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White
That same apple and lemon and steeliness... this hasn't shifted much in five years, like it's been in a time capsule. Quenching and delicious.
Red
Second bottle is much as last year's; primary fading but still there, tertiary present, tannins integrated, acidity is still around... this is in a perfect spot age-wise.
Red
Opened the day before, decanted 3 hours before drinking. Brick red front to back, raspberry on the nose and in the mouth moving into a dense, deep, low noted core with savory, meaty flavors and chunkier tannins before finishing on good acidity.

Should have read my notes before popping, these really need a few more years for those tannins to settle. Cork just wouldn't stay in the bottle on this one.
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White - Sparkling
As before; this time paired with brunch pastries. Ok with the sweet one but absolutely delicious next to a ham and cheese croissant, every inch of the apple to brioche transition and the fleshy grip shining... wow.
White - Off-dry
1/28/2023 - oropeza wrote:
Leads with peach or nectarine or even cherry on the nose and in the mouth, good minerality on the core, decent length on a combo of acidity and slight residual sugar. Is off-off-dry a thing? This is nice while also missing that intense minerality and bracing acidity I look for in a Saar riesling.
Red
1/28/2023 - oropeza wrote:
Crunchy red fruit up front with plasticy or industrial notes, strawberry jolly rancher & vegetal notes lead the leaner mid-palate, finishes shorter than expected on decent acidity. Fun but not as fun as hoped for at the price, want a little more complexity or raciness.
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White
Next bottle: as before, but with more pronounced acidity to cut right through that little bit of roundness in the middle. Really, really good.
White - Off-dry
1/26/2023 - oropeza wrote:
flawed
Cork was soaked through, wine is mildly corked... fleeting glimpse of what was there, apple and tropical fruit cuts through the faint musty basement aromas, with just the right amount of residual in back. Was desperate to salvage it, so had with a strong cheese that would have dominated the wine if it was in good shape and, hey, not bad.
White
1/22/2023 - oropeza wrote:
Winner and still champ in the "reductive & angry at pop" camp. This bottle I opened on Friday for Sunday drinking. All struck match on the nose on day 1, still there on day but joined by peach blossom with white peach in the mouth and a flinty core before finishing medium-long on good acidity.
Red
1/21/2023 - oropeza wrote:
Decent bottle variance, with brett on 2/4 bottles. This latest one is clean and all crunchy red fruit front start to finish, with a richer mouthfeel than expected and some gravel and mid-tone flavors on the core and a good amount of unresolved tannin joining in towards the finish.
Red
Red fruit up front moves quickly into a dense, mid-tone, herbal core before finishing long on still unresolved tannin and a little lick of acidity. Shifting towards tertiary but definitely not all the way there yet. Delicious.
Red
1/16/2023 - oropeza wrote:
Not sure what my previous review was about, at least the fruit: this is all red fruit up front before a fairly quick turn into a rich, cream mouthfeel core with subtle spices (pepper? cardamom?) and then finishes with a nice lick of acidity and tannin. T
White
Green fruit, citrus, minerality, long and lean on the high acidity finish. Yum!
White
1/14/2023 - oropeza wrote:
Nearly 3 years later: Flavors are as before, acidity seems a bit diminished. One bottle left, might as well keep that another 5 years and see what WV Riesling does after a decade.
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Red
As before. Tasted next to a younger Santa Rita Hills pinot, this was the meatier, burlier, heftier wine. Also, after tasting a few redder Châteauneuf-du-Pape late last year, this draws a lot of similarities in terms of complexity, weight and just flavor. One of my favorite vintages of Vespidae to drink relatively young... we're still burying our 18s for another 4-5 years minimum. YUM.
Red
Intense redness on the nose and in the mouth. Crunchy, electric red fruit front front to back, with slight caramel and tobacco notes that I really had to focus on to pick out. Finishes long on acidity, of course. All primary at this point. Really interesting! Wouldn't mind grabbing another bottle to stash for a decade or so.
White
1/7/2023 - oropeza wrote:
As before, only without the reductiveness. Lean tropical fruit in front of a lightweight mineral core with a fairly quick finish. Literally pales in comparison with a 14 year old Chalone chard... don't breathe too hard, or this one might fall over. Sometimes a delicate wine is pretty in its delicacy. I don't think so here, this is just limp and a bit tired.
White
Last bottle is a great bottle: Meyer lemon and underripe pineapple in front of a minerally, saline core with a fresh, bright, youthful finish. These four bottles have been a lot of fun to play with over the last ~5 years, YUM.
Rosé
1/5/2023 - oropeza wrote:
Red fruit and lemon moves quickly into a broad, mineral and stone core, finishes medium length on good acidity.
Red
1/5/2023 - oropeza wrote:
Black fruit, earth on the core, best chilled to bring out the good acidity on the finish.
Red
Red fruit moves gently into a classic earth and tar and cocoa core, finishes easy on soft acidity and tannin. Easy going character. Really nice with a bowl of polenta.
White
Citrus and a little reduction on the nose, continuing with citrus in the mouth with some apple, salinity on the core, and an almost surprising lick of is that vanilla and caramel from new world oak? I think it might be. Longish finish on not-overwhelming acidity but enough to play great with oysters and clams on the halfshell. YUM.
Red
1/4/2023 - oropeza wrote:
Black fruit moves quickly into a tangy, rough tannic core and finishing long on those tannins. Relatively one-noted but good within that note.
Red
2015 Rotem & Mounir Saouma Inopia Côtes du Rhône Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
Black fruit in front of a complex, meaty core, kind of a mid-level bass notes without being muddy or too deep. Finish is quick on acidity and well-integrated tannin. Great restaurant wine, by the glass with cassoulet, yum!
White
1/4/2023 - oropeza wrote:
Reduction on the nose along with citrus fruit. Lean, mineral core, good length on the finish. Solid!
Red
2018 Castagnoli Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
1/4/2023 - oropeza wrote:
Red fruit, good structure, finishes with decent acidity.
Red
1/4/2023 - oropeza wrote:
Dark fruit in front of a dark, dense core before a quick finish on a nice lick of acidity. Slight Cab Franc funk, more of what I think of as a Cotes du Rhone nature than Loire. Great with winter foods, stews etc.
White - Sparkling
1/2/2023 - oropeza wrote:
Citrus, apple, steeliness on the core, finishes on acidity... not bad.
Red
Black fruit in front of a low-noted core with pencil lead, mint and iron and then a quicker than expected finish. Acidity is limited, tannins are fully integrated. Very interesting, lots of beauty in that complex core, also I'd say you have to like unoaked reds or you'll probably find this dull and lacking.
White - Sparkling
12/30/2022 - oropeza wrote:
Pear, cashew, quick finish, easy.
Rosé - Sparkling
12/30/2022 - oropeza wrote:
Red fruit up front with classic prosecco stone fruit and nut notes before a quick finish.
Red
2020 Girolamo Russo Etna 'a Rina Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
Red fruit up front, thin thin thin core on minerality, lengthy finish on good acidity. Volcanic soil wine playbook and done well... lean, angles, delicious with anything rich.
White - Sparkling
12/30/2022 - oropeza wrote:
Apple and pastry up front, minerality takes over midway and doesn't let go through the medium length finish on decent acidity.
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Rosé - Sparkling
12/30/2022 - oropeza wrote:
Red fruit up front, minerality and salinity in the core, finishes long on good acidity.
White - Sparkling
Full spectrum champagne flavor-wise, hits all the notes. Sugar cookie / lemon bars on the nose, citrus and apple up front, mineral and herbal on the core, fleshy mouthfeel, good finish on acidity.
White - Sparkling
Pear and apple up front, core is a great combo of brioche or shortbread with minerality, and then a long finish on acidity. High notes all the way through, delicious, great with oysters.
White - Sparkling
Bright, green, steely in the core, finishes with good acidity. Gruner Veltliner-esque, or maybe Vermentino. Yum.
White - Sparkling
12/30/2022 - oropeza wrote:
Citrus up front, distinct soda cracker flavors in the core (including the salinity), long finish on acidity. Fairly linear and also really nice within in that line.
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Red
Bright red fruit, high notes in the core with baking spice, long finish on a nice balance of acidity and tannin. Yum!
Red
Black fruit, deep bass notes on the core, finishes on mostly tannin with a little lick of acidity. Tasty, also more straightforward than I was expecting at the price point.
Red
12/28/2022 - oropeza wrote:
Straightforward, cherry up front, earth and herbs on the core, finishes straightforward on acidity and tannin. Nothing spectacular but everything in its place.
Red
Crunchy red fruit up front, leaner in the core, can't quite pick out the flavors in there: mineral? pencil lead? Finishes long on all that crunch & acidity... red red red all the way through.
Red
Last bottle. As before: Tangy red fruit up front, leans out on the core on herbs, baking spices, earth and some tertiary notes. Then a long finish on lively acidity. Beautiful. Intense redness, complexity, length. YUM.
Red
Red fruit up front (red currant) flowing smoothly into a complex core, medium noted core with reasonably smooth tannin and nice acidity on the finish. Tasted next to a single vineyard Dundee Hills wine from the same year (Kelley Fox Maresh), this wine is weightier and less specific flavor-wise. Both are delicious.
Red
Side by side with a 2015 Lafon Volnay: This wine has more clarity of flavor, a lighter body and more overall delicacy and complexity. Both wines are red red red and medium noted.
White - Sparkling
As before: long, lean and delicious with shellfish.
Red
Black fruit and some green pepper up front, a deep and very noted core, tannins are decently integrated, finishes fairly long on those same low notes.
Red
12/13/2022 - oropeza wrote:
Black fruit and peach moves right into a bell pepper and earth middle, low noted, chunky tannin, this one's a chewer.
Red
12/13/2022 - oropeza wrote:
Black fruit up front, well structured, easy finish on some acidity and all that tannin.
Red
12/10/2022 - oropeza wrote:
Heavy bandaid on the nose and in the mouth, with scant fruit leading into a deep, dense, iron & barnyard & horse & funk-driven core before finishing with a slight lick of acidity. I like it, not exactly popular amongst the other members of my household... "BS&HS wines" as the better half calls these... brett, sweat and horse s---
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