Tasting Notes for Rick Allen

(61 notes on 58 wines)

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White
4/14/2011 - Rick Allen wrote:
92 points
Very pale yellow-gold color. Expressive aroma of melon and lime, with some minerality. On the palate, lime zest, lime, green apple, and melon dominate. Very dry and crisp, with good acidity and balance. Great mouth-feel and nice, long lime dominated finish.
Red
Not decanted. Clear, dark garnet color. Reticent black cherry nose. On palate, the cherries turn at little sweeter, with a little earth and oyster shell. Mouthfeel is excellent, as is the mid-palate and finish. As with just about all the Oregon 2008s I've had, this is very tight. I will likely not open another for several years.

I find it interesting that all the the Dundee Hills 2008s I've had to date (Cameron, Eyrie, R. Stuart, Westrey, Winderlea) have had a darker character than I would normally expect from this AVA - a little less Chambolle and a little more Gevrey.
Red
11/20/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
93 points
Popped and poured. Deep, clear garnet color. My first impression of this wine was that, while the concentration was there, the rest of the wine seemed somewhat disjointed. After a couple of hours, the wine pulled itself together. The nose showed classic Dundee Hills sweet cherry and oyster shell. On the palate, the sweet cherry quickly gave way to concentrated layers of black cherry, sweet cherry, white pepper, cinnamon, and allspice. Strong mid-palate, long finish. I like the Winderlea version of this wine a lot, but this is better.
Red
9/26/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
Cassis and cherries in the nose. On the palate, very smooth cherries, cassis, with a little pencil shavings. Very refined tannins, superb mid-palate, very good structure, and a great and long finish. A great example of a mature "old style" California Cab.
Red
9/26/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
Dark garnet color with no bricking at all. Cherries and raspberries in the nose. On the palate, concentrated black cherry, raspberries, blackberries, mushrooms, and a little iron. Superb mouth-feel, great balance, and wonderful finish. Still one of my top 5 Oregon Pinots ever.
Red
9/26/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
Cherries, raspberries, and a little redwood in the nose. On the palate, smooth, rich cherries, some mushroom and earth, with a little oak/redwood apparent as well. Not a lot of the typical "Gamay" flavor left. Great mid-palate and very nice finish.
White
9/26/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
Apples, pears, citrus, and gun-flint nose. On the palate, apples, pears, and light lemon. Very good mouth-feel - not too rich and not too thin. Good acidic structure and very good finish.
Rosé
9/26/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
Very nice light cherry and violet nose. On the palate, cherries, light citrus, and flowers. Crisp enough to be refreshing, with a nice finish. A good late summer quaffer.
White - Off-dry
7/13/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
92 points
Clear, medium amber color. Aromas of honey, brown sugar, nutmeg, molasses, graham cracker, fireworks & petrol. On the palate, intense honey and brown sugar, with deep body but a moderate to short finish. Just a faint remembrance of the acidity that would have made this wine incredible a decade ago (probably 94+), but enough to still keep things interesting. A special wine. I could have smelled this all evening long without taking a sip, the nose was so intriguing.
Red
5/13/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
More open for business than many 2008s I've had recently. Black Cherry, with some sweet cherry in the nose, along with a little spice. On the palate, the wine is, as expected, on the primary side with lots of cherry flavors. Very good mouth-feel and structure. Slightly short in the finish. I won't touch this again for a couple of years.
Red
5/8/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
Slightly reticent in the nose, but with time, black cherries and blackberries emerge. On the palate, the cherries sweeten somewhat and a spice element surfaces. Very good mid-palate and finish. Excellent mouth-feel. This wine is still several years from its peak. This wine had a plastic cork yet showed no signs of excess aging or off flavors. I've discussed the use of plastic corks with Rob (they have since switched to glass stoppers for their higher end wines), and he insists that, if the wine is properly prepped and bottled, plastic corks will work just fine. Having had a number of older R. Stuart wines over the last year, I have yet to find one that had issues due to a plastic cork.
Red
5/8/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
Pie and sweet cherries, with a little asian spice, brine, and barnyard in the nose. On the palate, concentrated cherries, some spice and brine. Excellent mouth-feel and weight, good structure, excellent finish. This wine has finally resolved its earlier reduction issues (this was an issue for many Oregon 2000s) and is singing.
Red
5/9/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
Sweet and pie cherry aromas, with just a hint of little barnyard and a little asian spice. Mouth-filling cherries on the palate, with a slight briny edge that I associate with Dundee Hills Pinot. Excellent mouth feel, very nice finish. This wine hits all the right buttons. A dead ringer for the 2000 Cameron Dundee Hills we had the night before.
Red
5/12/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
Interesting nose of plums and raw beef. On the palate the beef fades, replaced with cherries and a continuation of the plums. Somewhat tannic, with good structure. Could go a couple more years. A nice wine, but overshadowed by the Broadley.
Red
5/12/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
Expressive nose of spices and black cherry. The black cherry continues on the palate, along with spice notes and a little barnyard. Very nice weight and mouthfeel. Very good finish.
Red
5/3/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
89 points
Very dark garnet color. When initially opened, the aroma was beef blood and cherries. With time, the blood receded and the cherries darkened and intensified. After several hours, the palate was intense, monolithic black cherry, with a very good mid-palate and intense finish. Would be the perfect accompaniment for Beef Bourgogne now, but needs several more years.
Red
5/1/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
91 points
Popped and poured. Clear, dark garnet color. The aroma starts rather reticent, but with time opens to reveal sweet cherry, black cherry, and some stemmy notes. On the palate, smooth, rich cherries, a little oyster shell, and some tannins. Excellent mouth-feel, balance, and acidity. Very good and long finish. Very good now and based on how it evolved and opened in the glass, it should improve over the next five years.
White
5/1/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
88 points
Light straw color. Pear and baked apple aroma. On the palate, fuzzy apple and pear, with good body and mouth-feel. Refreshing, with a nice balance and finish.
White
4/25/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
Clear, straw colored. Very reticent nose at first, but opened up after about 30 minutes to show creamy lemon and figs. On the palate, lemons, marzipan, and a hint of fig. Excellent acidity and balance, very good finish.
White
4/25/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
Clear, medium gold color. Lemon custard and brioche in the nose. On the palate, the acidity in this is fading a bit and being replaced by a rich patina of lemon custard with a hint of caramel and fig. Excellent mouth-feel and a very nice finish.
White - Sparkling
4/24/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
90 points
Almost colorless, with a fine bead. The nose displays very nice bready notes along with baked apple and citrus. Explosive mousse followed by yeast, baked bread, and green apple on the palate. Excellent, well balanced acidity and a very long, very nice finish.
White - Sparkling
4/25/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
85 points
Pale gold color, medium bead, with a green apple/citrus nose. Explosive mousse that fades quickly revealing the green apples and citrus flavors. Lacks the tension and acidity necessary for a good finish.
White - Sparkling
4/25/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
84 points
Pale gold color, nice bead, indistinct fruity nose. On the palate, nice mousse, flavors are fruity but a bit fuzzy, leading to a nice but somewhat flabby finish.
Rosé - Sparkling
4/25/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
89 points
Lovely pale pink color, fine bead, and a very nice strawberry/cherry nose. On the palate, very good mousse combined with nice strawberry flavors. Good acidity and tension, with a long finish.
White - Sparkling
4/25/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
86 points
Very faint gold color, medium bead, and a lemon-y nose. On the palate, a weaker mousse, with a very nice lemon/lemon custard flavor, and a good but not very long finish.
White - Sparkling
4/25/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
88 points
Very pale gold color, very fine bead, and a nice yeasty nose. On the palate, medium mousse, followed by green apple and a few yeasty notes, with a very nice, long finish. On the simple side but well balanced.
Red
4/17/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
91 points
Dark garnet color, no bricking. On the nose, the wine showed black cherry, cherry, and a hint of cranberry. On the palate, the wine displayed concentrated black cherry flavors with the sweeter cherry flavors that are indicative of the Dundee Hills showing through at the mid-palate and finish. Still a little tight, with some very fine tannins, and just a hint of brine. Long finish. Great now, but I'd like to try in a couple of years.
Red
4/17/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
74 points
The fruit in this has diminished to the point where the oak totally dominates both the aroma and palate. Disappointing.
Rosé - Sparkling
4/3/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
89 points
Clear, very pale rose color. Very aromatic nose of strawberries, with a few yeasty notes. Explosive mousse, with flavors of strawberries and cherries, good acidity, very good balance and a nice finish.
Rosé - Sparkling
4/3/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
88 points
Clear, medium pink color. Very aromatic nose of strawberries and cherries. On the palate, explosive mousse of strawberries, raspberries, and cherries, good acidity, very nice finish. Not exceedingly complex, but a very nice quaff-er.
White - Sparkling
4/3/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
84 points
Clear, pale gold color. Very nice nose of apples and pears. While the wine had a nice mousse, it seemed to disappear on the palate. Very austere without the acidity I expect in sparkling wine. Indistinct finish.
White - Sparkling
4/2/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
88 points
Clear, very pale gold color. Slightly industrial nose, with some pear and apple. Very good mousse, good acidity and tension, balanced, smooth, nice finish.
Red
3/28/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
86 points
Dark garnet color. Candied cherry and "gamy" nose. Straightforward cherry and "gaminess" on the palate. Good mouth-feel, structure, and finish. A little too nouveau-ish for my taste.
Red
3/24/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
91 points
Clear, dark garnet color. Aromas of Black Cherry with mushrooms, a little forest floor, beef blood, and a little bit of pine. On the palate, rich and concentrated Black Cherry, boysenberry, and a little mushroom. Great mouth-feel, great structure, long finish, and no rough edges. This seems to be transforming into something very Pinot-like. It will be interesting to see how this develops over the next few years.
Red
3/23/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
91 points
Clear, dark garnet color. Aromas of Black Cherry with mushrooms, a little forest floor, beef blood, and a little bit of pine. On the palate, rich and concentrated Black Cherry, boysenberry, and a little mushroom. Great mouth-feel, great structure, long finish, and no rough edges. This seems to be transforming into something very Pinot-like. It will be interesting to see how this develops over the next few years.
Red
3/21/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
89 points
Clear, dark garnet color. Black cherry and pine, and a hint of "gamy-ness". Concentrated black fruit, with a little bit of pine influence. Has an acidic edge and some very fine tannins. Very nice finish. Tastes young.
Red
3/20/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
88 points
Somewhat cloudy, dark magenta color. Black cherry and blackberry aromas with just a hint of "gamy-ness", and a fleeting pine-sap note. On the palate, rich black fruits are still there, but the "gamy" flavor is more pronounced than it was in the nose, and there is just a little streak of acid that still shows through. Nice body and balance, good mid-palate, nice finish. I expect this to peak in another year or two.
Red
3/20/2010 - Rick Allen wrote:
87 points
Clear, medium garnet color. Black cherry and "gamy" aroma. On the palate, the wine shows more black cherry, less "gamy-ness" than was apparent in the nose, and just a little black tea flavor with no rough edges from start to finish. Nice weight, very good balance and finish.
Red
6/1/2008 - Rick Allen wrote:
Explosive nose of cassis and cinnamon. These flavors continue on the palate, although they seem creamier. Very concentrated, very seamless, excellent finish. Some fine-grained tannins in the background that suggest further aging may be a benefit.
White
5/31/2008 - Rick Allen wrote:
91 points
Clear, pale gold color. Creamy lemons and limes dominate the nose, along with a few old oak notes. On the palate, a smoky and earthy character harmonizes nicely with the citrus. Excellent mouth-feel and acid balance. Great finish.
Red
5/30/2008 - Rick Allen wrote:
91 points
Medium garnet color. somewhat cloudy. Cherries, lavendar, violets, just a little funk in the nose. Sweet cherries and earthy cinnamon on the palate, along with just a hint of the floral aspect. A seamless wine, through the mid-palate all the way to the great finish. Compared to the Cameron from the same vineyard, this wine was marginally less concentrated and marginally less complex. Drink now.
Red
5/29/2008 - Rick Allen wrote:
91 points
Medium garnet color, with just the slightest browning on the edge. The nose is big-time cherries, both sweet and sour, with a little forest floor thrown in. On the palate, the cherries are dominant, with just a hint of spiciness and raspberries. Excellent finish and superb mouthfeel and mid-palate. Tastes like it could improve over the next couple of years.
Red
5/28/2008 - Rick Allen wrote:
93 points
I've had a lot of bottle variation with this wine, but this bottle was outstanding. Nice complex nose of cherries, violets, lavendar, and cloves. The cherries really come to the fore on the palate, with asian spices and some earthiness as well. Great mouthfeel and smooth on the palate, with a superb, spicy and long finish. Drink now.
Red
5/22/2008 - Rick Allen wrote:
91 points
For funk/barnyard lovers only! Medium garnet color, no bricking. The nose started out very funky, but over time cherries, violets, and a little oak mix with the subsiding barnyard. On the palate, the wine shows concentrated cherries and raspberries, with some spicy notes as well. The oak shows itself slightly in the backgound. Nice balance, excellent mid-palate, and a very good finish that would have been better except for a slight bitter streak.
White
5/21/2008 - Rick Allen wrote:
85 points
Nice citrus/lemon nose. Relatively acidic citrus flavors on the palate. Relatively indistinct, but no off or off-putting flavors. Nice finish.
Red
5/19/2008 - Rick Allen wrote:
89 points
Medium garnet color. Black fruit aromas dominate the nose. On the palate, moderately concentrated black cherry and blackberry flavors. Nice mouth-feel, good balance, and nice finish. An elegant wine that is drinking well now.
Red
5/17/2008 - Rick Allen wrote:
flawed
This bottle was faintly corked.
Red
5/19/2008 - Rick Allen wrote:
88 points
Medium garnet color. Black cherry, flowers (roses?), and some straw notes in the nose. On the palate, the black cherries and other black fruit take center stage. Not particularly concentrated, somewhat closed, nice finish. This was one of three 2001s opened in two days, with relatively consistent impressions across producers.
White
5/18/2008 - Rick Allen wrote:
92 points
Pale gold color. Citrus, fig, a touch of boytrytis, and fig in the nose. On the palate, creamy lemons, honey, green apple. Nice balance, with zippy acid at the finish. This bottle was purchased more recently and seemed to be a little more evolved than the bottle that I've cellared.
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