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Red
4/11/2014 - friezu Likes this wine:
93 points
Absolutely fantastic! Drank with bouef bourguignon. Full of stewed fruits with a long vanilla and toffee finish reminiscent of Port. Can see how this might be polarizing but all 4 of us loved it. Feel that this is probably at its peak.
Red
2005 Desert Wind Vineyard RUAH Wahluke Slope Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/14/2012 - friezu Likes this wine:
90 points
Thought the green notes have faded away and allowed the fruit to stand on its own. Paired with tenderloin steaks in a bleu cheese sauce and went well.
Red
12/2/2012 - friezu wrote:
91 points
A distinct improvement from previous. The acidity has let up a bit and let the fruit come forward.
White
3/18/2012 - friezu wrote:
85 points
Fairly standard. No flaws, but nothing stands out either.
White
3/18/2012 - friezu wrote:
87 points
Sweetness slightly out of balance with acidity.
Red
3/22/2012 - friezu wrote:
88 points
Round and fruity. Worth the $9. Went well with herb crusted chicken.
Red
3/1/2012 - friezu wrote:
88 points
What an unexpected treat. Bought this bottle as a novelty for my wife (pet lover) and it lived on the counter for ~6 months. Finally got sick of looking at it and opened it up to find a fruity red that went well with our pork chops. Medium bodied and not too acidic, could probably stand on its own without food as well.
Red
2/20/2012 - friezu wrote:
92 points
Excellent. On the first day showed a slight bit of leather with mild tannins and strawberry. Second day the leather was more pronounced with more structure. Don't think this is going to improve for here.
Red
2004 Peter Lehmann Clancy's Barossa Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
2/2/2012 - friezu wrote:
91 points
No notes.
Red
1/28/2012 - friezu wrote:
90 points
This wine drinks more like a Chianti than Rioja. Taking advice from my previous note I paired this with pizza and roast brussel sprouts and it went fantastic. Bouquet of flowers and cherries. Leather and more red fruits on the palette.
Red
2006 La Fleur d'Arthus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/28/2012 - friezu wrote:
83 points
Not ready. Very tight with some unripe fruit mixed with sage and other herbs. On the 2nd day some chocolate started to show up but was out of balance with tannins and fruit.
Red
1/16/2012 - friezu wrote:
86 points
More on the peppery side than a typical Beaujolais but still nice cherry to round it out. Certainly unique to experience a Willamette Valley Gamay but lacking in depth compared to similarly priced Pinot Noir.
Red
1/18/2012 - friezu wrote:
91 points
Consistent with previous. Epic $8 find. Sediment still very heavy in each bottle consumed.
Red
1/18/2012 - friezu wrote:
90 points
Improved slightly from previous tasting. In my mind this is the most legendary $7 bottle of wine. Mouthfeel is relatively absent but bursting with lighter fruit flavors.
Red
1/18/2012 - friezu wrote:
83 points
Quaffable red wine with no distinguishing characteristics.
Red
1/18/2012 - friezu wrote:
92 points
By far the best of 3 bottles - there is more bottle variation here than can be accounted for by the difference in age. Tannins well-integrated with macerated red and black fruits. Really enjoyed this with grilled burgers.
Red
10/17/2011 - friezu wrote:
83 points
Paired with green chile cheeseburger. I don't usually comment on the color of wines, but this seemed a very deep hue. Very rich and full of blackberries and stewed fruits. Unfortunately I felt that this was missing the tannic structure I expect from Malbec. Definitely a good wine, but a bit too generic.
Red
10/17/2011 - friezu wrote:
88 points
This is an example of the lighter side of what Oregon has to offer. Don't choose this wine if you are in the mood for a heavier, more syrah-like Oregon wine. Cigarette smoke on the nose with plenty of raspberry and strawberry to back it up. Perfectly in balance (in my opinion), but lacks the depth of flavor to make it an outstanding wine; however, I was expecting much less. Drink soon.
White
10/15/2011 - friezu wrote:
84 points
This was the 2nd wine I've tried recently from the Cotes de Gascogne. Slightly less crisp than I was expecting but I still note primarily mineral flavors, though the texture of this wine is slightly richer than I expected. Slightly out of balance but still quite pleasant as a starter.
White
10/8/2011 - friezu wrote:
89 points
Apparently these Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne are made from grapes originally grown for producing Armagnac, typically colombard and ugni blanc. Great value. Primarily mineral flavors with some lemongrass citrus notes; avoids the herbal direction. Definitely reminiscent of a sauvignon blanc from Bordeaux.
Red
10/15/2011 - friezu wrote:
91 points
Full of smokey goodness on the nose with dark fruits and no noticeable burn of alcohol. Palate is full of blackberry cobbler surrounded by very smooth tannins. Watch out for sediment with this one, recommend decanting. Drink now. What a value! I had to go back and get a couple more bottles.
White
8/6/2011 - friezu wrote:
90 points
Notes to follow.
Red
6/16/2011 - friezu wrote:
Absolutely terrible. Tart and almost off-dry. Maybe I'll try to chill it!
Red
6/10/2011 - friezu wrote:
89 points
What a treat! Light body but full of flavor. Went terrible with chinese food but I couldn't put it down. At the top of the very good range and a great deal at $11.
White - Sparkling
5/28/2011 - friezu wrote:
85 points
Consistent with previous notes. Held up to its reputation as a crowd pleaser.
Red
5/21/2011 - friezu wrote:
83 points
Black pepper up front with a backing of sour cherry. The alcohol was out of balance and took away from my enjoyment, though I probably drank it a couple degrees too warm. Good but not very good on this occasion.
Red
5/20/2011 - friezu wrote:
89 points
Been a year since I had my last bottle of this. This makes me think the last bottle was off. Tastes identical to how it did at release. Rich red berry flavors with no obvious tannin. Pairs pretty well with anything - had this bottle with sizzling beef from our favorite Chinese hole-in-the-wall.
Red
3/26/2011 - friezu wrote:
92 points
I was pleasantly shocked by this bottle. Loads of jammy strawberry, blackberry, and plum to go along with creamy vanilla. Not one for everybody, but this is a great example of the style.
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White - Sparkling
3/11/2011 - friezu wrote:
85 points
Solid value at $12/magnum. Served as a crowd pleaser at a friend's birthday party.
Red
2003 Castello di Querceto / Querceto Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
3/11/2011 - friezu wrote:
Consistent with previous notes.
Red
2/18/2011 - friezu wrote:
My 2nd bottle. Both this and the first bottle opened very awkwardly. However, the first bottle improved after a couple of days; I'm hoping this one will too. Rating withheld for now, but would probably put it somewhere in the 75-79 range at this time.
Red
2/18/2011 - friezu wrote:
88 points
I am shocked at how much I enjoyed this bottle. Bright and acidic with nice strawberry, cherry, and turpentine. Reminiscent of a mid-level Chianti, but a little lighter.
Red
1/1/2011 - friezu wrote:
92 points
This bottle was fantastic last night with pork chops and pasta. This has a sinus-clearing characteristic that reminds me of hot mustard. Loads of black pepper but this still retains some figgy fruitiness. I wasn't expecting this much from this bottle. Of note, I did drink this bottle a bit cold, around 60 degrees F
Red
1/1/2011 - friezu wrote:
86 points
This wine polarized the group - one hated it and the other two enjoyed it with chili. This had a bit of dirt and leather along with some sour cherry tartness. Don't drink if you're in the mood for a wine to sip by itself, this needs food with it. Overall this is pretty disappointing for the price paid.
Red
1/1/2011 - friezu wrote:
85 points
Pleasant enough but not too exciting. Light for cabernet with cherry and strawberry and no perceptible tannin.
Red
2003 Castello di Querceto / Querceto Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
11/28/2010 - friezu wrote:
88 points
Found on sale at Sam's Club today for $9 - a bargain. The cork was almost completely soaked through but luckily the wine was unharmed. Starting to turn slightly brown at the edges. Sangiovese astringency is forefront but this isn't as drying as heavier Chianti's. Bizarre nose of leather, turpentine, and raspberries. The leather and raspberries come through on the palate with some sour cranberry as well. Everything here is nice but would score higher if it was more concentrated.
Red
2008 Pillsbury Roan Red Cochise County Red Blend (view label images)
11/26/2010 - friezu wrote:
88 points
Dad brought this back from the winery. Light and floral. More reminiscent of a medium bodied pinot noir than anything from the rhone valley. Regardless this is full of flavor with citrus, cranberry, and cherry. Devoid of tannins, this went well with pork and cream sauce but would go with anything from fish to poultry.
Red
11/6/2010 - friezu wrote:
89 points
Rich and velvety. Tannins are well integrated at this point. Close to 90.
White
10/27/2010 - friezu wrote:
87 points
Approximately 1/3 viognier and 2/3 chardonnay. This opened up a little hot but this improved after an hour or so. This shows tropical fruits like lychee and papaya which remind me more of rhone whites, but with a little stronger snap. Went well with sushi and would definitely hold up to chicken or cream sauces. Best Colorado white so far.
Red
10/17/2010 - friezu wrote:
92 points
On the lighter side for a shiraz, but still rich and flavorful. Tannins were barely noticeable and the classic black pepper was in the background. I tasted more cherries and strawberry jam. Don't think this will hold up to a steak but went well with pork chops.
Red
9/3/2010 - friezu wrote:
84 points
Almost poured this one down the drain when I opened up due to a strange metallic aftertaste. Luckily this blew off and the wine evolved into something pleasant, but not great. Guess I'll wait a while until I open the next bottle and keep my fingers crossed.
Red
2005 Peter Lehmann Clancy's Barossa Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
7/8/2010 - friezu wrote:
86 points
A bit lacking tonight in just about every aspect. Still better than a run-of-the-mill red, but doesn't have anything to set it apart. Will adjust note over the next few days if it changes. 86 for now.

Day 3: A little rounder a smoother, but faded. I missed day 2 but it probably peaked then.
Red
6/22/2010 - friezu wrote:
87 points
From what I understand this is mainly Rhone and local grapes with a mandatory drop of Gamay. This is my 3rd time tasting this wine but first time writing a note. Soft and sweet on the nose with strawberries and cream. Taste mirrors the nose with no discernible tannins - drink this sooner rather than later because its freshness gives it character.
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