Tasting Notes for Ecoenophile

(456 notes on 360 wines)

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Red
2/19/2020 - Ecoenophile wrote:
89 points
No detailed notes. Decanted and drank over two days. Nice, but not memorable. Agreed with others mocha notes, nice mouthfeel and extended finish. It also was a good lip-stainer... so tannins, but well integrated.
Red
2/17/2020 - Ecoenophile wrote:
91 points
Rating based on day two. Decanted. After two hours, was still tart and disjointed. It REALLY came together on day two. I didn’t take detailed notes, but so happy I didn’t give it up on first impression.
White
2/16/2020 - Ecoenophile wrote:
90 points
Deep straw color. Nose of Meyer lemon and pineapple. Palate was rich stone fruit with a touch of acidity to keep it bright through the finish. Medium body provides a rich mouth-feel. A real treat from a wine I had never tried before (although like Keenan’s red portfolio already).
Red
2/11/2020 - Ecoenophile wrote:
90 points
Had at Ruth’s Cris Steak House. Tight when PNP, but opened up well on modest time in a decanter. No detailed notes, but surprised how modest the tannins were for a 2017. Not the best QPR (especially at restaurant markup) but a very enjoyable wine on someone else’s nickel (pun intended ��).
White
2/6/2020 - Ecoenophile wrote:
89 points
Opened to make risotto, but then tried some in a glass. Bright straw colored and clear. Citrus and pineapple on the nose. Lemon curd on the palate. Residual acidity. Solid Cali Chardonnay at a good QPR at PA State Store sale price
Red
1/14/2020 - Ecoenophile wrote:
89 points
Think this actually improved from 3 years ago... smooth, but still somewhat one-dimensional palate. Improved on day two. Nose is rich and tannins fully integrated. Limited finish, a bit tart, but rich mouth feels makes is last longer that flavors would otherwise accomplish. Held up well for a modest cost wine.
Red
1/4/2020 - Ecoenophile wrote:
80 points
Found at the bottom of a mixed case in the cellar. Cork was weak but pulled without breaking. Wine is bricked, but clear. Nose is soft but clean, palate is one dimensional and flat... but remarkable for 20 years on this bottle. Give it an Honorable Mention for that!
Red
12/22/2019 - Ecoenophile wrote:
90 points
Was excellent 4-days after initial pours.
Red
12/21/2019 - Ecoenophile wrote:
92 points
No details... smooth and well integrated tannins. Very nice but pricey at original winery cost.
White
12/15/2019 - Ecoenophile wrote:
92 points
Full of flavor once warmed up in the glass.
Red
11/26/2019 - Ecoenophile wrote:
Slightly corked. Flavor was good, but nose had some taint ��
Red
11/3/2019 - Ecoenophile wrote:
92 points
No detailed notes... but has held up well.
Red
10/27/2019 - Ecoenophile wrote:
88 points
Initial nose was a bit hot, but mellowed nicely sour cherry and some floral notes (lavender) then come through. Trailing scent of some baking spice. Body is medium. On the palate... cherry (less tart) and lavender, nice but not long lasting.

Got this on the cheap at clearance sale price from PA State Store ($15)... so I think a very good QPR.
Red
10/22/2019 - Ecoenophile Likes this wine:
92 points
PNP at Restaruant; wonderful rich nose. Purple fruit and violets on the nose. Purple fruit on the palate, with soft tannins and a medium finish. Very elegant and composed; no one element out weighing another.
Red
9/28/2019 - Ecoenophile wrote:
89 points
Last of a case. Still enjoyable... consistent with previous bottles. Drink them up!
Red
2013 Rôtie Cellars Northern Blend Walla Walla Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
9/13/2019 - Ecoenophile wrote:
90 points
Great QPR - a full and richly flavored syrah. Spicy and fresh. Nice pick-up from the 5% Viognier. Full bodied.
Red
8/30/2019 - Ecoenophile wrote:
89 points
PNP - No details, but enjoyed over 2 days.
Red
8/16/2019 - Ecoenophile wrote:
92 points
Was very nice... perhaps best of the 5-bottle lineup
Red
8/16/2019 - Ecoenophile wrote:
91 points
Decanted. Initial nose had a little taint/funk. Got better over time.
Red
8/16/2019 - Ecoenophile wrote:
90 points
Decanted for 3hrs, but still was somewhat closed down. Long finish with opportunities to improve on a second day.
Red
8/16/2019 - Ecoenophile wrote:
90 points
Solid, but not the star of a five wine lineup. Decanted for 3+ hours. Red fruit profile but not fruit forward. Very integrated tannins. May be at peak.
Red
8/8/2019 - Ecoenophile wrote:
89 points
PnP - initial sips were very tart, but within 10 minutes in the glass, it softened and opened up, became very enjoyable. Balanced between Old World and New World styles; nice fruits coming forward but some good acidity keeping it vibrant at the finish. A nice change from the normal PN lineup.
Red
7/18/2019 - Ecoenophile wrote:
91 points
Limited note: surprisingly complex and full. Good value.
White
5/21/2019 - Ecoenophile wrote:
90 points
No detailed notes, but very enjoyable. Rich and full flavors. Lighter in color than the flavor delivers (expected more of a straw color)… some vanilla, but not quite to caramel. Very good!
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Red
2015 Protègè Napa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
5/26/2019 - Ecoenophile wrote:
88 points
PNP. Initially, fruit was overpowering (followed a Ladera Howell Mtn cab)... seemed unbalanced. Two days later, came together well. Lots of Syrah dark purple fruit but more integrated and toned down. Full body (a hint “syrupy”) and long finish. Enjoyable... but will try an extended decanting for the next one.
Red
5/26/2019 - Ecoenophile wrote:
91 points
No detailed notes, but well integrated - smooth combination of black fruits, a bit dusty, medium finish. Overall, an enjoyable wine with grilled meat.
Red
5/7/2019 - Ecoenophile wrote:
90 points
PNP (first tastes) and decanted and consumed over 3 hours. Initial impressions: nose is surprisingly rich and complex - earthy and spicy. Palette is more subdued but well integrated. Tannins are nearly absent... just a touch, which is still nice, but makes me worry a bit about longevity. Drinking nice now.

Opened up a bit more... will update with second day ipressions
Red
3/14/2019 - Ecoenophile wrote:
92 points
Didn’t record notes when I enjoyed this bottle, but recall it was very very good!
Red
2010 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/8/2019 - Ecoenophile wrote:
91 points
No detailed notes... decanted 1.5 hours. Very smooth and well integrated tannins. Remember nice notes of lavender/violet.
White
2/8/2019 - Ecoenophile Likes this wine:
92 points
Cloudy straw color. Nose is soft stone fruits and yeast. Palate follows, with a nice creaminess. Little acidity. May at the end of its run, but very nice. Reminiscent of a good Newton Unfiltered. But initial price was steep (but the view from their tasting room was worth it!).
Red
2010 Terra Valentine Marriage Spring Mountain District Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/31/2018 - Ecoenophile wrote:
88 points
Decanted for 2 hours... but very closed. Disappointed. Was tempted to add a few at very favorable PA State Store clearance price ($30)... but not certain if/when this will improve.
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Red
12/28/2018 - Ecoenophile wrote:
91 points
No detailed notes... but well integrated, nice long, smooth finish. Still holding up well, but may be at the peak.
Red
12/22/2018 - Ecoenophile wrote:
92 points
Well integrated... nice nose with cherry notes and rich blue fruits; palate was similar with a little leather and earthiness on the finish. Tannins were fine grained... a little "dusty". Overall very enjoyable.
White
12/19/2018 - Ecoenophile wrote:
89 points
Good value at $16.
Red
11/27/2018 - Ecoenophile wrote:
90 points
No detailed notes. Decanted 2+ hrs, enjoyed over 2-days. Solid and well integrated. Still holding up fine... but enjoy it now.
Red
11/23/2018 - Ecoenophile wrote:
90 points
No detail notes... but enjoyed the full flavor. Sorry this was the last of many Arcadian syrahs I've cellared over the years!
Red
11/23/2018 - Ecoenophile wrote:
89 points
Soft and well integrated. Enjoyable.
Red
2015 Pinnacle Ridge Veritas Pennsylvania Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/23/2018 - Ecoenophile wrote:
86 points
Actually quite surprised; possibly the best PA wine I’ve had. Nice purple fruit on the nose; maybe a little violet too. (On day 2, nose was more subtle.). Palate was consistent with a little jamminess. Some tartness on the finish. Not sure how much this would improve with age... but very drinkable now.
Red
11/8/2018 - Ecoenophile Likes this wine:
93 points
Rich, blackberry and briar nose, with some spice coming through. LOTS of fruit on the palate almost feels a little sweetness due to the rich fruits. Well integrated tannins and a bit of tartness on a medium finish. Very nice. This was pricey when I got it... but it was an enjoyable indulgence!
Red
10/30/2018 - Ecoenophile wrote:
90 points
Decanted for 2 hrs. Soft, red & blue fruits on the nose. Muted palate. Minimal fine grain tannins on the finish. Solid, but not distinctive.
Red
10/25/2018 - Ecoenophile Likes this wine:
89 points
Not complex, but a nice casual wine. Some garrique and a hint of spice on the nose, but palate, while not distinctive, is still nice. The simplicity served well in a paring with grilled Tuscan-style tuna.
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Red
10/20/2018 - Ecoenophile wrote:
92 points
Decanted for two hours before my first taste. Rich purple fruit on the nose (later, more subtle fragrances of violets and lavender came out and really enhanced the fruit). Palate was darker, with hints of black licorice on the finish. Well integrated tannins contributed to a long finish. Sorry this was my last of three bottles - enjoyed them all and all delivered above their price point.
Red
10/19/2018 - Ecoenophile wrote:
88 points
A little tart when opened; softened and became richer two days later.
Red
10/5/2018 - Ecoenophile wrote:
91 points
PNP. Smooth drifting to back. Red fruits and a little earthiness. Well integrated tannins carry softly through a medium finish. Very good, though not remarkable.
Red
10/5/2018 - Ecoenophile wrote:
92 points
Decanted. No detailed notes, but well integrated and enjoyable.
Red
2010 Terra Valentine Marriage Spring Mountain District Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/16/2018 - Ecoenophile wrote:
90 points
Initial taste nose from the bottle had some green pepper. Left in decanter for 2+ hours... better, but not distinctive. Improved on day two, but I was expecting more. Have a second bottle, so will hope that impresses me more. Solid QPR at PA State Store clearance price.... but prefer the $40-priced 2007 Yverdon Vineyard Cab by Terre Valentine
Red
8/6/2018 - Ecoenophile wrote:
87 points
Good. Soft red fruit. A little to syrupy without enough backbone at the finish.
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