Tasting Notes for rockguit

(150 notes on 127 wines)

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Red
12/10/2018 - rockguit Likes this wine:
95 points
Sheer elegance. Velvety mouthfeel with notes of strawberry, rhubarb and tea, topped off with the perfect amount of acidity. Third of six bottles, and they were all killer. Love this wine!
Red
8/11/2018 - rockguit wrote:
88 points
Going against the grain here, but this bottle was disappointing. Jammy, one-dimensional at this stage. People were guessing Zin! IMHO kinda drank around $40 below its price point. Will hold off on my other bottles for at least a year.
Red
10/30/2016 - rockguit wrote:
88 points
Kinda pruney, kinda oaky, kinda decent. Yeah, it was OK. Nice entry-level Napa cab; if it was $10 cheaper, I'd say by all means.
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Red
8/8/2016 - rockguit wrote:
89 points
Disappointing. Inky color with a viscous mouthfeel, but saddled with the double whammy of being shut down in the mid-palate while showing significant heat on the finish. Maybe an off bottle?
Red
5/12/2016 - rockguit wrote:
95 points
15-minute decant. A Burgundy drinker's Brunello—super-elegant, medium-weight. Silky mouthfeel; almost delicate, but richly complex in the middle.
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Red
6/2/2016 - rockguit wrote:
83 points
Flabby & jammy. Very disappointing.
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Red
12/25/2015 - rockguit wrote:
87 points
I kinda dug it, but I wonder about bottle variation, as the half-case delivered to me hardly merits the wild scores from the pros.

Two things to be aware of: 1. The initial spritz (which has shown up in every bottle I've had of this) can be off-putting, though it does blow off after an hour. 2. This doesn't drink new-world at all. Our guests, expecting a Cali "Rhone Ranger," were pretty uniformly disappointed with the "barnyard," "horse hoofs," "dirty hay and mud" flavor profile.
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Red
11/4/2015 - rockguit Likes this wine:
95 points
Refined, complex, integrated, shows its pedigree. A lovely bottle.
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Red
5/7/2015 - rockguit wrote:
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Red
5/9/2015 - rockguit wrote:
94 points
Young, lovely, and open for business. Pleasantly surprised with the silky-smooth mouthfeel during the mid palate. Firm acidity on the back end led to a nice 40-second finish. Great with food. If this is any indication of 2010 Brunellos, wow!
Red
2006 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/4/2014 - rockguit wrote:
92 points
45-minute decant. Much more open and accessible than I thought it would be. Very good all around-it hit all the correct notes--but just not quite transcendent.
Red
11/4/2014 - rockguit Likes this wine:
95 points
Beautiful bottle--such a complex palate of dark fruit, charred meat, olive tapenade & chocolate, combined with a silky-smooth mouth feel.
Red
11/8/2014 - rockguit wrote:
93 points
Big & bold; complex palate of dark fruits and smoke. A nice bitter note on the back end. A point taken off for the smidgen of heat at the very end.
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Red
6/8/2013 - rockguit Does not like this wine:
75 points
Wow--this was a rough one. Virtually undrinkable, and I really like Aussie shiraz when it's well done. But this was so stewed, so pruney & gloppy that I did something I NEVER do--poured 3/4 of the bottle down the sink. Maybe it was a bad bottle, but there were no discernible flaws I noticed (other than it being undrinkable :). And ouch on the QPR front too--considering what I paid for it.
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Red
5/11/2013 - rockguit wrote:
Could've been borderline corked. Or maybe it was the wine's characteristic? Hard to tell. NR
Red
2000 Château Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/18/2013 - rockguit wrote:
93 points
Pleasantly surprised--this is drinking way above its price point! Everything is there--esp. beautiful subtle Graves smoke that's seamlessly integrated. Not a lot of fruit showing, but i didn't miss it, as the secondary characteristics more than made up for it. I bought 2 bottles-drank the first one in 2008, and back then it was pretty coarse with tough tannins. Amazing what 4-5 years can do. Or maybe I just lucked out this time. :)
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Red
3/17/2013 - rockguit wrote:
94 points
Same as my previous notes. Smack dab in the middle of its drinking window. Exquisite, feminine CdP.
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Red
3/17/2013 - rockguit wrote:
93 points
Really hard to do better for the price. Russell's wines rock: rich fruit, balance, silky mouthfeel and enough complexity (minerality and spice) to always keep 'em interesting. IMHO, best QPR across the board!
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White - Sweet/Dessert
3/16/2013 - rockguit wrote:
84 points
Overly sweet and cloying. Gotta say, not lovin' the Wash. State stickies so far.
Red
1/26/2013 - rockguit wrote:
flawed
Corked! String of bad luck lately w/Cali Syrahs. :(
White - Off-dry
12/29/2012 - rockguit Likes this wine:
95 points
Whoa-now we're talking! My first foray into Auslese-land, and it was superb! Great balance--light, crisp acidity, delicate mouthfeel, and dancing lemon-honey flowers. For those that don't like their dessert wines cloying, this is just what the doctor ordered. These are really hard to find, I'm told, but truly worth grabbing a bottle if you come across one.
Red
12/8/2012 - rockguit Likes this wine:
93 points
Really good, actually. Imagine a cross between the more structured Conn and the more vanilla-y (is that a word? :) Caymus. You get that creme brulee thing going on, and then at the finish, there's a little extra somethin'-somethin' that entices you to have another sip. And another. Kept surprising me--like having a conversation with a pretty girl that you assume has nothing but her looks, but then every once in a while she drops words like "penurious" and "circumspect." And you want to keep the conversation going, just so you're convinced that she really meant to use those words. If that makes any sense. :0
Red
2005 Pomum Cellars Shya Red Yakima Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/20/2012 - rockguit wrote:
flawed
Corked. Last bottle--quite bummed.
Red
10/3/2012 - rockguit wrote:
92 points
Smooth, supple syrah. Beautifully balanced. Silky mouthfeel and lovely black fruit. If I had to quibble, it seemed a tad one-dimensional (great fruit profile but few secondary characteristics) with a slightly hollow mid-palate. That being said, it's very friendly and really IS drinking beautifully now.
Red
10/1/2012 - rockguit wrote:
flawed
Corked! Too bad, cause there was some serious fruit underneath all the must. :(
Red
8/4/2012 - rockguit wrote:
91 points
Yes, a touch hot and sweet (candied). Nice hint of steminess on the finish. Very good, and well-made, but for this price range, I prefer something with just a touch more individual character.
Red
8/25/2012 - rockguit wrote:
94 points
Just a superb bottle-Russell never disappoints. Beautifully made--yes, it's big, but also elegant, balanced, soft and complex. Just loved the blend of dark fruit, olive tapenade, glycerine and spice (w/just a touch of eucalyptus). You can't beat the QPR, either.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
7/7/2012 - rockguit wrote:
84 points
This was a slam-dunk crowd pleaser for everyone at dinner...except me. I found it somewhat flabby and way too sweet. I mean waaaay too sweet--let's just say I kept going back to my Haagen-Dazs ice cream sundae in order to find some structure and austerity. And just so you know, I do love a good Sauternes, so I'm not adverse to dessert wines. There's one caveat: this was my first ice wine, domestic or otherwise, so I really don't know if this is the typical ice wine flavor profile. Everyone else was raving though-taking photos of the label, etc.-so if you have a sweet tooth that leans toward tropical fruit topped with a couple of spoonfuls of sugar, you'll absolutely love this wine!
Red
6/6/2012 - rockguit wrote:
87 points
Man, I don't know what to make of this wine. Had six bottles over the course of a year, and now that they're gone, I'll average 'em out. On the whole, the Spectator score feels as if they tasted it from the alternate universe on "Fringe" (so I'm figuring I must have had the new batch[es] :). 2 out of 6 were good (90 pt.) bottles; the rest were the kind of shiraz I don't dig--the jammy, pruney, simple, quasi-generic Aussie stuff that's interchangeable (84 pts. at best). Don't feel I need to write specific notes; either you like this style or you don't. Score averages to 87--you're basically rolling the dice on getting one of the good bottles. PS: I agree with jfmontreal--I'm done with Schild.
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Red
6/6/2012 - rockguit wrote:
flawed
SO bummed. Corked.
White
5/27/2012 - rockguit wrote:
92 points
Quite a distinct white wine. Waxy/oily, yes, but in a subtle, interesting way. Not dry, but not quite sweet, either. Not flabbly, yet I didn't find the acidity others have. I'm not a big white wine drinker, but this really stood out, esp. the finish, which was like tasting cool, wet stones, with a smooth, clean palate of light citrus and a whiff of peaches. Guess you can tell I really liked this one. :)
Red
3/1/2012 - rockguit wrote:
93 points
My favorite new-world winemaker. Crazy QPR; delicious, beautifully- and meticulously-made wine. The equivalent of a perfect three-chord pop song--true, it's not the most complex piece of music, but you just want to listen to it over and over again. And what's so wrong with that? Big boy, but the alcohol wasn't showing--a testament to Russell's chops.
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Red
3/7/2012 - rockguit wrote:
91 points
Elegant wine--I can see it being more "Burgundian" than your typical Cali pinot. Nice minerality to go with the sour cherries and herbal aromatics; however, no "funk" to speak of. Cloudy color. Nice, spicy mouthfeel. My only quibble is from a QPR perspective. 93 if it was $20 cheaper. :)
Red
1/24/2012 - rockguit wrote:
92 points
Caveat: I'm a big fan of Sojourn pinots, and their flavor profile. That being said, this was absolutely delicious. Complex nose (lots of spice!), soft, smooth palate--sour cherry, vanilla and even more spice :), and a nice 30 sec. finish. What's not to like?
Red
1/28/2012 - rockguit wrote:
87 points
I'm really not getting the WS review here. It's a GOOD syrah; hardly a 95-pointer! (Maybe I've had off bottle?) For me, there's a balance problem--way (WAY!) too much acid, esp. on the back end. That, combined with a hint of austerity/greenness, makes this a pass for me. It's well-crafted--great color, viscosity, fruit; however there's really no nose to speak of and you can see the flavor profile coming down Broadway. Nothing new or exciting here. I was expecting more, which makes this so much more disappointing.
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Red
1/23/2012 - rockguit wrote:
89 points
Decanted for 30 min. Did not get the complexity others got. On the nose, fairly shut down--just a hint of pepper and some black fruit. On the palate, again, good fruit profile, but few secondary characteristics. Not quite balanced--the acidity was a touch over-the-top. I don't know if this is shut down or if I'm drinking it too early, but I wasn't wowed by this one (even though I am a big fan of Copain syrahs).
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Red
1/2/2012 - rockguit wrote:
79 points
Oh. My. Oh. My. Yikes!!! I, too, am a fan of Tensley's wines, but I'm used to my mouth puckering from tannins, not from cloying sweetness. Gooey. Very hard to drink. Dubious winner of my disappointment of 2011.
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Red
1/8/2012 - rockguit wrote:
90 points
Thought this was quite good for the price--very nice QPR! Got some of that Washington State funk, along with meat, spice and dark fruits. Pretty groovy nose for an entry-level syrah. This one's ready to drink and definitely for the short haul--no tannic structure to speak of--but it's fresh with a nice mouthfeel. I've had worse for twice the price.
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Red
11/6/2011 - rockguit wrote:
93 points
I think beachnic absolutely nailed it in his/her review on 7/8/2011. Yes, yes--definitely a pinot lover's CdP! Feminine and silky. Great mouthfeel! Didn't get the stewed fruits, though, which was a plus for me. Only downside is that you're not getting the full power of a classic CdP, but I'm quibbling here. My wife said this is the best wine I ever introduced her to, and she's a New World gal all the way, so there's something to be inferred from that as well. IMHO this is in its optimum drinking window right now.
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Red
11/27/2011 - rockguit wrote:
94 points
Quite a unique syrah. It started out with the usual dark fruit, pepper and smoke on the nose. However, on the palate a wonderfully intriguing, and very prominent, component of lapsang souchong tea (along with dark berries and the white pepper already mentioned here). I love getting a wine that surprises me, and this syrah makes me appreciate a winemaker that crafts "outside the box." Really worth seeking this one out.
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Red
9/21/2011 - rockguit wrote:
91 points
One of the best QPR wines I've had in a while. Beautifully put together; smooth and delicious. I didn't get the complexity that some of the others did, but in terms of sheer, simple pleasure, this one's hard to beat.
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Red
11/21/2011 - rockguit wrote:
88 points
Solid syrah, if a tad unremarkable. The oak got in the way a bit. Very good QPR.
Red
11/20/2011 - rockguit wrote:
93 points
This has really come around since I last had it--in a good way. The tannins have melted, and there's a lovely blend of black cherry-meets-vanilla on the palate (ya still gotta like the oak, though :). Definitely new-world & not a lot of secondary complexity, but undeniably delicious.
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Red
8/3/2011 - rockguit wrote:
flawed
Corked! Bummer, as I was really looking forward to tasting my first "jock-turned-winemaker" cuvee. :)
Red
8/10/2011 - rockguit wrote:
86 points
Whoa--jammy and hot--one of those "pour the Ketel One over the blackberry compote" shiraz. Felt like I was drinking Robitussin. But yet, I really like the taste of Tussin, and there are way worse ways to cop a buzz. :) PS: The fruit is very good, otherwise I'd have scored it much lower.
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Red
2004 Nicholas Cole Cellars Camille Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/15/2011 - rockguit wrote:
89 points
A little green, a little hot, but generally a soft, pleasant wine. Short-ish finish. Really liked the herbs on the nose. Nice QPR.
Red
9/3/2011 - rockguit wrote:
87 points
Meh. Oaky, with a green streak running through it that wasn't very pleasant, and the fruit faded a bit too quickly. But for $24 you can't really complain, can you? :)
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