Tasting Notes for SuitePhoto

(167 notes on 159 wines)

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Red
Pinot? Syrah? This stuff makes KB seem restrained - who knew that was possible...
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Red
2003 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
Clearly showing the hot vintage (lots of baked, dark fruit), but in a good spot now - classic Lytton Springs profile.
Red
Not dead yet, not even close. Needs about 30 minutes of air to get going, the last glass 2 hours after opening was the best.
Red
Really great spot right now - no danger of decline but no need to hold longer
White
12/13/2015 - SuitePhoto Likes this wine:
90 points
Weird - bottle opened a year ago seemed to be on the way down. I popped this because I needed some white wine to cook with and this bottle was in great shape! Might have something to do with the synthetic cork.
Red
1998 Ravenswood Pickberry Sonoma Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Damn, still really nice.
Red
Very tight right now - all structure with single-note cherry flavors. Decanted at the table, last glass' nose seemed to be opening up. I'll check back in three to five years.
Red
Still in fine form - old school style, but structure has fully resolved. Harmonious.
Red
8/31/2015 - SuitePhoto Likes this wine:
93 points
Wow - rockin' good after 30 minutes in the decanter. Density of fruit without being heavy, great black fruits and savory notes. Wish I could get my hands on more of this.
Red
8/28/2015 - SuitePhoto wrote:
Decanted about an hour before dinner. Blocky wood and spice notes with small hints of fruit with some heat on the finish. Seemed like it just needed to open up, but it never really happened. Much respect for the low ABV, but that doesn't mean much when it doesn't deliver after an hour+ of air. Meh.
Red
Damn, still really good with just a little airtime.
Red
2012 Bedrock Wine Co. The Bedrock Heritage Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
In a great place right now - harmonious. Throwing lots of sediment already, which is a touch concerning over the long haul.
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Red
There's no mistaking this for anything other than California, lots of hedonistic pleasure here. In a good spot right now, but no rush to open - plenty of life left.
Red
Perhaps this just needed some time? One dimensional when first opened, an hour of air worked magic. Tart red fruits, tobacco and a touch of oak influence (not overwhelming), with silky tannin. A really nice drink with red sauce and pasta. Many thanks to the CT community- ho-hum reviews here made others pass this bottle up.
White - Sparkling
Wow - still alive, and quite fantastic! One of the best bottles of domestic bubbles that I've had - age was very kind to this wine.
White
Really good - perfectly balanced between ripe fruit and acidity. Little to no oak influence.
Red
At the end, but still enjoyable with some air. Color was browning, with iron and meat notes upon opening, but 30 minutes of air brought some nice creamy red fruit with plenty of acid still there to keep the wine together. Not profound, but a enjoyed by all.
White
Served knowing the producer and vineyard, but not the vintage. Appearance of youth in the glass (I guessed 2002) – little to no hint of oxidation. Nose and palate continued the charade, lemons and sea shells with a notable mint characteristic. Palate was layered, with plushness at entry that was unexpected but enjoyable – resolving with ample acid in the mid-palate and through the long finish. A wonderful match with Amuse-bouche and first course at La Toque. When the Somm came back to refill our glasses, I was blown away to see this was a 1991. Wow.
Red
2008 School House Mescolanza Zinfandel Spring Mountain District Red Blend (view label images)
12/19/2014 - SuitePhoto wrote:
Fully integrated and soft. Ready to go, drink soon.
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Red
12/11/2014 - SuitePhoto wrote:
flawed
Horrifically corked.
Red
The oddest red wine experience I can remember. Overwhelming, almost painful acidity – with a background of decayed fruit. I typically expect acid to keep a wine fresh over any other structure element – not so in this case. This wine had to be absolutely painful to drink in its youth.
Red
Great fill and general condition of bottle. Gentile double-decant for sediment 2.5 hours before serving. Nice nose of red fruits and dried herbs, but with a touch of oxidation when first served. Palate also seemed to show signs of decline when first served with a decayed fruit characteristic, some sour fruits, mushroom and resolved tannin – but ample acid seemed to keep it together. However, after about an hour in the glass (3.5 hours after decanting) the oxidative notes seemed to disappear – replaced with floral red fruits and anise. Nice wine that still has some life – but not extraordinary.
Red
Great fill and general condition of bottle. Gentile double-decant for sediment 2.5 hours before serving. Somewhat shy nose at first that developed notes of sesame oil with some swirling, and then opened into a more feminine display of red fruits and dried flowers after about 30 minutes in the glass. Still wonderfully structured with plenty of powdery tannin and acidity. Palate coating with red fruits and roasted meat notes. Tasted next to a ’67 Terre Del Barolo and ’67 Pio Cesare – this wine and Terre where the stars, each taking turns as leader of the group throughout the evening.
Red
Great fill and general condition of bottle. Gentile double-decant for sediment 2.5 hours before serving. Fantastic nose of red fruits, lavender and rose petals. High-toned red fruits in the mouth, with some porchini, almost completely resolved tannins and a great acidity that keeps the wine fresh. The wine continued to evolve in the glass and was still going strong with the last pour - six hours after opening and decant. Tasted next to a ’67 Borgogno Riserva and ’67 Pio Cesare – this wine and Borgogno where the stars, each taking turns as leader of the group throughout the evening. Not dead yet. Not even close.
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White
A bit flabby - not the group's favorite. Bottle went unfinished with a larger group.
Red
2005 Rudius Syrah Russian River Valley (view label images)
Has integrated very well - classic Rhone-ish notes of roasted meats and pepper, but unmistakably Californian fruit. No reason to hold longer, but not in danger of decline any time soon.
Red
3/27/2014 - SuitePhoto wrote:
Simple wine but a good match for pasta and red sauce - decent acidity with a good dollop of oak, but no overbearingly so. A value that goes well with food.
Red - Fortified
12/12/2011 - SuitePhoto wrote:
Pulled cork and let it slow-ox for 4 hours (no decant), nice black fruits and chocolate with a touch of VA. The VA disappeared once the cigars came out.
White
10/17/2011 - SuitePhoto wrote:
Surprisingly alive, with just a tinge of nuttyness - oak mostly integrated and simple fruit profile. Blown out of the water by a basic $20 2002 Premiere Cru Chablis tasted side-by-side...
Red
2006 San Giuseppe Chianti Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
9/21/2011 - SuitePhoto wrote:
flawed
Horrible
Red
8/20/2011 - SuitePhoto wrote:
Great showing - lots of pepper and blue fruits, black as night. Perfect with a block of Cypress Humboldt Fog and crackers. Throwing a lot of sediment, I would say drink-up.
Red
8/4/2011 - SuitePhoto wrote:
In a very nice spot right now with an hour of air.
Red
7/30/2011 - SuitePhoto wrote:
This is what syrah is supposed to taste like! Floral aromatics with huge notes of cracked pepper. Roasted meats and more pepper in the mouth, finishing with great acidity.
Red
My first DRC experience. Spicy/dusty/exotic nose of red fruits, cloves, orange peel and dusty floral notes. Palate holds plenty of tension - acidity and red fruits are perfectly balanced yet racy and exciting. Flavors of dusty raspberries, black tea, and cinnamon spices with a slight woody note. More swirling brings aromas of baker's spice and some creamy red fruits with a mineral edge. Fantastic.
White
4/15/2011 - SuitePhoto wrote:
12.3% alc. Crystalline is the perfect description - crisp and and clean like mountain air on a winter morning. Lemons and seashells a mineral finish that is carried by ample acidity. Wonderful wine for the summer.
Red
3/24/2011 - SuitePhoto wrote:
Signature Olivet Grange nose of red fruits, rose petals and burned carmel. More red fruits in the mouth - verging on dark, with baker's spice and a very nice mineral quality. Bigger on the spectrum of Kathleen's wines, but still wonderful and nuanced. No hurry to drink-up, but doing very well right now.
Red
3/18/2011 - SuitePhoto wrote:
Old School. Not really recognizable as Zinfandel if you are looking for big jammy fruit and 16% alcohol. Floral nose with cigar wrappers and red fruits - a touch of spice emerges with air. A middleweight in the mouth - more red fruits with a strong thread of acidity all the way through the spicy, 30 second finish. Some wood toast and a faint green streak round things out. Not a blockbuster, not over the top. Just a really nice drink on Friday night that disappears much faster than expected.
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White
3/11/2011 - SuitePhoto wrote:
This is in a fantastic place already - lemons, minerals and a hint of sea shell. Chablis with a touch more fruit, and a nice roundness. It's very tough to believe this wine went through 100% malolactic fermentation and saw 50% new oak - it definitely challenges the notion of stereotypical California Chardonnay. Drinking well now, but should improve over the next few years.
Red
12/17/2010 - SuitePhoto wrote:
Simple red fruit and spice profile when first opened, however this really blossomed after an hour in the decanter. Aromatics and palate mirror each other with lush, creamy cherries and raspberries with a nice mineral component and some barrel toast on the finish. The tannins show themselves with further aeration, accompanied by just enough acidity to keep things in focus. While not overtly complex (or mistakable for Southern Rhone), the complete package is suave, creamy and very satisfying. No hurry to drink-up, but it is in a very nice place with an hour of air.
Red
12/8/2010 - SuitePhoto wrote:
Much better on day two - flabby and showing heat on day one, half of the bottle was left in the fridge overnight and the result was much more pleasurable, with plenty of acidity to balance the fruit. If you open now give it an hour or two in the decanter.
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Red
11/22/2010 - SuitePhoto wrote:
From 375ml, cork came out still spongy and in one piece but saturated half way up. After a small taste the bottle was left to slow-ox for thirty minutes while we enjoyed appetizers. Color in the glass was a beautiful, translucent crimson red. Very pretty, yet somewhat musky nose of cigar wrappers, old leather, mushrooms and red fruits. Tannin is completely resolved, giving way to a silky mouthfeel that remains taught with plenty of acidity. The palate is nuanced and harmonious with pencil led, red fruits, mushrooms, coffee grounds and a touch of woody cedar notes on the medium finish. With more air, the wine seemed to turn the volume up on all levels – darkening slightly in the glass, with stunning aromatics and deeper red fruits. Amazing showing out of 375 at age 29. Perhaps at peak, but in no danger of going over the hill, especially in 750 or Mag.
Red
11/9/2010 - SuitePhoto wrote:
Notes taken after the bottle was open for five hours. Stunning, creamy and exotic nose of spicy fig cake, baking spices and lavender floral notes that leap out of the glass... I could just sit with my nose in the glass all night. Palate is less expressive with tightly wound red fruits with a slight sour cherry edge, rhubarb, and wet earth with a tannic grip that keeps everything in focus. Finish is long and acid-driven with some woody notes. Pure in every sensory element, with more than enough fruit and structure to develop further. Delicious.
Red
11/6/2010 - SuitePhoto wrote:
After a two hour decant, this is in a great place. Nose of sweet blue fruits and pepper-y sandalwood spice. Mouth-filling tannic texture that manages to remain creamy and unobtrusive. Big dark fruits, barrel char and some vanilla balance the ample structure, making this a joy to consume with no need for contemplation. $26 every day of the week @ Costco - which is an absolute bargain.
Red - Fortified
11/6/2010 - SuitePhoto wrote:
Opened ten days previous, kept in the fridge and took the occasional nip in the evening. Showing the best so far - big spicy nose, with loads of dark fruits on the palate, baking spices and barrel toast continue through a long acid driven finish. Great QPR, that drinks well for a few weeks if kept at refrigerator temp after opening.
Red
1997 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
10/5/2010 - SuitePhoto wrote:
Tasted from Magnum. Very nice nose at first - distinct mineral quality, anise and blue fruits. However the mouth has very ripe streak - almost medicinal. Still plenty of acid and softening tanning, small amount of heat on the finish. Second taste, six hours later - medicine is gone, replaced with dark chocolate, big anise notes and dark fruits. Mouthfeel has softened, highlighting plush/powdery tannin. Still ripe, but with plenty of acid to keep it fresh - barrel toast, figs and spice cake.The wine seems to reflect the vintage - big and ripe, with less structure for the long haul - indeed alcohol is 14.9%. Will live for a solid five more years, but I fear it may never reach that secondary 'claret' stage that I love in Ridge Zinfandel at age 15 to 20.
White
8/6/2010 - SuitePhoto wrote:
Nice easy drinker - balanced oak/acid/fruit, slightly sweet. Definite crowd pleaser.
Red
7/24/2010 - SuitePhoto wrote:
92 points
13.6% alc. Bright translucent cherry red in the glass. Gorgeous nose of red fruits (mostly pomegranates), forest floor, orange rind and a hint of bakers spice. Light, acid driven palate - more pomegranate, mushrooms and a very light touch of barrel char that complements the wine. Texture is harmonious throughout, with a nice refreshing finish that is carried by the acidity. With more air, the palate stays much the same, but the nose becomes more and more floral. Lacks the depth and palate complexity to be truly great, but still an absolute joy to drink.

Finally a varietal correct California Pinot in a sea of overripe 'Pinot' Frankensteins... The third bottle of this that I've had and easily the best. Ready to drink and by far the best appellation level Pinot that I've had in a very long time.
Red
7/9/2010 - SuitePhoto wrote:
Big New World style - very dark in color and heavy on the palate. Served blind, no one at the table recognized it as Pinot. Big wine that will appeal to the masses and critics.
Red
Pulled from a cold cellar. Dark Red, no real signs of bricking. Nose of dusty red fruits, cigar wrapper, mushroom, pencil led and sweet vanilla. With time aromatics became more and more polished with pretty floral notes - described by someone with much more tasting experience as a "classic" Latour nose. Well integrated structure, velvety texture with red fruits, beef jerky and mushroom. Subtle hints of iodine on an otherwise extremely long finish. Very classy wine that kept picking up the pace with air.
Red
Pulled from a cold cellar. Dark red core with cherry red edges. Nose absolutely amazing when first opened - sweet pipe tobacco, mint leather, lavender, and eucalyptus - perfume doesn't even begin to describe... Palate does not live up to the nose - pretty red fruit notes with a nice acidity balanced by fading tannin. Mid-palate is soft, but the wine gives a good show for about 30 minutes, followed by a steady decline. Nice (especially the nose) but out-classed by the '76 Latour tasted at the same time.
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