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2013 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
9/13/2018 - rocknroller wrote:
93 points
Burgundy, Rhone, Provence Trip; 9/3/2018-9/15/2018 (Burgundy, Rhone, Provence, France): Tasting pour at the Domaine. Medium red color. Complex nose of red berries, earth, and dried spices. The palate has cherries, spices, garrigue,violet, cigar wrapper, sleek and tangy, very pretty with a soft texture and great tannins. My kind of vintage.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    10/5/18, 7:52 PM - I agree- the 2013 CdP's are a great style. I visited Pegau in 2016 and had this... great stuff.

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2015 Benovia Pinot Noir La Pommeraie Russian River Valley
8/31/2018 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
95 points
Marvelous concentration and layers, with a wide range of profiles, this Russian River Valley goddess extenuates all things Pinot. Ripe cherry, salty pebbles, teak chest, potpourri and dried hay. Long and the acidity adds so much delight, with this being quite approachable and new world. Drink now - 2029.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    8/31/18, 11:04 PM - The best California Pinot Noirs transcend California, but don't scream for Burgundy comparisons... Benovia fits that bill.

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2016 Raen Winery Pinot Noir Home Field Fort Ross - Seaview
Sonoma County May 29, 2018: Aromas of tea leaf, fig, smoked paprika and lavender- nicely complex. Succulent and snappy red fruit palate with secondary layers of mineral, earth and florals. Finely elegant weight and tannins and very good depth on the finish. Excellent.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    6/6/18, 11:04 PM - That Raen lineup I tasted was outstanding. As a group they stood out from other CA lean-styled Pinot Noir with their dark mineral and earth notes- somewhat of an homage to Burgundy in that respect. The Home Field was the brightest profile of the 3, and my favorite. It's definitely pricey at $75, but if you're in the market for CA Pinot Noir at that price, it's worthy. To my mind, it's definitely in the quality league of similarly styled top end wines from Littorai or Rhys. So yes, I'd recommend it.

  • MattMauldin commented:

    6/7/18, 10:06 PM - Cheers, Joe.

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2014 Calluna Vineyards Merlot Aux Raynauds Chalk Hill
3/26/2018 - tomoem wrote:
89 points
Just ok, I feel that the merlot's from Calluna wines let me down. Nothing particular special. Mild flavors
  • MattMauldin commented:

    3/27/18, 9:17 PM - I haven't tasted the 2014 so can't comment on this wine specifically, but I've generally found that the Aux Raynauds Merlot needs at least 6+ years from vintage. I had a 2010 about a year ago that was stellar, but just starting to pop, still had a long life ahead.

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2013 Donelan Syrah Cuvée Christine Sonoma County
12/10/2017 - YankeeRobio Likes this wine:
95 points
Anyone who is a lover of Syrah and has not tried this (or any other Donelan Syrah) is truly missing out. Spectacular wine that has a polished entry, notes of blueberry, blackberry and marionberry. Subtle licorice and and a little pepper on the finish. Bravo!!!
  • MattMauldin commented:

    12/10/17, 9:18 PM - I've had this summer of last year and also last month- plenty of sturdy structure, concentration and balance- I think it will age well.

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2010 Capanna Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
10/3/2017 - MyWine2009 wrote:
88 points
Now I understand BdM better. DRY! Very tannic. Unripe fruit. Better with food. Would be interesting to taste high-end producer, then perhaps give it another go. If you love dry reds, this is a nice choice. The wine seems well-crafted. I would probably choose this over a Cali Cab for a pasta pairing or something that required a tannic, structured dry red. I must admit I'm very limited on Italian varietals.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    10/3/17, 11:20 PM - In fairness to the wine, your context tasting it, and given the verbiage of your note- it might be better policy to not assign the wine a score.

    72 as a score at a glance looks like a wine with serious problems/flaws, however in your circumstance you're describing a style of wine not yet in your wheelhouse. You mention that it's a "nice choice" and "seems well-crafted."

    There's nothing wrong with having a limited perspective in a category of wine. In my opinion the best practice in that instance is to write a wine note with your impressions, but without a score. Someone who really might enjoy that wine might see a 72 and not understand the context, and avoid it altogether.

    Just my two cents.

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2014 The Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir Sisters Vineyard Dundee Hills
8/22/2017 - oldwines Likes this wine:
92 points
Tasted at the winery. I found this single vineyard a little less complex and less earthy and more fruity than the Outcrop Vineyard which I tasted right before, though another reviewer noted it was quite complex and layered. It is a similar light to medium ruby color to the Outcrop with mostly roses, strawberry and violets on the nose and palate. Good acidity, again it seems less structured than the Outcrop, though it is still age worthy and a very fine wine.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    9/4/17, 10:29 PM - They weren't pouring the Outcrop the day I visited, would love to try it. These new single vineyard wines from Eyrie are exciting stuff...

  • MattMauldin commented:

    9/5/17, 8:41 PM - Dave that's an interesting point and I agree that some wineries make way too many small lot/single vineyard wines. In Eyrie's case though, I think Sisters Vineyard does a nice job offering quality above their appellation wine on a level with Original Vines Reserve but at a much lower price than the OVR. So in that way, this example really works for me! Cheers-

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2014 Calluna Vineyards Merlot Aux Raynauds Chalk Hill
9/4/2017 - tomoem wrote:
88 points
This was quite closed more than the 13'. I also found this to be more aromatic than the 13'. Bright fruits and a slight bell pepper finish. Short(ish) finish.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    9/4/17, 10:32 PM - Might want to give the Aux Raynauds Merlot at least 7 years from vintage for full enjoyment... I opened the 2010 earlier this year and it was just hitting its stride. I'd imagine the 2014 is probably tight/dumb about right now.

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2012 Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District
6/11/2017 - RayT Likes this wine:
91 points
First bottle of Smith-Madrone cab. This was ruby in color with a nose of lavender and spice and a touch of alcohol. Tried on the pnp and then decanted 2 hours and drank over another 2 hours. This drank pretty easy as a pop and pour. Weirdly the tannins got stronger as this gained air instead of softening. This was actually a good thing in my opinion as this provided more structure and drank more like a mountain wine. This lacked the intensity of fruit of most mountain wines and the mid palate was just average. This did have a long finish though. This was a medium bodied wine tasting of boysenberry and chocolate. This is an elegant styled mountain wine which seems to be an oxymoron. While not necessarily my cup of tea as I like big and bold wines this was still well made and worth the $35 I paid for it.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    6/12/17, 9:18 PM - Nice note. In my opinion Smith-Madrone cabs are pretty tight and restrained early, so you may have caught this on the young side. I think they need 8-10 years from vintage to show their best.

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2014 L'Aventure Optimus Paso Robles Willow Creek District Red Blend
Blind Tasting of Paso Robles Red Blends: Paso red blends blind tasting- ranked 1 of 6. Dark ruby color. Really nice savory notes on the nose- saddle leather, earth, spices, dried lavender, along with cherry and fig fruit. Nice lift and energy on the palate, showing red fruits, tea leaf and spices, florals, cedar and sandalwood- very nice complex layers of flavor. Medium-plus acid, medium grain tannins, very well balanced. Nice complexity and length on the finish. Excellent.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    3/19/17, 11:05 AM - Slow ox, a few hours. As it was a blind tasting on young wines, I'm sure the Optimus having a little more young accessibility played into the ranking. I tried to account for the young structure, but tasting blind and not being aware of price points or age of the wines, it really was just a snapshot. The ranking came before the reveals. The Estate Cuvee definitely had a ton of structure and depth, likely a more substantive wine for the long haul. Both L'Aventures were impressive.

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2014 Domaine Faury St. Joseph Vieilles Vignes Syrah
1/27/2017 - Seafoam Manor wrote:
93 points
At face value, this is a wine with medium intensity on both the nose and palate, medium body, alcohol, acid and tannin, but it is so much better and more elegant that. Despite having a fruit profile than spans more deep red to black, this has a bit of a rustic Burgundy feel. Very complex and it is at times floral, but also showing a bit of green stemminess, which isn't unlike unsmoked pot. There are cherries and blackberries, but also notes of olives, pepper and anise. There is a bit of spiciness, but no oak notes to speak of. This has an absolutely silky mouthfeel. If you're aiming for a ripe California or Aussie Shiraz style, take a pass on this. This really straddles the fence of elegance and rusticity. This was great right out of the bottle, but did open up a bit over the course of an hour or so. This will hold for several years, but I wouldn't hesitate to jump in now. A total steal at $35.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    1/28/17, 6:42 PM - Love it! I'm storing a bottle- may need to pick up a few more- cheers!

White
2011 Ceritas Chardonnay Peter Martin Ray Santa Cruz Mountains
My final bottle of this wine, was opened yesterday and am using the final pour today for this note. This is chilled, allowing it to warm to get a broad look. This bottle, whether it be the amount of air I gave it or bottle variation, maybe both......this bottle tastes different than the bottle last month. This has plenty of lemony acidity, saline, really terrific texture, little creamy pineapple. It does have the toasty quality of the previous bottle but it does have a cool slate, saline cord which shows delicious. I assume this will age well and evolve nicely.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    11/25/16, 8:39 PM - I have to wonder about bottle variation on this wine. My note from 10/29 is much the same sentiment as yours from 10/27. Good to see that a different bottle is performing well... I have another left.

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2013 Ceritas Chardonnay Porter-Bass Vineyard Sonoma Coast
11/13/2016 - acidqueen wrote:
92 points
Crisp, mineral, lemon with floral. Light yellow. Lots of acid and brightness but good flavors developing. Needs way more time but promising. Much better than the last AG review of 88 would indicate. And what is with that AG review? A year earlier this was 92-94 and now it is an 88. Why should I listen to anything he has to say about this? Despite his latest comments, this wine is certainly not "soft and easy going".
  • MattMauldin commented:

    11/13/16, 8:10 PM - My experience with Ceritas Chardonnay has shown that the same bottling can range from what you describe, to 'soft and easy' as AG wrote. Back in July, this bottling, for me, was more toward the AG description. Early on, the 2011 PMR Chardonnay was vibrant, complex, and showed great intensity. A recent check-in revealed it lacking in character.

    Perhaps these are going in and out of dumb phases. I'm definitely going to pay close attention to CT prior to opening my next bottles.

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2012 Calluna Vineyards Cuvée "CVC" Chalk Hill Red Bordeaux Blend
9/27/2016 - Lakewood Cellarmaster wrote:
86 points
The most confusing wine of the evening. I was really excited to try this Russian River blend. It was rated 95 by Wine and Spirits and the tasting notes indicated that I would love it. I found "chalk" to be the most apt descriptor as that was the texture I noted from the heavy tannins and mineral offered by this wine. There were flavors of plum, and a hint of spice, but mainly I kept coming back to the heavy tannins. After going back to the review, I did note that the author stated that it became much fuller and well-rounded after airing out for a couple of days. It's possible that it just needs some time to mature. Members agreed for the most part, ordering just a few bottles. I would like to see what it's like a few years from now.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    9/27/16, 8:28 PM - I love the Calluna wines. Keep in mind, the "CVC" is the entry level bottling, and the W&S rating is a little bullish. That said, the Calluna wines need bottle age- I'm thinking 10 years before they're approaching their peak, even on the CVC. In lieu of that, they definitely need a lot of decanting/air. The complexity is there. Sounds like a pop and pour tasting event probably wasn't the best setting for this one, but you should definitely revisit the wines sometime. Cheers!

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2012 Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District
4/14/2016 - chablis28 wrote:
93 points
How does a producer this good, with such interesting & fairly priced wines, manage to mostly fly under the radar??? Made from 40 year old vines which is often key. Wonder how many times I drove right by this place on my way to Pride Mt up on Spring Mt? If, I ever get back to Napa again, a stop at Smith Madrone is on the list. PnP in Reidel BDX. Drank around 58-60 degrees. Dark Ruby / garnet color. This smelled great from the get go and my first sip was perfectly balanced and ready to go. Decant might not hurt but certainly not necessary. The balance here is exceptional. Tobacco, creosote and spice on the nose carry over to the palate. A complex layered array of dark chocolate, licorice, cherry, other berries and tobacco delivered on a mid weight energetic but placid frame. At the end of dinner, I stared down one last sip in the glass and found myself longing for one more glass to savor afterwards :). 14.2% Alc but feels more like 12.5%. Paid $45, easily drinks more like $75+ Better grab a few more for prosperity. This is one CA Cab that fits squarely in my old world dominated cellar.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    4/15/16, 2:21 PM - You're right on in your assessment of SM as a producer. Looking forward to drinking one soon.

  • MattMauldin commented:

    4/15/16, 11:08 PM - Agreed!

Red
2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
12/18/2015 - MattMauldin Likes this wine:
90 points
Ruby color- medium dark. Secondary/tertiary aromas- notes of anise, dill, leather, vanilla, mineral, along with boysenberry fruit. Richly layered red and dark fruit on the palate, with emerging sweet spice and earth, consistent with the nose. Medium-bodied, elegant, with medium acid and fine silky tannin, and a clean moderate finish. Very nice- ready to drink.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    12/21/15, 8:41 PM - Thanks Harley- this one's always a solid value (and ready to drink when you buy it!)

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2005 Château d'Issan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
10/27/2015 - gsquireh Likes this wine:
96 points
Can you believe, getting better? Decant for an hour or less, and drink a marvelous Margaux bought in 2006 for $49.00! Gone is the forest floor and replaced by a spring and then summer garden. The cassis, blackberry, dewberry, and black currant are one, all balanced for a singular impression, a super smooth mouth feel. Elegant and delicious, the dark purple, concentrated tannins have gone to heaven, rich and textured, licorice, rose and hibiscus, sweet dark chocolate and clove, the beauty drinks like a first growth. Transporting to wine wonder.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    10/27/15, 9:12 PM - Great note. Such a dilemma... I only have a bottle, and it sounds like it would be so great now... but I know I'd regret opening too soon! How far along did you feel like it was?

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2010 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend
8/8/2015 - Trolson wrote:
79 points
I was disappointed: little body and rather bland taste. Drank like it was at end of drinking window rather than at start.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    8/9/15, 11:19 PM - Sounds like it could be corked.

Red
2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard Anderson Valley
Book Club (Maro Grill, Laguna Beach): Blind - guessed California PN but struggled with the area of producer.

Oh sweet Jesus, this EXPLODES out of the decanter and fills the table with aromas when it's poured into the glasses and we were outside... The last wine that showed like this was... <drumroll please> The 2013 Bearwallow. What's going on in this vineyard? Silly.

There's a great moss, cherry, and red berry notes and flavors. Finishes with more of a pomegranate. Terrific complexity. A+ WOTN for everyone but me, my second, because I fell in love with a burg.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    5/7/15, 9:40 PM - Nice- I've been thinking of cracking a bottle from my meager supply, but am hands off so far.

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2013 Carlisle Syrah Sonoma County
4/27/2015 - hawk30 wrote:
88 points
Drank over two days and wow, night and day. On day one, it was woody, astringent, tight, and plainly unpleasant. No fruit and a nose of only oak. If rating, maybe 84. Day two now and the wine is open, ripe, fleshy, a palate full of dark fruits with a finish that lingers. Flowers and herbs emerge on the nose. It doesn't have as many secondary notes as I'd like, but I've never experienced an overnight change in a wine like this. I'll let the next bottle sit a few years.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    4/27/15, 10:43 PM - Interesting, I wonder if there was a little bottle shock on this?

White
2013 Copain Chardonnay Brosseau Vineyard Chalone
IPOB in SF 3/16 - Quick Impressions: Like the DuPratt Vineyard Chardonnay, this stands out for its silky richness paired with its bright high tones. Shows a little more spice and earth and a little more melon fruit than the more citrus-driven DuPratt. Excellent.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    3/18/15, 10:05 PM - Thanks- Just a quick note (you read this before I added to my tasting story), these were 'quick impressions' from IPOB on Monday. Cheers!

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2009 The Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir Original Vines Dundee Hills
Much improved from the last bottle. The nose is filled with high toned red fruits, floral notes, damp undergrowth, and hints of clove and cinnamon. A classic, elegant example of Eyrie this is really lovely. The palate is concentrated yet still light and elegant. The finish is fantastic and lasts 45 seconds. Really well done, still young and has years of quality drinking ahead.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    12/20/14, 9:33 PM - Sounds great. I was just wondering about this one- thanks!

Red
2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard San Mateo County
12/12/2014 - MattMauldin Likes this wine:
94 points
Clear, medium ruby color. Clean aromas, high intensity, with primary fig notes and secondary clove, black tea, lavender & crushed stone- youthful/developing. Dry on the palate with medium+ acid, moderate tannin and medium body. Racy and full primary fruit flavors of ripe fig and red apple skin, along with seamless layers of secondary depth- mineral, light florals, cracked pepper, clove, tea leaf- precise and intense. Great presence throughout, with silky airy-fine tannins. Finished dry with moderate length and floral/red fruit notes. This was very lithe and dainty when opened, it light up with just a little bit of air. Outstanding- glad I have another for proper aging.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    12/13/14, 10:14 PM - I popped and poured, and it was on the light side. When we sat down for dinner about 30 minutes later, I put a rubber pourer/closer with a decanting screen on and poured with it.

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2005 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands
Arcadian Dinner with Joe Davis - Something old, something new (A's Restaurant, Newport Beach, CA): I wrote a note on a flawed bottle, it wasn't severe because we debated whether it was mild TCA or something else. The nose was muted which sent up a red flag. I did get a quick pour of the other bottle but I had moved on to the next flight. It was good though and the nose was very apparent as expected.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    12/6/14, 9:49 PM - Sounds exactly like the bottle I opened tonight. Cork crumbled and it showed what seemed like mild TCA and possible slight oxidation. Just enough to distract.

White
2008 Littorai Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard Sonoma Coast
8/25/2014 - WoodieBayArea wrote:
89 points
this was fine, had good acid and citrus fruit, was bright and tight, but just didn't have the extra elements to drive a 90's rating… if it had added some pine, minerals, dusty texture, etc it would have scored better, this is a wine i am happy to drink but nothing exciting
  • MattMauldin commented:

    8/27/14, 9:57 PM - By using "tight" as a descriptor, do you think it benefits from more time?

White
2011 Rhys Alesia Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard Mendocino County
3/15/2014 - wgmccallum Likes this wine:
91 points
Pale yellow. Cream and lemon curd on the nose. Tangy acid on the front of the palate, rich grapefruit on the back, with a lingering finish.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    3/15/14, 10:42 PM - Sounds nice. Looking forward to my shipment!

Red
1994 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate Napa Valley
12/31/2013 - MattMauldin Likes this wine:
95 points
Served from bottle at a dinner party. Still showing nice density in the glass. Bright aromas of violets and crushed stone, along with black currant. Completely integrated on the palate, highlighting the same floral minerality and black fruit found on the nose. Mere hints of cedar and tobacco, seamlessly woven within the wine. Completely resolved tannins, this drank with the elegance of a fine Pinot Noir, without showing compromise of its structure. No baked fruit or oxidized notes at all. Plenty of depth on the finish. An awesome wine still in its prime.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    1/1/14, 12:39 PM - Thanks Mike- Happy New Year!

Red
2008 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
10/1/2013 - spineguy wrote:
85 points
Some promise on the nose...hint of old world Bordeaux style. Went downhill form there. Thin/flimsy mouthfeel (not simply a light-medium mouth filling experience). Burnt strawberry, not very complex. Limited finish. Hint of graphite/pencil lead reminiscent of what I was wanting. Do not think it will improve much.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    10/3/13, 11:09 PM - Sounds like it could have been a flawed bottle?

Red
2005 Seavey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
9/27/2013 - JDV.DDSPHD Likes this wine:
95 points
This is 8 yrs old and still a baby. This a massive wine but so seductive and rich. The fruit is beautiful and the aromatics present in the glass come to life with a little decanting. This could easily cellar for another 15-20 yrs and probably a bit longer. What a treat. Black cherry, mocha, a hint of leather, and spice. Just beautiful. Great wine and great price.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    9/29/13, 10:19 AM - Great to hear- I have two of these guys- can't wait to give em a little time and open them up. Had a '97 at the winery three years ago and it was amazing.

Red
2006 Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red Red Bordeaux Blend
9/24/2013 - JDV.DDSPHD Likes this wine:
96 points
This was hitting on all cylinders. This is perfect and in my opinion ready to drink. It was just a big bold yet seductive and smooth wine. If it was a car it would be a ferrari, beautiful and sexy with power to boot. Long lingering finish and this could cellar easily for another 5-10 maybe even longer. Great wine.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    9/24/13, 9:06 PM - Thanks for the note- I've had my bottle for a while, but haven't seen many notes come up. I'm trying to hold between 10-15 years from vintage... we'll see.

Red
2011 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Cargasacchi Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills
7/7/2013 - MattMauldin wrote:
Sta Rita Hills tasting- Sunday 7/7: Big and opulent, with notes of baked plum and black cherry with lots of baking spice and hints of earth and medicinal-herbal notes. Aggressive fruit and spice paired with a velvety and rich mouthfeel, with a full finish.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    9/18/13, 9:31 PM - Hi Brian- you're right in that I prefer more acid in my Pinot Noir. Big fruit and power is not always a problem for me, as long as it's balanced and nuanced. Loring often times to me is too aggressive and crosses over what I perceive as what Pinot Noir should be.

    That being said, I recognize that these wines are well liked and have a diverse fanbase. And after reading your note and rereading my notes and score- I think I may have been knocking it a little score-wise due to my personal tastes and enjoyment factor. I stand by the description- but will remove what I scored it at (85).

    Thanks for commenting!

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2005 Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala Nebbiolo
8/23/2013 - kietkopelli wrote:
93 points
This wine is spectacular and an absolute bargain at $55 for those got in on the K&L sale. It is not as fruit forward as the 2007 but still a massive wine nonetheless. Nose has wet clay, dried herbs, tobacco and smoky pine. I would have liked some fruit profile but happy very pleased regardless. In the mouth it starts with dense red meat, more tobacco and loads of herbs. Finishes extraordinarily long. This is Nebbiolo done right.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    8/23/13, 10:02 PM - I count myself as one of the lucky ones (K&L!)

    Nice note- looking forward to it!

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2011 Clos Pepe Estate Pinot Noir Vigneron Select Sta. Rita Hills
8/18/2013 - MattMauldin wrote:
94 points
Wine & Fire - Sta. Rita Hills Sat 8/17; 8/18/2013-8/23/2013: Beautiful nose- tobacco, mineral, tea, mushroom and earth with red fruit woven within. Equally seamless and layered on the palate. Nice mid-palate weight. Fine structure, bright, persistent. An awesome '11 SRH Pinot.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    8/20/13, 9:21 PM - Thanks! That CP 2011 VS was WOTD for me... I'm adding more notes from the tasting as well.

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2000 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos Vineyard Napa Valley
5/9/2013 - MattMauldin wrote:
94 points
Napa Valley winery visits April 26: Purple color with hints of brick at the edges. Aromas of cedar, tobacco, blackberry, spice, rock, floral. Bright red fruit flavors with layers of subtle savory spice, floral, tea and cedar. Juicy and bright with firm fine tannins and a long finish. The flavors on this are really shining.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    5/13/13, 10:10 PM - Richard, it's tough to predict but it seems to be in a sweet spot. The flavors were well developed, although there seems to be good structure left. I would imagine this holds and starts to gain more mature flavors over the next several years, but the brightness of the fruit and high tones seem to be in their prime right now. Hope that helps!

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2011 Lucia Pinot Noir Soberanes Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands
3/4/2013 - MattMauldin wrote:
91 points
World Of Pinot Noir Grand Tasting- 3/2; 3/2/2013-3/4/2013 (Shell Beach, CA): Cherry and plum-driven profile with briary spice and black tea throughout. Round-ripe profile with full richness and fine tannin. Good balance overall. Medium finish.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    3/5/13, 7:32 PM - Frank- thanks for commenting. I was impressed by the balance achieved in both of the Lucia wines that I tasted at WOP. When SLH Pinots achieve balance those big dark fruits really shine. Also at the same table was the 2010 Pisoni Estate, an impressive table to say the least!

  • MattMauldin commented:

    3/6/13, 8:16 PM - I'm sure you'll enjoy that first one with a good decant and serving temp. I'll look for the note!

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2011 Wind Gap Wines Grenache Sceales Vineyard Alexander Valley
1/31/2013 - MattMauldin wrote:
90 points
Tasting at The Watering Hole- Sandhi & other Terroir Selections (Los Olivos, CA): Ruby color. Aromas of fresh strawberry and cocoa cloaked in dense earth. Flavors of mulled spice and densely layered cherry and berry notes, along with hints of mineral. Rustic grainy tannins with a degree of finesse. Medium finish.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    1/31/13, 7:35 PM - Frank, I tasted it by chance today while visiting the Sandhi/Terroir Selections Tasting Room in Los Olivos, so my note is a quick snapshot. I do know that the bottle had been opened for 24 hours. I think this is still wound up- there's a lot there. The Wind Gap grenache-based wines really develop in some interesting directions with some bottle age. If you're a fan, I'm sure you'll enjoy it when the time comes!

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2007 Quilceda Creek Red Wine Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
11/29/2012 - Laughs and Juice wrote:
90 points
Disappointing, find the fruit bright and tart, lacks depth. If this is really worth $105 I'd sell all my remaining bottles
  • MattMauldin commented:

    11/29/12, 9:44 PM - The one your review is written for is the red blend- average community value of $38.58.

  • MattMauldin commented:

    11/30/12, 2:38 PM - Ok got you. Yeah the red blend is a good deal at its retail of $40, but I'm surprised it would have that demand at auction. I must have misunderstood.

Red
2009 Copain Syrah Les Voisins Yorkville Highlands
Violets, black fruit, and iron flavors with high acidity. Just a hint of Brett (enough for my wife to enjoy without turning me off) adds complexity. A well-made wine with some mid-term aging potential.
  • MattMauldin commented:

    11/29/12, 9:45 PM - Good description- I remember those violet and iron notes from when I had it.

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