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1983 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
6/24/2019 - acyso wrote:
88 points
Champagne, Riesling, and Bordeaux with Skippy (Chicago, IL): I didn't like this bottle anywhere as much as the bottle I had last year. The nose showed too much of the Cordier funk (which is far too close to TCA for my comfort), and the palate had a fairly dirty character as well. Lean and structured and a little meagre in the fruit department. I can understand the allure, but I'm impervious to this (lack of) charm.
  • yhn commented:

    7/7/19, 9:49 PM - "Close to TCA" or TCA? I suspect the brett was obscuring the corked character a bit, but that's why you had such a huge contrast with your other bottle.

Red
2017 Sandlands Mission Amador County
4/15/2019 - VeniceCalif wrote:
88 points
Guess what: There are varying styles of Mission wines in CA. This one is from the lighter end of the spectrum. Decanted 1 hr. ahead. Very pale ruby with an orange edge, halfway between a Pinot Noir and a rosé. Nice but shy nose of cherry, white pepper, peach. Pleasant on the palate, with earthy and orange peel flavors leading. Quite light-bodied as befits the color, with easy acid balance. Finishes with light grip and low tannins. Only 2 barrels made.
  • yhn commented:

    5/25/19, 9:16 PM - As a tip, there's no way I'd decant a wine like this. Contrast the nose you got to Aagrawal's "highly aromatic". Dry wine from this grape is best made to maximize and maintain its aromatics, then be consumed within the year after release (at most). Aging or decanting will only lose the best part of the wine.

Red
1975 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
9/29/2015 - tooch wrote:
92 points
Senndoff (Adrian's Apartment - Chicago, IL): Really liked the nose of this after it got some air. Had that classic, Lalande floral note along with some nice graphite and dark fruit tones. Smelled VERY Pauillac. Palate was edgy and firm. It was kinda a tough nut to crack, but I think that's somewhat typical for the vintage. While it won't have the fleshy character that some of the more generous vintages may have, this seemed to fit into the 1978, 1983, 2004 mold of stern, dark, unforgiving wines. May not work for some, but this was right in my wheelhouse for BDX.
  • yhn commented:

    12/5/17, 10:55 PM - Lalande? Did you post this note to the wrong wine?

Red
2010 Big Basin Vineyards Pinot Noir Coastview Vineyard Monterey County
5/10/2015 - jnewman77 wrote:
Classic cali style pinot with rich, ripe fruit, baking spices, and cola scents. The palate is forward and big, but reasonably balanced and overall pretty good. If ripe California pinot is your style this will be very enjoyable.
  • yhn commented:

    1/20/16, 8:18 PM - Sounds like the opposite of "classic". Ugh, and please don't say "Cali". Same rule as "Frisco". Hells Angels can say it because no one would dare to try to knock their teeth out for doing so.

Red
2003 Big Basin Vineyards Syrah Rattlesnake Rock Santa Cruz Mountains
2/15/2013 - sbtoby wrote:
84 points
Still drinkable, but well past it's prime. Very musty and slightly mildewish. Seems like this was at one time a good wine.
  • yhn commented:

    11/23/14, 1:41 AM - Sounds like a cork issue.

Red
2011 Arnot-Roberts Pinot Noir Peter Martin Ray Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
1/13/2014 - yhn wrote:
No formal notes, but here's my impression: Well made, intense dark fruit, pretty extreme in whole cluster character and very complex. Very compelling and has the stuff to age. Initially tasted blind, at a winery, with Pinot Noir producers. No one thought this was a Pinot. Also, at this point, this wine shows zero vineyard character from what is a unique, and one of my favorite, Pinot Noir vineyards in California. Maybe, hopefully, time will change that. Duane Cronin, Frank Ashton and Ian Brand manged to make compelling PMR PNs. I would think the A-R guys, with their resources, would improve on that. Not sure they did, not sure how they could by using 100% whole cluster.
  • yhn commented:

    1/14/14, 3:14 PM - Zach, there's no distinct varietal character to steer one towards an obvious guess. Just dark, dense neutral fruit completely enveloped in stemmy spice.

Red
1994 Ridge Zinfandel Jimsomare Santa Cruz Mountains
5/21/2008 - locovino wrote:
90 points
Stored in my cool temperature controlled cellar since release. Dark ruby color. Classic SC mountains Cabernet Sauvignon nose of pungent cassis, green olives and minerals. Well balanced in the mouth with some tannin and good acidity. Still moderately youthful with at least five more years of enjoyment ahead. Very nice Jimsomare.
  • yhn commented:

    7/8/13, 3:32 AM - You posted this note for a Cab as a Zin.

Red
2003 Schrader Cellars Charbono Vieux-Os Old Vine Tofanelli Vineyard Napa Valley
11/9/2010 - Ekoostik wrote:
84 points
Probably was better 2 years ago as this seems to have lost its zip. Its not done by any means but I think I just like my Zin younger. A bit of raison and prune on the nosedecent cherry mid palate followed with some tartness and tannin on the finish. Fine for the $10 I paid but not worth anywhere near full tariff any longer.
  • yhn commented:

    7/1/13, 3:37 AM - It's not a Zin, it's a Charbono.

Red
1976 Ridge Cabernet-Merlot Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend
12/29/2006 - psmith wrote:
Impromptu drinking (Columbus, OH): Labeled as "Ridge California Cabernet/Merlot Monte Bello" with a 85/15% Cab/Merlot blend with only 11 barrel total production. Seems like it may be an experimental wine. Color-wise showing very few signs of bricking or age. Classic, merlot influenced wine showing plum, menthol, and mushroom notes along with a distinct green streak. Grainy, tannic palate. Would never guess this is 30 years old, but hard to believe the fruit will last as long as the tannins. Enjoyable, and impressively robust, but not special.
  • yhn commented:

    3/24/13, 8:37 PM - Yes, this was Ridge's experiment at adding Merlot to Monte Bello. As with the regular '76 Monte Bello, all previous vintages had been 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Red
2011 Harrington Wine Grape Pile-up California Red Blend
11/18/2012 - Scharin wrote:
89 points
I think (if i recall correctly) this is a blend of Charbonno, Teraldego, Pinot Noir, and Tannat. Odd blend, but it really works. Nice nose with blackberries and dust. There's plenty of dark fruit, with some chalky earth, minerality, and light herbs. Moderate acidity with light tannins and just a bit of alcohol heat. This bottle was better on the second day, so clearly we didn't let it open enough.
  • yhn commented:

    1/9/13, 7:37 PM - It's 50% Pinot Noir, with the balance equal parts Charbono, Teroldego and Lagrein.

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