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Red
2018 Jeff Runquist Petite Sirah "R" Enver Salman Vineyard Clarksburg
1/30/2021 - whudock Likes this wine:
91 points
I seem to disagree with many of the other raters of this wine. I find dark fruits, vanilla and nutmeg on the finish. I find that this is much better with lots of air and days of open time.
  • whudock commented:

    10/8/21, 5:43 PM - As always, helpful additional information. I greatly appreciate your knowledge and insight. Best regards- Bill

Red
2018 Jeff Runquist Sangiovese "R" Pioneer Hill Vineyard Amador County
4/5/2021 - whudock Likes this wine:
90 points
lots of cherry and sage. Well balanced, good acidity.
  • whudock commented:

    8/15/21, 8:39 AM - Thanks. Very informative.

Red
2015 Fattoria Viticcio Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
9/19/2020 - whudock Likes this wine:
90 points
solid in all dimensions. Very food friendly. Drink now or hold for a few years.
  • whudock commented:

    9/20/20, 5:49 PM - We paired this wine with a lasagna which had beef, veal, tomato, onion, garlic, spice, pasta and b├ęchamel sauce. It was slow-cooked to allow the flavors to meld. The Sangiovese wine is a good match and this one specifically paired depth and smooth tannin to complement rather than overpower the dish.

  • whudock commented:

    8/4/21, 11:29 AM - thanks for the discussion and data.

White
2017 Yalumba Viognier Samuel's Garden Collection Eden Valley
4/10/2020 - whudock Likes this wine:
89 points
quite well done
  • whudock commented:

    2/28/21, 7:54 AM - very useful perspective on the wine. Thanks for sharing it.

Red
2012 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate Napa Valley
12/6/2020 - whudock Likes this wine:
93 points
strong in all dimensions. Already highly nuanced. Decanted for two hours prior to trying it, but it improved over four hours. Needs lots of air and could benefit from a couple more years of bottle aging.
  • whudock commented:

    12/10/20, 8:01 AM - Lots of cellar time available for this wine. Opening one per year for six years would be a good strategy.

Red
2013 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend
7/19/2020 - whudock wrote:
87 points
flat and not particularly interesting. Drinkable, but certainly not wonderful
  • whudock commented:

    9/2/20, 11:23 AM - My cellar is naturally cool and ranges in temperature from 54-62 degrees with humidity of about 75-80%. It is dark other than when the lights are on. Racks are completely horizontal. The wine in question was purchased from an out-of-state liquor store and delivered by mail in winter.

Red
2015 Three Wine Company Zinfandel Evangelho Vineyard Contra Costa County
10/24/2018 - whudock Likes this wine:
89 points
nice core of spice, a bit of tannin and some earth on top of the strawberry and cherry fruit. A bit less intense and rich than previous vintages, but still a winner.
  • whudock commented:

    10/24/18, 7:24 PM - The 12,13 and 14 years were particularly strong in concentration. This bottle was less so. Matt Cline does a great job, but we need to expect vintage variation. I stocked up in the good years and have found that the drinking window is Cellar Tracker is conservative.

Red
2011 Tommasi Maremma Toscana Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo SuperTuscan Blend
2/19/2014 - whudock Likes this wine:
89 points
it might be too young, but the balance is all wrong with this bottle. Strong plum fruit, a bit of earth and leather but the integration is lacking.
  • whudock commented:

    4/14/14, 8:51 PM - I tend to be a fair rater overall and possibly my description belies the strengths of the wine. My experience has been that integration often comes with time. I enjoyed this wine and anticipate enjoying it more with about a year of additional cellar time. Many who drink it now will enjoy its merits and, like me will not grade it too harshly based upon its current limitations. I stand by my rating. Thanks for engaging in the dialogue. Best regards- Bill

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