Tasting Notes for JoeGr

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1993 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
12/25/2018 - JoeGr Likes this wine:
Drinking amazingly well for a twenty five year old zin. Sadly Our last bottle.
Red
Still drinking quite nice, even on the second night
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Red
2004 Betz Family Bésoleil Columbia Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
2/20/2015 - JoeGr wrote:
flawed
Flawed or gone bad
Red
11/16/2014 - JoeGr Likes this wine:
Still drinking like a much younger late picked Nervo; nice!
Red
Still drinking well, even on the second night; cellared since release
Red
Been cellared properly. Still drinking well, last bottle
Red
Tasting remarkably young after all these years. Was afraid that I would be regretting holding these in the bad of the cellar, but was nice.
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Red
Has been cellared properly for (too long), but still holding up with pasta
Red
Still drinking remarkably well for this vintage. Has been cellared properly since release
White
8/30/2013 - JoeGr wrote:
92 points
Nice caramelization. Still well balanced. Quite nice and mature
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Red
6/16/2013 - JoeGr wrote:
90 points
I opened this bottle Sunday night and enjoyed it with Sockeye salmon. I am not a burgundy expert, but found this quite enjoyable, very unlike new world Pinot, or younger burgundy that I have had in the past. Very lush. Starting to oxidize but was still nice the next night. Wish I had more.

Bottle was purchased upon release and cellared in a temperature controlled facility.
Red
9/11/2012 - JoeGr wrote:
Still drinking nice; has been properly cellared since release.
Red
4/30/2012 - JoeGr wrote:
This is drinking quite nicely now. Cellared since release this has softened nicely, yet still have nice fruit.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1986 Château d'Arche Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/26/2010 - JoeGr wrote:
Don't have much experience with mature Sauterne to compare, but this was quite nice. I was afraid would have been well past. Seemingly balanced, carmel,pear, apricot, vanilla. Paired nicely with Pear and Gorgonzola pizza.
Red
12/28/2010 - JoeGr wrote:
This was still drinking very nicely. Had been stored properly since being aquired from the winery.
White
N.V. Bergström Ó Oregon Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay
10/5/2008 - JoeGr wrote:
A pleasant crisp off-dry 50/50 blend of 2006 Chardonnay and 2007 Riesling
Red
4/1/2007 - JoeGr wrote:
This wine could still use more time. Tannins still very evident. Decanted about 4 hours; served with lamb. Opened up further over dinner. Saved about a glass worth overnight in the decanter (capped with a lid, yet no firm seal). Was most pleasing, yet still opening up in the morning about 18 hours after original decanting. A wonderful wine with nice complexity. Wish I had more to track over time. Looking forward to my 2001 Produttori Riservas as they mature. No score as I don't have any experience with Barbarescos.
Red
2/20/2007 - JoeGr wrote:
87 points
Still a nice easy drinking Pinot Noir. Nothing special, but still a pleasant wine.
Red
2/18/2007 - JoeGr wrote:
84 points
I felt that this showed better on previous tastings. Of course this was the first time for me that this wine had to follow 95 Cos Estournel, which I enjoyed most of the afternoon and evening. While still "good" this wine was simple in comparison.
Red
1995 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/18/2007 - JoeGr wrote:
93 points
Drinking very nicely. Opened up after about two hours. Really singing after four hours.
Red
2/9/2007 - JoeGr wrote:
93 points
Brought a bottle to Jak's in Issaquah. Enjoyed with hickory smoked bacon wrapped beef tenderloin. It started off slowly, but really opened up by the end of the meal. I should have given it more time before starting. Nice long finish, still rich fruit. Sadly, this was my last bottle. This was one of the first wines I stocked in my cellar back when I started collecting in the mid '90s. Recommend decanting at least 1 hour at this point.
Red
2003 Spring Valley Vineyard Frederick Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/8/2007 - JoeGr wrote:
94 points
Layered, luscious, structured and sweet. Opened from 375. This feels like its only going to get better with time.
Red
2/5/2007 - JoeGr wrote:
92 points
While I like zin, I'm not usually the biggest Jeff Cohn fan. This however was quite nice. Luscious cherries, plum, pepper, and vanilla. Almost portlike with some warmth, but in a good way. Very enjoyable. (from 375).
Red
1/28/2007 - JoeGr wrote:
85 points
Lots of sweet cherries; very fruit driven pinot noir.
Red
1/27/2007 - JoeGr wrote:
88 points
Drinking nicely; bramble comes to mind. Nice, rustic, mature zinfandel.
Red
2000 DiStefano Ottimo Columbia Valley Red Blend (view label images)
1/14/2007 - JoeGr wrote:
84 points
This is drinking fairly nicely now, still it doesn't compare to the 2000 Clos de Betz that we drank last night. This wine seems to be at, or perhaps just past its peak now, and not likely to get any better. Time to drink up.
Red
1/11/2007 - JoeGr wrote:
82 points
Somewhat harsh; lacking depth and character. Not at all reminiscent of Matanzas Creek Merlot of old. While I had heard that Matanzas Creek was making a comeback, my guess is that (so far anyway) the improvement has been confined to other varietals. A little bit better the next night, yet only for about an hour after the re-uncorking.
Red
10/26/2006 - JoeGr wrote:
Chalky; still young? Oak, Licorice, smoke, and a pencil lead minerality. At this point I'm getting more of the licorice and less oak than I remember from prior tastings of this wine. While I'm not convinced I've ever been thrilled with Tempranillo, I'm finding this bottle enjoyable at this point, whereas I recall being underwhelmed with earlier consumed bottles of this wine.
Red
1996 Château Pavie Macquin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/10/2006 - JoeGr wrote:
Decanted for 2 hours. There are still very strong tannins in this almost ten year old. There is also plenty of concentrated fruit, but for my taste the tannins are still in the way. This one deserves more patience. Several years worth, probably.
Red
11/23/2005 - JoeGr wrote:
Late Harvest in Character, yet dry. Nicely balanced. This will be a nice wine.
Red
1994 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
9/24/2005 - JoeGr wrote:
Still a very beautiful wine. Sadly consumed the last of the case that I purchased upon release. To me, very red fruit; raspberries? nicely balanced, still amazingly youthful, yet showing signs of maturity. Wish I had another case.
Red
1994 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
9/26/2004 - JoeGr wrote:
Purchased upon release, stored fairly consistently, yet moved several times. Cork was tight and complete upon opening, yet there was evidence of seepage. The wine was not corked but was badly oxidized. I opened this wine to serve with lamb, course #6, at a dinner with friends. It's role was limited to the accompanying reduction. We ended up pouring a 1990 Gigondes that Eric LeVine brought instead. This wine's demise led to my pouring Chapoutier's 1995 Les Varonniers with the roasted vegetable course that followed, a wine that would have likely put this one to shame even if it had been perfect.
Red
7/25/2004 - JoeGr wrote:
Had a bottle with dinner at Purple Cafe and Wine Bar in Woodinville. They run a special on Sundays where as long as you spend $25 or more on food, you can purchase (any) wine on their list priced at $50 or less at half price. It's not very often when you can purchase a wine at a restaurant for less than its sold at the winery. Robert Stemmler's Nugent Vineyard Pinot is a very food friendly wine. It went nicely with my wild salmon as well as the assortment of cheeses, primarily soft cheeses that we were served incluidng St Nectarine, Port Salute, and a Drunken Goat cheese. It displayed nice dark cherry fruit. Highly recommended.
Red
7/24/2004 - JoeGr wrote:
Very enjoyable; nicely balanced; nice fruit.
Red
2003 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/14/2004 - JoeGr wrote:
The first assembalge of the 2003 Monte Bello contains 89% Cab; 7% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. It was just gushing with fruit. Not nearly as rough as one might expect for such a young wine. Of course this wine will go through at least one more assemblage before it is complete. In addition to tasting the blend I tasted lots of each of the varietals that make up the wine. The Cab was quite fruity. The tannins came across much stronger in the Merlot. The blend had quite a bit stronger, richer fruit that the Cabernet by itself (89% of the blend). This additional fruit seems to be coming from the powerful Petit Verdot, which makes up only 4% of the blend. Perhaps the strong tannins in the Merlot become integrated in the blend allowing more of the fruit to show? Either way, I can't wait for the May 21/22 second tasting. Barrel tasted at the Winery on Montebello Road in Cupertino.
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