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2012 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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7/25/2015 - Mtpisgah Likes this wine: 91 points

One of, if not the best, California Pinot Noir QPR on the market.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    7/27/2015 7:06:00 PM - Agree! Thanks for the note.

Red

2007 Copain Syrah James Berry Vineyard

Paso Robles more

7/17/2015 - egh Likes this wine: 92 points

Tasting at Copain: Second of two syrahs poured at the winery, and a stark contrast in terms of size, structure, and profile to the High Rock Ranch. Compared with a bottle of 2007 JB I opened last month, the fruit seems to be a bit riper and more out front here - fig, currant, and blackberry liqueur along with black licorice, tar, and assorted savory notes resting underneath. Full bodied and powerful with plenty of stuffing and grip.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    7/27/2015 7:05:00 PM - And they poured you the 07 JBV? Wow, nice. I see you found the structure in the wine, too. it's going to live a long time. I have a 3L of that which probably should be drank in another 6-8 years, maybe more. Funny, this is the year that Saxum got all the press, yet I think Wells made the better JBV that vintage.

White

2009 Copain Chardonnay Brosseau Vineyard

Chalone more

9/13/2014 - egh Likes this wine: 93 points

13.7% alcohol. Just a beautiful expression of chardonnay that exudes tension, vibrancy, focus, balance, and refinement. Moderately proportioned with notions of lemon peel, orange oil, flowers, and limestone/minerals. Terrific cut, drive, length, and persistence on the finish. Popped, poured, and consumed over the course of 3 hours, with the wine really knitting together/coming out of its shell after about 30 minutes.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    7/25/2015 6:01:00 PM - Your note is spot on, EGH. I opened one of my bottles a little while ago and it's refreshingly good, far better than the bottle this past June. I hope it maintains what it tastes like now and what you so beautifully described here.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    7/27/2015 8:29:00 AM - Your thought of side by side is smart. I had the 12 and 13 Laureles Grade side by side a few months back and the 12 drank more complete. Still have the 13 Dupratt and 13 Brosseau in the cellar. Trying to get an offline going here for September for Copain, just the local guys. It's good to pool bottles, as it takes too long to do them alone!

Red

2006 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Sonoma Coast

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7/24/2015 - eluebchow wrote: 90 points

The nose is quite savory, with notes of green pepper, herbs and smoky bacon, while the palate is fairly elegant, with some pleasant dark fruits integrating with the more savory elements; Not the most complex Wind Gap I've had, but quite tasty

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    7/26/2015 8:35:00 AM - Appreciate the note here. Very few of these still around and in coincidence, I was looking at my bottle y/day wondering when I wanted to open it. With your comment about complexity, do you see any wisdom in aging this vintage any longer?

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    7/27/2015 8:26:00 AM - Thanks for the advice. Just the one left and have been holding it sentimentally for being the first release of Wind Gap. I thought one day sometime we would do a Wind Gap dinner here and so that's the place I saw the bottle. Guess I will hold until that time (if we ever do it).

Red

2012 Copain Pinot Noir Monument Tree

Anderson Valley more

7/17/2015 - egh Likes this wine: 93 points

Tasting at Copain: Tasted alongside the 2012 Wendling and 2013 Wentzel at the winery. This showed the roundest and ripest of the trio with red apple and red cherry along with notions of forest floor, clove, and just a hint of pinot funk to add complexity and range to the aromatic and flavor profile. There is a nice spine of acidity that provides a counterpoint to the core of bright, juicy, and delicious fruit.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    7/26/2015 6:44:00 PM - Agree again with you. The 12 Tree is drinking more open now that the other SVD pinots. I had one a few months back and dug it, just a tad riper than the Kisers and Wendling, less complex than those, too.

    Great notes this weekend!

White

2013 Copain Chardonnay Dupratt Vineyard

Anderson Valley more

7/17/2015 - egh Likes this wine: 92 points

Tasting at Copain: Final wine of our tasting at Copain. Bonus pour, enjoyed while relaxing in the Adirondack chairs overlooking the valley. Really makes an impression with its verve, briskness, vibrancy, modest proportions and cool, precise profile of citrus zest, white flower/honeysuckle, and minerals. Very nice; I regret not buying this wine during the spring release.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    7/26/2015 6:43:00 PM - You're early on this one, as I have yet to open one from the cellar.

    Thanks for putting this note up--very helpful.

Red

2012 Copain Pinot Noir Wendling Vineyard

Anderson Valley more

7/17/2015 - egh Likes this wine: 94 points

Tasting at Copain: Tasted alongside the 2012 Monument Tree and 2013 Wentzel at the winery. The most structured, tightly coiled, and seemingly deepest pitched of the three wines. With that said, this drank beautifully with exquisite texture, balance, energy, purity, complexity, precision, and length, offering up a profile of dark red apple peel, rhubarb, exotic spices, and a mineral underpinning. Highly recommended.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    7/26/2015 6:41:00 PM - Man, the 12 Wendling is money. There is so little of it around so I am glad they poured it for you. You seemed to have locked in on it too, which doesn't surprise me as we seem to enjoy the same things.

    Did they pour you any 12 Kiser? I don't see notes so I am thinking no?

Red

2012 Ceritas Pinot Noir Hellenthal Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

7/25/2015 - Rich S Likes this wine: 93 points

Wow. This was my first Ceritas pinot from this vineyard and it might be my favorite. Some of the purest, fresh red fruit notes I have smelled on a pinot in a while. Just beautiful, fresh raspberry, strawberry and cranberry notes mixed with sweet spices, a bit of earth and a touch of forest floor. Stellar nose. Similar flavors on the palate with a real delicious factor but in a pure fruit way. You can barely tell this wine saw any oak and at under 13% abv, it is juicy and fresh but not thin and light by any means. This was really great and I am mad I only had one bottle of this!

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    7/26/2015 8:33:00 AM - Strong note, Rich. Thanks for posting this, as we need some activity on these wines to get some broader community discussion going.

White

2002 André-Michel Brégeon Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Reserve

Melon de Bourgogne more

7/25/2015 - tooch wrote: 92 points

Bright & zippy with nice mineral and floral elements. Opened during a backyard BBQ and couldn't have been happier.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    7/25/2015 6:03:00 PM - Tooch, hey, good Saturday to you. I was looking at this wine today within my inventory. What do you think the drink window is on this?

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    7/25/2015 6:14:00 PM - Nice. Getting to the 15 year mark and still hanging in there--dig that. We drank a '91 Martray Corton-Charlie last night that was fresh like this, too. Amazing.

Rosť - Sparkling

NV Paul Dethune Champagne Brut Rosé

Pinot Noir more

7/25/2015 - schwank Likes this wine: NR

Beautiful wine with vibrant cherry and cranberry fruit, backed by nice acids that hold an incredibly lengthy finish. Good value for such a nice Brut Rosé!

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    7/25/2015 6:12:00 PM - Thanks for the note. I picked up another 3 more bottles of this locally for $35--such a steal for that price. I have drank 5 in the last year, such great champagne for the money.

Red

2009 Novy Family Wines Syrah Rosella's Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

1/24/2015 - dsgris Likes this wine: 93 points

Inky dark ruby, bacon fat nose on the PnP. Tart red berry with a little spice, light to medium body and fruit with some chewy tannins. Not bold nor restrained, but as Goldilocks would say just right. Cranberry/pomegranate fruit with a good balance in favor of the acid and finishing with grainy tannins. This is drinking really well now and should last for some time. This should be very appealing to Pinot lovers as well, this is no jammy fruit bomb. Enjoy.
Night two, beef jerky and lemon per FMIII, also getting funky barnyard and leather with some bitter tannins ala Italian IGT in a more restrained style. This is just great in an acid forward style with or sans food. Super wine, my WOTY so far.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    7/25/2015 12:40:00 PM - Just going through my cellar today and seeing what goes on the list to drink in the short term, Dave. I appreciate this note, as it gives me context and also the drink window I needed. Appreciate it.

Red

2009 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

7/24/2015 - depdoc Likes this wine: 95 points

Dark fruit, intense, massive, fruit forward, and fantastic. So well balanced! Oh, I wish I had more!

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    7/25/2015 9:25:00 AM - Thanks for the note. And you don't have to wish for more. If you take a look at WineBid this week, there is a lot of Carlisle open for auction, including this wine at $30, several of them actually.

White

2010 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

1/17/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Rhys Tasting With The Gang--Part 2 (My Place): Smoky nose, with some distinct barrel toast/wood tones, with the same infusing the palate. The fruit shows a lemon brulee note, then lots of lemon peel acidity, lime and some orange. Finish lingers. In looking at my last TN, I found more oak this time on the wine, more seasoning here. My perception now with Rhys chandonnay is that the oak is a seasoner in their style, at times high for me and so my opinion if I was king would be to pull it back some. I understand that there will be people who like the oak and who will call me over-sensitive to it but I'm simply expressing here that the acidity and quality of what Horseshoe chard is, even Alpine, why not just dial that oak back more and let the fruit and terrific winemaking do the talking?

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    7/24/2015 9:25:00 AM - Thanks for the comment back. for it to show on a 2005, you'd think a decade post-vintage would soften out what was there.

    I've yet to open the 12 and it's going to be time to order soon again so we'll see how the 12 looks. I had thoughts of passing on the chards for a while but stayed with them once more in 12.

Red

2011 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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7/12/2015 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine: 93 points

Raspberry and earth on the nose. Just a touch above medium bodied, but refined and beautifully balanced with a richness through the middle and a wonderful mouthfeel. Red raspberry and red cherry upfront with sour cherry behind. Very nice acidity based structure lends enough tartness to balance and structure the fruit. Enough minerals and acidity on the end to give length. For a weaker overall vintage, this is an impressive effort. Drinking at or near peak, but given the fruit and acidity, it should have few years at this level.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    7/13/2015 6:14:00 AM - What a great note to read. Terrific. Thanks for sharing it.

White

2010 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos Habert

Chenin Blanc more

7/10/2015 - Uglypinga wrote: flawed

Oxidized to shit

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    7/10/2015 6:11:00 PM - nooooooo! Oxidized? The 2010s? Wuh? Tell me, is the first incidence if Chidaine oxidizing for you? I got a mixed 2 cases of it back through 2008.

Red

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.

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