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White

1997 Arcadian Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard

Santa Maria Valley more

7/18/2015 - grafstrb wrote: NR

Arcadian Retrospective in the O.C. (Chez Dietz): -- bottle opened at least one hour prior to tasting --
-- tasted a single pour non-blind over 10 – 15 minutes --

NOSE: smells aged; light butterscotch; otherwise smells exactly like I'd expect an aged Chardonnay to smell.

BODY: golden yellow color of great depth; medium bodied.

TASTE: lemon; medium mineral note; tastes aged; 13.5% alc. not noticeable; fantastic acidity; better than the '98 Bien Nacido Chard., which tastes older and not as vibrant. This is a fantastic wine that is perhaps at its peak right now, although there's really nothing to suggest that it's about to start falling apart. This and the '06 Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay were my two favorite Arcadian Chardonnays of the tasting.

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1998 Arcadian Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard

Santa Maria Valley more

7/18/2015 - grafstrb wrote: NR

Arcadian Retrospective in the O.C. (Chez Dietz): -- bottle opened at least one hour prior to tasting --
-- tasted a single pour non-blind over 10 – 15 minutes --

NOSE: cheesy --- smells like baked potato wedges with parmesan cheese; moderately expressive; smells aged.

BODY: tan-golden yellow color of great depth; medium bodied.

TASTE: tastes aged; good acidity; underbrush; lemon; 13.5% alc not noticeable; seems to be richer, flatter, and less acidic than the '97 vintage of the same, and for those reasons I prefer the '97 to this '98. That said, this is a very nice wine, and I feel it's at peak for my preferences.

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2012 Henri Boillot Corton-Charlemagne

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay more

7/18/2015 - grafstrb wrote: NR

Arcadian Retrospective in the O.C. (Chez Dietz): -- popped and poured --
-- tasted a single pour blind over 10 – 15 minutes --

NOSE: powdery mineral; nutmeg; pickled ginger; lots of warm baking spices on the interesting bouquet here; expressive.

BODY: pale yellow color of medium-light depth; medium-light bodied.

TASTE: lots of mineral flavor; fantastic acidity; vivacious; delicious; I would love to have some of this in my cellar.

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White

2005 Arcadian Chardonnay Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

7/18/2015 - grafstrb wrote: NR

Arcadian Retrospective in the O.C. (Chez Dietz): -- bottle opened at least a couple hours before tasting --
-- tasted a single pour non-blind over 10 – 15 minutes --

NOSE: buttery and rich with some light oak and mineral tones --- same as it always has been; seems to be evolving at a glacial pace.

BODY: golden yellow color of great depth; medium to medium-full bodied.

TASTE: rich, relaxed fruit -- lemony -- right in the middle of the fat/butter and bracing/tropical styles of Chardonnay; good acidity; wooly mineral; again, this wine presents today just as it always has for me: it's an unabashed California Chardonnay with a healthy dose of acidity lending some lift; alc. not noticeable.

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2006 Arcadian Chardonnay Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

7/18/2015 - grafstrb wrote: NR

Arcadian Retrospective in the O.C. (Chez Dietz): -- bottle opened at least a couple hours before tasting --
-- tasted a single pour non-blind over 10 – 15 minutes --

NOSE: smells very acidic; typical Arcadian SH Chard. aromas, but with a hint of gooseberries; for whatever reason, this reminds me of some Chenins from Vouvray.

BODY: pale yellow color of medium depth; medium bodied.

TASTE: high acidity; gentle oak; mineral; light lemon; tastes significantly younger than the '05 of the same --- in fact, if tasted blind, I doubt I'd identify the '05 and '06 as being the same bottling from different vintages – rather, I'd probably guess different producers. Although this is the best showing from 750mL that I've yet to experience with this wine, I'd nonetheless continue to recommend drinking this out of 375mL for the time being while the 750s continue to rest in the cellar. Multiple recent positive experiences with this wine have me believing that this if my favorite of the Arcadian Sleepy Hollow Chardonnays I've tasted. Excellent.

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Red

2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

7/18/2015 - grafstrb wrote: NR

Arcadian Retrospective in the O.C. (Chez Dietz): -- bottle opened at least a couple hours before tasting --
-- tasted a single pour non-blind over 10 – 15 minutes --

NOSE: high-toned; "cool" aromas of red currant and black currant; medium+ expressiveness; smells awesome.

BODY: medium-light bodied; a little bit of bricking throughout.

TASTE: hint of leather; light oak; XMas spices; "dark" fruits; in a fantastic spot right now; excellent.

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Red

2002 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

7/18/2015 - grafstrb wrote: NR

Arcadian Retrospective in the O.C. (Chez Dietz): -- bottle opened at least a couple hours before tasting --
-- tasted a single pour non-blind over 15 – 20 minutes --

What a treat to try this wine for the first (and potentially last) time! According to the winemaker, this wine is now all but gone from the winery's cellar. This was noticeably riper, or at least more fruity, than the '01 vintage of the same, which I tasted alongside. That having been said, this was still rather easy to drink, as I found it to be medium bodied. On the rich side of Pinot Noir, for Arcadian, but plenty of acidity to balance out the fruit; notes of spice, camphor, and leather added pleasant complicating notes to the mix. This struck me as being in a nice, "relaxed" adolescent stage of its evolution --- *maybe* in its prime drinking window right now, but I wouldn't be shy about waiting another couple years on it, as the fruit seemed to be mostly primary in nature. Atypical for an Arcadian Sleepy Hollow Pinot, but I liked it quite a lot.

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Red

2000 Arcadian Pinot Noir Francesca's Cuvée

Santa Lucia Highlands more

7/18/2015 - grafstrb wrote: NR

Arcadian Retrospective in the O.C. (Chez Dietz): -- bottle opened at least a few hours before tasting --
-- tasted a single pour non-blind over 10 – 15 minutes --

Nice density of fruit, but not heavy on the palate. Simultaneously purple-fruited (plum) and red-fruited, with some background notes of leather and damp soil. I wish I would have written a better note for this wine because it was one of my favorites of the evening. This wine is in a fantastic spot right now.

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Red

2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Francesca's Cuvée

Santa Lucia Highlands more

7/18/2015 - grafstrb wrote: NR

Arcadian Retrospective in the O.C. (Chez Dietz): -- bottle opened about one hour before tasting --
-- tasted a single pour non-blind over approx. 10 minutes --

Very earthy and a touch musty; not much fruit on the Nose, and even less on the palate. I think I'm the only one in attendance who didn't love this wine; struck me as slightly corked; a striking example of YMMV.

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Red

1999 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

7/18/2015 - grafstrb wrote: NR

Arcadian Retrospective in the O.C. (Chez Dietz): -- bottle opened at least a few hours before tasting --
-- tasted a single pour non-blind over 10 – 15 minutes --

A bit candied on the Nose --- a "cool," "pure" raspberry licorice aroma. Medium-light bodied. Relaxed and red-fruited on the palate; fantastic acidity. Seeing as how this is already sixteen years old, the question isn't if this wine will live to see its twentieth birthday, but rather if it will see its thirtieth. Fantastic, but I think I have a slight preference – right now – for the 2000 vintage of the same, that I tasted alongside.

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Red

2000 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

7/18/2015 - grafstrb wrote: NR

Arcadian Retrospective in the O.C. (Chez Dietz): -- bottle opened at least a few hours before tasting --
-- tasted a single pour non-blind over 10 – 15 minutes --

More herbal on the Nose than the 1999 vintage of the same, and a bit darker-fruited than the 1999, which featured some cool red fruits. This 2000, which is drinking very very well right now, is probably my top pick of Arcadian's Pisonis for current consumption, but give it at least a couple more years if you prefer some tertiary flavors in your Pinot. Excellent.

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Red

2006 Arcadian Syrah Hommage à Max

Santa Ynez Valley more

7/18/2015 - grafstrb wrote: NR

Arcadian Retrospective in the O.C. (Chez Dietz): -- bottle opened approx. 6 hours before tasting --
-- tasted a single pour non-blind over 10 – 15 minutes –

Incredibly delicious; seems a bit stemmy; black/purple fruits; excellent acid; alcohol not noticeable; a bit "flashy"; drinks well now, but is nowhere near its peak.

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Red

2005 Arcadian Syrah Hommage à Max

Santa Ynez Valley more

7/18/2015 - grafstrb wrote: 93 points

Arcadian Retrospective in the O.C. (Chez Dietz): -- tasted non-blind on Days 1, 2 and 3 --
-- tasting note for Days 2 and 3 only --

NOSE: Day 2: bitter red fruits --- cranberry, crab apple, and some medicinal raspberry; hint of leather and dried herbs. Day 3: very savory and high-toned; hint of Moroccan spices.

BODY: medium bodied; garnet-violet color.

TASTE: Day 2: still tannic, but finally approachable (as opposed to my prev. 3 or so experiences with this wine); a little bit of funk; "dark"; good acidity; 14.1% alc. not noticeable; blackberry and plum. Day 3: plum; less dense than previous days; a bit pruney; drinking well now, but still best to keep Holding.

50, 5, 13, 17, 8 = 93+

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2005 Arcadian Pinot Noir Dierberg Vineyard

Santa Maria Valley more

7/18/2015 - grafstrb wrote: 93 points

Arcadian Retrospective in the O.C. (Chez Dietz): -- tasted non-blind on Day 3 --

NOSE: pure, red fruits – smells a touch sweet – with a fleck of high-toned orange oil; light oak; still pretty straightforward, but in a tightly packed, rather than simple, kind of way.

BODY: medium to medium-full bodied; dark ruby color of medium-light to medium depth.

TASTE: red-fruited: sweet cranberry, red currant, and cherry; gentle oak; deeply embedded leather aspect that revealed itself only when paired with food (chicken & pasta in a red cream sauce with parm. cheese); long finish of medium intensity; very fine tannins; a bit glossy; 14% alc. not noticeable; great density to the fruit flavors, but not gloppy; medium to medium+ acidity; tastes young --- this must have at least 10 more years before it enters its prime drinking window; this is incredibly delicious, and I'm excited to follow it over the coming years.

50, 5, 12, 17, 9 = 93+ (nearly went 50, 5, 12, 18, 9 = 94)

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1999 Arcadian Syrah Garys' Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

7/18/2015 - grafstrb wrote: NR

Arcadian Retrospective in the O.C. (Chez Dietz): -- tasted non-blind on Days 1, 2 , and 3 –
-- TN from Days 2 and 3 only --

NOSE: smells aged --- moderately vegetal; purple fruit compote; hints of leather and sweet black licorice.

BODY: dark violet color of medium-deep depth, with a hint of bricking throughout; medium-light bodied.

TASTE: Day 2: smoky leather; high acidity; aged purple fruits; some dried herbs with smoky leather on the finish; finish is medium-long and of medium intensity; tannins fully integrated. Day 3: savory; fruit is aged blackberry (jammy); tastes aged; a bit oak-smoky; seems to be in its prime drink window, and, as such, I don't perceive a benefit to holding this any longer; Drink Now.

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White

2011 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Mont

Chenin Blanc more

7/13/2015 - grafstrb wrote: 90 points

-- popped and poured --
-- tasted non-blind over three+ hours --

NOSE: initially tight; wine-y pear aroma –Bosc pear/pears in simple syrup; a bit "green" and very light hint of powder; remained fairly tight three hours in.

BODY: tan-yellow color of medium-light to medium depth; medium-light to medium bodied.

TASTE: pears; gentle mineral; unsalted peanuts; medium to medium+ acidity; medium+ richness of fruit flavor; seems to be dry, but the richness of fruit does trick me into thinking there may be a hint of r.s. here; 13.5% alc. well-hidden; better than what I was expecting after having read reports of others on this wine; drinks fine now, but probably best to let these lay in the cellar for a bit.

50, 5, 11, 17, 7 = 90+

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Red

2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard

San Mateo County more

7/16/2015 - grafstrb wrote: NR

-- popped and poured --
-- tasted non-blind over a couple hours --
-- 375 mL bottle --

NOSE: very high-toned; red-fruited with a background note of camphor; "lighter" bouquet than the '13 Alpine.

BODY: violet-garnet color of medium-light to medium depth; light to medium-light bodied.

TASTE: high acidity; initially somewhat closed, but not as hard/tannic/green upon opening as was the Alpine; lower level of fruit concentration than the Alpine; medium-light oak; hint of funk (brett?) --- this funky note didn't emerge until ~ 1 hour after bottle was opened; 13.1% alc.; a nice wine, but I prefer the Alpine.

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2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

7/16/2015 - grafstrb wrote: NR

-- popped and poured --
-- tasted non-blind over a couple hours --
-- 375 mL bottle --

NOSE: initially moderately expressive; red/purple fruits – a bit "darker" than the purely red-fruited Family Farm; like the Family Farm, this has some high-toned aromatics; some oak; hint of florals after having been open for more than one hour; smells very nice.

BODY: violet-garnet color of medium-light to medium depth; medium-light bodied.

TASTE: quite hard/closed initially; high acidity; a bit green tasting --- seems closed; some oak (started as light to medium-light, but intensified with air exposure); 12.4% alc.; nice concentration of fruit (more concentrated than the Family Farm); opened-up a bit with air; probably my favorite of the 4 or 5 Alpine vintages I've tasted, and I do prefer this over the Family Farm. Excellent, with room for Excellent+ if the oak integrates.

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Red

2007 Jaffurs Mourvedre Thompson Vineyard

Santa Barbara County more

7/11/2015 - grafstrb wrote: 89 points

-- popped and poured --
-- tasted non-blind over a couple days --
-- 7/9 Mourvedre, 1/9 Grenache, 1/9 Syrah --

NOSE: high-toned; red fruits --- red currant, strawberry; strawberry Twizzlers; some noticeable oak, but it's not front and center; not complex.

BODY: superfine particulate matter present; ruby-garnet color of medium to medium-deep depth; medium-full to full bodied.

TASTE: soft & lush; moderate to moderate+ oak; red fruits; hint of smokiness (probably the oak); not funky; medium+ acidity; alc. not noticeable (13.5%); doesn't really taste aged; overall, this is a very good wine, but it's not really very distinctive, and it is made in a style (soft/lush) that I don't prefer. Drink Now and over the next couple of years.

50, 5, 11, 16, 7 = 89

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Red

2010 Halcon Vineyards Mourvedre Esquisto

Yorkville Highlands more

7/9/2015 - grafstrb wrote: NR

-- popped and poured --
-- tasted non-blind over a couple days --
-- 100% Mourvedre --

NOSE: very peppery --- stemmy; not funky.

BODY: medium-light to medium bodied.

TASTE: savory; stemmy, which I enjoy; speaks most of its stems. A bit better on Day 2, when it showed less stemmy and more of a dried herbs character; alc. not noticeable; maybe it's just the stems interfering, but this comes across more like a Syrah than a Mourvedre. I like this wine, and would feel comfortable Drinking Now through 2020. Decant for an hour or two if opening a bottle now.

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White

2013 Liquid Farm Chardonnay White Hill

Sta. Rita Hills more

7/1/2015 - grafstrb wrote: 91 points

-- popped and poured --
-- tasted non-blind over 2 days --

NOSE: smells "soft" – like a mix of cheap coffee and powdery perfume – I'm reminded of Sunday at church, for whatever reason; fruit aromas are fairly "green" and tropical; somewhat simple.

BODY: very pale yellow color; medium-light body.

TASTE: tangy, with lots of mineral; nice backdrop of ripe fruit; light to medium-light oak; good acidity; not buttery, sweet, or rich; long finish of medium-strong intensity; this shouldn't ever be confused for a Chablis, but there's definitely a Chablis-like sensibility to this wine; 13.8% alc. is well-hidden; very good/excellent, and a good QPR @$35.

50, 5, 12, 17, 7 = 91

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2005 Booker Vineyard Remnant

Paso Robles Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

6/15/2015 - grafstrb wrote: 90 points

-- popped and poured --
-- tasted non-blind over 2 – 3 hours --
-- 50% Syrah, rest is equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot --

NOSE: big/ripe blackberry/blueberry mix; a touch fumey; maple/oak.

BODY: lots of superfine particulate matter present; dark black-violet color of great depth; medium-full to full bodied.

TASTE: surprisingly good; some tertiary development to the red/purple fruit flavors; light oak; black cherry; huge/burly tannins from its youth have softened; a bit warm in the belly, but this is nonetheless good; 15.5% alc.; I'm surprised at how well this has aged; purchased back in the day when Booker would sell you a bottle of their wine for $28, and I think that's a fair price for this wine --- I wouldn't want to pay the current $50+ asking price, however; Drink Now.

50, 5, 12, 16, 7 = 90

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Red

2007 Lewelling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena

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6/14/2015 - grafstrb wrote: 85 points

-- decanted 1 hour before initial taste --
-- tasted non-blind on Day 1 and on Day 3 --

NOSE: DAY 1: fumey; very ripe blackberry and boysenberry. DAY 3: big; oaky; concentrated.

BODY: dark garnet-violet color; medium-full bodied.

TASTE: DAY 1: oaky; very alcoholic, but some nice fruit behind the oak and alcohol --- blind, I would probably guess mountain fruit; continued to be too big/soft/gloppy/alc. for my preferences, as the evening progressed. DAY 3: still too much apparent alcohol (it is labeled at 15.8% abv); oaky; bummer what Lewelling did to this vintage. My score is probably a couple points generous. Drink Now.

50, 5, 11, 14, 5 = 85

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Beer

2014 Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin

Paso Robles Malt more

6/29/2015 - grafstrb wrote: NR

Good-not-great. Pronounced lactic/acidic note that I find off-putting. I don't perceive any benefit to further ageing, so Drink Now.

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White - Off-dry

2005 August Kesseler Rüdesheimer Berg Schloßberg Riesling Spätlese Goldkapsel

Rheingau more

6/11/2015 - grafstrb wrote: 92 points

-- popped and poured --
-- tasted non-blind over a couple hours --

NOSE: strong petrol; very ripe Gala apple

BODY: golden yellow color; full bodied; no spritz

TASTE: quite sweet – sweeter than Spatlese; some botrytis, it seems; mineral on the finish; green grapes; medium acidity; quite delicious; I'm pleasantly surprised by the tension and nervous energy this wine seems to have --- when I had this wine four or five years ago it was nowhere near this good; drinks well now, but I do think there's room for further improvement. Drink Now or continue to Hold.

50, 5, 12, 17, 8 = 92

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