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2012 Force Majeure Syrah Force Majeure Vineyard Red Mountain
2/5/2019 - Scottymatt Likes this wine:
92 points
Very good, but not as balanced as different years-2014. Nose is dirty like a good northern Rhône with many promisingly variable but the palate of crushed blackberries is not multidimensional as the nose. Tannins are there with too high acid, but finish not as long as you would think
  • Scottymatt commented:

    2/9/19, 12:21 PM - Sure but the Syrah made was called Grand Reve before they changed the name to Force Majeure. I have some ‘15 in the cellar, so I am sure it will be awesome. ��

  • Scottymatt commented:

    2/10/19, 9:23 AM - Yes, interesting about new plantings. In retrospective: I had the 2007 Grand Reve collaboration III Ciel de Cheval Syrah magnum on Christmas Eve. Amazing.

2012 Ferrando Erbaluce di Caluso La Torrazza
I like this vintage. Soapy almond paste and bruised pears, werid fun spiky mineral midpalate. I want to find this wine's perfect pairing.
  • Scottymatt commented:

    2/18/17, 8:46 PM - Bang on discription!

2004 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa Valley
5/3/2014 - Scottymatt Likes this wine:
93 points
Nose of green pepper and forest floor of loamy soil. Brick brown color with full body legs of high alcohol.Palate of crushed current, black cherry, subtle anise. Long finish that is velvety and distinct with light black tea tannins. Decanted two hours before-a requirement. Can go for another 3 years of bottle age when the fruit will diminish.
  • Scottymatt commented:

    5/3/14, 3:13 PM - Thank you for your response Bam_Man-I agree it is a great "prestige" Cabernet from Napa. I enjoyed your review on 04/20, and found it on target. My 93 might have been due to my hope that it will get slightly better with bottle age (I fortunately have four more bottles left). I agree with the 3 hour decant and 'impeccably' balanced!


2008 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills
9/16/2012 - Ecbatana wrote:
92 points
Wow, what a bouquet! After two-hour decant: Creme Brulee, vanilla, caramel apple. Like eating English toffee. Didn't find same delight on the palate. Light and somewhat lethargic. Some red fruits and tart cherries at first. Update: After 3+ hours this wine came together nicely. Didn't result in the lushness that I was hoping for but still provided more substance and weight than at first. Fact is that this needs more time in bottle which is true of most better made 2008's from WA state.
  • Scottymatt commented:

    3/21/13, 7:55 PM - You are bang on with your review Ecbatana. I found it took about twenty hours open in a decanter to come together. Yes it needs more time in the bottle. Great toffee comparison-I agree.

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