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Red

2014 CT Barrel Project Syrah SJR Vineyard

Walla Walla Valley more

2/13/2016 - Hollowine Likes this wine: NR

Point of reference first…the night before, I had dinner with a friend in Spokane and we opened three Cayuse wines…2008 Armada Syrah, 2009 En Chamberlain Syrah, 2010 No Girls Syrah. So my Rocks/Funk palate was properly calibrated…

I tasted this wine after tasting 4 wines from the standard Rasa lineup. It was pulled earlier that morning and placed in a 375ml taster bottle.

Nose: Wet stone/mineral, dark black fruits, touch of the Rocks Funk.

Palate: Umami, smoke, game, very balanced front and mid-palate, low to no hint of heat, Long finish.

General Impression: The nose was entrancing, but my first sip was…was…?? I said to Billo “That is not what I was expecting” which kinda threw him, as I think he thought I meant the wine didn’t meet my expectations, but quite the opposite…having had three Cayuse the night before, I had this expectation of how the wine would be on my palate and this wine just flat out intrigued me! The first descriptor I could throw out was umami…this dense, richness…almost a wine gravy…that coated the palate with this mix of the flavors called out above. Beautiful wine, it just really drew me in intellectually, as I could definitely see the hand of Rasa and the Rocks Terroir, but it just teased me to define it, which I think I grasped about 24 hours later…

2nd Taste at 24 hours: Billo sent me home with the remaining samples, I poured a taste the next day at the 24 hour mark just to see what some air time would do. The nose remained fairly consistent, but the palate grabbed a healthy dose of Blackberries and Tar now. As I finished off a glass, the last 4-5 sips were screaming a Northern Rhone Cornas to me. I loved it.

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Red

2014 CT Barrel Project Cabernet Sauvignon DuBrul Vineyard

Yakima Valley more

2/13/2016 - Hollowine Likes this wine: NR

Nose: Eucalyptus, Cherry, DuBrul (yes, I think there is a trademark DuBrul signature that you can pick up on well made Cabernet’s, this was ringing that bell)

Palate: Again, classic DuBrul…Cassis, mint, red fruits, fine tannins that persisted on the finish but were not overbearing.

General Impressions: This wine will be one to age. Billo really liked how this came out and I have to say I agree with him, while my go-to variety is Syrah for the sheer pleasure of them, there is something about a well made Cabernet to really draw one in and remind oneself of how you fell in love with wine in the first place. I loved that Pinto and Billo are willing to go outside the “contract” to make us the best wine possible…in this case, adding in 10% Merlot to help round out the mid-palate and structure, as well as blending in various Cabernet blocks, including some planted in 1992.

2nd Taste at 24 hours: If you ever tried the 2008 Rasa Creative Impulse, and you liked it…run, don’t walk, to add the 2014 CT WA Cabernet to your cellar. With a day of air, this was flat out firing on all cylinders and the structure and depth was amazing.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2001 Château Rieussec

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

1/16/2016 - Hollowine wrote: 98 points

From 375...I love this wine. I've told my wine friends that when I die, I want to be embalmed with this wine. Every time I have a bottle it just amazes me, it is so beautiful. The nose!!! As one reviewer put it, if you want to know what Botrytis smells like, open this wine. A beautiful mix of spices and mustiness, hints of honey and orange. A finish that lasts for minutes, orange and caramel and acidity. With Foie, pure heaven. Others have said the d'Yquem is even better, that may be mind altering if true.

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Red

2006 Saxum James Berry Vineyard

Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend more

1/12/2016 - Hollowine wrote: 96 points

Really beautiful juice, give it 30 min in the glass or decanter and you will be rewarded. Lots of secondary notes of Tar, smoked meats, black fruits. Very Northern Rhone in mouthfeel, couldn't put this down.

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Red

2002 OS Winery (Owen Sullivan) R3

Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/22/2015 - Hollowine wrote: NR

OK, If you are sitting on these probably best to drink up. But...I was very pleasantly surprised...for this bottle, consumed over 2 weeks with a Coravin, this was really in a beautiful spot. Dark cherries, cinnamon, eucalyptus on the nose. Palate is full, if not a bit aged, with bright cherry, mint, bit of cigar box. Honestly, very lovely, if a bit tired. Drink up if you have them...

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Red

2006 Pierre Gaillard Côte-Rôtie Cuvée Unique Viallieres

Syrah more

11/20/2015 - Hollowine wrote: NR

Wow. Just Wow. Beautiful and so ready to go if you want to. Recommended to me by one of the staff at the Co-Op Wine shop, I took to dinner next door and before I was done with my meal had snuck back in to buy the last bottle next door. Beautiful nose and a lush feminine palate that shows just how beautiful a bit of Syrah/Viognier can be. Writing this TN as much for the other chap that bought 5 bottles from the Co-Op before me, as I heard he was long on this Producer/vintage. Thanks!

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Red

2009 Lillian Winery Syrah

Santa Barbara County more

11/9/2015 - Hollowine wrote: NR

Just beautiful. Coravin'd a couple glasses over a week, finished the bottle last night. No need to worry about popping the cork and letting half sit to the next day...I left half a glass overnight and at 12 hours it was even better. Really, if you pop one, consider a 4-6 hour decant.

Smooth, luscious fruit, nice hints of tar and spice on the back palate. Just delightful.

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Red

2008 Saxum Broken Stones

Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend more

10/30/2015 - Hollowine wrote: 93 points

Wow, this wine is really in a great spot! Tannins are resolved to a great mouthfeel, it's a big wine but doesn't overdo it. Full palate of blackberry, tar, chocolate. Holds the alcohol in check and delivers on the back palate with a finish that keeps you wanting more. Really delicious.

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Red

2009 Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard

Walla Walla Valley more

10/9/2015 - Hollowine wrote: NR

Nose isn't as funky as other vintages, but still typical Armada; blackberry, baking spice, hint of barnyard, eucalyptus. On the palate; dark cherry, chocolate ganache, iodine, tar. Lovely and better with 90 min decant. 92+

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Red

2001 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

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10/9/2015 - Hollowine wrote: NR

Probably a bit past its prime, but very good and still has some complexity. Not sure I'd sit on them too much longer.

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Red

2007 Rasa Vineyards QED

Walla Walla Valley Red Rhone Blend more

6/24/2015 - Hollowine wrote: NR

Drank with Lunch at Veritable Quandary, no formal notes. Drinking great...was actually hard to put down at lunch, it just kept getting better and better with an hour open. Less of the meaty character and into a wine that just shows the greatness of great Syrah with great winemaking. No perceived gaps, great mouthfeel, long finish of bright red and black fruits.

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Red

2007 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah The Contender

Walla Walla Valley more

6/17/2015 - Hollowine wrote: NR

Was a bit worried when I Coravin'd off a small glass, thought that might be corked. I think on retrospect it is just in a very closed nose on initial open and between that and The Rocks Funk, it can fool you, especially if just a sample from the Coravin. Subsequent glasses with 1-2 hours air were all very nice and the last half bottle slow O'd for 3 hours tonight is just rocking.

Funk, black cherries, iodine on the nose. Palate full and rich with iron/blood, iodine, red and black fruits, olive brine, slight hint of smoked meat. Tasting notes for Reynvaan and Cayuse make you wonder wtf you are drinking, but these wines just work and are tough to put down if you like them.

Outstanding (91-93)

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White

2010 Dönnhoff Riesling

Nahe more

6/7/2015 - Hollowine wrote: NR

Tropical fruit and acid heaven! So easy to drink this wine, killer value.

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Red

2007 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau

Red Rhone Blend more

6/7/2015 - Hollowine wrote: NR

Nice bottle (375ml). Found it took about 90 min of air to hit its stride.

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White

2012 Hyde De Villaine Chardonnay Commandante

Carneros more

5/22/2015 - Hollowine wrote: NR

Really lovely stuff! This wine has a stunning depth and acidity that make you want to repeatedly keep grabbing your glass and sipping more. Honey and flowers on the nose, finish is long with lemon, green apple, and the lightest hint of mint and oak.

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Red

2007 Waters Syrah Pepper Bridge Walla Walla Valley

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5/8/2015 - Hollowine wrote: NR

Agree...this has peaked and is on the backside. Still drinkable, and enjoyable in the context of a daily drinker, but wouldn't sit on these much longer as I don't see any upside to waiting.

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Red

1995 Château Cos d'Estournel

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/17/2015 - Hollowine wrote: NR

Beautiful. My first '95 Cos, everything I love about Bordeaux. No detailed notes taken as I was too busy enjoying the company, but not a single gap in the palate or the nose, slow O'd for about 60 min and enjoyed over another hour. Wish I had more...

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Red

2004 Latitude 46 Clifton Cuvée

Columbia Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah more

3/11/2015 - Hollowine wrote: NR

Actually, this still has something going for it. I wasn't too optimistic, but it has solid fruit that is loosing a bit of ground to the alcohol at this point, but 20 min in the glass with some air and it was a great little Syrah. Drink em up, but don't be afraid to pair with some burgers or ribs and expect a pleasant quaff.

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Red

2007 Lillian Winery Syrah

Santa Barbara County more

3/1/2015 - Hollowine wrote: NR

Beautiful. Nice integration of tannins and fruit, full, smooth palate. No detailed tasting notes, but Slow-o for 7 Hours and consumed over 90 min. WOTN

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Red

2007 Domaine Jean Royer Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

1/16/2015 - Hollowine wrote: NR

Good, but a bit lean. Thinking it may be time to start to drink these up. Nose was muted, palate was nice but thin with short finish.

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Red

2006 Fontodi Syrah Case Via Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT

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12/11/2014 - Hollowine wrote: 93 points

What a great wine! This was a Secret Santa gift from someone who knew I enjoyed Syrah and liked Old World...but had very few Italian wines. Off the hook good and an eye opening exposure to Tuscan Syrah...I paired this with fresh pasta w/Oregon white truffles and poached eggs...it killed with the pairing! An old world nose and mouth feel, with the strength of Syrah in the background, I loved this wine and wish I had more.

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Red

2006 Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard

Edna Valley more

11/5/2014 - Hollowine wrote: 95 points

Ahhhhh...Reva. Like a Siren's song...

Pop n pour on night one, about 1/3 bottle, so lovely but still a bit tight. 2nd night, this is just singing. The palate is insane, notes of cigar, blackberry, cherry, even hints of eucalyptus and tar. I literally cannot find a hole between the front-mid-back palate, this is so smooth and balanced. Acids and alcohol in check, it just makes me smile. An incredible wine, absolutely delightful.

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Red

2001 Mount Mary Quintet

Yarra Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/22/2014 - Hollowine wrote: NR

While I'm pretty sure anyone with this wine in their cellar wouldn't give a rats arse over what RP wrote about this wine, I still find his review to be one of my all time favorites showing tones of bitterness, overt egoism, and a dose of overdramatic sensationalism. But enough about that...

My first Mount Mary, shared with a winemaker friend with a great palate. Everything I hoped it would be and nothing like the aforementioned review. Would have been a good ringer for a '95 Pauillac, lovely secondary notes on opening that evolved into a bright fruit, lovely wine with notes of cherry, eucalyptus, cigar box, etc.

Love what the Yarra can produce in the right winemakers hands...very good.

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Rosť

2013 Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina Rubentis

Rosé Blend more

7/7/2014 - Hollowine wrote: NR

Fantastic stuff. Refreshing, bright, and as others have stated the slight spritz is enhancing rather than distracting. May end up being one of my go-to summer Rose's...

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White - Sparkling

NV André Clouet Champagne Grande Réserve

Champagne Blend more

4/14/2014 - Hollowine wrote: NR

Absolutely delightful!

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