Tasting Notes for jsulliv

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Red
4/10/2015 - jsulliv Likes this wine:
91 points
Opened as part of some weekend birthday celebrations, this was a pop and pour. Rather opaque and rust-colored with considerable bricking. Initially had somewhat of a sharp, acrid smell to it that thankfully blew off after a few minutes in the glass with gentle swirling, leaving behind a pleasant surprise. Dried flowers/potpourri, leather, and tea leaves on the nose. In the mouth this is light and drying, with faint flavors of tart cranberry, cinnamon, black tea, dried cherries, and orange zest. Consumed over an hour and a half, slowly rising from cellar temp, and with no discernible fading during that time. Most likely way over-the-hill and by far and away the oldest Zin I've tasted, this was a very interesting experience nonetheless.
Red
11/8/2012 - jsulliv wrote:
93 points
Enjoyed this wine over the course of two nights. Day 1: Small pour into the glass and let the bottle slow ox for 3 hours. The color is a vivid, dark crimson and very opaque. The nose is highly floral with a strong dose cherries and blueberries. There's a little bit of graphite in there too, like one would find in a mechanical pencil. The palate is surprisingly feminine and light, almost crisp - there's a bright acidity. There are plenty of red (cran) and blue fruits, but there's also some olive, blood, and chalk (limestone soil?) in there. Day 2: Coming back to this a night later, the nose is much more berry-driven - almost like a blueberry pie. The palate is similar to the previous day, but it's gotten considerably rounder without losing focus. It still has plenty of zip to it. The wine's not nearly as gamey as I perhaps expected it would be, but nonetheless this is an outstanding wine. I'd say this has another 3-5 years easily. Wish I had more.
Red
8/20/2012 - jsulliv wrote:
92 points
Extremely floral nose with some red fruit and smoke. Taste veers more to black and blue fruits with a good deal of smoked jerky and some chalkiness. This was a fairly dense wine, flavor-wise, but there's also some great minerality left. Overall a tremendous wine that begs for food.
Red
4/19/2012 - jsulliv wrote:
88 points
Opened and enjoyed over two nights, this was quite the nice Sonoma Cabernet. Very fragrant nose of leather, plum, flowers, and a bit of spice. A little tart on the first pour. Over time as this warmed up from cellar temp and breathed a bit, it gained a bit more dark fruit (think dark sweet cherries) and the tartness disappeared. Left a glass and a half in the bottle, recorked it, and threw it in the fridge overnight. On day two much of the fruit had vanished, but what remained was a pleasant tea and earth profile. More about elegance than power at this point, but a thoroughly nice wine. Drink them up.
Red
1/17/2012 - jsulliv wrote:
87 points
Cork fell apart upon opening and was soaked roughly 3/4 of the way up. Observed the same "off" aroma that others have mentioned, but thankfully it blew off over time leaving behind quite a nice wine. This is dark, dark red - not transparent at all. Notes of red fruits, spice, and dirt. In the mouth this wine is surprisingly much lighter than one would think. More red fruits and a hint of tartness. Overall this was very balanced, with just a touch of acidity still poking out. I think that this wine is in a very good place right now, but I definitely don't think it's getting any better from here on out. Drink up!
Red
12/20/2011 - jsulliv wrote:
90 points
Great wine for the price point. Loads of fruit....cranberry, black cherry. This wine also has a perfect hint of green, as others have mentioned, that truly adds a bit of complexity to the taste profile. You can definitely pick-up on the zinfandel though. A very good, easy drinking, enjoyable wine.
Red
8/15/2011 - jsulliv wrote:
83 points
Not bad, not great. Easy drinking, and not a bad effort though for an under-$20 pinot.
Red
8/5/2011 - jsulliv wrote:
87 points
Opened and let stand overnight. Pretty good showing the next day. Lots of cassis and vanilla. Will definitely let the others sleep for much longer. Pretty good QPR for under $20.
Rosé
7/30/2011 - jsulliv wrote:
81 points
Did not dig this wine. I found it lacked much enjoyable flavor, somehow coming off as rather watered-down. What I did taste was the heat (only 13.1%), and a hint of red berries. Just seemed dull. Definitely not an exciting wine, but I have tremendously higher hopes for Bedrock's reds.
Red
6/26/2011 - jsulliv wrote:
92 points
Very good WA Cabernet. This could have used a lot more time in the cellar, but said 'screw it' and popped it open. Drank over a couple of hours, and it was really rocking towards the end. Smooth, with a bunch of dark fruits, a touch of oak, and a bit of green as well. Enjoyed this one a lot, but it definitely could have slept a lot longer.
Red
6/14/2011 - jsulliv wrote:
87 points
Actually, a rather yummy Syrah. Decanted for about an hour. Load of dark fruits and a bit of cocoa on the nose. Smoked meat and cranberries in the mouth. Poured the second half back into the the bottle to drink on day 2. Definitely enjoyable. and a really decent QPR.
Red
5/12/2011 - jsulliv wrote:
87 points
Very decent bottle of wine. Loads of cherries and strawberries. Almost candy-like, but not in an overdone, extracted kind of way. No heat and mild tannins. Enjoyed.
Red
4/21/2011 - jsulliv wrote:
87 points
Nice dark color. Black fruits, coffee, and cinnamon on the nose. Quite hot (even at 13.5%) and disoriented on first night and rather primary. Much better the next day, showing considerably more fruit and balance with a good hint of spice. Not quite as good as the first bottle, but still pretty decent QPR.
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