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Red
11/21/2022 - JS1056 wrote:
90 points
Opened about 45 minutes prior to dinner. There was some effervescence immediately after pouring which took about 5 to 10 minutes to dissipate. By the last pour of the bottle it was no longer present.

Strawberry and floral flavors are prominent. Still fresh with a decent finish. This was a delicate Pinot.
Although this is still drinking well I would drink up any remaining bottles sooner than later.
Red
2005 Eagles Trace Latitude 38 Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/18/2022 - JS1056 wrote:
90 points
Grabbed this at last minute with some grilled steaks, so PnP. I think the last bottle must have been flawed. None of the disjointedness, of the previous bottle.
Still a surprising amount of fruit here. Blackberry and raspberry. There is some earthiness also with tobacco and a little dust. Finish is decent. I think it probably needed a little time to breathe so will be interested how the remaining 1/2 bottle will do tomorrow night.
Red
5/22/2022 - JS1056 Likes this wine:
93 points
Really drinking well right now.
Classic Cab flavors…cassis, graphite, bramble, wrapped in earthy flavors. Tannins are present but tamed and smooth. Finish is very long.
I think this has a long life ahead of it
Red
2016 Linne Calodo Problem Child Paso Robles Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
5/10/2022 - JS1056 wrote:
90 points
Drinking really well.
Dark fruit especially black cherry. Moves to spice and then some black pepper. Tannins have become silky smooth. The Syrah and Mourvèdre add a complexity.
This is the wine that made me love LC years ago. It still delivers.
Red
4/9/2022 - JS1056 wrote:
91 points
Surprisingly this was still a little bit untamed on opening. But given some time in the glass and strip steaks it came together pretty quickly. A little “bolder” than most Chianti, it worked well with the steak. (I actually grabbed the wrong bottle, as I thought I picked the Super Tuscan next to it.) dark cherry, spice, tobacco and maybe a hint of menthol. There was the acidity one would expect from Sangiovese.
Red
4/10/2022 - JS1056 wrote:
93 points
This is in a sweet spot. Beautifully balanced. Harmonious.
Dark fruit, plum. Maybe some black cherry. Silky smooth. Long long finish.
Red
4/12/2022 - JS1056 wrote:
91 points
Well made wine.
Cassis, herbs, and chocolate. A hint of menthol on the finish. Structured.
Red
4/3/2022 - JS1056 wrote:
90 points
Opened about 1 hour prior to dinner. 1st glass poured immediately and sat.
Deep and dark the fruit is mostly blackberry and dark plum. There was a line of minerality running through the wine. Very balanced and drinking well now, it should drink well for a long time. Not as “rich” as some previous vintages but still full bodied. Tannins are present but integrated. Held up well to grilled strip steak. Finish is moderate.
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White
3/7/2022 - JS1056 wrote:
90 points
Very nice. Green apple, saline and minerals. Long finish.
Red
2/26/2022 - JS1056 Likes this wine:
92 points
Lovely complex nose of dried fruit and herbs.
Opened bottle for about an hour prior to dinner. Cherry still is present with smoky herbs, spice and a little tobacco. Tannins a little bit forward for about the first 15 or 20 minutes but not unpleasant. They settled in quickly and became nicely balanced. The finish was long.
Wonderful pairing with cassoulet.

I think this is clearly at its peak ( or possibly on the downward side of the curve) so I wouldn’t sit on any remaining bottles.
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Red
2/21/2022 - JS1056 wrote:
90 points
Drank with sausage mushroom quiche. Great pairing. PnP.
Red fruit (raspberry, cherry and maybe dark plum) is wrapped around lovely tannins. Very balanced, but just rustic enough. (Although it did take a few minutes to settle in the glass.). Finish was lengthy.
Red
2/16/2022 - JS1056 wrote:
87 points
Not bad.
Red
2/9/2022 - JS1056 wrote:
91 points
Still very pleasant but it seems to be in the very early stages of the downhill slope as it is not as complex as the last bottle.
Slightly off putting alcoholic nose when first poured, that took a few minutes to blow off.
Fruit has faded and the chocolate notes weren’t there this bottle. Still well balanced but licorice was most noticeable. Also maybe a faint hint of menthol this time.
White - Off-dry
2/8/2022 - JS1056 Likes this wine:
90 points
Spätlese level. Beautifully balanced.
Matched with miso salmon dish and it worked remarkably well. But this really was best on its own.
Stone fruit with a long long finish. Really need to cellar these for a few years. Although very nice now it will develop with some cellar time.
Red
2/6/2022 - JS1056 wrote:
87 points
Opened and poured about 1/2 hour prior to sitting down. This wine has deteriorated somewhat since 2015.
The fruit is gone but the secondary flavors are a little indistinct. It wasn’t bad but clearly not what it once was. The cork split but the bottom half looked in decent shape. One more bottle so we will see.
White
2/5/2022 - JS1056 wrote:
89 points
Drank with a chicken curry and paired well.
Red
2015 Linne Calodo Overthinker Paso Robles Willow Creek District Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
2/9/2022 - JS1056 wrote:
90 points
Black fruit with smooth tannin. Slightly better on day 2
Red
2/1/2022 - JS1056 wrote:
89 points
Opened about 1\2 hour prior to dinner. Nose is very intriguing, floral/herbal.
Light in body and high in acidity. Current, sour cherry, and rose water. Tannins are still gripping maybe a little too much for me putting it slightly out of balance.
Does it need more cellar time? Still some in the bottle so will see what happens on day 2.
Day 2- much better balance. Tannins mellowed.
Red
1/28/2022 - JS1056 wrote:
88 points
Sour cherry and raspberry. There is an airiness to the wine, also very high acidity. Much better with food (Italian bean with broth and garlic toast) than alone.
Red
1/23/2022 - JS1056 wrote:
89 points
Pleasant wine. Dark purple color.
Day 1 - dark black fruit. Well balanced. Long finish.
Day 3 - it lost a little something. Fruit faded.
Red
1/21/2022 - JS1056 wrote:
90 points
I really enjoy Trisaetum Pinots but I do find that the Artist Series can be hit or miss. This one was generally a hit.
PnP this was a little disjointed out of the bottle. It took a good 1/2 hour to come together
Black cherry, rosemary and thyme. Tannins were fine but present. Finish was decent.
1 glass left on day 2 and I would say it had improved considerably. A little richer and fruit was more forward and distinct.
White
1/19/2022 - JS1056 wrote:
90 points
Drank over the course of 3 nights
1- crisp and clean. Hints of tropical flavors (mango?) with lemon following behind. Layers of slate minerality. High acidity. Decent finish Paired with roasted chicken nicely.
2- still going strong. Seemed a little richer with fruit becoming a little more pronounced. Layers of minerality. Finish was long and pleasant. Paired with flounder with lemon butter sauce.
3- only a taste left. It hadn’t faded but lost some of the richness gained on night 2.
Red
1/9/2022 - JS1056 wrote:
89 points
Not quite up to the last bottle. That could be bottle variation, small downward progression or just a poor memory (the most likely)
Still deep fruit but a little more diffuse. Tannins are still very present but not overwhelming. Spice, cassis and herbal character is more predominant, normally my preference. But in this case the fruit backing off is a slight negative. The finish was long.
Slight regression on night 2.
Both nights MUCH better with food.
White
1/5/2022 - JS1056 wrote:
89 points
Nice mouth feel
Pleasant wine. Green apple and pear. Citrus on the finish. Easy to drink.
Red
12/24/2021 - JS1056 wrote:
93 points
Lovely wine.
Red fruit with some 5 Spice and earthiness giving it a bit of complexity to offset what could have been a distracting sweetness. Also a touch of minerality.
This is a wine that would be perfect in a restaurant since it would be a great match to anything but the most delicate of fish.
White
12/17/2021 - JS1056 wrote:
88 points
A good example of what Pinot Grigio can be. Clean and crisp. Very easy to drink.
Stone fruit and some citrus.
Red
12/31/2021 - JS1056 wrote:
92 points
Not much has changed since the last bottle in May.

Quite good.
Red
12/31/2021 - JS1056 wrote:
93 points
Very similar notes as back in May. Gave this a decent amount of time in glass prior to sitting down to dinner. It definitely helped, but it clearly did improve on night 2.
White
Delicious

Fruity but with a great minerality. Really well balanced.
Just a great value.
Red
12/25/2021 - JS1056 wrote:
93 points
Opened about 1 hour prior to dinner. No decant.

I have been really enjoying the 2011 Napa Cabs even though the vintage has generally been maligned. They have been more subtle and nuanced than other vintages but they also seem to have matured early.
That is the case here.
Dark red fruit, spice, green olives and a hint of fennel were all present. The finish was long. The tannins seem completely resolved at this point. Not quite silky but very smooth.
However there just wasn’t the wow factor to take it to the next level.
White
12/24/2021 - JS1056 wrote:
92 points
Opened about 1 hour prior. It took about 15 minutes in glass to come to life and blow off the CO2.
Pear and and apple. Caramel on the long finish. Not overly buttery but there is a bit of malolactic on the mid palate.

Paired with Mussels in white wine butter and frites. Perfect match.
In great drinking window but there is no rush
Red
12/22/2021 - JS1056 wrote:
90 points
Clearly Grenache based. Very easy to drink. Red berries are sticking out, more strawberries than anything. There is some tea in the background. The finish is long and juicy. Very nice wine that paired well with a savory sausage/mushroom quiche.
Red
12/7/2021 - JS1056 wrote:
90 points
On night one- opened and poured about 1/2 prior to sitting down to dinner. Lovely wine in classic tradition. Dark berry backbone with fine tannins, spice, chocolate and rosemary/thyme. Finish was relatively long.
One night 2 this showed signs of fading. Still pleasant but the wonderful flavors were a little faded. Still silky smooth.

I would say if you have any left drink now.
Red
12/3/2021 - JS1056 wrote:
90 points
Very bright with high acidity.
On first sip, there is an overwhelming strawberry jam. But after about 10 minutes in the glass it gains a little balance. Winemaker talks about sour cherry but we all got strawberries. I did taste the toffee though, which may have been the jammy notes on first sip. As time went by the toffee became more distinct, although it was as much in texture as in flavor.
The Artist Series are always interesting. Never really sure what to expect when you open the bottle. Creates a difficulty in food pairing but it does give a fun journey.
Red
2015 Carpineta Fontalpino Chianti Classico Montaperto Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
11/29/2021 - JS1056 wrote:
90 points
Not much has changed since the last bottle 18 months ago. Still very fruit forward. Very easy to drink, but is missing complexity. Acidity really helps with food.
Red
11/13/2021 - JS1056 wrote:
90 points
Last bottle and it is still in a very good place.
Very much an Amarone. Raisin, spice dark cherry. Very rich and smooth.
Red
2011 DeLille Cellars D2 Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/2/2021 - JS1056 wrote:
89 points
Dark fruit with menthol. A touch hot. Not my favorite vintage of this wine. Not past prime but also I don’t think it’s getting any better.
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Red
10/22/2021 - JS1056 Likes this wine:
95 points
Best KB I have tasted.
This is a big Pinot but not to the point of distraction. Silky smooth and easy on the palate.
Black cherry, plum are still very present. Some spiciness mid palate but the fruit is still the star. Not a one trick pony but I wouldn’t consider it complex either. But it works.
The finish is long.
White
2015 Morlet Family Vineyards La Proportion Dorée Sonoma Coast Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
10/16/2021 - JS1056 Likes this wine:
95 points
First bottle of this vintage. Delicious. Nose is big and rich of honey citrus.
Bracing at first sip it quickly becomes rich and creamy. Opens with a hit of spice followed by creamy lemon, peach, and minerals. The finish goes on and on and on.

I didn’t give this enough airtime and would suggest at least an hour decant if drinking in the next several years. I think it can easily cellar for another 5 to 10.
White
10/17/2021 - JS1056 Likes this wine:
94 points
Absolutely delicious.
Perfectly balanced with a rich and full palate. Apple, caramel, spice. The finish went on for minutes.
Had with seared scallops and risotto Milanese and paired perfectly.
There is still a long life ahead but there is no point waiting
Red
10/2/2021 - JS1056 wrote:
90 points
Opened about an hour prior to pouring. I really thought this would continue to improve after the last bottle in 2019. If anything it has gone a little bit backward.
Fruit is still very present but the earthiness wasn’t there this time. Also I didn’t think it was quite as balanced.
Don’t get me wrong this was still an excellent wine. Still rich and silky. But it didn’t move to the next level as I had hoped. We will see with next bottle.
Red
10/6/2021 - JS1056 wrote:
90 points
PnP with a grilled strip, fries and salad with blue cheese. Big wine and it stood up to the richness of the meal.
Currant, cherry, spice and cinnamon around a big spine. After about an hour in the glass, it became a little more restrained, in a good way.
If pairing with some fatty food, it is ready to go. Otherwise might want to give it a quick decant or at least pour prior to sitting down to eat.
White
10/3/2021 - JS1056 wrote:
90 points
Big floral nose.
Citrus, hazelnut (?), and lots of minerality. A lot going on.
Red
10/2/2021 - JS1056 wrote:
90 points
In the six months since the last bottle the wine has improved significantly. All the fruit is still present but the acidity has come in and integrated. Now much richer and complete. Just doesn’t have the multi layers of complexity that were present in the 2018 vintage.
Red
9/29/2021 - JS1056 wrote:
90 points
Drank over 3 nights.
Took a little while 9n the first night to come together. Initially got the cherry and plum but there was a little sourness/acidity that took away from the wine. After about 1/2 hour in the glass it started to come together with the acidity receding and secondary flavors coming through. Rosemary, thyme etc, maybe clove. Also a silkiness appeared that was missing initially.
By day 2 this was hitting on all cylinders. There was still a little bit left on day 3 and tried to see how it would hold up. No fall off at all from the previous day.

This wine still has a lot of life left. I would definitely give it a quick decant or at least open the bottle an hour or so before.
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Red
9/4/2021 - JS1056 wrote:
92 points
Pleasant wine but not 100 point wine.

Eucalyptus is the prominent flavor. Tannins are firm but not offensive. Finish is fine.

May be a case of too high of expectations.
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White - Off-dry
9/3/2021 - JS1056 Likes this wine:
90 points
Always so good. Juicy stone fruit with just the right amount of residual sugar. The finish is long and complex.

Great pairing with Chicken Tangine.
White
8/28/2021 - JS1056 wrote:
93 points
Tanzer’s description is spot on. Apricot is the star, but with a luscious mouthfeel. There is a spiciness present that isn’t in the Blanc.
Red
8/28/2021 - JS1056 wrote:
90 points
I don’t think I opened early enough before pouring. Still a little CO2 in the glass. It mostly blew off by the last slip, but I found it distracting.
Still pretty bright cheery, with a little earthiness mixed in. I thought it was good but it really needed to be open a few hours or given a good decant. Will be interested in how the second bottle does with proper decant.
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