Tasting Notes for studleytrey

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Red
10/18/2019 - studleytrey wrote:
Very consistent to last year's note, big fruit still; let's have 2-3 more years before the next.
Red
10/15/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
89 points
I'd say this is past prime at this point, although I'm enjoying it just fine tonight, certainly due to my preference for bottles on the dusty side. In spite of that, the color here is dense and dark with ruby edges, and is that really hinting towards purple? Also in spite of that, this bottle improved with a bit (30 min. to 1 hr.) of aeration in glass and open bottle (no decanting) and drank well over several hours. Aromas of dark fruits (slightly stewed), purple flowers, graphite, damp earth, and crushed rocks. Light to medium body, medium acid and finish, with flavors of black cherry, plum, black raspberry, lemon, black tea, a drying leathery component, and a mineral streak. A nice aged spot for me, though certainly too far for others.
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Red
10/14/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
95 points
What a beautiful bottle of wine here; I'm really loving it tonight, and a perfect pairing for our ropa vieja which had been sitting and developing flavors for a few days now, so this was a real treat all around.

Medium garnet color with some transparency. Gorgeous aromatics from the pop and developing in the glass, showing notes of red and transitioning to dark and dark red fruits, cedar, flowers, dill initially and then fading, clove, licorice, orange peel, lemon, vanilla, potpourri, and a bit of earthy funk. Fantastic. Medium body and acid, medium (+) finish, with flavors of cherry, raspberry, bitter red apple skin, lemon, black tea, clove, and an herbal hint. This is incredible. It's drinking great right now but I think it could age at least 2-5 more years as well, and with 2 more of this vintage in holding, I think I'll give the next a few more years and see what happens. I gotta give it up, 95 pts. for me.
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Red
10/9/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
90 points
Dark as a moonless night, with a purplish ruby red at the very edges. Aromas of dark fruits, earth, violet, cedar, licorice, graphite, and minerals. Medium body, medium (+) acid and finish, with flavors of dark fruits, licorice, walnuts, orange peel, and minerals. Drinking well tonight with our ropa vieja, and given my experience with a previous vintage or two, I'd say it could age another few years as well. Solid QPR on this one (I paid $15). 90+
Red
10/4/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
92 points
1st of 2 for me. Thinking this may be a little past prime, as the fruit seems a little faded, but it's really nice for my palate and the nose is fantastic. Medium (+) garnet color, no bricking. Aromas of dark and dark red fruits, flowers, earth, graphite, cedar, anise, dry spice drawer, and wet stone. Medium body and finish, medium (+) acid, and flavors of dark and dark red fruits, sour cherry, lemon, iron, and minerals. I'm quite enjoying this. 92+
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Red
2010 Ampeleia Kepos Costa Toscana Red Blend (view label images)
10/3/2019 - studleytrey wrote:
88 points
Bit of a different impression tonight from my other bottle in '16. Darker fruited and veering towards stewed this go, but still balanced and pretty good with our pasta ala norma. Medium (+) purplish ruby color still. Aromas of dark fruits, graphite, and a bit of floral. Medium body, medium (-) to medium acid and finish, with flavors of plum and black cherry, orange peel, and a leathery tea note. A little more rustic and food centered than the modern crowd pleaser last time. 87-88
White
10/2/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
90 points
Consistent descriptors as last time, but somehow this is showing more complete and enjoyable overall. Perfectly paired with the broccoli cheddar soup I made.
Red
9/30/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
87 points
Nothing really to add to my November '17 note except to say that all 5 of my bottles have been consistent to that note up to the very last one tonight. Good QPR on these and very crowd-friendly as well. Pair it with uncomplicated Italian (/-American) fare like pizza, simple pastas, and sausage and peppers.
Red
Consistent notes to last bottle, even though this one was lightly corked; fortunately was able to rectify with cellophane. Enjoyable, crowd pleasing, pretty good QPR. Great with burgers tonight.
Red
9/28/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
90 points
Didn't take formal notes tonight, but this was much more enjoyable from even last year. Dark red fruits, chocolate, some flowers and cedar. Looking forward to a more mindful experience with it next bottle soon, but this is drinking well now.
Rosé
9/28/2019 - studleytrey wrote:
85 points
This rosé seems to be everywhere. Kinda feels like the Santa Margarita of rosé. This one was gifted to my wife from a co-worker. Light salmon pink color. Aromas of peach jolly ranchers, watermelon, wet rocks, and light citrus notes. Medium body, acid, and finish, dry, with soft flavors of strawberry, peach, lime, and some minerals. I dunno, it's not bad, but just kinda alright for me, dog.
Red
9/27/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
94 points
This is drinking more tired than some '01s and '03s of this I've had more recently. Medium(+) garnet color. Aromas of dark fruits, potpourri, orange peel, exotic (Indian) spices, cinnamon, clove, anise, hibiscus, sassafras...pretty incredible nose actually. I could smell this all night. Pairs well with the new Tool album. Sorry, got sidetracked there. Medium bodied, medium(+) acid, long finish and robust in the mouth, with flavors of liquor-soaked dark cherries, stewed black fruit, black tea, and lemon, with grippy, drying tannins. I dunno—the tannins and acidity suggest further longevity, but the fruit seems on the cooked side. It's still delicious though and the nose is amazing. I'm quite enjoying it to be honest. 98-99 nose and maybe like 91-92 palate? I'm glad to have had the opportunity to stay up and sit with this one; it's been a nice experience. I don't know what I'll do with the last two bottles with regard to drinking/aging (which means I'll probably forget about them for a minute and age it more indiscriminately).
Red
9/26/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
90 points
Interestingly, this bottle is showing a little less tired than the last, in spite of the cork breaking (stained 1/4 way) and the other being two years ago. Don't get me wrong, it's still "drink up" status for sure, but it's still enjoyable enough (can't believe I didn't get to another for two years!). Opaque black color with garnet to tawny at the very edges. Aromas of dark fruits, dark chocolate, walnuts, licorice, clove, and graphite—Bordeaux-like and quite nice actually. Medium body and acid, medium (-) finish, and flavors of dark fruits, dark chocolate, walnut, tobacco, licorice, lemon, and minerals. Not mad at this actually. Had it with a minestrone soup, but a steak, steak sandwich, or sausage and peppers would probably be better. It's a nice standalone sipper post meal as well.
Red
9/26/2019 - studleytrey wrote:
89 points
Checking in on this guy here and my note from 2016 is pretty bang on to this bottle, except that the tannins are more integrated at this point—really didn't notice them with food, but afterward there's definitely some woody grip to the teeth. Earthy, dry leaves, soil, oak, and black tea nose with a hint of rose petal. Medium body and finish, medium(+) acid, with flavors of cherry, black tea, lemon peel, and drying oak. I don't know about aging this much more—there's some tannin and acid to hold it, but I don't know that there's enough fruit to really pay it off, and the oak treatment is a little heavy. I'm thinking to drink mine in the nearish term. This is from 375mL BTW.
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Red
9/21/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
92 points
Anniversary year of a favorite producer, so that's happy stuff. Medium (+) garnet with brickish edges, kinda veering towards tawny. Aromas of plums and black cherry, leather, black tea, soil, eucalyptus, green pepper, walnut, dark chocolate, and graphite. Medium body, acid, and finish, with flavors of dark fruits, lemon, leather, dark red fruits, orange peel, and mineral. Fantastic tonight.
White - Sparkling
9/20/2019 - studleytrey wrote:
88 points
Had a few of these now, but just getting around to noting on this one. Not super complex or interesting, but a fine porch quaffer. Light yellow color hinting towards green a bit. Breast and yeasty on the nose with apple, pear, honey, and wet stone. Medium body, acid, and finish, with flavors of apple, pear, and iron. 87-88
White
9/17/2019 - studleytrey wrote:
88 points
Light straw yellow color. Aromas of honeyed peach and nectarine, lime, pear, and chalk. Medium (+) body, medium acid and finish, and flavors of lemon, lime, pear, and minerals. Fairly dry; maybe just hinting towards off-dry. Worked well with Indian food, and a pretty good QPR at the $11 paid.
Red
9/11/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
90 points
I've consumed 8 bottles of this, and nary a note?!? Tsk, tsk. I think maybe I got these for a party a few years ago. Anyway, last bottle here and showing medium (+) ruby color with some transparency. Very long legs, which is not something I tend to look for or note, but it's quite noticeable here. Aromas of black cherry, plum, smoke, cedar, leather, and tobacco. Medium (+) body, acid, and finish, with flavors of cherry, black cherry, red plum, cinnamon, red hot candy, orange peel, lemon, and minerals. I'm enjoying it. If I had any more, I'd probably drink in the next year or so. 89-90
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Red
9/10/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
91 points
This is largely consistent with my bottles in '13 and '14, though the tannins are pretty integrated at this point (getting a little grip post meal). Ruby to garnet color still with transparency. Aromas of cherry, cherry cough drop, licorice, tree bark, tar, cinnamon, and rose. Light to medium body, high acid, medium (+) finish, and flavors of cherry, black tea, orange peel, lemon, and minerals. I continue to enjoy this wine.
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White
6/12/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
91 points
Light gold to deep yellow color. Nose of lychee, honey, stone fruits, and wet stone. Full body, good length, medium(+) acid, and flavors of spice and minerals with lemon, lychee and stone fruits. Delicious.
Red
6/29/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
92 points
What a treat. Perfectly aged and singing tonight. Got this as an anniversary gift for my wife's aunt and uncle a few years ago and held it (they don't have a cellar) and finally found a time to share it (with some anniversary vintage wines of ours).

Transparent garnet with bricked edges. Aromas of cinnamon, red hot candies, cedar, old chest, dried red fruits, and orange peel. Medium body, acid, and medium (+) finish, with flavors of spicy red fruits, and orange and lemon citrus. Perfectly aged and delicious. 91-92
Red
2011 Halcon Vineyards Esquisto Yorkville Highlands Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
8/27/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
91 points
Only just getting to the 1st of my 4 of these, and it's showing really nicely aged and in a good spot tonight for my palate. Dense, opaque coloring with garnet edges. Beautiful aromatics of lavender, dark fruits, potting soil, balsamic, and mushroom. A little soft on the palate, with medium body, acid, and finish, and flavors of dark fruit, iron, beef blood, balsamic, lemon, and spice. Perfect with Chinese crispy beef and peppers tonight, and I think mushroom or beef dishes that aren't too rich or fatty is the call (this is not ribeye/slab-n-cab material here), or balsamic chicken would probably be clutch. This is a lovely bottle and I'm probably going to rip through the other 3 in the near term.
Red
8/26/2019 - studleytrey wrote:
86 points
Largely consistent descriptors as last time, but somehow a bit more enjoyable experience with this bottle. Certainly at least an 85-86 pt. dolcetto here today.
White
8/26/2019 - studleytrey wrote:
84 points
This one's definitely a little on the rich side; not so much in the malo/butter sense, but more so on the extraction. Light to medium yellow color. Aromas of tropical fruits, namely pineapple, sliced almonds, saline, wet rocks, and cotton candy. Full body and round in the mouth, with medium (+) acid and finish, and flavors of big time pineapple, papaya, saline, and minerals. It's not bad, but a little rich and fatiguing to my palate.
White
8/25/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
91 points
Light golden color. Aromas of waxy yellow fruit, saline, lemon, sliced almonds, and seashells. Full body, medium (+) acid and finish, with flavors of ripe peach and nectarine, lemon, melon, and honey. In a really nice spot tonight with salt and vinegar chip crusted cod alfresco. ��
Red
8/19/2019 - studleytrey wrote:
89 points
I had one of these a few years back and recall a notable dill and more red fruited character that I actually liked but is no longer coming through. Very dense, black and opaque coloring with ruby to garnet edges that are clouded a bit with sediment (I did not decant this and probably should have). Aromas of dark fruits (graduating towards stewed as it's been open), dark chocolate, walnuts, pen ink, graphite, and a touch of violet. Medium body and finish, medium (+) acid, with flavors of dark fruits, a little tart black raspberry, dark chocolate, and a bit of mineral and spice. Good with a flank steak with chimichurri tonight.
Red
8/17/2019 - studleytrey wrote:
1st of 4 and cork snapped and this was drinking past prime. I've had '01s and '03s recently that were drinking better, so hopefully an off bottle, but will definitely get into another sooner than later. Notes of stewed plum and oxidation. Not great. Will reserve score for now.
Red
8/9/2019 - studleytrey wrote:
91 points
Purplish ruby color. Aromas of dark fruits, dark chocolate, cedar, walnuts, licorice, and violet. Definitely getting some of the oak character, but it's a complicating positive here. Medium body and finish, medium (+) acid, and flavors of dark and dark red fruits, licorice, black tea, lemon, and orange peel. Bigger style but balanced. Enjoyed it with a steak at a restaurant tonight.
White
8/1/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
90 points
Light straw yellow color. Aromas of pineapple, yellow apple, saline, wet stone, and a touch of herbs. Medium (+) body, acid, and finish, with flavors of pineapple, lemon curd, honey, herbs, and minerals. Bright with good acidity, but with a bit of richness and a hint of sweetness as well. Nicely balanced though IMO. Was great with simply done crispy skin chicken thighs out of the oven tonight.
White
7/24/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
88 points
Had the '13 vintage of this previously, and this is still a pretty good QPR even at a couple bucks more at $8. Light straw yellow color. Aromas of waxy yellow fruit, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, beeswax, and saline. Medium body and finish, medium (+) acid, and flavors of lemon, lime, cantaloupe, honeydew, pear, green apple, honey, and lingering minerality and a light bitterness on the back end. Pretty solid.
Rosé
7/21/2019 - studleytrey wrote:
87 points
Light salmon pink in color. Aromas of watermelon, strawberry, grapefruit, wet stone, and a little rose petal floral lift. Medium (+) body, medium acid and finish, dry, with flavors of strawberry, grapefruit, tangerine, and light minerals. Not a bad little quaffer actually. 87+
Red
7/21/2019 - studleytrey Does not like this wine:
83 points
Picked up a bottle of this $6 value red to try after being so impressed with their matching price white. Well, I wasn't as impressed here; it's not a bad wine, but a simple and fruity one that more obviously wears its pedigree on its sleeve. It also came across very young, and so a year or two might actually help things here. Dark fruits and just a hint of spice is what's going on, and that's about it. A crowd of non-winos would probably happily guzzle this, which is what I was looking at it for, so there's that.
White
7/18/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
90 points
Straw to light yellow in color. Aromas of white flowers, peach, and wet stone. Medium (+) body, acid, and finish, with flavors of lemon, lime, green apple, pear, fresh herbs, and minerals. Has a bit of a gin and tonic vibe on the palate without any alcohol spike. Worked great with a simple corn, basil, and ricotta pasta tonight. I'm digging it. 89-90
Red
7/18/2019 - studleytrey wrote:
87 points
Picked this value Chianti up as a possible party option to try out, and I think it fits the bill for that or would be a fine house wine for the bargain price of $8. Medium ruby color with transparency. Aromas of cherry, strawberry, earth, and cedar. I can see the cinnamon previously mentioned as well. Medium body and acid, medium(-) finish, although a bit of spice teases it out a bit, and flavors of cherry, black cherry, plum, lemon, and spice. This is really not too bad, and certainly a decent QPR. Pizza, pasta, red sauces, balsamic chicken for the pairing. 86-87
White
7/17/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
88 points
Well, you could certainly do a lot worse for $6, I'll tell you that much! Picked this one up to try as a potential party option, and it is far exceeding expectations. This is a blend of fernão pires and arinto. Light yellow to straw color. Aromas of lychee, pear, lemon curd, and wet stone. Crisp, bright, and dry on the palate, with medium(+) body and acid, medium finish, and flavors of pear, apple, lemon, and mineral. This is a great summer party option, and would work with all manner of seafood, poultry, lemon or cream sauces, lighter fare, or backyard or poolside quaffing. Awesome QPR. I'm buying the last 11 bottles from my vendor right now! 87-88
White
7/16/2019 - studleytrey wrote:
88 points
Medium to deep gold color. Aromas of smoke, roasted nuts, herbs, and saline, with very subtle fruit sitting underneath, maybe a little banana and stone fruit. Full bodied, viscous, and spicy, with medium acid and finish, and flavors of stone fruit, banana, iron, saline, and spice, the fruit being subtle on the palate as well.
Red
7/15/2019 - studleytrey wrote:
88 points
Crowd-pleasing and forward, but not obnoxiously so, and a pretty fair wine of its type for under $15. Purplish ruby in color. Aromas of blueberry, plum, tar, smoke, and licorice. Light to medium body, medium (+) acid and finish, with flavors of blueberry, plum, balsamic, lemon, mineral, and spice. Light tannic grip; I don't think this is an ager, but a year or two probably wouldn't hurt, although it's perfectly fine now with food. Pair with grilled and braised meats and stews, bbq, balsamic chicken, hoisin duck, and the like. 87-88
Red
7/12/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
89 points
Medium ruby with transparency. Aromas of cherry, strawberry, tar, and a bit of floral. Medium body and finish, high acid, and flavors of cherry, strawberry, and a bit of mineral and spice, but mostly fresh and fruity nebbiolo here with a bright acidity. I don't find this tannic, and basically ready to go with your standard Italian fare.
Red
6/29/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
91 points
Didn't take formal notes but this was drinking well, definitely on the new world end, which was an interesting contrast to the perfectly aged '86 Bordeaux proceeding it. Lush dark black, blue, and dark red fruits and spice, robust in the mouth with good length. Ended up drinking 2 out of my 3 bottles.
White
7/1/2019 - studleytrey wrote:
88 points
Here's a wine I wasn't necessarily looking to age, but sometimes a bottle just goes out of sight and out of mind for a while and then turns up down the road, and, well, here we are. Shame I didn't record a note on the other one I had and drank years ago for comparison, but what're you gonna do?

Deep golden color here like a white that's got some age on it for sure. Aromas of bruised apple, pear, peach, nectarine, and seashell, and sourdough. Full bodied and round in the mouth, with medium acid and finish, and flavors of faded apple and pear, some herbs, a bit of lemon curd, and light minerality and not unpleasant bitterness on the tail end. Definitely past peak, but not undrinkable or unenjoyable, and worked just fine w/ our shrimp and herbed quinoa tonight. 87-88
Red
6/25/2019 - studleytrey wrote:
88 points
Medium ruby. Savory, meaty nose of beef blood and cured meats, along with tomato leaf, herbs, white pepper, chalk, and graphite. Medium body and length, bright acidity, and flavors of dark red fruits, tomato, beef jerky, and minerals. Very savory wine here. Different and interesting, though certainly not for everyone. Pair it with a burger or steak, or a charcuterie and cheese plate would probably be spot on.
Red
6/23/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
90 points
1st of 2. Garnet color with transparency. Aromas of black tea, orange peel, cedar, and red fruits on the dry side. Medium body, acid and finish, and flavors of dry red fruits, orange peel, black tea. Nice food pinot for a good variety of fare.
Rosé
6/23/2019 - studleytrey wrote:
87 points
Copperish orange in appearance. Clean but tight nose that's not giving up a lot, but I'm getting a little wet stone and subtle strawberry. Full body, medium (+) acid and finish, with a round and a little bit viscous mouthfeel, and flavors of cherry, strawberry, tangerine, orange peel, peaches and cream. Not bad for $10.
Red
6/22/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
91 points
1st of 4. Medium ruby to garnet color. Aromas of dark and dark red fruits, licorice, cedar, cinnamon, bark, and a little floral, eucalyptus, and graphite. Medium body, medium (+) acid and finish, with flavors of plum, black cherry, black raspberry, black tea, and orange peel. Really solid Al fresco tonight with burgers off the grill.
White
2018 Château Palene Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
6/20/2019 - studleytrey wrote:
85 points
Very light yellow color. Aromas of lemon, lychee, lime, and wet stone. Fullish body, medium acid and finish, with flavors of lemon, lime, tonic, and minerals. Steely and bright, clean, and good for seafood, shellfish, lighter fare (salads with bright vinegar based dressing), and warm weather. About right on the QPR at ~$10.
Red
2016 See Ya Later Ranch Ping Okanagan Valley VQA Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/16/2019 - studleytrey wrote:
88 points
Purplish ruby color. Aromas of dark fruits, dark chocolate, coconut, and vanilla. Medium body, acid, and finish, with flavors of dark and dark red fruits, lemon, minerals, and spice. On the new world end, but balanced and nice and bright for a Bordeaux blend. Pair it with a burger.
White
6/15/2019 - studleytrey wrote:
85 points
Very light straw yellow color. Aromas of lychee, honeysuckle, vanilla, and wet rocks. Fullish body, medium acid and finish, with flavors of lychee, banana, vanilla, green apple, Asian pear, minerals, and some gewurz spice. Not blowing me away, but a fine enough quaffer for BC sipping.
White
2018 Nk'mip Cellars Dreamcatcher Okanagan Valley VQA Riesling Blend, Riesling (view label images)
6/14/2019 - studleytrey wrote:
83 points
Blend of riesling, sauvignon blanc, and ehrenfelser. Light straw color with a green hue. Aromas of white flowers, lemon, lime, and wet stones. Medium body, some off dry sweetness, but also some pretty ripping acidity, which is less balancing and more so a little angular and out of balance. Long finish. Flavors of lemon, lime, green pear and apple. Aromas of lime, saline, and wet rocks. Fine enough with our BC smorgasbord, but a little fatiguing on the palate.
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Rosé
2018 Nk'mip Cellars Rosé Okanagan Valley VQA Rosé Blend (view label images)
6/13/2019 - studleytrey wrote:
87 points
Medium rosy pink color. Aromas of watermelon, strawberries and cream, cherry, tangerine, lime and minerals. Medium body, acid, and finish, with consistent flavors. On the new world end of things, but a fine quaffer while I take in this BC view for sure.
White
6/9/2019 - studleytrey wrote:
86 points
Ordered by the glass in a restaurant, and they billed it as "cask chardonnay" which I found interesting since it's quite steely and clean, although I do get the malo as previously mentioned. Very light yellow color. Aromas of lemon, lime, and minerals. Medium (+) body, medium acid and finish, with a round mouth feel and flavors of lemon curd, vanilla, lime, and minerals.
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