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Red
2017 Delmas Syrah SJR Vineyard The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater
4/7/2021 - krhaugh Likes this wine:
95 points
Decanted >1 hour. First time tasting a Delmas wine although I ordered blindly when I received an allocation. On the nose, a typical Rocks (Milton Freewater Oregon) Syrah with funk, mushroom, forest floor, herbs and earth. I expected a "Cayuse" like wine and the nose led me there however this was big, dark red fruit that was extremely smooth and very tasty in the mouth. Still a hint of funk but WOW, a great tasting wine and I am very happy I have allocation to this. Superb.
  • krhaugh commented:

    4/8/21, 9:08 AM - Looks like you have been in Delmas from the 2016 vintage. I admire that you have not opened at least 1 of these bottles to try them young. I usually do so that I can see what their longtime potential is. I think Delmas is a diamond mostly unfounded so far. Salud!

Red
2014 The Hess Collection Pinot Noir Small Block Series Green Valley of Russian River Valley
6/7/2019 - krhaugh Likes this wine:
92 points
Popped and poured. The wife wanted 1 more glass so pulled this wine not expecting much. Big red fruit with cola and vanilla on the nose. In the mouth was the nice surprise. Delicious red fruit with some “sweetness” in the mouth. Being 86% Cab Sauv I expected this to be dominant. It wasn’t. Mild tannins with a long velvety finish. Really nice wine.
  • krhaugh commented:

    1/12/20, 11:33 AM - As I review my notes now, yes this part was a mistake. It is over 6 months ago so I don't remember much else at this point. Probably mixed up with other bottles during that week. Thanks for pointing this out.

Red
2013 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley
3/16/2019 - krhaugh Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted about 1 hour. Big red fruit with hints of spice and slightly floral on the nose. Very smooth and bold with pure “cabbie” flavors. Ripe red fruit, spice, pepper and leather. Mild to mid on the tannins. Nice wine drinking well but the wife and I were expecting a Wow moment and didn’t get it.
  • krhaugh commented:

    8/8/19, 10:12 AM - I think more time will help the wine continue to mature. The wow I look for in Cab's is either there or it isn't (for me). This is a really good wine and should cellar for many years if you can wait. I have 2 more bottles and won't open the next one for 3 - 5 years.

Red
2014 Megan Anne Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
12/24/2016 - krhaugh Likes this wine:
88 points
Decanted about 1 hour. Wanted to try this inaugural release with Mark Ryan's input. A little heavier than normal Oregon Pinot's but very tasty given the youth. Tough to judge as this is a very young wine but shows nice potential.
  • krhaugh commented:

    6/14/19, 11:02 AM - mathwonk, I haven't been out to taste in a while. I believe Isabelle is still there but I don't know who makes the big decisions.

Red
2011 Doubleback Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley
9/22/2017 - krhaugh Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted about 2 hours. It has been a year since last tasted. This Cab is starting to mellow and was very good with spaghetti & sausage. Not an overwhelming Cab, right where you want it to be. Big red fruit, spice, pepper & earth. Drank very nicely. Should be good now or over the next couple of years.
  • krhaugh commented:

    9/23/17, 1:43 PM - Your going to love Drew’s cabs. I got in on the first release and have been going strong since. In my opinion, one of the best Walla Walla has to offer. Enjoy. I look forward to your reviews.

Red
2012 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley
4/29/2017 - krhaugh Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted >2 hours. After reading other reviews I was expecting something special. Paired with grilled T-bones and sweet potatoes. Typical Walla Walla cab with big red fruit, hints of smoke & earh. Nice and smooth but I was expecting more. Same vintage Doubleback is better in my opinion. I'll wait awhile before trying again.
  • krhaugh commented:

    7/25/17, 6:45 PM - AGELVIS, yes Doubleback is a Walla Walla winery. It is owned by Drew Bledsoe, the former WSU and New England Patriot QB. His cabs are pricey ($100) but well worth it in my opinion. We really enjoy the wines. Try some if you can.

Red
2012 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch Vineyard Russian River Valley
3/7/2015 - SGates Likes this wine:
93 points
PnP to start birthday dinner. Went great with first courses of Salad, Scallops and steak tar tar. Wife really liked this and isn't usually a Pinot fan, so that tells you it isn't the typical Oregon Pinot I buy (price says so too). Less strawberry and more syrah like, cherry, pepper, spice flavors w/ a floral nose. Will be looking for more Keefer Ranch wines in the future.
  • krhaugh commented:

    3/9/15, 7:38 PM - You do know that Kosta Browne is a California Russian River/Sonoma Coast Pinot, right. Definitely not an Oregon Pinot. KB has won wine of the year on 2 occasions and IMHO can compete with some of the best Cabs in the world.

    Really glad you enjoyed it.

  • krhaugh commented:

    3/9/15, 8:07 PM - Excellent. I read it wrong. You are correct on the difference. Try some Williams Selyem or Sea Smoke some time to compare with the KB. As for some different Oregon Pinot's, if you happen to come along some Bethel Heights or Cristom (Eola Hills area near Salem), they are much earthier and closer to the Cali's. Enjoy!

Red
2007 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
8/19/2013 - krhaugh Likes this wine:
99 points
This might not be a huge Cab but I haven't tasted a better Cab, ever. This is like being a kid in the 70's and going to A&W Root Beer and having an ice cold A&W RB float. UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!
  • krhaugh commented:

    9/3/13, 8:16 AM - That is wine is different for everyone. I stand by my post about this wine. You are also entitled to your opinion.

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