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Red
3/19/2020 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
91 points
PnP. Clear with very minor fine sediment. Deep purple, nice Cab nose. Wine drank beautifully, perfect window, resolved tannins, good balance/integration. Typical CA Cab fruit profile, med body, decent finish. On the softer side, good everyday crowd pleaser. Nothing off. $37
White - Sparkling
2/16/2020 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
85 points
PnP, chilled. It ain't Champagne but drinkable. I thought a bit flat.
Decent value for price, $19
White
2/4/2020 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP chilled. Med straw color. Sharp nose of oak, fruit, slate. Similar to other BK Chards. Med oak, tart, stone, melon, very new world. Big robust, long finish. Nothing off. $54 winery direct.
White
1/30/2020 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
94 points
Amana Skiers: Pw/chilled. Stunning stuff. Clear, light/med straw color. Huge nose with oak, chalk, stone. BK makes just superb Chardonnay. This is a good a VY rivaling Sobranes, my favorite. Clean, fruity, light oak and vanilla, lots of sharp juicy fruit with excellent balance. Nothing off, long finish. $61 winery direct.
White
1/30/2020 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
92 points
Amana Skiers: P/chilled. Clear, light straw color. WOW, super acidic, bright fruit, med oak, vanilla and power. This is powerful stuff with a very long finish. Nothing off. $53 winery direct
Red
1/30/2020 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
93 points
Amana Skiers: Like the Kosta Browne Gaps Crown, lovely stuff. very similar to KB, big, bold, rich, not over extracted. Red and black fruit, long finish, excellent balance. Nothing off, $61 winery direct.
Red
1/30/2020 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
93 points
Amana Skiers: 3rd of 4 year vertical. Good stuff, nothing off. $98 winery direct.
Red
1/30/2020 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
94 points
Amana Skiers: Pw/splash decant. Simply delicious. 2011 is shaping up to be a much better vintage than initially thought. Perfect balance and integration, classic KB, big, bold, cola, red fruit, bright, powerful, not over extracted. Maybe best of 4 year vertical tasted. Nothing off. $91 winery direct.
Red
1/30/2020 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
92 points
Amana Skiers: Pw/splash decant. Clear, deep dark purple/ruby. Proper and usual KB nose. Rich, intense black fruit profile. Some earth, cola, aged. Nothing off, drink now. $85 winery direct.
White - Sparkling
1/30/2020 - Barry Notes wrote:
86 points
Amana Skiers: PnP chilled. Clear, very light bubble stream. Flat, some decent fruit but rather boring. Not impressed at this price point. $34
White
1/16/2020 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
93 points
PnP, slightly chilled. Med straw color. Oaky, intense nose. This is one of my favorite Chard CA vineyards. This is a big wine with lots of oak, vanilla, spice, power. Full body, sharp and clean, with still edgy fruit and a very long finish. Not for the meek. Nothing off. Drink now or next couple of years. $54 direct from producer.
White - Sparkling
1/1/2020 - Barry Notes wrote:
92 points
P/well chilled. Clear, light straw color. Very subdued bubble stream but drank nicely. Clean, fruity, very well made and delicious. Bottle got drained very fast. Nothing off. $49.
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Red
12/30/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP. Clear, dark purple color. I continue to be impressed by this producer. Nice nose, very well made/balanced/integrated. Super smooth without being over extracted. Good drinking window. Clear, med body, good finish. Could drink this all day. Nothing off. Exceptional value, $25.
Red
12/29/2019 - Barry Notes wrote:
91 points
Pw/1 hour double decant. Clear, med purple color, med legs. Nice, proper med/full intensity nose. The wine is ready to go. Med body, completely resolved tannin's. On the softer side, think maybe a bit over the top. Normal CA cab black/blue fruit profile. I was a bit underwhelmed but certainly decent juice. Nothing off. $57
Red
12/18/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
92 points
Pw/2 hour decant. Clear, deep purple/red. Nice proper nose. Med body, super clean, elegant, balanced, integrated w/med to long finish. Tannin's resolved but not over the top. Perfect drinking window. Delicious, great value $39. Nothing off.
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Red
12/15/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
92 points
Pw/30 min glass time. Clear, med ruby/purple. Med legs. Nice intense and proper nose. Another text book KB Pinot. Med body, not over extracted, med body, well balanced/integrated, no rough spots. Good drinking window, usual red and blue fruit profile. Clean, long finish, nothing off. $69, winery direct.
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White
12/15/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
92 points
P/chilled. Bright, med straw color. Oak/Oil nose. The drank big with pronounced oak and intense fruit. The is big boy Chard, very aged in taste, super smooth and integrated. Good drinking window, no rough edges. Not for everyone or the meek. Of of my favorite vineyards for both Chard and Pinot. Nothing off. $42, from winery direct.
Red
12/12/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
91 points
PnP, Clear, purple/ruby. Nice proper nose. This drank nicely. Med body, ideal drinking window with perfect balance/integration. Black and red fruit, med finish. Classic CA Pinot, nothing off. $57, winery direct.
White
12/12/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
88 points
P/slightly chilled. Clear, very pale straw. Thin nose. Typical taste, maybe a bit over the top. Fruit was a bit light at this point. Probably on the back side of drinking window. Still, a nice, light, easy drinking wine. Nothing off. $18
Red
12/11/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
89 points
PnP. Clear, deep dark purple. Med legs. Great intense nose. This wine never disappoints. Med/full body, good balance/integration. Black and blue fruit. Resolved tannin's with long finish. Great value, nothing off.
$18
White
12/11/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
91 points
P/chilled. Clear, med straw color. Nice nose. This drank very nicely. Bright fruit, juicy, well balanced. Delicious stuff and excellent value at $19. Nothing off.
White
12/11/2019 - Barry Notes wrote:
88 points
P/chilled. Clear, light straw color. Youthful fruit nose. Drank a bit thin but not terribly so. Nice, soft, some fruit, underwhelmed. Not a good value at $45. Nothing off.
Red
12/7/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
92 points
Pw/15 min glass time. Clear, bright ruby/purple. Classic CA Pinot nose and taste. Med body, clean, sharp, smooth, blend of black/red fruit. Ideal drinking window and integration. Delicious, drained bottle way too fast. Nothing off. $68 winery direct.
White
12/5/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP chilled. Clear, bright light straw. Oak, vanilla, iodine nose. One, if not my favorite CA Chard. This drank like I expected. Med/full body, mature, deep and intensity Chard with some oak, spice, earth. Nice with Turkey. Nothing off. Drink now. $53
White
11/21/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
91 points
PnP chilled. Clear, med straw color. Nice full nose. This showed a fair amount of oak. Med body, smooth, rich, some butter. Oak lessened with time by still pronounced. Good drinking window, nothing off. $53 from winery direct.
Red
11/21/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
93 points
Brought to restaurant PnP. Clear, med/deep purple/ruby. Nice full nose. Drank very well. Ideal window, med/full body, great balance and integration. Classic taste of CA Pinot. Nothing off. $90 from winery direct.
Rosé - Sparkling
11/12/2019 - Barry Notes wrote:
85 points
PnP well chilled. Clear, very light rose color. This is a very light sparkler, simple, easy drinking porch pounder. Nothing special or remarkable but certainly drinkable. Nothing off. $23
Red
11/12/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted and returned to bottle 2 hours prior. Clear with minor bottom sediment. Med ruby purple, long legs. Wonderful juice, ideal balance/integration, med to full body, tannin's just right, black and red fruit profile. Nothing off. $53
White
11/12/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP chilled. Clear, very light straw color. Bright, bold and juicy fruit. Good example of a German Riesling. Consistent producer, always dependable stuff. Nothing off. $17
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Red
9/26/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
90 points
PnP. Clear, very deep dark purple color. Strong nose. At first sip, unbalanced and funky but that blew off with time. Drank over an hour and by last sip, delicious and true to fruit. Big, powerful, edgy, long finish. Nothing off. $21
Red
2009 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/26/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
93 points
Pw/1 hr glass time. Clear, deep dark purple. Wonderful, powerful nose. This needed a lot a air time before it opened up. Initially super tight and rugged. With time, it softened a bit and drank beautifully. Dark fruit, very intense flavor, prominent tannin's but not overly so. Dusty, dry, rich, full bodied with long finish. At the front end of it's drinking window and can stand another 5 years of cellaring. Nothing off. $50
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Red
9/23/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP w/guys on the France trip where we bought it. Clear with very minor fine sediment. Deep purple color w/long legs. Nice nose. This drank well beyond it's price point. Balanced and integrated, in it's perfect drinking window. Rich, dark fruit profile, intense flavor but tannin's are where they should be. Simply delicious, wish I had more. Nothing off. $23
White
9/23/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP, chilled. Clear, med straw color. Nice Chard nose with a slight oak presence. Delicious right out of the shute. Still bright and fruity with some vanilla, oak, toast. Med to full body, long finish. Nothing off. $63
Red
9/23/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
93 points
PnP, Clear, deep purple/ruby. Nice med/full nose. KB has changed over the year to less extraction and more lean. This is definitely not over extracted. Nice integrated black and red fruit. Medium flavor intensity, long finished. Not over the top but in peak to end of ideal drinking window. Nothing off. $98
Red
9/23/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
93 points
PnP. Clear, deep ruby/purple. Big, proper nose. Wonderful stuff. I like power in my CA Pinot's and this delivers. Not over extracted but leans to that side. Dark and blue fruit, nicely balanced, very long finish. Delicious. Nothing off. Gift.
White - Sparkling
9/5/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
93 points
P/well chilled. Clear, light straw color, excellent fine bubble stream. Exceptional juice. No hint whatsoever of over the top. This drank clean, sharp, fruity, clean, balanced, integrated. No heavy lees, oak, vanilla or other old age tastes. Remarkable, delicious and in perfect drinking window. Wish I had more. Nothing off. $54
White
8/28/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP w/10 min glass time. Clear, med straw color. Sharp and intense nose. Big, rich, bright, oaky, fruity. This went well with seafood and although I'm not a huge fan of oak, this was on the money. Very well made and in good drinking window. Nice balance, nothing off. $63
Red
8/28/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP w/15 min glass time. Clear, light to med ruby/red. Med nose. This KB was certainly on the leaner side. Definitely not over extracted and reflects the new style. Mostly dark fruit, not overly earthy, med body and intensity. Typical CA Pinot attributes of dark cherry, cola, spice. Others liked it better than me but certainly worth drinking. Med finish, nothing off. $98
Red
8/15/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
91 points
PnP slightly chilled. Clear, med/dark purple/red. Subdued nose at first, fuller after a hour air time. This wine drank lean and astringent. Med body/fruit intensity/finish, light extraction. So much different than many other CA Pinot's. Good stuff if you like the style. Nothing off. $64
White - Sparkling
8/11/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
92 points
Pw/chilled. Clear, very slight straw color. Nice tiny bubble stream. The is more on the clean, sharp, elegant side. Fruit vs. lees taste. Light, refreshing, delicious. Nothing off. $55
White
7/19/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
91 points
P/chilled. Clear, light straw color. Fruity nose. This surprised me as there was plenty of good sharp acid and fruit showing. Drank younger than expected. Not flabby, flat or diminished in any way. Delicious on a hot evening with snacks. Nothing off. $45
Red
7/19/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
92 points
P/5 days earlier, recorked and refrigerated. Clear, deep purple color. Was worried it may go flat/oxidized but the wine showed fine. Nice med/full intensity nose. Drank well, soft, rounded, integrated, balance, med to full body with nice long finish. Excellent value, nothing off. $19
Red
2010 Brancaia Ilatraia Maremma Toscana Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/14/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP w/15 glass time. Deep, dark purple, clear. Earthy nose, intense. Taste of saddle, soil, dark fruit, some edgy tannin's which resolved some with more air time. Rich, extracted, full bodied. Ideal with lasagna, long finish. Not for the meek. Good drinking window but will hold awhile yet. Nothing off. $42
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Red
7/4/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP, clear, purple color. Nice nose. Perfect crowd pleasing summer porch pounder. Ideal balance/integration, drinking window, soft but not light on flavor. Rounded out nicely with resolved tannin. Med body, intensity, finish. Nothing off. Great value. $22
White
6/29/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
91 points
PnP well chilled. Clear, very light straw color. Beutiful example of CA SB. True to fruit, clean, bright, juicy, good acid, nice balance, sharp finish. Perfect with seafood, nothing off. $26
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Red
2010 Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/27/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP, double decant for 1 hour. Clear, deep red/purple. Big wonderful nose. Med-full body, perfect drinking window with ideal balance and integration. Tannin's resolved, long finish. Always like this label and again didn't disappoint. Delicious and easy drinking. Nothing off. $39
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White
6/27/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP chilled. Clear, light straw color. Sharp, crisp, nose and taste. Classic CA SB without too much grass and NZ tastes. True to fruit, easy drinking, juicy, fruity, not overly sappy or flat. Delicious stuff. Nothing off. $26
Red
6/27/2019 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
91 points
PnP, short glass decant. Clear, deep ruby/purple color. Nice big nose.
Med body/intensity. Beautifully balanced/integrated. East to drink and great with rib eye steak. Crowd pleaser, great value. Red fruit profile, fruity finish, tannin's resolved. Nothing off. $22
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