Tasting Notes for Rick & Ilsa

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Red
10/20/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
91 points
Second half of bottle opened 2 days earlier, gassed, re-corked and kept in cellar. Not a lot of difference from days earlier. Maybe a little more fruit forward, smoother and more integration. Perhaps at peak or maybe just past.
Red
2009 Château La Rousselle Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/18/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
Been a little over a year since last bottle and this has improved a bit. Decanted for sediment and left for 3 hours. Cassis and cedar on the nose. Tastes of blackberry, cassis and some cherry. Forest floor and a little oak still resolving. Medium bodied, a little graphite, and tannins showing still. This has been a good buy and happy to still have a case to go. CT drinking window may have to be extended.
Red - Fortified
10/18/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
91 points
From 375. Decanted for four hours to allow the heat to blow off a bit. Caramel, toffee, coffee, nuts and Christmas spices. Sweet but not cloying, dried fruits and a quality spirit allowing all that fruit to show thru. Served with cream and fruit covered cheesecake desert instead of the sauterne originally planned, this was well received by all, even non port drinkers. Our favorite tawny.
Red
10/18/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
91 points
First time with this wine. Decanted and left for 3 hours. Dark brick red with a lighter rim. Nose of sweet red berries, tomato, and spices. On the palate, sweet red cherry, plum, clove and a little forest floor. Fully mature and resolved, medium bodied, this was enjoyable and easy to drink. With black truffle pasta.
White - Sparkling
2014 Argyle Vintage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
10/18/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
Another bottle just a few days after the last one. Reposting previous note as experience was identical..Nothing new to report.

Just a really solid wine. Green apple, pear, citrus, and bread with plenty of acidity. Comes across fresh and clean, very dry and lots of bubbles. Have been thru more than a case of this and happy to have over a case to go. These wines actually do age for 5 - 10 years and are our favorite weekday sparkler. Nice qpr.

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Rosé - Sparkling
2016 Argyle Brut Rosé Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
10/18/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
91 points
Second bottle in as many weeks to share with (socially distanced) friends. Previous note re-posted here as experience was identical.

First bottle from half case. This is a bit bigger than the 2015. Nice pink color, raspberry and citrus on the nose. Same on the palate, very dry, lots of acidity, crisp, flinty, and probably a little early. This should improve some with a little more time in the bottle
Rosé - Sparkling
2016 Argyle Brut Rosé Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
10/16/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
91 points
First bottle from half case. This is a bit bigger than the 2015. Nice pink color, raspberry and citrus on the nose. Same on the palate, very dry, lots of acidity, crisp, flinty, and probably a little early. This should improve some with a little more time in the bottle.
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White - Sparkling
2014 Argyle Vintage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
10/16/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
Just a really solid wine. Green apple, pear, citrus, and bread with plenty of acidity. Comes across fresh and clean, very dry and lots of bubbles. Have been thru more than a case of this and happy to have over a case to go. These wines actually do age for 5 - 10 years and are our favorite weekday sparkler. Nice qpr.
White - Sparkling
2010 Argyle Vintage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
10/16/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
89 points
Previous note applies, different night, same experience.
White - Sparkling
2010 Argyle Vintage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
10/16/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
89 points
Last 2 bottles from several cases. Solid sparkling wine. Citrus, apple, brioche with enough acidity to age and keep it fresh. Fine mousse that lasted long and strong. I think this wine is a good qpr and usually buy several cases in the better vintages as well as some of the extended triage.
White - Sparkling
2014 Argyle Vintage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
9/28/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
Previous notes apply.
White - Sparkling
2014 Argyle Vintage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
9/27/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
Always solid Oregon sparkler. Apple, citrus, with enough acidity to stay fresh. Favorite weekly sparkling wine.
Red
1989 Château Olivier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/27/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
91 points
8th bottle from case bought at auction around 2010. Cork soaked 3/4 of the way. Opens with dusty cassis, cherries, and some earthy aromas. On the palate, a strong iron streak with the same cherries and cassis. Opened a little more with some time in glass. A completely mature Bordeaux that has been a good buy and an enjoyable wine.
Red
1989 Château Olivier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/15/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
91 points
This bottle didn't show quite as well as last one, still nothing to complain about as this has outperformed levels of expectation. Opened to strong notes of iron and blood. After a little time in the glass, cherries, cassis, tobacco and dust made an appearance. From case bought at auction around 2010, these have been a pleasant surprise and a good qpr.
White - Sparkling
2009 Argyle Vintage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
9/15/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
Well stored bottle. Usual notes of apple, citrus and brioche. Plenty of bubbles and acidity to keep things fresh. Holding up pretty well.
Red
9/9/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
Third wine from Giscours. Vineyard located literally across the street from the Margaux vineyard, but outside the border so must be labeled Haut Medoc. Vines are younger, but vinification is done at Chateau Giscours by the same team, so I'm told.
TN Red berries, dark fruits, some cedar. Medium body, tannins resolving, nice easy drinking left bank.
White - Sparkling
9/7/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
91 points
Pnp from split disgorged in 2014. Apple, yeast, yellow stone fruits and bready. Golden in color, palate follows nose. Nice mousse, this wine always delivers.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2011 Château Doisy-Daëne Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
9/6/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
94 points
From split. Well this was excellent. I've always thought 2011 was an underrated vintage for Sauternes and this seems to prove this point. Tropical fruits, honey, pineapple, mango, vanilla and botrytus spice. This is an excellent, rich, medium bodied sauterne that might be better with a bit more acidity. Regardless of that this is another example of the fact that both the Vedrines and Daene were superb in this vintage. This vintage might just be the best of their recent efforts. I prefer the Vedrines at this stage as it's a bit fresher, while the Daene is richer and a bit more complex. Either way, it would be hard to go wrong. Good qpr.
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White - Sparkling
2014 Argyle Vintage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
9/6/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
Our favorite Oregon sparkler. When served cold, crisp, clean and fresh. Notes of apple, citrus and toast. Nice qpr. Ordered a lot of the 2016..
Red
9/5/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
91 points
Dark purple, with scents of warm dark berries, spices and a bit of something minty. Palate follows, cherries, plum, garrigue with plenty of acidity. Medium to full bodied, this rich ripe wine shows well now but should improve as the drying tannins mellow out. Pure, silky and smooth, nice qpr.
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White
9/4/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
88 points
Soft and easy Bordeaux Sauv Blank that still shows pretty well for what it is. White stone fruits, lemon, mixed citrus and a slight grassy element, this has enough acidity to still maintain some balance. Been drinking these for years and the fruit and brightness that showed when younger is starting to fade a bit. Drank 2 bottles with friends (distancing) with both bottles showing the same.
Red
1996 Château Bel-Air Lagrave Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/4/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
88 points
Bought this because it's been reconditioned and it's easy to take to restaurants to be opened. Fully mature Bordeaux that's losing its fruit quickly. Some bottle variation. Drink up.
Red
9/2/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
This is why I usually buy some of the lesser chateau in great vintages. Nice right bank that over delivers. Black fruits and berries, some leather and forest floor, tannins resolving with some still noticeable cedar. Not complex, but a solid wine for the price. Will outlast the ct drinking window it seems.
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Red
9/2/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
89 points
Easy to drink mature bordeaux that sees absolutely no wood during the aging process. Because of that it comes across as fruit forward and slightly modern in style. Cherries, cassis, truffle and dust. Not complex and probably won't improve, but a nice wine when the company doesn't appreciate the big dogs.
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Red
9/1/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
92 points
Balance of bottle previously coravined 2 weeks ago. Little to add to previous note except the fruit seemed a little more pronounced than before. The silkiness is still the most dominate feature to me. Note reposted below.

Access via Coravin, #chatters, left in glass an hour. Red berries, black cherries, with a little truffle and cedar on the nose. The first thing I noticed when taking a sip is how silky the wine feels in the mouth. Same red berries, medium bodied, red fruits, wood and bordeaux dust. While this certainly isn't a fruit bomb or the most complex pomerol out there, what does stick out was the balance, everything playing at the same level. Still a bit of spice and a nice dryness on the end, this doesn't need food although the usual suspects come to mind. Although this is bottle 4 of a case bought on release, if bottles with good providence came up at auction, I'd be a play
Red
9/1/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
91 points
Decanted (threw a lot of sediment) for 3 hours and back into cleaned bottle. This chateau always produces this wine in a big, modern, fruit forward kind of way, and this wine is no exception. From 50 year old vines this wine sometimes lacks a bit of terroir, but it's still a good wine. Full bodied with cherry, cassis, plum, and still resolving cedar on the nose and palate. Seems every time I drink this it comes off a bit plummy at first, but morphs into a solid wine with plenty of time. I buy this in almost every good right bank vintage and glad to have more as I think it's a good qpr.
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Red
2008 Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner Dry Creek Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/1/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
91 points
Showing better than last bottle 18 months ago. Decanted for an hour and back into cleaned bottle. This seemed much more balanced than before. Lots of sweet ripe black fruit, tannins still, spices and a bit of cedar. It seems all the parts have finally come together, at least this bottle. Really a nice bottle of wine that didn't require food. Looks like the ct drinking window needs to be extended. Glad to have a few more.
Red
1989 Château Olivier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/1/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
92 points
Cork came out intact, soaked about 1/3 up, perfect ullage. Quick decant and then back into bottle to be served with dinner. This wine smells like you want all Bordeaux this age to smell. Dry cherries, cassis and a bit of forest floor. Palate follows with some leather and a bit of coffee thrown in. Tannins fully resolved with a still noticeable spine of acidity and iron and a bit of tartness on the finish. Maybe over the hill a bit, but still a pleasure.
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Red
9/1/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
88 points
One of several bottles opened for dinner. This is from a couple of guys who were starting their own winery and only lasted a season or two. Luckily they grapes were vinified by a superior winemaker by luck. Don't recall the name.
A pretty big merlot, fruit forward, definitely ripe and sweet. Some decanter time made this pair pretty well with smoked ribs. Time left.
Red - Fortified
8/31/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
88 points
Lone bottle from a mixed case of port bought at auction years ago. Hot on opening so set aside in the decanter overnight. Nose of cherries, spices, and toffee. On the palate this was a little thin with a bitterness on the finish. Obviously not a not shelf port and seemingly on the decline.
White - Sparkling
8/31/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
Split, disgorged 2014. Always solid sparkler that shows beautiful gold with notes of apple, yeast, and yellow stone fruits. Palate follows with lots of fine bubbles. The toasty brioche flavors improve as the very slight reduction blows off with time in glass.
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Red
2010 Château Cap de Faugères Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/31/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
91 points
Last bottle 12/24 and that note still applies. This is a good, ripe, modern bordeaux, although it could be from other places and that's probably the only knock here. Lots of warm dark fruits, cherries, and plum. This is ripe and sweet but with enough tannin for that not to be a problem. Overall, a solid right bank wine with plenty of time left despite the estimated ct drinking window. Nice qpr.
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Red
2003 Château Malescasse Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/30/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
flawed
Corked.
White - Sparkling
2014 Argyle Vintage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
8/30/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
Had several cases of this stockpiled as we enjoy this in the summer with friends who also seem to like it. As always, crisp, clean and with a nice backbone of acidity to keep it all fresh.
Rosé - Sparkling
8/30/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
Served a little warmer than last time, this seemed to show the strawberry and raspberry flavors better. Always solid, lots of effervescence with apple, toasty bread and a solid backbone of acidity to keep everything fresh.
White
8/30/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
88 points
Nice soft Bordeaux sauv blanc. As otheres have noted, this doesn't come across as fresh as when it was younger and I have to admit I preferred the earlier version. Still, nice at a dinner party when some guests didn't want to drink the big reds.
White - Sparkling
2014 Argyle Vintage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
8/25/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
Pear, apple, citrus, yeast notes.
Red
8/16/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
92 points
Access via Coravin, #chatters, left in glass an hour. Red berries, black cherries, with a little truffle and cedar on the nose. The first thing I noticed when taking a sip is how silky the wine feels in the mouth. Same red berries, medium bodied, red fruits, wood and bordeaux dust. While this certainly isn't a fruit bomb or the most complex pomerol out there, what does stick out was the balance, everything playing at the same level. Still a bit of spice and a nice dryness on the end, this doesn't need food although the usual suspects come to mind. Although this is bottle 4 of a case bought on release, if bottles with good providence came up at auction, I'd be a player.
Red - Fortified
8/3/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
97 points
From 375, opened and poured into large glasses (except for the last 1/2 inch as this is starting to throw sediment) and left to sit for an hour. Not enough time for the wine to open up, but that would take considerably longer anyway. Dark garnet color, almost blood red at the rim. Smells of elderberry, blackberry, blueberry and something almost cooling. On the palate this is massive and concentrated with huge amounts of fruit and ripe tannin. To my palate this is already very well balanced although everything is on a huge scale. Smooth, almost like drinking liquid silk, not cloying and with a pleasant bite on the end that ends the sweetness at just the right moment. Drinking remarkably well decades before it's ready, I think this is the best young VP I've ever had the pleasure to drink. Look forward to watching the evolution for as long as I am able. Enjoy!
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Red
1996 Château Bel-Air Lagrave Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/1/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
88 points
Fully mature, some bottle variation as this showed less fruit than some recent bottles. Past prime, structure left, fruit not so much. A little air helped this wine.
Red - Sparkling
8/1/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
88 points
Light red, smells like raspberry and apple. Last time we drank this we thought it was dry, but this time it came across as quite sweet and it was just the acidity that made it seem that way. Drank quite a bit warmer than last time and that was the difference. We wanted to see if we wanted to order more as it's an easy to enjoy, inexpensive sparkler and we do have a case on the way, but decided not to order more. Raspberry, strawberry, with big acidity, would be a good food wine.
White - Sparkling
2014 Argyle Vintage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
7/26/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
90 points
Best vintage of this Oregon sparkling wine in the past 10 years. Crisp, with high acidity, apple, pear, lemon and toasty brioche.
Red
2010 Château D'Aiguilhe Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/26/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
91 points
Decanted for 2 hours. Like the '05 vintage, the '10's on the right bank are still pretty tannic and this is no exception. Big, full, ripe, and modern in style with notes of plum cherries, cassis, tobacco and oak. Sweet and smooth with a big abv, this wine is starting to mellow while at the same time retain much of its initial power and body. Looks like the drinking window will have to be extended as this is holding up well and still improving.
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Red - Fortified
7/20/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
92 points
My experience seems to have been better than some recent tasters. Opened (durand) and filtered into decanter for 48 hours, back into cleaned bottle for service with desert, custard fruit tart. Cherries, and more cherries, plum, raisins, baking spices, and dry dark fruits. Not big or complex, but still with enough fruit to be interesting. A lot of these older ports suffered from the quality of the spirit used back then, and I've found a long decant can make a big difference. Yes, past its peak, but still a pleasure.
White - Sparkling
7/20/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
95 points
Served very cold. Maybe a bit of reduction when first poured, but that blew off with some time in the glass. Beautiful straw color with nose of apple, pear, lemon, brioche, and peach. Palate follows with the apple, pear, citrus, and white stone fruits showing up front. Balanced, crisp, creamy, and with enough acidity to keep it fresh, this should continue to improve for many years to come. Have been fortunate to drink a number of vintages of DP over the years and still believe this to be one of the best young vintages in years.
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Red
2009 Château Meyney St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/20/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
92 points
After reading previous notes, I decanted this for 4 hours before dinner, and believe this improved the experience. First bottle from case bought on release. Tasted initially and the wine was closed and not showing much. After the extended decant, the wine opened up into a beautiful wine showing nose and notes of cassis, plum, dark berries, tobacco, tomato leaf, forest floor and spices. Medium to full bodied and definitely ripe with the tannins still resolving, this wine seems at the beginning of its drinking curve. This is one of those cases that you bought and stored, hoping it would turn into something more than it was, and it did. Isn't that why we cellar these wines? Served with rare filet, this was very well received by the group. Nice.
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Red
1989 Château Bel-Air Lagrave Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/19/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
89 points
Classic bordeaux nose of cassis, tobacco, leather and dry dark fruits. Showing the same on the palate, with lots of tertiary notes. The fruit is perhaps not what it once was, but this still delivers when you want some of that old school, fully mature bordeaux.
Red - Sparkling
7/19/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
89 points
Pale ruby in color, with nose and notes of strawberry, raspberry and green apple. Relatively dry with plenty of acidity to keep it fresh. Nice summer sparkler served very cold.
Red
1990 Château Les Ormes de Pez St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/12/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
92 points
Pnp, cork saturated about half way, 9th bottle from case purchased long ago. Still very dark crimson with very little age showing around the edges. Excellent nose of red and black berries, forest floor and leather. Much the same on the palate. Fully mature bdx, almost exactly what you expect. Berries, tobacco, leather, dust and a mineral backbone that was pleasant. Really pretty classic aged bdx.
White - Sparkling
7/11/2020 - Rick & Ilsa wrote:
91 points
Pnp from split. Nose of yeast and apple, on the palate the apple was dominate, with citrus, brioche and toast. This nv champagne seems to be improving as this has been in the cellar for some years. Delicious and glad to have more.
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