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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.

Red

2008 Novy Family Wines Syrah Susan's Hill Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

3/7/2015 - Night Train Likes this wine: 91 points

Opened (not decanted) about 45 minutes before tasting, and it could have used a little more air. Almost black. Assertive nose - smelled like syrah (blueberries). Obviously New world, but not a fruitbomb. Explosive, tongue-tingling fruit - more blueberries - and a fairly rich, viscous texture. Terrific finish. Great with food (lamb), but a little too tannic and acidic on its own. Another year or two in the bottle should help. The only thing keeping my score under 93 or 94 was a disappointing lack of complexity (no noticeable minerals, pepper, underbrush, etc.).

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    3/8/2015 10:52:00 AM - Thanks for the note. The things you wanted in the wine to add complexity....I found those in the wine, which you see in my own notes. Tell me, how long was the bottle around before you finished it? Did it get past one day for you?

Red

2011 Copain Pinot Noir "En Bas" Kiser

Anderson Valley more

3/7/2015 - BBencz Likes this wine: NR

Frank Murray's review is spot on. This is a wonderful wine from an otherwise not-great vintage. Red and blue fruit and red apple skins, with very apparent mineral quality and a splash of acidity. Feels like it could go another 8-10 years, but drinking dandy right now.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    3/8/2015 10:50:00 AM - Nice. You found the wine similar to me, just realty exciting to see another person like you grab onto it. Dig it.

White

2012 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux Vieilles Vignes

Chardonnay more

3/6/2015 - rjoyer wrote: NR

This note reflects my impressions after following a bottle that was opened for 24 hours and sampled over 2 nights. I'm trying to figure out what to make of this one as it is my first 2012 Chablis, and I find myself missing some of the sea-shells, minerality and austerity I typically find in such young examples from the region. It is surprisingly open from the pop and pour and, perhaps, also surprisingly plump for a fresh 1er cru Chablis. I'm greeted by warm spices, banana curd and a kiss of vanilla on the nose, and find a wine that is full and fleshy on the palate, with notes of ginger, pineapple and lime. The lime lingers on the finish, which possibly keeps things more refreshing than the rest of my note lets on, and I have to say that I like the wine fine...I just find myself wishing for a bit more intensity and focus.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    3/7/2015 8:37:00 AM - You and I see this wine the same. Same kind of wanting to see more.

    Hope you and the family are good, buddy.

Red

2011 Riverain Syrah Cardiac Hill Bennett Valley

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3/3/2015 - arthrovine wrote: NR

Pop'n' poured. Followed over 3 hours.

Should've decanted wine for 3-6 hours. Or waited 3-4 years. Nice acids which were refreshingly cool. Moderate tannin. Definite 'cool climate' profile here.

Edit: I forgot to say that I liked this wine and have full confidence it's going to morph into something terrific. A sip this morning revealed more going on and a hint of some of the benefits of air and aging. This wine is probably even better drunk the next day if consuming in the near term. 92++ points

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    3/4/2015 7:14:00 AM - Yes, lots of air helps here. I drank one of these last Fall and realized there is plenty of more room to improve for the wine. And to think, a tough year to make wine, and with Thomas making virtually no syrah, this wine really drinks great. Thanks for the note. PS--try the 2012 if you have access to it. Darker, less cool climate in tone and a bit deeper in CA fruit. Real good, too.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    3/4/2015 9:58:00 AM - Hey, thanks for the reply. When you open that 12, lots of air will be good for it. Don't judge it right from the first glass unless you ox it real well. By the way, it will stain everything it touches, as it is like pen ink--such a beauty. Curious, where did you pick it up from? I know the owner of the wine label very well and I would be curious to tell him another wine lover found their way to his wines.

Red

2010 Copain Pinot Noir Combe de Gres Kiser

Anderson Valley more

2/28/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Forgive the twisted image (inside CT, as I tried to fix it but it loaded sideways, dang it). Drank from 375, opened earlier today. For clarity, this is a special, grafted massale section of Kiser, a sandstone block that is between so to speak between Haut and Bas. It mixes black cherry, blueberry skin and dried cherry all together, with a kiss of vanilla from what I presume is some new oak (I believe the Kiser pinots typically see about 1/3rd new wood). I drank both a 2012 and 2013 Rhys Bearwallow in the past few weeks and this Copain reminds me very much of that wine, most especially with the cherry fruit. What that signals to me is the terroir signature that is beginning to emerge from the best wines from the Deep End pinots, from like Copain and Rhys. And this Copain is 2010, yet that whiz bang great cherry core came from later vintages of Rhys so my conclusion is that we ought to expect the wines to continue to show and reflect this terrific fruit quality across vintages. With respect to this Copain, as it warms, the signature Kiser blue fruit comes forward and there is a decent amount of tannin in the finish that should allow this to age forward. Finally, good acidity here, which energizes the fruit and finish. I'd say this will drink best in another few years, say 2016/2017. I would be geeked to try it against the Rhys Bear, say in a vintage that was lean like 2011, and then with 2013. Very good.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    3/1/2015 12:37:00 PM - egh. I do believe this is the renamed 'greffieux', although I have not checked that back with the winery yet. If this is true as I think it will be, then it would be the same Kiser plot.

    When Alexis from the winery was down here last weekend at my house for Falltacular, she mentioned she would share a bottle back with me. It came in the mail this week and I decided to open it yesterday.

    FWIW, assuming again this is the same as the greffiuex, I can tell you I didn't care for the 2009, as I found it too ripe and exotic for my tastes. This 2010, which I would have tasted before under the old name, the wood and exotic tones are still there, just in much less quantity than the 2009, for sure. I also wonder if the pricing will be more favorable, as like you and I told the winery this same thing, the wine was priced beyond my comfort level.

    We'll see how all of this unfolds in time.

Red

2007 Copain Syrah Hawks Butte Vineyard

Yorkville Highlands more

2/26/2015 - egh Likes this wine: 92 points

Really lovely on the nose, offering up a blue/purple fruited core along with savory notions of purple flowers, smoke, meat, and a peppery spiciness. In the mouth, medium-plus bodied with good concentration, acidity, and balance between the fruit and more savory aspects. Agree with Frank's 'dusty tannin' descriptor to characterize the wine's back end grip/structure. No harm in enjoying this now.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    2/26/2015 7:24:00 PM - EGH, thanks for putting this note into the mix. The 2007 vintage for the winery is special, a real signature for me. Your perspective is appreciated, buddy.

Red

2005 Fess Parker The Big Easy

Santa Barbara County Syrah Blend, Syrah more

2/8/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Well, big it was, and easy to drink if you like this past decade style. It's listed at 16% + and has the aromatic heat signature of something in that range, too. If you can put the aromatic aside, then the wine drinks fine with black raspberry and some light acidity, too. Needs to go with something like a rich soup (we had it paired with a bean soup that was hearty so the wine stood up well to it) or a meat dish with bbq sauce, something similar. All in, this is a form of syrah I used to like but not anymore, as I just don't like syrah at these ABV levels.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    2/8/2015 7:28:00 PM - Ehh, you be right. Fixed!

Red

2005 Copain Syrah Garys' Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

1/19/2015 - Nutty08 Likes this wine: 93 points

Return to San Antonio II (Barbaro): This '05 reminds me to hold and not drink my ‘08’s. Great showing, lots of meat and pepper spice. This has started to unwind its core in the palate, moving towards a silky, elegant, syrah with less weight than one would expect given the complexity. Long finish. Very good. Plenty of acidity for the pizza. 93-94

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    1/25/2015 9:24:00 AM - Nutty, thanks for the note. I am confused, though. Did you drink the 2008 or the 2005? If the latter, than your note is appreciated but I would like to ask you about the stems--did you find them, as in the past they have been quite strong, too much actually. if you drank the 2008, then your note is for the 2005. FYI.

Red

2006 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir San Mateo County

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1/15/2015 - rjoyer wrote: NR

I am convinced that this is the best Rhys pinot I've ever had, ironic that it would be declassified juice. Good core of red with a great balance of soil, structure and a dustiness to the fruit. Tasty stuff. No rush on these either.

  • Comment posted by Frank Murray III:

    1/24/2015 9:55:00 AM - RJ1, thanks for the note. Have one of these left and have thought about drinking it and saying good bye but having your perspective here is appreciated and I will wait.

    Happy new year buddy, miss seeing you.

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