Tasting Notes for millerarner

(798 notes on 668 wines)

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Red
11/26/2021 - millerarner wrote:
93 points
Love Sbragia’s winemaking style. Shows finesse and interesting character. Not as hefty as so many Napa cabs, and I appreciate the restraint.
Red
11/26/2021 - millerarner wrote:
91 points
Not bad, but bigger isn’t always better, and certainly not worth the price. Opened and improved over time, but still too brawny right now.
Red
11/24/2021 - millerarner wrote:
91 points
Tannins fully resolved and has a smooth mouth feel. All the primary flavors/aromas have mellowed and settled in, which in generally what we prefer, but overall this was a but of a let down. Still decent and enjoyable of course, but there was an elevated acidity (again, usually something we don’t mind) that threw the balance off a bit. No major complaints, but sometimes you can tell it was just opened on the wrong night.
Red
11/2/2021 - millerarner Likes this wine:
94 points
Not your typical Pinot, but delicious. Bursting with red fruits. Bigger and not as earthy most Pinots. There’s decent acidity, but it can seem hidden by the ripeness and density. All I know is that it was working just fine, and went insanely well with a rich homemade cream of mushroom (made with fresh chanterelles and baby portobellos). Best pairing of the year.
Red
8/21/2021 - millerarner wrote:
93 points
A brute with finesse. We usually give stuff like this at least ten+ years in bottle, but were in the mood for a baby behemoth, and this certainly hit the spot. Plenty of grip, but fine grained, and as dominated by fruit as you’d expect. Had a hunch that this would go well with a rich fatty homemade cream of mushroom, and it turned out to be one of the best pairings in months.
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Red
8/14/2021 - millerarner wrote:
94 points
Beautifully balanced new world style CdP. Good QPR. Enticing nose. Good now, with the structure to last years.
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Red
7/28/2021 - millerarner wrote:
93 points
Quite nice. Held up well against a seared ribeye. In a good spot now, with several years still ahead of it.
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White
7/21/2021 - millerarner wrote:
92 points
Love the way these guys make wine. Always interesting, never been disappointed.
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Red
7/21/2021 - millerarner wrote:
93 points
One of the better values from Sonoma. A winemaker's wine, more graceful than bombastic.
Red
7/21/2021 - millerarner wrote:
91 points
A big boy, with big ABV, big concentration, and big fruit at the fore. Drinks fairly well in its present state, with polished easy tannins and a dry lingering finish. Would be nice to see if it can develop more personality with added years in bottle, but not sure if it will hold up that long.
Red
6/5/2021 - millerarner Likes this wine:
92 points
Amazing how youthful this was. If I had more, I’d sit on it another 5-10 years.
Red
5/29/2021 - millerarner Likes this wine:
93 points
Maybe this was just the right bottle on the right night because everything about it was working well. We tend prefer our Pinots older, leaner and less fruit driven than this was, but no matter, it was straight up delicious. It was a bit one dimensional, yet very expressive on the nose and had great mouthfeel.
Red
5/16/2021 - millerarner wrote:
90 points
Still mostly fruit forward, and a little simple, but easy drinking.
Red
5/16/2021 - millerarner wrote:
93 points
Better than bottles of this consumed 5 & 6 years ago. Expressive nose, good balance, and interesting.
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Red
2008 21 Grams Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (view label images)
4/25/2021 - millerarner Likes this wine:
93 points
Holding up quite well, and surprisingly I believe it could still use some time to develop more secondary notes. That said, it’s presently lush & delicious with good structure. If this is able to gain further complexity in the coming years it could be a masterpiece.
Red
4/4/2021 - millerarner wrote:
94 points
Love this stuff.
Red
4/3/2021 - millerarner wrote:
94 points
Great nose, balance, and personality. Greatly improved from three years ago.
Red
2006 Betz Family Clos de Betz Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/26/2021 - millerarner wrote:
93 points
Still holding up, and better than it was 6 years ago. Tannins now fully resolved, so the slightly elevated acid must be what’s keeping it together, and also making it quite food friendly at this point. You’ll want to drink much of this on its own, however, because the nose is showing great expression and complexity.
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Red
3/13/2021 - millerarner wrote:
94 points
Yum, yum, yum. Great representation of Tempranillo from one of our favorite producers. Clearly American made, and will never be mistaken for Rioja or Ribera Del Douro, but that’s okay. Booker always seems to make big wines that still have finesse and personality. No specific notes, other than to say it’s good stuff.
Red
3/13/2021 - millerarner wrote:
94 points
For those of us who love to nose their wine, it’s always a fun ride drinking a bottle of Cayuse. Lots of meaty savory notes intermingle with spicy peppers & baking spices. Not much of the famous funk, and any fruit is secondary for sure, even more so on the palate. Well structured and nicely integrated at this point, with a fair amount of bricking. I’d say these are about halfway into the prime drinking window.
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White
3/11/2021 - millerarner Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent. In a good spot. Nice balance.
Red
2/17/2021 - millerarner wrote:
This was the first one that seemed a bit past prime, but still good though.
Red
2/6/2021 - millerarner Likes this wine:
94 points
Really good. Perfect cheeseburger pairing. Wonderfully juicy without being jammy. Balanced and vibrant for such a big wine. Yum.
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Red
1/30/2021 - millerarner wrote:
94 points
Just finished the last of 16 bottles we’ve been enthusiastically enjoying over the past several years. It’s kind of like saying goodbye to an old friend we’ll never see again. Really great journey with this stuff. Just wish we’d had the discipline to make it last longer.
Red
1/25/2021 - millerarner Likes this wine:
93 points
A little bit hot, but otherwise excellent. Still on the young side.
Red
1/14/2021 - millerarner Likes this wine:
93 points
Tasty savory Syrah that’s still quite early in the drinking window. Nice acidity with a fair amount of grip right now. This will be stellar in 5+ years.
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Red
1/9/2021 - millerarner wrote:
94 points
This bottle was in a good spot. Aerated into decanter one hour prior to drinking. Tannins were fully resolved, leaving a rich velvety texture. In general, we find most Bookers have a signature smoothness without losing balance, a rarity for big extracted wines. The tartness and extra pinch of acid imparted by the Tempranillo (notated as a negative by others) is a plus as far as we’re concerned, making it more food friendly and less fatiguing.
Red
2012 K Vintners Guido Walla Walla Valley Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
1/1/2021 - millerarner Likes this wine:
93 points
Quite surprised in a good way. Paired very well with an Italian Sunday Gravy, poured over baked ziti. Based on who the producer is, we were expecting something big, concentrated & fruit driven, but this was light & vibrant, with a lively balanced acidity. Not as tart as a decent Chianti, but pays homage to old world Sangiovese, while maintaining a new world sensibility. If it had a bit more complexity, would score even higher.
Red
12/18/2020 - millerarner Likes this wine:
93 points
Certainly in a good place right now (as other recent notes have mentioned), but still plenty of structure to go years longer. The last little bit in the decanter (at the 4 hour mark) was showing better than the first pour at 30 minutes in).
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Red
2012 Paloma Merlot Spring Mountain District (view label images)
12/7/2020 - millerarner wrote:
94 points
Keeps getting better. Filtering out the gelatinous sediment is a minor inconvenience for such an expressive wine.
Red
2012 Linne Calodo Nemesis Paso Robles Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
12/5/2020 - millerarner Likes this wine:
94 points
In a good place right now with plenty of life left. Black cherry, dark chocolate, and a bit of Sharpie. Not much savory considering the Syrah. Big, but not overbearing, although it needs ample airtime to blow off its alcoholic heat. Good stuff.
Red
11/21/2020 - millerarner wrote:
94 points
Complex. Balanced. Interesting.
Red
10/25/2020 - millerarner wrote:
93 points
Not quite as enticing as a bottle of this we had in early 2019. Still polished & enjoyable though, just not as expressive (particularly on the nose).
Red
10/18/2020 - millerarner wrote:
93 points
In general, my palate has been moving away from this style of winemaking. What little tannins this may have had are mostly gone. Also not surprising that it's on the flabby side of what I consider good balance. That said, it's still very pleasurable to drink when in the mood, and there's a nice purity of fruit. Feels less manipulated than more recent vintages of Caymus.
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Red
9/19/2020 - millerarner wrote:
90 points
Deacanted & consumed over the next five hours. It never quite opened up or settled down enough to where the alcohol wasn’t predominant. Clearly has good fruit & the components of a good wine are there . . . Just a bit unbalanced.
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Red
9/12/2020 - millerarner wrote:
93 points
I agree with others that this is quite approachable now, but it still shows better after 3+ hours in decanter. Also believe it will improve with a few more years in bottle, even if not suited for long-term aging.
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Red
9/2/2020 - millerarner wrote:
93 points
Really good right now. Wish we would’ve waited this long on the other bottles.
Red
8/30/2020 - millerarner wrote:
94 points
Delicious. Aging wonderfully, still youthful, and lots of time left. Superb pairing with grilled burgers.
Red
8/24/2020 - millerarner wrote:
Don’t wait much longer on these. 91.
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Red
8/18/2020 - millerarner wrote:
94 points
Quite elegant and developed, considering the age.
Red
8/3/2020 - millerarner Likes this wine:
92 points
Rich & opaque, but maintains balance. Approachable now (for such a big wine), but also has years of life ahead. Delicious.
Red
7/20/2020 - millerarner wrote:
94 points
The nose was somewhat reticent, and it wanted for a little more complexity, but an ultra plush mouthfeel, that maintained good structure, was nice compensation for those nit picks.
Red
7/18/2020 - millerarner wrote:
93 points
Purchased at winery upon release & stored at the right conditions . . .
Currently showing well, and still on the way. Everything is harmonious, and as is usually the case with OR Pinot, it was quite food friendly (in this instance paired beautifully with coal fired pizza). 2013 was an underrated vintage, and I wish we had more.
Red
7/13/2020 - millerarner wrote:
93 points
Quite balanced and food friendly. Need to find more.
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Red
7/4/2020 - millerarner wrote:
92 points
Takes a long time to open, most likely due to the Tempranillo. Even after aeration into a decanter, it was still evolving and softening hours later.
Red
6/29/2020 - millerarner Likes this wine:
94 points
Into decanter for 30 minutes, then 30 more in glass before starting. Consumed over 3 hours afterward. Fair amount of sediment in the bottle. Started off with lots of smokey char, earth, and old leather on the nose, and from there just kept on changing and evolved into something completely different by the end. Well balanced palate with super polished tannins, but still enough to provide backbone. Enjoyable and plenty interesting.
Red
6/16/2020 - millerarner Likes this wine:
92 points
Aged quite gracefully. Still had plenty of time left.
Red
2012 Paloma Merlot Spring Mountain District (view label images)
6/10/2020 - millerarner wrote:
Still showing young. Will sit on the remaining bottles for awhile, or be mindful to decant a couple hours in advance of consumption. Always delightful to drink, though.
Red
6/6/2020 - millerarner wrote:
92 points
Better than it was six months ago.
Red
6/3/2020 - millerarner wrote:
92 points
Reticent at first, so give it time to open. Once it does, well balanced and interesting.
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