Some Really Nice Wines

Been drinking up my small cellar but that means ordering and shipping season this fall! Here are some recent highlights.

  • NV Gosset Champagne Brut Grande Réserve – France, Champagne (7/21/2020)
    Minerality, dough, pear, sour apple and pie crust. Medium plus finish and good acidity. (92 points)
  • 2014 K Vintners Syrah Rock Garden – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley (9/25/2021)
    Day 1: Amazing bottle of wine. Green olives, funk, minerals, stone, raspberries and mild funk. Super complex wine and long finish. 93 points (93 points)
  • 2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 – Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja (9/25/2021)
    Day 1: Lover the 904. Raspberries, wood, dill, minerals, earth and floral notes. This is super complex and long finish. This wine should age for another 10 plus years. 94 points (94 points)
  • 2008 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva – Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja (9/25/2021)
    Day 1: Dill, raspberries, funk, minerals and wood. Love this wine. While some hate the dill quality I love it just like the funk you get from a good Washington State Syrah. Super complex wine. 93 points
    Day 2: Much softer wine and less intenese. I liked day 1 better. Mild dill, raspberries, dust, minerals and wood. Classic style and one of my favorite Spanish wines for the money. 92 points (93 points)
  • 2010 Ramos Pinto Douro Duas Quintas Reserva – Portugal, Douro (9/25/2021)
    A very nice wine with red currants, earth, minerals and mild spice. Medium plus finish. Should drink well for another five years. (90 points)
  • 2017 Peake Ranch Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard – USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills (9/24/2021)
    Day 1: Fruit forward offering featuring ripe strawberries and raspberries along with dust, iron and exotic spices. Bigger style than the Vincent just had but tasty. 91 points
    Day 2: Even better with strawberry, cranberry and raspberries up front. On the finish picks up some iron, dust, earth and spices. This is a true crowd pleaser. A true Burg fan would not like but this style of Cali Pinot works for me. 92 points (92 points)
  • 2018 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola – Amity Hills – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola – Amity Hills (9/22/2021)
    Day 1: Bramble, strawberry, minerals, wafer and wood. Old world in nature and medium finish. Very young and expect improvement on day 2 and 3. 91 points
    Day 2: Really encourage everyone on this wine to do day 2 if you want to open now. Better and more complex with raspberries, spices, wood, floral, strawberry and earth. Medium plus finish balanced. Really nice wine. 92 points
    Day 3: Even better. Burg like with earth, minerals, red fruits, wood, mild spice and forest floor. Medium plus finish. Don’t understand why so many judge wines this young on day 1 but will continue the evolution of the 3 day wine review! 93 points
    Recommendation: Drink these 2025 to 2030. (93 points)
  • 2014 Andrew Will Two Blondes Vineyard – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley (9/18/2021)
    Day 1: Pop and pour. Black licorice, smoked meats, dark fruits, menthol and damp earth. A bit of heat on the nose a some cinnamon on the finish. Will be sampling this on day 1.5 to see if these blows over but still a tasty wine at this point with of course plenty of aging potential.
    Day 1.5: Wow a two hour decant or half a day later this is rocking. Cassis, spice, graphite, menthol, stone and minerals. Complex effort and one of the better values for Washington State. 93+ points
    Day 2: Not as good or even close. This needs to be consumed on day 1 or long term aging. Very chalky and not enjoyable. 82 points
    Day 3: A split between day 1 and 2. Features sour cherries, minerals, dust and underbrush. Would be upset if this is the wine on day 1 but still drinkable. 88 points
    Recommendation: This wine could be aged for 5 to 8 years although was really please on day 1 results. Decant for an hour or 2 and drink up on day 1. (93 points)
  • 2013 Spring Valley Vineyard Frederick – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley (9/16/2021)
    Day 2: This is not that good of a wine and Spring Valley is not a winery I would recommend when there are so many better ones for less. Heavy wine with earth, oak, muted fruit. Bitter finish. Glad I picked these up for under $30 a bottle. 87 points
    Day 3: Even worse. 84 points
    Recommendation: On newer vintages buy one bottle of Spring Valley and if you like it buy more. (87 points)
  • 2014 Davenport Cellars Continuity – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley (9/10/2021)
    Day 2: Big wine but balanced overall. Bluebrerries, spices, chocolate, minerals and oak. Medium plus finish. Could pass for one of those $100 Napa Cabs. 92 points
    Day 3: Last bottle. Still big and will have another 5 to 8 years of life. Just delicious. 92-93 points (92 points)
  • NV Toad Hollow Limoux Risqué – France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Limoux (9/5/2021)
    Worst wine of the year candidate in all categories. Welch’s grape juice with bubbles. Lacks acidity and short finish. My wife got this in your Christmas stocking last year. Hopefully she is better this year. Note: Served in a perrier-jouet Champagne Flute. Will not be a second day on this one. (61 points)
  • NV Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley – USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (9/4/2021)
    Another good sparkler and for $15 can’t be beat. Spice, dough, minerals, lemon and orange peel. Good acidity and complexity. 91 points (91 points)
  • 2016 K Vintners The Boy – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley (9/4/2021)
    Day 1: One of the more unique wines from Washington I have tasted but delicious. Heavy perfumed wine featuring bramble, green olives, rose petals, iron, spices, smoked meat and Garrigue. Medium plus finish. 92 points (92 points)
  • 2016 K Vintners The Boy – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley (9/4/2021)
    Day 1: One of the more unique wines from Washington I have tasted but delicious. Heavy perfumed wine featuring bramble, rose petals, iron, spices, smoked meat and Garrigue. Medium plus finish. 92 points (92 points)
  • 2008 Davenport Cellars Continuity – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley (9/2/2021)
    Day 1: Had one not to long ago and this wine is even better. Young! Blueberries, cherry, minerals, menthol, spice and earth. Super complex wine and bigger style without the alcohol. 93 points
    Day 2: Still holding up strong. I see these drinking well for five more years. Nice fruit, spice, menthol, floral and earth. Would be $100 wine from Napa. 93 points (93 points)

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