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White
2010 Fausse Piste Viognier Ma Conviction Yakima Valley
9/11/2012 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
91 points
USA White Wines (Weygandt Wines - Washington, D.C.): Now we're talking. I am stoked about this viognier. Light yellow color in the glass. The aromas are so damn bright! Lime, mixed flowers, nuts and giner aromas abound. The palate is full and round with tropical fruit, but the acid is high and keeps it in check. Flavors of sweet tarts, tangy limes, honeysuckle and even a dash of minerality. This wine is almost reminiscent of a Northern Rhone viognier, although it shows a bit more ripeness. This wine really evolved over the course of two hours and I definitely think it will improve in complexity over the next five years. Why don't I have Fausse Piste in my cellar? Every wine they make wows me. 91+
  • WillSka commented:

    1/30/13, 5:53 AM - The last two sentences are my thoughts exactly!

Red
2009 Château La Cardonne Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
Clear deep ruby with a clean medium intensity. The nose opens a bit with more exposure. Rose, kirsch, dark fruits, and sweet spice on the nose. The dry, medium body has high tannins and medium acidity and flavors of portobello mushroom, savory, rose petal, and tart black fruits. Still a young wine with a long finish. 80% merlot and 20% cabernet sauvignon.
  • WillSka commented:

    12/3/12, 7:31 PM - Taken off the wine list in class. Why assume the worst? Ass.

Rosé
2011 Baiocchi Neophyte Fair Play Grenache Blend, Grenache
5/11/2012 - SonomaWilliam wrote:
89 points
Simple Hedonisms Rosé Panel; 5/1/2012-8/5/2012: An admirable job on their first vintage of Rose' - a super small release I am sure. (It's not on website.)
A blend of 70% Grenache, 30% mourvedre.

Color: medium pink with an orange tinge
Nose: Interesting nose of Cranberry, cherry, watermelon and spice.
In The Mouth: A nice blend of cherry, red fruit, and Watermelon Jolly Rancher.
A good finish, with some acidity, despite the 15% alc.
A tad higher in alcohol for a rose', Baiocchi pulls it off as balanced, as they do their reds.

Would compliment summer food dishes very well. If you cam get a bottle of this tiny release from a emerging new Sierra Foothills
Rhone producer - you should.
  • WillSka commented:

    5/11/12, 7:55 PM - William of the West,
    I had the Domaine de la Mordoree Tuvel 2011 this evening. Although the wine has wonderful balance, I highly recommend the CdR. It is truly an exceptional wine for the price.
    -William of the East

Red
2010 Two Shepherds Syrah | Mourvedre California Red Rhone Blend
10/30/2011 - SonomaWilliam wrote:
still young in bottle and waiting to release. Neutral oak, native yeast/ML fermented RRV Syrah and Livermore Mourvedre.
  • WillSka commented:

    3/31/12, 7:17 PM - Do you like your own juice? ;)

Red
2010 Two Shepherds Syrah | Mourvedre California Red Rhone Blend
3/3/2012 - davidwhitedc wrote:
93 points
Winery Profile & Review: Two Shepherds: SRP: $30. Case Production: 50 cases. Fermented & aged for 10 months neutral oak. Blended from 50% Syrah and 50% Mourvèdre. The nose is stunning, offering a laundry list of what one would expect from the best Southern Rhones. Black cherries, blackberries, black tea, and white pepper dominate – with a floral, lavender lift and beam of slate minerality playing a supporting role. While the wine might not have the stuffing needed for long-term cellaring, I’d love to find out. It’s a stunning wine.
  • WillSka commented:

    3/31/12, 7:16 PM - Looking forward to my shipment! Thanks for turning me on to William's wines!

Red
2009 Layer Cake Shiraz South Australia
12/22/2011 - mflesh wrote:
82 points
Not impressed to even give it a high 80's score. This wine CANNOT stand on its own, not even for the QPR. Horribly disappointed. Screw cap wine that was immediately poured into a four ounce snifter. Mellow on the nose, but dark fruits were coming through. On the palate was a lot of acid, no structure, no tannin, darker fruits were SORTA KINDA there, but not really. Wine finished with a funky aftertaste that was very metallic, harsh, and unpleasant. I almost considered this wine to have turned/oxidized, but 20 minutes of sitting in the bottle was actually good for the wine - got the rating into the 80's at least. Horribly disappointed overall. I've had many good primitivos in my lifetime; this isn't one of them.
  • WillSka commented:

    2/24/12, 6:21 AM - Interesting, but this isn't a primitivo.

Red
2009 Orin Swift The Prisoner Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
2/12/2012 - Battleship wrote:
88 points
Decanted through vinturi into decanter and consumed right away and over the next 2 hours. It just got to be tiring with its hyper extracted blackberry liquor syrupy style. The heat has calmed down but this is not really my style anymore.
  • WillSka commented:

    2/12/12, 2:30 PM - my experience with the Prisoner is that it will give off heat if served too warm. Be sure to serve at cellar temperature or pop in the fridge for 15 minutes prior to serving. Do you often use the aerator and decant?

Red
2009 Owen Roe Syrah Ex Umbris Columbia Valley
12/8/2011 - junglejuice wrote:
92 points
Simply put, this was a fantastic wine. I was hoping it would be good, what I got was one of the best valued wines I have tasted in a long time. While this is undoubtedly new world through and through, it was striking in its body and structure all while maintaining a level of impressive finesse that is not found in many of these big new world Syrah/Shiraz. After 2 hours of being in the decanter it absolutely coated the palate with all colors of the berry spectrum, while keeping the oak and alcohol (for the most part) in check. I really can't think of a better winter wine.

After taking my first sip I immediately attempted to buy more and was disappointed to find out they were sold out. I am glad I still have one.

If you can find it, buy all you can. This is a wine that won't stay at this price ($25) for long. What a great find.
  • WillSka commented:

    2/1/12, 11:10 AM - I have a case and I'm local. We should open a couple!

Red
2010 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend
A youthful wine with ripe notes of blackberries and currants along with tobacco and bitter chocolate. Silky tannins and a fine acidity carry the wine through to a medium-length finish. I'm sure the wine will develop over the short term. The Perrin family continues their California tradition in fine fashion. I'll likely pick this up as a regular house red.
  • WillSka commented:

    1/14/12, 6:19 PM - Day two and notes of cherries and smoke. An enjoyable wine.

Red
2005 Château Cap de Faugères Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend
An enjoyable Cotes de Castillon. I decanted the wine for an hour. the tannins are dusty and integrate with there'd fruit. I also get a bit of licorice. The wine is full-bodied and the finish is fairly long. I'd like to try a bottle in a couple of years.
  • WillSka commented:

    12/25/11, 10:56 AM - That would be red fruits an not there'd fruit.

Red
2008 Schiefer Blaufränkisch Königsberg Südburgenland
An excellent blaufrankisch! The nose shows white pepper, a spicy floral note, raspberry, and pomegranate. There is a pleasant mineral note on the nose and on the taste. The fine tannins are well integrated and the red fruits ware full. The taste lingers a good while. I look forward to trying the 2009!
  • WillSka commented:

    12/18/11, 5:29 PM - I should add that this is a wonderful alternative to a Pinot noir. Not in the mood for that Burgundy, then have a blaufrankisch.

Red
2000 Seavey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Caravina Napa Valley
11/11/2011 - NJ BIG CHRIS wrote:
92 points
The wine does a have green earthiness to it, which I enjoyed. But seriously.... this thing is 10 years old and the tannins are still kicking, huge ripe fruit. rich layers. dark berries w/ creamy oak undertones. some licorice and herbs. this is THE BEST, napa cab I've had at $20. drinks like may $60-$80 bottles Ive had. still has some time to go. make sure you decant! cork was in good shape but there was quite a bit of crystalization pouring out of the bottle.
  • WillSka commented:

    11/23/11, 3:14 PM - Spot on!

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