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Red
2014 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah
12/27/2019 - jgreco Does not like this wine:
88 points
Mild reduction on the nose. Not giving up much else at this stage. Tastes like a 1-dimensional generic California Syrah. I'd give this a few more years to see if it opens ups. Not a good value.
  • jgreco commented:

    1/20/20, 11:27 AM - At this point I’d probably just sell them or put them away for 5 more years and see what happens. Worthless to drink now or anytime in the near future. It seems unlikely they are hiding something special, but you never know.

Red
2017 Turley Zinfandel Ueberroth Vineyard Paso Robles
11/21/2019 - jgreco Likes this wine:
94 points
2017 Turley Ueberroth Vineyard is insanely good in it's youth. It is black and red fruited, perfumed, and peppery with a hint of mild reduction that blows off with time in the glass. Delectable bramble fruit is paired with high acidity and finely grained tannins. Terrific energy.

Day 2: Much more perfumed red fruits. Licorice on the finish. The finely grained tannins are much better integrated. Excited about popping another in 2-3 years.
  • jgreco commented:

    11/22/19, 5:56 PM - Great showing for such a difficult vintage. Excited about the upward trajectory of Turley.

Red
2016 Kinsman Eades Cabernet Sauvignon Anjea Sleeping Lady Yountville
9/19/2019 - jgreco Likes this wine:
97 points
Tastings; 9/19/2019-9/20/2019 (Napa): The 2016 Anjea Sleeping Lady Vineyard is an absolutely stunning debut for Kinsman Eades. Gorgeous and layered with red and black currants, perfumed flowers, red cherries, and cocoa. Deeply structured with coarse tannins. You are going to need to be patient, perhaps 5-7 years, before this is ready to drink. Tasted with Shae and Nigel at Long Meadow Ranch.
  • jgreco commented:

    10/2/19, 10:42 AM - They are super nice people who are very generous with their time.

White
2016 Lingua Franca Chardonnay Bunker Hill Eola - Amity Hills
5/4/2019 - jgreco Likes this wine:
92 points
36th Birthday (Noreetuh): Wine #2. This is my second time trying the 2016 Lingua Franca Bunker Hill and it has changed a lot over the past six months. The apple, lemon and sea salt are still there, but gone are the crushed wet rocks and flint. The precise flavors and intense minerality have been replaced by smoother transitions and rounder textures. It is still enjoyable, but far less unique. I do not think this will benefit from aging and I would drink these up over the next couple years.
  • jgreco commented:

    7/12/19, 5:38 PM - Didn’t expect that much change in 6 months time.

Red
2017 Myriad Cellars Syrah Esther Block Las Madres Vineyard Carneros
4/21/2019 - jgreco wrote:
flawed
This bottle might have been flawed. There is a tin metal taste underlying everything.
  • jgreco commented:

    4/22/19, 5:51 AM - Hope so. I'll try another bottle in the next couple weeks.

Red
2013 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
12/27/2018 - jgreco wrote:
92 points
Wow, this is a big wine with deep concentrated black fruit! Nutmeg and Licorice round out the flavors. The finish is elegant and sweet, with the merlot in the blend taking center stage. Like almost all of its contemporaries in the 2013 vintage, this has the legs to develop for another decade or more.
  • jgreco commented:

    1/13/19, 8:40 AM - We decanted it for an hour. It’s very typical of the 2013 vintage. It’s not shutdown or anything and you can definitely drink it, but you’d be well served to give it another 5 years to let the tannins soften and the components to better integrate.

Red
2012 Sloan Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
11/10/2018 - jgreco wrote:
100 points
Wine Advocate: Grand Walkabout Tasting (NYC): Majority Cab with 10-15% Merlot. The 2014 is so elegant even at this early stage. Utterly captivating. Chocolate flavors on the palate extend into a long finish. One of the three wines of the tasting for me along with Spottswoode and Dana Estates Lotus. Great company to have. This should drink well with only a few more years of cellaring.
  • jgreco commented:

    12/7/18, 1:40 PM - The Grand Walkabout Tasting has the 2012 on the website, but a lot of producers ended up bringing different vintages. I have a separate note on the 2014 and it was rather hard (at least for me) to judge at this youthful stage.

Red
2016 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides Russian River Valley
11/17/2018 - yaCellar Likes this wine:
95 points
Thanksgiving 1.0 “pleasure bomb”. I effectively popped and poured and I’d advise a decant. The aromatics were incredible but the wine otherwise seemed closed. I also didn’t notice bacterial taint as noted by others.
  • jgreco commented:

    11/23/18, 3:45 PM - I popped another at Thanksgiving and noticed the same things. The palate was significantly more muted then it was when I had opened a bottle a few months ago. Not sure if random bad bottle or if something else is going on.

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