Tasting Notes for rharl

(275 notes on 247 wines)

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Red
5/16/2020 - rharl wrote:
93 points
Really opened up in bottle after 3+ hours: chocolate, dark red fruit, a little tobacco... amazing versus what it was on first opening. I have two bottles left -- maybe wait another year and still give it 1-2 hours on opening... was truly a pleasure at 4 hours so don't want to miss that experience on next bottle.
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Red
4/29/2020 - rharl wrote:
91 points
Started off tart and green as most Tensley Thompsons I've had, then after 2+ hours it eased to be less fruity than his other work, but expressive in its vegetal nature, if still a little uptight. Did not release fruit for me, but still a pleasantly austere drink.
Red
4/12/2020 - rharl wrote:
92 points
Opened over 5 hours; lots of life left.
Red
4/12/2020 - rharl wrote:
87 points
Flat and uninspired... disappointing.
Red
3/28/2020 - rharl wrote:
89 points
Pruny, disappointing - maybe past prime, but I stored well since buying at retail in 2014, so perhaps had a challenging childhood, but to me I’m disappointed on this one.
Red
3/1/2020 - rharl wrote:
92 points
On open I loved the fresh oak - taste and smell of cut 2x4s from Home Depot... became a little more bitter with air but still pleasant, simple Turley.
Red
3/1/2020 - rharl wrote:
92 points
Drinking great, immediate fruit on PnP... might smooth over next year, two, but no reason to wait.
Red
12/27/2019 - rharl wrote:
Needed 90 minutes in the glass to well-express...
Red
11/30/2019 - rharl wrote:
93 points
Starting off with no funk on first taste - will let open in the bottle for 1-2 hours, but this is shaping up to be the wine I love...
Red
7/4/2019 - rharl wrote:
94 points
Amazing ... coravin on first night blew me away, rest of bottle on second was unbelievable.
Red
6/24/2019 - rharl wrote:
92 points
Drank great - smoothed slightly with air but no reason to wait...
Red
1/6/2019 - rharl wrote:
90 points
I feel like I had a different wine than other reviewers. I opened and poured off a glass ~3 hours before dinner (too long?); agreed with prior review that there wasn't the fruit I was expecting. Am hopeful this stage is just temporary, and the single-vineyard brethren offer a strong reprise.
Red
11/25/2018 - rharl wrote:
92 points
Wow, did not expect this. Great combination of Syrah and Cabernet… Drinking great.
Red
8/3/2018 - rharl wrote:
93 points
Last bottle, drinking great - bright fruit, light, delightful.
Red
7/22/2018 - rharl wrote:
94 points
Wow, my expectations were too low, even seeing a CT92+ — rating based on PnP so expect to improve. Dark tannins make me think this could have been dosed with a little PS...sad I don’t have any more. Drink now or wait 2ish years.
Red
2014 Halter Ranch Syrah Paso Robles Adelaida District (view label images)
5/4/2018 - rharl wrote:
91 points
Probably over-oaked, but I liked it...
Red
3/31/2018 - rharl wrote:
93 points
Fruity... light... delightful!
Red
3/25/2018 - rharl wrote:
94 points
Wow, drinking great but evidence of the potential. Decanted only 30 min before dinner, and really started opening up at just over 2 hours... next bottle give it a 3-hr decant or hold another 2-3 years.
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Red
2012 Relic Wines Ritual Napa Valley Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre (view label images)
3/19/2018 - rharl wrote:
94 points
Wow, what a difference 18 months makes. Fruity and medium-bodied, but with a hint of old-world taste (to which I credit the PS). Unexpected and outstanding bottle tonight, looking forward to my last bottle in 6-18 more months, but no reason to wait now.
Red
3/19/2018 - rharl wrote:
93 points
Drinking very well, more fruity than typical cab profile -- improved even more in the glass over 2-3 hours.
Red
2013 Villa Creek Avenger Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
3/10/2018 - rharl wrote:
94 points
Wow this is drinking great right now. Deep fruit with that extra something Cris wires into the Avenger. Looking forward to next two bottles.
Red
2/18/2018 - rharl wrote:
91 points
Fruity and pleasant, but mild -- made me both wish I'd not had other bottles so young, and wonder whether I just missed its prime.
Red
2/11/2018 - rharl wrote:
91 points
Drinking much better than a year ago, will sit on last bottle. Showing no coloration of age, and still a bit wound. Opened only slightly with 3 hours in the bottle, a little better with vinturi, but no substitute for a little more time.
Red
2/6/2018 - rharl wrote:
92 points
Much lighter than expected, but pleasant -- zinfandel flavor profile in a pinot body ... will look forward to some fun and easy food pairings with my remaining bottles.
White
2014 Donelan Vénus Sonoma County White Rhone Blend (view label images)
1/25/2018 - rharl wrote:
91 points
Really pleased with this — enjoyed more than Donelan reds of recent vintages.
Red
2012 Tuck Beckstoffer Mad Hatter Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/14/2018 - rharl wrote:
92 points
Drinking great.
Red
2011 Tuck Beckstoffer Mad Hatter Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/1/2018 - rharl wrote:
Improved about 2 hrs into PnP -- quite drinkable still on day 3. Probably not getting much better... '11 is what it is.
Red
2011 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
12/24/2017 - rharl wrote:
93 points
Delicious -- PnP, drank over span of Xmas eve; became richer with a little time (2-3 hrs).
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Red
2010 Donelan Syrah Kobler Family Vineyard Green Valley of Russian River Valley (view label images)
12/21/2017 - rharl wrote:
My last bottle losing its fruit - drink up.
Red
12/11/2017 - rharl wrote:
flawed
TCA
Red
12/3/2017 - rharl wrote:
93 points
Wow, I'm still really happy with this wine - lots to taste here, and enough stuffing to go another three years. Bit alcoholic throughout, but consumed over 3 hours it revealed medium dark fruit and okay dryness, but really, really enjoyable. This was my last bottle but will look for more.
Red
11/23/2017 - rharl wrote:
My bottle may have been flawed -- smooth but without the fruit I was expecting.
Red
10/14/2017 - rharl wrote:
95 points
Wow, very rich. Had an edge after an hour open in the bottle, then decanted and softened up nicely. Deep dark flavors - hold last bottle for at least a year to see what happens...
Red
9/4/2017 - rharl wrote:
92 points
Still a bit wound -- decanted for 30~60 minutes before drinking, then consumed over 2~3 hours. Could have used an extra hour up-front or another year, but taste profile similar to other notes - a bit of oak that needs some fat for it to cut through. Would gladly enjoy again.
Red
8/26/2017 - rharl wrote:
95 points
Wow - drank well out of the bottle, though we decanted and drank over 3-4 hours. Oaky, but worked for us. Still very fruity; could last another 3+ years, but pleased to drink now.
Red
2013 Hourglass HG III Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/20/2017 - rharl wrote:
90 points
Again improved after several hours.
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Red
8/11/2017 - rharl wrote:
flawed
Not sure what happened - storage was fine from purchase from Donelan, but tasted flat and sour ... will update if different on day 2.
Red
8/4/2017 - rharl wrote:
Fruit dying - not that enjoyable.
Red
7/14/2017 - rharl wrote:
90 points
I thought this was nice, perhaps even better day 2. Good rich zin flavor as you'd expect from JC.
Red
7/4/2017 - rharl wrote:
91 points
Rich, dark; needs more time or better decant than we could give it. Suggest holding last bottle 18-24 months.
Red
2007 Cain Vineyard & Winery Cain Five Spring Mountain District Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/24/2017 - rharl wrote:
92 points
Drinking great, but showing brick colors ... still fruity on opening so don't decant ... drink up.
Red
2010 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
5/13/2017 - rharl wrote:
91 points
Based on other reviews I only had this open ~45 minutes in the bottle before drinking. Lacked the explosive fruit I was expecting ... tasted almost 'dumb'; what little I had left over the second night had a little more dark fruit, but the best was probably after 12 hours, not 24. Wait at least another year on my last bottle.
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Red
3/11/2017 - rharl wrote:
88 points
First time Foley hasn't surprised me to the upside ... for the sake of my last two bottles I hope this is in a dumb phase. Flat and uninspired tonight, even after a couple hours' opening.
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Red
3/10/2017 - rharl wrote:
93 points
Wow, delicious. Opened after about an hour in the bottle -- will save last bottle for 6-12 more months.
Red
3/5/2017 - rharl wrote:
94 points
Wow. Big. Amy said, "It's the kind of cab guys have with their steaks." Who is to argue? Last two bottles over next 12-18 months.
Red
2/24/2017 - rharl wrote:
95 points
Wow. PnP and opened up fairly quickly, then consumed over 2 hours -- incredibly fruitful, almost like candy, despite orange around the edges. Speaks to letting even a moderately-priced but well-made cab age out ten years.
Red
2007 Cain Vineyard & Winery Cain Five Spring Mountain District Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/8/2017 - rharl wrote:
92 points
Unexpectedly good -- plenty of fruit and enough complexity to keep me happy, but makes me think my prior bottle was flawed. Opened over span of hour in the glass. Have one more bottle that I think is ready to drink now through mid-2018.
Red
2/5/2017 - rharl wrote:
93 points
Hour decant, should have been at least two -- drinking well.
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