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Red

2006 Andrew Will Champoux Vineyard

Horse Heaven Hills Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/21/2015 - Nutty08 Likes this wine: 91 points

Harsh and herbal upon opening, but came into balance after 2hrs of air. Ripe red fruits, spice, and funk on the nose. Definite cab presence on the palate, with a think leafy herbal character throughout, but also an elegant red fruit character with an underlying leather note. Moderate finish with mild fruit, herbs, stone. Drink or hold. Cab franc seems quite apparent.

  • Comment posted by cos65:

    7/5/2015 8:11:00 PM - Tim served this to me blind tonight at our Provence tasting. Opened a night earlier. I mostly got a big slap in the face of ripe red fruits. I thought it was younger. I didn't get as much Cab, more merlot and CF. Obviously from Washington, but it took a few more cues to get to Champoux. Tim's favorite producer, I should've nailed it.

Red

1996 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/3/2015 - Nutty08 Likes this wine: 93 points

Big step up from my last bottle 4yrs ago. Much more integrated and clearly in its drinking plateau, though likely won't fade for a while. Smoke, flint, pipe tobacco and a little green cab on the nose. Palate is finely cut, with cassis and ton of leafy tobacco flavor. Still has plenty of tannin, but the fruit/tannin/acid are all in balance and enjoyable now. Moderate to long finish.

  • Comment posted by cos65:

    7/5/2015 8:07:00 PM - our example two days earlier was simply perfect. best Bordeaux in months and this bottle was peaking. Pure Pauillac.

Red

2007 Harlan Estate

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/1/2015 - cos65 Likes this wine: NR

An eclectic night in Maryland (Potomac Maryland): This is flat out gorgeous. Huge, supple, round, rich, American, Napa cab without ever hinting at being over the top, hot or anything negative... Except perhaps being too close to perfect. All that and I wouldn't even call it WOTN.

  • Comment posted by cos65:

    7/5/2015 6:18:00 PM - And well worth it. Lives up to the hype. But the Pichon "96 was the WOTN

Red

2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary

Napa Valley more

2/21/2015 - bs_socal wrote: 88 points

Honestly, I know Caymus is fruit forward and sweet for a Cabernet. But this wine does not drink like I expected. It has the nose and body of a Meiomi Pinot Noir. I thought they may have put the wrong the wrong label on it. If I wanted a sweet Pinot I could have spent $20 instead of the $55. I will try again next year to see if the fruit mellows. Not sure why RPJr gave it such a high score.

  • Comment posted by cos65:

    3/22/2015 7:26:00 PM - I think it shares characteristics with Meiomi Pinot because that's also a Caymus (Wagner family) wine. Same style. Their higher end "Belle Glos" pinots are also rather "overly dark and flavorful" I think it's just the house style permeating all the varietals.

Sake

NV Hakutsuru Sayuri Nigori

Hyōgo Rice more

12/11/2014 - cos65 wrote: NR

Comes in an off-pink bottle which isn't necessarily a good start.

Not one of my favorites. Decent enough flavors and relatively light sweetness, but overall mostly shows its heat throughout- even served ice cold. Label says 12.5%, but tastes like 18... not to its benefit.
Not recommended

  • Comment posted by cos65:

    12/11/2014 4:11:00 PM - Actually eventually finishes with a nice walnut/coconut note

Red

2006 Lillian Winery Syrah Blue Label

Santa Barbara County more

10/12/2014 - cos65 Likes this wine: NR

Gorgeous. Very ripe dark fruited syrah flavor. Served blind next to the Texier Cote Rotie, this was obviously the California wine. But avoids much of the over ripe jamminess of some similarly big New World syrahs. Beautiful and in a lovely place right now.

  • Comment posted by cos65:

    10/16/2014 10:06:00 PM - The bottle was flat out gorgeous. Drinking beautifully, and holding well... But that's how good the Texier was

Red

2011 Rudius Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

1/17/2014 - Nutty08 wrote: 90 points

Coravin glass, followed over 2hrs. A lot of sweet vanilla and black currants on the nose. Palate is polish, plush, with little discernible tannin, moderate fruit depth and rather round. Moderate chocolate/vanilla and black currant/plum finish. More of a blue fruit rather than dark or red. Other than the prominent vanilla notes that need to integrate, seems like a wine to drink now. Maybe a step up from the regular '08 bottling, but behind '09. 90-91 (I do not disagree with cos65, but I enjoyed this in a night of Italian wine, but also predicted by Cos65 this did not hold up well with steak with the fruit being more like candy)

  • Comment posted by cos65:

    1/19/2014 7:51:00 PM - I had mine after a bracingly acidic and completely savory Cohete Rojo from La Cruz de Comal, a new world wine with very old world sensibilities. Made the Rudius taste like creamy berry candy. Still I might hold my other two bottles and see what happens rather than drinking up. I have no other experience with this producer.

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