jasonmckinley

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  • 2010 Cameron Hughes Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 400

    i'm a big cameron hughes fan- i am scoring this the same as the 300. to me, this is definitely one of the best value wines i have ever had. we had 2 other couples over (all wine lovers) and we blind tasted this against a shafer one point five... this won unanimously. nothing against the shafer, but it's interesting when you take the emotion out of things and blind-taste what can happen. this is a nice, big, smooth cabernet with dark fruits and mocha undertones. i've been drinking this since release and had 3 cases of it- now down to 7 bottles which i will hold for a little longer. very impressive.

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  • 2008 Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Reserve Rennie Vineyard

    Excellent wine; very unique. From the second you smell it you will know you're drinking quality. Really turned into something different around 60 minutes in the bottle. Very good wine that I think will age well- I will try again in 2-3 years. I could have been convinced this was a Cab Franc based on taste profile. Great wine and glad we picked this one up- we have one more and will be holding until 2015+.

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  • 2007 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon T-Bar-T Ranch

    Bought 3 bottles of this from the vineyard back in July 2011. At the time of vineyard tasting, a group of 4 of us actually thought this was the best QPR of any vineyard we visited during the trip (and we went to some stellar vineyards). During our visit, I actually blind tasted this against some of the $100+ Hall Cabernet's and picked this as my favorite... I was really excited that I preferred one of the least-expensive wines on the menu...but now that the wine has aged, I'm not sure what happened to it since then (2 bottles of consistent notes for me), but my wife and I just don't care for this one. This was our last of the 4 we purchased and I hate to say that we're glad we have this one out of the collection. It's too thin for us and has way too much tin/metal lingering in the mid palate and finish. I think we paid around $45 for this one and I would say it's overpriced. The only good news is you probably won't find this at your local wine store because it's low production being a single vineyard cabernet. It's a shame because so many 2007 Napa cabs have been very solid; this one just isn't living up to the hype. I'd save your money and pass on this one. It hurts the Hall brand-- they make some very good wines, especially for the value, but this one seems to be getting worse with age. I could list at least a dozen $20 wines I prefer over this one.

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