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Red
2014 RouteStock Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
12/7/2017 - TannicBeast Likes this wine:
89 points
Classic Napa profile for a Jackson plus tax. Ripe black currant, plum, coffee, chocolate, vanilla. The oak treatment is fairly prevalent. Full body, with assertive tannins, nice acidity and balanced alcohol. Drinking well now after an hour decant and likely to improve over the next 3-5 years. 80% Cabernet, plus some of all the other Bordeaux varietals. You should try to taste this blind against some trendy, Napa Cab blends costing twice as much and see whether this does't deliver as much pleasure...
  • William Newman commented:

    6/19/18, 3:30 PM - Spot on! Had this at Capital Grille and was worth the restaurant price. Retail is high QPR for this wine.

Red
2014 Terra Blanca Arch Terrace Triple Threat Red Mountain Red Blend
12/4/2017 - William Newman Likes this wine:
91 points
A full bodied field blend of Red Mountain greatness. 57% Cabernet Sauvignon offers deep structure and tannins softened with 24% Syrah and 19% Merlot. Allspice, dark fruits and white pepper on the nose give way to a long finish of plums, chocolate and hints of figs. Moderate tannin grip on the long extended finish. Some decanting based on age could allow this wine to blossom for years to come. Serious value wine at $25 retail.
  • William Newman commented:

    5/30/18, 5:44 PM - Opened another bottle figs have given way to deep bacon fat notes. Maturing nicely.

Red
2015 B Cellars Blend 26 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
11/23/2017 - Mark V Likes this wine:
100 points
Outstanding wine! Deep reddish purple in color, very bold nose and an amazing pallet filled with oak, blackberries, tannins and other dark berry flavors. And the finish leaves you craving more, so much so, another case is in order! The combination of CS, CF and PV fruit makes this the best of Venge's Blend 26 wines ever. B Cellars consistently rocks!
  • William Newman commented:

    2/3/18, 1:31 PM - Wow perfect score!

White
2016 Groth Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley
11/18/2017 - Tahlequahdave1972 Likes this wine:
90 points
PNP with aeration. Straw color with a green hue. Nose of citrus, grapefruit and honeysuckle leading to flavors of lemon lime, guava, melon and stone fruit. Starts out tart but immediately follows with a semi sweet texture and medium mouthfeel. Crisp, refreshing, well balanced and tasty. Medium length finish. A very nice Cali sauvignon blanc. Getting more.
  • William Newman commented:

    12/30/17, 8:46 AM - Agreed! A great sip. Clearly some Oakville and Rutherford fruit sources in this vintage. Yum!

Red
2014 Turley Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Napa Valley
10/2/2017 - Mootsie Does not like this wine:
85 points
Big notes of candied strawberry, cedar, watermelon rind, forest floor. A bit of heat on the finish. Blind you would never guess Cab. Young, sweet, tannic. Nothing like a classic cab as noted below.
Turley Zins are mostly worth it, but this cab is a mess. Bad and overpriced.
  • William Newman commented:

    11/20/17, 4:11 PM - Can you put a score on this review? Thanks...

Red
2014 Tablas Creek Côtes de Tablas Paso Robles Adelaida District Red Rhone Blend
9/16/2016 - wilypod Likes this wine:
92 points
Bright Garnet. Decant and air an hour or three. Explosive and savory garrigue, dark chocolate, black cherry, dry rub smoked pork. Verges on the voluptuous. Tasted blind, like unto a Chateauneuf du Pape, much more so than the Esprit, since Grenache dominates the blend (44/36/12/8 Grenache, Syrah, Counoise, Mourvedre). Peppery, chalky, sweet, not astringent, tannin suffuses the finish. 15% abv. 2014 was a great year at Tablas.

No comparison to other Cotes de Tablas I've had. Bottled sunshine and sensuality. 4+13+17+8 Perhaps the most balanced, graceful red in the Tablas line-up this year. The Esprit and Panoplie have higher extract and intensity, with the Esprit especially muscular.

Day 2. The tannins are even better and the Grenache shines brighter.
  • William Newman commented:

    3/3/17, 3:55 PM - Excellent review!

Red
2010 Baron de Ley Rioja Reserva Tempranillo
7/31/2016 - ajbergren wrote:
90 points
Purplish ruby with medium plus optical density. Shows strong intensity on the nose, with bright red fruits (raspberry, cranberry), musty earth, and chewing tobacco. Balanced on the palate, with refreshing acidity, a juicy mouthfeel, and full body to go along with medium intensity tannins and a dryness that is balanced by sweet sensations of fruit and well-controlled alcohol (13.5% listed, seems about right). Dense and concentrated, but with some elegance and focus that keep things under control. Flavours on the attack are classic Rioja, showing vanilla-dipped bright red fruits, with notes of coconut and toffee over the top of earthy tobacco and spice. The midpalate stays full and provides aromatic compounds that lend complexity to the flavour profile before transitioning to a lengthy finish of leather and perhaps hints of savory game under a pleasant blanket of oak. The oak is very well done and does not distract (i.e., it lets other aspects through), providing a very well-balanced wine with decent complexity. Very pleasant drinking alone or with food, this is a nice value wine, providing great QPR in a typical Rioja Reserva. Drinking very well at the moment, but would seem to have the quality to age for quite a while longer to let the oak integrate more. Nice!
  • William Newman commented:

    9/4/16, 5:19 PM - Excellent review

Red
2014 Stoller Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
4/30/2016 - mkslater wrote:
The 2014 Stoller Pinot Noir Dundee Hills is dark, big, and very heavy on the palate, overwhelmingly so for me. It defies the usual descriptors--and expectations--of an Oregon Pinot noir. It is also very different from Stoller's 2013 Dundee Hills Pinot noir. Keep this monster in the bottle until the 2020's or serve now with the roasted wild boar you killed yourself.
  • William Newman commented:

    5/9/16, 6:52 PM - This wine is very moderate for Oregon. A monster would be the Helen's single vineyard. This is a great wine for mid week at a reasonable price point. Drink by 2020 not later.

Red
2012 Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
3/30/2015 - jfaulk Likes this wine:
88 points
Decent weeknight cab. At $17/bottle, good QPR
  • William Newman commented:

    11/29/15, 12:13 PM - As with the lauded 2010 vintage no trace of elevation character and not worth 40/btl retail.

Red
2012 St. Supéry Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
3/13/2015 - Baron Slick wrote:
89 points
Fine, black fruit nose, with shades of currants, eucalyptus, conifer, and pencil lead. Tightly wound and full bodied, this has a juicy mid-note that turns savory as it opens up. The dry finish repeats the black fruit theme.
  • William Newman commented:

    6/22/15, 5:07 PM - Pencil led - is that like cat piss?

Red
2012 A to Z Wineworks Pinot Noir Oregon
1/31/2015 - Ken332 wrote:
87 points
I have been trying a few of the 2012 Oregon Pinot Noirs following the recent Wine Spectator review and pending the Wine Advocate issue in February. This wine is at a good price and widely available. However, I found it a bit closed in the first day, slightly darker color than I expected (medium ruby), moderate mouthfeel with initial, slight bitterness as noted by one of the reviewers, black cherries, spice, and earthiness. Moderate length. The bitterness went away after about 30 minutes, but the wine never completely opened up. Will try the left over bottle today. All told, this is a good wine at a decent price, but nothing for which to search.

Much better the second night. While the nose is still restrained, the initial flavors of black cherries, spice, and earth are much more pronounced, as is the mid-range and an interesting finish. I would raise the rating to an 88 or 89 based on the second night's tasting.
  • William Newman commented:

    2/14/15, 2:41 PM - You might be serving the wine at too warm a temp. High acid and tannin wines should be served cooler than room temp not "al fresco." The wine tightens up too warm.

  • William Newman commented:

    2/14/15, 4:20 PM - Hello Ken -

    You have the right approach no doubt about it. It didn't quite open like a WV or Dundee so I suspect it is due to blend. Trying Soter next ;)

    Best-
    BN

  • William Newman commented:

    2/15/15, 6:54 AM - Absolutely and happy to follow-follow here and on Twitter. You can find my wine reviews at @StonewoodWine. If you haven't picked up Harvey Steiman's review of the 2012 Oregon vintage you can find it in the Jan-Feb '15 WS issue. It's a keeper.

    In short 2012 will go down as one of the classic vintages for not only Oregon but along all of the Pacific Coast AVAs, from Red Mountain (WA) to Sta Rita Hills (CA) and everything Napa, Sonoma, Paso and Mendocino - and of course all of Oregon - in between for all varietals particularly reds.

Red
2006 Buttonwood Cabernet Franc Santa Ynez Valley
9/24/2013 - robmillis Does not like this wine:
88 points
nice, simple, sweet plum, raspberry. all fruit, no earth.
  • William Newman commented:

    5/1/14, 5:26 PM - Once I decanted and let it air out the wine was lip smacking full of terroir

Red
2010 Château Hanteillan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
3/27/2014 - edub7 wrote:
87 points
A bit chalky, slightly tart, but decent fruit seems to come through after it mellows out. Mocha spice, there's some oak that needs to blow off. Picked up at Costso for fun at $12, not bad, not inspiring either. Was a expecting more since it is a Cru Bourgeois and 2010. Perhaps there's bottle variation. May try it one more time. 85-87
  • William Newman commented:

    4/16/14, 12:14 PM - Very helpful review particularly since the 10 vintage has so much appeal

Red
2012 Charles & Charles Red Wine Columbia Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
3/8/2014 - Yankee wrote:
88 points
On the nose there's wet campfire, earth, blackberry & cassis ~ On the palate it's medium + bodied with moderate tannins & flavors of strawberry, dry oak, cocoa & ripe plum skins ~ Nicely balanced
  • William Newman commented:

    3/23/14, 6:08 PM - Excellent value to price

Red
2009 Aspenwood Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker Signature Series Chandler Reach Yakima Valley
9/22/2013 - William Newman wrote:
69 points
From the bar like atmosphere to the lack of notable conversation Aspenwood Cellars was unanimously voted "Winery to Most Avoid" during our recent visit to Woodinville's up and coming warehouse district of new wine makers. We opted for the library collection including the SS Cab and couldn't finish any of the three wines offered. This wine was burnt on the nose like battery acid and clearly had signs of bacteria. The storage area was not even refrigerated making the rest of the entire stock suspect. Winemaker Jim Petty should stick with his day job.
  • William Newman commented:

    9/24/13, 6:49 AM - Bothelwineguy: apparently things have changed a LOT in the last 12 months. Definitely wine for the uneducated palate now.

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