Tasting Notes for Ecb1456

(450 notes on 358 wines)

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White
2020 Anima Negra Quíbia Vi de Taule de Balears White Blend (view label images)
10/21/2021 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
89 points
Soft with pear, apple and melon notes. Floral but not strangling.
White
7/6/2021 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
90 points
Had with the 2019 side by side. Two different wines. Softer than the 2019 with subtle nuances that make for an enjoyable ride. Melons and apricot with some strawberry notes blend with a lot of minerality.
White
Heavy fruit up front. Hints of sweetness that dissipate after a few sips. Lots of stone fruit and melons. Slight grassy notes as a little air gets into it. Less subtle than the other vintages and not quite as complex but very yummy.
Red
7/6/2021 - Ecb1456 wrote:
Decanted for 3 hours and couldn't get it to open up. Still tight. Heavy cherry notes in nose and palate. Some smoke and leather but almost as an afterthought. Almost like drinking an underaged Brunello. May be past in prime as the one trick pony did not really learn a new trick throughout the entire bottle. Or maybe it still needs time. No bad notes just nothing special.
Rosé
2020 Unti Vineyards Rosé Dry Creek Valley Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
7/3/2021 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
89 points
Great fruit. Strawberries and a touch of apricot. Lightly chilled but do not let warm up as the berries turn harsh quickly. Enjoyed with salad and some creamy cheeses.
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Rosé
5/1/2021 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
90 points
Delightful fruit nose and palate.
Red
4/15/2021 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
90 points
Bright fruit front. Cherries primary. Touch of mint and strawberry.
Red
4/15/2021 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
92 points
Fruity! Fruit everywhere. Mild mid-tannins. Touch of smoke and leather an long supple finish.
Beer
3/27/2021 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
98 points
This is one of the smoothest BCBS ever. The two years in Weller 12 yr barrels shows though in a layered and smooth bourbon overtone that never subdues the beer. Vanilla, caramel, touches of oak. Never betrays its ABV though. Almost dangerous.
Red
1/7/2021 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
92 points
30 minute decant. Long savor. Goodbye to an old friend. Last bottle of this beauty. Still beautiful though I would move on it soon as I can't tell how long is left. The fruit is back. Blackberries and dark cherry to the nose. Some smoke, leather and gravel on a warm spring rainy day. Fruit sustains on palate. Hint of mint with more pronounced cherry. Tannins are an afterthought. Almost the perfect expression of the soft AV still from the early aughts. Supple soft and elegant with a dry luxurious
finish.
Maybe I am feeling nostalgic but this bottle had more heft than the last two. Please drink this soon. Do not waste this wine.
Beer
12/30/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
93 points
Heavy coffee overtones. Slightly sweet but nothing like the rest of the BCBS line. Maple and cocoa blend in with more of the blueberry in the nose than in the palate - though it does hit at first, it does not linger. Coffee and malty maple finish that hangs around like in-laws at the holidays.
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Beer
12/23/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
93 points
Getting better all the time. Still rather hot upfront but the chocolate is balancing it over time. Bourbon still dominates but in a good way now. I wasn't a big fan of the 18 originally and thought it was one of their weaker efforts in a while but it has become a beautiful beast.
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White - Sparkling
2011 Iron Horse Vineyards Spirit of '76 Green Valley of Russian River Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
11/8/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
91 points
Doesn't feel like there is much life to this. Insanely effervescent, the bubbles never seem to die down. A light toastiness to the back end balances what was not a great deal of fruit in the front.
Red
10/31/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
90 points
Same notes as before. It is fading though. Drifting softly into the sunset. Drinking almost like a barolo now with cherry notes until it opens.
White - Off-dry
10/23/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
89 points
Green apple with crisp clean finish. One of the better CH collaboration bottles so far. Would like more.
White
10/7/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
88 points
Pear peach with a hint of lemon zest. Fun. Bright and enjoyable.
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Red
10/7/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
91 points
Still needs to open up after 10 years. Give at least 45mins to an hour. Overnight makes it velvety smooth. Had with Asian chicken wraps. Blackberry, smoke, leather and a passing vanilla to the nose. Assault of blackberry bramble and tabacco on the palate. I really love this place and wish it were cheaper to enjoy more but well worth the price for a bottle here and there.
White - Sparkling
2014 J Vineyards & Winery Blanc de Noirs Russian River Valley Pinot Blend, Pinot Noir (view label images)
9/19/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
91 points
Tart green apples. Smooth effervescence. Delightful.
Rosé - Sparkling
2013 Iron Horse Vineyards Gratitude Green Valley of Russian River Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
9/11/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
90 points
Slightly buttery granny apples. Thick mouth feel. Good with and without food. Not much time left on it.
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Red
8/5/2020 - Ecb1456 wrote:
89 points
A little tight on opening. Vaguely distant dark cherries competing with a spicy, smokey sweet pepper nose. Tart front of the tongue cherries with slow dry yawning tannic backbone that sits longer than the wife watching a Criminal Minds marathon. Spices seem to want to come out but choose to ghost you like a blind date. Stood up well to a simple pasta but garlic and tomato sauces my make it seem to acidic. Just my thoughts.
Red
7/21/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
91 points
Smokey cherries and gravel to the nose with more spicy nose than taste. Still a bit of a fruit bomb. Needs an hour decant at minimum. Blackberries, dark cherries, currant and over ripe strawberries on the palate with some spicy leather on the back end. Boozetastic at 15.9ABV will probably keep this for another year or so but likely to drop the tannins like a hot box of rocks. Held up well to a nice pasta with mild garlic. Very enjoyable now
White
6/20/2020 - Ecb1456 wrote:
87 points
Solid. Apricot, pear, lemon. Nose is only zest of lemon lime. No complexity. Ok but not great.
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Red
2007 Chimney Rock Elevage Stags Leap District Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/17/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
91 points
How did I ignore this for so long? Good at open, good next day even with no gas. Lush fruit mixed with tabacco and smoke lingers forever on the tongue without drying to excess.
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White - Sparkling
2008 Iron Horse Vineyards Winter's Cuvée Green Valley of Russian River Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
6/12/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
90 points
Still has a little apple left along with a buttered toast back end. Getting a little freezer burn to the edges though and it is obviously past its high point but don't just chuck at this point. Still darned good. But drink now.
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Red
6/7/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
90 points
Solid young and slightly biting. Needs some time. 40 minute decant help. A touch chewy right now. Revisit in 2 yrs.
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White - Sparkling
6/7/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
90 points
Scary how much green apple is left in this. Past its peime for sure but still a good swig or 20 at this point. Just don't expect perfection anymore.
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White - Sparkling
2013 Iron Horse Vineyards Classic Vintage Brut Green Valley of Russian River Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
6/4/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
90 points
I still love it. Buttery apple nose. Almost like a taffy green apple (no peanuts, relax allergy people). Dry, slight lingering yeast. Right in the flagship sweet spot. Goes great with popcorn.
White - Sparkling
5/24/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
90 points
Vanilla and butter to the nose. Tart green apples and pears dominate with a beautiful buttered toast finish. Not sure why CT community said this was dead a few years ago. I think it is still delightful but should be enjoyed now at its peak.
Red
2008 Iron Horse Vineyards Pinot Noir Q Green Valley of Russian River Valley (view label images)
5/23/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
90 points
Still full and rich. Nice thick mouth with good fruit presence. Still powerful and earthy and should still be good for another year or so.
Red
5/21/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
91 points
Big and hearty. Dark berries in nose with some leathery notes. First sip takes your breath away. Second sip gives it back, kicks you in the knee, takes your dog and runs off with your car. After a 2 hour decant, it is content with draping your tongue in a smokey blackberry chalk dust that makes you pine for a showing of Lawerence of Arabia to quench your thirst. Not for everyone but for those that do...do.
Rosé
5/16/2020 - Ecb1456 wrote:
89 points
Not as much fruit as other Cali rose, this is quite dry and somewhat tart. A perfect pizza wine it is not a rose for sitting back and sipping on its own without something to counterbalance it. If you get it too cold you turn it into a rather simplistic light wine but as it warms slightly a variety of subtle complexities pop out. I am a fan.
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Rosé
5/14/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
90 points
Berries everywhere in the nose. Strawberries with a tart crisp citrus finish. Just enough tannins to stand up to the blackened tilapia I had it with. If served too cold it is somewhat simple and doesn't get interesting until it warms a touch. Don't be tempted to get too cold.
Red
5/3/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
90 points
Still yummy but going quickly.
White - Sparkling
5/1/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
91 points
Still creamy. Pear and apricot with a huge yeasty finish. Probably not much life left but a delight now.
Red
4/21/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
92 points
Pnp for initial and then 2 hour decant. With pasta. Insane amount of fruit left especially in the nose initially. Chills to a beautiful earthy bramble with some light smoke. Fruit bomb on initial taste. No discernable tannins. Drinks very zin-like at first. But give it some air and viola! Dark fruit, moderate tannins with mid to intermediate dryness. Thick and juicy with subtle long winded notes. I think it still has time left in it. But so good now, don't waste.
Red
4/13/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
92 points
Young yet still civilized after 2 hour decant. Slightly tart cherries with earthy black fruit. A delight but should still sit down for a few years.
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Red
4/9/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
91 points
Amazing amount of fruits left. Still jammy as all f@#%. But thinned enough to not be obnoxious anymore. Brambly blackberry with smokey leather. A delight still but drink now.
Red
3/31/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
91 points
Still sharp and bright but on its way down. Drink now.
Red
3/14/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
90 points
On opening, still an insane amount of fruit to the nose, berries, cherry and a brambly gravel note with a wisp of smoke. Fruit takes off like TSA agent leaving for break and leaves only a smokey tobacco leather with a bit of spice but a trifle soft at this point. Quick glass tastes like an overripe Brunello with sharp cherry, tart notes and a slightly ashy tannin. Some air (45 mins) takes the tartness away without killing the fruit and makes the tannin silica gel level drying. Ashiness persists and is a completely YMMV experience but I a fan.
Red
2007 Star Lane Vineyard Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara Red Blend (view label images)
1/11/2020 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
90 points
Needs a little decant to open up. 45 min or so is good but not too long as it flattens out quickly afterwards. Tannins are shot but the back layer of fruit is lovely with just enough spice to make it peppy. I drank it by itself but it feels like it would lean into the curve on a little pasta course or maybe some roast pork. Definitley would work with cheese without overwhelming at this point.
White - Sparkling
1999 Iron Horse Vineyards Joy! Green Valley of Russian River Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
12/31/2019 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
91 points
I still think there is some life left. A bit of apple remains and oh the buttery notes! Went well with all the NYE snacks.
Red
12/23/2019 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
91 points
Still has life left on it. Tannins are blunted but still some dark fruit with some tart cherry notes.
White - Sparkling
2008 Iron Horse Vineyards Classic Vintage Brut Green Valley of Russian River Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
12/21/2019 - Ecb1456 wrote:
Completely done. Not bad but nothing of real interest left.
Red
12/4/2019 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
89 points
Hour decant. No nose othwr than brambly alcohol. Insanely pleasant tannins cut through a rather sharp dark fruit jam. Still really nice and should be fine for another year or so.
Red
11/24/2019 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
90 points
More mouth feel than I was anticipating, Good fruit, mild tannins. Extremely drinkable and pairs well with pork.
Red
11/13/2019 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
91 points
Still think there is more life left in this.
White - Sparkling
11/9/2019 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
92 points
Quick strawberry flash falls into a slightly yeasty citrus. Beautiful color with great salmon appearance. I can imagine this still has a year or two left in it but it is so good now why wait. Great with wiener schnitzel.
Red
10/28/2019 - Ecb1456 wrote:
Maybe it was just my bottle but it has turned a little to the cherry side. Needed lots of air (2hr) to get close to opening up. Faded and past prime.
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White - Sparkling
10/26/2019 - Ecb1456 Likes this wine:
91 points
Not sure this one is as done as listed. Still some citus and a lovely yeastiness. Hled up to pork and salad well. Not quite done yet. Still a classic.
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