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2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides Russian River Valley
4/4/2019 - jgreco Likes this wine:
92 points
The 2017 Pax Sonoma Hillsides has some beautiful color with a ruby red rim with an inky black core. Huge aromatics with grilled meats, lavender, and black pepper filling the entire room.

This is my second bottle and it was not nearly as good as the first. I fear this is going to take the same path as the 2016 with the best bottle being drunk on release and every bottle after that getting worse and worse. The Sonoma Hillsides do not seem to have the stuffing that CKR or Griffin's do.
  • emdub commented:

    4/21/19, 3:19 PM - I felt the exact same way. Hopefully it's a dumb phase....

2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
2/27/2019 - GARDEN Likes this wine:
92 points
The wine is fine. However, this was another cork which came out of the bottle in two pieces. Of the four bottles of 2005 that I have opened, 75% have had corks which broke in half during the extraction process.
  • emdub commented:

    2/27/19, 8:23 PM - sounds like a storage issue

2014 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah The Tribe Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
2/2/2019 - Vinomnivore Likes this wine:
93 points
Elegant and burly, sweet and savory. Dark fruit, game, leather, spice, floral/violet notes, a touch of white pepper plenty of acid on the finish. Extremely smooth for its age.
  • emdub commented:

    2/3/19, 10:41 AM - I didn't get much acid on the finish. Seems as the acid falls out of these wines in the 5-7 year time frame. Just had one two days ago.

2009 K Vintners El Jefe En Chamberlin Vineyard Walla Walla Valley Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
11/1/2018 - Franklin 10 wrote:
Followed over 6 hours.

Funky blend, dark blue and red fruit. Very Charles Smith (big) but balance is off (acidic) and Heat is too much.

Not dead but likely best days are behind and doubt this is goimg anywhere good.

Sorry for the downer note, calling it as I see it: one for the neighborhood party or when the wife is away and you need to do your pennance for bad wine choices.
  • emdub commented:

    11/1/18, 10:36 PM - His wines don't age very well. I still have 3 bottles of this that I'm going to drink up this year.

2013 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
10/22/2018 - Muledog71 Likes this wine:
90 points
Almost garnet in the glass, however still mildly opaque. More cherries on the nose and palate than anything else but not imposing. I think the wine is just past peak drinking window. Medium finish with mild tannins. Wouldn’t buy again at this price
  • emdub commented:

    10/22/18, 7:47 PM - past it's peak? I'ts on 5 years old. This is a baby.

2011 Saxum James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend
9/11/2016 - WineDuq wrote:
90 points
Double decanted for 9 hours before drinking. Very reticent on the nose, some volatility, a touch of floral, apricot jam, slate. later a charred stout-like note came through, but never an expressive bouquet. Medium to full bodied, great palate presence, sweet red fruits, raspberry, pepper, fresh earth. The finish was long with a crisp acidity that helped with the balance. Slightly hot from the alcohol, tannins mostly resolved, a bit of bitterness in the end. It was not ponderous given the high alcohol, but not sure why that's a compliment (why is the alcohol always so high?). Great purity, very ripe, well made structured wine, but just not my cup of tea. It was good, but rather over the top and this is a cold vintage Saxum. Think I'm done with these guys. At $100 a bottle, time to drop off the mailing list.
  • emdub commented:

    9/12/16, 4:40 PM - Completely agree!

2008 Lillian Winery Syrah Santa Barbara County
5/2/2015 - cpsmith33 Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted and consumed over 3 hours.
I really enjoy this wine and it's very well made.
However the price is high for new vintages and while this '08 was a bunch cheaper I am not sure I'll be buying anymore.
Great Paso Syrah up in the top range of its class, but should be some more complexity / depth at 7 years old for the price.
  • emdub commented:

    5/2/15, 6:25 AM - This wine is from Santa Barbara not Paso.

2012 Copain Chardonnay Brosseau Vineyard Chalone
These came last month so it's a good time to test one out and I'll go first. Listed alc is 13.4% FWIW. This drinks solid and very much to this site's expression via Wells, showing light saline notes, alongside yellow apple, lime and a light note of citrus. At this stage, nothing is out of place and the wine is in good balance. Plenty of acidity in the finish but like the fruit, it's relative to the wines medium weight. No wood, glycerine or tropical notes here, just a balanced chard that drinks pretty terrific right now with an hour of 3 hours open, this is really delicious. The texture expands and the palate becomes broader, with orange rind, lime and some wet stone. This is really a balanced and spot on....I had some left for a 2nd day. This picks up a honeyed, pear quality that really makes it shine, to go with the mandarin orange. Fault me for opening this wine so early but unless we get corks out of these chardonnays to create discussion and support producers that are removing the oak, butter and glycerine, then we'll be stuck with those other wines being in focus. For me, the style like this Brosseau and others like it are where I am putting my chardonnay focus these days. Drink window? Hell, this can be enjoyed now but there is acid and balance that ought to allow this to age for some time.
  • emdub commented:

    4/24/14, 5:44 AM - Wells is nailing Chardonnay. This is my style of Chard. Great review!

2011 Bergström Pinot Noir Bergström Vineyard Dundee Hills
7/2/2013 - wineshaman wrote:
88 points
Tasted at the winer, this PN was the lightest of all the Bergstrom wines tasted that day, I believe this was made from younger vines that surrounded the tasting room. Still a solid effort with red fruits dominating, there were hints of cloves and all spice. The people at the winery say that this will age for 10+ years, I don't know if I would take that gamble given the cost of this PN!
  • emdub commented:

    7/2/13, 6:16 PM - I think this is their biggest wine.

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