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(480 notes on 399 wines)

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Red
Very good but too young. Not giving a score because it needs more time and will likely get much better,
Red
1/4/2023 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
94 points
Awesome! Enjoy now. Wish I'd bought more.
Red
1/8/2023 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
90 points
Quite good flavor profile. Nothing wrong with it. What holds it back? It's a bit soft, you might say a thin tasting. Very soft tannins and not much acid - no bite to speak of. Ready to drink now.
Red
12/18/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
93 points
Really great after 2 hours of air
Red
12/28/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
92 points
[revised]

Better 24 hours after double decanting. More enjoyable but still a bit sharp. Increased from 91 to 92.

Decent syrah but the best flavor components are somewhat overshadowed by a sharpness. Time with air helps but not enough. I prefer the better syrahs from Carlisle and Bedrock. I find this K Vintners to be over-rated and over-priced.
Red
3/5/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
93 points
Quite good. Tasted next to Domaine de la Thalabert. This is somewhat similar, more tannic, a bit better overall.
Red
1/14/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow! Even right after decanting, this is great. The cork smells great, too. The CT comments look about right. Had with with chicken marsala with pancetta. Excellent.
Red
2012 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/9/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
93 points
Very nice indeed! A very pleasant surprise that I like it, since I have not liked most cabs and cab blends for a few years. This has little or no unpleasant heaviness. Intense fruit, deep almost black color. Faint residual sweetness.
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White
12/19/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
90 points
Quite a decent white Bourgogne for an entry level. While not outstanding, it's good and there's nothing wrong with it. I agree with Burghound's review text. His numerical scores are quite conservative.
Red
12/16/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
92 points
A very decent pinot. Straddles new world and old world styles. Quite good even immediately after decanting. I would have rated it even higher but, for my tastes, it has a notable under-ripe strawberry notes and it's slightly sharp, and it's a bit light. This might blow away after a day, TBD. Nevertheless, quite good indeed and I would be happy to have more.
Red
12/14/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
92 points
Significantly better than the bottle I opened in early 2021. This time there was quite a bit of fine sediment deposited in the bottle. Overall the wine is quite well balance, particularly as compared with almost 2 years ago. In a really good place now.
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Red
8/20/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
91 points
Lots of very fine sediment, clogged the decanting screen but invisible. Initially it tastes slightly sour but still rather good. Opened up after a few hours of air.
Red
10/3/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
92 points
Needs a bit of time after decant. Then it opens up very nicely. Reminiscent of Guigal Brune & Blonde - a unique forward fruit.
Red
12/12/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
92 points
This Chanin entry level pinot has exceeded my expectations and become even better after yet another year. The interest level, balance and pleasure are all remarkably good, especially for an inexpensive pinot, which this was. I initially learned about it at a good Italian restaurant in LA several years ago. It was good then, but slightly rough around the edges. Based on that, I bought 1-1/2 cases of it and have watched it continue to improve over time. Of course, Chanin makes several much more expensive single vineyard pinots, and the ones I've tasted are great.
Red
12/10/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
94 points
Still wonderful — if anything, better than last year. An especially good pinot from the Santa Cruz mountains. Perfectly balanced. A real treat.
Red
12/10/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
91 points
Good, and I generally agree with other commenters, but it has a pronounced back of mouth sharpness that I don't like. That aspect is reminiscent of under-ripe strawberries. It did not abate after a day of air. I find it is not as balanced as the better Bedrock and Carlisle syrahs. Apart from that, it's quite good.
Red
12/8/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
93 points
Really good. Wish I had more! Perfectly ready now.
Red
11/23/2022 - mac-eye Does not like this wine:
88 points
Overly heavy. Sour more than sweet. Seems to be far over-extracted. Too tannic — and for reference, I like tannic syrahs. Doesn't even taste like a zin. Kept this open for 10 days to see whether it would soften up, and it didn't. Not pleasant to drink, whether on its own or with food.
Red
11/26/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
93 points
Great stuff! A little cooler tasting than the Alder Springs, which I had open at the same time, also great stuff.
White
12/3/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
92 points
Really good! Definitely not over the hill yet. Wish I had more.
Red
2007 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/21/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
93 points
Quite good. Coming from someone who lost interest in cabs and Bordeaux blends a few years ago, that is significant praise. Pahlmeyer stands out among Bdx blends and cabs. The blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec works very well — excellent balance of cab s. with the softer varietals. At an excellent age now, 15 years.
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Red
2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Evangelho Vineyard Contra Costa County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
11/20/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
92 points
Excellent. Great flavors, great balance. Perfect age now (6 years). Perhaps it deserves a 93.
Red
11/16/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
93 points
Very nice. I would love to have this more often. In a great spot now and will likely continue to improve for a few more years.
Red
11/13/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
94 points
Very fine. If anything, better than it was in 2020.
Red
11/5/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
92 points
It might deserve a 93 after sufficient air. Beautiful color. Cork smells of grapey fruit. Seems very young despite 9 years of age. Shortly after decanting, tastes intensely of fruit, somewhat out of balance.

But 2 days later, the butterfly emerged from the caterpillar. It opened up, balanced out, and became wonderful. The fruit partially oxidized after time in air, developing interesting secondary components, in balance with the acid and fine tannins. No obvious sweetness yet the fruit is quite present, so there must be some. It has many years to go. Great now with sufficient air; may develop further with time and should hold up for several more years.
Red
10/23/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
94 points
Excellent! Maybe a 95. Perfectly ready to drink now. Wish I had more! When I bought it, I didn't know it would be this good.
Red
10/2/2022 - mac-eye wrote:
91 points
I generally like Hacienda Monasterio Ribera del Duero a lot. This one is not as good as some other vintages. Interesting fruit component, not sure how to describe it - prune? Good but alcohol hotness overshadows the fruit and other components.
Red
9/30/2022 - mac-eye wrote:
88 points
Fruit is a bit thin. Overall acidic and astringent. Somewhat reminiscent of some past-their-prime Burgs I don't enjoy, even though this is a syrah. I've definitely had better Ojai syrahs. Off year? Bad bottle? Who knows.
Red
9/28/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
92 points
Very nice! Ready now. Prominent fruit, acid backbone, soft tannins, all perfectly balanced. I should have bought more! Very good QPR.
Red
9/15/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
92 points
Hitting its stride now, very nice. Deep dark color, strong fruit, well balanced. A bit hot with alcohol.
Red
9/25/2021 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
93 points
Very nice indeed immediately upon opening and decanting. Some WOW factor, very nice balance, no objectionable characteristics.
Red
1/18/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
94 points
Really good, even right after decanting. 94+. Excellent balance of all dimensions: fruit, tannin, acid, sweetness. I could happily drink this every day.
Red
3/3/2021 - mac-eye wrote:
93 points
Very nice, even immediately after open & decant. Good balance. Could use a little more fruit, but this is better than too much.
Red
8/29/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
92 points
Even better than the improved bottle opened 2020. Really coming into its own now. Not anywhere near the end of its drinking window. Deep fruit, excellent balance and color. Perhaps it might deserve the high reviewer scores after all.
Red
8/17/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
90 points
Much improved after a few years of age! Interesting mix of flavors from the syrah-grenache blend. Remarkable for the price. Not stunning, but what do you expect? Even now, at 6 years of age, it benefits from multiple decanting and time with air.
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Red
8/13/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
92 points
Very good. Still dark color, developing more complexity & pleasure with age. Not near end of drinking window. Prominent notes of sour cherries. Well balanced. Now I wish I had more.
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Red
1/26/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
92 points
Very nice after decant and half an hour of air
Red
8/5/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
92 points
Quite nice, similar to bottle opened in 2020.
Red
2/17/2022 - mac-eye wrote:
89 points
Not nearly as good as the one I opened in 2020. Lost most of its fruit; relatively rough now.
White
7/23/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
91 points
Quite good! Much better than bottles a few years ago. Not approaching end of life. Mineral profile.
Red
7/20/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
93 points
Really nice. Same notes as before.
Red
2/17/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
91 points
Quite good - much better than the 2021 bottle. Does not have the medicinal flavor. Bad bottle last time? Very well balanced, good fruit, slight sweetness.
Red
6/29/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
91 points
Drinking very well now. A pleasure.
Red
2014 Jonata Winery Todos Ballard Canyon Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
6/28/2022 - mac-eye wrote:
90 points
This Jonata Todos is a blend - apparently a vineyard blend - of 47% Syrah, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 3% Sangiovese and 2% Viognier - not really a syrah. How much you like this, or not, may depend heavily on how much you like the various varietals. I find it unnecessarily heavy, apparently due to the cab S, petit verdot and cab franc.
Red
5/10/2022 - mac-eye wrote:
90 points
Better than the one I opened in Jan 2021, but still a little odd. It still has an excessive taste of dried blueberries, although it's less pronounced than in 2021. Some other characteristics have emerged. Not great, though. 90?
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Red
3/18/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
93 points
Quite good. Well made, classic type. Opens up about an hour after decanting. Perhaps a 93. Was is over-rated by the pros? Doubt it's worth the $74 or whatever I paid for it.
Red
6/18/2022 - mac-eye Likes this wine:
93 points
Very nice after 30 minutes of air. In contrast to the Burghound review, fruit is still intense and the early age roughness is gone. He was concerned that it might go the other way. It is notably better than it was a year ago. Not yet on the way down. Wish I had more.
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