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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  • Nov 29 at 6:17pm

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    jtryka's Review:
    Added Nov 29 at 6:17pm
    The wine is a deep dark brooding ruby color in the glass, that is almost black at the center leading to brighter color along the edges. The nose is just fantastic, some bright fruit notes, blackberries, plums, with a lovely smokiness overlaying some toasted oak and spice notes that just brings to mind all that is best about the holidays, the wonderful foods, fires in the hearth, pine boughs hung and trees decorated, fresh fruit, the smell of pies and cookies wafting from the kitchen, this wine just smells like Christmas to me! The taste is just as much of a treat, with some rich fruit flavors up front, cherry cola, blackberries, currants, all cooked down to a lovely glaze, which transitions to some wonderful spice notes mixed with smoke midpalate. The finish is just lovely, with some coarse mineral notes, dusty limestone along with the well structured tannins supporting a long, supple and sublimely dry finish. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2014/11/2011-forgeron-malbec-stonetree-vineyard.html

  • Nov 2 at 5:34pm

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    jtryka's Review:
    Added Nov 2 at 5:34pm
    This wine is a deep ruby color in the glass with a bit of opacity. The nose is classic Amarone, rich fruit notes of raspberry and raisin, over cascading aromas of leather, white pepper and just a hint of lavender. The taste is quite subdued up front, with some mild flavors of blackberry and cherry intermingled with vanilla and pipe tobacco, that gives way to some spice notes of white pepper and Asian spice midpalate. The tannins are very nicely integrated, supporting a long, flavorful and very dry finish. A very classic Amarone. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2014/11/2004-valentina-cubi-morar-amarone-della.html

  • Oct 31 at 5:56pm

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    jtryka's Review:
    Added Oct 31 at 5:56pm
    The wine is a lovely deep violet in the glass with great clarity. The nose is quite nice, with aromas of leather over some ripe boysenberry and cherry notes and just a hint of dried herbs. The taste is just wonderful, with a rather subdued bit of fruit up front, berries and cherry that quickly gives way to some lovely mineral notes midpalate, dusty limestone and basalt and a bit of peppercorn. The tannins are young but very well integrated, lending a bit of spice and velvelty mouthfeel for the long, smooth dry finish. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2014/10/2012-seven-hills-mcclellan-estate.html

  • Oct 26 at 11:08pm

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    jtryka's Review:
    Added Oct 26 at 11:08pm
    The wine is a deep inky purple in the glass with some brighter ruby along the edges. The nose is an adventure in decadent aromas, raspberry, blackberry and cassis along with a good bit of leather, graphite and forest floor. The taste is just a treat, with a blast of ripe fruit at the outset, ripe berries, plum and raisin that reminds you a bit of a nice Amarone. The fruit transitions flawlessly to some wonderfully spicy notes of white pepper, vanilla and dark chocolate midpalate. The finish, is smooth, dry and voluptuous, as the smooth tannins are integrated seamlessly, creating a wine that's a pleasure to drink from the first sip to the last glass. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2014/10/2012-woodward-canyon-barbera.html

  • Oct 23 at 7:06pm
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    jtryka's Review:
    Added Oct 23 at 7:06pm
    The wine has a bright ruby color in the glass with great clarity. The nose is remarkable in its young complexity with aromas of tar, licorice, dried flowers and an almost cotton candy note. The taste is quite nice, with notes of berries and plum that transition to some earthy notes of peat midpalate. The finish is quite pleasant as the young, yet very well structured tannins support a long, dry and velvety finish that lingers. A pleasant wine today that, given the character of the grape, will likely improve with some time in the bottle. See my full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2014/10/2011-fontanafredda-nebbiolo.html

  • Oct 12 at 7:30pm
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    jtryka's Review:
    Added Oct 12 at 7:30pm
    The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass, certainly appropriate for a Cabernet from the Columbia Valley. The nose is quite pleasant with some lovely floral notes atop some rich, ripe fruit notes of plum and red currant and just a bit of smokiness. The taste is really quite nice, very fruit forward, with flavors of ripe raspberry, blackberry and currant that blast into your psyche. The rich fruit transitions nicely to some smoky, mineral notes midpalate. The tannins are remarkably well developed for a wine this young, supporting a long, smooth, very dry finish. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2014/10/2012-canoe-ridge-vineyards-expedition.html

  • Oct 11 at 9:38pm

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    jtryka's Review:
    Added Oct 11 at 9:38pm
    The color on this wine is deep brooding purple, so typical of a nice Napa Cabernet. The nose is a lovely combination of ripe black fruit with somewhat of a jammy characteristic along with some leather, oak and cocoa powder. The taste is nice, with some rich black fruit up front, black cherry, plum and black currant that transitions effortlessly to some wonderful mineral notes midpalate - part of the characteristic "Rutherford dust." The finish is quite nice, with rather young yet plump tannins providing the foundation for a wonderful long, very dry finish that seems to last a minute or more. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2014/10/2012-robert-storey-cellars-reserve.html

  • Oct 11 at 9:36pm

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    jtryka's Review:
    Added Oct 11 at 9:34pm
    The wine is a bright ruby color in the glass, a little lighter than I normally expect from a Cabernet. The nose displays ample black fruit, plum, currant and cassis over a bit of toasted oak and vanilla. The taste is very nice, with some ripe fruit up front and a bit of jammy sweetness that reminds me more of a Zinfandel than a Cabernet. Midpalate, the takes transitions to some warm spice and floral notes, while the young, yet smooth tannins support a long, warm, dry finish. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2014/10/2012-waterbrook-icon-reserve-cabernet.html

  • Oct 1 at 8:17pm

    Previously available for $18.99



    jtryka's Review:
    Added Oct 1 at 8:17pm
    The wine is a deep, inky purple color in the glass edging toward some lighter ruby. The nose is rather oak laden with a hint of green cedar, with some dark fruit notes mixed in. The taste is really quite nice, with a veritable explosion of dark, jammy fruit up front, plum, blackberries and a hint of cocoa that transitions nicely to some dusty limestone midpalate. The tannins are remarkably mellow for such a young wine, and the velvety, rounded mouthfeel makes for a long, dry and quite pleasant finish. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2014/10/2012-encantado-napa-valley-cabernet.html

  • Sep 28 at 8:43am

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    jtryka's Review:
    Added Sep 28 at 8:43am
    The wine is a lovely ruby color in the glass with a dark indigo towards the center, classic Cabernet. The nose is not at all what I expected, rather than a blast of fruit like so many Cabernets today, this one had aromas of plum, raisin and graphite, overlaid with some notes of vanilla. The taste is quite nice, very warm and approachable, some nice fruit up front, raspberries, currant and cassis, which transition to some lovely mineral notes midpalate. The tannins are young but still nicely structured, providing a nice foundation for a long, dry finish that surprises at the end with a bit of residual fruit than lingers on your palate. See my full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2014/09/2012-sullivan-vineyards-rutherford-napa.html

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