Tasting Notes for Ewhite30

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Red
Dark cherries and plums lead, the nose is earthy and rich. Crème de cassis, chocolate torte, tobacco and bakers spices. Dusty and resolved tannin, smooth and mouth-coating - this is what I’m looking for in a Cab. Excellent.
White
Bright and floral, really beautiful Chardonnay.
Red
Forest floor and wet moss, punchy berries and winter citrus on the nose. Similar fruit on the palate but very earthy - mushrooms and tilled dirt. Funky, light in body and easy to enjoy.
Red
2018 Ridge Geyserville Alexander Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
Decanted. Two hours in it was all fruit - red berries to deeper, richer blackberry and plum notes. Still tight but three hours later it was singing. The fruit gave way and the wine was much softer and floral, adding cocoa and spice notes. Just as good on night two. Our first of three.
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White
Such a good wine. Pineapple, tangerine, lime leaf, adding floral notes on the palate. Wet stones, some saltiness. Still nicely acidic but dialed back a bit from my prior bottle in July.
White
Such a great wine to smell - lemon citrus, quince, spring flowers and fresh rainfall. Notes of bruised apples, lemon blossom, custard and hazelnut on the palate. Flinty and subtly reductive, nice acidity. Great to drink.

It was a note off on night two, still tasty but not as nuanced or pretty as night one. I'll open our last in the next year or two.
Red
Floral nose growing darker with air. Rich raspberry and strawberry, bakers spice and cola notes on the nose. Fresh strawberry, jammy cherry, brick dust, earth, spiced orange, the wine is rich but well balanced. Beautiful and elegant, this is one of the most enjoyable Oregon Pinots in recent memory.
Red
10/13/2021 - Ewhite30 wrote:
Red to purple fruits and cocoa notes, herbal funk emerges with air. This continemues to be a really solid bottle, excellent QPR.
Red
Deep and rich, berry and plums notes, mocha and gravel. Violets and white pepper spice linger. Subtle tannins that I’m sure will soften in another years time but no reason not to dive in today with a long decant.
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Rosé
Wild strawberries and fresh herbs, a subtle scent of lemon peel in the background. The reviewer below that notes “thin skinned red fruits” is spot on. Cherry, apple peel, citrus zest, melon and sea spray - dry, crisp and elegant, there’s a lot to like here.
Red
10/7/2021 - Ewhite30 wrote:
Feeling a little underwhelmed. Berries and gravel, doesn’t stack up to the prior bottles. Not sure it’s last it’s prime as another reviewer noted but maybe in a phase?
Red
9/6/2021 - Ewhite30 wrote:
Decanted. Head scratcher of a wine, lots of almost astringent red fruit where I almost poured it down the drain. Eight hours open though it was ready. Red berries and purple fruits against asphalt and tar notes, rich and savory with a subtle smokey note. I had a small glass and put in a glass stopper, hoping for more or the same, and night two it was done - the subtle depth of fruit and spice was gone, just a meh red blend.

Feels like this one needs time or you need to thread the needle just right….
Red
Black cherry, caramelized strawberry and cocoa notes. French herbs. Savory and earthy. Medium acid, nice weight and balance.

Well crafted wine and nice introduction to what Gramercy does so well. These may hold on until 2026 but there’s no reason to wait, this is drinking at or near peak.
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Rosé
2019 Arnot-Roberts Rosé California Touriga Nacional (view label images)
Fresh sea breeze, melon and citrus on the nose. Early spring strawberry, nectarine, lemon pulp , sea salt and fresh cut herbs run the palate.

A stronger vintage than the 2020, even better with the extra time in bottle. Hoping they are able to make a return to form with the next vintage.
White
Bright lemon citrus against notes of limestone and chalk on the nose. Dry and crisp, the wine leads with notes of mandarine and tangerine, apple blossom and fresh herbs. The wine is decidedly softer on night two, the mouthfeel more round - leans to apples and pears, and stone fruits.
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White
Lemon citrus, beeswax, pears and peaches, and fresh herbs run from the nose through the finish. Dry, the acidity is still punchy but the wine feels much more integrated since our last bottle a year ago. It’s got legs for another couple of years but it’s in a good spot now and I have a hard time thinking this develops further.
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Rosé
Cantaloupe, watermelon and bright cherries with a lingering note of fresh herbs. Dry but drinks sweeter than last year, though I suspect that comes into balance with more time in the bottle.
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Red
Black pepper, blistered wood, dark fruits, winter spices and garrigue. Smells too good but then you drink it…. black pepper, charred red berries, black cherry, black plums, bitter espresso, pencil lead. Wow. Bright acid core balanced by a rich, mouth-coating decadence. I’m a huge Gramercy fan but this is really impressive.
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White
Lemon blossom and white flowers on the nose. Pithy citrus, underripe peach and salty stones. Lots of acid but still pretty and balanced. Loved it.
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Red
Gamey nose, adding notes of olive and asphalt. Charred red berries and black plums, faintly floral with some fresh herbs and a peppery spice through the finish. Nice acidity and weight, continues to drink well at eight years in. These 13s from Washington are holding up great.
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White
7/26/2021 - Ewhite30 Likes this wine:
92 points
Pours shimmering golden with white flower and apple blossom on the nose, minerals and stone. Leads with citrus leaf and tropical notes, punchy and bright. Orchard fruit, lemon balm and a chalkiness soften the wine as it warms in the glass. Elegant and refined, just a very pretty wine. My favorite so far from Ceritas.
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White
Tart citrus, floral notes, and stone fruits. Salty minerals. Bracing acidity but in balance, structured with the great weight. Wow, just excellent.
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Rosé
Black cherry and raspberry on the nose. Fresh herbs. Dry, light to medium acidity with notes of watermelon, underripe cantaloupe, blood orange, and wet stones. Structured, there’s a presence about the wine that puts it a step above. Our first, really nice.
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Red
Short decant. You can see the age, the wine is bricking but still lively in the nose. Not a lot of fruit left, it smells of forest floor - fresh, like spring. Some darker berry fruit on the palate, it’s subtle but it’s hanging on. Damp soil, mushrooms, cocoa powder, thyme. Soft, resolved and easy to drink.

Its time though, by the last glass some four hours open it was close to spent.
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Red
2013 Saxum James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles Willow Creek District Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
Opened at noon, first glass at six. Floral and spicy with notes of meat sear and smoke on the nose. Fruit is subtle, blue to red fruits, some savory notes too. Dark fruits lead - blackberry, black plumsand cassis. Tobacco, cracked pepper spice, underlying smoky notes and caramelized red fruits emerge with air. Rich and structured but there’s a delicacy too. Balanced. The finish just doesn’t quit.
White
2019 Massican Gemina California White Blend (view label images)
Floral nose. Notes of melon rind and apricot with a hint of green pepper in the background. Similar melon notes lead on the palate. Pulpy citrus and salinity, it's punchy and tart through the finish. Dry. Medium acidity. Reviews are up and down, I think the wine just needed time to settle as it's really balanced and very approachable now.

It was a little lackluster on night two so I think this is best near-term.
White
Let this come to room temperature, too chilled the wine has no personality. Warmer it smells of white flowers and jasmin with a faint citrus note - maybe kumquat - with honeysuckle sweetness. Chalky with mineral notes, citrus and stone fruits on the palate. Lean, light acid. Nice.
Red
Pours faint in color, hazy in body. Decanted, tried after 30 minutes and questioned if the bottle was off. Hours on it’s still herbaceous - green funk pervades. Some juicy red berries too. One dimensional, maybe an off bottle but this just doesn’t stack up with the rest of the Sandlands portfolio. Hopefully the 17s and 19 I have are better.
Rosé
Minerals on the nose, cherries and red berries. Peach and cantaloupe, juicy red cherries and a faint herbal note. Wet stones. Dry.

One of the best out of the valley, three years running.
Red
Open nine hours on the counter, though from the nose it might have been ready at open. Pours pitch dark, toasty on the nose with notes of dark cherry, blackberry liquor, concrete and wet stone. Balances meaty richness and brambly dark berries on the palate. Kirsch, tar, tobacco, caramel. A subtle garrigue note lurks in the background. Rich, mouth coating but deftly balanced. Held up great late in the evening on the second evening too. My first Reva so not sure how it evolves but it’s in an excellent spot now.
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Red
Five hours open on the counter. Deep and rich - asphalt, coffee and dark berry fruit on the nose. Brambly dark fruits lead on the palate. There’s a softer floral note, also framboise and caramel with a subtle white pepper spice through the finish. Some tannins linger but overall resolved and drinking well with air.
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White
Smells of bruised, slightly oxidative apples, waxy with faint citrus and cut flowers. Dry, slightly sweet to start. Underripe peach, pear, lemon curd - there is a subtle creaminess to the wine. Medium weight, great balance, medium plus acid - simply excellent.
White
Tropical fruits on the nose, at times floral, with a scent of graham cracker and French herbs. Leads with lemon balm, coconut and notes of fleshy pear and apple. Crushed oyster shells, sea salt and pepper brings it to the finish. Medium acidity, balanced with nice length.

I popped this one right in a perfect window, I’ve been buying these for years and when they hit you’re hard pressed to find a better everyday Chardonnay out of the valley.
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Red
Dark cherry and caramelized strawberry on the nose. Earthy, the age shows. Forest floor, mushroom, orange peel. Subtle red berry fruit runs across the palate but the earthy qualities are now on the forefront. Lovely to drink, holding up well but I would consider drinking in the coming one two years.
Red
6/10/2021 - Ewhite30 wrote:
Cherries and spiced strawberry, spring flowers and red brick dust on the nose. Red berry fruits lead with notes of cinnamon spice, asphalt and stone. Dusty tannin.

Nice enough but I feel they excel with their Syrahs and blends, this doesn’t quite stack up.
Red
Slow decant, five hours before the first glass. Seared meat, charcuterie, green olive and pencil lead on the nose. The wine is gamey and rich, with black pepper, green olive and green herbs. Yeah there’s some red berry fruit lingering behind the scenes but that’s not what you’re here for - all these funky qualities steal the show. Excellent to drink, right in a perfect window - no reason to wait.

This really plays well as a counterpoint to Wild Eyed, we drank the same vintage of that wine a few months back which was all fruit - be great to open side by side.
Red
Dark cherry and caramelized strawberry on the nose. Earthy, the age shows. Forest floor, mushroom, orange peel. Subtle red berry fruit runs across the palate but the earthy qualities are now on the forefront. Lovely to drink, holding up well but I would consider drinking in the coming one two years.
Rosé
Sweeter with almost a synthetic quality, just tasted off. Hoping it's the bottle, it's our first of six.
Rosé
2020 Arnot-Roberts Rosé California Touriga Nacional (view label images)
Our third bottle of this vintage and it seems to be coming into form. Cantaloupe, grapefruit, red berry. Wet stones warming in the sun. Lean and dry, though the fruit is filling out a bit.
Rosé
Melon, red berries, juicy citrus, saline. Very dry, nice acid. Drinks with some weight but entirely refreshing. Delicious.
Red
Echoing everything below, this is a really lovely wine. Deep red fruits, cut flowers, and this scent that reminds me of warm brick near a fireplace. Wet gravel, cocoa, green peppers too, subtle but growing more noticeable with air.
White
Crushed rock, white flowers, papaya and blanched almonds on the nose. Citrus leads on the palate, lemon zest but with air it softens, more like lemon curd. Ripen pear, almonds and a subtle note of fresh herbs run in the background. The wine has soften since last summer, the acidic backbone remains but it's much prettier than a year ago. Excellent.

We drank through two new 19s a few weeks back (Stormy Morning and Rock Block), I feel like that vintage will play to Bryan's winemaking so I'm anticipating the 19 Little Hells may be even better.
White
Pours pale golden, tart grapefruit and spring flowers on the nose with a slight creaminess in the background. Dry and bright, with boatloads of acid. Quince, waxy apple skin, lemon zest, wet gravel. Salty. Built for sun. This is great.
White
5/1/2021 - Ewhite30 Likes this wine:
91 points
Floral nose, pithy grapefruit, lemon cream, apricot, peach skin... sea breeze and salt - great to smell. Lemon merengue, grapefruit, vanilla and white pepper spice on the palate. Tart, bracing acidity but in balance - salty stones and a subtle chalkiness energies at the finish as it warms. I could happily drink this all the time.
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White - Sparkling
Pours hazy golden with persistent and very fine bubbles. Bruised apple, persimmon and almond notes on the nose. Toasty. Winter grapefruit gives way to golden apple and pear, with notes of caramel and white pepper spice, and pithy lemon tartness through the finish. Excellent.
White
2012 Cameron Blanc Clos Electrique Oregon Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay (view label images)
4/15/2021 - Ewhite30 Likes this wine:
93 points
Pours golden with a caramel edge, the age is apparent. Scents of golden apple, sea air, caramel, bakers spice and lemon balm. Orchard fruits and tart lemon curd lead, with vanilla, spring flowers and white pepper spice through the finish. Subtle acidity, perfect weight - just excellent. Held up great on night two.
Red
Open on the counter four hours before the first glass. Black cherries and plums, charred strawberry and wet stones on the nose. The wine leads with a range of fruit - rich red berries lead to blueberry and brambly dark fruits - with floral notes, licorice, asphalt, cocoa and smoke. Concentrated and rich, almost decadent - could be a bit over the top for some.

Night two - the wine is earthier on the nose. The mineral scent is more pronounced too. Velvety soft with perfumed and sweet blue fruits on the palate.

I happened across two bottles at $45, so feeling pretty happy with the wine, but I see how some people might be put off by the initial richness of the wine and feel it's too one-sided at the ask price. Needs a lot of air to coax out the subtleties.
Red
Decanted three hours. Black olive, charcuterie, herbal funk, oyster shell, sweet plum. Smells great. Black and purple fruits lead on the palate, its gamey with olive, asphalt and a faint smokiness at the finish. Tannins have receded, lingers nicely. Great value.
Red
Pours darker, and while there is an edge of darker fruit tones I found it much more ripe and red fruited. Red raspberry, spring soil, bark, mineral notes and bakers spice on the nose. Oregon strawberry, red currant, slight pepper spice with a faint vanilla sweetness. Earth tones emerge with air - tilled soil, moss, minerals - but the wine remains bright and fresh, restrained really in comparison with many of the bigger 16s. I'll follow my last three bottles over the next three to five years.

Edit: night two and there’s the dark fruit... similar on the nose but lots of black cherry and black raspberry notes on the palate. Earthier too. Quite good.
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Red
Bright and spicy cherry and strawberry, and notes of fresh tilled earth on the nose. Dark, overripe strawberry, citrus zest, cola and red clay on the palate. Light, soft tannins and subtle acid backbone, very easy to enjoy and a perfect pairing for early spring.
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