Tasting Notes for timbobwhite

(251 notes on 160 wines)

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Red
8/30/2021 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
92 points
93% Cab, 7% Merlot. 2 Hr. Decant. A lot of sediment, coarse and fine. This is in a really good place. Nose was fruity and forward on opening, more subdued after 2 hours. That said, perfumed nose of cedar, black currants and a bit of cherry. All the components are working well. Tannins resolved, but acid and balance are excellent. Great wine with Steak salad. Med-long finish. This one has rewarded the wait. I'd say that it has some years to go.
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Red
2015 Château Rocher-Calon Montagne-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/24/2021 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
91 points
From a 375. 95% Merlot, 5% Cab Franc. Decanted for sediment. After 1/2 hr. Cab Franc faded in and what remained was deep, rich cherry Merlot. A bit of perfume to the nose, a bit of grip to the tannins, well balanced with a nice finish. Excellent value at $11.00. I'll go back and pick up the rest of what they have.
Red
7/15/2021 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
92 points
Two hour decant, very little sediment. Louis' little boy is all grown up. This bottle showed well. Fruit forward nose, good flavors and nice, long finish. Acid and tannins both present in good measure. These will be good for another five or more years.
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Red
3/26/2021 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
91 points
Decanted for sediment. 100% Syrah. Inky black. Nose subdued at first but opening over an hour to black fruit, pepper and a touch of tapenade. Rich and full with a long, lingering finish. This is in a good place now at a good price at NHSLS.
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Red
3/6/2021 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
91 points
2-1/2 double decant. Little sediment. Opaque to deep red/purple edge. Port-like nose with notes of cherry, cassis and blackberry. Initial taste of cherry cough syrup. Notes of spice later. A bit of a 'fruit bomb', not a negative, but intense fruity flavors and a certain 'jammy thickness.' Long, lingering finish. Drinking well now, will hold for some time to come.
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Red
2/21/2021 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
90 points
2-1/2 Decant. Some light sediment. Coming into drinking window but still a little hard. Good fruit and balance. Needs a year or two more but will continue to improve.
Red
12/31/2020 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted 2 hrs. some coarse, some fine sediment. Napa floor fruit. Soft nose, fruit forward with a hint of cinnamon dominant baking spice (very nice). Rich, round and well structured but without backing tannin. Good to go now and should hold a few years. Nice effort (as usual) from BV.
Red
12/25/2020 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
92 points
88% Merlot, 7% Cab Sav., 5% Cab Franc, 100% French Oak, 25% new, 75% second vintage. Double decant for light sediment 2hrs. A classic Merlot with Cab overtones. Rich, full, balanced. Long finish. Will hold.
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Red
12/14/2020 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
91 points
w/smaller amounts of Syrah, Grenache and other Rhône varieties. 1-1/2 hr. decant for some chunky sediment. Purple. Inky purple. Nose muted (not a flaw, just a fact). Huge mouthful of wine with good balance, went well with food. Long finish. One of my favorite Petite Syrah but not sure if I would buy this to hold. I don't think it's going anywhere for a long, long time.
Red
12/10/2020 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted 2-1/2 hours, a little fine sediment. No notes taken but remember this as rich and powerful with a long finish. A fine Napa cab at a good price point.
Red
11/28/2020 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
93 points
75.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16.6% Merlot, 3.3% Cabernet Franc, 2.6% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec. 2-1/2 hr. double decant for some chunky sediment. Black to purple edge. Nicely perfumed nose. Deep black currants, some cherry and cigar box. Crisp and and tannic, a great balance for food. Long, lingering finish. This wine is rich, full and modern in Napa tradition. Long years to go yet. Feeling really lucky to have uncovered one last bottle.
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Red
11/26/2020 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
93 points
2-1/2 Hr. double decant, very little sediment. Great nose on decant. A bit austere on first pour, but good balance and flavor. Began to open nicely at 1 hour. Classic BV Rutherford Cab with a hint of spice (unusual). Developed a nice perfume of black currents at 2 hours. Will age well and long. Long, lingering finish. This continues to be a great value for Napa Cab.
White - Sparkling
11/7/2020 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
91 points
Struck me as a fine, sparkling chardonnay. Not that there's anything wrong with that, very enjoyable. Clean, crisp, good flavor but not complex. Seems a reliable choice for less expensive bubbles.
Red
10/17/2020 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
92 points
Consistent with previous note. Excellent value. Mind the standing and decanting advice.
Red
10/3/2020 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
91 points
Two hour double decant. Fragrant on opening, toned down with first glass but still good fruit and good flavors. Drank well, a bit muted, but good sense of place (Rutherford). This bottle was better than last 1-1/2 years ago, but not as good as I had hoped. Tannins crept back in at the end (not that there's anything wrong with that) and a bit of a musty note as well. Hoped for better from this.
Red
9/26/2020 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
89 points
See previous note. PNP (decanted for sediment). Very tight, but notes of cherry. Good balance, but not much depth. Tannins begin to show at a couple of hours. This is tighter than any CDV cab I've ever had. I'm inclined to let the others rest for a couple of more years. Similar impressions of 2013 as well. Does this represent a change in house style? I believe they pulled back to Estate only grapes in 2012 or 2013.
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Red
9/11/2020 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
92 points
2 hour double decant. No sediment to talk about. This is hitting on all cylinders now. Not a blockbuster but every bit of what this label can show. Great definition, clear cab flavors, cassis and black fruit, bracing acidity and a bite of tannin. In a really good place now. Excellent value for $18.00 paid. Score of 92 based on price and experience tonight.
Red
8/6/2020 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted for some sediment. No notes taken, but very much enjoyed with a nice rib roast. Fruity at first, becoming deeper and more complex as it went along. Great value.
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Red
7/27/2020 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
90 points
No notes, but good as always. This bottle a little plummy with dark fruit and good balance.
Red
7/8/2020 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
90 points
No notes. Decanted for some large sediment. This is in a good place now. Should hold, but I don't think it's getting better from here out. Good value as usual.
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Red
5/2/2020 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted 2 hours. This is in a very good place. Nice cherry/cab fruit nose, good balance, some tannin and a fair dose of oak. Not stellar but a solid Napa cab worth the money. This is a good age for this bottling.
Red
2014 Ridge Geyserville Alexander Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
4/25/2020 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted for some sediment. No notes taken but this is a classic vintage of Geyserville. Not so much 'baking spice' as usual, but very good. Drinking well now, but should age as well as any. Drink now if you like 'em young, let it go if you like them older.
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Red
4/18/2020 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
90 points
Last bottle. Followed this from release. First taste in 2012 was hard, tannic with a classic fruit profile in background. It remains hard with one of the most austere fruit profiles I've seen in a Mondavi Napa. Some fruit but more vegetal and hard - not flawed. Very good, but not a typical vintage for Mondavi. Score reflects more my taste and expectation. This is holding well and has a long life ahead.
Red
4/11/2020 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
92 points
2-1/2 hr. decant for a little fine sediment. Classic BV profile of currants and cherry. A bit hard and tannic yet, but good with food. This is will benefit for another 2-3 years in the cellar, will live much, much longer. I think this will continue to improve for a long time.
Red
4/7/2020 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted for sediment. Would have benefited from standing first. This took a couple of hours to open up and shine. Don't know if was vintage or Winery. Not too familiar with Rutherford Ranch. By the end a solid, fragrant Napa cab. Very good value at $17.00 each.
Red
4/5/2020 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
88 points
Nose a little flat, good flavor, nice wine for steak.
Red
3/22/2020 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
92 points
79% Cab. S, 8% Petite Verdot, balance Cab Franc and Malbec. Decanted 1-1/2 hours for a lot of fine sediment. Stand next for a few days, decant slowly Bold, fruity nose on opening. Inky to the center. Blackberry, cedar on the nose. Blackberry and cherry candy. Long oaky, vanilla finish. Nice balance, some tannin, but very ready to drink now. Over time the flavors got more complex and layered, the other varietals making a contribution as well. Very good value (on sale now at New Hampshire liquor stores for around $30.00).
Red
3/4/2020 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted one hour - needed two to soften properly. Nice structure and fruit. Good value for a Cali cab. Has rewarded some time in the cellar. Will hold for 2-3 more years, maybe more.
Red
2/8/2020 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
92 points
Double decant 1-1/2 hrs. Some very fine sediment. Room filling nose on opening. Maybe shorter decant on second bottle? Evolved in the glass over an hour or so, moving from black currents and oak to black cherry to strong licorice at the end. Good balance, nice finish. On sale now in NH for $30.99. Excellent value at that price.
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Red
1/24/2020 - timbobwhite wrote:
94 points
1-1/2hr. double decant. Fair amount of sediment. One of the best bottles of Mondavi Napa in a long time. No notes taken. Full, rich nose of black currants, vanilla and a touch of mint. Perfectly balanced for food, lovely fruit, good acid and long finish. Hoping I really do have a couple more of these left.
Red
1/16/2020 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
92 points
PNP. 90% Petite Sirah, 10% Zinfandel. This was excellent. Deep, rich, fruity with a healthy dose of American oak. All that I wanted. Drinking well now, not sure if it will ever land. Drink or hold.
Red
1/4/2020 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
92 points
1 hour double decant for sediment. Deep purple to edge. Nose to start showed classic CDV barnyard funk, some perfume and a bit a cab fruit at the back. As it opened further, cherry and black currents, ending with a strong black cherry nose, the other elements still there, but in background. Medium body, good balance, some tannin. All the fruit flavors in the nose are along with a bit of the funk. Nice complexity with a medium finish. This is a classic CDV Merlot. Not as good as some in past, but up there with the best. Excellent value at $21.50 paid.
Red
12/25/2019 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
95 points
Decanted for sediment, accidently given 6 hours in decanter. No problem. This wine is full, elegant with fine nose, great flavor and long finish. Drinking well now, but will keep for years to come. Too bad I've been priced out of this market.
Red
12/15/2019 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
92 points
Decant for a fair amount of large sediment. No notes taken. Nose was closed on opening, very fragrant in two hours. Still young and primary, with a heavy dose of oak present (not unexpected). The 24% Merlot shows through as well. At end of last bit, tannins beginning to show again. This has a long life ahead yet.
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Red
2012 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
12/8/2019 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted for sediment (recommended) Deep purple center to the edge. Dark cherry, black currents at first with some bright red fruit to follow. As time went on, a little spice. Began with rich, red fruit, tasting like a good, well-aged cab. A bit of oak prominent to start. Long finish with lingering Zin flavors. As this opened up (over 2 hours) it developed into a classic Geyserville with baking spice/zin profile. This is a real beauty just coming into its own. Drink (with decant) or hold as usual. 71% Zin, 7% Petit Sirah, 2% Mouverdre and 1% Alicante Bouchet.
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Red
11/23/2019 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
93 points
Double decant for sediment 1-1/2 hrs. No notes taken but this was big, flavorful and complex. As some say, 'a cab lovers Merlot.' Costly, but a nice treat.
Red
11/18/2019 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
93 points
Double decant 1 Hr. Some chunky sediment. 76% Cab., 12% Merlot, 5% Cab Franc, 6% Petite Verdot, 1% Malbec. Black to reddish purple. Re-bottled at 1 hr. because it was so jammy and fresh when decanted, wanted to see it evolve. Began with red raspberry compote on nose and in the mouth. Long finish. Evolved to include cherry, cassis and finally plum. Long, rich and complex. This has a long life yet. Definitely decant for sediment and allow 3-4 hours for this to unfold.
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Red
10/19/2019 - timbobwhite wrote:
89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot and the rest Petite Sirah, Cabernet Franc and other varieties. PNP. Heavy, port-like nose of dark red fruit. Some bacon/meat. Good balance and long finish. RP-97? Not so much. Will keep, good if you like this sort of thing.
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Red
10/14/2019 - timbobwhite wrote:
2 Hr. decant. Much less than expected. Not flawed that I could tell, but not much here, especially after tasting the 2008 - which was stunning. Have another bottle, hoping for a better result with that one.
Red
9/7/2019 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
92 points
88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot; 22 months in French oak, 65% new 2hr. Double decant for fine and coarse sediment. Let next bottle stand a couple of days, decant slowly. Deep purple to edge. Cherry and black currants at first, developing a fragrent, perfumed nose over 1-1/2 hrs. Cherry, currants, good balance, a bit on light bodied side. In a good place, no rush to drink. Will continue to develop.
Red
9/3/2019 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
93 points
75.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16.6% Merlot, 3.3% Cabernet Franc, 2.6% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec. 2 hr. double decant. Deep purple to the edge. Nose of dark fruits with some complexity. Lush, fruit forward, mouth-filling cherry, blackberry, licorice flavors. Med. to long finish. This was in a great place, will continue for some time yet.
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Red
8/24/2019 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
90 points
2 Hr. Double Decant. Initial impression was, is this worth 2x the Napa bottling? No, at least not today. 2 hrs. in, typical CDV cab, beginning to give up something. Licorice, black currants, oak, a little perfume on the nose. Rich, full, balanced in the mouth. Long finish. This is closed for business just now. First instinct was to hold until 2022. Thinking that a good idea (I got anxious today). Even then, I'll look to give it a lot of air time to start.
Red
8/1/2019 - timbobwhite wrote:
89 points
PNP Pours dark purple. Coarse nose, similar to Barabera, plummy and fruit forward. This is a 'Dago Red' in all the good ways. A coarse, fruity, red wine for food or to drink. Cheers. Don't recall the price, but would gladly drink again as a hearty, good red.
Red
7/27/2019 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
93 points
77% Cab, 23% Merlot. 2 Hr. double decant for sediment (necessary). Dark purple/black center, extends to edge. Fruit forward nose of red currants, red cherry cough syrup, cassis with earthy/oak notes hovering in the background. Tastes much the same as it smells, with good acid balance and firm tannins. Long, lingering finish. This is drinking very well now, but (I'm guessing) will live a long, long time. Classic Ridge Estate profile, start to finish.
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Red
Decanted for light sediment. No notes taken. Fruit forward with cherry and black currant, nice Rutherford profile. Drinking well now, will hold for years to come.
Red
6/23/2019 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
92 points
97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec 3 Hr. (accidental) Double decant, some sediment. Black center, deep purple edge. Nose of 'fresh laundry', cherry cough syrup, blackberry, currants, green pepper, a bit of perfume. Tannins resolved at first, came back later, balanced, fruity - cherry, black currents, oak. Med. Finish. A very good BV Rutherford with the stuff to last for a few more years at least.
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Red
4/14/2019 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
90 points
PNP. Fragrant from opening with cherry and cassis and a bit of Cab Franc funk. An excellet value at $15.00. Enjoy now.
Red
2 hour double decant for some light, some heavy sediment. Stand next bottle for a few days before decanting. No notes taken but was deep, complex and ready to drink. Drink or hold.
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Red
4/6/2019 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
94 points
80% Cabernet 17% Merlot, 2% Petite Verdot, 1% Cab Franc. 2 Hour double decant. Blk. Center, deep purple edge. Rich, fruity, bk currants, bk cherry, licorice, some perfume. Layered, with a trace of barnyard funk. Medium weight, good balance, tannins not noticeable at first, coming on with time in glass. Lingering finish of cherry candy. Drinking well now, but will last a long time.
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Red
4/5/2019 - timbobwhite Likes this wine:
89 points
Mollydooker shike'd, then served. Very nice. I was hoping for the blackberry cream sickle of day's past. No such luck. It was a red raspberry cream sickle. All sweet red fruit. Lovely. There, for a while (for a few vintages past), they were almost tasting like Syrah. Where's the fun in that? Listen. I buy these for what I got tonight. They delivered. Nice change of pace for us. Strite up Mollydooker. Fair dinkum from down unda. Did I mention the AVB? (do I need to?) If you know Boxer and you want that, give it a burl.
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