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2009 TOR Kenward Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 4 Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

Napa Valley more

2/13/2016 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine: 90 points

Fruit seemed slightly stewed initially, but softened a bit with air. A nice wine, but didn't scream To Kalon at me. I'm a big fan of the Tor wines, but this one left me disappointed.

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2009 Joseph Phelps Insignia

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/8/2016 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine: 90 points

Still very tannic, not as fruit forward as some. Maybe (hopefully) in a dumb phase now, seemed out of balance. Pretty good wine, but not for Insignia.

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2012 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon RBS Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

Oakville more

2/8/2016 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine: 94 points

WOTN at our To Kalon tasting dinner. No notes, but favorite of field that included 2011 Mondavi, 09 Knight's Bridge and Pont de Chevalier

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2008 Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

2/2/2016 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine: 91 points

Some nice flavors but I found them nearly overwhelmed by the candy-like "sweetness" of the fruit. Reminiscent of a young Caymus. I thought the sweetness would have died down a bit by now, but even at 7+ years this is a cocktail wine more than a dinner wine. I love this wine, but it didn't really work for me this time. Dropped the score a bit from my previous.

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White - Sparkling

1999 Schramsberg Vineyards J Schram Late Disgorged

Napa Valley Champagne Blend more

1/31/2016 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine: 94 points

Drank as an aperitif. Love the yeast and fresh bread notes, but think this wine works better at the end of the evening - almost a dessert in itself.

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White

2009 Shibumi Knoll Chardonnay Buena Tierra Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

1/31/2016 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine: 94 points

A bit reticent at first, but opened up beautifully within a half hour. Dense mouthfeel, great fruit on the nose and palate. Still my favorite Chard.

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Red

2009 Barrett & Barrett Cabernet Sauvignon

Calistoga more

1/30/2016 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine: 90 points

A nice wine which I think will continue to evolve. A lot of old school herbaceous flavors with an elegant structure, but not really my style. This is a wine I wanted to love, but only like. One bottle left, will probably wait a couple more years.

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Red

2006 Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines

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1/26/2016 - jeffm_fla wrote: 89 points

Nice flavor, mouthfeel a little thin, not much nose.

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Red

2011 TOR Kenward Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

Oakville more

1/24/2016 - jeffm_fla wrote: 87 points

Initially had a bitter edge that smoothed out with air. Another green, woody 2011 Napa cab. Not a bad wine just not good for a Tor or a To Kalon. Probably should have drunk this sooner, since it was already shedding some of the amped-up fruit common in many of the high-end Cabs from this vintage.

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Red

2013 Realm Cellars The Bard

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1/22/2016 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine: 95 points

A beautiful wine and a pleasure even this young. Dense and aggressively fruit forward, but still with plenty of complexity and layers on the nose and palate. Probably the best Realm I've tasted since the 2009 Beckstoffer To Kalon. I will hold my remaining two bottles for a couple more years (unless I can get my hands on more!).

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Red

2006 Harlan Estate

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/22/2016 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine: 96 points

Bigger fruit (especially on the nose) than I expected, but a very dense, layered wine that really delivers. I think it is drinking very well now.

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2012 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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1/18/2016 - jeffm_fla wrote: 88 points

Kind of one note without a lot of depth. I used to like this wine a lot, but I wonder if the best grapes in 2012 went into all those other bottlings Hall has now. Definitely drinkable and I think another year I the bottle might help it.

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Red

2013 Lindstrom Wines Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

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1/17/2016 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine: 93 points

My first bottle and this wine really took me by surprise! Very distinctive RRV flavor profile, but very intense without becoming at all flabby. I'm down to one bottle, but may go looking for more. I really liked this Pinot.

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White

2013 Peter Michael Sauvignon Blanc L'Apres-Midi

Knights Valley more

1/16/2016 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine: 93 points

Really like this wine. Only bought one bottle (didn't think much of the 2012), but wish I had more. Just a lot going on here - white peach, citrus, and plenty more along with bright acidity. Fantastic pairing with chicken with a Peruvian spicy green sauce.

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2009 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard

Oakville more

12/27/2015 - jeffm_fla wrote: 88 points

Disappointing. Closed with a thin mouthfeel.

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Red

2006 Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

12/22/2015 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine: 94 points

Just a gorgeous wine. Great nose, rich layered flavors, a real pleasure to drink.

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Red

2010 Morlet Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Cœur de Vallée Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

Oakville more

12/22/2015 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine: 90 points

A bit disappointing. The fruit was there, but not the depth or the power that I'm used to with a Morlet or a To Kalon wine. Very closed and not as seductive as I expected. I think the 2010s need more time than is usual for Napa Cabs -- wish I had more of the older vintages to carry the load!

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Red

2012 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon Panek Vineyard

St. Helena more

12/17/2015 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine: 91 points

Dark fruit seems dominant - think slightly stewed plums. Not very tannic, but a little acidity. It seemed a little soft and flabby after a few hours. I liked this wine, but I didn't love it.

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Red

2010 The Mascot

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/17/2015 - jeffm_fla wrote: flawed

I think I had a bad bottle. I got a real hit of old papers on the finish, although I didn't detect it on the nose (as I usually do). The fruit seemed stewed and jammy, without a firm structure, but again, this may be a bad bottle. No score, but this was my only bottle, so I'll never know if it is any good.

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Red

1964 Château Haut-Bailly

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/16/2015 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine: 95 points

I think we lucked out - this wine absolutely blew me away! Fruit was still fairly bright, color was deep with little bricking. Tasted next to a 2003 of the same producer and the lineage was readily apparent. This was a truly special and memorable bottle of wine.

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Red

1995 Château Mouton Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/16/2015 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine: 94 points

WOTN at last night's steak and Bordeaux evening. Beautifully balanced, with a lot of grace and elegance. Thank you to SMHalps for sharing it with us!

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1995 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/16/2015 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine: 91 points

Very closed at first, but became more expressive after a couple hours. Nice flavor, but never developed much on the nose and the finish was clipped. Quite tannic, but that worked well with the steak dinner, less so before the food arrived.

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Red

2013 Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon

Central Coast more

12/15/2015 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine: 90 points

Very good California Cab. A bit more structure than is usual outside of Napa. Great QPR - a pleasant surprise that I discovered at one of my favorite restaurants. (Valentino's in Ft. Lauderdale)

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Red

2012 Le Pich Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

12/15/2015 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine: 91 points

Lush, fruit forward, nice mouth feel. Not overly complex or nuanced, but this is a great wine to drink when you want a Napa Cab but don't want to drop a $100 (my bottle was $33). I want to order more.

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Red

2011 Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

12/11/2015 - jeffm_fla wrote: 89 points

Not terrible, but not the usual Altamura level of excellence. I'm glad I'm almost through the 2011 Napa Cabs

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