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2016 Cayuse Syrah Bionic Frog Walla Walla Valley
5/14/2019 - Roentgen Ray Likes this wine:
95 points
Super dark and highly extracted.
Very rich with dark black fruit, a little Szechuan pepper, big ripe velvety tannins. Finish lasts a couple of minutes and shows a bit of greeness, reminiscent of a funky eucalyptus.
  • Roentgen Ray commented:

    7/31/19, 10:09 AM - No rush, this has a long life ahead of it. I opened it out of curiosity. I think the funkiness of the wine will resolve with time in the bottle.

  • Roentgen Ray commented:

    11/29/19, 4:32 PM - Sorry for the slow response, I just now noticed your second message. I think 3 years would be a reasonable time to open your first. The wines are so big and juicy, if you're into that, you won't be disappointed!

  • Roentgen Ray commented:

    5/7/20, 12:03 AM - There was a year, a vintage, that was lost.
    It may have been 2017.
    There was a handling problem and Cayuse decided to not release any bottles under their label.
    They credited all investors for their purchases.

2013 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon RBS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Oakville
4/28/2020 - Quiet Lion Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted and served. This was confused but delicious over two hours, with pure, delicious fruit wound about a core of firm tannins and some charred earth. I would hold off for some time on opening this to let the palate relax and integrate and be worth the price of admission but still a very enjoyable drink even now.
  • Roentgen Ray commented:

    5/6/20, 11:56 PM - I thought it was a bit disjointed as well. it's very young and will integrate with time I suspect. The bottle I tasted today was very closed and yet interesting.

2003 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
12/6/2015 - Roentgen Ray wrote:
90 points
This was far less mature than I had expected, likely a reflection of the Magnum format, and that it's been in cellar since release. The flavor reminded me of a 2008 Keenan Cabernet I tasted a few years ago that was yet to integrate the tannins and oak. Additionally, aromatics of the fruit was still primarily fresh, like it was just bottled a couple of years ago.
  • Roentgen Ray commented:

    12/27/15, 9:41 PM - Pour GAET:
    Merci, vous etes droit, je suspect.
    Qu'est que c'est "sur S.M."

2010 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT Sangiovese
10/2/2015 - Roentgen Ray wrote:
93 points
I scored this higher than I like this because the other person loved this bottle.
The tannins were cranked down tight, like a head lock on my tongue. The was nothing bad about the bottle, it improved after a day of air. For me, I'll keep this for years before opening another. It's packed dense with so much, and it's just coming together still.
One caveat, I could see opening this with vigorous aeration, and lots of fat, e.g. butter and prime grade beef.
  • Roentgen Ray commented:

    10/11/15, 9:17 PM - I had a great bottle from the 2001 vintage, purchased at a restaurant just outside of Siena, in Tuscany. That bottle turned me onto SuperTuscans.
    That was in 2006, and so I decided to pull the trigger on a bottle because I have a six pack. Similar aromatics in this one but WAYYYY more structure. This ain't no Napa wine, it's so old World and I'll taste again in 5-10yrs...

2007 Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
11/12/2014 - Roentgen Ray wrote:
92 points
It's a really good North Napa Cab from Calistoga, an AVA that should be and isn't. Its a warm Oak grove in a valley with beautiful fruit. I don't want to promote it because my price might go up. If you see it, and have a cellar, and you like balance and a little fruit, and a little stone, and a little strength, this might be a wine you like.
  • Roentgen Ray commented:

    11/25/14, 8:45 AM - Thirsty1, you are correct! I am happy Calistoga has its final recognition. It's one of the warmest AVAs in Napa, and its soil type is dominated by volcanic actions.

2011 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Beaux Frères Vineyard Ribbon Ridge
5/25/2013 - David Paris (dbp) wrote:
83 points
Willamette Valley for Memorial day weekend and a peak at 2012; 5/25/2013-5/26/2013: Soft aromas. Lean, mild, and tart. Similarly lean on the palate and really not much flavor, period. Something's in my mouth but I don't really care what it is (wine you say?). Soft finish, slightly green, tart and very lean. This really headed down hill from the barrel sample last year and became completely hollow.
  • Roentgen Ray commented:

    7/23/14, 5:10 PM - Sounds like bottle shock, thanks for the warning, I'll forget about mine in the cellar for awhile.

2003 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
9/26/2013 - Roentgen Ray wrote:
92 points
Very inky graphite dark purple. Dusty graphite, cassis, tannic,,,it is medium bodied, and acidic. (caveat, popped and poured, this is an out of bottle reaction,this will change but I won't update my note, and don't judge me harshly, I'm a busy guy, will post update if I can!)
  • Roentgen Ray commented:

    10/1/13, 6:47 PM - The wine opened up and relaxed a little more on day two, but showed no sign of fatigue.

2005 Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas La Louvée Syrah
5/11/2011 - Dale M wrote:
Sure, we’ve all had the odd glass or bottle of a new world Cabernet, Merlot, or Bordeaux blend, and said “Hey, this kinda smells a like a good Left bank wine etc etc, but coming from a modernista Cornas producer – WTF? Indeed, just having had the 99 Palmer a few weeks ago, the nose on this puppy was damn near identical and in almost every way – perfumes of cassis and aged tobacco, cool mint tones, graphite and minerality up the Wazzu, it was all there leaving no doubt in my mind this would have fooled the best of em’. Oh man the palate was just a beast, and firmly in the old world Syrah camp, if just a tad (and I mean just a touch) modern. Tannic and pretty much impenetrable (yet light on its feet in that classic French manner), it was hard to really get a good read on this, but the high end raw materials are there, it just needs time. A lot of time. BTW this was decanted a good 8 hrs and I really wish I would have been able to track this over the course of a few days, oh well, it was really good even so. Having the 99 of this wine last year, Jean Luc knows his stuff, no question.
  • Roentgen Ray commented:

    9/28/13, 8:40 PM - 99 Palmer, I will make this a vin de gaurde. Thanks for the thread!

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