Tasting Notes for millerarner

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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.
Red
2010 Keplinger Caldera El Dorado County Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre (view label images)
5/31/2020 - millerarner Likes this wine:
93 points
As other tasters have already noted, it’s a bit simple, and the fruit dominates, even at this age. Also a little less acidity than we tend to prefer . . . But all that said, it feels well balanced and is absolutely delicious. Paired well with grilled burgers, and was good on its own after.
Red
5/25/2020 - millerarner Likes this wine:
91 points
Not the elusive transcendent Pinot we’re always searching for, but rock solid, and well worth stocking up on as a reliable go to. Kind of splits the difference between the over extracted fruity ones and the leaner earthy ones.
Red
5/25/2020 - millerarner wrote:
90 points
Solid, serviceable, enjoyable, but plenty of better finds for the same price are out there. Flavors were more lively than the nose indicated.
Red
5/10/2020 - millerarner wrote:
90 points
Decanted & let rest for 30 min, then consumed over 2 hr. Might have just been the wrong night for this, as it seemed to underperform relative to a handful of other recent Pinots we’ve had. On the lean side & less ripe, neither of which is necessarily a knock, but it lacked personality. No flaws per se, and enjoyable enough, but no pizazz.
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Red
4/19/2020 - millerarner Likes this wine:
94 points
This was absolutely delicious. The new oak predominates, but it works. Amazing nose.
Red
4/13/2020 - millerarner Likes this wine:
92 points
Great for the price
Red
2014 Linne Calodo Problem Child Paso Robles Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
4/8/2020 - millerarner wrote:
92 points
Still on the upside. Same score as two years ago. Has all the traits that make LC wines so enjoyable. Only knock is the noticeable high alcohol.
Red
4/4/2020 - millerarner wrote:
92 points
Lighter style than typical RRV Pinot, but nicely put together.
Red
2012 Sheridan Vineyard L'Orage Yakima Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/30/2020 - millerarner wrote:
93 points
Had a glass via Coravin about a month ago, and was unable give it much time to breathe. It was decent, but rough around the edges, and compared poorly in a side by side versus a 2008 RWT we poured the same way (not a fair fight, for sure). Would’ve given it 90-91.
Last night we had the remainder of the bottle and it was much improved. More supple and aromatic than before.
Even though it uses inert gas, it seems the Coravin also imparts a micro-dose of oxygen, because in my experience once you extract a glass it speeds up the in-bottle aging process a good bit.
Red
3/22/2020 - millerarner wrote:
92 points
Well put together, with expressive aromatics and a vibrant juicy body. Plenty big enough to stand up to a grilled ribeye, but not overly extracted. Reasonable ABV, considering what many reds weigh in at these days.
Red
2010 Château Fontenil Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/15/2020 - millerarner wrote:
90 points
Good value.
Red
3/15/2020 - millerarner wrote:
92 points
Not your typical big juicy Grenache, which for me is not necessarily a bad thing. A leaner style, and the fruit has receded to the background, which allows for some earthy complexity to emerge. It’s in a good spot now, but definitely past peak, so drink within a couple years.
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Red
3/14/2020 - millerarner wrote:
95 points
What Pinot should be. This is just a seamless integration & expression of the specific vineyard, the vintage conditions, and the winemaker’s intentions. Evocative layered nose, with elegance on the palate. Would love to try one of these a year for the next five years.
Red
3/14/2020 - millerarner wrote:
94 points
Everything you want an aged wine to be. Worth the wait, and still much more life left.
Red
2/29/2020 - millerarner Likes this wine:
93 points
We opened this at just the right time, although it still has lots of life left. Earthy & leathery undertones seamlessly integrated with beautiful fruit & oak notes that now show restraint. Good structure, with the acidity, tannins & body all working well together. One of those bottles where each new pour gets better as it evolves, and where 750 ml just wasn’t quite enough.
Red
1/25/2020 - millerarner wrote:
91 points
In a good spot now. Early decanting helps it wake up. Dried cherry, charred meat and aged leather, all of which which pretty much translate to the palate, with the fruit by no means being dominant. Not very tannic, but plenty of presence. Nice medium plus acidity with an easy finish.
Red
2012 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/22/2020 - millerarner wrote:
93 points
Bigger and bolder than I expected. Delicious. Well constructed. Enticing nose.
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Red
1/13/2020 - millerarner wrote:
91 points
Reliably tasty, and delivers a lot for the price, if not as elegant or interesting as their single vineyard offerings.
Red
2011 Marilyn Remark GSP Monterey County Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
1/10/2020 - millerarner wrote:
91 points
Still going strong. With a purchase price of $28.00 at the winery, it’s a great value. Wish we’d bought more.
Red
1/10/2020 - millerarner wrote:
Had this in 2014, and again in 2017. In both those instances it seemed young and would benefit from more time. This third time it was well over the hill. Other recent tasters have noted that it still seems youthful, so perhaps was an off bottle.
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Red
12/22/2019 - millerarner Likes this wine:
88 points
Another solid value Pinot.
Red
12/18/2019 - millerarner wrote:
91 points
I thought it was enjoyable, if a bit closed on the nose compared to a bottle we had a year ago. Still some sweet oak and dark cherry notes, tho. Plenty of grip & weight. My wife, whose palate is generally better than mine, thought it was a bit awkward, and further past prime than I did.
Red
12/18/2019 - millerarner wrote:
87 points
Solid value. No complaints at all, considering the price.
Red
11/18/2019 - millerarner wrote:
89 points
Needs more time.
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Red
11/11/2019 - millerarner wrote:
92 points
Still in a great spot.
Red
11/11/2019 - millerarner wrote:
93 points
Well balanced for a powerful wine. Quite delicious. Wish I could find more.
Red
10/14/2019 - millerarner Likes this wine:
93 points
We tend to like Oregon Pinots, so this is big by comparison. In this case that's a good thing. Sill dominated by ripe cherries, but there are some beautiful secondaries too. Just lots of personality. Stood up well against bbq and didn't get overwhelmed at all (was actually quite compatible with both smoked turkey and pork ribs). If it get's a little too warm the alcohol starts to show, but otherwise no complaints.
Red
10/12/2019 - millerarner Likes this wine:
92 points
Tasty. Perhaps wanting a bit more complexity, but balanced and food friendly.
Red
9/30/2019 - millerarner Likes this wine:
93 points
From the list at Bern’s. Excellent pairing with all the cuts of seared dry-aged steak we were having. Seems to be at the front end of a long prime drinking window.
Red
2012 Paloma Merlot Spring Mountain District (view label images)
9/28/2019 - millerarner Likes this wine:
93 points
Once the gelatinous sediment is removed, and it gets sufficient time to open, a really tasty wine emerges. Not as concentrated & rich as other vintages of this, but that’s not a knock. Red cherry, black cherry, vanilla, and wood spice on the nose. In the mouth there’s good interplay between the tannin & acid, which fit well with the lighter body. I think structurally this has the ability to go years longer and evolve nicely along the way.
White
9/22/2019 - millerarner Likes this wine:
92 points
Expressive. Interesting. Balanced. Delicious.
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