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Red
12/7/2019 - AllRed wrote:
91 points
Decanted off its sediment and served. Pretty red fruit- currants and macerated berry- with hints of pepper, roasted game and earth. Red fruit on the palate with peppery undertones. Integrated tannins. Ready to go.
Red
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
Opens with a nice earthy funk followed by red berry fruit and roasted game, a hint of spice and a subtle horse blanket (brett) quality. Red currant and spice flavors. Medium tannins. Finishes with good length. 92+ pts.
Red
2016 Dominus Napanook Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/30/2019 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
Decanted four hours. Violet, plum and casis notes. Full-bodied. Flavors of cassis, cherry liqueur, plum, lavender and cedar. Fine, sweet tannins. Develops a hint of that Dominus green/herbal elements toward the end of dinner. Clearly young and in need of time, but I like what's here. Hide in the cellar for 10 years and enjoy.
White
11/30/2019 - AllRed wrote:
91 points
Pake yellow with a greenish tint. Apple, mineral and baking spice notes. Full-bodied. Flavors of pear, white fruit and wet stone flavors. Long finish. 91-92 pts.
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Red
11/30/2019 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
Retailer tasting. Oak spice, cassis and black fruit with an underlying floral note. Firm but sweet tannins have a fine edge, supporting black and blue fruit. Finishes with good length.
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Red
11/30/2019 - AllRed wrote:
87 points
Retailer tasting. Ripe red fruit, tomato and warm spice notes. Medium tannins. Red berry fruit with a medium finish.
Red
2017 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
11/30/2019 - AllRed wrote:
90 points
Retailer tasting. Bright red fruit, spice and pepper notes. Juicy. Red berry fruit and pepper. Medium tannins. Excellent. 90-91 pts.
Red
11/30/2019 - AllRed wrote:
88 points
Retailer tasting. Earthy cherry and spice notes. Light- to medium-bodied with cherry and currant flavors and softened acidity.
White
11/30/2019 - AllRed wrote:
90 points
Retailer tasting. Tropical- banana and coconut with orchard fruit underneath. More of the same on the palate. Slightly buttery and round, with a medium finish.
White
11/30/2019 - AllRed wrote:
90 points
Retailer tasting. Mineral and dried pear notes. Spice, apple and pear flavors with a hint of mineral. Imoressive.
White
11/30/2019 - AllRed wrote:
88 points
Retailer tasting. Cottony white fruit and apple notes with a slight tropical undertone. The palate follows the bouquet. Nice acidity and finish.
White - Sparkling
11/30/2019 - AllRed wrote:
75 points
Retailer tasting. 2016 base. Dirty. Clay, cotton and apple with a dominant dirty animal fur overtone. Small bead. Light on fruit; short finish.
White - Sparkling
2015 Argyle Vintage Brut Willamette Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
11/30/2019 - AllRed wrote:
87 points
Retailer tasting. Double blind. Apple and chalk notes. Rather lean on the palate with apple and mineral notes. Guessed Cremant d'Alsace.
Red
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
Notes of spice, black fruit, tapenade and red berry confit. Medium-bodied. Black fruit, spice, pepper and licorice flavors. Medium+ finish. Very appealing.
Red
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
89 points
90% Grenache and 10% syrah. Aromas of cherry, red licorice and white pepper. Really nice fruit on the palate, with spice- primarily clove. High-toned and light. A very lean style of Chateauneuf, especially considering the rich, lush qualities shown my many wines of this vintage. 89-90 pts.
Red
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
80 points
Syrah and grenache. Light/subtle notes of red fruit and spice with some oxidization- hints of bouillon. Sweet cherry qualities too- almost like the Luden's cough drops; more bouillon too. Perhaps this was a bottle opened a day or two earlier at another tasting?
White
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
90 points
Viognier. Aromas of peach, apricot and honeysuckle. Rich texture. Spice and white fruit with nice length in the finish. I do enjoy Viognier.
White
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
90 points
100% marsanne. Opens with an unexpected ash/campfire note, followed by pear and quince. Spicy white fruit with a lengthy finish. This really suits my palate. Very nice.
Rosé
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
86 points
Pale pink color opening with a lovely floral element, joined by earthy clay and earth undertones. Strawberry and melon fruit. On the palate though, this is a bit "tinny" or "metallic." Subtle red berry flavors underneath.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2003 Château d'Arche Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
88 points
From 750ml. Pineapple, honey and pear syrup aromas follow through on the palate. Nice; could use a little more acidity in my opinion.
Red
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
Nonblind with dinner. Currant and cassis with a dusty earthy quality. Mixed berry fruit on the palate. Softened tannin with a medium+ finish.
Red
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
Double blind. Aromas of dark fruit and sweet, confected grape notes- meant as a good thing here, it's sweet but enjoyably so. Cassis, currant and brown sugar flavors wit a long finish. Full-bodied; firm tannins with abundant black fruit. 93-94 pts.
Red
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
88 points
Double blind. Massive and inky- stains the glass and one's teeth. One dimensional but enjoyable bouquet dominated by barbeque sauce- it's sweet and smoky, and a touch meaty. Like a wine glass full of KC Masterpiece or something along those lines. Develops a buttered popcorn note with air which, for me, is a bit distracting. Firm, with searing tannin and ripe black fruit. This is bigger than any SQN I've had, so I guessed petite sirah. I can see where this has fans, and I suppose this would be great with a brisket, but it is not something I would seek out to drink on a regular basis- just something to scratch that certain itch I get on occasion (but that's why I have SQN, so...).
Red
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
94 points
Blind. Dark fruit and spice notes with a distinct floral overtone. Wonderful black fruit and red fruit flavors with floral notes. Easy to pick out as our bottle of Prieure-Lichine in this flight.

Decanted for 6.5 hours. Will be adding more of this to the cellar.
Red
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
70 points
Double blind. Bouillon dominates the bouquet and palate. Nuances of red fruit lurk beneath the bouillon. Guessed old CA cab. A shame, as the '91 vintage is my favorite of the '90s.
White
11/13/2019 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
Finishing up Sunday's bottle. Gooseberry and spice- this hasn't lost a thing over the last couple of days. Lovely fruit- gooseberry and pear, perhaps quince, with a flowery element on the finish. Lovely.
White
11/13/2019 - AllRed wrote:
90 points
A rouch brighter and more expressive than it showed Sunday, with peach and apple blossom, and a distinct wet stone element. A hint of nectarine in the finish.
White
11/13/2019 - AllRed wrote:
89 points
Finishing up the remnants of Sunday's bottle. Apple and mineral notes on the nose and palate with a hint of spice in the bouquet too. Has just started to fade a bit.
Red
11/28/2019 - AllRed wrote:
89 points
Plenty of dark pinot fruit and spice in the bouquet and on the palate. Medium-bodied. Drinking well now-drink over the near term. 89-90 pts.
White
11/28/2019 - AllRed wrote:
89 points
Straw yelloe color. Mineral and floral elements. Nice.
Red
2016 Château Le Prieure St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
Blind. Currant, plum and spice notes. Structured, but with abundant mixed frut underneath. There's a plushness to it as well, but something else suggests old world. I wondered if this was one of the Bordeaux.

This was decanted 6.5 hours before it was rebottled and then poured nearly three hours later.
Red
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
91 points
Double blind. Opens with a ripe raisiny note, and it's a touch hot, but there's also some nice dark plummy fruit underneath that follows through on the palate. Fairly well-balanced, it's got structure but also an abundance of good dark fruit. I'd rate it a bit higher if the raisin notes weren't evident. Medium+ finish. I believe I guessed Napa cab...I think one taster (RG?) did pick it out as merlot.
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Red
2016 Château Labégorce Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
flawed
A subtle hint of TCA fades in and out- it is not always obvious but it is definitely there.
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Red
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
Double blind. Coffee and herb aromas with black currant and plum underneath. Mixed red and black fruit on the palate, supporting medium tannins. Balanced. Impressive. Guessed Napa cab sauv.
Red
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
89 points
Double blind. Opens with an earthy note, followed by a buttered popcorn note as well as dill and olive...something on the briny side. Currant, plum and black fruit flavors with velvety tannins. Good, if a bit odd...I certainly did not think merlot for this one.
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Red
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
80 points
Double blind. Another that shows on the lighter side, though clearly this is due to age and not necessarily variety. Dried tea leaf aromas dominate, and I struggle to find much else. Perhaps some currant and dried red berries, but this is clearly drying out and in decline. Short on the finish, and not much here. Again, in hindsight, my score is a bit generous, as clearly this bottle was long past prime.

The individual who brought this had double decanted it twice, which surely did not help. Older wines such as this should be gently, but swiftly, double decanted only once off their sediment, trying to minimize the amount of air it receives.
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Red
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
Double blind. The lightest color of the wines in this flight- must be TLV's pinot, lol. Aromas of cherry, cola, rhubarb and clay (yes, it's TLV's pinot). Spice, cherry and cranberry with a long finish and nice underlying acidity. This has an elegance to it which had me thinking WesMar. In a very good spot right now.
Red
2016 Château Meyney St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
89 points
Blind. Floral, perfume and black fruit aromas. Tannic; structured, but there's a good bit of fruit underneath. Black fruit and woody elements under the tannins.

I did not pick this out as our bottle of Meyney, as I put it towards the end to ensure a later flight. This was decanted in a wide decanter for 6.5 hours before the tasting. A tannic beast, this needs to be held for a few years or decanted for 18+ hours.
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Red
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
85 points
Double blind. Enjoyable bouquet of red fruit-perhaps cherry and currant- with underlying spice notes. The palate follows the bouquet in terms of flavors, however, there is no midpalate presence or barely a finish to speak of. No one in the group guessed cab franc. I would think, given the winery & reputation, that this was somehow flawed, although there were no specific discernible flaws to hone in on. Looking back at my note, I suppose my score is a bit generous.
White
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
flawed
Double blind. Oxidized. DOA. Others found it better than I, but I just couldn't suffer more than half a sip. The hosts tasted this at the winery and brought a bottle(s?) home. Just more evidence that proves there are no great wines, only great bottles. I guessed semillon, as it reminded me a bit of what Kalin turns into after it has oxidized.
White
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
87 points
Double blind. At first this is a touch smoky/flinty, and only after some time in the glass does a petrol note appear. Stone fruit-unripe peach- along with pear. Peach notes follow on the palate; on the dry side of the spectrum. Guessed Clare Valley riesling.
White
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
88 points
Double blind. Apple and sweet pear aromas- very fruity, which is a good thing. A bit waxy at first, with flavors that mirror the bouquet. Guessed pinot grigio.
White
11/23/2019 - AllRed wrote:
88 points
Double blind. Clay, spice and white fruit/apple aromas. Pretty. Apple and spice on the palate. At first this seemed chardonnay-like but not quite chardonnay so I was thinking chenin from South Africa. After some time in the glass the spice and acidity was more pronounced, and it seemed more Chablis-like than anything else. My favorite of the warm ups.
Red - Fortified
11/10/2019 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
Second Sunday Group: 1999 Napa cabernets (Our house): Double blind, courtesy of MaY. Very pale ruby color with an orange/brown meniscus- clearly older. Aromas of cherry, cassis and rose petal, though clearly fortified as the spirits are also noticeable. Cherry, raspberry, licorice, cassis liqueur and spice flavors. Fresh and bright. I really enjoy this. Easy to identify as port, though I cannot recall what vintage I guessed.
White - Sweet/Dessert
11/10/2019 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
Second Sunday Group: 1999 Napa cabernets (Our house): Consistently excellent and a terrific match with the pear frangipane tart.
Red
1998 Clos de l'Oratoire St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/10/2019 - AllRed wrote:
91 points
Second Sunday Group: 1999 Napa cabernets (Our house): Red berry jam, iron, forest floor and black currant aromas. Bright. Red fruit and earth. Medium+ finish.
Red
11/10/2019 - AllRed wrote:
90 points
Second Sunday Group: 1999 Napa cabernets (Our house): On the riper side, with plum and red fruit and raisin undertones. Medium-bodied. Red berry fruit, raisin and spice flavors. Medium+ finish.
Red
11/10/2019 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
Second Sunday Group: 1999 Napa cabernets (Our house): Red currant, cherry and licorice notes. Balanced. Full-bodied. Red fruit and spice. 92+ pts.
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Red
11/10/2019 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
Second Sunday Group: 1999 Napa cabernets (Our house): Pine sap, herbs, cherry, white currant and earth notes. Cherry, mineral, spice and earth on the palate. Long finish. Opened nicely in the glass. Very enjoyable, though could use an hour in a decanter.
White
11/10/2019 - AllRed wrote:
93 points
Second Sunday Group: 1999 Napa cabernets (Our house): Very bright and pretty with pear and white fruit notes. Dry, but with terrific fruit and length on the palate. Good balancing acidity. This was the best match for the choucroute in my book. 93+ pts.
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