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Red

2012 Tensley Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard

Santa Barbara County more

9/26/2013 - Lessthanzero wrote: 91 points

velvet smooth. light floral notes and enough depth to last a while. probably high alcohol, but well masked. could have a bit more complexity. Concentrated, which can be mistaken for acidity, but probably will end up sweet. Hard to see Jeb's score in this, but still pretty good.

  • Comment posted by oenophilemoose:

    6/28/2015 12:35:00 PM - I find your review interesting and informative. Perhaps a learning moment for me. I really struggle understanding this wine and will hold for a couple more years.

Red

2012 Tensley Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard

Santa Barbara County more

6/24/2015 - Not647f wrote: NR

Blecch. Never said that in a note. This was like syrup with volatile acidity. There's A possibility this was a damaged bottle but after a bunch of subpar bottles, I am done giving the benefit of the doubt. Most overrated wine I have ever bought.

  • Comment posted by oenophilemoose:

    6/28/2015 12:23:00 PM - I'm in complete agreement. Please see my review.

Red

2007 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Franc Steinhauer Ranch

Howell Mountain more

6/17/2014 - mflesh Likes this wine: 90 points

I don't understand the 88 point rating given by one CT user....who didn't explain why. So let me tell you why this is a 90. First off, this wine is true to Cabernet Franc form. It has the floral on the nose, the mint, eucalyptus, lilac, jasmine, hawthorne......it smells like a wildflower meadow. Pours a nice purple with dark red undertones into the glass. On the palate is a wine that is medium bodied at best. It's Cab Franc - not supposed to have a lavish full bodied backbone. The initial taste goes up the nose with jasmine and wildflower, with a nice black cherry that settles in the mid-palate to somewhat of an alcoholic heat (much better on day 2). The finish is a little earthy, still very medium bodied, not full bodied and certainly not sweet. Has a fair amount of oak barrel and tannin. This wine is a youngster. Like any Beringer single vineyard wine, this one can go for quite a while. The Howell Mountain origin almost guarantees this one until 2022 or perhaps longer, but I'd say that the top of the hill is probably 2017/18. Excellent and TRADITIONAL Cab Franc - this is not a Franc dressed up in an Oakville tuxedo --- the bottle has simply been allowed to be itself. Bravo Beringer.

  • Comment posted by oenophilemoose:

    5/9/2015 2:57:00 PM - I am in full agreement. It is probably one of the best iterations of cabernet franc I have ever had. Thank you for your very insightful review.

Red

2009 Tobin James Zinfandel Fat Boy

Paso Robles more

1/9/2013 - fingers wrote: NR

Again, I have a hard time enjoying this iteration of Zin. The nose is so heavy with shaved aluminum and the palate so jammy and hot, that it is just too exhibitionist for my taste anymore. Less and less Zinfandel in my cellar and this is one of the reasons why. I find the Dusi from TJ much more to my liking, though

  • Comment posted by oenophilemoose:

    12/27/2014 4:02:00 PM - Wish I would have heeded your assessment prior to purchasing four bottles. I don’t think this wine has changed much in the two years since you wrote your review.

Red

2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary

Napa Valley more

11/22/2014 - bonedoc wrote: NR

Welchs grape juice, sweet, residual sugar, overripe. To a serious wine drinker, this is almost undrinkable.

  • Comment posted by oenophilemoose:

    11/26/2014 9:46:00 AM - I completely agree with your assessment of this wine. Experienced on two different occasions and two different locations, one bottle was poured by the vintner and came to the same conclusion. However, it appears we are in the minority.

Red

2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary

Napa Valley more

11/20/2014 - Hamersly wrote: 70 points

Sweet, pruney and simple with virtually no structure. I can't see this wine going anywhere positive, it just doesn't have the stuffing to evolve. A sad showing from this splendid winery. Parker's 96 rating is inexplicable and very worrisome. Tasted three times from three different cases over a five week period with consistent results.

  • Comment posted by oenophilemoose:

    11/26/2014 9:42:00 AM - I completely agree with your assessment of this wine. Experienced on two different occasions and two different locations, one bottle was poured by the vintner and came to the same conclusion. However, it appears we are in the minority.

Red

2012 Turley Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

11/9/2014 - jonahfactor Likes this wine: 88 points

(Tasted at the Turley Pickup Party) Dark red with nice legs. Bouquet is closed right now, but it hints at nice things to come with some bottle age. The nose reminded L of a barrel room. I picked up more herbs and spices, mostly nutmeg, sage and cinnamon. The fruit is hidden in both the mouth and the finish. But, again, it's still very young. Wait 3 years?

  • Comment posted by oenophilemoose:

    11/20/2014 12:16:00 PM - Are you sure this wasn't "The Label" you reviewed and not the new the new and first ever vintage of Turley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 that will not release until 12/01/2014?

  • Comment posted by oenophilemoose:

    11/20/2014 6:54:00 PM - Thank you for your response and detailed review. Will cellar my bottles until 2017 before uncorking the first one. Cheers!...The Moose

Red

2005 Piedra Hill Vineyard (W.H. Smith) Cabernet Sauvignon Purple Label

Howell Mountain more

1/27/2012 - King Cab wrote: 93 points

Hello radar, look down! This wine is amazing.
Nose of brambly blue and black fruits. Palate is dense and chewy, but chewy in a graceful way. This has an interesting quality of blue fruits with blackberries, plum pumice, framboise and Carmon. Balance is impeccable and tannins control the ride, but they are kind and thoughtful. All seems in place with the added bonus of depth and plushness. This is mountain fruit at its best; this really balances strength with grace. Finish is long and the fruit remains true. Acidity is just about where I want it. Grabbed these for a song last year, and well worth full fare if I hadn't.

  • Comment posted by oenophilemoose:

    1/22/2014 2:50:00 PM - I fully agree with your assessment of the 2005 WH Smith Piedra Hill Cab. I'm perplexed by some of the negative reviews but I guess it proves how diverse our palates are.

Red

2008 George Wine Company Pinot Noir Sonoma Coma

Russian River Valley more

1/2/2014 - oenophilemoose wrote: 92 points

Decanted for an hour and we were richly rewarded with a wonderful Pinot that had not been previously experienced. Funky name, funky label, extraordinary nose, silky red berries on the palate and a long and finely balanced finish. We’re believers.

  • Comment posted by oenophilemoose:

    1/3/2014 12:28:00 PM - We feel fortunate to have discovered such a gifted winemaker.

Red

2004 Copain Syrah Hawks Butte Vineyard

Yorkville Highlands more

1/25/2013 - oenophilemoose wrote: 84 points

Again, I have to go against the grain. Decanted and consumed over 3 hours, heavy dark ripe fruit that just didn't create an exceptional experience. Don't know if this is a typical Copain wine, but will probably avoid the label with so many other excellent choices at this price point.

  • Comment posted by oenophilemoose:

    2/3/2013 9:58:00 PM - Frank...thank you for your input and I'll follow your advice and purchase some of the vintages you recommended. I'm still somewhat of a novice and trying to accumulate a diverse cellar and continue my journey of wine experiences.

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