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Red

2012 Ardor Cellars Red Blend

Columbia Valley Red Rhone Blend more

1/15/2016 - dsgris Likes this wine: 91 points

Opaque purple red, it was the last glass and I stirred up some sediment. Cherry nose, dry with herbaceous tannins, bold tart fruit which gives a counter balance to the relatively bold body resulting in a full flavored more earthy than fruity wine. A bit young and has the stuffing to develop with some more age, just a bit of bitter detracts from a remarkable wine at present.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    1/18/2016 12:22:00 AM - I should have ordered before boasting, sold out.

Red

2009 Force Majeure Collaboration Series III Ciel du Cheval Vineyard

Red Mountain Syrah more

1/15/2016 - cpsmith33 wrote: 89 points

Was conflicted on the last bottle so opened this one and drank after long decant. Agree with Wine12345, this was just not that distinguishable and not a good QPR at all. Maybe just needs a ton more time, but nose was closed and just not much complexity there.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    1/16/2016 10:04:00 AM - I bought a few back when they were reasonable. I need to open one, but may palate has changed and big reds no longer interest me that much. It's getting time to share them with those that like them more than I do.

Red

2011 Forgeron Cellars GSM Columbia Valley

Red Rhone Blend more

12/28/2015 - Gary of Spokane Likes this wine: 92 points

Wow! Nice strong blend; full black fruit.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    12/28/2015 9:00:00 AM - I thought it was pretty good myself. I mostly just buy GSM blends from WA now especially mourvedre dominant ones.

Red

2009 Cayuse Grenache God Only Knows

Walla Walla Valley more

12/15/2015 - Sauvyfan Likes this wine: 89 points

Decanted for 2+ hours. Have a feeling this will be much better tomorrow, as the Band-Aid and heat fall off the nose. With a good rapid swirl, you can make out a nice bright raspberry note on the nose. Immediately on the palate, I am struck by how acidic this wine is. It is utterly distracting; and when combined with the heat on the back end, it makes for an unpleasant experience. Upon popping, I don't recall this having so many flaws, but at this point its hard to consider a good purchase at $75.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    12/15/2015 9:57:00 PM - I was a bit underwhelmed @$119. I find better wines @ half or third the price. No soup for me emails get no tears anymore.

Red

2007 Lazy River Vineyards Pinot Noir

Yamhill-Carlton more

12/2/2015 - TashNYC wrote: 88 points

Wine showed notes of cherry, strawberry, plum, lavender and earth, with very few tannins. It was better with food (mac n' cheese, mushrooms, salmon). It was a nice wine for our $13 close-out price, but I would have been disappointed at $35 winery retail. Maybe I am a hard grader, or maybe it was better in its youth. Wine Advocate gives this until 2019, but I think it is a drink now.

Note I bought the bottle at auction and I know nothing about the provenance / storage, either. I had the 2009 wine as well and thought the same of it -- but it is from the same vendor / source / storage, so not a true 2nd data point.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    12/11/2015 8:41:00 AM - I pretty much agree with your notes. I opened a bottle last night and found it more fruity than expected for an '07. I paid $16 and agree I would not want to pay release price.

Red

2013 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Berserkers' Cuvée

Chehalem Mountains more

12/2/2015 - Ron Felthoven wrote: NR

Improved vastly since earlier bottles. Really nice wine, at any price.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    12/2/2015 11:11:00 AM - Glad to hear more improvement, need to open another bottle. If Jim would do another Berserkers, I would be a happy camper.

Red

2005 Nicholas Cole Cellars Camille

Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/18/2015 - DrX wrote: 82 points

If you still have a bottle, you missed it. Earth and pepper but the fruit is gone. Extremely flat, dumped it.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    11/19/2015 11:30:00 PM - These in the past have usually taken a day or so to come good and get better for a week or so. Opened one to to see how it is, not much on opening, a little bitter, and will check in tomorrow.

Red

2011 Matello Pinot Noir Whistling Ridge Vineyard Ribbon Ridge

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11/12/2015 - Ron Felthoven wrote: NR

Still fairly closed, despite Trimpi's recent assertion otherwise. Sit on this for another couple of years.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    11/12/2015 11:52:00 PM - I really enjoyed the last bottle, was going to add some but got some Goodfellow WV instead. I thought it was a super wine and have been homing in on Marcus's wines as they hit the mark for me across the board. That and the price is in definitely my comfort zone as well.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    11/13/2015 3:03:00 PM - I will try a Souris next, but I am glutten for punishment.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    11/13/2015 11:06:00 PM - Well, I got around to popping a bottle, but no Souris in the house. So a '12 Hommage will have to suffice. Restrained enough to pass muster.

Red

2011 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Estate Old Vine Ribbon Ridge

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11/7/2015 - chablis28 wrote: 91 points

PnP with around 45 minutes in glass prior to dinner. This started out a little austere tonight making me wonder if the fruit was on the downslide. It either fleshed out or paired much better with the salmon than standalone before dinner. Lighter translucent red. Tart cherry and tart raspberry along with some soily spicy flavors. As usual, by the time we were eating dinner, this was a pleasure with depth and subtle intrigue. 88pts before dinner / 92pt with food. 12.5% Alc and very 2011! Paid $32 and worth it.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    11/8/2015 8:56:00 AM - Time is your friend with these '11s, I love them.

Red

2007 Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Amalie's Cuvée

Willamette Valley more

10/12/2015 - CondorKhan wrote: 94 points

My last bottle

It certainly has the power without weight thing down. Powerful, intoxicating aromas of earth, cherries and violets. I can't quite decide if it's light bodied or syrupy.. it manages to be both at the same time. Has a mid palate of thick strawberry jam that dissolves into pure earth and salty minerality. Finish is longer than peeing while riding a motorcycle.
A fantastic wine.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    10/28/2015 9:14:00 PM - I never tried that motorcycle thing, but there is a saying about p***ing into the wind.

Red

2011 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Murto Vineyard

Dundee Hills more

10/26/2015 - Buckwheet wrote: 75 points

Bought at Santa Fe wine shop on recommendation of manager. Had high expectations but was badly disappointed. Fruit was present on first taste but faded immediately. Acidic and somewhat flavorless on mid-palate and finish. Wasn't corked just terribly mediocre. Hopefully, this was a "bad" bottle. Otherwise, I cannot figure out how others rated this wine so high. My wife and I could not get past first glass. Tried the next day without noticeable improvement so I poured it out. Total waste of $35.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    10/26/2015 8:23:00 PM - What did you ask the manager for? Blame him for recommending a young 'not ready for prime time' AFWE OR Pinot Noir when you would probably enjoy a fruit forward WA syrah or cab much more. While I enjoy the Murto, the '11 does take some work and time to appreciate. Let it sit on the counter for several days or in the cellar for a few more years. The '12 OR pinot may be more to your liking as it was a warmer year and is very drinkable.

Red

2011 Matello Pinot Noir Lazarus

Willamette Valley more

10/24/2015 - oropeza Likes this wine: 88 points

Has opened up a bit as the 11s are starting to do; somewhat bright red fruit at the core with some earthiness and a hint of graham cracker towards the finish.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    10/24/2015 11:35:00 PM - I liked the '10s across the board and the '11s are showing well. Back filling both when possible.

Red

2009 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah In the Rocks

Walla Walla Valley more

10/24/2015 - RichardP wrote: 90 points

This had a beautiful nose of olive tapenade, bacon fat, and eucalyptus. On the palate, at first this showed black cherry, plum, bacon, and some black olive and brine, with an odd bitter note on the short finish. Over the course of two hours, it opened up with jammy red cherry, dried beef, olive tapenade, and black pepper, with the bitterness fading into the background, but never entirely disappearing. The change from black to red fruit was impressive -- my wife noted that it tasted like a totally different wine at the end of the two hours. The finish became longer, but only by a few seconds. I was expecting to notice some heat, but the alcohol did not put in an appearance. Even so, aeration is not enough to bring this around. This was well balanced and had the distinctive Reynvaan character, but it fell well short of the 2008 version. I'm glad I skipped this vintage except for this one bottle. A bit below average value for the money at about $44.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    10/24/2015 11:32:00 PM - I went heavy on the '08s, then just started buying a bottle or so when the price passed $50. Now it's way passed what I want to spend for a jammy WA red. I can get 2 OR pinots I like better for what a bottle of this juice goes for. More for others that like it. I have a hard time enjoying most WA reds except for Cab Franc, GSM and Italian blends in the $25 range which I still find enjoyable.

Red

2005 P.B. Hein Vineyards Syrah Trailblazer Lyons Vineyard

Napa Valley more

10/11/2015 - David_T wrote: 90 points

My last bottle, what a nice run it's been. I would still consider this at its peak but still drinking well. Mixed red/black fruit, slightly sweet with a bit of earth/meat. Fully integrated medium acid/tannins. At 15.5% the alcohol is not noticeable. I would still recommend drinking sooner rather than later but given its track record since I've said that for the past three years it may continue to surprise. Great qpr.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    10/11/2015 11:06:00 PM - I have a few more left. One of the all time good Berserker Day wines. Loved by all and going strong.

Red

2006 Cavatappi Winery Nebbiolo Maddalena Red Willow Vineyard

Yakima Valley more

3/7/2015 - WestbyGod Does not like this wine: 84 points

Muted nose. Very sweet with hints of cherry and menthol. No tannins and minimal acid. Meh.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    10/9/2015 9:54:00 PM - Pretty much with you there, was hoping for better.

Red

2007 Lillian Winery Syrah Blue Label

Santa Barbara County more

10/6/2015 - jhieb Likes this wine: 93 points

Absolutely massive. Loaded with sweet blueberry fruit. This could use another 5 years on the shelf, or a very long decant to fully open up.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    10/6/2015 9:48:00 PM - I have been buying these since '06 and still waiting for them to be ready to drink, so quit buying this year.

Red

2012 CT Barrel Project Syrah Bacchus Syrah Bacchus Vineyard

Columbia Valley more

10/1/2015 - Mtpisgah Likes this wine: NR

The wine is a bit big and fruit forward on the first night. It settled a bit on the second night and was more enjoyable.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    10/2/2015 8:22:00 AM - No longer a Big Syrah fan, this will settle down for some time and become somewhat restrained. Most may end up being served to friends while I drink my PN out of a paper bag.

White

2014 Cameron Pinot Bianco Giovanni

Dundee Hills more

9/28/2015 - wormfarmer Likes this wine: 91 points

91/92. This wine so completely outperforms its price. Spiced pear comes through in spades. Initially those spices seem like baking spices -- but an hour or two in and they seem positively capsicum-tastic: somewhere in the mid-to-finish zone this actually heats up. Wife got pineapple notes, as well. Finish turns the pear into pear brioche. Great acidity, & impossible fruit (at points it seems like acidity-injected apple-pear nectar, but somehow in a good way). Buying as much more as I can get my grubby little paws on.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    9/28/2015 11:18:00 PM - Good wine appreciated by my wife as well. I have a few in the cellar. One of my first Cameron buys along with Vino Pinko.

Red

2007 Cayuse Syrah En Cerise Vineyard

Walla Walla Valley more

9/27/2015 - rhalbert wrote: 96 points

Incredible wine for na incredible evening - our 18th Anniversary! Had at Tulio in Seattle before heading to the symphony. It was as near perfection as a wine can get. In complete balance, wonderful on the palate. All the rocks, blood, and red fruits you could imagine. Wish I had more!!

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    9/28/2015 5:36:00 PM - I got a good price on one five or so years ago and kick myself for not buying all three. Just waiting to drink, it looks ready.

Red

NV Racine Wine Co. / Rootswine Pinot Noir Un Autre Monde

Yamhill-Carlton more

9/14/2015 - cpost Does not like this wine: 86 points

This wine is real hit or miss from bottle to botyle

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    9/16/2015 8:50:00 AM - My first three were winners for $12, the last one just OK. The house guests liked it fine, so for the price not complaining that much.

Red

2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Crowley Station Vineyard

Eola - Amity Hills more

11/21/2014 - Mtpisgah Likes this wine: NR

Fantastic wine. Vanilla on the nose and cranberry on the palate. Opened nicely over a couple of hours but insist I had kept a glass for the second night.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    11/22/2014 12:34:00 AM - Vincent is my new discovery and only a couple miles away.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    9/6/2015 9:49:00 PM - Now an hour away to the south in the Eola Hills, this is not AFWE with more body and fruit than the Ribbon Ridge wines.

Red

2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Armstrong Vineyard

Ribbon Ridge more

9/5/2015 - Mtpisgah Likes this wine: 91 points

Consumed over two days. This is a fantastic wine. A great expression of OR Pinot but not thin like some are. Definetely not fruity like a CA Pinot though. A nice mid point between the two styles. I am glad in have the '13 and '14 on the way but I wish I had more '12.

  • Comment posted by dsgris:

    9/5/2015 7:23:00 PM - OK, I will place my order. I just have to decide on which ones.

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