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2010 Paraduxx (Duckhorn Vineyards) C Blend Napa Valley Red Blend
6/1/2018 - Anonymous wrote:
Oak dominated rich ripe cherry-berry fruit. Open vanilla-oak nose with Christmas spice and saddle soap. Enjoyable, but overpriced at $29 as a Gariste Mystery Wine supposedly marked down from $50.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    4/2/19, 8:55 PM - Yes, I can’t believe this was ever a $50 bottle. I think Garagiste plays some games with that. Not buying from them much now due to misrepresentations.

  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    3/8/20, 3:30 PM - Thanks for the update on pricing. Terrible QPR @ $50. Worse even at $65!!

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2013 Ferren Wines Pinot Noir Silver Eagle Vineyard Sonoma Coast
Really poor QPR. This is a sun baked raisin wine with big jammy fruit and manipulative cooperage. If you like Belle Glos Pinot from Caymus, then you’ll like this wine. Clearly not representative of the AVA and reflects poorly on silver eagle.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    2/18/20, 11:55 AM - Yes, I had done the same. I knew my friend liked big, full-throttle wines (e.g., Orin Swift GSMs) and he’s a big bourbon fan, but I also knew he was early up into the Sonoma Coast and Anderson Valley AVAs, and he recommended Ferren, also telling me the winemaker was a friend. These wines are nowhere near where Marcassin is. I get they are a different style than what I normally look for (more Burgundian, like Ted Lemmon’s Littorai) but I find the intervention really pronounced and distracting from the terroir and climates in which these grapes are grown.

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2016 Ferren Wines Pinot Noir Silver Eagle Vineyard Sonoma Coast
6/17/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
93 points
Borderline sweet and so easy to drink. Concentrated syrupy red fruit with anise, clove and forest floor on the edges. Sharp acidity and possibly some alcohol ting on the finish. Needs 2-3 years.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    2/1/20, 10:04 PM - Concentrated red syrup? And you score it 93? Ok. I see who Ferren is pandering to! Certainly not the Burgundian drinker!!

  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    2/2/20, 6:22 AM - Yep fair point. I should approach them in the style they are intended.

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2009 K Vintners Syrah Morrison Lane Walla Walla Valley
8/19/2018 - tomoem wrote:
91 points
A beautiful wine with pungent aromas including mushroom, forest floor, and slight amount of regurgitated food. Unique and quite enjoyable.

Flavors of blueberry are immersed in a velvety and viscous juice. Long finish with white pepper as the dominant in mouth spice.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    1/8/20, 8:52 PM - Love the description, but “regurgitated food”. That’s a new one...and a good thing at that. Thanks for taking the time to write your note on the 2009 K!

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2014 Coessens Coteaux Champenois Vendange Entière Pinot Noir
CNY wine dinner at Crab At Bay. Tasted blind. Super thick wax sealed top. Tasted after 1+ hour of air.
Appearance is not clear, pale intensity, ruby colour. Legs.
Nose medium+ intensity, not bretty but a distinct natural wine scent to it, with aromas of spiced stems, fresh wet earth, deep red cherries, cranberries, leathery animal. Developing.
On the palate, dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (13%), mildly rustic coarse medium+ tannins, medium+ body. Medium+ flavour intensity, with flavours of tart cranberries, deep sour red cherries, red plums, leathery animal, spiced stems. Long finish.
Very good quality. Mildly rustic and a natural wine for sure, but real enjoyable with bag-loads of interesting character giving it a +1. Should have enough depth of fruit to develop well over the next 5 years.
Kimmeridgian soil. Whole bunches used. 21 months in 228L futs. Wine advisor Yves Confuron-Contetidot.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    12/20/19, 1:46 PM - Great note! Thanks for taking the time!!

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2013 Azienda Virna Di Borgogno Barolo Nebbiolo
10/14/2019 - Rick 4 Wine wrote:
88 points
Note to self: don’t buy sub $50 Barolo from Garagiste.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    10/16/19, 8:00 AM - Yes, reflecting upon that, you are correct. I’m sorry. I should have scored it 85-86. I felt gracious because it is relatively cheap. I shouldn’t adjust my scores for price.

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2013 Ferren Wines Pinot Noir Silver Eagle Vineyard Sonoma Coast
10/14/2019 - Rick 4 Wine wrote:
83 points
Drank this against a 2013 Silver Eagle Pinot by DR Stevens. The DRS beat the aferren HANDS down by four tasters BLIND. The Ferren style is manipulated and jammy. Very disappointed with this producer for the grapes they have.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    10/15/19, 2:01 PM - Yeah me too! I collected (based upon a friend’s recommendation) Ferren for two or three years before trying one. The vineyards they source from are great Sonoma Coast properties yet these wines could be made in Oakville (though the fruit is undeniably cool weather fruit). The style is more like a Camus does Pinot.

  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    10/15/19, 4:16 PM - Nope but if they did, the Ferren would be similar!!

Red
2008 Fairchild Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Sigaro St. Helena
11/24/2011 - etherscreen wrote:
100 points
our second experience with this wine. first time was a sit down with larry fairchild last june.

wow!

wife's tn: like liquid sex, siren songs, and ground up unicorn horns. she is rarely this enamored by a bottle of wine, as she has a very selective palate. she's, once again, in love.

my tn: the color takes on a life of its own in the glass. a kaleidoscope of flavors on the nose. deep, dark cherry nose with leather, licorice, tobacco, cedar, freshly tilled soil, and the tell tale sigaro mineral signature. a wine of the highest noble stature. earthy black fruits caress the mouth and saturate nearly every crevasse within it. full body. elegant. so different from it's napa brethren; this would more easily pass for fine bordeaux. for me, this wine is perfectly balanced with its firm tannic structure and exquisitely matched acidic frame. finishes well over a minute. i can't say enough about these wines. these experiences put fairchild wines at the very top of the heap. this IS my wine of the year!

had to go back and buy more.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    9/11/19, 8:48 PM - Hilarious tasting note from the wife! Clearly Larry’s poetic side won her over! Unicorn horns!! I need to remember that one for my TNs!!

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2014 Bravium Pinot Noir Signal Ridge Vineyard Mendocino Ridge
12/2/2018 - MBusk Likes this wine:
93 points
The aromas and initial flavors suggest maturity - old library and forest floor, but after a few moments, this expands on the palate with sweet-tart cherry and raspberry flavors, along with a green apple acidity that was surprising and delicious. This plays like a fast-forwarded version of Dylan's "My Back Pages": it was so much older at the beginning, but it's younger by the end.

I remember this being delicious, but I don't remember it being so interesting. A nice deal from Garagiste at $20.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    12/19/18, 8:12 PM - I get more tequila than forest floor. Which forest are you speaking of?

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2008 Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin Okanagan Valley VQA Red Bordeaux Blend
12/13/2018 - Rick 4 Wine Does not like this wine:
80 points
After my first bottle was so tannic and tart, I decided to wait several years before opening my second one. I’m afraid age didn’t help much. Opening this wine it gives me the sense of fresh squeezed pomegranate juice if I squeezed the entire pomegranate, rind and all. It’s terrible bitter and tart. There are some good flavors in there but they are unbalanced and unintegrated. Not a fan. For all of you who scored this so high, I guess you like this style wine or maybe you’re giving it a 10 point bump for being a product of BC. For me, I won’t be buying another bottle of BC red wine, because apparantly this is a good one, and I really dislike it. I dumped my bottles down the drain.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    12/14/18, 6:08 AM - You’re right of course. I’m sorry for generalizing. I was just particularly frustrated by this wine given its high CT ranking.

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2014 Terragena Pinot Noir Seppa Vineyard Sonoma Coast
7/11/2018 - cse Likes this wine:
91 points
Disjointed out of the bottle. Quite delicious on day 2, however, with a lean raspberry-cranberry nose and smooth, engaging presence on the palate. Hint of violets on the finish. No excess heat. Wish I'd cellared this for 3-5 years before drinking.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    11/12/18, 8:55 PM - Agreed. Better second day

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2010 Château Fonplégade St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
7/12/2016 - Jeff Leve wrote:
94 points
Slowly but surely, this keeps getting better and better. The color remains dark. Full bodied, rich, concentrated and complex, the licorice, truffle, floral and plum notes build in the mouth. If you like wines young, pop a cork, but it is almost primary. Else, wait another 5 years.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    9/10/18, 9:17 PM - THanks for the comment on drinking window. I bought a case of this, and I’m looking forward to it, but perhaps I’ll wait another couple of years or three until I pop one.

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2012 Copain Syrah Les Voisins Yorkville Highlands
9/5/2017 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice Syrah. Archetypical of WG. This is a focused and elegant Syrah with red fruit on the front palate followed by a late palate that is fresh but pronounced with earth and HdP. Although we drank from decanting a magnum, I think this wine will stand longer than 2019.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    8/4/18, 3:33 PM - Sorry. HdP is Herbes de Provence

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2013 Wind Gap Wines Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
3/11/2018 - rocknroller wrote:
88 points
Monthly Tasting Group: Blind Pinots Worldwide (The Kenwood, Mpls, MN): PNP, drank 1 glass blind over an hour. Called this '12 Cali and wasn't too far off. Cherry, currants, spice, dried earth, quite ripe on the palate, baked cherry, wood, some heat, firm tannins. Maybe with a bit more time?
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    4/25/18, 9:03 PM - Everyone has their own palates but even the pros come down within a few points of one another. Your group scored this 88.

    Antonio Galloni Vinous 94 rated: “The 2013 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is a great introduction to the Wind Gap wines. Exotic, perfumed and beautifully layered in the glass...

  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    4/27/18, 11:55 AM - You're spot on, and I'm sorry my comment came across acerbically -- I do feel that CT scores tend to clump too much from 88 to 92, and those scores are too often correlated with prices, but that's nothing to do with your note. I didn't taste the bottle you tasted, and so my comment is without merit to your tasting. I apologize.

Red
2013 Wind Gap Wines Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
12/8/2015 - junglejuice wrote:
90 points
This is a very red fruit driven wine, showing notes of cranberry, sweet cherry, forrest floor and a strong citrus note on the the nose and palate. The medium bodied freshness here is particularly impressive and it is drinkable now with a couple of hours of air and paired beautifully with Thanksgiving dinner. While really nice, this wine lacked the additional complexity that would set it apart as truly special and was a so-so QPR at $33.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    4/25/18, 9:05 PM - Try it now. Far too early for you to be drinking ‘13 @ ‘15 T-giving. This isn’t jug wine. It needs more than two months in the bottle.

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2014 Herb Lamb Cabernet Sauvignon HL Napa Valley
2/24/2018 - csimm1161 wrote:
91 points
Flagship Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting at Tre Posti (Saint Helena): Medium-bodied and agreeable notes of black and dark red core fruit; some earth, spice, and dark chocolate to add a mediocre amount of interest. Otherwise, another fairly basic and pedestrian version of a round and plush 2014 Napa Cabernet. 90-91 points. Drink now.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    4/17/18, 2:21 PM - Can’t believe this wine should be drunk now.

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2012 Ca‘ Rozzeria Barolo Tre Comuni Nebbiolo
4/12/2018 - Bill1100 Likes this wine:
90 points
Always better when decanted for at least an hour - the next day is usually much improved.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    4/12/18, 5:57 PM - Yep - for a 2012 Barolo - even a lower level one like this - decanting a rule a this age.

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2012 Domaine Dampt Frères Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses Chardonnay
1/2/2015 - JJB007 Likes this wine:
80 points
ligfht and happy
very good
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    2/6/18, 6:58 PM - “Very good” but 80 points?

Red
2010 Foxen Syrah Williamson-Doré Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley
4/10/2017 - Rick 4 Wine wrote:
89 points
Thank gawd this was my last bottle of Foxen Syrah. Foxen shouldn't make syrah. It's OK wine but not a good QPR.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    12/30/17, 10:52 PM - From an artistic sense,Foxen Syrah just isn’t true to varietal, but I’m OK with that. I mean, I’m happy for the Aussies to call it Shiraz, and I buy all kinds of their wines when i want something hedonistic. Beyond hedonism however, the Rhone is a much better place to find Syrah than Foxen...better juice for 1/3-1/2 the price. If you want something American, then go with something from Wells Guthrie or Pax Mahle. You can get much better Syrah for much less $$.

    Foxen does too many wines, and has lost their focus. They execute poorly across several wines, rather than making a few wines well as they did two decades ago.

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2010 Littorai Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard Sonoma Coast
4/8/2016 - Wine_in_HD wrote:
88 points
Tart underripe cherry and strawberry flavors. Under ripe fruit just isn't my thing. This is another one of the IPOB wineries that I am now avoiding. Working down my last few bottles. But, hey, each to they own style of wine. This just isn't mine.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    12/23/17, 10:48 PM - Give it more time. Littoral isn’t your normal Cali pinot, needing to be drunk young. Thing more Burgundian and push out another several years.

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2007 Constant Claret Diamond Mountain Vineyard Napa / Sonoma Red Bordeaux Blend
Zachys Wine Vault II (Le Bernadin Prive): Our last of 10 of these. Did not take detailed notes as this was later in a long day of drinking. Did enjoy this as always. I think it's still going (CT window has 2016 - but it has more years in it), but would say that the extra years haven't changed the wine much.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    10/28/17, 4:05 PM - Thanks for all the notes on this wine!

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2000 Colgin Cariad Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
6/20/2017 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
96 points
Drinking even better than last time! Think liquid stone wrapped in deep dark fruit. Wonderful.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    9/6/17, 5:57 PM - My Jan 17 note was slow ox. My June 17 note was decanted. Decanted softened the wine markedly.

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2012 Socre Barbaresco Nebbiolo
8/12/2016 - ilcalmo wrote:
83 points
This was a disappointment. On the nose and palate this initially has traditional cherry and spice flavors. However, on the palate, there is a spiky, unpleasant characteristic as well. This actually gets worse with air, and acquires an unpleasant flavor I can only describe as resembling the smell of a used birdcage.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    9/4/17, 1:09 PM - Definitely a flawed bottle. It does no one any good for CT pundits to score flawed bottles.

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2009 Copain Pinot Noir Wentzel Vineyard Anderson Valley
Opened and got right to it, Burg stem and high 60's temp. Pours fairly dark. Smoky note frames up the aromatic. Suave texture, with the same smoky, gamy note in the palate. Plum, strawberry, dark flavors mainly, with some zesty raspberry helping to offset. This bottle shows better lift than the last one in 2015, with that one leading me to think I should have finished this one months ago. I waited, seems like it's fine. This is still squarely a bigger version of Copain, with the darker tones and plum not the usual marker for what I look for in these wines. The plusher texture still makes me think this one is ready to go. The smokey, gamey notes in this are what really still attract me and should this bottle change tomorrow, I'll update the note but I stand with the thought this is a wine it's time to get after and finish while all the pieces remain in check.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    8/16/17, 7:58 PM - Nice note, but the wine has developed beautifully. It's nowhere near being done. I think peaking now but will be a long peak.

Red
2007 Fattoria Petrolo Torrione Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
3/31/2017 - Vino Me wrote:
81 points
A blend of about 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot from the Boggina, Casariccio, Lecceta, Asilo and Campaccio vineyards. 3750 cases made. This was WS's #37 wine of 2009. This Supertuscan was first made in 1988. I had the 2000 vintage of this wine at the WS Grand Tour and loved it. This did not live up to that bottle. Decanted for 2 hours. A darker brick red color. Earthy plum aromas. Notes of leather and soft red fruit. Light tannins and body. 81 points.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    4/14/17, 11:01 PM - From my bottle today's soft, somewhat lean fruit and thin, linear tannins, my guess is that your 81 pts was partially a product of decanting a late drinking window wine. I'm good with decanting a wine this late in its drinking window for sediment (though this has scantly any) but decanting for two hours and then drinking over dinner I assume? You're going to wind up advancing the wine substantially. From your note's outlying position versus other scores (and the WS rating), I'm guessing you prefer much younger wines as well.

  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    4/28/17, 3:50 PM - Ah, OK that would explain it too. I've certainly enjoyed my wine.

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2012 Domaine Le Plan de L’Homme Les Terrasses du Larzac Habilis Grenache Blend, Grenache
8/12/2016 - MBusk Likes this wine:
93 points
This wine encapsulates everything great about the Southern Rhone: exuberant personality, complexity and savoir faire, all for $17. This wine is exactly the sort of reason I keep reading Rimmerman's 1000-word emails every day.

Terrific fruit is the core here, which continually opens to reveal more of itself, nesting dolls of perfumy flavor: blackberry, violet, and a musky pine forest floor.

The trinity of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan dance perfectly here: the friendly fruit of the Grenache, the funky bacon fat note of the Syrah, the high-toned floral/iodine of the Carignan. This is rich and generous without a hint of oak. Very silky and confident. No rough edges here. Bravo.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    3/13/17, 10:12 PM - Excellent note. Thanks for taking the time to write it.

Red
2010 Constant Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain Vineyard
2/13/2017 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
93 points
Drank as a pop and pour. First sip at about thirty minutes of airtime. This wine was actually better at 30-60 minutes of airtime than It was at 4-5 hours. Age should benefit this wine. I secondary nuances yet. Fruit was dark at the beginning and actually thinned out with time and brought more red tightness. Unfortunately, I'm just convinced Constant has a great QPR. This was $145 bottle in 2013
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    2/14/17, 10:32 AM - I don't know the DM, perhaps their MF Claret?

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2010 Constant Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain Vineyard
10/7/2014 - Siebs Cellar Likes this wine:
90 points
Opened up nicely in the glass. A bit early in the drinking window. I expect it will age nicely in the bottle.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    2/13/17, 8:20 PM - A LOT early!!

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2013 Ermisch Family Cellars Pinot Noir Erendira's Rise Willamette Valley
8/17/2016 - joraesque wrote:
84 points
Another Garagiste Wine Mystery bust from the Pacific Northwest. Got marginally better with air. Would actually be ok with a steak.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    12/28/16, 11:12 PM - Garagiste "Mystery" wines are often a bust. Sadly, JR either never tastes these wines or is just trying to work the spread on the $$. So either lazy or an A$$h013

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2005 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard Oakville
11/19/2016 - Rick 4 Wine wrote:
90 points
Disappointing wine. We decanted over two and a half hours, and while the wine started backward, linear tannins, tight red berry fruit and heat. We paired this wine with venison tartar with biltong shavings. That proved to be a terrible pairing as the iron of the game led to highlighting the aluminum flaw in the finish of the wine. After about 80 minutes, the wine went really dumb on the palate and showed mostly soapy fruit with an abundance of camphor on the back palate. Past two hours, the bouquet developed but the body remained mostly dumb. I get the sense that acidity was low. Mouthfeel is quite thin, almost like water. My pairing at two hours was an elk chop, which should have been perfect for a Napa Cab but this wine lacked the mid body fruit and structure to complement any red meat.

Strangely, this wine isn't showing any nuances of forest floor, truffle or mushroom that one would expect after nearly a decade in the bottle.

QPR is awful for this wine.

All in, quite disappointing.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    12/22/16, 12:36 PM - Yep, disappointed for "QPR" meaning Quality to Price Ratio

  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    12/23/16, 10:48 AM - ev3rthesame - I don't think the notes versus rating are in disagreement at all. This is a 90 point wine. What's disappointing is the fact that it's 90 points and $200.

    Backus should be much better integrated. Fruit should be more opulent and round, or at this age perhaps we can argue that it should show maturity through wet leaves and mushrooms but that wasn't there. Instead the wine was still disjointed and drinking a little hot with botanicals pervading the nose.

    90 points was being a little gracious given the fact that perhaps venison tartar was a poor pairing. Normally a wine this disjointed wouldn't score in the 90s at all.

    Regardless, 90 points and $200 is a really bad Quality to Price ratio.

  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    12/23/16, 11:43 AM - My analogy to water was only in the mouthfeel. This wine didn't have the weight or texture I'd expect. Usually if a cab feels this thin then it's got a large particulate base and while the fruit drops off the forest floor, truffles, etc fill in the gaps, especially in the late palate.

    For me, I usually think of wine in the 80s as being flawed in some way, meaning there was something objectionable. This wine exhibited an aluminum quality that I think was highlighted by the strong iron in venison tartar. I chose to disregard that "flaw" because it could just be an artifact of the pairing. Sometimes raw game will bring out an iron flavor in younger red wines so this quality was really perplexing to me.

    Above 90 points, I expect to find integration in the low 90s and moving to something special in the upper 90s. This wine had none of that. It's not well integrated, but perhaps it was in its youth. I knew I'd get heat for this rating because WA and V score it more highly. I'm the first to think that CT scores are systematically lower than the "experts" at the high end and bumped up for lower scoring wines, which it a shame as it leads to score compression (if 100 pt wines become 94 and 88s become 90s)

    Most perplexing to me about this wine is this dumb period it seems to be in. The fruit showed red and tight but airtime delivered subdued fruit with a soapy mid-palate. The fruit darkened, but it didn't round out. That was also strange to me. Picking up camphor on the finish should possibly have pushed me down to an 89, so perhaps I was overly deferential to the cost of the bottle. It is possible this wine has a double peak.

    For the same price, I'd much prefer this to a 2010 Meyer Cab, which cost me ~$50 and I scored a 92-93 (at different times) so for $200, I'd much rather have more Bevan, Fairchild or Realm.

    Regardless, I have two more bottles. I'll bring one to one of my big red wine dinners and see what the guys think, especially with a different pairing. Then I'll have another note.

  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    12/23/16, 8:13 PM - I know someone with two for sale! ;-)

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2011 Bevan Cellars EE Cuvée Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend
7/14/2014 - blakehastings wrote:
96 points
Brilliant wine. Parker got this one right. Needed to breathe and hour or two. Just paired with kung pao chicken, great compliment. Deep herbal aromas on the bouquet. Cream de cassis, licorice, graphite, earthy with slight oak. Great length on the palate. Going to go back and buy as many bottles as I can get. Should go at least 15-20 years. Can't wait to try again in 4-5 years.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    12/17/16, 9:54 PM - I agree with you. Parker got this right. The low scores are from people who want a juice bomb (which Russell often delivers) but that wasn't what Mother Nature delivered in 2011. Tasters need to stop rating on the archetype of what they expect Bevan (or >$100 Napa cabs) to taste like (big extractions with oak) especially in years like '11

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2011 Bevan Cellars EE Cuvée Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend
2/11/2016 - SMHalps Likes this wine:
90 points
Dinner with 6 wine friends, where we drank (in order): 2010 Lail Vineyards J. Daniel Cuvée , 2012 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon Monsieur Ètain (M. Etain), 2012 Realm Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard, and the 2011 Bevan Cellars EE Cuvée. All the wines were opened at the restaurant, with the first one being open for about 15 minutes before pouring. We all had two glasses at a time, and the next wine was always poured into the glass were it could breathe and open a bit more than just staying in the open bottle.

One of the wines had to come in last, and this was it. Comments of Green Pepper and "expensive for what it is" abounded from our group. At $50 a bottle, we would have been much happier, or if we had drank it alone, instead of with some other big Cabs, I think it would have shown better. The large amount (35%) of Cabernet Franc was evident. The taste lacked complexity and the finish was a touch short.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    12/17/16, 9:51 PM - My guess is that you have the vintage year effect going on, and perhaps some order problem. Clearly the '11 EE needed to go first in the list of wines you gave, and it needed more than 15 minutes even decanted. Other wines then had an hour or more to open.

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2011 Bevan Cellars EE Cuvée Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend
11/27/2016 - Red Sox Fan wrote:
89 points
Pretty rare for my wife and I to open a bottle on Saturday night and not finish it but there it is. On the thin side and not very much going on.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    12/17/16, 9:48 PM - Not much going on? Probably better not to drink wine after Thai food ordered extra hot.

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2013 Forman Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
11/16/2016 - MarkWhite Likes this wine:
97 points
Concur with the previous notes on this dark ruby classically made powerful wine. Even though it is very young and somewhat closed for this Bordeaux inspired wine in this vintage, it still displays remarkably rewarding drink-ability that will only improve for the next thirty years. Wonderfully floral and dark fruit nose that begins to hint at the remarkable complexity and powerful structure. A wide variety of sumptuous and saturated flavors on the palate include dark berries, smoke, graphite, tobacco, and herbs with strong hints of cherry all combine with the rich and smooth tannins and the pleasing acidity to make this a quite interesting and irresistible vintage. Long finish that will last for several minutes hint at the marvelous gifts that age will bring this wine. Agree with many that this is one of the best values in Napa at the moment and likely one of its best wines.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    12/14/16, 6:58 PM - Great note. Thanks for taking the time.

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2012 Revana Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena
11/11/2015 - Avmister Does not like this wine:
70 points
Acid, fruit, light
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    12/8/16, 9:47 AM - This wine "light"? Versus what? A port?

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2013 Long Meadow Ranch Merlot Napa Valley
12/14/2015 - jkndogwine wrote:
90 points
A fantastic merlot. Great body balance and flavor.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    11/5/16, 5:31 PM - Balance? This is a Christmas wine. The Green vegetables and red fruit are balanced.

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2009 Domaine Saint-Damien Gigondas Les Souteyrades Red Rhone Blend
9/6/2016 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
91 points
Still tight as a pop and pour with red fruit sitting up front over wet stone, but aluminum dominates the finish for about the first thirty minutes of airtime. After about an air of airtime (we didn't decant this evening) the wine is singing. The nose if full of spice and garni and the palate enjoys heavy dark fruit and loads of wet slate stone. Tannins are strong and linear, which makes the fruit Seem pushed towards the red spectrum, meaning age will subdue the red fruit and bring us the sun ripened plums and anise. The high alcohol shows right after swallowing as a crescendo of short-lived heat and the finish lingers.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    9/6/16, 8:46 PM - Wine strategies - I'm sorry, I don't know much about the 2009 Gigondas, but I'm guessing you're telling me that 2009 Gigondas in particular (and perhaps South Rhone in general) were tough ones?

    I was impressed with this wine for the price (I mean for under $30 this is delightful) and I was really pleased after the first hour. However confident I was the green and aluminum was going to blow off, it's always nice when it does. It's part of why I most often don't like Spanish Granacha, as I find it remains a tad green.

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2013 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five Stags Leap District
6/28/2016 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
95 points
Decanted for four hours, big fruit with phantom sweetness amid dark plums and floral scents. Soft and round for a 2013, already showing great layers with bright cherries and some dark roast coffee. Oak is subdued on the palate, but evident in exhale in the finish. This wine will age but is brilliant now.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    8/31/16, 9:16 PM - OK, we can disagree on a point or two but you rarely disagree, and then want to disagree on a point or two?

  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    9/1/16, 10:44 AM - Don't export your own random point system on the rest of us. I just checked my WA, and Parker gave this 94. I don't think my 95 has a "way to go"

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2013 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
8/5/2016 - Hodby wrote:
77 points
Dark red-violet color. Goodness gracious, this is disappointing wine and a disappointing product in so many ways. First, that is just such simple wine for $50. It is very heavily oaked, even for cabernet carrying the Caymus name, and that's significant. There is inbalance in this bottle, I think coming from young vines over-cropped and ultra-ripe at harvest, then with a slathering of too much young toast-y oak American oak. The base material just did not have for the concentration in the grapes to support the oak program; it has great ripeness, yes, but that is not concentration. This is a product which represents - to me - one of the worst of market trends, using a well-known Napa Valley producer name (Caymus) to sell dreck at twice its going rate. I wouldn't buy it at $25 ! Resist the temptation. Bottle #1 of one.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    8/22/16, 9:14 PM - When I first saw your score, I thought it was just an outlier. After reading your description, I'm considering gifting this bottle!

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2009 Forman Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
1/31/2016 - Tallhoyalawya Likes this wine:
93 points
Fruity with no tannins.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    8/9/16, 6:29 AM - Wow, no tannins? You must be used to drinking some sledgehammer wines young!

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2013 Tapiz Malbec Alta Colección Mendoza
3/8/2016 - Hawk94 wrote:
83 points
Don't waste your money. There are better Malbec out there.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    7/20/16, 5:11 AM - Suckling gave this 95. Why don't you like it? Here's what he had to say:

    JS: "A soft and silky red with violet, berry and dark fruits on the nose and palate. Full body, fine tannins and a flavorful finish. Extremely well craft with elegance and style. Made from high vineyards in Uco Valley with consulting enologist from Bordeaux Jean-Claude Berrouet. Drink or hold. 95pts"

  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    7/20/16, 5:28 AM - Yep, it's your opinion. Most tasting notes - at least those with value - explain what basis the taster has. Point scores are meaningless and tautological comments akin to my six year old's, "I don't like it because it's not good." Are similarly vacuous.

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2010 Copain Syrah Baker Ranch Anderson Valley
7/13/2016 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
92 points
CT drinking window just started, but this wine was definitely drinking well earlier. Beautifully accessible wine with tons of lean fruit and elegant terroir, some garrique and bright herbal notes that keep the tongue alive. Not much of a tasting note, but a delicious wine that just made me happy!
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    7/18/16, 8:23 AM - Absolutely! Thanks, sometimes I feel bad with a short-changed note but you're right how the wine influences us is as important as it' anything else.

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2008 Piers Saffran Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
7/3/2016 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
91 points
NEEDS air!!! OPening this wine and decanting, the nose gives big cigar tobacco scents with some green and white peppercorn. The body is mostly devoid of fruit. However, after three hours decanting the mid-palate awakens with dark fruit, some bramble, whetstone and pepper. Great wine for the price. Far better than the Starfire options for the same price by Garagiste.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    7/5/16, 5:22 AM - OK, then allow me to rephrase. The 2008 has much more going on than the 2006

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2001 Señorío de San Vicente Tempranillo Rioja San Vicente
3/6/2016 - walkerjfw wrote:
90 points
At home with a Spanish chicken/chorizo braise I made...impulse pull from the cellar to find a pairing. Its been a while since I had this wine, thought this may have been gone by now...decanted for about 45 minutes, drank over an hour.

Garnet, translucent color, mild separation at the edges. Nose of dark cherry, leather, violets, toasted oak. Palate of dusted cherry, blue fruits, pomegranate, pipe tobacco...mild oak/coconut on the back palate. Medium finish and body.

Very nice, integrated and mature wine. Probably a shade past its prime but should hold at this level for a few more years. Great pairing with meats/poultry,...anything with paprika will work...classic Rioja
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    5/25/16, 6:33 PM - Great note. Thanks for taking the time.

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2009 Domaine de Ferrand Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
4/18/2016 - Ex-Ray Does not like this wine:
80 points
Too dry, austere, and tannic for my taste, not much fruit. Bought on release and properly stored, not corked. Won't get any better with time. Drink up, cook with it, or give it to someone you don't like!
Ric
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    4/18/16, 10:11 PM - I would expect it to improve with age. Many CdPs go into a dumb spell between peaks. Think maybe we're there?

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2011 Tenor 2:2 Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
A bit dubious on the last two high ratings. Drank over two days and the wine was a little disjointed and started to resemble a drinkable wine on the second day. My wife, in nicer terms, did not like the wine and I was hoping for the best since I had purchased this wine via Garagiste. This is the second series of wines tasted that did not live up or resemble the write-up. I'll hold on to these for a few years and re-visit.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    4/14/16, 3:33 PM - How long did you let the wine sit after shipping?

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2009 Boudreaux Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Washington
1/1/2016 - Rick 4 Wine Likes this wine:
87 points
From Garagiste and proof that the mystery wines are a mixed lot. The Merlot of the same year was also a Garagiste mystery wine and a great deal for $20. This wine is OK on absolute terms but not quite a great deal. The QPR is acceptable but just. This can is flawed in the nose and early palette. It's got big green toned that come through as green pepper, cilantro and almost a cabbage leaf flavor. That blows off but never goes away. Some heat develops on the backside as the green subdues and the mid body fruit never really steps forward or integrated. So for $20 a good deal. For $40 a bad deal. Still, do you want to drink this kind of wine? Probably not. We tossed ours.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    3/6/16, 8:47 PM - Dan - perhaps you're right. We'll try another bottle in the next month and reevaluate. You're right; I did not pick up much terroir and certainly no iron - a hue I love in wine - so perhaps obfuscated by the green vegetal characteristics. I hope you're right. Thanks for the note.

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2007 Turley Zinfandel Dogtown Vineyard Lodi
11/12/2015 - Minnesota wrote:
78 points
Undrinkable. Yet another Turley cooking wine.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    12/14/15, 7:53 PM - Mine is still drinking great. Was your cooked?

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2012 Hunnicutt Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Georges III Rutherford
3/25/2015 - MOCGator Likes this wine:
95 points
Quite possibly the best wine ever from Hunnicutt. Just big and luscious already with great acidity. Should improve over the next 5 years and last 10. Excellent wine!
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    11/30/15, 2:46 PM - We bought half a case after barrel tasting it. Even that young it was the best wine offered.

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2012 Hunnicutt Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Georges III Rutherford
8/21/2015 - bplant13 Likes this wine:
95 points
This is a big fruit bomb of a wine, that needs a least 2 hours to come around. Full, but not heavy. loads of flavor and a infinite finish.
  • Rick 4 Wine commented:

    11/30/15, 2:45 PM - Thanks for the heads up. I will let it sit a bit.

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