Tasting Notes for AllRed

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White - Sparkling
4/19/2019 - AllRed wrote:
91 points
Slight green tint when held to the light. Pear, almond and yeast notes. Orchard fruit on the palate, along with marzipan and dried dough. Has a subtle white floral element- almost honeysuckle.
Red
4/15/2019 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
Decanted at the restaurant and served 45 minutes later. Faded garnet core with some bricking. Classic bouquet of currant, bacon fat and pepper. Fully integrated with flavors of red berry fruit and pepper. Lovely.
White - Off-dry
4/15/2019 - AllRed wrote:
88 points
Opened during dinner at Craft Urban. Light golden color- appears quite youthful- as expected given the exceptional provenance. Notes of tropical fruit- mango, I think- along with petrol and peach qualities. Medium-bodied, there's a rich quality to the wine, showing flavors of ripe apple, petrol, peach and dried honey. Feels a little flat, but then the first plates began arriving and this turned a corner. Much better paired with food than on its own.
Red - Fortified
4/7/2019 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
Nice caramelly fruit and nut nuances, nice richness; long finish.
Red
4/7/2019 - AllRed wrote:
90 points
Off the list at Osteria Langhe. Decanted. Cherry and rose petal notes. Firm tannins, with cherry and soice flavors. Balanced.
Red
4/7/2019 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
Double decanted a couple of hours before it was served. Currant, plum and spice notes with just a slight hint of bouillon that I find distracting. Currant and plummy dark fruit on the palate. Long finish. Excellent.
White
4/7/2019 - AllRed wrote:
Off the list at Osteria Langhe. Tropical fruit, apple, pear and florals. The palate follows the bouquet.
White
4/7/2019 - AllRed wrote:
91 points
Off the list at Osteria Langhe. Pale straw color with notes of citrus, apple, grass and florals. Plenty of fruit on the palate with bright acidity. Excellent.
Red
4/12/2019 - AllRed wrote:
91 points
Dark fruit with red plum underneath. Full-bodied, with nice ripe red fruit on the palate. Peppery spice elements on the back end. A nice match for a fatty ribeye.
White - Sweet/Dessert
4/5/2019 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
Courtesy of IW. Light golden color with notes of apricot syrup, ginger and ripe apple. Rich texture complemented by wonderful underlying acidity gives a freshness that makes these wines so delightful. Apricot and stone fruit with a honeyed marmalade quality. Long finish. Wonderful.
Red
2012 Bond Pluribus Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/5/2019 - AllRed wrote:
95 points
I hate to admit it, but this was damn impressive. Aromas of plum, cassis and black fruit with a terrific floral/violet overtone that I found very enjoyable. Young and modern, but very well-balanced. Abundant dark cabernet fruit, vanilla, violet liqueur, rose and plum. Hints of spice in the lingering finish. One of the highlights of the evening for me. 95+ pts.
Red
4/5/2019 - AllRed wrote:
Popped and poured. Vanilla, cassis and black plummy fruit with chocolate undertones. The palate follows the bouquet. Quite good in spite of its youth.
Red
4/5/2019 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
Courtesy of IW. Opaque dark color with notes of chocolate, dark fruit and only a very subtle herbal franc element. Loads of dark fruit on the palate. Young and impressive; rather dense. Very well-balanced though, with a long finish. Needs time in the cellar.
Red
4/5/2019 - AllRed wrote:
91 points
To my recollection this was not decanted though certainly could have used it. Vanilla, dark cabernet fruits and plenty of rich chocolatey notes as well. Firm tannins are fine-grained, supporting an abundance of black fruit, along with vanilla and wood spice accents. Finishes with good length. Quite good, just needs some time in the cellar or a healthy decant.
Red
4/13/2019 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
Decanted off its sediment and enjoyed with ribeyes, mushrooms and roasted potatoes with a bacon aioli. This is still rather deeply colored showing no signs of age though it is just eleven years old. Notes of black cherry, black currant, plum, pepper and incense. Served a bit too warm, there's a touch of alcoholic heat poking through- a bit more than cellar temp would be ideal, rather than room temp as this was. Flavors of spice- white pepper perhaps- along with loads of fruit- plum, raspberry, cherry and cassis. There's a bit of licorice too. Still has some tannic grip. I would say its best years are still ahead - hold until 2021 or decant for a couple of hours. 91 for Domino, 92 for me, with room for improvement.
Red
2012 Peter Michael Les Pavots Knights Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/5/2019 - AllRed wrote:
94 points
A really fine showing in spite of its youth. Deep opaque color with aromas of vanilla, black fruit and lavender. Full-bodied and quite firm, but at times shows a plush softness as well. Flavors of cassis, violet, vanilla, spice and lavender. Long finish. Very happy to have this in the cellar, where our bottles will stay for a few years yet, perhaps 2025+.
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Red
2001 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/5/2019 - AllRed wrote:
94 points
Our penultimate bottle, decanted for a short while before service. Deep color with just a hint of bricking. Violet and cassis along with plummy dark fruit. Shows just a little bit of tannin along with flavors of plum, black currant, violet liqueur and a hint of spice box. Long finish. Balanced across the palate. At peak for me, though will clearly hold at this level for a couple of years at least. 94-95 pts.
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Red
4/5/2019 - AllRed wrote:
96 points
Opened allowed to breathe in bottle for an hour+ but this needed to be decanted. Aromas of garrigue, red and white currant, macerated berry and plum notes too. Has a nice peppery spice underneath. Medium- to full-bodied with medium tannins and abundant red and black fruit with a long finish dominated by spice and pepper. Really nicely balanced. A terrific showing tonight. 96+ pts.
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Red
4/5/2019 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
Decanted for half an hour or so, but an hour would have been better as this needed some swirling in the glass to really wake up and reveal all of its charms. Leather, currant, cedar and violet notes. Flavors of red plum, currant and leather. In good form, give this a bit of air to open and enjoy. A style I enjoy very much. 93-94+ pts.
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Red
4/5/2019 - AllRed wrote:
91 points
From magnum. Aromas of cherry and clove with a subtle earthy element in the background. Medium-bodied, with red fruit, cherry, licorice and Asian spice flavors. Picks up a strawberry note with air. 91+ pts.
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White
4/5/2019 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
Deep color. Apple, mineral and lemon aromas. Rich and layered with plenty of fruit. Well-balanced with a lingering finish. Excellent. 92-93 pts.
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White
2015 Miani Friulano Colli Orientali del Friuli (view label images)
4/5/2019 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
Courtesy of Jeff & Christy. Very floral and perfumed with orchard fruit and citrus notes as well. Good acidity; bright and racy. Excellent.
White - Sparkling
2008 Argyle Extended Tirage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
4/5/2019 - AllRed wrote:
91 points
Light yellow color with a medium mousse. Orchard fruit on the nose and palate along something nutty. Has a nice creamy rich texture. Enjoyable now.
Red
3/30/2019 - AllRed wrote:
90 points
Round Table Tasting: Spring Releases (Knightsbridge): Retailer tasting. Aromas of red currant, cherry and spice. Full-bodied and a bit on the rustic side compared to other '16s I've tasted, this will need some time in the cellar to come around. Mixed red and black fruits on the palate with plenty of herb and spice as well. 90% grenache and 10% mourvedre. Tannins dry out on the finish. Domino enjoyed this a bit more than I did. Hold for now.
Red
3/30/2019 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
Round Table Tasting: Spring Releases (Knightsbridge): Retailer tasting. Notes of black cherry, clay, florals and strawberry with a subtle earthy element in the background. Balanced and silky. Cherry, mineral and red berry fruit hints toward dark fruit, with a lingering finish highlighted by subtle spice elements. Clearly young but really delivers for the price. 92-93 for me, while Domino was even more impressed (94). Will need some time in the cellar. Hold for now.
Red
3/30/2019 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
Round Table Tasting: Spring Releases (Knightsbridge): Retailer tasting. A bit more brawny and masculine than the Guy Breton. Notes of mulberry, rose hip and perhaps hints of raspberry as well. Balanced fruit and acid on the palate, with mostly red fruit though there is a bit of something a bit darker in here too. A nice contrast in styles between the two, and each will have a purpose at our supper table.
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Red
3/30/2019 - AllRed wrote:
91 points
Round Table Tasting: Spring Releases (Knightsbridge): Retailer tasting. Bright ruby color with notes of wild strawberry and red berry fruit. The palate could use just a touch more acidity, but there's really nice strawberry and berry fruit with a bit of warm holiday spices too. This will work very nicely with a wide array of dishes.
White
3/30/2019 - AllRed wrote:
90 points
Round Table Tasting: Spring Releases (Knightsbridge): Retailer tasting. Lovely bright minerally fruit and citrus notes. The palate shows nice bright acidity with flavors of citrus, unripe peach and mineral. I really should go back and grab a few of these.
White - Sparkling
3/30/2019 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
Round Table Tasting: Spring Releases (Knightsbridge): Retailer tasting. A blend of 90% pinot noir and 10% chard, all grand cru, disgorged July 2017. Lot 338081. Impressive. Notes of brioche, almond and cherry, with a hint of melon as well. Has a rich toasty quality with wonderful orchard fruit flavors as well. 92-93 pts.
Red
2016 WINC Buellton DIME Santa Barbara County Red Blend (view label images)
3/30/2019 - AllRed wrote:
86 points
By the glass at Craft Urban. Dark fruit- ripe to the point of being slightly jammy in a good way. Nice fruit on the palate with a touch of fruity sweetness. Medium-bodied. Black raspberry fruit with hints of lavender.
Red
3/30/2019 - AllRed wrote:
88 points
By the glass at Craft Urban. Nice bouquet offering black cherry, currant, violet and Chambourd. Medium-bodied with soft tannins. Dark fruit, raspberry and a hint of vanilla syrup. Medium+ finish. I
Like the floral element in the bouquet.
White
3/30/2019 - AllRed wrote:
91 points
$90 off the list at Craft Urban. Yellow color. Notes of apple, fig and unripened cantaloupe melon. Rich texture with loads of orchard fruit. Subtle honeyed waxed pear undertone. Lengthy finish. Excellent.
White - Sweet/Dessert
3/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
4th Saturday group uptown tasting (R&D's): Deep golden yellow color. Apricot and pineapple on the nose and palate. Picks up more tropical fruit in the lingering finish. Honeyed fruit elements as well. Very nice.
Red
3/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
91 points
4th Saturday group uptown tasting (R&D's): From magnum. Currant, cassis, leather and cedar notes with hints of tobacco underneath. Integrated and balanced, with plum, currant and leather. Medium finish. Always a treat to taste these, especially alongside an older Laurel Glen.
Red
3/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
4th Saturday group uptown tasting (R&D's): Courtesy of Sue. Always a treat to taste these older Laurel Glens, and good to get a read on one that is still in my cellar. Garnet core with some bricking. Red currant, plum and lavender with a terrific underlying earthiness. These always have that wonderful old world character. Red berry fruit and leather on the palate. Has a slight bit of tannin yet. For my palate, this vintage is finally approaching peak. Drink now-2025. 93+ pts.
White - Sparkling
3/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
96 points
4th Saturday group uptown tasting (R&D's): A nonblind transition before we started on the dinner wines. Orchard fruit, ginger, roasted almond and dough notes. Fine bead; lingering mousse. Good backbone.
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Red
3/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
4th Saturday group uptown tasting (R&D's): Blind, though with both of our wines in the second flight I was fairly certain which they were. Deep opaque color. Notes of plum, black fruit, roasted meat and pepper. Loads of dark fruit on the palate. Hints of white pepper, violet liqueur and black cherry as well. Long finish. Easy to pick out as the syrah.

This had been decanted for about two hours before being rebottled. It then sat in an open bottle for 90 minutes before the flight was poured.
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Red
3/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
95 points
4th Saturday group uptown tasting (R&D's): Double blind. Deep color. Notes of chocolate, red raspberry and cassis along with a pronounced zin-like brambly dark fruit element that follows through on the palate. Full-bodied with medium, fine-grained tannins and flavors of black fruit, plum, pepper and the aforementioned brambly fruit. Really lush mixed fruit elements and nicely balanced from the attack through the finish. Impressive. Guessed Napa cab sauv. 94-96 pts.
White - Sparkling
3/21/2019 - AllRed wrote:
90 points
Consistent with prior note.
Red
3/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
4th Saturday group uptown tasting (R&D's): Double blind. Notes of raspberry jam, black fruit and a bit of brett- a nice underlying funkiness. Well-balanced. Dark fruit on the palate. While my initial thought was Bordeaux, it was quickly evident that the fruit was too generous.
Red
3/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
4th Saturday group uptown tasting (R&D's): Blind, though with both of our wines in the second flight I was fairly certain which they were. Deep color for a grenache. Aromas of candied raspberry and mulberry, spice and licorice. Initially shows its alcohol too. Full-bodied. Abundant sweet red berry fruit on the palate with spice elements lingering on the finish. Shows better balance and less alcohol as it sits.

This had been decanted for about two hours before being rebottled. It then sat in an open bottle for 90 minutes before the flight was poured.
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Red
3/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
4th Saturday group uptown tasting (R&D's): Double blind. Black fruit, showing a bit hot too. Black fruit, plum, vanilla and chocolate flavors. Long finish. Napa cab sauv.
Red
3/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
96 points
4th Saturday group uptown tasting (R&D's): Double blind. Cassis, currants, plum, chocolate and spice. Abundance of dark fruit on the palate. Velvety tannin structure. Balanced; young. Guessed Napa cab sauv.
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Red
3/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
4th Saturday group uptown tasting (R&D's): Double blind. Beef bouillon cubes on the nose and palate- so much so that this is undrinkable.
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Red
2013 Peter Michael Les Pavots Knights Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
94 points
4th Saturday group uptown tasting (R&D's): Double blind. Notes of black fruit and chocolate. The palate follows the bouquet. This is really well-balanced and has an abundance of fruit supported by fine-grained tannin. Young, but very tasty. Guessed Napa cab sauv. This had been decanted about five hours before the flight. 93-95 pts.
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Red
3/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
88 points
4th Saturday group uptown tasting (R&D's): Double blind. Inky color. Reticent; never really opened up. Dark fruit and tannin.
Red
2006 Peter Michael Les Pavots Knights Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
90 points
4th Saturday group uptown tasting (R&D's): Double blind. Has a cedary note, followed by sour red fruit, spice and chocolate. Full-bodied. Spicy red fruit on the palate. The sour note fades in favor of a nice herbal note that led some to guess cab franc. Turned more towards dark fruit as it sat, and the tannins became a it more forward. Young and primary. Guessed cab sauv. Was surprised to see the 2006, as I would have guessed this was a few years younger. Hold.
Red
2001 Paloma Syrah Spring Mountain District (view label images)
3/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
4th Saturday group uptown tasting (R&D's): Double blind. Plummy red fruit aromas lead to dark fruit on the palate. Plenty of peppery spice elements too. Soft though noticeable tannin, becoming more dark-fruited as it sits. Guessed syrah.
Red
2000 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
94 points
4th Saturday group uptown tasting (R&D's): Double blind. Crimson with some bricking. Tobacco, red currant, violet and plum. Medium-bodied with integrated tannins and flavors of plum, tobacco and black fruit. Adds a scorched earth/tar note. Long finish. Balanced. I was leaning towards Bordeaux here. 94-95 pts.

For my palate this is at peak and should hold, though probably not improve. Drink now-2023.
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White
3/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
4th Saturday group uptown tasting (R&D's): Double blind. Opens with a slight chipemical quality followed by apple blossom, lemon and pear notes. Orchard fruit with nice weight on the palate. Very good, but just didn't show as viognier.
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