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Red
2017 Mollydooker Enchanted Path McLaren Vale Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
11/19/2019 - alohashirt Likes this wine:
94 points
Deep raspberry/blackcurrant on the nose (Ribena to those who lived in England). This is thick and lush on the palate, overwhelming cassis fruit and vanilla, lots of tannins which you don't notice because of the enormous fruit. This is a huge, hedonistic wine for people who love fruit forward, rich wines. Very long finish, mild spicy coffee notes, delicious after-taste. A very, very enjoyable wine that is expensive for me, yet clearly value if I compare it to other wines I love and can't afford (Valbuena, No 5, Glaetzer Amon Ra, Henschke Mount Edelstone, Phelps Insignia)

Note: "Fruit bomb" gets applied to many very different wines. At 3.0g/L residual sugar this bears no resemblance to Caymus (allegedly 10 g/L), which I found undrinkable.
  • GTFreek commented:

    1/28/20, 4:57 PM - Bhahaha Caymus sucks. Nice review.

  • GTFreek commented:

    1/30/20, 8:58 PM - Lmao, well this is fun. I haven't had Rombauer Zin, but I draw the line below the Prisoner stuff. Caymus, Meomi and Prisoner all have non wine additives in them like Mega Purple or California Concentrate. Venge is legit.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Tarlant Champagne Zero Brut Nature Champagne Blend
8/6/2019 - Jlafin Likes this wine:
65 points
Nice Golden color. Very chalky on the nose, minerals, red apples, orange ceste and fresh lemon. Very dry, being brut zero... Tasting fresh lemons, nice acidity, minerals and nice finish with lemonade not too bitter.
  • GTFreek commented:

    11/28/19, 12:17 PM - Anything in the 60s means "Wines are flawed and not recommended"

White
2017 Peter Michael Sauvignon Blanc L'Apres-Midi Knights Valley
10/26/2019 - Hi.its.Don.4.Wine Likes this wine:
93 points
Or maybe somebody read my post “Have You Ever Been Disappointed”

It all started when I had decided to spend my hard-earned money, well actually it’s my Social Security check so I’m not sure how to classify that, anyway, I wanted to explore the world of some of those high-end Sauvignon Blancs that I have read and dreamt about (maybe I’m too far gone to get a life?).

So off to my local wine shop only to find the bottle of my dreams:

Peter Michael L’Après-Midi Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Only to find it selling at $99.99! Which, as I mentioned in my previous post, was well over the winery price of $64. Disappointment ensued and I gave up my quest. BUT! While revisiting the store only recently I strolled down the Sauvignon Blanc aisle like I usually do only to see that the wine is now priced at $67.99! Holy Markdown Batman!!

The last bottle, who knows if the price will return to that once previous unattainable expense, do I make the decision to use those hard-earned (wait I haven’t established that yet) dollars and pluck the wine from its cocoon and return home to shuffle it away to obscurity never to open my booty? NOT A CHANCE!

Once home. it was merely a decision to decide what I was going to make to pair with this nectar. A decision made easily as my local grocer once again had scallops on sale. This time I had to put all my mental faculties to work to find just the right preparation. Risotto, no too pedestrian for this wine. Rice works, just not some plain ole rice though. Ah! I remembered I had bought a sausage link made from chorizo that I had planned for another meal but hadn’t yet used. That chorizo, a little heat that needs something to quell the burn. Always having pineapple around for my smoothies, I think I’ve found the perfect choice. A final touch of red peppers for color, whammo!!

Being the sauce king (too egotistic), maybe prince of sauce, I needed something that would cool and something to relend some heat. I found the perfect recipes; an avocado cream for coolness and for the heat, some chipotle adobo cream. It’s at this point that while looking at my pictures I took, I realize that I need a couple of squirt bottles instead of using spoons! Since this isn’t about the food, much, I’ll finish by saying that it was heavenly, a little heat a little sweetness and a little creaminess. It even went with the wine.

Oh, the wine….

As usual, I couldn’t wait till dinner was ready, although I did wait until almost the dinner bell. Wait, that was the timer on my oven. Pouring a glass and giving it a little time (maybe a half-second) I raised the glass to partake in my well-established *SSSS.

Drifting aromas of tropical fruit and a slightly honeyed note begin my journey into wine nirvana. Followed by crisp citrus notes and depth of minerality lending to its taut body and a long finish, brought about by the 100% barrel fermentation using 10% new oak. 86% Sauvignon Blanc is combined with 14% Sémillon to further help enrich the wine. Coming from their Les Pavots Vineyard in Alexander Valley at elevations around 1,000 feet, it helps to conger up exactly the wine’s name L’Après-Midi or “The Afternoon,” a lazy and laid-back time to sit and enjoy the day, of course with the wine in hand!

My quest now complete, at least in this particular instance, I can set my sites on future wines that I may wish to seek out and avail myself the honor, nay privilege, to savor. I just hope I don’t run into another “price modification” again.

Cheers

*Swirl, Smell, Sip, Swallow
  • GTFreek commented:

    11/1/19, 8:26 PM - LMAO, well done.

Red
2016 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
10/16/2019 - falc wrote:
70 points
Duro, necesita guarda. Receta burdeaux
  • GTFreek commented:

    10/17/19, 8:22 AM - Unfortunately, the nature of a communal site is users being a little cavalier with it. Obviously you can ignore numbers like this 70, though I'd argue you can just ignore numbers entirely.

Red
2015 Galerie Cabernet Sauvignon Latro Knights Valley
6/2/2019 - msuwright wrote:
93 points
This warm and open-knit 100% Cabernet is drinking well right now, though my guess is that it will hit its stride in another 6-12 months. It's an incredible value in CA Cabernet under $50; unique, complex, and tasty, it should appeal to those (like me) who enjoy Chris Carpenter flagship wines like Cardinale - but not at flagship prices.

Garnet in color; medium in body; aromas of black cherry, graphite, gravel, and bay leaf. Tastes of boysenberry, spice cake, mulberry, and leather, with a dusty and sweet finish that ends a little dry (something that should subside over time). 14.5% alcohol. Decant at least an hour.

This admirably reflects the dry and rustic nature of Knights Valley, which is just north of Napa Valley. It's a huge step up from Beringer's Knights Valley (which used to be good) but not quite at the level of Peter Michael's L'Espirit des Pavots (which is far riper). In other words, this is a reasonably priced - and quite delicious - wine; no complaints here! 93+ for now, with upside in another year or so.
  • GTFreek commented:

    7/18/19, 10:56 AM - Knights Valley is part of Sonoma County.

Red
2016 Venge Vineyards Scout's Honor Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
5/16/2018 - GTFreek wrote:
68/16/10/6 Zinfandel/Charbono/Petite Sirah/Syrah. Medium nose shows dark spice, black plum, cedar, dill, coconut. Palate is big style, dark, juicy, almost hedonistic, clear signs of American oak with dill, cedar, blackberry, sweet wood, reminds me of Mollydooker. Very ripe with big flavors, for me it's a little much but this will impress many.
  • GTFreek commented:

    10/7/18, 9:52 PM - Naw, I don't do the numbers thing. Wine is too subjective for that.

White
2015 Poseidon Vineyard Chardonnay Carneros
4/13/2017 - GTFreek wrote:
Medium plus nose shows pineapple, butterscotch, cinnamon spice, yellow flowers. Palate matches, interesting tropical notes, candied kiwi, baked apple, CA style but well balanced, not overly done. Some mineral undertones as well. Alcohol medium plus carries the finish.
  • GTFreek commented:

    8/13/18, 6:21 PM - Naw, I don't do the numbers thing. Wine is too subjective for that.

White
2015 Stonestreet Chardonnay Estate Vineyards Alexander Valley
6/20/2018 - GTFreek wrote:
43% new French oak. Medium plus nose shows Meyer lemon, butterscotch, lemongrass, melon, pineapple, yellow flowers. Palate gives tasty layers, nice spice profile, cinnamon, dried vanilla, pine sol, lemon zest, structure is nice, acidity medium, alcohol medium plus, long finish. Described as different for CA but it's pretty spot on CA Chard style.
  • GTFreek commented:

    6/20/18, 1:33 PM - Lots of them claim that lol...

Red
2016 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Anderson Valley
2/13/2018 - GTFreek wrote:
Medium nose shows black cherry, fresh potpourri, some must, light earth, dried herbs. Palate is nicely fresh and layered, dried cherry, cranberry but fresh, raspberry, hint of herbal tea, orange zest. Dry finish shows structure with medium tannins, smooth alcohol. I would guess whole cluster but it doesn't have it.
  • GTFreek commented:

    2/13/18, 3:15 PM - I seen it with me own eyes! ;-)

    It's a new line and repurposing of the Alesia name, they bottled it two weeks ago. I should have taken a picture.

White
2015 Scarpetta Delle Venezie Frico Bianco White Blend
7/28/2017 - OldNav2 Likes this wine:
70 points
Nice, simple, mellow pinot grigio. Wonderful with fresh veggies and bbq chicken.
  • GTFreek commented:

    12/6/17, 11:14 AM - Maybe not 70 points then?

Red
2015 The Ned Pinot Noir Marlborough
7/16/2017 - pmca Likes this wine:
85 points
For $13, this wine was crackerjack!! Definitely buy, drink and cellar
  • GTFreek commented:

    7/28/17, 1:22 PM - Maybe change your score if you like it?

  • GTFreek commented:

    7/28/17, 3:34 PM - ��

Red
2014 Domaine Sylvain Pataille Marsannay Pinot Noir
8/8/2016 - JOsgood wrote:
89 points
A nice bottle of wine. Really tasty and super drinkable. Unfortunately, the wine is way overpriced. The flavor profile is simple and doesn't justify the price point for a village wine from Marsannay of all places. We can thank Becky for this. Dark in color with flavors more on the black fruit side of the spectrum.
  • GTFreek commented:

    12/4/16, 9:21 AM - What'd you pay?

Red
2013 Round Pond Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
11/20/2016 - Jeff Leve wrote:
90 points
Clearly, a likable wine, the wine is dark in color, with a spicy, black and blue fruit, vanilla and floral profile, with a full body, round textures and in a forward style. The wine was made from a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec.
  • GTFreek commented:

    11/30/16, 11:59 AM - I think you're on wrong wine, this one is almost all Cabernet.

Red
2007 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District
incredibly overrated. I give it 82 points. If this bottle was $18-20 i would jump all over it. Once it gets to $23-$25/bottle it's incredibly overpriced in my opinion. I should be looking at 5-7 years for paying what i paid for this below average bottle.
  • GTFreek commented:

    7/29/16, 12:11 AM - Seems like you wrote this note on the wrong wine? This is a $300+ bottle.

Red
2011 Andrew Will Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend
10/29/2015 - GTFreek wrote:
50/50 Cab Franc/ Merlot. Has had Cab Sauv in the past, and will again in 2012, but then not any more after that. From gravel soils with sandy topsoil. Nose shows mineral right away, graphite, pencil lead, dark brooding fruit, hint of allspice. Palate is delicious and elegant, spice shows again, dried blackberry, black plum. This could have more complexity for the price point. Give it some time or could be the vintage.

790 cases made.
  • GTFreek commented:

    6/29/16, 3:14 AM - I try not to mess with scores, I'll leave that to the professionals, or at the very least only when I've had a full glass.

White - Sparkling
2007 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut Champagne Blend
5/3/2016 - GTFreek wrote:
End of a bottle, but underwhelming. Nice complexity but not up to the reputation or price.
  • GTFreek commented:

    5/5/16, 10:32 AM - Appreciate the thoughts and reccomendations! I actually don't pay for wine, my notes here are all from samples. This sample was the end of a bottle so I think was not showing it's best.

Red
2014 Yellow Tail Shiraz South Eastern
6/5/2015 - dkrichards16 wrote:
99 points
I'm relatively new to wine tasting but this is by far my favorite wine. Very smooth. You forget that you aren't drinking a sweet wine. I've gone on to try more expensive bottles of Australian Shiraz and haven't been as pleased as this wine:)
  • GTFreek commented:

    3/14/16, 6:15 PM - Seek treatment immediately

Red
2009 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Red Bordeaux Blend
9/3/2015 - GTFreek wrote:
85/15 Cabernet/Cab Franc. Blind tasted in a flight of 5 2009 SuperTuscans. This was my second fav (to Ornellaia) and most the group's 1st or 2nd. Nose shows sweet, dirty fruit notes, red plum, dried flowers, earth. Palate is silky, impeccable structure with medium plus acidity and tannins. I thought it was a Sangiovese based blend. Great "Italian" style.
  • GTFreek commented:

    9/14/15, 8:11 PM - If you have a case, I say dive in. This is 6 years old after all, and while I'm sure it has development ahead, it's ready to talk now as well.

White
2012 Domaine / Maison Vincent Girardin Rully Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay
2/5/2015 - GTFreek wrote:
Aromatic nose, old world style, musty but bright, citrus, clean slate, crisp and a touch of butter, very interesting mix of Old and New World notes. Nice QPR, recommend.
  • GTFreek commented:

    2/6/15, 7:43 PM - I'm far from an expert on white Burgundy, but I would say this is made to drink now. It has structure to last, probably gets interesting with some time, but more different than necessarily better. If I were to name a window, I'd say now-2020.

Red
2006 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
12/13/2013 - GTFreek wrote:
Just had a taste but obviously quality stuff. Lots of fruit, mid-palate, and structure. Blew an '07 Caymus off the table.
  • GTFreek commented:

    12/14/13, 6:54 AM - Wooooowwww, thank you thank you! I'm a stickler for spelling, but didn't realize that one (editing hundreds of tasting notes... doh)

Red
2008 Fattoria La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
9/2/2013 - Christoffer78 Likes this wine:
92 points
A beautiful Brunello, the 2008 La Gerla exhibits massive sweet red fruit, almonds, subtle Acacia honey combined with expressive saddle leather. The palate is nicely balanced and also very integrated despite its youth. The length on the finish lasts some 45 seconds. A very nice wine, if you prefer the more fruit forward style of Brunello.
  • GTFreek commented:

    10/27/13, 5:48 PM - 2007 or 2008?

Red
2005 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend
9/18/2013 - GTFreek wrote:
Cab Sauv/Cinsault/Carignan. Held back for 4 years after barrel aging of 1 year in French oak. Handpicked by bedouin tribes and vineyards protected by barbed wire from vandals... (!). Nose shows dark dried fruit, sour earth components, spice but not sweet spice, licorice, developed components. Palate is different, nice aged tones, lightly brambly fruit and dried earth, tertiary components, this is good stuff. Highly recommend.
  • GTFreek commented:

    9/18/13, 1:35 PM - Star Wars??!! You mean vintages when a movie comes out?

Red
2003 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
4/16/2013 - libero wrote:
90 points
This 10 years old private did exceed my expectation. Flavored of dry prunes and figs. A vivid dark red color
Can be drunk now or wait for another 3 to 5 years. Finish is still tannic.
  • GTFreek commented:

    8/24/13, 6:01 AM - Is your bottle said "Private Selection" on it, that's a different listing than here.

White
2009 Ramey Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard Russian River Valley
7/24/2013 - mthompson Likes this wine:
91 points
WOW!!! My first time trying a Ramey Chard, and it was right up there with the texture, fullness and silky style of Aubert Chard's; one of my favorites, so it looks like I've got another favorite in the Hyde Vineyard Ramey-!! When poured into the glass, I thought it was going to be full-bodied and more melon/honey-laced than a citrus and mineral styled Chard, and it was right on, in my opinion. Very nice surprise enjoying this first time experience, paring Ramey with Pork Chops. Glad I have more bottles to enjoy!!
  • GTFreek commented:

    8/22/13, 9:01 AM - You call it Hyde Vineyard but this is the Ritchie listing... ?

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