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2008 Dacalier De La Terre

Lake County Red Rhone Blend more

7/26/2015 - grayfont Likes this wine: 91 points

My last of 45 bottles over the past 4 years or so, and it may well be the absolute best. Served with seasoned & charcoal grilled tri-tip steak, mashed potatoes, and steamed broccoli. The smoky flavor of the wine really came out against the smoky flavor that the charcoal grill imparted to the meat. The fruit in the wine plays a supporting role to the earth and smoke, but it's still very lively. I wish there was some left so I could buy more!

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    7/27/2015 8:18:00 AM - I agree this is far from past prime. One of the best buys I have done. Slow on the draw and missed the last BD offer. I bought multiple cases and shared with friends, a few left.

Red

2008 Grand Rêve Vintners / Force Majeure Collaboration Series II Ciel du Cheval Vineyard

Red Mountain Red Rhone Blend more

6/30/2015 - drrobvino wrote: 93 points

I haven't been blown away by the wines from Grand Reve...they have been largely overblown and way too ripe for my palate.
That being said, I've adored the wines from Ross Andrew Winery, and was pleased to see that Ross Mickel, the Ross Andrew owner/winemaker, made this wine.
Opened and consumed over 2 hours.
This is a fabulous effort, in every way. Beautiful deep black/purple in color, fading to a tawny rim.
The nose and palate show off red and black cherry, pomegranate, pepper, moist earth, and spice. The tannins are smooth and sultry, with medium acidity and a long, satisfying finish that echoes the fruit and spice.
This wine is complex and very well balanced, showing nice maturity. It has reached a nice level of maturity now, and should continue to drink well through 2023 or so...but it is absolutely brilliant now, so I will consume my remaining 2 bottles by 2019 or so. Delicious.
I am enamored with the wines of Ross Mickel.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    6/30/2015 8:22:00 PM - I have a few of '08 Ross Andrew Boushey Syrah that I have been waiting to open. I regularly bought limited GR/FM wines until the price escalation, but my palate has changed to where I do not think I will appreciate them. Hopefully with more age on both our parts we may intersect down the road and the wait will pay off. This one looks to my liking.

Red

2010 Proper Wines Syrah

Walla Walla Valley more

6/13/2015 - dontime wrote: NR

Really enjoyed this tonight. Bloody meat, black olives, dark fruit. Just what the doctor ordered when dining/drinking alone. If scoring 90-92.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    6/14/2015 11:47:00 PM - I gotta get off this Pinot kick and start drinking syrah again. Maybe when fall rolls around and the weather chills. A little more age helps as well.

Red

2009 Ladd Cellars Pinot Noir Cuvée Abigail

Sonoma Coast more

1/15/2014 - WaitinginManassas Likes this wine: 93 points

We opened a 2009 Ladd Pinot Noir Cuvee Abigail Wed night for RDHudak's birthday celebration. The wine had bright cherries, rose petals, orange peel, mulling spices on the nose. Tasting we found bright red fruits, mulling spices, little bit of tea, medium acidity, with a meduim length finish. The interesting thing is that the wine continued to evolve throughout the evening, and beat out both the 2007 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2007 Snowden Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon for WOTN honors. Dinner was grilled NY Strips, roasted small potatoes and salad. Eric is making really great wines, you need to check them out soon!

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    1/19/2014 1:17:00 PM - Looks like I should open one for the Berserkers tasting thread myself.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    6/14/2015 10:43:00 PM - I opened one tonight and was not disappointed, great acid focus. Getting better with time, tea and tobacco showing up.

Red

2009 Lillian Winery Syrah

Santa Barbara County more

6/7/2015 - mtolerico Likes this wine: 94 points

Dark kirsch liquor, blackberry and meat. Drinks well after 20-30 min of air and doesn't look back. I'd drink up over the next few years, the tannins are well integrated and is in a good place right now. Would be much happier at a 50-60 price point however.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    6/7/2015 10:28:00 PM - I quit buying as the price increased. Too many good wines below $50. same with Reynvaan, never got on Cayuse list and will now pass as well.

Red

2013 Vincent Pinot Noir Bjornson Vineyard

Eola - Amity Hills more

6/5/2015 - Mlermontov wrote: 90 points

Maison Kayser - The Brad Kane Experience; 6/2/2015-6/6/2015: cola, earth and cherry on the nose. obviously needs time. tart cherry mid. earthy with a good refreshing acidity. long finish with a hint of spice. give it some time or decant in advance.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    6/5/2015 8:19:00 AM - A new vineyard for me that I am starting to explore, and Vincent makes some super good wines.

Red

2013 Vincent Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard

Eola - Amity Hills more

6/5/2015 - Mlermontov wrote: 92 points

The Traveling Brisket and Helmet Show: off the bat - this needs time. Nowhere close to ready on day one - Day two was a gamechanger here. Thus mainly writing from day 2 - elegant, earthy nose, with cherry and a hint of cola. mid is tart - sour cherry and earth. Herbal notes playing well with the nice acidity. Obviously young - but elegant wine. Nose developing more floral notes - violets. Give this time to develop!

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    6/5/2015 8:16:00 AM - Sounds like I will like this a lot. I haven't tried any Zenith yet, but looking forward to them. Love the wines from this area.

Red

2007 Biggio Hamina Cellars Pinot Noir Deux Vert

Yamhill-Carlton more

1/2/2015 - Dulcie and Aylwin wrote: NR

Case in point for BH wines taking some time, this one has never tasted better. Clear garnet, pale rim, still good structure, beautiful, good acidity, tart red cherry. I bought another to replenish.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    6/1/2015 5:56:00 PM - Todd says wait a couple more years, drink the Ana. I only have Deux Vert and Momtazi, so I will wait some more and drink a few '12s though the '13s are getting some good recs.

Red

2011 Mark Ryan Board Track Racer "Suicide Shift"

Columbia Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah more

5/2/2015 - RPerro Likes this wine: 87 points

Decanted 1 hour, no food pairing. Deep purple color with a maroon rim. Blackberry and plum nose, just a hint of oak. Spicy in the mouth, blackberry fruit, baking spices, bright acid, light tannin showing on the black cherry finish. I wanted to love it (mostly Red Willow fruit I'm told), but it just didn't get there for me. Could need more time, but I don't think it would improve much for my palate. Cool vintage with too much acid to enjoy on it's own. With food may be a different story.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    5/3/2015 9:38:00 AM - I need try this one, I am finding a lot of the WA reds a bit too jammy for my palate now. The exceptions are Cab Franc and GSM blends heavy on the Mourvedre. I find some food greatly improves many on the more austere side but does little for the jammy ones.

Red

2012 J. Christopher Pinot Noir Lumière

Eola - Amity Hills more

4/27/2015 - djarcara Likes this wine: 90 points

Perfumed nose of red fruit and violets. Medium body. Balanced red fruit flavors with a touch of cream soda. Mild acidity and tannins. Elegant. Could use more time, but not a long term ager. Nice wine. Good value.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    4/28/2015 7:56:00 PM - I had a glass pour when dining so bought a few for the cellar.

Red

2008 Grand Rêve Vintners / Force Majeure Collaboration Series II Ciel du Cheval Vineyard

Red Mountain Red Rhone Blend more

4/27/2015 - Rich S wrote: 88 points

Wow. Big dropoff here compared to the first bottle I had of this a few years ago. Nose was still big with dark blue fruit but a dominant oak note masked a lot of the aromatics that this wine showed last time. Big and palate coating on the mouthfeel, the wine lacked some acidity and came off a bit flat and monotone on the palate, especially from a jammy fruit and oak perspective. With that said, you can tell this is a really well made wine and the fruit flavor is very intense and it's smooth drinking for a big wine. It just lacked the aromatic characteristics that really made this wine attractive the first time I had it.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    4/28/2015 7:54:00 PM - I am off buying these big wines and hope they lose the fruit with age when I want to start drinking them. That said my friends still love them, so they will be appreciated, just not by me.

White

2013 Seven of Hearts Sauvignon Blanc Chateau Figareaux

Columbia Valley more

4/24/2015 - dhammer53 wrote: 89 points

Really smooth and easy to drink. Nice nose. Citrus taste. At the WineBerserker special price, and even at the regular price, this is good QPR. I'd rate this higher, but since it's so cheap, you wouldn't believe me.
Wish I had more.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    4/24/2015 8:47:00 PM - A definite winner for the wife in my book & a regular buy.

Red

2010 Proper Wines Syrah

Walla Walla Valley more

4/20/2015 - lirvingham wrote: 91 points

I cant get enough of this wine. It is sad the price went up but such a solid wine. Still has years left but i cant help but drink it.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    4/20/2015 8:17:00 PM - Glad I bought a few of these.

Red

2008 Dacalier De La Terre

Lake County Red Rhone Blend more

4/17/2015 - ccotton8 Likes this wine: 90 points

This wine is holding up very well. Lots of red and dark fruits, with a nice balance of acid. The body kept building for over an hour, absolutely delicious from pop to last pour (about an hour). This is a great cellar defender, need some more.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    4/17/2015 7:42:00 AM - Always a crowd pleaser for me. I missed the Berserker Day sale this year and it was gone, but I have a few left from before.

Red

2006 Corliss Estates Syrah

Columbia Valley more

4/12/2015 - WestbyGod wrote: 85 points

Slow ox for one hour. Big and monolithic. Velvety tannins and short finish. Frankly would not have guessed Syrah if tasted blind. Meh.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    4/12/2015 7:00:00 PM - I have one and was wondering how it would compare to the '06 NC Dauphiné which started out jammy and aged into a more balanced wine. I recently drank the last one. They bought the vineyard and do not know if the Corliss was sourced from there.

Red

2008 Dacalier De La Terre

Lake County Red Rhone Blend more

4/2/2015 - markandsusanw Likes this wine: 90 points

Pop and pour ... Brick red, with a big barnyard funk nose, that's reflected on the palate. Tart, light and very dry, with an almost blue cheese note on the medium-long finish. (NOTE: I say this as someone who really likes roquefort.) A hint of green notes, a little tang, a dose of granite and a big earthy backend. Makes for a very interesting flavor profile. Probably not gonna improve much -- tannins were pretty dusty -- but in a good place right now and a stupendous Berserker Day value.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    4/2/2015 6:53:00 PM - Always a good value. I let this one slide by as I already have some left from a previous BD, and bought too much PN lately. This fits right into my Pinot palate, so is a favorite. Shared numerous bottles with friends over the years.

Red

2009 Grand Rêve Vintners / Force Majeure Syrah Collaboration Series III Ciel du Cheval Vineyard

Red Mountain more

3/19/2015 - Ex-Ray wrote: 86 points

Dark and opaque. Full-bodied, but just slight aroma, not characteristic of syrah. Fairly full-bodied, balanced between fruit, tannin, and acid. The problem is...there's no flavor! It's just generic big wine, nothing to give it distinctive flavors. Became boring before long. For $60, I want more distinctive characteristics, not just big, one-dimensional wine.
Ric

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    3/20/2015 2:52:00 PM - I have yet to drink any of mine. Not buying as the price has gone way above my comfort zone. I will let the bigness age away as I now like restrained, not bold wines.

Red

2009 WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Triple Black Slopes

Willamette Valley more

3/17/2015 - schwank wrote: NR

A bit of a mess. Alcohol dominates and the finish is bitter and unpleasant. If there's a flaw it is in the bottle as I took direct delivery from the winery at original release. I tend to think it's just a dark fruited bottling from a warm vintage. Not my style.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    3/17/2015 11:17:00 PM - I'm hoping as I work my way up from the '04 vintage the '06 & '09 loose some of their fruit. Keep you posted.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    3/19/2015 2:36:00 PM - I only get the club shipments now out of nostalgia, but they sponsor some music that we enjoy. Most of the PN I buy now is priced about half for a similar quality at least for my palate.

Red

2009 Dacalier Deux Barriques

Lake County Red Rhone Blend more

3/12/2015 - markandsusanw Likes this wine: 90 points

Pop and pour ... Light and bright, with cranberry, cherry and just a hint of sweet strawberries and cream. Not at all heavy, with very light touches of spice and earth. Showed best at cool cellar temp. A crisp red and a smoking hot QPR!

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    3/12/2015 9:16:00 AM - Love Dave's GSM wines. Missed the last closeout, but still have some from before.

Red

2007 Château Simian Côtes du Rhône Villages Massif d'Uchaux Saint Martin de Jocundaz

Red Rhone Blend more

3/6/2015 - John Nezlek wrote: 90 points

Smooth as the proverbial baby's bottom. Seamless. Perfectly integrated. As is sometimes the case with good CDR, this was like a "baby" CDP -- same flavor palette, but not as intense. My guess is that the quality of this bottle represents a combination of a very good vintage and a very good winemaker. The stars were aligned.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    3/8/2015 9:47:00 PM - On your recce I deciided to drink my last bottle. Needs some airtime for the funkiness to integrate, progressing nicely.

Red

2007 Lillian Winery Syrah

Santa Barbara County more

3/2/2015 - scott w Likes this wine: NR

Still drinking very well.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    3/2/2015 11:24:00 AM - I hope so, I haven't even touched my '06 yet.

Red

2008 WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Triple Black Slopes

Willamette Valley more

3/1/2015 - KAP wrote: 92 points

Drinking very well now. Surprisingly good.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    3/1/2015 11:13:00 AM - For my personal tastes WK seems to be in a good place now. I should add that I like a high acid, retrained fruit AFWE wine. In the past they seemed to be too floral and fruity for my tastes and passed them on to our daughter. I only get the wine club wines out of loyalty and they do support music that I like. I can find just as good wines that I prefer more reasonably. I buy few wines in this price class, so the club price does make it accessible.

Red

2011 Lagier Meredith Mondeuse Noir

Mt. Veeder more

1/19/2014 - Rieslingfan wrote: NR

This is a really interesting wine. It is not something you drink every day. There's a distinct pine needle & rosemary element on the nose, and it it both rich and bright on the palate. Not a ton of fruit, and what is there has a very dark edge. A touch of bitterness also comes through on the finish. Like I said - really interesting. Not quite sure whether I actually like it or not. That pine needle/rosemary thing is my favorite part of the wine - I kept going back to the wine just for that.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    2/23/2015 11:05:00 AM - I got that pine nut flavor on the next night which I find pleasant and intriguing.

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