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Tasting Notes for leftylevi

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Red
3/28/2014 - leftylevi wrote:
92 points
Drank this a little over a year from my last one and time sideways definitely helped. I still get many of the same characteristics, with game, jerky, deep dark berry fruits, and wonderful perfumed florals on both nose and palate. What changed was how much more integrated and seamless this bottle was. This is great now but I see years of life for this with continued evolution. Damn tasty and an improvement over my first bottle 14 months ago.
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Red
10/1/2013 - leftylevi wrote:
85 points
No formal notes, but from what I remember, mostly dark fruited with some pepper, smoke, and graphite. Very mellow tannins, bordering on nonexistent. Hint of oaky vanillin there as well, which I don't mind. Decent balance with no pokey edges. A nice quaffer, but only that.
Red
8/20/2013 - leftylevi wrote:
86 points
Did not take notes but my impression was of a good and smooth uncomplicated wine. No noticeable tannins. Pretty darn fruit forward some sweetness to it that reminds me of molasses/brown sugar and vanillin. Not the most profound Carlisle but good for what it is.
Red
2007 Chateau Faire Le Pont Confluence Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/23/2013 - leftylevi wrote:
88 points
A very racy/juicy dark fruited wine with strong flavors of blackberries, boysenberries, and black cherries. Smooth in texture and good acidity. There is a slight bitterness to the aftertaste that is a little distracting, but otherwise was enjoyable.
Red
7/23/2013 - leftylevi wrote:
85 points
Can do better for the price. Darker fruited wine with hints of bacon. Tannins are resolved and relatively well balanced. Very red hued in the glass. There was a slight bitterness to the aftertaste and the alcohol was poking through slightly. Saved some for the next night that was recorked and placed in the fridge (not vacuumed). The second day it seemed shot and past it's prime. Based on this, I might recommend to drink up.
Red
7/23/2013 - leftylevi wrote:
90 points
No formal notes, as this was drank casually with my wife. However, the impression was of a very enjoyable bottle. Very rich with big sweet red fruits with some zin spiciness and some vanillin in the background. Extremely smooth on the palate and went down way to easily. I have one more and will wait a couple years to try again.
Red
2000 Château Latour-Martillac Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/8/2013 - leftylevi wrote:
93 points
This was just a joy to drink. For my tastes, perfectly balanced with integrated silky tannins and very plush in the mouth with no hard edges. Many earthy overtones of mushrooms, forest floor, and graphite with supporting leather and cigar/tobacco. Fruit seemed to be more subtle and in the background but plums were in the forefront with some faint red fruits there as well. The most pleasing (for me) was the presence of lilacs on both nose and palate that was very noticeable. In a perfect place right now on a P and P.
Red
1/29/2013 - leftylevi wrote:
88 points
A more elegant restrained zin. Some good tart brambly fruit. No real noticeable tannins to speak of. The oak was still pretty prominent on this on the palate, as it was on my first bottle of this soon after release. Might need some more time? I would guess drink up as I am not sure the elegant structure and fruit of this wine will come to the forefront and integrate the oak better. Overall, an enjoyable wine. Go Galen!
Red
1/2/2013 - leftylevi wrote:
95 points
Impeccably balanced with velvety tannins and racy acidity. Long on the palate with delectable juicy raspberries on nose and palate with some spice and herbaceousness to complement the red fruit. There was also a floral component and an unbelievably perfumed nose that leaped out of the glass, permeating the room. My favorite bedrock by far. Please please make more of this!
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Red
1/5/2013 - leftylevi wrote:
86 points
Dark fruited and pleasant up front but with a slight metallic bitter note on the back-end finish that was distracting. Despite this, it was in pretty good balance with it's structure and fruit composition.
Red
1/5/2013 - leftylevi wrote:
Can't find my notes on this so won't rate but was VERY impressed with it. Heard lots of bad stuff on this bottle with crazy bottle variation but I must have got one of the good ones! What I do remember is a very smooth and long wine chalk-full of deep dark red cherries.
Red
1/5/2013 - leftylevi wrote:
92 points
open and engaging. Subtle cherry and plum. Resolved tannins that are extremely delicate and soft ( I see notes of hard astrigint tannins in other notes, but hten again, me loves me some tannins). Nice long creamy finish. Hint of juniper and oregano and other earthy notes. Some floral notes that make me think of violets. Overall, a very enjoyable wine and worth the price of admission in my humble opinion. Have not had other vintages but if they are all this good, I will have to pick up some more.
Red
1/5/2013 - leftylevi wrote:
93 points
WOW. I had wto of these and popped the first one soon after delivery as morgan said this was a somewhat short-lived wine and would best be consumed young. Like others who drank this early, it has a lot of stewed overripe fruit going on and the heat was quite noticeable. I did not write a note on that first bottle but probably would have scored it around low/mid 80's.

I let my second one rest until recently and man, has this puppy blossomed! This has really filled out and put some weight on. Gone is the high heat and the stewed fruits. What is was replaced with is a very full-bodied wine with lip-smacking raciness full of spice, soy, boisenberry, and other deep dark fruits. I could drink this all day.

It still may be a relatively early drinker but it has really come into its on recently...at least for me!
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Red
1/5/2013 - leftylevi wrote:
89 points
Had two of these so thought I would try one. Quite enjoyable. Nose was very perfumed with faint florals and beef jerky. On the palate this struck a great balance of having a lot of weight and substance and yet being quite delicate and nimble despite its size. Tannins were present but not obtrusive. To me, the dark fruits were somewhat in the background in a supportive roll, with the main characters being beef jerky, bacon, iron, and sweet tobacco. Not one of my favorite syrahs from morgan but still quite tasty. I think it has a ways to go and wont open my last one for a couple of years.
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Red
11/17/2012 - leftylevi wrote:
flawed
I think this was slightly corked. There was fruit there but overall, the bottle seemed quite muted on both nose and palate and there was a distinctive moldy wet cardboard/newspaper quality to both nose and palate. Bummer.
Red
11/17/2012 - leftylevi wrote:
93 points
Much different than the 08 I had a month or two ago. A little more brooding in stature and not quite as bright and lively but very enjoyable, just in a different way. Nose shows sweet tobacco and brown sugar with mossy/underbrush notes in the background. A little less tart and juicy compared to the 08 but in no way flabby. Both tannins and acidity are in balance with no pokey edges. On the palate more moss/underbrush with sweet tobacco, boisenberry/blueberry/plum. there is also a very appealing volcanic rock/coal-like minerality to the palate as well. Just another great syrah from MTP! I like both his zins and syrahs but I think I am slowly tipping my hat toward the syrahs as my favorite reds from Bedrock.
Red
11/24/2012 - leftylevi wrote:
91 points
Macerated cherries, raspberries, and brambly fruit. Has an almost creamy texture with some obvious vanilla on the nose and palate. Boarding on liqueur-like but with enough acidity to keep it crisp and not too weighty. Overall, a fun and rich zin.
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Red
12/1/2012 - leftylevi wrote:
92 points
I know this is a youngin' but thought I should pop one of these since I need to see if I want to order the next vintage offering of this....I believe the answer is a yes! This was a pop and poor. This was absolutely super smooth and went down way too easily. Meant to save some for night two...oops. The texture and smoothness was what stood out for me, like someone had draped my mouth in the softest satin. The palate showed a medley of red fruits, with raspberries and dark red cherries dominating but with sweet strawberries there as well. There were also some much enjoyed warm spice and sandalwood notes infused throughout supporting the fruit. Just a great wine overall.
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Red
11/22/2012 - leftylevi wrote:
89 points
I very much enjoyed this wine, although I understand the vintage was not a great one. Still pretty young and the tannins let that be known. This being a pop and pour probably did not help the tannic bite, but I like my tannins so thought this was a positive and not a negative. The nose was a little shy but on the palate this wine showed a nice floral/rose note backed by some spice and a faint tar. There was a slight medicinal quality on the back end but not enough to be a diversion to an otherwise enjoyable wine.
Red
10/12/2012 - leftylevi wrote:
79 points
Wow...hate to even rate this as I have had some good cabots and they are nice people but this was horribly ashy/smokey. I have a hard time believing this was all from the oak treatment as I am NOT an oak hater and can tolerate quite a bit of it. This did not just seem oaky but ashy like a campfire or ash tray. Nothing else was even noticeable over this one trait. I left a little for day two and while some fruit was finally poking out from behind the ash, it was still too smokey for my tastes.
Red
11/12/2012 - leftylevi wrote:
92 points
no notes taken but from what I remember, I was pleasantly suprised by this wine. It was a rich and complex wine with great aromatics and mouthfeel that I was not expecting from this bottling....a definite buy for me, although this is the only vintage of this wine I have had. Definitely in my wheelhouse.
Red
11/12/2012 - leftylevi wrote:
Did not rate this wine as it was a pop and poor and I was not blown away. Did not even decant. Checked mike's drinking window and he recommends not touching until 2014. Oops. To me, a little light on its feet for what I was hoping to be more of a bruiser. Nice easy drinking zin with raspberries and other brambly fruit. Some very minimal light dusty tannins with good acidity. Pretty noticeable oak/vanillin on the palate. I probably did not do it justice doing a pop n pour with consumption over the course of the bottle a little too quick to let it open up.
Red
11/12/2012 - leftylevi wrote:
87 points
Wanted to love this wine but just liked. Seemed to lack a little structure for me and the oak was quite present. No real tannins to speak of. Nice nose and palate of raspberries/cranberries with a hint of tea leaves/bitter component. However, the front and center profile to me was oak, at least on night one.

Kept a glass for night two which did improve relatively significantly. Put on some much needed flesh and rounded out quite a bit. Much more substantial in the mouth and the oak started to really play a back-up roll. The fruit also took on a more black/blue profile and much more brooding in nature than on night one. Based on this, I might wait another year or two (if I had more, which I don't).
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Red
11/10/2012 - leftylevi wrote:
93 points
This wine was right up my alley. A big robust wine with some nice syrah funkiness to it. This was a pop and pour and I felt it was good right out of the gate. on the nose was earth, olive, and meat. On the palate, was more of this meaty/iron note with olive, mushroom, and earth. The fruit aspect seemed to be all deep black/blue fruit. There was also some slight smoke and leather on the back end. Of note, and which I liked, there was a floral/grapefruit core to this that may be part of the viognier added. As stated, this was a robust wine but also was still quite lively and lithe on the palate. For my tastes, this is very well balanced and integrated. I feel it could still improve but it was dang tasty now. I meant to save some for a night two comparison....oops.
Red
8/27/2012 - leftylevi wrote:
93 points
Opened and was a pop and pour. Did not seem to be fading in the least since the last time I had this. Still a very big wine with loads of dark fruits bursting from the glass. This was supported by background notes of sweet tobacco and leather. Although still a seemingly young wine with a decent chunck of tannins, it was quite balanced, at least to my tastes. The tannins were buttressed but excellent acidity and a very large mouthfeel. I would guess this is close to peak but should hold on for quite a while more with no obvious signs of fading in the near future. The wine continued to open up throughout the night. Threw only a small amount of sediment
Red
6/18/2012 - leftylevi wrote:
89 points
Overall, quite a good bottle of wine. This was a pop and pour, run through a venturi. Had this about a month or so after the 2008 kick ranch. Compared to it, this wine was much more gamey with bloody iron and minerality notes. It was also a little leaner with less tannic structure and plushness. Yet, again, as with most of the bedrocks I have had it keeps it all pretty well balanced and has that nice juicy acidity that most all the bedrock syrahs I have had so far possessed. Have yet to have a flabby bedrock! Fruit profile is again blacks and blues. I have one more of these and may wait another year or two to see if it fleshes out a little more.
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Red
5/22/2012 - leftylevi wrote:
92 points
Overall, a great wine and one of my favorite bedrocks so far. Got this during Morgan's "library" release. To me, a very open for business wine, although I am sure it will improve some more in the near term. Very well balanced with no pokey edges. I like my wines with a little more tannins than possibly the average drinker and this had it, but with enough cutting acidity and abundant fruit profile to make it very well balanced. To me, this was a very velvety plush wine with the fruit in the forefront and any gamey or minerality qualities present but definitely in the supporting background. The fruit profile was all black and blues with some coffee/dark chocolate notes. Drinking beautifully right now and I see no reason to wait!
Red
4/1/2012 - leftylevi wrote:
88 points
Quite an enjoyable wine. It was a P and P. Red in color, with somewhat of a muted nose. Overriding tasting profile was of blackberries/black raspberries with sweet tobacco and some leather. Did not discern much in the way of syrah's peppery/meaty/bloody profile. Tannins were in balance and not obtrusive and quite balanced. it also had some very juicy acidity to add backbone and had a medium finish. Overall, quite enjoyable.
Red
3/7/2012 - leftylevi wrote:
92 points
Wife bought this on a whim for a wednesday night sipper. Extremely impressed given the price point. A very full bodied wine with huge concentration, yet very well balanced. For my tastes, the acidity and tannins are in perfect harmony and it has very good length. One can hardly see through this wine even at the rim. The tasting profile is decidedly black fruited with some dark cherry thrown in. There is also a strong component of tobacco in a addition to some beefy goodness. There is the telltale signs of bacon here but of the slightly overcooked variety (pleasing to me). In short, a great effort for the price. A wine with great body and structure with a brooding taste profile and mouthfeel. One of those wines you could "cut with a knife".
Red
2/4/2012 - leftylevi wrote:
86 points
Agree that this is a nice little crowd pleaser. Somewhat simple in flavor profile and body but balanced with decent mouthfeel and length. No formal notes on this one as it was just a cellar defender iI popped but quite enjoyable for what it is.
Red
2/24/2012 - leftylevi wrote:
86 points
No formal notes. Pop n pour. Very much on the red fruited spectrum with strawberry and raspberry and some mild earthy undertones. Somewhat simple but great balance with no pokey/disjointed edges and quite enjoyable with the pizza we had.
Red
1/15/2012 - leftylevi wrote:
92 points
Drank a while ago with no formal notes. Very good wine and great QPR. From what I remember, great balance with the fruit, tannins, and acidity in harmony. Full of dark cherry and plums with an undercurrent of Herbal/underbrush/Forrest floor (pine) flavor profile. This comes across as an almost menthol type sensation which I appreciate. Wish I had more.
Red
2/18/2012 - leftylevi wrote:
91 points
My one and only bottle and wish I had more. This wine seemed very deep and brooding, definitely in the dark fruited spectrum with blackberries and boysenberries, with some plum. Rounding this out, are notes of chocolate, with earth, spice, and pepper. There is a nice cutting acidity to keep this moderately tannic bruiser lively. A wonderful wine and great QPR. Wish I had more. My only issue, which went away with the old mollydooker shake, was that there was a spritzy carbonic aspect on initial opening. Once it was gone though, it did not detract from an otherwise fantastic wine.
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Red
1/20/2012 - leftylevi wrote:
87 points
Drank this a while ago with no formal notes but don't remember being too impressed. Seemed to run in the red fruited spectrum with decent length. The issue seemed to be that the wine seemed a bit disjointed with the tart acidity poking through too much and not enough tannic bite to even it out. I have one more bottle and may wait a year or two to pop this one open
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