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Red

2006 Quivira Mourvedre

Dry Creek Valley more

4/30/2010 - beezer6 wrote: 89 points

Taste at Lush West Town.
Nice qualities. Fig, cassis, some dark all spice. Black, green peppercorn and some roasted red peppers.
Rounded out with a bit of anise on the back end the palate shows a little bit of heat at 14.8%, but overall is well balanced.
A unique thought provoking bottling.

  • Comment posted by TJolley:

    4/30/2010 11:11:00 PM - Nice, not a whole lot of Mourvedre's out there from CA. CLine owns most of the plantings.

White

2007 DeSante Sauvignon Blanc Old Vines

Napa Valley more

4/30/2010 - Racer117 wrote: 92 points

Wow! What a fabulous wine. Hedonistic aromas of grapefruit, honey/honeycomb, vanilla(?), lanonlin soon to be followed by a firm citric/acidic spine supporting prominent minerality. A moderate finish wraps it all up. Excellent. Can't recommend a food pairing as I just about dusted the whole bottle after work before I even got around to dinner. 13.5% abv. Yes, I'm a bit toasted. This review made by someone who drinks a dozen bottles of red juice for every white one.

  • Comment posted by TJolley:

    4/30/2010 11:08:00 PM - Tried this a couple months ago, very big for a sauv blanc, yet very well balanced.

Red

1978 Charles Krug Winery (Peter Mondavi Family) Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

2/16/2010 - milwaukeewino wrote: NR

Funky, sweaty, cumin.
Palate was the richest and most intense, both in flavor and texture. Better than Martini but nowhere close to Inglenook.

  • Comment posted by TJolley:

    4/30/2010 11:06:00 PM - Very interesting.

Red

2006 Ridge Monte Bello

Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/30/2010 - milwaukeewino wrote: NR

Gorgeous and wonderful, of course.
Different than other Montes. Fatter, early.
Mint basil nose.
Awesome.

  • Comment posted by TJolley:

    4/30/2010 11:04:00 PM - Nice, I know where a double vertical of this wine sits.

Red

2005 Pisoni Pinot Noir Estate

Santa Lucia Highlands more

4/30/2010 - Frank Murray III wrote: NR

Man, this is a nice wine with deep fruit and it stays the course and doesn't seem to get phat or sryupy. The dark color portends the wine to come, showing a maroon type color with some purple edges. Big plum, raspberry that sits on a dark core with yet the red fruited cherry acidity to help lift it and carry it. After about 2 hours, as it breathes out and warms from the chill I put on it at the start, it shows the same flavors but also some nice tannin on the finish with cherry acidity and mineral. You know, this wine is still a few years away from being ready and will live for several years after that. My drink window is 2011-2015. Delicious, lively and not heavy at all.

  • Comment posted by TJolley:

    4/30/2010 11:04:00 PM - Pisoni always makes some amazing wine.

Red

2001 Clarendon Hills Syrah Brookman

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4/30/2010 - tbone wrote: NR

Tried to like this but proved to be too much of everything tonight. Even pairing it with a ribeye couldn't tame this beast of a wine.

  • Comment posted by TJolley:

    4/30/2010 11:02:00 PM - So was it just an all out monster?

Red

1994 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga Cuvée

Napa Valley more

4/14/2010 - jonradus wrote: 90 points

Red licorice, tar, violets, and leather (almost mature barolo-like) jump out of the glass on the nose. The taste continues to show off the red licorice and tar with some refined tannins. The finish is spicy, floral, blood-textured, almost chewy, but thin at the same time. This is a great wine that kind of reminds me of a French Bordeaux/Italian Barolo hybrid. Well-done, and not your typical overdone Napa cab.

  • Comment posted by TJolley:

    4/14/2010 3:44:00 PM - Great review

Red

2008 Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir

Victoria more

4/14/2010 - Brad B. wrote: 83 points

Bright, red fruity nose with a touch of barnyard. Simple strawberry flavors that are a bit too candy-like for me. I agree with the Hawaiian punch description. Not terrible but I would not buy again.

  • Comment posted by TJolley:

    4/14/2010 3:42:00 PM - Agree

Red

1983 Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

4/14/2010 - Barry Notes wrote: 84 points

A friend bought wines from the mid 80 vintages when first released. Most were either German dessert or CA Cabs. Sadly, 10 years later while out of town, the AC in his apartment went out resulting in temps exceeding 100 degrees for a number of days. He kept them regardless but figured none were any good. A couple years ago, we started opening them. All the old whites were bad but some of the better reds prevailed. Every year, we hold an "Open That Bottle Night" and will try his 83 & 84 Jordans next month. This SL Cab's cork had only 1/4 inch left that was still intact, the remainder was rotten and/or badly stained and soft. The wine was slightly hazy and had some purple showing with brown edges. Althought not really corked, it did have the typical very old wine/old Napa nose. The bottle was certainly still enjoyable but clearly well over the hill, pretty much as expected. Even so, it was lots of fun drinking it even if not in very good condition. We hope for better luck with the Jordans, notes to follow.

  • Comment posted by TJolley:

    4/14/2010 3:39:00 PM - You never know what to expect on those old bottles, great story.

Red

2001 Arcadian Syrah Garys' Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

4/12/2010 - Anonymous wrote: NR

really drinking nice right now

  • Comment posted by TJolley:

    4/12/2010 2:28:00 PM - Gary's vineyard fruit seems to always be great.

Red

2008 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Stump Jump

McLaren Vale more

3/27/2010 - TJolley Does not like this wine: 80 points

***IMPORTANT NOTICE***PLEASE READ***
The first shipment of the Stump jump that I received was exceptional, you can see in my previous notes. I just received another shipment, the bottle now has a 90 point WS sticker on it.

I hate to be the one to call out this wine, but it is in no way the same wine that received the 90 WS rating.

The first shipment needed nearly 3 hours to open up, the new shipment is pop and pour and lacks in complexity.
We tried the first shipment side by side with the new, and it is in NO WAY the same wine what so ever. I still do not understand how something like this could be legal.

Here are my tasting notes on the juice that is currently bottled with a\the 2008 stump jump label with the 90 point sticker on it on it.

Upon opening:
Aromas of herbs asparagus, and raspberry fruit. Rich and mouth filling, the essence of fruit. very flavorless on the palate. No minerality is experianced on the finish with this one what so ever.
Where WS brags about this wines Minerality
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Here is my brief tasting note I posted when this vintage first came in: Without the 90PT WS sticker on it.
Upon opening this bottle smells like a vitamin and mineral jar. I cannot stress enough that this wine must sit open in a decanter for at least 2.5 hours before the vitamin aromas, and flavor masking, chalky tannins dissipate.
At around 3 hours after opening, this Shiraz drinks like a $30+ shiraz.
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I couldn't figure out how this wine was getting such poor ratings on CT, and now I know why, and feel sorry for those who purchased this expecting something great and never had the opportunity to try the original Stump Jump which received the actual 90 Point rating.

I have tried 7 bottles of the first shipment, and now 5 of the new in the last 8 weeks
This discovery will be a tremendous outrage to the wine community.

---->I have also confirmed from one of my resources that my discovery IS a fact.<----
Here is what you will see in the future:
Soon you will see the 2008 Stump Jump with White screw caps rather than the red screw caps originally on it, at this point this will be the 3rd different wine bottled under the 2008 Stump Jump Label.

  • Comment posted by TJolley:

    4/12/2010 11:51:00 AM - Agree with Dave, since there are 3 separate versions of this wine, maybe we should some how create 3 different places to review.

    As I stated in my original notes, I have just seen the white screw cap version of the Stump Jump go into circulation. I will grab a bottle shortly and write a 3rd review on the 3rd bottling under this label. From what I have been told, the 3rd bottling of the Stump Jump (with white screw cap) is what was supposed to be the 2008 Footbolt.

    This is disturbing to me, I deal with wine on a daily basis and am always trying to further my wine knowledge and education to gain higher levels of expertise. If this starts through many producers when are they going to start using false vintages as well. Which raises another question, is the 2nd bottling even McLaren Vale fruit. If one day, I’m going for Master Sommelier these obstacles will interfere with my learning process. I guess at least I’ve already started jumping over these obstacles.

Red

2006 John Duval Wines Plexus

Barossa Valley Red Rhone Blend more

3/27/2010 - eporres wrote: 90 points

Decanted 3+ hours; berries still a bit too thick this young, chocolaty licorice combo as typically found in GSM combos, good nose, better QPR. Needs more time to mellow.

  • Comment posted by TJolley:

    4/3/2010 4:17:00 PM - Agree, needs more time, takes quite a while to open up, if you drink it upon opening, its has very chalky flavor masking tannins.

Red

2007 Cameron Hughes Campo de Borja Lot 98

Grenache Blend, Grenache more

3/29/2010 - jdabrowski1027 wrote: 84 points

Thin and light. A good amount of dusty cherry plus some juicebox strawberry flavor. Some spice, but not what I would call delicious. Better with food.

  • Comment posted by TJolley:

    3/29/2010 1:17:00 PM - Pretty much all of the Cameron Hughes line that I have tried seems to be overly americanized.

Red

2006 Dominus Napanook Red

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/26/2010 - cgrimes wrote: 90 points

Similar to my previous note. This has put on a bit of weight with better balance. Great wine. Paired well with lamb loin chops grilled in the fireplace.

  • Comment posted by TJolley:

    3/29/2010 1:15:00 PM - Tried this one a little over a month ago, nice elegant wine.

Red

2006 Hahn Cabernet Franc Central Coast

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3/22/2010 - daveste wrote: 85 points

Nice middle weight red wine, but generic fruit -- If had not known it was Cab Franc I would have had a hard time guessing. Maybe overly blended? Soft tannin, fair acid, not a long keeper.

  • Comment posted by TJolley:

    3/29/2010 1:13:00 PM - If I recall I gave this 87pt. about an hour and a half in a decanter really enhances this one. Lots of tart cranberry and vanilla essence.

    For the price this Cab Franc. is very well worth the money compared to all the others I have had. Pretty much every other cab franc I've had in this price range is junk.

Red

2007 Melka Cabernet Sauvignon CJ

Napa Valley more

3/27/2010 - wineismylife wrote: 91 points

Saturdays at One - Volume 15: WIML91

Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of thistle, licorice, black berries, plums and light notes of currants. Flavors of currants, plums, black berries and black cherries. Medium acidity, medium to firm tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink now with air or continue to hold into the medium term.

  • Comment posted by TJolley:

    3/29/2010 1:04:00 PM - Melka wines seem to always be very consistent.

Red

2005 Hartford / Hartford Court Pinot Noir Land's Edge Vineyards

Sonoma Coast more

3/14/2010 - Anonymous wrote: 95 points

Stellar California Pinot as usual. I just can't stay away from this wine! Both bottles were spot on and drinking extremely well.

  • Comment posted by TJolley:

    3/21/2010 7:36:00 PM - Nice, I have several bottles left, I need to drink one.

Red

2001 Penfolds Grange

South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah more

3/19/2010 - GoCubsGo wrote: 94 points

Decanted for 2 hours. Very deep purple in the glass. Rich and big, I was hoping for just a little something (not sure what!) more in terms of complexity, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

  • Comment posted by TJolley:

    3/21/2010 7:33:00 PM - Its always possible the bottle could have been slightly off, I had one over 2 years ago, you could smell the wine in the decanter in the kitchen all the way in the living room. Talk about room filling aroma.

Red

2007 Carlisle Syrah Cardiac Hill

Bennett Valley more

3/20/2010 - Grape Stuff wrote: 92 points

Screwcap. 60-120 minute decant. Drank over an hour after a 60 minute decant. Great nose of dark berry fruit, dark cocoa and a spicy, meaty note. A sensually well balanced wine, with extremely pure, crisp fruit, great acid balance, good tannins (which still need a little time) and good length. Dark (yet fresh/crisp) berry notes on the attack, with a very subtle creamy licorice, spice, fruit-leather on the mid-palate to finish. Saved half bottle for tomorrow and will post an update...will probably wait at least a year to open my next. 92+ (definitely see this score improving over the next 2-6 years)

  • Comment posted by TJolley:

    3/21/2010 9:20:00 AM - I had 6 of these, all had a cork; Did they release these in screwcaps also?

    A side note, if you get a chance to consume another one soon, try letting it breathe far in advance, at least 6 hours, this will release a lot more of what this wine has to offer.

Red

1998 Château Simard

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/19/2010 - nschmidt wrote: 87 points

Drank with Adrianne at Market. Nice medium weight. Tasted sort of like a muted California cab.Nothing offensive. Nice and enjoyable but not a repeat buy.

  • Comment posted by TJolley:

    3/19/2010 10:13:00 PM - Had this a couple weeks ago, seemed to dsplay much more fruit than expected.

Red

2006 Torbreck (Cuvée) Juveniles

Barossa Valley Red Rhone Blend more

3/17/2010 - viadomitia wrote: 75 points

feels like somebody added sugar to this. not for my palate. some people might like it, not me.
I gave an original score of 82 but downgraded after trying it on days 2 and 3. This was simply sub par and totally off for my palate!!

  • Comment posted by TJolley:

    3/17/2010 10:44:00 PM - I have some bottles of this vintage left, I need to try it again.
    The last time I had it, it seemed thin and rather old world style. It wasn't bad but not what I expected from Torbreck.

Red

2007 Famille Perrin / Perrin & Fils Côtes du Rhône Villages

Red Rhone Blend more

3/17/2010 - winolee wrote: 87 points

Unexciting. Fair table wine for the price. A little characteristic garrigue, otherwise one dimensional.

  • Comment posted by TJolley:

    3/17/2010 10:42:00 PM - thought the same thing upon opening, this wine does take an extended amount of breathing time to show its full character. 6 hours seemed to be where all the flavors started to jump out.

White

2008 J Vineyards & Winery Pinot Gris Russian River Valley

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3/14/2010 - kaarti wrote: 83 points

too sweet for our taste

  • Comment posted by TJolley:

    3/17/2010 10:39:00 PM - The Au Bon Climat Pinot Gris/ Pinot Blanc blend has a much drier profile, with a very nice oaked finish giving it more character. It seems to have more style than most Pinot Gris.
    Might be worth a try.

Red

2007 Waterbrook Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Columbia Valley more

3/17/2010 - pbard Likes this wine: 91 points

Rich dark fruit on the nose and the palette, opening through the mid palette and sustained in a long finish. Fair bit of oak but in line with what I enjoy. Acidity is adequate but not overdone, and the tannins well integrated. A very pretty wine.

  • Comment posted by TJolley:

    3/17/2010 10:32:00 PM - I still have not tried this vintage, thanks for the great review.

Red

1982 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve

Napa Valley more

1/27/2008 - Dave Smigielski wrote: 94 points

This wine still has plenty of legs left in it. We started the night with an 86 Viex Telegraph CDP then we opened this bad boy. Wow so much fruit and still a few tannins. This is what I wish I could drink everyday.

The bottle was opened and allowed to breathe for about 2 hours before we poured it into a magnum decanter. Then the fireworks started.

  • Comment posted by TJolley:

    3/15/2010 12:11:00 AM - I tried this vintage about 2 months ago, this was the year I was born and for some reason never recorded it. It was tasted next to a 78 that had lost its finesse. I do distinctly remember this wine still showing a fruit driven character, and an amazing flavor profile. The wine held up so well it was hard to believe it was 28 years old.

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