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2013 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Berserkers' Cuvée

Chehalem Mountains more

5/18/2015 - PIntag wrote: 90 points

Second bottle opened with a chance to spend more time with it and taste over a couple of days. My impression has not really changed very much: it's a very balanced, light, and pretty Pinot with very nice aromatics and interesting and pleasing earthy flavors. The character didn't change much with the extra air exposure on the second evening. I won't go so far as to say that it is "thin" or "watery", but I can't disagree with anyone that does; I did spend quite a bit of time paying attention to the finish where it seemed to lose focus and the flavors dissipated very quickly. On the other side of the spectrum, some other notes have used descriptors like "fruit-forward", "medium bodied", "good concentration" and I will have to disagree somewhat with those characterizations. To me this falls firmly into the "light-bodied" category and is not at all fruit forward or concentrated. In any case, I like this wine for its great aromatics and pure flavors that, to me, speak of the terroir. That said, this is certainly worth the $19 but, to be honest, I would not seek this out if it was at a price point above $28 or $30, as there are many other good domestic Pinot options available in that range.

  • Comment posted by PIntag:

    5/21/2015 1:28:00 PM - You may be right. I'll open the next bottle in a month or two.

Red

2011 Carlisle Syrah Steiner Vineyard

Sonoma Mountain more

3/14/2015 - PIntag wrote: NR

Tasted over 3 days. My impression: Too light on the fruit, too heavy on the oak. There were some nice subtle flavors, but this lacked depth and the overt oak got in the way. I generally have an old world palate, so I don't need a fruit bomb to please me, but this just lacked charisma. Gained a little weight on the third evening which helped a bit.

  • Comment posted by PIntag:

    5/14/2015 11:55:00 PM - I'm with you completely on the thought that too many wines are overoaked these days. It appears that we're in the minority, though.

Red

2013 Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County

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3/28/2015 - PIntag wrote: 87 points

Started out with overwhelming oak and harsh oak tannins and some tart and thin fruit. Lots of aeration did little to help it, so I vacuvin'd it and left overnight. Much better on the second day as the fruit emerged and the oak integrated and the harshness smoothed out a bit. Still, IMHO, there's too much oak and the fruit doesn't stand up to it at this point. I know this is very young, so I would expect that a year or two will allow this to improve. However, my oak tolerance is pretty low so this may never get into my wheelhouse. I enjoyed the 2011 and 2012s much more at this stage.

  • Comment posted by PIntag:

    3/31/2015 12:04:00 PM - I don't think the bottle was off, but I suppose it could have been. Or perhaps my palate was off because of something I ate. I looked at the winemaker notes and it said "mostly neutral oak", so I suppose there's really not a lot of oak -- it's probably just me and my inconsistent palate.

Red

2007 Carlisle Syrah Russian River Valley

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1/3/2015 - PIntag wrote: NR

Really weird experience with this wine. I've not tasted it before, but it seemed pretty different than many notes posted here. This started off with a very prominent aroma of sweet corn and the palate showed very similar. Full mid-palate and long finish with dense fruit throughout.

  • Comment posted by PIntag:

    1/5/2015 1:55:00 PM - There were several trying the wine and all had a similar impression. Bottle variation, perhaps, or could have been what we were eating that influenced what we tasted.

Red

2011 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

4/4/2014 - jeagle Does not like this wine: NR

Decanted 8 hours prior to tasting. Pleasant zinfandel nose, but the immediate palate impression is assertive acid creating lemon-like red fruits. This follows through to a substantial bite at back palate. At this point, it presents itself as difficult to approach unless one favors high acid reds.

  • Comment posted by PIntag:

    4/4/2014 12:54:00 PM - I don't know if I'd call 2011 a "problem vintage" based on Carlisle Zins. I tried 7 different ones thus far, and I find them to be great, though I prefer them to lusher and riper vintages. This Carlisle Vineyard is pretty edgy though, I agree, but I think (hoping, anyway) it is going to age very well and be even better down the road.

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2012 Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County

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3/20/2014 - PIntag wrote: 91 points

Just had to pop one of these (I bought 10) after delivery. Yet another good vintage of this perennial QPR play. Nose a little tight, but showing some bramble and savory notes. On the palate, nice weight, ripe but not overripe, good depth, no overt oakiness, nice brambly flavors with a primary character to it, good acidity, and generally a vibrant and interesting wine. Love this stuff.

  • Comment posted by PIntag:

    3/22/2014 11:10:00 AM - Carlisle Zins always seem to be very drinkable on release, but I think they improve as they age (though I don't have much experience beyond 7 or 8 years from vintage). The 2011s are higher in acid and slightly leaner, so I think they'll do much better with age. 2012 was a warmer vintage so they should be very good on release -- I've only tried this one Sonoma County Zin so far of the 12s, and it was great from the get go.

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2005 La Granja Nuestra Señora de Remelluri Rioja Gran Reserva

Tempranillo more

6/28/2013 - PIntag wrote: 89 points

Rioja (The Wine Country, Signal Hill, CA): ($90) Big fruit, expansive nose. On the palate, new world-ish ripe fruit, not as oak driven as the other wines in this tasting but made in an "international" style. Probably the most enjoyable wine of the tasting for me, but still not a style I particularly enjoy and certainly not a buyer at this price point.

  • Comment posted by PIntag:

    7/8/2013 8:31:00 PM - Harley1199- well, the abundant acidity that this showed is atypical for "international" style wines, so perhaps it is not the best descriptor. This (and the other Remelluri in this tasting) did have big ripe fruit so it was the outlier in the group of wines we tasted. I have no doubt this will be an outstanding wine with a lot more bottle age.

  • Comment posted by PIntag:

    7/9/2013 12:45:00 PM - I am sticking with my "International" style descriptor for this wine. The very ripe fruit shows plum flavor which, to me, is a key indicator for this style. During the tasting, I remarked that this could easily pass for a California Cabernet in a blind tasting -- others agreed. Perhaps you should try this vintage and see for yourself.

  • Comment posted by PIntag:

    7/10/2013 12:47:00 PM - Harley,
    Thank you for providing counterpoint to my tasting note -- I'm sure that will benefit others who encounter this wine. I have much appreciation for your passion regarding this producer and Rioja wines.

    I have very little experience with Rioja wine, so I don't have good reference for what is traditional or not. The bottle of the 2005 GR that I tried on that night at that time tasted new-world to me and I have written my note to reflect that experience. On another day, with a different bottle perhaps my experience would be different.

    Going forward, I will try and explore Rioja wines more deeply (partly due to your comments and obvious passion for the region).

    I also want to thank you for the "diplomatic" nature of your comments. I can imagine that you would really like to slap me in the face for insulting one of your favorite wine producers, but instead you have chosen to carry on a civil discussion about it. I admire that. If you are ever in California or I am in your area of Spain perhaps we can enjoy a bottle of wine and meal together.

Red

2007 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel

Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend more

5/25/2013 - PIntag wrote: 84 points

On the pop 'n pour and throughout the first evening, this was quite disjointed with some heat and a hint of brett. The palate showed some decent fruit but was rather clipped. Drank like a $8 CdR, to be honest. After stoppering and putting in the fridge overnight, this showed a bit better with nicer aromatics and a palate that fleshed out a bit. Still showing some alcohol and the brett note. Not sure if this was a bad bottle or just mediocre wine. In any case, I'll let my last bottle rest for a couple or three more years. Compared with a bottle of the 2003 that was absolutely gorgeous last year, this was a huge disappointment. I know this could use a couple more years at least, but I don't this will ever hit the heights of the 2003.

  • Comment posted by PIntag:

    6/5/2013 7:39:00 PM - Thanks for the comment -- I hope you're right. Maybe I'll crack open my last bottle at the next special occasion.

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2006 Luce Luce della Vite Toscana IGT

SuperTuscan Blend more

8/2/2010 - toontune wrote: 94 points

Powerful...almost too powerful first day. Needs to breathe for at least an hour. Drank beautifully for next two days.

  • Comment posted by PIntag:

    8/30/2010 6:43:00 AM - Small world!

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