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Red

2012 Kistler Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

5/8/2015 - phenricsson wrote: 90 points

Good, full and flavorful. A bit simple? very fruity with upfront charm but lacking a bit of complexity for my taste.

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Red

1991 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon

Spring Mountain District more

4/20/2015 - phenricsson wrote: 99 points

Always loved this wine and this was the best bottle ever.

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Red

2005 Colgin Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill Vineyard

Napa Valley more

4/19/2015 - phenricsson Likes this wine: 92 points

Unexpectedly big, rich and almost funky or clumsy. Not as elegant as I had expected it to be. Had a Herb Lamb beside it and that was much more elegant and enjoyable right now. Certainly needs more time.

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Red

2008 Cayuse Cabernet Sauvignon The Widowmaker En Chamberlin Vineyard

Walla Walla Valley more

4/19/2015 - phenricsson Likes this wine: 92 points

Big, rustic wine. Impressive mouthfeel but a bit funky on the nose. It blew off some but still there

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Red

1974 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve

Napa Valley more

4/19/2015 - phenricsson wrote: 93 points

Still full of life and nowhere close to being over the hill.

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Red

1978 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard

Oakville more

4/19/2015 - phenricsson Likes this wine: 96 points

Best 78 ever. This is why old Martha's are the best.

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Red

1982 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard

Oakville more

4/19/2015 - phenricsson Likes this wine: 95 points

Beautiful, clean, intense. Old, mature Cali Cab at its best. Many years (decades?) of life left

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Red

1983 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard

Oakville more

4/19/2015 - phenricsson Likes this wine: 92 points

Best 83 Cali Cab I've ever had. Perfectly mature now. Not quite up to the 82 we had beside it but very impressive. Not as hard and rustic as most other 83

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Red

2010 Cayuse Grenache God Only Knows

Walla Walla Valley more

4/17/2015 - phenricsson wrote: 90 points

Dark, salty notes. Light on palate.

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White

2000 Alban Vineyards Viognier

Central Coast more

4/14/2015 - phenricsson Likes this wine: 91 points

Still very lively and far from over the hill

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White

2010 Ramey Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

4/10/2015 - phenricsson wrote: 95 points

Excellent. Fresh, spicey, exciting, lively.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2001 Sine Qua Non Sémillon Mr. K The Straw Man

Edna Valley more

4/4/2015 - phenricsson wrote: 96 points

Very dark, rich amber, almost brownish. Thicker than anything. Flavor of burnt sugar, creme brûlée, tropical fruits. Sweet but still fresh.

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Red

2002 Rolf Binder/Veritas Shiraz Hanisch

Barossa Valley more

4/3/2015 - phenricsson wrote: 88 points

Super ripe. soft. raisins and prunes and plums. Long impressive flavors but too ripe even for me.

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Red

2012 Colgin Syrah IX Estate

Napa Valley more

4/2/2015 - phenricsson wrote: 96 points

Delicious. Baking spices, licorice, flowers, white pepper. They are really concentrating on preserving freshness during the wine making and they are succeeding. Perfume and elegant. One of the best Syrahs so far.

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Red

2012 Colgin Cariad

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/2/2015 - phenricsson wrote: 97 points

Double decanted for 45 minutes then tasted. 80% from Madrona Ranch, a touch Petit Verdot from Thorevilos and the Cab Franc from Abrue Howell Mountain. Franc and Merlot are barrel fermented. Dark, fleshy with lots of licorice. Good grip and fresh but with graphite, mineral and tobacco.

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White

2009 Sine Qua Non On The Lam

Santa Barbara County White Blend more

4/2/2015 - phenricsson wrote: 96 points

Thick, rich, very fat. Still good acidity and fresh fruits/blossoms. Unusual but very good. Exciting.

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Red

2005 Saxum Cuvée Rocket Block James Berry Vineyard

Paso Robles Grenache Blend, Grenache more

4/1/2015 - phenricsson wrote: 99 points

One of my favorite wines. 14th bottle I've drunk. Had this side by side with the 03, both superb but slight edge to 05

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Red

2003 Saxum Cuvée Rocket Block James Berry Vineyard

Paso Robles Grenache Blend, Grenache more

4/1/2015 - phenricsson wrote: 98 points

Side by side with 05. Both superb but slight edge to 05

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Red

2012 Colgin IX Estate

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/27/2015 - phenricsson wrote: 99 points

You can tell that it is getting more age on the vines. Together with a bit more Cab Franc than earlier it is a bit rounder than before but still perfectly balanced with nice acidity countering the richness. More delicious than the Cariad this year.black currants and licorice. Classic California Cab at its best.

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White

2011 Foxtrot Chardonnay Coolshanagh

Okanagan Valley more

3/18/2015 - phenricsson wrote: 94 points

This is the best Chard made from Foxtrot IMHO. Very French in style but still rich and full. Great balance

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Red

2008 Alban Vineyards Grenache Alban Estate Vineyard

Edna Valley more

3/18/2015 - phenricsson wrote: 95 points

Excellent bottle but a bit simpler than the Pandora that we had side by side.

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Red

2008 Alban Vineyards Pandora

Edna Valley Red Rhone Blend more

3/18/2015 - phenricsson wrote: 97 points

Just a superb wine. Had together with the Grenache 08. Pandora is much more broad and complex, like one of the top prestige cuvees from Chateau Neuf. Dark fruit with a great core of intensity and long aftertaste.

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White

1999 Martinelli Chardonnay Gold Ridge

Russian River Valley more

3/18/2015 - phenricsson wrote: 91 points

Really Burgundy like. Mineral, clean and with great Chardonnay characteristics. Lots of life left. Pale, golden color. Felt much younger than the 01 Peter Michael at it's side.

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White

2001 Peter Michael Chardonnay La Carrière

Knights Valley more

3/18/2015 - phenricsson wrote: 93 points

Very impressive. Beautiful golden straw color. Very exotic, almost Sauternes nose with peach, pineapple and other exotic fruits. Rich in the mouth but still with an acidic backbone that keeps it fresh. Impressive at almost 15 years.

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White

2010 Sine Qua Non The Monkey

California White Rhone Blend more

1/2/2015 - phenricsson Likes this wine: 95 points

Great wine. Big, broad and expansive flavors explode in the mouth. Maybe a touch low on acidity for my taste but a bit of bitterness and spice in the end lifts the wine and it is not flat at all. Almost coating the mouth, peach, honey and a touch of grapefruit peel. Very long aftertaste. Excellent food wine.

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