Tasting Notes for missionpk

(419 notes on 359 wines)

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Red
Showing really good. Still some nice tannins and just enjoyable.
White
This was difficult when it was first sold and it is still difficult.
Red
12/14/2018 - missionpk Likes this wine:
93 points
In a very good spot.
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White
Very tasty. Lots of flavor. Not much acidity.
Red
In a good spot. Didn’t notice the smoke and had forgotten about the whole brouhaha until I started reading the notes. As noted in many notes, this is darker and more understated than most WS wines.
Red
The Ur-Ridge ATP wine. Distinctive oak and slightly boozy, but very tasty. Grenache, unlike Zin or Syrah, doesn’t add much flavor of its own to get in the way of the Ridge-ness. The bottle states, uncharacteristicly, that the wine would be best in the first 5 years (<2013). Still holding strong, though, and this bottle wasn’t stored all that carefully.
Red
2013 Copain P2 Anderson Valley Red Blend (view label images)
Really tasty. Still a great light refreshing wine.
Red
The 15.4% alcohol is obvious, but, after a bit of air, the fruit and tannins are still strong enough to make it interesting. Still tastes like a basic Ridge Zin with some extra heat.
Red
Light, tasty, and balanced. Sort of amazing how it is able to be this light and yet completely hide the 14.2%.
Red
Even young, this was basically sugar, fruit, and alcohol. To the extent that it worked, it depended on the fruit being lush enough to make the sugar palatable. The couple times I tried it young, it was hit or miss whether it worked or not and could change over a glass, let alone a bottle, as temperature changed and your body adjusted to the sugar. When it worked, it was fun. When it didn’t, it was undrinkable.

Not working today and glad this is my last bottle.
Red
Still showing some good light fruit, though the alc seems to be showing through a bit more than when the wine was younger. Very tasty.
Red
Not much experience with this wine, but drinks as advertised. Great tasty fruit in a light wine. Not really much obvious acidity or tannins, but the fruit is very clean.
Red
Enjoyed this a lot. Relatively big, but not overwhelming and has some nice tannins to back it up.
Red
8/19/2017 - missionpk Likes this wine:
92 points
Very tasty right now. Light. Good fruit. Clean. Some structure to last, but very nice now. Compared to the ‘13 Monument Tree, this is much more enjoyable young.
Red
8/18/2017 - missionpk wrote:
flawed
Could be bottle variation, but way too much VA for my taste.
Red
2014 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
From 375ml. I get a few 375ml bottles specifically so I can open a bottle early and not feel too bad about it. This vintage seems a bit more approachable early than recent vintages, but it is still overwhelming. Big fruit that is very tasty and complex. Good structure for a long life, but the fruit dominates now. Fun to taste if you get a chance, but it is too big and interesting to really pair well with food at this stage.
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Rosé
3/26/2017 - missionpk wrote:
This appears to be a Whole Foods direct import, though I can't find any direct info on the wine. Uses a glass stopper and is pretty good as a basic Provence Rosé. Not that acidic, but has some of the stickiness(?) that I associate with Provence.
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Red
3/21/2017 - missionpk wrote:
From 500ml. Big. Not quite as structured as previous Horseshoe Syrah vintages, but still some very nice fruit and enough structure to hold it. Showed a bit sweet/rich on the second day.
Red
2012 Big Basin Vineyards Grizzly Santa Cruz Mountains Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
3/6/2017 - missionpk Likes this wine:
90 points
Enjoyable. Not much obvious structure, but some nice fruit. Needs to be paired a bit carefully, as it can come across as a bit sweet.
Rosé
2015 Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rosé Vin de Pays de l'Hérault Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
Enjoyable. Quite a bit of texture and depth for a fun easy (and relatively cheap) rosé.
Red
5/1/2016 - missionpk wrote:
91 points
I've been working out my Maison Ilan concerns with this wine and I can't say that I know what is going on, though I am encouraged. All I can say is that the first couple bottles I opened were very difficult and later bottles have been very good. I'm not sure if this is a travel issue or what. Either way, these last bottles have been genuinely good and feel like a wine that could age well. Probably will be saving the rest of my MI wines for (much) later, but I'm glad I had the chance to work things through with this wine.
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Red
3/23/2016 - missionpk wrote:
A bit awkward. Some bright fruit and acidity (and pairs well with food), but not all that well integrated and might actually improve with a bit of age.
Red
Still very young. Well balanced fruit, tannins, and acidity. No hurry.
Red
2/23/2016 - missionpk wrote:
flawed
Clearly Brett this time. Some good fruit and structure underneath, but you need a pretty high tolerance for Brett to enjoy it.
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Red
Almost too easy. Very tasty, but gives the hint that it will actually be better in the future. Some really nice fruit that is still a bit forward.
Red
Hallelujah! My 4th 2011/2012 Maison Ilan and finally one that (a) seems to be good and (b) sort of explains the others.

The initial nose is very off-putting and exactly what I've smelled in the other MI wines. Others have said reduction, but I don't know enough to say if that is what I'm smelling. Tasting, there was initially some good tannins, but the acidity seemed weak. After some air (only about 10min), this turned really quite good. The initial unpleasant nose disappeared completely, the fruit showed up and is very nice, and there is even some good acidity.

This actually seems like what I basically expected from early MI wines. A bit difficult, but ultimately showing good potential. This wine seems to be better young than a lot of the other MI wines, but it does give me hope on the others.
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Red
2/11/2016 - missionpk Likes this wine:
92 points
Really nice. Very friendly young, which is not always true for Rhys Syrahs, but still seems built to age. Good fruit, acidity, and tannins, but the fruit is definitely leading at this point. From 500ml.
Red
2010 Big Basin Vineyards Grizzly Santa Cruz Mountains Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
An edge of ripeness, but overall very tasty and balanced.
Red
Really enjoyed this. Good CA Pinot, with good structure and just tasty in a way that pairs well with food.
Red
Stronger and more fruit-forward than I expected from the 2011 vintage, but still well balanced and tasty.
Red
1/26/2016 - missionpk wrote:
Very different from the other Alfaro Pinots I've had. Agree with GTFREEK that this edges toward Syrah. Agree with RJ that this edges towards ripe and baked. Putting this off to the side for a day or two and will try again and re-evaluate.

UPDATE: After a couple days, this had settled down into a wine that is not unpleasant. Still just barely Pinot and very different from other Alfaros, but I can't deny that it is a relatively good big wine.
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Red
1/26/2016 - missionpk wrote:
flawed
Don't know enough to categorize the fault (more of a chemical note than TCA or Brett), but obviously flawed.
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White
1/24/2016 - missionpk Likes this wine:
94 points
It is almost indecent how much I love this wine. One of the best QPRs in the world. Strong acidity that perfectly balances the off-dry fruit. Light, drinkable, and pairs great with food. What more could you want?

I buy and own a fair amount of wine that is much more expensive than this wine, but I honestly don't own any other wine that enjoy more than this.
Red
1/23/2016 - missionpk Likes this wine:
91 points
My only bottle, but I expect this to last quite a bit longer. Still a bit fruit forward, with some nice acidity and spice to keep it going. Very tasty now, but no hurry.
Red
1/21/2016 - missionpk wrote:
Not quite as negative as the first two reviewers, but not really positive either. Not much fruit. There is a minor note that is not altogether pleasant, but I don't have enough background to identify it as a specific flaw. I don't doubt that a lot of the historic wines from Burgundy tasted like this, but I have a hard time saying this is an optimal showing of MSD grapes in 2012.

(No Burgundy experience and very limited experience with Pinot from California such as Rhys and Copain. No idea what this *should* taste like, but would be uncomfortable serving this at the moment and am skeptical about its evolution. We'll see, I guess.)
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Red
Fruit forward and edging towards ripe, but ultimately has enough structure to keep it relatively light on its feet. Tasty.
Red
Light fruit, but some nice dark earthy notes. Good acidity and tannins. Nicely complex and structured for the light alc (12.6%).
Red
Very tasty. Big fruit, but combined with some good acidity and tannins (and not over-ripe). Great right now for pairing with any big meal.
White
12/24/2015 - missionpk Likes this wine:
91 points
The flavor and texture dominate over the (still very good) acidity. Drinks like a much lighter wine then the 13.5% alc on the label. An insanely good food wine.
Red
A distinctive note that I tend to associate with Pinot from the Santa Cruz Mountains, but not sure if it is clone or terroir or something else. Fruit forward, but not over ripe or overbearing. Balanced and quite tasty, but not obviously set up for long aging.
Red
Nice clean fruit. A bit of ripeness, but not anything overpowering. Great tannins. Good acidity. Just a good wine. Doesn't taste like a wine that will last forever, but tastes like a wine that will be interesting for quite some time.
Red
Not Loire. More like a light Ridge Cab, with a bit of extra spice. Very tasty. Balanced between fruit, oak, acidity, and tannin.
Red
I like, but not remotely comparable to the 2011 Alesia Alder Springs Syrah, which is outstanding. Some dryish wood notes and some stems make for some remarkably dark notes over some good acidity. An interesting wine and perhaps better able to pair with some savory foods than a brighter Pinot.
White
Very tasty. Easy to drink, while still showing some very good Rhone White character.
Red
2008 Big Basin Vineyards Grizzly Santa Cruz Mountains Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
12/7/2015 - missionpk Likes this wine:
88 points
Challenging. Ripe and heavy. Tasty, but not any easy drink.
Red
12/4/2015 - missionpk Likes this wine:
90 points
I liked this a lot better out of the bottle than the glass I had from the tasting room a while back. Definitely a ripe note on the nose, but the taste is remarkably balanced. The acidity isn't dominant, but it is enough to give the fruit some space to shine. Enjoyable.
Red
Really nice out of the bottle. Good acid and rustic spice that make it very tasty. After some air, the big fruit and alc make it a bit more temperamental (though still good).
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