Tasting Notes for dsapp

(56 notes on 53 wines)

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Red
Paired well with BBQ ribs and cornbread. Slowly making our way out of COVID-19 pandemic and enjoying good wine and company. Beautiful bottle has held up well.
Red
Wife is now fully vaccinated. Occasion worthy of bottle. Beautiful as ever, both wine and wife.
Red
10/21/2020 - dsapp Likes this wine:
90 points
Rays 6, Dodgers 4. Game 2 of 2020 World Series. Former Durham Bull Blake Snell was gutsy in his 4.2-inning start. Dodgers seem generally susceptible to quality LHP. The Syrah held up adequately to homemade beef stew. Paired better with the Campo de Montalban cheese course. Regardless, we always enjoy a Villa Creek wine though this wasn’t our favorite.
Red
2018 Tablas Creek Mourvèdre Paso Robles Adelaida District (view label images)
10/15/2020 - dsapp Likes this wine:
88 points
Braves 10, Dodgers 2. Game 4 of NLCS. I really like beating Kershaw. The wine wasn’t as good as the occasion, but it held up well to the Mexican dinner.
Red
10/12/2020 - dsapp Likes this wine:
94 points
Braves 5, Dodgers 1. NLCS, Game 1. A wine worthy of the celebration.
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Red
2010 Law Estate Wines Beguiling Paso Robles Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
7/25/2018 - dsapp Likes this wine:
93 points
Lovely. Wife is in New Zealand. And this is the bottle I open? In trouble now.
Red
6/19/2017 - dsapp Likes this wine:
95 points
Birthday bottle. Wife loved it too. And Braves beat Giants 9-0. Who could ask for more? Great night!
Red
3/10/2017 - dsapp wrote:
93 points
Paired nicely with beautiful SoCal sunset. So happy to have three bottles left. See you next year, my friend!
Red
12/24/2016 - dsapp Likes this wine:
95 points
3 1/2 years since we opened a bottle of the '10 Ten. Oh, why did we wait so long? Gorgeous nose. Silky mouthfeel with long, long finish. Paired with grilled honey-lacquered quail, saffron rice, and grilled parsnips. It takes the bite out of Rams' last-minute 21-22 loss to the 49ers. The Rams really stink; the '10 Ten totally rocks.
Red
2011 Denner The Ditch Digger (Concrete) Paso Robles Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
9/27/2016 - dsapp wrote:
92 points
Our selected wine to drink while watching the first Clinton-Trump debate. Very enjoyable (the wine, not the debate) and I'm glad I have two more bottles. Not so glad that there will be two more debates.
Red
12/30/2015 - dsapp Likes this wine:
RIP Gisela and Jose. Dear friends who passed today. This bottle, you would have loved, and we open it in your honor.
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Red
12/18/2015 - dsapp Likes this wine:
93 points
Opening Night for Star Wars 7. Color: bright, clear claret with orange rim. Pretty. Nose: subtle white pepper. Taste: plum, a little earth, pleasant mellow. Nice finish. Very happy. Yum.
Red
Nose: menthol and smoky meats. Taste: licorice. European style Grenache. Color: cranberry, orange side, with light rim, watery. Good juice.
Rosé
8/24/2015 - dsapp Likes this wine:
91 points
Watermelon and strawberry. Oh my. You can taste the seeds after three hours. Really good.
White
8/24/2015 - dsapp Likes this wine:
93 points
Barnyard on a hot, hot summer day. Citrus. Long finish. Consistent, no matter how long it's opened. A little oak. Nice key lime and clementine. Sugar. Fascinating. Expressive.
Rosé
2012 Lillian Winery Rosé Santa Barbara County Syrah (view label images)
6/24/2015 - dsapp Likes this wine:
95 points
WOTN: Is it a summer syrah or a winter rosé? Served at 52 degrees with no decant. Exotic body, fine balance, structure, texture, and very pretty roses on the nose. Dinner party declared it "a trailblazer American wine." Total production was about 50 cases, if I remember correctly: aged 16 months. At $75, others may hesitate at the QPR, especially for a rosé, but I'm very happy to have four bottles left. An age-worthy American rosé. Really, quite something to experience. Recommend.
Red
6/24/2015 - dsapp Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted 8 hours. Shined with time/air, especially after fifth hour. Nice nose: Roasted cherries, maybe jubilee, with rubber bands and the chalky powder from bubble gum. Evolved into olive oil and pesto, and meaty nuts, like chestnuts perhaps. Worth the QPR. Paired well with grilled chicken, sweet potato, and green beans.
Rosé
2014 Law Estate Wines Rosé Paso Robles Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
6/24/2015 - dsapp Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice GSM rosé (50%M, 40%G, 10%S) to begin the summer evening. Very pretty salmon color. Dusty nectarine nose. A bit of wax on the mid-palate. Extraordinary balance. No concerns with QPR.
Red
1/17/2015 - dsapp Likes this wine:
95 points
WOTN over solid field: Decanted for three hours, drank over next three. Paired with wife's baked rigatoni with sweet sausage. Everyone raved.
Red
2005 Villa Creek Onda Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
4/11/2014 - dsapp Likes this wine:
93 points
Worth the 4-year wait. Oh, Paso!
Red
4/2/2014 - dsapp Likes this wine:
93 points
I know it's Wednesday, but this is a weekend bottle. Just lovely.
Red
2/28/2014 - dsapp Does not like this wine:
flawed
Corked. Second bottle in a row. I wish I didn't have four more bottles of this. What a waste!
Red
2/20/2014 - dsapp Likes this wine:
93 points
Special occasion: decanted one hour, beautiful nose with bacon, black berries, dusty leather, and a little dirt. No complaints here.
Red
9/10/2013 - dsapp wrote:
93 points
What a joyous celebration: drinking The Ripper on a Tuesday night.
Red
2009 Denner The Ditch Digger Paso Robles Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
6/12/2013 - dsapp wrote:
93 points
Oh, nostalgia. Beautiful nose that screams "Paso Robles." Memories of sitting in a barn and drinking wine straight out of the barrel. Paired perfectly with a basque cheese with a grilled hamburger chaser (with a mild green poblano chile). Oh my. Not a disappointment in sight, other than the Braves losing to the Padres earlier today.
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Red
6/2/2013 - dsapp wrote:
93 points
Decanted for about two hours. Strong showing with naked baby lamb chops, zucchini, and grilled haloumi. Beautiful nose and fond memories of visiting the winery three summers ago. Fantastic "home" dining experience. And, on top of that, the Braves beat the Nationals. Could we ask for more?
White
5/27/2013 - dsapp wrote:
93 points
Nice floral expression of honeysuckle, plus white peach and apricot on the nose. True pleasure paired with butternut squash soup with Gorgonzola. Beautiful experience other than the Mets beating the Braves in late innings. The Braves need bullpen help.
Red
4/20/2013 - dsapp Likes this wine:
92 points
Wife just returned from Rome where she sent me pictures of gelato, gnocchi, and Sangiovese. It was important to remind her of how much we enjoy juice from Paso Robles. Nose: tar and fresh barnyard dew. Evolved in glass over 20 minutes to spring herbs. Soft mouthfeel. Nostalgic: pleasant memories of our visit to L'Aventure years ago.
Red
4/6/2013 - dsapp wrote:
Ten evolved over two hours. Subtle pinot at first with nose of herb and soil. Beautiful silky mouthfeel. Later blackberry and blueberry. Juice almost had syrah jammy qualities in the last glass, only in the last glass. Wife said it seemed to get darker in color too over time. Very nice special occasion wine. In this case, celebrating the Upton brothers' HRs against the Cubbies. Always looking for a reason to open a bottle of Sea Smoke.
Red
2007 Linne Calodo Outsider Paso Robles Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
1/3/2013 - dsapp wrote:
94 points
Oh my!
White - Sweet/Dessert
11/16/2012 - dsapp wrote:
nose: mushroom tart, nuts, and brie rind. Very nice.
White - Sparkling
11/7/2012 - dsapp wrote:
93 points
Just RC and me on Election Night 2012. Perfect for the special occasion. Agree with previous notes, especially bread dough and apples and fresh hay on the nose. Very satisfying. I wish I had another bottle to save for 2016.
Red
11/6/2011 - dsapp wrote:
93 points
Cedar and mint blew off. After two hours of decant, sweet tannins sang. Very pleasant.
Red
10/31/2011 - dsapp wrote:
88 points
Solid offering at this price point. Toasted marshmallows, pleasant dust, etc. Very nice. No serious flaws. Will buy again.
White
10/22/2011 - dsapp wrote:
86 points
Pleasant wine with spicy Indian or Thai food.
Red
10/17/2011 - dsapp wrote:
87 points
Muted. Perhaps in "dumb phase." No significant flaws, but not very complex either. May need more time in cellar, but I am not entirely convinced that the payoff will be there.
Red
10/12/2011 - dsapp wrote:
89 points
Smoked meats, licorice, coffee, chocolate-covered black cherry, like rolling around in damp soil under a bush in the best sense. This is a good thing at this price point.
Red
9/7/2011 - dsapp wrote:
90 points
Typical VC nose, solid mouthfeel, and expected enjoyable experience. Decanted three hours. Tannins are still a little rough around the edges. But I am happy, as usual, with this showing.
White
6/28/2011 - dsapp wrote:
94 points
RC loved it. One of the best of the year. Beautiful nose. So glad we have two more bottles. Perfect for the summer.
Red
1/27/2011 - dsapp wrote:
81 points
nose: heavy cigarette smoke. Not pleasant.
White - Sweet/Dessert
12/21/2010 - dsapp wrote:
90 points
Pop and pour. Nose: strong Brie rind (nice!), Apricot, and a little apple cider. Taste: golden raisins and apricot. Good balance of acidity and sweetness. Beautiful golden color. Only two bottles left. Wish I had more. 90-plus
Rosé
2009 Villa Creek Pink Paso Robles Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre (view label images)
5/3/2010 - dsapp wrote:
88 points
Pleasant summer daily drinker. Fresh strawberries and melon. Very nice.
White
2/28/2010 - dsapp wrote:
93 points
Enjoyed by all at a tasting. Nicely paired with Julia Child's stuff chicken. I can't believe I agreed to share my last bottle with ten other people. Served it a little cold, but it made a wonderful impression. Honeysuckle, grass, and a little orange peel on the nose. Clean and crisp without much oak. A crowd pleaser. The 500ml bottle garnered interest, but with the wine's popularity, I could have used a magnum of this delightful Roussanne.
Red
2/28/2010 - dsapp wrote:
Brought to a tasting. Decanted for three hours. Nose was still fairly closed but tasted blueberry, huckleberry, and black currant. The other bottle will sit in the cellar for a couple years, at least.
White - Sweet/Dessert
12/12/2009 - dsapp wrote:
89 points
beautiful color, served slightly chilled, nose: prune & walnuts. taste: prune & canned peach.
Red
10/27/2009 - dsapp wrote:
86 points
Disappointed at first pour with slight sewage smell. After one hour, bitter sourness mellowed a lot. Added wild mushroom & black truffle flatbread and pairing worked very well. It was the perfect pairing. This wine needs food.
Red
10/23/2009 - dsapp wrote:
87 points
A bit thin and lacking complexity. I love Corison wines, but this wasn't my favorite.
Red
10/18/2009 - dsapp wrote:
92 points
Not quite as wonderful as some of Villa Creek's wines that have a higher percentage of Mourvèdre (such as the Vulture's Post), but this is a very solid offering. Medium body, smooth finish, nice dark fruits. Didn't decant (unusual of me for Villa Creek wine), and it came off nicely. Alcohol blew off quickly. Wish I could age this wine more, but I just can't resist.
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