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2013 Maybach Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Materium

Oakville more

12/25/2015 - King Cab wrote: 99 points

Wow . I have watched this label since inception; This 9th release has sure lived up to the expectations and could quite possibly be one of the greatest young wines that has ever crossed my lips. It's dense but lithe with multi-layered perfection of textures, mouthfeel and presence. Creamy & deft black fruits that are super fragrant and seem to just ride a conveyor belt a level above the tannins and acidity. A real treat for the senses and you must run and gather all you can in a few months when this becomes available. I consider myself lucky enough to have such an opportunity to sample and enjoy this on this joyous Christmas holiday. This is a wine that will ruin you for every other wine that crosses your path.

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    2/2/2016 3:17:00 PM - Inspiring note! How was the wine served? Was it decanted and, if so, for how long prior to your tasting? Obviously you have some intimate connection to the proprietor. It's good to be you!

    It's also good to be me since I was able to procure 6 regular bottles and one half bottle. I have always enjoyed this wine right alongside Schrader and Bevan, and I can't wait to get my hands on a bottle to sample.

    Keep up the great posts.

    T

Red

2013 Sinegal Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Napa Valley more

8/13/2015 - dpolivy Likes this wine: 97 points

A noticeable step up from the regular Cabernet Sauvignon, the nose is lovely and alluring, with warm spice, vanilla, and some toasty oak. The body is soft, silky, and elegant; it's big, dense and rich yet still nicely restrained. Notes of mocha, red cherry, blackberry. Perfectly balanced, with a lengthy finish and fairly integrated, fine tannins. I thought it was showing well right now, but certainly has some room to grow (and the stuffing to do so well).

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    1/22/2016 5:13:00 PM - Between you and Sonkin I am seriously considering a hold on all three bottles. I was going to sell the entire lot off for a loss, but you both seem enamored with it. Today I finally took delivery of the wines in a wood box made of walnut (I think), so very different from everyone else. It's gorgeous and hopefully indicates the level of care that went in to the wine as well. I will Coravin a bottle and see what is inside.

Red

2010 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection

Napa Valley more

9/4/2015 - RyanWu wrote: 94 points

Pnp and drank over 6 hours. Very focused and concentrated ripen blue fruit nose dominates without overt chocolate like regular caymus cab. The opening is more restrained and elegant but still very powerful. It's more like a sexy woman, and regular cab is more like charming teenager. On the palate, refined texture with bones of cab showed this wine can be approached either early or couple of decades. The full body and complex flavors (cassis/ plum/ blueberry/ smoky/ licorice) reminded me vintage ports! What a great definition of Napa Cab. Additionally, matured tannin and licorice makes a minute lasting possible. This is so good even side by side drank with 2012 Bevan Cellars EE.

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    11/9/2015 7:41:00 PM - I have had that 2012 Bevan EE and it is the best of their 2012 lineup. I might have to do my own showdown between these two wines now. Thanks for the idea!

Red

2012 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon CCS Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

Oakville more

6/28/2015 - Loren Sonkin wrote: 100 points

1500 Parker Points of Wines (GHT): Inky purple in color. The nose is great with black raspberries, blueberries, some pencil lead and some charred wood. On the palate, this drinks much deeper than the Bevan. While not as delicious perhaps, it has complexity and depth to it that event his young, is obvious and interesting. Great pure cassis fruit on the palate. Wonderful slippery yet full texture. Long finish. I suspect this shuts down a bit, but right now its amazing.

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    11/4/2015 8:02:00 PM - I always appreciate your reviews and they provide some great direction on optimal opening/decanting. To which Bevan wine were you comparing this wine? I am a full-blown appreciator of Bevan's portfolio and often compare his gems to Fred Schrader's.

Red

2008 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon RBS Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

Oakville more

7/20/2014 - bonedocnine Likes this wine: 95 points

Another stunner, I cant tell the RBS from the CCS or the WTF but it's all good!

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    11/4/2015 7:57:00 PM - I don't actually LOL often, but that "WTF" designation made me LOL for REALS BRO!!! Always enjoy your reviews, even the irreverent ones.

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    11/4/2015 7:59:00 PM - I don't actually LOL often, but that "WTF" designation made me LOL for REALS BRO!!! Always enjoy your reviews, even the irreverent ones.

Red

2007 Viña Santa Rita Carménère Pehuén

Rapel Valley more

10/18/2015 - cos65 Does not like this wine: NR

Ruth's Chris 50th anniversary "Top Rated Wines of the World": inky, sweet fruit and oak, hint of cinnamon, red hots, menthol cigarettes and eucalyptus. By far the most interesting wine of the night, but really kind of awkward and polarizing.

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    10/19/2015 10:01:00 AM - Our table at this event felt the same about this wine. I am not a big fan of this varietal by itself (95% Carmenere) but this was the best expression of it I've ever had. It reminded me of a pure Petit Verdot, which also reminded me why these grapes are usually supporting actors in blends. We all enjoyed the abundance of black berry fruits from nose to finish, but the wine was so tannic that it needed fatty food to shine (the filet with mac & cheese was better than the carnitas).

    Were you at the tasting in Pasadena? We were the table of four that won two of the gift certificates. What a night!

Red

2006 Marcassin Pinot Noir Blue-Slide Ridge Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

5/6/2015 - BilboBaggins wrote: 96 points

One of the very best Californian Pinot Noirs. Initially (after a 30 minute decant) this was full of clean, pretty red berries and some flowery notes. Had a bit of buttermilk in the nose as well. After another hour or so, the nose was full of violets, anise and rose petals. Incredibly pure, with the palate being completely smooth and filled with the berry notes of the nose. Impressive. Wish I could afford to drink this more often.

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    7/14/2015 6:18:00 PM - Not familiar with buttermilk, but I think we are both on the same trajectory with this wine. It is outrageously good and amazing for the age without any discounting.

Red

2006 Marcassin Pinot Noir Blue-Slide Ridge Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

7/7/2014 - NoSwill wrote: 75 points

Flat, dark fruit, simple, heavy on the palate, short, somewhat hot finish turned to burnt rubber after being kept at 55 degrees, vacuum sealed, overnight in cellar. Very disappointing. Solidly average, which is a ridiculous joke for a wine that costs this much. Perfectly cellared since purchasing from mailing list. Wake up people!

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    7/9/2015 12:20:00 PM - Wow, it seems like your experience is the only outlier on this wine. I think you had a bad bottle, because this was one of the best PNs I've had in a years. I think you can see the other notes from folks that would support the notion that this is a great wine. I hope you can try it again and see if you reach the same conclusion.

Red

2003 Château Léoville Barton

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/18/2015 - Rollerball wrote: 98 points

A glorious, expansive novel, this takes real risks and is beautifully choreographed, offering remarkable harmony, fury, and delight. Even the finish is chapters long and orchestral.

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    7/6/2015 3:53:00 PM - Dude, are you smoking crack? This is a pedestrian wine, emperor's new clothes and all that. Sigh....

Red

2000 Aldo e Riccardo Seghesio Barolo Vigneto la Villa

Nebbiolo more

6/9/2015 - thebonnydooner wrote: 91 points

Decanted. Still pretty dark in colour, dark cherry red centre, dark brick on robe and light brick red on the rim. Nose is a nice mix of black and red fruits and secondary notes. Brush and leather are the notes I pick up, but this is pretty complex, maybe a tinge of tar. Palate still shows some tight tannins along with brisk acidity, but there is enough red cherry and dark plum fruit to balance the tannins. Still tastes like it has some ways to go, even though the nose and colour say drink up. Glad I drank this now.

As an aside, I did a comparative glass tasting on this, and it worked way better in a syrah glass than a pinot glass. maximised the nose and minized the tannins.

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    6/24/2015 8:29:00 AM - I really appreciate it when folks try diff glasses and comment on their findings. Well done. I will make sure I get out my Riedel Syrah glass!

Red

2013 Sinegal Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Napa Valley more

3/14/2015 - Loren Sonkin wrote: 98 points

Sinegal Estate - The Real Deal (Sinegal Estate Winery): This is a WOW wine. One sip and you know. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, spice, floral notes, dark cherries, dark chocolate and so much going on. The nose soars without being big. On the palate, there is a depth here but this is drinking so well right now. This reminded me of some of Russell Bevan's best Cab's in how well and soft it drinks young but still shows complexity. Layers of cassis and dark cherries with earth and spice. Great balance. Again, its light on its feet and not cumbersome. A long finish. Give it a year or two (or 10) in bottle and this will flirt with perfection I think.
This is the current offering (and only offering so far). I made sure to put my order in before I posted my tasting note. It sells for $195 and many will complain about a first time wine starting off at that price. Sadly, my guess is this wine will be out of my price range in a few years, so I bought it now.

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    5/24/2015 8:41:00 PM - I struggled with my purchase of this wine on March 4 and had deep buyer's remorse since then.... Until I read your note. You are one of my key Napa Cab tasters and I put a lot of stock in your notes. Having tasted (and LOVED) many of Bevan's Cabs since 2008 I am now really looking forward to trying this Sinegal Reserve. Thanks for allaying my fears. Keep posting!

Red

2012 Boars' View Pinot Noir

Sonoma Coast more

11/24/2014 - Uglypinga Likes this wine: NR

On the first night the nose on this admittedly Pobegaed wine was reticent but the palate showed some intense fruit. Tonight, 24 hours after being open, the nose is full of pretty primary berries, hints of chocolate, and even a touch of mint. I readied myself for a huge palate and was surprised by somewhat restrained red and black fruit with some green notes and somewhat dusty tannins. Very young but not unbalanced. I get no heat in this whatsoever. Nice acidity too. Glad to have several bottles. Will wait at least a year to try number two. The name suits it.

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    4/13/2015 7:56:00 AM - Sorry for my ignorance, but what does "Pobegaed" mean?

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    4/13/2015 8:23:00 AM - That's too funny. I found this in the Urban Dictionary: "Pobegad ---
    When a highly anticipated delivery of wine arrives at your home and you don't even wait for the delivery person to leave your property before you grab a corkscrew and open one to drink, sometimes inviting that delivery person a taste, to which they should obviously say no to, since they are driving a big truck."

Red

2010 Sine Qua Non Syrah Stockholm Syndrome Eleven Confessions Vineyard

Sta. Rita Hills more

1/4/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote: 100 points

Inky black with purple in color, the wine is equally as rich in fruit, flavor and concentration. Pure, polished velvet in texture, there is so much ripe, juicy, sweet, black and blue fruit, espresso, chocolate, licorice and jam, you can almost eat it. What makes this all work is, everything is in balance. The wine was made from a blend of 96% Syrah, 3% Roussanne and 1% Viognier.

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    1/9/2015 6:10:00 PM - So Jeff, I have 3 bottles of this Syrah and 3 of the corresponding Grenache. They're selling for almost $1200/bottle. I totally respect your 100 point rating as the rarity that it is, but are these wines really worth the price?

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2011 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon "Old Sparky" Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

Oakville more

7/19/2014 - Dnathanson wrote: 93 points

Way too early to drink. Decanted for four hours, smooth and rich but not as well balanced as I would have hoped. Lacked acidity...would hold for another decade before trying again. This wine has serious potential.

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    12/9/2014 6:53:00 PM - If it lacks acidity now then I'm unclear how you expect this to be preserved or even improve over the next decade. If acetic acid takes over then you'll just have one big bottle of vinegar. Am I missing something?

Red

2008 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

12/16/2013 - viggo21 wrote: NR

Wife and her friend pulled from cellar when I was gone, came home to the empty bottle. Said her friend wanted "a cab". I'm locking the cellar from now on. WTF.

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    9/13/2014 7:44:00 AM - Sorry bro, but that's just too funny!

Red

2010 Merryvale Profile

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/3/2014 - tp096255 Likes this wine: 88 points

Awful QPR at $175.

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    9/1/2014 4:55:00 PM - QPR - Quality-to-Price-Ratio. If I have an amazing wine but it costs 400 bucks, that may be a lower "QPR" than a great wine that costs 100 bucks. Make sense?

Red

2011 Bevan Cellars Cabernet Franc EE

Oakville more

7/14/2014 - blakehastings wrote: 96 points

Brilliant wine. Parker got this one right. Needed to breathe and hour or two. Just paired with kung pao chicken, great compliment. Deep herbal aromas on the bouquet. Cream de cassis, licorice, graphite, earthy with slight oak. Great length on the palate. Going to go back and buy as many bottles as I can get. Should go at least 15-20 years. Can't wait to try again in 4-5 years.

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    8/11/2014 9:25:00 AM - Very similar to my experience with this wine. You should move this comment to the "EE Cuvee" where all the other notes are.

Red

2009 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection

Napa Valley more

6/6/2014 - Þórr Þunraz wrote: 93 points

Firstly, I do not like Caymus. That will offend a lot of folks. The 'regular' has a distinct Play-DOH! taste to me. This Special Selection. however, was the perfect pairing for some ribs with a very light barbecue sauce and gruyere/mild jalapeno mac and cheese with a touch of bacon.

This bottle of Special Selection was just old enough to let out some vanilla, cherry and a hint of blueberry and had just enough cedar to take the edge off. I drank this bottle too early - it could stand another 3-4 years lying down in the cellar based on tannin balance. This one was also a gift and now I'm tempted to buy more, violating my own "no Caymus" rule.

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    7/2/2014 2:19:00 PM - I understand having a "No Caymus" rule. I have a "No Grgich" rule. I don't care how amazing his wines were in the Judgment of Paris. But glad to see that you found this wine to be the same beauty I did. I still haven't come across a Grgich I like...

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2012 Aubert Chardonnay Sugar Shack

Rutherford more

5/5/2014 - William Kelley Likes this wine: NR

Aubert's 2012 Sugar Shack displays a ripe bouquet of tangerine oil, apple and peach, followed by a sweet, honeyed attack. It doesn't possess the same mid-palate depth, minerality or textural seamlessness as, say, Aubert's Larry Hyde Chardonnay, but perhaps it just needed more air, as all these wines respond wonderfully to decanting. It is certainly exceptional for its intensity and length, but I don't think it's the most compelling wine in the portfolio.

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    6/6/2014 1:03:00 PM - Hallelujah on the decanting note. Even if you drink Aubert Chards right away you need to decant them to prevent the sediment from clouding the wine. Even King Wetlaufer recognizes the need to do this with his Marcassin wines.

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2009 L'Aventure Côte-à-Côte Estate

Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend more

4/1/2014 - Kayentacellars wrote: NR

Decanted 2 hours, returned to bottle. Drank at Docutah documentary review

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    6/5/2014 7:57:00 AM - Not to sound evil, but without a rating this review doesn't tell anyone anything other than the fact that you drank it. It's just taking up space.

Red

2007 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

2/21/2011 - Jeff Leve wrote: 95 points

This powerful perfume jumps with fresh kirsch liqueur, jam, pepper, spice, black raspberry and earthy aromas. Soft, opulent and multi layers, this suave Chateauneuf du Pape finishes with a long, pure sensation of ripe sweet, black cherries, strawberry and fresh pepper.

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    4/23/2014 12:09:00 PM - There's just no opulence here in 2014 Jeff. Did you really find opulence in the mouth/finish in 2011? It smells great but that's the tease on this one. It just doesn't follow through.

Red

2008 Saxum Heart Stone Vineyard

Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend more

2/26/2014 - shadow wrote: 96 points

My last 08, this sacrifice should change my luck.
Nose is singing all the right notes.
First sip, smooth, clean, just fruit crusing down the pie hole.
Another sip, coffee flowers, faint leather, long soft finish.

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    4/10/2014 4:03:00 PM - I LOVE IT: "just fruit crusing down the pie hole". I'm going to use that if you don't mind...

Red

2008 Maybach Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Materium

Oakville more

12/6/2013 - wren460 wrote: 95 points

Delicious wine! Dark red fruit, This wine will only get better and I believe the prime will be in 5 years or so. Very good to excellent...but at $200 it should be!

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    4/1/2014 3:43:00 PM - $130 from the winery on release.

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