Tasting Notes for Padraig

(51 notes on 49 wines)

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White
8/9/2013 - Padraig Likes this wine:
92 points
Wow. I really wasn't expecting a Sauvignon Blanc that I had never heard of to be this good. The words that come to mind are focused, sharp, balanced. Great straw/gold color, wonderful balanced sweetness. Great nose. This is what a SB is all about and why when they're good, they are a real treat to drink.
Red
7/9/2015 - Padraig Likes this wine:
90 points
Good drinking wine with good QPR. There's much more life in this vintage if properly stored. Great wine for a good dinner with friends. Nice fruit, good (not great) color. Nice nose. This isn't a difficult wine which makes it easy to enjoy.
Red
2004 Cardinale Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (view label images)
3/11/2015 - Padraig Likes this wine:
96 points
This was the surprise of the evening. Even amongst a group of very highly rated CA, WA, and French cabs/blends, Cardinale held its own. Great color, wonderful nose, and drinking perfectly. Only a great 2003 Quilceda Creek and a wonderful 2002 Insignia beat out this one for top honors, but considering the competition, I'm very please by the performance and am looking out for more....
Red
3/11/2015 - Padraig Likes this wine:
94 points
Upon opening, the whole room was filled with the INTENSE nose of this beautiful wine. I wasn't expecting much from a 2001 first growth, but the nose alone was worth the price of the wine. The juice was captivating, proving that great terrior and a great winemaker can make wonderful wine even in the most difficult year. While this is far from the best Margaux, it was surprisingly decent -- and as I've already said, the nose alone was worth the price!
Red
4/8/2015 - Padraig Likes this wine:
93 points
This wine got under my skin - or perhaps under my tongue, and I can't seem to get enough of it. For my taste, it's got a wonderfully balanced flavor, a great nose, wonderful glass staining color, and (like a fine dancer), great legs. I normally keep some objectivity about the wines I drink, but this one, while not the "best", is really a wonderful drinking wine and I recommend it to all!
White
8/9/2015 - Padraig wrote:
87 points
Decent wine, nice color in the glass. It was good to wait a while. Chalone is a consistent wine and good QPR.
Rosé
5/24/2015 - Padraig Likes this wine:
91 points
Three years after its recommended pull date, these bottles drank beautifully with an Asian inspired Black Cod (Sablefish), rice, and baby bok choy. Flavors were very complimentary, the subtle sweetness held up well. I had a backup French Rose in case it had turned, but they were both excellent -- a tribute to Lou's winemaking??
Red
5/11/2014 - Padraig wrote:
94 points
Great wine. Love the label art on Christophe's bottle. Deep color, carefully made. Tasted with wine friends along with several other iconic Syrah/Shiraz and this rated with the best. If you can get Cayuse or some of the other Eastern WA/OR syrah's, go for it. It will take you years to get on Cayuse's list, but it's worth the wait.
Red
4/17/2015 - Padraig Likes this wine:
87 points
Forgot I had these in the cellar and needed some inexpensive red for a BBQ with a neighbor. Popped and poured, better than I had expected. Everyone liked the wine and thought that it was quite good. It was a decent NW Merlot slightly passed its peak, good color, no issues with the bottling, cork fine. Would but again for outdoor events or just a quick, soft WA red.
White
5/1/2015 - Padraig Likes this wine:
88 points
Nice "oaky" chardonnay, rich, almost overpowering. This one isn't subtle at all. Good QPR at under $15, easy to drink, nice color. We had it with poached cod, asparagus, and champ (irish potato receipe). I suspect that this one will have some years available and want to try it around 2020 or later as I believe that it will mellow out nicely.
White - Sparkling
3/16/2013 - Padraig Likes this wine:
95 points
Paired against a 2002 Dom Perignon. The Salon blew it out the the water. Much more complex, better mouth feel, mid palet, and longer finish. Very nice!
Red
12/25/2014 - Padraig Likes this wine:
89 points
Served with goose (using Julia Child receipe). Nice compliment. Opened 1 hour before drinking. Good nose, no flaws, nice pepper-spice. better than expected body and color. For an inexpensive southern Oregon Pinot, it was better than I had expected and could have easily gone another year or two.
Red
8/8/2012 - Padraig wrote:
92 points
Second of 10 bottles that I found, like the first, this is a really good example of a well-made California cab. There is nothing here not to like! Color is great, flavor is elegant, well balanced and fruity. Too bad this is no longer being made as it's a really nice wine that will fit nicely into a tasting of better cabs. If you find it at a reasonable price (under $50), give it a try!
White
8/8/2012 - Padraig wrote:
78 points
Not much there except a bitter aftertaste. This one isn't built to last at all. When Toasted Head is fresh (1 - 3 years), it's a nice drinking, simple Chardonnay, but based on this experience, it won't age. If you have it, toss!!
Red
8/8/2012 - Padraig wrote:
91 points
Another surprise from the depths of my cellar was this 24 year old Carmenet Cab. I found it and didn't expect much at all. I opened it for my wife's spaghetti sauce and saw that the color was good and the cork perfect. I filtered it, gave a 1/2 cup to the sauce, then put it back into the bottle and let it sit exposed for about 8 hours. We drank it with the pasta and it was really good .... much better than expected. Color was near glass staining, nose opened up to rich and fruity berries. Nice 30 second finish. I don't have much Carmenet, but I'll look more closely now that I've tried this one.
Red
5/20/2012 - Padraig wrote:
90 points
Finally opened these 2 bottles of Aussie cab and was delighted that they were at their peak in terms of color and extract. Nothing exceptional about the nose, but the flavor was intense and with more fruit than I would have guessed. Popped and poured at a fun party and had several good comments about the quality of the wine. Based on the fruit, I believe that this could have had another 2 - 4 years left in it. At the QPR, I will buy more if I happen to see it.
Red
1986 Château Talbot St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/6/2012 - Padraig wrote:
88 points
Good color, decent and drinkable, but lacked the depth and complexity that I would expect in a classified growth. No problems with the wine, good cork, balanced, but weak. Displayed an initally nice nose which faded a bit over the next hour. Not much sediment, which surprised me a bit. It's not going to get any better, so drink it up and move on.
Red
3/3/2012 - Padraig wrote:
99 points
OMG!! This was the first bottle of Velvet Glove that I've drunk, although I've had other wines from Sparky. This is the best Shiraz that I've ever had, including both Grange and Astralis. Wonderful, room filling nose, glass etching color, smoother than a babys cheek, and l o n g (like a minute) finish of complex fruit (which masks the head spinning alcohol!). Wonderful wine and drinking perfectly right now! Purchased from Mollydooker on release, stored in my pro wine cellar. This stuff is really, really good. Damn near gave it 100.
Red
11/6/2011 - Padraig wrote:
85 points
This really surprised me! Although it was a well-made Sonoma cab and '89 was a decent year, I expected this to be long since gone. I removed the bottle from my temp/humid controlled wine cellar and it was PERFECT! Using a Vinturi, I first decanted into a Reidel Duck, then back into a washed bottle. Mild sediment. Nose was decent, so I poured a taster and was really suprised that it drank as well as it did. Looking forward to killing off the bottle later today. Great glass staining color of dark ruby.
Red
10/26/2011 - Padraig wrote:
90 points
My first bottle of Igneous. Very drinkable, but not what I expected. Great color, decent, not great nose gave way to a gentle true cab fruit. I was expecting a mind-blowing Napa, what I got was an easy drinking, good cab that I would pull out for friends over for a nice dinner. This isn't one of the bottles that I'll be hiding in the back of my cellar with the supercabs and bordeaux, but it's good and at the right price, go for it. I really wonder about other bottles and years as I expected this to be more that what this first bottle showed.
Red
10/13/2011 - Padraig wrote:
91 points
A little past its peak, this well-made CA cab retains a mature and balanced nose, good color
Red
10/13/2011 - Padraig wrote:
90 points
Decent Pinot, typically well-made Oregon style. Beaux Freres has always had a solid reputation in the tastings that I've been a part of. Hour decant, color was deeper than I remembered, very nice soft grape nose. Flavor was Burgundy sweet with nice aftertaste of warm pepper oil. Enjoyed by all!
Red
2000 De Toren Fusion V Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/13/2011 - Padraig wrote:
92 points
This one really surprised me and my guests. I Vinturi'ed this to a decanter then back to the bottle before popping it open 6 hours later. It was perfectly mature, had a great nose, and was remaniscent of a good CA cab blend at twice the price. I'll be looking for it and hope that other available vintages will have both the longevity and style of this nice wine.
Red
9/20/2011 - Padraig wrote:
91 points
Beautiful glass coating deep purple with agreeable nose on first pour after a 30 minute decant. Lots of sediment, so be sure to decant. Drank this at Applewood Restaurant in East Vancouver, WA with cassoulet. This wine really surprised me with its flavor and body. I'll buy more of this if I can find it at a decent price.
Red
8/3/2011 - Padraig wrote:
91 points
Although not the knockout wine that I had hoped for, a very decent effort. Nice deep color and great nose. Good finish, especially for a California Merlot (Pahlmeyer excepted), but I felt that its midpalet was weak which affected my impressions of the wines complexity. Don't get me wrong, it's a good wine -- but is it worth the price? I think that you can do better...
Red
8/3/2011 - Padraig wrote:
88 points
Better than I remembered it, may have improved somewhat with a little bottle aging. Great color, good nose, although fleeting. Nice Merlot to drink with food, we had it with some pasta lightly tossed in olive oil, butter, and some fresh herbs. Great wine to serve to non-wino friends as it is easy to drink. I suspect that a year or two of bottle age or maybe 45 minutes of air after opening will bring out the best of this decent Washington merlot.
Red
7/30/2011 - Padraig wrote:
96 points
Dinner at El Gaucho consisted of a nice filet mignon (Oscar style), with nicely prepared mushrooms. The wine was a 2001 Quilceda Creek from my cellar. Cork was perfect and after decanting, we noted a beautiful fragrance of blueberries in the immediate area. 30 minutes later, I tasted the wine expecting an excellent drink and was not disappointed. The midpallet was complex and balanced, the mouthfeel of the wine was soft and balanced. The finish was a bit short for this wine -- about 20 seconds and I wonder if the problem was me on this occasion. Quilceda pairs will with traditional cabernet driven foods and this was no exception. It still has several years of life in it and may become a bit more complex, however I believe that it is pretty well mature at this point but not on the decline. Drink and enjoy if you've got some. I suspect that it will serve us well for the next 10 years or so.
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Red
2002 Vérité La Muse Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/1/2011 - Padraig wrote:
95 points
Better than I expected. Room filling nose that backed it up with complex structure. Perfect drinking window, purple ink tongue coating liquid. Ate a NY Strip Steak at El Gaucho in Portland, OR with magnificant wine and will look for more.
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Red
5/1/2011 - Padraig wrote:
88 points
Nice big bottle to crack with friends at an early dinner at Skamania Lodge in the Columbia River Gourge. Not really flawed, but not particularly complex. Flavors were fruity, fine and feastive.
Red
5/1/2011 - Padraig wrote:
96 points
Great Merlot, among the best Californian's that I've ever had. Beautiful color of midnight, nose of smokey violets. Finish that seems to go on forever (probably about a minute), layers of complexity. Still drinking great, this is mature but has more years left in it. Treat yourself if you see it available. Drank this with a rare grass-fed Oregon filet of beef and it complimented it well...
White
5/1/2011 - Padraig wrote:
94 points
Very nice Puligny. Nice acid balance, good fruit on nose. Consumed with light shrimp course.
White
5/1/2011 - Padraig wrote:
94 points
Very nice floral notes, Subtle flavors, decent nose. Gave it about 30 minutes of decant and consumed with an early course of local scallops.
Red
3/27/2011 - Padraig wrote:
91 points
Consumed with my wife at Morton's in Portland, OR. Very decent wine, but didn't knock my socks off. Decanted for 30 minutes, nice nose, looked good in the glass with beautiful color. On the tounge, my anticipation was left wanting, although it was good. The finish was lacking but the initial taste was great. Drink this one now, I don't believe that it will get any better.
Red
1999 Vérité La Muse Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/13/2011 - Padraig wrote:
94 points
Drank with friends at El Gaucho, Portland. Decanted for about 30 minutes to an absolutely WONDERFUL nose and grape and violet. Dark color. Nose diminished somewhat over time. The flavor was perfect for a well-made Merlot based wine and rivals some of the best that I've had. Everyone at the table loved this wine. This is drinking great right now and looks to last at lease another 2 years.... but why wait?
Red
12/20/2010 - Padraig wrote:
96 points
Killed off two bottle of SQN Raven Syrah over a L O N G dinner event at Mortons in Jacksonville. Other wines included a 1999 Quilceda Creek (WOTN - 99) a 1990 N Potel Montrachet (long decant - good, not great), a1985 Hermitage (90+). The SQN was very drinkable after a 45 minute decant, great dark ruby color, exceptional nose, solid legs. Blackberry oil gave way to extracted purity of dark grapes and walking barefooted on the summer breezes in the hills near Cambria. My last 2 bottles.... perhaps readers who feel sorry for this poor wino who have an extra case around would part with a couple of bottles? Ah... I thought not....
Red
11/14/2010 - Padraig wrote:
86 points
Man, I was amazed at this one. I really didn't expect it to be drinkable, but after a run through the Vinturi and 4 hours of air in a Reidel duck, it had both fruit and flavor! Who would have guessed! Nothing spectacular, but a decent wine on which to build a conversation remembering the trip that we purchased it. Kudos on this onw.
Red - Fortified
7/26/2010 - Padraig wrote:
97 points
Tasted as a closing course at Wine Dinner in Portland, OR. Decanted for 5 hours after cracking the neck with tongs. Exceptionally rich vintage port, room filling nose, and great burnt orange/carmel color. This is a wonderful sipping port that will flatter well matched foods. Get some while its still available!
Red
5/21/2010 - Padraig wrote:
97 points
Drank this joyous liquid pitted against a 2006 Sine Qua Non "Raven" and a 2006 Cayuse Cailloux. The Cayuse is not in this league. Virtually all in attendance (18) favored the Astralis over the SQN, but not by much. Beauriful, concentrated opaque ruby/purple color, impressive nose of mythical berrries with a drop of grape tantalizing the palate. Great mid-palate, very fine finish of 40+ seconds. I've got to believe that there is a splash of Grenache swirled in here because the flavor profile is a bit different that I would expect of a 100% Aussie Shiraz -- but of couse I could simply be tasting the result of Ramon's exquisite torture of the grapes which gave their all for the Island Down Under.
Red
5/10/2010 - Padraig wrote:
92 points
Drank with family and friends on Whidby Island. This really surprised me. Drinking perfectly at the moment, this Oregon Pinot has captured the beautiful depth of extraction, the perfect medium opacity of true pinot color, has a great complexity, and a medium finish. Midpalate is near perfect. This isn't going to get any better than it already is but it does seem to have plenty of life left in it. Drink and enjoy. This is one of the better pinots that I've had from Oregon and easily the equal of better known names.
Red - Fortified
3/19/2010 - Padraig wrote:
97 points
After tonging the bottle and decanting for 4 hours, we poured this beautiful port along side a 1985 Quinto do Noval and served it with dates stuffed witl blue cheese and wrapped in bacon. The pairing was wonderful, the Fonseca outstanding. I could go on about the forever finish (well over a minute), the nose, the color, etc. Suffice it to say that this is drinking perfectly and was the WOTN to many at the table of 16. I need more.....
Red
3/19/2010 - Padraig wrote:
95 points
Wine Dinner at the Urban Farmer, Portland, OR. 18 bottles consumed, 18 guests. This was my first (but NOT my last) Betz cab and it was STUNNING! Although the Insignia was the cab WOTF, this beautiful, dark, brooding WA wine held its own against the 1999 Quilceda Creek and the Phelps. Nice 30+ second finish, uncious mid-palate, refined nose of leather with a hint of blackberry, and a striking flavor profile define this beauty. This wine was decanted back to the bottle after vinturi and recorked on the morning of the event. Served as the first of the 3 cabs, only the Insignia, served last, really overpowered it. This isn't going to get any better than it is, but it seems poised to last a few more years under the right conditions. Drink and enjoy!
Red
1997 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/18/2010 - Padraig wrote:
98 points
Wine dinner at the Urban Farmer, Portland, OR. 18 wines drunk amongst 18 people. The Insignia was tasted against a 1999 Quilceda Creek and a 1997 Betz Alpha. All were decanted back into the bottle after vinturi and recorked. All were served at 65 degrees. The Insignia was clearly the WOTF. Beautiful nose of mixed berries and a finish of 40+ seconds. This is a complete wine that demonstrates winemaking and blending at its finist. The integration of acids, tannins, and fruit was complete and several at the table had philosphical moments over this wine, which was served with grass fed, locally raised ribeye. This won't (can't) get any better than it is, so if you're fortunate to have some, find the right moment and drink it up! (Note: The QC and Betz were also great, they just didn't rise to the level of the Insignia for this tasting).
Red
3/27/2010 - Padraig wrote:
99 points
Oh, sh*t! Drank this today at the winery along with their Columbia Valley Red. My God, this is good, I really can't imaging what this glorious spirit will be in 5+ years. Oodles of beautiful fruit in evolving balance with the tannins. Finish seems to last forever, great mid-palate. This is a wonderful drink right now even though it is obvious that it is too young and begs to be laid down. I spoke with Paul (winemaker) about this effort and he convinced me that it really is his best effort to date. I see no reason to doubt him on this. Color is deep ruby purple, magnificant legs. This 2007 reminds me of the 2003 rather than the 2005 and may well become my favorite bottle of wine. I'm on the list and picked up a case of the 750's and a mag, now I wish I had bought 2 cases. Regardless of the "pro" scores (which haven't yet been released), I have no doubt that this is a really special bottle of wine in a great year and destined for classic status. For the last several years, QC has run circles around better known boutiques like Screamiing Eagle at a fraction of the price. Go find some -- even in the secondary marketplace it's a better buy than most Napa's. I'm really now awaiting the Fall release of the Galatzin and Palengat vinyard bottlings which should also be really great.
Red
3/27/2010 - Padraig wrote:
91 points
Drank on Day 1 of the March Wine Affair (for lack of a better name) on March 18. This Dry Creek darling was surprisingly good and ready to drink within minutes of opening. The Zin lovers in the group kept asking about the wine and remarked about the flavor, depth, and structure of the wine. All are experienced winos and were in agreement on the rating. Even though this was my wine, I concentrated on the cabs that evening and my notes will include more descriptive terms of the taste and finish. I have no doubt that this was a very well made Zin based on the 8 or so Zin freaks who consumed it.
Red
2/20/2010 - Padraig wrote:
86 points
Easy to drink, though not my style. Very light color, OK nose. Little complexity, mono-dimensional. This is a good wine when drinking with non-wine friends. This is juice, not extract, lightweight, not tortured. At the $10 that I paid for it, good QPR though more weird fruity than Pinot.
Rosé - Sparkling
2/20/2010 - Padraig wrote:
84 points
Who would have thought New Mexico champagne? It's actually pretty good and a great conversation piece. Nice packaging, good color, bubbles OK. Weak nose, taste not particularly crisp, but I'll try another bottle in a year or so. Pretty good buy for a Rose bubbly, their white product is available at Trader Joes for about $14 or so, a very good buy. This one is only available from the winery or by mail order. I'll leave out other notes on this one, the nice part of it is pulling it out, pouring, and letting people guess where it might have come from......
Red
2/12/2010 - Padraig wrote:
91 points
Valentine dinner at Morton's, Portland, OR. Cork and bottle in perfect condition, full decant and about an hour of air. Nose initally non-expressive, classic balanced tannins and acids. Nose woke up after about 90 minutes to really nice blueberries that weren't present in the wine itself. Fairly short finish, I suspect that this is now at its peak. I would recommend 2 hrs air, primarily for the nose to develop, but it's fine to drink soon after the decant. Very decent with the double cut filet, though not as complex on the palate as other QC's that I've had. I still have a few more bottles and will be curious as to their status.... A very good, classic cab, although not exceptional.
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Red
2/8/2010 - Padraig wrote:
86 points
Drank with friends at Sjuper Bowl party. As is usually the case, 14 Hands is a simple, nice drinking cab with enought flavor to make it interesting. Drank it with various pub grub items. This wine usually represents a well made, mass produced Washington wine at a fair price. It is single dimensional, ready to go, and has reasonable fruit. Nothing special, but I'll always have a few bottles on hand for folks that don't really get into wine. Seems pretty consistant year-to-year.
Red
1/28/2010 - Padraig wrote:
88 points
This has always been a really decent everyday wine and a great deal for the money. Nice berry flavors, good body, reasonable finish, nice balance. 14 Hands won't knock your socks off, but if you want to have a wine that most red drinkers will enjoy, consider this.
Red
1/12/2010 - Padraig wrote:
86 points
Barbara's birthday, dinner at Jake's Grill, Portland. Good cork, great color. Decanted and let sit for about an hour. Weak nose. Tasted, nothing overpowering, fairly short 20 second finish. Some similarity to mid-range Paulliac with lead pencil, vague cherry. Not hot, although alcohol is present. This is at the end of its useful life, not much left. Fruit gone, but it has some attributes. Suggestive of a once really good wine. I'll try younger vintages and report again.....
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