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Red

2007 Cakebread Cellars Dancing Bear Ranch

Howell Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/16/2015 - iwadasn wrote: 94 points

Significantly more refined and subtle than our tasting in 2011. Fruit has settled down. Still a powerful nose on opening. Not a significant change from opening to finish about 3 hours later.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2008 Dolce Winery Late Harvest

Napa Valley Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

5/16/2015 - iwadasn wrote: 95 points

Nectar. Smooth, not syrupy or overly sweet. Great way to finish a meal.

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Red

2010 Opus One

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/25/2014 - iwadasn wrote: 92 points

Lucious and velvety smooth, not overly fruity. Some heat. Didn't change much over four hours of tasting. Will give my other bottle several more years to see what develops.

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2003 Da Vinci Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

12/19/2014 - iwadasn wrote: 88 points

Not much zest left in this bottle. Others at our table at a BYOB restaurant enjoyed it, but I found it to be thin. Maybe I'm just too used to Cali cabs to enjoy this type of wine.

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Red

2005 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Napa Valley more

12/1/2014 - iwadasn wrote: 92 points

Delicious wine, well-aged, not overly fruity, well-balanced, everything you would expect.

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Red

2007 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Kathryn Hall Napa Valley

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11/27/2014 - iwadasn wrote: 89 points

Failed to impress. Lovely wine, soft and mellow, but without memorable qualities.

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2007 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakville more

11/29/2014 - iwadasn wrote: 94 points

An excellent choice for Thanksgiving. Tannins are gone, resulting in deep berry and smoke flavors. Lots of sediment, but we shifted out a few final sips.

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2007 Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Vine Hill Ranch

Oak Knoll more

9/7/2014 - iwadasn wrote: 93 points

Loads of flavors, with blackberries and dark chocolate dominating. Long finish keeps you going back for more. Well balanced and complex, worth the wait.

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Red

2007 Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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8/27/2014 - iwadasn wrote: 89 points

A bit thin, we decided. Not as chewy or refined as the other cabs we opened. Still, drank well and had lots of notes to discover as the evening went on.

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Red

2005 Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

8/27/2014 - iwadasn wrote: 94 points

Favorite of the night for most. Luscious and mellow. Musty with hints of tobacco, someone said.

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Red

2005 Ramey Jericho Canyon Vineyard

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

8/27/2014 - iwadasn wrote: 92 points

Had trouble with the cork, but massaged it out. Still a surprising amount of tannins for its age, but big and full-bodied, favored by half of us over the '05 Grgich Hills.

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2007 Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

6/13/2014 - iwadasn wrote: 92 points

Luscious, velvety. A little tart on opening, but mellowed with time. Very drinkable now.

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2008 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

6/3/2014 - iwadasn wrote: 97 points

Took to a potluck dinner, so I only got a few small tastings. Deep garnet color, lovely nose, smooth and delicious, not overpowering, the fruit prominent but balanced. It did not have time to breath or reach any of its potential, but even PNP'd it was a hit and a favorite of mine.

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Red

2000 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard

Oakville more

4/15/2014 - iwadasn wrote: 90 points

Surprisingly good, very drinkable. I was worried about its age. The cork was in good shape. Lots of flavor and sweetness, with the grapes shining through. As others have mentioned, I can sense some cedar, with cinnamon underneath.

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2006 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis

Napa Valley more

11/26/2013 - iwadasn wrote: 82 points

Opened, poured off a glass for use in cooking a pot roast, let breath in the bottle for 3 hours while the roast cooked. When we poured and drank with dinner, the alcohol overwhelmed everything -- the nose and the taste. It settled down a little in the glass and I eked out a few sips, but we ended up pouring out the rest of the bottle.

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2006 Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon John C. Sullenger Vineyard

Oakville more

6/16/2013 - iwadasn wrote: 95 points

Our second (and last) bottle of the '06 JCS. Full bodied, a hint of acid in the nose. Deep black cherries. Tannins fading. Lovely long finish. Enjoy now or hang on, you can't go wrong either way.

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Red

2004 Inglenook / Rubicon Estate / Niebaum-Coppola Rubicon

Rutherford Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/11/2013 - iwadasn wrote: 94 points

Lush black cherries? A lovely wine.

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Red

2005 Signorello Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

5/24/2013 - iwadasn wrote: 90 points

Delicious. Very enjoyable.

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2007 Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

3/10/2013 - iwadasn wrote: 90 points

Shared with some friends, so not many notes. Chocolate and hints of cinnamon. A nice bottle for a group with varying degrees of wine tasting experience.

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Red

2007 Flora Springs Trilogy

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/5/2013 - iwadasn Likes this wine: 92 points

Didn't make any notes, but we really liked this bottle. As others have noted, it was even better the second day.

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Red

2005 Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

1/27/2013 - iwadasn wrote: 90 points

Luscious and delicious. Vanilla and some cardboard on opening, evolving into a very full-bodied red with long aftertaste. Great compliment to some juicy steaks; not too sweet.

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2005 Showket Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakville more

1/20/2013 - iwadasn wrote: 90 points

Tart on first tasting, but settled down and was very drinkable. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Deep color. Fair amount of sediment -- should have used a screen or been more careful.

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Red

2008 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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1/7/2013 - iwadasn wrote: 92 points

Tasty treat. Deep, dark red color. Moderate fruit with long finish.

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Red

2003 Da Vinci Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

12/30/2012 - iwadasn wrote: 89 points

Well aged, well-liked by everyone at a holiday/birthday party.

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White

2009 Edge Hill Chardonnay Bacigalupi Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

12/26/2012 - iwadasn wrote: 92 points

We don't usually drink white wines, but we ordered two bottles of this wine during a visit to Rudd this past summer and opened both for the Christmas holidays. Very nice white, not syrupy or too sweet. Bright and refreshing, worth the premium price.

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