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Red

2010 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Fortuna Vineyard

Oakville more

6/29/2015 - tp096255 Likes this wine: 95 points

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COLOR: Garnet with brickish-garnet rim (mature?)
NOTE: This is lovely from nose to finish, so no wonder why Parker called it out as one of his favs from the 2014 releases. It is oak-driven, but on the nose it's more sweet mulberry, then the mouth is rich and decadent, with loads of darker fruits mingled in with lots of dark cocoa, then the finish just sails off for 45 minutes of lovely cocoa powder covered blackberries. Its great. I love this, and yes, I'm a cab-whore. This is Schrader/Bevan quality. No doubt about it.

DECANT: 1-3 hours
GLASS USED: Bordeaux
TASTE: 9.5-
COST: 250
VALUE: 2.0
TRY AGAIN: now - 2018
CORAVIN'D: Yes, initially, left 85% in bottle
PRE-POUR LEVEL: 100%
PAIRING: meat!
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Red

2005 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Columbia Valley more

6/29/2015 - tp096255 Likes this wine: 93 points

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COLOR: Deep garnet with medium-garnet rim
NOTE: Lovely sandalwood-laced blackberry juice nose, cinnamon and tar, then medium+ mouth has nice bright black mulberry juice, acidic but in a good balancing way, that leads to the finish. This is NOT a 100 point wine but still maintains its solid core of fruit and structure almost the same today as it did 7 years ago when I first tasted it. Has hardly budged. This thing has another decade in it at least.

DECANT: 1-3 hours
GLASS USED: Bordeaux
TASTE: 9.3
COST: 120
VALUE: 5.0
TRY AGAIN: now - 2025
CORAVIN'D: first time, and now at 60%
PRE-POUR LEVEL: 100%
PAIRING: marinated beef, um um
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Red

2011 Bevan Cellars Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/23/2013 - tp096255 Likes this wine: 95 points

Tasted this with Victoria and Josh. Amazing juice. Full on 9.5 and rising. Just slightly eclipsed by the EE in this vintage.

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Red

2010 Saxum Paderewski Vineyard

Paso Robles Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel more

7/15/2014 - tp096255 Likes this wine: 93 points

I guess I expect these Zin-based Saxums to be drinkable earlier or with a minimal decant, but that just isn't the case. They are beasts like all the others and need to be tamed with time.

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Red

2009 Favia Rompecabezas

Amador County Syrah Blend, Syrah more

7/15/2014 - tp096255 Likes this wine: 92 points

Much more Syrah-driven than 2008. I preferred the Grenache-dominant 2008. This was a bit too intense for some of the folks at dinner.

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Red

2010 Epoch Estate Wines Ingenuity Paderewski Vineyard

Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend more

8/15/2014 - tp096255 Likes this wine: 92 points

Good stuff all over again!

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Red

2010 Booker Vineyard Vertigo Extended Age 22 Months

Paso Robles Syrah Blend, Syrah more

7/15/2014 - tp096255 Likes this wine: 93 points

Good juice. I Like this extended barrel version a little better.
9.3+

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Red

2010 Booker Vineyard Vertigo

Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend more

7/15/2014 - tp096255 Likes this wine: 93 points

Good juice. I Like the extended barrel version a little better.
9.3-

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Red

2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

7/15/2014 - tp096255 Likes this wine: 91 points

Good solid PN.

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Red

2012 Donelan Pinot Noir Two Brothers

North Coast more

6/15/2014 - tp096255 wrote: 86 points

This might have just been in an awkward place but I didn't enjoy it this time. It was thin and fruit was muted. Decanting didn't do anything for it.

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Red

2009 Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon Caravan

Napa Valley more

7/15/2014 - tp096255 wrote: flawed

Had it at the winery in Sep 2013 and it was good stuff. This was still drinkable but noticeably flawed. Shame

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White

2010 Lewis Cellars Chardonnay Barcaglia Lane

Russian River Valley more

8/15/2014 - tp096255 Likes this wine: 93 points

Very good. Had it in Nov 2012 and then another bottle today. Holding up well.

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Red

2011 L'Aventure Optimus

Paso Robles Red Blend more

12/15/2014 - tp096255 wrote: 88 points

One of the least impressive Optimus' in memory. Just okay.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2003 Château La Tour Blanche Sauternes

Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

1/15/2015 - tp096255 Likes this wine: 95 points

This is still one of our all-time favorite stickies. Just gorgeous.

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Red

2009 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 7

St. Helena more

6/15/2015 - tp096255 Likes this wine: 90 points

Decent juice.

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Red

2010 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 4

Napa Valley more

9/15/2014 - tp096255 wrote: 88 points

Okay, but not very fruity or complex.

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Red

2010 Beringer Vineyards Quantum Reserve

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/15/2014 - tp096255 Likes this wine: 91 points

9.1+
Decent juice.

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Red

2012 Bevan Cellars Tin Box

Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/15/2014 - tp096255 Likes this wine: 93 points

--- Unbelievable Wine Dinner at our Home with Victoria and Sharon! ---
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This was another bottle that was GONE by the end of the night, so no formal tasting note. It was the first wine I tasted and it barely had any decant time. It was an extracted and concentrated brut with the sweet oak overpowering the fruit at all stages. Just give it 2-4 years and let all that goodness integrate. Man were we committing infanticide tonight and loving it!

9.3-
3rd place out of 5 CS/CF-based wines tonight.

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Red

2012 Bevan Cellars Ontogeny

Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/15/2014 - tp096255 Likes this wine: NR

--- Unbelievable Wine Dinner at our Home with Victoria and Sharon! ---
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COLOR: Opaque purple w/garnet-purple rim
NOTE: This may have been a flawed bottle, not sure, so no rating. Also, it was just bottled a few months ago. The nose was overwhelmingly green stems/vegetal/oak, like under-ripe Cab Francs I've had. This bottle was still 2/3rds full after the evening and I rated it #5 out of 5 CS/CF-based wines tonight. Hopefully I can try it again in a few years and either get a good bottle or an integrated one. This wine didn't budge with a 24 hour decant.

DECANT: 0 - 24
GLASS USED: Bordeaux
TASTE: 8.0 if I had to put a score, but it's not fair to do that.
COST: 75
VALUE: n/a
TRY AGAIN: 2017 - 2023
CORAVIN'D:
PRE-POUR LEVEL:
PAIRING:
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Red

2012 Bevan Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Wildfoote Vineyard

Stags Leap District more

6/15/2014 - tp096255 Likes this wine: 94 points

--- Unbelievable Wine Dinner at our Home with Victoria and Sharon! ---
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No official notes because my in-laws hogged 80% of the entire bottle and it was gone before Stacy even got to taste it!!! Just sucked it right down like Armageddon was coming in the next 30 minutes.

I personally felt it was a bit disjointed and so scored it below the EE. It still came out as #2 on my list for the night. The density and purity were profound, so this might just need a couple more years and it could exceed the EE.

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Red

2012 Bevan Cellars EE Cuvée

Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/15/2014 - tp096255 Likes this wine: 95 points

--- Unbelievable Wine Dinner at our Home with Victoria and Sharon! ---
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COLOR: Dense/opaque black-purple, almost to the rim
NOTE: 1st out of 5 CS/CF-based wines tonight. The following note is after 24 hours in opened bottle:
This is like taking the best components of all Bevan CS wines and rolling them into one. I could just sit and smell this bad boy for days. With only the faintest whiff of heat, the nose is like blackberry liqueur poured on hot, cracked granite (reminds me of another winery's style I just love). And it comes with all the cocoa powder, tar, oiled leather, Saigon cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, whatever.... The nose is STUPID good in case you didn't catch that. This was also the best wine overall from the moment of PnP, and it's even more sublime after 24 hours.
It rolls across the tongue with smooth tannins and sweet black fruits, thick and voluptuous, fully gratifying all on its own or with food. This is sexy and complex. Finish is dominated by dark chocolate and baking spices, but the deep black fruits definitely linger for the last 30+ seconds as well. Amazing. So elegant... Everyone raved about it.

DECANT: 0-24 hours
GLASS USED: Bordeaux
TASTE: 9.5+
COST: 150
VALUE: 8.0
TRY AGAIN: now - 2025
CORAVIN'D: no
PRE-POUR LEVEL:
PAIRING:
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Red

2012 Bevan Cellars Oscar Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/15/2014 - tp096255 Likes this wine: 93 points

--- Unbelievable Wine Dinner at our Home with Victoria and Sharon! ---
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COLOR: Opaque purple with garnet-purple rim
NOTE: Placed 4th out of 5 CS/CF-based 2012's from Bevan. The following note is based on what was left of the bottle 24 hours later:
Lovely loam-driven nose, bourbon vanilla bean, complicated by dark chocolate drizzled over macerated boysenberries. Hints of cracked pepper, whiff of heat. My kind of dessert! This seems to be much more giving than the PnP yesterday, indicating a good 2+ years will benefit the wine.
If this is still CF-dominant then this is an excellent example of what can be achieved by this varietal in California.
And if the complement in the wine is still Merlot, then this should make Merlot snobs shut up and take notice.
The mouth is rich, sweet with glycerin (but not opulent), full of black cherry, boysenberry, 70% dark chocolate truffle melting in your mouth. The finish was a bit clipped yesterday (no duh, it was only bottled 3 months ago) but today is a diff story. That lovely loam element reappears, giving amazing depth/volume to the rich black fruit compote. Some noticeable heat at the end, but worth the price of such ripe fruit. Bevan - Oh thank Heaven! Victoria, Russell and Sharon are amazing. Most hospitable folks in the industry!!!

DECANT: 0-24 hours
GLASS USED: Bordeaux
TASTE: 9.3+
COST: 150
VALUE: 3.0
TRY AGAIN: 2016 - 2022
CORAVIN'D: no
PRE-POUR LEVEL:
PAIRING:
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Red

2012 Bevan Cellars Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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6/15/2015 - tp096255 Likes this wine: 91 points

--- Unbelievable Wine Dinner at our Home with Victoria and Sharon! ---
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COLOR: Murky Garnet with murky ruby-garnet rim
NOTE: Super tight on PnP, this needed 24 hours. That's when nice smokey pomegranate liqueur emerged, sweet rhubarb sauce, mountain strawberries, nutmeg and sage. This needs to be served on the cool side as the alcohol dominates at 70+ degrees. Mouth has nice medium+ weight, cola, cinnamon sprinkled on some more red fruits, fresh and snappy with acidity. Finish is a little sweet but turns fairly acidic.


DECANT: 24 hours!
GLASS USED: Bordeaux
TASTE: 9.1+
COST: 75
VALUE: 6.0
TRY AGAIN: 2016 - 2020
CORAVIN'D:
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White - Sweet/Dessert

2005 Jorge Ordoñez & Co. Málaga #3 Old Vines

Moscatel, Muscat more

6/15/2014 - tp096255 Likes this wine: 90 points

I love these Ordonez wines made from Moscatel de Alejandria. They're so unique from other dessert wines.
This one had loads of turkish apricot, prunes, macerated pears and cinnamon baked apple. Thick and unctuous but with decent acidity. On this one though the residual sugar puts it a little out of balance.

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Red

2008 Dunham Cellars Merlot Lewis Vineyard

Columbia Valley more

6/15/2014 - tp096255 Likes this wine: 93 points

Great Merlot, superb density. Boysenberry liqueur, tobacco and kirsch everywhere. Great from nose to finish and it disappeared fast! Probably at its peak right now but could keep coasting another 3-5 years.

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