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Red
9/6/2019 - Adam Pritzker Likes this wine:
92 points
fully mature and this bottle is starting to show some decline with the fruit drying up. Still with a delicious bouquet and flavor of smoke, leather, tobacco, minerals, Earth, plums. Drink now. 13.5% ABV.
White
2018 Cowhorn Spiral 36 Applegate Valley White Rhone Blend (view label images)
9/16/2019 - mark2eye Likes this wine:
94 points
Nose: ocean brine, lemon curd, almonds
Palate: nutty, petrol, ocean salinity, acid, charred swine

Excellent
White
9/7/2019 - Adam Pritzker Likes this wine:
93 points
This wine continues to make excellent showings. It continues to age at a snail's pace. It has nice warm baked apple, peach, pear bouquet and flavors. It has a lot of residual sugar and a lot of acid to keep it in check. Delicious now it can age for a long time. See previous note for more details.
Red
9/16/2019 - tcarter Likes this wine:
93 points
Super funky. Earth, leather, coffee.
White
9/6/2019 - Adam Pritzker Likes this wine:
92 points
Another great showing. See previous note for more details.
Red
9/11/2019 - Adam Pritzker Likes this wine:
90 points
Fully maturefruity Zinfandel with nice Earth Berry flavors. this can age a few more years but is fully mature now. This is the last year that Hagafen made Zinfandel. It has a structure and fruit to age longer. Very nice wine.
Red
9/16/2019 - tcarter wrote:
90 points
Big fruit bomb wine. Kind if closed down right now. Needs a couple hours of air which I didn’t give it.
Red
9/16/2019 - tcarter Likes this wine:
91 points
Very solid table wine would be good for casual backyard bbq or or pizza or paella night at home. Solid QPR.
Rosé
9/16/2019 - tcarter Does not like this wine:
88 points
Way too sweet for my taste
Red
9/9/2019 - Adam Pritzker wrote:
83 points
Light and not terribly complex. Bouquet and flavors of some smoke, cedar, Earth, plum. Definitely not worth the money. Avoid.
Red
9/16/2019 - drwine2001 wrote:
Ruby with imperfect clarity but no fading. This has lost the brambly Savigny aromas, and what remains is a mixture of soil, blackberry, and menthol. Medium weight, earth and cocoa (mostly the former) that coats the tongue, excellent acidity. Very good. This could go on for a while assuming that the cool fruit holds up. I like the way it has developed over the last 5 years.
White
9/13/2019 - Adam Pritzker Likes this wine:
83 points
Another consistently excellent showing. Nice tart crisp acidic sauvignon Blanc with good terroir. Highly recommended. Drink now and over the next year or so. I would not hold onto this cuz I believe it's tasting it's best now.
Red
2014 Realm Cellars The Bard Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/16/2019 - LiteItOnFire Likes this wine:
90 points
PnP and drank over an hour. Eh not what the wine used to be, not overly complex with noticeable heat. Per other reviewer, maybe this will change for the better. Not holding out hope but we shall see. Note to self don’t drink for 2-3 years.
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White - Sparkling
9/16/2019 - Adam Pritzker Likes this wine:
86 points
I am not the biggest champagne fan but there are some I like a lot. This one is just okay for me. It has nice concentration and flavors but just didn't seem that terribly complex to me. For fans of champagne you probably will like this for people who are on the fence like me probably not as much.
Red
9/16/2019 - Jchesbrough Likes this wine:
91 points
Great value! Good flavor and body. The wine held up after a few days. It never became fruity or acidic. Mmmmmm.
White
9/16/2019 - Adam Pritzker Likes this wine:
89 points
Light gold color. Crisp tart apple and dry honey bouquet and flavors. This is a nice dry to slightly off dry acidic Riesling. A very good food wine at this point. Can drink now with food with pleasure. Should be able to age at least another five years if not 10. 12% ABV. Another consistently excellent wine from the vineyard and producer
White - Sparkling
9/16/2019 - tcarter Likes this wine:
90 points
Crisp and light
White
9/16/2019 - Leiderhosen Likes this wine:
89 points
Interesting and lots of fun. Fuller bodied. Don’t serve too chilled. On the nose citrus, some flower. On the tongue all this, and some pleasant cider something. Nice finish, and it’s interesting. Less orange than other years, surprisingly.
Red
2012 Château Nerbesson Kosher Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/11/2019 - Adam Pritzker Likes this wine:
87 points
Another delicious showing of this wine. It light to medium bodied with some nice smoke mineral and plum and Earth bouquet and flavors. It is consistently enjoyable and an easy drink. Well worth the money.
Red
2013 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/7/2019 - LiteItOnFire wrote:
87 points
Tasting among Napa giants consisting of 58 wines. No notes as spitting was frowned upon with my group... even punishable. Top wines 2018 Keplinger Oakville and Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet, Tusk, 2016 Colgin Tychson Hill, 2016 Vine Hill Ranch, Maxem Pinot and Chardonnay (tied for top QPR with La Pelle), La Pelle SB & Cabernet, 2012 Del Dotto Beast. Runner ups 2018 Memento Mori SVDs, 2018 Vice Versa, 2018 Keplinger Sumo and Lithic, 2016 Dana Hershey, 2016 Colgin Cariad and IX Estate.

Was super excited for the vertical tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron, owner of Château Pontet-Canet tasted with us on the following vintages: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016. Unfortunately for my palate, the 2015 I tried earlier this year and the 2016 were more towards my palate preference than the older vintages. Worth the freight but no need to purchase back vintages. Great experience!
Red
9/14/2019 - Adam Pritzker Likes this wine:
92 points
This has been one of the all-time kosher sleeper bordos that I have had. It has been fantastic consistently time and time again. Unfortunately it is starting to lose fruit and needs to be consumed. It is still concentrated with beautiful bouquet and flavors of smoke, mineral, leather, tobacco, cedar. Absolutely delicious. Very complex. One of my all-time favorite Bordeaux. It is too bad that they don't make this kosher run anymore. 13% ABV. if you can find a good while stored bottle this I would highly recommend trying it.
Red
2016 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/7/2019 - LiteItOnFire Likes this wine:
92 points
Tasting among Napa giants consisting of 58 wines. No notes as spitting was frowned upon with my group... even punishable. Top wines 2018 Keplinger Oakville and Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet, Tusk, 2016 Colgin Tychson Hill, 2016 Vine Hill Ranch, Maxem Pinot and Chardonnay (tied for top QPR with La Pelle), La Pelle SB & Cabernet, 2012 Del Dotto Beast. Runner ups 2018 Memento Mori SVDs, 2018 Vice Versa, 2018 Keplinger Sumo and Lithic, 2016 Dana Hershey, 2016 Colgin Cariad and IX Estate.

Was super excited for the vertical tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron, owner of Château Pontet-Canet tasted with us on the following vintages: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016. Unfortunately for my palate, the 2015 I tried earlier this year and the 2016 were more towards my palate preference than the older vintages. Worth the freight but no need to purchase back vintages. Great experience! 92++
Red
Fresh and bright from under screwcap, with a slight over-fill

Blackcurrant and eucalyptus, lovely acidity, still has several years life left
Red
9/13/2019 - Cristal2000 Likes this wine:
98 points
As noted by CSIMM, it was quite clear when we had 2012-2015 at dinner that the best wines went youngest to oldest. So the 2014 here was the second best wine of the night, and really quite excellent. It reflected the vintage nearly perfectly, with a fun nearly over the top opulence and forward style that is easy to really enjoy.

Expressive black cherries, blackberries, cedar, fresh cut flowers and anise. Big time black and blue fruit envelope the palate immediately, with layer upon layer of fruit and mineral driven flavors hitting all the right notes. Sweet fine grained tannins and silky texture make this a delight to all the senses. It's got great depth of flavor, but perhaps will not be quite as complex and well rounded as the 2015 edition. Great wine.
Red
2012 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/7/2019 - LiteItOnFire wrote:
88 points
Tasting among Napa giants consisting of 58 wines. No notes as spitting was frowned upon with my group... even punishable. Top wines 2018 Keplinger Oakville and Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet, Tusk, 2016 Colgin Tychson Hill, 2016 Vine Hill Ranch, Maxem Pinot and Chardonnay (tied for top QPR with La Pelle), La Pelle SB & Cabernet, 2012 Del Dotto Beast. Runner ups 2018 Memento Mori SVDs, 2018 Vice Versa, 2018 Keplinger Sumo and Lithic, 2016 Dana Hershey, 2016 Colgin Cariad and IX Estate.

Was super excited for the vertical tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron, owner of Château Pontet-Canet tasted with us on the following vintages: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016. Unfortunately for my palate, the 2015 I tried earlier this year and the 2016 were more towards my palate preference than the older vintages. Worth the freight but no need to purchase back vintages. Great experience!
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Red
9/14/2019 - Adam Pritzker Likes this wine:
93 points
Dark inky color. Nice strong bouquet of jammy sweet cherry berry fruits. On the palate, it is layered and extracted with strong ripe fruit flavors dark cherries, Earth, ripe berries. Long finish. This has loads of fruit and loads of cannons. while one can enjoy it now, it will hopefully develop more complexity with further aging. It should hopefully last at least another five years, maybe longer. Very old world in style. Hopefully the fruit will last longer than the tannins. 15.5% ABV. Of note, this wine was originally released as 770 and they changed the label the same year.
Red
2011 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/7/2019 - LiteItOnFire wrote:
88 points
Tasting among Napa giants consisting of 58 wines. No notes as spitting was frowned upon with my group... even punishable. Top wines 2018 Keplinger Oakville and Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet, Tusk, 2016 Colgin Tychson Hill, 2016 Vine Hill Ranch, Maxem Pinot and Chardonnay (tied for top QPR with La Pelle), La Pelle SB & Cabernet, 2012 Del Dotto Beast. Runner ups 2018 Memento Mori SVDs, 2018 Vice Versa, 2018 Keplinger Sumo and Lithic, 2016 Dana Hershey, 2016 Colgin Cariad and IX Estate.

Was super excited for the vertical tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron, owner of Château Pontet-Canet tasted with us on the following vintages: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016. Unfortunately for my palate, the 2015 I tried earlier this year and the 2016 were more towards my palate preference than the older vintages. Worth the freight but no need to purchase back vintages. Great experience!
Red
2010 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/7/2019 - LiteItOnFire wrote:
92 points
Tasting among Napa giants consisting of 58 wines. No notes as spitting was frowned upon with my group... even punishable. Top wines 2018 Keplinger Oakville and Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet, Tusk, 2016 Colgin Tychson Hill, 2016 Vine Hill Ranch, Maxem Pinot and Chardonnay (tied for top QPR with La Pelle), La Pelle SB & Cabernet, 2012 Del Dotto Beast. Runner ups 2018 Memento Mori SVDs, 2018 Vice Versa, 2018 Keplinger Sumo and Lithic, 2016 Dana Hershey, 2016 Colgin Cariad and IX Estate.

Was super excited for the vertical tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron, owner of Château Pontet-Canet tasted with us on the following vintages: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016. Unfortunately for my palate, the 2015 I tried earlier this year and the 2016 were more towards my palate preference than the older vintages. Worth the freight but no need to purchase back vintages. Great experience!
Red
9/16/2019 - Mellors Likes this wine:
96 points
Definite chocolatey tastes with full body. Best served with a steak i would reckon
Red
9/16/2019 - Eatmypixels Likes this wine:
91 points
Light to medium weight after 6 years. Great front end. Really light finish. Ages well. Could last longer. Not much earth yet but may develop. Nice bottle worth it.
White
9/16/2019 - AACollection wrote:
Opened 9/14, notes from today 9/16. On the nose, pink grapefruit, fennel and celery, with a touch of vanilla in the background. Vibrant nose leads into a very energetic palate: fantastic acidity, pink grapefruit, celery water, and maybe a touch of oxidation showing now...but good density. Very clean and vibrant finish. Not sure I see any upside to additional btl age on this, as the freshness is really the driver.
Red
2009 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/7/2019 - LiteItOnFire wrote:
92 points
Tasting among Napa giants consisting of 58 wines. No notes as spitting was frowned upon with my group... even punishable. Top wines 2018 Keplinger Oakville and Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet, Tusk, 2016 Colgin Tychson Hill, 2016 Vine Hill Ranch, Maxem Pinot and Chardonnay (tied for top QPR with La Pelle), La Pelle SB & Cabernet, 2012 Del Dotto Beast. Runner ups 2018 Memento Mori SVDs, 2018 Vice Versa, 2018 Keplinger Sumo and Lithic, 2016 Dana Hershey, 2016 Colgin Cariad and IX Estate.

Was super excited for the vertical tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron, owner of Château Pontet-Canet tasted with us on the following vintages: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016. Unfortunately for my palate, the 2015 I tried earlier this year and the 2016 were more towards my palate preference than the older vintages. Worth the freight but no need to purchase back vintages. Great experience!
Red
The nose is so thickly sweet with clove and sticky fruit, it actually pushes my head away from the glass. Fruits are heavy and dominant in a gangly way that the leather only complicates rather than compliments. Decanting this wine for over two hours wasn't sufficient to settle it down, but it did help some to give it a full day after being opened. Still, there wasn't nearly enough acid to cut the cloying syrup. Tannic structure is sufficient, though, that it could be better after close to ten years in the bottle. Technically it seems like this winemaker's products are varietally correct, but I find them odd and off, in general.
Red
9/16/2019 - 560 B&W Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted with steak. Wet cork but not showing any defects. Mid body, mid to mid+ acid, 12%. Lovely.
Red
9/2/2019 - Adam Pritzker Likes this wine:
90 points
Another consistently excellent showing with nice ripe tangy Berry cherry fruit with a nice bouquet of such to match. While fully mature it is still showing youthful fruit what's some good acidity so hopefully it should age longer. If it can hold up, it will start to reveal more earthy complex secondary flavors. A must-try and great QPR. I wish the affordable burgundy made kosher like this was available regularly. An absolute steal for what it is
Red
2008 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/7/2019 - LiteItOnFire wrote:
88 points
Tasting among Napa giants consisting of 58 wines. No notes as spitting was frowned upon with my group... even punishable. Top wines 2018 Keplinger Oakville and Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet, Tusk, 2016 Colgin Tychson Hill, 2016 Vine Hill Ranch, Maxem Pinot and Chardonnay (tied for top QPR with La Pelle), La Pelle SB & Cabernet, 2012 Del Dotto Beast. Runner ups 2018 Memento Mori SVDs, 2018 Vice Versa, 2018 Keplinger Sumo and Lithic, 2016 Dana Hershey, 2016 Colgin Cariad and IX Estate.

Was super excited for the vertical tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron, owner of Château Pontet-Canet tasted with us on the following vintages: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016. Unfortunately for my palate, the 2015 I tried earlier this year and the 2016 were more towards my palate preference than the older vintages. Worth the freight but no need to purchase back vintages. Great experience!
Red
9/16/2019 - pedlund Likes this wine:
91 points
Wow. Berry, cedar, and a little bit of forest floor on the nose. Deep extracted fruit, good acid and a looong finish. A lovely wine-I wish I had a case of this.
Red
2006 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/7/2019 - LiteItOnFire wrote:
88 points
Tasting among Napa giants consisting of 58 wines. No notes as spitting was frowned upon with my group... even punishable. Top wines 2018 Keplinger Oakville and Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet, Tusk, 2016 Colgin Tychson Hill, 2016 Vine Hill Ranch, Maxem Pinot and Chardonnay (tied for top QPR with La Pelle), La Pelle SB & Cabernet, 2012 Del Dotto Beast. Runner ups 2018 Memento Mori SVDs, 2018 Vice Versa, 2018 Keplinger Sumo and Lithic, 2016 Dana Hershey, 2016 Colgin Cariad and IX Estate.

Was super excited for the vertical tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron, owner of Château Pontet-Canet tasted with us on the following vintages: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016. Unfortunately for my palate, the 2015 I tried earlier this year and the 2016 were more towards my palate preference than the older vintages. Worth the freight but no need to purchase back vintages. Great experience!
Red
2005 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/7/2019 - LiteItOnFire wrote:
89 points
Tasting among Napa giants consisting of 58 wines. No notes as spitting was frowned upon with my group... even punishable. Top wines 2018 Keplinger Oakville and Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet, Tusk, 2016 Colgin Tychson Hill, 2016 Vine Hill Ranch, Maxem Pinot and Chardonnay (tied for top QPR with La Pelle), La Pelle SB & Cabernet, 2012 Del Dotto Beast. Runner ups 2018 Memento Mori SVDs, 2018 Vice Versa, 2018 Keplinger Sumo and Lithic, 2016 Dana Hershey, 2016 Colgin Cariad and IX Estate.

Was super excited for the vertical tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron, owner of Château Pontet-Canet tasted with us on the following vintages: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016. Unfortunately for my palate, the 2015 I tried earlier this year and the 2016 were more towards my palate preference than the older vintages. Worth the freight but no need to purchase back vintages. Great experience!
Red
9/16/2019 - Adam Pritzker Likes this wine:
91 points
Inky dark color. Nice bouquet of crushed violets dark plums with a hint of spice and Earth. On the palate, it is layered and extracted with modest complexity. Great fruit and structure along with great concentration. Nice ripe fruit flavors fresh dark plums, dark berries, Earth. While it has loads of fruit it also has loads of tannins. One can drink this with enjoyment now but it is nowhere near showing what it has to offer and will greatly reward cellaring with much more complexity. 14.5% ABV. Great QPR. Another beauty from Jean Guyon. with high-quality Bordeaux like this it is hard to justify paying the premiums commanded by the more famous wines. Of note, this wine has been an overachiever and good vintages for at least the last 30 years. In my humble opinion, a must yet.
Red
2014 Foradori Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT Teroldego (view label images)
9/16/2019 - WineDoctors wrote:
86 points
metabisulfite, grippy tannins. out of balance with decanting. menthol, black fruit, short finish.
Red
9/16/2019 - Weiner Likes this wine:
92 points
Unique Pinot, raspberry, tart cherry, rhubarb, good with Salmon. Can drink now or wait.
White
9/10/2019 - Noelle H wrote:
92 points
Very fruity - white peach, melon, yellow apple. Minerality and salinity are in the background. Not overly complex but very enjoyable!
White - Sweet/Dessert
9/16/2019 - englishman's claret wrote:
92 points
Delicious as always; quite tight this time
Red
Rich, silky, full bodied and entirely delicious. Served with lamb chops coated in fresh rosemary and olive oil. Nice pairing.
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