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2002 O'Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

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6/26/2015 - Neecies Likes this wine: NR

Lambert's bottle; purchased 2nd hand at Wades Wines in So Cal. Too evolved and mature for an 02. No primary fruit, all end-phase secondary--brownish black color, tons of sediment. Must have been passively stored in its prior life. A shame--they charged him close to $200 each for these.

  • Comment posted by RockinCabs:

    6/26/2015 11:28:00 AM - I have had my bottles passively stored since release, and just checked on a bottle that still needs time in the cellar. This sounds more like heat damage to me, and I would contact Wades and get a refund for the cooked bottle. Maybe return the others as well.

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2006 Domaine Georges Mugneret/Mugneret-Gibourg Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Chaignots

Pinot Noir more

6/20/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 93 points

Super. Young wine still, just starting to come around - ideally needs a few more years. Plush, powdery dark cherry, mineral earth, faintly animale, touch of blue floral notes. Beautifully integrated and polished; I think this is probably the most well-mannered Nuits St Georges I've ever had.

This was also the subject of an experiment; the Zalto Burgundy glass vs the Riedel Vinum Burgundy. The Zalto was the clear winner. In the Riedel, this was tight and coquettish... but not in the Zalto where the wine was opened up with the details on its constituent parts easily seen.

  • Comment posted by RockinCabs:

    6/22/2015 7:13:00 AM - I have done the same side-by-side, albeit using Zalto universal glasses. I must say that the Zalto shows a more acid/crisp fruit driven profile to the wine, whereas the Reidel accentuates the oak/smoke/spice.

    Chaignots is a favorite site of mine in NSG, so I am not surprised that this was great.

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1990 Vieux Château Certan

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/28/2014 - Captain Haddock wrote: flawed

Bought from Farr Vintners this year and two bottles consumed at Christmas had quite dry corks and were dead on arrival, with only vestigial fruit. Not the first disappointment with this supplier.

  • Comment posted by RockinCabs:

    3/27/2015 12:19:00 PM - I visited Farr in London when I lived there in 2003, and really could not take the hard sell approach in the store. Then read Billionaire's Vinegar years later and the coffin was sealed on these guys before I spent a dime with them.

    So many better ways to find top rated gems from the 60's - 90's in Bordeaux.

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1983 Château Margaux

Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/22/2015 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 92 points

I love Margaux - the 1990 is one of my all time favorites. I bet the 86 will get there eventually. I was hoping this would show up, but after pulling the cork and seeing it almost completely soaked most of that hope died. So I'm sure this will merit a re-do at some point, but this bottle was a let down.

A decent wine, but not more. Dark, blocky, unsophisticated, inelegant - basically the opposite of what you'd expect from Margaux and all the more so from a great vintage.

  • Comment posted by RockinCabs:

    3/23/2015 2:44:00 PM - This might be a slightly unfair beat down of the wine. Honestly the bottle did have good elegance, but it may not have been prime Margaux. Always another bottle around the corner.

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2003 Kobalt Cabernet Sauvignon

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2/5/2015 - The Ole Ball Coach Likes this wine: 92 points

Big heavy chewy cab with fully integrated tannins, smooth, but not overly long berry finish; had 3 bottles with significant variation, this was heads above the rest, wish I had more like this one....hope 2005 is this good

  • Comment posted by RockinCabs:

    2/6/2015 6:56:00 AM - Hey Ball Coach. In my opinion the 2005 consistently delivers above the level of the 2003. You need to decant it for about 2-3 hours still, but it is a great bottle to follow over the course of an evening with a good steak.

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2012 Failla Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch

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1/2/2015 - BCharlieG Likes this wine: 93 points

This wine is beautiful - softly floral, great baked bread characteristic and excellent balance. The nose: sweet cherry, floral red apple, young toasted oak, hints of menthol and marshmallow. The taste: tart raspberry, soft cherry/tart cherry, red apple. The texture is burrata w/ obvious hints of malo / lees stirring. Smooth and supple - no hit from alcohol or acid. Great balance. I was hesitant to open this too early but gave it an hour decant and was wonderful. Outstanding wine. Wish I could get more.

  • Comment posted by RockinCabs:

    1/2/2015 7:17:00 AM - Glad we have the all clear to start opening these. Sounds like another fantastic Keefer Ranch from Erhn.

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2009 Château Lilian Ladouys

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/30/2014 - jmrife Likes this wine: 91 points

Fantastic value for under $20 / bottle. I've had them in cellar for 32 months.
Recommend decant for at least an hour - I think they have only perhaps 18-24 months of window before they fade. Good now with decant - moderate flavor profile 48 hours later.
They seen pretty type specific (St. Estephe) to me - typical bordeaux. Not similar to Cal. wine at all - subdued fruit, good body.
I wish I had bought 12 instead of 6 !
I don't see these lasting beyond 2016 - time to serve them with a good grilled something.

  • Comment posted by RockinCabs:

    12/1/2014 9:18:00 AM - I am sitting in the majority of my 2009 Lilian Ladouys for at least another 8-10 years. The best years with this wine are well ahead of it. Perhaps the patina of age is not something that you like on wines, but I can tell you that some lower tier 2000 Bordeaux that i have been holding onto are just getting into a nice drinking window now.

    The elegance that could come from this later in life could be worth hanging onto one of your bottles 15+ years for.

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2000 Château Quinault L'Enclos

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/21/2014 - Rollerball wrote: 94 points

To the 2000 Quinault L'Enclos! One if my favorite ever wines. It's at once openly welcoming and refreshing and at the same time complex and fascinating. A fresh baked mineral pie. Copper tobacco and smoked anise. Dry-aged black cherry. Its signature with each sip is a slow build to a gentle thrill and a sweet density that's a layer just beneath.

  • Comment posted by RockinCabs:

    11/24/2014 6:32:00 AM - Agree 100% .... this is one of the great values in the 2000 vintage and is starting to drink really nicely.

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2007 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve

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10/19/2014 - nortonnose wrote: 94 points

Terrific Napa Cab! Stood 750ml for days, then slow-o for 30 minutes before dumping into decanter to serve with grilled ribeye. Dark, almost purple hue and a lovely nose of cedar and chocolate. Lush, very dark fruit dominated palate, with a ton of structure and a long finish. Drinking beautifully right now and a superb QPR choice. Wish I owned more of this!

  • Comment posted by RockinCabs:

    10/20/2014 7:01:00 AM - Looks like we both did Napa Cab and Rib Eyes last night. I will give you the download on tonight's event later this week.

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1995 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

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10/8/2014 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

This is still 5 years away from its fullest potential. It's easier to say that in the company of a fully mature, a point 1991 Dominus served just prior, as one gets serious confirmation as to what's possible given time and proper raw materials. More medium-bodied than full, thanks to plenty of fresh acids, this nonetheless also has the fruit and tannins required for another 5 (min) or 10 (max?) years of ageing that's needed to get past its secondary qualities and bloom in the tertiary stage where the entire effort will become more clear, purposeful and enjoyable; to my palate, anyway. ABV not listed on bottle, though it's fully integrated at this stage. recommended

Aerated to decanter for sediment, immediately returned to bottle and Audozed 7 hours, served non-blind. If you're opening one anytime soon, I strongly recommend 2 hours of aeration in decanter as the last glass had significantly improved over the first one (which was pretty, but also somewhat simple), with it eventually revealing a bright, vivid explosion of red fruits, spice and floral perfumes.

  • Comment posted by RockinCabs:

    10/9/2014 2:24:00 PM - Agreed on this one Wine Strategies. This is one of the best wines from the 1995 Napa Vintage. It is pre "cult styled" wines and really just shows the complexity of a good St. Helena vineyard site on every level. To me this is a scaled down Abreu Madrona Ranch in the classic style.

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2005 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/3/2014 - theusualsuspect wrote: 95 points

Very much I think a benchmark wine for the estate - all of a piece - plenty of extract, beautiful red fruity notes with some wood, and great balance. Just beautifully made.

Let me editorialize about "modern" style Bordeaux being too "over the top". Well, the first modern style Bordeaux produced across the region were produced in 1982. If you want to go back to the last real "old style" Bordeaux vintage, that would be 1975. Had any? No? Then what is your frame of reference? Not to be too unkind, Actually the 1975's are very different. They by and large have this wonderfully incisive powerful fruit that when compared to a modern style Bordeaux comes across as ungenerous. That said, a good well stored 1975 will cut through any modern style Bordeaux.

So it is "too modern"? My question would be what is your experience with old style Bordeaux? Taste a good well stored 1975, and my guess is many would say "not modern enough".

  • Comment posted by RockinCabs:

    9/4/2014 5:26:00 AM - Well said. I think too many tasters criticize "modern style" when comparing their Bordeaux to California and upon seeing 14%+ alc assume the wines lack balance or finesse. I have had a number of pre-75 bordeaux and agree that the modern techniques have allowed ripeness and balance to be replicated year after year.

    61's go from an anomaly to something that can be achieved in more vintage conditions. What should be criticized is what has happened at some mid/upper tier Pomerol and St. Emilion estates where ripeness has been pushed at all costs, and the wines lose a sense of place (ie Le Gay/Troplong Mondot).

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2004 Corra Cabernet Sauvignon

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8/9/2014 - S1 Likes this wine: NR

Corra Vertical: Corra Vertical tasting. Very pretty, with lots of Mocha on the nose. After an hour or so it develops an interesting bitterness near the finish, before it smooths into great length.

On day 2 it has lost lots of fruit and is a little bit off balance. It is still a wonderful wine but has fallen from WOTD pedestal.

  • Comment posted by RockinCabs:

    8/11/2014 6:18:00 AM - Awesome vertical event S1! I love these wines, and consistently find them to be among my favorites from Napa in their peer group.

    What was the wine of the day on Day 1? The 2004 you seem to suggest was excellent. I have always found this to be one of my favorite Corra's despite the fact that the fruit is from a completely different source.

    I also agree with you on the 2008. Only vintage I own in Mag as I think it will be really killer down the road.

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1990 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/13/2014 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 92 points

Tough to assess... I almost don't want to put a score on this one. Tight, even after 4-5 hours of air and a double decant followed by a long open air decant. Kept checking in on this, so I know we didn't miss peak. What's poking through is good Pauillac; blackberry, currant fruit with allspice, oak, and earth. But it's shy. I gather from the community notes that this is either a very shy bottle or, less likely, so faintly corked that it was stripped without showing TCA aromas. Hm.

  • Comment posted by RockinCabs:

    7/14/2014 6:28:00 AM - For me this bottle of 90 showed better than you suggest here. The palate was somewhat tight and not allowing all of the flavors that are there to show, but the nose was just sublime.

    It was clearly a few steps ahead of the 82 tonight, but the 82 was shockingly tight.

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2004 Merus Cabernet Sauvignon

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6/10/2014 - dfresh wrote: 91 points

Driving more like a Camaro than a Ferrari. Less exotic and streamlined; more muscle and throttle. Hoped to experience a slightly more structured and refined wine with wow factor. 20 second finish.

  • Comment posted by RockinCabs:

    6/12/2014 12:31:00 PM - Any experience with a Mark Herold cab, esp. Merus, should be approached expecting an enormous wine that is very forceful. They are impressive wines, but not for elegance. Sounds like you would appreciate the Bond/Harlan cult style a bit more.

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2012 Le Roc des Anges Côtes du Roussillon Effet Papillon

Grenache more

6/5/2014 - BCharlieG Likes this wine: 92 points

This wine is absolutely delicious for the money. The flavors are all sorts of red apple/green apple and peach/pear/nectarine. Amazing white orchids and fruit loop in a granacha blanc/viognier type of way. Extremely floral. Acid is HIGH on this wine. beautiful bottle.

  • Comment posted by RockinCabs:

    6/5/2014 12:17:00 PM - Agreed. This was a killer wine.

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2008 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

4/27/2014 - Gregg G wrote: NR

And the RM excitement continues. Recently had the '10 So Co and really enjoyed it. This was steps above in both complexity and enjoyment. Savory and plush, exotic and generous, this wine was drinking as good as a domestic PN can get before tertiary development. An exquisite perfumed nose with animal, leather and raspberry aromas. Wonderful raspberry and cherry fruits with some mild baking spice on the palate. Long on the back end with a full mid palate punch, the wine just showed beautifully. Backroad says it's the best PN he's had all year. Cudos TRB!

  • Comment posted by RockinCabs:

    5/6/2014 5:13:00 PM - Great to know this is in a seriously nice place right now. I have loved this pinot from the time of release, and I waiting to open my last two bottles within the next 2-4 years to get some of the next layer of aged nuance from the wine.

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2004 Viader Proprietary Red

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/2/2014 - MaximusT Likes this wine: 94 points

The day we bought this wine we drove on ice and snow up a mountain to the Viader winery. Now, 11 years later we sit by a warm fire with the wine decanted in front of us. Definitely the adventure we had getting to Viader adds to the greatness of this wine. Unlike the icy road this wine is easy. You can almost forget what you are drinking, it is subtle, it is clean...just easy. Dry, it coats your palate and lingers well after you swallow. The strawberries are ever so present, but the long linger begins to darken into something more seductive. Deep fruit, fig, pomegranate and cloves take hold. We would happily climb the icy mountain again to have more of this juice, as this is our last bottle. (We had our pregnant friend drive us back down, in case you were concerned about our safety).

  • Comment posted by RockinCabs:

    3/3/2014 6:07:00 AM - Great Story. I love visiting that winery, but have not been back in years. The 2004 is one of thier best wines of the 2000's. The restraint shown here in a hot vintage where many producers were overripe really helps this wine shine.

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2010 Hobel Wine Works Cabernet Sauvignon Engelhard Vineyard

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2/16/2014 - RockinCabs wrote: 93 points

Visiting Napa (Feb 13th - 17th); 2/13/2014-2/17/2014 (Napa, CA): Nose: Red Plum, Dark Cherry, Raspberry and Bubble Gum. Notes of celery root, mint and baking spice emerge as well. Palate: Dense and elegant on entry with a very broad palate feel. Cherry, Raspberry and anise right up front and some vanillin, mint and mineral notes run throughout the midpalate. Finish: Svelte and round with some fine tannin showing, but this is quite plush.

- BYO at Bottega Yountville

  • Comment posted by RockinCabs:

    2/19/2014 6:48:00 AM - SBrick - I would suggest letting this age for another 2-3 years. I decanted it for about 2 hours before drinking and it definitely improved, but I think there is much more in the wine. A marked improvement was seen about 3+ hours into dinner.

    Extended slow ox would be my move if opening another one.

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2004 Château de Fieuzal

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/6/2014 - Englishman's Claret wrote: 88 points

Decent as red wine, but unassuming and a bit anonymous as Pessac.

  • Comment posted by RockinCabs:

    2/10/2014 9:19:00 AM - You seem pretty down on this. Do you think time will help it come around? I had a similar experience with a 2010 Chateau Brown this weekend. So under whelming and unidentifiable I didn't bother with a note or rating on it.

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2003 Château Duhart-Milon

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/18/2014 - NostraBacchus Likes this wine: 93 points

Small Coravin session @ home. Pretty dark garnet/purple color. Jumps out of the glass with dark fruit (blueberries, black currant), sweet toasted oak and some graphite and tobacco. On the palate there are again plenty of dark fruits (blueberries, some dark cherries and cassis/black currant) as well as some oaky spicyness, a touch of dark chocolate and some lead pencil/graphite as well as a touch of herbs. Full-bodied and dense without being heavy, with medium acidity and medium tannin that is perfectly ripe. Medium finish. I was never the biggest fan of Duhart-Milon but they hit it out of the park with their 2003. It's full-bodied and opulent, but very balanced and doesn't have any sur-maturité or oxidative notes like many other in that vintage.

  • Comment posted by RockinCabs:

    1/18/2014 9:55:00 PM - I just had this today as well and concur 100% with this note. Duhart Milon made a truly incredible wine in 2003 that is not overdone or falling apart due to excessive ripeness.

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2010 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five

Stags Leap District more

7/23/2013 - Ben Christiansen wrote: NR

Now hey, this is a Napa Cabernet. I had heard the vineyard was wet-footed but this is still darn good stuff.

  • Comment posted by RockinCabs:

    8/6/2013 8:32:00 PM - Agree. Real crowd pleaser, and nails the Stags Leap flavor profile quite well. I better be loving it cause I am sitting on nearly two cases after serving it at my wedding.

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1982 Château Giscours

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/19/2013 - f22nickell Likes this wine: 89 points

Seattle Wine Group - July 2013 Wine Tasting Event - Theme: Old World Whites ABCR (Freelon's house - Kent/Covington Area): Color: very dark, slightly browing rim
Aroma: earth, black fruits, anise, medicinal
Palate: silky, rust, earthy-copper notes, touch of leather.
Moderate length

Jason brought this to the tasting. Interesting aroma - an intellectual exercise.

  • Comment posted by RockinCabs:

    7/24/2013 11:49:00 AM - Had one of these not too long ago. Agree that it is a great exercise in older wine, and definitely shows the margaux character you would expect in a wine of this age.

  • Comment posted by RockinCabs:

    7/24/2013 11:49:00 AM - Had one of these not too long ago. Agree that it is a great exercise in older wine, and definitely shows the margaux character you would expect in a wine of this age.

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2005 Kobalt Cabernet Sauvignon

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7/23/2013 - bordeaux4wino Likes this wine: 93 points

Reall nice wine. Dry, full body, medium+ tannins and acidity and pretty high alcohol, but the wine is so dense with fruits and phenolics, that it is well balanced. Beautiful black fruits with a touch of vanilla and spices. Strong finish.

  • Comment posted by RockinCabs:

    7/24/2013 11:47:00 AM - My favorite vintage of this wine for sure. Not sure what happened recently but it has become kind of monolithic.

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2005 Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon

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7/20/2013 - Bcw1989 wrote: 90 points

Second try with this wine. Still a bit extracted for my taste. Deep dark almost look to this wine. nose was full and aromatic and finish was a bit dull since it was too sweet. Others in the party found the taste to be very pleasing, but I was turned off by the flavors. Felt that time was on my side and dismissed the tannins a little. Better experience than the first taste of Buccella. Hoping time will benefit this wine.

  • Comment posted by RockinCabs:

    7/24/2013 11:29:00 AM - I believe that Mark Herold was the primary winemaker for Buccella in the 2005 vintage. His wines tend to have a very high level of extract, and are therefore not to everyone's taste. I love his wines and drink Merus, Adore, Kobalt and others however it is not something I could step into daily.

    Check out the 2006 and 2007, when Celia Welch took over the consulting winemaker role I think there was some refinement that came to the Buccella wines.

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