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2006 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
12/2/2019 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
92 points
Really good showing. A bit dense still, but the aromas and flavors are on point. Core of dark fruit laced with lots of smoky, leathery, chewing tobacco elements. The last glass was the best. I'm interested in seeing where this goes in five years.
  • amenenberg commented:

    12/10/19, 12:49 PM - I have one of these, sounds like I should sit on it for more years, no?

2000 Cayuse Syrah Coccinelle Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
1/5/2019 - amenenberg wrote:
95 points
Savory and sweet nose, it’s mesmerizing in its cornucopia of aromas. Hard to do it justice, but: sweet and lean compote of baking spice, olive topenade, stewed red and black berries, several varieties of plums, thick cut bacon, and lavender. The lingering scents are sherry and maraschino cherry. It’s full bodied, but also perfectly leaned by juicy acid. It’s by no means a structural wimp, but the tannins are elegant and refined. The palate is quite similar to the nose, but better as it adds a lovely spice that brings another level of complexity. Among the best wines I’ve had. And, by no means done.
  • amenenberg commented:

    1/6/19, 5:43 AM - Thanks man!

2015 Cameron Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
11/7/2017 - cpsmith33 Likes this wine:
91 points
Great QPR. More fruit forward than I typically like but still good complexity and spice and easy to drink. Great QPR. My first intro to Cameron.
  • amenenberg commented:

    11/7/17, 5:12 PM - Give this 3-5 years and the fruit will mellow and integrate, giving way to a whole lot of depth and complexity.

2010 DeLille Cellars D2 Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
8/30/2017 - amenenberg Likes this wine:
92 points
This is rocking out hard right now. The hedonistic nose has abundant sweet blueberries, blackberries and very dark cherries to go with crushed rocks, cinnamon, nutmeg, mocha and a pepper kick. The body is medium. Tannins and alcohol are well-integrated and the acid dances around the palate nicely. The fruit is integrated into the mid-palate and secondary flavors are on stage. There's black cherry, very sweet strawberries, blackberries, burnt orange rind, coconut, allspice, cinnamon and a fair amount of dusty cocoa. A lot of 2010 Washington wines lack concentration from the cooler vintage, and although this wine has the weight of a 2010 it hasn't fallen prey to thin flavors or density. This is really nice stuff, and just entering its prime drinking window.
  • amenenberg commented:

    8/31/17, 8:09 PM - Thanks TallMike!

2014 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
8/5/2017 - shakeypuss Likes this wine:
Light nose, fruit dominant flavors with mild tannins. Lacking complexity. Might be drinkink too early? A burger wine.
  • amenenberg commented:

    8/6/17, 7:47 AM - Agreed, too young. Recent example: I had the 2009 Lytton Springs a few months ago and it was in it's sweet spot.

2013 Domaine Jamet Syrah Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes
1/3/2016 - amenenberg Likes this wine:
89 points
Decanter for two hours. Dark garnet. Nose: very pretty and unmistakably Northern. Bright cherries and floral notes in the form of rose petals jump out of the glass. Smoke and tobacco leaves. Loads of garrigue. Exquisite nose from a wine that you'd think was far more expensive. Palate: fine, grainy tannins. Medium body, medium acidity. Red fruits of cherries, raspberries, cranberries and plums. Mild orange zest. Rose and lavender water. White pepper. Small hint of smoke on the back end. Bit of wet dirt. Finish: unfortunately the acid dominates the finish allowing the Orange zest and tartness to take over, turning what was a surprisingly diverse palate into a slightly unpleasant aftertaste. Overall a great value bearing some of the best aspects of a Northern VdP. If only the finish was a bit more gratifying. Another year or two might add more to the finish but a due to limited cellar space aging is not something I can do with VdP's.
  • amenenberg commented:

    1/7/16, 6:29 PM - jpaul1, thanks for the heads up on the 2011, I'll try to track it down. My favorite VDP thus far is the 2012 Guillaume Gilles Côtes du Rhône Les Peyrouses, which I've posted notes on.

2011 K Vintners The Boy Washington Grenache
4/21/2014 - amenenberg wrote:
88 points
90% Grenache/10% Mourvedre. Light cherry red, very clear. Nose: Definitely cherries and pepper, but nose is a bit slow out of the gate. Slight bacon fat, bit of heat. Definitely stronger on the fruit and savory, not much in the way of herbs. Palate: Very smooth, somewhat acidic texture with fine grained, rigid tannins. Initial flavors are heavy on the savory side, with bacon fat and thyme. Definitely some funky mushrooms. Some truffles on the tail end. Strawberries start to show through in the vibrant acid, but the palate is weighted heavily towards the darker, almost petrol-y flavors. Finish: Really favors the dark savory flavors. This is my second vintage of The Boy and both times I've been left wanting more knowing how good Charles Smith's Syrahs can be.
  • amenenberg commented:

    4/22/14, 6:43 AM - I haven't had the 07 or 09, but I opened an 2006 in 2012 and it was clearly too old. My guess is a good vintage with 1-2 years is pretty good, but it's hard to justify the price.

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