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Red
2009 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
6/10/2018 - tak4 Likes this wine:
89 points
Pop and pour. Delivered from Ridge 10 days prior. Ruby purple with touch of bricking at edge. Nose - strawberry, cherries, leather, stewed fruit (ketchup?), pluminess very deep. Low acidity, tannins still evolving but softened, plums, tomato, leather, cedar, black pepper. Very nice wine!
  • tak4 commented:

    7/27/18, 5:45 AM - 7/13/18 - had another bottle at Getaway House in NH. Consistent with prior notes

Red
2015 Walter Scott Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vineyard Willamette Valley
6/28/2018 - tak4 Likes this wine:
89 points
Decanted since tasting notes on CT suggested it could use a little air. Deep crimson. Cherries, allspice, tobacco, touch of vanilla. Palate - good acid, medium tannin, drinks medium alcohol, well balanced. Short finish. Tannins are actually moderately soft. I can see how this will improve with age but I do think it’s drinking well now.
  • tak4 commented:

    7/23/18, 4:16 PM - 7/22/18 - Had this wine again and notes were consistent with prior. This is a good wine but not overly attractive. I think I prefer the things I have in my cellar.

Red
2015 Rene Rostaing Côte-Rôtie Cuvée Classique Ampodium Syrah
6/20/2018 - tak4 wrote:
Had half-bottle at restaurant a few days ago. Unfamiliar style to me at this point. Strong pepper, tannins, spice. I can see why people call these 'meaty' and 'masculine.' Not sure if I love this style yet but I do have a couple of similar things in the cellar to try over the coming weeks.
  • tak4 commented:

    6/23/18, 2:53 AM - No, it was a newish spot in Palo Alto called Protégé. I recommend highly!

    Craigie is a favorite, though - I have had some superb wines there over the years including my first Premier Cru Chassagne-Montrachet. Wonderful place.

White
2015 tobias wein.gut (Tobias Schmid & Sohn) Cuvée Blanche Rheintal White Blend
9/2/2016 - RajivAyyangar wrote:
88 points
Wines on a Plane (Zurich - SFO): http://www.tobias-weingut.ch/

White wine of Riesling, Sylvaner, and Pinot Noir.

Pale gold in the glass. Aromatic (M+) nose of honeyed underripe apricot. Ripe fruit but relatively neutral in style (aromatic esters though). Slight terpenes but not Riesling level. Slight peach. Estery white flower and pear notes-due to youth. The slight reductive cherry fruit of the Pinot seems barely perceptible and bridges well with the reductive stone fruit.
Slight RS- maybe 10g. Medium body. Moderate alc - 12.5%. Medium acid. Moderate phenolic bitterness. Slight frizzante. Moderate plus finish of raw apricot, ripe peach, slight almond. A quality wine in a clean unbotrytized Pinot Gris style.

It's a clean floral Pinot Gris with a bit lighter sweetness, more verve, and a confusing twist of red cherry.

Similar in balance to an Albariño but with RS.
  • tak4 commented:

    5/14/18, 8:41 AM - Having it on ZRH-BOS myself!

  • tak4 commented:

    5/17/18, 2:36 AM - I liked it but airplanes ruin my palate, so I couldn't really do a detailed tasting. Great tasting note by the way!

Red
2016 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
5/12/2018 - Jeff Leve wrote:
99 points
Long, fresh, graceful, elegant, pure and refined, the layers of silky, cashmere textured fruits just doesn't quit. The wine has a uniqueness of character you can feel, taste and smell. This is a stunner and it still sells for a song. If you are not hip to what is going on with Les Carmes Haut Haut Brion, you should be!
  • tak4 commented:

    5/14/18, 4:51 AM - Nice note. Especially gratifying because I have a case on the way myself!

Red
2015 Bitouzet-Prieur Volnay Pinot Noir
Beautiful pale ruby. Burnt cherry, spice, earthy, ripe strawberries. Balanced with good acidity and super fine tannins that sneak in on the finish. What a deal.
  • tak4 commented:

    5/5/18, 11:17 PM - Nice review! When do you think this is optimal to drink?

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