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Red
2005 Pepper Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley
8/26/2019 - Charlie C wrote:
80 points
The nose is a bit harsh with some trace of violets. Nice dark fruit, black cherries, pepper. It is starting to become unbalanced. The acidity is somewhat harsh and not in balance with the fruit and sweet tannins. Finishes long, but again a bit too acidic. Overall, palatable but that’s it. Drink soon. The acidity will become intolerable in the next year or so.
  • Jake112380 commented:

    9/7/19, 12:41 AM - Thanks for your note. That’s disappointing to hear. One of the reasons I’ve bought Pepper Bridge in the past is the idea that Jean Francois‘ swine making would allow the wines to age for decades.

Red
2016 Kontos Cellars Syrah Les Collines Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
8/8/2019 - rakasome Likes this wine:
92 points
Marvelous. Deep, deep color. Powerful on the olfactory. Maybe gonna be best in a year or FIVE! Yes, I agree with another comment that Cameron Kontos is hitting his stride. No wonder they have so little to sell retail as the wine clubs are maxed out. You don't get into a club for shitty wine.
  • Jake112380 commented:

    8/8/19, 8:27 PM - Preach!

Red
2014 Wind Gap Wines Grenache Old Vine Sceales Vineyard Sonoma County
4/25/2019 - ppearson9 Does not like this wine:
70 points
Honestly what are you morons drinking? second bottle went right in the drain same as the first. I wouldn’t feed this filth to my mother in law.
  • Jake112380 commented:

    4/25/19, 10:51 PM - Well, you gave it a 50 two weeks ago and a 70 today, so I’d say it’s trending in the right direction...

  • Jake112380 commented:

    4/26/19, 5:40 PM - Eh, I wouldn’t feel bad about the 50. Truth is truth. And really, I don’t think anyone is much more inclined to buy a 70 wine as opposed to a 50. But maybe a third bottle would be an 85 :-)

Red
2013 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Maestro Collection Rutherford Estate Vineyard
1/2/2019 - wintersbar wrote:
flawed
Is it just me, or does anyone else detect an unacceptale level of brett?
  • Jake112380 commented:

    1/4/19, 7:23 PM - I don’t recall that on the one bottle that I’ve consumed so far (and forgot to take notes on), but I do remember it being disappointing vis as vis the maker and purported tier (Maestro!).

Red
2015 For a Song Syrah Columbia Valley
10/27/2018 - jmcmchi wrote:
87 points
Pretty solid fruit-driven easy drinker. Good value

Brilliant in boeuf bourguignonne
  • Jake112380 commented:

    10/28/18, 8:05 PM - Faint praise?

  • Jake112380 commented:

    10/29/18, 5:56 PM - Those are some heavy hitters for sure. I bought six to drink as an everyday wine, and it sounds like I won't be disappointed. FWIW, I was reacting mostly to the "Brilliant in boeuf bourguignonne," as in, "this is a great wine to cook with!" Cheers!

Red
2013 Giovanni Rosso Barolo Serralunga d'Alba Nebbiolo
10/6/2018 - theusualsuspect wrote:
89 points
In no small part, reflects the quality of the vintage and quality Barolo. My basic thought here is that as pronounced as the difference is between old style Bordeaux and modern style Bordeaux, the difference between old style Barolo and modern style Barolo is even more pronounced. It seems to me that the balance point is different in good vintages. And it isn't about wood. Old style barolos never closed up like this, and I've been drinking them off the boat since the early 70's. Remains to be seen whether they will ultimately deliver the mouth filling tar and roses generosity of old style Barolo when they come out of this shell. Three hours in shows major heat. Another issue - whether modern style barolo can carry this heat.
  • Jake112380 commented:

    10/6/18, 9:53 PM - Thanks for the great review. I'm a relative newcomer to Nebbiolo, and I really appreciate being able to read a review like this with a good amount of nuance. Cheers!

Red
2015 Domaine Courtois Côtes du Rhône La Source Grenache Blend, Grenache
Took bottle to cookout, not best place to judge, especially with colored plastic "glassware." Nevertheless, wine appeared deeply colored (garnet and beyond), strong raisiny nose, much fruit and richly structured. Will benefit from additional aging. Great value and good example of Rhone Grenache....
  • Jake112380 commented:

    6/17/18, 5:47 PM - I thought a red Solo cup was the “glassware” of champions! I’ve definitely used it a time or two hundred.

Red
2014 Seven Hills Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Seven Hills Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
2/28/2018 - AGELVIS Does not like this wine:
83 points
Open four hours (decanted 30 min in fridge just before drinking). Deep purplish color. Candied red and blue fruit, vanilla, oak and alcohol on the fruit forward nose. Smooth, dry, somewhat tart palate. Soft, but firm tannins on the medium long finish.

This was much better straight out of the bottle and I may have given it 88 points. With that said, dying in four hours is not good. This a PNP CS (now I know).
  • Jake112380 commented:

    2/28/18, 9:57 PM - What do you mean when you say you decanted it for 30 mins in the fridge? Wouldn’t that shut it down? I must be missing something here...

  • Jake112380 commented:

    3/1/18, 11:38 AM - Interesting. Thanks for the info. I'd never heard of that before.

Red
2010 Pepper Bridge Red Wine Pepper Bridge Vineyard Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
2/25/2018 - fitchbuck Likes this wine:
92 points
Solid effort, probably my favorite PB to date. Drunk immediately after decant; tannins softening, this is likely in its sweet spot right now. This wasn't over-structured like their 08 merlot I recently had. For $30 it was a decent get; for the community ave. of $50+... not so much.
  • Jake112380 commented:

    2/28/18, 7:17 PM - Where did you pick this up for $30? Asking for a friend...

Red
2014 Erewhon Pinot Noir New Zealand
12/22/2017 - thebonnydooner wrote:
90 points
Somewhat surprised by the scores on this wine. This was exactly what I had in mind when pulling a NZ pinot. Nice sweet fruit, but not candied at all. Good complexity and great balance, dry fine tannins and decent acidity, with a hint of brush and forest floor. Riper than most burgundy's but nowhere near the concentration or candy of CA. Most similar is OR, but even those wines are more ripe than NZ. To me, this is a delicious typical pinot that outperforms the price.
  • Jake112380 commented:

    12/22/17, 10:02 PM - I don’t have a ton of experience with NZ Pinots, but like you, I was surprised by the wisdom of the crowd on this one. Is NZ Pinot really that different from the rest of the world?

Red
2014 Rasa Vineyards Occam's Razor Columbia Valley Red Blend
12/3/2017 - RPerro Likes this wine:
90 points
Consistent with prior notes. Top QPR wine of the year for me.
  • Jake112380 commented:

    12/3/17, 9:52 PM - I see you’re in my neck of the woods. Have you tried the standard 2014 Boedecker Pinot Noir by any chance? If so, any thoughts on how it compares QPR-wise to this one? They’re neck and neck for me.

Red
2013 Boedecker Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
4/2/2017 - TexasBob Likes this wine:
86 points
Light red. Intense cranberry juice notes on the nose. Sour red berry notes. Not unpleasant, but far from compelling. Still, the sour red berry structure is a bit like picking a scab - it hurts, but has a pleasurable aspect. Solid minerality and good acids.
  • Jake112380 commented:

    9/8/17, 5:42 PM - "Like picking a scab." That's exactly right. Nice description!

Red
2013 Kontos Cellars Alatus Walla Walla Valley Red Blend
6/30/2017 - vinpin Does not like this wine:
60 points
Just ok. Muddled taste with red fruit notes.
  • Jake112380 commented:

    6/30/17, 11:49 PM - This score seems a bit low. Could you explain how you came to rate this wine as undrinkable swill?

Red
2013 Tamarack Cellars Cabernet Franc Wahluke Slope
3/20/2017 - M. D. Van Norman Likes this wine:
88 points
Smooth and pleasant. Not as rambunctious as its sauvignon cousin.
  • Jake112380 commented:

    3/25/17, 7:41 PM - What flaw did you experience?

Red
2012 Badenhorst Family Wines Secateurs Red Blend Swartland Shiraz Blend, Syrah
10/28/2015 - Jake112380 wrote:
86 points
Nose is hard to place because it's fairly light, but my wife nailed it. Mostly river rock with a just a few herbal notes. Light cherry flavor, but the fruit is quickly overcome by earth, herbs, and tannins. Light anise and tannins on the finish. Overall, I like it because it's so different, but I wouldn't want to drink it every day.
  • Jake112380 commented:

    9/13/16, 10:15 PM - Charlie--river rock smells like, well, river rock. If river rocks aren't available in your area, you could try gravel (probably wet is best) as a substitute. Cheers, mate!

Red
2009 Terra Blanca Cabernet Sauvignon Arch Terrace Red Mountain
3/22/2016 - NorthPilot06 wrote:
flawed
Dark fruit flavors of plum and blackberry - tannins have matured (09 vintage) - alcohol forward (volatile acidity) with secondary tabacco flavors
  • Jake112380 commented:

    3/24/16, 4:00 PM - What flaw did you experience?

  • Jake112380 commented:

    3/24/16, 9:57 PM - Thank you NP. I skimmed the original post and missed that somehow. It's a shame you had a bad bottle...on the whole it's a very nice wine for the price.

Red
2012 Boedecker Cellars Pinot Noir Stewart Willamette Valley
11/26/2015 - km5 wrote:
Light crisp and dry, with minerals and slight strawberry fragrance. Colors not fibrant but tastes fine. Went very nicely with turkey dinner.
  • Jake112380 commented:

    11/26/15, 10:13 PM - I'm sorry, but I'm not familiar with your abbreviation. Does it mean "Too good," "Top grade," or something else? Thanks.

  • Jake112380 commented:

    11/27/15, 4:51 PM - Thank you for updating your review and clearing that up.

Red
2010 Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
11/26/2015 - Motz wrote:
98 points
Drank over three days, alongside a 2010 Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nouva Brunello di Montalcino and a 2010 Grand-Puy-Lacoste. Focused bouquet of Italian and red plum, blackberry, blackcurrant, pomegranate, peppers, graphite, Italian herbs, Tuscan dust, ink, charcuterie, tomatoes, and meatiness upon opening. The wine has opened considerably since March 2014. Richness on the attack transitions to a highly appealing texture, backed by powerful weight and structure at the middle and back. The focused and layered finish does not quit.

On the second and third days the wine also added tobacco, thyme, rosemary, sanguinity, and intense minerality. These and all the elements from the first day melded into a pure, harmonious elixir of exceptional depth and complexity, each phase revealing intriguing nuance. Powerful acid, refined tannins, and exquisite balance given its power. Beautiful now, better in time. This is likely a twenty five to thirty year wine from today. If scoring for right now, 97, 98-99 in time. Worth seeking out.
  • Jake112380 commented:

    11/26/15, 9:38 PM - Motz, thank you for a tremendous review. It's great to see someone give a wine a tremendous (or terrible) score and then defend it as opposed to doing a hit and run. Thanks for taking the time to educate me about your experience.

Red
2012 Seven Hills Winery Malbec Walla Walla Valley
11/16/2014 - hello555 wrote:
79 points
I went to the tasting room and I thought it was a wonderful Malbec from Walla Walla and I can't wait to open it in a couple of years.
  • Jake112380 commented:

    11/18/14, 9:09 PM - Ok, I'm confused. You say this is "wonderful" and that you "can't wait to open it in a couple of years" which makes me believe you esteem this wine quite highly, and yet you give it a 79. Most people would consider a wine rated at that number to be barely drinkable, even late in the night. What am I missing?

  • Jake112380 commented:

    11/19/14, 10:49 PM - Hello Hello, I have been to Walla Walla, somewhere in the vicinity of 50 times over the past dozen years or so. I've had 7H wines from grocery stores, wine shops, their tasting room, and restaurants. That's one reason I'm so puzzled. The other is that the comment doesn't seem to, in any way, match the score. Like I said, what am I missing?

  • Jake112380 commented:

    5/28/15, 11:36 PM - Spatch, I agree. When I wrote my second comment, I was hoping for the intelligent engagement that I didn't get the first time. If Hello was a particularly hard grader, had fat fingered the rating, or had misinterpreted the scale, that would be great to know. But it doesn't appear that we will ever find out what was really going on.

Red
2008 Fort Walla Walla Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley
4/13/2015 - wineguy56 Likes this wine:
90 points
Knew this wine needed some cellaring to smooth out the tannins. Nice initial berry gives way to cocoa notes. Lingers well on the finish.
  • Jake112380 commented:

    4/13/15, 9:21 PM - Thanks for your note. I have one of these lurking in my cellar. What's your estimate as far as time left to drink?

White
2013 Bergevin Lane Sauvignon Blanc Linen Columbia Valley
4/30/2014 - Jake112380 wrote:
89 points
Mostly melons and straw on the nose, although there is also a hint of floralness. Flavors tend more to pear and apple, with a nice acid backbone. Short finish.
  • Jake112380 commented:

    3/4/15, 3:29 PM - I find it interesting that your introduction to this community--I see no wine in your cellar, no tasting notes, or anything other than this comment--is this comment. Clearly you didn't get the same experience from the wine that I did, and it is unfortunate that you chose to talk about your different experience in such a non-constructive way. Cheers, friend.

Red
2010 Joseph Drouhin Morgon Gamay
Red colored water with a funny mouthfeel. after decanting and with food some very tart cherry and red currants emerge. Im putting it nicely. My wife said "ewww, you should put a post it note on a glass when it has undrinkable wine in it. Its like toilet cleaning liquid". I think I can cross off beajolais and put it in the same category as chile wine (except el qui). Avoid.
  • Jake112380 commented:

    1/31/15, 9:23 PM - So, it sounds like you're giving the wine a bad rating because you were primed not to like it in the first place. Please correct me if I'm reading into this wrong, but it seems like this wine would have been hard pressed to earn a good score even if it was well crafted. That hardly seems fair.

  • Jake112380 commented:

    2/3/15, 10:16 PM - Sorry it didn't work out for you. I haven't had it, so I can't say how I feel. Good luck finding a winery that makes a robust enough edition for you!

White
2013 Isenhower Cellars Viognier Upland Vineyard Yakima Valley Snipes Mountain
1/30/2015 - Jake112380 wrote:
90 points
Great bottle. Similar notes from the last, and the peach flavors really came to the fore after a few hours. Wish I had more...
  • Jake112380 commented:

    1/30/15, 9:58 PM - I should have when I had the chance. I don't think this wine even made it to their tasting room.

  • Jake112380 commented:

    2/3/15, 10:14 PM - Tip of the hat to @Wine-Strategies. There's still a couple of cases left--less now than an hour ago!

Red
2007 Pepper Bridge Reserve Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
12/3/2014 - Don and Pam Likes this wine:
93 points
exceptionally good. Tasting very nice at this time
  • Jake112380 commented:

    12/4/14, 11:15 PM - I have only one bottle of this. From looking at your cellar, it appears we share at least some of the same tastes. Drink or hold?

  • Jake112380 commented:

    12/6/14, 6:16 AM - Excellent. Thank you for the information. Cheers!

Rosé
2010 Sokol Blosser Estate Cuvée Rosé of Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
7/22/2014 - djlevin Likes this wine:
92 points
I was looking at some recent tasting notes on this wine and I definitely have a different view. There are those that record the gradual loss of fruit in a white/rose wine as a marker of the descent into oxidization and eventual fault. I don’t understand this thinking. Wine does not need to be a fruit bomb to be appreciated. In many quality wines, bottle age promotes balance and softens structure – qualities I enjoy very much. Apparently, this thinking does not follow the palate of many wine consumers. I prefer some bottle-age on fine whites and rose! Take a well made white/rose with solid acidity, nice texture, lower alcohol, a minimum of oak and without any one characteristic overpowering the other… put some age on it and I am sold! Doesn’t matter whether white, rose, or bubbly. The right wines almost always do improve. So, this one knocked my socks off! It is a different tasting experience than the first bottle back in 2011. Beautiful, delicate nose of strawberry, hay and herbal mint. The palate is losing the fruit, but still begins with tart strawberry and now just a hint of watermelon. A touch of butter comes through from the lees. The huge acidity has toned down a bit, but still assertive enough to surpass most of the rose I taste. This is wonderfully dry, with enough fruit to mask any bitterness. The texture on this rose is wonderful! What the winemaker did with leaving this on the lees to age for a time before bottling, is almost god-like in its brilliance. IMO, the optimal window for drinking this wine is 2014-2015. Don’t let it sit much longer, or too much of the fruit will resolve. What a great value in Rose! Oregon shines again!
  • Jake112380 commented:

    7/26/14, 11:21 PM - I very much appreciate your review (and your implicit critique of mine!). As I still have a few bottles left, I'll be sure to open my next one with your comments front and center. Cheers!

  • Jake112380 commented:

    7/30/14, 11:09 PM - I certainly didn't think you were taking a shot at me, if that's what you mean. I enjoy having my views challenged because, even if I continue to hold the view I had, which is the case here, I pick up a different perspective. I appreciated reading you take on this wine because it was so much different from mine, and I was sincere in my statement about tasting it again with your review front and center. That's exactly what I did tonight. Cheers!

Red
2011 Bokisch Vineyards Monastrell Belle Colline Vineyard Lodi
12/5/2013 - VeniceCalif wrote:
86 points
I think 2011 was a tough year; this wine shows some of the struggle. Medium black cherry color with a bit of orange. Oak, white pepper, and cherry nose. Brisk on the palate, light-bodied, with tart red berry flavors and spicy notes. Finishes quickly with a bit of grip and very low tannins. Worthy and drinkable.
  • Jake112380 commented:

    3/19/14, 9:59 PM - Interesting. Based on what I was tasting, I thought 2011 was not a great year as well. Not being from Lodi, I asked my good friend Google for some help. Apparently, 2011 was a banner year for wine in the Lodi region--like once in a decade or more good. Perhaps that was just wine industry propaganda...

Red
2008 Feudo Maccari Nero d'Avola Saia Sicilia
11/11/2012 - Banzai wrote:
60 points
Every second bottle of bad quality
  • Jake112380 commented:

    6/15/13, 10:55 PM - Either that, or you're just a moron. I know how I'm placing my bets...

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