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Red

1998 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

10/31/2014 - TSBWine Likes this wine: 93 points

92-93+ Points. Tasted serially over 2-3 hours at 60-65 degrees.

On the nose dried red fruits, roasted meat, incense and savory spices. On the palate, dried raspberry and red currants gave way to roasted meat, dried herbs, cedar wood, spice and a lengthy and resonant cigar wrapper finish.

Still seemed to be quite fresh although it seemed at a point where it might be in a graceful descent from its peak. Good overall acidity with nice density and steady structure. Moderate weight and texture on the palate but well delineated with nice clarity.

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2012 Chappellet Cervantes Mountain Cuvee

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/26/2014 - TSBWine wrote: 88 points

88 Points. Served serially over 3 hours between 60-65F.

Black cherry, blackberry and oak spice on the nose. On the palate, blackberry coulis and boysenberry fruits followed by cedar, cocoa, oak spice and charred wood / creosote. Over time, ripe black currants and blueberries come and go. Where this wine really suffers is texturally - little to no structure, disjointed acidity, little density on the mid-palate and rather hollow. The alcohol shows quite significantly as well.

Overall, I'm pretty disappointed. I like the 2010 and 2011 vintages far more and this seems too primary, too blown out, too messy. There's a deliciousness factor here, but even for the style it seems to miss the mark. Maybe some more time will bring it together, but this is most definitely a near-term drinker.

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White

2011 Domaine Eden Chardonnay

Santa Cruz Mountains more

9/16/2014 - TSBWine Likes this wine: 92 points

92+ Points. Tasted serially over two hours. Served at 58-62F.

On the nose, toasty lees and spice dominate. On the palate fresh white peach and candied citrus are followed by toast and warm spices. Texturally, there's tremendous mouthfeel here that's counterbalanced perfectly by solid acidity. The barrel fermentation and sur-lie are obvious on the wine, but complement the density, length and energy on the palate.

Right now there's not much delineation on the palate, but the palate intersects perfectly between richness and freshness. With some time in the cellar it's possible greater complexity might show, but this is primarily about the tremendous texture and energy. A stunning showing for a second label wine and an excellent value. I continue to be impressed by California's 2011 whites.

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2012 Tablas Creek Viognier

Paso Robles more

9/2/2014 - TSBWine Likes this wine: 90 points

90 Points. Serially tasted over 2 hours. Served between 58-62F.

Ripe mangoes and spice on the nose. On the palate, lemon curd, citrus peel, white flowers and spice with an impressive cut of minerality to clean the palate. Over time some white peach and green herbs show on the palate, although it remains driven by citrus notes.

Overall, there's good intensity and length on the palate although a bit more monochromatic than previous vintages. Texturally, this seems far less round than other Central Coast Viognier, but there's still plenty of weight and density here.

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Red

2010 Cade Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

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6/27/2014 - TSBWine Likes this wine: 93 points

93+ Points. Tasted at "Taste of Howell Mountain" event. Aerated unknown period of time.

Dark fruits and grilled meat on the nose. On the palate, black plum and black currants are followed by chocolate, scorched earth, cedar and purple flowers. Expressive and generous, but firmly seated with plenty of structure and fine-grained tannin. The alcohol pokes through in the finish, but overall this is modern and largely scaled without being too loosely knit.

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Red

2002 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

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6/14/2014 - TSBWine Likes this wine: 91 points

90-91+ Points. Tasted at "Taste of Howell Mountain" event. Aerated unknown period of time.

Restrained fresh blueberries, faint notes of dried herbs, violets and blue slate. This seemed relatively restrained and even a bit muted. There's good density here and plenty of freshness with an elegant mouthfeel. The mid-palate density and freshness suggests this may need additional aeration or more time in the cellar.

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2003 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

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6/14/2014 - TSBWine Likes this wine: 92 points

92+ Points. Tasted at "Taste of Howell Mountain" event. Aerated unknown period of time.

Brambly blackberries on the nose. On the palate, macerated red and black currants by a bounty of dried herbs, chalky candied violets and a very mineral blue-slate. At this point it's extremely mineral driven with resolved tannin and an elegant disposition.

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Red

2011 Saunter Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Eagle Summit Vineyard

Howell Mountain more

6/14/2014 - TSBWine Likes this wine: 92 points

92+ Points. Tasted at "Taste of Howell Mountain" event. Aerated unknown period of time.

Sweet spices and sappy raspberry fruit on the nose. On the palate, fresh boysenberries, blueberries followed by violets, cola spices and a chalky mineral finish. Vibrant acidity and grippy tannin brings a level of freshness and texture on the palate. Overall impressive balance of energy, richness and texture.

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Red

2011 Outpost Cabernet Sauvignon

Howell Mountain more

6/14/2014 - TSBWine Likes this wine: 91 points

91 Points. Tasted at "Taste of Howell Mountain" event. Aerated unknown period of time. Served too warm.

Rich red currants and bright cherries followed by cedar, lightly dried herbs and pronounced oak characteristics. Good overall mouthfeel and density with brightness and liveliness on the palate.

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Red

2012 Outpost Zinfandel Howell Mountain

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6/13/2014 - TSBWine Likes this wine: 91 points

90-91 Points. Tasted at "Taste of Howell Mountain" event. Aerated unknown period of time.

Rich wild berry notes followed by spice and cedar notes. Possible stem inclusion with chalky tannin and textural grip. Overall this has good richness and spice with solid underlying structure.

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Red

2012 Outpost Grenache

Howell Mountain more

6/14/2014 - TSBWine Likes this wine: 92 points

92+ Points. Tasted at "Taste of Howell Mountain" event. Aerated for unknown period of time.

Ripe strawberries, black raspberries and kirsch followed by white pepper, herbs and sweet spices. This is pretty monolithic on the palate with tremendous density. Seems like there's some whole cluster inclusion here which would account for the herbaceous notes, grippy tannin and low acidity. This is a hugely scaled wine that's pretty fat on the palate with some heat showing. Definitely modern in style, but expressive and delicious in its own way.

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Red

2011 O'Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

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6/14/2014 - TSBWine Likes this wine: 91 points

90-91+ Points. Tasted at "Taste of Howell Mountain" event. Aerated for unknown period of time. Small pour.

Raspberry coulis on the nose. Raspberry coulis, red currant and ripe cranberry followed by spice and mint notes on the palate. There's moderate oak influences here. Good overall concentration with depth and interest.

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Red

2010 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon SongBook

Napa Valley more

6/13/2014 - TSBWine Likes this wine: 91 points

91-92+(?) Points. Tasted at Cliff Lede. Aerated for an extended period of time in flat bottom decanter. Finished the dregs of the decanter.

Rich, concentrated dark cherry notes with earth and a dusting of cocoa. Excellent mid palate density and quite concentrated on the palate.

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Red

2001 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District

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6/13/2014 - TSBWine Likes this wine: 91 points

90-91+ Points. Tasted at Cliff Lede. Aerated for unknown period of time.

Dried, macerated cherries followed by dried herbs and cedar notes. The wine is clearly mature but is holding together well. There's very good clarity and focus here at this point, but is unlikely to improve. Recommend drinking soon with limited aeration.

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Red

2010 Cliff Lede High Fidelity

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/13/2014 - TSBWine Likes this wine: 91 points

90-91+ Points. Tasted at Cliff Lede. Aerated unknown period of time.

Rich red fruits on the nose with notes of cedar and violets. Rich, ripe plum fruit followed by generous amounts of cocoa and sweet oak influences on the finish. Good overall structure with firm fine-grained tannins to bolster the wine. Developed quite a bit in the glass over time. This showed a good amount of oak influenced notes on the palate, but it may resolve over time.

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Red

2011 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District

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6/13/2014 - TSBWine Likes this wine: 92 points

92+(?) Points. Tasted at Cliff Lede. Aerated unknown period of time.

Cocoa, earth and green herbs on the nose. Rich plum, earth and a dusting of cocoa on the palate. Good density and weight on the palate with satin tannin. There's a generosity and fullness on the palate while maintaining some freshness. Plenty of interest, depth and texture here especially for the vintage.

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Red

2011 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Hershey Vineyard

Howell Mountain more

6/13/2014 - TSBWine Likes this wine: 94 points

94 Points. Tasted at Dana. Aerated in bottle for 2-4+ hours.

Pure, macerated plums, fresh blueberries followed by abundant spice and lilac notes with chalky tannins. This seemed to be the most expressive and pure of all the other vineyards while retaining a sense elegance and perfume. Excellent overall density and mouthfeel. As seems to be the style, these are relatively open-knit and accessible now.

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Red

2011 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Lotus Vineyard

St. Helena more

6/13/2014 - TSBWine Likes this wine: 92 points

92+ Points. Tasted at Dana. Aerated in bottle for 2-4+ hours.

Rich brambly fruit on the nose with brown sugar notes. On the palate, briar fruit, rich plum, fresh blueberries are followed by cedar and dry earth notes. There's a more dynamic fruit profile to the Lotus vineyard although it seems a bit more wild in character. There seemed to be a bit more alcohol showing on the finish here as well.

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Red

2011 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard

Rutherford more

6/13/2014 - TSBWine Likes this wine: 92 points

92 Points. Tasted at Dana. Aerated in bottle for 2-4+ hours.

Dark cherry and cedar on the nose. Rich, dense dark cherry notes on the palate followed by cedar and allspice on the palate. With greater aeration violets develop in the glass. There's a tremendous lush mouthfeel here with good overall density. A mineral edge cleans up the finish.

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Red - Fortified

2009 Kapcsandy Family Winery Vino Del Sol State Lane Vineyard

Yountville Port Blend more

6/13/2014 - TSBWine wrote: 89 points

89-90 Points. Tasted at Kapcsandy.

Blackberry liqueur, licorice and cedar wood. A bit too sloppy and monochromatic for my tastes. There's plenty of richness but it comes across as a powerful simpleton.

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Red

2011 Kapcsandy Family Winery Roberta's Reserve State Lane Vineyard

Yountville Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/13/2014 - TSBWine Likes this wine: 91 points

90-91+(?) Points. Tasted at Kapcsandy.

Red Currants and cedar with a floral perfume that finishes with anise-seed and mint. There's good density on the mid-palate here with some interest. This one in particularly didn't really resonate with me, but given the concentration and density it seems more due to its youthful nature than quality.

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2011 Kapcsandy Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (Grand Vin) State Lane Vineyard

Yountville more

6/13/2014 - TSBWine Likes this wine: 93 points

92-94+ Points. Tasted at Kapcsandy.

Dark, deeply pitched black fruits on the nose. Rich dark currants on the palate followed by fresh blueberries, loamy earth, light cocoa, cedar and eucalyptus. Like other Kapcsandy 2011s this is showing plenty of savory qualities, but has more interest and concentration than the others along with an intriguing counter-balance of fruit characteristics. There's a great deal of richness and density here as well with a rigid backbone and excellent structure. Very good overall depth, balance and density for the vintage. This is pretty accessible now, but has the bones and depth to develop.

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Red

2011 Kapcsandy Family Winery Rapszodia

Yountville Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/13/2014 - TSBWine Likes this wine: 91 points

90-91+ Points. Tasted at Kapcsandy.

Sappy red fruits on the nose. On the palate, ripe raspberry and sappy cherries followed by cedar, dried herbs, fennel and eucalyptus on the mid-palate and finish. Seems to be in an awkward stage at this point and wasn't particularly expressive. Good density and mouthfeel on the mid-palate, but a bit closed down. Young and a bit wound up, this seemed less approachable than others in the line-up and might need a bit more time to unfurl. There's plenty of concentration here but it's not very giving at the moment.

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Red

2011 Kapcsandy Family Winery Estate Cuvée State Lane Vineyard

Yountville Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/13/2014 - TSBWine Likes this wine: 92 points

92-93+ Points. Tasted at Kapcsandy.

Dark toned berry fruits on the nose. Ripe red and black currants on the palate followed by cedar, spice, licorice and considerable eucalyptus notes. Quite savory on the mid-palate. Good density and weight on the palate with a very structured frame. Still a bit wound up and young, but approachable now.

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2010 Kapcsandy Family Winery Endre

Yountville Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/13/2014 - TSBWine Likes this wine: 92 points

91-92+ Points. Tasted at Kapcsandy.

Black Cherry, plum and notes of eucalyptus on the nose. On the palate, ripe red and black plums followed by dried herbs, cocoa, graphite and allspice. Youthfully wound up with fine-grained tannins and good density on the mid-palate. There's some nice freshness here as well without excess weight on the palate. It evolved well in the glass over a short period of time and could have a good life ahead of it.

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