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White
2016 Paetra Riesling Yamhill-Carlton
9/17/2020 - BackroadsPDX Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful domestic Riesling. Very steely, floral, and mineral. Super intriguing.

Jasmine flowers, green pear, and a kiss of petrol - even a little hint of like, brand new suede leather.

Slightly off dry, beautifully balanced. Killer.
  • wagonwine commented:

    9/29/20, 4:33 PM - Absolutely agree

Red
2014 Darby Syrah The Dark Side Columbia Valley
5/12/2019 - Ksk44 wrote:
91 points
Dark, rich with a lingering, velvety finish and excellent fruit. At $15/bottle, outstanding QPR!
  • wagonwine commented:

    9/19/20, 7:11 PM - Agreed!

Red
2015 Wind Gap Wines Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
4/26/2020 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
91 points
I don’t mean to hang on points, and I certainly don’t want to give a Point/$ ratio and call that a QPR, but AG gave this 93. I think he was being generous, but let’s be clear. This is a Sonoma Coast wine that actually expresses the climate and terroir. This isn’t some jammy, overly-ripe, and heavily extracted wine like a Ferren. This is a true to varietal Burgundian style wine. It’s only 12.4% alcohol but the fruit is so bright and clear. Clearly that is meant so show, but it shows like an oboe solo. Yes, it’s there. It dominates the palate, but it’s framed beautifully. The nose is rich and fragrant. The fruit is actually lighter than the nose suggests. The finish is marked by bright acidity and a variety of botanicals that announce themselves on the first breath.

so the QPR on this wine (from Garagiste) is stupid good. I’m a fan. This wine has come into its own now. I don’t think age helps the wine develop more. I could see this moving from purple fruit to red fruit in a couple of years, but lovely now.
  • wagonwine commented:

    7/28/20, 6:01 PM - Absolutely agree. Well written.

Red
2015 Patton Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir Estate Willamette Valley
4/28/2020 - JFW Likes this wine:
88 points
Fine. Nothing earth shattering and the price doesn't seem aligned with the excitement or complexity. Maybe I'm being harsh, but I don't quite feel this at $37/btl.
  • wagonwine commented:

    6/29/20, 6:36 AM - Agreed

Red
2015 Soter Pinot Noir North Valley Reserve Willamette Valley
This is still very tight - even on day 2. You can sense the structure and fruit on the palate, but it's still not showing its secrets.
  • wagonwine commented:

    5/13/20, 7:07 PM - Perhaps. I'm a little less hopeful.

Red
2012 Reininger Merlot Walla Walla Valley
6/23/2019 - wmccone54 wrote:
91 points
Definitely some slight improvement over the last year, more expressive, developed and integrated. Well balanced and showing complexity. Worked perfectly with grilled chicken fajitas at Sunday family dinner. I would definitely purchase this again.
  • wagonwine commented:

    3/25/20, 3:49 PM - Agreed

Red
2014 Amavi Cellars Syrah Walla Walla Valley
2/25/2019 - wino121 wrote:
89 points
V/into decant, consumed over 3 hours, really good, just too young at this point.
I’d wait 2-3 years and re try, all the elements are in place to evolve up 2-3 points easily.
A great bargain from last btl.
  • wagonwine commented:

    2/27/19, 4:16 PM - Agree 100%. Very impressed with my first bottle.

Red
2014 Dusted Valley Vintners Syrah Stained Tooth Columbia Valley
6/15/2018 - Clark W Griswold Likes this wine:
90 points
Double decant. Nice nose of red and blue fruits. It has some viscosity in the glass. Lots of Blackberry! chewy tannins akin to red mountain fruit. Maybe picking up on the red heaven vineyard component.. This blend also includes Walla Walla valley (Stoney Vine - Their Estate), Wahluke Slope (stone Tree) and the Yakima valley (Olsen). It’s got a hint of that salinity that I crave in a syrah. $24 at Costco right now. I’d drink it again.
  • wagonwine commented:

    8/23/18, 12:19 PM - Mostly Columbia Valley fruit pushes this wine toward a more fruit dominant style. Good find at Costco.

Red
2006 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Grace Vineyard Dundee Hills
5/18/2018 - galewskj wrote:
90 points
Bring a Very Good Bottle (Kenwood Restaurant): Slow O'd 2 hours. I loved the nose, it was absolute heaven. Intoxicating fruit, so much going on. The palate, on the other hand, hits with a 2x4 thud. There is a lot of spice, big rich ripe fruit and overall cloying and heavy. Some people at the table really liked this. I felt it completely lacked balance on the palate.
  • wagonwine commented:

    5/19/18, 6:50 AM - Agreed.

White
2014 Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières Chardonnay
5/18/2018 - galewskj wrote:
93 points
Bring a Very Good Bottle (Kenwood Restaurant): I absolutely loved this. It has such an ethereal profile. Lemon, light, high acid, absolutely lovely.
  • wagonwine commented:

    5/19/18, 6:40 AM - Completely with you on this one.

Red
2013 Result of a Crush Washington Red Blend
3/25/2018 - wino121 wrote:
93 points
What a difference a year makes, wow, smoking good right out the gun!
It’s just in the sweet spot, tasting like a $$$$ right now, lots going on.
I really can’t believe this is the same btl,, that said, it’s all you’d expect from a walla Syrah..and more!
Anyone holding this should re visit, soon.
  • wagonwine commented:

    4/4/18, 7:39 PM - Agreed! Just opened tonight. Stunning.

White
2014 COR Cellars Alba Cor Celilo Vineyard Columbia Gorge White Blend
8/9/2016 - Arwasa wrote:
75 points
Drinkable, light
  • wagonwine commented:

    3/1/18, 7:35 PM - This score is unfair to this wine. It is sound, varietally correct, and balanced, at the very least. Confused by this 70, which should mean flawed, hideous, and undrinkable.

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