Tasting Notes for skifree

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2002 Château Clerc Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/14/2019 - skifree wrote:
91 points
Well defined meniscus in the glass, some orange. All forest floor and mushroom on the nose. In the mouth, all musty forest floor with medium acidity behind it. Those flavors continue on the finish. Do not see this improving.
Red
2003 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/12/2019 - skifree wrote:
91 points
This did have a lot of bright red fruit that dominated, but also the tobacco was very present. Lacked some depth though. This seemed very young and primary. The ageing potential of the 2003's may have been underestimated.
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White
10/11/2019 - skifree wrote:
90 points
Grapefruit, lime, kiwi and some minerality on the back end, but made with for a deft, light touch in the mouth. Paired with spotted prawns - gorgeous.
White
10/8/2019 - skifree wrote:
92 points
LF satisfies again. White tree fruit with a rich mouth feel and good acidity behind it. It was better with a bit of air, so think there is no hurry.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
9/29/2019 - skifree wrote:
94 points
So unctuous, lots of honey, dried apricot, and lychee. Strutted its stuff with some excellent cheeses.
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Red
9/21/2019 - skifree wrote:
Very dark in glass with almost no meniscus. Very much a big WW wine, still primary but had softened nicely so was excellent with a meat-centric meal at Park Lodge in Spokane (highly recommended btw).
Red
2011 Rasa Vineyards QED Walla Walla Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
9/17/2019 - skifree wrote:
90 points
Solid effort, more balanced than I expected, has integrated nicely.
Rosé
9/9/2019 - skifree wrote:
92 points
Light and crisp, beautiful pairing with grilled swordfish. Light flavors of stone fruit, citrus, and minerality, but what stood out for me was the balance and crispness and overall "have another sip" drinkability.
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Red
9/7/2019 - skifree wrote:
This had the stewed fruit note that gives 2007 CdP its awful rep. There was a lot of good fruit behind that note, but it never got completely past those off-putting flavors.
Red
9/7/2019 - skifree wrote:
88 points
Much better than my last bottle. Bright red fruit with a lot of mineral and earth behind it, a lot of acidity that took over on the finish.
White - Sweet/Dessert
9/4/2019 - skifree wrote:
Like the last reviewer, this bottle (from a 375ml) had a very oxidized note, which made it somewhat flabby. No score, likely flawed.
White
8/31/2019 - skifree wrote:
Full, rich take on a Meursault. Floral and spice nose. Citrus (hint of grapefruit rind) and mineral in the mouth and on the long finish, excellent acidity as well. Paired with crab, and goat cheese and crackers. Enjoyed now, but early in its life.
Red
2000 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/23/2019 - skifree wrote:
95 points
Drinking fantastic after a decant, had with T-bones. Lots of dark red fruit, cedar, and cigar box all woven together perfectly.
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Red
8/20/2019 - skifree wrote:
92 points
So much violet and lavender on opening! As it was open longer, the blood and iron and blue fruit came out along with excellent, food-friendly acidity. The 40 % whole stem is very evident, especially on the finish for me - this should age well.
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Red
8/18/2019 - skifree wrote:
81 points
This is not my style at all - sweet red cherry dominated, felt like it moved into the candied cherry taste. Consistent notes over 2 nights. "Won" this in a wine grab.
White
8/17/2019 - skifree wrote:
85 points
I agree with Ron and BRR - restrained aromatics of stone, mineral, and lemon water. On the palate, simple and a touch oaky, more like a Columbia Valley chard instead of a Celilo chard. Missing the tension that a Celilo chard can have.
Red
2005 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/16/2019 - skifree wrote:
92 points
Took to Seattle Wine Group tasting with a theme of "not ready yet". This exceeded expectations. Decanted when I arrived about an hour before tasting. Great core of black fruit but then this wall of tannins took over at the finish. After 24 hours, the wall had receded noticeably, but were still there and took away from the freshness of the wine. I may never be thrilled by my 2005 Bdx's…… Or maybe they will be thrilling in 50 years.
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White
8/16/2019 - skifree wrote:
92 points
This is a beautiful Sec Vouvray. Notes are from last glass on third day bottle that bottle has been open. Deep gold color, defined meniscus. Rich nose with ripe apple, citrus, alcohol, mineral. Same rich flavors in the mouth with solid acidity to back them up. Wish I had a bunch of these.
Red
8/13/2019 - skifree wrote:
93 points
This bottle was singing. Decanted 2 hours before having with dinner. Lots of black and red fruit and an earthiness that, dare I say it, charmed. Seemed at its peak.
White - Sparkling
8/13/2019 - skifree wrote:
89 points
Very crisp in style, lots of lemon-lime dominating now. Has some depth, bread dough, and minerality behind it.
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Red
8/13/2019 - skifree wrote:
78 points
This definitely was not a "yum", could not get past the over-ripe fruit and port-like flavors, all too sweet potpourri. 2007 at its worst.
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White
8/11/2019 - skifree wrote:
88 points
Very solid wine for the level. Tart apple and a little wet earth on the nose. Shines in the mouth, quite rich and mouth filling with lots of apple and some minerality. A bit waxy on the finish, which hides the acidity.
White
8/7/2019 - skifree wrote:
91 points
Lots of orange rind compared to the last bottle, still quite rich, low acidity, great summer wine.
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Red
2011 Tenor 2:2 Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/6/2019 - skifree wrote:
92 points
Distinct black tea note when first opened, this is a plus for me as a Pomerol lover. Very dark in the glass, small meniscus. Black fruit and sandalwood on the nose. Thick fruit layer in the mouth, lots of black tea, and the finish is woody with the black tea overlay. Lacks elegance, but still very tasty.
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White
8/2/2019 - skifree wrote:
92 points
Richer and fuller than I normally associate with Chablis, but liked this a lot.
Red
7/21/2019 - skifree wrote:
Took to a big party, very rich wine with tons of fruit and some cigar box. Still quite tight, however.
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Red
2016 Château Fourcas Hosten Listrac-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/17/2019 - skifree wrote:
89 points
Lots of anise and dark berry fruit, tannins still quite tight on the finish but lots of minerality as well. Quite what I like in this price range.
Red
2003 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/11/2019 - skifree wrote:
93 points
This bottle was a lovely Lynch-Bages, lots of dark fruit and a beautiful tobacco, cigar box overlay. This one exceeded my expectations.
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Rosé
7/8/2019 - skifree wrote:
88 points
Drank this very cold and that made the crispness shine and brought out some cranberry to go with the minerally finish.
Red
2010 Cenyth Proprietary Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/7/2019 - skifree wrote:
92 points
This bottle was nicely evolved and elegant Its had lots of cassis and darker fruits behind it, and hints of cigar box to keep it interesting. This is very nice for the price.
Red
2012 Figgins Estate Red Wine Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/5/2019 - skifree wrote:
91 points
Lots of cassis, along with the classic Washington spice. Very full fruit, also classic WA, this time on the red spectrum. P&P, probably a mistake.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2008 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
7/4/2019 - skifree wrote:
This bottle was quite different than my other - lots of coconut and honey dominating, lacked the precision I am used to with d'Yquem. No score, this may have been off.
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Rosé
6/30/2019 - skifree wrote:
89 points
Even tastier when chilled to the bone on a warm summer's evening. Very happy with this purchase from T&D.
Red
6/28/2019 - skifree wrote:
92 points
Lots of earth to go along with the bright red fruit, seemed to be in an excellent place right now. It has good underlying acidity. Score may be low.
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Red
2010 Château Hourbanon Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/25/2019 - skifree wrote:
90 points
This was better on the second day, seemed a bit closed and herbal at first (gentlemen's claret). On day 2, the fruit came alive, sweet and ripe and fresh. There is good acidity, and some depth as well. Agree, this is the best of the 2005-2010 Hourbanons that I have had.
Red
6/25/2019 - skifree wrote:
90 points
Shared with friends at Meridian Valley CC (aside: $53 at their restaurant, $2 more than average CT price!! Nice!) Lots of ripe black and blue fruits, spiciness of a cab aged in oak, but overall this was nicely made, not over-extracted and the fruit was picked judiciously in this very hot year.
White
6/24/2019 - skifree wrote:
88 points
A bit viognier like, with lots of peach and melon dominating the palate. Has a creaminess as well. This is a nice summer deck wine.
Red
2012 Betz Family Bésoleil Columbia Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
6/23/2019 - skifree wrote:
94 points
This was fantastic, a great effort by Bob & team. Dark garnet but with a well-defined clear meniscus. The nose drew me in, with dark cherry, earth, and a saline and tapenade mixture, maybe even some blood. Those flavors continued through the mid-palate, with some tannins coming out a bit on the finish. Outstanding.
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Red
2009 Château Castegens Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/22/2019 - skifree wrote:
Had some overly sweet, port notes after being open for two days so threw most of it out. Flyer that didn't work out.
Red
6/21/2019 - skifree wrote:
91 points
Brought to the CT SEA Riserva and Gran Riserva Rioja tasting, turned out there was another of the same bottle in the line-up! This tasted better, the other was double decanted or it could be bottle variation. I opened this an hour or so before the tasting. Day 2 I had a small glass with food; this is what it is meant for. This is closer to an 89 than a 96.
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White
6/18/2019 - skifree wrote:
Kept too long, slightly oxidized.
Red
2009 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/17/2019 - skifree wrote:
96 points
Such beautiful purity of fruit on the nose, the wine draws you in. Perhaps my bottles are coming out of their slumber, with such a beautiful mix of cassis, ripe blackberry, some herb, some cedar, a hint of young tobacco, and then some firm tannins at the finish. Decanted, it held up for at least day 2. Excellent.
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Red
6/16/2019 - skifree wrote:
92 points
My bottle had aged nicely. Still some heat on the nose, but also solid fruit. Shines in the mouth, with black fruit, mint, herb, and a very nice saline note. This was not overdone at all, and had a nice balance to it.
White
6/15/2019 - skifree wrote:
flawed
Ack - premox. The last bottle was sooooo good.
Red
6/14/2019 - skifree wrote:
92 points
So very 2016. Luscious nose, fresh mint with lots of sweet fruit behind it. Ripe fruit, mint, cedar, and good acidity in the mouth, and then the tannins finally come out on the finish. Very fresh and interesting.
Rosé
6/14/2019 - skifree wrote:
89 points
Beautiful light color, a very pale orange with a clear meniscus. Fresh apricot and spice on the nose, with also a touch of heat. Paired with salmon, some wild strawberry and spice in the mouth, good acidity. Very solid, stylistically what I want in rose.
Red
6/10/2019 - skifree wrote:
93 points
Seems to have come into its own, the quality was evident on the first sip. Not much acidity, so think it is time to drink.
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White
6/9/2019 - skifree wrote:
92 points
This has gained some gravitas since I last tasted a year ago. It still has the white stone fruit and flower of a nice Viognier, but there is a deep nuttiness and overall depth to the wine that makes it much more compelling now.
Red
6/7/2019 - skifree Does not like this wine:
82 points
Over ripe fruit and potpourri on the nose, so much not my style. Better in the mouth, with ripe and over ripe fruit, spicy tannins, decent acidity but then a bit of a harsh finish. Second bottle with consistent notes; did this get destroyed in transit to the U.S.?
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Red
2011 Soos Creek Artist Series Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/5/2019 - skifree wrote:
91 points
Certainly the bottle age has helped. There is a menthol note on the nose that mixes with the red and black fruit. In the mouth, a saline note mixes with the fruit and that lifting herbal note. The finish still is a bit tannic and woody, so think there is no hurry.
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