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Red
11/14/2021 - drdecanto wrote:
88 points
Deep purple. Thin garnet rim. Heavy fruit driven nose with a slight vegetal note. Not off putting, but doesn't add anything either. In the mouth it is a bit flat. Not flabby. Not enough acid dare I say and I don't like acid generally. Just no backbone to speak of. Not much finish. Not unpleasant, but not substantial. I would not be thinking that this has legs. Prove me wrong father time...
Red
11/9/2021 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
90 points
This might be no more than 89. I know I'm splitting hairs. But, I gave it a point for name recognition. That being said, it's no QPR wine. Decanted for 2-3 hours prior to a slight chilly November afternoon picnic with a new friend, cheese, bread, apple. Wish I had tasted it right out of the chute, but alas, I didn't. Completely agree with the lively acidity. Dark purple color. Raspberry and black raspberry fruits. I didn't get spiciness. More 4 square to me. Haven't really bought or consumed zinc in a while, but have a few more recent Ridges to try. Used to be my favorite zin producer. Nothing else surpassed it, but gravitated to Rhones and Pinots for a number of years. But Autumn speaks to me of zins...
White - Sweet/Dessert
8/23/2021 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
94 points
From 750 ML
Brought this to an outdoor Santa Fe evening garden dinner. The highlight of the wines. Paired with a peach tart made with Rancho Durazno Peaches from Colorado. Sorry NM. Peach Tart made by a professional chef. It was a great match. Golden Amber color. Nose redolent of apricots and botrytis. Some minor tropical fruits/coconut, but it was all about the apricot and botrytis. In the mouth it was equally incredible. Same flavor profile. Lovely acidity. No flab. Long crisp finish. Drinking superbly now. Bought this on release and cellared ever since at 50's with humidity. Cork was pristine. I don't get some of the other flavors and scents that others have posted about. This wine nailed it at this price point. If you have it, worth popping a cork and trying it at this time.
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Red
2013 St. Supéry Élu Meritage Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/28/2021 - drdecanto wrote:
89 points
This was a gift from a few years ago with no remembered advice on when to drink it. Opened a few days ago and it was so tight, I recorked it and put it back in the frig. Tonight, I poured a glass, free of sediment, and then decanted the rest.

Cork was pristine.

Color is deep purple with a pale ruby rim. No bricking.

The nose is easily the best attribute of this wine. And as it warmed from a very cold fridge, the nose opened more and more; I get black fruits and then later when it was blowsy, overly ripe red raspberries and plums. Not stewed, but over ripe. Not necessarily a problem. It's not too warm. And what is in the decanter, and cooler still, is similar.

If one can use the word, smooth describe the nose after a swirl, then this is smooth; and soft. Seductive aromas. Fruit, you name it, my take is above. Not much else. I don't get oak/vanilla, any spices, earth, tobacco, cedar. Just not there for me.

In the mouth, this wine really activates in the mid tongue/soft palate area. Not much up front on the tip of the tongue. It sort of explodes about the mid to back of the tongue and the palate and buccal mucosa; and not really in a good way. What emerges, after the initial fruit blast, isn't just tannin, but astringent tannin

I almost "liked" it, but the astringency on the finish was a deal breaker for me. I wasn't drinking dregs, so I can't blame the sediment. Overly tannic wines can shed the tannins, but astringent wines, I'm not so sure.

Better with food. 80/20 Beef (with 90/10 Bison) Burgers on the grill
White
4/19/2021 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
93 points
Haven't opened a high end win in some time. But tonight, I made lobster ravioli and decided to pop this. Bought on release through the mailing list. Cellared ever since with appropriate temp and humidity, under ground and then in a free standing unit. Cork was pristine. No ullage. Color was straw to light golden. Nose was interestingly citrus; by turns lemon curd, lime and mandarin orange. A touch of honeysuckle. Nothing heavy. If there is oak or butterscotch, I don't get that now. The flavors in the mouth are similar. There are some mildly exotic spices as well. Don't ask me to name them, but they are there. Mildly so. Complex. The finish is amazingly long. Persistent flavors and aromas as above. One bottle left. I'm not in a rush, but this is clearly low hanging fruit.
Red - Fortified
2/19/2021 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
91 points
My experience is rather different than most of the notes I've read. Purchased on release and cellared ever since. Bought as my daughter was born in 94, but haven't had a bottle in over a decade and appears that I have posted any earlier notes. Pristine bottle. No ullage. No leakage. Cork is rather short, but stained only halfway and in great shape. Decanted and was overwhelmed with aromas of ripe cherries arising from the decanter. Had several glasses over the course of the evening and there's some to be had tonight as well. The color is a deep garnet with just the barest of light pink at the rim. No brick or brown. From the glass the nose is predominantly of ripe plums and a hint of nuttiness. Forward in the mouth with sweet fruit that is again primarily recipe plums. Very smooth. No hard edges. Mild, mature tannins. Medium finish and mostly up front. That would be my criticism and it is a mild one. I quite enjoyed this. This bottle, while mature, is not over the hill and if the one remaining bottle is like this, perhaps I'll have it on it's, and my daughter's, 30th birthday.
Red
9/1/2020 - drdecanto Does not like this wine:
75 points
I've been a big fan of Mollydooker in the past and then found their wines to be unavailable. Bought 6 of these and 6 of the Two Left Feet a few days back. Loved the Two Left Feet. This leaves me cold though. In the nose, dark overly ripe to dried and reconstituted black fruits. Syrupy on the nose, perhaps even a touch of menthol and an inch away from vegetal. Not really pleasant. Moving on now that I've set the table, in the mouth it hits the mid-palate sour and bitter. Nothing forward and sweet. No fruit. There is sharpness and persistent bitterness in the mid-palate and it has a long, long finish that is bitter. This wine is flawed and I don't often say that. I don't think this is a bad bottle, but I might try another.
Red
2017 Mollydooker Two Left Feet South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/30/2020 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
91 points
Ripe red and black raspberries. Fruit forward. Lovely.
Red
10/28/2019 - drdecanto wrote:
89 points
Raspberries and cherries and dust. A touch lean and acid. Paired better with food. No improvement with a day in a split...
Red
10/28/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
93 points
Surreal after all these years...
Red
10/28/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
90 points
Sorry. No notes.
White
8/25/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
91 points
Quite liked this
White
2016 Howard Park Miamup Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Margaret River Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
8/25/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
90 points
I seem to like it more than others. I'm doing a bulk consumption and, without notes, simply giving wines I liked 90'ish. A few stood out on either side. I notice that others gave this low 80's. Not my experience. These were opened with a variety of apps and fish entrees and largely worked very well. Recommended wines by David at Arroyo Vino here is Santa Fe in case you're nearby. He knows my palate and price point for everday drinking.
White
8/6/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
90 points
Also lovely with the blackened Shishito Peppers and then pan fried Orange Roughy over a sweet peppers.
White
8/6/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
90 points
Lovely with Caprese Salad and then blackened Shishito Peppers.
White - Sparkling
2016 Raventós i Blanc Blanc de Blancs Spain Macabeo-Xarello-Parellada Blend (view label images)
8/3/2019 - drdecanto wrote:
91 points
Lovely. Persistent mousse
Red
7/13/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
92 points
Lovely bottle
Red
2017 Birichino Scylla Lodi Mokelumne River Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
6/23/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
91 points
Another excellent bottle. Great QPR. Worth looking for...
Red
6/23/2019 - drdecanto wrote:
90 points
Bottle variation? First bottle I didn't like. That's a little unusual. I usually buy what I know or what's recommended by friends or my local wine shop and they know my tastes. This bottle was pretty darn nice. Tiebreaker?
Red
2016 Prisoner Wine Company Saldo California Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
6/22/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent. Time to get more...
White
6/9/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
91 points
Lovely bottle. Nice weight w/o being heavy or cloying. Delicious. Spices is what I take away. Subtle and complex. Yummy.
Red
6/9/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
89 points
Drank it over several days. No notes, but went well with cheeses and home made pizza.
Red
6/1/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
89 points
Clearance sale at Arroyo Vino and at $9 a bottle this was great with pizza one night and pungent blue cheese another. Not complex, but lip smacking good.
Red
1989 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/17/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
96 points
Best bottle of wine that I've had in recent memory, but then again I haven't pulling the good and old stuff very often. But on the occasion of friends visiting from Montana and others joining us for dinner, I popped this for a guest who was interested in trying a Bordeaux. Purchased as futures. Stored in a cool/humid underground cellar early on and then in climate controlled free standing unit the last 10 years. No ullage. Cork was minimally saturated about 1/4 of the way up. Minimal sediment. Decanted and poured into Riedel Sommelier Grand Cru and also a Bordeaux Vinum. Deep red/purple with only a hint of a lighter rim. Amazing intensity of color at 30 years. Intense, complex nose of dark, restrained fruit and tobacco/cedar that was intoxicating. In the mouth, complex, similar flavors and the most delicious, soft, integrated tannins with a long delicious finish that lingered and lingered. This is how I imagined buying and laying down wines could reward decades later. A gift from the 36 year old me to the now 66 year old me and new friends. Does it get better than this as far as the experience that wine and food deliver, sans scores?
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Red
5/4/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
92 points
This wine was superb. Deep red, garnet color with minimally light red rim. Lovely nose of deep red raspberries. It said to decant when youthful for several hours. Oops. Decanted and poured. Really no sediment to speak of. Amazing from the first sniff and sip. Consumed over 5 hours or so with friends and a delicious homemade pizza. On the palate this was a warm, not bright wine. Continuing flavors of deep red raspberries and rich tannins that just melted in the mouth. Long, sumptuous finish of similar flavors. Complex? Not really. Delicious? Absolutely! I'm looking for another 6-12 bottles at this incredible price point. Did I mention that this was organically grown?
Red
5/4/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
91 points
Similar experience, but I took a few notes. A bit reserved at first, but opened within half an hour to loads of blackberry fruit and briar. Pretty wine. Poured off half the bottle into a 375 and had it a few days later. Still lovely.
Red
2017 Pierre-Olivier Bonhomme Vercheny Vin de France Gamay-Pinot Noir Blend, Gamay (view label images)
4/18/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
90 points
Lovely wine. Sorry for the paucity of notes
White
4/18/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent. Minerality, citrus, weight, length. Restrained acidity, but not fat/heavy. I'll repurchase.
Red
4/16/2019 - drdecanto wrote:
88 points
Rougher than last time. Not as much fruit and more tannins.

Poured off half into a 375 bottle and had it a few days later and similar notes.
Red
4/14/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
90 points
Interesting wine. Pale strawberry color. Delicate floral nose and flavors of light red fruits. It says 13.1% alcohol, but it seemed much lighter than that. Worth a repurchase.
White
4/14/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
90 points
Everyday quaffer at this price. I like it, but looks like I could have found a better deal based on community average price.
Red
2016 Neyers Sage Canyon California Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
3/31/2019 - drdecanto wrote:
89 points
Hints of raspberry but muted by dusty up front tannins. Finishes forward and tannins predominate. Maybe time will help, but I'm not holding my breath...
Red
I liked this. I didn't keep notes, but jotted VG on the label. I liked the 2016 as well. Looks like it can be had at a lot less than what I paid locally. At $17, I thought it was good QPR, but at $12, it seems it would be a steal. Great everyday drinker.
White
3/18/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
91 points
Lovely wine. Worthy of repurchase.
Red
2017 Birichino Scylla Lodi Mokelumne River Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
3/12/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
91 points
What a lovely bottle. Nose opens to immediate and amazing raspberry. Like you squeezed just ripe berries in your hand as you were picking them. Lively acidity. Lovely red fruit flavors. Moderately long finish. This is about pleasure from the nose down through the gullet. It hit's on all cylinders; not in an overpowering way, but in a checked that box off in a most pleasing, not perfunctory sort of way. If you find this, buy 6-12 bottles for everyday drinking. If you like what I like; pleasure in the bottle and glass, you will not be disappointed. And at a price that will have you swooning...
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Red
3/10/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
91 points
Very pleasantly surprised. Lovely humble bottle. Recommended by my local wine shop. Field blend. Fruit driven with structure to back it up. Acid in balance and I'm not a fan of acid/tart wines, but this isn't jammy either. Loads of pleasure in this bottle. Great for everyday drinking.
White
2/23/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
92 points
Simply lovely. Had it with a salmon grilled in foil with dill and lemon slices and butter. Haven't had this in years. Have a couple of more bottles going to have them with grilled salmon this summer.
White
2/23/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
90 points
Like too many recent wines, no contemporaneous notes. But I liked it, more than the high 80's I see others give it. High 80's to me means it's OK. I found this more than OK.
Red
2/23/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
92 points
No contemporaneous notes, but this was excellent. Loads of pinot pleasure...
Red
2/23/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
90 points
Liked this too..
Red
2/23/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
90 points
Have almost always liked Meiomi. This was fine for what it is...
White
No contemporaneous notes, but it was consumed with breads and cheeses and well liked...
Red
2016 Ridge Geyserville Alexander Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
2/23/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
93 points
Had this alone (sigh) over 2 nights with a couple of savory meals. Recorked the 1/2 bottle immediately. It was simply lovely both nights. Smooth. Intense aromatics of ripe blue/black fruits; briary/brambly/dusty. Long smooth finish. Worth a repurchase, although I hesitate to lay out this kind go dough on wine anymore. Then again, it's hard to pull those pricey bottles from the cellar as well. Jesus, old"er" age is turning me more Scottish than I actually am...
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White - Sparkling
2/23/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
90 points
Still loving it after all these years. Don't get the low reviews. Maybe I'm just not that critical, but this gives me heaps of Champagne pleasure at a QPR that is do-able.
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Red
2/23/2019 - drdecanto Likes this wine:
90 points
Haven't been keeping contemporaneous notes, but it appears that 9 bottles were consumed over the past 3 months. Perhaps I'm too generous with my score, but 89 seems not enough for the pleasure in the bottle. Wish I could find it for under $15 as apparently others have. I paid $22 and found it well worth it.
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