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2013 Herman Story Grenache After Hours

California more

5/2/2014 - sayward wrote: 90 points

When I got this wine I was not that happy about the color. On the color spectrum of rose this is a very dark rose. Not too acidic and pretty easy to drink. Said simply - the carpet doesn't match the drapes.

  • Comment posted by Sauvyfan:

    3/30/2015 1:14:00 PM - That's one of the best tasting notes I've ever read. Literally laughed out loud.

Red

2007 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard

Walla Walla Valley more

9/14/2014 - randyjc wrote: 92 points

Every element one comes to expect from Cayuse on the nose and initially in the mouth. But, it seemed a touch thin, petering out mid palate. Nice lengthy finish but that middle hollowness was odd. This is the fifth time for,this particular wine and vintage and this is the first time I have thought it was anything but lush and gorgeous. So not sure what to think. Drink up,or see if it comes around in another three or four years?

  • Comment posted by Sauvyfan:

    2/23/2015 9:30:00 PM - Similar experience. three and a half years between bottles, and this was a completely different wine. I may have decanted too long. Did you decant? how long?

Red

2011 Wine & Soul Douro Pintas Character

Red Blend more

9/22/2014 - Sauvyfan wrote: 91 points

Nice Costco diamond in the rough. Smooth old world field blend that has an intoxicating nose. Such great value out of Portugal these days. Quality across the board has risen, while prices for many, have not.

  • Comment posted by Sauvyfan:

    1/17/2015 1:46:00 PM - Thanks for the correction. I'm so Costco.

Red

2013 Prisoner Wine Company The Prisoner

Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel more

12/29/2014 - Sauvyfan Does not like this wine: 85 points

this was not even a shadow of what the prisoner was under it's previous caretaker. This is a hot mess. An amalgamation of overripe fruit and oak teabags. The true test is this; drink it after something really good.

  • Comment posted by Sauvyfan:

    12/30/2014 11:50:00 AM - David Phinney, the creator of The Prisoner, sold this and the "Saldo", trademark to the Hunerus family of wines, (Quintessa). The first vintage with the new ownership in the 2012. This sale has created capital for Mr. Phinney's new projects much like what Charles Smith did up in Washington with The Velvet Devil and Kung Fu Girl, among others.

Red

2010 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Vista Verde Vineyard

San Benito County more

6/17/2014 - Sauvyfan Likes this wine: 91 points

This wine was all over the place. First glass was tight and earthy. Second glass showed more fruit and a touch of earth, perfect. Third glass, hour three was so funky and woody that I almost pitched it. Probably the most evolution, pop to bottom I've ever experienced.

  • Comment posted by Sauvyfan:

    6/20/2014 5:32:00 PM - yes, pnp. I'm guessing I should have decanted.

Red

2007 Cayuse Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard

Walla Walla Valley more

3/3/2013 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION Likes this wine: 94 points

Decanted for 6 hours plus. Extremely strange and unique even for Cayuse standards. Thick tannish purple coloring. One of the biggest noses I have ever encountered. A colossal fragrance of smoked meat, salami, dirty mushrooms, black fruit, truffle, and most of all Washington FUNK. Midsection is disturbingly muted. The only way to describe it is flat. The blue/black fruit in the finish is long and smooth but also lacks intensity. Best to hold a few years as it appears to be in a dormant stage.

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  • Comment posted by Sauvyfan:

    2/23/2014 10:04:00 PM - I agree with your assessment, I found the Mid to be lacking as well. Maybe we both decanted to long. I will Vinvac and reassess tomorrow.

Red

2009 W.H. Smith Pinot Noir Maritime

Sonoma Coast more

1/30/2014 - Screameagle Likes this wine: 92 points

Certainly one of the best pinots I've purchased from Last Bottle that is drinking great. More than I'm used to paying on Last Bottle but certainly worth the tariff. Joan loved it too

  • Comment posted by Sauvyfan:

    1/31/2014 7:19:00 PM - I have found that the Pinot offers from Inman Family to be of great value.

Red

2011 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Old Vine Rowe Vineyard

Northern Sonoma more

10/28/2013 - Sauvyfan Likes this wine: 93 points

Unbelievable nose of blueberry and pomegranite, so intense. Wonderful silky texture and lengthy finish. Lush midpalate. Easily one of my favorite Bedrock Zins to date.

  • Comment posted by Sauvyfan:

    11/4/2013 9:08:00 AM - I'll give it another shot. I thought it was better the next day, so I'll decant it for a couple of hours next time.

Red

2009 The Paring Red Wine

California Red Blend more

6/21/2012 - michigan dogs wrote: 92 points

The winemaker, Matt Dees, also makes Jonata wines, which are significantly more expensive. We had a couple bottles after having a bottle of the Jonata Todas, the Paring was even better despite the significant price discount. 1st day, big bright dark fruit, second day the wine had mellowed,more integrated and was drinking great. Very good value

  • Comment posted by Sauvyfan:

    10/21/2013 9:22:00 PM - I find our palates to be very much in agreement over the years, however we are far apart on this one. Maybe I got a bad bottle. On your score, I will give this another go down the road. Curious, I'm in Milford, where are you?

Red

2009 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

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3/26/2013 - Sauvyfan Likes this wine: 88 points

Nearly four hour decant to get anything on the nose. Black fruits begrudgingly emerged but so did the alcohol. Supple texture, very drinkable, long finish, uninteresting. My first shipment is not off to a great start. $45?, really. Makes Januik @ 30 look good.

  • Comment posted by Sauvyfan:

    3/27/2013 8:52:00 AM - Thanks for the insight jlb, I will keep that in mind. It's tough tough to sit on bottles for ten years when your on "the list". Before you can start to enjoy them, you'll have a cellar full of the same wine and about $2500 invested in it.

Red

2009 Argyle Pinot Noir Reserve

Willamette Valley more

1/1/2013 - MichaelNorwood wrote: 75 points

Oh for the love of god, why do I keep buying Oregon Pinots?! Isn't the Willamette Valley supposed to be the new Burgundy?! Light, almost cranberry in color... which gives away a lot. Light bodied and actually a decent tasting wine but NO power. No concentration. Anemic, and watered down. Do they get too much rain there? What's the deal!? I feel like I just paid $45 for kool-aid.

  • Comment posted by Sauvyfan:

    1/28/2013 6:06:00 PM - If its not your style than just accept it and move on. Burgundy and Oregon are similarly susceptible to vintage variation. When the pieces fall into place, it can be miraculous. If you want consistently over-concentrated high-powered (high alcohol) Pinot, than concentrate your efforts in Southern California, namely Santa Rita Hills or any label that has a big LWC on it. Oregon is a style unto itself. If its not your style. than move on.

Red

2007 Bodega Piedra Negra (François Lurton) Malbec Piedra Negra

Valle de Uco more

9/15/2011 - PICKLZ wrote: 92 points

Enjoyed over two days- a little funk on the open with fruit undertones and very dry.The quality is apparent. Day 2 (22 hrs later) vacu stored. Wine is" singing" good structure, solid dark fruit, violets and chewy tannins. Great Value!

  • Comment posted by Sauvyfan:

    11/29/2011 10:07:00 PM - I didn't read your review until after I posted mine, and I couldn't agree with you more.

Red

2000 Château Lagrezette Cahors Le Pigeonnier

Malbec more

11/26/2010 - Chomsky wrote: NR

This wine exemplifies everything that is wrong and offensive about international-style wines. This historic domaine was purchased in the early 1980s by the former CEO of Cartier, who brought his nouveau-riche sensibilities to the property and promptly enlisted Michel Rolland to oversee the wine-making. Accordingly, the wine consists of massively extracted, "physiologically ripe" black fruit, monstrous amounts of very expensive new oak -- and not a shred of Cahors terroir anywhere to be found. Instead, there is only the undeniable and outsized imprint of Michel Rolland.

  • Comment posted by Sauvyfan:

    4/19/2011 7:52:00 PM - Touché

Red

2007 Nicolas Potel Bourgogne Cuvée Gérard Potel

Pinot Noir more

11/13/2010 - whits wrote: 87 points

fresh soil and sod on the nose, light-bodied, elegant, cranberry, soda water and strong mineral on the palate, solid acid backbone, dry, opens up with air, could cellar, was decent match with steak filet, nice complexity for price

  • Comment posted by Sauvyfan:

    2/14/2011 9:26:00 PM - No way in hell this wine stood up to a steak.

Red

2008 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Temperance Hill

Willamette Valley more

1/19/2011 - Anthony Lombardi wrote: 95 points

Deep garnet with a clear rim. Buckle up from the first sniff. Black truffle, red fruit and forest floor. The forest floor you simply inhale from an early morning hike in the Pacific Northwest. Damp and sweet. If you have hiked to Heliotrope Ridge at Mount Baker, you know. Pomegranates, braised oyster mushrooms in a savory sauce and rainier cherries attack the palate. Rich and complex, while medium bodied. This rests on your tongue and demands your undivided attention. Bright, racy acid and sweet tannins bring balance to this challenging, but immensely pleasurable wine. The finish is long and beautiful.

So many bottles of Pinot Noir get the Burgundian tag. This is Oregon in it's purest form. All I thought of while I drank this is if someone asked me what Oregon Pinot Noir tastes like, I'd just offer this bottle.

  • Comment posted by Sauvyfan:

    2/6/2011 7:28:00 AM - I agree that St. I really represents what Oregon is all about. I'm a huge fan. Enjoyed your review. Got me looking forward to my first T. H.

Red

2001 Château La Vieille Cure

Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/21/2011 - Racer117 wrote: 91 points

Again, LVC delivers. This is now officially the house Bordeaux.

Very ripe berries, plum, and spices leap from the glass. These flavors are partnered with tart cherry, wonderful texture, and surprisingly gripping tannins. A little more time? Wine was tasted after a 30 minute decant. As usual, very fine cloudy sediment left in the bottle after decant. There was also a fair amount of chunks in there as well. I'll let my brother-in-law have the last glass from the bottle....

  • Comment posted by Sauvyfan:

    1/22/2011 4:28:00 PM - Nice choice. Did you see that you can buy the '09 futures for $22 per bottle?

Red

2008 Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir Roaring Meg

Central Otago more

10/21/2010 - Stevensocal wrote: 92 points

Amazing wine, had to buy 5 bottles , easy flavor, great with everything

  • Comment posted by Sauvyfan:

    10/26/2010 8:27:00 AM - I love this wine too, though it seems somehow that we are in the minority. I only have one left.:(

Red

2008 Villa des Anges Cabernet Sauvignon Vin de Pays d'Oc

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3/16/2010 - MrTaz wrote: 89 points

Excellent QPR. Thank you Gary. I don't always agree with GV tasting notes, but he nailed it this time. Great balance from start to finish. I just tasted through a bunch of $30 - $60 Napa Cabs. This is as good or better. Popped and poured and then developed nicely over the course of dinner. Find it!

  • Comment posted by Sauvyfan:

    3/17/2010 2:24:00 AM - Agreed. This is one fine value. I bought it as a goof kinda, because I just watched Gary wave about it; and the night before and I passed on it at a wine bar in Ann Arbor. I opened it (Vinturi) thinking I would have a glass or two before bed, but I am afraid to let it oxidize overnight. I'm damn near three quarters through it. Not great, but really interesting. Raspberry, cedar, and a vegital quality not common in Cab. Easy drinker..

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