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Red
2016 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
5/19/2022 - Cailles wrote:
93 points
Scarecrow - Complete Vertical 2003-2019 + 2x PNV: Non blind. Not decanted. It is obvious, why Scarecrow has the status it has. This is truly one of the very best Napa wines. A few observations: 1) The absolute highlight in almost all vintages is Scarecrow’s ability to combine aromatic density and intensity with absolute weightlessness. Very, very few Napa Valley wines achieve that kind of weightlessness - other than Harlan, probably no other wine that consistently over the vintages. More recent vintages are of course a touch less weightless (due to their youth) but are as light and airy as any wine in the respective vintage. 2) The wines have a lot of substance with a flavor profile with lots of red berries and floral notes complementing the dark Cabernet fruits, always lots of earthy minerality and some herbs and sensuous, luxurious oaky notes reminding me of Cheval Blanc. 3) While probably Bordeaux-esque for Napa standards in its appearance, it is still distinctively a Napa wine. In the early years, I even found a touch too much ripeness and some alcohol heat in the wines which doesn’t seem to be an issue in the vintages of this decade. 4) These wines all are great to drink, only the structured vintages of 2010, 2013 as well as the 2016 were not really open for business and would have needed decanting. All others showed great right out of the bottle.

TN: If had this a few weeks before and it showed so magical (rated 98 pts). Constantly changing over the few hours we followed it, incredibly layered, hyper precise and with that magic weightlessness. This bottle, however, was nothing like that. Muted, dark brooding on the nose. On the palate full throttle dark, dense, ripe, baking spices. Rather sweet. High quality tannins, good freshness and balance but without the light and airy feel. 92/93 pts today but I don’t doubt its greatness.

Decanting: Not decanted, this would have needed a few hours. The last bottle I’ve had showed better from the go but also improved significantly with air.
  • citizen1 commented:

    5/19/22, 4:05 PM - That is a brilliant review. Thank you for taking the time - I have recently started purchasing current and older Scarecrow so I appreciate your insight.

Red
2015 Linne Calodo Problem Child Paso Robles Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
8/29/2021 - cubswinws Likes this wine:
93 points
Just delightful zin blend. Seems really at its peak. Soft red fruited wine with good spice and finish.
  • citizen1 commented:

    2/8/22, 4:17 PM - 100% agree.

Red
2006 Tournesol Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
8/17/2018 - cblinstrub wrote:
95 points
Wow what a couple years make. Beautiful structure, acidity and red and black fruits with a small amount of Brett that makes it super complex. Highly recommended.
  • citizen1 commented:

    1/26/22, 3:10 PM - Could not agree more. I have been a tad disappointed in the Tournesol I have had before. Just PnP this into a decanter and even already I can tell it is so much better than the last one I had a back in 2012. Cheers,

White
2018 Saxum White James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles White Rhone Blend
6/13/2021 - bthatton Likes this wine:
92 points
Extremely satisfying. Certainly rich but somehow with “restraint” despite its sky high alcohol numbers. Tons of citrus round this out. The perfect outdoor grilled cuisine beverage. Enough heft to stand up to char but not weigh you down.
  • citizen1 commented:

    6/18/21, 4:17 PM - Exactly! Well put.

Red
2017 Booker Vineyard Grenache The Ripper Paso Robles
9/1/2020 - EpochMD wrote:
90 points
Anemic, acid-heavy, muted - words I have never used to describe booker but echoed strongly when I first opened this. There was alcohol, grapefruit, and a touch of cherry. That was day 1. Day 2 is better - certainly not as intense as I would have expected from one of my favorite Paso wineries but I’ve had more intensity recently from Saxum (no surprise) and Outpost (I know, not Paso) but both shine and this just didn’t for me. Day 2 brought a touch more of the body I would expect with notes of cherry, and touches of grapefruit, but not depth. This was a miss for me - still have another and will see if this is an age issue. Not corked.
  • citizen1 commented:

    12/15/20, 3:41 PM - I would have never expressed grapefruit here until I tasted it after reading your review. You are spot on! Bravo. I am relatively new to Booker and have a lot that's "not ready" so I wanted to try this (big fan of Outpost and Saxum) and was less than pleased. Hot for sure and light cherry. I am going to put this away for the night and try again tomorrow.

Red
2012 Tablas Creek En Gobelet Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend
8/25/2020 - jonahfactor wrote:
Has lost a lot of its complexity and fun in the bottle, indicating it’s either closed right now or heading over the hill. Cellar stored since release and splash decanted prior to serving. Notes of cola, blackberry and a bramble finish. Nice enough. But I’m neutral on this one.
  • citizen1 commented:

    8/27/20, 4:39 PM - I have been sorely disappointed in many of my Tablas Creek wines to the point I stopped buying them. I still have this one set down and your comment does not give me hope! Cheers,

White
2015 DuMOL Chardonnay Clare Hyde Vineyard Carneros
1/26/2020 - dafmd Likes this wine:
94 points
PnP: golden straw; tight nose; sweet spice; grapefruit, lasting finish with hint of salinity; delicious
  • citizen1 commented:

    5/1/20, 4:54 PM - Interesting comment on the salinity - I noticed that as well. Reminds me of the first Greco di Tufo I had! Well placed.
    Cheers,

White
2015 DuMOL Chardonnay Isobel Charles Heintz Vineyard Sonoma Coast
2/12/2020 - jshufelt wrote:
94 points
Pop and pour. In the glass, very pale, clear gold. On the nose, honeysuckle, smoky oak, and zingy lemon. On the palate, a lovely contradiction of smooth, almost unctuous texture and bracing acidity, with flinty notes staying just ahead of citrus and wood. Not clear to me where this will be in three years, but it may not matter when it's this enjoyable right now.
  • citizen1 commented:

    5/1/20, 4:48 PM - This has to be one of the most accurate descriptions of a wine I have ever read based on the first glass I just poured and tasted. Outstanding sir, outstanding.

Red
2012 Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend
10/29/2016 - tward Likes this wine:
88 points
Disappointing vs. my prior May 2015 notes. Even though it's not in its "closed" phased per the Tablas Creek vintage chart, perhaps my bottles, stored ~65F since Dec. 2014, are. This was fine to drink, balanced, and pure, but fairly simple and with a modest finish. It was decanted for 30-60 minutes and at one point vigorously swirled for a minute to try to wake it up.

With such a light body and modest tannins, I am questioning my prior hope for a wine that will develop, but I haven't given up. I'll give the next bottle 6-12 months...
  • citizen1 commented:

    10/30/16, 9:42 AM - Spot on. I could not agree more. This wine has disappointed me based on the 3 bottles I have drank to date and shook my faith a bit in TC. I have resolved not to drink the balance of mine for quite awhile.

  • citizen1 commented:

    10/24/18, 3:44 PM - Thank you for the updated experience!

Red
2013 Rhys Syrah Horseshoe Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
2/26/2018 - blaine wrote:
Luckily happened upon Scorrea’s note yesterday while logging into CT, so was easy to reach for this one last night. Cork was saturated halfway up, with two seepage trails all the way to the top. Also concur with his tasting note, wine was fine but drank waaay too early. Showed nice after an hour of air. Too bad, drink these up folks...I’m wondering about other 2013 Rhys bottles...is this cork issue only limited to the Horseshoe Syrah??
  • citizen1 commented:

    3/3/18, 5:14 PM - So I cut the lids off mine and the looked fine. Tonight I pulled a random one and opened it. Cork is compromised at the bottom - cracked. Seepage vein of wine nearly had reached the top of the cork. Darkly stained otherwise.

Red
2013 Rhys Syrah Horseshoe Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
2/8/2018 - scorrea wrote:
Had to open a bottle after reading about seepage. My first of 3 bottles had no visible signs of seepage but the cork was stained almost to the top. I fear seepage will be inevitable in remaining bottles, forcing and ealy drink for a wine that is not ready. Black fruit, pepper olives but fell pretty flat in the mid palate with a short finish.
  • citizen1 commented:

    2/25/18, 12:49 PM - Please let me know where you read about seepage with the Rhys wines. Thanks.

Red
2015 Donkey and Goat Alphabet Soup Fenaughty Vineyard El Dorado Red Rhone Blend
2/1/2017 - EstimatedEyes wrote:
88 points
Sour strawberry juice, thin and light in the glass. This is just some weird weird juice, but somehow strangely good in its own way. Like some watered down flat Dr. Pepper macerated with fruit and laced with alcohol. Did I mention this is one weird wine yet?
  • citizen1 commented:

    2/23/18, 5:05 PM - Outstanding summary!

Rosé
2016 Broc Cellars Love Rose California Rosé Blend
4/5/2017 - radumas wrote:
87 points
For a rosé, full bodied, medium acid, a little tannic. More rustic than I like in a rosé. Not up to last year's zin rosé.
  • citizen1 commented:

    5/28/17, 8:14 AM - Spot on.

Red
2013 Broc Cellars Cuvée 13.1 Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah Blend, Syrah
3/22/2016 - Mootsie Likes this wine:
85 points
Smokey raspberry nose. Loads of sweet-tart red fruits, lots of acidity, some pepper spice, little in the way of tannins. Reminds me of a fruit punch with a slight effervescence. Not overly complex, but I am sure one that would please the masses. With air it flattens and more of the rose' is evident. In the end, sort of a simple wine. Drink now, serve slightly cool.
  • citizen1 commented:

    5/4/17, 4:51 PM - Spot on!!! I don't really think this is terribly good. Smokey raspberry is 100% accurate. Not a Broc favorite as I normally really like their wines.

Red
2012 DuMOL Pinot Noir Aidan Sonoma Coast
2/9/2017 - cweiner Likes this wine:
94 points
I must admit I like the DuMol style of pinots. This does not disappoint.
  • citizen1 commented:

    2/10/17, 6:09 PM - amen brother.

White
2014 Forlorn Hope Trousseau Gris Suisun Valley
12/24/2016 - VoteferPedro wrote:
Reductive nose and petrol smell . I totally understand why this was called a gray riesling in California.

with air the reduction improves but has a somewhat heavy texture for what we thought would be a light wine (abv 10%)

Fruit flavors pear and grapefruit. I can say this is interesting but not a satisfying quoif at this point

Give it time
  • citizen1 commented:

    12/25/16, 3:26 PM - Agree with your note and as I noted to Matthew (a) will give the rest a fair bit of time and (b) will decent in advance. As he said this is an odd bird of a wine.

White
2014 Dirty and Rowdy Sémillon Yountville
6/22/2016 - CMN wrote:
79 points
Very cloudy with a reticent nose wasn't giving up much. The flavors reminded me of a flat geuze beer moreso than wine. Soft on the palate, I found this to be seriously lacking structure. A bit of minerality and that's it. I have no idea what was going on with this wine, or what this wine was trying to be. At 10.67% abv, I would have expected a racier wine, but overall it felt flat and lifeless.
  • citizen1 commented:

    7/7/16, 4:40 PM - Dead on. Not great and bad QPR.

Red
2012 Forlorn Hope Barbera L'Asino Santo Shake Ridge Vineyard Amador County
5/4/2014 - blakel Likes this wine:
93 points
Fascinating when drunk alongside the 2012 FH Barbera San Hercurmer Delle Frecce Shake Ridge Vineyard, which is the same wine as this, but this one is produced entirely without sulfur. This one has delightful funky notes in addition to all of the charms of the other. Truly a mind expanding experience to drink both wines together. I prefer this one, but your mileage may vary.
  • citizen1 commented:

    5/12/14, 7:26 AM - Could not agree more. Also did side by side and I would have sworn on a blind tasting that the Asino was 2 years older then the Hercumer. The earthy funk of the Asino in both taste and smell is more my style then the Hercumer but like them both. Matthew Rorick is the next Randall Grahm arrived.

Red
2007 Vino Noceto Zinfandel OGP Grandpère Vineyard Amador County
2/25/2013 - citizen1 wrote:
84 points
Tight upon opening. Hot. Using Vinturi made palpable difference. Hour opened up remarkably. Not as peppery as other zins.
  • citizen1 commented:

    3/11/13, 12:13 PM - Richard, I would not say significant complexity, but modestly though. A good, not a great wine. Cheers,

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