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White

2013 Bevan Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Dry Stack

Bennett Valley more

5/28/2015 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 93 points

Big and slightly harsh but really fun wine. Ridiculous levels of concentration, flavor, and sediment for Sauvignon Blanc.

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2011 Sine Qua Non The Moment

Santa Barbara County White Blend more

5/25/2015 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 95 points

Sauterne like gold color and viscosity in the glass. Waxy oily texture with a balanced but not over the top palate of butterscotch, toasty oak, and mixed tropical fruits. Opened a few hours prior to drinking. Expensive but great summer wine. Ready now or in 5 years.

http://www.maxsatisfactionwine.com/post/119909106769

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2006 Sine Qua Non Syrah Raven Series

California more

5/24/2015 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 99 points

Excellent! Opened spontaneously not providing time for a decant. Precise flavors of smokey black fruit, Kalamata olive brine, grilled steak, anise, and white pepper. Robust nose and long finish. Will continue to improve with time but in a great place now.

http://www.maxsatisfactionwine.com/post/119778256804

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2005 Saxum Bone Rock James Berry Vineyard

Paso Robles Syrah Blend, Syrah more

5/24/2015 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 95 points

Drank from a magnum. Borderline syrupy texture with jammy palate of creamy blueberry, blackberry, olive brine, glycerin, and smoked meat. The 7% Grenache adds a nice candied red fruit quality. As expected the 16.1% ABV is present in nose, palate, and finish. Fortunately the high alcohol and intense flavor extraction blend perfectly. Ready straight out of the bottle but better with a decant.

http://www.maxsatisfactionwine.com/post/119775190974

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2010 Château Le Dome

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/22/2015 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 96 points

Comprised of 80% cab franc and 20% merlot. A fragrant nose of vanilla and cherry translates to compact flavors of blueberry, blackberry, chocolate syrup. Tannic! Literally decanted all day. Reminds me of a Napa Cab barrell sample.

http://www.maxsatisfactionwine.com/post/119662355464

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2010 RdV Vineyards Rendezvous

Fauquier County Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/22/2015 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 88 points

A decent Bordeaux blend. Impressive considering it's from Virginia. Excellent texture and flavor profile. Finish is a bid sweet and acidic. Could easily stand in for a California Cabernet.

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2012 Bevan Cellars Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/17/2015 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 94 points

Too young. Had open all day and still incredibly tannic. Some dusty blueberry, oak, and cassis manage to push through. High acidity. Plenty of upside potential.

http://www.maxsatisfactionwine.com/post/119251362829

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2012 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard

St. Helena more

5/16/2015 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 95 points

Lots of extracted blueberry, vanilla, cassis, oak, and anise. Big but closed off on Day one even with a long decant. On the second day I would have guessed a well polished Aussie Shiraz.

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2006 Sine Qua Non Grenache Raven Series

California more

5/16/2015 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 96 points

Decanted for a couple of hours. The wine faired better on its own. Noticeably alcoholic and clumsy at dinner but improved as the night went on. Thick bodied but not syrupy like other years. Very smokey with extracted sweet berry notes. I would have guessed it was the Syrah.

http://www.maxsatisfactionwine.com/post/119111460464

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Red

2010 Lindstrom Wines Cabernet Sauvignon

Stags Leap District more

5/8/2015 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 95 points

Plenty of depth and structure here. Still young with a moderate amount of tannins. I suspect it's closed off in some areas. Nonetheless it has a fragrant nose and silky smooth mouthfeel. Restrained flavors of kalamata olive brine, smoked meat, black fruit, menthol, and anise emerge. Much more elegant than expected. Give it another 2 years or be prepared to decant a least 5 hours.

http://www.maxsatisfactionwine.com/post/118496276474

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Red

2007 Maybach Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Materium

Oakville more

5/1/2015 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 98 points

Pitch black and deeply extracted blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry. A hefty amount of oak, vanilla, and anise round off the palate. Not for the faint of heart. This is a full throttle fruit bomb with elegance and complexity. Way too easy to drink on its own. It took a half days decant to fully reveal itself.

http://www.maxsatisfactionwine.com/post/117916024104

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2012 Sine Qua Non Syrah Stock

Central Coast more

4/18/2015 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION Likes this wine: 94 points

With only a two hour decant this one is not quite as ready as the 2012 Stien. Young and tannic but still open for business. Tons of bacon fat and roasted meat explode the palate and nose. Typical flavors of cassis, anise, and black fruit take a backseat for now. Open one only if you have two or three.

Peel the label back to see the original name Sticks and Stones.

http://www.maxsatisfactionwine.com/post/116833637674

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2012 Sine Qua Non Grenache Stein

Central Coast more

4/18/2015 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 95 points

Much more approachable than the 2012 Stock. A 2 hour decant opened up the nose and palate to plenty of bright red fruit, candied cherry, cassis, strawberry, and Asian spices. Nice texture that will pick up more density with age (if you like that).

Peel the label back to see the original name Sticks and Stones.

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Red

2005 Château Cos d'Estournel

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/12/2015 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 95 points

Nice with a 4 hour decant. Bigger fruit than expected.

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Red

1997 Lokoya Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

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4/12/2015 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 99 points

Drinking beautifully. All aspects in harmony. A fragrant bouquet of violets and backing spice is followed by concentrated flavors of black fruit, oak, and vanilla. Tannins and alcohol have fully integrated. I can't imagine a more prototypical example of how great aged Napa Cabernet can be. Great right out of the bottle but picked up some additional depth in the decanter.

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Red

2012 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon Monsieur Ètain

Rutherford more

4/6/2015 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 96 points

Ready to drink with 3 hour decant. Very full bodied.

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2012 Odette Cabernet Sauvignon

Stags Leap District more

3/29/2015 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 89 points

Day 1- Gave a five hour decant. Young high quality cabernet. Nice notes of black fruit and cassis buried behind the tannins.
Day 2- Pumped and reopened. Ridiculously sugary and sweet. Not good given the pedigree of this operation.
Day 3- Sweetness has subdued but lip burning alcoholic heat has emerged.
Not sure the future if this wine.

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2007 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

3/29/2015 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 94 points

Much less fruit forward than the Three Sisters from this same vintage. Great wine but lacking the minerality and tropical fruit I was really hoping for. Burnt sugar, toast, some oak, lemon and marzipan on the palate. A slight bite on the finish that a few more years will smooth out.

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2012 Realm Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard

St. Helena more

3/23/2015 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 96 points

Unlike many 2012's that are drinking surprisingly well this is very much closed off and backwards. After a decanter staining 7 hour wait the wine took on a more viscous quality, concentration of flavors improved and the harsh acidity faded. Currently tannins and ripe red fruit dominate the palate and nose. Luscious flavors of cassis, blackberry compote, and anise are barely visible in the background. This is obviously well structured wine that needs cellar time.

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2011 Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon VHR

Napa Valley more

3/14/2015 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 95 points

Opened At 8am and finally poured into a decanter at 6pm. Incredibly tannic with a supple palate of vanilla, oak, blackberry, and cassis. Extremely well balanced with a gentle elegance to the flavors. One of the best 2011 Napa Cabs. Start drinking this in 5 years.

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2005 The Grade Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon The Grade Winfield Vineyard

Calistoga more

3/8/2015 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 95 points

Great with grilled fillet. Big wine with plenty of anise, cassis, and milk chocololate covered blueberries. Slightly harsh finish knocks this down a point. a great value Napa cab.

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Red

2009 Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard

Sta. Rita Hills more

3/6/2015 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 87 points

Overly alcoholic and strangely absent fruit. Not bad just boring.

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White

2007 Sine Qua Non Body & Soul

California White Rhone Blend more

2/21/2015 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION Likes this wine: 96 points

A blend of 71% Roussanne and 29% Viognier. Dark gold color with an incredibly bright nose of fresh mandarin orange slices, lemon zest, and oaky tropical fruits. The palate is more mature with a thick oily texture that reveals flavors of burnt creme brûlée, toasted almonds, and buttery melon. Fully developed, ready to drink, and potentially on the decline.

http://maxsatisfactionwine.com/post/111728529659

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Red

2004 Lillian Winery Syrah Blue Label

Santa Barbara County more

2/13/2015 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 93 points

The first Lillian bottling demonstrates the smokey blackberry and meatiness expected from the region and Syrah varietal. Palate has a slightly medicinal quality with big flavors of blackberry, anise, bacon, and tar. Like my other Lillian experiences it's amazing in all aspects but finish, which is abrupt, and disproportionate to the rest of the package.

http://maxsatisfactionwine.com/post/110965463494

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Red

2010 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

St. Helena more

2/6/2015 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 96 points

A nice example of how smooth and well balanced young Napa cabernet can be. On the nose creamy vanilla bean, dark red fruit, and a hint of alcohol. Tastes of dusty blackberry, chocolate strawberries, graphite, spice, and cassis liqueur. The tannins are pronounced but not overly firm. Still has a few years before reaching a nice drinking window. We gave it a full days decant.

http://maxsatisfactionwine.com/post/110317639829

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