Tasting Notes for Jack667

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Red
4/25/2019 - Jack667 Likes this wine:
91 points
Opened for CT15. Congrats to Eric and the team for all the success and thanks for all you've done for me and the community.
This wine still has some good dark fruit, old world minerality, and a decent and pleasurable bite. Quite dry.
Paired with leftover sweet and sour chicken from local chinese shack, plus Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, while trying to unwind from a bit of a tough day. But - is it really that bad? No, no it's not.
Cheers!
Red
3/23/2017 - Jack667 Likes this wine:
91 points
Consistent with recent notes from others. Would add though - old world style. Recommended and great QPR
Red
3/21/2017 - Jack667 Likes this wine:
90 points
Good QPR wine, bought case at $20/per. Consistent with most previous notes, this is not a big, bold, Cali Pinot. This is closer to a Burgundy than that.
Red
2/5/2017 - Jack667 wrote:
flawed
Quite possibly the worst bottle of wine I've ever had. Medicinal tasting and have to assume it was flawed. Yuck! Dumped out most of the first glass, then tried it again the next night so dumped the rest of the bottle. I thought for a moment about adding some to the sauce I was making but I figured it would ruin the dish.
Red
1/21/2017 - Jack667 Likes this wine:
90 points
Mellowed out and a bit spicy, like a good zin. On second night, happened to be paired with fondue! Bit of dark red fruit.
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Red
7/15/2016 - Jack667 wrote:
88 points
Muted, might need to open up. Or maybe I'm too late to the party. Not much fruit but a bit of cinnamon, maybe due to the suggestion from the other note here.
Red - Fortified
6/9/2016 - Jack667 Likes this wine:
94 points
Perfect cork. Upon opening, the color is a bit thin brick, taste is smooth and subtle - really good. Re-corked and let sit for 4 hours. Poured into decanter and served immediately. In retrospect, thinking that it could have spent a bit more time in the decanter.
Red
6/8/2016 - Jack667 Likes this wine:
92 points
Great effort from a tough vintage. Really - a good bottle, regardless of vintage. Textbook Cali Cab style.
Red
5/20/2016 - Jack667 Likes this wine:
92 points
Doing really well right now. Agree with others that now's a good time to drink, although mine was from a 3L... It was a big hit at the party!
Red
1/31/2016 - Jack667 Likes this wine:
93 points
Brought in to a french bistro and asked them to decant. Cork broke for them, but sommelier said he fined it and he brought over a nice decanter. The wine was surprisingly deep in color without much of the brick that I was expecting with the 28 year old wine. Started off with a typical BDX acidity and minerality and a bit of graphite, but really warmed up over the course of the night. Very enjoyable. A couple of the servers made a big deal about it and one of them wanted the bottle, so that just added to the enjoyment and impressed our guests! :)
Red
2007 Lewis Cellars Alec's Blend Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
1/15/2016 - Jack667 Likes this wine:
92 points
Alec's Blend was one of my first wine loves as I got into it several years ago. It was always really, really big, but this '07 seems to have mellowed. I'm in aggreeance (Southern term) with Cuellarstyle on all but that my bottle seems to have medium acidity, to my taste. I might not be getting as much fruit either, and I'm certainly not getting all the smoke and leather that I used to get with Alec's blend. It seems much more balanced now, and not as much of a punch in the face. To me, that's a bit of a disappointment. To others, the more refined status of this is probably welcomed. Still a great bottle, though. Cheers!
Red
1/9/2016 - Jack667 Likes this wine:
88 points
PP&TN. Pop, pour, and immediate tasting note: Dry, integrated tannins, not much fruit on the nose or anywhere. [I'll edit this if it opens up.]
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Red
3/15/2015 - Jack667 Likes this wine:
90 points
Popped and poured. No time to decant but maybe should have put through Venturi. Seemed a bit hot.
Red
1/21/2015 - Jack667 Likes this wine:
92 points
Another great bottle, from 375. Big Cali Cab.
Red
1/8/2015 - Jack667 Likes this wine:
93 points
Really nice Merlot. Full body, and balanced. Great for a cold night at home celebrating some good news.
White
11/30/2014 - Jack667 wrote:
Sweet from bottle / pop-n-pour. Mellowed out a bit over time. Will try again the second night. Too sweet for my guest and was a disappointment. In hindsight, should have let it breathe first...
Red
11/30/2014 - Jack667 Likes this wine:
92 points
Big and Bold. WOTN for several guests.
Red
11/30/2014 - Jack667 Likes this wine:
88 points
Big and Jammy. Good QPR. One of my Malbec fan guests really liked it until he saw what it was. :)
Red
Opened 3L at a party last night. Modified Pop-n-pour: Lost some cork in the bottle, but sent thru aerator / strainer into decanter and then directly into glasses. Significant sediment toward the end of the bottle. Brick color typical of aged wine, light in color for a cab. A bit musty on nose, light, tart, dry, short finish. Drank more like a Pinot. Everyone at the party liked, at least that's what they said!
Red
11/27/2014 - Jack667 Likes this wine:
92 points
A bit closed the first day after a pop and pour, but really opened up Day 2 as warm, full-bodied, smooth. Very nice.
Red
11/19/2014 - Jack667 Does not like this wine:
82 points
I really did not enjoy this wine. I was at Benjamin's Steakhouse in NYC last week for a business dinner with about 20 other folks. The leader of the group ordered a magnum of this and it was worse than the house cab. After I checked the vintage (and I have a prejudice against '11 Cali), I asked the server if they had any other vintages but he replied that they did not. A few others at the table expressed their distaste as well, but the mags kept coming, 4 in all. The second really seemed cooked to my taste. All were bad, but that one was the worst of the lot. It wasn't my place to cause a big stir, so I think we exhausted their supply when we finally got a substitute: 2009 Duckhorn Cab. Wow - that was awesome, in general, but especially in comparison. I would say the wine we had (other than the bottle I perceived as cooked) was a bit green, thin, bitter (but not tannic), and just not good.
White
6/23/2014 - Jack667 Likes this wine:
96 points
Best Chardonnay I've ever had. Not normally a fan of Chard, but I really liked the toasted caramel, as mentioned below. I had it as caramel and toasted marshmallow.
Red
2005 Château de Fontenille Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/2/2014 - Jack667 Likes this wine:
90 points
Agree with previous note. Opened based on that note and seems to be singing now.
Red
4/21/2014 - Jack667 Likes this wine:
87 points
Last of my bottles and seemed a bit out of balance. A bit tart, and still full-bodied.
White
4/21/2014 - Jack667 wrote:
flawed
Cork disintegrated. Strained and drank anyway and was still decent. I chucked the first glass that seemed to have some effervescence but it settled down after that. Light body and smooth.
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Red
3/28/2014 - Jack667 Likes this wine:
91 points
Always good and consistent. Full body and fruity. A crowd pleaser.
Red
3/28/2014 - Jack667 Likes this wine:
90 points
More like the 07 than the other vintages I've had: 04 and 06. Balanced and drinking well.
Red
3/28/2014 - Jack667 wrote:
flawed
Flawed bottle. Seemed cooked. Some mishap occurred during shipping. In the case of 12, 3 had corks that popped through foil, one more was on the way out. I tasted one that looked normal, but it was way off. I called the distributor and they're going to replace the bad ones.
Red
3/28/2014 - Jack667 Likes this wine:
91 points
Tasted in a group with the 04 and 07. The 04 was boldest, and got the most positive response. The 06 was a bit thin / bland, and the 07 seemed the most balanced. All were good, and I suppose it comes down to preference.
Red
3/28/2014 - Jack667 Likes this wine:
91 points
Tasted in a group with the 04 and 07. The 04 was boldest, and got the most positive response. The 06 was a bit thin / bland, and the 07 seemed the most balanced. All were good, and I suppose it comes down to preference.
Red
3/28/2014 - Jack667 Likes this wine:
89 points
Tasted in a group with the 04 and 07. The 04 was boldest, and got the most positive response. The 06 was a bit thin / bland, and the 07 seemed the most balanced. All were good, and I suppose it comes down to preference.
Red
11/20/2013 - Jack667 wrote:
90 points
Nice meaty, smokey, and smooth Shiraz. A bit of acid in the medium to short finish.
Red
2008 Dacalier De La Terre Lake County Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
3/13/2013 - Jack667 Likes this wine:
90 points
I love this wine. Consistent with previous bottles. Smokey, light minerality, and balance.
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White
1/25/2013 - Jack667 Likes this wine:
91 points
Wife loves this wine! I'll try some each time, but she's the main consumer. Well balanced, 3 bears wine. Not too sweet and not too dry, etc. Crisp, but not overly so.
Red
1/25/2013 - Jack667 wrote:
flawed
Must have been a flawed bottle, maybe cooked. I still have 3 more so I'll give it another chance soon. It was awful. Drank a full glass first night and tried it again the next night - no improvement.
Red
10/16/2012 - Jack667 wrote:
First bottle from the case. Seems a bit heavy on the acid for my taste. May mellow over time.
Red
3/1/2012 - Jack667 wrote:
84 points
Nice value wine, drinks easily, but a bit flabby
White
2/5/2012 - Jack667 wrote:
Came across as extremely bland. Not at all like the one we had 13 months ago. May have been due to the poor food pairing and the tequila at the Superbowl party, though.
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Red
2/7/2012 - Jack667 wrote:
87 points
Seemed harsh and out of balance day 1, but much better days 2 and 3.
Red
11/25/2011 - Jack667 wrote:
Drank over three days. Re-inserted cork and kept at cellar temp. Popped an poured initially. As I prefer bigger Pinots, I thought this was thin. Red fruit per previous notes.
Red
10/22/2011 - Jack667 wrote:
Showed very well at ATL CT offline, after decanting for a couple of hours
Red
10/6/2011 - Jack667 wrote:
90 points
+1 that this is getting better with age.
Red
10/6/2011 - Jack667 wrote:
91 points
Aussie style Shiraz, without being offensive.
Red
4/23/2011 - Jack667 wrote:
Didn't get the wow effect, but still enjoyed as a solid pinot. Did not have the crystallization on the cork and sediment in the bottle that I'm used to with their Estate Pinot. Good balance and medium in weight.
White
4/14/2011 - Jack667 wrote:
Still good. Has been cellared and forgotten for a few years.
Red
4/6/2011 - Jack667 wrote:
Popped and poured. Seemed a bit hot the first day. By day 2, it seemed more in balance, but thinner and flatter.
Red
2003 Font Villac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/28/2011 - Jack667 wrote:
I'm still trying to figure out Bordeaux, but this wine had no 'wow' factor for me. Drank over 2 days, starting with and aerator, then just a pour from the bottle on the 2nd day. Not much difference from one day to the next. Solid wine, and enjoyable, but nothing special. However, the wine seemed to be in very good balance, between alcohol and acidity.
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