Tasting Notes for Jackstraw212

(157 notes on 126 wines)

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Red
3/29/2020 - Jackstraw212 wrote:
93 points
Really nice cab. Smoky black fruits, allspice, fresh herbs, and vanilla. Wish I would have bought more of this!
Red
3/28/2020 - Jackstraw212 wrote:
88 points
Currants, bell pepper, and black pepper. Nice pop and pour that can use a bit of aging. Nice wine.
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Red
3/22/2020 - Jackstraw212 Likes this wine:
92 points
Coming along nicely. Blackberries, black pepper, tobacco, and spicy finish. Give it another 6 months to start.
Red
3/8/2020 - Jackstraw212 wrote:
95 points
Wow! Does it get better than this? Blackberries, black pepper, safe, vanilla, blood orange, and violets. It’s probably at peak now. Drink over the next year.
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Red
3/7/2020 - Jackstraw212 wrote:
91 points
Coming along nicely. When I first tasted this, I was thinking 6-12 months, but it’s aging wonderfully. Not a typical Lodi Zin. Black pepper, currants, allspice, and a Pinot like finish.
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White
2/29/2020 - Jackstraw212 Likes this wine:
93 points
Wonderful. Candied pineapple, melon, and a hint of grassiness with a long, acidic finish. A touch sweet, but hung in there with swordfish and lemon. Much better as it warmed up.
White
2/22/2020 - Jackstraw212 wrote:
90 points
Drinking really nice right now. Grassy, lemon zest and grapefruit with an acidic finish. Paired perfectly with shrimp, lemon, and garlic.
Red
2/13/2020 - Jackstraw212 wrote:
86 points
Pop and pour. I don’t get the reviews on this. Decent little Rhône for the price, however
Red
2/9/2020 - Jackstraw212 wrote:
93 points
Ready! Silky red fruit, fennel, toasted mustard seed, and rose petals. Crazy complex and changed throughout the night. Three hour decant. Drink over the next year.
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Red
1/24/2020 - Jackstraw212 wrote:
88 points
Good juice for the price. Currant, dark chocolate, and black pepper with soft tannins. Drink soon.
Red
1/18/2020 - Jackstraw212 wrote:
92 points
3 hour decant. This is wonderful right now. Tart cherries, cassis, smoked meats, and soft tannins but plenty of structure to go another couple of years.
Red
1/17/2020 - Jackstraw212 wrote:
92 points
Leather, allspice, tobacco, black pepper, and black fruits. Still really young, but going to be really nice. Give it another year to start.
Red
12/31/2019 - Jackstraw212 Likes this wine:
93 points
Classic Bordeaux blend. Currants, plums, bitter chocolate, earthy tobacco, and sweet peppers. Lovely finish that lasts for days. Drink over the next couple years. Wonderful.
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Red
12/28/2019 - Jackstraw212 Likes this wine:
93 points
Ready now! Blue fruit, pepper, licorice, and oak. Soft tannins, but still plenty my of structure. Drink over the next year
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Red
12/25/2019 - Jackstraw212 Likes this wine:
92 points
Huge! Jammy blue fruit, candied figs, cloves, bacon fat, and pipe tobacco. Sit this down for a few years at least!
Red
12/20/2019 - Jackstraw212 wrote:
88 points
What a gem for the price. Subtle white pepper, bell pepper, allspice and loads of cherries. Pop and pour, but gets better after a decant.
Red
12/5/2019 - Jackstraw212 Likes this wine:
93 points
Huge! Loads of dark cherries, sweet tobacco, black pepper, olives, allspice, and cloves with a powerful, acidic finish. Sit this down for at least a couple of years. My favorite Marians to date.
Red
11/30/2019 - Jackstraw212 wrote:
89 points
Cassis, white pepper, oregano, and ripe cherries. Nice pop and pour.
Red
11/24/2019 - Jackstraw212 Likes this wine:
91 points
Tart cherries, white pepper, fennel, cloves, and toasty oak. Really well crafted; Give it another year at least.
Red
11/23/2019 - Jackstraw212 wrote:
93 points
The tart cherries are really starting to show now. This gem is still getting better. Give it another couple years; plenty of structure and tannin. It almost seems bigger now than a year ago.
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Red
11/20/2019 - Jackstraw212 wrote:
85 points
Pretty ordinary, especially for the price. There are a world of options out there that are much more exciting.
Red
11/9/2019 - Jackstraw212 wrote:
94 points
Extremely well crafted. Ready now, but can go a few more years. 4 hour decant. Red fruit, allspice, black pepper, pipe tobacco, and violets. What a gem!
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Red
10/31/2019 - Jackstraw212 wrote:
86 points
Good for the price, but kind of a simple wine.
Red
10/28/2019 - Jackstraw212 Likes this wine:
89 points
Too easy to pop and pour at this price, but sure would like to save a few for later!
Red
10/28/2019 - Jackstraw212 Likes this wine:
92 points
This is really prime right now. Ripe red fruit, pipe tobacco, allspice with very round, soft tannins. Still plenty of structure, but I would drink pretty soon. Wonderful.
Red
10/13/2019 - Jackstraw212 wrote:
91 points
What a cool wine. Started out with black olives, granite, and mushroom. After a 3 hour decant, really opened up with black fruits, allspice, and really long finish. Give it another year or so.
Red
10/12/2019 - Jackstraw212 Likes this wine:
88 points
What a steal. Mushrooms, earth, and blue fruits. My kind of Syrah. Will be fun to age a bit, but hard not to pop and pour
Red
10/11/2019 - Jackstraw212 Likes this wine:
89 points
Earthy mushroom, licorice, and minerals with blue fruit and loads of acids. Nice wine, but drink soon.
Red
10/6/2019 - Jackstraw212 Likes this wine:
92 points
Really coming together now. Smokey tobacco, red fruits, toasty vanilla, and long acidic finish.
Red
10/5/2019 - Jackstraw212 Likes this wine:
88 points
Absolute steal at this price. What a fantastic pop and pour for a Friday night ( but could easily pout it for Sunday dinner as well).
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Red
9/29/2019 - Jackstraw212 wrote:
85 points
Nice little drinker. Nothing too complex , but has plenty of typical Australian Syrah notes.
Red
9/29/2019 - Jackstraw212 wrote:
91 points
Violets, currants, allspice, and raspberries. Very pretty wine that has matured over the last year. Despite being medium bodied, the tannins have great structure and acidity. Interchange for a Pinot. A really good Pinot.
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Red
9/28/2019 - Jackstraw212 wrote:
90 points
Really starting to come together. Dark cherries, minerals, bell pepper, and a long acidic finish. This should continue to improve over the next year or so.
Red
9/6/2019 - Jackstraw212 wrote:
93 points
This is getting even better. Cassis, black fruits, tobacco, and acidic tannins. Give it another year at least.
Red
9/6/2019 - Jackstraw212 Likes this wine:
92 points
Still really tight, but starting to opening up. Tart cherries, cassis, allspice, and white pepper. Super cool wine and people!
Red
8/31/2019 - Jackstraw212 wrote:
89 points
Cassis, plums, dark cherries, and vanilla. Getting a little better with some bottle time. What a cool wine at this price.
Red
8/24/2019 - Jackstraw212 wrote:
93 points
Ready now! Anise, minerals, and sour cherries with acidic but softening tannins. Finish is long with layers of oak, black olives, and cherry.
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Red
8/16/2019 - Jackstraw212 Likes this wine:
91 points
This gets so much better with bottle time. Smokey black fruits, mineral, bell pepper, and acidic tannins. Could go for another 3-4 years.
Red
8/2/2019 - Jackstraw212 Likes this wine:
95 points
Aging so well. What a wonderful wine.
Red
7/20/2019 - Jackstraw212 wrote:
89 points
Really nice wine right now. Balanced pepper, blue fruits, and earth with plenty of acid. Drink in the next 12 months.
White
7/14/2019 - Jackstraw212 wrote:
92 points
Wonderful. Paired perfectly with shrimp and salsa verde. Allow it to warm up a bit, and balanced tangerine, papaya, and sea salt flow through to a long finish.
White
6/23/2019 - Jackstraw212 Likes this wine:
92 points
Yum! Apricots, minerals, lemon zest, grapefruit.
Red
6/17/2019 - Jackstraw212 Likes this wine:
91 points
Definitely Monte Rosso. Black pepper, blue fruits, allspice, and the trademark monte rosso acidic finish. Really nice wine, and drinking well at this point.
Red
6/2/2019 - Jackstraw212 wrote:
93 points
Two hour decant. Really opened up through the evening. Very floral at first, but gave away to raspberries, white pepper, and earthy mushrooms. Finish lasts for days. Drink over the next year.
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Red
5/27/2019 - Jackstraw212 Likes this wine:
91 points
Big, fruit forward petite. Lots of black pepper, currants, and pipe tobacco. Could probably use another year or two. Nice wine.
Red
5/18/2019 - Jackstraw212 Likes this wine:
92 points
Shh, don’t tell anyone about this. ;). Wow, what a steal. Obviously really young, but pretty fun to drink right now. Violets, raspberries, cracked peppercorns, sautéed mushrooms, and smoked bacon. Big and round now, but should be beautiful in 2-3 years. Stocking up.
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Red
2013 Zaca Mesa Z Cuvée Santa Ynez Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
5/17/2019 - Jackstraw212 Likes this wine:
91 points
Wow, this has really come into its own. Wish I had a few more buried away.
Red
5/12/2019 - Jackstraw212 Likes this wine:
92 points
What a difference a few months makes. Very balanced currant, black pepper, allspice, cloves, and earth. Drinking really well right now.
Red
5/5/2019 - Jackstraw212 Likes this wine:
95 points
Wow! Wonderful wine. Mushroom, minerals, white pepper, cloves, smoked meats, and black cherries. Drinking perfect right now. Paired perfectly with braised lamb shoulder.
Red
5/5/2019 - Jackstraw212 Likes this wine:
90 points
Pretty tasty right now. I wouldn’t give this would much longer.
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