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2008 Shea Wine Cellars Pinot Noir Block 5 Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley
1/15/2016 - Chainthroer wrote:
93 points
Last tasted a little over 7 months ago. The tannin seems a little more resolved than last time. Like the last bottle: "complex aromas of intense raspberry, cola, cinnamon, spices and vanillian. Flavors of blackberry, cassis, raspberry, black pepper and spices. Big and intense fruit. Excellent structure." A longish finish. I really like this nose.
  • Chainthroer commented:

    2/1/16, 9:03 AM - Arthrovine- Thanks for the response. I do not know how many bottles you have of the 2008 Shea Cellars Block 5, but the wine is enjoyable now. Should last a couple more years. I do not consume a lot of Oregon Pinots. I'm looking forward to picking up some of the 2014s. You being from Portland should have easy access to them.
    Best of luck

White
2010 Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard Carneros
9/17/2015 - Chainthroer wrote:
94 points
A special occasion tasting. The wine is very much similar to my tasting notes on 5/27/2015.
  • Chainthroer commented:

    9/19/15, 3:15 PM - To BuzzzzOff aka Chuck - Thanks for the inquiry. The 2010 Ramey "Hyde" Chardonnay should last for a couple more years. But, it's drinking at its apogee now. I started out with 4 bottles - wish I had bought more. That was my last bottle too.
    I appreciate your postings at BuzzzzOff.com - Buddy's a lucky dog.
    I currently have six little pals. They watch us imbibing and appreciating the good vino too. Take care, Bill aka Chainthroer

White
2010 Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard Carneros
7/16/2015 - Chainthroer wrote:
94 points
Last tasted on Memorial Day, in memory of a fellow serviceman, LCDR Larry Michael Jordan. The wine is just about the same as those notes of 5/27/15.
  • Chainthroer commented:

    7/19/15, 7:46 PM - Thanks for your comments. Mike and I were the only Officers from Wyoming on the Kitty Hawk (CVA 63), during the early stages of the Vietnam War. Mike was a great guy to know. I think about him often.

Red
2010 Sojourn Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast
4/9/2014 - Chainthroer wrote:
94 points
This time the color is medium ruby. Initially, I got a dusty raspberry nose, but this abated to the previous aromas of black cherry, strawberry, cinnamon, sage, floral scents and oak. As with the last tasting, the flavors are the same, along with raspberry and spice. Big, rich and concentrated fruit in the mouth. Excellent structure as well as balance. A long and lingering finish. The wine seems a bit more developed and intense now. A lot closer to its apogee now and it's going to be hard for me to keep my hands off my remaining bottles. Again, the wine pairs very nice with baked salmon. Gaps Crown is really becoming one of my favorites.
  • Chainthroer commented:

    4/10/14, 3:53 PM - Barry-
    Thanks for the comment. And, a really nice wine too. I'll look for the Kosta Browne 2012s. The 2012 pinots are supposed to be pretty good across the board. I've tasted the 2012 Sojourn Sangiacomo - it was good, but not as good as in 2010.
    As a side note, I used to live in Denver as a child for a couple years. The snow was over three feet deep one year!
    Regards,
    Bill, aka Chainthroer

Red
2012 Sojourn Pinot Noir Sangiacomo Vineyard Sonoma Coast
10/8/2013 - Chainthroer wrote:
91 points
I mistakenly erased my evaluation of last night, so this is an attempt at recollection. I recently purchased the wine at COSTCO, thinking though that it wasn't supposed to be released until 2014. The wine appeared densely unfiltered and unfined; otherwise, a ruby color. Aromas of multiple pleasant herbs, earth, black cherry and cinnamon. Similar flavors, along with hints of pomegranate and raspberry. Rich, decent fruit and somewhat powerful. Viscous in the mouth. Good structure. A quite long and lingering finish. Paired very good with wild Atlantic King Salmon. Tasted it again tonight and it was just as good and even better than last night.
  • Chainthroer commented:

    12/15/13, 1:33 PM - Hoffmnron-
    The Sojourn site indicated that release is supposed to be early 2014. But, I purchased four bottles of the "2012" from COSTCO in Scottsdale, AZ in early October. COSTCO must have been able to acquire an earlier release. It's definitely 2012.

Red
2007 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
9/23/2013 - Chainthroer wrote:
92 points
This wine is pretty much the same as when last tasted two months ago. "Aromas and flavors of black cherry, raspberry, leather, herbs, spice, earthiness. Full bodied and rich in the mouth; nice fruit intensity. A medium to long finish." This was the last bottle, so it now time to open other 2005 and 2007 CdPs, which hopefully are starting to mature.
  • Chainthroer commented:

    10/5/13, 9:27 AM - Chatters- re the 2007 Brunel Les Cailloux, the wine is nearing its maturity plateau and has many years left. I basically drank mine because other of my 2007 CdPs probably were not as close to the plateau. Another, 2007 CdP that is probably more approachable is the Domaine Chante Cigale Vieilles Vignes.

Red
1988 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle Syrah
2/7/2013 - nortonnose Likes this wine:
93 points
Chainthroer was right :) Indeed I had high expectations, and this almost lived up to all of them. My very first La Chapelle, and it was lovely. Stood upright for over an hour, then PnP fr 750ml. First few minutes was overly tart with cherry and candy; that blew off within minutes. Garnet color, fading a touch (2mm miniscus). Slightly muted nose, but plenty there on the palate: fresh berry with a hint of cocoa and baking spice. Medium-plus finish. Just an all-around well-rounded drink at this age. NB: the glass I set aside for 5 hours after the initial pour was arguably the best of the bunch.
  • Chainthroer commented:

    2/9/13, 11:48 AM - I knew you'd enjoy the '88 La Chapelle. Sorry to see in the newpaper today that you'll be getting 18-24 inches of snow in Boston. Too much cold for me. I'd be staying inside the house and raiding the cellar of some more Hermitage!

Red
2008 Elyse Zinfandel Morisoli Vineyard Rutherford
12/17/2012 - cbbrown3 wrote:
94 points
The wine is a deep garnet color, almost purple. The very inviting nose features brambly berries, licorice, eucalyptus, Asian spices, violets, dark chocolate, black pepper, with hints of cherry, dark roast coffee, smoky bacon, and a touch of earthiness. This has a medium body with fairly solid, ripe tannins, and very good acidity. The wine is very rich and spicy on the palate with the fruit and savory notes delivering a very tasty mouthful of pleasure. The finish is long and very flavorful with the spicy berries, pepper and a touch of earthiness slowly adding a touch of eucalyptus. This is an outstanding, young Zinfandel that has several years of good drinking ahead.
  • Chainthroer commented:

    12/17/12, 9:44 AM - CB - A nice evaluation on this wine. I've never consumed an Elyse Zin. I'll be on the lookout to taste one.

Red
2007 Talty Winery Zinfandel Estate William Talty Vineyards Dry Creek Valley
12/16/2012 - brigcampbell wrote:
Generous give from Brent which we brought to the holiday dinner. Dark, nearly opaque in a poorly lit room. Aromas of dates and dried leaves. Palate is mostly raisin fruit followed by a long finish. This was a crowd pleaser as it was passed around the table. I'd recommend drinking these, probably right in the sweet spot as the tannins are very supple.
  • Chainthroer commented:

    12/16/12, 10:47 AM - I see that you posted right after my post on the 2002 Pax Keltie Syrah. Thanks for your comment on the Sojourn. I'm attempting to get used to this new CT format. At this point, I like the old "CLASSIC MODE" format better. JMO.

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