Tasting Notes for JDRFoster

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Red
Remarkably lively for such maturity. Fruit still forward but lots of dried and stewed characteristics.
Red
10/7/2019 - JDRFoster wrote:
92 points
Full bodied with nicely integrating tannins and dark rich fruit. Lots of life ahead but very enjoyable now.
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White
4/21/2019 - JDRFoster wrote:
91 points
Pale lemon with a hint of green, full bodied with citrus, pear and stone fruits, lifted by copious white flower aromas.
Red
2/14/2019 - JDRFoster wrote:
95 points
Beautifully balanced, singing now.
Red
8/17/2018 - JDRFoster wrote:
95 points
Beautiful tonight. Tannins fully integrated with a sweet dusty nose. Lots of eucalyptus and mint with winter spice and ripe fruit, roasted coffee beans. Lots more here, too. Made me come back for another glass. Clearly several more years of life ahead.
Red
2010 Saxum Broken Stones Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
7/5/2017 - JDRFoster wrote:
94 points
Very nicely balanced Rhone blend with telltalle moke and meat notes lifted up and rounded by bright fruit. Tannins well integrated at this point. Smooth, luscious finish.
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Red
7/3/2017 - JDRFoster wrote:
89 points
Fully mature, with velvety tannins, pleasant mix of primary and secondary fruit characteristics and a healthy dose of oak. Medium plus finish. Solid, but not overwhelming.
Red
7/3/2017 - JDRFoster wrote:
92 points
Rich, dark purple. Bright red and dark fruit, dark cherries, raspberries, blackberries, with a glycerin mouthfeel. Comes across a little hotter than suggested on the label. A very nice drink.
White
4/20/2017 - JDRFoster wrote:
89 points
Definitely time to drink up, but nice flavors of grilled tropical fruit, particularly pineapple grapefruit, with some lemon and lime zest. And has a nice richest to it.
Red
9/22/2016 - JDRFoster wrote:
92 points
Young and very primary, but with a beautiful bouquet of a vibrant fruit, well-balanced with a medium plus finish. Very enjoyable now but should ievolve nicely in the bottles for several more years.
Rosé
6/21/2016 - JDRFoster wrote:
87 points
Winery purchase. Fresh, tart fruit with lively acids. Pale salmon color. Medium finish.
Red
6/14/2016 - JDRFoster wrote:
88 points
Medium bodied. Rich deep purple color. Medium finish. Quite ripe fruit for a young wine.
White - Sparkling
6/14/2016 - JDRFoster wrote:
87 points
Fresh and crisp. Dry by prosecco standards. Not particularly complex but easy to drink.
White
5/7/2016 - JDRFoster wrote:
96 points
Really seamlessly balanced, very long finish.
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Red
1998 Château Le Gravillot Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/26/2016 - JDRFoster wrote:
86 points
Soft, medium body, with soft and fully integrated tannins, this 100% Merlot is pleasant to drink now. Very secondary in nature.
White
12/11/2015 - JDRFoster wrote:
95 points
Very harmonious and elegant, clearly California but with a Burgundian flair. Drinking exceptionally well now.
Red
12/13/2015 - JDRFoster wrote:
92 points
Rich, ripe with baked and Jami fruit, very apropos of the winter season. In a good place now, probably not likely to improve.
White
9/28/2015 - JDRFoster wrote:
92 points
Having had varied experiences with older Kistlers, I was surprised by the vibrancy and complexity of this bottling. Lovely aged Chardonnay
Rosé
8/27/2015 - JDRFoster wrote:
90 points
Bright peach-tinged pink, crisp moderately highly acidic and intensely mineral, with watermelon, nectarine, some tropical fruit, and a hint of herbs de provence. Delicious and refreshing.
White
8/14/2015 - JDRFoster wrote:
88 points
Great acidity, especially on the finish, with roasted Pear and tropical fruit notes and a significant dollop of spice.
White
2008 Booker Vineyard White Paso Robles White Rhone Blend (view label images)
4/11/2015 - JDRFoster wrote:
92 points
Nicely balanced, holding up well with a few years in the cellar, from Magnum.
White
3/31/2015 - JDRFoster wrote:
91 points
Pale gold, with moderate edge variation. Tart citrus and stone fruit nose with prominent minerality. Yellow flowers and fresh herbal notes. New oak in healthy doses. Moderate to high acidity, with fresh citrus, especially lime, and crushed wet stones on the palate. Medium long finished.
White
3/25/2015 - JDRFoster wrote:
90 points
A little heavy on the French oak, but overall otherwise nicely balanced
White
3/14/2015 - JDRFoster wrote:
94 points
Rich and ripe with lots of fruit. Beautiful balance. Young and fruit drivin.
White
3/5/2015 - JDRFoster wrote:
94 points
Still a little young and tight, but very nicely balanced. Wait a year or two.
Red
1994 York Creek Vineyards Meritage Spring Mountain District Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/28/2015 - JDRFoster wrote:
91 points
Surprisingly youthful although certainly well integrated and balanced.
Red
2/27/2015 - JDRFoster wrote:
88 points
Nicely balanced, with the fruits a bit pleasantly stewed. Not likely to improve, but quite nice.
White
2/27/2015 - JDRFoster wrote:
88 points
Showing oxidative character, not unexpected for the age, this wine is rich gold with green to silver hues. Toasted bread, dried fruits and nuts, baked apple, oily citrus zest, and roasted pineapple. Medium plus finish, with a hint of bitterness.
Red
2000 Colgin Cariad Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/23/2015 - JDRFoster wrote:
95 points
Consistent with my prior note, but a little more approachable with less need for air time. The leather and coffee/mocha notes strike me more now. It is rich and medium full, with a mineral mid palate that yields to a more earthy finish, with a smooth tannic grip.
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White
2/11/2015 - JDRFoster wrote:
95 points
Seamless now and nicely layered.
White
2/4/2015 - JDRFoster wrote:
93 points
Medium old gold with orange hues. Unctuous, with caramelized tropical fruit, citrus oil, iodine and touch of salinity at the tongue's edge. In quite good balance with a medium plus finish. Drink now.
Red
2011 Villa Creek Avenger Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
1/30/2015 - JDRFoster wrote:
92 points
Probably will merit a higher score with more time to integrate in the bottle.
Red
2000 Colgin Cariad Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/22/2015 - JDRFoster wrote:
94 points
Reddened plum in color with a touch of orange at the edge, clear and bright. The aromatics keep bringing me back and are remarkably layered. Tannins smooth and well integrated but with enough grip to suggest a longer decant of some more time in the cellar. Beautifully long, and quite silky, but with refreshing bright fruit and mineral notes.
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White
1/18/2015 - JDRFoster wrote:
95 points
Not a rough edge in sight, this baby has terrific balance and nicely layered flavors.
White
1/8/2015 - JDRFoster wrote:
96 points
Probably will deserve a couple more points with a little time to come together.
White
1/8/2015 - JDRFoster wrote:
flawed
A fair bit prematurely aged despite cold consistent storage. Too bad.
White
1/1/2015 - JDRFoster wrote:
93 points
Very nice mature Chardonnay, time to drink certainly, but surprisingly fresh.
Red
12/29/2014 - JDRFoster wrote:
94 points
Enjoyed on several occasions. Bright red fruit and earthy herbal notes, Nicely layered. Not convinced it merits the high scores of some professional reviewers, but still very good.
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White
12/18/2014 - JDRFoster wrote:
87 points
Medium gold with a good bit of orange. Bright and clear. Smoky, roasted nuts largely obscure a core of lemon citrus and mineral with burnt pineapple. More lemon drop and orange oil in the mouth, a bit sharp, but decent in length. Beyond its prime, but likeable, although no place to go but down hill, so drink up!
Red
2009 Stolpman Angeli Santa Ynez Valley Syrah (view label images)
12/14/2014 - JDRFoster wrote:
91 points
No formal notes, but quite a lot of dark ripe berry fruit, and pleasant to drink.
White
12/6/2014 - JDRFoster wrote:
95 points
Excellent, with a very long finish, but still needs a little time for the Oak to settle. Likely better in a few years.
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White
2009 Booker Vineyard White Paso Robles White Rhone Blend (view label images)
12/7/2014 - JDRFoster wrote:
92 points
Nicely balanced, still fresh and very enjoyable
Red
2007 Quilceda Creek Palengat Red Wine Horse Heaven Hills Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/4/2014 - JDRFoster wrote:
94 points
Deep purple-garnet, with faint clearing at the edge. Rich, dark, and a fruit-sweet. Dark fruit, sweet cherry dominates the nose at first, yielding to hints of mint, then deeper coffee and tobacco notes. Plenty of oak here, pretty remarkably well integrated tannins. Lots of life ahead, but great now with a little air time and patience. 93-96, betting on it moving toward the higher end with a few more years in the cellar.
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White
12/1/2014 - JDRFoster wrote:
84 points
Prematurely evolved and over the hill, despite perfect storage conditions in a cold cellar. Disappointing. #5624
White
12/1/2014 - JDRFoster wrote:
95 points
Absolutely gorgeous. Impeccably balanced, and very refined.
White
11/25/2014 - JDRFoster wrote:
93 points
Beautiful. No formal notes.
White - Sparkling
11/27/2014 - JDRFoster wrote:
94 points
Lemon , roasted hazelnuts, citrus oil, pretty long finish. Elegant.
White
11/27/2014 - JDRFoster wrote:
86 points
Drinkable, no ripe fruit, but nutty dried fruit. Use some to steam mussels, and it was delicious.
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