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2006 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Block 4 S.L.V.

Stags Leap District more

6/2/2014 - 55degrees Likes this wine: 92 points

cellared at 55 degrees since release. perfect cork small tartrate. Deep dark blood red with long legs.
Decanted with minimal aeration and consumed over 3 hours.
Nose of rhubarb and cassis with touches of cherry. secondary notes of cedar and white pepper.
Good jammy dark red fruit with dense overripe cherry with some faint very slight raisiny notes with a frame of faint cigarbox spices.
Medium body with good smooth mouth coating tannins
Moderate finish

  • Comment posted by MemorialWineFan:

    6/26/2015 10:19:00 PM - Last one I had was in 2013. That bottle need more time no doubt. Does it need to age longer if not in a hurry?

Red

2006 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Block 4 S.L.V.

Stags Leap District more

5/23/2015 - ekuperman wrote: 100 points

This wine was one of the best I have ever had.

  • Comment posted by MemorialWineFan:

    6/26/2015 10:18:00 PM - Did you decant? Last one I opened up it needed more time.

White

2011 Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot Blanc

Chardonnay more

5/24/2015 - Elpaninaro wrote: NR

Bright yellow color, sampled over lunch with remains of bottle revisited periodically over the following 8 hours, good firm nose with notes of lime and mango- but with a bit more of an oak presence (that escalated with time) than I usually prefer, on the palate a classic young Ramonet Morgeot with limes, a hint of tropical fruit and baked bread- all delivered in a generous and charming manner, very good length but the faintest touch of heat on the tail end of the finish, soft chalk notes, this is going to develop a beautiful creaminess with time I am sure but the oak and slight heat on the tail end are troubling, and for what these wines cost these days- it is fair to be very, very picky about such things. (***)+?, 2020-2030. It will certainly go the distance- the question mark is what comes of that heat on the finish.

  • Comment posted by MemorialWineFan:

    5/24/2015 7:47:00 PM - Are you not concerned with early oxidation? I hate that is an issue since winemakers changed their presses in 1996.

  • Comment posted by MemorialWineFan:

    5/31/2015 4:48:00 PM - Hi Elpaninaro. I too agree with the investment side of it considering risk of premix You mentioned that there were producers you avoid and others that you do not. Would you mind sharing the others that you do not avoid? This would help me greatly as i ponder to age or not to age certain producers. Thanks!

Red

2011 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Anderson Valley

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2/8/2015 - yaCellar Likes this wine: 91 points

Red candy, red fruit, red acid, but pair with the other white meat

  • Comment posted by MemorialWineFan:

    2/8/2015 6:42:00 PM - Does it need some more time in the cellar? Sitting on several Anthills

  • Comment posted by MemorialWineFan:

    2/8/2015 6:58:00 PM - Good to know on the Anderson Valley. I wonder if the single vineyards need more time. I'll take a look and see.

  • Comment posted by MemorialWineFan:

    2/8/2015 7:08:00 PM - good to know!

Red

2009 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Kathryn Hall Napa Valley

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11/28/2014 - MemorialWineFan wrote: flawed

Opened the bottle and let it breathe a few hours. First nose was alcohol. Wine was disjointed. The fruit had faded and it was not the sugary & fruity taste of other bottles. It was disjointed. Perhaps it's shut down now or a bad bottle.

  • Comment posted by MemorialWineFan:

    1/10/2015 2:24:00 PM - Great point and one that I had not thought of. I will do that for sure. :)

Red

2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

10/27/2014 - Mrbuzz Likes this wine: 95 points

Needs time to open, started out mute, but with a little air it was ready to par tay! Very round and smooth texture.....dark black cherry, raspberry, rhubarb fruit....perfect sweetness to the dryness. Silky Chambolle Musigny like.....with darker MSD like fruit and spice.......LOVE the spice here! Needs a little coaxing....but there is killer dusty earth, exotic wood, cinnamon spice box....dried berry, perfumed liqueured florals. Then on the finish the wine firms and crunches with some great crushed rock minerals. Sneaky good now....needs coaxing, but should gain even more. Love this!

  • Comment posted by MemorialWineFan:

    10/27/2014 6:38:00 PM - how long would you suggest aging the Alpines?

Red

2006 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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9/27/2014 - Jobu wrote: 93 points

Still beautiful, but needs to be decanted a min of 2hrs.

  • Comment posted by MemorialWineFan:

    9/27/2014 8:34:00 PM - I have to agree with you. Still have two left and a lot of 2008s.

White - Sparkling

NV Ca' del Bosco Franciacorta Cuvée Prestige Brut

Franciacorta DOCG White Blend more

7/27/2014 - Bellissimo wrote: NR

Brought to a tasting on Italian off major regions. Competent, well priced but not noteworthy.

  • Comment posted by MemorialWineFan:

    7/27/2014 8:29:00 PM - I really like that sparkling!

Red

2012 Sojourn Pinot Noir Silver Eagle Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

7/22/2014 - RobertDwyer Likes this wine: 95 points

Spectacular. What Sojourn does best is site-specific yet fruit forward California Pinot Noir and this is a great example of their style. Bright light magenta in color but *full* of effortless power and finesse. Aromatically this is an amazing explosion of perfectly-ripened strawberries, briar patch, and orange peel. So light on its feet but it gets serious on the palate. The medium/slightly-full bodied mouthfeel is surprising given how light in color it is. Just brilliant across the palate and on the finish. A tremendous accomplishment here.

Classic California Pinot Noir. Wonderful.

14.2% Alcohol
325 Cases Produced
$59 Release Price
Sample for review

  • Comment posted by MemorialWineFan:

    7/22/2014 5:15:00 PM - Do you like the single vineyards much better than the blends from Sojourn?

  • Comment posted by MemorialWineFan:

    7/27/2014 9:45:00 AM - I have a few of those that I am aging a little bit. Look forward to trying them.

Red

2010 Walt Pinot Noir La Brisa

Sonoma Coast more

5/29/2014 - MemorialWineFan Does not like this wine: 84 points

Not a good effort from the Hall family.

  • Comment posted by MemorialWineFan:

    7/22/2014 4:40:00 PM - That makes sense. I had not looked there. Thanks!

Red

2009 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

7/2/2014 - rickv2wine wrote: 90 points

Good wine but overrated.

  • Comment posted by MemorialWineFan:

    7/2/2014 10:38:00 PM - I thought the 2009 lacked on taste for sure. I own one magnum and that's it. I wondered if it might improve and should I have purchased more, but I am glad that I did not.

Red

2009 Domaine Bruno Clavelier Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Brulees Vieilles Vignes

Pinot Noir more

7/2/2014 - Burgundy Al wrote: 89 points

Casual Burg Dinner with Friends (RPM Italian - Chicago IL): Opened and decanted one hour before serving. My first time with this wine from any vintage. This was very peculiar tonight. Lots of ultra ripe red fruit aromas with mint and oak hints that could easily have made me think this from California. Flavors still showcasing ripe red fruit, but with the balance, spice and minerality that is unmistakably Burgundy, even if not coming across right now as really Vosne. Lots of baby fat that makes me think this is just a precocious adolescent that needs a decade in the cellar. But I'm not sure here, this was a strange wine tonight. I kept half the bottle for tomorrow....

Cork reinserted, bottle kept overnight in the refrigerator then removed an hour before trying again. Second night it was basically identical to the previous night, still very ripe and forward with moderate spice and just faint hints of Vosne charm.

  • Comment posted by MemorialWineFan:

    7/2/2014 10:37:00 PM - The allure of burgundy. Will be interesting to see how it drinks tomorrow.

Red

2010 Patassy Pinot Noir Green Valley

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6/10/2014 - Dexter Morgan wrote: 65 points

There is something seriously wrong with this wine. It has some good fruit but it's buried beneath a thick, soapy, detergent aroma that is simply overwhelming. Opened three bottles to the same effect.

  • Comment posted by MemorialWineFan:

    6/13/2014 9:23:00 PM - You should send those back for a refund. Sounds awful.

Red

1984 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Cuvée Vieilles Vignes

Musigny Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/24/2014 - Aenie wrote: 95 points

Scent of cassis , dry forest , terrior , bouquet , red rose is not show . Like vintage 1994 is strong , dry forest.
Colour in bottle is transparent and lively. Pour to glass , colour is not transparent. In mouth is great fruit , ripe , rich , yummy. Fruit is lively and great balance.it's a big fruit about strawberry 5 inch. Structure is smooth, always moving , lively. Aftertaste is miracle, absorb all face and breast.

  • Comment posted by MemorialWineFan:

    5/24/2014 10:19:00 PM - Did you decant or open this up before you started drinking?

Red

2009 Cherry Pie (Hundred Acre) Pinot Noir Stanly Ranch Vineyard

Carneros more

3/21/2014 - JuliannaDHS Likes this wine: 91 points

Aromas of raspberry and pepper. Flavors of white pepper, blueberry and chocolate. Smooth, lingering and delicious.

  • Comment posted by MemorialWineFan:

    3/21/2014 7:43:00 PM - Think it can improve more with age?

  • Comment posted by MemorialWineFan:

    3/21/2014 10:26:00 PM - Good to know. I have some 2011 and plan to age it. The suggested window is so short on Cellar Tracker too. I am thinking based on the 2010 I had that it can easily go 8 years.

Red

1993 Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Morisoli Vineyard

Napa Valley more

3/21/2014 - Kenyakid wrote: 95 points

This wine scores high in all brackets. Dark garnet, red brown color. Deep nose, of jammy dark/black berries and eucalyptus. Intense, sweet fruity palate, medium thick texture. Adorable chalky tannins that live in your mouth, bearing memories of the fruit. This the prime combination I seek in wine, best provided by WHL. Love this wine. It reminds me of the other great '90s Whitehall Lanes, '95, '96. Amazed I got to have this experience again 20 years after the good old days.

  • Comment posted by MemorialWineFan:

    3/21/2014 7:42:00 PM - Amazing it was still good. I remember the 90s as well.

Red

2009 Sojourn Pinot Noir Rodgers Creek Vineyard Sonoma Coast

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3/21/2014 - jfpwine wrote: 88 points

Dense color, dark red. Whiff of alcohol on the nose, with tons of fruits. Dense palate, lots of fruits again, very extracted. Alcohol on the long finish. Good food wine but a little too big for my taste.

  • Comment posted by MemorialWineFan:

    3/21/2014 7:41:00 PM - Too much alcohol? I wish Cali would move off the high % so the flavor can come out.

White

2012 Dönnhoff Riesling

Nahe more

3/21/2014 - Merengue wrote: 90 points

I really loved this. Great balance of fruit, acidity, minerality and even a touch of sea salt. A great value at $20. A delight to drink. Paired with lobster and scallop risotto and it went great. Perfect bridge of the shellfish salty sweeetness with the wine notes. Buy by the case.

  • Comment posted by MemorialWineFan:

    3/21/2014 7:39:00 PM - My wife's favorite. Donnhoff is amazing for the value.

Red

2008 Aubert Pinot Noir Reuling Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

3/21/2014 - arniec Likes this wine: 92 points

A bit of fizz. Could use another year or two of age. Nice fruit. Not one of the best from the vintage.

  • Comment posted by MemorialWineFan:

    3/21/2014 7:38:00 PM - I drank a 2011 Aubert a few months ago. Took four hours of decant to come to life. These have to have age I am convinced which is unlike most California Pinots.

Red

2001 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

2/6/2014 - MemorialWineFan wrote: 89 points

Opened this next to a 1994. The older bottle showed so much more. These need more aging time. Still enjoyable, but what could it have been?

  • Comment posted by MemorialWineFan:

    2/11/2014 4:55:00 AM - Let me know how they go when you open them up. I need to pick a few up for me and hold them back in my cellar.

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