Tasting Notes for Redguy

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2005 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/31/2019 - Redguy wrote:
Slow ox'ed 12 hours. Deep, rich, and... partially closed. The fruit is hiding behind a wall of mocha and wood notes. an impressive wine to be sure, just not its time.
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White
3/22/2019 - Redguy wrote:
Light, clean, and minerally with apple and citrus fruit and a kiss of acidity. Does what it's supposed to without frills, which is pair well with shellfish.
Red
3/17/2019 - Redguy wrote:
This just screams freshness. Lovely Morgon from a great vintage.
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Red
3/18/2019 - Redguy wrote:
Feels correct but the fruit is hiding. Closed, for now.
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Rosé
2/22/2019 - Redguy wrote:
Intense, structured, even a touch tannic, this has lovely peach and berry fruit, dried herbs, and spices on a mineral base. Serious stuff and quite delicious, though a little disjointed. Better in a year or two.
White
2/22/2019 - Redguy wrote:
Crisp, good depth... versatile with or without food. Not the most complex but tasty and a fine value.
Red
3/11/2019 - Redguy wrote:
Crunchy and higher toned than the '15, with bright red fruits and an energetic personality. Probably a year or two away from peak, this is another fine value from Bart.
Red
2010 Nicora Buxom Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
2/20/2019 - Redguy wrote:
Drinking well after a short decant. Big, bold, and darkly fruited but with a beautiful sense of restraint, within the context of the appellation. A great bottle of Paso syrah strutting at its peak.
Red
2/5/2019 - Redguy wrote:
Medium bodied with a classy mouthfeel. Good freshness and lift, beautiful spice, this is quite the find for $15.
Red
2014 Avennia Sestina Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/5/2019 - Redguy wrote:
Refined and elegant for such a young WA Bordeaux blend. A delicious, well balanced bottle of juice.
Red
2009 Château Les Ormes de Pez St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/30/2019 - Redguy wrote:
Brash after an hour decant with plenty of ripe cassis fruit, some mild herbaceousness, decent acidity, though with a bit too much oak char. Worked reasonably well with a steak but pretty dark and somber on its own. I liked the fruit and acid aspects but the char was too much. Probably better in a decade.
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Red
1/20/2019 - Redguy wrote:
Good depth, bright acids, stemmy. In fact, the vegetal aspects are quite pronounced. Comes across as somewhat cooler than other Marsannays I've had from the vintage. A little disjointed now - will benefit from a couple years rest. Good juice for the price, though in a vintage as complete as '15 I found this degree of stem inclusion to be a little distracting. Or maybe it just caught me at the wrong moment.
Red
2011 Nicora Buxom Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
1/13/2019 - Redguy wrote:
Black fruit, bloody meat, smokey tar - more evocative of a cooler climate Cali syrah, like Monterey or Santa Cruz mountains. Full and delicious, and drinking quite well... for my money Nick and Scott at Torrin produced the finest wines in Paso from this cold shatter vintage.
Red
12/29/2018 - Redguy wrote:
Slow ox'ed 6 hrs. Soft and open with rich dark fruit, smoked meats, minerals, and some underlying funk. Not a wow wine, and not worth the price of admission, but a good effort all the same.
Red
1/12/2019 - Redguy wrote:
Lower acid and fairly soft, though still just a touch reserved. Would like more focus and precision but this shows the delicious ripe, rich fruit which is the hallmark of '15. Could use another year or two.
Rosé
12/11/2018 - Redguy wrote:
Tropical, lush, and quite delicious. Definitely evocative of Bandol.
Rosé
11/6/2018 - Redguy wrote:
Bright and fresh with a watermelon rind and dried herbs type profile. Quite Provencal. Enjoyable with or without food but it was singing last night with roasted rosemary chicken.
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Red
2015 Ironic Wines Coincidence Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/31/2018 - Redguy wrote:
Surprisingly light and elegant for the vintage but with good intensity. Black currant, herbs and a bit of earth with a bright, classy palate presence, good persistence, and reasonable depth. Finishes with a thread of fine tannin. Neither ironic nor a coincidence, this is a well crafted feminine charmer!
White
10/28/2018 - Redguy wrote:
Some pineapple, pear, and lemon biscuit on a river of minerality. Fairly round and full, but good acidity helps this retain a sense of crispness and freshness. Enjoyable and a nice bargain!
Red
2008 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/28/2018 - Redguy wrote:
First bottle from a six pack stored in cellar since release. Shy and primary. Tasted over a 5 hr period from decanter. Aromas and flavors played a game of hide and seek over that time. Little to no pleasure.

Recent tasting notes here suggest an evolutionary ebb, though none seemed as closed as mine. YMMV
Red
2014 Latta "Latta Latta" GSM Walla Walla Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
10/24/2018 - Redguy wrote:
A bright, sappy grenache dominate blend (even more so in flavor) with a raspberry and spice profile. The mourved adds some nice depth and bass notes on the finish. Easy to drink, easy to like.
Red
10/23/2018 - Redguy wrote:
Soft and open with delicious ripe red fruit, earth, and spice. Progressed nicely in the past year. Excellent everyday Burg.
Red
10/22/2018 - Redguy wrote:
After 3 hr decant. Modern and ripe with sweetish, candied fruit and beautiful underlying complexity. Good intensity as well. Still carrying baby fat - this is all about the fruit right now. Needs a decade.
Rosé
10/15/2018 - Redguy wrote:
Deep, rich, and lively. It becomes a little muddled on the mid palate but this is thoroughly evocative of Bandol rose... and tasty too. A winner at $17
Rosé
9/28/2018 - Redguy wrote:
Flabby and bland. Lacks acidity and freshness. L'Mediocre.
Red
2013 Saxum Broken Stones Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
8/25/2018 - Redguy wrote:
Decanted 8 hours. Lush and integrated. Large scaled but with feminine elegance. Lovely, if still primary. One of the better Saxums I've had in awhile.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2007 Château de Myrat Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
8/25/2018 - Redguy wrote:
Help Wanted:

Acidity needed for delicious, full throttle Sauternes. Immediate opening. We’re full of orange and spice and everything nice and looking for an energetic and buoyant spirit to help lift us to new heights. Apply within and you could make the difference in someone's evening!
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Red
8/25/2018 - Redguy wrote:
Elegant and detailed, this drinks like a wine twice the price. So sad this was my last bottle
Rosé
8/20/2018 - Redguy wrote:
It is tasty, although does little to distinguish itself from the pack at the price. Upon entry this has admirable brightness and energy but the ripeness shows on the finish, which is somewhat soft and lacking energy. More acid and/or a touch of tartness would clean this up nicely.
Rosé
7/30/2018 - Redguy wrote:
Pink grapefruit and strawberry type fruit on a mineral core. Light, tasty, and refreshing as always. Alcohol is starting to poke out and has lost some of its freshness, but this is still holding together reasonably well
White
7/25/2018 - Redguy wrote:
This just screams viognier. Moderately rich with pretty peach and apricot fruits in cream with a pronounced sweet-blossom note. Both fresh and unctuous, this shows the prettiness of the varietal as well as its plump and languid disposition. These lack any sense of energy or tension to my palate and get boring fairly quickly. But I can see the appeal.
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Red
2011 Booker Vineyard Oublie Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
7/11/2018 - Redguy wrote:
As is characteristic of the vintage, this was higher toned than one would typical expect from the winery with almost crunchy black and red fruits and fresh acidity. All that was good, but there was a clear lack of depth (and bass notes) to help anchor the the palate and provide balance for all that freshness. In that regard it drank more like a high test young Bojo, though unlike Bojo it got boring pretty quickly. Last of my Bookers.
Red
7/10/2018 - Redguy wrote:
Clean, bright, and aromatically intense but the palate is quite linear today. Good concentration for a village Vosne and this shows surprising lift and freshness for the vintage. First time with this producer and if the palate develops as expected this poses an outstanding value.
Red
6/28/2018 - Redguy wrote:
Thankfully this showed none of the roasted port-like qualities of my first bottle. In fact this bottle had nothing in common with that, other than the label. Lush fruit with a welcome bit of spice in a medium body package. Lacks some punch on the mid palate but a delicious easy to like Rhone blend. Whew!
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Red
6/25/2018 - Redguy wrote:
Last bottle of this $20 Red Mountain bargain. Soft and open: more fruit driven than the typical Red Mountain juice, but with enough structure to keep it all in place. Blueberry and loamy soil palate with a squirt of tart blackberry on the finish. Delicious. And I do not get the overt wood in the previous note - not in my bottles.
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Rosé
6/23/2018 - Redguy wrote:
This came across as disjointed, and barely interesting. The lower acidity isn't great, but the fruit itself comes across as disharmonious - there's two distinct fruit flavors that seem to quarrel. It's as if under-ripe fruit with a green edge was added to a base of very ripe fruit to lend the impression of energy where little exists. Overall it's not bad, just meh. And meh isn't good enough.
Red
6/22/2018 - Redguy wrote:
Relatively easy to guess blind, this varietally correct mourved shows the savory sweaty meaty garrigue laden profile that is the hallmark of the grape. The palate is quite soft, which left me wanting for some acid/structure, and it could use a bit more complexity but a nice example all the same.
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White
6/21/2018 - Redguy wrote:
Ahh, on first sniff this could be nothing else. Racy acidity and developing flavors of pear, ginger, honeycomb, and oxidative nuttiness. Each sip presents beautifully, where the full body, satiny texture, and extreme tension work like a kaleidoscope showing facets and dimensions across the palate, though never at the expense of elegance. So much life in each sip - like a masterclass in potency. Another stunner from Huet.
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Rosé
6/20/2018 - Redguy wrote:
Exploding with red grapefruit and peach flavors and aromas. Softer and lower in acid than usual, but the trade-off is a beautiful, ripe, wide open joy of a wine. Another stunning example of this exemplary rosé.
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Red
6/14/2018 - Redguy wrote:
Over ripe and portish with a roasted quality to the fruit. Sure doesn't jive with the other reviews here. Will try another bottle soon.
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Rosé
3/21/2017 - Redguy wrote:
As always, impeccable balance with fruit, acid, and structure working together. Bright and vibrant fruit with savory accents rafting on a sea of minerals. So alive. This really is top shelf wine.
Red
5/20/2018 - Redguy wrote:
Popped this for our weekly Sunday lunch with a Burgundy. Lively upon entry, this fills the mouth warm red berries and cola, with light soil and toffee accents, and is framed by discreet wood. Quite delicious and showed enough delicacy and suppleness to be reasonably evocative of Chambolle. My one quibble is with the finish, where the focus fades and the palate fans seemingly to infinity. More of a quaffer, but a nice Sunday one at that.
Red
5/19/2018 - Redguy wrote:
Pretty good fruit and spice but this lacks focus. There's a moderate amount of medium grain tannins which are soft and unobtrusive, but provide little structure and are ultimately just kind of there. It's okay for what it is, and works reasonably well with a steak, but the loosely knit finish left me wanting. I don't drink much Napa cab anymore so maybe my perception is skewed.
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Red
2009 Château La Gomerie St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/19/2018 - Redguy wrote:
More reticent than previous bottles, even after a couple hours in the decanter. Still good but seems to be in an evolutionary ebb. Hold
Red
5/7/2018 - Redguy wrote:
Simple and very ripe, with a slightly roasted quality to the red fruit and a moderate+ amount of brett, which is too much for my liking. Nothing really screamed pinot here... Nearly as evocative of Southern Rhone as Burgundy.
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Red
2014 Nicora Law Vineyard Paso Robles Adelaida District Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
4/19/2018 - Redguy wrote:
Dark and extracted. Thought this might be softer with the 40% grenache, but no, it's very 2014 in its concentration. This needs a few years to soften. Lots of great material here.
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Red
4/7/2018 - Redguy wrote:
No notes taken, and consumed 2 weeks ago, but I really liked this. Detailed and delicate yet with the kaleidoscopic flavors of maturity. In a word: Lovely.
White - Off-dry
4/17/2018 - Redguy wrote:
My 19th bottle from 2 cases purchased 2 years ago. Thought I should leave at least 1 note before they go.

A lovely aged spat (more comparable to a kab by todays standards). Attractively curvy across the palate, with a mix of stone and orchard fruits, some light diesel notes, plenty of Mosel minerals, and a bright clean finish. Age has softened and rounded the fruit but it's the acid and minerals which give this lift, structure, and life.
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