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Red

1996 Opus One

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/17/2015 - CharlesHetzel wrote: 89 points

375ml - been aged too long. Tired, flabby and no fruit.

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Red

2007 Checkerboard Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Diamond Mountain more

7/17/2015 - CharlesHetzel wrote: 99 points

Amazing 2007 vintage. Decanted for 15 minutes. Deep dark chocolate blackberry fruit. One of the most fruit forward amazing Napa cabs ever!

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Red

2012 Bryant Family Vineyard Bettina

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/1/2015 - CharlesHetzel wrote: 98 points

Our first exposure to Bettina - this was an excellent Cabernet but not so sure it's worth $465

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White

2012 Peter Michael Chardonnay Belle Côte

Knights Valley more

7/1/2015 - CharlesHetzel wrote: 97 points

fabulous fruit forward, great acidity, and great balance

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White - Sparkling

2000 Pol Roger Champagne Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill

Champagne Blend more

6/18/2015 - CharlesHetzel Likes this wine: 97 points

Spectacular bottle of bubbles yeasty yosst nutty nose and typical Churchill profile

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White - Sparkling

1994 Schramsberg Vineyards Crémant Demi-Sec

Napa Valley Champagne Blend more

6/18/2015 - CharlesHetzel wrote: 86 points

Enjoyed on our 21st wedding anniversary at Milwalky Trace. Bottle had lost its bubbles flat old and tired

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Red

1999 Château La Gurgue

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/21/2015 - CharlesHetzel Likes this wine: 89 points

Ripe tannic youthful best after 90 minute decent. Notes of cedar and green vines

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Red

2007 Staglin Family Cabernet Sauvignon 25th Anniversary Selection

Rutherford more

6/13/2015 - CharlesHetzel wrote: 95 points

lush delicious 375ml of Cali Cabernet. This is in a great spot.

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Red

1990 Château Pape Clément

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/3/2015 - CharlesHetzel wrote: 93 points

Brief note: funky initial nose, tobacco, sweet black fruit. Silky mouthfeel with a rich mid palate. Wine gets larger in your mouth. Very ripe and delicious.

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Red

1990 Château Lynch-Bages

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/3/2015 - CharlesHetzel wrote: 96 points

Brief note: Decanted three hours before serving. Deep, dark black cigar fruit. Heavy tannins before fruit. This wine needs more time decanted.

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Red

1997 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Cinq Cépages

Sonoma County more

5/17/2015 - CharlesHetzel wrote: 94 points

bright vibrant red jammy fruit - tons left in this 1997

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Red

2001 David Arthur Cabernet Sauvignon Elevation 1147

Rutherford more

5/3/2015 - CharlesHetzel wrote: 98 points

As about as perfect as a Cali Cabernet could ever be. Lots of fruit and structure still left here. Elegant long 30 second finish.

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Red

2002 Peter Michael Les Pavots

Knights Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/14/2015 - CharlesHetzel Likes this wine: 94 points

2002 Vintage - a beautiful elegant wine. Decanted for over 90 minutes. Deep purple opaque. Aromas of blackberry, cassis and violets. Beautiful 30 second finish. Paired with beef short ribs at Boka restaurant in Chicago. ‪Paired perfectly at Boka with beed short rib. #‎delectableapp‬

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Red

1982 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/6/2015 - CharlesHetzel Likes this wine: 98 points

Similar to the bottle i had in May 2014 at my 1982 Bdx tasting.
Aroma after decanting 3+ hours was classic Bordeaux with lots of coffee, super dark coffee, some mocha, definitely a wine with dark fruit some leather and hints of pencil lead and cassis. Paired with the eye of ribeye at goosefoot. Paired well with the rich sauce on the steak.

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Red

1995 Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

3/11/2015 - CharlesHetzel wrote: 92 points

Decanted for only 30 minutes. Still fruit there - not a great initial aroma. Reminds me of a cabernet based Bordeaux. Some finer tannins left, pencil lead. Solid ending. This has been stored perfectly upon release. Would not let this age much more.

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White

2012 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

3/15/2015 - CharlesHetzel Likes this wine: 94 points

This vintage of Horseshoe Chardonnay is an intense and racy laser beam. The intoxicating nose offers wet rocks, hazelnuts, jasmine and honeysuckle notes while the palate shows great verve and intensity. This young, tightly wound Chardonnay can be enjoyed now but will be even better with age.

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Red

2001 Sloan

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/23/2015 - CharlesHetzel Likes this wine: 93 points

Decanted for well over 3 hours by a Somm friend. Shared this at a Sommelier Challenge at Acanto Restaurant in Chicago. For a 2001 Cabernet that has been quite controversial - it fared pretty well. Huge dark deep red color. Hint of coffee, tar, black licorice, smoke, and blackberry. For all the talk of heat on the initial palate, i would concur- that was still there after 3 hours+ of decanting. This wine is huge, robust, yet overall solid structure with some elegance. Will only get better with more bottle age.

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Red

2002 Jericho Canyon Vineyard

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/19/2015 - CharlesHetzel wrote: 90 points

Popped and decanted for about an hour. Lovely tannins and deep dark root beer cherry on the flavor profile. Likely has 2-3 more years left.

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Red

1999 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Stags Leap District more

1/18/2015 - CharlesHetzel wrote: 97 points

Served from Magnum. Decanted over 2 hours before enjoying. This is (still) everything you want a Shafer Hillside Select to be. Upon the nose, still a great depth here with initial complex aroma of deep dark cherry fruit, casis, nose of tobacco, leather with a hint of chocolate and coffee. The cedar still hints at some oak & black cherry. The dark fruit was present on the initial palate, just a few playful tannins and great legs and structure to the wine. This wine is in pefect harmony between sweetness and tannins with enough acidity left to keep for another 10 to 12 years. You are safe to open and enjoy or hold magnums for another 15 years.

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Red

2003 Barbour Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

St. Helena more

1/17/2015 - CharlesHetzel wrote: 97 points

My WOTN. Decanted for 2 hours. Typical fruit forward Napa Cabernet with dark red fruit and some leather and tannins on the initial nose. I loved the complexity of the mid palate. Great round mouthfeel. My only regret is not having any more to open.

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Red

1999 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/17/2015 - CharlesHetzel wrote: 95 points

Decanted approximately for approximately 1 hour. Great ruby to garnet dark color. Many enjoyed this as WOTN. It is a class GPL with ncomplex nose of cedar, lead pencil, some tobacco, and cassis. Beautiful balance of fruit and tannins. Great mouth-feel and medium finish. This wine is in a great spot at the moment. We loved it.

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Red

2003 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Sonoma County

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1/5/2015 - CharlesHetzel wrote: 90 points

My third bottle of this in about 3 months. It's a very subtle, soft, slight cherry and hint of pepper. A fairly simple Cali pinot. Ready to drink.

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Red

2006 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Stags Leap District more

1/1/2015 - CharlesHetzel wrote: 98 points

I love the focus and black currant fruit of this wine. Heavy on the oaky size and the flavor just explodes out of the glass. I can see this wine being much more balanced as it gains time in the bottle. One of the best Shafer HSS's I've ever tasted.

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Red

1999 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Proprietor Grown

Napa Valley more

12/30/2014 - CharlesHetzel wrote: 97 points

One of Helen Turley's finest wines! A beautiful nose nose that reminded me of smoked blackberries, coffee, lead, and truffles. The forceful tannins in this wine lead and the aroma absolutely blew us away. This Bryant is drinking very very well yet has 10 plus years left.

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Red

2005 Realm Cellars The Absurd

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/28/2014 - CharlesHetzel Likes this wine: 90 points

A great Napa Cab. Drinking very nice and has 5+ years left. Huge nose and medium finish. Well integrated Napa Cab.

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