Tasting Notes for King of the Farm

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Red
10/16/2015 - King of the Farm Likes this wine:
92 points
Agree with the previous note that this is much softer and approachable than I thought it was going to be. I didn't jot down any formal notes but this was very enjoyable.
White
3/16/2015 - King of the Farm Likes this wine:
87 points
Drink now... I waited probably a year too long to have my last bottle. Definitely not bad and still quite enjoyable, but I think this would have been better if I finished them off on the younger side
Red
2008 Jonata Winery Todos Santa Ynez Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
2/18/2015 - King of the Farm wrote:
flawed
Corked! Nothin like the smell of wet cardboard in the evening! Poured out. Ugh.
White
8/2/2014 - King of the Farm wrote:
flawed
Corked! Not just a little, this was overrun with TCA. UGH, oh well.
White
4/19/2014 - King of the Farm Likes this wine:
92 points
Exceptional Sauv Blanc! And a great value, this has great acidity, tart green apple, pineapple, grass, lemon with hints of pith... Every bit as good as Merry Edwards, if you're familiar with that style. I'm a fool for only buying 2 bottles...
Red
Misplaced my formal notes, tasted blind along with 16 other Bordeaux blends... I recorded this as the worst of the night.
Red
1/20/2014 - King of the Farm Likes this wine:
92 points
Enjoyed this quite a bit, this is definitely a cab drinkers pinot. not meek in any way. I was surprised with just how much oak was showing here. A good amount, yet it worked very nicely. quite happy with this.
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White
12/16/2013 - King of the Farm Likes this wine:
91 points
Wonderful wine, definitely on the sweeter side but we paired it with Japanese food and it really complimented the food nicely. No formal notes.
Red
2008 Saxum Broken Stones Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
10/21/2013 - King of the Farm Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted for 3 hours before tasting... Noticeably less heat than the last time I had this nearly 2 years ago. A proper decant helped, I'm sure. Tastes of blueberry, well structured tannins, much less oak than I recall previously. Well balanced, and well done...
Beer
8/15/2013 - King of the Farm Likes this wine:
88 points
Solid Tart beer, very similar to Sour in the Rye, but I must say, this was not what I expected in a stout. This was more of a normal sour ale but with a small hint of coffee on the tail... Different. Drink this blindfolded and I'd guess you would have a hard time telling this is a stout.
Beer
This isn't my kind of beer... Tastes of Lemon Pith, Pine Needles and Grapefruit. The bitterness of lemon pith was quite strong though. I can certainly see how some would enjoy a beer of this style, but it's not for me. I have one more, we'll see if it changes for me.
Beer
7/29/2013 - King of the Farm Likes this wine:
90 points
Tart, somewhat sour. Tasted rather like a Hefeweizen that has a large amount of lemon in it. Very refreshing!
Beer
6/22/2013 - King of the Farm wrote:
88 points
Soft pinkish red & Amber in color. Unfiltered. This is a sour beer, similar to the Bruery's Sour in the Rye but I don't care for this as much as SitR. The Cherry definitely comes through as well as Tangerine. I also noticed the Oak and it was quite subtle, which I felt was nicely balanced. Picked up on hints of coriander and even cucumber (not everyone agreed on my taste buds here) . I felt this became more enjoyable as it warmed in the glass. Enjoyable and quite unique, but I think I prefer Sour in the Rye. Much like SitR, you can drink a glass or two of this, but I would find it difficult to have more than that.
Red
5/29/2013 - King of the Farm Likes this wine:
91 points
Sadly, my last bottle of 2007... Drank from a magnum with Italian food... no decant (I know)... Excellent as always. I didn't find this to be pruney as others have indicated. I notice considerably more oak than Goldeneye's more recent bottlings ('09 & '10).
White
5/29/2013 - King of the Farm Likes this wine:
93 points
Again, I'm really impressed by the wines of Madeleine. I purchased 8 bottles a few months ago based on a recommendation of their Cab Franc. I added a few bottles of Chenin Blanc onto my order just to give it a try. Truly a wonderful refreshing and complex summer white. Crisp acidity with a subtle and muted creamy finish. Lemon and Melon nicely balanced. I am a fan.
Rosé
5/29/2013 - King of the Farm Likes this wine:
91 points
Lime, Lemon & Strawberry. great tart acidity with good complexity. Don't overchill this. I really though it improved as it warmed up just a bit.
White
Agree with previous notes, bitter finish on this wine. I know this is an inexpensive Sauv Blanc, but I was still disappointed. Didn't care for it...
Rosé
4/21/2013 - King of the Farm Likes this wine:
91 points
Strawberry, Kiwi, Lemon. This is easily one of my favorite Rose's
Red
Very reluctant to score this an 85... but I can't call this "Very" Good. Upon first taste, blueberries, cranberries and raspberries come through quite a bit and then prunes. and more prunes, more prunes... then there were prunes (see where I'm going here?). Tastes of wet stone and actually some firm tannins that were tasty. Good wine, but not Migration's best effort. I was very pleased with the 2009 Migration RR, but let down here on '10.
Red
4/8/2013 - King of the Farm Likes this wine:
89 points
Side by Side Tasting with the '09 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot...Thought it would be a good idea to compare the '10 & '09. This was done over dinner with porterhouse steaks. The 2010 Goldeneye was a bit more earthy than the '09, musty, if you will. Fruit was noticeably less forward than the '09, Rich red color and tastes of Raspberry, Cranberry & Plum. Mild spice. All in all... a very solid wine but I would give the edge to the '09.
Red
4/5/2013 - King of the Farm Likes this wine:
93 points
Very consistent tasting notes as the last bottle, I would like to add that there is a wonderful earthiness that I didn't mention in my previous note on Le Pianiste. Tastes of gravel, soil... wonderful accents. 3hr decant, TONS of sediment that I was much better at keeping in the bottle and out of the decanter this time.
Red
4/5/2013 - King of the Farm Likes this wine:
92 points
Pop & Pour... This was a last minute addition to dinner that was pulled from the cellar. Otherwise, we would have decanted. This needs time to open up. very hot on the nose, but delicious. Dark fruits, mild tannins, fennel, coriander & mustard seed.... this really opened up in the glass but I did this a disservice by not aerating...
Rosé
2012 Arnot-Roberts Rosé California Touriga Nacional (view label images)
4/1/2013 - King of the Farm wrote:
86 points
Tasting notes consistent with "ONTHELEES". (obviously) Pale pink in color, tastes of strawberry, raspberry some minerality. Very surprised to see sediment in this, I did not expect that at all. Served this very cold and I was let down a bit at first, after this had some time to warm up (just a bit) it improved. Had this with Easter lunch, BBQ Chicken and Pork and it followed a Washington Dry Reisling that quite frankly, overshadowed it. Still quite good, but I was hoping for more. I have 3 more bottles in my cellar and I'm hoping for a better match next time.
Red
3/30/2013 - King of the Farm Likes this wine:
94 points
First time trying Madeliene wines... and I am impressed. I purchased 3 different wines from Madeliene and 4 bottles of Le Pianieste because I am a fan of Cab Franc. This is an outstanding wine, very approachable right now. 90 minute decant and this had much more sediment than I ever expected. Deep red/crimson in color and the nose was wonderful. Smells of cassis & blackberry. Medium to Full body, rich tannins that were gentle. To me, this was quite impressive. I enjoy a tannic wine but some can be overbearing needing too much time to calm down. This had such a great balance to it. I'm very impressed and pleased.
Red
2/27/2013 - King of the Farm wrote:
95 points
My last bottle... What a wonderful Pinot. Red Fruits, black cherry, just the right touch of spice. This is one of those times when you feel like you popped a bottle at the perfect time and decanted the right amount of time and paired it properly. 07 was a wonderful vintage, and Donum made a great wine. My top wine so far for 2013
Red
2/27/2013 - King of the Farm wrote:
87 points
I must say, this wine puzzled me more than a little... The Sum is a blend of Cab, Petite Sirah & Syrah and one would expect this to be a powerful big wine to drink. It was anything but. Very soft and reserved, muted tastes of dark fruits, almost no spice... I'm not sure what to make of this wine. I enjoyed it, but I've had Pinots that had a larger presence than this. It was very good, but I was expecting more. (drank over 2 nights)
Red
2005 Newton The Puzzle Spring Mountain District Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/9/2013 - King of the Farm Likes this wine:
94 points
Fantastic... This didn't dissappoint. The Puzzle was very dark red in color. Great tastes of cassis, blackberry, with light hints of coriander & rosemary. Enjoyed this at dinner with Steaks, after starting on an '09 Anderson Valley Pinot with the appetizers. The Puzze blew the doors off the Pinot (as you would expect, but much more than i thought it would.) . Very pleased with this '05
Red
1/16/2013 - King of the Farm wrote:
flawed
CORKED! TCA Taint..... Very sad to have this corked....
White
12/24/2012 - King of the Farm Likes this wine:
92 points
This Chard is certainly in the style that I favor. It's not a buttery,creamy or oaky chard, but rather done more in the style of a Sauv Blanc or even some Dry Reislings. Soft Lemon, grapefruit & somewhat tart fruit such as green apple or pear. Well done and right in my wheelhouse. I had an '09 Migration Charles Heintz just about a month ago and this was opposite in style. Very pleased
Red
12/28/2012 - King of the Farm Likes this wine:
86 points
Last of the dozen or so of these I've gone through over the last few years. The 07 Pinot might be the best of Trefethen's vintages. This bottle seems to have dropped off considerably from my previous bottles. Storage conditions were the same. Very good - but not nearly as good as the others I've had from this vintage.
White
12/28/2012 - King of the Farm Likes this wine:
86 points
Very enjoyable, more grapefruit notes than past vintages... This is one of my favorite value reislings but this fell off a bit from the 09 & 10
Red
12/22/2012 - King of the Farm wrote:
88 points
Great QPR.... No formal notes but at $15 at CostCo? drinks like a $35 Napa Cab. Great Tuesday evening wine...
Red
11/9/2012 - King of the Farm wrote:
88 points
Not going to write a tasting note.. but for under $20 at your local CostCo? You can't wrong. Drinks like a bottle twoce the price
Red
11/2/2012 - King of the Farm wrote:
88 points
I'm typically not a huge fan of merlot, this was quite good. Blackberries, and slightly tart. Very enjoyable.Very short on Tannins
Red
11/2/2012 - King of the Farm wrote:
92 points
Tasting notes very consistent with (BigBoy_Sonoma on 8/14/2010). Plum, Cherry... tasted like a Howell Mountain cab, though not designated this way. Would not be surprised if a significant amount of grapes that went into this came from Duckhorn's Howell vinyards. This can continue to celler for many more years to continue to smooth out the tanins... that I enjoyed very much.
Red
10/3/2012 - King of the Farm wrote:
88 points
Similar tasting notes as GoBlue2002 - Purple in color, not red. This had a mixed taste of dark and red berries, Blueberries, boysenberry & Rasperries with very mild spice. A bit too "fruity" at first, but this was a Pop n pour. After 45 minutes in the glass it opened up and mellowed, Much more approachable at that point. I would recommend letting this age for a few years before opening. Excellent wine, not outstanding though. I preferred the '08 & '09 over this
White
9/4/2012 - King of the Farm wrote:
87 points
Crisp, but certainly having sweet overtones. Being a Kabinett I would've thought this would have been more dry, acidic with citrus coming clearly though, but there were only hints of this. this was a blend of dry, with sweet. Very good drink, especially for a warm summer evening with chicken and pork, but i prefer a drier reisling.
White
9/4/2012 - King of the Farm wrote:
92 points
Crisp, clean & tart... but not too acidic. Green Apple, Lime, Meyer Lemon... This is certainly the style that I prefer my reislings. Not sweet in any way like German reislings. If this is your preference, Trefethen is a good match for you.
Red
8/24/2012 - King of the Farm wrote:
74 points
I'm giving this a below average rating because it is, after all, an extremely inexpensive wine that I was given as a gift. Drank a glass, didn't care for it... waited, poured another... poured bottle down the sink. You get what you pay for
Red
6/18/2012 - King of the Farm wrote:
93 points
This is a Cab drinkers Pinot. Big, earthy, nice oak and wonderful fruit. Clearly outstanding.
Red
2006 Darioush Duel Napa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
5/6/2012 - King of the Farm wrote:
93 points
This is a tasty wine, especially if you're a cab / syrah drinker... know what you're getting into here and you'll enjoy. I gave this 93 because it had great hints of blackberries, leather, plum & conchord grape. I tasted this at least 3 years ago upon purchase at the winery and even though it had the smallest pricepoint, I considered it to be the best of wat we tasted that day. 3 years kater and I am still pleased. Great wine, good value for your money.
Red
5/6/2012 - King of the Farm wrote:
92 points
Drank from Magnum...Always a great choice, This is a fine aged pinot, rich, well balanced and great fruit. Jammy with boysenberries, plum and a mild finsh. no hint of tanniins. drink this now. not getting any better. Enjoyed at Ad-Hoc, Yountville
Red
5/1/2012 - King of the Farm wrote:
88 points
I traditionally don't like to add tasting notes, but since there are no others, I will.... hints of cherry cola, blackberry & blueberry. very light Oak, quite frankly, just about the amount I like. better the 2nd day. This is a solid high 80 pointer wine. Don't let the brand fool you, I was pleased and feel this is a good value at the price. At $15/16 this is nice. I've had $50 bottles not nearly as good.
Red
4/25/2012 - King of the Farm wrote:
90 points
This wine realy needs time to aerate. drank this over two evenings... the first evening I would've scored this in the low 80s. the next night, this had really come around. Softened up nicely
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Red
4/14/2012 - King of the Farm wrote:
79 points
A few people have called their bottles flawed... They aren't. This is not what I would expect of a wine of this caliber though. It's average, which is unfortunate. You can tell that the fruit used is excellent fruit but the overwhelming smoke that comes through cannot be overlooked, even if you're a person that likes a "smoke" taste on their wine. This isn't a smoke "taste"... it is SMOKE. The results of the Anderson Valley fire of 2008 (which I didn't pick up on in the '08 GE Narrows). An average wine as a result, I can somewhat enjoy... but can't give an 80+ and call it "good". I normally love Goldeneye and the Confluence is one of my favorite blocks... not in '08
Red
4/9/2012 - King of the Farm wrote:
93 points
Pop and Pour... and I disagree with the other reviewers that this had over the top tannins... with a Howell Cab you expect tannins and this was smoother than I expected. Fig, Plum, Cherry,gentle fruit... I wish I had more of this.. and this led the night, before Syrah. Very pleased with this. I'm a TOR Cimmarossa Fan for the long haul. Outstanding.
Red
4/9/2012 - King of the Farm wrote:
92 points
This was rated a 96 by Wine Spectator... I rated this a solid 92, perhaps even a 93. As another person mentioned, this is a cab drinkers Syrah. Strong Cherry tones, with plum and BIG oak. HUGE OAK on a syrah. I'm a Cab lover, and I love Syrah, I rated this high but know ahead of time what you're getting into. this isn't a light syrah that some folks might expect. BIG, and un-apologetic. Great stuff here.I own one more bottle that I'll keep for 4-5 years to mellow.
Red
4/8/2012 - King of the Farm wrote:
93 points
I had low expectations heading into drinking this wine because of the impact of the smoke from the Anderson Valley Fire in 2008 but I was peasantly bown away by this. I'm already a huge fan of Goldeneye Pinots and the Narrows and Confluence have consistently been my favorites. This does not disappoint
Red
3/27/2012 - King of the Farm wrote:
85 points
Very good wine for the price. I'd actually sugggest that there are good tannins here. Happy wih the purchase, a nice Tuesday evening wine while relaxing at home.
Red
3/25/2012 - King of the Farm wrote:
93 points
First time trying a wine from Briar Rose and this was outstanding. Given this as a gift from my Aunt and what a treat!
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