Tasting Notes for WaWineFan in TX

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Red
1/3/2019 - WaWineFan in TX Likes this wine:
91 points
So... I really like this wine but I like the 2015 coulee much more and I think I came in with my expectations a little too high based on the coulee experience and the reviews that I had read here for this wine. This was the first bottle that I have tried and I am looking forward to going back and giving this another shot in the not too distant future.
White
This wine was a major disappointment based on the professional reviews I was able to find. I picked it up at Costco and this has been the 2nd time recently that a highly rated (low to mid 90s) wine at about 20-25% off usual retail that I took a leap on was a major disappointment. We opened this about 3h prior to Christmas Eve dinner and the nose was good but other than that it was unpleasant, to be polite about it. The only word that came to mind was sour. It was also painfully unidimensional and thankfully brief on the back end. Furthermore, it didnt improve with time and air. Both my wife and daughter dropped "yuck" on it and the last half of the bottle went down the drain after about 3 hours open. Very aggravating for a mid-30 dollar bottle of white that was that highly scored.
White
11/23/2018 - WaWineFan in TX Likes this wine:
90 points
My go-to WA riesling year after year and it never disappoints. I dont know that this is the best PLR ever but it is very solid and is always a crowd pleaser. This was the white of the night for Thanksgiving this year, as always it went great with everything on the table.
Red
Bought this based on the strength of the performance of the 2015 in the 2018 Spectator Top 100 and had someone else tell me they really enjoyed the 4 graces wines. That being said, this wine was a real disappointment. Bought it at Costco for Thanksgiving, opened and tried it a couple hours before dinner, and kept trying it again as the night went along. Multiple people tried it and none were impressed. It was painfully thin, unidimensional, and not enjoyable at all. Hopefully this was just an off bottle, but it was very off, and I'd be hesitant to buy this again without trying it first.
Red
11/18/2018 - WaWineFan in TX wrote:
90 points
Nice wine but certainly not seeing a 96 here. Two bottles over a month apart, similar impressions both times.
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Red
Maybe I got a bad bottle here or something but this was completely overdone with the smoke tones and they got completely in the way of anything that might have been enjoyable in this wine. The person that I was splitting the bottle with agreed and I wont be tracking this one down again anytime soon. Seems to be a bit of an issue with some of the WA syrahs that they almost try to get TOO funky.
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Red
9/3/2018 - WaWineFan in TX Likes this wine:
93 points
Two bottles over dinner with M&L at the Met several weeks ago. Definitely not as good as the 2000 we opened last night but not sure that's a fair comparison. Everyone really enjoyed it and it definitely compared very favorably to all of the cabs we had tasted in Woodinville earlier in the day.
Red
9/3/2018 - WaWineFan in TX Likes this wine:
95 points
Been sitting on this one for 15 years. Got it for A when she turned 18 and was headed to college. Cant believe we're finally at that point. Opened it and drank it with some medium rare prime filets. This bottle is excellent. It actually needed a good hour or 2 in the decanter and any suggestion that this wine is on the downhill side is way off base. I would suggest that with where this was last night that it could easily go another 5 or 10 years. This is the first time I've let a good WA cab go this long and I was really not disappointed. Excellent cabernet flavors, complexity, and fruit still completely intact. Extremely well done Leonetti!
Red
7/28/2018 - WaWineFan in TX wrote:
94 points
2nd bottle - drank it with GRT3 and KD and after after a bottle of serious competition. Notes and impression remain the same as previous post.
Red
2012 Saxum Broken Stones Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
7/28/2018 - WaWineFan in TX Likes this wine:
95 points
An excellent bottle of wine. But it better be for that price point! This is a big boy syrah based blend and is excellent. It was given to me by a very good friend as a gift and he was in town so we opened it since the winery said to wait until at least 2017. I would argue that this should likely wait for another couple of years. It took a good 1-1.5h to open up and really start to show what's in there. Its an excellent bottle and certainly lives up to the press but make sure to give it a really good 1.5h decant or leave it in the cellar for another couple of years.
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Red
6/9/2018 - WaWineFan in TX wrote:
94 points
Oh my... This is really good wine. I joined the mailing list for this winery a couple of years ago based on reviews but have been slow to pull the trigger due to the price point on most of their releases. I finally broke down and ordered 4 of the Coulee based on the JD reviews this year. I opened the first one a couple of weeks ago and this is REALLY good at this 38.00 price point. I've had more expensive wines that were nowhere near this good. Very fruit forward with excellent layers and many of the familiar syrah and mourvedre tones and flavors. I'm a big fan of this wine at this price point and am so impressed Im going to have to seriously consider spending a little money on some of their spendier bottles.
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Red
3/28/2018 - WaWineFan in TX Likes this wine:
92 points
So I bought 3 of these a few years ago when I also picked up some of the 2012 Ursa. I opened my first bottle about a year or so ago and was disappointed. I dug around on the web a little and found recommendations to wait until 2018 so I have been sitting on my last 2 bottles. Its 2018 and I wanted some wine tonight. This has come a LONG way from the wine I tried a couple of years ago. Those critics saying to hold a few years were spot on. This has really blossomed and most of the hard edges have come off. I would give this at least a 60 minute decant but I really think its starting to hit its stride. Great fruit and the blend of cab and syrah makes it a little unusual but Im really enjoying it. Im glad to see that my patience was rewarded on this one.
Red
11/29/2017 - WaWineFan in TX wrote:
90 points
I can see why this made the spectator value list. Nothing terribly complicated but its a very solid wine with great syrah granache flavors. I would certainly buy it again.
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White
11/29/2017 - WaWineFan in TX wrote:
88 points
OK. Been intending to get around to trying this but when I want riesling I tend to go with Poet's Leap. Figured I'd take a shot on it this year since it always seems to review well and was a buck a bottle cheaper than the PL at costco. I must say both the wife and I were disappointed. Back to the Poet's Leap as our riesling.
Red
11/29/2017 - WaWineFan in TX wrote:
85 points
Seriously disappointed. Drank this on Thanksgiving day and tried it with dinner. It didnt work well at all. Thin, really not much to think about, unidimensional. I've had much better luck with villages in the past. I think Im headed to pretty much drinking the cru beaujolais exclusively.
Red
11/29/2017 - WaWineFan in TX wrote:
93 points
Drank this the Saturday after Thanksgiving while watching Bama vs Auburn. The wine was as good as the game which is saying something. Great fruit, great balance, great nose, REALLY drinking nicely currently. It was my last bottle which is a major disappointment, but it went out in style!
Red
9/13/2017 - WaWineFan in TX Likes this wine:
92 points
My 2nd or 3rd go round with this bottle first impressions were not good for a 35.00 bottle however it was likely because it was it was waaaay too young and I opened it right after the KW wine club shipment rolled in. It is now turning into a very nice complex medium weight cab sauv merlot blend. I would completely agree with the rec that 2018 is the beginning of the prime drinking window.
Red
8/24/2017 - WaWineFan in TX Likes this wine:
92 points
Pop and pour. Better after about 30 minutes in the glass with some vigorous swirling. Bought this based on the 94 point advocate score, the price point of $13.00 at Costco, and the fact that it was something I'd never heard of. A very solid right bank type red blend at a crazy good price point. I dont know that I've ever bumped into this level of complexity and flavor profile for under 35.00. The QPR on this stuff is ridiculous. It was almost gone at Costco when I picked it up but I will definitely be on the lookout for this when I go back.
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Red
6/13/2017 - WaWineFan in TX Likes this wine:
93 points
I picked up 2 bottles of this wine at Costco based on the Spectator score, the reputation of the Itialian 2010s, and the price point (+/-$50.00). It did not disappoint. This is still very young with a ton of acidity however it drinks very nicely at this point with some vigorous swirling. Excellent up front aeromatics and complexity into the mid palate that ends with a very nice lingering finish. I finished the 2nd half of the bottle on day 2 and it was every bit as good as night 1, though maybe a little bit hollow toward the end of the mid palate. Overall an excellent wine that I wish I had a couple more of.
Red
1/8/2017 - WaWineFan in TX Likes this wine:
93 points
First time I have tried anything from this winery and I picked this up based on the recommendation of a friend. I need to listen to this friend more often. This was an excellent bottle of wine that REALLY opened up and showed beautifully after an hour decant. The nose after one hour was excellent and the palate matched it, very nice complexity, fruit, acid and structure. The winery is currently selling this for $65.00 but I found it for considerably less and will be going back to buy the remaining bottles. Well done and a winery I need to try further bottlings from.
Red
5/29/2016 - WaWineFan in TX Likes this wine:
93 points
Pop and pour last night. On opening, the nose coming from the bottle was amazing. Some vigorous swirling for about 5 minutes prior to drinking the first glass resulted in a huge (in a good way) wine still full of dark fruits, some earthy undertones, and a small amount of vegetal and spice tones. Overall, a ton of fun to sit and smell. The bottle didnt last long, it was drinking so beautifully and was such a hit with J and I that it was probably gone within an hour. I was thrilled to see how this bottle had held up, it easily could have gone several more years with no problem. The acidity was also very impressive for an 07. I wish this wasnt my last bottle, but reinforces why I continue to buy AW wines.
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Red
1/24/2016 - WaWineFan in TX wrote:
93 points
See my previous review on this wine, spot on. This bottle is now drinking beautifully and can clearly still handle another several years in the bottle.
Red
This is my second bottle of this with consistent notes. I picked this up on sale and now I know why it was on sale. Its a disaster. Very unidimensional, unpleasant nose, thin, and barely drinkable. A definite pass at any price point. Tastes like cheap wine at its worst.
Red
2012 Shatter Grenache Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes (view label images)
11/30/2015 - WaWineFan in TX Likes this wine:
92 points
I can see where this is getting the professional reviews that it is. Big bright fruit on the nose, tons of bright red fruit on the palate. I saw the review below that commented that it tasted like an australian shiraz, I think thats a bit of an exaggeration. This is a very nice wine for the 15.99 its currently going for at costco and it definitely earns a point or 2 for the price. J, N, and A, all approved with thanksgiving dinner and I'm planning to pick up another 6.
Red
2012 Dunham Cellars Trutina Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/5/2015 - WaWineFan in TX Likes this wine:
92 points
2nd bottle of this over about a month. Similar to how I recall the first bottle. P&P, clearly evolving in the glass as I write this. Helped one point by the price. 23.00 at Costco. This stuff is an absolute steal. Great Fruit/smoky/herbal tones on both the nose and the palate. The complexity is just awesome with several different layers going on. Very unusual for a wine at this pricepoint. I highly recommend this wine and will head back to costco to grab another half case.
White
Very disappointing at this price point and it loses 2 additional points in the score for that reason. Very unidimensional, not much going on, quite a bit of wood and alcohol bite. If I had tasted this blind, I would have guessed it was a $8-10 dollar bottle. I will not be buying this again.
Red
9/22/2015 - WaWineFan in TX wrote:
91 points
An excellent QPR wine with some very distinct flavors moving across an surprisingly complex palate for this price point. A very nice midweight red blend with some very distinctive, but not in any way unpleasant wood, smoke, and berry, amongst others flavors. I've been wanting to try this wine for several years based on the professional reviews but have never run across it in a store. I will definitely buy more next time I see it.
Red
8/30/2015 - WaWineFan in TX wrote:
92 points
A delicious bottle of wine that is in its prime drinking window currently. Very smoothed out tannins with very big, almost jammy, fruit. Some very mild black pepper tones hiding in the finish mixed in with the delicious fruit. FF zin is one of those bottles that everytime I drink it, I wonder why I dont do it more often. They seem to be consistently delicious from year to year and I can typically find it for 30ish per btl. Shout out to P&K for introducing us to the LPR!
Red
8/10/2015 - WaWineFan in TX wrote:
92 points
This is REALLY good and will likely get better with bottle age. Probably my favorites of the 3 vintages of this wine I have tried. Very nice smokey overtones, plenty of juicy dark fruit, and mild earth tones. Nothing over funky or odd which many of the wa syrahs tend to do. Kevin is the bomb and this is once again an excellent wine that is crazy good for the price you pay. I wouldnt be upset at having had paid twice - but dont tell KW, I dont want the price to go up!
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Red
8/10/2015 - WaWineFan in TX wrote:
91 points
First shot at the KW 2013 LaFrat - I have REALLY loved this wine in the past 2 vintages. This is still coming across as very young and maybe not quite as integrated as I remember the 11 and 12 being at this point after release. I still really enjoy this wine with a ton of very nice granache characteristics, but again, drink it cool. The second day was better, I think this still will take a little bit more bottle time and make sure to drink it cool.
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Red
7/13/2015 - WaWineFan in TX Likes this wine:
92 points
Popped and poured. This is a very nice, not overly oaked, not overly jammy, fruit forward Napa Cab. It seems a little thinner than some I've had, but thats not a bad thing here. I believe the alcohol on this was 15.8 but it didnt bother me. It stood up very nicely to some medium NY strips on the grill with grilled veggies. However I have to say I really enjoyed it much more without the food. Very nice and noticeable blueberry tones on the nose. Caymus is one of those wines I go to when there isnt really much of a WA selection to choose from and I'm rarely disappointed. Do I still think I can get better QPR from many of the WA cabs/red blends than this? - yep.

Day 2- just finished the second half of the bottle. Drinking beautifully. Maybe I'm not so sure about that QPR comment, this was awfully good.
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White
3/24/2015 - WaWineFan in TX wrote:
88 points
Really agree with the reviews below. Nice balance, nice acidity, nice citrus/tropical fruit, a little stone. Very good value for 10.99 at Costco.
Red
3/10/2015 - WaWineFan in TX wrote:
90 points
Yum! 8.99 at costco... bought a case after trying one. This is a ROCKING red blend for daily consumption to keep you out of your high end stuff or a great way to have a good wine when friend who wont appreciate a high end bottle come over. Nice fruit, nice acidity, nice finish, some layers but not crazy complex... but its 8.99! I would definitely buy this before spending 2.00 more/btl at costco for the 2012 h3 cab. Just a thought, and yes I'm feeling frugal!
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Red
3/10/2015 - WaWineFan in TX wrote:
92 points
Yep... AW does it again. The 2008 ciel is drinking beautifully right now! Popped and poured with 30 min in the glass and this is just singing! Finished half the bottle and let it sit on the cool back porch overnight uncorked... day 2... just as good. Love this stuff... its just a little too tough on the wallet to keep a ton of it around.
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Red
3/10/2015 - WaWineFan in TX wrote:
90 points
Kevin White's fault that I have become a serious granache-o-file. Picked this up at costco because of the review/pts on the bin and wanting to give some more granache a run. 13.00 and this did not disappoint. Great granache characteristics with good spice and fruit. HOWEVER... once you open this do not let it sit around, day 2 was a flat disaster. For $13.00 costco once again does a great job of bringing us some really good wine at a great price point!
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Red
3/10/2015 - WaWineFan in TX wrote:
93 points
Oh my!!! I thought I didnt like this as much as the La Fraternite... I think I may have just been drinking it too early. This is currently screaming good. A pop and pour with about 30 min in the glass with this to open up and it is a BEAUTIFUL syrah based WA red. Great acid, layers, and amazing at this price point. 2nd half of the bottle on day 2... just as good. I'm going to let the rest of these sit another 6 months before I get into them. Really looking forward to the 2013s!
White
1/29/2015 - WaWineFan in TX wrote:
91 points
Poet's leap strikes again. See my previous tasting notes on previous vintages. This stuff is right in my wheelhouse and every time I open a bottle I wonder why I dont do it more often. 16.99 at Costco, a STEAL.
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Red
1/29/2015 - WaWineFan in TX wrote:
91 points
Now there we go! This is a very nice OR pinot at this price point. Good balance, good fruit and acid. Nice structure and layers with some raspberry, strawberry, and cherry. Some moderate earthiness and no crazy funk. Nice complexity and reminds me why I enjoy Oregon Pinot when I stumble upon a bottle like this.
Red
1/29/2015 - WaWineFan in TX wrote:
85 points
This wine is scored this low probably because I opened it too early. Lots (too much) oak. Fruit really hiding in the background. Popped and poured so again, partly on me. On day 2 it was better, suggesting to me that it likely just needs more time in the cellar. However it wasnt THAT much better. This was given to me as a gift from some wine fan friends and I have a sneaking suspicion that it was not inexpensive, for a more expensive bottling and a "reserve" label, I was disappointed.
Red
12/13/2014 - WaWineFan in TX wrote:
91 points
HELLO! VERY nice $12.00 cabernet!! Picked up a bottle at the grocery store when I saw the spectator 92 points attached to it. This is a great QPR wine and is by far the most enjoyable sub 20.00 bottle of cab I've had in ages. Great fruit, great acid, not terribly complex but really nice to drink. I headed back to the store and picked up a case. Not a huge CA cab or hugely complex sorella type wine but for what you are paying its OUTSTANDING.
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Red
11/1/2014 - WaWineFan in TX wrote:
92 points
This is a very nice oregon pinot. Great fruit, acid, and balance. Very enjoyable and at an excellent price in the mid 20s range. Much more enjoyable than many much more expensive pinots from oregon. I will definitely buy more if I can find it.
Red
2012 Yaso Toro Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo (view label images)
10/4/2014 - WaWineFan in TX wrote:
89 points
Agree with many of the notes below. I would not give this a 93 unless you are really factoring in how much you paid for it. $10.00 at costco and at that price point this is really enjoyable. Good dark fruit and some vanilla with the oak. Acids are very present making it very food friendly. Not much complexity but hey, its $10.00. This is one that Id pick up a half case-case at costco and keep around for an anytime wine.
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Red
Agree with note from Andrsn below. Seemed thin with not much there. I have not had much luck with the 2011 pinots from Oregon.
Red
7/4/2014 - WaWineFan in TX Likes this wine:
92 points
This earns another 2 points for the price and I've had 3 bottles over the past 3 months. This wine is AWESOME for what you pay for it. 12.99 at costco and all kinds of acid, fruit, and reasonable complexity for only, did I mention, 12.99. This is the ONLY sub $25.00 pinot noir that I've had in years that I thought was worth a darn. I'm headed back to costco to pick up a case.
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Red
6/16/2014 - WaWineFan in TX Likes this wine:
92 points
3 bottles over the last 2 months with a variety of folks. Very similar to how I recall the 2011 drinking. Great fruit, some spice, a little earth, great acid (a little less acid than I recall in the 2011), not heavy or jammy at all. Very nicely mutidimensional without the weight that it usually takes to get their. One thing I will say though is that this is MUCH better a little cooler than I typically drink my reds. Another great effort at this price point from KW and I'm really glad I joined the mailing list.
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Red
2/1/2014 - WaWineFan in TX Likes this wine:
92 points
NICE!! My first crack at the 09 ciel and it does not disappoint. I agree that on day one without a serious decant this is still a tight wine but you can tell its all there. The dark fruit, slightly rough but manageable tannins, and acid tell you that this is nicely put together and has potential. I went through about half the bottle on day 1 over about 4 hours and it didnt really soften up much. Probably should have gone to the decanter earlier. Poured last glass into the decanter for an hour and started to notice it softening up. Left it out overnight uncorked on the back porch and on day 2 it is smoothed out but still showing quite a bit of tannic bite. I REALLY like this wine on day 2 and think that this just needs another year or so in the bottle or a really lengthy decant. I think I'm going to be drinking the rest of my 08s before opening another one of these. Very nice work though!
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Red
1/26/2014 - WaWineFan in TX Likes this wine:
91 points
Tasting notes are consistent with my previous note on this wine. This still has plenty of bottle time ahead of it. Opened it yesterday and drank half the bottle over about 4 hours, it markedly improved with time and air. Left it uncorked on the back porch over night and finished it today, much better. Much more smoothed out on day 2 with great dark fruit and herb/earth tones. This is a very good wine but still needs time or a good decant.
Red
9/18/2013 - WaWineFan in TX wrote:
87 points
Very hot! Lots of alcohol! Bottle says 14.9% and unfortunately it shows. Very jammy, lots of wood, lots of heat. Definitely disjointed. Like its trying to be a fruit bomb cab. The finish is pleasant but getting to it is a little rough. This was given to me as a gift so I'm not sure how much it goes for but I'd guess this is in the $30.00 range. I've had merlot I like much more for less money. I'd pass on this.
Red
2008 Andrew Will Sorella Horse Heaven Hills Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/14/2013 - WaWineFan in TX wrote:
92 points
Drank this over dinner with the JJs. Very good bottle of sorella and my first shot at the 08 version. Not drinking nearly as nicely as the bottle of 06 that I had last November. Overall with an hour to open up it is showing very well at this point. Nicely balanced with the fruit remaining nicely intact and moderate very smoothed out tannins. Went very nicely with some medium rare NY strips. Not sure I was impressed enough to make the QPR work though.
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Red
8/17/2013 - WaWineFan in TX wrote:
90 points
Drank 3 of these over roughly the same time frame with the Fraternite. Mostly with the same folks. The consensus was that this was very good but, again esp at the price point, but that the Fraternite was the unanimous favorite.
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