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White - Sparkling
12/31/2021 - jreis Likes this wine:
From magnum. Lemon oil, Granny Smith apple and white pepper on the nose. Lovely pure crisp lemon curd and apple on the palate with sharp, almost piercing acidity (in a good way). Richly textured finish. Really nice way to start off NYE.
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Red
12/28/2021 - jreis Likes this wine:
Popped and poured at cellar temp from 375ml. Smoky bacon, olives and black pepper on the nose. Surprisingly sweet and approachable on the attack with some generous blackberry fruit intermingled with meaty, peppery spice. Definitely has some tannic grip on the back end, but tannins are not too obtrusive. In this format, drinking well early, but a long life left obviously, particularly in bigger formats. Now that the Skyline Syrah is no longer produced, this is my favorite Rhys bottling year in and year out. Great potential for this wine.
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Red
12/27/2021 - jreis Likes this wine:
Popped and poured at cellar temp. Brambly raspberry fruit, underbrush, violets and baking spices on a lovely nose. A little mustiness on first opening that blew off with some air. Light bodied with crunchy cranberry and raspberry fruit on the palate and a lovely delicate acid filled finish. Definitely more mature and evolved than my last bottle 4 years ago, but not in danger of falling off a cliff.
Red
12/26/2021 - jreis Likes this wine:
Popped and poured at cellar temp. Violets, smoky cherry, juniper and underbrush on the nose. Nice juicy bright cherry fruit on the attack with balancing dusty tannins and a crisp acid filled finish. I think a little more bottle time will do this good - I would check back in 2-3 years.
Red
12/23/2021 - jreis Likes this wine:
Popped and poured at cellar temp. Brambly dark cherry liqueur with a hint of piney underbrush on the nose. Nice spicy dark cherry fruit on the palate. Rich, luscious texture and on the riper side, but enough balancing acidity to keep it from going over the top on sweetness. Very nice and I think just entering its drinking window with plenty of years left.
Red
12/22/2021 - jreis Likes this wine:
Popped and poured at cellar temp. Still very dark brooding purple color. Meaty bacon, licorice and dusty earth on the nose. Nice cool blackberry fruit on the palate, a little reserved rather than exuberant with nice texture and balancing acidity. Tannins fully resolved. Making a hearty Mediterranean beef stew and this should be a great pairing.
Red
12/3/2021 - jreis wrote:
Popped and poured at cellar temp. Black pepper, damp earth and blackberry fruit on the nose. Blackberry fruit, some chocolate and pepper on the palate. Fruity on the attack with some balancing acidity. It is fine, but a little uninspiring.
Rosé - Sparkling
11/18/2021 - jreis Likes this wine:
This is a lovely sparkler. Deep salmon pink, lots of fine mousse. Pink peppercorn, strawberry, lemon oil and just a hint of bread on the nose. Nice crisp acidity, strawberry and some peppery spice on the palate. Good value for the money.
Red
2000 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Last bottle, which is a shame as this is drinking quite nicely. Old school claret. Popped and poured at cellar temp, but a quick decant would probably do it some good as it was a little surly and dilute at first.
Still quite dark core, but some bricking on the rim. Lovely nose of gravel, blackberry fruit and tobacco. Mid weight on the palate, with tannins resolved, nice acidity and a good blend of gravelly minerality, peppery spice and black fruit. Doesn’t have the texture of the big boys from the 2000 vintage, but doesn’t have the price tag either. I think this will hold for a while longer, but I don’t think it wil improve, so time to drink them.
White
10/20/2021 - jreis Likes this wine:
Popped and poured at a little colder than cellar temp. Nice nose of strawberry greens, limestone and lemon oil. Even nicer on the palate. A viscous texture, with nice tingly spicy attack, notes of herbs, lemons and peaches. Really crisp, acidic and mineral filled finish. A pleasant surprise to have such a lovely (and affordable) Chardonnay from Piedmont.
Red
Popped and poured at cellar temp. Very animalistic, wild nose. Menthol, tarragon, black pepper and high toned black fruit with a underpinning of an earthy forest floor underbrush.
Nice balance of peppery black spices, sweet blackberry fruit and acid filled finish. Still comes off as young, not sure how much complexity this will pick up with more age, but a very fun ride at age 8.
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Red
Popped and poured at cellar temp. Lovely dark amber core with a little translucent red at the rim. Underbrush, iodine and deep dark black cherry fruit on the nose. Same dark black cherry fruit and spicy underbrush on the attack with lovely crunchy red cranberry fruit finish. Just entering its drinking window to my taste, with at least 3 -5 more good years ahead of it.
I think this was Wes Hagen’s last vintage as wine maker for the estate wines and the Vigneron Select designation was a special barrel he set aside every year. Really lovely effort from a very special place in the Santa Rita hills. Cheers to you Wes!
White
9/16/2021 - jreis wrote:
A Sauvignon Blanc from Burgundy? Who knew that even existed? Lovely nose of red apple, peach and limestone. Lovely texture with a nice balance of lemony acid and sweet peach fruit. Good mineral filled finish. Light on its feet, but with enough body to merit some serious contemplation.
Red
What a lovely, elegant and restrained zin. Popped and poured at cellar temp.Brambly blackberry fruit, cinnamon and allspice on the nose. Nice spicy attack with even more pronounced peppery notes to go with the baking spices. Lovely blackberry fruit in the mid palate and balancing spritely acidity on the finish. I am finding 7-10 years the sweet spot for Fred’s zins.
Red
Bereserkerday purchase several years ago. Popped and poured at cellar temp. This is in a lovely spot. Nice spicy, spruce underbrush and warm tandoori spices on the nose. Good balance of sweet cranberry fruit, exotic spices and a lively acid filled finish. I don’t have enough experience with this producer or vineyard to know if this will improve further with age, but definitely has some more gas left in the tank.
White
Popped and poured at probably a bit too cool temp. Lovely light gold yellowish shimmering color. I know this is young to be drinking Chidaine, but having seen bottles oxidize on the younger side, better too early than too late.
White peaches, lychee and limestone on the nose. Lovely texture with peaches, a hint of grapefruit and white pepper on the palate- a nice seamless blend of sweet and tart spice.
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Red
Popped and poured at cellar temp. Lovely translucent cherry red color with some bricking on the rim. Saddle leather, iron and rose petals on a somewhat reserved nose. Much more expressive on the palate, with rose hips, cranberry and dark cherry fruit nicely balanced with crisp acid filled finish. Really supple texture. Still think this wine has another gear and some more patience will be rewarded.
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Red
Popped and poured from 375. Still a baby. Tarragon, limestone and white pepper on a reserved nose. Nice cranberry fruit, spicy stems and crisp acidic finish on the palate. Still a baby, even in this format. After 10 plus years on this journey with Rhys, I am leaning more and more to Horseshoe over Alpine for Pinot. It has similar complexity, but is just a little more giving.
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Red
Popped and poured at cellar temp. Lovely nose of violets, olives and oregano with some dusty Concord grape notes. Nice mix of sweet juicy black fruit, acid and spices. Not a blockbuster, but a very nice wine.
Red
This is a great value rioja and in a perfect drinking window now. Popped and poured at cellar temp. Rich dark red color with no signs of bricking. Olives, dark red fruit and a hint of funky, earthy oak on the nose. Nice dry attack and dry finish, but lovely sweet blackberry fruit in the mid palate. My guess is this had a bit more tannic bite a couple of years ago and that has mellowed. Very good value for the price and a versatile wine with food.
Red
Popped and poured at cellar temp. Lovely nose of dusty red cherries, tar and black pepper. Lovely dusty cherries and crisp acidity on the palate. Light texture with just a hint of tannins on the finish. A lovely, food friendly Gattinara.
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White
Popped and poured at slightly cooler than cellar temp. Lots of limestone minerals, grapefruit and white pepper on the nose. Lovely texture and nice balance of sweet pear fruit and spicy acid and mineral filled finish. Went great with a throw in all left overs from the fridge frittata.
Red
Popped and poured at cellar temp. Intriguing wine. Prickly red fruit, underbrush and white pepper on the nose. Orange peel, dusty earth cranberry fruit with the same prickly notes, almost like a little effervescence on the finish. As I look at those descriptors, the wine shouldn’t work, but it does. Cries out for some charcuterie.
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Red
2012 Virage Vineyards Bourriquot Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
I always loved Michael Haven’s version of this wine, this is a worthy successor. Popped and poured at cellar temp, although this wine in retrospect could have benefitted from a quick decant. Cocoa powder, graphite and black raspberry on the nose. Interesting mix of black raspberry fruit, graphite laden minerality and still prominent tannins on the back end. Very nice and I think this will pick up some more interest as it ages and has many good years ahead of it.
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White
Popped and poured at refrigerator temp. Lovely golden color, spruce, warm spices and gala apple on the nose. Crisp acidity, some apple and golden raisin fruit on the palate. A little bit rugged on the finish, I think a little more time in the bottle might smooth out that rough spot. Good solid, but not spectacular, bottle.
Rosé
Lovely pale pink color. Melon, lime and white pepper on the nose on a somewhat subdued nose. Lovely balance of minerals, crisp acidity and sweet melon fruit. Very nice.
Red
Another great bottle from Sandler. Popped and poured at cellar temp. Beautiful translucent deep red. Tons of sandalwood, sour cherry, cranberry and white pepper on the nose. Lively, tangy palate with crunchy red fruit and abundant balanced acidity. I think this can age for quite a while longer, but I never can keep my hands off Ed’s wines long enough to to find out!
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Red
Popped and poured at cellar temp. Very dark purplish hue. I would never in a million years think this was pinot on first whiff. Gamay maybe? Lots of candied orange and kind of brooding oregano spiciness. Kind of a stony, crunchy acid filled attack and then a little sweet tart finish. I will give it some more air to see if it comes together better, but this does nothing to change my skepticism of natural wines.
White
Popped and poured at cellar temp. Interesting color, rich yellow with just a tinge of pink. Smelling it my brain went right to a rich vermentino. Nice rich minerality and white pears on the nose. Lovely texture, sweet white fruit and crisp acid filled finish. No hurry to drink, not sure how much more complexity it will pick up. Another nice white from Piedmont!
Red
Inexpensive rioja has
Red
Popped and poured at room temp. Pencil shavings, plums, white pepper and oregano on the nose. Nice balance of savory red fruit, herbes de Provence and a splash of acidity on the finish. Not a blockbuster, but a very good Tuesday night wine. No idea on aging potential.
Red
This was a really pleasant surprise. Popped and poured at cellar temp Still quite dark, very little bricking. Dark blackberry and a hint of olive and black pepper on the nose. Lovely dusty peppery black fruit on the palate. Tannins completely resolved, but still nice bright fruit and some balancing acidity on the palate. Never intended to age this for 22 years, but shit happens!
White
Really lovely. White flowers and white peaches with just a hint of limestone. Lovely texture and blend of lemon oil and peaches with a hint of flowers on the palate. Good mix of sweet and acid on the finish.
White - Sparkling
Very floral nose, white flowers and lavender with apple blossoms and a hint of vanilla. Very sweet apple and floral palate with nice mousse and acidity. Lithe and light - a great aperitif wine.
White - Sparkling
From magnum. Green apple, limestone and a touch of honey on the nose. Pretty sharp green apple and racy acidity on the palate with just a hint of that honey sweetness on the finish. While I like it for its youthful crispness today, I think some more bottle age in this format would help it mellow a bit and pick up some more complexity.
Red
Like a comfortable, easy conversation with an old friend. Not a blockbuster, but just everything in a great place. Popped and poured at cellar temp. Spicy olives, roses and peppery asphalt on the nose. Nice sweet black cherry fruit, roses and peppery asphalt on the palate. Tannins fully resolved, but still a lively acid filled finish. Going to last for quite a while, but drinking beautifully tonight. A great companion to some bucatini with homemade Bolognese.
Red
From 750. Popped and poured at cellar temp. Lovely nose of orange peel, mulling spices, cranberry and musky Pinot fruit. Palate just doesn’t quite live up to the nose. Nice cranberry fruit and good acidity, but a little simple and four square. Plenty of life left for another 3-5 years, just don’t think it will pick up additional complexity.
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Red
Popped and poured at cellar temp Fromm750. Nice nose of sour cherry, dusty earth and a hint of orange peel. Nice mix of sweet orange and cherry fruit with good texture, acidity and balance on the palate. Just a hint of tannins on the finish. Definitely shares some characteristics with the single vineyard wines, but not quite the oomph and depth on the palate. I think this is in the early stage of its drinking window, but has quite a few good years ahead of it.
Red
Popped and poured at cellar temp. Still pretty tightly coiled, dark and brooding on the nose. Hint of beef blood, iron and dark blackberry fruit on the nose. More lively and lithe on the attack, with nice crunchy black fruit, black pepper and lively acidity. Still has some prominent tannins on the finish. Going to give this a decant to see if it opens up some. Fun to drink now, but I think that has another gear it is not yet showing.
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White - Sparkling
Opened to celebrate today’s inauguration. Lovely nose of lemon oil, steely minerals and just a hint of biscuit. Still very tightly coiled and not giving its full effect yet. The first thing you notice is how deep and expansive the palate is - really big and expressive. Sharp acidity, crisp Granny Smith apples, a hint of strawberry and lovely, lovely mouse that lingers on the tongue. Just a baby, but a beautiful baby with many, many good years ahead ot it.
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White - Sparkling
12/31/2020 - jreis Likes this wine:
From magnum. Nice toasty bread, salty sea air and ripe apple on the nose. Good mix of sweet apple fruit, honey and salty acidity on the palate. In this format, think this is a good spot, particularly if you like your champagne on the younger, crisper side.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2000 Cyprès de Climens Barsac Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/30/2020 - jreis Likes this wine:
From 500 ml. Lovely golden orange hue. Not quite the intensity of the first wine, but lovely nose of apricot, hazelnut and caramel. Nice sweet apricot and honey fruit with lovely viscous texture. Just missing a little bit of the acidic counter balance of the regular Climens, but a lovely after dinner drink.
Red
2001 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/27/2020 - jreis Likes this wine:
Popped and poured at cellar temp. Still quite dark color throughout with no signs of bricking. Very traditional Bordeaux nose - green pepper, tobacco, feral earth and some black pepper on the nose. Tannins have smoothed out, mix of spicy black fruit and green pepper on the palate with a strong acidic streak on the finish. This is in a good spot, but really cries out for food to go with it.
Red
2000 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/24/2020 - jreis Likes this wine:
This is in a great spot. Popped and poured at cellar temp. Lovely dark burgundy color. Gravel, smoky black fruit, black pepper and just a hint of green pepper on the nose. Just perfectly balanced between primary and secondary flavors - tannins mellowed but still great texture and balance between chewy body, bright dark smoky blackberry fruit and fresh acidity. No danger of falling off a cliff, but really in a great spot so I would not wait to open one.
Red
12/24/2020 - jreis wrote:
Fill was not great, low shoulder, but cork came out intact. Slow oxed for a few hours and then poured without a decant. Significant bricking but still a solid dark colored core. Eucalyptus, tobacco and dark earth on the nose. A little thin on the palate, with hints of the same flavors as the nose but a little worn down and watered down. Better bottles should have more punch than this one.
Red
12/22/2020 - jreis Likes this wine:
Interesting. I am generally not a huge dolcetto fan, but this is not a typical dolcetto. Popped and poured at cellar temp. Smoky black fruit, vanilla and dark earth on the nose. Sweet black fruit and vanilla on the attack but nice drying tannins and acid on the finish give it some good balance. Would be a great pairing with some braised meat, like an osco bucco. Ready to drink today, may pick up a little complexity with some more bottle time, but not a long term ager.
Red
12/18/2020 - jreis Likes this wine:
Drank alongside the 13 Scherrer Shale Terrace. Popped and Poured at cellar temp. Sweet blackberry fruit, damp earth and black pepper on the nose. Juicy blackberry fruit and peppery dried herbs on the palate with nice acidity on the back end. Definitely ready to go, but still plenty of years of pleasure left. This is a little broader and more ready to drink than the Shale Terrace, but my hunch is the Shale Terrace will be the more complex longer lived wine. Hard to go wrong either way!
Red
12/18/2020 - jreis Likes this wine:
Drank alongside the 2013 Old and Mature Vines. Popped and poured at cellar temp. Boy the wines have some distinct differences. Dark earth, flinty minerals, oregano and smoky black fruit on the nose. Nice texture, sweet and savory black fruit and still some primary tannins on the finish. Cries out for some bbq brisket. Just in the very early stages of its drinking window with many good years ahead of it.
Rosé
12/17/2020 - jreis Likes this wine:
Popped and poured at cellar temp. Cross between a rose and a red. Brilliant cherry red translucent color. Savory herbs, olives and black cherry notes on the nose. Nice sweet cherry fruit on the attack with good savory spicy notes on an acid filled finish. This could be a great summer wine as a full bodied rose in the summer, but is also a lovely aperitif wine with cheese and olives on a cold snowy night like this one. I would drink this young, but still vibrant and certainly no sign of decline
Red
12/13/2020 - jreis Likes this wine:
Popped and poured at cellar temp. Dark earth, Sweet Asian spices and spicy underbrush on the nose. Nice balance of sweet dusty black cherry fruit acidity with tannic structure that is resolved but very present. Really in a lovely spot 5 years out with some room to continue to improve.
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