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2008 Robert Young Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Big Rock Block

Alexander Valley more

7/19/2015 - flwinos wrote: 93 points

Popped and decanted for a few minutes, and then began to drink. Just an amazing wine. I thought it was drinking better than a 2008 Plumpjack Estate Cabernet, which we drank earlier in the night.

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2008 Plumpjack Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

Oakville more

7/19/2015 - flwinos wrote: 91 points

Decanted for about 3 hours before consuming. Fragrant bouquet. On the palate, good complexity and fruit but I thought the oak was a little bit over the top. Perhaps more time in the cellar will help integrate this - just ok for me.

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2007 Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

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5/30/2015 - flwinos wrote: 91 points

Decanted for 2.5 hours. Very smooth and well integrated. Only minimal tannins noticeable. Paired well with a NY strip. Fruit was pretty muted - wondering if it did not need that long of a decant at this point. Did not improve from first sip after the 2.5 hour decant. Nonetheless, it was a very good bottle.

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2011 Talbott Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

5/17/2015 - flwinos wrote: 91 points

Popped and poured. High-toned acidity for the initial hour that it was in my glass. I sipped over two hours. By the first hour, the acidity calmed down and the fruit was more prevalent. Very good bottle (especially for the price) though I enjoyed it after the first hour more.

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2009 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Southing

Sta. Rita Hills more

4/22/2015 - flwinos wrote: 92 points

Drinking very well right now

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2007 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve

Napa Valley more

3/29/2015 - flwinos wrote: 93 points

Decanted ~2.5 hours before starting consumption. This did the trick as this was drinking very well. Good core of fruit up front with a long finish. Still a good amount of tannins. This wine could go for another 10 years easy. Great wine.

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2011 Papapietro Perry Pinot Noir Charles Vineyard

Anderson Valley more

3/21/2015 - flwinos wrote: 89 points

Simple wine with lower acid for sure (as others have noted). Nothing complex about this - just simple pinot with copious amounts of fruit. Regardless, it was easy to drink and fit the bill for what we were looking for tonight.

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2009 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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1/25/2015 - flwinos Likes this wine: 93 points

I agree with others - this is in a really good place right now. Beautiful fruit with secondary characteristics starting to show up as well. Long finish.

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2010 Papapietro Perry Pinot Noir 777 Clones Russian River Valley

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1/4/2015 - flwinos wrote: 91 points

Nice wine. Cherry fruit and cola with lower acidity. Not extremely complex though.

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2010 Hartwell Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Stags Leap District more

12/24/2014 - flwinos wrote: 92 points

Decanted about an hour before starting to drink. It needed a little more than this. Expressive nose of raspberry, and more of the same on the palate, with some nice stuffing. Finish a touch bitter, which likely will get resolved with time. One of the best values in Napa IMO.

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2008 Black Cordon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

12/23/2014 - flwinos wrote: 93 points

Fruit forward and silky smooth. Not a lot of noticeable tannins left after a 30 minute decant. Drinking very well right now.

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2008 Regusci Patriarch

Stags Leap District Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/14/2014 - flwinos wrote: 93 points

Popped and let breathe in bottle for about an hour before consuming. No need for more air time than this. Fruit forward, but balanced with some tannins and acidity, with a long finish. Drank really well with grilled beef tenderloin.

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2010 Robert Young Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Scion

Alexander Valley more

11/23/2014 - flwinos wrote: 92 points

Scion is solid as always. Good fruit and structure, with a long finish.

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2008 Azienda Agraria Le Rote Chianti Colli Senesi

Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

11/1/2014 - flwinos wrote: 88 points

This bottle was a little bit better and for $10, pretty good QPR.

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2005 Robert Young Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Scion

Alexander Valley more

10/5/2014 - flwinos Likes this wine: 94 points

Decanted for about 30 minutes. This is drinking exceptionally well right now. 30+ second finish. Wow. I wish I had more of these left.

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2006 Robert Young Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Big Rock Block

Alexander Valley more

8/18/2014 - flwinos wrote: 93 points

Really in a good place right now. Decanted for about 1.5 hours. Great core of fruit with a long finish.

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2009 Viña Herminia Rioja Excelsus

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

8/12/2014 - flwinos wrote: 91 points

An amazing wine for $17. Needs an hour of air to really shine. Nice finish.

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2008 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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8/10/2014 - flwinos wrote: 91 points

Decanted for about 1 hour and 15 minutes before I started drinking. It needed a little more than that IMO. Some bitterness on the finish when we first started drinking that resolved itself after a little more air time. Nice fruit with a medium finish. Great QPR @ $34.

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2009 Casa Castillo (Julia Roche E Hijos) Jumilla Las Gravas

Red Blend more

8/9/2014 - flwinos wrote: 90 points

Needs about 45 minutes of air time at least before it settles down.

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2010 Hall Merlot

Napa Valley more

8/3/2014 - flwinos wrote: 88 points

Popped and poured, but gave it some time to breathe in the glass. Drank immediately after a 2009 Switchback Ridge Merlot, and this was definitely less complex and just a bit flat in comparison. Perhaps a little more air time would have helped. With that said, this is a pretty solid merlot.

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2009 Switchback Ridge Merlot Peterson Family Vineyard

Napa Valley more

8/3/2014 - flwinos wrote: 91 points

Decanted about 30 minutes again, and it could have used a little bit more air time. Cherry/blueberry pie in a bottle, with a good amount of complex nuances showing through. Finish had some bitterness that faded after about an hour of air time. Pretty darn good merlot.

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2009 Robert Biale Zinfandel Varozza Vineyard

St. Helena more

7/30/2014 - flwinos wrote: 88 points

A bit over the top with the fruit and jamminess, but a nice zinfandel if you like this style. Tannins are just about fully resolved. I don't see this getting better - drink now.

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2011 Larkmead Vineyards Firebelle

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/26/2014 - flwinos wrote: 90 points

Decanted for about an hour and a half before drinking. Not a ton of fruit, and while this isn't a huge wine, there are some tannins here that need to be resolved IMO (even after the 3.5 hours it was in glass or decanter. Far from the best wine Larkmead has made, and not a good QPR. However, not that bad either.

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2008 Charles Krug Winery (Peter Mondavi Family) Family Reserve Generations

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/26/2014 - flwinos wrote: 92 points

Decanted about 1 hour and drank over the next two hours. Black cherry predominant on the palate and nose. Tannins still present but much more integrated than two years ago. Overall very tasty.

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2008 Robert Young Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Scion

Alexander Valley more

7/20/2014 - flwinos Likes this wine: 92 points

Decanted for 3 hours. Great core of bright red fruit but some coarse tannins were present. This needs more time IMO.

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