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Red
2017 Agharta Wines Syrah Central Coast
7/20/2021 - joraesque wrote:
89 points
Light-to-medium-bodied, with bright, crunchy fruit (still!). Drank well over 3 days. 14.2% ABV.
88-89
  • joraesque commented:

    8/10/21, 8:26 PM - WHOA, four cases currently left at under $10/bottle, thank you srh! By the way, after doing a little digging, I've just updated the description of this bottling, check it out.

Red
2018 Domaine Barge Syrah St. Joseph Clos de la Ribaudy
7/29/2021 - joraesque wrote:
89 points
Upon opening, it smelled corked—but it's got a plastic cork! It turns out it needed to breathe for about an hour; medium-full bodied, and the biggest St. Joseph I've had to date; marked by damp wood and bitter cherry liquor; the more oxidation it got, the more minerality it revealed, as well as some gunpowder on the finish. PH appears to be relatively high. Overall, I'd say this is a St. Joseph for the Robert Parker palate. 13.5% ABV.
89-91
Update: Not drinking so well 30 hours later.
89
  • joraesque commented:

    7/30/21, 10:00 PM - That's what I actually thought, just couldn't remember the name for it -- thanks!

Red
2016 Rocca delle Macìe Chianti Classico Famiglia Zingarelli Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
5/14/2021 - joraesque wrote:
79 points
Another off-bottle, which this time is actually undrinkable... won't purchase again.
  • joraesque commented:

    7/25/21, 3:32 AM - Except that it wasn't corked.

Red
2016 Fattoria Rodáno Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
5/4/2021 - Mootsie Likes this wine:
91 points
Classic. I heard this is the Chianti used for blind tasting on the Som exam.
  • joraesque commented:

    7/11/21, 8:16 PM - Which one of the sommelier examinations?

Red
2018 Péter Wetzer Kékfrankos Soproni
3/8/2021 - adamanko wrote:
flawed
Second bottle that was slightly fizzy. Today I decided to return it as a fawlty bottle. A lost vintage? I really did like the -17 of this wine.
  • joraesque commented:

    7/1/21, 11:22 PM - It's a pretty typical natural wine...

Red
2015 Guastaferro Irpinia Memini Aglianico
6/1/2020 - Manuaia Likes this wine:
91 points
Super fresh and juicy right after opening. Wet wool in the beginning but blows off after 10 min. Dark red fruits. Black cherry. Good acidity. soft tannins. A hint of dust and dried flowers. Delicious.
Day 2: still going strong. Fresh fruit starting to dissipate but not getting Stewy. Enjoying the other half of the bottle night 2 as much as the night before.
  • joraesque commented:

    6/5/21, 9:21 PM - Definitely wet wool in the beginning, or perhaps dried Asian prawns!

Red
2017 Domaine la Barroche Châteauneuf-du-Pape Julien Barrot Red Rhone Blend
12/30/2020 - jee27 wrote:
92 points
Superbe CDP tout en fraîcheur et un élevage tout en finesse; l'équilibre est impeccable la bouche est soyeuse le bouquet floral avec ses notes de violettes, les vignes se situent non loin du Château Rayas c'est en hauteur et c'est perceptible. Je ne suis pas trop un fan de CDP mais celui-ci m'a séduit. Les prochaines à boire dans cinq à dix ans. 92-94 pts
  • joraesque commented:

    5/8/21, 12:02 AM - Merveilleuse description, merci!

Red
2017 Chateau Potelle Zinfandel VGS Alta Vista Vineyard Sonoma Mountain
1/6/2021 - fah wrote:
89 points
I am between 88 and 89 points depending on your taste. I would rate the fruit 90 and the finish 88. It's fruit forward and nice fruit at that. It's medium body. The tannins and acidity are lacking so on that point it's not balanced. I paid $30 at Costco, but I won't buy again since it lacks finish.
  • joraesque commented:

    3/3/21, 7:28 PM - They still have it at the Costco in So. SF.

Red
2013 Acumen Cabernet Sauvignon Peak Attelas Vineyard Atlas Peak
4/7/2018 - bestdamncab Likes this wine:
97 points
A wonderful wine from a single vineyard at the wonderful price of $150. Nose of black cherry, and earth, same on the palate, big body, very tasty, mouth filling fruit, rich fruit, fairly fruit forward which was surprising given the vintage, elegant, delicious, needs four years to peak drinking, and a long finish.
  • joraesque commented:

    2/6/21, 2:27 PM - Currently on sale at K&L for $69.99 (need to be logged in).

  • joraesque commented:

    2/6/21, 3:28 PM - I guess so; 6 cases currently in stock. After reading the tasting note by daviladc I wouldn't gamble more than $50 on this... 🤷‍♂️

Red
2016 Auros Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
8/19/2020 - Winowhyno Likes this wine:
90 points
Pretty good for the price. Just ordered 6 more on sale for $23.00. Fantastic deal for everyday drinker.
  • joraesque commented:

    12/14/20, 6:22 PM - Where did you find it for $23? It's currently $27.99 at Costco on sale ($8 off).

  • joraesque commented:

    12/16/20, 2:51 AM - Thanks.

White
2018 Henri Bailly Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc
8/5/2020 - bravenec wrote:
85 points
This tastes more like a domestic sauv Blanc. Dry, but lacking mineral and slight floral elements that make sancerre special. Damn you Rimmerman for your florid prose that convinced me to buy a half case.
  • joraesque commented:

    11/12/20, 3:22 AM - Wow, half a case! Well, now you know...

    "Henri Bailly’s 2018 Sancerre is so darn delicious (and even more so with 24+ hours of air)" -- did you try letting it breathe for longer?

Red
2018 Banshee Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles
Horrible wine.
Was definately ripped off by Whole Foods for $25 for this kakashka. I should have checked, because when a wine is priced higher than Vivino here to the right, then it's really overpriced, and by 20%. Whole Foods is a racket. I will forever avoid that store.

Banshee, take your name off this obviously manipulated wine. It tastes crafted to American palates. Too much added acid left my mouth burning: The classic imposter of a long finish.
The overuse of oak, probably some sort of extract or wood chips added left me wondering why, but knowing that only in America can we find such crap.

I don't hate Banshee, as most I've tasted was worth writing about, even buying as I've purchased their Syrah direct from their Healsburg tasting room, but this a is neighbor give away bottle, which I did give to my neighbor who can't taste what this really is. Maybe I will serve some karmic time in hell for that, but at least someone can drink it instead of dumping. But maybe it really deserved to be dumped.

I'm quite pissed because there were easily 3 other wines in the same price range that would have been delish, but of course, all from Italy.

Maybe I owe Banshee some thanks, because once again I realize that quality to value is never in America, at least for wine.

If you're American and like this sort of obvious manipulation, then this is the junk for you.
Enjoy!

(This is not even worthy to pour into a sauce creation.)
  • joraesque commented:

    9/5/20, 9:17 PM - 😆

  • joraesque commented:

    9/14/20, 11:36 PM - You obviously aren't familiar with American viticulture, because this is a typical Paso Robles wine...

  • joraesque commented:

    9/22/20, 11:28 PM - Which wineries in Paso Robles did you visit? I'd bet a bottle of Napa Cab that you didn't go to either McPrice Myers or Herman Story!

  • joraesque commented:

    10/16/20, 3:52 AM - If you prefer Old World wines, you will appreciate McPrice Myers. If you enjoy New World-style wines, you will not be disappointed with Herman Story (their "Nuts & Bolts" in particular).

    Coincidentally, I've just discovered another great—and this time obscure—Paso Robles producer tonight: Bodega De Edgar!

    I do agree though that in terms of QPR there are much better options available than almost anything from Paso Robles.

White
2018 Buchegger Grüner Veltliner Ried Geppling Kamptal
6/13/2020 - RussK wrote:
90 points
Russk. Andrea served two Wines By this producer the gruner veltliner and the Roter Veltliner. I enjoyed both and both were from Garagiste. My favorite was the Roter, more structure and cut. Get some from Garagiste.
  • joraesque commented:

    7/17/20, 11:49 PM - Garagiste is mostly a one-time thing...

  • joraesque commented:

    10/16/20, 3:47 AM - Yeah, I've done that before, and it only works with obscure producers.

Red
2016 Domaine Baud Père & Fils Côtes du Jura Rouge Ancestral Red Blend
2/28/2020 - Motz wrote:
90 points
This intriguing wine of the earth brings it...in all regards! Fruit, earth, acid, balance. Juicy, vivacious, refreshing, satisfying! Found the 12 abv imperceptible! We should all be so fortunate to have such wines grace our tables.
  • joraesque commented:

    10/16/20, 3:45 AM - Sold!🍷

Red
2013 Peter Michael L'Esprit des Pavots Knights Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
9/11/2020 - Ahughes444 Likes this wine:
94 points
Hitting its stride. Well balanced and complex with high soft and ripe tannins. Medium (+) aromas and flavors of dark fruits - blackberry, black kurant, dark plum, raspberry notes, vegetal notes, wet leaves, and toasted cigar box. Lingering finish.
  • joraesque commented:

    10/8/20, 10:55 PM - It sounds like it's too tame for a ribeye steak.

Red
2016 Domaine Guion Bourgueil Cuvée Prestige Cabernet Franc
I've had really good bottles of this, and less good ones, and last night confirmed my hypothesis: this is a wine that shows well only on fruit or flower days. Last night, a fruit day, the wine showed a great balance of fresh dark blackberry and plum fruit, iron and gravel minerality, and the tobacco leaf green streak that Loire wine drinkers appreciate. Aromas are fresh and airy, the wine is rustic and charming, and finished clean.

But on other nights the thing shows muddy, ill-defined, and not delicious. It's the calendar. There are LOADWs of wines, even biodynamically farmed ones, whose showings do not seem tied to the bio calendar. This one, however, I'll drink from now on according to the calendar.
  • joraesque commented:

    8/27/20, 2:36 PM - Wow, this actually explains the bottle variation I've noticed in past vintages, thank you!

Red
2017 Raymond Vineyard & Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Selection Napa Valley
4/29/2020 - aveeck Likes this wine:
87 points
Not the dense, fruit-forward bomb that I'm accustomed to from Raymond. More restrained, less fun.
  • joraesque commented:

    8/21/20, 7:47 PM - Sounds good, thanks!

White
2018 Williams Selyem Chardonnay Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard Russian River Valley
7/20/2020 - Lforrest wrote:
Winemakers Notes
Notes of yellow apple and Comice pear abound in this outstanding offering from our Estate Vineyard on the eastside of the Russian River. Hints of quince, tarragon, and green tea add a wonderful highlight to the nose, while crushed quartz further adds to the perfume. The palate is laser-focused with citrus, pear, and apple notes which flood the mid-palate. The wine transitions to a slightly piquant sensation with a touch of quinine on the finish. 2021-28
  • joraesque commented:

    8/19/20, 8:55 PM - Wrong wine. The above is the winery's description of the Lewis MacGregor bottling...

White
2018 Portlandia Vintners Pinot Gris Oregon
7/13/2020 - PaulWeider Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice Chardonnay with slight overtones of tart cherry. A real surprise.
  • joraesque commented:

    7/24/20, 6:00 PM - It's a Pinot Gris.

Red
2012 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Terra de Promissio Vineyard Sonoma Coast
2/8/2018 - joraesque wrote:
92 points
The first impressions upon opening are of a terribly aromatic nose of ripe fruit; noticeable is also the touch of oak on the palate and some hints of sassafras. Acidity seems to be lower than expected... fast forward 90 minutes later to focused cherry pastille flavors... about 200 minutes in the new French oak becomes well delineated on both the nose (alongside notes of dry mushrooms) and palate as the wine exhibits a darker fruit profile whilst remaining utterly tasty... then, as it appeared to reach its apex 2 hours and 15 minutes after opening, it was gone.
92-93+
  • joraesque commented:

    6/20/20, 10:11 PM - Thanks for confirming! I agree, if it fades away after 2 hours it's probably at or past its peak. 🥂

Red
2016 Domaine Jaulin-Plaisantin Les Hauts & Les Bas Chinon Cabernet Franc
11/4/2019 - Marc André Gagnon wrote:
51 points
Le site internet de la SAQ dit que ce vin est «avec un apport très limité en soufre et des élevages délicats. Typé de son terroir...» Oui typique, mais pas typique du chinon; ni typique du cabernet franc parce qu'il dégage des odeurs de crottin de cheval, il est plutôt très typique du vin nature qui a mal tourné. De plus, en bouche c'est asséchant. Il laisse une très mauvaise impression. Ici, c'est plutôt les bas. C'est le risque avec ces vins peu protégés, il faudrait les faire voyager au frais, mais la direction de la SAQ est indolente. 23 $ Qc (https://vinquebec.com/node/15618)
  • joraesque commented:

    6/2/20, 9:01 PM - 🤣

Red
2015 Muscardini Cellars Tesoro Sonoma County SuperTuscan Blend
4/14/2020 - joraesque wrote:
90 points
While the 29% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Syrah are a tad sweet, the 43% Sangiovese provides a refreshing, dry finish.
90+
  • joraesque commented:

    5/12/20, 6:48 PM - Which other bottlings of theirs do you prefer?

  • joraesque commented:

    5/12/20, 8:00 PM - Cool ☑

Red
2014 Kynsi Nocturnum-Commemoration Cuvée Edna Valley Red Blend
8/30/2019 - gogiants925 Likes this wine:
90 points
Very big wine, a Syrah/Grenache blend. Very dark, great strawberry notes. Drank it after a 2014 Tolosa Pinot, and the consensus was the Pinot was very good, but the Nocturum better. Did not decant, it was a pop and pour.
  • joraesque commented:

    5/9/20, 8:29 PM - This is actually 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Grenache.

  • joraesque commented:

    5/12/20, 6:49 PM - > https://www.kynsi.com/files/products/NOC14.pdf

Red
2015 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard Anderson Valley
3/31/2020 - joraesque wrote:
89 points
Unstable, heading downhill.
  • joraesque commented:

    4/1/20, 8:08 PM - "Unstable" as in native yeast seemingly producing an unpredictable outcome.
    --
    I thought that it had lost most of its flavor compared to when tasted on 9/22/2018. To give you an idea, we had this last bottle about three days ago, and neither my wife nor I can remember much about the wine—completely unremarkable and unmemorable thus; wishing I had opened it earlier.

Red
2012 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah Stonessence Walla Walla Valley
I wanted a syrah. This was good. I'm struck by how similar it is to the Cayuse syrahs. I know Christophe consulted here and all but there's really little difference except Reynvaan has raised prices far above Cayuse these days.
Lots of olive, beef blood and herbs. Little fruit, though my 6 year old smelled it and called it sweet smelling.
Nice wine. I enjoyed it.
  • joraesque commented:

    3/21/20, 1:20 AM - Which Cayuse bottling, specifically? Based on your description I would think the Armada...

Red
2017 Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County
4/8/2019 - mtolerico Likes this wine:
93 points
Maybe the best Sonoma coast Mike has made this far, rich dark red fruits, cherry, strawberry jam, baking spices, black pepper, crazy rich and silky palate with great balance and length. Superb value.
  • joraesque commented:

    3/20/20, 10:35 PM - This is Sonoma County and not Sonoma Coast.

Red
2017 Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County
5/27/2019 - pgm wrote:
87 points
This was a big blast of vanilla over cherry fruit. To me, this was surprisingly simple compared to what I’ve come to expect from Carlisle’s entire range. Hopefully the oak will integrate a bit in the next couple years.
  • joraesque commented:

    3/20/20, 10:34 PM - Thank you both.

Red
2009 Gabriel Billard Bourgogne Pinot Noir
Bright red candied fruit, lots of '09 structure. Good stuff, would prefer it at $20 than $25.
  • joraesque commented:

    2/24/20, 4:43 AM - Would you like the latest release ('15) better at $25 ($25.99 to be exact) in today's money?

Red
2013 E16 Pinot Noir Bowland Ranch Bennett Valley
1/22/2017 - Halfeel Likes this wine:
91 points
Medium-bodied and well-balanced RRV Pinot. Would definitely buy again.
  • joraesque commented:

    2/20/20, 9:54 PM - This is not RRV.

  • joraesque commented:

    2/21/20, 12:14 AM - Well, by this logic Napa Valley is also next door, and even more known...

  • joraesque commented:

    2/22/20, 6:44 AM - You'll will see more Bennet Valley wines in the near future, it's an up-and-coming appellation.

Red
2011 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
My last bottle was 2 years ago and in that TN I said this wine should be consumed in short term. I still believe that and with the bottle tonight, my final one from 2011, it's ready. Ripe raspberry, strawberry and the RM pine needle. Kind of jammy, too. This is ready to go, a good fit for all kinds of palates because it has a little of everything for everyone. As a final thought, I am coming to the belief here now that 2011s across a # of different wines and regions in CA is something we ought to start finishing up. Whether it be Rhys, Rivers-Marie, Copain, etc....these are all coming to peak now.
  • joraesque commented:

    11/23/19, 1:51 AM - The Williams Selyem 2011s certainly have more buffer time...

Red
2018 Domaine de L'Idylle Mondeuse Vin de Savoie Le Tithonien
10/25/2019 - Kip-will-sip Likes this wine:
93 points
Don’t really track the interface, here. Good wine. Seems Like It defaults as 90+ where I’d place that as 51.
  • joraesque commented:

    11/19/19, 11:03 PM - 51 out of what? 60?

Red
1975 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve Napa Valley
7/18/2017 - rjonwine@gmail.com wrote:
95 points
Bricked medium red violet color; aromatic, mature, cedar, menthol, cassis, cigar box, tobacco nose; delicious, silky textured, tar currant, cedar, sandalwood, tobacco palate with good balancing acidity; long finish (13% alcohol; 2.5 years in American oak) 95+ points
  • joraesque commented:

    10/26/19, 2:55 AM - Didn't know where else to post this for you, but you misspelled "Syrah" : https://www.cellartracker.com/m/wines/269197 ��

Red
2014 Agharta Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
10/8/2019 - davidspieker wrote:
89 points
Lighter muddy red color. Warm red fruit aromas. Ripe red and bing cherry fruit with medium body. Great acidity and lengthy for food.
  • joraesque commented:

    10/26/19, 2:36 AM - Just what I needed to know, thanks!

Red
2017 Matias Riccitelli Malbec Hey Malbec! Lujan de Cuyo
10/10/2019 - vinhonotte wrote:
89 points
Fine Wines SG - BYOB “COPA Wine-Mé-Ca” (Praelum Wine Bistro): A mild nose, somewhat of earth and fern. Some pepper and blackberry. Tannic and acidic, and could feel the alcohol heat. Breath in glass actually put forth some rather unpleasant bitter notes, like burnt coal
  • joraesque commented:

    10/24/19, 1:28 AM - Your description doesn't sound like that of an 89-points wine...

Red
2015 Acacia Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
4/16/2019 - sdwineguru wrote:
89 points
2015 Acacia Pinot Noir Russian River Valley $15. Big mark down on older inventory. Mid-ruby; light stemmy Pinot nose; strawberry jam; wood; mid-body; balanced; some Pinot character on the palate; black cherry, woody slightly hot finish (14.5 alc.).
  • joraesque commented:

    9/28/19, 7:35 PM - $69 at the winery: https://www.acaciavineyard.com/wines/acacia-pinot-noir/pinot-noir-russian-river/2015

Red
2016 Podere Sette Bolgheri L'invidio SuperTuscan Blend
6/10/2019 - Jmac56 Likes this wine:
88 points
Nice fruit but too acidic for my taste- in my experience, this generally doesn’t improve with time. Next day addition- I stand corrected, the leftover wine was much better a day later but I doubt decanting and breathing would be enough so not sure how or when to serve this.
  • joraesque commented:

    9/23/19, 3:20 AM - It sounds like it needs another year.

Red
N.V. Rudius Syrah 7-Year Itch Russian River Valley
5/16/2019 - Ravi Deshpande wrote:
86 points
Past it’s prime, not much fruit and a bitter tannic finish. I wonder if it was flawed - but if it wasn’t it wasn’t that good.
  • joraesque commented:

    9/17/19, 2:01 AM - It sounds like your bottling might have been corked (the long, bitter finish...).

Red
2016 DeLille Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Four Flags Red Mountain
4/1/2019 - chuckos77 wrote:
88 points
Bordeaux blend
  • joraesque commented:

    9/9/19, 3:48 PM - Boudreaux is a Washington producer. I think you meant Bordeaux.

Red
2014 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series Columbia Valley
Blackberry and molasses, some cedar and a lot of alcohol (15%). Acidity is low, tannins are weak. It's sweet and bitter without any savory notes like soubois. Overly extracted and unbalanced, probably won't improve much in the cellar.
  • joraesque commented:

    9/7/19, 4:14 AM - How does an "overly extracted and unbalanced" wine get 90 points (AKA "outstanding")?

White
2015 Château de Jurque Jurançon Tendresse Manseng Blend
5/27/2018 - mwneil Likes this wine:
90 points
Tasted at dinner at Bordeaux, wine was presented by winery, drank with asparagus appetizer, rep told me that dessert wines are out in France so they are trying to create a new purpose for a dessert wine as a accompaniment for a appetizer. Wine was balanced with good acid to keep it interesting, will drink again if I can find it in the US.
  • joraesque commented:

    9/5/19, 8:47 PM - Currently available at Costco in San Francisco.

  • joraesque commented:

    9/7/19, 3:49 AM - Then again, Costco is the largest US purveyor of wine. :-)

Red
2016 Bodega Abel Mendoza Rioja Jarrarte Tempranillo
3/2/2018 - joraesque wrote:
88 points
It's got the freshness of a Beaujolais Nouveaux and the funkiness of an Anjou-Saumur. Easy-drinking and well priced. 14.5% ABV.
  • joraesque commented:

    8/26/19, 9:00 PM - Thanks for the comment. I had ordered a glass at the restaurant so I didn't see the actual label. You might be right though, as the label on wine-searcher.com is different than on cellartracker: https://cdn1.wine-searcher.net/images/labels/84/27/10428427.jpg

Red
2013 Azienda Virna Di Borgogno Barolo Nebbiolo
9/25/2018 - Pjzlotnik wrote:
Good for only 2 days post opening then alcoohol and no fruit left
  • joraesque commented:

    5/3/19, 12:38 AM - Thus drink by 2021.

Red
2010 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
4/24/2019 - npettit wrote:
89 points
Going
  • joraesque commented:

    4/25/19, 3:42 AM - Going where ?

Beer
2018 The Bruery Black Tuesday - Red Wine Barrel Aged Orange County Malt
Blackout Tuesday! (15/20) — The port variants were unabashedly barrel-forward, but this is the first wine-ish Black Tuesday that leans substantially more toward the wine than the beer. The thinner body allows much more of the tannins and dryness to come through, almost making you forget this is primarily a stout. But with minimal carbonation and a ton of grape flavor on the sip and through the finish, this is by far the most aggressively wine-influenced beer of the lot.
  • joraesque commented:

    3/15/19, 5:42 AM - My favorite Black Tuesday by far!

Red
2015 Domaine Grand Veneur Côtes du Rhône Les Champauvins Red Rhone Blend
3/7/2019 - joraesque wrote:
88 points
Two hours in this seemed cloyingly extracted, to the point where I could ingest it only after very small sips... The kind of wine that would easily receive an extra 2 points from RP & Co. 15% ABV.
88-89
  • joraesque commented:

    3/9/19, 7:57 PM - Haven't thought about it but it's an interesting point, and I may have indeed enjoyed this more had I been somewhere surrounded by snow...

Beer
2018 The Bruery So Happens It's Tuesday Orange County Malt
1/12/2019 - joraesque wrote:
Couldn't drink it. Switched to a Washington Bordeaux-blend instead.
Update: much better 24 hours later.
  • joraesque commented:

    1/30/19, 2:35 AM - My half bottles need at least another year, I think.

White
2016 Rhys Chardonnay Bearwallow Vineyard Anderson Valley
10/28/2018 - joraesque wrote:
89 points
The only wine they allowed me to taste at Pick-up. Cooked pineapple notes. Pretentious. Left a bad taste in my mouth. Or perhaps it was their customer service.
  • joraesque commented:

    10/28/18, 9:02 PM - Ok, let me elaborate: I was 3 minutes past 3 PM (when the pick-up event ended; BTW, it had started at 10 -- who TF drinks wine before noon unless they're planning on getting shitfaced?!). They were still serving pizza yet they refused to let me taste the Pinots. They must have been young since the pourers preferred to take unopened bottles home (overheard them talk about it)...
    I also overheard someone commenting about the 2015 Horseshoe Syrah which apparently got a high rating from Galloni. At $60+ it better be 90+ points! However, if you subtract the non-existent customer service (still waiting for them to answer an email from 3 months ago about an initially postponed, then canceled pick-up event, but am glad at least it wasn't about a corked wine) it's a rather poor QPR.
    There are plenty of other expensive wines out there to choose from, and most of them with stellar customer service warranting your support!

  • joraesque commented:

    10/30/18, 10:28 AM - I did and never heard back, as I've come to expect from them. By the way, it turns out the Galloni rating for the Syrah is 96 points, and the release price is $89 respectively.

  • joraesque commented:

    10/31/18, 4:04 AM - I have now heard back from Rhys, which I guess should at least mitigate fears of having to deal with any possible corked bottle issues.

    With respect to the new pricing, I'm wondering if Rhys is growing too quickly. I feel that once you near the $100/bottle territory, there arguably isn't much wine you can(/should) go wrong with; rather, it's more a matter of taste and personal preferences (you'd better love it, 'cause there are plenty of other wines in this price range that you'd certainly like, even in bad years).

    With regard to value, if you enjoy Syrahs I urge you to take a look at (Sonoma wunderkind) Morgan Twain-Peterson's bottlings under his Bedrock Wine Co. label. As just one example, this past release he was offering a 96 points-scoring (Galloni) Hudson Syrah for $45. And I personally love Ed Kurtzman's Bennett Valley Syrah under the (San Francisco-based!) Sandler Wine Co. label, which, year in and year out, and when available (sadly there won't be a 2016), always punches way above its $20 price mark.

    Cheers!

  • joraesque commented:

    12/28/18, 5:06 AM - Hudson is in Carneros/Napa. The actual Bedrock vineyard is in Sonoma (in the city proper, I think), but they sources grapes from all over the state, perhaps predominantly from Sonoma. I also wasn't impressed with some of their Heritage blends I've had in the past, but they make so many that it's only a matter of finding the right bottling for your palate. Personally, I'm looking forward to getting some Pagani from the 2017 vintage. With respect to cooler climate Syrahs, their Alder Springs bottling from Mendocino might be right up your alley, when available.

Red
2014 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series Columbia Valley
4/22/2018 - RajivAyyangar wrote:
88 points
Flatiron Court-style Blinds (Flatiron, SF): (blind)

Medium ruby, slight garnet at rim.
Medium intensity nose of cassis and new oak. slight minty pyrazines.
On the palate:
Dry, 14.5% alcohol (14.8%), full-body, elevated acid, medium tannins. Slight new oak - maybe 30% NFO.

There's a ripe plushness to the wine.

Oaked with mild pyrazines:
- Napa - Could be, but would expect more tannins, less pyrazines.
- Australia - Maybe not as pyrazinic as Coonawarra.
- Washington - would expect lower pyrazines
- Bordeaux - pomerol - it's too clean and juicy - fruit-forward.
Not pyrazinic enough for Chile

Finally:
Australian Cab, Coonawarra, 2014, $30

Actually Columbia Valley
2014 Artist series #23 woodward canyon cabernet.

Analysis: Very close - I feel good about this call. Washington was in my laterals, but I don't feel I've tasted enough to have a sense of what defines this.
  • joraesque commented:

    12/6/18, 8:30 PM - There are plenty of pyrazine-influenced Napa Cabs.

Red
2014 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series Columbia Valley
11/1/2018 - DrinkingPenguin Likes this wine:
92 points
Loved the strong flavor. Almost didn’t know what hit me at first—high on flavor, light on body and with a strong nose. Smoothed right out after some air-great, distinct fruit-forward flavor. Would definitely order again. As a Washingtonian, I may be biased, but seemed like a bargain at only $85 bottle at a $$$$ rated steak restaurant.
  • joraesque commented:

    12/6/18, 8:24 PM - That's indeed a bargain that you can only find in Washington!

Red
2014 Panther Creek Pinot Noir Schindler Eola - Amity Hills
12/3/2018 - guribh wrote:
86 points
I concur with @KLEZMAN note. On the savory side of American PN. On the positive side - I could mistake it for a Cru Beaujolais (which I love...). On the negative side - I could mistake it for a Cru Beaujolais (which it should NOT be, and MSRP is double). Nothing to re-stock on, unless magic happens and it emerges 3 years from now as a White swan. My search for stateside PN that could offer comparable QPR to a good $20-25 Burg will continue, with my usual pessimism (realism?)
  • joraesque commented:

    12/5/18, 12:48 AM - I'm confused by your last comment, as this is not a $20-25 Pinot Noir. It's a $40-45 PN, and there are surely many other domestic equivalents that could easily compete with a $20-25 Burgundy.

  • joraesque commented:

    12/5/18, 1:12 PM - You might want to give the Scott Paul Cellars La Paulée a try, or perhaps the Calera Central Coast bottling. The Mary Elke Boonville Barter and Cambria's Julia's Vineyard might also fit the bill, though the latter is very (too much so?) New World in style.

  • joraesque commented:

    12/5/18, 1:52 PM - However, East of the Mississippi it's often times cheaper to get Old World than New World wines!

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