Tasting Notes for roybivens

(343 notes on 285 wines)

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Red
9/1/2021 - roybivens Likes this wine:
89 points
So, Boen has three labels that get a mix of reviews. I have been interested to try this, and had the chance to try a glass at Rozi’s Wine House in Cleveland. Some reviews have it as similar to Meiomi … I agree with that because it seems a little over extracted which is a turn off for me with Meiomi, but that may be fine if you like that sort of thing. Vanilla notes on the nose with ripe black cherry and a smooth finish. I think this would be a good match with a spicy dish, but certainly enjoyable on its own. Solid. Score = [ 50 + 5 + 11 + 15 + 8 ] = 89.
Red
8/13/2021 - roybivens Likes this wine:
92 points
Very tasty. Nice surprise, found this at a local wine shop, unexpected as a 2013 bottle. Notes of slate, pencil lead, and blueberry with a smooth undertone. Love Howell Mountain. Well done. Score = [ 50 + 5 + 12 + 17 + 8 ] = 92.
Red
12/29/2020 - roybivens Does not like this wine:
83 points
Lots of chalk on PnP followed by tart cherry flavors and an almost sour note on the finish. Some bitterness. Score [ 50 + 5 + 10 + 13 + 5 ] = 83.
Red
7/18/2020 - roybivens Likes this wine:
89 points
This wine has finally mellowed into an interesting bottle. It’s still a little hot off the top with alcohol, but enjoyable. Chocolatety and rich fruit dominate with a tannic background. Time to drink up of you have them. Score = [ 50 + 5+ 11 + 16 + 7 ] = 89
Red
6/14/2020 - roybivens Likes this wine:
91 points
Fruit hits mid palate with a very nice finish that belies it’s price point. Wine Enthusiast hit the mark. Incredible value. Score [ 50 + 5 + 12 + 16 + 8 ] = 91.
Red
2/15/2020 - roybivens Likes this wine:
88 points
Very enjoyable with a smooth finish – less tannic than I would have expected. Score [ 50 + 5 + 11 + 16 + 6 ] = 88.
Red
11/26/2019 - roybivens Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful. Smooth and velvety. Somewhat candied with a hint of sweetness. Almost syrupy but not. Nice fruit nose with a little earth. Holding up well. Score [ 50 + 5 + 12 + 18 + 8 ] = 93.
Red
2016 Ruffino Chianti Classico Aziano Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
9/4/2019 - roybivens Likes this wine:
87 points
Approachable Chianti with some tannic backbone. Score [ 50 + 5 + 11 + 14 + 7 ] = 87.
Red
7/13/2019 - roybivens Likes this wine:
89 points
Attractive black cherry, almost candied nose. Medium to full bodied wine that lands mid palate. Enjoyable. Score [ 50 + 5 + 11 + 16 + 7 ] = 89.
Red
7/10/2019 - roybivens wrote:
86 points
Not bad, a sort of middle of the road Oregon Pinot. Light bodied with all the focus front palate. Score [ 50 + 5 + 11 + 14 + 6 ] = 86
Red
6/30/2019 - roybivens Likes this wine:
88 points
Better nose than taste. Score [ 50 + 5 + 11 + 14 + 9 ] = 88.
Red
6/29/2019 - roybivens Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent. Needed just a little time after opening but I agree with INSANE DIEGO that a full decant is not needed or warranted. Only took about 15 mins to open in the glass and got better as we went. Wouldn’t hold this one for too much longer but it is still in prime drinking window. Score [ 50 + 5 + 13 + 17 + 8 ] = 93
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Red
Floral nose is still alive with black currant. Ready to go on PnP. Time to drink this one, but still enjoyable.
Red
2009 Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian Oak Knoll District Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/6/2019 - roybivens Likes this wine:
93 points
What a great bottle of wine. Definitely drinking nicely. Definite notes of cassis; jammy and bold. I think Spectator blew the score. This is an easy 93 pointer. Score [ 50 + 5 + 12 + 18 + 8] = 93.
Red
4/3/2019 - roybivens Likes this wine:
90 points
Very nice. Some ever so slight sweetness complemented by a nice tannic backbone and robust structure that isn’t overdone. Very good QPR. Score [ 50 + 5 + 12 + 16 + 7 ] = 90.
Red
4/2/2019 - roybivens Likes this wine:
90 points
Strawberry and cranberry on the nose. Cola palate with hints of smoke and easy finish. Score = [50 + 5 + 12 + 15 + 8 = 90. Enjoyable.
Red
3/18/2019 - roybivens Likes this wine:
91 points
Bright fruit with pommagranate undertones. Saw a note about decanting. I get that may be helpful. Used a Venturi. Enjoyable though still wrapped a little tight. Score [ 50 + 5 + 12 + 16 + 8 ] = 91
Red
2/21/2019 - roybivens Likes this wine:
95 points
Absolutely excellent. Jammy and smooth finish.
Red
2/3/2019 - roybivens Likes this wine:
92 points
Raspberry and plumb on the nose with a complimenting palate and smooth, slightly chalky mouthfeel. Enjoyable. Score [ 50 + 5 + 13 + 16 + 8 ] = 92
Red
1/12/2019 - roybivens Likes this wine:
93 points
Drinking nicely, and fully integrated. Loads of blackberry and cedar on the nose with chocolate and pencil lead notes on the palate and slight hints of carmel and vanilla on the finish. Has some more time left, but ready to drink now. Consistent total score vs 2015. Score = [ 50 + 5 + 13 + 17 + 8 ] = 93
Red
1/5/2019 - roybivens wrote:
Decent. Especially so given the recency of the vintage. Good palate. Chocolate notes with a nice, smooth finish. Enjoyable. Score = [50 + 5 + 11 + 16 + 6] = 88. Better than the score.
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Red
12/26/2018 - roybivens wrote:
91 points
Talk about a fruit bomb. Good grief. This needs a few years in the bottle before it is approachable. You can taste the structure of this wine that is dying to come through but the fruit is just yelling too loud right now. Putting it back until late 2020. Rating on potential. Score [ 50 + 5 + 11 + 16 + 9] = 91
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Red
Very surprised that this is still holding up. Enjoyable.
Red
11/6/2018 - roybivens Likes this wine:
92 points
Thumbs up on this one. Ready to drink now, though it is a 2016. Approachably smooth with enjoyable cinnamon notes. Not sure this one is age worthy, but a nice wine all the same. Score [ 50 + 5 + 13 + 18 + 6 ] = 92
Red
11/4/2018 - roybivens Likes this wine:
92 points
This is a very full bodied pinot. At room temperature it exhibits a jammy ripeness, and is very good. A very nice bold pinot, the Jenkins Ranch demonstrates the best of what Sonoma has to offer. Ripe blackberry and damp earth are good descriptors. Score [ 50 + 5 + 13 + 17 + 7 ] = 92.
Red
10/13/2018 - roybivens Likes this wine:
93 points
Similar notes as last tasting. Would add wonderful. Big and tannic. Very good. Powerful and compelling. Adding a point. Score [ 50 + 5 + 13 + 16 + 9 ] = 93.
Red
10/8/2018 - roybivens Likes this wine:
89 points
Interesting bottle - black cherry notes and stemmed fruit on the nose with earthy undertones and a bold finish. Score [ 50 + 5 + 11+ 15 + 8 ] = 89.
Red
9/12/2018 - roybivens Likes this wine:
90 points
Raspberry and plum notes. Easy drinking and enjoyable. Score = [50 + 5 + 12 + 16 + 7] = 90.
Red
8/21/2018 - roybivens Likes this wine:
89 points
Light notes of cinnamon, cardamom and earth. Slightly over extracted. Nonetheless, enjoyable. Score [ 50 + 5 + 12 + 16 + 6 ] = 89.
Red
7/29/2018 - roybivens Likes this wine:
92 points
Juicy and interesting with hints of chocolate and mocha. Enjoyed post Vinturi. Score [ 50 + 5 + 12 + 17 + 8 ] = 92
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Red
7/15/2018 - roybivens wrote:
94 points
Consistent notes from last tasting. Dark, full structure with a candied nose. Chocolate notes on PnP with a smooth, enjoyable finish. Some sediment. This seems to be in prime drinking window — will most likely open the two bottles I have left in the next two years. While I don’t think it’s at risk of going over the hill, this wine is in a very good place right now and won’t be as much to my own liking as the fruit of this enjoyable 2010 fades. Score [ 50 + 5 + 13 + 18 + 8] = 94.
Red
7/15/2018 - roybivens Likes this wine:
94 points
Wonderous bottle of wine. Given the proximity of the winery on the Sonoma / Napa county line, this two county blend belies its label, tasting more like a Napa. We followed a classic 2010 Napa cab with this bottle and relished in the richness, complexity and smooth character that it delivered. Professional reviews by Connoisseurs Guide and Wine Advocate hit the mark. Wine Enthusiast blew the drinking window on this one. I would never bet against Pride to age well in the bottle. Stunning effort. Score [ 50 + 5 + 12 + 19 + 8 ] = 94.
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Red
6/12/2018 - roybivens Likes this wine:
92 points
Last bottle, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Smooth velvet mouthfeel is still apparent with a lingering finish. Score [ 50 + 5 + 13 + 17 + 7 ] = 92
Red
6/10/2018 - roybivens Likes this wine:
95 points
Great bottle of wine. Just as I remembered. Stood it own against Spottswoode 2010 - that's saying something. Score [ 50 + 5 + 14 + 18 + 8] = 95
Red
6/10/2018 - roybivens Likes this wine:
98 points
This one continues to live up to the hype. Stunning. Score [ 50 + 5 + 14 + 20 + 9 ] = 98.
Red
6/10/2018 - roybivens wrote:
Started the evening off with this one. Wonderful. Drinking beautifully.
Red
6/3/2018 - roybivens Likes this wine:
92 points
This wine evolved nicely over the course of the couple of hours that we enjoyed it. Out of the cellar it was reserved and somewhat obtuse, but as it gained a few degrees and had a chance to open it revealed a more balanced palate that kept improving. It finally came together in about an hour. Slate and graphite definitely come through. This is a clean tasting cab, with low fruit impact. Score = [ 50 + 5 + 13 + 16 + 8 ] = 92.
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Red
5/26/2018 - roybivens Likes this wine:
90 points
This is an absolute crowd pleaser bottle of wine to select for the Napa cab experience at a reasonable price. Enjoyed as a finishing glass of wine for the evening that delivered a large, jammy, fruit filled palate with chocolate and black jam. Though the KVR is even better from this same vineyard, the KV is a go to bottle for me when I want a cab that delivers with a nice QPR. Score = [ 50 + 5 + 11 + 16 + 8 ] = 90.
Red
4/29/2018 - roybivens Likes this wine:
94 points
Wonderful. Chocolate, carmel and slate. Very impressive. Score [ 50 + 5 + 14 + 17 + 8 ] = 94
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Red
4/8/2018 - roybivens wrote:
90 points
Interesting, creamy nose with metallic undertone. Taste agrees with smell with some tartness. Score [50 + 5 + 12 + 15 + 8] = 90.
Red
3/30/2018 - roybivens Likes this wine:
94 points
Still has some backbone. Cedar on the nose. Tannins dominate on the palate with the same clipped finish I noted before and vanilla at the end. Still enjoyable but time to bid this winner goodbye. Last bottle of a great 2 cases. Score [50 + 5 + 14 + 17 + 8 ] = 94.
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Red
3/24/2018 - roybivens Likes this wine:
89 points
A little over extracted, and towards the Meiomi style of Pinot, if you like that sort of thing. Bold and fruity. Score [ 50 + 5 + 11 + 15 + 8 ] = 89
Red
3/17/2018 - roybivens Likes this wine:
90 points
Subtly delightful with a cherry nose, hints of black tea, a creamy undertone and lasting finish. A little thinner than I usually like in a CA Pinot Noir. Better at room temperature than slightly chilled. Score [50 + 5 + 12 + 15 + 8 ] = 90.
Red
3/13/2018 - roybivens Likes this wine:
90 points
Enjoyable. Graphite and slate with some forward fruit, but a more lingering finish. Score [ 50 + 5 + 11 + 16 + 8 ] = 90.
Red
2014 Bacio Divino Napa Valley SuperTuscan Blend (view label images)
2/24/2018 - roybivens Likes this wine:
94 points
Fruit forward with a somewhat gritty texture on PnP. Lingering finish with loads of jammy, chocolate laced blackberry and a somewhat earthy nose. Very enjoyable. Well done. Score [ 50 + 5 + 13 + 18 + 8 ] = 94.
Red
2010 Latitud 42 Rioja Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
2/4/2018 - roybivens Likes this wine:
91 points
Very enjoyable. Wouldn’t have picked this out as a Rioja. Jammy and smooth with a good nose, light tannins and a nice finish. Surprising. Recommended. Score [ 50 + 5 + 12 + 17 + 7] = 91.
Red
Very nice. Much more time left.
Red
1/20/2018 - roybivens Likes this wine:
94 points
I have been holding these to agree with the opening drinking window from Parker, and wow, it was worth the wait. Excellent showing — dark, full structure with a candied nose. Chocolate notes on PnP with a smooth, enjoyable finish. Some sediment. Score [ 50 + 5 + 13 + 18 + 8] = 94.
Red
1/9/2018 - roybivens Likes this wine:
90 points
Light bodied, slight cinnamon nose. Plum notes with a smooth finish. Score [ 50 + 5 + 12 + 16 + 7 ] = 90.
Red
1/8/2018 - roybivens Likes this wine:
91 points
Enjoyable. Classic, firm Cali structure. Plum notes. Score [ 50+ 5 + 12 + 17 + 7 ] = 91
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