Tasting Notes for gotfunk

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White
2012 Cameron Blanc Clos Electrique Oregon Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay (view label images)
Just incredible out of the gate. It's concentrated and long with great freshness. There's copious pineapple, honey, lemon, torrone and tea with a steely spine playing perfect counterpoint. Elegant and beautiful.
Red
Decanted for an hour. Great balance all around and has fleshed out nicely since my last bottle five years ago. Red fruited and earthy, moderately rustic in character. Delish with buttermilk roasted chicken.
Red
This started out simple and a touch hollow, but filled out nicely after 24 hours. It is generous and impeccably balanced, with tart red fruits, earth, violets, a sliver of sandalwood. It will blossom with age, but presents quite well today.
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White
8/15/2019 - gotfunk wrote:
In a great spot tonight. It's simple, but has developed some secondary characteristics that add interest and just oozes with charm.
White
7/24/2019 - gotfunk wrote:
Two bottles purchased on release, same result - screechy acids and oak, little else. Kept in the fridge and re-tasted over three days with no improvement.
White
Served at cellar temp. This is really open and lovely, packed with orchard fruits, some tropical mojo, a little burnt sugar. There's a solid rocky streak keeping it fresh. Glou-glou city with shrimp, saffron and lemon spaghetti.
White
Winery purchase, served at cellar temp. This is in a great spot right now, full of energy and richness, everything seamlessly integrated and wonderfully balanced. There's real drive on the palate with white and yellow fruits (tropical and orchard), acacia and honeysuckle, a whisper of something herbal and a lively acid backbone. It is silky and weightless and has wonderful length.
Red
12/30/2018 - gotfunk wrote:
Lacy, featherweight and complex with just enough power and detail to hold your attention. Fresh cherries and roses, a bit of earthen funk, maybe a hint of sandalwood. Just beginning to come into early maturity for my tastes, this was singing from the get-go and remained fresh over two nights.
Red
2010 Matello Fool's Journey Deux Vert Yamhill-Carlton Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
10/26/2018 - gotfunk wrote:
Pleasant enough on day one, though a bit thin in the mid-palate and rather one-note-fruity overall. More complex on day two with savory elements making themselves apparent alongside the high-toned fruit. Still somewhat hollow in the middle and possibly in need of further aging, but a solid effort and an interesting take on domestic syrah.
Red
10/12/2018 - gotfunk wrote:
Auction purchase, excellent condition. A little oak protrusion immediately upon opening, but going strong and maintaining good balance. Fruit came a little more to the fore after a night on the counter. I'm not sure there's much development potential here, but neither is there any rush.
Red
9/18/2018 - gotfunk wrote:
Compared to my last bottle almost a year ago, this has filled out considerably and seems to be in a good spot.
Red
8/13/2018 - gotfunk wrote:
Silky texture, delicate, balanced, red fruited, very primary. A touch thin out of the bottle, but filled out after a night on the counter.
Red
4/19/2018 - gotfunk wrote:
Decanted for eight hours. Great texture and purity, if a touch ripe. Had the opposite experience of clayfu - this was a heady field of violets and blackberries with the stony/earthy/meaty elements firmly in the background. I would have liked to decant for less time, but work got in the way.
Red
4/18/2018 - gotfunk wrote:
A Jekyll and Hyde bottle, this started off really nice paired with a potent amatriciana, full of old leather and zingy black cherries. Later in the evening without food though, it morphed into a boozy, overripe mess.
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Red
3/25/2018 - gotfunk wrote:
Auction purchase. Perfect fill, but the cork slid into the bottle with just the slightest force, so gently decanted into a carafe. Despite the cork, the wine was fresh and vibrant with an intoxicating, perfumed nose. The fruit was surprisingly expressive and layered with an impressive range of tertiary elements. The acids were a touch assertive and the finish could have been longer, but otherwise this was an excellent and enjoyable example of a nicely aged Côte-Rôtie. It improved slightly over the hour we had it open and made for a superb pairing with traditional Greek lamb chops and potatoes.
White
This needed every bit of the hour's worth of air it received, but ultimately it blossomed quite nicely, showing great detail and richness while staying light on its feet and finishing long with energetic cut.
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Red
2/7/2018 - gotfunk wrote:
Seems to have come around somewhat, being noticeably lighter on its feet now compared to previous bottles (last bottle before this was back in November).
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Red
Dull and rather one-note upon opening, but blossomed after four hours of air into a panoply of electric flavors, savory, sweet, even a little umami in the tobacco notes. It's long, layered, delineated and fully exhibits the silken elegance that is the hallmark of these wines. The only negative was the confected nose. It never really came around and remained boringly one-note throughout the evening.
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Red
Auction purchase. Perfect fill and cork. Supremely balanced and elegant with bright, delicate fruit, slight funk and savory elements harmoniously layered. Acids and tannins seamlessly integrated. A pure pleasure to drink.
Red
It's difficult to be objective just now. This is delicate and ethereal with sneaky power. It's balanced and complex. It's great in this moment and it will be great ten years from now. It's North Valley Road on a fall afternoon with the sun breaking through swollen clouds.

In remembrance of Patty Green, a true original and along with her partner in crime Jim Anderson, an oasis of the authentic amidst a sea of pomposity.
Red
11/7/2017 - gotfunk wrote:
Still pretty primary, but drinking nicely with a good balance of exuberant fruit and darker barrel notes with zippy acids and subdued tannins. Polished and squeaky clean, it stood up well to skirt steaks with chimichurri.
Red
Last of six. Some bottle variation, but overall just a lovely high toned, complex, weightless gem that's worth seeking out.
Red
Light funk with savory elements serving as a backdrop to the crunchy, acid-driven red fruit. Quite good now, but clearly in need of several more years in the cellar.
Red
Ripe, powerful and spicy, but held in check by great acids and savory notes of tobacco and leather. Not a trace of the 14.5% alcohol. Silty tannins. The personality and sense of place shine through.
Red
Alive and full of personality. Beautiful perfumed nose. Layers of mature red fruits, spice box and earthen funk on the middle-weight palate. Shimmering acids and a lightly tannic afterglow, everything seamless and integrated yet clearly delineated. Pretty special.
Red
9/20/2017 - gotfunk wrote:
Nice texture, but overwrought for my tastes. Oak dominates the nose and palate.
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White - Off-dry
9/2/2017 - gotfunk wrote:
flawed
Last of three bottles purchased at auction. Previous two bottles showed classic flavors with great balance and poise. This one was marred by notes of grass and bruised apples.
Red
7/12/2017 - gotfunk wrote:
This is a marked departure from the last several vintages, coming off as dark-fruited and muddled even after two nights corked in the fridge. It may just need more time, but right now it reminds me more of California than Oregon.
Red
Not surprisingly, this was utterly two-dimensional on the first night, not much more than a generic light-bodied pinot with some pleasant fruit. After 24 hours corked in the cellar though, it gained an impressive amount of depth and complexity, exhibiting delicate texture and some great savory characteristics alongside the zippy fruit. The structure for aging is clearly evident, but it's worth enjoying one over a few days if you have bottles to spare.
Red
6/13/2017 - gotfunk wrote:
In a nice spot with a good mix of fruity and savory characteristics, light-bodied and zippy, but with enough structure to warrant aging for a few more years. Great balance and purity of flavors, just lacking sufficient complexity and length to justify the high price.
Red
Auction purchase, uncorked and consumed over the course of a few hours, with and without food. Seemed to be in a great spot, thoroughly enjoyable and deeply complex with a great interplay of fruity and earthy/savory flavors against a shimmering backdrop of acidity.
White
5/12/2017 - gotfunk wrote:
Now that's more like it! Echoes of the other positive notes here and in line with what I remember tasting at the winery. Hopefully the sampling of notes here is not indicative of bottle variation in the greater population.
Red
5/11/2017 - gotfunk wrote:
My first bottle from this producer, consumed over three days. Maybe it's in a dumb phase, but I found it rather boring and generic. It exhibited reasonably good balance, but was otherwise muddled and so middle-of-the-road in terms of flavors, weight and texture as to leave me puzzled over all the high praise.
Red
1/14/2017 - gotfunk wrote:
From magnum, auction purchase. Quite ripe and extracted, but with good acidity. Prodigious amounts of fine, sweet sediment.
Red
Crunchy, exuberant fruit with a little iron and earth. Lean and tart with an appealing edginess and the impeccable balance that I'm finding characteristic of Vincent's wines.
White - Off-dry
Beautiful complexity, layered and nuanced with exceptional balance, a full range of fruits from citrus to tropical, petrol, honey and flowers, zippy and salty, deep yet airy. With traditional slow-cooked pork and sauerkraut, a great way to start the new year.
White
12/26/2016 - gotfunk wrote:
flawed
Bottle no. 5 of a half-case, clearly oxidized.
White
12/23/2016 - gotfunk wrote:
Auction purchase. The elegance one expects from Thomas are clearly evident. So too are the signs that it should have been opened a long time ago. Matchstick, oak, prominent acid, faint orchard fruits, a bit of custard. The finish is the big downer with some alcohol and unpleasant oxidized notes apparent in the background. Overall, it was pleasant enough that we finished the bottle without effort, but I'm not sure how special this would have been even in its prime.
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Red
Good depth with significant secondary development and fruit leaning toward the ripe end of the spectrum. A vein of acid brings welcome lift. Not terribly complex, but a really solid, lithe Chambolle of persistence and class.
Red
11/23/2016 - gotfunk wrote:
Auction purchase. Large-scaled while being light on its feet with good acid and soft tannins balancing the ample fruit. In a good spot now, but with plenty of aging potential.
White
11/13/2016 - gotfunk wrote:
flawed
Not sure if this was low-level cork taint, but it was clearly not a representative bottle. Thin, watery and utterly lacking in flavor.
Red
Restaurant purchase consumed over several hours. Constantly morphing and shifting like facets of a jewel, but through and through it exhibits stunning complexity and impeccable balance. This is straight up great wine, no qualifiers necessary.
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Red
From the 2016 Berserker Day library release special. Fully open and alive with zippy petits fruits rouge, mushroom, earth, pipe tobacco. Great harmony, a bit slender and compact maybe, but the bottle vanished in no time all the same.
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Red
9/18/2016 - gotfunk wrote:
Recent library release. Gently decanted for sediment then consumed over the course of a few hours. Tobacco, tomato leaf, cherry, gentle spice. Tannins fully resolved. Lively and energetic, if a bit austere. Went better with food than by itself.
White
9/15/2016 - gotfunk wrote:
I was really impressed with this at the winery, but what we had here was a completely different animal - hollow and disjointed with no real gewürztraminer character. It showed better as it warmed, but never approached what I remembered sampling at the winery back in April.
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Red
9/12/2016 - gotfunk wrote:
Upper shoulder fill, same source as my last bottle. The balance is better, but otherwise similar to previous notes. Quiet elegance.
White
A bit richer than my bottle two years ago, but still with great balance and seeming to have plenty of life left in it.
White
8/16/2016 - gotfunk wrote:
Rocks, silt and herbs with a citrusy cut. Slightly firm and unyielding, it has a quiet power to it, like a glacier. Good now, but clearly in need of sleep.
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Red - Fortified
Small pour from a bottle opened back in December. Silky and airy with layers of honey, walnut, marzipan, plum and fig. Lively acids bring a welcome freshness. Just a faint hint of VA in the background. Long, persistent finish. Seamless, sublime, a real treat.
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