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Red
2017 Result of a Crush Syrah The Unnamed Series Walla Walla Valley
9/2/2021 - KeithAkers wrote:
91 points
Nose: After two hours in the decanter, the nose is still showing a little bit and out of balance. Thankfully with another hour+, it comes much more in balance and shows off all sorts of Syrah goodness with black cherries, raspberries, blackberries, licorice, crushed rocks, black pepper, some smokey notes, violets, and kirsch liqueur tones.

Taste: The feel is Medium/Full bodied with crisp, medium acidity and silky, medium+ tannins. There is a slight coarseness to the tannins and the feel lacks some depth with the alcohol being just a smidge out of balance. That said, this is well balanced and shows very good density on the palate with black cherries, licorice, raspberries, blackberries, crushed rocks, Smokey notes, and kirsch liqueur.

Overall: I’m certain that this could benefit from a few more years of aging to smooth out the rough edges. However, I don’t see this being a long-haul Syrah and that is more than fine! This is lovely, delicious, and at a great price while appealing to a lot of Syrah-loving palates.
  • wino121 commented:

    10/22/22, 5:51 PM - Spot on notes

Red
2015 Round Pond Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
11/15/2020 - wino121 wrote:
91 points
Vinturied into decant, consumed over several hours.
Nothing too obtrusive here, all and all a fairly straightforward simple example of a Napa Cab.
Med plus on all three tasting points.
Drink now thru 2022-3
  • wino121 commented:

    8/24/22, 2:22 PM - Sorry, I don’t remember why I suggested
    those drink by dates,
    Usually I’ll say weather it’s in or past the collective drink window.
    Heck try one and see!
    Cheers!

Red
2017 Lachini Pinot Noir Lachini Family Estate Chehalem Mountains
Two bottles in a row now bad. Not sure what’s going on? No score.
  • wino121 commented:

    6/15/22, 7:35 AM - WTSO?

Red
2006 Ojai Syrah Melville Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills
4/12/2018 - jbaron wrote:
92 points
Reticent nose but great length and full round mouth. Not overtly fruity fruity but very dark earthy fruity. Well rounded and big. Could still use a few (or more) years.

Last bottle in 2022 for another point or two?
  • wino121 commented:

    5/16/22, 7:11 AM - I had my last btl last night, it was terrific.
    I’d drink now thou to get what’s left of the ripe fruit etc.
    Cheers

Red
2015 Lachini Pinot Noir Lachini Family Estate Chehalem Mountains
4/15/2022 - rickspicks wrote:
Definitely past its prime. Probably full of earth, black cherry, and spices originally, but now the fruits are dull, and the edges seem sharp. From WTSO.
  • wino121 commented:

    5/8/22, 10:31 AM - Contact WTSO, tell them that is off kilter.
    They always make it right .

Rosé
2019 Cambria Pinot Noir Rosé Julia's Vineyard Santa Maria Valley
The Fifth Annual World's Largest Blind Tasting of American True Rosés: Retail $22. Light pink with a really reductive nose, but the palate is not nearly as bad as the nose. There’s fruit, acid, balance, but it is marred by that nose.

http://www.thedrunkencyclist.com
  • wino121 commented:

    4/11/22, 4:22 PM - Please send a link to that event, looks great.
    Thx

Red
2017 Vintus Cellars Pinot Noir Coast Grade Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
9/20/2021 - wino121 wrote:
81 points
Bought this one on a flier, mistake #1!WTSO
I couldn’t find any info or notes-
A tart astringent mess, day 2 no better, dumped it.
I can’t see this ever rounding the corner.
Not a rebuy.
  • wino121 commented:

    1/22/22, 8:38 PM - I am, that wine sucked,
    You can certainly check my 1500+ other reviews if think my palette is off,
    Cheers.

  • wino121 commented:

    2/7/22, 7:19 PM - Absolutely, WTSO would make it right.
    I should have returned it.

  • wino121 commented:

    2/13/22, 2:58 PM - WTSO is absolutely fantastic on bad wine, best customer service I’ve had for sure.
    Sometimes I wonder if they just throw mud against the wall with some of these wines.
    Anyway cheers!

Red
2016 Stags' Leap Winery The Investor Napa Valley Red Blend
12/10/2020 - Sanlucar wrote:
87 points
Four grapes (Merlot, Petite Sirah, Cab Sauv and Malbec) and mediocre in every way possible - in fact, it reminds me more of Lodi rather than Napa. Tastes of blueberries and milk chocolate; which would be acceptable if I were still an 8 year old kid. Underwhelming and overpriced; there is absolutely nothing special about this fruit bomb.
  • wino121 commented:

    1/23/22, 5:16 PM - If you didn’t like it then, it was really off when I had in 19,
    I’m having one now, it’s better, but still nothing to grab the glass and keep drinking, bland and bleak is my new tasting note.
    Check my notes from 2019.
    Ditto

Red
2018 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley
Full and round.
  • wino121 commented:

    1/16/22, 6:31 PM - G Damn you drink a lot of juice!
    Cheers my brother

Red
2013 Viña Santa Rita Triple C Maipo Valley Red Blend
Bottle variation? Both recent notes are accurate based on the two bottles I've had.

First bottle was so delicious I inquired into purchasing another case. Cab franc came through aver well, great fruit, great acid, oaking and alcohol were evident but integrated enough that the wine didn't feel clunky or hot.

Second bottle tasted heat damaged. The beautiful fruit in the first bottle were instead heavily stewed with the alcohol, oak, and tannin. Down the drain.
  • wino121 commented:

    1/5/22, 7:58 AM - This thing needs a good run thru the venturi into a long decant.
    I think I had to do 2x on the earlier btls.
    It has settled down now, the last 2 btls were extraordinary.

Red
2014 Ca'Del Grevino Pinot Noir Estate Vineyards Santa Maria Valley
10/28/2021 - Zitan wrote:
90 points
I was worried about this $17 Garagiste deal based on the mixed comments on CT and WE (93) and just had a bottle for myself.

It definitely needs air - it’s still opening after 90 minutes.

First impression before breathing was musty and oxidized so I understand the criticism. But after 45 minutes the mustiness blew off to reveal a pleasant but not soaring earthy, spicy nose.

Restrained fruit on the dusty palate with dried berry overtones. Nice length. Elegant, almost in a Burgundian way, which is an insane comment at this price point.

Not profound but interesting and enjoyable and incredible QPR. When’s the last time you wanted to think about and discuss a $17 wine?

But drink up.

3/3/2022

Just had the 2nd bottle. After a 2-hour decant (which we knew to do this time), the most stupidly great QPR ever. Ridiculously good for $17. I wish I had a case. Thanks, Garagiste!
  • wino121 commented:

    11/18/21, 6:46 PM - Great tasting note,
    Cheers,

Red
2018 Halcon Vineyards Mourvèdre Yorkville Highlands
10/5/2021 - Neecies wrote:
Surprised by all the positive reviews. Last night's bottle had the light body and acidity of unsweetened cranberry juice but not the fruit. It was herbal, savory and sour. I do love acidity but a counterbalance is required, and this didn't have it. It was hard to drink and I resorted to blending it with a fruitier, low-acid wine to create a complete whole.
  • wino121 commented:

    10/10/21, 3:43 PM - Re comments,
    My experience with the yorkville Ava, wines has been the same,
    Dry and acidic, and mostly out of balance wines.

  • wino121 commented:

    11/3/21, 8:12 AM - I did receive my btls, but probably will be cellaring for few years,
    Another thing I learned, forget about them for a few years..
    Cheers!

White
2019 MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc Free Run Steen Coastal Region
10/21/2021 - srh Likes this wine:
88 points
Should you be interested, I’ve uploaded info for this vintage which you can peruse at your leisure. 😉

Private Preserve used after Day 1.

N: Peaches, apples, undertones of minerals, with HINTS of honey?

P: RNDISH entry; ALMOST swtish frt (approaching threshold R.S.?) quickly offset by acidity as it fairly seamlessly evolves into a LONG, TANGY/swt finish with spates of bitterness seemingly exacerbated by its pairing with Stouffer's Tuna Noodle Casserole, the bitterness being somewhat less noticeable w/o food.

// Day 2: Has held BETTER than I'd expected, though showing Day 1's same issues with food.

// Day 3: Held adequately, still weaker with food than solo.

∑: 88 pts irrespective of price, though I could poss see 90 *if* its $7.95 cost is considered. While the acidity should get it into EARLY '23, I certainly WISH it was showing > frt! 🤔 13.0% ABV
  • wino121 commented:

    10/26/21, 2:28 PM - Off topic here,
    Have you had this wine before,
    Famille Brechet Lirac Plateau des Chenes Le Temps

Red
2013 Buty Cabernet Sauvignon Beast Phinny Hill Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills
5/13/2020 - wino121 wrote:
91 points
Solid effort here, beautiful fruit, nice acidity..
And a bargain!
If you want to taste WW on the dime, buy this juice.
Drink now - 2023
  • wino121 commented:

    10/25/21, 9:42 AM - 1-1/2 hours
    The longer the better!

Red
2015 Acha Wines Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley
After the recent TNs I decided to open one and I gave one to a friend to try before I'd opened one as well. I went back and forth between brett or stewed/cooked. Drinkable, but with a definite horse funk to it that was more old S. Rhone than Cali PN. Followed over the course of two hours and the funk lightened up some, but it was certainly off.
I asked my friend yesterday what she thought of the wine without tipping my hand at my thoughts. Hers was inline and she enjoys her Cali Pinot. Night one the claim was like grape jelly / cheap grocery store wine. Night two, better but still tasted like a cheap bottle from the grocery. CERTAINLY not the bold claim of high dollar Sonoma Pinot that had to be private labelled. I will be contacing LB as soon as I finish typing this. Dissapointing.
  • wino121 commented:

    10/17/21, 2:22 PM - Agreed on the BS high end single vineyard crap..
    They outa be sued for selling this trash.

Red
2015 Acha Wines Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley
10/13/2021 - wino121 wrote:
flawed
Opened decanted,
Funky to start with and became a weird disjointed tart mess,
The nose was even more off kilter, not cork taint either.
I’d call it flawed for all intentded purposes.
  • wino121 commented:

    10/14/21, 6:04 AM - Pop one and check it out, hopefully mine was just an off btl.
    Be sure to leave notes.
    Cheers!

Red
2015 Acha Wines Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley
Quite the disappointing bottle following the last one—comes across as overly developed and on its way down. Flawed? Though not showing any signs of it.
  • wino121 commented:

    10/13/21, 10:16 AM - Had my first of 6 last nite-
    Almost UN drinkable, became really tannic and disjointed an hour in,
    Also the nose was very odd, not flawed or corked-just not good.

Red
2016 Thomas Gerrie Wines Syrah Les Collines Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
This essentially has none of the characteristics I associate with northwest syrah, but what it does have is a bright, deft medium-bodied delicacy not unlike tempranillo. A very good tempranillo in fact, highly likable if one changes one's expectations. Red cherry and berry fruit with a bit of orange rind and a minty nose supported by tame tannins and acidity. Equally good as either sipper or food wine. Bottom line: not what I think of when I reach for syrah, but I need and want wines like this in my cellar.
  • wino121 commented:

    10/11/21, 11:36 AM - What’s the aging potential on this one,
    In your opinion.

Red
2018 Amavi Cellars Syrah Walla Walla Valley
10/24/2020 - sichuanpeppercorn wrote:
86 points
Nose of malt vinegar, baked bread and dark berries. Palate cheap vanilla ice cream melted on dark berry cobbler ate w a spoon made of jerky. Maybe more time will help?
  • wino121 commented:

    6/9/21, 10:20 PM - Review it when you sober up.

Rosé
2020 Underground Wine Project And Why am I Mr Pink Washington Sangiovese
3/31/2021 - Clark W Griswold Likes this wine:
88 points
Pale pink. Tart cherry and watermelon. Lively, crowd pleasing style. Killer buy at Costco for $6!
  • wino121 commented:

    5/27/21, 11:24 AM - $6!
    Are you kidding.
    Cases at the $$

Red
2018 Brombeere Wines Pinot Noir Hawk’s Roost Ranch Russian River Valley
Winebar [1 Rosé, 3 Whites, 8 Reds, & 8 *shared* bottles] from 1/31/20 (Vintage Wines Ltd., San Diego, CA): From a vyd with Huichica series loam soils & a clay substrate

N: Slightly closed; RIPE frt (plums), poss red rasps?

P: Med body; Rndish entry with NICE, ALMOST swtish frt met by an astringent pucker which pretty much resolves as it leads into a LONG, balanced finish with a tangy/swtness to the dusty tannins. Deserves/NEEDS 12-18 mos, then drinking through '24? Attractively done in a relatively "big" style. My EXC-; [Check with this vendor if interested in their very COMPETITIVE price.]
  • wino121 commented:

    4/19/21, 6:32 AM - I was going buy a few bottles, from your notes I see it’s young and slightly tannic at this point.
    I was wondering your take on when it might tamr down,
    I can’t do the tart thing!
    Let me know.

Red
2014 Gundlach Bundschu Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Valley
Has a western exposure so lots of long afternoon sun. Lots of color and extraction here. And lots of structure there. Its got back bone for sure.
  • wino121 commented:

    4/1/21, 7:22 PM - Man this thing is singing now-
    And will be even better in a few more years.
    Terrific wine fir the $$

Red
2014 Bergevin Lane Syrah She-Devil Columbia Valley
10/30/2020 - Portland Seth wrote:
89 points
Still some sulfur out of the bottle, but not as much as before. No rhubarb, making this a better balance between sweet and bitter. Creme de Casis, pomegranate, matchstick and burnt sugar. Flavors still lack clarity but at least this bottle goes down easy. Definitely New World in style.
  • wino121 commented:

    12/18/20, 7:18 AM - Glad your last btl was on spot.
    I had my first bottle about a month ago, see notes.
    It was terrific.

Red
2014 Result of a Crush Red Wine Walla Walla Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah
11/11/2020 - wino121 wrote:
92 points
One of the best ounce for ounce Syrahs you will ever drink...could easily rate this higher but don’t want to look like an idiot here!
No sign of age just keeps getting better.
Drink now thru 2024.
  • wino121 commented:

    11/12/20, 2:48 PM - This stuff is crazy good!
    I bought a case, and it has been evolving beautifully.

Red
2014 Bergevin Lane Syrah She-Devil Columbia Valley
10/21/2020 - Portland Seth wrote:
87 points
Out of the bottle lots of sulphur which mostly blew off after 45 minutes. Cassis, rhubarb and burnt matchstick, but the flavors are not clear, they come across as mostly just sweet, sour and bitter. For the same price I could be drinking St. Cosme (also 100% Syrah) which is much more interesting and several points better. Drinkable, certainly, but a pass.
  • wino121 commented:

    10/27/20, 2:43 PM - Sounds like a bad btl, esp with the sulfur and flavor profile you described,
    Seems to happen more with screw tops...IMO

  • wino121 commented:

    10/27/20, 4:49 PM - I just received mine, I’ll post after I try -1-!

Rosé
2019 Buchegger Rosé Terrassen Niederösterreich Rosé Blend
7/7/2020 - mdefreitas wrote:
88 points
Cranberry and pomegranate notes. Crisp but perhaps without the energy and snap of previous years. This had just arrived... perhaps it needs time to settle down.
  • wino121 commented:

    10/24/20, 10:15 AM - I agree with your notes, this vintage is certainly different from previous ones, must have been a very cool year.

Red
2016 Amavi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley
10/14/2020 - wino121 wrote:
90 points
Vinturied 3x, into decant.
Solid cab from WW, a great expression of that AVA in general.
This was well rounded with lively fruit/tannins all working, this will evolve in the next few years.
I see an easy 91-2 with patience.
Drrink now with decant thru 2024.
And this was a steal @ $18.
  • wino121 commented:

    10/18/20, 2:50 PM - Last Bottle,
    And Casemates just offered the 17 for $13 and change.

Red
2017 Peake Ranch Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills
8/8/2020 - Zafer Likes this wine:
95 points
Delicious right out of the bottle. Medium body, boldly fragrant, dark cherries with an earthy hint, lasting finish, so well-balanced I can’t stop drinking. I haven’t had this much fun with a Pinot Noir in a long while, especially at this price. Really glad I have more bottles of it.
  • wino121 commented:

    8/19/20, 5:54 PM - It’s even better day 2,
    Cheers!

Red
2017 Wine bOss M100 Red Wine Columbia Valley Red Blend
7/28/2020 - wino121 wrote:
87 points
Eh,
  • wino121 commented:

    7/29/20, 7:37 AM - It tasted like a $9 btl IMO,
    Fortunately I only bought 2!

Red
2005 Tofanelli Family Charbono Tofanelli Vineyard Napa Valley
6/7/2020 - klezman wrote:
Amazingly delicious. Strawberries, coffee, earthy notes here and there, excellent acidity and structure.
  • wino121 commented:

    7/27/20, 5:41 PM - This wine is absolutely delicious

Red
2013 Miura Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands
10/26/2018 - FelineAvenger wrote:
Agreeing with previous poster that this needs to be put away in the cellar for a few years, or given a real long decant. Not very approachable upon opening the bottle. After an hour and a half of air it was enjoyable enough but not earth shattering. Hoping for a more impressive showing in 2020.
  • wino121 commented:

    6/29/20, 11:30 AM - If you still have this wine, it’s in the window now probably thru 2023
    It’s has evolved nicely.
    Cheers

Red
2017 Rombauer Vineyards Zinfandel California
BBQ Reds (Vintage Wines Ltd., San Diego, CA): A blend of 95% Zin & 5% P.S. "from select vyds in top growing regions: El Dorado (60%), Sierra Foothills (23%), Lake (14%), & Napa (3%) counties, harvested 9/1-10/19/17 @ 27.5° ave Brix; The fruit was hand picked @ dawn & sorted in the vyds, then carefully destemmed & optically sorted. Cold soaked before primary fermentation began in tank; The wine was gently basket-pressed, then racked to oak barrels to finish primary fermentation, malolactic, & aging (16 mos in AM (10% new) & FR oak."

N: SMOKE atop RIPE berries with undertones of pyrazines? Intensity lurking?

P: LM, poss Med, body; RNDISH entry with nice, ALMOST swtish frt (approaching threshold R.S.?) met by the barest HINT of astringent pucker which evolves into a LONG, poss very, VERY slightly puckerish finish with a distinct swtness to the unoffensively firming, dusty tannins. For now with, yes, BBQ should this be your preferred Zin style, but with the acidity so as to DESERVE another yr or so, then poss drinking through '22? 15.9% ABV; My VG+/EXC- in the flirting with R.S. style. [Check with this vendor if interested in their very COMPETITIVE price.]

Note: Today I noted somewhat more acidity than I had on just 8/3 & 8/17/19.
  • wino121 commented:

    6/18/20, 4:28 PM - No!
    I could barley drink it!!
    Lol

  • wino121 commented:

    6/18/20, 5:58 PM - Well truth be told it didn’t offend the pizza as bad as I thought it would.

Red
2017 Rombauer Vineyards Zinfandel California
an over extracted oak juice alcohol bomb (15.9 to 16.9%?). way way too much new oak. the very worst of what California wine making can be. Rombauer should be ashamed of themselves putting this wine out to the public. no further descriptors necessary. if you like this wine, why not just buy a good bottle of port instead?
  • wino121 commented:

    6/18/20, 4:27 PM - Agreed, it’s junk swill.

Red
2017 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
11/30/2019 - srh Likes this wine:
CA Cabernets & Blends [5-Napa & 1-Paso] (Vintage Wines Ltd., San Diego, CA): “79% C.S., blended with Merlot, C.F., & P.V. from our estate vyds in Coombsville & Rutherford, and mtn sourcing in Atlas Peak, Mount Veeder, & Howell Mtn. Aged in 100% FR oak (30% new).”

N: Choc slightly atop RIPE berries with notes of pyrazines; Intensity lurking?

P: LM, poss Med, body; RNDISH entry with NICE, ALMOST swtish frt (approaching threshold R.S.?) met by an astringent pucker which QUITE works itself out by the LONG finish with an elegant TANGY/swtness (60:40) to the few, firming, innocuous, dusty tannins. A *somewhat* leaner (than the AVA's stereotype), food friendly, drink now style to be enjoyed through '22, poss '23. 14.9% ABV; My EXC-, & I'd certainly LISTEN to pleas for higher based upon QPR™ for *this* AVA. [Check with this vendor if interested in their very COMPETITIVE price.]

™While a bit < unctuous/"rich" than the ubiquitous '17 Caymus C.S, this comes in @ a tad > than 1/2 the price, & I would THINK *should* "work" for Caymus aficionados.
  • wino121 commented:

    6/3/20, 7:06 PM - I just tried this-
    Almost was thinking dried grapes
    Possibly flawed
    Thoughts

  • wino121 commented:

    6/4/20, 2:40 PM - Now that you mentioned that...I agree.
    Certainly not my style.

  • wino121 commented:

    6/4/20, 2:51 PM - I ended up not rating it, I called it flawed!

  • wino121 commented:

    6/4/20, 3:21 PM - Exactly my thoughts

Red
2016 K Vintners The Boy Walla Walla Valley Grenache
3/24/2020 - hondius wrote:
flawed
Completely flat, no acidity. Grape juice. I am sorry to be that harsh, but I kick myself how I was enticed by glowing reviews (97 points?) by My wine store to order several bottles of this.
  • wino121 commented:

    6/1/20, 6:46 AM - Buy another one, it’s fantastic wine!

Red
2014 Morell-Lawrence Syrah Columbia Valley
6/16/2019 - Clark W Griswold Likes this wine:
89 points
Double decant. A year later this wine remains very masculine and closed up. Some nice savory notes but almost no fruit flavors. I like it and it’s a good value that may come out of its shell one day.. This is my last bottle.
  • wino121 commented:

    4/19/20, 8:13 AM - I just had my first of three, I’d say it’s just now becoming approachable.
    Seriously good for $$

Red
2017 Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert California Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
4/16/2019 - Sauvyfan wrote:
87 points
This was quite a disappointment. The oak was overwhelming, and it had that distinct American oak chips cheapness to it. The finish was astringent , and out of balance. The overripe power, that was signature to the "original" Prisoner is evident, but this wine doesn't come together well. Perhaps my palate has changed in 8 years.
  • wino121 commented:

    1/13/20, 7:50 AM - No your palate has not changed...
    The wine just sucks!

Red
2010 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
12/28/2019 - wino121 wrote:
89 points
Vinturied 4xs into decant,
Waaaaay to young at this point, lively tannins along with racey acidity dominates any chance of the fruit to
show thru, after a few hours the Grenache popped, too gripping and out of balance.
I personally would even think about opening another until 2024-5.
Honestly a disappointment.
  • wino121 commented:

    12/29/19, 2:47 PM - This was wide open after a 3-4 hour decant, still tannic and muted.
    Not a flawed bottle, just not very good unfortunately.

Red
2013 Orin Swift Papillon Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
8/9/2019 - pgrzesik Does not like this wine:
85 points
This is my second and last bottle of the 2013 Papillon - thank God! Can someone explain to me why this wine is having such great reviews?

In my opinion it is too jammy fruit forward, too alcoholic, is linear and one dimensional. There is no age ability of this wine. It will not get better with time.

I've said it before - this wine appeals to the masses because while it is very fruit forward, jammy, big, and has tons of alcohol. Not my style. Would not buy again.
  • wino121 commented:

    11/3/19, 7:23 AM - No...
    It’s garbage!

Red
2013 Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz Lieu dit Malakoff Pyrenees
Winebar [4 Whites, 8 Reds, & 6 *shared* bottles] from 05/03/19 (Vintage Wines Ltd., San Diego, CA): Jeff, I *do* SO appreciate you sharing this SENSATIONAL wine! :)

From 60 planted acres "located on an E-facing slope on the S edge of the Pyrenees Hills in western Central Victoria; The grapes are destemmed & fermented in cement tanks. The maceration lasts 3-4 wks. 100% of the wine is aged for 10-12 mos in FR oak barrels. 1,500 cs (6 pk?) bottled unfined & unfiltered on 4/1/14, released 6/1/16."

In a small tasting glass for ≈ 3 hrs? Throws BIG time sediment!

N: LOVELY flowers with ripe berries, rest tough to parse; Intensity lurking?

P: Med body; NICE, almost swtish frt met by some astringent pucker which pretty much resolves by the LONG, balanced finish with a delightful tangy swtness (& POSS a *hint* of incipient quasi-bitter flatness?) to the dusty tannins. Deserves/NEEDS another yr or so, then making its 10th... easily. 14.0% ABV; My EXC-/EXC. 95 pts Dunnuck, 92 Suckling, 91 & "Cellar Selection" WE @ $40, and 90 Wine & Spirits.
  • wino121 commented:

    10/17/19, 5:36 PM - Check my notes...
    I just read yours after I posted!
    Cheers my friend-

Red
2016 Delmas Syrah SJR Vineyard The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater
3/3/2019 - Clark W Griswold Likes this wine:
94 points
Double decant and consumed over several hours. Core of sweet red fruit, toffee, smoked meats, olive brine, gravel. Unique creamy texture. Hard to put down. Sexy wine for sure! First Delmas for us. I obtained this bottle from full pull. Opened it in honor of being upgraded from the wait list at Delmas to the allocation list.
  • wino121 commented:

    10/9/19, 3:48 PM - Hey,
    Was/is this juice worth the tariff it carry’s.
    FP is offering it up again as you probably know.

  • wino121 commented:

    10/10/19, 10:24 AM - Got it,
    And thx for the input,
    I have had the high end Syrah from Rasa, SJR vineyard.
    And did spend $$ on it!
    Hopefully the Delmas will be as good.
    Cheers-

White
2015 Cayuse Viognier Cailloux Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
Winebar [4 Whts, 8 Reds, & 4 Shared Bottles] from 12/8/17 (Vintage Wines Ltd., San Diego, CA): N: Floral (honeysuckle?) with minerality

P: Med body; RNDISH entry with almost an oiliness [lanolin?]. NICE frt met by AMPLE acidity which SLOWLY, fairly seamlessly transitions into a LONG, somewhat tangy finish with glimpses of honey. VERY nicely made for drinking now & through the end of the decade, POSS longer. 95 pts WA & 92 pts WE. THANK you *so* MUCH, Dr. Tom, for sharing this hard to find wine which the WA feels is the best made in the U.S.!
  • wino121 commented:

    9/30/19, 6:00 PM - Simple question my friend, was it worth the $$$.

  • wino121 commented:

    9/30/19, 6:47 PM - I was thinking about buying a 12 cailoux...
    Appx $75
    I drink a lot of WW Syrah, but have not tried the Cayuse yet, so...

  • wino121 commented:

    10/1/19, 7:11 AM - Thank you sir!

Red
2012 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
3/18/2018 - Vinomnivore Likes this wine:
94 points
A wine you can sit with for hours (about 5 in my case). The Cayuse funk faded after the first hour and more herbal tones emerged. Savory/meat-beef blood/olive tones throughout along with sweet red fruit. As others have mentioned, great texture, silky smooth.
  • wino121 commented:

    9/30/19, 6:08 PM - Great review, I feel ur pain! 5 hours of complete heaven..

Red
2015 Result of a Crush Red Wine Walla Walla Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah
8/28/2019 - Clark W Griswold Likes this wine:
89 points
Pnp. Syrah with 20% Grenache this time around. Red fruits, with savory meat and brine flavors and some peppery notes on the finish. I like it, but it’s not as good as the 14. The syrah is similar but the Viognier coferment is maybe what I miss from the 14. Still it’s very good and for an unbelievable $15 at Costco right now...
  • wino121 commented:

    9/9/19, 12:43 PM - What Costco man!

  • wino121 commented:

    9/9/19, 4:43 PM - Ok got it,
    I’m in Omaha so that’s a stretch !!!
    I did buy some from FP

Red
2016 K Vintners The Boy Walla Walla Valley Grenache
7/13/2019 - brigcampbell wrote:
Guessed Pax Grenache

Wow, when this hit the glass I said "Beaujolais - got a be Gamay." because of the translucent garnet color and clarity. The palate screamed Grenache to me - the candied cherry with cinnamon. The issue for me was the mid-palate faded. Steve said "it's missing completely". I heard this received strong scores. Good for them but if I put points tasting blind it, maybe 90... After the reveal it was more surprising because I've heard the house style tends to be big walla walla style. This is not that, not by a long shot.
  • wino121 commented:

    9/3/19, 6:49 PM - I’m not sure pax makes a Grenache, but if he did this would be his style!
    Cheers
    Tk

Red
2016 K Vintners The Boy Walla Walla Valley Grenache
Taste OR & WA Wines (San Diego Wine Co.): "100% Grenache (2.8 tons/acre yield) from a 30-acre estate vyd [Powerline] planted in 2012 to cobblestone river rocks with underlying layers of sand & gravel deposit soils in the foothills of the Blue Mtns @ over 1,200 ft elevation; 100% whole cluster pressed, native yeasts, & 42 days on skins; 18 mos barrel-aged on lees in 100% neutral FR oak puncheons; 14.0% ABV, 'No residual sugar', 4.43 g/L T.A., & 3.93 pH;"

N: Smoke slightly atop funk, cherries underneath. Unusual, but with a CERTAIN appeal

P: Med, poss MF, body; RNDISH entry with NICE, ALMOST swtish, straw frt (with hints of grapefrt?) which stays in contact with the init frt as it seamlessly, QUITE resolves its BIT of astringent pucker -- & transitions into a LONG finish with a delightful tangy/swtness to the very, VERY fine tannins. VERY nicely (& distinctively) made for now & through '21! My EXC/EXC+ (92-95/100 on that metric). 97 pts Dunnuck, 93 WS, & 91 Vinous (Tanzer). [This vendor's $36.99 is as good as ANYONE on wine-searcher, comparing favorably to the winery's $50.]
  • wino121 commented:

    9/3/19, 6:46 PM - I tasted this at KVs in Walla Walla, and then had a btl last nite for dinner.
    What an expressive wine, nothing like in the same weight class.
    Ive tasted a few wines from power line region and it rivals the Stones terrior in character for sure. (The Funk)
    Cant wait for the evolution, so to speak.
    Cheers,

Red
2015 Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Terres Brulees Syrah
Winebar [4 Whites, 8 Reds, & 4 *shared* bottles] from 07/06/18] (Vintage Wines Ltd., San Diego, CA): 100% Syrah from 3 main plots (vines planted from the 1970s thru early 2000s) with granite soils on steep slopes, destemmed, aged 18 mos in 1, 2, & 3 yr old barriques (with 10% new); Fined, but NOT filtered; 1,300 cs

N: Closed, but RIPE berries, poss toast & spice?

P: Med body; NICE frt fairly quickly met by an astringency (but without losing the initial frt) which slowly transitions into a LONG, VERY slightly puckery finish, with a spicy swtness to the dusty tannins. NEEDS into, probably through, '20, then at least approaching its '10th? My VG+/EXC-. 94 pts WS & #64/Top 100 for '17 @ $58, 93 Jeb Dunnuck, 90 Decanter's Panel, & 3*(*)/5 drinkrhone.com . [This vendor's $47.95 is $2 < the next lowest of wine-searcher's limited listings.]
  • wino121 commented:

    8/27/19, 9:39 AM - Is this worthy of buying?
    It’s on WTSO for $33
    Thx
    Tknight

White
2015 Buty Sémillon/Sauvignon/Muscadelle Columbia Valley Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
10/29/2017 - prism wrote:
89 points
Used some for cooking; VV'd, refrigerated and revisited a couple of days later. Not the best vintage of Buty's SSM, but still a delicious iterations and a good QPR at~$US20. Tasting a bit more wood than I like and the finish is a bit short. Drink up.
  • wino121 commented:

    8/26/19, 6:57 PM - Cooking wine, really?
    Fool

Red
2017 Prisoner Wine Company Saldo California Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
Zinfandels (6) + 1 shared Zin (Vintage Wines Ltd., San Diego, CA): 85% Zin, the other 15% being a blend of P.S. & Sirah, some which "features" frt from Dry Creek (Grist & Taylor Vyds), Lodi (Pilgrim Vyd), & Amador (Aparicio Vyd); Aged in "a combination of FR & AM oak barrels (25% new)";

N: RIPE, poss jammy, with a smokey component

P: Med body; Rndish entry with ALMOST swtish frt (approaching threshold R.S.?) met by an astringent pucker which loses ALL its snap by the LONG, tangy/swt finish to the scant dusty tannins. For now & through '21, poss '22? 15.5% ABV; My VG+. [This vendor's $23.95 now puts it in the top 20% of wine-searcher's MASSIVE # of postings.]
  • wino121 commented:

    7/28/19, 5:21 PM - I’m surprised, I found it over extracted and way to high ABV.
    Almost undrinkable without food.
    The usual cover up for shitty wine...unfortunately.
    Cheers my friend.

White
2016 Kettmeir Müller-Thurgau Alto Adige - Südtirol
PLain and rather boring. I hate to say it but that's just my impression. Let me retaste.
  • wino121 commented:

    6/19/19, 5:51 AM - You might have had it too chilled!
    Give it another go man.

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