Tasting Notes for greenblanket

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Red
5/24/2019 - greenblanket wrote:
Staring to show a bit of mature color. In a really nice place coming out of Greenblanket’s ambient global warming northwest cellar. Beautiful red fruit, slightly mushroom-y soil, cedar, dusky florals. Tannins advance on the finish. If Greenblanket had another one he would drink it soon but he is in a new place in both actuarial and climate change considerations. (He’s getting old and his once cool ambient cellar is starting to take on The temperature change characteristics of a Kentucky rickhouse).
Red
Greenblanket was happy to find this at Costco a few years ago. Seemed enjoyable and a little simple back then but now tannins are starting to assert and things are much more closed. These are probably good developments. Greenblanket should have known better than to open one now, it certainly won’t go with the Gai Yang, but a guy needs to check in now and then - especially when he can afford to buy at Costco prices. Hold.
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White
Nice fruit and acidity and a classic of what can be done in the new world with old world material. This is not a Vouvray or a Montlouis but is still a great expression of the grape. It was particularly refreshing with a fully spicy and flavorful Kung Pao.
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White
1/20/2018 - greenblanket wrote:
Picked up at Costco to try with an assertive Kung Pao. It more than did the job with a great assortment of fruit flavors and acidity. The Gong Boa Ji Ding was the GD bomb and the Verdejo kept everything under control and in balance. Perfect!
Red
This bottle is in a great place - the dark fruit is starting to show some age and getting along well with the clean earth and spice. The finish becomes a tannin show. Great with the Sugo di carne.
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Red
The light nature of this wine is belied by the still youthful intensity of red fruit. At this time it is showing a swirl of that red fruit, juicy acidity and what this old boy interprets as underbrush. (It’s an old memory but the sous bois in this wine is strongly reminiscent of the smell and taste of getting whipped in the face by a branch while crashing though a thicket of huckleberry bushes in the lowlands of the Cascades). Lovely Anderson Valley stuff and a leading candidate for the table tomorrow.
Red
Dang this is amazing. Cooking the base and tare for a Tokyo Shoyu ramen for the Seahawks game. Took longer than Greenblanket planned so he and the Mrs had to order a pizza and open this bottle of Tardive from the cellar. The amazing thing is that the earthy core of this wine almost matches the umami that Greenblanket was trying to build into the ramen base with country ham and niboshi and katsuobushi. Greenblanket has learned that umami is umami no matter where it comes from and he hopes his guests on Sunday night agree.
White
10/17/2017 - greenblanket wrote:
Applely. Got better as it warmed and opened. More advanced than I thought it might be. On its way to a better place? Time will tell.
Red
Up from the cellar to go with an old skool beef and carrots braise. This was a good match to a braised top round with sage and bay served with glazed carrots and parsnips. (A riff on Molly Stevens) nice red fruit, mineral and savory herbs. Thought it would go with the beef and herbs and worried all day about the wild fires and this great site. In a nice expressive place but far from aged out. Lovely.
White
2015 Rulo Combine Walla Walla Valley White Rhone Blend (view label images)
Greenblanket finds this wine to be a skillfully made and happy merging of the old world with classic rhone-ish character (floral/herbal/mineral) melding with the bright clean fruit and refreshing acidity of the best Washington wines. And, if that is not enough, there is also the juxtaposition of fruit from one of Washington's OG wine growers blended with grapes from one of the NW's nouveau sites. In short, everything this effete old teletubby needs in wine - geek factor combined with pure delicious refreshment while sitting beside the big lake on a blazing hot afternoon.
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White
This wine was fantastic. Selected to go with clams in white wine with garlic and saffron and simple pan seared Alaska halibut showered with green herbs. It really loved the herbs and cut through the clam broth very nicely. Greenblanket thinks that this bottle is still showing its vigorous youth with maybe just a bit of broadening richness. He is also glad he has a few more bottles. Two of which will go into the deep science closet.
Red
2004 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Tough and green on night one but way different on night two. This had a great floral nose with some graphite, wet sidewalk and dark red fruit. Long with intertwined fruit, earth and smooth tannin in the mouth. Really nice with charred skirt steak off the grill.
Red
3/26/2017 - greenblanket wrote:
Still a bit tight and young. Nice; full and complete but too tannic for this old teletubby's taste, maybe it was the food. Greenblanket is receiving mixed signals from his ambient cellar. Two reds this weekend are tighter than expected but two recent whites (a middle aged vouvray and an older auslese looked like disturbing urine samples when poured.
Red
2003 Château Duhart-Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Much bigger and rounder than my last bottle but this was from a magnum. Many of what I thought were developing secondary notes several years ago now seem to be mostly reburied. Very nice as is but this may have a future.
Red
12/4/2016 - greenblanket Likes this wine:
93 points
Brought up from Greenblanket's ambient cellar to pair with Monsieur Henny's three beef daube. It was wonderful with the food and in maybe a peak spot in it's development offering smooth ripe tannin, red and black fruit, classic spice, herb and earth, and an amazing floral nature.
Red
Paired with a rustic daube along with another 2005. It was great with the food showing way more youthful than Greenblanket expected. Dark red fruit still rides atop garrigue and earth. Years to go, Greenblanket thinks.
Red
Another candidate for the braising liquid for Monsieur Henny's Daube. Greenblanket likes this wine, a lot. It is balanced and floral and wouldn't bring unwelcome oak to the daube - but - it seems just a little to modern for the "rustic" stew that Greenblanket seeks. Is Grennblanket a bit fussy? Yes, but he is enjoying thinking about wines as part of a dish as well as an accompaniment. Why would anyone want to include merlot and cab in this lovely wine? Greenblanket knows he doesn't want in in his stew.
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Red
12/2/2016 - greenblanket wrote:
Greenblanket picked this up with the idea of dumping it into tonight's daube but he decided to go with a cheaper but more immediately spicy Vin De Pays de Vaucluse instead. The Saint Cosme will most likely appeal to some of Greenblanket's guests in an appetizer setting - and hopefully set the table for the CdPs.

Grennblanket hasn't had one of these in years. It seems a bit more simple and fruit driven than past vintages but it is darn appealing for the price. And yes, Greenblanket is drinking before 4:00 again.
Red
6/27/2016 - greenblanket Likes this wine:
89 points
From a jeroboam. Soft tannin, nice acidity, lots of local flava but clean - zero funk. Greenblanket thought it was quite good and it was a big crowd favorite at the gathering he attended; it was drained it short order. This was stored right on the floor of an fairly cool and stable ambient cellar and still showed considerable development given the size of the bottle.
Red
2005 Carlisle Two Acres Russian River Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
Greenblanket didn't even know he had this wine in his cellar and may have picked it up in a "chump off" situation when the sister in law moved. Whatever, it was in a great place; plummy and smooth with none of the big alcohol showing. (Greenblanket doesn't understand what alchemy of time made this possible). It had some nice Mourvèdre flavor with sticks and stones and a pretty floral thing going on. It was just wonderful with our middle eastern lamb " bo saam".
Red
Dark Syrah fruit, lively acidity, earth and black pepper. Not loaded with obvious Syrah character but balanced, refreshing and friendly with an array of snacks served outside on a beautiful Great Basin afternoon.
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Red
Nice, too early really but Greenblanket buys this every year and tries to keep track of what's going on in the "cellar". Lots of dark fruit and nice dark cab notes (yes, including some green vegetal flavors). The always abundant oak notes are just beginning to meld with the herbal spiciness of the cab. And, if Greenblanket's experience with this wine means anything, the cab has the street cred to out last the lavish oak treatment.
White
Really nice; linear with plus minerality and brightness.
Red
2/23/2016 - greenblanket wrote:
Nice with red fruit and earthy, maybe slightly meaty notes. Nice but not a lot better than just OK.
Red
Wonderful, balanced and fresh. Alive with red fruit, spice, firm fine tannin and acidity. Great on the table with our amateurish attempt at Portuguese rotisserie chicken.
Red
This wine is certainly not haunted with over the top oak or alcohol. Actually, Greenblanket thinks it's rather nice showing the expected big blueberry fruit and some faint hints of Cab Franc. But, sadly, that's about it.

Tannin? Gone.
Acidity? Probably never there.
Finish? Short and sweet.
Value? Don't make Greenblanket cry about what he could have done with 40 bucks almost 10 years ago.
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Red
11/23/2015 - greenblanket wrote:
Pretty friendly after only eight years. Still, it's firm and tannic just not terrifyingly so. It was good on the table but I suspect we would have been better off waiting a couple more years.
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Red
No vintage problems here - this wine just keeps getting better. Showing some age with no loss of the lively balance it showed almost three years ago. Beautiful on the table with the cassoulet.
Red
11/21/2015 - greenblanket wrote:
Big dark fruit still dominates with some hints or flashes of earth and dried herbs sneaking past. This had all the acidity we needed to cut through the fat in our skirt steak carne asada and the fruit really helped with the heat from the chilies. The odd thing is, that with the high level of acidity this wine presents, tartaric acid is listed as an ingredient. Did Ridge acidulate that heavily?
Red
Paired with a saffron forward Abruzzi lamb ragu. Maybe not a classic pairing but it was wonderful. The wine was medium bodied, notably fresh and showed a nuanced balance of fruit and garrigue and earth.
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Red
11/16/2015 - greenblanket Likes this wine:
90 points
Lots of ripe fruit but totally cool and restrained. Big on the Zin spice with some oak in the picture but balanced. Inexpensive and lacking hype but wonderful.
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White
11/16/2015 - greenblanket wrote:
Delicious with brilliant, racy minerality. And great on the table with an assortment of "Turkey Lab" trial dishes.
White
This was golden yellow in the glass with the beginning of secondary flavors and textures. While it still has a ton on slatey minerality and acidic snap in its step, this wine has also become deeper and more interesting with the appearance of some tropical fruits and oxidative notes. My last bottle, sadly opened too soon.
Red
10/25/2015 - greenblanket wrote:
flawed
Weird. This wine seemed very advanced in it's bottle age.
Compared to the last one I opened. I'm thinking it was flawed in some way
Red
9/21/2015 - greenblanket wrote:
One of my favorite A Raf cabs ever. The oak is starting to resolve leaving really nice dark cab, fruit tobacco tinged herbs and the beginnings of forest floor. Let's take just a second to be totally honest here; this stuff is big and ripe and modern - but somehow it doesn't matter. Almost perfect with our Kenji animal burgers.
Red
Last bottle from the good old days. Opened to go with our efforts to recreate the Halal Guys chicken and lamb. To be honest, I was thinking of this bottle as a throw away or "drink it up" situation as I was not thrilled with my last bottle. It goes to show what this old teletubby does not know about holding quality non CDP wines from the southern rhone. This one is fantastic - it's aged down, smoothly balanced and showing a ton of gracefully presented local flava.
Red
Soil driven and slightly fragrent of the farm when opened but - in a good way. After a while, say after the first half of the Hawks game, a beautiful core of mineral and herb accented Cab Franc emerges. Nice, but the offensive line still smells like crap.
Red
7/27/2015 - greenblanket wrote:
Big, sweet and oaky; just sayin'.
White
This held up nicely to our new style PNW summer (OK, so 88 isn't that hot by anyone else's standards but it triggers the opening of cooling centers in Seattle). This was perfectly tart and vegetal and refreshing on the deck with a quick little salad while looking at the full moon and the big volcano. Is it earth shattering SB, no, but damn that moon.
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Red
4/18/2015 - greenblanket wrote:
flawed
We took this out to dinner with another old Napa Cab. Just as I was starting to compliment our young server with how smoothly she was extracting the 30 year old cork it popped out of the bottle followed by a medium shower of undrinkable wine. I guess this qualifies as "bottle was flawed or defective". At least it didn't blow the cork in my cellar and spray crappy Napa Valley wine on my Muscadet.
Red
4/18/2015 - greenblanket wrote:
Different experience than many of the recent notes here. This seems to have moved into an awkward place in which the green and slightly unclean soil notes have taken on an unwelcome prominence. To be fair we didn't give it much time to open and it was on the table with a very nice old school Napa Cab.

The second day is a different story. No one liked this wine last night - not even the young server who was sprayed by my 30 year old refermented Science Closet wine. (We let her taste all of our wines and scored a couple of free deserts in return) This afternoon it is balanced and totally enjoyable with black fruit, dark herbs, clean earth and minerality. Just goes to show what this old country boy doesn't know about French semi-hipster wines.
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White
4/14/2015 - greenblanket wrote:
Maybe a touch of petrol on the nose but mostly apple, apple, and more apple all the way through the finish. Lightly corked?
Red
Young but with notable depth and substance underlain with the usual shale characteristics. Could be a shale for the ages?
Red
4/12/2015 - greenblanket wrote:
Yanked out of the shipping case and brought immediately to the table with fajitas. Clearly young but very nice at this point and showing lots of potential.
Red
3/24/2015 - greenblanket wrote:
Trying to help the sister in law decide which wines to move to storage and which too give away ("chump off on", in the famous old world brother in law's parlance) to the kids and unsuspecting neighbors.

I have always enjoyed these wines despite the generally high alcohol and lack of lift. This one is rich and smooth with nice zin spice but is generally flat despite some spiky acidity. I know that lots of fans would disagree but this is one goes on chump list - just sayin'.
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Red
3/4/2015 - greenblanket wrote:
This old country boy isn't quite sure if he waited a little too long on this wine or not quite long enough. It almost seems young but there is no oak and little tannin but it seems thin and sour. Maybe it will improve over the next couple hours.
Red
10/22/2014 - greenblanket wrote:
Very, very nice - with pretty red Grenache fruit, elegant sleek tannin, lively cherry acidity and gorgeous Cairanne garrigue. Just the slightest bit hard and young but this old boy bets it has years to go.
Red
This is starting to show some age in a nice way. Less bright fruit, more earth and dark herbs. Still in balance. Nice.
White
Nice off dry Vouvray here. Apple, maybe some peach, classic hints of honey and just enough acidity to keep things lively. A great pairing for the goat cheese appetizer. Much better than simply entry level and a great bang for the buck at around ten dollars.
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