Tasting Notes for Jazzman

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Red
12/2/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
91 points
Just popped and poured...and filled the decanter. Already a nice floral nose with sweet cherries on nose and palate. Some meduium tannins hit ion the mid palate and finish. Needs time to open up, but looking very, very promising.
Red
9/2/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
92 points
Celebrating finally being able to order from the winery. (w00t!). As a result of this sudden surprise this is a pop and pour.
Color is an opaque, inky purple with garnet rim.
Aromas of are earthy with rich berry,cedar, and chocolate/cocoa notes.
Fills the palate with rich blackberry flavors, with cocoa up front and noticeable heat and tannins thru the mid palate and finish. (did i mention pop and pour?)

Damn this is good! So freaking excitede about ordering a mixed case that I hope I can resist popping another Carslisle tonight.

Big props to Dan for this one. Thank you, sir!

Overall: love it!
White
7/9/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
91 points
Had this slightly chilled after a long day working in the yard. Nice light fruit of lemons, apples on the nose and and nice creaminess on the palate with some nice vanilla notes. Went well with light dinner of bread and cheese.
Red
6/28/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
90 points
Nose: nice complexity showing floral, red fruit, and spice (cinnamon, pepper). Ditto the flavors. Decent tannins prove this could have lasted several more years on its side and I wonder if it was opened too soon. Been in the cellar for years and I decided its time was up. Mistake?

Very enjoyable.
Red
6/21/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
92 points
Nice coffee, roasted meats, and floral notes in this. Nice fruit, decent tannins, all very well integrated. Really enjoyable.
Red
6/9/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
Nice old-world style pinot. Surprising coming from CA. Glad I have a couple more, and will definitely give this winery more attention going forward.
Red
6/3/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
Another nod to Washington.....just popped and poured. This will need some time to open up, but I like what I see so far. Nose of dark fruit, spice, vanilla, forest floor, with hints of floral peeking through. In the mouth this is very well integrated. Some tannins, sure, as expected on the pop and pour, but this is really balanced and smooth. Might be getting hints of chocolate on this, but it really needs time to open up, so all I really want to do hear is remove this from cellartracker and be on my merry way.
Red
5/20/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
92 points
Decanted for over an hour. The nose was perceptible halfway across the room.

Nose is dominated by fruit tones, but copious amounts of tobacco leaf, hints of floral and black licorice.

In the mouth are forward fruit, notable tannin with some heat on a medium-long finish.

Really, really nice. Could use more time in the decanter or cellar.

Drink or hold.
White
4/16/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
86 points
Nice is lightly perfumed, with apple and pear notes, honey, bits of floral and toffee. Palate not as elegant as the nose. Initially bitter showing lime/citrus and some apple/pear notes with some oak on the back end. Not bad. I wish the taste matched the nose, but it's not bad. Had this with some California rolls, lobster rolls, and some Italian truffle cheese. When quite well with the cheese.
Red
4/10/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
91 points
Beautiful nose of floral, dark red fruit, tobacco, mint and herbal notes, with hints of red meat. In the mouth this show plenty of tannin, plenty of oak, red fruit,tobacco, vanilla, and herbal notes. Definitely needs more time on it's side or a longer decant before it is ready for prime time, but the nose alone is worth the price of admission. Yum!
Red
4/5/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
I wasn't sure I was in the mood for a glass of wine, so I decided to open a bottle that I wasn't sure I'd like.
Red
2006 Worthy Sophia's Cuvée Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/3/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
89 points
Great pop-and-pour wine. Nice nose of chocolate and dark fruit. Very enjoyable, but I doubt this has the legs to sit for more than a couple years. Enjoy it while you can,
Red
4/3/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
89 points
The last bottle of what was a bunch way back when. This one has the older label, as 2004 had some bottles with the gray label after switching from the pinkish label they used previously.

Anyway, to the wine. This still tastes very nice, but with age the fruit isn't quite as vibrant. Probably one of the oldest zins I've had.
Nose showing plums, some vanilla, spice notes, black pepper. Really nice in the mouth. Smooth, silky. Still some tannins in the middle. Nice vanilla notes up front and through the middle, with a nice hit of fruit from mid palate through a medium-long finish.
Red
3/31/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
93 points
Emergency pop and pour ;) We pulled the foil off weeks ago and ended up not opening...thus the emergency. First taste is gooood. Will update later.

This is just beautiful! The nose has beautiful floral components, red and purple fruit and spice notes. Tastes similar with big purple fruits, baking spices, and black pepper and fruit on the a nice long finish. Just a fantastic wine, and was approachable instantly upon opening. I'd love to have a case of this!
Red
2006 Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
3/30/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
Spur of the moment pop and pour to serve with homemade tacos. Very tight and closed. Needs air time.

30 minutes in and the nose is opening up nicely! Nice fruit and floral component. Still closed up on the taste buds. I hope I have the patience to wait it out.
Red
3/26/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
85 points
Popped and poured this expecting it to be way past it's prime and mostly garbage. Surprisingly it's much like it was 4 years ago. Old world-esque on the nose, with muted fruit, forest floor, and red twizzler. In the mouth it still has some tannins, white mushroom, plum, and hints of red twizzler on the finish. The red twizzler has diminished over the years, but this still has some life left in it and could use some more air time. Quite surprised this is still drinkable....but then again, what do I know?

Not bad for < $8

40 minutes in and picking up some nice vanilla notes on the nose.
Red
3/25/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
91 points
Just opened the last of my '04s. Love this wine and it needs a little time to open up. Unfortunately i don't!

This was fantastic. Cocoa, dark fruits, vanilla, and cinnamon notes on the nose and palate. Really a beautiful wine.
White
3/18/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
91 points
Was in the mood for a chardonnay ... Have been for several days.....after a long week decided to make a special stop for a chard.

After weighing the options grabbed this wine. For all I know, this is the
domestic chardoonay to which all others are compared......but what do I know?

Nose of lemon and pineapple. Some nice custard notes, hints of cinnamon.

Palate shows sweet tropical fruit, buttery, vanilla notes up front and middle. Finish is long, with some sour/bitter notes. Very enjoyable.

Happy Friday!
Red
3/13/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
80 points
This was good considering the price. Old world style with some fake components. Drinkable, but not something I'll be reaching for.
Red
3/13/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
86 points
A restaurant purchase.

Color: Dark purple.
Aromas: Vanilla, floral, dark fruits, coffee notes, baking spices. Smacks of blueberry pie or cobbler. Yum.
Taste: Blueberry pie again with vanilla ice cream on top. Baking spices, and definitely some healthy oak treatment, but I guess I can handle it and not but totally turned off by it. It gives it a big mouth feel. I had this with a prime bone-in ribeye and thought it went well. Sure there are better wines, but not many at this particular restaurant.
Overall: It was worth a little less than half the restaurant price, but it worked for me. Not bad, but not great either.
Red
3/12/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
90 points
Nose: Vanilla, purple fruits, violet floral notes, baking spice, some black pepper.
Mouth: Purple fruits, vanilla, mix of milk and dark chocolate notes, spice notes.
The last bottle from a case we purchased in '07. Now I remember why we liked it so much: Good complexity, reasonable price (QPR), great on a pop and pour means you can open this any time you need a nice rich wine.

This would go well with any grilled foods. Chicken or steak. Just a solid wine.
Red
2002 Les Pagodes de Cos St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/11/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
91 points
After 3 hours in the decanter, this wine is beautiful. The taste now matches the nose, and the nose you can smell halfway across the room. Just beautiful.

Nose: big sour cherries, vanilla, cinnamon, floral, chocolate/cocoa. Just gorgeous.
Mouth: Plum/dark red fruit, vanilla, milk chocolate. Big viscous mouthfeel, well balanced, and a nice long finish. Some tannins and sour cherries on the finish. Really beautiful. Glad I have another to visit in a couple years.

91+ easy. If we'd not left this alone it wold have scored far lower.
White
3/9/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
87 points
With Chinese food at Great Wall. Nice honeyed pear flavor dominates the palate. Mouth feel is typical viscous, syrupy. This wine is better with Thai, but this was okay. Not an optimal pairing, but it works.
White
3/4/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
Needed a Riesling to go with Chinese food. This is the only Riesling I had left. Very peachy...she said...just opened. On the plus side, I believe this may be the first wine with glass stopper rather than cork.
Red
2003 Château Peyfol Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/26/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
88 points
Nice little bottle of Bordeaux. All the typical Bordeaux properties at a great price. I have one more, and wish I had several more. It just kept getting better as it opened over the course of 3-4 hours.
Red
1999 Château La Croix St. Andre Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/26/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
flawed
*CORKED*
Brought this to a poker/dinner gathering. Two corked bottles in two nights. Interesting.
Red
2/25/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
flawed
*corked*

I really wasn't looking forward to drinking this, but it's been down in the cellar for ages and decided to down it with some pizza. Well, here's the note I started to write:

Nose showing some menthol, blueberries, with toasted oak coming through as it gets a little more air. With more air there's a very odd aroma coming from it that I just can't place. Is this corked? Definitely hints of wet cardboard on the nose and getting stronger by the minute.
Initially tastes of coffee, dark berries,
Jammy, mouth coating, but not very exciting. No depth nor complexity.
Red
2/20/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
88 points
Brought to dinner party no formal notes taken. Typical Ridge reliability.
Red
2/20/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
92 points
No formal notes taken as this was brought to a dinner outing. It was drinking very well.
Red
2/13/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
87 points
This is a great CA cab to have around for those days when you need a decent wine on short notice. This drinks well as a pop-and-pour, and the price isn' t bad. This went great with a ribeye.

Nose of vanilla, berries, and violet. Tastes of blackberries, cocoa, vanilla. Good mouthfeel from front to back with just a bit of tannins on the finish. I'll be happy to pick up more of these just to have around for those impromptu BBQ dinners in the summer.
Red
2/11/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
91 points
Tight and tannic when opened, but an hour in a decanter and it's opening quite nicely. Licorice, tar, burnt oak, dark fruits and some floral notes on the nose. Bitter chocolate, dark berries, vanilla, with a good belt of stiff tannins on the back end, but going down easy after a long work week. It might not last long enough to hit full stride.
Red
2/6/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
Big, opulent wine rich in blackberries and dark fruit. Just popped it. I know we're going to love this. Needs some time in the glass.
Red
2002 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/22/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
93 points
4:00 popped and decanted @4:00. Small sample to ensure it's still good. Tastes good already. Nose has floral, licorice, cedar, pencil box, garrigue... a little bit of everything wafting out of the glass right now. Oh please give me the patience to let this wine open up. The aromas already fill the room and the taste already wonderful and while it still isn't open, I can sense this may be surprisingly fruit forward.

Hope to update notes later as it opens up.

Update: This wine continued to open over a 4 hour period. Finally, on the last two glasses, this was marvelous. Fruit had opened up completely and made this a monster wine. Of course at that point I wished I could simply rewind the bottle and start over, but alas.

Recommend a 3+ hour decant at this stage.
Red
1/14/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
Interesting wine. Popped and poured.

Immediately after opening the nose is giving off a medicinally, sometimes rubbery, sometimes leathery, meaty, and occasionally big juicy red fruits, and a healthy dose of soy sauce. I'd say it's all over the place right now. This really needs to settle down a bit. Hopefully I'll update these notes as the bottle empties.

40 minutes in:
This has settled down a bit. It's mellowed and starting to resemble a Cab Franc. Leather, sour cranberries, soy sauce nose. Leather, sour red fruit notes in the middle, with juicy red fruits on the back end. Either it's improving or I'm getting buzzed. Probably a little of both.
Red
1/2/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
88 points
Surprisingly fruity. I guess it's that hot vintage of '03 coming through. Very drinkable and quite enjoyable. Great QPR bottle. Wish I had more for the price.
White - Sparkling
1/1/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
87 points
Had this on New Years Day. Quite interesting and enjoyable. Would buy again.
Red
1/7/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
91 points
This is a vast improvement from the last bottle. Incredibly drinkable on a pop and pour with no noticeable tannins in the way. Just amazing fruit and drinkability. Highly recommended. Two bottles remain. Will probably be another 18 months before I open another.

Props to my friends in WA for the recommendation!
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White - Sparkling
1/1/2011 - Jazzman wrote:
91 points
Opened this New Years Eve and drank with crab dinner.

Dry, with nice green apple, yeast, dough, and light citrus component. Quite nice. Would buy again.
Red
12/31/2010 - Jazzman wrote:
Just opened...initially the nose is like big black and blue fruit pie. Blackberries, blueberries, pie crust, with faint vegetal notes on the nose. Same fruits on the palate, but with a wonderful layer of chocolate in the middle and on the finish. Just before posting this I take another whiff and catch wonderful roasted meat component.

This is incredible...and it just opened. I'm sure it will disappear way too quickly.
Red
12/29/2010 - Jazzman wrote:
93 points
Truly an outstanding wine and vintage. Probably the best wine I've had all year.
Red
1999 Opus One Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/5/2010 - Jazzman wrote:
96 points
This drank amazingly well. I was concerned about how well this bottle was stored before I received it, but it was amazing. No decanting...from horizontal to in the glass on a whim. Needed about an hour to hit it's peak, but no regrets. I wish I had a lot more of this. Very, very nice.....this was a gift from a very,very dear friend. Not sure which I cherish more, the friend or the wine. I wish I could have enjoyed the wine with the friend.

Thanks Sara. You're the best.
Red
6/11/2010 - Jazzman wrote:
93 points
Wow......I often just pop and pour these ATP wines w/o bothering with TNs, but this one is so good I needed to jot something down.

First off the color is typical...deep, opaque purple. The nose is a bit muddled initially, but soon opens to a black pepper crusted blackberry on the nose. Blue and blackberries with pepper and heavy spice notes on the palate. Smooth, drinkable, and enough complexity to keep me swirling the glass. Very nice.
White
5/22/2010 - Jazzman wrote:
92 points
After so many attempts to find a chardonnay I enjoy, I can finally say this is a very enjoyable bottle. Sure, it's not perfect, but how many wines are. I just spent several hours working in the yard on a warm day, and near the end thought a nice chard and a shower would be the perfect finish. I was not disappointed.

Wonderful clarity and color. Served slightly chilled, but that is completely unnecessary since this actually tastes better as it nears room temperature. Nose of melon and green apples, also exhibits hints of apricot. Light citrus note but well balanced and oh so nice. I will buy more of this wine regardless of the vintage available.

Highly recommended.
Red
2003 Bodega O. Fournier Beta Crux Valle de Uco Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
5/1/2010 - Jazzman wrote:
90 points
Popped and poured this after dinner. Would pair well with some nice grilled beef.

Deep purple (the color, not the band).

Nose is initially chocolate and rich raspberry and some delicious vanilla notes with soft hints of bramble and floral. With some time I get some black pepper and oak notes.

Palate: Big mouth feel. Rich and sumptuous with big red fruits laced with cocoa and hints of chocolate. Definitely some oak and tannins across the mid-palate and into a long finish.

Definitely a big wine and very solid. Glad I opened this one. Good wine and a great price.
White
4/30/2010 - Jazzman wrote:
88 points
Apples, honey and melon on the nose with matching palate. Light citrus at the mid palate and nice melon finish. I will buy more of this. It's just an enjoyable, refreshing wine at a great price.
Red
4/26/2010 - Jazzman wrote:
88 points
This is my first Crozes Hermitage purchase. Been holding this for awhile and wanted a syrah to go with a roast pork tenderloin so decided to pop this. Pop and pour.

A nice garnet color, good clarity. Nose initially shows a bit of brier mixed with dark fruit and meaty component and pleasant barnyard notes. The briar suggests that I should expect some tannin and bitter/sour components, and it indeed delivers. Nice red and black fruit components up front. Bitter and tannic components on the mid-palate. Long tannins on the back end and the moderately long finish.

The nose on this shows a nice complexity. Love the old world components and really knocked it out of the park with the roast pork. A solid wine that certainly piques my interest in searching out more from the region. Very solid if you like old world style. I expect this be more enjoyable and smoother with a little air time, but afraid we're not going to give it much of a chance to air out.

Solid 88+ effort.
Red
4/13/2010 - Jazzman wrote:
72 points
Popped and poured. My expectations are very low.

Color is dark purple.
Nose shows sour cranberry, red plum, and oak. Hints of barnyard and some smokiness as the wine opens.
Palate matches the nose with sour red fruits, some oakiness. Not much up front. Midpalate and finish showing the red fruits and a little hint of sweetness on the back end.

It's an okay weeknight wine. In fact, as the wine opens there's a bit more complexity coming through, and what I'm finding is a more old-world profile, which is a nice surprise. While I was initially thinking this would be an average wine, I'm holding out hope it can improve with some air time. Stay tuned.

Okay, final analysis: It improved slightly, but then nose dived back down into mediocrity in a short time. There are too many better wines at this price point to settle for this.

Pass.
Red
3/12/2010 - Jazzman wrote:
87 points
Pop and pour. Red fruits and floral notes on the nose. Light red fruit, some light-medium tannins on the palate. Nice food wine. Very drinkable wine even as pop and pour.
Red
1992 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
3/6/2010 - Jazzman wrote:
flawed
corked...
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