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(97 notes on 93 wines)

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Red
3/13/2021 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
94 points
Seriously good juice. Wish I could find more of these
Red
2016 Signorello Estate Padrone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (view label images)
5/29/2022 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted for 30 and wow. Great wine with italian food sharing with friends. Deep dark fruits fronted with subtle strong tannins followed by a very long finish. Will be tough to avoid popping the second one early again
Red
11/16/2021 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
92 points
Holding up really well. The wine is deeply colored with a black center and garnet edges. Lower your nose to the glass and you'll find a heavy perfume of lavender, camphor, and black cherry. Its multi-dimensional palate is rich and pure, with a fresh acidity. Flavors of chocolate and blackberry are carried through the lengthy finish. This is a wine that is drinking well now but will improve with ten plus years of aging.
oubt it can age well
Red
4/17/2021 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
90 points
Last of the case held up well
Red
4/5/2021 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
91 points
From the winemaker release notes; 2018 Estate Syrah
Deep ruby-crimson colored, this tenth vintage strikes a balance between the floral aromas of the 2016 vintage with the savory aromas of the 2017 vintage. The 2018 Estate Syrah emits aromas of wild fruits–strawberries, blackberries black currants–with scents of black rose, olive tapenade, pipe tobacco, lavender, and spiced incense. The pure varietal flavors are infused with black licorice, cocoa powder, and cobblestone. The back palate reveals pressed berries, roasted hazelnuts, blueberry preserves, and ground charcoal, followed by a long, juicy ripe tannin finish with drying acidity.
Red
3/1/2021 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
92 points
Can’t go wrong when it’s direct from Rich Salvestrins library cellar. This 20 year old still holding tough although it started declining quick once opened. Still very very good
Red
2/9/2021 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
93 points
Took about 30 minutes to open up. Powerful berries still intact. Day two even better with the tannins softened. Nice full finish. Glad I cellared the last one and now wish I had shelved a couple more.
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Red
1/31/2021 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
92 points
:45 minute decant. Solid finish. Not what you’d expect from a typical 2011 except from mountain fruits like this. Couple years left.
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Red
10/18/2020 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
94 points
Smooth. Drink over next year or two.
Red
7/30/2020 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
97 points
Had to try and glad I did. So good. Laying the others down for a while.
Red
7/1/2020 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
92 points
Bought directly from vineyard cellar sale. Amazing at this age.
Red
5/28/2020 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
96 points
First sniff of fresh ripe dark berry and plum. ‘ Powerful and full throttle on the palate yet with a plush and balanced mouthfeel, offering layers of polished tannins and oak. The black and purple fruit flavors twist to a redder side on the bright, striking finish. Think earthy and smoky foods, smoked meats, spiced up curries or bold, rich stews for pairing ideas.’ Neighbors with Eisle. So good...plenty of years left in this one.
Red
5/24/2020 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
96 points
Small taste during Virtual tasting with Chris Carpenter. Really tight but wow so much complexity. He said it could sit for decades...
Red
5/15/2020 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
94 points
So so good. Dark black berries on the nose lead to a smooth delicious chocolate mocha.
Red
5/10/2020 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
93 points
Quick taste way better than reviews 3-5 years left
Red
5/3/2020 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
94 points
Small fast to see where it is and it’s awesome. Lots of ya is will hold this several more years as the winery notes still hold true; Aromas evoke notions of German chocolate cake with notes of cherry, coconut and choclate integrated with hints of toffee, marzipan and malty grains. Rich density with flavors of blueberry, black cherry and fresh fig. Structured tannins will help this wine to develop nicely in bottle through the mid 2020s.
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Red
5/3/2020 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
92 points
Spot on tasting note from the winery; a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot. Our second edition blend exhibits layers of fresh plum, violet, cassis, sweet tobacco, and cocoa. On the palate the wine reveals dense, rich fruit, fine textured tannin, and velvety weight leading into a lingering finish.
Red
3/14/2020 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
92 points
To celebrate Castello Banfi’s 40th birthday, the winery commissioned a special limited edition wine from its wine making team. The wine, simply called “40”, was bottled only in magnums and will not be sold in any market. The history of the wine is very cool and mysterious. When I inquired as to what grapes the wine was made from, this is the answer I received.

“The actual blend is a top-secret formula. All we know for sure is that there are bits of wine taken from every vintage going back to 1978 (including 2017 juice from barrel). We actually uncorked old bottles from the historic cellar to contribute to the blend, and that some of the components were never released to the public; such as some “experimental” grape varieties and vineyards. It is, quite literally, a blend of mystery and intrigue.” Pretty cool.
Red
2/4/2020 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
93 points
Great bottle. Dark fruits and cocoa/coffee notes. Coupd go another year or so easy. AMS loved it.
Red
2/1/2020 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
90 points
Really good after :30 mins. Lots of dense thick dark fruit coming through nicely.
Red
1/5/2020 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow. Heidi Barrett’s meld really gets me every time. Dark creamy layers upon layers of syrah blend has toned down nicely. Delicious without decant and getting better. Helps to have it with homemade lasagna. Best to drink up now if you were also lucky enough to get one of only 200 cases!
Red
11/27/2019 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
90 points
Much better this time around.
Red
12/29/2019 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
88 points
Ehhh not my favorite. Seemed thin or maybe too early.
Red
12/21/2019 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
89 points
Drink now. Tannins have left.
Red
11/3/2019 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
90 points
Needs more time to let the dust settle nd bring out the faint berries that are still hiding even after 2 hour decant.
Red
10/18/2019 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
94 points
Really dense with lots of tan in still showing. Nice complexity and balance of dark fruits. Delicious. Much better than a year ago. Wish I had more.
Red
9/21/2019 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
94 points
Excellent juice. Crossfire, named for the Stevie Ray Vaughn song is still singing. Coffee been on the sniff and deep chocolate on the palate. Couldn’t resist breaking open some dark 85% cocoa To pair. Still has some life but don’t wait much longer.
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Red
8/11/2019 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
89 points
Good earthy tones. Light and a Bit unbalanced. Good with or without food.
Red
8/3/2019 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
95 points
So good. 1.5 hour decant. Plenty of life left.
Red
4/28/2019 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
92 points
Lots of years left in this one.
Red
4/28/2019 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
96 points
WOW...crowd pleaser. Amazingly smooth and creamy. Chocolate tones, tons of berry and cherry in the nose and a bit of spice. Mild tannins yet lots of life still there even after an hour opened.
Red
4/6/2019 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
95 points
Great wine. Magnum held up but at the end of drinking window.
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Red
3/31/2019 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
96 points
In a great place right now. Lots of life left in it too.
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Red
12/28/2018 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
94 points
Amazing coravined taste. Sitting for a few more years
Red
12/29/2018 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
91 points
Fantastic light bodied Tuscan blend.
Red
10/27/2018 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
93 points
Amazing after 30 mins decant. Wow.
Red
10/4/2018 - southpaw25 wrote:
92 points
Great PNP. Superb nose and balance right.
Red
10/4/2018 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
91 points
Fantastic cab. Heavy tannins initially. Much better after an hour decant.
Red
8/20/2018 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
91 points
In a really good place right now. Min :30 min decant.
Red
8/19/2018 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
89 points
PNP. Better with food.
Red
8/17/2018 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
92 points
Needs 30 mins to open up
Red
8/11/2018 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
90 points
Tannins still present but fruit is very faint. Drink soon
Red
2013 Salvestrin Retaggio Napa Valley Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
6/27/2018 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
92 points
Amazing PNP wine!
Red
5/29/2018 - southpaw25 Likes this wine:
88 points
Very smooth with cherries and slight tannins. Good for another 6-mos to a year but no more.
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