Tasting Notes for ISOPinot

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Red
11/28/2021 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Deep purple fading to garnet rim; very good clarity. Medium legs. Aromas are dark fruit dominant with hint of underlying sweetness: blackberry, blueberry, prune, plum, vanilla,molasses. Just a hint of black olive. Medium/full body, smooth and satiny texture. On the palate, fruit tannins emerge and a long finish completes yields a great sense of completion. Medium minus acidity.
Impression: balanced, complex, varietally correct, probably at prime. The only negative is QPR; $48 with tax & shipping. Well done, though, and a treat not to be repeated. Holiday wine.
Red
11/26/2021 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Garnet fading to rosy rim; variation consistent with age. Excellent clarity. Medium + legs. Aromas are dark fruit dominant: blueberry, black currant (cassis). Also noted but subtle are medium toast, eucalyptus/menthol, just a hint of soy. Medium/full body, very smooth and polished texture. Medium finish, medium acidity. Impression: at or near prime. The addition of Merlot is reflected in the smoothness and blueberry. At $39 with tax & shipping, QPR is below average. Drink now or in 2022. Glad we have one more bottle. A splurge for Thanksgiving.
White
2018 Tablas Creek Viognier Paso Robles Adelaida District (view label images)
11/7/2021 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Light gold colored, scant fading rim. Medium legs. Over 2 days, aromas are rather a fruit cocktail, evolving and mixing to create complexity. Lime, apricot, apple, bits of guava & papaya. Subtle stoniness, white flowers such as apple blossom, carnation, honeysuckle. Definite honey, a bit of biscuit/brioche. Medium body, polished and smooth texture. Medium + finish, medium - acidity. Impression: a balanced, complex, most interesting effort. At $35 with tax & shipping, QPR is below average. With lower cost, this wine would have scored closer to the upper 80s. As with many TC wines, not cheap. But well done. Drink now or in 2022. May be at or near peak.
Red
10/31/2021 - ISOPinot wrote:
84 points
Purple fading to garnet; very good clarity for a dark wine. Medium legs. First aroma impression: this is a young wine. Aromas are primarily black fruit, then red fruit: blackberry, black currant, hint of blueberry. Then red currant, cranberry. Just a hint of eucalyptus, spearmint. Medium body, medium minus finish, medium minus acidity. Palate intensity much less than that of aroma. Had to work to find spices, definitely no smoke. Overall impression: a young, hard and/or closed wine. At $6 per bottle, however, QPR is above average for a Syrah. Bought a second bottle and will not try that until 2022 or 2023. Screwcap. A Trader Joe's value find.
Red
10/16/2021 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Purple fading to garnet; rim variation consistent with age. Bottle had been vertical for 5 days, yet clarity was lacking on Day 1. Heavy sediment, but noted that decanting was recommended, and we didn't decant. By Days 2 & 3, clarity had much improved. Medium legs. Aromas of red and black fruit dominate: strawberry, blackberry, cranberry, raspberry, red currant. Spices are subtle: clove and dill. On the palate, intensity is greater than aromas. Medium + body, linear texture, medium finish. wine finishes medium. Medium acidity. Impression: very nice effort. But like all Sandlands tried thus far, QPR is below average. They make good wine, but value is lacking. $37 with tax & shipping. Drink now or in 2022, and decanting recommended.
White
10/9/2021 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Greenish gold fading to clear rim. Medium - legs. Aromas are white fruit dominant: lemon, lime, subtle grapefruit, hint of apple. Very faint floral; carnation? On the palate, citrus persists joined by wonderful acidity. As the wine aged over 4+ days, the aromas diminished and palate intensity definitely outweighed aromas. Light to medium body, linear texture, medium + finish. Medium + acidity. At $16 with tax and shipping, QPR is below average. But it was worth the experience for that great, lingering acid. Drink now.
Red
9/18/2021 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Crimson with accents of garnet, fading to rosy rim. Medium legs. Aromas are mix of red fruit and earth: cranberry, raspberry, red currant, cherry, black cherry, forest floor, mushroom. A bit of garrigue. On the palate, intensity equals aromas. Medium body, smooth and silky texture. Medium + finish, Medium + acidity. The acidity = staying power over 3 nights. No wood. Wine has settled beautifully. Drawback was an old cork, resulting in complicated opening and a few crumbles in the wine. At $36 with tax & shipping, QPR is clearly below average. But a good example of well-aged PN and how balanced and complex the Chilean Casablanca Valley PNs can be. Drink now; stand that bottle up and approach cork with caution.
Rosé
9/10/2021 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Salmon with hints of orange, fading to pink at rim. Medium legs. Aromas are red fruit dominant: sour cherry, cherry, cranberry, raspberry, red currant. Hints of earth and animal: forest floor, dust, a bit of meat or leather. Spice is minimal; maybe a hint of clove and fennel. On the palate, less intensity but still compelling because of all that's occurring with the wine. Medium body, satin and smooth texture. Medium plus finish, Medium plus acidity. Tasted over 4 days and very little fading. Great acid. Seems to be Mataro/Grenache blend with the former adding that animal/earthy note. Apparently whole cluster fermentation. Read that whole cluster can add character, complexity, aromatics. This wine is a good example of that. At $23 with tax and shipping, QPR definitely below average. Still, an interesting splurge and one of the better rose' wines we have had this year. Drink now, although the wine may be fine until early 2022.
Red
8/21/2021 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Purple fades to a rosy rim; variation consistent with age. Medium legs. Aromas are red fruit forward:cranberry, raspberry, sour cherry, black cherry. Also there are a bit of vanilla, light toast and just a hint of clove. Medium body, smooth and polished texture. Medium + finish, medium + acidity. Impression: drinking at or near peak, very smooth. Settled nicely. The acidity, as I often note, provides staying power. Wine good over 4-5 days, which is impressive. At $34 with tax & shipping, QPR clearly below average. Price can't compete quite a few Chiantis and Chianti Classicos. Still, a nice splurge and I don't regret having another bottle to enjoy in a year or two. Drink now or by 2023.
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Red
8/7/2021 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Lovely deep ruby with very good clarity; a few bubbles on days 1 &2. Medium legs. Selectively red and black fruit forward: red currant, cranberry, raspberry, black and sour cherry. Minor hint of eucalyptus and black pepper just discernable. Medium body, bright and juicy texture. Medium + finish and just below high acidity. The acidity really amps up the finish. Impression: very pleasant interesting wine. Vaguely reminiscent of Sangiovese and Grenache, but fuller in body and greater acid. Complexity; keeps drawing you back as wine temperature changes. I stored in the refrigerator because, at the tasting room, the wine was noted to be a "chillable red". But I'd pour a glass 15-30 minutes before drinking rather than right out of the frig. Better taste, better finish. At $20, QPR just above average. Drink now.
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Red
7/30/2021 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Final bottle of a half case. Ruby to crimson, medium legs. Aromas are fruit -dominant: raspberry, cherry, hint of strawberry. Minimal toast, vanilla; seems to have less oak than last year. On the palate, spices are subtle. Medium body, well-settled. Finish is medium, acid medium plus. I think 2020 may have been the prime year, but 2021 remains good. 6-7 years may be the solid range for this wine. The acidity has staying power over a full week; impressive. At $26 w/tax & shipping, QPR is average.

Not cheap, but a reliable producer with many PN options.
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White
7/11/2021 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Straw with just a hint of green at rim. Bubbles clearly noted Days 1 & 2; then began to fade. Fast legs. Aromas are citrus fruit dominant: lemon & lime most prominent, hint of grapefruit. Faint melon and pineapple emerged over time. Light body, juicy texture. Brief finish, medium plus acidity. Impression: varietally correct, pleasant chilled summer party wine. Don't take the wine seriously; just pop and pour. At $5, QPR is above average. Several non-geek partygoers tasted and enjoyed so the wine with me. That's good enough. Drink now.
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Red
7/4/2021 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Purple to inky fading to garnet then light brick rim. Rim variation consistent with age. Medium plus legs; moderate sediment in the bottle which was more apparent on Day 2. Aromas are dark fruit dominant: blackberry, blueberry, sour cherry, plum. Just hints of jam, vanilla, eucalyptus and chocolate. No oak, no smoke. Medium to full body. Smooth yet linear texture. Medium minus acidity, medium plus finish. Finish was actually longer on Day 2 than Day 1. Impression: complex, balanced, compelling. Seems at prime. At $27 QPR is slightly below average. But the evolving finish was a plus. Drink now or next year.
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White
6/24/2021 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Straw to light yellow; excellent clarity. Medium minus legs. Aromas are fruity and floral: lemon, apple, pear, melon, carnation; hints of pineapple, apple blossom and stoniness. On the palate, acid and freshness apparent, dust joins in with the stoniness. Light to medium body. Juicy texture. Medium plus acidity, medium finish. Impression: a pleasant wine, may have been grown in a warmer climate than typical Pinot Grigios. So the Pinot Gris presents well. Refreshing. At $19 with tax, at best QPR is average. Drink now.
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Red
6/14/2021 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Crimson fading to a substantial, rosy rim. Rim variation consistent with age. Medium legs. Aromas are red fruit forward: strawberry, red currant, cherry, sour cherry. Less pronounced are dust and a bit of clove, maybe baking spices. On the palate, dust strengthens, red fruits persist, and a bit of garrigue emerge. Definitely earthy. Medium body, polished and smooth texture. Tannins are primarily fruity; very little wood evidence remains. Medium plus acidity. Impression: varietally correct, balanced, aged quite nicely. At $35 with tax & shipping, QPR is below average. Drink now.
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Red
5/22/2021 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Crimson fading to rose; rim variation consistent with age. Very good clarity, but some sediment evident. Medium legs. Aromas are dark fruit forward: blackberry, blueberry, black currant. Just a hint of plum, but no dried fruit. On the palate, dark fruits maintain and a hint of dust emerges. The tannins are fruit, no wood detected. And there's just a bit of cinnamon and chocolate on the palate, very subtle. Medium to full body. Smooth, almost silky texture. Medium + finish, medium - acidity. Impression: varietally correct, aged well. Even in 2011, one can find good Cabernet in CA. At $33 with tax & shipping, QPR is below average. At $20-$25 I'd buy again. Drink now.
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White
5/8/2021 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Yellow gold fading to pale yellow; rim consistent with age. Medium legs. Aromas are white fruit and white flower dominant: lime, lemon, apple, pear, honeysuckle, carnations. A hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. On the palate, dust, slate, stoniness and just a touch of eucalyptus emerge. Medium body, linear texture, medium to medium + finish. Medium + acidity, which lingered for days. Impression: balanced, complex, neither intense nor extracted. At $18 with tax, QPR is average. But a bonus point for staying power and that finish. Drink in 2021.
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Red
4/10/2021 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Ruby to rose to pale, watery rim. Medium legs. Aromas are red fruit dominant: cherry/sour cherry, then raspberry, then hint of strawberry. A bit of eucalyptus, but very subtle . Very light toast; not oaky. No smoke, no vanilla. On the palate, a hint of dust emerges and aromas then strengthen. Flavors definitely more pronounced than aroma. Medium body, smooth yet narrow texture. Medium finish, medium + acidity. Grenache dominant, then = amounts Syrah and Carignane. At this stage, the Carignane influence outweighs the Syrah. This wine may be at or just past prime. At about $26, QPR is average at best. But the flavors being stronger than the aromas adds interest, as does the acidity. Tasted over 4 days; staying power evident. Most definitely, drink now.
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Red
3/26/2021 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Fourth of six bottles. Ruby to crimson, medium legs. Aromas are fruit -dominant: raspberry, cherry, hint of strawberry. Minimal toast, vanilla; seems to have less oak than last year. On the palate, spices are subtle. Medium body, shy or just more subtle than prior bottles. Finish is medium, acid medium plus. I think 2020 may have been the prime year, but 2021 certainly good. Planning one more bottle for 2021 & final bottle 2022. A nice effort and a purchase I don't regret. Noted that a smaller, classically-shaped glass enhanced the finish. From this point on, will use similar glasses for this wine. A big PN glass not recommended. At $26 w/tax & shipping, QPR is average.
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Red
3/19/2021 - ISOPinot wrote:
83 points
Tasted over 3 days. Very good clarity, a few bubbles on Day 3. Ruby to rosy to light pink rim consistent with age. Medium to medium + legs. Aromas are dark fruit dominant and subtle: black currant, blackberry, fig (maybe prune, too). A tiny bit of dust and blueberry as the wine evolved. On the palate, dark fruits are joined by vanilla, eucalyptus, and, as evolved, dust and spearmint. Texture is smooth yet narrow. Medium to medium + acidity, medium finish. Interesting that wine seems acidic but not really tart. And as wine evolved tannins became more fruity than wood. Overall impression: subtle and shy but interesting. Not quite varietally correct, and at $23 QPR well below average. Drink now.
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White
3/13/2021 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
87 points
Greenish gold fading to very watery rim; excellent clarity. Medium minus legs. Aromas of white fruit and flowers: pear, peach, apple, peach blossom, apple blossom, carnation. Subtle baking spices: allspace and nutmeg. Hint of melon. Light to medium body; juicy and bright texture. Medium finish, medium plus acidity. Tasted over 4 days; very slight fading by Days 3 and 4, but clear staying power. Impression: varietally correct, friendly, pleasant. At $3 plus tax, QPR is above average. A great party wine for this summer, or as a daily drinker. Pop and pour from the fridge. Such a good value that I went back to TJs and bought five more. Drink in 2021.
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Red
2/27/2021 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
87 points
Brick fading to rim in multiple layers: ruby to rose to pale orange/pink. Medium legs. Aromas are red fruit dominant: cherry & strawberry. Also present are cinnamon, clove, a bit of dust. On the palate, red fruits strengthen and dust diminishes for Day 1. On Day 1 as well, the wine had pronounced bubbles and carbon dioxide evident, even upon twisting off the screwcap. The CO2 was almost gone on Day 2 and absent Day 3. On days 2 & 3, the dust on palate continued to strengthen, as did the cherry. Medium legs, medium + acidity, medium to medium + finish. Polished, smooth texture. Perhaps the 14+% alcohol contributed to durability as time progressed. In any event, an enjoyable wine with just enough balance and evolution to stay interesting. At $19, QPR is just above average. Drink now or in 2022.
Red
2/20/2021 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
87 points
Note based on 3 days of tasting. Colors of many layers: brick to purple to garnet to a very watery pink. Rim variation consistent with age. Medium + legs. Aromas are dark fruit forward: blackberry, black currant, no blueberry. Hints of prune but not jammy. Hints of dust, cedar, barnyard but varied by day. Over time in the glass, on the palate, similar to aromas but cola, cocoa, musk are also there. These also varied day by day, keeping it interesting. Medium/full body, medium acidity. Medium to medium + finish. Smooth, polished, settled texture. Seems at prime and literally content with itself. Good choice of blend. Given the evolution, balanced and complex. At $22 with tax, QPR slightly above average. Drink now or next year.
Rosé
2/14/2021 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Salmon fading to faint orange to watery. Enjoyed over 3 days. Distinct rim variation, medium legs. Aromas include strawberry, faint cherry, with hints of ginger & eucalyptus. Flavors are very similar; refreshing impact lacking distinct pepper I'd expected. Light/medium body, bright and juicy texture. Medium finish, medium plus acidity. By Days 2 & 3, wine softened but did not exactly fade. A mild dusty aroma emerged to replace the ginger. Remained juicy, tart, pleasant. At <$15 with tax & shipping, QPR slightly above average. One drawback: the wine did not reflect Syrah. More reminiscent of a Grenache. Overall impression: for a 4 year old Rose', a solid wine. Drink now, and remove from refrigerator 15-30 minutes before serving.
Red
2015 DV8 Cellars Eau Rouge Santa Barbara County Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
2/5/2021 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Brick fading to garnet to pale rose at rim. Excellent clarity. Legs are medium to slow and changed over several days of tasting; widened. Aromas are red fruit forward:strawberry, raspberry, hint of blueberry. Other aromas are vanilla, light toast, subtle spice: clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus evolving to mint over time. Medium body, linear yet silk to smooth texture. Medium plus finish, medium plus to medium acidity. Tannins are definitely wood, not fruit. First two days, wine presented as masculine. Then, it changed to more silky/smooth feminine style. This added complexity & interest. Staying power. At $22, QPR is average. But extra credit for that evolution. Glad we have another bottle on hand. Drink now or within 2 years.
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Red
1/17/2021 - ISOPinot wrote:
82 points
Garnet fading to ruby/rose at rim. Medium legs. Aromas of red fruits first: cherry, strawberry, faint raspberry. Hints of baking spices, honey. Flavors are similar. Fruit tannins clearly there. By Day 2, most of the flavors and aromas had faded significantly. Although Day 2 added a whiff of horseradish, the first I've detected in PN. On subsequent days, continued fading but fortunately some acid & a bit of cherry persisted, which was a plus. Medium body, flat evolving to flabby. Medium finish for Days 1 & 2, medium minus thereafter. Impression: not quite varietally correct. So understated that complexity is lacking. $20 purchased at tasting room; QPR well below average. A learning experience. Maybe this is the New Mexico terroir? Drink now.
Red
1/15/2021 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Third of 5 bottles. 1 in 2019, 1 in 2020.

Primarily brick to garnet with hints of rose at the rim; excellent clarity. Medium legs. Day 1: Aromas are red fruit dominant: cherry, strawberry, raspberry. More subtle yet there are hints of earthiness; mushroom. No oak noted. On the palate, berries continue to predominate but there are a bit of black pepper and dust join the mushroom. Medium body, round & polished texture. Medium plus finish and acidity. Day 2 differences: dust, pepper and mushroom nearly dissipate. Finish medium. Overall impression: a wine developed gently. Evolves slowly, but distinctly. A bit subtle, a bit shy, definitely complex. At about $19, QPR above average. Drink now or within 2 years.
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Rosé
1/3/2021 - ISOPinot Does not like this wine:
78 points
Day 1: Salmon fading to rose fading to near-invisible pink. Rim variation there, but you have to work at it to see it. Medium legs. Aromas are fruit-forward: cherry, strawberry. Maybe a hint of dust. On the palate, red fruits persist and it's apparent that tannins are fruity. Medium legs, medium minus body. Bright yet juicy texture. Medium plus acidity. Day 2: Wine had clearly faded. A clear disappointment.
Impression: at $29 with tax and shipping, QPR substantially below average. Drink now and plan to use the entire bottle in one night.
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Red
12/24/2020 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Purple fading to garnet then rose; rim variation less than age would indicate. Medium legs, clarity good but light sediment in the bottle. Aromas are black fruit dominant: black current and blackberry. There are hints of anise, licorice, maybe a touch of fennel. On the palate, spices strengthen. By Day 2, the wine had softened rather than faded. More masculine Day 1, a bit toward feminine Day 2. And, on Day 2, distinct decline in clarity. Tannins are fruity. Medium finish, medium minus acidity. At $55, QPR is substantially below average. Drink now or in 2021.
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Red
12/12/2020 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Deep garnet to ruby to rose; variation consistent with age. Very good clarity. Slow, wide-spaced legs. Aromas are fruit dominant; blueberry, red currant, black current. Also noted are dust, nutmeg and black olive. On the palate, nutmeg strengthens and a hint of black olive emerges. Medium to full body. Supple, smooth, soft, satiny. Medium finish and medium acidity. By Day 2, wine's balance and complexity become more apparent. By Day 3, cherry was noted on the palate. Impression: well-blended wine with interesting aromatics. Merlot-dominant, but it's clear that Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, and bits of Syrah & Petit Verdot are present. The wine was a gift at about $40; QPR below average. Drink now.
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Red
11/26/2020 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Brick fading to crimson then rose. Rim variation consistent with age. A few bubbles on Day 1. Medium plus legs. Very good clarity Day 1; by Day 2, light sediment apparent. Aromas are a mix of black and red fruit dominant: black currant, raspberry, cranberry, cherry. Also noted are prune, light toast. On the palate, red fruits more prominent and black olive, eucalyptus emerge. No smoke noted.Medium to full body, medium plus finish, medium minus acidity. Texture is polished and smooth. Impression: varietally correct, balanced, and complex. At $34 with tasting room purchase, QPR is average. Drink now or next year.
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Red
11/20/2020 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Crimson fading to garnet. Excellent clarity, medium body. Aromas are black fruit dominant: blackberry, black currant. Also noted are prune, plum, mushroom, light toast and vanilla. On the palate, plum intensifies and a hint of smoke emerges; minimal detection of black pepper. Texture is linear, yet polished. Medium + finish, medium acidity. Impression: not quite varietally correct due to absence of spices. Strong palate presence adds to complexity. At $43 QPR well below average. Screwcap. Drink now or next year.
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White
10/31/2020 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Greenish gold with rim fading to pale green. Aromas are white dominant: apple, pear, honeydew, faint notes of lime, honeysuckle. On the palate, flint, slate, honey appears as well. Medium minus body, bright texture, medium plus acidity. Days 1& 2, finish was medium plus. After that, finish diminished to medium. Overall impression: reminiscent of a Loire Chenin & of Alsatian Riesling. This added complexity. At $22, QPR is average. Drink now.
Red
10/25/2020 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Ruby fading to rose; rim variation consistent with age. Medium legs. Aromas are definitely red fruit: raspberry, red currant, cherry, a bit of plum. Hints of ginger, netmeg, and dust. On the palate, spices strengthen, hints cinnamon and vanilla emerge. Medium minus body, medium plus finish. Linear texture, medium acidity. At $33, QPR is below average. But since the wine reminds me of fall and had a good finish, I will note complexity. Drink now.
Red
10/17/2020 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Ruby fading to rosy-orange rim. Medium legs. Aromas are red fruit forward: raspberry, red currant, and cherry. Less distinct are cinnamon, stoniness/granite. Just a hint of roses. On the palate, eucalyptus emerges, cinnamon and stoniness strengthen. Light/medium body, linear texture, medium acidity. Blend of Corvina, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rodinella. The Cabernet clearly presents itself as a long finish, structure, backbone. This adds complexity and balance. Impression: well-composed red blend. At $27 with tax paid at the tasting room, QPR is below average. Still, I don't regret buying a second bottle to enjoy in a few years. Drink now or to 2022.
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White
10/11/2020 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Yellow gold fading to straw; rim variation consistent with age. Legs medium minus. Aromas are white fruit forward: lime, apple, peach, pear, honeysuckle. Hints of apricot and ginger. Defined minerals: granite, stone, wet stone. On the palate, minerals intensify, honey joins the honeysuckle. Light to medium body, smooth yet has satin-like texture. Medium finish to mid-palate, but well-defined. Medium plus acidity. Tasted over 3 days with minimal fading. Impression: varietally correct, balanced, definite complexity. At $37 with tax & shipping, QPR well below average. A splurge, but at least we enjoyed a very good wine for the money. Drink now or in 2021.
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Red
10/1/2020 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Garnet fading to rosy orange; rim consistent with age. Medium plus legs. Aromas are dark fruit dominant:black currant, blackberry. Hints of plum, dust, vanilla, clove, eucalyptus and mint. On the palate, flavors are similar but the aroma is definitely stronger than palate impact. Medium plus body, medium finish. Smooth texture. Medium minus acidity. Impression: varietally correct wine that has aged nicely. At $25 with tax & shipping, QPR is average. Drink now or in 2021.
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Red
9/19/2020 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
87 points
A blend of Sangiovese, Primitivo, Syrah. Garnet fading to orange/rose rim. Excellent clarity, definite legs. Day 1, distinct aromas of cherry: black, sour, just cherry. Followed by red raspberry, clove. On the palate, meat and a bit of smoke joined in. Day 2, red fruits remained, but eucalyptus aromas became apparent, too. And on the palate, the meat, smoke strengthened and just a hint of leather as well. The finish was long and texture polished/smooth. Medium plus body, medium minus acidity. The wine's evolution added to complexity. At $32 with tax & shipping, QPR is average. Drink now or in 2021.
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Red
9/17/2020 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Ruby fading to crimson: rim appropriate for age. Excellent clarity. Aromas are earth dominant: forest floor, mushroom, even barnyard. Raspberry, cherry clearly present. Just hints of cinnamon, clove, light toast. Doesn't seem as if this wine saw a lot of oak aging. On the palate, the earthiness is more clear and others about the same. Medium legs, medium body, medium plus finish, medium plus acidity. Texture is polished & smooth. Impression: somewhat varietally correct but clear presence of spices is lacking. Still, the complexity is there due to the earthiness. At $32 with tax & shipping, QPR clearly below average. Would repurchase at <$20. Screwcap. Drink now.
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Red
9/6/2020 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
87 points
This was a new release in 2017 when we visited the tasting room, Scottsdale Wine Trail. That morning, we'd visited a Western museum. Lots of beautiful saddles on display. So there could have been some bias. But this wine had a distinct aroma of leather. A few baking spices, maybe. On to 2020. Crimson fading to garnet. Rim variation consistent with age. Medium legs and body. Round, yet smooth, texture. Medium finish. For aromas, leather is still there, but mushroom has emerged as co-dominant. Spices are more distinct: nutmeg, cinnamon. Red fruits: cherry, raspberry, cranberry. Palate very similar to aromas. Total price $26. QPR above average given the complexity and the compelling nature of the transition. Based on 2 days of tasting. Enjoy now to 2022.
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White
8/28/2020 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Yellow gold, excellent clarity. Medium legs. Aromas are fruit-forward: lemon, lime, hints of pineapple and mango . Initial hint of beer at first whiff; then maybe a bit of ginger. 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, summertime and party wine. At less than $4, QPR well above average. Drink now.
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White
8/20/2020 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Second of 2 bottles. TN based on 2 days of tasting. Yellow gold, excellent clarity. Rim variation consistent with age; medium to fast legs. Aromas are fruit and white flower dominant: lemon, honeysuckle, green apple, apricot, melon. Definite honey, wax/lanolin, ginger. Hints of slate and granite. By Day 2, ginger, melon, honey, lanolin were gone but pear joined in. By Day 2, finish came to an abrupt ending well before mid-palate. Aromas were intense to the extent that palate was a letdown. Overall impression: varietally correct in some ways, disappointing in others. Good to 2020. At $32 with tax and shipping, QPR is below average. Rated 85 largely due to Day 1. Will avoid future vintages.
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Red
8/8/2020 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Second and final bottle. Consistent with notes on 6/25/20.

Ruby, slight rim variation is consistent with age. Medium legs. Aromas of blackberry, blueberry, vanilla and faint mint. On the palate, the softness of the Merlot is loud and clear: blueberry, all else secondary. Medium body, round/smooth texture. Medium minus acidity. Short finish: stops abruptly at about 1/3 of tongue. Impression: interesting effort, very soft. At just over $4, however, QPR is above average. Just a simple, soft wine. Better with food. Drink now.

Again, clearly noted the abrupt short finish of the wine. Very pronounced. Other options include a Carmenere, Cab Sauv, and Chard-Viognier. We prefer the Carmenere.
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Red
8/6/2020 - ISOPinot wrote:
84 points
Garnet fading to rosy; rim variation narrower than age would indicate. Medium legs. Dark fruit aromas predominate: blackberry, black currant. Hints of plum, light toast, vanilla. On the palate, these flavors persist but black pepper and eucalyptus are faintly there as well. Medium + body, smooth yet linear texture. Medium plus finish, medium acidity. Impression: reminiscent of one parent grape, Syrah. This adds complexity. At $35 QPR clearly below average, but an interesting splurge and experience. Drink now.
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Red
7/25/2020 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Ruby fading to rosy, excellent clarity. Medium + legs. Aromas are subtle: strawberry, cherry, medium toast, a hint of mint. On the palate, clove and very faint eucalyptus. Medium body, polished and smooth texture. Medium finish, medium plus acidity. This is the second of two bottles tasted; I thing the wine is beginning to fade. Overall impression: varietally correct, subtlety adds complexity. At $27 with tax, QPR is average. Drink now.
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White
7/18/2020 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Straw fading to greenish gold at rim. Medium minus legs. Aromas are light fruit dominant: lime, grapefruit, green apple. Less pronounced are white flowers, flint, slate. Just a hint of honey. On the palate, the wine's intensity increases; the honey and white flowers fade, leaving the fruit and minerality. Medium body, bright texture, medium plus finish, high acidity. Impression: a clearly cool-climate expression of a grape usually grown in a warm climate. Reminiscent of Chablis, Riesling, Sancerre. Very refreshing; good complexity. At $23 with tax & shipping, QPR is average. That said, the complexity of the wine made it worth the splurge for us. Drink now.
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Red
7/12/2020 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Upon removing foil, top of cork clearly moldy. Wiped the mold, removed cork easily (well-humidified), and wiped bottle neck. No further mold; wine smelled fine. So proceeded with tasting.

Excellent clarity, a few bubbles on Day 1. Ruby fading to rosy. Rim variation consistent with age. Medium legs. Aromas are dark fruit forward: blackberry, blueberry, black currant. Less striking are prune and light toast. On the palate, dark fruits persist and a hint of cocoa and jam join in. Medium/full body. Smooth texture. Medium plus finish, medium minus acidity. Impression: some varietal characteristics yet a resemblance to Zinfandel. Very good wine, but not a typical Syrah. Seems to have aged well. At $28 with tax & shipping, QPR is average at best. Drink now or next year.
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Red
7/4/2020 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
87 points
Brick to ruby, rim fading to rose and consistent with age. Medium legs. Clearly red fruit aromas of strawberry & cherry, with medium toast, oak and vanilla as well. On the palate, baking spices are subtle but also present. Medium body, polished texture. Medium finish, medium plus acidity. Fruit and wood tannins. Impression: varietally correct, has aged well. At $40, however, QPR is below average. Drink now or next year.
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White
6/27/2020 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
86 points
Yellow gold, rim fades with green tinges. Medium legs. Aromas are white fruit dominant: apple, peach and pear. What I first thought was dust evolved to flint as an additional, subtle aroma. Flavors were similar, but a definite impression of chalk. Body is light/medium. The wine has linear yet bright texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has medium plus acidity. Impression: varietally correct, quite typical Chablis. At $18+ with tax, QPR is average. Drink now, or maybe next year.
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Red
6/25/2020 - ISOPinot Likes this wine:
85 points
Ruby, slight rim variation is consistent with age. Medium legs. Aromas of blackberry, blueberry, vanilla and faint mint. On the palate, the softness of the Merlot is loud and clear: blueberry, all else secondary. Medium body, round/smooth texture. Medium minus acidity. Short finish: stops abruptly at about 1/3 of tongue. Impression: interesting effort, very soft. At just over $4, however, QPR is above average. Just a simple, soft wine. Better with food. Drink now, maybe in 2021.
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