Tasting Notes for DCSteve

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Rosé
7/24/2021 - DCSteve wrote:
88 points
I agree with most of what has been said so far. First of all, it needs to breathe for at least 30 minutes. Very acidic and tart straight out of the bottle. Surprisingly so. After it calms down, definite watermelon and general citrus notes. Not what I was expecting or looking for when I opened, but definitely grew on me. Paired well with Grilled Siracha Salmon with Avocado Pineapple Salsa on the Traeger.
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Red
2/21/2021 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
90 points
Still needs a little time to open up. Once it did, smooth and fruit forward.
Red
1/30/2021 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
91 points
One of the good ones from 2011, a rough vintage
Red
12/10/2020 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
89 points
Very smooth. Super enjoyable. Pop ‘n Pour.
Red
2009 Brancaia Ilatraia Maremma Toscana Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/11/2020 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
90 points
Pop and pour. Really drinking well right now. Agree that there’s not much more to get out of continued cellaring but it definitely has shelf life left.
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Red
11/7/2020 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
92 points
Agree with all the recent notes. Drinking great right now.
Red
10/9/2020 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
95 points
Spectacular. Drinking really well right now.
Red
9/24/2020 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
88 points
Nice wine. No heat at all, which is a bit surprising for a Two Hands Shiraz (though this bottle does have some age on it). Tastes like cherry candy. Not in a bad way. Very enjoyable.
Red
7/28/2020 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
92 points
This was yummy. Been sitting in my cellar for a while and decided to break a bottle out to pair with Beef Tenderloin. Some cherry on the nose but on the tongue. Tannins present but mellow. Drinking really well right now. Pop 'n pour.
Red
6/27/2020 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
90 points
This was so good. Smooth as could be. Long finish. Paired really well with beef tenderloin. If you have some of this, drink it now but don't be afraid to let it sit longer. Plenty of life left.
Red
30 year old bottle for 30th Anniversary. I'm surprisingly good condition. A little thin but that's to be expected.
Red
1/15/2020 - DCSteve wrote:
88 points
Had this on a 1/2 price wine night ($49). Glad it wasn't full price. It was good, but at full price the QPR is horrible. Fruit forward with little tannic structure. Very straightforward with little complexity. Not what I'd expect for a wine at this price.
Red
11/9/2019 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
91 points
Not sure where the drinking window came from but this wine has plenty of life left. First sip was weak, but after 30 miniutes in glass it really opened up. Tannins have subsided but are still present. Nice finish - it definitely lingers. Very enjoyable.
Red
10/27/2019 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
92 points
Drank this with friends for Game 5 of the World Series. Just seemed like the right wine to drink before a ballgame. It did not disappoint. No specific tasting notes since I'm writing this ten days later, but everyone really enjoyed it.
Red
9/1/2019 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
95 points
Spectacular.
Red
3/23/2019 - DCSteve wrote:
88 points
Indifferent. For me this wine was not as polarizing as some of the reviews would indicate. It’s also just ‘eh’. Doesn’t really live up to what I expect from Camus which is generally oaky and vanilla. Just not very distinctive.
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Red
1/26/2019 - DCSteve wrote:
90 points
I was disappointed by this wine. Bought four of them at release on reputation alone. SB always has fantastic wine and I'm a big Foley fan. That said, for $125, the QPR is not good. Don't get me wrong, this is a good wine and we enjoyed it, it's just not a great wine, which it should be at that price. The nose, the palate, none of it blew me away and though I did not drink side by side, the Reserve felt very close to the regular. Other wines in this price range (e.g., Outpost True, Larkmead Solari) are memorable and the first taste has a 'wow' factor. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case here. I'm hoping there's some bottle variation and the others will be better. Note: Pop and pour, drank over 2 hours.
Red
1/8/2019 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
95 points
This wine is singing right now. Spectacular.
Red
12/19/2018 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
90 points
Agree with the recent notes. QPR through the roof. Smooth yet distinctively a Zin. Fruit forward with a light pepper and spice. Glad I have two more!
Red
11/11/2018 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
89 points
No specific notes but thought this was a solid wine.
White
Very enjoyable. Good QPR. Would buy again.
Red
11/6/2018 - DCSteve wrote:
86 points
This is a very simple wine - no complexity. Cherry notes - drinks almost like a heavy Pinot. Fine for the price but probably won’t buy again.
Red
11/3/2018 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
93 points
Spectacular. Fully integrated. Really drinking well.
Red
2002 Opus One Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/31/2018 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
96 points
From a magnum. Didn’t decant but opened an hour or so before pouring. Decadent is the word that comes to mind. Touch of chocolate, long finish - fabulous.
Red
9/2/2017 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
96 points
From a Magnum. The wine is singing. Alcohol, even at 16% is completely unnoticeable. Tannins also very relaxed. It's just smooth, especially for a Zin, while retaining the signature Zin pepper finish. Yet another TRB gem!
Red
2012 Outpost Immigrant True Vineyard Howell Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/12/2017 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
96 points
Phenomenal. Short decant, but even the first pnp taste was, to use a phrase, stupid good. Smooth and well integrated. TRB strikes again.
Red
2/20/2017 - DCSteve wrote:
92 points
This was fantastic. Started well and really opened up over the hour we drank it. Nice long finish. Too bad they stopped growing Syrah!
Red
2003 St. Supéry Élu Meritage Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/2/2017 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
93 points
Fruit forward and we all agreed it really 'explodes' in your mouth. Though less than 20% of the blend, the merlot really comes through. Aging nicely and still plenty left in the tank.
Red
1/15/2017 - DCSteve wrote:
92 points
This wine is just singing right now. Pop and pour. A little tight a first but within 15 - 20 minutes really opened up. Smooth finish. Drink up!
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Red
4/16/2016 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
90 points
When the cork pushed down into the bottle as I tried to open, I thought we were in trouble. Fortunately , not corked. However, it is past it's prime. Still, I'd give it 90ish.
Red
2/5/2016 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
94 points
Yummy, yummy. This is in a really good place right now.
Red
10/30/2015 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
96 points
Spectacular. That was the first thing tht came to mind when I took my first sip. Amazing nose - so full of fruit! And finishes forever - just lingers on. Thank goodness I have one more.
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Red
10/23/2015 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
92 points
Really spectacular. Big nose - the fruit is really present and very pleasant. Tannins are totally integrated and just barely perceptible. Sad that this was my last bottle.
Red
9/28/2015 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
94 points
No specific notes, but this wine is spectacular and drinking really well right now. I am sure it will hold for 5 or so more years, but I am not sure it will get much better. Tannins are well integrated - barely noticeable. Long, luxurious finish. This is not a typical California Cab fruit bomb (not that there's anything wrong with that!) - very sophisticated wine. Glad I have two more!
Red
2008 Worthy Sophia's Cuvée Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/27/2015 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
89 points
QPR, QPR, QPR
Red
9/18/2015 - DCSteve wrote:
90 points
Surprised me. Very nice wine and only got better as night went on. Excellent companion to veal chop - complimented rather than overpowered. Wish I had more of this.
Red
9/2/2015 - DCSteve wrote:
93 points
Well integrated. Drinking well for being so young.
Red
8/18/2015 - DCSteve wrote:
90 points
Smooth drinker. Can't beat the QPR.
Red
8/15/2015 - DCSteve wrote:
96 points
Using the Coravin, I have been taking a glass every 6 months or so, since the beginning of '14. Had last two glasses Saturday and though I don't have specific tasting notes, I can say is that this wine is spectacular. Worth getting your hands on if you can.
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Rosé
7/19/2015 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
86 points
Very enjoyable Rhone blend (Grenache/Syrah). Not bone dry, but dry enough. Refreshing low ABV (12%) summer drinker with good QPR. Will buy more.
Red
6/26/2015 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
90 points
Yet another example of not classifying and entire vintage. Very smooth. Very TRB.
Red
5/27/2015 - DCSteve wrote:
97 points
Waited two years after opening the first of this vintage and it was worth the wait. Galloni rated 97+ and he is spot on. Brought this out for our 25th Anniversary dinner and it did not disappoint. The nose is just wonderful. A little tight right out of the bottle (didn't get a chance to decant), but not overly so and this baby really opened up over a 90 minute drink. Would recommend a two hour decant if you have the time.

Smooth does not begin to describe the wine. Cab Sav with just the right amount of Franc and Verdot make for a great big cali wine that paired well with a big, juicy ribeye.

Drink up or hold - or do both! This wine will not disappoint.
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Red
5/26/2015 - DCSteve wrote:
89 points
Pop and pour and right out of the bottle there was a little too much cherry for me. Lollipop was the first thing that came to mind. It settled down a bit during dinner, but cherry was still the overwhelming smell and taste. I was surprised given all the good community and pro reviews. Maybe bottle variation? Will see how the other bottles drink.
Red
5/17/2015 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
89 points
Cab lover's Pinot. Enjoyable. Cherry - not overly complex.
Red
2009 De Toren Fusion V Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/25/2015 - DCSteve wrote:
92 points
Love this wine. So smooth. This was my last '09. Going to look for another vintage.
Red
4/25/2015 - DCSteve wrote:
92 points
No specific tasting notes. A very good Pinot that went over very well at a small dinner party. Definitely getting more of this!
Red
3/13/2015 - DCSteve Likes this wine:
93 points
Really, really enjoyed this wine. It's not your typical tight, tannic mountain cab. Very, very smooth likely due to he generous portion of Merlot (22%) along with the smattering of Verdot and Franc - they take any edge off. Paired with a rare Montreal seasoned ribeye. This is drinking really well right now. Wish I had more of this.
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