Tasting Notes for RBHendrick

(87 notes on 80 wines)

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Red
10/16/2021 - RBHendrick Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent Nebbiolo!
Red
3/20/2021 - RBHendrick wrote:
Not rating because this is so far past it’s drinking window. But if you still have it, my advice is to bring it to a house party full of people you don’t know or like. ;)
Red
2016 K Vintners El Jefe Stoneridge Vineyard Walla Walla Valley Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
3/6/2021 - RBHendrick Likes this wine:
93 points
Notes from @eadsaaron below are consistent with our experience.
Red
1/16/2021 - RBHendrick Likes this wine:
92 points
Great QPR for a Langhe Nebbiolo!
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Red
12/31/2020 - RBHendrick wrote:
90 points
Very nice, but not worth the cost.
Red
12/25/2020 - RBHendrick Likes this wine:
95 points
Some others have put drink dates into 2028 or so; I agree with the 2023 consensus view. This was wonderful as usual with QC, but really lost its bang within 90 minutes after opening. (Note: Decant/filter was necessary; not for air but cork crumbled.)
Red
11/26/2020 - RBHendrick Likes this wine:
92 points
Definitely time to drink up. Strong rim variation visible on first pour. Still tasted great - especially after about 20 minutes of air - but did not evolve much further.
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Red
11/21/2020 - RBHendrick Likes this wine:
90 points
Very good QPR. This will be our replacement for Meiomi, which we feel has not been as good since 2018 as it was in 2013-2017.
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Red
2014 Department 66 Others Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Red Blend (view label images)
10/25/2020 - RBHendrick wrote:
87 points
Slight vinegar hint. Drink up!
Red
9/7/2020 - RBHendrick Likes this wine:
90 points
Needed a bit of time to open up, but then very nice.
Red
12/30/2019 - RBHendrick Likes this wine:
91 points
Excellent. This was the last 2011 in our cellar, sitting within a Ca di Pian vertical. We pulled it out over the holidays given the CT drinking window is now closed. PnP and drank among 4 people over 60-90 minute period. Still holding a great balance of fruit and earth, still plenty of life. I would say it could have been held for another 2-3 years from now.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
12/24/2019 - RBHendrick wrote:
Unfortunately, this was opened at the wrong time and the sweetness was not expected. For that reason, skipping the rating.
Red
12/28/2019 - RBHendrick Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted and waited about 15-20 minutes, then drank over 2-3 hours. Did not develop as much as expected. Definitely fruity, but not too much.
Red
2010 Château Lilian Ladouys St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/25/2019 - RBHendrick Likes this wine:
91 points
Wow!
Red
2011 Château Lilian Ladouys St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/25/2019 - RBHendrick wrote:
89 points
Definitely toward the end of its window. Drink up.
White
12/23/2019 - RBHendrick wrote:
95 points
Excellent. Not too much oak. Improved very substantially after about 30 minutes of air (in bottle), then even better after 60 minutes.
Red
11/28/2019 - RBHendrick Likes this wine:
95 points
Outstanding example of Barbera d'Alba. Earthy, tannic, licorice. Plus great QPR.
Red
2016 Borgo Scopeto (Tenuta Caparzo) Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
11/24/2019 - RBHendrick Likes this wine:
90 points
Great QPR!
Red
11/23/2019 - RBHendrick Likes this wine:
94 points
PNP was still great, but continued to get better with a bit of time.
Red
11/19/2019 - RBHendrick Likes this wine:
90 points
A bit young - very fruity when first opened. But with 30ish mins of air (in bottle) it was really nice for 2nd glass and beyond. Wouldn't give it too much longevity. At mid-20s, decent QPR.
Red
10/25/2019 - RBHendrick wrote:
Definitely at the end of it’s drinking window. We last had this in early 2016, and rated it a 94 with delicious hints of vanilla and cherry. Now you can get just a hint of that former greatness. Will withhold rating out of respect for the past, but someone trying today might rightfully score it 88-89. Drink up if you have!
Red
10/17/2019 - RBHendrick wrote:
88 points
Drinkable after 20-30 min. Not great.
Red
2016 Vieux Château Palon Montagne-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/21/2019 - RBHendrick Likes this wine:
91 points
Started out a bit tight - as we expected given the drinking window shown on CT. But after about 20-30 min (in decanter), it really became enjoyable, and lasted for 90 mins more. A bit high on sugar/alcohol.
Red
8/25/2019 - RBHendrick wrote:
88 points
A tad sweet for a Barbara, but Monferrato tends that way in my experience. We have drank many Barbara wines, and I would say - as a comparison to that group - that I’ve had many better, but on a QPR this is fine and drinkable. Would be good for most people who are not serious wine drinkers.
Red
5/12/2019 - RBHendrick Likes this wine:
93 points
Last of a case we bought in 2016 at the winery, and really wish we had bought a second case! Really in a great place now - lovey currant-and-cranberry flavor.
Red
4/27/2019 - RBHendrick Likes this wine:
90 points
Great QPR. Typical of Graves - a bit dark/violet; blackberry; earth. Really opened up after about 30-45 minutes.
Red
4/3/2019 - RBHendrick wrote:
89 points
We really enjoyed previous bottles; this one could have been off, but both of us felt it tasted a bit metallic.
Red
3/19/2019 - RBHendrick Likes this wine:
92 points
Big improvement since last bottle (August 2017)! This time, well-balanced, slightly strawberry. Drank well from initial PNP through 90-120 minute range.
White
3/23/2019 - RBHendrick Likes this wine:
90 points
Outstanding QPR. Simple, crisp, well-balanced. We enjoyed as apertif, with grilled garlic-cilantro glazed shrimp.
Red
3/10/2019 - RBHendrick Likes this wine:
95 points
We love barbara d'Alba, and this is really one of the best we've ever had.
Red
3/10/2019 - RBHendrick wrote:
Agree with previous review from QMDLS... We have enjoyed this in the past, but it's clearly getting to the end of it's drinking window. Lack of tannin and complexity, but still a bit tart and fruity.
White
2/27/2019 - RBHendrick wrote:
89 points
We are big fans of Orin Swift wines, but the alcohol is really overwhelming on this one. It did settle down a little after 30-45 minutes... but still wasn't anything incredible. Another reviewer mentioned "paint thinner", which is ironic because that's exactly what my wife and I said to each other.
Red
11/22/2018 - RBHendrick wrote:
flawed
Unfortunately this bottle had a leak in the cork, which was only visible after removing the capsule. Even with this defect, the wine was not bad... just missing some of the expected energy. We've had this one before, so know what to expect.
Red
8/13/2018 - RBHendrick wrote:
flawed
Love this wine - have had other bottles from same vintage. Unfortunately this one was corked.
White
5/11/2018 - RBHendrick Does not like this wine:
82 points
Slightly petillante/fizzy and a bit tart. Sarah says “should not be allowed in circulation”!
White
5/11/2018 - RBHendrick Likes this wine:
92 points
Drank with grilled halibut (with Lev’s Shabazi seasoning) and cherry tomatoes.
Red
2/10/2018 - RBHendrick Likes this wine:
91 points
Very good, but not worth all the hype or cost etc. Didn't evolve much while drinking... I'd say no reason to cellar it any further. Drink up!
Red
2/11/2018 - RBHendrick Likes this wine:
95 points
Wow! What a change in just 2 years. We had one of these in early 2016, and my tasting notes said it was "too young", and we shouldn't drink the next for at least 5 years, and I was surprised Monica Lerner gave it a 96. Well... Due to bottle being in the wrong part of cellar (the drink now section) after we moved, I accidentally pulled it and shared with visitors last night. Just two years later, and I'd say it's really coming along and seems to be headed toward the best nebbiolo / Barbaresco wines we've had in a long time. Light bodied in color / weight, but developing real complexity, nice mix of fruit and acidity, long finish, etc. Wish we had waited even longer... now I say Monica was on-track with her score, if you wait until the 2020s sometime.
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Red
12/12/2017 - RBHendrick wrote:
flawed
Definitely WAY past it's window - couldn't drink. Found for low price (circa 20 USD) and gave it a try, as it's one of our favorites. Oh well - it was fun to open.
Red
10/15/2017 - RBHendrick Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted and drank over about 90 minutes. Was very rough for the first 20-30 minutes, but changed noticeably and then was a real stunner for the final hour or so. We can think of other Syrahs that would perform better from start to finish, but not too many can do this well at this price point.
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Red
10/12/2017 - RBHendrick Likes this wine:
95 points
Decanted and drank over 2-3 hours (starting immediately and taking our time). Drinkable now, but definitely a little tannic... Settled down after 40-60 minutes. Not much change after 90 minutes. Very enjoyable - smooth but complex enough; lots of cherry, spice, and earth. We didn't experience the aftertaste that some have mentioned.

This is in the league of great pinot noirs we have tasted, although not among the very best few (i.e. 94-95 feels right, but couldn't put it in the 96-100 range as JS did). We could think of plenty of other pinots that would give it a run - especially at the price point. We paid $100/bottle after this vintage made the WS Top 100 for Dec 2015; the more appropriate price range is definitely it's usual $40-60.
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Red
8/25/2017 - RBHendrick Does not like this wine:
87 points
Initially the bouquet was lovely, but within 30-40 minutes this wine closed up entirely - no taste in the glass, no smell in decanter. Never experienced something so dramatic. Poured back into bottle and let it sit until following evening, but not much of a change. Disappointing.
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Red
8/20/2017 - RBHendrick wrote:
89 points
2nd bottle tried from a case - working to phase into/through drinking window. A bit thin and metallic. Hopefully will settle and develop over time. We love Spinetta, but this one isn't a favorite.
Red
8/24/2017 - RBHendrick Likes this wine:
89 points
Definitely a little bit tart, but solid. Very different from most of the others from Clarendon Hills that we've enjoyed (Moritz, Liandra, etc.)
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