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Red

1979 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon

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1/3/2015 - slywka7 wrote: 90 points

Cork was a disaster. Still has some fruit on the nose with aromas of dried cherry, mint, earth, spice and hint of currant. Flavors of dried cherry, mint, mushroom, blackberry and earth. Still hanging on after all these years.

  • Comment posted by slywka7:

    1/4/2015 10:32:00 AM - This was my only bottle. Wasn't even sure it would still be good but it was a great surprise!

Red

2007 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard

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9/23/2012 - slywka7 Likes this wine: 95 points

Best Martha's I have had. Super fruit forward though and did not get a lot of the eucalyptus you typically find.

  • Comment posted by slywka7:

    7/6/2013 12:32:00 PM - Dave,

    Have to admit that it's pretty hard to compare with the picture but I do remember the wine being a little lighter in color. The wine was very fruit forward and had more acidity than I remember other vintages having. I did not get a lot of tannin but I have to admit I don't know how long the wine was open for. I did not get the typical eucalyptus that I always get from these wines. It was pretty consistent from wines from the 2007 vintage. My advice, if your looking for something in the traditional Martha's style I would looks to other vintages. That being said, this wine is still outstanding just different from their norm.

  • Comment posted by slywka7:

    7/7/2013 2:10:00 PM - Ah wow. Never had either of those wines and at this point they are a little out of reach price wise. If you were interested in selling the 2007 Martha's let me know. I never had the winter either but I see you have the 07 Staglin. Excellent wine and wish I had grabbed some bottles of that.

  • Comment posted by slywka7:

    7/10/2013 7:21:00 AM - Sounds like a plan! Ya the Heitz I saw going for $150 when it first came out although it seems like it sold thru some so less retailers have it.

  • Comment posted by slywka7:

    11/28/2013 7:26:00 AM - Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Will look forward to the Winter! Are you saying your going to be selling some stuff on your cellartracker? Might be interested but have to look. Tough time of year though with the Holidays! Good luck with the Grand Cru Burgundy $!

  • Comment posted by slywka7:

    9/3/2014 7:41:00 AM - No problem Dave. Good luck with the move.

  • Comment posted by slywka7:

    9/4/2014 8:19:00 AM - Haha no problem Dave! Sounds like a plan!

  • Comment posted by slywka7:

    11/11/2014 10:36:00 AM - Sorry I didn't see I missed your comment. Haven't had the Buccella Cab but have had the Merlot. A very bold, ripe expression of Merlot so it may not be for everyone. Whenever you feel like sending over the bottle and uncorking I'm game!

Red

2003 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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5/31/2014 - slywka7 Likes this wine: 94 points

Dunn Vertical at Post 154 (Post 154 Westport, CT): Had to get my bearing at first with this one. It literally tasted like the same wine. After a couple of sips, some of the smaller nuances became clear to me although most people I would imagine would have a tough time telling them apart. Cherry, plum, blackberry, iron and roses on the nose of this went with flavors of cherry, blackberry and iron. The nose was a touch more complex than the Howell Mt. but the palate was more complex on the Howell as well as the finish. Still for the price you really can't beat it.

  • Comment posted by slywka7:

    6/5/2014 7:17:00 PM - Appreciate the comments. I did really enjoy it.

White

2010 Williams Selyem Chardonnay Allen Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

10/25/2013 - slywka7 wrote: 88 points

This was certainly disappointing. My wife and I love the Williams Selyem Chardonnay's but this was simply not on it's game tonight. It didn't help that we were given the worst wine glasses ever to drink this wine out of at the restaurant either. Not too much on the nose on this. Hint of lemon and mineral maybe. On the palate,it had more lemon and mineral. Lightly oaked. Got better with a little time and started to show something. Perhaps if you have any you may want to sit on it for a year or two.

  • Comment posted by slywka7:

    10/29/2013 6:07:00 PM - Thanks for the comment. Going to the Tasting Weekend at Millbrook this weekend and they usually have a white or two out. Hopefully I get better results with those. Typically our favorite bottling is the Hawk Hill.

Red

2007 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Éloge

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

8/4/2013 - slywka7 Likes this wine: 93 points

Decanted for 2 hours before consuming. This had a lot of oak on the nose and although I enjoyed it, it didn't quite display the complexity of the previous time I had it. Oak was a little overpowering and kind of masked the fruit to a degree. Still a very nice wine but had high expectations from the previous time.

  • Comment posted by slywka7:

    8/9/2013 6:27:00 AM - I have 3 more bottles which I will probably wait a while until popping another one. Got 6 of the Estate Cab for $40 but they have been so tasty for the money that I have already drank 4 of them! I got 4 bottles of the Insignia as well but I was able to try it before buying it and really enjoyed it. I have had a few older bottles of Insignia and they are always excellent so I'm glad I got these. Nice score on the GDL. I picked up a few bottles of the Tapestry from 06/07 for like $25 and they are really nice wines for the money.

Red

2007 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Éloge

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/19/2010 - slywka7 Likes this wine: 95 points

This was drinking beautifully! A more concentrated wine than the 2006 with very silky tannins. The wine had big black fruits with licorice and a touch of earth, then ended with a nice complex finish that had to last 45+ seconds.

  • Comment posted by slywka7:

    1/30/2013 6:49:00 PM - I have 4 of these resting but I gotta say I love the Insignia and Staglin as well. Are you looking to get rid of the Staglin?

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    1/31/2013 5:39:00 AM - I had the wine about 2 years ago and loved it. Honestly, unless you really love Cali cabs with age on them I can't see how this will get any better than it is right now. I would just pop it before the big fruit starts to fade.

Red

2007 Bodega Catena Zapata Nicolás Catena Zapata

Mendoza Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/2/2011 - slywka7 Likes this wine: 95 points

This blew me away. Simply fantastic!

  • Comment posted by slywka7:

    1/14/2013 1:21:00 PM - I will have to check my notes. I'm entering a bunch of notes I have archived so it was from a while ago.

    *I reviewed my notes and you are correct. It is primarily cab. I checked their official website to double check and it says it's 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Malbec. I have amended the note.

Red

2007 Carlisle Zinfandel Papera Ranch

Russian River Valley more

4/17/2010 - slywka7 Likes this wine: 95 points

The Papera Ranch did not disappoint but was very different from the other Carlisle bottlings I have had. I took a sniff and I swear I was smelling blueberry pie! I then took a sip and it was like drinking blueberry pie! I have never had a wine resemble a fruit so intensely! I have had other Carlisle wines that have been just as good but they have had a jammy flavor profile. This one was very focused.

  • Comment posted by slywka7:

    1/12/2013 6:35:00 AM - Got to be honest Frank, haven't had a really old Carlisle Zin. I have found with Zins that when the fruit starts to fade I don't like them as much. The only exception I have found is Napa Valley Zins. I plan on drinking what I have left sooner rather than later although I have an 06 Pietro's I'm going to let sit and see what happens. I'm sure the Carlisle Zins can go a while but like I said, not trying to take a chance when they are so delicious in their youth.

Red

2006 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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9/18/2010 - slywka7 wrote: 92 points

I decided to open this an hour before the reservation. We got to dinner and we hadn't finished the Veraton but I poured myself a glass of the Hall to try it. It still was a little tight but I could already tell it was going to be better than the time in Napa. When we got back, about an hour later, we decided to drink the Hall. Now it was open for business! Great nose of currents, plums and licorice. I got some chocolate again on the palate but had some great plum, black raspberry and spice flavors.

  • Comment posted by slywka7:

    1/12/2013 6:31:00 AM - No problem. Glad to help.

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