Tasting Notes for DuckfaninMT

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Red
2/13/2020 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
94 points
Paired very nicely with grilled lamb burgers. A bit closed at first, but time and air allowed a most-pleasant cornucopia of ripe fruits (raspberry, plum, and more) on the nose. The palate is mouth-coatingly rich with those same fruits, along with some mineral and pepper... an enjoyable sweet/gravelly mix (for lack of a better description). Still shedding some tannins, but no worries... this beauty’s in a real nice spot now. Suggest decanting for 2+ hours. Great QPR and one of the reasons I love Syrah from this area of California so much.
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Red
9/20/2019 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
94 points
In a great spot now, though I’m guessing there’s at least another 15+ years for this beauty. Loads of dense dark fruit, mineral, glycerin, and just a touch of tar (a good thing) on the mouth-coating palate. No hard edges at all—very smooth, nothing’s out of place—and the finish goes on almost endlessly. Delicious.
Red
8/8/2019 - DuckfaninMT Likes this wine:
94 points
Paired with lamb burgers from the grill (yum). I think this wine—though it has a good 5-or-so years to go—is in a very nice spot right now.

Notes of crushed rock/mineral, dark fruit, and perfumy floral (honeysuckle? A little star jasmine?) on the nose.

Medium-bodied (no fruit bomb) with black/red fruits, and just the right amount of spice on the palate, all of which pleasantly lingers on the long, smooth finish.

I don’t drink as much Shiraz as I used to, but when I do I can always count on Two Hands.
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Red
1/14/2019 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
89 points
Jury is still out for me, though I’ll give this one the benefit of the doubt (i.e. will definitely try again). PnP the first night, and that was probably a mistake because it was really one-dimensional and far too ”grapey” for me... way too much. Second night was drastically better, with more cherry/plum and spice integrating nicely. Looking forward to giving this one a burl again in the future.
Red
1/10/2019 - DuckfaninMT Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted for an hour. Lovely combination of star jasmine, wet stone, and fruit (plum?) on the nose. Mouth-watering pepper and cola + layered raspberry/plum/light tar on the palate. Not overly rich in a mouth-coating way, but very satisfying, with a nice, long and smooth finish. One of those “I wish I had a couple of cases of this” wine. Gorgeous.
Red
1/31/2009 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
91 points
Decanted 1.5 hours prior. While I am not as experienced with Etude Cabs as others may be, I find this to be a lovely wine; I'd certainly score it higher than the mid-80's that WS gave it... I think it's a solid 90-92 points. The '02 was magnificent, no competition there, but the '03 is no slouch, IMO. The nose is just wonderful, with jasmine-like scents as the predominant feature. Very pleasing combination of raspberry, spice, and oak on the palate. Medium to long finish. Overall, a very pleasant drop.
Red
11/13/2008 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
93 points
Yeti's notes from 10/23 are pretty spot on. Yes, opening this is now is infanticide and overall the wine at this stage is a bit of a crusher. But who gives a crap? With a little air time this smells heavenly and is drinking wonderfully. Will cellar time make it even better? Yeah, I think so. Still, it's worth it to get yourself a couple bottles (or more) and enjoy at least one now. Just give it a good 2-3 hours in the decanter and pair it with a nice steak. You'll thank yourself that you did.
Red
5/30/2008 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
93 points
An excellent Syrah now and one that will only get better with another year or two of cellar time. Did not decant this bottle, which is why the first glass was a bit locked down. With air, however, a magnificently dense & rich nose of blackberry, blueberry, leather, and a hint of tar appear... the combination is in perfect harmony. Silky smooth on the palate, no noticeable heat, with similar notes of dark fruit, leather, and a bit of spice. Medium to long finish. A $30 Syrah that's worth every penny (and then some). Highly recommended.
Red
3/31/2008 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
94 points
Perhaps I'm biased since I know this area so well, having lived close by for many years... but I digress. This is one heckuva syrah. A definite powerhouse that's very tight and unyielding upon opening, and needs decanting of no less than 90 minutes, with more time being better. You're then rewarded with fabulous scents of raspberry, cherry, meat, forest, vanilla, smoke and a slew of other things mingling amidst these primary scents. Delicious, mouth-coating palate of black pepper (definitely), spice, and raspberry/cherry, with a long finish that's pleasantly heat-free for the most part. I believe this will get better with age but if you have a couple bottles you owe it to yourself to open one now and enjoy... just remember to decant.
Red
3/24/2008 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
93 points
The notes by Chrisinroch from 1/15 and Art_Vandelay from 2/24 are spot on; my rating is the same as the latter. The nose is simply terrfic, one of those wines you could just smell and smell and smell... very floral and fruity (in a good way), with hints of mineral. Rich dark fruit (primarily cherry) on the palate is mouth-coatingly delicious, and with no noticeable heat, a definite plus. Finish is super long and rich. I absolutely agree with those who say it's drinking well now (I'd suggest 1+ hour's worth of decanting) and it'll be interesting to see how it develops with time.
Red
2/7/2008 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
91 points
Decanted for 30 minutes prior to drinking and it could have used significantly longer time. Suggest 2-3 hours of decanting time so that the cherry, currant, spice, and oak will integrate better, and also so that the finish lasts longer (which it did, quite nicely, on the last glass of the evening). With proper decanting time this is ready to drink now, though I believe cellar time will allow it to improve even more. Overall this was a very nice Cab and at $37 or so, a good QPR in my opinion.
Red
12/29/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
93 points
Opened bottle 2 hours prior but didn't decant. Was quite impressed with this wine and even at around $55, consider it a good deal and one I recommend. Lovely floral nose included raspberry and cherry as well. Palate contained these fruits plus some mineral & pepper as well (nice combination!). Excellent, long finish. With cellaring I believe this wine will continue to improve so if some discipline can be maintained, that's what I'll do.
Red
2006 Orin Swift The Prisoner Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
12/20/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
89 points
Loved the '05 Prisoner (my rating: 93) and this one may, over time, reach that level as well. Right now it's very tight and needed significantly more air time than I gave it (suggest 3+ hours decanting). Still, it's a delicious, complex wine with lots of potential.
Red
12/12/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
93 points
"E" is right in suggesting that this vintage could use more cellar time. On the other hand, with ample decanting time it's drinking quite well and, with this being such a lovely wine, it's hard to maintain the discipline to not open one up. Green Drazi's notes from back in 2006 are spot on... read those because there's really nothing to add.
Red
12/3/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
94 points
Exceptional, even better than the always-great Shake, Rattle, Roll, and my wife's new favorite. Deep flavors of dark fruit, spice, and smoke. Extraordinary finish. Will cellar well, I feel, but with 2+ hours of decanting it's good to go now. Highly recommended.
Red
11/17/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
94 points
After having the opportunity to try a variety of Michael & Annabelle Waugh's Greenock Creek wines (Seven Acres, Alice's, Apricot Block), I am convinced that they are one of the premier - if not THE premier - producers of Shiraz in the world. Big statement, yes, but it's true; I have yet to have a less-than-stellar Shiraz from this winery. And the 2001 Alice's is no different... like the '03, and other vintages I've had of this particular wine, it's quite closed at first. However, with decanting (suggested length 3+ hours), this wine yields gorgeous fragrances of dark fruit, smoke, espresso, and mineral. It's a powerhouse on the palate, yet with incredible elegance, with blackberry, plum, licorice and peppe flavors notedr. Has an absolutely killer finish of 60+ seconds. Will further cellaring yield even greater results? Yes, I believe so (as other posters have mentioned), but with the right amount of air it's a "WOW" wine right now.
Red
11/16/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
93 points
More subtle than the 2005 - the only other vintage of this wine I've had to date - but it's still incredible, just a point or two below that one. Decanted for 45-60 minutes. Like the Kalleske Shirazes the nose is filled with ample dark fruit, mineral, and "the great smell of the sky after it rains" (if that makes any sense). The palate is lush and elegant, not overpowering at all (even @ 15.5% alcohol), and well balanced... lots of dark fruit and mineral. Absolutely delicious
Red
11/13/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
90 points
Pop 'n' pour. Powerful, yet enjoyable, fruit on nose. Nice fruit & spice on palate, with lots of oak as well. Good finish. Would be better with 60+ minutes of decanting, which I'll do on future bottles. One of the best Whitehall Lane cabs I've had and, at around $30, not a bad QPR.
Red
9/30/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
92 points
First time I've had this wine and I'm definitely not dissapointed, though I totally agree with sumshark that the '05 Caymus is an even better drop (the '04 Caymus as well). Also, while I believe that cellaring will allow this wine to improve even more, with ample amount of decanting time (2+ hours) this baby's good to go an absolutely fabulous. As others have already mentioned, this wine offers lots of leather, black fruits, chocolate, oak, and spice, and has a long, velvety, lovely finish. IMHO, while this is not an inexpensive wine, there are a significant number of other wines that cost a helluva lot more that aren't nearly as cost-worthy (or delicious!). Definitely on my "need to get more" list.
Red
9/18/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
91 points
Read the review on WS and was intrigued but couldn't find this vintage locally. As fortune would have it, I had the opportunity to have a glass at the Rose City Wine Bar @ the Portland, Oregon airport (nice place to hang out BTW), and it was delicious. Definitely could use plenty of air time and/or some cellar as the fruit and oak were pretty "in your face." Still, this was a lovely wine with a variety of flavors (spice and cedar come to mind) that came through nicely, especially given more air time. Was so impressed that I bought a bottle and had a couple more put on hold for me. At under $50 I think this is a very good value.
Red
9/2/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
94 points
Decanted for 2-2.5 hours prior to drinking and it could have definitely used more air time (5+ hours). This is a young, massive wine (16+% alcohol) that needs LOTS of decanting/air time. However, like all the Greenock Creek wines (can they make a bad wine? I think not!), even with less-than-optimal decanting and/or cellar time, it's so approachable and eminently drinkable right now. Dark fruit, smoke, tobacco, coffee/espresso, and a bit of mineral on nose. Finish is stunningly looooooooooooooong, very powerful, and, though a bit hot, still quite smooth and satiny. A superbly made wine that, with additional cellaring (5+ years), will reach its peak and, in my personal ratings, will easily reach the high 90's and rank among my all-time favorites.
Red
8/20/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
95 points
Spur of the moment decision to have with the leftover rack of lamb from last night. Have to leave in the AM for a semi-lengthy business trip so I figured that even though it was "only" Monday, it was as good a time as any to have a great drop... and I wasn't disappointed, even though minimal decanting time was given (more would obviously have been better). From the bottle it was as dark a wine as I've ever seen and the smell of sweet fruit filled the air. The longer it was given air time the more it evolved with loads of cherry, blackberry, raspberry, coffee, and oak quite noticeable on the palate. The finish was magnificent...dark, dense, complicated (if that makes any sense), yet supremely elegant. I'm SO glad I have a few more bottles of this special wine around.
Red
8/16/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
94 points
Have just started to tap into my stash of '04's (at least it seems that way), so I was kind of surprised to see a row of the '05's at my local wine shop. Needless to say, having been so completely satisfied with the '04's, I had to give this one a try ASAP. I bought two and, after getting home, popped & poured one of them and put the other one in the cellar. What can I say? The wine is just wonderful. Like the '04 and other vintages, this is simply a fantastic wine with such a great fruit-and-floral nose and palate, and a lush, long, velvety finish. I am just so impressed with the quality of these wines year in and year out. I highly recommend them, this vintage included. Even though $60 is still pricey (at least for me) I never feel as though I'm taking a chance on the Caymus Cabernets... my experience with them has shown them to be reliable; they're just flat-out damn good drops. Will absolutely get more.
Red
7/27/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
94 points
Third bottle of this wine that I've enjoyed in the past couple months and nothing's changed... it's simply a terrific wine. Notes from gorm in mid-April are spot on, especially in regards to the nose. Palate is full-bodied and loaded with blackberry, blueberry, and cherry. Finish is smooth, and velvety... fantastic. It's 3 for 3 with this wine; glad I have a few more bottles!
Red
7/2/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
89 points
After last night's coupling of a 2003 Greenock Creek Alice's (my rating: 94-95) and a 2003 Rusden Black Guts (also a 94-95), tonight's 2003 Forefathers didn't really have a chance in terms of comparison. And that's OK because this is still a pretty darn good quaff, especially for the price, as compared to those other two. I do think it's very young and if it's going to be consumed now it needs 1-2 hours or more of decanting for it to open up. Lots of cherry and some green pepper on both nose and palate. A bit hot at first but with 1+ hour in the decanter it mellowed out nicely. Good QPR.
Red
6/4/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
95 points
tonsta (11/19/2006) is right on; this is is a huge wine that will only get better with another year or two (or more) of cellar time. But damn, is it good right now, with a couple hours of decanting of course. Powerful, full throttle shiraz that, the longer it aired out, became more integrated and even more of a delight to drink. The taste of blackberry, spice, and a mega helping of black pepper on the palate was clearly evident and the finish is as about as long as any shiraz I've had. A killer wine that would pair perfectly with lamb or any kind of game meat like elk. Great drop!
Red
5/31/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
90 points
I think this is one of those "love it or dislike it" kind of wines; I liked it, though it's not my favorite (by a long shot) and future bottles will sit for a long while before opening. Shiraz Guy's notes from back in March of '07 are spot on and identical to my thoughts/views on the wine, though I've rated it slightly lower. It was DEFINITELY was better the second day after opening and probably would have been fine the first day with a 4+ hours of decanting. I found that the fruit and spice flavors came through much better on the second day and overall it was a more integrated and enjoyable wine.

I think it's a good value and worth considering if you're into powerful Aussie Shiraz's. That said, I'd recommend sitting on your stash for awhile or, if you want to give it a burl now, decant it for several hours prior to consuming.
Red
5/12/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
98 points
Rack of lamb dinner with my wife, along with my boss & his wife. This wine was one of three that we enjoyed that night - the other two being the 2003 Mitolo G.A.M. and the 2002 E & E Black Pepper - and the Greenock Creek was the unanimous WOTN. Hard to imagine anything a heckuva lot better that the '02 Black Pepper (one of my faves) but this one outshined even that one (95 points) and the always-enjoyable G.A.M. (93 points).

All wines decanted for 2+ hours. While, in my opinion, the Mitolo showed the most obvious volume of fruit on nose and palate, the Greenock Creek had a substantial amount of fruit as well and (if this makes any sense) a greater variety of it... I mean, I'll be damned if I didn't smell and taste some apricot in there, a taste I've not experienced in any other wine. Maybe it was a subconscious thing, as the name of the wine might lead one to think of apricot being in there, but we all agreed it was definitely there - along with a touch of maple syrup, as well as oak, chocolate, and slate. Those, along with the black fruits in this complex, yet perfectly balanced wine, made for an absolute delightful experience and one that was perfectly paired with the lamb. The finish of the Greenock Creek Apricot Block was equal to, or even longer than, the Black Pepper, which I'd have had a hard time believing prior to drinking this particular wine.

Hard to imagine this spectacular drop is in its infancy but it'll be interesting to see how it evolves in a few more years... that's if I can maintain some discipline and not open my remaining bottles!
Red
5/6/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
90 points
Have not yet tried the Boushey Vineyard Shiraz so comparisons to that are not possible. Still, for whatever I paid for this one (I remember it being quite reasonable) it's damn good. Musky, somehwhat smoky nose, with dark fruit as well. Stong, but not-overpowering berry/smoke/espresso taste, and a nice long finish. Very good syrah, one I'll certainly buy again, and worth giving a try. Suggest decanting first... decanted this particular bottle for 1.5 - 2 hours prior.
Red
4/22/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
97 points
The third or fourth bottle I've had in the past few months and each one has been a gem. I love to drink Shiraz more than any other type of wine and in the past couple year's I've had my share... this one's in my Top Five for sure.
Red
4/20/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
95 points
In the realm of being at the right place at the right time, this one's a classic for me. Due to circumstances involving a customer who decided after 2+ months of waiting that he didn't want to purchase it after all, I was able to obtain 3 bottles of this wine for around $40 each. Sweet! What a tremendous find and, of course, the wine is worth substantially more than that price. For what has been described as a powerhouse of a wine (which I agree with), this has so much elegance and finesse... sthugo's notes from several months ago are 100% accurate; I couldn't have described it any better. Great drinking now and I believe it will get even better with another year or two of aging... that's if I can show some discipline! Needless to say, I highly recommend this wine!
Red
4/11/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
94 points
What jdunnuck and michelvl wrote in Sept 2006 is spot on; I couldn't agree more. An absolutely great wine now and one that I believe will only get better with a little aging. Was able to get 6 of these at a good price and I'm extremely glad I did. One of the best drops I've had and well worth seeking out.
Red
2003 DeLille Cellars D2 Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/4/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
91 points
D'oh! Forgot to score it! 91 in my book.
Red
2003 DeLille Cellars D2 Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/4/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
A wonderful wine to enjoy any time, even more so after the kind of day at work that I had (extremely long hours, neverending list of tasks to accomplish, not enough time in the day to accomplish everything that needed to be done... I think we've all been there at some point or another). Anyway, back to the wine: it's aromas are - for lack of a better word - intoxicating... I just really enjoyed how it smelled! Yet, there were so many different aromas that I could detect that, for an admitted amateur like me, it was somewhat hard for me to personally describe them accurately (I like Nanda's description). And the taste is lovely... not too overwhelmingly powerful but not even close to wimpy either. I agree that it's not terribly concentrated but it is lush and very satisfying.... definitely cherry and caramel in there.

Not sure if any of this helps in regards to specific tasting notes but I really enjoyed this wine and would certainly recommend it. Will it get better with age? Who knows... personally, I'd have a hard time sitting on any; I'd want to drink and enjoy it!
Red
3/8/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
94 points
What a lovely wine and I couldn't agree more with the notes of gr8r84u. Mine are almost identical, though while I agree that decanting will most certainly be beneficial, this is a fabulously delicious "pop and pour" shiraz as well. And the finish? Extraordinary. Needless to say, I am extremely grateful to have three more bottles to enjoy later on. It may not be the easiest of wines to find (at least it wasn't for me) but it's well worth the search and it's one I highly recommend.
Red
3/6/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
93 points
I couldn't help myself... I had two bottles of this and figured that since BBQ'd lamb was on the dinner menu (I'm eternally grateful to my Aussie wife who loves to cook lamb!) we needed to check this one out. I admit that opening it now was a bit early - I agree with other CT members who suggested it will get better with age - which is why I'm glad I have another bottle. But oh, was this a delicious drop to enjoy, especially with lamb. That said, I'd recommend a good 3+ years of cellaring.
Red
2003 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
2/25/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
93 points
Had along with a 2004 Kilikanoon Oracle. Both were outstanding, even after only an hour of decanting (definitely needs more than that). My wife preferred the Oracle while I thought the Relentless was slightly more preferable for my palate, especially the longer it aired out. I considered it to be smoother (though with more complexity than the Oracle), and overall more elegant in overall taste and the "enjoyability factor." Both were terrific wines, however, and will be even better with substantially more time in the bottle (2+ years) or, at the very least, the decanter (preferably the former).
Red
2/19/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
92 points
Had side by side with the 2002 Cliff Lede Stag's Leap Cabernet, both decanted for 1 - 1.5 hours). My wife greatly preferred the somewhat softer subtlety of the Lede over the Shafer (and there is indeed a lovely complexity, yet subtleness to the Lede, which I loved; it's an absolutely exquisite wine), but while I truly enjoyed the Lede, I also liked the "bite" that was inherent with the Shafer. To be honest, while there are distinct differences between the two, I enjoyed them both equally, though if "push came to shove" I would probably favor - just slightly - the Lede. Plus, I think the value is better with the Lede compared to the Shafer. That said, I plan on purchasing more of the '03 Shafer as it'll be interesting to see how it matures over the course of a year or more.
Red
2/15/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
96 points
Decanted for 1 hour and had with a fabulous steak dinner on Valentine's Day... what a treat. A magnificent wine with so much texture, multiple layers of flavor, and a killer finish... I can see why WS rated this as (I believe) their Wine of the Year. Mangolian's notes from 10/21/2006 are very similar, almost identical to what I would say, though I'm not sure if it needs another year. I think it's good to go right now and if you happen to have a bottle or two consider yourself very lucky. Do yourself a favor and "give it a burl" (as the Aussies would say).
Red
2/12/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
91 points
Was a bit concerned that this would be an over-the-top fruit bomb but was pleasantly surprised by the wine's approachability and balance. I've had Shiraz's that were double or more the price of this (around $25) that weren't the quality of this wine nor tasted as pleasant as this. A real deal for the price, a high quality wine with wonderful complexity, balance, and finish that's drinkable right now but has a long cellar life ahead of it. I will be buying a case of this and highly recommend it.
Red
2/12/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
94 points
Love those Elderton Commands! Have found the 2000 and 2001 to be slightly more enjoyable than the 2002 (slightly... not much!) and after decanting for 2 hours it was the perfect accompaniment to the BBQ lamb my wife and I enjoyed for dinner. jamesbadd's notes from 7-3-06 are spot on and future bottles of this vintage will sit for another year or two before opening... hard to believe it'll get any better but we'll see what another year or two in the bottle will do. Bottom line is that it's really hard to go wrong with the Elderton Commands... along with the E & E Black Peppers, these are among my very favorite shiraz's.
Red
2/9/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
95 points
Like some who posted here regarding this wine, it was probably too early to open this up (WS suggests that it's best from 2010 through 2022). Still, I have a couple bottles on hand and decided to open this one up to share with my wife over dinner. Decanted for 2 hours, though first glass was had less than an hour after decanting. Absolutely no disappointment here; this ranks as one of my favorite Shiraz's of all... such a wonderful nose, flavor, and long finish. Wineismylife nailed it on the nose and flavors... my notes and comments would be similar, if not identical to those. The E & E's are wonderful wines, I've had a couple different vintages, and have never been disappointed. They're iin my Top Three as far as Shiraz is concerned.
Red
1/22/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
92 points
ChadT's tasting notes from December are very similar to mine. I had this bottle sitting in my "want to drink sooner than later" stash, and even though it's a Monday I thought I would, as the Aussies say, "give it a burl" (translation: give it a go). I thought this was delicious, getting better and better the longer it aired out. Yes, it's a ballsy wine that may not be for everyone but if you decant long enough, allowing it to settle down and come into form, I don't think you'll be disappointed. The fruit definitely has the upper hand on the 16+% alcohol. Will definitely get more as I want to have it again plus I'd like to see what it becomes with 2+ years of cellaring.
Red
1/19/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
95 points
Outstanding! Decanted for 3+ hours and enjoyed with my wife and in-laws (all Aussies!) with a wonderfully cooked lamb dinner. A real in-your-face wine, yet it doesn't knock you on your *ss (if that makes any sense). Great fruit (blueberry, blackberry) and a mother of a finish. Seriously delicious and I'm glad I have a couple more bottles to enjoy... 1-2 years from now as suggested by other CT members.
Red
2003 Clos du Bois Marlstone Alexander Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/12/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
85 points
All things considered, it's not a bad drop, though not worth the $40-$45 (or whatever it was) that I paid for it. A bit too much on the floral side for my taste, though it did end nicely, with the "dusty tannins" that ScottS described.
Red
1/10/2007 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
91 points
Taste notes and sentiments nearly identical to HurrahSyrah's. Thoroughly enjoyable, especially with 2+ hours of decanting. Excellent value, in my opinion.
Red
12/25/2006 - DuckfaninMT wrote:
94 points
Excellent drop, one that had memories/sentiment attached to the overall taste, which certainly affected my score (had after coming home from Christmas night service on Christmas Eve while watching the Alistair Sims version of "A Christmas Carol." Noted the blackberry & blueberry, along with the spice and mellowy tar at the finish. Delicious, in my opinion, and I'll be interested in trying another on a not-as-special occasion to see if I have the same sentiments.
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