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2012 Quivet Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Kenefick Ranch

Napa Valley more

5/28/2015 - jaxpaj wrote: NR

Hold off. Not ready to drink

  • Comment posted by jaxpaj:

    5/28/2015 11:34:00 AM - The wine had an acidic edge that kept it from opening up. I have found that with time the acidity dissipates and reveal the rich core this wine has had in other vintage.

  • Comment posted by jaxpaj:

    6/1/2015 7:44:00 AM - We need to get togehter to drink some wine. I always love the wines you are opening!!

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2012 Quivet Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Kenefick Ranch

Napa Valley more

2/6/2015 - jaxpaj wrote: 92 points

This needs time to show the richness and depth I know is there. Traditionally this is one of my favorite wines. Give this time it will come around.

  • Comment posted by jaxpaj:

    2/6/2015 9:59:00 AM - Not with this wine but from talking to Mike and other wine makers, I know wines will go through phases. I saw you left several notes on this with 95-96pts, sometime a few months ago. I would think that sometime in the next 6-24 months this wine will shine!!

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2011 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard

Rutherford more

10/20/2014 - jaxpaj wrote: 95 points

This is drinking wonderfully. Exactly what I look for in a Cab: rich, full bodied, long finish. I still have half the bottle left. I am looking forward to revisiting tonight!

  • Comment posted by jaxpaj:

    10/27/2014 8:23:00 AM - Absolutely!! Mike is a talented wine maker and a great guy. I enjoyed reading your posts from the tasting.

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2011 Pott Wine Cabernet Sauvignon Her Majesty's Secret Service Stagecoach Vineyard

Napa Valley more

5/14/2014 - bluegoose wrote: 94 points

Drank next to a Lewelling 2001 Wight and Lewelling 2009 St Helena. The Lewelling 2001 Wight was clearly the best, Lewelling 2009 St Helena next, and the Pott Her Majesty's last but not by far behind. The Lewelling 2001 Wight was much deeper/complex, smoother, better finish, etc.. The other two individuals drinking with me agreed. In addition, the Lewelling 09 St Helena was bolder/deeper than the Pott but the Lewelling 09 is also drinking in a sweet spot in my opinion with the tannins fully integrated. The 2011 Pott Her Majesty's reminds me a lot of the 2010 Lewelling St Helena - really nice/young fruit, really vibrant, smooth mid-palate, and great finish. Just not as deep as the other two in my opinion. WA anticipated maturity 2015 to 2025. Decanted for two hours and drank over another two. Improved quite a bit with time. I believe the rating should improve by a point or two if laid down for a couple years. A longer decant is recommended if drinking in the near future.

  • Comment posted by jaxpaj:

    5/15/2014 1:32:00 PM - I wish you lived near me!! That sounds like a great night of wine. Lewelling is the one list I would love to get on. I did a tasting with David in the property home, one of the best visits I have ever had.

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2010 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Spring Mountain District more

11/4/2013 - jaxpaj wrote: 95 points

Opened up after 30 minutes. A wonderful core that has a balance of perfectly ripened fruit, oak, mineral and a touch of vanilla. Fine silky tannins complete the long luscious finish.

  • Comment posted by jaxpaj:

    1/10/2014 12:35:00 PM - I would put the 2 '10s you mentioned as equals in QPR but would prefer the spring mountain if $ isn't considered. But my favorite for the price is the Three Twins 2010.

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2011 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

12/12/2013 - Krugman wrote: 90 points

This was my first Myriad. Knowing how young the wine was, I gave it a solid six hours in the decanter. While it did open up nicely, you can still tell how young and tight this feels. I would certainly wait at least another year or two to try another bottle. This did have a smooth and silky texture with blackberries and currants being the primary fruit flavors on the palate with some oak, vanilla, and spices. The only reason I am not scoring this Myriad cab beyond 90 points is because it had a very subtle bitter vegetable character that did not seem to dissipate. My guess is that this bitter vegetable trace will diminish with time. Overall a nice cab.

  • Comment posted by jaxpaj:

    12/16/2013 11:10:00 AM - I am a huge fan of Myriad and of the last 4 vintages this is the worst of the napa. I opened a bottle this weekend and also noticed a harsh edge, which you described as "bitter vegetable". I am hoping they will improve with time. You should expect and receive quite a bit more from future bottles of Myriad!

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2008 Corra Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

8/10/2011 - jaxpaj wrote: 95 points

Only changes from my previous notes are much more fruit forward than I remembered and the quality of the finish was wonderful.

  • Comment posted by jaxpaj:

    12/6/2013 9:41:00 AM - I looked back at my past notes and from memory I would lean towards '08. I think it is more indulgent, and I wasn't able to keep my hands off them. I already drank through a case. I only have a mag. left.

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2009 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon Monsieur Ètain

Rutherford more

11/14/2013 - jaxpaj wrote: 95 points

Chocolate jumps out. Wonderful wine with room to grow. Wait a few years.

  • Comment posted by jaxpaj:

    12/6/2013 9:37:00 AM - I would think this will hit its prime, according to my taste, in 2-4 years. Nothing wrong with popping a cork to see for yourself, you will not be disappointed. My general thoughts on '11s is to pass so I can make room for both '12s and '13s (which I have heard rave reviews from a couple of wine makers). With volume being so strong I am not worried about being dropped off the list because I didn't order.

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2010 Hobel Wine Works Cabernet Sauvignon Engelhard Vineyard

Napa Valley more

9/3/2013 - jaxpaj wrote: 89 points

A mere shadow of the '09. It has improved from 6 months ago but I am not a fan. This has so much more earth and fine cigar than the '09. I would never guess this wine came from the same vines. A perfect example of how a wine can vary from vintage to vintage.

  • Comment posted by jaxpaj:

    9/3/2013 8:02:00 AM - I did pass on the '11s. With 2012 coming I had to pass on a few. That is the tough part of buying vintage to vintage. The best '11 I have tasted is Myriad. Can't wait to get them in.

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2009 Kapcsandy Family Winery Endre

Yountville Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/11/2013 - Wine-Strategies wrote: NR

Removed the cork on Friday morning, re-corked, then aerated to decanter for 3 hours on Saturday, prior to dinner service.

I believe this to be my fourth time with this wine since release, and it seems to be withdrawing, becoming slightly more tannic, and less expressive on the nose and palate. Still, with coaxing/swirling, it's obvious that the underlying fruit is of very good quality; the wine on the whole is very tasty, but not necessarily very satisfying. I'm left with a sense that better things are in store here with just 2-3 more years of bottle rest. Drink thru 2020, recommended

  • Comment posted by jaxpaj:

    5/14/2013 6:09:00 AM - I opened a bottle of 2010 last night, popped and poured and this was the best of the 3 bottles I have had since release. I Vacuum sealed half the bottle and will revisit tonight. Funny that my note was going to be the opposite of yours in that I was going to say the have entered a good phase. I will say that there was variation from sip top sip (very strange). A few where excellent and others that teetered in to the territory of your tasting note. Overall it was very enjoyable..

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2009 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon Monsieur Ètain

Rutherford more

5/8/2013 - 64 Squares wrote: NR

This was a huge disappointment. I decanted the bottle for over two hours (with periodic tasting sips to see how it was coming along) and it just never opened up and was miserably thin, with a nasty heat on the back-end. I have 3 other bottles, so I will give them some time in the cellar before popping open another one. I've changed my initial rating to an NR.

  • Comment posted by jaxpaj:

    5/8/2013 11:00:00 AM - Are you certain this wasn't a bad bottle? I have gone through a few bottles and have always been shocked at how well this drinks young and without a decant.

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2004 Corra Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

5/2/2013 - jaxpaj wrote: 93 points

I don't know if the fruit has faded with age or if it was just the '04 vintage. This reminds me of a good Bordeaux. Touches of dust, mineral and steal cover the aged fruit. Tannins are still there and the finish has cigar with a little heat. Not my traditional preferred style but a good wine.

  • Comment posted by jaxpaj:

    5/2/2013 9:49:00 AM - Did you have the '04 Corra when it was younger? Just wondering if the fruit was more prominent in its youth or if Corra's style has changed over the years/vintages.

  • Comment posted by jaxpaj:

    5/2/2013 10:25:00 AM - Great notes and insight. I meet with Celia last year at her office and did a tasting and we never got into this. I found Corra through the '08 vintage and have been acquiring back vintages on the secondary market. Corra continues to be one of my favorite wines!!

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2009 Robert Foley Charbono

Napa Valley more

4/17/2013 - jaxpaj wrote: 91 points

One of the prettiest corks I have ever seen, crystallized sugars coated the bottom of the cork. One of the darkest wines, yet it isn't thick or over the top. Wonderful change of pace and a great QPR.

  • Comment posted by jaxpaj:

    4/17/2013 1:03:00 PM - I only have 1 bottle left and I think the Charbono is becoming a must have in the cellar. Nice change of pace and price point.

  • Comment posted by jaxpaj:

    4/17/2013 1:18:00 PM - Not that it matters to me but I have been corrected in a VERY direct manner, Bob Foley and Robert Foley are 2 different people.

    As for the wine I would say that the Merlot is also wonderful. You can get the Claret at hdh wine, for a pretty good $. I think the '04(which is great) is @ $85-90.

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2010 Nicora Grenache Euphoric

Paso Robles more

4/16/2013 - jaxpaj wrote: flawed

Brownish hue, heat, and funk. Drank a half glass and then vacuum sealed. Next day it had fully turned. This was my first Nicora...I guess bad luck getting a corked bottle right out of the gates.

  • Comment posted by jaxpaj:

    4/17/2013 6:15:00 AM - Not sure just know the result. The funk (wet newspaper) is where I came up with the corked thought. I wouldn't think heat damage because the weather was cool when the wine was shipped and it has been in my cellar for the last few weeks. Either way, it is always disappointing to have a bad bottle.

  • Comment posted by jaxpaj:

    4/17/2013 6:30:00 AM - Rich,

    Don't know if you are on Berserkers but Nicolas is hosting a virtual tasting of the 2010 Buxom Syrah on the 21st from 12 until 5 PST.

    http://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=82454&p=1137616&hilit=nicora#p1137616

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2010 Hobel Wine Works Cabernet Sauvignon Engelhard Vineyard

Napa Valley more

12/12/2012 - jaxpaj wrote: NR

I am withholding rating and hoping the bottle will open up overnight. Popped and poured, dark wine with a brownish hue that I usually see in some pinots. Tight and over the top oak. I don’t know if the wine needs air, is an off bottle or just pales in comparison to the 2009 Hobel. I have heard '10 was a rough year for some, I just haven't seen it yet.

  • Comment posted by jaxpaj:

    12/28/2012 11:08:00 AM - The wine may be closed but there is still a big difference in the tasting profile of the 2 wines. I would never guess they came from the same vines.

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