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Red
12/25/2021 - ekirby Likes this wine:
93 points
Lovely wine and drinking well now. Delicate, light almost floral but with focused and well balanced flavors, virtually no flaws. A bit light on the finish but just a pleasant bottle.
Red
10/29/2021 - ekirby Likes this wine:
92 points
Still full of life, great balance and rich and full but in the right amount.
White
2018 Tablas Creek Esprit Blanc de Tablas Paso Robles Adelaida District White Rhone Blend (view label images)
10/26/2021 - ekirby Likes this wine:
91 points
Well rounded, minimal flaws, acidity, minerality, complexity all there and in balance but somewhat limited. This white wine needs at least 30 minutes to open up and let off a little bit of funkiness, which will disappear.
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Red
2015 Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Paso Robles Adelaida District Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
10/17/2021 - ekirby Likes this wine:
93 points
Well balanced, without any noticeable flaws, lovely layered wine with good depth of fruit and complexity, medium finish, surprinly little on the nose.
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White - Sparkling
10/15/2021 - ekirby Likes this wine:
92 points
Really good luxury cuvée for the money. Delightful creamy, light mousse and well balanced flavor profile- not too light, not too heavy and without flaws so was a pleasure to linger over.
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White
9/8/2021 - ekirby Likes this wine:
93 points
Lovely well balanced Chardonnay, full and round, with balanced energy, minerality and juiciness of a ripe peach, but with discipline, with lemon and white flowers. No flaws, delicate but not lightweight, and full.
Red
7/21/2021 - ekirby wrote:
88 points
Very over ripe, raisiny flavors. acidity and tannins hiding underneath but still enough to consider this an ok wine. Drink up now.
Red
5/29/2021 - ekirby wrote:
85 points
Decanted for 5 hours. First impression is simple, one dimensional wine, rough with unresolved tannins, strong fruit masked excess acidity. Second thoughts is there is a vigorous complexity within narrow bounds. Don’t see why this would be considered a good wine.
Red
4/16/2021 - ekirby Likes this wine:
91 points
This was a great bottle, full, complex and with lots of life yet. Wish I had another bottle to wait on for a few more years. Opened and let it breathe for 3-4 hours. Much deeper with flavors of darker fruits than the 750 ml bottles I’m used to.
Red
4/14/2021 - ekirby Likes this wine:
91 points
I like this wine, just pnp’d, should give this an hour on the decanter, at least, just to see. Interesting that other producers showed up at in Eola-Amity Hills at about the same time as when Roserock started producing. I would say LF is at the same level, just different...
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Red
4/10/2021 - ekirby Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted for at least 4 hours. Much better than last bottle of 2008 opened a year ago, so main difference is one more year. Neither bottle no where near as good as the 2007. So 12 years not enough time? Perhaps for this vintage.
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White
3/5/2021 - ekirby Does not like this wine:
87 points
Nothing like the very good 2013. The 2017 is very off putting, cloying with no minerality. I usually do drink my wine with food and this was not pleasant. May be able to cook something with it.
Red
3/5/2021 - ekirby wrote:
89 points
bland merlot, underwhelming, but I don't recall ever really having a wine from Chile that I thought was great, or even had good QPR.
Red
3/5/2021 - ekirby wrote:
90 points
I decanted for 2 hours but was underwhelming, muted. Nothing outstanding or noteworthy.
Red
3/5/2021 - ekirby Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted for several hours, nice complexity but muted overall and in the end, disappointing . These have dried out, drink up
Red
3/5/2021 - ekirby Likes this wine:
93 points
This bottle was very enjoyable to slowly sip thru the entire evening, the secret seems to be to decant for 4 hours before drinking. Complex, resolved tannins, balanced acidity/minerality. Great nose, restrained but deep Napa cabernet flavors.
Red
1/22/2021 - ekirby Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted for 90 minutes. Drinking very well right now, great complex Kronos flavor profile, well balanced of deeper ripe fruit and more delicate floral tones, well integrated acidity and minerality and resolved tannins.
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Red
12/21/2020 - ekirby Likes this wine:
91 points
Full and rich, but a bit too much barrel char and extract. Nice but not enough balance so seems a bit flacid, all dark fruits, no brightness. Would be fair price w/o shipping.
White - Sparkling
12/15/2020 - ekirby wrote:
84 points
An in-between style, not full but not crisp. Pleasant but not notable. Would like more if it were less expensive.
White - Sparkling
12/15/2020 - ekirby Likes this wine:
89 points
Nice, tends toward the more mineral style but never quite reaches it. Pleasant, not memorable, no noticeable flaws, or mousse. OK at this price.
Red
12/10/2020 - ekirby Likes this wine:
88 points
I can see why this might appeal to some, deep flavor profile, very smooth and without a operant flaws. I find it simple, without any complexity and lacking minerality and acid balance. In summary, very boring. I don’t pour another glass because I crave more but because it leaves me wanting.
Red
11/21/2020 - ekirby Likes this wine:
91 points
I was intrigued but disappointed. Would let breathe 3-4 hours but probably best to wait a few years.
Red
9/27/2020 - ekirby Likes this wine:
89 points
Actually could taste the Cab, seems much better than 2016. Good balance of fruit and acidity, resolved tannins, a touch of minerality but not flabby or flaccid. Very good QPR.
Red
10/2/2020 - ekirby Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted for 3 hours and this bottle was quite good, showed a lot of life. The last bottle we drank soon after opening and were disappointed.
White - Sparkling
9/27/2020 - ekirby Likes this wine:
89 points
Nice wine, pleasant, a bit too soft for me, little minerality, no cut at all, but good at this price.
White
9/15/2020 - ekirby Likes this wine:
89 points
Somewhat full bodied but smooth, almost rich, and well balanced with good floral highlights. Great QPR. No noticeable flaws, drinks like a smaller version of a solid Corton.
Red
9/4/2020 - ekirby Likes this wine:
93 points
Finally drinking well, in fact very well. Pro reviews do well at describing. I would describe as similar to very good Oregon pinots, such as Zepherine, but while those could be described as still being children, this Thibault is an adult. Maybe I should hang onto to good Oregon Pinots longer to see what becomes of them.
White
8/27/2020 - ekirby Likes this wine:
88 points
Great QPR, well balanced between fruit and acidity, good with food or by itself, smooth, minimal (if any) flaws.
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Red
8/22/2020 - ekirby Likes this wine:
93 points
Drinking very well right now, starts off with distinctive red fruits, strawberry, currants then opens up and settles down into full, deep and balanced flavors of spices, black fruits with breadth and length on the palate. A joy to drink.
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Red
8/18/2020 - ekirby Likes this wine:
91 points
This is darned good. Goes on and on, each sip lasts so long and so pleasantly, give several hours of drinking pleasure for my wife and me. Bordeaux blend but tends to Cabernet Saunignon, not sure if is Red Mountain but sure tastes like it.
Red
2015 Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Paso Robles Adelaida District Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
6/25/2020 - ekirby Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted for only 1/2 hr, then drank over several hours. Smooth mouthfeel, modest complexity, modest flavors, little nose. Not overripe as I thought last bottle was, may be going to sleep. Definitely a disappointment for such a cuvée. Will wait 2-3 years before opening next bottle.
Red
6/6/2020 - ekirby Likes this wine:
88 points
Well made wine, knit together pretty well for a young wine that was consumed pnp, even though some of the fruit popped out as “ sweetish”. Seems like this would become better integrated with some time- not sure how much time? Good complexity, good acid, balance ok with little minerality and a bit heavy on the fruit
Red
6/14/2020 - ekirby Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted this for about 3+ hours. Nicely made, honest wine. Pretty nose, with some fullness but a bit reticent. Good balance of fruit and complexity to start, we were looking forward to spending a long evening with this wine. Unexpectedly, the wine did not get better as we went but lost it’s nose and fruit and became somewhat thin and astringent. Past it’s prime ? Will pop n pour the next bottle.
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Red
5/27/2020 - ekirby Likes this wine:
88 points
Good balance, a bit tight at first, but not a simple easy drinker. Great qpr, modest level of complexity, acidity and tannins but so well integrated that this modest wine is surprisingly sophisticated.
Red
6/1/2020 - ekirby wrote:
88 points
rich, heavy and raisiny
Red
5/27/2020 - ekirby Likes this wine:
91 points
Good wine, give it 4 hours at least to open up or it will disappoint
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Red
2015 Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Paso Robles Adelaida District Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
5/16/2020 - ekirby wrote:
86 points
Was disappointed in this vintage, seems overripe
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Red
5/9/2020 - ekirby Likes this wine:
89 points
To be honest, an OK bottle of Cab, not something too linger over. Decanted after cork disentegrated on removal, well balanced but no essential fruit. Has nothing on a good Red Mountain cab. Would have hoped these would knit into something greater than the sum of the parts, but after the disappointing 2005, did not want to take the chance of waiting too long.
Red
5/7/2020 - ekirby Does not like this wine:
84 points
This was stored properly following delivery from the winery, cork was good. Unfortunately, the wine was not. Well over the hill, disjointed, old mushroomy. No hope here. WTF?
Red
5/8/2020 - ekirby wrote:
86 points
- Brick color and aromas of tobacco, bacon, mushroom, sherry and violet. It's unbalanced with a medium body. Flabby texture with a medium finish - Over the hill, disjointed and earthy, little fruit. Could tell that is a wine from a good vineyard by a capable producer but maybe a bad year or just too old.
White
5/2/2020 - ekirby Likes this wine:
94 points
This is just a great chard, period. Compares favorably with White Burgundies, and possibly better is some respects as this wine is so well knit. Great complexity, long finish, minerality and flavors intertwined seamlessly. No simple, ripe flabbiness which can be found in many Burgundies and elsewhere, is found is this bottle.
Red
4/25/2020 - ekirby Does not like this wine:
89 points
Disappointing, green tasting, acidic edge, burst on the palate followed by short finish. Typical Pinot flavors. Doesn’t seem to be a flawed bottle. KB must be crazy to price this wine so high.
Red
4/21/2020 - ekirby Does not like this wine:
82 points
Fruity and sweet-ish. Did not finish bottle- tried again the next evening but was very astringent but the fruitiness was gone.
Red
3/24/2020 - ekirby wrote:
90 points
Great QPR, very good every day drinker. Good balance, expressive, brightness, freedom from flaws, nothing special expected but more than expected at this price.
White
11/13/2019 - ekirby Likes this wine:
90 points
A dry, well made Riesling. The style was a pleasant surprise. Similar to a dry German Riesling that Thierry Thiese would import.
Red
9/26/2019 - ekirby Likes this wine:
92 points
Was very good, great initial intensity on the tongue, good balance and complexity but surprisingly short finish
Red
9/23/2019 - ekirby Likes this wine:
93 points
This is just darned good wine. All balanced and a deep, rich, clean palate ( but not over ripe) and with very good complexity. Cannot remember when I’ve enjoyed such a good merlot. Seems like it would have many more years to improve (but I only had one). Will hang on yo my 2010 Merlot for awhile. Actually much more complete and complex than most of the other DeLille wines, which to me, means I am drinking them too soon.
White
7/14/2019 - ekirby Likes this wine:
90 points
Lots of minerality and fairly good concentration and lingering finish but seems a bit green, linear and shallow. Good aromas of honeysuckle and lemon on the nose. You have to pay close attention to what is going as it would be easy to miss it.
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Red
7/2/2019 - ekirby wrote:
89 points
Try again in 6-8 years.
Red
2/4/2019 - ekirby Likes this wine:
91 points
Immediately after decanting- Burgundian, sophisticated nose albeit not strong, tongue is savory, good fruit and acid but disparate. Try next bottle in 3-4 years. Could be much more, IMHO.
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