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Red
2012 Herman Story Syrah Nuts and Bolts Santa Barbara County
11/28/2014 - ChinonRouge Does not like this wine:
72 points
I don't like this wine at all. It tastes like cherry cola with alcohol in it. I would call it a wine "beverage product" before calling it a wine.
  • Dagalaifus commented:

    12/19/16, 8:01 PM - Lord knows, I'm an enormous fan of Russell, but sometimes he makes wine that's well . . . just over the top. Fortunately, I've found that a few years in the cellar can mellow those beasts. Both the N&B from 12 and 13 fall into that category for me. I, for one, appreciate your candid review and applaud the passionate dislike for one particular wine that inspired it. I remember a Pinotage that I described as tasting like dried bandages and a backed-up sewer (or something to that effect). Was worried that I was going to be kicked off CT for that review, or slammed by the tasters, who actually liked the wine.

Red
2013 Daou Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles
8/20/2015 - richardkim wrote:
87 points
Powerfully extracted fruit with blackcurrant and blackberry. Firm tannins. Heavy application of new oak. This is a big wine with dense fruit, firm tannins and lots of oak. I'd give it a few years to integrate, but right now it's disjointed.
  • Dagalaifus commented:

    8/20/15, 9:24 PM - Couldn't agree more, and the reviews that characterize it as an integrated and seamless wine completely, mystify me.

  • Dagalaifus commented:

    8/28/15, 5:11 PM - Sorry, but in my estimation, it doesn't deserve the WA score, or doesn't deserve it right now. BTW, WW at Bev. Mo., gave it an even higher score and described the wine as "medium-bodied." What's full-bodied for him, blackberry jam? This is about as full-bodied a Cab as you can find in Paso. Your "powerfully extracted" description is spot on.

Red
2007 Radio-Coteau Syrah Timbervine Russian River Valley
A very fine Syrah that should continue to improve for a few years and last another 5-10. Presents as a wine at peak integration with aromatic complexity in spades, but still showing its structure on the back end, especially with air, and with limited secondary notes, but enough to make this a middle aged all-star. Make a nice restaurant decant this for you in 2017 and giggle like a silly child for the rest of the evening. 92-95.
  • Dagalaifus commented:

    7/15/15, 11:33 PM - I recently tasted a bottle of the wine based on your positive review. Spot on thanks.

Red
2008 Tensley Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard Santa Barbara County
11/17/2013 - HOS wrote:
flawed
Opened a new case and tried my first bottle. Alas, bottle had a slightly sour, acidic taste upon opening which blew off over time. Even with the issue, it still was a drinkable table wine but not what it should be. Hopefully this was just the one bottle's issue.
  • Dagalaifus commented:

    5/8/15, 7:13 PM - Spot on tasting notes. Would be interested to learn if the other bottles in the case suffered from the same "slightly sour, acidic taste."

White
2009 Pyramid Valley Chardonnay Lion's Tooth Waipara
1/11/2014 - fingers Likes this wine:
91 points
This took a few hours to settle into it's rhythm, thereby giving the oak some time to lighten up. Light gold color, nice shimmer and big legs. The bouquet was very oak heavy to start, but several hours in it was barely there and eventually the fruit was the dominant element. Peach, apple, pear, grapefruit, lime, and a hint of butter. Palate is reinforced with prominent acidity. The body is lighter than the legs suggest and even though the label states 13.8%, it is wonderfully cool going down. Medium-long finish with a little appearance at the end of some subtle hazelnut. I think it has enough structure to go a few more years, at least. 5+11+16+9 = 91
  • Dagalaifus commented:

    9/2/14, 10:00 PM - Huge fan of their Pinot will have to give this Chard a try

Red
2010 McPrice Myers Syrah Larner Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley
4/15/2014 - fingers Likes this wine:
92 points
This didn't need much coaxing to come out and was singing after only 15 minutes open. Very dark maroon color with a brilliant shine, no sediment and clear, average legs. Profound cassis and raspberry compote, bramble, light smoke, dried meat, fig, and flowers on the nose. As powerful as the bouquet is, the palate dances gracefully in the mouth with a tinge of acidity and soft tannins that leaves any bombastic thoughts behind. This restraint is why I still love McPrice wines and have dropped from the Herman Story list. I find the more elegant approach delivers a more interesting wine. Rich, but not sweet. Voluptuous, but not heavy. And after all that to contemplate, there are nice earthy elements to expose some Larner distinction. No impression that it will improve - drink at will. 5+12+17+8 = 92
  • Dagalaifus commented:

    9/2/14, 9:57 PM - Fingers, deadly accurate review. Thanks much. Can't wait for Mac's 2012s

Red
2006 Eric Kent Wine Cellars Syrah Kalen's Big Boy Blend Bennett Valley
3/17/2014 - oenophilemoose wrote:
94 points
Decanted for two hours and consumed over the next four. Exceptionally dark color, almost India ink in appearance. Nose was somewhat subdued but gave off some aromatics. On the palate, this was one best wines I have been fortunate enough to consume. Full, concentrated, rich and ripe fruit that stimulated all oral pleasure centers. The finish was lengthy and perfectly balanced in acidity and tannins.
  • Dagalaifus commented:

    7/21/14, 10:26 PM - Couldn't agree with you more. This was stunning juice.

Red
2011 Robert Ramsay Cellars Syrah Red Heaven Vineyard Red Mountain
3/16/2014 - Motz wrote:
93 points
Bob Harris took the fruit nature provided in this difficult vintage and crafted a spectacular wine from it. The perfumed, charming, and layered bouquet screams Red Mountain. The palate features exceptional texture and balance. Complexity is the hallmark of this Syrah, refined, seductive, and stylish. One of the most appealing Washington Syrah bottlings I have ever tasted, and of the 2011 vintage, only Owen Roe's Ex Umbris is of comparable quality, but that wine is made in a different style.
  • Dagalaifus commented:

    3/19/14, 3:04 PM - Thanks for reviewing this wine. What's the word on the yet-to-be released 2012 Syrah from WA generally, and more particularly, Red Mountain?

Red
2011 Owen Roe Syrah Ex Umbris Columbia Valley
2/2/2014 - Motz wrote:
93 points
A stunner! This followed the 2012 Sinister Hand at a tasting; it is markedly better, and the Sinister Hand is no slouch. This wine features an attention grabbing nose of savory elements, pepper, garrigue, Mediterranean herbs, tar, red meats, licorice, and dark berry fruit. All these elements appear prominently on the richly concentrated palate. Additionally, the wine shows great textural depth, excellent minerality, and a long, complex finish. Wonderful oak treatment, balanced alcohol. This wine puts the mind to warm vintage Côte-Rôtie. 92-93.
  • Dagalaifus commented:

    2/7/14, 2:09 AM - I hesitated to purchase this vintage based on some less than stellar tasting notes from my local retailer. You've never steered me wrong, and I will give it a taste later this week.
    Then too, having a degree in Latin and Ancient History, I appreciate the Ex Umbris name.

  • Dagalaifus commented:

    2/7/14, 11:12 AM - I realized after I posted my previous comment that a few years back, I tasted the 09 Ex Umbris and thought it was stellar too, albeit requiring a few years in the cellar to settle down. I wish I kept a bottle of that vintage to compare with the 11.

  • Dagalaifus commented:

    2/7/14, 12:24 PM - I realized after I posted my previous comment that a few years back, I tasted the 09 Ex Umbris and thought it was stellar too, albeit requiring a few years in the cellar to settle down. I wish I kept a bottle of that vintage to compare with the 11.

Red
2011 Tamarack Cellars Cabernet Franc Wahluke Slope
1/5/2014 - Motz wrote:
87 points
Oak-driven nose, with dark fruits. Weighty, bruising palate of oak, greenness, dark fruits, and alcohol. The back reveals an acerbic, greenish element and the heavily oaked finish drops off quickly, apart from the lingering bitterness that is.
  • Dagalaifus commented:

    1/7/14, 11:06 PM - Tasted this wine in a local wine store a few weeks ago. Your tasting notes are spot on -- especially, the "acerbic, greenish element" Thank you.

Red
2007 Col Solare Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
3/28/2013 - Motz wrote:
91 points
Hmmm...I do not like where this is at right now...and I really hope it doesn't stay there. When tasted at the winery in June of '12 this was a wine of power, great structure, and boldness.

Now it seems to be in an oak-imparted vanilla phase, with a fruit-bombish element. It still packs a punch, and I think...or at least really hope...it will come back around to unbridled, terroir driven audacity, but right now it's far too New Worldish, which is to say soft, fruity, and oaky. :(
  • Dagalaifus commented:

    10/22/13, 3:52 PM - Thank you for your comment on this vintage. I am going to taste the wine again tonight to see if the structure, which impressed me so much yesterday, is still there, or whether the wine has deteriorated into "the oak-imparted vanilla phase..." By the way, your description of the wine at the winery -- "unbridled, terroir driven audacity," -- eloquently encapsulates why I found the wine so appealing yesterday. I'm looking forward to following your other tasting notes.

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