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Red
2014 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Papera Ranch Russian River Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
9/8/2019 - Dale M wrote:
94 points
Decanted 2 hrs. With my sincerest apologies to the Bedrock Dolinsek Ranch (which I love too) , but for my palate, The Bedrock Papera is the champion of the early drinking Heritage wines. This bottle was just cruising last night, incredibly generous fruit, I’d say in the red spectrum, but in the darker hue – so we’ll call it black raspberry and be good with it. But it was the incredible energy and focus on display that had me writing the first sentence on this TN, so driven and pure, yikes! Great throughout, and concludes with some tasty mint-esque things on the finish. Drink this now – its in the zone.
  • Dale M commented:

    9/9/19, 10:05 PM - Thanks for the nice words Rich. Upon reflection, with all the new and exciting bottles coming out with each release ( too many to name), its easy to forget the vineyards that have been around since the early days, like Papera, Pagani etc. In fact, my first wow Zin since I started really getting into wine was the 07 Carlisle Papera, and the rest is history.

Red
2009 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
5/14/2019 - Dale M wrote:
94 points
Decanted 6 hrs and served with braised oxtails and chorizo, a superb pairing I might add. The 07 was my first Ygay, and while I really enjoyed it, this wine is a clear step above. Yes, the use of new oak is apparent on the nose and palate, but the shoe just seems to fit the foot so to speak, as it really works well, though give this some additional age and I bet some real fireworks will emerge. Dark berries carry a slight smoky edge, already expansive with a wide palate coverage, and a closing note of fresh earth and spices. Powerful yet elegant, again this is has great potential written all over it. If you have three or more bottles worth a peak, otherwise hold for at least 5 years – perhaps 10.
  • Dale M commented:

    5/14/19, 6:12 PM - Absolutely!

    My two tweeks on the recipe. Use a full 1lb of the chorizo vs. a 1/4 - and if possible, do the braising ahead a day so on the day you want to have it, all you have to do is bake it the 3 to 3 1/2 hrs. Stir it every hour. I made some garlic mashed potatoes to place as a base when plating it. Enjoy!
    https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/spanish-style-oxtails-braised-with-chorizo-107590

Red
2015 L'Ecole No. 41 Ferguson Vineyard Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
4/22/2019 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
Decanted 6 hrs. I hadn’t had a L’Ecole 41 that was over $25 in at least a decade, but tasting this a couple summers ago at the winery and learning of the high elevation and volcanic soil, I was intrigued, smart purchase. The first word that jumps to mind is freshness; while the plums and blackberry fruit carried plenty of hedonistic pop, this was very light on its feet and just coasted across the palate getting a few ‘oh’ and ‘ah’s’ from my family at Easter dinner table. Some dark cocoa and dusty tones, already showing some layers, but this is flat out good Cabernet with many years ahead. Great handling of hot (in a long line of them) vintage, and I look forward to my second bottle in a decade and definitely looking at new vintages as they come out.
  • Dale M commented:

    4/26/19, 2:43 PM - Thanks! It was such a nice cab.

Red
2006 Terredora di Paolo Taurasi CampoRe Taurasi DOCG Aglianico
3/27/2019 - WetRock wrote:
Classy stuff. Iron filings with some violets and ripe, rustic fruits. Most notable is a consistent mineral sense. The fruit is wrapped around a strong acid core. It's shed most of it's fat and feels lean for the most part. A nice late grip with some green streaks. This seems to be in a nice window but there is fruit density to burn. Good now and probably still good in ten years. Terrific. Punches above it's weight.
  • Dale M commented:

    3/30/19, 9:39 AM - Helpful and encouraging note Chris, as it seem we track Aglianico wines similarly based on the Lonardo TN's. BTW - JJ Buckley has these on the cheap, $26 - seems like a great price.

Red
2013 Francesco Rinaldi e Figli Barolo Le Brunate Nebbiolo
3/4/2019 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
While somewhat shy on the nose, this was still pretty open on the palate, at least for a young Barolo. I didn't this nearly as acidic or tannic as some other posters have cited, but this did clamp down near the three hour mark, so I'd guess this might shut down in the next year or so. But still, very classic and very good!
  • Dale M commented:

    3/17/19, 8:16 AM - Voodoo, my first go with this Rinaldi, and it wont be my last! I adore Brunate though, and will purchase it from almost any producer. I had the 01 Altare Brunate in December, might have been one of the best Barolo’s I have ever had.

White
2016 Foradori Fontanasanta Manzoni Bianco Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT Incrocio Manzoni 6.0.13, Manzoni Bianco
12/27/2018 - Jimywags wrote:
90 points
Popped and poured. Really interesting Italian alpine white. Citrus, honey, white flowers. Intrigued enough to seek out more...90pts
  • Dale M commented:

    1/26/19, 10:09 AM - Wags, nice note, the reds are really solid from this producer as well and reasonably priced.

White
2017 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Blanc Freedom Hill Vineyard Willamette Valley
1/4/2019 - Dale M wrote:
92 points
From the get go, this was expressive, complex, and blows the door of any other OR Pinot Blanc (or Alsatian for that matter). A powerful sense of minerlaity works hand in hand with ripe pear and other orchard fruits. Bone dry, but carriers a slight glyceryl texture, could easily pass for a strong dry Riesling, but the lower acidity levels still keenly identify this as Pinot Blanc. As this note attests, a very good one at that.
  • Dale M commented:

    1/19/19, 3:04 PM - I couldn’t agree more, in fact I went back and got two more which is probably the last of these in Seattle

White
2015 Gérard Boulay Sancerre Clos de Beaujeu Sauvignon Blanc
8/6/2017 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
While the 15 Boulay MD was quite good a few weeks ago, this was definitely a wrung or two up the ladder. Solid but not overpowering acidity frames a very mineral driven Sav Blanc. Some gooseberry but nothing in the way of tropical fruits or the like. As it warmed, a saline (are we allowed to use that descriptor?) component emerged that worked beautifully off our honeydew melon, fennel, and olive salad. The dressing was simply orange and lemon juices, orange zest and oive oil. It worked p e r f e c t l y with the wine. Oh, and some honeyed chevre on top didn't hurt either. This should age, and age well.
  • Dale M commented:

    8/18/18, 10:00 AM - I made it from Epicurious - link is below. In fact this would be a really good time for it as melons should be in peak season I would think. Enjoy!

    https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/shaved-honeydew-fennel-and-olive-salad-51241930

Red
2011 Contrade di Taurasi (Cantine Lonardo) Taurasi Vigne d'Alto Taurasi DOCG Aglianico
6/15/2018 - WetRock wrote:
Lots of lava rocks here. Graceful yet substantial. Especially in the way of tannin. A lot of these Taurasi wines manage to seem mature yet ahead of their drinking window at the same time. This one is one of those. The acid and tannin mix is great here. Hoping to hit the window when the fruit shows it's best. This has a long trajectory ahead of it. The graceful part made this hard to put down on the second night.
  • Dale M commented:

    6/17/18, 8:38 AM - Great note Chris, coincidentally just bought a couple of these today. Cantine Leonardo was probably my new producer discovery of 2017 - while I haven’t had this wine yet - the straight Taurasi and the other reserve wine, the ‘Le Coste’ Are top drawer reds. Tons of aging potential too. Also, if you can find it, they make a great white (perfect for summer) from an obscure variety called Grecomusc.

  • Dale M commented:

    6/17/18, 9:49 AM - Vinopolis in PDX has em' all.

Red
2016 Domaine Marc Roy Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Prieur Pinot Noir
5/7/2018 - peternelson wrote:
92 points
Super serious burg here, at village level! But what a village lieu dit it is, right below Mazis-Chambertin. Awesome aromatics, with Gevrey spice, licorice, red-black berry fruits, wilted flowers, super silky, elegant, concentrated flavors, fleshy with lift, seamless, long with good structure. The way I'm copying my notes I'm wondering why this isn't 93 pts. I need to taste again to rule out euphoria.
-Fruit all destemmed as he believes stem inclusion most of the time does not work out for most Burgs. Very tricky.
-Iron and clay soils
-destemmed 100%
-indigenous yeast
-50% new oak
Skurnik tasting
  • Dale M commented:

    5/9/18, 6:03 PM - Great note but 'he' actually a she :) I heard a great podcast on Grape Radio with Alexandrine Roy, who is a consultant for a winery very close to a friends house in Hood River Oregon. Anyway, I bought three of these which just arrived this week and Im super stoked to try one. Thanks for the note! Dale

Red
2002 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyard Willamette Valley
4/9/2018 - UpfromtheCellar wrote:
90 points
Still quite dark and powerful with notes of savory just starting to creep in around the edges. Round mouth feel, very nice. This bottle drank much nicer than my last bottle opened in November of 2017.

With over 450 bottles still showing in people's cellars I think some folks need to be getting along with this wine - its still holding up but I haven't seen any real progression over the past few years so not sure what they are holding out for.......
  • Dale M commented:

    4/24/18, 8:04 AM - Thanks for the note and yes, I'm holding two bottles that I was going save until 2022 - your note has my thinking of pushing that date up a few years, thanks again.

Red
2012 Cayuse Wallah Wallah Special #4 Walla Walla Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah
7/18/2017 - Dale M wrote:
92 points
P&P - Old school Cayuse funk, and really the whole wine reminded me of a Cayuse Syrah from the 03 to 09 vintages, besides the funky funk, tons of green olives, blood, cured meats, and a nice blackberry fruit at it s core. Great fun to have smuggled this magnum to Kauai for my parents anniversary - top pairing with Costco Prime NY's, but I would have loved to have had a shot with a Chicken In Barrel plate.
  • Dale M commented:

    3/28/18, 6:54 PM - http://chickeninabarrel.com

    Not life altering, but really good on the fly BBQ.

Red
2015 Carlisle Zinfandel Papera Ranch Russian River Valley
1/1/2018 - Dale M wrote:
At first,very plush, showing all the accessibility and charm ofthisoh so consistent Zin from Carlisle. After about a half hour though, it seemed to shut down, the acids became much more pronounced, tannins too. I am confident this was just opened a wee bit too early, even 6 mos to a year should settle things down and should be a beaut - as always. 92-94 ish range I think.
  • Dale M commented:

    1/4/18, 10:27 PM - Good to know!

White
2014 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Choisilles Chenin Blanc
10/15/2017 - Dale M wrote:
flawed
Advanced color and a nose not unlike Single Malt Scotch. This is shot to hell and very disappointing.
  • Dale M commented:

    10/15/17, 12:43 PM - Morning Mr. FM III.

    I think Col. Kurtz said it best: "The Horror - The unimaginable Horror!"

    I was with Jared and we both agreed this wasn't some Chenin is it pre-moxed or doing tricks thing. The color was way too gold, there was no sweetness whatsoever, which would have been ok if it was Muscadet and the nose didn't smell like Glenfiddich. I would hold and hope for the best but have a back up handy just incase.

    Otherwise, I hope you are doing well!

    Dale

White
2014 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest Chardonnay
9/10/2017 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
It's not possible that Vincent Dauvissat was going to wiff on the slow pitch that is the 2014 vintage in Chablis, is he? That's a resounding no. I understand this bottle was opened the night before - decanted - then put back in the bottle for tonight. Less citrusy acidity than what I expected but no shortage of structure or verve. A comment was made of it being richer than expected, which I agree with but things really firmed up in the glass. Great purity and tactile palate. Time to go to sleep now and see you in a decade.
  • Dale M commented:

    9/20/17, 7:14 PM - Amen Brother James!

Red
2008 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Estate Reserve Yamhill-Carlton
9/17/2017 - Dale M wrote:
91 points
Decanted 3 hrs. Agree with Loren Sonkins recent note - a very good wine though perhaps I had higher expectations of where this stands today. Some funk and a tiny bit of VA blew off pretty quick in the decanter giving the wine a pleasing nose of berries and spice. Sweet, black cherry fruit works with some nice spice layers and pretty good acidity - it just felt a bid muddled together. Hopefully, this is just a by product of youthful adolescence and things will come into clearer focus done the road. I hope to save my last bottle for around 2020 - 22.
  • Dale M commented:

    9/18/17, 1:46 PM - Let us hope for the best!

Red
2015 Carlisle Syrah Sonoma County
4/22/2017 - Dale M wrote:
All I know is once the screw cap was pulled this lil guy disappeared in a second. Take from that what you will (hint it was good!)
  • Dale M commented:

    4/24/17, 6:31 PM - Hi Frank, hope all is well with you! Indeed, "problem" if you can call it that, is the blends from bedrock and Carlisle are so well priced that I just end up drinking them a few months from delivery. Had i greater storage, id buy more and let them sleep. First World problems eh ;)

White
2014 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Côte Bouguerots Chardonnay
3/11/2017 - drwine2001 wrote:
La Paulée Grand Tasting of 2014 Vintage Burgundy (Pier 60, New York): Light greenish. Very iodine aromas. Less fruity and ripe than the 2 Premier Cru wines. Dilute and unexciting in the mouth. Subpar.
  • Dale M commented:

    3/12/17, 2:17 PM - Dr - first off, I have enjoyed reading your notes on CT for quite a while, and I think I have a pretty good indication of where our tastes match or possibly diverge. Ok, that out of the way, this note suprised me - I personally think the CdB / CdB is the strongest GC in the Fevre lineup in most vintages. I just can't see the domaine screwing up in this vintage with this Cru - possibly an off bottle? Hopefully so, as I have some on the way for this summer. BTW - Had the 06 version last fall, and for a rich / sometimes uneven vintage, it was sublime and full of tension and other Chablis attributes one would seek in a top shelf bottle

Red
2014 Kerloo Cellars Malbec "THE APOCALYPSE" Stonetree Vineyard Wahluke Slope
1/20/2017 - Dale M wrote:
89 points
Decanted 2 hrs. To be very clear, this is a quality wine, and I enjoyed the experience overall. But compared to other Kerloo bottles, this didn't have any specicfs that jumped off the page the way past wines did. For example, the 12 malbec had a lovley violet tright, 14 Boushey Mouvedre had a killer old world meets new world feel. This wine had a muddled fruit clarity - I don't think the malbec and cab were a good marriage, at least in this bottle. Drink now.
  • Dale M commented:

    1/22/17, 12:33 PM - Ha, I hadn't of that of it in that context, but wish I had!

White - Off-dry
1994 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos Windsbuhl Vendange Tardive Alsace
5/18/2016 - JeffGMorris Likes this wine:
94 points
Dinner with Salil at home. The only thing wrong with this wine was it's placement in the lineup. After 2 dry Rieslings with meats and cheeses we had this before starting to cook dinner. Originally scheduled to have with the semi-spicy Indian dinner where it probably would have shown better. Dark Amber in color as it has been almost from the start showing the heavy botrytis influence ( I believe this has the most residual sugar of the 4 '94 VT Pinot Gris' by a large distance if I remember correctly ). Great apricot and mirabelle flavors mix with the horseradish typical flavor of botrytis and leads into a very long and lingering finish. 50+13+13+9+9=94
  • Dale M commented:

    6/18/16, 10:54 AM - Ah yes, the 94 Windsbuhl VT, every time I see this wine on CT I go back to that terrific offline in 2005, can you believe 11 years has gone by?

    Anyway, glad it showed well even if not in the ideal drinking order. Question, on the 05 Windsbuhl Riesling (non VT), I have a bottle left. Can you see improvement with additional age or is in a maturity plateau?

    Give me best to Dena Jeff.

    Dale

  • Dale M commented:

    12/27/16, 1:02 PM - HI Jeff,

    Great note, and no question a 'hold' for the 05 Windsbuhl, thanks for reaching out on your impression. BTW I had the 02 Brand two weeks, absolutely spectacular showing, thrilling even.

    I hope Dena and yourself continue to enjoy the holidays!

    Dale

Red
2007 Copain Pinot Noir "En Bas" Kiser Anderson Valley
Anderson Valley Deep End tasting at my place; 10/22/2016-10/23/2016 (My Place): Ahhh, my old friend, what is the 2007 En Bas, which for me has always been the iconic PN that Wells has made and one of my all-time CA favorites. Pulled this for a wine dinner tonight, an Anderson Valley tasting for the Deep End. Cellar temp, needs a light chill. Opened and pour for now, to create some neck space and let it begin its slow ox for about 4 hours. Still drinking great, the structure being smoothed out with what is almost 10 years. Floral, herb from the age, still tangy, delicious berry, blue and red tones. This will be the oldest wine on the table tonight, too. More to come later.....after getting cool and allowing a few hours to pass, I hit another pour. So good. Even with the big vintage that was 2007, this wine never gets off the rails. It continues to retain a juicy, cherry quality, has great depth and balance. One more glass to come later....over dinner, the aromatic showed a little raisin, not something I can recall getting in the wine before, although the 2007 Kiser En Haut showed it so in my last couple bottles of that so I should not be surprised for the En Bas. Maintained the razzy note, good energy and I would think now this is near peak and has a window of 12 months more to shine.....retasted the following AM from leftover. Well, I have to admit, in redoing this wine from the last glass that remained from the dinner, I didn't spit this one out. Yes, there is a light whiff of raisin here in the aroma again, but the palate is delicious. Unlike the 2011 En Bas that I tasted just prior, the 2007 shows the power of the vintage as it's got 4 additional years of age and it's 2X the wine of the 2011. This 2007 still has acid, fruit and presence yet I still say it's peaking and in a perfect place.
  • Dale M commented:

    11/15/16, 11:06 AM - Hey Frank, My dad suprised me with this wine on Saturday and I was thrilled to finally give it a go given your repeated glowing praise. Clearly this has aged better than the 07 En Haut, characteristics such as color and palate weight suggesting a ripe and warm year, but at the color brimming with nervy acidity and poise. He has one more bottle, I told him him to shelve it for 2 to 3 more years to see what happens, great wine!

Red
2012 Fontodi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Sorbo Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
7/1/2016 - Eric Guido Likes this wine:
96 points
The 2012 took all the the classicism of 2010, but it added an airy, almost ethereal quality, which in the end was quite attractive. The nose showed bright cherry with sweet floral tones and dusty spice. It was lively and intense on the palate, with focused acidity ushering along a core of concentrated red fruit, minerals and spice. This was like a freight train across the palate in its youthful state, yet it still finished long and refined with a classic coating of sweet tannin. This is even better than the last time I tasted it, and it’s another one to put in the cellar to love for a long time.
  • Dale M commented:

    9/26/16, 10:14 PM - Hi Eric, I seem to align pretty well with your palate on most Italian wines, and was curious if you were to choose between this vintage or the 2010 VdS which one would you buy and cellar or is it a dead heat? In a perfect world I would buy both but I'm trying to stick to a budget. Thanks! Dale

  • Dale M commented:

    9/28/16, 8:23 AM - Thanks Eric, I lost some 2010 Flacc's due to the PC closure, and I have been thinking I must replace 10 with 10, but assuming the 12 is just as good, it's a lot cheaper and easier to source, thanks again!

White
2014 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Choisilles Chenin Blanc
5/29/2016 - Dale M wrote:
Ditto FM III's note on 2-6 , lovely wine, young, but tightly coiled up with citrus skins and a oh so delicate touch of sweetness.
  • Dale M commented:

    6/1/16, 2:46 PM - I don't think Chenin gets the love it should,every non wine person I serve a chidaine or a huet too usually is shocked at how good non Chardonnay wines can be

Red
2007 Copain Pinot Noir "En Haut" Kiser Anderson Valley
5/8/2016 - Dale M wrote:
90 points
Though I haven't had this since 09, I was curious with the recent trend of notes on CT describing a raisin quality and that it shuld be drunk up pretty soon. Sad to say, that is exactly the impression I came away with. Certainly a quality wine, and went well with a grass fed NY, dark fruits and spices abound. But as time progressed, that super ripe trait be came more and more prominent, and I just don't see this direction changing. Drink up.
  • Dale M commented:

    5/8/16, 7:01 PM - Glad to hear the En Bas is still showing well Frank, oh well, it happens I guess. Though like you, it seemed when the En Haut was young it was loaded up for the long haul, c'est la vie.

Red
2012 Cadence Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend
11/25/2015 - Eric Guido Likes this wine:
94 points
The nose showed crush black cherry with minerals, floral tones and a distinct savory richness. On the palate it was truly intense yet smooth with notes of cherry, sweet herbs and dark chocolate. The finish showed more of its youthful tannin, giving the fruit a dry yet still wonderfully concentrated persona. The 2012 Ciel du Cheval should spend a couple of years in the cellar for the best experience, as I am quite excited to see where it’s going.
  • Dale M commented:

    11/26/15, 11:15 AM - Hi Eric,

    Great note on one of my favorite and yet still oddly, under the radar producers in WA. I have enjoyed reading your Italian notes over the years on CT and WB, so I perked up when I saw your note on my favorite wine from my back yard. BTW - I tasted all the 12's with Ben Smith, and if you like cab franc at all, be sure to get a bottle or three of the 12 Bel Canto, it's 92% CF, 8% merlot - and easily the best CF blend in the USA. Will reward cellaring more than your typical high end WA Bordeaux blend too. For weeknight drinking, the 13 Coda is excellent, wide open for current drinking and about a $24 tariff. Cheers! Dale

  • Dale M commented:

    11/28/15, 10:31 AM - Good call on aging these as They are one the few WA wines that truly evolves with cellar age, be patient, I plan on drinking my Cadence about 8 to 15 years from the vintage date.

Red
2008 Brick House Pinot Noir Les Dijonnais Ribbon Ridge
9/7/2015 - Dale M wrote:
92 points
Decanted 4 hrs. First impression is how much weight this wine has gained since my last taste in August 2002. A real wild card on the nose, exotic eastern spices and salon quality hair products (courtesy of my better half) and even a little funk. The weight I described earlier manifested itself by a more sweet edge to the red autumn, baking spices, a slight meaty edge. The trademark pomegranate trait was definitely there, but not quite as pronounced as previous vintages. A lot of enjoyment to be had to day, so take off the do not touch sticker, still, should hold 5 years, perhaps a bit more.
  • Dale M commented:

    9/8/15, 10:53 PM - Thanks Darren. I was sort of surprised how this was showing in lieu of my predisposition that this was a long distance runner. Whether it is or not, its a unique (as you know most BH's are) wine, and certainly worthy in any cellar.

Red
2005 Bodegas Muga Rioja Gran Reserva Prado Enea Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
9/6/2015 - Dale M wrote:
94 points
Decanted 4 hrs. First of four bottles and what an impressive specimen we have here. Initially a bit monolithic on the nose, but a couple of hours of air really fanned out the aromatic qualities. Dark blackberry, shades of cedar, rich oak spice, but also a terrific nose of violets and grilled meats. The palate echoed the nose to a degree and while on paper one might conclude this was a new world inspired Rioja, quite the contrary, somehow it delivered in a steam lined almost elegant fashion. Sound acidity seems to be the conduit in which this occurs and tannins, while not obtrusive, lend a supporting hand. Pulls off a neat hat trick of being accessible and charming today, firmly rooted in its sense of place, and having a unique personality and storyline. All under $60.
  • Dale M commented:

    9/8/15, 10:51 PM - Thanks Buzz, never been to Rioja, but WHEN that happens, Bodegas Muga will be tops on the list. Great to hear they are nice people too!

Red
2012 Cameron Pinot Noir Abbey Ridge Dundee Hills
8/6/2015 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
Served blind against a 2010 Faiveley 'Porets' NSG, and while it was a simple exercise to discern the two wines, this was by no means a simple wine. A pretty good dose of Cameron funk on the nose was a dead giveaway, and with aeration, some enticing carnal and meaty tones emerged, all framed by a pleasant bouquet of dark berry fruit. Very much a OR 12, dark, brooding palate, serious structure, very primary but very good potential here. Would love to taste this in a decade to see where this ends up, if given the chance.
  • Dale M commented:

    8/7/15, 7:31 AM - I hear ya. I do enjoy Cameron wines, especially the clod electric blanc. But at current prices, I can be some pretty serious burgs at that level

Red
2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese
6/8/2015 - Dale M wrote:
92 points
Decanted for an hour as this was a bit of a impulsive move, more air certainly would have been welcome. There can be no doubt how great a vintage 2010 was in Tuscany and this bottle only fuels that opinion. A pure, joyful, and transparent expression that screams sangiovese and nothing else. Text book sour cherry that is brilliantly offset by just the right amount of savory earth, touches of shoe leather, and spices. All the while supporting acidity is always present, moving things along at just the right pace. Should age really well, problem is, I bought these to drink while my 10 Rancia sleeps, hopefully I can get one of these to 2025 tonfind out, but I wouldn't bet on that happening. Best $26 I have spent on red wine in the last 5 years.
  • Dale M commented:

    6/9/15, 10:50 AM - I think I am in for more as well Scott, I just cannot think of a wine that delivers this type of old world texture and feel at this price point. Be sure you have plenty of the 10 Rancia, it could well be the best Rancia made in the last 20 years.

Red
2006 Glaetzer Shiraz Amon-Ra Barossa Valley
10/26/2013 - Dale M wrote:
94 points
I can’t ever recall ever tasting a wine in this extroverted style with such balance and ….. grace(?) Yes, that’s the best word I can come up with. Unapologetically Barossa Shiraz, with powerful, dark blackberry fruit that leaves an immediate impact of enjoyment. But where a lessor wine would quickly burn out the taster with an excessive amount of a good thing, this wine somehow avoids that. I’m not sure how to be completely honest. But it did, it is very complex, multilayered, and just damn fun to drink. Sadly, I have yet to see Amon Ra fall the way of so many Australian Shiraz’s in the discount bin, which makes them an expensive acquisition for future purchases, but this is clearly some serious winemaking, and probably worth the current asking price.
  • Dale M commented:

    5/4/15, 10:41 PM - Very nice of you Mike, thank you. Have you had any recent vintages that I should be on the look out for? Dale

Red
2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese
3/1/2015 - Dale M wrote:
Count me as another body interested in the recent WB thread on this wine, very eager to see what’s under the hood. Decanted a good 8 hrs. While the palate was pretty much as expected, tight, structured, a little Sangiovese fruit on the back half and finish. The tannic structure while firm was also very elegant and perfectly balanced with the acidity. The real surprise was the nose, very open and just flat out beautiful to smell. I agree with notion that we sometimes are kidding ourselves in guessing how wines will age, but is there any doubt whatsoever that this isn’t going to develop into a stunner? I thought not.
  • Dale M commented:

    3/23/15, 11:18 AM - Well Thank you!

    WB = Wine Berserkers wine forum, there was a lot of chatter recently on the 10 Rancia (all positive) which prompted me to try my first one a few weeks ago.

    Here are two threads:

    http://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=112772

    http://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=94934

Red
2005 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Cuvée J Willamette Valley
1/26/2015 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
Decanted 1 hr. This wine is in a pretty good place right now, it certainly has put on weight since my last bottle in 2007, complex, red fruits, but rich and tasty. Tannin and acidity are well blended and in unison with the rest of wine. Should hold for a few years with ease, not sure if it will improve dramatically, so I’d be inclined to drink now and without reservation.
  • Dale M commented:

    2/25/15, 11:31 AM - Hi James,

    Yes, without question this will not only benefit but really needs time. With these high acid, red fruit OR pinots, I rarely get much enjoyment from them when they are young (Cristom makes the best high end but accessible pinot in the State), but they often blossom into beauties with a decade plus or minus two years.

    You going to Cayuse pick up this year? I really wish Christophe would quit doing it on Easter weekend as it throws a wrench in my ability to make it.

    Cheers!

Red
2007 Cayuse Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
2/24/2015 - Dale M wrote:
95 points
Decanted 3 hrs. When I last had this in 2010, this was a pretty intense, in your face wine, even by Cayuse standards. Though it is always a matter of personal preference with these wines, the additional 5 years of bottle age has certainly mellowed the wild beast; less overt smoky blackberry fruit, more of a pronounced mineral edge, trademark low acidity, but exquisite structure and balance. A distinct note of fresh vanilla bean emerged on the mid palate, and while surprising, it was by no means over done or cloying, unusual though. Still, a very complex and cerebral wine, I’m guessing that while it will hold no real reason to age further.
  • Dale M commented:

    2/24/15, 3:11 PM - 'Nine Eight' Jimmy Wags.

  • Dale M commented:

    2/24/15, 3:16 PM - Ok Jimywwaaggss

Red
2010 Cayuse Syrah Bionic Frog Walla Walla Valley
4/17/2014 - Jimywags wrote:
96 points
Drank at The Marc during Cayuse Weekend. Damn fine bottle of wine. When the dust settles, I think the vintages of 2010 and 2011 for Cayuse will be remembered as two of the finest in history. Minerals and iron, minerals and iron. 96 pts.
  • Dale M commented:

    4/17/14, 4:41 PM - " I think the vintages of 2010 and 2011 for Cayuse will be remembered as two of the finest in history"

    That's a bold statement there JIMYWAGS, time will tell of coarse. At any event, it would appear to be vintages to hide from the wife and girlfriends, let em have their Rombauer Chardonnay instead.

White - Off-dry
1995 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Brand Vendange Tardive Alsace Grand Cru
3/27/2014 - Dale M wrote:
95 points
Deliciously complex nose, which seems to carry a lot of botrytis traits(not sure if effected by noble rot) honey drizzled orchard fruits, jasmine, all framed by a terrific mineral core. Bright and fresh orange and tangerine flavors on the palate, and while the dark golden color had me assuming this was going to be one of those ZH palate heavy weights, I was quite taken with how light and feathery the wine felt on the tongue. Seamless and very precise, I suspect this had a lot to do with some serious acidity. While it couldn’t be tasted directly, the well documented ZH style of flamboyance and richness is perfectly integrated with an underlying tension and verve. I should add, this VT worked very well with the tables mixed assortment of starters, something I was a little apprehensive about before pulling the cork. Long and very persistent finish. 19 years in, I’d say this is clearly in a prime time drinking state, and should hold for at least another decade, perhaps longer.
  • Dale M commented:

    3/27/14, 12:45 PM - Hi Jeff, I was hoping to hear from you on this one ;)

    I still think fondly of your ZH weekend, which was almost 9 years ago!

    My how time flies.

Red
2008 Brick House Pinot Noir Les Dijonnais Ribbon Ridge
3/8/2014 - Vinsant wrote:
Love those BH aromas. Incense, 5-spice, moist earth, and red fruit. Compared to previous vintages, the 08 fruit is darker and more intense. Still very balanced though. Rocked with pork tenderloin off the Traeger with a splash of BBQ sauce and roasted curry cauliflower. Tart and fruity with a long finish. Strawberry, raspberry, and pomegranate. Long life ahead. Never disappointed in Brick House!
  • Dale M commented:

    3/8/14, 10:33 AM - Nice Note Darren! I love Brickhouse but I haven't bought anything since this 08 LD. Can you recommend any recent vintages, and if so, what bottles (Evelyns)? Thanks! D.

Red
2004 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
2/11/2014 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
Decanted 4 hrs. recorked lightly, served 5 hrs. later. The nose announces itself right out of the decanter, brilliant and very classic aromas of ripe cassis, cedar, and a little bit of lead pencil and damp earth. It’s scary to think how good this nose will be in a decade or so. Darker in color than I expected, and while the wine is certainly accessible if not flat out enjoyable, it’s not over done either. By far, the richest 04 left bank Bordeaux I have had, but again, pulls it off with a certain elegance that is hard to articulate. The back half displayed a sneaky tannic structure that struck like a tiger in the tall grass, but proportionate to the rich fruit, suggesting many years of good drinking lie ahead. My 93 score is very conservative, this was a great wine, I just wanted to give myself flexibility to add 2 to 3 points when this baby matures.
  • Dale M commented:

    2/11/14, 9:36 AM - Well thank you Tight L! over the years of writing notes in CT, I've tried to pen less technical jargon, that just gets boring and repetitive, and focus much more on the overall impression of the wine. Cheers!

White - Off-dry
2002 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Goldert Vendange Tardive Alsace Grand Cru Gewürztraminer
12/20/2013 - Dale M wrote:
94 points
It’s probably a toss between the Rangen and the Goldert as to my favorite ZH Gewürztraminer vineyard. The former being a text book example of the individual expression of site, the latter showcasing the grape. This 02 Goldert VT was a good example to this effect, as even though it carried 50% botrytised fruit, this screamed Gewürztraminer in unapologetic fashion. For a ZH VT, this was actually a tad on the dry side, though still sporting a ton of ripe, exotic fruit, but completely balanced by a still youthful tannic structure, a smoky mineral quality, sneaky acidity, and of course, a massive finish. First of three, I’d comfortably age the other two bottles up to 20 years. Superb.
  • Dale M commented:

    1/16/14, 11:37 AM - Glad to be of help! I'm curious, did you serve it as a dessert wine or with the regular meal?

Red
2011 Maison Bleue Jaja Yakima Valley Red Rhone Blend
11/4/2013 - Dale M wrote:
90 points
Very solid wine, spectacular price at Costco for $16. Ripe and complex, full of spicy red fruits framed by a light kiss of oak, should be flexible enough to go with a wide variety of foods, or even as a standalone red.
  • Dale M commented:

    11/5/13, 1:21 PM - Hi Chris, a buddy picked these up for me, but I'm 99% sure it was in SODO.

Red
2001 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
8/25/2013 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
Brought to Kinzie Chop House in Chicago (a wonderful, old school steak house) and decanted for about an hour. I was surprised about a couple of recent CT notes that have this in ‘drink up soon status’, which seemed odd, and suffice to say, this bottle seems to have plenty of life ahead. Very dark in color, with some modern leanings of new oak. A slightly heavier palate weight than I would associate with a classic St. Estephe, and tasty, dark, cassis themed fruits. But this is certainly not the complete picture. The core of the wine is still very primary and undeveloped; a very sneaky acidic presence had me thinking of a riper vintage of Rancia, certainly not a bad thing to be compared too. Tobacco notes and flavors are felt on the corner of the tongue, and a medium, but satisfying finish wraps things up in a nice package. While not earth shattering, I still think there is room for improvement with say 5 years or so additional cellar time.
  • Dale M commented:

    8/27/13, 2:06 PM - Thank you for the nice words and affirmation of holding my last bottle 5 maybe 10 more years. Sadly, the pricing of Cos is now beyond what I feel comfortable paying for grape juice, as I believe I paid $65 or so for the 01. Oh well.

Red
2006 Stoller Pinot Noir SV Estate Dundee Hills
9/12/2011 - Dale M wrote:
91 points
really sexy and ripe pinot, plenty of dark fruits and exotic baking spices, very consistent, oh, and discounted on a one time blow out deal for $10 :)
  • Dale M commented:

    1/2/13, 12:10 PM - It was a secret handshake, I had to put something on the pricegun type of thing, it was a gift for all intensive purposes yes.

White - Off-dry
2006 Dönnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spätlese Nahe
12/13/2010 - Dale M wrote:
93 points
This 06 Kirschheck never fails to disappoint, and Saturdays bottle was no exception to that trend. Beautiful, not to mention bountiful offering of flower wrapped cherries with that slight almond note is so damn intoxicating to me that I simply get giddy when drinking this. The undertones of minerality and late burst of citrus perfectly brings this to a full, satisfying Spatlese arc. I could drink this any time any where.
  • Dale M commented:

    1/22/11, 12:13 AM - Indeed! The ol double negative, gets me everytime.

Red
2007 Copain Syrah Thompson Vineyard Santa Barbara County
6/13/2010 - Dale M wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured. Perhaps decanting would have helped, but at present, this wine is very tight and not ready to put out. Darker in color, and denser in texture than the 06, this dark hole of a Syrah has collapsed in on itself, sucking in all matter of expressiveness and personality in its primordial core. Ok, Im being a bit over the top and having some fun, but there is excellent, excellent material here, I can see less wood influence than previous vintages, and just a raw, pulpy wine that is begging to be put down for 5 years (or more) to really see its day in the sun. Easy 2 to 4 points for improvement later.
  • Dale M commented:

    6/13/10, 5:26 PM - He he, yeah maybe too many sci / space programs Frank, and I certainly think a good decant would have helped as well. I agree with you that it certainly has the potential to be the best Thompson yet, but its gonna need a few years.

Red
2004 Copain Syrah Hawks Butte Vineyard Yorkville Highlands
This bottle is ready and it's not going to age, really old style Copain or maybe old style plus big vintage. Pretty smooth and ripe, forward so drink now. Is not like the 2003.
  • Dale M commented:

    4/28/10, 7:17 PM - FM-III, very interesting as I was sure this would have needed at least 5 years from the initial release date to hit its prime time window, which I figured would be around 2011 to 2012. Your note has me curious, I think I will give one a go soon, thanks, Dale

Red
1996 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
4/7/2010 - Paul D wrote:
93 points
Decanted 1/2 an hour. Deep ruby core, medium pale ruby rim. Aromatic, open nose, pure, ripe cassis fruit, showing some development too with a bloody edge, tobacco and spice. Medium bodied, sleek and fine on the palate with very fine, integrated tannin, smooth and harmonious but with great mid-palate length. Showing classic claret cassis, tobacco and cedary notes on the mid-palate where a lovely fresh savouriness emerges before a long, clean, sweet fruited finish with just a hint of lingering caramel. This is very fine - elegant, classy and aristocratic yet relatively feminine (for a Pauillac). Excellent, drinking really well but still with potential for improvement as it becomes more complex.
  • Dale M commented:

    4/8/10, 1:50 PM - Great note Paul! I think I will let my last two bottles sleep a little longer yet.

Red
2004 Conterno Fantino Barolo Sorì Ginestra Nebbiolo
4/2/2010 - prasm Likes this wine:
95 points
Consumed at Brother Sebastian's in Omaha. Decanted and poured, consumed over 2 hours with dinner. Nose: Wow! Initially cherry and rose petal aromas jump up the nose and grew in intensity over time. Palate: Youthfulness shows here as the palate was somewhat muted, did get some red fruit and tanin. Finish: Comes on strong and was gaining strengh when the last sip was swallowed after only two hours of opening. I can only imagine how good this would have been had we given it 4 to 6 hours of air. Even with our mistreatment of this baby Barolo it was still an amazing experience.
  • Dale M commented:

    4/3/10, 8:19 AM - Prasm, opening a 04 C. Fantino Mosconi tonight, here's hoping it shows as well as the SG did for you. I have three of the SG's, but I think I will let them sleep a good spell yet, but love the note, thank you.

Red
2007 Cayuse Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
3/20/2010 - Dale M wrote:
94 points
Classic Cayuse on the nose, combining wet animal fur and smoky black fruit with the dreaded tell tale note of the En Chamberlin Funk. The palate sings a slightly different tune and is surprisingly open and lush for such a youngster. Almost spherical, the taste of of the Syrah essence is very consistent from start to end; while the acidity is its very typically low self for this prodcuer, an invisible component, 'a dark matter' if you will, provides serious structure and backbone, but is very difficult to articulate with words. Though the Bionic frog seems to reap the freakishly big scores from the critics, I've always felt the EC was its qualitative equal, and this vintage is no exception.
  • Dale M commented:

    3/23/10, 8:58 PM - slavet2thevine, I was referring specifically to the Cayuse wine, though I too normally seek acidity as a balancing agent to buffer the animal /ripe nature of the syrah grape. And that's the paradox here, my note should say that the low acidity lead to flabby, tensionless drink, but that simply was not the case, for reasons I cannot seem to define, go figure.

    rjswineblog, go for it! Normally the EC doesn't show this well young, but this did; I haven't been the only one that has noticed this, as a good friend popped one within a week of this and commented the same thing, both to our mutual surprise.

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