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Red

2007 Carlisle Two Acres

Russian River Valley Red Rhone Blend more

7/3/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

4 years in between bottles, what is a long pause for me typically, I opened this y/day and drew off a glass for dinner, and at that time, was struck by the level of acidity here. Bright and lively, I would think too much for some people. Re-tasting today, there is fruit here, and I'd call the weight medium plus, not lean or austere at all. Dark cherry and blueberry are the fruit impressions, then some sweet leather, peat, and plenty of citrus rind. I find the total collection of flavors here unique, as the fruit and texture of it is classic Carlisle, suave and plush, yet the leather and acidic red fruit tones create a juxtaposition which just doesn't work all that well for me. As to where this will head, there is plenty of acidity here to carry the wine so this can rest a few more years, I suppose.

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Red

2008 Clos Pepe Estate Pinot Noir

Sta. Rita Hills more

6/30/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

My last one, over three years in between tasting this wine. Opened last night. Reminds me of the bottle in 2012, with a juicy profile. The fruit flavors remain tart, with some sweet blueberry and cranberry tones. I called it pomegranate in my 2012 note and that is here, too. This doesn't feel nor remind me of the Santa Rita Hills much anymore, if it ever really did. It instead comes off like a more soil driven Burgundy, actually. If someone poured this for me blind (which is always a humbling way to drink and check the ego), I'd guess Burgundy here and of course get it wrong. This reminds me more of good Arcadian than anything I have ever tasted made off of Hwy 246. This wine is going to keep trucking and I bet you it turns into a nice aged CA pinot, one that would distinguish the property and the chops of Mr Hagen.

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White

2010 Carlisle The Derivative White

Sonoma County White Blend more

6/29/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Opened last night with dinner, with it showing quite a bit of acidity. 'bout 1/2 bottle left, re-tasting a day later. Nice and cool, ideal temp, and FWIW, goes great with a So Cal summer evening. When cool, this exhibits a green melon, with tart apple and lemon acidity, along with what is akin to a licorice/fennel note--just a shading of black licorice, I guess would be my descriptor. As it warms up, a little whiff of coconut/vanilla shows, and the fruit begins to fatten up some more, almost veering towards a yellow apple and lemon peel, hell, and even some orange oil. I tell you what, this is really two different expressions of wine based on the serving temp. At cool temps, I like this much more, as it's more vibrant and energetic. With a warmer temp, it's for me not as good, more easygoing and loses its edge. Given all this, I would say to drink now and serve cooler to really enjoy what is here, FWIW.

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Red

2012 Big Basin Vineyards Grizzly

Santa Cruz Mountains Grenache Blend, Grenache more

6/26/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Big Basin In The OC--Dinner With Bradley Brown PART 2 (My House): Like the '12 BB Coastview grenache, this Grizzly is just a bit big for my fragile tastes. It has the same spicy, red fruit driven aspects of the Coastview, with a similar heat note in the aromatic, too. Look, I know people will like this wine, yet I simply have a different palate these days and I don't go after or nuzzle up with wines that are richer.

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Red

2012 Big Basin Vineyards Grenache Coastview Vineyard

Monterey County more

6/26/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Big Basin In The OC--Dinner With Bradley Brown PART 2 (My House): Shows the vintage for me, a riper more throttled version of grenache IMO. Raspberry fruited, with lots of acidity, juicy like grenache should be and spicy. Some strawberry jam makes it into the finish but in total, just a bit big for me. Still trying to understand grenache and whether I will find a liking to it in the CA versions.

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2012 Big Basin Vineyards Syrah Coastview Vineyard

Monterey County more

6/26/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Big Basin In The OC--Dinner With Bradley Brown PART 2 (My House): Tasted next to the '11, and for my palate, the '11 beat this wine. The '12 is a bit too ripe in tone for me, and it throws a light heat note in the aromatic. Has the roasted, dark fruit quality of the riper vintage and also shows more tannin than the '11. Just a bigger version and so depending on what your palate chases, you decide. For me, it's the '11.

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2011 Big Basin Vineyards Syrah Coastview Vineyard

Monterey County more

6/26/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Big Basin In The OC--Dinner With Bradley Brown PART 2 (My House): For an '11 vintage wine, this showed a riper tone, almost '12-like in color and fruit profile. Dark, tarry with iron. Juicy, dark blueberry and black olive, too. Very good and interestingly bigger toned than I'd expect for an '11.

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Red

2006 Big Basin Vineyards Mandala

Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah Blend, Syrah more

6/26/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Big Basin In The OC--Dinner With Bradley Brown PART 2 (My House): Andrew slipped this in blind to the Rattlesnake flight (2010 and 2011). We didn't tell Bradley what it was but he made a few guesses and got damn close to guessing it. Interesting expression of wine here. Shows a bit tart, with some green olive, juicy darker fruit and remarkably still tannic and youthful. Will age a lot longer, I believe. Was outclassed by the '11 Rattlesnake tonight.

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Red

2011 Big Basin Vineyards Syrah Rattlesnake Rock

Santa Cruz Mountains more

6/26/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Big Basin In The OC--Dinner With Bradley Brown PART 2 (My House): Ah-ha! This has the '11 vintage signature all over it, and what makes it more obvious that the vintage stamped itself to this '11 is that we tasted the '10 right next to it. The '11 shows that distinct vintage quality of lower ABV, savory with herb and noticeable pepper. Reminds me a lot of Wind Gap. I'm buying some of this '11 and laying it down for a few years. Excellent expression of Rattlesnake.

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Red

2010 Big Basin Vineyards Syrah Rattlesnake Rock

Santa Cruz Mountains more

6/26/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Big Basin In The OC--Dinner With Bradley Brown PART 2 (My House): Floral, blue fruited, pure with solid acidity. No appearance of any dark/black fruit, just really expressive and delicious.

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Red

2013 Big Basin Vineyards Pinot Noir Alfaro Family Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

6/26/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Big Basin In The OC--Dinner With Bradley Brown PART 2 (My House): Oh lord, is this good. Presented with the other '13 BB PNs. While the 1'3 Woodruff was strong, this for me edged that wine out. 12.4% ABV, FWIW. Crunchy, zesty (reminding me of the '11 vintage qualities--not Big Basin but in general, what I like best about the '11 vintage and the best pinots from it. A zesty quality). Stuffed with red fruits of strawberry and raspberry, spice and rose petal, along with terrific acidity. It's easy to spot wines that are top of class when they are in the glass--there is a something-ness about them, all taken together, that make them stand apart. This is in that class. As I sat with it, and Bradley was seated next to me, I told him this reminded me a lot of the Rhys Bearwallow, which is in that same class. Just amazing stuff.

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Red

2014 Big Basin Vineyards Pinot Noir Coast Grade Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

6/26/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Big Basin In The OC--Dinner With Bradley Brown PART 2 (My House): This was a barrel sample but since it was presented with the '13 BB PNs, I figured I would add it to the database and include a TN. This wine is still rough for me, lacking of course for this stage any of the finished polish of the 13s (putting vintage aside). Seems riper to me than the 13s, carrying with it a roaster fruit quality. We'll have to see where this settles out and probably not fair to judge it, in light of the beauty of the '13 BB PNs that preceded it.

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Red

2013 Big Basin Vineyards Pinot Noir Woodruff Family Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

6/26/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Big Basin In The OC--Dinner With Bradley Brown PART 2 (My House): Dynamite stuff. Damn near as good as the 13 BB Alfaro. This is juicy, with a wollop of bright cherry, vibrant acidity and a light tone of watermelon. Finishes with a minerally, earthy/soily note. Where the Alfaro suggests Anderson Valley like fruit, this is more burgundian in tone. Wonderful stuff.

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Red

2013 Big Basin Vineyards Pinot Noir Lester Family Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

6/26/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Big Basin In The OC--Dinner With Bradley Brown PART 2 (My House): Of all the BB 13 PNs we had in the 2 flights, this was the most undefined. The higher whole cluster here does show, too. Has a fuller palate, more black fruit, but in the black cherry realm, not blackberry (which I really dislike in PN and if that was here, I'd say it). Tension in the wine, lots of coil and a crushed rock powder tannin in the finish. Of all the BB 13s, this will need more time to be approachable.

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Rosť - Sparkling

NV Paul Dethune Champagne Brut Rosé

Pinot Noir more

6/26/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Big Basin In The OC--Dinner With Bradley Brown PART 2 (My House): Dang, I love this Dethune. Killer for $35 and I need to go get the rest of it from Envoyer. Strawberry, pure zesty fruit, lovely and even.

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White - Sparkling

NV Varnier-Fanniere Champagne Cuvée Saint-Denis

Chardonnay more

6/26/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Big Basin In The OC--Dinner With Bradley Brown PART 2 (My House): I found lots of lemon peel and bread dough in this bottling. Seemed a bit rambunctious for me, a little all over the place.

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Red

2002 Mount Eden Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Santa Cruz Mountains more

6/17/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Drank next to a 1996 Laurel Glen Napa Cab, FWIW. This showed more ripe than the LG, and putting aside the difference in age, the riper vintage seems to show here for the ME. Pencil shavings, with the fruit giving a more creamy, ripe berry tone. I preferred the LG better.

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Red

1996 Laurel Glen Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Mountain

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6/17/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Been a long time since I have seen a bottle of Laurel Glen around. I recall the Counterpoint bottles, with the distinctive label. The old days of CA cab. This wine drank very well, with plenty of fruit still, even a black cherry hard candy like texture and flavor. Does show some cigar box character to give it some extra dimension. Overall, I didn't get any sense that this wine was fading after 20 years.

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Red

2004 Château Montrose

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/17/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

I enjoyed this wine. It has a green, leafy character a bit for an aromatic, along with a brewed coffee note. Cedar, currant, chalky and it seemed quite young to me. What the hell do I know, I guess, as I rarely drink Bdx so take my note FWIW.

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Red

2011 Marc Plouzeau Touraine Ante Phylloxera Clos de Maulevrier

Cabernet Franc more

6/17/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Smells like Cab Franc, no doubt. Cigar leaf and a green note. Juicy and broad shouldered, too.

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Red

1994 Azienda Agraria Lisini Brunello di Montalcino Ugolaia

Sangiovese more

6/17/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Now this has some age on it. Nice to drink wines like this for a change, as I am accustomed to drinking much newer stuff, for sure. This got better with air, as it was not decanted or opened prior to the meal so the oxidation did seem to help the wine fill out. Good amount of black cherry fruit, and then with air, it seemed to come more alive and yet paradoxically tighten up, with evident tannin and cedar. I was spitting most of the night and we drank only a handful of wines so I thought my palate was pretty fresh for tasting this wine.

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Red

2004 Chateau Musar

Bekaa Valley Red Blend more

6/22/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

First time with having Musar. This bottle was opened in the AM, served late in the evening, FWIW. Aromatics of what I jotted down as wet clay. Never called a wine that before but this was what came to mind. Also sensed some sweet floral and some herb. Juicy cherry palate with riper styled fruit and high acid.

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Rosť

2012 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé

Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre more

6/17/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

First time with Tempier. I do like Mourvedre, I enjoy very much Tercero's Mourvedre Rose, and this Tempier is as good as Larry's. Strawberry, watermelon, citrus peel and a zippy, spicy lingering note in the finish.

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Red

2012 Kutch Pinot Noir Falstaff Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

6/21/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Not sure how I waited six month to try another one of these. My WOTY for 2014, it's hard to not keep opening these for the sheer pleasure that this wine just keeps on delivering bottle after bottle, In my wine pursuits, it's the bottle that can deliver every time, regardless of context or moment, to exhibit that repeat experience of being top of the class. This 2012 Falstaff, it reminds me of the greatness that is the 2007 Copain Kisers, most notably the En Bas. This wine, like that one, just hits me right where I think of iconic PN experiences. This Falstaff was opened y/day, took to dinner to have with fish. I brought home about 1/4 of the bottle for today, retasting now at perfect temp. Last night, it drank with a beautiful dark raspberry, showing the push of the 2012 vintage. As it warmed on the table, the warmer temp did allow some of the savory notes from the whole cluster to emerge. And, with just a touch of new oak on this wine, it lifts a cinnamon aroma from the glass, but like the fruit, neither the vintage nor the wood get out place. Along with the raspberry today, there is red apple (which is what Copain Kiser usually shows, too, FWIW), juicy with a little hint of mineral and lovely acidity. No alcohol, no overt ripeness, no oak--nothing for me is out of balance in this beauty. With a light chill, the finish remains lively, a little rocky and a touch savory from the stems. Just a beautiful bottle of wine and equal to Copan Kiser En Bas for satisfaction, grace and class. Everyone has their wine favorite, this one for me has reached that height. Bravo again, Jamie.

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White

2013 Carlisle CMP

Sonoma County White Blend more

6/20/2015 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

We opened this y/day, plenty left for today, drinking with a nice chill on it, no food. First bottle of three I bought, and no experience with the varietal composition so pretty much a taste and note without any varietal bias. The aromatics remind me of Sauv Blanc, that aromatic of grassy, bitter lemon. The body of the wine reflects to me an anise seed note, along with lemon peel, some brushing of tart green apple and tangerine. Plenty of acidity, light mineral and as others have mentioned already, a medium body wine. I'm a sucker for whites with acid, with flavors that say something other than glycerine, sweetness and weight. None of that shows up here so I'm enjoying this very much. Less than $19 bucks, a great value for what is under the cork.

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