Tasting Notes for jreis

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Red
4/15/2019 - jreis wrote:
Tea, underbrush and smoky black fruit on the nose. Nice spicy fruit and acidity on the palate, but a fading vegetal note makes me think this is really on its last legs. Drink up if you have them.
Red
4/14/2019 - jreis wrote:
Lovely nose of tea, flowers, dried herbs and savory saltiness. Palate is all about crunchy acidity and cranberry fruit. Better with food, needs a little fat to mellow out the acidity. Tough year for the fruit to get fully ripe.
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Red
4/12/2019 - jreis wrote:
Such a beautiful nose, Cinnamon, cardamom and underbush along with cranberry fruit. Palate is a let down after the nose, just a little flat and muted - nice texture and some good acidity, but none of the verve I would expect from Horseshoe.
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Red
1999 White Rock Vineyards Claret Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Still very dark color, minimal bricking on the rim. Cedar, tobacco, limestone and blackberry on the nose. Nice balanced fruit, probably faded a bit, tannins completely resolved. Not a blockbuster, but a lovely old fashioned California claret. I would drink up, not going to improve.
Red
Beguiling nose of sassafras, underbrush and white pepper. Like the other 2011’s I have had, just falls short on the palate - nice acidity, but just a little flat and simple.
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Red
4/3/2019 - jreis wrote:
Lovely nose of cranberry, soy, underbrush and a hint of white pepper. On the lighter side on the palate, all about cranberry fruit and acid, but a little unbalanced with a pronounced oak note on the finish that sticks out. Might be awkward adolescence, but I am not sure this has the stuffing to make old bones.
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Red
3/28/2019 - jreis wrote:
Lovely nose of underbrush, tea and brambly blackberry fruit. Just falls flat on the palate - not bad, but not the usual verve I expect from Rhys and nowhere near the complexity of the nose. I don’t think this is going to get better with age.
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White
Lots of matchstick and lemon curd with just a hint of tropical fruit on the nose. Still quite tight and unyielding on the paate, but great potential. We will see what some air brings.
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Red
From 375. Sassafras, dusty plums and some underbrush on the nose. Nice spicy cranberry fruit and balancing acidity on the palate. Definitely sense some structure that says this an age for a while, but seems a little more fruit forward than other Alpine vintages when young. A little less structure and a little riper than other vintages, but a pleasure to drink with many good years ahead of it.
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Red
Bought at the cellar door when my daughter was doing a semester abroad in Australia. Very dark only black color, no signs of any bricking. Lovely nose of white pepper, plums and black licorice. Great mix of exuberant powerful black fruit, acidity and spicy licorice on the palate. Very early days for this wine as I think it will pick up some more complexity as it ages.
White - Sparkling
12/31/2018 - jreis Likes this wine:
Chalky apple, honey and lemon on the nose. Very crisp, creamy apple and limestone on the palate. A lovely way to start New Year’s Eve!
White - Off-dry
Cork completely saturated with some mold formed under the capsule but no signs that it had any impact. Still a baby. White peaches, minerals and just a hint of petrol on what is still a pretty closed and austere nose. Much more generous on the palate with lovely sweet peach and pear fruit with a nice spicy ginger note and plenty of balancing acidity. If I weren’t worried about the corks, I would let the rest of my bottles sleep for at least another decade. I think I paid $35 for these on release - is there a better bargain in the wine world?
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Red
11/29/2018 - jreis Likes this wine:
Lovely nose of blackberry compote, slate and black pepper. Still youthful on the palate with a lovely balance of exburant blackberry fruit and balancing minerality and acidity. A pinot lover’s zinfandel.
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Red
11/28/2018 - jreis Likes this wine:
This is a stunning bottle of wine in a stunning place. Lovely light cherry red translucent color. Sour cherries, roses and lovely underbrush on an elegant and expressive nose. Great mix of spicy peper, acidity and sweet dried cherry fruit on the palate. Not yet fully mature, but in a beautiful spot between young and mature.
White
11/26/2018 - jreis Likes this wine:
Lovely nose of limestone, white peaches and a little hint of white pepper. Nice viscous texture, palate flavors very consistent with the nose, with a lovely balanced acidity on the finish. My sense is this has the structure to age for a while - still pretty tightly coiled. Trebbiano has potential in California!
Red
10/28/2018 - jreis Likes this wine:
Plums, blackberries and dusty earth on the nose. Very similar flavors on the palate with just a hint of tannins and a nice balance of acidity and sweet fruit. Not a blockbuster, but a nice everyday wine. No hurry to drink, but not sure it is going to pick up any additional complexity.
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Red
10/25/2018 - jreis Likes this wine:
This is just a gorgeous wine. From 375, lavender, bacon and white pepper on the nose. Beautifully textured on the palate, still quite young and tannic, but loads of blueberry fruit, structure and meaty pepper. Still tannic and young, but this is going to age into something spectacular.
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White
From 375 - this wine is all about salinity and minerality at this point in its life. Sea salt, a hint of caramel and white peaches on the nose. Salty, tangy limestone on the attack with a nice crisp acidic finish. Very atypical of the other horseshoe chards I have had from Rhys.
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White
From 375 - damn this is good. Pure limestone, green apple and white pear on the nose. Beautiful balance of honey, green apple and minerals on the palate. Lucious attack with a crisp, mineral filled finish. Drinking great right now, but no hurry.
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Red
Very similar to the other couple of notes on this wine. Beautiful nose of rose petals, dusty earth and coffee. Still quite young, tannic and rustic, but also has a more subtle tar, rose hips and tobacco and nice balancing acidity. Another 5 years will do it good, but a nice old school gattinara today.
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Red
12/30/2017 - jreis Likes this wine:
Lovely nose of limestone, blackberry fruit and just a hint of eucalyptus. Beautiful sweet black fruited attack, but a nice shot of acidity and gentle but persistent tannins balance the fruit beautifully. Nice texture and a pleasure to drink. I don’t drink a ton of California cab these days, but would drink more if they were as well balanced and elegant as this wine.
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White - Sparkling
12/28/2017 - jreis Likes this wine:
Lovely yeasty bread, red fruit and almost a meaty iron note on the nose. Very nice blend of savory and sweet - salted red apple and linestone on the palate. Still young, with lots of room for improvement with some more time in bottle.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1998 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/23/2017 - jreis Likes this wine:
Still a baby - lovely nose of quince, creme brûlée and coconut. Unctuous texture, beautifully acidic on the palate, tons of body and refinement. Just starting to enter its drinking period. Absolutely gorgeous.
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Red
12/23/2017 - jreis wrote:
Dark cherry, earth, asian spices, sandalwood and roses on a beautifully fragrant nose. Still a little reticent on the palate, with dark fruit and earth and some crunchy acidity. Drinking very nicely, but still has lots of room for improvement.
Red
1982 Château Nenin Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/10/2017 - jreis Likes this wine:
Nice old claret. Still quite a good healthy color, some bricking on the rim. Lovely nose of leather, dried leaves and red fruit. Very mellow tertiary flavors, all tannins resolved, but still some nice mellow red fruit and acidity. Not profound, but quite lovely.
White - Sparkling
12/10/2017 - jreis Likes this wine:
Still a baby, but drinking well. Very tightly coiled nose with red fruit, yeast and intense piercing minerals. Still a little tight and unyielding on the palate, but enough sweetness to balance out what is still a pretty dark rugged minerality. Needs some time to unfold and show what it has to offer fully
Red
Dry cork that broke in pieces had me nervous about this bottle, but wine is none the worse for it. Lovely nose of bright cranberry fruit, spruce, underbrush and a hint of white pepper. Not quite as nuanced on the palate, with a quite sweet raspberry fruited attack. It finishes with a nice bit of crisp cranberry acidity, but finishes just a touch shorter and more simple than the nose would have you believe. Very nice, but has not picked up quite the complexity I would have expected.
Red
Boy this is in a beautiful spot. Gorgeous nose of dark earth, raspberry fruit, sandalwood, underbrush and white pepper. Definitely on the sweeter sassafras end on the palate, but lovely balancing acidity and very similar notes to the nose. Punches way above its price point!
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Red
7/1/2017 - jreis wrote:
flawed
Corked - only mildly, but still did not show as it should have
Red
Lovely nose of dark brambly black raspberry fruit, smoke, bacon and a hint of camphor. Still no real signs of bricking. Lovely smoky black fruit on the palate. Not terribly complex, but has aged beautifully, as Fred's wines so often do. No need to drink up, just not sure if it will improve from her.
Red
Sour cherries, white pepper and lovely floral notes on the nose. Lovely crisp acidity, bright red fruit and nice texture and structure. All crisp, bright red fruited joy. Still plenty of time, but starting to drink very nicely.
White
Lovely nose with a whiff of petrol, honeysuckle, limestone, apple and pear. Palate is quite consistent with the nose - nice honey crisp apple, crisp acidity and nice texture. Lovely!
White
Pale gold, lovely nose of lychee, cocount, limestone and a whiff of peach. Very consistent palate with the nose, nice acidity and sweetness balance. Not quite the same intensity of some old world gewurz, but lovely and went beautifully with a spicy black bean crusted cod.
Red
Gorgeous nose - sultry baking spices, beautiful flowers, underbrush and earth. Not quite as complex on the palate, but beautiful spicy cranberry fruit and crunchy acidity on the palate. I actually think this has a long life ahead of it, but is drinking nicely tonight in the friggin snow storm that is our April Fool's joke in New England.
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Red
2008 Château Haut-Gravet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
While not a profound Bordeaux experience, this punches above its price. Smoky blackberry, tobacco and licorice on the nose. Nice balance of acid, blackberry fruit and tannin on the palate. Entering its drinking window and should be drinking well for several more years.
White
Wow - this is all about gunpowder, flint minerality and lovely apple fruit. Will only improve with some age, as it is tightly wound at the moment. Very impressed!
Rosé
2013 Cowan Cellars Jack's Rosé North Coast Pinot Noir
Lovely pinkish orange hue. Lovely underbrush, strawberry and melon on the nose - I don't know if this is Pinot noir based, but has a definitely funky Pinot note to the nose. Very crisp acid filled palate with plenty of body and structure - I actually think a little more time in the bottle will do it good - has great bones.
Ridiculously good deal. Bravo Jim!
White
Lovely nose of matchstick, white pear and granite. Still young and tightly coiled with strong matchstick on the palate, but with excellent acidity and balance. This should improve with some age.
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White
Wow - this is serious Pinot Gris. Honey, lemon, lanolin and intense limestone on a steely nose. Quite tight and tart on the palate, some stone peaches, a touch of honey. This could really use some time in he bottle, has the bones to age.
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White
Some reports of early oxidation got me to pop one of these. I did find some of my 2010 Rhys Horseshoe cards that did seem to be advancing. This bottle is still young, very mineral driven - Meyer lemon, lanolin, white pepper and granite on the nose. Lovely texture but still very angular on the palate - tons of granite and acid with just a hint of tropical fruit. Still many good years ahead of it and no sign of oxidation.
Red
Nice nose of limestone, blackberry fruit and white pepper. Kind of weird palate however, over ripe plummy fruit with a weird bitter chocolate note. Not my cup of tea.
Red
Thought I would check in on this on a cold snowy evening. Lovely nose of dark fruit, camphor, leather and peppery spice. Beautiful restrained dark fruit, leather and vibrant acidity on the palate. Tannins still very present and youthful, probably could benefit from a decant, but not getting in the way of enjoying this beautiful wine. Still has a long life ahead of it.
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Red
From 375 - beautifully perfumed nose - underbrush, cinnamon, dark cherry, baking spices and limestone on the nose. Still young, dense and structured on the palate - dark cherry fruit and pine tar. Gorgeous and lots of potential.
Red
1961 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Almost no signs of bricking, still a very solid dark core - remarkably youthful and ready to go from the start. Smoky black pepper, licorice, tobacco, cedar and that tell tale LB green pepper note on the nose. Still very concentrated on the palate, with beautiful texture, still some tannic grip, leather and sweet red fruit. Very sexy and youthful for a 55 year old. Outstanding bottle - no signs of fading after sitting in the glass for over an hour for the last sip.
White
1/28/2017 - jreis wrote:
I love these wines as they are a crazy singular experience. Huge blast of salty sea air on opening - like walking in an intense seaside fog. With some swirling, pears, beeswax and white pepper. After sitting for another 20 minutes, notes of hazelnut and Parmesan cheese. On the palate, a little oxidized in a good way with a nice green herbaceous streak and great meaty acidity. Really came to life with food, particularly with seared scallop and lobster roe pasta - saltiness of the wine and the dish just complemented each other perfectly.
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White
Beautiful white pepper, oxidized fruit, lemon oil and minerally earth on the nose. Just love sticking my nose in the glass. Nice waxy texture with oxidized pine tar and a riot of spicy fruit and pepper on the palate.
Excellent and one of the great white wine bargains in the world.
Red
What a beautiful bottle of wine. Just entering its drinking window, not at all showy, but subtle and well balanced. Blackberry brandy, a riot of herbs, subtle notes of dill and dusty earth on the nose. Beautiful dried cherries, high toned fruit, crisp acidity and nice sun baked earth on the palate - everything in balance, nothing out of place.
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Red
Nose of dried cherries, violets and a hint of smoky meat and charred oak. Nice texture and acidity, similar flavors on the palate, but not quite the oomph I would like from Hermitage. Also just a touch too much oak which dries out the finish.
Red
1995 Yarra Yering Dry Red N°2 Yarra Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
12/28/2016 - jreis Likes this wine:
Wine strategies nailed the note - totally agree. A beautifully restrained, fully mature lovely wine. Drink up - not going to fall off a cliff, but not likely to improve.
Red
What a beautiful bottle of wine. I was concerned upon first opening and decanting for sediment - looked a little light colored and seemed a little thin on the palate. Blossomed after 15 minutes in the glass - beautiful red fruit, olives and tobacco on the nose, beautiful structured palate with fully resolved tannins and everything in harmony. Gorgeous.
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