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Red
2012 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Nebbiolo
9/29/2014 - BCharlieG Likes this wine:
90 points
Very solid wine for a mini Nebbiolo. 4 hour decant here. super herbal: cool, eucalyptus, mint, medicinal tarragon. Baked bread with a sweet note of underripe raspberry, tart cherry. Palate confirms the tart fruit: underripe pear, prune, tart cherry, some cherry cola hints. The wine opens into old spice, leather, black olives and a touch of stilton cheese, sweaty sock brett and washed cheese rind. Really fun wine but nothing really exhilarating. High acid, high tannins. Paired with beef brisket, worked well. I've had substantially better Nebbiolo for 10 bucks more but this was a good wine. Good quality for the price.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    7/28/15, 12:18 PM - Sure thing, Produttori, Damilano, Oddero, Fontanafredda Roagna - just to name a few!!!

Red
2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
1/25/2015 - Drankard wrote:
90 points
The comparison between 2004 and 2005 is interesting, with the 2005 gaining more praise. The 2004 was silkier, red fruit flavors with more definition and 2005 is richer and broader on the palate with ripe dark fruit. Made from 80%Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha and aged for 36 months in old American casks. This has plush richness on the palate and some structure that makes this crowd pleaser but I prefer the 2004.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    1/27/15, 6:56 AM - great note. agree on all of this. and agree on the 2004.

Red
2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
1/5/2015 - baseballvino wrote:
93 points
Huge wine that isn't anywhere near ready. The '04 is a classic example of a big Rioja that is just beginning to come into it's own. The '05 is it's brawny cousin that isn't ready to be revealed to the public yet. This is a big wine that is way to young to drink. Finished it over a few hours after a brief PnP followed by a rest. Love it and will pick up a case (to go with my case of '04), and I won't touch another bottle of it until 2017 (if I can help myself).

93 now, but I may be too exuberant (admittedly). 92 just seems too safe for this wine in 3-5 years. Pick up a case of the 07 Alberdi and finish that while you are waiting.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    1/6/15, 5:30 PM - I've had a number of these and I think they are drinking great. I think they will lay down for a long while but no harm in enjoying them now.

Red
2012 Failla Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch Russian River Valley
1/2/2015 - BCharlieG Likes this wine:
93 points
This wine is beautiful - softly floral, great baked bread characteristic and excellent balance. The nose: sweet cherry, floral red apple, young toasted oak, hints of menthol and marshmallow. The taste: tart raspberry, soft cherry/tart cherry, red apple. The texture is burrata w/ obvious hints of malo / lees stirring. Smooth and supple - no hit from alcohol or acid. Great balance. I was hesitant to open this too early but gave it an hour decant and was wonderful. Outstanding wine. Wish I could get more.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    1/2/15, 8:54 AM - 100%. Another few years couldn't hurt but it crushed with the duck.

Red
2006 Roagna Langhe Rosso Langhe DOC Nebbiolo
7/30/2014 - Sixchips600 Likes this wine:
88 points
Comparing to Bourgogne rouge, which I love...this had similar floral, mineral, mushroom, earthy notes, but was more powerful, complex and not as satiny as a good bourgogne. Still wonderful texture. Great alternative for a richer meal.

Having read the other notes now...I will add that this kept getting better with air. Will try for 2 hour decant next time.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    8/2/14, 10:18 AM - thanks for the note. why compare a nebbiolo against a pinot?

Red
2009 Cosentino Winery Cabernet Franc Reserve Napa Valley
4/13/2014 - BCharlieG Likes this wine:
91 points
Tasted this initially at the tasting room at the winery and fell in love with it. Ordered 6 bottles - opened this and gave a 2 hour decant. Nose: Crushed raspberry, apricot, bubble gum, sweet vanilla and new wood barrel/oak. It's herbal but NOT vegetal like you get on Cab franc - the herbs are more bay leaf and lavender. There is a delicate finessed exotic fruit to this wine too - like a baked pineapple and cooked guava, red orchids, soft red plum. It's very pretty. The palate: Soft and delicate a beautiful showcase of what cab franc can be but lacks a touch in the midpalate w/ firm acidity and tannin structure - refined and held back. Lingering notes: glass smelled like bbq, vanilla, almond extract, walnut skin. Bottle kept changing in the glass so need to spend more time w/ other bottles but if you like cab franc, this is beautiful representation of new world style albeit slightly coerced for US consumer but a great wine nontheless.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    6/3/14, 6:21 AM - very interesting. much appreciated. So the 2010 was a different vineyard or they didn't make a reserve cab franc in 10?

Red
2002 Vérité Le Désir Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend
4/21/2014 - wdb001 wrote:
88 points
No fruit to speak of. Kind of thin on the palate. Not offensive, just nothing memorable, certainly for the price. I purchased two bottles from winery and feel like I held them entirely too long. Hopefully I just hit this bottle during a dumb phase.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    4/21/14, 9:36 AM - yikes!

Red
2012 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
4/15/2014 - Cabforme Likes this wine:
88 points
Bit of a disappointment because 2012 was supposed to be a stellar year in general. The nose was outstanding and consistent with older vintages but the body was much lighter and only had hints of the concentrated fruit flavors I've enjoyed in earlier vintages.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    4/15/14, 7:38 PM - same w/ me Barry - first year I was allocated and took down 3 RR and 3 Sonoma. Everything I've read scares me on these bottles. feel like maybe the quality slipped in what was a good vintage. 12 was fine for the most part so not sure what changed here. frustrated though for sure.

Red
2011 Domaine Chahut et Prodiges Vin de France Coup de canon Grolleau
10/23/2013 - bevetroppo Likes this wine:
87 points
The Loire is a hotbed for winemakers committed to indigenous varietals and natural winemaking. It also appears to be committed to extreme lengths of label stupidity, though this may be fomented by overzealous importers, who theoretically have some say in readying the wines for the US market.

So since we're speaking of hotbeds and extreme lengths, it's also hard not to detect an excess of phallic imagery on the label of this wine, depicting a medieval looking cannon that could be wearing a condom (baby you can guess the rest.)

You definitely are dealing with unprotected oral here.There is absolutely no indication of vintage, so I made the poor decision to trust cellar tracker on this one and go with the only option offered, ie 2011. It's labeled Vin de France, so we can't trust the equally unreliable appellation laws, and just for kicks the front label says 12.5% alcohol and the back says 13%. It's only natural.

Any guesses on the grape from all the hints offered so far? Why it's 100% grolleau of course! Why didn't I think of that? From 60 year old vines, it undergoes carbonic maceration and then 8-10 months of tank aging.

I have no conscious memory of grolleau so at the end of the day I was anxious to pop the cork and see what lurked within (oh BTW it's a red grape, or at least a red wine). Color is medium translucent red. It's funkadelic right out of the bottle, with prodiges (sic) notes of barnyard and forest floor overlaying bosky red berry fruits. Reminds me of "fast fading violets covered up in leaves." In keeping with the forced obscurity of the label, I won't reveal the source of that quote either. You have to be freakin' Ezra Pound to get an edge up on the Loire these days. There's a note of pure dirt that bridges the mid-palate, leading to a sharpish acidic finish with subdued tannins. It is generally lightweight despite the eau d'armpit.

What to make of all this? If montepulciano or mourverde moved to the Loire, had a bastard stepchild, and subjected it to carbonic maceration, you might start to get an inkling of what this tastes like. Still, with all of the above, I actually like it quite a bit. Unlike a hideous and similarly obscurely labeled natural Loire wine from a few months ago, it's engaging and fun to drink, as long as you like it rough and smelly-that's wine of course, not whatever you might have been thinking.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    4/15/14, 6:51 PM - This is brilliant and you just became a good friend. I was given this bottle at the local store (on sale, i do a lot of business) and pretty sure the guy had no idea what it was. as you said, the label is a mutt and it makes no sense. I opened - cork was full of mold and shit. Thought, hell, taste: seemed like a combination of heat damage and TCA all wrapped into a bottle that seemed kinda like bordeaux met beaujolais in a totally dysfunctional relationship. I was like, WTF - thought about checking out CT and your review helped me to justify that I was not crazy. Dear goodness holy bananaas there is so much BRETT on this I can't drink it. musty sock barnyard nastyness but not OFF.

    anyway, i guess what I mean, this wine tastes like shit. i wouldn't buy it unless you have some off palate love for this type of nonsense. Too far on the boundaries for this guy...

  • BCharlieG commented:

    4/15/14, 7:29 PM - lol..well, my guess is it's probably not bottled with much sulfite and probably biodynamic blah blah so goodness knows what happens in that bottle once it's plugged. this was terrible. i won't mention my wife's tasting notes.

    lemme know if your ever in nyc and wanna drink some wine

Red
2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
Trial balloon: It needs an hour to mellow and an extra hour to open up. The trouble with having it in a restaurant is that the meal is over by the time it's ready (half-bottle at Tertulia, New York).
Nevertheless, this is great wine but needs time.
Starts off with a strong strawberry nose. More complex red-fruit profile after 90 minutes (with leather and plum indeed and perhaps a hint of hibiscus and cardamon too).
In my opinion the 2001 are just beginning to blossom. The 2004s should be kept for a while. Drink 2016-2024+ and make sure to let it breath. I won't be touching the bottles in my own cellar for a few more years. 90-92+
  • BCharlieG commented:

    4/13/14, 2:06 PM - great review and agree. lots of bottle variation on these. working down a case in my cellar and they all drink a little differently...give them a check once and a while

Red
2009 Cosentino Winery Cabernet Franc Reserve Napa Valley
10/5/2013 - La Cave d'Argent Likes this wine:
93 points
Napa Valley Wine and Food Excursion; 9/30/2013-10/5/2013 (Napa Valley): Pure, ripe red currant and plum aromas are supported by nuances of pipe tobacco, pomegranate and clove on this 100% Cabernet Franc offering. Deep ruby, full-bodied, fresh and with medium fine-grained tannins, it delivers flavors which mirror the nose. The alcohol (listed as 14.5%) is seamless and the mouth texture is velvety. Solid in the middle and long on the finish, this is a fruit-forward Cabernet Franc which avoids the excessive herbaceousness that can sometimes plague this grape. Bravo to Cosentino! Drink now-2023.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    4/11/14, 9:10 AM - any thoughts on how long i should decant this to get maximum out of it?

Red
2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
4/5/2014 - df1962 wrote:
88 points
Opened two hours before serving as part of 2004 Rioja Reserva and Gran Reserva tasting.

Purple garnet with slight orange on the rim. Leathery barnyard plummy nose. Medium(-) very smooth. Zippy cranberry slightly sour flavors. Seems to be a lot of variation in these bottles.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    4/8/14, 5:37 AM - Found the same thing...amazing wine when you get a good bottle. However, I've found traces of TCA in a couple of the bottles of the case I've been working down. i stick with them though only because they are so darn good and my retail shop never seems to care when I tell them the bottle is bad

Red
2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
Stone fruit on the palette. Soft tannins. Good acidity. Great balance and length. Medium bodied, but floaty in a way that old vines can be. I don't yet know much about Spanish wines, but have heard that the 2004 vintage was a big one for Spain. From that perspective I was expecting bigger fruit. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this bottle.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    4/5/14, 4:32 PM - good note. a lot of finesse to this bottle. dont miss the herbal notes and the really pretty oak that comes out as soft vanilla and toasted wood

Red
2012 Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet (Hervé Souhaut) Syrah Vin de Pays de l'Ardèche
Hmmm. Accept it for what it is. A thin low-alcohol wine from clearly modest fruit in an region known for as much. Even at $25 a bottle, a very poor value for the money. The nose out performs but ultimately tastes like a wine that would cost at best half the price. Fine for half a glass over dinner but don't get your hopes up on this. Personally, I dumped it after that half glass. Another of the massively over-hyped Garagiste wines at this price range.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    3/29/14, 5:12 PM - unfortunately disagree on this. it's a natural processed farmed syrah with real elegance and finesse. i think this syrah is underhyped at best. elegant nuances of raspberry and strawberry with lifted notes of cool herbs and under ripe red fruit. this is a beautiful bottle of wine. more for me then!

Red
2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
3/26/2014 - DrWal Likes this wine:
92 points
Double decant through Menu decanter. Very nice balance and the tannins were smooth. The nose was delicious but subdued. The nose really opened up the second and third day. Will wait a couple more years before popping another bottle.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    3/27/14, 6:41 AM - interesting method on the double-decant. I pop and pour these bottles and they rock. not sure a 10 year plus rioja needs a double decant but I got 4 of these in the cellar so maybe I'll try next time. thanks for the note! Awesome wine isn't it?

Red
2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
3/21/2014 - Paul S wrote:
91 points
From a 375ml at Les Amis. I wish more Riojas were made like this - traditional, unpretentious, eminently drinkable, but full of character and great with food. This was lovely stuff. 80% Tempranillo and the rest Garnacha, it was made in a very traditional way, with three years in American oak barrels with two rackings a year, followed by three years in bottle before release. There was a really pretty nose of sweet cherries, wild berries and cassis scents, along with some briar, spice and gentle curls of cigarette smoke, with just the lightest hint of sweet oak in there somewhere. The palate was very gulpable indeed, with bright, high-toned flavours of dark cherries and plums and some cassis spiked with super-lively, juicy, bright acidity. Past the midpalate, there was a little dusting of powdery tannins, a hint of oak and a nice seasoning of earthy spice, with and dried flowers and herbs - like sage and thyme with a hit of menthol cigarettes - all deliciously complex little nuances that rounded the wine off very nicely. This was very nice to drink even today, and absolutely beautiful with a pink cut of Australian Wagyu beef. It will go on developing for quite a few years yet though - there was still something youthful about this: a sense of primary thickness on the fruit, a slight chew from the tannins, and some stirring acidity on the back-end. I think it will be lovely in 3-4 years. 91+
  • BCharlieG commented:

    3/22/14, 12:46 PM - wonderful review. I have a had a number of these and agree on all things said. wonderfully true to tradition rioja

White
2010 Château Carbonnieux Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
3/11/2014 - casaallora Likes this wine:
90 points
Beautiful crisp melon nose. Good color. Lovely on the palette, holds well in the mouth.Light crisp acidity. Went exceptional with cheese course. Fullness and a crisp finish. Nice oaken feel on the finish, not overpowering. Has more of a balance, delivery and finish than most chardonnay.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    3/12/14, 6:29 AM - great to know, i have two of these in the cellar and exited to open them. Not sure if you meant chardonnay in there but this is sauvignon blanc and semillion blend/white bordeaux style. I'm excited to get into it.

Red
2005 Bodega Benegas Cabernet Franc Benegas Lynch Libertad Vineyards Maipú
3/3/2014 - BCharlieG Likes this wine:
92 points
Hand carried this back from Argentina in 2008. Gave this bottle a vinturi and a decant for about 2 hours and it's still drinking like it was bottled yesterday. Absolutely brilliant display of quality here and finesse. I was honestly shocked at how fresh this bottle was. Tight notes of bell pepper and mint/eucalyptus. Beautiful displays of violets and purple orchid flowers, lifted roses. Little vegetal (which I like) and the fruit is incredibly fresh. baked cherry pie, raspberry compote, cooked linden berry. The oak here is clearly fresh with baking spice, vanilla, milk chocolate and has a number of years to get integrated. No rush on this bottle. Great, hope I can find more in the states.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    3/4/14, 7:00 AM - Champagne: I will tell you, this is nothing close to Chinon. Think of this as more a california style of extracted Cabernet Franc. I get MUCH more bell pepper and pyrazine on Chinon. I think this will age longer but it's not close to new world at all...it's got a ton of oak and extraction. just fyi.

  • BCharlieG commented:

    3/11/14, 1:33 PM - champagne: your comments are interesting. I quite prefer the bell pepper (pirazine) character of a lot of chinon and older world style. That bottle of diamond mountain will likely have a lot of that (my guess) given diamond mountain shows a TON of minerality in the terroir. If you like cab franc made is a more modern style i'd point you in the direction of Girard and Cosentino...pretty wines but extracted and jammy as opposed to austere and green. Can't say I've had anything from NY state that was palatable...but i am always on the lookout. Cab Franc is a tough grape in general though - really hit or miss for many palates. I quite prefer it for the aromatics and voilet and tart raspberry and green bell pepper which I think helps to lift the tartness and redness of the fruit.

    maybe aim towards malbec or cabernet sauvignon. bigger extraction and the new world styles are far from green...!!

Red
2002 Vérité Le Désir Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend
3/5/2014 - Wineguy76 Likes this wine:
98 points
What an astonishingly hedonistic wine this is. Deep ruby core and perfect clarity. On the nose emerge intense aromas of mint leaf, tobacco and raspberry followed on the palate by delightfully structured layers of cassis, chocolate and fig, This is a perfectly balanced wine packed with lush, juicy tannins, soft texture, and an amazing 40 second+ finish. A very special effort that should continue to age gracefully for the next twenty years.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    3/6/14, 7:02 AM - great comment. thank you. have this one bunkered and was thinking about getting into it soon...maybe I should wait. Did you decant this or just pop and pour? thanks and glad you enjoyed, sounds delicious!

Red
2007 Franco M. Martinetti Barolo Marasco Nebbiolo
We decided to make some chicken parm and pasta for dinner with the fam tonight. Why not open something italian? I personally prefer barbaresco over barolo, but this was in front when i opened the cooler. This is aging a bit quicker than I expected, but it is fantastic wine. the color is fading around the edge but the aromatics are second to none with leather, dried cranberry, dry earth and river stone. Everything is complimentary with very precise mid pallet and mature tannin and sharp acidity. I would have thought that at 7 years old this would taste a bit, maybe, younger and tougher for barolo. But I like the way it's going even if it's getting there faster than I think it should.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    2/23/14, 5:20 PM - really helpful note! thanks, I have a few of these bunkered so this is really helpful. would you give them more time or you think they are great now?thanks

Red
2011 Benton-Lane Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
2/3/2014 - doctorj1 Does not like this wine:
82 points
Complete lack of flavor, body, and finish.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    2/6/14, 11:29 AM - sounds like a bad bottle to me. this isn't the greatest wine but it's certainly not that bad either.

Red
2007 Kobalt Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
12/28/2013 - Napacablover Likes this wine:
93 points
We drank 8 bottles of Napa Cab tonight and the Kobalt certainly held its on. One of the top 3 of the night.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    12/29/13, 8:16 AM - what were the other 7 wines?

Red
2006 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
12/20/2013 - sandwich wrote:
92 points
Nice classic Bordeaux but way too young. Put this in the back of the cellar and forget about it for ten more years. If you don't trust me and you pop one prematurely you'll find loads of tannins, gravel, tobacco, and some big blueberry notes.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    12/23/13, 9:47 AM - i appreciate all the folks who have opened these in the last 12 months, but all the notes have been the exact same. they all need at least 10 more years for this St Julien to come together. hold off!!

Red
2004 Viader Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
12/3/2013 - BillyRayValentine Likes this wine:
95 points
Needs short 30 minute decant for light heat to dissipate and tannins to integrate. Cherry, pepper, leather, mocha, earth and stone flavors. Mid weight, well balanced, long finish. Superb.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    12/4/13, 4:27 AM - agree on this note 100% it's drinking perfectly right now. doesn't need much help. thanks for opening.

Red
2010 Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines Red Blend
11/12/2013 - Xfactor wrote:
94 points
Last two authors have really put great descriptions on this offering; tkoby11 has very close notes to my markings this night. Very suave, composed, yet despite this it shows very good muscle especially when paired with chicken or pork or red sauce dishes. I loved the '09; this effort is even more outstanding. 50/5/13/9/9/8
  • BCharlieG commented:

    11/13/13, 9:55 AM - agree, i'm definitely holding on to the other 2 i have for a little while (i hope) and will pick up more if i can find. fun wine, very educational for me.

  • BCharlieG commented:

    11/13/13, 10:02 AM - agree 100%. how long do you think is the optimal decanting? did you see my comment on it seeming closed off?

  • BCharlieG commented:

    11/13/13, 10:20 AM - completely agree. will take a shot on that approach next time. Vinturi, straight to decanter then let it hang out. let me know how the wine is today...been having that issue w/ a few bottles lately so maybe it's my timing or as you mentioned perhaps just stylistic

  • BCharlieG commented:

    11/19/13, 8:50 AM - you see wine spectator top 100 for 2013? number 81 this year

Red
2011 Girard Mixed Blacks Napa Valley Red Blend
11/7/2013 - BDWine wrote:
88 points
Not nearly as good as 2010 & 2009. Lacked concentration and depth as seen in previous vintages, although still okay. Very light bodied which I wasn't expecting for the Mixed Blacks. Decanted for hour which helped.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    11/8/13, 10:01 AM - really? wow. might have to open mine...don't like the sound of this given how concentrated and big the other vintages were. are you sure you didn't get an oxidized bottle?

  • BCharlieG commented:

    11/8/13, 10:36 AM - yup. get into another and let us know!

Red
2010 Terra Robles Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles
10/29/2013 - BCharlieG wrote:
88 points
Very simple and okay drinking cab. not sure there's much "cab" to it with notes being sweet cherry fruit and cooked raspberry and soft tannins but nice. Finish doesn't linger much but soft red fruit and chocolate. Nice wine at only 13.5% so decent every day drinker. Would probably buy again although seems my palate is getting away from wines that are manipulated to be a little too sweet and this one is a little bit like that. Pretty much what you would expect at the price point but likely a slightly better value given paso robles
  • BCharlieG commented:

    10/30/13, 5:18 AM - coming back to this - really excellent the second day. very impressed actually...got relaxed, opened up nicely to mocha, little tannins, soft cherry fruit. quite nice actually. smooth and approachable. would up the score to 90. Opened one night (plugged/air out/in fridge) then re-tried second night.

Red
2005 Kobalt Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
10/24/2013 - awise45 wrote:
flawed
Very disappointing and very different than first bottle (and the next one opened, too.) In hindsight, this was a compromised bottle even though there were no signs of corkage or heat exposure. Overwhelming flavors of coffee and soy sauce and smell to match, totally confounding.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    10/24/13, 8:36 AM - yikes

Red
2006 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
9/3/2013 - pjaines wrote:
Yeah...pretty tight and dumb at the moment. These wines need years to come round and while this has all the classic Barton depth it will need a good 10 years at least before it starts to be ready.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    9/3/13, 12:51 PM - amazing. everything i've read on this wine says the exact same thing. I should put these bottles in long term storage

Red
2005 Bodega Benegas Cabernet Franc Benegas Lynch Libertad Vineyards Maipú
8/28/2013 - TallMikeWine Likes this wine:
95 points
BLUE fruit! Dry spice. This has a couple years left, at least. You can taste the imprint of Michel Roland, who is a consultant on this wine. Ripe fruit, and new French oak - for a good long time. Wonderful stuff though. If you can find it, buy more....I'm going to!
  • BCharlieG commented:

    8/29/13, 6:02 AM - great note thanks. doubt you can find more of this wine. the last one i had was outstanding. so much finesse. glad to know on this so thanks for opening...was waiting to get into the last one i have and will probably do based on this note. thanks

Red
2006 Marion Cabernet Sauvignon Veneto IGT
8/18/2013 - maxima wrote:
80 points
Ici aussi on a eu l`impression que ça vieilli mal, la qualité tant annoncée a semble t`il disparue.
Encore de la réduction ici et un peu de brett, c`est de mauvais présage.
En bouche fruits confits, tabac et vieux cuir, les tannins inexistants et la finale n`est plus.
Cette bouteille a décue malheureusement semble être un tendance en vieillisant.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    8/19/13, 9:44 AM - wow, seems to be the exact opposite of all my tasting experiences with this fine over the last 12 months and I'm working through a half case of it!

Red
2010 Girard Artistry Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
8/9/2013 - Rezy13 Likes this wine:
90 points
Dark core with maroon rim; a hint of vanilla, plum, blackberry, cassis, a bit of graphite and raw meat; denser on the palate, cassis, blackberry, ripe yet firm tannin, hinting at cedar; good nobility, well done.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    8/16/13, 4:26 AM - agree on all this. i've been very impressed by this wine. had 3 and then ordered another 6 from the winery. good wine at the price point for a straightforward Napa bottle.

Red
2010 Girard Petite Sirah Napa Valley
8/14/2013 - Furry Goat wrote:
88 points
Leaves, dirt, blueberry, maybe some lavender on the nose. Fig and gingerbread also. Spice, cocoa, and blackberry. Big raw tannins, tart acidic entry. Seems a little out of balance, but I think it's just young. Long cocoa finish. This was after about a 30 m decant. After an hour or so it started to knit together much better. The last glass left me wanting more.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    8/15/13, 7:50 AM - agree on all these notes. huge wine, i think the last one i had was similar...probably didn't decant well enough. probably could use 2 or 4 hours of being open first. Good tasting note to note that, though. thanks.

Red
2008 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
7/31/2013 - rmgambrel wrote:
88 points
Light texture with little complexity. Disappointing in some regards as expected a more robust, complex Napa Cab. Could have been an "off" bottle.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    8/1/13, 7:27 AM - interesting. been reading a lot of reviews of this bottle and something is definitely off. i wonder if there is an issue w/ storage on this bottle. a lot of folks seem to have had a problem with bad bottles. either that or the bottle is just dormant, which would seem weird for a 2008 cab...

Red
2010 Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir San Andreas Fault Sonoma Coast
6/15/2013 - NineteenEightyTwo wrote:
88 points
Popped and poured, this had a nose combining red fruit and a pleasant, slightly sweet funk and rocky, earthy undertones. The aromatic profile is elegant and ephemeral, with a dense melange of aromas hovering just slightly out of reach. On the palate this was much more light bodied and straightforward. Despite some time and aeration, in the mouth this never really developed the nuances of the nose. I'd suggest decanting or aeration, except this didn't have much in the way of acid or tannic support. One of those disappointing wines where there is a disconnect between flavors and fragrances, exacerbated by the fact that we had this at a restaurant for 2.4x the CellarTracker community valuation.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    7/31/13, 11:06 AM - had this the other night. this tasting note is right on the money. nice. agree 100% on this.

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2007 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Imagine Rhapsody Stags Leap District
7/27/2013 - RockinCabs wrote:
93 points
Nose: Bluberry and Cherry jam with a reduced character. Coffee, chocolate and sweet new oak come through. Palate: A hedonists wine. This absolutely coats the palate with silky blue fruit and glycerine. Bluberry, blackberry compote and sweet cherry lead to baking spices and claasic barrel room notes. Finish: Lots of pleasure. Just luxurious soft and lingering on the palate for a long time.

Not yet fully integrated but you can drink now with some decanting. Tannins are softening.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    7/28/13, 6:53 AM - nice. that glycerine a residual sugar glycerine or a heat glycerine?

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2008 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
7/24/2013 - ctlassoc wrote:
84 points
Nothing special. A little tannic. Fruit not to distinguishable. Have. Few more bottles to put out for a BBQ. Doesn't merit more than backyard picnic.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    7/26/13, 6:14 AM - not to mention you have two completely opposing tasting notes on the 2009 cliff lede claret...so either something going on with your cellar as storage is concerned or the way you are tasting these wines is not constant. just sayin'

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2009 Ovid Red Wine Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
7/15/2013 - RockinCabs wrote:
96 points
This bottle did not have quite the same amount of time to breathe as the last one, but it sure was amazing again. So textured, complex and compelling as it changes from sip to sip.

Consumed on Mackinac Island with my wife on the second night of our honeymoon.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    7/24/13, 6:11 AM - wife. nice. haha

  • BCharlieG commented:

    7/24/13, 7:44 AM - 45 days my friend...45 days

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2009 Girard Cabernet Franc Napa Valley
7/5/2013 - davidandrose Likes this wine:
91 points
Very light fruit aromas, largely red fruit and cassis, which continue on the palate. 7 months since I last opened a bottle of this, and the structure is dissipating, at least in this bottle. With 6 more bottles, I'll retaste this within a month and determine if this is truly on its downside or if this was an off bottle. Still a very nice wine, but largely about faint fruit; lacking some of the spice typically found in a CF, this seems more like a mature merlot on its way to becoming a Pinot.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    7/8/13, 4:24 AM - very interesting. i have 9 of these in the bunker. woule be surprised if they are all fading..let's hope (you and me) you got a bottle with maybe a little overoxidatation on it...thx for the notes, one of my favorites from the folks at Girard

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2004 Viader Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
6/22/2013 - winot Likes this wine:
93 points
As with every other time we've had this, a beautiful wine. Elegant, balanced and flavourful. No hurry to drink, but I doubt it is going to get much better.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    6/24/13, 4:48 AM - agree 100% on this. my favorite bottle of wine I've had this year.

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2006 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
6/13/2013 - wineotim Likes this wine:
90 points
Tightly wound, tannic, unyielding, backward, solid, structured, will the dark fruit ever emerge? Only time will tell. I’m not sure this will ever unwind. The ’04 is much more to my liking.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    6/14/13, 6:35 AM - interesting and thanks for opening one of these. I keep getting update from the "brave" folks who continue to open the 2006 and from what I can tell...each and every review...still says much too young. thanks for the update. will hold on to the 2 bottles i have...also, how long did you decant this one?

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2010 Girard Petite Sirah Napa Valley
6/12/2013 - clubcoco1 wrote:
87 points
This wine fell a bit flat for me. It didn't have the spices I was looking for in a Syrah.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    6/13/13, 6:46 AM - Just to add a comment...Petite Sirah and Syrah are completely different grape varietials not to be confused by the same thing (regardless of name). The Girard Petite Sirahs are big and inky and pretty bold with big extraction (good zip and heat/some spice) but not to be confused with a more northern / southern style of traditional syrah heat and black pepper as the SYRAH grape is typically blended with other varietals to help with that in southern rhone - Grenache/Mourvèdre/Carignan etc (nothern rhone is all syrah). Now, Shiraz (Syrah) in australia is a whole different ballgame (bold, all hot fruit extraction)

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2009 Beau Vigne Cabernet Sauvignon Juliet Napa Valley
5/24/2013 - markandsusanw Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted approx. 3 hours ... On opening this was a bit tight but it opened up nicely after decant. Big, creamy up front fruit. More Zin-like than Cab, actually. Blue-back and bramble berry with a good bit of oak. Definitely tasty, but not at all subtle. Quite a bit going on to hold your interest, so it's not JUST a fruit bomb, but definitely fits into the Caymus, Nickel & Nickel over-the-top mode. (No surprise as this is an Orin Swift-related wine.)

Good wine, definitely yummy but not a great value.

... 15th Anniversary dinner
  • BCharlieG commented:

    5/28/13, 5:17 AM - interesting your comments on this versus mine from about 6-9 months ago (take a look). I thought this wine was shockingly good. Phinney has been out as winemaker for years, so i don't pick up on the Prisoner or Abstract style much at all any more. My guess, three hours open on this it may have gotten a little over extracted. I felt similar on the softness of the fruit (zinny versus cab) but I taste that as sweet soft cherry fruit which to me has been indicative of a style i've come to really enjoy in younger bottles - thanks for the note, and cheers to the anniversary.

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2004 Viader Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
5/3/2013 - ajfret01 Likes this wine:
93 points
Still going strong
  • BCharlieG commented:

    5/23/13, 5:48 AM - love this bottle. best bottle of wine i've had in the last 6 months.

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2006 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
5/2/2013 - wfdeacon wrote:
90 points
From a 375ml. Tasted on opening, very tight, restrained nose, missing any sweetness on the entry. 24 hours later, kept at cellar temp, this really opens up. Nose picks up some sweet, ripe, red and black fruit, cola and licorice. Much better balance over all, still dry as you would expect. It will meet expectations after prolonged air.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    5/3/13, 4:24 AM - this is interesting. all the reviews I've read about this wine have not been ALL that flattering. maybe it's going through it's disjointed phase and we should all revisit 10 years form now. even from a 1/2 bottle, surprised this wine was so tight...

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2007 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Imagine Rhapsody Stags Leap District
4/28/2013 - JJA wrote:
90 points
This is a big, full bodied cab. Clearly not as good as Lede's other wines. Really no complexity to speak of here. Pleasant enough. But my vote is that the wine isn't worth the price.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    4/30/13, 7:42 AM - this is interesting. I am sitting on 3 of these. I understand this is a huge cab - i tasted it at the vineyard a few years back and thinks it needs a long time to mellow out but i don't think i would have described it as not complex. I think it's perhaps a big hedonist fruit and alcohol bomb but i'm hoping that mellows out over time...

  • BCharlieG commented:

    5/1/13, 10:27 AM - perhaps. although a cliff lede cab is a tough comparison with a bordeaux style blend. it's like comparing a burgundy to an aussie shiraz!

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2005 Erna Schein The Front Man Napa Valley Red Blend
4/5/2013 - RockinCabs wrote:
94 points
Nose: gorgeous cherry, graphite, flowers and wildberry. Palate: so dense on the palate with nice cherry and dusty mocha that has an underlying mineral note that reveals the quality fruit source. Refined at this point yet quite linear. Finish: sweet cherry that gets suddenly tart. Floral and tart blackberry with a nice spiced oak element.

Killer. Glad I have one more.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    4/8/13, 5:10 AM - nice note. excited to read this review.

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2008 Kristine Ashe Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Entre Nous Oakville
3/26/2013 - timdrex Likes this wine:
92 points
Graphite notes a little less pronounced than a typical "big" Napa cab, with fruits leaning toward strawberry-peach. Interesting flavors that are pleasantly different from the usual.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    3/27/13, 5:30 AM - this is a very interesting note. when I last tasted this in the glass at Maisonry in Napa I do remember it being a little more refined and sophisticated style versus the standard big octane cabs. this seems a little different than i remember it being though but similar in the backed-off style i remember. did you decant or anything? i assume this wasn't a light strawberry-peach but more extracted? how were the tannins?

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2010 Brown Estate Chaos Theory Chiles Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
2/2/2013 - Richard Jennings wrote:
89 points
Opaque purple red violet color; appealing, ripe black currant, ripe berry nose; tight, ripe black currant, ripe berry palate; medium-plus finish
  • BCharlieG commented:

    3/5/13, 8:52 AM - I think this is probably fair for this bottle. I constantly waver between 89-91 on this bottle. It's hot, it's big and it's super cali juice. I had a wonderful experience on the properly with my fiance...special place so always curious to hear other's thoughts on this stuff. thanks for the review. I've been through 6 of these and 2 left in the bunker.

  • BCharlieG commented:

    3/5/13, 10:07 AM - i bet your palate feels like it's on fire at this point. ha. what's the brown estate? nearly 16%?

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2004 Viader Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
2/22/2013 - La Cave d'Argent Likes this wine:
94 points
This wine (a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Cabernet Franc) was assessed in single-blind fashion at our group's Right Bank vs. New World Merlot/Cabernet Franc tasting. Perhaps it was a bit outside of the parameters of the tasting, but nobody complained. It is a luscious, opaque crimson wine with explosive aromas and flavors of kirsch, pickling spice, ganache, and alder wood. It is a round, full-bodied and fruit-forward wine, yet has ample sweet tannins to give it some structure. The alcohol (listed as 14.3%) is very well-integrated. No paucity of stuffing in the middle on this one... and the silky finish is very long. Borderline classic juice here! Drink now-12/20.
  • BCharlieG commented:

    2/25/13, 4:36 AM - arguably one of the best wines I've consumed in the last 12 months. I'm sitting on two more bottles of this and know it's drinking perfectly now...but wish I had more. this wine is an amazing classic style of this wine in an outstanding vintage. thanks for the comprehensive review.

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