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2012 CT Barrel Project Cabernet Sauvignon

Spring Mountain District more

7/20/2015 - Rob MacKay wrote: 91 points

Fellow CT barrel project people, if my first taste of the 2012s is any indication, they appear to have turned out very well. Well balanced with nice fruit and complexity. Not over the top or in your face and not jammy cougar juice. Everything that points to a great wine that should lay down nicely for several years or easily enjoyed now with an hour or two in the decanter. Looking forward to trying the rest of them.

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2013 Playwright Pinot Noir

Sonoma Coast more

7/17/2015 - Rob MacKay wrote: 90 points

Enjoyed this quite a lot. Reminds me of some of the good wines I've had from the Willamette Valley. Tart fruit at first that mellows and integrates nicely in the glass. Good balance. Recommend about an hour decant if you are going to drink one soon.

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2013 Kirkland Signature Chardonnay Signature Series Russian River Valley

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7/3/2015 - Rob MacKay wrote: 92 points

The "Signature Series" Russian River Chardonnay is back for 2013 and once again, it drinks WAY above it's price point. An excellent expression of the Russian River Valley with just the right touch of oak. Just as good, if not better, than the 2012 and easily the best value Russian River Chardonnay on the planet right now. If you like this style of Chardonnay, you won't find better for the price.

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2012 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir Sweetwater Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

6/4/2015 - Rob MacKay wrote: 92 points

Every SVD Pinot Noir from Rochioli is always a fantastic expression of the Russian River Valley. Each one showing slightly different characteristics of the vineyard. Sweetwater shows excellent structure with nice cola elements and sweet crushed berries. Young, old, doesn't matter. Always great.

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2011 Castello di Gabbiano Chianti

Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

5/23/2015 - Rob MacKay wrote: 83 points

Not terrible as some others have mentioned. Certainly a simple and drinkable Chianti. Not sure what they expect for $10.

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2010 Kapcsandy Family Winery Endre

Yountville Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/23/2015 - Rob MacKay wrote: 92 points

Enjoyed this quite a lot. Does take some time in the decanter to soften up a bit. Lots of red berry notes throughout. Slightly tannic on the back end. A nice blend that is very reminiscent of a young Bordeaux. It'll be interesting to see if this takes on some good secondary characteristics in the coming years.

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2000 Château Bel-Air Pomerol

Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/2/2015 - Rob MacKay wrote: 90 points

Enjoyed this wine quite a lot. Nice earth, mushroom notes on the nose mixed with red berry notes. Deep ruby color. Medium bodied. Lots of secondary characteristics poking through. In a good place right now. Paid $30 for this bottle, which turned out to be a great deal.

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2010 Fattoria Scopone Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

4/21/2015 - Rob MacKay wrote: NR

Previously had the 05 and 08 of this wine and the '10 is easily a better wine compared to both of them. Nicely complex with some charred oak elements and dark fruits. Good acidity as well. First 2010 BdM that I've had. Looking forward to great things from this vintage.

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2001 Château Corbin Michotte

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/10/2015 - Rob MacKay wrote: 90 points

Definitely a nice bit of funk on the nose of this wine. Bretty and 'barnyardy' but it does blow off fairly quickly. Wine itself is nicely integrated and smooth from start to finish with nice earth tones showing through. Probably in it's prime drinking window and should remain there for a number of years. Decent value for $40.

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2012 Kirkland Signature Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley more

4/9/2015 - Rob MacKay wrote: NR

Just a quick note on this first bottle. This is the best $30 Pinot Noir you can drink. Did I mention that it's $15?

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1999 Podere Rocche dei Manzoni Barolo Vigna d'la Roul

Nebbiolo more

4/6/2015 - Rob MacKay wrote: NR

Better then the last bottle. Not nearly as pruney on the nose which tells me that the prior bottle must have seen some heat along the way. This was a little better but still generally underperformed my expectations.

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2008 Kapcsandy Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (Grand Vin) State Lane Vineyard

Yountville more

3/21/2015 - Rob MacKay wrote: 99 points

Decanted for around 5 hours. Impressively balanced. Leans more towards a young first / second growth Bordeaux more than it does towards it's peers in Napa and for me, that's a good thing. There's a very pronounced anise / piney note on the nose that's very interesting. The palate is very impressive and complex. Probably as close to perfection in this style of wine that I've had. I can't wait to see how this develops and will not even look at another bottle for probably another 10 years just to see what sort of secondary characteristics will develop.

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2010 Maison Roche de Bellene Latricières-Chambertin

Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

3/17/2015 - Rob MacKay wrote: 93 points

Enjoyed this quite a lot. Very fine grained and soft tannins. Good red berry profile with a slight minerality on the edges. I'd like to coax a little more out of the nose but that'll certainly come with a little more age.

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2011 Piedra Hill Vineyard (W.H. Smith) Cabernet Sauvignon

Howell Mountain more

3/16/2015 - Rob MacKay wrote: 86 points

Surprising turnaround from the previous bottle I had back in November. Smooth and subtle but well rounded and complete. Good wine. Previous one must have been an off bottle. Glad I tried it again.

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2010 Puelles Rioja Crianza

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

3/14/2015 - Rob MacKay wrote: 87 points

Straightforward and simple but also a complete wine. An excellent everyday $13 wine.

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2012 W.H. Smith Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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2/28/2015 - Rob MacKay wrote: 92 points

For me, easily the best vintage to date of this wine. Velvety smooth with nice vanilla tones to the bright red cherry fruits. Reminds me of something from further north in Oregon. Definitely a rebuy for me.

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1999 Podere Rocche dei Manzoni Barolo Vigna d'la Roul

Nebbiolo more

2/24/2015 - Rob MacKay wrote: NR

Slightly 'pruney' on the nose. Seems much older than a '99. Bottle may have been exposed to heat at some point. There's some black licorice notes as well which also show on the palate. I have another bottle so we'll see what that one is like for comparison and update this note accordingly.

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2004 Château Meyney

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/24/2015 - Rob MacKay wrote: 87 points

Pretty good but still seems to need a little more time, perhaps 2 or 3 years, to soften just a touch. Good value considering the price of most of it's peers.

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2009 Château Le Jurat

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/19/2015 - Rob MacKay wrote: flawed

Had a corked one last night.

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1998 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir East Block

Russian River Valley more

2/18/2015 - Rob MacKay wrote: 91 points

This is from 1998?! Amazingly age-defying. Wonderful clear crimson color with no signs of age at all. Nose has just a touch of funk that is probably the only part that gives a slight hint that it would be possibly 10 or so years old, not nearly 20. Still vibrant on the palate with great cherry and cola elements that you get in many of the much younger versions of this wine. Good stuff!

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1998 Bodegas Casa Juan Señor de Lesmos Rioja Gran Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

2/12/2015 - Rob MacKay wrote: 89 points

Drinks much younger than you'd expect. Fruit is still the prominent characteristic with some earth tones just starting to peek through the edges. Not much age showing in the color either. Good wine with lots of life left in the bottle. $30 is a great price point.

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2009 Bodegas Hermanos Peciña Rioja Señorío de P. Peciña Crianza

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

2/9/2015 - Rob MacKay wrote: 86 points

A touch oaky to start but not too overwhelming. Comes together with a bit of time in the glass. Overall quite decent and a good value at $20.

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2010 Faiveley Vosne-Romanée

Pinot Noir more

2/7/2015 - Rob MacKay wrote: 88 points

A little bit of a spice note with some oak on the finish. Nicely developed but has a few rough edges that need a little time to mellow out.

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2010 Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny

Pinot Noir more

2/7/2015 - Rob MacKay wrote: 90 points

Great wine with nice depth to the fruit. Well rounded and complete with a decent finish.

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2009 Château Le Jurat

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/5/2015 - Rob MacKay wrote: 85 points

Straightforward wine with a slight chalkiness on the back end. A bit of time in the decanter helps a lot. $16 helps a lot too. Probably could give it a couple extra points for value.

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