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Red
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!

Red
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!

Red
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. :-)

Red
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?

Red
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!

Red
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!

Red
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.

Red
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?

Red
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!

White
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!

Red
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.

Red
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!

Red
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.......

Red
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?

Red
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?

Red
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!

Red
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!

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

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

Red
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.

Red
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!

Red
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.

Red
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?

Red
2007 Cayuse Flying Pig Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
1/15/2018 - Ellie312 wrote:
shelf 1
  • Ron Slye commented:

    1/15/18, 7:33 PM - Did you confuse the private placement function with tasting notes?

Red
1961 Francesco Rinaldi e Figli Barolo Nebbiolo
Pours out quite a pale colour but with a lively red tinge. The nose is seriously savoury with notes of meat, teak, porcini, chestnut, tar and earth. With air you get some decaying roses and Indian spice. It is lacy in the mouth with excellent depth of flavour and nice interplay between the sweet vinous flavours and all of the earthy things. Length is outstanding and there's still bright acidity and a gentle flex of tannin.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    12/4/17, 8:15 PM - Did you decant?

Red
2006 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin Grenache
10/17/2017 - skifree wrote:
Hated this wine - threw most of it out. Nose of prunes and ultra ripe fruit compote. Same in the mouth but with a metallic finish. No score in case this is a flawed bottle.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    10/22/17, 7:20 PM - I couldn't tell from the review if you liked this wine or not. :-)

Red
1974 Sterling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
9/13/2017 - nywine68 Likes this wine:
93 points
1974 California Tasting (Cafe Boulud): More mature than the others in this flight of 4. Wine started out a bit thin but then opened up. Very nice complexity. 1974 Cali Cab tasting
  • Ron Slye commented:

    9/16/17, 6:28 PM - Wow. I have one of these left and have not seen a tasting note in a while. Thanks for posting this. Trying to find a special occasion to open it -- and hope it is still drinkable!

Red
2001 Bowen Estate Shiraz Coonawarra
3/22/2017 - Ron Slye wrote:
93 points
PnP. Holding up pretty well. Nice tart cherry on the nose, with hints of currants and dusting of black pepper. Lovely flavors of red fruits in the mid palate, enveloped by some pleasant black pepper, woody green herbs (I know, but that is as close as I can get – maybe hints of thyme?). Some nice acidity at the finish. There is a slight, very slight, bitterness at the end that detracts a bit, but that seemed to disappear after about a half hour in the glass. This is really drinking perfectly right now. I don’t see it getting better (though I guess it depends on how old you like your wines), but I also don’t see it getting worse anytime soon.

A few hours later: Wow – this just gets better and better. There is more fruit, with a nice acidic tartness that gives the finish a long lift. This is all that I love in a good wine -- nice balance; subtle savory flavors; a complexity that makes one pause and think about what one is tasting; and an evolving experience as the wine opens up over an evening. On the one hand I am glad I have two more of these – on the other, I know that at this age one has good bottles as opposed to good wine. I hope my remaining two are good bottles!
  • Ron Slye commented:

    8/17/17, 8:18 AM - Glad you found it helpful. Trying to figure out when to drink my remaining two bottles!

Red
2006 La Pèira en Damaisèla Les Terrasses du Larzac La Pèira Red Rhone Blend
8/12/2017 - Puteljen! wrote:
94 points
This wine really wowed me! This is the first time I really "get it" and enjoy one of these over the top, super concentrated powerwines. This is so intense, so packed full of flavor and fruit - blueberries, blackberries, sweet cherries, soy sauce, black tea, spices, smoke, liquorice... I could go on - really layer upon layer of sensations, all the fireworks going off, but still somehow, as if by magic, managing to stay in balance, at times even coming across as elegant. Going cebreral I guess it has something to do with the acidity, the minerals and the structure underneath this ongoing explosion. They are all very much in place.

So, while this is not my greatest wine experience ever, it has really been an eye-opener, showing me what can be achieved in this style of winemaking, which are normaly not at all up my alley. This is for me the wonder of wine and why I never tire of it - the ever widening horizon, new experiences challanging ones preformed conceptions. Great, great wine!
  • Ron Slye commented:

    8/12/17, 5:23 PM - Very nice and thoughtful note! I have one or two of these, and I think come to them somewhat similarly to the way you do. I do think saying that I categorically do not like X is usually an overstatement. That is true for me with the overly intense wines (which every once in a while, like you, I find intriguing) or other wines I think I don't like: Zinfandel (but then I try Turley, Bedrock, Ridge -- I know all somewhat different); or Gamay (but then I have an amazing Beaujolais). Thanks for the nice note. I have one of these that was given as a gift, and may hold off a while before trying it!

Red
2000 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
3/12/2017 - Ron Slye wrote:
91 points
PnP, and then followed for about 24 hours. First day: Strong nose of tar, saddle leather, tar, with hints of pencil and garrigue. Hints of fruit, but the overwhelming nose is tar and leather. Very dark and dense red color with pretty thin meniscus. Flavors echo the nose, with strong leather, but some dark fruits to provide some context. A slightly green and bitter finish.

After a few hours in the glass, the flavors have integrated a bit more, and become a bit more rounded. The nose is a bit more muted, but still with strong dominance of tar and leather, but a more herbal garrigue comes forward a bit more than earlier. There is some slight heat on the nose now. A bit more bitterness on the attack – some tannins are now more noticeable as well. As Jen said, this seems pretty young still – though query how much fruit is laying underneath.

On day 2, this has mellowed a bit, the flavors integrating a bit more. Tar and leather receding a bit, with some fruit starting to come forward. Still a bit hot, and the finish is a bit short, but there is still some good life here that might benefit from a few more years of bottle age (at least for those of us who prefer more age on our wines).
  • Ron Slye commented:

    6/23/17, 10:00 AM - Hi Chatter -- thanks for the kind words. I just popped a stopper in it and kept it on the counter -- so room temperature which is probably low 70s here this time of year, and no Argon or other gases.

Red
2001 Pio Cesare Barolo Nebbiolo
12/24/2016 - Hollowine wrote:
Outstanding. A bit tannic on opening, but slow-O for two hours prior to dinner and it resolved to dark cherries with a bit of tar backbone. Strong finish. Went amazing with Truffled pasta.

I'd say these are in a sweet spot, not sure how long they will hold but probably has another 2-5 without fading much. Wish I had more older Barolo...
  • Ron Slye commented:

    12/25/16, 7:39 AM - Let me know when you are next in Seattle with a free evening.....

Red
2010 Cayuse The Lovers Walla Walla Valley Red Blend
9/18/2016 - Ron Slye wrote:
92 points
Lovely wine, still a bit tight and closed. Did not take detailed notes, but was drinking nicely two days later. Very floral nose, with some good dark depth.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    9/23/16, 7:04 AM - For me at least another few years. But I prefer wines with some age.

White
2014 Frankland Estate Riesling Isolation Ridge Vineyard Frankland River
8/15/2016 - ageverett Likes this wine:
91 points
Liked this maybe a tick better than last time around. Pretty solid sipper while getting dinner prepared.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    8/16/16, 4:27 PM - Yes I have been finding this to be a bit better with a year or two of age on it as well.

Red
2009 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
7/16/2016 - redzins wrote:
91 points
Dark Ruby color. Jammy berry aromas. Stewed fruit, red berry, black berry. A bit of tannin on the finish, but decent food wine.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    7/16/16, 7:17 PM - Is the flawed designation a mistake?

Red
1990 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
With Betty and filet mignon
  • Ron Slye commented:

    6/14/16, 10:10 PM - and.....?

Red
2000 Cayuse Syrah Bionic Frog Walla Walla Valley
Epic night (Ruth's Chris Parsippany): Such a funny wine, but I love them. It's all funky and different and coming off of two very well made Bordeaux the contrast was a bit sharper. This wine is kindof all over the place, but in a good way. It's got slate and rocks and is just very interesting if not quite what I expect. I continue to really like it and was sad to drink our last of these (although based on the experience a few months ago, the 2000 is getting to a point where it's time to drink up).
  • Ron Slye commented:

    5/9/16, 3:04 PM - Thanks for the notes. I have one left as well, and cant decide when I should drink it!

Red
2001 Cayuse Syrah En Cerise Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
7/29/2013 - Ron Slye wrote:
93 points
Much more smooth and understated than more recent Cayuse vintages -- perhaps the effect of a bit of age. Very delightful wine. Definite cherry on the nose and palate, thus living up to its name. A day later still well put together. On day two a bit stronger hint of roast meats on the palate; still cherry, with a bit of anise and pepper on the nose. Curious to see how this is in a few years....
  • Ron Slye commented:

    4/15/16, 3:49 PM - Oh good -- enjoy it and let me know how it is!

Red
2012 Cayuse Wallah Wallah Special #4 Walla Walla Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah
4/5/2016 - bajayngo wrote:
Quick Cayuse release tasting note - straight forward cayuse syrah, mineral, funk, cherry fruit, ash, saline mouth feel, young but balanced. Great to check in on this.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    4/5/16, 4:12 PM - is there still some of this in barrel?

  • Ron Slye commented:

    4/6/16, 11:33 AM - Oh yes. I was also glad to try it without popping a bottle. I was just confused by your suggestion that this was a barrel sample. I think some of the other wines were, but that one is already bottled and sold as I understand it.

Red
2007 Cayuse Syrah Bionic Frog Walla Walla Valley
3/10/2016 - Ron Slye wrote:
89 points
This was odd and disappointing. At first opening it tasted beautiful. Double decanted. Then four hours later shared as part of the Seattle group's first/second tasting. It seemed a bit thin and disjointed -- not nearly as complex as the last bottle I had. The bottle did not seem to be flawed (though some thought it might be). May just be bottle variation, or a evolving phase, or it is not going to be there for the long haul and the double decanting accelerated that. Will try again this evening and see how it is holding up.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    3/11/16, 11:48 AM - This may have been because my palate was pretty tired after a lot of tasting -- others seemed to like it a lot. And I have loved it previously. So perhaps combination of palate fatigue and a weaker bottle? It does not lead me to give my others away. :-)

Red
2005 Bodega Dominio Buenavista / Veleta Cabernet Sauvignon Vino de la Tierra Contraviesa Alpujarra
3/5/2016 - PIntag wrote:
91 points
Another Berserker Day purchase here. Started with a waiter's corkscrew at first, but seemed like it was going to break so I switched to an Ah-So which extracted it in one piece. Agree with the previous note - drinking very well right now. Good depth and ripeness, perhaps ever so slightly overripe but still showing some varietal character. Showing some tertiary character at this time, so probably in its prime drinking window right now. Oak is also perhaps on the slightly heavy side for my palate but is almost fully integrated at this point. Very Bordeaux-like. Really enjoyable and a steal for under $20.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    3/5/16, 8:13 PM - Yes -- a great great value. I do think it may last a bit longer, but I tend to like older tasting wines. I can't imagine a 10 + year wine for $20 that is better than this!

Red
2014 CT Barrel Project Syrah SJR Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
Point of reference first…the night before, I had dinner with a friend in Spokane and we opened three Cayuse wines…2008 Armada Syrah, 2009 En Chamberlain Syrah, 2010 No Girls Syrah. So my Rocks/Funk palate was properly calibrated…

I tasted this wine after tasting 4 wines from the standard Rasa lineup. It was pulled earlier that morning and placed in a 375ml taster bottle.

Nose: Wet stone/mineral, dark black fruits, touch of the Rocks Funk.

Palate: Umami, smoke, game, very balanced front and mid-palate, low to no hint of heat, Long finish.

General Impression: The nose was entrancing, but my first sip was…was…?? I said to Billo “That is not what I was expecting” which kinda threw him, as I think he thought I meant the wine didn’t meet my expectations, but quite the opposite…having had three Cayuse the night before, I had this expectation of how the wine would be on my palate and this wine just flat out intrigued me! The first descriptor I could throw out was umami…this dense, richness…almost a wine gravy…that coated the palate with this mix of the flavors called out above. Beautiful wine, it just really drew me in intellectually, as I could definitely see the hand of Rasa and the Rocks Terroir, but it just teased me to define it, which I think I grasped about 24 hours later…

2nd Taste at 24 hours: Billo sent me home with the remaining samples, I poured a taste the next day at the 24 hour mark just to see what some air time would do. The nose remained fairly consistent, but the palate grabbed a healthy dose of Blackberries and Tar now. As I finished off a glass, the last 4-5 sips were screaming a Northern Rhone Cornas to me. I loved it.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    2/13/16, 8:21 AM - Thanks for the preview on this and the Cab. I am looking forward to trying them!

Red
2007 Cayuse Syrah Armada Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
2 hour decant, consumed over 2 hours and followed by a '95 insignia.

light-bodied, translucent, almost grenache-like. floral, feminine, and lacking any power i've experienced with other cayuse wines. honestly, ho hum and utterly beat down by the perfection of the '95 insignia. everyone pushed their second glass of this aside because it was so unremarkable. it's not bad, but i've had sub $30 syrahs from washington that were as good as this. maybe a poorly-stored bottle? it certainly wasn't corked. very disappointed. it's tough to score this with no price bias, but if scoring i'd say 88-90.
  • Ron Slye commented:

    11/19/15, 6:21 AM - Oh dear -- sorry it was not that enjoyable. It had been stored in perfect conditions before transport to you. I have not opened one of this vintage yet, so hard to tell if this is a sub par wine or it is the bottle.

  • Ron Slye commented:

    11/19/15, 8:17 AM - It should definitely be different (and imho better) than GOK. It should be much denser and more savory. Hmmm, will have to open one myself soon to check. Other vintages have been superb.

Red
2005 Cadence Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend
10/19/2015 - skifree wrote:
86 points
Brought to the CT SEA dinner at Ponti. Was disappointed, fruit, heat, and hard tannins dominated. Was it in a shut-down phase?
  • Ron Slye commented:

    10/21/15, 2:04 PM - I was also disappointed because I like Ben's wines. I did not get much from it. Not bad, just not very flavorful or interesting. Perhaps a dumb phase......

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