Tasting Notes for nbkat8

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Red
1/18/2020 - nbkat8 wrote:
92 points
Medium to slightly thin body wine, low acid wine consistent with a cold weather vintage. Red stewed plum, hints of wood, smooth enjoyable mid-pallete, medium to long finish. Not the best No Girls to date but enjoyable nonetheless. Drink now.
Red
1/12/2020 - nbkat8 wrote:
92 points
Consistent with my last note. Just a great QPR.
Red
1/12/2020 - nbkat8 wrote:
95 points
Fantastic Bottle, this is a big wine that calms down with some air. Blackberry and spices, long finish. Drinking at peak now.
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Red
12/21/2019 - nbkat8 wrote:
88 points
Muted nose on this wine. Upon tasting i get dark fruit - blueberries - then it quickly dissipates into a acidic finish. Spectator had this correct when they said the finish tasted like a grapefruit peel. This was not the wine I was hoping for, maybe it needs more time but there are a couple of flaws here.
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Red
2013 Rasa Vineyards QED Convergence Walla Walla Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
11/9/2019 - nbkat8 wrote:
90 points
Nice wine with somewhat of a light body. Nothing stood out to me here, Decent but not what i expect for the QED.
Red
11/9/2019 - nbkat8 wrote:
90 points
This was lacking some depth and finish. Seems to be some variation bottle to bottle.
Red
10/20/2019 - nbkat8 wrote:
93 points
Pnp - really good and smooth. excellent.
Red
10/19/2019 - nbkat8 wrote:
95 points
Fantastic, silky smooth with a super long finish.
Red
2010 Full Pull & Friends RMBDX Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/6/2019 - nbkat8 wrote:
93 points
This was killer, patience payed off and now this is killer. Wish I could get more but this was a one and done at Full Pull.
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Red
9/21/2019 - nbkat8 wrote:
91 points
This is definitely not a pop n pour wine, it took at least an hour to start showing itself. Trying to describe the taste i came away with a slightly sweet stewed cinnamon apple component, overall more earthy tones than fruit. Different than the fruit driven Washington Cabs i enjoy so much. After letting breath for quite a while it became quite good.
Red
9/14/2019 - nbkat8 wrote:
91 points
Bright Fruit. medium to high acid and cedar overtones. medium finish. Still needs time,
Red
2014 La Rata Wines La Rata Walla Walla Valley Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
9/13/2019 - nbkat8 wrote:
89 points
Sorry but Not a fan, second bottle, same results, I blew the first one off as maybe a bad bottle. I have a bunch of Cayuse, HP and No Girls and this is not close to those by any means. Has some sort of high acidic soda taste along with primary alcohol and a sharp finish. Hidden behind the the tart high acidic taste is some cherry fruit and a hint of funk but this is not my bag. Bad bottle again maybe, but tough pill to swallow at $70+. Had others taste and had same opinions, gave it time to open and still didn't settle. 85pts

Day 2 much better, I will raise my score. Big difference a day makes, gone is the soda taste replace by a creamy fruit cobbler, longer smoother finish.
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Red
9/1/2019 - nbkat8 wrote:
92 points
Really like this GSM, surprising value, crisp and medium weighted, great to drink with or without food.
Red
8/25/2019 - nbkat8 wrote:
95 points
Pnp Smooth palette, lots of subtle complexities. Drinks very well for a young wine.
Red
6/8/2019 - nbkat8 wrote:
80 points
I don't know what was going on with this wine but it was thin, had a metallic taste and a sour finish. Brought it to a restaurant with some friends and we all had the same conclusion. Giving it an 80 was a gift. Big disappointment.
Red
6/2/2019 - nbkat8 wrote:
94 points
Drinking great. Tobacco, dark fruit, cedar - deep and thoughtful wine, big but not overpowering.
Red
6/2/2019 - nbkat8 wrote:
96 points
Silky smooth yet complex. Several layers going on thats almost an exploratory mission with each sip. Chewy funk, spice? and olive/tobacco just to name a few, great mouthfeel and finishes long. This is very good and a notch above the Cayuse GOK.

Just saw Tomlee review and he is spot on as well.
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Red
2009 Mark Ryan Dead Horse Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/1/2019 - nbkat8 wrote:
92 points
Drinking great right now. Subdued fruit, spice, smooth.
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Red
5/4/2019 - nbkat8 wrote:
86 points
Average, never opened up, noticed has a slight defect in the mid-pallete.
Red
2009 K Vintners The Creator Walla Walla Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
5/4/2019 - nbkat8 wrote:
94 points
Still got it. Give an hour decant. Smooth silky palette, had a little of the rocks funk, delicious. Last bottle unfortunately.
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Red
2010 Sheridan Vineyard L'Orage Yakima Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/19/2019 - nbkat8 wrote:
92 points
This needs 2 more years, but if you have to drink now decant it for at least 60 minutes. Tightly wound but opened up to black Cherry and cedar layers, medium finish. Drink with food.
Red
4/16/2019 - nbkat8 wrote:
90 points
Probably 2 years past its prime. Its still has a little left in the tank but fruit is gone.
Red
4/16/2019 - nbkat8 wrote:
95 points
Perfectly integrated with layers dark cherry, earthiness, and spice coating your mouth. Drank next to a Plus One which we all thought was good but somewhat one dimensional compared to the Union.
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Red
3/30/2019 - nbkat8 wrote:
93 points
Fantastic - lots of ripe fruit flavors, long finish.
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Red
3/9/2019 - nbkat8 wrote:
91 points
Pnp, Great out of the bottle. Nice smooth drinker, nice finish. Drank with Cod and Stuffed mushrooms.
Red
2/9/2019 - nbkat8 wrote:
90 points
Bright lively rocks Syrah. Red fruit and spice mouthfeel, medium short finish. Good bottle for $22
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Red
1/27/2019 - nbkat8 wrote:
92 points
Nice wine great QPR. Medium body Syrah that will go well with Chicken, Pasta or Fish. Great flavor, blackcurrants and grape jam run throughout, medium to long finish.
Red
1/4/2019 - nbkat8 wrote:
94 points
Fantastic - One of the great Syrah's to come out of Washington.
Red
12/24/2018 - nbkat8 wrote:
89 points
PnP, it was out of the wine fridge so a bit cold but here are my first impressions: Light body cab, little tannins or acid present, drinks a little like a Merlot. Easy drinker, can pour to a party crowd and be a pleaser.
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Red
12/23/2018 - nbkat8 wrote:
92 points
Nice Flavorful mid palette, slightly sweet, brooding dark cherries and pepper, medium acidity. Another great K wine for the money.
Red
12/15/2018 - nbkat8 wrote:
89 points
Great nose of dark berries and wet oak. Full-on Heavy weight over-ripe black fruit Syrah/Mourved that really coates your mouth and steamrolls to the finish. Not a super complex wine and somewhat missing the Grenache to liven it up but decent drinker nonetheless.
Red
2009 Full Pull & Friends CVBDX Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/8/2018 - nbkat8 wrote:
91 points
Definitely a big bold wine. I couldn't get much fruit out of it, mainly dark fruits of plums. Heavy cedar and spice. Medium finish. It could go for a few more years.
Red
11/23/2018 - nbkat8 wrote:
90 points
PNP Nose of black cherry, slight hint of toasted oak. Taste of subdued fruit, Medium Acid. Medium finish, Pretty good overall drinker but one dimensional. Towards the End of its drinking window.
Red
11/10/2018 - nbkat8 wrote:
95 points
Wow, Fantastic. Let open up a couple of hours and this will sing. Slightly sweet juice, silky smooth mouthfeel with a long finish. 95+
Red
10/25/2018 - nbkat8 wrote:
93 points
Loved it, light body, bright fruits, tons of flavor. Excellent.
Red
10/12/2018 - nbkat8 wrote:
93 points
This needs a decant, tight out of the bottle but opened up as the night went on. This is a Heavy Syrah with plenty left to go, this is in its early drinking window.
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Red
9/17/2018 - nbkat8 wrote:
92 points
Has really calmed down since my last bottle. Bright fruit, crisp, spice box, lots of flavor. Very Good.
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Red
9/16/2018 - nbkat8 wrote:
94 points
Certainly lives up to expectations. Rocks funk, smooth, silky with cedar spice Grenache flavors. Mature and peaking right now, don't wait drink up!
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Red
8/12/2018 - nbkat8 wrote:
94 points
Wow, great! Blueberries, slight tannins. Clean, pure Syrah.
Red
8/10/2018 - nbkat8 wrote:
91 points
Nice smooth flavorful Syrah. Big and deep, dark berry flavors. Lots of spice that needs to calm a little bit but overall a nice drinker. I would let sit for awhile longer.
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Red
8/10/2018 - nbkat8 wrote:
89 points
Big wine that is a little hard around the edges, maybe needs a little more time?
Red
8/10/2018 - nbkat8 wrote:
92 points
Really good, great wine for a hot day, bright berries, slight tannins. Easy drinker, no decant needed.
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Red
2010 Corliss Estates Red Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/28/2018 - nbkat8 wrote:
93 points
Awesome wine, drinkable smooth tannins. Everybody loved this.
Red
7/28/2018 - nbkat8 wrote:
92 points
Subdued Funk. Slightly sweet, low acid. Might drink now or hold.
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Red
6/10/2018 - nbkat8 wrote:
93 points
Very approachable now, Cab dominant blend that drinks more like a Merlot dominant blend. Blackberry and black Cherry fruit with chocolate hints. Tannins are perfectly integrated. Smooth mid palette and long finish.
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Red
2006 Betz Family Clos de Betz Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/3/2018 - nbkat8 wrote:
93 points
Perfect Window. Drink Now
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Red
4/27/2018 - nbkat8 wrote:
92 points
Nose of wet cedar. Nice flowing mid pallette of dark cherries, blueberries and wood tones, slightly tannic finish. Nice complex Syrah with a long way to go.
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