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Red
2020 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
11/13/2022 - shadow wrote:
97 points
Nose is sour leather. First sip, smooth, as in no acid or tannin to deal with.
Heavier than a Burg but not by much. So inviting, slides easily into panty remover category.
So young but going down so easy, this bottle won't last the night.
easy 97pts
  • peterk commented:

    1/15/23, 5:11 PM - Apologies - I find this comment offensive. "Panty remover category" - really?

Red
2018 El Enemigo Cabernet Franc Gran Enemigo Single Vineyard Gualtallary
Big, rich Cabernet Franc. To me it seemed classically Argentinian in the best way. I didn't sense the old-world Bordeaux style that Luis Gutierrez described. But I'm a novice compared to Luis. Regardless, it's beautiful wine that can be enjoyed now or whenever.
  • peterk commented:

    6/6/22, 6:20 PM - ChinaWineDude - 96 is the average score because only one person has scored the wine. I do not score wines because I believe that it is difficult to calibrate my scores against other consumers. This said, Luis Guttierez of The Wine Advocate scored the wine higher than 96 points; however, CellarTracker does not report the scores of professional tasters given the proprietary nature of their reviews. I hope this is helpful

Red
2012 Martinelli Zinfandel Jackass Hill Russian River Valley
3/25/2020 - tcosgriff Likes this wine:
85 points
Deep purple color with a bouquet and flavor of raisins with a bit of brambles. Very high alcohol and over the hill: even Jackass Hill! Still drinkable, given its pedigree.
  • peterk commented:

    5/6/22, 2:50 PM - I have found with both Jackass Hill and Jackass that the older ones benefit from one or two days of slow-oxing. I picked this up from another CellarTracker taster, and I've never looked back

Red
2004 Mitolo Shiraz G.A.M. McLaren Vale
4/4/2022 - IndyTom Likes this wine:
94 points
Outstanding! Aussie Shiraz from the early 2000's had the tendency to be too ripe, too high in alcohol and terrible with food. But give them some time and they often become really good. In this case, it is now much more mellow. The fruit still shows through, but it has tamed down. It now shows a seamless texture. Really, really nice bottle. (On another note, I find that CellarTracker really helps with "drink by" dates. Even though the CT drinking range for this wine ended in 2017 and RP said to drink by 2020, 45 percent of the bottles are still in cellars. Wine drinkers vote with their corkscrews. Just look to the "In Cellars" percent and the "Consumed" percent to see what other serious wine drinkers think about the drink by date.
  • peterk commented:

    4/13/22, 8:46 AM - This is really helpful! I'd not thought about looking at the ratio of in cellars to consumed.

Red
2006 Erna Schein Syrah Homage to Ed Oliveira Alder Springs Vineyard Mendocino County
Lots of tannin and acid. No fruit. Well past its drinking window, I believe
  • peterk commented:

    2/17/22, 7:35 AM - Yup - totally my bad for waiting so long.

Red
2016 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir Little Hill Russian River Valley
1/28/2020 - Swiller368 Likes this wine:
94 points
Give this to your burgundy snob friends blind in a decanter. They will tell you all about how much better this burgundy is than US Pinot. This wine is one of my all time favorite pinots. A little spice, raspberry with the perfect level of restraint so not fruit forward. Hits the palate and taste buds in a lovely way with a long lingering finish. The rochioli sv wines can compete with anyone.
  • peterk commented:

    6/26/20, 10:20 AM - Hear hear! Totally agree!

Red
2008 Hundred Acre Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon The Ark Vineyard Napa Valley
12/29/2018 - peterk Likes this wine:
94 points
This is in a really nice place right now. Great rich, intense Howell Mountain fruit. Served it casually to family and friends alongside a 2006 Alban Reva. Every body tasted and perked right up!
  • peterk commented:

    12/31/18, 9:02 AM - Richard - I'm not sure how I entered a score as I tend not to do so; however, given that I did, I'd change it to a 94 or a 95. Thanks for noticing

Red
2010 Blank Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
2/2/2017 - PSUSteve wrote:
90 points
I think this was best on day 2 (after VinVac) poured through the Vinturi. Thought this a little lean. Better with food. We had a good ribeye but Peter's ribeye must have been better and influenced his score.
  • peterk commented:

    4/30/17, 7:22 AM - lol!

Red
2011 Aubert Pinot Noir UV Vineyard Sonoma Coast
10/14/2015 - PSUSteve Likes this wine:
94 points
Short decant. This wine just screams class and sophistication. A complex Pinot that has a fruit base but the complexity of terrior. Wow.
  • peterk commented:

    11/12/16, 11:30 AM - You're spot on! Drinking a botlle with Jimn this evening - it's in the decanter, but I keep on stealing sips!

Red
2007 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
9/3/2016 - peterk Likes this wine:
96 points
Dense, rich, big, sweet, perfectly balanced - omg! What a treat. I'm sure this has a long life ahead of it, but no point in waiting.
  • peterk commented:

    9/4/16, 5:16 AM - PA Hjort - you're right, thank you. A typo - I meant to enter 96

Red
1986 Château Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
8/25/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote:
95 points
This wine needs decanting to soften its tannins and masculine side. With air, the earthy, tobacco driven nose, pairs perfectly with the ripe, but masculine styled red and black fruits that leaves you with some dusty textures in the finish. This is still evolving. Time and air will help improve the experience.
  • peterk commented:

    9/12/15, 1:37 PM - I opened a split today - remarkable how consistent it was with your notes!

White - Sparkling
2004 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année Champagne Blend
7/18/2015 - peterk Likes this wine:
93 points
Served this beside the 2005 at an island day-time summer party. Gorgeous Champagne - dry, minerally, bright and totally smooth. To my taste a tiny edge over the 2005, but this may just be the consequence of an additional bottle year...
  • peterk commented:

    7/22/15, 5:09 PM - No doubt, jowh - yet the '05 was great too. Thanks for the comment. I'm going to hunt down more of the '04.

Red
2004 Martinelli Zinfandel Vigneto di Evo Russian River Valley
11/20/2013 - JimN wrote:
Can't rate at this stage. Not sure what it was at some point, but has a sherry-like quality to it today. In an odd way, I sort of liked it as an after dinner drink. Alas, into the vinegar barrel.
  • peterk commented:

    1/4/14, 10:46 AM - My reaction was similar - i wasn't sure whether to keep on swirling and sipping in the hope that the concealed I don't know what would reveal itself; but in the end glug glug down the drain it went. Gotta get a vinegar barrel!

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