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White

2009 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay more

6/18/2015 - JonnyG wrote: 90 points

I wanted to like this wine much more than I did, but my patience was not rewarded as the wine never displayed much nuance or complexity. A bit too dense, with evident oak, tart pear and some lemon on the palate. Clipped finish. Maybe an off bottle?

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    6/18/2015 3:18:00 PM - Your tasting note suggests it is in a dumb stage or more probably two years from showing its best, Grand Cru White Burgundy is usually consumed by me in year 9 thru 15 after the vintage.

Red

2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary

Napa Valley more

4/21/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 93 points

Terrific nose of black cherry cola fruit, cassis, and dust, more of the same on the palate, this bottle much richer tasting than the last bottle a month ago, big, intense, fruity taste on the mid palate with lots of dark fruit like cherry cola, easy to sip and enjoy while eating dinner, big body, and a long, flavorful fruity finish and aftertaste.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    5/6/2015 10:13:00 PM - Wine tasting of the same wine over time is looking viewing waves in the ocean. Mood, food, expectation, and storage are big, influential factors when tasting the same wine. Many at Cellartracker read the previous tasting notes and rate based heavily influenced by what they read. This wine is intense fruit and therefore fruit forward at first but bottles now are showing hints of bouquet and development on the palate. if 9 of 12 met your expectations than you have done well. Remember the Baron of Mouton said there are only great bottles not great vintages. Your perception is the correct and only reality that matters. After all wine is like woman, cigars and song-an artistic, subjective subject.

Red

2012 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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2/8/2015 - laxman wrote: 88 points

disappointing. Having enjoyed this "entry level" Clos du Val in the past, I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of the 2012 in my local wine store. Maybe this will develop into something in the future, but at this point, this is neither expressive nor distinctive. I really struggled to pick up any classic Cab notes. In terms of 2012 Napa Cabs, I think the Hess Allomi 2012 is a better buy for less money.
One note is that Clos du Val label this as "Napa", but right on their website, they say it's blended with Carneros. If you're blending juice, just call it California or North Coast and stop with the marketing BS.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    3/8/2015 8:31:00 AM - The Los Carneros appellation is a recognized subappellation of Napa Valley. The Carneros region extends East from the Pacific Ocean thru Sonoma and ends as the Southern part of Napa Valley. It is the second oldest region for grape growing and its grape history goes all the way back to the 1830s. Today it features over 100 wineries and growers. Many of the owners and growers blend those grapes and are legally able to bottle it Napa. North Coast is usually associated with being North and West of Healdsburg to the Pacific Ocean. Enough geography and history-sorry for your disappointment in tasting this wine.

Red

2012 Château Gazin Pomerol

Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/31/2015 - aagrawal wrote: 90 points

2012 UGC Bordeaux Tasting (Palace Hotel, SF): Smoky, spicy, very nice nose, minerality, black fruits, very complex; palate is full bodied, unfortunately unbalanced with a bit too much alcohol. Nose was so promising. 95 nose, 87 palate. 90

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    2/16/2015 4:27:00 AM - I always enjoy your tasting notes. My records show the tasting took place on Friday, January 30, 2015. No worries.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    2/16/2015 4:59:00 PM - I just want you to know I carefully read your notes-thank you for all of them.

Red

1994 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Fay

Stags Leap District more

2/10/2015 - LightFoot Likes this wine: 94 points

Realy surprised by all the low ratings from 2012... wine was sleeping? I HAVE seen it before. Just opened this seconds ago and the nose is quite fabulous. More extravagantly barnyardy than typical Stag's Leap, more like Oakville, which very well may be as I don't know where FAY comes from. The nose is getting more stunning between each sentence typed. Fruit is definitely showing secondary characteristics- of course- but the palate reads more 1997 or even '99 than '94. Glad I have several of these left. Gads it's now showing a hint of Martha's Vineyard. Great juice.

EDIT: THANKS and cheers to chcook and bestdamncab for the comments and elucidation- it's not always easy to find out which appellations some vineyards occupy tho in this case it was slightly inexcusable laziness on my part!

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    2/10/2015 11:16:00 PM - Fay Vineyard is part of the Stag's Leap winery, grape vines were first and originally planted by Nathan Fay in 1961 and 1967 in the SLD, and can be seen from the new Fay Center opened last year at Stag's Leap. to drink Heitz Fay, Vichon Fay, Carneros Creek Fay, and Fenestra Fay have made me a lucky man-wish you the same.

Red

2007 Justin Vineyards & Winery Isosceles

Paso Robles Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/22/2013 - prism wrote: 90 points

The low end of excellence. Well made, and a nice fruit forward profile with integrated tannins, but not very interesting to drink. This should be stable for a few years, but I don't figure on seeing much improvement.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    1/4/2015 8:52:00 AM - "the low end of excellence" is very well phrased!

Red

2010 BellaGrace Vineyards Zinfandel Old Vine

Amador County more

8/17/2013 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 90 points

Family Winemakers. Nose of red and black cherry fruit with hints of plum. more of the same on the palate, tasty and distinctive, medium body and medium finish. $28 retail.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    1/1/2015 10:14:00 PM - Sorry, I have not found the wine to taste since then. Please let me know what you think of it.

Red

2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary

Napa Valley more

12/24/2014 - smileBD Likes this wine: 90 points

I know reviews are mixed on this but I really enjoyed it. I did taste the 2009 and 2014 in tandem and rate the 2009 higher but it's still really good and stands on it's own. I'm not rating it agains what I expect or people say but strictly on the taste and it's definitely a solid, bold Napa Cab, rich dark berry color, a bit acidic, and overall a strong wine. Looking forward to enjoying my other bottle in the future. I also shared this with 2 other people and they like it as well.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    12/29/2014 6:30:00 AM - I like your comment/tasting note. Compared to most Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons it is almost a bargain.

Red

2002 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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11/27/2014 - mcromain1021 Likes this wine: 91 points

I decanted this for about 2 hours before serving. Honestly, I expected a bit more body from this wine, but the wine was very smooth with a good balance of fruit, oak and smoke flavors. medium finish.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    12/28/2014 4:36:00 AM - Enjoyed this wine many times-your comments accurately describe many if not most of the 2002 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons.

Spirits

NV Pappy Van Winkle Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Family Reserve 23 Years Old 47.8%

Grain more

8/8/2012 - numen wrote: 76 points

Color: Gold, tinge of copper
Nose: apple pie, cinnamon, some combination of varnish and paint thinner, vanilla extract, some oak and wood dust.

Palate: medium-thick. honey, light caramel, oak. there are trace amounts of spice (nutmeg, allspice, and anise), but it's fairly subdued after the honey. Oak is somewhat drying, and there's a hint of slightly old cream-cheese.

Finish: This is usually the weaker point of the PVW line to me - usually an issue of length - and it's the weak point of the 23. The finish is bitter-dry, and a lingering sense of the varnish. I'm not sure what happened to the bourbony goodness of the 20, which, though lighter, has the classic wheater profile. The three years more in barrel did something to the liquid, and I don't like it. I have tasted this multiple times and have come away with a similar impression each time, so it's not just a bad taste here or there. I'm probably punishing it a little for the finish; the nose and palate are good, but not spectacular, but the finish really kills this for me. Very disappointing.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    12/27/2014 10:14:00 AM - I read your scotch notes on Compass box but think you are way to harsh on this expression-each to their own. I usually cut it with water on the second and third sips. Your love of spirits shows. See you at Whiskeyfest or Whiskies of the World.

Red

1990 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

St. Helena more

11/22/2014 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 89 points

Nose of raspberry tart, currants, and slight barnyard, more of the same on the palate, sweet and tart in the mouth, medium body, soft, polished, almost elegant, long, tasty finish and aftertaste.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    11/27/2014 8:55:00 AM - I only bought the Estate on the mailing list years ago but dropped off when Tony Soter left. The wines lacked the richness and elegance when Beth made them.

Red

1987 Caymus Pinot Noir Special Selection

Napa Valley more

9/21/1990 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 90 points

Tasting 5 Pinot Noirs at Primas. Soft, fruity nose that seems lighter in the mouth than its peers due to the typical success of Caymus barrel ageing that only shows hints of wood but is serious pinot with a very well balanced body that is intensely concentrated and has great flavors during a medium/long finish. My #3.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    10/14/2014 8:13:00 AM - Yes the tasting note was from 1990. I have found the wine to be best in its first 10 years. When Chuck replaced Randy Dunn to help his father Charlie, they dropped the pinot noir like many other wineries in Napa Valley.

Red

1986 Château Lafite Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/17/1990 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 75 points

Robert Mondavi Sponsored Tasting of 3 Bordeaux and 4 Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignons. Was sweat sox on the nose and almost big body, definitely dumb and my third taste of this wine in three weeks, equally unpopular with the other 8 tasters present. My #6.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    10/12/2014 10:03:00 PM - Based on my tasting note, you should realize it is obvious the wine was corked, equally obvious based on the same note, everyone else found the bottle corked. I have also opened the 1985 Lafite at another tasting and it was corked. About 5% of all wine is corked or tainted. I have visited Chateau Lafite Rothschild twice in my life to taste since I love their wine. So much so, that a few years back, I bought the 1870 Chateau Lafite Rothschild and enjoyed it with a friend over dinner. Finally, your offer of $500 is 50% of wine-searcher.com market value merely confirms what the rest of your comments tell me.

Red

2011 Glenelly Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Lady May

Stellenbosch more

9/26/2014 - wmccone54 wrote: 88 points

The Fleming's 100 preview Tasting Event (Flemings Steakhouse, The Domain, Austin TX): Reflective of the South African terroir: rustic, earthy, and displaying rubbery dark berries, and coffee. This is not a crowd pleaser, and you'll either love it or hate it. A buy for me.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    9/28/2014 10:32:00 AM - Your right on again, I think its rotten meat on the nose and palate, what do I know??

Red

2012 Prisoner Wine Company Saldo

California Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel more

9/26/2014 - wmccone54 wrote: 87 points

The Fleming's 100 preview Tasting Event (Flemings Steakhouse, The Domain, Austin TX): Jammy red fruits with a strong dose of oak. Pass.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    9/28/2014 10:05:00 AM - Your comment is right on the mark except I tasted at Fleming's Walnut Creek, Ca.

Red

1973 Sterling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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9/19/2014 - indiscriminate palate wrote: 92 points

Earth, pencil, and sweet red fruit. Very pretty mouthfeel; palate primarily of red fruit and graphite. Very bright, high acids, with almost no tannin left. Quite light bodied and very low alcohol. A bit of very well integrated sweet cedar. Very nice. Auction purchase.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    9/21/2014 8:32:00 AM - I agree with your tasting note, lovely wine for a 41 year old wine, I still have a 750 ml in the cellar as this is my wedding anniversary year. Napa Cabernet Sauvignons from the 1970s were wonderful wines but the 1973 vintage has held up because of the acid.

Red

2006 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

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9/14/2014 - bestdamncab wrote: 91 points

Lovely nose of dark fruit with hints of blackberry, red cherry, and earth, more of the same on the palate, easy drinking, at its peak, medium body and medium/long finish.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    9/15/2014 10:38:00 PM - I have posted 7 notes on the 2006 Silver Oak Alexander Valley and finished the last half of the bottle this evening during Monday Night Football-NFL. It is now 8 years old, at its best and should easily stay at this level another 5 years. How long do you want your wine to age is a personal decision. I try to drink my wine older than most people because I enjoy bottle bouquet instead of bottle aroma, less tannin, and more subtle, flavors. Drink the wine when you judge it to be its best.

White - Sparkling

NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée

Champagne Blend more

11/7/1991 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 96 points

Annual Tasting 7 Champagnes. Was tasty, big, intense fruit on the nose and almost a creamy mouth feel that also had a perfect finish and aftertaste that is old style champagne. My #2 and Group #3, retail $49.97.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    9/7/2014 10:16:00 AM - in those days it was a great champagne at a slightly expensive price, but I did buy it and still cellar newer non vintage Krug.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    9/7/2014 9:50:00 PM - You can buy Grande Dame and Tattinger Comtes for $99 these days.

Red

2009 Château Joanin Bécot

Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/13/2013 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 88 points

Closed at first, tasted direct from cellar at Silver Oak with staff, deep dark red color, black cherry and licorice and hints of smoke on the nose, opened slowly over the next hour, improved, needs 3 to 6 years to show its best, medium/long finish. blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    5/7/2014 10:27:00 PM - I often bring French wine for the Silver Oak staff to taste as they rarely taste wine other than Silver Oak. In addition to the Cabernet Sauvignons they pour in the tasting room, they offer me a taste or two of Twomey wines-usually the Merlot and one of the Pinot Noirs.

Red

2011 Cedarville Vineyard Zinfandel

El Dorado more

11/13/2013 - VeniceCalif wrote: 90 points

Decanted 90 mins. ahead. Deep ruby with some orange color. Nice peppery nose, with black and white pepper leading over blueberry, black cherry. It comes from the darker end of the spectrum, and it's mushroomy. Blackberry and coffee flavors in a medium-bodied but dark-flavored package. The firm acid backbone is one of the best things about this wine, giving it very good structure. Finishes with dry grip and light tannins. This is an excellent bottle, not terribly typical of CA Zin in structure. Could take a few years in the bottle.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    2/1/2014 4:39:00 AM - Great tasting note as I found much of the same while sipping this at ZAP two weeks ago.

Red

2007 Miner Family Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

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1/4/2014 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 90 points

Tasted at Miner Family Winery today with their Sommelier. Poured from a magnum opened one hour earlier. Lovely black cherry fruit and dust on the nose, more of the same on the palate, sharp, angular fruit on the mid palate, rich sweet/sour cherry fruit tasting, medium body, and medium/long finish.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    1/21/2014 11:22:00 PM - I have Insignia 19 vintages in the cellar and always note it takes 7 to 10 years to show its best.

Red

2005 Baldacci Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Ruppert

Napa Valley more

1/19/2014 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 94 points

Tasted at Baldacci with the staff. black berry and black cherry fruit with hints of plum on the nose, more of the same on the palate, earthy, rich, and almost at its peak, medium/big body, and a long, long finish of black currants. The fruit is from the winemaker Rolando Herrera's Combsville Vineyard.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    1/20/2014 9:36:00 PM - contact info- pdharvey@pacbell.net

Red

2002 Ramey Jericho Canyon Vineyard

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/19/2014 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 93 points

Poured for the staff at Baldacci. Lovely nose of black cherry fruit and touch of dust, more of the same on the palate, rich, intense, ready to drink, medium body, and a medium/long terrific finish.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    1/20/2014 9:06:00 PM - Be glad to pour wine and enjoy your company. Let me know where you are located and I will arrange an appointment with you.

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