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Red
2014 Franny Beck Pinot Noir Johan Vineyards Willamette Valley
Bereserkerday purchase several years ago. Popped and poured at cellar temp. This is in a lovely spot. Nice spicy, spruce underbrush and warm tandoori spices on the nose. Good balance of sweet cranberry fruit, exotic spices and a lively acid filled finish. I don’t have enough experience with this producer or vineyard to know if this will improve further with age, but definitely has some more gas left in the tank.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    8/6/21, 4:45 PM - My experience is that they have been really acidic on release and improve greatly with age. I would say it can still go longer. Unfortunately I only have one bottle left.

White
2016 Ladd Cellars Chardonnay Sonoma Coast
No detailed notes, but this is great stuff. A like okay maybe, but not overpowering. Really enjoyable, wish I had more than just three bottles.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    4/4/21, 6:24 PM - You would be correct.

Red
2013 Quivet Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Kenefick Ranch Napa Valley
2/26/2021 - Cow Town wrote:
88 points
The first of my six Quivet KR from 2013, and hopefully this was an off bottle. Color was good, but the nose and finish had an odd bell pepper/green note that I have never had from this wine or any other 2013. Normally this is a go-to wine for me, but this was just strange.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    2/27/21, 4:35 PM - Probably an off bottle. We are drinking one now and no bell pepper/green notes. It is a super big wine, but good.

Red
2015 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga
4/23/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
93 points
Gotta say overall, I am a tad underwhelmed. '15s have been drinking pretty well as of late but......
This had an exquisite perfumed incensed nose on opening, but the wine itself was somewhat void of any weight or length....until it was open for 2-4 hours then weight improved, fruit deepened and flavors gained substance. Length improved a bit also A funny wine. I get the feeling you should open this and walk away for 4 hours then fix dinner and drink it.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    4/24/20, 6:10 PM - Underwhelmed and still 93 points?!?

  • Mtpisgah commented:

    4/27/20, 5:55 PM - Ok, that makes a bit more sense. But I wish my underwhelming bottles were that good.

Rosé
2008 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia Grenache Blend, Grenache
2/23/2019 - ericindc Likes this wine:
93 points
Light chemicals on opening. Decanted to blow off the chemical note. Meaty nose with light red fruit. Very savory and herbal tang, light oak, some saline notes in the middle with earth, leather and red fruits. Really complex. Really nice wine.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    5/17/19, 5:34 PM - Where did you score that?

  • Mtpisgah commented:

    5/17/19, 6:01 PM - Very lucky find.
    I will trade you my left kidney for a bottle.

Red
2016 La Palazzetta (Flavio Fanti) Rosso di Montalcino Sangiovese
Benvenuto Brunello 2018, Montalcino centro; 2/16/2018-2/19/2018 (Montalcino): (Benvenuto Brunello, 2018, Montalcino) Gorgeous. Brick red>ruby. Powerfully perfumed, the nose is open and giving already. This is just beautiful, with a continuous cascade of red fruits, warm spice, soil and forest/mushrooms. The entry is bigger than expected, the middle is warm, generous, yet structured; this is one heck of a Rosso wine. So much potential, still, probably even better with just one more year of integration. A true baby Brunello if there is such a thing. Impressive length and depth. 14,5% abv., drink 2019 thru 2028. highly recommended

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  • Mtpisgah commented:

    1/10/19, 5:54 PM - I bought three from the LWS a few weeks ago and opened one tonight. Very nice. A little tannic right now, but great flavor and paired well with spaghetti. I will be picking up some more.

  • Mtpisgah commented:

    1/11/19, 4:22 AM - That sounds like a great trip, Tim. I was actually planning to email you this week as we just booked our trip to northern Italy for September. I need to get some winery recommendations from you for the areas we will be in.

Red
2015 Jean-René Germanier Syrah Cayas Réserve Valais
11/4/2018 - rossi.wine wrote:
91 points
Spicy, smoky, pure, fresh with well-integrated tannins, a nice mineral backbone and good length. 90-91+
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    12/22/18, 5:29 AM - What is the price in the U.K.? With a community average value of $40 for most vintages and a release price of $80 in the US, it is a hard decision. Is it worth $80 US do you think?

  • Mtpisgah commented:

    12/22/18, 5:56 AM - Thanks for the response. I have some of the 2014 Marie-Thérèse Chappaz Syrah Grain Syrah and like it, it was my first Swiss wine. I liked it but not sure it is worth the price vs French Syrah.

    I always read your notes and find my palate generally aligns with yours. Thanks

Red
N.V. Cerbaiona (Molinari) Vino Rosso Vino da Tavola Sangiovese
12/1/2018 - acyso wrote:
93 points
L. 1/18. I wonder if the story behind this is actually true. It's brilliant wine in any case. The nose is complex, with a bit of dried herbs, juicy red fruit, and a lovely dose of earth. The palate is generous and enjoyable, but also fairly complex, especially at the price. Very ripe and giving, but the earth notes are certainly reminiscent of the real deal. Plenty of tannin too, this will benefit from time. And if I'm correct, this is probably the last of an era.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    12/11/18, 2:40 PM - I have wondered the same thing on their backstory. They seem to have hit all the high points for a cult, and yet I had not heard of them until a couple of months ago. But i did buy a six pack of the Rosso.

Red
2011 Result of a Crush Washington Red Blend
8/30/2018 - Wine12345 Does not like this wine:
86 points
Not my cup of tea - or glass of wine. Tastes like a GSM blend. Drank half the bottle and poured the remainder down the drain.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    8/31/18, 7:13 AM - I have found that it can be very harsh when first opened but really improves on the second or third day once a lot of the funkiness has settled down. If you have more, try it over multiple days.

    My wife would agree with you though.

Red
2015 Bodegas Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero Tempranillo
3/30/2018 - rustyRudy Likes this wine:
88 points
Restaurant by the glass. Curate,Asheville. Passable red , decent fruit, modest complexity, okay but no wow factor.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    8/24/18, 5:46 PM - That is where I first had it too. I had my LWS order a few to see how they do with a little more time. Not a real wow factor, but a good daily drinker.

White
2013 Goodfellow Family Cellars Chardonnay Richard's Cuvee Ribbon Ridge
7/14/2018 - Bob H wrote:
A light yellow in the glass, with that reductive matchstick note on the nose that I typically get with this bottling.

Coiled on the palate, with a lengthy finish I am still tasting as I type this. This has the minerality of a Chablis, but is medium- to full-bodied for a Chardonnay.

Still drinking young, if not quite as primary as when it was released. Lovely!
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    7/15/18, 5:43 PM - I like Marcus’ whites with some age on them.

White
2015 Maison Harbour Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay
Consumed over two nights. Opened from the fridge and it was too cold, once it warmed a bit it was very expressive and enjoyable. At the end of the night, I placed it in the cellar so the second night it was at 57 deg, a much better temp to start with. This is a delightful wine, I am glad I have a few more bottles.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    4/18/18, 1:22 PM - I think it will be good to drink for another four to five years, minimum, so long as premox is not an issue.

Red
2012 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
3/20/2018 - Badmonkey wrote:
90 points
Set aside a bottle to see how it would mature a little - thankfully I only set aside one. As usual with most of Mike's entry level cabs this vintage was quite a bit better really young in my opinion. Dark ruby/purple fruit - blackberry, currants, dark cherry, and a little plum. Smooth mid-palate, however, the fruit came across rather flat - flavors somewhat lacking and not much character otherwise. Decent finish but not overly long nor deep and a little tart. Popped/poured but drank out of a decanter for around three hours. Not much improvement with time. If tasting blind I would never guess that it was a Mike Smith cab - it didn't show the character that I've come to expect from his cabs.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    3/25/18, 4:18 PM - I feel the opposite about this wine. It was good before but I think it is even more enjoyable now that the fruit has faded some. It reminds more of mtn fruit.

Red
2014 CT Barrel Project Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
Popped one of these to take a peak. I tasted on opening and over 2-3 hours before and with prime rib. Really did not show itself until end of bottle, but very nice wine. Not a head knocking powerhouse, but very well made and structured. Fruit takes a while to unveil as expected and oak not overwhelming. I'll try to wait another year at least before opening another. Too early to score but good potential here. Thanks smig et al!
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    12/5/17, 4:54 PM - Mine arrived this week and I plan to open one soon. Based on your note, I will plan on a long decant.

Red
2013 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
11/22/2017 - cubswinws wrote:
flawed
Effervesant and not at all pleasurable.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    11/22/17, 5:20 PM - Did you follow this over multiple nights? I found the first bottle I opened had the evervesence for multiple days but on the second bottle, it blew off the second day.

Red
2015 Franny Beck Pinot Noir Armstrong Vineyard Ribbon Ridge
9/1/2017 - Margaux Bro Likes this wine:
93 points
Opened a bottle last night with chicken marsala. It was super tight on the opening and needed lots of air. After a two hour decant it really developed into a beautiful wine. This was my second time tasting their Armstrong offering, and I recalled it being the most approachable of the new single vineyard offerings - however, on its own it is still young & tannic and needs at least 3 years of rest to further integrate. It paired very well with the meal and our guests loved the wine! I'm planning to buy more and save them.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    9/1/17, 5:25 PM - I love the FB wines but they need either time in the cellar or fatty food like duck.

Red
2013 Isole e Olena Cepparello Toscana IGT Sangiovese
6/11/2017 - Zweder wrote:
92 points
In the bouquet cherries, red berries and a firm dose of oak. Same on the palate, good concentration. Still very youthful. Wait until well into the 2020's.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    7/15/17, 6:06 PM - I had this at a tasting and bought four bottles. I will drink one in a month to see if it is as per my initial taste then hold the rest. Hoping it does not need to age as long as you think.

  • Mtpisgah commented:

    7/16/17, 8:54 AM - Actually I had my wines mixed up. I bought this based on Mr. Heaton's recommendation and am very happy with it and agree it needs time. The bottles I bought from a tasting was the 2012 Carpineto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva.

White
2013 Dirty and Rowdy Sémillon Yountville
PnP. Snappy but not overbearing acidity with pineapple and tropical notes. Not sure this would ever become a regular purchase, but interesting to try.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    7/15/17, 6:23 PM - I have one left and was waiting until I could flip it for big bucks. Your reviews are not helping!

    Sarcasm.

    I have a few other D&Rs and just cannot get into them.

Red
2010 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses Cabernet Franc
6/8/2017 - Mtpisgah wrote:
flawed
Opened and poured a small glass, seemed oxidized but I thought I would let it breath for a bit to see if it just needed to breath. Nope, followed it over two days and it just grew worse.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    6/9/17, 4:04 AM - Yes, especially since it leaves a bottle short while on vacation and the wine selection in WV sucks.

Red
2014 Franny Beck Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
5/11/2017 - gotfunk wrote:
My first bottle from this producer, consumed over three days. Maybe it's in a dumb phase, but I found it rather boring and generic. It exhibited reasonably good balance, but was otherwise muddled and so middle-of-the-road in terms of flavors, weight and texture as to leave me puzzled over all the high praise.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    5/12/17, 5:35 PM - I would say it is in a dumb phase or an off bottle. We have found them to be delightful. Fatty food like duck goes great with the Johan, we did not find the Willamette to need fatty food as much.

Red
2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah Exposition Two Weill Vineyard Sonoma Valley
5/12/2017 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
94 points
Decanted for 3 hours and back into the bottle for a few more. Incredible nose that's noticeably more fruity that exposition 3 with baked raspberry, blueberry, and toasted vanilla. Body is there but depth is a little lacking and in need of more time to develop. Sweet cherry, tart raspberry, BBQ meat, and cassis. Texturally thin (based on expectations) with chalky tannins gripping on the finish. Hold for 5 more years.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    5/12/17, 5:31 PM - Did you open One also? I am trying to save them and open all three at one time.

Red
2012 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
4/29/2017 - Mtpisgah Likes this wine:
93 points
Opened and poured two glasses to breath while I vacuumed the pool. We paired it with pan fried filet, salt rubber baked potato, and wilted spinach.

The wine was flawless. Very well balanced and drinking perfectly.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    4/30/17, 4:24 AM - Oops. I gave it a rating and then must have clicked "flawed" as I scrolled down but did not notice. I was doing it on my phone. It has been corrected.

Red
2014 Bedrock Wine Co. Old Vine Zinfandel California
Rich, a bit of earthiness, tannins. Great QPR, even at twice the price.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    2/8/17, 4:40 PM - Ha

Red
2014 Once & Future Wine Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard Sonoma Valley
Wonderful brambly nose, red and black fruit with a touch of saline on the palate, tannic finish. I was under the impression it would offer some pleasure at this early stage, but even after 3 hours of air I'm not finding it- the tannin is just too overwhelming. Unless that sounds like your jam, let 'em rest at least a few years!

Update day 2: intense raspberry preserves on the nose and palate. Much more enjoyable now, though the tannin is still quite chewy.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    6/18/16, 6:26 PM - I understand wanting to try one before ordering again but that is almost a year away, plenty of time to try one. Of course it is easy for me to say that since I won't get mine until the fall due to temps.

Red
2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
6/10/2016 - Tannic Monster Likes this wine:
93 points
Consistent with my former notes. Can't seem to get enough of this juice. Perhaps the best QPR for me in years.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    6/14/16, 6:33 PM - A friend shared this wine with us and had been told it was very limited and hard to get. We really enjoyed it so I searched it out and happily found it was easy to obtain, he had just been misled.
    It is a great wine and a really great QPR.

Red
2013 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
5/9/2016 - gotfunk wrote:
Just an unbelievable quantity of CO2 that no amount of shaking seemed to get rid of. After a night on the counter, the gas now fully dissipated, it has the typical charm and grace, but it's so tightly wound and structured that patience will be required.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    5/12/16, 5:20 PM - I opened a bottle a few months ago and expereienced the CO2 also, and it really needed 24hrs of air. I won't open another for a few years.

Red
2011 Copain Pinot Noir Monument Tree Anderson Valley
Good but not as good of a pairing with the duck as I thought it would be. The Drinkward Peschon was a better pairing. But it was good overall. But I have determined I like the Copain Syrah more in general.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    1/25/16, 3:47 AM - Not since we tasted at Copain a couple of years ago, I have the 2010 in the cellar. What is your opinion of it?

Red
2013 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Three Twins Vineyard Napa Valley
11/19/2015 - Cristal2000 wrote:
91 points
The qualifier is I opened this two days after receiving it and only gave it about 1.5hrs in the decanter. That said, it was disappointing for an $80 wine. Opened a $45 12' Lewelling Napa Valley yesterday that bested it by a decent margin. The nose was exceptional, but sadly the taste didn't live up to expectations. It is an elegant wine with nice balance, but the concentration and complexity are lacking. It's almost like a good 2011 cab, with limited upside but an enjoyable drink; just doesn't seem to have the potential for greatness.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    11/19/15, 7:58 PM - The Myriad and Lewelling are totally different wines. Plus, I think you screwed yourself opening a bottle two days after shipping and only a short decant. How long had you had the Lewelling? Did you decant?

Red
2013 Cameron Hughes Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 599 Napa Valley
11/15/2015 - Nerve4Verve Likes this wine:
89 points
I've had a few of Cam's "pedigree" 2013 Lots now after letting them settle and it seems that most of these "infants" are following a similar trend... open and a bit messy immediately after P&P... then they pull back into themselves. Lot 599 runs the same, but on steroids. It poured as pitch black/deep purple opaque ink and came out to play, with some blueberry, dark cherry, & boysenberry (black licorice?) that lingered from mid palate through medium finish. Re-corked and tried 2nd & into 3rd night... totally shut down & tight as a drum with big tannins that obliterated the initial fruit I experienced. Wow, this thing is a massive monolithic monster right now! It reminds me of Lot 545 last year that was tight/closed at p&p (which is now friendly & delicious) and could even pass as a young Howell Mtn. Time will tell if & how the tannins integrate. The way I see it, sitting on wine waiting to release at the right time is not Cam's business model and I believe that with most of his "high end" stock, we're given the unique opportunity to buy futures (without barrel scores). As such, I'm giving it 89 now and believe there's big potential for this be 93+, putting it as one of Cam's best offerings... but, how long will it take?
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    11/15/15, 6:03 PM - I believe Cameron said they had not been in bottle very long and were likely still sufferering bottle shock. Keep the faith.

Red
2012 CT Barrel Project Syrah Bacchus Syrah Bacchus Vineyard Columbia Valley
The wine is a bit big and fruit forward on the first night. It settled a bit on the second night and was more enjoyable.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    10/3/15, 4:07 PM - I still love Syrah find myself moving away from bigger WA Syrah. I think this will smooth out with a few more years on the bottle. The ones I am drinking now were subjected to heat so I have to go through them in the next few months.

Red
2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Crowley Station Vineyard Eola - Amity Hills
Fantastic wine. Vanilla on the nose and cranberry on the palate. Opened nicely over a couple of hours but insist I had kept a glass for the second night.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    9/7/15, 4:50 AM - I like that his wines have a bit more fruit but are still leaner than CA pinots. It sucks for you that he is now farther away. But considering that I am all the way over on the east coast, I don't have much sympathy for you.

Red
2012 Vincent Pinot Noir Armstrong Vineyard Ribbon Ridge
9/5/2015 - Mtpisgah Likes this wine:
91 points
Consumed over two days. This is a fantastic wine. A great expression of OR Pinot but not thin like some are. Definetely not fruity like a CA Pinot though. A nice mid point between the two styles. I am glad in have the '13 and '14 on the way but I wish I had more '12.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    9/5/15, 7:39 PM - I went with a case and a half and still didn't get every offering.

Red
2010 Lillian Winery Syrah Santa Barbara County
4/12/2015 - Mtpisgah wrote:
Decanted for about an hour, needed about four. Definitely a food wine. Very big but I think it will smooth out with some air or time.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    4/13/15, 7:03 PM - We drank it with Bob in NC. His notes are a little more descriptive but still to the point that it was big.

Red
2011 Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles Syrah
4/8/2015 - Mtpisgah Likes this wine:
93 points
Fabulous wine. Drank it with lamb and it paired very well. Eucalyptus on the nose is what I remember most.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    4/9/15, 5:50 PM - We did not decant it but it could use it. The tannins were not bad at all, a little tight but it opened nicely. I would have loved to be able to save a glass for the second day but it was not in my destiny.

    I need to pick up some more so I can see how it does over time, I really liked this.

Red
2011 Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles Syrah
10/15/2014 - Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine:
91 points
Zak and Seth's Excellent wine and leftover wine adventure (Umi Nom (Clinton Hill, Brooklyn)): Zak brought this, and it had been open 24hrs. The first whiff was classic essence of Syrah: primary and open with dark fruits - blackberry, smoke, smoked meat, spice, earth, bacon. Very perfumed - violets. Fairly open on the palate with soft tannins, decent acid - with meat, red fruit, spice and dark flowers. Tart dusty meat finish. Really stupid QPR at $15 (nice find Z!). Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 4.5/6, Finish - 4.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 15.5/20.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    4/4/15, 6:57 PM - Where the heck was this found at $15 and is there anymore? I don't expect there to be based on the time elapsed but I have to ask. We just drank our first one last night and it was stellar.

Red
2010 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah The Contender Walla Walla Valley
I love Reynvaan. I love funk. I love WA. But this wine, I did not love, or even like. It was way too big, gave me palate fatigue after one glass, and was just kind of disjointed, jammy and blah.
I will stick with the Unnamed and In the Rocks in the future.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    1/26/15, 6:44 PM - It is possible but when I have had wines in the dumb phase before they were more muted in all ways. This was just big and powerful. I didn't give it a rating for that possible reason but I didn't want to mark it as flawed either. I am hoping it is just me.

Red
2009 Dacalier Deux Barriques Lake County Red Rhone Blend
Another bottle down the drain. The drain being my throat. Consistent with past notes. This bottle lasted three nights and was every bit as good as the first night. No significant change.

Love it.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    12/31/14, 5:20 PM - Alas I have but one DB and two DLT left. I am tempted to buy a case of the DB, the current offering is an awesome deal.

Red
2009 Brian Benson Cellars Kandy Red (Purple Pinstripe) Paso Robles Red Blend
2/21/2014 - Mtpisgah wrote:
Based on our previous experience with this wine, we used this one as a desert wine. It was perfect when served with chocolate Grenache. I tasted a small glass with dinner and it was too sweet though.

As a general wine, I would say an 80. As a desert wine, 90.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    12/11/14, 7:40 PM - Grenache or ganache. I wouldn't buy it again.

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2007 Biggio Hamina Cellars Pinot Noir Momtazi Vineyard McMinnville
Opened and left to slow ox for an hour. Small sample showed light garnet color and funk on the nose. Palate was off as i had just finished some tomato soup.

Two hours later we paired it with duck breast, wilted spinach, mushroom, pecans and whatever else my wife put in it. The funky nose remained and was very pleasant. The palate was light fruit and a little tart. Went very well with the duck. Very AFWE.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    11/29/14, 5:53 PM - I would agree. Michael A sent me a list of available wines last week and Momtazi is on it. Tempted to pick up a few more. I love funky wines.

Red
2007 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
10/6/2014 - jshufelt wrote:
92 points
Consistent with previous tasting notes.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    10/8/14, 6:10 PM - Since you have had a number of these, what is your opinion on how long they will last? We bought a few bottles as a birth year wine for a niece, along with some nicer Bordeaux but I am a little concerned that it will last that long.

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2011 Lewelling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena
Tasted with Jill at Lewelling. Popped and poured and then corked for four hours and finished off. A fantastic wine, dark garnet color. A bit if vanilla on the nose, dark fruits. Really opened up with a few hours, will be even better with a few more years in the bottle.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    10/3/14, 1:28 PM - The 2011 we had at the tasting room is the only one we have had so far. Still on the wait list in fact. I have found a few bottles on the secondary market and keep saying I am going to buy a few but haven't pulled the trigger yet.

Red
2012 Myriad Cellars Syrah Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard Napa Valley
9/26/2014 - mtolerico Likes this wine:
93 points
surprisingly good
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    9/26/14, 5:05 PM - Surprisingly good for the age, the grape, the vineyard??? I have a bottle or two of this and would like a little more input before I pop one.

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2011 Envy Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga Estate Napa Valley
Opened and allowed to breath for two hours (I did take a small sip of course). Great wine, I need more. A bit of pine on the plate and nose, winery notes say juniper which I can see. This was the wine of the night compared against a Quivet cab and Bedrock zin. I actually liked the Quivet a bit more but my wife rules the nest.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    9/24/14, 4:55 AM - I have been to OR but not Eugene. There is a Mt Pisgah in NC which is what my user name comes from.

Red
N.V. Locations E-1 Spain Red Blend
I liked this the first time I had it, hence buying four bottles. This was so sickly sweet though I had a half glass and dumped the rest. I didn't even want to keep it for cooking. I should have kept it until tomorrow to see what happens with it so I did act a little rash.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    9/22/14, 6:15 PM - Good to know I did not waste my time or taste buds on it.

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2012 CT Barrel Project Syrah Bacchus Syrah Bacchus Vineyard Columbia Valley
Yeah I know, too early to open one but that is how I roll. Popped and poured a small glass and decanted the rest. The first glass showed some tannins but not as much as I expected for a young wine. Very smooth. Two hours later: cherry, a little soil on the nose. Still some tannins and cherry. some alcohol on the nose but not really noticeable on the palate to me but my wife notices it.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    5/24/14, 5:51 PM - I am a blasphemous person Karl. I drink wine before it's time.

  • Mtpisgah commented:

    5/27/14, 7:40 PM - I guess I have to open an Upland this weekend. Of course I will be with the in-laws this weekend and surrounded by four kids. I will need to open a lot of wine.

    Interesting that the Upland beat the Bacchus. When we barrel sampled we liked the Bacchus more but Jeff like the Upland more.

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2008 Dacalier De La Terre Lake County Red Rhone Blend
This is drinking well right now, even better on the second day.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    1/25/14, 4:03 PM - We will be tasting with Smig this Friday. Can't wait to try the new stuff.

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2009 Dacalier Deux Barriques Lake County Red Rhone Blend
12/28/2013 - Mtpisgah Likes this wine:
93 points
Fantastic fantastic wine. Such a light ruby color I thought it was a pinot. Poured the first glass and still thought it was a pinot. Had to go back and check the label. Couldn't believe it. I have one more bottle, wish I had ten.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    12/28/13, 7:14 PM - And I think the bottle said it was 14.1% which surprising, seems much lower which a good thing if you ask me.

Red
N.V. Sherwin Family Vineyards Cellar Scraps #7 Spring Mountain District Red Blend
12/6/2013 - Bob in NC wrote:
91 points
This was one of those wines you could smell all night as long as you could prevent yourself from drinking it. Its plush ripe nose leaped out of the glass upon the first pour. It is well balanced and with a very smooth palate, the fruit seems to be predominantly Syrah, notes of leather and cedar and a smooth finish with the just enough tannins to let this improve over the next few years; still quite young at this point. #7 seems to be rounder with less Cab fruit than the #6, which remains our favorite. Cellar Scraps has become our favorite bottle to open at the end of the evening when everyone wants a little more wine; this #7 will be no different.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    12/11/13, 6:09 PM - "Let me go get some cellar scraps, he says as I stager about expecting a half empty bottle of wine. At midnight. After about six other various bottles. No, it is not some half empty bottle but an unopened bottle of Cellar Scraps (#5 I think). I think we finished it too. And it was great. Thanks.

Red
2011 Joseph Drouhin Pinot Noir Bourgogne Laforet
10/29/2013 - Mtpisgah wrote:
Consumed over two nights. Not bad for sipping by the camp fire but not a lot happening, no depth, or nuance. Definitely needs to be consumed with food. Would not buy again.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    10/31/13, 7:14 AM - Possibly. The issue with that is our local has it for $18 which is a bit high for cooking wine.

Red
2009 For a Song Syrah Columbia Valley
8/8/2013 - Mtpisgah Likes this wine:
87 points
Excellent wine for the price.
  • Mtpisgah commented:

    8/9/13, 3:29 AM - I opened a Melody about a month ago and was disappointed in it. The For a Song is so much better. I am actually going to take a Melody to a party tonight to get rid of it.

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