Tasting Notes for Cag4

(53 notes on 49 wines)

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Red
1/24/2019 - Cag4 Likes this wine:
91 points
Finally! I’ve had this experience with nearly all the red mountain, ciel du cheval wines I’ve tasted... they require time. Initially too tightly wound, even bitter. The first time I tried this vintage right after acquiring it, I thought I had made a mistake. But now it is opening up, the flavors are melding/knitting together and the tannins are receding, so the red fruits are moving forward. I’d say this is still only just entering the drinking window and may have a looong time to go.
Red
12/31/2018 - Cag4 wrote:
90 points
Good, but... I kind of feel like we’ve either waited too long, or not long enough. Mid-palate seems to have gone kind of watery. Long finish, but mostly dominated by tannins. Have another bottle, so perhaps we’ll wait a few years and see if it pulls together.
Red
2012 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/8/2018 - Cag4 Likes this wine:
93 points
Wonderful. Won’t open another for about 5 years.
Red
12/10/2016 - Cag4 Likes this wine:
94 points
This is just now entering its peak, which I suspect will continue to evolve for another 4+ years (and remain drinkable long after). Really starting to knit together into something extraordinary.
Red
2011 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
11/10/2016 - Cag4 Likes this wine:
93 points
Brilliant effort after the herbaceous 2010. Excellent and drinking very well now (decent or leave open for an hour). Many years of maturation left.
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Red
2/8/2016 - Cag4 Likes this wine:
92 points
Really excellent example of a Lujan de Cuyo Malbec. Great stuff and drinking really well now... Not going anywhere, but I'd go ahead and enjoy as desired.
Red
2/8/2016 - Cag4 Likes this wine:
89 points
Still very young. Try again in 2017/18.
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Red
2010 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
12/23/2015 - Cag4 Likes this wine:
93 points
Deep, dark ruby red. This is a lovely, complex wine. Upon opening, bright red fruits, tart cherry and chewy tannins. But 24 hours later in opened bottle with a stopper, it has mellowed into a rich fruit compote with a loong finish and mouth watering top notes of red/purple fruits... Plum. Enjoyed with a carne asade quesadilla supreme from Don Tommy's in OB/San Diego, which it handled with aplomb! Great now, with a serious decant... But it will go the distance, so be patient, if you can.
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Red
2009 Pahlmeyer Jayson Red Wine Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/22/2015 - Cag4 Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark purple in color, wet earth on the nose, with briary fruit... Blue/black fruit, full rich mouthfeel, velvet and smooth tannins. Lightly chewy, with some heat left... Could sleep a while longer, but hey, I couldn't wait! This is very good juice, not *great* juice like the Proprietary Red, but really rewarding.
Red
11/4/2015 - Cag4 Likes this wine:
93 points
So nice to find a great wine, drinking at its peak, that is really reasonably priced. To correct my previous tasting note: found this at Ralph's in San Diego (not Von's) and it was $17.99 (not $17.49) with the six pack discount. Phenomenal QPR.
Red
11/1/2015 - Cag4 Likes this wine:
93 points
This is a real treat -- found it on Halloween at my local Von's for $17.49 for the 2007. Even if it wasn't a bargain, it's a delicious single vineyard zin from Ravenswood. Drinking great right now.
Red
10/14/2015 - Cag4 Likes this wine:
91 points
Really tasty zin, probably at peak flavor now.
Red
9/13/2015 - Cag4 Likes this wine:
95 points
Uhmmm... Wow! Was not really expecting this. Far more sweet and dense for a 2012 zin than I was expecting, although with a nose and pepper that opened cosiderably after decanting and drinking over an hour or so. Have had other Zeghesio offerings and been kind of "meh" about them, but this blew the table out of the water. Need to find this at retail...
Red
9/3/2015 - Cag4 Likes this wine:
92 points
As other reviews have agreed, this is a great big, fruity, jammy bomb of a wine. Hard to imagine how/how much it will improve with age, as it seems engineered to taste great right now... Which indeed it does, if you like this kind of thing (which I do). Very satisfying wine to open and enjoy right away on its own... Hard to imagine what food would stand up to it... Puttanesca? BTW, Ralph's has it for $59.49 in their mix & match 6-packs.
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Red
7/29/2015 - Cag4 Likes this wine:
91 points
Mellow, big mid-palette, round rich mouth feel... Long finish. Blue fruits dominate, but it's not just a one-note fruit bomb. Some earth, chocolate and cassis. Excellent value for money. Very good now, especially if allowed to open, not sure I'd wait too long to enjoy this one.
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Red
5/24/2015 - Cag4 wrote:
91 points
Lovely aromatics, floral. Deep purple, medium body, only slight pepper -- this is a sophisticated zin. Very enjoyable. Excellent with a spicy dish.
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Red
3/20/2015 - Cag4 Likes this wine:
93 points
As previous tasting notes have said, this is not, at first sip a knock your socks off, full-bodied, typical California Zin. Instead it's more nuanced, thinner or chiseled, with tart fruits dominating. But, left open overnight In the bottle, it develops a full some, round mid-palate in which the big red/purple/black fruits come forth -- and then it blew my sox off! Basically, this is a wine that can be drunk now, a bit tightly wound, with rich food, or will reward another several (5+?) years of patience.
Red
3/12/2015 - Cag4 wrote:
92 points
Excellent QPR. Like many of the 2012 Napa cabs, it really needs to open up a bit, although this one didn't take long. Very satisfying.
Red
3/7/2015 - Cag4 Likes this wine:
92 points
This is a lovely bottle of wine... Drinking very much like a $50 Napa cab, but at less than half that? Wow! Tasted at the store right after they opened it and, meh. Still bought 4 bottles, went home and, since it's a young 2012, opened and let breath in the bottle for 3-4 hours. Rib-eye and tried a glass... Full, rich mouth feel, inky purple, fruit, sweet, fulsome, like so much of this vintage... Tremendous QPR. Ran back to buy a full case ;-) 92+, just decant, or open early, or wait...
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Red
3/1/2015 - Cag4 wrote:
89 points
Bit of a conundrum this one. There's a lot gong on here, fruit (dark berry, fig), game, graphite, a bit of saline... This is savory, not sweet, but dense. It is hot-lots of alcohol, even 3 days open in bottle. I'm inclined to give it the benefit of the doubt and see if it starts to resolve after 6-12 months... Could take a lot longer!
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Red - Fortified
12/30/2014 - Cag4 Likes this wine:
91 points
Caramel... Color and flavor. Sweet, unctuous. Brown sugar on the tongue. Cloudy pale brown color, some nuttiness and a bit of pear? All-in-all really satisfying and a pleasant surprise as my expectations were low. Frankly kind of a treat (and if you have any, I don't think I would wait too much longer).
Red
12/27/2014 - Cag4 wrote:
90 points
Maturing nicely. Much more well integrated than I remember this from a few years ago.
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Red
12/27/2014 - Cag4 wrote:
90 points
Drank several of these over the Christmas holiday. Drinking very well, a big hit with all who tried it.
Red
12/13/2014 - Cag4 wrote:
91 points
Flavors are knitting together nicely. Plenty of fruit, some pepper, big, heavily extracted dark fruits. Earthy, rich nose. Graphite on the mid palate. Long finish. Lots of enjoyment to be savored here.
Red
12/13/2014 - Cag4 wrote:
91 points
A lot of the tartness is mellowing. Drinking really nicely, with plenty of fruit and pepper, really an excellent Zin, and for the money, pretty extraordinary.
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Red
11/22/2014 - Cag4 Likes this wine:
96 points
Perhaps the best smelling cork I've ever experienced. The nose was rich with cedar, eucalyptus and dark red fruits. The wine was spectacular and drinking wonderfully now -- but I wouldn't hesitate to hold it another 10 + years. I suspect it will mellow and knit together the woods and fruits over time.
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Red
10/20/2014 - Cag4 wrote:
94 points
I'm not arguing with the high ratings: stellar nose, rich mid palate, long finish. Let half the bottle sit at room temp overnight w cork and it opened up, mellowed and tasted even richer... Suggests cellaring will be rewarded.
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Red
10/20/2014 - Cag4 wrote:
90 points
Excellent value, drinking nicely now.
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Red
9/24/2014 - Cag4 wrote:
90 points
Lovely Malbec -- Better than I expected given the celebrity marketing... But it is a "premium" (reserva?) Casa Bianchi.
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Red
8/31/2014 - Cag4 wrote:
92 points
Wait... The Lauren vineyard is much more approachable now.
Red
8/29/2014 - Cag4 wrote:
93 points
93+ fulsome, rich mouthfeel. Long finish. Very fruit-forward. Reminds of some of the high-end 2012 Napa cabs... At a fraction of the cost.
Red
8/18/2014 - Cag4 wrote:
93 points
The 2012's from Napa just don't disappoint. Big fruit forward cab at this young age. A glass after 24 hours of breathing was full, round and had mellowed considerably, but was still a
powerhouse. Let it sleep as long as you can. Really 93+... Too young to know for sure.
Red
8/18/2014 - Cag4 wrote:
90 points
Dark fruit, tart, astringent even. Long finish. Lot of classic California old vine Zin for the money.
Red
7/5/2014 - Cag4 wrote:
93 points
Tasted an Oakville 2012 prior to this one and wanted to compare. Fabulous! Dark, rich, brooding. This one has a more more rigid tannic structure, that I think speaks to long, long aging potential. The 2012s seem to be everything they are saying, and more.
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Red
7/5/2014 - Cag4 wrote:
95 points
Really impressive and so young! These wines are re-labels if some Oakville producer with too much volume, and there are only a few candidates, so you can guess that it's a very high-end bottling under the house label. Voluptuous mouth feel, intense dark fruit, some floral notes and a long smooth finish... Liked it so much I had to open a second bottle. 2-days later, even better. Will. I&w try to leave the case alone for as long as possible!
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Red
7/5/2014 - Cag4 wrote:
92 points
Really lovely now... And with enough tannic structure to maintain for several years more. Primarily black and blue fruit. Delicate, smooth mid-palate, full bodied. Long, even, evolving finish. Feel good about drinking now, it enjoying over the next few years.
Red
6/30/2014 - Cag4 wrote:
90 points
Plenty of fruit, and very "New World", but I think there's more going in here than meets the eye... Even next day there were other notes, floral, graphite, and plenty of tannin. I'll let this sit for a few years... At the price, it may be a bargain.
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Red
6/27/2014 - Cag4 wrote:
91 points
Ok, maybe I'm starting to get it. I'm a huge fan of Shafer and Keenan merlots, but this Sullivan, first time I drank it, pissed me off. Bitter, just full of sediment and, frankly, unpleasant. So I tried it again and decanted (through a filter and aerator) for over an hour. Better, but still tight and unapproachable. So I picked up a carne asada quesadilla supreme from Tommy's TexMex on Voltaire (in San Diego). Now, the wine became almost mellow, smooth, with a velvety mouth feel and big fruit forward flavors... Transformed! Now after the meal , kind of bitter, tannic and astringent. So, I think it needs time, maybe lots of time, or rich, meaty food... In which case, divine!
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Red
6/14/2014 - Cag4 wrote:
85 points
Drank from my father's cellar (ok the bottles under the basement stairs). Cork split and half pressed into bottle. Medium shoulder. No real sediment. Garnet to brick color. Flat nose, some earth/loam, hints of fruit, mostly cherry. Taste of bitter cherry, tart rhubarb. Sweet and tannic with very little fruit. Perhaps a little smoke or graphite. Longish, a bit astringent finish that's kind if pleasant and warm. In sum: a wine that is still alive but very well past whatever prime it once had. Interesting as example to taste, but certainly not an event in itself.
Red
6/9/2014 - Cag4 wrote:
90 points
This is a good solid offering from Casarena, excellent for the price and has several years to work itself out. Could be better than the 90 (really 89-90) that I give it now.
Red
5/8/2014 - Cag4 wrote:
93 points
Big, bold dark berries, but also soft floral notes. Dusty tannins that are nicely integrating now. Mellow mid-palate and slippery mouthfeel. Long, long finish with notes of cherry, cassis, and some vanilla, graphite and blueberry? This is wonderful now, but will be really interesting in a few more years.
Red
4/29/2014 - Cag4 wrote:
91 points
This really surprised me: I wasn't expecting much as previous attempts at Carmenere were somewhat disappointing -- green and unrefined. But this one has much more depth, jammy, with vanilla, and a really soft and pleasant mouth feel and earthy throughout. The nose is the only thing that is still kind of off-putting... Wet gym bag? Spilled water in the trunk? Whatever, the taste makes up for it! Maybe time in the bottle is what Carmenere needs?
Red
4/28/2014 - Cag4 wrote:
91 points
This is really good right now. Full, sweet mouthfeel with plenty of cherry and black fruit, but without being overly jammy or over cloying. Long, smooth pleasant finish. Enjoy now, or over the next year or so.
Red
4/27/2014 - Cag4 wrote:
91 points
Perhaps at or beyond its prime, but quite nicely knit together at this point. There are still plenty if tannins, so it can rest a while longer, but it has nice mid palate mouth feel, plenty of brambly dark berry fruit. Quite enjoyable and drinkable now and for a while longer... Wish I had more!
Red
10/31/2011 - Cag4 wrote:
93 points
Big-assed red! Really must learn to be more patient... But this is very good now... And should only get better.
Red
7/17/2011 - Cag4 wrote:
93 points
Still years left in this wine... But I couldn't wait. Very satisfying.
Red
6/12/2011 - Cag4 wrote:
91 points
This one surprised us! I've had several Carmenere (in Chile), and they've tended to be pretty disappointing in the main. This one, however, was really well integrated, from the nose to the finish. Plenty of tannins, but I wouldn't expect much significant appreciation with additional cellaring -- enjoy it now! I pretty much agree with the other positive comments from the community, but would add that it has good "energy", serve it a bit cooler than average and enjoy the lift... If that makes any sense.
Red
5/7/2011 - Cag4 wrote:
91 points
Consistent with other's comments, and also a lot18 purchase, tight, tannic, alcohol predominant, but all kinds of interesting flavors and textures. Really should cellar for another 3+, but it's tempting now
Red
2004 Estancia Meritage Paso Robles Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/1/2011 - Cag4 wrote:
84 points
Past it's prime at this point. Pleasant enough to drink, but the nose has fallen off, and the tastes have all gone "muddy". Hints of former charm are still there, but muted and no longer vibrant.
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