Tasting Notes for blaine

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Red
10/14/2019 - blaine wrote:
88 points
Not showing any signs of age in the color, nice, pure. Modest nose, modest fruit, modest acidity...all coming together in a nice elegant package. This was PnP, perhaps giving it some time open would allow it to blossom more...but alas we drank it up.
Red
9/15/2019 - blaine Likes this wine:
93 points
This was spectacular. Light on its feet compared to some of its fuller-bodied brethren at Goldeneye. 13.5 ABV. PnP, open for business out of the gate, beautiful fruity nose with a dash of oak. Smelled like the Anderson Valley. On the palate, balanced cherries and blue fruit. Just the right acidity. Long finish. Balanced all the way around, loved it!
Red
9/8/2019 - blaine wrote:
Needs a lot of air...wish I would have read my own tasting note from last year! Showed a bit of age in the color, more than I was expecting. As a PnP, sour bomb out of the gate. After 1/2 glass for two, corked it back up for a few hours. Much more approachable several hours later, still tight. And still a bit tight and sour the next day. Seems to be in an awkward stage, give it some more time.
White
8/25/2019 - blaine Likes this wine:
93 points
Spectacular. Perfect drinking window. Allen is always my favorite WS chard, and this one had the perfect amount of age. Beautiful nose, modest oak, perfect balance of acidity. Long finish. Bravo!
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Red
8/8/2019 - blaine Likes this wine:
89 points
Solid weeknight wine, nice balance of modest fruit, acidity and modest tannin. Much cleaner, if that’s the right word, than many of the $15-18 value cabs you find on retail shelves, and missing the fortified oak you often find. Bought one, enjoyed it, went back for a couple more, and likely will pick up a bigger quantity on my next visit. Well done Costco. Love the 13.5%, I’m much lighter on my feet the next day!
Red
7/4/2019 - blaine wrote:
89 points
I’m with Sauvyfan on this one as far as trying to be bigger than it naturally would be...though I have noticed in WS’s release newsletters that they classify Hirsch as full bodied. A well-aged 96 WS Hirsch was an epiphany wine for me about 15 years ago. Too bad Hirsch vineyard isn’t sharing grapes with WS anymore. Back to this wine, I should have decanted. As it was on a pop and pour, modest nose, not particularly giving on the fruit on the palate, and a tight finish. Tight overall. It was maybe getting better at the end, but upon finishing my wife and I agreed it wasn’t the best Hirsch we’ve had. I think this would definitely benefit from some more time in the cellar. Maybe just a dumb phase, maybe I was just dumb for opening too early or not decanting...but I generally don’t decant pinots. Give it more time, or...ahem...give it a decent. I’m also mindful of the “next day” comments below, notes and score are for 1-sitting PnP
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Red
7/1/2019 - blaine Likes this wine:
89 points
PnP, consistent with my note of 4/29/18. No hurry here, but I don’t see a big upside with patience.
Red
6/22/2019 - blaine Likes this wine:
92 points
Fantastic. Pop and pour, open for business. Could definitely take a few more years to show its best, But so good now. Lots of fruit, modest structure, sooner better then later. Beautiful long finish. 14.4 is just right, less is more, bravo TRB!
Red
6/16/2019 - blaine wrote:
I don’t know when, but I remember this bottle as being spectacular and sending me to wine-searcher looking for more
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White
2017 Pacific Redwood Mendocino Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay (view label images)
6/3/2019 - blaine Does not like this wine:
82 points
Found myself in an organic grocery store in need of wine. When in Rome, right? I remember a while ago reading about a vintner whose wines were organic, but he didn’t label them as such because people would automatically think the wine wasn’t good. This wine is a good example of why such assumptions exist. This is a 2017 chard that already tasted borderline OTH, early oxidized. We poured the last third of the bottle down the drain. Not overtly flawed but...yuk. I feel badly for strict organic consumers who also like wine.
Red
5/7/2019 - blaine wrote:
I'd give this some more time, a little hard and one-dimensional right now...
Red
4/28/2019 - blaine wrote:
89 points
Not quite as much love as my 2016 note. Pop and pour. Consistent with before, this was a translucent ruby, no bricking, cork in perfect shape and this could go for a long while. Reticent nose. On the palate, not as much fruit as before and bracing acidity was dominant at first. After some time open and in the glass it balanced out somewhat, but still acid-dominant. Better toward the end, nose and fruit on palate woke up a bit. Rather one dimensional. Maybe open for an hour before drinking. I believe it’s just in an awkward state and with more time some secondary characteristics will develop and make this more interesting.
Red
3/24/2019 - blaine Likes this wine:
93 points
My goodness this was good! Koplen has always been my favorite KB SVD. Given the new leaner KB style, each of these from the old regime is treated with great reverence by my wife and me. Beautiful nose, medium to full bodied, lush on the palate but perfectly balanced with nice acidity. Long finish. So bummed they don’t make them like this anymore, this was the perfect mid point between the early bombers and the new leaner style. For the life of me, I don’t know why they backed away from this style... there are plenty of IPOB wines out there, so many less in this category of perfectly balanced fruity wines. This wine is really in a sweet spot
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White
3/18/2019 - blaine Likes this wine:
92 points
Beautiful bottle of wine, full-bodied but still light on its feet with balancing acidity. Drinking very well, should have decent life left but I try to get to these before they get too long in the tooth.
Red
This was nice after about 30 mins, I was surprised with the dose of merlot, seemed closer to all cab. I’d give this 3-5 more years, still a bit angular.
Red
1/27/2019 - blaine Likes this wine:
92 points
Wow, notes and scores all over the place on this one! I was worried we were a bit early on this, but this was a great bottle of wine. Bigger dose of oak on the nose than I was expecting, smelled like an old-school Napa Cab. Pleasantly medium-bodied on the palate, but plenty of fruit and acidity to go with the modest oak. Lingering juicy finish. Very bright, not heavy in any way, very excited to see how this rounds out with my three other bottles. More cote rotie, or maybe one of St Cosme’s syrah-dominant blends...with a bit of Napa cigar box thrown in for good measure.
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Red
1/27/2019 - blaine wrote:
88 points
Somewhat muted, not the best CSJ example. Gonna wait on my other two. Modest nose, modest palate. Nice finish. Maybe just closed down right now...
Red
2015 Château Doyac Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/23/2019 - blaine Likes this wine:
87 points
I’ll stick with my last note in general, this one took a bit longer to open up. Still very solid QPR, will get more.
Red
1/21/2019 - blaine wrote:
Echoing previous tasters, this is too young. Uncharacteristicly (for RM) in an awkward stage, I’d give it three more years at least.
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Red
1/19/2019 - blaine Likes this wine:
91 points
Enjoyed this a lot. Expressive nose right out of the gate, absolutely lovely. Open for business on the palate immediately. Fruity, medium-bodied, bit of oak, tart cherries with just the right acidity. Balanced. Tightened up a bit after about 30 minutes, but still lovely. Lingering tart finish. Loved the feminine quality, would have loved to see this with five more years, but alas my last bottle.
Red
2015 Château Doyac Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/17/2019 - blaine Likes this wine:
88 points
Solid QPR from Costco. Beautiful effusive nose right out of th gate. Medium bodied, open for business right on opening. Nice mineral and earthy quality, balanced, just the right amount of modest fruit. Modest finish. Excellent weeknight wine
Red
1/14/2019 - blaine Likes this wine:
90 points
Enjoyed this wine a lot. Picked up a bottle to check out, was reeled in by the 'Ancient Vines' bit. Surprised by the old-worldness of it. Modest 14.5% alcohol in a ripe year, refreshing. Dark color, effusive earthy nose. Medium+ bodied on the palate with a zippy acidity. Not over the top, earthy notes, just the right amount of fruit. One of the better Cali Mourvedre examples I've had. Not a stunning value at $19.99 at bevmo, but I will get more, fantastic effort!
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Red
1/12/2019 - blaine Likes this wine:
92 points
This is amazing in a curious way. Cellared since delivery from Rhys. Effusive nose, the nose baffles me. Best I can compare the nose to is old school napa Cab...am I crazy?? Big dose of oak on nose, bit of sandlewood(?). Bracing acidity on the palate, mellows with time after opening. Sour cherries and just the right amount of steminess. Love this wine, very unique Pinot. It’s just the cab comments are curious given 13% abv. Would be very interesting double blind...
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White
1/2/2019 - blaine Likes this wine:
90 points
Pale straw-colored. Nice fresh nose, not overly complex but more nose as it warmed up. Racy and acid-driven on the palate. Like a steely premier-cru chablis. Lingering finish. Would have liked a little more cote du beaune. Probably drank too cold, came right out of refrigerator and drank outside on a chilly New Year’s Day. The description on the bottle, “full malolactic fermentation in small French oak barrels”, led me to expect a tad more roundness than it showed. Maybe a bit more time? I enjoyed the 2012 tasted at the winery five years ago very much. The bottle I took home was corked and Bergstrom graciously replaced it with this bottle...bergstrom is by far my favorite Oregon house!
Red
1/1/2019 - blaine wrote:
90 points
Notable for its low-ish 13.8% alcohol. No formal notes, much less throttled than years past. Muted nose. Notable orange peel on the palate. A very respectable wine, but it lacks some of the lusheousness of some of the recent vintages in the low-mid 14% range, which dare I say was a perfect spot for KB vs the bombers of the early 2000’s. We shall see how these new lower abv wines flesh out over time. Lotta money for this one...
Red
12/25/2018 - blaine Likes this wine:
93 points
Cork broke in two when pulled, no effect on wine. This was exceptional. Last of six bottles. Beautiful deep color, no sign of age other than bit of transparency on edges. Big nose lots of life left on the palate. Old leather, cassis, lots going on. Plenty of fruit, but moderate in general. Long finish. So happy to have enjoyed these over a decade plus. Wish I had more.
White
12/25/2018 - blaine wrote:
While I can’t improve on Andrew’s note below, big acidity was notable for me. Would have liked a little more roundness, very linear, precise wine. Might smooth out with some more time.
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White
12/25/2018 - blaine wrote:
I found this somewhat angular. Would have thought it would be more together 5 years on. Medium + bodied. Maybe some more time will make this more interesting.
Red
Very nice, but way too young. Give these youngsters some time!
White
11/24/2018 - blaine Likes this wine:
92 points
This was fantastic, in a great drinking window. Medium gold color. Nice nose, just the right amount of oak. One the palate, juicy acidity with a medum + body, again nice handle on the amount of oak. Long juicy finish, impeccable balance. No hurry but drinking very well right now, one of the nicer WS chards in a while for me.
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Red
11/22/2018 - blaine Likes this wine:
91 points
Very impressive showing. This was from magnum, cellared by me since new. Opened about 30 mins before serving, not decanted, then drank over about 2 hours with 40% of the bottle left at the end. 13.8%. Amazing color, almost no bricking, showing translucent around the edges. Big nose, lots of oak. On the palate, big dose of oak that never blew off. American oak? Finish was tight. All that okiness aside, I really enjoyed this. Lot of life left, but this was a big bottle, if you have one left I’d drink up.
Red
11/5/2018 - blaine Likes this wine:
91 points
Tremendous QPR, $19 at WTSO, ordered in May, delivered last month, tasted last night. Wow! Drinking very well, somewhat round, balanced. Just enough fruit, just enough oak. Nice finish. Drinking well above it’s price, wish I bought more but 3 still left.
Red
11/3/2018 - blaine Likes this wine:
92 points
Cork was saturated halfway up. I’m now officially troubled by occasional Rhys cork problems, now identified in two different vintages by me (13 is other), unexpected given commitment to quality from this producer. As for this wine, very good! More open for business than I expected, possibly due to evolution from cork, though others note this is drinking well right now. Light on its feet for a 15, medium bodied, juicy acidity, balanced fruit. Nice finish. Great bottle, but I won’t wait too long on my other given another taster mentioned a corked bottle. Bad timing as I got the fall offer this week, but we love Rhys and will probably go long again.
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White
10/26/2018 - blaine wrote:
88 points
So I read GRAFSTRB’s note below, from two years after vintage and obviously less than that from release, and thought, “of course, he drank it too young”. I smugly opened mine tonight hoping for a better showing...and his notes were spot-on. I’d add bitterness...an IPA bitterness quality that I like in IPA’s...not so much in Chardonnay.. At this point, I’d give it more time, maybe at an awkward stage.
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White
9/21/2018 - blaine wrote:
Had 4 of these delivered a few weeks ago. I found it a tad bitter and a tad flabby. Gonna let the other 3 settle from their travels a bit longer and try again
Red
Needs more time, still somewhat angular with distinct parts, give it a few years or a good hour in the decanter
Red
Waaay to young, give this one a lot more time. Still very primary. Luckily two more left.
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Red
Drinking well in its youth. 13.7%, light on its feet! Just getting into a nice drinking window, most of its life is still ahead.
White
9/4/2018 - blaine wrote:
91 points
Very solid, just veering a bit too much into tropical fruit...pineapple...than I prefer in this category of high-end chard.
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Red
9/3/2018 - blaine Likes this wine:
92 points
Drinking very well. Typical WS RRV profile, impeccably balanced. Nice expressive nose. Medium+ bodied. Great fruit, juicy acidity. Wonderful finish. In a very good drinking window, where it will be for many years. Too bad no Bucher in 2016...
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Red
9/2/2018 - blaine Likes this wine:
93 points
Fantastic, drinking very well.
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Red
8/20/2018 - blaine wrote:
PnP, Should have decanted...give this a few more years
Red
8/19/2018 - blaine Likes this wine:
93 points
This was excellent, drinking well 5 years after vintage. PnP, singing immediately. Effusive nose, impeccably balanced on the palate out of the gate. Just the right amount of acidity, deft hand with the oak. Amazing finish. Not as round and big as many Rochioli SVD’s...in a good way. After about an hour, noticed a bit of a stem component that I hadn’t noticed earlier when the fruit was more dominant. This should just get better, many years ahead! Glad I have another.
Red
8/17/2018 - blaine Likes this wine:
88 points
This has been an extremely strong Costco QPR performer all summer long, at $9.99 how can you go wrong?? Saw it in the Utah state liquor store while on vacation, at $16.99 not as excited. A lot of personality for the money, borderline garrigue, plenty of fruit, bit of pepper. On several occasions had it as “yesterday’s wine” and it performed well. At 9.99, an easy open for the last bottle! Balanced, easy drinker. Modest alcohol at 14%.
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Red
8/11/2018 - blaine Likes this wine:
90 points
No formal notes, opened maybe a bit early. Modest nose. Typical WS profile with a bit extra orange peel. Took a bit to open up. Nice finish. Note to self: give the last one a couple more years at least.
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Red
8/6/2018 - blaine Likes this wine:
91 points
Cork was in amazing condition considering 19 year old wine...saturated just about 1/8"...cellared by me since 2004 when I received as a gift. Rich dark color appeared much more youthful than its real age, almost no bricking. A fair amount of oak on the nose, bit of cigar box. On the palate, plenty of tannins remaining with the fruit a bit muted. Nice acidity, and a pronounced herbal quality and still showing some oak. This was my first 1999 in a while, but this wine was a refresher on the vintage, that of more structure than fruit. Like a traditional Bordeaux or old-school Napa cab. Lots of life left, but expect less fruit going forward, but also likely gaining complexity. Not sure it's ever going to show as well as some of the earlier notes.
Red
7/15/2018 - blaine Likes this wine:
94 points
Wine Fool’s note nails it below, though I can’t quite score it as high. Seek this wine out!
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Red
7/9/2018 - blaine Likes this wine:
92 points
Drinking very well, approachable after only a few minutes in the glass. Modest nose, medium bodied, nice crisp finish. Nicely balanced, great acidity. Many years left, but this bottling doesn’t seem to need as much time in the cellar that others from Rhys.
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White
7/1/2018 - blaine Likes this wine:
93 points
This was fantastic. Bravo to Stew Johnson for his Viognier project. Medium straw colored, no sign of age. Beautiful nose of honeysuckle, white fruit. On the palate, 5 years has lended a bit of roundness that i wasn’t expecting, but at the same time linear precision with the acidity. Grapefruit dominant, in a fantastic way. Impeccably balanced. Long long finish. 13.6% ABV, if there were more viognier like this I would seek it out. I’m sure long gone in the market, bravo to you if you had the foresight to pick this up a few years back.
Red
7/1/2018 - blaine Likes this wine:
90 points
PnP, wish I’d decanted. Just a hint of age on the color. Bit of funk on the nose initially, took about 30 mins to blow off. Not as good as I remember from 3 years ago, but again that was decanted. Rounded out nicely after about an hour. Nice acidity, great finish.
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