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Red
10/14/2021 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
93 points
I have a college (but legal) aged son who has a palate far beyond his years and income. He tried it last night semi-blind and said, "Wow...dad...this is the shit!" Daou tends to think pretty highly of their products, and, as in this instance, it is often warranted. Chocolate dark cherries, a little raspberry, long finish. Would score it higher if it weren't slightly monolithic as many PS dominant wines sometimes are. Still, if you've got aged steak or even great pizza, this would be go-to juice.
Red
4/5/2021 - Omadobs Does not like this wine:
86 points
For $20, not horrible. Raspberry up front; short on the peppery back end. A little burnt match; not that interesting. Totally oversold by those, well, selling it. So many better wines at this price.
Red
3/8/2021 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
92 points
Totally agree with KJD45$'s first note. Dark color influenced by the PS; ripe, albeit slightly tart, brambly raspberry/blackberry fruit framed by...well, I'm already plagiarizing and so will stop other than to say not quite as hedonistic as the early 90s heydays, but darn solid.

I think the acid definitely impacts perception here and explains the disparity of reviews. Not a fan of aging zins more than a couple of years, but this definitely could be better in a few.
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Red
12/29/2020 - Omadobs wrote:
87 points
Good but not great and nothing like the Block 883. Nose is a citrusy red cherry-strawberry. Finish is short; minty with a little eucalyptus. Not memorable.
Red
11/28/2020 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
93 points
Wow. Superbly well-balanced and coming into its own. Black cherry, raspberry and plums framed by subtle spicy/minty oak with a hint of tobacco; 45-second finish with balance and complexity. Maybe just a touch hot? Hoping I can find another bottle or two in the stacks as this might be the best 2014 I've had this year.
Red
11/23/2020 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
92 points
The best $20 bottle of the last 2-3 years. WineBuyer has it 95 points and I chuckled while making it part of an order even if the WB is solid. Tried it, tried a second bottle, and then was part of a three-case buy among friends and family.

This is THE find of 2020. It's $80-120 cabernet with the fruit to balance well-integrated spicy/expensive oak. No idea where it was intended, but do yourself a favor....
Red
6/9/2020 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
93 points
Livello needs support in his/her cause. Crazy good juice and, while I love Dave Phinney, better than any/all Prisoners ever made. Brambly raspberry and memorably decadent for the depth of fruit and overall balance. I'd buy this again in a heartbeat. Among the best finds of 2020 so far.
Red
5/9/2020 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
90 points
I admittedly am a fan of Paso PS and GSM blends and so this is hitting the sweet spot, especially on a QPR basis. Raspberry kirsch, blueberry, dark cherries, maybe a little menthol and herbs echoing on a long finish. Perhaps even better on Day 2. I've tasted many Paso wines at twice the price that weren't nearly as good, and would say a certain WineMag's rating
Red
5/5/2020 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
93 points
Drunken (Scary) Cyclist and CHRISCHAP01 describe this really well--kudos. I'd second the Xmas Spice (and possibly blood orange) note(s) and highlight the fact it's memorable for the long finish. Goes on and on...mouth-wateringly delicious. Would go well with Jamaican or bbq. I can get on Ridge every so often as I remember the glory years of the late 80s and early 90s, but this would compete.
Red
4/24/2020 - Omadobs wrote:
93 points
Absolutely beautiful juice; reminds me of The Prisoner in the early days when Phinney was making it and his rightful reputation as a blending magician. More dark fruit than red, but the cherry cobbler is definitely there at the end and balanced by the blue fruits at the front. Mouthwatering tannins linger in the 30-40 second finish. Possibly better on Day 2; have never had the patience to see Day 3. A crazy good deal from WTSO; wish I had bought another case as it's currently the go-to wine for us.
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Red
4/15/2020 - Omadobs wrote:
90 points
Solidly constructed but somewhat closed. Perhaps I'm being impatient, but the QPR and reputation do not match what I'm tasting over multiple bottles. Nothing wrong with this wine, but not the least bit memorable either. If compared to Sparkman Holler, Gorman cabs, or even Requiem, this isn't nearly as interesting as the above and several other Wa cabs in the sub-40 range.
Red
3/15/2020 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
91 points
Agree with the other tasting notes already written, including those of Epochmd and Mtolerico. Don't think this will ever be worthy of the epic wine review and 99 points from one wine critic, though it has the acidity and tannins to improve over the next few years. Still, rather disappointing QPR.
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Red
12/10/2019 - Omadobs wrote:
87 points
This bottle is not nearly as good as the first one. A little short, tart (mostly cherry) fruit and lacking in interest. I remember BV from the early 2000s and wish they could get back to what they were, but this suggests they're still not there. In contrast to what I wrote in an earlier note, there are lots of better bottles at this price point.
Red
2016 ONX Petite Sirah Black Orchid Paso Robles Templeton Gap District (view label images)
10/28/2019 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
92 points
Jeb Dunnuck's review, available on the ONX website, is spot-on. I'm not going to argue too much with an expert.

My review: coming in at 15.5% ABV with impenetrable black-blue color, this is highly extracted juice. I would argue it's truly full-bodied with a 45 second finish. It's slightly tart now thanks to the astringent tannins, but the coffee-laced dark blueberry fruit is there and so this will only get better in 4-5 years. As of tonight, it's still memorable and I still think it's as good as any other wine ONX produces--and there are some fantastic options.
Red
10/28/2019 - Omadobs Does not like this wine:
84 points
Tasted over two days just like the last one. Anyone who gives this wine 91+ points (or 95...hilarious!) either is a shill for the winery/distributor or hasn't had much petite sirah. Of the 15-20 PS bottles we've had over the past year, this is the least liked and absolutely the worst QPR.

So here's the thing: any time a PS comes in at 13% EtOH as this has, the fruit has been picked too early (in this case, starting August 21; kudos to Ridge for continuing to list harvest dates) and so is thin, tannic, and tart (puckery cranberries). I don't mind producers that seek balance, but this is silly and it's starting to sound like the 2016 version is similar. I've enjoyed Ridge wines for 20+ years; the 1994 Pagani zin still has a soft spot in my heart (not surprisingly, it came in at 14.7 ABV).

So many other PS bottles are so much better at the $30-40 (discounted) price point. See my review of the Miro Rockpile--crazy good, and, no, I am not on Miro's payroll but might work for juice. And if you don't believe me, believe its gold medal from a fairly respectable wine competition.
Red
10/26/2019 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
93 points
Read Miro's notes on this wine as he knows what he's making more than any of us do, me included. Crazy good PS for the money, assuming you buy a case. Blueberry and chiseled chocolate-covered cherries. A lot of structure frames the fruits, but with no hard edges. It should improve over the next several years. If you read my other Miro reviews, yes, I'm a fan boy of one of the most talented winemakers in Cali--and, no, I am not related or a paid spokesman. Miro kills it again.
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Red
10/4/2019 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent fruit and relatively complex nose. Juicy acidity suggests this wine has the structure to go several years and so might be even better in a few.
Red
9/29/2019 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
91 points
MattM's review says it all; it's even better on Day 2. Wish there was more available as this is not only deliciously easy drinking, it's interesting too.
Red
8/15/2019 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
93 points
I would love to throw this in as a ringer in a 2016 CdP tasting. Classic raspberry kirsch with a hint of strawberry. Peppery finish goes on for 45+ seconds. Not overly complex, but a full-bodied wine without flaws or edges. We were shocked when we had it at the winery and have marveled at each bottle we've opened over the past month. Stellar QPR--kudos to the Glunz family.
Red
7/8/2019 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
91 points
I agree with the score from one wine magazine. Dark purple color--likely due to the petit verdot--turning deep red at the rim. On the nose, definite floral notes. More red fruit (black cherry and raspberry) than blue upon tasting. Cedar and menthol frame the long finish--wine clearly was aged in serious oak and benefits from the PV tannins. Almost better on Day 2, suggesting it has at least a few years before hitting its peak. Not sad I bought it.
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Red
6/30/2019 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
92 points
The herd score is why tasting blind is the only fair way to evaluate wines. We had this on the same night as a 2015 DeLille Four Flags, accompanying tenderloin and scallops. The DFF was excellent, but the H3 wasn't far behind. Despite what some have written, we detected no jammy notes in the H3; quite the contrary as the drying tannins cut the steak nicely. I actually think WS underrated this wine. Definitely worthy of a case buy.
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Red
6/15/2019 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
91 points
Cherry raspberry kirsch framed by some spicy oak and fine tannin structure. Perhaps a little Rutherford dust and clove. Medium-long finish. Still solid on Day 2. A winner from the mystery case of wine--would definitely buy again for the price.
Red
6/12/2019 - Omadobs wrote:
88 points
Decent, but not memorable wine. My score might be slightly generous. Tart cherry fruit framed by cedar, with a medium finish. Okay, but not nearly blown away.
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Red
6/11/2019 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
91 points
We opened this as the second wine of the weekend from a purveyor of "mystery case" wines. Compared to the Block 787, it's a step up even if somewhat similar. There's a lasting persistence to the finish, when combined with the solid raspberry fruit and chocolate tannins, makes this a more satisfying drink. Without the finish, it's an 89. The back echos and deeper fruit warrant the solid score. Would buy again.
Red
6/11/2019 - Omadobs wrote:
87 points
I think 85 might be a little harsh, but then it's hard to ignore the hype. If this were a wine you bought off a grocery store shelf for $20, you'd think it not bad and maybe worth the $20. But the sales rhetoric (we can't tell you the source, but 93 points plus!!) raises your expectations. Decent cherry fruit with some cedar overtones. Finishes a little short. Is it worth $20? Maybe, but you can get H3 for half the price and have a more interesting and satisfying wine. Not sad, but not surprised, either.
Red
6/3/2019 - Omadobs wrote:
91 points
One of the more cerebral wines of the year so far. Admittedly, my SO would say I couldn't find my way out of a brown paper bag, but she's blessed with...truthiness. This BV does not have the depth of my favs of 2018-2019 (B Cellars or Palmaz or Shafer), but it's got the balance, black-cherry fruit, and complexity/tannins/acidity to go a few years. I'm honestly pondering another six bottles. I sometimes rate wines on a memorable scale, and this would be an 8.5+. Succinctly put, there aren't many wines you can find in the $30 range that are better.
Red
2/20/2019 - Omadobs wrote:
95 points
Absolutely incredible PS and a standout in a winter season of outstanding PS bottlings. Had it with friends and it was easily the winner of the night. Exceptionally well-balanced and deep; loads of dark fruit framed by exceptional fine-grained tannins. Among the most memorable bottles of the past 2-3 years.
Red
1/18/2019 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
92 points
We're running through a really nice run of great petites, including those from Aaron, Turley, Miro, Varozza, and Carol Shelton. This stands up to them all, arguably with better balance than most. Ripe fruit, but not jammy. Smoky blueberries dominate the nose with some chocolate-covered cherries. Great mouthfeel; it hides its 15+% alcohol really well and is not at all overoaked. Yum.
Red
1/12/2019 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
92 points
Motor oil dense and still tight after six years. Even on Day 2, it was still relatively unpenetrable. A lot of promise to this wine and so hats off to Fernandez and Shafer; will wait at least a year before I open the next bottle. IJB's earlier review (below) is spot-on and I have nothing useful to add.
Red
2016 Atlas Wines Omen Sierra Foothills Red Blend (view label images)
1/10/2019 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
88 points
I probably overrated this wine the first time around, at least based on this bottle. Has the flavor profile and intensity of a good CdR in a solid year. Still not sad I bought it even if the price was closer to $20 than $10.
Red
2016 Atlas Wines Omen Sierra Foothills Red Blend (view label images)
1/1/2019 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
90 points
Really tasty wine and an excellent QPR buy. Nicely structured syrah-dominant blend with solid blue-tinged fruit. Had it on the same night as a 2015 Machete and while it didn't quite have the same depth, we actually found this wine more interesting. Will definitely buy again.
Red
2015 Carpineto Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
12/27/2018 - Omadobs Does not like this wine:
86 points
Tasted over two nights and will let it sit for a third just in case it somehow improves and hints at the longevity and depth that some Italian wines have. For now, the notes from a certain WineSMag are somewhat accurate: cherry, thyme, and iron. However, it doesn't have any sense of a cab's body as it's a bit tart and lacking in body and finish. Unless it improves, the remaining bottles will find their way into various pasta sauces.
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Red
11/1/2018 - Omadobs Does not like this wine:
86 points
The color was dark and promising, and the nose was solid too. Yet it was lacking in fruit; tasted a bit green/tart with a relatively short finish. Tried over two days to see if the wine would open and resolve itself, but didn't bother finishing it on Day 2 as it wasn't getting any better. I adore PS, including a variety of styles ranging from those made by the Wagners to Miro to Varozza, yet couldn't find anything to love about this wine and so remaining bottles will be relegated to Thanksgiving with the extended family.
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Red
9/16/2018 - Omadobs wrote:
92 points
The wine grows on me with each bottle opened. Nothing more to add as the other reviewers have pegged this spot-on. Great value.
Red
7/4/2018 - Omadobs wrote:
75 points
I feel it my duty to write up this wine as it's again being offered by one of the "daily offering" entities. My brother--who actually has had more recent vintages of this wine while staying on the property--and I have tried multiple bottles of this wine in the past couple of months and all were heavily oxidized and tired. I wasn't able to finish either bottle I opened and will likely cook with the remaining bottles.
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Red
7/4/2018 - Omadobs wrote:
89 points
Was not quite as impressed with the second bottle. Still solid, but not as flamboyantly fruity. Perhaps should have decanted or saved it for Day 2.
Tiebreaker to come....
Red
6/12/2018 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
93 points
First taste had me thinking the caramel oak was a little too strong, but it quickly integrated with a little air and easily balanced by a lot of black cherry-raspberry fruit framed by pepper, anise and thyme notes. Long finish. Still young with the acidity and guts to go years, but approachable today. I met Mr. Arrowood back in the 90's and really liked his wines then. He hasn't lost his touch; quite the opposite. Definitely worth buying again.
Red
6/11/2018 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
91 points
Spicy, cedary and somewhat chocolatey oak slightly overwhelms the dark fruit at this point. Well-constructed, but needs a little time to integrate the various components; definitely decant and aerate. Has the acidity and backbone consistent with wines that can lay down for 6-10+ years. Am betting this is 92-93+ in a few years if it can pull all the pieces together. Right now, it is, as another reviewer noted, a little one-dimensional. Full disclosure: in a blind tasting I would have pegged it for a petite syrah instead of a mountain cab. As such, serious connoisseurs and/or plonk guzzlers should dismiss this review along with my others....
Red
6/4/2018 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
91 points
Great QPR. I'm lazy tonight (what's new?!) and so did some searching/stealing of product descriptions. Wine is dark, brambly, full-bodied with mostly black fruit. Long finish with lots of black pepper, spice, and a touch of cinnamon. Complex and memorable, especially at this price point. Surprising...definitely worth seeking out.
Red
5/7/2018 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
92 points
Not the most balanced juice of all time, but a hedonistic, ripe crancherry-focused red with some excellent chocolate-tinged tannic structure. Have now had two bottles, both consumed over (not the same...as far as you know...) two days. One of the few zin-dominant blends in recent memory that almost gets better on Day 2. Honestly, reminds me a little of early Tensley or Turley. Oh wait...I'm an idiot...the winemaker is McPrice Myers...I should have picked up on the style...he knows his s**t...and warrants no comparison as he stands on his own considerable merits. We are drinking this with one of WS annual top 25 wines and it's kicking a**...definite rebuy, despite the label....
Red
5/4/2018 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
98 points
An exceedingly memorable and balanced wine. Deep, inky color and blessed with amazing blue/black fruit. Oak is well integrated with coffee overtones. Textbook high-end cabernet that reminded me of a Kathryn Hall 100-pointer from a few years ago. Exceptional.
Red
11/17/2017 - Omadobs wrote:
87 points
Having waded through about a half-case of this over the past 2-3 years, I am not sad to see it mostly gone. Fruit is muted and the wine is a bit simple and astringent. Probably better with a steak as it could cut the fat. Alone (and/or with pasta), it's unremarkable. Cherry overtones and wood on the attack, followed by... very little. I wish I could like it as much as some.
Red
6/3/2017 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
93 points
Had the 1-L version of this with my brother at an Iowa steakhouse with tenderloin and prime rib. Caymus house style was obvious: deeply extracted, opaque purple, highly viscous, somewhat sweet. Blue-black fruit compote with overtones of chocolate and cola. Better balance than the 2013 and didn't quite overpower the medium-rare cow. Will likely buy a few more bottles.

As an aside, a buddy in the business says that Wagner and Co. put the better barrels into the 1-L bottles, making it a mid-tier reserve. I was convinced after a side-by-side taste test, but then I'm highly suggestible.
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Red
5/8/2017 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
92 points
I see a trend in the eye doctor's scores and so can't help but continue the upward trajectory. Very good blend that combines the backbone of Paso Cabernet with the fruit and body of shiraz and zinfandel. Opaque purple color hints at the black-blue fruits framed by excellent acidity leading to a long finish. Not a Paso fruit bomb, but fruity enough with excellent structure to cellar 8+ years. Reminds me of some of the better Aussie cab blends, including the Penfolds 389 in warm years (and I ain't just saying that!). Nice effort.
Red
5/3/2017 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
93 points
Everyone needs to reevaluate this. It has gained serious weight in the past 18 months and is one of those wines that gets your attention from the first sip. More cool-climate raspberry than, say, Aussie shiraz blueberry (though the development reminds me of the 2012 Bella's Garden). Long damn 30+ second finish with the bright acidity framing deep red fruit. Seriously structured wine with 10+ years to go. Wish I had a case of this.
Red
4/22/2017 - Omadobs wrote:
87 points
Given this is a Dan Philips project, I was expecting more. Decent fruit highlighted by the typical strawberry notes and the usual peppery-spicy finish of grenache. However, medium body at best, and not all that complex with a shortish finish. Would be a good wine with spicy Thai food, but rather unmemorable by itself.
Red
2/11/2017 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
92 points
An absolute bargain and worthy of a case buy. Better than several $50+ reds opened this weekend. Effusive, ostentatious nose of dark, blueberry fruit balanced with a tint of iodine/lead. Ripe, but structured. No overt oak; great balance. Amazing QPR for cabs.
Red
2/11/2017 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
92 points
Hmmm...I'm running through some of the higher-end K Vintners bottles and this is one of the better ones. Very long finish is a plus, as is the fact that it seems to be still solid on Day 2. However, initial flavors are less than remarkable. One other reviewer wrote "muted," and that's fair. More boysenberry and cherry than dark fruit. Prefer Aussie or Santa Barbara fruit at this price point, to be honest. Definitely not worthy of a certain number bestowed by a certain expert. Probably won't buy it again.
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White
10/29/2016 - Omadobs Likes this wine:
93 points
Stone fruit dominated by apricot overtones with buttery lemon finish. Exceptional persistence. Memorable. Arguably among the top 5 whites had in the last 10 years.
Red
7/31/2016 - Omadobs wrote:
87 points
To contextualize, I will always pull for Sonoma--Cali's Jan Brady of cabernet--and not just because I have family living in the region (hi, Aunt Bev!). While there's nothing wrong with this wine, it's not particularly compelling either--certainly not deserving of the plush review from one professional critic. Good cherry-strawberry nose hints at what might be, but the finish is a tad short and the entire experience unmemorable. Nothing wrong with this wine, mind you, but it, like me, does not live up to expectations.
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