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2012 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Hill

Spring Mountain District more

10/11/2014 - walkerjfw wrote: NR

At the vineyard over lunch. Very young (obviously) and olny decanted for about an hour prior to our drinking. Rich and fruit forward, wine was showing well.

Nose of red fruit and leather. Dark fruits, blackberry, tobacco, smoke, vanilla. Better than my memory of the last few vintages...

This is an expensive wine, we'll see if it ages and worht the price. The setting is gorgeous,the vines on Rattlesnake Hill were planted in the early 80s by Joe Heitz. I think the highest elevation on their property. I think with a few years in the bottle you wind up with a great Spring Mountain wine from a spectacular vintage...will rate the next bottle...

  • Comment posted by walkerjfw:

    10/18/2014 1:23:00 PM - A nice decant wouldn't hurt. The bottle we had was probably open an hour and was drinking well -- although still very young. I would be interested to hear how it does with a longer decant


2005 Bodegas Muga Rioja Gran Reserva Prado Enea

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

10/3/2014 - walkerjfw wrote: 93 points

At home, first bottle of a recently purchased case. PnP on this bottle, would benefit from some air. Prior tasting was at the Muga winery in Haro, Rioja.

Consistent with prior notes. Red/garnet color. Nice nose right from the bottle - dark fruits, plums, earth and oak. Palate repeats with dried cherry, anise, leather, herbs, vanilla

Medium, elegant finish. Great traditional Rioja style wine. still evolving, it will be interesting to drink and see how it evolves in coming years.

  • Comment posted by walkerjfw:

    10/4/2014 6:23:00 PM - Very accessible now, but no rush. Prado Enea is built for the long term. This should go 20+ years if you want it to...

    I had 1981 Prado Enea this past Summer in San Sebastian that was still gorgeous...


2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

7/2/2014 - walkerjfw wrote: 89 points

On a Tapas and Wine tour in Madrid, fantastic host.

Old school Rioja, old red fruits and smoke. American oak very present, seems like its fading and will better integrate in coming years. Should have a long drinking arc. Medium body and finish

Drank this next to some more modern styles, interesting to note the contrast and range of reactions among tasters - from Spain, Germany, England and the US. Most didn't like this as much as the Clio and San Roman...

All in, solid wine if unexceptional. Would retry again in a few years, if oak integrates it will improve

  • Comment posted by walkerjfw:

    7/14/2014 6:00:00 PM - A few were Bodegas Ricla, Casa Paco, Cuchilla (sp) fro memory...the guide arrnaged for the wines, some of which he brought from his cellar


2001 Bodegas Muga Rioja Torre Muga

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

4/12/2014 - walkerjfw wrote: 93 points

With Wendy and Joe at their house, great night, drank this prior to a d'Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz, great contrast

Classic Muga funk on the palate, leather dark fruits. Palate was sophisticated/fruit forward with red and dark fruits, cedar, spices, leather, oak. Finishes medium.

Drinks with character and elegance now, I don't think it will improve much but will probably last a bit. Unique flavor profile and a nice break from more common drinking varietals.

  • Comment posted by walkerjfw:

    4/13/2014 2:18:00 PM - Harley - Thanks for your comment. Torre Muga is a great wine and seems to need at least 7 years to hit stride. As you know, the wine does have a good long arc of drinkability. Based on the bottle last night, it seems to be in its zone. I am sure it will last another 7+ years. My best guess is that it wont fade but wont be worth waiting for. i would look for thicker tannins and bigger mid palate fruit to suggest it will add complexity. Either way - you wont go wrong, its a very nice wine...Cheers


1999 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Château d'Ampuis

Syrah more

1/23/2014 - Jeff Leve wrote: 95 points

With a beautiful sense of purity in the sweet, ripe, red cherry, black raspberry and strawberry fruits, the wine is fresh, zippy, peppery and concentrated. Drinking in the right place, the lively, red berry finish is long and clean.

  • Comment posted by walkerjfw:

    2/17/2014 11:29:00 AM - Jeff - curious to how long this took to open up. Did you decant?


2010 Château Gruaud Larose

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/12/2013 - walkerjfw wrote: 92 points

At IWM tasting in NYC/AIE. obviously very young from a very good vintage. Medium purple color. Surprisingly open and accessible at this stage. Bordeaux nose of blackberry, earth, cedar, pencil/lead, perfumed/floral.Tannins still grippy but not overly tough.

Its drinakble now with some complexity - will definitely improve with age. Would wait 5 years for it to get into its zone, very nice wine

  • Comment posted by walkerjfw:

    11/14/2013 6:21:00 PM - That is funny - I am not averse to laying wine down for a bit...but that seems a little extreme. My great grandchildren will enjoy the wine


2007 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve

Napa Valley more

10/3/2013 - walkerjfw wrote: 95 points

At Gary's Grand Tasting. Did a vertical of BV Georges de Latour. Opened for about 2 hours, drank after the 04. I own this wine but have been letting it rest, was looking forward to getting a peak to where it was.

Dark color, big nose, consistent with other BV wines. This is a big, smooth wine. Mouthfeel was elegant, huge fruit of blackberry, cassis, currants, vanilla, oak and tobacco.

It seems to be ready now, given how big it is I am inclined to let it have some more time. One of the best BVs I have tasted

  • Comment posted by walkerjfw:

    10/4/2013 7:33:00 PM - I would be sure to give it some time to breathe. I am sure it will be spectacular


2011 Tensley Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard

Santa Barbara County more

7/3/2013 - walkerjfw wrote: 93 points

At the tasting facility in Los Olivos with Jennifer T.

This is a big wine, concentrated and fruit forward - nose jumps out of the glass. Spice, cherry, violets, tobacco, . Dark fruits, anise, smokiness on the finish.

Finish is 20-30 seconds, vanilla, coffee, earth on the finish. This is a wine that should appeal broadly. Its upfront, will go well with food and has some complexity on the finish. Suspect this would be excellent with BBQ, short ribs, brisket.

  • Comment posted by walkerjfw:

    7/13/2013 5:50:00 PM - Sorry, have not had the 09, this was my first experience with Tensley. I asked about tasting some library wines when I was there, they are a small production (high quality) winery. They dont hold much back inventory. The 09 got a 95+ from Parker in a vintage that got 87 for Central Coast. This wine may punch above its weight. 11 hasn't been rated for Central Coast by Parker, but the general comments I heard while there is that is was a good to above average vintage.

    This is a really nice wine, if you were thinking of buying some and you like the style (sounds like you do), I wouldn't hesitate.


2000 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos Vineyard

Napa Valley more

5/19/2013 - walkerjfw wrote: 94 points

Sunday night dinner with the family... with my famous ground chicken burgers, avocados and brown rice.

Decanted, was fragrant and drinkable right out of the bottle. Stayed almost the same for 2 hours, opening slightly. Medium purple, some bricking at the edges. Subtle nose, mild spice, red fruits, leather. Palate carried all the flavors of the nose. red fruits come through with cedar and eucalyptus - like an aged Heitz Martha's... Tannins are smooth and integrated.

Elegant and smooth wine - could almost mistake for a Bordeaux if tasted blind - the eucalyptus gives it away. Cathy Corison makes these wines to age, so its hard to say if it hit its peak. In a zone now, I think it may start to fade, who knows. Gorgeous wine.

PS - with the flavor profile, low alcohol, and mouth feel - you can pair with a wide variety of foods...or drink by itself

  • Comment posted by walkerjfw:

    5/23/2013 7:14:00 PM - thanks for your comment, eucalyptus is a flavor profile you find in Rutherford and Napa valley floor wines, in my experience. Comes with age in most wines. You should pick it up on the nose and finish, minty an fragrant. You get it in some Bordeaux. hope this helps...

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