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Red

1985 Château Cos d'Estournel

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/28/2015 - RockinCabs wrote: 94 points

Nose: sweet herbs, cherry, blackberry, leather, spices and sweet earth. Classic cos nose. Palate: enters with bright acidity that breaks into cherry, Indian spice, anise and currant. Sweet fruit layers with leather and spice components. Finish: quite long but somewhat one note. No drying, but lacking completeness.

This is a nice cos with all the topicity of the property, but is just held back from greatness.

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Red

1998 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/28/2015 - RockinCabs wrote: 94 points

Recent notes are spot on for this wine so there is not much need to elaborate. This is showing seamless sexy plum, fig, and cherry fruit with licorice tobacco and hot stone coming in behind it. Complex but still hedonistic at thisstage. Could cellar further but feel free to pop one now as it is so nice.

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Red

2012 Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post Pinot Noir Highliner

Santa Barbara County more

6/19/2015 - RockinCabs wrote: 90 points

Sappy and dense Pinot fruit here with Black Cherry, Framboise, Plum and Spice notes. This has a large scaled elegance to it with good acidity, moderate tannin and sweet fruit that gains as it is open. Great highliner that will drink well now and for 4-5 years.

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White

2012 Phifer Pavitt Sauvignon Blanc

Napa Valley more

6/19/2015 - RockinCabs wrote: 90 points

I think that the tropical fruit on this is quite nice (guava, melon and meyer lemon) but there is an odd sour grapefruit element that confuses the flavors as the wine finishes. Nice SB, but not quite as great as I thought it was in the tasting room.

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Red

2012 Planet Oregon Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley more

6/21/2015 - RockinCabs wrote: 88 points

Nose: Cherries, Black Raspberry, Earth and Sweet Oak notes. Some nice spice notes as well. Palate: Medium-Light bodied, but still delivering a tart cherry palate that is backed up with earthy forrest floor notes.

Great value, but was showing kind of muted on day 2. PNP for sure.

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Red

2012 Château Haut-Bailly

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/20/2015 - RockinCabs wrote: 92 points

Nose: Cassis, Plum, Hot Brick, Spring Flowers and Tobacco. Closing up a bit, but there is a lot here. Palate: Enters with dense dark fruit and a suave personality that gives way to some of the more tobacco/mineral elements of the wine. Finish: Melange of red and black fruit as the acidity shows what this wine has in reserve.

Interesting to check on right upon release. Will be adding a few to the cellar over the long haul. Nice wine.

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Red

2013 Failla Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch

Russian River Valley more

6/12/2015 - RockinCabs wrote: 92 points

Nose: Cherry, Blackberry and Sweet Flowers. Plate: Lively acid driven palate that is full of tart cherry, strawberries, herbs, spice and cocoa. Not cloying or thick. Great. Finish: Moderate with more great tart red fruit. Hard to put this one down once you start.

Balanced and acid driven new world pinot that delivers great RRV fruit and some great earthy notes as well.

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Red

2012 Dominique Gallois Gevrey-Chambertin

Pinot Noir more

6/9/2015 - RockinCabs wrote: 90 points

Nose: Sweet red fruit and earth come wafting out of the decanter with wood and floral notes. Palate: Full feel with chalky tannin, ripe fruit and good Strawberry, Black Raspberry and smoke notes. Finish: Crystaline red/black fruit notes and forest floor.

This needs time, but trying a bottle at this early stage was a pleasure. Revisit in 2018 earliest.

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White

2013 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc

Russian River Valley more

6/6/2015 - RockinCabs wrote: 92 points

Tropical fruit including Guava, Papaya, Banana? and Ripe Peach. Cutting acidity under the polished wrapper shows more citrus fruit and some minerality as well. Totally approachable and a major crowd pleaser.

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Red

2008 Meander Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

6/6/2015 - RockinCabs wrote: 91 points

Nose: Blackberry, Plum Sauce, Coffee, Licorice and Anise. Powerful nose. Palate: Suave on the palate with nice dark fruit, Blackberry, Black Cherry and Cassis. Feel is driven by a slight glycerin component and complexities of chinese five spice, anise and espresso give depth. Finish: Moderate and a touch hot at times.

More modern than the classicist 2006 we had last week, and not quite as open and giving.

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Red

1989 Château Potensac

Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/5/2015 - RockinCabs wrote: 89 points

This showed significantly better than the last bottle. Slow oxed for about an hour before drinking.

Nose: Plum, Cherry, Earth, Tobacco and Herbs. Palate: Nice weight and density balanced with good acid. Blackberry, Plum and Cherry fruit were backed with nice earth and smoke inflections. Simple, but enjoyable. Finish: Moderate length with bright acidity. Delivers dark red fruit and classic medoc wet earth.

As Englishman's Claret would say, it scratches the itch but does not feign greatness.

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Red

2006 Montagna Cabernet Sauvignon Tre Vigneti

Napa Valley more

5/31/2015 - RockinCabs wrote: 91 points

Nose: Plum, Black Cherry, Clove and Sweet Oak that gets more interesting as it unfolds. Palate: Silky right out of the gate with dark fruit, eucalyptus, cocoa, minerals, spice and some heat. Sweet soil notes with Plum, Licorice and Cherry fruit make this great. Finish: Moderate and showing some drying tannin/oak. This detracts from its future agability in some ways.

Definitely showed the best of three bottles, but given its neighbors (DA, Ovid, etc.) I had expected more in this window (8-10 years).

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Rosť

2013 Blackbird Vineyards Arriviste

Napa Valley Merlot Blend, Merlot more

5/26/2015 - RockinCabs wrote: 90 points

Refreshing summer sipper with sweet strawberry notes, slight dusty herbs and good acidity. This straddles the lighter/sharper roses and the darker more fruit forward ones.

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Red

2006 Meander Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

5/24/2015 - RockinCabs wrote: 92 points

Nose: Blackberry, Sweet Cherry, Cedar and Dusty Earth. Palate: Elegant and layered feel, this was giving so much in cassis, blackberry, cherry, sweet herbs, bitter chocolate, cedar and tobacco. Finish: Lengthy with good tannin remaining.

Showed really well after about a 6 hour slow ox revealing much of the elegance in this wine. Powerhouse when first opened.

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Red

2011 Réserve de la Comtesse

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/25/2015 - RockinCabs wrote: 89 points

Solid young pauillac from the PLL stable that is tasting great now. Nose: blackberry, toasted coconut, cherry and some floral / pencil notes. Palate: mid weight and showing good fruit. Not much complexity. Feel is very suave. Finish: Cherry fruit and oak. Not much else.

Great effort, especially given the challenge of the vintage, as this really does show the character of the estate.

My problem with the pricing of Bordeaux in "off vintages" is that the vignerons now believe that there is no such thing as an off vintage, and price the wines with a relatively set floor which seems to creep all the time. 2nd labels should be an accessible way to learn an estate, but at a $45 entry fee there are better things to hunt down.

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Red

2011 Grand Bateau

Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/25/2015 - RockinCabs wrote: 83 points

Nose: strawberry, black fruit jam and sage. Bit of off putting alc/va. Palate: light red fruit, some glycerin, backed by sour tannin. Vintage really shows.

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Red

2006 Switchback Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Peterson Family Vineyard

Napa Valley more

5/22/2015 - RockinCabs wrote: 91 points

Deep big Foley fruit and silky tannin. This was another great SBR with Plum, blackberry, coffee and smoke notes. Large scaled high alc beast. Fun to drink but defiantly a hedonists wine.

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White

2012 Ludovicus Terra Alta Blanco

Garnatxa Blanca, Grenache more

5/21/2015 - RockinCabs wrote: 86 points

Nose: Peach, Stone Fruit, Lemon Peel and Stone. Palate: Lush, but never flabby. Meyer Lemon, Almond, Nectarine and a nice bright acidity. Finish: Moderate.

Good sipper.

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Red

2006 Rudius Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

5/13/2015 - RockinCabs wrote: 93 points

Remains a really nice california cab that is modern and large scaled. Gorgeous blackberry, licorice, smoke, chocolate, dusty earth, tobacco and some espresso notes. Touch of the baking spice that I always get from Mike Hirby as well.

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Rosť

2013 Blackbird Vineyards Arriviste

Napa Valley Merlot Blend, Merlot more

5/17/2015 - RockinCabs wrote: 89 points

Great napa rose of merlot. Just enough fruit to give it some body, but retains the saignee sensibility.

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Red

2012 Domaine Lignier-Michelot Morey St. Denis En la Rue de Vergy

Pinot Noir more

5/15/2015 - RockinCabs wrote: 90 points

Nice explosive red fruit on this with just a bit of MSD funk. Give these a few years to come around. Needed Vintouri and a few hours in the decanter to give full pleasure. My preference is for the Cuvee Bertin, but this is quite nice as well.

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Red

2011 Domaine Alain Michelot Bourgogne

Pinot Noir more

5/16/2015 - RockinCabs wrote: 88 points

Nice Bourgogne with a good amount of dark cherry, chalky tannin and piercing acidity. Well balanced and gives a good sense of the NSG region where most of the grapes are grown.

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White

2012 Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc

Napa Valley more

5/9/2015 - RockinCabs wrote: 89 points

Nice grapefruit, lemon and slight mango notes. Good SB with a tropical edge. Obvious quality fruit, but does not have the depth of other Rutherford SB that I like.

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Red

2009 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

St. Helena more

5/9/2015 - RockinCabs wrote: 95 points

This needs about 2 hours to open up in a decanter. I would have aerated this if possible.

Nose: Blackberry, Cherry, Framboise, Chocolate, and some sweet oak. Grows more nuanced as it opens showing cedar, stone and licorice. Palate: Suave an sexy palate feel here. Nice blend of dense fruit, glycerin and cedar tobacco influenced notes. Great espresso bean and red fruit notes as well. Finish: This one really carries on the finish and lasts for a good while.

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Red

2011 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard

Rutherford more

5/5/2015 - RockinCabs wrote: 91 points

Palate feel on this was showing plush, glycerin wrapped tannin and some really nice red/black fruit. There was a nice silky quality on entry, yet the finish showed a wine that needed some time. Give this a few years to develop, or enjoy for the sexy palate feel in its youth.

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