Tasting Notes for alpha_ori

(560 notes on 518 wines)

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Red
4/26/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
91 points
Exactly what I want on the nose. Funky, brambly, but friendly. The palate is nice, with exactly that sort of carbonic spike that I'm looking for, and a gently acetic palate that mellows out pretty quickly. Enjoying it, but wishing for just a bit more backpalate.
Red
4/13/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
95 points
Perhaps my favorite wine of all time in this price range. This vintage continues to drink amazingly well.
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Red
4/12/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
91 points
Darker and riper and less acidic than what I remember from my favorite Evangehos, but this is nonetheless delicious.
Red
2010 Pax James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
4/12/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
93 points
I think this wine is delicious. The James Berry fruit sings, but mysteriously, through the particulate in this unfiltered wine. I only bought one bottle of this, but I could drink another six and be very happy with them.
White
2000 i Clivi Galea Colli Orientali del Friuli Friulano, Sauvignonasse (view label images)
3/23/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
92 points
In great condition for a 19-year-old white wine. Delicious.
Red
3/11/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
90 points
Soft, dark fruit; medium-grained tannin throughout the palate.
Red
3/10/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
93 points
Definitely Syrah on the nose -- smells like oil and flowers. Mostly smooth, but interesting variation in texture. Quite drinkable despite the huge alcohol numbers (15.8%!)
Red
3/10/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
92 points
Vinuous intensity without the thick, reduced texture that you sometimes get in Paso. Touch of candied flavor, but this is balanced by acid. Wears its 15.3% well, even if there is a bit of warmth.
Rosé
2018 Levo DREAMCRXSHER ROSÉ Santa Barbara County Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
3/10/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
90 points
Melon-ish fruit, clean, well-executed.
Rosé
3/10/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
91 points
Mostly direct-pressed Grenache. The cab is sagnee, but there's a lot less of it. So the wine is quite pale.

Very drinkable. Nice tart juice up front, with just a touch of sweetness coming at the end to balance.
White
3/10/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
91 points
Unusual blend between Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Chardonnay is grown in sandy soils and is tart and austere; to balance, the sauvignon blanc is allowed to ripen. No malo, but 25% new oak.

The wine combines citrus and melon in a very unfamiliar way. I didn't buy any, but now that I'm looking back on it, I wish I did pick up some -- I'm kind of jonesing for it.
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Red
2016 Benom Wines Origin Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon (view label images)
3/10/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
94 points
Ah, beautiful. This is a kind of wine that is very rare to find in Paso Robles -- and I say this as a fan of the region. These are wines of intent and precision.

There is still fruit in this wine, but it's balanced by secondary flavors and spice. This is a very appealing wine. I wish I could buy it without joining the wine club!
Red
2016 Benom Wines Les Deux Frères Paso Robles Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
3/10/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
92 points
Definitely fruit on the nose, but its exact nature is intriguing and difficult to pin down. The palate delivers elegant red fruit in a balanced, mid-bodied style.
Red
3/11/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
94 points
Very lively. Lifted body with a complex, shifting mid-palate. A bit of graphite adds a nice touch. Far and away my favorite of the lineup.
Red
3/9/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
91 points
Bright, tart, red cherry, with a touch of savory in the backpalate, like a pack of red vines with a couple of sticks of black licorice stuck in there by a prankster.

Young and raw. Score could definitely improve over time.
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Red
3/9/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
92 points
Chocolate-covered bing cherry. Very distinct from the Estate cab from the same year.
Red
3/9/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
91 points
Clearly this is the same wine as the 2013 that I had previously, just earlier in its lifecycle. This wine is definitely fruitier, even if that fruit is just as smoothly presented. Also, you can smell the wood in the empty glass, although it is not oppressive when drinking the wine.

Still, I'd hold for a few years for the fruit and wood to recede and th emore interesting secondary flavors to emerge. My score on this is likely to improve as that happens.
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Red
3/9/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
93 points
The nose is of quiet, brooding dark fruit. There are several unobvious Syrah markers in it that I can't quite name. On the palate, the Syrah seems to contribute an appealing tautness, and right now the Bordeaux varietals add mystery, depth and support. Tannins are still resolving.
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Red
3/9/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
92 points
Boysenberry syrup nose. Bright berry palate, softly and smoothly textured, though tannin is definitely still present. Quite good, but not necessarily a wine (for me) to seek out at this price.
Red
2014 Dilecta The Tiller Central Coast Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
3/9/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
94 points
Palate is juicy in texture, singing with blueberry and blackberry juices. The mid palate swells with acid, and alcohol, body enough to take seriously. The end is a beautiful, slightly bitter (and maybe a touch saline?) juice note.

Somehow this wine is more than the sum of its parts. The initial impression is something juicy and easily drinkable, but the mid palate and the finish are definitely thought-provoking. And it has that just-one-more-glass quality that keeps me coming back to it.
Red
3/11/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
93 points
Olive and savory herbs on the nose. The palate is tart and focused, balanced, and mid-bodied. Very much on the Northern Rhone end of the Syrah spectrum.
White
3/9/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
92 points
Soft, lemon custard, with just enough citrus-peel persistence to carry it. This wine is mild in some ways, but it is precise and thought-provoking.
Red
3/9/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
89 points
If the 2013 smelled like candied fruit and the 2014 like juice, the 2015 is more like liqueur. On the palate, though, it is more muted than either.
Red
3/9/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
92 points
Darker fruit than the 2013. Nose (and palate) is more juice and less candy. My favorite of the 2013-2015 vintages right now. Very drinkable at the present time.
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Red
3/9/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
91 points
Candied red fruit on the nose. The palate is very balanced, though. Straightforward but tasty.
Red
3/11/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
91 points
My favorite of the 2012-2014 vintages. Dark berry fruit is more focused, and balanced by various savory flavors.
Red
3/11/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
90 points
Immediately more vigorous on the nose than the 2012. Stemmier, and the fruit is more present. Also, the tannins are still resolving (though this wine is quite drinkable).
Red
3/11/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
89 points
Soft and mild, fully resolved, though there's still a vein of body in the mid-palate. Pleasant, but not stirring. I prefer the 2013 and 2014.
Red
3/8/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
91 points
Tasted against the J. Dusi from the same year (and vineyard). The J. Dusi is smooth but rustic, almost "agricultural". By comparison, the Ledge nearly sings with clarity, without seeming one-note or artificial.
Red
2016 Ledge MCA Cuvee' Paso Robles Willow Creek District Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
3/8/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
92 points
Now, *this* may be the mini-Saxum I was hoping for. Intriguing nose; palate is tight but complex, adequately compensating for overly-reduced intensity on the palate.

I'd love to see what this is going to be in a few years.
Red
2016 Ledge Rolph Family Vineyard Paso Robles Adelaida District Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
3/8/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
90 points
Rich, syrupy. Intensity is the name of its game, but in the end, it might be a bit much?
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Rosé - Sweet/Dessert
2017 Ledge MCA Cuvee' James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles Willow Creek District Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
3/8/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
93 points
Watermelon on the nose. The palate is fruity but bolstered by just enough acid, a great Central Cal high wire act. And there's a little bit of bitter intrigue there at the end. Probably one of the highest ratings I've given to a rosé.
Red
3/8/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
93 points
Distinctly cabernet, lifted, beautiful. A Paso cabernet competitive with other Cabernet regions, for sure. That's a remarkable thing, but the composition and the price point definitely push it into a place where it's less distinctive than other wines in this lineup and is competing on nuance. Still, there are definitely wines in my cellar I'd kick out in favor of this one.
Red
3/8/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
93 points
Very heady nose. A best-of-both-worlds blend of Rhone and Bordeaux varietals. Smooth and approachable, but spikes of acid and fine tannin peek up through a blanket of pleasantness on the palate.
Red
2016 Tru Wine Tru Tu Ru Paso Robles Syrah
3/8/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
89 points
Initial impression is of an intense, fascinating, stylish Syrah. Midway through the palate, though, it’s overwhelmed by its own weight. If you could keep this feel and drop the ABV by 2.5%, you’d have a world-class stunner.
Red
2013 The Farm Winery Touchy-Feely Paso Robles Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
3/8/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
92 points
Clear berry flavors, but with a tart, brambly affect. A bit of liqueur on the nose. Though there is a bit of that kind of intensity on the palate, there's a liveliness that keeps this wine energetic and fresh.
Red
2/15/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
92 points
A curious wine. Taut on the palate, with juice and minerals delivered in a tense, nervy forepalate. Acid and fine tannin persist in the midpalate and finish. This wine is obviously early in its life. Enjoyable now with food. Very curious where time will take it.
Red
2/6/2019 - alpha_ori wrote:
87 points
Interesting. The fruit at first strikes me as overripe, but past that is a smooth-textured wine with just enough acid to hold it together. Some really interesting background flavors that I can't quite identify. Doing well at 9 years of age.
Red
2/2/2019 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
90 points
I buy a lot of Bedrock single vineyard wines. I've only ever had these blended wines right after release, and have never been particularly interested in them.

Five years on, though, this is quite drinkworthy. The finish is maybe short and a bit clunky, but otherwise this is a perfectly good bottle of wine.
White
My first time with this wine and, indeed, this producer. At this point in its life, this wine is focused and tart, in a very pleasant way. The finish continues for 45 seconds, a minute, or more. It is somewhat linear now, but I don't know how this sort of wine will evolve, as it is clearly very early in its lifecycle. Yet another Loire producer to keep on my radar.
White
12/31/2018 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
94 points
Powerful gewurtztraminer aroma, though less lychee-oriented than some (though it is definitely present), and more apricot and spice.

On the palate, one gets the impression of a zesty sour beer, with a little more winelike acidic focus and the funky Gewurtz fruit; some fermented flavors alongside a touch of the traditional Jura flor flavors. It's an interesting meld of Gewurtz and Arbois.

Fascinating and delicious.
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Red
12/29/2018 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
90 points
Softest texture of the 2010-2012 trio. Less aromatic than the 2011, less zesty than it, and less sour than either the 2010 or the 2011. A solid wine, but my least favorite of the three and I'm not sure why it rates higher than both on CT.

Two hours in, this tastes the most like characteristic RRV Pinot, for sure; rounder and maybe juicier, solid, but without the interest that make the other wines, to me, more appealing.
Red
12/29/2018 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
91 points
More aromatic than the 2010. On the palate, it's zesty at first, then the fruit comes in, and then the zestiness transitions to sourness, but it's not nearly as deep as the 2010, and the fruit is definitely lighter. There's a note of savory black tea in there amongst the fruit.

Two hours in, the zestiness is replaced by sourness a la the 2010, although it continues to be more ephemeral; it lifts before the finish begins.

Of the three, this is the one I'd prefer to drink now; I'd recommend popping and pouring and drinking immediately, while it's still zesty.
Red
12/29/2018 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
92 points
An element of lushness and cherry fruit first, but almost immediately transitions to an intense sourness. Somewhat linear, but the sourness is profound and delicious.

After two hours, it has softened somewhat and the lushness has gained more ground, but it's still sourness-driven. This wine should be great with food.

[See my other notes for comparisons with the 2011 and 2012.]
Red
2012 Matello Fool's Journey Deux Vert Yamhill-Carlton Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
12/2/2018 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
90 points
The disparate reviews are really interesting to me. I strongly feel that they really are more about expectations than about quality. As a lighter-bodied Syrah, this is quite delicious.

If you've never loved a 12.8% Syrah, you probably won't love this one. But if you have, you may find this one quite appealing.
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Red
12/1/2018 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
89 points
You know, as these age, I like the Las Madras better.
Red
11/30/2018 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
94 points
At first, when you smell it, you think the fruit might be over-caramelized...but then it resolves somehow into something tight and sweet-smelling. On first taste, it seems too round...but then the acids swell up just enough to support it, highlighting a palate with savory flavors and a touch of smoke. This wine is in a good place.
Red
11/17/2018 - alpha_ori wrote:
Muted and confused. Less than a week after being shipped to me, it is possibly still in bottle shock. Fortunately, I have 10 more. Not planning to touch them for awhile. Hopefully they will come out of their shell!
Red
10/18/2018 - alpha_ori Likes this wine:
91 points
You know, this is pretty good. Nose is pretty alcohol-forward, almost brandy-like, but with a touch of browning fruit. But the palate is smooth and pleasant, and the fruit is just receding, which is, for me, a very pleasant time in the lifecycle of a wine, when the secondary characteristics are just starting to emerge against the backdrop of the fruit. The alcohol is a cautionary note, but I'm otherwise optimistic that this wine will continue to evolve in interesting ways.

Having just returned from Spain and having been to Portugal in the past two years, this is a fun angle on the wines from the region.
Red
10/14/2018 - alpha_ori wrote:
86 points
The fruit has faded, which is fine with me, but what remains is a woodiness that is in the middle of breaking down still, and a sourness that I might appreciate but for the wood artifacts. It's possible that this wine might emerge from this middle state and improve, but I doubt it, for my tastes.
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