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2016 Hartford / Hartford Court Zinfandel Old Vine Russian River Valley
5/26/2021 - Z1nnfull Likes this wine:
91 points
Exceptionally fine Old Vine Zin. Hefty, spice, fruit, but neither a fruit or alcohol bomb. Reminds me of what Zin used to be. Thought it might be a tad young, could benefit from an afternoon of breathing for best results at this point; think pop and pour would end up a disappointment.
  • redz commented:

    12/5/21, 8:51 PM - Dang, you were right, shoulda decanted...

2017 La Ca'Növa Barbaresco Montestefano Nebbiolo
12/1/2021 - redz wrote:
corked or cooked? probably a bad bottle.
  • redz commented:

    12/2/21, 1:36 PM - You could be right. Just 1 hr decant, and it's still young. Putting my other bottles away for a while.

2005 Robert Foley Petite Sirah Napa Valley
8/15/2020 - davidandrose Likes this wine:
94 points
One of several bottles yesterday, but this along w a similarly aged Switchback Petite were both impressive
  • redz commented:

    8/11/21, 9:54 PM - Great minds work alike. I was considering a 2005 Foley at auction, and opened a 2006 Switchback for help deciding. And your note confirms there is a correlation...thanks!

2011 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard Russian River Valley
8/15/2013 - Italiana wrote:
90 points
This bottle consumed way too early. Very aggressive -- needs some time to calm down.
  • redz commented:

    7/17/21, 2:03 PM - You were right, hitting it's stride at 10 years.

2007 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
1/8/2021 - Bob in NC wrote:
93 points
Wow, an incredible wine at a perfect place in time. This CdP is masculine in style exhibiting power with strength of flavors that you expect in a good CdP. The flavors are incredibly balanced with great depth that went on forever in the finish. A perfect selection with our roasted leg of lamb, forbidden rice and vegetables with Indian spice flair.
  • redz commented:

    7/3/21, 1:53 PM - ...and I was actually looking for a wine to pair with lamb with Indian spices tonight. Brilliant!

2009 Château Lilian Ladouys St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
3/23/2021 - Dr_Bob Likes this wine:
92 points
Superb, note to self, get more!!!
  • redz commented:

    5/10/21, 9:33 PM - We had a bunch of Lillian, good stuff!

2010 Château Croix Beauséjour Montagne-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend
4/13/2018 - SexyEpicurean wrote:
82 points
Seems to be bottle variation issues on this offering from Rimmerman. I opened mine and was dismayed to find all the fruit gone at this point. I do tend to hold my wines to the end of the drinking window, and this was stated 2014-17+. I usually have no problems doing this with a Bordeaux or Burgundy into the 6-7 year range from date on bottle, but this one while not undrinkable, was not really pleasant or showing right. Tasted all tannin and no fruit. One note. Tried again day 2 to same effect. Went back and read the offer from Garagiste and in retrospect, probably should not have purchased as damning with faint praise.
  • redz commented:

    1/3/21, 10:05 PM - Well put! Jon does tend towards hyperbole, and any lack thereof is a cause for caution.

2010 Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve Red Rhone Blend
Is this my ode to CDP?
It says something about me
That I almost never see
Food that doesn't pair really well
With its loamy,earthy taste and smell
At least that's the story I tell

Truth be told,
I might not serve it with filet of sole
But if you did, I'd just call it bold
And savor every velvet drop
Against that buttery, lemony pop
I wouldn't stop.

Often I will drink a sabon
With nothing, just on its own
And so enjoy its herbal tones
But I drank one with sushi last night
And it even then seemed right
Friendly and big yet somehow light

Of course not all sushi is the same
You may think it delicate, just by name
But in this case, mine wasn't so tame
Crunchy tuna rolls with lots of spice
Oily salmon and mackerel by the slice
With perfectly seasoned sticky rice

I want to tell you more about the wine
How purple, how full, how smooth, how fine...
But there was no real analysis of the vine
On this particular night, in this particular case,
Just wine and dinner going in my face
At the right time and in the right place.
  • redz commented:

    9/5/20, 11:46 AM - I appreciate the effort! can't wait to try my bottles with that lead up..

2017 Domaine des Gaudets Morgon Côte du Py Gamay
4/13/2020 - winepog wrote:
88 points
Somewhat muted. A very reserved wine. Perhaps its brilliance lies in its economy.
  • redz commented:

    5/2/20, 1:24 PM - Great line, did you make it up? :-)

2009 Château La Roche Beaulieu Aster de Beaulieu Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend
1/27/2019 - Sijan Likes this wine:
90 points
Still drinking quite well. Red plum & cherry with cedar and a good graphite/minerality on the palate & finish. Mild tannins.

Very good QPR--would have expected this to be a much more expensive Bdx if tasted blind.
  • redz commented:

    3/9/20, 9:29 PM - It was a good wine to cellar for 10 yrs...

2013 Jonata Winery Todos Ballard Canyon Syrah Blend, Syrah
6/2/2018 - jmull Likes this wine:
94 points
Gorgeous wine that’s really all about texture. Oozing class. Not massive but full, glycerin-like and so, so tasty. Just keeps you coming back for the next sip.
  • redz commented:

    7/2/18, 9:25 AM - Your words speak louder than your score...84?

2016 Substance Cabernet Sauvignon Washington
3/27/2018 - Clark W Griswold Likes this wine:
90 points
Double decant. Pretty good juice! Hard to find better qpr. Had along side the 2015 vintage and I must say I prefer the 2016 as a daily. The 15 is maybe a bit more tannic and may age better but who’s aging $12 Wine?
  • redz commented:

    4/25/18, 7:16 AM - I age $12 wines! Often good results...Nice to have a big cellar. Will try this one.

2012 Argyle Pinot Noir Artisan Series Reserve Willamette Valley
10/10/2015 - Purslane wrote:
87 points
In the class room of wines, this one would be the C student, neither particularly bad nor particularly good. Light translucent ruby color. A red cherry nose. Comes into the mouth fairly juicy with decent acidity and drying tannin. Unlike many better Pinot Noirs, did not get darker or better when tasted for 6 consecutive days, and lacks their silky texture, concentration, complexity, and delicious fruit. Not a wine you will wake up in the morning thinking, this is going to make my day worth living.
  • redz commented:

    6/13/16, 5:28 PM - Ha - ha, well put!

2012 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley
10/5/2014 - laxman wrote:
88 points
a bit disappointing given previously vintages. This is frequently one of my favorite sub-premium Cali cabs and given the hype about the 2012 vintage, I was hoping for more. Not bad, but few expressive cab notes. You really have to focus to pick up the fruit. What fun is that? The price point on this used to be closer to $15-17 and now stands around $20. Unfortunately, this 2012 tastes no better than a $12-15 Cali cab of the same vintage from other producers. The search for my "goto" 2012 cab continues.
  • redz commented:

    11/18/14, 8:08 PM - Thanks for the heads up. Let me know when you find the 2012 goto wine, I'm looking too! On the lower end, Louis martini Sonoma has potential

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