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Red

2006 Château Fleur Cardinale

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/22/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 90 points

Nose of plum, currants, and a touch of barnyard, more of the same on the palate, medium body, tasty, every mouthful is different, medium amount of soft tannins on the mid palate, good acid, better in 2 years, medium/long finish.

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Red

2011 Ravenswood Zinfandel Teldeschi

Dry Creek Valley more

5/21/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 91 points

Nose of blueberry muffin, hints of almost overripe and juicy black cherry fruit, gunpowder tea and clove, wee hint of alcohol, more of the same on the palate, smooth, supple and almost elegant for a zinfandel, touch simple, big body, long, long, fruity finish and aftertaste. This wine reminds me of Dan Teldeschi.

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White

2010 Miner Family Chardonnay Wild Yeast

Napa Valley more

5/20/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 90 points

Nose of citrus, lemon wax, mango, and touch of minerals, more of the same on the palate, medium body, great choice with Chinese Basil Salmon, slightly passed its prime, still tasty with a hint of butter and nuts, long, fruity finish.

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Red

2008 Fattoria Galardi Terra di Lavoro Roccamonfina IGT

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5/19/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 92 points

Nose of cassis, currants, and dusty earth, more of the same on the palate, big body, lovely tasting but not as complex as the last bottle, mouth filling fruit, and long, long finish.

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Red

1997 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Napa Valley more

5/17/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 92 points

Lovely nose of red cherry fruit, dark plum color in the glass, hints of cassis, plum, dusty forest floor, more of the same on the palate, medium/big body, tasty, mouth filling, long, fruity finish.

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Red

1987 Forman Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

12/29/2014 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 91 points

Tasting of 3 Forman Cabernet Sauvignons. Nose of green bell pepper, smoke, plum, black cherry fruit, more of the same on the palate, like a Chateau Pichon Lalande, almost elegant, more complexity but less power than its peers tonight, medium body, long, herbal finish. My #2.

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Red

1990 Forman Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

12/29/2014 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 90 points

Tasting 3 Forman Cabernet Sauvignons. Nose of dark fruit, black cherry, cassis, and smoke, more of the same on the palate, medium body, smooth, almost elegant, not quite equal to its peers tonight, long, finish. My #3.

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Red

1986 Forman Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

12/29/2014 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 93 points

Tasting of 3 Forman Cabernet Sauvignons. Lovely nose of cigar box, black cherry, and dust, more of the same on the palate, medium body, good complexity, passed its prime, tasty tonight, long finish. My #1.

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Red

1995 Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse)

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/15/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 90 points

Poured and enjoyed the last two nights, attacks your senses on the nose with Oohlong Tea, both the woody and sweet varieties of Oohlong Tea show here, dark plum color in the glass, no bricking, plum, fig, and a hint of chocolate turtle pie, more of the same on the palate, rich and delicious, touch simple on the mid palate, tea and chocolate driven on the mid palate, mouth filling, subtle, slightly passed its prime, after all its twenty years of age, medium/long melted chocolate finish.

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Red

2008 Baldacci Family Vineyards Pinot Noir Elizabeth

Carneros more

5/12/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 89 points

Bought directly from the Baldacci Library Sale at the end of March, 2015. Nose of barnyard like a good Red Burgundy, plum, fig, minerals like a rusty nail, someone mentioned in the tasting notes, and iodine, deep, brooding plum color in the glass, more of the same on the palate, medium body-again like a Red Burgundy, almost like a Savigny on the mid palate, did not pair well with the deviled egg potato salad and chicken, atypical Carneros fruit and very different than the other three vintages I have tasted and enjoyed, a touch of complexity, medium/long finish and black cherry aftertaste. Opened and improved over twenty minutes in the glass.

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Red

1998 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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5/10/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 93 points

Paired with fresh fruit, and porcini crusted filet mignon-the Flemings Mother's Day Brunch Menu. Lovely rich mocha, black cherry, sage, white pepper, and dill on the nose, the dill faded during dinner, more of the same on the palate, medium body, almost elegant, tasty, enjoyed by all the servers, long, lovely mocha finish.

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White

2013 Aubert Chardonnay UV-SL Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

5/10/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 96 points

Big nose of butterscotch to start, lots of citrus, and more of the same on the palate, ethereal richness on the mid palate, elegant, well balance, like butterscotch pudding, medium/big body, and a long, long, long, long finish.
Paired with fresh fruit, and porcini crusted filet mignon-the Flemings Mother's Day Brunch Menu.

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White - Sparkling

1996 Lanson Champagne Gold Label Brut

Champagne Blend more

5/10/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 92 points

Nose of yeast and Jonathan apple at first, great mousse throughout dinner, medium amount of tiny bubbles, opened to mango, white peach and nectarine, more of the same on the palate, medium body, long, long, finish, great, crisp acid shows it needs two years to peak. Paired with fresh fruit, and porcini crusted filet mignon-the Flemings Mother's Day Brunch Menu.

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White

2013 Clos du Val Sauvignon Blanc

Napa Valley more

5/9/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 90 points

Paired with our eight vegetable spinach salad. Pale straw gold, nose of ruby grapefruit, mango, and peach, more of the same on the palate, medium body, tasty, crisp and refreshing due to acid, touch of citrus notes on the medium/long fruity finish. A $20, tax included, value purchased at the winery-would buy again.

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Red

1999 Twomey Merlot Napa Valley

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5/8/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 95 points

Sunny, breezy, and low seventies seemed like a great excuse to open a magnum of wine for the weekend. This was purchased about 18 months ago directly from David Duncan/Twomey thanks to the efforts of Tom Laengle. Bouquet of cassis, black cherry and plum, more of the same on the palate, extremely mouth filling and decadently rich on the mid palate, the second best bottle of this wine that I have ever enjoyed, elegant, medium/big body and long, long, luscious finish and aftertaste. This is Merlot Bordeaux style!

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Red

1995 Domaine Capitain-Gagnerot Ladoix 1er Cru Bois Roussot

Pinot Noir more

5/10/2014 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 88 points

Nose of black cherry, plum, and touch of barnyard, more of the same on the palate, tasty but showing its age, medium body, paired well with the steak and mushrooms, medium/long flavorful finish. A value at $22.

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Red

1994 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection

Napa Valley more

1/3/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 97 points

Taste of 5 Caymus Special Selection. Bouquet that was the most complex, smoking wood, cassis, Rutherford Dust, blackberry, saddle leather, touch of white pepper, more of the same on the palate, more of the same in the mouth, the most tasty and complex on the mid palate, elegant and silky smooth on the long, long finish. My#1.

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Red

1991 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection

Napa Valley more

1/3/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 92 points

Tasting of 5 Caymus Special Selection. Nose of cigar box, black cherry fruit, plum, and a touch of wood, more of the same on the palate, big, intense taste, touch rustic, big body, at its best-drink up, glad I store at 52 degrees, very good cabernet but in tough company tonight, My #5.

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Red

1995 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection

Napa Valley more

1/3/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 93 points

Tasting of 5 Caymus Special Selection. Nose of blackberry, mocha java coffee, and saddle leather, more of the same on the palate, big, intense wine, a hint of herbs on the mid palate, very lovely wine but in tough competition tonight, long finish and good acid on the aftertaste. My #4.

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Red

1990 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection

Napa Valley more

1/3/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 95 points

Tasting of 5 Caymus Special Selection.Terrific nose of currants, cassis, dark cherry fruit, more of the same on the palate, mouth filling, hint of wood on the mid palate, medium/big body, and long, long finish. nose was its best feature today. (Wine Spectator Wine of the Year for 1994, the only winery to win twice-as Charlie said-Bestdamncab!! My #2.

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Red

1997 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection

Napa Valley more

1/3/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 94 points

Tasting of 5 Caymus Special Selection. Nose of cassis, dark cherry fruit, smoke, more of the same on the palate, very elegant, rich and mouth filling, delicious, at its best, medium/long, fruity finish. Can age 5 more years. My #3.

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Red

2013 Carlisle Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard

Sonoma Valley more

5/6/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 89 points

Nose of black fruit, plum, slightly closed, opened very slowly, better nose the second night, subtle touch of heat, more of the same on the palate, rich tasting, touch simple, seamless and almost elegant, more of a pinot style zinfandel tonight, more big than medium body, and long flavorful finish. Will wait 2 years to open another or suggest you decant for 3 hours.

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Red

2007 Vergari Pinot Noir Sangiacomo Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

8/1/2013 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 91 points

Fragrant nose of red cherry and raspberry, more of the same on the palate, hint of bacon fat, dusty earth, and spice on the mid palate, tasty with the grilled turkey, medium/big body, better than the last bottle, seems a touch delicate though, long finish. I promised Dave Vergari to post my notes or I will never see another bottle again-Ouch!

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Red

2007 Vergari Pinot Noir Sangiacomo Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

10/26/2010 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 91 points

Nose of Carneros pinot noir fruit that went well with Fleming's Ahi Tuna, red cherry fruit, more of the same on the palate, very big on the mid palate, almost elegant, medium/long fruity finish.
Thank you to Dave Vergari for reminding me to post my notes.

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Red

2000 Château D'Aiguilhe

Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/10/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 90 points

Nose of saddle leather, hint of cigar smoke, black cherry, more of the same on the palate, at its best, delicious with steak, good structure, medium/big body, medium/long finish, nice aftertaste.

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