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Red
2016 Kinsella Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Heirloom Vineyard Dry Creek Valley
2/14/2020 - TastesGoodToMe Likes this wine:
95 points
This wine is the real deal. Drank alongside a Carter To Kalon OG and this bottle out shined it by a long shot. Still think this wine could benefit from more time laying down. My best one word for this wine: Regal.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    2/16/20, 2:36 PM - Carter is my absolute fav usually. The Carter we had this night was the 2012 OG. Granted I usually rate the Carter's a lot higher than I did the '12 we had (scored it a 93). But for example, I gave Carter TK OG a 98 and 99 for '14 and '16 respectively.

  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    2/16/20, 2:38 PM - BadMonkey - we seem to drink a lot of the same wines. I have enjoyed your insights the last few years. And it is good to know that I am not the only one spending that much of his disposable income on wine! :-)

Red
2016 Becklyn Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
11/24/2019 - TastesGoodToMe Likes this wine:
94 points
PnP and was fantastic. I dont think these are going to get better - who knows... But I am also scoring this a 94 for the second time - so the question is - better than what? :-) Why wait? Still plenty of time. But I am also finding that most wines from the Napa '16 vintage are ready for drinking earlier than normal too. So, will they hold up or get better? For my tastes, these are drinking great now. I have made the mistake of holding some wines thinking they would improve only to be disappointed later. So I am not waiting on these!
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    11/29/19, 6:39 AM - I have not tried any of the '17's yet. Sounds like a great idea for a weekend experiment!

Red
2007 O'Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder
10/28/2019 - TastesGoodToMe Likes this wine:
92 points
From Magnum. Bought upon release. Cork in perfect condition - no seepage and jet black on bottom. Lot's of fine sediment - clogged filter 5 times while decanting. Immediately put back into bottle as it did not need air, this was ready to go upon PnP. Black in the glass. I had always heard that the MV offering needed more time in the bottle. And this being a magnum I would have thought it would have plenty of time left. But this has faded. A very feminie wine for sure at this point. Fruit a little muted - but the tannins are in line and have faded as well. A nice Bordeaux-like presentation. Paired well with Filet and Lobster. I just prefer them a little bigger. Medium finish.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    10/29/19, 8:23 AM - Mark1 - i've always been a big fan of O'. But I have certainly also had bottle variation over the years from about every producer I buy from regularly. So perhaps that could be the case here too. Will be interested to see how your other bottles drink. Cheers!

Red
2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection Napa Valley
8/18/2019 - ageverett Likes this wine:
94 points
Soft decant for an hour. I have had some poor experiences with Caymus in recent vintages (2012-2014) and have stayed away from them. But credit where it's due, this was a good bottle of wine. Got even better after it had been open about 2 hours.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    9/11/19, 1:33 PM - So it got better over 2 hours - Did you decant? Or just leave in open bottle

Red
2016 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Napa Valley
7/6/2019 - LiteItOnFire Likes this wine:
95 points
KC/AC dinner. 30 minute decant- not needed. What a juxtaposition with the rest of the lineup tonight but wow, for the style this was a sexy biiiach pole dancing in front of you but not with flimsy tassels dangling from ta tas rather 10 karat round diamonds covering up the right spots and knowingly telling you ‘you can’t afford me but look and enjoy until I tell you I am done with you’ and you did exactly that- and with a blink of an eye it was all gone. A dream, real, does it matter?

Wish I had two cases to drink every 6 months but wishing gets you nowhere. Best I can do is try and keep my hands off my last one for a year. Not highly likely even with it stored in my offsite cellar to avoid late night ‘brilliant’ ideas.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    7/8/19, 4:31 PM - Funny!

Red
2016 Carter Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon The O.G. Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard Oakville
6/16/2019 - TastesGoodToMe Likes this wine:
99 points
Almost perfect - at least the best wine that I have ever tasted. But like surfers, I am always searching for that "prefect wave" (that probably never comes!) so leaving room for a higher score just in case! :-) Gave it only one hour of air in the decanter and then consumed over another 2 hours. Another reviewer of this wine a few months ago recommended that if you had several bottles of this wine that you really should try one now. Glad I did. Great treat for Fathers Day.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    6/18/19, 3:29 AM - Yack - I have also enjoyed your notes, observations and recommendations through the years especially related to our joint obsession of Mike Smith wines.

Red
2016 Becklyn Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Napa Valley
3/24/2019 - TastesGoodToMe wrote:
95 points
Matt Denny of Becklyn Cellars flew to Charlotte to host a tasting at our place. We tasted the '13, '14, and '15 regular cabs and '13 and '16 Reserve followed last by the '16 MH. The MH was the cream of the crop. We decanted for 2 1/2 and then re-bottled and left open for another 2 hours and poured at about the 5 hour mark This is a deep and brooding wine with all dark/black berry flavors. Teeth staining. But what makes this wine excel is the finish. The Beckstoffer fruit comes through in it's intensity and complexity for which Mike Smith is one of the best at accentuating .
My guests could not get enough of this wine.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    3/24/19, 7:08 PM - Lucky enough to win the give away he did a few months back. Shear luck. But great experience. Everyone had a blast and the wines were outstanding.

Red
2012 Sherwin Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Spring Mountain District
3/12/2019 - TastesGoodToMe Likes this wine:
92 points
My first of the '12's. Did not have the oomph (is that wine tasting term?) of the 07', '08 and '09's which were among my favs to date. Still delicious though.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    3/13/19, 9:32 AM - TXRDW - Prob my two favorite vintages of Steve's was the 2004 and 2008. They drank spectacular from start to finish (still have one last of the '08's I have been hoarding). Where I found the '07 and '09's "ebbed and flowed" a little with time. Perhaps the '12's will get a little better with time like the 07's did. But thanks for the heads up on the '14's. I have not had yet but will pop one soon based on your recommendation. Cheers!

Red
2016 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Empyrean Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard Rutherford
3/5/2019 - TastesGoodToMe wrote:
97 points
Told my wife to open a Myriad BS GIII - and she opened this by mistake not realizing the difference. Glad she did as I never usually drink the Empyrean's or the Elysian's before at least 5 years. WOW. Almost overwhelming - but in a good way. So much going on with this it is hard to describe. Gargantuan. There was a tension between the fruit, tannins, and acidity fighting for your attention yet each seemed to have counterbalance that offset it perfectly. Like an orchestra where each instrument has it's moment in the limelight for a solo before retreating and syncing for the chorus and a harmonious crescendo. Fantastic wine. Can hardly wait to try again in a few years.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    3/8/19, 4:12 PM - JEP - Didn’t have the heart to tell her it was the wrong bottle. She has technically never really made a mistake! :-) (Happy Wife, Happy Life!)

Red
2015 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
2/10/2019 - TastesGoodToMe Likes this wine:
93 points
Almost a 94. I love all of Mike's 2015's (especially the Quivet). The '15's are all drinking very nicely right now - on par with the '13's and definitely better than the '14's and '16's. Dark fruit profile, licorice and plum. Good depth. Nice finish. Great wine (and this is his NV - can't wait to get into some of the SV's in a few years).
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    2/12/19, 3:27 PM - Yack Man - I will take your advice and revisit the '15 Scarlett as I have only had one to date in October (and thought it was actually very good at that time - gave it a 93). I love ALL of Mike's wines. I have appreciated your notes the last couple of years. Keep it up!

Red
2006 Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
6/16/2018 - TastesGoodToMe Likes this wine:
93 points
From Magnum. This did not taste like a 12 year old wine - perhaps due to this being a magnum. And in hindsight, I wish I had waited 5 more years on this. Drying tannins overpowered the black fruit by ever so much. But still a delicious wine that paired wonderfully with a bone in NY Strip. Sadly my last from this vintage
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    1/7/19, 8:12 AM - Not long. Only about an hour. Could have used 3 (or longer). Keep in mind this was from a magnum. If drinking out of a 750 then these are probably ready to go with little to no air (from my experience with this vintage and upon reviewing my prior notes)

Red
2015 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley
11/11/2018 - TastesGoodToMe Likes this wine:
89 points
Great QPR
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    12/19/18, 11:23 AM - Quality to Price Ratio

Red
2006 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
7/16/2018 - TastesGoodToMe Likes this wine:
94 points
The epitome of smoothness. Perfect balance. Double decanted to filter sediment and took immediately to restaurant. No need to decant. Ready to go on a PnP
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    9/2/18, 1:02 PM - I hope it was for fun (that you were in Tokyo) and that you guys are doing well!

White
2015 Rombauer Vineyards Chardonnay Carneros
7/7/2018 - csimm1161 wrote:
78 points
PnP with flavors of clarified butter, unsalted butter, salted butter, melted butter, ghee, cultured butter, margarine, roux, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, shea butter, body butter, buttered movie theater popcorn, shortening, vanilla schnapps, lemon meringue pie, and... butter.

A John Candy meets Sling Blade kind of Chardonnay...
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    7/12/18, 12:50 PM - I actually like this Chardonnay style (call it a guilty pleasure) but had to drop you a note to let you know that this was a hilarious tasting note! Very funny. Kudos.

Red
2009 Sherwin Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Spring Mountain District
6/10/2018 - roybivens Likes this wine:
95 points
Great bottle of wine. Just as I remembered. Stood it own against Spottswoode 2010 - that's saying something. Score [ 50 + 5 + 14 + 18 + 8] = 95
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    6/14/18, 8:11 AM - Good to see there is another person in Charlotte that likes Sherwin as much as we do. If you have never visited their vineyard on the top of Spring Mountain, I highly recommend it.

Red
2009 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Napa Valley
2/12/2017 - TastesGoodToMe wrote:
88 points
Really unimpressed. I expect more out of a Reserve wine. This was closer to a merlot. It was pleasant and smooth. But the fruit was muted, and there was really not much flavor at all. Did not improve with time. Finish was non-existent. Just an uninteresting effort. Tasted more like a $20 bottle of no name wine.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    5/25/17, 12:50 PM - Me too. Don't like when expectations are high and then disappointed.

  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    5/21/18, 12:50 PM - I hope you are right. I have enjoyed this wine in the past. Even enjoy some of their lesser labels. But this one was not good for me.

Red
2014 Quivet Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Kenefick Ranch Napa Valley
10/24/2017 - TastesGoodToMe Likes this wine:
92 points
I previously rated this a 94. What a big difference from last bottle I had 10 months ago. Perhaps this is in a dumb phase? The fruit forwardness was gone and there was some bitterness mid palate. If I really "chewed" on it I could get the underlying fruit and depth of flavors to show themselves. I think the fruit has laid down a little sooner than the tannins and that perhaps this wine just needs a little time to re-integrate and come back into balance. If it does, this could turn into a regal, nuanced beauty. Will wait a while before revisiting.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    10/26/17, 5:10 AM - Thanks for the note. And glad to hear comparison to the OG was good. Love the Carter TK wines.

Red
2014 Scarlett Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
9/15/2017 - TastesGoodToMe Likes this wine:
92 points
I have rated this consistently a 92. I have been hoping for improvement withe some time laying down, but I am beginning to think this may be the full potential of this bottle. Still a good bottle of wine - but no comparison between this and Mike's Myriad regular bottling of the same vintage.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    9/16/17, 2:53 PM - Agreed. I have been drinking his wines now for at least that long. But this one just not quite on par to me as many of his others from this same vintage (Myriad, Becklyn, Quivet, Carter...) I have a case of these left so hope they start to come around. I LOVED the '13

Red
2014 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
5/26/2017 - csimm1161 wrote:
69 points
Scott's Seafood (Walnut Creek): Liquified black cherry gummy bears and Cherry Coke. Would pair great with a fistful of Red Vines, watching Fast & Furious MMXXV in IMAX, while dropping acid with Roger Waters...
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    5/27/17, 8:23 AM - So did you like it? :-)

Red
2014 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
4/18/2017 - Yack Man Likes this wine:
93 points
Yummy!!!
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    4/18/17, 1:12 PM - Your one thousandth note - and you summed it up in one word!

Red
2014 Becklyn Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
4/3/2017 - TastesGoodToMe wrote:
92 points
BIG! Probably would benefit from a year or two laying down. Anise, black and blue fruits, vanilla, cassis. Medium long finish. Teeth staining purple. Thick mouthfeel. Just a delicious wine.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    4/4/17, 3:57 PM - Interestingly, they gave me a higher allocation of their Reserve bottling. Never seen that before! Cheers!

Red
2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary Napa Valley
2/14/2017 - TastesGoodToMe Likes this wine:
91 points
My 8th bottle from this vintage. It has improved over time but I believe this is about as good as it is going to get. But still a disappointment from this winery in a great vintage. The volume of wine they make may be impacting their ability to mass produce in the same "caymus style" for which they used to be so consistent. Luckily, I still find their Special Select to be consistent and well done.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    2/17/17, 1:28 PM - Very interesting. I could tell that their style has been changing - starting in 2011 even more. Of course, you always wonder if it could be your tastes/preferences vs the wine making. So being you were able to 20 year vertical, proves the point. They are catering to the masses. Unfortunately, they are also losing my interest.

Red
2013 Pott Wine Cabernet Sauvignon Actaeon Quixote Vineyard Stags Leap District
1/13/2017 - TastesGoodToMe Likes this wine:
93 points
I killed a baby. But wanted to have a sneak peak. This probably will show a lot better with another year laying down. Tannins need a little time to smooth out. Think this could improve maybe 2 points with time. Scoring as drinking today vs potential.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    1/17/17, 12:42 PM - I haven't tried the '12 Actaeon yet. Perhaps it is time. I did have the '12 Stagecoach and thought it was really excellent! And yes, I do find Aaron's wines usually don't start to hit their stride until at least 5 years old. Cheers!

Red
2007 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa Valley
1/15/2017 - TastesGoodToMe Likes this wine:
94 points
I have been drinking one of these every two years. This one was fantastic. Has improved a lot. Black fruit, thick in the mouth, long deep finish. I have one left - not sure I will wait another 2 years though since it is drinking so well now.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    1/16/17, 4:16 PM - I think these are better if you give them 10 years to develop. I was really impressed. I used to not expect such quality from Mondavi - too many years drinking their Private Selection on the cheap back in college I guess! Cheers

Red
2013 Pott Wine Cabernet Sauvignon Actaeon Quixote Vineyard Stags Leap District
12/13/2016 - csimm1161 wrote:
97 points
PnP with tightly coiled notes of red and purple berry fruit, red currant, tobacco leaf, and some spice. I let this balled-up little monster unravel in a decanter for two-three hours. What emerged after that was pure glory in my little world. This became much more concentrated and complex over the course of a few hours.

Outstanding additional flavors of huckleberry, boysenberry, dark chocolate chunk, bramble, spicebox, and a little earth. This was one of the best representations of a Stags Leap Cabernet that I've ever had. I actually wanted to rate this higher, but I didn't want to seem too presumptuous about what this is, and what it might still become over the next few years. It is certainly young, but it really had no harsh edges at all. As others have mentioned, I would give this 3+ years and it will be screaming good!

So I gotta say that #1WINELOVER must have had a bad bottle I'm thinking, because I had nothing but a great ride with this wine. Nothing musty; nothing overly earthy or funky. Just a wonderful purity of fruit and layered flavors. The finish went on for 30-40 seconds. 97-100 points in my opinion. Pott killed it in 2013!

This is just shy of catching up to the 2013 Pott Arsenal I had not too long ago, which was incredibly amazing; even near perfect. I had the 2012 Actaeon less than two months ago and it too was very good; the 2012 was a little softer than the 2013 and had a silkiness that was notable. Similar flavor profile to its younger brother, with the 2012 displaying just a little less concentration and intensity than the 2013.

I will try to hold my remaining bottles of 2013 Actaeon until 2019. If you have to pop the cork, give it a few hours in a wide-bottomed decanter. Great stuff.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    12/14/16, 9:38 AM - Great tasting note CSIMM! I was ready to open one of these up - and then I saw your recommendation to hold off a couple of years. I am torn now! I have three - maybe i try one in the name of science

Red
2013 Pott Wine Cabernet Sauvignon Actaeon Quixote Vineyard Stags Leap District
12/11/2016 - #1Winelover wrote:
86 points
I am hoping that I change my rating once I taste the wine tonight. That said,

Day 1:
The wine had a musty smell and I just couldn't get past that. I thought that maybe it was the glass, so I poured another glass (and smelled the glass before pouring) and had the same result. Back in the deecanter it went. Very vibrant purple color but the smell never went away. Fingers crossed for Day 2.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    12/11/16, 6:11 AM - Sounds like maybe a corked/flawed bottle?? I have not had the '13 yet, but based on other high reviews, it would seem that something must be wrong with your bottle??

Red
2014 Carlisle Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard Napa Valley
12/6/2016 - TastesGoodToMe Likes this wine:
91 points
Blueberry Pie in a glass!
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    12/8/16, 5:15 AM - It was a good thing. I love when I get a Blue Fruit profile in wines. We are mostly Cab drinkers - so I would have liked a little bigger back end. But for the money, this is a great bottle of wine.

Red
2014 Scarlett Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
12/2/2016 - TastesGoodToMe Likes this wine:
92 points
Solid wine. But I think it needs more time to come together. Black and red fruit profile. A little hot and a little dry would be my only complaint. Great value. Drank alongside a Quivet Kenefick '14 which was much better at this point
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    12/4/16, 7:35 AM - I did use the VinoVolve for 15 mins. Probably should have gone longer. The issue is that this wine was not around long enough to spin let alone open up anymore! I absolutely love the 2013. I am hopeful that with about 6 months more bottle time these will be equally as good.

Red
2012 Carter Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Three Kings Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard Oakville
11/30/2016 - csimm1161 wrote:
95 points
Jiminy H. Christmas on a popsicle stick! This wine took quite the journey before it turned into something worth consuming. I honestly don't know what in God's name happened to it initially. I opened this yesterday (Tuesday, 11/29/16) on a PnP and could barely stomach the off-putting acidity and mouth-puckering tartness. Decanted for an hour and there was no change. Flawed? Like, REALLY flawed??

I double-decanted, back into the bottle, and stored it in the smaller cellar at 54 degrees for 24 hours. Opened it back up today. STILL tight! What the hell! Back in the decanter with tons of swirling. Two hours more in the decanter and...wait...what's this?... some semblance of a worthy flavor profile? Yes! Finally!!!

A total of three hours in the decanter on day 2, and after a 24 hour double-decant the first day, this finally rendered familiar Three Kings notes of beautiful red and black currant, red and black licorice, red and black raspberry, and some river rock. The back end repeated the pebbly minerality/pulverized granite (kinda like washing my mouth out with ripe red and black raspberry liqueur and rocks - in a good way). Reminded me a bit of a Bevan Sugarloaf.

94-95 points on the final sips. I suppose my best uneducated guess is that this is transitioning a bit (or a lot!). A much different experience than 8 months ago with this wine. I'm just thankful this worked itself out. I thought I was going to have to dump this yesterday.

I'll be holding my stash for at least 12-18 months. I realize this may be contrary to other CT notes, but I'm going to hold my remaining bottles well into 2018 if I can restrain myself.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    12/1/16, 7:20 AM - CSIMM - not sure if you have ever heard of the VinoVolve - www.Vinovolve.com/360 - but you will never have the issue you had above, getting a wine to open up, if you use this. The best wine tool I have.

  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    12/1/16, 9:48 AM - Perfect when you want to open a good bottle but do not have time to properly decant. We have even brought to restaurants with us. Cheers

Red
2014 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
11/19/2016 - csimm1161 wrote:
69 points
Vanilla extract, chocolate vodka liqueur, sweet chocolate truffles, vanilla schnapps, and bon-bons.

Just my opinion: Undrinkable and an utter disaster. I love many "styles" of wine, but this stopped being a "style" of wine about six cups of sugar ago; if I want a dessert liqueur infused with vanilla ice cream, I'll order that specifically. Completely overdone and a disappointment of a Cabernet. Overworked to the point that the flavors came off grossly artificial. No specific varietal character; no sense of discernible terroir; no layered complexity. Just an alcohol-infused melted jaw breaker of a "wine."

The SS at least has some semblance of character and refinement. The SS is opulent and rich, yes, but this standard Cabernet is just a drunken bachelorette party bus cocktail. If you're the kind of person who drinks wine with ice in your glass, or puts Hershey's syrup in your Cabernet to make it pair with your chocolate mousse, then you will absolutely love this wine.

For me, this wine just needs a rubbery bright red cherry on top of it and some whipped cream.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    11/22/16, 2:31 PM - Great tasting note. Made me laugh!

    So did you like it?? :-)

Red
2004 Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
10/25/2016 - TastesGoodToMe Likes this wine:
93 points
2 years since my last bottle and sadly my last. Just love the older Buccella vintages (2008 and earlier). Thick, deep, dark, black fruit, mocha, with some raspberry in the background. Medium long finish. I don't think these are getting any better, so if I had any more I would drink in next two years (max).
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    10/28/16, 5:37 AM - I am jealous I dont have any left! Enjoy.

Red
2013 Becklyn Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
10/20/2016 - jaxpaj wrote:
96 points
This wine is drinking wonderfully. I enjoy young Napa cabs and this has everything I enjoy. Reminds me of Carter To-Kalon. I wish this wasn't such a small production wine. I would LOVE to buy 2 cases of this every year!!
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    10/20/16, 12:56 PM - I feel exactly the same. I "wish listed" additional bottles - interestingly, I was awarded additional bottles of the Reserve but not the regular cabernet. They must be very limited in the production on these...too bad.

Red
2008 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
7/31/2016 - TastesGoodToMe Likes this wine:
93 points
These have been cellared since release. Finally decided it was time to try one. I am not usually a huge Dunn fan. But this was the best Dunn that I have had to date. Fruits were bigger, wine had great balance and I did not get all of that Old World funk that I have gotten with a lot of older Dunn's. Good stuff.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    10/20/16, 7:15 AM - I agree. I have had most Dunn HM vintages back to 1997. I know there is a cult like following of folks that love that Old World style of Randy's wines and their age-ability. I got sucked into buying many vintages and into trying to love his style/wines too as I figured I must be missing something and the wine would grow on me. It did not and I finally decided this is just not my style. I have now stopped buying and 2008 is the last vintage I acquired. However, the 2008 was more true to what I love about Howell Mountain wines in the "Napa Style". If I read reviews that his current wines are more in the style of this 2008, I may start buying again!

Red
2013 Pott Wine Cabernet Sauvignon The Arsenal Greer Vineyard Rutherford
8/22/2016 - ageverett Likes this wine:
98 points
Slow ox for about an hour. Then another hour or so in the decanter. Drank over next 2 hours.

Really echo a lot of what CSIMM said in his note. This has the "wow" factor. Nose seemed to reveal different notes at every turn. This wine literally makes your palate shudder with satisfaction.

So well composed. Had a 2013 M Etain the previous night. While that one didn't get quite as much air, it was certainly more tight and tough to penetrate. The Arsenal is a better wine right now.

Stood up well to Wagyu strips, but frankly enjoyed this more in isolation (before and after dinner).

A stunning wine. 98 easy points right now, pushing 99.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    8/24/16, 7:04 AM - When I met with Aaron, he told me that this was the last vintage for The Arsenal as the folks that own Greer vineyard want to keep all the grapes for their own bottling. The good news is that Aaron makes their wine! So although it will not technically be "Pott", hopefully it really will be - just with a different label.

Red
2008 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
8/21/2016 - gtm Likes this wine:
94 points
my all-time best QPR
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    8/22/16, 1:17 PM - I agree with the addition of one caveat. My all time best QPR "to date"! Always have to find the next one. I have gone through over 2 cases of the 08 Hall. Sadly, I am down to one last bottle.

    When I find the next great all time QPR, I will let you know!

Red
2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary Napa Valley
4/30/2016 - Rick 4 Wine wrote:
89 points
Big juice bomb. Parker's palate is going or Parker is a sell out.

Remember the "Mr 305" song "juice box juicy"??

This is that wine. Serve it for those parties. Don't get me wrong. Those parties are fun, but this wine is not an oenophile's wine. This is a Pitbull's wine to drink in a Miami hot tub.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    5/1/16, 6:47 AM - Dale'!

    Loved the Pitbull reference.

Red
2012 Myriad Cellars Syrah 100% Whole Cluster Las Madres Vineyard Carneros
3/5/2016 - TastesGoodToMe wrote:
86 points
A lot of Brett here. The nose had too much barnyard funk for my taste. On the palate got red fruit with a lot of bacon, saline, and horse leather. The back end did not quite balance out the whole package. Not my cup of tea.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    3/7/16, 2:49 PM - A buddy of mine LOVES the barnyard funky smell too! No right or wrong when it comes to wine - all about what you like!! (Wish I liked less expensive wines!!!)

Red
2008 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
2/19/2016 - slywka7 Likes this wine:
94 points
Popped and poured. Opened up nicely over 20 minutes. Aromas of blackberry, violets, cherry and white chocolate. On the palate, it has flavors of blackberry, dark cherry, melted chocolate, kirsch liquor and a touch of iron. Ends with an impressive of about 25-30 seconds. It got better as it got more air. This has developed more into a classic Napa Cabernet. When I had it initially it was more Bordeaux like. Certainly not anywhere near dead as someone suggested. Parker was spot on with this one.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    2/20/16, 7:15 AM - I agree with your assessment. I have gone through 2 cases of this vintage. One of the best QPRs of the last 10 years for California Cabernet imo. I am down to my last 3 bottles and will be sorry to see them gone. I actually find the 2011 to be a good showing for Hall as well (but 2008 was their best)

Red
2013 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Napa Valley
1/23/2016 - TastesGoodToMe Likes this wine:
97 points
Oh my goodness. What a great bottle of wine. This is the best Myriad Dr Crane to date (IMO) - a notch ahead of the '10 and '12. Perfect balance. So many layers... A finish that goes on and on. And flavor profile that is spectacular. Seemed very early to open, but after reading the few reviews below (which are spot on btw), I had to try. Glad I did.

As a side note, we opened a Becklyn '13 a few nights earlier that also blew us away. Mike knocked it out of the park in 2013!
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    1/28/16, 11:34 AM - I feel better now knowing that I did it in the name of science!

Red
2012 Buccella Merlot Napa Valley
12/27/2015 - csimm1161 wrote:
94 points
Brought over by a friend and decanted over the course of two hours. One of the best domestic Merlots I've ever had (and I typically do not care for most stand-alone Merlots). Beautiful, deep texture and mouthfeel. A bit brooding at first, but opens up with wonderful black fruit notes of ripe blackberry, mocha, cherry liqueur, vanilla bean, dark roast coffee, and a hint of cinnamon.

However, as previously mentioned by others, I'm not sure that this Merlot justifies pushing the $100+ mark, but I'll admit that it is quite tempting for me to acquire more. Drank this alongside a 2012 Pott La Carte et Le Territoire and 2010 Switchback Ridge Anniversary Blend (both of which are Merlot based blends). The Buccella held its own for sure, and was a wine I kept coming back for, but overall, the Pott and SBR were able to maintain more interest for me with their added complexities and layers, especially as exposure to air increased.

The Buccella is a great Merlot hands-down, but the QPR unfortunately gives me a little pause. I have not tried their Cabs yet (with their standard Cab at around $150 and the Reserve around $250+); though I have no problem dropping that kind of coin on great wine, at that price point, it definitely needs to deliver something memorable, and especially because there are seas of wineries out there currently that are pumping out comparative quality wines at more competitive prices.

Hmmm... conflicted...

In any event, if choosing to pop a bottle of the 2012 Buccella Merlot, either wait another year or so, or decant for about an hour. I felt lucky to have a friend willing to sacrifice this one to help me to see the light with Merlots. I'm not a true convert yet, but we shall see. 94+
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    12/28/15, 6:41 PM - The Buccella Cabs from 2008 and earlier cabs are fabulous (at least to me). You can find them on the secondary market and they are definitely worth the $125 - 150. However, I have not been as impressed with their more recent vintages - just not the same wow factor.

White
2013 Chalk Hill Chardonnay Sonoma Coast
3/20/2015 - Racer117 wrote:
88 points
Quite light color; strong aromas of cotton candy, buttered popcorn, greeness, alcohol; pungent flavors of lemon, apple, metal and plenty of heat. The strong acidity keeps this balanced. Full throttled CA chardonnay but no simple butter bomb. This should please the whole range of wine drinkers: on one end you've got your great aunt Ida and on the other is Dieter the bespectacled odd wine snob from the IT dept. Aunt Ida, "This is really good honey, could you get me a couple of ice cubes?" Dieter, "Das Californians fall very short of a 2007 1er Cru Puligny-Montrachet Les Caillert but I vill still drink this."
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    11/5/15, 4:26 AM - Very funny!

Red
2012 Carne Humana Red Wine Napa Valley Red Blend
1/31/2015 - TastesGoodToMe Likes this wine:
90 points
Not sure of the exact blend of grapes. But this is definitely made in the "Caymus-style". Dark fruits, vanilla, oak, med finish. Very nice for the price.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    8/16/15, 3:09 PM - I did not say this was Caymus. I said it was made in the "Caymus-style". It is made by Joe Wagner, son of Chuck Wagner of Caymus. My point was that like Caymus, this is a big fruit forward, heavily oak influenced red wine.

Red
2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary Napa Valley
1/26/2015 - canan wrote:
95 points
I certainly see what the drama is all about :-)
It is very extracted and concentrated but still a very decent wine with some qualities to it.
Plenty of almost dried blackberry fruit and with some air and at the proper temperature it does have the appropriate amount of acidity.
I can certainly understand why people feel the lack of tannins but I do believe that it is there behind all the extraction.
I don't believe that you can argue with the objective quality of the wine but definitely about whether or not you like the wine.
I liked it a lot but it is not one of my favorite wines :-)
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    1/30/15, 9:59 AM - I was just going to ask the same question!!?? If this is not one of your "favorites", it certainly does not leave a lot of room to give higher ratings for wines you like better. I would consider any wine I have rated 95's to be one of my favorites!

Red
2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary Napa Valley
1/18/2015 - TastesGoodToMe wrote:
91 points
I am beginning to believe, as others have written, that there may be tremendous bottle variation. I was very disappointed with my first bottle form this vintage back in August. But this bottle was a more a typical bottle of Caymus. Not sure 5 months can make that big a difference - thus the bottle variation theory. My first bottle was like Welch's grape juice. This was a more typical big, dark fruits, chocolate styled Caymus with nice finish. I hope the rest of these I have are more similar to this last bottle.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    1/24/15, 1:02 PM - I actually gave away a couple of bottles as gifts after my first bad experience with '12. After now having a good bottle, I guess the jury is still out. Got 9 left. I like you, hope they continue to come around. Caymus has (up until 12) been the most consistent wine I have found. So my fingers are crossed.

Red
2008 Sherwin Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Spring Mountain District
11/24/2014 - TastesGoodToMe Likes this wine:
95 points
One of my favorite Napa Cabs. Just spectacular.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    11/27/14, 5:20 PM - I have you and Tom to thank for turning me onto this wine. Can't get enough. Have you had the 09 yet?

Red
2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary Napa Valley
11/7/2014 - awineo wrote:
88 points
OK.... I had to test it out. Not ready to drink yet. The fruit was backward and not integrated and overall a disappointment. The 2012 vintage is drinking better young than any in recent history, so I worry about this one. On the other hand Caymus is one of the most consistent producers in Napa, so it will probably just take some time to come around.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    11/7/14, 10:00 AM - Thought the same thing. Not sure if you saw my note or not. Gonna let the rest of the case sit there for a while and hope they improve or end up giving them away as gifts! Hope all is well.

Red
2010 Pott Wine Cabernet Sauvignon Her Majesty's Secret Service Stagecoach Vineyard Napa Valley
10/14/2014 - dontime wrote:
Pretty disappointing. Especially since I am debating purchases of the 2012 release this week.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    10/15/14, 9:26 AM - Could it be attributed to an off bottle? ( based on your experience compared to others?)

Red
2007 Staglin Family Cabernet Sauvignon 25th Anniversary Selection Rutherford
7/16/2014 - TastesGoodToMe Likes this wine:
96 points
Holy Shit - what a great wine! Had for our Anniversary. Decanted for 5 hours at cellar temp and re-bottled and took to restaurant. Big yet smooth as silk. Chocolate, dark berries, currant, licorice and a finish that lasts over a minute. WOW! Ties my highest rating to date (always want to leave room on my quest to find the perfect bottle of wine. Getting closer!)
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    9/23/14, 8:24 PM - I am not a surfer - but I hear they have the same never ending quest to find that perfect wave (wine) - or in some cases, if lucky enough, to find it multiple times, as you have, even if each wave (wine) is always still unique while perfect in its own way. Thanks for sharing your story about the '59 CMR.

Red
2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary Napa Valley
8/15/2014 - TastesGoodToMe wrote:
87 points
Damn. The most consistent winery I have ever found has broken their streak. I bought a case of this upon release as I am a Caymus fan and since 2012 is supposed to be a great vintage overall for Napa. And then the reviews started coming in on this wine...and I was hoping it was from the "Caymus Haters" out there that just do not like their style. Well finally popped one open...
Great nose. I got my hopes up. Decanted 5 hours at cellar temp. But upon tasting, my disappointment sank in. This has the big Caymus fruit front end, and I have no issue with fruit forward big wines. Love 'em actually. But they need to be balanced. The issue with this bottle was that there is no back end to support the big upfront fruit - tannins hardly existent. So you end up with wine that tastes good on the tongue, and then with the swallow comes the disappointment - nothing there. Just way out of balance. Like another reviewer wrote - not far from Welch's Grape Juice.
The wife still liked it. So I am not going to pan this wine completely. Had I paid $25, did I not have my palate ready for a one of my favorite wines from a great vintage and from one of the most consistent producers I know, and instead I was just drinking this wine blind on a Tuesday night, I think I would have rated it an 87. Not a horrible wine - just a tremendous disappointment for Caymus for what should be a great vintage.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    8/21/14, 5:17 AM - I am beginning to think there may be some bottle variation based on these reviews being all over the place (and some by the same person that will rate low and then higher, and then back low again).
    And although I tend to agree that time will probably not help these, I still hope both of us are wrong!

Red
2010 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
8/2/2014 - WineGuyDelMar Likes this wine:
91 points
First off I paid $32.50 a bottle minus 30% when I bought 6 so $22.75 a bottle. At this price a complete no brainer. I had low expectations. Opened for 1 1/2 hours. My first sip was...WOW !! Went back and bought another case.

Very nice extraction & tannin that I wasn't expecting. At $30-$35 I would have been happy. I'm hoping all of the bottles are like this one and will report back. Lots of structure and much higher quality than sone of the other cabs I buy in this price range (Arrowood, Mt Veeder, Clos Du Val etc.). Its every bit as good as the $30 plus bottles I buy like Sequoia Grove, Turnbull, Whitehall Lane, etc.
  • TastesGoodToMe commented:

    8/2/14, 4:59 PM - Where did you find this so cheap? I thought it was a great buy at $40! Would love to get some at this price point

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