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2003 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend more

5/8/2015 - rdalehite Likes this wine: 90 points

This wine underperformed in my opinion. I know 2003 was a very hot vintage but the wine was almost an Amarone style wine. Deep, very hot, very grape-y, chewy, brooding wine. You could almost taste the texture of the grape skins in this wine. While other 2003 Pegau's were wonderful, this one wasn't as pleasing as I'd hoped. Opened for 30 minutes before drinking then after 1 hour after tasting it started to mellow out and take it's full stride.

  • Comment posted by Crunge:

    5/9/2015 5:47:00 PM - I've had 8 of these so far, sourced from different sellers, and I've had wide variation. The good ones have been amazing. Some have been average at best. Others have said there were multiple bottlings and that the first was the best, but I don't know if that's accurate. Regardless, keep trying it; when you get a good one, it's an incredible experience.

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2007 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

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3/14/2015 - Steve20 wrote: 85 points

Still very young and very good. Used aerator into a decanter a complex silky wine that could use a little more time in the bottle. But the prim rib said why wait.

  • Comment posted by Crunge:

    3/14/2015 11:13:00 AM - Steve, your comments are very favorable, so why the low score?

Red

2005 Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra

Nebbiolo more

1/27/2015 - Bam_Man Likes this wine: 93 points

Very pretty and aromatic, with gorgeous notes of spice, flowers and pine forest on the nose. Full-bodied and rich, but silky in texture. Big and chewy, offering a tangy mouthful of ripe cherry and strawberry fruit, with plenty of chocolate, oak and licorice on the long, mouth-puckering finish. A big, powerful Barolo that manages to display a surprising sense of elegance. Still needs a bit more time though for the tannins and oak to fully integrate. Paired very nicely with Kerry's pork ragu.
50+5+13+17+8=93

  • Comment posted by Crunge:

    1/28/2015 7:18:00 AM - Bam_Man, thanks for the review. I have four of these sleeping now and am curious to see how they mature.

    I sometimes see a score like you have (50+5+13...) Where can I find a description of what the different numbers mean? Thanks.

Red

2010 Château Léoville Barton

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/24/2015 - Sifu111 wrote: 99 points

Inky black. Nose dark wet earth, A heavy, volatile aroma that cleared with 1hr decanting. Palate has minimal fruit (black currant?) and cedar/woodsy. Great structure, powerful tannins, lovely balance. Long finish. Impressive.

  • Comment posted by Crunge:

    1/26/2015 1:40:00 PM - The recommended drinking window on here starts in 2020. Did you feel it was young, or was the 1 hour decant enough to bring it to full form?

Red

2011 Bodegas Alto Moncayo Campo de Borja

Garnacha, Grenache more

1/12/2015 - jviz Likes this wine: 94 points

Best bottle I've had in a while. This has great depth and body. Long legs and a crimson rim. Just incredible concentration of fruit, but not so subtle notes of clove, vanilla, blackcurrant, cheese rind. Unreal QPR. 94+ and can see it getting 1-2 pts better once it settles down. At this point, I didn't find it as hot or syrupy as some described, but probably would still hold a while longer.

  • Comment posted by Crunge:

    1/12/2015 5:12:00 PM - Good review. I've had four bottles and am holding six more. I also can't believe the QPR on this wine.

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2012 Melville Syrah Estate

Sta. Rita Hills more

12/3/2014 - Decanting fool Does not like this wine: NR

Very aggressive big style warm weather Syrah with gobs of fruit and beastly animal. I don't like it at all. While it's clearly well made and will satisfy many, and at a very attractive QPR, I just find it too much of everything, and lacking restraint and elegance. The mineral quality which syrah requires for balance is just missing, or buried deep underneath the fruit which is brash and top heavy.

  • Comment posted by Crunge:

    12/22/2014 2:58:00 PM - My gf and I were disappointed on a PNP. We each had one glass and then resealed and let it sit overnight. 24 hours later and it was much better. Still not my favorite by any stretch, but my gf actually liked it on day two. I'm going to let the rest sit, or at least give any I open soon a long decant.

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2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary

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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 Crunge:

    11/21/2014 4:57:00 AM - I'm glad to see a comment from someone tasting from multiple cases. My only bottle so far was the first Caymus I've ever had that I didn't like. It was terrible. I don't understand all the reviews on here praising it. The bottle I had might as well have been pure vanilla extract. I've been wondering if I just had a bad bottle but your review makes me think not. I'm sorry I have more bottles.

Red - Fortified

1994 Fonseca Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

11/12/2014 - Didman wrote: 99 points

Cork in perfect condition. The wine was all it should be. Was stored since release in my controlled cellar. Over the years I have had a lot of the '63s as it is our wedding year, as well as other vintages. We often have a glass of Port on cold winter evenings, living in the north woods. This is the most impressive Port among many in my recollection, although it is also our first of the '94 vintage to be opened. Very hard not to give this "100", but who knows, maybe some day something better will come along.

  • Comment posted by Crunge:

    11/12/2014 3:56:00 PM - Nice review. I've had one bottle and have a second in the wine fridge. That first bottle was incredible, so I'm saving the second one for a special occasion. Now if my 2011's age as well as expected, I'll be enjoying more ports like this in just 12+ years...

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2012 Ridge Geyserville

Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel more

10/1/2014 - Normann Likes this wine: 91 points

A young but lovely wine. Understands that 2012 is a great year, and this does not disappoint. Fresh nose and taste of rich spices and black berries, good balanced, but maybe a little young. Goas very well with lamb with port wine sauce. Looking forward to the next bottle!

  • Comment posted by Crunge:

    10/1/2014 6:39:00 PM - I love lamb and the port wine sauce sounds delicious. Do you care to share the recipe?

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2012 Melville Syrah Estate

Sta. Rita Hills more

9/25/2014 - topher2411 wrote: 92 points

Delicious wine. This needs some air right now, but really opens up with dark blue fruit, stemmy notes, and pepper. Well balanced, slightly dry tannins. Medium long finish. Another great 2012 for Melville.

  • Comment posted by Crunge:

    9/25/2014 3:32:00 PM - Awesome, thanks. I just ordered six of these earlier today. Can't wait.

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2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary

Napa Valley more

6/29/2014 - wineotim wrote: 91 points

I had to weigh in on this wine as it seems so many others on CT are giving it varying reviews.

Give this wine at least 30 minutes of air time. I agree with some who said this vintage does not have the tannic structure of previous vintages. On the other hand, to me it did not seem over the top on vanilla or coconut. The tannins and finish do feel relatively sweet, but It's still in the traditonal Caymus style/flavor profile. Drink sooner rather than later. This wine had only been in its bottle 6 weeks. Very enjoyable with a juicy steak.

  • Comment posted by Crunge:

    6/29/2014 7:20:00 PM - Glad you enjoyed it! It's too heavy on the vanilla for me, but a lot of people are still enjoying it. Part of the beauty of wine is finding what you like and don't like, and how your taste buds differ from others. See, all your fears from my review were unfounded, and you enjoyed it. I'll mark down that I'm more sensitive to the vanilla than most, and go from there.

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2003 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend more

6/27/2014 - Christoffer78 Likes this wine: 98 points

Magic in a bottle and an utterly compelling Pégaü. This 2003 Cuvée Réservée displays an array of the classical Grenache fruit with kirsch, raspberry, blackberry and sun warm strawberries. The nose is clean (quite impressing for this producer) and there is a secondary layer of cinnamon, the classical Asian spice box and tea leaves. The palate is stunning with perfect integration and subtle signs of maturity. Acidity is there as are the velvety tannins and a length on the finish which lasts for more than a minute. This is a profound wine and I wish all wines from this producer and appellation could show the same complexity, elegance and power. Yet, if all wines were this good we would get totally spoilt! (score is 98+)

Please note that the above tasting note is for the first bottling of this wine. According to my understanding, the second and third bottlings are not as good.

(Tasted in a flight with 2003 Domaine de la Mordorée Cuvée de la Reine des Bois, 2003 Domaine du Pégaü Cuvée Réservée, 2004 Malleolus Valderamiro and 2007 Château de Beaucastel Hommage à Jacques Perrin.)

  • Comment posted by Crunge:

    6/28/2014 8:30:00 AM - Thanks for the information about the different bottlings. I was unaware of this. I wonder if that accounts for some of the variation many people see in this wine (including me.) I've had some of these that were just amazing and some that were good but not great.

    I do know that some bottles have maroon foil and some have red foil. I was told this was due to different importers but I wonder if it had to do with the bottling.

  • Comment posted by Crunge:

    6/28/2014 7:13:00 PM - That's funny... this was the first CdP I'd ever had and I was blown away. I've been drinking CdP since.

    Have you ever tried a Domaine LePlan-Vermeersch Châteauneuf-du-Pape GT-1? I bought six bottles of the 2010. It's 100% Grenache and kind of the opposite of Pegau in the sense that it's a very modern style. Still, it's an amazing wine. It's kind of like when I'm listening to music: sometimes I want to hear Pink Floyd, sometimes Mahler.

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2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary

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6/21/2014 - Crunge wrote: 83 points

When I drink a Caymus, I usually know what to expect. Caymus is one of the in-your-face, oaky fruit bombs. There's nothing wrong with this style, and when you're in the mood for power over subtlety, Caymus is usually a safe choice.

For me, the 2012's fruit is hidden by oak at this point. On a pop and pour, the nose and flavor were all vanilla. I like vanilla and don't mind it in my wine as one of the flavors, but I don't care for it as the dominant flavor. Over the course of an hour, the vanilla changed to coconut. Strong, unpleasant coconut.

After a night sealed with a Vacu Vin, the vanilla had faded ever so slightly. It was still the dominant flavor, and fortunately the coconut didn't reappear.

There is an undercurrent of black cherries and plum, but the vanilla is far too strong at this point for my tastes. The rest of my bottles will sit for a year or more to see if it mellows out.

  • Comment posted by Crunge:

    6/22/2014 7:26:00 AM - Wineotim, don't let my review scare you. A lot of people still like this wine. To me, it's just over-oaked. I normally like some vanilla, but this is overpowering. Just look at all the reviews and search for the word "vanilla" and you'll see it mentioned many times.

    My gf liked the wine, though. Her first impression was black cherries and plum (we agreed) but she said the aftertaste was strong vanilla. Try it and see what you think.

  • Comment posted by Crunge:

    6/24/2014 8:56:00 AM - Millerarner, it's worth trying one. There are plenty of people on here who like it. Perhaps I am more sensitive to the oak and it won't overpower the fruit for everyone as it does for me. However, I agree that I don't see the backbone for long-term aging on this one.

Red

2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary

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6/22/2014 - Yack Man Likes this wine: 90 points

As many have stated, you pretty much know what your are getting with Caymus, so..... If you don't like this style, don't drink it (no offense). I say, if you drink it now you should give it a long decant. There are certainly some very dominant quality / sensual aspects to this 2012 vintage, but I think it get better with some aging and the point score will ascend with time. 90 points for now.

  • Comment posted by Crunge:

    6/22/2014 10:51:00 AM - I agree, you know what you're getting (or SHOULD be getting.) I've never had a bottle of Caymus I didn't like... until this one. Next time I try this, I'll give it a long decant and maybe some of the overpowering oak will dissipate.

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2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary

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5/12/2014 - Harald&Grace Does not like this wine: 82 points

Oh Boy; A disclaimer first of all, I do like structured wines where large fruit is balanced with acidity and finishes off with some substantial but well integrated tannins. So keep in mind, Caymus is not quite up my alley! However, I still like previous Caymus Cabs- they were typically fruit forward with a mellow mid palate but pretty balanced overall.
I usually don't post my tasting notes and never post such low scores. However, we had this at a wine tasting with 6 or 7 other people. It was totally out of balance. The smell of vanilla and cheese cake was overpowering. It tasted just like it smelled. None of us could get over the candy sweetness, vanilla taste and the utter lack of mid palate. Others called it over extracted, reeking of melolactic fermentation. Most of us poured the wine down the drain.
In short, this is more like a bad dessert wine. If you normally like Caymus, dont waste your money. If you have bought it, drink it soon, because it doesnt have enough acidity or tannins to make this an aging wine. Sorry!

  • Comment posted by Crunge:

    6/22/2014 7:35:00 AM - I agree with this review. As I said in my review from last night, I smell vanilla and I taste vanilla. It's just overpowering at this point. Hopefully age will mellow that, but I'm not sure. What a disappointment.

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2010 Château Pape Clément

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/11/2014 - Philippe_C wrote: 97 points

Black as ink, impenetrable, loads of black fruit, lead pencil, black characoal... loads, tons of silky tannins and black fruit, 60 seconds finish

  • Comment posted by Crunge:

    1/11/2014 9:22:00 AM - The drinking range here says 2020-2060, but obviously you found it excellent now. Do you recommend holding it for 6+ years or drinking now?

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2007 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

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8/24/2013 - sandwich Likes this wine: 97 points

Damn fine wine. Damn, damn fine. Sun ripened summer blackberry and a long, long, long, dusty finish. This damn fine wine is damn good. Silky, smooth, and damn fine.

  • Comment posted by Crunge:

    8/25/2013 6:41:00 AM - But was it damn fine?

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2003 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend more

7/20/2013 - spatchmo2 wrote: 95 points

Had this wine at a Grenache tasting. It didn't do well vs the competition but that's not to say its not an outstanding wine. Opened up nicely after 6 hours in decanter. Just the right amount of a funky barnyard like nose. Not overdone like in the case of the cayuse Grenache

  • Comment posted by Crunge:

    7/24/2013 1:00:00 PM - Interesting... so what DID do well vs. the competition?

  • Comment posted by Crunge:

    7/24/2013 8:15:00 PM - I've had fairly mediocre bottles of this, and incredible bottles of this. Hard to imagine it finishing so low but it happens. Like I said in one of my tasting notes, when you get a good bottle it's hard to beat. I'm glad you at least enjoyed it.

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1998 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

7/5/2013 - Crunge wrote: 91 points

Much better than my previous bottle. This one had more depth to it. Still not heavy but a great summer red. It has an interesting mix of dark red fruit, sweet orange, and plenty of oak. A medium finish this time.

  • Comment posted by Crunge:

    7/5/2013 4:11:00 PM - Harley, that was my last one, but I may buy some more. It has a decent QPR and if it continues to improve, it will be a very good wine.

Red

2003 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend more

7/4/2013 - Eric wrote: 98 points

Mmmm, deep, bloody, plummy, spicy. Classic Pegau. Wild, gamey, screaming with white pepper, starting to open up and get ready to play. This is definitely a 2003 but a raging success for sure. All of the vintage challenges (lots of alcohol, very roasted and sweet) and yet all of the successes (deep, tannic, insanely spicy and pleasurable). This is Châteauneuf-du-Pape on steroids, but this one works oh so well.

  • Comment posted by Crunge:

    7/5/2013 4:07:00 PM - Planowino, I just posted a review as well. This was my fifth bottle of this wine. The first was amazing (about a year ago now.) The second was good, but not great. The third was corked, the fourth just wasn't very good, and the fifth was stunning. People are seeing a lot of variation in this one, so don't be too afraid to try again. When you get a good one, it's something special.

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2009 Xavier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Anonyme

Red Rhone Blend more

6/23/2013 - Anonymous wrote: NR

Notes consistent with others -- out of the gate, it appeared more like a new world syrah than a CdP. With time, it started to open up and with some goat cheese even more -- still not tasting like a CdP (lack of true garrique profile) but became enjoyable.

  • Comment posted by Crunge:

    6/23/2013 6:15:00 PM - Thanks for the comment. I'll continue to let this sleep in the cellar for 2+ years.

Red

2009 Araujo Estate Altagracia II Napa Red Wine

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/8/2013 - conga523 wrote: 90 points

2nd bottle 6 months later and doesn't seem to have calmed down much at all. Very hot. This one needs a few years to mellow out

  • Comment posted by Crunge:

    6/8/2013 8:28:00 PM - Conga, not surprising that it needs time as the drinking window is set about 18 months out. Your note helps reinforce my resolve to sit on this until 2015. Thanks for trying it six months ago and now... I'm curious to see how it evolves as its pedigree points to great things ahead.

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