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White
2015 Tablas Creek Côtes de Tablas Blanc Paso Robles Adelaida District White Rhone Blend
Gold hue. Nose of honeysuckle, orange blossom, candle wax, white peach, yellow pear, pineapple, lime curd, lemon balm, marshmallow, lanolin, a tinge of saline. Slight honey. The palate features a soft Viognier-like texture, a touch oily, medium-bodied and perhaps a touch lighter than expected. Gentle acidity but the wine is not flabby. Pleasant undercurrent of white minerals and low key nutmeg/ bergamot orange peel. Great entry level Cali Rhône blend. I’d drink the 2015 vintage now, if you still have one.
  • wilypod commented:

    4/3/20, 4:38 AM - Good note. I found this wine much improved after 24 hours.

Red
2013 Carlisle Zinfandel Pagani Ranch Sonoma Valley
10/28/2019 - khmark7 wrote:
Still a very big wine. I taste a lot of Petite Sirah in this red, and maybe best with grilled beef. I think this will last forever....
  • wilypod commented:

    3/23/20, 1:57 PM - Carlisle noted a generous dose of Alicante Bouschet in the 2013, which usually lacks finesse but adds power.

Red
2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Pagani Ranch Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
3/9/2020 - ohne_musik wrote:
90 points
Nose is a bit reticent, but comes across like a grocery store produce section, in the best possible way - roses, faint citrus, berries, greens. That gives away to very focused blueberry and blackberry. Palate is a bit closed, even after a 2 hour decant. wet concrete, black/blueberry fruit, violets, unsweetened cocoa, and pretty chunky tannins. More structured than the Carlisle pagani. Check back in 3-5 minimum. 88 now (92-94 potential)

Day 2: a lovely core of iron-bound red fruit emerges, dipped in a cloud of blackberry meringue, and an incredible inner mouth perfume. Still a bit disjointed with astringent tannins but starting to really shine. 91+
  • wilypod commented:

    3/10/20, 10:01 AM - My scoring is based on the immediate tasting, often over a two day period to get some idea of aging potential. As Ohne_Musik has done, sometimes I note future potential by putting a scoring range in parentheses if the wine conveys future promise. Over the last 5 years of being on Cellar Tracker, I have however become wary about guessing aging potential. Mit_Bedenken.

Red
2017 Tablas Creek Panoplie Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend
3/6/2020 - wilypod Likes this wine:
97 points
Opens with high-toned incense and sandalwood. After 30 minutes licorice, cassis, black raspberry, cedar, and mulberry spice expand and fill out the nose. The mouth is ultra smooth and seamless from beginning to end -- and the end lingers with liqueur-like essences of Chambord and the like.

Approachable, ready, and drinkable now. In fact even if one had just one bottle, the sheer deliciousness and creme de la creme quality of this wine are so seductive, one should be tempted to splurge immediately. No doubt it will age fabulously, but the sheer volume of fruit essence now is worth experiencing.
  • wilypod commented:

    3/7/20, 7:13 AM - Panoplie and Esprit age comparably well. What has come to surprise me is how good the Panoplie is as a young wine. TCV reds age well. For me the only weak red vintage since 2007 has been 2010. The 2014s are terrific now and will age but not as beautifully as 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017. I have not made up my mind on the pretty 2012 and blockbuster 2016 vintage, which have been very flavorful while young. I suspect 2012 will be less interesting down the line. The powerful 2016s will undoubtedly age well, but for a personal assessment I just haven't yet sampled the En Gobelet or Panoplie.

Red
2013 Carlisle Zinfandel Old Vines Russian River Valley
2/11/2020 - wilypod wrote:
15.7% alcohol but did not appear especially hot on the palate. Less brambly Zinny in style than most of Carlisle's Zinfandels, which tend to have very polished fruit and fruit essences. The aromas and mouthfeel are more rustic and structured but less refined than is the wont of Carlisle. Wine was more approachable on Day 2 with healthy acidity. Black cherry and pronounced influence of mixed blacks like Alicante Bouschet or Petite Sirah (?), so tannins are sturdy. The fruit is plentiful but somewhat "stewed" or cooked in character. Drink up.
  • wilypod commented:

    2/12/20, 6:08 PM - Was better on Day 2. Or, open early and let it breathe and come to for about 4 hours.

Red
2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Pagani Ranch Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
2/4/2020 - mtolerico Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark cherry, raspberry, cranberry, currants, cinnamon, paprika, baseball dirt, intense yet balanced and drinking well as a PnP.
  • wilypod commented:

    2/5/20, 10:24 AM - Fun note

Red
2017 Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Paso Robles Adelaida District Red Rhone Blend
11/20/2019 - tward wrote:
The jury is out on this one and it is too young to drink right now. It is always ill advised to open a bottle right after receiving a delivery, but I did it out of curiosity, pouring half a glass within a day of receipt. Very tight, but nice crunchy red fruits, elegant. The second night another half+ glass showed better, putting on some depth and a bit rounder. The third night was similar. The fourth night, with a half of the bottle remaining, it seemed really disjointed, pretty heavy, and I kept getting notes that spoke not of the harvest but of the wine*making*. Maybe it was just the primary fruit with oak, but it kept reminding me of cheaper wines where you taste the "ingredients". The good thing is that I'm probably wrong about this. I certainly hope so. Tablas farms biodynamic and has demonstrated thoughtful leadership; though I don't think I've ever come across anything in their literature / blog that discusses wine making ingredients or lack thereof, I have confidence that whatever "adjustments" they make are made with a great amount of restraint. I look forward to my next bottle in 6+ months where this fourth night note will not register.

Note: Each night the bottle was closed with a stopper, no suction, kept in a wine fridge.
  • wilypod commented:

    1/9/20, 1:30 PM - When I tasted it at the en primeur in 2018 the wine had a lively sense of spice. Did that come across at all? I may pop a bottle myself after a few months to compare with my own initial impressions.

Red
2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Kirschenmann Vineyard Lodi
12/18/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
91 points
Own rooted Zinfandel. Dark cherry juice color with soft and lifted aromas of red fruit: PN cherry pie filling, mulberry, pomegranate. Some smoke, caramel, iron, mulling spices, and dried fruit tones fill out the palate. An hour of aeration really freshened the wine. It is mature but not in decline and has improved and evolved nicely in the last 5 years. If in ideal storage conditions could go another 2 to 3 years. Impressive as in beguiling rather than an outright knock out. 90-92
  • wilypod commented:

    12/18/19, 6:48 PM - Thanks. Keep posting on Okanagan Valley wines.

White
2016 Tablas Creek Esprit Blanc de Tablas Paso Robles Adelaida District White Rhone Blend
12/1/2019 - DougSamuel Likes this wine:
90 points
Unusual blend. Key is to serve at a higher temp. We pulled it from the wine fridge (~50° F) and it took 20 minutes to really show off the flavor.
  • wilypod commented:

    12/1/19, 10:57 AM - Agree that these Esprits should be cool not cold.

Red
2011 Tablas Creek Côtes de Tablas Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend
11/14/2019 - tward Likes this wine:
89 points
A couple of years ago I was mildly put off by its strong ripeness, but I liked it with this bottle (*). Southern Rhone Grenache driven wine (**) leaps out of the glass, a dead ringer for a high end CdR or low to mid end CdP. Ripe and baking red fruits, roasted earth and game meat, dried and fresh mixed herbs. It does fall out in the middle a bit though. This is more of an up front wine with a decent finish.

It's nice to store some of these Cotes de Tablas bottles rather than exclusively cellaring the Esprits. I feel that stored at ideal cellar temperature many of the CdTs could develop up to 8-10 years very well.

* ...which was stored in the mid-50s to mid-60s (seasonally) for the past six years, so aging is certainly accelerated against a perfect cellar.

** Half Grenache, a quarter+ Syray, then Mourvedre and a dollop of Counoise. 13.5% abv, which is an achievement for the flavor profile and place. This might be helping a feeling of balance, keeping it fresh enough to avoid becoming heavy and monotonous.
  • wilypod commented:

    11/15/19, 11:53 AM - Your note has real utilitarian value for TCV drinkers. One of the things I like about TCV wines is that they have a story to tell. Fine job telling it.

Red
2014 Lagier Meredith Syrah Mt. Veeder
11/2/2019 - MTC2 Likes this wine:
93 points
In line with last bottle. Brings to mind a Cote Rotie that had a baby with a California Central Coast Syrah. Very enjoyable.
  • wilypod commented:

    11/2/19, 7:13 PM - Fun note. Really conveys something.

Red
2013 Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend
9/27/2019 - brianofthevine wrote:
90 points
40% Mourvedre/28% Syrah/22% Grenache/10% Counoise. Black cherry, black raspberry, and plum. Savory herbs on the palate along with some cracked pepper, leather, forest floor, and earthy notes. Medium bodied, not a complex as I expected. Decent acidity, smooth tannins, decent finish.
  • wilypod commented:

    9/29/19, 3:55 AM - 10% Counoise. Solo (for me) not a distinguished grape, and I've also tried it as a varietal both from TCV and other Paso producers. Maybe the vines need to be older or cropped for more intense fruit.

White
2016 Tablas Creek Côtes de Tablas Blanc Paso Robles Adelaida District White Rhone Blend
9/13/2019 - nzinkgraf wrote:
43% Viognier, 40% GB, 14% Marsanne,3% Roussanne. Lots of generous and accessible minerality to the wine. Perched on lovely fruit. F*** this is good.
  • wilypod commented:

    9/15/19, 12:11 PM - The Viognier leads with 44 percent, doesn’t it?

Red
2016 Carlisle Zinfandel Papera Ranch Russian River Valley
8/25/2019 - JERB Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted for 5 hours. We tasted this wine head to head with the 2016 Bedrock Papera Ranch. Amongst the four of us, the consensus was that the Bedrock had more layers - more dimensions to it. Neither wine was a "fruit bomb" and we all appreciated that. The sense was that the Carlisle had more fruit up front. An interesting observation was that the Bedrock was better with food [in this case a reverse-seared bone-in mustard/herb pork loin] which to us reflected the additional layers in the Bedrock. But having said that, I will say that I prefered the nuance and sophistication of the Carlisle. The Carlisle was gorgeously approachable - more of a sense of just enjoy without having to analyze.

While I am sure that both wines will benefit from more age, my sense is that the Carlisle will hit its optimum sooner than the Bedrock. Mike Officer [Carlisle] suggests the drinking window on his wine to be 2019 to 2028.

Make no mistake, they were both very good! It came down to individual preferences.
  • wilypod commented:

    8/26/19, 12:49 PM - This wine has generated a range of opinion on CT lately. I did a similar tasting (with friends) of the 2012 Carlisle Papera and 2012 Bedrock Papera. Both have lots of character. The Carlisle has more in the way of fruit-liqueur intensity but I agree that the Bedrock really rocks at the table (perhaps because of the roughly 40% Carignane in their blend?).

  • wilypod commented:

    8/26/19, 12:49 PM - This wine has generated a range of opinion on CT lately. I did a similar tasting (with friends) of the 2012 Carlisle Papera and 2012 Bedrock Papera. Both have lots of character. The Carlisle has more in the way of fruit-liqueur intensity but I agree that the Bedrock really rocks at the table (perhaps because of the roughly 40% Carignane in their blend?).

White
2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Cuvée Karatas Sonoma County Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
8/10/2019 - JayAAllen Likes this wine:
89 points
Interesting wine, this. If you have some, drink up.

Drank two different bottles over two nights. Wine from the first bottle was deep gold in color and had a definite funk on opening. I almost poured the wine out, as it had a harsh, overly woody aroma and taste. 30 minutes in the glass evened this out and revealed a Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon blend that seemed more reminiscent of an aged, oaked Chardonnay, with honey and butterscotch flavors. I was glad that I didn't pour the wine out.

The second bottle was much less golden and much less funky. While some of the characteristics from night one were present, the aromas and flavors were much more subtle and well integrated. A nice wine for food or for sipping.

As I indicated at the start - if you got 'em, drink 'em.
  • wilypod commented:

    8/10/19, 2:12 PM - Bedrock makes great wines and I applaud your giving the wine the benefit of the doubt. I have one more bottle and did not enjoy either of the others, drunk a couple of years apart. For me, the Cuvee Karatas has been the rare disappointment from Bedrock, coming across as seriously over-oaked and medicinal.

Red
2015 Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Paso Robles Adelaida District Red Rhone Blend
7/5/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
93 points
Dark red with a blue hue. Changed after 90 minutes of air. At first, dark smooth flavors of blackberry and cassis, then it brightened up with intense red fruits (cherry, griotte, cranberry -- no strawberry) and minty spice, but not the typical GSM Christmas spice melange of dried cherries or raisins suffused with vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and orange zest. More like raspberry essence, accented with clove, and cedar. Seamless, integrated tannins. Wonderful sense of proportion -- medium bodied but with a long resonating finish -- and red fruit of intense purity, where all that has gone into it has resulted in a single identity, uncomplicated by any distracting partisanship of un-integrated components, flavors or aromas. What a wine for the Fourth of July: e pluribus unum. Delicious now and even better the next day. 93-96
  • wilypod commented:

    7/28/19, 7:44 AM - I do believe this is a sensational wine and -- for Tablas -- 2015 was exceptional. The 2015 Panoplie is also exalted.

White
2016 Tablas Creek Roussanne Paso Robles Adelaida District
7/13/2019 - mwneil Likes this wine:
88 points
Delicate wine, flavors are very restrained, the critics JD and JR were tasting a different wine, not intense , it slowly opened with a touch of sweet fruit,clean flavors, a unique grape which is usually used for blends, not too acidic,light and low alcohol, might drink again but nothing to overly recommend, trying to be polite for a TC wine, drank with calamari and tile fish.
  • wilypod commented:

    7/14/19, 9:00 AM - They seem to be harvesting at lower brix the last three years.

Red
2016 Carlisle Zinfandel Papera Ranch Russian River Valley
1/20/2019 - Motz wrote:
92 points
Here we go, with a couple of caveats first.

My palate leans heavily to varietally correct, terroir-driven, layered and balanced wines, regardless of provenance. See, for example, my note on the 2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Bedrock Heritage, and the note that proceeds this one, on the 2014 Birichino Grenache Old Vines Besson Vineyard, which I tasted alongside this wine over two days and found more satisfying.

Perfect ripeness, however desirable, can lead to wines that lack depth and structure, as ripeness can take a toll on acid levels. See, for example, my notes on the heady, yet overhyped 2015 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr and Graacher Himmelreich Kabinetts.

Tasted over two days.

The appealing: Heady bouquet of all things ripe berry, blue, purple, and black. Ultra juicy berries, absence of lumber, and medium to medium plus acid.

The less appealing: Other than saturated berriness (Is that a word?), there is very little to this. One might find wafting hints of sarsparilla, sweet pipe tobacco, fruit-flavored milk-chocolate, and spice, but that is about it. Specifically, there is little sense of variety. One might surmise, based upon the juicy fruit, that Zinfandel is present, yet the peppery, sappy, sometimes meaty and smoky pithiness that characterize Zinfandel are all but absent. There is no sense of place, other than New World, and probably California, based upon the crowd-pleasing style. And, other than the aforementioned acid level, Zinfandel usually offers a certain level of powdery tannins, which are not present with this.

The unappealing: The wine features an strong sense of manufacture, or chemical manipulation. One might be able to make something that tastes similar with two parts concord grape juice, one part blueberry juice, one part blackberry juice, articial berry flavors, and grape spirits to equal 15 percent abv.

All this aside, the wine must be judged on its merits: intoxicating perfume, very good structure, shut-the-wine-brain-off tastiness, and for these reasons I cannot score it less than 92 points, however grudgingly. Drink over the near term, as it lacks the substance to improve.

Who knows what the pros were thinking. Perhaps they were seduced by the sirens.
  • wilypod commented:

    1/21/19, 10:20 AM - Enjoyed your thoughtful response to this wine and to the Carlisle style. I have not consumed any Carlisle wines older than 2012s. I do not know how well they age. I find them utterly delicious as young, and occasionally complex. For example the 2012 Papera Zin tasted more intriguing and complex on day two. Likewise the 2014 Rosella Syrah and 2015 Palisades Petite Sirah. While Carlisle wines have mostly a hedonistic appeal when young, like other wines (CDP, Bordeaux Classed growths, Côte Rotie, Barolo, etc) that aspire to greatness, I will learn for myself whether aging them pays dividends.

    On the other hand, I find Papera has an exceptionally well-defined sense of place, in terms of aromatics, intensity, and mouthfeel.

  • wilypod commented:

    7/4/19, 9:03 AM - I live in Virginia where even the best local wines struggle to get "phenolic" ripeness, yet wineries such as Linden produce beautiful wines, certainly lacking the opulence of California fruit, but taste great with food, with redolent fruit, excellent structure, and surprising ability to age gracefully.

    That said I recently had a 2013 Carlisle Dupratt Zin, 15.7%, and it was terrific, even elegant, and without a suggestion of being manufactured or concocted in a lab. Still I agree that too many California wines on the market do have a concocted personality. With Papera (the anomaly of high acidity and high alcohol), I think it is worth comparing Bedrock with Carlisle. Bedrock aims for a field blend character with a healthy percentage of Carignane, and there is more initial complexity. Carlisle is almost all Zinfandel, obtaining a liqueur like character at times. I go for both.

Red
2011 Bedrock Wine Co. Bedrock Heritage Wine Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
6/23/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
92 points
2011-- Complex, spicy Côte Rotie nose, dark fruits, mint, and licorice, dried cherry and fig, cocoa, lightly oaked. Good acidity in the mouth with a Big Bang, expanding intensity effect, medium long finish, a bit hot and baked at the end. Tannins are Bordeaux-like but moderate and tamed. I did not decant but recommend decanting for an hour at least. 92-93

2012 -- This is almost identical in profile to the 2011 but gets there more effortlessly. The dark berry, fruity, minty aromas are fresher. Easygoing and generous with a Napa Cab sensuality to it. Slightly more forward and minty, smoother, and weightier in the mouth, with a nice, refined dark chocolate finish. Double decanted. 94

2014 -- This needs another one to four years and was like drinking a great Syrah or Cab too early. The tannins are rich with a pronounced edge (but not fierce by any means). Bold notes of cedar, blackberry, cassis and licorice, with clove and cardamom. Tremendous sense of spice, substance, and extract, integrated well enough, albeit still en route to a more elegant expression. Double decanted 4 hours. 92-95

2016 -- One can taste the refined and complex 2011 lurking inside this lively animal, bursting with rich aromas and flavors. Like the 2014 there is loads of fruit and spice, but it already seems better integrated than the 2014. Still wait a few years. Double decanted 4 hours. 93-94

The 2012, 2014, and 2016 all seem built for 10 years. The 2011 seems in a peak drinking window now.
  • wilypod commented:

    6/28/19, 10:08 PM - Context: We were four couples. The 2012 was the favorite. I preferred the unruly 2014. But everyone had good things to say about all four and their shared identity.

White
2018 Argiolas Vermentino di Sardegna Merì
6/26/2019 - Xavier Auerbach wrote:
89 points
A private lunch (Restaurant Cecconi’s, Amsterdam, NL): Delightful crispness and salinity, ripe fruit and flowers, fresh and succulent, very good resonance and length.
  • wilypod commented:

    6/26/19, 5:33 PM - Just picked up a bottle of this. Good timing.

Rosé
2017 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rosé Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend
6/19/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
90 points
Not a rosé drinker but I really like and enjoy this. Has an un-watery, lively texture. Crunchy mild berries and fresh minerality. Paired seamlessly with grilled salmon with a mustard-soy-ginger-orange glaze. 90
  • wilypod commented:

    6/20/19, 6:40 PM - Not a lot of experience with Rosé, but it's a screw cap and should maintain the freshness of the juice at least another year. I read in Wine Enthusiast that the 2018 is off the charts better, so I'd suggest going with the 2018.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Pol Roger Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
6/2/2019 - wilypod Likes this wine:
92 points
This disgorgement (March 2018): Enjoyable Quotient off the charts. Such a perfectly balanced Champagne. The dosage is not austere yet seamlessly integrated. Lovely tree fruit -- citrus, apple, and apricot (!) -- lively, juicy, and both tart and ripe. Toasted croissant and slate. Just a perfect quaff if lacking the extraordinary character sometimes achieved in a Champagne Millésimé.
  • wilypod commented:

    6/2/19, 11:10 AM - Thanks WEBIII. Then that little alphanumerical sequence is of no interest to consumers.

Red
2013 Carlisle Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard Sonoma Valley
5/26/2019 - Mr.Overhill wrote:
90 points
Surprisingly subdued for a 13 from Mr. Mike, more fruit and tartness which unfortunately could not carry the midpalate oomph, which to me seemed suspect and hollow. It also got tarty sour more sooner than I would have expected, especially after being open for day two. Wish that it had seriously improved by day three but it was already sliding. I don't see it being ad long lived as I thought it would be two years ago.
  • wilypod commented:

    5/29/19, 5:57 AM - Sounds austere. The Carlisle drinkability chart window is from 2017 to 2026. Mike describes the dusty tannins as Barolo like. I wonder if more time will help.

Red
2016 Tablas Creek Grenache Paso Robles Adelaida District
5/11/2019 - MTC2 Likes this wine:
89 points
I wanted to like this more. Dusty strawberry and herbal notes. Very light quaf with not a lot of complexity. Will it improve with age? Kind of a copout, but time will tell.
  • wilypod commented:

    5/12/19, 7:47 PM - Some Grenache from California does improve with age, especially the bigger versions from Paso Robles, like Andrew Murray and Villa Creek.

Red
2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Beduccini Sonoma Valley Red Blend
5/6/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
I virtually always enjoy Bedrock wines, but this one leaves me cold. It’s extremely tannic, without sufficient fruit to balance the astringency. There is also a bitter note on the finish, exacerbating the austerity of the wine. Perhaps this was a bad time to drink it, but with only one bottle there was no way to make a determination as to the optimal time to open it.
  • wilypod commented:

    5/7/19, 9:27 AM - Bedrock advertised it more or less as an experiment. Based on your note, I will let this unusual wine age and hope for the best.

White
2016 Vollenweider Wolfer Goldgrube Riesling Kabinett Mosel Saar Ruwer
4/11/2019 - k33g3r wrote:
86 points
Litt blekere farge enn ‘17, og med et svakt grønnskjær. Nesa er mer lukket enn ‘17. Også her er det rik og moden frukt. Gul fersken, aprikos og ananas. Saftig frukt i munn, men noe tynn. Pen friskhet men kort finish. Litt skuffende.
  • wilypod commented:

    4/11/19, 7:21 PM - Med mer tid i flasken, vil denne Riesling blomstre mer ekspressivt?

  • wilypod commented:

    4/12/19, 8:06 AM - Jeg vil holde min flaske på lager et par år og håper på det beste!

    Dette er Vinous vinsmaking notatet: "Et lett osteopskrift fra spontane gjæringsdeler for å avsløre dufter av moden kirsebær, ananas og fersken som er sikret i kaprifol. Creaminess av tekstur er uncannily allied til levity, smittsom primær juiciness, og gjennomsiktighet til floral og stony nyanser som waft inn i en smakfullt dvelende finish. Høy restsukker klarer å opprettholde en strengt støttende rolle. En svak, smigrende hint av karamell understreker følelsen av ren modenhet her, men vinens oppdrift og forfriskning staver "Kabinett"."

  • wilypod commented:

    4/12/19, 8:08 AM - Forresten snakker jeg ikke norsk, men bruker bare Google Translate.

Red
2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Evangelho Vineyard Contra Costa County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
3/7/2019 - passion4wine wrote:
89 points
One year later and I pull a cork from another Evangelho Vineyard Heritage wine from Bedrock. This time I was underwhelmed. Still flabby and lacking any complexity. Tannins have been resolved but lost any structure. Nice to drink, but just not what I've come to expect from these wines. Raspberry, spice, pepper and earth on the nose with a simple single layer of Ranier cherry and pepper on the palate.
  • wilypod commented:

    3/8/19, 9:28 AM - Some wines with a healthy % of Mataro need a long decant or aeration to bloom again. My older Evangelhos come nicely alive with age.

Red
2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon Kamen Vineyard Moon Mountain District
1/17/2019 - gharter Likes this wine:
89 points
Needs time to open. Starts out very thin.
Initially, tobacco and cedar overwhelm the fruit. Same on the palate.
Over the next hour, it started to open. Tobacco, cigar box and cedar still dominate, but the black fruits start to show up. A lot of tobacco/cigar box and cedar still dominate the flavor, but the black fruit starts to show through. Will the fruit overtake the oak and tobacco? Not sure.
  • wilypod commented:

    1/18/19, 8:56 AM - Interesting conversation. Bedrock's use of oak is judicious on their Zins and Zin-based field blends. Most of the Rhone varietals are great also. However, I have found that their Sauvignon Blancs are overoaked for my palate. Over time the oak stayed and the fruit went away. CS of course is different. I reckon I'll wait this one out to age eight to ten or so.

Red
2013 Carlisle Zinfandel Montafi Ranch Russian River Valley
1/12/2019 - galewskj wrote:
91 points
This wine is definitely rich and ripe. It is not jammy, but it is a bit slutty. For zinfandel, this is very good.
  • wilypod commented:

    1/12/19, 6:10 AM - Made my day!

  • wilypod commented:

    1/12/19, 6:10 AM - Made my day!

Red
2015 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
12/12/2018 - Raizes Likes this wine:
92 points
用来吹瓶和吃烤肉干杯了,十分浪费……开瓶满满的黑樱桃果味和脂粉气。90分钟后有了更多甘草、丁香、胡椒和泥土的香气,更复杂的同时结构变得完整立体。单宁还未足够柔顺,但和良好的酸度一起构建除了令人愉悦、振奋的口感。目前喝还非常的年轻,还要走过一段很长的熟成期才能展现真正实力。91+
  • wilypod commented:

    12/15/18, 4:52 AM - 我认为它会随着时间的推移而增加

  • wilypod commented:

    12/21/18, 6:10 PM - Yes, many years are needed for this wine to peak. 是的,这款酒多年来不会达到顶峰

Red
2016 Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Paso Robles Adelaida District Red Rhone Blend
10/29/2018 - sababa1022 Likes this wine:
92 points
A baby but one with nice potential. Give it some rest and enjoy in the next 2 - 10 years.
  • wilypod commented:

    11/1/18, 2:09 PM - Do the fruits come across predominantly as red or black?

Red
2007 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend
10/30/2018 - drrobvino wrote:
92 points
My 2nd bottle, had the last one 5 yrs ago. Paid $32 directly from the winery.
This one unfortunately suffers the same "fizzy fate" on the palate as the last bottle. This thankfully blows off in a day or so after opening.
44% Mourvedre, 29% Grenache, 21% Syrah and 6% Counoise.
The nose shows black cherry and blackberry fruits, alongside refreshing orange peel and moist earth and charcoal embers.
The palate includes a panoply of flavors, like plum, black cherry, licorice, and kirsch, with earthy flavors like tobacco leaf, charcoal, and black pepper.
The tannins are still quite fierce, even after 11 years of bottle age. There is balancing acidity that brings the big wine into a nice balance, leading into a long and lip-smacking finish.
Drink now (after decanting) through 2025 or so.
  • wilypod commented:

    11/1/18, 2:06 PM - Did you mostly consume on Day 2?

Red
2013 E. Fuligni (Cottimelli) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
2/19/2018 - Bluespolo wrote:
95 points
Benvenuto Brunello 2018; 2/18/2018-2/19/2018: Mi ha impressionato per integrità ed immediatezza al naso, croccante di frutta rossa e nera, complesso ma molto approcciabile, appena un poco vegetale con sentori di bosco e di tabacco. sapido e fresco con tannini di grande qualità. Ottimo gia subito, ma con potenziale per invecchiamento. Non vedo l'ora di assaggiarlo con maggiore disponibilità di tempo e di liquido.
  • wilypod commented:

    10/31/18, 6:39 PM - Eri di nuovo in grado di assaggiare questo Brunello?

Red
2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Evangelho Vineyard Contra Costa County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
10/14/2018 - RichEB1 wrote:
88 points
I'm about as big of a Bedrock fan as it gets, but this wine was a hot mess at PnP. A massive oak bomb that I could barely stand to take a sniff of. Let it sit in the bottle for 4 hours and it settled down some to reveal some purple florals and red fruits....but still masked by a wall of oak. I love the Evangelo story and always want to like these wines more but they're never my favorite Bedrock offering. Combine that with the fact that pretty much all single vineyard BR wines I've tried from the 13 vintage seem to need a LOT more time, makes this a complete and utter HOLD.

Day 2 and this has toned down quite a bit with the oak much less prominent. Now a nice wine with savory purple fruits and a hint of orange/citrus on the finish (long finish which is probably my favorite part). Definitely better tonight compared to yesterday, but still not setting my world on fire. I'll take a Bedrock/Dolinsek/Pagani/Mo nteRosso Heritage over this any day of the week.
  • wilypod commented:

    10/15/18, 7:37 PM - Mourvedre funk?

  • wilypod commented:

    10/15/18, 7:38 PM - Mourvedre funk?

Red
2012 Domaine du Vissoux / Pierre-Marie Chermette Fleurie Les Garants Gamay
10/10/2018 - sleepyhaus wrote:
This has softened majorly in the last couple of years. These Vissoux Fleuries were hard for quite some time, showing little but acid and some tannin. Last night this was quite sweet but still with good structure. Drinking well now but can go some years yet as well.
  • wilypod commented:

    10/12/18, 9:07 AM - Welcome development

  • wilypod commented:

    10/12/18, 9:07 AM - Welcome development

Red
2015 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
10/4/2018 - wilypod Likes this wine:
90 points
2015 produced robust Chiantis with dark fruit and age-worthy acidity and tannins. The Volpaia Classico is well balanced while true to the vintage. As with other 2015s, the typically juicy sour cherry Sangiovese fruit is complicated with dark plum, blackberry, tobacco leaf, new oak, and leather, so be prepared for a big wine with stuffing, a little compact and hard at present. After being open 24 hours it did get more drinkable, but this is not a quaffer. They will likely be more sensual from 2020 onward.
  • wilypod commented:

    10/5/18, 6:48 AM - Makes sense. (2021-2025). Recently had an impressive bottle of the 2015 Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico, also extracted and not very expressive. Of the two, I preferred the Volpaia for its more abundant fruit.

    The 2015 Castellare di Castani Classico Riserva, on the other hand, was brighter, higher toned, and more luscious than either of the Classicos. I would have thought otherwise. Given that I will stash some Volpaia Riserva, which WS gave a ridiculous 96. When I see big WS scores I think huge tannins and extract. Are they discerning finesse nowadays?

  • wilypod commented:

    10/5/18, 1:12 PM - Double oops, and corrections: 1. WS= Wine Spectator, a US publication. 2. Castellare di Castelina Chianto Classico Riserva, an automatic spellcheck error, rewrite.

White
2017 Tablas Creek Vermentino Paso Robles Adelaida District
8/18/2018 - tward Likes this wine:
89 points
Tasted blind next to the 2017 Palmina Vermentino. (We knew that one was Tablas and the other Palmina and had had both of them at separate times in the past and are much more familiar with Tablas.)

The Tablas shows its tell-tale flinty minerality and taut body along with light touches of citrus zest, white flower blossoms, which contrasts with the more somewhat riper, rounder, floral style of the Palmina, which exhibits more texture, particularly with some air. Both are fine efforts and label 13.0 abv, both work as aperitif wines or would work with fish or shellfish. My preference is the Tablas, which I find a bit classier and more refined (if Vermentino is allowed those descriptors!)

Both wines are best on PnP and with just a bit of air, neither benefits from extended air contact.
  • wilypod commented:

    8/20/18, 2:29 PM - I like these comparison tastings.

White
2017 Tablas Creek Vermentino Paso Robles Adelaida District
8/12/2018 - tward Likes this wine:
89 points
Even ~1/4 of a bottle left overnight was nice the second night. This is not as mineral-inflected as I've liked in recent Tablas vintages, but it is still another winner. Lively and slightly rounded ripe fruit and a nice finish.
  • wilypod commented:

    8/14/18, 2:20 PM - Agree. I've enjoyed those vintages in which it was a little leaner, esp 2011 and 2015.

White
2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Cuvée Karatas Sonoma County Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
8/8/2018 - David_T wrote:
90 points
Waxy, nutty also with some lemon, honey, nutmeg and melon. Likely peaking now and while I would have loved to have tried it younger I look forward to seeing where my last bottle is around its 10th birthday.
  • wilypod commented:

    8/11/18, 11:59 AM - When I tasted this 2 or 3 years back, the structure dominated completely. You were wise to wait. Sounds like the fruit and spice have opened and the oaky-leesy heaviness has receded.

  • wilypod commented:

    8/11/18, 11:59 AM - When I tasted this 2 or 3 years back, the structure dominated completely. You were wise to wait. Sounds like the fruit and spice have opened and the oaky-leesy heaviness has receded.

White
2015 Clos des Lunes Lune Blanche Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
7/24/2018 - SMHalps Likes this wine:
90 points
Had this with my wine group and it was the first wine of the night, before the food arrived. A big hit, and better than I remember it from my last bottle. Dry, with a pleasing acidity.
  • wilypod commented:

    7/25/18, 5:15 AM - Agree, and the 2016 Clos des Lunes Lune Argent is even better.

Red
2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Schmiedt Road Lodi
7/23/2018 - markandsusanw wrote:
88 points
Tight and tart on day one; nose far richer than the somewhat biting experience. Had some interesting things going on with a bit of smoke on the backend. On day two (with pump preservation) it was significantly smoother but also a lot flatter, without much fruit, though tannic backbone still intact. Not sure it will improve with age, but definitely waiting on popping the rest of our stash in hopes it will. Not bad, but not very interesting.
  • wilypod commented:

    7/25/18, 5:14 AM - My experience is that vacuum-pumps strip wines of aromatics and flavor. I stopped using them and keep handy clean 375 ml bottles to top up and store leftover wine in.

Red
2014 Tablas Creek Côtes de Tablas Paso Robles Adelaida District Red Rhone Blend
7/13/2018 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
91 points
TCV just totally nailed the blend with this one. At this point in time, this remains the best Cotes Noir that they have ever made.
  • wilypod commented:

    7/13/18, 8:33 PM - Agree. Magic.

Red
2015 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
6/30/2018 - Krokfjord Likes this wine:
93 points
Helt strålende. Bringebær, lakris, sopp, skogbunn, drikker flott allerede men masse, masse potensiale. Vidunderlig vin.
  • wilypod commented:

    7/1/18, 3:45 AM - Nydelig beskrivelse. Har du prøvd hvite CdP i 2015 eller 2016, gamle vinstokker?

  • wilypod commented:

    7/1/18, 10:35 AM - Var det en Marsanne-basert vin? Tablas Creek Vineyards i California hvert tredje eller fjerde år produserer en bemerkelsesverdig "ny verden" Marsanne.

Red
2016 Giornata Il Campo Paso Robles Red Blend
10/30/2017 - wilypod Likes this wine:
86 points
Really is kinda like an Italian vino di tavola: not too dark, firm cherry fruit, low tannin, good acidity, no discernible oak, friendly. I liked it best slightly cooler than room temps, say 50-55 F, because the alcohol is listed a 13.5% rather than the humble vino di tavola typical 12%. But then one gets all that Paso Robles sunshine in it too. Maybe a Calabrese vino di tavola?
  • wilypod commented:

    6/10/18, 4:47 PM - Thanks. Your own reviews are often helpful. The Terrizzi's Nebbiolo is astonishing and, as a former resident of Campania, I've enjoyed the Aglianicos and Fianos as well.

Red
2014 Tablas Creek Côtes de Tablas Paso Robles Adelaida District Red Rhone Blend
5/28/2018 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
90 points
Maybe an awkward stage right now. Not as good as prior bottles.
  • wilypod commented:

    5/28/18, 1:08 PM - Good to know! I have three bottles left and might wait a bit. Was it better the second day?

  • wilypod commented:

    5/28/18, 4:49 PM - That speaks for itself!

Red
2009 Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru Celebration Pinot Noir
5/25/2018 - sandwich wrote:
85 points
Another five years of cellaring and - ehh. There's just not that much too it.
  • wilypod commented:

    5/28/18, 1:19 PM - I was not impressed 2 years ago. Your note is downright discouraging. On the other hand, I had some 1988 Jadots (not a bad vintage either) never lived up to expectations, and apparently they are just now starting to show.

Red
2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Bedrock Heritage Wine Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
5/27/2018 - bravo.solares Likes this wine:
92 points
Opened and let slow ox in bottle for 5hrs (since I thought this would be a bit too young). Then drank over two hrs. I really liked this. A ton of hibiscus on the nose, coupled with red and black fruit, brambly notes, and pepper. Excellent acidity, and fine but noticeable tannins, provide good structure - and suggest this wine should drink well for at least 3-5 more yrs. Delicious on the palate. Great balance. Fruit, pepper, spices, tannins, acidity. To me, this type of wine is the epitome of American wine. If I were to choose one wine to capture wine in the US, it would probably be a field blend like this. Will revisit in 3-4 yrs or so.
  • wilypod commented:

    5/28/18, 1:10 PM - Hibiscus is the right word!

Red
2014 Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Paso Robles Adelaida District Red Rhone Blend
5/14/2018 - wilypod Likes this wine:
92 points
Poise and balance contend with hedonism. A delight. Bright red fruits and perfume, which gain weight with air. Don't miss this one while in its youth.
  • wilypod commented:

    5/28/18, 9:50 AM - I trust the Perrins and the staff of TCV in assessing how Rhones mature. I also follow their drinking chart.

    My observation is simply that the 2014 estate reds, especially the Esprit and the Cotes and En Gobelet have been more aromatically lifted and outgoing in their youth than other vintages I've tasted since 2010. Blends take time to integrate but the 2014s seem especially precocious.

    TCV predicts that this early appeal of the 2014s will not be at the expense of a grand maturity as well (2022 and forward).

    The 2013 reds have a darker, less exuberant and more complex profile. They will benefit from time in the cellar and will need time to become more expressive, but I like the trajectory even more than that of the 2014s.

    Note: I try to get 375s of the Esprits in addition to the 750s. The 375s do develop more quickly.

White
2017 Tablas Creek Vermentino Paso Robles Adelaida District
5/23/2018 - tward Likes this wine:
90 points
Really not much to add to other recent comments here. What another nice Vermentino from Tablas Creek!

Aside: Does anyone know of any other U.S. producers making a varietal Vermentino at this level of quality?
  • wilypod commented:

    5/24/18, 9:32 AM - Just saw a Paso Robles Vermentino at Trader Joe's , but it was a 2015, and I prefer to drink Vermentino at one to two years.

Red
2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Bedrock Heritage Wine Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
5/17/2018 - Matt T Likes this wine:
93 points
Had just a quick taste of this. Really impressive depth and aromatics. Surprisingly concentrated and leaning more towards blue and black fruit, rather than the red fruit I was expecting.
  • wilypod commented:

    5/18/18, 6:33 PM - Close in character to the 2014.

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