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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?

Red

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...

White

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.

Red

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.

Red - Fortified

NV Gallo Family Vineyards / Gallo of Sonoma Fairbanks Port

California Red Blend more

7/1/2010 - chayward wrote: 83 points

Stored in the back of a Tahoe in oppressive Michigan heat for 6 weeks. Screw-top cap. Popped and poured.

Gavin didn't even have to put any water in it. He says it goes good with Snoop Dogg and gives it a 99. Grapey sweet. He drank it out of a homemade cup of duct tape. Also good straight out of the bottle.

Jeff: Rose petals, licorice, orange peel, and raisins on the nose. The licorice persists on the first sip, with a pervasive mildewiness. Finish is strong (like a tiger). 82.

Me: Brings back memories of railroading. Raisins dominate the nose. Really smooth, syrupy mouthfeel. Also tastes like syrup, possibly Cherry Nyquil. A bit hot, but pleasantly so. Short finish. Great accompaniment for Kerouac, Morrison, or roast duck. 80 for the wine, 100 for the memories.

Bam Bam: just wants a 'rillo. He really wishes Dusan were here to taste this one.

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    3/10/2014 3:23:00 PM - Oh man! I have never actually LOL'd when reading a tasting note until this one! Well done! Bravo!!!!

    I only looked up this wine because my grandma had a bottle of this stuff from probably 4 decades ago sitting in her garage. My aunt gave it to me. Instead of being white it has turned a distinctive brown color. I don't plan on drinking it but just wanted to know the origin. Thanks for the laugh!

White

2012 Darioush Sauvignon Blanc Sage Vineyard

Napa Valley more

10/2/2013 - La Cave d'Argent Likes this wine: 92 points

Napa Valley Wine and Food Excursion; 9/30/2013-10/5/2013 (Napa Valley): This wine is a blend of 95% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Sémillon. Pale yellow in color, it certainly is not pale in flavor or crispness. Aromas of kiwi, white peaches, melon and lemongrass adorn the nose. On the palate, similar flavors are nicely supported by fresh acidity in a light-bodied frame. Although this wine does see some oak in vinification, its influence is subtle and there is no masking of the beautiful fruit. The flavors build nicely in the middle and the finish is both lengthy and juicy. This is an outstanding quality Sauvignon Blanc worth the search. Drink now-2016.

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    12/26/2013 10:32:00 AM - This is a real hidden hero isn't it? I had no idea until we sat down in their tasting room and "discovered" it just a few days before you did. There are folks that want their SBs to make their teeth and nostrils hurt, but I'm not one of them and I suspect neither are you. I enjoy the pleasure this wine gives without any pain. Enjoy!

Red

2010 Torrin The Maven

Paso Robles Grenache Blend, Grenache more

7/29/2013 - t_moderne wrote: 91 points

Pop and pour (after 30 minutes of slow ox) and served in Govino plastic cups on a sailboat. Served with food (a burrito with chicken and guacamole and sour cream, in case you were wondering).
Rich dark wine with black fruit and game notes. Has a little zip to it that gives it some lift. coats the mouth. A slight bit of heat but nothing too jarring. Big, bold and bouncy.

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    12/10/2013 6:02:00 PM - You are awesome my friend! I just love your food description and complete honesty. Keep up the good work.

White

2009 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

10/17/2013 - shadow wrote: 97 points

Clean and refreshing, lite golden color, mouth feel is pleasant with a touch of oak and pech, not as buttery as the 08, easy to like and sip

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    11/25/2013 10:39:00 AM - I agree, we would all love to get a more detailed "look" at the wine, especially if you can make comparisons to prior vintages of the same wine. Always good for benchmarking and establishing drinking windows.

Red

2009 La Spinetta (Rivetti) Barbera d'Asti Cà di Pian

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10/1/2013 - tp096255 wrote: 86 points

8.6. Needs food. Very tannic and tangy.

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    10/16/2013 3:12:00 PM - Tannic and tangy are typical of my various Barbera experiences, so while it's not my cup of tea to just drink this on its own I do think that if paired with the right food (braised meats, cheesy pastas) it would have been more enjoyable. It should improve with a couple more years and be a fine sip in 2016.

White - Sweet/Dessert

2003 Château La Tour Blanche Sauternes

Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

9/22/2013 - Rollerball wrote: 94 points

A nose of childlike joy leads to evolving and shifting complexity and spicy tastebud pleasure.

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    10/10/2013 10:04:00 AM - That almost sounds like a Haiku! Nicely done!

Red

2008 Denner The Dirt Worshipper

Paso Robles Syrah Blend, Syrah more

4/5/2013 - Ltomanek wrote: NR

The wine seems to have closed up for the time. Its tannins are tight right now and it will be interesting to see if it opens up as nicely as it was a year ago. No rating for the time being but I would not give this wine the 97 pts I gave it before.

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    10/9/2013 1:11:00 PM - I'm feeling your pain my friend. I have had this wine over 4 times in the past couple of years and it seems to be on the decline already. My scores just keep inching down because it's becoming progressively out of balance. Such a shame. I have two more bottles and will open them in the next six months.

Red

2007 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

Red Rhone Blend more

7/9/2013 - NEwino Likes this wine: 98 points

I took this bottle with me to the French Laundry knowing that this would be to young but something to experience. Wow was I pleased! This is just a baby but shows so much maturity with that nice Janasse nose. This is ultra smooth and well integrated even at this young age. If you have a few bottles I wouldn't hesitate to experience this now because it is amazing. Drink now to 2040

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    9/4/2013 1:36:00 PM - How did it pair with the FL menu? Please let me know at troypeterson@usa.net if you get a chance. Thanks!

Rosť - Sparkling

NV Louis Bouillot Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé Brut Perle d'Aurore

Pinot Blend, Pinot Noir more

8/27/2013 - ilbotto wrote: 91 points

Always reliable. Fresh and lively with just a slight hint of toast and a load of wild strawberry, this sparkling rosé is an amazing value for less than $20.

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    9/4/2013 1:33:00 PM - I agree, this is one of the best go-to Rose sparkling wines out there. Enjoyed it for many years and it has never disappointed.

Red

2005 Château Caronne Ste. Gemme

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/25/2012 - pinoteer wrote: 90 points

PnP, first, and found intense red and black fruit, along with some cedar and spice. Then, let it breathe in the decanter for a couple hours. More secondary flavors came to the fore with air time. Tannins have really mellowed for this wine. Still lacks length in the finish; otherwise, I'd score it higher. At $13, this is a huge QPR. Still have 17 bottles. Yippee!

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    8/19/2013 11:26:00 AM - I've got a 6-liter bottle that I want to use for our 25-year wedding anniversary in 2015, so happy to see that it's going to be drinkable. Enjoy your 17 other bottles!

Red

2003 Lewis Cellars Merlot

Napa Valley more

7/14/2013 - spectrumphoto wrote: 96 points

At the epicenter of its prime...Such a great silky lush wine. Lewis has always been a great wine and this is a prime example....

  • Comment posted by tp096255:

    8/1/2013 2:26:00 PM - Any decant time? Do you think it will stay in its prime for at least 2 more years?

    This is tied for my favorite Merlot ever (2006 Buccella being the other). I just picked up 8 bottles of Lewis Merlot at auction. I'm a lucky dawg.

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