Tasting Notes for VinoAddict

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Red
4/30/2022 - VinoAddict wrote:
Incredible showing from a hot vintage that continues to age well.
Red
3/19/2022 - VinoAddict wrote:
Aging so well. Nearing the end of my stock. Drink soon for optimal enjoyment.
Red
3/11/2022 - VinoAddict wrote:
Another incredible showing from the 2005 Oregon Pinot Noirs. Definitely a mixed lot, as not all bottles from this producer are aging as well. But this particular one was screaming. Amazing aromas jumping out of the bottle. Silky texture on the palate with integrated tannin, balanced acidity, well-aged blue and black fruits, with baking spice and forest floor adding to the richness. Really enjoyable on day 1, with a noticeable drop on day 2 after 24-hours of accelerated aging.
Red
3/10/2022 - VinoAddict wrote:
Wow ... this wine is really starting to wake up. Lovely floral aromas mixed with some earthy funk on the nose. And the palate is everything I've come to love about this vineyard site - dark berry, earthiness, and a weighty texture. Medium finish.
Red
1/31/2022 - VinoAddict wrote:
Really enjoyed this bottling from Williams Selyem. It shows restraint and highlights the fruit from this cool, coastal site. Soft at first, but after having some time to breath really came into its own. Recommend a few years of cellaring, but not a long-term hold.
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Red
1/15/2022 - VinoAddict wrote:
An enjoyable wine that is, sadly, starting to sunset. The fruit is oxidized. The body is silky, but tired. Sorry to see this vintage fading out, but 15-years is a good run. Excited to see how the magnums have survived.
Red
8/23/2021 - VinoAddict wrote:
Very, very, very good. I've had a fair amount of '05 Cote Sud over the last 1-2 years and none has presented as well as this bottling. Lovely aromas right from the start, with a nice array of lively fruit, balanced acidity, and length on the finish. I know they all will not show like this (there's a lot of variability in the older Domaine Serenes) but this was incredibly good, not just for the age, but for the polish and elegance that came through in the glass.
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Red
7/26/2021 - VinoAddict wrote:
Very enjoyable. Wish I had taken detailed tasting notes. I recall some nice acidity and bright red fruits -- cherry, pomegranate, and raspberry. There was lovely balance to the wine, poured right out of the bottle. The '17s are showing a lot of elegance at such a young age, but I think these will do nicely with some time in the cellar.
Red
8/18/2021 - VinoAddict wrote:
Definitely not past it's prime! But also into the stage where it's showing a lot of earthy characteristics. Very nice structure and a lovely wine that presents like a heavier varietal than Pinot Noir. Glad I let this one get some age before popping the cork.
Red
8/17/2021 - VinoAddict wrote:
Agree with other tasting notes: This is drinking so well, and can hold up to many more years of cellaring. Lively bouquet on the nose, great acidity on the palate, medium finish ... very good.
Red
8/8/2021 - VinoAddict wrote:
I failed to take detailed notes on this one, but was pleased to find a cork in very good condition and a fresh and lively bouquet upon opening. Much fresher than my previous note/bottling. Great structure, plenty of acidity, and lots of fresh fruit still on the body. One left in the cellar and I am in no rush to open it.
Red
7/10/2021 - VinoAddict wrote:
Fantastic wine that has reached a near-perfect spot in its aging. Tons of distinct "Pinot funk" on the nose and an enjoyable stack of layers that followed on the palate. Wish I took better notes, but thankful I was more focused on enjoying what was in the bottle. This was so very good.
Red
7/9/2021 - VinoAddict wrote:
Aging beautifully despite repeat cork issues (disintegration despite professional temperature-controlled cellaring).
Red
6/12/2021 - VinoAddict wrote:
Yet another disintegrating cork from Domaine Serene's 2006 bottling. These wines are total hit or miss with regard to bottle variation. The good news is that this particular bottle was incredible. Dark fruit. Lots of structure. Fresh acidity (still!). If only these things were more consistent.
Red
4/16/2021 - VinoAddict wrote:
This bottling was so good. Dark fruit, bright acidity, smooth silky texture. I've purchased many MacPhails over the years and have enjoyed them. But there was something special in this Wightman House. 2012 was a fantastic year in general for the regions Pinot; wishing I had picked up more of this because it is doing so well right now.
Red
1/19/2021 - VinoAddict wrote:
Drinking so well. This wine was incredibly fresh and lively, with a gorgeous bouquet on the nose and depth of flavor on the palate. Almost more weighty than a typical Pinot from this producer.
Red
1/2/2021 - VinoAddict wrote:
Delicious. Sadly, I failed to take detailed tasting notes, but this is tasting incredibly well right now. Based on the abundance of acidity and the lovely structure, I think there are many good years of cellaring ahead for those with the patience.
Red
12/29/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
Compared to the 2015 vintage, this was rather uninteresting and a poor example of the quality that comes out of Calera. This wine shows like a mass-produced Pinot. It's not bad, but for $30 from a quality house, I expected more. I think production was increased and some corners cut, which is unfortunate to see.
Rosé - Sparkling
12/27/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
Very enjoyable and easy to drink Pinot Rose. Larger bubbles, with a sweeter and more fruity character.
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Red
12/16/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
It's hard to add anything more than was stated in previous reviews. This was an excellent vintage for a "house" style Pinot Noir. Not overly complex, but very well crafted and interesting from nose to finish. Not all vintages are created equal, but this one definitely stands out in the crowd.
Red
12/9/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
Another example of how incredible the bottle variation is with these Domaine Serene Pinots... No cork issues with this one, yet a very distinct earthy character in the wine that is inconsistent with every other bottling I've had from the same vintage. Very special and enjoyable, but nothing like all the others that share the same label. A lovely wine, but the variation leads me to wonder what was actually in the bottle...
Red
12/2/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
I agree with the other reviews that indicate this wine still has plenty of aging potential left. Absolutely delicious cabernet with depth, bracing acidity, and a weight that made it very enjoyable both on its own and with food.
Red
11/25/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
This wine continues to age incredibly well. Lively fruit despite 14-years in bottle, with balanced acidity and a medium finish.
Red
10/17/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
First time having the Lakeview Vineyard from MacPhail and this was very enjoyable. My notes are a little weak, but the fruit on this one was incredibly fresh, the body was medium weight, and the acidity was nicely integrated. It is a solid offering and I'm glad there are more in the cellar.
Red
10/18/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
This is my kind of Zin: Deep burgundy in color, brilliant aromatics, and bright acidity that is keeping the fruit fresh and lively. I enjoy a little oxidation with my wines, and this one is starting to show just enough oxidation to make this interesting. If you demand fresh Zin, drink now; but don't hesitate to let this one sit another 1-2 years before pulling from the cellar.
White - Sweet/Dessert
9/8/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
Not quite as syrupy as previous vintages. However, the citrus and stone fruit are really distinct and refreshing in this late harvest Gewurz. I might hold on to my remaining bottles for another year or so to see if they continue to develop more robust flavors in the bottle.
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Rosé
9/8/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
Fantastic aromatics coming out of this bottle. I find Lynmar's Rose needs a bit of an extra chill to show well. Put it in the fridge and enjoy on a warm day. This is really nice summer wine.
Red
9/8/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
Solid, weighty, dark berried, and earthy. This Pinot from a hot vintage is aging nicely. Too bad the corks continue to disintegrate. I need to accelerate my consumption due to Domaine Serene's faulty seals. Be mindful if you have a large supply in the cellar. The good news is that the juice inside is delicious!
Red
9/9/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
This bottling was far better than the previous one I opened just 5 months ago. So much fresher and more lively. The fruit is starting to show secondary characteristics, but they blend nicely with the foundation that was already there. Solid.
Red
8/25/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
Sadly, this was the last bottle in my cellar. With only 8-years under the belt, I have to believe this one will continue to age well. It may lose some of the fruit that is so vibrant right now, but the structure and overall character to this wine will shine through after a few more years if you have any left. Such a fantastic bottling for the first vintage under this label.
Red
8/31/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
This wine is aging as you would expect Pinot from '08 Oregon to do -- it has many years of cellar life remaining, if you have the patience to sit and wait. Not me. In the glass, a translucent burgundy color with earthy aromas, followed by some baking spice. On the palate, more earthy character than the '09 from the same producer, and a ton more acidity. This wine was built to last! Nice weight to accompany food and plenty of nuanced flavors that come through in the layered finish. Incredibly enjoyable.
Red
8/29/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
This wine continues to age very well and is in a great window to enjoy. In the glass, the wine is so clean it's almost translucent. Lovely aromas coming out of the glass, but on the palate is where this one really shines. Fresh fruit, integrated tannin, and a medium weight make this so enjoyable both with and without food. The finish is short-to-medium. Definitely more approachable than the '08 from the same producer.
Red
8/17/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
91 points
One of my favorites that continues to shine. The oxidation is starting to set in, but the body still has great weight and the acidity has helped retain some fresh fruit and character that pairs nicely with meals.
Red
8/15/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
94 points
While the rest of Domaine Serene’s 2005 vintage starts to fade, the Two Barns Vineyard is showing beautifully. It retains the funky character it had in its youth, but there’s a refinement that’s come with age. The aromas from the glass are barnyard, forest floor, and dark red fruits. On the palate, a burst of flavor, fresh acidity, and tannin structure still intact. This wine is just coming down from its peak and shows a hint of oxidation that some (Myself included) really enjoy. A stellar showing from one of Serene’s most distinct properties.
Red
8/9/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
This bottling had the worst cork I've seen from Domaine Serene ... completely crumbled despite gentle efforts to remove.

The freshness and bold fruit is gone (perhaps partially due to the cork) but it's aging well. Still very aromatic nose, though a thinner body and more leathery, earthy notes that shine through.
Red
7/31/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
Delicious. I failed to take detailed tasting notes, but after drinking through all of the 2013s from Lynmar, this one placed in the top 3 without question.
Red
7/24/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
Rich, dark ruby in the glass with aromas of ripe red fruit and baking spice. On the palate, this one is a dark berried beast, with spice and oak and earth. This is well crafted, but not one of my favorites from Lynmar flavor profile perspective. Though the nose developed nicely over the course of the evening, the body itself was almost too weighty and "murky" to be enjoyed as a Pinot. Will monitor and see what a few more years of aging allow this to do...
Red
7/12/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
Dark ruby with some bricking at the edge. Aromas of raspberry, black cherry, some floral character, a hint of cola, and just the right touch of oak. On the palate, mostly black and red fruit with a medium weight, not too jammy and not too light. Overall, this was a fantastic showing and an excellent sipper. Balanced acidity and structure makes me think this one can go the distance if you have the time. That said, it's drinking incredibly well right now, so don't hesitate...
Red
7/15/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
Medium garnet with some bricking throughout. Such an amazing and distinct nose, with oxidized fruit and graphite shining through. Medium weight and acid, with medley of fruit including strawberry, raspberry, cherry that are so well integrated and smooth on the palate. Lovely wine.
Red
7/11/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
This was a fantastic wine to experience over a long evening, as it really transformed over ~3-4 hours. Deep ruby in the glass with a moderately expressive nose, mostly consisting of blueberry and cigar smoke at first. Very lush fruit on the palate when first poured, with plenty of bright acidity and a medium-weight on the palate; a heavy emphasis on red and blue fruits like cherry and raspberry. As it evolved, more spice emerged and more depth, both in the aromatics and on the body; forest floor and lightly toasted oak started to come through and add some lovely layers to complement the fruit. Definitely one of the more complex offerings from Lynmar and a lovely example of the 2013 vintage, showing that it has many more years of age-worthiness if you have the patience.
Red
7/9/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
This is one of those wines that makes you cry when you realize it's the last bottle in your cellar. Absolutely brilliant showing as a pop-and-pour. Amazing aromas of baking spice, and forest floor pave the road to a perfectly well-aged and well-balanced showing on the palate. Some earthy funk, lots of fresh fruit, and a spiciness that just lingers. If I could buy more, I would. This was incredible.
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Red
7/6/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
As good as this wine is on its own, it pales when tasted next to the single vineyard bottlings from the same vintage. Dark almost deep ruby in the glass. Aromas of ripe fruit, vanilla, and floral scents fill the glass. On the palate it's an explosion of fruit; though it leans dark, it's got a bit of cherry, cranberry, pomegranate, and dark berry. Incredibly fruit forward and somewhat one-dimensional. Well-crafted nevertheless. Will be interesting to see if this tones down a bit and develops a bit more character with some age.
Red
7/4/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
Lighter pale ruby in color with some bricking. Noteworthy aromas of cedar, baking spice, and herbs. On the palate, lots of fresh, balanced fruit, mostly red including raspberry to dark cherry. Silky and smooth texture for a pop-and-pour. Better on night #1.
Red
7/2/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
Earthy, spicy, and musty aromas dominate the nose on this one; so much so that Pinot Noir is the last thing on your mind while enjoying the aromas. This wine is showing so well after 15-20 minutes of breathing. On the palate, the body has a good weight, with darker fruit notes that shine through -- currant, black cherry and pomegranate. Still plenty of acidity, but it's well integrated. A medium finish wraps things up and leave you wanting more. I really enjoyed this one for how different it was; not a typical Pinot by any stretch. Better on night #2.
Red
7/1/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
I am starting to see a lot of bottle variation between these 375s. Despite cellaring in perfect, controlled conditions, there's a lot of quality differences between bottles. Fortunately, this one was stellar. Lovely aromas of cedar and spice on the nose. Lots of acidity, fresh fruit, and depth to the wine. I hope my full 750's show more like this instance once we start to get into them...
Red
6/24/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
This is a fun, easy, fruit-forward Pinot that's perfect for those days where you don't want to think too hard about the subtleties of your more expensive wines, but you still want something that's well made in the glass. Very juicy and bright red fruits; almost sweet. Not much of a finish, but for the price point it represents good value. Pop and pour; best on night #1.
Red
6/23/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
Continuing to age well.. Plenty of acidity to brace the fruit and keep things fresh. This particular bottle showed even better on night 2 when the flavors really came alive.
Red
6/3/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
Very enjoyable. Not overly complicated, well-crafted, and quite tasty. Glad I have more in the cellar to enjoy.
Red
4/20/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
92 points
I failed to take detailed tasting notes but this was an excellent bottle of Evanstad Reserve. Very fresh, structured, and still full of juicy fruit. One of the best I’ve had recently from the ‘06 vintage.
White
4/21/2020 - VinoAddict wrote:
92 points
Absolutely gorgeous. Lovely tropical aromas. On the palate, hints of butterscotch, lemon, and pear, accompany lively minerality. Round and velvety with just the right amount of acidity on the finish. Not bad for 6 years in the cellar...
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