Tasting Notes for Billyray

(48 notes on 44 wines)

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Red
2007 Apothic Red California Red Blend (view label images)
1/22/2010 - Billyray wrote:
87 points
Picked this up at L.A. Wine Co. Plenty of fruit in the nose that goes well to the palet. Soft mouth feel and light in the finish. Wine Advocate give it 87, and I have to agree.
Red
1/17/2010 - Billyray wrote:
81 points
As far as Pinot's goes this is a little weak. Nice nose but thats about it.nick_pivonka is spot on with his review. More like a Rose. Given as a gift over the holidays but we're not likely to pick one up in the future.
Red
3/24/2009 - Billyray wrote:
90 points
This 2003 got better while waiting to be opened . Plenty of FRUIT. Nice texture on the palate. Soft finish..
Red
2003 St. Francis Claret Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/28/2008 - Billyray wrote:
79 points
Not one of their better efforts but ok for a BevMo special. Some fruit, big acid, not much of a finish.
Red
12/25/2008 - Billyray wrote:
85 points
Cherry in the nose. High acid as expected but not harsh. Very light finish. Nice compliment to the Christmas Ham.
Red
8/27/2008 - Billyray wrote:
flawed
This had to be a spoiled bottle or this is some really bad Pinot. Bitter and watery right out of the bottle. Little or no fruit. Tried to enjoy some very nice Alaska salmon but this particular pinot did not compliment this meal at all. Poured it down the drain next morning!!
Red
2005 Château Ducluzeau Listrac-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/20/2008 - Billyray wrote:
84 points
Taninc in the nose and on the palate. Opens up nicely and fruit emerges after a bit. Lots of Cab to begin with but a light finish. Very nice compliment to Lamb Chops!
Red
2006 Guenoc Victorian Claret North Coast Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/17/2008 - Billyray wrote:
85 points
Very nice blend. Medium color Not heavy, medium body....not a big fruit forward wine and light on the palate and finish. Puts me in mind of a Pinot but slighly richer. On special at BevMo...would probably buy again.
Red
7/17/2008 - Billyray wrote:
91 points
Nice Cab/Merlot blend from the Fisher family. Full bodied with fruit that stays from nose to finish.
White
7/4/2008 - Billyray wrote:
88 points
Very nice PG from good old Trader Joe's. Moving my earlier rating up a few notches for this very light white. Loads of Apple in the nose. Light on the palate but with enough fruit there to make it a very refreshing summer sipper. If your a PG fan, this is a pretty good QPR .
Red
7/4/2008 - Billyray wrote:
90 points
This was our first try of this Malbec from Vina Cabos. As with others from this producer, we were not disapointed in this offering. Decanted for some time before serving this offered deep color, big fruit in the nose that carried on to the palate with jam and berry.
White
2006 Mouton Cadet Blanc Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
6/29/2008 - Billyray wrote:
85 points
Amber color, citrus and apple on the palate, light but lingering finish.
Red
5/24/2008 - Billyray wrote:
92 points
Deep color, rich texture, earth, cocoa and jam on the palate. Bigger than "Cameron" ....our Fisher favorite but equaly as drinkable. Following RP's advice, will let it set till 2009.
Red
5/7/2008 - Billyray wrote:
82 points
This is a fun wine for the QPR. Clear ruby color, Cherry-like, not too fruity and tanic on the palate. Little finish but not harsh in the mouth. Drinks well and is a nice warm up to something more full bodied......and the Name......amost worth the price.
Red
2005 Erna Schein Behren's Family Reserve Spring Mountain District Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/7/2008 - Billyray wrote:
93 points
Earthy nose, deep inky color, lots of fruit and rich texture on the palate make this one of the great blends from Les Behrens. At $75.00 and only 300 cases out there, this is not an 'every day' quaffer, but should be enjoyed with a fine meal or a tasting. It really does stand out as a remarkable mix of Bordeuax varietals. I'm glad I have another in the wine closet.
Red
2006 Tait The Ball Buster Barossa Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
4/3/2008 - Billyray wrote:
85 points
Last bottle of the evening (after many) nice fruit, not much of a finish this late in the evening.....too many others before it, But still a nice drinkable blend.
Red
2006 Folie à Deux Ménage à Trois Red California Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
4/2/2008 - Billyray wrote:
85 points
Still a great blend
Red
2004 Girard Artistry Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/23/2008 - Billyray wrote:
89 points
Very nice nose.... berry, jam, ...sharp on the palate but with fruit still present...tanins linger giving it a great finish. Just gets better after it opens up. Pour it and let it wake up in the glass a while.
Red
3/20/2008 - Billyray wrote:
90 points
Very nice Cab at this QPR. Berry and Oak with a nice long finish.
White
3/10/2008 - Billyray wrote:
91 points
Big hit of Apple in the nose then citrus on the palate with a light finish that cools like mint. Great first course white.
Red
2005 Erna Schein Cemetery Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/10/2008 - Billyray wrote:
92 points
Again a great blend (75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot) from Les Behrens. Deep rich color with an abunance of fruit on the nose. Plum, cocoa, & earth give way to a full bodied richness on the palate. We got to the bottle late after Martini's and a "Rochioli" Sav/Blanc so the finish was softend. Alone these ES blends have a lingering palate, finish strong and really stand up well to a rich menu. Next time we'll skip the Martini's
Red
3/5/2008 - Billyray wrote:
82 points
Just a hint of fruit that passes quickly over the palate. Not bad for the QPR. Decent Pinot for that everyday occasion. Went well with Alfredo.
Red
2006 Folie à Deux Ménage à Trois Red California Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
2/19/2008 - Billyray wrote:
85 points
Great QPR for this Red Blend. Listed as a Zinfandel Blend but the Merlot comes through right away. Oak, cocoa, and a smokey nose give way to a soft texture on the palate and an easy finish more like the Zin. Nice "trio".
Red
2/7/2008 - Billyray wrote:
88 points
Hard to beat the QPR for this fine douro from Ramos Pinto. Fruity nose of berry and plum stays on the palate and carries right through to a very light finish finish. The 2003 has a little more body but this one drinks well now and will likely be even better later.
Red
2/3/2008 - Billyray wrote:
90 points
Big fruit up front stays throught the finish. Earthy and lots of body.
Red
1/31/2008 - Billyray wrote:
90 points
Still a 90 (WS) in my book. Great nose of fruit jam right through to the palate. Smooth finish with a trace of oak and leather remaining.
Red
1/24/2008 - Billyray wrote:
85 points
This is a great every day Douro blend that is really easy to enjoy. Rich deep purple color with an up front nose of earth and fruit. Lots of tannin on the palate and a very soft texture with a mild brief finish. This is a great QPR for that wine to serve with BBQ...burgers and the like.
Red
1/22/2008 - Billyray wrote:
88 points
Very nice blend with fruity nose and a hint of leather. Soft on the palate....light on tannins and a finish that does not linger.
Red
2005 Château de Brondeau Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/21/2008 - Billyray wrote:
87 points
Plum and Blackberry in the nose, present up front and lingering on the palate. Nice long finish with plenty of tannin. Merlot/Cab Franc/and Cab Sauv. make this a very enjoyable Bordeaux at a nice $$ (under $20). Will pick up more at this QPR. Nice paring with Rack of Lamb.
White
1/13/2008 - Billyray wrote:
86 points
Almost crystal clear but for a hint of yellow. Presents Apple quickly in the nose that switches to citrus on the palate. Crisp mouth feel that finishes quickly.
Red
1/12/2008 - Billyray wrote:
88 points
This was our 2nd try for "Pillar Box" with better results than our 12/6/07 tasting. Great fruit up front in the nose with lots of plum and oak that carries through on the palate only after it breaths a bit. Let the alcohol "flash off" a while before drinking. Very soft finish after setting for some time.
Red
1/10/2008 - Billyray wrote:
89 points
Delicate nose of berry, very smooth on the palate with a light finish. Some bitterness fresh out of the bottle. We tasted it a little too soon after opening and pouring. Smoothed out later in the evening. Very good QPR for this Shiraz.
Red
12/21/2007 - Billyray wrote:
85 points
This Merlot stood up very well when opened among a number of other cabs and merlots at a tasting. Good nose of berry and plum rich txture on the palate. Similar to most at this $
White
1/6/2008 - Billyray wrote:
88 points
Apple and citrus in the nose. Crisp and light on the palate. Quick finish that does not linger. Drinks well with Alderwood plank grilled salmon.
Red
1/5/2008 - Billyray wrote:
85 points
Deep color, nice nose of earth and berry, very light on the palate, soft finish. A good Merlot for the $. Need to have more around for every day consumption.
Red
1/2/2008 - Billyray wrote:
84 points
This was brought as a gift a while back so I broke it out to have with some left over Prime Rib. What a nice Cab this turned out to be. Fairly nondiscript nose of plum, oak and berry but a good mouth-feel on the palate, with a good balance of fruit and tannin and a nice finish as well. Polished if off the next evening with some Lamb Chops and it held up very well.
Red
1/1/2008 - Billyray wrote:
88 points
I'm never disapointed with this great Douro blend. We poured this during New Years dinner following a Chianti and it went fast among the group. Good nose of plum and berries and firm texture on the palate. Finishes well.
Red
2004 Toscolo Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
1/1/2008 - Billyray wrote:
85 points
Good pairing with Lasagna dinner on New Years Eve. Fruity nose and acidic on the palate. Good chianti for the price.
Red
12/29/2007 - Billyray wrote:
82 points
Leather, Cocoa and Oak in the nose but nothing exciting on the palate. Little or no finish at all. This particular bottle may have been past the drinking window or spoiled. Didn't compliment my belated Christmas Prime Rib as something more full bodied.
White
12/28/2007 - Billyray wrote:
80 points
Not a bad Viognier for the price. Very light nose of fruit. Crisp on the palate and a little acidic but finishes well. There are better ones out there but this one's ok for the price.
Red
12/22/2007 - Billyray wrote:
86 points
Deep purple color with Cocoa and Leather in the nose. Neither overpowering or bland on the palate, just a respectable wine that works for every day pairings. Good QPR from Nine North. I always pick it when it shows up at L.A. Wine Co.
Red
12/21/2007 - Billyray wrote:
90 points
This is a great Cab from St. Francis. Lots of fruit and plenty of tannin makes this a good partner with rich meat entre's. We usually have this with Prime Rib or Steak but served up some with a Hearty Chili last evening and everyone kept offering their glass for more.
Red
12/21/2007 - Billyray wrote:
92 points
Fabulous blend from Les Behrens presents loads of plum and a palate with a velvet texture and long finish. These rich, unfiltered wines from B&H (and now Erna Schein) are never drab or disappointing. This was the last of my 2004.....boy did I goof. I called this morning and there is no more (only 265 cases produced) so now I'll have to wait for the 2005!
Red
12/21/2007 - Billyray wrote:
90 points
WS gives this Zin a 90 and well deserved. Subtle nose of berry and soft finish make this a good pour for the $$. Served this up with some spicy chili and it held up very well.
Red
2005 Turnbull Old Bull Red Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/20/2007 - Billyray wrote:
90 points
"Old Bull" presents oak, plum, and cocoa in the nose but not too heavy. Just enough tannins to give the palate a nice response and a pleasant finish. Great blend of several varietals that drinks well and for my money is a pretty good value for the $$. Oh yeah........I forgot the pairing........."Meat Loaf".........(did he say "meatoaf??)........Awesome! Enjoy.
Red
12/15/2007 - Billyray wrote:
88 points
A soft nose of cherries & berry, gives way to a light, crisp body that retains its fruit charateristics. Not the least bit heavy but has a long finish you would expect from someting bigger. Surprised to see it was only 13% Alcohol. This was our first of this varietal (Monestrell). We only had one M3 in the cellar but will picking up more at this QPR. Viva! Vinos Sin-Lay
Red
12/6/2007 - Billyray wrote:
84 points
Deep purple color leads to plenty of fruit on the nose. Different story on the palate. Sours on the finish. Could be a bad bottle. We'll give it another try.
White
12/4/2007 - Billyray wrote:
91 points
Crisp yet with enough fruit to give this varietal a new standing among whites. Served at a tasting with demands for more after moving through all the traditional reds. Regular Viognier consumers called it one of the best.
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