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2009 Georges Dubœuf Moulin-à-Vent Gamay
2/23/2012 - Alex H wrote:
83 points
Deep dark bouquet of violets, dark cherries and even some spiciness. Big purplish fruits. Extracted and packs quite a punch for a Pinot.
  • Sakas commented:

    3/29/12, 8:25 AM - Sorry but I had to correct you - this wine is not a Pinot, it is made from the Gamay grape.

Red
2010 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Added to the database, looks like I am the first person in to log this wine. For context, opened last night and re-tasted this morning with a clean palate, no other wines with it. Listed alc of 14.1%. A spicy nose, what reminds me a bit of pine needle, pepper and some red apple. Like past SC bottlings, shows cranberry, although a background note, along with orange rind. What sits more squarely in the palate is a pure strawberry jam that you could spread, raspberry, some more of that pine needle feel, too. Red apple in the finish, a touch of caramel, so perhaps think candied red apple and good acidity, like a raspberry acidity and some pebble. I won't be trading off any of this wine when I order this time. No bias here, I tasted this wine early in my day, no distractions or inteference. As it warms up to room temp, and for me this is where pinot noir can really show its stripes and flaws, to handle the warmer ambient temps, it simply just intensifies the strawberry jam note and becomes a little sexier but that's the extent. Really, really good.
  • Sakas commented:

    1/17/12, 2:46 PM - Are you sure you have the correct vintage of this? The RM just sent me my allocation offer today.

Red
2009 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Southing Sta. Rita Hills
1/15/2012 - fdizzy wrote:
85 points
very light overall. one-dimensional. barely detectable fruit. disappointing.
  • Sakas commented:

    1/15/12, 10:01 PM - I have not yet had this wine, but your note seems contrary to the rest. Was this possibly a flawed bottle?

Red
2002 Blair Estate Meritage Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
12/18/2011 - thalver wrote:
Two bottles of this, one consumed on the day of arrival, the other a couple nights later. (for those that ascribe to travel shock, view this accordingly) Seldom have I had two bottles of the same wine show more differently. The nose on both was similar, with a complex melange of fruits and herbs (the cab franc component?) The first bottle exploded from the glass, the second took a bit of swirling to bring around. Though the flavor profile on both bottles was similar, the first was smooth and aromatically intoxicating, with a minimum of sediment. The second bottle threw as much sediment as I think I have ever had from a wine so young. Even after straining it through a coffee filter, it continued to show tannic and astringent on the palate and finish. First bottle: 92 points. Second bottle: 86 points
  • Sakas commented:

    1/4/12, 12:28 AM - This experience does not disprove travel shock, it just illustrates bottle variation. If you want to experiment with travel shock ship 2 bottles of the same wine cross-country via ground and open one the day after it arrives and the other a month later. Repeat many times with different wines, then talk about travel shock.

Red
2003 Château La Vieille Cure Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend
7/23/2011 - Jeff Leve wrote:
90 points
Black licorice, jammy blackberries, milk chocolate. earth and blueberry scents pair perfectly well the rich, round textures and ripe, jammy black raspberry and cherry filled finish. This fun to drink Bordeaux wine is fully mature and should be drunk up over the next 5 years to preserve its levels of ripe, juicy fruit.
  • Sakas commented:

    7/24/11, 4:13 PM - How were the tannins? beginning to subside a bit? Do you recommend a decant?

Red
2008 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Southing Sta. Rita Hills
6/2/2011 - hanratty21 wrote:
89 points
Not terribly impressed with the Sea Smoke wines I've tasted. There was a high production quality which you could easily see, but it had very light body and very delicate flavors. Seems hard to compare to other Cali Pinots of equal quality though. The power is simply not there, but that could really be a personal taste thing...
  • Sakas commented:

    6/3/11, 11:19 PM - I have yet to try any of Sea Smoke's offerings but have a couple vintages in my cellar. I had both a bottle of Rivers Marie and a Spatburgunder this week and while the Rivers was a better wine on the whole I found the German wine to be a more enjoyable style for me. I'm sorry that you didn't care for the sea smoke more but I must say that your tasting note is encouraging to me, to each his own. Thank you!

Red
2005 Domaine des Baumard Anjou Logis de la Giraudière Cabernet Franc
4/21/2011 - Sakas Does not like this wine:
80 points
I agree with valecnik's note below, I would have mistaken this for a Pinot Noir. There was some simple red fruit and some dark earth and it was fairly light bodied yet it was flabby and lacking interest with an astringent finish. It drank much like a very basic Bourgogne from a poor year. Tasted immediately upon opening, with an hour's decant, and the following day. I'll stick to Chinon from now on I think.
  • Sakas commented:

    4/24/11, 10:10 AM - Based on earlier notes perhaps this is just past it's prime.

Red
2009 Altovinum Evodia Calatayud Garnacha, Grenache
3/31/2011 - thash wrote:
74 points
Pretty bad. Decent wine can be drinkable at this price point but this isn't one of them. Stale horse trough water and sewer notes.
  • Sakas commented:

    4/8/11, 2:54 PM - This sounds like a flawed bottle to me.

Red
2005 Domaine des Baumard Anjou Logis de la Giraudière Cabernet Franc
12/4/2009 - jjclips2 wrote:
90 points
I have always thought that this was an undervalued, underappreciated bottling. This is great juice. Fruit driven nose with a lot of cherry, red plum, almost candied fruits. Cassis and black cherry on palate, quite darker and richer than remembered, but with great acid, and light tannins making this easy to drink. Slight chocolate from somewhere sneaks in. Great value. I think "br" sums it up best.
  • Sakas commented:

    12/7/10, 11:39 PM - What does "br" mean?

Red
2008 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
11/25/2010 - lewpop wrote:
flawed
Possible smoke taint. Smelled like campfire and tasted like smoky BBQ. Hopefully my one remaining bottle did not suffer the same fate. Family preferred the '07 Papapietro Perry Leras pinot on this night.
  • Sakas commented:

    12/6/10, 2:10 PM - I didn't realize that there was a possibility of smoke taint on these... thought it was primarily further north. Anyone else had an issue?

Red
2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo Langhe DOC
12/4/2010 - RMDCellar wrote:
Tree party
  • Sakas commented:

    12/4/10, 5:27 PM - Do you mean "oaky?"

    If so, hilarious! I might have to steal that terminology from you...

Red
2008 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Aubaine Vineyard Arroyo Grande Valley
11/27/2010 - IamNotDrinkingAny#@!%Merlot wrote:
87 points
A Pinot for those who like their Pinots to taste like high octane Zinfandel. This is certainly enjoyable, but more of a cocktail sipper than a serious wine. All upfront fruit, lively and fun, but zero finish and one dimensional. I bought this when Loring offered it on special for 19.99, so can't really complain.

But when looking to enjoy a Pinot, you just don't want it tasting like a Turley Zin. I'm guessing its 25% of that varietal. Minimum.
  • Sakas commented:

    11/28/10, 12:11 PM - Actually it's maximum. By US law if a varietal is specified on the label the wine must must be comprised of at least 75% the specified varietal. I'm not sure if there are more strict regulations if a vineyard is specified.

    Also, more commonly Syrah is blended with Pinot Noir than Zinfandel, but I completely get your point,

Red
2005 Château Teyssier St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
10/17/2010 - Capt M wrote:
82 points
Not very exciting. Not elegant or prominent in any direction. Seems to me like this bottle was heat damaged, or in any case, the wine is passed its peak.
  • Sakas commented:

    10/21/10, 2:44 PM - how was this bottle stored? Was there any decant? How was the cork?

    Thanks.

Red
2007 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
8/8/2010 - thalver wrote:
I tasted this to try to get a reading as to whether I want more. most of the bottle was consumed using horrible stemware at a byob. over time it opened up to reveal an expressive nose dominated by red and black fruits. tannins were rounded and sufficient to suggest at least mid-term clearing. good balance mediums finish. nice enough wine but young. try again in a couple/few years.
  • Sakas commented:

    8/8/10, 3:10 PM - will you be buying more? I am trying to make the same decision myself.

Red
2007 Robert Renzoni Vecchio Frate "old friar" California Lagrein
3/21/2010 - drphil Likes this wine:
88 points
Very enjoyable. Nose of oak and earth reminiscent of a wine cellar. Big time blueberry taste that mellowed to smoky black cherry.
  • Sakas commented:

    3/26/10, 8:31 PM - I have been waiting for someone to post notes on this! I am completely unfamiliar with this varietal. Hope you don't mind if I pick your brain a bit... did you decant? Any food pairing recommendations? What other varietal does this compare with?

    Thanks!

Red
2005 Chumeia Odyssean Central Coast Red Blend
3/14/2010 - la_bacchus wrote:
89 points
The wine is starting to throw off quite a bit of sediment. The tannins are falling out of the wine, but there is still quite a bit of fruit in the wine. This makes it a GREAT choice for spicy and hearty foods. We had with a Morroccan lamb.
  • Sakas commented:

    3/15/10, 2:47 PM - I will be decanting this to remove the sediment, but do you think it will benefit from air or is this ready to drink?

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