Tasting Notes for kgincap

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Red
12/10/2017 - kgincap wrote:
87 points
Darn - no time to let it breathe! Poured out inky dark. Good, but not compelling nose. Big, black, fruit, nice mid-tongue flavors with a back of mouth cocoa. Mildly tannic with some acidity – good with the right food. I’m going to let my second bottle breathe this time. Decent bang for the buck. Will I go out of my way to hunt down some more? Unlikely...
Red
11/26/2016 - kgincap wrote:
90 points
Decanted for an hour. Tasted immediately, to make sure wasn't corked, and found it a bit tart and acidic. After breathing, and for next two hours, the sharpness disappeared, offering delightful, aromas and delicate flavors. A real treat. As noted by others, a great QPR.
Red
2009 Cameron Hughes Lot 304 Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/16/2013 - kgincap wrote:
87 points
Nice. Let it breathe!
Red
6/3/2013 - kgincap wrote:
92 points
I wish I had read the reviews, below, before opening this bottle. I was expecting something a bit darker, more tannic, but was surprised by how approachable and fun this wine was! It was everything the preceding reviews say - floral and fruit forward aromatics, amazing red and darker fruits, even a bit of bacony flavors. As time progressed, it opened and became even more enjoyable. Don't pop 'n pour and don't wait. Enjoy! We certainly did.
Red
4/13/2013 - kgincap wrote:
84 points
Good wine, though uninspiring. Decent QPR @ $11.
Red
2009 Carlisle Two Acres Russian River Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
3/17/2013 - kgincap wrote:
90 points
Let this one breathe and you will be well rewarded!
Red
2008 Orin Swift The Prisoner Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
1/6/2013 - kgincap wrote:
89 points
Wow, I was so ready for a huge in-your-face Zing-fan-del experience... like I've had with past Prisoners! This one started off so... sedate! It was so civilized, I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed. I enjoyed it at first. The nose and taste were both quite pleasant. Then, I began to find the vanilla a bit wearing. By the time Joe, Deb and I finished, I was over it. Hard for me to admit, as I am a huge Dave Phinney fan. Have a 2009 Prisoner in the cave... crossing fingers it'll bring the zing.
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Red
1/1/2013 - kgincap wrote:
84 points
Decanted for two hours. Beautiful, dark color, grear nose of black and blue berries. Sadly, it did not really deliver on tasting. Agree with previous taster's impression of "weird tartness." That seemed to abate with the decanting. Not much complexity here, though. I have three more. Will give those another year or two to see if improves. I scored it an 84. Even though some tasters use such a score to signify their disappointment, I must remind the reader this is the top of the "Good" range.
Red
11/2/2012 - kgincap wrote:
89 points
Drank over a few hours. Enjoyed with Joe and Deb. Deep, dark red with nice legs. Big, dark fruits (not sweet) with smoky meats (thanks Mourvedre!) nose. Great taste - classic Rhone grenache qualities, yummy, long finish with some minerality. Very balanced - you cannot tell it's 15% ABV!! Thanks for the gift, Kaci and Tyler!
Red
10/29/2012 - kgincap wrote:
87 points
I enjoyed this Zin - after it had some time to breathe. Not the two-dimensional Zin one often finds in this price range. Nice balance and finish. Better on day two.
Red
10/26/2012 - kgincap wrote:
87 points
I usually say "I don't like a Pinot I can afford." However, Meiomi is a rare exception. This is a bright, fruit forward (but not cough syrupy), flavorful every day Pinot that I recommend to frends and associates.
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Red
10/20/2012 - kgincap wrote:
82 points
A good shiraz, but not worth the price. Not as good as the 2008.
Red
2010 Shatter Grenache Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes (view label images)
10/5/2012 - kgincap wrote:
89 points
Spotted the label from several feet away... knew it had to be an Orin Swift. Big fan of Mr Phinney's wines (though a bit unnerved by the labels). Joel Gott is a family favorite. Langedoc? One of my favorite wine regions! Grenache? Definitely one of my favorite varieties!

Brought this to a blind tasting wih Joe, Deb, Pat and Assad. Assad brought a Hess Mt Veeder Cab. The cab was admittedly a bit young and still closed, but with plenty of promise. Needless to say, Shatter won out!

Popped 'n Poured. Beautiful, dark, deep red color. Very promising nose. Black and red fruits. Great mouthfeel. Pleasantly complex, and slight stewed, with red fruit, dark fuit, spices and earth flavors. Though Old World sourced, still comes off as largely New World grenache flavors and impact. Nice finish, too.

Deb wants more of this (sent remainder home with her). So do I! Congrats again, Dave and Joel! Another winner!
Red
8/20/2012 - kgincap wrote:
90 points
Delicious. 2 for 2 with the Tir Na Nog. This s a fantastic New World meets Old grenache. Really wowed us.
Red
7/22/2012 - kgincap wrote:
89 points
Delicious. Great color. Bright red and darker fruits, some acid and tannins. Exactly what I look for in a New World grenache. Will buy future vintages based on this tasting.
Red
7/3/2012 - kgincap wrote:
89 points
Never fails to impress! As usual, big aromas upon opening - bright fruits, leather, lots of smoke! Settled down over time. Tastes of red and dark fruits, vanilla and spices. Some tannins, no heat. Delightful. As before, my favorite garnacha.
Red
6/10/2012 - kgincap wrote:
90 points
Popped 'n poured. Deep, rich color. Nose of dark fruits and spices. Great flavor and finish. Deb and Joe both gave it a strong thumbs up. So do I. Congrats Cameron and Sam!
Red
5/12/2012 - kgincap wrote:
91 points
Another stellar Carlisle syrah!
Red
2000 Arietta Variation One Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
4/15/2012 - kgincap wrote:
92 points
Drank this with Joe and Deb. Decanted for 20 minutes and enjoyed with yellow and white cheddars. Wonderful aromas of dark fruits and licorice. Velvet tannins and lush mouthfeel. Improved as opened up. What a pleasure. Thanks, Mike and Susan!
Red
1/12/2012 - kgincap wrote:
90 points
Popped 'n poured, sans food, for discerning tasters. They loved it (even more than I did). As others have already noted, BIG, dark fruits and some spices. Lengthy finish. There was little or no heat on this. Was not overly complex, but still very yummy.
Red
12/18/2011 - kgincap wrote:
95 points
Drank with Joe 'n Deb. Decanted an hour. Won't go into detail except to say this wine is exactly where it needs to be - drink it now! Joe got that look that clearly communicates joy, and proclaimed it an absolutely amazing Zin. I could not agree more. Stingy though I usually am, with my points, I will happily give Mr. Officer's handiwork a 95!
Red
12/24/2011 - kgincap wrote:
84 points
Having now enjoyed three bottles, I find this is a pleasant, dependable go-to daily wine. To that end, I can't get so excited as to score it anything higher than an 84.
Red
12/17/2011 - kgincap wrote:
90 points
All agreed this is a delightful drinking wine. Smooth with vibrant fruits.
Will buy again.
Red
8/12/2011 - kgincap wrote:
90 points
Dark ruby color, dark red fruits, cherry and plum aromas. Delicious!!! Well balanced, dark fruit flavors, jammy, great finish! I will buy more!!!
Red
7/8/2011 - kgincap wrote:
88 points
Drank this one with Jamie and Pat. Pop n' Pour. Fruity nose with some spices and much promise. Delicious, jammy taste, with dark fruits and some vanilla and spices. Improved as sat in glass. Medium body, with layers of flavors, not big muscular overpowering style. I really liked this wine - nice QPR.
Red
6/26/2011 - kgincap wrote:
93 points
Drank with Joe and Deb (Joe grilled steaks for the tasting). Decanted for an hour. Color was dark ruby with brick tones at edges. Greeted by wonderful aromas – fruitful with some spice and green notes. Taste was a bit more muted than the nose but still had a youthful vitality – except for near absence of tannins. Complex flavors of cherry, dark fruits, spice and a little licorice and mocha. Delightful finish. Thanks, Mike & Susan!
Red
2009 Orin Swift The Prisoner Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
5/28/2011 - kgincap wrote:
82 points
Okay. Reminded me of the recent Bota Box Old Vine Zin (praised by WE for bang for buck). Big fruit bomb, low acid, low tannin, red and dark fruits, even some blueberry at times. I think I'll try a tasteoff against the 2008 (perhaps against the Bota Box too). Will report on outcome.
Red
5/20/2011 - kgincap wrote:
84 points
Enjoyed this with Pat and Devika (at a Code Red gathering at Mere Bulles). Popped n poured. Dark, inky in the glass. Nose promised a FRUIT BOMB and it delivered. Dark fruits, red, black with some spice. Perhaps a bit too sweet... I enjoyed it but can only recommend it as a favorable QPR Petite. May go back for another bottle - if planning to taste with fruit bomb devotees.
Red
5/14/2011 - kgincap wrote:
92 points
Tasted with Joe and Deb. Decanted only 30 minutes. Beautiful in the glass. Deep, dark red. Gorgeous legs (yah, I know they don't mean a lot, but the were noteworthy!). Voluptuos nose, promising great things - red and dark berries, mocha and spice - even some plummy, Raisiny aromas as sat in glass a while. Great mouthfeel and delicious, balanced flavors. Joe, usually a Rosenblum devotee, pronounced it one of his favorite Zins we'd tasted yet (that includes Rosenblums, Seghesios and, dare I say, Carlisles!). While I relished it, this yummy wine did not imperil Mike Officer's wines' perch in my opinion!
Red
3/26/2011 - kgincap wrote:
85 points
Similar to prior experience. Needs a bit more acidity for balance.
Red
2/10/2011 - kgincap wrote:
87 points
I liked this! Heard about it on the 3 Wine Guys podcast. Encouraged my local wine shoppe to order some. Popped n' Poured. Nice color. Darker than I expected. Good nose - red and dark fruits. Started out a little hot with kind of a gamey, bacon-y quality. Rather than acidic, had slightly saline taste and feel. Improved over time... gained more jammy qualities (nose and taste) and heat died down... Day 2 even better. Vanilla appeared. Clearly benefits from breathing. Will decant next bottle (and buy some more). Good QPR (even at Nashville markups)!
Red
1/11/2011 - kgincap wrote:
84 points
Wine shoppe guy said he can't keep these in stock - fly out the door. So, I decided to try. Day 1 - It was okay. Good everyday wine with decent qpr. Gave it an 84 as that is the top of the "Good" range.
Red
1/9/2011 - kgincap wrote:
89 points
Tasted this with Joe and Deb. Joe and I were immediate fans, but Deb warmed up to it as it opened up. Delicious zin - offers everything I look for in it's price point! Rich brick red, ruby color, great big nose of red fruits, spice and a bit of raisins. Heat surprisingly tame for 15.5%. Very balanced, nice acidity, nice finish. yummy. great qpr.
Red
1/3/2011 - kgincap wrote:
86 points
I bought this at the recommendation of my wine retailer - told him wanted to try a Primitivo (or blend thereof). When I got home, the CT reviews gave me some trepidation - I almost returned it, but decided otherwise. I was pleasantly surprised by this wine!! Attractive dark red/purple appearance. Medium body. The nose was bright red and dark fruits and a bit of earth. The taste improved over time, offering jammy qualities with some spice and cocoa. Some acidity and tannins were noted but not bad. Finish was long and pleasurable. Though would like to try this again, I’m still put off by others’ bad experiences.
Red
12/21/2010 - kgincap wrote:
84 points
Pop ‘n Pour. Fun, fruit forward wine. Nothing noteworthy about it. Decent QPR but not worth trumpeting. Dependable wine for barbeque or pizza.
Red
11/14/2010 - kgincap wrote:
87 points
Popped and poured with none of the decanting this probably deserved. Great color - dark, sensuous. Enjoyed the somewhat muted bouquet of dark fruits. Taste was pleasing and noticeably improved by food. This was not a spectacular wine but certainly, at less than $9, a spectacular QPR!! Attaboy Cameron!
Red
11/8/2010 - kgincap wrote:
82 points
Pretty good. Not a stellar QPR. Would not buy again.
Red
11/6/2010 - kgincap wrote:
89 points
Decanted for 90 minutes. Beautiful luxurious color, and such a pleasurable bouquet: blue, red and black berries!! No heat evident on the nose. As with my previous tasting, still a bit acidic but the tannins were fine and the finish was relatively long and quite pleasant. This wine benefited from drinking with food rather than alone. I’m sorry this is my last bottle - would’ve liked to try another in six months...
Red
10/23/2010 - kgincap wrote:
87 points
Enjoyed with Joe and Deb (their bottle - still have one of my own!). Medium color and body. Decanted for 30+ mins, still some heat - guessed 14.5 (label says 14.7). Somewhat subdued nose promising bright fruits - blackberry and cherry. Taste also offered some enjoyable raisin/prune/plum qualities. Nice finish with no noticeable tannins. I’m going to sit on my own bottle a bit longer.
Red
9/18/2010 - kgincap wrote:
75 points
Pop 'n Poor - No mis-spelling there, folks! Disappointing initially... same an hour later. Will not purchase this one again.
Red
8/29/2010 - kgincap wrote:
88 points
Yum! Poured and drank. 61 degrees. Very promising nose! Lots of cherry red berries, earth, mocha. Did not quite deliver, initially, on taste but progressed over time. Nice fruit forward but still Old World. Black Pepper. Some tannins as warmed up. This offers amazing QPR! Fresh alternative to it's cousin - Tres Picos (a favorite of mine).
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White
8/26/2010 - kgincap wrote:
84 points
Wine was good, not great, finish was unremarkable. Will not buy again.
Red
8/15/2010 - kgincap wrote:
85 points
While I don't necessarily agree that this wine rates an "88", I did find it a pleasant surprise. I poured it, without decanting, expecting a flavor profile consistent with price point peers. I was wrong. The color was a rich, dark purple hue. The nose offered dark cherries and black fruits. The taste was more of same plus a hint of raisins and spice. The heat was very manageable. Would have appreciated a longer finish. This is a nice wine for BBQ with guests and offers a generous QPR.
White
8/7/2010 - kgincap wrote:
89 points
Delightful! Tasted with Joe and Deb. Joe, not usually a white wine drinker, was taken with this very fresh Chenin Blanc. Will buy more.
White
8/12/2010 - kgincap wrote:
87 points
See previous note
Red
8/1/2010 - kgincap wrote:
79 points
Boring. Will not buy again.
White
7/29/2010 - kgincap wrote:
82 points
It was pretty good. Prefer Kim Crawford for taste and price point.
Red
7/27/2010 - kgincap wrote:
89 points
Tasted this over at my neighbor’s home (we split a case of Cameron Hughes wines, including one each of the Priorat: mine’s still in the cave). I had tempered my expectations based on many of the postings I had read. What a pleasant surprise! This wine had a noteworthy nose - cherries and berries and leather and earth. The color was a dark, dark ox blood red. The flavor was bright with dark, red and blue berries - with a slightly acidic, tart quality. The tannins were very well behaved but evident at the finish. I’m really looking forward to opening my own bottle soon.
Red
7/25/2010 - kgincap wrote:
84 points
I agree with the other reviews that indicated this isn't a noteworthy wine. Though it compares favorably with price point peers, I find no other praise to offer it.
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