Tasting Notes for AlexHop

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Red
3/9/2020 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
93 points
Great. Rich dark fruit. Coravin teat- I remixed a half glass 6 year ago. This was still great.
Red
3/2/2020 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
92 points
Really good, complex flavors. Dark fruit, forest floor, black cherry and a long finish.
Red
1999 Bacio Divino Napa Valley SuperTuscan Blend (view label images)
1/15/2020 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
89 points
Nice but a little thin.
Red
2001 Cortes de Cima Incognito Vinho Regional Alentejano Syrah (view label images)
1/14/2020 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
92 points
Lush fruit despite 19 years old. Keeps impressing. Beautiful balance and great with food.
Red
2014 Robert Foley Claret Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/9/2020 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
96 points
Color is dark but not super opaque. Nose is complex clove, almond, mocha. Round mouth, turns to a little pleasant bite. Dark cherry, grilled meat, leather. Big body. Very long great finish.
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Red
1/9/2020 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
96 points
Preview at the winery. Nose is classic Spottswoode nose, warm with vanilla and cooked plums. Flavors are a bit tight, shows some bright fruit and acid. But not tongue curling for a young pre-release wine and only a medium finish at this point. As the wine warmed up a bit there were more pronounced tannins. Should develop nicely- not as good as the 2016 (tasted side-by-side) but another strong showing.
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Red
1/8/2020 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
98 points
Close to perfect. Nose is insane, complex, with subtle toast, touch of sweet fruit.
Flavors are gorgeous classic. Beautiful dark red fruit, supple tannins, super long finish showing dry herbs. Shows solid structure, a great candidate for long aging.
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Red
1/8/2020 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
96 points
Tasted at the winery from a bottle opened the previous day.
Wow- this was a hit. Nose is toasty oak, pencil shavings, with a core of energy under the surface. Flavors are round, dark fruit, solid tannins, blueberry and oregano. Seems like should be great for aging. Super long finish.
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Red
1/8/2020 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
93 points
Stands out from previous vintages. Subtle nose with spices which over a few minutes in the glass opened to rich red fruit. Bold flavors, dark fruit, prune, a little spice with a medium length finish.
Red
1/8/2020 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
92 points
Beautiful- continues to be my favorite California Grenache outside of Paso Robles. Beautiful red cherry nose. Flavors are classic mountain expression of Grenache. A light accent of spice, but mostly bright fruit. Should be great with food.
Red
1/8/2020 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
93 points
Tasted at the winery- bottles had been open since the previous day. Nose is candy cherry, minerals. Body is opaque tannins, more acid than the 2016, good fruit hiding under the tannins. Long finish with some hints of fruit hiding in there. Overall very good but tasted side-by-side with the 2016, the 2016 was much better.
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Red
1/8/2020 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
97 points
Tasted at the winery pre-release but from bottle. We were not able to decant and the bottle started at cellar temperature.
Nose was already intense and complex.
Flavors- bold, solid tannins. Tongue coating and intense. Herbs and forest. Condensed blueberries, blackberry. Super long finish with an initial sharp edge. Drinking from the bottle 10 hours later the tannins had evolved to a supple sweetness.
Overall amazing- was able to taste it in close proximity to some top WA100 wines and this stood up to them- feels like the professional review previews missed the mark on this one. This should be yet another classic Howell Mtn cab from Outpost. 97+
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Red
1/8/2020 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
89 points
A bit past its prime but still has some life. Not especially complex but nice. Medium finish.
Red
1/7/2020 - AlexHop Does not like this wine:
80 points
Not good. Thin and acidic. Not quite vinegar but close. Not too surprising but oh well.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1990 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/31/2019 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
95 points
Beautiful honey and pineapple and good acid balance. Thick nas golden colored.
Red
12/31/2019 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful but slightly over the hill. Great aroma starting with fruit and after a bit dusty library. Very integrated tannins but almost too subtle at this point. Long finish.
Red
12/27/2019 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
99 points
Amazing. Elegant supple and complex. Silky balanced goes down a treat.
Red
1997 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/21/2019 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
97 points
Wow, amazing. Still a classic. Intense brooding. Still tons of life.
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Red
10/17/2019 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
91 points
Comes across as really old. Not in a bad way but if this was a Bordeaux I would have guessed more like 40 years old (than the actual 20). A little musty, aged wood nose. Still bold flavors and a long finish.
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Red
10/14/2019 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
94 points
This was stunning. One of the best zins I’ve had. A touch sweetness, complex lush flavors and the 9 years age feels perfect.
Red
9/28/2019 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
97 points
Beautiful, perfect age. Still big bold flavors with plenty of spice, white pepper, herbs. Long long finish.
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Red
9/28/2019 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
96 points
Complex nose with pencil and forest. Tannins more integrated. Long interesting finish with a touch of spice and black pepper. Tasted at the winery.
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White
9/28/2019 - AlexHop wrote:
89 points
Crisp, classic Napa Sauvignon Blanc with a touch grassy. Some prominent oak. Good acid.
Red
9/20/2019 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
93 points
Wow shockingly amazing for a 1998 21 year old zin. Almost like a late harvest. Rich with an aged sweetness. Long long finish. What a treat.
Red
8/18/2019 - AlexHop wrote:
Amazing. Rich, bold, but also fresh. Drank from a 1.5L at Washington Wine Auction.
Red
6/24/2019 - AlexHop wrote:
88 points
A little funky but not off. Just not wonderful.
Red
2007 Bond Pluribus Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/8/2019 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
98 points
First impression is a strong note of dirt and yet in a really positive way. Strong minerals and earthiness and black pepper. Nose is subtle and ethereal and a huge contrast to the bold flavors. Toast, big body, still dense tannins. Extremely long finish. From a magnum, decanted.
Red
4/28/2019 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
96 points
Dusty elegant nose like and old library. Big mouth feel but feminine. Smooth a balanced with a medium long finish. Not much fruit still.
Red
2002 Bond Vecina Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/28/2019 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
98 points
Wow. Rich nose, violets and white pepper. Bold mouth with super dark fruit and intense super long finish. Seems like it has decades of life still.
Red
2003 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/26/2019 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
93 points
Damn good for a 2003. Rich bold flavors. Perfect age. Classic Napa cAb from a rough year.
Red
4/22/2019 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
97 points
Stunning bold rich flavors.
Red
3/14/2019 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
89 points
Nice but a bit faded. Probably better a few years ago.
Red
3/12/2019 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
94 points
Beautiful lush expressive with a cinnamon toasty nose and plenty of ripe fruit flavor. Spicy complex finish. Red plum. Finishes with sage and oregano.
Red
3/10/2019 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
92 points
Pretty good but at the moment it’s really dark and a little harsh. I think it needs more age.
Red
3/7/2019 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
92 points
Lush fruit and beautiful aromas.
Red
2/28/2019 - AlexHop wrote:
93 points
Still young. Bright cherry and lush finish. Nose is dark and earthy. Great acid and balance.
Red
2/27/2019 - AlexHop wrote:
86 points
Not my favorite ridge zin. A bit acidic and thin. Some good flavors but overall disappointing.
Red
2/22/2019 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
98 points
Still solid tannins. Nose shows a little age spices and complex herbs. Opened up nicely and was perfect with a big steak. Long long complex finish.
Red
2/22/2019 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
98 points
Wow. Nose is intense floral and complex fruit. Lush with soft tannins and spice on the finish. Very complex and still feels young.
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Red
1/17/2019 - AlexHop wrote:
95 points
Wow, ripe fruit, red cherry. Bold yet elegant. Long finish.
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Red
1/11/2019 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
94 points
Beautiful and expressive. Lush, sage and oregano with still some good fruit. Long finish.
Red
12/13/2018 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
94 points
Gorgeous. Lush and showy.
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Red
2006 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/20/2018 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
94 points
Gorgeous complex nose with exotic spices and herbs. Dark fruit and leather with a big body that has become supple and elegant. Long silky finish.
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Red
11/17/2018 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
92 points
Beautiful, elegant. Nice aged character. Perfect age.
Red
11/13/2018 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
94 points
Always a favorite, keeps getting better. Super rich intense dark fruit with supple elegant backbone that has fully integrated. Not faded at all but probably ideal to drink now.
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Red
11/12/2018 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
93 points
Showing amazing today. The cork crumbled a bit but the wine is rich and dark and intense with dark forest, meaty leather and figs and plums. Better than ever.
Red
2010 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/26/2018 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
93 points
Very elegant and feminine. Almost surprising it’s most Cabernet Sauvignon (74%). Subtle herbs on the nose. Body emphasizes pencil lead and iron. Not showing much fruit. Long complex finish.
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Red
9/22/2018 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
97 points
Complex and opulent. Wine highlight of a special night.
Red
2001 Bond Matriarch Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/11/2018 - AlexHop Likes this wine:
91 points
Intense, lots of graphite and dark fruit. Vanilla nose.
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