Tasting Notes for ISOPinot

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Red
9/22/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Garnet with crimson to rose on the rim. Medium legs. Aromas are red, non-sour fruit & wood-dominant: light toast and cedar. Also noted were hints of mushroom, dust and nutmeg. By Day 2, fennel joined the nutmeg. On the palate, spices and wood strengthened a bit. Medium body, round texture, medium plus finish. Medium plus acidity. Interesting finish: it seemed the tannins began without starting in the front and moving back. Almost like the tannins wanted to stay right at mid-palate. This feature made the wine more complex and intense. At $32 with tax & shipping, QPR is clearly below average. But the finish added enough interest that I added a point for extra credit. May be at or near peak. Drink now or in 2020.
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Red
9/14/2019 - ISOPinot wrote:
86 points
Garnet with orange at rim; rim variation greater than I'd expect at this age. Slow legs. Aromas are red fruit dominant, no sour fruit: strawberry, cherry, a hint of cherry cola. Also noted were subtle hints of dust, cedar and eucalyptus. On the palate, red fruit is prominent and eucalyptus strengthens. Body is light/medium, long finish, linear but polished texture, just below medium acidity. Impression: varietally correct, balanced, and more complex than many Grenache wines I've had in the past. At $22 with tax & shipping, QPR is average. Drink now or as late as 2021. This was a Berserker day deal and thus far we will consider future purchases.
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Red
9/7/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
88 points
Garnet with hints of pink and orange, medium legs. Aromas of distinct strawberry, distinct cherry, hints of dust, light toast, clove, and maybe fig (not jammy). On the palate, tartness/acidity is up-front, followed by a smooth, pleasant finish. Light to medium body, polished & smooth texture. Medium finish, medium plus acidity. Impression: balanced, complex, varietally correct Pinot Noir. Tasted last year and now I think this wine is at peak. At $22 with tax & shipping, given today's costly PN environment, QPR is slightly above average. Drink now. This bottle affirms Kingston is a reliable producer for us.
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Rosé
9/1/2019 - ISOPinot wrote:
82 points
Salmon with hints of orange, excellent clarity. Fast legs. Aroma is clearly strawberry: very subtle cherry and dust. On the palate, strawberry prevails alone. Narrow texture, short finish, medium acidity. Impression: a basic summer quaff, simple, lacking in complexity. Given bottle appearance and naming of wine, seems to be a marketing-hype type wine. At $17, QPR substantially below average (this was a gift; we won't re-purchase). Drink now.
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Red
8/24/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Crimson with pink-orange edges, rim variation consistent with age. Slow legs. Dominant aromas: cherry (neither black nor sour, just cherry) vanilla, chocolate, oak. Also present are hints of dust, black olive, tea, eucalyptus. Medium body, narrow yet smooth texture. Medium plus finish, medium acidity. Impression: varietally correct Barbera. A nice effort; there's definite balance and complexity. At $32 with tax & shipping, unfortunately, QPR is well below average. Drink now or in 2020.
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White
8/18/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
TN based on 2 days of tasting. Yellow gold, excellent clarity, a few bubbles on day 1. Rim variation consistent with age; medium to fast legs. Aromas are fruit and white flower dominant: lemon, lime, quince, maybe apple or peach blossom. Definite honey. There are hints of light toast, stoniness, hay and biscuit. On the palate, crisp, clean, more defined fruits and honey. Medium body, bright texture. Medium plus finish, medium acidity. Impression: varietally correct Chenin, balanced with some complexity. Good now to 2020, maybe 2021. At $32 with tax and shipping, QPR is below average. But a nice splurge, and will consider future vintages.
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Red
8/4/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Crimson to garnet; a few bubbles on the rim. Medium legs. Aromas of red fruit and the earth: cherry most dominant, a bit dusty, hints of raspberry, mushroom, vanilla, light toast and stems. On the palate, red fruit dominance continues but that hint of earthiness is still there. Medium body, linear texture, medium plus finish, medium plus acidity. Impression: subtle yet distinct complexity, interesting effort. At $26 with tax and shipping, QPR is average. Have more bottles and it will be interesting to see how this evolves over time.
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Red
2013 Carlson Creek Rule of Three Cochise County Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
7/28/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Interesting violet to ruby with tinges of orange and pink. Medium legs. Aromas are black fruit dominant: black currant, blueberry, blackberry. Hints of cranberry, prune, toast, cedar, black pepper, smoke and leather. On the palate, black fruit continues prominently with minimal pepper and leather. Body is medium/full, smooth texture, low acidity, medium plus finish. A nice effort with characteristics of all three varietals there. At $27, QPR is average. Drink now or in 2020.
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White
7/20/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Yellow with tinges of gold and green. Medium legs. Aromas that dominate are fruit: lemon, lime, subtle grapefruit & pineapple. There are hints of light toast, honey and hay. On the palate, acidity comes first, with confirmation of the lemon and lime. Maybe a hint of artichoke and baking spices. Light/medium body, linear texture, medium acidity. Defined, medium finish. Impression: varietally correct, average complexity. A pleasant effort. At $21, QPR is below average. Good now, could defer to 2020.
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Red
7/13/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
88 points
Ruby with garnet-orange rim, some bubbles. Medium legs. Aromas are fruit-forward, especially sour cherry. Strawberry with hints of cranberry, forest floor. Definite oak, vanilla, nutmeg. Even a hint of yeast. On the palate, sour cherry, nutmeg, hints of mushroom and oak are there. Tannins definitely fruity. Medium body, medium to long finish, high acidity. Polished texture. Impression: varietally correct, complex, balanced. At $27 (found on apparent sale), QPR is average. But a very nice weekend wine. I'll seek out future vintages while keeping price target under $30. Drink now or in 2020.
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Red
7/6/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Garnet with some pink at rim; rim variation consistent with age. Excellent clarity; medium legs. Aromas are dark fruit dominant:black currant, raspberry, cranberry, blueberry, blackberry. Less distinct are medium toast, coffee, oak, vanilla, clove, black pepper, eucalyptus, black olive and soy sauce. Even a faint whiff of mushroom. Medium body, medium plus finish, smooth texture with some polish. Acidity is low. Impression: varietally correct, multidimensional. At $24 w/tax & shipping, QPR is average. Drink now or in 2020.
Another Navarro wine I don't regret purchasing.
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White
6/22/2019 - ISOPinot wrote:
83 points
Straw color, definite bubbles, rim variation consistent with age, good clarity. Medium to fast legs. Many aromas but none that tend to sweet: grapefruit, lime, green apple, touch of mango. Definite petrol, stoniness, hints of nutmeg, apple blossom, baking spices, honey. And on Day 1, there was a distinct but slight mustard aroma. On the palate, acid, acid! with lime, grapefruit, baking spaces; no honey nor mango nor, fortunately, mustard. Light body, bright to linear texture. Short finish, high acidity. Based on 2 nights of tasting. Impression: not quite varietally correct due to that pesky mustard aroma. At $20, QPR below average.
Drink now.
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Red
6/8/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
87 points
Purple with hint of orange/pink on rim variation. Medium plus legs. Aromas of dark fruit:blackberry, blueberry, black currant. There's also mushroom (hint on Day 2), medium toast, cedar, oak, black pepper, cinnamon, black olive (hint on day 1), eucalyptus and coffee. Body is medium/full. Coarse and angular texture. Long finish, low acidity. Impression: this wine is bold and comes at you from many angles. Dark fruit, spice, earth, and more. Announces itself boldly. Complex, but slightly off-balance because so many items bounce around on the palate. Definitely an intense, masculine, New World Wine. Enjoyable and interesting. At $20, QPR is just below average. May be at later phase past peak, so drink now.
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White
6/1/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
88 points
Lovely yellow gold, excellent clarity, rim variation consistent with age, a few bubbles. Medium legs. Aromas are white fruit and white flower dominant: apple, pear, apple blossom, peach blossom and orange blossom. Faint hints of lime and mineral. On the palate, lemon and maybe a hint of slate join as well. Medium body, bright and juicy texture, medium plus acidity, long finish. A bit reminiscent of Chenin Blanc, Pinot Blanc and Riesling with an extra dimension. Compelling and refreshing. At $18, QPR is above average. Drink now or in 2020.
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Red
2014 Masi Campofiorin Veronese IGT Corvina Blend, Corvina (view label images)
5/29/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Excellent clarity, rim variation consistent with vintage. Legs are below medium. Aromas are sour cherry dominant; hints/subtle strawberry, eucalyptus, cedar, maybe artichoke. On the palate, sour cherry continues to dominate, no artichoke, just hint of eycalyptus. Body below medium. On Day 1, finish was longer than Day 2. By Day 2, the wine had opened up and the sour cherry was more pronounced, with all else remaining subtle. Very food-friendly and adding food seemed to enhance the wine. Acidity is medium to medium plus. Not at all complex, but somehow compelling due to its subtlety.

Paid just over $10 for the wine and QPR is average. We would buy the wine again, but only at around $10 or less. Drink now or in 1-2 years.
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White
5/18/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Greenish gold to straw, below medium legs. Aromas are white fruit dominant: apple, peach, pear, with very slight hints of melon, stoniness (granite? slate?) and straw. On the palate, white fruits remain dominant but there is a hint of stoniness and maybe tea. Light body, rather satin-like texture. Finish is short, medium acidity. Overall impression: this wine is pleasant but hard to read. With exception of white fruits all else is quite subtle. At $14, QPR is average. We might try other varietals from this vintner, which seems to be highly-regarded. But only if priced <$14 and a red. Drink now.
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Red
5/11/2019 - ISOPinot wrote:
84 points
Ruby with hints of violet & garnet. Legs are below medium, but not fast. Aromas of tree fruit are distinct; plum, cherry, sour cherry. Faint traces of dust, tea and hay. On the palate, tree fruits dominate and sour cherry is most prominent. Spices not detected. Body is light/medium. Texture is round, wine finishes below medium, low acidity. On day 1, wine seemed almost closed. For day 2, used a wider-brim glass to encourage the wine to open up. The wine at that time did transition a bit but there was still something missing; finish lengthened and in addition to plum and cherry, got definite sour cherry. This is not clearly not the best vintage of this wine I've tasted. At $7, QPR is average. Drink now.
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White
5/5/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Yellow gold, a few bubbles on Day 2. Medium legs. Aromas are fruit-forward: lemon, lime, and pineapple. Initial hint of beer at first whiff; then a bit of hay. On the palate, remains just fruity. No hint of spice nor wood. Light to medium body, juicy and bright texture. Finish below medium, medium plus acidity. Impression: friendly, pleasant little wine. Good match for pop and pour, and party wine. At less than $4, QPR well above average. Drink now.
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Red
4/30/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
87 points
Garnet with tinges of purple, rim variation consistent with age, medium legs. Aromas are primarily dark fruit: blackberry, blueberry, black currant (cassis). There's a hint of plum, light toast, hay, and dust. Flavors are consistent w/aromas. Medium body, medium finish, below medium acidity. Lovely smooth texture. Impression: more subtle, understated, polished than the usual big Aussie Shiraz. At $7 on sale, QPR above average. Drink now or in 2020.
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White
4/22/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
87 points
Yellow gold, distinct rim variation, medium legs, effervescent: bubbles! Aromas of flowers and white fruit: apple, apricot, pear, melon, apple blossom. Distinct petrol, underlying slate and stone. On the palate, fruit predominates and touches of honey and yeast join in. Light-medium body, medium finish, medium plus acidity. Bright and lively texture.
Impression: varietally correct, more friendly than complex but so very fun & pleasant. At $18, QPR average. Screwcap. Drink now.
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Red
4/18/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Garnet with slight tinges of orange; medium legs, rim variation consistent with age. Aromas are first of the earth:dust, forest floor, mushroom, garrigue and subtle straw and stems. Minimal red fruit: red currant, raspberry, cranberry. On the palate, earth aromas still dominate and red fruit persists, but is subtle. Tannins mainly from wood. Light/medium body, narrow to linear texture, medium finish, medium acidity. Impression: somewhat complex, not quite balanced due to dominant earth notes. At $22, QPR is average. A nice introduction to Spatburgunder, but would seek out lower-priced options before repurchasing this. Drink now or in 2020.
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Red
4/12/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
89 points
Primarily garnet with hints of ruby; excellent clarity. Medium legs. Aromas are red fruit dominant; strawberry, raspberry, cranberry. More subtle are cherry, dust, light toast, clove and just a bit of allspice. On the palate, berries continue to predominate and spices strengthen. Medium body, polished yet silky texture. Medium plus finish and acidity; tannins more woody than fruity. At $19, QPR is above average. Well-balanced, definitely complex. Glad we have 4 more of these. Enjoyable now but may peak in a year or two.
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Red
4/6/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
87 points
Garnet to purple, slow legs. Aromas are dark fruit dominant: blackberry, cranberry, black currant. Definite dried fruit: fig, prune. Hints of light toast, cedar, artichoke, eucalyptus and garrigue. On the palate, dark fruits remain primary and all others understated. Body is medium/full, very smooth texture. Long finish, low acidity. Impression: extracted, deep, compelling with consistent notes Days 1 & 2. Renewed my appreciation for Malbec and continues my + experiences with CO reds. At $22, QPR average. Drink now or in 2020.
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White
3/30/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Yellow gold, rim variation consistent with age. Medium plus legs. Aromas are primarily white fruit: apple and pear. Subdued lemon, pineapple, lemon blossom and apple blossom also noted. On the palate, pineapple strengthens and a hint of banana appears. Definitely tart, lemony taste. Medium plus legs. Light body, high acidity, finish just below medium. Interesting, friendly little wine; lemon influence and bright texture enhance appeal. At $10, QPR is just above average. Good enough that I'll consider future vintages at or below $10. Drink now.
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Red
3/24/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Ruby with relatively thin rim variation given the age of the wine. Medium to a bit faster legs. Aromas and flavors are distinctly red fruit:strawberry, raspberry, a bit of cranberry, as well as hints of dust, and light toast. Minimal black olive, green olive and bell pepper also there as the wine opened up in the glass. On days 2 & 3, some vanilla, nutmeg and allspice entered the picture. Medium body and finish. Texture is primarily silky but also smooth. Finish is medium, acidity is low. Impression: balanced, varietally correct and nicely aged. Clearly evolved over a few days. At $14, QPR is average. Either at or just past prime. Drink now.
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White
3/10/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Lovely yellow gold, medium legs. Aromas are primarily tree fruit: apple and peach, with subtle hints of pineapple, petrol, apple blossom and honey. On the palate, definite lemon, apple, petrol, and hint of honey remains. Light to medium body, medium finish, medium plus acidity. Texture is linear yet a bit oily -- maybe the petrol? As the wine evolved over a few days, the floral aromas became more dominant and the flavor more lemon and tart/acidic. Overall impression: may be past peak, but still very enjoyable. At $18, QPR is average. Drink now.
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Red
3/2/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Ruby with hints of violet, medium legs, minimal rim variation. Aromas of red berries predominate: strawberry, cranberry, raspberry. Hint of light toast. On the palate, red berries remain the central impression with a bit of clove and tea emerging. Light/medium body, bright and simple texture. Finish is medium, acidity is medium plus. Impression: friendly red wine that may even appeal as an introduction to reds for white drinkers. Finishes longer than I'd expect of a simple Spanish Garnacha. This wine and the Rose' of same brand are becoming reliable producers for us. Bought on sale at $6, so QPR above average. Drink now.
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Red
2/28/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
87 points
Crimson to pale garnet, medium legs. Aromas are subtle and mostly red fruit:strawberry, cherry, maybe hints of light toast and vanilla. On the palate, faint mint and eucalyptus are added. After a few days, even hints of chalk/stoniness emerge in the flavor. Light to medium body, linear texture, medium to medium plus finish, medium acidity. This is a wine with complexity that increased as it got a few days old; interesting. For the reason of increasing complexity, QPR at $16 to $17 is above average. Drink now or in 2020.
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Red
2/16/2019 - ISOPinot wrote:
83 points
Garnet, good clarity, short to medium legs. Aromas are dark & red berry:blackberry, cranberry, raspberry, with hint of light toast. On the palate, berry persists and on night 1 strawberry & cherry emerged as the wine opened up in the glass. Light-medium body, very linear/straightforward texture. Finish is short with low acidity. Impression: basic wine, no complexity, no emergence of spice typical of Shiraz. A pop and pour. At $3 from TJs, for a basic wine, QPR is above average. A potential party wine. Drink now.
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Red
2/8/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Ruby to crimson, medium legs. Aromas are predominantly red fruit: strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, plum. Hints of light toast, mint eucalyptus. Does not present as oaky. On the palate, red fruits continue to dominate and spices less distinct. Medium body, medium acidity, linear texture. Just over medium acidity. Impression: a nicely done large-production wine with a longer finish than expected. Large-production as in it seems more than 1 MM bottles made. At $10, QPR is average. Will not hesitate to seek out future vintages at or below $10. Drink now.
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Red
2/1/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
87 points
Garnet with hints of crimson; rim variation consistent with age. Legs are medium. Aromas are dark fruit-dominant; blackberry, blueberry, raspberry. Hints of light toast, cedar and vanilla. On the palate, dark fruit remains and a bit of mint and eucalyptus join in. Body is medium. The wine has polished to linear texture. Finish is medium; low to medium acidity. Overall impression: smooth, easy-drinking, a very nice effort. At $3 paid, QPR is above average. Drink now or in 2020.
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White - Off-dry
1/24/2019 - ISOPinot wrote:
83 points
Light greenish gold, fast legs, initial light sparkling but bubbles quickly diminished. Aromas of citrus, hint of tropical fruit: lemon, lime, orange, melon and pineapple. Very mild aromatic touch of orange blossom. On the palate, citrus fruit dominates with faint, occasional aftertaste that reminds me of artificial sweetener. Light-bodied, narrow texture, short finish, low acidity. Impression: very simple wine. Not flawed, just not much there there. Potential white summer party wine; think warm weather, outdoors. At $4, QPR is average. Drink now.
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Red
2014 Vina Rubican Navarra Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
1/19/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Based on research appears to be 80+% Tempranillo, rest Cabernet Sauvignon. Fast legs, very good clarity, rim variation consistent with 5 year old wine. Aromas are red-fruit dominant: cherry, then strawberry. Understated spices: mint, eucalyptus. On the palate, red fruit remains and light toast also noted. Didn't seem to spend much time in oak. Overall impression: a friendly little wine, approachable. At <$9, QPR is average; at that price I'd buy future vintages. Drink now.
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Red
1/13/2019 - ISOPinot wrote:
85 points
Mostly purple, significant rim variation. Medium legs. Aromas are distinctly black fruit: blackberry, cranberry, a touch of black currant. Light oak. Hints of clove, very subtle fennel, green pepper, green olive. On the palate, spices are more distinct and black fruit remains. Medium body and acidity. Texture best described as simple, straightforward. Medium finish. Overall impression: not quite varietally correct, and past its prime. Spices are too subtle, impact, intensity and texture understated. But this bottle, the second of two, somehow seems to be trying harder. QPR below average at $15 with tax & shipping. Compares unfavorably to, for example, less-expensive Chilean Cabernet. This was a Berserker Day purchase as part of what seemed to be a good deal on 6 wines for about $90. In the future I'd seek out more recent vintages, as this brand does not age well. Drink now.
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Red
1/6/2019 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Purple to almost inky, slow legs. Dark, dark fruit aromas predominate: black currant, blueberry, blackberry. Hints of plum, light toast and cedar. On the palate, dark fruit remains significant with hints of eucalyptus and mint emerging. Medium/full body, lovely long finish, low to medium acidity. Texture is very smooth. Impression: balanced, complex, at prime. A definite splurge; glad we waited. An example of how well Petite Syrah can age. Unfortunately, QPR substantially below average @ $43 for the bottle. Purchased at winery. Rating reflects low QPR. Drink now or in 2020.
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White
12/26/2018 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Purchased as a daily drinker for during the holidays. Fruity, just a bit sweet, exceeded expectations. At less than $7, a potential white party wine. Drink now.
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Red
12/22/2018 - ISOPinot wrote:
84 points
Garnet to purple, minimal rim variation. Medium legs. Aromas are dark-, then red-berry dominant. Cranberry, raspberry, blackberry. There is discernable but faint plum, light toast, cedar, eucalyptus. On the palate, a bit of nutmeg and cinnamon are added. Light to medium body, medium acidity, texture is linear. A distinguishing feature is the medium plus finish. Impression: a step above a daily drinker, yet not at the quality of a weekend wine. This wine seems to be typically priced in the $10-$14 range; at this range, QPR would be well below average. Found on sale for $7, so QPR average. At $7, I'd buy again. Drink now.
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Rosé
12/20/2018 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Pale salmon with hint of orange color. Fast legs. Aromas are distinctly red berry (particularly strawberry, cranberry) with a hint of cherry. On the palate, there is an additional hint of baking spices; maybe allspice, very subtle. Light to medium body, polished texture, medium finish. Medium plus acidity. Overall impression: subtle, understated Rose' which is consistent with Pinot Noir as the grape. A nice effort. At $14 total cost, QPR is slightly below average. Drink now.
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Red
12/8/2018 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
88 points
Purple with hints of garnet, light rim variation, medium legs. Aromas are dark fruit-forward: blackberry, cranberry, raspberry, hints of red currant, and plum. Less distinct are aromas of medium toast, cedar, oak, vanilla. Faint black pepper, more pronounced eucalyptus and mint. On the palate, spices become more prevalent. Medium to full body, smooth and polished texture, medium acidity, and a wonderful, long finish. A very solid effort by this vintner. At our price of <$15, QPR is above average and is reflected in my score. I would note, though, that the list price of the wine seems to be above $28. Drink now.
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Red
12/8/2018 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
88 points
Garnet with well-defined rim variation, medium legs. Aroma is predominantly red fruit; strawberry, cranberry, raspberry. There are hints of dust, light toast, cedar, and oak. On the palate, cinnamon, eucalyptus and mint are faint but discernable while the red fruit continues. Body is light/medium; an interesting texture that is both polished and linear. Medium finish, and medium-plus acidity. Impression: balanced, complex, varietally correct. Compelling. Lasted well over 4+ days. At $28 with tax and shipping, QPR is below average. We have had several wines from Kokomo. While not inexpensive, also consistently good. Worth a splurge to me. Drink now. I think it's at peak.
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Rosé
11/25/2018 - ISOPinot wrote:
84 points
This is a suitable party wine or daily drinker. Screw cap, pop and pour. Simple, perfect after a really good wine enjoyed for Thanksgiving. QPR well above average; price <$5. Drink now.
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Red
11/22/2018 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
89 points
Classic garnet color, medium legs. Aromas of subtle strawberry, distinct cranberry & raspberry, hints of dust, mushroom, oak and clove. Light to medium body, polished & linear texture. Medium finish, medium plus acidity. Impression: balanced, complex, varietally correct Pinot Noir. A very good effort, may be at or near peak. $22 with tax & shipping yields QPR at average. Drink now or in 2019. Kingston is becoming a reliable producer for us.
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Red
2010 Plum Creek Grand Mesa Colorado Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/11/2018 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
87 points
Crimson to garnet, distinct rim variation with a few bubbles. Medium legs. Aromas are red fruit-dominant; strawberry, cranberry, raspberry, hint of plum. Less distinct are light toast, cedar, vanilla and cinnamon. Medium body, round texture, yet also presents as linear as wine evolves in the glass. Medium finish, just below medium acidity. Impression: solid interpretation of a Cab Franc dominant Bordeaux blend. At $32 with tax and shipping, QPR below average. Still, I don't regret the splurge. Drink now.
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Red
11/4/2018 - ISOPinot wrote:
84 points
Mostly purple, significant rim variation. Medium legs. Aromas are distinctly black fruit: blackberry, cranberry, a touch of black currant. Definite oak. Hints of vanilla and clove. On the palate, spices are more distinct and black fruit remains. Medium body and acidity. Texture best described as simple, straightforward. Medium finish. Overall impression: not quite varietally correct. Spices are too subtle, impact, intensity and texture understated. QPR below average at $15 with tax & shipping. Compares unfavorably to, for example, less-expensive Chilean Cabernet. First of two bottles. This was a Berserker Day purchase as part of what seemed to be a good deal on 6 wines for about $90. So we have everyday drinkers, but in the future I'd seek out alternatives. Drink now.
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Red
10/27/2018 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Ruby to light crimson, medium legs, more rim variation than vintage would typically display. Below medium legs. Aromas are subtle, lighter red fruits; cranberry, strawberry, raspberry. Just hints of mushroom and light toast. On the palate, hints cinnamon and clove arise with red fruits remaining. Light to medium body, medium acidity. Narrow texture, medium acidity, medium finish. Impression: not your typical out-there, big Nebbiolo. Understated, but because of the subtlety it has a complexity and balance that drew me back. Impressions same on Days 1 & 2. A pleasant effort. At $31, QPR is below average. Drink now.
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White
10/20/2018 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Yellow gold, less than medium legs which is not consistent with the 14+% ABV. Aromas are distinctively of tree fruit: apple and pear. Hints of oak, nutmeg and almond. Flavors are tree fruit dominant, definitely tart. Medium body and finish, bright texture. Impression: this Viognier is consistent with the no malolactic noted on the label. At $31, QPR is below average. A nice effort that has aged well. Drink now.
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White
10/6/2018 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
87 points
Yellow gold, between slow & medium legs. Aromas of citrus fruit (lemon, lime) & vanilla predominant; hints of banana, melon, pineapple, oak, and butter. Light/medium body, polished texture. Finish & acidity medium. Impression: varietally correct, balanced, a nice effort. QPR below average at $23/bottle, but an appropriate weekend wine. Drink now.
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Red
8/4/2018 - ISOPinot wrote:
83 points
Ruby, medium legs; legs more pronounced on Days 4 & 5 than earlies. Aroma is dark-fruit predominant: blackberry, black currant (cassis), raspberry. Less noticeable are medium toast, oak, vanilla and soy sauce. Just a hint of coffee. Flavors are similar. Medium body, medium finish, low to medium acidity, narrow texture. Overall impression: pleasant enough, but lacking spice and vegetal notes usually experienced with a good Cab Sauv. At $26, QPR substantially below average. The wine is 8 years old, and may be past its prime. Or, just a so-so effort. Drink now.
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Red
2011 Castoro Cellars PASOFUSION Paso Robles Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
7/21/2018 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Dark purple, but clear. Less rim variation than expected for a wine 7 years old, and almost no sediment detected. Medium legs. Aromas are dark fruit and wood-dominant:blackberry, raspberry, black currant (cassis), raisin, medium toast, vanilla. Less distinct are: black pepper, eucalyptus, soy sauce and molasses. On the palate dark fruits remain and spice emerges more prominently. Smooth, silky texture, medium body, medium acidity. Medium to long finish. Tasted over 4 days with minimal fading. At $26, QPR is slightly below average. Drink now.
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Red
7/6/2018 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
87 points
Purple to inky, slow legs, heavy sediment. Aromas of black fruit and wood are very distinct: blackberry, black currant, raisin, medium toast, oak. More subtle are raspberry, cedar, vanilla and honey. Medium/full body, polished yet linear texture. Medium acidity, long finish. Impression: varietally correct, complex, balanced wine. Fading minimal over 5 days. At $42/bottle, QPR is clearly below average, which impacted the score. Drink now or within 2 years. Be sure to stand the bottle up at least 48 hours before serving, and enjoy!
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