Tasting Notes for Renegade

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Red
2/16/2013 - Renegade Likes this wine:
92 points
This is an interesting Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards. It is 70% 1978 vintage Pinot Noir from Rider Ridge Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains and 30% 1979 vintage Pinot Noir from Sleepy Hollow Vineyards in Monterey.

Even by today's standards, 14.6% alcohol would be on the high side for a Pinot Noir, and back on those days, the 14.6% alcohol this wine has must have been considered extremely high. The people who poured this wine mentioned it was stored in less than ideal conditions to say the least.

The wine is losing its brick red color and giving way to a brown-orange color. When first opened, almost everyone was about to give up on it. I've had some very old California wines in the past and felt it best to wait this one out a little while. When it was first opened, it was mostly, earth, mushrooms, forest floor and hints of currants in the nose. The flavors were earthy, and with currants. After 8 hours in a decanter, this wine completely changed to almost everyones surprise. It gave off aromas of cassis, raspberries, mineral, earthy aromas and slight floral aromas. It tasted of cassis, raspberries, mineral and earth. The currant aroma and flavor would come and go at times. Had this wine been stored in ideal conditions, it probably would have held up even better and had a chance at seeing 50 years old. However, with this wine, given this bottles history, drink it now. It truly is amazing how this wine aged and never gave up. All the more proof that if California vintners want to make long term aging wines, they can easily do it.
Red
2/14/2013 - Renegade Likes this wine:
92 points
This wine has dark purple color, heavy body and 14.5% alcohol. It gives off aromas of currants, wet stones/minerality, worcestershire sauce, and milk chocolate. It tastes of currants, milk chocolate, sour cherry and mineral. There is noticeable acidity with this wine, as well as tannin. Too young and concentrated to drink now, give it 2 to 3 more years in the cellar. On a conservative drinking window - 2015 to 2018+
Red
2011 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/19/2012 - Renegade wrote:
96 points
This is yet another outstanding wine from Ridge. It has a medium purple color and is a more elegant medium bodied wine. It has a low alcohol content of 12.8%. It is is a very complex wine, giving aromas of black berries, cassis, eucalyptus, scorched earth, bacon, plums, spices and roasted coffee bean. It tastes of black berries, cassis, plum, bacon, and coffee bean. There was also some minerality in the nose and flavor. While this wine seemed approachable from the barrel, once bottled, I expect it to shut down and put on a little weight. I will guess this to be a 30 to 40+ year wine, most likely from 2023 to 2051+.
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Red
3/17/2012 - Renegade wrote:
98 points
Normally, I am not a big fan of the big new world styled wines. However, this is one of a few exceptions and perhaps the best new world styled wine I have ever had. I love Bordeaux, and wineries from California and Washington that try to make their wines traditional Bordeaux style, that aside, what Jayson Woodbridge is doing with Hundred Acre is absolutely amazing. This wine still has a deep dark purple color and no color loss. It is a heavy bodied wine with a very high alcohol of 15.9%. What is most amazing about this wine is, in spite of the high alcohol, there is ZERO burn, it does NOT drink hot in any way. If I did not know the alcohol content, I would not guess it to be where it is. This wine is balanced, very well balanced and just a great pleasure to drink. This wine constantly changes as it sits out. It gives off aromas of floral notes, red berries, cassis, plums, vanilla, earl grey tea, creme de cocoa and several other aromas I could not identify. It tasted of red berries, plums, cassis, vanilla, earl grey tea, creme de cocoa and other flavors I could not identify. There is not even a REMOTE hint of this wine tasting old. This wine just tasted so fresh, so crisp and smooth. While the majority of wines in the world are on their downside at this point in their life, I have to say, the 2002 Hundred Acre has yet to hit its prime. I have 2 more bottles of it left. I will post those notes 5 years from now and 10 years from now. My guess for the aging window on this wine will be on the conservative side, I would say it will be at its best from 2014 to 2022+. Due to how perfectly this wine is balanced, I do believe it will age well beyond the 2022, I believe it could see 25 to 30 years. Whenever this wine hits its peak, I am going to say, it will be a 100 pointer.
White - Sparkling
1996 Mumm Napa DVX Napa Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
12/25/2011 - Renegade wrote:
94 points
This wine was properly cellared in ideal conditions. The '96 Mumm DVX was an excellent sparkling wine to go with our Christmas dinner, it aged perfectly. One thing for sure is, sparkling wines from reputable wine makers such as Mumm, Domaine Carneros, Equinox and Roederer - there flagship wines, and even some of there lesser wines age very good! 1996 Mumm DVX is one that aged to as good as it could have. It is a golden color, 12.5% alcohol, the bubbles were fine and could not have been better for a wine going on 16 years of age. It gave off aromas of vanilla, cream, honey, pears, lichi, pears and baked red apples. It tasted of vanilla, lichi, pears, baked red apples, honey and cream. An impressive domestic wine, it is drinking really good right now, but will easily see 20+ years of life from vintage date and be an outstanding bubbly!!
Red
10/8/2011 - Renegade wrote:
91 points
I have had a Morgan wines a few times before, but unfortunately did not take notes on them; which is too bad since they were very good wines. This wine from Morgan is another good one. It is a medium purple colored wine with medium body and 13.5% alcohol. It is a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah. It gives off aromas of raspberries, cassis, cardamom and all spice. It tastes of raspberries, cassis, cardamom and all spice. This is an elegant, yet fruity wine. It is very good on its own, but it is begging for the right food pairing. Outstanding value for the money. Drink this wine within 5 years of vintage date.
Red
10/7/2011 - Renegade wrote:
88 points
This wine has a deep purple color and has medium-heavy body. Alcohol content is 14.5%. It gives off aromas of plums, spices, chocolate, slight herbal and cassis aromas, too. It tastes of plums, spices, cassis, chocolate and slight herbal flavors as well. For awhile I had given up on Australian wines, but a friend brought this bottle over, and it has me interested in Australian wines again. Good wine for the money!! Drink now to 2013.
Red
10/2/2011 - Renegade wrote:
90 points
This wine is a heavy bodied wine with a dark ruby red color to it, it is starting to lighten, even showing slight signs of browning at the rim. It has an alcohol content of 14.7%. It was a good wine after 4 hours of decanting. This wine gave off aromas of mineral, soy sauce, black cherries, blueberries, anise and blackberries. It tasted of mineral, black cherry, anise, blackberry and blueberry. This is a good wine, and for new world wine lovers, this is a good wine. For a Merlot, this is just too big and overpowering and goes away from what Merlot is supposed to be. Drinking window, 2012 to 2016. I have one bottle left, I will open it in 2014.
Red
10/2/2011 - Renegade wrote:
95 points
This is a heavy bodied wine that still has a very inky dark purple color to it, the rim is a very dark ruby red. Alcohol content is at 14.8%. After nearly 6 hours of decanting, the wine really opened up. It gave off aromas of red berries, mineral, cherry cola, plums, soy sauce, milk chocolate and some floral aromas as well. It tasted of red berries, mineral, plums, cherry cola, chocolate and a few other flavors I could not identify. This wine has a nice, long lingering after taste. I am not a huge fan of new world California styled wines, but when I come across one that is done right, they are quite impressive, this clearly is one of them. For a true new world styled California wine, this is one of the few I think can continue to improve with age. I have 2 more bottles left. I will most likely open one up at 12 years of age and see where it is headed at that point. Drinking window: 2012 to 2019+.
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White
9/21/2011 - Renegade wrote:
90 points
This wine has medium-light yellow color to, medium-heavy body and 14.1% alcohol. It gives off aromas of pineapples, pears and honeydew, it also tastes of pineapples, pears and honeydew. This wine is drinking very good right now, and should be smooth out and be even better over the next 5 years. Yummy!
Red
8/25/2011 - Renegade wrote:
93 points
I was impressed with this wine as of now, and for that I give it a 90-91 point rating. However, I rated this wine 93 points due to its future potential. This is a wine that is opaque purple in color, medium-heavy body and 14.0% alcohol. I opened this bottle yesterday, however it was not until today that it started to show what it has going for it. It gives off aromas of black cherries, graham cracker, blueberries, vanilla, violets, plum and a bit gamey. It tasted of black cherries, blueberry pie, plums, vanilla and some gamey flavours. There were a few other aromas and flavours going on in this wine I could not quite identify. This wine will improve with age, I would say within the next 2 or 3 years it will be at its peak, or near its peak. From what I taste, it is a wine that will easily go 8 to maybe 10+ years from vintage date. The reason I state maybe 10+ years is that I am worried that past 10 years it might be mostly tannin and little fruit.
Red
7/7/2011 - Renegade wrote:
92 points
This wine has a medium purple color to it with a ruby red rim. It is a heavy bodied wine with 14.7% alcohol. It is very aromatic wine, giving off aromas of blackberries, plums, cherry cola, chocolate and a very noticeable aroma of cardamom. It tastes of blackberries, cardamom, unsweetened baking chocolate, slight black cherry and some espresso. This wine is good, and I think it is near its peak now. For its price, I would like to give it the benefit of the doubt of seeing 20 years old, but I just can not see that in this wine. The structure seems good, but the tannins have mellowed it was drinking fairly smooth after 3 hours of decanting. To be on the safe side, drink this wine within the next 3 years, anything beyond 12 years from vintage date is a risk. I could be wrong about this, but my instinct tells me that this is a 12 to maybe 15 year wine from vintage date at best. Open and enjoy.
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Red
6/19/2011 - Renegade wrote:
96 points
This wine has a deep dark, inky purple color to it, it is a heavy bodied Malbec with 14.5% alcohol. This wine has tremendous potential, but it was opened too young. After about 6 hours of decanting, it has an incredible nose of floral aromas, graphite/mineral/pencil shavings , blueberry pie, casssis and cigar. It tastes of mineral, blueberry pie, cigar, cassis, cola, and dark fruits. There are other aromas and flavors going on this wine that I can not quite identify, but when everything comes together and this wine hits its peak, this will be a serious WOW wine! This wine needs at least 3 more years in the cellar, it has a great future ahead of it. For the aging window, I am going to say wait 3 years(2014), this wine will be at its best between 2014 to 2019. Very, very impressive. Wow, all I know is I am going to buy a few more bottles to put down.
Red
5/19/2011 - Renegade wrote:
98 points
I tasted this at a wine tasting, and it was also a fabulous wine. It is medium bodied, 12.5% alcohol and has a light/medium ruby red color to it, it lightening at the rim, but no browning yet. It gave off aromas of mushrooms, red berries, roses, tobacco, slight hints of mint and spices. It tasted of red berries, cassis, tobacco, rose petals, slight mint and rhubarb. Nice long aftertaste! This wine is nowhere near finished, it has at least 10 to 20+ more years in it.
Red
5/19/2011 - Renegade wrote:
100 points
I was lucky enough to have some Heredia wines at a tasting, they were just amazing. All of them were decanted properly. I do not know how to explain it, was I just lucky and we got the wines in the right phase and were bottled perfectly? I don't know, but they were just amazing. This wine is a medium bodied wine, the color has lightened some, but is still a medium ruby red with lightening, but NO signs of browning at the rim. It is only 12.0% alcohol. The wine gave off multiple aromas of red berries, spices, perfumey/floral aromas, rhubarb, cassis, slight hints of mint and tobacco. It tasted of red berries, rhubarb, spices, cassis, mushroom and a couple other flavors. Nice long aftertaste! This wine is by no means done yet. Given the acidity, tannin and structure, this wine has at minimum 15 more years, but would not be surprised at all to see it go 25+ more years.
Red
3/19/2011 - Renegade wrote:
92 points
I thought the '07 Hanzell was a big improvement over their '05 and '06 Pinot Noirs. The 2008 Hanzell is not only an improvement over '05 and '06, but also better than '07 as well. It is looking like Hanzell might be gradually going back to what made them great to begin with, at least I hope so. This is a medium bodied wine with a ruby red color, it is 14.3% alcohol. It gives off aromas of pomegranate, foresty aromas, slight mineral and floral notes and pipe tobacco. It tastes of pomegranate and other red fruits, spices and a little mineral. The wine is still fairly close in, it needs time in the cellar. It should easily age 12 to 15 years from vintage date and keep improving during that time. Hopefully Hanzell is going back to its tradition, it would be great if they started producing their Pinot Noir at around 12.5% to 13.5%, and just create a second label Pinot Noir around 14.0% to 14.5% that is more approachable, then we can let their flagship Pinot Noir age for several decades like a Burgundy. If this wine ages like I think it might, I can see a possible 94 points here.
Red
3/19/2011 - Renegade wrote:
91 points
This wine has aged nicely. It appears to not have lost much color, as it has a dark ruby red color to it. It is a medium bodied Merlot with 14.1% alcohol. It gives off aromas of licorice, blackberries, tar, baking spices, black currants and blueberries with some earthiness coming in. It tastes of black currants, blueberries, baking spices, cassis and earthy flavors. This wine is at its peak, I do not see it improving any. At best, it will hold what it has for 3 more years.
Red
2/18/2011 - Renegade wrote:
91 points
This wine has more of a heavy body to it, a dark ruby red color and 14.5% alcohol. It gives off aromas of cassis, cola, vanilla bourbon vanilla, euclyptus and spices. It tastes of cassis, vanilla, spices, candied red fruits and cola. With several hours of decanting time, it should drink good now, but no doubt will improve with age. My guess for a good drinking window, 2014-2020+. Nicely balanced. Want to have some fun. Have a blind tasting and throw in a bottle of Heitz, it will be sure to impress!
Red
2/18/2011 - Renegade wrote:
93 points
Another excellent wine from Heitz. It has a ruby red color, medium/heavy body and 14.5% alcohol. It gives off aromas of cassis, plums, red berries, dried fruits, dark fruits and spice. It has a flavor profile that matches. The wine is nicely balanced and will be at its best between 2014-2026+ in my opinion.
Red
2/18/2011 - Renegade wrote:
95 points
How many wineries will pour their flagship wine at their tastings and still not charge for the tasting. This has ZERO influence on my score, but the Heitz family is very smart in the fact that they don't need to charge for tasting, they know the wine sells itself. I have tasted at Heitz in the past, and each time I have been there, I have yet to see anyone leave without buying a bottle. The 2006 Martha's Vineyard is outstanding. It has a dark ruby red color, medium/heavy body and 14.5% alcohol. This wine gives off aromas of mint, camphor, chocolate, dark fruits, spices, cola and a little earth. It tastes of mint, chocolate, dark fruits, black cherry, cola, and spices. It gets better as it airs out more, but without a doubt, while this is a higher alcohol wine, it is one of the few that know how to make it right. It will need a good 10 to 12 years from vintage date before being ready to drink and will easily go 30 to 35 years from vintage date. This is a nicely balanced wine. I would say the only thing Heitz can do to improve is get the alcohol down.
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Red
1999 Quintessa Rutherford Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/30/2011 - Renegade wrote:
93 points
This wine has a dark ruby red color to it, medium body and 14.1% alcohol. It gives off aromas of raspberries, floral and dusty notes, baking spices,cocoa powder, some currants and a little vanilla. It tastes of raspberries, baking spices, currants, chocolate, vanilla and a little earth. This wine has aged perfectly, it is at its peak now, although it should have no problems holding up another 3 years. Drink now and between the next 3 years. A food friendly wine that should pair nicely with several dishes!
Red
1/30/2011 - Renegade wrote:
80 points
This wine has a deep dark purple color to it, heavy body and an overwhelming 15.2% alcohol. It gives off aromas of dark fruits, licorice, graphite, cassis and a little cedar. It tastes of dark fruits, mineral, cassis and a little of what seems like cedar. Overall, not the most impressive Caymus Special Select. This wine does not have a prayer at aging like the older Special Selects will. If you like a meal in a glass and something that really does not pair well with any type of food, this is a good wine for you. I do not see this being much more than a 12 to at most 15 year wine from vintage date. Hopefully it improves, but I have my doubts given the lack of acidity to balance out the tannin. The alcohol is not a pleasant aroma nor is it really good in the flavor as well. The fruit will not outlast the tannin.
Red
1/30/2011 - Renegade wrote:
94 points
This wine has a dark ruby red color to it, medium-heavy body and a 14.5% alcohol. It gives off aromas of red fruits, floral notes, tar, foresty aromas, cocoa and black cherries. It tasted of black cherries, raspberries, chocolate and baking spices. Unfortunately, this wine was opened too young, it needs at least 4 more years in the cellar before showing what it is all about. My guess for a drinking window, 2015 to 2028. I wish I had another bottle, if I find one, rest assured I will buy it. The best is yet to come.
Red
1/29/2011 - Renegade wrote:
94 points
This wine has a dark ruby red color to it, medium bodied and 13.5% alcohol. It gives off aromas of ripe cherries, leather, cocoa powder and pencil shavings. It tastes of cherries, cocoa, leather and a little earth. It is not ready yet, give it 5 more years in the cellar and it should be drinking really good. This should be a good wine 12 to 15 years from vintage date.
Red
2004 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/29/2011 - Renegade wrote:
93 points
Thanks to a generous friend, we shared this wine at a nice restaurant. This wine has a dark inky ruby red color to it, medium bodied and 13.5% alcohol. It gave off aromas currants, baking spices, red berries, soy sauce earth and some mineral. It tasted of currants, red berries, baking spices, and some earth and mineral. This wine was opened too young and while after decanting it improved, the only thing that will do it any justice is time in the cellar. I would say this wine is a 15 to 25 year wine, it should really start to come around in 2014 and be good through 2029.
Red
10/30/2010 - Renegade wrote:
93 points
I also had this wine at the same restaurant as I did the 2002 Dom Perignon. The dim lighting didn't allow me to get the best color description. What I can say is I think it was a more light-medium ruby red color, and I could see my fingers at the bottom of the glass before I even had any to drink. The wine is light/medium bodied and 13.5% alcohol. It took a little while to open up, but when it did, I got aromas of baking spices, floral aromas, cassis, red berries and what seemed like hints of cigar, and mineral. It tasted of baking spices, cassis, red fruits, mineral, and a little cigar. Nice lingering aftertaste. This wine is not your concentrated overripe California Pinot Noir, instead it is more like a Burgundy. It needs some time in the cellar, my guess is it will be really good from 2012 to 2019+.
White - Sparkling
10/30/2010 - Renegade wrote:
95 points
I am not able to give a true accurate description of the color of this Champagne due to I ordered a glass of it with my dinner at a restaurant with dim lighting. In spite of this Champagne not being served in a proper Champagne glass, but close enough, I was able to get aromas of toasted almonds, yeast, mineral, green apples and pears. It tasted of toasted almonds, yeast, mineral, pears and green apples. It seemed like there was an ever slight aroma and taste of honeysuckle as well. The bubbles were very fine and plentiful. This Champagne is good now, but time in the cellar will be very rewarding. I would drink this between 2012 and 2027+. Excellent bubbly!
Red
2008 Alpha Omega Era Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/30/2010 - Renegade wrote:
96 points
I was lucky enough to barrel taste this wine, and WOW! It has a deep purple color, heavy body and a 14.9% alcohol. I am not normally a big fan of high alcohol wines like this, but when they are done right they are very good. I did not get any heat when drinking this wine. It is a layered wine in both the aromas and flavors. It gave off floral aromas, aromas of black olives, creme de cocoa, creme de menthe, spices and blackberry liquor. It tasted of creme de cocoa, creme de menthe, blackberry liquor currants and baking spices. It also had slight aromas and tastes of dust as well. It will be an agealbe wine. It appears it will be approachable young, but has all the right stuff to be a wine that will go 20 years from vintage date. The last thing I expected to do was come home with a 3 pack, but I did. Buy the way, they have an excellent staff that works there. A very fun place to visit!
Red
2007 Alpha Omega Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/30/2010 - Renegade wrote:
94 points
This wine has a medium purple color to it, heavy body and 14.3% alcohol. It is a blend of 50% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. The more it sits out the better it gets. It gives off aromas that just flow from the glass, the aromas are of currants, blueberries, blackberry liquor, milk chocolate and cigar. It tastes of currants, raspberries, blackberry liquor, milk chocolate and cigar. Nice acid, tannin and structure. This wine will age nicely. My guess is it will be at its best from 2012 to 2022+
Red
10/30/2010 - Renegade wrote:
90 points
This wine is a medium purple colored wine, heavy bodied and has a 14.9% alcohol. It gives off aromas of cranberry, graham crackers, cassis and dark fruits. It tastes of black cherries, mocha, tobacco and berries. Fairly tannic, but could use a little more acidity to go for long term aging. I would guess this to be at its best between 2012 and 2020.
White
10/30/2010 - Renegade wrote:
91 points
This wine is their "oaked" wine, it has a light clear yellow color and medium body. It has aromas of marzipan, peaches and pefumey notes. It tastes of peaches, vanilla schnapps and marzipan. Another interesting wine from Alpha Omega, and it should go 10+ years from vintage date.
White
10/30/2010 - Renegade wrote:
91 points
This wine is a light clear yellow with light/medium body and 14.1% alcohol. It gave off aromas of apricots, pineapple, mango and roses. It tasted of pears, peach, mango and rose petals. Another unique and ageable wine from Alpha Omega, it will easily go 5 years from vintage date, maybe 10.
White
10/30/2010 - Renegade wrote:
91 points
This wine has a very light clear yellow color and medium body to it with 14.5% alcohol. It has unique aromas of bananas, pears, pineapple and honey. It tastes of bananas, pears, pineapple and honey. This wine is good now, but will improve with age. Should have no problems being an excellent wine 10+ years from vintage date. Very interesting wine!
Red
2006 Bond Matriarch Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/3/2010 - Renegade wrote:
93 points
This wine is a deep, dark ruby red colored wine with medium-heavy body and a 14.5% alcohol. The aromas and flavors I got were from a very extended decanting. This was more like a young Bordeaux than a New World wine. It gave off aromas of baking spices, cassis, mineral, chocolate, berries, and some earth. It has a flavor profile that matches the aromas. It is a balanced wine, and it was a pleasure to drink. This one clearly will benefit from time in the cellar. My guess for a drinking window, 2014 to 2026, maybe even a bit longer. Rating this 93+
White
10/23/2010 - Renegade wrote:
90 points
This is the first wine I have had from New York and it was pretty good. It has a light clear yellow color, a light/medium body and a very pleasant 12.5% alcohol. It gave off aromas of limes, pineapple, apples and pears. It tasted of limes, pineapples, apples and pears. It has a creaminess to it as well. What I like about this wine is that it is a very clean and crisp wine. I would say a year or two in the cellar will smooth out some of the rough edges it might have. This wine was a very pleasant experience for my first wine from New York.
Red
10/23/2010 - Renegade wrote:
92 points
This wine has aged about as good as it could have. It is a medium bodied wine with a brick red color and 14.0% alcohol. It gives off aromas of raspberries, cassis, mineral and some floral aromas. It tastes of raspberry, cassis and mineral. This wine is at its peak, I think it will hold for 3 more years. As this wine sat out longer, on the palate it started going to a more earthy palate with dry tannin and a little dried fruit. Drink up!!
Red
10/23/2010 - Renegade wrote:
95 points
This wine has a deep dark purple color to it, it is a heavy bodied wine and has high alcohol at 14.7%. It gives off aromas of cassis, blackberry, earth, cedar and floral aromas. It tastes of cassis, blackberries, some earth and a little tobacco. This was decanted for 10 hours, and as it decanted more a slight hint of mint came into the aroma. What is impressive about this wine, in spite of the high alcohol, you would never pick it up when drinking it. For a high alcohol wine, they did a good job. I would say this wine needs at least 5 years in the cellar before it will really become an excellent wine. My drinking window for this wine, 2015 to 2022. I know the ageability window in the notes for Cellar Tracker(if you click the wine at the top of the notes) states this wine will go until the year 2029; however I just can not see this wine going that long. My analysis is that this wine will be at its best at 10 to 15 years at the most from vintage date.
Red
10/23/2010 - Renegade wrote:
95 points
A very impressive wine, it still has a medium/dark purple color. I am not sure if this wine has lost any color yet, if it has it is just very minimal. This wine was decanted for 10 hours, and over that time, it just kept gaining more complexity in the aromas and tastes. This wine is a medium bodied wine with 14.1% alcohol. It gives off aromas of euclyptus, mint, black cherries, black berries, plums, cedar, spices and chocolate. It tastes of red berries, black berries, black cherry, spices, plums and chocolate. After about 12 hours, slight hints of floral aromas started to break through. Keep in mind, this wine was stored in the perfect storage climate. There is A LOT going on in this wine. It is also a syrupy wine as well. As good as this wine is, it still needs more time to settle down. This wine needs at minimum 5 more years in the cellar, and it should have no problems being a wine that will go 30+ years from vintage date. I have 5 more 750's, and 1 magnum. It will be a lot of fun to see how this wine ages!!
Red
10/23/2010 - Renegade wrote:
88 points
This is a nice buy it now, drink it when you get home wine. It is very approachable now, and it might improve over the next 2 years. It has a light ruby red color and light/medium body to it. It has it's own unique style, I would not classify this as Burgundian or California in style, it is Oregon in style as they stayed true to their terroir. It gives off floral aromas, earthy/foresty aromas and red berries. It tastes of red berries, earth and spices. An excellent food wine for sure!
Red
10/23/2010 - Renegade wrote:
90 points
This wine has a brick red color, medium body and a rather high alcohol of 14.3% for a Pinot Noir. It gave off aromas of earth, tobacco, perfumey notes and strawberry jam. It tasted of strawberry jam, rhubarb, earth and tobacco. It is drinking good now, but it has what it takes for 3 to maybe 5 more years of aging. I would have rated this a few points higher, but it did drink a bit hot. Overall, a nice wine!
White
10/22/2010 - Renegade wrote:
92 points
This wine got a lot of wows tonight. It is a light-medium yellow color with medium body and a user friendly alcohol percentage of 13.5. This wine after sitting in the glass a little while gives off aromas of toasted almonds, pears, citrus and mineral. It tastes of citrus, pears, mineral and lychee. This wine is drinking really good now, it is silky and creamy, very nice!
Red
10/16/2010 - Renegade wrote:
92 points
The same friend that offered me the line up of all the Stony Hill wines, also surprised me with a second red wine from Stony Hill, their Red Table wine. It is a wine with medium purple color, medium body and a moderate alcohol level of 14.0%. It gave off aromas of euclyptus, spices, cassis, red berries and minerals. Its flavor profile matched the aromas. It has the acidty, tannin and structure for aging, and my guess is it will be at its best between 2015 and 2027+. I mentioned in my notes with the Syrah, I called Stony Hill, they mentioned this wine is new to their offerings like the Syrah. And like the Syrah, their goal is to get the alcohol down as they prefer it below 14.0%. All the wines I had from Stony Hill were impressive, but time in the cellar is a must. It is great to see a California winery holding on to traditional winemaking.
Red
10/16/2010 - Renegade wrote:
92 points
When I was with some friends, they also offered a surprise to me, 2007 Stony Hill Syrah. It has a medium purple color, medium-heavy body and moderate alcohol at 14.0%. It was a very impressive Syrah. It gave off aromas of euclyptus, red berries, floral aromas, spices, cassis, plums and mineral. It tasted of mineral, red berries, boysenberry and tobacco. It is a more traditionally made Syrah and needs cellaring time. It has the acid, tannin and structure for aging. I would say it will really be good around 2015, and be good until 2027, maybe even longer. I never new that Stony Hill made red wines, so I called them, and they said that they are adding Syrah and a Red Table wine to their line up. What is encouraging is they said they want to get the alcohol down to between 12.5% and 13.5%. They really prefer to keep their alcohol under 14.0%. A real nice first vintage for their Syrah.
White
10/16/2010 - Renegade wrote:
92 points
This wine is a light clear yellow wine with light-medium body and alcohol at 12.0%. Much more European and traditional in style like all of the wines from Stony Hill. It gives off aromas of honeydue, citrus, vanilla schnapps, mineral/wet stones and peaches. It tastes of minerals, citrus, vanilla schnapps, peach and green apple. It is another wine that needs some time in the cellar. I would guess the best drinking window would be 2012 to 2024+. As for how it is drinking now, I would rate it 88-89 points, with time in the cellar, 92+.
White
10/16/2010 - Renegade wrote:
92 points
This wine has a light clear yellow color to it light-medium body and a pleasant alcohol level of 12.0%. A more traditionally made, European styled wine for sure. It gives off aromas of limes, mineral, wet stones, floral aromas and nectarines. It tastes of limes, mineral, honey and peaches. Drinking good now, but it will improve with age. Easily a white wine that will improve for 15+ years. My guess for best drinking window, 2015 to 2024+. 92 points now, if it improves like I am guessing it will, it will go up a few points.
White
10/16/2010 - Renegade wrote:
95 points
This wine has a light clear yellow color, it is meidum bodied and alcohol is at 13.0%. It is much more European/Chablis in style than California, that is for sure. When I got to taste this, it had been opened and decanted for several hours. It gave off floral, mineral citrus and vanilla aromas. The flavor profile was of mineral, citrus and vanilla schnapps. Most people do not think of white wines as wines that are meant to age for long periods of times, and even fewer think of California white wines being meant to improve with age. This clearly is a wine that needs a great deal of cellaring time, at the very soonest, maybe 2015, but I am thinking at least 10+ years before opening. This wine will easily age 25 to 30+ years with no problems and be a real stunner. 90 points if drinking now, 95+ if you have the patience to let it sit for a long time.
Red
10/16/2010 - Renegade wrote:
91 points
This wine has a dark brick red color, medium body and lower alcohol of 13.0%. After decanting, it gives off aromas of currants, earth, chocolate, blackberries and a bit of a smokiness. It tastes of currants, chocolate, tobacco and blackberries. It is drinking good now, but should be a good wine 2 to maybe 5 years from now as well. What is nice about this one is, it is good on its own, and it is also a nice food pairing wine as well.
Red
10/16/2010 - Renegade wrote:
91 points
An excellent buy for the money to say the least. This wine has a dark purple color, medium-heavy body and alcohol at 13.5%. It gives off aromas charcoal, blackberry, cassis and milk chocolate. It tastes of cassis, blackberries, coffee and chocolate. This wine went really good with a meatloaf tonight. Unfortunately, the meatloaf was not that good, and the wine truly saved the dinner. It is drinking good now, but will improve a few more years. I am going to guess it will be at its peak around 2013 to 2014 and should hold up for possibly 10 years from vintage date. My only hope is that if someone else has this wine with meatloaf, they have a better meatloaf than I did, because they will have an excellent pairing.
Red
10/16/2010 - Renegade wrote:
90 points
In a previous note on this same wine, I felt it would improve for another 18 months, and it did! This wine has a dark ruby red color to it, heavy body and high alcohol at 14.8%. After a little decanting it gave off aromas of blackberries, cassis, cinnamon, creme de cocoa and very slight hints of bay leaf. It tasted of blackberries, cassis, cinnamon and a slight hint of chocolate. This wine is at it's peak, and while I do not think it will improve much, if any, I think it will hold for another 1 1/2 to at the most, maybe with the stretch of the imagination 3 years. I would have given this wine a 91 maybe even a 92, but the problem is, at the very end of sniffing the wine, there is a slight hint of a minor burn from the alcohol content. I really wish Katz would get the alcohol down in the low 14 percent to mid 13 percent. About a month ago, I had a recently released vintage of his lastest Cabernet Sauvignon, it was around 14.3% and one of his best wines he made.
Red
10/14/2010 - Renegade wrote:
90 points
This wine has an opaque purple color to it, medium bodied and a moderate alcohol of 14.0%. This wine is an outstanding deal for only $11.99 where I got it. This wine was decanted for 4 hours, and this is what the result was. Aromas of raspberries, cassis, chocolate and coffee. On the palate, the same, raspberries, cassis, chocolate and coffee. This wine has a long lingering aftertaste of the coffee to it. It is really drinking good now, and it should have no problems being an excellent and even better wine in 2012, however, anything past 2015 and your are pushing the limits.
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