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White
12/4/2023 - stufis Likes this wine:
92 points
Mike in Atlanta has it right, even after all these years. Delicious Chard, bright, warms up nicely. Sadly our last.. Kudos to a Pacific Palisades native!
Red
5/27/2022 - stufis Likes this wine:
92 points
Well! Bought 6 at the winery in 2010-11-ish, drank one to test but this is the first of the remainiing 5, stored off-site since purchase.

N: Classic WOE aromatics; 14 years on and it's still so racy, bright, and piercing, which I generally think is more extreme than the best of the quality SCM PNs (I almost fully attribute this to the Schultze's terroir, with it's 900' elevation and windy-duh-exposure). Two hours in and it still rebounds from the glass. Nothing muted here.
P: PnP at cellar temp. Although it starts a bit reserved, overall it has hardly declined from 2009, it seems. Finish lengthens noticably after an hour or so. Red fruits and the WOE spiciness on full display. The Francois Freres oak is all but passe here (as opposed to a 2012 last week that was still oak-dominant). Super balanced. At it's peak, it seems.
Red
12/5/2020 - stufis wrote:
Enjoyed this very well tonight with a savory pork t-loin, even accounting for Jim‘s penchant for 100% new oak back in the early days (!). Exceptionally long lasting on the palate and quite full – flavored. Our last, alas.
Red
1967 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/20/2017 - stufis wrote:
What a pleasant shock! Gifted from my then-girlfriend's dad, who was a long-term Zachy's employee (there is a Garney Eisner Room at the store marking his valued relationship with Don), this more than survived chronic abuse in closets, on a transcontinental flight, and worse! Cork was a challenge to remove. Muted palate that echoed Bordeaux more than stated it, and the palate was lengthy, showing appropriate flavors. Lasted the hour it was consumed without fading. Excellent!
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White
1/14/2016 - stufis wrote:
92 points
Served over 2 nites; astounding (in a positive way) development over the past few years. Still has the WOE-unique Chard aromatics (really not encountered in anyone else's Chards) followed by a miles-long finish. Color has darkened appropriately, but the whole thing is singing.
Red
11/14/2015 - stufis wrote:
91 points
Compared nicely vs. a '12 Turley Old Vines at the same 6-person meal. Higher-toned than the T (which we all found to be quite an interesting variance...not sure which was favored among us...just...different), but balanced and just as rewarding; huge florals, and the lengthy impression on the palate was quite nice.
Red
11/14/2015 - stufis wrote:
92 points
Singing on all cylinders. Floral aspects are huge, the palate is lengthy and satisfying. No oaky aspects of note, well-resolved re: tannins. A nice wine!
Red
9/6/2015 - stufis wrote:
85 points
Ok...this was the "third leaf", the cork was a tad loose (using an ah-so), and those 2 things probably IMHO ("h"= hopeful) contributed to a rather dull offering. Hey, coulda been bottle variation, certainly an issue after so many years.

Got 2 more, so will report back!
Red
8/22/2015 - stufis wrote:
93 points
This was tremendous...spicey, lengthy finish, round Zin flavors. No hint of age, other than the balance and nuance all of "us oldsters" bring to the table. The last of the lot, alas. On to the '05s next!
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Red
8/8/2015 - stufis Likes this wine:
92 points
Shockingly fresh after 11 years in my cellar, this exhibited a bit of oakiness but otherwise strutted the floral aromatics and lengthy finish that WOE Pinots all seem to have. I think Jim was using 50% new oak back then, since cut down to the 30s these days. Hardly any bricking to betray its age, this was very nice from what were then only 5-year old vines.
Red
5/30/2015 - stufis wrote:
91 points
A worthy wine after almost a decade. Held its own, lengthy on the palate. nothing seemed to be absent.
Rosé - Sparkling
5/24/2015 - stufis wrote:
91 points
Nicely balanced and floral, one could say "expected" for a Rose. The 33% Chard seemed prominent, but...eh. Really fine with Chicken piccata. $15 from the Heritage auction...huge win for several Schramberg bottles.
Red
5/23/2015 - stufis wrote:
84 points
Goopy...goopy...goopy. Jeez, I haven't had a top-tier wine this out o' wack since Brian Loring's '06 Pinot Noirs! Then it was the season, the harvest, yadda yadda. ..a terrible vintage. But why now? This vintage? A shocker, I tells ya!

So here I am getting the same unctious flavors...no balance, nothing savory, not at all spice-driven, no "brambles" in MY glass fo' so', not showing any acid backbone to offer some balance...sup wid dat???

sez 15% on the label, but I bet it's more 16+++.

There are other "Old Vines" at this price point that are lighter, more nimble, showing the spice and maybe even something like the "T" word, even though I know that's not 'really'possible from all the locales these grapes come from, but "Old Vine" from a serious producer should not be showing this flabby, purple resin.

Think I'll open a '10 to tomorrow (Memorial Day) to see whazzup. Check in over there to see my thoughts...
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Red
5/8/2015 - stufis wrote:
91 points
Slightly sweet note just expands on the wondrous palate; nose was a classic Mike Officer rendering...fulsome/deep. This is a balanced, long-thought-of wine. I daresay it is better than some of his '07 SVDs (I know...heresy).
White
4/18/2015 - stufis wrote:
86 points
Holy smokes, Rick! This was a dis-jointed oak bomb! OK, so I'm jusat picking on the last poster...Also, we did finishe it (I do like my oaks at times) but I would have expected this to have been a lot tamer.. Fruit is still hanging on, and was noticeable, but pushed aside by that oak! Whatever other floral notes or pate-pleasing aspects I expected from a 13-year old wine were totally missing.

Two more to go...wonder if I should hold out for a few more years, but I recall reading that oak really doesn't recede, only the fruit flavors will...in which case those two bottles are going to be problematic.
White - Sparkling
4/5/2015 - stufis wrote:
88 points
Showing its age as it warms. Meh...probably held this for too long.
White
4/3/2015 - stufis wrote:
Spooky is right. The acid levels are still evident, but over two nights this was a beauty...better the 2nd night, I suppose.

I was put onto this many years ago on one of the wine sites as "something special" and this turned out to be just that. The bottle we consumed 4 years ago was more one-dimensional...quite the transformation!
Red
4/3/2015 - stufis wrote:
93 points
She sed it was a Windy Oaks, maybe even a (unnamed) bottle that goes for $90 bucks. I sed...nah, you're not worth that...if we had any.

She took the (then) empty bottle and smacked my head. I thot that was a bit suggestive, and tried to call one of the Bradley Bro's to confirm this was not a Windy label I was holding (erm, twas a tad blurry). She grabbed the fone, dunked it in her empty glass, added sum Bombay, a whiff of Dolin, and tolt me to stfu. Then James came on the line (James??? WTF is he doing there) and sed "Stu...I'm over here...whatchoo want??? Lester is good sh*t, so chillax you sh*t. I'm...um...at a bar in Carmel and don't need this crap! Go away!"

Yes, a nice, civilized wine, to be sure.
Red
3/21/2015 - stufis wrote:
94 points
Can't get more sublime than this...lengthy finish complemented the Zin-specific notes on the nose & palate. 15.8% was not an issue. Overall this hardly tasted like a 14 year old Zin...or perhaps it did, when it's made by this producer!
White
3/20/2015 - stufis wrote:
86 points
decent, but that's all. More a white wine than a GruVe.
Red
2/28/2015 - stufis wrote:
93 points
Could be the very best Arc Syrah we've had. Everything in it's place. Guessing it might start to taper off in 5+ years, but this is a beauty. The elegance of a Syrah made by a Pinot bigot!

To wit...the back label, referencing the limestone nature of Ballard Cyn and the fact that such soils are the key to Burgs/Pinot Noir and how a Syrah might do in such a setting: "I'm intrigued by its Pinot Noir body and elegance and fascinated by how the soil might impact the resultant wine."

Well no surprise here! What a success.
Red
2/27/2015 - stufis wrote:
93 points
Yep-this boy is still struttin' the stuf...lengthy on the palate, fragrant on the nose, and an aggressive attack to start things off. Tannins still present but in the mild-ish sense.

"er...Monsieur...did you say theese ees 19 years after vintahhhge??" erm...not so bad...I'll finish this and take home a case."
Red
2/21/2015 - stufis wrote:
93 points
Mi espose has a much better palate than I, so I blind-tasted her on this, our last of the vintage. "Youthful, fruit-forward, vibrant, really spicy, so I'd say a 2012 Zin, maybe one of the Turleys."

Huge success for such an oldster. Round, long finish, pleasant in all regards (eh...there WAS a dash of sediment...quelle surprise!). Nose was profound...did I state the finish was loooooong?

Some may have bitched (just sayin') about an aggressive oak regimen (I see it in the 10-year old PNs), but this was a perfect recipe, whatever he did.
Red
2/1/2015 - stufis wrote:
90 points
In it's sweet spot, in more ways than 1...great on the nose, even better on the palate., with a lengthy finish and robust fruit profile supporting the alc level. No tannins to speak of at this point. Killer at $21 (my price point).
Red
1/29/2015 - stufis wrote:
85 points
Drank over 3 evenings. We debated if it was mildly corked, but were able to plow thru it over a few nites, so gave it a default 85. Fruit was pretty rambunctious for something mildly corked (!). 2 more, so the next reading should be telling.
White
1/24/2015 - stufis wrote:
92 points
Wonderful...honeyed notes, lengthy finish, all supportive of the whole package. What a pleasure.
Red
1/3/2015 - stufis Likes this wine:
93 points
Great way to celebrate the New Year. Fruit is still quite present, holding its own vs. the oak, which I would agree with others is still a factor. Hoiwever, all in all, it's a nice balancing factor. Tannins are modest at this point, so this has become a sippin' wine as well as a wonderful meal wine. I also agree with others that this bottling has years to go.
White
1/2/2015 - stufis wrote:
91 points
Thar she bows! And such a rarity. Huge success for such an oldster from the Santa Maria region. "Why Not" indeed. Deeper yellow hues and a modestly-oaked nose was followed by a fruit-dominated mix and lengthy finish. This went on and on for more than an hour, even staying strong as it warmed to room temp. Who knows how long this white beauty can live...I'm no Ahab, but a few more years for sure.

Purchased as part of a case mix at Heritage Auctions early in '14...average price $6. Huge win (ok...offset by some oxidized '96 Rullys, but this was a real winnah!). My $72 for 12 bottles, with half in primo shape: a good deal all around.
Red
12/28/2014 - stufis wrote:
89 points
Nicely structured, ie, balanced tannins, fruit-forward nevertheless. The acidic-sense offered a good offset for a Cranberry-based sauce on the Pork Roast. Nothing missing, decently lengthy finish, nicely tart finish on the palate, showing its 8-year old age (ie, still youthful).
Red
12/21/2014 - stufis wrote:
86 points
PnP, which might have contributed to our (4-person) reaction: just not enuff Oregon PNs in our experience, perhaps, but this seemed way thinner than others. No length, no body, just a pink juice. No attraction at all...to any of us.
Red
1992 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
11/29/2014 - stufis wrote:
88 points
Holding on by its little pinkies (grapes have pinkies???), but still round and flavorful. nothing missing (I think of a recent Tom/Hill/Berzerkers review of a '90 bottle that seemed stripped...to wit: "rather pencilly/cedary/Am.oak/vanilla complex finish w/ light/astringent/tired tannins; still offers up some pleasure but clearly slipping away").

Finish may be a bit short, but the flavors are all at the table and a bit rambunctious...and not a pencil to be seen...OK, so what if I prefer crayons). The American Oak is sitting up on the Back Benches, thankfully.

Opened an '07 right after, and it's easy to see the family connection.
White
11/27/2014 - stufis wrote:
88 points
Very nice effort for a supermarket purchase (Vons-$12 after card discount).. Light, but lots of Viog notes. None of the bitterness that appears in so many other regions...hah!It must be the RS they add!...Jes' kiddin'....

Nice offering for Turkeyday.
Red
11/26/2014 - stufis wrote:
87 points
PnP from a 375, this was quite pleasant! Forthcoming nose with lots of dark notes, fruit-forward (-ish) on the palate, and a lengthy finish. Open for bidnezz.
Red
11/18/2014 - stufis wrote:
89 points
Perhaps the very best Appellation Zin I've had from Carlisle. Sweeter than most on the attack (a very pleasant surprise), lengthy finish, tons of fruit. Only issue was...twas my last one! Ack!
Red
10/31/2014 - stufis wrote:
92 points
McKay has it right. Read hi\s stuff...

This is a beauty, regardless of bottle size...this evening's 375ml was a killer, from 1st pour to the end. Huge spiciness adding to the long finish.

Editorial... This is so much better than the "typical" Sonoma and Santa Ynez Pinot's that I (also) enjoy, but which at this age are much more forward, one-dimensional, un-subtle and....frankly, much less "light" on the palate.
White - Off-dry
9/12/2014 - stufis wrote:
88 points
Opened an hour earlier, still had plenty of deisely fumes when first poured.

Sweetness overwhelmed any appreciation of the flavors, alas. Score reflects my ignorance of Spats in general.
Red
9/11/2014 - stufis wrote:
91 points
In its sweet spot after 8+ years; followed over 2 days, this expanded the positive traits of the 1st night...great nose, lengthy finish, seamless tannins, kinda between the dark and red note profiles. What a beaut! Stood up to a steak tonight as well as a mildly-spiced pork t-loin last night.
Red
9/6/2014 - stufis wrote:
89 points
Quite a nice aged bottle...tannins still evident, fruit also strutting some stuff. Finish is clipped (age, I suspect), but a fine bottle with USA Wagyu NY Strips. Real win for this Heritage Auction bottle...at $13!
Red
9/5/2014 - stufis wrote:
79 points
I started with an "80" but even that is too much. Syrupy, sweet, one-dimensional, barely Zin-noticeable.

Even blown out at $15 by one of the best SoCal wine stores (that's why I tried one...but only one), this wuz a waste of a $15 bill.
Red
8/29/2014 - stufis wrote:
92 points
This particular bottle had all the echoes of wonderful head-pruned Zins...(or so I wuz told by my leader Stephen Colbert). Lengthy finish, balanced sweet yet tart reddish notes...not to be confused with SweetTart notes...and just a hint of ash-tones suggesting its age. The epi-toam of Hayne-sourced Zin, IMNSHO. (Take that, Turley!)

A very fine bottle, indeed. Wish I had more. Great bottle graphics, BTW.
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Red
8/16/2014 - stufis wrote:
91 points
Ah yes...Echoes of Mike's...um...teenaged efforts...yeah, that's not a bad descriptor! Ripe, somewhat unbalanced, but a very fine Zin/ (and other goodies in the blend, per the label). Huge finish, lingering, forces you to remember each sip/glug(!).

His more recent efforts are semi-faint echoes of this vintage, much more refined...15.9%, fer gawsh sakes. Yet drinking this tonight over three hours it showed all the strengths of his wines and wine-making skills compared to what was offered in '07, to say nothing of the 6+ vintages previously. While it doesn't compare that favorably to more recent Pietro's vintages, which are more structured and vyd -driven (vs winemaker-driven) this is nice enough for a hot August Saturday nite with grilled NY steaks. Thanks, Mike!
White
7/12/2014 - stufis Likes this wine:
88 points
Great value; balance, not cat-pee driven or otherwise screechy. Balanced, decent finish. First year for the SCM-designated Sauv Blanc, which is from the Remde ("REM-dee") vyd down the road from WOE. Huge QPR.
Red
7/19/2014 - stufis wrote:
90 points
Bit on the downward slope? Or was it always this light on the palate...could be...not enough data points to have a firm opinion. Lot more dark cherry notes than I expect from aged PNs, but decent balance more than offset the rather clipped finish...talkin' muself into a higher regard for this 10+ year-oldster...yup. Moving that 88 up a bit.
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Red
5/30/2014 - stufis wrote:
88 points
Had this over 4 nites, re-capped and re-frig'ed each nite. It held up very well, none of the atrophy one gets in reds after this time frame. Showing hints of the "Mike" fingerprints, a deep and worthy non-SVD "Zin" in all it's glory. A wonderful, dram (as some might say in Scawtlind)...and for $20 on the mailing list way back when! Huge!
Red
5/30/2014 - stufis wrote:
94 points
Perhaps the best WOE PN we have ever had...peer-ee-owed. Some bricking on the rim, the nose is still classic WOE, and a lengthy finish. Violets all over the tongue...both crushed and otherwise...tannins gone like Hitler's Wehrmacht from Stalingrad, yielding a wonderful sippin' wine, yet it is magically holding it's own at the table.

We have had many aged US PNs (i.e., 7-15 years), and this is quite the best we can recall...

Amazing that I use the terms "Wehrmacht" and "magical" in the same paragraph...heh.
White
5/23/2014 - stufis wrote:
87 points
For a $6 Heritage Auction purchase in '13, this was a stunner...others of the lot showed (a bit of) ageing...heh

Lengthy finish, characterized by mature notes of apricot, etc. With so few bottles in CT, I think this is enough commentary (!).
Red
5/23/2014 - stufis wrote:
89 points
Geez...I only have 11 more of this?

Great entry level Carlisle Zin, and seems better than it's '07, IIRC.
Not as tannic or tart, less unforgiving. Could qualify as a patio Sippin' Zin, if it weren't for Mike's SVD being so good for that...
Red
5/22/2014 - stufis wrote:
92 points
Sad to see this was my last of the '05 Cuvees. Wonderful from the top: expressive nose, long finish, harmonious flavors and tannins showing a well-structured wine. Huge QPR for Jim Schultze.
White
5/20/2014 - stufis wrote:
93 points
Huge win for WOE. While still a young'un, this is showing plenty of levels/layers. Still a fresh offering, as if it were bottled last spring, yet there is so much more.

What I see as a the One Acre's highly distinctive nose (olives, eucalyptus, roses) is amply supported on the palate. Not sure I've seen this fragrance elsewhere...quite a lengthy finish as well. Wish there was more than the one measly acre!
Red
4/27/2014 - stufis wrote:
89 points
Started off one-dimensional, showing the 16% heat; over an hour it showed its stuff. Fine at that point and thereafter. Lingering finish. Perhaps lost a bit of the multiple levels one might get after...say...5-8 years, but still vibrant.
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