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Red
2014 Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District
3/28/2022 - BeginTheBourgogne Likes this wine:
88 points
Medium bodied, still a little tough, slight cedar nose developing.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    12/22/22, 6:40 PM - Been buying from them for many years. Like a Bordeaux, don’t drink young and give lots of air. 2014 just beginning to come into its own. Cheers!

White
2021 Yalumba Viognier The Y Series South Australia
10/31/2022 - foyfrcs Likes this wine:
87 points
Pale lemon.
Apricot nose.
Tropical fruits palate, not typical Viognier, medium bodied, quite pleasant and good value.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    12/8/22, 1:46 PM - The tropical/flowery tastes are more of a California style versus a French Alsatian. Different style than the Rhone, for sure. Haven't tried ours yet to be honest. Interesting to see how it compares.

Red
2019 Valravn Zinfandel Sonoma County
4/28/2022 - CappyD wrote:
84 points
A bit too sharp on day one. Much sharper, harsh on day two to the point I dumped it.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    12/8/22, 1:44 PM - Too young. We just finished the 2017s of this and opened a 2018 and it is just entering the drinking window. 4-5 years for most decent Zins measuring the vintage from September before they enter an acceptable drinking window. We have a number of different Zins and the 2017s are perfect right now, 5+ years old.

Red
2018 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
10/5/2022 - Wine Lover 1964 wrote:
90 points
A little harsh after short decant. Better with food (spaghetti) than solo. Will update more notes on second day of tasting but my guess is this needs time and more air to calm down. Much softer and rounded day 2. Try next one but only drink after opened 24hrs as others have suggested. Maybe 2024 then 2028, then maybe 2030? 2018 was a "99" year in Napa
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    10/10/22, 12:59 PM - I have found with young wines like this, opening them up the night before, about an hour of breathing and then recorking will yield the results you found the second night on the night you drank it.

Red
2017 Marqués de Riscal Rioja Arienzo Crianza Tempranillo
12/8/2021 - Square Hammer wrote:
86 points
Nose: heavy vanilla, leather, smoky earth, dark liqourice

Palate: vanilla, dark forest berries, cured ham, watery, medium minus acid

—> drink latest 2024
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    10/10/22, 12:55 PM - it is still young, so harsh edges are typical

Red
2016 Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
6/19/2022 - RocknRob wrote:
88 points
Immediate earthy, fruit taste. I bit of sharp taste that last long. Dark in colour and medium texture.
Not the best Roja but pleasant to the pallet.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    10/10/22, 12:52 PM - Too young. Over the decades with this wine, I have found that once it gets past year 6 and closer to year 7 (this time next year) it will start opening up. I have also found opening younger red wines and letting them breathe an hour the night before (and recorking) works well. Particularly true of European reds.

White
2020 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Viognier Provence
There are better cheap white Rhône’s around. It has some Viognier typicity, but accompanied but some pretty brash chemical tastes. Jaboulet make some fabulous wines, but sadly this one’s not for me.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    8/29/22, 8:10 AM - Your review nailed it.

Red
2016 Roar Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands
2/25/2020 - norsktorsk wrote:
92 points
Not very exciting but nice sipper
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    8/19/22, 5:54 PM - A 92 rating would indicate in the excellent category?

Red
2019 Famille Perrin / Perrin & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards Red Rhone Blend
8/1/2022 - RocknRob Likes this wine:
91 points
Immediate explosion of fruit, but not long.
Rich in colour and fragrance. Pleasant but not long in taste.
Definitely hold till 2024 and beyond.
Not sure in price as this was gifted.
I would buy and hold.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    8/16/22, 11:20 AM - Your advice is spot on. I just paid $33.99 at Costco, but my research shows it is usually sold closer to $45. This was partially oaked (50%), so thanks again for the advice. This was rated 92 by Wine Spectator, so immense value. 2024 EOY sounds right; could pair well with Thanksgiving turkey.

White
2020 Sobon Estate Viognier Amador County
5/4/2022 - Z1nnfull wrote:
84 points
No way this is a 94
Barely varietally correct
Tastes like an unknown white wine $5 house glass of wine
Cline (Sonoma) at almost half the price is significantly better.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    7/26/22, 5:40 PM - PLEASE EXPLAIN.

Red
2018 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Le Petit Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
6/9/2022 - Matteo82 wrote:
Jammy and confectionery notes really show on day 2. Some heat on the nose. Short finish. Bottle could be heat damaged. But costco usually doesn't have that problem and the cork is in good shape. Otherwise this is a real bummer of a wine.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    7/8/22, 10:57 AM - If we're going to drink something this young (and this is way young), we let it breathe a bit the day before and recork, opening the next day. That way you get day two on day one. But this is young. We're working on 2015s now.

Red
2014 Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
2/6/2022 - PatrickH wrote:
flawed
The last two bottles had really soft corks that broke apart when opening. This second bottle has a faint cork taint to it, but it is still drinkable. These imported bottles are still not as good as the domestic bottle I brought back from Spain.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    5/9/22, 5:44 PM - For what it's worth, the cork on the bottle we consumed tonight, the cork broke in half and I had no choice but to push it in. The wine was pretty good (89 imo), but maybe not as good as other vintages. From our experience, there is variation between vintages and some variation between bottles of the same vintage with Rioja. When you consider these were shipped from Europe and who know how it got in your local wine store and how it got treated in between, there is your answer. Always best to buy at the winery, but that is rarely practical for all of us.

White
2018 Hartford / Hartford Court Chardonnay Russian River Valley
3/26/2021 - La Cave d'Argent Likes this wine:
90 points
The entirety of this medium golden wine was barrel fermented and aged for 10 months in French oak (25% new). Nicely aromatic, it flaunts an array of tropical fruit, nectarines, orange creamsicle, ginger and white flowers. Medium-bodied and with well-integrated alcohol (listed as 14.2% on the label but actually 14.5%), it delivers flavors in line with the nose, adding notes of honey. Solid on the middle palate and medium-to-long on the vanilla-laden back end, this is a quality Chardonnay that pushes the limit of oak but does not cross over the top. It should be at its best over the next three years. Drink now-2024.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    2/15/22, 5:25 PM - I like your comment about "pushes the limit of oak without going over the line". Very accurate. We gave it a 91.

Red
2018 Clos Floridene Graves Red Bordeaux Blend
1/10/2022 - La Cave d'Argent wrote:
89 points
An opaque ruby blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, Clos Floridène's 2018 offers a lot of bang for the buck. From a bottle that was Vinturi-decanted and serially tasted over the ensuing three hours, it delivers a generous payload of red fruit that is flanked with savory herbs, tobacco, violets and earth. Medium-bodied, freshly acidic and with alcohol (14%) that has assimilated better than the oak and tannins at this young stage, it retains good presence in the middle and concludes with a lengthy, albeit grippy finish. This will benefit from short-term cellaring and may merit a higher score if it fleshes out as anticipated. If you choose to pop the cork now, give it plenty of air. Drink 2024-2033.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    1/29/22, 12:15 PM - THIS is how you do a review! The detailed notes help those of us who are cellaring or buying. Thank You.

Red
2017 Rodney Strong Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
10/14/2021 - Billybobbillybob2 wrote:
90 points
Really nice wine regardless of the price , found this at Costco, was a bit shocked at how good it was, ran back and bought the remaining 2017s. Not a delicate flower if that is your thing, Has some good structure, sturdiness, a bit of smoke and good concentration. I am wondering if it will improve with a little cellar time?
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    1/9/22, 5:40 PM - We've been fans of this wonderful, affordable Pinot for years and you nailed it. Our experience is that it is best at 4-5 years (count from September harvest season), but 3 isn't bad if you give it more air. Given our experience with Pinots around the world, not one for long-term aging. In other words, 5 years (in other words, September to EOY 2022 for a 2017) would be the end of the best drinking window and we'd be worrying about it thinning out beyond that.

Red
2016 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Alberdi Reserva Tempranillo
11/20/2021 - fc1910 wrote:
87 points
After a long time bought one bottle of this entry level Rioja Reserva to refresh my knowledge of their change of style,
honestly I really was amazed, no rather horrified to find 14,5% ABV on its label, wtf?
A very fruit driven nose, basket full of red and black berries, some slightly tobacco and this young barrel aromas,
on the palate a good underlaying freshness, but too much of overwhelming fruit here.
Where is the decent elegant play of this Reserva style gone?
Making really tired and sated, too much of a superficial aroma powerhouse!
Better with aeration on day two, but really not made for me
This is nothing but an international red crowd pleaser, no real Rioja for me,
will be better in about 5+ years, *(*-?), around, 86,87 today
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    12/29/21, 11:28 AM - Been buying this for years and just bought two more. I wouldn't touch them until at least this time next year (EOY 2022, early 2023). This wine will really shine best past 6 years, 7 or 8 even better. Probably coming out of what wine experts call "the dumb phase".

White
2018 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc Paso Robles White Rhone Blend
3/3/2021 - daveyk39 wrote:
89 points
Drank this Paso Robles Rhône blend of 48% Grenache Blanc, 22% Viognier, 13% Roussanne, 12% Marsanne and 5% Clairette Blanche with a dinner of striped bass with a mango-ginger sauce. Notes of grilled pineapple, lime, peach, beeswax, orange blossom and peppercress. Silky and rich on the palate, slightly waxy, medium-bodied. Peach and pineapple on the palate with a slight stalkiness in the finish.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    12/17/21, 6:40 PM - Great food pairing by you.

White
2018 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc Paso Robles White Rhone Blend
10/11/2021 - Jimothy Brown wrote:
87 points
A bit disappointing. Fruity nose but quite flabby and a bit ‘hot’ tasting, especially when it warmed up in the glass. At £20 I’d give this a miss. Paired with lemon roasted chicken.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    12/17/21, 6:38 PM - Acidic wine with acidic food sometimes doesn't work. I'd try either a sweet wine or a very austere Sauv Blanc with lemon chicken. This wine to us paired better with spicy than acidic food. Just a thought, no criticism, sharing. Live and learn. Best,

Red
2016 La Crema Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
1/26/2019 - Ken332 Likes this wine:
90 points
This is a very good value in Oregon Pinot Noir at around $23; having receive excellent reviews from both the Wine Spectator (93) and Wine Advocate (91+). While I enjoyed the wine, it is a bit fruit forward and may benefit from a year or two in the bottle. Initial nose of black cherries and plums, moderate acidity, and a good finish. I am interested to see how it evolves.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    12/13/21, 6:23 PM - You were right. End of 2021 was the drinking window start.

Red
2015 Château de la Rivière Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend
2/3/2021 - VinoHunter wrote:
87 points
Been about a year since my last bottle. Similar results, Mild, light and a little sour. Maybe I am missing something here, but not my cup of tea. I see no reason to hang on to my remaining bottles much longer.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    11/28/21, 11:05 AM - Looking at all the other reviews and given the 2015 vintage, I’m guessing this is still too young (dumb phase some call it).
    Wine mag said best starting in 2022.

White
2018 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc White Rhone Blend
9/21/2021 - Max S. Does not like this wine:
87 points
Do not rebuy. Not a bad wine, but not our style.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    11/11/21, 8:28 AM - Totally understand not your style, we have a good number of those, but even if a wine isn't my style, I base my rating and review on how well the vintner did with the varietal (varietal correctness) and how it compares with others of the same varietal we've had. Just a thought, nothing mean-spirited intended.

Red
2015 sixteen by twenty Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
11/7/2021 - bemeyer wrote:
Fruit forward, drinking nicely, with slight alcohol finish. Still deciding whether time in the bottle will soften the wine. Drink another in a few months
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    11/9/21, 5:05 PM - 3-4 hours of breathing brought this around nicely yesterday, fyi.

Red
2016 Jean-Michel Dupré Morgon Vieilles Vignes de 1935 Gamay
3/29/2020 - mats13 Does not like this wine:
87 points
Sorry to say I hated this, so much so that I poured out about half the bottle not wanting to waste my time. I *never* do that. Well, I've done it maybe once or twice over the past 20 years (!).
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    5/30/20, 11:38 AM - I did some reading on this before purchasing as I am not particularly fond of Beaujolais. That said, everything I read indicated it is a very dense wine that would need significant aging (think Bordeaux-maybe at least 7 years). If it is like a Bordeaux or Napa Cab it is probably in its dumb phase, which sounds like your experience. Plan to age this at least until fall 2022 and give it lots of air at that time. Bought it kind of as an oddity, we'll see.

  • Z1nnfull commented:

    10/31/21, 9:36 AM - Same experience, but an 87 for a pos wine like this? 87=very good.

Red
2018 Silver Ghost Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
10/21/2021 - gamlingman Likes this wine:
88 points
1st Nose & Taste I was like wow we really have something going here as it was very spicy and complex. Even after a few minutes of opening it mellowed considerably and there was not much left but the spicy fruit forward moments as the finish was certainly anti climatic. Good drinking wine with some potential but I certainly thought we would get more from this price point.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    10/21/21, 11:23 AM - Too young...wine likely in what is called "dumb phase"

Red
2015 Château du Glana St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
4/18/2021 - Alexdietz wrote:
88 points
My second bottle in 6 month and i still find it rather basic and old style...
For the same price i have connetable talbot, fiefs de lagrange and pavillon de leoville poyferre that are in another league !
Rather disappointing... will give the 4 bottles another ten years and revisit then but with little hope
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    8/22/21, 7:07 PM - Agree with your note.
    Based on our experience this is likely a drink now.
    Didn't see it as a wine that would get better with age.

Red
2015 Melville Syrah Estate Sta. Rita Hills
6/15/2021 - jdinkin1 wrote:
92 points
Drinking great. Bring in the lamb chops
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    7/3/21, 5:44 PM - Lamb is the perfect pairing. We make a mint pest sauce, combining basil for dipping. Awesome. Great comment by you.

Red
2015 Rocca delle Macìe Chianti Classico Famiglia Zingarelli Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
2/7/2021 - ClayAE Does not like this wine:
87 points
Was excited to try this for the price pint and the reviews. My wife and I tried at 1, 2, amd 3 hour decant. For some reason we just didn’t like the flavor. Had to get through it. Might be just us or something off in that bottle. Cork was fine with no apparent flaw.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    6/17/21, 6:55 PM - We let it breathe overnight (corking it at bedtime) and seemed to be what it took, but we decanted also. Needs lots of air and may be young yet. Best guess coming out of "dumb phase".

Red
2017 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
2/13/2021 - beef1020 wrote:
fruit forward, little low on acidity/tannins, subtle thin/bitter note mid palate, finished a little sweet, 2+ hours of air helped, but style is neutral for my palate, not a bad wine.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    4/9/21, 6:01 PM - Too early. 5 years minimum in my experience.

Red
2017 Ruffino Modus Toscana IGT Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
8/2/2020 - tomoem wrote:
85 points
Aromas of bright black cherry and some cinnamon spice. Thin initially and then tart with the cinnamon sweetish mouthfeel simply dominating. The mid palette is a little harsh with acidity dominating the mouthfeel. The finish is more of the same but short and not lingering.

It is a tasty mix but one that can be polarizing with that acidity so uncontrolled. Guessing this could age well. Let sit for 3+ years
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    4/6/21, 12:18 PM - Bought enough of this over the years to know it won't be anywhere close to where it needs to be until at least 5 years (fall 2022).

Red
2015 Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
3/31/2021 - zochavez Likes this wine:
80 points
Medium ruby with a little browning on the rim. Sour cherries, blackberries, pepper, vanilla, leather and hints of forrest floor on the nose. High acidity and tannins. Secondary flavours are more pronounced on the palette. Medium length finish. Can use more aging due to the astringent nature of the tannins. A noticeable dose of alcohol on the nose and palette. Except for the fruit, the wine became more expressive on the second day. There is a reduction of its fruity characteristic as well. Would give this another 3 years. A standard rioja reserva that will go better with food.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    4/5/21, 3:33 PM - Clearly in the "dumb phase" and will improve with age. Wouldn't touch this until fall 2022 at the earliest....we'd have a much better experience.

Red
2013 Cantine Giacomo Ascheri Barolo Nebbiolo
3/29/2021 - Z1nnfull wrote:
86 points
Maybe we didn’t let it breathe enough or its too old or bottle variation
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    3/31/21, 5:48 PM - Agreed. The first of the two we bought was a solid Barolo- good but not great- we did give it air. The second bottle was decanted, but everyone wanted right at it.

Red
2015 Le Marquis de Calon Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
8/13/2020 - dssmith wrote:
85 points
The color was dark red. There was minimal bouquet. Compared to the previous bottle I drank in july 2019 this one was very heavy, tannic with subdued fruit. It was drinkable but not as enjoyable. I will wait a while before trying it again.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    3/3/21, 6:23 PM - Needs lots of air if you're going to open early. We let our breathe today all afternoon and wished we'd decanted additionally. European wines are best not young, which many of we Americans can't handle.

Red
2015 Guillaume Gonnet Châteauneuf-du-Pape Bel Ami Grenache Blend, Grenache
50% Grenache 50% Syrah from 50-90 yr old vines in organically farmed Croix du Bois vineyard.
Manual harvest, 60-100% de-stemmed. Natural yeast fermentation for 20-30 days.
Aged 30% each in cement, stainless, wood vats, rest in demi-muds.
14.5% Abv.
Owners: Guillaume Gonnet (3rd generation) and his Australian wife Kelly.

A(ccuracy)=2: Med Light cherry/ruby. Fragrant, spicy Rhone blend.
B(alance)=3: Vibrant components in harmony.
C(omplexity)=2: Red and dark berries, spices, mineral.
D(epth)=1: Round, supple mouthfeel. Average length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,3,2,1] = 8/10

Elegant, dainty style with sense of place.

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  • Z1nnfull commented:

    2/22/21, 12:29 PM - The bottle states: 70% Grenache, 10% each syrah, mourvèdre and cinsault.

Red
2015 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Le Petit Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
11/20/2020 - hmathien wrote:
88 points
Tannins were not very ripe. light aromas and taste of black fruits buts really not much complexity. I much preferred the white (same year). This surely needs more time.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    1/19/21, 1:06 PM - You are right, will need more aging- the 2015 vintage was a case of a rising tide lifting all boats.
    Even the 2nd and 3rd growth can stand some aging.
    Might open a 2015 St Emilion by end of year, but not a left bank.

White
2017 McPrice Myers Viognier Larner Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley
12/24/2020 - Normones wrote:
92 points
Deep dark golden color. Heavy oak - butterscotch - and flowers. Cocktail wine vs a food wine. Loved It.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    1/12/21, 8:48 AM - You nailed it. Not a food matching wine, but the summer quaffer of your dreams.

Red
2013 Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District
10/31/2020 - F_&_M Likes this wine:
90 points
Very nice but needed a decant to blow off some of the acidity.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    12/25/20, 8:19 PM - Agreed. We had four bottles and drank one. Not going to touch the other three until end of 2021 at the earliest. Been buying from them for many years and their wines are like fine left bank Bordeaux; they need a lot of aging unlike some decent Napa Cabs that are great at 5 years.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Moët & Chandon Champagne Brut Impérial Champagne Blend
How very dare I? The sainted Moët. pronounced Moe - et, the ë dictates the T is pronounced. Just sayin’.
Mid-gold colour. Medium intensity nose. It’s fresh, with apple, lemon, some autolytics, pear. Fine and persistent mousse. on the palette it has decent body, creamy even, medium(+) intensity. A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (natch). I felt the wine was unbalanced however, with the acidity working overtime to carry the finish. At the price point I’d sooner head for the yellow Veuve or decent Sekt.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    12/20/20, 11:00 AM - For not liking it, a 91 is in the Excellent category...just saying.

Red
2016 Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva Lujan de Cuyo
7/11/2020 - tomoem Does not like this wine:
87 points
Hmmm... Like in past Norton Malbec's I get prunes in the aromatics. In mouth the flavors are very much cheap Malbec like. Sweet and fruit filled start which quickly leads to dried mouthfeel where the tannins are tight and not yet opened. Doubt they will ever open to reveal any more fruit.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    11/23/20, 10:03 AM - 87 is in the Very Good range of their rating scale, FYI.

White
2017 J. Lohr Chardonnay Arroyo Vista Arroyo Seco
One of my value Chardonnay go-tos. Even with present oak, butter and vanilla the overall impression is elegant and not overdone.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    11/5/20, 10:31 AM - Did you mean to rate the Arroyo Seco (budget) or the Arroyo Vista which is pricier? If the Arroyo Vista, your tasting notes nail it.

  • Z1nnfull commented:

    11/5/20, 10:31 AM - Did you mean to rate the Arroyo Seco (budget) or the Arroyo Vista which is pricier? If the Arroyo Vista, your tasting notes nail it.

Red
2017 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Superb cabernet. Full body with fruit, nuance and enough tannins to last 8-10 years. It would be better in 1-2 years
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    10/17/20, 12:59 PM - Had a 2010 in October 2019 and it was at its prime.
    I have 2 bottles and will not touch until at least 2023 based on my experience with this vintner. Great QPR year after year.

Red
2015 Kirkland Signature Barolo Nebbiolo
7/20/2020 - davidrmoran Likes this wine:
90 points
Maybe 89, will update w further drinking and different meals. (At the price, who cares?)
I am thinking from some of the other reviews that the writer has not drunk much barolo before. I am no expert, not even close, but even at its best it can be one strange wine, always tasting a little old in the good sense, brick in color, thin, and a weird melange of leather and orange peel and floral scents and various touches or brettinesses or something like that. Seems as if it should never be put down, on its last yummy legs, but then if you do store it and drink it in a few years it is improved or at least unchanged. I love nebbiolo almost no matter what, and this seem fabulous at such value pricing. Could be higher in score, depending, though Suckling's 92 is typical --- he is always handing out 92s, it seems.

okay, had a midnight sip w zucchini + pesto, more tannin showed (it has an odd amount, thin but real, again typical of barolo), did pro-level sidemouth breathing and aeration :), and still good, though maybe it will be better in 5y. Probably not going to find out. Must hasten to Costco tomorrow to see if any left, please God.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    9/3/20, 10:54 AM - Good comments. 5 years would be pretty young for a good Barolo, but with lots of air it might be approachable. Going your route, going to try it and if it stacks up, will call Costco and have them hold some for me.
    Really enjoy detailed reviews like yours, WITH a number rating.
    Lets me know what I might be getting into.

Red
2015 Bodega Colomé Malbec Estate Calchaquies
9/21/2019 - Audun G wrote:
87 points
Aromas of dark, cool fruits and some caramel (from the oak). Opulent, rich and polished in the mouth. A bit sweet with jam-like fruit. I guess this will improve with some years in the cellar.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    7/15/20, 5:37 PM - Not really, won't improve with age. Intense style which some like. For us, depends on the food match. Your review was a year ago, so I would say it is drink now as of summer 2020. Your notes are very accurate as to the experience.

Red
2012 Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
5/15/2020 - VlgJeff wrote:
89 points
PnP, but better after 15 - 20 minutes of slo-ox to allow the funk to blow off and the wine to open. Nice nose of cedar, red fruit, and a touch of floral. The medium bodied palate showed the red fruits (cherry and raspberry), along with wood notes, and touches of mineral, chocolate, and earth. The acidity was balancing and the finish was medium to plus. A nice effort that could hold for several more years, with a great QPR at $14.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    7/5/20, 5:27 PM - You'd have a better experience if you let it breathe 3-4 hours, based on my experience with this vintners over 30 years. Just saying. Breathing is everything with European wines, but once they get to 10 + years, open to breathe only an hour or two before.

Red
2014 Two Hands Shiraz Gnarly Dudes Barossa Valley
8/18/2019 - DB Lawton wrote:
87 points
Maybe just me, but had high expectations and was disappointed with this bottle. Seemed harsh with bitterness and not much fruit. Everyone else thought it was OK but not too encouraging. Off bottle?
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    7/5/20, 8:49 AM - Same experience as you. Not bad, but unremarkable for the price, not much to it.

Red
2015 Bedrock Wine Co. Old Vine Zinfandel California
5/14/2020 - LightDancer wrote:
89 points
Similar note to my prior one. Good bottle, but not much extra. Fruit and tannin suggests that this might develop with a few more years. We'll see.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    6/2/20, 5:43 PM - We've had several 2015s and found this is probably still young. Had one last night and while it took a while to open up, even after several hours of breathing, it was amazing, but it either needs air or years imo.

Red
2016 Andis Wines Painted Fields California Shenandoah Valley Red Blend
2/22/2020 - Z1nnfull Likes this wine:
86 points
Had two bottles over the last several months after purchasing at the winery. It might be advertised as a Zin, but it seemed like an old-fashioned field blend with Zin and probably Barbera. Couldn't pick the varietals out from the taste, but it is a very good everyday wine and the varietals blended together quite well.
Wish we had bought more.
Hint: you can buy some Amador wines for cheaper than the wineries will sell them at the Pokerville grocery market. Stop there before going wine tasting, see if what they have matches which wineries you are going to.
The grocery store will generally not have the higher end stuff you can only get at the wineries.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    5/31/20, 10:52 AM - Can't wait to try your higher end wines-Zins just purchased end of October. Might be a tad young yet and we are still working off 2014 Cali Zins from our cellar. Nothing better than a Cali field blend, each one different, thanks for your illuminating comment. If you're ever in Groveland (once things open) please stop by and visit Provisions in the Hotel Groveland, our kids own and run that.

Red
2014 Sheridan Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Yakima Valley
9/12/2016 - RayT wrote:
88 points
First time drinking Sheridan. Slow ox for 4 hours, still some heat. A couple years away. Probably won't drink again. I have some bottles of Sheridan L'orange I hope are much better.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    4/22/20, 6:08 PM - Way too young in 16.

White
2017 The Hess Collection Chardonnay Hess Select Monterey
3/16/2020 - Thomas D. Likes this wine:
85 points
Quite good Californian Chardonnay, a bit of green notes (which is nice, IMHO) of course fatness but nothing spectacularly interesting or elegant
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    4/7/20, 4:08 PM - 85 falls in the "good" not very good range of their rating scale, but I think you nailed it at 85.

Red
2016 Château Lilian Ladouys St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
3/14/2020 - Ianjaig Likes this wine:
89 points
Closed nose, good balance of black fruits and tannins. Medium bodied. Was a tad ''thin" initially but it became more rounded with time. Blackcurrants and plums. Best on day 2. Needs a bit of time to integrate properly and benefited from a long decant. Good QPR.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    3/30/20, 11:53 AM - The 2014 of this is just now opening up, so this will be best starting in about two years and will garner better ratings. Early drinking of Bordeaux is usually disappointing. Lord knows I learned that lesson the hard way.

Red
2016 Château Gloria St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
3/23/2020 - Mtl2323 Likes this wine:
84 points
Didn't open up. Fruit was missing, a little harsh.
  • Z1nnfull commented:

    3/30/20, 11:48 AM - Way too young no matter how long you give it air or how.
    I'm holding mine until no earlier than fall 2016 (6 years).
    Probably in what we call the "dumb phase" right now.

  • Z1nnfull commented:

    3/30/20, 11:48 AM - Way too young no matter how long you give it air or how.
    I'm holding mine until no earlier than fall 2016 (6 years).
    Probably in what we call the "dumb phase" right now.

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