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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.

Red

2011 Cristom Pinot Noir Sommers Reserve

Willamette Valley more

2/17/2015 - MC2 Wines Likes this wine: NR

Back in the Willamette; 2/15/2015-2/20/2015 (Willamette Valley): This is a nice wine. For all of the talk about how great the '12s are in Oregon, I find that many times I prefer the '11s. This was 85% estate fruit and 15% sourced. Mostly tart red fruit (think cranberry) and earthy, a bit more complex and interesting than the Jefferson. Still a decent amount of oak, but in this case pulled the wine together.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    2/22/2015 7:27:00 PM - I'm going to like this one, but letting the '11s rest a bit, drink my '10s which I like a lot, then the '12s which are good on the get go..

Red

2005 Nicholas Cole Cellars Reserve

Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/20/2015 - fitchbuck Likes this wine: 96 points

The final Nicholas Cole from my cellar, and boy what a wonder it was. Purity, length, class. The flavors were almost secondary to the operatic movements sung in my mouth. I'm going to have to place this in the upper echelon of wines drunk in my lifetime: Top ten, right here right now.

This cements my belief that during its run, this label was at the pinnacle of Washington producers, all while flying relatively low under the radar. T'is a shame that it's no longer around ... but as they say, the brightest flames burn out the fastest.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    2/21/2015 12:42:00 PM - I went strong on the NC clearance, so have quite a few left other than reserves. I used to just enjoy the aroma and drink over a week, just getting better. They are starting to settle down as is my palate for fruity wines, they should last longer than I will.

Red

2012 Rôtie Cellars VDP

Washington Red Rhone Blend more

2/13/2015 - fitchbuck Likes this wine: 92 points

Average and shut-down on night one, was a bit worried the '10 vintage VdP might have been a one hit wonder. So I let it stew for a few nights in fridge: bingo. Another great Wa QPR.

If you're reading this .. and I know you are: let 'em sit for another year or two.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    2/21/2015 12:36:00 PM - I was about ready as well, will wait. Thanks for the note.

Red

2006 Cabot Vineyards Syrah Aria's

Humboldt County more

2/14/2015 - DaButtah Likes this wine: 92 points

Had at a syrah tasting. Really enjoyed this wine. Nice dark fruit balanced with some earthy, old leather characteristics. Fantastic burst of black pepper on the palate. This was the first Cabot Syrah I've tried but will definitely seek out more.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    2/16/2015 12:20:00 PM - Cabot does some nice wines for a reasonable price. I get some every year. I have held off drinking the Aria's because notes said drink the Kimberley's first and save the Aria's. I agree on the more restrained old world nature, whereas Kimberly's had more of the bacon fat fruit, that was going on two years ago, so it may have developed similar characteristics.

Red

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

Red Mountain more

2/15/2015 - sp4388 Likes this wine: 92 points

Silky smooth dark fruit and chocolate and beef blood with a little tanginess. Very good. $60? Meh

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    2/15/2015 8:57:00 AM - I have given up on these wines. I have had many just as good at half the price.

Red

2012 CT Barrel Project Syrah Upland Syrah Upland Vineyard

Yakima Valley Snipes Mountain more

2/7/2015 - caeleric/cae_cpa Likes this wine: NR

decanted 30 minutes at the restaurant, then consumed over 2 hours with friends. this was a stunner. none of us could put it down. not massive, but hauntingly fruited and spiced with that meaty streak that makes syrah so wonderful. if this is what's in store for the remaining bottles, i'm thrilled. alcohol was in check, gentle tannins, just perfectly balanced. 93-95, which i didn't think was in the cards for this initially. patience will continue to pay off.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    2/14/2015 8:32:00 AM - Thanks for taking one for the team. The west side '12s are drinking well now, good to hear the east side ones are following the same development.

Red

2006 Patrick Lesec Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Galets Blonds

Red Rhone Blend more

11/27/2014 - DaddyNeedsPow wrote: 89 points

Surprisingly closed down even with decanting, and showing distractingly bitter tannins. The nose is concentrated and shows some elegant CdP character, but it's difficult to be charmed by such a weighty one-dimensional palette.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    2/13/2015 10:12:00 AM - I get the same now. Hoping overnight it opens up which is my experience with most wines I drink, they just get better day by day and the last glass is the best. I need to open several and take my time with them.

Red

2011 WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir Aliette

Willamette Valley more

2/12/2015 - wensekj@yahoo.com wrote: 90 points

- Ruby color - Hints of strawberry, raspberry and vanilla on the bouquet. A bit light on flavor, might be better with an extensive decant. Overall an easy drinking pinot at a decent price point but one of the less intriguing wines from WillaKenzie.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    2/12/2015 8:11:00 AM - I have been drinking WK for a long time and find I like them a lot more that I used to. Either my palate has changed or they have. All the '10s were very pleasing in a bright berry style. I have been waiting on the '11s, as that was a more austere vintage and should take longer to mature.

Red

2009 Dacalier Deux Barriques

Lake County Red Rhone Blend more

2/11/2015 - ChrisinSunnyside wrote: 91 points

In a rockin' spot. Light, playful, earthy, fruity, floral, smoky, delightful wine.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    2/12/2015 8:01:00 AM - I think it is time to open my last bottle. Missed out on Smig's BD offer of de la Terre which is a favorite of everyone. Have few left of those.

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