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White
12/31/2022 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
92 points
Enjoyed at a NYE dinner with a 2019 Kistler. I preferred the DuMol, but both wines were nice. Everyone enjoyed the DuMol and the magnum went surprisingly fast with 9 people. Cheers.
Red
2005 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/31/2022 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
94 points
First time enjoying this vintage. Purchased from local retailer and the bottle came from a private collection. Previous experience is 2010 and 2015. Enjoyed next to a '07 Monte Bello and '05 Hillside Select. This is relevant because all 3 wines are in very different quadrants and the ClG was the most enjoyable/interesting by far for me.
Tasted at 90 min of decanting. The fruit appears much younger than its actual age. Made the glass look like stained glass after swirling. Some forest floor. Definitely chocolate. I didn't sense any green notes like the 2010. Agree on other's notes about the firmer tannins. My som buddy tried it blind at 90 min and guessed St. E, but said the signals of a more modern fruit style conflicted with his guess on age. Said it could be an early small producer but didn't guess a vintage. I did disclose the producer after. :)
Decanted about 6 hours by dinner. Net net, I'll enjoy my next bottle in a few years to see how the tannins integrate more. My style of wine. Cheers.
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Red
12/4/2022 - sfbikeguy wrote:
No Rating. Opened another bottle this evening and I knew I was in trouble immediately. The nose was way too rustic. I don't know how to describe it except to say it was way past its prime. I did open another bottle of this a month ago and that one was very enjoyable. (I forgot to post a note). So recently, I'm 2 of 3 that were drank too late. I have 4 more in storage and I'll pull of them to drink in the next month and report back. Looking back, it looks like I made 3 separate purchases of this wine, so I'm hoping if I had a bad batch, I'm done. Cheers. :|
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Red
2005 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/25/2022 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
94 points
From a magnum. Great wine for an Xmas style dinner the Friday after Thanksgiving. A 17 year old Insignia is very different from a younger Insignia. It may be considered a bit monolithic at this stage of my palette as I now search for nuances in a wine, but it’s very enjoyable for a ton of reasons. Decanted for 4 hours which is short for me. I prefer 8 hours and it would not have hurt the experience. As usual, a lot of comments that the wine improved over the time we enjoyed it and everyone wanted more after it was gone. Definitely a winner. Thanks to Ashley and the JPV team.
White
10/10/2022 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
93 points
Surprisingly / Unsurprisingly excellent. 2nd to last bottle. Years ago I talked to Kerry on the phone and he said the whites were not meant to be held long. I said they did great with some age. Here's a 10 yo Chard and it is thoroughly enjoyable. Counter to that: I have a few bottles of the 2019 Chloe and they are definitely brighter.

I'll save the last bottle for a brown bag tasting with my technical friends, pair it up with a 2019 also and see what they think of the two.

Full disclosure, the real reason I still have the 2012s is that I 'found' a six pack unmarked in storage. Winner!

Cheers!
White
10/9/2022 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
91 points
Solid. Enjoyable for a Sunday dinner. Definitely had some tartness and acid, but it worked well with our food. One bottle left.
Red
10/2/2022 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
92 points
Unfortunately I had to open one of these for the weekend because my selection at home was limited. Poor planning all the way around. Enjoyable on Day 2. Fortunately my local store has more 2018s arriving soon. I'll buy a case and put them down for a year or five.
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Red
NR First time trying this wine. Not a good bottle. Just tastes way past where is was supposed to be enjoyed. It's been open an hour. I'll see where it goes, but I'm concerned. BTW, this is not tainted and has been properly stored. Just not enjoyable. I have 6 additional bottles....
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White
9/26/2022 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent as always. In a great spot right now. I have two bottles left and I’ll enjoy these in the next 6 months.
Red
9/11/2022 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
92 points
Enjoyable for the price. I'll wait another year before I try another one.
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Red
2014 Château Giscours Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/4/2022 - sfbikeguy wrote:
90 points
More ‘present’ than the 2015. I can see where the 2014 is appropriate where you want a softer red.
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Red
8/21/2022 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
92 points
Last bottle and it was great with a dinner at friends that ordered Snow's bbq. Decanted for 4 hours to get some air. Highly recommend this based upon my prior notes. Note on bottle prep: this wine has tons of fine sediment, so useful to do some decanting. Also rinsed bottle before refilling and transporting.

Sometimes a wine lands great with certain food, and this wine did that both before dinner and with bbq. I have some of the more recent years of the Phelps Cab. Hopefully they'll be as enjoyable. Cheers.
Red
8/27/2022 - sfbikeguy wrote:
90 points
I pulled this wine when reorganizing some of my storage today. Auburn in color when poured into the glass. Decanted for 3 hours. Had with swordfish for dinner and afterwards. This wine is not in my quadrant. It was not really interesting with the fish and afterwards. Not sure what I'm going to do with the other two bottles. I did pull some other 2010 BdMs, so maybe I'll open a few and compare. I have so many more interesting wines coming in, it's time to clear the ones I don't enjoy.
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Red
2012 Château Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/19/2022 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
93 points
After enjoying my first bottle a few weeks ago, I brought a second bottle to a friend’s for a steak dinner. I opened the Malartic a few hours before dinner and we decanted for an hour at his place. He opened a $100 2013 CA Cab that was very floral and nice before dinner. Once we started enjoying dinner, the Malartic won the night. It was a much more enjoyable wine with the steaks. Since the 2015 is available now, I’ll purchase a bottle this weekend and if it’s similar to the 2012, I’ll purchase 6. I highly recommend trying the wine, especially for the reasonable price. Cheers.
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Red
2015 Château Berliquet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/17/2022 - sfbikeguy Does not like this wine:
90 points
Hmm… decanted and drank over 3 - 5 hours. Without food it was unremarkable. At 5 hours with a steak it was dark and brooding. Not much fruit. In my mind I’m picturing a grumpy guy chomping on his unlit cigar. So maybe it was better in the first two hours??? Not for me.

Small update to add there is some fruit there, but it’s lurking in the background.
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Red
2012 Château Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/4/2022 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
93 points
Really nice wine. I’m pretty sure this is my first time enjoying a Pensacola-Logan. I was rushed on the first day as we decided to have steaks last minute. The wine was very approachable on opening, but was much better after 90 min and 3 hours. Kept 1/4 of the bottle to the next day and both of us thought it was more enjoyable the 2nd day. I have 3 more bottles, so I’ll stagger these the next 5 years? I also like the wine enough that I’m considering buying some late 2015 arrivals. The local NorCal store has the 2015s for $65, so start enjoying in 2025? Maybe. Looking forward to enjoying the next bottle with friends to see what they think.
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Red
6/10/2022 - sfbikeguy wrote:
Enjoying at 2010 Insignia and 2010 Groth Reserve with friends this evening. Opened both at 10am at the office to get them breathing LOL. After two hours, the nose on the Insignia is beautiful. The Groth is still a bit tight. My kind of aroma therapy. Won't be tasting until this evening. I'll report back tomorrow.
Red
2010 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/10/2022 - sfbikeguy wrote:
Enjoying at 2010 Insignia and 2010 Groth Reserve with friends this evening. Opened both at 10am at the office to get them breathing LOL. After two hours, the nose on the Insignia is beautiful. The Groth is still a bit tight. My kind of aroma therapy. Won't be tasting until this evening. I'll report back tomorrow.
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Red
4/23/2022 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
93 points
Thoroughly enjoyed this wine on recommendation of the somm at Locanda Verde in TriBeCa in NYC. I asked for something Italian with some age, fruit and barnyard funk. This was spot on and it was great to try something new. I’ll look for the wine in retail. He mentioned they normally sell younger vintages. Cheers.
Red
4/1/2022 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
93 points
Nice wine. More enjoyable the 2nd day. Didn't help that I rushed the first day.
Red
3/3/2022 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
93 points
Just a great bottle of wine. My observations are consistent with the recent notes from others. Decanted for 4 hours before dinner and brought the bottle to a steak house opposite a 2013 Sinegal (Napa Cab with a lot of fruit).

My buddy said it the best: "I need to be drinking more of this type of wine."

I'll look to buy some recent vintages of this wine and in some quantity so I can try over time. 1 bottle left of the 2013.
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Red
1/18/2022 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
91 points
Agree, great wine for the price point. I'll add that the wine seemed flat on Day 2. Definitely less enjoyable.

3 bottles left. I'll try in early 2023.
Red
1/3/2022 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
92 points
I opened this bottle about a month ago and forgot to enter notes. I can say the wine was surprisingly enjoyable. If you've seen the movie Rataouille, tasting the 01 took me back to that moment I first tried Montelena in the early 2000s at the winery and it put a smile on my face. I'll stay with the pack and rate this wine a 92.

I have one bottle each of the 97,99,01,02,03,04,05. I'll try to find a chance to pair up the bottles in a tasting with other wines from the same vintages. I'm familiar the winery's challenges in these vintages, so it'll be an interesting compare where I'm able to do it with friends.
White
1/20/2022 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
93 points
Just fantastic. We love DuMol, especially the Chloe. I can't see this getting any better, so please enjoy soon. Small side note on this wine, I was inventorying my storage when I came across a 6 bottle box without a 'bin' number on it. Looking at Cellar Tracker, I realized it was not in my inventory! Better than finding a $100 bill in a pair of pants.
Red
2015 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
1/20/2022 - sfbikeguy wrote:
90 points
Agree with other notes. Still young and tight. I'm commenting as I drink a glass on Day 2. It's difficult to justify buying and holding more than 3 years at this price. Seems like this needs another 2-3 years for the wine to evolve to the experience I was looking for.
Red
2015 Château Giscours Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/9/2022 - sfbikeguy Does not like this wine:
90 points
Disappointing. It took the expected 2 hours to open up on Day 1. There is just not a lot going on here. On Day 2, it was almost flat. Focusing, I can get the profile of the wine, but this wine is just not worth the $60 I paid in June of 2016 and held in storage until today. If you balk at that statement, the same $60 invested in TSLA is worth $1,026 today (22x).

It's experiences like these that cause me to question the buying and holding of moderately priced wines. It's a tough game and it does not help when my local wine shop is ringing the bell on the wine and today offers it for $90. Sometimes is all Marketing.

I do have one bottle left. I've set a note to 'wait' a few more years to see if my comments are off.
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Red
2014 The Mascot Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
opened and started decanting at 1pm for NYE dinner at friends serving Beef Wellington. Have not tasted yet, but the bouquet is very nice. I'll post notes tomorrow.
Red
12/31/2021 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
93 points
Enjoyed this last week after a 2 hour decant. This was my last bottle. I don't have many 2010's remaining and I had pulled my last 2010 Phelps and Larkmead to do a comparison with friends. So the Ridge won't be in that contest. I can tell you this was a solid bottle for the price and you won't regret enjoying it now. HNY Ridge. Thank you for your wonderful wines.
Red
2007 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/24/2021 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
92 points
Opened 4 hours before dinner. Did not have an opportunity to decant. Brought to a steakhouse for dinner with friends. Everyone liked the wine but I was expecting more. One bottle left. I’ll give it a try in a different circumstance.
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Red
7/20/2021 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
93 points
Great bottle of wine. If you don't have some Paloma in your cellar, you are making a mistake. Seriously. This bottle had plenty of time to go. Opened 4 hours before dinner. This wine is really under priced.
Red
I'm drinking my first Backus with a friend tomorrow over steaks. I have one of each bottle from 1997-2016. Planning on giving it 4+ hours of airtime. I'll probably open the bottle around noon and start a decant around 3. Open to thoughts ahead of time! I'll post after.

- Punted dinner to next day.
- pulled cork @1. Noticed cork was very soft on putting in the cork screw. Despite being very careful, cork broke.
- The immediate nose on this thing is MASSIVE. I won't taste yet. Just going to enjoy the bouquet the next few hours as I work some work done. :) I'll taste and consider decanting around 3.
Red
2009 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/3/2021 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
94 points
Had two close friends over for steaks and opened a 2009 Insignia and 2009 Caymus for dinner. It was a nice opportunity to compare two wines from the same area. Opened both at 1pm which was 5 hours before dinner. Insignia was definitely the winner, but surprisingly, not by much. Insignia clearly had tobacco as a differentiator, but 12 years of aging on the Caymus was great. The bottles could definitely been opened a few hours earlier also. I believe I have seen notes from others saying the style of Caymus has changed around 2010. This was my last bottle of 2009 and giving them a ton of airtime before drinking has always served me well. Nice wine.
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Red
6/3/2021 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
93 points
Had two close friends over for steaks and opened a 2009 Insignia and 2009 Caymus for dinner. It was a nice opportunity to compare two wines from the same area. Opened both at 1pm which was 5 hours before dinner. Insignia was definitely the winner, but surprisingly, not by much. Insignia clearly had tobacco as a differentiator, but 12 years of aging on the Caymus was great. The bottles could definitely been opened a few hours earlier also. I believe I have seen notes from others saying the style of Caymus has changed around 2010. This was my last bottle of 2009 and giving them a ton of airtime before drinking has always served me well. Nice wine.
Red
7/4/2021 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
93 points
2nd to last bottle. started decanting 3 hours ago. Beautiful nose. Having filets in an hour. I'll report back.

4 hours of airtime total I would actually do more since the wine holding up great at 4 hours. Plenty of time left on this wine. Tannis are still very present. My wife thought it was delicious. My comment is the wine is Cali Cab that is not super sophisticated. I've been searching for more sophistication the last few years, hence my current shift to buying Bordeaux wines. Overall very enjoyable for July 4.

Final update: 6 hours after opening, the tannins are softer and smooth. The final glass is often the best.
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White
6/9/2021 - sfbikeguy wrote:
I'm torn. Just opened this after enjoying a younger chard from another winery. Yes the 2012 DuMol is good, but I'm going back to my live conversation with Kerry over the phone years ago. 'These chard's are meant to be drank, not held' he told me. I was pitching holding the chards for a bit. For sure, holding a chard for 9 years limits its ideal drinking situations. Like I just said, I was the just enjoying a younger chard tonight and I liked it's acidity and brightness. The 2012 is such a shift and, at the moment, I'm wishing I drank this when it was younger.
I have quite a bit of DuMol and I've been pulling them to enjoy with friends so I can follow Kerry's advice. Cheers Kerry and team-
White
5/16/2021 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice Dumol chard. Cannot add more than what others have posted. I have 4 bottles of this left. We'll drink three this summer (2021) and maybe save one bottle for next year.
White
5/2/2021 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
92 points
This wine is in a nice place right now. If you have this in your cellar, I'd say drink up this summer.
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Red
2011 The Mascot Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/8/2021 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
92 points
Nice nose. Opened for 3 hours before dinner. I thought it was best after 4.5+ hours. Saved half the bottle for Day 2. The body of wine was good on day two with some decent tannins. Finish seemed a bit unexciting on Day 2. I have 4 other bottles. 1 to enjoy with friends this summer and I'll wait until 2022 for the fourth.
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White
2/28/2021 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
91 points
Both my wife and I liked this. It still had some tartness, but we did enjoy the wine. I pulled my last 750 and a magnum to enjoy this spring on a warmer day this year. Not sure if the tartness is softening from my prior notes.
Red
2/17/2021 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
93 points
Had some nice sophistication to it. Everyone enjoyed. Opened about 3 hours before drinking.
Red
2/19/2021 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
92 points
7th of 8 bottles. I really enjoyed this and you have to appreciate Caymus for what it is. Especially given it's price. I do recommend decanting for several hours. That's going to be a win. I did 5 hours and enjoyed through the night. I recommend 90 minutes of airtime at a minimum.
Red
2/16/2021 - sfbikeguy wrote:
91 points
{shaking my head} 1 of 3 bottles. PnP for dinner which is rare for me. That was a mistake. Don't do this. The wine needs at least 60 min of airtime to enjoy. Nose started showing at 60+ and it's nice. I'm going to save the rest of the bottle for tomorrow and I'll update. Keep in mind I'm not technical on descriptions, but I know enough to not waste a good wine without giving it proper respect (airtime). Next revisit in 2025. CT knows I've got way too much JPV.
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Red
2/6/2021 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
92 points
I like the 2007 better.
Red
2/6/2021 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
94 points
Same as my other notes. I really like this wine. It's different and very enjoyable. Agree on other's complexity comments. I have two bottles left and I'll make sure I share with friends.
Red
1/17/2021 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
93 points
Another solid bottle. Decanted for 3+ hours before drinking. I wanted to do longer, but my planning didn't work out. Great color. Great nose. A ton of sediment, so decanting helps. Not too jammy even though it's a fruity wine. My opinion is Caymus works just fine if you pair it with the right food. In this case the hangar steak recipe from the Susan Goin's AOC cookbook which has some zip and an excellent chimicurri sauce. The wine was very enjoyable after the meal too. Since I purchased a case fo this wine and the 2007 vintage was great, I'd summarize my experience by recommending a hold for the first 10-12 years if you can. Know that's not realistic. Then give any openings a ton of airtime (5+ hours) to get be full benefit. I have 3 '07's left, some 09's and some 12's and I'll make sure I give them more time to open.
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Red
2010 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/13/2020 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
94 points
The wine is fantastic. It was a different experience from other wines I've enjoyed. I had it about a month ago, but did not post a note. I will be purchasing this wine each year going forward. Have some 2010s, 15s and 16s currently. High recommend.
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Red
12/20/2020 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
93 points
Big wine. My wife enjoyed it and she only drinks the reds when they are good. I have to admit, it’s good to have a wine this big every now and then. We drank over three hours and give it about 60 min to open.
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White
12/18/2020 - sfbikeguy wrote:
90 points
A bit confused by this 2nd bottle. Clearly not as present as our first bottle. Granted, we had it with some zippy pizza, but both my wife and I thought it was on the un-exciting side. Next day it was flat. 4 bottles left. Will comment if it's a different experience. First bottle was excellent.
White
12/14/2020 - sfbikeguy Likes this wine:
92 points
No need to add any commentary. The other notes say it all. Just ordered 5 more bottles.
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