Tasting Notes for MartyRibs

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Red
2/22/2012 - MartyRibs wrote:
90 points
Drinks beautifully an hour after opening. Vibrant ruby in color, this wine exudes strong garrigue, pasture, violets, mild vanilla, brown sugar, and wet leather on the full nose. Chocolate, tar, and dark berries on the palate go well with good acidity and medium body. Comfortable finish of dried fruit compote with a sprinkle of minerals and graphite. Very enjoyable, well rounded wine that keeps on benefiting from the extra time on the shelf.
Red
8/1/2010 - MartyRibs wrote:
90 points
Dark ruby. Black cherry, wet cedar on the nose. Medium-full body. Dark fruit, leather, chocolate on the palate with distinctly strong oak. Good balance with long finish of cherry pie and vanilla. I was surprised by the robustness of this wine. Very pleasant to drink. Went well with a rich spinach salad with walnuts, sunflower seeds, fresh orange, ginger, and sesame seeds and oil. Unfiltered with profuse sediment at the end -- decanting recommended.
Red
7/17/2010 - MartyRibs wrote:
89 points
This bottle was very different from the first one. Great nose of blackberries and wet cedar. A bit hot 2 hours after opening. Flat and uninteresting on the palate. Graphite, minerals on a medium finish.
Red
6/25/2010 - MartyRibs wrote:
90 points
Inky purple, good legs. Underbrush, cedar, and vanilla on the nose. Full mouthfeel of dark fruit flavors with pepper, graphite, and minerals. Long finish with traces of tar. This is a super pleasant, and surprisingly affordable, blend that should improve nicely.
Red
3/26/2010 - MartyRibs wrote:
91 points
24 hours after opening. Vibrant ruby. Dark fruit, underbrush, smoke and cedar on the nose. Minerals, graphite, wet cedar, herbs and lots of fruit on the palate. Pleasant, fruity finish of medium length. The wine is still tannic and a bit tight, but pleasing none the less.

11/05/2011: Tannins are much softer compared to a year and a half ago. Minerals, graphite and earthiness dominate on the palate with big fruit a close second. It's a big wine with lots of character. It is very good to drink right now.
Red
3/25/2010 - MartyRibs wrote:
91 points
At opening, the wine was a bit hot. At 24 hours it was greatly improved and mellower. Vibrant, dark red in color. Kirsch, rye bread, and minerals on the nose. Dark fruit, strawberries, sunflower seeds, and leather on the palate. Medium finish with a fruit bazaar of flavors. The wine can definitely benefit from some extra time. At 36 hours the balance was even better -- a further sign that time will work in this wine's favor.
Red
3/25/2010 - MartyRibs wrote:
92 points
Delicious wine with the right amount of years behind it. Decanted and taskted one hour after opening. Deep dark color with some lightening on the edges. Earthy nose. Garrigue, dark fruit, herbs, and a trace of caramel/vanilla on the palate. Good balance and a delightful, lingering finish of raspberry, leather, and minerals.
Red
2/19/2010 - MartyRibs wrote:
92 points
Impenetrable, dark color. Nose of rich fruit. Plums, raspberries, cherries, and leather on the palate with great concentration, balance, and fullness. Long, substantial finish. This wine seems to be at its peak and ripeness. This bottle had a touch of effervescence after opening, which dissipated quickly but is probably a sign of impending end of life. This wine has been stored horizontally in 58 degrees (F).
Red
1/27/2010 - MartyRibs wrote:
92 points
More mature and much better than 6 monhts ago. Very different 24 hours after opening -- worth the wait. I'm bumping the rating to 92 for better balance and opulent fruit. The alcohol does not stand out like it used to and is more complementary.
Red
1/24/2010 - MartyRibs wrote:
90 points
Vibrant ruby. Nose of raspberry, cherry and pasture. Full mouth feel with dark fruit, graphite, and leather on the palate. Long finish of dark fruit and smoke with traces of cassis and amaretto.
Red
1/24/2010 - MartyRibs wrote:
90 points
Dense ruby. Great viscous legs. 16 hours after opening, nose of cherry, plum, underbrush. leather, and wet cedar. Bluberry, rasberry, and dark fruit on the palate. Still pretty hot and tannic, but enjoyable. Pleasant, medium finish of dark fruit, raspberries, and oak.
Red
1/23/2010 - MartyRibs wrote:
92 points
Dense inky purple color. Nose of plum, cherry, minerals. Full mouthfeel. Cherries, smoke, oak on the palate. Good balance. Long finish of dark fruit. This wine is very accessible and a treat with a few years left to improve and entertain.
Red
1/10/2010 - MartyRibs wrote:
90 points
A superior malbec. Vibrant color. Cassis, dark fruit, leather, and smoke on the nose. Medium body with softening tannins. Cedar, pasture, herbs, lavender, dark fruit on the palate, with strong oak. Solid, leisurely finish reminiscent of cabernet.
Red
12/30/2009 - MartyRibs wrote:
90 points
I like this Australian GSM blend a lot. Ruby with a touch of brick on the edge. Nose of cherries, earth, and pasture. Medium to full body. Dark fruit , leather and chocolate on the palate. Nice medium finish of dark fruit. This is a very decent attempt at southern Rhône style wine from Australia. It is drinking well, but could benefit from some extra time.
Red
12/4/2009 - MartyRibs wrote:
91 points
2 hours after opening. Deep ruby color. Nose of underbrush, pasture, and wet cedar. Dark fruit and minerals on the palate. Very well balanced. Drinks beautifully right now.Very pleasant, soft mouth feel. Long finish with traces of bluberry, plum, and leather. This is a gorgeous wine in its early stages; a real treat before it goes dormant.
Red
11/23/2009 - MartyRibs wrote:
92 points
Another bottle with a lot of character: nose of pasture and herbs, good fruit on the palate, mid to long finish. Very pleasant and easy to drink. I like the bottles with higher acidity.
Red
11/20/2009 - MartyRibs wrote:
84 points
Recommended at a reputable Italian restaurant. Too young, and too tight at this point. Very tannic and acidic. Barely any fruit. I took the bottle with me from the restaurant and tried it every day for a week. There was slight improvement over time, but the tightness prevailed.
Red
10/12/2009 - MartyRibs wrote:
90 points
Deep, inky purple. Nose of plum, violets, and underbrush. Full mouth feel with a good balance. Cherry, smoke, and cedar on the palate. Easy to drink with a medium finish with some tar at the end. Very focused bouquet of flavors.
Red
10/10/2009 - MartyRibs wrote:
I'm not sure if this bottle is past its prime. Heavily extracted body of plum and raisin. Sweet and jammy. OK to drink, but not very interesting. It tastes more like a big, but not great, zinfandel from California. Strangely aggressive flavors right after opening that mellowed out after 45-60 minutes. Not a good value at $24.99.
Red
10/8/2009 - MartyRibs wrote:
89 points
Cloudy ruby with some brick orange outline. Strong plum, lavender, smoke, leather, and cedar on the nose. The palate of strong plums, cherry, strawberry, tobacco, leather, and quite a bit of oak. The acidity and tannins are high and aggressive, as is the alcohol. The alcohol is probably highter than 14% that the bottle claims. Medium to long finish of smoke, savory herbs, and dry sherry. The unusual, rustic and old style of this wine kept my interest. It's different and worth a try.
Red
9/23/2009 - MartyRibs wrote:
91 points
Another bottle, and a completely different composition. Unlike the other bottle, the color has not deviated from a deep purple. Mineral nose with hints of violets and lavender. Acidity is way higher, giving this wine a much perkier taste. Rasperry, cherry, plum on the palate. Long finish of dark fruit. Still plenty of acidity and tannins to keep it alive.
Red
9/23/2009 - MartyRibs wrote:
91 points
Dark ruby color. Nose of garrigue, lavender, spring pasture, and dark fruit. Cherry, herbal and mineral tones on the palate. It's a bit young and could use 2-3 years on the shelf, but even still a very pleasant, balanced, enjoyable wine.
Red
9/21/2009 - MartyRibs wrote:
92 points
Much better on day 2 after opening. Ruby color with good legs. Vanilla, cherry and oak on the nose. Strong fruit of cherry, plum, and blackberry on the palate. High acidity and very firm tannins. Long, enjoyable finish of dark fruit, cedar, and underbrush. Paired really well with food: basil nocchi with heavy cream gorgonzolla sauce with butter roasted hazelnuts and greens. Great value for the price.
Red
2002 Faustino Rioja Reserva V Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
8/30/2009 - MartyRibs wrote:
91 points
Despite negative comments from other reviewers, this is a very nice bottle of wine. I was skeptical picking up a single bottle, but I will definitely get a case now that I've tasted it. Great surprise. I seems that a lot of people got faulty bottles. My cork was plump and tight with almost black wine coloring.

Dense red with pretty legs. Intense mineral nose with violets, forsythia, pasture, plum and lots of oak. Very distinct cherry, vanilla, leather, and pepper on the palate. Pleasant mouth feel, firm tannins and still plenty of acidity and alcohol to last a few more years. Long, mellow finish, of cherry, plum and water melon.
Red
8/26/2009 - MartyRibs wrote:
90 points
Bright ruby red color. Very nice nose of plum, dark fruit, and underbrush. A bit hot after opening with a firm, perky structure. Soft mouth feel with good dark fruit, amaretto, tobacco, and chocolate on the palate. Pleasant, lingering finish.
Red
8/25/2009 - MartyRibs wrote:
90 points
Aged color with a bit of orange to it. Awesome, regular legs on a glass. The nose has strong mineral tones, leather, and wood. The wine started timidly with a very pleasant mouth feel but not much complexity, but it opened up after about 45 minutes. Still, the flavors are diminished and subdued, the alcohol is hardly noticeable, and the acidity is low. The fruit is stingy: a bit of strawberry, and touch of plum on a slight cedar background. The wine flows together very well, but it's not super interesting. Good, mellow finish. This a very good bottle on any night with great value for the price, considering this is an older vintage. Considering low acidity and alcohol, as well as soft tannis, there is probably not much life left in this vintage.
Red
8/24/2009 - MartyRibs wrote:
89 points
Dark, inky red. Mineral nose with herbal pasture. Soft, leather mouth with blueberry, strawberry and spice. Mellow and long finish. Very pleasant wine. Won't last much longer.
Red
7/29/2009 - MartyRibs wrote:
93 points
Two years later on 8/30/2011: this wine drinks beautifully right now with decanting -- a real treat! I'm bumping the rating to 93 as a result of aging.

7/29/2009: This wine is still very acidic and tight. Great nose, but it lacks the typical fruit development of Barbaresco. It did not gain much fruitiness after 24 and 48 hours. There is not much complexity there right now, so I'm leaving it alone for another 5-8 years.
Red
7/29/2009 - MartyRibs wrote:
92 points
Deep purple color and generous legs. Black fruit, cassis and minerals on the nose. Blueberry, leather, smoke, and minerals on the palate. Long, mellow finish with a touch vanilla, strawberry and chocolate. The acidity is still high and tannins are very firm, so I will hold my remaining 2 bottles for 3-4 years. Very pleasant wine with some extra life in it.
Red
4/17/2009 - MartyRibs wrote:
88 points
Deep red, good legs. Sweet vanilla and smokey tobacco and blueberry on the nose. Dark fruit, plum, vanilla, graphite, nice light oak. A bit thin for my taste, but not bad. Mellow, pleasant finish. Very good value for the price (odd lot, 3 bottles at $9.99 each). I had low expectations but was pleasantly surprised. There might be a lot of variation with this wine. The first bottle was not worth writing about, more in the veggie realm.
Red
4/17/2009 - MartyRibs wrote:
85 points
Dark, inky, red. Nose of plum and raspberry, and mineral tones. Good mouthfeel. Flat on the finish. Lacking in character a bit.
Red
4/5/2009 - MartyRibs wrote:
89 points
Scarlet red, good legs. Leather, cherry, blueberry, and quite a bit of oak on the nose. Pretty hot after opening and after 30 minutes. Black fruit and plums on the palate with earthy tones, tobacco, and oak. Light to medium body, abundant tannins. Stingy finish with too much young punch in the middle. This wine needs time for development, because there is a lot here for a solid future.
Red
2006 K Vintners Roma En Chamberlin Vineyard Walla Walla Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
4/4/2009 - MartyRibs wrote:
94 points
Wonderful wine. It took about half an hour to open up. Good nose of lively fruit with a touch of smoke and earth. Dark fruit and slight mineral overtones on the palate. Without loosing the perkiness, this wine is pleasantly deep and full. Well balanced. Rich and dark on a long, lingering finish. Terrific blend from Walla Walla. This is the second wine from K recently (the Deal was the other, I still have El Jeffe to try) that is just excellent. I look forward to tasting this blend again as it ages. 62% Cabernet, 38% Syrah.
Red
2006 Henschke Henry's Seven Eden Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
3/21/2009 - MartyRibs wrote:
90 points
Vibrant ruby. Great legs. A bit hot straight from the bottle, better with time. Strawberry, cherry, plum. Long finish. Very enjoyable wine.
Red
1/21/2009 - MartyRibs wrote:
93 points
Beautiful ruby. Solid viscous legs. Nice vanilla and big dark fruit on the nose. Lush body (especially 1 hour after opening) with a fair amount of aciidity. Very pleasant with lots of cassis, graphite, black liquorice, leather, and spring flower overtones. Nice long finish that keeps on changing in flavorful ways. Definitely a favorite.
Red
1/19/2009 - MartyRibs wrote:
90 points
Vibrant ruby red. Nose of cherry, blueberry, plum, oak, underbrush and wild violet. Medium body, young tannins, medium to high acidity. Dark fruit, leather, light vanilla and spice on the palate, and medium oak. The oak is just right for my taste, but I would not want it to go much further. Nice long finish of wild berries and spice. I'm going to hold on for a while before cracking another bottle.
Red
2006 Orin Swift The Prisoner Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
1/16/2009 - MartyRibs wrote:
92 points
Dark inky red. Black currants, blackberries, cherry on the nose. Full mouth of good fruit, vanilla, leather and oak. Long finish of cherries, graphite, cassis, and water mellon. Excellent, accessible wine. Give it a few hours to develop fully.
Red
1/5/2009 - MartyRibs wrote:
78 points
Thin and lacking in substance. somewhat bitter after opening. Very dry without distinctive bouquet. I was hoping for much more. Definitely a disappointment.
Red
1/4/2009 - MartyRibs wrote:
94 points
Dark red, inky color. Good legs. Opulent nose of plum, dark berries and autumn underbrush. Complex, well-balanced flavors of cherry, bark, leather, cedar and vanilla accompanied by a pleasant full-mouth feel. Super long, lazy finish with cherry, graphite and mineral overtones. Hugely enjoyable. I expect it to improve nicely with time.
Red
12/31/2008 - MartyRibs wrote:
88 points
Mineral nose with berry overtones. Good legs. Inky rose red color. Pleasant, full body. Austere flavors of sweet plums, earthy tones, cherry, and some leather. Long, lingering finish of oak and sweet vanilla. I noticed that the finish was somewhat bitter and hot after opening, but way different and better 1.5 hours later. Good value for the price.
Red
12/18/2008 - MartyRibs wrote:
88 points
I have not tasted Stryker before, and I need to do more research on this winery in Sonoma. The Cellar Tracker does not have any reviews. It's a small label, but they seem to have a strong local following. I looked at www.strykersonoma.com. They have a bunch of gold and silver medals from the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, but I have never heard of Stryker before. I picked up this bottle from a supplier that I don't order from very much.

It's a nice, affordable Zin. The color of rhubarb compote, a bit murky. Thin on the glass. Intriguing, plum, dark fruit, rum and earthy tones (grassy meadow with flowers comes to mind), oak on the nose. Yellow plum, leather, blueberry, plum, and cherry. Pleasant and smooth to drink with some hotness on the finish. The bottle lacks the youthful Zinfandel punch, and it's a bit subdued. Enjoyable and solid. Great second bottle.
Red
12/18/2008 - MartyRibs wrote:
82 points
I did not think this bottle had much going for it. I generally like Gundlach Bundschu, but this cuvee is weak. It's not bad, but it lacks in strong characteristics. A bit hot after opening. Bright color, good legs, but lacking on the nose. Some plum and blueberry. Medium finish with some hotness again.
Red
11/28/2008 - MartyRibs wrote:
84 points
A bit hot and acidic after opening, much more approachable 2 hours later. Dark red color. Underbrush, vanilla, dark fruit on the nose. Plum, citrus, and vanilla. Medium body. A bit too much acid on a shortish finish.
Red
11/28/2008 - MartyRibs wrote:
89 points
Right after opening the nose was very musty and earthy, but the bottle was ok. I left the decanted bottle for a day, and it changed dramatically. Dark blackberry color, impenetrable in a glass. Unfiltered. Abundant legs. Nose: blackberry, earthy tones, sweet vanilla, oak. Not a hint of the initial nose. Strong cherry, graphite, oak, but a bit short on the palate. Medium finish. Pleasant wine overall, and a good value.
Red
11/26/2008 - MartyRibs wrote:
88 points
Bright red with a touch of rust. Sweet, dark fruit on the nose. The alcohol seems quite a bit higher than 12.5% specified on the bottle (I would guess 14 - 14.5 %). Blueberry, cherry. vanilla, and graphite. Tart, acidic finish that mellows out with an trace of tobacco. Overall, a pleasant bottle to have, but not a spectacular one. Who would have thought that Sardinia would produce something like this?
Red
11/26/2008 - MartyRibs wrote:
84 points
Vibrant, light red color. Oaky nose. Smokey dried apricot and cherry. Balanced enough but lacking in body, fruit, and mid palate of a higher quaity Zin. A bit hot and astringent on a medium finish. Definitely several steps down from the Sophisticate, but at $10.99, this is a reasonable bottle of casual, every day wine. Good value for the price.
Red
11/25/2008 - MartyRibs wrote:
79 points
Good rubby color. Strong fruity nose, but sadly unmatched by the flavors. Shallow mid-palate, not much body. I let the wine breathe for 4 hours, but it was very thin and without much character. I tried it a day after with a similar result. Compared to the 2005 vintage which was impressive, this is a weakling. Will have to wait for future vintages, because this one is not worth trying again.
Red
2000 Le Baron de Brane Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/12/2008 - MartyRibs wrote:
82 points
Vibrant ruby with weak legs. The nose is very smokey and sweet, with some cherry and leather, but it is not matched by the flavors. There isn't much fruit, the acidity and tannins are overwhelming, and the finish is very tart. Acidity also significantly affects texture which is thin and lacking. There is not enough there to develop with time, I don't think, so I'm not holding much hope for this wine long term.
Red
11/8/2008 - MartyRibs wrote:
80 points
This bottle was recommended, but I find it fairly ordinary. I overpaid, and I would not buy it again. There are many much better Zins from CA available at a much lower price. Not much body, nothing on the nose except oak, pretty lopsided toward acidity. Some cherry and plum, and ... surprise ... a trace of orange rind. Vanishing finish with overpowering tartness. I tried it at 2 and 4 hours after opening, but did not detect much difference.
Red
11/1/2008 - MartyRibs wrote:
92 points
Big and decisive, with a full mouth of fruit. Blueberry, plum, blackberry, cedar, a touch of chocolate, and something elusively spicy bitter (still thinking, perhaps pepper). I would love to hold on to a case of this in order to revisit regularly. Nice long finish. Great value for the price.
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