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2012 Refugio Ranch Barbareño Santa Ynez Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah
9/23/2015 - Dagalaifus Likes this wine:
96 points
I've never been a fan of the tasting descriptor, "drop dead gorgeous," which is beloved by a couple of very well-known wine critics. After all, isn't that an adjective (or stream of adjectives) properly reserved for a truly stunning woman, or a breathtakingly beautiful sunset, or here's a stretch, the Ferrari 250 GTO that I just saw at an auto show? I mean really, what does "drop dead gorgeous" mean as applied to a wine? Does it mean that it's translucent or reflects light, or is fruit-forward, or is perfectly integrated? And, why is it that I've only seen Cabs and Syrahs --, and never a crisp Sauvignon Blanc, softly tannic Lagrein or earthy Mourvedre -- described as "drop dead gorgeous?" This weekend, I had the pleasure of tasting Refugio Ranch's 2012 Syrah-Petite Sirah blend, which is a cuvee comprised of 75% of the former and 25% of the latter varietals. The wine is darkest garnet almost inky with a truly redolent nose and pronounced flavors of blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, truffles, white pepper, licorice and oak. It has a lengthy, but slightly tannic finish suggesting that it will age gracefully in the cellar for at least five years. Oh, and before I forget, this wine is "drop dead gorgeous."
  • jillietee commented:

    4/9/16, 6:11 PM - i agree! we tasted it on a trip to San Luis obispo and loved it and the winemaker. we made a trip to get more!!

2012 Buoncristiani Triad Blanc Napa Valley White Blend
5/28/2015 - jillietee wrote:
Henry graduation
  • jillietee commented:

    5/28/15, 9:23 PM - I didn't realize when I made the note that it was public. But how do I make a note if the wine is not drunk yet.

2013 Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County
3/5/2015 - DrewGoin Likes this wine:
93 points
Amazing wine, forgetting the fact that it is also an outstanding value! Big, rich, unctuous, but never flabby or hot. Aromatics give away the use of mixed blacks, and the wine exhibits a beautiful, long finish. The alcohol adds body and is merely the vehicle for the fruit to glide. Herbs and flowers, earthy but "purple", a living wine that slowly unfolds more and more streamlined notes of blackberry, raspberry, and black cherry. Buy a lot of it, as there is nothing like it in its price category.
  • jillietee commented:

    5/28/15, 1:58 PM - I agree!

  • jillietee commented:

    5/28/15, 2:48 PM - What is this about papas block? Details pls?

  • jillietee commented:

    5/28/15, 3:00 PM - I just realized that i thought i was commenting on the carlisle zin montafi 2012. oops. bought the sonoma but haven't tried it yet. can't wait!

1994 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa Valley
5/23/2015 - mxpbuy Likes this wine:
94 points
Opened in relatively short order. Blackberries, tobacco, leather, cassis, some dusty tannins, long and smooth. Lovely. 25 second finish. 2/3 of a teaspoon of sediment.
  • jillietee commented:

    5/28/15, 2:02 PM - My dad gave me this bottle. I thought it might have lost its fruit by

2011 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir Hansel Family Vineyards Russian River Valley
brief note from memory. PNP. great color, nose of spicy pinot fruit and oak. palate showed rich pinot fruit w black cherry fruit and spicy oak. nice finish. I think that this one is built for a longer haul and is just a baby. thanks bill!
  • jillietee commented:

    5/28/15, 2:01 PM - Nice memory

1986 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
12/14/2014 - jillietee wrote:
94 points
brought to a lovely dinner with dear friends, and it could not have been more wonderful. Excellent better as the night went on, I couldn't get enough.
  • jillietee commented:

    3/1/15, 9:11 AM - everytime I invite my father over for dinner he brings me a bottle of this wine. I now have 4 bottles left. One of them had gone bad, but have had two more bottles already and both were equally as excellent. How long do you think this one will stay good for?

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