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  • 2008 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon T6 Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

    This really sucks. My computer rebooted while I was creating an epic tasting note for this wine, the first on CT (even though about 80 bottles have been consumed and 300 are in storage).

    It was an hour-by-hour documentary on this wine. Oh well, no time to recreate it. Suffice it to say it had the following from beginning to end:
    Kirsch, saigon cinnamon, ripe black plum, raspberry liqueur, leather, hints of tar, hickory smoke, glycerin. More red fruit than black, and it is good to go right now and will last for another decade. It went from about a 9.4+ to a 9.6 in the last glass after 4 hours.

    Amazing stuff.

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  • 2009 TOR Kenward Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 6 Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

    COLOR: Deep garnet with medium garnet rim
    NOTE: From the great To Kalon vineyard, and it is one of my fav clones for its velvety nature. Lovely nose of pungent red fruits, caressed by leather, tar and hints of dark chocolate. Mouth is rich, tannins are significant but well developed, nice glycerin levels and a good grip. The fruit is still prominent, but you do get some serious baking spices and dark cocoa powder in the mouth that leads the finish. Finish is a real ping-pong match between the fruit and structure. It goes on for 30+ seconds. I think this will be better in a couple more years and will last for a decade past that.

    DECANT: 3 hours
    GLASS USED: Bordeaux
    TASTE: 9.4
    COST: 157
    VALUE: 6.0
    TRY AGAIN: now-2025
    CORAVIN'D: no
    PAIRING: beef

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  • 2008 Morlet Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Cœur de Vallée Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

    COLOR: Opaque garnet with medium-garnet rim
    NOTE: This is very Schrader-esque. It's great on pop-n-pour and just gets better as it gets more air. The nose ping-pongs between black and red berry fruits, featuring saigon cinnamon and oiled leather along the way. Hints of black peppered beef jerky. Mouth is rich but so elegant, more in the red fruit spectrum from here on out, like a wonderful mix of macerated red raspberries and pomegranate seeds. The finish picks up serious 70% dark chocolate as it glides along the red fruit for about 45 seconds. This is a great wine. Second time having it in about 6 weeks thanks to my Coravin. This is great now and will prob last another 5-8 years.

    DECANT: 2 hours
    GLASS USED: Bordeaux
    TASTE: 9.4
    COST: 150
    VALUE: 7.5
    TRY AGAIN: now - 2024
    CORAVIN'D: Yes
    PAIRING: Braised short rib

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  • BuzzzzOff says:

    10/30/2015 5:40:00 PM - Nice to meet you tp096255. Northern Cali and Vouvray? Interesting!!! "Cork Dork"...we like!

  • puppetclause says:

    12/4/2014 2:58:00 PM - Hey man, great to (virtually) meet you. I keep my wine in pasadena so I'm up that way every so often. If you ever want to get together and pop a bottle let me know. cheers jeff

  • Robert Pavlovich says:

    12/2/2014 4:41:00 PM - Good to meet you tp...have another wine friend in your area, we should all coordinate something.

  • tp096255 says:

    11/23/2013 10:02:00 AM - Thanks Ltomanek! I love this type of comparison tasting/review. It helps all of us and certainly makes my tasting experiences richer than they otherwise would be. Keep up the good work!

  • Ltomanek says:

    11/15/2013 5:13:00 PM - After I noticed earlier this year that the 2008 Dirt Worshipper (DW) may not be as great of a wine as it used to be, and someone else pointed it out on Cellar Tracker as well, I decided to do a mini vertical tasting, with the 2008, 2009 and 2011 vintage. Here are some of my notes: 2008: purple hue, dark color, slightly hazy, aromatic aroma, still youthful in its development and clear blackcurrant and blackberry aromas, off dry, full-bodied, smooth acidity, low levels of and soft tannins, powerful flavor intensity, finish very long. 95+ 2009: ruby hue, deep color and some cloudiness, aromatic and youthful with blackcurrant, blackberry, pepper and bilberry, dry, medium body, crisp and lively acidity, medium and soft/round tannins, very flavorful, long finish. 93 2011: garnet hue, medium color depth, slight haze, very aromatic, youthful, aromas not clear, very dry, medium body and tart acidity. 92+ The 2011 DW was just released and it was clear that tart acidity needed to become softer. It was clear that this wine was still very young, somewhat uptight and in need for some cellaring. Everyone liked it. It was the first of the three we tasted. The 2009 DW was smooth and soft and had complex aromas. Everyone like this more than the 2011. “Wow, this one is clearly better and lovely.” The 2008 DW was a lot better yet! There was no doubt that it was the highlight of the evening. Although it is possible that the 2008 DW is not as grand as it used to be, but it still reigns over the latest vintages. The five of us enjoyed the tasting and agreed with the ranking.

  • PinkMoonWinery says:

    12/2/2011 1:20:00 PM - Loved that you rated a wine 50 points :-) Seriously, love your reviews on Denner and Saxum, good stuff!