Tasting Notes for RJandGB

(456 notes on 356 wines)

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Red
4/1/2021 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
93 points
Drinking nicely. Opened this to celebrate my Covid-19 J&J vaccine shot today and paired with a beautiful ribeye from the local butcher who cuts them to order - simply seasoned with garlic salt and cooked in the iron skillet. What could be better? A fair amount of sediment. This has the same creamy mouth feel as when it was released. Soft tannin, subtle fruit. Consistent wine. Next time I might do side by side with Coravin of the vintages. I know there are bigger name cabs in this price range and above, but it's just a lovely wine.
Red
3/29/2021 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
89 points
It's still a lovey wine and not overly fruity like some zins. But it does seem like it has lost a little fruit from when it was. I'd drink any you have soon. I did not notice any excessive alcohol or other issues (like a recent reviewer). I may also be spoiled by the bottle of Estate Reserve I recently finished!
White
3/27/2021 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
90 points
Truly delightful
Red
3/27/2021 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
94 points
This was outstanding at 11 years of age. Still has wonderful body and depth and a balance of earth and fruit.
Red
3/5/2021 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
89 points
This is drinking nicely and still has fruit and body. It's probably the right age for drinking, Francis and Ken don't make this wine to age for a long time. I really had to fight the cork on this one (not natural) and the bottle has a different top edge, so it took some work to break it free. But that's their thing - they haven't used cork corks in ages and it doesn't hurt the wine :).
Red
3/4/2021 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
88 points
I think this vintage was better earlier, or it may have just been me, but the fruit and richness I expected was missing, and even on day two, it was just more alcohol and sort of average. It wasn't bad, but not what I remembered. It's odd, I just looked back to see that I opened a bottle about a month ago and it was fine, so maybe just this bottle or me.
White
2/7/2021 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
88 points
This is a very nice $20 wine that pairs well with seafood. I made this with Salt Baked whole fish and it was very nice. My wine shop says it also pairs well with Artichoke and Asparagus (traditionally hard to pair).
Red
2/7/2021 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
89 points
One of the attorneys we work with gives me a bottle every year. It's perfectly nice, but I think I'm just not as big a fan as I used to be of the Merlot. Agree with a note below that day two is nicer (I have a 2 bottle Eurocave wine keeper that chills and keeps a seal on the bottle. I think I just want a little more complexity.
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Red
2014 Montemaggiore Nobile Dry Creek Valley Red Blend (view label images)
2/7/2021 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
91 points
I am so bummed, this was my last bottle. And more bummed that Vince and Lise are no longer making wines......
Red
2/7/2021 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
92 points
Still drinking very nicely in 2021
Red
2/7/2021 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
93 points
This was just delightful. I always enjoy J wines, but this one had knockout fruit, deeper red fruits. Very complex layers of flavor. 2014 is drinking beautifully in 2021
Red
2/4/2021 - RJandGB Does not like this wine:
85 points
I don't know what it was about this wine, but I didn't care for it. And that's unusual for something I got from Doc's Shop. It could be that I'm not a big fan of Malbec, but it reminded me of cheap bar red wine. It was harsh and too 'red' but without having any subtlety. I see someone said antiseptic - I could agree with that. For the price, it's probably OK. But I would not buy it again.
Red
1/26/2021 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
90 points
Smooth and balanced. Deep color. very little tannin and I had no sediment.
Red
1/18/2021 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
91 points
Wine club shipped 2014-16 vertical, so I opened the 2013, along with a 2012, and used the Coravin for the 2014-2015-2016 for a 5 year taste. Very interesting. I then opened the later years over the course of the next 10 days. Favorite 2014 - first night from Coravin I thought - good potential with solid bones, but it was fabulous when I opened it a few nights later. 2012 wonderful and ready. 2013 was like it came from a different vineyard. It was still very good, but in terms of mouth feel, texture and richness, it was almost a little heavy. The 2015 and 16 were true to vineyard and Talisman and was wonderful, and will get better, so keep holding it.
Red
1/18/2021 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
91 points
Wine club shipped 2014-16 vertical, so I opened the 2013, along with a 2012, and used the Coravin for the 2014-2015-2016 for a 5 year taste. Very interesting. I then opened the later years over the course of the next 10 days. Favorite 2014 - first night from Coravin I thought - good potential with solid bones, but it was fabulous when I opened it a few nights later. 2012 wonderful and ready. 2013 was like it came from a different vineyard. It was still very good, but in terms of mouth feel, texture and richness, it was almost a little heavy. The 2015 and 16 were true to vineyard and Talisman and was wonderful, and will get better, so keep holding it.
Red
1/18/2021 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
93 points
Wine club included a 2014-16 vertical so I opened the 2013, along with a 2012 as well, using the Coravin for the 2014-2015-2016 for a 5 year vertical. I then opened the later years over the course of the next 10 days. Favorite 2014 - first night from Coravin I thought - good potential with solid bones. It did not wow me, but kept nagging at me. When I opened it two days later when it gets more air, I understood why. So maybe give this a little time. Of note, 2012 is ready, no need to hold. 2015-2016 - very good but be patient as they will improve. The 2013 was like it came from a different vineyard. It was still very good, but in terms of mouth feel, texture and richness, it was almost a little heavy.
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Red
1/18/2021 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
92 points
I opened the 2013, along with a 2012, and used the Coravin for the 2014-2015-2016 for a 5 year vertical. Very interesting. I then opened the later years over the course of the next 10 days. Favorite 2014 - first night from Coravin I thought - good potential with solid bones. 2015-2016 - very good and will hold. The 2013 was like it came from a different vineyard. It was still very good, but in terms of mouth feel, texture and richness, it was almost a little heavy. The 2012 was true to vineyard, ready to drink, just perfect.
Red
1/18/2021 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
90 points
I opened the 2013, along with a 2012, and used the Coravin for the 2014-2015-2016 for a 5 year vertical. Very interesting. I then opened the later years over the course of the next 10 days. Favorite 2014 - first night from Coravin I thought - good potential with solid bones. 2012 Still lovely but ready, 2015-2016 - very good and will hold. The 2013 was like it came from a different vineyard. It was still very good, but in terms of mouth feel, texture and richness, it was almost a little heavy. By itself, and with a richly sauced meal, or just for sipping, it was heavenly. With the other vintages, it was a bit of a bull in the china shop.
Red
9/14/2019 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
93 points
Absolutely perfect still.
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Red
Hmm I have a magnum of the 2007 cab that should be fab in a couple of years. This is still tasting well and has more time.
Red
12/22/2018 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
93 points
Still drinking nicely, cork fell apart so we needed to strain and there was considerable sediment. But it is still a lovely wine. That said, no need to continue to wait!
White - Sparkling
N.V. J Vineyards & Winery Cuvée XB Russian River Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
12/22/2018 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
90 points
Love the XB. It's got more depth than the cuvée 20 and bone dry. Great with cheese and appetizers as a way to start the party.
White - Sparkling
11/22/2018 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
93 points
Wine with bubbles, very small bubbles. I love the late disgorged from J. It has this wonderful toasty yeasty flavor that is so much more complex than just being a sparkling wine.
Red
12/22/2018 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
96 points
This was spectacular and stole the holiday dinner show. Flavor, complexity, wonderful palate. Wonderful deep red color that is still relatively bright. Nose is subtle. It will probably continue to age, but why keep waiting to drink something so good.
Red
12/22/2018 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
90 points
Opened a magnum we cellared for many years. It was still very good with tannins to provide some body and lovely fruit. I will say that the cabs (2005 and 2007) stole the show.
Red
11/22/2018 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
95 points
Right on track with all you expect from this wine
White - Sweet/Dessert
11/3/2018 - RJandGB wrote:
85 points
I think I left this too long as it just had a slightly off taste. But it was good for cooking and deglazing sautéed veggies.
Red
10/28/2017 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
93 points
Drinking nicely. Enjoyed with out of town family, minestrone and lamb ragu. Everything you expect
Red
11/18/2017 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
85 points
I think this hit its peak. It is fine but in looking back at my notes from 2011, it doesn’t have the viscosity or intensity of flavors anymore. It’s lovely, but I liked it better when it was younger.
Red
11/18/2017 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
89 points
Tastes just after the 2011 Weir. And along side the 2007 Wildcat. More tannin and earthy than Weir. But it will probably settle. The 2007 is amazingly smooth and soft.
Red
11/18/2017 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
92 points
This has many years still, I can’t believe CT says through 2016!. It is wonderfully light but still has an intensity of flavor.
Red
Amazing pepper spice. I don't remember having one this pronounced before. Very nice.
Red
2015 Storybook Mountain Vineyards Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
7/29/2017 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
90 points
Labeled as Four Reds.
Blend of Cab (75), Merlot (1), Petit Verdot (17), cab franc (7). organic grapes grown, harvested, aged, bottled all on the Storybook estate. I very nice red that can age, but doesn't have to.
Red
3/4/2017 - RJandGB wrote:
85 points
I may have opened too early. Seems harsh and tannins overpower the fruit.
Red
3/4/2017 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
90 points
Still very good with small sediment. Drank over 3 nights with good storage but it did fade by night 3. Does not need decanting.
Red
3/4/2017 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
93 points
Always delightfully complex but lighter CA pinot
Red
3/4/2017 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
93 points
So amazingly different from the Pommard. This one spicy and the pommard is silky. Both excellent
Red
Whatever I liked about it when I bought it is gone. And it hasn't been cellared for more than a year. Just funky tasting and almost vinegary. Strange. In tried it the next day and it wasn't better. I actually dumped the rest of the bottle.
Red
1/17/2016 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
91 points
Scored some of these at the harvest party in 2015. Wow. Really yummy and happy that it's been cellared for me
Red
I think they are going to stop growing this variety. Bummer. This was delightful and a great wine for everyday dinners
Red
1/17/2016 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
90 points
This was really delicious and had much more oomph than I was remembering or expecting. Packed with juicy fruit flavor but still has enough tannin and structure
Red
2006 Montemaggiore Nobile Dry Creek Valley Red Blend (view label images)
1/17/2016 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
92 points
Such a nice blending. This was my last 2006 and it probably has more time. But it was drinking well with plenty of body and flavor with balance
Red
1/17/2016 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
89 points
Delightfully fresh and full of flavor. Better than I remembered
Red
2008 Storybook Mountain Vineyards Antaeus Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
11/28/2015 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
91 points
People always give me a funny look when I tell them it's a zin cab blend. But it works delightfully.
Red
11/28/2015 - RJandGB Likes this wine:
92 points
This was delightful and better than I remembered (but they make so many wines it's sometimes a blur). It will probably continue to age but why wait, great balance of fruit, depth, complexity. Just comes together well.
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