Tasting Notes for jgreco

(385 notes on 355 wines)

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Red
1/17/2020 - jgreco Likes this wine:
99 points
The 2016 Peter Michael Ma Danseuse is absolutely gorgeous with a deep black and purple core. Layers and layers of black cherry, leather, spices, earth, and a bit of licorice on the finish. There is tremendous power and energy in every sip of this remarkable pinot. The Peter Michael style is present throughout. You should cellar these, if you can resist.
Red
1/15/2020 - jgreco Likes this wine:
96 points
The 2017 Williams-Selyem Weir Vineyard features a restrained and elegant nose of dark cherries, mint, cool menthol, black tea, and vanilla. Medium-bodied and juicy with succulant and pliant tannins. The oak still needs to integrate a bit more, but this is the by far the 2017 I have tasted. Get this if you love the W-S style, but find the Russian River Valley offerings too much of a fruit bomb.
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Red
1998 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/10/2020 - jgreco Does not like this wine:
88 points
The 1998 Ridge Monte Bello features an expressive nose of cassis, blackberries, and earth. The wine is uncomfortably sour. I wonder if this bottle had some heat damage.
White
1/7/2020 - jgreco Does not like this wine:
87 points
A decent amount of reduction on this bottle vs the bottle from a few months ago. Lots of toasted oak. Smooth and easy to drink now.
Red
1/7/2020 - jgreco Likes this wine:
93 points
Classic Anderson Valley. Perfumed sweet red cherries, lavender, and a light touch of oak. Soft, silky texture that is a joy to drink. The finish is a touch warm with lingering sour cherries. Really lovely. Can pop and pour today.
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Red
1/5/2020 - jgreco Does not like this wine:
88 points
The 2017 Carlisle Dupratt Vineyard features a heavily perfumed floral nose with ripe red fruits. Super juicy, but ultimately lacking the depth and complexity I would expect from Carlisle.
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Red
12/28/2019 - jgreco Does not like this wine:
88 points
The 2016 Ridge Paso Robles is a very juicy central coast Zinfandel. Ruby red in color and featuring red currants, sandalwood, tree moss, and black pepper. Super dry finish. Give this a couple hours of air before consuming.
Red
2015 Andrew Will Sorella Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/25/2019 - jgreco wrote:
flawed
Corked
Red
12/23/2019 - jgreco wrote:
93 points
The 2015 Chateau la Nerthe is quite a joy to drink on a cold winter night. Featuring blue and black fruit, cloves, pine needles, smoke, and spices. Juicy and rolling into a silky smooth finish.
Red
2012 Continuum Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/22/2019 - jgreco wrote:
98 points
The 2012 Continuum is absolutely gorgeous with black fruits, sage, menthol, spices, mocha, and tobacco leaf. Silky smooth with polished tannins and finishing sweet. The 2012 was the first vintage made entirely from estate grown fruit. ‬As with a lot of the 2012s, this is drinking great right now with plenty of tertiary characteristics beginning to emerge. No decant necessary.
Red
2012 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
12/21/2019 - jgreco wrote:
91 points
The 2012 Ridge Geyserville features elegant bramble fruit, star anise, and cloves. While well done, this is a particularly juicy vintage for Geyserville that isn’t my favorite style of Zinfandel. The finish is sweet and syrupy. I would drink these now and over the next few years.
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Red
12/17/2019 - jgreco wrote:
94 points
The 2017 Ceritas Hellenthal “Old Shop Block” is a gorgeously fruit forward Sonoma Coast pinot. Featuring an intoxicating mix of bright red cherries, cranberries, oranges, pink flowers, and a bit of pepper from the 60% whole cluster fermentation. Medium-bodied and very juicy with a solid amount of tannin that picks up toward the finish. This is drinking great now, but should reward additional cellaring.
Red
12/14/2019 - jgreco Does not like this wine:
90 points
Mild-to-medium reduction on the nose, but less than the overwhelming reduction of the 2016. The winemaker has said in the past that this reduction is just part of the terroir, but I'm skeptical as this has been present on several of the Rose and Arrow cuvees. If you can get past the reduction, you'll find dark fruits, green herbaceousness, ground pepper, cooking spices, and black tar flavors. Rich and textured. The astringent black tea and spice flavors build and build toward an incredible finish. This has a ton of potential, but that reduction ...
White
12/8/2019 - jgreco wrote:
93 points
This is one of the more impressive 2014 Rameys that I have had. Woolsey Road Vineyard has begun to lose it’s primary fruit, with some stone and citrus fruit remaining. Projecting a weight and intensity from the very first sip, like a Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru. Featuring a luxuriously creamy texture with notes of marzipan, toasted nuts, vanilla, and baking spices. A dry chalky finish that lasts 30 seconds. This should continue to improve over the next 5 years.
White
11/28/2019 - jgreco wrote:
93 points
The 2017 Louis Jadot Chassagne-Montrachet features a lovely bouquet of lemon, white flowers, vanilla, and baking spices (particularly, cinnamon). Fairly linear and dominated by bright citrus acidity. A perfectly enjoyable summer afternoon drink.
White - Sparkling
11/24/2019 - jgreco Likes this wine:
92 points
Citrus and vanilla nose. Tart and still tightly coiled; this is going to take a few years to unwind. Chalky, dry finish.
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White
2012 Morlet Family Vineyards La Proportion Doree Sonoma Coast Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
11/24/2019 - jgreco Likes this wine:
96 points
The 2012 Morlet La Proportion Doree is greenish-gold in appearance and features an inviting nose of blood oranges, star anise, cinnamon and a pinch of pepper. A rich and creamy texture from the overabundance of semillon in the blend is almost California Chardonnay in texture. There is some oak left to be integrated, but this is fantastic now and should continue to improve over the next decade. 66% Semillon, 32% Sauvignon Blanc, 2% Muscadelle. 96+
Red
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.
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Red
11/10/2019 - jgreco Does not like this wine:
87 points
Williams-Selyem NY Pickup (Millbrook Winery): The 2017 Williams-Selyem Bacigalupi Zinfandel currently has a closed nose. This is a very juicy red fruited Zin that is almost pinot like. Not my preferred style.
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Red
11/10/2019 - jgreco Likes this wine:
91 points
Williams-Selyem NY Pickup (Millbrook Winery): The 2017 Williams-Selyem Estate Pinot is intensely perfumed with red currants, red cherries, and plums. Soft and supple texture. This comes off a little flat and disappointing on the backend now, but should fill out over the next few years.
Red
11/10/2019 - jgreco Likes this wine:
92 points
Williams-Selyem NY Pickup (Millbrook Winery): The 2017 Williams-Selyem Foss Vineyard has a lovely perfumed nose of roses and red cherries. On the palate, plush red and black fruits. I would give this 2-3 years to fully come together a bit more.
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Red
11/10/2019 - jgreco Likes this wine:
92 points
Williams-Selyem NY Pickup (Millbrook Winery): The 2017 Williams-Selyem Calegari Vineyard has a sweet perfumed red fruited nose. This will take a few years in the cellar to become approachable.
Red
11/10/2019 - jgreco Likes this wine:
93 points
Williams-Selyem NY Pickup (Millbrook Winery): The 2017 Williams-Selyem Bucher Vineyard has a very spicy nose filled with peppercorn and black cherries. Velvety texture, but still wound pretty tight. I would recommend laying this down for 3-5 years. My favorite of the wines available at the pickup event.
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Red
11/16/2019 - jgreco Likes this wine:
92 points
The 2013 Palazzo Right Bank has a fantastic nose of lead pencil, sweet cassis, coffee, and earth. Featuring good energy and tension on the palate, but with a sweet tannic finish that is similar to many St. Emilion wines. The strength of the 2013 vintage really shines here. The wine developed a little gaminess as the night wore on so I would be inclined to drink these up soon. Good value at $50.
Red
11/15/2019 - jgreco Likes this wine:
93 points
We popped a few of the newly arrived 2017 Carlisles for "science". The 2017 Rossi Ranch was ready to drink right out of the gate. The nose is filled with sexy floral notes and plush red fruits. Juicy, but with tremendous energy and tension on the palate. After two hours, the overt the juiciness faded and a soft creaminess and dry chalky finish developed.
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Red
2014 Donelan Syrah Kobler Family Vineyard Green Valley of Russian River Valley (view label images)
11/13/2019 - jgreco Likes this wine:
97 points
This is a stunning cool climate Syrah. Featuring a gorgeous and complex nose of blackberries, violet, black olives, mocha, and black pepper. The palate is all class with sexy earthy and chalky flavors and a rich creamy finish. This is drinking beautifully right now - I just wish I had more!
Red
2010 Château Bellegrave Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/10/2019 - jgreco Likes this wine:
90 points
The 2010. Ch. Bellegrave is in a good spot today with a nose of black currants, earth, tobacco, and baking spices. Soft, generous, blue and black fruits on the palate give way to fine grained tannins on the finish. Give this a 1 hour decant and you are good to drink now or over the next 10 years.
Red
11/9/2019 - jgreco Likes this wine:
95 points
The 2017 Ceritas Trout Gulch Vineyard has a pretty nose of violets, raspberries, black cherries, and asian tea spice. A soft velvety mouth feel accentuates the intensity of the perfumed red fruits. This is fun now, but I think it will fill out a little more in the next 2-3 years.
Red
11/3/2019 - jgreco Likes this wine:
93 points
This is in a really good spot right now and has improved tremendously since I tasted a bottle 6 months ago. Sweet cassis, bramble fruit, and nuttiness. Juicy mouthfeel, medium weight, tart, and forceful tannins on the finish.
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Red
10/30/2019 - jgreco Likes this wine:
95 points
I couldn't resist popping some of the bottles from the most recent shipment. The Bedrock 2018s are out of this world. This is a far superior Evangelho to the 2017 I had in January. Nose of red cherry, prunes, and a hint of smokiness. On the palate, it is very Evangelho, with super plush red fruits. This is drinking well out of the gate so you won't regret opening one.
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White - Sparkling
10/27/2019 - jgreco Does not like this wine:
86 points
A deep golden hue makes the wine look more mature than it’s yeasty and citrus nose betrays. The mouthfeel though is rather disappointing, mushy with little of distinction to note. The mid-palate acidity overwhelms any flavors that might have revealed themselves. Perhaps this was heat damaged as my notes bear little in common with other reviews. Disgorged April 2014.
Red
10/26/2019 - jgreco Does not like this wine:
90 points
Reduction on the nose, still around after 2 hours, overwhelms everything else. Juicy black fruits (very young vines?) that does not remind me much of Oregon. Good, but not very impressive for the price. Unsure how this will age, but I would lean toward drinking in the next 5 years.
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Red
10/25/2019 - jgreco wrote:
96 points
Wow, this bottle is completely different from the last one I had. Chocolate, black coffee, dried apricots, orange rind with a little blue and black fruit remaining. Great mouthfeel with dusty tannins. This is everything you want in a maturing Syrah. In short, brilliant now and over the the next 5+ years.
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Red
10/21/2019 - jgreco Likes this wine:
92 points
I cannot think of a better $20 bottle. The Zinfandel Old Vine incorporates declassified single-vineyard fruit with the trademark Bedrock winemaking style. The 2018 has expressive nose of cassis, blackberry, and strawberry. On the palate, it is all delicious juicy red and black fruits. Good to drink now while you wait for the rest of your Bedrock to age, but should reward another 6-12 months in the cellar.
White
10/21/2019 - jgreco Does not like this wine:
87 points
I have had a lot bottle variation with the 2013 Red Newt Tango Oaks. This bottle was tired.
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White
10/19/2019 - jgreco Does not like this wine:
89 points
Lovely nose of lemon, wet rocks, vanilla, and toasted notes. Good minerality and acidity on the palate which unfortunately fades into the finish.
Red
2012 The Mascot Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/20/2019 - jgreco wrote:
flawed
corked
Red
2014 Jonata Winery Todos Ballard Canyon Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
10/19/2019 - jgreco wrote:
95 points
Todos is a kitchen sink blend where Jonata puts up 10 varietals that don’t make the cut for the more expensive bottlings. The 2014 Todos feature a deep and complex nose of red and black currants, smokey meat, licorice, grilled herbs, and lead pencil. Outstanding mouthfeel with plush red and black fruits. Give this an hour+ decant and it positively sings.
White
9/20/2019 - jgreco Likes this wine:
92 points
Tastings; 9/19/2019-9/20/2019 (Napa): This chardonnay from Forman is quite a bit different from most Napa Chardonnays without malo. The nose is a little closed right now. Medium bodied with a silky smooth texture. Very little oak. Good value for the money, but not quite sure if it is my style. Tasted at the Forman Winery.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2012 Morlet Family Vineyards Billet Doux Alexander Valley Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
9/19/2019 - jgreco Likes this wine:
96 points
Tastings; 9/19/2019-9/20/2019 (Napa): An intense nose of apricots, honey, apple, and almonds. Full bodied with impressive structure, but not overly syrupy. This is drinking well now and should continue to do so over the next couple decades. Tasted at the Morlet winery.
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Red
9/19/2019 - jgreco Likes this wine:
96 points
Tastings; 9/19/2019-9/20/2019 (Napa): This is still a baby and will need many more years to come together. Great potential with it's imposing structure. Tasted at the Morlet winery.
Red
9/19/2019 - jgreco Likes this wine:
97 points
Tastings; 9/19/2019-9/20/2019 (Napa): Classic Sonoma fruit. This is drinking really well right now. Tasted at the Morlet winery.
Red
9/19/2019 - jgreco Likes this wine:
94 points
Tastings; 9/19/2019-9/20/2019 (Napa): Herbaceous, spicy, great energy and tension. This is drinking well now. Tasted at the Morlet winery.
White
2016 Morlet Family Vineyards La Proportion Doree Sonoma Coast Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
9/19/2019 - jgreco Likes this wine:
97 points
Tastings; 9/19/2019-9/20/2019 (Napa): I would drink a lot more Sauvignon Blanc if they were all like this. This is an absolutely terrific effort from Luc Morlet. Honey, pear, citrus, and apricot. Drinking well now, but this has great structure to go the distance. Tasted at the Morlet winery.
White - Sparkling
10/4/2019 - jgreco Likes this wine:
100 points
The greatest champagne I have ever had. This is drinking perfectly right now.
Red
10/7/2019 - jgreco Likes this wine:
96 points
The 2008 Quilceda Creek was a little shy at first, taking over an hour in the decanter before it opened up. But when it did, oh boy, what a great and unique vintage of the Quilceda Creek flagship. This a very black fruit dominated vintage. Texturally, the 2008 is silky smooth and plush which is quite different experience than other vintages, especially this young. There’s also that signature Washington “tree bark” that you get in every bottle of Quilceda Creek. The finish is warm with a little green apple.
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Red
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.
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Red
10/1/2019 - jgreco Does not like this wine:
90 points
Completely average and nondescript right bank Bordeaux. Not a good value.
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