Tasting Notes for markydecker

(272 notes on 239 wines)

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Red
9/15/2019 - markydecker Likes this wine:
92 points
I like these to sit in the cellar for 4-5 years so the wine can settle down and integrate. One hour decant. Really nice acidity to balance big, voluptuous, spicy fruit. Heat blew off over the first hour, was noted but not off putting. Drink now or over the next 5 years. Some of the best Howell Mountain has to offer. Delicious.
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White
9/15/2019 - markydecker Likes this wine:
95 points
Everything I like about big California Chardonnay and nothing I don’t. Lots of lemon curd, lemon zest, wet stones. Medium to full bodied, with just the slightest kiss of oak, no butter, and mouth watering acidity. Perfect balance. Superlative wine. 95 may be low.
Red
8/22/2019 - markydecker Does not like this wine:
82 points
One note: acid. I am usually an acid freak, but I do like some fruit with my acid, and unfortunately this wine delivers none. Unbalanced, not recommended.
White
Unbalanced. Too much oak, not enough acidity, flabby. For me, barely drinkable. Not what I expect from this appellation. Not recommended.
White
7/22/2019 - markydecker Likes this wine:
94 points
Beautiful wine. Apricots, orange rind, a little honey, balanced with good acidity and full body. This one needed some cellar time and it definitely helped. This is in the zone, but well cellared bottles will pay dividends. An outstanding alternative to the usual whites, and always fun to drink. As usual, John Alban nails it.
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Red
7/7/2019 - markydecker Likes this wine:
90 points
Plenty of structure here, slightly unbalanced on the overly acidic and tart side, making it a great pairing with the steaks we had tonight. Sour cherries and spices in abundance. Will probably benefit from more cellar time.
Red
7/6/2019 - markydecker Likes this wine:
94 points
This was an excellent bottle. Jumps from the glass with soaring aroma of sour cherry and roses. Superb balance between all components. Just the right amount of bright, fresh, lively cherry fruit, perfect acidic twang, medium body, kiss of wood. Not over extracted, heavy or ponderous, with very good typicity. Drinking extremely well now. Enjoy!
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Red
2016 Dalla Valle Collina Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/16/2019 - markydecker Likes this wine:
92 points
Drank way too young in order to sample a bottle. Meaty, dense, primary and jammy. Blackberry, saddle leather, graphite, garrigue. All in place for greatness in 10 years. As Napa Cabernet goes these days, excellent QPR for a pedigree such as DV. Very tasty.
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Rosé
6/11/2019 - markydecker Likes this wine:
93 points
The top of the Rose heap. Complexity is amazing for a rose...this has strong minerality, density, and backbone. Watermelon, strawberry, perfect balance. A serious wine. Will be hard to keep the corks in these over the summer. Delicious!
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Red
5/18/2019 - markydecker Likes this wine:
90 points
Well built Willamette Pinot Noir. The only slight flaw is some woodiness, but overall a nice balance of sweet cherries, rose petals, good acidity, and nice body. An enjoyable drink!
White
4/14/2019 - markydecker Likes this wine:
95 points
On Masters Sunday. 95 only to save room for future 98. For me, the best version of this delicious and delightful field blend produced to date. Absolute perfect balance of bright acidity, voluptuous fruit, steely minerality. Honey, beeswax, fresh cut flowers, wet stones, slightest hint of petrol, an absolute masterpiece of a wine. Close your eyes, it’s an Alsace Grand Cru. Simply wonderful. So glad I purchased a six pack. Bravo!!!
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White
3/14/2019 - markydecker Likes this wine:
92 points
An outstanding Vaillons that drinks significantly above its price point. Rich Meyer lemon, seawater, seashells, lively acidity, bursting with flavor. Good to the last drop. Outstanding example of the genre, glad I purchased a six pack. Delicious and delightful.
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Red
3/30/2019 - markydecker Likes this wine:
90 points
Just received these last week from the Ridge Z List mailing. I always look forward to the East Bench, a superbly well made Zinfandel (100% Zin) for early consumption or 3-5 years of aging. Just the right amount of extraction, bright fruit, perfect acidity, very much a finesse type style without the heavy hand seen in most of the genre. Drink these while you are waiting for your Geyservilles and Lyttons to come around. Easily 90 points now, might improve, but hard to keep the corks in these.
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Red
3/17/2019 - markydecker Likes this wine:
98 points
If you enjoy the Alban style, you will flat out love this. Darkest purple with substantial body. Blueberry compote on the nose and palate with zippy acidity. Graphite, minerals, smoked meats. I’ve been on John’s list for a while, but this was my first allocation of Seymour’s and I’m glad of it. Holding back 2 points in anticipation of even greater things with cellar time. Stunner.
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White
3/18/2019 - markydecker Likes this wine:
95 points
A lot to like here. Beautiful light yellow, clear and almost crystalline like appearance. Floral, stony aroma. Envelops the palate with bracing acidity, gorgeous lemon and mineral presence, and a 30 second plus finish. This is the entire package. Drinking beautifully.
Red
3/16/2019 - markydecker Likes this wine:
90 points
Drinks more like St. Estephe than California. Very much a restrained and more nuanced version of the varietal, with a high acid profile and reticent fruit, moderately tannic. 2 hour decant, quite tight and closed. Can use more cellar time. 90 for now...
Red
3/16/2019 - markydecker Likes this wine:
96 points
California Cabernet the way I like it. Medium body, measured use of oak with an eye toward perfect balance. This terroir speaks for itself. Drinking well now in its youth, in my experience with this producer, this will easily be at least a 20 year wine. Drank the evening after we had the ‘12 Maya, but it turned heads as well. Delicious.
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Red
2012 Dalla Valle Maya Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/16/2019 - markydecker Likes this wine:
100 points
Perfect score. The wine that hooked me on collecting 15 years ago was the 1991 Maya. This 2012 version is a downright spectacular wine. The 50% Cab Franc gives this wine special power, backbone, and over the top flavors. This is in it's youth, very drinkable but with a very long life ahead. It intoxicating bouquet of mascerated blackberries, currants and tobacco bursts from the glass. Puckering acidity to go with the dense fruit and big tannins forecasts great things for this vintage. What a fun, over the top experience this is. A tour de force for Dalla Valle. Bravo!
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Red
2/25/2019 - markydecker Likes this wine:
90 points
Medium bodied with light bricking. Damp earth, mushrooms, black olives with bracing acidity. Good QPR for the region, a well made wine. Drinking well right now, I wouldn’t wait too much longer on these. Give it a couple of hours in the decanter and it’s open for business.
Red
2/19/2019 - markydecker Likes this wine:
90 points
Fully mature and drinking quite well. Earth, dark cherry, rose petals. Medium to full body, proper acidity, balanced. Not overly complex, but an enjoyable drink, somewhat reminiscent of a good quality village Morey St. Denis. Drink em if you have em....
White
2/16/2019 - markydecker Likes this wine:
94 points
Score just went up 2 points. This has filled out and become an even more unctuous and irresistible wine. The fruit, aromas and acidity are in perfect balance. Sadly only one remains in my cellar. Moral of the story is to take all of your allocation....
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White
1/28/2019 - markydecker Likes this wine:
92 points
Delightful version of Riesling that packs significant power for the price point. Medium body, leggy, viscous, voluptuous. Nose of beeswax, peaches, lychee, stones. Slight hint of sweetness balanced by zippy acidity. This strikes me as a vintage that will reward longer term cellaring, so these will go to the bottom of the cellar and sleep till ‘25 or so. Great QPR here.
White
1/2/2019 - markydecker Likes this wine:
95 points
Another stellar Trout Gulch. AR continues to shine with this marvelous, unique terroir. Better on day 2, with earthy notes emerging along with the usual stone fruits, seashells and seawater. Amazing acidity. Premier Cru class Chablis in a California wrapper. Outstanding wine.
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White
12/27/2018 - markydecker wrote:
90 points
Conflicted on this one: supposedly “unoaked”, but does not taste like it...there’s definitely wood on this. Large scaled, full bodied and highly extracted. For me, it was redeemed by the high acidity, giving it some crunch. A little out of balance, but not overly so. Not a wine I would personally buy or seek out (this was gifted to me), I find Kistler much more enjoyable if I’m seeking a big Cali Chardonnay.
White
11/19/2018 - markydecker Likes this wine:
90 points
Solid 90. A great everyday Alsace Riesling. Stones and dried apricots on the nose and palate, slight petrol (in a good way), nice acidic backbone and a very slight effervescence. Just complex enough for the price point, a very well made wine. No buyers regret at all, this checks all the boxes for its category and provides good QPR.
Red
11/11/2018 - markydecker Likes this wine:
90 points
Great Ridge Zinfandel deliciousness, accentuated by a dollop of Petite Sirah, which provides a nice tannic backbone. Macerated blueberry and raspberry on the nose and palate, with mouthwatering acidity. Excellent pairing with brisket tacos. Very enjoyable now, but as noted on the back label, expect further development over the next 6-8 years.
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White
11/9/2018 - markydecker Likes this wine:
92 points
What a wonderful, fun wine. Jumps from the glass with bright floral nuances, lemon zest. Savory, stony, salty minerality paired with medium body and viscosity. A great combination in my view. This will pair seamlessly with seafood dishes. Fun to drink on it’s own as well. My first experience with this grape turned out very favorably. Glad I ordered several....
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Red
11/3/2018 - markydecker Likes this wine:
94 points
Outstanding effort here. It’s totally in my favored zone, with nice acidity, smooth, resolved, silky tannins, and perfect level of extraction. More old world in style, so the Cali fruit bomb crowd will like this less than I do. Classic cigar box, pencil lead, saddle leather on the nose, slightest amount of bricking. Should hold for a while but really no need to wait on this one, it’s singing now. Strong 94.
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White
9/24/2018 - markydecker wrote:
92 points
In Sun Valley over Labor Day weekend, late tasting note. Powerful, hedonistic and addictive version of SB that is hard not to like. Up front large scaled fruit forward but well balanced wine, unabashedly new world. Our group put away several bottles of this very quickly. Took Atkinson’s entire stock. Bravo!
White
9/24/2018 - markydecker Likes this wine:
90 points
In Sun Valley over Labor Day, late tasting note. Full bodied and viscous, nose of wet stones and citrus zest. Mineral infused lemon oil, stones and citrus for miles. Very young, confidence is high that 2-3 years in the cellar will bump score up well into the 90’s. Excellent.
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Red
8/26/2018 - markydecker Likes this wine:
90 points
PNP, which was probably a mistake. Young and closed down. Bright acidity, damp earth, sour cherry. Needs more time. Enjoyable with excellent typicity of the appellation.
Red
8/15/2018 - markydecker Likes this wine:
87 points
Let me just say, for a $19 bottle of Pinot Noir, this has pretty spectacular QPR. Better on day 2, a very Burgundian (yes, really) everyday drinking Pinot. Nicely balanced, touch of loamy earthiness, zippy acidity, decent fruit. No, it’s not complex or refined, but seriously, it’s a below $20 bottle of very enjoyable wine. I recommend purchasing by the case for casual quaffing. Kudos to Jim Clendenen on a job well done!
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Red
7/24/2018 - markydecker wrote:
82 points
Disappointing for WS. This tastes like somehow a big dollop of Syrah was mixed in. Not typical at all of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, unfortunately. If I had wanted Meiomi (and I never do), I would have asked for it. In fairness, every single vineyard Pinot from WS I have had has been excellent, but this totally misses the mark. Calling it like I see it. Hopefully an aberration. Not sure what the other reviewers are seeing, but that’s far away from my experience with this. Consistent over 2 tastings.
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Red
7/18/2018 - markydecker wrote:
80 points
Simplistic and overly woody. Not my favorite.
Red
6/16/2018 - markydecker Likes this wine:
90 points
Love the restraint and Burgundian qualities of this wine, which is sourced right next door to Kosta’s Gaps Crown. Cherries and allspice with some enjoyable earthiness and great structure. Going strong, will cellar well. Great drink.
Red
6/16/2018 - markydecker Likes this wine:
87 points
Young and tight. Medium body, good acidity. Somewhat hollow, opened up with an hour of air. Suggest at least a two hour decant. Ok for a village wine, good basic Gevrey.
White
5/12/2018 - markydecker Likes this wine:
92 points
Delicious. Better on day 2. Apricot and Mandarin orange on the nose, medium body, zippy acidity. Steely, mineral driven, but the fruit is apparent. I always look forward to my annual allocation of this unusual and easy drinking blend. Bravo!
Red
5/10/2018 - markydecker Likes this wine:
92 points
What a great perk to mailing list customers to be able to access an outstanding $20 bottle of very well made and easy drinking Zinfandel such as this. Medium to full body, opaque purple. Blackberries, anise, white pepper and spices on the nose. A very welcome snappy acidity balances out the lush berry fruit. Better with a couple of hours of air. For lovers of this varietal, it does not get better than this for the price point. Turley knocks this out of the park for QPR.
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Red
4/22/2018 - markydecker Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark ruby, medium body. Slightly earthy and funky after an hour decant, but quite pleasantly so. Balanced and solidly executed.
Red
3/17/2018 - markydecker Likes this wine:
95 points
A baby Reva, this wine delivers excellent QPR. Dense purple, full bodied and lush. Blackberry jam on the nose with some forest floor. Highly concentrated and pushes the limits of extraction, as all Alban wines do, but the acidity keeps it in check. Massive without being overbearing. Perfect match with the short ribs at Elbow Room Fresno. Damn great Syrah....
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Red
2012 Opus One Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/17/2018 - markydecker Likes this wine:
94 points
Killed a baby but it was still very enjoyable. Dark ruby to the rim, cassis and dark chocolate on the nose. Medium to full bodied, lovely acidity, silky tannins. Some vanilla but not too much. Tight and very promising. Way too young, great things ahead. Thanks to my good friend Doug Hickok for opening this stellar wine.
Red
2/20/2018 - markydecker Likes this wine:
90 points
At Le Bernardin NYC. Very enjoyable with no decant at a business dinner. Medium bodied, fruit forward, silky and quite precocious for such a young wine. Dark ruby, aromas of rose petal, cherries and stones. Very well balanced and an excellent accompaniment to the perfect cuisine at what is my favorite restaurant in the country. Great QPR, drinks like a premier cru. Very well executed.
White
2/12/2018 - markydecker Likes this wine:
92 points
Consistent with previous note. Eight more bottles in the cellar and none will see the light of day for at least 3 years...definitely needs time, but oh so much potential!
Red
1/11/2018 - markydecker Likes this wine:
85 points
For $10 a bottle by the case, a great value for everyday drinking.
It's inky colored, aroma of blackberry and slightly earthy. On the palate, blackberry, raisin, raisin, plum, flint, oak, black pepper and stoniness. The body is medium, with somewhat linear texture. Medium acidity, easy drinking with outstanding QPR. Some of the comments here expect a little too much for the price point...lighten up, folks :)
Red
1/6/2018 - markydecker Likes this wine:
92 points
The wine looks crimson colored. The legs are fast. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like blueberry, raspberry, cherry, stoniness, medium toast, black pepper, stoniness and violet. It tastes like blueberry and cherry. The body is medium. The wine has silky texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has high acidity. You can count on Ridge for some of the world's best Zinfandels.
Red
12/8/2017 - markydecker Likes this wine:
97 points
Fantastic Bordeaux. You would never know this is a second wine. Seamlessly integrated and impeccably balanced. Inky dark and dense. Lead pencil, unsmoked tobacco, tar, garrigue, leather. Explosive, powerful nose. An absolutely stunning example of the terroir. Thanks to my wine buddy Melanie for opening this. Will continue to thrive for the foreseeable future. One of my best ever wines. Sexy as hell.
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White
11/26/2017 - markydecker Likes this wine:
92 points
Consistent with previous vintages, total opposite of the stereotypical California chard. The new world's version of Chablis and a great one at that. Aroma consistent with the Chablis terroir: seashell, crushed limestone, seawater. Slight greenish tint to the light yellow color. Palate is strong on the acid, as consistent with past profiles of this wine. Excellent balance, no discernible wood. Bring on the seafood tower! Put these away for 5 years and I believe you will be rewarded. Building a nice vertical of this great wine and looking forward to a great future tasting...Bravos to Arnot Roberts as usual for their consistency with this special vineyard property.
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Red
11/25/2017 - markydecker Likes this wine:
90 points
Impeccably balanced, with perfect integration of fruit and acidity. This is one to re-order for those on the Ridge Z-List. Bravo!
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Red
2004 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/25/2017 - markydecker Likes this wine:
94 points
Consistent with previous note. Outstanding Bordeaux, outstanding value.
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