Tasting Notes for GTFreek

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Red
2016 Anima Negra Àn Vi de La Tierra Mallorca Callet (view label images)
3/30/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Smoky, dark fruit, then opens into a Rioja-esque profile. Very good with grilled items. Cool selection.
Red
3/29/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Very good Pinot. Mineral tones under concentrated fruit. Drinks like a deep CA style, but not too extracted. Personally from Argentina I prefer the Patagonia style.
White
3/27/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Different. Round but racy. Was harsh before warming up. Fruit of melon, tropical tones, something sharply tart like kiwi, lime zest, banana, acidity could actually be toned down? On the fence on this one.
Red
3/13/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
73% Cabernet, 16/7/4 Merlot/PV/CF. Medium plus nose shows leather, sage, violets, singed blackberry, cedar. Palate has more power than expected compared to their other wines, bold dried black fruit, pepper, dried cinnamon, espresso, finishes with smooth tannins, showing balance between freshness and age like their whole lineup. Very nice at the price point offered, different from most CA styles.
Red
3/13/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Blend of 2012 and 2011 vintages. 50% Merlot, 32/10/4/4 Cabernet/CF/PV/Malbec. Medium plus nose shows aged style, leather, dried herbs, coffee bean, red plums, blackberry brush, sage. Palate matches with medium body, balance of freshness and age, smooth style, dried plums, cedar. Nice value, different style than most of CA.
Red
3/13/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
45% Merlot with three other varietals. Blend of 2014 and 2015, which they've done since 97/98. Medium nose shows cigar, black plum, graphite, herbal feel. Palate balances fresh with age, nice there, fruit of sweet earth, dried mocha, black pepper, medium body, tannins. Nice value, unique style for type.
Red
2015 Cain Vineyard & Winery Cain Five Spring Mountain District Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/13/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
55/28/etc Cabernet/Merlot/etc. Medium plus nose shows anise, horse leather, spice, old herb, black plum, cigar, hints to Bordeaux style. Palate matches, drinking more aged than it is, gorgeous style, peat moss, dried black fruits, herbal tones, black tea, then spice from alcohol. Definitely not a typical CA style. Drinks like Bordeaux with higher alcohol. Cool selection.
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Red
2007 Cain Vineyard & Winery Cain Five Spring Mountain District Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/13/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
68/16/6/5/5 Cab/Merlot/Malbec/PV/CF. Been open for 2 days, so not sure on this. Musty nose, red and black fruit, turned earth, peat. Palate is smooth, combines freshness with age, leather, aged spice, some heat from alcohol, finishes shows beauty. Quality, would like it from a fresher bottle.
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Red
3/12/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Medium plus nose shows black cherry, cranberry, black tea, rose stem, violets. Palate shows lovely dark fruit with structure, medium light tannins, medium acidity, light spice in the alcohol, black cherry, blackberry, raspberry, underbrush, thyme. Finishes dry with youth, could use more time if you like. Nice style, value.
Red
3/12/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Medium plus nose is pretty, rose petal, orange tea, dusty cherry. Palate shows fruit and tart, dry structure together with acid, so nicely balanced. Finish shows the fruit, layers of light red flavors. Nice Oregon style.
Red
3/12/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Medium plus nose shows orange peel, tea leaf, bright cherry, sage. Palate is nicely layered, tart, cranberry, black tea, raspberry, hint of earth. Finishes with both dry structure and juicy fruit. Pretty classic Oregon style.
Rosé
3/12/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Medium nose is pretty, rose petal, white cranberry, white cherry, strawberry, lime zest. Palate is nicely racy, acidity is nice, light fruit, hint of spice, wet stone. Nicely made.
White
3/12/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Medium minus nose shows white flowers, straw, green pear, wet stone. Palate has more fruit, orange peel, some light grip, tart kiwi, white mango, green finish in a good way.
White
3/12/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Medium nose shows straw, white flowers, pear, stone. Palate is tart, some phenolic grip, lime peel, green herbs, tasty finish. Nice entry level choice.
White
3/12/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Medium nose shows lemon zest, green apple, white flowers, slate. Palate has some creamy tones you wouldn't expect, harkens to some lees style like a French Chard. Crisp finish, lemongrass, yougurt, fresh mushroom, light spice, maybe ginger, white pear. Not at all a buttery style, nice wine for the price especially.
White
3/10/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
90/10 Marsanne/Rousanne. Medium nose shows white flowers, fresh nuts, golden pear. Palate is more linear than expected, with citrus up front, yellow apple, melon, a little bit sharp before opening up into a full finish of fresh spice, honeyed almond, lemongrass, more melon. The acidity lags a little which allows the alcohol to show more, finishes dry. Undecided about it, but I bet the right pairing would be very good.
Red
2018 Inconnu Kitsuné Carneros Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/10/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
85/15 Merlot/Cabernet. Medium nose shows red plums, violets, black cherry, coffee bean, fresh feel. Palate is interesting, pretty tart for the varietal, cherry, plums, fresh herbs, dry finish. Fresh style, could be more complex, drinks like a general red wine, not of a type.
Red
3/10/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Limited intervention style. Medium nose shows nice floral tones for Cabernet, rose petal, red plum, fresh spice, herb, blackberry. Palate is bigger than expected with some grip but still on the lighter side of Cabernet, fresh fruit, bright cherry, black plum, then some medium structure behind it. Very fresh, and interesting for that reason. Not what anyone would expect from CA Cab though. Probably should be a lower price point for that reason.
Rosé
2019 Birichino Vin Gris California Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
3/10/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
55/25/rest/rest Grenache/Mourvedre/Cinsault/Rolle. Medium plus nose is pretty, floral tones do well, fresh herbs, strawberry, green melon. Palate is steely, tart, fresh, wet stone, light strawberry, white cranberry, lemongrass. Tasty finish. Very light style, maybe could use more fruit. Likely a very nice food wine, summer wine, etc...
White
3/10/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Some neutral oak. Medium nose shows fresh herbs, yellow flowers, yellow apple, lemon peel, dried pineapple. Palate fuller bodied than most Petit Chablis, has some phenolic grip to it, covers up the fruit slightly, mineral tones are there, actually drinks a little young, give this another year I'd say.
White
3/10/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Medium nose shows white flowers, green apple, wet stone, green melon. Palate shows fruit nicely, tart, citrus driven, medium plus acidity, light body, little bit of a saline component but then finishes with slight roundness in fruit. Nice value choice.
White
3/10/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Organic producer, stainless steel production. Medium nose shows green apple, yellow flowers, cream cheese, green pear, light spice. Palate matches with crisp feel, medium plus acidity, fruit matches, green pear, wet stone. Not as leesy as most Chablis. Not complex but nice entry level.
Red
3/9/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Medium plus nose shows nice floral elements, violets, fresh herbs, black plum, raspberry, black pepper, iron. Palate is a touch jammy, dark plums, spice of red hots, white pepper, structure backs it up quick with medium plus tannins, alcohol, acidity keeps up at medium. Overall tasty, but could use a mid-palate. We Coravin'd, air could bring that out as well.
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White
2/26/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Bangin! 100% Viura. Drinks like a cross between White Burgundy and Rhone.
White
2/26/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Medium plus nose shows peach, white flowers, apricot, lime zest. Palate shows classic notes, candied peach, noticeable RS, sugared orange peel. I would prefer a less sweet style.
White
2/26/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Medium nose is different from Riesling, tart, lime zest, grapefruit. Palate is a lil weird for Riesling, off-dry, finish is nice, but not really classic to place.
White - Off-dry
2/26/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Medium plus nose shows petrol, stone fruit, white flowers, seems pretty typical. Palate is nice, off-dry, some phenolics in there, apricot, peach, lemon zest, tart, balance with the structure. Nice style.
Red
2/26/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
with 7% PV and 3% CF. Medium plus nose is gorgeous, has that aged Bordeaux like feel of sandalwood, cedar, dessicated black fruit, old roses, sweet earth. Palate is smooth, lighter than expected, fruit up front and then finish shows lovely aged complexities, musty feel, beautiful style. Still showing structure with medium plus tannins, lovely finish. Highly recommend.
Red
2/26/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
91% Cab with Merlot/Malbec. Medium plus nose shows classic Napa notes, baking spice, black fruits, crushed violets. Palate is very expressive, concentrated, blackberry, plums, espresso, graphite, sweet pepper, coffee grounds, medium plus structure all around. Classic Napa profile.
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Red
2/26/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
with 7% Merlot, 6% CF. Medium plus nose shows savory side, black fruits, baking spice, black tea, espresso. Palate is nicely expressive, really nails high end Sonoma Cab in style, approachable but layered, complex and smooth. Recommend.
Red
2/26/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Medium nose shows cherry layers, rose petal, orange zest, sage. Palate gives nice flavors, orange peel, black tea, raspberry, light structure. Tasty, crushable, crowd pleaser, but not over the top either.
White
2/26/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Fisher family started producing 1973. Medium plus nose shows butterscotch, yellow flowers, candied pine nuts, almond. Palate very expressive, deep citrus tones, hazelnut, sweet earth or mushroom undertone, finishes with beautiful fruit. Definitely CA style but well done, crowd pleaser, drinks to the price point well.
Red
2/26/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
1st winery in the Stags Leap District. Medium nose shows black plum, graphite, black pepper, black tar, baking spice. Palate much more expressive, layers of black fruit, sweet spice, plums, cedar, fresh earth undertones. Still drinking young, structure is smooth though, so not tight. A little bit pricey but it's does drink highly pedigreed.
Red
2/26/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Medium nose shows sage, blackberry, cedar, rustic tones. Palate more expressive, graphite, pencil lead, black layers, baking spice, significant structure behind it. Drinks young, but tasty.

1,200 cases made.
Red
2/26/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Medium nose is jammy, red plums, mocha, cinnamon, violets. Palate matches with nice red fruits, fresh coffee, herbs like mint. Very smooth, not so complex but very solid entry level.
Red
2/26/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Medium plus nose shows cola, bright cherry, sour cherry, orange tea, raspberry, red ver jus, sage. Palate matches with layers of those notes, but not overpowering, nice balance, does have light grip, medium plus acidity, medium plus alcohol adds light spice. Finishes dry with fruit tones. Works now and should also age nicely. Represents Oregon well.

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Rosé
2018 Malene Wines Rosé Santa Barbara County Rosé Blend (view label images)
2/26/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Made using the only no oxygen press outside of Provence. Medium nose shows tart berry, watermelon, white flowers, wet stone, orange zest. Palate matches, lovely fruit, framed very lightly, acidity does well, pretty much nails the Provence style with just a touch more brightness. Nice QPR.

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White
2/26/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Medium plus nose shows all kinds of nice notes, yellow flowers, mushroom, cream cheese, peach pit, lemon zest, orange peel. Palate is ripe style at first, loads of fruit flavor, but then it's cut by acidity nicely, not quite a Burgundian style but different from CA as well, so nice example of where Oregon lies on the Chardonnay scale.

700 cases made.
White
2/26/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Medium nose shows nice floral tones, white flowers, white peach, orange zest. Palate shows nice fruit, lemon zest, wet stone, slightly creamy feel, apricot, acidity medium is nice. Smooth, not complex, but appropriate for entry level and nice value choice.
White
2/24/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
30 months on lees. Medium nose shows wet stone, lime peel, lemon curd, saline, kiwi. Palate matches with citrus tones, cheese rind, orange zest, wet stone, slate. Classic style, should also age well.
White
2/24/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
From mostly 2017 vintage. Medium plus nose shows funk, banana, cream cheese, lemon zest, yellow flowers. Palate is fun, unique, some mushroom type tones, deep citrus, lime zest, banana yogurt, complexity in the finish does quite well. Dry, tasty, very much it's own style.
White
2/24/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Medium plus nose shows white flowers, lime peel, orange zest, slate, saline. Palate nicely expressive, hint of brine, lemon zest, white melon, pear skin, salinity, acidity very nice and really the showcase here. Classic style, should be great shellfish pairing.
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White
2/24/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
2 yrs on lees. Medium nose shows salinity, light citrus, wet rock, green melon, lime peel. Palate more expressive, lees notes, citrus tones, lemon curd, lime zest, orange peel, acidity medium plus is very nice, pleasant finish, tasty. Nice QPR, very good seafood wine.
White - Sparkling
2/24/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
80% Folle Blanche, 20% Pinot Noir. Pretty nose, heady, brioche, yellow flowers, lemon zest. Palate is fruit forward, light, low phenolics/bitterness, white melon, wet rock, clean, green citrus, dried kiwi, acidity naturally does well. Has a unique style, nice QPR.
Red
2/18/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
90% Grenache in concrete. Medium plus nose, shows earth, funk, iron, red/black fruits. Palate is a bigger style, spice, tea leaf or garrique, long finish, showing young but quite promising and good QPR for the region.
Red
2/18/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
100% Grenache, 70 year old vines. Medium nose, garrique, floral tones, white pepper. Palate matches those notes, spicy style, red fruit driven, dry finish shows youth with med plus tannins. Excellent balance and freshness, should evole nicely.
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Red
2/18/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Medium plus nose, raspberry, dried cherry, cedar, dried herbs. Palate shows nice fruit tones, fresh forest, orange tea, broad mouthfeel and body, medium alcohol, medium plus finish. Bolder flavor right now than the 2013. Elegant for Brunello.
Red
2/18/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Medium nose is very musty, earth, dried plums, mushroom, wet leaves, rose petals. Palate is more expected, elegant red fruit layers, fresh earth, dried herbs, tomato leaf, medium plus tannins though they're smooth, medium body. Elegant style with proper structure.
Red
2/18/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Declassified Brunello grapes, and not from one vintage. This one is 90% 2016. Medium nose shows dried cherry, fresh earth, mushroom, rose stems. Palate is dusty, red fruited, dried plums, maybe a fig, light sandalwood, medium tannins, body, dried herbs and spice. Nice style, not very complex. Tasty in the finish.
Red
2/15/2020 - GTFreek wrote:
Medium plus nose shows funk, cranberry, rose stems, dried herb, light earth tones, cola. Palate is a little closed in fruit (popped and poured), acidity does well at medium plus, some spice from medium alcohol, dried red fruits, cherry, old raspberry, orange peel, mineral tone in there and light grip in tannins. Finish is tart, getting interesting, subtly complex. Needs to open but promising, nice value, important producer.
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