Tasting Notes for Motz

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2016 DeLille Cellars Harrison Hill Yakima Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/18/2019 - Motz wrote:
95 points
An incredible wine, layered in inflection-changing substance, which features suggestions of Pomerol on the bouquet and palate. Seamless and superbly balanced. Notably young and time will certainly serve it well. Recommend holding for a decade or longer, to achieve maximum affect. It should evolve and hold through 2035-2040.
White - Sparkling
5/18/2019 - Motz wrote:
93 points
Big bubbles! The bouquet changed as the wine breathed, ranging from wax to pear to honeyed elements to citrus, to minerals, etc. Expansive and weighty textures, quite luxurious, backed by tremendous piercing acids and a finish that has no quit. Poised, exquisite! 93-94.
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Red
5/18/2019 - Motz wrote:
93 points
Inviting bouquet and profile, true to place, with no lingering question. Compelling textures, serious framing acids, long and satisfying finish. Not an extended ager, but it should evolve and hold through 2025+.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Poema Cava Brut Macabeo-Xarello-Parellada Blend (view label images)
5/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
88 points
Lively, very dry, expansive, and grippy. Too much quality here to score less than 88 points.
Red - Fortified
5/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
89 points
Somewhat improved since October 2018; notably better integrated. Too modern to mistake for true Port, a fine drop nonetheless.
White - Sweet/Dessert
5/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
91 points
Just delicious! Pear, spring flowers, and honeyed notes throughout. Viscous, serious acid, cleansing finish.
Red
5/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
90 points
Consistent with previous note. Refined, strong varietal character, fine nuance and balance.
Red
5/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
Grossly carbonic! Pointed it out to the attendant who argued this was the style. Funny enough, the 2013 vintage, which she poured alongside this, showed quite well. Oh well. If not flawed...Why?
Red
5/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
88 points
Strong varietal character, judiciously oaked, sturdy frame, very good balance.
Red
5/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
88 points
Solid throughout, although excessively fruity and oaky. Lacking substance.
Red
5/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
Strong carbonic elements here, which if intentional, is decidedly off-putting. The second of three wines that showed this way.
Red
2011 Cougar Crest Minstrel Cougar Hills Walla Walla Valley Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
5/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
VA, with carbonic notes. Assuming this was flawed. If not, pass!
Rosé
2018 Cougar Crest Rosé Walla Walla Valley Rosé Blend (view label images)
5/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
86 points
Lots of fruity flavors on the nose and palate. A little light on acid.
White
5/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
88 points
Concentrated, expansive, gritty, and showing very good acid and balance.
White
5/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
86 points
Lush fruit and no shortage of butteriness (oak). Not much at the back.
Red
N.V. Reininger Desiderata Walla Walla Valley Red Blend (view label images)
5/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
88 points
A non-descript amalgam of fruit and oak. Massively overpriced.
Red
N.V. Reininger CPR IV Walla Walla Valley Red Blend (view label images)
5/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
88 points
Heavily fruity, with VA. Underwhelming given the astronomical price tag.
Red
5/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
A Southern Rhone blend that does not quite work, showing heavy magic marker fruit and VA. Perhaps slightly off. No score.
Red
5/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
89 points
Washington Syrah to the core, blueberries and tar. A touch 'sweet' and oaky, otherwise interesting and generally correct.
Red
5/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
90 points
Correct, if somewhat excessively fruity and oaky. Moderate extraction, very good expression of place, fine balance.
Red
5/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
88 points
Interesting blend, and one of the better made wines in the flight. A little to much extraction and oak, otherwise unique varietal nuance and sturdy grip. Somewhat reminiscent of modernly styled budget Italian IGT wines.
Red
5/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
87 points
Even more extracted than the same vintage Helix, to the point of introducing bitters. Otherwise, fruity and oaky.
Red
5/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
86 points
Extracted fruit and pith, with a good whack of oak and not much else.
White
5/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
88 points
Loads of lush tropical and stone fruit, along with pear notes. Clean and zippy.
Red
5/13/2019 - Motz wrote:
93 points
Spectacular! Among the top echelon of Gamay offerings I have tasted. The bouquet and flavor profile, concentration, expansiveness, precision, and textural nuance rate off-the-charts for Gamay. While I have no preference of red or purple fruit flavors in Gamay, the purple-diamond-cutting-tension here bends the mind.

The wine has softened ever-so-slightly since 2017, and while it will likely hold for at least a decade, this will likely show best by 2023-2025. Likely to pair with, well...just about anything. 93-94.
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White - Sparkling
5/12/2019 - Motz wrote:
89 points
Piercing, citrus, steel, and minerality. Expansive mouthfeel, great acidity, clean and satisfying finish.
White
5/11/2019 - Motz wrote:
92 points
Herbaceous steeliness, along with citrus peel, and honeyed essences on the bouquet and palate. The basalt rockiness shows prominently as well. Serious acid, cut, and lift. It goes down dangerously easy. 92-93.
White - Sparkling
5/11/2019 - Motz wrote:
90 points
Ok...Champagne it is not, and by that standard, it is not 'Brut'. This aside, this wine is friggin' delicious, exceptionally well made, and profoundly satisfying. Many $25-$50 Champagnes have nothing on this! Excellent QPR!
Red
5/11/2019 - Motz wrote:
91 points
A notably better showing than in March. The bouquet featured lovely rose petal notes, along with assorted teas and loam. Excellent acid and balance. Delicious!
White - Off-dry
2015 Jakob Demmer Auslese Germany Riesling Blend, Riesling (view label images)
5/11/2019 - Motz wrote:
88 points
Suave, pleasantly sweet, very good acidity and balance. Solid.
Red - Fortified
5/11/2019 - Motz wrote:
93 points
Lively, pure, expressive and inviting. Whatever it might lack (by vintage standards) in terms of depth, it makes up for with suave appeal. Too tightly wound to properly evaluate without several hours of air.
Red
5/11/2019 - Motz wrote:
93 points
Another spectacular showing, which during an evening of fine wines and finer company, it made a strong case for WOTN. A wine of tremendous purity, precision, and range. Stellar winemaking!
Red
5/11/2019 - Motz wrote:
91 points
Enjoyed over two days. A fine example of all that Loire Cabernet Franc can be: vegetal, with a briny olive profile, a touchy meaty, and wholly delicious! It rocked paired with charcoal roasted brisket. The whole package!
Red
2015 Château La Croix Margautot Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/11/2019 - Motz wrote:
91 points
Tasted over two days. Fine vintage typicity, light, precise, and approachable. Also quite rustic, particularly after several hours of air. This wine offers an example of what Bordeaux used to be, before the international, fruit-forward style came along. It has the substance to age through 2025+. If drinking now, decant for several hours.
Red
5/10/2019 - Motz wrote:
91 points
New World Tempranillo does not get much better. A generally overstated 'noble' variety (Portugal's Touriga Nacional outperforms it in every measurable category, IMO) this is varietally correct and poised. Holding form, but probably best before 2023-2025.
Red
5/10/2019 - Motz wrote:
92 points
Decidedly Sexy bouquet, which includes taletell CA sarsparilla, along with sweet pipe tobacco, white pepper, and nuanced Umami. Fairly reminiscent of fine quality Yamhill-Carlton offerings. Fruit forward and open knit. Medium to medium plus acidity. A touch more concentration would and substance would put this over the top. While well made, highly enjoyable, and among the finest CA Pinot Noirs I have tasted, at the price point it should deliver more.
Red
5/9/2019 - Motz wrote:
86 points
Fruit and wood, wood and fruit, wood, fruit, and then more wood and fruit...and not much else. Reasonably well structured.
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Red
5/9/2019 - Motz wrote:
90 points
Correct, poised, and nicely balanced. Showing well and still evolving. It might improve over the next few years. 90-91.
Red
5/9/2019 - Motz wrote:
89 points
Very good flavors and character, somewhat overpowered by excessive new oak treatment.
Rosé
5/4/2019 - Motz wrote:
82 points
Sweet, similar to Brachetto in taste, though less refined. A crowd pleaser.
Red
2017 Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert California Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
5/4/2019 - Motz wrote:
88 points
Ok...so it is a veritable fruit bomb with high alcohol. This aside, it is not offensively extracted or oaky. There is structure to it as well. Concentrated, lacking depth, but it tastes good. 88-89

P.S. The pro scores are incomprehensible.
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Red
5/4/2019 - Motz wrote:
88 points
Well, as modernly styled New World fruit bombs go, this is not too bad. It actually shows some structure and balance, and is not over oaked. Alcy is certainly perceptible, though not offensively so. Kind of tasty, sort of.
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Red
5/4/2019 - Motz wrote:
87 points
Sweeter blue fruits and a stronger sense of chemical manipulation that other iterations. Lacking the structure to support the mass extraction, and the back features oak imparted bitterness. More power to all who enjoy such...wine-like beverages. The most unbalanced in a flight of modern wines tasted on this occasion.
Red
5/4/2019 - Motz wrote:
89 points
Consistent with previous note. Noticed a 'sweet' savories, pipe tobacco, and worn leather this time. There some alcohol to it.
Red
5/4/2019 - Motz wrote:
88 points
Concentrated, suave, and generally straightforward. Not over oaked, very good balance and acid. 87-88.
Red
5/4/2019 - Motz wrote:
91 points
Quite impressive for an affordably priced Argentine blend. If blind, I might guess modernly styled Cahors, or maybe even Bordeaux. Substantive, balanced, judiciously oaked.
Red
5/4/2019 - Motz wrote:
92 points
Tasted over three days. Rustic, tightly wound, unintegrated, and packed with variety and terroir-driven substance. Many years from maturity, at least a decade, and it requires no less than five years to begin showing all it has to offer. Let it rest. 92-93...94?
Red
5/4/2019 - Motz wrote:
90 points
Lovely berry and spring flower driven nose, unfortunately the result of excessive extraction, which imparts bitterness at the back and finish. This off-putting New World style is a style nonetheless, and the winemaker pulled it off well. Thus the score.
Red
5/4/2019 - Motz wrote:
92 points
Gigondas in a nutshell! This is the ticket! High-tension purple fruit, flowers, herbs, backed by crushed rocks and deep mineral tones. Excellent power and spectacularly balanced! High QPR! 92-93.
Red
5/4/2019 - Motz wrote:
91 points
A overachiever of the first order! Wow! This delivers delightful sense of place in a traditional fashion. Concentrated, balanced, and great range.
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