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2011 Occidental Pinot Noir Cuvée Catherine Occidental Station

Sonoma Coast more

5/27/2015 - Spookey wrote: flawed

Carbonation. Bummer. Purchased off winebid.

  • Comment posted by DarinC:

    6/1/2015 4:58:00 PM - Did you purchase it in April for around $75ish before commission? I bought one and hope it's not flawed, too!


1998 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

2/10/2015 - Steve Hutto wrote: flawed

This is my 4th bottle of this wine and it too is undrinkable. Oxidized and pruney. This is 4 out of 4 bottles I purchased on futures and which were stored perfectly.

  • Comment posted by DarinC:

    2/11/2015 3:02:00 AM - Sorry to hear about your experience, Steve. Where did you purchase these bottles?

  • Comment posted by DarinC:

    2/12/2015 10:33:00 PM - Too bad. I recently tasted a bottle that, while very ripe and somewhat pruney, showed well. I wonder if yours were damaged somewhere during the transport to the retailer you bought it from.


2010 Château du Retout

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/11/2014 - DarinC wrote: 87 points

Ripe black plum, currant and tobacco. Gravelly, drying finish. Needs at least 5 years. Good price point.

2 months after using a Coravin on half the bottle we popped the cork and the wine was a shell of the first tasting and smelled like a dirty ashtray.

  • Comment posted by DarinC:

    5/6/2014 7:22:00 AM - I don't think the wine falling apart was the fault of the Coravin. I've used it many times since its' release and only had a couple bottles show poorly after a few weeks. I would be hesitant to drain half or two thirds of a bottle and try to store it several years. Overall, I highly recommend it if you frequently want to pour a glass or two. If you frequently drink inexpensive bottles the cost of the argon capsules will greatly increase your cost per glass, however.


2005 Michele Castellani Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Collezione Ca del Pipa Cinque Stelle

Corvina Blend, Corvina more

9/9/2013 - alabunka wrote: 89 points

perhaps the expectations were too high as this wine was too austere and too dry for our idea of a lush amarone; it definitely had sophisticated taste and was long on the finish with smooth tannins but a little short on the fullness and flavor of an amarone that we would like to sip with Italian pasta.

  • Comment posted by DarinC:

    9/9/2013 11:01:00 PM - Sounds like an off bottle. This is a very full and rich style of amarone. Hopefully you have another on hand to try.


2010 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley


7/19/2013 - JPLogan wrote: flawed

Underwhelming. Could have been the victim of a very hot car and slightly popped cork before it was gifted to me.

  • Comment posted by DarinC:

    7/28/2013 8:42:00 PM - It clearly sounds like your bottle was cooked. I would avoid scoring since it was an issue of improper storage and not an adequate representation of the wine.

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