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Red
12/2/2018 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
95 points
Just a beautiful wine. My last bottle - and what a way to end! Plush mouthfeel, classic Napa floor flavor profile but just a little restrained, with all the elements in harmony. This bottle is why I buy so much Napa Cabernet!
Red
2008 Harlan Estate The Maiden Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/23/2018 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
94 points
Beautiful bottle. WOTN at a recent get together with my wine friends.
Red
5/25/2018 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
90 points
A nice bottle, but in a very new world (i.e. Napa) style. Nice flavors, but soft with little acidity or tannin structure.
Red
3/28/2018 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
95 points
Excellent bottle. 10+ years on, you really see how good 2007 was in Napa. The flavors are deep and dense, with layers of dark fruit and subtle spice. This is so clearly a To Kalon Cab (even though the label didn’t say it back then) and is just gorgeous. I bought a ton of ‘07 Napa wine and drank it way too early...
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White - Sparkling
2/14/2018 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
92 points
Strikingly good. Beautiful mouthfeel with nice effervescence, nice flavors. Wish I had more.
Red
2/14/2018 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
89 points
This may well be the best of the 2011 Napa Cabs (although technically this is Sonoma). Not as good as other Knightsbridge vintages, but better than the other ‘11s I’ve had.
Red
1988 Château Belair (Dubois-Challon) St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/14/2018 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
91 points
Drinking well. No notes, but better than recent old wines.
Red
12/26/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
95 points
Sweet, assertive tannins, classic Napa flavors and texture, but amped up to 11. Very good.
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Red
2013 Bond Matriarch Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/18/2017 - jeffm_fla wrote:
91 points
Still tightly wound and tannic. I'm not sure if it will open up or not. Maybe it will end up great, but now too old-school for me to tell. Don't touch for at least two years.
Red
12/13/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
93 points
Still drinking very well. Classic Napa Valley floor nose and nice flavor, but maybe a little disjointed with some pushy red fruit tartness that outweighs the plush mouthfeel and some earthy notes that are starting to come out. I have a few bottles left and will try giving it a bit more time.
White
12/13/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
91 points
Hrazdiiv nailed this wine with his review. This was a Riesling with great flavor notes, but oddly “soft”, without the firm acidity I would have expected and which would have taken it to a higher level.
Red
2007 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/11/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
91 points
The fruit is still bright and the mouthfeel is lush. Didn’t take notes, but I liked the wine.
Red
2007 Levy & McClellan Ampersand Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (view label images)
12/11/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
90 points
Fruit was initially bright, but had an oddly muted note. I thought it might be slightly corked. I give this a 90 rating with the caveat that this bottle may be slightly off. Or, it’s a second wine that is starting to show it at age 10. Most of my 07s didn’t make it this long so it’s difficult to compare! (This one was picked up at auction recently.)
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Orange
12/2/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
92 points
WOTN at our recent tasting. Earthy, but still vibrant with full body and plenty of fruit
White
11/28/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
92 points
Very nice notes of citrus and honeycomb with a hint of petrol/pool toy. Nice fruit and acidity on the palate with salinity on the lingering finish.
Red
2000 Château Citran Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/21/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
91 points
Fruit was bright, not overly complex, but enough there to keep it interesting. A nice drinking wine at a great price -- wish I had more.
Red
2008 Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
11/15/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
92 points
Less acidic than most Chianti. Great fruit and a soft mouthfeel. I liked it a lot.
Red
2005 Realm Cellars The Absurd Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/16/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
94 points
This is very good. Still very fruity and bright (I can’t believe it’s 12 years old!). Dark fruit, plum, maybe a hint of black olive, but this is very much a Napa wine. Realm makes very good juice. I’ve been buying from them a while, but rarely had enough to hold. Picked this up at auction and I’m very pleased at how elegantly it’s aging.
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Red
2005 Château Grand Corbin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/1/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
92 points
Surprisingly good and got high marks (although it was served late in the evening, which helps) at our recent tasting. Drinking well and very good QPR.
White - Sparkling
10/1/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
93 points
Amazingly good. Notes of yeast/fresh baked bread and a very clear DP flavor profile. Nice mouthfeel and still had a light effervescence. My WOTN at our recent tasting. Much better than I expected at 35 years old.
Red
9/16/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
93 points
This was a very good bottle. Fruit was still bright, but not dominant and was followed by leather and abut of brine. Amazingly good and the favorite at our recent tasting event.
Red
9/10/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
93 points
Drinking well. This wine has nice flavors and plenty of velvety plushness in the mouthfeel. Popped and poured and didn't take notes...
White
9/7/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
92 points
First bottle from the new vintage. This wine is assertive and full-bodied and always a favorite with our group. I would give it a little more time before opening more, but a pleasure now.
Red
2013 Bond Matriarch Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/7/2017 - jeffm_fla wrote:
This was disappointing. It was just not at all forthcoming either on the nose or palate. I worried it was cooked and muted, but others in my group thought it was just way too young to drink and would open up nicely with time. No score at this time.
White
9/7/2017 - jeffm_fla wrote:
88 points
off-dry, but seemed a little sweeter than I like, without enough acidity to balance.
White
9/7/2017 - jeffm_fla wrote:
flawed
Premox -- hated it. Some in our group liked it, but I dislike oxidized wines.
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Red
1998 Château Pavie Macquin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/7/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
90 points
First bottle I've liked (of three opened so far). I was worried the entire case was cooked or otherwise spoiled, but this bottle was quite good. Delicate flavors and faded tannins, but we liked it at my group's recent hurricane benefit tasting.
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Red
9/5/2017 - jeffm_fla wrote:
89 points
I waited a while to have my last bottle, but I don't really think it has improved. Good, but not great. Did not have the plush mouthfeel I have hoped for or the smooth power I expected. Good, but not great.
Red
8/29/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
93 points
These 2012s are incredibly opulent. Bright fruit and lingering, memorable finish.
White
8/23/2017 - jeffm_fla wrote:
88 points
A little disappointing. No tasting notes taken
Red
8/23/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
92 points
Light, restrained red fruit. Stunning contrast to the intense 2012 Shea we poured with it.
Red
8/23/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
93 points
Exuberant intense fruit. Very popular at our recent tasting.
Red
8/23/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
92 points
My favorite at our tasting. Not much fruit left. Mainly cigar box and kalamata olive tapenade flavors.
White - Sparkling
8/23/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
94 points
Favorite at vintage Champagne tasting
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White
8/20/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
92 points
Great Chard nose. Crisp, restrained flavor. Really liked this.
Red
6/19/2017 - jeffm_fla wrote:
90 points
A little hot, fruit has faded a bit, pretty good, not great. Drank with '08 Caymus Napa and the Special Selection was no better.
Red
6/19/2017 - jeffm_fla wrote:
90 points
A little hot, fruit has faded a bit, pretty good, not great. Special Select was no better
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White
6/11/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
90 points
Liked this a lot. Nice complexity and fruit, pleasant acidity and a great price ($20 at Astor Wines, NYC)
Red
6/9/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
94 points
Didn't take notes, but a favorite at my recent tasting
Red
6/9/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice, full-bodied. Thought it seemed a little oakey, but I liked it.
White
6/9/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
93 points
I liked this a lot. Light, but not simple, with interesting, complex flavors. Acidity was present, but not dominant. (I'm trying to learn Riesling, and this is one of my favorites so far)
Red
6/3/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
94 points
Dense and rich Cali Cab. Tannins were assertive enough to keep it from feeling flabby, but there is a lot of big fruit. I loved the flavor profile, although my wife thought it showed a bit too much vanilla. The Realm wines are just really good these days!
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Red
5/24/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
92 points
Nice Napa flavor profile. A bit flabby, perhaps, but very easy and pleasant to drink.
Red
2010 Harlan Estate The Maiden Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/8/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
90 points
The last bottle in a long wine night. Good wine (but not great). Didn't take notes, but I enjoyed it.
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Red
2/28/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
89 points
Toasty vanilla/oak is dominant, with the fruit coming in behind. Nice acidity helps it with food. This may knit together better with time, but I'm not sure there is much more potential.
Red
2/28/2017 - jeffm_fla wrote:
90 points
Massively tannic. Wait several more years before opening another bottle. Very acidic, I'm not sure where this will be going -- the pieces need to be more in balance and only time will tell.
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White
2/20/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
92 points
Didn't take notes, but I liked this a lot. Rich mouthfeel, nice acidity and flavors. Good pairing with my linguine and clam sauce.
Red
2012 Realm Cellars The Bard Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/12/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
94 points
Realm has really started hitting on all cylinders with this blend. A beautiful wine.
Red
2/12/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
92 points
This is drinking very well now. Didn't take notes, but it was a very nice bottle.
Red
2009 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/9/2017 - jeffm_fla Likes this wine:
95 points
Beautiful, elegant wine. Fine tannins and flavors of spice and maybe some chocolate. I didn't get much on the nose at all -- decent stemware might have helped. WOTN at our recent event, but even at that probably would have shown much better with a decant and better glasses.
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