Tasting Notes for haqofeta

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Red
Absolutely delicious. This is such a pleasure to drink right now. It has years (decade(s)) of life left. But if you have more than just one, you're depriving yourself if you don't try it now. And my tastes typically lean towards giving reds more time in the cellar.
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White
A bit muted at first. 3 hours of slow ox later the acid really woke up. A very elegant wine. White burg comparisons aren't misplaced. No rush to open, but with a bit of air its drinking beautifully right now.
Red
First foray into the Ravenswood library releases (by way of Once and Future). The bottle had a month to settle post-shipping.

A bit of brick on the edge, but not much. The nose was a very distinct locker room aroma, but not in an offensive way if you're willing to trust me on that one. The palate was very different, much closer to the color and hue. Blind I would have guessed a much younger wine if it wasn't for the savory (soy or curry?) finish. But it showed its age in the glass I saved for day 2. I wouldn't recommend opening a properly aged treat like this if you don't plan to finish it that night. But in any case, a great bottle on day 1 and only reinforced how fortunate I feel to have scored a couple of the library cases. And a good first lesson/learning experience on how zinfindel (CA field) blends age too. Looking forward to cracking the next few chapters in the textbook and trying the other years l received.
Red
A very pleasant surprise. The last few bottles were okay. Not a QPR disappointment, it is after all an aging base level wine. But nothing memorable or worthy of a note. More or less what you would expect for a weeknight bottle of wine. It may, however, have stolen a few years of sleep. QPR at $18 for the bottle this evening was great value. It was much more vibrant like the first few we had. Good enough that I looked to see if I could find more online.
White
Very enjoyable, but not as much wow as I was expecting - or maybe I should say hoping for. Especially from a well regarded vintage. Very beautiful nose and an elegant palate, but maybe too elegant. A little more acidity would have done wonders and made this so much more. I don't think there's any hurry to drink up, but I also don't see it improving.
Red
I knew it was a bit of a gamble and that it might be too early. Spoiler alert - it was. Very tight and brooding and, even after a few hours decant, still very tannic. I enjoyed it, but I don't think grippy reds are a wasted bottle of wine. I don't have much experience with older bottles from this producer, but I doubt this wine is finished developing at such an early age, so I expect it would have been better-served with more time in the cellar or (a lot) more air. If you lean towards softer edges (my wife was done after her first glass), try opening it the day before, or give it a hard (and much longer) decant.
Red
Still aging at a glacial pace, but no less enjoyable! One left and I think (know) my impatience and absence of will power will easily win out over my desire to see what this is like at age 20 or older. The more bottles I open from my stash of Bedrock reds from the early years the more I'm convinced they will drink well for a second and maybe a third generation.
White
Still drinking well. Interestingly, on day 2 the more heavy handed (and to some, offensive) qualities of Roussanne were absorbed, but there was still a very pleasant amount of acidity, leaving a very elegant wine. Drink up if you really enjoy the similarities with a Napa Chardonnay, but still plenty of life if its been stored properly and you prefer a more delicate expression of the grape.
Red
2000 Château Phélan Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Not initially overwhelming out of the bottle, but only the faintest hint of brick on the edge so we went to the decanter. After a few hours, it really opened up and the texture filled out. I have to respectfully disagree with the last review, more than enough acidity. A few tannins yet to integrate too. Not super extravagant, but a very enjoyable 20 year old claret that I would happily drink any night. I wish it lasted long enough to see what 6 or 8 more hours would have done. I wouldn't be in any hurry before 2030 if you know the bottle has been stored properly.
Red
Drank over 3 hours, pouring into a decanter with the first glass. Definitely coming into its own. Very enjoyable throughout, but started to show some of the more savory Syrah traits that I love towards the end. A real pleasure even before considering the outstanding QPR. If you like the primary fruit, its in a sweet spot that will probably last for another few years. But for me, this will be even better with a little more time. I'll try the next bottle in a year or so. Bedrock Syrahs are consistently a pleasure to drink.

PS, I'm not a numbers guy, more the experience, but my "like" for this wine, as with most every Bedrock wine, is a strong like.
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Red
3/18/2021 - haqofeta wrote:
Interesting how disparate the reviews are. Variance like this is usually reserved for more dynamic styles or locals like the Jura. I have to agree with Neecies. There was a bit of a clove thing going on after the wine was open for a bit that I could have done without, but that faded after a bit and left a nice entry level Syrah with a bit of age on it. You could do much worse for a weeknight option now or 5 years down the road.
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Red
2008 Bodegas Poesia Poesia Lujan de Cuyo Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Very enjoyable wine. Sometimes South American Bordeaux blends can be a bit too one-dimensional for my preferences. But not this bottle. It was very well balanced and is in a great place.

However, similar to the note below, this bottle was much better than my first (July '20). Might be a bit of bottle variation since both were purchased in the year of release and cellared together.
Red
Barely a hint of brick and still drinks like a relatively young wine, minus the heat it had when it was a baby. The standard CA pinot profile is there with the density and extraction I would more often associate with a Napa cab. But that's been my experience with older Foxen pinots. I lost access to most of my cellar for five years when it (or maybe I) was on the wrong side of the country, but was fortunate enough to move some of it just before the pandemic hit the US. Now having had access to a few Foxen from 09-11 over the past year, this seems to be pretty consistent across their pinot line up for those years. I'll be curious to see where these are in a few more years.
Red
2/15/2021 - haqofeta wrote:
We struggled with this one a bit. Opened four hours ahead of time. Decanted for the last two. The first sip on opening tasted like a very young wine, very austere. Not unpleasant by any means, bright cherry flavors, but I would never have guessed the age considering the tannins. Through the decant it softened considerably, but didn't take on much else. Maybe at an in between stage? Disappointed, but had very high expectations. Not much of a tasting note, but wanted others to have the benefit of our experience.
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White
This is definitely one of those wines that makes you think. That's a supreme compliment in some cases. In others, like this one, its not necessarily a knock, but rather because you (I) never quite figured it out.

Still very tightly wound upon opening. After a couple of hours of decanting it relaxed a bit, but almost too much. The fruit and minerality came and went, but were always seemingly overpowered by the bitterness.

My last bottle a few years ago left me with the impression it needed more time; this bottle makes me think it might not ever fully integrate as the Achleiten has. Still a very enjoyable dry riesling that isn't shy to flaunt some of the benefits of its age, but not the complete package right now.
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Red
Really enjoyable Syrah. A lot going on, meaty, fruity, peppery, but all in great balance. Especially for how young it is. Maybe because its a blend of a few different vineyards spread across CA? In any case, you won't regret opening one now ... except of course when you don't have that bottle five or ten years from now! Glad I did, but I'll hold my other 2 for a while.

If I was limited to one producer and one varietal for the rest of my life, I'd be hard-pressed to think of a choice I'd be happier with than Bedrock Syrahs. They're just a pleasure to drink.
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Red
2007 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
First sip was a little thin and underwhelming. I was afraid I picked the wrong week to open it as I've read the 2007's are still very temperamental. But after a good 2 hour decant it was what I had hoped, and it improved further in the glass. Very well-balanced fruit and secondary flavors developing. If you've stored yours properly there's no rush to drink up, but if you do in the short term, give it some air first.
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White
2010 Bedrock Wine Co. Cuvée Karatas Sonoma County Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
Sadly my last of the 2010s. I'm proud that I held on this long, but wish I had another few for the years to come. Still plenty of acidity and semillon goodness to keep it going. This really is one of my favorite wines to drink.

General PSA - Don't be afraid to give the Bedrock whites some quiet time in your cellar, even the SBs (especially the judge), they only get better.
Red
9/11/2020 - haqofeta wrote:
Pop and pour. Lovely. EAGS25 said it well - a lot of the classic burgundy notes - for the first few sips. Each pour was initially great, almost youthful, but mellowed considerably over time, especially on the finish. Still a very enjoyable bottle, especially for the price point, but based on the reviews there seems to be some bottle variation. I'll be drinking my last soon.
Red
This wine is drinking wonderfully. Its shed some of that CA pinot fruit that was a little overwhelming, revealing a wonderful Burgundian funk. I wouldnt hold it a lot longer, but you wont be disappointed if its been stored properly.
Red
A little surprised, but still showing some youth. (An adolescent?) For the first 30 minutes, plenty of jammy fruit; pick your Zin(ful) favorite. But with a little air, the acidity woke up and it was a wonderfully balanced wine. Not shy by any means. But drinking well and probably has a solid 5+ years left.
Rosé
5/11/2020 - haqofeta wrote:
Inconsistent. Bottle 3 of 6 (all in 2020). Second that was muted on the nose and palate. Some acidity, but couldnt coax much else from the glass. The odd man (bottle) out was very different - a wonderful Bandol rose. Here's to hoping others (and my last few bottles) bat at a higher clip.
White
Delicious. Still has that wonderfully floral nose. Not sure what the life span is for this wine, but I wouldn't be surprised if the 2011 has another 5 years of enjoyment in it.
White
2010 Bedrock Wine Co. Cuvée Karatas Sonoma County Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
The Karatas is one of my favorite wines; I'm very sad to see it go.
Whether you like older whites will dictate whether you're happy you held on to the 2010 this long. But its definitely not too late if you like the age like me! Stored properly, I'd give it another couple of years, but its a bit of a gamble after that. Kudos to the Bedrock team.
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Red
Wow. This is singing. Some of the secondary flavors and aromas are starting to step forward, but there’s barely a hint of brick on the edge and the primary fruit, roasted meats and spice you'd expect in a good CA Syrah are still there, in a very good way. This has at least 5 years, and I’d be comfortable waiting 10 if you like things on that side of the horizon and its been stored properly. This was one of my first mailing list orders from the winery way back when so it’s a fun memory and, thankfully, I still have one left! Now the question is whether I can resist the temptation with the more recent vintages ...

[PS, I generally don't give point scores or detailed tasting notes – even if I had a sophisticated palate, my strawberry is your raspberry and someone else's blackberry. For me wine is the story or experience, and whether I'd like live it again.]
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White
This is still a very enjoyable wine if you like aged white Bordeaux, especially from a QPR perspective. I was separated from my storage for 5 years, otherwise I probably wouldn't have any left, but it was a very pleasant surprise. For the first hour or so the nose was pungent, lots of beeswax, and a little worrisome. But the mouthwatering acidity convinced me to give it a chance. An hour later I'm wishing I had a case left rather than 2. Excited to try the 2008 soon!

[PS, I generally don't give point scores or detailed tasting notes - my strawberry is your raspberry and someone else's blackberry - just the story or experience, and whether I'd rather live it again]
Red
3/27/2020 - haqofeta Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow. First bottle since Turkey Day 2010 (due to a quickly organized cross country move in 2015). And I wouldn't be surprised if this wine has another 10 years left to go. Still a very big wine with plenty of lush fruit, especially for a 10-year old Central Coast Pinot, but a good amount of acidity, herbs and spices to balance it out. A bit of sediment, but less than I was expecting, and not a hint of brick on the edge. No deterioration after a 2 hour decant either.
White - Off-dry
3/3/2019 - haqofeta Does not like this wine:
70 points
Sadly I have to agree with the last three reviews. Condition of the cork and evidence of seepage was identical. There's still plenty of nose left, but on the palate, it disappears within seconds. Literally. Three or four, not 25 or 30. My wife swore by the first review after her first glass, and I thought maybe there was something quirky with this wine that some could taste it and others couldn't. But after an hour she was struggling to taste much as well. Oh well. There was a lot of potential upside for $25, but there was a reason it was priced as it was. Drink up if you have them, maybe you'll get lucky and have a bottle that sings. But have a back-up chilling!
White
2015 Bedrock Wine Co. Cuvée Karatas Sonoma County Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
6/10/2017 - haqofeta Likes this wine:
94 points
I usually wait a bit longer to open my first bottle of this wine, but couldn't resist to see how the 2015 turned out. A little different than prior iterations, maybe just the youthfulness, and I apologize that this won't be helpful to others, but sometimes trying to craft a tasting note belittles the fact its just a brilliant wine to drink. A favorite album or beach is just that - perfect for what it is and how it makes you feel - and this wine is consistently that experience for me. Cant wait to see where it will be down the road because the Karatas only gets better with age.
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White
6/26/2016 - haqofeta wrote:
flawed
Depends on your taste for sherry ...
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White
2006 Château de Reignac Blanc Bordeaux Supérieur Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
2/12/2012 - haqofeta wrote:
See public note.
White
2006 Château de Reignac Blanc Bordeaux Supérieur Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
2/12/2012 - haqofeta wrote:
90 points
I wouldnt fault anyone who said it was too oaky, but its an interesting mix of the extremes of both old and new world tendancies. At times it shared as much with a Napa chard or marsanne from the Rhone as a traditional SB. Creamy texture with initial scents of apple orchard woven with cloves and other fall baking spice. The palate of is a pleasent mix of apple cider and subtle tropical fruits with strong caramel undertones. For the price its hard to fault the product.
White
5/8/2011 - haqofeta wrote:
93 points
Beautiful wine (notes from memory). I was a little worried it would be on the decline, but not even close. Most S.B. viognier would be flat at this age, but this was still going strong, a testament to both Morgan and Yves' skill. It drank like a perfect blend of the best of a central coast and a rhone. Golden yellow color that clung to the glass. Very velvety mouthfeel. The nose was more muted than I expect it was several years ago, but still had a good dose of that floral and honey charm of viognier. Flavor profile was tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, kiwi) with very well integrated oak (vanilla, buttered toast). Oak is always a fine line to walk with viognier for me, but they did it masterfully. A truly great experience ... i hope they keep making this gem.
Red
11/13/2010 - haqofeta wrote:
91 points
Give this one a little more time, or a solid decant, unless you like acidity in your pinots bordering on effervescence. Wonderful aromas of cherry cola, dark fruit and sage. Palate is consistent with the nose, with a little dust added in. Very awkward at first, but by day three it hit its stride. Only downside is a short finish.
White
6/4/2010 - haqofeta wrote:
Still a little flabby. Probably a 94 in a year or so. Great minerality.
Red
5/25/2010 - haqofeta wrote:
90 points
Score is entirely on potential. Initially the tannins were fierce. There was a lot of heat of the back end too. Usual cab profile, but hidden behind the youth. Regression after day 2. Comparable to a big bite of a green pepper. Things started to change on day 3 and 4. A much more subtle wine emerged with a more complex profile with great mouthfeel and silkiness by day 5. Could be a solid wine in 3 to 4 years.
White
4/20/2010 - haqofeta wrote:
91 points
Wow. Didnt see this one coming. Stong acidity. Crazy strong bite, almost like there are bubbles there, you just cant see them. It has the kind of acidity that would cut you if you looked at it the wrong way. If you ran into this wine in a back alley it would walk away with your wallet ... and you wouldnt complain in the least. Okay, its not quite a Chapoutier marsanne, but for what you're expecting, its a shocker on the first sip with a pop and pour. Seems like there's a bit of fishing boat on the nose hoovering over the lemon blossom and pear notes. Pleasant green apple, lime and unripened papaya on the palate. Cant wait to see where this one goes in the next five or so years.
White
3/13/2010 - haqofeta wrote:
92 points
Popped and poured. Pale straw color. Bursts of tropical fruit aromas, mostly guava at first glance. Some honeysuckle too. Guava shows up strong on the palate too with secondary notes of pineapple, grapefruit, lemongrass and honey. The fruit is well balaced by the acidity (more metallic than rock/gravel). Very long finish. In a blind tasting Id be more apt to think it was a Sancerre than central Cali Sav. Blanc. Much more complex than the 2006. If you're looking for an s.b. with a bit of a twist this is a great call.
White
3/13/2010 - haqofeta wrote:
89 points
Pale straw color. Subtle aromas of honeysuckle, lemon and maybe even a bit of guava ... subtle being the key. Like the color the nose was very understated. On the palate the acidity has melded well with the citrus fruit. No individually strong flavor upfront, but surprisingly amounts of fruit on the mid-palate left considering the age (and the subdued color and nose), which is balanced well by the acidity. Not what I expected from a 15 year QbA, but very happy with the purchase. Bestjtesfan summed it up well with "comfortable."
White
2/12/2010 - haqofeta wrote:
90 points
Nose of sweet yeast, petrol and apple with citrus undertones. Honeysuckle, citrus (lemon and grapefuit) to start, more wet stone and minerality showing on the backend. Creamy texture and noticable acidity are well balanced, although the acidity is definitely the most memorable character. The reisling shows more and more as time passes, which is a good thing. Better the second day. If I ever buy a better $50 case Ill be a happy, happy guy. $4 price may have upped the score a point or two.
Red
2003 La Massa Giorgio Primo Toscana IGT Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
2/6/2010 - haqofeta wrote:
93 points
Still tightly wound. After four hours started to blossom. Cabernet was the dominant component, bitter chocolate, deep red and blue fruits and even a little almond. Great texture. Earthy/natural aromas that turned more to spice after a bit, even some curry about three hours in. Probably could sit for another couple of years, but no harm in opening it now if you do so ahead of time.
White - Off-dry
6/29/2009 - haqofeta wrote:
92 points
Opened and poured. Very sweet, but great acidity to balance it out. Even better the second day. A creamsicle in a bottle.
White - Sweet/Dessert
12/4/2009 - haqofeta wrote:
88 points
For the price cant complain. Sweet, slightly fizzy apple cider. A lighter, more delicate Hornsby's. Hints of pear and clove as well. Had a half full bottle in the fridge for a month now, still not bad. Going to try the rest as part of the base for some white sangria.
Red
12/31/2009 - haqofeta wrote:
92 points
(From memory). Thought it would be dead, but still had a bit of life to it. Probably gave it an extra point or two just for that. Overall, very elegant. The texture was a treat. Wouldve been better a few years ago, but there was still a relatively good balance of fruit and oak. Not much else though. The finish was short lived. A nice complement for some stinky cheese to start out a new year's eve.
White
7/27/2009 - haqofeta wrote:
92 points
From memory (6 months). No notes.
White
11/26/2009 - haqofeta wrote:
93 points
From memory. Lively mix of citrus fruit (lemon and tangerine), summer meadow and slate. Longer finish than expected. Perfect for sipping while cooking Thanksgiving dinner!
White
7/10/2009 - haqofeta wrote:
92 points
Heaps of slate and mineral. Lime undertones and a faint trace of cut grass. Mellowed after sitting for a bit, much better the second hour. Warmer temp brought out the fruit.
White
11/27/2008 - haqofeta wrote:
93 points
From my memory, but lots bursts of smooth wet grass at first. Hints of lime and slate.
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