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(911 notes on 771 wines)

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White
2/1/2023 - blaine Likes this wine:
91 points
Lovely, clean, pure. Impeccably balanced. Bit of a reductive character upon opening which blew off early. Lingering finish. Another example of my new rule to drink Rhys chards sooner vs later.
Red
1/15/2023 - blaine Likes this wine:
92 points
Sure showed a lot bigger than the 13.3% would lead me to expect. Dark ruby color. Effusive nose. Palate dominated by dark fruits and round texture. Bit of bitter orange peel. Could have used a bit more acidity for me. Modest finish of more orange peel. Lovely wine
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White
1/8/2023 - blaine Likes this wine:
90 points
Enjoyed this a lot and I think 4 years is the sweet spot for this bottling. Missing the reductive component I often note in Rhys SCM chards. Pale gold color. Fresh nose, bit of stone fruit, bit of white flowers. Balanced on the palate and richer than the 12.7% would usually indicate. Maybe a bit of tropical...but only a bit, on the fringe. Balanced acidity, less than I expected. Juicy fresh finish, bit not bracing. I think this is near peak.
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Red
1/8/2023 - blaine Likes this wine:
92 points
Exceptional QPR. Hitting way above its $16.99 Garagiste tariff. Fun blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre. Medium+ ruby color. Effusive nose of garrigue, fruit, earth. On the palate, very fresh and juicy, fruity with depth of earth and minerality from the Mourvèdre. Fresh and lingering juicy finish. Solidly in my wheelhouse at 14.2%, I didn’t know they made gigondas like this anymore. Wish I would have backed up the truck. If you see this and fresher/brighter Rhônes are your thing, buy with confidence. If you’re more of a 15-16% bomber type, maybe not your thing.
White
1/2/2023 - blaine wrote:
88 points
Consistent with my March note, I'll add that this time around without food it was very acid-forward.
Red
1/2/2023 - blaine Likes this wine:
92 points
Really nice. Older-styled Napa cab, right in my wheelhouse. PnP no problem. No sign of age in the color. Modest nose of cigar box and fruit. Medium+ bodied on the palate, well-balanced and integrated oak, with a slightly juicy acidity. Lingering finish. Comes together as greater than the sum of its individual pieces. Lots of life left.
Red
1/1/2023 - blaine wrote:
87 points
Classically-styled brunello. PnP, drank over a couple of hours. Upon opening I thought it was mildly corked, but that turned out to mostly be a corky stink that blew off after about 10-15 mins. Somewhat muted nose after the stink blew off, opened up after an hour. On the palate, light on its feet, medium bodied. Nice acidity. Finish was the best part, lingered for a bit. I've enjoyed this bottling in the past, probably best to decant right now
White
12/29/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
93 points
This wine was signing on Christmas day. Started out basically a few degrees lower than cellar temp, got a little colder as we drank it as it was kept in the fridge. I'm trying to get to these a little younger...it's always a bit of a dance between too young when they show a bit disjointed and too old when they start to have some reductive character that I prefer to avoid. This one was in the goldilocks zone. Beautiful gold color. Effusive nose of honeyed stone fruits. On the palate beautifully balanced with plenty of acid. Medium+ bodied, more stone fruit, citrus and modest oak. The infinite finish is what always makes these wines. I have to say that I liked the 18 Lafon Meursault I had two days later for appx the same tariff, but they are just different wines. Enjoy this RRV Grand Cru for what it is!
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Red
12/29/2022 - blaine wrote:
94 points
This was fantastic with Christmas prime rib. Decanted for a couple of hours. No sign of age in the color. Effusive on the nose, cigar box and cassis, oak. On the palate just gorgeous. Lush fruit pushes right up to the edge but no further. Impeccably balanced, perfect structure. This Reserve has a welcomed lighter touch than in years past, which is perfect for me. This has decades ahead of it
Red
Still seems youthful, big dose of oak on the nose and palate. No sign of age. Note to self-wait 5 years on this (2027)
White
12/27/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
94 points
Spectacular. PnP. Light straw color. Modest nose of stone friuits. On the palate, impeccably balanced, faint use of oak, nice creaminess…more of a big dose of deliciousness! Long juicy finish, but acidity is totally in harmony. Just a hint of the typical meursault nuttiness. I could drink this every day. In a prime drinking window, gonna come back around to my other bottle soon. Great buy at $85…hard to call it a value at that price but feels like it!
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White
12/21/2022 - blaine wrote:
87 points
This might have been oversold to me with a Burgundian pitch. Disclaimer:I generally pass on Aussie wines. PnP. Pale gold color, reticent nose. Big acid and tropical on the palate. I don’t go for tropical, and if notes reflect tropical I pass but when I bought the limited notes didn’t highlight that. Got better as it was open. Puckery tart finish. This might blossom with some age and decanting. Not my cup of tea right now.
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White
12/17/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
93 points
Another example of why I always come back to Rhys. This was excellent, beautiful pale gold color. Effusive nose, pear and white stone fruit. On the palate, impeccably balanced at 12.8%, plenty of acidity and a richer fruit profile than the abv would suggest, with more pear, more stone fruit, just a slight hint of creaminess. Why can't more CA chardonnay be like this? Long lingering finish. Once again, the tropical fruit that you often see in the Rhys SCM vineyards is most pleasantly absent, and these AV wines are always lighter on their feet. Note to self-buy more of these Bearwallow chards!
Red
12/17/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
94 points
This was spectacular. PnP. In a tasting note almost exactly 5 years ago (12/16/17), I described my tasting of this wine "pop and pour, needs time to come together" I didn't rate it. What a difference 5 years makes. Completely together and in a prime drinking place. No sign of age, effusive nose. Light on its feet at 12.9%. Gloriously balanced on the palate, plenty of acidity to counter the very fresh tart cherry fruit, with a hint of candied orange peel. Finish goes on forever, seriously, like minutes. No hurry, will evolve in many good ways from what it's showing now.
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Red
12/16/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
92 points
Listen to the others’ advice to decant. I didn’t, pnp…wish I had done a decant.
White
12/11/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
92 points
Seems consistent with others, light on its feet with some stone fruit coming through. Thankfully no tropical profile. I’ve been making note to drink these earlier and I feel this is in prime drinking window right now. No hurry but singing right now.
Red
11/27/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
94 points
This was just gorgeous. This is the kind of bottle that brings me back to Rhys time after time. The highest highs of Rhys make up for the bad corks and OTH whites. (cork was borderline btw, but ultimately fine). We came to this after a couple of spicy dumplings so I'm not going to say my palate was pristine but we drank over some 2 hours and it just kept getting better and better. There was a savory earthiness, just gorgeous. I hate to say Burgundian as it's overused, but I'll allow my once-per-year use of the term. Very Burgundian in a top 1er or Grand Cru sort of way. Glorious finish. Light on its feet but so perfect at 12.6% abv. So many years ahead provided your cork holds up. But so good now.
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White
11/27/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
92 points
Drinking very well. Medium+ gold color. Effusive nose, tropical. Palate rich, also tropical with some green apple...tropical not being my favorite nose or palate profile but it works here. Hint of bitterness at opening that rounded out. Solid acidic backbone, but not bracing. Long juicy finish. Probably near its peak, I'd get to this if its in your cellar. Wife thought its peak might be behind it.
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White
11/20/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
92 points
Notes consistent with last bottle, just an amazing finish!
Red
2015 Château Aney Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Drinking nicely but I'd say give it more time
White
11/14/2022 - blaine wrote:
89 points
Big change from my last bottle in February. In my note for that, I said "Missing the hard edge and occasional ox-d hint these SCM bottles often have." Well still no hard edge but oxidized reductive hint has come on strong in the last 9 months. Note to self: drink these in first 4 years after vintage. If you like a hint of oxidation, this is in your wheelhouse. For the rest of us, time to drink up!
Red
11/12/2022 - blaine wrote:
89 points
PnP. Notes after being open about 45 minutes. Modest but great depth of nose in typical WS house style. Tart. Hint of stemminess atypical for WS. Burgundian, minus the earth. Not super fruity. Long long juicy tart finish. Last note was "tart tart tart". I'd give this some time to evolve, though this was my only bottle.
Red
11/5/2022 - blaine wrote:
84 points
I have enjoyed this wine in the past earlier vintages. This one will be a pass going forward, didn't show as well this year and seems more in line with a $6.99 safeway cab. Uninteresting fruit, little structure, flabby finish. I've got another to try so hopefully this was an off bottle.
Red
10/30/2022 - blaine wrote:
flawed
Lightly corked. Still drinkable but not great. Cork looks great. Way above average flawed bottles in my Rhys collection
Red
10/23/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
94 points
This was my first and only bottle. This was an excellent wine. PnP, drank over about 2 hours. Lovely medium color, no sign of age in its youth. Nose initially reticent but opened nicely after about 10 minutes of air. Lovely on the palate, perfectly balanced and in my napa 14.5 sweet spot. Modest tannins, excellent structure. Lingering finish that went on and on. Drinking very well now and will be for years to come.
Red
10/9/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
93 points
This was fantastic. In a very good place. Beautiful red ruby color, no sign of age. Effusive nose of cherries. Impeccably balanced on the palate, medium-bodied, juicy acidity, 13.5%. Cherries and some blue fruits, slight creaminess, just gorgeous. Finish is long and juicy. No hurry, but this is so good now. These need a bit of time to show their best, but six years seems to be a good spot.
Red
10/2/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
92 points
Always like the little hill. I appreciate the more restrained alcohol in these younger rochioli Sid’s. Medium-bodied, light on its feet. Great acidity which rounded out after some air. Faint bit of burnt orange which I liked. Lengthy finish. Many years ahead of it
White
9/18/2022 - blaine wrote:
88 points
This seemed just a tad past prime. Beautiful light color, almost luminescent. Modest nose at first but opened up nicely with some air and warming up. On the palate, everything was there but the fruit was just a little flat. Nicely balanced with perfect touch of acidity and a restrained use of oak. Palate tightened up a bit toward the end. Maybe just an awkward phase.
Red
9/16/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
91 points
What P90NOIR said…same night! I’ll give it a rating. Agree with the prevailing opinions on source as a former list member. Not my fav style anymore as I’ve moved to lighter pinots, but as a 14.5+ abv at this price point it’s super super nice!
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Red
8/28/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
92 points
I liked this a lot! PnP. First time drinking this producer, excellent QPR. Effusive nose with a notable dose of oak. At 14.5% this was medium-bodied by current Napa standards. Rich mouthfeel, modest tannins, lingering finish. No formal notes, will pay closer attention next time. Ready to go, but probably will be better in a few years...
Red
8/19/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
90 points
I’m gonna go ahead and issue a global score for the 2-3 cases of this wine I’ve enjoyed over the past year-plus. This is tremendous QPR, I’ve enjoyed so many ways, even with a bit of a chill to it. Very versatile, I expect it to be hitting the back end of its best drinking window. Negligible nose. Medium-bodied, fruit-forward, light on its feet, juicy acidity. I’ve had this with fish, I’ve had this with steak. Always easy to reach for another with the screw cap. Juicy finish. I thought it was gone a while ago, another case showed up at grocery outlet in June 2022 and I bought all they had. Reach for this with confidence any night of the week. Tremendous as the second red bottle of the evening :). If you see this, buy it, but drink it up!
Red
8/1/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
94 points
This wine is singing right now! Glad I have two more!
White
6/26/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
92 points
Pale gold color. Modest nose upon opening...it was refrigerator temp. Nicely balanced on the palate, bit of nuttiness, still very fresh with balanced acidity. Long juicy finish. With some air and warming up a bit the nose opened up a bit. After about an hour it seemed to close up a bit on the palate, some green tea emerged but we were almost done with the bottle by then. But the big takeaway was the persistent minutes-long finish...that really made the wine.
White
6/18/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
91 points
First of four from LastBottle. Tremendous QPR at $25. I've managed to keep my hands off these for my standard 2-month settling after receipt...barely. Prime Chablis season here in Cascade Canyon. Drank cold from the fridge, darker color than I expected, almost medium gold. modest nose upon opening of saline and a bit of lemon. Impeccably balanced on the palate...not bracing acidity but definitely enough to be Chablis. Lengthy, juicy finish. Looking forward to my other three...given the color I think I'll get to these over the next couple of years. No more available out on WS, will try to keep my eye out for it. Would buy again
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Red
6/12/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
91 points
We enjoyed this quite a bit...think Kosta Browne after the big bombers of the early-to-mid 90s, but before the shift to IPOB style...just a friendly, easy, delicious not-quite-full-bodied wine. I liked it a lot...received as a gift, might seek out some more!
Red
5/16/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP. Little bit of age in color, translucent at edges,no bricking overall. Color light translucent ruby. Gorgeous light kirschy nose…and I’m not a kirsch guy. Broad mature high toned fruit on nose. Bit of bright earth. Palate dominated by sour Red fruit, raspberries, Fuji apples, earthy. Christmas cake. But light on its feet, ethereal. More sour as night went on. Nose smoothed out immensely after 40 mins, but still light kirsch. Finish goes on and on, puckery as described on previous note. Might have benefited from a quick decant. Better showing than last time. Again, at a tasting back in 2004 when I picked this up, the Bressandes was showing the best by far when young. I called for drinking sooner rather than later when tasted in 2016, but now I think this will continue to evolve and get more interesting.
Red
4/18/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
92 points
Crime to drink so early, but this was excellent on Easter Sunday
Red
4/17/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
92 points
Loved it as always. Perfect combo of fruit, garrigue and barnyard. Drinking well, lots of life left
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White
4/17/2022 - blaine wrote:
Glad we got to this, drink up. My wife and I agreed we wish we had gotten to this 2 years ago. Still good now, but would have been better then. We felt like we caught it just in time prior to decline
Red
4/3/2022 - blaine wrote:
88 points
I think this was decent. PnP, no formal notes. Seemed rather simple. Darker-fruited, medium+ bodied. Might get more interesting with more time...but also might not.
White
3/20/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
92 points
I always need to open one of these when I've got to pull the trigger on another Rochioli SVD offer... This was among the older ones in my cellar and still holding up nicely. Color was showing some age. Beautiful fresh nose. On the palate, nicely balanced with good combo of fruit, acid and a deft touch of oak. Long finish, again balance is the key with a juicy acidity. Glad I got to this as it's probably peaking or maybe just past eight years in.
Red
2012 Quintessa Rutherford Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/13/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
92 points
I enjoyed this, but as others have said I don't know that this bottle is for the long haul...pop-n-pour, as given the earlier notes that seemed ok. No sign of age in the color, saturated color. Lush round nose, cigar box, cassis. Initially modest nose that became deeper with some air. But still modest, deft touch of oak, restrained, so beautiful. My wife took one sip and said "that's some great f****** wine!". On the palate, balanced fruit, acidity, tannin, opened nicely. Ready to drink in like 10 minutes. Long long finish, goes on for minutes, juicy. Paired it with Marin Sun Farms grass-fed burgers, awesome!
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White
3/6/2022 - blaine wrote:
89 points
This started out strong, but flattened out as we drank it. Feeling ever-so-slightly long in the tooth...I'm going to drink my other one soon; in the past these have stood the test of time.
Red
3/6/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
92 points
As others have said, in a nice drinking window right now. PnP, Beautiful color, no signs of age. Effusive nose of cherries with some blue fruits, earth. On the palette, lets call it medium-minus bodied, light on its feet. Impeccably balanced with a juicy acidity, more cherries and blue fruits. Long lingering finish, enjoyable juicy acidity. Very well made, tons of life left.
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Red
Drinking well, no notes. Lots of life left
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Red
2/22/2022 - blaine wrote:
Agreed that this seems like a left bank Bordeaux. Wish I would have decanted. As it was, pnp... no sign of age in the color and quite structured and never really unwound over the hour we were drinking it. Decant next time. Hard to believe this is 10 years in...
White
2/20/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
90 points
This was drinking really well and I even broke my "let it sit for 2 months" rule. This seems to be coming from higher-end grapes than my previous DN chards. Beautiful light color, modest nose with a deft touch of oak. On the palate, meduim+ bodied, some creamy oak notes without being oak-forward...and a balancing acidity. Wife loved it, she likes bigger chards vs my leaner preference. There seems to be more, might make a move on more.
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White
2/14/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
92 points
This bottle was really singing as a Super Bowl aperitif. Brings back some pleasant Rhys SCM chard memories, Ive been often-disappointed in recent year by these bottlings while generally happy with the AV bottles. This one was perfectly balanced, bit of a welcome creamy touch with a very restrained hand. Missing the hard edge and occasional ox-d hint these SCM bottles often have. Glad I've got another, and might seek more out.
Red
2/13/2022 - blaine Likes this wine:
91 points
In a very good place. Decanted about an hour. Starting to show some brick color…barely. Modest nose. Still rather tightly wound an hour in, but opened beautifully over the next hour. Medium bodied with a light touch. Classic brunello. Should be interesting to see how my other two bottles develop
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