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Red
12/15/2022 - papabluez wrote:
95 points
Amazing wine! Perfect drinking window, but stil some structure left. Fruit and savory notes prominent. The Sangiovese is really nice in this blend.
Red
11/14/2022 - papabluez wrote:
94 points
Amazing.....rich in full balance. Fruity & Savory!
Red
2014 Château Beau-Séjour Bécot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/24/2022 - papabluez wrote:
88 points
Still rich fruit and tertiary notes, but too much oxidation!
Red
9/9/2022 - papabluez wrote:
93 points
This took a lot of work to get this ready for blind tasting, but it was well liked by the 12 folks in attendance. This is very tight yet. Upon opening, I found it very funky/oxidized, so decanted back and forth from one decanter to another for three hours. Upon opening at the tasting the funk had blown off, and it was rich with typical Brunello characteristics: dark cherry, leather, smoke, spice. It was velvety with texture. It was simply a much different and better wine after the three hours of work to get air to it!! Highly recommend, but be prepared for a long decant exercise if you want it at its best.
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Red
2010 Susana Balbo Brioso Agrelo Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/2/2022 - papabluez wrote:
92 points
Was worried this might be over the hill. Not so, but decant and air are needed. At first there is some oxidation & Brett on the nose, but also prominent black fruit. The funk blows off somewhat with air and the wine smoothes out into more balance. At first the acid was overly prominent.
Otherwise a nice Bordeaux blend. Big mouthful of dark cocoa, with some green stemmy note, dark fruit, with some tannic structure remaining. A nice surprise.
Red
8/21/2022 - papabluez wrote:
90 points
I think these need 10 year aging. Or, long decant & better on day two--bitterness much reduced then and one can get the typical Cab Franc notes--actually a rather nice mouthfeel. Needs grilled meat or charcuterie.
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Red
6/26/2022 - papabluez wrote:
92 points
Based on comments, was expecting lots of alcohol. It was there, but not at all out of balance. The wine held the alcohol very well, after a triple decant and 4 hours! Very nice balance between dark brambly fruit and savory components (garrigue, etc.). Very dark for a 95% Grenache. Enjoyable!
Red
6/24/2022 - papabluez wrote:
95 points
Absolutely amazing wine. Creamy cherry chocolate with nice secondary spice. Nice drinking window. Was in top three out of 8 blind tasted Merlot's and Sangioveses. All 8 were terrific, but the top 3 Merlots stood out: 2016 Three Palms Duckhorn, 2004 Petrolo Galatrona, & the Hourglass.
Red
4/10/2022 - papabluez wrote:
92 points
3 hour decant. Lots of rich fruit yet here, with perhaps the mouvedre taking a nice center focus! Long nice finish with some tannic structure left. However the Rhone funk was prominent an did not blow off significantly. If one can get past the nose and an initial oxidative taste, it is in a really nice place. Paired nicely with pork chop with peach/bourbon glaze.
Red
2/28/2022 - papabluez wrote:
94 points
This is an incredible wine from an outstanding vintage in the Tuscany region. It is the finest, and most accessible Sangiovese I've had in years. A perfect wine for someone waiting for their cellared Brunellos to come of age. It actually tastes like a cellared Brunello!! Rich, full, velvety with dark cherry, smoke, & earthy components. Find it if you can.
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Red
2/16/2022 - papabluez wrote:
94 points
This wine is in a great place right now. Tastes like a much more expensive bottle. Rich dark fruit, with some remaining structure. Tannins are soft and silky. Wish I had more!
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Red
12/3/2021 - papabluez wrote:
95 points
Drinking beautifully now after 3 hour double decant. Very balanced, with dark cherry, leather, dustiness, & spice. Very nice finish. Can go much longer, but quite accessible now!
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Red
11/14/2021 - papabluez wrote:
94 points
Perfect drinking window! Absolutely gorgeous right now, with abundant dark fruit and tons of savory components. Great on its own, even better with grilled, or smoked meat. Another example of how terrific many of these Paso wineries are.
Red
6/29/2021 - papabluez wrote:
94 points
P&P.......Wow! A really big wine. Enters the mouth in a rather thin, unobtrusive way, then explodes on the mid palate. Didn't want to swallow as the mouthfeel was amazing. A little hot, so some decanting may have helped. Long savory finish with tannins fairly resolved, but given the acid, this should cellar for awhile yet. Perfect companion for grilled meat!
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Red
1/28/2021 - papabluez wrote:
Had two bottles, pulled the first and it was pretty badly corked.....down the kitchen drain.
Red
2010 Château Cantenac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/22/2021 - papabluez Likes this wine:
91 points
Folks should have waited on this. Now in perfect drinking window with some structure remaining, but is very aromatic, smooth, with emerging secondary savory notes. Amazing QPR!
Red
12/20/2020 - papabluez wrote:
93 points
Juar popped this wine, and just from nose and initial taste I was blown away. Terrific wine and in perfect drinking window.......smooth from beginning through finish! Beautiful dark maroon color with hints of blue fruit and black cherry. In addition: smokey forest floor, mushroom, black olive, & spice. Some green notes on background, but not a hinderance. It is a terrific QPR.
Red
12/2/2020 - papabluez wrote:
94 points
Beyond a little heat, if I was tasting this blind, would have guessed a first class CDP. Grenache color, but surprisingly rich showing black raspberry, forest floor, clove, holiday spice, and a little white pepper.
Smooth and balanced with tons of fruit remaining. Tannins present but not overpowering. The presence of the fruit and tannin bodes well for another 3-5 years. Great job Helen!!
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Red
11/12/2020 - papabluez Likes this wine:
92 points
This was my only bottle of this wine. Had been saving for several years. Wish I had More!! What an amazing wine for $25. I would highly recommend at least a 3 hour decant, and save some for day 2 as well. Upon opening the wine is funky--lots of wood and a little Brett, but the majority of the funk disappeared through decanting and being in the glass for awhile. Taste included earthy big dark raspberry jam, especially on the mid-palate. As it opened up, it showed notes of stone, smoke, wood, leather, mocha, anise, etc. The mouth-feel matured as well & became rich & velvety. The wine featured a long finish with adequate tannin & acidity for further aging, however I'm not sure it would last until 2035 as Jay Miller of Wine Advocate originally predicted. There is no doubt that Artadi knows much about wine-making!
Red
8/21/2020 - papabluez Likes this wine:
94 points
What a huge surprise! This is an amazing bottle of wine. My wine tasting group always tastes blind. They guessed this as a younger high end California cabernet!! You cannot find a better bottle of cabernet at this price. Wish I had several more. Superb and complex nose. Wonderful balance throughout with silky mouthfeel. Commpliments to Woodward Canyon.
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Red
8/16/2020 - papabluez wrote:
94 points
Shared this wine last night to rave reviews. It is drinking beautifully! Most of the experts who rated this wine early on did not see the drinking window going this long. They were wrong. It's amazing now and has plenty of life left. Silky mouth feel, with long finish.......plenty of fruit with enjoyable savory notes!. We should have tried the extended age along with the regular 010 for comparison. Might do that tonight!
Red
2011 Rustenberg John X Merriman Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/21/2020 - papabluez wrote:
93 points
Perfect drinking window. Dark color with minimal fading. Dark fruit, green pepper, toast, spice. Should last a couple more years. Very Bordeaux like!
Considering the price point, this is a terrific Bordeaux blend!
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Red
5/20/2020 - papabluez wrote:
93 points
Now in perfect drinking window. Big dark cherry/raspberry fruit, damp earth, baking spice, and some tannic structure remaining. I was quite surprised--drinking like a much more expensive wine. Apparently a little higher amount of Mourvèdre than other CDPs, so darker with more structure. A little hot at 15% ALC, but overall a very enjoyable wine. Would work well with grilled meats and salmon.
Red
4/6/2020 - papabluez wrote:
75 points
Defective bottle! Unpleasant volatile acidity. Sharp sour fruit like cranberry juice, with nail polish remover overtones. For a limited production, higher end wine, this was a disappointment.
Red
3/23/2020 - papabluez wrote:
93 points
Wow, what a surprise! Based on my last bottle in 2014, I didn't have much hope for this, my last bottle the 2005 vintage. It is amazing. Still dark red/black with soft but very present tannin. I've had few wines that changed in the glass so quickly. The nose on this wine was fascinating. Early green, earthy notes typical of Chile, but as it evolved then came the dark fruit unfolding with major floral tones followed by coffee/chocolate, eucalyptus, apricot like stone fruit. This was by no means over the hill--it's in a perfect drinking window. Will definitely try to visit this place in Maipo on my trip there next year!
Red
3/22/2020 - papabluez wrote:
93 points
Still drinking beautifully with little to no discoloration. Full fruit & spice with nice finish. Still in perfect drinking window.
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Red
12/13/2019 - papabluez wrote:
unfortunately the alcohol is the most prominent aspect of this wine right now. It really turned off our regular tasting group last evening. Some fruit and spice there, but hard to appreciate through the heat.
Red
7/18/2019 - papabluez wrote:
93 points
Outstanding with three hour decant. Took second place among 8 really nice new and old world wines.
Red
2005 Clos Marsalette Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/11/2019 - papabluez wrote:
91 points
A really nice surprise. Was thinking this would be past prime and thin......I was wrong. It's in a really nice place, but was better on day two and three, so be sure and decant several hours. Nice balance of fruit and tannin.....smooth. Oak, black fruit, forest floor, etc. Worth holding back for awhile.
Red
6/22/2019 - papabluez wrote:
92 points
This has held up really well. Now very balanced with red to black fruit.....maintaining some structure. Nice surprise!
Red
4/18/2019 - papabluez wrote:
78 points
Took as a surprise wine to a reserve tasting tonight. Everyone hated it. Obviously has not aged well. Very orange in color with a pickle juice smell. The fruit is beginning to fade. Actually it is rather delicate on the taste, but the nose is just too unpleasant to enjoy. Fun, but way past its time.
Red
4/6/2019 - papabluez wrote:
80 points
Unfortunately, this wine was badly corked. Significant fruit under the taint, but was just too unpleasant. From a cellar that seldom has a cork or spoiled wine. Bummer!
Red
1/16/2019 - papabluez wrote:
93 points
Wow! Just popped and poured......and tasted. A big ass tempranillo with huge fruit and plenty of acid to make for smooth ride in the mouth. Tannins are nicely resolved. Can't wait to try over the next couple of hours and tomorrow. This is a big surprise--was worried I had waited too long. Wish i had bought more! Perfect drinking window!
Red
2011 Keplinger Sumo Amador County Petite Sirah (view label images)
12/29/2018 - papabluez wrote:
91 points
Do not even think about drinking this wine without an extensive decant. I would even suggest 24 hours. We tried this after a few days of cabs and pinot noirs--needless to say this was quite different!! Upon popping the cork, the nose was rather off-putting. After a few hours the typical big petite sirah characteristics began to show through. Big black ink, spice, anise, minerals, etc. If you are a fan of big fruit, this isn't your wine--it is unique and has tons of savory and tertiary characteristics. I actually think this would age for several more years.
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Red
10/24/2018 - papabluez Does not like this wine:
89 points
Plenty of big prune like chocolate fruit left, but this bottle was corked......overly oxidized. a big disappointment!
Red
8/24/2018 - papabluez wrote:
94 points
Number one wine of six syrahs at a blind high end tasting. Beautiful nose, taste, & finish. So smooth and velvety. Plenty of fruit with nicely resolved tannins & long finish. Black to red fruit, with forest floor, menthol, mocha, light pepper, etc. so glad I waited on this one!!
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Red
8/24/2018 - papabluez wrote:
90 points
This was one of six wines at a higher end blind Syrah tasting. I was surprised that it finished last among the wines (Clape Renaissance Cornas, Shafer Relentless, Cayuse Cailloux, Glaetzer Amon Ra, & mystery wine: 2005 Schild Barossa Shiraz. This wine had a beautiful nose and plenty of fruit on the entry--very pleasant, but then from there it was a bit disjointed as the alcohol, 14%, acid, etc. were out of balance. The finish was very stemmy & tannic. Hope some age helps this smooth out a bit. Not sure whether to drink the rest or wait.
Red
8/16/2018 - papabluez wrote:
92 points
Took first place tonight in a club blind tasting of "best wines under $30," vibrant purple color with great fruit and complexity. Nice ballance throughout. Terrific QPR.
Red
8/16/2018 - papabluez wrote:
87 points
Beyond its peak. Lacks complexity, but still has big jammy fruit. Tastes like a syrah that just can't quite get its balance right. Was disappointed given other notes. Drink up!
Red
2009 Torrin The Maven Paso Robles Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
8/2/2018 - papabluez wrote:
92 points
In a great place right now. Not showing the nearly ten year age span.
Savory and fruity with tannic structure still present.
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Red
8/2/2018 - papabluez wrote:
94 points
Amazing Wine despite it being a 2006. Tasted blind with 7 other grenache based wines from Australia, Spain, & California. The laurel rated number one among the group. None guessed it at even close to that old. Simply is not showing much age, and still had substantial structure. Savory, yet fruit driven......black cherry with some forest floor. highly recommend!
Red
6/25/2018 - papabluez wrote:
88 points
I generally try to wait 5-6 years on the Pinot's in my cellar. Do not wait that long on the Belle Glos wines!! This was ok, but way beyond peak, with limited nose, taste, & finish. Was hoping for more complexity. I really believe these wines are made to be consumed upon purchase and for two years beyond. My mistake.
Red
6/25/2018 - papabluez wrote:
88 points
Took to my Thursday blind tasting group. Very disappointing......it finished toward the bottom. Non-descript. Not aging well. Limited nose, texture, & taste. Was expecting way more from this bottle especially at this price.
Red
2006 Girard Artistry Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/5/2018 - papabluez wrote:
92 points
Was very surprised with how this wine has matured. It is very smooth/silky/textured with nice balance. Tannins are there, but very well integrated. Dark fruit with smoke, toast, and spice. Would last a couple more years, but this is in a wonderful place right now.
Red
5/10/2018 - papabluez wrote:
93 points
This has to be one of the finest cabs for the price ever produced. My last bottle. Still has tannins to carry it further. Aromatic, silky, nice balance.
Great wines age well......this is no exception.
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Red
4/12/2018 - papabluez wrote:
94 points
All the Pro's were wrong about the drinking window of this wine! This wine was one of the 2-3 favorites from 11 blind tasted reserve wines, including a CDP Beaucastel & Don Melchor!! It is aromatic and very smooth. It changed and improved continuously for four hours. Red to black fruits with spice, anise, and menthol notes. The tannins have softened, but it still has some shelf life. A wonderful dry red from Portugal. in 2005 it was #27 in the WS Top 100.
Red
4/8/2018 - papabluez wrote:
92 points
Agree with many other recent reviews. Very silky & textured wine with superb balance. Purple to black fruits with appropriate oak influence. Mild tannins at this point, but enough acid to hold it for awhile longer. Highly recommend.
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Red
4/5/2018 - papabluez wrote:
94 points
Tasted 14 CDP's blind tonight at our weekly wine club......from vintages 07 through 015. Wonderful line-up!! Not a bad wine in the bunch! The second best out of the 14 was the 2007 Beaucastel: textured, dark, aromatic, complex, with years left to excel. But the real surprise was the number one wine.....a "ringer" from an ornery wine club member.....was the 2012 Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas from Paso Robles. Beautiful!! Both wines California and Southern Rhone evolve from the Perrin Family in France. The Tables Creek is a Perrin influenced wine along with the Haas family. Congrats to both!! Can't go wrong with an eleven year old CDP from either location. Also finishing high were the 015 Chante Cigale, 012 Pontifical, & 015 Chateau Mar.
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Red
2/14/2018 - papabluez wrote:
93 points
I was afraid this might be over the hill as it has been a couple of years since my last bottle, and was I pleasantly surprised!! Wow, what a beautiful wine! The nose is incredible with great complexity & beauty. It is smooth and balanced with velvet like feel on the palate. Long and complex with tannins present, but mostly resolved. It is in a great place right now. Glad I have one more. Good work Ojai!!
Red
2012 Clos Fourtet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/22/2018 - papabluez wrote:
88 points
This bottle was badly corked. Underneath it all, it was apparent there was a high quality Bordeaux, as you could still sense the velvety texture.
Tried a trick I heard about this week: Put a couple of handfuls of Glad plastic wrap into a decanter and emptied the bottle into it. Left for about 1/2 hour and the chemical reaction nearly eliminated the corked nose and taste. The process slightly muted the fruit, but overall the the wine was impressive after the experiment. Highly recommend this to salvage a corked wine.
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