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Tasting Notes for JimSlatin

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Red
1/1/2022 - JimSlatin Likes this wine:
91 points
Took time to open in the decanter; Enjoyed with beef Wellington; Dark fruit; black pepper, day 2 opened up nicely; still dark fruit,; not as much pepper, some earthy and mild smokey noted; no hurry on this one
Red
11/11/2021 - JimSlatin wrote:
87 points
drink now; descent dark plum/cherry fruit; a nice little spice on the back end;
Red
9/1/2021 - JimSlatin Likes this wine:
92 points
In a great place right now. dark fruit; some earthy tones; Not even done yet; I wish I had another bottle
Red
7/12/2021 - JimSlatin wrote:
87 points
Not bad, but considering what it cost and where they sourced the grapes; It was a disappointment; descent dark fruit and mild spices; jus not what I expected.
Red
5/23/2021 - JimSlatin wrote:
94 points
decanted about an hour with lamp chops; this wine is in a great place right now; tasted before decanting and it initially had a "pruney" characteristic ; I almost thought it was going to that place some CDP's go as they get older if they were made too extracted and high in alcohol; however I was wrong, this wine opened up and was awesome; Plus we enjoyed it over 2-3 hours and it just got better; If you open this soon, give it plenty of air and you will be rewarded; This wine could go another 3-5 years, longer then that and I think it would be in int's decline, so why wait
White - Off-dry
5/21/2021 - JimSlatin Likes this wine:
93 points
very good; although we opened a little too young; no hurry on this one; I bet in 5 more years it will be up to 95-97
Red
1/1/2021 - JimSlatin wrote:
87 points
still holding on; very dusty, earthy, mild herbaceous quality; mild cherry and maybe orange peel; faded at the the hour mark; No need to wait n thins one.
Red
12/25/2020 - JimSlatin wrote:
92 points
decanted and drank over 3-4 hours; Took time to open up even a little, ; graphite, dark fruit, cooking spice, and an earthiness the was deep; ; very dark which I was I expect from Cornas; The dark fruit, pepper, and meatiness started to come through, but it took some time; I have one bottle left and I will wait another 5 years at least to see how it evolves
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Red
11/1/2020 - JimSlatin wrote:
88 points
good pinot from the coast; went great with braised salmon and fennel. really to drink now; no hurry but why wait
Red
10/25/2020 - JimSlatin Likes this wine:
92 points
drinks like an older Syrah and I mean in a good way; Had the white pepper and dark fruit, along with some earthy notes I would expect in a wine with more years behind it. Has an elegance to it that I really enjoyed
Red
8/15/2020 - JimSlatin wrote:
85 points
I wouldn't hold on to this one much longer; 2007 was a ripe vintage and I feel there is not enough acid or structure to improve ; evolving into a stewed fruit taste; Almost port like
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Red
7/19/2020 - JimSlatin wrote:
86 points
I am curious about this wine; I got the bacon fat. gaminess and rambly fruit initially when we opened the bottle up to the first 20 minutes or so ; ; unfortunately the finish faded quickly after that; Had it with a fabulous grilled ribeye and onions wich was a good pairing; I just curious if it has the structure to go much longer; I drank it an hour later with some steak left over and it was just ok; I kept trying to feel any lingering favors after the first mouthfeel and it just faded quickly; was it still tight after decanting it and then drinking it over 2-3 hours; Does it have the acid and structure to go much longer. that is the question; I have one more bottle and I will wait a couple of year to decide;
Red
7/5/2020 - JimSlatin Likes this wine:
91 points
my last bottle; Wish I had at least one more to try in a couple years, Nice balanced zin
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White
6/26/2020 - JimSlatin wrote:
98 points
This wine was amazing! It came highly recommended at Hi-Time wine shop, and I was hesitant at first since it was $120, however we enjoyed it tonight with pan seared Barramundi, which was a good pairing since I used a delicious French garlic herb butter; From the nose to the depth in this wine--just a bit f residual sugar will enable this wine to pair with a variety of different dishes. We held back the temptation to dring it quickly; Well we only made it to 2 hours; this may be one of the best alsacian wines I have experienced. I had to immediately order more bottles online; It will be extremely difficult to avoid temptation by drinking the rest of the bottles right away.
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Rosé - Sparkling
5/31/2020 - JimSlatin wrote:
85 points
not much depth; almost seemed one dimensional;
Red
5/25/2020 - JimSlatin wrote:
93 points
silky tannings, good dark fruit into a good finish; I have one more and will wait a couple of years to see where this one goes.
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Red
5/22/2020 - JimSlatin wrote:
90 points
POP tonight; I could tell this one was different from MTP's other Syrah's ; I don't think he has put out a syrah from the central coast before; Lighter body, Red raspberry, sour cherry; The finish was tight due to it being so young. After about an hour a nice hint of classic Syrah white pepper developed. This wine willl be better in a couple years, therefore I will hold onto the other 2 bottles for a bit.
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Red
4/30/2020 - JimSlatin wrote:
94 points
If I had tasted this wine blind, I would have possibly guessed it was from the Northern rhone. Dark fruit, hints of pepper, with a floral note. Definitely needed some time to open. Left some for tomorrow and if it is as good as I expect after 24 hours then this baby will age nicely.
Red
4/16/2020 - JimSlatin wrote:
87 points
good, but far far from great; I think this wine is near or at its peak right now, so drink in the next couple years or you take a risk of being disappointed.
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Red
11/29/2019 - JimSlatin Likes this wine:
90 points
still has some good grip on the back end; Started to open up in about an hour but then still was a little tight for some time; tobacco, dark plum and chocolate notes; I don't think this wine Is t its peak yet; I have one more bottle and want to to try it again in 4-5 years
Red
9/29/2019 - JimSlatin wrote:
87 points
Not a bad wine, but was just too dark and rich for my taste in pinot. I had my wife try this one blind and she didn't believe me when I told her it was a pinot.
Red
8/5/2018 - JimSlatin Likes this wine:
91 points
drank along with the Bedrock 2010 Hudson's Syrah and 2012 Monte Rosso Zin. They were all good but the Hudson's Syrah was the favorite. This Syrah might get better in a couple years since it has acid and structure left. Nice cooler climate Syrah. I don't think Morgan is able to make a bad wine
Red
8/5/2018 - JimSlatin Likes this wine:
92 points
Very good Zin from Morgan. Nice fruit and finish, no heat noted. no hurry on this wine
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Red
8/5/2018 - JimSlatin Likes this wine:
94 points
Had a mini bedrock tasting with friends
we had this wine with a 2011 griffins lair and a 2012 Monte Rosso zin. This wine was the unanimous favorite, but they were all very good. I love MTP's wines. This wine continued to sing. gorgeous fruit up front, finish still holding up. I wish it wasn't my last one. It's got some life left, but since it is drinking so well right now-- I would drink now if you still have one
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Red
1/11/2015 - JimSlatin Likes this wine:
93 points
This wine had tremendous depth; white pepper, smoke, dark fruit, and dense without losing focus; Close to Northern Rhone syrah.
Red
1/10/2015 - JimSlatin wrote:
88 points
decanted for about 2 hours at dinner with friends. Was disappointed considering the price point on these cabs; They shoulder deliver a lot more. there was some depth and balance, black fruit; all of us wanted a better finish; I have had better experiences with john Kongsgaard's syrahs, which are equally pricey (I think they are up to 150 per).
Red
1/4/2015 - JimSlatin wrote:
91 points
Drank this wine with a cheese platter after dinner. Surprisingly, the cork came out intact; THere was some dark fruit remaining, the middle faded after about 20 minutes, but it did not come across like you would expect a 50 y/o wine; If blind we would have guessed maybe early 80's. We expected more dust and earthy notes and less fruit. Pleasantly surprised!
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Red
11/6/2014 - JimSlatin Likes this wine:
92 points
This Syrah is drinking well right now. Nice balance, black and red fruit, a little spice, and enough acid to go with food. What I love about Tablas Creek wines. This wine has about 3 years in my opinion before it it's peak.
Red
6/10/2013 - JimSlatin wrote:
87 points
decanted 2 hours before drinking. This vintage is at it's peak or just starting to decline right now in my opinion. The fruit is starting to fade along with the acid which leads me to wonder if it will be flat in 3-5 years. THere were some wonderful secondary earthy and mushroom flavors that have taken over
Red
2006 Ovid Experiment D7.86 Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/22/2010 - JimSlatin wrote:
98 points
Purchased one bottle from a friend who is in the retail business at a very good price and proceeded to enjoy with some good friends. after about 2 hours of decanting we just had to start pouring. all four of us agreed that it was one of the most outstanding napa wines that we have enjoyed in some time. This note is approximately 2 weeks after we drank it; therefore details are hard to remember. I do remember that there were layers upon layers of rich dark fruit and I do remember a tremendous mocha along with a perfrect herbal component. The tannins were still pretty deep after 2-3 hours and I think this wine has quite a few years ahead of it, but I will have a difficult time staying away from the 6 bottles I just picked up. I am a big cabernet franc fan when done correctly and this wine is pretty close to perfection
Red
2/27/2010 - JimSlatin wrote:
94 points
Decanted this bottle 2 hours before dinner. Tasted initially and it was a brooding monster--strong roasted coffee grounds with maybe roasted almonds, very dark black and red fruit, and maybe even molasses-really needed some air. 2 hours later with steak the wine started opening up. There was still a heavy note of roasted coffee grounds--the fruit started becoming more pronounced at this point, some nutmeg or cinnamon, black pepper, definitely earthy. The flavors lingered an your palate for an eternity as far I could tell. By the end of the dinner at about midnight the wine really started opening up and the roasted notes subdued allowing the fruit to come through some more. If you open this wine soon, my recommendation is to definitely try it early in order that you can see how it evolves; however give it more then 2 hours to open so you can enjoy all the flavors
Red
1/17/2010 - JimSlatin wrote:
87 points
decanted the 2004 along with the 2003 panoplie for about 45 min to 1 hour. The 2004 presented with nice dark red fruit, some mocha left, and earthiness; however the finish stopped short. It's too bad because it has only been 3 years since release and for their prized wine it should have more longevity. The 2003 was a bigger hit with everyone. I have 2 bottles left of the 2004 and will drink them within the next year to get the most enjoyment out of them. I'm still a big fan of Tablas creek
Red
8/28/2009 - JimSlatin wrote:
92 points
bought 3 bottles 2 years ago and opened up the first bottle that night with 2 good friends at dinner and the wine was outstanding. Opened up another bottle with the same friends for dinner last night and there was a significant change over the past 2 years. Don't get me wrong, wine is drinking well now-- Beautiful fruit with nice balance ,however the finish definitely stops shorter then it did a year ago. The wine probably reached it's peak 1-2 years ago; therefore we will open our last bottle within the next 6 months so we can enjoy it while it is still enjoyable. 2 years ago I would have rated the wine 95-96. 2 years later a 92. My suggestion is don't wait for it to drop to an average score.
Red
4/20/2008 - JimSlatin wrote:
95 points
this wine was intense. My wife and I had dinner with 2 friends and it was a steal on the wine list at $100 dollars considering the $75 dollar allocated price from the winery. Both our friends and ourselves have 3 bottles already, but we just couldn't pass on the price and we wanted to have it with steak. My only regret is that we didn't give it more time to evolve, but it was still outstanding. Full of spice, mint, sage, and chocolate on the nose. Then it exploded on the palate with white pepper, meat-like venison, a light cigar flavor (as if you enjoyed a tremendous cigar right before and a mild taste remained), black raspberry and cherry , with a little mocha wrapped around at the end. It was still very enjoyable,however if you are going to enjoy ti soon with more then 2 of you then you should decant it for a number of hours, but at least sip a little soon after opening so you can see how it evolves. This is probably the second best California syrah I have had behind the 2001 Kongsgaard syrah. I am glad we payed the price, because now we both can wait on the ones we have and enjoy them later to see how they mature, which I have no doubt that they will get better in the years to come
Red
9/3/2007 - JimSlatin wrote:
97 points
Second bottle this year, and I loved it both times. This is not a wine for those typical ausstralian( all jammy fruit, like cough syrup) shiraz lovers. I'm not saying there aren't any well balanced aussi bottles, but the masses are going towards those Robert Parker fruit bombs without any real character. This wine is very complex and takes time to disrobe. Full of rich, dark fruit, beefy, spice, tar, and a wonderful earthiness mixed throughout. I have 3 bottles left of this treasure, and I plan to enjoy them with very select freinds who are worthy. I know I sound like a snob.
Red
9/3/2007 - JimSlatin wrote:
92 points
did not decant. calssic CNP funck on the nose, which i kind of like to a degree. white pepper hits your palate right away--followed by a good amount of dark cherry, blackberry, and licorice. perfomred well over the next hour and a half in the glass. good producer--never been dissapointed
Red
9/3/2007 - JimSlatin wrote:
93 points
very intense upon opening--with only a little air. rick , dark fruit, mocha, and an intense mid palate which softned after about 3 minutes to allow more fruit to shine. No hurry on this wine.
Red
7/28/2007 - JimSlatin wrote:
92 points
nice balanced wine. Not as intense as the last years vintage, but still a very nice wine. got layers of red fruit with mocha coating your palate on the finish. Could probably age another 5 years, but enjoyed drinking with only 30 minutes in the decanter. I have 4 more bottles, which I will open another in about 6 months to compare.
Red
2001 Merryvale Profile Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/19/2007 - JimSlatin wrote:
84 points
Was not too impressed. Maybe I should have let it air for longer then 30 minutes, but even after 1-2 hours the wine was just ok. It had descent fruit, and not enough on the mid palate-even after an 1-2 hours. I expected more from this vintage, but I think they relied too much on aok and alcohol. If it was half the price I would have not been as harsh, however this is another case of a winery jacking up the price an a mediocre effort. I am getting tired of this trend--aren't you.
Red
7/21/2007 - JimSlatin wrote:
89 points
This was the first cameron hughes wine I ever hasd the pleasure to enjoy. I was pleasantly surprised. I am the first to admit, as any wine lover with the experience of enjoying many high class wines from around the globe , I can be influneced by the price of a wine or the label. However, despite knowing that I spent only 11 dollars on this wine--I was pleasantly surpirsed. It had nice up from fruit and spice, a lingering mid palate of mocha, and a lingering finish with ample tannins considering the price. The wine even held up after 2 hours in the glass.

My feeling is that anyone that gives this wine a really low score is probably influenced by the price tag and also caught up in the marketing ploy of many california wineries. That'snot to say there aren't some excellent premium proced wines. I had a 2001 merryvale profile the night before with my wife and the lot 35 with my wife tonight, and let's just say she agreed with me that the 11 dollar cameron hughes lot 35 was actually a better wine, especially when being compared to $70 for the profile. Now, I'm not saying this will always be the case, but I bet a lot of people would be surpised in a blind tasting when lined up with more expensive Napa cabernet based wines.

I enjoy being taught these type of lessons. it gives me hope knowing I don't always have to throw away my hard earned money to enjoy a wine.
Red
7/18/2007 - JimSlatin wrote:
89 points
enjoyed this wine immediately upon opening. full of lingering dark cherry, spice, candied fruit, and a touch of minerallity. definitely new age style. Afer about an hour in the glass there was still plenty of weight to this wine with a lingering finish of mocha and bittersweet chocolate Why hold on to this wine--it's drinking nice right now
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