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White
2008 The Eyrie Vineyards Muscat Ottonel Dundee Hills
6/14/2013 - jshearer Likes this wine:
90 points
Red apple and waxy lemon peel on the nose. A little minerality and a hint of something savory. Still nice energy on contact, followed up quickly by lemon peel and orchard fruit. Solid wine still showing well.
  • jshearer commented:

    7/29/15, 6:26 PM - You need to start dropping some notes.

Red
2001 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
5/17/2015 - jshearer wrote:
flawed
Two corked bottles in a row. Are people seeing a lot of bottle variation here?
  • jshearer commented:

    5/17/15, 8:35 PM - Good to hear. These two came from the same retailer. In fact, returned the first corked bottle, and ended up with a second corked bottle. My first bottle, from Sec wines, was impeccable. 1/3 ain't great. Hope my two remaining are like the first.

Red
2010 Gramercy Cellars Tempranillo Inigo Montoya Walla Walla Valley
11/20/2014 - ewsds wrote:
88 points
I agree with a few recent notes that this wine is in its drinking window and that window is slowly closing. Quite surprised though, because the 2010s in general are well-structured and seem to have a long life ahead. In addition, Tempranillo is a grape that ages quite well (when it has the structure to do so). Overall, this is thinning and while it still has good flavor, it's a on its way out, and I'll drink my remaining bottles in the next few months. Overall, disappointing.
  • jshearer commented:

    11/20/14, 9:20 PM - Thanks for the note. When I tasted it about two years ago, I remember thinking the tannins were overwhelming. Have those mellowed out now, or is the fruit just receding?

White
2010 Biggio Hamina Cellars Melon de Bourgogne Deux Vert Yamhill-Carlton
BRIGCAMPBELL nails it pretty well. Nice fruit, seawater (in a good way), and ripping acid.
  • jshearer commented:

    10/5/14, 6:43 PM - Nice! I won't pretend to be a great judge of ageability, but I think the posted drinking window for this wine is far too conservative. A local grocery store is closing this wine out at $10/bottle; I need to reload.

Red
2009 Cameron Pinot Noir Arley's Leap Dundee Hills
7/10/2014 - Al Ehrhardt wrote:
As I am running out of older Oregon pinots, forced to drink this too young again. I must admit, this seems pretty awkward right now. Chunky and primary. Still have three more and I have now learned my lesson and sit on them a few years...
  • jshearer commented:

    7/10/14, 6:39 PM - Thanks for the note. I hope you're right and they just need some time. I fear that the warm 2009 vintage may be showing in the chunky awkwardness. I have one left, so we'll see. Cheers.

White
2011 Val de Mer Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir Chardonnay
2/9/2014 - WST wrote:
Surprised none of the TN's above mention oak. A beautiful bottle of wine, but much more accessible than I expected, and not showing much typicality of Chablis. More lush white orchard fruit than citrus; more toast and vanilla than seashells and saline. Has GC density of fruit, but very lush, and I'd never have guessed GC Chablis had I tasted this blind.
  • jshearer commented:

    6/15/14, 2:53 PM - I definitely get some oak spice, and would agree that this wine's profile is what I associate with Chablis.

Red
2011 Maison Bleue Jaja Yakima Valley Red Rhone Blend
5/6/2014 - jshearer Likes this wine:
90 points
Floral nose with ripe strawberries, dark raspberries, spicy balsamic, and something savory. Well balanced in the mouth. Fruit and minerality, with a decently long finish. This only *began* to show itself after an hour in the glass, so give it some time. 90+
  • jshearer commented:

    5/7/14, 7:40 PM - On night 2 the last 1/3 bottle is a little less focused but perhaps more compelling. Aromatics have melded and evolved into something a bit more savory, herbal, and floral. Still delicious and tannins are almost completely integrated. I'm excited that I have 3 more bottles because I think this is going to get even better.

Red
2009 Gerard Charvet Moulin-à-Vent La Reserve d'Amelie Vieilles Vignes Gamay
2/5/2014 - jshearer Likes this wine:
90 points
Smells fantastic. Harmonious mix of floral, dark red fruit, earth, and a touch savory. In the mouth, this starts light but intensity builds. Nice acidity and dark cherries that finish dry and gently tannic with a hint of bitter dark chocolate.
  • jshearer commented:

    2/6/14, 7:33 PM - Holding up well on night #2. Tannins still drying things out on the finish.

Red
2009 The Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir Daphne Vineyard Dundee Hills
Delicious, but quite young and primary. Had to try one of these to see where it was after trying it a year ago at the winery. Lovely nose of bing cherry, red raspberry, baking spice, damp earth. With an hour or so in the glass the fruit became a little riper and darker with black cherry notes. The palate is very lively with fantastic acidity and lots of red fruit, minerality, and earth. I think this is going to turn into a stellar wine, but it is quite young at this point. With another 5-10 years of bottle age I think it will develop more complexity and incorporate its acidity even more. A very nice effort. I probably won't try another for at least 4-5 years.
  • jshearer commented:

    1/8/14, 7:44 PM - Thanks for checking in on the wine and posting the note. I only have 2 and I'm trying to be patient. Cheers!

White
2011 Teutonic Wine Company Alsea Blanc Oregon White Blend
10/28/2013 - gripNsip Likes this wine:
91 points
50% white-pressed Pinot Munier/50% Pinot Blanc. Smells rad and very unlike other wines, it reminds me both of Riesling and raspberries. Really interesting. Very balanced on the palate with fresh acidity that is well integrated and plays well with the small amount of residual sugar. Sweet apples, kiwi, green melon and star fruit show on the palate. Really delicious overall, complex, well-made, and super easy to drink. The acidity on this is done really well.
  • jshearer commented:

    10/28/13, 7:59 PM - Sounds like a cool wine. Thanks for the note.

Red
2008 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
4/3/2012 - rickspicks wrote:
89 points
Overall a very solid and enjoyable wine. Slightly earthy, dark fruit nose and with cherry, spice and earth on the palate. Just slightly plush, with nice balance, good structure and plenty of grip. Simple, but also without any faults. An easy, every-day drinker that outperforms most other entry level pinots.
  • jshearer commented:

    10/23/13, 10:42 PM - Very simple description, but pretty much spot on with what I'm observing 18 months later.

Red
2010 Descendientes de José Palacios Bierzo Pétalos Mencía
10/2/2013 - weipim wrote:
78 points
pnp
Double decanting with decanter and eisch
Very fruity and seductive on the nose with ripe dark fruit for the first 45 min of decanting

Tanning is really pleasant and elegant for its price range. Unfold nicely and reaches out to othwr part of ur mouth with good manner.
I think between 1h to 2h of decanting and serving is at its peak. Serve quick
  • jshearer commented:

    10/3/13, 7:15 AM - Based on your note, did you mean to score this 78 points? Terms like "seductive," "pleasant," and "elegant" would indicate (to me) a score in the 80s or even 90s.

Red
2010 Cameron Pinot Noir Reserve Dundee Hills
Like the DH bottle but on steriods, in a good way. Lovely wine with years ahead of it. I did this for you all, people, and I'm not proud of it.
  • jshearer commented:

    8/16/13, 7:24 AM - We appreciate it. Is it worth sipping now or when would be the next time to check in?

White
2009 The Eyrie Vineyards Melon de Bourgogne Dundee Hills
8/14/2013 - gripNsip Likes this wine:
89 points
Creamy nose, it's reminding me of lemon pie, also a bit melon fruit. Smells good. The palate shows stone fruits, ripe nectarine, oranges. Balanced acidity brings up the finish, one could say there is some minerality because this almost has some texture and there is something on the finish that makes me think minerality but I'm not entirely sure. Anyways, overall it's a nice wine. If you like this grape it's worth checking out a bottle, there are a handful of Oregon producers that do this grape well and I can list Eyrie as one of them.
  • jshearer commented:

    8/14/13, 7:59 PM - Nice! Looking forward to trying this. Is it worth drinking now or old for some time? I only have one...

Red
2010 Descendientes de José Palacios Bierzo Pétalos Mencía
3/22/2013 - jshearer Likes this wine:
90 points
This needed about an hour of air to come together. After opening up, the nose was dark - ripe and dusty dark fruits, olive brine, bone marrow. Similar notes on the palate but with some dark chocolate and an interesting sweetness without any discernible RS. Good acidity on contact with firm but well-integrated tannins drying out the tongue on the finish.
  • jshearer commented:

    3/23/13, 10:46 AM - Thanks. Seems like there's two distinct flavor profiles people are describing with this wine. Glad you and I agree!

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