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Red

2010 Faiveley Vosne-Romanée

Pinot Noir more

2/7/2015 - Rob MacKay wrote: 88 points

A little bit of a spice note with some oak on the finish. Nicely developed but has a few rough edges that need a little time to mellow out.

  • Comment posted by Rob MacKay:

    2/9/2015 9:24:00 AM - Did not decant. Certainly will next time. Still enjoyed it nonetheless.

Red

2010 CT Barrel Project Cabernet Sauvignon Black Sears Vineyard

Howell Mountain more

11/25/2013 - Rob MacKay wrote: flawed

Opened 4 of these so far. All were fizzy. :(

Update: Opened all remaining bottles (8) and dumped them all. Every one was soda pop. If these are taking up any space in your cellar, you'd be best to free up that space for something else.

  • Comment posted by Rob MacKay:

    11/26/2013 8:20:00 AM - FWIW, the fizziness blows off after several hours. In one instance I just opened the bottle and let it sit overnight at that helped but the overall wine itself is still a huge, high alcohol, fruit bomb. Yes, it's disappointing but Dave has been more than generous in making up for it. I am counting on the 12s to be back to the same level as the 09s, which continue to be very nice.

Red

2001 Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Monte Real Gran Reserva

Tempranillo more

5/3/2013 - Rob MacKay wrote: 93 points

Fantastic wine. Well integrated dark fruits and spice with a touch of earth and burnt toast. Fruit still shines through nicely throughout and the finish is nice, long and clean. For $35, this is a fantastic value for a wine of this caliber.

  • Comment posted by Rob MacKay:

    5/4/2013 10:48:00 AM - This is only 10 Euro over there? WOW. I would buy all I can find at that price.

Red

2008 Château Haut-Gravet

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/10/2013 - Rob MacKay wrote: NR

Last tasted 18 months ago. It's starting to pick up a few secondary characteristics on the nose, bringing in a little earth. Probably needs just a couple more years to complete integration. For $20, a great value.

  • Comment posted by Rob MacKay:

    1/14/2013 10:59:00 AM - Secondary compared to when it was initially tasted. Those earth elements certainly were not present back then.

Red

2009 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Koplen Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

12/12/2012 - Rob MacKay wrote: 94 points

Needed about an hour in the decanter to open up and after that was really amazing. The purity of the fruit is quite impressive as it has amazing depth and complexity and comes across the palate with an effortless smooth texture and a super long finish.

  • Comment posted by Rob MacKay:

    12/23/2012 8:26:00 AM - They are great wines and have really improved over the last few vintages. Early vintages were a bit too big for me and they've either mellowed a bit or just gotten that much better.

Red

2004 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

St. Helena more

12/1/2012 - Rob MacKay wrote: 96 points

Last had a bottle of this about 2 years ago. It was awesome then and is probably even better this time around. Just a wonderful, complex wine with a hugely expressive nose and an amazing texture on the palate. The finish just goes on and on. Amazing.

  • Comment posted by Rob MacKay:

    12/2/2012 1:37:00 PM - I think it's just awesome right now. I wouldn't give it too much longer.

Red

2006 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Southing

Sta. Rita Hills more

12/26/2010 - tanglenet wrote: NR

Opened not decanted. Consumed over 2 days. Better on Day 2. Dark, rich tastes of blackberry, blueberry, with some mid-palate tastes of tart red berries. Ends with a semi-drying light citrus finish. Good on Day 1. Very Good on Day 2.

  • Comment posted by Rob MacKay:

    12/27/2010 10:52:00 AM - Have you tried the 08s yet? They are quite amazing.

Red

2007 Windy Oaks Estate Pinot Noir Proprietor's Reserve Schultze Family Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

12/25/2010 - caeleric/cae_cpa wrote: 93 points

Popped, poured off a sizable glass and let the open bottle aerate for 4 hours before consuming. First glass or two were relatively muted on the nose, but the flavor punch once in the mouth was spectacular. The gorgeous earthy spice component mingling with the black cherry fruit was mesmerizing. The texture was so soft and delicate, sexy even. I had to restrain myself from drinking this too quickly because each sip swallowed made me excited to go back for more. This was unequivocally the best Pinot I've ever had! Thanks to tjib13 for an outstanding 2010 CT Secret Santa gift.

  • Comment posted by Rob MacKay:

    12/27/2010 10:49:00 AM - This is cool. I sent this to tjib13 last years for CT Secret Santa and he loved it so much he sent it to you. Windy Oaks wines are awesome. Hopefully you've become a fan.

Red

1996 Château Angélus

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/25/2010 - Pknut wrote: NR

We opened this at Deb's parents' house, but enjoyed it some three hours later at ours. Terrific fruits on the palate, I'm getting red currant and Deb says plums, with a tapered palate that has shed its baby fat and is linear and direct today. Still primary, but developing hints of secondary complexities. The finish is long, juicy and detailed and hints to the potential of this wine. I would hold this for a few more years, and hope that the midpalate can fill out a bit more and the secondary complexities develop.

  • Comment posted by Rob MacKay:

    12/27/2010 10:47:00 AM - Nice note. I've got this wine and have been wondering when I should get into it. Perhaps I'll try to hang on a bit longer. You think an extended decant would help?

Red

2007 Kirkland Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Signature Series Mountain Cuvée

Napa Valley more

6/10/2010 - maxmanx wrote: 90 points

Quite nice, with true cabernet flavor and some oak. Would buy more if it was cheaper, but at $18, the QPR is only OK, and there are better buys out there right now.

  • Comment posted by Rob MacKay:

    6/11/2010 11:21:00 AM - There are better buys for Napa Cab then $18 for a 90 point wine? Please share!!

Red

2007 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

St. Helena more

5/8/2010 - Rob MacKay wrote: 99 points

Every once in a while you have an experience with a bottle of wine that just simply puts a smile on your face like a 6 year old on Christmas morning. The 2005 Spottswoode Cab did that for me last July and it stood out as probably one of the best wines I've had, until last night when this 07 took it up another notch. This wine is the absolute definition of balance. We're talking Cirque du Soleil crazy acrobat balance here. The mix of dark fruits, new leather, vanilla, texture, length, and the softest tannins combine in the glass to create a magical elixir of tastiness. It's not overweight and brooding but also not at all wimpy or understated. Unquestionably the best Napa Cabernet Sauvignon I've ever had.

  • Comment posted by Rob MacKay:

    5/22/2010 10:44:00 AM - It really is a stunning wine. After drinking it I immediately bought a couple more.

Red

2005 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Ten

Sta. Rita Hills more

5/1/2010 - Rob MacKay wrote: 94 points

Nice big nose of black forest cake with a touch of a floral element, perhaps lavender. Oak is present but not harsh at all. Intense black cherry flavors with a really nice mouth-coating texture and a great finish. Seems to be coming together very nicely now. A couple more years and it should be in a perfect place. So far, the best Sea Smoke I've had.

  • Comment posted by Rob MacKay:

    5/3/2010 12:58:00 PM - I'll be waiting to pop any 06 TENs for a while. I have 4 of the 07s so I might open one of those for a peek but based on how this 05 showed, I really should let them rest.

Red

2007 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

St. Helena more

4/19/2010 - Clarkmeister wrote: 99 points

Rock star. To show this well so young, and right after I tried the impressive 2005 is a testament to this wine. Perfectly balanced with great fruit, but restrained and confident in a way that so many Napa cabs today just aren't. Layered, complex midpalate with a tremendous finish. Just about has it all and is better than many wines that cost several times the amount. My only knock is that the nose wasn't giving off much this night, but nevertheless, this is incredible juice.

  • Comment posted by Rob MacKay:

    4/19/2010 9:30:00 AM - Excellent. I should receive my 07s this week. Looks like it is going to be hard to stay away from them.

Red

2005 Harlan Estate The Maiden

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/13/2010 - cns wrote: 93 points

Very good wine. Got better the longer it was decanted during the evening. Great backbone, wonderful fruit and a lot of oak, but the wine pulls it off. Should age well. However, I don't think that it's worth $150 IMHO.

  • Comment posted by Rob MacKay:

    4/14/2010 9:04:00 AM - Nice note. Thanks. Remember that you are not paying $150 for the wine, it's for the name.

Red

2007 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Ten

Sta. Rita Hills more

4/12/2010 - Gargamel wrote: 92 points

decant at 2:45. no sediment but could see some cloudiness. nose has spicey red fruit, briary raspberry/currant, a touch of blueberry, and minerality. much better than expected. 94-95pts for nose. palate has one dimensional very tart cherry. 85pts or lower, one of the most closed down wines i have ever come across.
6:45 nose is still great, palate has opened just a touch. shows like a very burgundian styled pinot. the finish is acidic but is starting to broaden out a bit. not drinkable yet.
9:15 nose is still the best part of this wine. palate seemes to be slowly building depth showing some tart blackberry with some greeness. finish is fairly long (25-30 sec) due to high acidity, showing the darker blackberry vs. cherry shown earlier. soft, well hiden tannins have built up and add to tartness to the wine. cork shows a light dusting of tartrate crystals which seems inappropriate for a young california pinot. maybe some tartaric was added to the juice?
10:20 the wine is still changing, showing darker and more complex notes. a bit high in acid for my taste by does show an ever increasing complexity. has potential with age. currently nose- 95pts, palate- 91pts, finish-90 pts

  • Comment posted by Rob MacKay:

    4/13/2010 8:26:00 AM - Poppy Davis (daughter of sea smoke owner) recently commented on the eBob forums that she feels that the 08s are the best vintage for them since 03. We'll see.

Red

2008 Kutch Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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4/11/2010 - pinotfan1970 wrote: 84 points

Definite smoke taint on the nose. Almost like smelling liquid smoke. The palate was much better, but hard to get around that nose. Time may integrate the smokiness, but only time will tell. Also, even before the smoke, higher alcohol was apparent on the nose.

  • Comment posted by Rob MacKay:

    4/11/2010 10:59:00 AM - Sorry, but I have to disagree. How would the wine have been smoke tainted when the vineyard sources were many many miles away from any of the fires? Yes, I've had the wine and there is no smoke taint.

White

2006 Sine Qua Non The Hoodoo Man

California White Rhone Blend more

2/14/2010 - jasonmalumed wrote: 93 points

Drank at room temperature. The only thing that comes to mind when I think back about this wine is "expansive". It just seemed to keep growing in the glass, getting more and more interesting as I let it sit. In the mouth as well, just seemed to invade every single part of my palate. Beautiful deep golden yellow, with some slight cloudiness. On the nose, very beautiful and perfumey, lots of flowers, apple and different pome fruits, oak, eventually giving way to some real deal minerality as well with about an hour of opening up. On the palate, massive wine. Absurd mouthfeel, have never experienced a wine like this before. Definitely agree with an almost hazelnut component, along with apples, asian pear, lemon, and white creamed honey, and almost a white truffle note on the back end. Ate with the duck confit on a savory apple tart with a hen's egg and shaved truffle from Sovana Bistro in Kennett Square, PA and was honestly the single best wine pairing I have ever experienced.

  • Comment posted by Rob MacKay:

    4/8/2010 9:07:00 AM - I remember enjoying this with you Eric. Liked it so much that I went out and found myself a bottle.

Red

2006 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

St. Helena more

3/30/2010 - FoodMuse Likes this wine: 90 points

Wonderfully oaky notes of caramel and vanilla with hints of dark plums. Lite hints of thai basil with a great finish. Ready to drink now.

  • Comment posted by Rob MacKay:

    4/8/2010 9:04:00 AM - I should be getting the 07s in the next week or so.. Those are going to be great. I found the 06 to need a little time to really open up.

Red

2008 Kutch Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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4/7/2010 - thelostverse wrote: 90 points

Have six, so I thought I'd try one early to check on the smoke factor for myself. Did not find any smokiness and do not consider it to be a problem. My wife had no idea that it was even an issue, and she confirmed the lack of smoke after I told her about the wildfires. Nose was abundant red fruits and earthiness that I like in my Pinot. Initial palate was muted, but opened nicely after 30 minutes in the glass. May have scored a bit higher, but the acidity seemed a tad low. Hoping that will come around with some bottle age - I've never opened my Kutch's this early before. Glad I took full allocation.

  • Comment posted by Rob MacKay:

    4/8/2010 8:59:00 AM - I enjoyed a bottle myself recently.

    Jamie commented recently on one of the wine forums that we certainly should not find any smoke related to wildfires in his 08s. This being because he sold off all of the wine that was tainted and the barrels used for the 08 Sonoma Coast came from vineyards that were far away from the fires and were unaffected.

Red

2007 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Ten

Sta. Rita Hills more

2/25/2010 - rjhilgers wrote: 90 points

This is the lowest score I've given a Sea Smoke Pinot. Not too low at a 90, but there's something missing for me about Sea Smoke the last few vintages. I don't know if it's the new(er) winemaker or what, but Sea Smoke used to blow me away...incredible tasting experiences with particularly the Botellas and Tens (not as big a fan of the Southings). So, relatively speaking the 2007 Ten is not my favorite relative to other Sea Smokes. But, against other Pinot Noir, this is still very nice. A bit young and rambunctious still, but a nice blend of dark cherries, lavender and blood orange with a hint of smoke. Incredible acidity on this wine, especially for a California Pinot Noir.

  • Comment posted by Rob MacKay:

    2/27/2010 9:51:00 AM - Do you feel like perhaps you drank this a little too soon?

  • Comment posted by Rob MacKay:

    2/28/2010 9:08:00 AM - I've had the 04 (loved it) and I have the 05,06,07 sitting in the cellar.

  • Comment posted by Rob MacKay:

    3/16/2010 8:33:00 AM - Sorry - been a while since I looked at my comments.
    Kris Curran last worked on the 07 vintage at Sea Smoke. The new winemaker (Don.. can't remember his last name) took over solo responsibilities starting with the upcoming 08 vintage.

  • Comment posted by Rob MacKay:

    3/19/2010 4:51:00 PM - I don't know much about it yet. I believe the growing season went well down there. Much better then Sonoma for sure. I haven't received my 08 allocation yet but I do look forward to trying one out soon.

  • Comment posted by Rob MacKay:

    4/6/2010 9:50:00 AM - Ordered my 08s today. I'll probably not be able to pick them up until sometime this summer though..

Red

2004 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Columbia Valley more

4/1/2010 - Winetex wrote: 91 points

Dark ruby with a red rim; Sweet spice and kirsch aromas with kirsch, spice, dark chocolate and blueberry flavors. Long tannic and acidic finish. After the decant this was very disjointed but after some time in the decanter started to come together. There was some disagreement whether it was acidity or too much alcohol on the finish. I voted for both. Hopefully a few more years will help the integration with this wine. Decanted about 30 minutes and needed quite a bit more time. Note that the score was for the final glass.

  • Comment posted by Rob MacKay:

    4/2/2010 9:00:00 AM - Interesting note, especially from the second day. Makes me wonder if I should just sell the QC that I have instead of drinking it.

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