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2007 Franciscan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

5/8/2011 - jsums wrote: 92 points

Full garnet color. Nose: rich black cherry and cassis with accents of plum sauce, cola, mint/nettle, and sweet toasted cedar. Medium/fuller body on the palate: silky, lush core of ripe currant and black cherry fruit framed by mocha, black olive, graphite, tobacco leaf, and an appropriate touch of toasty oak. Perfectly focused acidity. Moderate/firm sweet dusty tannins. Lingering graphite and tobacco leaf on the long dry finish. Classic Napa Cabernet. The quality of the vintage really shines through. Should develop over the next 5 years. Superb.

  • Comment posted by dxpian:

    5/11/2011 10:22:00 PM - Cannot agree more!!

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2008 Continuum Proprietary Red

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/2/2011 - dxpian wrote: 94 points

Dark and inky purple hue, opaque at the center and translucent towards the rim, with great richness, elegance and finesse! An overtone of green olive and chocolate leads to aromas of ripe currant, black cherry, plum with a little bit of strawberry jam action going on. Fruit is coming on strong, but the complexity is there, releasing lots of dark chocolate vanilla extract, cream and some smokiness with graphite, cedar, coffee and tobacco components elevated by balanced heat and intensity. Full body, and the lower yield definitely led to a good concentration. Black currant, ripe cherry and plum on the attack with the fruit always wanting to move forward but very well restrained. Excellent tannic and acidic structure on the mid-palate giving way to some big and tight tannins, almost puckering and bitter, but highly polished, velvety, chewy and refined. There's incredible length on the finish, with tannin and heat slightly dominating but opening to waves after waves of fruit with lots of plum and cassis coming through with olive, graphite, tobacco. This wine has balance but lacks the harmonious integration one would look for in a well-aged bottle. All the elements are there, I mean, they are definitely there, but in a youthful and disjointed pattern. It is still a baby, and time is what it takes to evolve into a celebrated cult that all will worship. Give it another 5 to 10 years in the cellar, and this wine can last for 20 years easy. 94 PLUS!

  • Comment posted by dxpian:

    5/2/2011 9:16:00 PM - The beauty of this wine is that it is not trying to be more like the Old World... It strives to be the best version of what a New World wine should be like!

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2008 Continuum Proprietary Red

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/23/2011 - vanpe003 wrote: NR

Looking back on my notes, while I've had the '05, '06, and '07 Continuum, I only took notes for the '05 and '07. The '05 struck me as straddling traditional and contemporary Napa styling, while the '07 was much more full throttle and fruit forward.

So where does the '08 fit in the Continuum? For my tastes, it might be the most balanced Continuum I've had to date, much closer to the '05 than the '07. Initially opens with a strong whiff of black olive, which ultimately blows off a bit and yields to a pleasant if somewhat reticent mix of dark fruits and perfumed leather. On the palate, "balance" is the operative word for me at this point. Good fruit against a pleasantly acidic backbone, finishing with fine tannins that become more pronounced with time in the glass.

Like another reviewer, I would say that this bottle is a bit out of sorts at present (mine were just delivered this afternoon). However all the raw ingredients seem to be present in well-concieved proportions. I also agree that this seems to have a lot of promise down the road. Discipline would suggest another 10 or so years before popping the next one. Probably 90-91 points now given its current disjointedness, but I agree with an earlier reviewer who suggests this has 95 point potential. Maybe even higher for me as my tastes migrate from "fruit bomb" to wines that are better behaved and more flexible with food.

Update: I'm wrong about the current drinking score. The longer this is open, the better it gets. Probably closer to 93-94 points now, but lesson learned - a decant for a couple of hours would be the ticket.

  • Comment posted by dxpian:

    5/2/2011 6:26:00 PM - Thanks for the update... yeah, it was probably because of the bottle shock you initially experienced, since you had just received the bottle. Very nice and thorough tasting notes!

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2005 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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4/24/2011 - dxpian wrote: 93 points

Dark ruby and garnet hue with great depth and clarity. Aromas of red current, cherry, raspberry and ripe strawberry, very fruit-forward but well-controlled, definitely not over the top. A little bit of walnut and gameyness in the bouquet along with notes of black pepper, anise, Indian spice, smoked beef jerky, leather and tobacco. Fruit overtones but leads to a complex nose. Full-bodied, rich, viscous, luscious with highly concentrated fruit, this wine features a ton of red fruit on the nose but leads to some dark fruit characters in the attack. High tannin, almost a little bitter, but very well-structured with fresh acidity and intense power. Medium to long finish, controlled by its tannic structure at first, revealing red fruit, tobacco, leather components finishing with light cedar and graphite. Very nice CdP and a true showcase of what nature is capable of doing. Needs time to soften. If must drink, decant extensively. Best after 2013.

  • Comment posted by dxpian:

    4/26/2011 12:45:00 AM - Have to disagree with Spectator. To me, it's primarily red fruits on the nose, although highly concentrated and dense, there's no way one could have mistaken those for dark fruits...

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1999 Branson Coach House Shiraz Coach House

Barossa Valley more

4/20/2011 - dxpian wrote: 93 points

Deeply colored purple hue, dark, inky and opaque at the center. Beautiful aromas of blackberry, dark currant and licorice surrounded by notes of vanilla, dark chocolate, smoked ham, dust, mint and cigar box overtoned with a bouquet of barnyard manure, farm, nutty and toasted oak components. Very complex nose indeed! Medium to full bodied, this wine is lighter on weight and toned down in power, comparing to other vintages, but still exhibits lots of nice dark fruit on the attack with blackberry, black raspberry, black cherry and plum, supported by an elevated structure of high acidity and refined tannin. Long finish, layers of fruit, tobacco, coffee and chocolate with silky tannins. Excellent Shiraz from Barossa, very old-world styled and terroir-driven. Starting to peak, but will endure some more bottle age. Drink now before 2013. Decanting not necessary.

  • Comment posted by dxpian:

    4/22/2011 9:27:00 PM - Well, actually, as the wine is on its way to peak soon, it still does have a lot of bottle age left, potentially... Still solid and very well-poised structure with still lively acidity and velvety to silky tannins, along with its deep and vibrant purple color, man oh man, I'd say this wine will last! As to how long, I'm not even sure~ Anyone is welcome to comment on this. Thanks.

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2005 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

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3/8/2011 - korkd wrote: 90 points

Nice wine, agree with most that you can find a better wine for the price, not that I would refuse a glass if someone offered. Followed with a $40 WA cab (was better).

  • Comment posted by dxpian:

    4/7/2011 5:12:00 PM - Yeah.. it's definitely more of a QPR issue than the absolute quality itself.

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2005 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

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4/5/2011 - mterrel wrote: 97 points

Full and rich. Always amazing.

  • Comment posted by dxpian:

    4/7/2011 5:09:00 PM - whoa.. I admire your courage to give this wine 97 points!! I thought even I was pushing it too far...

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2008 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

12/11/2010 - KeithAkers wrote: 90 points

nose: nicely balanced and restrained nose of dark cherries, asian spices, cracked peppercorns, licorice and a touch of dark berries and florals

taste: excellent medium body with good supporting tannins and medium acidity with balanced tones of dark cherries, asian spices, dark florals, berries and some black pepper as well

overall: This doesn't have the weight that a lot of CdPs normally have. It does bring some very good aromatics that need a bit of time to come together and has a more dark profile then I expected. An interesting contrast to many of the 07s, but this doesn't seem like a wine that needs to be sought out like some of the 06s are. With that said, it took about 3 hrs to really come together and show off a lot more complexity on the nose and depth on the palate that really show what it can do. The tannins are still firm and this could definitely use 2 years to soften up

  • Comment posted by dxpian:

    4/7/2011 5:08:00 PM - definitely much lighter in style than I would like to see in a CdP..

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2005 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

9/30/2010 - Mr Cabernet wrote: 96 points

I knew from the start that we were drinking this wine too young. But I have a few bottles, and I like to see how wine progresses. At first its tannins, as expected were very strong, but not overwhelming. As the night went on they really smoothed out. We always spend serious time swirling and sniffing and I could have just smelled this all night. Dark fruits and spice notes. The tasting was rewarded with powerful fruits, chocolate and definitely a licorice flavor. Great, but I will wait at least five more years until opening another bottle.

  • Comment posted by dxpian:

    4/7/2011 5:02:00 PM - I agree, tannin for me in this wine is definitely big, but it's ripe and velvety so it really doesn't hurt a lot... I admire your patience man, 'cause with fine wines like this, it is really difficult for me to keep my hands off them...haha.

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2005 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

1/27/2011 - jdengis wrote: 91 points

Very good though lacking a bit of freshness due to high alcohol level. Also already quite evolved...

  • Comment posted by dxpian:

    4/7/2011 5:00:00 PM - Yes I agree, but to me, the alcohol didn't throw the heat off balance...

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2005 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

3/26/2011 - docvin1107 wrote: 89 points

I' m sad to say it - but this was very disappointing! Decanted 2h+, muted and very baked red fruit, dark chocolate, pepper/spices, tannic alcoholic finish! Had expected so much and I hope this was just a "bad" bottle in the dummy face. Will let the rest of my bottles rest couple of years before trying again. 89+

  • Comment posted by dxpian:

    4/6/2011 9:50:00 PM - I hear you, this wine needs more time.. but does it really deserve the 89 you assigned to this wine?

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2006 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve

Willamette Valley more

5/1/2010 - Paul S wrote: 91 points

Ultimate Parker in Singapore Mega-Tasting (The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore): No DRC for sure, not even near a decent Grand Cru Burg, but otherwise a pretty good wine in its own right. Nose was sweeter, rather more candied than the Jerusalem Hill, with sweet cherries, lifted crushed flower smells, some rose petal - just about screams "New World!", but rather enchanting for all that. Palate was sweet, rich, with an almost cherry liqueur tone to it backed up with some earth notes. Not something I would normally like, but there this was pretty impressive, with great intensity and pure fruit wed to some lip-smacking juiciness and excellent balance, all nicely integrated and seamless as well. Finished was well muscled, with some tannins under all that flesh and a nice long spicy tone. Somewhat fresher here than the Jerusalem Hill as well. A nice new world pinot.

  • Comment posted by dxpian:

    4/6/2011 1:34:00 AM - Good wine in its own right I agree! No way to compare that to an Old World counterpart, as my palate is primarily Old World driven.. so I know exactly what you're talking about!

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2006 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve

Willamette Valley more

1/9/2011 - frenchfreddy wrote: 80 points

disappointing wine...extremely concentrated with such a strong strawberry flavour that it sounds artificial...obviously not worth the price. and the reputation. wrong direction for a pinot noir house. this is supposed to be a classy wine. this effort is not.

  • Comment posted by dxpian:

    4/6/2011 1:31:00 AM - Is your palate primarily Old World then?

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2005 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

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5/19/2010 - wallstreet wrote: NR

Had this with bone in Fliet last night. A pleasant wine, but no fireworks. I was expecting a much more fruit forward wine and was rewarded with a bit of elegance. I would say this wine will improve with age, but I don't think this is a long term cellar candidate. 10 years max for me. Nose was typical cab, nothing overbearing, but alcoholic on the nose. Mid palate was muted with leather, cherry an oak notes. Finish was very good. This wine is not a superstar, but will reward those who like their cab's with a bit less fruit forward character.

  • Comment posted by dxpian:

    3/29/2011 12:51:00 AM - You meant Old World character maybe?

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2005 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

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11/16/2010 - daver852 wrote: 93 points

Gosh, golly, gee! This is very good indeed. Was a little hesitant to serve this in light of some of the reviews, but this wine did not disappoint. The nose is just outstanding! It just reeks of Alexander Valley; fruity, oaky, aromatic and with jammy dark fruit. This is a young wine that is just now coming together, but the oakiness and strong tannins are more than matched by the complex and luscious fruit and just the right touch of acidity. I've been working my way through some young, top shelf Cabernets lately, and this is one of the best. It's still a bit astringent, but with so many layers of flavor the puckery elements are hardly noticeable. Drinkable now, but this has the pedigree and power for cellaring for another decade or more. If I haven't already made it clear, I really, really, really liked this. Classy stuff.

  • Comment posted by dxpian:

    3/29/2011 12:48:00 AM - Totally agree!!

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2005 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

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3/2/2011 - MauryPhagan wrote: 90 points

Is this a good value?

  • Comment posted by dxpian:

    3/29/2011 12:44:00 AM - I'd say you can definitely find better wines at this price, true, but I liked the effort Silver Oak was putting into this wine...

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2005 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

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3/7/2011 - Anonymous wrote: NR

Are you kidding me? There was a reason I have avoided drinking this for all these years because what I have long suspected is true. This represents a true triumph in marketing as the actual product is the wine world's equivalent of the emperor's new clothes. Pass this bong water onto someone else and stick to the hard stuff or just don't waste your time.

  • Comment posted by dxpian:

    3/29/2011 12:43:00 AM - Can you give a little more detailed analysis as to what exactly went wrong with the wine?

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2005 Château Cos d'Estournel

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/17/2011 - Plurie wrote: 95 points

Ready to drink now. The surprise in a vertical tasting was how well the 1975, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1985 vintages held up to similar scores as the 05 at considerably less auction prices for the older wines.

  • Comment posted by dxpian:

    3/21/2011 8:40:00 AM - For me, it wasn't quite as ready as I had hoped...

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2006 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

2/19/2011 - pgm wrote: 92 points

Backwards at this point. Iron, meat, kirsch, a little garrigue spices, all wrapped up in a very tight ball. Will be very nice when it unravels. Hold. 92+?

  • Comment posted by dxpian:

    3/12/2011 8:46:00 PM - Did you p+p or decant?

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2005 Waugh Cellars Chardonnay

Russian River Valley more

9/13/2007 - Ombibulous wrote: 83 points

Sampled at Vinotecca. Taste glass cost $7.50. Light straw colour. Smells like a woodshed. Tastes like a woodshed. Rich & buttery. Not my style, but not bad if you like liquid oak (82.5).

  • Comment posted by dxpian:

    3/8/2011 1:14:00 AM - Well, I'm not sure if you had an off bottle, or the winery has just changed its style over the years, but the Waugh Cellars Chard as I know exhibits a clean and crisp, almost Chablis-like style. They do not go through ML, so I'm not sure where you get the buttery taste from, and they only use old, neutral oak barrels on this wine...

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2000 Château Montrose

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/5/2010 - Jeff Leve wrote: 93 points

With its black fruit and cassis filled nose also expressed notes of earth, forest floor and oak tones. Big, dense and concentrated, this structured wine needs time. The wine ends with a blast of black fruit and freshness.

  • Comment posted by dxpian:

    3/6/2011 3:15:00 AM - hey Jeff, I'm with you on this one... I just couldn't get excited enough to award this wine with 96 points like the Spectator did. To me, my palate was coated with a thick layer of tannins which masked the true beauty of this wine. Definitely needs time, a lot of time!

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1995 Château Palmer

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/22/2010 - CCL957 wrote: 90 points

Drank in '05 horizontial night but defeated by grand puy lacoste. Obviously this wine is sleeping deeply - some nose of black chocolate but no any floral bouquet. Taste very backward. A bit disappointing but solely because open in a wrong time rather than this wine is no good.

  • Comment posted by dxpian:

    2/28/2011 9:22:00 PM - 05 horizontal? I thought we were doing 1995...

  • Comment posted by dxpian:

    2/28/2011 9:22:00 PM - But I agree... I'd give anything for the 05 Lacoste, 'cause it just blew me away~~

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2004 Château Branaire-Ducru

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/31/2011 - g-man wrote: 87 points

Solid wine for a fair price. Allowed to opened up over a few hours but while the hard edges rounded out it never really showed much personality. OK with food but rather boring to drink on its' own.

  • Comment posted by dxpian:

    2/20/2011 11:22:00 PM - It did open up quite a bit for me though...

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2004 Château Branaire-Ducru

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/14/2010 - salil wrote: 88 points

Surprisingly high toned and herbal with fresh red and dark fruited flavours accented by some spice and peppery notes. This felt surprisingly Cabernet Franc-like with the fruit flavours slightly restrained, a nice spine of acidity underneath and a touch of astringency at the back end - quite pleasant to drink, though it's still very primary now and I get the impression it's holding quite a lot in reserve.

  • Comment posted by dxpian:

    2/20/2011 11:21:00 PM - I definitely feel it has more ageing potential!

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