jtryka

A lover of big bold red wines, lived in the Northwest and brought my love of Columbia Valley cabs and Oregon pinots back east with me.

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  • May 1 at 10:17pm

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    jtryka's Review:
    Added May 1 at 10:17pm
    The color is a nice even purple with some amber around the edges and very nice clarity. The nose presents a wonderful Bordeaux-esque combination of ripe plum, blackberry and leather, over a good bit of funk, with just a hint of mint and dried herbs. The taste is just fantastic, with still bright fruit notes of plum and blackberry that burst forth at the outset, transitioning effortlessly to some wonderful mineral notes of basalt and earthy notes of peat and barnyard midpalate. The finish is just divine, with some hints of sweet fruit as a reprise, while the mellow, yet still remarkably structured tannins provide a framework for the lush, smooth and exceptionally dry finish. This is a lovely wine that has aged as well as any right bank Bordeaux. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2015/09/1997-l-no-41-columbia-valley-merlot.html

  • May 1 at 10:15pm

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    jtryka's Review:
    Added May 1 at 10:15pm
    For being nearly old enough to vote, this wine seems quite vibrant, with a lovely garnet color in the glass with just a hint of amber at the edges. The nose presents aromas of leather, cedar, oak and just a hint of musty peat reminiscent of a classic Bordeaux "funk." The taste brings forth some bright fruit flavors of blackberry and cherry cola which transition to some wonderful mineral and dark chocolate notes midpalate. The finish is divine, with well structured tannins supporting a long, velvety and exceptionally dry finish that leaves you wanting another glass! See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2015/10/1998-l-no-41-apogee.html

  • May 1 at 10:14pm

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    jtryka's Review:
    Added May 1 at 10:14pm
    I decanted the wine for about an hour before my first pour and it's a nice garnet color with a hint of amber along the edges and great clarity. The nose presents lovely aromas of ripe berries, blackberry, cherry and raspberry over some earthy notes of leather and cedar. The taste is reminiscent of a fine Bordeaux, with some ripe black fruit up front and a hint of mint that transitions nicely to some earthy elements of peat and oak midpalate. The finish is surprising, as the tannins are mellow beyond belief, yet the long, smooth and very dry finish seems to go on forever with a final reprise of black fruit minerality. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2015/11/1998-lecole-no-41-columbia-valley-merlot.html

  • May 1 at 10:12pm

    Previously available for $42.00



    jtryka's Review:
    Added May 1 at 10:12pm
    I let the wine decant for about 90 minutes before pouring. The wine is a nice ruby color in the glass, with just a bit of opacity. The nose presents aromas of leather, blackberry, plum and a hint of forest floor. The taste presents surprising flavors of cherry cola up front that transitions nicely to some notes of mocha, nutmeg and baking spice midpalate. The finish if beautiful, with mellow tannins and a reprise of some earthy spice for the long, smooth and exceptionally dry finish. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2016/01/2000-l-no-41-apogee.html

  • May 1 at 10:10pm

    Previously available for $36.99



    jtryka's Review:
    Added May 1 at 10:10pm
    The wine is a nice garnet color in the glass with a bit of brown along the edges. The nose presents lovely aromas of leather, basalt, blackberry and prune, sort of the classic aroma of a mature Bordeaux. The taste is surprisingly mellow and pleasant, with a rush of cherry cola up front that transitions to some notes of white pepper and mint midpalate. The finish is very smooth and bone dry, though the tannins were quite mellow. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2016/02/2000-l-no-41-walla-walla-valley-merlot.html

  • May 1 at 10:09pm

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    jtryka's Review:
    Added May 1 at 10:09pm
    The wine is a beautiful ruby color in the glass, with a bit of opacity at the center. The nose presents aromas of blackberry, leather, cedar and cassis. The taste is just a pleasure, with some warm fruit notes up front, blackberry, plum and cherry cola, that transition nicely to some warm spice notes midpalate. The finish is generous, with mellow tannins supporting a reprise of ripe cherry on the long, smooth and exceptionally dry finish. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2016/03/2005-l-no-41-walla-walla-valley-merlot.html

  • May 1 at 10:07pm

    Previously available for $101.99



    jtryka's Review:
    Added May 1 at 10:07pm
    The wine is a beautiful garnet in the glass, with a slight hint of amber along the edges. The nose presents aromas of blackberry, leather and mint, with just a bit of black pepper spice. The taste is just lovely, with a good bit of black licorice and blackberry up front that transitions nicely to some notes of mint and black pepper midpalate. The finish is lovely, as the still robust tannins provide nice backbone for the long, smooth dry finish that exhibits some very Bordeaux like qualities. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2016/04/2004-spring-valley-vineyard-uriah.html

  • May 1 at 10:06pm

    Previously available for $100.00



    jtryka's Review:
    Added May 1 at 10:06pm
    The wine is a deep, inky purple at the center, with bright ruby along the edges. The nose presents aromas of blackberry, plum and cassis overlaid with some earthy notes of leather and tar. The taste is packed with jammy fruit up front, with blueberry, plum and blackberry, that transition nicely to some notes of black pepper and spice along with some earthy notes of limestone midpalate. The finish is just lovely, with still well structured tannins providing the foundation for a long, smooth and exceptionally dry finish. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2016/05/2006-geyser-peak-cabernet-sauvignon.html

  • May 1 at 10:04pm

    Previously available for $68.00



    jtryka's Review:
    Added May 1 at 10:04pm
    The wine is a nice garnet color with a bit of brownish tint along the edges. The nose presents aromas of leather, anise, blackberry and spice box that makes you feel like you've just walked into and old school Italian deli in New York, just what you would expect from a mature Barolo. The taste is just wonderful, a brief blast of ripe fruit up front, blackberry and prune that transitions to some lovely mineral and spice notes midpalate, mint and a bit of dried thyme with a hint of dried flowers. The tannins are still alive and well, leading this fine lady to a long, smooth and exceptionally dry finish that goes on and on. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2016/06/1998-fontanafredda-vigna-la-delizia.html

  • May 1 at 10:01pm
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    Average Price: $15.99



    jtryka's Review:
    Added May 1 at 10:01pm
    The wine has an inky black color at the center leading to some bright ruby along the edges. The nose presents aromas of blackberry, prune, leather and toasted oak that seem a bit old world. The taste is much less fruit forward than I was expecting, with a bit of cassis and black licorice up front that transition nicely to some notes of dark chocolate and mineral notes midpalate. The finish is smooth and velvety as the tannins are mature and subdued leading to a bit of that old world Bordeaux style funk on the smooth, exceptionally dry finish. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2016/07/2006-franciscan-napa-valley-merlot.html

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