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Red
2010 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano Sangiovese
Again, corvin has not done this favors.
  • rjquillin commented:

    9/17/19, 11:11 AM - I'd be interested in some additional storage details on this. How the Ar used by Corvin altered the storage and affected the taste profile.

Red
2016 Pedroncelli Merlot Bench Vineyards Dry Creek Valley
12/25/2018 - radiolysis wrote:
88 points
Fresh, youthful, vibrant. Super complex? No. Super fun? Heck yes! QPR for days. Good bit of acid and tannin to be super friendly with food.
  • rjquillin commented:

    3/14/19, 9:36 PM - Lay it down for 3~5 years and revisit.

Red
2012 Wellington Vineyards Victory Reserve Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend
3/20/2017 - OHWINEGUY Likes this wine:
84 points
Nice dry wine with hints of cedar. Medium body opens up with spice and oak. Not sure it is worth the price.
  • rjquillin commented:

    11/24/17, 5:36 PM - Sure you didn't drink it a bit young, or without an extended decant?
    At $32, imo, these are a steal.
    Likely I'll try one yet this year, but the remainder will sleep at least another 5 years.

Red
2014 Scott Harvey Zinfandel Winemakers Reserve Amador County
This is my fourth and final bottle. The first I had a while ago was meh... The second and third were much better. Now, having my fourth it is really singing. This is a good time for this wine IMHO.
  • rjquillin commented:

    4/16/17, 9:30 PM - Most all of Scott's reds benefit greatly from additional time in cellar; this and his Atlas Peak Winemakers Reserve are no exception. Given a few more years, they really sing.

Red
2012 DeSante Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
8/17/2015 - rjquillin wrote:
Is the bottle variation really so great there can be totally contradicting TN's?
Apparently, or totally unreliable palates.
  • rjquillin commented:

    12/26/16, 8:58 PM - I was looking at picking up some, as one tasters palate I know, but passed based on other comments (bottle variations?); just an observation of notes, not a taste.

Red
2011 Meyer Family Syrah Yorkville Highlands
5/13/2016 - bigdomer wrote:
80 points
I thought this was terrible. Perhaps suffered some heat damage in transit, but the cork did not indicate any seepage. Tried two bottles side by side and concluded that there is no structure, little fruit and not much to be excited about. Gave the rest away.
  • rjquillin commented:

    7/14/16, 9:22 PM - What was the source of your purchase?

  • rjquillin commented:

    7/15/16, 8:02 AM - Thanks, Now up on 'tso, so I thought that may be the case and ask.

Red
2011 Barons Winery Petit Barone Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
1/31/2016 - Motz wrote:
88 points
Nice berry flavors somewhat muted by oak. Good acid, made in a crowd-pleasing style.
  • rjquillin commented:

    7/7/16, 4:36 PM - "Crowd pleasing style"; gobs of fruit and noticeable RS?

  • rjquillin commented:

    7/7/16, 10:20 PM - thanks

White
2011 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc White Rhone Blend
6/12/2016 - sbfern wrote:
86 points
The wine has medium acidity. It smells like blackberry, cranberry, almond, black currant (cassis), molasses, raspberry and cherry. The wine finishes medium. It tastes like black currant (cassis), Herbes de Provence, prune, walnut, gooseberry, molasses, raisin, butterscotch, black olive, strawberry jam and hay/straw. The wine looks crimson colored. The legs are fast. There is no sediment in the bottle. The wine has round texture.
  • rjquillin commented:

    6/22/16, 8:25 PM - This is the Blanc bottling. Rather looks like you drank the red...

Red
2011 Château Piron Montagne-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend
1/7/2016 - Wicked Panda wrote:
82 points
It's a bargain basement French wine. Ok for the price, but spend a few dollars more next time
  • rjquillin commented:

    5/7/16, 9:36 PM - Thanks for the note. Saved me some $$ and cellar space.

Red
1991 Château Labégorce Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
Really should have gotten more before K&L ran out...
  • rjquillin commented:

    3/9/16, 8:31 PM - Checked yesterday, must have gone quickly. Thanks, hope you enjoy.

Red
2013 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
12/6/2015 - rjquillin wrote:
WB chatter of a $25 95 pt. CS prompted the buy.
Ok, but not a 95, at least not now.
Revisit in 10 years, and drink or dump.
  • rjquillin commented:

    1/18/16, 8:37 PM - Galloni gave it a 95
    discussion here
    http://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=121026&hilit=clos+de+val&start=140

Red
2013 Pedroncelli Cabernet Franc Barrel Select Dry Creek Valley
8/26/2015 - steven.mendelson Likes this wine:
87 points
ETOH: 14.3%

Varietals: 80% cab franc and 20% merlot per this source - which also has a good review of the wine.
http://www.winewired.com/2015/06/dry-creek-valley-ava-pedroncelli-cabernet-franc/

Appearance: Rich full purple, not cloudy, rather a lovely sheen. The viscosity is lower than I would have expected.

Nose: Has a bit of the lovely light floral I expect, but is stronger and a bit syrupy sweet with some black or boysenberry notes (from the Merlot?). Overall pleasing, but not fabulous.

Palate: When first tasted it was somewhat raw. Now, after being open about 45 minutes, it is integrating well. Now it enters the front of the palate smoothly, becomes a little vague mid-palate, and goes down smoothly, but upon inhalation afterwards the front palate feels a bit unbalanced and tannic, not surprising considering it is a 2013. This is a bigger wine, less subtle and less elegant than the Amphora Cab Franc I had a week ago that was a 2009 (Amphora makes some excellent wines, I tried a lot of them last week and took notes, I should write them up). Of course the Amphora is $35+/-. Similarly the Ramazotti Cab Franc is light, ethereal, and elegant like the Amphora and about $40+/-. By the way, Ramazotti's Grenache is another lovely elegant wine, rather light on its feet, but so smooth.

Per the web site listed above:

The wine sees 15 months in new and seasoned American and French oak barrels (25% new French oak).

Note: Pedroncelli is an old Dry Creek producer starting in the 1920s. They usually make workmanlike wines that are better than many at their price points, with the typical Italian red flavor profiles that still existed in the 1960s and 1970s, with decent fruitness and somewhat strong tannins. This wine falls within that tradition. It is not the smooth, slightly sweet red blends that so many of the corporate wineries are producing to seduce the the children in their 20s and 30s, which I generally detest, tho that type of pablum is terrific for serving to guests who know little about wine. This is a genuine wine, solidly within the middle range Italian red style, and I expect it to improve for five to ten years, perhaps longer. I am not real experienced in 100% or high percentage cab francs, so I cannot really predict how long it will last, but I would imagine 10 years, potentially longer.

Conclusions & QPR: This is a genuine wine, solidly within the middle range Italian red style, and I expect it to improve for five to ten years, perhaps longer. I am not real experienced in 100% or high percentage cab francs, so I cannot really predict how long it will last, but I would imagine 10 years, potentially longer. I wish them the best of luck.
For a California wine the QPR is pretty high. . . worth buying a few to keep to see how they turn out by 2020 or later. I am giving it an 87 to 90 because I like some aspects of it and I am hopeful it will grow into its self.
  • rjquillin commented:

    1/7/16, 8:26 PM - Nice summary.
    Generally I find Pedroncelli benefit well from 12~24+ months of additional cellaring.

Red
1996 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Espressione Atlas Peak
8/9/2015 - Wicked Panda wrote:
93 points
I want more. It was way young. Needed a decant for almost an hour. In a 96!
  • rjquillin commented:

    12/10/15, 8:56 AM - Seriously? I'm planning to take one to a company Christmas lunch this weekend. Thanks for the HU on decanting. Other than that, how was it?

  • rjquillin commented:

    12/20/15, 9:46 AM - Just fine! I took your lead and decanted for a few hours the day before the event, and re-bottled. It, and some '98 Jefferson CS, went so fast I didn't even get a chance to taste. Some were even taking pics of the bottles.

Red
2011 Château de Ribebon Reserve Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend
1/25/2015 - oakville72 wrote:
84 points
A disappointment. Generally I like the wines from Serge Doré and find them good values. However, this one belies the description on the label as being 80% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. The label also says it was "aged for two years in barrels." Yes, the wine is "ripe and supple" (according to the label), but I detect more Merlot than Cabernet Franc. Second, if the wine was "aged for two years in barrels," those barrels had to be extremely neutral or perhaps stainless steel drums, which I have seen wineries use. In other words, from the bouquet and taste, little or no oak is indicated. All in all, this is a pleasant yet ho-hum Êntre-deux-Mers red, well made yet lacking in any memorable qualities. I was expecting a lot more.
  • rjquillin commented:

    11/19/15, 6:37 PM - From a recent (2015-11-19) sale note:
    By Serge Dore Selections
    Chateau de Ribebon Reserve 2011 Bordeaux Superieur
    60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc

Red
2007 Buena Vista Syrah Carneros
Outstanding QPR. I only wonder how this may have aged under a cork rather than a screw.
  • rjquillin commented:

    10/25/15, 7:17 PM - Syrah from Ramal and some of the PN's as well.
    Not to start the cork/screw debate, but I still just don't understand some were finished under screw. Picking any of these up for $15+ was difficult to resist.

Red
2011 Viña Quintay Syrah Clava Coastal Reserve Casablanca Valley
12/21/2012 - Sotto325 wrote:
89 points
A nice pinot style reminiscent of middle level Oregon wineries---not off center like CA pinots but not a true Burgundian offering either. New WOrld all the way,with bright lingonberry and cherry tastes, not much depth but good breeding
  • rjquillin commented:

    7/12/15, 9:33 PM - You do realize this is a Syrah...

Red
2012 Brassfield Estate Winery Pinot Noir High Serenity Ranch High Valley
9/14/2014 - wirelesswine wrote:
I detected the faintest hint of spritz, otherwise seemed fairly simple. Will hold judgement for next bottle.
  • rjquillin commented:

    9/28/14, 8:38 PM - any hint of Brett that could be causing the spritz?

  • rjquillin commented:

    9/29/14, 5:38 PM - I first ran into it with this bottle
    https://www.cellartracker.com/notes.asp?iWine=1221932
    and from the same winery, this
    https://www.cellartracker.com/notes.asp?iWine=1297530

    tnx

Red
2008 Inspiration Vineyards Pinot Noir Carneros
9/7/2014 - rjquillin wrote:
Grabbed my first of bottle of this to take to a no-corkage fee dinner at a local restaurant. Seems not to have been a good choice. Unfiltered, this didn't seem to like the ride and was just 'off'; perhaps a bit sour, acetyl? After a few days under Ar back at home, much improved.
Better notes with the next bottle.
  • rjquillin commented:

    9/7/14, 3:37 PM - Yes, actually I knew that, but had a lapse of conciseness; this was just poor timing and a good reminder unfiltered bottles can be fragile.

Red
2012 Buena Vista Valdiguié The Count's Selection Calistoga
Poured at 1014 Swiss Hotel rpm/ww farewell supper
  • rjquillin commented:

    9/7/14, 10:23 AM - There is that, but I've got more coming in a club shipment, and thankful they are. Good stuff purchased as a flyer while we were at the Winery just before the rpm tour.

Red
2000 Teldeschi Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley
11/5/2009 - hello555 wrote:
70 points
Very young tasting.
  • rjquillin commented:

    5/22/14, 7:28 AM - So you give it a 70 because it's young!? or because it's bad/flawed...

Red
2011 Montes Twins Colchagua Valley Red Blend
2/7/2014 - sjhoffman Likes this wine:
90 points
Great value for the money 50/50 Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Always a crowd pleaser. One of the best $15 and under wines you can buy!!!
  • rjquillin commented:

    3/6/14, 1:25 PM - Just because you find it drinkable, and cheap, doesn't make it a 90 point bottle.

  • rjquillin commented:

    3/9/14, 2:07 PM - Have not, yet. Just picked it up on sale (till 4/1) at a Fresh & Easy for <~$6.50 to see if it may be worth that or not. Likely in the next week or so.

Red
2007 Wilson Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Vineman Sonoma County
10/17/2013 - jfarley3 wrote:
87 points
Good cab, but a bit tannic and rough. May get better with age. Has dark red color with blue fruit. Decent finish, but a little astringent- tough tannins.
  • rjquillin commented:

    12/9/13, 10:58 AM - Was there any decant on this, or just PnP?

Red
2005 Haras de Pirque Cabernet Sauvignon Élégance Maipo Valley
10/29/2011 - St Paul Grill wrote:
94 points
- Ruby color and aromas of diacetyl (butter). It's somewhat balanced and has flavours of almond with a medium/full body. Flabby texture with a medium finish.
  • rjquillin commented:

    12/4/13, 8:58 AM - however can you state "somewhat balanced" and "flabby" yet still rate 94!?
    typo?

Red
2003 Uvaggio (L'Uvaggio di Giacomo) il Lupo Barbera/Nebbiolo Napa Valley Red Blend
Very nice nose of cherry, strawberry, tar, licorice, cedar and something floral. Tart cherry on the palate with some tobacco and leather on the finish. Very refreshing acidity and slightly bitter tannins. I'm in no hurry to drink the remaining bottles; I think they'll hold for a few more years
  • rjquillin commented:

    11/23/13, 7:28 PM - Up on Invino now @ $15. Worth adding some?

Red
2009 Vitae Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
11/11/2013 - Richard123 Likes this wine:
90 points
Great pinot noir; a little closed perhaps, even after air, but still a nice tart cherry pop with a little dark fruit mixed in and some minerality to boot. No tannin, of course. Really good QPR -- drinkable pinot noir under $20 is very hard to find...
  • rjquillin commented:

    11/19/13, 1:07 PM - Any forest, funk or mushroom I associate with WV PN's?

Red
2009 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
9/29/2013 - MarkMich wrote:
90 points
Had after a mag of 1973 Freemark Abbey Bosche. Did not take detailed notes but it was enjoyed by everyone at dinner. Recall nice fruit with tannins and acidity to last. I will buy more.
  • rjquillin commented:

    10/18/13, 9:29 AM - I've still got some Bosche '73 around. How was the mag?
    Don't expect this to be anywhere close.
    How much has the style changed?

Red
2009 Sextant Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles
4/12/2013 - ChipGreen wrote:
87 points
Dark cherries on the palate with creamy vanilla oak, medium body and moderate tannins. I detected only the slightest trace of secondary fermentation upon PnP, it seems to have mostly resolved itself in-bottle and this wine is drinking nicely right now.
  • rjquillin commented:

    9/1/13, 10:05 PM - I recall the winery had/has an issue with Brett in their cabs, clearly detectable in this vintage and another label they bottle. How does that resolve itself with time?

Red
2005 Montemaggiore Syrah Paolo's Vineyard Dry Creek Valley
4/27/2013 - ucbeau Does not like this wine:
82 points
Too much brett at this stage. It overpowers the nose with aromas of band-aid and barnyard. Beyond that does like some interesting notes of blueberry and blackberry bramble, tar, and exotic spice. On the palate the brett is similarly manifest, distracting from the ripeness and peppery flavors that would otherwise show this to be a tasty wine.
  • rjquillin commented:

    8/12/13, 5:42 PM - Your first bottle, or you've had others too that have shown Brett, but not to this extent?

  • rjquillin commented:

    8/12/13, 6:45 PM - A little is one thing, but when it overpowers; pass. Thanks, you saved me a purchase.

Red
2007 St. Supéry Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
5/11/2013 - merryberry Likes this wine:
89 points
Deep magenta. Blueberry pie, spice and oak nose. Medium to full bodied, blackberries, pepper, black cherries, cedar, sweet tannins, dark chocolate, a flash of heat, and a nice medium to long finish. This was much better on day 2, so be sure to give it plenty of air.
  • rjquillin commented:

    6/9/13, 9:26 PM - didn't rpm admonish us to lay this one down for at least a few years?

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