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Red
12/8/2021 - gravedee Likes this wine:
95 points
This has really developed into a fabulous wine. Vanilla, spice, perfume, stewed fruit. It has really come together and I think it has entered its optimal drinking window. Highly recommend if you can find it. I don’t remember something from Beckmen that is as good as this.
Red
6/18/2021 - gravedee Likes this wine:
93 points
Big Syrah, incredibly complex and creative. I don’t get the negative reviews here. Green pepper, leather, baking spices. It’s austere, not over the top sweet, and very concentrated. The mouthfeel is great. This can sit in the cellar for another 5 years.
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Red
6/8/2021 - gravedee Likes this wine:
93 points
Probably the best Beckmen EXP I’ve tasted. Steve, whatever you did, please do it again.
Red
6/8/2021 - gravedee Likes this wine:
92 points
A most unusual and creative Cab Franc. I’m getting bbq’d green pepper. If you want something off the beaten road, I highly recommend. Thanks @fnkfisher!
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Red
5/27/2021 - gravedee Likes this wine:
87 points
Not typical for Siduri - value is a stretch here. Very lightweight, but not in an elegant way that one typically sees from Oregon.
Red
4/7/2021 - gravedee Likes this wine:
88 points
The final word on this as I just finished the last of my 12 bottles today. It is very acidic, reminiscent of the 2015 vintage, but not quite as acidic. Nevertheless, I would say this is a bit off balance. It would be interesting to drink this in 10 years to see where it ends up. Plenty of structure left to go the distance. 2015 / 16 were strange years for Loring, perhaps drought induced. Maybe I drank all these too early, I guess I'll never know.
Red
2/22/2021 - gravedee Likes this wine:
93 points
Really nice, youthful Barolo that is approachable now but has some ways still to go. Picked this up at Costco - great value. Nice nose, smooth up front, long finish, and plenty of structure. Will get more of this for sure.
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Red
2/12/2021 - gravedee Likes this wine:
90 points
Bing cherries, some acidity. Mild to medium tannin. Probably could use some more time in the bottle, but this is nice.
Red
2/5/2021 - gravedee Likes this wine:
94 points
Stunning. I haven't tasted a Loring Kessler-Hawk as good as this in a long while. I think I have to go all the way back to 2014 to even get into the ballpark. Layers of complexity, supple mouthfeel, and great concentration. Baking spices, perfume, bing cherry. Brian has a certain style, and if you are into it, I don't think there's a better archetype than this. Back up the truck for this one.
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Red
2/4/2021 - gravedee wrote:
91 points
A new vineyard for Loring. Interesting flavor profile! Cinnamon, baking spices on the palate and nose. Soft tannins and velvety mouthfeel. Very approachable now. Well done. 91-92
Red
2/2/2021 - gravedee Likes this wine:
92 points
Solid CDP, good structure, great concentration - it’s a meaty wine. It was a crowd favorite - will buy more.
Red
2/2/2021 - gravedee Likes this wine:
91 points
Really enjoyed this - on the lighter side - Grenache driven. Drinkable now. Light tannins and some zip on the finish.
Red
12/20/2020 - gravedee Likes this wine:
94 points
Great complexity and concentration. While Turner vineyard is in Sta. Rita Hills, I’d say this is more characteristic of of a warm climate Syrah. Drinkable now for the next 10 years. Well done.
Red
12/6/2020 - gravedee Likes this wine:
93 points
I like the concentration and mouthfeel of this - much more luxurious than a typical SLH Pinot. It's got a lot of spice on the palate. Not much structure, so it's drinkable now, but it's big and moderately complex.
Red
10/23/2020 - gravedee wrote:
94 points
34 months in the barrel, this could possibly be one of the best Beckmen wines I've tried. Certainly the best EXP. I will need to try it again to confirm, but for now I'm giving it a conservative 94.
Red
11/28/2020 - gravedee Likes this wine:
89 points
Delicate for a SRH Pinot. Rose petals, cranberries, with some baking spices on the back end. Light in body. Stylistically atypical for this region, it is nonetheless well integrated, even if it lacks the concentration and focus that leaves me longing for more. Overpriced. Drink now.
Red
12/20/2019 - gravedee Likes this wine:
93 points
I think this is one of the best of the 2016 vintage for Loring. Strong and distinctive flavor profile with cranberries and rose petal. Very flavorful and fresh. This is really shining now and should be really good over the next couple of years.
Red
9/28/2019 - gravedee Likes this wine:
93 points
Nicely balanced Cali Pinot! Light to medium body and structure. Ready to drink now.
Red
8/22/2019 - gravedee Likes this wine:
92 points
I really liked this, much better than the previous two vintages. The value is incredible. I think the additional vineyards that Brian pulls in that are not found in the Sta. Rita Hills blend actually adds depth, and I liked this every bit as much as the Sta. Rita Hills blend.
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Red
8/19/2019 - gravedee wrote:
Maybe this has entered its 'dumb' phase or the bottle was slightly flawed. It didn't get a lot of fruit, had a very earthly / mineral flavor profile which is unusual for Beckmen. It's my last bottle, so I won't get a chance to taste again - but I previously rated this a 93 so there's something going on with this bottle.
Red
8/15/2019 - gravedee Likes this wine:
92 points
This is fabulous. Cherry and vanilla notes, well balanced. Well done! Cali Pinot at its best, and a great value. 92-93
Red
8/11/2019 - gravedee Likes this wine:
92 points
Developing quite nicely. Really got good 1-2 hours after opening.
Red
6/27/2019 - gravedee Likes this wine:
93 points
Big nose, long finish, dark cherry, blueberry, lots of fruit and complexity.
Red
6/27/2019 - gravedee Likes this wine:
92 points
Really opened up after a couple hours. I get some pine on the nose - maybe cedar. Complex, great finish, we really enjoyed this. Great value!
Red
6/26/2019 - gravedee Likes this wine:
88 points
Solid Burgundy. Had a bottle in a restaurant in Beaune. Great value. Light, good balance, and nice structure. Leather, earth, spice on the nose. Ripe bing cherry on the palate. Solid finish. Great value - we paid 25 Euros in a restaurant.
Red
5/30/2019 - gravedee Likes this wine:
93 points
The nose is very floral, with some stewed black fruit and baking spices mixed in. Fruit forward and new world in approach, making it drinkable now. Yet it has an acidic backbone and enough structure to give it the complexity to go the distance. I really like this Syrah, maybe even better than their Colson Canyon from the same vintage, which I find to be a bit on the acidic side (at least for now).
Red
5/29/2019 - gravedee Likes this wine:
92 points
Solid Grenache from Beckmen. A little less structure than previous vintages. More approachable now vs. cellaring, but will benefit from waiting for a few more years.
Red
5/20/2019 - gravedee Likes this wine:
92 points
This is a surprisingly good Syrah from a merlot specialist. A gem in their portfolio.
Red
2014 Sunstone Vineyards and Winery Eros Santa Ynez Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/20/2019 - gravedee Likes this wine:
89 points
My opinion of this wine is still the same after some aging. Lightweight compared to past vintages. Sunstone has really gone downhill since the 2012 vintage.
Red
5/20/2019 - gravedee Likes this wine:
91 points
This aged pretty well and got better. Acidity mellowed out and much more harmonious.
White
5/12/2019 - gravedee Likes this wine:
92 points
Well balanced high quality chardonnay - Cali style with good acidity and malo combination. Weighty mouthfeel, melon, vanilla, caramelized peaches - you know, what you'd expect from this style and quality. The finish is long and slightly astringent which balances the round / fruity profile of this wine. Well done!
Red
4/5/2019 - gravedee Likes this wine:
92 points
I like this a bit better than the Kessler-Haak and the Boekenoogen single vineyard releases from this vintage. It's a bit more concentrated and flavorful, with cherries emerging on the palate as opposed to cranberries. Smooth, well-balanced, and good mouthfeel. Minimal oak.
Red
4/4/2019 - gravedee Likes this wine:
91 points
Delicate for Sta. Rita Hills, more so than in previous vintages. Cranberry and rose petals on the palate. Well balanced and smooth.
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Red
4/4/2019 - gravedee Likes this wine:
91 points
Delicate, well balanced, solid. Rose petal, cranberry, cola - classic flavor profile for a cali pinot. 91 - 92.
Red
3/31/2019 - gravedee Likes this wine:
90 points
Slightly less acidic compared to 2015. I think this is still an "off" year for Loring, but not as "off" as 2015. The string of drought years really took its toll, and a hot summer really affected the hang time. Overall this has good balance and good value, but the complexity is lacking compared to prior vintages.
Red
3/26/2019 - gravedee Likes this wine:
88 points
Much lighter in body and less complex than typical Beckmen Syrahs. More approachable now vs. having the complexity and structure that makes them long term holds. It's a nice experiment but I hope that Steve sticks to his tried and true style.
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Red
3/18/2019 - gravedee Likes this wine:
90 points
Very light, delicate nose and body. Fairly short finish. Good balance.
Red
2/15/2019 - gravedee Likes this wine:
90 points
Medium concentration and body - a bit lighter than typical Tensley. Plenty of acidity. Good structure and cellar worthiness - should mellow and get better over time.
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White
2/3/2019 - gravedee Likes this wine:
87 points
This a white blend - lightly oaked (if at all). I'm not sure what's in it but it reminds me of a Sauv Blanc or Chablis style Chardonnay - with an acidic, mineral flavor profile. Decent value for the price.
White
2/3/2019 - gravedee Likes this wine:
93 points
I think you either love or hate this style of Chardonnay. For me, it epitomizes the full oak, full malo style with waves of vanilla and caramelized apple and pears hitting the palate. Well done, and great value.
Red
2/2/2019 - gravedee Likes this wine:
91 points
Lighter in body / concentration compared to other Syrahs from this region, but still solid. Good balance. Vanilla, spice, dark fruit. Very approachable now. It's got some structure but not enough to go the distance. Drink in the next few years.
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Red
12/24/2018 - gravedee wrote:
92 points
My wife picked this up in a grocery store in Sun Valley over Christmas. I was a little suspicious, but was pleasantly surprised when we opened it. It's a rock solid Syrah, showing all the classic Syrah characteristics. A little jammy, but not overly so, some pepper, tar, stewed black fruits. It's got some heat and a decent amount of structure on it. Good complexity. It's still young and could go for another 5 - 7 years at least. Well done and a solid value! 92-93
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Red
12/22/2018 - gravedee Likes this wine:
92 points
True to form, savory flavor profile with leather, tar, forest floor, and spice. Great boquet and finish. Still a lot of structure left on this and I’d say this will go for another 10 years or more.
Red
12/13/2018 - gravedee Likes this wine:
92 points
There's not a lot of structure to this, but it's unique and very tasty. Great mouthfeel for a Pinot, but it's not overly extracted. Bursting with flavor, with rose petal and cranberries dominating the palate.
Red
11/4/2018 - gravedee Likes this wine:
88 points
Savory, Earthy overtones: Forest floor, leather, spice. Not much fruit is showing up here.
Red
10/30/2018 - gravedee Likes this wine:
91 points
Fairly extracted, fruit forward style cab that packs a lot of heat. Not overly complex, but the quality is great. It's approachable now and has some aging potential (however not all the way to 2040 that the winemaker suggests). At a $65 retail price, it competes in a packed space. My feeling is that there are better values out there, but nevertheless this wine is solid.
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Red
10/21/2018 - gravedee Likes this wine:
94 points
This developed really nicely - drinking very well now.
Red
10/21/2018 - gravedee Likes this wine:
94 points
The best of the Loring 2016 vintage for IMO.
Red
8/15/2018 - gravedee Likes this wine:
90 points
It was good, but unremarkable for the price.
Red
8/12/2018 - gravedee Likes this wine:
89 points
Delicate, not much going on in terms of complexity, but solid. Value is a bit stretched however, and I think thee are better 2015 Siduris out there.
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