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2005 Andrew Will Sorella Horse Heaven Hills Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/19/2020 - hutch Likes this wine:
94 points
This is in a wonderful spot right now. Lots of blueberries jumped from the bottle upon opening. Still quite primary, which rich, ripe fruits and a bright acidity on the finish. This has come together perfectly, and if I had more I would not be able to resist opening them soon. Just a lovely bottle of wine. I remember there being some oak but it has really integrated, along with the tannins.
Red
2/3/2020 - hutch Likes this wine:
90 points
I rarely drink Cabs but was in the mood for one in the style that I imagine Leeuwin with a little age. This mostly delivered. It was very understated, with more red than black fruits. The acidity was fairly high, and I would have liked a little more fullness on the mid and back palette, but this is minor quibbling, and me wanting the wine to be more like the Cab I was imagining than the Cab that it was. However, this is extremely pleasant, and obviously comes from really nice fruit, as it was not covered in makeup, extraction, etc. With $30 in the current Can market.
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Red
1/31/2020 - hutch wrote:
93 points
Lots of sweet fruit here, and some oak. I don't mean that as a negative, this isnt goopy or anything. It's a great and delicious example of a model wine while still retaining an element of the region/grapes. This is pretty special all and all, needs some time. I do wonder about the possibility of it not coming all together, there is a lot of oak, but I would be willing to bet it will be something special in another five or ten years. Classy, elegant wine in the modern style.
Red
1/31/2020 - hutch wrote:
91 points
This is a pretty serious bottle of wine for the price. Would be interesting to see this blind against a barolo or something. Lots of ripe, sweet fruit against the huge structure of this wine. Still so very young. Really needs food at this point, it's got some fierce tannins. A special bottle though, well worth a $30 investment.
Red
1/30/2020 - hutch Likes this wine:
89 points
This is an old favorite, and is still oh so delicious. Lots going on, unapologetically modern, but done well. Lots of baking spices. Ripe red and black fruits. There is nothing shy about this. Neat, fun wine. Will age easily.
Red
1/30/2020 - hutch Likes this wine:
87 points
This is pleasant enough. It's a very accessible Aglianico, which makes sense at the price point. My only complaint is that some of the elements of the grape are lost in the process. I am being a little harsh, because there is enough there to make it recognizably Aglianico. It is solid at the price point but there are wines like Rubrato that make me want to spend a little more for a lot more.
Red
1/30/2020 - hutch Likes this wine:
87 points
Red fruits. Medium bodied, but ripe while remaining fresh. Really nice balance. This is quite nice for the money. A little spice on the finish. Simple, but pleasant and easy going.
Red
1/19/2020 - hutch wrote:
87 points
Little disappointed with this. Mainly bc an overperforming $15 french syrah that I drank yesterday was more enjoyable. Which isn't really fair I guess. This is pleasant enough, with red and black berries, maybe a touch of savory. But it's a little one note, a little too simple. It would be a really nice $15 bottle, but I am not sure what to think at $25. But either way, this is pleasant enough.
Red
2018 Charles Helfenbein La Syrah. Vin de Pays des Côteaux de l'Ardèche (view label images)
1/18/2020 - hutch Likes this wine:
89 points
This is a really good syrah at a very great price. Lots of red and black berries, some savory notes. Totally northern Rhone in a riper style. Nice acidity. This is just delicious. None of the green or lean notes that I sometimes enjoy bit that can turn people off the grape. This is a great syrah to introduce to people who aren't sure what French syrah is like. This reminds me a bit, in a simpler style, to the Grammercy lower East Syrah. If you like this style of syrah, stock up on this.
White - Off-dry
12/25/2019 - hutch wrote:
88 points
Deep golden color. Slightly oxidized. Shows a little sweetness, not sure to my palate if the acidity balances it out. Apricot fruit. Quite intense. I didn't have a good pairing for this and I could see some people being a fan of this wine but not really doing it for me.
Red
1/1/2020 - hutch wrote:
87 points
I have a hard time with Ken Wright wines bc they are not to my palate and I don't understand the price points. I have to assume the price is based more on the fact that the winery is more of a brand and better known than a lot of other Oregon wineries. This is pleasant enough, but tends to be both very ripe and slightly underripe at the same time. A little bitter, and really not that interesting at all. Very generic. This all said, it's not an unpleasant wine, but it compares to a lot of $20 Oregon Pinots on the market, and I would be a hard pass at $30 based on what else is available.
Red
12/29/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
87 points
Nice dark red fruits. Quite dry, with the tannins sticking with you for a bit. Not sure if I am really getting a sense of place or anything, but it's a very pleasant wine.
Red
12/25/2019 - hutch wrote:
89 points
Always nice to try a Ridge with some age. However, can't say this is something to search out for. Still tastes quite young, with some savory characters mixing with the fruit. Shows a good deal of heat and bitterness from the alcohol. It's a good wine, just not a great one
Red
12/23/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
88 points
This is pure Grenache fruit, through and through. (Not sure of composition, so I don't know what to say if it's 40% syrah or something). Easy, red raspberry fruit. A hint of savory, medium bodied, with a kick of acidity on the finish. Simple and delicious. Exactly what I hope for when it comes to Ventoux.
Red
2014 Blackbird Vineyards Arise Oak Knoll District Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/16/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
91 points
Very smooth, lots of fruit, not over the top at all though. Just a really nice Napa valley red.
Red
12/8/2019 - hutch wrote:
86 points
This is nice, not as smooth or silky as I remember the '17. A little more wild. I could be wrong, but the Vincent wines seem to be moving in the more natural/wild style versus the incredible purity of fruit that I remember in past vintages. I would like to revisit in six months to see how it all comes together. Right now, there are a few too many elements poking out for my preference.
White
12/6/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
88 points
Fantastic value. The '18 seems a little brighter than previous vintage. Yellow fruits, Medium bodied with a little roundness. It's just really tasty, and is the type of wine that shows it's acidity or fruit depending on what you are eating which makes it a fun wine to pair.
Red
12/1/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
91 points
Very classical Rioja, except fresher then expected. Wouldn't have thought this was as old as it is with all that bright, primary fruit. Be nice to try in 5 to 10 years.
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Red
12/1/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
88 points
This is a pleasant Earth driven Pinot noir. Red fruits, with elements of as much dried as fresh fruit. It's definitely a great option for someone who wants a little darker fruit and density than with a similarly priced Bourgogne rouge. And for those who enjoy this style, the price is more than fair.
Red
11/26/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
91 points
Light, pretty fruit. This doesn't taste like an entry level Pinot Noir. Which I guess makes sense, because that's not really what it is, except in price. Red fruits, very delicious. It would be really difficult for me to pick out a $30 Pinot Noir that did not come from Oregon, as there are so many wonderful options out there. This is firmly on that list. It is a little more grounded than when I had it last. I wish I had more to check it in a year or two. Oh well.
Red
11/25/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
88 points
This is delightful. Super ready, light, beautiful red fruit. No tannins and very soft acidity. Just a joy to drink, an example of all the things basic Beaujolais should be, including an incredible value.
Red
11/23/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
92 points
Really amazing Pinot Noir. Incredibly light, almost rose on color. Completely ripe and balanced on palette, this is a serious pn for a little over $30. Lots of red fruits, very pure, a touch of Earth. There are a lot of really nice Pinot Noirs in this price range coming out of Oregon, but this belongs near the top of the list.
Red
11/1/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
87 points
Interesting take on the grape. Lots of fruit, slightly grapey but also black fruits mixed in there. A little stink up front. Not goopy, but a big wine. It's not really something I would reach for, but offers value.
Red
2017 G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso Langhe DOC Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo (view label images)
10/30/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
88 points
I love the description of this in an earlier TN about this being an Italian CDR. That really makes sense to me. I also agree with the TN about this not having the vibrancy of the 16. I think it is still quite tasty, but the lower acidity keeps it from teaching the heights of previous vintage. Still wonderfully delicious, a super fun wine, and a good value.
Red
10/16/2019 - hutch wrote:
88 points
Not sure what was happening here, but this was a let mellower than I remember. Quite light for Pesquera, without any of the spice or rich fruits and tannin that I remember from the last time I tried this. Nothing off with this wine, just very quiet.
White
10/10/2019 - hutch wrote:
87 points
So here is the thing: when you professionally taste wine, there are a lot of categories that you dread to taste. Argentine Malbec, Napa Cab, Bordeaux, Carmenere, Pinotage, and of course NZ SB. That isn't to denigrate those regions or varieties, but a lot of these wines taste the same, and a lot are not very good. So back to Spy Valley. This has a lot of grapefruit. It is high acid. But it is a much nicer SB then most NZ SB. There is texture. This still isn't a wine I will reach for, but I can appreciate it.
Red
10/10/2019 - hutch wrote:
88 points
Very old world styled new world wine, if that makes any sense. It's interesting that the same USA importer for Musar imports this. Both are very unique, doing their own thing and I would imagine have both lovers and detractors of their wines. This is not fresh, ie it's funky, earthy, not super clean. It is what it is. I am coming around to like this wine, and think it's pretty cool for the quite reasonable price. But it does take a little bit to get your head around.
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White
10/10/2019 - hutch wrote:
87 points
Medium rich Chardonnay. The oak is prevalent but there is a bright acidity and we are talking green apple here (no Malo). It is in that medium spot. This is a little tough. Will it make both fans of unoaked, crisp and oaky chards happy or neither? There is a touch of RS. I am not sure where I am at with this.
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Red
10/10/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
92 points
Pours light color. This is very classic Pinot Noir. Has some real elegance. Fruit forward, but in an old world way. Hints of Earth. Fairly high acidity, but in line with the structure of the wine. This would be an interesting wine to check as it ages. It's an impressive effort, quite tasty at the moment, with obvious potential to improve. Harder to say if it's worth the $50 tarrif. There were only 11 barrels made though, so that is a huge part of it. It is one of the best pinot's i have experienced from South Africa. Definitely worth a try.
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Red
10/9/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
88 points
This is the type of wine that will be a little divisive. It's all small red berried fruit, high acid, and some of that crunchiness one gets with can franc from the Loire. To me, it's a great fall wine, full of country charm but clean and fresh.
Red
10/4/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
91 points
Ooh, this is delicious right now. Interestingly, it just kept getting better as it was open. I even thought it was a little tired, while at the same time too modern upon opening with dinner. Wasn't even that excited to finish the bottle a couple hours later after dinner. So happy I did. The core of fruit brightened and tightened, and this was extremely enjoyable. No rush to drink, but I'm thinking it's in its happy place right now. Wish there was more than a bottle left. Will have to try the '11's. I prefer this to the '12 right now, which is more big and rich and modern.
Red
10/3/2019 - hutch wrote:
First time having the opportunity to try and older vintage of Williams Selyem. This was still quite alive, with lovely fruit. Not super complex, but going strong and a pretty remarkable expression for 32 year old Cali PN!
Red
9/30/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
95 points
This wine expresses everything that I look for with Burgundy. Most notably, you can smell it for days, and each time the brain screams "Burgundy!" It's not terrible complex all this or that, but it is pure Burgundy, exactly what I hope for but rarely encounter when tasting a wine from the region. Very pure, very classic, and even though not terribly complex beyond description. It is a benchmark. 93-96
White
9/27/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
88 points
This is nice, but I much prefer the lighter, more expressive Marsanne, though it was the 16 I had recently. This seems to see more barrel. It is fairly rich, bordering on full bodied. It's a nice wine, but I am surprised how much differently the Marsanne and Roussanne are made.
Red
9/22/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
94 points
This is a stunning Pinot Noir. Yeah climate change in some regards. Tons going on here, and a ripeness that I have seen rarely if it all in sancerre. This is premier cru level. No edges. Lots of pretty fruit and also Earth. That so hard to get right Pinot acidity, completely contained in the fruit and structure of the wine, bit still giving the wine great freshness. I will have to keep a bottle just to see how it is with age, but there isn't any reason to wait. I would have difficulty thinking of a sub $50 Pinot I would rather drink.
White
9/20/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
91 points
What a delight. This is not an easy pairing. The acidity is very low, the flavors are rather delicate. However, when you find the correct one pairing, this is magical. And it's pretty damn nice on its own. Soft, round melon fruits are everywhere. The acidity is low, but it's not fat at all. This is an incredibly difficult wine to make, and cuilleron nails it. If you can find this near $20, its worth trying for the experience. Super fun, cool wine
Red
9/19/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
89 points
This is a tough wine for the price point. Upon opening, it's a solid expression of Syrah, well balanced but without a lot going on. A few hours later, however, all these flavors started emerging, like meat, peppercorn, a more intense Rasberry and other typical Northern Rhone flavors. Interestingly, this wasn't as lean and mean as I find many wines from the expansive AC. I'm unsure how many people are going to find the secret to this wine, as it's modest price tag assumes a pop and pour.
Red
8/23/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
94 points
What a treat. This is in its happy place right now. Haven't had this in 8 years, so I forgot my impressions then. But very typical Barolo flavors and aromas. What really brings it to the next level is how perfectly in balance everything is right now. The tannins have softened. It still has loads of fruit, but with some earthy elements as well. Just a world class bottle, and eminently enjoyable. I only wish I didn't drink my half bottle in two hours, to see how it changed, but it was so damned good I couldn't help it. Special stuff if you have it, but I would open sooner than later.
Red
6/3/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
89 points
Rich aromatics, dark berries, smoke, some game. Fruit dominating savory at the moment. Nice acidity. Tastes like N. Rhone, but it a slightly more fruit forward way. Not terribly complex. This serves as a good intro to the region, and the price is very fair. Solid, tasty Syrah, might even be interesting to try in a few years. One of those wines that might not wow anyone, but the price is good and it's a nice representative of the appellation.
White
5/14/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
91 points
Really delicious Chablis. Obviously unfiltered, and though it has a bright Chablis feel, there is a slightly rounder, layered texture that I tend to get with natural wines (and wines from this vintage, as well). Yellow and white fruits. Bright acidity. It's really delicious, and tastes of Chablis. It's so easy to drink it's hard to think whether it's complex or not. If you want a mineral driven wine that stuns the palate at first with bracing acidity, then this isn't the wine for you.
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Red
5/10/2019 - hutch wrote:
Big rich red and black fruit aromatics. Your straight into big, full bodied reds just from the a quick whiff. Not really thinking Italy. It has that profile of a modern wine where it's hard to pin down where it could be from. The palate is big, full bodied, but still quite fresh. It's all too much and not distinct enough for me. If you like big wines, in this style, it hits all the check marks that you expect in that $30+ price point. And it all manages to come together well enough. I'd imagine there would be no problem aging it for five or even ten years.
Fire up the grill and put a steak on!
White - Off-dry
5/10/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
88 points
Bright. Full of white floral notes and fruit, but with a tropical note as well. Great acidity that works with the sweetness to give the sensation of roundness, almost medium bodied if you think of it this way. This is quite nice, will be good with some ever so slightly spicy food, or something with lots of fruit or acidity.
Red
This was store in the distributors warehouse for the last couple of years, which is not temp controlled. That being said, upon opening this was drinking mature, but fine. It didn't have the pop and freshness of the other wines from the portfolio that we were trying, but it was interesting, with light fruit, some earth, that volcano/mineral thing that you tend to get from these type of soils. A few hours later it was tired and not appealing. Maybe bottles that have been temp controlled will fare better but for the people with the remaining 27 bottles listed on Cellartracker, I would drink up. Tried two bottles with consistent results.
Red
5/10/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
89 points
This wine seems to change quite a bit each vintage, from light and herbal to rich a full bodied. The '15 is right in the middle. It's pretty big, with lots of fruit and a lush texture. Some fine grained tannins come on in the finish, completely within the mold of the structure. In fact nothing pokes out here. Is there a touch of green? Maybe on the nose? Maybe. Some will notice it more, and some not at all. It's a solid bottle of wine, and not a bad Bordeaux blend for $20, with the additional plus of being Italian Carmenere and Merlot. Some air helps this out, rounding and softening everything.
Red
5/10/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
90 points
This is a fruit bomb in all the right ways. It's not goopy or over extracted or sweet. The wine comes from Puglia, so it's ripe and while not hot you can tell there is a high alcohol content. But it also has great acidity, and is fresh, and your palate doesn't drag or tire after taking a sip. It acts in much the same way a well done Zin does, with that bright, rambunctious fruit. There's a little mint/eucalyptus thing going on here in the background but this is utterly delightful. It will be great with anything grilled and slathered with a not too spicy BBQ sauce.
Red
4/23/2019 - hutch wrote:
88 points
This is a big,rich version of this wine. I found it a little much, lacking some freshness. It was all red and black fruits, and even a touch of heat. It's a big wine, and would do well paired with beast. I can see others liking this more than me, especially those who prefer richer, lower acid reds. I would not have placed this as Chianti.
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White
4/21/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
89 points
Upon opening this was a bright citrusy, simple white wine. Of course, I'm drinking this only some 7-8 months after the grapes were picked. With some air, this gained some texture and complexity. The front is soft, layered with white stone fruit, which morphs into the mid palate to a citrus jam (like a band playing, not something to spread on toast) with bright acidity. All in all, a delightful wine, and you could have some fun pairing with this, knowing that the bright, citrus finish is unlikely to have much fail.
Red
2/25/2019 - hutch Likes this wine:
91 points
Interesting bottle that kept going to new places over the course of a few hours. I would like to try these with a few years of age to see what direction they go in. There's a lot here right now, but it's all well balanced. Enjoyed even more on its own then with dinner. Dark fruits which I think is the core of this wine, but there are a lot of other things hidden in here that will be more obvious with a little less baby fat.
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Red
1/24/2019 - hutch wrote:
88 points
There is quite the divergent opinions on this wine. I'm wondering if there are a large amount of off bottles or something...
Anyway, pop and pour and drank over the course of a few hours. This is quite ripe for a gran reserva, or should I say young and primary. Drying on the back. Other than that checks many of the boxes for what I expect for a Reserva. I guess if you look at the price this is a pretty nice Gran Reserva. However, if you are expecting something a little more grand and special for Gran Reserva you might be disappointed. Definitely a food wine. No complaints under $30, and a recommendation if the tariff is closer to $20. Really needs food to be enjoyed with that drying finish.
Red
1/3/2019 - hutch wrote:
90 points
This is still quite primary, though the tannins have really softened. The earthiness that I remember from young Melchors of this timeline is also gone. In its place is a very smooth, ripe Cab showing well integrated oak notes. It was quite pleasant with dinner, and enjoyable on its own afterward. Many people will like this for the wealth of fruit and smoothness. I thought it was nice, but a little simple and not something that I would be particularly happy spending $60 (release) or $100 (current pricing I believe on this wine).
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