Tasting Notes for 422dbowlsby

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Red
9/29/2021 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
85 points
Not a fan. Tasted more like a sangiovese than a Pinot. Tart dried cherries with an acid bite on the finish.
Red
8/15/2021 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
73 points
Dark berry fruits, but a bit lacking in finishing pepper.
Red
5/13/2021 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
92 points
Concur with EYEWINO
Red
2015 Château Lilian Ladouys St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/20/2021 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
94 points
90+ on day one, but 94 on day 2! A bit tart and astringent when first opened, but given enough time the sharp edges soften and this becomes a terrific value wine. Dark berries and graphite predominate, once the wine is given a chance to open up. Recommend another 5-7 years of aging.
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Red
2/20/2021 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
90 points
Delicious and great QPR. Tastes similar to a Napa cab.
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Red
2013 Clos du Val Three Graces Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/17/2021 - 422dbowlsby Likes this wine:
91 points
Concur with CWILLIAM 1/9/21.
Red
2/11/2021 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
85 points
Still good, but this bottle was noticeably past its prime. This was jammy; aroma and taste were rich, dark plums, with a hint of brown sugar. Tanins and acidity had faded to the point of little structure. Still tasty (hence the 85 rating), but not up to the level it should have been.
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Red
11/18/2020 - 422dbowlsby Likes this wine:
94 points
Absolutely stellar! Cab vines grown in NE Oregon, South of Walla Walla. Rich and velvety, with dense dark fruit flavors and a bit of dark chocolate. Served with ribeye steak.
Red
2008 Château Calon Montagne-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/14/2020 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
85 points
Pleasant enough as an everyday wine, but nothing particularly memorable about it.
Red
2007 Château Haut-Bergey Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/10/2020 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
90 points
Medium+ body. Black cherry and blackberry, with baking spices on the finish. Not very complex, but good value at this price.
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White
5/12/2020 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
92 points
Incredible QPR for this delicious white burgandy. Crisp green apple and pear flavors, with a mineral backbone and a hint of oak. Wish I had a case or two at this price.
Red
2011 Château Clos de Sarpe St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/22/2020 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
92 points
The extra years since my prior bottle have done well for this wine. Much more balanced. Opened 3 hours prior to dinner, then ran through a filter just before serving. Tasted at opening, high acidity dominated. Acidity and tannins softened considerably by time it was served, but still has enough bite to continue aging. Dried prunes, stewed plums and graphite dominate both the nose and palate, with a hint of vanilla. Excellent with ribeyes.
Red
2010 Figgins Estate Red Wine Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/1/2020 - 422dbowlsby Likes this wine:
91 points
Delicious, but not superior to other wines I've found at 1/2 the price ( or less).
Red
3/19/2020 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
91 points
Has developed rusty red/brown rim. Dried cherries remains, but leather and tobacco aromas/flavors have emerged. Not fully integrated, but getting there. Maybe a few more years in the cellar?
Red
3/8/2020 - 422dbowlsby Likes this wine:
93 points
Rich velvetly mouth feel with concentrated blackberry and blueberry flavors. Smooth tannins and a hint of white pepper on the finish. What's not to like? ��
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White
3/8/2020 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
88 points
Nice minerality, but just a touch more oak/vanilla than I prefer. Just a little more lean and crisp would be spot on.
Red
1/29/2020 - 422dbowlsby Likes this wine:
92 points
Graphite, dark fruits, and lingering finish. Good for a few more years in the cellar.
Red
Drinkable, but worth what you paid for it. Dominant note is cinnamon. I like cinnamon, but not as a wine flavor. Unbalanced; tannins dominate weak fruit and acidity. Do not recommend.
White
11/15/2019 - 422dbowlsby Likes this wine:
93 points
Big hit at our family dinner with fried chicken.
White
11/15/2019 - 422dbowlsby Likes this wine:
91 points
A favorite memory of our trip to South Africa. Crisp, with a blend of citrus and stone fruit flavors.
White - Fortified
10/25/2019 - 422dbowlsby Likes this wine:
95 points
See 10/16 note below by TEXASBOB. I agree.
White
9/4/2019 - 422dbowlsby Likes this wine:
93 points
Crisp and delicious, notes of green apple and citrus with a very light touch of oak. Highly recommended!
Red
2009 Brian Carter Cellars Solesce Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/31/2019 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
93 points
Velvety smooth right now, with the various flavors melded into a single whole. While I prefer the darker fruit flavors of Napa, this was an excellent presentation of the more red fruit style of Washington.
Red
7/12/2019 - 422dbowlsby Likes this wine:
89 points
Agree with Smostberg review below; spot on.
Red
4/12/2019 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
91 points
Delicious. Medium bodied, with concentrated dark berry flavors.
Red
3/22/2019 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
90 points
Exceptional review by RGCM Gananda below; I have nothing to add.
Red
2010 Brian Carter Cellars Le Coursier Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/19/2019 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
88 points
Decanted 1hour. Dark garnet, with viscuous legs. Starts out with a large, almost overwhelming aroma of dark red fruits (boysenberrys?), graphite and cassis, but fades rather quickly. Similar comment on taste. Initial impact as a rich and deeply concentrated wine, but that fades quickly.
The finish is short and ends as very tart cherry. Good acidity and smooth tannins, but the whole just doesn't seem to come together at the end.
Red
3/18/2019 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
92 points
Opened at restaurant, let it sit one hour before drinking. Powerful nose of blackberries, stewed plums, leather and cigar box. Later developed strong vanilla caramel notes. Delivered same flavors. Smooth tannins, but acidity was just a bit lower than optimal. Not flabby or past it's prime, but definitely drink soon. Tasted wonderful with braised pork and pasta. Lots of sediment, be sure to decanting and use a filter.
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Red
3/15/2019 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
93 points
Opened at wine club; consensus best of night. Tannins and acidity are smooth, complementing elegant redvfruit flavors. Hints of mushroom and fir Forest floor on the nose. Medium body and finish.
Red
3/6/2019 - 422dbowlsby Likes this wine:
90 points
Drinking well right now. Dark fruits and graphite up front, well balanced. Tannins and acidity remain strong, but have relaxed sufficiently to allow the fruit to emerge.
White
2/28/2019 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
88 points
88 the first day, but drink up! Does not do well the second day.
White
2/26/2019 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
91 points
Starts out green apple and pear; finishes with a lovely touch of vanilla caramel.
Red
2/11/2019 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
88 points
Still nice, but a bit too tart cherry for what I like.
Red
1/31/2019 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
90 points
More refined than I prefer, it still has excellent notes of red fruits and violets. Needs decanting 30 minutes or so, to take the edge off of acidity. Medium body and finish. Only quibble is that I prefer a ragged, old world style (Chinon).
Red
1/24/2019 - 422dbowlsby Likes this wine:
93 points
A beautifully balanced wine at it's peak. Dark fruits and graphite on the nose; delivers same to the palate. Long finish.
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Red
1/7/2019 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
92 points
Old world texture, with a dusty and unrefined mouth feel. Savory flavors dominate first night, with dark fruits breaking through and dominating the second day. First night with ribeye, and held its own against chili the second.
Red
12/19/2018 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
89 points
Tart cherry, some raspberry and a hint of cherry cola. Small touch of smoke and cloves on the finish.
Red
12/15/2018 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
88 points
An interesting dip into the cellar, but just a bit passed it's prime. Color shading towards brick red. Fruit still showing well, with raspberry and baking spices. However, both the tanins and acidity are detectably on the downswing. Adequate structure still there, but definitely drink soon!
Red
12/9/2018 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
85 points
Nice enough, but my predominant impression is too much spice. I picked up dark fruit and black pepper almost immediately, but the pepper sensation lingers looooong after the fruit has faded.
Red
10/1/2018 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
91 points
Aging has greatly improved this since my first bottle. Pure red fruit flavors still dominate, but with additional complexity added by baking spice and mushroom notes.
White
8/30/2018 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
90 points
Crisp and refreshing, with citrus and mineral notes. Lightly oaked; just sufficient for structure.
Red
7/28/2018 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
93 points
Waiting has its benefits. As noted by the prior ratings, this wine has consistently improved with time. Some more browning in the color, and the taste has achieved richer concentration and complexity with the emergence of some leather and pipe tobacco notes.
Red
5/17/2018 - 422dbowlsby Likes this wine:
93 points
A bit sharp at first, needs about an hour+ to open up and soften the tanins. With a little patience, this wine really shows why cab franc is a great blend with merlot.
White
3/22/2018 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
90 points
A bit riper and more full bodied than a white burgundy, but very much in that style. Restrained use of oak.
Red
3/16/2018 - 422dbowlsby wrote:
89 points
Initially was unimpressed. Typical WV PN, but nothing special. Mostly mineral and earthy; fruit was muted. Then I paired with a chicken & mushroom dish that on its own had a touch too much cayenne, but the pairing (especially the spice) really brought the fruit alive in this wine and made it sing.
White
3/16/2018 - 422dbowlsby Likes this wine:
90 points
Crisp and delicious, great QFP.
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