Tasting Notes for Rick & Ilsa

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Red
3/23/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
91 points
Fourth bottle from case and the best yet. Ruby red with easy warm nose of red berries, dark fruits, spice, cherries, and a bit of cedar. Really a pretty classic Margaux that doesn't come across as sweet despite the vintage. Plenty of time left, seems to be improving. Showed well and represents a good qpr. Nice food wine.
Red
3/23/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
91 points
Solid showing. Requires decanting for sediment. Deep ruby with nose of plums, licorice, cherry and cola. On the palate, much the same with red and dark berries and a little bit of wood. 100% Tempranillo. Seems ready now, but plenty of time left.
White - Sparkling
2015 Argyle Vintage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
3/23/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
88 points
Solid Oregon sparkling wine with nose and notes of green apple, brioche, citrus, and white stone fruits. Plenty of acidity to keep the wine from coming across as sweet. Good qpr.
Red - Fortified
3/14/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
96 points
From 375 previously coravined. Of course not even close to being ready, but still so well balanced and utterly delicious that it doesn't seem a waste to drink it now. This port is rich, silky and concentrated with lots of acidity and tannins to support the huge fruit. The flavor descriptors seem to change with each sip. Found a dozen more 375s so that I can continue to drink it decades before its ready and watch its evolution. Still the best "young" VP I've ever tasted.
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Red
3/14/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
92 points
From bottle previously coravined. Previous note still applys. Deep crimson red, with nose of red berries, chocolate, spice and some oak still. Much the same on the palate, very soft and silky. Typical Pommerol flavors dominate, although this bottle seemed a little more on the sweet side than was noticed before. Some more time in the bottle may improve this.
White - Sparkling
2010 Argyle Vintage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
3/8/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
Always solid Oregon sparker. Still crisp and clean with notes of green apple and brioche. A little darker and more advanced than previous bottles, but still a solid qpr.
Red
1990 Château Bel-Air Lagrave Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/8/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
91 points
Pnp at restaurant from bottle reconditioned at Chateau in 2017. These have showed a little bottle variation with this one at the top end. Just a nice aged bordeaux with dark fruits, cassis, tobacco and bordeaux dust. Still seems to have time left. Easy choice for restaurants as the corks are new and you don't have to pack the Durand.
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Red
3/3/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
88 points
Reading previous tasting notes as I was getting ready to post mine, I have to admit that I enjoyed this bottle more than most tasters here. While not overly complex or memorable, it was a nice solid, aged bordeaux that showed quite well. Dark fruits showing still, tannins resolved, earth, dust and some spice.
White - Sparkling
3/3/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
From split. I get a case of 24 splits every 2-4 years and this is the first bottle from a new case. Definitely Bollinger style. Golden color with rich notes of ripe apple, biscuits, white stone fruits with a yeasty finish. Fine mousse, and a bit creamy. Always nice.
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Red - Fortified
3/3/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
91 points
Given a couple of hours in a decanter to let a bit of the heat blow off. Always a great tawny with nuts, sweet dried fruits, toffee, figs and spices. A versatile port that really goes well with a great many things, some of which might not be traditional.
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White - Sparkling
2015 Argyle Vintage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
2/15/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
88 points
House sparkling wine, previous notes apply.
White - Sparkling
2/15/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
89 points
From split. Medium to full bodied, with notes of ripe apple and lots of biscuit and brioche. Maybe not as balanced as when these bottles were younger. These have been in my cellar for a number of years now.
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Red
2009 Château Cap de Faugères Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/9/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
Nice bottle. Pnp, consistent with previous bottles. On the nose, cassis, smoke, tobacco and spices. On the palate, warm dark fruits, plums, cassis and cola. Not very complex and still not developing any secondary notes, this is still a enjoyable bottle of bordeaux from an excellent vintage. Own this chateau in multiple vintages and it always seems to represent a solid qpr.
White - Sparkling
2015 Argyle Vintage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
2/9/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
88 points
Always solid Oregon sparkler with nose and notes of green apple, citrus, and white stone fruits. Solid value.
White - Sparkling
2000 Argyle Extended Tirage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
1/31/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
Unfortunately, same as the previous notes. Will finish these off soon. Relegated to end of the night wine.
Red
1999 Château Les Ormes de Pez St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/26/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
Decanted at restaurant. Again, perfect cork. Aromas of warm plums, tobacco, muchrooms, and cassis. On the palate much the same with the addition of some not completely resolved tannins and nice acidity. Showing a firm backbone with a bit of a mineral streak that began to show an hour in, this wine seems in no danger of losing its smoky fruit anytime soon. Seems like plenty of time still, but doubtful there will be any meaningful improvement.
White - Sparkling
2015 Argyle Vintage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
1/16/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
88 points
Wish someone else would post a note so it doesn't look like I'm just swilling these down. With friends, after dinner, nice end of the night sparkler.
White - Sparkling
2015 Argyle Vintage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
1/5/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
88 points
Holidays, drinking a lot of these, previous notes apply.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1/5/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
96 points
Well, this is just spectacular even this young. Having previously tasted the clos du bourg demi-sec, I was looking forward to this. Young, and not yet close to ready, still easy to find grapefruit, pear, honey, lemon, white flowers, citrus, and lots of tropical and stone fruits. Sweet, but not cloying, maybe even a bit dryer than expected, this is a big, rich, full, concentrated, and balanced wine. So good now, makes wish you could somehow fast forward 50 years to see what it will become. Imo this represents an incredible qpr and I think taking advantage of that to be able to watch the evolution is money perhaps better spent than a lot of the wine I buy. Probably biased to the sweeter wines as 20% of my cellar is either port or sauterne.
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Red
1989 Château Olivier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/5/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
92 points
Just a solid bottle of nicely aged bdx. Nose and notes of dry dark cherry, earth, cassis, and coffee. Tannins fully resolved, light bodied and surely fully mature, and maybe past its peak, this shows what a correctly balanced bottle of aged bordeaux can show. Still a bit of acidity and tartness on the finish, to me, these have been a great qpr. Last bottle was corked, but overall, I wish all my purchases turned out this well.
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Red - Fortified
1/5/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
91 points
Splash decant, back into the bottle and served. On the nose aromas of nuts, figs, coffee, and raisins. Same on the palate with some honey, almond, and caramel. Plenty of dry dark fruits, sweet but not cloying, and pretty nicely balanced. Heat shows but that's due to the quick decant, time in the decanter would help with that. Overall a delicious, solid port that was enjoyed by all and, imo represents a solid qpr.
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Red
1/2/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
92 points
Slow ox for 2 hours, decant and served. Fully mature Cali cab, but still showing more fruit than expected. Notes of cherry, cola, leather and a bit of forest floor easy to find. Medium bodied, smooth and pretty balanced intially, this did lose a little fruit as time went by, but the bottle emptied pretty fast. Nicely resolved and easy to drink, my last 3 bottles need to be enjoyed soon.
Red
1/2/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
Fully resolved and easy to drink Cali cab. Sour cherry, cassis and a bit of tobacco with the tannins making a brief appearance. Fruit still there, with medium to light body and a little on the austere side, but that may just be the fruit fading a bit. Slow ox for 2 hours.
Red
1/2/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
Well stored bottle, opened and splash decant. Almost identical to note from 8/25/2018. Lots of cherry and tobacco initially with some cedar showing still. Medium bodied, nicely balanced and with plenty of fruit and some secondary notes easy to find. Resolved and easy to drink, some of these minor bdx's from the underrated 2001 vintage seem to be showing pretty well.
White - Sparkling
2015 Argyle Vintage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
1/2/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
88 points
Crisp and clean, with green apple, citrus, pear and notes of brioche. Not particularly deep or big, but solid and easy to drink. Although not my favorite vintage, these bruts are always well received and represent a good qpr.
White - Sparkling
2000 Argyle Extended Tirage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
1/2/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
88 points
Sadly, another bottle that lost all its fizz after a little time in the flute. I own this in the 2001 and 2002 vintages, and the last time I tried both of these, they were excellent and still retained all their bubbles. Still, a nice still wine. Four bottles to go..
White - Sparkling
2015 Argyle Vintage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
12/31/2019 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
88 points
Another solid showing. Green Apple, flint, and a little mineral. Clean and relatively fresh, good sparkler for the holidays.
Red - Fortified
12/26/2019 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
91 points
From a bottle opened 12/4, decanted for 24 hours, back into cleaned bottle. Drank about 1/2 the bottle, vacuumed and returned to cellar.
Previous note holds true. Maybe came across as a little fuller and richer than the first time, but not as much change as usual when I've done this with other vintage ports.
White - Sparkling
2015 Argyle Vintage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
12/26/2019 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
88 points
Basically same as note from 12/24. I've drank this in many vintages, and this one doesn't seem to me to be among their best. I think I may have read somewhere that they used a lot more Pinot Noir than usual in this vintage, not sure that's what the difference is or not.
Red
2010 Château Cap de Faugères Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/24/2019 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
91 points
Pnp, big, ripe, modern style of Bordeaux. Immediate nose of cherries, cassis, tobacco, and plum, with some oak still showing. Rich and full, with ripe juicy fruit with a bit of leather on the finish. Really a nice merlot that seems ready now, but still has time left.
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Red
2010 Château D'Aiguilhe Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/24/2019 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
91 points
Decanted for 5 hours, then back into cleaned bottle. First bottle from case purchased on release. This is a big, modern right bank Bordeaux that showed very well. Big notes of cherry, plum, cassis, cacao, tobacco and a bit of that Bordeaux dust. Smooth and silky, with big, but ripe tannins, that kept the wine fresh, despite the big ABV. Rich, dense, full bodied and a bit on the sweet side without going over the edge. Nice wine.
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White - Sparkling
2015 Argyle Vintage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
12/24/2019 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
88 points
Very dry and crisp. Notes of apple, pear, citrus, and brioche, with enough acidity to keep everything clean. Maybe not as good as previous vintages, still a solid wine and a nice qpr.
Red
12/18/2019 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
Decanted, but really no need, no sediment and wine was ready from the get go. Tart cherries, tobacco, figs, sweet tomatos and a little leather. Medium bodied and a little acidic, easy drinking and fading a bit by the last glass. Drank with homemade Tagliolini and black truffles.
White - Sparkling
12/18/2019 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
From split. These have been in my cellar for 4 years or so, and I am noticing a slight amount of bottle variation. No big deal, just interesting. Solid champs, apple, bread, oak, seems a little richer than previous bottles, nice.
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Red
12/8/2019 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
92 points
Opened and decanted at restaurant for 30 minutes. When decanted several people at the table said "cherries." Even the waiter mentioned it when he came back. Nose and notes of sour cherry, cassis, graphite, with some oak still showing. Smooth, lots of fruit still, medium bodied and continued to improve with time in the glass. One of my friends even sent me a email today telling me it took her back to when she was a child, eating so many cherries off her Grandmothers sour cherry tree that she would get sick. Nice that wine can evoke memories like that. By far the best bottle yet. 92+
White - Sparkling
12/8/2019 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
From split. Solid as usual. Toasty apple, brioche, citrus and pear notes.
Nice bottle.
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Red - Fortified
12/4/2019 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
91 points
Solid single quinta port from a less than stellar year. Decanted 24 hours, then back into cleaned bottle. Showing really well with plenty of fruit, spices, some cocoa and tobacco. Not as big, complex or sweet as vintage Fonsecas, this was still a pleasure to drink. Smooth and silky, and showing no heat (probably due to long decant) this still seems to be on the way up and should still develop with more time.
Red
1990 Château L'Arrosée St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/4/2019 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
Showing a little more age than previous bottles. Cork fully saturated, removed with Durand. Garnet with slight orange showing on the rim. Notes of red fruit, leather, mushrooms and with a slight prune tartness. Settled down with some time in the glass. Definitely an aged Bordeaux and perhaps time to drink up.
White - Sparkling
2009 Argyle Vintage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
12/4/2019 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
Another solid showing for this Oregon sparkler. The usual apple, pear, and brioche on nose and palate. Crisp and clean with enough acidity to keep things vibrant. Lots of bubbles still, and based on this bottle, plenty of time left. Solid qpr.
White - Sparkling
11/29/2019 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
On opening, closed, acidic, gunflint, grapefruit, lemon, with a bitter finish. I was bummed. Then I gave it some time.. The reviews starting to make sense. This is big and young, so its hard to say anything bad about it, and although I'm a big dp fan, I still think the '06 is better at this stage. Needs time.
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Red
1989 Château Olivier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/24/2019 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
While previous bottles have shown surprisingly well, this bottle had an excessive amount of VA. Not rated.
Red
2003 Clos Les Lunelles Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/21/2019 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
91 points
Pnp at dinner, no decant. Classic Bordeaux nose, really a nice bottle. Lots of fruit still, cassis, oak, graphite, forest floor and a slight mineral element that was nice. Throwing a bit of sediment, so a decant would be preferred. From the hot 2003 vintage, this lesser chateau seems to be on the way up still, despite the estimated CT drinking window.
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Red
11/13/2019 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
85 points
First bottle from case purchased on release. Reading previous posters, I was looking forward to trying this. However, this bottle showed quite a bit of VA. Left for a couple of hours, some of it blew off, but it was still very noticeable and ruined the tasting experience. Hope other bottles show better.
Red
1989 Château Phélan Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/11/2019 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
From bottle purchased at auction many years ago. This wine looks like an aged Bordeaux. A little orange at the rim with a dark red center. Nose of decaying leaves, pencil lead, and cherry. On the palate, mostly tertiary flavors out front. Some time and swirling reveals that the fruit is somewhat muted, but still present. Tannins integrated, with plenty of that Bordeaux dust, earth, and graphite. A iron/mineral element creeps in toward the end, but is not distracting. Overall, a nice aged Bordeaux that is perhaps past its peak. Don't see this improving.
White - Sparkling
11/11/2019 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
From split. Beautiful golden hue. Traditional notes of toast, yeast, biscuit, apple and some lemon and lime. Medium to full bodied with fine bubbles and fresh finish. L1430865
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Red
2009 Château Cap de Faugères Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/7/2019 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
89 points
Pnp, showing much the same as previous bottles. Nose and notes of cassis, plum, cola, and a bit of toasty oak. Medium bodied and modern in style, balanced, with sweet tannins and just a bit of bitterness on the end. Not complex, but shows the sweet ripe fruit of the vintage. Nice qpr on release.
Red - Fortified
11/6/2019 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
96 points
Coravin from 375. Well this is spectacular, deep ruby while pouring, then dark ruby rim with a black center in the glass. First thing I smell is cocoa, blueberry, alcohol, spice and some sweet tobacco and more spices, something like that. On the palate, same thing, but it's so huge I've taken 7 or 8 sips just to try to describe it. Huge, full, sweet, waves of massive fruit, tannins noticeable, and perfectly balanced. Couldn't even guess at a "mature" date but this could be a century wine and there won't be a bad time to drink this the whole time. I think the best "young" VP I've ever had.
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Red
2003 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/5/2019 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
89 points
This bottle showed well. Notes of cherries, cassis, and wood, with some of that Bordeaux earth. Improved in the glass, medium bodied, but pretty well balanced, this was better than expected. None of the stewed fruit you sometimes get with the hot '03 vintage.
Red - Fortified
11/5/2019 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
92 points
This bottle showing a bit more evolved than the previous two. Still a very nice bottle of VP showing notes of fig, black cherry, warm dark fruits, and Xmas spice. Medium bodied, clean and not showing any heat, probably due to long decant, smooth tannins and good balance. Showing ready but no hurry here.
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Red
2000 Château Lartigue Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/5/2019 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
89 points
Soft and easy Bordeaux. Pretty typical cassis, dark cherries, a little wood and some tertiary notes. Needed a few minutes for the funk to blow off. Show a iron/mineral streak that was noticeable, but not distracting. Overall, nice.
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