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Red

1980 Ridge Petite Sirah York Creek Devil's Hill

Spring Mountain District more

2/23/2015 - mike l. Likes this wine: 93 points

stinky nose became more prominent 30 minutes in. think brett, dead animals, etc. very nice. the palate has plenty of fruit, as is normal for these old ridge bottles im learning. the heat and oak are completely integrated and transparent. there's a decent acidic lift, and tons of secondary zaniness. what a treat!

  • Comment posted by Dave Smigielski:

    3/18/2015 10:38:00 AM - I still have one bottle left and I will most likely drink it this year. Lovely wine and so blessed to be able to enjoy 6 of these in the last 3 years.

Red

2009 CT Barrel Project Cabernet Sauvignon Black Sears Vineyard

Howell Mountain more

2/7/2015 - Bob in NC Likes this wine: 92 points

Drinking really well right now.

  • Comment posted by Dave Smigielski:

    2/10/2015 12:46:00 PM - I am thinking that I will open a magnum of the 09 at our 2012 release party at the end of June, at the winery. I hope you and anita can make it.

Red

2009 Dacalier De La Terre

Lake County Red Rhone Blend more

2/7/2015 - grayfont Likes this wine: NR

Man I like this stuff. Bright and pleasing, it stood out on a night when we tasted a wide variety of wines. Not one to ponder for a long time, but definitely a wine to call delicious and enjoy every last drop.

  • Comment posted by Dave Smigielski:

    2/10/2015 12:45:00 PM - sorry about the 08 being corked. Glad the 09 showed well for you.

Red

2009 Five/Five Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Simone 75% Black Sears, 25% Ink Grade

Howell Mountain more

1/27/2015 - Eric wrote: NR

Pretty awesome, prototypical Napa Cab. Black cherry, cassis, and licorice. A little toasty oak, but this wine easily handled it. Quite delicious although perhaps lacking a bit of structure.

  • Comment posted by Dave Smigielski:

    1/27/2015 3:24:00 PM - Thanks for putting up the tasting note. I appreciate you dragging it to Switzerland with you as well.

Red

2008 Dacalier De La Terre

Lake County Red Rhone Blend more

4/20/2014 - grafstrb wrote: NR

-- popped and poured --
-- tasted a couple glasses non-blind over approx. 1 hour --
-- 81% Grenache, 14% Carignane, 5% Syrah --

Savory; spicy; fruit is a bit more tertiary than primary; seems to be at its peak right now, but I’d be willing to bet that it would ride in the cellar for a couple more years; expressive; hint of brett?; richer/fuller than the ’98 Clos des Papes opened next to it; very good; two of the four folks at the table preferred this to the aforementioned CdP.

  • Comment posted by Dave Smigielski:

    1/26/2015 10:01:00 PM - um...were not worthy of that note. Thanks Grafs.

Red

1980 Ridge Zinfandel Howell Mountain

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1/11/2015 - tcarter Likes this wine: 92 points

Still going strong...

  • Comment posted by Dave Smigielski:

    1/12/2015 10:46:00 AM - i still have one more of these left and am really looking forward to opening it soon.

Red

2012 Cameron Hughes Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 501 Howell Mountain

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11/16/2014 - sdrum Likes this wine: 90 points

This is a very intense wine. Huge earthy tannins mean it will probably keep well for years, but right now it's almost on the bitter side. I tried it again after 24 hours in a decanter and it had smoothed out a little, so my recommendation is either a) cellar it for a few years or b) decant at least a day in advance. I tried it side by side with the CH 545 from Coombsville. That wine was more ready to drink today. Cameron touts both these wines highly on his web site. If you're goign to drink soon, I'd go for the 545 and save this one for a few years from now.

  • Comment posted by Dave Smigielski:

    11/18/2014 10:32:00 AM - great note!! i will be sitting on my case for a bit, or decant it a day ahead.

White - Off-dry

2005 Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothenberg Riesling Spätlese

Rheinhessen more

8/18/2014 - grafstrb wrote: 89 points

-- cracked and poured --
-- tasted non-blind over a few hours --

NOSE: moderate petrol; tropical fruit aromas are faint; lightly spicy – woodsy; simple.

BODY: full bodied; medium tan-yellow color; no spritz.

TASTE: sweet; papaya; mellow pear note; good mineral note; seems to be out of its infancy now (sweetness doesn’t come across as white sugar); 8.5% alc. not noticeable; acidity is low, but it is a touch tangy; slight petrol note; weak on the rear palate; good – very good, really -- but I’m not sure this will make it another 11 years without being much worse for the wear, so drink remaining bottles now or over the med.-term.

50, 5, 11, 16, 7 = 89

  • Comment posted by Dave Smigielski:

    11/18/2014 10:31:00 AM - Brian, I still have one of these that you recommended to me, so many years ago. I may actually open this for thanksgiving based on your notes.

    Hope to see you soon.
    -smig

Red

2012 Cameron Hughes Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 501 Howell Mountain

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8/25/2014 - Fire Bill wrote: 92 points

Big wine. Dark purple fruits, a lot of acid and oak, but good oak, and even better fruit. I think that 10 years down the road and this wine will be in a great place...

  • Comment posted by Dave Smigielski:

    8/25/2014 11:52:00 PM - I may open one of the 12 i just bought to see how my palate aligns with Fire Bill, but given this note, I will sit on the rest for a while.

    Thanks for the note.

White

2009 Dacalier Cote Du Soleil

Clarksburg White Rhone Blend more

8/18/2014 - ChrisinSunnyside wrote: 91 points

This wine is in a very good spot. Nice caramel, almondy notes, with some fruit, peach maybe, and white flowers. Medium weight with smooth finish. Finding I really love Rhone whites with at least a few years age. Sadly this is my last bottle of this one.

  • Comment posted by Dave Smigielski:

    8/20/2014 11:51:00 AM - Chris,

    I have a few cases left sitting down in SoCal that my broker hasn't moved. You still doing any work down there?

White

2011 Nicholson Jones Sauvignon Blanc

St. Helena more

5/18/2014 - Leomania Likes this wine: 89 points

A mix of tropical fruit and peach/apricot. For that, not sweet, good acidity. Really like this one.

  • Comment posted by Dave Smigielski:

    8/20/2014 11:50:00 AM - We enjoyed two bottles of this wine this past weekend. its one of my favorite under 10$ whites when its hot. only a couple left from my last bottle case buy.

Red

2010 CT Barrel Project Cabernet Sauvignon Black Sears Vineyard

Howell Mountain more

7/31/2014 - GalvezGuy wrote: flawed

Opened, cork immediately mushroomed showing the amount of pressure in the bottle. Allowed to stand open for 3 days to allow carbonation to dissipate. Poured a glass, huge whiff of vinegar, dumped the rest. Will probably use the rest of these as marinade, I don't see much hope for them.

  • Comment posted by Dave Smigielski:

    7/31/2014 10:33:00 AM - Everytime I see this bottle posted, I really do cringe. So glad everyone accepted my gift in lieu of the bugaboo in the wine.

    Regards,
    -dave

  • Comment posted by Dave Smigielski:

    8/8/2014 7:53:00 PM - There must have been some kind of a microbe in that got into that bottling. it did not effect the blend or the Rutherford. We have taken precautions now that will make sure this type of thing doesnt happen again.

Red

2006 Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard

Edna Valley more

3/3/2014 - Edclr Does not like this wine: 76 points

Cant believe I ever bought a wine like this. It's now a couple years later, and it is all alcohol and high extract. Nobody at the table finished their glass.

  • Comment posted by Dave Smigielski:

    4/8/2014 6:35:00 PM - if either of you are interested in getting rid of any additional bottles you have, I am interested in interested in trade.

    Cheers,
    dave

  • Comment posted by Dave Smigielski:

    4/9/2014 10:19:00 AM - Bud, I appreciate the offer, but I wasnt planning on drinking the Alban for a couple more years.

    I also need to sit on the Five/Five 2009 wines because those are my daughters birth years and the wine is completely sold out. so those are non-negotiable. Look forward to meeting you someday though.

    -d

  • Comment posted by Dave Smigielski:

    4/9/2014 11:55:00 AM - I am a winemaker in Northern California.

    The only burgundy I have ATM is the first vintage of my buddy's wine - Maison Ilan. 2009.

    lets talk and see what interests you. dave@dacalier.com

Red

2006 Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard

Edna Valley more

3/8/2014 - Anonymous Likes this wine: 94 points

I loved this wine but only two of us voted it best of flight. Big black fruit with that Alban charm and funky nose. Pure fruit. Travis actually guessed vintage, producer and bottling correctly on this blind. Bravo.

  • Comment posted by Dave Smigielski:

    4/8/2014 6:34:00 PM - I recently had one of my two and I too recommend you give it another year.

Red

2005 Montes Syrah Folly La Finca de Apalta

Colchagua Valley more

3/29/2014 - air guitar & pinot noir wrote: NR

I had been saving this one to reach peak drinkability. I was working a bit late and we were hosting visitors from Africa for dinner. I arrived home and saw my wife drinking a glass of wine and spied the bottle- only a little left. I asked here if she had drank the rest but she pointed to our guests who had tall glasses of root beer and she indicated they had mixed the wine and root beer together!!! True story! I had to share.

  • Comment posted by Dave Smigielski:

    4/8/2014 6:31:00 PM - I believe I would have had to kill someone and proclaim "Diplomatic Immunity"

    I have one bottle left in my cellar and my wife doesnt know where it is.

Red

2006 Bilancia Syrah la Collina

Hawkes Bay more

12/16/2013 - Winestein wrote: 88 points

Double decanted in anticipation of this last bottle of 2006, but what a disappointment. The distinctive, inky nose is still there, but the ripe berries have vanished. Astringency is still pronounced, but it has lost its balance. Just passed its best? Maybe. Or possibly cooked in transit as it was in a different batch from the previous tasted.

  • Comment posted by Dave Smigielski:

    12/19/2013 2:52:00 PM - Do you think this was due to the double decant How long did you decant?

    I still have 2 and am wondering whether I should pop one soon.

Red

2010 CT Barrel Project Cabernet Sauvignon Black Sears Vineyard

Howell Mountain more

11/25/2013 - Rob MacKay wrote: flawed

Opened 4 of these so far. All were fizzy. :(

Update: Opened all remaining bottles (8) and dumped them all. Every one was soda pop. If these are taking up any space in your cellar, you'd be best to free up that space for something else.

  • Comment posted by Dave Smigielski:

    11/25/2013 8:36:00 PM - I sent an email to everyone on the 2010 explaining the situation. Fingers, if you or Rob have any particular questions, please let me know.

    Regards,
    -dave

Red

2009 La Celestiere Côtes du Rhône

Red Rhone Blend more

11/17/2013 - mtwehr wrote: 79 points

Dirty, tarry, dark mess of bitterness

  • Comment posted by Dave Smigielski:

    11/20/2013 1:04:00 PM - LOL and I know exactly what you mean

Red

2009 Five/Five Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Simone 75% Black Sears, 25% Ink Grade

Howell Mountain more

11/3/2013 - caeleric/cae_cpa Likes this wine: NR

2 hour decant, consumed over 5 hours. my wife had two observations that were pretty spot on: 1) the wine has a very interesting color. it's not bricking, but its color belies its age. it's more the color of a light- to medium-bodied pinot. 2) the wine really brought out the pepper flavors in our cast-iron cooked NY strips. i wouldn't say there's a strong green pepper aroma or flavor, but i agreed that something about the wine amplified the pepper on the steak. my main comment was that the wine smelled and drank like a 15yo wine, not like a 4yo wine. that's not a bad thing, but it was interesting. everything about the wine leaned toward elegance with a dash of austerity, though nothing was green or underripe or boring about it. i enjoyed it as a departure from my typical penchant for extracted and jammy napa cabs. if scoring, 87-89.

  • Comment posted by Dave Smigielski:

    11/4/2013 2:06:00 PM - My goal for this wine was a softer, more approachable wine as it was based off whom the wine was named after. The Simone blend took longer to put together than any of our wines to date as we really wanted to soften the wine and get a profile closer to a pinot than a Cabernet. If I read your note accurately, you both enjoyed the wine.

Red

2007 Cameron Hughes Lot 179 (Havens Black and Blue)

Napa Valley Red Blend more

9/1/2013 - Rich S Likes this wine: 91 points

Popped and poured. Dark purple color. Big nose of blackberry, cassis, charred oak and a bit of smoke. Similar flavors on the palate with a good amount of dark fruit and oak and some spicy dark chocolate notes on the back end. Medium+ acid and tannins with a moderate finish. The best sips of this wine were the last ones so it definitely improved with some air. I would let this wine age a bit more or give it a good decanting if drinking now.

  • Comment posted by Dave Smigielski:

    9/6/2013 2:14:00 PM - I still have 3 magnums and am still holding strong.

Red

2009 Dacalier De La Terre

Lake County Red Rhone Blend more

8/3/2013 - mkmast wrote: 90 points

Very solid lighter textured wine. Great for a summer red wine. Bottle disappeared quickly.

  • Comment posted by Dave Smigielski:

    8/7/2013 1:36:00 PM - Thanks for posting a note MK. There are so many notes on our 08 and not many on the 09. I am enjoying both wines but the 08 needs an hour to start showing its fruit where as the 09 is pop n pour.

    -dave

Red

2010 CT Barrel Project Cabernet Sauvignon Black Sears Vineyard

Howell Mountain more

8/5/2013 - MarkMich wrote: NR

This was a bad bottle. Fizzy on the tongue so unratable.

  • Comment posted by Dave Smigielski:

    8/7/2013 1:31:00 PM - Mark, can you get a hold of me on that bottle. I would like to know more if you have the time.

    dave at dacalier.com

    thanks,

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