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2007 Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
7/23/2020 - PDX-S wrote:
I’d been saving this wine to drink with my dear friend, Kurt. It was one of the earlier bottles he helped me procure early in our history and we’d planned on sharing it soon. We almost drank it together, earlier in 2020, but the opportunity was overshadowed by events.
This morning we learned of his passing and lament the loss of future times together while celebrating the ineffable kindness and complete largesse of our friend’s spirit.
Our lives are immeasurably better for having known him.
100 pts for Kurt.

Square in the middle of a fantastic drinking window, everything is in full bloom without over saturation or decline.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    8/12/20, 11:26 AM - A very beautiful tribute Thank you for sharing.

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1975 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Vineyard Napa Valley
6/8/2020 - mye wrote:
Blinded. Dark brown with bricked edges, but a dense core. Nose was flowers, dried plums, some leather and earth. Mid acidity, and mellowed out oak. A touch of bitterness at first, but subsides with air. Surprisingly long lingering finish given the age. Agreed that this was old napa.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    6/8/20, 11:30 AM - Wow. I thought I was the only one who still had one of these!

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2000 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
5/29/2020 - Ron Slye wrote:
88 points
This is perfectly fine. Maybe at the cusp of its peak -- or near the top of the downhill. Some subtle sous bois, faded red fruits, and a pleasant finish. As noted before, nothing that pops out. But also no clear flaws.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    5/30/20, 10:20 PM - Yes. It was fine. Not amazing. I fear I have lots of wine like this. There are some diamonds in those I have kept for a while. But others that may be past their peak!

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2018 Rasa Vineyards Founder's Reserve Columbia Valley Red Blend
5/26/2020 - Clark W Griswold Likes this wine:
89 points
Double decant. As always from Rasa, you can count on the fact that this is quality fruit and made with great care. I was hoping it would be just a cab/syrah blend, but as it turns out its a true kitchen sink blend. 7 varietals from 9 sites... As such, its a bit muddled and lacks focus. Not a bad Tuesday night bottle at this early stage. Room for improvement, but Im not sure ill allocate much space in my small cellar to find out.

Day two: enjoyed this quite a bit more the second time around. Its more rounded and has start and a finish that I was missing. This suggests that the wine needs more time on its belly. Moving forward will have to remember to give a long decant if possible.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    5/26/20, 3:39 PM - I was also a bit concerned about the blend. But I found it to be more approachable and positive than I had anticipated. I think they struck the balance on a number of levels quite well. Curious to see how it evolves, but I am thinking it will improve over the next 3-5 years, maybe longer.

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2007 Cayuse Flying Pig Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
5/20/2020 - Kjyoung80 wrote:
87 points
I have found most of our Cayuse have just tasted off, not the special wines I’ve enjoyed from them in the past.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    5/20/20, 4:53 PM - Do you think the wine making has changed? Or that they have not aged well? Or something else?

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2015 Château L'Etoile de Clotte St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
5/11/2020 - PortlandSeth Likes this wine:
92 points
I found this utterly charming. Out of the bottle it smelled like a used books store. Lovely dark purple color. Cassis and savory oak. Velum, bayleaf, cedar and vanilla. Well ballanced now but should evolve for a decade.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    5/11/20, 4:28 PM - Love the "old book store" descriptor! I will have to open one and see if I get the same!

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2014 Ceritas Chardonnay Peter Martin Ray Santa Cruz Mountains
5/9/2020 - 560 B&W Likes this wine:
92 points
May have peaked...
  • Ron Slye commented:

    5/9/20, 9:24 AM - What flavors or colors led you to conclude it had peaked. I have not tried this one yet, but my experience has been that they need at least five years in bottle. But that may also be explained by liking different flavors.

  • Ron Slye commented:

    5/9/20, 10:39 AM - Thanks 560! I appreciate the clarification.

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2013 Cayuse Syrah Bionic Frog Walla Walla Valley
12/13/2019 - Ron Slye wrote:
95 points
I had forgotten how great these wines can be on the young side. This was tasted alongside the 2005, and this was better tonight. Strong notes of smoke, smoked meat, campfire on the nose -- with some dark, dark fruits. Lots of complexity on the palate -- these are wines to contemplate. They went well with steak -- in some ways a perfect pairing. Plain high quality good steak is a nice counterpoint to these bold and rich wines.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    4/12/20, 6:55 AM - Yeah these wines can be so crazy and complex. Very intellectual and mysterious at the same time! Glad you enjoyed it.

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2011 Riverain Syrah Cardiac Hill Bennett Valley
3/8/2020 - Ron Slye wrote:
96 points
Wow. This may be one of the best domestic syrahs, maybe any syrah, I have had. Still very inky black. Lots of roasted meat, ash, violets, and umami on the nose. This is the sort of wine that I could just sniff all night. Lovely tight taste in the mouth, with a sweet ashiness that segues into a nice long finish. This is a lovely wine at the moment. Note to self -- wait at least five years for the next one, and don't touch the 2012s at all!
  • Ron Slye commented:

    3/10/20, 7:52 AM - Yes, I do find your perspective here hard to ignore! It is really really lovely right now! This is the sort of wine where I wish I had five or six more of them to see what happens over time.......

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1992 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend
1/15/2020 - chatters wrote:
Coravin fun - Ridge range; 1/15/2020-1/17/2020 (My place, Kent Street): Magnum. From Coravin. Generous blackcurrant and plums, leather, polished oak, cigar box, slight vanilla and sweet spice., smells serious and almost a little austere despite the fruit generosity, a little biscuit and pepper as well. With time in the glass it gets more leathery but also denser. On the palate it's got juicy acidity, pure Cabernet blackcurrant with Cassis balanced with silky tannins. Preposterously long. Finish just doesn't quit. In a great spot now. Really lovely. Impossible to spit. I got this for a milestone birthday a couple of years ago but it wasn't showing so well...and now it's my birthday in about 2 1/2 weeks...Soooooooo
  • Ron Slye commented:

    1/31/20, 2:04 AM - Happy birthday! And enjoy!

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1990 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
1/26/2020 - King Julien wrote:
97 points
Decanted 3 hours.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    1/28/20, 2:09 PM - How was it? Worth waiting a few more years, or should they be drunk up soon?

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2014 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir Little Hill Russian River Valley
1/1/2020 - Ron Slye wrote:
93 points
This was a really great wine, and thanks to my SS ramwines for gifting it. Definitely new world, but as the night progressed this just got more and more complex. Deep and dark color, but there is an agility to the flavor that eludes many CA pinots (though the Ceritas we opened with it held up quite well, and the latter improved the next day -- nothing left of this one to try the next day!).
  • Ron Slye commented:

    1/12/20, 6:47 AM - We really loved it, and were intrigued by it. Thanks again for the generous gift. Enjoy Mexico! And, um, can I be your Valentine, at least for purposes of the wine. :-)

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2000 Kalin Cellars Pinot Noir Cuvée DD Sonoma County
10/12/2019 - Ron Slye wrote:
93 points
Wow. This really opened up over the evening. At first it seemed tired and over the hill -- a bit raisiny and austere acidity. But then after an hour or so this started to open up into a beautiful subtle experience. Lovely acidity, almost ethereal. Perhaps it would be nice with a little bit more complexity, but I just kept coming back to this over and over again and was very disappointed when the bottle was empty.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    1/6/20, 1:15 PM - Yes I forgot how much I like their wines. I fear they are the victim of not being subject to much hype or high prices. But that makes it nicer for those of us who like them!

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2014 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
10/27/2019 - CarpeDiem! wrote:
88 points
This much hailed 2014 vintage of SM was not up to expectations, but has probably taken a dive for a couple of years before reappearing. Dense, very dark, domintated by liquorice, graphite, ink, herbal aromas, high acidity and rough tannins, this bottle wants to be left alone. By experience SM tends to reveal its potential after 20 years of cellaring. So take a deep breath.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    12/23/19, 1:38 PM - Thanks for taking one for the team! I will keep mine resting for a while!

White
2015 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc Columbia Valley Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
12/16/2019 - Ron Slye wrote:
94 points
This is close to one of the best white wines I have had -- a few tastings with Pape Clement Blanc, and a few other white bordeaux that are 3, 4, even 5 times the price of this. This is so composed and complete. Some nice, but not overpowering, use of oak, that integrated so nicely with the fruit, white flower, and sharp lemony acid. If I were looking to buy a white wine year after year to age and explore, this would be on the top of the list -- not just for the price, but also the quality. Hmmm, I should do that......
  • Ron Slye commented:

    12/17/19, 5:42 PM - No decant on CEB but it could certainly handle it and be improved on it. The pape clement was at a tasting. It was poured from bottle, but I don’t know when they were opened or if they were double decanted. Sorry I don’t have more helpful details.

Red
1999 Leonetti Cellar Merlot Columbia Valley
12/16/2019 - Verb Likes this wine:
93 points
guess I'm the outlier who kept this wine too long, but I'm glad I did! garnet with a brick/orange rim - ripe red fruit (plumb, raspberry) predominates the nose - no hints of oxidation - sweet mouth-filling fruit, almost candied, but good acidity balances the sweet fruit - medium long finish - complimented food (grilled Iowa pork chops) beautifully - for someone who is not a big fan of merlots, this was a happy exception
  • Ron Slye commented:

    12/16/19, 9:00 PM - Well I am one of those fools who still have one! So thanks for the recent check in and note!

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1989 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
12/15/2019 - Ex-Ray Likes this wine:
100 points
Haven't tried one for 5-6 years, when it was still closed and tannic, but it has opened beautifully and is now mature and perfect! Just decanted briefly. Garnet, opaque, no brown at the edges. Powerful aroma immediately on pouring, classic toasted French oak with dark fruits and some cedar, complex. Viscous. Full, rich flavors, mouth-coating, but perfectly balanced and round at the same time. Just light tannin behind the fruit. Fully mature but will keep for many more years...glad I have more of them!
Tasted with '90 La Mission Haut Brion, equally good, but a bit softer and with more tobacco and leather character.
Ric
  • Ron Slye commented:

    12/15/19, 8:04 PM - So glad to hear these are drinking well. I too last had one 4-5 years ago. Still sitting on my others!

White
2006 Domaine du Bouchot Pouilly-Fumé Regain Sauvignon Blanc
12/11/2019 - Ron Slye wrote:
flawed
Ok, this one was oxidized. Perhaps this is a victim of premox? The last bottle was so lovely. This one definitely not unless you like highly oxidized wines......
  • Ron Slye commented:

    12/11/19, 5:12 PM - Well. I drank a half to two thirds of a glass. So in that sense it was drinkable. If you like oxidized wines I guess it was ok. I rarely do. Though there are always exceptions! This was not one of them.

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2006 Domaine du Bouchot Pouilly-Fumé Regain Sauvignon Blanc
11/24/2019 - Ron Slye wrote:
92 points
Wow. This is really lovely. I think I had a bottle of this a few weeks ago that was badly oxidized. I almost threw out the others. Glad I didn’t. This one is fresh and beautiful. Lovely notes of tropical fruits, white flowers, salinity, almonds and many other nice flavors. This is amazing, particularly if I paid around 10 per bottle as it seems!
  • Ron Slye commented:

    11/24/19, 6:13 PM - Yes, could have been bad cork or bad bottle generally. I must confess that it might be another wine that went bad. We just moved and I had a bunch of wine in storage -- not temp controlled or anything (stuff that I just needed out of the house and that was not worth that much). This one seems great. But there are definitely some others that are not worth even entering into CT -- much less reviewing! The Regain is still growing strong after a few hours open! Curious to see how this continues to evolve.

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1990 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
Wow still just a tannic monster. All seemed good and balanced on open and decant. One hour later I smelled a sour cellar smell and worried. But now 3 hours later and midway through the decanter, it is just a monster, well balanced and firmly right and still tannic as hell. Decades to go. Sweet Jesus.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    10/25/19, 8:57 PM - Whoah Nellie! :-) I will continue to sit on mine.......

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2000 Château Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
8/10/2019 - Ricky99 wrote:
91 points
Funky Figeac... unique but absolutely Bordelais.... enjoyable and time left
  • Ron Slye commented:

    8/13/19, 11:28 AM - Did you decant? We are opening one in a few days and want to know if we should open it up that morning or later in the day?

  • Ron Slye commented:

    8/13/19, 11:41 AM - Thanks for the prompt and helpful reply!

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2008 Cayuse Syrah Bionic Frog Walla Walla Valley
Imagine a platter of charcuterie & olives surrounded by black cherries with a garnish of oak leaves & eucalyptus as you enjoy a few wafts of this wine. The palate follows the nose although the fruit is a bit brighter and accompanied by a smidgeon of spice.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    7/1/19, 7:27 PM - Nice description!

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2010 Cayuse Syrah Bionic Frog Walla Walla Valley
6/13/2019 - Ex-Ray Likes this wine:
98 points
Nearly perfect, and better then the 2011 or 2009. Very drinkable, but will easily hold another 5-10 years. Dark garnet, opaque, immediately very complex aromatics typical of Cayuse syrahs: roasted meats, dark fruits, smoke. Full-bodied on the palate but perfectly balanced. Deep mouth-coating flavors to match the aromas, tannin and acid in the background. Very lingering aftertaste, no bitterness at all. No wonder this is considered Baron's finest Cayuse!
Ric
  • Ron Slye commented:

    6/13/19, 2:48 PM - You seem to have a typo -- saying the 2010 is better than the 2010. :-)

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1995 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
3/30/2019 - napasoutherner Likes this wine:
98 points
Let's put it this way. Out of 25 different cabs, Barolos, and Syrah/Grenache blends this was absolutely the WOTN. Lots of dust and must on the nose, some cedar and forest as well. However, a romantic explosion of blue and black fruit and that perfect aging that only a 25 year wine provides. Made me think back to 1995 and where I was in life, my journey and how far things have come. Amazing to see this wine just got phenomenal over the same time.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    4/28/19, 3:16 PM - Did you decant at all, or was this pop and pour?

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2010 Cayuse The Lovers Walla Walla Valley Red Blend
4/26/2019 - Radboy wrote:
92 points
A nice, not wonderful Cab/Syrah blend. It seemed better early on so I would not decant long next time. Tasty though.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    4/26/19, 4:29 PM - Thanks for the update!

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1988 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
4/13/2019 - Shay.Aldriedge Likes this wine:
95 points
Enjoyed en mag as a birth year wine on my birthday. I went back and forth with how much to decant (if at all), and ended up just giving this about 10-15mins to blow off some funk while still in bottle and the fireworks started. Youthful. In the glass, deep, dark purple with a black core. Didn’t notice any bricking. Huge aromatics of graphite, dusty yet ripe blackberries, bay leaf and saddle leather. From start to finish, the wine was still pretty dense with good tannic structure. The palate showed more sweet pipe tobacco, black fruits and dark cocoa dusted dates. We enjoyed this over the course of probably an hour and a half and it stood strong the entire time and never fell off. A gorgeous wine!
  • Ron Slye commented:

    4/13/19, 3:45 PM - Thanks for this note. I am glad to hear that it was doing well. I have only one bottle and trying to decide when I should open it!

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2008 La Pèira en Damaisèla Les Terrasses du Larzac La Pèira Red Rhone Blend
4/12/2019 - Ron Slye wrote:
69 points
This was a wine that I affirmatively did not like. It was hot and muddled and bitter and lots of other unpleasant things. It was part of our CT "off the beaten path" tasting, and was almost unanimously the lowest score wine of all 11 of us. I am scoring this as a 69 as, at least for me, this is a wine to avoid. I have one more bottle -- so perhaps this is a bottle issue (though it did not seem flawed in that way), or maybe it will magically transform itself into something better. But I am not holding my breath.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    4/12/19, 1:47 PM - Oh absolutely. I am pretty convinced that it was not flawed. And the other ten also did not think it was flawed. If I open the second one and it is remarkably different, I will come back and change this note to indicate flaw or some odd bottle variation, and remove the score. Like you, I don't score flawed wines -- that is not useful for me or others in determining whether it is a wine I will like. I also don't do scores without notes -- as I find the notes help me to put the scores in context.

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1961 Francesco Rinaldi e Figli Barolo Nebbiolo
3/17/2019 - LWI wrote:
95 points
Transparent, but healthy red color, no or minuscule ullage. All classic elements there, intense wine that holds up many hours in the glass, structured, very long and refreshing. Very good match with calf liver and chanterelle risotto.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    3/17/19, 2:47 PM - Did you decant at all -- and did you stand it up for a week or two?

  • Ron Slye commented:

    3/18/19, 8:17 AM - Thanks LWI -- sounds like it was a great experience!

Red
1989 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
2/16/2019 - King Julien wrote:
95 points
Decanted about 3 hours.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    2/20/19, 11:05 AM - Did it help or hurt?

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2009 Cayuse Syrah En Cerise Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
2/8/2019 - fitchbuck Likes this wine:
95 points
Probably the oldest En Cerise I've had. Still, it developed rather slowly on day 1, where the nose was the star of the show by the end of the night. The palate showed reticent Cayuse funk; this offering is the least brooding amongst its stable of syrah sisters. Day 2 brought out the iodine & ash, and I could tell by the end of the bottle it was about to reverse course & head downhill. Lovely wine, but drink them now.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    2/12/19, 5:38 AM - This is interesting. I just had a 2006 En Chamberlin a week or so ago and it can last many many more years. I am more and more convinced that these wines benefit from ten or more years of age. I have not tried this particular one yet, so perhaps 2009 is a less ageworthy year?

White
2015 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc Columbia Valley Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
Sat, 01/26/19, $2 Tasting (Vintage Wines Ltd., San Diego, CA): 73% S.B. & 27% Semillon from the Sagemoor (51%), Boushey (29%), & Klipsun (20%) Vyds that's apparently barrel fermented with lees contact

N: Slightly closed; Earth, poss toast, with a frt character I can't place

P: Med, poss MF, body; RNDISH entry with NICE, ALMOST swtish frt offset by an acidity which defines the wine into & through the LONG, tangy/swt finish with a very, VERY slight bitterness which just MAY be a +. For now & likely EARLY '20. My VG+, poss VG+/EXC- [or arguably even higher based upon the (closeout?) QPR of this vendor's $13.95, which is an UNBELIEVABLE $11 < than wine-searcher's next lowest posting!] 93 pts Vinous (Tanzer), 91 WA (Dunnuck), & 17/20 Jancis Robinson.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    1/27/19, 11:41 AM - Where did you get it for that price?

  • Ron Slye commented:

    1/27/19, 3:04 PM - Thanks! I bought a bunch recently at a good price, but not that good!

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2015 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc Columbia Valley Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
1/12/2019 - ImUrHuckleberry Likes this wine:
92 points
A very tasty blend of sauvignon blanc (73%) and semillon. The nose is fresh and it tastes of beeswax, toasted marshmellos, grass, and smoke. The acidity is moderate while the mouthfeel is creamy while somehow the overall impression still has a crispness to it. We've been picking this up for $17.99/bottle at my state liquor store for the past few months and I think it's the best QPR we've found so far.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    1/12/19, 10:30 PM - Wow -- what a great price -- wish we could get that in their backyard here in Seattle. Agree with you -- a really lovely wine, even at normal price -- a steal at the price you get!

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2012 No Girls Grenache Walla Walla Valley
1/10/2019 - elkcims wrote:
94 points
Very nice bottle
  • Ron Slye commented:

    1/10/19, 10:53 PM - The bottle is pretty traditional I think, but I like the label.

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2007 Virage Vineyards Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
11/7/2018 - Ron Slye wrote:
91 points
A year and a half later on PnP this is drinking beautifully. Really nicely integrated, this is a very smooth old world Bdx style blend. Will revisit a day or two later. As some have said, I wish I had bought more of this. I am not sure this will improve with more time in the bottle, but it also does not seem to be on the decline either.

Edit: On day 2, Still drinking nicely. Not quite as much yum factor. Perhaps a little more one dimensional on the initial palate -- but the finish is fine and long. Day 2 does not change my score of 91 -- this is an excellent wine at the moment.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    12/1/18, 11:14 AM - Thanks for the tip!

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1990 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
11/22/2018 - t_moderne wrote:
flawed
Pop and pour; tasted; waited an hour; tasted again; then poured down the drain.
This was purchased on release for $13.99 from Winex in So. California.
The bottle still had the sticker on it.
It was kept in 55 degree conditions until being opened.
It was dead.
No fruit; tasted oxidized and overly acidic.
Will note it as flawed.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    11/30/18, 11:33 AM - Sorry to hear the bottle was off or dead. Looking at my earlier notes it was not holding up well. I have one left. Will make a note to open it soon to see if there is anything left.......

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1990 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/28/2018 - Collector1855 wrote:
99 points
Chateau Latour - 30 year vertical (1983-2010) tasted blind (Switzerland): Expressive and beautiful nose here with dark fruit, exotic aromas of red fruit as well, barnyard, sweet spices. Lush palate, very good structure. I really liked this. Mature Bordeaux at its best.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    11/28/18, 4:09 PM - Did you decant? Or pop and pour?

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2012 Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
11/16/2018 - Beezc Likes this wine:
94 points
Gave it a five hour decant. It was fantastic. Drank it along side the 2005 Armada.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    11/17/18, 9:22 AM - How was the 2005 in comparison?

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1996 Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz E & E Black Pepper
11/14/2018 - amred wrote:
95 points
I have ranted in the past about Australian Shiraz from the mid 90s era...over extracted, over hyped, and over scored (see Parker). They have not aged well and epitomized the “Parker effect”. So twice I have had to eat crow, both with E and E Black Pepper. This wine (the 1996] has been sitting in the cellar since 2009...I was loathe to open it knowing it would be well over the hill.
So. Almost no brick, sweet nose of dark fruit, but no raisin character whatsoever. In the mouth, smooth as silk, noober ripeness, still plenty of fruit and tons of...black pepper. We were honestly shocked. Hats off to BVE for this terrifically made and age worthywine.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    11/14/18, 7:38 PM - Yes! I have one left and am so reluctant to drink it and to say goodbye to this welcome outlier!

    PS. Come to Seattle and we can try it together!

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2008 Virage Vineyards Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
9/7/2018 - Ron Slye wrote:
92 points
This has smoothed out and opened up a bit since my last bottle. A lovely taut flavor of currants, leather, with some hints of rubber. Bits of eucalyptus and mint are sprinkled in the background. Really good solid wine. This is my last bottle, but I would be curious to see how this is in 3-5 years.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    10/11/18, 2:10 PM - Oh dear. Don't tempt me!

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2011 Cayuse God Only Knows Walla Walla Valley Grenache
undrinkable.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    9/4/18, 7:31 AM - Flawed?

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2009 Cayuse Syrah Bionic Frog Walla Walla Valley
8/19/2018 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
96 points
I love Cayuse. But I really love Frog Cayuse. Often the different between a top cuvee and the one just below is minimal. Not in this case. But the general Cayuse Syrah cuvees are all fabulous. The '99 Frog just is so deep in fruit and complexity. It is all Cayuse stank (more restrained than the other Cayuse cuvees), deep, deep layered fruit - plum, cassis. Other flavors are soy, earth, a little vegetable - it of edamame. I had it using the Coravin (CV) and then couldn't help it but finished the bottle over the next two nights. One night in a tasting with a lot of other great wines where it was WOTN for me and my tasting buddy. All-in-all, this is a great wine, which is good - even for someone who usually prefers the more classic European wines. I do think this is the top wine of Washington Syrahs. I'd love to hear other recommendations.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    8/19/18, 6:46 PM - Thanks for the nice note. Others to try from the region are Horsepower and Hors Categorie. Both are the same winemaker. I have had the former which I think is as good as if not better than bionic frog. I have not had Hors Categorie, which is Christophe’s newest project. The other is reynvaan stonessence which is their premium version of rocks Syrah. There are some good alternatives that are cheaper than what I have mentioned. But none reach the same quality, though the qpr can be quite good.

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2000 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
8/15/2018 - skifree wrote:
93 points
I think this was the best showing yet for this wine for me - real depth to the black raspberry and sandalwood. It will never be a blockbuster IMHO, but this bottle showed well against several other 2000 Medoc's in a 2000 horizontal tasting.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    8/16/18, 7:42 PM - I think the Cos and the Lascombes were perhaps my favorites. I also liked the 01 Montrose. Thanks again to you and Sherri for being such wonderful hosts and so generous with your cellar!

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2016 Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Côte du Py Gamay
7/20/2018 - Ron Slye wrote:
93 points
Wow. This is delicious. I bought this because I don't like Beaujolais, but wanted to try a really good one. This definitely has changed my view of Beaujolais. A lovely savory nose of violets, and with time some hints of crayon, patchouli, warm rubber, smelly cheese, and spices. Delicious on the palate -- some nice fruit (dark blueberries) and acidity, and a very long finish. I am really loving this at the moment. Lots to contemplate. A lovely wine that makes me take sip after sip to try to explore its many nuances.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    7/23/18, 2:40 PM - Small world! Hope you like it as much as I did! I was quite impressed as my note indicates.

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2012 Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
7/13/2018 - WineGuyDelMar Likes this wine:
91 points
Honestly I don’t get the Cult following of these wines. Yes, they are well made but impossible to tell what the wine is because of the dominating rocks, tin, metallic flavor profile that dominates. All of you can give 95-100 point scores for this wine but it’s not deserving. I’d rather drink Araujo and Alban Syrahs all day long.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    7/13/18, 6:34 PM - I will admit that some of Christophe's wines can be a bit overpowering with the funk. Though my experience is that with age, they mellow and develop quite well. That is particularly the case (for me) with Armada, which is one of our favorite wines. I respect your taste though. I do think Cayuse, like all wines that get great reviews and achieve "cult" status, can raise expectations in a way that are perhaps not fair to the actual wine. Thanks for the note -- I appreciate the informed critical contribution!

  • Ron Slye commented:

    7/14/18, 1:56 PM - I can definitely get that. In fact the Retsina comparison is a useful one (though I don't have nearly as much experience with Retsina as I do with Cayuse!). One of the curious things I find with Cayuse wines sometimes is that the Rocks funk tends to dominate over the varietal -- so a Cab is hard to distinguish from a Syrah. I don't find this happens all the time, but it has happened a few times. My limited experience is that with time that dominant funk recedes into the background, while still providing some interesting savory flavors. Thanks again for the comments!

Red
2012 Cayuse The Lovers Walla Walla Valley Red Blend
5/29/2018 - bonedocnine Likes this wine:
92 points
Unmistakably Cayuse. I could never ever ever pick this out as Cabernet Sauvignon in a blind tasting but delightful none the less.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    5/29/18, 7:56 PM - To be fair, it is a Cab Sauv/Syrah blend -- but I know what you mean!

Red
1996 Giovanni Corino Barolo Vigna Giachini Nebbiolo
4/12/2018 - Eric Guido Likes this wine:
94 points
A stunning performance from Corino tonight with a complex bouquet of dark soil tones offset by dried black cherry, dusty roses, crushed stone, spiced orange peel, and lifting hints of mint leaf. On the palate, I found silky textures with a complex mix of youthful tannin, acids and minerals as black cherry and sweet herbs saturated the senses. It finished with youthful restraint as fine tannin clenched the palate, offset by tart red fruits, zesty spices and a hint of orange citrus. Wow.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    4/13/18, 9:58 AM - Nice note. Did you decant at all, or just pnp?

  • Ron Slye commented:

    4/13/18, 3:59 PM - Thanks for the quick, and helpful response, Guido. I have four of these in the cellar, so useful to know how they are doing!

White - Off-dry
2015 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese Mosel Saar Ruwer
Didn't have any but the people that did loved it. Never disappointed with prum.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    4/8/18, 5:11 PM - Is the 87 score your score or that of others at the tasting?

Red
1995 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste Nebbiolo
2/11/2018 - seattlecook wrote:
flawed
3/5 bottles from HDH auction all flawed so far
  • Ron Slye commented:

    2/11/18, 4:50 PM - Oh dear. That is disappointing. I have two of these, bought on release. I hope they are not flawed!

Red
1990 M. Chapoutier Hermitage La Sizeranne Syrah
2/7/2018 - SMHalps Likes this wine:
93 points
Very similar to my last bottle, so I am reposting my previous notes..with additional comments in ( ).
Purchased at Sotheby's auction in Feb 2017.

1. I think the bottle was re-corked at some time. Its didn't look like a 1990 cork, and it only had "Hermitage" stamped on it. (this bottle, the cork looked much younger than 28 years old)

2. on the first nosing and taste, I was concerned the wine was ruined. It wasn't vinegar, but something was way off. After about 1/2 hour, it started to bloom and after an hour, it really hit its stride and continued to improve for another hour, until we finished it. (the initial nose on this bottle was fine, and like the previous bottle, it continued to get better as the dinner went on.)

In the end, I felt it was a very complex wine, with leather, spice, dried fruit notes and a rich mouth feel, with a medium-long finish.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    2/8/18, 4:16 PM - Thanks for the update. I was going to open one tomorrow evening -- though the couple who were coming over had to cancel because of illness. So I might wait a bit hoping we can reschedule -- they have been very generous with their wines with us, and we wanted to reciprocate with a few things, including this.

  • Ron Slye commented:

    2/9/18, 4:35 AM - Will do. Thanks for the tip!

Red - Fortified
1977 Fonseca Porto Vintage Port Blend
2/5/2018 - Purslane Likes this wine:
88 points
A significant disappointment for a wine that now costs well over $200, received several 100 point scores, and is often lauded as a strong candidate for best port from the 1977 vintage. The color of most ports is pitch black, but here the color was a lighter brown tinged ruby. Often ports have an amazing ability to hide their high alcohol, but this bottle did the exact opposite - relentless flame thrower burning alcohol on entry, swallow, and finish. Ports often excel with complex tastes of nuts, chocolate, caramel, and a host of dried fruits, including raisin, dates, prunes, dried black currants, and candied fruits used in fruitcakes, such as orange and pineapple. At best here there was a tasty dried apricot. And finally, ports often have a lush and delicious sweetness that here amounted to a faded background. Overall, a decent port that is a shadow of how it is lauded, most likely indicating that this bottle is flawed, but not by any invasive taint, just by a loss of flavors.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    2/5/18, 3:47 PM - Thanks for the detailed and informative note. I have not tried these yet, so cannot claim a different experience. But do you have any sense of whether it was just a bad bottle, or do you think it reflects the overall state of the wine?

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