Tasting Notes for gew71walsh

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Red
10/8/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
93 points
Decanted for two hours, drank over next hour. Paired with beef bourgignon. Dark in glass, blackberries and currants. This is balanced and elegant. Agree with others that this is still in its primary stages and very enjoyable, with a significant upside over the next five to ten years.
Red
10/4/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
90 points
Drank with prime rib dinner and this pairs nicely. Dark berries and plum. As stated by others and my earlier note of two years ago, this is a reasonable effort in a lesser vintage and is probably at or near the end of its drinking window.
Red
2011 Miner Family The Oracle Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/21/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
88 points
Agree with some earlier comments that this is an OK rendition of 2011, a less than stellar vintage. A little better on day 2 as some bitterness receded. Dark purplish color and fruit of the majority Merlot is noticeable. Probably not getting any better.
Red
9/21/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
91 points
Muted nose. Dark color. Dark berries and black cherries on palate. Did not open prior to consuming. This was not as vibrant as my younger or older Staglins-- my assumption being at this age it needs long decant or 3 to 5 more years in the cellar.
Red
2008 Peter Michael Les Pavots Knights Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/3/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
95 points
Drank for hurricane Dorian evening. Decanted for two hours (suggest decant since substantial sediment). This is beautifully integrated now and should last for a number of years. Berries and currants, with a touch of spice. Tannins are subdued. Medium finish.
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White
9/3/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
91 points
Citrus (grapefruit) and green apple on the nose and palate. Oak, if any, is minimal, and this is bright and crisp, rather than buttery. A nice summer wine.
Red
8/29/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
93 points
Agree with earlier notes-- this impressive for 2011 vintage. Drank days one and three. Day one, this was a little sweet with fruits (dark berries) forward. Day 3 this was fully integrated with secondary flavors. On both days, paired superbly with beef dishes. Can't wait to get to my later vintages.
Red
8/19/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
89 points
Drank over two days--better on second, so probably should have decant or more cellar time. This is more black cherries and dark fruits on nose and palate. More extracted than a lighter , Burgundian style. Goo d with food- pork Tenderloin in this case. Will wait on other bottles to see how it evolves.
Red
8/10/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
93 points
Hour decant. Paired with Rib Eyes. This is a great steak wine. As I have stated with a prior bottle, Tannins have mellowed, wine is balanced and moderately complex and a much better effort than the regular Caymus. The fruit is much better integrated. This should hold for another few years.
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White
8/10/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
88 points
Hints of lemon. A nice wine that went OK with hors d'ouevres. I like their other Chards a little better.
Red
8/9/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
93 points
Cherry red color: cherries and red berries on the palate. This is balanced and a great food wine. Elegant, rather than bold, which makes it a pleasant diversion from other Cal. Pinots. So far, my favorite KB terroir.
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Red
6/27/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
89 points
Dark in the glass. This was balanced. A nice wine of dark berries and plum. Tannins were subdued.
Red
6/21/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
93 points
More integrated than my first bottle five years ago. Deep color. Cherries and red berries. Some oak, but not overpowering as some have indicated. This appears at its prime with a few more years left.
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Red
6/14/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
92 points
Wonderful aroma upon opening. Dark color. Dark fruits and some spiciness on the palate. Lingering finish. Better on second day than first. Last of my bottles, but probably has a few years left.
Red
6/8/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
90 points
Deep purple in color. Dark fruits that dominate--balanced and integrated, with a little spiciness. Lingering aftertaste. A nice Cal. Syrah.
Red
6/6/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
89 points
Gave this about an hour in decanter and drank over two more. Dark burgundy in color. Not much on the nose. Dark fruit on the palate, that was muted. A little bitterness went away with the later glasses. This was balanced, but not overly complex. I have later vintages that I hope will be more intriguing.
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Red
5/27/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
91 points
Similar comments as six months ago. This has not changed. Originally wanted to wait another year to see evolution, but friends came over and I needed a good Cab.
White
5/25/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
91 points
Same comments as a couple of years ago. This has held up with lemon overtones. In balance, with great acidity. Best with food.
Red
5/25/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
87 points
Fruit has faded since my last note eighteen months ago. Still some hint of black cherries and spiciness. This should be consumed immediately before any more deterioration.
White
5/21/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
89 points
Nice, refreshing wine with some citrusy overtones. Not overly oaked with nice acidity.
Red
5/16/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
93 points
Beautiful color, muted nose of cherries. Significant cherries on palate. This is beautifully integrated at this point and has a long, lingering finish.
Red
5/15/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
86 points
Dark color in glass. Some plum and darker fruits on palate. A little heat on the finish. Nice wine, not great.
Red
5/15/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
92 points
Elegant wine of cherries and red berries on nose and palate. Balanced with reasonable acidity and medium finish. A good food wine that complemented a medium sauced chicken dish and champagne based carrots.
Red
5/8/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
88 points
Did not decant. Agree with others, this was rather thin and lacked substantial fruit. I have had many Staglin vintages and the 2011 does not compare. It is drinkable (and others to whom I served thought it good), but I had the comparison of the 2002, 2007 and 2010 in my mind.
Red
4/29/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
90 points
I have had other vintages of this wine that are superb. This is well made, full bodied and full of fruit. It, however, does not measure up to its other vintage relatives. Still a good wine, but suffers from the weakness o f the 2011 vintage.
Red
4/26/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
91 points
Dark berries with a peppery tinge. This is full bodied and balanced with a long finish. Some sediment at end, so take precautions.
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Red
4/23/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
86 points
Based on prior comments, don't know whether this is waning or result of bottle variation, because it was rather thin with the fruit rather muted. Seemed in balance, but no complexity. Drinkable, but not memorable.
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Red
2004 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/22/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
93 points
Dark, burgundy red in color. Nose of raspberries and other red berries. On the palate, fruits evident with mocha and leather. Smooth tannins that are almost silky. Finish is a light and delicate aftertaste. Very enjoyable with and without food.
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White
4/20/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
88 points
Fresh, with ample acidity. Citrus overtones with medium length. Paired well with shrimp.
Red
4/17/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
91 points
Ruby red color, tart cherries on nose and palate. Medium finish. Fruits not overpowering as some have indicated. Drank over three days- this was more mellow and integrated over time, which leads me to beilieve this still has a number of years left.
Red
3/18/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
91 points
Similar to last bottle a year ago. Cherries and red berries. This is balanced, pairs well and is just a very nice rendition of the Pinot grape. Probably no more evolution, but also no deterioration for another year or two.
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Red
3/16/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
93 points
Still drinking nicely as it was three years ago. This is in same place and will probably stay that way for a few more years. Tannins under control. Very balanced, medium complexity. Drank over three days and was consistent. A good food wine.
Red
2/20/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
96 points
Decanted for three hours. Deep, dark color. Plum and black cherry with a little spiciness. Chewy on the palate, with a long, lingering finish. Solaias are right in my wheelhouse and this one was no different. Love the wine.
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Red
2/17/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
87 points
Fruit is a little muted. Balanced, with mid level complexity. A nice wine, but not outstanding.
Red
2/14/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
90 points
Dark color, berries and plum on the nose, some of the same fruits and tobacco on the palate. Some chewiness in the glass. Tannins in control. This was drunk over two days, and had mellowed out overnight. Paired well with Beef Tenderloin.
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White
2/13/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
93 points
Citrus overtones on nose and palate. Lingers on the finish. Acidity is in check. This is a great food wine.
Red
2/2/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
91 points
Had at restaurant with Filet Mignons stuffed w/(1) crabmeat and (2) lobster. Decanted for an hour. Dark berries on nose and palate. Well balanced with integrated tannins. Nice wine with a meal. This is a nice blend that attempts to be more in the Bordeaux style.
Red
1/31/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
91 points
Bought three bottles as a birth year wine for first grandson. Decided to open one with his parents for my 70th birthday. Nose is somewhat muted, on the palate, the fruit (dark berries) is beginning to diminish and secondary flavors are coming to the forefront. Finish is medium/long. Next bottle in five years.
Red
1/1/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
85 points
Nice wine. Drank with Ham dinner. Little complexity. Short finish. Cherries and other red fruits.
White
1/1/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
89 points
Citrus with nice acidity. Lingered on the palate.
Red
1/1/2019 - gew71walsh wrote:
89 points
With New Years Day Ham. Burgundy red in color. Cherries predominate on nose and palate. Delicately balanced, with mid level complexity. A good wine with food.
Red
2015 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/24/2018 - gew71walsh wrote:
Will not give numerical rating. This Bottle was delivered overheated in Sept. and I was allowed to keep. Distributor replaced at no cost. Decided to give an early taste test. Dark red in color. Surprisingly approachable at early age. Did not seem to have significant detrimental effect from heat- although I suspect Could have had effect longer term. Nice red fruit on palate, tannins not overly strong-- could sense complexity of wine. Finish was long.
Red
12/20/2018 - gew71walsh wrote:
85 points
Bunnell wines are usually full bodied, but this is a weak rendition of a Malbec. A reasonable effort, but nothing special.
Red
12/20/2018 - gew71walsh wrote:
88 points
Deep purple in the glass, plum and other dark fruits. Not as much spiciness as in other syrah. Medium finish, although it is integrated and pairs adequately with a strip steak dinner.
Red
12/15/2018 - gew71walsh wrote:
89 points
Hobbs Cabernets are usually bolder than this. It is balanced ,but not as complex. Dark fruits are evident and tannins are integrated, but finish is short. I have to think this is the result of the less than stellar 2011 vintage.
Red
12/13/2018 - gew71walsh wrote:
93 points
As usual with this winery, a big, bold wine. Paired well with NY Strip/Lobster Tail dinner. Deep color, dark fruits and mocha, intricate with a long finish. Look forward to seeing evolution over next few years.
Red
12/13/2018 - gew71walsh wrote:
91 points
Berries and currants on nose and palate. Balanced and moderately complex. Decanted for about 1/2 hour. This paired with NY Strip/Lobster Tail and complemented nicely. Medium finish. With other bottles, want to see where this goes over next couple of years.
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Red
12/13/2018 - gew71walsh wrote:
92 points
Similar to last note two years ago. This wine is in substantially same place. A good food pairing wine (in this case, Beef Wellington) that is integrated and balanced. Fruits still evident, medium finish. Probably will not get better (or for that matter, develop tertiary traits), but should last as is for another couple of years.
Red
2005 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/3/2018 - gew71walsh wrote:
93 points
Big change from my tasting four years ago. This is deep purple in color, plum, dark berries on nose, vanilla and those fruits on palate. This is now integrated with a long finish. Must have been in muted phase then--wish I had more.
Red
11/30/2018 - gew71walsh wrote:
86 points
A drinkable wine, but not very complex. Fruit (dark berries) is muted. Rather bland and light on the palate. Finish is medium. Miner Cabs of vintages 10 or more years ago were better than this vintage. Stagecoach vineyard grapes should not be the issue.
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