Tasting Notes for johnmpete

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2011 Robert Foley Claret Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/31/2019 - johnmpete wrote:
92 points
Perfect to drink now
Red
3/2/2019 - johnmpete wrote:
93 points
Surprisingly ready to drink. The smooth tannins allow you to drink this rich, berry-filled wine now, but certainly will age eloquently over the next 5-8 years, perhaps longer if the '16 fruit holds up. Not too fruity or overpowering, it is still a rich wine in texture and color, almost Randy Lewiseque for those you who drink Lewis Cabs. I'm new to Anomoly but I am impressed with the drinkability and the various flavors that peek through at a young age.
Red
2/10/2019 - johnmpete wrote:
92 points
This is exceeding expectations. I purchased from the winery in 2017 and just opened the first bottle and it is vintage Red Mountain- full of tannins, deep in color and reasonably priced. I find it not earthy, and not fruity, similar to a Bordeaux style Cal cab without the price tag. The palate is still developing, but may tend toward currant and pepper when it finishes. A pleasant surprise. Parker rated a 92-94 on a barrel tasting, and again may be right - it is a solid 92 now and still improving.
Red
2014 Mark Ryan Long Haul Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/25/2018 - johnmpete wrote:
89 points
Overpriced. Continues to underperform at the price point. Flat.
Red
12/25/2018 - johnmpete wrote:
92 points
This is a really fun bottle for the holidays, and the quality of the wine is great, considering it was in a magnum and a '13. This was more about the holiday bottle with the bow than the wine, but everyone loved it. I would highly advise having one in the cellar for that special Christmas. I'm glad I have one left.
Red
11/26/2018 - johnmpete Likes this wine:
93 points
This is a tremendously blended wine with very little zin fruit flavor. It has tannins now and they will mellow over the next 5-7 years. My experience with Peter's wines is that they hold up long after others of similar grape quality have peaked. I am confident he put a little extra time and energy into the 25th anniversary version, so I am sure to add to this over the years as I purchased several cases. This is NOT a Rombauer zin.. this is old school, and old vine. I think it is excellent.
Red
11/17/2018 - johnmpete wrote:
93 points
Continues to impress year after year. Ready now, better in a year.
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Red
11/17/2018 - johnmpete wrote:
92 points
Too young. Let it lay at least another 3 .
Red
9/21/2018 - johnmpete wrote:
95 points
Aaron Pott continues to amaze. Wow.
Red
2012 The Mascot Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/21/2018 - johnmpete Likes this wine:
92 points
smooth, ready to do. Drink now and it won't disappoint, but I am certain it won't hold up more than another year or two.
Red
8/11/2018 - johnmpete wrote:
92 points
Very solid for a wine at this price point. Needs at minimum an hour or two of air. If you have 4-6, even better. It will enhance the finish immeasurably. Much better since I let it lay an additional 4 years. I was not impressed at all in '14.
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Red
2008 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/8/2018 - johnmpete wrote:
Megan's first anniversary
Red
4/15/2018 - johnmpete Likes this wine:
94 points
After decanting, this wine drank less tannic, spicy, and with a long finish. It is a slow drink, and looks beautiful in the glass. The grapes are from Spring Mountain and are just a little less full-bodied than you might find from Howell or another appellation, which produces this exquisite bottle. Initially, I thought it needed a few more years, but after 30 minutes, it was ready, and will be great for some time to come. Really one of the nicer Napa bottles I have had in the last 12 months.
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Red
4/3/2018 - johnmpete wrote:
91 points
Young and smoky. Just opened a taster and it needs at least 24 months. Smoke is dissapating as it breathes. Excellent grapes. Beautiful clarity. Should improve a point or two but will never be outstanding.
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Red
3/31/2018 - johnmpete wrote:
92 points
Greet nose, makes you want to gulp it down, but the finish is disappointing. This wine is going to be good but not spectacular. Rude employees your inventory to a max of 6 bottles. It won’t improve, but still a very good wine.
Red
3/30/2018 - johnmpete wrote:
96 points
An incredible blend, not fruity, not earthy. Drinkable now and 10 years from now. This is something special. Can’t wait to open a bottle of the Gran Vin in a few years.
Red
2014 Mark Ryan Long Haul Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/18/2018 - johnmpete wrote:
89 points
Really needed air, and somewhat tannic still as many of the Washington state blends can be after a short period of aging. This wine will improve with age, but only slightly, perhaps one or two points. It could garner a higher score from most I imagine, but I remember tasting this vintage at the winery and it seemed more impressive then. The grapes are good but unremarkable and the heavy percentage of merlot tells me to drink soon, it is taking up space.
Red
2012 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/3/2018 - johnmpete wrote:
Drank with my friend Shari and she was appalled at the price. Typical of dilettantes, they always want the fruit. An excellent Bordeaux style wine.
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Red
1/13/2018 - johnmpete wrote:
93 points
A wonderful, full-bodied cab, but still too tannic for me. 24 more months and plenty of air. It is close.
Red
1/13/2018 - johnmpete wrote:
What is the deal with this wine? Unbelievable grapes, tremendous winemaking, and still too tannic to drink. I am going to run out of samplers before I get to the big one. Give it at least 3 more years. Stay patient. I've wasted way too much... 91 tops at the moment.
Red
12/15/2017 - johnmpete wrote:
98 points
Such a great drinker. Ready now and for another 3-5. Decant 4-8 hours.
Red
11/25/2017 - johnmpete wrote:
95 points
fantastic, incredibly dry, a true value. Earthy and intense, with excellent opaque clarity.
Red
11/23/2017 - johnmpete wrote:
94 points
A really great pre-turkey win.
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Red
11/23/2017 - johnmpete wrote:
94 points
Thanksgiving 2017
Red
11/19/2017 - johnmpete wrote:
93 points
This wine really pops, but needs another few years. Not overbearing on fruit as sometimes I find Lewis Cab to be, this one will finish up well in a few short years.
Red
9/2/2017 - johnmpete wrote:
92 points
In my opinion, Peter Franus continues to be one of the very few winemakers in Napa to provide such value. I often reach for his wine ahead of others twice the price. I will never forget the 97's I had- his Napa Valley cab, along with Whitehall reserve, was one of the only ones to hold up years later. This wine is ready now, and for at least 5 more if cellared properly It is not heavy on fruit, but has a hint of it. The bouquet is perfect, and currently does not need to be decanted.
Red
5/19/2017 - johnmpete wrote:
91 points
This wine, although not on par with the old "Q" vineyard they produced, is an Oregon style pinot with a good bite. I think it probably is rated a little lower than it should be because others are expecting a good old fashioned fruity Cal pinot- and are disappointed by what they find. I would compare it to some of the quality mid range wines of an Archery Summit or an Argyle- quality grapes, quality winemaking, and packaged for 3-5 year cellaring.
Red
5/19/2017 - johnmpete wrote:
90 points
Better than I expected, frankly. This wine was not good young, so I have been drinking is sporadically. It appears I should have held on to it longer because it is finally a decent bottle. Still more tannic than you would expect with less aroma and flavors than a wine of its caliber should have, but respectable, given the year. Overall, however, just another disappointing 2011 from Napa.
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Red
4/16/2017 - johnmpete wrote:
93 points
I consider Peter Franus the best value in Napa. He continues to make terrific wines. His '97 Napa Cab was one of the best 97's I had in my cellar and his 2013's don't disappoint. Don't be afraid to cellar for the distance, his wine always holds up. This is classic Bordeaux style red wine. I paired with some Bow Tie Pasta in marinara and it was perfect.
Red
4/16/2017 - johnmpete wrote:
92 points
Surprisingly good considering the relatively low price point. Drinking well now, pop a bottle if you have any. Give it 30 minutes of air, though.
Red
3/19/2016 - johnmpete wrote:
93 points
I'm not sure this has even peaked. Unbelievably surprised at the complexity and the dryness, and a great nose for a Barolo.
Red
3/19/2016 - johnmpete wrote:
89 points
typical 2011 vintage. No finish, no tannins.
Red
3/17/2016 - johnmpete wrote:
89 points
A quality winemaker, but yet another 2011 that was picked too soon. Bland, no finish, but a fine drinker. Drink now
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Red
1/31/2016 - johnmpete wrote:
89 points
Thin and with little finish. I'm surprised how poorly this wine is doing. Drink now, and call it a day on this 2011 (like many 2011's)
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Red
1/31/2016 - johnmpete wrote:
96 points
This wine is perfect right now. Rich and thick, it it is no doubt at its peak.
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Red
11/26/2015 - johnmpete wrote:
92 points
Another few years would be fine.
Red
2011 Robert Foley Claret Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/13/2015 - johnmpete wrote:
93 points
This wine needs another 24 months. Grapes are of good quality for a 2011, not ready until at least 2017
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2005 Château Lucia St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/24/2015 - johnmpete wrote:
88 points
A distinct berry taste. If not for the dryness, it could be confused with a different grape.
Red
2011 Château du Tertre Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/23/2015 - johnmpete wrote:
91 points
What a pleasant surprise of dry earthiness. Ready to drink from a split, but also will keep 2-4 yrs if cellared well. Probably good for 7-10 in a 750ml.
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Red
8/23/2015 - johnmpete wrote:
92 points
Good, not great. I love it at $75, but certainly not a $150 wine. A commercial taste to it, like a Beringer.
Red
1999 Petite Plince Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/23/2015 - johnmpete wrote:
90 points
Opened up nicely after an hour. Past its prime but still a fun one. Well worth collaring.
Red
8/23/2015 - johnmpete wrote:
93 points
A very pleasant surprise. Still well in its prime.
Red
8/9/2015 - johnmpete wrote:
94 points
Nowhere near ready. Very tannic. Needs at least 3 more years. Much higher quality than anticipated.
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Red
3/29/2013 - johnmpete Likes this wine:
92 points
This wine drinks like a 94 rated, but just has relatively little finish. It aged about as well as could be expected. We served at a 50th birthday party, so everyone was thrilled to have a really great drinker. I would say it is fairly valued at about $75/ bottle, certainly no more than that.
Red
3/25/2012 - johnmpete wrote:
94 points
I can't tell you how much I enjoy this wine. Consistently, dollar for dollar, one of the best wines from down under. Ruby in color, with the dark, rich taste of berry, full and rosey. Give it 10 minutes and drink it now, or give it 5 years and drink it later. Torbreck is a winner all the way around.
Red
3/13/2012 - johnmpete wrote:
93 points
Wow, this is a keeper. Great color, purply in nature, similar to a Charbono, with a thick, chewy taste. It needs time to settle, but this wine is much bigger than its price. You will be impressed. I may have underrated it at a 93.
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Red
3/11/2007 - johnmpete wrote:
89 points
A fine wine, but it just doesn't stand out in a crowd. Tasty, but not full. I think overpriced, and to some degree, overrated.
Red
1/1/2007 - johnmpete wrote:
The cork was sealed tightly on the neck of the bottle, but the center pulled out, even though the cork appeared not to be defective. The wine itself was undrinkable. Any resemblance to wine had long since disappeared. The color was noticeably brown; the taste similar to what you may experience at an Easter egg dyeing contest. No one expected this bottle to be good, but we certainly thought it would be drinkable.
Red
1/1/2007 - johnmpete wrote:
83 points
Wine was past prime, but still adequate. The nose was similar to wht you'd expect in a good Brunello, but the grapes couldn't hold up to the nose. Even at its best, this probably never rated higher than 85 or 86...
Red
2003 Robert Foley Claret Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/25/2006 - johnmpete wrote:
98 points
So good you want to drink now, huge finish, unbelievable. The finest blend I've had from California in the last 10 years. Underrated at anything below a 97 rating. Your tongue will tingle from this fabulous wine.
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