Tasting Notes for Pinoteer

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Red
11/16/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted two hours. Maybe the best bottle yet. At least I really enjoyed it. Black fruits, black cherry pits, and graphite, with soft tannins and punchy acidity. Long-ish finish.
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White
11/13/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
90 points
Took delivery on 3 bottles less than 3 weeks ago, so I probably should have waited a few more weeks to open a bottle. Aromas of seashells, verbena, and lemon. Silky and waxy, with just-right acidity on the palate (almost like a semillon/sauvignon blanc blend). Long finish.
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Red
11/3/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
90 points
A better Italian red wine for the price? Possibly...but very unlikely. I so like this blend and the winery's treatment of it, that I'm tempted to go 91.
Red
2005 Château Quinault L'Enclos St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/2/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
92 points
Less than two decanter hours, and boy is this soft and delicious, with good acidity. Tannins are completely resolved. Plum and cherry, with vanilla and milk chocolate. Nice finish, too. Not the most complex wine, but it puts a smile on your face. I'm not seeing much further improvement here, but it's so good now.
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White - Off-dry
10/29/2021 - Pinoteer wrote:
Disjointed with a bitter finish the first night, even after an hour open.
The remaining ⅓ bottle was much better a few days later after sitting in the frig. Recommend a decant for this wine, but probably better to open it and recork in the frig for a few days.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2007 Château de Myrat Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
10/30/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
92 points
Wow, so spicy tasting! Just right sweetness and acidity. Drank this outside around the fire pit after dark, so couldn't take good notes, and can only provide an approximate score (could be higher).
Red
10/20/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
92 points
Took to a dinner party after decanting at home for 2-½ hours and rebottling. No formal notes and writing this review a week later (so my score is only approximate), but everyone thought that it was velvety and elegant, and loved it. Went well with Eggplant Parmigiana.
Red
10/25/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
92 points
I concur with other reviewers that this wine does not need much of a decant. I did anyway. This is just plain delicious, with lots of fresh fruits (plum and black cherry), vanilla, milk chocolate, smooth tannins, and tangy acidity. The latter makes this wine so fresh and good by itself or with food. It has a very silky mouthfeel and a surprisingly long finish. I think that I have to go 92 on this; it is just that good. At <$30, this has a high QPR. Will probably revise my drinking window downward (2020-2026), as I like where this is right now and don't know that it will maintain much past 2025.
Red
10/21/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted, but this was pretty much ready to go at the PnP. Medium tannins, but lower acidity vintage. I'm recalling plum, blueberries, vanilla, and a little cedar from last night. Solid wine. Given the softer, plusher vintage, I'm not sure this will age as long as some previous vintages.
White
10/14/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
90 points
No hurry to drink these. Still lots of bracing acidity, along with lemon, tart apples, and pears. A little bit of greenish pineapple, too. Longish finish. Punches above its weight, as it's better than some 1er cru that I've had.
Red
10/11/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
90 points
Yes, it's a lighter style of Barolo, and maybe more like a good Langhe Nebbiolo. But still, it's a very nice wine that is starting to approach that silky stage for Nebbiolo. Red fruits, roses, and tar that come together like strawberries dipped in milk chocolate. Very food friendly and a nice finish. Good QPR.
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White
10/9/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
90 points
Very nice blend of lime, starfruit, and pear flavors. Also some white floral aspects. Lots of acidity, so great with food. Don't drink too cold. The acidity should keep this fun and relevant for another 3-5 years.
Red
10/8/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
90 points
Two hours + in the decanter. Should have tried it upon opening, as it seemed to have more fruit aromas then. Now, I'm getting more barnyard and oak aspects. Good acidity and tannins, though. Fast forward to 4 hours post decant, and the fruit is back. Candied cherries, pomegranate, and vanilla. Nice. I'm back to 90.
Red
10/6/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
90 points
Based on the other reviews, I thought this wine might be ready to drink. But, not so much. It took 3-4 hours in the decanter before this wine came together. Before that, fruit was faint, oak was very noticeable, and the acidity was very high. Particularly, after 4 hours, everything came together nicely and this became a surprisingly good BdM for <30$. Normally, I don't touch most BdMs before 8-12 years, so this doesn't cause me to change my rule. Give this 3-5 more years, and it will be more pleasurable out of the gate. Potential 91 down the road. My wife was surprised when I told her that I only paid $27 for this wine.
White
10/1/2021 - Pinoteer wrote:
Dry and crisp, almost Sauvignon Blanc like. Lemon, herbal/grassy aspects, and a little bitterness on the back end. Very austere, yet (noted by earlier reviews). Almost seems like there is a little oak influence, too. Can't say that I'm a fan right now, but it's not a bad wine. I think that this needs more time in bottle to soften its harsh edges. Only 87 right now, but could be 89-90 in a few years.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. G.D. Vajra N.S. della Neve Vino da Tavola Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo (view label images)
9/29/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
90 points
Really enjoyed this on a warm, late-September day sitting outside. Maybe not the most elegant sparkler (compared to higher-quality Champagne), but it can definitely hold its own in the fruit and freshness departments. Very nice rosé sparkler.
Red
2006 Château Quinault L'Enclos La Réserve St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/23/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
92 points
In a great place right now. Gorgeous color with no bricking. I little reduction initially, but this really sings after 4 hours in the decant. It becomes very silky smooth with wonderful plum, vanilla bean, and milk chocolate flavors. Should age gracefully for another 5+ years, if one is so inclined. 91-92
Red
2014 St. Clement Oroppas Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/21/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
90 points
After an hour, or so, in the decanter, the first sensation was Montmorency cherry pie, i.e., tart, but sweet, cherries. Very well mannered CA Cab, with chocolatey fruit flavors, good acidity, and medium tannins. Very smooth. Really good Cali Cab for the price. Just giving it 90 today, but I think I could go 91 if I spent a little more time contemplating it. QPR+.
Red
9/20/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
90 points
Following the bottle the other night, which I surmised was either (1) oxidized or (2) past the bright fruit window, I opened another bottle today. There is some bricking noticeable in today's bottle, but not as tawny as the other night. Also, the fruit is fresher, albeit ripe. I'm concluding that the first bottle was somewhat oxidized, but also that this wine has reach full maturity, so any further cellaring will not be a plus. We did find the oxidized wine the other night quite delicious, but just not what we prefer in a Barbaresco. This bottle has that same silkiness, but it remains fresher.
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Red
9/19/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
90 points
Can't stop drinking these right now, especially with end-of-season BLTs. Now, where's my Chorey les Beaune IV?
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Red
9/18/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
90 points
First of six bottles. Based on others' reviews, I've been waiting patiently to try one. Either this particular bottle is a little oxidized or past reviews are way off base. There was a definitive tawny color to this wine and more ripe/stewed fruits than fresh fruits. Very silky tannins and nice acidity. Still, we both liked it, but I plan to open another bottle soon to see if this bottle was an anomaly or if these are past their prime.
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Rosé
9/17/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
91 points
Has improved in the last year+ since the previous bottle. This bottle has an orange Jello color and, perhaps because of that, I sensed some tangerine flavors, along with dried strawberries and red grapefruit. No back-end bitterness at all. While I really like where this wine is at right now, I'm not sure how it will age going forward, as the color is moving toward a more tawny aspect. Out of curiosity, I might keep one bottle a while longer, but drink the penultimate one in the next couple months. I have 2024 as the end of the drinking window, and now sense that date may be beyond the upper end of the prime window.
Red
9/14/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
90 points
Second bottle in as many nights. Great with BLTs, but would be good with many different foods. Lots of fresh cherries and pits, cranberries, brambles, that Chorey-les-Beaune waxy sweetness, dirty mushrooms, and food friendly acidity. Just so much fun to drink at this point in its life, as noted by many reviews. At $20 from Garagiste, I can't imagine that there's a better red Burg value anywhere.
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Red
9/13/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
90 points
I bought a case of this 2017, and a case of the 2015 vintage a couple years earlier. I've drunk ½ of my 2015s, but this is the first bottle of this case. This bottle tastes remarkably similar to the first couple bottles of the 2015. While I generally don't drink even village level Burgundy before 7-8 years of cellar time, I think UPFROMTHECELLAR might be right about drinking these in their exuberant youth. The 2015s are now approaching 6 years, and I enjoy the somewhat more mature aspects of the extra two years and expect that those will drink well for 4-5 more years. But, the 2017 (and earlier 2015s) are just so delightful in their unabashed youthful pleasure that it's hard to disagree with the previous reviewer. I'll probably save a bottle or two from each case to see what happens at year 10 but, in the meantime, plan to drink the remaining bottles of both vintages with some urgency.
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Red
2012 Fattoria Petrolo Boggina Val d'Arno di Sopra Sangiovese (view label images)
8/16/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
93 points
Great after an hour in the decanter, but even better after two hours. A panoply of Sangiovese sensations. Plum, dried cherries, leather, tobacco, and spices blended with soft tannins and acidity that just grabs your palate and says, "take another sip." I was expecting a lot here, but was not quite ready for how good this would be. Glad that I waited until now for the first bottle, but don't see any reason to hold off drinking the other two. Torn between 93 an 94, here.
White
8/14/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
91 points
Wow, huge improvement from the first bottle consumed about 1-1/2 years ago. Now, I'm on-board with this wine. Very silky mouthfeel enveloping golden delicious apple and light citrus flavors. Almost seems a little sweet, but then the acidity pulls you back from flabby land. 14% ABV not noticeable at all. Might have to find more CdP Blanc, as this was really a treat.
Red
8/11/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
92 points
Already tasting delicious just an hour after decanting. Aromas of plum, black cherry, sage, and dill. Very silky mouthfeel with red fruits, cedar, and more herbs. Longish finish. In general, I've been pretty impressed with the 2008 Bdx that I've drunk. Very under-rated vintage, it seems.

Day 2 update: Even silkier the next night after spending the intervening hours corked in the frig on argon. Blueberry compote, now. Wow! I'm upping my score.
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Red
8/10/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
91 points
Absolutely delicious after 2 decanter hours. Didn't take detailed tasting notes, but great with lentil-vegetable stew topped with fresh tomatoes and avocado. Cherry and plum fruits, along with milk chocolate. Wonderful mid-palate and finish with perfect tannins and acidity. My last review said no improvement expected, but I think this improved at least a point from last time. Wish that Pomerols weren't so expensive, in general, although this one is a good value at $32 en primeur pricing.
Rosé - Sparkling
8/8/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
90 points
Disgorged 2/2020 and 2018 wine used in this cuvee, but I couldn't find the dosage. It does seem a little sweet for a Brut. Not as dry as I'd like. But, delicious red fruit flavors that many will like. Fine mousse.
Guilty pleasure, or quality sparkling wine?? I feel seduced, more than intellectually satisfied.
White - Sparkling
8/1/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
91 points
Three days later, so hard to remember, but both Deb and I liked it. Red raspberry and almond extract (so noticeable that is was like someone poured extract into the wine). Glad that I bought 6 bottles. I've had two different 100% PM champagnes in the last 18 months and enjoyed both of them a lot.
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Red
7/31/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
90 points
Two hour decant. Tangy red fruit (cranberries and under-ripe strawberries), with loads of olive paste and black pepper. Very smooth and low ABV. I said 89 last time (and this is my last bottle), so I'm going to say 90, as I'm really feelin' this wine today. Good value for Northern Rhone.
White
7/15/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
91 points
Can't believe how youthful and fresh this is, at ~9 years. Wonderful fruit flavors (lemon zest, starfruit, apple) and flowers. Acidity is just right, too.
Red
7/13/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
91 points
Beautiful burgundy red color. Loads of raspberries after a few minutes in the decanter. Very light, fresh with some nice tobacco, oak, cherry, and tar flavors. Very drinkable now, with a decent decant, but enough tannins and acidity to last for 7-10 more years, at least. I do like Nebbiolo as a lighter red wine for the summer.
Red
2008 Mongeard-Mugneret Echezeaux Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
7/5/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
92 points
Poured a little in a glass at the same time as decanting. Generally, light in color with a little burned orange tint to the light red. Smells of fresh strawberries, cherry pits, vanilla, forest floor, and just a little dirt. Velvet is the first sensation as soon as the wine hits your tongue. Lots of different cherry flavors, both sweet and tart, along with strawberries and mushrooms. So round and delicious, medium- tannins with good acidity. Really delightful by itself, but I'm sure it'll also be good with grilled salmon tonight. My first GC Burg, as it turns out. At the JJB price of $62 in 2011, I'm happy with the QPR. Wanted to go 93, but realistically more like 92.
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Red
6/20/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
92 points
Last bottle and so sad to see it go. Lot of licorice, plus cassis, black cherry, sage, milk chocolate, and vanilla. Perfect acidity and smooth tannins. Persistent finish. Such a great QPR from Garagiste at $20. This would have been a pretty good deal at $40, I think. 2008 was a pretty good vintage for WA State red wines, it seems.
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Red
6/19/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
92 points
Very classically styled BdM (at least based on my interpretation of Brunello) after a couple hours in the decanter. A decidedly amber tint to the red color. Dried Montmorency cherries, tobacco, vanilla, cedar, spices, with food-friendly acidity and soft tannins. Very nice.
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White
6/17/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
91 points
Best bottle yet. Multi-citrus flavors, nuts, minerals, and something green/vegetal (but not in a bad way). Good by itself, but even better with food (just about any food).
White - Sparkling
6/13/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
89 points
Disgorged October 2020. Very dry and crisp. Good on a warm summer day. I suspect that a little more complexity will appear with additional bottle age.
White
2014 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc Columbia Valley Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
6/12/2021 - Pinoteer Does not like this wine:
79 points
Someone threw fresh grass clippings, lemon juice, and cat pee in a blender, hit frappé, and filtered the resulting slurry into a bottle. No, that's not a good thing. Just someone's twisted concept of what good SB should taste like.
Red
5/31/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
90 points
After a couple decanter hours, this is just delicious. Lots of black cherry and some herbs, plus vanilla. Not one of those over-oaked versions of Rioja, so I really like this. Very smooth and soft, as one would expect for a Gran Reserva. This is a high QPR at $20 from Garagiste. Given the soft tannins and medium acidity, I don't see this lasting for more than 5-7 more years.
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White - Off-dry
5/26/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
90 points
Better than the bottle one night ago, which lacked much charm or interest. This one was fuller, rounder, and more flavorful.
White - Off-dry
5/25/2021 - Pinoteer wrote:
87 points
Not as good as the other bottles that I've had. This one comes across as watered down pineapple juice. Decent acidity, but underwhelming tropical fruit flavors and no citrus flavors.
Red
5/21/2021 - Pinoteer wrote:
flawed
Three 2010 BdMs opened today. Two were flawed (one Brett, one corked). Ugh!
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Red
5/21/2021 - Pinoteer wrote:
flawed
Too much Brett, even after 5 hours in the decanter. This is not just Old World funk.
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Red
5/19/2021 - Pinoteer wrote:
88 points
Haven't had one of these in a long time. I've mostly been giving them away and serving them at parties. Inexpensive, yet likeable for most wine drinkers, so these are good for sharing without breaking the bank or offending anyone. For me, it is enjoyable enough, but lacking any real charm--very basic and solid WA Cab.
Red
5/17/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
92 points
Still drinking well, but I will say that I liked it a little more (intense fruit) in the first couple hours after decanting. Held up well, though, for many hours. Still one of my favorite all-time WA State Cabs. It's the notable Petit Verdot, I think. And, at the mystery Garagiste price ($20), just a little obscene. Glad I bought a case blind, but sad that I only have two bottles left.
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Red
2005 Château Grand Corbin-Despagne St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/11/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
90 points
Very nice after 2-3 hours in the decanter. I agree with the previous reviewer; this drinks well now, but probably can mature more yet. I'll probably finish the rest of the bottle tomorrow, so we'll see if my "day 2" experience is similar. 90-91, with possible 92 later.
Red
5/4/2021 - Pinoteer wrote:
89 points
After 3 bottles, I'm still not a big fan of this wine. Even after a couple decanter hours, there is more oak, animal, and leather than fruit. It seems to be mostly tertiary flavors with minimal pleasing fruit. Good acidity makes this a decent food wine, but just not that charming by itself. Other CT scores and WS (95) suggest broader appreciation, but I'm having a hard time liking it. This is not my style of BdM, and I'm not sure that it will ever become that.
Red
5/1/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted for 2+ hours. No noticeable oak in this one (good!). Still strong tannins, but nice fruit. Very fresh despite its 16 years. Best with high-fat foods or meat, e.g., grilled flank steak. While Parker's 95 is an over-reach, this bottle hits me as 91-92. And, I really like this one.
Red
4/30/2021 - Pinoteer Likes this wine:
92 points
While pretty darn good after a 1+ hr decant, it really began to pop at 3 hours. Smooth from the get-go, but mouth-filling flavors with plenty of air. BTW, the previous review said "15.2 ABV," but it's 14.5, which is still on the high side, but the alcohol doesn't intrude in any way. Very balanced. Probably at peak now (or nearly so). I plan to drink my remaining 5 bottles within 5 years.
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