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1998 Château Lafite Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/10/2014 - bhalljr Likes this wine: 98 points

Had this with a '98 L'Eglise Clinet, 08 Shafer Relentless, and '94 Dow. Amazing bottle that as it began to warm and open up showed the classic cedar and violet nose. This just might be the second best bottle of wine I've had to date. Still have one more!

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1998 Château L'Eglise-Clinet

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/20/2014 - bhalljr wrote: 95 points

Had this with a '98 Lafite, 08 Shafer Relentless, and '94 Dow. Great bottle and nice floral nose, however, the Group unanimously picked the '98 Lafite. I'd be happy drinking this bottle any day of the week. Glad I still have 3 bottles remaining.

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1998 Château L'Eglise-Clinet

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/3/2013 - bhalljr Likes this wine: NR

Had this with a '90 Latour. Incredible Pomerol nose and finish. In a perfect place right now. Love this wine!!! 96 points

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2007 Château L'Eglise-Clinet

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/1/2013 - bhalljr Likes this wine: NR

This wine ranked First out of the following 5 bottles:

1. '07 L'Eglise Clinet
2a. '99 Hartwell Estate
2b. '05 Cade
4. '06 Buccella
5. '09 Caymus

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1999 Hartwell Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown

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10/1/2013 - bhalljr Likes this wine: NR

This wine ranked Second out of the following 5 bottles:

1. '07 L'Eglise Clinet
2a. '99 Hartwell Estate
2b. '05 Cade
4. '06 Buccella
5. '09 Caymus

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2009 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

10/1/2013 - bhalljr wrote: NR

This wine ranked 5th out of the following 5 bottles:

1. '07 L'Eglise Clinet
2a. '99 Hartwell Estate
2b. '05 Cade
4. '06 Buccella
5. '09 Caymus

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2005 Cade Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Cuvée Napa Valley

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10/1/2013 - bhalljr Likes this wine: NR

This wine ranked Second out of the following 5 bottles:

1. '07 L'Eglise Clinet
2a. '99 Hartwell Estate
2b. '05 Cade
4. '06 Buccella
5. '09 Caymus

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2006 Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

10/1/2013 - bhalljr Likes this wine: NR

This wine ranked 4th out of the following 5 bottles:

1. '07 L'Eglise Clinet
2a. '99 Hartwell Estate
2b. '05 Cade
4. '06 Buccella
5. '09 Caymus

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2005 Ovid Red Wine

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/16/2013 - bhalljr wrote: 93 points

Consumed against '05 Cos d'Estournel. Great nose, however, could definitely detect the heat and alcohol compared to the Cos. Overall, the group preferred the Cos.

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2005 Château Cos d'Estournel

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/16/2013 - bhalljr wrote: 95 points

Consumed against '05 Ovid. Seemed a little muted on the nose compared to the Ovid, however, the taste was Bordeauxesque! Winner over the Ovid.

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1999 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Stags Leap District more

2/2/2013 - bhalljr wrote: 92 points

Had this along with an '08 Cos d'Estournel. Both were slow oxed for a little over two hours and drunk over three hours. The Shafer had a great nose at first but noticeable heat on the back palate. Towards the end do the evening and wine, the Cos pulled away with the typical Bordeaux nose and soft, silky finish. A couple of my other buddies agreed the Cos started out slow but pulled away in the end.

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2008 Château Cos d'Estournel

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/2/2013 - bhalljr Likes this wine: 93 points

Had this along with a '99 Shafer Hillside Select. Both were slow oxed for a little over two hours and drunk over three hours. The Shafer had a great nose at first but noticeable heat on the back palate. Towards the end do the evening and wine, the Cos pulled away with the typical Bordeaux nose and soft, silky finish. A couple of my other buddies agreed the Cos started out slow but pulled away in the end.

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2004 Château L'Eglise-Clinet

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/17/2012 - bhalljr wrote: 94 points

I absolutely love this and now understand the greatness of the Pomerol region. The floral and espresso with hints of tobacco make this wine delicious. This is now one of my top 5 favorite producers!

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2008 Greer Cabernet Sauvignon

Rutherford more

9/29/2012 - bhalljr wrote: 94 points

I was surprised at how light and smooth drinking this wine was to be only 4 years old. My buddy, who likes Napa Cabs, mentioned he wondered how much he would like this in 10 years thinking there might not be enough fruit for his palate. I really liked this and would like to put it up to some other Napa Cabs and Bordeaux too.

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2004 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection

Napa Valley more

9/8/2012 - bhalljr wrote: NR

I enjoy Caymus SS. Can definitely tell it's a Cali Cab. Would like to see about 5 more years on my next one.

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2004 Vieux Château Certan

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/12/2012 - bhalljr wrote: 93 points

My first Pomerol, and I was amazed at the floral aspect compared to that of the Left Bank wines I've had. Nice wine and am glad I know where there's more.

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2000 Plumpjack Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Oakville more

5/5/2012 - bhalljr wrote: 92 points

Screwcap that had nice freshness for an off vintage.

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1997 Opus One

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/16/2011 - bhalljr wrote: 90 points

We had a few friends join my wife and me for dinner last night at Maggianos. I brought 5 bottles - '97 Opus, '97 Latour, '86 Caymus Cuvee, '06Agharta Exhibit B, and '05 Guiraud.

I had my bartender buddy pop and decant the Opus, Latour, and Agharta. I took a sample of both the Latour and Opus to the table to share with the others the difference in Cali vs France. I didn't tell them which glass was which wine. The results were amazing. 5 of the 6 all chose the Latour. My wife initially thought Latour but changed her mind at the last minute to the Opus. I couldn't believe that all the others chose the Latour.

I went and pour another helping of both and was amazed how much the Latour had opened. It was so much smoother and the nose was so much more expressive compared to the Opus. What's funny is that '97 was considered a lackluster vintage for France while supposedly a great one for Napa.

As for the others, I didn't drink the Agharta and did the Caymus, which wasn't bad bud fading.

We had a great time with great friends and great food!

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1997 Château Latour Grand Vin

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/16/2011 - bhalljr wrote: 92 points

We had a few friends join my wife and me for dinner last night at Maggianos. I brought 5 bottles - '97 Opus, '97 Latour, '86 Caymus Cuvee, '06Agharta Exhibit B, and '05 Guiraud.

I had my bartender buddy pop and decant the Opus, Latour, and Agharta. I took a sample of both the Latour and Opus to the table to share with the others the difference in Cali vs France. I didn't tell them which glass was which wine. The results were amazing. 5 of the 6 all chose the Latour. My wife initially thought Latour but changed her mind at the last minute to the Opus. I couldn't believe that all the others chose the Latour.

I went and pour another helping of both and was amazed how much the Latour had opened. It was so much smoother and the nose was so much more expressive compared to the Opus. What's funny is that '97 was considered a lackluster vintage for France while supposedly a great one for Napa.

As for the others, I didn't drink the Agharta and did the Caymus, which wasn't bad bud fading.

We had a great time with great friends and great food!

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2000 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

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10/22/2011 - bhalljr wrote: 92 points

Nice fruit and nose. Seemed fresh. Can't wait to try the Hillside Select from some of the better years!

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2009 Quivet Cellars Syrah Hulda Block Las Madres Vineyard

Carneros more

9/4/2011 - bhalljr wrote: 91 points

Easy drinking. Enjoyed it!

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1995 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Stags Leap District more

6/18/2011 - bhalljr wrote: 96 points

My first full tasting of the Hillside Select other than that from the winery. Amazing nose and reminded me of the '99 Hartwell I had a couple of weeks earlier yet so much more depth and complexity than the Hartwell. I definitely understand now the rave reviews and consistency associated with the Hillside Select. Definitely plan to stock up on this wine in the future!

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1999 Hartwell Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown

Stags Leap District more

6/4/2011 - bhalljr wrote: 91 points

This wine seemed off...not corked, just off compared to the many. bottles I've had before. We all commented how "hot" the wine was especially for a 12 year old Napa Cab. It literally never seemed to open up and it was decanted and drunk over 2-3 hours. It seemed to have the muscle to handle the Peppercorn Crusted Strip I had for dinner. Had this along with a '97 Marcassin, '75 Latour, and '86 Caymus Cuvee at Seagars in Destin with wife and friends. The Latour was in a whole other world. It well out classed the competition and proved great bordeauxs can age well.

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1997 Marcassin Pinot Noir Marcassin Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

6/4/2011 - bhalljr wrote: 91 points

Different nose...at times sour cherry almost like cough syrups. Was expecting more from such a proven name. Had this along with an '86 Caymus Cuvee, '75 Latour, and '99 Hartwell at Seagars in Destin with wife and friends. The Latour was in a whole other world. It well out classed the competition and proved great bordeauxs can age well.

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1986 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Cuvée

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6/30/2011 - bhalljr wrote: 90 points

Nice nose...somewhat Bordeaux-like with tobacco and earth smells. The wine was drying out on the back palate but still fine to drink. Had this along with a '97 Marcassin, '75 Latour, and '99 Hartwell at Seagars in Destin with wife and friends. The Latour was in a whole other world. It well out classed the competition and proved great bordeauxs can age well.

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