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Red
9/24/2013 - pete s. wrote:
91 points
Very solid. Love the rustic, earthy notes mixed with the Sangio fruit. Still young with an acidic bite on the finish. It's unfortunate that it has the 95 score to live up to because it's a very good value with lots of life left.
Red
9/24/2013 - pete s. wrote:
92 points
Finally decided to try one of Bedrock's Heritage blends with a little age on it. Wow. I will be popping recent vintages any time soon. Let them rest if you can.

Similar notes to three years ago but the rough edges are gone and it shows much more finesse. Still young, but I love how it's come together.
Red
8/31/2013 - pete s. wrote:
92 points
This was fantastic. Smooth and plush with plenty of red fruit, spice, and hints of oak. Really seems to be in a sweet spot right now. This was gone quickly...definitely had the delicious factor.
Red
9/24/2013 - pete s. wrote:
90 points
Similar to previous bottles - boatloads of dark cherry with some spice. I did notice a little heat and side by side with the 2010, this faltered a bit.
Red
9/24/2013 - pete s. wrote:
92 points
Popped and ran through the vinturi. Much more open than 9 months ago. The nose was full of dark berries and stone with more dark fruit and mineral on the palate. Gripping tannins, mouth-watering acidity and a lengthy finish put this in the same category as cool climate Syrahs that are double or triple the price. 92+
Red
8/30/2013 - pete s. wrote:
92 points
See previous note. This will only get better.
Rosé
8/30/2013 - pete s. wrote:
87 points
I'm in agreement with Loren here....my least favorite vintage of this wine. The flavors just seem muted and one dimensional compared to previous years. A bit disappointing.
Red
7/24/2013 - pete s. wrote:
92 points
My beautiful wife opened this (my last bottle) instead of the 2011. Oh well. Similar to my previous note but I was able to try it on day #2 this time around and it was much more balanced...not as "in-your-face" with the brooding dark fruit. Still a baby though. I'd hold.
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Red
2011 Bodegas Ordoñez Tineta Ribera del Duero Tempranillo (view label images)
7/18/2013 - pete s. wrote:
88 points
I like this representation of tempranillo. Meets a nice middle ground between a Toro and Rioja. Great QPR.
Red
8/17/2013 - pete s. wrote:
91 points
This seems ready to go. Cassis and toasty oak aromas with dark fruit, chocolate, and woodsy spice on the palate. Tannins are firm, but let up with some air. Not the best value but drinks like Cabs in the $60 range.
Red
2010 Maison Bleue Jaja Yakima Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
3/6/2013 - pete s. wrote:
92 points
This was delicious. Loads of all types of berries on the palate but mostly the distinct blueberry notes that I get from Washington Rhones. Definitely fruit forward with some earth in the background but in no way over done. Med-full bodied, bright acid, and medium tannins. Ridiculous value at $24.
Red
2011 Halcon Vineyards Esquisto Yorkville Highlands Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
4/3/2013 - pete s. wrote:
Very expressive nose of florals and red fruit. Medium-bodied palate showing more of the red fruit and stone. Feminine in style, especially compared to the '10 Esquisto and the Halcon Syrahs. High-acid on the finish is not quite balanced, but I look forward to trying this down the road when everything has come together.
Red
3/27/2013 - pete s. Likes this wine:
90 points
Really happy I decided to pick up a 3-pack. This med-bodied blend of Cinsault and Carignane is full of red fruit, mineral, and damp earth notes. The fruit is perfectly ripe, fresh, and pure with integrated tannins and acid on the finish. This drinks like a cool-climate Pinot - think Anderson Valley. Great qpr at $17. 90+
Red
4/3/2013 - pete s. Likes this wine:
92 points
Pop and pour. The nose immediately exuded an array of dark fruit, licorice, and pepper aromas. Layers of blackberry, red plum, and iron notes on the med-full bodied palate. There's a sweetness and a compote-like nature to the fruit that's balanced nicely by the young tannins. Not a hint of the 15% abv. on the med+ finish. Much different than the 2010 which had a creamy, fuller bodied mouthfeel and bigger, brooding character. Very good, and I look forward to comparing the two vintages side by side in the future.
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Red
2010 Bodegas Tritón Mencía Tridente Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León (view label images)
3/13/2013 - pete s. wrote:
87 points
Decent mencia but missing some of the earthy/mineral characteristics of the bottles I've had from Bierzo. A little to much of the ripe cherry and some heat on the finish. Still, an ok daily drinker for $12.
Red
3/15/2013 - pete s. Likes this wine:
90 points
Popped and poured. Loads of black fruit, cassis, licorice, and spice kept in check by med-high acid. Lengthy finish with lingering dark fruit. This was a nice surprise and I plan on purchasing a bottle to lay down.
Red
3/12/2013 - pete s. wrote:
88 points
Popped and poured. Love the nose - blackberry, pipe tobacco, and dark chocolate. Med-full bodied with initial blackberry/cassis flavors that shift to savory beef jus notes on the midpalate. Rounder than expected from a young Toro with fine tannins showing up late and leaving a chalky dryness in the back of the throat. I will taste again tomorrow as it presently seems slightly disjointed.
Red
3/11/2013 - pete s. wrote:
88 points
Popped and poured. I enjoy this style of CdR compared to some of the riper, jammy New World versions. Very Rhone on the nose with red fruit, herb, and mineral notes. On the palate, lighter-bodied and lean with sour/juicy red fruit and mineral. Fine grained tannins and good acid on the finish. Good food wine and good QPR.
Red
2/16/2013 - pete s. wrote:
93 points
Pop and pour. This is a fantastic wine and one of the best domestic, $20 (on sale) cabs I've consumed in a while. Powerful nose of blueberry and black currant. Also getting a distinct roasted red pepper note. On the palate, this is very concentrated and young, but approachable with its tasty black fruit and balsamic flavors. Powerful tannins coat the palate, but eventually give way to a med+ finish. This should age beautifully. Tertulia has sparked my interest.
Red
2/2/2013 - pete s. wrote:
91 points
Tasted blind. Pretty easy to pick out of the lineup. Nose was full of Sonoma Coast funky earth, red fruit, pine, and orange peel. Palate was more yielding than I would've guessed - concentrated strawberry/raspberry and earth notes shine through. Not necessarily full bodied, but definitely a mouthful of wine. Structure was in balance tonight and gave way to a med-long finish. Seems to be a in a good spot.
Red
2/2/2013 - pete s. wrote:
85 points
Tasted blind. Dark fruit and some meat on the nose. Dark fruit palate with some underlying jerky funk. Med-bodied with a shortish finish.
Red
2010 Orin Swift Abstract California Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
2/2/2013 - pete s. wrote:
90 points
Tasted blind. Nose of ripe dark cherries and blackberry. Rich fruit on the palate balanced nicely by the tannic structure. Med+ finish. Much better than the '09 which didn't show any sort of varietal character. Abstract is definitely more restrained than the other Orin Swift wines I've tasted.
Red
2/2/2013 - pete s. wrote:
90 points
Decanted for two hours and tasted blind. Nose showed truffle, funky earth, and hints of red fruit. Dark cherry and anise on the palate. I like the flavor profile but this was missing some structure on the finish.

After the reveal and revisiting and hour or so later, the Esquisto had gained substantial structure and come together nicely. Firm tannins and acid made it a great pairing for the pork belly entree. Long life ahead.
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Red
2/11/2013 - pete s. wrote:
88 points
Popped and vinturied. Nose was reserved at first, but opened up to show the dark fruit, leather, and chocolate aromas that I typically get from Ribera and Toro tempranillos. Notes of blackberry and vanilla/oak on the med-full bodied palate. Tasty and easy to drink, but kind of simple. There are some chalky, tongue-drying tannins and the finish is just ok. Not seeing the the Miller drinking window at all...I don't see this getting better. Good, but I feel like one can get the same quality for about $10 cheaper...especially Spanish tempranillo.
Red
7/23/2012 - pete s. wrote:
Tasting room note. Showing younger than the '08 with more earthy character. Fruit was a bit concealed, but I can see it improving with time.
Red
7/23/2012 - pete s. wrote:
Tasting room note. Probably the most fruit forward of the Pinots...almost tart cranberry and ripe berry at the same time. There's an underlying "rusty" note as well. I preferred the '07.
Red
2/11/2013 - pete s. wrote:
91 points
Tasting room note. My favorite of the Pinot's. Lovely red berry nose with some spice. Young on the palate, but silky smooth with bright red fruit. Med-high acid on the lengthy finish.
Rosé
7/23/2012 - pete s. wrote:
89 points
Tasting room note. My favorite rose' of the trip. Melon and strawberry with floral notes and refreshing acid. Drank it all week.
White
7/23/2012 - pete s. wrote:
Tasting room note. Green apple and mineral on the nose and palate. Nice use of oak with half aged in stainless. I like this style.
White
7/23/2012 - pete s. wrote:
Tasting room note. Bright citrus nose, refreshing citrus palate and zippy acid on the finish.
Red
7/21/2012 - pete s. wrote:
90 points
Tasting room note. Nose showed black cherry, forest floor, and musty wood. Lively acid on the palate with pomegranate, earth, and fine tannins. Really can't do much better for Pinot in this price range.
Red
2011 Copain P2 Anderson Valley Red Blend (view label images)
7/21/2012 - pete s. wrote:
89 points
Tasting room note. Looking back, I should have purchased more of this. Bright red fruit and floral nose with a lt-med. bodied palate that shows balance of red fruit and medium acid. Lightly chilled, this would be extremely versatile with food.
Red
7/21/2012 - pete s. wrote:
92 points
Tasting room note. Lovely, creamy blackberry on the nose with subtle spice. More savoriness on the palate with smoke, leather, and black raspberry fruit. Full-bodied and still drinking very young.
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Red
2/7/2013 - pete s. wrote:
92 points
Tasting room note. Delicious. Fleshy blackberry and dark cherry. Lush and concentrated dark fruit on the palate and med-high tannins but both are balanced nicely. Structure gives way to an lengthy cassis/oak finish.
Red
7/22/2012 - pete s. wrote:
91 points
Tasting room note. Big nose of dark mountain fruit and creamy oak. Med-Full bodied on the palate with cassis, vanilla, oak and lots of tannins. Very big tannins.
Red
7/22/2012 - pete s. wrote:
90 points
Tasting room note. More of a dark fruit profile compared to the other Sojourn SV's with hints of sweet oak and baking spice. Needs time.
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Red
7/22/2012 - pete s. wrote:
90 points
Tasting room note. This is much more robust than the Rodger's Creek and much more fruit dominant. Lighter tannins and acid.
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Red
7/22/2012 - pete s. wrote:
92 points
Tasting room note - My favorite Pinot of the 2010 lineup. Lovely red fruit, spice, and a pleasant earthiness on the nose. Vibrant on the palate with plush red fruit, balanced structure and a lengthy finish. Lots of layers that I can't quite pinpoint.
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Red
2/7/2013 - pete s. wrote:
92 points
Couldn't resist popping one of these. Ran through the vinturi and immediately got a whiff of what was waiting for me on the nose: smoke, dried beef, charcoal, tar, blackberries, and mineral...in order of prevalence. A little more restrained on the palate and more of the dark, juicy fruit shines through in a medium-bodied package. Obvious structure for ageing and and a fantastic finish that is my favorite part of the drinking experience. The savageness of this wine is almost overwhelming, but everything comes together in balance in the end. This could reach 94-95 territory.
Red
9/19/2012 - pete s. wrote:
91 points
This was an excellent and fairly priced Barolo. My experience in this price range is hit or miss, but his drank very well tonight. Lovely nose of dried cherries and rose petal with focused red fruit on the palate. Lots of structure on the lengthy finish. Should get better.
Red
10/20/2012 - pete s. wrote:
89 points
Pop and poured through the vinturi. Tight at first, but opened up to show ripe black fruit and pepper. The fruit was kept in check nicely by the firm tannins which were not as imposing as I would've guessed based on recent reviews. I wasn't getting the herbal and earthy notes I noted two years ago. I'd do a long the decant the next time around.
Red
8/25/2012 - pete s. wrote:
92 points
See previous note. Delicious, smooth, and full of dark fruit. Nicely integrated oak with balanced structure on the finish.
Red
2/6/2013 - pete s. wrote:
89 points
The previous couple of reviews pretty much mirror my note. Red berries and spice on the nose and palate with nice acid and a medium finish. Missing some complexity, but it's very easy to drink and can also pair with a variety of foods.
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Red
2/6/2013 - pete s. wrote:
90 points
See previous note. Shows the heat of the vintage but the alcohol is in balance despite the higher ABV. Not the typical Unti style with lots of ripe red fruit, but still very tasty.
Red
7/21/2012 - pete s. wrote:
90 points
See previous notes but much more in balance. Great value on sale for $20.
Red
11/8/2012 - pete s. wrote:
No formal notes so no score but I do remember it being very youthful and big for a CdR. Lots or rich dark fruit and very full-bodied. Probably should sit for at least a year.
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Red
1/5/2013 - pete s. wrote:
91 points
This is drinking very well right now. I typically get more Syrah characteristics in these Cab/Syrah blends, but this time around the Cab was in the forefront. Rich cassis with milk chocolate on the palate balanced by firm but nicely integrated tannins. Drink or hold.
Red
2009 Wind Gap Wines Orra North Coast Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
8/4/2012 - pete s. wrote:
88 points
See previous note. Definitely a lighter, leaner new world Rhone blend. I actually prefer this style but everything seems muted on this wine. It's balanced, but not very exciting.
White
5/19/2012 - pete s. wrote:
86 points
Very serviceable for the price. Not overly complex but also not overoaked or too sweet. Went well with Sriracha wings.
Red
6/17/2012 - pete s. wrote:
89 points
I can see how some feel this is overripe. It is teetering on the edge but does have some structure to match the richness. Missing some complexity that may come through once the fruit settles down a bit.
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