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Wed Mar 29, 2006 1:01 pm

WTN: Four Older Calif Reds...(short/boring)

by TomHill » Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:39 pm

Tried these four over the last few days:
1. RosenblumCllrs Zin GeorgeHendryVnyd/NapaVlly Reserve (13.7%; U) Alameda 1993: Dark color w/ some bricking; rather cedary/pencilly/oldZin strong blackberry/raspberry/Zin/bit earrhy some complex nose; lightly tart quite cedary/pencilly/oldZin strong raspberry/blackberry/Zin/very spicy light earthy flavor w/ light smooth/ripe tannins; very long/lingering rather cedary/pencilly/old Zin strong raspberry/blackberry/Zin/spicy fairly complex finish w/ light bit bitey tannins; lots of old Zin character but still plenty of Zin fruit; in great shape but not going to get better & on the downside.
2. Kenneth-Crawford PinotNoir ClosPepeVnyd/SRH (14.5%) Buellton 2004: Dark color w/ some bricking; some toasty/smokey/oak some cedary/pencilly/oldRed slight pungent/licorice light PN/black cherry nose; fairly tart/tangy light PN/black cherry/earthy some toasty/smokey/oak rather cedary/pencilly/oldRed bit dried out tired flavor w/ light smooth bit astringent tannins; very long cedary/pencilly/oldRed slight PN/black cherry somewhat dried out/tired bit complex finish w/ light astringent/drying tannins; interesting old Pinot nose but rather tired/dried out on the palate.
3. Drew PinotNoir McDougallVnyd/SonomaCoast (75 cs; 14.8%; Elk 2005: Very dark color w/ slight bricking; very strong black cherry/PN/cherry/bit boysenberry/cherry compote some toasty/charred/oak very fragrant/perfumed fairly complex lovely mature nose; fairly tart strong black cherry/PN/cherry compote rather toasty/smokey/Fr.oak slight Burgundian fairly complex flavor w/ light smooth tannins; very long/lingering bit tangy/tart strong spicy/black cherry/PN fairly toasty/Fr.oak/smokey complex finish w/ light smooth tannins; a lovely fully mature very interesting Calif PN w/ fully resolved tannins; ready for prime time.
4. Melville Syrah Donna's (EstateLotCollection; 15.9%; Lompoc 2003: Med.color w/ some bricking; bit cedary/pencilly/oldRed rather toasty/charred/Fr.oak/smokey fairly strong blackberry/boysenberry/ripe Syrah/spicy slight alcoholic bit Rhonish/roasted meats quite complex nose; bit soft some hot/alcoholic strong blackberry/boysenberry/Syrah/very ripe fairly pungent/charred/Fr.oak/smokey slight Rhonish/roasted complex flavor w/ smooth soft/ripe tannins; soft ripe/lush some hot/alcoholic strong boysenberry/blackberry/ripe/Syrah strong toasty/charred/oak slight roasted/Rhonish complex finish w/ some soft/ripe/bit drying tannins; some very interesting things therein & some Rhonish character but the alcohol starting to dominate; drink up.
A wee BloodyPulpit:
1. Melville: I was expecting this to be a totally shot alcoholic mess. The alcohol was showing but plenty of Syrah fruit left. This would have been made when GregBrewer had the winemaking chores. Chad Melville has control now.
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David M. Bueker


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Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:52 pm



Re: WTN: Four Older Calif Reds...(short/boring)

by David M. Bueker » Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:42 pm

The skyrocketing alcohol levels were what caused me to abandon Melville. There was a Viognier that clocked in at 16.2%. That was the final straw.
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