Tasting Notes for MoreWinePlease

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Red
8/16/2019 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
93 points
This was tasted blind against a '13 Pahlmeyer Red, an'09 Woodward Canyon Artist and an'08 Sineann Block One. The latter three wines were purchased on release and stored @55F but the provenance of the Hundred Acre was not well known, having been purchased at auction and gifted to one of our tasting group.

Popped and poured, sniffed, repeatedly swirled and tasted as it came to room temperature, prior to a pairing with a dinner of short ribs(cabernet added), mashed potatoes, herbed/glazed carrots and a salad of baby greens.

The Kaylie Morgan had a crimson color w/slight edge bricking, a nose of expensive sweet oak and black fruits leading into midpalate of much the same, ending in a medium, yet satisfying finish. I'd only had one bottle of this before, years ago from a much earlier vintage and was unable to form an opinion as to what my expectations should be but expected more fruit and less oak; very much enjoyable on its own but a bit oaky when paired with the food. This was concurred by one of the women in the group. If this experience is similar to that of others then I'd have to conclude that this bottle of '13 Kayli Morgan was way overpriced ($400+) for what it delivered compared to the other three bottles, all of which were rated better overall and more satisfying by all six of us, 3 women & 3 men. For my palate the Pahlmeyer blew it away, was better balanced and better all around. The two Washington wines beat it out as well. So there it is...
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White - Sparkling
7/6/2019 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
93 points
It should warrant a higher score due to its excellent QPR. Served at 45 degrees F. Fragrant nose of white fruits/flowers. Beautiful palate of crisp creamy lemon/pear accented w/toast and subtle almond notes. For a 10 yr. old bottle this showed none of the occasionally found oxidized apple pie tastes found in many older NV French champagnes; which isn't objectionable if it's otherwise balanced and not too heavy. Tiny persistent bubbles that Taittinger is known for.
Red
8/4/2019 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
94 points
Well stored w/bright crimson color, medium nose. Mid-weight Blackberry/cherry/plum palate, with elegant satisfying fairly long finish. Everything's well resolved and and in balance. Still at peak
Red
3/16/2014 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
91 points
From vague memory: Not as rich as the Lewis reserve syrah but still tasty and went well with our meal.
Red
6/4/2019 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
94 points
Purchased on release, stored@55degrees. Popped & poured. A blast of of ripe black cherry, black berry liquor, Ludens cherry cough drops etc. let's you know this is likely to border on an "over the top" wine experience. And so it was. Great body, fabulous juicy midpalate that resonated in a long finish that was rich but not all that heavy on its feet.

Went great w/grilled grass-fed lamb chops, baby greens and perfectly baked small potatoes. Pretty fine for a 14yr old that cost less than $60.
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Red
6/4/2019 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
94 points
Purchased on release, stored @55degrees. Impenetrable dark red almost black color with almost no edge bricking. Fabulous blast of ripe, almost exotic scents of bing cherry, blackberry liquor, ludens cough drops leads to a rich ripe but juicy mouth-filling midpalate of the same w/a bit of mulberry, finishing long and flavorful. Fat but light enough on its feet. Went well w/grilled grass-fed lamb chops & baby greens salad. This bottle held up exceptionally well for a "fat-boy" wine of 14yrs.
Red
9/24/2018 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
88 points
Pretty good flavors but not quite up to some of its pro reviews yet a fair value.
White
10/16/2018 - MoreWinePlease wrote:
89 points
GUD & tasty.
Red
2009 McCrea Sirocco Yakima Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
12/27/2018 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
89 points
Good berry flavors offering enough satisfaction but perhaps a bit past its prime. An earlier vintage, '05, was stunning.
Red
2014 Isenhower Cellars Wild Thyme Horse Heaven Hills Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/25/2019 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
88 points
Likable with good dark berry fruit and easy to drink but nothing special. Maybe my palate was off this evening or the food pairing not optimal: spaghetti/meatballs/parmesan w/baby greens salad/zesty Italian dressing.
Red
2004 DeLille Cellars D2 Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/12/2019 - MoreWinePlease wrote:
94 points
Absolutely delicious. Tasted over two nights (poured off 1/2 four days ago into 375ml screwcapped bottles that were the basis for tonight's assessment) against an '04 Chappellet Signature and an '04 Pahlmeyer Jason Red.

All were scored 92+ and initially were more alike than different, having great aromatics etc. The D2 emerged w/a slightly greater complex dimensionality of black walnut nuances framed against big blackberry/black raspberry & black cherry flavors and spices that caressed your midpalate and echoed for up to a minute. Fully integrated, rich and satisfying without tasting heavy or overblown.
Red
2005 Glaetzer Godolphin Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
11/14/2018 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
94 points
Stored in 55degree cellar. Impenetrable purple-red hue. Big nose of ripe red raspberries w/cassis accents from the cabernet component, my guess. Oak is well integrated along with the tannins resulting in a harmonious albeit big wine that was enjoyable on its own and went well w/a NY Strip and sauteed leeks. Developed nicely in the glass w/balanced acidity, rich mouthfeel and fairly long finish. Another 2-3 years left at peak.
White - Off-dry
9/24/2018 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
89 points
Spatelese sweetness, crisp fruit, good acids, nice finish
Red
8/3/2018 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
93 points
Delicious. Rich palate of crisp yet ripe plummy fruit, blackberries, and subtle oak. Fully resolved tannins. Long finish. Got better in the glass over an hour and on repours. Lewis vineyard fruit is so fine.
Red
7/5/2018 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
90 points
Good bottle good drink. Enjoyable, but probably peaked 3-4yrs ago. Stored at 55. However, this reminded me that I really enjoy ripe picked CabFranc, Merlot or any number of the blends. Owen Roe out of Washington does some especially well. Popped/poured after fridged to around 50 degrees to show its fruit characteristics. I initially thought it might have died from neglect or forgetfulness in my cellar but after 30-45 minutes after opening it started talking and I liked what I heard. Dark, medium bodied+ noticeable ripe juicy red plums, blackberries and subtle notes of cassis, you might think this is a cabernet. I'll have to find a 2014 and taste for myself what all the fuss is about.
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Red
7/2/2018 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
90 points
Medium Light body. In a good groove with bright red raspberry/red cherry flavors in a medium finish. Good juice. Would pair w/anything from salmon, red meats or cheeses. Very pleasant, good acids.
Red
6/6/2018 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
90 points
Good mid-range Cali cab with plum, cassis and resolved tannins. In a slow decline but still drinkable and satisfying. This is the 2nd night from a 375ml screw-capped pour-off. Originally popped and poured w/similar results.
Red
4/26/2018 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
90 points
Stored @55 since purchase. Popped/poured. Impenetrable dark red-purple w/very little bricking. Rich, fat midpalate of ripe cassis/black fruits, sweet tannins ending in a medium finish. Holding remarkable well for a midpriced napa cap.
Red
4/21/2018 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
91 points
Bought on release, stored @55degrees. P&P'd. Dark, medium/heavy body. Well developed nose of ripe blackberries/blueberries, subtle barrel spice, and lite vanilla note. Tannins and acid fully integrated. A bit of alcohol heat but otherwise rich full-bodied midpalate. Downward from its peak. Drink up.
Red
4/20/2018 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
92 points
Purchased on release, stored @55degrees. Aging well, deep color, almost opaque purple-red, initially opening with enticing nose of mixed black fruits (mostly black raspberry & wild blueberry) but after 15 minutes of aeration revealing subtle cinnamon/balsamic notes. Big rich palate of black berries/raspberries w/a little bit of mushroom earthiness and good acidity. Relatively light on its feet for such a big wine. Good finish. Not as richly sweet as a a 2000 Elderton Command I very much enjoyed a few years ago, but satisfying. Drink up!
Red
2/26/2018 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
91 points
Still tasty, after all these years. Subtle vanilla note along with cherry and blueberry leads into a rich but sleek midpalate of ripe bing cherry, blackberry and blueberry, ending in a fairly long finish that echoes the aforementioned. Still offering up much pleasure but drink up sooner than later, even if well stored. Paired with gas broiled buffalo steak and salad of baby green /Italian dressing.
White
2/25/2018 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
89 points
Holding up and drinking well. My last bottle. Good QPR, nothing over the top. Good on its own, with chicken, pork or shrimp. Medium bodied.
Red
2/3/2018 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
91 points
Rich, ripe aromas & flavors of black/red raspberry, plums and well-integrated barrel notes in an expressive style. I've had this along w/other vintages and the Veraton as well. This is not shy in any way, even today. VG and excl QPR.
White
1/21/2018 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
89 points
Fat, rich and oaky when poured at 55 degrees. But w/air and a warm-up it got more focused and enjoyable. Consumed w/various cheeses & crusty bread. Surprisingly good and should hold if well stored
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Red
8/18/2017 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
90 points
Fair QPR. Enjoyable, balanced w/fairly rich fruit profile in medium body, medium finish. No flaws.
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Red
4/19/2014 - MoreWinePlease wrote:
88 points
Leather, red fruits, medium-light body, high acidity. Nothing special and probably past peak. Poor QPR
Red
9/16/2017 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
89 points
Fat, jammy midpalate with cinnamon clove notes in a blueberry-blackberry compote. Finish fades after some time in the glass. Best consumed with a meal. Not so good QPR.
White
11/22/2017 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
90 points
Enjoyable, excellent QPR @ $13. Good balance between oak, fruit and acid.
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Red
4/12/2017 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
89 points
Good but not great juice, not so good QPR. Maybe just past its prime. Prefer some of K Vintners or Owen Roe's offerings.
Red
1/25/2018 - MoreWinePlease wrote:
87 points
Good fruit, medium complexity. Drinkable
Red
2/19/2016 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
92 points
Still holding well w/strong dark fruit profile and a long finish.
Red
1/11/2018 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
89 points
I'm thinking this might have been better a couple years ago, but then again, even with a screwcap I don't think this has moved all that much. Nose of ripe Shiraz leads into a palate of ripe but muted mulberry/blueberry fruit that isn't all that fat. Higher acid (Clare Valley) than some Aussie Shiraz w/15% alcohol this may hold for a while but not get any better. Good with food.
Red
12/29/2017 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
95 points
Purchased from the winery, kept at 55. Popped, poured and tasted over 4 hours. Big aromatics of ripe cassis, subtle oak and black fruits. Fat mid palate of same, good fine-grained tannic backbone. Very nicely integrated finish with some length. Delicious! Thanks, Brad and Molly!
The wine looks garnet colored. The legs are slow. There is light sediment in the bottle.
Red
12/27/2017 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
89 points
Stored at 55 F degrees since purchase. Medium bodied and at peak or a little past. Soft tannins w/Black cherry, cassis, lipstick notes lead to a moderately rich midpalate of the same w/a little bit of blackberry. Medium finish. Very drinkable. 1 hr. later: although it doesn't improve much in the glass the nose really blossomed w/cedar and cassis.
Red
10/23/2017 - MoreWinePlease wrote:
88 points
My last bottle of this wine. Last one was in 2012. Stored at 55degrees. Cork was disintegrating and had to be fished out w/an Ah So. This bottle actually had better aromatics w/dustybBlackberry/bing cherry nose and subtle top notes of damp fall forest floor, vanilla bean and cedar. 14.5 alcohol. Mid palate of juicy cassis/black cherry/blackberry with a 30 second finish. Better this time, "what a difference a day makes..." or 5 years and a different bottle. Tannins fully integrated.
Red
5/31/2017 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
94 points
Enjoyed this at Brad's which he generously supplied, not having tasted this in a couple of years. Very pure, rich, dark and seamlessly smooth tastes of boysenberries, dark cherries and well integrated kitchen spice ending in a satisfyingly rich finish. Whatever oak this juice came in contact with it was very subtle and I can't say this smelled or tasted prototypically Pinot Noir but it was great from pour to two hours later.
White
5/31/2017 - MoreWinePlease wrote:
95 points
From a ripe vintage showing beautifully in pale gold tones. This is one of the most elegant and balanced chards I've ever enjoyed, seamless in it's integration of round melon fruit, lemon curd and lite oak shadings that echo in a long, rich but almost weightless finish. With some time in the glass it took on a delicate sweet honeyed note. A beautiful wine that we'll probably not see again from Bergstrom in their shift towards a less ripe style.
White
5/31/2017 - MoreWinePlease wrote:
94 points
One of the better chards I've enjoyed in the past 2-3 yrs. Brilliant medium gold, nose of stone fruits w/subtle oak shadings, intense mid palate of hard dried apricots spice notes and w/enough acid to prolong the finish. May not have peaked with several years left, if properly stored.
Red
5/1/2017 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
90 points
Still dark cherry color w/little or no edge bricking. Nose of tar, cherries, cassis this has aged well @55degrees. Cherry pit tannins in the still lush midpalate with a moderately long finish echoing plums, cherries and cassis.
Red
2/28/2017 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
89 points
Smells like syrah w/notes of black berry, black cherry and dried blueberries along side creosote, tar and black licorice, this leads to a midpalate of much the same with a tannic note that echos on in the medium finish. Adequate fruit and acid balance and good enough on its own or with a substantial meal.
Red
2/13/2017 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
92 points
Appears still to be in a good spot. Smelled/tasted more like $75 cali cab than $30 Washington, despite the 94pts from Spectator. Tannins are fully resolved, nice fruity nose of rich cigar box oak, fat mid palate of cassis, plums and assorted bright black fruits ending in a medium finish.
Red
1/6/2017 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
90 points
Another tasty concoction from the Prisoner Wine company, this is a big fruity Merlot based wine that opens with a big nose of black & dark red fruits shadings of spicy oak, leading to a fat midpalate that acutally tastes of ripe Merlot fruit: plums, cherries and blackberry cassis pie. Medium finish. This reminds somewhat me of a '13 Emmolo Merlot I tasted a couple weeks ago that was a little more over the top.
Red
12/16/2016 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
90 points
May be a little too much for some palates but here's my read: Big, viscous, fruit forward w/ample spicy oak that is not unlike Mrs. Butterworth's and ultimately satisfying if you need a fat boy fix.
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White
1/6/2017 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
90 points
Comes off initially as a rich fat boy Napa chard but as it warms up in the glass it develops nuances to the richness that finishes in a satisfying bottle accompanying butter sauteed shrimp, baby greens salad and toasted crusty french bread. Holding up surprisingly well w/enough acid backbone to keep it for another year or two in cold storage.
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Red
2002 Andrew Will Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/6/2017 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
91 points
Stored @55 since release, cork in good shape. Dark purple red hue w/almost no edge bricking. Nose of ripe black raspberries/cassis, crushed rock and dried black cherry leading into a Medium thick body of much the same. Still some earthy mineral notes attending the remaining tannin structure in what tastes of a more or less fully integrated wine of good drinking pleasure and medium finish. Drink up because fruit is fading faster than the tannins.
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Red
9/15/2016 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
91 points
Beautiful well integrated Aussie Cab. Crimson w/edge bricking, well integrated oak & high toned fruit offering up a luscious mid palate of cassis/black berries & subtle spice shadings and saddle leather & pipe tobacco, ending in a fine finish of the same. Nothing heavy here or brooding. Very good and satisfying bottle; probably at peak.
Red
9/9/2016 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
91 points
This bottle of Apalta was surprisingly fresh for it's age, although it'd been stored @55 most of its life. Showed well in a wine tasting dinner with 7 other South American standouts. Probably at peak or on slow decline. Pricey for the bang.
Red
9/9/2016 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
90 points
Tasted non-blind in a 7 person dinner tasting against: '11 Achával-Ferrer Malbec Finca Mirador, '09 Cheval des Andes, '05 Montes Purple Angel, '11 Fabre Montmayou Grand Vin, Vistalba, '08 Catena Zapata 'Catena Alta' Cabernet Sauvignon, '13 Chakana Estate Selection Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo and an '03 Clos Apalta. This along with the '11 showed well. Medium big-bodied with relatively fresh palate of red/black fruits, bramble and medium oak shadings and spice notes. The '03 & the '11 were initially very similar in flavor profile with the '03 showing less length after an hour but held up surprisingly well. Not a great value but tasty nonetheless.
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Red
9/9/2016 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
91 points
Tasted non-blind in a 7 person dinner tasting against: '03 Achával-Ferrer Malbec Finca Mirador, '09 Cheval des Andes, '05 Montes Purple Angel, '11 Fabre Montmayou Grand Vin, Vistalba, '08 Catena Zapata 'Catena Alta' Cabernet Sauvignon, '13 Chakana Estate Selection Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo and an '03 Clos Apalta. This along with the '03 showed well. Medium big-bodied with relatively fresh palate of red/black fruits, bramble and medium oak shadings and spice notes. The '03 & the '11 were initially very similar in flavor profile with the '11 showing more length after an hour. Not a great value but tasty nonetheless.
Red
2005 Montes Purple Angel Colchagua Valley Carménère (view label images)
9/9/2016 - MoreWinePlease Likes this wine:
90 points
Tasted non-blind in a 7 person dinner tasting against: '09 Cheval des Andes, '03 & '11 Achaval-Ferrer Finca Mirador, '11 Fabre Montmayou Grand Vin, Vistalba, '08 Catena Zapata 'Catena Alta' Cabernet Sauvignon, '13 Chakana Estate Selection Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo and an '03 Clos Apalta. This Carmenere blend is purple and thick, from start to finish. Rich, ripe and tasty but not overly complex. There are better values out the for the $$.
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