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White
2015 Woodward Canyon Chardonnay Celilo Vineyard Washington
Rich and concentrated poached pear with pineapple tones and a hint of peach, which is probably about the ripeness of a year like 2015. Very good, but a total failure for QPR: $74 at the winery.
  • skifree commented:

    7/26/19, 7:51 PM - Agree, I like the wine but WC is charging way too much for this, same price as a Premier Cru Meursault.

Red
2006 Bodega Numanthia Toro Numanthia Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo
4/3/2019 - skifree wrote:
91 points
This came across for me as a gigantic wine that was putting its best foot forward. The tannins, alcohol, and oak are all integrated, so there was intense, beautiful fruit that dominated. Have no idea what 20 years will do for this wine.
  • skifree commented:

    4/6/19, 7:34 PM - I see no reason to wait on this, I think. Cheers!

Red
2010 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
10/14/2018 - dagij Likes this wine:
88 points
This is a very good Cantemerle in a very fresh edition, very typical of the 2010 vintage. Still extremely young, Deep ruby colour, intense aromas of dark cherries and black forest berries. More on the fresh sidem than on the sweet. The nose is confirmed in the mouth:bracing acidity gives a very fresh impression aslmost on the raspberry side. Good concentration and length, medium tannins, high acidity in the finish. A wine for food now. Will it get better? I don't know. I feel that many '10s lack fruit to match the acidity, and this is exactly in this vein. I'll open my next bottle in two years or so.
  • skifree commented:

    10/29/18, 8:41 PM - Hi - am curious as to what a black forest berry is?

  • skifree commented:

    10/30/18, 11:13 AM - Thanks for the response - agree that the fruit was muted and the acidity quite high - will post my own note once I finish the bottle I opened last night.

Red
2000 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
8/15/2018 - skifree wrote:
93 points
I think this was the best showing yet for this wine for me - real depth to the black raspberry and sandalwood. It will never be a blockbuster IMHO, but this bottle showed well against several other 2000 Medoc's in a 2000 horizontal tasting.
  • skifree commented:

    8/16/18, 9:06 PM - I think the Lynch-Bages and Cos were my favorites of the 2000's. I did not try the Montrose last night, so may have to open one soon!

Red
2004 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
6/19/2018 - skifree wrote:
92 points
Brought to double-blind tasting of "random wines" for CT Seattle group, it was the group's favorite and my second place wine out of 9. Dark garnet in the glass, lots of tobacco and dark fruit in the glass. Add some cedar and firm tannins on the palate and finish. Did pick this out as my wine during the tasting.
  • skifree commented:

    6/23/18, 3:27 PM - Hi Jim,

    Send me a PM (I have the same name on the forum) with an email address and will fill you in on the group

White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
4/9/2018 - Bordeaux 2013 wrote:
88 points
This was very disappointing given the excellent reviews from others. The wine didn‘t offer much flavours and in adition the acidity seemed too low to balance the heavy sweetness. Hope it was only this bottle (375ml) and that the others will be better. Anyone else who has experienced the same?
  • skifree commented:

    4/9/18, 9:51 PM - In 2012 I adored this wine, but the last time I opened I was a tad disappointed as well. However, the 2010 I had last year was amazing. Not sure if they shut down for awhile, or just fade away a bit? Your question is spot on.

Red
2006 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Savoya Yamhill-Carlton
4/7/2018 - skifree wrote:
Seemed very popular as part of the "pre-function" wines at our wine group event focused on a Penner-Ash horizontal. No detailed tasting notes however.
  • skifree commented:

    4/8/18, 10:19 AM - One of the members of our group hosted the formal part of our tasting, a horizontal of 2010 Penner-Ash. Before the tasting, people who do not contribute a bottle to the formal tasting bring a bottle or bottles to try before, where we taste, chat, and eat our potluck dinner. I pulled the Ken Wright to have during that time. My scores for the P-A ranged from 88 for the basic cuvee to 93 for the Palmer Creek and Zena Crown vineyards fwiw.

Red
2010 No Girls Grenache Walla Walla Valley
10/18/2017 - skifree wrote:
92 points
Sun-ripened raspberries & strawberries plus anise on the nose, noticeable herbal element mixed with the fruit in the mouth, almost like garrigue. Noticed the anise again, plus earth and the herbal element on the finish. The tannins are in the background.
  • skifree commented:

    10/19/17, 11:12 AM - I think this is in a really nice spot right now, see no reason to wait BRR! But also think this will hold for quite awhile. That said, am not sure I am an expert on aging Grenache-based wines and knowing how they evolve.

Red
2010 Château Gloria St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
5/26/2017 - ssaroiu wrote:
87 points
Poured through vinturi and decanted for two hours. Drank with a simple, unsophisticated dinner. The positives -- I love a French wine who doesn't want to punch you in the face the way Americans think wine should be. Beautiful color, good body, short finish, medium texture. The negatives -- little taste. Instead, all you get is dull juice with little flavor. I thought long and hard what is it that I taste in this wine. The only word that comes to mind is rubber, but I think that's unfair to the wine.
  • skifree commented:

    5/28/17, 9:11 PM - This bottle sounds flawed - or worth a score in the low 70's if not flawed (it does not sound "very good" to me) But it sounds as if mercaptans have taken over this bottle, likely part of a bad barrel worth of bottles.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2010 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
2/16/2017 - skifree wrote:
95 points
This was scrumptious from the first sip. Honey, nut, and dried apricot on the nose. In the mouth is where you go "wow", this wonderful balance of sweet dried fruits, touch of honey, and spice. Again noticed that great balance of sweetness and acidity. The finish goes on and on. After reading Neal Martin's recent tasting notes on a Rieussec vertical in WA, I am wondering if these wines show best younger? This certainly was superb.
  • skifree commented:

    5/23/17, 9:37 PM - So long ago!! Since it was a 375, probably enjoyed it by itself

Red
2014 Col Solare Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
3/25/2017 - skifree wrote:
89 points
Tasted as part of the "50 Years of Ch. Ste. Michelle" seminar at 2017 Taste of Washington. (Four Seasons Seattle): Tasted as part of the "50 Years of Ch. Ste. Michelle" seminar at 2017 Taste of Washington. Very dark garnet in the glass. Nose shows menthol and too ripe fruit (big turnoff for me). Palate is much better, with bright fruit, tobacco, and good acidity evident. Finish is long, with cedar, tobacco, and tannins. 2014 of course was a very hot year in Washington.
  • skifree commented:

    4/13/17, 4:16 PM - Is it 100 % Cab in 2014? I see in other years the proportion of Cab is up to 90 %, WA calls it a "Proprietary Red" but it is marked as a Bordeaux blend in CT for previous vintages.

  • skifree commented:

    4/13/17, 7:53 PM - If you feel strongly, suggest posting in the "Cellar Tracker Support" part of the forum so Eric or Dan can change the designation. When I added it, I clicked on the "add new vintage" button so it ended up looking the same as the other vintages. However, at 85 % Cab Sauv, 9 % CF and 4 % Merlot seems like a Bdx blend to me!

Red
2004 Parker Coonawarra Estate Terra Rossa First Growth Red Bordeaux Blend
1/26/2017 - skifree wrote:
76 points
Cork seemed fine, wine color was fine - very dark garnet with a very slight meniscus at the edge. The wine was not fine - big blast of vanilla oak and sweet fruit on opening, and as it aired an herbal, bitter, drying finish dominated. Score in the 70's, which means "not very good" for me. Did not finish the bottle. Opened another bottle (2006 Feather) to make sure my palate was not off, now that was excellent! Hopefully my other bottles from this estate are better.
  • skifree commented:

    2/4/17, 4:37 PM - That is very interesting - I did not think this was TCA as I have had plenty of examples and this did not match any of them. Thanks for the comment. Will have to open another wine from Coonawarra in the near future to compare.

White
2010 M. Chapoutier St. Joseph Blanc Les Granits Marsanne
12/22/2016 - skifree wrote:
93 points
Lovely bottle. Nose of beeswax, honey, and spice. White fruit and spice in the mouth, quite rich and low acid, thought it was best when first opened.
  • skifree commented:

    12/22/16, 8:45 PM - Opened at cellar temp (47 degrees), P&P, found it hard to resist night one. Had with tempura shrimp second night after corking and storing in the cellar for 24 hours. Seemed less vibrant on day 2.

White
2013 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Domaine Eden Santa Cruz Mountains
11/26/2016 - dkortukov Likes this wine:
75 points
Пьяное
  • skifree commented:

    12/7/16, 1:23 PM - How can you like a wine and only rate it 75 points?

Red
2007 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Columbia Valley
1/2/2015 - mgriffith wrote:
95 points
- Garnet color.
  • skifree commented:

    11/30/16, 9:29 PM - Glad you liked it sir after the SS trials and tribulations. :-)

Red
2010 Cayuse Camaspelo Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
11/2/2016 - mye wrote:
I'm not sure how i feel about this wine. Seems like a cabernet but with the Cayuse twist. With syrahs, that twist is delish.. with a cab maybe i'm too much of a purist. it was delicious with big doses of fruit, but not sure i'm a huge fan?
  • skifree commented:

    11/2/16, 10:42 AM - Great note, I agree that the saline note is very different. Have not had this vintage yet, but in general I have warmed up to this style of cab in part because it is so unusual.

Red
2010 Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
9/20/2016 - skifree wrote:
84 points
CT Seattle Merlot and Merlot blend Tasting (Amoroso Room, Bellevue Wine Storage): Dark garnet in the glass. Alcohol, bramble, and chocolate on the nose. Quite acidic in the mouth, with simple generic fruit blend dominating. Then the acids dominate the finish. Overall impression was of a simple wine. Tasted single blind at CT SEA merlot and merlot blend tasting. My eighth of nine, group's ninth of nine by a lot (it lost to a flawed wine!). The person who brought this was vocally adamant that they hated the wine, and were quite surprised to see it was the wine they brought upon reveal.
  • skifree commented:

    9/22/16, 8:53 PM - I have come to realize it is harder to right good notes about wines with lower scores than wines with higher scores. Thanks much for your comments, and may great Merlot be in both our futures!

Red
2009 Rasa Vineyards Creative Impulse DuBrul Vineyard Yakima Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
7/31/2016 - skifree wrote:
90 points
Felt like this wine was in a bit of a dumb phase - very primary, with lots of sweet fruit and vanillin oak dominating, but no nuances. Is this where 2009 Washington is at the moment?
  • skifree commented:

    8/2/16, 10:10 AM - Dennis, thanks for the comment. I still have lots of 2009 WA in my cellar, and opened another (Two Vintners Pepperbridge Vineyard Merlot that I got from Full Pull) to compare - this was a full sized wine but had lots of excellent character and depth missing from the Creative Impulse.

Red
2012 No Girls Syrah Walla Walla Valley
7/14/2016 - skifree wrote:
93 points
Opened this after the 2012 Reyvaan Foothills Reserve - this seemed superior, with more depth and complexity. Easy to drink now, but should age effortlessly. Liked AACollection's tasting note so will not repeat......
  • skifree commented:

    7/15/16, 8:23 PM - BRR, I think the No Girls line continues to improve. Both excellent wines and both from 2012..... Wonder how old the Reynvaan vines were for the Foothills Reserve - perhaps a touch younger?

White
2013 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
2/14/2016 - skifree wrote:
91 points
So this is what all the fuss is about! Reminded me of a solid white burg or high end Chablis, with intense citrus and mineral dominating. Very high-toned and complete. Glad I have one more to drink.
  • skifree commented:

    2/14/16, 4:56 PM - Yup. But the last one I tried was oh-so-corked....

White - Sweet/Dessert
2005 Château Climens Barsac Sémillon
10/10/2015 - hankj wrote:
95 points
just a banging bottle of Sauternes, rich, long and deeply layered. I love the 2005 vintage in Sauternes - structure does these wines well.
  • skifree commented:

    10/23/15, 9:58 PM - Banging bottle of Barsac seems more appropriate in this case. :-) And I love alliteration - double :-)

Red
2005 Cadence Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend
10/19/2015 - skifree wrote:
86 points
Brought to the CT SEA dinner at Ponti. Was disappointed, fruit, heat, and hard tannins dominated. Was it in a shut-down phase?
  • skifree commented:

    10/22/15, 9:54 PM - This improved through out the week, may have been at its best tonight. So yes, do think it was in a dumb phase during the dinner.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2009 Château Guiraud Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
9/30/2015 - Atlantean wrote:
91 points
still young with a hint of syrup. Apricot and peach on the palette. Excellent example of sauterne even when tasted next to 96 D'yqen.
  • skifree commented:

    10/7/15, 2:51 PM - Beautiful wine, classic example of 2009 Sauterne. Still showed the crispness of youth.

Red
2013 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Berserkers' Cuvée Willamette Valley
5/15/2015 - dhammer53 wrote:
86 points
Based on the majority of the notes, they must have sent me the wrong wine. On Day 1, this was a thin wine that morphed into watery and thin. This was a little darker than I expected. No nose at all. No tannins. A hint of acid that grew within 60 minutes. The acid faded 4 hours after opening the bottle. This is a young wine, and I'd advise you not to open it for a while. I planned on giving my son a couple of bottles, but he'd drink it sooner rather than later. I'll drink bottle #2 of 12 in May 2016 to see how they're coming along. Maybe then, I'll give my son some wine.

I'm a California pinot noir drinker. I enjoy a good Sojourn pinot noir frequently. I know the Berserker Cuvee is a $19.00 bottle, and I guess I got what I paid for. For now, all I can say is this was some deal. Oye. Maybe I'll feel differently in a few years. Hold. I hope my case is the exception and not the rule.
  • skifree commented:

    6/6/15, 9:06 PM - The interesting thing for me on your post was the score - 86 is in the "very good" category yet your tasting note describes a wine in the low 70's (below average). Sorry you had such a bad (flawed?) bottle, btw.

White - Off-dry
2009 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Mosel Saar Ruwer
1/11/2015 - skifree wrote:
91 points
Nice, in the middle Auslese that I brought to pair with a curry dish made by my daughter. Creamy, lots of stone fruit such as pear and lychee, medium acidity.
  • skifree commented:

    1/14/15, 8:53 AM - Hi Dave. I see no reason that this will not age gracefully. I bought this intending to age some, but we'll see if I have the discipline and patience!

Red
2004 Bodega Numanthia Toro Numanthia Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo
11/11/2014 - skifree wrote:
90 points
Brought to CT SEA double-blind tasting with the theme of "odd wines". Very dark in the glass, long legs after swirling. Lots of anise on the nose, sweet deep fruit in the mouth. Long finish, with more anise and noticeable tannins. Double decanted 2.5 hours before tasting, and it was noticeably smoother than when I tasted just after opening. This was 6th out of 10 in the group, and was tasted just after an older Sangiovese (yin and yang!). Most people thought this was a young wine.
  • skifree commented:

    11/15/14, 4:49 PM - HI Geppetto,

    I opened around 3:45 PM and decanted for an hour, poured back into bottle and left home at 4:45. We started our tasting after we ate pizza, so drank this around 6:30 - 7:00 PM. One of our group (f22nickell) hates Tempranillo and Merlot, and he ranked this 9th with the merlot tenth. My highest scoring wine of the 10 wines we tasted was 92, so a very tight banding between my top wine and fifth wine, obviously. One of our group (hankj) had this as his top wine.

  • skifree commented:

    11/16/14, 9:16 PM - I think that your question is a bit rhetorical. BTW, for me 90 is loving it.

Red
2009 Southard Syrah Lawrence Vineyard Yakima Valley
9/9/2014 - skifree Does not like this wine:
73 points
Tart cherry and something else that made me go "Bleah" immediately. Drank a couple of glasses over the course of an evening, then realized - why? Quick taste today to confirm that the frog did not become a prince - tossed the rest. Cooking wine.

I cannot believe I still have 3 bottles of this.
  • skifree commented:

    9/10/14, 10:18 AM - This was the second disappointing bottle - I had purchased this to give as prizes at a golf tournament that subsequently was cancelled. Chris and CiH, thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. I think this was the first wine I have "disliked" on CT.

Red
2005 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
6/1/2014 - khmark7 wrote:
89 points
Still very young with bright dark cherry aromas and a well balanced palate that is more resolved and vibrant than other right bank samples that I have tried. Much prefer the left bank in this vintage, at this stage.
  • skifree commented:

    6/1/14, 10:40 PM - ?? Isn't an Haut-Medoc left bank?

  • skifree commented:

    6/2/14, 6:55 PM - Of course. :-) I have not been opening my 2005's, which are mostly left bank. Have a fair number of 2003's, which are drinking very nicely now.

Red
2004 Leonetti Cellar Reserve Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
1/19/2014 - skifree wrote:
96 points
This wine was in perfect balance and so smooth after decanting for 45 minutes. Drank during the NFC Championship game that the Seahawks won - perhaps we were in a really good mood when scoring?
  • skifree commented:

    1/21/14, 8:06 PM - Proof positive that there are no great wines, only great (or sour) bottles. :-)

White
2011 Maison Bleue Marsanne Petite Joie Boushey Vineyard Yakima Valley
1/15/2014 - skifree wrote:
89 points
Pale straw color. Very good first night, even better the second.
Floral nose, sweet like honeysuckle. Pear, hint of orange zest, delicate flower, spice (nutmeg?), toast in mouth then a very long and toasty finish. First of the wines from Hollowine charity purchase.
  • skifree commented:

    1/15/14, 9:02 PM - Will be interesting to see what you think after trying this, but think you approach sounds very reasonable.

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