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Red
1958 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
11/24/2018 - Jeff Leve wrote:
83 points
From a bottle with a low fill for its age, I was pleasantly surprised, as I was not expecting this to be good. Light in body, with a tea colored hue, the texture was soft, showing the patina of its age. More on the secondary leafy, earthy, tobacco side, with just a hint of red fruits remaining , well stored examples could be even better.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    11/30/18, 9:12 AM - Thanks. A real treat to try a Bordeaux from my birth year. It was good and had some fruit left though certainly well past its prime. Worth drinking for sure!

Red
2009 Martinelli Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa Russian River Valley
2/8/2015 - eniskonuk wrote:
93 points
- Garnet color and aromas of licorice anise. It's balanced and has flavours of blackberry, black currant and black pepper with a medium/full body. Polished texture with a long finish - One of the best sins I've had in a while. Spicy and yet has a lot of black fruit undertones.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    10/15/18, 1:59 PM - Is that a typo? "Sins". LOL.

Red
1998 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve le Clos du Caillou Red Rhone Blend
3/28/2018 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
93 points
2015 Chateauneuf du Papes (Lou's): Jeff opened this after the tasting. Ruby/purple in color. This smells like it should. Some cherries, macerated cherries and barnyard. It hit me that this is what was missing from all the 2015's. Love that earthiness. Does it develop? I doubt it. Anyway, on the palate, this is very nice with layers of black cherry fruit and damp earth. Tannins are resolved. It seems to be at peak or slightly past but drinking quite well. 20 years from vintage with plenty of life left it all one can ask. Thanks Jeff for the treat.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    10/11/18, 4:40 AM - Yes and no. Brett is a yeast, so depending on storage temps the rate of increase varies. In general though, yes.

White
2005 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu Chenin Blanc
7/21/2018 - gtilley wrote:
Different from last bottle - much more youthful and barely getting going. Tried next to a 2015 Savennieres and it seemed barely older at all. Must be a very good bottle. Appley, crisp, bit of honeycomb, elegant pinging acidity. Wonderful.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    7/21/18, 1:02 PM - Had this last night as well. Delicious and just getting close to maturity. Wonderful wine. My full note is here: https://www.intowine.com/reviews/2005-domaine-huet-vouvray-sec-le-haut-lieu-france-loire-valley-wine-review

White
2016 Viñedos Bernabeleva Vinos de Madrid cantocuerdas Albillo
7/6/2017 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
91 points
Gredos (Madrid) Visit 4: Bernabeleva (Bernabeleva Winery - Madrid Spain): This is a sweet white wine made from Muscat. Gorgeous nose. Floral with slight citrus fruits. On the palate, it is a bit dryer than I was expecting with a pleasant tart acidity. I know they make a dry and a sweet muscat version of this wine, but we were told this was the sweet version. I bought a bottle out of curiosity and because it was good. It finishes up with a bit of orange citrus. An interesting wine and I wish my Spanish was better to be sure which version this was.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    5/14/18, 5:51 AM - Yes, but this was there dessert wine made from Muscat.

Red
2014 Domaine Faury St. Joseph Syrah
11/13/2017 - Nanda wrote:
88 points
A very good and classic Northern Rhone syrah. Bursts with black fruit that just approaches jammy with loads of fresh acids providing buoyancy. Starting to show some black pepper and smoked meat notes, but this is really all about the juicy black fruit and florals today. Solid and should get better with a few years of age.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    11/17/17, 7:46 AM - Always a staple of mine for ordering at restaurants. Good pricing and quality. Drinks well young too. The VV is a bit better for cellaring.

Red
1995 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah
11/17/2017 - Collector1855 wrote:
96 points
I attended a Penfolds re-corking clinic, overseen by Chief winemaker Peter Gago, where they refilled my old bottles. They used the 2013 vintage as a refilling wine (I guess everybody was averaging up that day). I was able to taste my own bottle before they re-filled it because Peter was so kind to leave me a bit of the certifying portion.
TN: Remarkable youthful aroma and structure, lots of live left. Dark fruit, well integrated tannins, classic SA terroir notes. A much stronger showing than the WA scores suggest.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    11/17/17, 7:43 AM - I am somewhat surprised that a 95 needed to be recorked. Was the fill low or why did you want it recorked?

White - Sweet/Dessert
1997 De Loach Gewürztraminer Late Harvest Russian River Valley
4/6/2007 - Ombibulous wrote:
80 points
Cost $23 for a half bottle. My first experience of a late harvest Gewürztraminer. I like late harvest wines! Very impressively deep, dark brown colour (darker than olive oil, as dark as maple syrup, with a hint of molasses colour), enhanced by the age of this wine. Aroma of concentrated sugar cane juice and light molasses. Flavour to match. However, a slight strangeness to the flavour. This wine is still drinkable, but is surely past its apogee.

Per the hard-to-read label:
Produced and bottled by De Loach. Alcohol 11% by volume. Residual sugar 20% by weight. Harvest sugar 42 degrees brix.

Per www.deloach.com:
DeLoach Vineyards’ Late Harvest Gewürztraminer is made only in those years when the growing conditions allow the grapes to develop the rich qualities necessary for this style of wine. The fruit is hand harvested from the 4 acre vineyard behind the winery, and fermented in stainless steel tanks at an average of 50°F for 50 days.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    10/5/17, 9:23 AM - Having had this last night, you had an off bottle. Just on color alone, two bottles opened last night were golden in color.

Red
2014 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Cune Crianza Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
7/6/2017 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
88 points
Various wines and sherries from Madrid Vacation; 7/4/2017-7/6/2017 (In and around Madrid): From a 375 drunk at the cafeteria at the Barcelona Train station. It was served chilled which I think worked out fine. Deep ruby in color. The nose has cherries, cherry juice and dust. On the palate, this is good. Correct. Nothing amazing but nice cherry fruit. Well balanced. Worked well with food. Easy to drink the half bottle. Pretty solid Rioja.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    8/17/17, 7:35 AM - I think I had some type of grilled vegetable sandwich with it.

Red
2008 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series Washington
2/27/2013 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
78 points
Washington Cabs $20 to $40: I know my score is low and in fact, some in the group liked this more than I. I just couldn't get past the oak. Those who liked it acknowledged they liked the oak, the vanilla, the crem brulee. There is some fruit here, but I am not sure where this goes. I wouldn't mind trying it in the future, but I had real trouble with this. Also a lot of heat on the finish. Seemed to be a divisive wine.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    5/24/17, 5:03 AM - LOL. I doubt anyone cares what I say, but you are welcome. I take it you like it a lot more which is great. Did you notice the oak or did it just not bother you?

Red
2004 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
3/31/2017 - Arch57 Does not like this wine:
87 points
Well 5 1/2 years ago I rated this wine only 85 as it was sour and did not have the typical BdM notes that I cherish. I opened my second and last bottle tonight and was still un-impressed. While the sour notes have disappeared it still had none of the characteristics of Brunello that I have experienced over fifty bottles or so. Oh well on to my other producers.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    4/1/17, 6:34 AM - Ssems to be a lot of bottle variation on this and the Reserva. Some great bottles and some meh ones. Not sure if that is the issue here, but a shame your bottles didn't show better.

Red
2010 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
4/19/2016 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
92 points
Hdr Closing Tasting: Nice showing. Meaty nose with black cherries. Very deep. 80/20 Mourvedre/Grenache. Some tannins. Drinking well though.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    2/28/17, 1:47 PM - That was at HdR so I must have been told that by the rep.

Red
2010 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
11/3/2013 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
97 points
Some great wines to help Public Television (WVIZ World Series of Wine Seminar): Another RP 100 pointer and IMO, the best wine on the table (if not the best drinking this day). I no longer buy this wine due to price, but I have always love their wines. Purple, ruby at the rim. Tight on the nose. cherries, dust and smoke. Great texture. Firm tannins. Tight but layered. Complex and intense. Very focused, especially the finish. Not quite heat, but warming. Long, long, finish. Hope I can try this in 20 years.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    2/9/17, 2:43 PM - You are correct. Not sure why I wrote that (a few years back). Parker gave it 98+. I must have been drunk at the time. :-) Thanks for the correction.

Red
2012 Ramey Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard Sonoma Coast
9/18/2016 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
94 points
A lot of Wines at Tommy's Clambake (again again) (Tommy's): Served from Mag, I had with about 80% gone from the bottle and had been open for 4 hours, so it was fully aerated. Delicious Syrah. Soft and accessible. Deep black raspberry fruit. Lifting aromatics. Powerful finish. Loved the wine. No obvious oak showing at that point which I only mention as it can be an issue for me in his Chards and Cabs. I don't think I ever had his Syrah before. Great wine.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    2/8/17, 5:18 AM - Sure, open one. But give it plenty of air. I would open that morning and let slowly breath all day for serving that night if in a Magnum.

Red
2014 Sandlands Carignane California
1/27/2017 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
88 points
An eclectic mix of nice wines with friends (Pine Lake Trout Club): This was nice. It didn't get touched a lot and there was more than half a bottle left, so i brought it home to see what some air did to it later today. Purple in color. The nose has cherries, dark cherries, some roasted herbs and a bit of pepper. On the palate, this is not showing a lot. Nice texture which makes me think its shut down a bit? Some fruit. Light tannins. Its good, but not as good as the other bottle on the table. Hopefully, it opens up a bit today.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    1/28/17, 5:57 AM - Had a glass more on Day 2. It did open up a bit more. A bit juicier as well in the overall balance. Maybe a point higher, hard to say. Definitely needs time or air.

Red
2013 Caparone Aglianico Paso Robles
1/23/2017 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
89 points
Mostly Paso but some other interesting stuff (Scott & Jo's): My first time hearing of or trying this winery. I am told this cost about $15 at the winery which is a great value. A very interesting take. I love Aglianico but most (from Italy) are way too tart and need to be drunk immediately or need a very long time in the cellar - twenty years is not a lot even for a $20 wine. This was a bit different. To start with, the color is ruby and transparent. Not the purple of Agianico del Vulture for example. Then the nose is very dusty. It comes across not too unlike a good but inexpensive Bordeaux. There is also a nice cherry component and hints of cigar. On the palate, this is not super ripe. Nice cherries and bit of black currants. Good balance. Great with a Squash soup with crystallized ginger. Is it an awesome wine? No. But it is really good and just a perfect wine for how it was used. And at $15, I could drink this anytime.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    1/26/17, 5:09 AM - Are those two above and beyond this one? How many does he make?

Red
2010 Sine Qua Non Grenache Stockholm Syndrome Eleven Confessions Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills
9/30/2016 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
99 points
Plenty of wines at Pine Lake Trout Club (Pine Lake Trout Club): Killer wine and my WOTN. Just gorgeous. This is everything California can do, but few actually do, with Grenache. Its ripe but not over ripe. Plenty of depth. It shows darker fruits as well as the traditional red fruits. The nose is deep and powerful with black cherries, black raspberries, smoke, soy, cedar and violets. On the palate, what an amazing texture. Soft but velvety yet powerful. The fruit is ripe but not cloying or too much. Great balance. So much verve. Of course still young but seems past its baby stages just waking up. Two decades left easily. So, why not 100. Probably just not the right environment. Too much food. Dark lighting. The bottle shared among 9 of us. Who cares? Just a real treat!
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    1/15/17, 5:59 AM - I think these need some air right now. I would open first thing in the am and let breathe in bottle all day for dinner serving. If no time, then at least a few hours of decanting.

Red
2010 Weingut Gottardi Blauburgunder Mazzon Alto Adige - Südtirol
4/8/2014 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
91 points
Helping a friend with a north-east Italian Wine List; 4/3/2014-4/10/2014 (TBD): Ruby, clear and bright. The nose is very nice. Ripe cherries. No green showing. Young but I think some funk will develop. There is a start of an earthiness. Also some floral notes. On the palate, dark cherries. Very nice but not as complex as the nose. Perhaps with time. Light tannins. This retail for close to $60. Lots of competition at that price point, but it is a lovely wine.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    1/7/17, 5:43 AM - Thanks for the update.

Red
2013 Epoch Estate Wines Authenticity Paderewski Vineyard Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend
4/19/2016 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
93 points
Hdr Closing Tasting: Purple in color. The nose shows black raspberries, blueberries, black pepper and black olives. Very nice. On the palate, this is very concentrated and tight complexity. Lots of fruit. Delicious. Long finish.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    12/3/16, 9:49 AM - I would wait, but if you are absolutely committed, I would open it now and let it breathe for 36 hours.

  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    1/3/17, 2:25 PM - I think 2018 minimum and 2020 or even longer (2025) is better.

Red
2001 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Célestins Red Rhone Blend
12/11/2016 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
95 points
Cotat, Jermann, Bonneau, Janasse, Giacosa, Rampolla, Clos Mimi (Downtown Akron): What a treat. I think Dave, who brought it, hoped for more and was disappointed. Expectations. I liked it a lot. Amazingly purple dark and bright in color. Not a whole lot different than a 2012 Janasse side by side. My wife commented on the wide clear edge of the glass. No browning or rust color. There is a fair amount of brett on the nose. More sweaty than barnyard. It did not blow off and got stronger with air. For me it was not obtrusive or problematic in any way. There is also a dark cherry note, spice and even some violets peaking out from underneath. Amazing after 15 years. The brett does carry thru to the palate a bit. There is a nice complexity here especially after some air time. Really shows like old school CdP which I love. Great with my pasta dish. Thanks Dave!
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    12/11/16, 8:43 AM - We did not decant. I think at this point, there will be bottle variation. This was really good, but Dave said a prior bottle was better.

Red
2014 SonkinCellars Unmasked Yorkville Highlands Syrah Blend, Syrah
11/19/2016 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
Out with friends (Scarecrow, Jonata, 7 Stones, Kutch, Rhys, Baumard) (University Circle): This bottle had been opened for 27 hours and allowed to breather prior to drinking. In my biased opinion, this is our best wine yet. I know the WA gave the Persona 96 points, but I love this wine (it still got a 95). It needs time or air. It is mostly Halcon fruit which takes a long time to develop. A bit riper than most Halcon fruit wine I think, yet this is still about cool climate Syrah. I have only had this wine a couple of times, so I am still figuring it out. I would hold for a while or maybe let it slow ox for 72 hours if you can.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    11/29/16, 9:30 AM - Yes Eundemis, I thought that was clear. I have been asked to many times and after talking with Eric, it appears that it makes some sense as long as I don't assign points and make it clear. Our website technology is not the best and CT offers the opportunity to give anyone interested some guidance on the wines. BTW, lest you think that is all I post, there are over 6,000 notes on CT posted by me. I post on probably 90% of the wines I drink and only a small fraction are SonkinCellars. In this case, it was part of an evening out with a lot of wines all included in one wine story. I hope that is clear and thanks for asking.

White - Fortified
N.V. Château D'Arlay Macvin du Jura Vin de liqueur macvin Savagnin
I like fortified white wine but I didn't care for this. Will not buy again, as it's expensive. I paid $24 for a half bottle.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    11/21/16, 1:47 PM - Did you decant or give it any air first?

Red
2012 Seven of Hearts Pinot Noir Curmudgeon Cuvée Armstrong Vineyard Ribbon Ridge
11/11/2016 - David_T Likes this wine:
100 points
The shitty red fruit (mostly red cherry, a hint of red currant) is starting to fade a bit allowing the even shittier earthy/herbal/tertiary notes to show through. Restrained, balanced (The Bob would maybe give it 80 points), light-medium tannins, medium acid. In a good spot but looking forward to seeing how it continues to age. 90
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    11/11/16, 4:06 PM - Useless tasting note from a wine gulper in a fly over state. ;-)

Red
2013 Andremily Syrah No. 2 Santa Barbara County
11/3/2016 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
99 points
Opened for Game 7 of the WS. Holy shit is this good. Next bottle may well be 100 points as this integrates. My wife, drinking it blind, commented how great it is. The nose has black raspberries, roasted meats, black pepper and violets. On the palate, this is seamless. Intense. Deep. It explodes on the palate. Juicy, rich, plush. The bottles was drained way to quickly. It still is young and needs time, but this is sensational.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    11/7/16, 7:12 AM - Pop and pour.

Red
2013 Campesino Syrah Sangiacomo Old Lakeville Vineyard Sonoma Coast
4/19/2016 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
93 points
Hdr Closing Tasting: Always great to see Macario. I love his Syrah but this was my first glimpse at the 13. Another winner for sure. Nice black raspberry fruit. Some black pepper and roasted herbs. It runs down the middle in style as ripe fruit from a cooler climate site. Love that. Fresh. Moderate tannins. Needs time based on prior vintages.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    11/4/16, 11:57 AM - I would give it a few hours or better, just pop the cork and let breathe for 8 to 12 hours. I have not had the 13 Baybos but would guess they age about the same.

White
2014 Kutch Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains
10/28/2016 - thelostverse wrote:
93 points
I think the ink was still dry on the label. Delivered in the morning, into the ice bucket as soon as I got home. After a few hours, pop and pour. Beautiful golden color. Citrus nose of lemon, lime and some apple. Similar palate with no noticeable oak. A beautiful SCM Chard.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    10/31/16, 3:31 PM - Did you share this with the UPS guy? LOL.
    Thanks for the note. I will wait a few weeks.

Red
2000 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
9/18/2016 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
88 points
A lot of Wines at Tommy's Clambake (again again) (Tommy's): This was disappointing. I waited until it had been open for a while and was down to the last few pours. i do own a couple of these. Very little fruit showing. Thick tannins. Not much complexity. I could not detect any obvious faults, but it just seemed old and tires. Hopefully, just a not great bottle. I had this a few times and it showed better but always needed a lot more time.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    10/2/16, 5:45 AM - Great to hear. I have a couple left. Thanks for letting me know.

Red
2014 Sandlands Carignane Contra Costa County
9/26/2016 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine:
93 points
12.8% abv. Edium ruby, expressive aromatics. Concentrated raspberry and blue fruit. Nice richness, depth and length, without being heavy. A great effort by Tegan.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    9/27/16, 12:48 PM - What is your estimated drinking window for this one?

Red
2013 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard Oakville
9/11/2016 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
99 points
2013 Mostly cabs but some other stuff too (GHT): This also got two votes for WOTN. I teetered on giving this 100 but if I had to teeter, it didn't get it though I am not sure why. I had high hopes for this and it exceeded them. The bottle was opened at 10AM and allowed to breathe. The nose has cassis and blueberries with cedar and spice. On the palate, this is a powerful masculine styled wine. Its a bruiser. Lots of cassis, some blueberries as well on the palate. A bit of cedar but very clean and young. It is above all though, just delicious. Probably the most delicious wine on the table. It will be interesting to see where it goes from here. My first time trying this wine, it makes me wonder if perhaps the Poetry is worth the $300 per bottle if it is better than this.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    9/12/16, 8:27 AM - The Poetry is almost $300. I can't imagine that it is much better, but who knows. The trouble is they only sell 6 packs so I will probably pass. THe BTK was phenomenal though. Its hard to say a wine is worth that much, but comparatively speaking, it is.

  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    9/16/16, 8:26 AM - This bottle was just opened and left uncorked. It could have used more time. My remaining bottles I will hold for a while (5 years?)

Red
2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
6/13/2015 - wineappreciation wrote:
88 points
Old vines, unripe raspberry; medium bodied, sensation of mild fruit, medium to long gentle plateaued finish
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    8/30/16, 9:46 AM - Interesting. Just had this last weekend and it was spectacular. Sorry to hear your bottle was not as good. It seems like there is a fair amount of bottle variation in this (hope not as much as the 89).

Red
2014 Tenet Wines Syrah The Pundit Columbia Valley
4/18/2016 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
91 points
HdR Seminar #2: Washington Wines: Inky purple in color. The nose has slight leather, cedar, spice and black raspberries. Nice texture. Black raspberries and black olives on the palate. Firm tannins. Some heat/warmth on the finish. It has a cooler climate feel to it although i don't know if that is true. Probably my wine of the tasting, but I doubt that was in the majority.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    7/18/16, 5:25 AM - Hopefully next time.

White - Fortified
N.V. Château D'Arlay Macvin du Jura Vin de liqueur macvin Savagnin
7/13/2016 - Socrates wrote:
Banana, walnuts, orange rind and a distinct grappa note. Oddly pleasing.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    7/13/16, 10:10 AM - Did you give this any air before drinking?

Red
2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Grenache Gris Gibson Ranch Mendocino
6/29/2016 - jcsf420 Likes this wine:
88 points
A quirky one-off from Bedrock but I enjoyed it. It's not really a sipper, I liked it much better with food. Closest comparison I could come up with is its like a spicy Beaujolais.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    6/30/16, 6:58 AM - Chris told me they later determined that this was not even Grenache Gris. I forget what he said it was. I have a couple left. I ordered thinking it was a white wine. An odd wine, but tastes better chilled. Thanks for posting, I think I will throw one in the fridge for this weekend.

Red
2003 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
6/23/2016 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
94 points
A Pegau vertical (and a Foreau) (My Home): Perhaps it didn't live up to the hype (RP98) but it also wan't obvious as an 03. Perhaps at this point in its life, the vagaries of the vintage are not as blatant. Whether that is good or bad is up to you. Purple/ruby in color. The nose has dark cherries and spice. Clean. On the palate, layers of complexity. Plenty of fruit. Mild tannins. Seems to be getting to peak but a long life ahead.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    6/26/16, 11:52 AM - Everything was randomly bagged. Then we tasted for a while before unbagging them. Then we finished knowing what we were tasting.

Red
2002 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline Syrah
6/15/2016 - Collector1855 wrote:
95 points
Medium garnet. Expressive nose of cedar, dark fruit, pepper, herbs. Medium bodied with lively acidity and good fruit. Really enjoyable and aromatic. Less dense then the La Turque. Well done in this off vintage. At peak, drink.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    6/16/16, 6:44 AM - Any hurry to drink this or the LT soon?

White
2013 Sinegal Estate Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley
6/11/2016 - ageverett Likes this wine:
91 points
Was not as impressed this time around. Was not as lively. Finish was a bit muted. And the wine seemed a bit heavier.

Previously said I would buy again, but now not so sure at this price point. Need to try the last bottle with some good competition and see if it holds up.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    6/13/16, 11:05 AM - I am pretty sure they ripped out the vines to plant cab so buying again may be moot.

Red
2000 Château Bahans Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
6/12/2016 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
90 points
Dinner with Friends (French wines). Yquem, Cos, B2K 2nds and a few more. (University Circle): This is very good but not at the level of the other B2K First growth second labels. Purple in color. The nose has black cherries, cassis and I suppose some gravel. Good juicy texture. Nice cassis fruit. Not the depth or complexity but a very nice wine.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    6/13/16, 9:02 AM - Yes, they should easily last another 5 years.

Red
2013 Newton Cabernet Sauvignon Unfiltered Napa Valley
4/27/2016 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
93 points
2013 Napa Cabs under $65. (My home): I liked this more than the group. Inky purple in color. Its very tight at first. With air it really shows it stuff. Not a monster in style but very nice cassis on the nose with dust and slight earthiness. On the palate, this has a great texture. very tannic. Black raspberries. It needs time but has a lush deliciousness today. Still, a few more years should really bring this together.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    6/2/16, 5:00 AM - Please post your note. Thanks.

Rosé
2014 Bedrock Wine Co. Ode to Lulu Old Vine Rosé California Rosé Blend
5/2/2016 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
87 points
Some wines with Pizza (Il Forno and back to Sashi and Sharon's): Others liked this more I think. I have come to the conclusion that all rose's taste better in the first year. I am sure there are exceptions, but drinking this, it seemed like all the pieces parts were there, but it lacked that tension and vibrancy that I like in younger rose wines. After drinking a while bunch from all over the world at Hospice du Rhone, I am convinced. YMMV. A deeper but translucent ruby orange in color. The nose has lots of watermelon and some cherries. On the palate, nice body. Thinner cherry fruit. Slight bitter turn on the finish. Seems more serious in nature.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    5/30/16, 8:24 AM - Please let us know your thoughts.

Red
2013 MCV Black Paso Robles Red Blend
4/19/2016 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
78 points
HdR Lunch #2 (Hospices du Rhone): This was a ripe hot mess and that is something I rarely say about a wine. It burned. Not sure if this was a proper bottle but everyone at the table seemed to taste spit and dump quickly.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    5/19/16, 8:17 AM - Not sure where it came from. They do count Petite Sirah as a Rhone varietal. It was served or brought by someone to the lunch. Glad to hear it was an off bottle, I will have to search out a proper bottle and retry it.

  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    5/22/16, 5:31 AM - Thanks. I will do that when next in your area.

Red
2007 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin Grenache
12/28/2015 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
98 points
Browns Lose (but didn't suck) - Wines still great (Detert, Janasse) KC Edition (My Basement): Wow, was this bottle singing. Drunk alongside a Detert Cab, this was much more complex, as well as more ripe. Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, black cherries, spices and slight violet notes. Wonderful, lush texture. On the palate, very deep but unwinds in the glass. Black raspberries, lavender and spice. Delicious. Long finish. Really impressive. No hurry, but so good now, worth checking in on.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    5/5/16, 3:56 PM - Pop and pour over a few hours.

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2009 Sine Qua Non Syrah The Thrill of... Central Coast
4/28/2016 - wineismylife wrote:
94 points
WIML94

Tasted double blind.

Purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of currants, black berries, black raspberries and a hint of roasted meat. Rich flavors of black raspberries, berries an cherries. Medium acidity, firm tannin, full bodied. Drink now with air or continue to hold.

My guess was this is a 2009 Agharta Syrah.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    4/28/16, 12:35 PM - Interesting. Huge price difference between those two wines.

Red
2013 Groundwork Mourvèdre Paso Robles
4/19/2016 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
flawed
HdR Lunch #2 (Hospices du Rhone): Fizzy and bitter. I am assuming an off bottle with secondary fermentation of some type.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    4/20/16, 5:15 AM - No they did not. Sorry to hear it was not just a bad bottle.

Red
2008 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah Pleine de Chene Hudson Vineyard North Carneros
4/19/2016 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
90 points
HdR Farewll BBQ (Hospice du Rhone): A couple at the next table brought this. I asked them if they would trade for a taste. Initially they said no (huh?) but then spied our wines and came over for a trade. Black cherry fruit. Still quite tight and in need of time. Black cherries. Licorice. A bit of heat on the end.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    4/20/16, 5:14 AM - PSU Steve. Yes, it was an 08. I take that part of my note back. Too much typing. Thanks.

Red
2009 Bedrock Wine Co. Lorenzo’s Heirloom Dry Creek Valley Red Blend
12/30/2015 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
87 points
Never really got this bottling. My wife, a huge Bedrock fan, didn't finish her glass and switched to Dragon's Milk Beer. I have had this a few times and its been quite consistent. Just not a lot of fruit here. Purple in color. The nose has leather, pepper and slight black raspberries. On the palate, plums. Enough fruit that I doubt there is any low level TCA, but not enough to make this wine great. Not enough complexity either. Its ok, but way below what I had hoped for. Oh well. My last bottle, we drank about half (normally a Bedrock wine is consumed quickly), and I will see if there is any change overnight.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    12/31/15, 5:19 AM - I will certainly defer to Chris on knowing the site and his wine.

    I opened the remaining wine last night. It had not budged at all. This is good in terms of longevity but again, there was little fruit. What there was is mostly plums and dark. My wife, who likes fruit in her wines, tasted it and made me open something else. YMMV.

Red
2013 Sinegal Estate Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena
11/5/2015 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
94 points
Browns Suck, Wines Don't (Thursday Night Edition) Ferrand, Sinegal (My Basement): I had this from barrel, but the bottles just arrived and I thought I would drink this over three or fours days. This is being written after day 2. Its a new winery and I knew this would not be ready so my expectations were tempered. This needs time but should be a great wine. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, chocolate, cocoa and some spice. Plenty of oak. Blind, i thought it smelled more like a great merlot than Cab due to all the chocolaty notes. On the palate, this has a great texture. On night 1, it was very tight, but on night 2, it opened up. There is still a ton of oak on it, so if that is an issue, give it time. Between the fruit, the balance and the texture, I have no doubt this comes together in a more seamless wine. I am glad to have a couple more of these.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    11/12/15, 4:33 AM - I actually had the last glass of this on Day 5. It had been sitting on the counter in my cellar. It was better than on Day 2. Still a lot going on, but this will need time. I think Bevan wines will drink better young than this one, but the quality is absolutely there. Like all wines it seems, I worry where the price is headed, but at these prices I am delighted to have more in the cellar!

Red
2012 Carlisle Zinfandel Papera Ranch Russian River Valley
11/7/2015 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
94 points
A warm November eve in Cleveland (Our backyard): I wanted to let this age, but my wife likes young, bold wines and Carlisle may be her favorite winery at the moment. Perfect for tonight. Purple in color. The nose has kisrch, slight bramble, slight framboise hard candies (those powdered sugar kind), and licorice. Great lush, but juicy texture. Lots of black raspberry fruit, some red raspberries, slight candied note (in a good way). Some tannins left. Great balance. Delicious!
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    11/9/15, 4:33 AM - I have had the Pagani (back in June). It was great but better on day 2. Carlisle has been on a roll for years now and just gets better.

  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    11/9/15, 11:50 AM - We rarely have a Carlisle open on the second day. Too easy to finish. I do think that they can last and perhaps improve. The 11's were so good right off the bat, that I have been drinking some 12's that way as well. Either way. The freshness of youth vs. the complexities of age.

Red
2012 Andremily Syrah No. 1 Santa Barbara County
9/13/2015 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
97 points
Great wines, Andremily, Macdonald & Realm (Home): I know this is coming up soon, so I thought I should check in on it. Purple in color. The nose is amazing. A 100 point nose for sure. Enticing aromas of black raspberries, slight vanilla and spice, some roasted meats, black pepper and some anise. On the palate. Amazing texture. One of the smoothest wines I have had in a while despite its youth. Lush, but not over the top black raspberry fruit. Juicy acidity. Complex. Long finish. Gets better and better. Only issue was my wife LOVED it and drank it faster than I did. I will try to hold my other bottle as this will improve I think.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    11/9/15, 11:48 AM - No. Pop n pour

Red
2012 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon CCS Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard Oakville
6/28/2015 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
100 points
1500 Parker Points of Wines (GHT): Inky purple in color. The nose is great with black raspberries, blueberries, some pencil lead and some charred wood. On the palate, this drinks much deeper than the Bevan. While not as delicious perhaps, it has complexity and depth to it that event his young, is obvious and interesting. Great pure cassis fruit on the palate. Wonderful slippery yet full texture. Long finish. I suspect this shuts down a bit, but right now its amazing.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    11/5/15, 5:11 AM - If you click on the tasting story 1500 Parker Points of Wines, you can see all the wines consumed that night. It was the 12 McGah.

Red
2007 Fattoria Galardi Terra di Lavoro Roccamonfina IGT Aglianico
9/22/2015 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
93 points
Birthday/Aglianico, 58 Port, ++ (My home): I thought this would have shown better. I suspect it just needs more time, but who knows. In any event, it was great, even if it did not distinguish itself from the pack. purple in color. The nose has black cherries, leather and a bit of spice. On the palate, this has tart cherries (in a good way). Great texture. Seems tannic and tight. Long finish. Kept improving all night and there is a little bit left in the bottle that will be interesting to try on day 2.
  • Loren Sonkin commented:

    9/23/15, 9:23 AM - More young than modern. It really showed better on day (about a half glass left in the bottle). This needs another decade I think and it will be stunning. In fact, the 99 Radici was amazing on day 2.

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