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Red

2012 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

Napa Valley more

8/15/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 92 points

Family Winemakers 25th Anniversary Tasting, I remember their first at the Hyatt Embarcadero. Nose of ripe black cherry fruit, currants, and dusty earth, more of the same on the palate, almost elegant tasting, big body, mouth filling fruit, reminds me of the 1978 as it should improve the next five years and drink for twenty years, I almost always drink the vintages about 6 to 9 years as they seem livelier. medium/long finish

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    2/8/2016 6:01:00 PM - Chateau Montelena is not the wine of the 1970's and 1980's. Their taste is fairly consistent, almost a house style especially over time. Unfortunately I described the newer vintages as very good and not great like the old ones. Most of my wine group agrees with my assessment.

Red

2012 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis

Napa Valley more

2/3/2016 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 85 points

Tasted over two nights, a gift to Kathy from a fellow worker, label showed fading due to sun and light. Nose of black cherry, sage, and earth, more of the same on the palate, touch simple, lacks fruit and winemaking skill, medium body, medium finish.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    2/5/2016 3:06:00 PM - Thank you for reading my tasting note. I disclosed the poor storage up front in my note. It is my opinion many people do not cellar wine but still post tasting notes which I have no problem with. I observed 51 others had rated the wine so my TN is only one of many to put the wine and it's storage in proper perspective. Have a Great Day!

Red

1990 Antonin Guyon Corton-Bressandes Domaine de la Guyonnière

Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

1/16/2016 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 94 points

Opened to enjoy during the 2 NFL games today. Cork was in one piece and fully saturated, bright plum color in the glass. Lovely bouquet of barnyard, graphite, roasted meat, blackberry and black cherry, more of the same on the palate, elegant, hints of cranberry and blackberry tart on the mid palate, big body, long, long finish.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    1/17/2016 8:48:00 AM - FYI.
    I have posted a total of 88 Corton tasting notes on 63 wines. Please feel free to peruse my tasting notes.
    Thank you for the kind words.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    1/21/2016 8:50:00 AM - Just to be talking the same language, my tasting note was about the 1990-a great vintage.
    If you have a case of the 1993, I consider it a very good vintage based on numerous tastings the last 5 years. My opinion is that I strongly suggest you drink up the case as most 1993 have peaked.
    Thanks for the conversation.

Red

2013 Columbia Crest Grand Estates Red Blend

Columbia Valley more

1/8/2016 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 85 points

This is a totally serviceable red blend from Washington State, especially considering it's very appealing $7.99 price tag. This is not a big powerful, blow you away wine. It has serious dark color and a fruity nose. The weight on the palate is only OK. Solid if not overwhelming combination of mostly red fruit that harmonize together. Clean red fruit finish with a touch of oak.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    1/15/2016 9:32:00 AM - Hi Mike
    After reading your profile and your tasting notes, I would like to invite you to taste an older Napa Cabernet Sauvignon the next time you visit. Please contact me.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    1/20/2016 10:26:00 PM - pdharvey@pacbell.net

Red

2009 Reynolds Family Winery Cabernet Franc

Napa Valley more

1/26/2013 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 93 points

Lovely rich dark fruit with reshly mowed lawn on the nose, concentrated, at its peak on the palate, lovely and rich mouth feel, medium/long finish. Tasted at Reynolds Family winery four times, at its peak time to enjoy.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    1/18/2016 2:07:00 PM - Thanks for reading my tasting note. I am glad you enjoyed the "amazing" bottle of Cabernet Franc.

Red

1986 Château Gruaud Larose

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/7/1989 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 85 points

1986 Vintage Tasting of 6 Bordeaux.
Very purple/red color, slightly harsh, earthy nose, high alcohol in the mouth, soft tannins on medium finish.
My #6, Group #3 tied.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    1/15/2016 8:31:00 AM - BTW- I have posted 18 notes on 10 vintages of Chateau Gruaud Larose.
    All were 1986 Bordeaux:
    #1 Chateau Mouton Rothschild
    #2 Chateau Meyney
    #3 Chateau Leoville Barton
    #4 Chateau Pichon Baron
    #5 Chateau Pichon Lalande
    #6 Chateau Gruaud Larose

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    1/15/2016 8:58:00 AM - SMHalps

    Thank you very much for reading my tasting notes. I plan to post another 1000 tasting notes in 2016.

White - Sparkling

NV Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvée Brut

Champagne Blend more

1/1/2016 - Derek Darth Taster wrote: 87 points

New Year's Day 2016 wine evening (Kallang Way Extra Space): Appearance is clear, pale intensity, lemon colour. Legs. Fine bubbles.
Nose is clean, medium intensity, with aromas of bready yeast, brioche, citrus lemon-lime. Youthful.
On the palate, dry, high acidity, medium- alcohol (12%), medium body. Medium flavour intensity, with flavours of citrus lemon-lime, tart green apple, bready yeast, brioche. Medium finish.
Acceptable quality. Lean style. Nothing special here. I am obviously not feeling the love here as much as the other cellartracker reviews. Maybe I'm just not a fan of the lean tart style.
60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    1/2/2016 8:32:00 AM - I think your review is spot on for you. Bollinger is not for everyone and almost always is among my least favorite especially tasted the same time as it's peers.

White - Sweet/Dessert

1975 Château d'Yquem

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

12/17/2015 - Troon Likes this wine: 97 points

Drank as part of 40th birthday party. This wine was everything I hoped it would be in a Yquem. I was surprised by how much honey and pear you still get. There were also hints of brown sugar that showed its age. This wine absolutely evolved over the night. I firmly believe I could drink this in another 25 years and love it just as much. I really wish I had another bottle to try on my 50th.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    12/18/2015 8:15:00 AM - the 1975 is a great Yquem and check wine-searcher.com to find where available for your 50th birthday celebration.

Red

2009 Husic Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Dos Palmas

Napa Valley more

4/5/2014 - Decanting fool wrote: 95 points

Fabulous wine, bordering on the spectacular. Chewy and massive without being the least bit flabby or cloying thanks to an almost Rhonesque minerality that's rare in Napa cabs. This vineyard has to be on a hill or mountain. But make no mistake about it- this is bone penetrating, plush Napa Cabernet. Opulent, intense and generous, yet very well defined; tarry, completely delicious already but still has all the combustion of youth and is almost black, showing not the slightest sign of age. Probably near impossible to find, but worth seeking out. Decanted about 6 hrs prior to drinking. Will probably age for decades, but it's so well proportioned now it'll be hard to hold onto. Near-cult-status worthy. In every way FAR superior to many of it's more lauded peers, e.g., Caymus SS.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    12/4/2015 11:58:00 AM - The vineyard is on the westward facing slope of the Stag's Leap District.

Red

2000 Château Grand Corbin-Despagne

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/25/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 88 points

Magnum Tasting at Yan's China Bistro, nose of cigar box, cedar, earth, and dark fruit, more of the same on the palate, tasty, opened a few minutes before tasting and very subdued fruit, medium/big body, and long finish, probably merit a higher score but it is what it is. My #6/7.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    12/1/2015 10:29:00 PM - I was asked to taste these wines as they were uncorked, I tasted these 7 wines over 15 minutes. In general, each magnum should take 30 to 60 minutes to open so they did not reach their peak at all.

Rosť - Sparkling

NV Louis de Sacy Champagne Grand Cru Brut Rosé

Champagne Blend more

1/28/2010 - christyler wrote: 89 points

Decent rose, but I was underwhelmed considering the price. For some reason I have yet to try a rose that I really love.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    11/29/2015 7:50:00 AM - I suggest you try Gosset Rose for a step up.

Red

1984 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard

Oakville more

11/28/2015 - hchemmi Likes this wine: 95 points

Beautiful balance of mint, eucalyptus, pencil lead. Was open and approachable with minimal decanting and stayed that was for over 2 hours.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    11/29/2015 7:45:00 AM - Thank you for the tasting note and bringing back fond memories of Joe Heitz and Release day for that wine.

Red

2012 ZD Wines Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

6/24/2015 - nzinkgraf wrote: NR

Medium intensity blackberry aroma. There is some mossiness to the nose. A riper mossiness that marries with the full fruit. Fruit spice aroma. Fresh fruit aromas. Ripe, but fresh. A coconut oil undertone. Glycerine and buoyant on the palate, spice and again, some ABV.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    11/26/2015 6:22:00 PM - What does ABV stand for?

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    11/27/2015 7:56:00 AM - thank you for the answer.

White

2012 Ramey Chardonnay Platt Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

8/16/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 92 points

Family Winemakers 25th Anniversary Tasting, I remember their first at the Hyatt Embarcadero. Nose of pitted fruit, lemon-lime citrus, minerals, more of the same on the palate, medium/big body, tasty, almost elegant, long, flavorful finish.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    11/19/2015 9:19:00 PM - If so, I would be skinny instead of fat, Ramey does a great job with white wine.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    11/19/2015 9:38:00 PM - at age 69, being taller is like great White Burgundy-wished for but seldom found.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    11/19/2015 9:51:00 PM - BTW
    are you in Napa now or???

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    11/19/2015 10:04:00 PM - enjoy Hong Kong and the tasting.

Red

2012 Ramey Pinot Noir Platt Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

8/16/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 92 points

Family Winemakers 25th Anniversary Tasting, I remember their first at the Hyatt Embarcadero. Nose of earth, cigar box, forest floor, black fruit, like a Red Burgundy but with more fruit, more of the same on the palate, medium body, tasty, complex, if only it were richer, more like a Premier Cru than a Grand Cru, long finish.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    11/19/2015 9:18:00 PM - No problem, Ramey Cabernets are my favorites, will have more Pinot Noir notes for Pinot on the River Shortly.

Red

1986 Château Gruaud Larose

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/12/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 95 points

At Joe's Seafood Las Vegas with Matt, Anna, and Kathy, on our way to Big Smoke in Las Vegas. From a magnum purchased on futures by me, cork fairly saturated and came away in one long piece, fill in neck, nose of barnyard blew off in about 10 minutes and gave way to a beautiful bouquet of saddle leather, sage, plum, cassis, and wet forest floor, more of the same on the palate, went well with the petit filet mignon and fries, medium big body, lovely vintage Bordeaux, terrific wine throughout the entire two hour dinner, with a flavorful long finish.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    11/15/2015 1:05:00 PM - Glad to hear it is a favorite of yours.

Red

2009 Blue Hall Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Camiana Howell Mountain

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11/2/2013 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 90 points

Taste of Howell Mountain. Nose of dark fruit, spice, dust, and earth, seemed closed to me, more of the same on the palate, complex but lacking the usual elegance and intensity, tasty but disappointing, perhaps decanting would help.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    11/10/2015 8:31:00 AM - My suggestion is to try a bottle after a 4 hour decant. People believe 1 hour = 6 months of ageing. enjoy!!

Red

2013 Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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9/19/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 92 points

ARF Wine & Whiskers with Tony La Russa. Rich black cherry fruit, tar, allspice, and a touch hot on the nose, more of the same on the palate, medium amount of slightly harsh tannins suggest you age in the cellar for four years, delicious tasting upon opening in the glass, big body, long, long finish, good acid, just have patience and you will be rewarded.

  • Comment posted by bestdamncab:

    11/1/2015 5:32:00 PM - I think $50 for a Pine ridge Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is a great value.

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