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2017 Raventós i Blanc Blanc de Blancs Spain Macabeo-Xarello-Parellada Blend
2/22/2020 - Alpton Likes this wine:
92 points
Lemon blossom, tennis ball, ripe apricot. Fine mousse. Dry with a bright acidity and a chalky attack. It has some fresh golden delicious apple, green plum, kumquat, along with notes of petrol. It finishes long and crisp.
  • Alpton commented:

    9/12/20, 11:48 AM - Sometimes I get slight notes of new rubber in Cava, almost like a new car tire, or a new garden hose. This one reminded me of when you open a can of tennis balls.

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. L. Aubry Fils Champagne Premier Cru Rosé Champagne Blend
4/23/2020 - Alpton wrote:
92 points
Disgorged June 2019. Pale salmon color with fine and persistent perlage. White peach, lemon, strawberry, chalk, cookie dough. Dry with high acidity and silky mouth feel. Red cherry, lemon, brioche flavors lingers on a creamy finish
  • Alpton commented:

    5/28/20, 1:37 PM - I think 3-4 years, but I like bubbly rose young, so probably I am not the best person to ask to. Sorry I cannot be more helpful.

2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary Napa Valley
11/12/2014 - Alpton Does not like this wine:
82 points
It is sweet and it lacks structure.
  • Alpton commented:

    12/10/14, 5:06 PM - It's interesting how different the reviews about this wine are. People either love it or hate it.

2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary Napa Valley
10/23/2014 - MrBrege Does not like this wine:
85 points
Whenever I'm in the US I buy a few different bottles of Napa Cabernet that I get recommended, to see if I can find an alternative to Bordeaux. So far it has always been a slight disappointment to me, I think I'm just unlucky but I keep ending up with fruit bombs without any structure, but I'm pretty certain there must be really good Cabs in the 50-100$ range. This attempt was unusually unsuccessful, I ended up with a fruit syrup bomb instead of a wine. Pretty disgusting to be truthful, I kept refilling my water glass during dinner to get some balance back. Totally hopeless!
  • Alpton commented:

    11/12/14, 3:42 PM - MRBERGE, been born and raised in Italy, I feel the same way about most of the American wine. I definitely agree with the user that recommends Cadence. A few Cabs from Napa that I have enjoyed because they aren't a fruit bomb are: Philip Togni (as well as his second label Tanbark Hill), Chappellet Pritchard Hill, Vinroc and Barnett (Spring Mtn and Rattlesnake Hill).

2008 Jordan Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
12/7/2012 - Alpton Does not like this wine:
83 points
Wine for college kids. A lot of sweet fruit, but no structure.
  • Alpton commented:

    2/16/13, 7:45 AM - MWP13, in that case you should be happy I don't like this wine: more left for you. Enjoy!

2009 Cadence Coda Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend
Popped and poured, then consumed over two hours. Struggled with this wine tonight. Typically Ben's wines are very good to exceptional. Tonight, this felt like 2nd class juice. Nose of blackberry and rainier cherry. Flavor profile was dominated by too much oak. The tannin structure was aggressive and had a very raw element to it. Finish was short but clean. Blind, I would have guessed this as an entry level ste. Michelle. Hoping this is an anomaly. Would not purchase again.
  • Alpton commented:

    12/15/12, 8:24 AM - Cadence generally makes wines that need to be aged. I thought that since Coda is mostly Merlot it would be accessible earlier, but based on your review, I'll let my bottle sit for a few more years.

2009 Château Bois Redon Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend
6/18/2012 - THaas wrote:
86 points
Nice entry-level Bordeaux, showing cherry nose, with notes of a little leather and cedar. Similar in mouth, open tannins, just enough acidity to tie things together. Medium-bodied. Finish is moderate-length.

Good QPR for a Bordeaux at this price point.
  • Alpton commented:

    6/20/12, 2:18 PM - I agree with you. This is a great QPR. I bought myself a case.

2009 Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz Padthaway
1/9/2012 - THaas wrote:
89 points
Mmm. Plum, raspberry, and eucalyptus/mint, both in nose and mouth. Balance is good, finish long.
  • Alpton commented:

    1/12/12, 7:09 PM - Very fruit driven wine. I like it, and their Shiraz-Cab too

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