Tasting Notes for Winevestor

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Red
5/16/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
95 points
Wonderful discovery. This went missing in my cellar and it has been found. Command is my go to Aussi Shiraz. Very consistent and long lived. It has deep fruit which has a big tannic backbone underneath. This is 14 years old and still in peak drinking, with the fruit not diminishing. A lot of leather and some tea and soy amidst all the fruit. Great wine.
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Red
5/16/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
95 points
Tastes so like a WA Syrah. But to compare, it has more red fruit, (cherry), it is brighter more delineated and has a leather backing that I love. Less meat. But still very similar and still a big hedonistic wine. So good.
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Red
5/16/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
95 points
I had this against a Cailloux of the same vintage. Both gorgeous wines, this one a little more sophisticated and complex (but not much!) These are great wines if you want to try big American (WA) Syrah which tastes like nothing else from anywhere. And Cayuse I think is the benchmark of the style. Great drinking.
Red
5/16/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
94 points
After a while not drinking Cayuse, this was wonderful. You realize that when you haven't had a wine for a while and then wonder what to have Cayuse jumps into your mind. The Cailloux is the brawny one of the mix in my mind. Bloody, big dark fruit (plums, blueberries) and a good mix of earth. Very hedonistic wine. Definitely not elegant! Yum
Red
4/30/2019 - Winevestor wrote:
92 points
Very good WA Syrah. On the bigger side. Drinking well now, but will probably not get any better. Red fruit and a dash of bloody meat. Not extreme though. Makes me want to check out the rest of his cuvees.
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Red
2009 Figgins Estate Red Wine Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/30/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
93 points
Still drinking very well, with still vibrant fruit against a nice firm backbone. Certainly has another 3 / 4 years in its premo drinking plateau. Plum, red fruit. Although there is no Syrah in here, it has a WA Syrah vibe going for it. Although not as funky and has a stronger backbone. Very easy to drink.
White
4/30/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
92 points
Still drinking well. Not flabby at all. Same general TN. Good acidity coming through a lot of full fruit. Lemon and ripe apple. Very easy to drink.
Red
1989 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/20/2018 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
97 points
We tasted the 1989 versus the 2003. TN for both. Funnily these are both only just hitting their stride and both will be better in 5 / 10 years. Pretty amazing to be saying that for a 30 year old wine (the '89). The '89 is well integrated, red fruit, smooth but still a little singular. It tastes like a 10 year old wine - lots of fruit still. The 2003 is a little more tannic, but still highly drinkable - it will just get better. I don't think the 2003 will be this good in 30 years so I'm giving it a mere 95 compared with the '98 97. However the style and fundamental taste of the wines is amazingly similar - the consistent winemaking. Both have a long - minute finish.
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Red
2003 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/20/2018 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
95 points
We tasted the 1989 versus the 2003. TN for both. Funnily these are both only just hitting their stride and both will be better in 5 / 10 years. Pretty amazing to be saying that for a 30 year old wine (the '89). The '89 is well integrated, red fruit, smooth but still a little singular. It tastes like a 10 year old wine - lots of fruit still. The 2003 is a little more tannic, but still highly drinkable - it will just get better. I don't think the 2003 will be this good in 30 years so I'm giving it a mere 95 compared with the '98 97. However the style and fundamental taste of the wines is amazingly similar - the consistent winemaking. Both have a long - minute finish.
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Red
8/19/2018 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
96 points
I love Cayuse. But I really love Frog Cayuse. Often the different between a top cuvee and the one just below is minimal. Not in this case. But the general Cayuse Syrah cuvees are all fabulous. The '99 Frog just is so deep in fruit and complexity. It is all Cayuse stank (more restrained than the other Cayuse cuvees), deep, deep layered fruit - plum, cassis. Other flavors are soy, earth, a little vegetable - it of edamame. I had it using the Coravin (CV) and then couldn't help it but finished the bottle over the next two nights. One night in a tasting with a lot of other great wines where it was WOTN for me and my tasting buddy. All-in-all, this is a great wine, which is good - even for someone who usually prefers the more classic European wines. I do think this is the top wine of Washington Syrahs. I'd love to hear other recommendations.
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Red
8/10/2018 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
93 points
Great wine. Drank over a couple of days on vaca. Medium bodied, great nose of ink and plum. Palate of stank (blood and earth), raspberry and integrated tannins. Drinking wonderfully right now. So distinctive. Lovely drink.
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Red
3/2/2018 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
94 points
Wonderful nose of barnyard followed up by the Cab green pepper. Beautifully integrated and clearly right in its drinking window with some years still to go. Cherry and other good amount of red fruit. Nice backbone and long finish. Complex but it would be even better with a little more complexity thrown in. Yum....
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Red - Fortified
3/2/2018 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
94 points
Drinking really well for a young port. Forward fruit, but not stewed. Great depth and long finish
White
1/15/2018 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
93 points
I'm really enjoying my FMCs this year. See other TNs. It is an everything wine. A little complex, a tad of sweetness and a very fulfilling mouth feel.
Red
1/15/2018 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
92 points
I loved this wine. I've been looking for good examples of Roussillon and this could be a benchmark. A hotch potch of Southern France grapes in the heat of the south producing bright red fruit wines, medium bodied, but with a heather taste and freshness. Very distinctive.
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Red
1/15/2018 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
92 points
This was a lesson in not spending too much time in memory lane. I love the command wines and have had a number of the 2001 /2002, maybe 10 years ago. I remembered that and went searching and tracked down a couple of 2004s. The experience was the same. Lots of leather, deep dark blue fruit, and a good amount of earth. But this guy is definitely getting near the end of his road. Just a little flabby, and fruit not quite as bright. So great wine, but drink up.
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White
1/15/2018 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
91 points
Same TN as before. Easy to drink, well made wine, but too oaky for me right now.
White
1/15/2018 - Winevestor wrote:
flawed
I don't know whether I just don't like this style or whether all my Fevre 2007 / 2008 wines are oxidized. Deeply disappointing
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Red
1/15/2018 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
94 points
Last time I drank this I made the bad mistake of categorizing it as a WA Syrah. TN is roughly the same. There is a cleaner taste to this Alban, it is all depth of fruit and good structure. Very much a crowd pleaser. Good long finish and several years yet to go.
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Red
1995 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/3/2017 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
95 points
Back to being on form. Quintessential conventional CA bordeaux blend, with the nice extra hit of nuanced fruit, but still has the vegetal hit that I enjoy. Drinking really well now; won't get any better, but still has a good amount of time to go. Long finish.
Red
12/3/2017 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
94 points
Beautiful aged Bordeaux. Great bouquet with earth, leather, and faint fruit. Medium bodied, dark blue fruit and great complexity in the mouth. This is not going to get any better and is close to the end. I had it over two nights and the second night was not as good. Very lucky to have this icon in the cellar.
Red
11/26/2017 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
95 points
Definitely a fruit bomb of a wine. Its not as funky as some of its WA Syrah peers. It was clean and good cherry and other red fruit flavors. Nice tannins and acidity making it very easy to drink. Good complexity and long finish. Good enough for me to look for more at the right price. Good WA year.
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White
11/26/2017 - Winevestor wrote:
flawed
Now I'm getting worried. This was another bottle which was oxidized and off. Are they just over the hill? Very disappointing.
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Red
11/26/2017 - Winevestor wrote:
89 points
Oh dear. I bought 3 bottles of this in auction. Big disappointment. I've been drinking all sorts of the Washington wines and they are (typically) greeeeat. I'm focusing on the Syrahs. This however was a pedestrian if well-made wine.
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Red
11/26/2017 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
93 points
This was a revelation. Found it in the cellar and thought I better drink it up. It was delish. Drinking well, but will go longer. Good nose but better on the palate. Red fruit, integrated tannins and good acidity, and some complexity. Had it over two nights and it was good on both.
White
11/26/2017 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
93 points
Every year, I have a white wine that I cannot get enough of. This year it is the FMC. It has good acidity, but a slight sweet hit from the botrytis. If it was any more it would put me off for this style, but it is just right. Good complexity and stone, grapefruit and a little grass. Yum.
Red
11/26/2017 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
95 points
Great drink! Changed dramatically in the glass over time. Funky to start, it was a little hollow in the middle, but then over time came storming back to a medium / full bodied, complex gem. Earth, blood and dark red fruit. Long finish. In the middle of a great drinking window. A little more complex than some of the the 'normal' Cayuse cuvees.
White
10/29/2017 - Winevestor wrote:
flawed
This had a slight oxidized taste, which was off putting. I'm presuming this was flawed. I'll report back on the next bottle!
Red
10/29/2017 - Winevestor wrote:
90 points
I was split on this wine. For the mighty Kistler I was expecting a lot more. Clearly a big Parker wine, it was all fruit. Too much. But it had some depth as well and a good body. The first few slurps were much better than the rest of the bottle. It became muddier over time. Now looking back over the TNs, it looks like folk either loved it or hated it.
White
10/29/2017 - Winevestor wrote:
89 points
A good, well made wine. But not too exciting and I like the cheaper simple trocken bottling better. It is simpler but with more acidity.
White
10/29/2017 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
93 points
After a visit to SA and loving the chenin blanc there, I've been hunting for this and found a cache. I was not disappointed. A broad range of tastes, from funky grass, to a medium / full bodied vanilla hit and yes a hit of sweetness (well restrained though) from the botrytis. This is at the start of its drinking window. I'm looking forward to tracking the evolution of this.
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Red
10/29/2017 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
91 points
A good, well made Aussi wine. Nice deep fruit with leather coming through. At the end of its drinking - a bit stewed - and not as good the second night.
Red
10/29/2017 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
96 points
Oh wow, what a bottle of wine. I'm an avid Cayuse drinker and had a beautiful Bionic Frog the other day. The best WA Syrah I've had to date. Its a >$200 bottle of wine. The regular Cayuse are wonderful wines too. This bottle was 2/3 of the way between a normal (if there is such a thing) Cayuse and the BF. At a lower price point. Big body with layers of fruit. Lovely amounts of bloody meat and earth. Long finish. Just getting onto the drinking plateau, but many years left. This made me immediately go out and look for more. There is a big spread in the secondary market for this wine so look around. Yum.
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White
10/29/2017 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
92 points
Great south hemisphere Chard. Definitely leans on the better known SB from this area. Lots of grass and citrus and then mixed with a fuller body and an apple hit. Really nice drinking wine.
Red
10/29/2017 - Winevestor wrote:
91 points
A well made and beautifully drinking wine. I don't think it will get better. Tannins, acidity and fruit are all well integrated. Plum and earth. But not exciting to me and this was a lot of work for a basic drink.
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Red
10/21/2017 - Winevestor wrote:
89 points
Well matured Bordeaux blend. Drinking well. Well made. Just nothing special.
Red
10/10/2017 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
94 points
Plum and earth on the nose. More plum, tea and deep blue fruit. Drinking well. Integrated tannins. Medium mouthfeel. Long finish. Nicely complex. Just a great wine.
Red
9/9/2017 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
93 points
This was drinking beautifully and thoroughly enjoyed it over 2 nights. Did well on both nights. Licorice, leather and earth. Much better after the first hour. Nice to have the age on it - essential for Barolo enjoyment!
Red
9/9/2017 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
91 points
Maybe I wasn't in the mood - it matters such a lot to wine enjoyment! But this came across as great fruit, earth and integrated tannins, but seemed a bit muddy. Previously TNs were better, so let's blame me.
Red
9/9/2017 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
95 points
Mmh, Mmh, Mmh. Dark plum and earth on the nose. Big mouthfeel, cherry, more earth and long finish. Beautifully integrated, and drinking really well now - probably not getting any better. Very hedonistic wine - you can't help pouring more. Lovely
Red
9/3/2017 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
91 points
Drank with a whole series of old world and new world Rhone type wines: Syrah and Grenache. This didn't do too well - maybe being overpowered. Red fruit, fairly tight tannin - it probably needs more time in the bottle.
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Red
9/3/2017 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
94 points
A great wine had in a tasting of a lot of great Syrahs. It still did really well. Medium bodied, spicy, clean and red fruit. A bit funky (that's good), and medium finish. Good drink.
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Red
8/28/2017 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
90 points
Still a good wine. Drinking well. Earthy hit and a drinkable and enjoyable aglianico.
Red
8/28/2017 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
92 points
I wanted to taste a Sissek wine. This is a well made Spanish wine and it is drinking well. Good, deep purple fruit with tight tannins. This can go longer.
White
8/28/2017 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
92 points
Still drinking beautifully with consistent TNs. This has been my white, with food for this summer. Great QPR and a way to taste a great winery. Good citrus and grapefruit, with almost a chardonnay vibe. Great.
Red
1991 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/28/2017 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
95 points
Truly great older CA wine. This feels so young! Many years to go but drinking really well now. Very full mouth feel, total integrated, deep fruit of dark blue, with a good earthiness. Long finish.
White - Off-dry
8/28/2017 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
90 points
As always a great QPR. I love these wines over the summer, but its good with food anytime. This wine didn't have as much backbone acidity as I would like, but at this stage it doesn't matter and it is drinking well. Good grapefruit and a hit of honey. Highly quaffable.
Red
8/28/2017 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
95 points
Yum, yum, yum. Almost too drinkable! This was a full throttled Cayuse Syrah, but was under control. I would say a medium mouthfeel with great smoky complexity. Drinking well. Long finish
Red
8/28/2017 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
93 points
One of the best older Aussi wines that I've had for a while. This is drinking well now and still have more time to go. I don't think it will get any better. The flavor was lots of tobacco and leather and velvety fruit and integrated tannin. Great complexity. Lasted well over two nights.
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Red - Fortified
8/28/2017 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
93 points
A total surprise and a lovely wine. I had had this a number of years ago and found it very fruity with no complexity. This was a different wine. Big hit of tobacco and leather - always one of my favorite tastes. Integrated tannin, still with big fruit but brought under control. I have one bottle left. I'll look forward to it, now.
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