Tasting Notes for Blade

(45 notes on 42 wines)

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Red
1/10/2010 - Blade wrote:
92 points
Surprisingly, still kicking. Good fruit after the barnyard blows off..smooth tannins.
Red
12/25/2009 - Blade wrote:
88 points
The fruit is fading - time to drink (or donate)...
Red
1997 Vigil Valiente Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/25/2009 - Blade wrote:
Bad bottle.
White
12/25/2009 - Blade wrote:
91 points
I did not really enjoy the wine when I first tried it in 2005. It was a very nice surprise to enjoy it with cracked crab last night on Christmas Eve. A hint of sweet lemon came through & was nicely balanced by the acidity. Drinking well now.
Red
12/25/2009 - Blade wrote:
92 points
beautiful nose after the barnyard blew off - nicely balanced
White
12/15/2009 - Blade wrote:
86 points
Over the hill.
Red
12/15/2009 - Blade wrote:
92 points
Good balance although the fruit seems to be fading a bit. If this bottle is indicative, I don't see it improving from here. Time to drink!
Red
2005 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/11/2009 - Blade wrote:
93 points
Quadruple decanted six hours before a dinner party - which was cancelled because the host's child got sick. Still tannin-filled & chalky that night. I took the family out to dinner & decided to give the Dominus another day to breathe. After 36 hours, the fruit was nicely balanced with plenty of backbone. I don't see a reason to crack another bottle for 3 - 5 years. My guess is another 10 years & this will be compelling.
Red
5/4/2009 - Blade wrote:
92 points
Right out of the bottle: Round, nice fruit, balanced with smooth tanins. good juice.
Red
1/31/2009 - Blade wrote:
91 points
This took some time to open up & was much more interesting after 3 hours. Hard to see how this scored a 95 in WS...
Red
1/24/2009 - Blade wrote:
94 points
For my money, this is the quintessential Napa Cab producer. Consistent, delicious and age-able.
Red
1/2/2009 - Blade wrote:
flawed
Flawed bottle.
White
2007 Château Guiraud Le G Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/20/2008 - Blade wrote:
93 points
Peaches & citrus. Like drinking Summer. Delicious.
White
11/19/2008 - Blade wrote:
94 points
Over the top; drank with several other bottles of different whites open... this stood up to the sausage & stinky cheese ...concentrated flavors of butterscotch; long finish. Not a wine I would enjoy every day but powerful & noteworthy.
Red
10/13/2008 - Blade wrote:
92 points
I enjoyed this strong effort with a pepperoni pizza. It was fruit-forward but well balanced by acidity that stood up to the spicy sausage. There was one glass left which I had before dinner the next day. Without food the alcohol was more pronounced & the overall effect was less desirable.
Red
7/19/2008 - Blade wrote:
93 points
This still has a long way to go. Tannins are strong & up front for the first 90 minutes, after which it mellows & the fruit becomes more apparent. Nicely balanced.
White
7/11/2008 - Blade wrote:
88 points
A bit thin on the finish; good fruit.
Red
7/11/2008 - Blade wrote:
88 points
On the down-side. Drink up...
Rosé
4/18/2008 - Blade wrote:
92 points
Delicious! Nicely balanced & refreshing.
Red
2005 Linne Calodo Outsider Paso Robles Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
4/6/2008 - Blade wrote:
93 points
Big black fruit. Best pizza wine out there...
Red
2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/3/2008 - Blade wrote:
94 points
Full, wonderful stuff. I will likely wait a couple of years before pulling the cork on the next bottle as it has plenty of time to develop. After 3 hours in the decanter the tanins rounded-out a bit, but this is still a baby.
Red
2005 Linne Calodo Outsider Paso Robles Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
2/17/2008 - Blade wrote:
91 points
Big fruit. Perfect with pizza.
Red
2/17/2008 - Blade wrote:
93 points
Very tight - still - and much better the second night. Fruit came through nicely binding tanins very much in place.
White
2/4/2008 - Blade wrote:
90 points
Dry, hint of sweetness; great cocktail wine w/chili & lime chips.
Red
2/4/2008 - Blade wrote:
85 points
Austere. Tanins mellowed over a couple of hours, but still lacked balance.
White
1/25/2008 - Blade wrote:
84 points
Very tart green apples; disappointing.
White
12/9/2007 - Blade wrote:
92 points
I can't imangine a better accompaniment with Thai food. Not as much fruit as the '03, but still wonderful. Alsace in NorCal.
Red
12/9/2007 - Blade wrote:
94 points
Layered, complex & delicious...Napa fruit up front & a beautiful, long finish.
White
11/15/2007 - Blade wrote:
89 points
Tart up front; good fruit & a hint of sweetness.
White
11/2/2007 - Blade wrote:
87 points
Good fruit & balanced with solid acidity. A bit thin on the finish.
Red
10/19/2007 - Blade wrote:
88 points
Fruity light easy-drinking wine.
Red
10/16/2007 - Blade wrote:
82 points
Past its prime; fruit all but gone initially & fades further over the course of one hour.
White
3/23/2007 - Blade wrote:
88 points
A bit too much residual sugar; could mellow with a bit more age.
Red
2/11/2007 - Blade wrote:
85 points
A bit thin. Not holding up well. Sorry Lucky.
Red
2/11/2007 - Blade wrote:
97 points
Wow! Almost perfect balance. I'm amazed that this has held up this well. Still plenty of fruit & tannins that are just right. I let it settle for 2 days after removing from the cellar & decanted. A rare experience.
White
2/11/2007 - Blade wrote:
80 points
Too thin & cloying sweetness.
Red
2/11/2007 - Blade wrote:
90 points
Jammy; lot's of up front fruit.
Red
12/2/2006 - Blade wrote:
90 points
1st glass had floral nose but somewhat astringent. Corked it & returned the next day & it drank beautifully. Give it a year.
White
11/25/2006 - Blade wrote:
89 points
Big butter & big fruit. If you like the Cali style, this is holding up well.
White
11/25/2006 - Blade wrote:
83 points
Astringent. Acidity too high; unbalanced. Not enough fruit.
Red
11/19/2006 - Blade wrote:
94 points
Creamy, balanced. Needs more time.
Red
2004 Tait The Ball Buster Barossa Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
5/14/2006 - Blade wrote:
87 points
Blackberry syrup; a bit too over the top for me.
White
5/14/2006 - Blade wrote:
93 points
Delicious fruit & nice balance.
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