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Red

2003 Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Rutherford more

4/11/2015 - gejohnston Likes this wine: 90 points

What a difference a few months and a decanter make.

  • Comment posted by thesternowl:

    4/12/2015 8:01:00 AM - I have to say, I've been really anxious about this bottle. It's been sitting in my cellar for probably 6-7 years and every now and a again, I read a lack luster review on CT so I've been telling myself to just sit on it an see if it every comes around to something a little more balanced and pleasant.

  • Comment posted by thesternowl:

    7/28/2015 8:01:00 PM - Not yet! Maybe this fall with a killer bone-in rib-eye.

Red

2007 Keller Estate Pinot Noir La Cruz Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

5/22/2015 - thesternowl wrote: NR

Served out of a 375mL. Popped and poured. Secondary characteristics are dominating the nose now with mushrooms over red fruit. Still decent but definitely on the decline. Doesn't appear to have enough acid to keep drinking well for much longer IMHO. Tannins are non-existent. Fading. Drink up.

  • Comment posted by thesternowl:

    6/1/2015 9:16:00 PM - Thanks Tim! I'm updating CT with a back-log of a few notes and appreciate the encouragement. You know, I was just near Castle Pines in late April as I had some business at Peterson AFB. I was there for less than 24 hours and didn't realize that was your neck of the woods. I may be back in Denver later this year so I'll be sure to let you know ahead of time and hopefully we can link up...assuming you'll be in town. Italy? I wish. Maybe next year.

Red

2005 Bodegas Mas Alta Priorat La Basseta

Grenache Blend, Grenache more

3/24/2015 - thesternowl wrote: flawed

Corked. A huge shame too because there was undeniable quality suppressed by wet cardboard.

  • Comment posted by thesternowl:

    4/30/2015 9:28:00 AM - Can't say I'm familiar with that. Curious.Care to explain?

  • Comment posted by thesternowl:

    5/2/2015 8:22:00 AM - Noted! Thanks!

Red

2003 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli

Sangiovese more

4/26/2015 - robertdtwo wrote: 94 points

Oh. My. Goodness. WOW! My wife wasn't feeling well and I was grilling rack of lamb and wanted a nice complement to it, but didn't want to open too nice a bottle, but I guess I screwed up by opening this...almost two years since last try and this has aged far better than I ever could have hoped for! Heavy rich cherry and red berries with lightly-scorched Italian earth and a nuanced wet cedary-leathery tannic finish heightened by porcini. Full-bodied but polite. Evidence of age: bricking beautifully and a great deal of coffee-grounds sediment fell out of the bottle upon opening. Awesome! If bottle age improves this even more, it will simply be an embarrassment of riches! If I had a time machine, I think I could sell my whole cellar and replace it with a thousand bottles of this, and die a happy man! I bought this at under USD$50/btl and couldn't be happier!

  • Comment posted by thesternowl:

    4/27/2015 11:42:00 AM - This TN. Awesome.

Red

2005 Domaine de Nizas Vin de Pays d'Oc Reserve

Red Blend more

4/9/2015 - LIE-user wrote: 85 points

Well, the positive thing is, it lost it's hard tannins. The bad thing is, it lost almost everything else too. Drink now!

  • Comment posted by thesternowl:

    4/12/2015 8:03:00 AM - Hmmmmm...it's been a few years since I pulled the cork on one of these. I might have to check back in.

Red

2005 Château Sénéjac

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/1/2015 - thesternowl Likes this wine: 90 points

After reading some reviews I decided to take the patient approach with this bottle. Poured myself a splash and indeed, quite wound up. Poured a glass and then set it aside during the game. After watching Seattle elect to throw on 2nd and Goal instead of handing the rock to Marshawn, I went back to the wine (at least three hours after opening). The air-time loosened things up a bit. I was getting blackberries, spearmint, leather and green bell pepper. This probably has a lot of life left in it but I doubt it will improve tremendously. Regardless, it's an easy 90 for me. Wish I had more.

  • Comment posted by thesternowl:

    2/3/2015 9:18:00 AM - You're welcome WS! Indeed, I am. Well...at least indefinitely. Right now, I have no immediate plans to return to the Middle East and we're back in Omaha. I'll certainly miss Susy's food on our trips to Bahrain.

White - Sparkling

1996 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame

Champagne Blend more

9/3/2014 - Paul S wrote: 93 points

Vosne-Romanee Grand Crus for Michael and Peter's Birthdays (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Paragon): One of the better Grande Dames I have had in recent times, and a really solid start to the evening. It had a strong, assertive nose, with wafts of sweet cream, ripe apples and brioche cut by a little minerally scent. Very attractive. The palate had a nice fullness to it, filling the mouth with a lovely creamy mousse. It certainly had the muscle and weight one would expect from a Grande Dame, but the power was held very subtly, with the clean balance and bright citrusy notes of the 1996 vintage knit together beautifully with generous, mouthfilling flavours of ripe apples and a sprinkle of lime zest. This was so effortlessly balanced that it was almost almost elegant in spite of its power. Lovely graceful finish too, with the fleshy fruit lined with savoury, saline mineral notes. Really solid stuff, starting to drink very nicely now, but with quite a long runway ahead. I would happily keep these aside for the next 3-4 years.

  • Comment posted by thesternowl:

    1/6/2015 6:24:00 PM - As usual, Paul, love to read your assessments. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.

Red

2010 Elyse Zinfandel Morisoli Vineyard

Napa Valley more

12/15/2014 - Bob & Sue Atlanta wrote: 88 points

Not my style of zin......

  • Comment posted by thesternowl:

    12/16/2014 6:51:00 AM - If I may, what style do you prefer?

  • Comment posted by thesternowl:

    12/16/2014 7:25:00 AM - I think little patience will reward this bottle. I noticed the other day that Elyse was not yet selling their 2010 Zinfandel from their website...and they are usually pretty good at keeping it updated. I purchased my six from Last Bottle and thought it was a little out of balance as well...but I thought the pieces were there. Perhaps the winery needed a little cash and sold some 2010's to Last Bottle to move some inventory...? Pure speculation.

Red

2005 Château Sénéjac

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/8/2014 - alanh13 Likes this wine: NR

Dipping into some 05 Bordeaux to see how it's developing. Wanted to try this considering Wine Society and other say it is open and ready. But wow, this is very young for my taste. It reminds me of a 2008 a couple of years ago! Such acidity, grip and green. Yet it seems rich and very long finish. Classis on second and third sip. I see the 2005 balance here. But young. Interesting to try the second half of the bottle tomorrow or in a few days.

  • Comment posted by thesternowl:

    11/14/2014 3:59:00 PM - How was it the second day?

  • Comment posted by thesternowl:

    11/15/2014 8:17:00 AM - figures...I've been holding on for a while.

White - Sparkling

NV Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvée Brut

Champagne Blend more

11/8/2014 - bacchus of knockholt Likes this wine: 86 points

Gold and fine bubbles. Nose muted, wine too cold. The palate has a fine mousse, the fruit is crunchy apple, lots of acidity and spritz on the longish finish. Very nice indeed, as you'd expect, but I have preference for softer, creamier Champagne's.

  • Comment posted by thesternowl:

    11/14/2014 4:01:00 PM - That's interesting as I find Bolly to be a house that leans to the richer, creamier style.

Red

2005 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin

Grenache more

8/21/2014 - twelch wrote: 93 points

Starting to come out of it's slumber.

  • Comment posted by thesternowl:

    9/4/2014 6:44:00 AM - Have these been shut down for some time?

Red

2010 Domaine du Grand Tinel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Alexis Establet

Grenache more

7/27/2014 - SLOFred Likes this wine: 92 points

Great example of a French GSM. A really good wine for the price.

  • Comment posted by thesternowl:

    7/29/2014 10:42:00 AM - Agree...though technically not a GSM as this is actually 100% Grenache

  • Comment posted by thesternowl:

    7/29/2014 11:09:00 AM - No doubt. Probably has something to so with the vines being 95+ years old.

  • Comment posted by thesternowl:

    8/3/2014 9:20:00 AM - Yeahhhh...part of that is the style people are making these days. Part of it is the ripeness that growers can achieve. I try not to fault the winemakers too much...at least not the non-interventionalist ones.

White - Sparkling

1996 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame

Champagne Blend more

7/30/2014 - aquacongas Likes this wine: 93 points

crisp acidity, much too young, beats the 1998 (92p.), powerful deepness, elegant, will reach peak earliest in 10 years, citrus . brioche, for the future 96p.

  • Comment posted by thesternowl:

    7/31/2014 5:55:00 AM - And to think there are those out there who believe this is over the hill.

White

2005 Sans Permis Chardonnay La Chanson Argentee De Cuillere

Santa Barbara County more

6/2/2014 - gschneider wrote: 70 points

Way past its prime. Gold turned to brown upon oxidation

  • Comment posted by thesternowl:

    6/2/2014 1:19:00 PM - Not sure that's a fault of the wine. Just sayin'

Red

2008 Basel Cellars Merriment Pheasant Run Vineyard

Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/10/2014 - thesternowl Likes this wine: 87 points

Popped and poured. A fairly typical Washington bordeaux blend. Lots of red fruit and soft tannins; enough acid to match well with most foods. Decent finish. This came across a little more simple than I would usually like but it's more than serviceable and should work very well with a random group of people...might even impress a few.

  • Comment posted by thesternowl:

    5/13/2014 8:18:00 PM - So was I...and maybe it was a "meh" bottle. I've got 5 more so we'll see.

  • Comment posted by thesternowl:

    5/16/2014 3:28:00 PM - Noted! I'll try giving it some time to open up in the future

White - Sparkling

1996 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame

Champagne Blend more

5/11/2014 - dansamsoe Does not like this wine: NR

Weak. Surprising young with lot of acidity and structure but on the other hand also oxidative notes of hazelnuts. It's not really exciting or in balance. A bit of vanilla biscuit also. Given the oxidative notes, I can't really see this improving into something memorable.

  • Comment posted by thesternowl:

    5/11/2014 10:20:00 AM - sounds like an off bottle or poor storage conditions

Red

2010 La Ferme du Mont Châteauneuf-du-Pape Côtes Capelan

Red Rhone Blend more

8/31/2013 - StefanAkiko wrote: 94 points

Too young to be fully satisfying.
Maturity brings both depth, interesting side notes, maturity and scars. This wine still has none of that.
But it's a helluva CndP with raspberries marrying garrigue on steroids. Sun drenched (too much for wifey) and as typical as a young Grenache dominated wine from a warm year can ever be. Flattened tannins and M- acids on a well built body with a long tail.
At La Verdura (Yokohama).
Wife 93p.
We decided to get two more, even if cork is short and ours almost (already) bled through.-.. SCARY!
Kostar 460 kr (!) i Sverige... 340 kr på Yokohama Liquor Shop...

...after dialogue w/Wine-Strategies, we decided to go only for one btl. In ~2030. But worrying about the cork...

  • Comment posted by thesternowl:

    4/25/2014 10:12:00 AM - I just picked up a bottle of this on the LB Marathon...how short of a cork are we talking?

Red

2005 Montes Syrah Folly La Finca de Apalta

Colchagua Valley more

3/29/2014 - air guitar & pinot noir wrote: NR

I had been saving this one to reach peak drinkability. I was working a bit late and we were hosting visitors from Africa for dinner. I arrived home and saw my wife drinking a glass of wine and spied the bottle- only a little left. I asked here if she had drank the rest but she pointed to our guests who had tall glasses of root beer and she indicated they had mixed the wine and root beer together!!! True story! I had to share.

  • Comment posted by thesternowl:

    3/29/2014 11:44:00 PM - LOL! Thanks for sharing.

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