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2012 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Notorious Willamette Valley
3/1/2021 - rieslinghoarder Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow this is good! Smoke, blackberry, dried raspberries, black licorice, pepper, wet leaves, and rose oil (as Josh Raynolds’ note points out) waft from the glass. Savory and voluptuous dried black fruits on the palate, with supple tannins, fresh acidity, and a long finish of dried black fruit, baking spices, and smoke. This has plenty of structure to age even longer (easily another 10 years) but is so fun to drink now. Excellent!
  • rmcbrayer commented:

    3/1/21, 6:31 PM - glad you liked it!

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2012 Cameron Pinot Noir Reserve Dundee Hills
1/19/2020 - rmcbrayer wrote:
87 points
Once the usual Cameron funk blew off, we were left with disjointed black plum juice. The nose is soft, and you get a hint of acid and hope of structure on the front of the palate, but it disappears quickly.

This is one of those 2012's Willamette pinots that are on the downhill.
  • rmcbrayer commented:

    2/5/20, 7:06 AM - I usually decant Cameron's 30-60 minutes, and that works for most. This one was just bad wine underneath the funk, whereas most other vintages are great under the funk.

Red
2016 Vietti Barbera d'Alba Vigna Vecchia Scarrone
10/10/2019 - nzinkgraf wrote:
Holy S***.
  • rmcbrayer commented:

    10/10/19, 7:13 PM - Am uncertain how to read this. Have not read your comments before as this is the first wine we've had in common. None of you other comments I see have been rated. So, does an 89 from NZINKGRAF reflect a favorable impression ("holy cow, is this good") or an unfavorable one ("I am one of those people who thinks only in the 90pts - 100 pts scale, so this is shit!") ???? :) Thanks!

  • rmcbrayer commented:

    10/11/19, 6:19 AM - Thanks.

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2013 Luigi Baudana Barolo Baudana Nebbiolo
10/13/2018 - KVM wrote:
Medium red. Fresh fruit, but not as expressive as Ravera. Excellent fruit, with licorice, menthol on the finish. Firm, with all the stuff for aging.
  • rmcbrayer commented:

    10/13/18, 5:13 PM - The score seems like it may have been a typo given the positive description and habit of not scoring wines in previous reviews. Yes? If not, would love to know what else was going on with the wine that was unsaid. Thanks!

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2011 Ayoub Pinot Noir Meredith Mitchell Vineyard McMinnville
8/24/2017 - walkerjfw wrote:
80 points
Unfortunately, another disappointing bottle...thin, stewed fruit, tart with no depth at all. I have had other very nice wines from this producer so either I got a bad batch from Garagiste or I am just tasting differently than others with this wine...we dumped this bottle
  • rmcbrayer commented:

    8/25/17, 8:57 AM - I believe BAndreas and I have had this conversation before - the Meredith Mitchel fruit was a mistake by Mo, and I have no idea why he agreed to take it that year. I would say the same thing about his Thistle bottling too, BTW. But I love his Estate wine and the new Whole Cluster. Do you buy from him? If not, remind me to share a bottle of his club-only Latifeh bottling with you.

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2006 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne Nebbiolo
6/26/2017 - walkerjfw wrote:
96 points
At Bar Italia in NYC with Doug and Jen. Fun dinner, wanted to bring something special. This had shown so well last time, couldn't hold out on my last bottle from this purchase

Prior notes: "Lighter ruby color. Incredible nose of red fruits and floral notes. Palate of bright red cherry, plum, floral/roses. Texture was incredibly silky and smooth - our group really noticed how elegant this wine was. Long, and finessed finish."

Really great again, the decant is a must. This was open 2 hours prior and rebottled. It took the time to really open up into a classic "tar and roses" Barolo. Great wine from a great vintage, will look to buy more...great now, well stored bottles will continue to evolve for some time
  • rmcbrayer commented:

    8/23/17, 6:57 AM - Hey! Nice note. Am on a Barolo buying spree lately, so I'll do my best not to bid against you for Sandrone.

    Hope all is well out East. Let me know if you're getting back here.
    Best,
    Ryan

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2007 St. Innocent Pinot Noir White Rose Vineyard Willamette Valley
8/12/2017 - rocknroller wrote:
97 points
An Unintended Birthday Dinner (Margaux's Table, White Bear Lake, MN): Medium red color. PNP, drank 1+ glass over 2 hours plus. I try to only open one of these every 8 or 9 months. And every time I open one, I shiver a bit thinking it won't live up to my expectations. I might get past that someday. This would turn out to be the best of many incredible bottles. Clearly the evolution continues. This simply has a stunning nose, I can't recall anything that has the complicated, lifted spice tones that are here. It dances across the olfactory sense and plays games with your mind. I just get giddy even thinking about it now. The floral spice box mixed with such light and pure red berry and cherry notes on the nose and palate are divine. Featherweight and elegant, this has the forest floor, leather, and brightness on top of a silky texture and continual waves on the finish. Mesmerizingly ethereal for me. 96+ to 97pts.
  • rmcbrayer commented:

    8/15/17, 1:47 PM - Thanks for continuing to trade notes about this. We're opening up one bottle a year, probably this fall, and will report back.

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2001 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Le Rocche del Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba Nebbiolo
3/6/2017 - Raycheng77 wrote:
A bottle with 2003 Cork..... I purchased the wine from Auction and not sure if this is a fake wine or not. Asking the winery and waiting for their reply...

Finger cross
  • rmcbrayer commented:

    4/7/17, 1:54 PM - Ray, thanks, what auction was it? I buy Giacosa at auction occasionally and would love to know what to avoid.

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2007 St. Innocent Pinot Noir White Rose Vineyard Willamette Valley
12/14/2016 - rocknroller wrote:
95 points
Medium dark red color. PNP, drank several glasses over 90 minutes plus. Oh baby, this bottle has it again. Brought this to dinner for Gary's bday - his choice, and it did not disappoint. I've waxed on about this wine many times and you're just going to have to live with it I guess. The nose is just amazing, it takes about two swirls for this get started and then it evolves in the glass to where you won;t even consider repouring until you are ready to start the evolution again. The mix of complex dried spices here is splendid, cinnamon, cardamon, mulled spices, sage, dried roses, dried earth, very very subtle funk, lacy red fruits, more cherry tonight. The palate resonates with all those flavors and even more, leather, elegant, medium bodied, lacy and delicate with classic purity. In a great spot. A bottle I just happened across that was as pristine as the others have been. This along with the '05 Thomas we had the other night are so in my wheelhouse. Great wines that line up so nicely with Burgundy. 95+pts.
  • rmcbrayer commented:

    12/15/16, 12:29 PM - Thanks for the continuing reviews!

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2014 Ayoub Pinot Noir ??? Dundee Hills
10/25/2016 - Motz wrote:
93 points
Wow! A very young wine that could be special in time. The wine features the rare combinations of concentration yet austerity, richness yet finesse, and weight yet liveliness. Appealing fruit, alluring texture, stalwart frame (including tannins), and tremendous purity. Worth stashing and forgetting for a few years. 93-95.
  • rmcbrayer commented:

    10/25/16, 1:32 PM - You'd do Mo a favor by deleting the vineyards from the end with an edited post. I think he was not supposed to tell you anything about where the grapes come from. That's why it's called ??? in the first place.

    Was at Mo's on Saturday myself and concur with all! Thanks.

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2011 Ayoub Pinot Noir Meredith Mitchell Vineyard McMinnville
10/4/2016 - walkerjfw wrote:
85 points
Coming back to this after a dissapoiting first tasting. Bottles bought from Garagiste offering a few years back

Prior notes:" Medium to light ruby color. Nose is all herbs and spice - interesting but not giving any fruit or complexity. Palate is sour cherry, tart plum, rhubarb. The lavender is there through the finish."

It lost (from memory) some of the greener notes I recalled in the last bottle. I was hoping the wine would add some weight and complexity with bottle age, which it did not. Flavor profile is slightly better but still not as descibed. I have had wines from this vintner from later vintages which were good, maybe its the vintage or wine going through a closed phase...TBD, will try again
  • rmcbrayer commented:

    10/5/16, 7:02 PM - Thanks for the note. I am a longtime collector or Mo's wines, and see this purchase of Mitchell fruit as a one-off. It was clearly the worst fruit of an already challenging vintage. I hope he won't do that again.

    Also, I recall a note from you from the Willamette barrel auction. You going again in 2017? Always nice to meet fellow CTers who drink similar profiles.

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2007 St. Innocent Pinot Noir White Rose Vineyard Willamette Valley
7/26/2016 - rocknroller wrote:
94 points
Oregon vs. Burgundy Single Blind (Tilia, Mpls): Medium red color with mild bricking. PNP, drank 1 glass blind over 90 minutes. This was singing for me again. Great nose, wonderful floral perfume, leather, red fruits, elegant. The palate is fresh, lively, great acid, just gorgeous, earthy, medium body, dried spices, long and integrated. this was my WOTN and part two of the best flight. No doubt in my mind this was the White rose.
  • rmcbrayer commented:

    7/29/16, 7:18 AM - What a great tasting lineup! Am curious, did you go back to the Thomas '12 after a while, or was there nothing left? Given the year and producer, I am surprised that was seemingly mediocre compared to others.

    BTW, we have many producers in common. If you are interested, email me at rmcbrayer@perkinscoie.com to be directly in touch. I am always searching for people to share a bottle or tasting visit with.

Red
2007 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton
1/30/2016 - rocknroller wrote:
93 points
Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir Tasting (Gary's Place): Medium dark red color. Decanted for 1 hour; drank a 70ml pour over 3 hours with a touch more at that point. I was surprised to see that I had not had this since the last Shea tasting two & a half years ago, but I'm happy to say this is going strong as expected. I just wish I had a lot more of these. The nose as always was a star, and clearly the NOTH, although this was also the clear WOTN too. The nose offers such a pretty perfume of dried roses, wonderful earthiness, cherry and floral overtones. There's an elegance on the palate that while soft and beguiling, at the same time shows depth of flavor, earthy, leather, dry, briary tannins, dried earth, lovely spicebox. This long and perfectly balanced. There is no need to worry about these anytime soon. Not quite as powerful or deep as the '08, but the sheer beauty just shines a bit brighter for me in a very close call - I will not be surprised if maybe someday the '08 takes the mantle. My and group WOTN, 93+pts.
  • rmcbrayer commented:

    2/1/16, 1:47 PM - Thanks for the continuing notes on OR pinot. Did you like this or the 2007 St. Innocent White Rose better? Your October note suggests you might, but I thought I'd ask.

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