Tasting Notes for saxwizerd45

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Red
12/10/2018 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
90 points
Super value considering the $$$ this style of wine usually commands. A mystery winner from Garagiste for sure. Big, ripe, rich, but not unctuous.
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Red
9/29/2018 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
91 points
I think these folks are underrated. It’s a refreshing style in the context of Cali Zinfandel. Ripe but cool-toned fruit with legit acidity that carries the wine across the palate as opposed to thudding you with viscous dead weight. No lack of concentration here. Just a different take on Zin that is nice break from the norm.
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Red
8/30/2018 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
You have to know what you’re getting into with Austin Hope wines. Ultra-extracted, unctuous, thick texture, dark chocolate, etc.
Red
8/25/2018 - saxwizerd45 Likes this wine:
94 points
This is in a great spot now! Pure class. Tannin feels mostly resolved and provides nice support for the red berry fruit. Quite long with an interesting Apple skin and cranberry finish.
Red
4/24/2018 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
92 points
Just a great bottle of wine for the $$$. If only all $12 wine could be this well-made.
Red
4/4/2018 - saxwizerd45 Likes this wine:
89 points
I think this punches above its price-point. This bottle showed more like a "resolved" wine than two previous bottles 6-8 months ago, so this may be ready to drink up.

Dark color and dark fruit compote with an herbal edge on the nose, initially somewhat astringent but really smoothed out on the palate after about 30 minutes.
Red
N.V. Locations WA-4 Washington Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
3/4/2018 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
88 points
Thick and dark as motor oil, took 24 hours to come around for me. Dark fruit, mocha syrup, coffee. Best on its own and also best served a little cooler. Actually contains the high alcohol with the massive fruit and density.
Red
2/22/2018 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
89 points
Definitely darker and more overt than other vintages of Bojo I've had. Really nice purity to the dark fruit, which definitely overshadows the acidity and tannin. Could hold this for a few years for sure.
White
2/17/2018 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
90 points
I feel like this has added some density in the last 6 months. Lemon-llme, flowers, and sea-breeze nose with lemon zest covered rocks by the ocean on the palate. Nice lift from the acid. Tasty.
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Red
2/6/2018 - saxwizerd45 Likes this wine:
88 points
Pretty much what I’m looking for in sub-$15 Bordeaux. Earthy, dark-ish somewhat crunchy fruit, and the suggestion of herbs/greenness. Tannins are suggesting a few more years until maximum pleasure, and also need to match with food. Just OK all by itself.
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Red
1/22/2018 - saxwizerd45 Likes this wine:
92 points
One word: HOLD. Drank this over 3 days because the first 48 hours were just weird but wanted to give it a chance to open up given the producer.
Day 1: Tons of coconut (what the heck?) and astringent red fruit. Very disjointed and reticent. Day 2: A little less coconut and more depth to the fruit, with some baking spice now showing alongside darker fruit, still very disjointed and "hard" on the palate. Day 3:the heavens opened up. No longer disjointed and hard. Suddenly has gorgeous texture and is quite seamless with plenty of richness. Too bad only about 1/3rd of the bottle was left at this point.

92 points on the 4-8 year potential of this wine. Needs time as shown by completely backward/weird first few days after opening.
Red
2014 Chappellet Mountain Cuvée Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/30/2017 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
89 points
Thought this was better (more balanced) on day 2. Alcohol listed at 14.9, not sure I believe that. Made in a crowd-pleasing style - very approachable with dark cherry fruit and broad, plush texture with a definite sweetness to the nose and palate, probably attributable to the higher alcohol.
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White
8/12/2017 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
Yellow, almost gold in the glass. Initial nose of citrus fruit on PnP, then gave way to more floral qualities. Palate had nice roundness, which was expected given the grape variety. Medium intensity and medium length palate. Overall solid wine that seems to translate exactly what Grenache Blanc gave Mr. Matthiasson to work with.
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Red
11/15/2016 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
75 points
Shows some varietal aromas and flavors, but extremely thin and out of balance. Don't bother.
Red
11/11/2016 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
90 points
Big wine. Contrary to some recent notes I thought nose was quite expressive - vanilla, pencil shavings, very dark fruit. The oak influence is obvious to me, but I'm sensitive to it. More really dark fruit, vanilla, and caramel round out the palate. Full bodied with pretty nice seamless texture. Some tannin is evident, so this can go for a while yet.
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White
11/8/2016 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
88 points
Quite tropical on the nose with pineapple, mango, and maybe even a hint of banana? Palate is quite round and plush for Sauvignon Blanc, with pineapple, lime, and a little streak of acid keeping the wine from going over the edge into "flabby" territory. Tasty wine at reasonable price point for Napa Valley if you can find it for $15 or under.
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Red
11/5/2016 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
91 points
Just lovely aged Napa Cabernet. Initial nose of leather and moist dirt gives way to a red-fruited wine with fully resolved tannins. Medium weight throughout and not overdone. The vineyard and the winemaker got this one right.
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Red
10/22/2016 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
91 points
This wine is fully resolved at this point. Nose of deep, dark fruit and chocolate. Palate is dark fruits, dried herbs, and that leather character you start to get with aged Cabernet. Tannins have mostly melted away, but you still have just a hint of that dark chocolate dryness through the medium plus finish.
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White
10/21/2016 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
87 points
Baked apple, lemon tart, brioche, some alcohol on the nose. Medium+ weight palate showing creamy lemon and oak tannin. Definitely Napa Chardonnay. A touch more acidity would have really lifted this wine.
White
10/16/2016 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
Nice apple and lemon notes on the nose, but really great body and viscosity on the palate. Not overly complex, but this wine gives you lush texture! Nice QPR.
Red
10/13/2016 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
82 points
Very simple, thin red fruit, alcohol shows through even though listed relatively low (13.5-ish).
White
10/10/2016 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
87 points
Very tight upon opening but opened up after an hour. Nose of quartz stone, a little floral, just a little diesel, and suggestion of pear and white peach. Palate has some nice minerality and stone fruit. Solid value.
Red
11/5/2011 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
93 points
Awesome bottle. For about 2 hours after opening, it smelled like a deep, dark cave, except the cave walls were slathered with red fruit compote. Really fun.
Red
7/29/2011 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
70 points
Barely passable as wine rather than "fermented grape juice."
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Red
2007 Soos Creek Artist Series Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/5/2011 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
90 points
I'm gonna have to disagree with many previous (recent) reviewers and say that this is pretty expressive and pretty darn good right now with an hour or two in the decanter. Yes, the tannin structure is evident but there's more than enough in the combination of dark fruit, subtle oak, and dirt notes to play off the tannin.
Red
4/2/2011 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
89 points
Richly fruited, dense, opulent. Not much going on outside of the dark fruit aromas and flavors, but what it does have is nicely done. Definitely full bodied with a nice smooth texture.
Red
3/18/2011 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
88 points
Nice value, I think. Strawberry dominated the nose and palate, with medicinal/herbal notes lurking in the background. Nice medium weight and very smooth. Finish is short as others have indicated. Definitely drink w/in the next 6 months. Very little structure.
White
3/18/2011 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
89 points
Very typical NZ sauv. blanc. Lemon, grass, lemongrass... It also had this sort of briny quality to it as well that I really liked. Not exactly salty... it was sort of like smelling and tasting the air when you're near an ocean.
White
3/16/2011 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
85 points
Solid little wine. Enjoyed tasting a still wine made from grapes that usually go into cava. Not sure it was worth the $13 paid, but definitely a good value if you can get it around $10 or less.
Red
3/14/2011 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
91 points
Tannins are definitely getting close to being resolved. Surprisingly it was showing closer to medium weight - alcohol is listed at 15.1%. Nice smoothness and richness to the fruit without being overblown. Has a sort of briary character that creates some nice herbal notes. You can feel the alcohol lurking on the finish, but it doesn't get in the way of enjoying the wine. I would say this is getting to the point where you can hold it for a few more years if you wish, but it's drinking nicely now.
Red
3/3/2011 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
80 points
Similar to last bottle. This wine barely has a pulse.
Red
2/27/2011 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
90 points
This wine has a long, long life ahead of it. It's backward right now, and the tannins were dominating even after 6+ hours of decanting. Very pretty cherry fruit, floral, spice, aromas are followed by what I thought was an incredibly smooth wine (until you hit the wall of tannin at the end) for it's age. Flavors of red fruit, leather, tar are what I got on the palate. This is definitely one to lay down and forget about for 10 years.
Red
2009 Inkberry Shiraz - Cabernet Mountain Estate Central Ranges Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
2/13/2011 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
86 points
Solid fruit. Smells like strawberry fruit snacks. Finish falls off real fast, though.
Red
1/28/2011 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
82 points
Raisinets. This wine is all overblown raisiny fruit and chocolate w/ little acid or tannin or any other character to speak of. Truly a fruit-bomb at 16% abv. It's closer to port than table wine in my opinion. Anyway, don't bother attempting to drink this with food. It's a cocktail wine.
Red
1/19/2011 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
80 points
Previous vintages have been better. This bottle had no character and barely enough dark fruit to make it drinkable.
Red
No score because this wine is so so so young. Decanted for three hours and it finally started to hit it's stride during that third hour. It's extremely primary on both the nose and palate with bright, powerful red fruits. I also felt a little oak influence, which played nicely with the fruit. This isn't a bomb, but it's intense, no doubt. I'm going to try and forget about my other bottle for at least two years and then revisit.
Red
2003 Château Ferrière Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/28/2010 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
Won't score it because we over-decanted. Don't decant longer than 30 minutes prior to consumption! What we were left with after about 90 minutes in the decanter was dominated by tannins and herbal notes. No fruit left to balance things out, which is surprising given the vintage.
White - Sparkling
12/28/2010 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
88 points
Very clean aromas and flavors of citrus and apple. Nice bubbles as well. The short finish is really the only thing dragging this otherwise very nice value sparkler down.
Red
12/9/2010 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
91 points
Think there was a rather heated tasting-note-debate re: whether to decant this before consumption.... I'm throwing my hat in the decant this sucker for three hours ring. Started drinking after two hours and it was just lovely to experience it fully opening up. Blackberry/vanilla/bramble nose with dark fruits, some earthiness and a touch of green-ness on the very creamy textured palate. Finish was medium-plus.
Red
11/12/2010 - saxwizerd45 Likes this wine:
90 points
Lovely wine. Definitely from California and definitely Cab Franc. Aromas leap out of the glass: red and blue fruit, a little green-ness, a little bell pepper, but mostly huge fruit aromas. On the palate there's definitely some oak influence but it's nicely integrated. I was actually for a little more vegetal and flowery characteristics from this wine, but it is definitely delicious none the less.
Red
10/31/2010 - saxwizerd45 Likes this wine:
90 points
This has the QPR it factor. Food friendly (alcohol a moderate 13.5) with pure fruit and some nice complicating flavors and aromas. Awesome. Definitely decant for an hour as the last bottle had this alfalfa-like nose upon opening that didn't blow off for a good 20 minutes. After that, the fruit shined through as we drank it over the next few hours.
Red
9/23/2010 - saxwizerd45 Likes this wine:
90 points
Needed an hour to start showing its stuff. Thought this was pretty interesting in that it definitely had the savory/herbal characteristics that Grahm (I think) is going for nowadays. Otherwise, had a nice level of acidity and dark fruits. Pretty sure this needs time.
Red
9/18/2010 - saxwizerd45 Likes this wine:
89 points
What a difference 7 months makes... had this back in March and it has certainly undergone a transformation. The deep cassis/raspberry/vanilla aromas jump out of the glass now. The palate has become much more coherent and integrated. Much smoother now with very pure flavors and a clean, 30 second finish.
Red
9/12/2010 - saxwizerd45 Likes this wine:
89 points
Usually the descriptors "soft" and "lush" do not come to mind when I taste a PS, but they fit this wine pretty nicely. I'm guessing this is nearing it's peak given how the tannins have settled down.
Red
Won't score it this time because it was under-decanted and we had it about a week ago. My memory of the wine is that it is richly fruited with some tannic bite. Obviously too young. The texture was dense in that you could tell it had been oaked, but there the oak flavors and aromas were pretty subtle for me.
Red - Fortified
9/12/2010 - saxwizerd45 Likes this wine:
87 points
I'm a port neophyte. I rather enjoyed this. Not so sweet that it makes your teeth hurt and also retained some petite sirah character, which I appreciated. Is it the most complex and expressive "port" ever, though? Nah.
White
8/29/2010 - saxwizerd45 wrote:
88 points
The best of a 6-pack of ~$10 sauvignon blancs I recently picked up (the rest were from Cali). I think what set it apart was the more interesting texture and it had a mineral note that the others lacked.
Red
7/11/2010 - saxwizerd45 Likes this wine:
92 points
Our last bottle of this wine ever, since it is no longer being made. Beautiful melange of red and sort of dark fruit on the nose. What warrants the two extra points over my previous score is the complexities that have shown up over the last 9 months. Soy sauce, earth, meat, and all in balance with the rich fruit character. The palate delivers on what the nose promises, with an excellent balance of fruit and complicating flavors. The tannins are definitely starting to calm down, so I think this is in a great place right now.
Red
The latest iteration of the famous "Field Blend"? Sort of. I think this has the potential to reach Field Blend QPR heights, but it's not there yet. It has the fruit (dark, brooding) the complicating flavors (brown sugar, vanilla, a little bramble?) and the structure (lots of tannin right now). But, they're all a little disjointed. Throw in a little heat from not-quite-integrated alcohol and you get wine drinking just okay right now but one that could rival the 05 Field Blend in a year or two.
White
6/25/2010 - saxwizerd45 Likes this wine:
88 points
Nice summer sipper. It's got a serious side as well... it held up well to bratwurst and baked beans!
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