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Red
9/10/2011 - wp888 wrote:
88 points
A better bottle this time. More similar to decent aged Bordeaux. Mint, leather, earth, with a modicum of red fruit. Good acidity, soft tannin. Moderate length and nice secondary flavors, though nothing mind blowing. Went well with ribeye. Drink up.
White
9/3/2011 - wp888 wrote:
82 points
I've quite liked previous vintages of this, but I found this over the top and flabby, maybe this is an off year or maybe my palate has changed...
White
8/31/2011 - wp888 wrote:
85 points
Nice gewurz nose and floral palate, but muted. Picked up a touch of olive? Nice viscous mouthfeel, but not very long or rich in flavor, and somewhat "hot". Not bad for the price, but won't seek it out.
Red
8/31/2011 - wp888 wrote:
92 points
From memory: Textbook new world blend that's not overdone. Kept getting better with air but drank it too quickly.
White
8/31/2011 - wp888 wrote:
92 points
Really outstanding. Balanced, complex, and food friendly. Wish I got more at the Cindy price.
White - Sparkling
8/31/2011 - wp888 wrote:
86 points
I haven't kept track of lot numbers, but more recently purchased bottles have lost the creaminess that made this stand out for me. Still tasty and a great value, but less of a standout.
White
8/31/2011 - wp888 wrote:
85 points
Lots of tasty apple and pear with a little citrus and flowers. Came off as quite "sweet"and struck me as a touch artificial at some points, but hardly complaining given the price.
White
8/30/2011 - wp888 wrote:
91 points
Same as previous bottles. No rush - still holding strong.
Red
6/30/2011 - wp888 wrote:
70 points
Thin, short, muted, and generic. Life's too short to drink this wine.
Red
6/22/2011 - wp888 wrote:
78 points
At $6, this bottle really over-delivers - it provides the enjoyment of a $10 bottle. Concededly, there is some decent medium red fruit on the nose and front palate, but it is masked by a slight chemical/sulfur note, the body is thin, and it has a short chalky finish. Down the drain.
Red
6/8/2011 - wp888 wrote:
Perhaps this was a bad bottle, but this simply seemed past its drinking window. A touch of medium red fruit, but predominately vinegary and medicinal. Only went downhill with air. No hint of TCA. We did not finish the bottle. Not entering a rating since others seem to like this, but I would rate a 70.
Red
5/19/2011 - wp888 wrote:
94 points
tasted right after opening and caught some olive, mint, and meat, along with a beat of alcoholic heat. Almost seemed syrah like. Went back to it after an hour and a half decant and it was presenting more like a complex cab. Mint, chocolate, and cherry on a very clean nose. Great acidity and red fruit on the front palate, with licorice, a touch of herbs, and soft tannins transitioning to a bright, clean, medium-plus finish. very smooth and good with food. not at all overripe or hot. Went quite well with a grilled ribeye, but I think I will try my next bottle with grilled lamb actually. Drinking great now, but the acidity and brightness of this wine suggests it has a long life ahead of it.
White
4/29/2011 - wp888 wrote:
91 points
Agree with Captain Haddock, and actually thought it showed a bit better than the 2009, which seemed to be a touch sweeter and less balanced.
White
4/7/2011 - wp888 wrote:
91 points
clean nose of slate and citrus, a touch muted, but elegant. nice body and sweetness for kabinett balanced by zingy citrus and green apple. slightly floral. medium finish. very nice.
White
4/5/2011 - wp888 wrote:
88 points
light, but lovely floral and citrus
Red
4/5/2011 - wp888 wrote:
84 points
hot, disjointed and parkerized. if a cab doesn't pair well with steak, we have a problem.
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Red
2004 Château Cissac Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/30/2011 - wp888 wrote:
70 points
vegetal, metallic, a faint touch of generic fruit; harsh tannins faded with a decant, but didn't leave much body behind. perhaps bad bottle, but did not detect reduction or brett....
Red
2/12/2011 - wp888 wrote:
93 points
Double decanted the night before (having tasted the wine at both points, I would highly recommend this approach). A very modern style . Heavy oak on the nose and front of the palate is balanced with rich med-dark fruit and great acidity. Tannin is firm, but smooth. Went amazing with rack of lamb and was liked by all.
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Red
2/12/2011 - wp888 wrote:
93 points
wow - really nice. lots of rich plum and raisin, but nicely balanced with firm acidity and smooth tannin. Good medium length.
Red
2008 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
2/12/2011 - wp888 wrote:
90 points
Great rich zin fruit and is of course well made, but its youth is showing and it needs time to integrate. Could be great zin in a few years.
Red
2/12/2011 - wp888 wrote:
86 points
Definitely not a pop n pour wine. Quite lean and acidic, but ok with the right food. Filled out a little by day 2, but didn't have much volume, complexity, or length. I'll let my other ones sit for a while.
Red
2/12/2011 - wp888 wrote:
flawed
Nice light fruit for 30 minutes and then fell off a cliff leaving nothing but an aluminum taste. Marking as a flaw, but I don't think it was brett or TCA and so will avoid future bottles given the chance that they are all like this.
Red
2/11/2011 - wp888 wrote:
87 points
Nice rich fruit, and acidity when first open. Faded fairly quickly for me. leaving slightly over-acidic and thin. Excellent value for $13 if drunk immediately
White
12/5/2010 - wp888 wrote:
84 points
Rich, buttery and well made, but completely dominated by oak. From the other notes, I'm hoping there is some bottle variation.
Red
11/10/2010 - wp888 wrote:
87 points
This one was interesting. The 87 reflects its current state: nice balance of acidity and rich mouthfeel and strong fruit ranging from blueberry, to plum, to blackberry, coupled with decent comlexity and finish. All of this was marred for me by a "greenness" that I find hard to describe (not bell pepper really, more artificial fruitiness) and find quite distasteful in young malbecs. This greenness faded over a two hour decant, however, and the result left me very optimistic about this one's ability to improve. I bought a case, which I won't touch for at least two years, and think this could approach the 90-92 range with time.
Red
2006 SlipStream Fastback McLaren Vale Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
11/9/2010 - wp888 wrote:
88 points
No detailed notes, but quite liked it. Rich. Some ripe notes, but not overripe - good acidity to balance and paired well with food. Not the least bit hot.
Red
11/6/2010 - wp888 wrote:
92 points
About 30 min after opening: Dusty nose with clean medium red fruit. Very bright acidity yet still a richness to the red fruit. A touch of earthiness and a medium finish with firm but not overpowering tannins.

1.5 hours after opening: Nose and palate have gotten more complex. I don't usually identify odd flavors, but I could swear I got something like vanilla wafers on the nose (along with some spice and floral notes) and red hot cinnamon candy toward the end of the palate. Still a nice richness together with the acidity. HJ said she got moss and "forest floor" on the palate.

Really enjoyed with spaghetti bolognese and some chunks of parmesan reggiano as dessert.
Red
11/3/2010 - wp888 wrote:
88 points
an earthy yet clean nose and fairly rich mouthfeel. dark fruit and almost bitter tobacco. but flat in the mid-palate and very hot on this finish. This may have been a casualty of being paired with pasta and tomato sauce - it does not seem to have the acidity to stand up to it. will try another glass later...

Ok, after 24hrs in the fridge and without the tomato sauce - much smoother, rich med-dark fruit, tobacco still a touch on the bitter side, slightly herbal, nice firm tannins on the finish. A touch low on acidity for my liking, but quite nice. Very good value. Rating is based on day 2.
White - Sparkling
10/29/2010 - wp888 wrote:
83 points
Good, not great; nothing wrong, but nothing exciting; a little thin.
Red
10/27/2010 - wp888 wrote:
85 points
Great jammy fruit, I just found it to be a bit hot and disjointed. Could improve considerably with some age.
Red
10/15/2010 - wp888 wrote:
89 points
initially a touch hot but cooled off with air. ripe plum and mint one the nose. plums, blackberry, and mint on the palate. medium finish. A touch low on acidity, but not bad for an aussie. Still plenty of tannin. this has plenty of life in it.
Red
10/14/2010 - wp888 wrote:
91 points
Shortly after opening: a somewhat port-like/amarone like nose. Ripe fruit, perhaps chocolate. Not as dark on the palate, but still med-dark fruit. Rich mouth feel, maybe some leather and tobacco at the end. The tannins start out alright but are very drying on the finish

After about an hour of air: the nose and palate have actually lightened up a bit and developed a more herbal quality (maybe mint), but the tannins are still pretty rough. The 91 reflects that it went well with my tomato-based pasta (I find that tomato sauce smooths out the tannins nicely), but I definitely found it too tannic on its own right now. On the other hand, I think this has the complexity to be amazing if/when the tannins smooth out. Will leave my other 2 alone for a few years.
Red
10/13/2010 - wp888 wrote:
91 points
There was a touch of funk when I first opened it, and it was a bit closed down, but the funk blew of and it opened up a lot with air. Really bright acidity, cherries and blackberries, a touch of tobacco at the end, and something else I can’t put my finger on, maybe floral? That being said, it was way too early to open this – the tannins are still fairly drying (once the wine opens), so wait if you can or decant for quite a while. Oh, and be prepared for about 3 tablespoons of sediment.
Red
10/10/2010 - wp888 wrote:
89 points
Nice medium weight cali syrah. Not particularly dark in color or fruit. Med-dark fruit and spice on nose, same on palate. nice acidity at the front and solid tannins throughout palate suggest this will improve with age. Not super extracted and definitely not super ripe - even get a touch of green, or perhaps tobacco. Not surprisingly, went great with grilled lamb shoulder. Update: saved a glass for a couple days. After 48 hours in the fridge in a mostly empty bottle, this is signing. Much more balanced, perhaps even a little more fruit, and smooth without losing its tannic grip. 88 on nigh 1, 90 on night 3.
Red
2006 Château Beaumont Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/10/2010 - wp888 wrote:
88 points
like others have said simple, correct bordeaux. case buy at $13 imho.
Red
10/10/2010 - wp888 wrote:
87 points
from memory, smooth tannins and decent concentration, a touch overripe. Did well with aeration. Solid cali cab value at $17.
White - Sparkling
10/1/2010 - wp888 wrote:
90 points
Other notes have covered this well: nice zingy apple and lemon - and a touch of creaminess, I might add. At $10, I'm absolutely loving this.
White
10/1/2010 - wp888 wrote:
91 points
Based on two bottles. Terkel nailed the note (maybe got a little pineapple and didn't get the soap aspect), but I really enjoyed this. Still holding solid, though it's drinking so well now and is not particularly acidic, so I wouldn't wait too long.
Red
2008 Falesco Vitiano Umbria SuperTuscan Blend (view label images)
10/8/2010 - wp888 wrote:
83 points
Simple, medium-dark fruit, nice acidity, over-oaked
White
9/18/2010 - wp888 wrote:
75 points
Not much of anything on the nose or palate. Thin and a touch bitter. Nothing really wrong about it - just tasted like generic cheap Italian white.
Red
9/18/2010 - wp888 wrote:
88 points
I think the prior note was indeed an off bottle. I got no off odors. Nice blend of dark red fruit, oak, and acidity. A touch hot, and not particularly complex, but a solid QPR at $11.98.
Red
9/18/2010 - wp888 wrote:
93 points
Had this after a 1998 Mcrae Wood shiraz and it was really a different wine than the fruit-driven behemoth I recalled. Many more secondary flavors, particularly chocolate, lots of chocolate. Very interesting.
Red
8/26/2010 - wp888 wrote:
77 points
Got a glass at restaurant. Balanced acidity, and decent mouthfeel/tannin. But the palate of watermelon jolly rancher and unripe green pepper was very much a turn off. I'm very sensitive to vegetal/unripe flavors, so this may partly be me, but I did not enjoy the experience.
Red
8/26/2010 - wp888 wrote:
90 points
Got it at Whole Foods in VA - on sale for $13, marked down from $18; the importer suggests $30. Lots of oak, and the tannin is a touch rough right now (25% sagrantino and the rest sangiovese), but there is a ton of medium-dark fruit and nice acidity that stands up to the oak and tannin and gives it a great rustic feel. It does well over 3 days in the fridge too. I don't know if it will ever come together into an elegant wine, but that much character and some likely ageability to boot for $13 struck me as an amazing deal. I went back the next day and bought a case.

Edit - two more bottles down and the same rating. The third bottle had particularly drying tannins, but they subsided a bit with decanting and receded nicely when paired with spaghetti and homemade bolognese. Really a great pairing.
Red
8/15/2010 - wp888 wrote:
90 points
This note is based on two bottles.
For the first, I had: "This struck me as thin, fruitless, and a little musty. There was some interesting earth and tobacco that some people may like, but I didn't finish the bottle."
Just had the second though and the first was clearly flawed in some way. The second was closed down at first, but opened up nicely after about an hour. It was light, smooth, and elegant, with somewhat light fruit for a cab - more cherry than blackberry, and a good bit of earthiness. Really quite nice. I drank it too fast thinking it would decline, but it was actually getting stronger as I finished it. Wish I had another.
White
1/5/2009 - wp888 wrote:
88 points
citrus and pear, zingy acidity and some vegetal notes. quite nice, and great with food (penne w/ shrimp, pesto, a little dried sausage and parmesan). good QPR
Red
1/4/2009 - wp888 wrote:
93 points
I had a glass immediately upon opening; beautiful nose of vanilla and cherry. Huge mouthfeel, but still surprisingly smooth and balanced. Raspberry, cherry and lots of vanilla/oak on the palate, finishing w/ blackberry and currant. Surprisingly elegant and powerful given it youth. I left the rest in the bottle for about 8 hours and the wine got a little wild and overpowering, but I think this will be amazing after graceful aging. Will buy a case.
Red
12/31/2008 - wp888 wrote:
93 points
great nose of pepper, chocolate, and plum. palate of dark plum and pepper, evolving to cherry and smoke. long clean finish with nice acidity and tannin.
White
12/30/2008 - wp888 wrote:
88 points
apple, pear, and citrus. nice and zingy
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