Search Results - Save This Search

Wine Type Vintage Name Variety Locale Date Posted Score Helpful Comments More...
Red

2012 Guarachi Pinot Noir

Sonoma Coast more

7/4/2015 - tomherer wrote: 86 points

Weak offering in a not-so-challenging vintage. I know I'm coming at the 2012s early, but it's been a few years now, and it seems like the vintage's wheat and chaff have separated for the most part, and this ain't the wheat.

Nose is soft strawberry and oatmeal and the palate is about the same. Nothing objectionable, not too hot, not too tannic. Just weak. Lot of acid and maybe some baking and wild berry spice. Maybe. Finish is fine.

The bottle got drained, but not with any zeal, and I just can't see my way clear to owning more bottles from this producer. The only thing unforgettable about them for me has been the price.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

Red

2012 A.P. Vin Pinot Noir Kanzler Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

6/27/2015 - tomherer wrote: 90 points

Update on day two -- came around nicely. Tannins are mostly resolved which leaves a lot of smooth fruit. Lost some of its nuance tho, and the heat is still protruding. Better, but still not a repurchase.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

Red

2012 A.P. Vin Pinot Noir Kanzler Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

6/26/2015 - tomherer wrote: 88 points

Opened too early -- not that the last half dozen TNs didn't provide fair warning. This is actually still quite raw and rough for what you'd expect. Definitely some burning heat, which combined with the stiff, young tannis makes for a pretty abrasive drink.

Detected the now-expected APV spritz right off the twist, but it didn't hang on more than a minute or two. What's left is layered and concentrated raspberry, caramel, plum, cinnamon, cayenne, and mineral. Heavy-bodied for pinot, with a great finish.

Maybe this relaxes in a few years, and becomes silky and inviting as the tannins resolve. That'd be 91-92. Realistically tho, the etoh gets more obtrusive over time, and this bottle never becomes outstanding. This is good, but just doesn't do the vineyard or price tag justice. The last APV in my cellar, and after the disappointing run I've had w/them lately, it'll likely stay that way.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

Red

2010 Calera Pinot Noir 35th Anniversary

Central Coast more

6/21/2015 - tomherer wrote: 88 points

Still something to like here, but its finest showing was probably during the year or so immediately after release. Looking back, robertdwyer's note was prescient, as this has aged poorly and the alcohol is the noose pulling it down.

Some precise spicy wild berry, dried strawberry and mineral, but the plum is coming off more stewed than before, and the heat weighs in the nose and throat more like a port or flavored brandy. Intense. I'd take a bet and give up the rest of my bottles if the actual ABV were less than 16%. Oh wait, I'd do that anyway. Drink up.

1 person found this helpful, do you? Yes - No / Comment

White

2008 Donelan Vénus

Sonoma County White Rhone Blend more

6/12/2015 - tomherer wrote: flawed

Game over, I'm afraid. At least for this bottle. Was half off at AZ Wine Co and I just couldn't resist, even with the obvious risk on an older bottle. Figured it wasn't that old, and the pedigree meant a lot. Never occurs to me to ask "why do they want it out of their store so badly?" Someday I'll learn.

Anyway, you can more or less tell what was here a few years ago, but it's mashed up in oxidative and vegetal notes. Drinkable, maybe, but why? If you've got it, try it. If you're thinking of buying it, don't.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

White

2013 Joyce Vineyards Chardonnay Stèle

Monterey County more

6/11/2015 - tomherer Likes this wine: 87 points

Funky nose. Grapefruit, pear, lime, slight caramel. Clean, persistent finish. Works it out plenty well at $13.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

White

2010 Guarachi Chardonnay

Sonoma Coast more

6/9/2015 - tomherer Likes this wine: 90 points

Notes from night two. Totally consistent w/last night if memory serves. Very likable and well put together, although nothing screaming out "buy more of me for $40".

Nice bracing lemon on the attack that borders on shrill. Poached pear, Greek yogurt, brioche. Medium-plus finish, medium body, and balanced throughout. Excellent.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

White

2008 McCrea Roussanne Ciel du Cheval Vineyard

Red Mountain more

6/6/2015 - tomherer Likes this wine: 90 points

The overwhelming impression is of white grape juice. Which, of course, it is, but you know what I mean; the sweet, Welch's kind. Some key lime pie with whipped cream, fruit cup, crisp green apple. It comes off sweet but isn't, and maintains balance well. A good amount of acidity makes for a long lively finish. Medium body. Really nice, interesting example of the varietal, but the perceived sweetness won't be for everyone, and also puts it at risk of falling out of balance as it ages. Would drink up soon/now.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

Red

2010 A.P. Vin Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

6/6/2015 - tomherer wrote: NR

Opened this on the heels of an '09 AP Garys' purchased from the same source. Both had an obvious spritz to them. This vintage's blew off more quickly, but it was still really distracting. The underlying juice was good to drink, but the overall wine was essentially flawed. No clue what to chalk it up to, but definitely wouldn't purchase either vintage again based on this pattern.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

Red

2011 Sparkman Cellars Syrah Darkness

Yakima Valley more

6/6/2015 - tomherer Likes this wine: 93 points

No formal notes; opened with friends last night and the bottle was gone almost instantly. There was no chance to ponder.

Totally opaque; aptly named. Silky smooth. Not long on detail, but the balance is crazy -- deep fruit, animal, and briny elements mesh perfectly. Worth the price paid at the winery and maybe then some. Probably peaks in a few years and stays there just as long. 93 and heading up.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

White

2007 Château Boswell Chardonnay Dutton Ranch Morelli Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

5/1/2015 - tomherer Likes this wine: 91 points

Still in relatively good shape -- showing only minor signs of wear in the form of a dark hue and very mild nutty note on the palate. The nuts are pleasant though, and a good foil for the primary bright lemon oil flavor. Some tropical fruit and caramel in the concentrated midpalate. Got better integrated as it warmed up.

I can see this being even better in its heyday, but solid now and would guess another year or two at most left before it really turns a corner.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

Red

2003 Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

4/22/2015 - tomherer Likes this wine: 93 points

One of my most bittersweet wine drinking experiences. Bitter because it's the very last bottle I have that Jack and Dolores gave me in return for running amok in their cellar for a crush. Sweet because it's the best Cakebread wine I've ever had, and just singing for its age.

Elegant fruit starts with prickly blackberry -- what's left of the unresolved tannins. Quickly melts into plum, cherry, mocha, herb. The finish is long, smooth, and pretty. Layers of flavor, but nothing heavy here, and no heat. Instantly takes me back to the unsanctioned barrel samples we used to enjoy, except the new oak has faded perfectly into the background. Opened for mom and dad to share the last mile of the journey; they loved it too.

Overall, no regrets about popping the cork -- it's in an absolutely perfect place right now, and isn't likely to improve with more time. 93+ points officially, but it made for a 100 point evening.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

Red

2006 Harrington Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

4/9/2015 - tomherer Likes this wine: 89 points

My note ~four years ago said to drink up. Lo and behold, I still have another one, and it's still not giving up. Go figure. Anyway, this is hanging out on the crisp end of the spectrum. Cranberry and red delicious apple, mostly. Some cinnamon and licorice too. Charming, if not a bit lean, and oh yah, you should probably drink up.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

White

2006 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

White Rhone Blend more

4/8/2015 - tomherer wrote: flawed

Second bottle of two totally cooked. What a shame.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

Red

2006 Haywood Estate Zinfandel Los Chamizal

Sonoma Valley more

4/3/2015 - tomherer Likes this wine: 91 points

This is holding up damn well for going on a decade. There's a thin brick rim, but no age shows up on the palate. Strawberries and leather on the nose. More fresh strawberries, cherry, cloves, cinnamon, and licorice for flavors. Long, delicate finish -- rides out almost like pinot. Since following the drunken cyclist a while back, I've aged more zin. Glad for it tonight.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

Red

2013 Meiomi Pinot Noir

California more

3/25/2015 - tomherer Does not like this wine: 82 points

Primary aromas and flavors for me are caramel and buttered popcorn. Some candied berries and plum are there as well. There's a fake vanilla extract layer that's there throughout. Feels hot for the stated 13.8%.

Gloopy, sweet, strange; I hate it. Have been reasonably happy with all vintages thus far, but something is wrong here. Feel like I have to give it a score in the lower good range for having some complexity and a decent finish, but subjectively, the flaws far outweigh the strengths, and create something hideous. Down the drain.

2 people found this helpful, do you? Yes - No / Comment

White - Sweet/Dessert

2005 Château Rabaud-Promis

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

3/19/2015 - tomherer Does not like this wine: NR

First of two bottles. Disappointing. Like recent tasters, I'm getting cloying honey and noticeable heat. Also some Mott's apple juice. Finish is actually respectable, but doesn't carry much more than burning spice.

No score, since it's bad enough to suggest damage, but given the marked decline in CT sentiment lately, it could also just be time up.

1 person found this helpful, do you? Yes - No / Comment

White

2001 Hugel et Fils Riesling Jubilee

Alsace more

3/17/2015 - tomherer Likes this wine: 91 points

Picked this up at the winery in Riquewihr and still tasting as fresh as that day almost a decade ago. Awesome trip down memory lane. Petrol, peach, white grapefruit. Chalky, stony, very bright, long finish. Defying age; wouldn't hesitate to buy again now.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

White

2012 Ninety+ Cellars Côtes du Rhône Lot 103

White Rhone Blend more

3/8/2015 - tomherer Does not like this wine: 81 points

I feel like they should re-brand as 80+ cellars so they'd have a bar they could consistently get over.

This is tough stuff. Apple juice dominates, with some weak viognier notes joining the party midpalate, but in an overtly disconnected way. Feels like they took bulk varietal juice from disparate sources and tried to stitch them together into something coherent.

Anyway, it's soft, simple, weak, and strangely salty. Won't revisit at the ~$9 price point.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

Red

2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah T 'n' S Hudson Vineyard South

Carneros more

2/22/2015 - tomherer Likes this wine: 92 points

Carafe pour at Glen Ellen Star. Love Beezer6's note -- so spot on. Bacon fat on the nose, olive on the end, and awesome red fruit in between. Brings old and new world together seamlessly. Classic.

2 people found this helpful, do you? Yes - No / Comment

White

2013 Novelty Hill Januik Roussanne Stillwater Creek

Columbia Valley more

2/7/2015 - tomherer Likes this wine: 89 points

Glass pour at the winery. Solid roussanne with a dollop of viognier. Very aromatic. Good body, viscosity, and finish. Bosc pear, lemon, honey, almond. Pretty classic profile with some crispness. Good value at around 20 bucks.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

Red

2009 Mounts Family Winery Grenache

Dry Creek Valley more

2/2/2015 - tomherer Likes this wine: 91 points

Holding true to pvterroir's note 2.5 years ago. Additionally, getting some mocha after ~four hrs of air time. Bright, juicy, great with dinner. Long, rich finish, although the leathery dryness clamps things down some. That eased up with air, which makes me think its best years are late in this decade. Absolutely delicious now though; recommend a short decant.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

Red

2009 Jemrose Grenache Foggy Knoll

Bennett Valley more

1/28/2015 - tomherer wrote: NR

Enjoyed this a bit less than in 07/2014 -- A small portion of the fruit gave way to muddiness, and the clipped finish is more pronounced. Still a very good bottle of wine -- 87-89 if scoring -- but may be starting on a down slope.

Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment

White - Sweet/Dessert

2011 Château Doisy-Védrines

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

1/26/2015 - tomherer Likes this wine: 93 points

Followed this over a few days to try and get a sneak peek into its long-term evolution. No dice; stayed consistent the whole way except for some initial spicy botrytis dropping off after a day or two. It's pretty sweet -- feels in the five/six puttonyos zone -- but the acid is nice and crisp. The overall impression is very lively.

Getting lots of pineapple, lime cordial, and toffee, with a hint of banana. The finish is decent, but the best part is the fuzzy apricot sensation that hangs out for at least a minute. Might put a couple away for my daughter's birth year; $40, and see no trouble with this holding up 'til graduation day.

1 person found this helpful, do you? Yes - No / Comment

Red

2013 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Dairyman

Russian River Valley more

1/25/2015 - tomherer Likes this wine: 92 points

Redeems 2012gate, even at such a young age. Similar characteristics -- e.g. overt cedary oak and thick, plummy fruit. The difference this time is the balance they manage to strike and the secondaries they support. Wild berry, strawberry, anise, pebble, and a little moss work their way in pretty seamlessly. Already tasty, big, and approachable, with a medium-plus finish and a long drinking window. Decent QPR in the high $30s.

1 person found this helpful, do you? Yes - No / Comment

  • Tasting notes: 233 notes on 211 wines

Loading wine details...
loading

×
×