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  • 2013 Buehler Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

    Bright fruit and soft textures make this deep crimson wine an easy drinker right from the get-go. Black currant, plum, pickling spice and lavender aromas are followed by similar flavors on the medium-weight palate. With low-to-medium acidity, silky tannins, well-integrated oak and seamless alcohol (14.1%), it glides through the middle and finishes with good length. This is another winner for Buehler, whose "workhorse" Cabernet always seems to provide reliable value. Enjoy it over the next 5-6 years. Drink now-2021.

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  • 2010 Château Monbousquet

    This opaque ruby, deeply-extracted Right Bank offering (a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon) delivers aromas and flavors of rich black fruit, cedar, espresso and vanilla bean. Full-bodied, freshly acidic and with massive sweet tannins, it stays solid in the middle and shows (at a serving temperature of 65° F) no significant heat from its 14.5% alcohol. Layered and building in the middle, it closes long but a bit mouth-puckering. Give this one a few years in the cellar and be sure to serve it within the correct temperature range. This is yet another impressive offering from one of Gerard Perse's properties! Drink 2018-2030.

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  • 2010 Summers Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley

    This opaque ruby Cabernet offers aromas and flavors of black currants, tree bark, anise and sage. Full bodied, fresh, seamlessly alcoholic (14.1%) and with medium-weight, chewy tannins, it stays solid in the middle and closes with a slightly gritty, medium-length finish. Give this one a bit of time in the cellar to allow the tannins to better integrate. Drink 2017-2025.

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  • La Cave d'Argent says:

    5/12/2015 8:15:00 PM - Thanks...I have now actually read the article ;-). Construction of the cellar was definitely a "labor of love," but it has resulted in so many great experiences with our friends. Sharing good wine and food with people you love is what it's all about!

  • jviz says:

    5/12/2015 8:01:00 PM - Hope you liked the article. I was reading tonight and thought, "I think I've read tasting notes by that guy!" Sure enough ;) Congratulations on the publication and living a good story!

  • La Cave d'Argent says:

    5/10/2015 8:11:00 PM - Your kind words are much appreciated. Believe it or not, I still have not seen the article. Out here (on the West Coast) our Wine Spectator issues come a day or two later than the rest of the country. I hope to see it tomorrow!

  • COWineLover says:

    5/9/2015 8:32:00 PM - I just read the article in Wine Spectator and instantly recognized the picture in the article and your handle. A great story and one of persistence for the Money Pit.

  • La Cave d'Argent says:

    12/2/2014 5:46:00 PM - Thanks for your kind words, Mark. Sorry I missed you. Hope to see you next year!

  • Grinner says:

    12/2/2014 11:31:00 AM - Very impressed (and thankful!) you took all those notes and pics (you got us in the background of your Champagne reception shot!) from the WE Experience. Great job! I can't believe I tried 218 wines in those 2.5 days. Moving too fast to take notes from anything but the seminars. Great Kramer, Larry T. and poor Helen/John...sad/painful. We were also at the 9/11 site on Monday choking back the lacrimation. A must see for all Americans. Cheers again! Mark

  • gew71walsh says:

    10/23/2014 5:06:00 AM - Thanks for clarity on Schrader. Have enjoyed your assessments at the Wine Experience and look forward to the rest of them

  • Grinner says:

    11/16/2013 6:21:00 PM - Fantastic notes from your Napa trip, you musta wore out at least one pen... Also love your dream wine pick from my birth year. If you're ever in Eugene... Mark (UCSD class of '83)

  • La Cave d'Argent says:

    11/6/2013 4:19:00 AM - Hi Tim. Would otherwise love to. Unfortunately I'm in Kansas City right now, where I'm stuck for the next week on business.

  • Wine-Strategies says:

    11/5/2013 7:45:00 PM - I'll be in Poway/SD the next two days/nights if you'd care to share a glass Tim winestrategies @