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Red
12/24/2022 - bablues wrote:
94 points
Not as memorable as the one I opened in 2019. Perhaps in a awkward phase. Still pretty damn good and a great Christmas Eve treat.
Red
12/24/2022 - bablues wrote:
92 points
What a great surprise for Christmas Eve. I wanted to compare a high priced Barolo with an entry level one and opened this along side the 2010 Aldo Conterno Cicala, and this held up quite well for being 1/5th the price. Didn't take detailed note
Red
12/24/2022 - bablues wrote:
95 points
I bought a couple of these on release, and have been anticipating for a while. Twelve years seems like a good time to pop one and Christmas Eve crab gravy seemed like the perfect pair. And it was. Color was a beautiful orange/brown and the nose was roses and a hint a mint. Very dry at first and then calmed down to a wonderful balance of silk and power.
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White
12/24/2022 - bablues wrote:
93 points
Continues to get better with time. A little more butter on the back end, but it did not take away from the experience. Lovely wine
White
12/24/2022 - bablues wrote:
flawed
As I figured, this was way past drinkable
Red
12/17/2022 - bablues wrote:
95 points
A gorgeous wine that I have been sitting on for a while. My son wanted something classic and old world for his college graduation so I found this beauty. Turned out to be a great choice as it was his favorite wine of all time. Could not be happier to hear that. Unfortunately I did not take detailed notes, but the memories of the night will last forever.
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Red
10/5/2022 - bablues wrote:
96 points
What a joy to drink. Did not take detailed notes but recall this being spectacular. Friends comments were all consistent with that observation as well
Red
2009 Cayuse Flying Pig Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/14/2022 - bablues wrote:
93 points
This is my 5th tasting of the 2009 Flying Pig and the trend is not favorable. My last note stated that the nose was like a punch in the face. Very similar this time and I would say had gotten worse. I am well aware of the Cayuse funk, and that is the reason why I like them. But this was unbearable. The palate though does not match the nose and it is extremely tasty if you can get past the nose. I left this for about two days and revisited to a much more pleasant nose of sweet berries, mild coffee beans and tobacco. The taste was a little sweeter and overall a joy to drink. I made the mistake of saving a couple drops for a third day and it was a mess.
Red
10/8/2022 - bablues wrote:
95 points
Ten years since my last try and this hasn't lost a step. Did not take detailed note, but this was a memorable wine. I recall a bit of mint that my son brought up which was spot on.
Red
10/8/2022 - bablues wrote:
Not nearly as memorable as other SQN's, which is by far my favorite wine producer. No signs of the elegance and beauty of other wines. This just seemed a bit off balance and overly ripe. In fact, I saved a half glass for a day 2 try and it was a complete mess. Based on the previous note, perhaps just going through a dumb phase?
Red
7/28/2022 - bablues wrote:
95 points
Bursting with blue and black fruits. Had along side the Le Machiolle Scrio which won this battle by a nose.
Red
7/28/2022 - bablues wrote:
96 points
Cork was saturated which had be worried, but no issues here. This was stunning with homemade pizza. Drank along side 2013 Saxum Booker and was great to see the contrast of Syrah between Italy and Central Coast. The Scrio was much more subtle and absolutely beautiful.
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Red
12/24/2021 - bablues wrote:
92 points
Been sitting on my last of three for quite some time. Decided to use a little bit in my Christmas Eve fish gravy and have the rest with the pasta/gravy. It went perfectly together. This evolved nicely over the years. Gone were the red cherries and funk that dominated it's youth. This was more layered flavors of balsamic, leather and ripe strawberry.
Red
12/19/2021 - bablues wrote:
92 points
Red and black licorice, fruit forward and a little heat, but the flavors are all there. Getting a bit of Italian herbs as well, which I love.
Red
2017 K Vintners King Coal Royal Slope Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
11/30/2021 - bablues wrote:
96 points
MAssive nose when first opened was like a shot in the face, but this really opened up nicely. Didn't take detailed notes but this was very fruit forward and absolutely delicious.
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Red
11/30/2021 - bablues wrote:
97 points
The best 100% Mourvedre that I have had. I have been looking forward to opening this for quite some time and this did not disappoint. Velvety is a theme in other notes below and it is spot on. I got some stewed plums as well, but unfortunately didn't take more detailed notes.
Red
10/23/2021 - bablues wrote:
91 points
Completely surprised by this. Bought about 10 years ago as a novelty as I am a Queensryche fan and the reviews weren't anything to write home about, but this was a damn good wine. Didn't take detailed notes as I took this to a poker night with some music enthusiasts who would get a kick out of this. Tannins were in check unlike the previous reviews ands the balance was spot on. Good fruit and a strong finish. Bravo Mr Tate!
Red
9/29/2021 - bablues wrote:
92 points
Similar to previous bottles. Very well structured. Some dark flavors with some motor oil notes.
Red
9/29/2021 - bablues wrote:
91 points
A year later and this is still in a similar place.
Red
7/29/2021 - bablues wrote:
95 points
Took to Sullivans for b-day dinner and drank along side the 2012 SQN Stock. Didn't take detailed notes but this was excellent but did not quite reach the purity and complexity of the SQN.
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Red
7/29/2021 - bablues wrote:
97 points
Had this for b-day dinner at Sullivans along side the 2014 Alban Lorraine. I've had the SQN Stock on a number of occasions, although only written one tasting note, which was 97. The other times I have had them I wasn't as impressed (perhaps a dumb phase). This bottle was fantastic. Didn't take detailed notes but every with taste this evolved in the glass.
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Red
7/24/2021 - bablues wrote:
95 points
Nothing much more to add to previous notes. Stunning as always
Red
6/21/2021 - bablues wrote:
91 points
A bit rustic this time around but still very enjoyable.
Red
5/8/2021 - bablues wrote:
93 points
Much more rustic than I was expecting. There was some orange/brown along the edges. Slightly bitter at first but then opened up nicely. Strong aromas of leather, cinnamon. Excellent finish.
Red
4/23/2021 - bablues wrote:
96 points
Drinking beautifully. Clean, pure fruit that is subtle and completely balanced along the entire spectrum. Blueberry and leather were the flavors I was getting. As usual with SQN, the last sip was the best.
Red
2017 Turtle Rock G2 Paso Robles Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
4/20/2021 - bablues wrote:
94 points
A fabulous Syrah. The color was a deep purple. The nose was somewhat candied and simple but the palate was gripping anf powerful. Bacon, black pepper was present along with dark berries, leading to a long finish.
Red
2/13/2021 - bablues wrote:
92 points
Opened this right after the previous one was corked. The cork was soaked about half way through which concerned me, but this one was spot on. Little bitter at first, but after a little time, this opened up nicely. Plum, cherries, tar and some cigar box. Soft and delicate but still has some grip in the tannin left. I would imagine this is at peak and should stay there for a year or two. Lovely wine.
Red
1/1/2021 - bablues wrote:
92 points
#4 of 5 bottles that I have been following over the last 10 years. Last taste was in 2013. The primary fruit is mostly gone and the tertiary flavors of tobacco, earth, mushrooms, more dirt are front and center. Lacks a bit of acidity, but I think I need to give it some more time to open up. As of now, I would say it is still a joy to drink but the bit of low acidity and grip leads me to believe the best days are behind it. Although as I continue to drink this, it is still pretty delicious. Agree with 'rocknroller' that it reminds me of a classic Bordeaux.
Red
12/27/2020 - bablues wrote:
96 points
Similar to previous notes. Drank this over a 3 day period. Didn't take detailed notes but as the days progressed, this became more smooth and more fruit with less grip. Stunning as always
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Red
12/25/2020 - bablues wrote:
96 points
Drinking incredibly at 10 years and this will continue to get better. Didn't take detailed notes but recall this having an excellent balance to it.
Red
12/24/2020 - bablues wrote:
94 points
Excellent Cabernet to enjoy Christmas eve dinner. Black and blue fruit are up front with some cigar leaf, black licorice, baking spices finally some dark plums. As Jeb Dunnuck mentions, if this was from Napa it would be going for 3X the price. A great effort and will continue for years.
Red
12/22/2020 - bablues wrote:
95 points
First of the 2014's and I like them much more than the 2013's and more comparable to the 11/12. The classic fun is there, but much more subtle. Was a little thin upon open, but after a 15 minute decant, this brought on more weight. Followed over a couple of hours and this was really drinking well. Pepper, crushed rock, game, immensely dark fruit and a savory finish. Getting some fish oil as well. Very complex and continues to change with each sip. Love it
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Red
12/13/2020 - bablues wrote:
90 points
This was nice. Rose petals and tar. Bitter dark chocolate with ripe berries. Paired well with Sunday gravy and finishs strong. Bitterness needs some time to calm down. Decent Barolo and happy with the price point.
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Red
12/13/2020 - bablues wrote:
92 points
Opened about 4 days ago and didn't think much of it. Didn't have much character and drank like a thin overproduced Malbec. Put the cork back in it and didn't think about it. Was planning on dumping but decided to give it a taste to see if it was fit to be used for Sunday gravy. To my surprise, this was pretty damn good. The nose had some funk mixed with toasted oak which I liked . The palate is much more nuanced with dark berries, cigar ash, and black currant. Finish is strong. Perhaps this just needs another decade in the cellar or a serious decant to fully show its capabilities. I am happy I decided not to dump it.
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Red
12/8/2020 - bablues wrote:
96 points
Brought to restaurant so didn't take detailed notes. I have been anticipating this for quite some time. I thought 10 years would be a good time to check in but it is simply just too early. Antonio Galoni states that this is the most open of the three single vineyards and states that 10 years may even be too soon, and I would say he is correct. Given that, this is still the most impressive of the Colonnello's that I have tried. The fruit is bursting and the finish goes on for days. I have another '10 Colonnello as well as a Romirasco and 3 Cicala's. My temptation got the best of me with one of the Cicala's (which was amazing) but I have 3 more to see how it evolves. It could be quite some time before I attempt another '10 tasting of these.
Red
2003 Xtant Wines XTANT Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/3/2020 - bablues wrote:
90 points
At it's peak or perhaps a bit past bt still very nice fruit. Dark chocolate mocha all around. Still remains on the lighter with a nice finish. Last one of three and enjoyed all
White
12/1/2020 - bablues wrote:
89 points
Need to correct my last note in saying this has another two strong years. Getting darker, more of a light brown. Definitely past it's prime and has the aromas of a desert wine. Strong notes of caramel and apricots. Lacks acidity, still drinks light but despite the critiques I am listing, it is still enjoyable and happy I picked them up dirt cheap. One left and will most likely use for osso buco and taste along while they simmer.
Red
11/24/2020 - bablues wrote:
90 points
Subtle dark fruits. A little thin through the mid-palate but strong finish. Some cassis, tobacco, licorice as well. Nice, but a little over-priced where I purchased it.
Red
11/22/2020 - bablues wrote:
91 points
Very nice. Light on its feet with subtle dark flavors. Paired extremely well with bolognese sauce
Red
11/10/2020 - bablues wrote:
94 points
Very tasty. Getting tons of violets, cranberries, raspberries. A little thick on the palate and a touch of heat. I am splitting hairs as this is excellent but falls a tad short compared to other Saxum's.
Red
11/5/2020 - bablues wrote:
96 points
What a tremendous bottle of wine. I am blown away by the power and purity of this. Classic Northern Rhone with notes of black pepper, raw beef, sweet black cherries and baking spices. This is on par with note only the best of Washington Syrah's but also the top wines of the Central Coast. Perhaps one of the best finds for me this year. I have two more along with three 'In the Rocks' for this vintage and I can't wait to watch them evolve over the years.
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Red
11/2/2020 - bablues wrote:
91 points
Last of three bottles bought in 2010. Everything I love about 2005 Napa wines; the deep chocolate, tobacco, pepper and black licorice. A bit muted on the mid-palate as it goes down but still a good finish. I imagine this is a little past it's peak but still drinking quite nicely. I would drink up if you have some.
Red
10/31/2020 - bablues wrote:
96 points
Didn't take detailed notes, but I remember well that his reminded me on a young Cote Rotie. Very intense with lots of minerals and raw meats
Red
10/31/2020 - bablues wrote:
94 points
Didn't take detailed note but this was excellent
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Red
10/31/2020 - bablues wrote:
95 points
Extremely tasty though didn't take detailed notes
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Red
10/31/2020 - bablues wrote:
flawed
Seems a little off and was fairly sour. The cork crumbled but that is on par with most AW wines and they are usually fine. Not sure if corked, but definitely not 100%
Red
10/31/2020 - bablues wrote:
94 points
In a beautiful place right now. Took a little time to open but when it did, the aromas of dark cherries were busting out. Some smoke and ask on the palate after quite a bit of time. Delicious
Red
10/17/2020 - bablues wrote:
92 points
Pretty damn good. Spicy, mint, dark chocolate, ripe plums. Paired beautifully with chocolate cake with raspberry toping.
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Red
9/29/2020 - bablues wrote:
95 points
Took to Fiame for anniversary so didn't really have the opportunity to take detailed notes. This was excellent, but didn't quite match the near perfection from this past December. It didn't have that Wow factor as the previous tasting, although still extremely tasty
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