Tasting Notes for SLOFred

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Red
12/2/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
89 points
A very good value, like so many Martin Ray labeled wines. And for a $16 PN, that says a lot as I feel it is very difficult for me to find a PN under $30 that I actually will drink!
Red
2012 Jonata Winery Todos Ballard Canyon Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
11/30/2020 - SLOFred wrote:
92 points
Very nice GSM drinking really well now. This wine is consistently good, but never really a bargain.
Red
11/29/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
92 points
Same comments as prior. One CT member commented that this wine is unique for Freemark Abbey and likely the vintage. If so, I will tip-toe into another vintage before buying in bulk. That said, this is a great wine with very good QPR ready to drink.
White
11/29/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
89 points
I used to drink this wine in the '80's, and had not tried it in decades. I needed to fill out a case for shipping, and happy I chose this one. Great fruit. Nice acid. Definitely will buy again in the future. Good QPR at $11.
Red
11/28/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
91 points
Well made Grenache based blend, non traditional with Tannat in it. Double decant. Went well with enchiladas.
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White
11/27/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
90 points
Very nice. Lemony like many Chablis. Okay QPR. Vouvray can be had at very good quality at less than $20.
Red
11/27/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
92 points
Double decant and a filtering. Decant 3 hours. At first, still too young with significant tannin. Then with food, the tannins softened and took a back seat to a really balanced and lovely with. By no means, a "big" wine, but rather complex and full bodied. Plenty of life left.
Red
11/26/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
94 points
Ridiculously good! As good a Napa Cab as you will find. I had a Calcareous Lloyd the night before that I thought was as good as it gets, and this ranks right up there. Raspberry, vanilla, silky smooth. Just a great wine.
Red
11/25/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
94 points
This was one of the best bottles of wine I have had. So rich, but not a fruit bomb, so complex, with some blueberry (rare on a BDX) and such soft but rich tannins in the finish. I cannot say enough about how good this bottle was.
Red
11/24/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
91 points
Classic Walla Walla Cab. Competes with any CA Cab at a lower price point. Paid $33 for this one. Still has some tannins in the finish and could age 2-4 years.
White
11/22/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
90 points
Same comments! Great QPR and fabulous Vouvray.
Red
2014 Spring Valley Vineyard Frederick Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/21/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
91 points
This is an excellent WW cabernet. I highly recommend. Very varietal and tasty. As good as many CA Cabs.
Red
11/20/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
93 points
Delicious, completely ready to drink PnP Cabernet. Great QPR at $36 on a Labor day special. Others have commented that this 2015 was an exceptionally good vintage from this producer. I would still be willing to try other vintages, given the quality of this one.
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Red
2017 Tablas Creek Côtes de Tablas Paso Robles Adelaida District Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
11/19/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
91 points
As always, a great TCV wine. Always hard to believe this "lower" end wines are made with the rejects from the Panapolie and Esprit.
Red
11/16/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
92 points
My last of the 2010. Slightly tannic finish when first opened. Needed a double decant, but great afterwards.
Red
11/15/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
91 points
Very spicy on first opening. Definitely needed a decant. Ended up doing a Vinturi on half the bottle and that worked out well. If you have any of this, age for 3-5 more.
Red
11/15/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
92 points
My last bottle and it is excellent. Definitely has a characteristic Carmel Valley flavor, similar to what i have picked up on several Smith and Hook wines.
Red
11/12/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
89 points
My last bottle. Same notes, but this had a little VA that blew off quickly. Very good QPR. Nice at $18 for an aged Cabernet.
Red
11/9/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice Napa Cab. Good QPR.
Red
11/9/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
90 points
Very, Very nice wine. PnP and did not require a decant. Glad I have 4 more!
Red
11/8/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
93 points
Another great Calcareous. Double decant and a filtering, as there is a lot of sediment. Lush blueberry, soft tannins, full midpalate, lingering finish.
Red
11/7/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
91 points
Good QPR. Could age more. Decanted followed by another decant back into the bottle. Definitely made a difference. Clearly softened and sweetened some of the back end tannins that were initially quick astringent.
Red
11/6/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
91 points
Incredible wine from GO for $9.99. PnP and just lovely.
Red
11/4/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
92 points
Same evaluation. Delicious and consistent.
Red
11/2/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
89 points
Hard to know how to score this wine as I do not drink a lot of Carignane as not a lot is bottled as a single varietal. But this was very nice as PnP.
Red
11/1/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
91 points
Great PnP. Hard to believe this is East Paso Fruit. Lovely wine.
White
11/1/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
89 points
Even better than before. Now the nose has evolved to peaches and pineapple and away from grapefruit. A get value in NZ SB.
Red
2013 Calcareous Moose Paso Robles Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
10/31/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
92 points
Double decant, and was drinking beautifully. Blueberry. Soft tannins.
Red
10/30/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
92 points
Very, very nice OR PN. Hard to beat. Surprisingly good for the geographic area it comes from. I would have thought the acreage was in too hot a location, but this fruit clearly does well.
White
10/30/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
91 points
Another great bottle. Same comments. hard to find a better Vouvray at $15.
Red
10/26/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
92 points
Very nice wine, tarry and smokey. Drank after a 3 hour decant and then another decant! Plenty of stuffing to age. Goof QPR.
Red
10/25/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
92 points
Still young, too bad my last bottle. Double decant, great fruit, still some tannin, but as good as many Napa Cabs at 2x the price.
Red
10/25/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
91 points
One of the few 5 year old Napa Cabs I know of you can PnP without a decant, but a double decant really did open this wine up. Tannins are a bit harsh but not bad at all.
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Red
10/23/2020 - SLOFred wrote:
90 points
Wonderful fruit up front, very "Zinny". A bit of early MLF needed to be decanted to blow it off. Otherwise, nice wine.
Red
10/22/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
91 points
Very nice paso Cab, with great QPR at $25. PnP, no need to decant.
Red
10/17/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
91 points
Excellent GSM, but I feel not quite as good as the 2012 Jada Hell's Kitchen GSM I had a few nights before. Still, good cocoa and blueberry typical of grapes from this area of Paso. Don't get me wrong, definitely a great wine but not he best I have had. The 2005 version of this wine was fabulous.
Red
10/16/2020 - SLOFred wrote:
89 points
I believe this is the first bottling of a grenache for CRV. It was excellent, with very good QPR. I PnP and it really needed a 1-2 hour decant to show its best. With some more age and decant, this is a 90-92 wine.
Red
10/15/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
91 points
Same comments as previously. Just a great QPR. I need to buy this wine more often. Always a fine product. Could easily be a 92-93 with more aging. this wine really opened up after an hour.
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Red
10/11/2020 - SLOFred wrote:
91 points
Reached its peak about an hour after decant. Classic SR PN. Great wine.
Red
10/11/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
93 points
This wine was like chocolate covered blueberries. Absolutely drinking perfectly right now. Hard to remember too many better GSM blends.
Red
10/10/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
92 points
This syrah, like most of the Calcareous Syrah is on the blueberry side of the Tar-Blueberry spectrum. Great wine. Needed a double decant to soften, but lovely stuff.
Red
2018 Tablas Creek Côtes de Tablas Paso Robles Adelaida District Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
10/9/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
91 points
Excellent, but needed a double decant to soften the tannins. Recommend more aging. This wine has at least 5 years to really round out.
Red
10/9/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
91 points
Prior bottle was flawed. (MLF) This was excellent.
Red
10/6/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
91 points
This is likely a better than 91 pt sine, but it was just too young to drink right now. I needed to double decant and Vinturi, still tannins were pretty dominant. Definitely on the tarry spectrum of Syrah, not the blueberry. If you have any of these, I would age 3-5.
Red
10/5/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow, is all I can say. This wine is drinking perfectly right now. I could not imagine such a superbly balanced wine between fruit and tannin. I would love to get more!
Red
10/4/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
92 points
As good as many Napa Cabs at 1/2-1/3 the price to quality. A real keeper.
Red
10/2/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
91 points
Classic SB Santa Rita Hills PN. A bit pricey.
Red
10/1/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
90 points
This particular bottle had just fabulous fruit up front. Classic 70's zinfandel.
Red
9/30/2020 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
93 points
Soooooo slick. just a lovely merlot. Great example of what this grape can do.
Red
9/30/2020 - SLOFred wrote:
92 points
Nice Napa Cab, still needed a Vinturi to drink immediately. Over priced.
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