Tasting Notes for napaJ6

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Red
7/20/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
90 points
My 2nd Rudd and probably my last. This tasted no better than the glass pour at a nice steakhouse. No depth or complexity and a lack of concentration to stanf up to the oak.
Red
7/20/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
94 points
This bottle was a little past it's prime, but still delicious.
Red
7/20/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
95 points
2 years away from meriting a higher score. Somewhat closed, this wine has massive concentration and is going to age gracefully. Everything about it is screams out Bob Foley chocolate and mocha notes with taste profile similar to the Switchback Cabs.
Red
7/20/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
95 points
Make sure you decant this for a minumum of 2 hours...outstanding representation of the Hyde vineyard grapes. There is an interesting nose and midpalate with apricot and plum, but the mouthfeel of this wine is pure silk. The finish is everything you want from a cab...long and no streak of acidity whatsoever.
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Red
7/20/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
94 points
One of the best Cali Merlot that you can buy. Sotor blends a little cab in his merlot to help with bottle age and it is outstanding. Heavy black cherry and licorice notes and a wonderful concentrated finish.
Red
7/20/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
95 points
Super rich and creamy texture, beautiful balance and acidity. Dark fruits, notes of tar and cassis and a long silky finish. Awesome!
Red
7/20/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
94 points
Impressive wine for the vintage. Slight notes of mushroom and blue cheese on the mid palate followed by cassis, licorice, and plum. This wine opened up real nicely after a 2 hour decant
Red
7/20/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
94 points
Very nice wine...smooth tannins and overall nice balance. Heavy tobacco and smoky notes, plum, and moutain black fruits.
Red
2/22/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
90 points
Heavy notes of apricot, oak, and mountain black fruit. This wine is nice, but overdone in my opinion with oak and alcohol.
Red
1997 Peter Michael Les Pavots Knights Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/6/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
92 points
This reminded too much of the '94 Dominus...although the texture of this wine was elegant and perfectly balanced, the fruit had dried out and took on notes of raison and dried currant. I think this bottle was not stored properly based on other CT reviews. I will try it again.
Red
2/22/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
90 points
Slightly acidic and would have paired well with food, but the finish was entirely too weak and indicated that this wine is past its prime.
Red
2/22/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
92 points
Another excellent fruit bomb from Napa...totally overdone and a Bordeaux lover's nightmare, but I think it is very nicely crafted.
Red
2/8/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
91 points
Very compact and concentrated wine from young vines in Napa. Real nice licorice, tar, and cassis. The finish had a distinct aspirin and chalky quality that reminded me of Axios. Killed the score for me.
Red
2005 Beckmen Vineyards Cuvée Le Bec Santa Ynez Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
2/22/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
88 points
Nice table wine...but far from being great.
Red
2003 Abreu Rothwell Hyde St. Helena Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/22/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
90 points
Very disappointed by the Rothwell Hyde. High level of acidity with a one dimensional layer of fruit that never quite opened up. Will not rebuy this.
Red
2/2/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
92 points
Overall, great value. Very sweet tannins and jammy texture. I would buy more of this.
Red
1994 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/2/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
91 points
I disagreed with the table and thought that this wine was past its prime. I have had numerous vintages of Insignia and this was not what I am used to drinking. The fruit was missing and palate tasted like dried raison, mushroom, and green olive. The concentration was phenomenal and all of the compnents were in place for it to age gracefully. I just do not prefer the transformation from ripe fruit to the bordeaux-like pruning flavor.
Red
2/2/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
93 points
Very well balanced and velvety texture. Not necessarily my style of Cab due to the heavy tar and cigar notes, but the fruit was extremely opulent and ripe. A very easy to drink wine that was impressive at $65 bottle.
Red
2/2/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
90 points
90/91 Points - A nice wine with a little too much acidity. In my opinion it should have been consumed 3-4 years ago while it was young. This has not matured well and lacks depth and structure. Nowhere near the quality of the '01.
Red
2/2/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
90 points
Starting to gain some rough edges with age. Still massive with concentration of black cherry, menthol, and licorice...yet this bottle showed many signs of fatigue and dried fruit.
Red
2/2/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
87 points
What happened to Georges de Latour??? This was the 3rd vintage I have had in row that completely disappointed. I won't even waste my time with notes because I won't be buying any more BV.
Red
2/2/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
89 points
Rough around the edges, high acid and not enough depth in concentration to balance the wine. Overall not a wine that will age well and not worth the money.
Red
1/24/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
95 points
I cracked an '05 Roar Gary's last night with food from PF Changs. I gave it 95+pts and actually was at its peak after 3 hours in the decantur. It is so massive with such a sweet concentration as though they purposely picked the grapes late in the season to maximize the residual sugars. I just love it. I have 2 bottles of the '03 and am looking into buying some more '04. I really want to do a vertical tasting of 4 vintages. That would be a great night.
Red
1/16/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
87 points
I was very excited to try this wine...unfortunately it was less than impressive. Muted nose, an overdose of acid, and poor balance of fruit and oak. Ouch, my brain hurts just rekindling the memories of drinking it.
Red
1/3/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
94 points
Massive Concentration...decanted for 3 hours and it needed 7. Huge nose of mocha, espresso beans, and tar. This wine is a knockout punch and needed more than just my lamb to tame it. The tannins are dense, masculine, and mouth-coating...your type of wine. I wouldn't go as far to say that the finish was long and spectacular, rather wound up and not as aggressive as the mid-palate. For fun, you should open one up now. However, to maximize the potential on this it should be cellared for at least 2 years. 94 Points (Potential of 95+)
Red
1/3/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
91 points
An interesting wine. The Merlot came through a little too much for me and added a slightly medicinal quality present in some aged bordeaux blends. This was a 375 ml bottle that was not decanted, and think that the acidic qualities would have blown off had I given it a couple of hours before consumption. The body of this wine was full and rich with notes of chocolate, asian spice, black cherry and dark mountain fruits. I was expecting a much silkier wine when I opened it based on my previous experience with a '99 Lail, but was surprised at how robust and tight it was. After the '04 DR Stephens though, it had very high standards to live up to. It was like the 6th man on the bench in a basketball game that really never got a shot to prove himself. 91-92 Points.
Red
1/3/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
flawed
Slightly stewed with prunes and wood. Great Pride Reserve texture, off in flavor.
Red
1/1/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
94 points
Awesome wine with great dark howell mountain fruit. I love a cab with dense sweet tannins and this was right up my alley. It showed next to a 2001 Silver Oak Napa and was slightly better. Where the Silver Oak had softer tannins and one dimensional flavor profile, the Spence was more masculine and dominated the palate with a grip that was not overpowered by alcohol or oak. A great buy of an unknown wine for $65.
Red
1/1/2008 - napaJ6 wrote:
93 points
Larkmead does it again...probably my favorite to date. Rich and velvety tannins, pure concentration without any lack of balance with acidity and alcohol. Notes of cola, sugarplums, deep black cherry, and smoke. This bottle tasted great with no decant and improved slightly over time.
Red
12/25/2007 - napaJ6 wrote:
93 points
This needed some serious decanting...I tasted this blind and rated it 90/91 with a very one dimensional feel and finish. Not only 2 hours after decanting did it really open up. I really enjoyed the firm dark red fruits from this Oakville wine and the balance was outstanding. It was not overoaked or loaded with alcohol. I can't wait to see the ratings come out for this.
Red
12/25/2007 - napaJ6 wrote:
92 points
Great notes, Mike...I would add that these young vines are not yet producing enough concentrated grapes to vaildate a higher score. The finish is somewhat light and acidic, yet full of energy. This is a great table wine.
Red
12/25/2007 - napaJ6 wrote:
91 points
A good example of a Napa bordeaux style. Very earthy with notes of mushroom, herbs, and ripe cherry. The wine grew on me as it opened, yet the finish and body maintained a voluptuous and rich texture that was enjoyable and fitting to the meal of sliced tenderloin and garlic toast.
Red
12/25/2007 - napaJ6 wrote:
93 points
Maybe a 94 pointer...Extremely well balanced and beautiful tannin structure to pair with a steak. I got notes of black cherry, cassis, and silky mocha. A great bottle for the price!
Red
12/25/2007 - napaJ6 wrote:
flawed
Although my wife and brother liked it, it was definitely not a good bottle. This was like the '85 Georges de Latour that I had years ago that was like drinking concentrated prune juice. I can't imagine this being the intended taste of the vintage.
Red
12/15/2007 - napaJ6 wrote:
86 points
Boring yet nice if your taste buds are drunk
Red
11/8/2007 - napaJ6 wrote:
89 points
This bottle was light years away from the quality of my previous bottle. Muted nose, boring palate, one dimensional, short finish, and slightly overoaked without the fruit to back it up. Maybe an off bottle.
Red
12/15/2007 - napaJ6 wrote:
90 points
Phenomenal nose, really pure concentration...yet all of the great parts did not come together for me. There seemed to be a streak of acidity from the fruit that offset the finish.
Red
12/15/2007 - napaJ6 wrote:
93 points
This really opened up after 3 hours in the decantur. I was not overly impressed with the first two hours...it was super tight and acidic. Finally, it came through in a big way and was delicious. Soft cherry and beautiful floral notes...the finish was still a little tight though and needs some more age in the bottle.
Red
12/15/2007 - napaJ6 wrote:
90 points
No WOW factor for me. Nice bordeaux blend with a dark fruit, medium body, and short finish. The tannin structure had faded, which made the oak taste more prevalent than I would have liked.
Red
12/11/2007 - napaJ6 wrote:
84 points
Sour fruit, highly acidic, and oak that rode the edge of the wine that had never integrated with the fruit. No finish and no tannin structure.
Red
12/11/2007 - napaJ6 wrote:
86 points
Super green and vegetal, with funky olive and mushroom notes. No balance and the opposite of what I like to drink. A much worse version of the '03 Quintessa bottles that reminded me of that green stage that the fruit is in.
Red
12/11/2007 - napaJ6 wrote:
87 points
Sour cherry, very light concentration and extremely weak on the palate. Not recommended at all.
Red
12/11/2007 - napaJ6 wrote:
89 points
Not a great showing for this Merlot tonight...definitely past it's prime and not up to par with the excellence of the '01 etude Merlot.
Red
11/25/2007 - napaJ6 wrote:
91 points
Very nice wine in this vintage. Nice black mountain fruit and integration of oak. Definitely not as concentrated and well balance as their 1147, but a solid wine.
Red
11/23/2007 - napaJ6 wrote:
90 points
Even after a 3 hour decant, the rough edges and acidity were prevalant. This wine is out of balance and the concentration is not nearly as pure and pristine as other cabs in this price range. Another disappointment with a Dalla Valle.
Red
2005 Beckmen Vineyards Cuvée Le Bec Santa Ynez Valley Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
12/1/2007 - napaJ6 wrote:
89 points
Great table wine. For the price, Beckmen continues to impress.
Red
11/29/2007 - napaJ6 wrote:
94 points
Outstanding example of a serious Napa cab. Gritty tannins and concentrated black fruits, a little less black cherry as other vintages, but nevertheless, powerful. Definitely needs a couple years to mellow out. Sadly, it was drunk alongside a '98 Peter Michael les Pavots that performed a lunar eclipse on the Etude. Sorry Tony Soter, but as much as I love Etude you've got nothing on Peter Michael.
Red
11/24/2007 - napaJ6 wrote:
90 points
After day 1, not much going on. Somewhat one dimensional in the glass, with nice sweet tannins, an abundance of residual sugar, and light concentration. I recorked it and will try again tonight to see if it opens up.
Red
11/24/2007 - napaJ6 wrote:
89 points
Extremely vegetal on the palate, sits in the glass almost identical to the '03 Quintessa. The nose has notes of blue cheese, mushroom, and cigar. I was not impressed with this showing and would not buy the Orropas again after consistently being let down.
Red
11/21/2007 - napaJ6 wrote:
95 points
This is what I'm talking about! A gem from the winemaker of Ornellaia in his debut vintage. Less than 25 acres of land for this bordeaux blend that combines strength in the integration of the varietals yet poses such structure and silky finesse in the taste. Watch out for this label to blow up...and buy some bottles to validate my claim...you will not be disappointed.
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