Tasting Notes for yhn

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Red
8/16/2019 - yhn wrote:
89 points
Lovely wine. Wonderful aromatics. Yes, not a "serious" wine and not structured to age. Pair with foods that don't need a tannic wine - perhaps foods that would clash with a tannic wine.
Red
8/16/2019 - yhn wrote:
Ripe and oaky.
Red
8/16/2019 - yhn wrote:
87 points
Used to love these. It's such a great vineyard, and the varietal character used to shine through gloriously. Then they started showing very woody on release, and my local retailers dropped them. Many years later I see this bottle, so thought I'd check in. Dominated by new oak, which isn't the only reason the varietal character isn't showing well. Drinkable, but nowhere near what it could be. Lousy winemaking,
Red
8/8/2019 - yhn wrote:
Funny. My last bottle a couple years ago had developed really well. The complexity that showed in barrel had returned and lovely tertiary notes had developed. This bottle had much less body and a lighter fruit expression, dominated by new clove-y oak. Nice enough, but not what I was expecting. Came across as a very young wine.
Red
5/25/2019 - yhn wrote:
80 points
Simple, clumsy, extractive. I can see what they were going for, considering the challenges of this thin skinned grape. The answer lies with what's being done in Chile and the Canary Islands. Seems like they didn't bother doing any research or thought they knew better.
Red
2/16/2019 - yhn wrote:
flawed
Failed cork - Dense fruit polluted by vinegar and Elmer's glue. Somewhat horrific.
Red
12/12/2018 - yhn wrote:
Bought this to pour for some specific people and to see how it's evolved, based on how impressively it showed on release. Extremely disappointed! Simple sweet fruit with confectionery oak. One note, devoid of interest or flaw. Did not evolve over hours or days. Pretty sure that's just how this particular bottle showed at this particular time. 70 pts
Red - Sweet/Dessert
12/2/2018 - yhn wrote:
No notes. Takes time to open up. Still quite young.
Red
10/19/2018 - yhn wrote:
92 points
Lovely cedar, tobacco, black currant. Good intensity. Touches of anise and bay.
Red
10/24/2017 - yhn wrote:
93 points
No notes taken. Wonderful cool climate Syrah. Meaty spicy peppery black fruit, black olive, savory and floral aromatics.
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Red
10/24/2017 - yhn wrote:
93 points
No notes taken, but this was kick ass. Dense and vibrant, spicy and floral.
Red
8/29/2017 - yhn wrote:
94 points
Mighty impressive. Lighter expression reflects the vintage (cf. Monte Bello, Mount Eden, etc.) Nice level of maturity, showing a touch of tobacco and black currant, with the classic barberry SCM signature. Lovely.
Red
5/9/2017 - yhn wrote:
flawed
Corked. No fun.
Red
4/23/2017 - yhn wrote:
Quite mature and faded, but still has enough left to enjoy.
Red
1985 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
3/13/2017 - yhn wrote:
There's still a lot of charm here, but it's certainly well past its peak. Light in body (but not "thin"), quite subtle and mellow, getting fairly tawny.
Red
3/13/2017 - yhn wrote:
93 points
No notes taken. Dense, focused, lots of power with good acid and balance. Still youthful, but coming into its own.
Red
2009 Downhill Winery Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains
2/23/2017 - yhn wrote:
90 points
Vibrant minerally rhubarb, with some sage and raspberry, toasty spice and a touch of tertiary perfume.
Red
2/19/2017 - yhn wrote:
60 points
Dull and murky, with some VA and brett. One note, if that, and low profile. No fruit, no character, minimal nose, no lift.
Red
10/17/2016 - yhn wrote:
90 points
Fully mature, but holding together well. Went well with roast chicken.
Red
8/18/2016 - yhn wrote:
93 points
No notes. Fully mature, dark, minerally, excellent tertiary perfume. Improved over several hours.
White
6/28/2016 - yhn wrote:
93 points
Tasted too young on opening, then came around to a wonderful moderately mature Chard. Probably at its peak.
White - Off-dry
5/3/2016 - yhn wrote:
Maderized. Some vibrancy early on, so it was somewhat enjoyable to necrophiliacs, then fell flat. Dried out cork was probably the culprit.
Rosé
4/24/2016 - yhn wrote:
Bell pepper character maturing, turning to stewed pepper. Bright strawberry turning to strawberry jam. Reduction is no longer prohibitive.
Red
1986 Iron Horse Vineyards Cabernets Alexander Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/11/2016 - yhn wrote:
OTH - poorly stored bottle, just like my friend's from the same lot.
White
4/4/2016 - yhn wrote:
Maderized due to the plastic cork. Prominent buttered popcorn flavored jelly bean, pear fruit and some smokiness. Still had vibrancy. Some found it very off-putting while others kinda-sorta liked it.
Red
3/23/2016 - yhn wrote:
91 points
Wow. This has resolved well. Still bold, but not overly so. Wonderful spiciness, balanced, complex. Drinking really well now. Has the stuff to go decades.
Red
12/25/2015 - yhn wrote:
87 points
Light expression, with cherry, good acid and some tertiary perfume. With time dries out to dusty woody tannin.
Red
12/25/2015 - yhn wrote:
flawed
Ugh. Vinegar with some EA and aldehyde.
Red
12/11/2015 - yhn wrote:
92 points
Dense red fruit, wild savory herbs, good length. Very young, but impressive.
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Red
2003 Château Loudenne Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/4/2015 - yhn wrote:
85 points
From 375. Moderate maturity, but losing stability, so drink up. Blackberry fruit, medium body, pretty ho-hum Cab.
Red
11/2/2015 - yhn wrote:
91 points
No notes. Light body, great depth. A bit like a cross between Trousseau and Gamay. Drinks really well now, so not sure the point of trying to age.
Red
10/18/2015 - yhn wrote:
92 points
Lovely tapenade. Touches of smoke and meat and cherryish fruit.
Red
9/22/2015 - yhn wrote:
91 points
No notes. Solid, mature mountain Cab. Great density. Cedar, black currant, hint of tobacco. 91+
Red
8/4/2015 - yhn wrote:
90 points
No notes. Nice. Moderately complex with good tertiary notes. Fully mature, so drink up.
Red
7/5/2015 - yhn wrote:
Very young. Two hours of air really brought it around, so a decant is highly recommended at this point.
Red
3/4/2015 - yhn wrote:
flawed
Corked.
White
12/20/2014 - yhn wrote:
I poured this blind. Not readily identifiable as Viognier to most, though one person got it. The most skilled taster guessed Grenache Blanc, which I thought was a great guess.

Anyway, this was excellent and very well received. Great acid and mineral core. Restrained, but lots of interest. Less ripe in character, with even a touch of green fruit n the mix. Highly recommended. 91+
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Red
12/20/2014 - yhn wrote:
87 points
Smooth mature dark fruit with some oaky spice. Not a lot of complexity at this point. Poured this blind - closest guess was Grenache. Seems stable, so may improve as tertiary elements develop.
Red
11/17/2014 - yhn wrote:
98 points
Had trouble with the cork as the bottom third was a crumbly sponge. As I worked at it, there was a troubling over-the-hill aroma. Once in the glass, it took just a couple swirls to bring this around. This was an amazing, fully mature wine. Seamless, gorgeous, nuanced and complex. Seemed to build up a little more over 20 minutes, then held steady. The last sip off the settled dregs hours later was still flawless and phenomenal.

These grapes were sourced from the Carter Vineyard in the Hecker Pass area.
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Red
9/13/2014 - yhn wrote:
91 points
Showing very well. Smooth black fruit, clay-like earthiness (true to the vineyard), good complexity. hint of mint, good acidity. Oak is well in the background. Quite nice to drink now.
Red
9/13/2014 - yhn wrote:
Lots of oak, generic mature black fruit, no varietal character.
Fruit/Vegetable Wine
8/15/2014 - yhn wrote:
Two days after bottling. Nose of peach yogurt upfront. Follows to palate, trailing into plum. Very aromatic, good complexity.
Red
7/12/2014 - yhn wrote:
93 points
Tasted blind after being opened 34 hours with one small pour missing from the bottle. Ripe berry, mocha, some heat, redwood, mature/oxidative notes. Seems like a mature Napa Cab, maybe '99. With a couple minutes in the glass black currant and cedar come to prominence over the other notes. Some graphite and blackberry, too. Lingering glycerinny sweetness on the finish. Oxidative nature and heat fall to the background, so maybe a bit younger, like '06. Nice classic Cab notes, despite the ripeness. Continues to gain complexity and vitality over time. Now a kiss of vanilla on the nose. // At this point 30 minutes in the decanter would be about right. Drink now-'19 or so. Might do fine for quite a bit longer.
Red
7/7/2014 - yhn wrote:
Slight brett and a high tone on this bottle obscured its varietal identity, with the feel and dimensions more in the realm of Nebbiolo. Not unpleasant at all, especially if expectations are put aside.
Red
6/14/2014 - yhn wrote:
89 points
Mature cedar and redwood, vanilla and a touch of green peppercorn. Good acid and mineral, but somehow lacks vibrancy. Still enjoyable, but on the decline. Drink now.
Red
5/20/2014 - yhn wrote:
83 points
Pretty faded. There's something there, but it's not very exciting. i hope the other bottle shows better.
Red
5/20/2014 - yhn wrote:
89 points
Drinking well, but rather wimpy compared to the other La Montana. Touch of cherry to it.
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