Tasting Notes for isaacjamesbaker

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White
9/15/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
91 points
Light yellow color. Aromas of gushing limes with honeydew and white peach, along with chalky, white tea, wildflower and sage tones – so bright. Beautiful acidity frames the wine so well, gorgeous texture, bright and zesty but shows roundness as well. Lemons, white peaches, green melon, tangy, precise fruit mixed with honey, talc, white flowers and white pepper. Crazy mineral focus – this is surprisingly lovely and complex.
Red
9/17/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
81 points
Fun, ripe, jammy, a bit out of whack with lower acidity and sweet plums and cherries. Smoky, earthy, sweet.
White
9/17/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
84 points
Creamy, fun, not complex but decent with yellow apples, bruised pears and banana, with nutty, honeyed undertones.
White
2019 Jada Vineyard Viognier Paso Robles Willow Creek District
9/15/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
90 points
Medium yellow color. Aromas boast ripe peach and green melon, mixed with yellow and orange flowers (not too over-the-top, though) with honey, and interesting notes of chalk dust and shells. A waxy, creamy texture on the palate – not too heavy, I repeat, not too heavy – this 13.6% Viognier may change some minds if you’re not usually a fan. It shows white peaches, pineapple and lime, mixed with dusty, salty, mineral and shell tones. Dandelion and orange blossoms add complexity. Obviously Viognier, but it also shows a sleekness and freshness that I find rare for this variety. Spends four months in a mix of new oak and stainless steel.
Red
9/15/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
93 points
Deep purple color. Bold but vibrant aromas of plums and currants, mixed with menthol, cocoa, anise, roasted chestnut. On the palate, this is vibrant and pretty but well-built with dusty tannins, moderate acidity and a deep but lively fruit blend of currants, plums and blackberries. Notes of cocoa, anise, graphite, charcoal, along with this invigorating mineral and rocky aesthetic. Earthy, violets, potting soil tones come out with time. This has an old-school feel that is really attractive, and it needs five to six years in the cellar to start showing its best, but this is beautiful stuff. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc with Malbec and Petit Verdot.
Red
9/15/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
91 points
Medium purple color. Smooth, deep, inviting nose of sweet black cherries and currants, blackberries, along with scorched earth, cocoa, coffee, and rocky-dusty tones. Full-bodied, suave tannins, smooth and velvety feel with moderating acidity. A rich mix of roasted fig and plums, deep currants and blackberry jam, topped in mocha, coffee, anise. Bold flavors are accented with complexities of graphite, rocky earth and dried leaves. Delicious now but should do interesting things over the next three to five years.
White
9/12/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
90 points
Medium yellow color. Interesting nose of quince, lemon peel, pickled watermelon rind, brine, lemon candies. Punchy texture on the palate, nice depth, moderate acidity. I was expecting this to be natty-to-feral and sour but it's got this creamy depth, juicy apricot and lemon curd, balanced with bright acidity. Chalky, salty tones and lemon drops. Floral and mineral elements on the finish. Really fun stuff.
Red
9/12/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
90 points
Same notes as before. This is such a fun summer red that I wish I had purchased more of.
White
7/31/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
87 points
Juicy and peachy keen with honey and flowers. Sweet and ripe, I'd prefer a bit more cut, but fun stuff.
Red
9/12/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
90 points
I must've lost my notes, because I thought I wrote this one down and apparently didn't. Ah well, it was in good condition and seemed well cared for. Stilll had some muddled fruit, lots of dusty notes. Wish I had my formal notes because I remember this having lots of complexity and aged nuance.
Red
9/12/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
89 points
Deep ruby color. Loving the spicy nose (pepper, sage, menthol, anise) over top tart red currants and some smoky figs. Medium+ bodied with silky tannins and fresh acidity. Juicy plums, red currants and cherries topped in significant pepper, leather, mesquite tones. Not super complex but has such a bright, spicy, fresh appeal. Curious how this will do with three or four years.
Red
9/11/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
89 points
Bright purple color. Nose shows vibrant plums and dark cherries topped in menthol, mint, pepper, some crushed sweet tarts. Juicy and fun on the palate, medium/smooth tannins with light grip and fresh acidity - juicy, easy-drinking style. Jammy plums and cherries mixed with violets, pepper, earth and some graphite. Digging this style, not quite crushable, but lots of fun and sports some solid complexity.
Red
8/10/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
93 points
From magnum, consumed over four days or so. Generous fruit on the nose (blackberry, cherry, roasted fig) along with plenty of dark earth, roasted herbs, pepper. Lots of concentration on the palate but not too dense - vibrant acidity, all balanced well. Cherries and plums mix with beef jerky, pepper, bell pepper and lots of earthy, mineral tones. I probably should've aged this for many more years, but, ah well... it's 2020 and this was delightful.
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Red
9/10/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
94 points
Foillard's 18s are fire. Couldn't help but check in on this one, and enjoyed the heck out of it over two days. Vibrant light purple color. Aromas of raspberries, deep cherries, topped in sage, clove, violets, smashed rocks and tilled soil. Gorgeous focus on the palate, suave tannins, dense at first but also so fresh and pretty. The ripe red plum, cherries and raspberry fruit is pure and delicious, and mixed well with these savory elements of mushroom, wet leaves, clove and bay leaf. Earthy, rocky tones as well. This will slay in eight years or so - can't wait to see how it develops.
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Red
8/10/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
89 points
Same notes as before. Fun, funky stuff.
Red
9/10/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
91 points
Violet-magenta color. Pretty aromas of sweet cherries and raspberries, with violets, earth, vanilla and graphite. Zippy acidity, dusty-moderate tannins but it opens up quickly and nicely and is drinking well already. Juicy cherries meet earth, graphite, iron and violets. Should've held but couldn't resist.
Red
9/10/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
94 points
Light purple color. Gorgeous, expressive, vibrant aromas of anise, tobacco, violets, warm clay and cocoa, over top of saucy plums and black cherries. Full-bodied on the palate with earthy, dusty tannins, showing grip but accessibility, with moderating acidity – it’s big but balanced really well. Suave, complex fruit (currants, black cherries and plums) mix with notes of tobacco, mint, dark chocolate, graphite, minerals, violets. Shows structure, freshness and aging potential, but beautiful already. It’s great to see this wine continue to excel. All Monte Rosso fruit, includes 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, aged 26 months in a mix of French oak (75% new) and American oak (19% new).
Red
9/10/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
88 points
Deep purple color. Rich aromatic display of plums, tart blackberries, black currants, imbued with violets, coffee, potting soil. Ripe, juicy and full-bodied on the palate (15%) with a chewy texture, smooth tannins and medium-low acidity. Deep plum and blackberry fruit blend with coffee, dark chocolate shavings, vanilla and scorched earth tones. For fans of ripe, juicy Cabs, this offers a lot of Napa goodness for a reasonable price. Includes 11% Petite Sirah, aged 16 months in about 29% new French and American oak.
White
9/10/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
87 points
Pale copper color. Aromas of white peaches, honey, pineapple, with white flowers, fresh laundry and clover. Peaches and green melons lead the way on the palate, a creamy texture with bright acidity works nicely, and the wine has this interesting chalky, flinty aspect. White tea, verbena and mint, even some minerality showing through, this has a lot going on for a budget-friendly Pinot Grigio.
Red
9/9/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
91 points
Deep and juicy aromas with raspberries and plums and cherries, along with iron, pepper and violets. Fresh acidity on the palate, vibrant red fruits meet some moderate tannin. Ripe and fun, too, with notes of mineral, asphalt, dark chocolate shavings. I should've buried this bottle for a few years, as that's what it deserves, but it was still really enjoyable.
White
9/9/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
92 points
Concentrated aromas of lemon, honeydew melon, yellow plum, with honey, leesy notes, white flowers, sea salt. On the palate, this shows pristine acidity contrasted with chunky, richly-textured fruit (melon, lemon, peach). Honeyed and deep and leesy but still bright and clear, with this salinity and mineral, oyster shell tones. Stoked to see how this ages.
Red
9/9/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
91 points
Wow this is good right out of the gate. Deep, juicy, primary (duh) fruit but also lots of violets, earth and floral tones that open up, and the fruit gets more expressive as well. Suave, fresh and bright on the palate, structured but accessible with sweet black cherries and raspberries. Notes of tobacco, tar and violets add a lot to enjoy. Juicy and deep but fresh, this is a delight to drink now but would be fun to see this in five years or so. Looking forward to the Tardive after this, and years in the cellar.
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Red
9/6/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
92 points
Social distancing blind tasting: Deep ruby color. Such generous and inviting aromas of raspberries and airy cherries, really floral, too - almost smells like a rose rather than a red. Crushable on the palate with zippy acidity, bright, juicy texture, lots of fun. Floral and violets with tar, hot stone, mineral undertones. Complex, beautiful mouthfeel, but so darn enjoyable, chewy and jubilant as well. I was leaning Southern Rhone when a friend threw out l'Anglore and then - bam - we all knew that was it.
Red
9/6/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
88 points
Social distancing blind tasting: Tasted blind. Vibrant purple color. Alive aromas of bright cherries, minerals, hot stones, anise. Plump, moderate grip with furry tannins and medium acidity. Plummy and cherry-driven with smoky, graphite and anise tones. Ripe and a bit compact, seems this needs some time. I was all over the place with guessing this, ended up throwing out Savoie Mondeuse knowing I was off.
Rosé
9/9/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
91 points
Another bottle down too quickly - this stuff is so delicious.
Red
2010 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
9/6/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
91 points
Social distancing blind tasting: Tasted blind. I got red plums, leather, "stoner's garage" and some band-aid, although that blew off. Bright acidity on the palate, tannins showing dusty grip. The sour plum fruit mixes with loads of menthol, rocky soil, grilled herbs, tar and a bit of tinny, tomato sauce tones. A friend threw out Musar, but I was convinced this was an early 2000s Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet - probably because the friend who contributed it might've thrown such a wine in. It really got more expressive with time and I found it really enjoyable.
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Red
9/6/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
91 points
Social distancing blind tasting: This was my contribution and it was fun to see the guesses. Seems like it was enjoyed, but the guesses were Oregon Pinot, much younger Burgundy, even Beaujolais. I enjoyed the savory, spicy aromas with clove and pepper along with some mushroom and broth over juicy red cherries and red currants. Crisp acidity, accessible tannins but structured. Cherries and pomegranate fruit, still nice concentration, opens nicely to show savory spices, mushroom, paprika and broth tones. Really holding up well.
Red
9/6/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
90 points
Social distancing blind tasting: Tasted blind. Aromas show airy, spicy tones with juicy cherries and pomegranate. Zippy on the palate, some solid grip to the tannins, though, especially on the back end. I get pomegranate and juicy cherry fruit with notes of dusty earth, mint, a a resiny, pine sap and cannabis thing going that is really cool. Needs time to integrate, but I really like this. Guess: Alto Adige or German red?
White
9/8/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
90 points
Light yellow color. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon and papaya with mountain stream, whipped honey and white flowers. Crisp but creamy on the palate with a stony, bright feel that balances well with juicy, fleshy texture, but it stays balanced throughout. Yellow plums, papaya, lime, mixed with chalk, mineral undertones and creamy, honeyed elements. A lot going on here, sort of like a bunch of different SB styles rolled into one, and it is done really well.
Red
9/6/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
89 points
Social distancing blind tasting: Juicy and fruity with blackberry and cherry 9n a dusty frame with fresh acid and some violet and pine tones. Should open up nicely over the coming few years.
White - Sparkling
9/6/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
90 points
Social distancing blind tasting: Lemons and cream with bright scidity and nice yeasty, floral tones. Chalky, flinty tones. Interesting and fun stufd!
White
9/6/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
91 points
Social distancing blind tasting: A buddy mentioned 2020 being the Summer of Aligote, and its working at that way with this stuff. Love it.
Rosé
9/6/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
89 points
Social distancing blind tasting: Straight up watermelon to the face. So juicy and delicious. I could nitpick for a bit more acidity but its so yummy there can be no complaints.
White
8/24/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
91 points
A fascinating pale copper color. So bright on the nose, with this burst of lime, kiwi and green apple, met with sliced cucumber, flower stems, oyster shells and brine, chalk dust. Gorgeous texture on the palate, lush but precise, with focused acidity on a medium/full-bodied frame. Crunchy green apples, limes, kiwi and orange peel – such crisp and delicious fruit. Mouthwatering and vibrant, with notes of saline, crushed shells, floral perfume, white tea. This is rocking, especially if you’ve tired of heavier California white Rhone wines. From a 1,250-foot elevation vineyard all stainless steel, native yeasts and eight months of lees aging. For $22? Absurd.
Red
8/24/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
88 points
Light purple color. Aromas of mulled raspberries and cherries with earthy, sooty, tobacco and some mushroom tones. Silky tannins on the palate with fresh acidity and a smooth, velvety feel. Cherry and raspberry jam fruit mix well with nuanced coffee, dark chocolate, and earthy-tilled soil notes. Subtle tobacco and mushroom tones coming out. Quite nice, this has aged well and has more to go.
Rosé
9/3/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
88 points
Always a fun rose. Watermelon and chalky tones, white pepper, herbs.
Rosé
9/3/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
89 points
Another fun bottle. Plump and fun but has a lot of other things going for it as well.
Rosé
9/3/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
91 points
Medium salmon color. Juicy white peaches and white cherries on the nose, apricots, honey, along with these complex notes of sea spray, lemon pepper seasonings, yellow flowers. Such focus and precision on the palate on a ripe, juicy frame, lovely balance and freshness, ripe but focused. White peaches, apricot, topped in slate, minerals, tonic notes. Damn I love this rose.
Rosé
9/3/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
86 points
Medium copper color. Juicy aromas of sweet white peach, juicy watermelon, with honey, sweet white flowers. On the palate, this has a light and crunchy feel with white peach, McIntosh apple, lemon peel. Notes of celery seed, white pepper and mint. Fun, light, stuff but shows some interesting elements – not just celebrity plonk. A blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Merlot.
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White
9/2/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
91 points
Knights Bridge Tasting: Pale yellow color. Aromas show lemons, apricot and white peach, topped in nettle, honeysuckle, with some cream, whipped butter and sea salt. Creamy texture on the palate, fleshy but vibrant with a bright, crunchy feel, and delicious yellow apple, apricot and lemon fruit. Steel, floral, perfumed and mineral tones contrast nicely with these cinnamon, vanilla and white tea elements. Rich but complex and nuanced.
White
9/2/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
88 points
Knights Bridge Tasting: Medium yellow color. Bright and stony on the nose with apricot, grapefruit, with lemongrass, basil and chalk dust. Plump texture on the palate with crisp acidity, balancing it well. Apricot, green apple, kiwi and orange peel, mixed with honeysuckle, daisies, along with notes of river rocks and minerals. Vibrant, lively, nuanced feel.
Red
9/2/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
90 points
Knights Bridge Tasting: Deep purple color. Aromas of plums, saucy cherries with smoky earth, grilled herbs and vanilla bean. Full-bodied with velvety tannins, some medium acidity with flavors of saucy plums and currants. Notes of tilled soil, black pepper, roasted bell pepper and grilled herbs really jive well with the deep yet silky fruit and feel. Juicy, vibrant and lush, this should open nicely in a few years. Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Red
9/2/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
90 points
Knights Bridge Tasting: Deep purple color. Nose shows smoky earth, dark chocolate, cedar and roasted chestnut over top deep currant and blackberry fruit. Plush texture on the palate, with surprisingly vibrant acidity, on a chewy-textured frame with smooth tannins. Juicy plums, red and black currants, smooth, refined fruit with notes of smoky earth, graphite, anise and dark chocolate adding complexity. Violets and pencil lead on the finish, this is a deep but refreshing Cabernet showing very well at the moment but should show even better in a few years.
White
9/2/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
89 points
Knights Bridge Tasting: Rich yellow color. Bold aromas of graham cracker, almond cake, whipped honey and nougat, with baked apples, yellow plums and orange marmalade. Plush, waxy texture, rich and inviting, with medium-low acidity. Juicy yellow apples, baked pears, lemon bars and orange marmalade, the fruit is mixed with cinnamon crumb cake, vanilla crème, peanut brittle. Subtle chalk and white floral tones. Rich and boastful but it is undeniably delicious and sports solid complexity if you like this style.
White
9/2/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
90 points
Knights Bridge Tasting: Light yellow color. Aromas of lemon curd, baked apple, topped in cinnamon crumb and almond cake, with honey, graham cracker, also some sea salt and chalk. Plump and rich and creamy on the palate with moderate acidity. Flavors of lemon bars, yellow apples, mixed with whipped butter, mixed nuts, hay and shaved ginger. Deep, delicious, rich, yet shows nuances and complexity that keep it interesting.
White
9/2/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
89 points
Knights Bridge Tasting: Light gold color. Creamy, warm, inviting aromas of yellow apples, apricot and orange marmalade, with peanut brittle, hay and white flowers. Full and creamy on the palate, but nice acidity keeps it from being heavy. Delicious fruit (creamy yellow apples, orange marmalade) mixes well with graham cracker, almond butter, creamy, waxy tones, topped in some white flowers and notes of sea salt. Lush, creamy, but also very pretty.
White
9/2/2020 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
88 points
Knights Bridge Tasting: Deep yellow color. Aromas of yellow apples, lemon bars, topped in salted almonds and pecans, with graham cracker and chalk tones. On the palate, this shows chunks of yellow plums, yellow apples, lemon curd and green melon. Creamy but nuanced, moderate acidity, has a subtly salty and chalky feel to the richer elements of nutshells and whipped honey. Showing some balance and nuance, though.
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