Tasting Notes for JayPKay

(92 notes on 88 wines)

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Red
3/18/2014 - JayPKay wrote:
93 points
Wonderful. Complex, dark fruit with exotic spice and cedar herbaceousness, and a lingering finish. If you are a pinot fan, you must try this. I think it is worth the price, and hope to add more to my cellar.
Red
5/21/2013 - JayPKay wrote:
92 points
A nice, supple, softly tannic, pleasantly oaked cab. A real treat for the price. Granted, it is not inexpensive. But it holds its' own with bottles twice the price. Give it a little breathing time (60 minutes min).
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Red
5/6/2013 - JayPKay wrote:
92 points
The wife and I are really enjoying this bottle. Fantastic nose of chocolate raspberries and hints of herbaceousness. It is drinking nicely as of now, with minimal time in the decanter. This could use some more bottle aging as its youthful characteristics are still present, but there is nothing objectionable about the flavor or structure at all. Quite wonderful, really, as I keep chugging along.
Red
4/25/2013 - JayPKay wrote:
91 points
Superb. Can't find enough superlatives. I can only imagine how nice this will be in the future.
Red
4/13/2013 - JayPKay wrote:
89 points
Wondeful on the nose, but the taste, while balanced and integrated, was not to my liking for Merlot. This tastes more like a Cab with chocolatey tannins. It is a very good wine, one can tell, just not my cup of tea. Or is it glass of . . . O you get the picture. Now where did that other bottle go . . .
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Red
4/8/2013 - JayPKay wrote:
89 points
Quite nice for the price.
Red
4/2/2013 - JayPKay wrote:
90 points
Still a bit tight. Tremendous depth and length. Classic cedarbox and leather and saddlesoap notes.
Red
4/2/2013 - JayPKay wrote:
94 points
It takes an hour of breathing time, but this bottle is drinking beautifully right now.
Red
3/28/2013 - JayPKay wrote:
88 points
Heavy juice, raisin flavors, slightly cloying.
Red
2010 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
3/26/2013 - JayPKay wrote:
91 points
Young, buttery, fleshy and potent, this wine lasted well into the evening and didn't let up on its restraint. Nevertheless this is drinking nicely and I anticipate that it will only get better. One of the more full-bodied Zins I've had in a while, which is nice.
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Red
3/26/2013 - JayPKay wrote:
90 points
Opened an hour and a half before drinking. A very nice, complex merlot that was the perfect fireside conversation piece.
Red
3/21/2013 - JayPKay wrote:
88 points
A fruit bomb at first, it quickly mellows into a fine full-bodied Bordeaux. The tannins are angular, the midpoint has an unpleasant metallic flash, but the finish is quite nice and long. The silk comes into play after about 30 minutes of aeration. Decent for the price.
White
3/20/2013 - JayPKay wrote:
88 points
Very pleasant with grilled lobster. Aromatic and ideal for warm weather, this is an easy-drinking and classic pinot grigio.
Red
3/18/2013 - JayPKay wrote:
88 points
While the flavors are wonderful and integrated, the body of this wine is remarkably disappointing. It "feels" watered-down, but it doesn't "taste" watered-down. A decent chugging wine, but for the price I would rather have a wine with more depth than something chuggable. Had this been a $30-40 wine, I would be satisfied.
Red
3/8/2013 - JayPKay wrote:
93 points
Superb. Somewhat tight (but nevertheless rewarding) when first opened, this little gem shimmered as the evening progressed. Reminiscent of a fine Bordeaux blend, it is one of those wines which paradoxically reveal restraint and power. Balanced, philosophical, lovely licorice notes swimming in leather and spice. This is my kind of Cab. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.
White
3/2/2013 - JayPKay wrote:
89 points
Excellent, a very good value.
Red
3/2/2013 - JayPKay wrote:
91 points
Consistently remarkable.
White
2/25/2013 - JayPKay wrote:
90 points
This is one of the rare examples of when chardonnay can be profound. Perfumed depth, hookah spiced citrus with a hint of honey, it goes on and on. Pricey, but a fine experience.
Red
2/22/2013 - JayPKay wrote:
89 points
Intense nose of saddle-soap and ripe cherry. The attack of this wine is surprisingly reminiscent of a To Kalon Cab Sauv, with chocolate predominating over the fruits. While it is medium-bodied, it is on the heavier side of the scale. It packs a wallop. It is a bit flabby and soft, I'd like a little more tannic structure. Though I drank it on its own, I think this would really shine with its classic counterpart: cedar-plank salmon.
Red
2/19/2013 - JayPKay wrote:
91 points
An excellent Cab, deeply flavoured, softly tannic after decanting, buttery overtones and chocolate finish. While I very much enjoyed this wine, I think it is overpriced. I expect more of a "profound" experience for a $90 bottle. Then again, I enjoyed every drop of it!
White
2/4/2013 - JayPKay wrote:
89 points
I really enjoyed this subtle wine. It is an excellent choice for pairing with most appetizers, salad, seafood, egg or chicken dishes. Clean, crisp, citrus notes, lemon drop finish. This is uncomplicated joy.
Red
2/2/2013 - JayPKay wrote:
90 points
Always reliable. Saddle soap, cloves, cedar, spiced cranberry. While not inexpensive, it is nevertheless a good value in comparison with similarly priced alternatives. Glug!
Red
2/1/2013 - JayPKay wrote:
91 points
Silky soft tannins immediately after popping the cork. The tart acidity of the Syrah is noticeable, but doesn't overwhelm the plummy chocolate of the Cab Sauv. A very subtle nose is belied by the power of this wine on the tongue, with a strong, lingering and pleasing finish. Might benefit from additional cellaring, but is ripe for the taking right now.
Red
1/28/2013 - JayPKay wrote:
87 points
Kinda ho-hum from the get go. Improves within an hour, but underwhelming for the price.
Red
1/23/2013 - JayPKay wrote:
92 points
An excellent, quaffable, wonderful wine. There is nothing too profound or intellectual about this, it is simply a joy to drink and share with unpretentious company. Think Mozart. Soft tannins, medium to long finish, great fruit . . .
Red
12/3/2012 - JayPKay wrote:
91 points
Finally got to try one of these, and I have to say that I am underwhelmed. While an excellent offering of high-quality powerful Napa cab sauv, I can't help but feel that this is overpriced by $30-40. Again, not to be too negative, but I expect to be blown away when I venture into the $100 plus category. This is not mind-blowing, just damn good. I would not buy again unless the price were to drop significantly.
Red
11/25/2012 - JayPKay wrote:
92 points
This is the real deal. A big and soft Cali premium cab with tremendous personality and savor. Pop and enjoy, or better yet wait for a bit. It just gets better and better and . . .
Red
11/25/2012 - JayPKay wrote:
88 points
Concentrated, tannic, and young at this point. Powerful fruit that quickly yields to a vegetable aftertaste, it gets better with at least half an hour of breathing time, but still seems tight. Hold on to it, it will most likely get better with a bit more age.
Red
11/5/2012 - JayPKay wrote:
90 points
Spiced stonefruit, cedarbox, and a surprising alcohol-burn gives way to a pleasant, but somewhat flabby finish. The attack and midrange is wonderful, the finish a bit disappointing, but overall the flavors are near perfect for my palate. Would certainly purchase again for the price.
Red
10/29/2012 - JayPKay wrote:
90 points
Young, it is nevertheless drinking gorgeously and fills the mouth with promise. Nose of spice, leather, dark cherries and sage. Getting better by the minute. Would certainly recommend for any special occasion.
Red
2006 Toscolo Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
10/29/2012 - JayPKay wrote:
88 points
I really enjoyed this mellow version of a chianti classico. A perfectly balanced, medium-bodied, minute jewel. Nothing cataclysmic, just good stuff to enjoy with the family. Salud!
Red
10/17/2012 - JayPKay wrote:
79 points
I had wanted to try this varietal and bought this as an example. From the start it didn't appeal to my palate at all, so please take that into consideration. This tastes like strawberry jam, much too fruit forward and cooked. I rarely like sweetness in wine and, while it is a dry wine it still has that cotton-candy overtone in abundance. Some people like these characteristics, so if that sounds good to you then you will most likely enjoy this wine.
Red
10/10/2012 - JayPKay wrote:
90 points
A solid offering that packs a punch. It is somewhat youthful in October 2012, but approachable and even luxuriant after a good hour of exposure. This seems to have more oak than some of the Artemis offerings of yore.
White
10/10/2012 - JayPKay wrote:
86 points
The structure and balance of this wine is fine. But the flavor is not my cup of tea. It is an interesting grape, difficult to pin down the primary flavor, and there is a somewhat candy-coated veneer to the whole thing. Not a bad wine at all, it might pair nicely with certain food (?). But for my part I won't purchase again.
White
9/26/2012 - JayPKay wrote:
88 points
A big chard with plenty of oak on it. While I prefer the minerality and subtlety of old world chard, this is a wine to reckon with. Very strong at first, it mellows fairly quickly and becomes quaffable after an hour.
Red
9/26/2012 - JayPKay wrote:
90 points
A superb wine for the cost. This one has never failed to please or solicit positive comments from friends and family. Soft tannic structure with plenty of depth remaining, it is drinking quite nicely right now. Highly recommend it.
Red
9/26/2012 - JayPKay wrote:
88 points
Decent, smooth, subtle power with an alcohol burn finish. Not much nose, but the drink is nice in the mouth.
Red
9/25/2012 - JayPKay wrote:
88 points
Raisin on the nose, leading me to think "overcooked", but the taste is fine. Restrained at first, it leads on to the chocolate stage and then opens up to a nicely balanced drink. Would buy again.
Red
2009 John Galt Napa Valley Red Blend
9/25/2012 - JayPKay wrote:
87 points
Good. Just good, for the price.
Red
9/20/2012 - JayPKay wrote:
90 points
A good quality wine. Dense and inky, this poured like blueberry juice when I opened it. It opens up after at least an hour of decanting, and would probably benefit from more time either in the cellar or in the decanter. Despite its mouth-filling density, it drinks easily and is quite nice by itself or with big cuts of beef or grilled mushrooms. For the price, I would buy again.
White
9/15/2012 - JayPKay wrote:
87 points
Surprisingly crisp and refreshing, considering that I typically do not like PGs. Excellent with light fare.
White
8/14/2012 - JayPKay wrote:
90 points
I really enjoyed this. There is a minerality and cleanliness that makes this wine savory and immediately quaffable. It is an exceptional choice for pairing with most appetizers/tapas. Minimal oak, classic Burgundian color and subtlety, I would recommend this to anyone who can splurge on its premium price. This will not bowl you over at first, but if you allow it to express itself over the course of an hour, you will see the fine personality it can exhibit.
Red
8/14/2012 - JayPKay wrote:
89 points
A powerful, big-in-the-mouth wine. Smoke, leather, and olive permeate the nose and attack of this wine, with a lengthy finish as the tannins dance and dessicate your tongue. Most likely will benefit from additional cellaring. But very good now. A bit heavy in the ABVs, but what the heck, I'll take it.
Red
8/14/2012 - JayPKay wrote:
79 points
I hesitate to contradict what other reviewers have posted here, but I feel provoked by the insipid and lifeless character of this wine. I've had water with more personality than this. This is colored water. Maybe I have an adulterated bottle, or else my palate is throwing me a curveball tonight. While I do enjoy medium-bodied wines with subtle brilliance, this isn't one of them.
Red
2008 Trinitas Meritage Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/3/2012 - JayPKay wrote:
92 points
Phenomenal blend for the price. Quaffable and yet complex, the best of all worlds. Would certainly buy it again. One of those "philisophical" wines that gives pause and reshuffles the deck. Buy and enjoy.
Red
2007 Ramey Claret Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/2/2012 - JayPKay wrote:
87 points
Okay, but I expected more. I wish I could be more descriptive . . . It tastes "common", with little to hang a diploma on.
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Red
7/23/2012 - JayPKay wrote:
88 points
A nicely balanced medium-bodied wine that hasnt burned off the oak as yet. I would recommend holding onto it for another season or two. It drinks easily now, but the complexity it promises seems immature at the moment. Still, it's a very nice drink. Nose of leather/saddle soap, oak, and spiced crab apple. Paired beautifully with a strip steak.
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