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Red
2016 Idlewild The Bird Red Mendocino County Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo (view label images)
2/15/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
What to have when having pizza. Fresh red fruit, bright acidity, grippy tannins that are calmed by the cheese and pepperoni, The Bird is year after year the perfect wine for pizza. A couple of years in bottle, and it settles in, making me feel like a piece of California has been transplanted in Piemonte.
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Red
2/15/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
flawed
The most egregiously corked bottle I have had in years. I have rinsed the sink three times, and it still stinks from the TCA in the wine.
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Red
2017 Idlewild The Bird Red Mendocino County Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo (view label images)
2/12/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Bright, high-toned red fruit, with subtle herbal elements and notable tannic backbone. Feels like it needs a little more time to settle in. I have found that 3-4 years post vintage is a sweet spot for this blend, and that appears to be where this one is headed.
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White - Off-dry
2/12/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
In a word, luscious. Rich tropical fruit, accented by lime zest. Acidity that was once buried by massive fruit is now an equal player, making the wine both exciting and refreshing. It’s still very young, with almost no developed elements other than a Chenin-esque lanolin note, but it is so good. Have some fun and drink one.
Red
2000 Château Fombrauge St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/10/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
The last bottle I had (2 years ago) was all wood, and zero wine. Oddly enough this bottle is lots of wine and a little wood. Dark cassis and plum fruit is supplemented with hints of spice, vanilla and cedar. There is still a good bit of tannin, but it’s not dominating the fruit. This is a surprising comeback for a modern right bank value wine. I have two left, and will get to them when I get to them.
Red
2/9/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Continuing to drink extraordinarily well, with a lingering core of red cherry fruit that supports a wealth of bottle aged elements. Wild herbs, leather, red meat, and a touch of lifted acidity blend together and create a cohesive expression of aged Rhone varieties in California. It’s classic, varietal character, supplemented by California warmth. Drink now and smile.
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Red
1995 Château Clinet Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/7/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Served blind in the middle of a lineup of much younger wines, this was clearly "different." Bricking at the edge made it clear there was some age on the wine. Leather, dried flowers and damp earth smells accented lingering black fruit. A smooth, almost resolved palate entry gave way to some lingering tannins in the middle, making it clear that there's still some room for this to develop. The fruit and savory notes merged very well, making for a cohesive, friendly flavor profile. Only medium weight overall, the finish was slightly clipped, indicating that further decanting would have been helpful. The wine had been decanted 2 hours prior to tasting, but by the end when we could re-taste before the reveal the finished had begun to flesh out. Plenty of time in hand for this wine.
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Red
2/6/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Splashed several ounces into my glass to air it out, and lit sit for 30 minutes before I even tasted it. Vivid aromas of crushed red raspberry fruit combined with overtones of dusty, scrub land on a hot day. On the palate there was a sense of the wildness of Carignan, but the edges were sanded off. Served with a basic, local-ingredient beef stew it was an excellent combination. The stew kept the tannins at bay, and the herbal/briary nuances of the wine played off the food.

No rush to drink up, as there is lots of fruit, and a solid tannic base.
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White
2/5/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Nearly a year post-release, this has integrated, and evolved into a focused, bright rendition of Hyde Chardonnay. Lemon fruit, apple skin and some spice from the well-managed oak treatment give way to a citrus and rainwater on stones finish. Coming in at just under 14% alcohol (13.9 per the label), this is medium bodied and refreshing.
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Red
2/5/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
I opened this much too early, but as I had never had a Stony Hill Cabernet, it seemed worth the experiment. The promise of the wine was undeniable, with a concentrated core of balanced fruit and ripe tannin. With a rich beef stew the wine did provide some pleasure, but it was much more about the future than the present. Fans of classically styled Napa Cabernet should stock up on this wine.
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Red
2015 Idlewild The Bird Red Mendocino County Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo (view label images)
2/3/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Served with pizza for the Super Bowl, this was its usual perfect partner for the pie. Moving into its fourth year the texture got a little softer, making it even easier to drink. A blend of Dolcetto, Barbera and Nebbiolo, it remains my go-to wine for pizza, and a fine value.
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White - Sparkling
2/2/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Getting close to seven years since its June 2012 disgorgement, this Pinot Meunier dominated Champagne is still in top shape. Vibrant apple aromas are accented by toast and orange zest. On the palate it’s rich and shows deep fruit, and a vibrant, energizing texture. This is delicious, and a good value.
White - Off-dry
2/1/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
It's never easy to pick the "right time" to open a bottle. Will it be ready? Will it be closed in and not up to par? In a spur of the moment decision, I grabbed this, and opened it. It was an orphan bottle, so the "oh my it's the last one" reluctance would have kicked in if I waited too long before grabbing the corkscrew.

No regrets! The wine was at an apex. It still showed fruit, but it had developed mature tones that played on the same level. The aromatics bounced from one scent to another. Each sip was a whirlwind of flavors. It was as close to a perfect time to open the bottle as I could have guessed. It was comforting, and exciting. There was no temptation to play the "fruit salad analysis", as the wine was complete and integrated. To break it down would have been to destroy its harmony.
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Red
1/31/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Cold night, so I wanted a rich wine. This had been standing up for a while, and as the temperature was plummeting, it seemed like the right time. The wine was surprising in a number of good ways. First of all it was not too tannic. The texture was actually quite mature and integrated. The fruit was still vibrant, echoing crushed berries, with some bramble and leather notes. No apparent alcohol, and only a little bit of lifted acidity in the mid-palate. It really just added an extra bit of energy to the wine. I was very glad I opened it, as the wine showed wonderfully.
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Red
2015 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/28/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Tasted over the course of two evenings, this shows great promise, and no small amount of pleasure now. Dark fruit, firm, but not drying tannins, and a long, dark fruit finish that echoes the initial richness on the palate. No question this echoes the best of classic Bordeaux, but with all the advantages of modern vineyard work and top quality winemaking. I would be happy to follow this wine for twenty to thirty years.
White - Sparkling
1/26/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Still a touch youthful, but drinking very well, with great depth of flavor. Citrus and red fruit mingled with early hints of bottle age. Toastiness becomes more apparent as the bottle is open for a while, but it’s still a complimentary player, with the fruit at center stage. Delicious wine with a long future.

50/50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, taken from the 1998 and 1999 vintages respectively.
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Red
1/23/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Pop, pour and stunned. Smoke, meat, salty, bacony elements all came through in spades. Essences of Syrah did reveal dark berry fruit, but the savory elements were the focus (and remained the focus 24 hours later). Balanced, savory and long on the palate, firm tannins backed up the fruit, promising years of further development, but sadly this was my last bottle.

Pax Mahle really is a wizard with Syrah.
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White
1/22/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Birthday bottle, which I drank from the Grassl Glass Mineralité glass. As it was a bit of an impulse to open this, I did pop and pour, though there was about an hour from my first couple of sips to any serious drinking. I am sure that helped the wine open up.

It's hard to describe the wine other than to say it was monumental. The non-fruit elements were clearly the focus of the wine, but not because the fruit had faded, but rather because the stone foundation of the wine demanded center stage. The aromatics were gorgeous, with some crisp tree fruit tones, but more salty, savory, fresh pine, rain on hot stones and clean forest scents than I could absorb. Completely dry on the palate, it nevertheless had a richness in the mid-palate, before the acidity cut through like a blade. I never did find out how long the finish was, as I kept going back for another sip before it faded. I know that wine is supposed to be a partner to the food, but this bottle grabbed my attention to the point where I barely paid attention to what I was eating.

Captivating stuff that has eons to go before it fades.
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Red
1/20/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Opened too soon, but I wanted to test drive a new glass, and this was at hand. Well I have no regrets. Effusively aromatic, this had clear streaks of red cherry, flowers, tar and a high toned, almost tangerine element. I could have done nothing but smell it. Quite light in color, it was not at all light in flavor - very mouthfilling, but only moderate weight. It was a bit of magic that the wine could carry so much flavor. The finish went on and on, with a presence that hangs, long after the wine is gone. Moderately tannic, showing the ripeness of the vintage, but in no way a caricature, this was a real treat to drink now, and probably for years to come.
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White - Off-dry
1/21/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
This wine is at the wonderful crossroads, where fruit and non-fruit elements combine to create something much greater than either can be on its own. Ripe apple and smoke, fresh peach and petrichor, sweetness and fresh acidity all play a part, creating something that can only be German Riesling.
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White
1/17/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Vibrant aromatics, focused on florals and citrus, with a touch of salty ocean. On the palate the fruit is bracing but not tart. A firm streak of acidity runs through the wine from start to finish. Pure guesswork on my part about sweetness, but it comes across as mid-range of trocken, as opposed to austerely dry. Excellent palate depth gives way to a long, citrusy finish. This is excellent, and drinking very well now, with ages to go for enjoyable drinking.
White
1/16/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Spicy, packed with citrus, then transitioning to a more tropical fruit expression in the mid-palate, this is drinking very well right now. I had the bottle of the course of two nights, and it held steady, so no rush if you can't get to it, but if you can, do. It's delicious. now.
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Red
1/15/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Still quite open and easy to drink, the focus is on red fruit, with supporting but gentle tannin. There's a subtle spice on the mid-palate, and a finishing dash of earthiness. I'm thinking 5-7 years to get this into a more interesting window. It's perfectly enjoyable now, but worth the wait to see what develops with some time.
White - Sparkling
1/13/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Served with steamed lobsters and butter, this showed very well, with ripe citrus fruit, ample acidity and a long finish that started fruity, and then picked up a deeper minerality.

Excellent value for a little under $40.

May 2017 disgorgement.
Red
1/12/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Still early days for this, and it was also served at a rather cold room temperature. That being said, it was still classic Côte Rôtie, with lots of bacon aromas to go along with rare beef and warm herbal tones. I’m not sure it really shows any kind of fruit, but it has excellent depth on the palate. Focusing on it a little more, and it’s more like a tart cherry fruit, but it’s a support to the savory elements of the wine.
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White
1/10/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
I go into any tasting of American Riesling with a healthy dose of skepticism. This bottle turned that right on its head. From the first sip this was top notch. I spent a couple of hours casting around in my brain for comparisons, but nothing made the perfect fit. The weight of the Bedrock is greater than most German Rieslings, so perhaps leaning towards modern Alsace. The balance of sweetness and acidity had me in the mind of a modern Rhine Kabinett, on the high end of what most producers bottle as Feinherb. The fruit was more Californian. It tended to ripe tree fruit (pear, ripe apple), with only a light overlay of citrus. I would have preferred a touch more acidity, but there was no qualitative issue with the balance.

Putting aside the molecule by molecule breakdown of the wine, I thought it was a very fine Riesling, and I kept having to refill my glass. It was fun to drink!
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Red
1/8/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
A few extra years in the cellar have allowed development to start, though more time is called for. There is still a healthy ration of primary fruit, and the earthy elements of Tempranillo are beginning to come more to the front. Tannins are well balanced to the fruit level. It’s not dusty/herbal like a Rioja, but it’s also very pure, with little oak influence, so the fruit can shine through. I am very hopeful for the future.
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Red
2015 Wilde Farm Wines Meritage Bedrock Vineyard Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
1/8/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Overpowering in its grapey flavors, and totally one dimensional. I hope this improves in the future, but I am skeptical.
Red
1/7/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Integrated, spicy, meaty, blackberry infused Syrah that has excellent palate depth, as well as invigorating freshness. I like the balance, and think this could drink well for a very long time.
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White - Off-dry
1/7/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Deep, grounded, evocative, pure, searching, finding, elementary, transportive, meaningful, enticing, stimulating, heartening...

The soul of the Mosel and the Urziger Wurzgarten lives in this wine. It’s there, waiting to receive you. Don’t hurry. It will be there whenever you choose to come to it, now or later.
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Red
1/5/2019 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Tasted over the course of two evenings, this is an impressive and interesting Syrah from Bedrock. The intensity of expression is striking, as the dark fruit and savory elements have a surprising level of power. But it’s not all about volume, as the wine is very well balanced, and does not come across as heavy. Finally the length is more than impressive, going on far longer than could possibly be expected. Bravo to the folks at Bedrock.
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Red
12/29/2018 - Rieslingfan wrote:
If you drink a lot of Petite Sirah, this comes across as well mannered. It’s still a little wild, but it does not overwhelm the senses. Ripe plum fruit forms the core, and is backed up by bramble and herbal aromas and a note of pine needle. It shows more of the rustic, wild side on the palate, with chalky tannins. The plum fruit picked up some ripe blackberry notes that hold center stage, keeping the tannins at bay. This is a notably powerful wine for Dirty & Rowdy, but again, within the genre, it’s on the “elegant” end of the scale.
White - Sparkling
12/28/2018 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Feb-2016 disgorgement

Shared this at a party, so I only took a small glass, but it was fresh, full of apple and citrus zest, and very elegant on the palate. The finished showed a touch of yeasty/bread, but overall this was still all about fruit carried by bright acidity.
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Red
12/28/2018 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Medium weight, with a deep red color, the 2012 Ladd Cellars Pinot Noir Anderson Valley shows cherry and cranberry fruit, as well as light spice tones of cinnamon and nutmeg. The palate is brightly fruity, but measured in sunny sweetness, so that the light tannins can provide ample structure for balance. That all sounds quite clinical, so I’ll note that I very much enjoyed the wine, and so did the other guests who were lucky enough to get a pour. I wish I had two bottles, as a single was insufficient to meet demand.
White - Sparkling
12/22/2018 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Deep, powerful Champagne, with a core that has not come close to unfurling. It gives pleasure, but promises so much more. Do not disturb for a while.
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White
12/24/2018 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Paired with the 2013 Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay, this showed a slimmer, lemony style, with the brightness making for a more distinct contrast with the spice from oak aging. Not knowing what to expect from this bottling, I was very pleased, and enjoyed the comparison with the Hyde. Two excellent wines showing different aspects of the same grape.
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White
12/24/2018 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Paired with a 2015 Ramey Rochioli Vineyard Chardonnay, this was the broader wine of the pair. It still showed the deft balance of Hyde, but it was richer. Spice and tropical fruit was supported by a crisp apple finish. Delicious Hyde, as usual.
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White - Off-dry
12/24/2018 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Continuing a Christmastime tradition of opening the 2001 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese, and it’s a grand tradition. Vibrant tropical and citrus fruit flavors are wrapped around a firm, acid core. The finish is broad yet piercing, the depth of flavor punctuated by the acidity. Long, gingery lemon and vanilla elements dominate the finish, and pull me back for another sip, then another sip. It’s a compelling wine, and only now in early midlife. There are years to go, and probably many more secrets to be revealed.
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Red
12/23/2018 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Bordeaux blend that is neither overripe or overdone, this is reminiscent of a mid-tier left bank Bordeaux, with a touch of extra acidity. Red and black fruit show a leathery edge, and an hour of air deepens the fruit. It’s a lovely drink, but sadly runs about 2X of equivalent quality Bordeaux.
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Red
12/22/2018 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Fascinating wine that combines fruit, herbal and spice elements, with sneaky back end tannins. The aromatics are beguiling, but I am not as positive on the flavors, which lean more towards the green. It’s an incredibly interesting wine, but I am not sure I actually like it.
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Red
12/18/2018 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Ripe strawberry, red cherry and spice dominate this wine from aromatics through mid-palate. There’s a hint of earth, and a touch of balsam pine on the finish, which is framed by subtle tannins. Overall it still looks to be early in the development curve, though it’s still quite enjoyable to drink now.
White - Sparkling
12/17/2018 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Up front notice, this is the best Ultramarine we have ever had. It sets a whole new level for the wines. Green apple, lemon, pineapple, bread dough, it’s all there. The wine does not convey sweetness, but rather the fruit carries all the way throug he mid-palate and finish. The texture is both soft and bracing at the same time. The mousse is almost caressing, but there is a brisk acid kick on the finish. It earned the coveted wife comment of “oh my!” I let my last pour settle down in the glass for a while, and it became clear that this is world class Chardonnay that has the added bonus of bubbles.

Amazing wine!
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Red
2015 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/16/2018 - Rieslingfan wrote:
First bottle from a case purchased for $14 a bottle on futures. It’s really hard to beat Lanessan from a value perspective, and the 2015 continues the string. Maybe it has a touch more oak than prior vintages, but it’s still a classic, close to old school Bordeaux. Moderate ripeness, solid tannins, and a fair touch of finishing austerity hit the mark for me.
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White - Off-dry
12/15/2018 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Wow, it’s been years since I last opened a bottle of this wine. There are still a few left in the cellar from what was once a huge stash of 20+ bottles, bought when Catoir Spatlese could be had for $21.99.

It’s definitely mature, gliding along a delicious plateau, where the tropical fruit (mango, pineapple, papaya - almost Scheurebe-esque) has been lightly grilled, and dusted with baking spices. The acidity is bracing, and makes my mouth water, prompting another sip.

I would advise drinking this wine if you have it. It’s not in any danger of heading over the hill any time soon, but why not catch that tropical fruit while it’s still the main focus.
White - Off-dry
12/13/2018 - Rieslingfan wrote:
The worst German Riesling vintage of the last 20 years still produced a few gems. The Brücke Auslese is a small gem, but one with many facets. It’s light for an auslese, especially by the standards of the new millennium, but it shows effortless balance. Roasted peach, honey, brown spice and a little bit of quinine bitterness make up what is a quite soft palate. The acids are gentle, and the overall impression is of a fully mature wine (from 375 by the way), though not in any danger of imminent decline.
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White
12/14/2018 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Precise, elegant and understated, the 2006 Vom Stein does not command an audience, it rather encourages contemplation. It’s really more of a springtime wine, when it would fit the new growth and coming warmth. But it’s still delicious in winter, with a combination of citrus, mineral and light honey tones. Nice to see a federspiel over the course of twelve years from the vintage. Wines don’t have to be big to age well.
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Red
12/13/2018 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Someone else said “good wine, not great”, and that largely sums it up. This wine has never been a star. It’s solid, a bit foursquare, but an agreeable dinner companion.
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Red
12/12/2018 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Served alongside the 2008 Chave St. Joseph, this was initially the leaner of the two wines. 24 hours of air did unfurl more fruit, but it stayed on the cool, lean side. Blackberry complimented leather, violet and roasted meat in a firmly acidic framework. Given the need for significant air to show its best side, I would advise waiting longer than I did.
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Red
12/12/2018 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Pulled from very cold storage, this is still tight. 24 hours of air brought out a little more fruit, but this needs 3-5 more years. It had surprising breadth on the palate for the lean 2008 vintage, and with some more development it could be a real star.
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