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White
This is tasting great right now, with lots of delicate complexity, good mineral flavor, and gentle fruit. It's well integrated, fresh, and very engaging!
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Red
7/7/2018 - subtlet Likes this wine:
93 points
This is doing great right now, with wonderful acidity and complexity. The oak shows, and compliments the fruit well. Drink one now if you're lucky enough to have one.
Red
6/5/2018 - subtlet wrote:
This is drinking well now, particularly for a 2009. Check in on one if you've got it.
Red
2/17/2018 - subtlet Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent, and full of vintage character. Lively fruit with good complexity shows well on the nose and palate.
Red
No formal note, but I wanted to mention that this is showing great now. It's been a long wait, and I'm glad I still have a few!
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Red
8/5/2017 - subtlet Likes this wine:
92 points
Very enjoyable. No formal notes, but there was great complexity here. Lots of fruit and savory flavors blended very well on the nose and palate. If you've got one of these, now is a great time to check one out. I wish I had another!
White
1/21/2017 - subtlet Likes this wine:
90 points
Great fruit and acidity. Depth of flavor on mid palate. If you're lucky enough to still have one of these, do yourself a favor and pop one.
Red
3/13/2016 - subtlet wrote:
No formal notes, but we loved this wine. The texture is still seamless and elegent, and the fruit flavors are deep, complex, and wonderful. It rocks now, but still tastes big and young in many ways and would easily age for many years if I hadn't opened it.
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Red
No formal notes, but this is drinking wonderfully now. It's light in character, but still full of wonderful grapefruit and pepper flavors as well as tons of floral notes on the nose and palate. Its future is bright, and it's good now.
Red
The nose is rich, showing blackberries and brambles filled out with smoky bacon. When tasted, it's juicy and clean. Pure cherries roll out onto the palate. It goes through a cool evolution towards dusty earth on the finish. As these flavors rise to the foreground, the fruit floats above it, keeping things friendly. Very nice.
White
Lemons fill the nose, backed by a touch of apples and just a ghost of something suggesting richness. The lemons show themselves on the palate, but a touch of oak moderates and mellows the intensity of the lemon flavors. Crisp young apples show up later, bringing a little more round texture to keep things in balance. This reminds me of what I like to experience with a nice Macon.
Red
11/15/2015 - subtlet wrote:
The nose is big, round, and full, showing deep dark cherries backed by earth and a touch of barrel. The earth and dark cherries both show quickly on the palate. Black pepper and other spices show up with a delicate touch, blending well with the apple-like acidity. These structural elements do a very nice job supporting the dark elements of the wine.
Red
11/15/2015 - subtlet wrote:
Aromas of dark cherries, leather, nutmeg, and dark earth all rise evenly from the glass. This is immediately enojoyabel when tasted. Dark solid fruit leads the way, with a touch of spice adding complexity. Great floral flavors rise on the mid palate, and persist. The tannins have a bit of dusty character, that blends well with the dark cherry fruit. Great QPR here.
White
The nose on this wine is light, showing some yellow apples that have been lightly baked. When tasted, it's light, clear, and clean. There is a slow growth from early apple flavors into big, full limes. The acid takes over towards the finish, suggesting good green apples, while the core of fruit from the beginning lingers well. The acidity is still dominant here, suggesting continued evolution in the future, as well as good drinking now.
White
The nose shows scents of ripe red apples, and honey. It's full on the palate, with big texture and acidity. The acid texture leans toward limes, while a big burst of apples rolls across the palate. A touch of peaches show up toward the finish. This is some powerful Riesling!
Red
11/15/2015 - subtlet wrote:
The nose is dark and spicy, with dark cherry fruit being complimented by dark earth, nutmeg, and other spices suggesting stems. When tasted, a light chalky structure supports the dark fruit, and full lime acidity runs across the entire palate. Towards the finish, the acid rises to the foreground, and the dark fruit lingers underneath.
Red
Aromas of dusty, dark earth rise above scents of dark cherries on the nose. The cherry flavors deliver quickly and well on the palate, while lime acidity keeps things bright, and a touch of heat nudges in on the finish.
Red
This is all Oregon on the nose. Scents of cherries blend with spices and wet forest floor. There is a great burst of tart cherries and strawberries on the palate, along with a touch of roses. Raspberries linger with good acidity, and the cherries have a good sense of depth. A little earth shows here too, but the fruit is dominant.
Red
The nose shows spicy roast beef aromas, with cloves and black pepper in the mix. Firm structure is present across the entire palate. Light pomegranate flavors hit on contact, and a hint of rose petals rolls across the middle. Structure dominates the experience on the mid palate right now. Great blackberry flavors swirl underneath this weight, and they linger well into the finish. It's a little big for me right now, but I do look forward to tasting it with some age. The complexity and flavors are here now, and some softening of the structure will take it a long way.
Red
This is dark on the nose, with rad earth and pomegranates brooding. It's a full wine on the palate, but still distinctly Pinot Noir. Full acid races across the palate supporting pomegranate and cherry flavors. This definitely breaks the cliche' of what one can expect from 2013, and will appeal to those who like dark character in their wines without too much weight.
White
11/15/2015 - subtlet wrote:
Pears and grapefruit aromas flow from the glass with the feeling of perfume. It's light on contact, growing into full flavors of limes, yellow apples, and spice. It's direct, but pure, with good flavors. It would be easy to drink a lot of this.
White
The nose is light here, with faint pear aromas. Light pears show on the palate as well, with fruit and skins intact. There is good texture here, along with a floral touch, making for a pleasant and simple white.
Red
11/15/2015 - subtlet Likes this wine:
85 points
The aromas remind me of blackberry syrup poured over dark earth. When tasted, the syrup delivers a huge burst of blackberry flavors up front. Some acidity comes in on the mid palate, and for a moment things balance out enjoyably. But, the heavy fruit starts and ends well on top of everything else. It's dark an juicy. It's a bit much for me now. I could see it mellowing out with age, and I also think that some folks would very much enjoy it as it is today.
Red
11/15/2015 - subtlet Likes this wine:
90 points
Bright blackberry scents rise from the glass, wrapped by full brambles, and holding a touch of roast beef in the background. Very nice blackberries show on the palate. The brambles suggested by the nose are here, big and full. Deep dark character is supported by current flavors, while a touch of raspberries add brightness that stays in the background. The acidity is balanced here, and all flavors linger into the finish delivering good complexity.
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Red
11/15/2015 - subtlet wrote:
89 points
The aromas on this wine are earthy, showing leather and brambles wrapped around juicy blackberries. The blackberries show on the palate, together with nutmeg up front. The spice profile widens across the mid palate, and acidity grows, showing some green apple character. The fruit is primarily dark and rich late, while ghosts of raspberries rise above it, bringing a touch of brightness. 89+
Red
This nose is big! Scents of juicy blackberry syrup rise with perfumed character, and are supported by asphalt. Great acid races down the center, while huge, ripe blackberries roll across the palate. Floral flavors rise from the purple fruit towards the finish. The asphalt suggested by the nose contributes some structure on the mid palate, giving support that is welcome, since the tannins are quite light.
Red
11/15/2015 - subtlet Likes this wine:
91 points
On the nose, I'm struck by deep black earth, sage, and blackberries. Despite the heavy nose, great lime acidity strikes the palate early, ensuring that the wine itself won't be overwhelming. From this crisp start, there comes a great bloom of blackberries and blueberries on the mid palate. Dusty tannins swell later to provide structure as the enjoyable fruit lingers underneath them. At $21 from the winery, this offers excellent QPR.
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Red
11/15/2015 - subtlet Likes this wine:
88 points
The nose is full of bright blackberries, plums, and a touch of stewed beef. It has a floral sense to it, but I can't pin it down. On the palate, it's easy and fun, with lighter flavors of apples and cherries. Later, raspberries, and a touch of dark earth show up, all backed by a bit of spice. If you're looking for a Noveaux, this is a solid option.
White
Summer scents of straw and dried prairie grass add depth to friendly yellow apples. These apples appear on the palate as well, backed by some wood flavors that still need to integrate a bit more. Some richer flavors and textures appear later, bringing a touch of butterscotch, and nicely rounding out the firm mid palate. It's enjoyable now, but I think that giving it a little more time to integrate will be a good idea.
White
11/15/2015 - subtlet Likes this wine:
88 points
Good, full aromas show on this wine. Scents of white flowers and dried hay are backed by light notes of applesauce. The mouth feel is full and engaging. Excellent green apple acidity supports flavors of starfruit and limes that linger. A touch of tannic structure supports the flavors quite well. I usually don't care for Viognier, but this is a very nice example. 88+
White
11/15/2015 - subtlet wrote:
82 points
Scents of apples, and dandelions show in the glass with a faint edge of vinegar underneath. On the palate, dandelions and tangerines deliver primary flavors, while some floral components linger. Some herbal flavors show on the finish.
Red
No formal notes, but I agree with other recent comments. This is in a great place right now. Tons of flavor, well integrated, and engaging.
Red
8/8/2015 - subtlet Likes this wine:
87 points
Barolo from Traditional Producers (Portland, OR): This had been open for about 2 hours before tasting. Baked strawberry scents mingled with cedar notes and a touch of heat in the glass. Later in the evening, it became more savory, showing darker spices and roast beef. The palate is full of strawberries and brown earth. Full structure shows on the mid palate, reminding me of strawberry stems. The acidity is good, and some cedar flavors fade into the fruit on the mid palate. The tannins are full, and sink into the gums on the finish. The acidity and strawberry flavors linger nicely on the center of the palate.
Red
Barolo from Traditional Producers (Portland, OR): The nose is smoky, holding scents of grilled steak, roses, and a saline element as well. The savory scents become even more intense after the wine has spent more time in the glass. Juicy cherries, skins intact, start things out when tasted. Great acidity shows light character, and as it rises it brings bright floral flavors along for the ride. Grilled beef and cherries linger on the mid palate, and some cranberries settle into the edges of the mouth. Underneath it all, there’s an edge of leather that provides reserved structural support.
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Red
Barolo from Traditional Producers (Portland, OR): This wine is exploding with savory aromas including steak, seasoned salt, and shiitake mushrooms. The palate is savory as well, with good shiitake flavors complimented by saline minerality. A touch of dried cherries and roses appear on the mid palate, with the roses persisting as the fruit fades on the finish. Good acidity is still present from beginning to end.
Red
Barolo from Traditional Producers (Portland, OR): This is showing lots of great aromas. Ripe strawberries are complicated and complimented by chocolate, thyme, roses, and hibiscus. This is very engaging right from the start. Great minerality and acidity are evident immediately on tasting. Savory beef mingles with cranberries and roses lightly on top of the palate. Dusty tannins rise just barely above the flavors as the wine evolves. Then, the acid rises up, bringing more red fruit and flowers. Roses are persistent from beginning to end. I can not believe this wine is 50 years old. Some of the acidity and bright fruit flavors remind me of a young wine!
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Red
Barolo from Traditional Producers (Portland, OR): Plenty of fruit shows on the nose, composed of apricots, raspberries, and dark cherries. This is supported by savory scents of seared beef. Dusty character shows quickly on the palate. Shortly, cranberry flavors with good acidity appear, accompanied by some rose flavors. Later good cherry flavors blend with tobacco. A bit of chocolate is evident on the finish. The fruit, savory elements, and structure are all showing great integration at this point.
Red
Barolo from Traditional Producers (Portland, OR): Age is showing fully in this glass, with aromas of steak and seasoned salt rising and blending with touches of chocolate and blackberries. The seasoned steak shows on the palate as well, followed by a wash of mineral character. The blackberries from the nose show up on the mid palate, and they linger nicely with the savory flavors. The tannins are well rounded, and have a touch of dusty character that works well with the savory elements mentioned earlier.
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Red
8/8/2015 - subtlet Likes this wine:
92 points
Barolo from Traditional Producers (Portland, OR): This wine delivers aromas with killer depth. Blueberry, plum, nutmeg, and violet aromas spin in the glass, bringing me back for more. Great blueberry pie shows on the palate, with the crust intact. With the crust flavors, a bit of the age of this wine is evident. Full acidity comes into play towards the finish, while good blueberry flavors persist, eventually adding depth. Even tannins appear, staying in stride with the other elements of the wine. This is thoroughly enjoyable. 92+
Red
8/8/2015 - subtlet Likes this wine:
91 points
Barolo from Traditional Producers (Portland, OR): Great, deep blueberry aromas rise from the glass, with some blackberries in the background. The fruit scents are supported by nutmeg, savory herbs, and some cinnamon, making it very enjoyable. Soft blueberries and cherries roll softly onto the palate upon tasting. Some herbs and spice flavors rise on the mid palate, along with growing tannins. The tannins continue to grow through the finish, while savory blueberry flavors linger underneath. A gentle hint of eucalyptus is noticeable on the finish too.
Red
8/8/2015 - subtlet Likes this wine:
92 points
Barolo from Traditional Producers (Portland, OR): The nose shows cherries with pits intact along with roses. Aromas of charcoal and soy sauce lurk deep underneath the fruit. Crisp apple acidity shows on contact with the palate along with raspberry flavors. Strawberry flavors rise up on the mid palate along with some leather that keeps things from being too bright and crisp. It gets a little dusty on the finish, and the strawberries show some savory notes, as if they had been drizzled with a bit of balsamic vinegar. A touch of roses appear briefly. Late, the tannins rise, and they have a big of an edge to them far out on the finish. After it has been in the glass for a while, I tasted full and enjoyable blackberry flavors on the mid palate that weren’t obvious when I first tasted it.
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Red
8/8/2015 - subtlet Likes this wine:
93 points
Barolo from Traditional Producers (Portland, OR): The nose is dark, fruity, and powerful! Blueberry aromas show great depth, and are blended with excellent chocolate cake, some violets, and a touch of nutmeg. Honestly, if poured this blind, I’d guess it was a very good Zinfandel based on the nose. So, it’s not what any of us expected to find, but I still enjoyed it. Dark blueberries and plums start things out on the palate. The tannins rise on the mid palate, but they stay even with the full fruit flavors. Later, the structure delivers a touch of bitterness. If the fruit wasn’t so ripe, this would cause some trouble. But, as it is, this edge actually serves as a good counterpoint to the strong fruit. It’s rich and round on the finish, but the structure continues to keep things interesting. Ghosts of chocolate and strawberry flavors show very late on the finish. This is a big wine, but it is interesting to experience the interplay between the fruit and structural elements.
Red
8/8/2015 - subtlet Likes this wine:
87 points
Barolo from Traditional Producers (Portland, OR): The nose is primarily dark and earthy. A bit of cherry scents show, but they’re underneath stronger asphalt, charcoal, and plums. There’s an edge of raisin to the nose as well. The raisins show quickly on the palate, along with dark plums with the skins intact. The tannins start out nicely, and they get quite big on the mid palate. Cherries show on the mid palate as well, but the tannins are dominant. Later in the evening, the fruit shows more complexity in the center, but the structural elements are still overwhelming late.
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Red
8/8/2015 - subtlet Likes this wine:
93 points
Barolo from Traditional Producers (Portland, OR): Good aromas show complexity immediately. Dark cherries and roses are supported by spicy tobacco and a touch of icy minerality. When tasted, strawberries and cherries start things out. There is a great evolution of fruit as the wine moves across the palate. The strawberries show excellent depth, and a touch of thyme adds complexity to them. Some faint cinnamon shows as the wine transisitions into the finish. The tannins then come in with an earthy touch. They get full later, but never become overwhelming. The tannins are full, but in a good place already.
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Red
David Hill 50th Anniversary Tasting (David Hill Vineyards): Cherry scents are blended with a saline minerality and a touch of asphalt. Aromas of plums and roses contribute as well, making for a very enjoyable bouquet. It’s juicy on contact with the palate, showing a burst of bright crisp cherries. Some tart rhubarb flavors appear later as the cherries linger with full acidity. The tannins are light here, and the cherry fruit shows good depth, providing an enjoyable core to the whole experience.
Red
David Hill 50th Anniversary Tasting (David Hill Vineyards): Scents of molasses, earth, and a touch of prune fruit show in the glass. When tasted, ripe full cherries are apparent along with some molasses and a touch of heat. Some pomegranate flavors show on the mid palate, and apple acidity drives the structure on the finish. The beginning is heavier than I like, but the acidity really cleans things up later, making for an enjoyable finish.
Red
David Hill 50th Anniversary Tasting (David Hill Vineyards): The nose is engaging, with lots of dark character. Scents of dark cherries blend with black licorice and black soil. Full cherries appear on the palate, mixed with a touch of cinnamon and a touch of leather. The tannins get quite full towards the finish, as tart cherry flavors linger.
Red
David Hill 50th Anniversary Tasting (David Hill Vineyards): The noise is spicy, showing scents of cloves, dry grass, and molasses over the top of plums and cherries. Cherry flavors show right away when tasted, supported by chocolate underneath them. The acidity is full, and it lingers with a touch of lemon character. Raspberry flavors show on the finish as the acidity persists, and it leaves with a crisp impression despite the dark start.
White
David Hill 50th Anniversary Tasting (David Hill Vineyards): The nose has a lot going on. White flowers and apple scents are in the foreground, with mirabelle plums providing depth. A touch of saline minerality shows on the nose after the wine has been open for a bit. Acid hits the palate right away with great flavors of limes and green apples. The flavors meld, and sit very nicely together on the palate for a long time. The acidity makes my mouth water, and some floral flavors add an interesting note on the long finish. This is definitely my favorite of the 4 Rieslings tasted today.
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White
David Hill 50th Anniversary Tasting (David Hill Vineyards): The nose is pretty engaging here, showing apples, and notes of concrete, and something that reminds me of trees in a deep forest. It's meaty on the palate, with full yellow apples mixing quickly with strong lime acidity. Lime juice pairs with green apple flavors later to rise up and wash away some of the heaviness from the beginning.
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