Tasting Notes for wjs

(60 notes on 57 wines)

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Rosé - Sparkling
dark color, more effervescent than I am used to from UC wines but this is my first go with the rose. incredibly tight, last glass was the best. buried the last three bottles deep, with try again in 2-3 years or if CT trends to being more ready. will continue to buy as future development/upside seems to be there
White
9/20/2009 - wjs wrote:
Drank @ Solbar for anniversary. Felt a little fleshier, rounder than I remember (tried w/ Thomas from barrel). Lemon zest, structure + fruit, persistent finish. Will buy as many as RM will sell. Highly recommended.
Red
3/1/2009 - wjs wrote:
90 points
Good full red fruit, a little toasty oak and clean finish with a hint of minerality. Recommended.
Red
2/9/2009 - wjs wrote:
90 points
Pop & pour. Sweet cherry, some good dark earthiness in the mid-palate. Touch acidic on the finish when taken down alone -- but a standout with dinner. No idea what this costs, but a mighty fine Winebid score. Recommended.
Red
1/26/2009 - wjs wrote:
Very rich, full bodied. Felt too ripe, but I couldn't find any of the overripe characteristics (jammy, hot, etc.) Everyone else liked this alot more than I did - either way, 18 months before the next one sees the light of day.
Red
12/20/2008 - wjs wrote:
Very good. Mountain fruit, ripe but not over the top. Tannic and closed this needs years in bottle or an extended decant. Highly recommended, would buy again at the right price.
Red
12/20/2008 - wjs wrote:
Over the hill but not dead. Some fruit, mostly leather and dirt. Did improve with air, drinkable+, but not much more. Cork came out in perfect shape, appears to have perfect storage. Would be terrified of any smaller formats at this stage.
Red
6/9/2008 - wjs wrote:
92 points
The nose jumps out of the glass. You can smell the beautiful perfume feet away. Still a bit young and primary, this has beautiful red fruit, balance, texture/mouthfeel and a long finish. Wish I could stay away and age these, but there is no way.
Red
6/3/2008 - wjs wrote:
91 points
Right out of the gate, a touch thin and seemed a bit tight. Great color, little to no bricking. With air, this picked up weight and depth, although never really kicked in the leather/rocks/gravitas with the upper class of the Bordeaux. A little tobacco and maybe olive on the finish. Very nice claret style wine, nothing truly special. Drink up if you have them, I don't see any upside to holding further.
Red
5/12/2008 - wjs wrote:
Served too cold. Opened up -- very dusty finish. Solid+ Napa syrah. A touch of meat, good fruit - very popular.
Red
5/5/2008 - wjs wrote:
90 points
Still a baby. Not near the level of the Trespass Cab Francs, but this was universally regarded as the wine to watch. Will put these away for at least another 18 months. Terrific stuff with an exciting future.
Red
2003 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/22/2008 - wjs wrote:
Decanted for 2 hours, needed every minute of it to open. Went from uninspiring to WOTN candidate. With time, coffee and palate weight emerged making this well worth the time & effort. Hold or drink w/ long decant.
Red
4/4/2008 - wjs wrote:
92 points
Bacon, rich oak on the nose. Great depth of fruit - everyone at the table was impressed and appreciated it. Will buy more.
Red
4/4/2008 - wjs wrote:
90 points
The nose on this wine is amazing. I could have spent all night just smelling it. I'm having a hard time describing it - there is a brittle, smoky, rich fullness that to me, is classic Anderson Valley and 05 in particular. The palate was rich, dense - but not as thrilling as the nose. No experience with this producer, but I'm sure it will get better.
White
4/4/2008 - wjs wrote:
90 points
Nose not giving much, great mouthfeel. Not a ton of fruit, but viscous and hint of stones (think Chablis-esque). The finish was terrific, the best part of this wine. The oak, rose the finish up and carried for at least 30 seconds. Not sure where this wine will go, but I'm glad I have more.
Red
3/20/2008 - wjs wrote:
Took to a tasting - very tight, palate of oranges & caramel with brilliant acidity.Opened up a little bit after 4-5 hours, but still needs time. Drinking this wine confirmed two things: next year, I buy all the Rivers Marie I am offered and this bottle should have been consumed in 2011. If you must, a vigorous shake and full decant.
Red
3/15/2008 - wjs wrote:
Terrific wine, my first 06 Rivers Marie. Very tight out of the bottle, needed time. Orange peel, cherry w/ wonderful vibrant acidity. This was infanticide, but if ll babies tasted so good. Decant, if you must, forget if you can.
Red
2/5/2008 - wjs wrote:
92 points
A very nice wine. The winner of the second flight. Light in color - but solid with structure, acid & fruit. A very well made wine. Floyd Mayweather of Oregon pinot. The remaining 5 will rest for sometime, but very much looking forward to them.
Red
2/5/2008 - wjs wrote:
87 points
Pop & pour. There was a little of the sweet, candied perfume of Shea, but the fruit was boring and somewhat uninteresting. There was general consensus that while not flawed, there just wasn't much to get excited about -- least of all the $48 tariff. I'm not sure Loring is my style. Easy pass.
Red
1/21/2008 - wjs wrote:
Served a touch cold (straight out of cellar). Nose was soaring with cotton candy, the palate was a nice balance of red & black fruit. A big hit -- but about an hour in, shut down tight with the tannins becoming very pronounced. Woulda/shoulda waited another 18-24 months, but a nice little view into the other 05 Shea Estates, me thinks.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1989 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/10/2008 - wjs wrote:
87 points
Round, decent honey/boytritis characteristics. No structure, a nice drink - but nothing special.
Red
12/21/2007 - wjs wrote:
93 points
Lots of life left - no rush. Great fruit, good acidity. Will I ever see a fully mature Lagier in my lifetime?
Red
12/21/2007 - wjs wrote:
Young. Do not touch for at least 3 years. There is an elegance matched with great fruit hiding in here. After a few hour decant, it peeked out a little - but still, needs bottle age.
Red
12/9/2007 - wjs wrote:
First out of a case purchase.

Floral, very elegant on the entry with spice component, some dark tea elements on the finish. Day 2 - this was a dead ringer for a pinot (this is a good thing). A wonderful glass of wine - really looking forward to watching this develop w/ time (and different pairings). Recommended, at <$20 - recommended+.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2002 Château de Fargues Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/9/2007 - wjs wrote:
87 points
Thin, lacked depth and fruit. Good, but nothing more.
White - Sweet/Dessert
12/2/2007 - wjs wrote:
92 points
out of .375 Thick, almost syrupy. First one of these, nothing to compare it to. Enjoyable, but me thinks I prefer Sauternes more.
Red
11/18/2007 - wjs wrote:
Very very young. Night 1 - thin, a touch green. Almost met the drain. Day #3 - added weight, the fruit came alive. Good acidity. Clearly needs time.
Red
10/30/2007 - wjs wrote:
93 points
This nose literally explodes out of the glass. A mix of sausage and menthol - I know it doesn't sound appealing - but trust me, its wonderful. A meaty, fruity, racy wine that takes no prisoners.
Red
2001 Shifflett Estate Red Wine Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/6/2007 - wjs wrote:
Last time I drank this was 12-18 months ago, and I felt like it still needed more time. I still feel this way. Great fruit, great acidity - this isn't going anywhere. Definitely needs food and a decant if you are going to drink now, just wish I knew when this is really going to come into its own because I really feel there is something special in there.
Red
2002 Quintessa Rutherford Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/6/2007 - wjs wrote:
Removed from my temp. controlled cellar. Purchased at winery, in my stead since. Clearly well made, seamless. Some depth, good fruit - but lacks soul. This is perfect for a steakhouse, good w/ food - non-offensive and easy to drink. For $100+, I want something more. Hard to say anything bad, hard to find anything inspiring.
Red
10/8/2007 - wjs wrote:
93 points
A touch sour right out of the bottle - which integrated within 15 minutes. Nice earthiness, good acidity, nice finish. Both the wife and upstairs winemaker chick liked it. I would buy more absolutely, but hard to find for very good reason. It may get even better, but if I had 10 more, they wouldn't see New Years.
Red
10/6/2007 - wjs wrote:
Very nice - looking forward to the rest of my 05 Shea's... in a few years. Pop & pour at Rutherford, best glass was the last. Needs long decant, but most likely just more bottle time.
Red
10/6/2007 - wjs wrote:
90 points
A very nice, balanced syrah. I don't have a lot of experience with this varietal from this region/vineyard -- or this producer for that matter - but I'm going to be looking into both. Wife loved it, will look for more.
Red
10/1/2007 - wjs wrote:
87 points
A tale of two noses - the initial nose gives some earthy, funky (in a good way) Cabernet.... which gives way to bell pepper. I typically associate bell pepper with underripe fruit, so I am a little suspicious. On the palate, it is a solid cab - but the bell pepper is there. The upside - the green, underripe streak isn't there, so I'm not sure what to make of it. It's almost as if they fermented with green bell peppers - a little off-putting, but not enough to ruin it (for me). I am not sure if this is a youth related issue (ie: drank too young) - but I have two more which I am going to try to forget about and see what happens. FWIW, I drank this over 3 nights and it was best on night 3, so it's a worthwhile project in my book.
Red
9/29/2007 - wjs wrote:
94 points
Pop & pour at dinner (Paul's birthday @ Silverado). Nose was red fruit, menthol/eucalyptus. Tannins resolved, nice core of easy drinking cab. Not a ton of structure, but a nice finish. The favorite at the table by far, thoroughly enjoyed. I would drink up, as I don't see it getting better, but it is not going anywhere. I'll be looking for more as this was wonderful.
Red - Fortified
8/25/2007 - wjs wrote:
Hot, like orange flavored over alcoholed lava. I feel sorry for drain.
Red
8/25/2007 - wjs wrote:
Could have sworn this was much older than it was. Secondary characteristics starting to peek in and a ton of sediment. Enjoyed it, won't miss it - not going to seek out more.
White - Off-dry
8/20/2007 - wjs wrote:
93 points
This was wonderful. Drank at dinner, not notes taken. Would buy this again.
Red
2001 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
7/22/2007 - wjs wrote:
87 points
Not bad, nothing exciting. A touch sour on the finish. Maybe some mushrooms. Not recommended at this price.
Red
2003 Paraduxx (Duckhorn Vineyards) Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
7/13/2007 - wjs wrote:
Out of magnum - drank over 2 days, very nice fruit - good balance. Tasted more cab on day 1, more zin on day 2. It was the most popular of all the stuff open. Recommend.
Red
7/2/2007 - wjs wrote:
A touch thin on the palate, with very nice dark fruit and a touch of mocha. Very young, was better on the second day. Glad I have more of these, recommended - however pricy at $50+
Red
6/11/2007 - wjs wrote:
Had some fruit, there was still a little life in there. It actually got better with 30 minutes of air (in bottle). With a few hours - it was a dead ringer for old Bordeaux - leather, minerality. $4 of the best dollars spent on wine.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2002 Château Haut-Bergeron Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
5/27/2007 - wjs wrote:
90 points
A very nice drink and a great QPR. Honey, sweet fruits a nice, maybe short, finish. Will look for more from this house.
Red
5/27/2007 - wjs wrote:
Looked like a cab, and with the first hour - tasted like it. Evolved into a little more pinot like qualities - but I think this was either drank way too early or just not that good. I left a little for tomorrow, hope springs eternal.
White - Sweet/Dessert
5/12/2007 - wjs wrote:
95 points
Bottle decanted for 90 minutes. Splendid. Beautiful nose, a touch cloying at first - finished much cleaner with a little time in the glass. We drank well, but this was gone in a hurry and a conversation piece from the first pour. Already bought more.
Red
5/6/2007 - wjs wrote:
Not sure what happened here. Tasted old, far too old for the vintage and compared to the last bottle I had a few months ago. If I had one, I'd check in on it. NR
Red
5/6/2007 - wjs wrote:
Great bottle of wine. The tariff is high, but might even be worth it. Recommended.
Red
4/25/2007 - wjs wrote:
91 points
Nice dusty, dark fruited w/ finely grained tannins. A great drink @ $18 from CostCo.
Red
4/21/2007 - wjs wrote:
Cork was beautiful. I got some porty, stewed plum nose/palate - thought it might be cooked - but there was no evidence to support that. Decanted into a glass pitcher, soften up was more palatable -- maybe just old and over the hill? Worth the $15 flyer, but wouldn't go there again. NR
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