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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 11 
ProducerWellington Vineyards (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
DesignationVictory Reserve
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationSonoma County
UPC Code(s)812560000198

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2020 (based on 12 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 57 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by boylan on 12/6/2015 & rated 87 points: Thought it was tasting old. Fruit pretty much gone. Coffee and leather. (682 views)
 Tasted by jdhart306 on 10/30/2015: Deep Color that looks to slowly be transitioning from purple to red. Closed immediately after opening but really seems to get better after 2-3 hours in the decanter. Lots of fruit on the nose, green pepper and spice on the palate(maybe a little old world leather flavor as well), and a decent finish. I look forward to seeing how this evolves over the next two days. Unless it falls apart tomorrow night I will be in no rush to drink my other bottle. (615 views)
 Tasted by TottenCellars on 3/28/2015: Really drinking well. I'll probably hold my last 06' until at least next year. Peter is a fantastic winemaker, his retirement makes me sad every time I open up one of his bottles. The victory is always a solid bottle! (1100 views)
 Tasted by iByron on 3/12/2015 & rated 88 points: Deep garnet purple in the glass. Nose is shy at first. Cassis and coffee on the palate. Soft tannins and medium plus acidity. Holding its own thanks to limited malolactic. A great food wine. (1234 views)
 Tasted by scott w on 6/22/2014 & rated 89 points: A nice wine..some might say too young but I don't think so, seemed wide open to me. Fruit forward nice fruit a hint of herbs the group felt it was a bit too sweet I had to agree. Was up against some stiff competition. (2295 views)
 Tasted by sdilullo on 11/19/2013 & rated 92 points: Even more delicious than I remember. Perfect with roasted beef tenderloin and a dark chocolate mousse cake for dessert. Bright fruit, cherry, a little leather, maybe a hint of anise, super smooth. Can't say enough good things about this wine! (2695 views)
 Tasted by Petek26 on 10/17/2013 & rated 88 points: Drank this wine with Korean BBQ and thought the flavors complimented well. Overall a good bottle for a casual dinner with friends. (2415 views)
 Tasted by chukon99 on 12/14/2012 & rated 91 points: Pop 'n pour. Wine is a dark, inky purple. Notes are very similar to my previous bottle. Aromas of dark fruit upfront, some vanilla coming through. Nice acidity to balance out the fruit. Gains a bit of complexity with time in the glass. Definitely decant if you want this to reach its potential. Opened this too soon, will hold my remaining bottles for another 3+ years.

Edit: Bumped this up a couple of points. The wine was drinking much better on nights 2-3. Flavors had integrated much more. (3912 views)
 Tasted by km5 on 4/27/2012: ok with steak (4512 views)
 Tasted by cmaldoon on 4/11/2012 & rated 92 points: Fantastic as always. Brought to a restaurant. Last glass was definitely the best. I recommend at least an hour decant to allow the flavors to develop. (3979 views)
 Tasted by chukon99 on 2/28/2012 & rated 91 points: Notes from Day 2 (recorked but not refrigerated last night): Deep ruby color, lots of dark red fruit on the nose, picking up a hint of cloves as well. More aromatic and open than last night, the notes of cherry cola have receded into the background. Fruit upfront but nicely balanced with a good bit of acidity. A little vegetal/green on the mid-palate with vanilla undertones. Tannins are present but not overwhelming. Long finish that is a combination of sour cherry and tobacco. This is a complex wine that probably needs a couple more years to really come together. Can't wait to revisit these periodically over the next decade. (3675 views)
 Tasted by oog on 1/6/2012 & rated 89 points: Nose: Dark fruit and big anise. Taste: Currant, oak and some bitter notes. Moderate finish. (4044 views)
 Tasted by smcvick on 12/26/2011 & rated 90 points: Fantastic cab blend that we paired with a rack of lamb. Decanted for an hour before tasting, continued to open up through the course of the meal. (3193 views)
 Tasted by km5 on 11/23/2011: Excellent, medium dry, good from start and keeps getting better with breathing. Wife also liked it a lot. Plum, ripe berries, medium dry. Would def buy more next time i see it. (3868 views)
 Tasted by dukefirst on 11/12/2011: dark berries on the nose, the cola is there, with currants and hints of cigar box. still phenom. (3893 views)
 Tasted by rmm on 9/27/2011 & rated 92 points: One of the most perfect Bordeaux blends to come out of CA that I've ever had. Surpasses Iron Horse's BDX-3. Will age tremendously, but very difficult to not drink right now. Balanced red fruit with good acidity. No alcohol heat. Tannins are already pretty soft, can't wait to see how this will drink in a few years. (3912 views)
 Tasted by TowerCellar on 9/5/2011 & rated 89 points: Decanted. Initial smell and initial taste were very one-note (fruit) and closed. Let it sit for an hour and returned. Taste was much deeper, with a solid fruit flavor, but balanced well with a spicy finish and good acid. Hints of minerals were present, but the wine was not extremely complex. Somewhat hot, but not overpowering, and it decreased over time. Paired very well with spicy, dry-rubbed pork ribs. I'm glad I've got more bottles. (4281 views)
 Tasted by dukefirst on 6/24/2011 & rated 93 points: this wine is a phenom. (4623 views)
 Tasted by hecvil on 5/13/2011 & rated 91 points: Cola-taste, floral nose! getting better and better. (4857 views)
 Tasted by WineTime10 on 3/9/2011: After hearing so much about this Reserve blend, I was excited to try it, and it's possible I just got a bad bottle, but here goes: Decanted for a few hours before tasting. Color has beautiful purple hues, and the nose has some currant, tobacco and leather. I'm not disappointed by the nose, but not ecstatic either, as something seems a little "off." I take a taste and realize that this wine is extremely disjointed. HARSH is an understatement! Alcohol kick is on another level and mouth feel is so gritty I can barely swallow it. Mid palate gives off leather and tobacco, with no fruit at all. Horrible, harsh finish to close this out. I'm sure Mr. Wellington makes great vino, but this was just awful. The cork was not moldy, and the bottle was not corked, so I'm not quite sure what the deal is, but I know this isn't my cup of tea. Maybe with 10 years of aging it will be better. (5384 views)
 Tasted by michaelflynnca on 1/27/2011 & rated 89 points: In general I agree with cmaldoon's note - very nice bouquet, mouthfeel, and tannins. I would add: 1) the fruit was restrained but still present; 2) on first pour the heat was noticeable, but this was resolved by a ~1 hour decant; 3) the finish was shorter than I expected. I think this would be a 90+ with another year or two in the bottle, which I intend to give my other bottles. I would absolutely buy again. (5180 views)
 Tasted by cmaldoon on 12/26/2010 & rated 93 points: Deep purplish garnet red color. Redfruits and spice on the nose. Medium to full bodied but not mouthcoating. Good acid balance to the fruit and a medium backbone of fine tannins. This is a very balance wine drinking well now if you enjoy a bit of tannin. Should soften nicely over the next 5 years. Beautiful to my tastes right now. 93 points (5669 views)
 Tasted by WorldOfJohnboy on 12/26/2010 & rated 88 points: Great blend of varietals. Not a big or heavy wine, but not wimpy by any means. Had with some Italian foods and it was well received by the rest in the party that drank it. Saving the next bottle for a year or two, should be even better! (5141 views)
 Tasted by oog on 12/8/2010 & rated 89 points: Nose: Currant, dark fruit and a little bit of wood. Palate: Currant and oak. Very short finish. Great mouth feel. I like that is isn't huge. (5125 views)
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Wellington Vineyards

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2006 Wellington Vineyards Victory Reserve

Composition: 55% Cabernet sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 8% Petit Verdot
Aging: 18 months, 100% French oak, approximately 60% new, Remond, Gamba & Bossuet cooperages
Alcohol: 14.1%
pH: 3.65
TA: .59
No residual sugar
Ingredients: Sonoma County grapes, tartaric acid (from grapes), wine yeast & bacteria cultures, oak compounds (from barrel aging), natural and added sulfites.
Bottled April 17, 2008, unfined, lightly filtered.
Decant: yes – both for sediment and development
Drink now or hold: yes/yes to 10-15 years from vintage.

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


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