Tasting Notes for gfleener

(33 notes on 28 wines)

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Red
8/1/2010 - gfleener wrote:
93 points
very nice. there was a lot going on here & i drank most of the bottle myself.
Red
7/15/2010 - gfleener wrote:
94 points
maybe it was perfect timing, maybe it was the food pairing, maybe it was just what i needed, but whatever the reason, this bottle was absolutely fantastic! it had just the right complex, earthy, fruity, acidity balance. it was intriguing & delicious. great job andrew!
Red
7/9/2010 - gfleener wrote:
90 points
very good, but a bit tight. needs time in bottle or decanter. patience will be rewarded here.
Red
2006 Jacob Franklin Mon Chou #33 Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/12/2010 - gfleener wrote:
88 points
perhaps a bit closed right now. definitely needs some time.
Red
7/8/2010 - gfleener wrote:
90 points
i drank these bottles throughout june & enjoyed every one.
Red
7/5/2010 - gfleener wrote:
89 points
drank with rosemary grilled chicken breasts & enjoyed. good berry flavors, some spice. went very well with dinner.
Red
7/6/2010 - gfleener wrote:
90 points
very nice with my grilled salmon.
Red
6/2/2010 - gfleener wrote:
89 points
katy's birthday & we had a bunch of her co-workers over & i made sangria with several bottles of cheap stuff. as the party was winding down, i was ready for some "real wine" & katy asked for this one. i found it to be a solid napa cab & i enjoyed it without trying to pick it apart. afriend with an excellent palate said he was getting some mushroom flavors & aromas "in a good way". i think this can still go a few years & may improve.
Red
5/30/2010 - gfleener wrote:
90 points
you know, there really isn't a lot of complexity here, but it tastes good & makes me happy. i am glad i bought a whole case & i will go through it pretty quickly.
Red
5/28/2010 - gfleener wrote:
90 points
another solid performance from a loring pinot.
Rosé
5/30/2010 - gfleener wrote:
83 points
i'm not really sure what this is supposed to taste like, so i have no reference point. it was reasonably enjoyable, but not at all exciting
Red
5/23/2010 - gfleener wrote:
92 points
better than the '06 at this point, a lot going on. katy & i both liked this wine very much.
Red
5/23/2010 - gfleener wrote:
90 points
very nice syrah! i was concerned when they sent me the e-mail telling me i could buy it for $15 a bottle if i bought a case, but i am happy i pulled the trigger on this one.
Red
5/24/2010 - gfleener wrote:
85 points
this was better the 2nd & 3rd days. obviously i wasn't thrilled with it or there would not have been a 2nd day. i opened a 2006 elyse syrah at the same time & it disappeared quickly. this wine was good, just not great & not as good as the elyse.
Red
5/24/2010 - gfleener wrote:
92 points
very nice cabernet. no real note, but katy & i were both very happy with this wine.
White
5/17/2010 - gfleener wrote:
92 points
this was a really nice chardonnay with a lot going on which i found a bit surprising in a 10-year-old california chardonnay. i didn't think it was fading, but i would probably drink it sooner rather than later if i had another bottle.
Red
5/7/2010 - gfleener wrote:
92 points
immediately after opening this was wonderful! juicy, ripe & balanced with just the right acidity & tannins. after about 20 minutes, a veil was drawn over it & it continued to withdraw for a while. it was still quite good & i believe it will only get better with a little more time in the bottle. how much? i don't know, but i am going to give it another year before i open another.
White
5/5/2010 - gfleener wrote:
89 points
i was afraid this might be over the hill, but it was remarkably fresh & lively, a good complement to grilled chicken breasts & asparagus.
Red
4/30/2010 - gfleener wrote:
a co-worker of my wife's brought over a bottle of pillar box red that was somewhat astringent. i was glad when we choked it down so i could open this. whew, that's better! a solid 90 point pinot with the excellent balance brian has decide to look for in his wines.
Red
1999 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
4/30/2010 - gfleener wrote:
88 points
good chianti. great with my pasta with meat & mushrooms. a bit tannic with red fruits. no hurry here. a confusing run of recent notes, though.
Red
4/21/2010 - gfleener wrote:
93 points
this 375 wasn't up to the recent 98 i gave to a 750. i wonder if it was me or a difference in the bottles. probably a bit of both.
Red
4/22/2010 - gfleener wrote:
90 points
to be fair, this is a different style from the butterdragon hill. that being said, i think it needs another year or 2 in the cellar & it should be significantly better. i just couldn't help but try 1 after my wonderful experience with the butterdragon recently.
Red
4/23/2010 - gfleener wrote:
92 points
very big & bold merlot. drinking very well right now, but it should last a while.
White
2007 Sine Qua Non Body & Soul California White Rhone Blend (view label images)
4/24/2010 - gfleener wrote:
95 points
no real notes, but i remember thinking this was the 2nd best white wine & food pairing i've ever had. i roasted chicken breasts with rosemary, lemon,salt & pepper accompanied by grilled asparagus & rotini pasta with olive oil & shaved parmesan. the wine was big & fruity with a solid dose of oak; &, i thought, quite complementary. the best white wine & food pairing was several years ago when i was invited to a dinner at a private club by a friend & the pancetta wrapped scallops with the sqn albino were both incredible.
Red
2005 Jones Family The Sisters Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/17/2010 - gfleener wrote:
93 points
a little tight when i opened it, but man this just got better & better. drank very well with the grilled tri-tip & i enjoyed it long into the evening. i'm very happy i have quite a bit more of this.
Red
4/15/2010 - gfleener wrote:
91 points
very nice. good balance.
Red
4/13/2010 - gfleener wrote:
92 points
very nice. not quite the experience of the '05 from the night before, but excellent nonetheless.
Red
4/11/2010 - gfleener wrote:
98 points
after my flag football kids & their parents left, i sliced some tri-tip & went to the cellar for a bottle of wine. i am damn glad i grabbed this one. i opened it & poured a glass for katy (it was the only glass she would get) & 1 for me & i plopped down on the couch to watch the final round of the masters (i love my dvr). i have never had a better bottle of match & rarely have i had a better bottle of cabernet. while i haven't posted notes or scores, i have had several bottles of the '05 butterdragon hill that i have always been pleased with & would have rated from 89-92, but this bottle on this night blew my socks off. it was everything i wanted in a cab with dark berry & plum fruit with hints of chocolate, fine tannins & just the right amount of acid for near perfect balance. balance. it went well with the medium-rare tri-tip & i enjoyed it almost as much on its own as i watched phil patiently make his way around augusta. as i was sipping the last glass, though, i did go scrounge up some dark chocolate. if this bottle is any indication, this wine is in a really wonderful place right now. i can't begin to say if it will improve or if it will maintain this level of pleasure for any length of time, but i am glad i have a few more bottles that i will not hesitate to open. i have happily sampled some of my '05s over the past yearbased upon a comment by stacey bressler last may & what i have sampled has generally been very good; but, i am now very curious about my '05 jones, '05 bressler, '05 hillside select, '05 switchback ridge &, oh yes, my '05 match baconbrook....perhaps a tasting is in order.
Red
3/21/2009 - gfleener wrote:
97 points
as others have also noted, i was a bit underwhelmed by the bottle i opened several months ago. however, with 3+ hours in the decanter, this was absolutely stunning. i drank this on wed 18 march 2009 & remember it was quite meaty initially. i had company ove, dinner & an '03 shafer hillside prior to this one, so no detailed notes, but it made everyone smile.
Red
3/20/2009 - gfleener wrote:
96 points
wow! big, brawny cab! decanted for 3 hours & consumed prior to & with dinner of hand cut 3 inch bone-in ribeyes grilled over mesquite. i poured a taste as i decanted it & it was initially a bit chewy, great texture & fruit. the initial oakiness faded a bit with air time & this was singing by dinner time. i will continue to buy as much as they allocate me every year. great wine!
Red
2/28/2009 - gfleener wrote:
99 points
this is a phenomenal wine, one of the best i have ever had.

i don't have detailed notes because katy & i were at a fundraising event for her school. in spite of the best efforts of those who put this event together, i knew the food would be poor & the wine selection at the bar would be suspect at best, so i brought my own (wine, that is). next time i'll bring my own glasses as well. i'm dying to try this again out of a proper glass, but i only have 2 more bottles.

i just opened & poured at the table for katy & i. even in the pitiful little glasses it was impressive immediately on the nose & palate. i took my first sip & looked at katy to see what her reaction was going to be. her eyes lit up & she said "wow!" i only shared 1 glass of this with another of attendees & i gave katy a dirty look when she reached for this to pour for one of her friends switching from a kendall jackson sauvignon blanc. (don't worry, this lady got a very nice glass of 2006 switchback ridge merlot.) i actually poured myself a glass of the switchback merlot intending to go back to the ode to e later, but katy couldn't keep her hands off of the ode, so after 1 glass of very good merlot, i felt compelled to finish the bottle of ode to e.

i'm not sure how long this will go, but it is drinking at a fantastic level right now. it is luxuriously delicious & i swear i could still taste it after we finished the merlot. i didn't want to brush my teeth last night (but i did). i will give this 99 points & happily defend my position against all dissenting parties.
Red
2/28/2009 - gfleener wrote:
92 points
i drank this with mesquite grilled tri tip amid the chaos that is my family & am now savoring a glass in my office alone. the dark fruits are still there & this wine seems to be in a good place rigtht now. with the meat it was nearly perfect. the tannins are a bit more pronounced now that i am drinking it on its own. i would say this is a bit more elegant & complex than it was a year & a half ago when wiml had his. it has a smokiness that complements the fruit quite well. if pressed for a score, i would give this 92 points now. i think it will be very interesting to follow this wine over the next 5-7 years.
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