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Red
3/17/2019 - mkmast wrote:
92 points
I would have had a tough time guessing this was Gamay. In the glass, it absolutely looked like a pinot - translucent and ruby red. A really beautiful Beaujolais.
White
11/23/2018 - mkmast wrote:
95 points
When we originally tasted this wine at the estate, it was an epiphany wine. The best white wine I had tasted at that point. Five years later, it is still one of the best whites I have had. This bottle showed a deep golden color that made me worry there was some premox in spite of the special closure. No worries - the wine was beautiful. Honeyed apple and a hint of citrus. Loving it.
Red
2010 Matello Fool's Journey Deux Vert Yamhill-Carlton Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
10/2/2018 - mkmast wrote:
94 points
I thought this wine was amazing. This isn't a flashy wine. This is a wine that builds in your senses. It's Sondheim in a bottle. It keeps growing on you as you drink it. The acid balance is perfect at the moment. The fruit still is vibrant and youthful but has a maturity like a musician that has found their stride. This paired perfectly with a steak salad.
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Red
2/18/2018 - mkmast wrote:
flawed
Flawed bottle. Strange almost carbonated mouthfeel. Cloudy in the glass. Reminded me of tasting a wine being transferred from a fermentation tank to the barrel. I don't know what was wrong with it but it was not drinkable next to a Williams Selyem poured the same evening.
Red
1/10/2018 - mkmast wrote:
93 points
Luscious wine. Alluring aroma. Great stuff.
White
1/10/2018 - mkmast wrote:
93 points
One of the best Cali Chardonnays I have had. Love the acidity. Such a good complement to food. If you have backed away from California chards because of the oaky butter bombs that seem to flood the market, this is the wine for you. Think a young Chablis on steroids.
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White
8/26/2017 - mkmast wrote:
91 points
Crisp with great balance of fruit and acid.
White
6/20/2017 - mkmast wrote:
92 points
When you can make Pinot Blanc like this, why does Oregon even bother with Pinot Gris? This wine is so much more interesting. A steal for a wine of this quality and depth.
Rosé
6/20/2017 - mkmast wrote:
92 points
Wish I had more. What a great summer food wine.
White
6/18/2017 - mkmast wrote:
94 points
A beautiful example of what a wine can evolve into. Golden color stunning on the palate.
Red
4/19/2017 - mkmast wrote:
91 points
Probably pulled this a decade too soon. As big of a merlot as I have had. Heck, this would be big for a Napa Cab. Looks like Petite Sirah in the glass due to the density and color. Because I was looking for something a little lighter, it didn't necessarily pair well with dinner, but if you want a big wine with a hearty dish this would work nicely. Pricey but still cheaper than comparable cabs.
White
4/16/2017 - mkmast wrote:
89 points
Kind of in a strange place at the moment. It is in between a youthfully exuberant version of itself and a mature version. As a result, it's not quite sure what it wants to be and in spite of that, it's pretty darn good.
Red
12/28/2016 - mkmast wrote:
93 points
Great stuff. Could easily go another 5. A little cranberry like bite gives to some pop but the finish lasts forever. Perfect with a pork rib roast.
Red
12/28/2016 - mkmast wrote:
92 points
My first cru Beaujolais with a little age on it. I get it now. Still should have waited another couple of years. I've been loading up on wines like this and it will be fun to see how they develop.
White - Off-dry
11/25/2016 - mkmast wrote:
90 points
Tasty. This would be amazing with Thai food.
White
11/25/2016 - mkmast wrote:
91 points
A great young dry riesling. Will benefit from some time but already showing very well.
White
11/24/2016 - mkmast wrote:
92 points
Ryan IMO is one of the best in California when doing chardonnay. Great stuff. The use of oak is integrated so well that it add depth and elevated the fruit.
White
11/23/2016 - mkmast wrote:
91 points
Becoming a fan of this varietal. Good stuff. Aromatic. I would drink this anytime over a pinot gris.
Red
11/20/2016 - mkmast wrote:
91 points
Very light colored but not light flavored. Very aromatic. Perfect wine for pork chops.
Red
11/20/2016 - mkmast wrote:
87 points
Showed only OK. Had a rustic quality to it. Nose was muted.
Red
11/18/2016 - mkmast wrote:
92 points
Very smooth. Aged well. I think most people would have enjoyed this. Not particularly unique but all tasters had it above 90.
White
11/14/2016 - mkmast wrote:
91 points
A little more oak than I typically want, but this was really nice.
Red
9/9/2016 - mkmast wrote:
90 points
A really solid QPR pinot. When Ryan get these special deals on high quality fruit, these are pretty close to a must buy as there is.
White
9/7/2016 - mkmast wrote:
88 points
First taste of this grape variety. Worth exploring more.
White
9/7/2016 - mkmast wrote:
88 points
Solid food wine. My experience with Gruner is limited but I found this very pretty tasty with takeout Chinese.
Red
9/7/2016 - mkmast wrote:
92 points
Glad I waited. The nose seduces you and is not a tease. It definitely pays off. A silky texture on the tongue and flavors that linger. Wish I had more.
Red
9/7/2016 - mkmast wrote:
90 points
A very tasty wine. Nose doesn't give much of a hint as to what is in the glass. Just a hint of sweetness on the finish.
Red
9/4/2016 - mkmast wrote:
91 points
Still singing. Good balance of flavors. Wouldn't wait a lot longer.
Red
8/25/2016 - mkmast wrote:
85 points
It was. Nothing exciting. Not worth it especially with so much better wines only a buck or two more.
White
8/16/2016 - mkmast wrote:
91 points
Nice example of what "low end" wine can be when done well. Not amazing but incredibly satisfying.
White
8/12/2016 - mkmast wrote:
91 points
Similar to previous notes.
White
8/12/2016 - mkmast wrote:
92 points
This bottle drank well above the $15 I paid for it. Beautiful golden color. Fruit and more fruit. I'm beginning to get the aged riesling bug.
White - Off-dry
8/10/2016 - mkmast wrote:
92 points
A little baby killing but this is really nice. "S" for Spatlese, this would surprise people in a blind tasting of young wines.
White
8/10/2016 - mkmast wrote:
92 points
If this isn't one of the best chardonnay values anywhere, I want yours to try. Great balance. Chablis' Oregon cousin. Vincent isn't trying to make Chablis, he's trying to make the best Oregon chardonnay he can - but it leans in that direction. Delivers well above its price point.
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White
8/10/2016 - mkmast wrote:
92 points
Digging this wine big time. Bright flavors. Was wonderful with Chicken Caprese. Buy, buy and buy.
White
8/10/2016 - mkmast wrote:
89 points
A fairly chalky texture to the wine. Very different. I'm a bit of an acid head so this was a little soft for me. I did like the flavors.
Red
8/7/2016 - mkmast wrote:
89 points
I wouldn't hold it much longer. I think it was just starting to fall past its peak. Worked well with a steak. Good balance between the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Syrah.
Red
2012 Zepaltas Clay Wheels California Red Rhone Blend
8/7/2016 - mkmast wrote:
90 points
Great QPR. Very drinkable and pairs well for most food. A great case purchase.
Red
8/5/2016 - mkmast wrote:
92 points
Great nose that draws you in. Beautiful right now. Need more of this.
Red
8/5/2016 - mkmast wrote:
91 points
Well balanced and still drinking well.
White
7/31/2016 - mkmast wrote:
90 points
While not as acid driven as some vintages, this wine is still one of my favorite Oregon rieslings.
Red
7/31/2016 - mkmast wrote:
92 points
Ripasso Style. Is a great pairing with Italian red sauces. Strong flavors without being over the top.
Red
7/31/2016 - mkmast wrote:
91 points
Interesting wine. Cranberry and cherry combine with the solid backbone of acid and make this a really nice food wine.
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Rosé
7/29/2016 - mkmast wrote:
91 points
First time trying this wine. Reveals itself pretty well on the nose. Cranberry and citrus notes lead the flavors with a healthy dose of acid. Long finish.
Red
7/29/2016 - mkmast wrote:
91 points
Solid as usual. An ideal wine to pair with grilled or dry rub barbecued beef. A must buy every year.
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White
7/2/2016 - mkmast wrote:
90 points
The always steady wine that is a great pairing with seafood. To see this is a must have in the cellar.
White
7/1/2016 - mkmast wrote:
92 points
Very smooth. Entering that elegant phase. The 10% Pinot Blanc adds an unusual flavor dimension that sings. A little sulfur on the nose but it blew off quickly. Wish I had one more bottle to open in about 5-7 years.
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