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Red
2007 Van Westen Vineyards Vivre la Vie Okanagan Valley Merlot
6/9/2013 - PlanetX wrote:
89 points
This is still a big, intense and tannic wine with a good core of vanilla infused fruit. Will be interested in seeing where this is in a couple of years.
  • deBare commented:

    3/27/22, 2:13 PM - I say the wine turned into an amazing 95 pointer with a few more years in the bottle. Your insights were spot on.

  • deBare commented:

    12/28/22, 10:25 PM - That's great news that the wine is continuing to improve over time!

White
2019 Cambria Chardonnay Katherine's Vineyard Santa Maria Valley
3/29/2022 - Hi.its.Don.4.Wine Likes this wine:
91 points
You Know What They Say About "Assuming?"

When I first decided to review today’s wine, I already knew a great deal about the ownership of the winery, you see it’s owned by one of the largest family-owned wine businesses, the Jackson Family Wines.

In 1986, founders Barbara Banke and Jess Jackson bought one of the oldest vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley, originally called the Tepusquet Vineyard, and established Cambria; now headed by their daughters Katherine and Julia Jackson. The wines being made under the watchful eye of Jill Russell. Today’s wine is the:

Cambria "Katherine's Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay 2019

Not to worry, lest you think Julia doesn’t get the recognition of having her name on a wine; she’s got a Pinot Noir and Rosé with her name on it, oh, and Barbara has one named in her honor as well. To get to specifics, it’s actually the vineyards that are named after those prestigious women and thusly the wine.

So, we’ve got the vineyards named, or some of them, but I had this searing desire (oaky maybe just an inquisitiveness) to find out the origin of the winery name – Cambria. Now the easiest way to do that would be to contact the winery and ask; Nah, too easy. I like a challenge. Off I go to the all-knowing internet!

Searching around I found a reference to a geologic period of the earth, the Cambrian Age, that occurred 542 to 488 million years ago. Maybe a reference to the ancient soils with fossilized seashells? There’s also an orchid name the Cambria orchid. Do they grow those flowers in the vineyards? The most likely was a reference to one of the founder’s last name – Jackson. I discovered that Cambria is the name for Wales in Great Britain. Jackson is also a prevalent name there as well. So, I’m surmising that they named the winery Cambria after a possible lineage to kinfolk from Wales England.

After I post this, I’m wondering if I’ll get any response from the winery as to my assumption being correct or not? Time will tell.

As for the wine; from a cool, long, and steady growing season in the Santa Maria Valley came this delish 100% chardonnay, sustainably certified, and created using whole cluster pressed grapes fermented in barrel (75%) and 25% in stainless steel. Undergoing 75% malolactic fermentation and then allowed to age for nine months in French Oak (25%) new.

What emerges is a wine cloaked in creaminess along with nice acidity and minerality. Apple flavors surface along with a toastiness. This is a wonderful chardonnay, pleasant and enjoyable, especially for those looking for a creamy style.

Now I need only wait to see if my assumption about the name is correct.

Cheers
  • deBare commented:

    3/29/22, 9:17 PM - I love your CellarTracker's longest-ever tasting note ... hilarious. We're all waiting for the answer since I also enjoyed Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay tonight (Tue)!

Red
2013 Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Bellezza Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese
1/4/2022 - Oenecnist wrote:
Bought 4 mags for CAD 28+/mag (reflects 5% mixed case discount; add 15% tax) on closeout from a local shop last week; this is #1. Solid cork. Decanted but not needed: almost no sediment--surprising. Ripe red plum purple; ripe plum, some ripe cherry, some oak that follow on the palate, well-integrated oak; very good mouthfeel; good persistence. Delicious, perhaps at its peak drinking window around now. The top shelf for a good--not great--producer and a memorable experience. Stored horizontally in a cool, dark basement locker since purchase. My evaluation (see earlier posts for my 4-category, non-point rating system): This is outstanding when considering quality, age, and price in the BCLDB environment (high taxes, heavily regulated and protected).
  • deBare commented:

    3/27/22, 3:38 PM - While it's not quite the bargoon that you got from the private store closeout, magnums are still available for $40 CAD (- 5% discount + 15% taxes) from Everything Wine: https://www.everythingwine.ca/castello-di-gabbiano-bellezza-2012-chianti-classico-gran-selezione-1-5l

    I just bought four (4) 1.5L bottles as part of a curated delivery recently but don't know if EW ships beyond parts of Western Canada. However, if you're in British Columbia, this is a pretty good deal for essentially two (2) bottles of nice wine for the equivalent of $20 CAD each. That's great QPR!

    Cheers 🍷

    db

White
2017 La Chablisienne Chablis La Pierrelée Chardonnay
9/29/2021 - ajbergren wrote:
89 points
Bright straw yellow-gold with medium minus optical density and very fine, high specular reflectivity. Aromas are strong, with fresh zesty citrus (grapefruit and lemon peel), tropical fruits, and some grassy meadow flowers. On the palate, fresh, zesty acidity and easy-going body provide for an easy refreshing drink. Flavours of various fruits (citrus, tangerine notes) and grassy florals on the attack, with a streak of minerals cutting through things. The midpalate sees the fruit turning softer, with a touch of a grilled character, while at the same time seeing limestone gravel fill in the gaps. The final transition sees the texture turn chalky, with more vibrant rich fruits that become sweeter at this point. Finishes very clean, with the length being at the back of the palate, where grilled pineapple and grassiness linger with decent time. Overall intensity is very nice, with enough depth and complexity to surpass the average.

An awesome wine that is classic for the region, providing great value. A fun wine that is at home with food or on its own, with both breadth and depth to appreciate. Plenty fruit-forward, for an approachable and yet elegant profile. Lovely!
  • deBare commented:

    3/13/22, 9:27 PM - I can't add anything more to Ajbergren's great detailed review. We enjoyed this Chablis with a sesame-crusted seared tuna from the meal-kit delivery company FreshPrep [https://www.freshprep.ca/?r=x67lcwcb~1a59rnq2].
    It was a perfect pairing. Sometimes a bottle of wine and food dish just work beautifully together. Cheers.
    🥂

White - Sparkling
N.V. Bread & Butter Prosecco Glera
11/26/2021 - TannicBeast Likes this wine:
90 points
Glera with a bit of Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. Pale straw w/ a green hue. Nice vigorous perlage. Med intensity aromas of gala apple, pear, white peach, and white flowers. Dry but with a touch of RS. Med (+) acidity and med (-) alcohol at 11%. Light-bodied, w/ med intensity flavors and length. Very smooth and silky, with a clean mineral finish. It was awarded a Double Gold and is the Value Prosecco Class Champion at the 2022 Houston Uncorked wine competition and worth a try. Drink now, not intended for aging. 89+
  • deBare commented:

    3/13/22, 3:39 PM - Great review of a very nice prosecco that our family tried for the first time on March 12, 2022. It is indeed one of the smoothest and silkiest proseccos we've enjoyed ... and we drink a lot of different styles of this favourite Italian aperitif. It deserves 90 points and Double Gold. We'll be adding it to our cellar for future consumption.
    Cheers. 🥂

Red
2013 Finca Las Moras Tannat Reserva Tulum Valley
8/28/2016 - KillerJones Likes this wine:
90 points
Oak-aged for 16 months to tame its character,” is what is written on the back label, and the wine does show vanilla from the toasted oak. And, although touted as another muscular wine from Argentina (referring to Malbec as being the other), this wine is more sinewy than muscular, supported by ripe blackcurrant berry, chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg on the nose.
Typical of Tannat, it is such a deep red, it's black. It is rich, with a mouthful of cassis, good acidity, incredible backbone and a long finish exhibiting chocolate, blackcurrant with a spiciness that just keeps on going -- well worth the $15.00. I paired it with some grilled meat -venison tenderloin with sauteed crimini mushrooms and a sauce made from the same wine.
Excellent, if not decadent, and if this 100% Tannat were a dance - it would be the tango.
  • deBare commented:

    2/20/22, 1:12 AM - I was several years late finally cracking open this bottle - best between 2015-2017 - so missed its peak. I enjoyed your review ... my experience was grey shadows of what could have been with this wine. I'm reluctant to add a score and tasting notes since it's probably not reflective of the wine at its best. Cheers.
    🍷

Red
2016 Blind Creek Collective Cabernet Sauvignon Similkameen Valley
5/2/2021 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
93 points
This took another 12-18 months in bottle to smooth out the grippy tannic back half. Absolutely worth the wait. Pronounced bouquet of rich cassis, liquorice and burnt sage. Repeated on the palate. Terrific concentration, medium plus body, long finish. Well balanced and very well made. I do hope von Mandl keeps the Blind Creek Collective portfolio but the chances are slim. The fruit quality is too good to ignore.
  • deBare commented:

    8/29/21, 5:08 AM - So far in my hunt for 2016 unicorns, I'm 3-for-3 on this trip to wineries in the Okanagan.
    My first was the pair of double magnums of the 2016 Clos du Soleil Signature; second was a magnum of the 2016 Burrowing Owl Merlot; and finally were seven (7) bottles of 2016 Blind Creek Collective Cabernet Sauvignon on my visit yesterday to Road 13 Winery.
    I apprecaite your heads up on the various wines. I'm looking forward to cracking open the first bottle of my latest find tonight.
    Cheers.
    db

  • deBare commented:

    9/2/21, 8:24 AM - Ouch ... the MRSP on each bottle was $102 CAD ... discounted by 10% because I joined the Road 13 Wine Club. I would have gladly paid $56@bottle at Save-On. If there are more out there to pick up at that price from retailers, it would be a smart thing to buy what's still available.
    After my purchase of seven (7) bottles, the winery only has 29 bottles of the 2016 Blind Creek Collective Cabernet Sauvignon left in stock. I guess they felt okay jacking the price due to limited supply and ongoing demand. Hopefully, the QPR still holds up. Cheers.
    db

Red
2015 Clos du Soleil Signature British Columbia VQA Red Bordeaux Blend
7/6/2021 - deBare Likes this wine:
89 points
Honestly, it doesn't seem as good a vintage as the 2014 (but I can't find a 2016 to save my life) so I ’settled’ for this 2015. It’s still a good wine with notes of currants, blackberries, and minerals. And I agree with Canoehead that it could use more time in the cellar as I continue my hunt for the elusive 2016 bottles.

Cheers. 🍷
  • deBare commented:

    7/7/21, 6:02 PM - Thanks Canoehead ... I'll dig into my search a bit more. Sadly the Mission SuperStore only had 2015s but maybe Langley or Surrey might have the 'unicorn' bottles I'm seeking. In the meantime, I'll check out your other recommendations. Cheers!

  • deBare commented:

    8/25/21, 8:40 AM - So Canoehead, I finally found the 'unicorns' ... at the winery itself. Fortunately, we were driving right by on our way to Osoyoos so dropped in for a tasting. Clos du Soleil didn't have any 2016 bottles in 750ml formats (apparently, even the winemaker couldn't get their hands on a bottle since it sold out immediately upon release) so I had to 'settle' for a couple of double magnums instead. Both (2/12 & 8/12) are signed by the winemaker himself and of course safely ensconced in wine boxes. I'm serving one tonight at a family and friends barbecue overlooking the lake. It seems like a perfect setting to open and pour the first bottle. There should be plenty of great wine to go around.
    db
    PS. I did taste the 2018 Signature and would give it a pass - picked up a lot of smoke from the wildfires that year.

  • deBare commented:

    8/25/21, 10:57 AM - 😔 yes I feel bad for the winemakers who already need all the help they can get. The last thing they want is smokiness. But Mother Nature always calls the shots.
    db

Red
2007 Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz Ebenezer
3/20/2016 - deBare wrote:
80 points
Disappointing - very earthy and flat tasting.
  • deBare commented:

    5/11/21, 12:03 AM - Every bottle of wine is like a snowflake - unique in its own way. This is why writing reviews can be a bit challenging since they represent just one bottle during a singular snapshot in time that is influenced by a wide range of factors.
    My first tasting of the 2007 Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz Ebenezer got a rating of 93 so it's certainly possible my second bottle was corked - given its steep decline barely a year after the first bottle.
    I always appreciate any feedback from fellow CTers, so I'm glad your bottles are still drinking well TooFine.
    Cheers. 🍷

Red
2017 Losada Vinos de Finca Bierzo Mencía
2/23/2020 - Heynetty wrote:
A: Medium ruby
N: Medium (+) [pronoiuunced int.] nose of blackberries, violet red cherry, pomegranate, liquorice, mint, pencil shavings, wet rock, toast (from America oak)
P:Dry, medium (+) acid [high acid instructor], medium (+) fine grained [firm]tannins, full body, high alcohol, medium (+) intensity and medium (+) finish
C: Balance between the acid and the tannin and fruit intensity on the other. Though the one has some complexity and though the intensity and length contribute to this very good quality wine , greater complexity and length might be expected from better examples.

[no tertiary as still young but still ageable]
Fruit intensiity and acid and tannin structure make this wine suitable for ageing.

A bit about the region and grape:
This predominately red wine DO lies in the mountains that mark the boundary between Galicia and the Meseta Central. The climate is moderate and benefits from a cooling maritime influence. The key grape variety here is Mencia (florals and pencil shaving and acid allows ageing), which can produce elegant red wines with naturally high acidity and red fruit aromas. Many of the best wines come from old vines grown on the region's steep stony slopes. Some producers make unoaked wines to retain the perfumed red fruit of the grape variety, but many use new oak to add toasty aromas.
  • deBare commented:

    2/4/21, 10:26 PM - Thanks for taking the time to offer more insights into this particular wine and its origins. My wine consultant suggested this bottle is definitely something different - but encouraged me to try it anyway. Now I know a little bit more why it's unusual. Cheers.

Red
2014 Clos du Soleil Signature British Columbia VQA Red Bordeaux Blend
1/5/2021 - deBare Likes this wine:
93 points
I can't really add much to KFrench150's detailed review below (with which I agree). It's truly a great wine that pairs well with many different dishes. In fact, at a BC Wine Institute VQA tasting a couple of years back, deKerf and I determined that this wine was the clear winner among at least 80 other wineries at the event. It wasn't even 'Clos' - groan 😉 .

A bit of trivia: Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC's Provincial Health Officer, is a co-owner of the Clos du Soleil Winery - located in the Keremeos-Similkameen region of southern British Columbia. This valley is coming into its own as the new 'hottest' spot for wine-growing - competing well with the long-established Okanagan.

Sadly the 2014 bottles appear to be gone from local wine stores. I haven't tried the 2015 vintage yet but am looking forward to drinking one soon.
  • deBare commented:

    1/12/21, 9:46 PM - Thanks CanoeHead for your comments on the 2015 and 2016 vintages. I will definitely go looking for these new bottles. I also appreciate the tips on the other BC wines - will try to find those as well. Cheers.

Red
2010 Famille Perrin / Perrin & Fils Vinsobres Les Cornuds Red Rhone Blend
6/6/2019 - garrigue65 wrote:
87 points
This has past its peak. I would recommend patience in the glass or at least 30 minutes in a decanter. Please drink up now. Muted fruit/ strawberry and cherry eucalyptus finish. Was better a year ago.
  • deBare commented:

    10/13/20, 10:58 PM - Your right!

White - Sparkling
N.V. Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley Champagne Blend
4/16/2020 - deBare wrote:
85 points
I'm ambivalent about this wine. Admittedly I bought it mistakenly thinking it was 2020 Wine Spectator's #7 wine so I was probably expecting much more - shame on me. However, this is a sibling.
It's gold-coloured with a nose of flint, stoniness and mineral. The body is light. The wine has satin-like texture. The wine finishes long. However as a previous reviewer noted, there is a slight bitterness to the finish.
I'm not likely buying this wine again - especially at the price point here in Canada.
  • deBare commented:

    4/19/20, 4:57 PM - Thanks Rich for your question. Alcohol is generally more expensive in Canada due to high 'vice' taxes. So the cost of a bottle here is $48 CAD plus 17% = $56 CAD. With the current exchange that means it's the equivalent of $39 USD. For that QPR, I was expecting something more. Cheers.

Red
2008 Schild Estate Shiraz Barossa Valley
12/13/2016 - bjamesclark wrote:
90 points
A lengthy decant shows moderate to moderate-plus aromas that are starting to show the evolution and age of this wine. Aromas show a mix of sarsaparilla, old wood, game meats, crushed dried violets and lavender, tar, earth, camphor, menthol, leather and walnut scents that lead into plum, wild blackberry, dried cherry and vanilla with touches of fennel pollen. Noticeably less fruit than previous notes.
The palate remains lively with medium-plus acid. Flavors in this have evolved as well, losing the jammy fruit quality noted in the past. Flavors of grilled game meats, herbs and tobacco, crushed walnut, dried violets and lavender, camphor, fennel pollen, menthol and fruit flavors which show dried cherry, wild blackberry and black plum skin. The finish lingers highlighting the acidity and savory notes.

Overall trending downward and showing more maturity than expected.
Past its peak, but still a great wine drinking well in its price point.
  • deBare commented:

    10/21/17, 2:22 PM - This is very fair comment indeed. My friend and I bought 14 cases back when the first release came out a decade ago (btw we returned every bottle of the second release!!!).

    The dozen or so bottles that we have left definitely need a longer decanting (2-3 hours) to return to a shadow of its original self.

    It's still a great wine but we should have probably drank it all about two years ago.

Red
2008 Schild Estate Shiraz Barossa Valley
8/31/2013 - deBare Likes this wine:
94 points
I have to wonder (and it's entirely Schild Estate's fault!!!) if the extremely negative reviews below are in fact tastings of the infamous 'Second Blend' which was horrible - even undrinkable. Given the sheer number of tasting notes for this particular vintage, mixed with one of the stupidest marketing decisions by a winery since fermentation was discovered in the Neolithic period, I believe the two 'co-vintages' are often being reviewed as representing 2008 as if it were a singular vintage. In my humble opinion, this creates unfortunate confusion because the original and its inferior cousin are very very different (let me stress again this entirely Schild Estate's fault!).

It's certainly not up to the CT members to figure out which of the two releases they are drinking, especially when the labels are identical and you need to look at the etchings on the bottom of the bottle (it's ridiculous - see: www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/44637).

That said, I cellared five cases of the original 2008 Schild Estate Shiraz when it first came out and it remains among mine and my family's favourite wines. I still have about half of those bottles left. The wine is aging well and continues to deserve the high praise it received by WS as their #7 wine in 2010.

On the other hand, I bought two cases of the 2008 'Second Blend' when it came to Canada under this moniker (because WS said it was almost identical to the original), and several cases of 2010 Schild Estate Shiraz (which reached #33 on the 2012 WS list). Both vintages were absolutely horrible, and fortunately the BCLS has a great return policy because everything went back to the liquor store.

The whole experience has made me sad/mad about Schild Estates' attempt to deceive the public (and drop their winemaking standards) ... but even more confused about the tastings/rankings offered by WS which seem wildly inconsistent. I realize it's ultimately up to our individual tastes to determine what we like and don't like - using others' reviews and experiences as mere guidelines to our own buying/drinking decisions. I'm just not sure anyone reading the 522 CT tastings notes on the 2008 Schild Estate Shiraz will appreciate that if they do happen upon an original bottle, they should snap it up. I think they will discover what made this wine among the top 10 in the world for its year. As for the other Schild Estate Shiraz vintages, definitely drink at your peril. Cheers.
  • deBare commented:

    12/27/13, 4:06 PM - Thanks for filling in the details Geppetto - I'm glad that Matt is back on CT and discovered my little diatribe about Schild. Hopefully a few more members will discover they actually have the good stuff in their cellar(s). Cheers ...

White
2008 Nederburg Ingenuity Western Cape White Blend
11/2/2009 - Polarper wrote:
96 points
Rated 5 stars in Platter's 2009 edition. Finely blends 8 separately vinified varieties, some oaked. Sauvignon Blanc (40%: Chardonnay 20%: Viognier 15%) dominates with subtle tinned pea notes, but seamless, harmonious. Silkily elegant, with rare sense of completeness. Should mature good few years.
  • deBare commented:

    9/25/13, 9:35 PM - You were right - although I didn't get a chance to taste this wine in its relative youth, spending the past five years in the bottle has made it a wonderfully complex and enjoyable white wine.

Red
2010 Mollydooker Two Left Feet South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah
6/9/2012 - Hamilton1 wrote:
88 points
Tried this after having the Blue Eyed Boy, which I thought was outstanding. This was disappointing in comparison, even in consideration of the considerably lower price. Not significantly better than Penfolds or Shotfire offerings that are in the $12 to $15 range.
  • deBare commented:

    9/25/13, 9:20 PM - I agree that it's difficult to beat Blue Eyed Boy - although I love all the MD wines - BEB is my favourite.

Red
2010 Mollydooker Two Left Feet South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah
5/18/2013 - wineshaman wrote:
88 points
Massive yes, jammy yes, sweet yes, fruit bomb yes, typical MD yes, Bordeaux no, Rhine no, elegant no. I am continually amazed at the critics of MD wines, like what are you expecting, what is even more amazing is how many and how much$$$ they spend to trash Aussie wines in general. When I open a bottle of MD I know what I am going to get, same as if I open a Bordeaux or Rhone etc. it is what it is and it is what it should be!
  • deBare commented:

    9/25/13, 9:16 PM - MD is a great brand - people who don't like speed shouldn't drive Ferraris!

Red
2008 Schild Estate Shiraz Barossa Valley
8/27/2012 - imissjerry wrote:
91 points
This is one of those wines that when you frink you wish you had waited another 10 years! I happen to know that was the 1st lot of this celebrated wine, (#8 WS TOP 100) and was not part of the purchased fruit mele' that plagued Schild! This wine was gorgeous Shiraz with a deep rich nose of cocoa powder, violets and a hint of coffee. The palate was deep dark bluberry, plum and chocolate present. It's inky dark color was gorgeous and had fantastic structure. The wince finished with lots of style and grace with a wonderful coating mouthfeel!
  • deBare commented:

    8/31/13, 11:45 AM - It's unfortunate that many people might miss the opportunity to enjoy one of the original 2008 vintages because of Schild Estate's idiocy. I treasure the remaining bottles that I've cellared ... so I might in fact be able to enjoy at least one or two of them in 2018!

  • deBare commented:

    9/12/13, 6:08 PM - Thanks for your response to my comment - I tried to post to your profile but you're not accepting public messages so I will add my response here. A friend and I both bought several cases of the 2010 Schild Estate Shiraz, in response to the WS scoring and our positive experience with the original 2008 vintage. Sadly it was truly undrinkable after several attempts. I even did a blind tasting with friends - there was really no contest. We returned everything except the three bottles we attempted to drink. I don't know if the shipment to Canada might have spoiled but there was a bitter aftertaste that made me question the veracity of the WS rankings. At this point, I'm slowly finishing the remaining 2008 bottles I have cellared after attempting to drink both the Second Blend and 2010 vintages then returning those cases.

Red
2008 Schild Estate Shiraz Barossa Valley
6/3/2012 - bjamesclark wrote:
92 points
Dark purple color with opaque core. medium viscosity.
(Decanted) Nutty aromas and tabacco frame plum, dark cherry wood and a hint of sassafras extract.
The Palate is full throttle delivering more than the nose alludes; Firm, well integrated tannins, bright acidity, and velvety texture; Structured. Concentrated flavors of blackberry, cherry and plum flirt with spice, wood, chocolate, vanilla and blue fruit. The finish is long with drying tannins. pleasant
  • deBare commented:

    8/31/13, 11:40 AM - Excellent points on the general reviewing of wines! In fact, our family loved the original 2008 so we did blind taste tests with the 'second blend' and subsequent 2010 vintages. Based solely on wine (not knowing which bottle it came from), we loved the original and found the other two vintages undrinkable (there was a bitterness to both that made it harsh to swallow).

Red
2008 Schild Estate Shiraz Barossa Valley
7/27/2011 - Joegish Likes this wine:
92 points
Despite all the recent negative (and I might add well-deserved) press Schild has received, this is still a delicious wine.
  • deBare commented:

    8/31/13, 11:34 AM - It's unfortunate that many people might miss the opportunity to enjoy one of the original 2008 vintages because of Schild Estate's idiocy. The same thing happened with Vermont Castings - they marketed an inferior product through the box stores but didn't change the branding at all from their high-end offerings. I thought I was buying a quality name-brand barbecue - it was piece of crap that didn't last two years. The BBQ-maker ultimately went bankrupt (deservedly). Sadly, in the same vein, Schild just doesn't seem the same to me after they pulled off this stunt. I still enjoy the remaining 2008 bottles I have cellared but returned the 2010 cases I bought (they were undrinkable).

Red
2008 Schild Estate Shiraz Barossa Valley
3/9/2013 - Philly NQ King wrote:
92 points
More than a year since my last bottle and what a difference. All my bottles are from the original batch, but have still experienced plenty of bottle variation. This bottle - fantastic. Balance, spice, depth and complexity. My other bottles were NOT like this...too bad this was my last.
  • deBare commented:

    8/31/13, 11:26 AM - It's too bad you experienced so much variation between bottles. I cellared five cases and have little more than half left. Every bottle has been consistently great ... I treasure the ones I have remaining and will be sad when they're all gone in several years.

Red
2008 Schild Estate Shiraz Barossa Valley
2/17/2013 - swade wrote:
94 points
I usually don't repost on the same wine. It has been a year. The flavor profile hasn't changed, but the mouth feel is unctuous. Simply amazing. I'm blown away. This is not spoofilated at all. Rich, but not heavy. No weariness in drinking it. Layers of flavor. My palate profiles European and my CT score average is 87. 94-95.
  • deBare commented:

    8/31/13, 11:20 AM - I have three cases left and savour every bottle we pull out to enjoy monthly on special occasions. I will be sad when it's all gone in several years.

Red
2008 Schild Estate Shiraz Barossa Valley
3/17/2013 - Arch57 Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow this wine has peaked into a glorious Aussie Shiraz that finally delivered on the WS ratings. We popped this after an 05 Clarendon Hills Piggott that was not nearly as expressive as this bottle.
I reviewed my notes on this wine over the years and this last bottle was by far the best. Explosive fruit on the nose with a mouth coating palate like a bowl of bing cherries. This is in a great place and I envy the 61% who still have some stashed away because at this price it was a real steal.
  • deBare commented:

    8/31/13, 11:02 AM - I am treasuring the 38 bottles I have left ... enjoying at least one a month on special occasions.

White
2010 Bellingham Chenin Blanc The Bernard Series Old Vine Western Cape
10/29/2011 - Fragrant Farmer wrote:
73 points
I think this wine. after two bottles over the last six month, is hideous. All I could taste was the "seamlessly integrated vanilla oak spice". So overpowering oak and 14.5% alcohol. Australian chardonnay 1995? Maybe if I had left it a day or two open or a year or two in the bottle it might have been OK. Take away the oak and maybe there was something nice underneath but who knows.
  • deBare commented:

    8/29/13, 1:04 AM - I might not give it 73 pts but certainly not much higher. I did leave my bottle open for a couple of days - it did NOT improve! Virtually undrinkable - I bought a bottle to try given the high praise of others (not just on CT) but was very disappointed in this wine.

White
2008 Nederburg Ingenuity Western Cape White Blend
3/24/2013 - belfast taxman wrote:
92 points
In this varietal dominated world here was a wine with real difference - the Semillon and Sauvignon just had an edge of dominance and provided lovely depth complexity and a good long finish = drank beautifully with Chinese food
  • deBare commented:

    8/26/13, 10:49 PM - I usually leave the whites to my wife but your review got me interested in this particular wine. I'm glad I tried it - will definitely add a few more bottles to my small collection. Thanks.

Red
2011 California Cult Classics Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 6 Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard Napa Valley
6/27/2013 - deBare Likes this wine:
89 points
Very young still bit of bottle shock after just two days. Needs some time!
  • deBare commented:

    7/7/13, 10:18 AM - Fair comment Geppetto! We were excited taste a bottle so we took one with us to Purple in Seattle (great corkage policy - FREE if they don't have a bottle). I did my initial assessment waaaay too quickly ... since the wine opened up beautifully as it decanted. I've since amended the score to 89 where it finished as the evening progressed. I truly appreciate Frank's hard work and meant no harm by this premature review. This wine will definitely age well and become the 90+ pointer that all of us believe will happen over the next couple of years.

Red
2007 Rusden Ripper Creek Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
Not sure if I had a bad bottle or not, but it initially both smelled and tasted like a barnyard. We aerated it and decanted it, and that improved the nose substantially. But it still didn't taste very good.

I will not purchase it again.
  • deBare commented:

    6/8/13, 5:55 PM - I'm hoping this was just a bad bottle. This is certainly one of Australia's better wineries - one of my brother's favourites (he lives in Adelaide and can choose almost any of them)- so it's unfortunate that your experience was marred. I would try another one for sure.

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