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Tasting Notes for RyanWu

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Red
1/20/2022 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
90 points
Interesting Zinfandel. The nose was pretty much like long term solera Sherry. On the palate, it was still full body with blue fruits and chocolate lasting. Simple and enjoyable.
Red
2006 Paloma Merlot Spring Mountain District (view label images)
1/14/2022 - RyanWu wrote:
90 points
Pnp. Mine was perfect. Nothing odd was found in here. The wine was pure and straight forward. It’s a great wine to share with newcomers in wine. The bright sides of wine can be seen easily.
Red
1/14/2022 - RyanWu wrote:
91 points
Well made wine. The nose was filled with chocolate, espresso, the creaminess from vanilla scent, and blue fruits. This supple full body wine was drinking beautifully now. On my palpate, blue berry, chocolate, and a hint of licorice were found. 18’ is a very good vintage. You can see all the good elements are there. However, this one is a bit too one-dimension to me. It’s not really a complex wine. I will definitely choose others in this price range.
Red
1/8/2022 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
91 points
Pnp. Not a masterpiece. However, Turley definitely is one of the best Zinfandel producer in the world. It was so focused and pure. Although the nose might be one dimension, the purity and fruit totally brought me to my Zinfandel Wonderland. I always love their idea to keep high level of alcohol. In this way, lacking of lasting was compromised by alcohol diffusion. All the flavor was exploded in my mouth, so the lasting can be fulfilled. By the way, this wine was still great after 10 years.
White
12/25/2021 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
92 points
This is not the best vintage I’ve tasted. However, typical Bevan Chardonnay was still there. The honey scent was my favorite part of his Chardonnay. There is no need of any residue sugar. The magic of fermentation already built a great depth of this wine.
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2012 Blankiet Estate Mythicus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (view label images)
12/23/2021 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
94 points
Drank over the dinner. The nose was complex with earthy, red fruits, black tea, and eucalyptus. The body was quite clean and balanced. Silky texture was laced with mature tannin. Although the wine was bone dry, the mature tannin replenished the licorice kick to round up the lasting. It was still at the young stage but already enjoyable. There should be a 10+ lifespan for this gem.
Red
12/19/2021 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
92 points
Pure and opulent. I almost can not feel the high ABV (15.6%). Earthy and cedary nose. The body was quite juicy with long lasting. Not a masterpiece but a solid wine. Drink now to 2025.
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Red
12/12/2021 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
93 points
It was in a very good drinking window now. The nose was cedary, a hint of new oak, and blue fruits. On the palate, everything came together. You got silky texture, dark fruits, licorice, a bit sweetness, and mature tannins. The lasting was also fairly long. It was a great wine and kept everything in the right spots. Now I know why Dunn Howell mountain needs time. I did recieve the pay back from time of waiting. A wonderful experience.
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Red
10/27/2021 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
93 points
Well balanced. First night had mint and eucalyptus. Second night was really smoothed put. All the tannins were mellowed and integrated with all the flavors.
Red
9/26/2021 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
92 points
Still way too early………. The wine grew larger and larger with time in decanter. The nose was earthy, red fruits, and dry spice. On the palate, the tannin was still quite chewy, and the components didn’t come together enough. However, it was an absolutely solid wine at this stage. I can see the potential of it, but it will be better at least 5 years later.
Red
9/10/2021 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
95 points
It’s just right in the window. Ppm and sit in the glass for 10 mins. The nose showed flower and cigar box. On the palate, it just liked a single sourced chocolate. The lasting went on and on and on. Great wine.
Red
9/4/2021 - RyanWu wrote:
91 points
The nose was really expressive, so my expectation was a full body and powerful wine. Surprisingly, the body was quite elegant and seamless. Great work. It’s a perfect wine for a quiet night with a novel in hand.
Red
8/18/2021 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
95 points
This was the first time for me to try Russel’s work from Rutherford. On the first day, the nose showed typical Rutherford scent with some black tea or Puerh tea flavor, cedars, and pencil as well. No mention on the signature dark fruits in Bevan wines. This was still a fruit bomb from Russel, but the characters of Rutherford provided a more profound and gentle gesture. On the palate, it was not as complex as 2-hour later. After a short aeration, the tannin came together with licorice, dark chocolate, dry herbs, and a hit of sweetness increasing depth. The lasting was terrific. It lingered in my mouth around 45 secs. Overall, great vintage and great wine. He definitely did a great job on managing the fruits from McGah vineyard. I remembered the estate version can not be the rival on Russel’s version. However, is this the best way to present the fruits from Rutherford? Usually, the wines from Rutherford makes me think of a mid to silver age gentleman, but Bevan’s interpretation showed me more energy by adding more fruits and sweetness. It’s time to get more Rutherford wines! Anyways, solid 95 and 96+ on second day.
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Red
8/7/2021 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
93 points
First day, it was quite tight with strong mineral character. Second day, the aroma stated to show and all the mineral taste combined with juicy fruits. Great wine! Love it.
White
6/21/2021 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
94 points
Balanced now. It’s not as showy as silver eagle, but the balance was seriously good now. Overall, Silver eagle should be the flagship, Lancel creek is the most balanced one, and Frei Road is the one chasing after these two single vineyards.
Red
5/29/2021 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
98 points
Decanted for one night in wine cellar. The wine evolved really well with spearment, eucalyptus, flower, purple fruit, a hint of honey, and really creamy. It’s a magic to allure you stepping closer and closer. On the palate, i found cedar, mulberry, blueberry, and cacao. Then, the mid-palate started to develop mint, black tea, and licorice. The lasting was amazingly one minute long. The sweetness increased the depth of wine, and the chewy tannin made the structure solid. I am glad that I chose this wine as my birthday treat. Even though the wine seems still too young, I have no regrets. It is just as good as I imagine.
White
5/29/2021 - RyanWu wrote:
86 points
The nose was quite muted. On the palate, mineral taste usually gives you the sense of chil. However, the heat from alcohol ruined it. Overall, the quality didn’t match the price. Good Russian river or Oregon producers can surpass it easily with no effort.........
Red
5/23/2021 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
91 points
The nose was quite simple. Initially, acid was a bit off balance. After 5 hours decanted in wine cellar, the flesh came out and balance the tartness. The lasting was medium length. To sum up, this is a good wine for sure but definitely not a WS 93 wine.
Red
4/24/2021 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
92 points
When I popped the wine, the mushroom, meat, and dampened chamber smell were dominated. After two hours aeration, the wine started to shine. Fruits came out first and flower, forest floor, and smoke followed. I almost stopped drinking it for an hour. The nose changing was quite a treat. On the palate, fruit, honey and licorice for sure were there, but the most interesting part is the tea-like aftertastes. A great Chinese tea usually has a terrific lasting with a hit of sweetness. This Pinot noir also had this character, which amazed me a lot. What a show.
Red
4/15/2021 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
92 points
One. This is approachable already at this stage. The nose opened up fast with graphite, cedar, flower, and a hint of smokiness. On the palate, it was still a bit tight which indicated the long life ahead. The core was stuffed with licorice, cassis, and chocolate. Then, the creamy finish kept asking me to sip again and again. Solid and alluring wine.
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Red
2/17/2021 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
93 points
Balanced balanced balanced! Great work of Thomas Brown. Elegant and long lasting. I hope I can have more because it’s a 20+ years wine. Hold five more years. 93+ now.
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Red
2/17/2021 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
96 points
Elegant and muscular! The combination blew my mind. Cabernet Franc and Merlot harmonized with each other. This was the first time to enjoy this kind of combination, and it turned out to be out of the box. Like other Bevan wines, he always managed tannin well. The beast was tamed really well by fruit and new oak. Basically, there is no drawback I can find in this wine. Probably, the only missing point will be the uniqueness. This wine was just too good to be true. There is no even one sharp tip or hardness angle. This gem should be able to live 20+years, but it is terrific to drink now.
Red
2/17/2021 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
95 points
It’s at its prime time already. The nose is quite aromatic with cassis, lead pencil, and Chinese herb (Fairy grass). On the palate, the medium-full body wine gave me the elegant balance with a long finish. Everything is just at the right window. No wonder the Napa grand cru was this good. The wine is still energetic. It should be able to last 15+years.
Red
2017 Bevan Cellars Ontogeny Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/24/2021 - RyanWu wrote:
88 points
The nose was more like red fruits and there was not too much on the palate. I can see they tried really hard to make it work but this was not their best pitch. I was quite surprised that 17’ can be this bad........
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Red
1/15/2021 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
93 points
Drone coravin. It was still young, but the outline of the story was there. The nose was full of coffee, smoke, chocolate, graphite, dark fruits, and just right amount of vanilla. On the palate, I loved the texture so much. The chewy tannin made a great lasting dressed with dark fruits, black tea, and licorice. The touch of sweetness was really helpful to increase the depth of it. I will revisit it at least 5 more years.
Red
1/9/2021 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted for 12 hours at wine cellar. Pure and concentrated wine offered a hint of smokiness and dark dark fruits. The body was medium full and opaque. The mature tannin brought a mere one minute lasting. I was surprised that this one was not jammy, and had its own strong character. It totally was a profound gentleman. The whole experience leaded me to rethink the possibility of To-Kalon and the greatness of this site.
Red
1/9/2021 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
94 points
What a nice bottle. We had only decanted for one hour, and the wine was already open enough to enjoy. Then, it got better and better in the following two hours. Since I just tasted Pahlymeyer merlot 13’ a few weeks ago, this one was totally shadowed the pahlmeyer Merlot even the great 09’. The whole wine was very clear and expressive but still full of layers. We side by side tasted with Chateau Boswell To Kalon 2010. This was more expressive but shorter lasting. Anyways, this no doubt was a great wine.
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Red
12/27/2020 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
96 points
From coravin. This was an elegant giant. The statue I saw was tranquil, well-crafted, and magnificent. It was unfair I drank this with Continuum 10’. Continuum was shadowed by Dana Helms. This complex wine had blown me away. However, it was still too young. I will revisit it at least 10 years later.
Red
2010 Continuum Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/27/2020 - RyanWu wrote:
93 points
Well designed. Decanted for 24 hours in cellar. The wine was opened very well. Silky and smooth texture was decorated with flower, dark fruits, and a hint of smokiness. The only thing lacking was lasting. The final touch of the wine can not last for more than 10 sec. It seems like the design of continuum changed dramatically from 08’. I still remember that 08’ was a hard and stubborn wine, but everything was changed from 09’. There is no righ or wrong. I enjoyed both of the concepts, and the wine was great without any hesitation. Drink now.
Red
12/13/2020 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
90 points
The wine was drank two nights. In the first night, the candied raspberry came out immediately, and a hint of smokiness was also there. On the palate, the tartness provided freshness, and the silky tannin offered a fairly long finish. However, in the second day, the components were integrated together. The sugar smell, the red fruits, and the tartness, and the mature tannin all worked with each other. The whole wine became a total package. Even though this is not a big and complex wine, it was a real deal on any aspect.
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Red
11/26/2020 - RyanWu wrote:
90 points
To be honest, this was not the best work for them. I knew I had expected more from their merlot. I still remember the epic 09 with exotic nose and solid core. The nose was quite mute at this stage. On the palate, the body was really elegant but lacking structure (dark berry, chocolate, and a hint of licorice). It’s now Silky enough to enjoy and I don’t see too much potential for future reward.
Red
11/22/2020 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
91 points
Decanted in 55°F for 5 hours. The nose was like candied raspberry from beginning, and turn into fresh blueberry after 5 hours in decanter. On the palate, a hint of tartness harmonized with licorice and dark berries. This medium body wine showed the signature clarity of Williams Selyem. If the weather can be cooler, the whole experience will be much nicer. The tone of this wine was a bit too restrained which was lacking brightness. Eventhough, there was a hint of acidity in it, the level of tartness was still not enough to light it up. However, if the weather was cooler, this wine will be just perfect to enjoy.
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Red
11/20/2020 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
92 points
Pnp. Drinking beautifully now. 2009 is the juicy and succulent vintage. The wine was pretty much alike big wines from Rutherford. However, the weight was still less jamy than Napa cab. Nose showed cedar and a hint of leather. On the palate, dark berry was the major tone with prominent licorice finish. Powerful but elegant. Lacking of X-factor was the reason to just have 92 for me.
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Red
11/18/2020 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
91 points
It was so south America, which reminded me Don Melchor. I can taste partial old world and partial new world. Leather, earthy, and pencil nose dominated. On the palate, dark berry and licorice composed a fairly long finish. I am really impressed that the cab in west Australia can be this good. Drink now.
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Red
11/13/2020 - RyanWu wrote:
84 points
If you call subtle as balanced, this will be really balanced. (Boring!) The nose is subtle earthy, strawberry, and leather. On the palate, clean light body wine with subtle raspberries and a hint of finish. At this price point, there are tons of pinot in Oregon you can choose. Actually, I wish I could finish this one faster..................Next!
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Red
11/1/2020 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
92 points
Worth every dime of it. Solid structure, enticing nose, and fairly long lasting. Last vintage I tasted was 2007 which also knock my sox off. They did it again. At the price range of 50~60, this is good enough.
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Red
10/15/2020 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
95 points
From coravin, it was a rude action. The wine was so big and solid loading with dark fruits. So good but way too early. I bet 20 years may still not enough to unwind this wine. This type of wine is designed for next generation.................. Hope I can live long enough.
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Red
10/10/2020 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
86 points
Balanced and complex. Light everyday wine. The quality was perfectly matching the price. Nothing more and nothing less.
White
9/18/2020 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
91 points
Not as powerful as Bevan Dry Satck but more closed to elegant side. Although the tropical note was milder, the stronger mineral hint and acidity provided the cleaness and freshness of the wine. A great surprise was that this tranquil balanced wine was supported by a solid body. It is no doubt a great piece of work in Napa Valley.
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Red
8/21/2020 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
90 points
From Coravin. It was still way too young. The tannin was on the bitter side. However, the flavors were there for sure. Time will be the solution.
White
8/14/2020 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
95 points
Simply amazing! Everything was so harmonized together in the glass. Minerality mixed with fruity flavor and finished with a touch of honey and smokiness. Moreover, the lasting was outstanding. I've never had any chardonnay with this long finish. Probably, the solid tannin helped a lot on the length of lasting. With this kind of structure, this beauty should be able to shine a decade more.
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Red
8/7/2020 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
95 points
Amazingly energetic! This gem was already in the prime drinking window. Everything was so balanced. You can find chocolate and earthiness in the nose, and licorice, chocolate, blue fruits,and dry herbs on the palate. The lasting was not a long long one but good enough. This art piece can easily shadow other big names including big names in Bordeaux or any other places.
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Red
8/1/2020 - RyanWu wrote:
89 points
Overnight decanted. The wine was finally calmed. The nose had floral, plum, and dark berries. On the palate, medium body with medium finish. Good wine but still a second to third tier wine.
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White
8/1/2020 - RyanWu wrote:
88 points
Overall, a bit over the top. There is just a thin line between overextraction and powerfull, and this one was more tend to overextraction. However, the wine was still a good art work. The hints of cirus fruits and minerals were just covered by mature ripen aroma. The good elements are all there, but the balance is out of the ballpark.
Red
5/19/2020 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
91 points
From coravin. The nose was quite lead pencil in the very beginning, but turned to dark dark fruits after one and half hour aeration. Still way too young at this stage. However, the aeration helped out a lot. On the palate, the dark fruits builted the core of this medium body teenager. In the very beginning, the tannin still bite my tongue with a hint of bitterness, but mellowed out later. Overall, it should get benefits after bottle aging. I will try it again no earlier than 5 years.
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White
5/12/2020 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
95 points
The inagural vintage of ferren silver eagle Vineyard Chard. This was more balanced than 2014. Popcorn, vanilla, petrol, flower, citrus, and orange peel were integrated really smooth. There was no bursting single peak. On the palate, the blood and flesh were remaining strong. It was at its young stage but already alluring enough. IMO, I like 13' more than 14'.
White
5/12/2020 - RyanWu wrote:
87 points
Pnp. Golden liquid showed floral nose and vanila hint. The palate was quite complex with high acidity. Botyris scent was there as well. Old but still solid. Anyways, it is going downhill.
Red
4/1/2020 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted for an hour. The nose had just right amount of vanila with blueberry-like dark fruits. After two hours, there was less vanila but more chocolate and earthy tone. The missing element will be the strength of the aroma. Its there but not strong enough. However, it's really good on the taste side. The style is relatively elegant comparing to other Napa cab. This medium body wine was still quite complex with creamy licorice, dark fruit, smokiness and a hint of sweetness. The chewy tannins showed that it was too young now. Hope it will be better with age.
White
3/20/2020 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
92 points
Liquid gold! The aroma and taste are super focused. Popcorn, honey scent, citrus are exploding in your palate with a long long finish. However, the body is a bit too strong. The balance is prone to sweet and creamy, so the multi-layer characters are buried under that. Time may improve that.
Red
2/25/2020 - RyanWu wrote:
83 points
Mediocre wine. Candied cherry nose. Medium to full body but lacking acid to balance out. This is not their best work.
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