Tasting Notes for PDXinSEA

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Red
12/1/2018 - PDXinSEA wrote:
91 points
I'd go along with Jamesgold's notes, with the possible digression regarding the wine's future. Approaching 2 years after that review, big rich explosion of plum, dark chocolate, and dark roasted coffee aromas wafted from the bottle and all the descriptors of Jamesgold's notes kick in. The delicious fruit might get some more tertiary nuances but I know that my remaining bottle will never have that chance. Just too good to leave too long.
Red
3/27/2018 - PDXinSEA wrote:
92 points
Medium dark purple with clearing at the rim. Lovely sweet Pinot typicity with some distinct forest floor mushroomy scent. Medium body with plenty of fruit left. Ready to go with tannins quite soft and powdery. Adequate acid to balance. There is wonderful nuance of a mysterious spice somewhere between sandalwood or cinnamon. A touch of earthiness. Finishes medium ;wish it was a bit longer. Unexpectedly excellent.
Red
9/27/2017 - PDXinSEA wrote:
91 points
Dark. Rich nose of plum cake, hint of alcohol. Quite full, candied cherries, ripe plum predominate but there is good acidity and ample tannins to frame it. Medium plus length. Still retains its structure after being open for 5 hours. I think it has several years of improvement ahead of it. 90+
White - Sparkling
6/20/2017 - PDXinSEA Likes this wine:
90 points
Good mousse, toasty, dried apples. Pretty good length. This is not especially complex but well crafted and has some citrus notes that add to the dried apple. A tasty nutty note appears with some air. Quite a good value. Enough body to make it a versatile food Champagne. I just bought a few more for the summer.
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Red
6/4/2017 - PDXinSEA wrote:
91 points
Slightly lightening but still dark. Nose has evolved and the apparent oak of its youth is much more integrated. I wonder if the last taster's wine had some TCA but mine had rich tones of raspberry ganache with a cocoa powder nuance. Still has great acid and, though it has lost some of the primary fruit voluptuousness, it's gained some secondary earthy notes. The finish is medium-long and still shows some tannins after an hour of air. Could be held for several years yet. Overall, excellent and far exceeded what previous reviews had led me to believe.
Red
5/30/2017 - PDXinSEA wrote:
flawed
Disappointing. Quite oxidized.
Red
5/6/2017 - PDXinSEA Likes this wine:
88 points
Needed some air to flesh out. Shows some fading fruit, but has cranberry notes that I find quite appealing. A slight alcohol burn dissipated with time. With an hour+, this put on weight and a spice note complemented a Mediterranean roasted eggplant with onion, chiles, and lemon. At under $16, this was a fine QPR Garagiste buy.
Red
3/26/2017 - PDXinSEA Likes this wine:
92 points
Slightly funky, smoky nose. I might have guessed Walla Walla Rocks Syrah from the warmth and funk but softer and more evolved and without the blueberry fruit I get from there. This has a nice weight, quite rich; fruit has started transitioning to savory. Tannins are soft, finish is persistent and the wine has nuance. Much better than the note about a dessert wine mess stripped of its sugar led me to expect. I'd expect this to continue at least at this level for another 3 years.
Red
3/19/2017 - PDXinSEA Likes this wine:
87 points
Open and ready to drink. Bright red fruit without the acids or tannins needing much air. This is as good as it will get which is very good. Fine QPR. Everybody seems to have it right.
Red
2014 Soho Wine Co. Revolver Waiheke Island Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/6/2017 - PDXinSEA Likes this wine:
88 points
Medium dark, lively. Plum and some herbal notes. Needed time to sort out acid/tannin balance that cut short the fruit. Medium plus weight. Merlot dominance never really showed over Cab Franc but perhaps Waiheke fruit expresses itself differently. Some promise in the finish. Tasted with venison tenderloin and lamb cutlets, braised shank, and sweetbreads. I'm guessing would benefit from 2-5 years cellaring. 88+
White
1/4/2017 - PDXinSEA Likes this wine:
91 points
Light gold, immediately scents of almond husk and lemon oil. Good weight and very restrained fruit with preserved lemon and dry roasted peanut tones. Fruit is all secondary. Nice acidity. medium+ finish. Bought at auction so I don't know how it was in its youth - it may have peaked. Probably has a few years left at this level.
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White
9/22/2016 - PDXinSEA Likes this wine:
88 points
A touch of Riesling - like petrol and a bit of the honeysuckle of a white Rhone in the nose. Richer body than expected; dry, with some of the white Rhone white peach and honey. Medium length with a nice acidity to balance the fruit. Would like to taste more of this varietal.
Red
4/17/2016 - PDXinSEA wrote:
91 points
Double decanted through a Vinturi. Intriguing nose of black cherry and a whiff of cherry cola. The wine is a pretty light purple, light to medium bodied with expressive sweet black cherry fruit, spice, and a hint of wet stone. There is very nice acidity and enough tannins to balance. After 1.5 hours, it was still opening up. The finish is medium long. This is an excellent wine that would pair well with a variety of foods from simple fish to exotically spiced Mediterranean fare. Although it drinks beautifully now, I believe it has several years of improvement in it.
Red
3/27/2016 - PDXinSEA Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted for sediment. Slight bricking with clear rim. Big rich nose of dried cherry, forest floor and mushroom. Light bodied on the initial taste, it was recognizably Merlot but almost entirely secondary flavors of dried cherry, dried figs, mushroom broth, and hints of cocoa dust that seemed to swell on the mid-palate and build to a rich, interesting long finish. Clearly mature and at the edge of its senescence, I don't know what it tasted like in its youth but I loved drinking this.
White
3/11/2016 - PDXinSEA wrote:
90 points
A surprisingly (to me) good Chardonnay. Nice citrus notes with a whack of oak that has integrated well at this point. Most of the fruit has moved on to a secondary stage that has lemon curd and creme brulee overtones and is well-balanced by a lively acidity. Medium length. Very enjoyable and richer than I expected.
Red
2/9/2016 - PDXinSEA wrote:
89 points
Mostly Merlot (42%). Decanted through a Vinturi. Still quite dark, throwing a moderate amount of sediment. Some lightening on the rim. Nose of cherry cordial - that rather than dried cherry probably because of a fleeting hint of cocoa that did not come through on the palate. There was definitely drying fruit in the entry that was cherry jam-like. I found no real herbal character despite 36% Cab Franc. Still had good acids, some tannins, and a decent finish. A nice wine but not a lot of complexity. May have an upside with more time but I didn't see it.
Red
2010 Mendel Unus Lujan de Cuyo Malbec Blend, Malbec (view label images)
2/7/2016 - PDXinSEA Likes this wine:
89 points
Quite dark still. The aromas of Malbec overwhelmed almost all contribution made by the 30% of Cabernet. Blackberry and some scents of roasted coffee are echoed in the mouth which also showed some overtones of cocoa powder. The nose and the fruit seemed to gain weight for the first hour or two. Medium plus finish.Tannins were almost resolved but there seems no great urgency in drinking this.
Red
2/3/2016 - PDXinSEA Likes this wine:
92 points
Despite some excessive wood, this is an outstanding wine with fruit transitioning to a secondary phase of dried cherry, tobacco, and tarragon. Long rich finish. There are acids and tannins and fruit enough to make me believe the wood will still come into balance. 92+
Red
1/7/2016 - PDXinSEA wrote:
Slow ox for 5 hours. Too long. Should have had it at an hour.
White
12/31/2015 - PDXinSEA wrote:
91 points
Pale gold with green hints. Good weight with some mature notes of dried apple and some citrus. Excellent acidity still. A bit of pecan note (but we were drinking it with a side dish of pecan garnished green beans to accompany steelhead). Excellent lemony finish with some length. I'll hold onto my remaining one for a bit to see where this goes.
Red
12/12/2015 - PDXinSEA wrote:
92 points
Good rich purple red with slight lightening on the edge. Dark cherry, cocoa, roasted nut bouquet. Medium+ weight with black cherry fruit, roasted hazelnut, some oregano tones. Good acids and fine tannins with plenty of fruit to carry it. Lively with some length. 92
Red
2001 Betz Family Clos de Betz Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/28/2015 - PDXinSEA wrote:
92 points
Medium dark with a slight clearing on the rim. Nose of dried cherries and some earthy tones. Medium weight with some immediate black cherry. Tannins have softened and were all but gone within the half hour this wine lasted. Quite well regarded by all who tasted it with a note of dark chocolate by a few of the tasters. Medium long finish. Although I'd hoped for some added complexity, I believe we drank this at a perfect moment. This is why you cellar wine.
Red
2002 Cadence Bel Canto Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/20/2015 - PDXinSEA wrote:
89 points
Big dark rich with dark fruit, big body, and an odd oily, shoe-polish note. 48% Ciel du Cheval Cab Franc; 48% Tapteil Merlot; 4% Ciel du Cheval Petit Verdot - at this point the blend is still tannic and the fruits have hit a secondary tone. Maybe it's the way the barrel toast and the juice have melded but it took a good 1.5-2 hours for it to feel like this was losing its aggressive edge and started to hit its stride. Plenty to like in the finish which was medium long once the tannins had abated. I'd like to wait another few years to drink my last bottle.
Red
9/7/2015 - PDXinSEA wrote:
93 points
Very dark purple. Pnp. Nose of ripe currants, cassis, and shoe polish. Big bold entry with tons of cassis fruit, big tannins and acids.Feels unresolved on the first day - all knees and elbows - but all the components are in place. Rich finish is shortened by rough tannins. On the second day, this has come together nicely. Very rich, ripe fruit with some hint of gunpowder in the nose. Just absolutely delicious dark currant flavors and the medium long finish is uninterrupted for nearly 30 seconds. Give this a good decant or a couple of years. 93+
White
7/8/2015 - PDXinSEA wrote:
90 points
Medium gold. Lots of citrus with a butterscotch undertone. Medium to full body, tart with fruit somewhat reticent. Still had apple creamy tones. Mature but still has several years to go. Green apple notes still appear in the midpalate. Some pineapple tones emerge.No bitterness despite a defined acidity. Long sweet clean finish.
Red
2010 Château Arnaud St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/11/2015 - PDXinSEA Likes this wine:
88 points
Very solid inexpensive St.Estephe. Might have some points to gain with time
Red
3/25/2015 - PDXinSEA wrote:
55% Grenache, Nostra Terra Vineyard
36% Syrah, Nostra Terra Vineyard
9% Malbec, Frazier Bluff Vineyard
White - Sweet/Dessert
11/27/2014 - PDXinSEA wrote:
98 points
Leaking cork, sticky neck. Significant ullage. A dark golden tawny, decanted because it was throwing a lot of sediment. Amazing rich nose of honeysuckle, candied apricot, mango. Thick, weighty. An explosion of flavors, again recalling candied apricot and mango, some tingle of acidity, an expected touch of Pedro Ximénez sherry then a delicate surprising nuance of lime. Finishes rich and extremely long - seemingly several minutes. Astounding.
Red
3/15/2015 - PDXinSEA Likes this wine:
91 points
Dark purple, rich youthful appearance. Nose of baked blackberry pie and some berry liqueur.On entry, the wine has good weight to it confirming the alcohol in it. Again you get the notes of blackberry fruit and a little bit of baking spice. Fruit is still primary and has plenty to it but doesn't seem to have the necessary acid to carry it into a secondary suite of flavors. Some tannins still apparent but softened. It may not have sufficient acid to carry it past the next couple of years. Lots of rich dark fruit on the finish. Jon noticed a toffee note to it at first but as it opened and he retasted it, he said that it had dissipated. A roasted coffee note appeared after it had been open 45 minutes. The finish was fairly long - I'd say maybe 15 to 20 seconds and then you do get a note of almost sweetness to it. At 8 years old it's delicious, though, because of the lower acid, I'd advise having it over the next 2 years - don't hold it too long because it might acquire a pruney character (though it's not at all pruney at this point). It is quite delicious and still tasting young. 91 points. Really a wonderful fruit-driven wine which is as complete as it's ever going to get.
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Red
2/1/2015 - PDXinSEA wrote:
92 points
Very similar to previous note. Definitely worth waiting 1-2 hours for the wine take on some weight. Great fruit. Some spice on the finish.
White
12/22/2014 - PDXinSEA wrote:
87 points
Darkening gold. Nose already had some oxidation. Medium weight. Dried apple fruit with some nuttiness that tired with air. Finish was somewhat abrupt. Disappointing.
Red
12/19/2014 - PDXinSEA wrote:
92 points
Big rich dark extracted Merlot, opaque black-purple. Weighty velvety mouthfeel, like a plummy fruit with an oaken skin. Yes this does have a healthy dose of toasty coconutty wood that melds with the fruit so you will get less pure merlot flavors but at 6 years past vintage the wood no longer struggles with the fruit for dominance but has reached a happy detente. The result is a mouthful of wine starting to show some caramel tones, decent acid balance, and some nuances (hints of bitter chocolate, a clove note). Tannins are fairly sweet and in check. Finishes long and promises some future improvement. 92+
Red
12/15/2014 - PDXinSEA wrote:
flawed
Corked
Red
11/7/2014 - PDXinSEA Likes this wine:
91 points
Rich nose of dark fruit and earth. Still quite purple. Medium to full weight - the alcohol does not not overwhelm the fruit. There is a velvety textural quality which befits the fruit. Tannins are present but quite soft and sweet and fruit and tannins are nicely offset with a restrained acidity. The finish is medium-long. The truly distinguishing flavor is a subtle black licorice note which suggests pairing with roasted fennel or tarragon-herbed chicken. Everything seems very perfectly placed for drinking now but the balance suggests that there is no hurry - at least another couple of years might add some more complexity.
Red
10/23/2014 - PDXinSEA wrote:
Chinon lovers have very strange tastes and it's hard not to look at their panegyrics of prototypical Loire Cab Francs like you'd look at a masochist's TripAdvisor review of a torture chamber. In this wine, their tastes find their iconic touchstone. It has the classic Loire bell pepper methoxypyrazine with the variety of earthy, manure-y methylthio-compounds that pass for terroir in Loire Cab Francs. That said, there is some sweet fruit mixed in, a good acidity and a nice tannic balance. How then to score such a wine? If a wine should be evaluated against an icon of classic "herbal, earthy" Chinon, it has to be scored in the 90ish range. Scored against what Cabernet Franc can do in a Bordeaux paradigm like Cheval Blanc when fully ripe or a great Napa or Yakima Cabernet Franc, this Chinon is perhaps an 80. Caveat emptor.
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Red
9/24/2014 - PDXinSEA wrote:
91 points
Deep purple-black, rich dark fruit nose, loganberry, black plum, smoke. Big entry, weighty (15% alcohol) but well-borne with rich plummy fruit that drives right through the palate without any holes, pleasant non-intrusive acidity, soft dusty tannins. Very good length and no noticeable alcoholic burn. Drink now for pure fruit or hold and perhaps it will develop some complexity. 91+
Red
8/28/2014 - PDXinSEA Likes this wine:
92 points
In a stocky eponymously embossed bottle. Decanted and tasted over 1.5 hours. Very appealing dark yet translucent violet. Nose was reticent but emerged as reminiscent of a rose garden - tea rose perfume with a whiff of dark soil. Very interesting. Medium to light bodied, the fruit was a complex but restrained combination of pie cherry and wild blackberry. My wife noted a minerality. An elegant complete wine with lovely delicate fruit. Finishes medium long. Fruit, tannins and acids were all integrated and balanced from the get-go but recommend decanting because of the emerging nuances. Intriguing.
Red
8/27/2014 - PDXinSEA wrote:
85 points
Translucent purple. Immediate gush of Jolly Roger grape, some hint of clove. Mid to light weight. Lots of soft juicy fruit, a definite zing of acidity cutting through and relieving the impression of sweetness. Some similarity to an average Beaujolais. This is the point my wife, a la Capote on Kerouac, exclaims, "This isn't wine, it's grape juice." What made it a bit more interesting was that, just as the initial fruit begins to exit and a mid-palate hole starts to form, there is a secondary flush of fruit filling the gap. There's a light dusting of tannins. The wine finishes on the short side of medium. If sangria must exist, here's your base wine.
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Red
8/17/2014 - PDXinSEA wrote:
91 points
PnP then decanted. Still very dark. Nose very classically cabernet sauvignon with some herbal/bell pepper notes that informed its varietal character (as opposed to the scents that can dominate an unripe cabernet). Very rich entry, dark fruits with some plumcake and spice overture. Sweet tannins that softened over the hour and a half. Put on some weight as it opened. Nice finish with fruit that persisted. Not a ton of complexity but overdelivered pure cabernet fruit for $20. Drink over the next couple of years as the fruit overshadows the acidity and tannin.
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Red
5/20/2014 - PDXinSEA Likes this wine:
90 points
Very appealing perfumed ripe red-fruited aromas. Maroon-purple, medium-weight with an immediate rush of black cherry fruit. Quite delicious now with some lively acidity and a bit of fine tannin. Medium length with some delicate spice nuance. Hard to argue for holding on to this and risk missing the very pretty fruit.
Red
5/18/2014 - PDXinSEA wrote:
92 points
Excellent color, purple trending toward violet. Absolutely stunning aroma of marionberry. Midweight feel, no sense of overt alcohol. Dark, effusive fruit, marionberry and black cherry. Good balance of fruit,acids. and tannins. Fine persistence through the tannins. This is everything I look for in Guadalupe fruit. Great now for the pleasure of pure fruit but certainly capable of aging. 92+
Red
5/10/2014 - PDXinSEA Likes this wine:
88 points
Dark with medium legs, Grenache and Mourvedre with Syrah for backbone. Pomegranate, plum, and blackberry seem to arrive in succession and only mingle at the finish which is medium short. Very nice now if a bit disjointed. Should hit its stride and rate outstanding by the end of the year and drink nicely for a couple years more. 88(+)
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Red
5/9/2014 - PDXinSEA Likes this wine:
90 points
Lots of dark blackberry notes in the nose. Medium dark, medium-full body.
A big gush of berry fruit and a slight spice to lift it. Good acidity and a medium long-finish that was a nice surprise. A good contrast to the current trend toward funky syrahs that should have broader appeal as a food companion. Excellent QPR. Drink now and for the next 2-3 years for its freshness.
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Red
4/29/2014 - PDXinSEA wrote:
90 points
Quite dark still. Rich nose of plum with some toasted nut hints. Full bodied with plenty of dark cassis fruit (I see no sign of the fruit fading), bell pepper, and significant herbal notes. Acidity is in balance with the softened, but evident tannins. Finishes medium long with a reprise of the toasted nut hints. At the sub-$20 Garagiste price, this was a great buy.
Red
2/25/2014 - PDXinSEA Likes this wine:
92 points
Light translucent orchid-purple. Immediate aroma of barolo-like violet scents with a whiff of black tea. Medium to light body with delicate sweet mulberry fruit with a balsamic tang, lifted by a brisk acidity, and structured with fine but firm tannins. A note of tobacco gives the mix added complexity. The acidity and tannins do not sever the length of the finish which I was surprised to find had great nuance and persistence. A blend of Nerello Mascalese & Nerello Cappuccio Astonishing QPR.
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Red
2002 Torbreck The Steading Barossa Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
12/4/2013 - PDXinSEA wrote:
93 points
Rich purple with violet rim. Great red fruited nose with grenadine and a slight hint of brown sugar. The body is medium-full with still some primary fruit but nuanced with some spice integrated with pomegranate and dried black fig tones. Finished medium to long but started to fade and shorten within 35 minutes (which is how long the bottle lasted amongst the tasters). Drink up.
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