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2010 Carlisle Syrah Papa's Block

Russian River Valley more

7/4/2015 - Loren Sonkin wrote: 94 points

Dinner with Friends (Edwin's/Our Backyard by the Fire): I know this was young, but that's how my wife loves her wines. It turned out everyone else did too. Pop and pour, this showed great from the get go and kept improving until it was drained a short time later. Purple in color. The nose has black olives, black raspberries, black pepper and slight grilled meats. Great juicy, lush texture. Very easy to drink. Great with our food.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    7/5/2015 9:05:00 AM - Thanks for the note, Loren. I too opened one last night and drank about 1/2 of it, as I really enjoyed it. Far better than the 2007 Two Acres I opened a few night ago. I'll finish the Papa's today, as the air seemed to really help it.

Red

2006 Château Rayas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pignan Reserve

Grenache more

6/18/2015 - drwine2001 wrote: NR

Light red with mature tawny rim. Whoa-welcome to the flower market! I can't recall a red wine that had more rose petal on the nose, but that's not all-lavender and menthol as well. Unbelievably delicate and light for a 2006 Chateauneuf. Gorgeous raspberry fruit along with the herbal elements, a light core of tar, excellent acidity, and very little in the way of residual tannin. Completely mature and so emblematic of the beauty of the Rayas stable of wines.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    6/21/2015 8:57:00 PM - I got one left--you think it can go another 5 years or are we in the sweet spot now?

    Thanks for the note, too. Appreciate it.

White

2008 Wind Gap Wines Chardonnay Yuen James Berry/Brosseau Vineyards

Central Coast more

5/2/2015 - markcic Likes this wine: 92 points

Really nice chardonnay, light yellow in color, the palate was melon, peach, nectarine, a touch of green apple and a little oak. Really nice finish. I would guess that it is in its prime drinking window and I am glad I waited and happy that I have more.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    6/21/2015 8:56:00 PM - Appreciate your 2 notes that you made recently. I have one bottle that I have in my cellar, really didn't have any idea about a drink window. How is the color on the wine--any bronzing or darkening? We drank a 2006 Lucia chardonnay a month back and I was sure it would be dead or gloppy but it drank pretty well, albeit with some honeyed tones and a little bronzing. Any concerns with this James Berry looking the same way?

White

2013 Carlisle CMP

Sonoma County White Blend more

6/21/2015 - mjfaulkner wrote: 92 points

Ridiculous QPR. Drinks like a Southern Rhone, but with more elegance. Nice leading acidity followed by lithe melon, apricot fruit notes. I'd buy a case of this every Summer if allocations allowed...

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    6/21/2015 8:53:00 PM - Enjoyed your note. I had a glass again of this tonight and it reminded me of a honeydew melon, but one that was not ripe, more leaner and sharp. Enjoyed the wine. Thanks for posting your impression

Red

2007 Copain Syrah James Berry Vineyard

Paso Robles more

6/15/2015 - egh Likes this wine: 94 points

14.2% alcohol. This was firing on cylinders for me this evening. Inky, penetrating, nervy, spicy, brooding, dense, powerful, and complex with an aromatic and flavor combination of blackberry, cassis/fig, melted black licorice, pepper and a menthol/medicinal note. The wine's structure and stuffing is still apparent on the long, gripping, and saturating finish. Terrific wine that is certainly worth a look now if you are sitting on multiple bottles. Be aware this throws quite a bit of sediment.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    6/15/2015 7:28:00 PM - Too funny. I was just sitting here typing in a note on the 2008! How weird is that?! You've done a real strong job of describing the 2007, as it's one of my all time favorites as it has stuffing, whereas the 2008 is just really all about riper fruit. Did you finish the 2007 or is there any left for more of your TN?

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    6/16/2015 6:31:00 PM - Well, not an ideal temp perhaps but at a warmer pour, you will spot the flaws. Even with your description at room, this is a great testimony for how good the wine is, even with the riper, expected edges.

    I have the 2008 in my glass now, kept in the cellar o/night. Time to enjoy!

    Love following your notes. Keep doing them.

Red

2008 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Sonoma Coast

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5/25/2015 - MLipton wrote: NR

This is my kind of Syrah: briny olives in a most savory package. There's plenty of fruit wrapped up in there, too, along with enough structure for an additional 3-5 years of aging. Just great with grilled venison chops.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    5/28/2015 7:49:00 PM - Thanks for the note. The basic WG AVA syrah just cranks along every year. You gotta like the style, which I do, as it's not warm climate, Parker favored wines, which many do like. I have one 06 and 08 left, so it's hard to not get sentimental and open the wines, as they are not easy, if at all, to replace.

Red

2012 Copain Pinot Noir Monument Tree

Anderson Valley more

5/27/2015 - Tom Warden Likes this wine: 93 points

I was afraid I was opening this too soon, but after fishing through my wine cabinet for something suitable I said "what the hell". Very pleasantly surprised...mellow fruit (perhaps too much for the WoB crowd) but really delicious. Every time I wonder whether I should wean Copain from my purchase list, I open a bottle and wonder what I was thinking!

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    5/28/2015 7:45:00 PM - Tom, thanks for the note. I've been through all the 12 Copain PNs a few times now. For me, I find the Tree good, but having tasted through both the Kiser 12s a few weekends ago, they are for me better than the Tree. If you have them, try them. Beautiful wines.

Red

2011 August West Syrah Rosella's Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

5/19/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

I had this a few weeks ago as part of the dinner we did for Ed Kurtzman. It came late in the evening after several wines ahead of it so I figured with my extra bottle, I would revisit the wine singly, with dinner tonight and over the next night or so, too. Opened this about 90 mins ago, it's been airing well in a big stem so plenty of air. Man, this is dark, as good Rosella's should be. Aromatically, black pepper and dark fruit, actually pretty robust for a 2011. The palate shows good density, with char, steak sauce, blue and black fruit and some of that whole cluster sage-like herb. Finishes juicy, tangy and showing the same rosemary and herb-like note. Been a while since I sat with an AW Rosella's syrah and this is pretty spot on. I know with Ed's version that I will get color, cluster and no oak. Not sure if air overnight will affect this wine as it seems pretty fleshed out but we shall see....yep, fleshed out nicely with the extra day. Plush, solid weight, fills the entire palate and finishes with a big blast of black cherry and blackberry fruit. The ripeness on this is perfect. Will age longer I am sure. Well done, Ed.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    5/28/2015 7:41:00 PM - Jeff, that is ancient. I'd like to see where that wine stands. I bet if you asked Ed for a take on it, he'd tell you.

Red

2012 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Sonoma Coast

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5/26/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

David B's note frightened me off through the winter but now seeing summer almost here, what the hell, time to try one of these. I opened this yesterday, drank a glass and experienced it opening up. By the end of the glass y/day, some blue tones had filled in and added some palate, which was a bit austere on first opening. Not a big surprise but was glad to see the ox take a whack at it. As for today, it surely has the Wind Gap aromatics, which means plenty of whole cluster goodness--cracked herb stems, cooked meat and even some light florals. Today, the palate retains the juicy blueberry note I mentioned, reminding me of the 2006 vintage of this wine. This feature is really striking, as it's about as close to eating pure blueberry as I can recall in a syrah...like skin, seed, the whole package of blueberry fruit. For sure, there is still grip in this wine, showing a stony quality with medium weight. Good dollop of black olive shows up too with more air. Maybe one more day will tell more of the story but if that doesn't change, I would concur with David to give this time. It's evolving, if you believe his note and mine, but it will evolve on a longer curve. PS--there's zero oak and alcohol evident here. This is probably about as pure a juicy, blue fruited syrah as one will find.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    5/28/2015 7:40:00 PM - Stubbie, I have just one 2006 left and I clearly see in my mind when I drank the last one, which was 5 years ago during XMAS. I guess I need to figure out when the last bottle loses its cork! PS--we haven't had a new TN on this wine in nearly 2 years. Seems we have a TN stalemate.

Red

2007 Copain Syrah James Berry Vineyard

Paso Robles more

4/18/2015 - nfafoglia Likes this wine: 93 points

Beautiful nose of spearmint, blueberry, and minerals. The palate has a core of red raspberry and saddle leather.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    5/9/2015 9:01:00 PM - And thank you for this note, too. We argue here in So Cal, even this week, that this is the best Copain syrah made. I do love it, have had it many times and own a few more. The 10 Brosseau may be a notch better. Appreciate the note, all of the jb notes you made this weekend.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    5/10/2015 7:30:00 AM - Thanks for the reply. I stopped buying the Paso reds, as they drink too large for my fragile palate now. I've found myself in the far north of CA, where it's cold and the wines are really chiseled down on ABV and show more red fruit. If you like the Paso style of things, like Saxum, seek our Riverain syrah. Maybe a notch down from Saxum in terms of weight and 1/2 the price. Very well made.

Red

2004 Copain Syrah James Berry Vineyard

Paso Robles more

4/18/2015 - nfafoglia Likes this wine: 93 points

Floral nose with deep red fruit and light mint. On the palate, cranberry, saddle leather and grilled meat. Tasted 2004 through 2007 vintages of this wine. The 2004 benefited and needs a long decanting. The '04 was the biggest wine of the four.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    5/9/2015 8:57:00 PM - Very timely note. Was considering to open my mag of this next weekend. So, it's still showing good structure? Thanks again for the note.

Red

2012 Riverain Syrah Cardiac Hill Bennett Valley

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5/7/2015 - cjsavino Likes this wine: 94 points

To the eye this is a glass of black ink, staining the glass with each swirl. The nose puts out a perfume that is as compelling as the color, floral, balsa wood, and rich blue fruits. The palate has powerful tannins, orange spice, clove, and baked fruit cobbler, yet not a stewed or port like taste. This can simmer down for a few more years..

Red

2006 Thierry Allemand Cornas Reynard

Syrah more

5/6/2015 - wabi47 wrote: 92 points

By the (coravin) glass at WWB in pah ree, along with a burger; cedary nose; young and still tight with currant, black olive and cedar/forest floor; nice peppery long finish; memorable but needs time

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    5/6/2015 4:58:00 PM - I just not 10 mins ago pulled the cork on one of mine. If I would have seen your note, I would have maybe paused so thankfully I did not. The wine is in the decanter now, getting ready for dinner. Thanks for the TN.

Red

2011 Carlisle Zinfandel Papera Ranch

Russian River Valley more

4/27/2015 - suburbanfrog Likes this wine: 94 points

OMG. This is text book of what Zinfandel can be. Enough said!

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    4/30/2015 6:33:00 PM - Amen. And for me, this 11 far surpasses the 12. Love the 11, thanks for the note.

White

2013 Copain Chardonnay Brosseau Vineyard

Chalone more

4/29/2015 - Ben Christiansen wrote: NR

Whole cluster, 14 months neutral and then back into stainless steel. The vineyard site is unique: in Chalone appellation, a three acre site right across from the original Chalone vineyard. Very crisp pear, lots of minerality, intense and linear across the palate.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    4/30/2015 6:29:00 PM - Good to see you mention "intense". I have wanted to ser this bottling get up a notch in that feature. Did you get to taste the Laureles Grade?

Red

2012 Copain Pinot Noir "En Bas" Kiser

Anderson Valley more

4/29/2015 - Ben Christiansen wrote: NR

The Kaiser is the flagship vineyard site. Wow, is that an amazing perfume. That maybe one of the best Cali Pinots I have had in a long time. And then lively palate. Soft, long finish.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    4/30/2015 6:25:00 PM - Nice, Ben. Appreciate the note. I plan to work through many of the 12s soon so i will bring you back some notes.

Red

2011 Copain Syrah Hawks Butte Vineyard

Yorkville Highlands more

4/12/2015 - S1 Likes this wine: NR

Blindly watching The Masters (Chez S1): I need more 2011 Copain Syrah.
I need LOTS more 2011 Copain Syrah.
Double decanted and back into bottle 3 hours in advance and then decanted about 45 minutes prior to tasting.
Bright, forward, grape sweet-tart flavors are covered with a wonderful herbal green exotic menthol/ginger note. Blast of white and black pepper punctuate the long finish.

White

2007 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses

Chardonnay more

4/7/2015 - LW31 wrote: 93 points

Nothing at first. Needed good 30-40 min in a decanter before palate began to show classic notes: iodine, crab shells, lemon, creamy finish. Nose needed 1+ to come alive. Wine really started singing at 1.5 hrs out. And then it was impressive. Give this 3+ years at least. Will be beautiful then.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    4/10/2015 9:44:00 PM - Thank you for your impressions. I have one left and your tn is a good calibrater.

Red

2003 Switchback Ridge Petite Sirah Peterson Family Vineyard

Napa Valley more

3/27/2015 - dhammer53 wrote: 93 points

I agree with Ken V. Really dark color. Soft tannins. Young. Tasty. Blackberries and spice, along with dark fruit. This was a drink with 2 hands wine. Loved it!! No rush. Drink or hold.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    3/28/2015 9:50:00 AM - Thanks for the note, D. I have a single bottle left, and with your note now, I will pull it for tonight's dinner. Thank you, man.

White

2012 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

3/18/2015 - Charlie Carnes wrote: flawed

Darn, this is a disappointment. Onewinehaven has it the closest, 'cept my yadayadayada comes earlier... (For a Rhys) I got tart apple juice, buttery modern chardonnay, and some fairly sweet oak. Not what I was expecting at all. I did/do get some expected chalky white mineral perceptions, but for the most part it is closer to a Rombauer (sp) or a Peter Michael. The color is good and it does not seem to have any "advanced" qualities, it's just not what I expect from the Rhys Team.

*A slight return* 3/19 I thought about my note all day and really want to try another bottle. The apple juice perceptions might tell of slight advancement/oxygen intrusion. Also, I have a nice note in my inbox from Rhys. Jeff has offered me a .750 replacement bottle. I will open it with another .375 next week and compare. If the bottle was advanced and I didn't catch it, I want to correct my mistake.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    3/18/2015 6:38:00 PM - Oh, the TNs are showing some polarity now. I decided to bite on these and took 2, yet I had previously made a mental note that I was going to pass for a vintage or two on these as I have commented in my own TNs on past vintages of the Rhys chards, finding them to oaky for my fragile palate. To see you add a Rombauer reference only makes me want to try one of these right after the shipment arrives and see where I land.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    3/21/2015 9:05:00 AM - One core aspect of the Rhys culture is their focus on the customer. The best service cultures do one thing well, which is they listen to the customer and if they come into contact with a customer having a poor experience, they fix it quickly, without all the hoops to climb through. The best restaurants do this, and you can see Rhys does, too. I've experienced this myself first hand also, Charlie.

Red

2005 Loring Wine Company Syrah Garys' Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

3/14/2015 - thelostverse wrote: 90 points

Opened by Allred at gourmet I. First time with a Loring Syrah. Dark fruits with a meaty profile. Nice.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    3/18/2015 5:11:00 PM - Thanks to you and Allred for the TNs on this wine. I have a single bottle of this tucked away, as it's a Loring anomaly. He really doesn't dig syrah but he made just the one year of it, which is fun. I also have a single bottle left of the Copain Garys' 05, so both will get into a blind flight at some point soon when we can find the right offline for it.

    Again, thanks for the notes--very helpful.

White

2011 Ceritas Chardonnay Porter-Bass Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

3/7/2015 - alanr wrote: 95 points

The nose just exudes minerality, like rain water washing down a granite cliff, followed by a medium intense palate, somehow deeply flavorful and at the same time elegant and airy, with notes of stone fruit, lemon curd, wonderfully balanced acidity, and a long, tingly, mineral/saline finish. Maybe I'm kidding myself, but this could be a Grand Cru Chablis. Fantastic.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    3/8/2015 11:00:00 AM - Crappy 2011 vintage....the wines are no good.

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