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Red
1/1/2010 - 8trigram wrote:
94 points
Great fruit and structure. One of the best Martinelli's I had.
Red
12/29/2009 - 8trigram wrote:
92 points
Great concentration.
White
12/29/2009 - 8trigram wrote:
90 points
Aged really quickly. Stellar and full of potential in the tasting room, but has mellowed too quickly
Red
12/29/2009 - 8trigram wrote:
94 points
One of the best aged Syrahs that I've had from CA. A great effort.
Red
12/20/2009 - 8trigram wrote:
89 points
Subtle,a great value.
Red
12/20/2009 - 8trigram wrote:
90 points
Still drinking nicely.
Red
12/20/2009 - 8trigram wrote:
88 points
Not as good as expected
Red
12/13/2009 - 8trigram wrote:
92 points
Fruit and earth on the nose medium and balanced body
Red
12/13/2009 - 8trigram wrote:
87 points
Not as good as it's rating
White
12/13/2009 - 8trigram wrote:
91 points
Developed nice body when it warmed up.
Red
11/22/2009 - 8trigram wrote:
93 points
Great concentration and fine tannic structure. Drinks like a Cabernet twice it's price.
White
11/15/2009 - 8trigram wrote:
90 points
Subtle with nice balance.
Red
11/13/2009 - 8trigram wrote:
88 points
Earthy nose but thin finish
White
11/8/2009 - 8trigram wrote:
92 points
Great fruit and oak balance. Comparable to Lewis Chardonnays.
Red
11/8/2009 - 8trigram wrote:
93 points
Great concentration of fruit. Fine super smooth tannins, a great moothfeel and finish.
White
11/1/2009 - 8trigram wrote:
88 points
Less oak and Malo than I expected. Subtle and a little underwhelming
Red
2006 Pahlmeyer Jayson Red Wine Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/1/2009 - 8trigram wrote:
91 points
Good concentration and nice mouthfeel Could use a couple more years.
Red
10/30/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
94 points
Northern Rhone nose. Earth, tabacco, blackberry flavors. Decanted for 3 hours and still going strong. An exceptional example of Wes's Chapotier and Chave mentors.
Red
10/9/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
90 points
Dark and earthy but in a muted way. Blackberry and hints of rasberry and a short finish. Even tannins. Perhaps with a bit more time this wine will show more as you get the feeling its holding back. Overall a pleasurable pour. I'm a fan of Copain wines, but one was a just a bit underwhelming.
Red
8/17/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
90 points
Concentrated dark fruit, slightly earthy. Took 30 to 45 minutes to open. Smooth mouthfeel.
White
8/12/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
90 points
Subtle and elegent white peach and slight hint of citrus. Just enough oak to balance the fruit. Needs to warm up a bit for the flavors to come through.
Red
6/22/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
91 points
Dry cherries, blackberry on the nose. Tobacco and cassis on the finish, tannins have mellowed but are not completely soft. This wine is still drinking strong. I've tasted recent vintages and they do not have the balance and integration that this 2001 has .. too bad. This is the last of a case that I paid $20 bottle. Quite a find.
White
6/22/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
92 points
Great balance of fruit and minerality, strong structure and finish. One of the more under rated Chardonnays that's consistently good and ages well.
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White
6/22/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
91 points
This is the first white wine I've had from Priorat, an old vines Grenache that's as good as it is unusual.
Light brown in color, with hints of pink when turned the light. Slightly floral, white apricot, mineral and spice on the nose. Slatey and dry with a moderate gripping finish.
Red
6/14/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
91 points
Modern styled. Big fruit and round finish. Great value.
Red
6/9/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
90 points
Suspected this might be a little young. Opened the first night, let it breathe for an hour, still tight. Night two, moving a bit, blackberry, cassis, but quite a bit of tartness that throws off the balance. Needs time, I've had Louise Vineyard many times, once the tartness mellows this will be nice.
Red
2003 Girard Artistry Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/7/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
90 points
All five Bordeaux grapes here. Slightly muted, earthy, dusty, and faintly leatherly. The fruit seemingly wants to emerge. Not overly spectacular, but its got all the components to keep you drinking.
Rosé
2006 Pax Rosé Sonoma County Rosé Blend (view label images)
6/8/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
90 points
Its Celtics/Lakers game 2 ... between the Champagne and Pinot this is the middle wine .. wonderful color, blueberry, raspberry, finish has just enought traction with medium/light weight, but not overly thin. It gets quaffed quite quickly ... wish it could have sat for a bit longer. Quality Rose, Pax never dissapoints. hmmm .. would not mind a few more bottles.
Red
6/1/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
91 points
Decanted for 1-2 hours. Still quite young. Jammy and dense with a full finish of dark fruits and tannins. This will need a few years to evolve.
Red
6/1/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
91 points
Still young but very enjoyable. Dense and thick with cassis and cocao. Still fairly tannic, but not to be expected.
Nice blend which should evolve nicely, perhaps 92-93. If you like Cali blends, then this is worth picking up a few bottles.
Red
6/1/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
90 points
This Grenache and Carignane blend is a pleasure to drink. Its Southern France, but close enough to the Spanish border than makes it seem like a Spanish wine.
Earthy and rich, its a great bargain and a welcome change of pace.
Red
6/1/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
92 points
Decanted for two hours. Dark raspberry and hints of blueberry on the nose. Slight oak and dark fruit on the finish with a wonderful medium weight body. Tannins are even and not overly aggressive giving an enjoyable mouthfeel and finish. Its missing the earthiness of a Burgundy, but the mouthfeel and finish is certainly headed in that direction. I'd give this a year or two longer, but its beginning to show nicely now.
Red
5/31/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
88 points
Earthy and herbs with a smooth finish. Smooth tannins but a bit thin, the fruit is fading here. Agree with many reviews that at this point its still a good food wine as its not overwhelming in any sense.
Red
5/22/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
92 points
Opened the bottle and let it stand for an hour our so. First glass is still tight. So wait another hour .. Currant and raspberry on the nose with a slight hint of blueberry. Silky start of dark fruit and cocoa that explodes on the palette revealing tannin and significant structure, finishing with a dry dark plum. The mouth feel is immediately gratifying but after a few seconds becomes overly drying.. ok so this wine is still a bit young, but is so fun to drink. A Rhone oriented offering and a refreshing break from the predominant Cali Syrah styles (which I like as well). This is Cali Rhone elegance. The addition of viognier softens it a bit. I'd give this a few more years. Its really amazing that Paul Draper has been able to consistently craft great wines for decades, I particularly enjoy his varietals: Mataro, Carignane, Petite Syrah and Grenache blends (mostly ATP wines) for which he certainly deserves more accolades, but then again, it can be our secret.
White
5/11/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
92 points
Balanced nose of minerals and oak. I've had this wine when its young and it its been explosive. Its got a little more age and a new dimension of balance both the start an finish. Medium length and round finish. I'm not quite sure if I enjoy this more in its youth, but its a well made wine and has come into balace nicely.l
Red
5/11/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
92 points
Clearly its way too early to drink one of these, but it was one of our preview wines at a recent tasting. Decanted for an 1 1/2 hours before it even budged. Huge structure and dense tannins but it revealed a slightly softer side for about 20 minutes before closing back down. Excellent structure and concentration that should make this a good wine in 5 or more years.
Red
5/11/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
90 points
Immediately on the open a very dense and spicy nose, could be Syrah .. or Pinot. After 10 to 15 min it becomes clear that its Pinot on the nose, but still has dense and concentrated dark fruits on the finish. Gets better with time although slightly hot at times. Perhaps a bit young but still enjoyable.
White
4/30/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
87 points
Dense nose of green grapes and slightly ripe pear, its dense white fruit without a particular distinction. Thick body with a slighly sweet and almost muscadet like finish. Trying to wrap my mind around this as this goes beyond interesting to plain baffling.
White
4/28/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
90 points
"Interesting" is the key word for Scholium Project wines... this is my 4th in as many days. Thick nose of white fruits, apricot and white peach, its viscous and also sweet. For me this is like a Conundrum and Evolution #9 but thicker. So much is going on in this wine and it may be working against the fruit.. Perhaps it will settle down in a few years .. as I noted "interesting".
Red
4/27/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
90 points
I opened this with the full anticipation that it would be on the young side. Dense fruit, blackberry and tar on the initial opening, nose is extremely monlithic. Decanted for 2 hours, its starting to move a bit. Next night shows some movement, although the nose is still deep and singular, its softed just a tad, even a faint bit of bright fruit. The mid palette shows the softness of the Merlot, the finish has lightened a bit in density, but is still rich in tannins. Intriguing enought to buy some more. I think this wine needs 5+ years.
White
4/27/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
92 points
This is my first Sholium Project wine and wow. Huge nose with layers of minerality and a trace of sweetness. Immediately I think of Baumard Savennieres minus the sweetness. This is got be one of the best Sauvignon Blancs I've had from California, although for me its much closer to a Chenin Blanc in profile. The richness in this wine leads me to believe that it may age well. In any event, a truly unique wine.
Red
4/27/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
91 points
Dense dark and spicy with a think finish. I would have thought that this was a premium Syrah. This wine is huge and now seems typical of the Scholium Project .. totally unpredictable. Drank over two nights, interesting.
Red
3/2/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
92 points
Earth and dark fruit on the nose immediately after removing the cork, really wonderful. After 20 minues dark fruits dominate with some spice, hints of tar, earth and a layer of currants, and a good amount of tannin. After 1 hour the tannins start to subside and a deep fruit and mocha emerge with the finish starting to round. I give a blow by blow because this wine evolves interestingly and fairly quickly. Its been now over 3 hours and a snooth mocha and currant with a thick finish. This is a fun wine to drink.
Red
2003 Ferrari-Carano Prevail West Face Alexander Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/17/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
90 points
I had this wine last Summer (2007) at the Ferrari Carano winery along with the Back Forty. Both wines were quite young with the Back Forty showing even more depth and character. This is my second bottle. There's not too much evolution over the last 7 months. Decanted for 3 hours. Dry cherries and hints of blueberries with a medium body. A good amount of tannin but its not overwhelming, leading me to believe that this should be nice in about 5 years or so. The Ferrari Carano wines have really been improving over the last five years. This is the first vintange of the Prevail wines and is definitely a step up from their current lineup. Both the West Face and Back Forty drink more like a Napa Cabernet/Mountain Cabernet with dry fruit and a good amount of tannin on the finish. I look forward to the evolution of these wines and future vintages.
Red
2/17/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
92 points
Concentrated dark fruit on the nose with a round and dominant oaky finish. Starts like many hedonsitic Napa/Sonoma Syrahs, but I'm hoping for better. I let it set for 3 hours in the bottle. Spice and tannins start to emerge as the oak fades into the background. Currant, cassis, and dark cherry and emerging bright fruit. I've met with George Unti many times at his winery and his Syrahs in particular never cease to amaze. This wine started as a 90 but has now earned a 92. Got one bottle left, I'll hold on to it for a few years or more.
White
2/12/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
92 points
I've been drinking Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay for over a decade and have had bottles even older. This is one of the few California Chards that can really age, ok, so I'm drinking my 2000's and 2001's right now. This wine has got to be considered the Cali "Puligny Montrachet". Now don't get me wrong, there's no substitute for the real deal .. but if you want to break the Cali Chard mold and lean towards Burgundy Grand Cru Cali style this is it. Just got some 2003, so how could I resist. Straw gold color, thick, yeastly and toasty and all in pretty good balance. Rich and opulent with hints of caramel an nectarine. This wine is one of the most consistent of all the Cali's. Pleasure to drink now but will soften nicely over the coming years.
Red
2/1/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
90 points
Thick with dark cherry on the nose. Hints of cedar and oak but overly integrated. A trademark Cali style pinot but lacks depth at this point. The fullness of this wine suggests to me that its still young. Its was still fun to drink and you get the feeling that once it comes into balance it could be something substantial.
Red
2/10/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
92 points
I'm a big Frank Altamura fan so I couldn't resist bringing one up from the cellar .. admittedly early. This is clearly a young Altamura as it has earthy and herbaceous notes and thick dark fruit hanging in the balance. It still has great depth. The body is not as thick as most vintages and the classic cocoa is just barely present. I've had Altamuras back to 1998 and this one is actually a little backward, but brimming with potential. Slightly out of balance and relatively one dimensional I expect this to come into balace over the next 3-5 years. It has the potential to be one best aging Altamuras in quite some time.
White
2/7/2008 - 8trigram wrote:
88 points
Muted nose. Very even from start to finish with a consistent medium weight mouthfeel. Apples and young pears. Somewhere between their Voignier and Grenache Blanc (I'm big fan of the Consilience 2005 Grenache Blanc) The even texture and not overpowering fruit make this a decent Cali food wine.
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