Tasting Notes for Vinsant

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White
7/21/2019 - Vinsant Likes this wine:
95 points
Definitely the best WA white wine I’ve had. Up there with my favs from the US as well. Gave it an hour in the decanter. Rich dark color. Smells of the tropics! Tropical fruit, pear, peach, chalk, and nuts. Has that hazelnut smell and taste I only get from N Rhône whites and aged Beaucastel. It has a rich texture but doesn’t feel too oily on the palate. An absolutely perfect pairing with Salmon off the Traeger with butter, shallots, and the lemon thyme Spiceologist. Have one bottle left I’m excited to sip but no hurry. Contacted the winery to purchase more but sold out :(. A really solid tasting experience.
White
7/16/2016 - Vinsant wrote:
Tart citrus, minerals, nuts, chalk, and cheese. Nicely balanced.
Red
7/16/2016 - Vinsant wrote:
Slight Cameron funk surrounding cherry and strawberry, tobacco, wet earth, and dried herbs.
White
7/16/2016 - Vinsant wrote:
Great value! Orange vanilla, crisp yet rounded edges.
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White
7/16/2016 - Vinsant wrote:
Crisp, citrus, shells, and minerals. Went well with a cream sauce. A little life left but nicely balanced now so I'd sip up!
White
7/16/2016 - Vinsant wrote:
Hazelnuts sprinkled with lemon juice drizzled with honey. Still has life but in a good spot.
Red
2/14/2016 - Vinsant wrote:
Think I've only had a few NGs and you can tell there's a Cayuse footprint there but with a slightly sweeter overall taste. Maybe a bit simpler. A perfect gateway to the Cayuse funk of an En Chamberlin we had beside it.
Red
Blinded this with 2 other Cayuse-themed wines and it was actually easy to pick out. It's definitely the most savory of all Christophe's wines. Hard to pick out one single note that sticks out. The cherry, earth, pepper, florals, plums, and veggies and blended masterfully. Really interested to try an Armada at 20 years to see what these turn into.
Red
Damn, this was singing on all levels. Extremely well balanced and maybe my favorite Carlisle to date. Juicy with some soil notes. Not much into buying more than 3 bottles of wine anymore, but I'd easily do a 6er next time.
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Red
2/14/2016 - Vinsant wrote:
Juicy and sweet red fruit dashed lightly with pepper. Went through our few bottles quickly. A steal at $20. Actually went well a garlic/tomato heavy pizza.
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Red
1/24/2016 - Vinsant wrote:
Scored this for $20, which was well spent. Pleasant olive, plum, pepper, tar, light smoke, and game. Sipped well on its own, balanced. Sang with food.
White
1/22/2016 - Vinsant wrote:
Ripe tropical fruit, hay, honey, and citrus. Diggin this vintage, nicely balanced with uplifting acids.
Red
Tasty on pop and pour. Cherries, leather, cedar, moist earth, currants, and mild funk. Nicely structured with a long pleasant finish. No hurry to drink up, plenty of life ahead.
Red
Maybe my favorite Carlisle to date. Balanced with a long finish. Full palate of raspberries, plums, vanilla, and spice. Perfect match for pulled pork tacos. Nicely buzzed when the bottle was empty but didn't notice the heat on the nose or palate.
Red
Sat in the decanter for about an hour and served blind to some friends. Lots of N Rhone guesses due to the acidity and the lavender candy notes. Not a ton of experience with Rayas but this was a little darker in profile. Still had some of the normal uplifting red fruit aromas, ash, and herbs but all a little darker...like Rayas decided to do a atmospheric black metal album in 03. Heavier on the mouthfeel but it still glided effortlessly down, and quickly. Some fall leaves notes, sand, minerals, and maybe some raspberries along with the strawberries. An absolute pleasure to sip.
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Red
11/15/2015 - Vinsant wrote:
Thin, tart, and lifeless. Some red fruit and gravel in there but was honestly hard to finish.
Red
2011 Domaine Faury Syrah L'ArtZélé Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes (view label images)
11/15/2015 - Vinsant wrote:
Tons of fresh flower notes as well as olive, herbs, and fresh ground pepper. Pleasant on its own but sings with food.
Red
11/15/2015 - Vinsant wrote:
Fresh dark cherries, tobacco, and pencil lead. Sipping well now but has a few years left. A fun experience
White
11/15/2015 - Vinsant wrote:
Crisp and tart with light citrus and nut notes. Refreshing and was at home with some truffled goat cheese.
Red
Drinking extremely well after 60 minutes in the decanter. Aromas of red fruit, ash, meat, and herbs filled the room. Gentle but full of flavor on the palate. Red and blue fruit, light veggies, tobacco, white pepper, flowers, salty meat, bay leaf, and earth. Usually one of my least favorites out of the Cayuse lineup but these 08 Grenaches are rocking! Drink one now if you got a few. No hurry if only one left, lots of life ahead.
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Red
10/10/2015 - Vinsant wrote:
Big juicy strawberries framed by vanilla. A little earth poked out in between the red fruit and oak notes as well as pepper and spice. Smoothed out after an hour or so of air.
Red
Delightful sip. Tart red fruit, leaves, light spice, and minerals framed by a hint of oak/chocolate. Tasted fresh with no signs of aging. Perfect fare for lemon-thyme Salmon.
Red
9/6/2015 - Vinsant wrote:
Sippin well with a short decant. Lots of red fruit, spice, Oregon beach, cinnamon, and clean earth. Reminds me of the lighter 07s from OR I've had with a bit more oomph. Has lots of life yet but at a nice balance of fruit and earth now.
Red
Ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb! Lots of dark cherry, pepper, flowers, coffee, meat/iron, and a floral lift. Didn't budge much over the 1hr in the decanter and the hour it took to consume. Light on funk with a smooth mouthfeel. Lots of energy on the palate.
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White
Orange blossom, chalk, vanilla bean, white flowers, sea, and apple. Went well with crab fettuccini. Well balanced with a long finish. Thicker and more orange notes vs the Clos E from what I remember in this vintage. Both amazing whites.
Red
Pop and poured. Smooth palate of plums, cherry, smoke, meat, florals, and freshly cracked black pepper. An interested light note of fresh tomato (not stewed) and mango to add a little lift. Nose of pepper, smoked meat, violets, veggies, and tobacco ash. Intense pepper on the finish. Impeccably balanced. Life left but singing right now. Washed down some meatloaf nicely.
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White
2008 Cameron Blanc Clos Electrique Oregon Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay (view label images)
7/15/2015 - Vinsant wrote:
One of my favorites wines and this did not disappoint! Chablis-like with a splash of orange juice. Oregon sea shore, citrus, hazelnuts, gravel, and a light cheese note. No hurry to drink up, feels like it has years of life left.
Red
6/27/2015 - Vinsant wrote:
Such a great sip! Unripe raspberries, green herbs, tea, underbrush, white pepper, and cured meat. Symbiotic with lamb chops.
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White
6/27/2015 - Vinsant wrote:
Salty, citrus, oak upon initial pop and pour but once some creamy fennel pasta was thrown at it sang. Chalk, dill, citrus, herbs on a medium finish. Why do I not have more of this in our cellar???
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White - Off-dry
Perfect fair for CR Salmon and risotto. Apple cider, quince, gravel, mead, and chalk on the nose and palate with a light layer of wool over the top of all. In a great place but has some life left. Sweet, savory, and salty all at once.
Red
Sat in the decanter for about an hour. Notes of florals, peppered meat, stew, cherries, and dried herbs filled the room. Full palate of red fruit, smoked meat, minerals, coffee, underbrush, and earth. Paired nicely with rib-eye. Didn't budge flavor-wise from opening to end of the bottle a couple of hours later. Has lots of life ahead but no harm in popping one now.
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Red
Red fruit, earth, and light spice. Paired perfectly with Copper River topped with a pink peppercorn thyme rub. Lots of life left and just starting to show secondary earthy characteristics.
Red
5/26/2015 - Vinsant wrote:
Lots of veggie funk, red fruit, smoked meat, saline, and fresh herbs. Opened up a little with about an hour of air but stills lots of funk.
Red
Not only one of the finest wines I've had in awhile but one of the most balanced as well. Nose of rose, strawberry incense, pepper, dried herbs, graphite, violets, ash, and olive. Everything on the palate was perfectly balanced, not too much of anything. Cherry and strawberry, bacon, cracked pepper without the bite, candied rhubarb, ash, underbrush, herbs, and olive. Matched well with teriyaki salmon off the Q and shrimp-pea risotto with basil-fennel pesto. As a guess this still has a long life...didn't fade over the 2 hours it took to consume and tasted fresh.
White
2013 Carlisle CMP Sonoma County White Blend (view label images)
5/19/2015 - Vinsant wrote:
Tartness of a Sauv Blanc with a Riesling back. Decent acidity with a slightly sweet finish. Pleasant on a warm day
Rosé
2014 Triennes Rosé Mediterranée Rosé Blend (view label images)
These are going to disappear from our cellar quickly this summer. Smooth sippin but enough acids to wash down some lasagna nicely. Peach, orange, light honey, sea, fresh herbs, and steel. Preferred it around cellar temp.
Red
Took about an hour in the decanter to wake up. Cherries, creosote, leather, tobacco, minerals, light smoke and oak, and herbs. Matched well with meat lasagna. My fav vintage of Widomaker so far, lighter touch of Cayuse funk. Drink now or at least over the 5 years.
Red
Sat in the decanter for 2 hrs at cellar temp. Nose of salted meat, veggies, rose, pepper, red and blue fruits. Palate of red mature red fruit, fresh herbs, salted cured meat, uplifting tropical fruit note, and ash. Paired perfectly with lamb stew.
White
4/12/2015 - Vinsant wrote:
Fun experience to swirl this in a glass. Aromas of nuts, lime, olive oil, mint, wax, pear, and honey. Most of the nose transferred to the palate with a different note coming to the front with each sip. An oxidized note was held in check by the burst of mint. Great with Salmon tacos.
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Red
Tart red fruit, spice, rose, and earth. Decent acidity which made this a nice pairing with misc sushi.
White
3/20/2015 - Vinsant wrote:
Decent sip with chicken pot pie. Flavors of an oily Sprite minus the bubbles. Decent acidity balanced out the thickness of the palate. Would like to try with risotto.
Red
3/18/2015 - Vinsant wrote:
Dusty new world fruit with old world structure. Red and blue fruit, dirt, black tea, leather, ink, and lead. Oak in check. Decent acids and nicely structured. Paired well with a juicy rib eye.
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White - Off-dry
3/15/2015 - Vinsant wrote:
Great bang for the buck. Sweet citrus, slate, Apple, and pear. Matched well with bbq ribs.
White
3/9/2015 - Vinsant wrote:
Paired well with orange chicken. Citrus, honey, gravel, and a slight oxidative note.
Red
2/28/2015 - Vinsant wrote:
Paired perfectly with lamb burgers topped with sautéed fennel and guacamole. En Chamb always brings the funk and the label should have a pic of George Clinton on it. Veggie funk, unsweetened chocolate, meat, blood, charred earth, and fresh herbs. No hurry to drink up but in a great spot now.
White
2/23/2015 - Vinsant wrote:
Paired nicely with Salmon steamed in parchment with asparagus, summer squash, mushrooms, thyme, parsley, and cilantro. Nose was a bit dull but revealed tart citrus, chalk, mead, dried herbs, and minerals. The nose transferred over to the palate with the addition of quince and rocks. Give this some air or more time in the cellar.
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White - Sparkling
Vanilla bubbles with a quince and chalk aroma. Chalky spritz finish that cleared the palate from our clam linguine dinner. Retirement is a ways down the road for me...but if I could have a glass of this every morning with my omelet... all those years of work would be worth it :)
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White
Matched perfectly with some pasta topped with clams. Salty citrus, sea, quince, fresh herbs, and some secondary nuts rounding out the wine. Pepiere is always a good choice for a sip with anything from the sea.
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Red
Singing on pop and pour. Lots of Rhone flavors presented with a Burgundy flair. Strawberry, raspberry, thyme, lavender, cigar ash, cherry incense, and salted meat. Killed with some Kobe beef and an app of Foie gras. Enough acids to cut through the beef but not too much that a Zantac was needed. Lots of character for the $!
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White - Sparkling
2/15/2015 - Vinsant wrote:
A great sip for the money. Biscuits, lemon, chalk, unsalted butter, and sour apple notes. Matched well with seared scallops on top of shiitakes and scallions drizzled with reduced basalmic vinegar. Decent acids and a guess this has a good 5 years left in it.
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