en milieu de bouche est agréable. Longueur notable.
Très plaisant.

  • Comment posted by joraesque:

    7/21/2013 11:16:00 PM - This note is very helpful, thank you. Even if you don't speak French, there's Google Translate!


2002 Yarra Yering Shiraz Underhill

Yarra Valley more

1/17/2009 - Quantum32 wrote: 92 points

Deep rich aroma of cherries and plums, deep garnet color. Tastes a little like tomatoes, feels light on the palette with a very smooth and long finish. This didn't have the normal peppery finish that most Shiraz has. This wine aged very well and may have all ready peaked, but this is the best wine I have ever had (up to this point). Yarra Yerings are very rare and I got this as a closeout and paid only $25 for a $100 bottle if you could even get it. I was completely blown away by this and I am feverishly seeking out a replacement or alternate vintage if this is no longer available no matter what the price.

  • Comment posted by joraesque:

    6/15/2013 6:35:00 AM - You can still get this bottling for $39.99 from invino:


2006 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon Morisoli Vineyard

Rutherford more

6/2/2013 - CBJB wrote: 87 points

After reading all the tasting notes we were really disappointed with this wine.

Decanted it for about 45 minutes so it would be ready for appetizers when our dinner guests arrived. I had also opened a 2006 Soda Rock cab as our second wine of the evening.

The SG cab was not unpleasant, but it just never seemed to open up. It was smooth, but very muted. The Soda Rock cab was much more interesting and was the unanimous preference. We have 4 more bottles of the SG cab so hopefully we will enjoy the others more than this one!

  • Comment posted by joraesque:

    6/8/2013 7:03:00 PM - It sounds like it may have needed a longer decant, and perhaps it has entered a dumb phase?


2011 Paul-Henri Thillardon Beaujolais Frontenas

Gamay more

2/3/2013 - joraesque wrote: 89 points

Initially very restrained. The nose started coming into its own after an hour, the palate after about an hour and a half. Beautiful luminescent crimson color with purple tinges at the rim. A fantastic flowery nose of pure fruit, with secondary notes of fresh thyme flowers and dry crimson berries. More thyme on the well-focused palate (both fresh and dry), perhaps some dry herbs de provence, as well as a limestone-inspired minerality. Medium+ finish. A very versatile food wine. 89+

  • Comment posted by joraesque:

    2/4/2013 12:06:00 PM - Certainly not at its prime quite yet. The notes on the palate will probably become more integrated given another 7-12 months, and additional secondary herbal notes may emerge, but it's a fun wine to drink now on its own if you can follow it over 3 hours. With additional time the flavor profile might also change from fresh to more dry herbs, which would make it more food friendly. Nevertheless, considering the style, it felt closer to its prime than the 2010 Dubœuf Moulin-à-Vent Domaine des Rosiers, or even than the 2009 Potel-Aviron Fleurie Vieilles Vignes. Hope this helps.


2010 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Central Coast


1/19/2013 - dougie wrote: 89 points

Has wonderful tart cherry flavors. A bit of menthol at the finish was different. The wine was better when first opened. A fruity, nice wine.

  • Comment posted by joraesque:

    1/20/2013 11:02:00 PM - "The wine was better when first opened" meaning (it wasn't that great 30 minutes later?)?


NV Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky Artein, 15 Years Old, 46%

Highlands more

1/4/2013 - tryfold Likes this wine: 99 points

- Yellow brown color with medium forming legs. It's in total harmony with a medium body with a medium finish - This is a great scotch! And a rare one at that. In my area all sold out.. thank god I was able to score a half case. I am half way through my 2nd bottle. Everyone that I have shared this beauty with has fallen in love. I did take note from Dr Bill Lumsden the whisky Creator for Glenmorange and cut this whisky with a small ice cube. The nose; red fruit, black currents, mixed berries and vanilla. Palate is soft and silky with some sweetness and american oak. Finish; citrus, mint, vanilla, and spice. At $80 bottle its a steal. You have to spend more than twice that to match the greatness of the Artein.

  • Comment posted by joraesque:

    1/6/2013 9:49:00 PM - You forgot to mention the uber-strong wood notes. It's like drinking liquefied oak. You're right though, it is a steal at $80.

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