Tasting Notes for Musedir

(142 notes on 129 wines)

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Red
9/26/2019 - Musedir Likes this wine:
90 points
Beautiful color, rich dark hue with that rich Syrah aroma that I’ve come to love. 2014-2018 winds but it still is singing.
Red
7/26/2019 - Musedir Likes this wine:
93 points
OMG... this wine is in a magical point right now. Tasted last night with the winemaker and he suggested it might even be able to go another 2-3 years (I have 1 left). Deep color with a subtle nose that after 20 minutes turns completely around... superb flavors, strong WA fruit and excellent finish. I say if you still have 2 bottles, open it and have a treat!
Red
8/26/2018 - Musedir Likes this wine:
88 points
This wine is drinking fine right now with an hour’s breathing time. Nice subtle nose, a bit of tannins on the tongue but a clean finish. Not sure if I would recommend as a stand alone drink, as food seems to make it far more agreeable.
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White
6/4/2018 - Musedir Likes this wine:
87 points
We liked it. It was brisk, with the acidity you like in Chablis but not overly pronounced. To be truthful it was what you would expect from a $16 bottle of new French juice. Tasty but nothing to jump up about. Just a daily popper at the cocktail hour.
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White
11/13/2017 - Musedir wrote:
I’m convinced I opened this Chard at least 3-5 years too early. Very tight and resistant to letting its true flavors come through. What I did taste however made e wish I had bought a number of these wines instead of the single soldier I opened. Sigh.
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Red
10/31/2017 - Musedir Likes this wine:
89 points
Lovely body, deep crimson. Some WW fruit to the nose, a bit of leather. Of course tannic for the youth but a decidedly fine finish. I’m embarrassed to speak of price but I am not shamed to say I bought long. Great job Pinto and Billo!
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Red
10/28/2017 - Musedir Likes this wine:
90 points
Solid nose, lingering notes of fruit expected from the Phinny Hill district. Brief hints of cherries and spice but since this s a long-lived wine, the lingering effect tapers off. Damn this is still drinking well!
Red
10/27/2017 - Musedir Likes this wine:
90 points
Solid nose, lingering notes of fruit expected from the Phinny Hill district. Brief hints of cherries and spice but since this s a long-lived wine, the lingering effect tapers off. Damn this is still drinking well!
Red
4/28/2017 - Musedir Likes this wine:
90 points
Holy Cow! Remember those trysts in college? How divine it was to meet someone completely new and then proceed to spend the night getting to know each other (much) better. Well this Horse Hills juice from Phinny Hill Vineyard is one such acquaintance. The Washington fruit so essential is in the nose and the tannins (long gone) are now just hints of tartness to excite the tongue. Best of all, I want to remember the name. Unfortunately its my only bottle and its Last Puppy Night tonight. This will do... just fine.
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White
4/21/2017 - Musedir Likes this wine:
90 points
Even though it failed to garner the accolades of the famous 1973 vintage, it nevertheless managed to be the WOTN against an '05 Bord and a '06 CdP. The fruit was balanced and the burst of flavor quite satisfying. I tried it alone, with my Caesar Salad, with my Filet and again with my bread pudding. Gotta admit the little sucker kept amusing and delighting all at our table.
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Red
2005 La Bastide Dauzac Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/22/2017 - Musedir wrote:
88 points
12-year old Médoc nearing its peak. I went for a ride on the Left Bank (naturally) looking for some good dark juice filled with those tantalizing aromas of a barn floor couple with some after effects of a plug of chaw spit carelessly about and looking like the fresh blood of a stuck farm critter. I got a bit of that but I do believe the thin soil that these grapes were grown was a mite too thick, which made the Margaux less than desired.
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White
10/22/2016 - Musedir Likes this wine:
88 points
Typical Sancerre. Pleasant beginning, easy finish. Tasty. Nothing extraordinary but certainly anything but disappointing. Worked with Indonesian rice table dinner.
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White
8/17/2015 - Musedir wrote:
- Yellow color with slow forming legs. It's somewhat balanced with a medium/full body. Narrow texture with a medium finish.
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Red
7/14/2015 - Musedir wrote:
87 points
Cherries, unfortunately sour cherries. Not rocking my boat. 2nd night's pour shows a lessening of the sourness and a more leveling of the overall taste. The cherries have intensified in the nose. Still tannic in the finish but slightly less so. I gave it a point bump.
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Red
7/14/2015 - Musedir Likes this wine:
87 points
Nice ruby color, thin bodied, lots of initial funk even a bit medicinal but I expect this to blow off after a while; 13.5 alcohol, still quite tannic but firm and promising finish. 2nd day. No real changes on the nose but the finish was more disappointing. Not a keeper.
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Red
7/14/2015 - Musedir Does not like this wine:
88 points
Lovely ruby color, earthy aroma to start, some plums or similar fruit, front end tannins dissipate quickly, moderately satisfying finish. 2nd night shows a more leathery aroma and less earthy. Taste and finish pretty much the same. Not changing the score.
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Red
7/14/2015 - Musedir Likes this wine:
89 points
Nice color, light red; mostly berries, some heat at 14.3; nice but thin taste, a little tannin in the finish.
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Red
7/6/2015 - Musedir wrote:

First dinner prepared in our new home in Auburn -- seared steer and salad. Both cow and wine excellent.

Red
5/2/2015 - Musedir Likes this wine:
89 points
Decanted 40 minutes and enjoyed over 1.5 hours. Abundant fruit, cherries, and pepper. Hot, but not surprising with its youth. A bit of dry mouth. Two left that I will let sleep for a couple of years. Served with seared New York Strip and asparagus.
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Red
4/24/2015 - Musedir Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted and rebooted to breathe for 2.5 hours. Light ruby color. Almost no nose when first opened (horror!) but cheeries came through when poured later. Delightful taste throughout mouth, excellent finish. For a 25-year wine, it did not disappoint. Served with a Parmesean Pasta with Peas and Proscuitto.
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White - Sparkling
9/22/2014 - Musedir wrote:
With chicken Marsala
Red
2010 Château de Macard Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/28/2014 - Musedir wrote:
88 points
In Highlands with Sue, Moley's, Marcus and Dr. M.
White - Sparkling
6/27/2014 - Musedir wrote:
Dr. M's FFP
Red
Ok, I got caught popping a baby. And it is. The promise of happiness is there, but just like an infant that gets awakened too soon, the crankiness is showing itself at all levels. This WILL be a wine to enjoy but don't push the envelope. Still needs about 7-9 years of sleep. My bad.
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Red
12/7/2013 - Musedir wrote:
A very dark crimson that is infused with the light around. There's fruit, berries, but not overwhelming. The alcohol raises it's head with the glass swirl, even after seven years. A slight bite on the front of the tongue tells you that there is still some aging time but I feel it's nearing it's drinking window prime. This is a wonderful PN... That the fact that it's my 2013 Secret Santa gift is just kickass fun! 91 pts for those who need numbers.
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Red
Well, what can I say... Red Willow Vineyard grapes that present themselves in a glorious claret color, deep bouquet and intense flavors that roll across the tongue. Solid finish... If I still numbered my tastings, it would be similar to my predecessor. Well done, Manu Propia.
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Red
5/3/2013 - Musedir wrote:
91 points
So I have been wanting to try this wine for a while since I got it from ChrisinSunnyside and this evening was Last Puppy night and this is the only bottle I have. I had tasted their wines at their basement tasting room in Prosser and was impressed but this is a really fine Syrah. Deep claret color after being open for three hours, light bouquet of fruit and some spice, more plum than cherries, hints of earth. And then a terrific full bodied taste, slight tannins not the least unpleasant, very smooth finish and lovely aftertaste like a nice Rhone. This is a really fine wine.
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Red
Very plummy, lots of loamy soil, minerals, minimal tannins, good color. Finish has an almost rich mushroom soil quality. Ready to drink now.
White
4/11/2013 - Musedir wrote:
2009 Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Riesling Eroica -- quite frankly, this wine was confusing to many gathered. In fairness, I had started the evening with a Prosecco while the group arrived with the expressed desire to move from the bubbly sweet to the still semi-sweet of the Riesling. Perhaps the transition was not as smooth as anticipated. Too bad... As this is a very good wine. 100% Riesling with a low 12.5% alcohol, it offers up quiet citrus tastes coupled with fruit in a low heat manner but it still manages to surprise you with its superb finish. It's minerality is appreciated and it declares itself to be a standout in the world of Rieslings (of which, admittedly, I know too little about). I'm stepping away from the Philistines who tasted this with me and giving it 90 pts. They would have probably settled for 86 pts... As I said, Philistines. 90 pts.
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Red
1/16/2013 - Musedir wrote:
88 points
Been open for about 1.5 hours. More opened now. Lots of fruit, mostly red and dark fruit, with some spice. Spike in the taste at front of tongue and then settles quickly, slight tannins but not unpleasant in the least. A bit above a simple daily, but certainly not overly complex. A solid Cab experience without the annoyance of a fruit bomb. I like it. Drunk with a three meat pappardelle.
Red
12/23/2012 - Musedir Likes this wine:
88 points
Drinking a 2008 M. Autumn Pinot Willamette Valley and I'm feckin stumped! 221 cases produced... Big fruit with leather nose, typical Pinot thin body, but after breathing for 1.5 hrs, spice, fruit, maybe pepper, taste good, almost full body, slight tannins at finish.
White
11/22/2012 - Musedir wrote:
95 points
Based on memory alone this wine is always about fumbling around in the back seats of cars and surveying the inside of porcelain bowls. With such a rich heritage it would be a travesty to even open such a library wine and deprive it of its evolving elixir of life. So my score is based on cherished childhood memories of faked I.D.s and furtive grabs from parents' liquor cabinets.
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Red
Dark purple, moving towards black. Nose is subdued, with scents of cherries, plums, and something lose I'm having trouble defining. Tannins on the front of the tongue. Smooth finish.ready to drink now. I'm sure I would have loved it even more if I was eating one of those fine oven fired pizzas that they make outside the wine room in the orchard.
Red
After ordering my 2012 allocation for Buty, it was time for Friday First Pour to try this 09 Beast Cab. Like I expected, huge nose of Washington cherries and hints of minerality. Surprisingly with a somewhat shortened (2013-2018) drink window, I found it very young and have come to the conclusion I have been guilty of "baby killing." Of course this makes me want to try another bottle in a year's time to see how it is opening. Not that I am upset with emptying this bottle now.
Red
2010 Syncline Subduction Red Wine Columbia Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
Deep claret color, long legs on bowl. Cherries, a bit of leather, spices leaning towards pepper. Pepper confirmed on front of tongue. Some tannins evident but overall very good finish. Lets just say that this is a heckuva more satisfying than the 2012 vintage Ryder Cup I have been watching. By far.
Red
1983 Château Olivier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Tonight I opened one of my oldest wines, 1983 Château Olivier Graves Pessac-Léognan. Color is fine, a mite coppered. What I am more concerned about is the cork which split about 3/4 out of the bottle and slipped down into the wine slit necessitated a decant... Something that a 30 year wine should not be subjected to. Funk is blowing off fast, probably due to the decant. A bit sour at first but a remarkably fine finish. Lets see how it opens as the evening progresses and then tomorrow.

7:19... Second glass is drinking like a bear! The sourness has disappeared and the bouquet has started to really develop. The earthiness of Bordeaux is claiming its right and a bit of medicinal aroma is just skirting around the edges. Was worried about the decant but seems to be forgiving. More to follow.

Day 2 -- not holding the depth that it showed last night. Too much to hope for.
Red
9/22/2012 - Musedir wrote:
Served at Ca. 1886 with dinner. Excellent body and taste. No disappointment.
White
2009 Upland Estates Chardonnay Yakima Valley Snipes Mountain (view label images)
9/6/2012 - Musedir Likes this wine:
90 points
Just opened, a mite medicinal in its nose, a bit of earth... this is Chardonnay from WA and not from the Loire Valley? Nice color, warm pale amber, bright citrus taste with a bright finish. A bit acidic but not unpleasant. Still needs time to open but quite satisfying. more than satisfying. (update -- after 30 minutes it has lost much of its medicinal nose and now is more of a true Chard. Finish far more complex and more satisfying... Now 89-90-- Dr. M's update).
Red
8/24/2012 - Musedir wrote:
91 points
This is a kickass WA wine. The color is deep and the tastes are oh so lingering over every part of your tongue... Like really good sex but maybe not quite as good as that. More or less. Finish is fantastic and then ready for another sip. I do recommend this wine.
White
7/24/2012 - Musedir Likes this wine:
88 points
Golden, not cloudy. Nose filled with citrus, maybe fig but not as mellow, bright taste at the finish but not unpleasant. Not refreshing but satisfying. good but is it very good... Not sure.
White - Sweet/Dessert
7/20/2012 - Musedir Likes this wine:
92 points
Pears, apples, honey... Mead, something else... Maybe an herbal camomile structure? Yah... I think that's wrong. Comes across as a Sauterne with sweetness from the honey. Pear? Jeez... Served with a spicy tilapia and asparagus. Not a dessert finish but elegant. Like Slim Pickens' $20 whore. Such a mouth.
White
7/3/2012 - Musedir wrote:
88 points
Very nice pale color, nose more attuned to a French Chablis than a Cali Chard, grapefruit comes through. Tannins give a nice splash on the tongue with a mild finish. Overall a very nice taste.
Red
2007 Brian Carter Cellars Byzance Columbia Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
6/8/2012 - Musedir Likes this wine:
89 points
Funky aroma... Not quite full fruity but reveals some cherries and leather. Beautiful claret color. Slight tannins and very smooth finish. More cherries in the tasting, some spice... Not peppery. Nothing huge here but a very fine wine. It more than starts a Friday pour after a long week. Kinda like my dog's kisses... the taste isn't everything but the results confirm the promise!
Red
5/26/2012 - Musedir wrote:
Big fruit at first and then more mellow, European style
Red
4/13/2012 - Musedir Likes this wine:
90 points
Great nose. Lots of WA fruit. Some earth, hence Brdx blend. Fruit explodes in the mouth and then has a nice linger. Tannins show me that we still have plenty of time for the other two in storage. Finish a mite fast, so maybe this baby is coming home soon. Do I like it? Hell yes! Good juice!
Red
4/6/2012 - Musedir Likes this wine:
91 points
Still kicking ass, only even moreso!
Red
2006 Château Beaulieu Comtes de Tastes Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
I may have been overly harsh in my first analysis of this Bordeaux, but I still do not feel it rises to the levels others have scored it over the past year. However it helped with a rich tomato sauce for my pasta, and while that was cooking, I tried another taste. At best OK, but hardly 89-90 pts.
Red
1/12/2012 - Musedir wrote:
90 points
A wine from my first 60th bd party (with several to follow naturally) with my trustees... An ex-prez hit it out of the park with this one. I was a bit concerned with the initial nose, almost passive, but the full, sweet rich taste was quite satisfying. For a wine that should last for another 10 years, I think I would challenge this window and say drink this wine in next four years at latest. Still, a most pleasant and tasty cab.
White
1/7/2012 - Musedir Likes this wine:
89 points
Light wheat color with strong citrus nose, sparkling in the mouth and lovely finish. This is a new wine from Clos Pissara and does not disappoint.
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