Tasting Notes for snipes

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Red
Gorgeous bottle of wine. Pure red cherry and strawberry fruit. No hard edges and no sense of impending decline anytime soon as I followed the wine for a couple hours.
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Red
Recent auction purchase. Great bottle. Very much California in profile, but the best aspects of that statement. Rich fruit without being heavy or cloying. Silky smooth texture and enough of that cool climate freshness that I adore from this area. Really happy to have discovered this wine. Drinking very well right now.
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Red
Boring. Nothing special. If I saw it at the local grocery store or wine shop I may pick it up again at the price, but certainly not worth the effort of purchasing a six pack of it online.
Red
Pulled the cork about 30 minutes prior to dinner and let the bottle come up in temperate a bit on the counter. Surprisingly floral on the nose. Color was still deep dark and opaque, but very drinkable right out of the gate. There was a hint of creaminess on the palate that I coulnd't quite place. Another recent comment called it chocolate and that might be close to what I was searching for, almost a milk chocolate.
Unlike some of the other 05s, I've found this particular vintage and bottling to be more generous throughout is life and tonight was no exception. This wine can easily be enjoyed now, but I sense / hope with that perfumed nose that this wine will continue to gain elegance over the next 10+ years. Excellent effort and deserving of its WS WOTY accolades.
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Red
Worth the $15 or so that I paid for it. Decent Tuesday night bottle. I'd buy more locally. Plenty of fruit, but still structured. Drinking just fine on a PnP.
Red
2002 Miner Family The Oracle Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Enjoyed this bottle last night with a dry aged Prime ribeye. Popped and poured. Still very fresh, plenty of dark Stagecoach fruit still with a bit of cedar. Very enjoyable and brought back lots of memories of discovering Miner a dozen years ago. This bottle showed very well and is in a great spot.
White
1/8/2019 - snipes wrote:
Similar thoughts to my previous comments. Underwhelmed with this particular vintage.
White
12/6/2018 - snipes wrote:
I've been disappointed with the two bottles of the current vintage. I was such a big fan of this wine the past two years that I even made a point of bringing it to one of my wine buddies attention. From past recollections, this vintage pales in depth and charecter of the previous two. It drinks like a $15 of wine...unfortunately. I'll be a buyer next year again, but with fingers crossed.
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White
9/27/2018 - snipes wrote:
Enjoyed while tailgating at an Atlanta United soccer match. This bottle showed pretty well. I won't be buying this again, but it didn't suck.
Red
Interesting seeing my note from January. This bottle was a completely different animal. Hitting on all cylinders from the get go. Paired with a prime bone in ribeye. Tremendous.
White
No rating. Boring, does nothing for me. Waste of $$. Not sure what I'll do with the remaining five, but I'm sure they will be surprise bottles at future offlines.
Red
7/30/2018 - snipes wrote:
Paired with blue cheese burgers and roasted rosemary potatoes and stood up well to this rather hearty meal. Certainly a food wine. I was using a cheap corkscrew and the cork was bone dry and split in half in the bottle. Had to push it in and filter.
Red
Cork came out in one piece via Ah so, staining up the side, but still sound. Popped an poured an initial taste and it was a bit musty, spicy and tired. Twenty minutes later she settled down into a beautiful bottle of wine. Medium bodied, with a bit of elegance while still a bit rich and full of flavor. Enjoyed with grilled lamb tenderloin and followed over 2-3 hours. Solid through and through. Loved it.
Red
A recent auction purchase. Like another TN I used an ah so on this one, but no need as the cork was perfect and looked like it was just bottled last year. I stood the bottle up in the morning and decanted 90 minutes prior to dinner.There was a fair amount of sediment in the last ounce or so, but nothing unexpected. My TN mirrors some of the others, the wine was fresh, light on its feet with nice acidity. An excellent bottle of wine that held up just fine over the course of a couple hours. Paired with a Prime bone in ribeye.
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White
4/1/2018 - snipes wrote:
Consumed over two nights. Consistent notes. I had high hopes for this bottling as I enjoy its French cousins very much. This particular bottle did nothing for me. I can't comment if it was off, but it was simply boring. I tend to drink this style closer to red wine temp, but also tried it at various temps as it warmed. Personal note, no need to acquire more. I picked up none of the rich oiliness that I look for in its N. Rhone counterparts, it was just meh. Picked it up at auction six months or so ago so no insight on previous storage conditions.
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Red
Popped and poured. A nice little bottle of red. Can be enjoyed with food or on it's own equally well. Rich without being overdone with enough character to know it's from across the pond. Well done for the price.
Red
3/6/2018 - snipes wrote:
Big, young, full flavored. I picked a few of these up after finishing and thoroughly enjoying my last 2011 of the same bottling. Give these a couple years to settle down and hopefully shed some of the baby fat. On a side note the mrs. loved it, as-is.
Red
A very enjoyable bottle. Perfect cork, still only stained on the very bottom. Cork pulled an hour or two before dinner, no decant, no small pour to allow additional air. Not giving much up on the nose initially, but that first taste was a lovely dark red full fruit. A bit of garrigue, but no hint of leather or barnyard, a very clean bottle of CdP. The wine showed better closer to 60º than 70º. Paired with a simply prepared rack of lamb and roasted brussel sprouts and enjoyed over 2-3 hours. Tannins essentially fully resolved, plenty of fruit and no hint of fading. This bottle has 5-10 years in it no problem. I imagine / hope this is how the 05s will eventually turn out in another decade. If so I'll be one happy man. Enjoy now or consume over the next five years.
Red
1/21/2018 - snipes wrote:
I'd say Zack's TN nailed it. Still some vanilla toasty oak and a bit of flabby portyness. An enjoyable bottle with BBQ, but I'd have liked a bit more verve.
White - Sparkling
Enjoyed while the kiddos opened up Christmas gifts in the evening. Recent purchase. Crisp without being biting, light but good flavor. A very refreshing and festive bottle of bubbles. A good deal at $40.
Red
12/17/2017 - snipes wrote:
Still going strong with a bit of funk and varnish on the nose. Not really my style. A bit too bold for me.
White
Bought a six pack again this year for Turkey Day and it continues to impress. An excellent food wine, so so sipping wine. Will buy again next year. Excellent value.
Red
Enjoyed with good friends over a steak dinner. The 08 Staglin was hitting on all cylinders this night. Just a gorgeous wine and in its prime right now. It's certainly California, but with a traditional streak to it that keeps it from being overly flamboyant. A straight up fantastic bottle of wine. Staglin continues to impress.
Red
Very solid QPR and I'd buy again at sub $20. Ready to goright away.
Red
Phenomenal. Plenty of life left in this bottle.
White
4/24/2017 - snipes wrote:
Similar notes to the previous poster. Over the top notes of banana chips and a syrupy cloying texture. Might have been good as a small dessert glass wine, but not as a main course companion.
Red
Really, really good! Recent purchase, wish I could buy 12 more. Still full of life and flavor.
White
Similar to TLV I wanted to check in on these even though the bottles barely had a chance to relax after their long ride across country. PnP, crisp lemon / citrus notes and light on its feet. A bit more minerality would have really done the wine justice. Enjoyed with a variety of cheeses over an hour or two. The wine picked up a little bit of weight towards the last glass, but by that time we were already thinking of the reds and dinner. I would expect this to improve some, but enjoyable now.
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Red
Notes were were pretty much consistent from my last bottle 15 months ago. Decanted and followed over several hours. Initially a bit of heat which subsided after about an hour. The wine mellowed out and opened up for the next two hours, but it's still too big compared to how I like my VTs. Hold til 2020.
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White
I've enjoyed two bottles of the 06 in the past month and each showed very well. Light and fragrant without any hint of heaviness or waxiness that I find (and enjoy) in their Northern Rhone cousins. Excellent food wine and in a great place right now.
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Red
6/12/2016 - snipes wrote:
PeterK's review from 2014 was spot on. I was a bit surprised with how big, sweet and fruity this wine was at this stage.
Red
6/12/2016 - snipes Does not like this wine:
flawed
Corked. :( Still had plenty of fruit, but the ammonia smell on the nose never blew off.
White
Opened on Mother's Day and paired with King Crab. Cork was mushy and soaked through in spots, but came out in one piece. Wine was sound and showed well. Notes of pear another fruit that I've forgotten and the slighted hint of vanilla creaminess as it warmed, but not in a heavy handed way. Improved and rounded out as it warmed. Enjoyed over three hours. Nice wine, but I'd be more than a bit concerned if I owned several based on the condition of this cork. Drinkable now.
Red
Decanted for ~45 minutes while finishing up dinner prep. First taste was silky smooth with an underlying red cherry to it, sublime. Enjoyed with a fine meal at home over an 90 minutes or so and each sip provided something a bit different. A very enjoyable bottle and this one was holding up quite well with plenty of verve.
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Red
12/23/2015 - snipes wrote:
A big flabby and boring. It didn't come across as shut down, nor was it showing any lovely silky Grenache that I've come to love from their better bottles. My firs of several from this vintage. Paired with skirt steak and followed over three hours. Drink or hold.
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Red
12/1/2015 - snipes Likes this wine:
93 points
Dark ruby red with a lovely strawberry / cherry note on the nose. No hint of tiring and still a couple years from peak in my opinion. Drinking wonderfully now though. Outstanding bottle of wine that paired nicely with grilled skirt steak and roasted broccoli.
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Red
11/21/2015 - snipes wrote:
Enjoyed this bottle at home with steak dinner. No formal notes taken, but my concerns about this being too young were unfounded. The mrs. didn't enjoy it as much as I, but that could be stylistic preferences. I much preferred this to the '04 bottling which I've had a several times and always found a bit reductive or barnyardy. I wouldn't hesitate to open another, though I'm sure patience will be rewarded.
Red
11/7/2015 - snipes wrote:
93 points
An excellent example of Rosella's fruit. That nice pinot funk and cloudiness I associate with this vineyard was on full display. This bottle showed very well, but I don't see it improving. I'd suggest drinking up over the next couple years. Outstanding!
Red
8/22/2015 - snipes Likes this wine:
92 points
Popped and poured, tasted ~30 min later. This is my first of several from this vintage and I've had very good luck with '06 from other producers. The VT did not disappoint. The wine is elegant and ready to go, excellent mouth feel, mouth coating without being heavy. This is exactly what I look for in VT, that cherry grenache flavor profile. The wine showed a nice amount of black pepper initially, tannins are still there, but far from harsh. Drink now or hold if you prefer that lighter bodied VT that comes from longer aging, but this bottle was very enjoyable and in no hurry to decline. I'd recommend drinking the '06s and '04s while waiting for the '05s.
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Red
More of a personal note / reminder, but the wine was about where I'd expect it to be at age 10. The tight coil has loosed quite a bit over the past several years and the wine can now be enjoyed with a meal. This particular bottle will easily hold another 10 years and improve for at least another 5. Hold for five more years if you prefer VT on the smooth cherry liquor side of things, which I do.
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White - Sparkling
4/12/2015 - snipes wrote:
Damn good juice. A bit on the sweet creamy side, but very enjoyable. I've already begun my search for more. Excellent!
Red
I'll echo a previous poster's comments "deep for such a young wine". While young I did not consider it over the top. I could see this gaining additional complexity with a few years, but there wasn't much personality to it now. The wine drank nicely though and better than many other mid $20 bottles of PN.
Red
2/14/2015 - snipes Likes this wine:
94 points
What a great bottle of wine, paired with chicken marsala with prosciutto and mushrooms. Popped and poured, tasted about 30 minutes after pouring. Cloudy light red in color, in line with its age. A lovely sweet floral spice on the nose, I'm not sure how to best describe it. Aromatic and feminine come mind. A complex strawberry with a bit of spice on the palate, showing plenty of clean fruit. It's bottles of wine like this that make this hobby fun.
Red
I thought Decaturwinedude's recent note was spot on. A bit atypical for an Arcadian wine with more fruit than acid, but enjoyable none the less and paired nicely with an arugula and skirt steak salad.
Red
6/15/2014 - snipes wrote:
Drinking well with about 2 hours of air. Got a bit spirity around the 1 hour mark. A bit of funk with a nice freshness. This bottle was enjoyable, but I'm hoping for more improvement over the next few years
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Red
4/13/2014 - snipes wrote:
PnP. Drank extremely well right from the beginning. Little to no sediment. Paired wonderfully with lamb chops.
White
2000 Château Laville Haut-Brion Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
3/13/2014 - snipes wrote:
flawed
Badly oxidized. About as perfect a cork as you could hope for on a bottle of this age, but was an dark gold color with a heavy sherry note that continued to strenghten in the 30 minutes I tried to follow it. This bottle was from the same lot that showed very well a year + ago. My last one and probably my last from this producer based on what the more recent vintages are going for these days. :(
Red
1/17/2014 - snipes Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted and poured a small taste. Immediately I knew this was going to be enjoyable. Light cherry with just a bit of underbrush, tannins in check and very nice. Three hours later with lamb chops the wine was really showing well, just short of that soft sweet cherry I so enjoy with mature CdP, this one showed very well with just a bit youthful backbone and monolithic'ness, but plenty of early elegance. A bright future for this wine I see. very enjoyable now and sure to get better.
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Red
12/13/2013 - snipes wrote:
This one didn't show as well as the previous bottles. Both the mrs and I picked up a woodiness which never quite went away. Paired with pan seared pork chops.
Red
12/8/2013 - snipes Does not like this wine:
85 points
disappointing and boring. This bottle had no character and doesn't seem like it has the stuffing to age into something more interesting. I say disappointing because I've been a big fan of Miner over the years. Hopefully the stagecoach version shows better.
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