Tasting Notes for jfaulk

(340 notes on 275 wines)

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Red
11/9/2019 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
90 points
Very muted fruit up front. Nice earth, oak & leather qualities supporting. Drank from a friends stash
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2009 Jonata Winery El Desafio de Jonata Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (view label images)
8/30/2019 - jfaulk wrote:
89 points
Disappointed with this. Although the wine was good, it wasn't great. I agree with the last review, it may be out of its window. Thin and leaning to the tart side. Very dark, almost brownish. Heavy prune nose and pallet. Not much complexity and not what I was expecting.
Red
5/1/2019 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
91 points
Great QPR! Wow! Fruit forward with blueberries raspberries & stewed plum. Nice supporting structure of oak leather & mineral. Supple tannins make it a great value
Red
4/29/2019 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
90 points
Very cherry cola with earth and spice. Medium, yummy finish!
Red
2008 Alpha Omega Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/27/2019 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
93 points
Quite the treat! Big stewed fruit of cassis layered with licorice, oak, leather. Nicely integrated & complete. It’s at its peak. Slightly downhill, but such a elegant tasty wine.
Red
4/23/2019 - jfaulk wrote:
88 points
Very dry, earthy wine. Muted fruit. Medium finish. Old world style
Red
4/22/2019 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
88 points
Slight citrus nose. Fruit forward with a slightly high alcohol content. Structure is there so it’s not a fruit bomb. Oak, leather& mineral subtlety. A nice, enjoyable weeknight wine
Red
4/20/2019 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice Bordeaux blend. More earth qualities than fruit. Smooth silky mouthfeels. Nicely layered and slight complexity for the price point
Red
4/20/2019 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
92 points
Baked tart & slight hay on the nose. Deep fruit of berries up front. Slight tartness. Layers of leather & earth. Gripping tannins. Dusty finish. Complex & interesting and quite enjoyable. Good QPR at around $45
Red
4/19/2019 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
91 points
This is a great QPR cab I found recently at $52. Double decanted and poured...Upfront you catch a whiff of cherry and tobacco. Taste of luscious cassis & berry followed by mellow oak. Slightly acidic & tangy. The structure is there. A unique and well made Cabernet. Great weekend or dinner find!
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Red
4/12/2019 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
90 points
Bold fruit forward with structure to support.
Red
1/30/2019 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice balance of fruit and earth elements. Fairly consistent year to year. Great QPR at less than $25/bottle. Rating based off of price and quality of wine
Red
1/25/2019 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
91 points
Consistently exceptional wine for the price. Wonderful blend of fruit and interesting supporting cast. Great QPR. If you like new world Bordeaux style, this is for you.
Red
1/19/2019 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
90 points
Enjoyable dusty cab. Acidity almost overpowering the fruit. Tasty nonetheless
Red
1/19/2019 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
91 points
Big cassis supported by oak, earth, graphite & leather. Lovely dusty tannins. Excellent QPR
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Red
12/18/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
91 points
As a cab drinker, I really appreciated this Pinot. Complexed and structured with some body. Hints of cherries and cola. Nice, lengthy finish. Very enjoyable
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Red
11/18/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
90 points
Dusty goodness. Plum and raisin. Leather and oak. I really enjoy this wine but question its QPR. Still, I enjoy that dusty finish and balance of character
Red
11/3/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
90 points
Drank too early. Has all the makings of a great wine. Outstanding dusty finish. Give it time to come together
Red
8/8/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
90 points
Great QPR. Fruit forward with supporting structure of mineral, leather, oak & dust. Nice balance & structure
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Red
7/12/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
91 points
The word is out on this wine. Say goodbye to the awesome QPR. Awesome refinement for such reasonable price point. Everything is beautifully integrated.
Red
7/8/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
89 points
Good wine. Nothing extraordinary and for the price, not a good QPR
Red
8/2/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
92 points
Well balanced, refined, and interesting. Muted fruit up front driven by leather and mineral. Everything is working together
Red
5/27/2018 - jfaulk wrote:
89 points
Wonderful muted stewed fruit up front transitions to earth-like qualities. There’s a finesse and balance to it, but the finish is astringent making the whole tasting experience slightly disjointed.
Red
5/26/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
92 points
Wow! Nicely structured. Subtle stewed fruit. Balanced back end. Difficult to keep from drinking it all. Excellent QPR
Red
5/26/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
91 points
Nicely balanced fruit-forward type of cab. Really enjoyed it although not as much as the 2015 Teeter-Totter we drank just before it. Both wonderful cabs, but the Teeter-Totter was much more subtle and well-rounded and my preference. My wife's preference was opposite of mine.
Red
5/25/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
90 points
Solid fruit-forward new world style wine. Slight oak and leather. Tannins in check. Very enjoyable and a solid QPR
Red
5/23/2018 - jfaulk wrote:
86 points
Nothing extraordinary. Very fruit forward with little backbone or support. Not bad, but nothing I will return to purchase more. Poor QPR
Red
5/19/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
90 points
For a cab drinker, this was a treat. Fresh fruit up front. Blueberry & raspberry flavors with hint of coffee. Nice acidity and supple tannins. Very enjoyable
Red
5/11/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
89 points
Good, consistent every-night cabernet. Not overly fruity. Enough backbone to make it enjoyable
Red
5/9/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
89 points
Great weeknight drinker & excellent QPR. Muted fruit forward with support from oak leather pencil dust. Nice balance and integration
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2013 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/7/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
90 points
Should have kept my hands off! Please hold for another 4 years or more. Has all the right elements that I am sure will come together nicely with age
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Red
5/5/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
94 points
Hitting its stride. Well integrated, layered and balanced. Velvet mouthful that goes on & on. Beautiful wine
Red
2012 Forward Kidd Napa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
5/4/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
91 points
Really nice blend that pushes the stewed fruit up front with support on the back end of oak leather earth
Red
2014 Foley Johnson Meritage Rutherford Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/2/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
90 points
Subdued stewed fruits, pencil lead, leather, oak & dust. Nice structure and a pleasant QPR at $30
Red
5/1/2018 - jfaulk wrote:
88 points
Nice fruit flavors with undertones of licorice and muddy water. Definitely euro style with Italian highlights
Red
2015 Shafer TD-9 Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/27/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
91 points
I'm liking better than the last time. Still on the fence about the QPR
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Red
2015 Brave and Maiden Estate Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
4/26/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
91 points
Cab-dominant blend (at least that's what I perceive...). Nicely structured, stewed fruit forward with some slight spice (Shiraz) and a touch of oak behind. Tannins are in check. I think any cab-lover would enjoy this wine.
Red
4/24/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
90 points
Nicely structured, very fruit forward cab. Good backbone & support and at $20, a great QPR
Red
4/13/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
90 points
Nicely stewed muted fruit up front. Prune and tart cherry. Balanced with sweet oak and pencil dust. Layered and balanced. Enjoyable
Red
3/30/2018 - jfaulk Does not like this wine:
80 points
Completely one-dimensional wine. Syrupy fruit up front and nothing of note to support it. Quick fall-off behind.
Red
3/21/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice fruit followed by the franc dustiness
Red
3/21/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
89 points
Nice integrated cab. No complexity, but not disjointed either. Nice and linear...mellow fruit followed by nicely integrated leather, and oak. Good QPR at $24
Red
3/3/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
91 points
Lots of dust. If you prefer a dusty finish, this is a great QPR
Red
3/2/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice structure and support. Layers of fruit, oak, leather and dusty earth. Good QPR
Red
2/27/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
91 points
Well structured $30 bottle. Muted fruit of stewed plum and cassis followed by oak and leather and a touch of dust. Not complex, but not disjointed in any way. Nice bottle of wine
Red
2/25/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
92 points
Good earth quality to it. Muted stewed fruit. Nice wine!
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Red
2/16/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
91 points
Awesome cab and even better QPR. Fruit forward with a butterscotch note followed by some oak and integrated tannins. Well structured. Multi layered
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Red
2/12/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
90 points
Well structured and smooth cab. Scents of berry and juniper. Fruit forward and a nice support on the end
Red
2/11/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
92 points
For the price, this is a great bottle of Cab. Nice limited fruit & cassis up front, a little oak & pencil followed by a nice dusty finish. Very good value
Red
2/9/2018 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
90 points
Consistent, fruit-forward, well structured value cab.
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