Tasting Notes for JeffcB

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Red
3/20/2010 - JeffcB wrote:
Just a brief note a week later, but this was amazing, far outperforming the 2007 appellations.
White
10/14/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Just shipped today, so may be suffering from bottle shock. Unscrewed and poured. Some significant carbonation on opening. On the nose shows a touch of vanilla and a nuttiness, bordering on coconut, with slight traces of floral notes. Once in mouth, the wine immediately screams cashew, a dry rich textural nut. Also apparent is some mild lime notes, but the nut flavors dominate anything else. Finishes with a slight sweet edge, before a long lingering cashew finish. I will revisit and revise note if it shows anything new over the next day, but right now this is unlike any CA chardonnay I can think of: not gobs of fruit and grape flavors, not tons of oak, not alot of floral notes, but instead a well, nuttiness.
Red
9/25/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Jena: Cinnamon, Grapefruit, and deep port like prune fruit flavors.

Me: Definitely shows significant oak, catching some spiciness and cinnamon, before ample acidity. Dark fruit mildly lingering; everything is really well integrated. This wine is right in its drinking window and I only wish I had more.
Red
8/24/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
flawed
Undrinkable. At best. Tastes like a cheap barbecue sauce. Only worse.
Mistakenly noted on pinot before somehow.
White
8/29/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Somewhat sweet and simple -- without the strong tropical fruit components of a similarly sweet Sauvignon Blancs -- but a decent full body of fruit , and very pleasant.
Red
8/24/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Jotting down from memory. Some forest floor, and dark fruit, before apparent alcohol. Wouldn't plan on aging these more than 2 more years at longest, but an enjoyable if not spectacular wine at this moment in its development.
Red
8/24/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
flawed
Undrinkable. At best. Tastes like a cheap barbecue sauce. Only worse.
Red
8/29/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Dominated by spice, the body of this wine is dark and medium to full bodied with deeper blackberry fruit. The spice really stands out as the predominant feature, although the acidity isn't lacking. This wine improved from the first to the second day, and should have several years ahead of it.
Red
8/29/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Smoke, some herbal green on nose. Body shows sharp cranberry and cherry fruit, and plentiful, slightly citric and overpowering the body of the wine acidity. Interestingly complex, but somewhat muddled.
Red
8/24/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Brief note. Slight bitter funky acidity.
Just staying somewhat unpleasant, and roundly rejected as worth drinking by all who have tried it. An entirely different wine than what it initially was, as evidenced by comparing my tasting notes.
White
8/20/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
flawed
Undrinkable. Secondary fermentation? Tasted like homemade fermented apple cider, only way worse.
White
8/21/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Brief note, but enjoyable. Decent sized body, with no apparent heat.
Red
8/22/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Will revisit, but initial reaction tonight (pop and poured) was that there is a weird, sharp citric acidic element that in no way is incorporated into the wine. Altogether unpleasant and awkward. Which is a shame as this wine was amazing upon release. Murky. Abandoned for the night in favor of something drinking better.
Next night:
Fully integrated, and just a different wine. The initial impression is a very sweet cherry, with some smoke, and a touch of Brett seems definitely there. At the finish the citric the acidity shows through, but it is no longer the entirety of the wine, nor is it fully out of step as it tasted last night. Still the sappy sweetness, and it has stepped down significantly from my impressions two years ago make me serious concerned about further aging. If I had another bottle, I would open soon, with a decent decant.
White
8/19/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Vanilla cookie. More vanilla than I can ever recall in a wine, and some sugary sweetness. Decent amount of grape oriented fruit, but really, this wine overpowers with vanilla and sweetness. For what its worth, there isn't a lot of oak besides he sweet vanilla, but I wouldn't look to this wine unless I was out of vanilla extract.
Red
8/18/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
No formal note, but was extremely nice. No longer primary but still young, with good depth and complexity. This is just hitting its stride and should remain in it for the next 2 years.
Red
8/16/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Popped and poured. The initial reaction is tons of oak. And then some more. Vanilla and dry, dehydrating oak. Beneath that some lush blueberry. And then some dry oak. Acidity is perfectly fine, and the body of the wine is nice, but getting to these facets is a reach.
Poured off half the bottle into a decanter, and will see how this develops, but right now, in case it was somehow unclear, this is showing an abundance of dry oak, with the effect overbearing and unpleasant, and clearly overshadowing a deep blueberry wine.
White
8/15/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
flawed
Chardonnay; 8/10/2009-8/16/2009: Starts with a delicate floral nose. Body is on the milder side, no apparent oak and fruit is just enough to avoid describing the entire wine as thin, with a core of pear. Decent acidity but with a harsh biting acidic body that is really disjointed. Not sure what to think, as the wine is definitely out of whack, and stayed that way when re-tasted. Marked as flawed, in case this bottle was just off.
White
8/15/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Chardonnay; 8/10/2009-8/16/2009: Watery. Pleasant enough. Lemon peel, with a touch of bitter astringency, and a slightly clipped finish.
White
8/15/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Chardonnay; 8/10/2009-8/16/2009: Just added the wine to CT. Very nice, decent wine. Shows a strong floral and fruit nose, with strong apricot flavor. More what I might associate with a full bodied SB, but definitely still enjoyable.
Red
8/15/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Deep purple in color. Nose shows some oak, with hints of vanilla, and bramble. Body shows bramble, and a mellowed core of fruit, blackberry and significant dark raspberry. Definitely heavier in body than I recall, but not showing heat, and still a pleasant mouth feel. Finish shows a touch of oak, before a long lingering fruit finish. Not showing significant acidity, but not flabby either at this point.
White
8/10/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Chardonnay; 8/10/2009-8/16/2009: Had some dissolved Co2 that quickly dissipated when opened. Wine is light in color, a pale yellow. Nose shows superb floral notes. Body is thin, not lean, but devoid of sufficient backbone, and unexpectedly shows dry oak, that at this point is not at all integrated and and I would question that it will ever fully integrate seamlessly based on the lack of depth. Still not unpleasant as it retains a level of complexity with some stone before finishing with ample lime and citrus flavors and decent acidity. Overall, this wine lacked sufficient body and the dry oak only magnified this aspect, but the nose and finish were very good, making a wine better than it was enjoyable.
White
8/10/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Chardonnay; 8/10/2009-8/16/2009: Significant oak, with vanilla hints on the nose, start off a big round bodied chardonnay filled full of fruit. The oak doesn't present as dry or overbearing, but the wine is missing the needed acidity, finishing somewhat flat and without complexity. Enjoyable, but lacking in both minerality or citrus elements, leaving a simpler easy to drink beverage.
Red
7/10/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
This showed very different with some air and a long decant.
Initial reactions: Plenty of carbon dioxide, that splash decanted out. Extremely floral bouquet, with some vanilla. Opens with gobs of tongue dehydrating tannins, before a medium nice finish of dark cherry and mild blackberry fruit that still succumbing to the dry lingering tannin. Overall shows with some very positive elements (the nose) and some very negative (unappealing tannins).
After a long decant, the harsh tannins are more integrated, with a strong wet soil, earth and mushroom flavor developed and dominating the wine. Interesting. Will be curious how this continues to develop with significant bottle time, and wouldn't open one soon.
White
7/7/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Tantara Wines: Tastings from June and July 2009; 6/12/2009-7/7/2009: Nose of lemon. Strong lemon curd, well rounded mouth feel. Crisp and refreshing. As it warms in glass, shows some dry oak on the finish and a slightly astringent acidity filled with lemon zest. Components show a lot, they still need some time to integrate, but when it comes together this wine will reward fans.
Red
7/5/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Dark purple in glass. Nose shows forest floor, flowers, vanilla, and cranberry. Starts with forest floor. Body is dominated with dark cherry, blueberry, raspberry and forest floor, before a vanilla and blackberry finish. Overall is a full bodied wine that is packed with soft and gentle tannins. Fine acidity and a good long finish; this is really firing on all cylinders.
Overall this is strutting its stuff, and in a extremely great place for drinking.
Red
7/4/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Garnet in color. Nose of cherry, flowers, and vanilla. Body is filled with light cherry, mineral elements, and milder citrus acidity combining to make a wine that dances in the mouth. Some light oak present, but overall a mild body and not a significant amount of tannins. Not the longest finish, but really elegant and enjoyable, and a very nice wine that is light on its feet.
Second day, wine shows more deep raspberry and dark cherry, with a touch of cloying sweetness, and a little smoke.
Red
7/2/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Pop and poured. Mild pinot funk on nose, light purple in glass. Some spritz. Cola, strong acidity, more in the mouth feel then the finish, bordering on cucumber not fully ripe watermelon and lemon lime. Somewhat thin, and tart, with light cherry complementing the cola and acid fusion. Overall somewhat disappointing, starts with a dominating tongue tingling spritz that did blow off, but what was left was a not obviously flawed wine (like the 04 Sonatera), but not inherently interesting.
Red
7/1/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Tantara Wines: Tastings from June and July 2009; 6/12/2009-7/7/2009: Pop and poured, then allowed to air over the course of an evening. Initial nose of a hearty musk of pinot funk, and dark crushed raspberries. Mouth coating blackberry fruit. Huge body. Some stone, complements the dark fruit explosion, before a finish that is slightly clipped. As it warms up to room from cellar temperature, more glycerin is apparent on the nose, and a touch of heat is sneaking into the wine. The Le Colline Vineyard always seems to be on the bigger, dark fruit high octane end of the spectrum of Tantara pinots, and based off the last week or two, 2007 is definitely not an exception to this rule.
Red
6/28/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
A touch of alcohol on the nose, with hints of vanilla. Sharp cranberry with a touch of alcohol, but a very nice smooth body that isn't hindered by the somewhat apparent alcohol. Overall the fruit is still very primary and strong, and leaves a nice pleasant impression. Finishes with a touch of vanilla.
The question that remains is, what is the progression of this wine from here. Significant fruit remains but the alcohol definitely was creeping on the wine. I plan on retrying this in a few months and wonder if it won't be passed its peak within two years.
Red
6/28/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Deep and dark in glass. Some toast and a healthy amount of vanilla on the nose, along with dark raspberry. Wine opens of bitter dark chocolate. Definitely a slight herbal element, but not unripe or unpleasant, and with air time it is nicely integrated. Dark raspberry nicely complements the bitter chocolate. Finishes with decent acidity, almost a lemon zest. Bottle was pop and poured, with the remainder into a decanter, and over the course of the evening the wine opened up more from a reticent dark chocolate core. I would wait at least 6 months before another, as the wine is in a nice place now, but really has a great core and acidity that will only improve with age.
Red
6/25/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Tantara Wines: Tastings from June and July 2009; 6/12/2009-7/7/2009: First night impression from a small glass was pinot funk on the nose, and a very smooth drinking high acidity wine.
Next day extended thoughts: Unassuming and packed with acidity. Opens with a nose of spice, before a smooth bodied wine filled with a core of raspberry fruit flavors. Definitely tastes of abundant acidity, and should improve and gain complexity with bottle age, but for now offering a pleasant food wine, that shouldn't overpower anything accompanying it.
Red
6/23/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Tantara Wines: Tastings from June and July 2009; 6/12/2009-7/7/2009: Aromas of heavy pinot funk, mingle with smoke, some spice and just a touch of vanilla, promising a wine that will not be dull or boring. Strong fruit, on the prune side of the spectrum, but with nice hints of sweet cherries. Soft, not overtly tannic, but well framed with mild wood flavors, more ripe twig then toasted oak. Ends quite enjoyably with a sweet lingering red fruit finish.
Red
6/19/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Tantara Wines: Tastings from June and July 2009; 6/12/2009-7/7/2009: Definitely a step up from the 2005. The 2006 is spicy, with the nose and bodied both consisting of clove, cinnamon, and maybe even coriander. Deep raspberry fruit, and just a touch of heat, before a nice long spicy finish. This should improve, but offers a lot of complexity now.
Red
6/19/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Forest floor on the nose. Bright red fruit, of cherry and currant, with pine needle and menthol. Alcohol isn't overpowering, but almost separated, leading to a clipped finish, of alcohol and mint. Awkward phase perhaps, as this wine has shown significantly better previously. (Guest didn't even drink their glass).
2nd day, shows a little better, but still finishes disappointingly. The bouquet is really nice, and the wine does have a plush mouth feel, starting off great. Then a weird alcohol and herb medley, with some nice red fruit hiding and lingering for a long finish, but right now it is not enough fruit (or structure) to fully support the wine.
Red
6/18/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Tantara Wines: Tastings from June and July 2009; 6/12/2009-7/7/2009: Strong vanilla, and a game fat on the nose. Blackberry fruit underpins a wine ripe with gristle flavors, before finishing with a nice spicy element. Decently complex, but would benefit from a fuller texture.
White
6/17/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Tantara Wines: Tastings from June and July 2009; 6/12/2009-7/7/2009: Thoroughly enjoyable. Starts with a great floral bouquet, which leads into a wine dominated by green apple, watermelon and maybe a touch of lemon. Crisp. Finishes clean with bright acidity. Well not the fullest bodied wine, and not the wine to recommend for someone looking for overt oak, this is a really refreshing wine with good acidity, and a nice harmonious core tending toward tart apple.
Red
12/28/2006 - JeffcB wrote:
Drank slowly over two days. Definitely had the pinot funk nose on initial opening. The fruit is soft strawberry and touches of blackberry , and there is a definite spice and pepper throughout, especially on day two which really shapes the long finish.
Red
11/21/2008 - JeffcB wrote:
High acidity is the first and foremost impression, at cellar temp and with no decant. Plentiful soft tannins shape the wine. Decent aromatics, a citrus and some forest floor notes, a slight tart front, with a good amount of dark berry fruit on the finish.
Red
11/15/2008 - JeffcB wrote:
A nice mild smoky characteristic, strongly complemented by a solid core of raspberry fruit. Medium body, with an absolutely smooth feel from start to finish, not a massively structured wine in any way, but then again, not watery. Not much acidity either, but it doesn't feel lacking. Overall just very enjoyable, with an interesting smoke almost cola on the front and great fruit.
Red
11/26/2008 - JeffcB wrote:
Still needs at least a year in bottle, or an extended decant. Deep blackberry fruit is present, but there is a massive amount of not fully integrated tannins, creating an overly structured wine. After vigorously airing, the wine settles, and shows well for itself.
Red
1/4/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Carbonated on opening. Significant levels of brett dominating the taste, leading to a dull and monolithic mouth feel. Nose shows some cherry, and there is a lingering, almost currant, sharp red fruit present in the wine. That said, this is pretty dominated by the brett, and not enjoyable. For what it is worth, the wine has been stored off site in a temperature controlled facility, so storage cannot be blamed here.
White
6/12/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Tantara Wines: Tastings from June and July 2009; 6/12/2009-7/7/2009: Starts with a floral nose that is really inviting, and contains just a hint of toast. Opens with a slightly syrupy sweetness before revealing a well rounded mouth feel with pronounced lime and pineapple flavors, again, still carrying through some of the sweetness, but the wine definitely has enough acidity to finish cleanly.
Red
6/11/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Brief note, updated with second day impressions. Wine appeared to be in a place now where additional time wouldn't hurt. Very dark color, but not overly heavy. Tar and a little fat and gristle are the primary flavors, with less fruit then I would have expected. Almost a light olive flavor. Nose doesn't offer up any fruit, but instead is a complex mingle of dry tar, tobacco, and slight oak. Wine finishes with decent acidity. Alcohol levels aren't noticeable.
Update, next day shows more vanilla on the nose, and has picked up a bitter finish and a slight thinness to the body.
Red
6/5/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
Vanilla on the nose, with a touch of smoke. Red fruit is the first impression of the taste. Finishes with a healthy dose of acidity, not fully balanced at the moment, but not entirely unpleasant. Mid palate has a definite smokiness, with slightly dry tannin, that compliments the fruit forward (raspberry?) flavor. Altogether a wine that could be drunk quickly, and would definitely be enjoyable as such, but more of an easy to drink cocktail then a revolutionary wine.
Red
6/5/2009 - JeffcB wrote:
2nd Day, small pour left thoughts: A brooding wine with significant white pepper and a touch of an herbal component. An overwhelming nose on the wine, with a deep spice, almost a sandalwood element. The wine showed a lot more with significant air, and probably needs time to come into its own, but is in balance, if a little closed. Altogether enjoyable, but I would wait on the remaining bottles.
Red
2/28/2007 - JeffcB wrote:
Bottle had dropped tons of sediment and tasted like dirt, with some green mint or euaclyptus also showing out of whack. 2 hours decanting didn't change.
Red
2/16/2007 - JeffcB wrote:
87 points
Thin in color, and a little thin in texture. The wine has an abundance of the cinnamon,nutmeg spice.
Red
2/11/2007 - JeffcB wrote:
89 points
My favorite of the Garretson Syrah's by far, this wine was a very interesting drink. It had a good degree of minerality and earthy characteristics, the wife proclaimed it Burgundian, although it also had a heavily extracted zestiness, which came out over the course of an evening.
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