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White
4/5/2014 - Tubbs wrote:
Smooth nose. Not tight, good balance. Plain. Nothing much. Ordinary. Too light. Light, some minerals, not interesting.
White
4/5/2014 - Tubbs wrote:
flawed
Sour, premoxed. Old world, I'm not an old world gal. Old, stale turned, dark. Carmel. Dead, tired, meh, wheat. Old world white burgundy like old sauterne. Old world, complex, dead.
White
4/5/2014 - Tubbs wrote:
Tight, semi sweet. Smokey finish - complex. Toasty - underwood deviled ham. Petrol. Mellow, kinda like it. I LOVE this - smokey.
White
4/5/2014 - Tubbs wrote:
Tart. Almonds. Some oak and a bit sour. Don't like finish. Cheesy but nice, new world but I like it, nose awesome, palate sux. Smokey nose, charcoal. Simple, fair.
White
4/5/2014 - Tubbs wrote:
Sweet, semi-crisp. Smokey, too oaky for me, burnt finish. Toasty - awesome! Smells like coffee. Similar to 4 but Cali. Oaky, vanilla nose. Strong - oaky.
White
4/5/2014 - Tubbs wrote:
Mineral, light. Some oak - nice. Spicy & a little smokey. Nice nose. Very spicy, flabby, sweetish - meh. Super floral - yuck. Super new world. Nose smooth taste finish light light and not complex, like taste though. Syrup.
White
4/5/2014 - Tubbs wrote:
Crisp, very light, pino grigio?? Honey. Delicate, flinty - dirty dishwater. Old world? Extra yuck. Same as most. Better but not that great. Light.
White
4/5/2014 - Tubbs wrote:
Mineral, not much, flat. Not much there. Just fine. Not much. Nice but somewhat flat and plain. Light citrus, smokey finish, good balance, light. I like the style but not the finish. Sharp, semi-crisp.
White
4/5/2014 - Tubbs wrote:
Sweet oak. Burnt in nose but not as much as 2. Oak too much for me. Melon, honey, burnt hay. Wow! Spice, some oak, a little flabby but really nice, somewhat sweet. Like nose, don't really like taste. Soft, very nice, buttah! Old world? French? I like the nose - yum, okay & buttery. Oaky - sweeter.
White
4/5/2014 - Tubbs wrote:
Light, tangy. Fruity, tart, crisp. Typical Cali chard. Not getting much. Somewhat flat & boring - new world. Pickle. I get melon in nose, to me weak in mid-palate. Finish only fair but smooth. Balanced acid/fruit. Doesn't seem too oaky. Tart finish.
White
4/5/2014 - Tubbs wrote:
Strong oak. Burnt smell in nose - don't like, feels like too much oak for me. Nose is shy, palate is baboonish & awesome! No! Tart - nice oak.
White
4/5/2014 - Tubbs wrote:
Light in flavor, light in color, average, tart, nose is shy palate is bigish, new world, citrus, slightly smokey, doesn't feel over oaked, good balance but finish light. Butter, slightly crisp, unoaked?
Red
2/17/2014 - Tubbs wrote:
95 points
BOOM! Wow, what a wine!
I drank a few of these early but also tucked some away for aging - boy am I glad I did. This is so much more complex than on release it's amazing. This… is… Syrah! Big. Bold. Unapologetically in your face, Syrah. Weighing in at 15.6% the alcohol is evident in the viscosity of this wine - uber thick and chewy, really really chewy. The nose is incredible constantly changing. The palate shows a massive hit of fruit with pepper, spice, mint, and a touch of bacon on a very long finish. This was a blast to drink!
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Red
2003 Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse) St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/17/2014 - Tubbs wrote:
91 points
This was really interesting - in a good way. Very definitely Bordeaux and very definitely Right Bank. I'm not generally familiar with this producer so I can't say how the heat of 2003 did/did not affect this. I do know there was plenty of fruit, gobs and gobs. The acid kicked in on the finish and the tannins were very soft. This wasn't as "big" as a recent 2000 Angelus I enjoyed, the mouth feel wasn't super thick, (nor was it particularly thin.) This is starting to cross the line where tertiary components will be evident. Drink now for fun or hold for a little more complexity.
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Red
2000 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/17/2014 - Tubbs wrote:
96 points
Stellar wine! This is seriously good, textbook Right Bank Bordeaux. (I bought 7 so I could check in on them early - this is that bottle. ) This will age for a long, long time but boy is it good now.
Red
2/2/2014 - Tubbs wrote:
90 points
Just wanted to post a note and say this is a really nice bottle of wine here. It drinks well from the get go but is better after an hour or two. Based on that feel free to drink up or wait, my guess is it will get a little better but not magnitudes better.

Ample but subdued fruit, viscous mouthfeel, new worldish in profile but not candied or over the top, rather subdued in fact with a good acid profile. Very nice wine.
Red
2/2/2014 - Tubbs wrote:
94 points
For those of you who think 2003 Burgundies are fat, overblown, cooked, prune like and full of raisins, here is my counterexample. This was a phenomenal bottle of wine. Sure there was ample fruit but it was not at ALL cooked. Beautiful fruit with earthy tones, dusty tannins and boatloads of acidity. This wine was incredibly well balanced. Thanks to all who wrote off the 2003 vintage so I can have more of these for less!
Red
2/2/2014 - Tubbs wrote:
96 points
Opened one of these for a friends 50th and simply couldn't resist opening another last night. Stunning, textbook Bordeaux! Everything you, (I) want in Bordeaux - forest floor, graphite, pencil shavings, great acidity, smooth but ample tannins, thickish mouthfeel and a long earthy finish. Perfect balance between fruit, acid and tannins here. This is just entering its drinking window and will drink well for many years to come, at least 20. Mine won't last that long. NOTE: Decanted for 2-3 hours.
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White
2/2/2014 - Tubbs wrote:
93 points
Perfectly fine - really good in fact, no premox here at all.

Actually - this is really damn good, I need to up the score. Pretty floral nose with white flowers, the palate is thick and juicy with lots of butterscotch. Love the finish. Drinking perfectly right now.
Red
11/26/2013 - Tubbs wrote:
92 points
This was pretty good last night, if a little tight. Boy howdy is it good tonight! Wow! Classic Cali. Cab. nose: cassis/blackberry hints of creamed corn. The palate is uber thick with black fruits, leather, maybe a little mint, a kiss of oak, some dusty tannins and a long satisfying finish. Too bad they went the way of the Dodo. :( I could drink this all night... sounds like a good plan. ;)
Red
11/26/2013 - Tubbs wrote:
93 points
I absolutely LOVE this wine. It might be one of the best purchases of smidge wines I've made. Textbook bordeaux just starting to show some tertiary aromas. Big fruit with hints of leather, tobacco and earth. Thick and mouth coating with a lasting finish. Drink now and follow for a few hours or hold for several more years.
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Red
11/26/2013 - Tubbs wrote:
91 points
Took awhile to open up... dusty cherries, earth, mushroom... typical Barolo. This can safely sit for another 10 years easily and will likely soften a bit more. However, it's pretty nice right now.
Red
10/25/2013 - Tubbs wrote:
94 points
What a fantastic wine! Any naysayers who claim North Berkley imported wines are over-oaked, new worldish, over extracted, etc. take note: this was a damn fine bottle of Burgundy and it was non of those things. This is in a really REALLY good place now. Perfect balance of fruit, earth, autumn leaves, mushroom, etc. - just a really complex nose with a corresponding complex palate. The finish lingered, prompting pause before taking that next sip. A really stellar bottle, and quite frankly a bit of a surprise.
Red
1999 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/25/2013 - Tubbs wrote:
95 points
Wow - textbook Bordeaux! Drinking beautifully now. The nose is really stunning, frankly the best Cantemerle nose I've experienced. Earth, fruit, a hint of mint and then you get more forest floor and leather. The palate has gained weight and softened since last tried. This really coats your mouth filling it with plenty of fruit restrained by ample but supple tannins and acidity. They say there are no great wines, just great bottles, well, this was the best Bordeaux of the year for me - a total surprise.
Red
10/13/2013 - Tubbs wrote:
88 points
I liked this a lot better the last time I had it, not sure why. This is a decent bottle of wine but just not my style. Really great fruit, starting to show some earthy tones and some complexity. For me though it seemed too sweet and a bit "pumped up." Blind, my guess is I'd have picked this as a Cali. pinot. A very nice bottle of wine, just not my style. A solid wine you can drink now and over the next 5-10 years.
Red
10/12/2013 - Tubbs wrote:
94 points
I was truly surprised by how much I liked this wine. The balance of this wine was impeccable! Perfect tannins, perfect fruit and enough acid to keep the alcohol from stealing the show. Blueberry/blackberry compote with an incredible minty/peppery finish. YES - I said blueberry and it was FANTASTIC! This is one to confuse the AFWE! Glad I have one more, wish I had 12 more. This was a big winner from Garagiste!
Red
10/12/2013 - Tubbs wrote:
92 points
Textbook Bordeaux! This is NOT ready - unless you're willing to decant. ;) Give it an hour in the decanter and watch it evolve in your glass over the next two. Initially a bit lighter than I expected, it put on weight with the decant. As I said, textbook bordeaux - earthy with dusty tannins, some leather and an ever evolving array of smells and flavors. Plenty of fruit with no sweetness. Very nicely balanced. Drink now and over the next 10 years.
Red
10/12/2013 - Tubbs wrote:
91 points
This is in a really good place right now - very open and expressive. Strawberry rhubarb! Thickish and mouth-coating on the palate, plump and sappy with enough acidity to leave you wanting more. Definitely not "pumped up" and overdone, a great example of what great California pinot can offer. Drinking great now and will easily last several more years. (If you like tertiary notes, I'd wait another five.)
Red
10/12/2013 - Tubbs wrote:
91 points
Purchased these as daily drinkers/"need another bottle" wines based on Cameron Hughes recommendation on WineBerserkers. This is actually pretty great stuff and deserves better placement than second fiddle. A little sulfuric on the nose, the palate was a melange of blackberry and blueberry with the peppery syrah coming on strong in the finish. Perfectly pleasant to drink now but these will easily last another 10 years or even more. Note to the AFWE - don't let the blueberry fool you, this was not sweet at all, it had plenty of backbone and plenty of acid.
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White - Off-dry
9/3/2013 - Tubbs wrote:
92 points
I caught this leaking in my cellar, tsk tsk... This is pretty incredible stuff. Lots of petrol on the nose, slightly spritzy, auslese sweet with tons of acidity to add balance. Super refreshing on a hot sunny day.
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Red
9/3/2013 - Tubbs wrote:
92 points
This is drinking really well right now. Tobacco, leather, cedar shavings on the nose, plenty of fruit on the palate, soft tannins, long finish. Superb wine.
Red
8/25/2013 - Tubbs Likes this wine:
94 points
This really great Napa cab is starting to strut its stuff. Layers and layers of complexity... all sorts of stuff, some meatiness, some leather backed by really great fruit. Super long finish really nicely balanced. There is definitely some oak present but it was complementary.
White
8/25/2013 - Tubbs Likes this wine:
93 points
This is a great wine. It's a big BIG wine, but full of flavor. The nose is brilliant. The mouthfeel is thick, no doubt due to the higher alcohol. I was surprised this was as good as it was.
Red
8/25/2013 - Tubbs wrote:
91 points
Entering a good spot now. Some tertiary notes, great fruit, nice finish.
White
11/26/2011 - Tubbs wrote:
Wow! I just gotta say I'm extremely happy about this purchase. The nose is really nice but the palate is absolutely fantastic - pineapple and citrus with the perfect kiss of smokey oak. Great focus and cut with brilliant acidity and a long satisfying finish. It really teases you as you really want another sip but you also want to savor the last.
Red
11/19/2011 - Tubbs wrote:
92 points
Um... wow! Huge nose of mint, pepper and grilled meats... captivating! I could smell this all night. The palate is very complete with excellent balance - enough tannin to carry it for years, enough acid to make you salivate for that next sip, plenty of fruit without the sweetness so typically seen in California and Washington syrahs. This is a stellar effort! Johnny Cabot is doing great things in Humboldt County! Nah... must be the terrior... ;-)
Red
7/17/2011 - Tubbs Likes this wine:
92 points
I was given this wine "to try" when I bought a bunch of '08s about a year ago, (thanks Jim). Well, I've finally gotten around to trying it...

This wine was a complete surprise. The 2007 Oregon pinot vintage is pretty polarizing - some saying the wines are thing and acidic, some saying they're just tight but will emerge. For the most part I fall into the latter camp. So, my expectation was this wine would be closed and perhaps show a little more acid than the fruit can carry right now. I couldn't have been more wrong. The nose was very floral, showed lots of fruit - pretty complex. This didn't surprise me. The palate, THAT surprised me. Plump juicy fruit but with enough acid and tannin to balance things out quite nicely. The finish was quite nice and moderate in length. There is NO WAY I would have picked this as an '07 Oregon Pinot blind. Great wine and great find. Looks like I'll be adding the Juliard vineyard to my stable of Arterberry Maresh wines, (I'm already a Maresh vineyard whore.)
White
1999 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
7/14/2011 - Tubbs wrote:
premox
Red
3/27/2011 - Tubbs wrote:
98 points
Consumed from a perfectly stored bottle, this was everything I ever want in Burgundy. Rose petals on the nose, bacon on the palate, silky smooth with a rediculously long finish. I expected this to be either: a quick show from a tired wine; a slow evolution from a sleeping beauty. It was neither - absolutely beautiful out of the gate it blossomed even further over the first half hour and lasted another two hours without diminishing at all.

Funny thing though - the cork said Richbourg!
Red
1/18/2011 - Tubbs wrote:
91 points
Nummy nummy... this were goooood!
A little darker than I would've expected for a Givry, more purple/black than maroon/red, but hey, what do I know!

Still a smidge tight on the nose it eventually gave up some great Burgundian earthy, mushroomy goodness mixed with some spicy floral tones.

More than ample fruit on the palate was buttressed with a nice amount of sappy, (lip smackin') acidity. Great depth here, much more layered than expected! A long, satisfying finish reminded me a wine doesn't need to be expensive to be excellent.

This is still showing plenty of structure. I would expect it to be drinking quite well in 10 years. I'm not sure if any of my remaining 3 will make it that far though.
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White
11/7/2010 - Tubbs wrote:
This was a stellar bottle of wine. It's drinking very well now but will easily last several more years. Were I to open another bottle, I'd decant it for 1-2 hours prior to drinking.
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Red
9/6/2010 - Tubbs wrote:
95 points
This is textbook California Cab. however it still needs quite a bit of age or a good 4 hour decant to fully strut its stuff. Initially the nose on this was pretty tight but with time it gave in a little. I do think the nose will be best if it's allowed to develop some tertiary notes, (so age age age it). The palate started out rather meek but put on significant weight as the night wore on. Full and broad with black currents some spiciness and a hint of chocolate, the palate definitely stole the show on this night. I really liked this wine - time in the decanter made an enormous difference.
Red
2000 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/6/2010 - Tubbs wrote:
94 points
This is a stellar wine that should not be opened for at least 5 more years. It's very complete with a palate that is slightly stronger than the nose at this point. Very smooth, great texture, good structure and weight with a nice long finish.
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Red
9/6/2010 - Tubbs wrote:
91 points
This is a really great, textbook Bordeaux however, I'm not sure it's quite up to the hype for me. I'm going to put this experience in the "opened it before it was ready" category as I think, (hope) it will have much more to offer down the road.
White
9/6/2010 - Tubbs wrote:
This was a very interesting wine. Having read some of the notes here and knowing White Burgundies have been premoxing, I decided to open this. The acid on this was pretty prominent and it really got your mouth watering however, there was more than enough fruit to back it up. No premox here and in fact this could have and should have been held at least another 10 years. After about 4 hours in a decanter it just started developing the depth of flavor it's capable of.
Red
2007 Script and Seal Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/6/2010 - Tubbs wrote:
86 points
This was much better than the first bottle of this I tried. Nothing earth shattering but very pleasant and quite decent for 10 bucks.
Red
2002 Domaine Bertagna Clos St. Denis Clos St. Denis Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
9/6/2010 - Tubbs wrote:
98 points
This was an absolute stunner of a bottle of wine. It's just beginning to come around, but you definitely get as sense of where it's going. This just hit the sweet spot for me, the nose and the palate were equally fantastic. Nose of forest floor, a little mushroom, plenty of red & purple fruits and a very subtle hint of oak - perfect. The weight on the palate was perfect as well with an ever changing panoply of flavors. The finish went on forever, sadly the bottle didn't. (Definitely in the running for my wine of the year.)
Red
9/4/2010 - Tubbs wrote:
92 points
Definitely needs time! Super complex - a bit dry on the finish, (whole cluster.) Should be ultra smooth in about 10 years.
Red
8/16/2010 - Tubbs wrote:
90 points
I was a little worried about this wine when I tried my first bottle of 2 cases. A little time has served it well, his wine is really starting to sing. It's not an intellectual wine per se, but I wouldn't call it a quaffer either. Cherry and earth on the nose, the palate has become rounder, less astringent and the fruit has finally come to the party, (above the acid.) There is also a great earthiness and mineral note to this wine. No hurry to drink up but it's definitely in a good place right now. This is a great wine for the price.
Red
8/2/2010 - Tubbs Does not like this wine:
82 points
Very lean and quite acidic. The nose shows a good combination of fruit and meatiness as does the palate but the acid is just too much for me. Decent enough for the 9 bucks I paid but life is too short...
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