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2009 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
12/30/2014 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
89 points
Too young to truly evaluate. Has a bright future. I think it is in a dumb stage. Best promise of the young Montroses in the lineup.
  • Anonymous commented:

    4/26/19, 7:05 PM - That was the score at that point in time. Time will tell.

  • Anonymous commented:

    4/26/19, 7:15 PM - I really should. Just been swamped. Should try to again

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2004 Kapcsándy Family Winery Estate Cuvée State Lane Vineyard Yountville Red Bordeaux Blend
4/1/2015 - vinomex wrote:
95 points
I had high expections on this wine and my expections were not only met but exceeded. Decanted for about 30 mins and drank over 2 hours. Elegant and delightful. A very refined wine with lots of life ahead that is drinking extremely well at this point. Room filling bouquet. Youthful with nuances beginning to emerge. Fills your mouth with flavor of fruit, some tar, tobacco and the slightest hint of oak while all along it remains elegant, balanced and refined. No hard edges, no heat. Glad I have one more bottle left.
  • Anonymous commented:

    4/2/15, 11:40 AM - Thanks for your notes. I have a double mag left of this wine. Figured it still has plenty of aging potential based on your note.

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2008 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
12/30/2014 - Anonymous Does not like this wine:
75 points
Second worse wine of the night. Very astringent. Overwhelming soy/saline quality. Thought I was drinking from the sea. Bleh.
  • Anonymous commented:

    2/28/15, 4:27 PM - I think my palate was off as others liked it.

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2005 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
12/30/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
86 points
Tight as a drum but started to open up after a few hours. Time will tell if this will rival the 2009. Fruit is there but too much structure for now. Maybe time will mellow it out.
  • Anonymous commented:

    12/31/14, 8:56 AM - 86 points is for now. It has much more promise. Just too young to show well. Couldn't get past the tight structure for now. Time may be its friend.

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2008 Castelgiocondo (Marchesi de' Frescobaldi) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
6/8/2014 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
88 points
A chewy, earthy Brunello. Nice black cherry and thick mouthfeel in mid palate. A bit hot at 14.5% alcohol. Nice wine but didn't wow me.
  • Anonymous commented:

    11/3/14, 3:05 AM - I am sure there is at least a decade left. I would wait five years and see if the heat settles down.

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2006 Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard Edna Valley
3/8/2014 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
94 points
I loved this wine but only two of us voted it best of flight. Big black fruit with that Alban charm and funky nose. Pure fruit. Travis actually guessed vintage, producer and bottling correctly on this blind. Bravo.
  • Anonymous commented:

    3/9/14, 5:28 PM - Wait another year

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2011 Turley Zinfandel Old Vines California
11/8/2013 - Mike Dildine Likes this wine:
89 points
A little on the lighter side. Very nice.
  • Anonymous commented:

    11/9/13, 1:43 PM - Drank last night. Totally agree

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2006 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Southing Sta. Rita Hills
8/19/2013 - Anonymous wrote:
90 points
Coravined: 3 oz pour: Tart bright red fruit. Strawberry and some cranberry. Vibrant. Short clipped on finish
  • Anonymous commented:

    8/19/13, 3:02 PM - I will keep a log of this and report back. Gotta think of something else to try tonight. Kinda choked with a short pour.

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2007 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
4/11/2013 - Anonymous wrote:
94 points
Huge hit by everyone last night. Great balance and silkiness to the red cherry fruit. A touch of vanilla added complexity without adding sweetness. Silky tannins and a great finish. The magnum was gone before I blinked.
  • Anonymous commented:

    4/13/13, 8:00 AM - That was my last bottle but I would look to backfill again.

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2007 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
12/5/2012 - Jeff Leve wrote:
99 points
Incredibly deep in color. The next thing you notice is the pungent aromas of truffle, coffee bean, blackberry jam, blue fruit, black cherry, spice box, caramel, chocolate and smoke. In the mouth, the wine coats your palate with waves of silky, pure fruit that fills every nook and cranny of your palate. Everything is perfectly balanced. This stunning expression of Harlan Estate is effortless is to drink. If you have the funds and the desire to experience California Cabernet Sauvignon at its decadent best, this is perfection in a glass.
  • Anonymous commented:

    12/5/12, 12:26 PM - Thanks so much. I have one left. I assume it has plenty of time ahead of it.

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2007 Martinelli Zinfandel Lolita Ranch Russian River Valley
12/10/2010 - plitton wrote:
82 points
Popped and poured. A total fruit bomb but with class. The fruit does overshadow the rest of the experience--from start to finish. I was thinking this could be Turley-caliber but it lacks depth. I think it will improve with another year or two in the cellar but even then I can't see this evolving into a wine that I can enjoy.
  • Anonymous commented:

    12/10/10, 9:18 PM - This review doesn't read like an 82 experience. Maybe I am missing something. An 82 for me is a tiugh experience.

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2004 Linne Calodo Outsider Paso Robles Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
4/26/2010 - jswine15 wrote:
91 points
stong zin character, but nice balance of fruit and tannins
  • Anonymous commented:

    4/26/10, 4:08 PM - I remember that this wine tasted like a bad walk in barnyard. Actually, LC was amazing and refunded and replaced. Did that overwhelming funk disappear with age?

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