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Tasting Notes for Barry Raterink

(325 notes on 255 wines)

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Red
1/29/2024 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
92 points
Tobin James wines across the board continue to impress. They tend to be very round and lush but drink very well over many hours. I really enjoyed this one.
Red
1/29/2024 - Barry Raterink wrote:
92 points
Really enjoyed this wine. Good structure and drank very well over 5 hours. Still have one left for 2 years from now.
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Red
1/29/2024 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
92 points
Very good wine - as with most anything Daou produces. Drank well over 5 hours.
Red
1/29/2024 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
93 points
great wine - a lot of Pinot Noir characteristics. Drank very well over 5 hours.
Red
1/24/2024 - Barry Raterink wrote:
93 points
Tremendous wine. Drank well over 5 hours with great structure. Loved this and have 2 more from a case purchased in 2006.
Red
1/24/2024 - Barry Raterink wrote:
93 points
Drank so well right from the opening. We enjoyed it over 5 hours. Tremendous balance and structure.
Red
1/24/2024 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
93 points
Last bottle of 6 purchased in 2006. Great wine and aged very well. Tremendous balance and drank superbly over 5 hours. Wish I had 3 more.
Red
1/20/2024 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice wine - a little fruity but it has aged pretty well
Red
12/17/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
93 points
Great wine, fruit forward, opened up after two hours and drank well for 5.
Red
11/28/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
85 points
Inexpensive 5L bought at Costco. Took a long time to open up but was very restrained through 3 days of drinking.
Red
11/17/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
93 points
Great wine that needed 2+ hours to open up. Upon opening it was a bit rough on the palette but the flavors where there. 2+ hours later it was silky smooth and great.
Red
2017 Tobin James Private Stash Paso Robles Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/17/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
91 points
Good wine - somewhat astringent but great overall flavor. Needed 2+ hours to open up.
Red
10/15/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
90 points
Very good inexpensive Australian Shiraz. Fruit forward but good depth.
White
10/1/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
87 points
Too much butter but not bad overall
Red
10/1/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
88 points
Good wine - slightly peppery and nice finish
Red
9/25/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
94 points
Such a great wine - maybe the most aromatic wine i've ever tasted. Drank over two days and it held up great.
Red
9/25/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
92 points
Continue to be impressed by their wines. Bold with acidity - overall a very good wine.
Red
2017 Tobin James Big Shot Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
9/25/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
91 points
Good wine - great structure.
Red
9/23/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
90 points
Good wine - drank well over 3 hours. I love the brightness and acidity in these wines.
Red
9/17/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
91 points
Great $10 wine. Wish I had bought a case. Drank well over 6 hours.
Rosé
2020 Daou Vineyards Rosé Reserve Paso Robles Adelaida District Rosé Blend (view label images)
9/2/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
92 points
Loved this wine. It paired so well with the chacuterie we had.
Red
9/2/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
90 points
Good wine but not nearly as structured as the 2012 which we drank at the same time. Very round and lush wine but didn't hold up over 4 hours.
Red
9/2/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
93 points
Great wine. Opened and drank over 4 hours. Would not be afraid to hold for several more years. Tons of structure and great acidity.

Drank along side the 2013 which was much more round and lush.
Red
2015 Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Vin de Pays de l'Hérault Red Blend (view label images)
8/19/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
89 points
Bought for $8.75 in 2016 - what a steal. Drank well over 4 hours.
Red
8/8/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
93 points
Great wine. Took about 2.5 hour to open up but was excellent over the next two days.
Red
8/2/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
87 points
Good wine but was a little flat on the flavor profile. Drank over two days and it was the same wine.
Red
7/30/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
87 points
Not sure I would have blinded this as a Pinot but drinks pretty well. New world wine for sure - drinks more like a grenache.
Red
7/29/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
87 points
Good Pinot - not great. Drank well over 5 hours
Red
7/9/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
88 points
Heavy tobacco in the beginning but balanced out nicely. Drank over two days and it held up just fine. Great $4.99 purchase in 2020.
White
6/11/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
87 points
Another lost wine that was past its prime but still pretty good.
Red
6/4/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
90 points
Another 'lost' bottle we found in the cellar. Good news it was still a good wine. Better news we paid $5 each for 4 of these in April 2020.
Red
6/4/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
88 points
Past its drink by date - yep. But a nice wine - almost a sparkler. Always great to find wines that you somehow 'lost'
Red
5/29/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
93 points
Love this wine - was in it's peak drinking window. Drank over 4 hours and saved half the bottle for the next day and it was still great.
Red
5/18/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
91 points
Hard to find a better value for $21. Nice fruit, extended finish, great wine for the money.
Red
4/30/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
89 points
So this one got lost in the cellar but glad we found it. We all joked about this being vinegar or grape juice and it was neither. Spicy and good fruit on the palate. If we had blinded this wine I would have went Spanish Garnacha. Everyone loved it as CRAZY as that seems. Would have liked to have another to open in 5 years just for the hell of it.
Red
4/30/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
89 points
For $3 this wine has held up well. Nice oak and a decent finish. I still have a couple left so we'll wait another year and see what we got.
Red
4/23/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
94 points
Great wine with a really long finish. Great balance of oak and dark fruit. Love it.
Red
4/2/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
91 points
Was a little flat on the first day so we saved half for today - much improved. More fruit and tannins, really enjoyed it.
Red
4/2/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
90 points
Good wine upon opening and drank well for 3+ hours. Still has some life left.
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Red
4/2/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
88 points
Good $10 wine that still holds up.
White - Off-dry
4/2/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
84 points
Over the hill - drinks like dessert wine
Red
3/22/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
89 points
Nice wine, well balanced and drank well over 4-5 hours
Red
3/12/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
90 points
Very nice wine for the money. A little too much oak but I like it.
Red
3/6/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
89 points
Very lush and round after being open for 45 minutes. Very easy drinking.
Red
3/5/2023 - Barry Raterink wrote:
50 points
Badly Corked
Red
2/26/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
88 points
Good wine - opened up after an hour. Very lush and round really enjoyed it.
Red
2/19/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
92 points
Very good wine - opened up right away and drank well over 4 hours.
Red
2018 Unti Vineyards Petit Frère Dry Creek Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
2/19/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
92 points
Great wine. Drank well right from the bottle and over 4 hours.
Red
2/12/2023 - Barry Raterink Likes this wine:
93 points
Such a great wine- needs 8-10 hours to reach to fully open. Most aromatic wine ever.
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