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  • 2011 Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

    2011 was a horrible year for everyone and I wanted - no, prayed - that Larkmead would somehow make a decent wine. Unfortunately, they didn't (or more fairly, they couldn't). This wine was like most other 2011 California Cabs - thin, lacking any substantial fruit, a displeasing vegetal aftertaste, and an overall unpleasant, weak experience. I absolutely love Larkmead, but this is the first time I ever opened a bottle of Larkmead with friends and none of us would finish the glass. I'm pretty sure I've never given a Larkmead wine a rating below 92 before. When I think about what I was charged for the 2011 shipment .... grrrr. It makes me angry. I understand the need to keep revenue going, but charging $75 or more a bottle for something of this quality is offensive. I'm really looking forward to 2012 to help me forget the 2011 and in the meantime, I guess I'll let this wine sit several years in hope that some magical wine fairy sneaks into my cellar and somehow makes it come together into something tolerable.

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  • 2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary

    Tried two bottles of this in the last week and notes were consistent. 2011 was unquestionably a terrible year for Napa Cab, with wines that were thin, vegetal and off-putting. Well, our not-so-long national nightmare is over, as this 2012 Caymus lives up to everything we've heard about how different 2012 was. Caymus is traditionally a HUGE wine, and true to form, this wine is a massive fruit bomb. If you like that style, as I often do, you will like this wine. If you do not like big wines - please .... don't even bother to score this wine. You won't like it.

    Tremendous dark fruit on the nose, tons of berries and a hint of cedar. Wine is thick and viscous, and I found it dominated by blueberry. Huge finish. Tannins were fine and long lasting, and fairly well integrated. As is traditional with Caymus, this wine is drinking well right now, but sitting it for a year or two certainly wouldn't hurt. I'll be looking for some more of this while it's on the shelves.

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  • 2007 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT

    Simply beautiful wine. I was wavering somewhere in the 92 to 94 pt range, but this wine just continued to bloom in the glass, and I found myself savoring every last drop in the decanter. This wine is certainly approachable, but please, for the love of God, give it a couple hours to air to show you what it can do. Just a classic old world feel for a "Super Tuscan".

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