Tasting Notes for VinLancaster

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5/4/2014 - VinLancaster wrote:
From pop and pour:
Faintly scented wet brick, rhubarb, smoked saline, toast, caramel, diesel and game-funk. Faded on the palate exposing sharp non-distinct red fruit, leather, cigar box and a cotton mouth drying finish which was quite astringent.
After two hours:
Vastly improved mouth feel; soft plums, juicy crushed fruit and stones arose. Smooth, easy to drink with bit of heat noted which was ultra subtle. Great with a hearty pasta dish.
Red
70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre
Ready to drink now, this fiery spiced Grenache blend is brimming with tarragon scented dried fruit, musk dusted leather and charcoaled asphalt. Medium in weight, it provides the back palate with gushing herbs, rich soil with a brightly diffuse delicate finish. Delivers excellent value.
Red
This opulent Ripasso begins with an array of aromatics including sweet-wet tobacco, smouldering cherries and mulberries gorged in Pastis coated in cow hide. Parades a richness on the tongue with raisins and prunes steeped in clove infused rum, chewy fruit skins and finishes with an oily impression that drifts on the palate for an elongated span of time.
Red
Still an excellent wine, peaking now, this won’t improve with additional cellar time.
Red
Sultry brandied cherries and pencil lead essence. Clean with bright fruit, layers of stones, culinary herbs, smoky earth, roasted red fruits and beef wrapped in leather. A bit of warmth on the back end with dryness that carries it through the pure finish. Benefited from 2-3 hours of decant. Give this a few more years to reach its full potential.
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Red
4/5/2014 - VinLancaster wrote:
A bit of green earth fuses with elegant bright plums spiced with mace and leather. This Grenache is silky smooth, not overpowering and is as elegant on the nose as it is in the mouth. Finishes with precision and finesse.
Red
4/4/2014 - VinLancaster wrote:
Deep and vast on the nose displaying purple fruits spiced with iron drenched soils, coal and brier. Smooth, powerful and polished, this endless Syrah glides on the tongue with refined black fruits and soft acidity. This is well rounded and drinking well with plenty of air. Still has many years left in my book.
Red
This excellent Sangiovese made by Chrisinsunnyside is easy to drink showing juicy bright and spiced fruit. Displaying pretty floral and earth aromatics with hints of crushed rock. This glides down the throat with petal softness. I sampled this wine shortly after bottling and 6 months of cellaring has provided additional nuances and pleasure.
Delightful!
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Red
3/23/2014 - VinLancaster wrote:
This refined and dialed back Cabernet Sauvignon is sophisticated, yet subtle and straightforward. Oak aged 2 years in 100% new French which provided a gentle and soft interior with a copious glycerin finish.
Red
Infanticide perhaps, but this cab was beaming with lovely rich red and black fruits, nutmeg, floral notes, wood mushrooms and a mass of structure. Finished long without any noticeable heat. Continued to unravel over the course of the night offering surprising complexity and interest.
Red
3/8/2014 - VinLancaster wrote:
Consistent with prior notes, opened up nicely over several hours.
Red
Tremendous notes of violets, tarragon, thyme, cassis, cocoa bark, espresso and marionberries with a cashmere gliding finish which unfolded additional flavor profiles mirroring the nose. Juicy and bright, this was impeccably balanced with purity and a solid mineral backbone. Drinking well now, but will live on for many years. One of the better Cab Francs in this price range.
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Red
This Barbera d' Asti offers incredible balanced fruit and stones, with typical earth notes. It held up well over the night. Must seek out more.
Italy…you please my palate and wallet.
Red
2/14/2014 - VinLancaster wrote:
After a dozen hours of aeration, this vibrant Cabernet revealed bright acidic raspberries, dark chocolate covered aniseed and mandarin orange scents. Flavors of chocolate, molasses, Worcestershire sauce and rosemary infused grilled meats coated the tongue with a caramel feel. Rich and opulent, this cab has many years of life to evolve for the lingering finish continued to parade distinct complexities not noted earlier in the evening.
I’m holding my next bottle for at least 2 years.
Red
2/14/2014 - VinLancaster wrote:
Comparable to prior showings (for which, my notes are MIA), this Cab Franc is pure loveliness with violets, blue and red fruit and endeavors purity and a tangibly seductive silkiness on the genteel finish. Drinking window has opened.
Red
2/13/2014 - VinLancaster wrote:
Simple and fruity sweet, this was practically candied. Unable to finish a glass of this.
Red
2/7/2014 - VinLancaster wrote:
Vanilla oak, spiced cherries, mouth coating anise laden beets and leather. This chewy and powerful Tempranillo has plenty of new oak which would benefit from additional time in the cellar to soften.
Drink next 2015+
Red
I need to put a lock and key on this excellent Mourvedre, for I can’t resist getting into it. It keeps getting better with every bottle. This wine is spectacular and so far under the radar-- I regret typing every keystroke…

So, all of you: Just look away-there is nothing to see here.
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Red
2/1/2014 - VinLancaster wrote:
Slate coated black currants, blue and black bright fruit, vanilla and nutmeg aromas radiate from the glass. With big, soft vanilla in the mouth, the strawberry-black cherry spiced compote is neatly wrapped up. Lofty and layered on the finish. Shows a bit of heat, although, the balanced acidity keeps this in check. Nicely done.
Red
1/31/2014 - VinLancaster wrote:
A nice daily drinking wine with great QPR. If I had a case or two of this I would not be disappointed. It jumps out of the glass, oozes elegance & character, typical of Scott's wines. More refined than most wines at this price point.
Red
1/19/2014 - VinLancaster wrote:
Opens the door alcoholic, sweet and syrupy. Very warm in the mouth and on the finish. Missing most of the fundamentals for me. Not sure what happened, as we enjoyed this in the tasting room. Perhaps it was an off bottle?
Red
1/18/2014 - VinLancaster wrote:
Captivating spiced black fruit, subtle earth tones and cherries, stacked with a quarry full of minerals. Opened up nicely after 2 hours. This lovely blend finished with powder soft tannins that went on for a full swoop of the second hand. I like this is even better than the 2009 vintage. This will certainly hold up for many years to come. Drink next 2015
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Red
Classic, stratified Barolo entering peak drinking window with notes of plum, allspice, rum soaked dried cherries, wild mushrooms, reduced soy with plenty of eucalyptus notes to go around. Firm on the abundant finish with peaks of drying red fruit and wooded tannins. Fantastic wine which continued to unfold over the course of the evening.
Red
1/11/2014 - VinLancaster wrote:
Subtle blue and black fruits, soft earth, leather and hints of warm baking spices; this Merlot has plenty of character, is easy to drink with a nice clean punch on the finish.
Red
1/10/2014 - VinLancaster wrote:
Round and ripe blue fruit, cinnamon, clay and leather on the initial nose leads to palate coating red and blue fruit flavors with mocha, coffee and vanilla oak. This easy drinking Merlot showed well on the long finish, but is just missing a few key aspects of personality for this price point.
Red
1/4/2014 - VinLancaster wrote:
Still as complex and layered as the last bottle with grace and masculinity all wrapped up in a perfectly balanced Washington Syrah. Stellar QPR here.
Red
1/3/2014 - VinLancaster wrote:
As all bottles before, this is an exceptional wine at an affordable price. I am surprised how under the radar Scott’s wines still are. Every wine in the portfolio I’ve sampled are excellent and masterfully made.
Red
12/31/2013 - VinLancaster wrote:
Lofty bright fruit acids carried this incredibly refined Grenache through the everlasting finish. The core of stony minerality shows self-assured balance and depth. The candied element noted on prior bottlings has improved, yet still shows simplicity in fruit flavors saved by an unforgettable silky finish. Try next bottle in two or more years.
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Red
12/30/2013 - VinLancaster wrote:
This was a sweet hot mess. Did not improve over the course of the night.
Bottle variation?
Red
12/28/2013 - VinLancaster wrote:
flawed
Another oxidized bottle.
Red
12/28/2013 - VinLancaster wrote:
Juicy and bright, this complex Malbec opens with soft spiced fruit, mocha and pencil shavings. Supple and velvety on the clean and insistent finish. Incredible QPR, this drinks as well as any $30+ bottling of the same varietal I have tried in recent years.
Red
12/27/2013 - VinLancaster wrote:
Continues to be the best Southern Oregon Tempranillo at this price point. Holding up well, this is showing no hint of retiring any time soon.
Red
12/26/2013 - VinLancaster wrote:
This very well made Cabernet offers subtle fruit, chalk laden minerality, spiced tea, plums and great backbone. Shining acids carries this through the meandering finish. This is a well-made, balanced and elegant wine. Drinking well now.
Red
12/24/2013 - VinLancaster wrote:
With a rush of hedonism, this ‘dark of night’, tar-infused wine showed loads of winter herbs, sage and rosemary. It continued on with stacks of clay, earth, farm aromas and deep, dark toasted spiced fruit. Plenty of acidity and structure, this is a solid offering which required hours to open. Give this a few more years to tame.
Drink 2015++
Red
12/21/2013 - VinLancaster wrote:
No formal notes taken, this was showing a bit of heat which impeded with the finish. A nice wine, just didn't match up with other Malbecs in the same camp.
Red
2009 For a Song The Melody Columbia Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
12/19/2013 - VinLancaster wrote:
Really enjoying this wine, it has markedly improved over the past year. Dare I say almost as nice as the Syrah, but more wild and gamey.
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Red
12/15/2013 - VinLancaster wrote:
Incredibly dry in the mouth with tart fruit, soft edges and plenty of acidity which benefited from having alongside a meal.
Red
12/14/2013 - VinLancaster wrote:
Gorgeous floral, violets and freshly crushed slate on the nose. Palate is simple, light, easy to drink offering soft red fruit and understated spiced elements.
Red
12/13/2013 - VinLancaster wrote:
Continues to deliver twice it’s price!
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Red
12/6/2013 - VinLancaster wrote:
No formal notes taken, but this was still drinking out of the park.
Red
Sexy spiced blood and game with a punch of fruit, polarizing soft funk, herbs and savory brick. Intricate, for this Syrah appeared different with every sip over several hours. The substantial and sophisticated finish lingered on for what felt like like an eternity. An exceptionally well made and intriguing wine. I look forward to trying another in a couple years.
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Red
12/1/2013 - VinLancaster wrote:
Still showing no signs of slowing down in my book. Nice & big, but well structured; this Syrah is excellent and easily punches right alongside more expensive big boys.
Red
11/30/2013 - VinLancaster wrote:
Dusky, terribly oxidized did not improve over the night. Devoid of fruit and character which was likely masked by oxidization.
Red
2008 Steppe Cellars Tempranillo Grenache Mourvedre Wahluke Slope Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
11/30/2013 - VinLancaster wrote:
I was remiss about taking detailed notes this go around, but recall this wine was very fruit forward, almost candied on the nose and palate. Perhaps it was in a funky phase, but it just didn't come together for me as I would have expected based on prior tastings.

Possibly in an odd phase?
Red
11/24/2013 - VinLancaster wrote:
Mineral laden, fresh berries, nutmeg and winter herb notes. This Malbec is focused, bright and complex with generous fruit acids keeping this wine lively for the duration of the evening. Finishes satiny with persistence.
Red
11/23/2013 - VinLancaster wrote:
Folin Cellars with Henry’s Diner: Winemaker Dinner (Folin Cellars, Carlton Tasting Room): Well rounded fruit and earth notes, this inky near-black wine is just as excellent as the last time. Swaggers a complex and meandering finish. I wish I had bought more when it was still available.
Lovely special tasting treat at the end of a fantastic dinner-Thanks Rob!
Red
11/23/2013 - VinLancaster wrote:
Folin Cellars with Henry’s Diner: Winemaker Dinner (Folin Cellars, Carlton Tasting Room): Flaunting savory spiced-vanilla notes with black currants and rich preserved fruit. This Reserve Tempranillo is softer than velvet, coating the tongue in opulence. This would likely benefit from plenty of time for the oak to disperse, but is so luxuriously silky now, it is a pleasure to drink. This will be stunning in a few years.
Red
11/23/2013 - VinLancaster wrote:
Folin Cellars with Henry’s Diner: Winemaker Dinner (Folin Cellars, Carlton Tasting Room): This density packed Petite Sirah offers dark plums, berries, woody herbs and peppered beef. Finishes with plenty of length and silken notes. Will only improve given more time in the cellar.
Red
11/23/2013 - VinLancaster wrote:
Folin Cellars with Henry’s Diner: Winemaker Dinner (Folin Cellars, Carlton Tasting Room): Chewy, gamey and smoky. This is showing harmony on the ripe fruit and earthy finish.
Red
11/23/2013 - VinLancaster wrote:
Folin Cellars with Henry’s Diner: Winemaker Dinner (Folin Cellars, Carlton Tasting Room): Baking spiced plums, dried currants, white pepper and wild game meat fat on the nose and palate. Subtle and seductive, this lighter style Grenache shows ample refinement on the supple finish.
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