Tasting Notes for Pipcelot

(173 notes on 161 wines)

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Red
3/7/2019 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
92 points
Classic and mature Burgundy with good acid and non-jammy strawberry, cranberry and raspberry features. Paired well with camembert and cranberry appetizers; neither the food nor the wine either overpowered or conflated with the other. Deceptively light. The wine has backbone.
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Red
3/6/2019 - Pipcelot wrote:
89 points
Good structure, little fruit. Nothing memorable.
Red
8/10/2018 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
96 points
Last bottle. As good as it gets.
Red
5/19/2018 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
91 points
A terrific, complex wine that has matured beautifully. Powerful red and black fruit: licorice, barbecue sauce, rosemary, with still lots of tannins. Will last and may improve further over the next 5-10 years (said the guy who just drank his last bottle). If I didn't know better, I'd swear this was bottled about 5 years ago instead of 12. I don't recall how much I paid per bottle about 10 years ago, but it was probably about $20. A steal.
Red
5/16/2018 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
92 points
My favorite Filice vintage from among the 13’s, 14’s and 15’s that I’ve all enjoyed. More old vines style than the William Talty vineyard, less so than the newly-introduced (spectacular) 2015 Ponzo vineyard. Delicious, complex, and versatile alone or with food.
White
5/16/2018 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
91 points
Stunned that this was so Burgundian good and complex after all this time. Solid fruit remains. Drinking in a big ass Burgundy glass is a must.
Red
5/3/2018 - Pipcelot wrote:
89 points
Big-time bottle variations. This is my last bottle and thankfully the best of the lot (I had given up expecting anything pleasant). More fruit and structure than previous bottles but still lacking anything to make it particularly memorable. Docking it a point for not making a better showing in a great vintage.
Red
11/21/2017 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
90 points
Still very tasty with solid fruit and structure. OTOH, relatively one-dimensional and age does not seem to have added complexity (unlike their ever-reliable flagship Sangiacomo). I say drink up.
Red
11/21/2017 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
94 points
Not everyone's kind of Zin, but my kind of Zin: highly acidic, as in "rip your lips off" acidic, with red and black fruit and Old Viney root-ey complexity, which pairs great with tomato sauce, flavorful meat, etc. And not at all over-extracted (I don't understand at all another reviewer's description of this wine as "too sweet"). In a blind tasting, I would probably misidentify it as a very good Italian Brunello, which at least helps me rationalize the high price of good Zinfandels these days.
Red
2010 Denner Mother of Exiles Paso Robles Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/21/2017 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
93 points
Delicious red cherry tobacco balanced meritage. Drinking beautifully right now and may still be improving.
Red
11/14/2017 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
91 points
A lot to like here: pleasing red fruit and acid, complexity on the mid-palate and finish. And, yet, something small keeping it slightly boxed in, keeping it from reaching the next level. I think it might still get there with time. It’s showing no signs of wear and tear. I suggest revisiting in 3-4 years.
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White
10/4/2017 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
97 points
I love this wine and I love Love LOVE its price point in the low 30s. Hands down the best (only?) value I found during last month's trip to Sonoma. Classic Burgundian earthy acid nose balanced with lemon. On the palate, it's predominantly lemon citrus with hay, grass, and green olive all lending support. Perfect acidic balance, and it lasts pleasantly long on the palate. I give it a 95 standing on its own merits, bumped up a point or two for its great value. I'm not sure why the wine's not receiving higher ratings here. Maybe folks are perceiving as too oaky if drunk out of a regular white wine glass? For that reason, I implore you all to drink the damned thing out of a BIG ASS BURGUNDY GLASS like it's meant to be drunk: the bigger the better!
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Red
9/27/2017 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
91 points
A typical, reliable, solid, well-structured Etude pinot. Well-balanced, good acidity, red and black fruit. Not as interesting or complex as some of the Sonoma pinots, and definitely more classically austere. But some pretty solid jungle juice, just the same.
Red
9/27/2017 - Pipcelot wrote:
91 points
Still very enjoyable, but aging has not added complexity and it now seems to be on the down slope. I recommend drinking now.
Red
9/27/2017 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
94 points
This exceptional wine has aged very well. Sweet red cherries on a bed of silk, with multi-layered notes of spiced complexity. Just delicious. I recommend drinking now.
Red
9/27/2017 - Pipcelot wrote:
88 points
I'm torn about my rating because it's a well-made, balanced wine; black fruit (a little too much for my tastes in pinot) but not over-extracted and it possesses good acidity. But briny component that reminds me of sea salt, or even celery salt. I just don't find this wine enjoyable to drink, so I'm giving it an 88 to remind myself of that later on.
Red
12/29/2016 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
94 points
Outstanding. Ripe, tart red cherries explode on the palate. A massive, delicious, acidic pinot. Delicious by itself or with a wide array of food.
Red
2008 Villa Cerna Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
12/29/2016 - Pipcelot Does not like this wine:
77 points
I don't know if it was ever palatable, but it sure is dead now.
Red
5/11/2014 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
92 points
Third time is the charm. Same flavors as previous reviews but congealing better with age.
Red
5/11/2014 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
92 points
Rhubarb, licorice, and black fruits on the palate. Very interesting, complex, and well balanced.
Red
12/20/2013 - Pipcelot wrote:
88 points
Not unpleasant but not particularly interesting. Also a little too sweet and over-extracted for my tastes. That manipulation factor almost knocks it down another point for me.
Red
12/20/2013 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
93 points
Second tasting of this wine with similar enthusiastic response. Has taken on a somewhat briny quality in the past year which added complexity but might not excite some. Burgundian nose. Big acid, big body.
Red
12/2/2013 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
92 points
Started out as a 90 and grew into a 92 over the next day. Big red and black fruit, and big tannins, from this Dry Creek producer. Delicious and reasonably priced at about 35 bones from the winery.
Red
12/2/2013 - Pipcelot Does not like this wine:
87 points
The acid outweighs the unremarkable black fruit on this one. May be past its prime.
Red
12/2/2013 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
93 points
Similar profile to my 6/25/13 review: big black fruits and a long finish but it takes a good three hours with decanting and aeration for the vegetable aromas to blow off. Highly recommend opening and decanting in the morning.
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Red
12/2/2013 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
89 points
A solid, if unremarkable, pinot and better than some other recent bottlings of the Talbott Sleepy Hollow. Cherries and strawberries predominate with little or no earthiness. Good structure and fair acidity. An 89+ wine.
Red
11/16/2013 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
90 points
An 89+ score jacked up to a ninety because I like the cherry/strawberry flavor profile and the fact that it is not too extracted. Root elements lend complexity. A nice one.
Red
11/16/2013 - Pipcelot Does not like this wine:
86 points
Disappointing especially after the nice bouquet: sour cherries, strawberry, cloves, cinnamon, barbecue sauce. Unfortunately, it was overly acidic even with food on the palate. I kept waiting for the fruit to open up, and it never came; not that night, not the next day, or the next. A WTSO flop.
Red
11/4/2013 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
91 points
A very tasty, fruit forward Zinfandel that pushes the envelope of over-extraction without crossing the line (how many other metaphors can I mix?). Cherries and other red fruit predominate with a touch of cocoa. Good acid. Fine as a sipping wine but paired very nicely with the eggplant parmigiana. As Zins go, this is a solid 91 for me.
Red
2005 Eagles Trace Latitude 38 Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/1/2013 - Pipcelot wrote:
90 points
Bordeaux-style blend with big, black fruit (blackberries, plums) and some cedar, graphite hints. Took several hours in the decanter to open but I am not sure that it would benefit much from further aging. Well made with good structure if lacking the "deliciousness" component for me.
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Red
10/20/2013 - Pipcelot wrote:
89 points
Big barbecue sauce, big fruit, big tannins. Needs several years in the bottle and then? Magic Eight Ball says "Not clear."
Red
10/20/2013 - Pipcelot wrote:
88 points
Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon combo. A little tannic but that might help add complexity over time. Very tasty, similar to Dutcher Crossing proprietary blend but not as drinkable right now. At 40 bones, a little overpriced. 88+
Red
10/20/2013 - Pipcelot wrote:
87 points
Peppery like a watery Zinfandel although not unpleasant. Like this winery's other efforts to fit square pegs into round holes, I give them credit for their Dr. Frankenstein efforts, but you have to wonder why they don't just stick to making Zin in Zin country. Overpriced at 35 bones.
White
10/20/2013 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
92 points
A real beauty. Tart but not overly sour fruit (Pink Lady apple, Meyer lemon). Full flavor with wonderful acidity to carry it through the palate. Went terrifically with the apple cinnamon goat cheese appetizer, and will hold up well with many different types of food. A beautiful example of Albarino and very reasonably priced from WTSO.
Red
10/20/2013 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
91 points
As advertised: a really big, sweet, high alcohol, fruity Grenache. It went very well with our pumpkin carrot carnitas soup. It would probably not go so well with, say, a sirloin steak. A very good wine; just know what you are getting into.
Red
10/20/2013 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
91 points
Very enjoyable, slight chance of pace for Sojourn. Beautiful cherry and strawberry nose. Full-bodied cherries, raspberries, cranberries, cola, and root components on the palate. Really good stuff.
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Red
10/20/2013 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
90 points
Agree with others' observations. Good red fruit with some old-vine elements adding complexity. Adequate acidity and big enough to pair with a burger.
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Red
10/20/2013 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
95 points
Just as fresh as when I first tasted this beauty six years ago, and with added complexity. The flavors just keep on coming: chocolate, tobacco, barbecue sauce, cherry, apricots, papaya, tropical fruits. It's like an everlasting gobstopper! I am a huge fan of this wine.
Red
9/3/2013 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
91 points
Needs mucho time to breathe. Day 1 was pleasant enough when aerated but fell flat on the mid-palate and lacked any real punch on attack. But when I had the rest two days later, it was vibrant, full of red fruit, and yet still well-balanced. It had the same general flavor profile but had really come into its own, going from an 89 to a 91-92 during that time.
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White
9/3/2013 - Pipcelot wrote:
84 points
Flimsy, typical and uninteresting flavor profile. Reasonably priced at 9 bones and drinkable on a desert island.
White
8/24/2013 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
91 points
Delicious. Tropical fruit blend that propels itself evenly through the palate. Slight hint of petroleum and medicine on the palate adds some nice complexity. Went very well with our sushi du jour. I would have preferred just a touch more acid to lend more intensity, but that's just a personal preference, not a knock. Great deal from WTSO.
White
8/24/2013 - Pipcelot wrote:
87 points
Meh. Typical fruits, nothing to get excited about, and seems on the down slope.
Red
8/24/2013 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
92 points
Mr. Owl, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop? I have had two bottles of this baby now, two years apart. I had the same impression and experience this time around as the first. It starts out at about an 89 even with aeration: tight and muted but well-balanced and relatively fruity so you might think that's the show. But wait. And wait. And wait. In three hours, the wine turns into a 92-94. After three days, it's still almost just as good: huge red fruit and, better yet, all of that structure you first noticed holds things together throughout the palate. A really, really nice pinot noir but it is vital that you give it lots of time to open up.
White
8/17/2013 - Pipcelot wrote:
91 points
Nice golden hue. A mature wine, not much on the nose, well balanced on the palate, but certainly not a fruit bomb. Lots of limestone. More like a Burgundy than a NoCal wine.
White
7/27/2013 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
91 points
An excellent example of Chablis: mangoes and papayas with a strong limestone acidic base. Very well balanced and went great with the spinach/kale/cheese appetizer. A great deal from WTSO.
Red
7/27/2013 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
91 points
Very enjoyable mix of big red and fruit. Went great with traditional Italian meat and cheese fare.
Red
7/27/2013 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
90 points
The Kan-gorilla is alive and well from CH if a bit heavy on the alcohol. Big black fruit, some anise, not overly acidic. Ready to be drunk now.
Rosé - Sparkling
7/12/2013 - Pipcelot wrote:
88 points
If strawberries are your thang, this is the bubbly for you. Kind of a one-note wonder in that regard. Pleasant but could use more acid. Would have like a longer finish. 88+ points.
Red
7/12/2013 - Pipcelot wrote:
89 points
Very pleasant wine from WTSO at a very good price for Amarone. Thing of it is, though...it tastes more like a simple Valpolicella than an Amarone. Not much, if any, of that nice characteristic raisin-ey quality of Amarone. And the alcohol level is a little manipulatively jacked up. And the acid is a little on the light side for me. That being said, it held up well over three days and did not disappoint with three tomato-sauce food dishes. It's a good wine, almost a 90 wine, but it gets rounded done a bit for the reasons noted above.
Red
7/12/2013 - Pipcelot Likes this wine:
92 points
A 90+ wine on its own jacked up to 92 points based on its comparison to other petite sirahs I have had. Big old bursting blueberry through and through. Not overly complicated. Just well balanced and fruity and acidic enough to hold its own with pasta and tomato sauce. A fun wine that I cannot imagine anyone would be disappointed drinking.
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