Tasting Notes for sbtoby

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2009 Saxum Broken Stones Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
3/6/2017 - sbtoby wrote:
93 points
Usually a pop and pour. This one for sure needed the time. I feel like it's in an in-between stage of young with bold, hot flavors, and a transition into a more even, refined profile. Still quite tasty. I probably would have waited 2 more years to open.
Red
8/1/2016 - sbtoby wrote:
91 points
For a $15 Costco special it's a fantastic buy. At $20 it's pretty good. A little thin on taste, but great nose and finish.
Red
7/12/2013 - sbtoby wrote:
98 points
Stellar. Like how this has developed. I actually like my Alban a little young and hot. This is in a great place, still maintaining much of the sweet fruit, but mellowed and evened out. I've always been a little partial to Patrina due to the QPR, but this bottle really shows why splurging on the Reva is worth it. I think for most people 1 year more in the cellar may be preferred.
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Red
5/31/2013 - sbtoby wrote:
89 points
Initially tasted right after opening. Almost dumped it out. No flavor, tasted really bad. But I just wanted one glass so I stuck with it. I'm glad I did. After about 30 min, it was a completely different wine. Almost tastes new worldly. Nose of a cab, but tastes slightly jammy. Earthy, with toast and leather. Lots of floral notes. Almost like a cab franc/Syrah 50/50. An hour later it was superb. Would by again, especially at the price point.
Red
4/22/2013 - sbtoby wrote:
88 points
Drank a wine tasting event. Good fruit, but seemed rather subdued. Good QPR
Red
2/22/2013 - sbtoby wrote:
91 points
Very good Zin. Great taste, but restrained on the boldness. Not sure this as great as others think, not my fav Turley, but still very nice.
Red
2/15/2013 - sbtoby wrote:
84 points
Still drinkable, but well past it's prime. Very musty and slightly mildewish. Seems like this was at one time a good wine.
Red
2009 Fess Parker The Big Easy Santa Barbara County Red Blend (view label images)
2/3/2013 - sbtoby wrote:
93 points
Graphite, Watermelon Jolly rancher, chalk, cognac, red currant, and rubber eraser. A very sweet, and unique blend. I think there is something for everyone. It's sweet, but complex. Not sure that it is super even, or ever will be. But very well done. I forgot how much I enjoy this wine.
White
2/3/2013 - sbtoby wrote:
97 points
Absolutely brilliant in every way.
Red
1/30/2013 - sbtoby wrote:
87 points
Carmel, currant, molasses, blueberry, and candied coffee. Very sweet almost a port. Lots and lots of sugar.
Red
1/3/2013 - sbtoby wrote:
83 points
Very light and uneven. Not for me.
Red
12/31/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
92 points
The Zin is the driving force here. A little more subdued. Deep prune, play dough and black cherry. White pepper and Christmas spices on the backside. My only gripe would be that it is a little blunted in the taste department, but its subtlety may be an attribute to some. Given an extra point for the bottle, and the fact that I actually got one. I would recommend drinking sooner rather than later. !Viva la oso!
Red
12/31/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
91 points
Decanted 2hrs prior to drinking. Not a super big PS. Very approachable. Lots of sediment. Light blueberry, coffee, and graphite. Drinkable now. Pretty good, but there are better at this QPR.
Red
12/24/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
90 points
Echoing a lot of what is said here, this is a heavy Pinot. Doesn't even taste like one to be honest. Tastes more like a GSM. Thick, olive, mushroom, cherry and licorice. Still quite a bit of heat. Good, and certainly different. Fun, but not worth it at the price point.
Red
12/21/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
91 points
I'm sorry but I really liked this. Especially for the price.
Red
12/2/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
91 points
Slightly more candied than my last bottle. Cherry, sweet prune and charcoal/graphite. Served slightly chilled, from which I feel it benefited from.
Red
11/25/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
93 points
Very strong on the fruit. Sweet almost, but not to its detriment. I like strong fruit, but this may not be for everyone. Not sure about the drinking window. Not something I would want to hold onto too long, but don't want to wait on it either. Deep purple in color. Black licorice, ocean and play dough on the nose. A little hot and pruney on the pallet. Tar, pepper, blackberry, and toast on the finish. Good. Whalebone Zin tastes almost the same, at a lower price. I prefer Turley, but certainly something diffrent.
Red
11/22/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
94 points
Classic Saxum profile. Very thin. Lots of deep red fruit, hints of nutmeg and other Christmas spices. A very good wine.
Red
11/17/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
91 points
Took some time to open up. But pretty good after the wait. Don't love it at the QPR.
Red
11/10/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
91 points
Very tannic. Took over 3hrs to begin to open. But very tasty no the less.
Red
10/26/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
94 points
Very impressed. Although quite youthful, this bottling is drinking very well right now. Candied plum, perfume, and cherry soda. Quite bold, the focus is all on the fruit. No spice or oak. This seems like little was put into it in a good way. The winemaker didn't mess with this too much, and that is the payoff. Tasted much like a Herman Story. Not sure everyone will like this wine, because of the boldness, but a great effort.
Red
10/15/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
91 points
Very meaty. Lots of good fruit.
Red
10/13/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
92 points
Totally in the zone right now. Mellow, yet slightly candied. Excellent taste.
Red - Fortified
10/7/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
99 points
Drank at my wedding with 60 of my closest friends. I was very leery that this wine didn't make it. But it was a massive hit.
Red - Fortified
10/7/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
96 points
Amazing in every way
Red
2009 Denner Mother of Exiles Paso Robles Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/30/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured. Restaurant purchase. Could have used some decanting. But good flavor. Probably could stand some time in the cellar. But good no the less.
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Red
9/30/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
92 points
Super smooth. The grapes have integrated into a harmony of flavor. Charcoal, brick and spice. But mellowed.
Red
2007 Miner Family The Oracle Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/25/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
93 points
Pruney and tannic. The high amount of cab Franc is evident. The nose is sublime. Fantastic wine. Tastes a lot like Legacy , perhaps a Sonoma cousin. Great wine.
Red
9/22/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
93 points
Very good. Tastes a lot like Alban Patrina.
Red
2009 Denner Syrah Paso Robles Willow Creek District (view label images)
9/9/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
88 points
Unimpressed. Recently had a bottle of Denner Gold Digger, and liked it much better. Tastes like your average, lesser end bottle of Santa Ynez Syrah, (Qupe,Curtis, Bridlewood) rather than a Paso. Light on fruit, had a floral, soapy (not rom my glass) flavor nose. Dry, with some sediment. Pleasant finish. Would give a higher score, but at the price point I feel ripped off a bit.
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Red
9/1/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
92 points
Bought at Bellavino Westlake. The owner Richard poured this for me, my fiancée and two other patrons. My first reaction is that it is very, very thick, and viscous like motor oil. Between the five of us we couldn't describe the taste. What we could agree on was charcoal, tar, and meat. I got some prune as well. Tasted almost like a Tannat. What was there was very, very deep. Certainly could have benefited from a day or so decanting, but who has time for that. Drinking window has it closing in 2010, but realistically I could see this mellowing past 2014. Although I bet this was better young and hot, with more of the sweet/red fruit.
Red
7/29/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
92 points
Bellavino swirl tasting. Very fruity nose. Strawberry, and Cotton candy. The over-sweetness did not translate into the overall taste. Rather a very well rounded Syrah. Both dark and red fruit combined into a delicate balance. I could see this benefiting from being served at cellar temperature, even a little cooler. Very good Syrah, especially from the price point.
Red
7/22/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
90 points
Very good for the price
Red
7/21/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
91 points
Got a few bottles for under $20. Love it at that price point.
Red
7/9/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
91 points
Strawberry, play dough, and cherry on the nose. On the pallet, more of a gsm quality. Slightly oaky, but also candied. The merlot comes out with a swirl in the mouth. I started to appreciate it as I was paying attention and taking notes. Previous vintages were bizarre and different in a good way. This outing is more refined, like more though was put into it. Worth it at the price point to pick up a bottle.
Red
7/1/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
92 points
I love this all day at the $17 price point. I wouldn't go so far to say the "poor man's Herman Story" as it was marketed to me. But some great Syrah, with deep, deep fruit. Sweet, semi tart. I would give it a 91 on the wine, but a 92 because of the great value.
Red
6/29/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
88 points
Drank alongside with the 2009. Liked the 2006 better. Was sitting on this for a few years and was disappointed.
Red
6/29/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
89 points
Typical Sea Smoke. Deep fruit, a little on the thin side in terms of thickness. Good, but not sure it's worth it at the price point.
Red
6/24/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
91 points
Great Cab for the price point. Not sure if there is much aging potential.
Red
6/21/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
93 points
Tannic. I could just stop there, but I'll go on. Deep, inky purple, bordering on black. The nose is hard to articulate, plastic...but not bad. Chewy sweetness, and black licorice on the pallet. The Finish is that of every black/blue fruit known to man, and this is where the tannic taste really pops in. It tastes like it looks, deep and brooding. This wine is not for everyone. If you are entering for the first time into HS may I suggest one of Mr. Form's many Syrahs. Good none the less.
Red
5/28/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
88 points
You can find several dozen SB Syrahs that have the exact same taste, at near half the price. Most notably Curtis, epiphany or Qupe. Not a bad bottle, just not worth it.
Red
5/28/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
92 points
Another good year of Zin from WB. Very intense, deep jammy dark fruit throughout. Could be fit from another year to mellow a little. But drinking good now.
Red
5/26/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
90 points
Typical SB Pinot. Ticker and fuller than most.
Red
5/21/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
93 points
I have been let down by Biale with my last few bottles, so I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Having been a fan of previous vintages of BC, this one stands out. It has the fruit that you would expect from a Zin of this nature, but much more refined. It's not overwhelming, and could easily be paired with red meats and pork. The nose is similar to a Syrah, with some Christmas spices. On the pallet it defiantly tastes of a Zin, but with a more complex, tannic structure. Almost like there is a really good merlot or cab franc mixed in there. Again finishes with fine merlot flavor, with prune and hints of brownie flavoring in the mix. Maybe I opened this at its peak, but I am sure to give Mr. Biale another try after this.
Red
5/19/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
82 points
The white in this blend really brings down the fruit in the remaining red. Drinks like a white, or rose. Not my thing.
Red
5/11/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
92 points
I didn't remember this as being one of my favorite OL wines, but for the price point I am very happy. This Zin digs more into its primitivo roots a bit tasting more like a Tuscan red, rather than a Paso Zin. A deeper tannin structure than your typical fruit forward Zinfandel. There is something slightly barnyardy, (in a good way) with hints of black cherry and rhubarb. A little hot, but still approachable. I give this wine an extra point just based on the value.
Red
5/11/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
86 points
Too old. Would have been much better a year or too ago. Probably undrinkable next year. The Turley fruit profile you expect is gone, replace with a mild musty taste. Waited on this too long. My bad.
Red
5/9/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
93 points
Over the top in every way. But so goddamn good.
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Red
5/2/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
91 points
I really, really didn't want to like this wine. But alas I did. Not sure where or if another meritage can be found at this price. Realistically I would rate it a 89 if it were a $40+ bottle but I'll spot it 2 points for the value.
Red
4/29/2012 - sbtoby wrote:
91 points
Initially tasted of grape juice and grape jelly. However the tannin structure is very robust. After about an hour, it developed into something else. Oak, cherry, lavender. Tastes more like Cab Franc/Zinfandel 50/50. This is a massive wine. It may not be for everyone, or every occasion. But it is good, and certainly different. I would Recommend giving it a try.
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