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White
2013 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
8/13/2018 - Jbird73 Likes this wine:
94 points
Very nervous after pulling cork and having seepage about 75% of the cork...initial worry with a sniff inside the bottle and then poured a glass. The glass is fantastic. Hoping that I don't have to update in another 30-60 minutes that it changed rapidly. Have a handful of these and hoping it is a one-off. The cork was flush so not protruding like the other review. I look forward to these bottles from Rhys and this one hits it all right now, beautiful light gold in color, intoxicating nose, great acidity, just great stuff.
  • Jbird73 commented:

    8/18/18, 8:20 AM - We saved a little for day 2 and it lost the acid and was flat/flabby. That is not common for me with Rhys. Day 1 was great and given a few other comments I think it may be best to consume these this year and not risk it. High class problem!

White
2012 Copain Chardonnay Laureles Grade Carmel Valley
11/3/2015 - Jbird73 Likes this wine:
92 points
Similar in color to previous note but the palate is different. No more sharp acid taking the forefront. This is now really firing for me with that great balance of acid and fruit. I pick up some honey as well as tart citrus and the finish is great. Better now than a year ago. Just Coravin'd a glass to check on this last bottle but think it's time to go grab one more glass....
  • Jbird73 commented:

    11/4/15, 9:53 AM - Sounds good...I like acid in my Chardonnay as I could just indulge on Grand Cru Chablis all day and be happy but a year ago it was just out of whack. Now it seems great. Really enjoyed that 2nd glass last night too. Will look forward to trying the '13.

Red
2013 Turley Zinfandel Juvenile California
4/25/2015 - Jbird73 wrote:
87 points
A bit of prune on the nose. Very primary fruit with not a lot of acid or tannin so more flabby than I like. It wasn't horrible just not like the outstanding other Turley zins I have enjoyed.
  • Jbird73 commented:

    4/27/15, 9:47 AM - I agree in waiting just not sure it will help but why not try... Big fan of many other Turley Zin's so an "off" night if you will.

Red
2010 Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
9/20/2014 - Jbird73 Likes this wine:
90 points
pretty good stuff here but for this price I know I could do better (Myriad, R-M, etc...)
  • Jbird73 commented:

    9/22/14, 1:59 PM - First of all know that my notes are geared towards my own reference so no mistaking someone who tastes more for a living or may be more consistent.

    That said, I expected the Tor to be quite tannic and given the Howell mountain source for fruit I was surprised that it was approachable now without ripping my tongue out. It also had more to it in the nose than the LM (I do like LM too so no hating on LM). I felt that the Tor had more lurking beneath the surface that would improve with age in the bottle.

    I didn't get the same feel from the LM so hence my variation in notes.

    Hopefully that explains it....or perhaps just made it worse....

    I have plenty of other LM in the cellar that I will enjoy as still a fan of LM.

White
2012 Aubert Chardonnay UV-SL Vineyard Sonoma Coast
5/15/2014 - Jbird73 wrote:
93 points
Coravin Pull #1 - 2nd Aubert from 2012 and let me just say that if you drink this immediately after pouring you will get a vastly (and I mean vastly) different wine than if you wait an hour. Initially it is very acidic and masks a lot of the beautiful nuanced layers of fruit. I love a laser-like grand cru chablis but this is just too much acidity for my palate.

An hour of sitting open in the glass and it is beautiful. The acidity has calmed down so much that the wine hardly seems like it was when first poured. For me...this is a mandatory 1 hour decant before drinking or many more years in the bottle.
  • Jbird73 commented:

    5/17/14, 8:24 PM - I don't plan on accessing the rest of the bottle for some time. It was just the one glass pulled right now. I will update next time I go back to the bottle.

Red
2008 Cobb Pinot Noir 30 Month Barrel Aged Rice-Spivak Sonoma Coast
11/15/2013 - shaferguy91 wrote:
92 points
2 hour decant
  • Jbird73 commented:

    11/15/13, 1:55 PM - Spent an hour with Ross tasting and talking earlier this week. Great guy, fantastic wines and can't wait to start getting more of his wine in the future.

Red
2010 Lagier Meredith Syrah Mt. Veeder
10/16/2013 - Jbird73 wrote:
91 points
Very dark in color and opaque. Nose smacks of menthol out of the bottle. One hour into a decant and starting to get the pepper and dark fruit. Very full bodied in the mouth with a rush of acid on the finish. Tannins are still quite present. Why didn't I wait another 2 years to drink this. Score is based on opening now. Wait wait wait. I don't know how this wouldn't be better in 2-4 more years. I still enjoy this but I bet this shines with more time.
  • Jbird73 commented:

    10/17/13, 7:40 AM - Yep...I absolutely will need to stop by and pick up some more from them as these will need to be a staple in the cellar.

Red
2010 Sandhi Wines Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills
10/3/2013 - shaferguy91 wrote:
90 points
A little too much green to rate any higher with me. 1 hour decant.
  • Jbird73 commented:

    10/3/13, 11:03 AM - Definitely one to lay down a few more years to let it integrate...

  • Jbird73 commented:

    10/3/13, 10:02 PM - Very well could be but no harm in waiting in my mind. Plenty else to drink.

Red
2007 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
6/19/2013 - Jbird73 Likes this wine:
92 points
First off this is really good stuff. Decanted for about 30 minutes and notes are on first glass. Light purple in color. Nose screams ripe fruit. Fruit (plum, cherry) hits at the very tip of the tongue through mid-palate. This is quite dry and a little dusty. Thirty second finish. I can't wait for glass 2 in another 30 minutes.

Everything the same but dusty is gone. Good stuff.
  • Jbird73 commented:

    6/20/13, 8:59 PM - I saved 2 glasses for day 2 and still holding strong and similar note. I would agree if I had more than 1 in the cellar I would wait another year before popping but it was my only bottle and curiosity got the better of me. If you are lucky to have 3 or more I would say drink 1 now and 1 each of the next 2 years and compare your notes to see your own age preference. Enjoy this whatever you do...

Red
2010 Sandhi Wines Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills
5/17/2013 - shaferguy91 wrote:
91 points
Decanted 2 hours. Better than last bottle.
  • Jbird73 commented:

    5/17/13, 9:16 AM - I have become a big fan of Sandhi and love their S&B Chardonnay from the same year....great stuff. I have yet to pop this one open for fear it is too young....any thoughts on this getting better with time?

  • Jbird73 commented:

    5/17/13, 1:10 PM - Excellent...I'll leverage off of your own baseline and wait it out a while longer before popping this one open myself. Thanks!

Red
2008 Scherrer Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
1/17/2013 - shaferguy91 wrote:
92 points
Decanted 1 hour.
  • Jbird73 commented:

    1/17/13, 12:47 PM - If you liked the '08 RRV from Scherrer I highly recommend the '06 or '07 Big Brother. I know they still have some laying around to send out and at $50/bottle I think it is an excellent deal...

Red
2011 Wind Gap Wines Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
11/25/2012 - smphelps wrote:
85 points
Obviously a bit of an outlier here, but the overall inpression was one of a nice non-distinct largely generic Pinot Noir. Pretty ruby, floral nose, murky mid-palalte of predominatly red fruits. 12.4% alcohol. Needed more crispness to achieve a greater degree of finesse and elegance.
  • Jbird73 commented:

    12/6/12, 9:29 PM - I understand your rating but try it again after a couple of hours of decanting and/or after re-corking (I use a vacu-vin). I drank this bottle over 5 days and enjoyed it more each and every day. It absolutely is not complex at this stage but I have really enjoyed it. That said, we all have our preferences and nothing wrong with a little dissension. There are plenty that others love that I find not my liking as much too... I have a couple more of these that i will wait a year each to see how it evolves

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