Tasting Notes for Rick 4 Wine

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Red
4/7/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
92 points
Really great QPR (through Garagiste - no idea what retail is, but drinks like $50-60). This is a big Napa cab, a steakhouse wine that shows big juice but was quite enjoyable as a second bottle. Air helps it assemble.
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Red
4/7/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
92 points
Classic Roar. Drinking well here.
Red
2009 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
Nice versatile Syrah. Enjoyed with rack of lamb (as before) with chimichurri. Enjoyed after the meal however, and this is a nice sipping wine.
Red
Drank from magnum. Showing less spice and herbs than prior bottles. Comes across as a bit sappy. I’m unsure whether this is age or just a phase.
Red
Great QPR. Nice cooler weather fruit, bright red and acidic. Terroir comes through. Age isn’t going to improve but is drinking great here. I think this wine wants you to enjoy in its youth. I’d be curious if others have a different opinion.
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Red
3/29/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
95 points
Excellent mature wine that still shows loads for fruit.
Red
Drank from magnum. Drinking really well.
Red
3/30/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
92 points
Drinking really nicely here. Benefits from just a few minutes of airtime but works as a PnP. We drank over four hours and air didn’t help last the first thirty minutes. With air the bordx blends come through more and the Sangiovese sits back despite dominating the blend.
Red
3/28/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
94 points
Really enjoyed this wine. Drinking beautifully here. Amazed me as a pop and pour but of course the wine develops greater depth and tertiary nuances with air time. Bright acidity make this great with heartier Tuscan dishes as well.
Red
3/28/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
92 points
Really nice wine; drinking well here. I doubt it benefits from more time in the bottle however.
Red
3/26/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
90 points
Great QPR! This is sweeter more ripe RRV fruit and a wet loamy terroir. I would agree that the wine is fully assembled but for $17???
Red
2010 Tenor 1:1 Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/26/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
92 points
Good wine. Has matured a lot in the last year. Still quite hot but the fruit and acidity take the alcohol a bit.
Red
3/24/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
91 points
Decent QPR.
Red
Nice wine. A big wine with some hints of sweetness and cooperage. I had the distinct sense of a amarone, owing to the slightly jammy and reduced fruit. High abv comes through.
Red
Drinking nicely. Showing some maturity. Unfortunately we drank it after a Skipstone Faultline of same vintage and the Ramey was blown away.
Red
3/24/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
93 points
Really nice Barolo at a good QPR. We popped the day before and let breathe with new air under the cork. Was excellent the next day with veal saltimboca. Nice acidity. Was surprised to see it at 14.5%. A little hot but fruit is nice and bright. Not jammy. Secondary nuances of maturity are coming through too.
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Red
3/18/2020 - Rick 4 Wine wrote:
88 points
Big sappy juice bomb with wood shavings. Almost taste like something I’d put on my toast in the morning if I were a lumberjack. Poor QPR. Fruit that’s there is nice - big round and purple.
Red
3/17/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
92 points
Great bottle drinking really well here, but not on its way out yet. This is smooth fruit with a delicious substructure that shows the terroir of Silver Eagle. I so MUCH prefer this wine to the overly extracted styles of Ferren and others producing from this vineyard.
Red
2/28/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
89 points
Drinking a little red forward but nice acidity. I get the sense this is picked at lower brix. Fruit doesn’t seem really developed. That said the acidity is bright and I love the 13.5% alcohol with an interesting mix of Syrah, Sangiovese and Merlot (which comes from a different vineyard). This wine continues to evolve and develop.
Red
Big Napa juice bomb with fairly brutish cooperage. Fruit seems extracted but shy of jammy. I don’t get Diamond mountain terroir out of it, but I’m not familiar with the vineyard site. Please don’t take my comments above as effacing; this is a style and for the $$ this is well done. It’s not elegant. It’s a brash in your face Napa cab; but even on that score it’s a bit brutish. I also don’t understand the name. Why “Coho”? I know the coho salmon from Monterrey and the OP, but why Coho in a landlocked mountain fruit winery?
Red
2007 Newton The Puzzle Spring Mountain District Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/26/2020 - Rick 4 Wine wrote:
95 points
Really excellent mature Napa Bordeaux blend. The cab franc really stands up here as a surprise in the mid to late palate. PV also is highlighted early. But the structure of this wine owes to CS, which is middle weight and delightfully long.
Red
2/26/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
93 points
Drank over a couple of days (separates by two days). Wine was better the second day (3rd day after opening). Actually worked as a PnP. Drinking soft and smooth but depth of secondary fruit and tertiary showed much better later. Definitely Shiraz.
Red
Drinking nicely here. Very mellow with nice balance between red and purple fruit, some warm earth and garrique...mostly light with a little oil on the nose. I would drink up in 2020
Red
2/22/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
93 points
Drinking beautifully! A little funk to blow off but great backbone. Going to drink last the CT window.
Red
2/20/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted and drank over five hours with filet and steak Diane sauce. This was a great pairing. Clearly needs about two hours of airtime to really show and subsequent air didn’t improve it.
Red
2/18/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
92 points
Really expressive wine: fruit is pushed to the red side of purple with nice acidity that keeps the flavors crisp and clean. I don’t know this vineyard, but I get a real sense of a cool climate with garrique, briar and a touch of unctuous herbs. Really delightful wine with a great QPR. Drinking well here. If PnP, give about 30 minutes to fully open.
Red
2/15/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
95 points
Really nice wine. Dark purple fruit and brooding spice that lingers with an almost unctuous quality. Decanting really needed more than hour, so I’m wondering how six CT pundits could say this window closes in 2022? How young do you guys like to drink your wine?
Red
2/12/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
91 points
This wine Gives me the sense of a Spanish langhe. Similar leaner red and purple fruit with nice floral bouquet. Acidity is nice but after a day open - even preserved with inert gas - I found the acidity more pronounced with more linear tannins and red fruit but the floral notes mostly missing. Drink same day as opening.
Red
2001 Couvent des Jacobins St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/11/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
92 points
Drinking really nicely here. Needs decanting to show.
White - Sparkling
2/11/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
94 points
Truly excellent wine. Showing great depth with some chalky and yeast but spice from the PM. Past notes still hold. Better at 58-62 degrees
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Red
2/10/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
92 points
Fruit is more subdued now. Oak tannins are highly pronounced (as in earlier tastings) but strangely upon opening, there was an effervescent quality that blew off. Fruit is black and has hues of sweetness on the mid palate owing to the vanilla from cooperage. I don’t think this wine is dead, and the drinking window is through 2020 at least, depending upon how you like your wine. That said, this is a highly manipulated style and the fruit backing off is laying bare the manipulation.
Red
2/7/2020 - Rick 4 Wine wrote:
93 points
Outstanding wine, still a bit young and linear here, even with decanting and a spreading funnel to encourage some O2. For as dark a wine as this is, the fruit — while purple with shades of blue — has a late palate shift to red that I find a bit odd in the taste profile. Perhaps this is me confusing the redness for acidity or even for a late blossoming fruit tannin, but I got that sense. Nonetheless, I think this wine will integrate better with more years, and I’ll hold off on anymore until 2021.

Really great QPR.
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Red
I would write a tasting note, but like most Pinots, Russel Bevan no longer makes this wine, so what’s the point of a TN? He changes Pinot vineyards about every 2-3 years it seems!
Red
2014 Bevan Cellars Ontogeny Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/7/2020 - Rick 4 Wine wrote:
96 points
I’m a bit shocked by this wine. We decanted and drank over three hours, but it was exceptional. I’m amazed how round and accesible it is. Airtime definitely benefited the wine, and gave it a decanting with poor through a spreader funnel to softly encourage as much O2 as possible. The wine is showing beautifully here, while it’s still a big hot mess of purple and blue fruits, secondary nuances (especially in the bouquet and mid-late finish) about. Here, I’m talking botanicals, menthol, sage and floral notes. Really interesting wine. We were pushing it here. I won’t open my next until 2021. I think people saying this is done at 2027 are being foolish.
Red
2/7/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
92 points
The PinotFile tasting notes are great. For me, I found some green pepper that needed about 20-40 min to blow off and then the fruit really broadened around 60min in. This is a mostly Burgundian style - not too extracted and a cooler climate comes through. ABV is 14.1, but I felt the acidity balanced it well. Great QPR.
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Red
1/18/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Does not like this wine:
83 points
Big extracted fruit bomb that smacks of cherry pie and not much else. Disappointing effort for such great fruit. Manipulation is evident, and I wonder if the high scores here are from the same people who drink Silver Oak and Caymus. Most small wineries try to be honest about their wine: giving us what nature gives them with the undulations and uniqueness of vintage to vintage. Ferren has the opposite approach. This is strongly manipulated wine; where the wine maker’s touch is felt throughout the experience.

Disappointing effort and poor QPR. I much prefer the DRS this vineyard.
Red
Disappointing effor out of a beautiful property (Frei). This is befitting of the Ferren style that I’ve come to find a poor interpretation of Pinot and a poor reflection of SC. (I mistakenly bought Ferren for three or four years based upon a few friends’ recs before trying a bottle...just putting in the cellar) and now as I open them, I am really out off with the high alcohol (global warming or picking two weeks late? Both.) and heavily extracted approach to what should be a beautiful expression of terroir and climate. This is the first Frei I have ever tasted that channels Belle Glos Telephone from Caymus. OMG!! The travesty wrought upon this fruit.

My 82 isn’t a terrible score. Just a terrible QPR @ $85
Red
2/1/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
92 points
Lovely wine. TN from memory. Put against a 2013 Ferren, which was manipulated and extracted jammy fruit against the lithe and elegant fruit of (what I assume was a cooler climate/less sun/higher altitude) Margarita vineyard. This wine shows a little tight and closed at 62 degrees and needs to be upper 60s with about thirty minutes airtime. It’s already showing far more secondary nuances and layers of flavor than the Ferren, which I stopped buying after my first tasting at Alma Fría and Ceritas. It depends upon your preferred style. alma and Ceritas are more like Littorai in a true Burgundian style at low/mid 13s alcohol. Ferren is more like a Belle Glos Pinot from Caymus and sits at ~14.5% alcohol (yes, as a Pinot)

Did I mention Alma is about $30 cheaper than Ferren? But a “ fool and his/her money....”
Red
2/1/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
92 points
Drinking beautifully and with some air. Wow! Gives me the sense of an older Tuscan, not in structure but in the balance and acidity. Just delicious.
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Red
1/30/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Does not like this wine:
83 points
Really poor QPR. This is a sun baked raisin wine with big jammy fruit and manipulative cooperage. If you like Belle Glos Pinot from Caymus, then you’ll like this wine. Clearly not representative of the AVA and reflects poorly on silver eagle.
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Red
1/29/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
92 points
Very nice mature wine that gets better with about 30-45 min airtime. Fruit is brighter cherry than I expected but it has lots of dust, must and sawdust as tertiary flavors that pervade the palate. I’m not holding these. Drink up.
Red
Great QPR. Needs some airtime. Be ready to accept a bigger red Pinot style with slightly extracted fruits and super soft tannins. Garrique and other coastal flavors are non existent. I get this is Carneros, but I get a warmer growing clime; perhaps more inland? Not sure where the vineyard is, or perhaps just a warm year. Regardless, a steal at $16!!
Red
Drinking well. Still needs some airtime or decanting. We decanted and drank over a couple of hours. Better after thirty minutes.
Red
1/27/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice wine. Drinks well as PnP but definitely improved with airtime. Purple and red fruits with nice spice.
Red
1/27/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Does not like this wine:
78 points
Same as my last note. Raisin flavors pervade. Yuck. Dumped it.
Red
1/25/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
92 points
Nice wine. Drank as PnP. Quite versatile. Fruit driven. Age not benefiting from here.
Red
1/21/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
90 points
Drinking nicely as a PnP. Nothing fancy but nice understated red fruit forward Pinot. This is fruit first and acidic. Some puts said this wine needed to be drunk by ‘19 and clearly didn’t understand the role of acidity in the aging of wine. Granted this clearly isn’t a wine to out away for another decade but closed window in 19?? Clueless.
Red
2009 Newton The Puzzle Spring Mountain District Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/14/2020 - Rick 4 Wine wrote:
94 points
Really nice wine here. Certainly not at the end of its drinking window but I’m not sure she will meaningfully benefit the wine unless you prefer austere fruit and tertiary flavors predominate on the palate. That said I think this wine drinks as it is for other two years. I’m not rushing though my last four bottles.

Opened as a PnP but could have decanted. Drank over three hours in large glasses for lots of slow ox and the wine really developed and showed at about two hours. For first hour it was a little linear and a little hot, which at first I thought was alcohol but given the softening and relaxing I actually think was some right oak tannins.
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Red
1/13/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
89 points
Really poor QPR @ $60. Really good QPR through Garagiste at $26.70. That said, This is just an OK wine. I find the fruit pushed way over to sour cherry with very little balance. Oak is also there but there are few secondary nuances coming up from terroir and not any herbal qualities like garrique. This is pretty much a slightly hot (14.3%) tart cherry Pinot. Probably Yamhill is just a bit warm for Pinot, IMHO.
Red
1/8/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
94 points
Lovely mature wine. CT pundits have this end drinking date off (again). This is drinking beautifully, and shows tremendous right bank fortitude and character. We drank a in large glasses without decanting but the lees were well settled and I poured patiently. Turns out it certainly wouldn’t have died off had I decanted as the wine went through a few major phases in the glass initially it demonstrated real barnyard funk that blew off and we enjoyed a nicely balanced fruit forward wine with truffles, leather and mushroom but this morphed to a more linear wine with pronounced tannins showing on the back palate. A little more time these relaxed and the wine really was expressive showing a little less fruit but secondary and tertiary notes became pronounced but balanced. Quite a nicely crafted wine.
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