Tasting Notes for Jeppy

(115 notes on 115 wines)

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Red
7/24/2020 - Jeppy Likes this wine:
93 points
What an enjoyable wine.
White
2/17/2020 - Jeppy wrote:
84 points
Nice nose, but overly tart and acidic. Not something I’d pay $60 for again.
Red
2/15/2020 - Jeppy Likes this wine:
92 points
Really opened up after an hour of decanting. Really nice.
White - Sparkling
1/10/2020 - Jeppy Likes this wine:
90 points
Amazed that this was still tasting so great!
Red
12/26/2019 - Jeppy Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful. This is absolutely peaking in a wonderful way!
Red
8/4/2019 - Jeppy Likes this wine:
91 points
Very nice but not worth the $99 paid.
Red
5/28/2019 - Jeppy Does not like this wine:
75 points
I usually like Miner wine but we drank 4 different bottles this weekend and I was really disappointed.
Red
5/28/2019 - Jeppy Does not like this wine:
80 points
Not an enjoyable bottle.
Red
5/4/2019 - Jeppy Likes this wine:
89 points
Much nicer than the previous bottle.
Red
3/18/2019 - Jeppy wrote:
85 points
An easy drink but with nothing really special about it. It would be good at 1/2 the price, but certainly not the $39 price tag.
White
3/15/2019 - Jeppy wrote:
This Sauvignon Blanc glistens with a light straw hue and brilliant clarity. The aromas of lime zest and tropical fruit are bright and vibrant. A soft rich mouthfeel opens up to a well-balanced acidity that reveals subtle nuances of lime, grapefruit and pineapple. It’s a vacation in a glass, paired perfectly with sunshine, the pool and good friends.
Red
3/9/2019 - Jeppy Likes this wine:
91 points
Just great right now. Still plenty of fruit and wonderful dusty tannins. Aging well and still has years of good drinking ahead.
Red
1/4/2019 - Jeppy Likes this wine:
90 points
Drank with dinner at the duck club. Nicely balanced, everyone enjoyed it.
Red
1/1/2019 - Jeppy wrote:
85 points
Pretty nice nose but falls apart on the palette. Disappointed given the price.
Red
12/30/2018 - Jeppy Likes this wine:
91 points
Loving this right now!
Red
12/25/2018 - Jeppy Likes this wine:
90 points
Opened as my Christmas wine to pair with ribs. The glass I had prior to the meal showed that the wine really could use several more years to soften, but overall a great Zinfandel. The youngness was perfect with the rich, spicy rib sauce.
Red
12/17/2018 - Jeppy wrote:
78 points
Pretty average. Not a good value for $29.
Red
12/13/2018 - Jeppy wrote:
84 points
A bit too oak dominant for me right now.
Red
11/22/2018 - Jeppy Likes this wine:
88 points
Classic Turley style Cabernet. Most people would have a hard time identifying this as a Napa Cabernet. Very good, but done in a different style.
Red
11/22/2018 - Jeppy Does not like this wine:
77 points
Not enjoyable. Tart, thin and generally not a good representation of a Sierra Foothills Zinfandel. One of the reasons that I just quit their wine club.
Red
11/18/2018 - Jeppy wrote:
76 points
Past prime but not dead!
Red
10/19/2018 - Jeppy Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice. Double magnum bought at auction 4-5 years ago. Well rounded, semi dusty nose, still jammy. Not a super complex wine, but certainly a nicely aged representation of a KJ Cabernet.
Red
10/13/2018 - Jeppy Does not like this wine:
82 points
Tart and lacking characteristics that will keep me from having this again. Drank 2/3 of a bottle and just poured the rest out.
Red
10/6/2018 - Jeppy Likes this wine:
91 points
Writing this as I taste from a newly opened bottle at cellar temperature. I am happy with the initial dusty, earthy aromas as I swirl and try to air and warm the glass a few degrees.
After half an hour, the nose is still the same but the flavors and mouth feeling is smoother. Hard to place the fruits present but they are still in balance with the acid and tannins.
Aging nicely for a Sierra Foothills wine and an extremely good Cabernet from the area.
Red
9/29/2018 - Jeppy Likes this wine:
90 points
Very nice. Fruit forward with adequate acid and tannins to age nicely for at least another couple of years. Enjoyable.
Red
9/15/2018 - Jeppy wrote:
Our beautiful vineyard has a stunning view of Mount Saint Helena to the northeast and the rolling Sebastopol Hills to the south. Its perfect orientation to the sun allows fruit to ripen somewhat earlier in the season than would be expected from its cool-climate location. Meanwhile the row direction protects the fruit from excess heat and sunburn — a winning combination.

All grapes harvested from the site are fermented in discrete lots so that individual clones can be treated respectfully. Dijon 667 is highly successful on this site and thus forms a strong foundation for this stunning wine. Highlights of the Swan selection, my own UCD37 and Dijon 777 round out and add complexity to the overall blend.

This Meredith’s opaque purple color is our first sensory clue to its dramatic nature. The expansive fruit profile nearly leaps out of the glass with exotic wild berry, sweet brambleberry pie, boysenberry, raspberry fruit leather and lingonberry. Strong floral notes of roses and violets are joined by scents of oolong tea and spicy, toasted oak.

A rich, full entry expands into a deep, bold palate — rich and broad in structure. Thick, mouth-coating tannins combined with mouthwatering acidity give this Pinot playful vitality and energy. The finish is memorable for its powerful elegance.
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Red
8/20/2018 - Jeppy wrote:
Named for one of Larry’s four daughters, this tiny estate-owned, pre-Prohibition vineyard is a mixed planting, with small amounts of Petite Syrah and Carignane vines sprinkled throughout. Dense dark blue and purple fruits, with a bright, vibrant lift of vivacious acidity, as well as the fine-grained texture and juicy, almost saline and deeply-flavorful fruit.
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Red
8/20/2018 - Jeppy wrote:
Planted in 1885, the certified organic Ueberroth is the oldest of our Zinfandel vineyards. These ungrafted, head-trained vines are planted on very steep limestone slopes. Ueberroth is like the Pesenti Vineyard in a tux: more polish, sophistication, and power. Pretty purple and black fruits, with a deeply intriguing spice and minerality character.
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Red
8/20/2018 - Jeppy wrote:
Using cuttings from Hayne vines, this estate-owned, certified organic, head-trained, dry-farmed vineyard produces wines that are dark, smooth, dense and classic Petite Syrah. Notes of minerality, savory spices and high tone pepper. The palate is dense and chewy, with more dark fruits and loads of spice; a bold, deeply flavorful and satisfying wine.
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Red
8/20/2018 - Jeppy wrote:
Planted between 1880 and 1920 and varietally diverse: Petite Syrah vines mix with Peloursin, Cinsault, Syrah, Mission, Alicante Bouschet, Grand Noir, Carignan, Grenache and Zinfandel, and white grapes Muscat Alexandria, Muscadelle, Burger, and Green Hungarian; we pick them all together to make a wine truly expressive of the vineyard. Citrus flowers and zest, purple fruits, and smoked peppers; firmly medium-bodied with a little added density on the finish, and flavorful, long-lived tannins.
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Red
8/20/2018 - Jeppy wrote:
The flagship. These head-trained, dry-farmed Zinfandel vines, planted in 1902 and 1903, produce wines of power and elegance; year after year, this wine serves as the archetype for Zinfandel and Napa Valley. Noble red and blue fruits and fragrant purple flowers, lively acidity, refined and delicate on the mid-palate, swiftly followed by immense structure, depth, and power through the finish.
Red
8/20/2018 - Jeppy wrote:
All head-trained, dry-farmed and organic, this Petite Syrah vineyard is one of the most exceptional sites in California. The wine is powerful and inky in its youth, and becomes more feminine and refined with age. She is likely to outlive us all. Dense, graceful, and impeccably well-integrated. Dark fruit, lovely acidity, sublime texture and gravel tannins all work in tandem with one another.
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Red
8/20/2018 - Jeppy wrote:
Hailing from 1937, these certified organic vines are planted along steep, contoured terraces. Cool ripe blueberry, high tones, and tartly sweet berry pie with a dusting of spiced herbs. Well-structured, substantial tannin, and a long finish.
Red
8/20/2018 - Jeppy wrote:
2014 Montepulciano has bright, refreshing acidity, boysenberry and pomegranate fruit, fresh Italian herbs, granitic minerality and notes of violet. The wine was aged in 25% new Hungarian oak for 20 months which lends some spicy clove and vanilla wafer character as well as length and roundness on the palate. With age, this varietal develops an earthy, mushroomy character and even more spice and minerality.
Best Drinking: Now-2024
Best Drinking Temperature: 62F-68F
Red
8/20/2018 - Jeppy wrote:
An intriguing blend comprised of 53% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, 20% Barbera and 7% Aglianico. Dark and mysterious with wild blackberry pie, cassis, boysenberry, nutmeg and allspice. Concentrated fruit flavors with lively acidity and rich tannins make for this nicely balanced blend that will age beautifully for years to come.
Best Drinking: Now-2024
Best Drinking Temperature: 62F-68F
Red
8/13/2018 - Jeppy wrote:
Winemaker Notes:
The Precious Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir is typically one of our most complex wines and the 2016 is no exception! With various degrees of sun exposure on the dry-farmed vines, the result is a multitude of aroma and flavor profiles. Notes of dark cherry, bergamot, flint, and dried herbs combine to offer a rather brooding aromatic profile. In the mouth, the tannins are robust and it is immediately clear that these grapes were grown on the challenging Sonoma Coast mountain tops. Berry flavors and Earl Grey tea complete the palate with flinty, smoky minerals on the finish.
Red
8/13/2018 - Jeppy wrote:
Winemaker Notes:
The Calegari Vineyard Pinot Noir is a classically-styled Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Situated on a hilltop on Eastside Road above the Russian River, the vineyard enjoys sun exposure throughout the day. In the glass, dark red fruits mix with citrus and wood spices. Floral elements emerge with aeration and offer a levity to the wonderful aromatics. Cedar shavings further add to the complexity to the nose. The classic palate is tangy and brims with red fruit flavors balanced by notes of bergamot and black tea
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Red
8/13/2018 - Jeppy wrote:
Winemaker Notes:
Youthful and exuberant on the nose, the 2016 Vista Verde Vineyard Pinot Noir is a showy wine. Notes of plum and berry mix with vanilla and wood spices. Hints of purple flowers combined with orange rind are offset by elements of chalk and flint. Cedar and herbs complete the wonderfully complex nose. In the mouth, this wine showcases plum and currant flavors with meaty notes in the background. Minerals and earthiness round out the finish in this elegant offering.
Red
8/13/2018 - Jeppy wrote:
Winemaker Notes:
Ripe red fruit and Amarena cherry are highlighted in this classic Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. Dried flowers mix with mocha, nutmeg, and allspice offer depth. Sourced from 6 blocks within the Ferrington Ranch, this dynamic mix of clones harmonizes to create a wine with focus that typifies this unique terroir. Red fruits dominate the palate and are counterbalanced with refreshing acidity and hints of bergamot. The Ferrington Pinot Noir finishes with a subtle earthy loaminess and a hint of Earl Grey tea.
Red
8/13/2018 - Jeppy wrote:
Winemaker Notes:
The Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir reveals aromas of red currant and strawberry with hints of crushed rock. Citrus peel and lavender add a wonderful perfume that epitomizes elegance. Dried herbs belie the fruit and floral elements which adds yet another layer. Wonderfully textured on the palate, the Weir offers red fruit flavors that transition to citrus and then to crushed quartz. This wine clings to the palate and finishes with elements of oolong tea.
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Red
8/13/2018 - Jeppy wrote:
Winemaker Notes:
The Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard is situated on the bank of the Russian River where the soil is deep and loamy with river gravel scattered throughout. These are ideal growing conditions for Pinot Noir. The depth of the soil allows for the plants to ripen slowly and develop incredible flavor. Always intriguing on the nose, the dark red and black fruit aromas mix with dried herbs and hints of fennel. Soil-rich tones add a bass note to the incredibly complex nose. Deeply pitched fruit flavors in the mouth are layered with extremely refined tannin. The seamless acidity allows the tannin to shine and offers an unctuous texture without heaviness.
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Red
8/13/2018 - Jeppy wrote:
Winemaker Notes:
This vintage of our flagship wine showcases notes of black cherry which mix with aromas of raspberry and hints of tarragon and dried herbs. Star anise and wood spices add depth and complexity to the alluring aromatics. The mouth-feel is balanced with extremely refined tannin that seem to saturate the entire palate. Red fruits dominate the tongue along with notes of citrus peel which adds lift. A strong impression of tea permeates the palate while finishing with hallmark gravel and mineral sensations.
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Red
8/13/2018 - Jeppy wrote:
Winemaker Notes:
The Morning Dew Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir is an intriguing wine. Fresh herbs and notes of plum and black cherry mix with aromas of hoisin sauce and tamari. A hint of flint on the nose adds spice and interest to the spectrum of aromas which carries through to the palate. In the mouth, the wine leads with cherry flavors and is lifted by notes of citrus peel and flowers. The refined tannins are supported by flavors of cocoa, allspice, and Asian tea. This will be the last vintage of the Morning Dew Ranch Pinot Noir by Williams Selyem, as Burt Williams sold the vineyard in 2015.
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Red
8/13/2018 - Jeppy wrote:
Winemaker Notes:
The 2016 Foss Vineyard Pinot Noir is a knockout! Brimming with dark berries, the nose offers a wonderful spectrum of fruit-driven and earthy tones. Notes of cedar and a sous bois character mix with allspice and further add complexity and intrigue. Voluminous on the palate, this wine offers a beautiful balance of acid-to-fruit flavors. Typical of the site, the highly polished tannin give this wine a round mouthfeel. Flavors of oolong tea take over in the middle palate and an effusive cherry pit punch punctuates the finish.
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Red
8/13/2018 - Jeppy wrote:
Winemaker Notes:
The nose is prototypical of the Allen Vineyard and shines through gloriously with notes of flowers, alpine strawberry, and black cherry. Perched up on the hillside just above Westside Road, the microclimate is perfectly suited to create delicate yet powerful, age-worthy Pinot Noir. Notes of cocoa dust and wood spices flawlessly frame the fruit elements. The raspberry and rhubarb aromas carry through on the palate before finishing with notes of Asian tea and a subtle hint of crushed rock.
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Red
8/13/2018 - Jeppy wrote:
Winemaker’s Notes:
This crowd-pleaser is the product of hand-selected vineyards on the eastern bank of the Russian River. On the nose, a gamut of black fruits and plum mix with aromas of cedar shavings and dried herbs, while notes of elderberry and elderflower add additional intrigue. All sorts of berry flavors excite the palate and are lifted with citrus and impressions of black tea. The tannins are voluminous, refined and finish with a gravelly texture.
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