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Red
2008 Girard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
2/1/2019 - mflesh wrote:
This is The Little engine that could wine. I didn't give this one a snowball's chance of still being good. Actually turns out that this one has a fair amount of black cherry on both nose and palate. Hint of cola in the middle. Some smoked meats towards the finish. I think this is definitely over the hill, but I would say if you like your cabs with a little bit of funk to them moreso than just traditional aged notes, this is the perfect time to drink these. Definitely not going to get any better in the bottle.
  • njgolfer commented:

    2/8/19, 7:17 AM - Thanks for the tasting note. I have been sitting on two bottles of the 2008 Girard for years now. Will need to break one out shortly!

Red
2006 Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
12/2/2016 - La Cave d'Argent wrote:
88 points
Tasted from a well-cellared bottle, this wine retains a youthful deep ruby/red appearance. Decanted off of its sediment and serially tasted over 2-3 hours, it develops an attractive bouquet of black currant fruit, accented by Asian spices and loamy earth. Medium-bodied, seamlessly alcoholic (14.5%) and with good acidity, it delivers flavors mirroring the nose. The tannins are largely resolved at this point, resulting in a soft-textured wine that has fairly good mid-palate presence and a medium-length finish. Assuming that one's bottle has been cellared appropriately, this wine should provide pleasure through the remainder of this decade. That said, it is lacking the "wow" factor that would be necessary for an outstanding rating. Drink now-2020.
  • njgolfer commented:

    12/3/16, 7:32 PM - Was this a 750ml bottle? I have a magnum and wondering when to open...

Red
2010 The Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
Good cherry high toned black cherry, spice mushroom and forest floor. Fine but fairly strong tannic sturcture, in fact I don't think I have ever had a pinot with that much tannin? Good acid, will reserve a score for another few years. Really was great after a few hours open. IMO this thing needs time.
  • njgolfer commented:

    2/12/16, 12:20 PM - Seems like the last few comments indicate that the wine needs time which leads me to think it has entered a shut down phase. Going to be updating my drinking window to start at 2017/18.

    Thanks for the note

Red
2010 Elyse Zinfandel Morisoli Vineyard Rutherford
9/10/2015 - njgolfer wrote:
Nose on this wine had a weird smell. It wasn't Brett and couldn't identify it but it was medium in intensity and had a earthy/organic quality.

Once that blew off after a couple hours, this drank well, with nice amounts of fruit on the palate, but backed by some spice notes. Did not taste much alcohol or oak. Compared to other tasting notes, I did not find this as overtly fruity as others described it.

Will try what is remaining on day 2.
  • njgolfer commented:

    9/12/15, 5:24 PM - Tried the wine today and it was totally disjointed and had to dump it out. I am hoping that this was just a bad bottle as I have 5 more left and have enjoyed Elyse wines in the past

White - Off-dry
2001 Jos. Christoffel Jr. (Christoffel-Prüm) Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese Mosel Saar Ruwer
11/3/2014 - hungrysommelier wrote:
93 points
Amazing complexity on the nose - classic citrus to tropical fruits, diesel, a leafiness, hint of leather, apple pie - wow.

The palate is fading at the edges but still shows an incredible fresh core showing this wine had some great acid at one point. Medium long finish of citrus and apple peel.
Very impressed.
  • njgolfer commented:

    11/4/14, 5:58 PM - With the fading at the edges comment, would you say it is time to drink up?

White - Off-dry
2001 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese * Mosel Saar Ruwer
8/14/2014 - sawira wrote:
95 points
Wow. This cork seems to have leaked at some point, though I have to say - in over 30 years of active tastings, I've rarely seen this make a difference with the hugely oxidation-resistant Riesling grape. Blasting nose of cream, cumin, talc and quince. Palate echoes this, along with a slurpable, still sweet, young, and utterly delicious, orchard fruit laden, exotically spiced, grape must, still primary explosion of very long, very broad, superb, 2001-ness. This bottle just starting its run and the talc-y, cumin infused artistry is something to behold. Brilliant. Bottle #1 of 6. 95pts, easily.
  • njgolfer commented:

    8/16/14, 12:52 PM - Sounds so delicious! Going to hold mine for another few years, but a tasting note like that provides something to look forward to.

  • njgolfer commented:

    8/16/14, 12:52 PM - Sounds so delicious! Going to hold mine for another few years, but a tasting note like that provides something to look forward to.

Red
2007 Tallulah Syrah Bald Mountain Ranch Mt. Veeder
This is now past its prime, if there ever really was a prime drinking window for this one. I have to say that I am glad to see this go, I'd hoped that a 2007 would have aged nicely, but this one starts off as a strong industrial sense, very little odor left, and then goes flat. That takes about five minutes. At the end its at the spectrum of one of the worst tasting wines that I've had, so I'm being generous with a 73. So, while not yet turned to vinegar, this is one that was not meant for long aging and it shows.
  • njgolfer commented:

    7/8/14, 9:14 AM - I've got a couple more bottles of this. Will have to try 1 out this week to see if I have the same experience or maybe bottle variation?

  • njgolfer commented:

    7/11/14, 7:38 PM - My notes on the 2007 bottle: Had it over 2 days but another 2007 Tallulah Syrah Bald Mountain Ranch past its prime - #wine http://cellartracker.com/w?1146738

Red
2007 Rosenblum Cellars Petite Sirah Heritage Clones Contra Costa County
Excellent. Plenty of fruit and complexity, with berry flavors. Still holding up well Paired well with grilled chicken sausage.
  • njgolfer commented:

    7/5/14, 4:25 PM - How can it be "flawed" yet excellent? Thinking you checked the wrong option

Red
2009 Sylk Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Carlyn and Barton Vineyard Napa Valley
A nose of dark fruit and some spice, dark garnet in color. A medium to full bodied Cab, with black cherry, herbs, tart, off balance, over priced. www.winelx.com
  • njgolfer commented:

    5/15/14, 10:14 AM - I found the off-balance nature blew off my day 3. I am holding my other bottles for a few more years to hope they pull together.

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