Tasting Notes for kietkopelli

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Red
8/6/2017 - kietkopelli wrote:
93 points
Killer Rutherford cab. Loads of dense fruits and chocolate. Tannin nice and firm.
Red
What ever this wine had going for it is long gone. All that is left is a hollow shell of its former self.
Red
7/13/2017 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
92 points
The milk chocolate profile in this wine is off the hook. Chocolate and dried spices on the nose. Loads of chocolate and toasted wood in the mouth. Good firm tannin.
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Red
7/12/2017 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
93 points
This wine is still progressing after another 2 years. Leather is really dominant with more pronounced cigar flavors. The fruits profiles is intense but takes a backseat to the leather.

This is drinking like a super culty cab.

An absolute winner.
Red
7/12/2017 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
93 points
This wine is still rockin'! The spices and are really showing well. It's also developing a mossy profile almost Scotch like.
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Red
7/4/2017 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
94 points
This wine tastes super culty and still holding really well for going on 22 years. Nose is fruity with dried spices and tobacco. In the mouth it has super dense dark fruits and loads and loads of funky truffle. Tannins are very weak as you can expect. Finishes velvety smooth. This is killer juice if you can find it in the $50 range.
Red
6/29/2017 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
92 points
This wine will destroy most Knights Valley Cab in the $30-40 range so at $20 (Last Bottle) it's a killer QPR. Granted Knights Valley is not my favorite appellation because the cabs tend to lack the fruit depth but all and all this is killer drink with good amount of toasty wood, as other noted. Some dark fruit on the mid pallet but don't expect Napa Valley or Howell Mountain kind of depth. Tannin is well managed.
White
6/12/2017 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
93 points
At this price point you would expect a killer Char and this wine delivers! It's not your typical over oaked CA Char but more like a white Bordeaux. Tart citrus on the nose and forefront of the palate. Mid palate is floral with some tropical notes. There also a good amount of tannin toward the finish.
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Red
5/31/2017 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
91 points
I like the fruit forward style.
White - Sparkling
5/3/2017 - kietkopelli wrote:
92 points
Fantastic value!!! Normally labeled Robert Hunter if you want to find more. Bright citrus (grapefruit) skin to start and green apple towards the finish with a hint of tropical fruit, Starfuit comes to mind. My only complain is it's a bit too heavy on the mineral side but this can be a plus for some.
Red
5/3/2017 - kietkopelli wrote:
89 points
I love Anderson Valley PN but I don't love this wine. It has way too much earth for my liking and tannin seem disjointed. Fruit and spices are in good balance the mossy profile is too much for me to get over.
Red
3/7/2017 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
93 points
Killer Carménère at a fantastic price. I'd be very happy if I paid $35 for this wine but at $15 it's absolutely killer and if I can get more I'd buy it by the cases. Jammy fruit and leather on the noise. In the mouth it's full of ripe back fruit but not sugary and ooh the fresh spices like rosemarry and thyme. It finishes a bit tight but I think a year or two will soften it out.
Red
2/20/2017 - kietkopelli wrote:
90 points
Another 14 months in the bottle did not help this wine. Still pretty weak.
Red
2/20/2017 - kietkopelli Does not like this wine:
88 points
This is the weakest of the Sleeper wines, even the Sauv Blanc brought tremendous values. I've had much better PN from Carneros at lower price points. This wine is well balanced but generally weak.
Red
2011 Amuse Bouche Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/20/2017 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
94 points
Killer Merlot based blend. loads of rose petals and ripe cherries on the nose. Very well balanced in the mouth starting with dried spices (mostly celery seeds) followed by cherries and something like coffee grounds but I can't put my finger on it. Finishes velvety smooth.

$250 is a lot of money for this wine and definitely not worth it, I happened to have found 1 bottle on "clearance" for $125 which I think is a pretty decent price for a wine of this caliber.
Red
1/9/2017 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
92 points
There's not too much Mazuelo in this wine and if there was it wasn't the dominate flavor. This is classic Spanish Grenacha for those you like which with good structure and plenty of leathery notes.

My personal preference is more dominant Mazuelo since there are so much Grenache based wine all over the world. When Priorat is done right the Mazuelo really shines. This wine is good but not spectacular.
Red
1/4/2017 - kietkopelli wrote:
89 points
This wine could be 94-95 points in 3-4 years but right now it's way too tannic to be pleasant. The structure is there but it doesn't open up until the second day. I did not try it decanted. Will sit on my remaining 3 bottles for 4 years and see what happens.
Red
12/22/2016 - kietkopelli wrote:
92 points
Fantastic new world style Grenache. Very floral on the nose and mid palate. I used to pay $18 for this wine at Costco but I guess those days are over. At $30 I would think twice about buying more than 2 bottles but at $20-25 I would not hesitate to pick up a six-pack or even a case.
White
12/18/2016 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
91 points
My first Vermentino but won't be my last. Bright minerals, grapefruit on the back end. Great drink for about $12.
Red
12/8/2016 - kietkopelli Does not like this wine:
85 points
I will stand up and be harsh since no one wants to do it. Even at the discounted price I find this wine weak and awkward. Granted I don't drink too much Sangiovese this particular wine is just super pleasant. The nose is subdue with hint leafy things (hard to describe) and canned veggies. In the mouth it has decent fruit structure but just weak. I don't like is it's almost fizzy without any carbonation. Lastly I find it bit too hot but within my tolerance.
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Red
12/6/2016 - kietkopelli wrote:
90 points
I think kinda meh! Just stereotypical CA cab with lots of dens ripe dark fruit and a good amount to toasty oak. Not bad bit I've had so many of these types of wines that it's hard to me to get excited about them. $30 just just about the right price for this wine. I bought 6 bottles, I don't need to buy any more.
White
12/4/2016 - kietkopelli Does not like this wine:
85 points
I would have never guess this is unoaked Chardonnay maybe I wouldn't even peg it as a Chardonnay at all. Very tropical fruity nose and almost sweet in the mouth. In a blind tasting I would think it's a very poorly done Riesling or Gewurztraminer NOT unoaked Chardonnay.
Red
12/4/2016 - kietkopelli wrote:
86 points
There's really nothing remarkable about this wine. I don't know what's in it and it probably doesn't matter. The nose is a fit flat with notes of earth and burnt wood. In the it's relatively tight with lots of tannin and almost grapefruit seed like profile. Just super pleasant but serviceable for $10-13.
Red
11/16/2016 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
93 points
Fantastic CA Cab Sauv. Deep ripe fruits on the nose. Lots of dense dark fruit and creme de casis on the mid palate. Finishes velvety smooth.
Red
11/11/2016 - kietkopelli wrote:
94 points
This is a ripping good classic CA style Cab Sauv. Loads of dense rip fruits on the nose. Fruit forward mid palate with tobacco leaf and vanilla towards the end.
Red
10/31/2016 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
93 points
Rich, dense, fruit forward wine. Mushroom and ripe plums on the nose. Deep blueberry pie profile on the mid palate. Finishes velvety smooth with creamy vanilla.

Fantastic value at $40 and under.
Red
10/26/2016 - kietkopelli wrote:
90 points
Not much has changed. Really nice QPR wine, it should be noted that Napa (Oakville) does not produce too much Malbec so the price reflects this small volume. There are a lot of better Malbec from South America at lower prices but this is an interesting drink for the the wine geeks.
White
10/26/2016 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
90 points
Grapefruit and grass on the nose. Lots of citrus and good amount of floral notes in the mouth. Nice clean finish.

Not the sharp and steely type of SB and not too buttery either, downside is it's a bit expensive.
Red
10/21/2016 - kietkopelli Does not like this wine:
86 points
This wine has great pedigree but it has a long way to go to be good. The nose has a good amount of fruit and flowers but in the mouth it falls apart with a lot of woody notes and almost an aerosol like finish.

Tannins are extremely firm. Just not a pleasant drink at this stage.
Red
10/19/2016 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
92 points
Serious transition since 2009 when I last had this wine. Much more subtle fruits, gentler tannins, and a whole lot more cigar and cedar.
Red
10/15/2016 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
93 points
OH YEAH!!!!
Killer CA Cab for $20!!!!
Not knowing the cost of this wine I was very impressed with this it. Huge buttery oak and dense ripe fruits. The noise is like blueberry pie and hot chocolate. In the mouth the fruit is HUGE and lots of buttery goodness.

Easily the best $20 Cab Sauv I've had in many years. I will buy a case the next time I see it for $20.
Red
10/10/2016 - kietkopelli wrote:
92 points
Excellent value if you like Cab Franc blends. There is a mineral and spice combination of Cab Franc that is too much to handle for most new drinkers and is certainly not your everyday wine also. Good ripe fruits all around but not overwhelming with Cab Sauv. Herbs and spices are very strong on mid palate. Approach with caution if you pop-n-pour.
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Red
2006 pureCos Napa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
10/10/2016 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
93 points
I love this wine at about $30. Wonderful fruit forward style with ripe dark fruits on the nose. rich and oaky fruits on the mid palate with pleny of spicy notes.

Excellent value at $30 if you can get it.
Red
10/8/2016 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
94 points
Fantastic fruit driven wine. Probably the best WA wine I've had this year.
Red
9/4/2016 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
92 points
Much more like a Central Coast PN than Russian with soft flowery notes on the nose. In the mouth it starts with bright strawberries and raspberries well integrated with a touch of earth and the slightest hint of cedar. Finishes velvety smooth.

It's hard to justify $80 for this wine when there is so much wonderful stuff out of Monterey and Santa Barbara with similar profile in the $35-50 range. Loyalty to DuMol is a perfectly valid reason to buy this wine. I just need to buy cases of it.
Red
9/4/2016 - kietkopelli wrote:
87 points
This wine must be decanted for 30-60 mins or the earthy tones will get you. Nose starts with bright raspberries and some funky earth. In the mouth the earthy tones totally dominates with little notes of fruit but there is some tart cherries faintly in the back. Finishes way too hot for my liking.

There are plenty of better Pinot Noirs in the $50 range.
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Red
This is a very awkward Shiraz. The nose is full of dried spices, mostly celery seeds and some citrus profile. In the mouth it starts with super ripe plums and some grapefruit and then comes the black pepper, loads and loads of black pepper. I did not like the pepper.
Red
9/4/2016 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
92 points
Explosive Jolly Rancher plum on the nose. Well balanced in the mouth with good ripe strawberries and toast. Finishes about where you expect a $20 new world Sangio to be. Good QPR wine.
Red
8/21/2016 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
93 points
Utterly fantastic for a $11 zin. Fresh raspberry and toasty oak on the nose. Deep jammy black fruits in the mouth. Finishes clean and a bit dry but definitely not hot like a lot of zins.
Red
8/11/2016 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
92 points
This is the best $10 wine of the year for me.
Beautiful meaty nose with almost a soy sauce like undertone. In the mouth it has lots of deep blue berries, a bit of cedar + tobacco, and plenty of oaky vanilla. Finishes a bit hot but very serviceable.
Red
8/7/2016 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
93 points
This is not quite Ghost Horse caliber but it's still utterly fantastic CA Cab Sauv. Lots of cherries and lots of tobacco. Tannin is still gripping. Could go another 3-4 years before it mellows out.
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Red
7/28/2016 - kietkopelli wrote:
88 points
Even after a year in the bottle this wine is still super tight. Looks like I will let it sit another 2 years before I give it another try.
Red
7/28/2016 - kietkopelli Does not like this wine:
86 points
I can't convince myself to like this wine even at $9. It's way too awkward and peppery for my liking.
Red
7/26/2016 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
93 points
I have no idea what this wine sells for retail but I got for $7 on a clearance rack. Not huge but very nicely balanced wine. Slightly fruit forward with a decent amount of dried spices.

I doubt I can buy again for $7 but I will definitely buy at $15-20.
Red
2014 Prisoner Wine Company Saldo California Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
6/10/2016 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
90 points
I paid $35 for this wine only to fine Costco has it for $23. At $23 this would be a killer value Zin but at $35, not so much. There was a time when I and a lot of other people were drinking The Prisoner like it had the cure in it. I've since backed off on that style of wine but the Saldo brought me back to those days. Dense fruits on the nose with toasted oak. In the mouth it's jammy with good amount of spice and plenty of heat from the alcohol.

It's like revisiting the greasy diner that you loved as a kid and as nice as the meal may be it's enough not want to come back for several more years.
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Red
6/1/2016 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
93 points
I got this for $12 from Benchmark Wine's bottle shop which I think it a fantastic value and has aged quite well. Rummy nose with dense ripe dark fruits and (my favorite) beach boardwalk taffy shop scents. In the mouth the aged fruits really comes through with mostly super ripe plums and burnt toast. Finishes velvety smooth.

Yep $12 was asuper bargain for this wine.
Red
5/28/2016 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
92 points
This is great value at about $40 from Costco. This wine would easily go toe to toe with much more expense Bordeaux blends from Napa. The nose has deep ripe fruit with a dusty undertone. In the mouth it's well balanced between fruit and tannins. I wouldn't call this a fruit bomb but the ripeness is undeniable, tannins still very firm and oak is well integrated. Finishes velvety smooth.
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Red
5/27/2016 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
91 points
Got this on Costco special for $40. They hinted it's a culty wine of wine so I figure I give it a try. This reminds of the average girl in high school who decided to put on a lot of make up to get herself in with the in crowd. As you can guess most people see right through it, the same can be said of this wine. You can totally well the juice is about what the average $25-30 wine delivers but they "cultified" it by adding more oak and a slight truffle profile. It's there but very artificial and not well integrated. I suppose in the hands of a better wine maker it could be bit better but this is not your $100 CA baby cult.

You can expect a decent amount of ripe fruit on the nose and in the mouth it's medium weight with truffles and oak trying to come through but quite integrate with the rest of the wine.

This is decent at $45 but would be the a super value at $30.
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Red
5/24/2016 - kietkopelli Likes this wine:
93 points
This is the best $15 (Costco) Merlot that I've had in a long time. Granted I don't drink a lot of Merlot but it's wines like these that changes my mine. Nose has beautiful dusty dried spices. In the mouth it's surprisingly fruity with dense chocolate covered cherries and a pepper undertone. This easily crushes most Rhones wines in the $30-45 range.
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