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2004 Helix Pomatia Columbia Valley (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Reininger Winery reiningerwinery.com   details
Appellation: Columbia Valley - Washington State - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Merlot - Syrah - Cabernet Sauvignon - Cabernet Franc
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$16.00
 
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Tasting Notes:
tasted: August 27, 2009 , Gary Bergan
4 stars
rated: February 1, 2008 , Frank Herzog
88 points "Community Tasting Notes (average 87.9 pts. in 12 notes) Tasted by conroo on 2/1/2008 & rated 85 points: Though very smooth, I thought it was a little on the thin side. The legs were long but disappeared quickly. The color was deep purple and garnet. Dark fruit on the nose and palate. Short finish. I liked the taste of this wine, but like I said, it seemed a bit on the thin side. I would recommend drinking this one sooner rather than later. (40 views) Tasted by stenoman2 on 1/31/2008 & rated 88 points: Nice dark purple color, nice tannins. Good bottle for the money. (120 views) Tasted by dereknlaura on 1/28/2008 & rated 84 points: (267 views) Tasted by jeffreym123 on 1/28/2008 & rated 88 points: (223 views) Tasted by Acohen on 1/26/2008 & rated 89 points: Very nice nose with lots of fruit. You can tell that the blend is mostly a softer merlot but there are lots of red fruits and nice spice. Opens quite well (650 views) Tasted by keste13 on 1/25/2008 & rated 89 points: (479 views) Tasted by Loweeel on 1/25/2008: Needs to open up. Much better after 2 hours in the glass. Nice graphite, red fruits, decent soft tannins, almost too acidic at first. Very merlot-heavy. No score this bottle. (616 views) Tasted by mbecker on 1/20/2008 & rated 89 points: Smooth straight out of the bottle - nose of jam and dark fruits. Taste of plum - Silky smooth feel on tongue, nice tannins and oaky finish. (869 views) Tasted by whynblog on 1/10/2008 & rated 89 points: Nose is a bit musty. I poped an poured. It might benefit from some time in the decanter. The color is a very deep purple. In the mouth flavors of plumb, currant and vanilla poke through. Significant tannins are present all the way through. Finish is long with a the tannins lingering. Needs a little more time in the bottle. (1183 views) Tasted by kmack on 12/9/2007: Medium-bodied with a viscous (glycerol) mouth feel. Lots of red fruit with red currant, cherry, and plum. A bit of oak but nicely integrated and not that noticeable. A little heat on the finish from the alcohol but didn't really pick up on this until toward the end of the bottle when it had been sitting open for awhile. A very nice value and good pairing with marinated grilled pork tenderloin. (964 views) Tasted by Caz on 12/2/2007 & rated 90 points: Grape(s): 45% merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Franc Alcohol: 14.3% Acidity: fresh Tannin – perceptible, ripe tannins Price: $17.99 Aromas – Intense. Initially = Sulfur. Later.. Anise, Plums, blackcurrant, Asian spice, eucalyptus, molasses, mint Color –Deep color, purplish black Flavor – Dry, Medium to full-bodied. Flavorful. plum, blackberry, Asian spice, molasses and mint. Little heat Finish: Moderate to long finish Notes: Classic case where a some decanting time for the bottle is a must. On the initial pop of the cork, all I got was a strong sulfur smell. I mean overwhelming to the point where I was too afraid to actually drink it. I cursed my local wine dealer for recommending it to me. I tried to get my brother to drink it... he sniffed and passed. Thinking that perhaps the bottle fault was too much yeast and issue with the sulfur dioxide, I left the uncorked bottle on the back of the counter.... Next day I noticed that I left the bottle uncorked, I decided to try a sniff to see where it was going.... amazing. It transformed into a gorgeous wine. It was an aromatic treat! Juicy plums and dense black currant. With inter-mingling scents of eucalyptus, mint, Asian spices, all soaked in molasses. Why go any further? Oh yeah, let's taste this and see if it can match all of that. Taste was a mix of old/new world characteristics, but to me the finish pushed towards new world. Juicy plums and blackberries with a tobacco leaf component. Mouth feel is creamy and mouth coating. Mid-palate is the weak spot little hollow but picks up steam again with the fruit mixing with molasses, spice and mint. Finish was long and delicious. Nice complexity and tons of layers in this one! There was some heat peeking through on the finish, but not much. Definitely recommend as I am heading out the door for more! Kudos Columbia Valley and Reininger. (971 views) Tasted by kmack on 11/13/2007: Deep color. Medium-bodied. Silky mouth-feel with plum and red currant flavors. Nice for the price. (979 views) "
rated: February 1, 2008 , WS
90 points
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