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Red

2009 Donelan Syrah Obsidian Vineyard

Knights Valley more

6/7/2015 - Loren Sonkin wrote: 91 points

Somewhat of a disappointment considering the reputation here. Ruby/purple in color. The nose has nice black cherries and some boysenberries. Medium bodied. On the palate, this is much lighter, more acidic and less complex than I thought. It still drinks very young, so perhaps it puts on weight. Maybe just in an awkward stage or not a great bottle. A classic case of high expectations more than a bad showing. The wines is really good, but I hoped for more.

  • Comment posted by kenhoeve:

    6/7/2015 9:41:00 PM - Whether deserved or not, I often think of this as one of the toughest bottles in my cellar because of the vineyard and the price. Just the thought of grapes and the namesake rock makes me pass it over every time because all I can think is that it will be hard as nails.

White

2012 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

4/20/2015 - Diane (LI) wrote: NR

Just a perfect little (.375) bottle of Chardonnay. Clean and crisp with no rough edges. On our plates is a salad of arugula with sliced egg, Italian tuna, drizzled with salsa verde and toasted Sullivan St. Bread. A ray of sunshine on this dreary evening.

  • Comment posted by kenhoeve:

    6/5/2015 11:04:00 PM - That is a first class pairing. Well done!

Red

2006 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel

Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend more

3/3/2015 - eporres Likes this wine: 92 points

Powerful, requires decant. Agree with tasting notes from KENHOEVE below.

  • Comment posted by kenhoeve:

    5/5/2015 11:25:00 PM - Thank you sir for the endorsement. This wine, regardless of vintage, is a perennial favorite of mine, particularly at the dinner table! I am sitting on some 11's that I am certain will be epic, tremendous acid and concentration. Cheers.

Red

2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

3/23/2015 - Keith Levenberg wrote: 92 points

Drank together with the 2012 Skyline. A fascinating show of contrasts among two of my favorite Rhys vineyards. This one is brimming with sweet fruit, with heady aromas of summer raspberries as fresh as if the fruit were being foot stomped right in the glass. The fruit flavors are inky and saturating and the texture is open-knit, generous, and velvety.

  • Comment posted by kenhoeve:

    5/4/2015 9:49:00 PM - yeah the decant is key. the young rhys are stem heavy and the decant helps. it's actually very fortunate they can be enjoyed young but the magic is in the distant future.

Red

2012 Rhys Pinot Noir San Mateo County

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4/9/2015 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 90 points

A private lunch (Restaurant The Village Pub *, Woodside, California, USA): Very individual style, extremely perfumed, flowers, herbs, coriander and ginger even, reminiscent of certain wines from the Assmannshäuser Höllenberg, gentle, light and transparent, perfectly judged oak, finely grained tannins.

  • Comment posted by kenhoeve:

    4/10/2015 10:35:00 PM - Finally someone gets all the spice notes and perfume I do. Well done.

Red

2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

4/2/2015 - Chris@77 Likes this wine: 92 points

I hate it when this happens ... felt compelled to open a 2d bottle after not being as pleased with the 1st as expected. This bottle is much more open ... excellent pinot nose, much less astringent, stems very faint 'evaporating' quickly with only faint aftertaste - but needs time, not fully enjoyable now, score based on potential. Question ... can some batches have green stems and not others. Some burgundy producers vinify with stems - Romanee Conti (that I can't afford, have never drunk) and Sylvie Esmonin (a favorite whose wines I've bought). Bottom line this is a better wine than I wrote about on the 30th - I quite like it, but the 30th review was accurate with that bottle. Choose as you will. I'll probably buy the 2013 although not on futures. 92+ with hope of moving higher.

  • Comment posted by kenhoeve:

    4/2/2015 9:15:00 PM - I have had the same experience at various times with Rhys. Some green, some not. I place the risk on a young wine. Some will, some won't. Age lessens this risk, as has been my experience. In all cases the green has mellowed with time. I accept this as a part of artisan wine, particularly burgundy.

  • Comment posted by kenhoeve:

    4/3/2015 7:47:00 PM - Sorry I should have clarified. I was speaking to Rhys only. The green note is from the stems since they vinify with various whole cluster percentage. I find the level of this influence varies in the Rhys bottles, even in the same bottling, and over time, it dissipates.

Red

2007 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel

Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend more

4/2/2015 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 93 points

Urban Butcher (Urban Butcher - Silver Spring, Maryland): Full, ripe and juicy aromas, along with cola, smoke, pepper and grilled meat. Strong tannic backbone but still a creamy mouthfeel. The Mourvedre jumps out, so earthy, with lots of mushroom, charcoal, bacon, black and green olives. The fruit is plush and ripe (black cherry and currants), but matched by the non-fruit elements. Complex, pure, savory, this bottle was singing and I think the wine has a long life ahead.

  • Comment posted by kenhoeve:

    4/3/2015 7:42:00 PM - Great note! So glad you got a good bottle. This one knocked me over a while back.

Red

2010 Mount Eden Vineyards Pinot Noir

Santa Cruz Mountains more

7/9/2013 - kenhoeve wrote: 93 points

Nice cool nose. Tobacco leaf with strong ash on the nose, with cranberry and fleeting stem notes suggesting green things. The ash component is strong on the palate too, but it intermingles with the cherry and cranberry and anchors itself into a rather prominent savory tone in just the right way, almost like a spice accent. In fact, I wouldn't call this a fruit driven wine at all, it is savory and stems in the best possible way with a very serious silken texture and outstanding balance. This would be a great food wine right now, and clearly has the pedigree to go the distance where I can't help but think those stemmy notes will add fascinating dimension. 93-95.

Day two- Floral, cranberry, and stems on the nose, not remotely any heat. The ash has receded significantly and the wine is far less sharp, very mellow. The balance is retained even if it has lost a bit of verve (not necessarily a bad thing). Forget silky texture, this has just gone to butter, seriously impressive. It is still a savory driven wine that is practically indescribable, while the red cherry and cranberry that is present is still pure and delicious even though completely secondary. Forget Cali, forget Burgundy, this is Mt. Eden and it is positively gorgeous.

  • Comment posted by kenhoeve:

    3/9/2015 7:29:00 PM - Thanks! I did have a bottle of this last year and it had become more quiet. It doesn't change my impressions of the wine, I think it is phenomenal, but be aware it may be a bit dull right now.

Red

2006 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve

Napa Valley more

12/22/2014 - kenhoeve wrote: 85 points

This bottle started out with a hint of life and a hint of prune. The prune won out and this was over the hill and less than an hour. Ouch.

  • Comment posted by kenhoeve:

    2/2/2015 6:24:00 AM - purchased direct from winery on treasury estates sale several years ago. in my cellar since.

Red

2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard

San Mateo County more

1/5/2015 - coremill wrote: 87 points

Decanted for ~2 hours. Shows extremely stemmy and very Rhys-y, with lots of twiggy floral and spice aromas overlaid on sweet, slightly overripe red berry fruit. The slight overripness is more evident on the palate, where the fruit has that beety/rhubarby edge, like just about every other Rhys wine I've had. While there's good acidity and complexity, and this is light on its feet, it also lacks intensity through the midpalate. However, it's very nice texturally, it's silky and airy and the extract hardly makes an impact.

Coming back a few hours later, the stemminess has faded and the acidity is even more prominent. This now seems rather shut down. Not really sure what to make of this one.

  • Comment posted by kenhoeve:

    1/5/2015 8:49:00 PM - With a large stash of Rhys, I've learned your experience is fairly common for the young wines, even into the Alesia line. But I've also learned that brief aging brings dramatic changes that are always very positive. I've even had wines that shut down over a day or two, then re-emerge. I hate saying have faith, but when you get a texture and complexity like that, so far, the brains behind the operation are firmly in the win column.

White

2012 Liquid Farm Chardonnay White Hill

Sta. Rita Hills more

1/5/2015 - brigcampbell wrote: NR

The warden's favorite chardonnay. Just beautifully balanced with bright, clean fruit and structure provided by the acidity.

  • Comment posted by kenhoeve:

    1/5/2015 8:39:00 PM - I thought it was very good, but pretty reticent early in 2014. Recommend any air time or is it pop and go now?

Red

2009 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese more

12/6/2014 - mattlennert Likes this wine: 90 points

Nose has cherry kirsch and dried herbal notes and some vanilla.

Taste: Fairly luscious and juicy black cherry fruit with notes of leather, subtle dried savory herbs (thyme?).

Excellent for the price and drinking very well at the end of 2014. Should go at least two to three more years.

  • Comment posted by kenhoeve:

    12/6/2014 8:09:00 PM - 2-3 more? Dude. This wine has a 10-20 track record.

Red

2007 Round Pond Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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12/13/2012 - kenhoeve wrote: 92 points

My previous two notes are tracking some good evolution on this gem. That said, now is not a good time to open this bottle unless you have some serious time on your hands. I tasted this over two days and while it ultimately lined up with previous notes, the tannins have clamped down. What is interesting is that on day one even with the fierce tannins and heat, you can still glimpse all of the components behind the tannins. The fresh berries are there, the black currant, the herbs, some wood, all there. Under cork in the fridge for a day, the wine re-emerges. The overall profile is sweet and savory, a bit thick, but leaning up. Berries, currant, savory herbs, and for now a still tannic finish. I'm encouraged by how the components take hold with time. This will be pretty classic rutherford stuff, it will just take an estimated 2 years to re-emerge. Positive potential. 92+.

  • Comment posted by kenhoeve:

    11/17/2014 8:46:00 AM - always good to see prognostications come to light, doesn't always go as well as one hopes. wish I had another!

Red

2006 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

10/16/2014 - cab blends Likes this wine: 95 points

Rhone Dinner at Capella (Capella Hotel in Georgetown): This was only decanted for a short while (1 hour) - it is a powerhouse and given I have not spent too much time with Rhones this is one that works for me. Great tannins (7.5/10) with lots of backbone yet balanced. If you don't enjoy power, you won't like this. Light nose with dark black fruit.

  • Comment posted by kenhoeve:

    10/27/2014 9:30:00 PM - As good as I agree it is, I find it shines with food, a beautifully balanced wine. Cheers.

Red

2007 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

10/24/2014 - MaximusT Likes this wine: 93 points

Fennel. The interesting little seed with so much flavor. Luckily it was in the provincial inspired dinner we had tonight - because this wine wooed it and inspired a true love story. Like Romeo calling up to Juliet's balcony, the anise in the wine seduced the fennel in our meal. But when you have licorice, moist hard rock and a little salt you are in for some Shakespearean drama. Luckily, we finished the bottle with only a little fight over the last drops, but not much else titillation. Important note: we decanted for 2.5 hours.

  • Comment posted by kenhoeve:

    10/27/2014 9:27:00 PM - I completely understand the fennel relation. I got this big time on a 97 Beaucastel with a trout dish, it's one of those spices that can hit a CdP just right. Good job.

Red

2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

10/27/2014 - Mrbuzz Likes this wine: 95 points

Needs time to open, started out mute, but with a little air it was ready to par tay! Very round and smooth texture.....dark black cherry, raspberry, rhubarb fruit....perfect sweetness to the dryness. Silky Chambolle Musigny like.....with darker MSD like fruit and spice.......LOVE the spice here! Needs a little coaxing....but there is killer dusty earth, exotic wood, cinnamon spice box....dried berry, perfumed liqueured florals. Then on the finish the wine firms and crunches with some great crushed rock minerals. Sneaky good now....needs coaxing, but should gain even more. Love this!

  • Comment posted by kenhoeve:

    10/27/2014 9:19:00 PM - Good note Buzzini. I appreciate the Burg aspect.

Red

2006 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova

Sangiovese more

10/17/2014 - Mrbuzz Likes this wine: 96 points

OH so tasty! Just love these wines….like having an Italian/Napa/Bordeaux blend! You have the perfectly ripe, fresh crushed dark berry fruit…liqueured with graphite ala Napa….then the silky smooth, powdery dry tannins…with some leather, tobacco, dusty earth ala Bordeaux…..all wrapped up in perfect balance with the fresh and alive cherry skin sours/acidity...tar, chocolate covered orange wedge, and the killer dried potpourri florals ala Italian. Yea…this is one hell of a Italapadeaux wine!!!
Many years of pleasure await with this beauty.

  • Comment posted by kenhoeve:

    10/17/2014 8:44:00 PM - sooner than I expected, thanks buzz!

Red

2010 Mount Eden Vineyards Pinot Noir

Santa Cruz Mountains more

10/16/2014 - wgmccallum Likes this wine: 91 points

Ruby. Heath, loam, violets, blackcurrants on the nose. Intense jammy strawberry on the palate, floating acids, long finish. The palate doesn't quite live up to the promise of the nose. 55+13+15+8.

  • Comment posted by kenhoeve:

    10/16/2014 8:17:00 PM - Just had this, it is very quiet compared to its youth, sleeping a little. Your note is right on.

Red

2012 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph

Syrah more

9/8/2014 - Jeremy Holmes wrote: NR

Big spicy nose of liniment, dried flowers and sap. There is some bright cherry and plum fruit action as well. It is detailed and crunchy in the mouth with compact flavours and good depth. You get some good grip from the whole bunch and it is nicely poised and set to unfurl over a decade or two.

  • Comment posted by kenhoeve:

    9/9/2014 5:58:00 PM - A rare note from JH on one of my wines! Love this bottling. Cheers.

Red

2012 Meiomi Pinot Noir

California more

8/9/2014 - brianspross wrote: 89 points

Shockingly good for a $16.19 bottle. Light and tasty pinot noir.

  • Comment posted by kenhoeve:

    8/27/2014 9:37:00 PM - I apologize in advance. Light? Are you kidding me? What do you normally drink aside from my guess of molasses?

Red

2011 Alta Maria Pinot Noir

Santa Maria Valley more

5/1/2014 - isaacjamesbaker wrote: 91 points

Blind Pinot Noirs; 5/1/2014-5/2/2014 (Washington, DC): Soft ruby-raspberry color. Beautiful, intriguing aromas of sour cherries, roses, rhubarb and white pepper. Firm but fresh on the palate, full of tangy red fruit (raspberries, wild strawberries, red currants), but there’s also a lot of spice, tobacco and white pepper elements, some spearmint and subtle vanilla in there. Its tangy elegance belies its structure. Beautiful.

  • Comment posted by kenhoeve:

    8/27/2014 9:02:00 PM - Good note. Pleasant surprise for me as well.

White

2011 Rhys Alesia Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard

Mendocino County more

8/6/2014 - rcg62 Likes this wine: 93 points

Pale gold. Penetrating nose of honey, pear and some toasted oak. Similar palate. Nice acidity and long juicy finish. Maybe a little bit young premier cru Meursault? I think it has 5 years of life, maybe opens even more. (This note taken 2nd day after opening bottle, which sat in fridge.) Liked it a lot, annoyed I didn't buy more!

(Nb after reading others' notes I'm somewhat stunned by some of the negatives. I thought this was terrific stuff. Maybe it was the tasting a day later? I doubt it though. )

  • Comment posted by kenhoeve:

    8/7/2014 7:24:00 AM - I think it's a bit polarizing, hence the disparities in notes I think. For me it needs just a little time. But your note is right on.

Red

2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard

Anderson Valley more

4/28/2014 - brigcampbell wrote: NR

Served very cold which suppressed the fruit but showed a leather and ripe stem quality. As it warmed the fruit sweetened towards the riper end of the scale and red licorice while the leather note became more pronounced and leaning towards barnyard. I'd guess there's brett here.

  • Comment posted by kenhoeve:

    4/28/2014 10:48:00 AM - yeah I got some of that in a bottle this weekend too. Showed nothing like my last bottle. I was thinking TCA, but I think brett now.

Red

2006 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

4/17/2014 - fingers wrote: NR

It's okay. That's my tasting note.
I'm not sure why I still have 14 various bottles of Bo taking up space in my cellar.
fwiw, I don't care much for Tablas, either

  • Comment posted by kenhoeve:

    4/17/2014 10:18:00 PM - You have a buyer for both right here in OC. :) LOVE the '06.

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