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(127 notes on 117 wines)

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Red
10/13/2022 - beekeeper wrote:
86 points
Nothing wrong with it, especially at Costco prices but this version a tad simple and boring compared to the 2019 version which was a killer value.
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Red
8/29/2022 - beekeeper wrote:
92 points
Ruby with browning edges, sour cherry core with sous-bois overtones and and subtle mushroom edge on a long finish. Nice body and mid-palate with balanced acidity. This very much met expectations for the label and felt at peak for this bottle.
Red
1/3/2022 - beekeeper wrote:
93 points
The aging curve appears to vary wildly for this wine. This bottle showed quite mature with tannins fully resolved. Cork barely stained. This opened with a gamey, fine leather boots and wet forest floor nose. The feral notes were mostly gone after 45 minutes and what was left was quite pure, slightly sanguine syrah fruit. Medium body, long finish, classy and distinctive.
Red - Fortified
1/3/2022 - beekeeper wrote:
flawed
Perfect cork. Acetone nose and reductive on opening with some fizz. Much blew off with airing and still enjoyable on day 2 after degassing but clearly not a prime specimen.
White
11/23/2021 - beekeeper wrote:
90 points
First bottle was a bit muted but this one fired on all cylinders. Bone dry, aromatic, with nice acid lift. Citrus, unripe mango-pineapple, ruby red grapefruit, with a medium body and mouthwatering finish. I do not have much experience with kerner but this one tasted halfway between riesling and muscat.
White
9/13/2020 - beekeeper wrote:
92 points
Lime, pear, yellow plum, touch of unripe pineapple. Pretty dry, nice body without being thick, this was better day two and as it warmed up a bit. This as upside but highly enjoyable with some air now.
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Red
8/24/2020 - beekeeper wrote:
88 points
Gentle old lady of a wine. Not dead, smooth and balanced, but not a lot of fruit left.
White
8/20/2019 - beekeeper wrote:
95 points
Fantastic. This has aged really well. Complex, elegant and fresh.
Red
8/20/2020 - beekeeper wrote:
88 points
Much more preferred the 2015. Might still need time.
Red
2010 Château Clarke Listrac-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/20/2020 - beekeeper wrote:
90 points
More depth than expected. Just beginning to show it’s stuff.
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White
8/20/2020 - beekeeper wrote:
Not everyone will like this. Did not feel defective based on what I read. Just not a style I enjoy.
Red
2009 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
6/8/2020 - beekeeper wrote:
91 points
Felt like it was in transition. The first day it was claret like and a bit pruney, by the third night that had blown off and it was smooth, balanced and more in line from what I have come to expect from a Lytton Springs with a bit of age.
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Red - Sweet/Dessert
6/7/2020 - beekeeper wrote:
90 points
If you forgot a split of these in the back of a refrigerator for the last ten years, there is a good chance it is still alive. Pretty nice actually with more complexity than anticipated. Drink up.
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White
5/4/2020 - beekeeper wrote:
flawed
Corked. You can tell the wine underneath is beautiful.
White
3/2/2020 - beekeeper wrote:
94 points
Ridiculously good. Star fruit, melon with hazelnut/almond. Great touch oily texture. Great day 1-2, takes a bitter almond turn on day 3.
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Red
3/2/2020 - beekeeper wrote:
91 points
Very good. Warm fruit, fine tamed but present tannins. Best on day 3 vacuumed and refrigerated in between.
Red
2008 Château Monbousquet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/2/2020 - beekeeper wrote:
91 points
Ready to drink. Very good, distinguished but not exceptional.
Red
3/11/2019 - beekeeper wrote:
91 points
Very good, silky. Probably at peak but held well over three days vacuumed and refrigerated.
Red
12/22/2018 - beekeeper wrote:
92 points
On opening it was a super tuscan mullet... All Sangiovese up front, cab mid palate and petit verdot tail. After 2 hours in the decanter it was a seemless beauty with warm cherry/plum and violets. Long finish too.
Rosé
11/23/2018 - beekeeper wrote:
90 points
Nothing complicated but pretty with violet accents. Suspect will hold for a few.
Red - Fortified
11/23/2018 - beekeeper wrote:
92 points
Drank over 4 days, decanted 4 hours but best of day two.
Red
2007 Cadence Tapteil Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/23/2018 - beekeeper wrote:
88 points
The fruit is getting stewed and has lost some fragrance. Drink up.
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White
11/23/2018 - beekeeper wrote:
91 points
Tropical, a bit oafish but knows what it wants to be.
Red
11/23/2018 - beekeeper wrote:
90 points
Chocolate covered plums and cherries. Smooth and hints of complexity. Probably near or at peak.
White
11/23/2018 - beekeeper wrote:
90 points
Nice enough but either in transition to maturity or on the downslope.
Red
10/13/2018 - beekeeper Does not like this wine:
80 points
Fantastic fruit clubbed with too much American oak and robbed of its glory. For rabid dill fans only.
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White
8/26/2018 - beekeeper wrote:
94 points
Is this top 1er cru or entry level grand cru burgundy equivalent? Who cares, this is glorious chardonnay at any rate and should continue to improve for many years still.
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Red
8/26/2018 - beekeeper wrote:
88 points
What it gained in silkiness with age it lost in fragrance and fruit. Might be in a transition phase but I like it better in its youth.
Red
7/22/2018 - beekeeper wrote:
91 points
Varietally correct, juicy and floral.
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Red
2012 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
6/18/2018 - beekeeper wrote:
91 points
Smooth and balanced, nice fruit, not jammy. Not sure this will gain much in complexity to make it one of the great Geyservilles but it is a legit one and darn tasty. Superb with upscale bbq.
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Red
2/18/2018 - beekeeper wrote:
91 points
Likely at peak. Will hold.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2/18/2018 - beekeeper wrote:
93 points
Best bottle of this so far. This one showed morehoneyed exotic fruits including mangoes an passion fruit. Long, balanced and not cloying. Great bottle. No rush.
White
2/11/2018 - beekeeper wrote:
90 points
Acidity has softened and the wine is a lot more balanced than prior bottles. There is a dry tutti fruiti / juicy fruit thing to it in the background. Different and easy to drink.
Red
11/2/2017 - beekeeper wrote:
93 points
Layered cherries from dark to red with complexity lurking beneath. Smooth balanced and long. Feels like it is just hitting its stride and will get even better. Lots of class.
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Red
10/9/2017 - beekeeper wrote:
90 points
This one was still in great shape. No real complexity but nice cherry menthol profile, smooth and silky, and with a long finish.
Red
9/9/2017 - beekeeper wrote:
89 points
A bit tired but still pleasant. Vinous.
Red
9/9/2017 - beekeeper wrote:
94 points
Fantastic. Lovely fragrance. Should have bought more.
Red
3/18/2017 - beekeeper wrote:
91 points
Mature Bordeaux like complete with bell pepper notes. Still plenty of fruit and enjoyable but better with food. Drink up.
Red
10/30/2016 - beekeeper wrote:
92 points
Very pretty, balanced, smooth, floral, juicy mix or red but mostly black fruit. I feels like the floral element (peonies, violet?) come from the petit verdot but one way or another that is a good one. This does not show extensive progression over the last couple of bottles. Should hold up well for another 5 at the very least but I am not sure the profile lands itself to extensive aging.
Red
2/6/2016 - beekeeper wrote:
89 points
Out of the gate, the wine was pretty unbalanced and even displaying some slight carbonation. Vigorous decanting and aeration really helped. Gorgeous nose of olives, game and syrah fruit. Fairly high acidity but with just enough body to carry it. Black and green olives dominate but there is a definite meat and fruit track here. Needs food, preferably a meat dish to coax out the flavors and complexity. Not for everyone, and definitely not the best vintage for this wine but by no mean is it a dud.
Red
12/30/2015 - beekeeper wrote:
94 points
The first sniff tells you it means business. By far the classiest and most balanced petite sirah I ever had. Inky dark with scarlet red at the rim, dark berries, plum, subtle touch of smoke and graphite. Medium bodied, long and fragrant. Tannins either gone or so well coated you do not notice. At peak but will likely stay there for a good while. Why wait? Enjoy them if you have them!
Red
5/8/2015 - beekeeper wrote:
91 points
Best barbera I have had in a good while.
White
5/8/2015 - beekeeper wrote:
93 points
Off dry, complex, exotic fruit, rose petals, long aftertaste. A touch more acidity would make it a superstar.
Red - Fortified
5/8/2015 - beekeeper wrote:
Not the best vintage for Croft but removed from these expectations it was a still good port.
White
5/8/2015 - beekeeper wrote:
flawed
Oxidized. Did redeem itself in an excellent chicken fricassee though.
Red
11/29/2014 - beekeeper wrote:
89 points
Quite decent CDP
Red
11/8/2014 - beekeeper wrote:
91 points
Silky berry milkshake of a wine. Delicious for what it is but a bit over the top and simple to my taste.
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Red
11/4/2014 - beekeeper wrote:
92 points
In great shape. Balanced, good fruit, some secondary flavors emerging. No danger of falling off a cliff anytime soon.
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