Tasting Notes for shakedown

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Red
1/21/2016 - shakedown wrote:
88 points
Robust but balanced blend meant for every day drinking and hearty cuisine. A little hot but should settle down and get better. There is enough acidity to go along with the juicy red fruits. At 15% alcohol this packs a nice punch but is quite easy to drink.
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Red
12/3/2015 - shakedown wrote:
91 points
A bit heavy at boozy at first, this mellowed out nicely after about 20 minutes and complimented the cajun fare. What i remember is black and red berry fruits, kirsch, cola and clove with a medium to long finish with ample acidity.
Red
11/27/2015 - shakedown wrote:
94 points
Superb wine. Rich and harmonious and seamless without being too extracted. This wine is in its sweet spot right now and firing on all cylinders.
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Red
10/9/2015 - shakedown wrote:
88 points
Still kicking but certainly past its prime a bit. Went well with italian meatloaf and pasta vongole. plenty of juicy red fruits, dusty spicy notes and acidity left.
Red
7/31/2015 - shakedown wrote:
92 points
Slow to open up but really enjoyable when it did. It is at a really good place and shows its ten years nicely with balanced fruit, earthy herbal background, and very subtle tannins. Could have used a bit more bite but I also could have drank it a couple of years earlier if that's my only complaint!
White
2/15/2015 - shakedown wrote:
91 points
Bracing acidity is the most noticeable trait of this wine. Any descriptors fruit wise fall into the citrus/lemon camp. Long finish. Edit: This wine opened up and showed much better as it warmed. Probably served too cold to start but as it warmed, more tropical fruits, caramel, and subtler acidity developed. Still 91-92.
Red
1/15/2015 - shakedown wrote:
88 points
Was not firing on all cylinders; tight, acidic, lean red fruits. over 90 minutes and some food, evolved decently but it never did shine.
Red
12/30/2014 - shakedown wrote:
93 points
Smooth, delicious cabernet. Light integrated tannins. Popped and poured at the wife's birthday dinner and didn't analyze the wine very much. I would have enjoyed tasting this a couple of years ago but think it is drinking really well right now.
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Red
12/28/2014 - shakedown wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured and this was rocking right away. Juicy red fruits, great acidity and nice length. Everyone commented how good it was. One more to consume and I would say it has a few good years ahead of it but it is singing right now.
Red
5/4/2013 - shakedown wrote:
86 points
Definitely improved over time and was fine on night two so I would give this a little time. Out of the bottle, big and acidic and definitely needed food but after about an hour it mellowed out. For the price, a good value and mid week and BBQ wine.
Red
2005 Château Charmail Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/1/2013 - shakedown wrote:
88 points
Solid wine and great value for the money. In a tasting of 3 other cabernets (chile and napa), this was not obvious bordeaux as it was really seamless with no rough edges and good pure fruit and tannins. Drinking well right now.
Red
10/17/2012 - shakedown wrote:
91 points
Very impressive. Dark berry fruits, leather, kirsch aromas. Tasted fresh and really balanced.
Red
2010 Lola Kay Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/3/2012 - shakedown wrote:
86 points
Good every day drinking wine though lacks structure and tannins so it gets a little monotonous with all the rich fruit. Kind of wine you can enjoy with a hearty meal or would be a good party wine. I am not sure what this costs as it was a gift but I wouldn't pay more than twenty bucks for this at retail.
Red
8/27/2012 - shakedown wrote:
92 points
Really tasty stuff and a great example of a big balanced smooth extracted style that is perfect for bold BBQ type foods. This wine makes friends easily. Paired beautifully with lamb burgers.
Red
8/1/2012 - shakedown wrote:
87 points
Mellowing and fading but still a very pleasant cab. Nice to see the evolution of a big aussie wine into a more subtle, gentle wine.
Red
2005 Domaine de Courteillac Merlot Cabernet Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/24/2012 - shakedown wrote:
89 points
Very Solid wine. Popped and poured. Structured but drinking very nicely. No specific notes but everyone enjoyed it.
Red
5/29/2012 - shakedown wrote:
90 points
Past its prime but still an impact wine with interesting spice, clove, and vanilla oak overtones. Fruit has faded leaving plenty of oak but without any bite. Food/BBQ didn't change the wine much. Wish i had tried a bottle many years ago to know what it was like.
Red
2002 Whitman Cellars Narcissa Red Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/13/2012 - shakedown wrote:
89 points
Drinking much better than the last few bottles consumed over the last couple of years. Showing its age in a nice way but the fruit was more pronounced than prior bottles. Any stewy flavors are gone and red fruits and very subtle tannins persist.
Red
2/6/2012 - shakedown wrote:
90 points
Solid, especially when given a bit of time to open up. Big but balanced and 'silky'. Went well with paella and the superbowl.
Red
1/19/2012 - shakedown wrote:
88 points
Still kicking and showing its age nicely. Sweet red briar fruits and a hint of acidity and tannins. Interesting thinning red color. Overall, very nice.
Red
10/23/2011 - shakedown wrote:
91 points
Everyone liked this wine including a few novice winos which affirms its juicy, fairly straight ahead character with a bit of spice. Give it a few minutes to open up. A fine partner to lighter bbq fare and drinking well right now.
Red
10/22/2011 - shakedown wrote:
89 points
Easy drinking, nice cab, not overly complex.
Red
9/14/2011 - shakedown wrote:
89 points
A bit past its prime drinking window with fading fruit, strong acidity and earthy, cola flavors. Decanted for 45 minutes and it opened up over the next hour during dinner but never really impressed.
Red
9/11/2011 - shakedown wrote:
87 points
Juicy, inky, acidic. Nice barbera, could use a bit more time but not sure how much better it will get. Food made a believer out of my wife who found it too tight upon opening.
Red
7/24/2011 - shakedown wrote:
88 points
At first seemed thin and lacking fruit but after after 30-60 minutes this was drinking really well. Stewed tomato and fig on the nose and then bright rasberry/blackberry with strong acidity. Nice long finish. Drank well with sirloin burgers and tater tots! 42% cab, 34% merlot, 24% syrah. This bottle certainly showed its age but was drinking just fine so hard to say based on past reviews where this vintage is at.
Red
6/13/2011 - shakedown wrote:
93 points
beautiful wine. Finished second out of seven high end cabernets. long life ahead of it but drinking great right now. seemed older and refined but still had classic napa characteristics. highly recommend.
Red
5/18/2011 - shakedown wrote:
92 points
this was a great pinot and a steal at twenty dollars...tremendous balance and acidity with nice juicy red fruits..much better than a majority of pinots i have had recently at twice the price. this remained vibrant on day two. i am loading up on this. highly recommend if you can find it.
Red
3/20/2011 - shakedown wrote:
87 points
For the money (11$), a really nice find and worthy of consistent drinking. Earthy, hints of chocolate, dark fruits and decent backbone. Babcock used to be pricey but it appears he is creating great value wines now. Recommend.
White
3/20/2011 - shakedown wrote:
89 points
Easy, nice drinking with the in-laws and it paired well with dim sum. Classic balance, drinking well now but may be at its prime.
Red
3/12/2011 - shakedown wrote:
87 points
Solid pinot, especially for thirteen dollars. Beats the pants off others at the same price like Mark West. cherry, cranberry fruit with juicy acidity and a hint of earth. Monterey and Carneros fruit. Recommend.
Red
2/24/2011 - shakedown wrote:
89 points
Very Solid and restrained compared to many barossa shiraz. Tried once before about 6 months ago and this wine has evolved since than. Bright fruit balanced with wonderful acidity and a light touch on hearty barossa fruit make for a new world wine with some old world sensibilities. Recommend. Great value at 18$.
Red
2/19/2011 - shakedown wrote:
89 points
Forgot how good this is, especially for the money (9$)... Mid weight, supple, good fruit but not cloying or too sweet, bit of spice, lingering finish. I prefer to drink this a little colder than normal. With pizza, excellent.
Red
2/19/2011 - shakedown wrote:
90 points
Should improve over the next year or two as it softens a bit but there is some very nice tart cranberry, cherry fruit, asian spice and a long delicate finish.
Red
2/8/2011 - shakedown wrote:
90 points
Textbook. Baked cherry pie on the nose. Rhubarb, cherry, cranberry. Juicy acidity and very nice balance. Long finish. want more. Highly recommend.
Red
1/27/2011 - shakedown wrote:
87 points
If I hadn't known where it was from I would have guessed France. Solid structure, good acidity, decent finish. Cab lends a nice backbone, carmenere adds the smoke. Old world style. Definitely need to try on day two to see if it opens up and fleshes out.
Red
1/27/2011 - shakedown wrote:
87 points
I thought this was quite nice for the money and had real character compared to most pinot in this price range. light to mid weight, rasberry, hint of leather, very nice acidity, good food wine. Biodynamic.
Red
1/20/2011 - shakedown wrote:
90 points
Juicy, balanced, mid weight...Nice to see a tasty zin that is not overextracted. Great acidity on finish. Will definitely buy again...
Red
1/14/2011 - shakedown wrote:
90 points
Beautiful purple color, translucent at the rim. Sweet briar nose with a bit of heat. Juicy and silky smooth with no hint of pepper, just juicy acidity, red fruits and nice subtle integrated tannins. Give it ten minutes to open up.
Red
1/2/2011 - shakedown wrote:
87 points
I found this to be a little too hot but it still had some nice attributes including a delicious finish. Nose is hot with some cherry and oak and then the palate was sweet and sour, kind of jolly rancher cherry like. Vanilla, creamy oak, cranberries, cherry.
Red
1/2/2011 - shakedown wrote:
88 points
I found this to be a little too hot but it still had some nice attributes including a delicious finish. Nose is hot with some cherry and oak and then the palate was sweet and sour, kind of jolly rancher cherry like. Vanilla, creamy oak, cranberries, cherry.
Red
1/2/2011 - shakedown wrote:
86 points
After about ten minutes this opens up nicely. Hints of cedar and cranberry. I didn't get what the below taster did, this seemed good for the money, 12 dollars.
Red
12/31/2010 - shakedown wrote:
90 points
Really good expression of aged napa cabernet. Finish is a little short but other than that hitting on all cylinders. Went well with steak and was a good in-law wine (impressed them and wasn't too 'out there')
Red
12/26/2010 - shakedown wrote:
92 points
This has a long life ahead of it. Tight, structured and not giving up much on the nose. Very 'integrated' wine with tannins, acidity and fruit all battling for prominence. Hints of clove, pepper, blackberries, plum. Long tasty finish. Not your typical Cali Syrah.
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Red
12/25/2010 - shakedown wrote:
88 points
For 12 bucks, I am impressed. A nice Rhone blend that is smooth enough to drink on its own but with enough structure and acidity to hold up to most foods. Zin like nose, strawberry blackberry and plum on the attack, long juicy finish. This is drinking really well right now.
White - Sweet/Dessert
12/25/2010 - shakedown wrote:
92 points
Captivating dessert wine with great balance and all the qualities you look for in a sauternes like wine. This one will certainly surprise you with its' quality and that it comes from viognier. Would make a great gift item...
White
12/23/2010 - shakedown wrote:
89 points
Bright, Crisp, long finish. Very light color. Really nice example of cali cool weather chard unoaked.
Red
2005 Château du Courlat Lussac-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/19/2010 - shakedown wrote:
84 points
a little tight and lean, not sure how much better this can get with time. Definitely helps to have food to bring out the fruit.
Red
12/19/2010 - shakedown wrote:
92 points
Love it, one of the best pinots at any price i have had in awhile and it was under thirty bucks. Bold, expressive fruit with juicy acidity. Great drinking on its' own but pairs well with food. We had a couple of bottles with mediteranean food (lamb, eggplant, etc) and it was perfect. Hard to put down.
White
12/16/2010 - shakedown wrote:
88 points
Really good, even better on night two. One word: tasty.
Red
12/12/2010 - shakedown wrote:
88 points
Agree with notes below. Nice effort especially for the money, ten bucks. Enough backbone to keep it interesting. Would be a great house wine to buy by the case...
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