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White

2012 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Großes Gewächs

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

2/14/2015 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine: 94 points

This is showing really well right now. It looks like my note from Winegut Schaefer wasn't a fluke. The nose is poised and fine, so light on its feet that it is nearly hypnotic: the perfect alloy of slate, flint, powdered stone, lime, tart lemon, salinity from the concentration - along with a brothy thing, some crisp pineapple and other tart tropicals, white flowers. Light like a feather, but full of flavor - I could smell this forever. The palate is similar - not quite as gossamer, but close. Like lime and stone cut with a razor - focused and pure. Great cut, superb flavor and excellent balance - lime, stone, lemon, slate, saline - broth. The finish is lime and broth - rich and a touch heavier than the rest of the wine, with almost a touch of sweetness. This is superb GG - it reminds me of the best Lauer wines from the Saar. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5-5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17-17.5/20.

  • Comment posted by gripNsip:

    2/27/2015 4:00:00 PM - Great note. I consumed one of these recently over dinner with friends and it was surprisingly good at this early stage.

Red

1995 Château Rauzan-Ségla

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/10/2012 - gripNsip wrote: NR

Some friends and I drank this wine over dinner last night. Everyone said they enjoyed it but it was agreed upon that overall it was fairly boring. Maybe we didn't give it enough time to open. My thoughts on it were that while it was a little boring, it had no edges and was very easy to drink. Elegant and correct. It is a pretty wine, like a pretty girl, but one that if you passed on the street you probably wouldn't even notice.

  • Comment posted by gripNsip:

    8/2/2014 3:07:00 PM - Yes. I remember the group agreed, it was a pretty wine, but there was really not much to set it apart from others. Perhaps it's nuance was lost on our food.

Red

2009 Johan Vineyards Pinot Noir Estate

Willamette Valley more

11/19/2013 - ucbeau Does not like this wine: NR

Tonight just isn't a good night for this wine. It's showing a rather shrill side, with lots of high-toned red fruit and raging acidity. Smells and tastes out of balance and harsh. There's also a bitterness on the palate that I can't get past. I have definitely had better bottles, and this might just need to sit down for another few years.

  • Comment posted by gripNsip:

    11/19/2013 11:05:00 PM - That had to have been an off bottle. I opened one of these a couple of months ago and it was soft, open, and very easy drinking. This note sounds very unlike this wine. Was the provenance ok?

Red

2010 Cameron Pinot Noir Arley's Leap

Dundee Hills more

9/17/2013 - MoserJP Likes this wine: 91 points

This wine is lean and balanced, and drinking really well with some air time. I'm getting mostly sour cherry, baking spice and brown sugar with some higher toned rose petals and enough Pinot funk to let you know where it comes from. Nice Dundee Hills profile here. The palate is clean and balanced with just a touch of richness while the tannins on the finish are gritty enough to suggest something about the wine making process, or lack thereof. Minimal filtering here, for sure. Delicious... Liking this one a lot, but I'm not sure if the wine makes me smile as much as Arley's face on the bottle.

  • Comment posted by gripNsip:

    9/18/2013 9:34:00 AM - Great note. I need to check in on some of my Cameron 2010's.

White

2009 Eyrie Vineyards Melon de Bourgogne

Dundee Hills more

8/14/2013 - gripNsip Likes this wine: 89 points

Creamy nose, it's reminding me of lemon pie, also a bit melon fruit. Smells good. The palate shows stone fruits, ripe nectarine, oranges. Balanced acidity brings up the finish, one could say there is some minerality because this almost has some texture and there is something on the finish that makes me think minerality but I'm not entirely sure. Anyways, overall it's a nice wine. If you like this grape it's worth checking out a bottle, there are a handful of Oregon producers that do this grape well and I can list Eyrie as one of them.

  • Comment posted by gripNsip:

    8/15/2013 5:39:00 PM - I think it is good to drink now, although I wouldn't be afraid to hold onto it for a few years. It was nicely balanced now and with some nice complex flavors, but you know Eyrie, you could probably sit on this forever and it would still turn out good. So, I can't honestly say. If you like young Eyrie whites I would say go for it.

Red

2004 Antica Terra Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley more

7/31/2013 - pwillen1 wrote: NR

2013 Post IPNC Tasting of 2004 OR Pinot (Matello Winery): Soaring, amazing nose! tons of dried flowers and herbs, everything from rosemary to roses. I could have spent the rest of the afternoon nosing this wine and been perfectly happy. Worth the price of admission just to smell it. On the palette, great earthy, Burgundian feel. a bit dirty, but in the right way. I'd score this wine very highly. Not sure it will evolve much more though, it's just in a spectacular place right now. Easily my wine of the flight and my wine of the night. I guessed Evesham Wood Cuvee J (and was obviously wrong).

  • Comment posted by gripNsip:

    8/14/2013 5:26:00 AM - This was my wine of the tasting also, this was drinking absolutely wonderfully.

Red

2007 Mas de Boislauzon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

5/10/2013 - gripNsip wrote: 91 points

Open 3 hours, second glass: nice dark fruit aromas with dried fig, earth, blacktop and tobacco. Smells great. Dark cherry pie, blackberry cobbler and tar show on the palate with well balanced acidity and tannin, in a nice place currently. Strong alcohol shows in the finish but it isn't overwhelming. This is a 'high octane' wine though, heavy mouthfeel, strong intensity and a lot of alcohol. That said, it's all really well integrated, and despite the booze on the finish, I'm really digging this.

  • Comment posted by gripNsip:

    5/11/2013 6:27:00 AM - I didn't feel it was shut down. I purchased 4 bottles on release and this is the first bottle I've opened and it was in a good place tonight I felt. Opened it to pair with some pasta and meatballs and it went along perfectly.

Red

2010 Matello Pinot Noir Souris

Willamette Valley more

11/16/2012 - Ron Felthoven wrote: 92 points

Color is a somewhat translucent dark color, more black than red, which is not indicative of the flavor. Aromas are very high toned and intense; the stuff is jumping out of the glass. Dark cherries, baking spices, a touch of resin, a little grapefruit, and a soil note but not one that is about wet earth or funk. This wine is so pure, light and intense at the same time that it plays tricks on your head. I cannot recall smelling fruit so fresh, bright and intense. The acid is full and linear and the tannins are there but not overwhelmingly so. There is a bit of astringency on the finish that will likely fade over time; I drank this wine way too early but it is right where it ought to be. I drank along side a Westrey 2010 Abbey Ridge. That wine is great, too, but it came off as softer, more voluptuous and slightly oaky (it still has years to go and shed some of that). This wine was more precise and dialed in with more bright fruit intensity. A real accomplishment that will only get better.

  • Comment posted by gripNsip:

    11/30/2012 5:23:00 PM - Great note. I've only tasted a small taste when it was being poured at a New Seasons, but I totally agree, this is some killer juice.

Red

1979 Shafer Vineyard Cellars Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley more

1/31/2010 - gripNsip wrote: 50 points

I was one of the wineo's that took a try at this, it was absolutely undrinkable in my opinion. Entirely disgusting smelling. The palate wasn't initially as bad as the nose but this had the most odd and horrible finish I had ever experienced. Just when you were happy it was over it came back with another wave of flavor more disgusting than the initial palate. I can't believe Div was able to put down two glasses of this, respect!

  • Comment posted by gripNsip:

    11/26/2012 5:37:00 PM - If my memory is correct, it was a wine bid purchase. It's been too long to remember how the cork looked, but I remember there was no seepage.

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