Tasting Notes for jda8600

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Red
9/27/2018 - jda8600 Likes this wine:
96 points
Powerful, intense dark fruit that transitions into a slightly sweet soft finish. This is a perfect example of the iron fist in a velvet glove analogy. Feel 4 hours of air is necessary to calm this wine down. Youthful and make no mistake, a big boy wine. Impressive as I remember this wine not being rated all that highly at release. Really has turned out to be a great effort by Shafer. Recommend with air.
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Red
2014 Realm Cellars The Bard Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/21/2018 - jda8600 Likes this wine:
94 points
Accessed over a 3 day period from coravin. Thrives with serving at room temperature with 8-10 hours of air as 1st glass wasn't allowed enough time and was much different than subsequent 2-4 glasses.
Lovely aromatics leaning heavy to soft blue fruit on the nose and initial palate. Darker ripe fruit enters mid palate and finish with only a hint of acidity to provide balance. Easy drinking and affordable if looking through the lens of the Realm offerings. Not complex but would recommend in a hedonistic category. Cheers!
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Red
2013 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
9/30/2017 - jda8600 Likes this wine:
98 points
Double decanted for 6 hours and served at room temperature. Spectacular! Hard to imagine a Syrah being better than this. Paired with a ribeye steak, offered aromatics of blue fruit and Stag's Leap dust. Intense black pepper spice that blows you away followed by a silky smooth transition of soft blackberry and blue fruit before an abrupt end synonymous with a syrah. Highly recommend!
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Red
7/30/2017 - jda8600 wrote:
94 points
Slow ox for 4 hours, decanted for 1 hour, drank over 2 hour period. Blue to dark fruit aromatics, plum with dominant minerality on the palate. Bottle had tremendous energy with sharp, penetrating acidity with a lingering finish. Quality effort, but lack of fruit on the palate effected my overall score, but certainly could have been this bottle in particular.
Red
2010 Les Pagodes de Cos St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/8/2017 - jda8600 Likes this wine:
96 points
Slow ox for 5 hours, decant for 1 hour before taking to restaurant. Expressive aromatics for a Bordeaux with understated sweet red berry combined with boysenberry initial palate. Beautifully judged acidity, which provided a spark with rewarding finish. This is a stunning effort for a second wine as this is as smooth as it gets. Elegant wine that exudes class from a wonderful vintage.
Red
3/4/2017 - jda8600 Likes this wine:
97 points
Much better than the bottle last summer. Slow ox for 6 hours and decanted for 1 hour before pouring back in the bottle before taking to a restaurant. Expressive aromatics of red fruit and spiced cinnamon with dark cherry, spice and earthiness on the palate. Nice balance as wine provided just enough acidity for transition from mid palate to finish. Underlying blue fruit tint more than likely from Moulds Vineyard, which represented 50% of sourced fruit with GIII. Mouthfeel of this wine is soft, first class with no hard edges. Roy should be proud of this effort as the wine was the highlight of the evening.
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Red
12/24/2016 - jda8600 Likes this wine:
93 points
Ric Forman should be pleased how this CA blend turned out. Bordeaux style which offers aromatic expression of forest air and blue fruit, but Old World in nature, not overdone. Not a hard edge found, nice texture. Only negative is the wine lacks energy, somewhat linear with its blue to black fruit character due to little to no acidity to balance out the palate. Recommend, but realize this isn't a typical CA red, much more subtle and drinking well right now.
Red
12/3/2016 - jda8600 wrote:
93 points
This was the last of my three bottles purchased directly from the winery and whether you like "mountain fruit" or not, this wine was very well put together in such a challenging vintage. Had such a pretty way about it, no hard edges and a nice mixture of red and blue fruit. The price point will always be an issue with this winery, but at least you know you will be drinking a thoughtfully made wine.
Red
10/15/2016 - jda8600 wrote:
91 points
Recently had a 2012 Frank Family Napa Valley and was certainly looking forward to the Rutherford Reserve. Color was dark purple with lightening around the rim along with blue fruit to night air aromatics. Four square with lack of structure on the palate, no hard edges and a hint of spice did make an appearance briefly within the 2-4 hour drinking window, but disappointing considering the price point and with the knowledge that this was a "Reserve" effort. Too many better options on the market for the price, especially considering the vintage.
Red
7/2/2016 - jda8600 wrote:
91 points
Spectacular back in March, 2015; however, this bottle was clearly in a dormant phase. Slow ox for 4 hours, decant for an additional 3, but needed much more air if your insistent on drinking now. Aromatics initially were super expressive and rich, maybe the best I've smelled in a long time, but palate didn't match as entry was diluted and dull. Palate refelcted more of a red berry profile with a sour element thrown in. Provided a hint of the deep expressive blue and black fruit and sharp acidity shown in 2015 with air, but never wanted to completely come out in play. I'm a true believer in this wine, but would recommend waiting before pulling the cork. Has the potential for 95+.
Red
2009 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/18/2016 - jda8600 wrote:
88 points
Tasted along side a 2012 Domaine du Banneret CDP at 13 Celsius in Houston. Light blueberry to white flower aromatics with again, light blueberry on the palate. Lack of structure with no acidity and very light tannins. Expression is disappointing considering the vintage. A pretty wine, but not memorable in anyway. Poured from a coravin. Do not recommend.
Red
6/18/2016 - jda8600 Likes this wine:
93 points
Had this along side a 2009 Chateau Lannesan at 13 Celsius in Houston. The Banneret was the clear winner exhibiting a darker purple to black color with dark licorice aromatics. The palate danced intially with sour cherry replaced with dark cherry, plum, licorice and distinct cinnamon and cloves spices. Sharp acidity supplied a freshness and zip to the wine with good balance. Surprisingly good as the wine exhibited a great deal of personality for the price. Poured from a coravin. Recommend.
Red
6/11/2016 - jda8600 Likes this wine:
91 points
$50 wine that performed up to its price point. Hedonistic, foursquare with discernible blue fruit aromatics. Not a hint of any rough edges with minimal acidity and tannins with a touch of cherry added to a blue fruit palate. Light to medium bodied and certainly a wine to be drank now. Don't believe a long decant is needed despite the vintage as wine improved over the first hour and steadied thereafter. Enjoy!
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Red
4/16/2016 - jda8600 Does not like this wine:
87 points
A bottle forced upon members from a disastrous vintage for the winery. Decanted 4 hours prior to first taste giving off strong dark fruit aromatics and matched on the palate. Foursquare with no acidity and little oak detected, but significant bitterness and sour qualities with grainy tannins. Wine settled down a bit the following day and became much easier to drink, but the bitter, sour qualities remained. Do not recommend.
Red
4/9/2016 - jda8600 Likes this wine:
92 points
Winery direct and stored in temp controlled cellar. Decanted for 3-4 hours and consumed over next 3 hours. Big expressive wine, which flatters the 2012 vintage in the Valley. Rich, deep blue fruit from initial sip to finish. No oak or heat detected with aromatics of wild berry and blue fruit. No acidity, which hurts the purity and freshness, but not as evident now due to youth of the bottle. Recommend if you like your wine fruit forward, "structured" wine consumers will be turned off to a certain extent. Nice value for $48 and easy to drink.
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Red
3/12/2016 - jda8600 wrote:
91 points
Traditional Napa Valley value continues to outperform its $40 price point again with the 2013 vintage. Foursquare in nature and like all 2013's, requires a great deal of air as I decanted in ice water for 4 hours, followed by 2 additional hours at room temp. First sip after 6 hours of decanting and nose gave traditional Napa blue and black fruits with forest air as well and taste provided a solid core of approachable blue, black and raspberry notes followed by tannins, which were still grippy. As the night went on, the wine changed and provided more of a sweet taste.

After 24 hours, the wine performed very well as nose was just as strong and tannins, although still evident, were more integrated giving the wine more of a smooth feel. Medium bodied and would not recommend pop and pour as air is this wines friend. The more of it, the better. Enjoy.
Red
1/30/2016 - jda8600 Likes this wine:
91 points
Opaque, dark purple with mineral aromatics with just a touch of fruit smell. Acted very primary early as fruit and earth tone flavors needed to calm down, but after 3-4 hours of decanting, turned into a smooth light blue fruit taste profile with no acidity. Patience will be rewarded as length of decant changes this wine quite a bit. Obviously very affordable and should pair quite well with steak or beef entrees and not kill your budget. Not a complex wine at all, but at the price point, shouldn't expect that anyway, recommend.
Red
12/19/2015 - jda8600 Likes this wine:
92 points
Poured from properly cellared bottle into glasses and allowed to sit for an hour prior to tasting. Soft blue fruit aromatics with hint of perfumed flowers. Mid palate shows off well judged sharp acidity ending with well matched tannins. Finish brings a hint of secondary flavor, but maintains blue fruit characteristics. Finish is 10-15 seconds. Score would be higher, but is often the case with second labels, depth lacking a bit with fruit that didn't make the cut into the 2012 Vineyardist. Quality winemaking evident, but price a bit high for this second label compared to other wines playing in this market price. Enjoyable.
Red
11/14/2015 - jda8600 Likes this wine:
93 points
Ruby red in color with pretty red and blue fruit aromatics with a hint of floral tones as well. Light to medium blue fruit initial taste with underlying secondary blue fruit flavor mid palate transitioning to a rewarding long finish. Class is evident as wine shows good structure with hint of acidity followed by sweet tannins. Nice wine meant for short term aging IMO as it shouldn't be confused with a big, masculine cabernet.
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Red
11/1/2015 - jda8600 wrote:
91 points
Rated a 91 for what the wine exhibited now, but when tasted at the winery March of 2015, scored 95 and was nipping at the heels of the 2010 HSS believe it or not. Color is consistent, but initial taste back in March brought vibrant blue to dark fruit flavor where as now the fruit is dusty and a bit all over the place. Low to no acidity is consistent with obvious and intrusive tannins.
The One Point Five usually comes alive within a year no matter the fruit source and expect this one will do the same. Will suprise once expectations are lower and "when" it performs as it did at the winery, a very good wine. Represents a value purchase IMO and those with multiple bottles should be rewarded in 9 months to a year.
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Red
2006 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/25/2015 - jda8600 wrote:
89 points
Initial aromatics of unpleasant sweet barnyard to a blue fruit scent in hours 3-6. Overpowering tannins with best taste exhibiting a dry, dusty deep dark fruit tone. Lacking of structure as no acidity detected despite tannic characteristic. No reason to open now, but optimists can take heart in the depth of dark blackberry fruit, which is substantial. Once resolved, the result will be a masculine effort with limited ceiling.
Red
5/17/2015 - jda8600 wrote:
88 points
Turnbull killed it in 2010 as the Oakville I had months ago was very good for an entry level wine. The Black Label, is a journey. The grenache comment was dead on as the wine exhibited a green, tart, bitter taste with fruit flavors very difficult to differentiate resulting in a wine far from a Napa Cab. Pulled the cork and let air out in the bottle for 2-3 hours each day over a 5 day period. Almost undrinkable, but on the 5th day started to resemble a Napa Cab with distinct blue fruit and a hint of black fruit as well.
My advice, wait another 5 years as this is heavily oaked. I believe this wine exhibits qualities that suggest it will come around and if you have to drink today, a very long decant would be a rule. I think the 2010 Turnbull Cabs just need a little time to settle down, IMO.
Red
5/3/2015 - jda8600 Likes this wine:
94 points
Wonderful effort by Mike Smith and atypical for Napa's 2011 vintage. A garnet/purple color with blue fruit aromatics with an initial taste of soft blue fruit with a slight sweetness. Transition is pure quality with distinctive blue fruit taste, low acidity and a bit of a short finish due to the vintage. Best Napa 2011 I've had to date.
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Red
3/29/2015 - jda8600 Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent effort by a second label in an "off" vintage. Winery direct as first bottle consumed a couple of weeks following shipment was muted with no expression at all. This bottle was very good after allowed to sleep on its side for 9 months.

Lovely aromatics of blue fruit and floral scents with a deep dark purple color that screams cab. Rewarded with an initial palate of expressive blue to dark fruit with a hint of graphite thrown in. The vintage completely mutes acidity and tannins a bit agressive leading to points deducted, but a really nice wine for the price point.

Side note: tasted the 2012 One Point Five at the winery and was the best offering of this label to date IMO.
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Red
3/6/2015 - jda8600 Likes this wine:
96 points
Formal tasting at the winery; opaque dark purple color consistent with HSS with violet and dark fruit aromatics. Not as expressive or vibrant on initial palate as one might expect from a RMP 100 point wine, but depth of blue and dark fruit well delineated with the HSS volcanic soil characteristics mid palate of gravel & dusty rock, which petrude into the fruit a bit at this stage.

Wonderful structure with perfect balance of acidity and slightly elevated tannins creating a smooth, classic wine, which can be approachable now, but wil reward those who wait as quality fruit will yield a longer finish. This should be a typical HSS in longevity with optimal drinking window lasting up to 10-12 years before a slight dropoff occurs due to brix level of 24-26% at harvest. That's not to say it won't be enjoyable past 12 years.
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Red
1/25/2015 - jda8600 Likes this wine:
95 points
Decant for 1 hour and consumed with a friend over a 3 hour period. Understated aromatics confirmed initially on palate with a building of floral notes, blue fruit and pencil lead mid palate. Finish begins to reveal a slight depth of black fruit which lingers close to 30 seconds with acidity and tannins well balanced. Old world style with classic structure accessible at the moment yielding enjoyment to those who prefer this style. Beautiful.
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Red
2012 Bevan Cellars Ontogeny Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/10/2015 - jda8600 wrote:
Hard to provide a score as this wine turned a 180 over a 6 hour period. Upon pulling the cork the wine was an immense fruit bomb with overwhelming blackcurrant and blue fruit aromatics which only intensified in the mouth. Hardly no acidity or tannic structure which left me feeling like I was drinking the after effect of a snowcone and not wine.
Well, the wine certainly changed and started to mellow out and deliver a softer blue fruit to dark cherry flavor with piercing acidity and hard tannins as the night progressed. Couple the tasting note with a deep dark purple to black color and thick density, this wine has an aging structure and once allowed to develop, should be an interesting wine to try again a few years down the line.
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Red
12/18/2014 - jda8600 Likes this wine:
92 points
Winery direct and opened after 1 month in storage. Dark ruby with no distinct floral or fruit forward smell. The nose is strong, but that of alcohol without detectable heat, strange. Taste is feminine and soft with a satin texture that reveals sweet red berries. Not complex by any means, but quality is very noticeable despite being produced in a challenging vintage. Mild acidity coupled with soft tannins results in a wine approachable now as a long shelf life isn't in the cards.

Is the experience equal to the price tag, no, but provides some insight prior to the 2012 release in March of 2015.
Red
5/6/2014 - jda8600 Does not like this wine:
84 points
Awful experience, navy blue to purple color, faint scent of underbrush, dirt and ocean floor. Initial palate delivered faint dried past its prime dark fruit with disjointed acidity and watery finish. Simply terrible.
Red
11/29/2014 - jda8600 Likes this wine:
94 points
This winery hit the jackpot with its 2010 vintage wines across the board and the merlot is no different. Deep dark purple color with thick texture and big dark fruit jumping from the glass. This is a lush, flavorful merlot that keeps the dark fruit sensation from initial sip to finish. You might argue a bit four square, but for the price, huge value wine. Certainly recommend-94.
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Red
9/28/2014 - jda8600 Likes this wine:
94 points
Winery direct and placed in climate controlled storage following receipt. Zero expectations as spur of the moment pop and pour. Wonderful suprise with deep dark purple color in the glass with cassis, boysenberry & blackberry scents. Shocked as this wine exploded upon swirl and delivered delicious dark berry and rasberry notes that were vibrant from initial taste to finish which lasted almost 40 seconds.

One of the wines you had to buy upon membership to obtain the RMP 100 Fortuna Vineyard and far exceeded expectations and has led to me to be excited for this wineries 2010 vintage across the board. Highly recommend at an affordabe price. 94
Red
11/27/2014 - jda8600 wrote:
87 points
Pop and pour with dark purpe color. Nose is pleasant with hint of cassis, prune and plum. Entry was refreshingly suprising with heavy spice, cinnamon and vanilla notes. However, the taste was short lived as mid and finish was light and disappointing. No lasting finish at all. 87
Red
2010 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
11/27/2014 - jda8600 wrote:
93 points
Disappointed as wine fell below expectations. With that being said, the recommendation for storage before opening the Relentless is 5-7 years, so certainly tasted young.

Decanted for 3.5 hours with nose of light blueberry and blackberry with lavender floral type scent as well. Entry was a bit water based and muted, but wine did transition well with blackberry, blueberry and graphite taste expanding on the palate and a finish which lasted 25-30 seconds. The wine has a bright future and will reward patience, but if drinking young, the ceiling is quite a bit lower. 93, but should eclipse 94 with patience.
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Red
11/27/2014 - jda8600 wrote:
92 points
Decanted for 1 hour which was a mistake as wine didn't start to perform for 24 hours. Strong plum and dark fruit on the nose with added notes of dark cherry on entry. Enjoyable as mid palate seemed to blossom in flavor (as a merlot should) and a finish which lasted 15-20 seconds.

Would recommed if exercising 4-5 years of storage as acidity and tannins are very strong and as mentioned above, took 24 hours to "start to mellow". You can find better merlots on the market for a fraction of the cost. (92)
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