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Red
2010 Château Fleur Cardinale St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
3/25/2020 - hsacks Likes this wine:
94 points
Similar to the 11/28/18 bottle.
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    3/28/20, 6:27 PM - Similar comment in 2016 ;)

Red
2013 Colgin IX Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
3/13/2020 - jaylew1 wrote:
97 points
Still pretty oaky and vanilla - dominated. Score is for the future . This is going to be absurdly good in a couple of years. The XI estates are basically impenetrable for at least 5-6 years after harvest so the window is just opening. y
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    3/13/20, 10:05 PM - Sounds like “this one goes to XI”. Haha.

Red
2014 Continuum Novicium Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
2/19/2020 - Bacchus&Ceres Likes this wine:
91 points
Beautiful, deep rich black raspberry color, opaque, long slow tears, shiny. Black plum, warm earth, cedar & tar aromatics. Mouth full voluptuous soft tannins, black fruits, subtle pepper, soft gripping mid pallete, lingering finish. Big, full, satisfying, muscular yet elegant; a beautiful wine in the heart of Winter. Thanks once again 750 wines, another gorgeous glass, cheers!
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    2/20/20, 5:10 AM - Nice note, thanks. You clicked “flawed”. Unintentional?

Red
2011 Occidental Pinot Noir Cuvée Catherine Occidental Station Sonoma Coast
2/9/2020 - hsacks Likes this wine:
93 points
Similar to the 3/15/19 bottle.
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    2/12/20, 7:14 PM - Similar to my 7/4/2017 comment. ;)

White
2012 Peter Michael Chardonnay Point Rouge Knights Valley
7/20/2019 - mflesh wrote:
95 points
Wow, what a Chardonnay! This was served next to the 2013, both served blind. This Chardonnay was the total package. I guessed the approximate year and region. Lots of guesses for Aubert here. Nose and palate of toasted brioche, peach, pear, white flowers. Thick, full-bodied, viscous, rounded, 30-45 second finish. perfectly balanced and integrated. Ready to kick some ass. This is probably in the running for best domestic Chardonnay I have experienced to date. And amazing how different this one was served right next to a Peter Michael that was one vintage younger!
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    2/6/20, 6:52 AM - is this a note for 2012 Peter Michael Chardonnay Point Rouge?

  • Franklin 10 commented:

    2/7/20, 3:54 AM - That makes sense, figured it was something like that.

    Its always instructive to have a comparison to make. Thanks for the excellent note!

Red
2010 Saxum Terry Hoage Vineyard Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend
11/10/2019 - jshufelt wrote:
93 points
Consistent with previous tasting note.
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    11/11/19, 4:18 PM - I’ve given similar comments. ;)

Red
2016 Outpost Zinfandel Howell Mountain
7/28/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
I am reiterating notes from last November. I found the notes perfectly attributable again tonight.

Awesome Zin with a creamy texture and velvety mouthfeel. Starts with crushed blueberry nose with some floral notes. Really balanced in mouth, velvet like feel with flavors of blueberry both at the mid palette and finish. Long lingering flavor which after 30 seconds includes white pepper and doesn't quit. One of the better zinfandel
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    7/29/19, 5:13 AM - So much better than “consistent with prior note”!

    Nice TN and thank you for not making me search for it.

    Cheers!

Red
2014 Capiaux Cellars Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands
Winorama: A winter in Wineland II; 1/6/2018-1/14/2018 (Portland, Eureka, Napa): First time with Sean's Pinots which I guess is where he started in winemaking. Tasted at O'Shaughnessy. This was a nice elegant and well made wine. A touch more stemmy which I tend to like. Well balanced. Figs and plums as well but not a fruit dominant version by any means. Nice wine.
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    7/25/19, 4:45 PM - Thanks, nice note. You hit the nail on the head with the stemminess. This is definitely hitting the wrong buttons for me but I couldn’t figure out what it was that was too much. It isn’t the fruit. Looked to see what others thought and, viola!

White
2010 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre Chardonnay
7/6/2019 - logos Likes this wine:
74 points
Lively, flowery, delicate lemon peel nose, with a hint of sulphur. Delicious, lemony-mineral savour is very clean, sharp, and flowery; extremely youthful. Needs 3+ years.
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    7/25/19, 8:55 AM - Logos, easy to understand your thinking on this except that you have joined a community. You have an option to put the score in your note or use private notes which don’t mix your personal style in with everyone else’s scores. Maybe voluntarily go along with the group on this one or keep it separate?

  • Franklin 10 commented:

    7/25/19, 12:14 PM - PS nice note, thank you. (sincerely)

Red
2009 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
4/3/2019 - KPB Likes this wine:
94 points
I last wrote a TN for this wine in 2012 and I'm amazed at how similar it still is today! A really lovely wine, the 2009 Pegau is deep blackish-purple with a strikingly aromatic nose centered on a blackberry compote, crème de cassis and spice cake, but with all sorts of nuanced notes: melted licorice, Provençal herbs, black chocolate. On the palate, you are reminded of plum torte yet the level of acidity and tannins keep the fruit in check -- an almost Burgundian palate. Very long finish. This really is a great Pegau… I bought 12 and should have gone for 24. Given the slow pace of evolution, you can drink it now but it will still be a stunner 10 years from now.
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    4/3/19, 7:12 PM - Nice note, thanks.

Red
2007 Fattoria Galardi Terra di Lavoro Roccamonfina IGT Aglianico
12/21/2018 - aknot13 wrote:
95 points
Same note - see 10/28/2018.
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    12/23/18, 11:21 AM - Same comment - see 7/4/2017 ;)

Red
2009 K Vintners El Jefe En Chamberlin Vineyard Walla Walla Valley Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
11/1/2018 - Franklin 10 wrote:
Followed over 6 hours.

Funky blend, dark blue and red fruit. Very Charles Smith (big) but balance is off (acidic) and Heat is too much.

Not dead but likely best days are behind and doubt this is goimg anywhere good.

Sorry for the downer note, calling it as I see it: one for the neighborhood party or when the wife is away and you need to do your pennance for bad wine choices.
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    11/2/18, 4:16 AM - I agree. This was my oldest bottle (by several vintages) and I’ll be rrying to not let others lay as long.

    I’ve passed on buying this year as my preferences are evolving.

Red
2007 Spring Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District
10/8/2018 - Eric Van Likes this wine:
90 points
Had a bottle with Kent at his home watching a Skins game. Enjoyed a nice pork chop with the wine.
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    10/9/18, 10:35 PM - Hi ho, there is a place for personal notes on the Drink Or Remove page (that won’t show up in everyone’s feed).

    Cheers!

Red
2014 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah In the Rocks Walla Walla Valley
9/20/2018 - Bladams13 Likes this wine:
94 points
Too much wine not enough notes this weekend. I really liked this. Beautiful nose bright berries, florals and spice. Palate followed suit, with ripe fruit and enough acidity to balance it out. It came across a little thin at first but filled out with air.
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    9/25/18, 6:58 PM - Hi ho, I think you checked the “don’t like” button fyi, probably can edit if you want

Red
2006 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova Sangiovese
5/19/2018 - canan wrote:
96 points
BYO: This is pretty stunning wine when it performs and it certainly did on this occasion.
There is an enormous acidity that fits the very dark fruits nicely. Packed with tannins and in total this is a wine that is best served with food.
Despite that this is a very powerful wine, the lovely acidity makes a pleasure to drink. Lovely balance and med-long aftertaste.
Loved it!
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    8/31/18, 3:29 AM - Nice note, glad you had sich a great bottle.

    Any prep or “pop and pour”?

Red
2014 Morell-Lawrence Syrah Concrete Series Columbia Valley
8/14/2018 - Clark W Griswold wrote:
89 points
Great winemaker. Great vineyard. Pours almost black. Double decant through menu decanter. Superb mouthfeel! Not a lot of fruit here but dark fruits are present, smoke, cedar, with baking spice and savory notes. Masculine. Short finish. Seems a bit overrated here on CT at the moment. Huge value from full pull.

Update:
Pnp tonight and there is a bit more of a rocks kind of funk coming through here.. still not my favorite but I would say this wine is better without a decant.
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    8/14/18, 5:01 PM - Hi, thanks for your note! The CT community score (including yours) is 90.4. Doesn’t seem too out of whack with your 89 pt score!

  • Franklin 10 commented:

    8/30/18, 5:57 AM - I don't know why they pair this stuff with food. It does just fine by itself, huh? I like it better than beer myself, don't you, Clark?

Red
2014 Tenuta di Arceno Il Fauno Di Arcanum Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
5/14/2018 - MC2 Wines wrote:
Not really the wine for me. The biggest issue was a bit of lacking acidity which meant the wine wasn't really great for pairing with food. It comes across as a bit more extracted and fruit forward and then not very complex in that format.
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    5/29/18, 7:51 AM - Thanks for the note, just got an offer on this but think I’ll pass. Looking for “acidità” in Super Tuscans.

White - Off-dry
2015 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Mosel Saar Ruwer
5/16/2018 - Franklin 10 wrote:
No score
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    5/16/18, 6:35 AM - You are right. I took the score down. I’m just frustrated by so many scores from one taster (especially on a single bottle).

    TNs are always great but choosing to dominate the scoring is obtuse imo.

    [hangs head, not proud of acting rashly]

  • Franklin 10 commented:

    5/16/18, 10:26 AM - wmwh: yeah I get, actually appreciate, multiple TNs (tho they could all be put in one with the edit option) but 4 notes all with scores on the same bottle?

    Anyway, as I said, I overreacted and hopefully fixed it.

    R_S: agreed. My idea is one score per person: either an average or uptaded when there is more than one.

  • Franklin 10 commented:

    5/16/18, 5:02 PM - Vinomazing, I hope you keep it up. TNs are a gift to the community!

    Chatters, same applies in my “theory of everything”. IMHO the CT score is a gauge if the communty wisdom so unlimited individual scores are unfortunate.

  • Franklin 10 commented:

    5/17/18, 4:59 AM - Chatters!

    I see you are a terrific TN producer and want to say a sincere “thank you” for that.

    I don’t understand why you think I was suggesting things as you describe them so please allow me an attempt to clarify: the CT score(s) someone gives is forever a part of the permanant representation (in current format) and that has the benefit of gaining great diverse representation over time but simultaneously the downside of being less representative of current drinker experiences over time. Secondly, unlimited input to that score skews it to that persons biases.

    In other words. I am a huge fan of TNs. I also find the scoring a good summary experience indicator. But in the CT system of unlimited input, the “Community Score” is neither current nor protected from individual bias.

    Example: a nice TN on a 2012 Ch. Trotanoy scores 5 points below the CT average and states “it just isn't nearly ready yet”. That’s valid but why attach that impression that it is too early to the wine forever. If an hour, day, and week later, that same person tasted the wine, her/his TNs may still be adding new and worthwhile info which also could be summed up with a score. Taking in to account the CT format, these impressions are better to state in the text of the TN, IMO.

    Same is true for flawed bottles that people score. And don’t get me started about different scoring philosophies, value judgements, or the possibility of nefarious intent.

    I doubt Eric will ever address this issue, for me it is a real problem that could be improved with limiting the individual input to the overall score. I suggest either an average or updated single input score (that has NO impact on the historical record of that person’s unlimited number of TNs including the scores associated with them) would be ways to do it but there may be much better options.

    Anyway, I hope this is taken in a collegial spirit as intended. Cheers!

Red
2001 Faustino Rioja I Gran Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
3/22/2018 - welsh.p wrote:
some advice needed please ladies and gents
how long would you recommend , after ive opened the bottle to drink
The wine looks ruby colored.
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    3/22/18, 2:46 PM - Tried a bottle last week. Better After 2 hours.

Red
2011 O'Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
2/25/2018 - Redteeth wrote:
Decanted this bottle and let it stand quite a while. It was very nice and I enjoyed it. Its my first taste of any of the O'Shaughnessy Cabs. I'd like to try the regular NAPA as I am not sure the QPR is great on this one.
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    2/25/18, 7:56 PM - Try any other vintage for a better qpr. :)

Red
2010 Azienda Agricola Le Ragnaie Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
1/15/2018 - Tim Heaton wrote:
flawed
Lovely at first (as expected), but with air, and by the 90 minute mark, an initial spot of brett had manifested into something more problematic, and the wine was, finally, unenjoyable. Very surprised this occured, likely a one-off. Six left, with high hopes.

https://www.ItalianWine.blog
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    1/16/18, 9:20 AM - Guess it was your turn. Sorry man that sucks!

  • Franklin 10 commented:

    1/16/18, 11:55 AM - I have one, a 2010 BdM which was a 2015 SS gift from atlantean. I’ve not tried his/their other wines either.

    How was your visit? (Since you are going back, I could guess). Looks bellissimo...

Red
2007 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands
1/9/2018 - EMichels wrote:
90 points
(Old note - tasting date not accurate) Nice nose; Rich fruit; Deep golden color
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    1/10/18, 3:27 AM - Hi, thanks for writing a note. FYI, you can choose the date of consumption on the Drink Or Remove page (under the 3rd heading). Cheers!

Red
2010 Baron de Ley Rioja Reserva Tempranillo
11/8/2017 - PSPatrick wrote:
89 points
The wine was medium to dark ruby in colour and showed plenty of oak, red and dark fruit, chocolate, cocoa, spice, vanilla, coconut and smoke on the nose. On the palate, the wine showed red and dark fruit, sweet oak, dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla and coconut, with medium-level acidity and tannin, a creamy mouthfeel and very good length. The medium-bodied, ripe and oaky wine benefited from aeration, but the oak was very dominant at the wine’s current stage and I will hold on to my other bottles for a while to see how the wine develops.
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    11/28/17, 4:43 PM - No fair guys!

  • Franklin 10 commented:

    11/28/17, 11:44 PM - Thanks, yes the Google translation was quite odd! I guess I could have deciphered the gist had I been more diligent (which may have prevented my opening my only bottle tonight!) Oh well, its all an education.

Red
2001 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
11/26/2016 - TJV wrote:
X
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    11/22/17, 5:25 PM - Y

Red
2013 Knez Winery Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard Anderson Valley
11/1/2017 - Arianne48 wrote:
$43 average
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    11/2/17, 11:45 AM - Hi, is this a tasting note?

Red
2010 O'Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
10/13/2017 - buckeye76 Likes this wine:
95 points
Still young, but nevertheless, a great bottle. Lots of fruit in the nose and flavor, blueberries, blackberries, currants, black cherries, and hints of chocolate. Long finish, smooth tannins, and nice complexity. I look forward to future bottles from my cellar. This was purchased at The Oven (Cellar) in Lincoln, NE for about retail price along with a 2010 K Vintners The Beautiful. Great wine list with excellent prices!
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    10/23/17, 4:17 PM - Nice note, thanks!

    I'm not from the area but I appreciate you're "sharing the wealth" with the the LWS (local wine store). Its good to support local guys.

    I'm curious about your username, from OH?

Red
2015 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
10/11/2017 - Rjhorn4321 wrote:
96 points
Decanter staff
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    10/11/17, 3:18 PM - Hi, it seems the decanter staff is drinking quite nicely!

    FYI, there is a place for private notes in the Drink Or Remove page (#3?) that won't show up in everyone's Tasting Notes feed.

    Cheers!

Red
2007 Dominus Napanook Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
9/24/2017 - matage wrote:
87 points
Decanted for 1h and poured back in bottle before serving. Rather muted bottle, quite dried out fruit and missing the expected "ompf". Not bad, just not interesting. It felt like it was going downhill...
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    9/28/17, 4:03 PM - Hi, thanks for the TN. Any info r.e. how your bottle was stored would also be appreciated.

Red
2013 Linne Calodo Cherry Red Paso Robles Willow Creek District Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
9/25/2017 - Bilbo Likes this wine:
94 points
Love this wine! Great Rhine style blend with great nose, terrific mouth feel and full prolonged finish. Major fruit might offend some but for me, it doesn't get much better. Hats off to Mark!
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    9/26/17, 4:03 AM - You can edit your own TNs, there's a link that shown on your view.

    BTW, I turned off my autocorrect, couldn't stand it after awhile!

    And thanks for your note, looking forward to getting in to mine.

Red
2010 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Éloge Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
7/16/2017 - Slaz Likes this wine:
92 points
Consistent with my May 6 note.
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    7/16/17, 7:29 PM - Hi, I see you drink al lot of interesting wines!

    IMHO, this is ot a tasting note. If you want to reproduce your prior notes and have that arrive in everyone's TN feed, maybe copy and paste?

    Hope you keep enjoying good stuff, I look forward to reading about it.

  • Franklin 10 commented:

    7/17/17, 5:12 AM - Slaz, that's a nice, thoughtful note!

    I intended no insult, was just providing feedback. I've commented to others also about "similar to previous note" type TNs and believe this open forum community is improved by well meaning communications. I do understand if you simply disagree about the practice.

    Our visit to ACV in 2013 (when we acquired the 2010s) was also enjoyable. We didn't get to meet the winemaker but really liked the wines and the opportunity to barrel taste one of the Block Wines from 2012.

    Cheers!

Red
2010 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
7/4/2017 - Sundbyberg wrote:
93 points
93-94.
See my previous note on this wine.
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    7/4/17, 2:55 PM - Hi, I'd rather you copy and paste if you want to put an old TN in my CT feed!

    Cheers, happy 4th!

White - Sparkling
N.V. Gaston Chiquet Champagne Premier Cru Tradition Brut Champagne Blend
6/24/2017 - ManhattanBeach Likes this wine:
90 points
Magnum brought to Longborough (picnic) by Jazz
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    6/29/17, 4:10 AM - Hi, I see you drink lots of interesting wines.

    Just want to point out that there is a place for private notes on the Drink or Remove page under heading 3 where your personal note (that aren't tasting note) can go but not end ip in everyone's TN feed.

    Hopimg for your continued enjoyment of so many wines, cheers!

Red
2009 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve Napa Valley
6/18/2017 - Chainthroer wrote:
93 points
Took two bottles to family get together. See notes from 3/27/2016.
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    6/28/17, 5:08 AM - Hi, it looks loke you enjoy a variety of interesting wines. Just wanted to comment with $0.02 worth of blather about what shows up in other CTers tasting notes feed: "see prior notes" and the like or, alternatively, "had with family" are not tasting notes.

    Maybe consider copy and paste if you want to share prior thoughts, also there is an area for private notes on the 'drink or remove' page (item 3).

    I look forward to more of tour notes and hope you keep enjoying such nice wines.

    Cheers!

Red
2007 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
6/13/2017 - jsmorris707 Likes this wine:
95 points
Similar to prior note; PNP at Bistro 29 in Santa Rosa
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    6/15/17, 4:30 AM - Dr. Morris. Hi, I enjoy tour notes (and you certainly enjoy a nice variety of excellent wine!).

    Respectfully, "Similar to prior note" is not a tasting note. Maybe copy and paste if you want to share your prior thoughts in everyone's CT feed.

    Hopefully your wine experiences continue and I'll look forward to reading your future notes. Cheers!

Red
2011 Covington Cellars Syrah Columbia Valley
5/29/2017 - cab blends wrote:
(86) D3
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    5/29/17, 4:41 PM - Is this a TN?

Red
2007 Full Pull & Friends Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
3/1/2017 - fingers wrote:
88 points
Compared to how I remember my first three bottles, this seems to be on the decline. I followed this for four nights open and it was a bit cumbersome, I think due to the fruit fading into the background, creating an imbalance of wooly tannins and alcohol. If I had any more, I'm not sure I'd have the gumption to presume that this will come back around. 5+11+15+7 = 88
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    4/18/17, 5:28 PM - Fingers: I'm having the same experience tonight. Wish I had better future vision 'cause I enjoyed my last few better. Have a few more ��, guess I'll drink a couple soon and save a couple for, uh, a good lesson in wine-101...

Red
2012 Torrin Akasha Paso Robles Syrah
4/8/2017 - SMagowan Likes this wine:
95 points
Dinner party at home

The meal:
Antipasto
Osso Buco with polenta and broccoli rabe
Select Vermont cheeses
Pears poached in cassis accompanied with red wine sorbet

The wines:
N/V Nathalie Falmet Champagne Cuvee Le Val Cornet (deg. May 2014) - 91
2007 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre - 94
2006 Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello - 94
2006 Azienda Agricola Le Ragnaie Brunello di Montalcino - 92
2012 Booker Vineyard Grenache The Ripper - 94
2012 Torrin Akasha (Syrah) - 95

The Falmet was nicely balanced and very pleasurable to drink with antipasto dish. Tight bubbles, notes of citrus and toast. Drinking as good or better than previous bottles.

The 2007 Clos de la Barre was a perfect accompaniment to antipasto and also balanced well against the reds later in the evening. Lots of buttery notes and a smooth long finish. Continues to astound me.

The 2006 Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Colonnello is just beginning to emerge as a young maturing Barolo. The tannins are subsiding quite a bit and had a great balance of fruit, soil, fragrance and polish. It has structure to last for many years, and it would be good to wait another 5 - 10 years to try it again.

The 2006 Le Ragnaie was an excellent Brunello but suffered a bit in comparison to the Colonnello. Its tannins were more muted but it lacked a certain complexity that I was hoping for. It is still an excellent wine.

The 2012 Booker Grenache and 2012 Torrin Akasha (Syrah) made for interesting counter-points to each other and to the older Italian wines. The Booker exhibits lots of licorice and fruit and big chewy set of tannins that are quite integrated. The Torrin presented a complex palate of dark fruit, earth tones and soil. It had an exceptional finish and had us all talking and marveling over it.
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    4/9/17, 5:28 PM - Nice note, thanks!

Red
2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
4/5/2017 - drwine2001 wrote:
Medium ruby. All pine resin on the nose, which just gives me a viscerally negative reaction, just like the sickening florality one can sometimes find in Gewurztraminer. Medium weight, cherry and plum, some cocoa dust and spice, but at the end of the day, it is the oak that speaks most loudly and squashes everything else. It is always the same story from La Rioja Alta; beats me as to why I even keep trying them since I hate this style.
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    4/6/17, 3:37 AM - Thanks for the note (and not flaming it with a low score because its a style you don't enjoy).

    Lots of folks chiming in on this one. I'm trying to follow the recommendations of many who say to wait, hoping it will settle down/integrate.

Red
2012 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Napa Valley
2/27/2017 - mntebolt wrote:
94 points
took to FAC
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    2/27/17, 5:54 PM - Hi,I don't know what the FAC is but hopefully its good for enjoying a glass of wine.

    FYI, there is a place for private notes on the drink or remove page, item #3.

    Cheers!

Red
2010 Constant Claret Diamond Mountain Vineyard Napa / Sonoma Red Bordeaux Blend
11/23/2015 - khoney Likes this wine:
98 points
Spain
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    2/23/17, 3:36 PM - ???!

Red
2010 Constant Claret Diamond Mountain Vineyard Napa / Sonoma Red Bordeaux Blend
11/23/2015 - khoney Likes this wine:
95 points
Spain
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    2/23/17, 3:36 PM - ???

White
2009 Far Niente Chardonnay Napa Valley
Dinner with Greenspuns
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    2/20/17, 4:59 PM - Hi and welcome to CT!

    I wanted to let you know there is a place for personal mote in the Drink or Remove page (item #3).

    Cheers!

Red
2009 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
2/10/2017 - Plabella Likes this wine:
97 points
Pearlstein dinner
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    2/10/17, 5:36 PM - H, hope you enjoyed the dinner and the wine.

    FYI, there is a place to make private notes (item #3 on the Drink or Remove page).

    Cheers!

Red
2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard Anderson Valley
from coravin. Really elegant. The antithesis of the big Cali Pinot's. Suspect this can age for many years
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    2/9/17, 3:54 PM - Hi, hope you enjoyet it!

    FYI, there's a place for personal notes on the website, I think its item #3.

    Cheers!

Red
2009 Saxum Broken Stones Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend
1/22/2017 - danielbleier Likes this wine:
96 points
consistent with notes of 12/10/2016
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    1/22/17, 3:41 PM - What did that note say?

  • Franklin 10 commented:

    1/23/17, 5:28 AM - Nice note. I only have one bottle so you know how it goes: live vicariously thru TNs then at some point pull the cork. Sounds like this one is ready to go anytime!

Red
2014 Continuum Novicium Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
Winter in Wineland; 1/14/2017-1/20/2017 (Sonoma & Napa): From younger vines and a wine that prob would benefit from sitting for 2-5 years, but isn't really made for the long haul. First year that it's majority CF (driven by a large plot of CF that was planted a few years ago). Another of the riper variety. Mostly black fruits. Just hints of black pepper. A bit of herbal. Very nice.
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    1/18/17, 6:48 PM - Ha! Just reread my note from a tasting at the vineyard. Was guessing it would enjoy a "long haul".

    Of course, the definition of a long life varies but it will be interesting to see this one develop at any rate.

    BTW I always enjoy your notes, thanks for making the effort. Keep 'em coming!

Red
2009 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
12/2/2016 - Zweder wrote:
98 points
Bordeaux: Second wines in great vintages. (Valuas): This is my 20,000th Tasting Note in Cellartracker and that should be a special wine. A few weeks ago I tasted this wine (with 100 Parker points) again, and it is really great! I have a few and many users of Cellartracker have it as well, so that is why I saved this tasting note to be my 20,000th. In the bouquet beautiful cassis, cedar, smoke and luxurious oak. On the palate enormously concentrated black berry fruits with a beautiful harmony between acidity and sweetness. Soft but powerful tannin. This is a true beauty and will probably last for at least another 30+ years. 98+
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    12/31/16, 4:54 PM - Congrats, Zweder, and thanks for the great notes. Oh, and Happy New Year, too. Cheers!

Red
2012 Mending Wall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
12/25/2016 - csimm1161 wrote:
89 points
All of my other previous notes apply. This just feels like sort of a lost wine. Nothing really distinguishing about it. I found it difficult to maintain interest in this throughout consumption. As a TRB wine, I'm not sure what the vision is here.

Soft, muddled, and overtly plush. Little complexity to speak of. Totally forgettable. Unfortunately this seals the deal for me on future Mending Wall offerings (at least as Cabs go).

87-89 points. Drink now.
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    12/26/16, 8:57 AM - Hi, happy holidays!

    Did you intend to date your consumption for 2015 or was that a 'click error'?

  • Franklin 10 commented:

    12/26/16, 5:21 PM - Yeah that was our experience with the '12. The 2013 tasted at the winery had more structure I think. Anyway, keeping my hopes up that they age better.

    Cheers!

Red
2010 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
12/1/2016 - DrinkEverything702 wrote:
94 points
This vintage seems to need more time in the bottle than previous vintages I have had. If you must drink it soon, definitely decant whole heartedly. I would not open this for another 5-8 years though. Not showing half the potential it has to offer.
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    12/1/16, 5:56 AM - Thanks for the note, I get a lot of vicarious pleasure reading TNs on wines I'm cellaring.

    My first big dive in to the deep end of this hobby was with a 6 pack of the 2007 vintage back in 2010. I've yet to try one but I did get to share a bottle the 1995 and later a 1997 vintage last month and thought they were drinking very well (not side-by-side but, fwiw, I think the '95 was superior).

    Last year a 2002 vintage was still tight and tannic to me, ditto 2004 vintage.

    It all depends on taste preference, of course, but this quality of wine well stored can bring a lot of pleasure to those interested in waiting.

    I've got high hopes for the 2010 vintage in general for Napa and many other regions but think the cool ripening (esp. Napa) led to relatively pronounced structure and it may be a vintage that is better to hold a little longer for any given palate preference.

Red
2012 Chehalem Pinot Noir Three Vineyard Willamette Valley
11/23/2016 - Vino Me wrote:
89 points
Retailer tasting. No formal notes. 89 points
  • Franklin 10 commented:

    11/23/16, 1:25 PM - No formal comment.
    ;)

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