Tasting Notes for Jjarriel

(38 notes on 37 wines)

1 - 38 of 38 Sort order
Red
10/16/2021 - Jjarriel wrote:
93 points
This was drinking perfectly! No decant. Wine and cheese with plenty of others bottle's open to choose from, definitely one of the stars of the evening.
Red
8/21/2021 - Jjarriel Likes this wine:
91 points
Excellent….w pizza.
Red
7/10/2021 - Jjarriel Likes this wine:
95 points
If you love Napa cabs this one is hard to beat. A stellar example of the wines the first year of the 2012-2016 drought, it needed no decanting. We had it with the local gourmet pizza and it held up well as one would expect.
Red
4/3/2021 - Jjarriel wrote:
Not bad, and not over the hill. Would have benefitted from an hour or so of decant I think but held up nicely against the filet we paired it with.
Red
3/20/2021 - Jjarriel Likes this wine:
91 points
Could have been a 90 or maybe a 92...it was outstanding to be sure. Great fruit, very balanced with enough acidity to pair well with a 24 hour sous-vide pork shoulder which I’m guessing wouldn’t have been most peoples go to in this situation, but I thought it was a superb match.
Red
3/14/2021 - Jjarriel Likes this wine:
92 points
Outstanding (as always from my fave Torres)! Solid fruit, great balance. Held up well to a petit fillet with veggies.
Red
2/18/2021 - Jjarriel Likes this wine:
92 points
I loved this - a subtle, lighter , but still fruit forward Californian Pinot Noir at it's best. No way this was at the end of it's drinking window - this could go a few more years easily.
Red
12/24/2020 - Jjarriel Likes this wine:
95 points
This was incredibly smooth for being a 2017. Rich, velvety fruit. Outstanding yet it feels like it still has room to grow as it ages.
Red
12/24/2020 - Jjarriel Likes this wine:
94 points
Needs another 5 years to hit is full potential
Red
12/18/2020 - Jjarriel Likes this wine:
92 points
Outstanding! Probably had another year or two
Red
12/13/2020 - Jjarriel Likes this wine:
90 points
Tasted great, think it will continue to evolve over time. (Again the community drinking window is way too narrow....starting to think some of these folks aren't cellaring properly.) Good fruit. Great acid. Had this with a filet mignon - may have been a bit much for this bottle.

No decanting (was tempting though) and agree with previous note on a slightly funky smell on opening.
Red
2008 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
12/6/2020 - Jjarriel Likes this wine:
93 points
Unbelievable (and once again - community drinking window insanely conservative - this had more legs). Paired w steak and it was lovely. No decant but used an aerating filter (lotta “stuff” in this bottle)
Red
2016 Château Magrez Fombrauge St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Was bottle number...well who knows. We drank it and nobody left a drop in the glasses so lets assume it was acceptable and leave it at that.
Red
Needed a little more time but so much potential.
Red
11/26/2020 - Jjarriel wrote:
92 points
Outstanding with thanksgiving spread! So smooth so good!
Red
11/26/2020 - Jjarriel Likes this wine:
90 points
2nd bottle (after a Prosecco start w/ some crudetite) with Thanksgiving dinner. Went better than you would think with the turkey but was more of a bridge bottle to Pinot we had next. Could easily cellar a few more years.
Red
11/22/2020 - Jjarriel Likes this wine:
91 points
This was a really good cab. It’ll be better in a few years. Decanted (mostly because my Reidel decanter looks pretty on my walnut dining room table, not sure it really needed and we didn’t let it sit long).

I could give you a bunch of “tabacco” and “cherries up front” but that’s crap. It tastes like wine, it’s well balanced and we ate it with an awesome, locally sourced filet steak (so good!). It was awesome! It’ll be more awesome when we open the 2nd and 3rd bottles and we’ll be sad we didn’t buy another 3 (though to be honest....it wasn’t a full case wine - my cellar has geometric limits and this wine fits well within those limits but has it’s space and no more).

If you have a few bottles of this...you can drink it now or hold on a bit.
Red
Love Rombauer....smooth, fruity. Had it with pizza and it was awesome.
Red
11/15/2020 - Jjarriel Likes this wine:
94 points
Fantastic, balanced. Full of fruity goodness but not over-powering. Had it with a filet mignon and fingerling potatoes - more than held it’s own.
White
11/15/2020 - Jjarriel wrote:
88 points
Great chilled way, way too cold on a hot day. No idea when we drank these so they must have been awesome.
Red
10/29/2020 - Jjarriel Likes this wine:
92 points
This was an outstanding zin from Ridge - ready to drink now. Rich, round, smooth. Easily paired with a light meal but did just as well solo the next day. Not sure if it’s at it’s peak but hard to see holding onto it for substantially much longer. Will buy a few more if I get the chance but probably won’t hold long.
Red
2014 Château les Cruzelles Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/1/2020 - Jjarriel Likes this wine:
90 points
At 14% ABV it’s less aggressive on the palate than the California blends I normally drink but it was full enough/balanced to hold up against a pan finished steak filet. In fact, I would probably avoid drinking without pairing it with something. Seems likely it would benefit from aging but is drinking well enough now. Will probably revisit the remaining bottles annually.
Red
8/2/2020 - Jjarriel Likes this wine:
92 points
Who the F thought this was past it’s drinking window. I am seriously adding 3-5 years onto the communities windows to account for whatever total lack of judgement is driving the persistent error. What’s going on here - is there an abiding love of green pepper and tight grapes? Get it together people!
Red
8/2/2020 - Jjarriel Likes this wine:
93 points
Outstanding! Would be good for another 2-3 years at least. Elegant, fruit forward Pinot - totally all that and a bag of chips!
Red
5/31/2020 - Jjarriel Likes this wine:
90 points
Fantastic. A little on the round side but paired well with a pan-seared filet (steak).
Red
5/25/2020 - Jjarriel Likes this wine:
93 points
We got a few bottles of this from Stuhlmuller's library a few years ago and I think it's better now than it was then and hard to believe it's actually at the end of it's drinking window. Great balance, bright fruit w nice acid - drank with a nice steak and it was outstanding! Think I have one more bottle in my refrigerator in Cali (fingers crossed)
Red
5/17/2020 - Jjarriel wrote:
87 points
This was pretty horrible after opening butt let it breath for an hour and it was acceptable. Clearly past it’s prime.
Red
5/17/2020 - Jjarriel Likes this wine:
88 points
Good but not great
Red
5/11/2020 - Jjarriel Likes this wine:
90 points
This was fantastic. Paired it with a Painted Hills (Oregon) Filet and a side of asparagus for a delightful Sunday night meal. We opened the wine about 20 minutes before pouring and it drank great right out of the bottle. Probably wouldn't hurt to aerate, but not necessary. Great fruit and enough body/acid to carry it with the butter seared steak.

If you have a bottle or two left in the cellar I wouldn't feel overly pressured to drink it immediately - think it can safely be held a few more years.
Red
5/9/2020 - Jjarriel Likes this wine:
91 points
Again - whomever is setting the drinking windows for Pinots needs to reassess. This was lovely at 12 years old. Smooth, fruity, everything a California Pinot should be. I loved it.
1 person found this helpful Comments (1)
Red
5/3/2020 - Jjarriel Likes this wine:
89 points
A solid Pinot from the glory days of California’s fruit forwardness (before all the stems and twigs started making thier way into the bottles - seriously folks, dance with the one that brought ya!). Anyhow, as long as we were breaking rules, we paired it with a filet mignon with some baby Bella mushrooms sautéed in a miso butter reduction. Predictably the steak was a bit much for the wine but it was closer than you would think.

The wine had enough acidity to cut the fat (hmmm.....fat!) while the red fruit (think cherry) were still there.

Overall, the wine was probably past it’s prime, but not so much as the rediculously short drinking window listed would suggest. If I had another bottle I’d open it sooner rather than later, but life isn’t so short that I’d insist on opening it tonight.
5 people found this helpful Comment
Red
10/22/2011 - Jjarriel wrote:
Awesome for the price - great 3rd or 4th bottle
Red
10/22/2011 - Jjarriel wrote:
90 points
Great with a slab of salmon...opened and let it sit for 1/2 hours. Clean with good fruit, light after taste.
Red
10/22/2011 - Jjarriel wrote:
89 points
Uncomplicated and relatively thin for a Cab, but really tasty and easily accessible. Good first bottle for the evening.
Red
3/20/2011 - Jjarriel wrote:
88 points
No bad - will probably be awesome next year
Red
3/18/2011 - Jjarriel wrote:
89 points
Opened the bottle and skipped the decanting, etc. Multiplied blasphemy by pairing with a meal more suited to a buttery chardonnay.

Good tasting and accessible, this Cab seemed just ever so slightly young to my (admittedly uninformed) palate. (full disclosure: as an engineer, I'll buy anything with graphs and chemical diagrams on the label...)

I think my favorite part is an almost total lack of any hint of my grandmother's basement that seems to come with many of the smoother cabs.
1 - 38 of 38
  • Tasting Notes: 38 notes on 37 wines
© 2003-21 CellarTracker! LLC.

Report a Problem

Close