Tasting Notes for cbbrown3

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Red
5/9/2014 - cbbrown3 wrote:
94 points
The wine is a medium to deep ruby red color. The very inviting nose has cassis, stony minerals, mint, black cherries, cedar, tobacco, baking spices and violets. This has medium body, moderate tannins and very good acidity. On the palate the rich cassis and spice jump out first with cedar, minerals and mint coming in later. The finish has very good length with the fruit and mint seeming to linger forever. For such a young wine, this already tastes very good. Down the road this could turn into something very special.

This wine was named the Wine of the Week on my blog. Full story at:
http://cliffswinepicks.com/2014/05/08/wine-of-the-week-2011-jean-edwards-cellars-cabernet-sauvignon-napa-valley/
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Red
10/17/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
93 points
The is a deep ruby to purple color. The very enticing nose has blackberry liqueur, blueberries, minerals, dying wood embers, scorched earth, baking spices, violets, and a touch of vanilla. This has a fairly full body, moderate tannins and very good acidity. On the palate the dark berries and spice coat the palate slowly allowing some earthiness, minerals, and a floral note to break through. The finish is long and nicely layered. This is on the young side but it opened nicely after about 45 minutes.
Red
10/13/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
93 points
The wine is a dark, opaque purple color. The stunning nose is full of crushed berries, minerals, charred meat, scorched earth, vanilla, violets and dark chocolate. This full bodied wine has fairly solid tannins and good acidity. On the palate, the wine is big and brawny but the tannins and acidity hold everything together. The initial assault on your palate is quickly reined in and held together through the long finish. As should be expected from the winery, this is not a wine for the timid or for someone looking for a subtle, nuanced wine. This will club you over the head and leave you asking for more.
Red
10/4/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
91 points
The wine is a ruby red color. The alluring nose has raspberries, warm baring spices, cola, cherries, wild flowers, plums, eucalyptus, and some earthiness. This has medium body, soft tannins, and good acidity. On the palate the baking spices and fruit jump out and take hold slowly allowing a touch of eucalyptus and earthiness to break through on the back end. The finish has good length and adds some minerality to the fruit and spice.
Red
10/3/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
93 points
The wine is a deep, dark purple color. The stunning nose is full of crushed blackberries, smoke, plums, dark chocolate, vanilla, minerals, black pepper, creosote, eucalyptus, Asian spices and violets. This full bodied wine has fairly solid tannins and good acidity. On the palate smoke, berries and plums hit hard slowly giving way to black pepper and vanilla with some building minerality and vanilla coming in on the back end. The long, luxurious finish has a nice mix of the fruit and savory elements with minerals closing the show. This still seems to be on the young side but this intense gem shines even today with some air.
Red
9/30/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
87 points
The wine is a deep maroon color. The fairly straight forward nose has brambly berries, vanilla, black pepper, dark bittersweet chocolate, camphor, and spicy oak. This has medium to full body, moderate tannins, and good acidity. On the palate the wine seems a touch thin and driven by the oak related elements with sweet berries coming in from the sides providing needed sweetness. The finish is a touch short and again highlights the spicy oak and sweet berries. For a Rosenblum wine, this could use a bit more extraction and depth. A decent week night Zin to be consumed over the next couple of years.
Red
9/29/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
92 points
The wine is a medium to deep ruby red color. The hypnotic nose has cherries, dried leafy herbs, fresh ground dark roast coffee, cedar, tobacco, cassis, dark bittersweet chocolate, baking spices and violets. This has medium body, moderate tannins and good acidity. On the palate there is a nice mix of the fruit and savory elements, with the fruit providing nice sweetness especially on the back end. The finish has very nice length but a touch of excess oak pokes through and leaves a slightly bitter closing note. Perhaps a bit more cellar time will help the remaining oak from the finish integrate. All in all, a very nice and enjoyable bottle of wine.
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Red
9/27/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
90 points
The wine is a fairly deep maroon color. The big and bold nose has blackberries, cherries, licorice, charred meat, roasted herbs, plums, road tar, violets, and earthy underbrush. This full bodied wine has moderate tannins and good acidity. On the palate there is very nice balance between the fruit and savory elements but a touch of the alcohol is starting to poke out on the back end. The finish has very good length but again is showing a touch of alcohol. The fruit has faded a touch over the last year so the once concealed alcohol is making an appearance. This is still very enjoyable but probably needs to be consumed over the next year before the alcohol takes over.
Red
9/18/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
89 points
The wine is a deep ruby color to maroon color. The very open and inviting nose has cassis, cedar, dried herbs, tobacco, dark bittersweet chocolate, and minerals. This has medium to full body, moderate to solid tannins, and good acidity. On the palate cassis and cedar dominate the front end with dried herbs and cherry coming through later. The finish has nice length with sweet fruit and spicy oak carrying the load. This could use a bit more complexity and it may come out with some time in the cellar. That said, it is still a delicious bottle of wine.
Red
9/17/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
91 points
The wine is a light to medium ruby color. The very inviting nose has cherries, raspberries, dried herbs, baking spices, black pepper, minerals and earthy underbrush. This has medium body, moderate to solid tannins and good acidity. On the palate spicy, peppery cherries and raspberries grab hold, slowly allowing some dried herbs and earthiness slip into focus. The finish had decent length with a nice mix of the fruit and savory elements. This could pass for a higher end French Cotes du Rhone.
Red
9/16/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
91 points
The wine is a deep ruby red with some brick at the edge. The comforting nose has tobacco, cedar, baking spices, blackberries, wet earth, and some minerals. This has medium body, soft to moderate tannins and good acidity. On the palate the savory notes dominate with the berries adding nice sweetness. The finish has good length and again leans on the savory and earthy notes with the fruit present but playing a supporting role. This is drinking nicely but I wouldn't hold for more than another year or two before the fruit totally disappears.
Red
9/15/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
89 points
The wine is a medium to dark ruby red with some bricking at the edge. The slightly shy nose has tobacco, blackberries, cedar, dried herbs, baking spices, wild flowers, and some earthiness. This has medium body, soft tannins, and very nice acidity. On the palate, blackberries and baking spices hit first with some spicy oak and subtle earthiness coming in later. The finish has nice length with some cherry joining the picture. This probably should have been opened a couple years ago, but I still find it very enjoyable.
Red
9/13/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
94 points
The wine is a deep, dark, inky purple color. The typically Turley nose is full of brambly berries, warm baking spices, vanilla, stony minerals, black pepper, wild flowers and dark bittersweet chocolate. This has a fairly full body, solid tannins and good acidity. The palate is immediately flooded with spicy, peppery, berries and minerals with vanilla and dark chocolate coming in on the back end. The finish is long and full of peppery berries. This is still on the young side but still delicious.
White
2011 Villa Creek "White" Paso Robles White Rhone Blend (view label images)
9/5/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
90 points
The wine is a light golden yellow color. The light and summery nose has melon, peach pit, minerals, white flowers, orange zest and a touch of spice. This dry wine has medium body and very nice acidity. On the palate melon and apricot flavors occupy the front end with some building minerality and citrus coming in on the back end. The finish has very nice length with minerals and some spice seeming to linger forever. This tastes very good now and will last in the cellar for a couple of years.
Red
9/2/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
93 points
The wine is a medium to dark ruby color. The stunning nose is full of cassis, cedar, tobacco, crushed berries, chalky minerality, licorice, dark chocolate, and fresh wildflowers. This has medium body, moderate to full ripe tannins, and good acidity. On the palate a big jolt of spicy fruit hits up front with minerals, licorice and chocolate coming in on the back end. The finish is very long and shows nice balance between the fruit and savory elements, with a touch of sweet berries seeming to never totally fade. This is drinking wonderfully today but will last in the cellar for another three to five years, maybe more.
White
9/1/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
87 points
The wine is a light golden yellow color. The light and flowery nose has honeysuckle, peaches, apples, orange blossoms, lemon curd, and stony minerals. This is dry with medium body and decent acidity. Nice fruit and flowers on the palate with just a touch of citrus zest kicking in on the back end. The finish has nice length and shows good minerality. I would have liked a touch more acidity on the finish which seems to go a bit flat. This was much better with a cheese platter then it was on its own afterwards.
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Red
8/31/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
92 points
The wine is a medium to dark ruby with some bricking at the edge. The exotic nose is full of cherries, rose petals, licorice, baking spices, scorched earth, minerals, underbrush and tobacco. This has medium body, moderate to solid tannins, and very nice acidity. On the palate, the cherries, roses, and spices pop out first with minerals and earthy elements coming in on the back end. The long finish is full of spicy, earthy, mineral laden cherries. This is still on the young side but absolutely delicious today. I wish I had several more bottles to follow over the remainder of the decade.
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Red
8/30/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
92 points
The wine is a deep, dark purple color. The deep and dark nose is full of smoldering charcoal, blackberries, roasted herbs, black pepper, dark bittersweet chocolate, well worn leather, charred meat, violets, blueberries, and some earthiness. This has a full body, moderate tannins, and good acidity. On the palate a load of peppery, smoky berries jump out first with roasted herbs and some building earthiness coming in on the backend. The finish is fairly long and leans more on the savory elements with the fruit coming in late adding nice sweetness. I think this is as good as it gets for this wine, I'd advise consuming over the next couple of years.
Red
8/29/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
94 points
The wine is a deep ruby to garnet color. The nose is a real show stopper full of cassis, dried herbs, cigar box, minerals, pencil shavings, and violets. This has medium to full body with fairly solid tannins and very good acidity. On the palate this is rich and plush with spicy berries and minerals up front with dried herbs and spicy oak coming in on the back end. The finish is very long with the berries, dried herbs, and minerals seeming to last forever. Even though this is delicious today, it is very young and will improve with some time in the cellar.
Red
8/27/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
90 points
The wine is a garnet red with just a touch of brick at the edge. The intoxicating nose has cherries, Asian spices, leather, white pepper, dried herbs, plums, a hint of meat juices and some subtle earthiness. This has medium body, moderate tannins and very nice acidity. On the palate, warm cherry pie hits first followed by some dried herbs, plums and a touch of earthiness. The finish is long with the spicy cherries seeming to hang on forever with a touch of earthiness coming in as the fruit fades. This tastes delicious!
Red
8/26/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
89 points
The wine is a medium to deep ruby red to purple color. The very inviting nose has blackberries, warm baking spices, licorice, dark chocolate, vanilla, smoke, black pepper and a touch of earthy underbrush. This has a fairly full body with moderate tannins and good acidity. On the palate the spicy blackberries and licorice hit first with pepper and some earthiness coming in on the back end. The finish has nice length with black pepper and some earthiness closing the show with a touch of berries in the background providing nice sweetness. This was a very enjoyable wine and a steal at the price.
Red
8/25/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
89 points
The wine is a fairly deep maroon color. The big and fully open nose is full of cassis, licorice, warm baking spices, black pepper, leather, dried herbs, and a touch of cedar. This has medium to full body with soft, ripe tannins, and decent acidity. On the palate this is soft and jammy for a Howell Mountain wine. Big, ripe, juicy, berries and spice hit the front end of the palate coating it in flavor with dried herbs and spicy oak coming in on the backend. The finish has good length and shows jammy fruit and spice with an oaky over lay but could use some additional complexity. This is an easier drinking wine than I expected, this isn't one to stash in the cellar for an extended time.
White
8/25/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
91 points
The wine is a light, pale yellow to straw color. The fresh and tropical nose has lime, grapefruit, minerals, fresh cut grass, and orange blossoms. This has light body with tart, citrusy acidity. On the palate the crisp fruit and minerals steal the show with the grapefruit notes giving way to lime with a nice herbal edge. The finish has very good length with the lime and grapefruit allowing minerals and herbal elements to poke through. As usual, another outstanding offering from Cloudy Bay.
Red
8/23/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
93 points
The wine is a deep, dark, inky purple color. The rich and luxurious nose has blackberries, blueberries, dark chocolate, vanilla, smoked meat, dried herbs, warm baking spices and some earthiness. This has a full body, fairly solid, ripe tannins, and good acidity. This is a massive wine on the palate with loads of spicy, peppery berries with a nice smoked meat element followed by spicy oak and dried herbs. The finish is very long and like the palate, packed with flavor. No subtlety and not the most complex wine out there, but very balanced and tasty. Not a wine for everyone nor an everyday wine, but on occasion, this one will rock. This is still on the young side, it should improve with additional cellar time.
Red
8/22/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
91 points
The wine is a deep ruby to garnet color. The interesting and inviting nose has cherries, dried herbs, minerals, meat juices, black pepper, raspberries, baking spices, and some scorched earth. This has medium body, moderate tannins, and good acidity. On the palate fruit, spice and minerals hit first with dried herbs and pepper on the back end with some slowly building earthiness coming into play. The finish is fairly long with the savory notes of minerals and dried herbs leading the way with the fruit providing nice sweetness in the background. Tastes wonderful today but will last in the cellar for a few more years.
Red
2007 Big Basin Vineyards Mandala Santa Cruz Mountains Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/22/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
95 points
The wine is a deep, dark ruby to purple color. The explosive nose is full of blackberries, cassis, smoke, dark bittersweet chocolate, charred meat, melted licorice, vanilla, warm baking spices, and violets. This is full bodied with moderate to solid ripe tannins and good acidity. The wine grabs hold of your palate unleashing wave after wave of lush fruit, spice, and savory notes in unrelenting layers. The finish is very long, almost seeming to never end with very nice fruit slowly giving way to dark chocolate and then nice meaty elements and earthiness. The extra time in the cellar has been rewarded in this case. There is no hurry on this one, it should hold for at least a few more years.
Red
8/21/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
85 points
The wine is a bright ruby red color. The nose has blackberries, plums, vanilla, dill, black pepper, cherry, and some earthiness. This has medium body, soft to moderate tannins, and slightly soft acidity. On the palate the dark fruit and earthiness take center stage with vanilla and the dill coming in late. The finish has decent length but gets a touch muddled and earthy as it warms up. I would recommend giving this a slight chill.
Rosé
2012 The Seeker Rosé Côtes de Provence Rosé Blend (view label images)
8/21/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
89 points
The wine is a very nice pink salmon color. The inviting nose has watermelon, white peach, minerals, red raspberries, orange zest, a touch of spice, and a slightly salty sea breeze element. This has light to medium body, with good acidity, and is dry. On the palate the fruit steps to the forefront with spice and building minerality supporting the back end. The finish has nice length and closes on a distinct mineral note with just a touch of sweetness from the red fruit.
White
8/21/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
91 points
The wine is a bright yellow color with a slight green tint. The slightly shy nose eventually shows honey dipped apples, pineapple, white pepper, minerals, and a very faint petrol note. This has medium body, crisp acidity, and nice residual sweetness. On the palate this has tart apples, honey, and crisp citrus with nice sweetness coming in on the back end. The finish has very nice length and closes with a sweet note. The sweetness and acidity are very nicely balanced.
White
8/21/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
87 points
The wine is a very light yellow color with a slight green tint. The crisp and refreshing nose has apples, lemon zest, pears, minerals, orange blossoms, and a touch of spice. This has light to medium body, citrusy acidity, and has just a touch of sweetness. On the palate the bright, juicy fruit is joined by a touch of almond before the mouthwatering citrus kicks in. The finish has nice length and closes on a slightly sweet pear/citrus note.
White
8/21/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
86 points
The wine is a light straw to yellow color. The nose has apples, vanilla, spicy oak, white peaches, citrus zest, and some minerality. This has medium to full body and decent acidity. On the palate there is some nice up front fruit and minerals then some oak kicks in adding layers of spice and vanilla that slightly obscures the bright fruit. There is nice length on the finish where a touch of citrus zest breaks through the oak influences. This is very well made, just not my preferred style. If you prefer a creamy, oak influenced, fuller body white wine, this will exceed your expectations.
White
8/21/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
91 points
The wine is a light straw to yellow color. The exotic nose has butterscotch, coconut, apples, white peaches, white pepper, minerals, white flowers, mint, spice, pineapple, and citrus zest. This has a medium body, is dry, and has good acidity. This is luscious on the palate with apples and white peaches sprinkled with coconut and a few drops of butterscotch on the front end. The back end introduces minerals, spice, and a floral note. This has nice length on the finish with the addition of a minty note.
White
8/21/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
89 points
The wine is a fairly bright yellow color with some straw. The clean and fresh nose has green apple, pear, lemon zest, spice, stony minerality, white peach, and a touch of tropical pineapple. This has medium body, is dry, and has nice citrusy acidity. On the palate, nice up front apples, pears and minerals hit first with lemon zest kicking in on the back end. This has decent length on the finish with apples, minerals, and closing tart lemon zest with just a hint of pineapple. This could use a touch more complexity, which may develop over time.
White
8/21/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
90 points
The wine is a very light straw color. The sensuous nose is full of honeysuckle, pear, spice, orange blossom, honey, apricot, pineapple, and stony minerals. This has light to medium body, is dry, and has crisp acidity. On the palate spicy pears, honey and minerals can be found up front with pineapples and citrus on back end. This has nice length on the finish with a nice floral note closing the show.
Red
8/19/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
91 points
The wine is a deep, dark purple color. The nose is dark and brooding with earthy blackberries, dark chocolate, vanilla, raspberries, eucalyptus, minerals, spice box, fresh ground dark roast coffee, and lavender. This is medium to full bodied with fairly solid tannins and very nice acidity. This is big and bold on the palate with spicy, peppery berries up front and more spice, chocolate, and coffee on the back end along with some slowly building earthiness. The finish is fairly long with a bit of cherry joining the party.
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Red
8/18/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
92 points
The wine is a deep, dark ruby color. The open and inviting nose is full of black cherries, dark bittersweet chocolate, smoke, well worn leather, blackberries, warm baking spices, and violets. This has medium body, fairly solid tannins and very good acidity. On the palate spicy berries and cherries fly out of the gate with some building dark chocolate coming in on the back end. The finish is very long and full of spicy cherries and dark chocolate. Very tasty today but absolutely no hurry on this one.
White
8/18/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
89 points
The wine is a pale yellowish straw color. The fresh and exotic smelling nose has lychee, apple, pineapple, orange zest, nice spice, and rose petals. This is light to medium body with crisp acidity and just a hint of sweetness, even though it is labeled as dry. An almost oily texture on the palate accompanies nice spicy, fruit laced, lychee with come citrus in the background. The finish shows nice length with the spicy citrus hanging on and slowly dissipating. This is probably as good as this one will get, so I'd advise drinking up before the colder seasons roll around.
Red
8/17/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
95 points
The wine is a deep purple color. The stunning nose is full of brambly berries, minerals, violets, fresh ground black pepper, toasty oak, vanilla, melted licorice, freshly ground dark roast coffee, and a touch of dark bittersweet chocolate. This full bodied gem has moderate to solid tannins and very nice acidity. On the palate, layers of fruit, spice, and savory elements take turns engulfing the taste buds, trying to out do each other. The finish is extremely long and again reveals new layers every few seconds. This is obviously on the young side and even though it will last in the cellar through the end of the decade, it is absolutely stunning right now.
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White
8/16/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
91 points
The wine is a light golden yellow to straw color. The slightly shy nose has apples, honey, minerals, orange blossoms, and a hint of petrol. This has medium body, crisp acidity, and some nice closing sweetness. On the palate apples and pineapples hit first with a nice streak of minerality and orange zest coming in on the back end. The finish has very nice length with very nice balance between the acidity and sweetness. This is drinking wonderfully today and could last in the cellar for a few years, but why wait?
Red
2008 Carlisle Three Birds Sonoma County Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
8/15/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
91 points
The wine is a nice ruby red color. The very interesting and inviting nose had cherries, kirsch, minerals, black pepper, dry earth, underbrush, violets, and baking spices. This has medium body, moderate tannins, and very good acidity. On the palate the spicy cherries and minerals hit first, quickly followed by black pepper and a nice earthy edge. The wine has a fairly long finish leaning on the spices and minerals with the fruit providing some background sweetness. Not a big and rich wine like most of the Carlisle offerings, this has very little excess weight. This tastes outstanding today and should and potentially improve over the next several years.
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Red
8/13/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
92 points
The wine is a deep, dark ruby color, almost purple. The very nice nose is full of minerals, cherries, blackberries, dried herbs, dried earth, well worn leather, vanilla, black pepper, licorice, and wild flowers. This has medium body, fairly solid tannins, and very good acidity. On the palate the cherries and minerals hit first, followed by dried herbs, crushed berries, and black pepper. On the back end and finish dried earth elements emerge and take center stage, especially on the fairly long finish. This is drinking very nicely, but should last for at least a few more years in the cellar.
Red
8/13/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
90 points
The wine is a medium ruby red color. The inviting nose has black cherry, raspberry, spice, minerals, licorice, dried herbs, plums, and a bit of earthiness. This has medium body, moderate tannins, and good acidity. On the palate, cherries, berries, loads of spice dominate with a bit of earthiness slowly building on the back end. This has good length on the finish with nice balance between fruit and savory elements, nice closing acidity invites another sip.
Red
8/13/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
86 points
The wine is a fairly dark ruby red color. The deep and dark nose has earthy, blackberries, black pepper, warm baking spices, plums, earthiness, and meaty notes. This has medium to full body, light to moderate ripe tannins, and decent acidity. The palate features nice berries, spice and earthiness. The finish has decent length.
White
8/13/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
89 points
The wine is a bright straw to yellow color. The impressive and inviting nose has apples, stony minerals, white peach, lemon zest, lime, and a touch of almond from the sur lies aging. This dry white has light to medium body, and tart acidity. On the palate crisp apples, minerals and a touch of creaminess hit first with citrusy acidity kicking in on the back end. This has a nice finish, featuring minerals, lime, and mouthwatering acidity.
Red
8/12/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
88 points
The wine is a fairly dark ruby to maroon color. The very nice nose has blackberries, smoked meat, black pepper, baking spices, charcoal, vanilla, forest floor, and a touch of stems. This has medium body, moderate tannins, and good acidity. On the palate the spicy, peppery berries hit first followed by smoked meat and vanilla. The finish has good length but does show a touch of stems that sticks out a touch to prominently. This would merit a higher score if the stems didn't leave a lingering greenish note.
Red
8/11/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
94 points
The wine is a deep, dark, inky purple color. The stunning nose has blackberries, smoky wood embers, black pepper, dark bittersweet chocolate, well worn leather, warm baking spices, and a touch of cedar. This has a full body, solid tannins, and very nice acidity. On the palate this has big, juicy berries, chocolate, spices, and nice oak and possesses excellent balance between the richness and power. The long, lingering finish is again very rich and plush with a nice blend of fruit and savory elements. This is drinking very nicely right now but this has the backbone and stuffing to last in the cellar for a long time.
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White
8/11/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
91 points
The wine is a light, pale, straw to yellow color. The very appealing nose has apples, minerals, white peaches, white pepper, pears, orange blossoms, and a touch of lime zest. This has medium body with mouthwatering acidity. On the palate the wine is creamy and smooth with apples, white peach and spice on the front end, on the back end, the acidity kicks in and wipes the palate clean leaving mouthwatering citrus. The finish has nice length with some spice and white pepper peaking through the lemon/lime citrus. This is a very nice white Rhone style blend from California.
Red
8/10/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
92 points
The wine is a light to medium ruby red color with a fair amount of brick, mainly at the rim. The inviting nose has earthy underbrush, cherries, fresh ground espresso, road tar, baking spices, rose water, and a soft herbal note. This has medium body, moderate tannins, and very good acidity. Tart, earthy cherries hit the palate first, quickly followed by espresso grounds and spices. The finish has nice length and has a slight, interesting, herbal note. This is drinking very nicely.
Red
8/10/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
94 points
The wine is a deep, dark purple color. The massive nose is full of blackberries, blueberries, minerals, dark chocolate, black pepper, charred meat, hot asphalt, vanilla, and violets. This has a very full body, solid tannins, and good acidity. On the palate there is a load of peppery, crushed berries and stony minerals up front with some meaty elements and vanilla coming in on the back end. The finish is long and lush with some dark chocolate entering the picture as well as a touch of alcohol. This is a big boy with little in the way of subtlety or nuance.
Red
8/9/2013 - cbbrown3 wrote:
91 points
The wine is a deep maroon color. The very intriguing nose has plums, minerals, dying wood embers, blackberries, dried herbs, cherry, baking spices, melted licorice, and dried herbs. This has medium body, moderate to solid tannins, and very good acidity. On the palate spicy plums and berries lead the show with dried herbs and spicy oak coming in on the back end. The finish is fairly long with some nice minerality coming into the picture and ends with a smoky note that just seems to hand on forever. This is now in a very nice drinking window and it should hold for a few years. A steal for south of $15.
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