Tasting Notes for wpattison

(85 notes on 79 wines)

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Red
11/13/2018 - wpattison Likes this wine:
90 points
Light and fruity, yet can hold its own against a rich saucey protein. Distinctive HM nose, evoking the many fond memories of the winery and events. Another killer pinot from an awesome producer.
Red
9/19/2018 - wpattison Likes this wine:
91 points
Paired with spicy sausage and orzo. Just a well-knitted, voluptuous wine.
Rosé
7/17/2018 - wpattison Likes this wine:
88 points
An outstanding summer wine.
White
6/15/2018 - wpattison Likes this wine:
90 points
Zesty, slowly effervescing. Notes of lime and citrus peel, bracing acidity and a salty, mineral-edged finish. A delicious crisp, white, wine. Perfect for summer.
White
6/12/2018 - wpattison Likes this wine:
91 points
Nose was clean, floral, fruity, inviting. Color was bright, faint straw. The taste was heavy on the mid-to-back palette; tangy, fruity, pear/apple, and faint honeysuckle. Overall - this was stellar.

Paired with honey-siracha chicken thighs.
Red
4/22/2018 - wpattison Likes this wine:
89 points
One of the go-to wines for me when I like to taste the terroir: redwoods, mountain fog, a winery nestled in the crook of Spring Mountain.
Red
3/29/2018 - wpattison Likes this wine:
91 points
Warm spring evening, homemade Teriyaki chicken, sauteed spinach, Leon Redbone on the stereo... and this merlot. Perfection.
White
3/13/2018 - wpattison Likes this wine:
90 points
An excellent sauv blanc - but not for the price.
Red
10/15/2017 - wpattison Likes this wine:
89 points
Feels like this vintage is on the thinner side for body, which could be due to the conditions at harvest for 2011. Still, very much a relative of 1886. Classic Ehler's DNA.
Rosé - Sparkling
6/22/2017 - wpattison wrote:
flawed
Flawed. Bottle was way over carbonated.
White
5/7/2016 - wpattison Likes this wine:
89 points
Paired with raw oysters, and crab pasta. Perfect.
Red
5/4/2016 - wpattison Likes this wine:
90 points
I seek out cab franc's and was interested in trying Detert's offering, given it's location in Napa. While delicious, I can't justify getting any more at this price point. But then again, I'm starting to feel that about most of Napa's price points...
White - Off-dry
4/27/2016 - wpattison Likes this wine:
88 points
Paired it with mediterranean lemon chicken and couscous, was a really nice wine for a weeknight dinner. 11.5% abv, balanced. Dry. Floral.
Rosé
4/21/2016 - wpattison Likes this wine:
88 points
Light and refreshing. Great low-cost summer white.
Red
2010 Coho Headwaters Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/7/2016 - wpattison Likes this wine:
89 points
I'm racking my brain trying to remember where I came across this - as per the vintner it is by allocation only. Perhaps Artisan Wine Depot?

Color is deep ruby red, with a solid concentration. Very little change at the rim... even 6 years out. Heavy extraction. High viscosity, no gas or sediment. Clean nose. Intense dark red and black ripe fruit, but still youthful.

Jammy on the nose, but has a nice tart note (again the youthfulness). Hint of mineral, perhaps pencil lead. Very slight. Definate wood notes going on. New French.

Dry, medium tannin, medium acid, medium plus alcohol. Somewhat angular body - light front palate, medium plus mid and back palate. Medium long finish. Still has the red/black fruit - ripe but not overly so. Medium complexity.

Typical Napa-style BDX blend - but great quality for the price point. Can run with Dominus' and Pahlmeyer's but not kill your wallet. This is one I'll mentally keep in the forefront for when I see a bottle here and there.
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Rosé
3/22/2016 - wpattison Likes this wine:
88 points
My favorite rose - and the hue is magnificent.
Red
3/11/2016 - wpattison Likes this wine:
90 points
Took it along to the House of Prime Rib - and it was outstanding.
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Red
3/22/2016 - wpattison Likes this wine:
90 points
Paired with gourmet flatbread and pepperoni pizza... and this wine was wonderful.
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White
3/22/2016 - wpattison Likes this wine:
91 points
This Viognier is one of the most floral and expressive Viognier's I've had. It also has a nice acidity structure to it, which lends itself to a more crisp stature - bucking that Viognier "flabby" trend.

Super tasty on it's own, or with Thai/Indian curries. Also paired this with some Stilton and honey - which made all parts of the whole sing.
Red
2009 Viader Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/22/2016 - wpattison Likes this wine:
90 points
Opened and consumed over three days, stored under vacuum. Still a solid BDX blend from a wonderful producer. Largely consumed by itself, but would be wonderful with a steak frites or coq au vin.
Red
1/22/2016 - wpattison Likes this wine:
90 points
Opened on a whim to share with others, wasn't expecting much. Still bright and lively - not any hint of being on the down-slope. Quite surprising.
Red
8/8/2015 - wpattison Likes this wine:
91 points
Brought this along to the House of Prime Rib, which accompanied the dinner perfectly.
White
7/29/2015 - wpattison Likes this wine:
88 points
Clear, slightly effervescent, yellow-green hue. Low viscosity. On the nose, fresh, clean, and vibrant citrus - really gets the juices flowing. On the palate it has high acid, dry but with a fruity character to lend a subtle sweetness. Again, more citrus - in the vein of lemon/lime. Fresh. The slight spritz is noticeable, but not near the levels of soda.

Enjoyed this wine with spicy orange chicken asian-inspired dish. Would also work very well with a salad. A great summer wine. Clocks in at only 9%.

Another Trader Joe's hit.
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White
5/30/2015 - wpattison Likes this wine:
90 points
Great floral nose and easy to drink. Light and fruity. Whopping 14.1%, surprisingly.
White - Sparkling
2/6/2015 - wpattison Likes this wine:
92 points
Fruity, dry, good acid. Damn good champagne.
Red
11/12/2014 - wpattison wrote:
89 points
High acid. Paired with a dinner of rich rotisserie chicken and squab, and it went well. But the acidity on this wine demands food. Very angular. Lots there on the side palette and some on the front, finishes quickly.
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Red
10/19/2014 - wpattison wrote:
83 points
Consumed as part of my 40th birthday. See Raypedia's comments on tasting, I agree. Definitely past its prime, but a fun chance to see how a wine has aged. Looking forward to trying out the second bottle with the Coravin.
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Red
10/11/2014 - wpattison Likes this wine:
92 points
Birthday wine. Celebrated my 40th with this, and I was very happy with it. Very little color fade around the edge. Aroma was a bit earth, but still had some black fruit to it and some tobacco, as well. Nothing denoting raisin or oxidation. The body still showed well, velvety and palette-coating. Still showing some grippy tannins, which was surprising to me. A nice acid backnote, but not overbearing. Balanced. Finish was slightly bright. Even though the Drink Window on here says 2011 on the outside, I still felt this bottle could still hold up to a few more years. Overall, I was quite happy with it, and it made a milestone birthday very special.
Red
10/13/2014 - wpattison Likes this wine:
90 points
Again, not your typical merlot. Pride's merlot is more akin to cabernet sauvignon. Smooth, velvety, luscious. Completely covers the palette. Nice black fruit, drying while still a touch sweet. Smooth with a medium-long finish. Paired this with a fennel sausage and mushroom risotto. Drinking very well now, but still has some time on it. Shared with 4 others, all thought it was delicious. Great wine from a great winery.
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White
9/28/2014 - wpattison Likes this wine:
90 points
Probably my favorite sauv blanc. Tart, fruity, crisp.
Red
9/11/2014 - wpattison Likes this wine:
92 points
Upon first taste, I immediately thought "Caymus". I'm not sure where the fruit was sourced - as it's a generic Napa Valley designation - but there's a eucalyptus note very similar to Caymus. Great mouthfeel. The roundness from the front to the back palate shows this wine to be well-rounded. This is a nice, big Napa red, though I fear the community's proclivity to mid to high-90 ratings may be a bit too ambitious. 92 at best, as of Sept '14.

(Edit: CT's sidebar of 'Popular wines like this' shows it to be similar to Caymus. Guess I know what I'm tasting, after all.)
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Red
8/13/2014 - wpattison Likes this wine:
89 points
Another outstanding offering from CH for great QPR. As Cam said in his video on this wine: luscious, ripe, juicy, red fruit, pomegranate, strawberry. No over-extraction or over-cooked flavors on this Pinot, as happens often with pinot's from central coast appellations. The rumor that this is Bien Nacido fruit rings true upon tasting. Super glad I picked a case up, may have to grab some more.

Great acidity lends this wine to be paired with food, but isn't too overpowering to have on it's own. Easy drinker, even though it clocks in at 14.5%.
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White
6/11/2014 - wpattison Likes this wine:
88 points
Steep alc %. Great nose. Slightly flabby on the palette.
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Red
5/4/2014 - wpattison Likes this wine:
89 points
This is showing very well, currently. Fruity, with a back structure for balance. Great QPR.
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Rosé
3/17/2014 - wpattison Likes this wine:
90 points
This rose of Cabernet Franc is outstanding. I learned last year to buy as much as I can, as it sells out quickly. A great fruity nose, fruity palette, and tart finish. Great with spicy foods, or just chilled on a sunny day.
Red
2/28/2014 - wpattison wrote:
79 points
Perhaps it is past its prime... very meh on this. In fact, I think I'm going to hold off getting Burrell School for a long while. They need alot of work.
Red
2/26/2014 - wpattison Likes this wine:
90 points
CH continues to knock it out of the park with his X00-series Lots. This 300 was amazing, and wrapping up the last bottle tonight, I can tell it can still lay down for a while.

Color is deep garnet ruby, very little give to the edge - justifying my impression that this has more time on it. HUGE nose on this, red fruit - ripe and luscious. Some cedar. The mouth is voluptuous, rivaling $100+ bottles. I seriously question my sanity for buying anything in that price-range with CH making wines such as this. Front-mid-back palette is full-on. Finish lasts foreverrrrrrr.... Fruit, acid, smooth. All knitted well. Body is velvet.

WTF, Cameron? Now you're making me wonder about your private label shit. Dammit, I can't afford this hobby.

As a rule - I say buy a case MINIMUM of the Lot X00 stuff. This shit freaking kills. 'Nuff said.
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Red
2/19/2014 - wpattison Does not like this wine:
84 points
Bouquet was nice, but heavy mineral on the palette. The finish also left me with an off-putting note. Will have to try other AV's from DB to compare.
Red
2/9/2014 - wpattison Likes this wine:
92 points
Stellar CF. Juicy, fruity, big tannins. I wanted more once the bottle finished. There's a reason Pride sells out of their CF...
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Red
2/5/2014 - wpattison Likes this wine:
88 points
Surprisingly nice. Perhaps the '08 Trefethen's should start being consumed.
Red
1/3/2014 - wpattison Does not like this wine:
79 points
I dunno, but this had an edge to it that hurt. Not my idea of a good wine. Pretty confidant it was cellared correctly and wasn't a bad bottle. This was very angular, acidic. Not very enjoyable at all.
Red
12/31/2013 - wpattison Likes this wine:
90 points
This wine was surprisingly still vibrant and sumptuous. Happy to have a couple of bottles left to sample, as I think it has at least 2+ years left on it.

I don't think it's worth the $128 paid for it, though. Oh well, it was early on in my wine buying career.
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Red
12/24/2013 - wpattison Likes this wine:
90 points
This wine is incredible. Coming from the new Coombsville AVA. Very floral nose, and matching voluptuous body.
Red
12/7/2013 - wpattison Likes this wine:
91 points
My guess is this wine is reflecting the mediocre year 2006 was for Napa. Bouquet was wonderful, but the wine had little body to it, at least not to the level I was expecting for such a high-$ wine. (Or perhaps my tastings over the previous year of some very outstanding wines has had some influence?) Nonetheless, this was enjoyed with good company celebrating some good news, so there's that.

My dinner was the LB Steak 8oz filet mignon with horseradish cream sauce, creamed spinach, and potato sarladaise.
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White
11/24/2013 - wpattison Likes this wine:
92 points
Best viognier out there.
Red
11/24/2013 - wpattison Likes this wine:
89 points
QPR is outstanding on this. Fresh-n-fruity, and a great price.
Red
11/24/2013 - wpattison Likes this wine:
83 points
Drink your 2003's now. These are on the backslope...
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