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Red
2018 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
6/7/2021 - EMark wrote:
Dark fruit nose typical of a CS-heavy blend. Surprisingly gentle hit of dark berry--blackberry, blueberry--on the tip of the tongue. The Syrah content seems to stifle some other cabernet dimensions that I might normally see. On introduction there is a silky mouthfeel. However, as the wine moves to the rear tongue and the throat, tannin and acid are detected. A full-bodied wine that will benefit greatly from several more years of aging.
  • EMark commented:

    6/8/21, 3:37 PM - Somehow I posted that this wine was flawed. I know there is a check box in the "Add a Tasting Note" routine to specify so. I did not intentionally do that. Maybe I need instruction on how to use a computer.

Red
2018 William & Mary Cabernet Sauvignon Shifflett Ranch Oak Knoll District
9/17/2020 - River Rat wrote:
Quick morning taste with Will at Rivers Marie. Wonderfully bright nose almost like you can smell the tartness of the acidity. Red currant, red licorice, spice, very polished, great depth, long finish. Expansive yet balanced palate with fairly ripe chalky tannins. Everything I loved about the 2014 at release but to the 3rd power. Will nailed this one, I could gulp this down in a heartbeat. Enjoy now but buy enough to age some. Beautifully done.
  • EMark commented:

    9/22/20, 11:37 AM - Well. I broke my vow to stop buying CS. If this wine outlives me, you can have it.

Red
2016 Provenance Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley
Nice mouth-filling wine. A lot of red fruit on the tip of the tongue, but not syrupy. Some sturdy tannin. For the price ($15) a pretty good everyday drinker--and, I have to say a very excellent cooking wine.
  • EMark commented:

    9/14/20, 1:07 PM - Costco. 2016 was an excellent vintage year for Napa Valley. So, there was little risk. Costco no longer has the '16, but I have been regularly picking up the '17 Provenance Merlot. '17 was consistently described as "difficult" in Napa Valley, but again, this wine is just terrific for the price.

Red
2014 Apsara Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Fairly fruity--interestingly more blackberry/blueberry than the cassis that I normally get. Some stoniness around the edges of the tongue. Sedate tannin, slightly more acid. Easy-to-drink wine at this stage. Very pleasant and lingering aftertaste.
  • EMark commented:

    8/9/20, 10:20 AM - That was the only one I had. FWIW, I had the "13 in January and I'm pretty sure it will be my 2020 WOTY. I do have another of those left, but will let it rest for a few more years. If Robin releases a '16, I will load up on those.

Red
2012 Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Chianti Rùfina Nipozzano Riserva Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
Very much a barnyard nose. On the tongue, typical, to me, lightly red-fruited, but, then, noticeable tartness. Medium bodied. Very drinkable, and, for $14, good QPR.
  • EMark commented:

    2/11/17, 12:03 PM - There is a lot of truth to the idea of matching wine from a given region with the food of that same region. That makes a lot of sense. My opinion, though, is that people make too much of food/wine pairings. My personal philosophy is to drink the wines I enjoy with the foods that I enjoy. I'm sure that comments like that will cause me to lose a lot of CT "cred."

Red
2010 Jemrose Grenache Foggy Knoll Bennett Valley
Fairly dark purple in the glass. Fruit/berry heavy on the nose. Really not over-the-top fruit on entry—some blackberry, some suggestion of lemon in the background. Certainly not fruity sweet. Sufficient acid to give it a good backbone. I’m not normally a “Grenache guy,” but I like this one.
  • EMark commented:

    9/15/16, 2:37 PM - I do not give much credence to drinking windows--especially, the ones on CT. Tannins are pretty sedate. So, no worries there. Acid content matched with what tannin there is makes me feel that more sideways years on this wine would be yield some benefit. However, I really don't have any credentials that support my prognostication. I see no downside to enjoying this wine right now. I have one more bottle. I am not going to rush to enjoy it, but I doubt that I will be keeping it for more than a couple years.

Red
2011 Cabot Vineyards Pinot Noir Nash Mill Anderson Valley
Red plum color—slightly darker than most trendy California PNs you see these days. Interesting fruit flavors on entry—some black cherry but more stone fruit, plum, I guess. Medium-bodied. Fruit is neutralized mid-palate with earthiness and acid. Acid is what really makes this an enjoyable wine.
  • EMark commented:

    5/26/16, 3:34 PM - I won't disagree with you. I had the '10 AV a few years ago, and my notes are consistent with your observation. I'm not much of a PN drinker, and I found both the Nash and the AV to be better than many and not as good as some.

White
2014 Ancillary Cellars Chardonnay Sangiacomo Vineyard Sonoma Coast
Very attractive gold color. Somewhat oaky bouquet that suggests vanilla. On introduction, there certainly is vanilla oak, but there is also a lot of fruit—Granny Smith apple as much as anything. So, while there is a significant amount of oak, there is, obviously, also plenty of acid that makes this a pleasant drinker. We’re having a slow-cooked Moroccan chicken dish for dinner, tonight, and this should match very well with the spices.
  • EMark commented:

    12/18/15, 9:13 PM - RR, Thanks for the note. I liked it, and it did match well with the Morrocan seasoned chicken, but I think I still like Ceritas better. ;-)

  • EMark commented:

    12/19/15, 3:06 PM - I can't argue with you on that. The other thing is the fact that Mrs. EMark likes it. That also makes it a winner.

Red
2012 Elementary Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Volume I Oakville
First look at a new wine. A California negotiant Cabernet from Robin Akhurst and Brian Schmaltz. Volume 1 comes from Oakville and that's all I knew coming in. Cool label and the bottle shape is unique. Very appeling visual package. The wax capsule was nearly rock hard and took some elbow grease to cut through.
Decanted in the AM, rebottled in the evening and brought to dinner at Walter Hansel Bistro. Had approx 15 hrs of air.
Nose was black currant, coffee grounds, tobacco and hint of graphite. The palate is more young than fruity with more black currant, black raspberry and some rustic minerality. No bell pepper but no overt ripeness either. Medium/full bodied, good intensity but still a bit wound up. Striking a nice balance between fruit and tannin. Reasonably priced for the overall experience.
  • EMark commented:

    11/18/14, 12:32 PM - Well, I bought some, today. I sure hope you get a commission.

White
2011 Ojai Chardonnay Puerta del Mar Vineyard Santa Barbara County
Fairly big melony/flowery nose. Quite crisp on the tongue. I can still get them melon and hints of lilac, but the dominant flavor is lemony tartness. This not a full-bodied Chardonnay that many crave. It is an easy-to-drink, refresher that can be enjoyed with or without accompanying solid food.
  • EMark commented:

    10/27/14, 3:32 PM - CellarTrackers -- I incorrectly posted the above review, and I can't see a way to purge it. I wasn't really even close. The wine I drank was the Ojai McGinly Sauvignon Blanc. I apologize for this mistake.

Red
2011 Halcon Vineyards Syrah Alturas Yorkville Highlands
9/18/2014 - EMark wrote:
I’ve heard of wines being in their “dumb stage” early in their bottled life, and I’m wondering if that’s what I have here. It doesn’t seem to have much verve or integration. This is a wine that does not blow me away with fruit. There are some hints of cherry, but mainly I get a mineral or stone flavors. Gripping tannin and some acid tartness. Actually, my kind of wine because I don’t feel like I’m drinking Kool-aid, or cough syrup. We will check back on this one next year.
  • EMark commented:

    9/19/14, 3:33 PM - Yeah, Rob, I jumped on board in 2010. And I signed up for some 2012, last month.

Red
2012 Apsara Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Kenefick Ranch Napa Valley
9/7/2014 - River Rat wrote:
I acquired a bottle of this pre-release from Robin asking for my thoughts on it. I opened it Friday night and it's now on day 3 with no preservation other than a cork. Dark fruit and tobacco dominate the nose along with some cedar. Rich, juicy and full bodied accented by judicious oak and tame tannins. The tobacco and cedar extend through the finish.

Remembered it showing some reduction back when I tasted it from barrel a few months ago. No such showing now, really nice effort.
  • EMark commented:

    9/15/14, 12:55 PM - Do I recognize the tile and beautiful grout in the picture? Ordered 2 bottles today.

Red
2008 Stolpman Syrah Originals Santa Ynez Valley
Woody, somewhat fruity—berries—nose. Whoa—practically, no fruit to speak of on introduction to the palate—almost a neutral sensation. Some tartness—reminiscent of plum—on the edges of the tongue, then something of a hit of tannin. Interestingly, most of the flavor of this on is way in the back of the palate. [After I wrote this, I read the reviews of other CellarTrackers. I guess I don't know anything about wine. Or there is something really different in the bottle I opened. I like this wine because I did not get the in-your-face-fruit-forward thing. Also, though, I am not sure there is much more aging potential here.]
  • EMark commented:

    9/1/14, 1:32 PM - Maybe.

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