Tasting Notes for ruddy

(538 notes on 445 wines)

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Red
1/3/2014 - ruddy Likes this wine:
93 points
Lovely nose--floral, cherry, touch of vanilla, the light-on-its-feet middleweight champ--still on the more extracted side than some Sonoma Coast PNs, but without the heat and the jamminess. Kept improving on the night and the last glass was the best. Will hold the other for a few years down the line--no hurry at all on this wine.
Red
2010 Saxum Broken Stones Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
12/25/2013 - ruddy Likes this wine:
92 points
Pop and pour. Lovely fruit, still a bit tannic, but drinking very well. Could use a couple of years, except this was my last one.
Red
12/25/2013 - ruddy wrote:
91 points
Gorgeous balance right now. Lovely cool cherry/spice/tar/roses on the palate. Velvety texture, medium finish. All around, fantastic QPR.
Red
12/13/2013 - ruddy Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted for about 30-45 minutes and followed over a couple of hours. Beautiful, velvety texture. In a really good place right now. Pencil, cedar shavings, black currant, smoke. Still some unresolved tannins, so if I had another, I would hold for another 3 years.
Red
12/11/2013 - ruddy Does not like this wine:
85 points
I don't usually mind a bit of brett, but there was enough here to mar an otherwise very nice wine for me. Beyond the horsiness, there was some solidly developed plum, with the kind of blood, bone and iron that make for an evening's entertainment. I went back to it several times over 90 minutes in the hope that the brett would blow off and it did not. Glad I have another bottle in storage so I will have to check in later this year to see if this was just a bad bottle.
Red
12/3/2013 - ruddy Likes this wine:
92 points
Light, almost rose-like color. Delicate, floral, great finish. Nice bite,
Red
12/3/2013 - ruddy wrote:
92 points
Might be the best Southing I have ever had. Still tannic, but the fruit and acid came together to be much more elegant than I normally get from this bottling.
Red
12/3/2013 - ruddy wrote:
91 points
Stellar wine and great QPR. Balance of fruit and acid just right--cherry, spice, cool menthol. My wheelhouse wine.
Red
10/29/2013 - ruddy wrote:
93 points
Very pure expression of PN, with the elegance that the best Oregon wines offer. Cool and clean when you first taste it, the fruit (more strawberry than cherry to me), the spice comes on in the mid-palate and on the finish. I got a really interesting hit of menthol/mint bouquet that just gently permeates the nose as you're swallowing. Loved this, and think I need to buy some more to age for a few years.
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Red
10/17/2013 - ruddy wrote:
94 points
Day one, tight, a bit unbalanced, long on acid, short on fruit, okay. Days 2 & 3, blossoms like a rose--rounded, great mouthfeel, long finish, gorgeous plum and blood and bone and leather. So good.
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Red
9/28/2013 - ruddy Likes this wine:
89 points
Big fruit, but not without some backbone. Fully mature and drinking well in the bruiser style.
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Red
9/28/2013 - ruddy wrote:
93 points
Was wondering where this bottle had disappeared to, and found it in the back of the wine cabinet. Popped and poured. Perfectly balanced RRV pinot with spiced cherry cola for days. Good acidity, mentholated velvet mouthfeel and slightly clipped finish. Wow.
Red
9/28/2013 - ruddy wrote:
90 points
Tart cherry, rose petals, reticent nose. Perfumy and velvety. Finish is long but drying. Some left over on day three and the fruit is much more front and center--tart strawberry, nice acidity.
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Red
9/2/2013 - ruddy wrote:
92 points
Rich, full-throated plum, definitely on the dark end of the spectrum. Lots of the meaty, bloodmeal, roasted bones character and none of that cloying blueberry milkshake thing. This was pop and pour yesterday, with the rest on deck for tonight.
Red
2008 Saxum Broken Stones Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
7/28/2013 - ruddy wrote:
92 points
Perhaps a little leaner than previous years, but still plenty of blueberry, menthol, underbrush, and restrained oak. Ever so slightly bretty, which I've never experienced in a Saxum before, but still well balanced and delicious. Out of the decanter it was still opening up after an hour before we ran out, but it's the kind of wine that winos and casual wine drinkers can both enjoy. I felt like a hero for bringing it.
Red
7/28/2013 - ruddy wrote:
Drinking beautifully. Silky, cool texture, nicely acidic cherry flavor, slightly tart finish, absolutely ready and an awesome QPR.
Red
4/28/2013 - ruddy Likes this wine:
91 points
Ethereal nose, lots of spice and cherry and stone fruit. Light-bodied but flavorful and just a bit of acid bite to make this perfect with food. Clipped finish. Drink or hold.
Red
4/28/2013 - ruddy wrote:
89 points
Just a bit clunky, but otherwise very much a Central Coast PN. Just a bit too jammy for me. Finish is short and tart. Part of a group tasting.
Red
2007 Saxum Broken Stones Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
4/28/2013 - ruddy Likes this wine:
93 points
Still drinking very well, needed 10 hours or so after double decant to really relax and open itself up. Balanced but with a lot of flavor profiles pushing against each other. Still a bit tannic on the finish, but that just may be how this wine is.
Red
4/28/2013 - ruddy Likes this wine:
93 points
Wow, absolutely gorgeous. Classic cassis/cedar cabernet. Very powerful, but not overwhelming. Still lots of aging potential, structure. Double decanted about 4 hours ahead of time.
Red
4/28/2013 - ruddy Likes this wine:
87 points
Fair bit of heat, but otherwise good varietal character. Very spicy with good herbal/chaparral notes. Dark fruit, decent finish. Drink up.
Red
4/28/2013 - ruddy Likes this wine:
87 points
Bright cherry cola with lots of RRV character. Finish with puckery acidity. Vanilla oakiness, but not unpleasantly so. Part of group tasting. Showed well as pop and pour. No reason to wait on this.
Red
4/28/2013 - ruddy wrote:
88 points
Bit hot, nice RRV spice. Tasted in a group setting, so not following for long. Pop and pour. Cherry, sagebrush-y, short, drying finish.
Red
4/25/2013 - ruddy wrote:
91 points
Amazed to still find one of these in the old cellar. Popped and poured. Still very dark, no bricking. Dark cherry and inky/tarry, with a fair bit of campfire/smokey overtones. Little bit of menthol on the finish, which is pretty short and a little drying still. Amazing how fresh this tastes, like a time capsule for a style I don't really love anymore. Still, very tasty, if a bit too much for me.
Red
Big and bold, but has aged well. Lots of strawberry fruit and toasty oak. Not really my preferred style anymore, but a nice drink.
Red
3/12/2013 - ruddy Likes this wine:
90 points
Not sure where I stand on 2006 as a vintage, but I like this wine. Very much the RRV cola/spice thing, but with a sharp acid bite that I like and a touch of heat on the finish. Should go well with the lasagne in the oven...
Red
3/2/2013 - ruddy wrote:
94 points
Absolutely gorgeous right from the pop n pour. Bouquet just leaps out of the glass, lots of ripe fruit and spice. Velvety and round and just flat out sexy. As the finish lingered I had to keep going back to the nose. Expensive, but worth it. Drink or Hold.
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Red
1/14/2013 - ruddy Likes this wine:
93 points
Big, giant zin-oriented blend. Popped and poured and for 30-45 minutes, very monolithic. But after an hour or so, this is opening nicely. Not a subtle wine, but nice cinnamon and pine in front of a wall of inky black fruit. Finish is a bit tart and drying. Could definitely use a lot more time.
White
2008 Wind Gap Wines Pinot Gris Russian River Valley
Disjointed, hot, not good to drink. Probably just way over the hill.
Red
2/7/2012 - ruddy wrote:
90 points
Still going strong. Core of elegant blue fruit. A nice zing of spice on the nose and palate. Finish is just a bit short, but overall, this is a fantastic bottle of syrah at 11 years old.
Red
12/25/2011 - ruddy wrote:
92 points
Rich, unctuous, dark, dark plum. Bit smokey, lots tarry, some smoke and brush. Long finish, softened and rounded out after a few hours. Hold a bit longer before next one.

ss after a few hours.
White
11/27/2011 - ruddy wrote:
92 points
This has really come around since my last bottle. The nose remains a bright delight, but the palate has settled in to deliver bone dry elegance, bracing acid, and the ghost of the honeyed flavors from the nose to make things interesting.
Red
11/27/2011 - ruddy wrote:
93 points
What a bargain this wine was at around $30. Perfectly evocative of the Sonoma Coast. A bit rich, but the fruit is so pure that you can't stop drinking it. Gorgeous.
Red
11/27/2011 - ruddy wrote:
89 points
Rich, herbal profile, with a touch of smokiness/campfire. Nice fruit, with decent structure but a bit too hot to really enjoy.
Red
10/30/2011 - ruddy wrote:
88 points
Not terribly memorable, but a good food wine. More cola on this one than I remember.
Red
2008 Saxum Broken Stones Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
10/30/2011 - ruddy wrote:
90 points
On this bottle alone, this was closed up and a bit muddied. Inky black, lots of tar and muted plum/blackberry fruit. Nose not giving much either. Still drank most of the bottle myself. Will improve, I'm sure.
White
5/28/2011 - ruddy Likes this wine:
93 points
Gorgeous, rich, mouth-filling, with a sharp acidic bite that leaves your mouth watering. Subtle citrus/honey/melon flavors, but everything in its place. Best just a little bit cooler in temp, as it warmed it got a little hot on the palate.
Red
5/28/2011 - ruddy Likes this wine:
92 points
Not as massive as on release. Still very fruit forward, but excellent notes of dried blood, beef broth, a little sweaty, but pretty convincingly CdP when my expectation was that it would be just too big. Worth waiting for.
Red
5/28/2011 - ruddy Likes this wine:
90 points
Typical K-B fruit, cherry, cola, spice, a little sweet. Medium finish, easy to drink, will improve.
Red
2008 Saxum Broken Stones Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
5/28/2011 - ruddy Likes this wine:
91 points
quick note--pop and pour, open for business after 45 minutes, good structure, balanced as usual for Saxum, big fruit but good brushy/herby notes.
Red
4/18/2011 - ruddy wrote:
93 points
Ready to go on pop and pour. Not a tannic beast at the start, if a little monolithic, but rounded nicely over the next couple of hours in the glass(es).

Dark, earthy, a bit brooding, fruit is very pure. Not over done, but definitely a big bruiser of a wine. Will let a couple of these sleep and try another this summer.
Red
4/12/2011 - ruddy wrote:
92 points
Needed about an hour to flesh out, then this baby starts to sing. Acid, blood, earth, plum, kirschwasser--pretty but masculine.
Red
4/12/2011 - ruddy wrote:
90 points
Dark purple fruit with tar and rose petals, a little hot but otherwise nicely balanced.
White
3/26/2011 - ruddy wrote:
93 points
Gorgeous crisp apple/pear with citrus. Minerality is the order of the day. Restrained oak, elegant finish, with a refreshing bite. Great with the scallop entree and salmon mason jar at Palate.
Red
3/26/2011 - ruddy wrote:
85 points
By far the poorest showing of what has been my favorite K-B cuvee over the years, although not this vintage. Hot, sweet, and just basically out of whack with the cola/spice/cherry profile that still resonates, but is lost in the background. If you had no expectations, you might think it wasn't bad, but the name on the label makes you expect more. Definitely drink up.
Red
3/26/2011 - ruddy wrote:
91 points
Not nearly as memorable as the '05 Blue Label I drank a year ago, but a very nice bottle of very rich syrah. Where the '05 seemed to derive a lot of length and complexity from the extra aging (vs the normal '05), the '04 is rounded, soft, lots of blue fruit, a little campfire toastiness, medium finish, but not a lot more. To be sure, a very nice drink, but not elevated beyond the regular Lillian, from what I remember of my only bottle of the '04.
Red
3/19/2011 - ruddy wrote:
93 points
Round flavors of cherry and spice. Somewhat muted nose. No noticeable tannins. Finish was a bit short. Turned slightly funky after several hoursi in the glass, but not unpleasantly so. Nicely mature, but time to drink up.
Red
3/12/2011 - ruddy wrote:
89 points
Juicy, bold fruit with a tarry bite. Some heat, but alcohol is generally well-masked.
Red
2/23/2011 - ruddy wrote:
89 points
Light ruby, translucent color. Nose is full of baking spices, dark cherries, maybe a bit of citrus. A little thin in terms of mouthfeel, but nice fruit and a definite Sonoma character. Finishes with balance, nice wine.
Red
1/28/2011 - ruddy wrote:
92 points
Everything in its place and perfectly ready, this is just a perfect expression of syrah. Solidly balanced, rich black fruits, tar, acidic bite--it has it all. At 10 years, it's not going to get any better, but I have no reason to think it won't hold for a good, long while.
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