Tasting Notes for Seanr7

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Red
7/31/2010 - Seanr7 wrote:
So this was a gift from a well meaning friend that lives in Arizona.

Nose is [bleh.gif] , in the mouth it is foul, a mix between spoiled grape juice and rubbing alcohol. I understand this is a winery owned by one of the members of the band TOOL, he should have invested his money in sewer water instead!!!!!

My friend told me to drink this while listening to "Prison Sex" by TOOL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gf1vC8ubnkY While I have never had Prison Sex I am thinking it might be better then this wine!

Unrated because there is no score lower then 0!!!!
White
4/29/2010 - Seanr7 wrote:
Good but a bit too much oak at this point! A hint of mineral and pear a nice touch of tartness! I think time in bottle will do this well!

No rating
Red
2/15/2010 - Seanr7 wrote:
Really needs about 30+ minutes to open up!
Red
9/7/2009 - Seanr7 wrote:
83 points
Am I able to cuss in a TN? This stuff is a high octain alcoholic mess! It really felt like my nose hair burned when I first smelled this wine! To be honest it was opened to warm, about 74 but I put it in a decanter and then the fridge for 30 minutes. After it cooled down some of the heat went away and some fruit came out of hiding but this wine has more in common with Vicks Cherry cough syrup then wine! I see no way that this wine will ever get better, it is to out of ballance and to high in alcohol, 16.5%!!!! There were four of us drinking that night two liked it and two did not! I hope to never drink this wine again!!!
White - Fortified
8/29/2009 - Seanr7 wrote:
92 points
Opened for my Birthday on Aug 14th drank about a 1/3 and recorked. Have had it sitting out on the counter for the last two weeks and this wine has not lost a step! Inky black color the color of old engine oil! the nose has raisins and mollasis! In the mouth it is dominated by Raisins and prunes, brown sugar and a bit of fig! Very thick in the mouth, with a finish that last well over a minute! I have had this wine around 10 times and it never disappoints.
Red
2004 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/7/2009 - Seanr7 wrote:
Dark purple, nose of vanilla and dark fruit. In the mouth this is just a big tannic not ready to drink monster! Better with some air but never came around. If you open this now let it breath for hours!! No score due to the fact that this wine was so not ready to drink!
Red
8/6/2009 - Seanr7 wrote:
90 points
No formal notes! Color was lighter then KB's RRV nose had more finesse then most RRV Pinots, not so much in your face! All in all a very nice wine that is drinking well now and will improve for several more years!
Red
7/7/2009 - Seanr7 wrote:
91 points
Not a great TN but it will work, Great dark color, nose typical Cali cab. Really in its sweet spot right now, not sure if it will get better with age but it will hold for several more years. Poped and poured and it was ready to go
Red
5/3/2009 - Seanr7 wrote:
flawed
Had at dinner with friends, while a few thought it was good I thought it was a bit corked.
White
5/3/2009 - Seanr7 wrote:
93 points
No detailed notes, had at dinner with friends. This is a head turner, very old world style great citrus notes with a mineral finish at just a hint of oak. Am really looking forward to visting this again in a few years.
Red
2/19/2009 - Seanr7 wrote:
87 points
I picked up a few cases of this based on the recomendation of a good friend, Geoff Williams. At the all in price of $8 per bottle how could I go wrong? Great nose, more earthy then New World Pinot's, fruity, with surprising mouth drying tannins and a bit of pepper on the short finnish. While this wine will never win any awards it is great for what it is.
Red
1/29/2009 - Seanr7 wrote:
92 points
Drank this side by side with a '06 Kosta Browne SC and a '06 Rivers-Marie SC. Open and ready to go, darkest of the wines tonight deep dark purlpe. Nose was Cola, but not as overpowering as many RRV Pinots. Dark red fruit, Raspberry and strawberry with a nice mid palate and a strong long lingering finish of 45+ seconds. Over two hours this wine mellowed a bit and was about where I thought it would be, smack dab in the middle of the KB and the R-M. While not near as balanced as the Rivers-Marie it was not as big as the Kosta. Against strong wines this was my number two wine tonight and a very good wine. I am looking forward to the '07's to see what Jamie is doing with this wine.
Red
1/29/2009 - Seanr7 wrote:
94 points
Opened side by side with a '06 Kutch RRV and a '06 Kosta Browne RRV. Opened and tried and this was shut down tight, no nose nothing in the mouth, poured into a decnater and hoped for the best. Came back two and a half hours later and this was a different wine. Nose was earthy, Mushrooms and forest floor, in the mouth this was very delicate I would a say feminine wine that had layers of soft red fruits, spice, and earth with a great mid palate and a long finsih with a touch of blackpepper. The WOTN for all at the table, I can just imagine what the Summa Old Vines is like. If you are thinking of opening this wine please decante or bury in the back of your cellar for another 2 - 3 years.

This was the cheapest of the wines opened tonight and was the stand out, Way to go TRB!!!
Red
1/29/2009 - Seanr7 wrote:
90 points
Went to dinner with friends tonight and had the, a '06 Kutch RRV and a Rivers-Marie SC. Deep dark purple color nose at first was closed with a bit of alcohol. On the palate closed and tight, put to the side for an hour to get air. Revisted an hour later and the nose was more full, with some earth and spice with a nice dark fruity nose. In the mouth this wine was coming together well but was a big wine that was a bit over the top. Another hour and this wine started to smooth out and was more integrated, another year or two bottle time will do this well, but nothing great just a nice wine that was easy to forget when served next to the other's.

While this is a nice wine I am glad I opened it tonight, I don't feel bad about not buying the '07.
Red
12/30/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
93 points
Had this almost a year ago and this wine is coming along nicely. Opened and let it slow ox for about 45 minutes, tasted about an oz when first opened and it had a nice nose of dark fruit, chocolate and vanila but on the palate it was a bit hollow and tannic. poured the first glass at the 45 minute mark and still the same so poured the rest of the bottle into a decanter for 30 minutes more.

Color is dark redish purple, nose of earth, chocolate, dark red fruit, leather and spice. On the palate, sweet cherry, chocolate, spice, and blueberry with a full mouth feel and a 45 second finish. Over the three hours i drank this wine it got smoother and more silky. For a tough vintage this is a very good wine, one of the best I have had from 2003. While I think this wine will hold for several more years with as good as it is now why wait?
Red
12/26/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
89 points
No formal notes. Opened over Christams with family and splash decanted left to sit in decanter for 5 hours before drinking. Deap purple red color, nice fruity nose with a touch of vanilla. This wine needed every bit of the 5 hours to start to show anything. Nice but nothing that made me want to go out and buy more.
Red
12/25/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
93 points
This was from a magnum, purchased at auction so no clue as to the provenance of this wine up to the time I bought it. Opened with an Ah-So because of the age and the cork was in great shape, wine soaked a little over half way. Poured into a decanter for sediment. The color was more like a 10 year old Cab, no bricking just solid deep red color, the nose was not promising, kind of dirty and musty, on the palate it was a bit muted, thought it was over the hill. Let it sit for about 20 minutes and tried again, what a difference those 20 minutes made. The nose was leather, spice, fruit. In the mouth the wine had morphed into a beautiful wine with dark silky fruit and a wonderful full mouth-feel. Nice finish that lasted half a minute. Drank over three hours and the wine held up over the whole time. Having next to no hope for this wine when I opened it this is my surprise wine of 2008.
White
12/23/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
89 points
This is my 4th bottle in the last 45 days. Very good consistant wine maybe one of the better QPR's out there at less then $11 per bottle. Nothing to add from my last TN just wanting to post a TN to give a shout out to this varietal and this winery!!!
Red
12/11/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
89 points
I opened this three nights ago and drank half and put the cork in it and did not revist it till tonight. The tannins have resolved and this wine has fleshed out into a very nice wine. Have two bottles left and plan on holding one for at least two more years.
Red
12/8/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
87 points
Tight from the start, opened and left on the counter for 4 hours so it could breath slowly. Nice but nothing great, hollow mid palate but not expecting brilliance at this price point. Fine on its own but better with red meat. Drink now, with a few hour slow ox decante or an hour in a decanter, or hold for the next few years.
White
11/18/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
This is a very odd wine, hope it is just an off bottle but on the nose and in the mouth I am getting tons of Green Bell Pepper, never had that in a Sauvignon Blanc before.

The first bottle of this was good but this is just odd.
White
11/18/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
88 points
Second bottle in a week and this is a winner. Balanced wine with nice floral nose and fruit, peach?, in the mouth. Falls between the acidity of a NZ SB and the crispness of a Chablis.
White
11/11/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
87 points
good SB for the price $13! Not as in your face with cut grass and Grapefruit as Sauvignon Blanc from NZ, more mineral and more tart. Won't be everyone's style but I think it is nice and well worth the money expecially if you are tired of NZ style SB's.
Red
10/22/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
84 points
I should know better then to buy a wine because of the shelf talker. Good nose and color but a bit harsh in the mouth with a very short finish. While $12 is not much for the money I can buy so much better wine from Spain.
Red
10/6/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
85 points
Not a bad Pinot, very light red color, nose is a bit fruity with a bit of earth. Thin in the mouth with a short finish. Not a great wine but nothing wrong with it. Pass at the $25 price tag.
Red
9/29/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
92 points
Deep purple color, nose was dominated by oak with a hint of fruit and chocolate. 6 hours in the denater before this even started to show its stuff but still not ready to go. While this wine was fun, towards the end, it needs at least 5 more years or a 10 hour decant before drinking.
Red
9/9/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
92 points
Opened this today because I got the 2006 RM mailer and wanted to re-vist this wine before ordering the '06. Opened 5 hours before trying. In the glass this is dark purple, the wine has a fruit forward nose with blackberries, blueberries vanilla and pencil lead. On the palate there is cherry, raspberry, blackberry, vanilla with a hint of spice. Tannins are a bit drying but they show up in the background so as not to take away from the wine. I will only drink about half tonight and revist tomorrow and report back if this wine changes, for the good or bad. 92pts with some room to improve. I will be buying 6 from the new mailer, at $55 this is a great QPR out of NAPA.
White
9/4/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
86 points
Tasted for the Sept. 2008 WinExiles monthly tasting.

Color is a little darker then hay, nose is very light almost reserved with hints of pear and mineral. On the palate pear, citrus and stone, yes I licked rocks as a kid, medium sweet with mild acidity and a nice sweet finish. Nice wine but unmemorable, would pair well with Asian food or just fine by itself on the back porch or by the pool. With a cost of around $18 not one I would search out but would drink again if someone were to open a bottle.
Red
8/23/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
92 points
Opened and poured into a decanter, poured about 1oz. for a taste. This is one of the lighter color Pinots I have had is some time, the nose was out of this world, floral, earthy, dark cherry, with a bit of spice. In the mouth it was a bit tannic but had plenty of promise.

Came back a little over an hour and man is this wine good. Nose is poetry in action, in the mouth there is a firm tannic back bone with dark Cherry, raspberry and strawberry. Medium mouthfeel with a hint of spice on the 35 second finish.

At the two hour mark the nose on this is as pure as any Pinot I have had while on the palate this wine has spice, dark fruit and much more depth then it did an hour ago. The finish lingers for well over a minute. With this being the "bottom" of the Rivers-Marie offering I am very excited to see what they big brothers of this wine will have in store. If you feel the need to drink now a good two+ hour decant is needed, it would be best if you could sit on this wine for the next two to three years.92pts with plenty of upside.

Over the last few days i have had this wine and the 2006 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River Valley. I have scored them both within a few points but I think this wine has much more potential then does the KB, way to go T.R.B. on another great vintage.
Red
8/19/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
90 points
Opened and poured into a Riedel Burg glass. Color is lighter then past vintages of KB RRV Pinots, medium ruby red with clear clarity. Nose shows some heat and cherry and strawberry. In the mouth this wine shows promise but is a bit clunky right now a bit hot with dark fruit, Cola and spice with a light to medium mouth feel and a 25 second finish. I recorked the bottle after having a glass and a half and will drink the rest tomorrow.

Didn't make it back to this wine till day three. Much more integrated then the first night, less heat longer finnish. All in all a nice wine but a lousy QPR.
Red
7/14/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
89 points
No formal notes, drank with family on 07/13/08. Poured and left in the decanter for 3 yours before we tried this wine. Very dark red, almost Aussi Syrah dark, nose was dark fruit, vanilla and a bit of spice. First taste and this wine was still closed, took two more hours ( a total of 5) before this really started to sing. Chocolate, dark cherry and soft tannin's, with a full mouth feel and a nice finish that lasted for 30 seconds. While this is a well made wine it is not one that screams out "BORDEAUX" could have been from Napa, S. America etc. Won't pop my next one for 5+ more years.
White
7/14/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
90 points
No formal tasting note, had at a DAWGS offline on 07/12/08. Peach, flowers and mineral is what caried this wine. Great nose, great mouthfeel I think this wine will still go a few more years but why wait it is drinking very well right now.
Red
2000 Château Cadet-Bon St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/14/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
89 points
No formal notes, had at a wine dinner on 07/12/08. Decanted for two hours but that was not near enough IMO, although several people at the dinner really liked this wine I thought it was tight and not giving up anything. I will wait 3-5 more years before I open another.
Red
7/14/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
92 points
No formal notes, had at a wine dinner on 7/12/08. Opened and left to sit for an hour, poured a glass full dark red but it was missing the typical RRV Cola nose, in the mouth very nice but a bit reserved. Moved onto other bottles and revisted this about an hour and a half later and the nose was much more expressive with Cola, in the mouth this wine had come out of its shell and was very full with a great finnish that lasted 35+ seconds. Jamie does make a great wine, to bad this was my last '05.
Red
7/9/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
90 points
This is the 4th bottle of the 5 I bought and they all have been a great wine. More reserved then most new world Syrah's yet still very new world. WS says "drink by 2008" but I think this will go for several more years before it starts to go downhill. Dark red/purple color, nose is a bit Earthy and fruity while in the mouth this wine has plenty of dark fruit (cherry, blackberry...) and spice. Medium mouth feel with a great finish that lasts for 30+ seconds. 30 minutes in a decanter does this wine well. 89 - 90 PTS.
Red
2005 Torbreck RunRig Barossa Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
5/28/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
95 points
This is a big boy wine. Almost black in color with a nose that is out of this world, coffee, earth, blackberry, blueberry, flowers and spice. On the palate there is plenty of fruits, tannins, coffee, with a full mouth feel and a finish that I can almost taste three hours later. While this is a monster of a wine like the other Torbreck's I tasted today it is more old world in style. While drinking this today was run it was nothing less then infanticide, it should be a crime to open one anytime in the next ten years so if you have some put it out of the way and don't even think of poping one any time soon. 95+ points with room to improve.
Red
5/28/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
93 points
Very dark purple, nose of coffee, dark fruit and a hint of spice, in the mouth this is a VERY BIG Shiraz without going over the top. Full mouth coating wine with blackberry, dark cherry, an hint of chocolate, and a finish that seems to go on forever. This wine needs 5+ more years to really start to show its stuff but if you open now please decant for hours.
Red
5/28/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
90 points
Dark purple, nose is more reserved and more complex then most Aussi Shiraz, more of an old world Rhone style to it. On the palate this wine is layered with dark fruit and a bit smoky with a full mouth feel and a great finnish of 30 seconds.
Red
2007 Torbreck (Cuvée) Juveniles Barossa Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
5/28/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
90 points
Very dark purple in the glass, the nose is very earthy with some nice blackberry. In the mouth this wine has plenty going on from the dark fruits to spice with a bit of an earthy note as well. Again this is more of an old world wine that is ready to drink, I think this is a "Grip and Rip" wine and is good to go now.
White
5/28/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
87 points
Color is pale straw color, nose of flowers and citrus. In the mouth this is a full bodied wine that is still coming together, a bit heavy handed but I think it will come together, with some citrus and mineral note. This wine does not stand well on its own, it needs some food to show its stuff would think it would do great with lobster or a creamy seafood dish. 87+ points as I think time will be kind to this wine.
White
5/28/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
90 points
Tasted at an industry tasting so just some short thoughts.

Very pale yellow, nose of citrus very full in the mouth with lemons and other citrus fruit with a nice acidity. Very balanced wine nice finnish well worth the $15+ or - this is sold for.
White
5/25/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
87 points
Still a great QPR but I am falling out of love with this wine, I think '04 - '06 was better. Very pale yellow, nose of fresh cut grass and grapefruit. In the mouth very TART, in a good way, with grapefruit and other tropical fruit. Very easy to drink on a warm almost summer night. This is a wine that won't blow you away but will make you happy you bought it.
Red
5/23/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
90 points
This is a great bargin for less then $13 a bottle. Color is a deep dark Ruby red, on the nose a bit earthy, with plenty of dark fruit and a bit of spice. In the mouth this is not your over the top Aussi Syrah I have become used to but is a more old world reserved Syrah. Flavors of Plum, cherry, and blackberry along with a spicy finnish that lasts for 30+ seconds. With the amount of tannins this wine has I think this will drink well over the next 3-4 years.
Red
5/18/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
93 points
I opened this one a few years early in tribute to Mondavi's passing. Pulled the cork at 10am and let sit in bottle for an hour, decanted for sediment and poured back into the bottle minus a few oz's so I could try it. Not showing much, tannic with some dark fruit and spices but not giving up much. Pulled the cork again at 5pm and did not touch till around 8pm. What a difference a few hours made.

In the glass the wine was dark inky purple with a nose of dark fruit and pencil lead. On the palate this is a huge wine full of fruit, spice, and plenty of tannins but not over the top. Great mouth feel and wonderfull structure with a finish that went on for 45+ seconds. Drank this along with a 2002 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon and the Mondavi blew it away. If you open now decant it for some time, I think this wine would be better held for a few more years before opening it. Will revist my last bottle of this in 2015.
White
5/7/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
90 points
This wine is right up there with the other 20+ I have had over the last year. The best temp to drink this wine is about ten degrees above cellar temp.
Red
5/4/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
94 points
Here is my TN from a year and a half ago;

"9/13/2006 rated 94 points: Had this from a 375ml bottle, opened and poured into a decanter for 30 minutes. The color is dark reddish to ruby; the nose is outstanding with chocolate, dark fruit and spice. This just opens up in the mouth with dark cherry, chocolate, blueberry and a small amount of spice with a lingering finish of 40-45 seconds. This wine is very well balanced with medium tannins and nice acidity. This wine should only get better with a few more years in bottle, way to go Randy for such a nice fun wine. I want to brush my teeth with this wine. "

This wine today is everything that bottle was with a bit more finesse to it. I am always happy to drink one of Randy's Butterdragon Hill's they are more feminine then most CA cabs and after drinking many heavy handed Cali cabs, not that that is a bad thing, this is a treat.
Red
1978 Louis Latour Charmes-Chambertin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
3/17/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
88 points
After drinking a 1978 Louis Latour Clos Vougeot last week I decided waiting any longer to drink this wine would be foolish. Cork crumbled into multiple parts; nose right out of the bottle was promising. Poured a bit into a Riedel Vinum Burgundy glass, the edges show bricking like would be expected from a wine this age but the core was a very clear light red, the nose had a bit of Pinot funk followed by a floral scent and an earthy component. In the mouth there is a bit of cherry followed by something I can’t put my finger on(tastes like sweet dark fruit?). Short finish, 10 - 15 seconds, would say this is a winner for the $32 I paid for it. Drink now as this is on the downward spiral but still a good wine, wish I had paired this with a Salmon.
White
3/11/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
91 points
This bottle is the best of the last case and a half I have had, a bit of age has done this well.
Red
1978 Louis Latour Clos Vougeot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
3/7/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
I sat this bottle up for 36 hours for sediment and was glad I did. The cork was saturated almost to the top and took a lot of care to remove in two pieces. Poured into a decanter to remove the large amount of sediment in the bottle. The color is brownish red and the wine is very clear in the glass. Nose at first was earthy, mushrooms, and a hint of dark fruit. First taste and I was thinking DOA. But came back to it 45 minutes later and while past its prime this wine still has some life left to it. Tannins and acid are the first thing I noticed but there is a nice bit of fruit still kicking after 30 years, not bad for a bottle with questionable provenance. Finish is a bit short 15- 20 seconds but it is pleasant. 13% alcohol, a full 2% less then many new world Pinot’s being made now. All in all a fun wine that I think hit its prime 10 years ago. No points given because I don’t think it is fair to assign points to a wine past its prime drinking window.
White
2/24/2008 - Seanr7 wrote:
90 points
Every bit as good as the last two cases I have had this past 12 months. Wish I were not down to my last 4. I could write a TN or you could read my last 10+ TN's
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