Tasting Notes for smphelps

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Red
10/1/2019 - smphelps wrote:
88 points
Dark crimson/maroon. Young, plenty of vanilla, tannins not yet integrated, long with cherry and blueberry.
Red
9/23/2019 - smphelps wrote:
93 points
Deep garnet/purple. Rich with big dark fruit flavors bluebery and blackberry, light touches of caramel and saline. Long.
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Red
9/21/2019 - smphelps wrote:
92 points
Excellent. Deep crimson, rich red fruit aroma, bold but deftly weighted. Nice acidity balances the big fruit.
Red
9/20/2019 - smphelps wrote:
90 points
Garnet. Smooth easy to drink merlot dominated offering that shows cherry, coffee, chocolate, and blueberry. Long, nice weight.
White
9/19/2019 - smphelps wrote:
89 points
Light gold. Challenged aromatically, but a nice mineral peach slightly oily in the mouth but nonetheless crisp on the finish. Not shy in the glass, nothwithstanding the reserved nose.
Red
9/18/2019 - smphelps wrote:
89 points
Dark cherry red. Nice weight, medium length, cola cherry flavors. Fair value.
Red
9/17/2019 - smphelps wrote:
88 points
Seemed a little tired to me. Prunes, raisins, with some woodiness underneath. Not nearly as refined as other Auberts I've had.
Red
9/5/2019 - smphelps wrote:
90 points
Adding weight with time in the cellar. Lighter hazy ruby purple. Taut, with tart cherry and nice spices.
Red
8/30/2019 - smphelps wrote:
87 points
Fruity, and somewhat vanilla sweet. Fair value.
Red
9/4/2019 - smphelps wrote:
90 points
Very dark maroon. Interesting with the significant use of Tannat resulting in a weighty fruit driven wine showing mostly blueberry and blackberry with scents of baking bread.
Red
9/4/2019 - smphelps wrote:
91 points
Gaining a little weight after a year and filling out. Nice presence, still a lighter color, clear crimson, showing cherry, spice, hints of strawberry, light plum.
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White
2016 Booker Vineyard White Paso Robles White Rhone Blend (view label images)
9/3/2019 - smphelps wrote:
93 points
Really interesting and odd, with lemon zest, orange, and spice. The Roussanne gives a lot of weight and oiliness, while the viognier lifts and perfumes. Pretty cool wine, but not at all normal.
Red
9/3/2019 - smphelps wrote:
87 points
really pretty average, though I had high hopes for this. A little flat, a little too earthy and muddy.
Red
8/27/2019 - smphelps wrote:
89 points
Slightly past peak with a certain softness. Elegant, with plums and blueberry. Opens in the first 30 minutes.
Rosé
8/27/2019 - smphelps wrote:
88 points
Pale orange perhaps showing signs of age or oxidation. Reserved melon fruits with hints of savoriness. Would have preferred a bit more freshness, which may have been present in the past.
White
8/24/2019 - smphelps wrote:
90 points
Good but not great, with some spice and complexity. Certainly very fine in the mouth--pure and long. Just not at all interesting, I think, which one would expect at this price.
Red
8/24/2019 - smphelps wrote:
88 points
Pretty rough on the palate, with sharp acids and and some real angular flavors. Kind of a bummer given that some of these we've had have been totally stellar. In general, mencia confuses me; seems to be a very up and down grape, with lots of volatility regardless of the price point.
Red
8/24/2019 - smphelps wrote:
95 points
kind of mystifying. To me this take like a synthesis of hermitage and burgundy, with fine elegance but deed, salty and meaty notes. Really odd and totally delicious.
Red
8/24/2019 - smphelps wrote:
94 points
pretty delicious, with a real greenness that is uncommon in cali pinots--and frankly hard to make palatable. Lots of complexity and refinement here, however.
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Red
8/24/2019 - smphelps wrote:
91 points
at 35$, this is a great qpr. elegant and little earthy, with good red fruit and poise.
Red
8/14/2019 - smphelps wrote:
88 points
Maroon. Ripe. Needs time to come together. Tannins too rough at present. Rich red berries and brambles.
White
8/12/2019 - smphelps wrote:
89 points
Faint light gold. Odd slightly off-putting sulfur like aromas at opening that seem to dissipate with air. Firm unripe peach, tart lime citrus, with nice brightness.
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Rosé
2016 FitVine Rosé California Rosé Blend (view label images)
8/11/2019 - smphelps wrote:
84 points
Probably over the hill. Odd green tint to a soft pink. Light rose scents, raspberry, less crisp that preferred.
Red
8/10/2019 - smphelps wrote:
93 points
Deep garnet. Bold aromas of ripe plum, black cherry, latte. Full, long, bold but silky. Contemplative wine, good with food but also good by itself.
Rosé
8/8/2019 - smphelps wrote:
86 points
Darker salmon coler. Watermelon nose with some herbaceous qualities that were slightly off putting. Watermelon, cherry, green leaf. Meaty, not tart.
White
8/7/2019 - smphelps wrote:
85 points
Pale greenish off white. Slightly oily nose shows green apple and orange zest. More weight than expected, probably better young, but acceptable value.
Red
8/5/2019 - smphelps wrote:
91 points
Ruby. Spice cherry nose with a touch of a saline quality. Nice weight, good length, cherry, salt, cola, and clove.
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Rosé
8/3/2019 - smphelps wrote:
86 points
Dark blood salmon color. Weighty for rose' with limited crispness, more tannin, and darker flavors, very ripe strawberry, cherry and the like. Less of a summer sipper than most.
Red
8/2/2019 - smphelps wrote:
90 points
Nice value. Dark ruby, spice, moss, black cherry fragrances. Nicely weighted, more elegant than appearance would suggest.
White
7/18/2019 - smphelps wrote:
87 points
Let this get way from me a little bit. Now a darker tanish gold, with a slightly oxidized nose that otherwise shows pineapple and ripe pear. Slightly sweet, a little nutty to go with the pineapple in the mouth. Better 2-5 years ago.
White
7/16/2019 - smphelps wrote:
88 points
Light and delicate, very pale gold. Reserved creamy nose. Soft, not acidic, light minerals, more lemon cream.
White
7/14/2019 - smphelps wrote:
88 points
Bright fresh citrus and minerals. Off white, reserved nose. Pleasant summer afternoon wine.
White
7/12/2019 - smphelps wrote:
88 points
Pleasant wine, predominately Roussanne, a touch weighty, with orange peel and peach. Floral.
Red
7/11/2019 - smphelps wrote:
91 points
Very pretty clear ruby. Full flavored rustic pinot with mint, menthol, cedar, mixed with black cherry and blueberry. Nicely weighted, silky. From the list, Spiaggia, Chicago.
White
7/10/2019 - smphelps wrote:
88 points
Light off white, fresh and fruity. Reasonable price, very consistent year to year, available everywhere.
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White
7/6/2019 - smphelps wrote:
89 points
Light gold. Reserved nose of light apple and pear. Bright, not weighty, with a nice sense of crispness.
Red
7/4/2019 - smphelps wrote:
93 points
Still going strong. Big pinot, but delicate balance and perfect weight make it elegant, not heavy. Dark black cherry, blueberry, light mocha. Long.
Red
2014 Lewis Cellars Alec's Blend Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
7/2/2019 - smphelps wrote:
91 points
Big and rustic with dark berries, caramel, and pepper. Dark in the glass. Surprisingly ready with round soft tannins. Needs food or would be palate tiring.
White
6/24/2019 - smphelps wrote:
89 points
Off white with greenish hints. Crisp and firm, showing lime and grapefruit in herbal mineral water.
White - Sparkling
6/23/2019 - smphelps wrote:
93 points
Very light straw. Elegant, refined, bone dry, light and refreshing.
Red
6/21/2019 - smphelps wrote:
90 points
Light and very refreshing, very aromatic.
Red
6/21/2019 - smphelps wrote:
88 points
Nice pretty ruby, 13% alcohol, firm and slightly tart. Plenty of minerals to go along with bing cherry.
White - Sparkling
6/20/2019 - smphelps wrote:
88 points
Light pale yellow with yeast toast aromas mingled with lemon and green apple. Nice value. Firm in the mouth, refreshing, well suited for mornings or aperitif.
White
6/19/2019 - smphelps wrote:
91 points
Firmly structured, on the lighter side. Light off white. Light lemons, saline, hints of fresh herbs. Elegant.
Red
6/18/2019 - smphelps wrote:
87 points
Lighter style with cherry and clove. Light in structure.
White
6/18/2019 - smphelps wrote:
88 points
Light off white. Floral fragrant, minerals, light acidic fruits.
Red
6/7/2019 - smphelps wrote:
90 points
Black cherry color. Pleasing fruit driven nose nicely balanced with brisk crispness. Relatively long.
Red
6/5/2019 - smphelps wrote:
91 points
Dark black cherry red. Warm, slow to open, big wine although the high alcohol is well covered. Fruit driven, slightly sweet, reserved tannins.
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White
6/3/2019 - smphelps wrote:
87 points
Very consistent, fair price, grapefruit dominated. Little vintage variation.
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White
6/2/2019 - smphelps wrote:
92 points
Light off white. Light lemon drizzle with pie crust. Very well balanced, clean finish. Well done.
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