Tasting Notes for sajc

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Red
6/14/2017 - sajc Likes this wine:
93 points
Devils Gulch is my favorite pinot from Dutton Goldfield
Red
4/29/2017 - sajc wrote:
brought to Meredith and Barry's party
Red
3/31/2017 - sajc Likes this wine:
92 points
Terrific! I could still echo PATWJR's comments from 2013!
Red
2/11/2017 - sajc wrote:
Dutton Goldfield is best enjoyed young!
Red
1/5/2017 - sajc Likes this wine:
94 points
Pepper, mint, vanilla, allspice, but not fruity or jammy like other California syrah. Seems like a perfect balance of old and new world.
White
9/7/2014 - sajc Likes this wine:
96 points
Wow...completely exceeded my expectations. Spicy, fruity, structured. Perfect accompaniment to a warm sunny afternoon and steak on the grill.
Red
9/5/2014 - sajc wrote:
83 points
reminded me of Carneros pinot
Red
2/23/2014 - sajc Likes this wine:
92 points
Reminds me of a Beaujolais. Tastes more like gamay than zinfandel. Flowerly and minty nose.
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Red
2/20/2014 - sajc Likes this wine:
93 points
For $25, this was awesome. I wasn't sure about a 20 year old Mendocino wine, especially since the cork wasn't looking so good and it pretty much fell apart upon opening. But the wine smelled wonderful. Leathery, musty, earthy. Very well balanced. I'm sure Sally Ottoson didn't intend this to be cellared for so long, but it has held up extremely well. I wish I had more of these!
Red
11/29/2013 - sajc Likes this wine:
95 points
One of my new California favorites. Well worth the price in my opinion.
Red
10/18/2013 - sajc wrote:
86 points
I didn't intend to hold this bottle for so long, but it was actually better than expected. A bit too oaky, but otherwise enjoyable. My only other critique, which didn't factor into my rating, was the price. In hindsight, $100 is insane for Silver Oak. There are plenty of better California cabs that can be had for a fraction of the price. I expect a lot more for wine priced at this level. I much prefer their Alexander Valley cab, but even at $60, I don't see myself buying any more Silver Oak.

10/23 edit: I just drank a bottle of 2009 Graton Ridge Russian River Pinot Noir ($30), and it struck me how two completely different wineries with otherwise excellent grapes produce wine. (I would score the Graton Ridge about an 86 as well.) Graton Ridge is a small shop and has it's ups and downs year to year. Being a home wine and beer maker myself, I appreciate the transition Graton Ridge has made from apples to grapes and wine. They do a good job producing above average wine for the level they operate at. Silver Oak is a completely different type of winery. It has the resources to make outstanding wine consistently year after year. It should not be producing unbalanced, over-oaked wine, especially at $100/bottle. To be honest, thinking back to the last bottle of wine I made at home, a merlot with Central Valley grapes, in which I added oak chips to the fermentor, I would consider that on par with this bottle of Silver Oak. (Ironically, it was a 1996 bottle of Silver Oak that really got me hooked on collecting wine!)
Red
9/17/2013 - sajc wrote:
84 points
I think this was drinking better at the winery two years ago. It might be getting a little old. Well balanced and good with lasagna tonight.
Red
6/3/2013 - sajc Likes this wine:
92 points
Leathery, minty and dry...it's amazing this Bordeaux blend is from Virginia.
Red
5/20/2013 - sajc Likes this wine:
83 points
This is a pleasant, semi-sweet wine good for drinking on a warm day. A bit effervescent, it reminds me of some homemade wines I've had, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Red
4/13/2013 - sajc Likes this wine:
92 points
leathery and dry. drinking well with fish tacos!
Red
3/9/2013 - sajc wrote:
79 points
Unbalanced and harsh. I thought McKenzie-Mueller's 2003 Cab Franc was much better. A little stale too...maybe it's just getting old.
Red
2/27/2013 - sajc Likes this wine:
92 points
I love the balance and contrast between the earthy/leathery and sharp tart/sour notes. I don't drink much Spanish wine (as of yet), but I am surprised how young this tastes.
Red
9/30/2012 - sajc wrote:
90 points
could have mistaken this for a cab. peppery, dry and little smokey. paired well with a red wine marinated pot roast cooked on the grill.
Red
2000 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/18/2012 - sajc wrote:
93 points
I love this wine. Very simple, elegant and balanced. There may not be anything extraordinary to warrant a 95+ score, but regardless, I'd consider it one of my desert island wines. Can't wait to break into the 2009.
Red
1996 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/27/2012 - sajc wrote:
90 points
Smooth and simple wine, something I could drink everyday. Earthy, dry, no fruit.
Red
8/15/2012 - sajc wrote:
88 points
dry leather
Red
8/10/2012 - sajc wrote:
85 points
There is obviously some big differences in opinion on this one. I think this wine is very good, but not great. I like the balance of fruit and dryness, but it's a bit harsh. A little too much oak. This reminds me of the first wine I made at home (a merlot).
Red
1/30/2012 - sajc wrote:
Opened way too late. Tasted very stale. Too bad because we loved this wine a few years ago.
Red
10/28/2011 - sajc wrote:
92 points
Perfect wine for game 7 of the World Series!
Red
4/6/2011 - sajc wrote:
93 points
Decanted for an hour and had with a steak. Very dry, spicy and smooth.
Rosé
4/5/2011 - sajc wrote:
91 points
This is still drinking great! I was really worried this would be past its time, but its definitely not. We had this with a shrimp dish inspired by the spices of Zanzibar. Drank at cellar temp, not too chilled. Looks like a rose...light to medium pink/orange color... but drinks more like a red. I'm glad I have one more in the cellar!
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