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Red
8/16/2008 - scofer wrote:
90 points
Cherries, raspberries and a floral note on the nose and palate. A healthy acidic kick, as is John's signature stamp on his PN. But what will also be truly memorable for me about this wine is that this is what I was sipping on when I witnessed Michael Phelps's historic, unbelievable, oh so close victory in the 100 M fly to snag his 7th gold (and tie Spitz's record) in Beijing.
Red
8/16/2008 - scofer wrote:
90 points
Open for the virtual 2003 cab OL. Ruby red in color. Aromas of blackberry, coffee and leather ... the blackberry coming out, really, in later pours with a little air time. On the palate, deep dark fruits (black currant?), dark chocolate, coffee and some spicy brambles. A bit of a tannic bite on the finish. I left this one open in my cellar to breathe for a number of hours before jumping in. Definitely benefits from some air time as it really opened up over the night. I have another one of these socked away which I will let sleep for awhile before opening.
Red
8/12/2008 - scofer wrote:
flawed
The Wines of Arcadian ... plus a Dehlinger (Lucio's): Bummer. Another corked one. That makes two out of 10.
Red
8/12/2008 - scofer wrote:
91 points
The Wines of Arcadian ... plus a Dehlinger (Lucio's): I’m such a Dehlinger fan. The PNs are just consistently great, across the board. The ’05 Goldridge has a lively brightness and purity to it. Wonderful aromas of cherry and spice. Same on the palate with a little earth mixed in as well. What's not to love?
Red
8/12/2008 - scofer wrote:
The Wines of Arcadian ... plus a Dehlinger (Lucio's): Darn it. I don’t remember this one very well except perhaps the funk that Tom notes below. I’m afraid that I was paying more attention to the ’03 Arcadian Hommage a Max that I was drinking side by side. (Appreciate that this note is not very helpful. My apologies. I am posting in a group)
Red
8/12/2008 - scofer wrote:
90 points
The Wines of Arcadian ... plus a Dehlinger (Lucio's): Nice wine. Words that come to mind to describe this wine are dark and powerful. I probably did not do this wine justice with my entrée selection of tuna (which is what I always order at Lucio’s). Goes without saying that it would have paired better with the pork chop or the filet. Dark fruits, earth and leather. I liked it a lot, despite the unfortunate food pairing.
Red
8/12/2008 - scofer wrote:
92 points
The Wines of Arcadian ... plus a Dehlinger (Lucio's): Among my top three WOTN (of 10 wines). Charming bouquet of cherries and strawberries with a floral note as well. Light and vibrant. This one paired perfectly with my tuna. I drank this side by side with the '05 Arcadian Pisoni and preferred the Sleepy Hollow. More my style. Perhaps not as elegant and complex as the '01 Garys', but this one held its own. No bottles in my CT inventory? That will need to change.
Red
8/12/2008 - scofer wrote:
90 points
The Wines of Arcadian ... plus a Dehlinger (Lucio's): Tasted this one side by side with the ’05 Arcadian Sleepy Hollow PN (after changing my initial plan to drink it next to the corked ‘00 Arcadian Pisoni). The Pisoni was darker and spicier and carried a bigger wollup than the Sleepy Hollow ... also had an earthy funk. I'll give the edge to the Sleepy Hollow in the match up, but I enjoyed the Pisoni all the same.
Red
8/12/2008 - scofer wrote:
flawed
The Wines of Arcadian ... plus a Dehlinger (Lucio's): Too bad. Boy, was it ever corked. Smelled and tasted like gym socks. Not that I have actually tasted gym socks, but this is how I would imagine they would taste. Funny when I read my note and then read Dietz's below. Obviously his was not corked! :)
Red
8/12/2008 - scofer wrote:
93 points
The Wines of Arcadian ... plus a Dehlinger (Lucio's): Among my top 3 WOTN (among 10 wines) ... and this was probably my very favorite of the night. Cherries, strawberries, flower blossoms and a little spice, too. Nice acidity and balance. This wine had the entire package.
White
8/12/2008 - scofer wrote:
92 points
The Wines of Arcadian ... plus a Dehlinger (Lucio's): Compared side by side with the 1999 Arcadian Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay, the '05 was more mellow and more my style of chardonnay. The flavor of the '05 (to me, anyway) was all about green tea, stone and green apples. Yahoo! I have some of these from the GCS spring shipment! Among my top three WOTN (among 10 wines).
White
8/12/2008 - scofer wrote:
89 points
The Wines of Arcadian ... plus a Dehlinger (Lucio's): On first taste, loads of tart citrus (mainly lemon) on the palate. On a revisit towards the end of the night, caramel and smoke. I tried this one side by side with the '05 Arcadian Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay and will have to give the edge to the '05 which was more to my style of chard. I believe I was in the minority at the table on choosing the '05 as a favorite between the two. Lots of life left in this wine. Paired well with our appetizers of calimari and spinach/artichoke dip.
Red
4/27/2008 - scofer wrote:
91 points
One of nine wines tasted blind at Lucio's dinner 4/26/08: Blackberries and pepper on the nose and palate. Smooth and lush. This one came straight from Spec's, I think, and was not served at the optimum temperature ... and despite this, was showing well. My #3 wine; rated #5 by the group. A pleasant surprise.
Red
4/27/2008 - scofer wrote:
90 points
One of nine wines tasted blind at Lucio's dinner 4/26/08: Raspberries and blackberries, a little pepper. Not as expressive on the nose as I tend to find in Dehlinger wines, but this one is quite young. Solid wine, but will show better with time. Double decanted and aerated in cellar 4 hours before dinner.
Red
4/27/2008 - scofer wrote:
90 points
One of nine wines tasted blind at Lucio's dinner 4/26/08: Sour cherry on the nose and palate. Nice acidity. Opened up in the glass to reveal a bit of chocolate or coffee. Did not rate in the top 3 for the group, but a very nice wine nonetheless.
Red
4/27/2008 - scofer wrote:
92 points
One of nine wines tasted blind at Lucio's dinner 4/26/08: Floral on the nose (violets?); lovely cherry cola flavors on the palate. I brought this wine because I could not resist breaking in to my recent Carlisle shipment. Double decanted and aerated in cellar for 4 hours before the dinner. My #2 WOTN; #4 overall. Killer wine. Recommend a little more time to see full potential.
Red
4/27/2008 - scofer wrote:
88 points
One of nine wines tasted blind at Lucio's dinner 4/26/08: Tons of black fruit on the nose and palate. This one did not stand out for me or for the group. After the reveal, we learned this was a 98 Parker wine. Who knew.
Red
4/27/2008 - scofer wrote:
90 points
One of nine wines tasted blind at Lucio's dinner 4/26/08: The first impression I had was the ridiculously heavy bottle. It felt like a bowling ball. Nice dark fruit. My notes say funky, rich and bold. Not in my top 3, but rated #2 overall by the group. This was my husband's WOTN.
Red
4/27/2008 - scofer wrote:
94 points
One of nine wines tasted blind at Lucio's dinner 4/26/08: Holy cow, I loved this. Cherries and blueberries at first taste, then blackberries and spice on my second. I kept coming back to this one and got something different each time. My WOTN and rated #1 by the group. I have not been a big fan of Pax wine as of late, but this could change my tune ... particularly if they start going with smaller bottles!
Red
4/27/2008 - scofer wrote:
86 points
One of nine wines tasted blind at Lucio's dinner 4/26/08: Barnyard funk on the nose, but not a lot else going on with the wine. Just okay. General impressions at the table were "thin" and "hollow". Did not rate in anyone's top 3.
Red
2005 Linne Calodo Cherry Red Paso Robles Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
4/27/2008 - scofer wrote:
90 points
One of nine wines tasted blind at Lucio's dinner 4/26/08: Sour cherry and mint. Nice acidity. Although not in my top 3, I enjoyed this wine. Rated #3 by the group.
Red
3/9/2008 - scofer wrote:
90 points
We opened this bottle, along with the 2003 Joseph Swan Trenton Estate Syrah, as part of the FMIII virtual syrah tasting and paired with barbeque chicken and ribs from the smoker on a gorgeous Spring-like day. Wonderful expressive bouquet. As I swirled my glass, I can’t explain the aromas any better than I felt as if I were transported to the RRV, sitting in a rustic tasting room … if that makes any sense at all. Dark cherries and blackberries with smoke and mushrooms on the palate with a kick of acidity on the finish. Very nice.
Red
3/9/2008 - scofer wrote:
91 points
We opened this bottle, along with the 1999 Dehlinger Goldridge Syrah, as part of the FMIII virtual syrah tasting and paired with barbeque chicken and ribs from the smoker on a gorgeous Spring-like day. Opened both wines a couple of hours in advance to get a little air. Lovely bouquet of cherries and violets. Tart dark cherries and plums on the palate. Sweet and sour all at once. This wine was delicate and refined, yet held its own when paired with the BBQ. In a word, charming.
Red
2/24/2008 - scofer wrote:
91 points
One of 16 wines tasted at our Joseph Swan & Holdredge OL at La Vista. This wine was featured in the '01 to '05 Lovers Lane vertical. The fruit is more forward in the ’05 than the ’04. Violets on the nose, blackberries, pepper and spice on the palate. Well done.
Red
2/24/2008 - scofer wrote:
92 points
One of 16 wines tasted at our Joseph Swan & Holdredge OL at La Vista. This wine was featured in the '01 to '05 Lovers Lane vertical. When I spoke to John last week about this wine, he cautioned that, when stacked up against the ’01, ’02, ’03 and ’05, this wine may not be as “generous” as the others. To quote John, he was afraid that we might kick sand in the face of what we might characterize as the 90 pound weakling on the table. There was some controversy about this wine last night as to whether it was showing any brett. I am not sensitive to that, so did not pick up on it. I am tasting this wine again today and I LOVE IT!! The fruit is more in the background and it all earth and barnyard funk … more reminiscent of a Rhone than a California syrah. Last night I would not have pegged it as such as it may have been lost among the others, but today I would say it was among my favorites in the vertical.
Red
2/24/2008 - scofer wrote:
91 points
One of 16 wines tasted at our Joseph Swan & Holdredge OL at La Vista. This wine was featured in the '01 to '05 Lovers Lane vertical. Definitely bigger and bolder than the ’01 and ’02. This one has more of a heft to the palate but with the same flavor profile of blackberries and spice. The floral component is more in the background, but it’s still there. Very nice.
Red
2/24/2008 - scofer wrote:
90 points
One of 16 wines tasted at our Joseph Swan & Holdredge OL at La Vista. This wine was featured in the '01 to '05 Lovers Lane vertical. Another beautiful wine profile of floral and spice. I wish I had a chance to revisit this one.
Red
2/24/2008 - scofer wrote:
93 points
One of 16 wines tasted at our Joseph Swan & Holdredge OL at La Vista. This wine was featured in the '01 to '05 Lovers Lane vertical. What a privilege to have a Holdredge vertical on the table and the second of two wines from John’s inaugural vintage. A wine of grace and beauty, a lovely combination of flowers (violets? roses?), blackberries and spice. My favorite of the vertical, and one of my WOTN.
Red
2/24/2008 - scofer wrote:
91 points
One of 16 wines tasted at our Joseph Swan & Holdredge OL at La Vista. I love this wine. I came back with a boatload after a trip to the RRV last fall. Red cherries and raspberry with nice acidity. Not your typical high alcohol zin. Hopefully John will keep this wine on his playlist.
Red
2/24/2008 - scofer wrote:
90 points
One of 16 wines tasted at our Joseph Swan & Holdredge OL at La Vista. Another fantastic JS zin, this one was perhaps a bit “bigger” (for lack of a better word) than the Frati, but wonderful all the same. This was my friend, Lauren’s, favorite wine of the night.
Red
2/24/2008 - scofer wrote:
92 points
One of 16 wines tasted at our Joseph Swan & Holdredge OL at La Vista. As we were opening the bottles before the night kicked off and doing a spot check of bottles, this wine stopped me in my tracks. Hands down, the best aromas coming from any wine on the table. Raspberry, blackberry, cherries, spices … you name it, it was soaring from the glass. Same wonderful, heady flavors following through on the palate. My favorite zin on the table and one of my WOTN.
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Red
2/24/2008 - scofer wrote:
91 points
One of 16 wines tasted at our Joseph Swan & Holdredge OL at La Vista. I fell for the RRV during a tasting with John last year and continue to love this wine. Classic Holdredge brisk acidity mixed with bright cherry fruit. Lucky for me, I actually do have more of this in my cellar. May hold on to them to see how they evolve.
Red
2/24/2008 - scofer wrote:
93 points
One of 16 wines tasted at our Joseph Swan & Holdredge OL at La Vista. This was for certain my most anticipated wine of the evening and it far exceeded my expectations. From John’s first vintage, it was an exceptionally rare treat to have this wine on our table. Lighter in color than its JS counterparts. Gorgeous floral, raspberry and cherry aromas on the nose and palate, silky, elegant and balanced. My hat goes off to you, John, for such a knock out from your first vintage. Bravo! Definitely one of my WOTN.
Red
2/24/2008 - scofer wrote:
90 points
One of 16 wines tasted at our Joseph Swan & Holdredge OL at La Vista. Tart red cherries and forest floor, definitely more acidic than the other JS pinots on the table. The CdT is always a crowd pleaser.
Red
2/24/2008 - scofer wrote:
One of 16 wines tasted at our Joseph Swan & Holdredge OL at La Vista. This wine was just released with JS's spring newsletter. We decanted over the course of the evening. I was lucky to have the ’05 Trenton Estate close by me on the table, but the Great Oak decanter sailed by and landed at the far end of the table, never to return. The quick impression I had of it was that it was deeper and darker in flavor profile than the Trenton Estate. Rod's newsletter describes this as “black raspberry, black cherry, dark plum and licorice and maybe even a little hint of cassis”. I will need to give this one another try.
Red
2/24/2008 - scofer wrote:
95 points
One of 16 wines tasted at our Joseph Swan & Holdredge OL at La Vista. With only one bottle of this wine and of the ’05 Great Oak, and given their youth, we placed these two in decanters. Absolutely stunning. Classic heady combo of cherries, earth and spice. Vibrant, elegant and in perfect balance. This wine is featured in Rod’s recent spring newsletter that hit the inbox last week – I could not be more excited about this wine!! Trenton Estate continues to be among my very favorite wines. Without a doubt, one of my WOTN.
Red
2/24/2008 - scofer wrote:
90 points
One of 16 wines tasted at our Joseph Swan & Holdredge OL at La Vista. Showing that typical wonderful signature Swan aroma, all cherries, earth and spice. I was so gaga over the ’05 Trenton Estate which was also on the table, I did not spend as much time with this one as I would have liked. But typical, fabulous Trenton Estate. Remains one of my favorite PNs out there. Perhaps a little riper than the ’05, but wonderful all the same.
Rosé
2/24/2008 - scofer wrote:
89 points
One of 16 wines tasted at our Joseph Swan & Holdredge OL at La Vista. Light and crisp, flavor profile of fresh berries. Made primarily of syrah with a little pinot and a splash of gewurtz, this is darker than your typical rose. The Naked Lady takes its name from the Amaryllis flower, a pink lily that adorns the label ... which features the artwork of Lynn Berglund. A great wine to kick off the evening.
Red
1/20/2008 - scofer wrote:
93 points
One of 9 wines tasted at our syrah/zin OL at Lucio's. Tied for my WOTN, which I believe was a sentiment shared by others at the table. Beautiful floral notes on the nose with blackberries and cherries on the palate. Smooth and solid wine all around.
Red
2000 Kaz Klinch Capri Vite California Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
1/20/2008 - scofer wrote:
89 points
One of 9 wines tasted at our syrah/zin OL at Lucio's and one of the four "mystery" wines. Never heard of this wine or winery before last night, and what a nice surprise. Not as big as the other wines at the table. Nice, light dark cherry flavors. Good wine.
Red
1/20/2008 - scofer wrote:
90 points
One of 9 wines tasted at our syrah/zin OL at Lucio's. Tasted side by side with the 2005 Copain James Berry Syrah. Similar profile as the Copain with blueberry, chocolate and pepper flavors, but bigger, bolder and more tannic. I think the table was split as to preference of the Copain versus the Saxum (I was in the Copain camp). Great wine.
Red
1/20/2008 - scofer wrote:
93 points
One of 9 wines tasted at our syrah/zin OL at Lucio's. Tasted side by side with the 2005 Saxum James Berry Syrah. Tied for my WOTN. Blueberries with dark chocolate and pepper mixed in. A touch more elegant when compared to the Saxum. You could definitely taste the stems in this one. Fabulous wine.
Red
1/20/2008 - scofer wrote:
91 points
One of 9 wines tasted at our syrah/zin OL at Lucio's. I have not yet tasted a Carlisle that I did not like and this one did not disappoint. Blackberries and pepper on the nose and palate. Solid wine.
Red
1/20/2008 - scofer wrote:
80 points
One of 9 wines tasted at our syrah/zin OL at Lucio's. I was excited to try the Alcina Las Madres, having tried the ’06 in barrel and really enjoyed it. I recall that the sample we tried last year while visiting Alcina was incredibly aromatic. Well, I brought this wine and it turned out to be quite the bummer. Muted on the nose. Blackberry and meaty notes on the palate, but overpowered by strong balsamic vinegar flavors. Too bad. Hopefully a bad bottle or an anomaly.
Red
1/20/2008 - scofer wrote:
88 points
One of 9 wines tasted at our syrah/zin OL at Lucio's and one of four of the "mystery" wines. In comparison to the other syrah on the table, this one was much more mellow and had a sweet note … almost like brown sugar. If I had not known the theme, I would not have pegged this for a syrah. I enjoyed the wine, but was not a standout among the others.
Red
1/20/2008 - scofer wrote:
90 points
One of 9 wines tasted at our syrah/zin OL at Lucio's. Definitely one of the more unique wines I have ever had the pleasure to try. This was served as one of four mystery wines. Extremely strong flavors of mint on the nose and palate (others said herbs or cloves), also blackberries and earthy notes. I really enjoyed this wine.
Rosé
1/20/2008 - scofer wrote:
88 points
One of 9 wines tasted at our syrah/zin OL at Lucio's. A nice wine to kick off the evening. Probably would be better during the Houston summer rather than on one of the coldest days of the year, but good nonetheless. Nice, pleasant strawberry and raspberry flavors. Ths wine paired well with our appetizers of calamari and spinach and artichoke dip.
Red
12/17/2007 - scofer wrote:
93 points
Lovely strawberry and cherry fragrance on the nose and palate with a little spicy kick. Perfectly in balance, light and elegant. In a word ... stunning. Paired well with chicken succatash soup.
Red
11/18/2007 - scofer wrote:
78 points
Drank as part of the VLG virtual OL. Well, at such a good price, I really wanted to love this ... or at least like it. But I felt like I was drinking a wine you would be served on an airplane - sort of drinking for drinking's sake, if that makes any sense. I had to resist the urge to go open something else. I did not get any aromas out of the glass. Red berries that were difficult to discern on the palate ... perhaps candied strawberries? Very one dimensional. But at $7.99, what do you expect? (Although some retailers here in Texas have doubled that price!) Ah, well.
Red
12/18/2007 - scofer wrote:
88 points
Drank as part of the VLG virtual OL. Blend is 50% Grenache, 30% Shiraz, and 20% Mourvedre. I enjoyed this wine and it is definitely a great price. Lots of dark berry flavors on the nose and palate - blackberry and dark cherries flavors and aromas were dominate. The texture of the wine was softer than I expected with almost a silky finish. On the second day, there was a balsamic aftertaste that I did not pick up on day one. Overall, very enjoyable.
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