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Red
2016 Meiomi Pinot Noir California
7/14/2017 - gravedee wrote:
88 points
I've rated the last 4 vintages of this wine, all the way from 86 to 91. What I find is that when a vintage is first released, it's quite the mess, and 2016 is no exception. Honestly I can't believe they sell a million cases of this - I get heavy mold and wet newspaper. Underneath it I can sense that there is some wine there (if only a fruit bomb), but if past vintages are any indication, it will take another year for it to calm down and taste half-way decent. By then, all that we'll see on the shelf is the 2017 vintage. Oh well.
  • gravedee commented:

    8/8/17, 3:35 PM - I don't think it was corked, and I've since tasted another bottle that had the same characteristic. The bottle was bought in a completely different state.
    Meiomi does not utilize corks. So unless TCA is somewhere in the production process - it is more likely that this is just the character of the wine, especially early on.

Red
2014 Beckmen Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Santa Ynez Valley
8/2/2016 - gravedee Likes this wine:
91 points
Concentration is med to high. Good structure -- tannins are still tight. I recommend leaving this alone for a couple more years. A tad overpriced -- doesn't have the complexity of other $50 cabs.
  • gravedee commented:

    8/10/16, 9:58 AM - Beckmen made two Cabs in 2014 - this one, which is available to wine club members only, and a cheaper one which is what you are seeing in wine-searcher.com. Both are good!

Red
2014 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Russell Family Vineyard Paso Robles
4/9/2016 - MB Wine Guy Likes this wine:
90 points
Very approachable, full-bodied with dark fruit flavors prevailing yet also including mineral and earth notes for good measure.

Impressive effort, particularly given the vineyard's location in a region known for Cabernet and, more recently, excellent GSM blends rather than Pinot Noir.

Clear indication of terroir given the boldness and vigor. Tannins are discernible although quite smooth with no detraction of enjoyment whatsoever. Appropriately long finish.

90-91, here again I disagree with WS and am noticing a pattern of underrated 2014 Loring Pinots.
  • gravedee commented:

    4/22/16, 5:33 PM - Agree - WS did them wrong this year!

Red
2010 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde Syrah
7/18/2015 - gravedee wrote:
I don't drink many Cote-Rotie wines and this is the first one of any quality that I can remember. I was somewhat disappointed by this -- I guess I had my hopes set too high. I don't know how much viognier is in this - but I have to assume a lot because the acidity was way too high for my taste. I can appreciate the quality and complexity but either it's the style that I'm not liking, or this is too highly wound and not ready to drink. Either way, I won't be going back.
  • gravedee commented:

    8/16/15, 3:31 PM - Interesting - I don't usually associate Syrah with tartness / acidity, but perhaps that's a distinguishing characteristic of Côte-Rôtie. We don't see too many tart Syrahs in California, especially over the past few years.

Red
2012 Old Soul Cabernet Sauvignon Lodi
5/17/2015 - caitmk Likes this wine:
90 points
Smells sweet, dry, full-bodied. Good.
  • gravedee commented:

    5/19/15, 12:04 PM - I'm looking through your ratings and I don't understand what you are doing. You rate several wines 65 or under, but you are calling them "good" and indicating that you like it. Your ratings are ruining the averages for some less frequently reviewed wines. 65 is not good. On this site, the guidance for ratings states that 65 is in the category of "avoid". Almost all wine publications universally consider 65 to be in the category of the worst possible wines made, usually marked "not recommended", "don't drink", etc. I'm not trying to be rude here -- but are you doing this on purpose or are you not familiar with how wines are rated? It seems that your written comments would indicate that you find most of the wines you taste to be in the 80 - 89 category. While wines can be rated on a 0 - 100 point scale, realize that virtually every wine sold is usually has enough quality, with few exceptions, to be rated somewhere between 75 - 100, otherwise it would not be on shelves to begin with. To put it another way -- the 'true' wine rating scale, for all practical purposes, is really around 75 - 96, with 75=not good and 96=outstanding - one of the best. It's rare to find something rated less than 75 (wouldn't be sold / bought) or more than 96 (too expensive for most people on this site -- usually limited to $500+ collector's wines). Hope that makes sense. Just trying to help here.

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