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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  • Apr 26 at 8:03pm

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    jtryka's Review:
    Added Apr 26 at 8:03pm
    The wine is a deep, inky purple color in the glass, with a bit of garnet at the edges. The nose presents some lovely blackberry notes, dark cherry, leather and a hint of eucalyptus. The taste is at first crisp and refreshing with a rush of ripe black fruit that transition nicely to some earthy notes of mossy oak and white pepper midpalate. The tannins are evident but not overpowering, leading to a finish that is more smooth than bracingly dry, but still quite long and delicious. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2015/04/2012-reininger-malbec.html

  • Apr 25 at 6:28pm
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    jtryka's Review:
    Added Apr 25 at 6:28pm
    The wine is a beautiful ruby color in the glass with just a bit of opacity. The nose is quite nice, with a combination of ripe plums, blackberries and tart cherry intermingled with some green herb notes. The taste is quite nice, with a bit of cherry compote and smoke at the outset, transitioning to some tobacco and earthy peat notes midpalate. The tannins are well integrated and nicely structured to support the long, supple and very dry finish. This wine reminds me a lot of the more classic Cabernets that you found 20 years ago, with a lot more finesse than many wine you find today. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2014/12/2011-l-no-41-walla-walla-cabernet.html

  • Apr 25 at 6:24pm

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    jtryka's Review:
    Added Apr 25 at 6:24pm
    The wine is a deep garnet color in the glass, rich and vibrant. The nose is quite nice, with a nice presence of ripe red fruit, raspberries and red currant intermingled with some nice herb notes and a hint of earthiness. The taste is quite nice, with some ripe berries up front than linger for a bit, transitioning to some nice spice notes of white pepper and just a hint of Provencal herbs. The finish is vibrant, with somewhat mellow tannins offering a lovely bridge between the fruit and herb notes amid the smooth, dry finish. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2014/12/2012-seven-hills-carmenere.html

  • Apr 25 at 6:22pm

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    jtryka's Review:
    Added Apr 25 at 6:22pm
    The wine is a bright ruby color in the glass, with just the faintest hint of amber along the edges. The nose is quite nice, with earthy notes of cedar, leather and fresh herbs over concentrated fruit notes of ripe plum and raisin. The taste is sublime, with a burst of sweet cherry and anise at the outset, which transitions to some espresso and white pepper notes midpalate. The tannins are well integrated and nicely structured, supporting a long, velvety dry finish. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2014/12/2004-bussola-ca-del-laito-valpolicella.html

  • Apr 25 at 6:19pm
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    jtryka's Review:
    Added Apr 25 at 6:19pm
    The wine is a beautiful rich ruby color in the glass, with a nice dark indigo at the center. The nose is quite inviting, with aromas of black cherry, green cedar, and a hint of fresh herbs. The taste is a rush of ripe fruit, blackberry, cherry and a hint of candied plum, which transition smoothly to some earthy elements of tar, toasted oak and pepper midpalate. The finish is remarkably earthy, with integrated tannins supporting the long, smooth dry finish that leaves you wanting another sip. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2014/12/2010-l-no-41-seven-hills-estate-merlot.html

  • Apr 25 at 6:17pm
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    jtryka's Review:
    Added Apr 25 at 6:16pm
    The wine is an inky black color at the center, leading to some bright ruby along the edges with nice clarity. The nose is just lovely, with notes of black licorice, tarragon, blueberry and some Asian spice. The taste is quite refined, with a some subdued flavors of cassis, blueberry and notes of espresso up front which transition to some elegant flavors of pipe tobacco, dusty limestone and white pepper midpalate. The finish is quite nice, with nicely structured and well integrated tannins supporting the long, lush, absolutely bone dry finish that just beckons another sip. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2014/12/2010-silver-oak-alexander-valley.html

  • Apr 25 at 6:14pm
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    jtryka's Review:
    Added Apr 25 at 6:14pm
    Now I'll admit I had a hard time finding this wine today, I tore the cellar apart, looking in case after case, knowing had to be there somewhere, and alas I found it in a half case of Languedoc! So here we are, a beautiful deep garnet color in the glass with great clarity. The nose is just a rush of Oregon Pinot memories, rustic earthy elements of peat, leather, blackberries and fresh herbs. The taste is a burst of fruit, plums, black cherries and cassis, all of which blend together for some earthy mineral notes of limestone, cedar intermingled with Asian spice midpalate. The finish is remarkably smooth, without the tannins and dryness that you can get from a Cabernet, this one is just all around pleasant to drink from start to finish! See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2014/12/2007-elk-cove-vineyards-willamette.html

  • Apr 25 at 6:12pm

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    jtryka's Review:
    Added Apr 25 at 6:12pm
    The wine is a nice bright ruby color in the glass, with great clarity. The nose is a rich combination or black fruit, blackberry, cassis and a hint of prune overlaid with a nice bit of leather and earth. The taste is very pleasant, with some rich fruit notes or blackberry and cassis up front that transition effortlessly to some wonderful flavors of dark chocolate and espresso midpalate. The finish is warm and inviting, with well structured tannins that provide balance to the long, velvety dry finish that just beckons you to have another sip. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2014/12/2009-dama-columbia-valley-cabernet.html

  • Apr 25 at 6:09pm

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    jtryka's Review:
    Added Apr 25 at 6:09pm
    The wine is a deep purple color at the center leading to a bright garnet color along the edges with just a hint of opacity. The nose is quite nice, ripe black fruits and anise transition to some wonderful mineral notes. The taste is very pleasant with some nice blackberry and cherry cola notes at the outset that transition to some lovely dark chocolate and mineral notes of dusty limestone and graphite midpalate. The tannins are well rounded and supportive of the voluptuous, long, dry finish. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2014/12/2008-arger-martucci-vineyards-napa.html

  • Apr 25 at 6:07pm

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    jtryka's Review:
    Added Apr 25 at 6:07pm
    Having let this wine breathe for a couple hours, it's a bright ruby, with some darker color toward the center, and surprising clarity given its age. The nose is quite pleasant, with some ripe berry, prune and cherry notes up front, than transition to some toasted oak and smoky notes. The taste is quite nice, with some ripe cherry and cola notes up front, that transition to some notes of plum and dusty limestone midpalate. The tannins are very well developed, supporting a round, velvety and very dry finish that seems to last a minute or more. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2015/01/1999-i-balzini-super-tuscan-cabernet.html

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