Tasting Notes for fastcar888

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Red
3/15/2021 - fastcar888 wrote:
92 points
This bottle has potential. I decanted this wine for three hours. Even so, it does not exhibit fruit on the palette or nose, is mildly tannic, and is currently shut down. I will hold my other bottles for a few years and suggest you do the same.
Red
2/20/2021 - fastcar888 wrote:
98 points
This wine is exceptionally magnificent with a four hour decant. The nose is highly involved with dark fruits and a unique aroma. There is so much complexity in this Hourglass it is better than 100 point WA wines. Great attack, mid, and a finish is lasting more than 60 seconds. They can take a bow.
Red
2000 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/19/2021 - fastcar888 wrote:
97 points
I attempted something entirely different by decanting for 6 hours. Wow! What an astonishing difference. The wine regained its Lynch Bages life, extremely compelling with a great nose, taste, and noteworthy finish. Bravo!
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Red
2015 Realm Cellars The Bard Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/16/2021 - fastcar888 wrote:
97 points
This wine is ready with proper decanting of 2 hours or more. It consists of beautiful cherries, dark fruits, vanilla, and a magnificent attack with a 60-second finish. It is hitting on all cylinders.
Red
2000 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/4/2021 - fastcar888 wrote:
97 points
Decant for at least two hours. Yummy!
Red
2000 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/26/2020 - fastcar888 wrote:
94 points
I decanted this bottle for three hours. The beautiful purple color suggested excellent ripeness and plenty of concentration. Yet, the lack of a robust bouquet exhibits a wine that is partially shutting down or needs more time. I will hold my other 15 bottles for another year or so. I suggest you save it until it is ready.
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Red
6/28/2020 - fastcar888 wrote:
98 points
Hold until 2022 or 2023. At this point in its evolution, it should be held until it opens up. It has massive potential to be a blockbuster.
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Red
2000 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/21/2019 - fastcar888 wrote:
100 points
Decanted this wine for seven hours and extremely delighted I did. It is a robust, extremely complex, full-bodied with extraordinary richness with dark fruit, well-integrated, with smooth tannins. The finish lasts for approximately 2 minutes. It just keeps on giving — the quintessential Graves in a one of the best years. Drink now with proper decanting. A great wine!
Red
11/7/2019 - fastcar888 Likes this wine:
94 points
I enjoyed this power pack Napa with an upward trajectory. The potential is enormous. It is chock full of beautiful dark fruit, mildly tannic with great complexity. The Cult has a Bordeaux taste and Napa nose, but a little bit early. I am going to lay down this wine for a year and expect it to be a 96++ wine at that time. Drinking it now will require a long (3 hour plus) decant.
Red
9/22/2019 - fastcar888 wrote:
95 points
Tastes more like a Bordeaux than a California Cab. Robust earthy fruit flavor, with tobacco, and spices. The sharp attack blends beautifully with a stronger finish. This wine needs a lengthy decant to optimize the character. It will improve with time, but indeed a winner right now.
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Red
8/6/2019 - fastcar888 wrote:
95 points
Consistent with previous notes. Outstanding wine. Opens within 30 minutes and then improves. Full bodied fruit bomb with complexity. Great character. Drink now!
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Red
7/27/2019 - fastcar888 wrote:
93 points
Tons of fruit in this "cherry bomb." The Celestial beautifully hits you on the attack. Decanted for three hours. The nose is a little muted and not particularly fragrant. It does, however, have a long-lasting mouthwatering finish of cherries and berries. I do not believe this wine improve much over time and certainly recommend this wine. Drink now.
Red
7/22/2019 - fastcar888 wrote:
96 points
We have a cherry and dark fruit bonanza here. It is exceptional. If I were younger, then I probably would hold it for a year or two. Even so, it is a beautiful wine that you will not disappoint. The attack and middle are unique and truly special. The finish is firm but not off the charts outstanding. It will only get better. Drink now, or hold. I cannot resist this beauty. So, I am drinking my six pack now. Cheers!
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Red
2000 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/20/2019 - fastcar888 wrote:
96 points
This beauty is finally firing on all cylinders. It has finally awoken from a long sleep and is an absolute Lynch Bages classic. Outstanding berries, cherries, and fruits. After 19 years this has a classic Bordeaux nose with constant changing in the glass. It opened up very quickly. Pop this bottle. You will not be disappointed. Drink now.
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Red
7/13/2019 - fastcar888 wrote:
98 points
The rating is predicated on its obvious potential. Unquestionably a brilliant wine that checks all the boxes. Will soar into the stratosphere. Coravined one bottle and will test it in a few months. Hold. It is too young to drink this potential masterpiece.
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Red
2015 Outpost Immigrant True Vineyard Howell Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/7/2019 - fastcar888 wrote:
97 points
It is common knowledge that this is a blend of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, and 38% Merlot. What a gorgeous nose. Yesterday, we consumed it with the 2015 Outpost True. I decanted the regular Outpost True for five hours, and the Immigrant at the table. Twenty minutes with the Immigrant and you are ready for lift-off. When paired with 2015 True, it is what we call the "perfecta." My friends whom we dine with were astounded with the wines. Forget all the Parker, Vinous, etc. nonsense. Drink this beauty now. You will be rewarded!
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Red
7/5/2019 - fastcar888 wrote:
98 points
Quintessential 2000 Saint Julien. It just continues to get better and better, with added complexity and flavor. The nose alone is worth 95 points. Decanted for 5 hours. A memorable, seamless, soft monster. Drink now.
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Red
6/30/2019 - fastcar888 wrote:
90 points
Recommend that you hold at least another few years or longer. The wine shut down. We consumed it during dinner, and it closed down. Tighter than a drum. I have four bottles left and won't touch it until at least 2022. At this point the nose and flavor are concealed. Surely, at some point they will emerge and it will be a pleasure to drink.
Red
6/9/2019 - fastcar888 wrote:
99 points
Buckle up. A 20 minute decant, then consumed throughout a two-hour dinner. It is an out of this world Outpost True Cab. It is one of the most magnificent cabs I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. It has a singular nose with lots of cherries, blueberries, and blackberries. The finish lasts for a good 60 seconds. We drank two bottles at dinner yesterday. My friends were praising the wine, as one of the best they have ever tasted. It was, by far, the superstar around the table. I do not know how much better it can get. That is how good it is. A legend in the making. Drink now.
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Red
2015 Outpost Immigrant True Vineyard Howell Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/29/2019 - fastcar888 wrote:
97 points
Uniquely original. This Immigrant is a full-blown citizen. It is a dark fruit mixture, made to satisfy even the most discerning palates. The Immigrant opens up extremely quick. Ten minutes in the glass and you are good to go. Lovely complex finish. If you can buy more, then do so. Drink now. You won't be sorry!
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Red
2012 Figgins Estate Red Wine Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/25/2019 - fastcar888 wrote:
95 points
Has a personality that makes you want to go back for more. It has no hard edges with an elegant, soft, and compelling finish. Take no more than twenty minutes to open up and changed beautifully over 2 hours. Drink now.
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Red
5/20/2019 - fastcar888 wrote:
85 points
Drink, hold, or give as a present to someone who does not understand wine and be impressed with the label. This wine tastes like a heavy syrup, without any obvious positive benefits, and is not indicative of Caymus. Usually, Caymus is very good to excellent. A pathetic effort. Sorry, but that is the truth.
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Red
2000 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/22/2019 - fastcar888 wrote:
98 points
I readily admit a huge mistake with the other bottle I recently had. This masterpiece requires a very long decant. Palmer 2000 requires at least a 5 hour decant, then begin to enjoyably consume. It possesses black currants, berries, pencil shavings it ran the full continuum of Margaux. The nose changes every ten minutes until ultimately the fruit was evidenced along with the French terrain. It is the Palmer I remember and love. If you cannot decant it for a long period of time, then drink it whenever you can. Spectacular with a long decant.
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Red
2000 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/10/2019 - fastcar888 wrote:
91 points
As a Palmer fan, I was expecting considerably more than 2000 Palmer offered. After a two hour decanting the wine disappointed. The fruit remained locked in. The nose is quite complex with tertiary aromas developing as it opened up. Even so, even though after 19 years, I will lay my other 9 bottles down with the hope it achieves its potential.
Red
2/25/2019 - fastcar888 wrote:
95 points
If we were discussing wineries with a unique signature, then Hourglass with be one of the rarest I have ever had the privilege of tasting. It possesses blackberries, dark fruits with a very solid not world class finish on this date. But wow, it is so difficult to resist. Perhaps one of the most hedonistic wines that I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. Drink or hold. Regardless, it is almost impossible for me to resist.
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Red
2/22/2019 - fastcar888 wrote:
90 points
At this point in its evolution, this is merely an unremarkable or table wine. I am uncertain of its evolution; however, it either needs more time or is not worth the effort. Hold.
Red
1/20/2019 - fastcar888 wrote:
95 points
Mature and ready to drink right now. An appealing, full bodied, opaque winner with complex fruit. Outstanding attack possessing a 45 second finish. Best Mondavi Reserve I ever tasted. No need to wait.
Red
1/7/2019 - fastcar888 wrote:
95 points
This wine considerably opened up in the last 5 months. It requires at least 1 hour decant. Drink now. Highly enjoyable with all of the nuances one would expect of Outpost. A delicious winner, and a joy to your palate.
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Red
1/7/2019 - fastcar888 wrote:
97 points
Decanted for 6 hours. Extremely powerful and complex wine tasting darks fruits, graphite with great concentration and complex terroir taste . The finish lasts for at least 60 seconds. This wine is ready to drink right now. No need to wait. You will be handsomely rewarded.
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Red
1/1/2019 - fastcar888 wrote:
94 points
It takes at least 90 minutes to begin to open up with a decant at a restaurant. It has a singular personality that was prune and dark fruit on the palate Clearly, well made with a 30 second finish.There was nothing compelling or held my interest as with most great wines. It somewhat improved over 2.5 hour dinner. It did not make me want to go back for more. Everyone thought it was merely very good, scoring somewhere in the mid nineties among those who drank it. I was not "wowed." I suggest that you hold the wine, if you intend to drink it.
Red
12/19/2018 - fastcar888 wrote:
95 points
Lisa Perrotti-Brown of the Wine Advocate must be on crack to give this brewing masterpiece the dismal rating she indelibly stamped. This wine has beautiful color, a has fanatic and robust nose with dark fruits on the palate, with a stellar 60 second finish. Although young, it is extremley difficult to resist this beauty. I find no way to reconcile her paltry rating. The wine is deliriously delicious. Viva Quivet!
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Red
12/17/2018 - fastcar888 wrote:
96 points
This wine gets incrementally better and better. If anything, it represent a newer, tastier, better made wine than those of 20 to 30 years ago. Clearly, it is approachable with a decant. Very hard to resist.
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Red
12/16/2018 - fastcar888 wrote:
93 points
Expect it to take no less than a one hour decant to remove the tannins, and fully appreciate the wine. Excellent dark fruits mixed within complex blackberry taste. Obviously, a very well made wine with an elaborate finish that lasts 45 seconds. I thought it was significantly better than the other three individuals who shared 2 bottles over dinner. There may be diverse opinions on the wine.
Red
12/9/2018 - fastcar888 wrote:
99 points
One of the great wines of the world. Drink now!
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Red
11/24/2018 - fastcar888 wrote:
94 points
An excellent Turnbull that is ready right now. Does not require a long decant. Tons of cherries, raspberry, mocha and dark fruit. Very good attack with a 30 second finish. Not a top tier wine; however, very good.

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Red
10/12/2018 - fastcar888 wrote:
97 points
Decant, decant, decant, decant. I did not find this Bordeaux style, rather classic California with a fruitful nose and intricate in your face taste . It is extremely complex with cherries, berries, darks fruits and an awesome, long lasting finish. Drink or hold. Had this with two other French wines at dinner. It was clearly the wine of the evening. Difficult to resist when opened properly with sufficient time. Quintessential California Cabernet.
Red
2015 Realm Cellars The Bard Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/7/2018 - fastcar888 wrote:
96 points
I visited Napa (6th time) and realized my knowledge of Napa could vastly be improved. Realm The Bard blew me away and I bought whatever was available and joined their club. Although quite young, it has extraordinarily complex dark fruits weaved in a way that is simply compelling. If there were wine classifications, as Bordeaux, then this property would be a first growth. Drink or hold. I am trying to hold. It's not easy.
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Red
2000 Château Péby Faugères St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/7/2018 - fastcar888 wrote:
97 points
This wine is ready. It may have 5 years more of life at full throttle. Dark berries, quite complex, and has a wonderful, wonderful finish. Drink it now it is fully mature. Classic Bordeaux, in a stellar year.
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Red
2000 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/7/2018 - fastcar888 wrote:
96 points
Black cherries, dark fruits and lasting memorable finish. It took about 60 minutes to open at dinner after decanting. Drink or hold. Either way you cannot go wrong. Classic!
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Red
9/22/2018 - fastcar888 wrote:
96 points
A extraordinarily compelling inky color, as well as a beautifully fragrant nose of blueberry and dark fruits. Improving with every bottle. Plumpjack is for real. Quintessential 2015 cab!
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Red
9/22/2018 - fastcar888 wrote:
93 points
It is certainly fine to drink now with 45 minutes of air time.
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Red
9/19/2018 - fastcar888 wrote:
98 points
Dark fruits, complex, uniquely flavorful. Full bodied and outstanding. It needs approximately 45 minutes to reveal itself. Keeps you coming back for more.
Red
8/6/2018 - fastcar888 Likes this wine:
95 points
Without going into excessive delineation about the wine, let me simply say this is the best young wine I have ever tasted. Cannot miss wine. Will only improve.
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Red
7/27/2018 - fastcar888 wrote:
95 points
In its stride now. Yet, my sense is that it will improve with more aging. Dark fruits emerge with Bordeaux complexity after 30 minutes. Excellent finish. Needs time and should be decanted. Highly recommended.
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Red
7/24/2018 - fastcar888 wrote:
94 points
Outpost wines will becomes classics in time-30 minute decant and drank over 1 hour afterwards. IMHO this is 94 and on the rise. This beauty is ready for consumption right now. Outstanding nose, concentration and dark fruit flavors. With time it's rating is heading north of 96. Very long lasting finish with a memorable attack. A winner.
Red
7/19/2018 - fastcar888 wrote:
93 points
First, this wine is for what it is. Meaning that it is a non-complicated, quick opening, utterly delightful wine that is fruit forward. Sort of like easy music, not a Napa symphony. Highly recommended.
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Red
7/18/2018 - fastcar888 Likes this wine:
92 points
IMHO drinking this wine is foolishly premature. It appears to have the potential to develop into a wine between 93-96 points. However, it is imprudent to drink it at this juncture. Had it three times with a Coravin with significant decanting. Wait and you will be rewarded.
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Red
2000 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/2/2018 - fastcar888 wrote:
96 points
Had 2 bottles yesterday evening with dinner. This wine is firing on all cylinders right now. Unique taste, complex, 30 minutes to 1 hour decant, gets better with every drop. Classic Bordeaux. Stellar wine.
Red
2010 Figgins Estate Red Wine Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/14/2018 - fastcar888 Likes this wine:
94 points
Classically structured Washington State wine with considerable fruits. Nice attack, mid and finish. The finish lasted in excess of 60 seconds. There is a cause-effect in that the longer the wine is decanted the more powerful the finish and the more interesting the wine. There is little doubt that in a year or so this wine will merit a higher score. Open now or hold. Either way, you cannot go wrong.
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Red
3/23/2018 - fastcar888 wrote:
92 points
Sort of a battle going on here between Robert Parker 88 and AG's 95. It clearly is not at 88 wine IMHO. Nice fruit, good attack and very respectable finish. If I owned more, then I would drink it soon. Probably has a few more years of life left before its inevitable decline.
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