Tasting Notes for Winevestor

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Red
10/13/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
92 points
Cherry on the nose. Medium mouth feel. Balsamic, soy, cherry, earth. Long finish. Better on the second day than the first. Suggests that this has still got legs and will get better.
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Red
9/28/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
95 points
Big nose of blood,pepper and a little ribena (for the Europeans). Beautifully smooth, a little bit of rubber (which I think will resolve later on), lot of cherry and plum. Great backbone but well covered. Just at the very start of its drinking window. This will get better. Big mouthfeel - long finish. Lovely wine.
White
9/19/2019 - Winevestor wrote:
95 points
Grapefruit and stone on the nose. Big mouthfeel, with lemon, a little vanilla (not too much) joining in. Very complex. A fair amount of sediment. Benchmark CA chard. Long finish. Drinking well now, I doubt it will get better, but more years left on the drinking plateau - very vibrant.
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White
9/2/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow. This wine is just getting better. The flavor profile is getting deeper. Stone and citrus on the nose. Big mouthfeel which coats the tongue. Long, long finish. A little lemon, more stone and some grapefruit in the mouth. So drinkable. Now what will this be like in a couple of years. I think it might get even better.
Red
8/26/2019 - Winevestor wrote:
90 points
A little disappointing. Not as clean as I thought it would be - a little heavy. However deep plum fruit with a good backbone. It is drinking well now. I'm not sure if it will get better.
Red
8/26/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
93 points
A gorgeous wine. The first glass especially was great, fully integrated, but bright - not too heavy. After a while it changed and got a little muddy, but still highly drinkable. I wouldn't keep this much longer.
Red
8/26/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
92 points
A good well crafted wine. I may have been having too many WA Syrahs so this seemed a little tame. But it is drinking well and clearly can go longer. My first dip into Carlisle - I'll be spending more time finding out more.
White
8/26/2019 - Winevestor wrote:
89 points
A well crafted wine which was just a little too sweet. I have to be in the mood for these export German wines and maybe I just wasn't. Went well with the Chinese food we were eating.
White
8/26/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
93 points
Yum. Nicely tart and brisk. But managed to keep a lightness and airiness about it. Is clearly ready for a longer haul, but drinking well now.
White - Off-dry
8/4/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
94 points
I've been drinking Trocken German wines and I'm glad I switched and checked on how this is doing. The answer is really good. Petrol, and lemon on the nose. Beautiful big mouthfeel, with a light sweetness powered by good acidity, unripe pear and yes stone fruit (I don't like reaching for esoteric fruit, but this is the right one). Long, long finish. Drinking really well, but certainly more time to go. I'll be interested if this gets better.
Red
8/4/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
95 points
I couldn't help myself. Having had one recently I wanted another although I'd promised myself I'd wait. So much for self control. Another great bottle. Drinking well, with more surprising years left. I'm now always on the lookout for well priced Commands - so consistent - so good.
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White
8/4/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
92 points
I hit another of these and was very happy to do so. I'm liking this SB more and more. It is the lightness and airiness that is very attractive. That and I think it has many more years left. Very enjoyable wine.
Red
8/4/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
93 points
A great comfort wine. Big WA Syrah - lots of blood, dark fruit, integrated but big tannins. Interesting reading the Parker review - this didn't feel quite ready - maybe it is the different barrel approach. So this may get better. If so the integrated tannins will become more so and the big fruit will deflate a little. Still a benchmark wine for WA
White - Sweet/Dessert
8/4/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
94 points
Lovely wine. And my first Dom Huet Vouvray. Also shout out to Coravin - able to drink this puppy over a week and each glass the same quality as the last. I went into this knowing it would be sweet but didn't know the extent - the prof reviews, I think are terrible at this aspect. My answer - sweet, but not unctuous or flabby - it could work as an aperitif or an after dinner or on its own. Loads of pear. Nice acidity masked by the light sweetness. Great drink: I now have another great after dinner / on its own wine and will track how it ages. This was drinking well, and I don't know enough about the wine to know if it will get any better.
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White
7/29/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
91 points
I'm loving this Kerner in the Alto Adige style. Grassy, lemon on the nose. Great acidity. Big mouth feel. More young peach and lemon in the mouth. Long finish. Great wine for summer, when you want a little bite to the wine. BTW for a 9 year old wine, with a modest cost, this is no where close to over. I don't think it will get better, but it will still be good for a number of years. Great QPR.
Red
7/28/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
95 points
OK, its hard to be impartial as I'm a huge Dunn Howell Mountain fan. This is the '93 - 26 years old. I haven't had a well kept Dunn which is over the hill. These puppies are made to last. It is a very distinctive taste. Pure Cab (big green bell pepper). Highly integrated fruit (opposite of a 'Parkerized' wine - can i still say that - with his retirement?). Low alchohol.. A bitter plum taste in the mouth, which is the grip of the tannins which are still there. Long finish. Definitely a wine to savor and think about, rather than to quaff. This is my last '93 - pity.
Red
7/6/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
94 points
A great wine which I think gives a really good idea of what good Argentinean Malbec should be. Very smooth (which was surprising), plum, a little soy, wet stone and a little bit of rubber (almost like a tiny Pinotage hit). Very well crafted, in the middle of the drinking window. Still a long way to go. Will it get better? I'm not sure. I do think good Malbec on its own is an acquired taste. It is only a few people who get excited to pull one from the cellar. But this one I'm going to track happily and will pull the next one when I've got time to concentrate on it.
Red
7/6/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
89 points
A reasonable CdP reaching the end of its drinking window. Just wasn't blown away. Well made, well integrated, touch of earth and plum fruit.
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White
7/6/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
93 points
A lot better than my last bottle. This was a wonderful wine that I had a hard job stopping from quaffing the whole bottle. Big, high acidic wine which has a creamy fullness to it. The delicate lightness of the fruit (I think a hallmark of good GG) was still delicious. Long finish. Still a long way to go. May even get a little better. Mmmmh.
White
6/23/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
92 points
The second glass and beyond were definitely better than the first which was disjointed. But when it grew into itself, a lovely wine. Good tight acidity with a lemon, and a bit of grass hit. Medium bodied, I thought it might be fuller. But creamy and delightful. Bottle didn't last long.
Red
6/23/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
93 points
A very good Napa Cab, drinking well. Very cab oriented (I always get that green pepper hit which I like), very clean and delineated. Good cassis fruit and nice balanced tannins. It is resolved, but has several years left and may even get better. Drank it against a Pontet Canet 1996. Interesting comparison. The Conn Valley was cleaner and obviously pure Cab. However the old world / new world difference was not pronounced in the pairing. Interesting. The table was split around which they liked more. I had no winner - but I like both the styles - they are just different.
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Red
1996 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/23/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
93 points
A very good left bank bordeaux, drinking well. I don't think it will get any better though - has some time left. Plum, integrated tannins and a good funky taste. Medium finish. Drank it against a Conn Valley 2002 Cab. Interesting comparison. The Conn Valley was cleaner and obviously pure Cab. However the old world / new world difference was not pronounced in the pairing. Interesting. The table was split around which they liked more. I had no winner - but I like both the styles - they are just different.
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Red
6/16/2019 - Winevestor wrote:
89 points
Disappointed in this wine. I opened it expecting great things. However the Sangiovese-ness was over powering. Fruit was there, but muted. Backbone definitely there. Just not enjoyable. Maybe this is my palate. Fairly singular.
Red
2012 Sadie Family Columella Swartland Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
6/16/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
90 points
An interesting wine. As others have said, it probably will get better with age. Why do I get that Pinotage hit from these SA wines? A rubbery taste which I'm not a fan of. Otherwise great Syrah which is worth testing other SA Syrah against.
Red
2003 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/16/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
93 points
A wine you feel honored to drink. A benchmark wine which is drinking beautifully now, but has more years left (probably won't get better). The fruit and grip relationship was perfect. Classic hit of green pepper (my palate always picks it up).
White
6/16/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
92 points
Great wine. Nicely acidic without being too much so. Fairly muted but with enough personality to keep coming back for more. I love these well made Sancerres. Nice wine to reach for when some subtlety in your life!
Red
6/16/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
93 points
Lovely wine. Consistent with my other TNs.
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Red
2009 Figgins Estate Red Wine Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/16/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
93 points
Consistent with my other TNs on this wine. I used a vacuvin to hold it over to the second night. Not successful. First night was a lot better
Red
1993 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
6/16/2019 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
93 points
Consistent TNs with my other '93 Musars. This is a go to wine when I'm in the mood for funky, old and unique.
White
6/16/2019 - Winevestor wrote:
flawed
All my recent 2007 / 2008 Fevre have been pre-mox. This one was totally oxidized. I'm glad I'm seeing this in other TNs. If you have this wine - beware and drink up.
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.
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