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Red

2005 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

Oakville more

12/20/2014 - JimN Likes this wine: 94 points

Can't find my tasting notes, but I liked it. A lot. Decanted for four hours.

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1989 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

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12/21/2014 - JimN Likes this wine: 92 points

Eight hour decant, and it needed every minute! True to Dunn form, this has the structure of a much younger wine. 10 hours in it was really showing its stuff. Very dark, brooding flavor profile. I always feel like these wines fall exactly halfway between a Bordeaux and a CA Cab. Best of both worlds. Ready to drink now with a very long decant, but probably has decades ahead of it if the fruit can hold on.

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2012 Continuum Novicium

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/24/2014 - JimN Likes this wine: 94 points

Wow! I was blown away by this "second" wine when I tasted it at the winery, so I ordered a case. I opened this the day it arrived, and it was no worse for wear. I gave it a four hour decant, and it continued to show more subtlety as the night wore on. Exactly what I recalled from my earlier tasting. Gorgeous bouquet on the nose, velvety mouthfeel, dark cherries, coffee and chocolate. Just perfect balance with soft tannins. So drinkable and complex right now, but seems likely to age for at least 5-10 years.

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White

2008 Staglin Family Chardonnay Estate

Rutherford more

12/23/2014 - JimN Likes this wine: 91 points

Opened for two hours, but no decant. Beautiful colour, complex nose, and lovely flavors of pineapple, honey, with some citrus tones. Alas, it is starting to get a bit flabby, so time to drink up.

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Red

2009 DuMOL Pinot Noir Ryan

Russian River Valley more

12/23/2014 - JimN Likes this wine: 94 points

Exactly what DuMOL consistently delivers with this wine! Decanted three hours. Full bodied Pinot, rich texture, dark fruit, soft tannins. Not especially complex or nuanced, but that is not why you buy this wine. Not for the burgundy crowd, at least not at this age, but this will settle down a bit in the years ahead. Drink or hold for 10 years.

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Red

2008 David Bruce Pinot Noir Sonoma County

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12/24/2014 - JimN wrote: 88 points

Simple wine, but pleasant enough. Hard to beat at $20!

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Red

1998 Domaine du Grapillon d'Or Gigondas

Red Rhone Blend more

12/24/2014 - JimN Likes this wine: 92 points

What a pleasant surprise this was at less than $30. Sitting in my cellar for a long time without tasting any bottles. In a great place right now. Bursting with lush fruit with a finish that goes on and on. The Napa fans lapped it up and the bottle was gone before I could get a glass. Good stuff.

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Red

1995 Behrens & Hitchcock Cabernet Sauvignon "Ink Grade"

Napa Valley more

12/24/2014 - JimN wrote: 90 points

Aptly named! Almost black and coated your teeth. Lush and velvety with dark, brooding fruit. A bit too hot and too simple to score it higher. Enjoyable enough to drink while you are not really paying that much attention to what you are drinking, if that makes sense.

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White

2006 DuMOL Chardonnay Chloe

Russian River Valley more

12/18/2014 - JimN Likes this wine: 93 points

From a magnum. Opened for several hours in the bottle. Given my experience with some older DuMOL Chardonnays over the past week, I'd say 6-10 years is probably the ideal window. This wine was fresh and bright, with great acidity, and delivered some lovely complex flavors of apricot, vanilla, buttered toast, and more. Long finish. Drink now or hold for next several years.

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Red

2009 Mollydooker Shiraz Blue Eyed Boy

South Australia more

12/25/2014 - JimN wrote: 89 points

From a magnum. Two hour decant. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood, but nothing special here. Couldn't even call it a fruit bomb, as it was surprisingly restrained. A bit better at the end of the night when I went back for a taste, but that may be more a reflection of the state of my palate at that point! Closed? In a dumb phase? I've moved on from this stuff? We'll see...

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2004 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Olivet Lane Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

12/25/2014 - JimN wrote: 90 points

From a magnum. Still young and fresh, with tannins that needed a few hours in a decanter to settle down. An enjoyable, if uninspired, Pinot. A crowd pleaser, but not wow factor or complexity.

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White - Sparkling

1988 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Vintage Rare

Champagne Blend more

12/28/2014 - JimN Likes this wine: 93 points

A winter champagne, not a summer champagne. A port-like quality to it on the nose and on the a palate. I enjoyed more than some others, who I think we're looking for something fresher and lighter. The window on this wine is closing, but for now it remains highly enjoyable and unusual.

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White - Sparkling

NV Egly-Ouriet Champagne Brut Tradition Grand Cru

Champagne Blend more

12/25/2014 - JimN Likes this wine: 92 points

From a bottle that has been in my cellar for eight years. Looked, smelled and tasted like a vintage bubbly. Just a hint of oxidation. Toasted almond. Still surprisingly fresh. Was generally preferred, although not by me, over the 1988 Veuve that followed.

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White

2002 DuMOL Chardonnay Isobel

Green Valley more

12/27/2014 - JimN wrote: 91 points

From a magnum. Opened and left in bottle for three hours. Better than the 750l bottle I had a year ago. Definitely CA style, but the years have given it some restraint and balance. A bit of butterscotch and vanilla with a touch of oak. Just enough acidity to hold everything together, but I would drink over the next few years, even from a large format.

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Red

2003 The Colonial Estate Shiraz Exile

Barossa Valley more

12/27/2014 - JimN wrote: 92 points

From a magnum. Decanted for two hours and then back in bottle. Drank over four hours. Quite extracted, blueberry and dark chocolate hit your palate with precision. Still showing heat on the long finish. Nothing subtle about this wine. Not really one for standing around and sipping at a party. Needs meat to accompany it! From a magnum, this has a decade or more ahead of it. If this style is in your wheelhouse, the score could be 95+.

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Red

2000 Château Bellevue St. Émilion Grand Cru

Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/27/2014 - JimN wrote: 92 points

Ready for prime time, but still has a decade or more ahead. Tannins starting to settle down and integrate. Great brooding fruit with tobacco and leather as well.

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Red

2004 Blackwood Lane Alliance

Okanagan Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

8/28/2014 - JimN Likes this wine: 91 points

Bold, masculine wine. Notes from Day 2. Softening a bit and becoming much more expressive. The Merlot is prominent on the nose and the palate...currant, spice and peppercorns, hint of prunes. Has plenty of structure to last a long time, but drinking well now with a good decant. I don't get to drink much Canadian wine, so thanks to peterk for this one!

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White

2007 Kistler Chardonnay McCrea Vineyard

Sonoma Mountain more

8/22/2014 - JimN Does not like this wine: 87 points

PnP, and served in a plastic wine glass, so perhaps that was the problem. Not much going on here on the nose or the palate. Glycerin and a bit medicinal and the alcohol is hot on the finish. Good acidity, but no fruit to complement it. Pumped the remainder and will decant and retaste tomorrow--in a proper wine glass!

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Red

1988 Grace Family Cabernet Sauvignon

St. Helena more

8/23/2014 - JimN wrote: 87 points

Pretty good showing after 26 years. PnP. Nice Bordeaux qualities, but none of the complexity you'd get with a Bordeaux of this vintage. Sitting in perfect conditions in a friend's cellar direct from the winery, so as good as you'll get storage-wise. Well past prime and heading South. Drink.

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White

2003 Peter Michael Chardonnay Belle Côte

Knights Valley more

8/6/2014 - JimN Likes this wine: 93 points

Couldn't say it better than jsteckbeck note, so I won't. Really good stuff!

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Red

2002 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Windsor Gardens Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

8/6/2014 - JimN wrote: 89 points

From a magnum. Decanted for one hour for light sediment and then back into the bottle. Others enjoyed this much more than me. It is a feminie style, light bodied, cherry cola, smooth finish. Nothing objectionable, just nothing special.

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White - Fortified

NV Alvear Pedro Ximénez Montilla-Moriles Solera 1927

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8/6/2014 - JimN Likes this wine: 92 points

Could there possibly be a better bottle of wine at $18 for a split? Dark brown,extremely viscous, clinging to the glass with each swirl. Burnt caramel, hint of chocolate, almost like maple syrup. Poured it over vanilla ice cream--wow!

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White

2009 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc

Columbia Valley Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

8/6/2014 - JimN wrote: 90 points

Last of my case and by far the best bottle. Based on earlier notes, perhaps I just consumed too early. Showing much more richness, with good acidity through to the finish.

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Red

1999 Colgin Cariad

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/29/2014 - JimN Likes this wine: 94 points

Screaming Eagle Showdown (Yellow Springs Inn): Part of a blind tasting of 1999 US Cabernets. In a virtual tie as my top wine along with the Screaming Eagle and the Insignia. Showed much better for me the second time through, as my score moved to 94 from 90. Has the wow factor, consistent with my note from five years ago. Back then I suggested a decade or more, and today I'd say it still has a decade or more. A bargain relative to the Screaming Eagle!

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Red

1999 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

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7/29/2014 - JimN wrote: 89 points

Screaming Eagle Showdown (Yellow Springs Inn): Part of a blind tasting of 1999 US Cabernets. I had this rated higher the first time through. Seemed to fade as the evening wore on. Most other tasters had this rated much higher. Noticeable barnyard nose, rich fruit on the palate, with tannins very much in evidence. Might be early for this wine, given the tannic structure and the reputation of the producer. Hold.

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