Tasting Notes for golfwine

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Red
9/24/2021 - golfwine wrote:
93 points
This was the most fruit forward of my three bottles and so, I’m sad it was my last. Fruit forward only by the benchmark of the natural, low alcohol wines I’ve gravitated towards but by no means fruity or modern. I’m quite impressed with this wine, as I am with many of Leo’s that we experienced back in February. Time for a tasting room visit, with the intent to stock up on more of this.
Red
9/24/2021 - golfwine wrote:
89 points
A nice, subtle end to the evening. Light & lithe, with muted fruit. Lacking the guarigue or meatiness of the memorable Morgon I’ve had but a respectable experiment with the varietal.
Red
9/5/2021 - golfwine wrote:
89 points
This bottle was a little on the ripe(r) side, which was OK since accompanying Spaghetti with a Spicy Italian Sausage & 3 Tomato red sauce. Also, followed by a full-bodied Cab. Rating, based on if drank without food.
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Red
8/28/2021 - golfwine wrote:
90 points
Very light and pretty. Though I’m appreciating it more with each bottle, and can’t claim that it’s out of balance or disjointed, it still lacks the complexity and depth I desire. Definitely not a wine for the pop & pour crowd, nor even for the educated but with no exposure to the esoteric. In order to “like” this wine, you need to have familiarity with the varietal and have had more than surface level experience with European, as well as cool weather, coastal wines.
Red
7/21/2021 - golfwine wrote:
90 points
First of nearly a case that I just picked up…and non-critical consumption, in a social setting but as expected, I like it!
(More to come, in/from future bottles.)
Red
7/19/2021 - golfwine wrote:
90 points
Drank for my 58th BDay. I was hesitant because of the sub-standard ratings on this forum. However, after experiencing this bottle, I tend to disagree with those because what we got was a nose and mouthful of prominent fruit; balanced nicely by acidity. The weird thing is/was that my final glass displayed a tart/funky acidity?
Rosé
7/13/2021 - golfwine wrote:
88 points
Not as Bright (fruit or acidity) as previous bottles and so, maybe a narrower drinking window than originally thought. If that’s the case, have a party and open ‘em all!
Red
7/11/2021 - golfwine wrote:
92 points
I feel like this has developed some complexity with the additional months in the bottle because the fruit was brighter and the entire experience was more in balance; more fully integrated. And so, another point.
Whereas, I first thought I’d wished I got 6 Grenache instead 3 & 3 of that and these, I’m now wishing I got 6 of these.
Red
6/30/2021 - golfwine wrote:
89 points
So, I immediately loved it…because I wanted to. Great, fruit-forward scents of dark red; nearly blue fruit. More subdued in the mouth but then I slammed on the breaks!..because I sensed that quirky acidity that bums me out! Luckily it settled down; almost entirely. That said, at 2/3 the price, I’m a huge Lyra Fan!
Red
6/23/2021 - golfwine wrote:
88 points
A little more character than I remember from the last bottle, though still pretty nondescript and ho-hum.
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Red
6/10/2021 - golfwine wrote:
89 points
Well, gone are the days of Turley’s over ripe Zin’s. This one so lithe and restrained, that it was almost boring (by Zin standards). I usually reach for Zin to accompany assertively seasoned food (BBQ, pizza, etc.) but this one was almost lost alongside the grilled, Italian meats pizza. I was so thrown off that at times, I forgot I was drinking Zin. Would love to revisit this some time.
Red
6/4/2021 - golfwine wrote:
91 points
As good as I remember the last bottle. On the more balanced side of a crowd-pleaser but a crowd-pleaser, nonetheless. I’d buy and drink this wine all year long at this price.
White
5/14/2021 - golfwine wrote:
91 points
This was as good as I remember it from our tasting! Opens with toasty oak - on the nose and the palate - but that surprisingly, never gets in the way of the citrus and white flower toned freshness. Vibrant and fresh, through to the clean but satisfying finish. Drank without food but would definitely compliment many dishes - from oysters and a seafood platter, to an assertively-sauced white meal. Probably worthy of another point or two but I’ll reserve that for my next bottle, to measure consistency.
Rosé
5/4/2021 - golfwine wrote:
87 points
Seemingly a different wine than the first bottle. Little depth. Limited complexity. Minimal intrigue. Taste no different than the many non-descript rosés that will start popping up, as we move into Summer. And, at the price of this one...Ugh!
Holding out hope for my last two bottles but am doubtful it will/can get any better, since already nearly 3yrs old.
Red
5/1/2021 - golfwine wrote:
89 points
A solid Cali Zin offering. Riper than I remember but not sappy and had pretty decent balance. I only had a couple sips but was enjoyed by all.
White
4/23/2021 - golfwine wrote:
90 points
Leo’s wines are undoubtedly “food wines”, with more overt characteristics on the nose than on the palate. Meaning, you can’t fully appreciate how amazing they are, by just popping, pouring & sipping. For this reason, they are not crowdpleasers, per se. However, pair them with the right bite/course/meal and you’ll be wowed.
The aromatics are unmistakably Chard with mid-level oak and lanolin and a faint white floral note. The flavors are clean and brightened by a minerality and light citrus acidity. Perfect with the cheese plate.
Wines to be discovered!
White
4/8/2021 - golfwine wrote:
90 points
Precisely as I remember it from our tasting. First whiff after popping & pouring, overtakes you with boiled egg. Likely from the post-bottling fermentation completion; a result of residual lees remaining since it’s unfined and unfiltered, to the point of being cloudy. As well, the rusticity that comes from whole cluster inclusion. It blew off but mysteriously returned in the final glass. Also mysterious was the initial, clean but thin flavor profile that morphed completely, when drank with the meal of chicken picatta, crisped potato strings and a arugula & grape tomato salad. The butter in the sauce and olive oil on the potatoes and salad brought out a high-toned acidity in the wine. Clearly indicating this was built for food - Leo’s goal. Very enjoyable, though would be lost on the unsuspecting and uninitiated, or, in the absence of a meal. This is not a casual sipper.
Red
4/5/2021 - golfwine wrote:
89 points
Initially gave off a faint though distinctive barnyardy scent, which I remember from our tasting (and I’m not offended by, having enjoyed many Southern Rhone wines in my past). What I don’t recall and the wife picked up on, was the slightest effervescence that faded with time opened. Once it settled down, the “crunchy” Grenache fruit shone through; complete with Dry Creek’s briariness. And though I sensed only a mid-level acidity (note: Grenache is known for food-friendly acidity), the tannin was pronounced in the medium-long finish. I’m now recalling that Leo said whole cluster fermentation and carbonic maceration, which explains literally everything, above.
Red
3/30/2021 - golfwine wrote:
91 points
Very enjoyable! Nicely balanced with great up-front fruit and a mellow mid-palate. Only in the last glass did I sense a slight quirkiness in the acidity. Still giving it the extra point.
Rosé
3/29/2021 - golfwine wrote:
91 points
As enjoyable as I remember it from our tasting. Great Strawberry aromatics. Bright, bright fruit on the entry that melts into a great mid-palate acidity, finishing clean but not boring or funky. Really Solid! Not sure it’s worth the price but since so well balanced and enjoyable, I’m fine having paid the tariff.
Red
3/16/2021 - golfwine wrote:
91 points
Great clarity. Nice opaque magenta tone. Bright red fruit on the nose, which carries into the flavor profile (though chunkier/less restrained), which is balanced nicely by a well-toned acidity. Nothing overblown rather, adroitly balanced. Added to my list of “I could drink this all day; every day” wines.
This is the non-cerebral, easy-going crowd-pleaser...The life of the party Pinot, included in the lineup of really solid wines, presented to us by Zack at an awesome in-home tasting! I’ve declared it the most under-rated, fairly priced wine of the/a weekend that included some great wines. I’m a Fan!
Red
3/10/2021 - golfwine wrote:
91 points
I’m amazed at how one captures so much fruit in the aromatics (and color), yet manage to keep it so in-check i.e., restrained, in the flavor profile. These are definitely food wines, which is one reason I sought you out.
My meal now complete and so, left alone with the balance of the bottle...to sip and analyze, I find myself longing for the herbal earthiness that I love so much in French wines (I believe they refer to it as garigue?).
...and I just realized that it’s taken me 20+ years to accept that the climate and so, fruit grown here is so kissed by the California sun that (short of the strong effort in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA), garigue can never be an inherent characteristic of domestic wines.
Awesome effort! Cheers Leo.
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Red
2015 Long Shadows Wineries Pirouette Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/21/2021 - golfwine wrote:
Hadn’t realized this was Cab dominant, when I chose it as our 2nd bottle for dinner, along with the outstanding (and 3yrs younger) Melka Franc/Merlot blend under his own label and so, may have drank too soon. Tannins were still dominant and alongside the silky smooth Melka, distracted a bit from whatever else might have been there...even when drinking to accompany my NY Steak. I’ll be honest, I didn’t really give it a chance and so, no score given. I can attest that it had the structure to last into its end-date drinking window; time, which would certainly benefit the wine. Likely, making it a low to mid 90’s bottling.
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White
2/19/2021 - golfwine wrote:
91 points
Enjoyed by all, during the 2nd & 3rd course of a very cool meal, cooked in-house by a talented young chef who’s currently working with Single Thread in Healdsburg. Reinforced that this was my favorite of these great Rieslings being made by this talented couple in Oregon. If you like the varietal, seek them out.
Red
2012 Melka Mekerra Knights Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/21/2021 - golfwine wrote:
92 points
Very Good. Smooth, rich & round. Went better with lean NY Steak, than the Pirouette.
Red
2/21/2021 - golfwine wrote:
90 points
Started out at room temp and with little, other than a nice, light red fruit aromatic vein of strawberry and white raspberry. Flavors were flat and faded/fading. If rated at that stage, I might have given it an 87/88. After giving it 20mins to cool in the fridge, the complexity started to show, with some high-toned fruit in the mid-palate but then, I ran out of time. Reinforced my preference for Pinot at cellar temp or a tad cooler; even more important, if from these cooler climate regions.
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Red
2/11/2021 - golfwine wrote:
90 points
Not phenomenal but MUCH better than the first bottle...which convinces me, that one was Flawed. Heard a lot of recent turmoil about this place. Probably steer clear.
Red
2/9/2021 - golfwine wrote:
89 points
Though a huge fan of Philip, this is a prime example of the out of balance pricing, that permeates the California wine industry. Tasted blind, I’d maybe pay $45-$65 for this. In reality, I think I paid $165?..
Non-descript aromatics. Though the tannins are still persistent, they’re chalky and round. Typical of a Bordeaux, it went great with the filet, creamed spinach and roasted creamer potatoes. However, the muted aromatics cut the entire experience short. Good but far from great.
Red
1/23/2021 - golfwine wrote:
89 points
Interesting that tease two wines Fil slopped (not sure what I was trying to say here so, can’t really edit. Sorry!).
Enjoyed by all.
Red
1/14/2021 - golfwine wrote:
89 points
A tad disappointing, particularly after the first two bottles, which had me heralding this as a new, “crowd-pleaser” find. This bottle not as rich or balanced as the first two. This, the lower score.
Red
1/8/2021 - golfwine wrote:
89 points
Lower score, only because of an effervescence (unresolved CO2?) that was in every glass poured over 45-55 mins, as opposed to blowing off, once opened and allowed to breathe. Once settled down in the glass, the wine showed the same great characteristics that I remember from drinking a lot of these, dating back to the early-80’s vintages and for many years, thereafter. This, my first taste in several years and I enjoyed it, despite the funky effervescence.
Red
1/8/2021 - golfwine wrote:
93 points
This was one of my favorite Cali Cabs, back when I was drinking a ton of them. Also, why I generally preferred A.V. Cabs more than those from Napa. Problem has always been the limited number of producers and of ones made as well as Lancaster has been making them, for years. This bottle reminded me why. Amazing color and aromatics with good structure and restrained tannins, at just under its 10yr mark. Thoroughly enjoyed!
Red
1/6/2021 - golfwine wrote:
91 points
I remember really liking this wine, about 20+years ago...but I don’t remember it being this good. I’ve always loved Cab from Alexander Valley even more than Napa (save for S.O.) and this is a great mid-level exemplar of the potential from this area. Might be worthy of a point or two more but...
Red
1/6/2021 - golfwine wrote:
90 points
Solid wine. Didn’t wow me, which I was looking for, for some reason. But ironically, it was my style - lithe & pretty. All things considered, not worth the price tag but solid.
Red
12/26/2020 - golfwine wrote:
Beautiful crimson with slight bricking on the outer edges. Quite a bit of sediment and so, should have considered decatnting. (Besides the flawed bottles...) This was the least expressive bottle of the case. Perhaps it’s the age that has it losing its Sevey-ness - the herbal/sage aromatics and distinctive flavor profile, which established this as my all-time favorite Cab, 25-30 years ago? It was not flawed and far from ‘bad’, but just wasn’t the experience I’ve come to expect from this wine. Four bottles left. Let’s wait & see!
Red
12/24/2020 - golfwine wrote:
93 points
Liked this a lot! Deep, dark color but not reflected in any way with clumsy fruit. In fact, one of the most perfectly balanced Pinots I’ve had in quite some time...if not ever. Not showy or overly expressive. Rather, a high quality, easy drinker; with or without food. Definitely not a value play but the quality is worth every dollar.
(Higher scores usually go to the showier wines but I honestly think this one’s more deserving and so, just bumped it up a point.)
Red
12/21/2020 - golfwine wrote:
89 points
Intoxicating aromatics, chock full of crunchy, chewy dark red berries! The flavors were angular and surprisingly shallow, compared to the awesome smell and there was that funky acidity that seems artificial or contrived. Definitely had potential but I’m thinking that this wine had some issues during fermentation, which they attempted to remedy through over-manipulation. Realistically should have withheld a point or two.
(Was definitely our standout wine, during a focused tasting in October. However, did not sense any tart acidity at that time or else it wouldn’t have been, because I’m averse to that in my Pinot’s.)
White
12/17/2020 - golfwine wrote:
90 points
Probably my favorite of this bottling, I’m liking the off-dry fruit because it’s really well balanced with the high-toned acidity. In fact, I’m giving it another point, for the balance alone.
Red
12/12/2020 - golfwine wrote:
(NR given) I don’t know if this turned flabby, in true “made for a Parker score” style or it was just way too big of a wine for my current liking? Definitely not the same experience as the last bottle; this, with way more fruit than tannin. I didn’t enjoy it, which by no means is to say that it wasn’t a good bottle of wine.
Red
11/30/2020 - golfwine wrote:
90 points
Started out kind of flat - muted aromatics and non-descript entry. I had declared that it was past its prime...then, it blossomed into at least a shadow of its former self. Bottom line: I like this friggin wine!
Red
11/22/2020 - golfwine wrote:
90 points
Unearthed a couple of these gems on a trip to Total Wine and enjoyed them as much or more than our taste of the 2018 on a recent visit to the winery. I’ll go as far as to declare this perhaps the best value Pinot around! Great juice. (9o+)
Red
11/24/2020 - golfwine wrote:
92 points
Drank side by side with a ‘13 Saxum J.B. and the crowd initially liked this better for its expressiveness. However, by the end of the bottles, the Saxum won out with its balance and integration. This one had a deep purple color, typical of the Carlisle style. Assertive but pleasant fruit and just a touch of that quirky acidity that I’ve experienced in past Carlisle bottlings. Definitely the most impressive Carlisle to date, for me.
Red
11/19/2020 - golfwine wrote:
Non-critical drinking with a charcuterie tray. Though I can attest that the aromatics were wonderful, I can’t fairly evaluate this wine. I can say that it did not blow me away and I sensed some angularity, I was also, not offended in any way. Will definitely require another bottle to properly evaluate and based on the above, probably worthy of the effort.
Red
11/14/2020 - golfwine wrote:
Only a taste but I like the herbal/earthy aromatics that hint of sea spray. Opened up with some tart acidity, which I’m guessing would subside, as it opens. I’m sensing a really nice saline driven, savory tone but that’s getting masked by the acidity. I’ll have to reserve further comments (and a rating) until I open the next bottle.
Red
11/9/2020 - golfwine wrote:
92 points
RPERRO hit it on the head! Smoked meats, pepper, cocoa powder...I also got a little Kalamata olive?
Deep, dark, blackish-purple, nearly glass-staining color. Really nice, varietally typical black fruits aromatics. Decanted, but only shortly (~15mins) before the first bite of my mid-rare, pepper crusted, butter dipped RMM Filet. Sublime pairing! I’ve got but a mere handful of wines that were assertive enough to stand up to my steak (being a staunch Pinot-file). And so, when I perused my list, this one jumped out and the choice ended up being perfect.
If you don’t know about this project, you should! Great concept, conceived by and with collaborations from a group of industry heavyweights.
Bought at a tasting in their (admittedly uppity) Tasting Salon a couple years ago, but at the end of a great day of discovery, throughout this quirky not-quite wine country region. And, though I had declared that I’m not a fan of Washington Syrah, this and the Efeste Cadleigh drank most recently, have me contemplating a serious reevaluation. My score might be stingy but rest assured that this was undoubtedly a great wine.
Red
11/7/2020 - golfwine wrote:
86 points
Starting to get concerned...
Another wine I really liked on our recent trip but am disappointed with now. Alluring aromatics but overtly acidic, with virtually no fruit to balance it out or hold it together. Leaves you kinda flat. That’s as high a score as I can give it for now.
Red
11/3/2020 - golfwine wrote:
90 points
Always enjoyable, though it might be towards the end of its optimal drinking window. Definitely doesn’t have another 7 years in it. Enjoy for the holidays.
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Red
10/30/2020 - golfwine wrote:
78 points
Must have been the romance & nostalgia of the rustic barn, where we had a great tasting experience. But now, a month later and with a wine friendly meal - Spanish Pasta, I was much more focused and so, critical. I really tried to give this wine a chance but it never showed any sign of anything redeeming. So much acid (and I like acidity) that I couldn’t sense even a hint of fruit. And, so disjointed and out of balance, it actually ruined the meal.
...and it was not cheap (i.e. a value wine).
Can’t fathom how this could ever be mistaken for a 90+ wine.
White
10/26/2020 - golfwine wrote:
90 points
I really enjoy these wines! Everything I look for in an ABC white - aromatic intrigue, freshness from bright acidity and food friendly, though just as happy to by drunk without.
Red
10/23/2020 - golfwine wrote:
86 points
That quirky acidity was dominent and this bottle also overwhelmed with a funky smell. Dropped down a couple points because of that.
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