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White
1996 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Heimbourg Alsace
12/9/2014 - f22nickell Likes this wine:
93 points
Seattle Wine Group - Dec 2014 Tasting - Theme: CA Cabs (Amaroso Room - Wine Storage Bellevue): Nose was filled with a sweetness and pinot gris characteristics. Loved the mouth feel; it was round, rich with enough acidity to keep it interesting; viscous but dry, not sweet. The mid-palate and finish were top notch. Definitely becoming a mature wine but no where past mature. Really enjoyed this bottle.
  • f22nickell commented:

    3/10/15, 2:46 PM - I've had several others, but they've all been Vendange Tardive or Selection de Grains Nobles. My favorite to date was a 1994 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain Vendange Tardive.

Red
2005 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
1/2/2015 - Ron Slye wrote:
92 points
These are tasting notes on the three 2005 single vineyard Syrahs (En Cerise, En Chamberlin, and Cailloux). All three were opened on December 31st. First are general notes on all three, and then more specific notes for this particular wine. I have rated them all the same at 92. For my palate, I think I like the En Chamberlin the best, but I don’t think it is necessarily a better wine than the other two. On first opening, it was very hard for me to distinguish among these three. All had a very strong blueberry streak – both in the nose and palate. (This was also true with the 2005 Camaspelo, which I had opened the day before. I am not sure if all four had been served blind upon initial opening I could have distinguished among them.) Very rich, almost port like in its intensity. The En Chamberlin was perhaps a bit more savory initially. The second day the fruit was still quite strong, and it was still difficult to distinguish among them, though the En Cerise seemed to be the most fruit forward. At first I was not very happy with these wines. They were more fruit forward and port like than I would normally like. I was heartened however at how well these stood up over a few days, and how the fruit stepped back a bit to let some other flavors start to come forward. For my palate these may get better in 3-5 years, but for those who like rich fruit dominated wines, these are drinking well now. Here now are specific notes on this wine on the third day (i.e. wine has now been opened for two days; each has at least half the bottle remaining; each was corked and placed on the counter – so no vacuuming, and no refrigeration).

Specific to the Cailloux: Not as strong fruit as the En Cerise. Seems a bit more subdued and even more complex than the En Cerise. Nose of earth, smoke, with a bit of berry. Palate has a bit more fruit than the nose, a bit more jaw clenching tannins, and some nice savory notes.
  • f22nickell commented:

    1/2/15, 6:42 PM - Ah man, you are killing me!

Red
2005 Cayuse Syrah En Cerise Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
1/2/2015 - Ron Slye wrote:
92 points
These are tasting notes on the three 2005 single vineyard Syrahs (En Cerise, En Chamberlin, and Cailloux). All three were opened on December 31st. First are general notes on all three, and then more specific notes for this particular wine. I have rated them all the same at 92. For my palate, I think I like the En Chamberlin the best, but I don’t think it is necessarily a better wine than the other two. On first opening, it was very hard for me to distinguish among these three. All had a very strong blueberry streak – both in the nose and palate. (This was also true with the 2005 Camaspelo, which I had opened the day before. I am not sure if all four had been served blind upon initial opening I could have distinguished among them.) Very rich, almost port like in its intensity. The En Chamberlin was perhaps a bit more savory initially. The second day the fruit was still quite strong, and it was still difficult to distinguish among them, though the En Cerise seemed to be the most fruit forward. At first I was not very happy with these wines. They were more fruit forward and port like than I would normally like. I was heartened however at how well these stood up over a few days, and how the fruit stepped back a bit to let some other flavors start to come forward. For my palate these may get better in 3-5 years, but for those who like rich fruit dominated wines, these are drinking well now. Here now are specific notes on this wine on the third day (i.e. wine has now been opened for two days; each has at least half the bottle remaining; each was corked and placed on the counter – so no vacuuming, and no refrigeration).

Specific to 2005 En Cerise: More raspberry than blueberry on the nose, with some hints of blood, dust, and earth. This follows on the palate. Very nice mouthfeel, the flavors are rounded and nicely integrated. There is a slight hint of tannins, but not overpowering. The fruit as more subdued after two days.
  • f22nickell commented:

    1/2/15, 6:37 PM - What? no invite? (LOL)

Red
2009 Betz Family Syrah La Serenne Yakima Valley
11/21/2014 - f22nickell Does not like this wine:
86 points
Very disappointed. Lots of dark fruit coming through, along with some dark chocolate and spice. However, way too "jammy" and the alcohol is just too overpowering. Hopefully an off bottle as Betz typically does better than this.
  • f22nickell commented:

    11/22/14, 5:34 PM - I am with you ... As my friend Henry likes to say, the "Red Mountain (or in this case, Boushey) filtered through Woodinville" is not for me these days.

Fruit/Vegetable Wine
2012 Eric Bordelet Sydre Argelette Normandy Apple
11/12/2014 - f22nickell Likes this wine:
90 points
Young, refreshing, hot mulled cider in a sparkler. Bubbles are round and firm. All around well-balanced. A worthy addition for the Thanksgiving table.
  • f22nickell commented:

    11/16/14, 2:22 PM - Tim - I picked this up, along with two others - 2013 Eric Bordelet Sidre Brut Tendre (apple) and 2013 Eric Bordelet Poiré Granit (Pear) - from Envoyer Wines out of So Cal.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Tokaj Hétszőlő Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos Furmint Blend, Furmint
10/19/2014 - Tim Heaton wrote:
Drizzle some peaches and dried apricots with honey and butterscotch, throw in some river rocks and minerals, plenty of fresh acids, and this is what you get. Which is to say it was really good. Enough acidity to sip on its own, I suppose, but paired with warm fig bread pudding it's really good. A fig tart would have worked, too. recommended

Served non-blind.
  • f22nickell commented:

    10/28/14, 6:47 PM - Nice write-up Tim. I have one of these in my cellar, waiting for the right time and place. Plenty of time left on it? Any other pairing suggestions?

Red
2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard San Mateo County
7/19/2014 - bruce61 wrote:
flawed
Unfortunately second of three with high levels of Brett. I will take them up on their prior replacement offer. I neglected to add to this old note how great the customer service of Rhys was. Replaced the bad bottle and exchanged unopened ones that could have been fine. Never had another issue with their bottles!
  • f22nickell commented:

    7/19/14, 6:56 PM - Where can I find the replacement offer?

Red
2008 Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Estate Willamette Valley
10/16/2013 - f22nickell Likes this wine:
92 points
Seattle Wine Group - Oct 2013 Tasting - Theme: Southern Hemisphere Reds (Amaroso Room - Wine Storage Bellevue): Setting: I brought this to the tasting to go with Mike’s Carnitas dinner. I did not take detailed notes.

Nose: This wine does not smell flawed. Aromas are of red fruit; cherries and cranberries specifically. Secondary notes of orange peel with hints of sous bois and forest floor. I pick up very little oak or heat on the nose.

Palate: This wine is medium bodied. This wine has flavors of cherry, strawberry, and a hint of cranberry. Lush mouthfeel, very silky.. Secondary flavors of orange peel and spice. The palate has a definite crispness. There are echoes of earthiness, but definitely more reserved on the palate than the nose. Trace of minerality, but no heat.

Structure: This wine is dry. Acid is medium plus. Alcohol is medium. Tannins are medium minus and well integrated. Finish is long. Complexity is medium.

Final Thoughts: This is really good bottle of wine. Flavors, tannins, alcohol and acid are in great balance. The acid, contrasted with the orange peel and earthy secondary flavors, speak well of this wine maturing over time. Wonderful now, worth keeping a bottle around to see what it becomes.

My last bottle ... DEFINITELY need to get some more.
  • f22nickell commented:

    6/2/14, 1:38 PM - Man, wish I wasn't in the moratorium. Apparently, my records show I still have one bottle left :-)

Red
2006 Lillian Winery Syrah Santa Barbara County
3/13/2014 - f22nickell wrote:
89 points
Seattle Wine Group - Mar 2014 Tasting - Theme: Syrah "4X" (Amaroso Room - Wine Storage Bellevue): Bottle "G"
Tasted single blind. Pop 'n Poured.

Dark color depth, ruby hue, 1/4" to the meniscus. Nose of licorice, blue fruit, plum, and some chalk. Primary palate of black fruit, very soft intensity with some bitter, astringent characteristics. No attack, soft across the board, ending in dry heat. Tannins are fine. Finish is short and not complex.

Final thoughts: I think this wine was a bit overwhelmed by the previous extracted Lagier Meredith wine. This one just seemed to get lost. Nothing great, nothing bad ... Nothing memorable. This was a "middle of the pack" wine for most of the group, with only two outliers, one high, one low.

My Ranking: 6th out of 8 wines
Group Ranking: 4th out of 8 wines
Middle-Tier (47 total points out of 88 possible points)
  • f22nickell commented:

    3/21/14, 7:37 AM - It was a 2007 Lagier Meredith Syrah. Very nice wine.

Red
2003 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille Columbia Valley
2/4/2014 - f22nickell wrote:
flawed
Sadly, this bottle is nothing like the last one. This bottle is tired and past its prime. Fruit is gone, tannins are almost gone, only a bit of acid remains to keep it lively. This drinks like a low tannin/high fruit supermarket slurping wine ... Just without the fruit. It still has some balance so not to the level of "sink pour." I recommend you drink these up now, if it isn't already too late. (Edit: Changed this to "Flawed" as its clearly off kilter)
  • f22nickell commented:

    2/5/14, 6:28 AM - Yes, you are probably right. The cork simply disintegrated as I tried to remove it.

Red
2005 Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco Nebbiolo
1/25/2014 - hankj wrote:
88 points
Good wine overall. Dense and brooding with an almost Cahors-like weight and extraction. The wood is distinctly Barolo, and there is a good amount of it. Kinda a Parkerized bottle but 10 years might help with that? Not sure it will vastly improve but will let sit 5 years before checking in again.
  • f22nickell commented:

    1/30/14, 8:30 AM - Are we going to see a trade offer on these 5 bottles ala Betz? :-)

Red
2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard San Mateo County
1/29/2014 - curtispomeroy wrote:
flawed
Corked.
  • f22nickell commented:

    1/30/14, 7:03 AM - Corked or Brett? CT is showing a large number of Bretty bottles from this producer/vineyard.

Red
2009 Robert Ramsay Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Dump Block Cab Yakima Valley Snipes Mountain
1/29/2014 - San Diego Dago Likes this wine:
92 points
With all due respect to the sub-80 points reviews, I don't know where this is coming from. Popped and poured at 60 degrees right from the N'finity and couldn't disagree more. Not getting the high vanilla, not overly fruity at all, and I think the finish is decent. Will have to see what happens as it opens up and warms up as well...OK, had with dinner (beef stroganoff) and I've got no complaints. My rating stands.
  • f22nickell commented:

    1/30/14, 7:01 AM - I wonder if there is significant bottle variation due to the extreme delta in reviews here. Gives me hope that my second bottle will be much better than the first.

Red
2004 Azienda Agricola Sant'Elena Cabernet Sauvignon Friuli Isonzo
Not sure if it was flawed but easily the worst bottle I have tasted in some time. Down the drain.
  • f22nickell commented:

    1/21/14, 7:37 AM - That is unfortunate. I bought four of these myself. I drank three already and nothing was wrong with them. Not outstanding, but worth the $16 price point from my perspective. Would I buy again? Probably not, but only because there is a ton of decent $15-range wines out there to try, no need to stick to one. Would I recommend it for a $15-range wine? sure, why not.

Red
2004 Leonetti Cellar Reserve Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
1/19/2014 - skifree wrote:
96 points
This wine was in perfect balance and so smooth after decanting for 45 minutes. Drank during the NFC Championship game that the Seahawks won - perhaps we were in a really good mood when scoring?
  • f22nickell commented:

    1/21/14, 7:17 AM - I have that same bottle. If I had opened it during the NFC Championship, I probably would have scored it lower than you did :-)

Red
1996 Domaine des Forges & Associés Clos de la Roche Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir
11/1/2013 - SoundInBetween wrote:
85 points
cork was soaked 1/3 of the way through with a clean top. wine was over the hill unfortunately and did not change markedly with 1-3 hour decant. this is easily 5 years past its prime, if not more. offered very little in the way of fruit, very short/clipped finish.
  • f22nickell commented:

    11/4/13, 2:29 PM - Wow, too bad ... I'll let you know if mine is any better (not holding my breath.)

Red
2002 Jean Boillot & Fils Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets Pinot Noir
10/29/2013 - f22nickell wrote:
flawed
Ugh ... moldy mess
  • f22nickell commented:

    10/29/13, 8:58 PM - No, a cellar purchase bottle from Envoyer. It was my first bottle I've opened from Envoyer; hope it isn't an indicator. On another note, I've (luckily) never come across a bad bottle from winebid yet in the 2+ years I've been buying from them... crossing my fingers.

Red
2009 Hightower Cellars Murray Cuvée Columbia Valley Red Blend
8/29/2013 - ChrisinCowiche wrote:
89 points
Daily drinker type wine with a bit of age is holding up nicely. Very smooth and fruity. Not terribly complex, but better than your average bear.
  • f22nickell commented:

    8/29/13, 9:32 PM - Hey Chris, CT shows only 3 bottles of this stuff and all consumed ... Are you the culprit on all three?

Red
2009 Soos Creek Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills Red Bordeaux Blend
8/14/2013 - Jasonrgreen Likes this wine:
90 points
SnP (SnP = Stuck and Poured with the Coravin)
Very well balanced wine with bright acidity. Blackberry, cocoa, minerals. A little heat, but not too much. Long Finish, but still pretty tannic.
  • f22nickell commented:

    8/16/13, 8:01 AM - Lol, baby killer! ... Seriously, I love Soos Creek Wines. I've helped Dave multiple times with crush and blending. I've dubbed him "Andrew Will's little brother" as he makes the same type of offerings and in the same style.

Red
2002 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs Pinot Noir
5/10/2013 - MattTM wrote:
Devin's Surprise Birthday Party (Q4 - Vancouver, BC): Nice nose showing a burst of ripe raspberry aromas, along with black cherries, blueberries, spice, a hint of prunes and some leafy mint notes. There's tons of cooling menthol on the palate, as well as some rich ripe black cherries, black pepper spice, blueberries, and herbs. Plenty of firm drying acidity on the finish. While this is certainly a delicious and well made wine it was rather boring and lacked the excitement I was hoping for, especially at this level. Very good
  • f22nickell commented:

    5/31/13, 1:29 PM - AH, fellow Burg heads just across the border. Next time you all come south, let me know. We can share a Burg or three.

Red
2007 Olsen Estates Syrah Heritage Yakima Valley
4/22/2013 - f22nickell Likes this wine:
91 points
Seattle Wine Group - April Wine Tasting Event - Theme: Rioja/Tempranillo (Amaroso Room - Wine Storage Bellevue): Deep, inky purple in color. Aroma of dark fruit. Palate was nicely balanced. Attack of dark fruit, followed by balanced mid of tannins and acid. medium finish that changed from the first sip to the last. 91 pts. JRockman brought this for an aperitif our monthly wine group tasting. The tasting theme was Rioja. This wine was unrelated to the tasting; sadly though, it was my WOTN.
  • f22nickell commented:

    4/24/13, 10:18 AM - Agree. Not sad because the WA Syrah was my favorite, but sad because all of the Riojas were just terrible to me. As for Kevin White, I have 3 bottles of his 2010 Kevin White Winery Syrah En Hommage Olsen sitting in the cellar. At $21/bottle, I expect the QPR to be fantastic like this Olsen Estates Heritage bottle.

Red
1989 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
4/21/2013 - jrockman Likes this wine:
93 points
For me, a rare experience with an aged Bordeaux; decanted for sediment, was somewhat surprised by the lack of any. This wine was beautiful and sublime, balanced and smooth. An inviting ruby red in the glass, very aromatic - cherry, wood, spice and mineral all together; a wonderful texture in the mouth and on the tongue; tannins are rounded and integrated. A delicious experience with a beautifully mature wine. 4+13+18+8=93
  • f22nickell commented:

    4/22/13, 6:40 AM - Jeff ... Did you pick this wine up locally? If so, can you tell me where? I've yet to find a local wine store that carries aged wines.

Red
2005 Frenchman Hills Syrah Sentinel Gap Vineyards Columbia Valley
2/16/2013 - ChrisinCowiche wrote:
flawed
Nope, couldn't make it through glass this time. Still not sure what is going on with this wine, except that it is undrinkable.
  • f22nickell commented:

    2/27/13, 7:36 AM - Lol, you are still trying to dring this wine?

Red
2008 Long Shadows Wineries Pirouette Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
2/1/2013 - pmillersu Likes this wine:
94 points
Had this last night and was great just drinking with no food... Will see how it taste on day two...
  • f22nickell commented:

    2/3/13, 12:21 PM - So, how was it on day 2? ... I bought a half case and popped one with friends back in October. Unfortunately, it went very quick. Very tight at first, but the last sip had a lot of promise in it ....

Red
2009 The Missing Leg Syrah St. Peter of Alcantara Vineyard Paso Robles
1/31/2013 - ChrisinCowiche wrote:
93 points
Color is black purple, Nose is asphalt black blue fruit and beef, palate is earthy asphalt black fruit, almost Boushey Vineyard (WA) like. Alcohol never notices and big tannic long finish make this my favorite of 5 CA syrah drank/tasted over two days.

Thank you to Linda at The Wine Closet in Camarillo for the introdcution to Central Coast AVA's and their Syrahs.
  • f22nickell commented:

    2/1/13, 7:24 AM - Hey Chris, where can I pick up a bottle of this? Nothing shows up in the "Where to buy" tab. My sister still lives in CA, but pretty far north (Mendocino). Is this a small production, or should it be fairly easy to find in CA?

Red
2005 Frenchman Hills Cabernet Sauvignon Sentinel Gap Vineyards Columbia Valley
1/21/2013 - ChrisinCowiche wrote:
flawed
Not nearly as bad as I expected after reading some of the CT reviews, but still not very drinkable. I think this wine had heat damage or something that stripped all the body and finish out of it. Not sure if this is even possible, but surely a wine wasn't intended to taste like this?

Might try next bottle for cooking.
  • f22nickell commented:

    1/22/13, 9:29 AM - I made it through one bottle myself ... barely :-)

Red
2005 Frenchman Hills Syrah Sentinel Gap Vineyards Columbia Valley
12/13/2012 - ob2s wrote:
78 points
Ok, so here is how I classify this wine. I am a kids soccer coach and I have 11 pretty good players, but there are 18 kids on the team. Some of those 7 don't even want to play, but their parents make them. I have to play all 18, as I should, but when to play them so we don't lose is the dilemma. So when to drink these let downs in order to not detract from what is being served for dinner is the challenge.....and I have more than 7 to deal with...
  • f22nickell commented:

    1/3/13, 12:10 PM - All my Garagiste Frenchman Hills Offerings were poured down the drain.
    1st went the red blend, couldn't even finish one bottle.
    2nd went the Cab. Finished one bottle, couldn't get through a glass in the second.
    Finally, 3rd went the Syrah. Made it through two bottles, but again, couldn't get through the first glass on the third bottle.

    Total $ of bottles down the drain: 10

  • f22nickell commented:

    1/3/13, 1:24 PM - About the only thing I can think of is mulled wine now (LOTS of cinammon!) or wait until summer and make Sangria (HEAVY on the fruit)

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