Tasting Notes for Thralow

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Red
2/9/2019 - Thralow wrote:
98 points
Silk
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Red
10/24/2018 - Thralow wrote:
95 points
Lovely, lovely, wine. New world grape from the old world.
Red
10/24/2018 - Thralow wrote:
94 points
A lovely old Malbec. Smooth and velvety. No oxidation.
Red
10/9/2018 - Thralow wrote:
98 points
Always amazing. Don't tell anyone.
White
10/9/2018 - Thralow wrote:
99 points
This seemed perfect. Not even the judge. Just a treat.
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Red
7/11/2018 - Thralow wrote:
94 points
Lovely and food friendly. Even stood up to carrot cake.
Red
7/3/2018 - Thralow Likes this wine:
95 points
Surprisingly tasty. Velvety and full of fruit. Aging well.
Red
5/6/2018 - Thralow Likes this wine:
98 points
This could be 100. Just wonderful.
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Red
5/6/2018 - Thralow wrote:
93 points
Still young, but knew that going in. So a little green but lovely.
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Red
2011 Repris Right Bank Blend Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/18/2018 - Thralow wrote:
94 points
Drinking wonderfully
Red
4/13/2018 - Thralow wrote:
98 points
Always a special day when I open one of these from any year. This was one of my oldest. Velvet is a word used to describe wine. This fits that description as long as the velvet imagined is silk.
Red
4/13/2018 - Thralow wrote:
96 points
Excellent, wine that impresses everyone who tries it.
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Red
4/13/2018 - Thralow wrote:
92 points
Fun wine (almost 10 years old) but it was juicy as ever. Shared with Mom and Uncle Ken.
Red
2009 Harlan Estate Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/14/2017 - Thralow wrote:
97 points
Sophisticated.
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Red
8/14/2017 - Thralow wrote:
90 points
much better than the first bottle I had a few years ago. Age improved it.
Red
2011 Saxum Broken Stones Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
8/14/2017 - Thralow wrote:
97 points
This was a beautiful wine. I expected it to still need some more time in the cellar. I was wrong. A wonderful surprise.
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White
5/4/2017 - Thralow wrote:
93 points
Cheery, happy and food friendly.
Red
2008 Quilceda Creek Palengat Red Wine Horse Heaven Hills Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/4/2017 - Thralow wrote:
95 points
Jammy wonderful finish. Everything I remember and expect from Quilceda Creek
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White - Sweet/Dessert
3/19/2017 - Thralow wrote:
93 points
Sweet with a taste above its price. Goes great with Tennessee BBQ chicken.
Red
2/27/2017 - Thralow Likes this wine:
98 points
under-rated and under-priced. I could drink this wine everyday.
Red
2009 Harlan Estate Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/11/2016 - Thralow wrote:
99 points
Should have let it breathe longer. But it was great in the end. Drank with Sarah Lamont, Sylvia, Danielle, Katie, Deanna
Red
9/19/2015 - Thralow wrote:
100 points
Over the last few years, I have been drinking a lot of wines and not writing reviews. Because, well, it takes time. I have had some excellent wines from Quilceda Creek, Robert Craig, Kongsgaard, Saxum and other international wines that I do not want to look up in order to spell correctly. But, I must take a moment to write a note about this wine because I get to use the word sublime. The first few swallows were not optimal. A little funky... good, but not incredible. I thought, hmmm why am I saving these? Well, after about 15 minutes... the answer became clear. The bottle warmed slightly, from cellar temperature, a little breathing took place and this became the best wine I have had in a couple of years. A reminder of wonder for this jaded wine drinker. Thank you Elaine and Manfred Krankl.
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Red
12/2/2014 - Thralow Likes this wine:
92 points
Drank next to the 2011 Howell Mountain with Jon and Kari. Despite pro's giving the Howell a better score, this Spring Mountain was preferred by all three of us on this day. Another indicator was that this was the first bottle to empty. My memory is that this Spring MT still does not compare to the 2007 Spring. I look forward to testing that theory soon.
Red
2007 Bond Matriarch Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/19/2013 - Thralow Likes this wine:
97 points
I realize Tanzer gave this a 91 in 2010. I hope he tries another bottle. This bottle tonight was heaven. 2007 was a great year for cabs and with a great producer there is the potential for magic. I would say four of us experienced that, magic, with this bottle. We have drunk quite a few of these, and while they were fine three years ago, they are drinking amazing now.
Red
7/31/2012 - Thralow wrote:
95 points
Smell of pencil shavings. Taste of roasted raspberries.
Red
7/28/2012 - Thralow wrote:
93 points
A little harsh when we first received it. Tasting great now.
Red
7/28/2012 - Thralow wrote:
97 points
Ready to drink now. Great wine.
Red
7/28/2012 - Thralow wrote:
96 points
Best bottle yet. Glad we waited. Will age or ready to drink now. Better than wines costing twice as much (though this one is not cheap.) Exceeded only by the more expensive estate and the less expensive Cabernet Franc.
Red
6/18/2011 - Thralow wrote:
Popcorn and butter finishing with tar. Certainly makes me want to visit Croatia.
Red
12/5/2010 - Thralow wrote:
96 points
Begging to be drunk alone. That is not with food. It is too good. But if you only have one bottle, I suggest not sharing.

Mint, banana, and anise but a touch of licorice before the anise. Cherry,but not black cherry, and not on the nose. Cherry on the palate.
Red
10/23/2010 - Thralow wrote:
95 points
Great wine from a great year. Yes, still young. But compared a two day open bottle to a 2005 / $100 bottle of top ranked Napa cab and preferred this one. Test was not blind, but the Craig was gone first. That is usually a pretty good clue.
Red
4/29/2010 - Thralow wrote:
98 points
Amanda wanted to give it 100. I talked her out of it. But it is a great wine. It could be 100 next year. Tiny bit of bitterness needs to work its way out.
Red
2005 Bond Pluribus Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/19/2010 - Thralow wrote:
97 points
Here we are, a year later. The wine is better than last year. But no more fun than when it was young.
Red
4/19/2010 - Thralow wrote:
95 points
Settling down. Best bottle yet. What a value.
Red
2006 Bond Quella Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/8/2010 - Thralow wrote:
95 points
It will be better two years from now. Luckily we have one more bottle.
Red
2007 Continuum Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/4/2010 - Thralow wrote:
94 points
Will grow up to be a 96 someday.
Red
2007 Peter Michael Les Pavots Knights Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/4/2010 - Thralow wrote:
96 points
Exceeded my high expectations. How often can a person say that about anything?
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White
4/2/2010 - Thralow wrote:
96 points
Contested alongside a 2007 Kongsgaard. (Not the Judge, jury is out on that verdict.) Not surprisingly They are different. Both fantastic. That two Chardonnays can taste so different, yet still taste like Chardonnay, was a great wine moment. The Peter Michael had more vanilla and was sweeter. But a wonderful sweet that still allowed one to crave drinking the whole bottle and not share. Of course, it is not sweet enough to stand up to dessert, but by itself it could be dessert. So starting a meal with a glass of this alone, or with some raw pesto and tuna, is a capitalist, gastronomic, indulgence.
Red
4/2/2010 - Thralow wrote:
91 points
Really needs at least one more year. I was just so excited!
Red
4/2/2010 - Thralow wrote:
93 points
Tried along side the non-reserve version. This one is less bitter. I guess that could also be phrased as "smoother".
Red
4/2/2010 - Thralow wrote:
91 points
The extra year gives it an edge over the 2007 for drinking today. Two years from now the 2007 will win.
Red
4/2/2010 - Thralow wrote:
94 points
Smooth even though young.
Red
4/2/2010 - Thralow wrote:
93 points
Everybody at the party liked this one even though we had good Amarone and Cabs from which to choose.
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Red
2005 Bond Matriarch Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/24/2010 - Thralow wrote:
95 points
Drank alongside the 2006 Maiden. The year of maturity seems to make a big difference. The 2005 was much better on all points. The 2006 is an imposing a young stallion er... Mare. It needs to be bridled by time. I know the grapes come from different vineyards and the blend is slightly different but I don't think that was the major taste difference at all. It is all that last year.
Red
2007 Continuum Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/5/2010 - Thralow wrote:
94 points
Love the 2007 California Cabernets and Cabernet blends. This will get better, but it is a good idea to try one now.
Red
3/4/2010 - Thralow wrote:
94 points
Might have been a 95. Fantastic bottle. As good as the Spring Mountain version. I don't know what happened between now and February when we drank the last bottle(s). But this was quite a surprise.
Red
2/14/2010 - Thralow wrote:
91 points
The first two tasted better.
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