Meetup at Eddie Ishaq's

Eddie's Crib

Tasted March 21, 2021 by beezer6 with 74 views

Flight 1 (9 notes)

White
2016 Sine Qua Non Deux Grenouilles USA, California, Central Coast
92 points
Rich and spicy. Depth of flavor was there but acidity as a whole was lacking.
Some phenolic bitterness provided some positive notes on the finish but as a whole I was a touch let down.
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Red
2012 Weingut Keller Frauenberg Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs Germany, Rheinhessen
93 points
Very different from the rest of the lineup in a great way.
Terroir city. Earth and damp cherries dusted with some clay and mud.
The palate shows dark fruit that is well integrated as a whole. Excellent wine. Fun to try Keller PN.
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Red
2015 Pieve Santa Restituta (Gaja) Brunello di Montalcino Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
92 points
Slightly modern styling. Lots of fruit with dark gray pepper, anise and dark road tar.
Palate was medium bodied and had nice acidity. Well made but overshadowed but the rest of the lineup.
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Red
2012 Cayuse Wallah Wallah Special #4 USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
95 points
Awesome showing.
Classic Cayuse uber funky styling. Nice under ripe cherries and stewed veg.
Long finish with a bitterness that everyone enjoyed. Killer juice.
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Red
2012 Sine Qua Non Syrah Stock USA, California, Central Coast
92 points
This never really showed its true potential for me.
The booze never totally blew off and the spice was overwhelming. So big...and we had higher alcohol wines that performed better.
Lots of spicy flamboyant red fruit, touches of sweet all spice and earth but the booze on the nose was too evident even after a six hour decant.
Palate showed similar qualities. Still a fun wine to try but obviously this bottle wasn't the ideal SQN example.
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Red
2008 Colgin Syrah IX Estate USA, California, Napa Valley
96 points
Wow. Yes. This out of the SQN and Cayuse showed the best but just by a nose.
Dark stewed black cherries, molasses, burnt caramel, autumn leaves and bloody steak on the nose.
Palate is completely in harmony and though at a whopping 15.8% on the bottle, there wasn't a rough edge in any sense of the words.
Long decadent finish that goes for 60 seconds. What a fantastic example of New World Syrah.
Sorry, I'd take Colgin (or Cayuse) over SQN most days of the week.
Red
2013 Nine Suns Cabernet Sauvignon Houyi Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
92 points
Probably the most Napa wine of the night. Very juicy and ripe and fruit forward.
There were other subtleties in baking spices and graphite but for the most part this was a fruit bomb in all senses of the word.
While this would be right up the alley for many this wasn't hitting what I look for in a wine these days.
There was just too much fruit and the structure on the finish was lacking too - even for a 2013.
Red
2014 Hundred Acre Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon "Deep Time" Kayli Morgan USA, California, Napa Valley
94 points
I really didn't want to like this wine mostly for reasons surrounding price increases and other less wine driven issues with HA.
But the wine really showed well. It was fresh and lively while being complex and layered.
Dark cola cherries and anise as well as pretty floral accents that were unique.
The palate was in perfect harmony even at this young stage.
Medium plus body while I still don't think this is worth $500+ it showed very well tonight and may only slightly change the way I see HA wines....but just the wines.
Red
2016 MacDonald Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
97 points
Holy crap. Without a doubt this was mine and everyone's WOTN.
Again, with the hype and all surrounding MacDonald, I didn't want to love it ...especially as much as I did.
It was just so harmonious...so Napa without being everything I hate about Napa...
The wine had so many subtleties that with each sniff I found more and more profound.
Darker toned cherries and cassis, cola, anise, brown sugar, Umami and loads of Asian and Indian spices.
The palate was caressing in every way. Medium bodied but uber complex. So much going on.
The finish was perfect - no sense of alcohol with a dusting of tannins. Just WOW. The wine fux.
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