Tasting Notes for texag96

(102 notes on 91 wines)

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2/23/2018 - texag96 Likes this wine:
91 points
Definitely time to drink this one. Very solid wine and doesn't show any of the over the top green pepper characteristics as many of the other Napa '11's.
Red
9/26/2017 - texag96 Likes this wine:
93 points
Great after being opened 2 days. Still needs some time.
Red
7/31/2017 - texag96 Does not like this wine:
85 points
Either really closed or just not a good wine. Missing any depth. Very light and just not enjoyable.
Red
7/12/2017 - texag96 Likes this wine:
92 points
Better than a lot of '11's. Not big green pepper like most of the Napa 11's. Very drinkable. Much better than I was expecting.
Red
6/16/2017 - texag96 Likes this wine:
87 points
Drinkable, nothing special. Already fading. Drink it soon.
Red
3/26/2017 - texag96 wrote:
94 points
Still pretty young. Another 2 years will help.
Red
3/26/2017 - texag96 wrote:
92 points
At the end of its improvement cycle. Time to drink up if you still have it.
Red
3/20/2017 - texag96 wrote:
92 points
One if the better Napa 11's. Hall has done a great job with a bad vintage. Drink by early 2020's
Red
3/10/2017 - texag96 wrote:
84 points
Where are you, wine? This is either the most closed wine I've ever had or one of the more tasteless. Left open for 5+ hours and never developed. Beautiful color but no nose or taste. Seeing other reviews that say to open mid 2020's. I'm hoping that's the case.
Red
12/28/2016 - texag96 wrote:
94 points
May be in its prime. Drinking great right now. Has really settled down from the first bottle I had at release. Balanced. Very nice.
Red
2006 Venge Vineyards Scout's Honor Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
8/13/2016 - texag96 Likes this wine:
92 points
Drinking great right now. I would probably drink in the next 2 - 3 years.
Red
7/24/2016 - texag96 wrote:
90 points
Drinking great right now.
Red
7/24/2016 - texag96 Likes this wine:
94 points
Needs at least another 5 years. Drank after an hour of decanting and wasn't even starting to open up. Great now and will be even better after resting.
Red
4/28/2016 - texag96 Likes this wine:
92 points
Drinking really nicely right now.
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Red
3/26/2016 - texag96 Likes this wine:
92 points
Good wine but not a long term one. I think this is drinking well right now and go ahead and drink the 11's. The Halls haven't had the overwhelming green pepper / vegetal tones that others have had in this vintage.
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Red
3/13/2016 - texag96 Likes this wine:
92 points
Needs to stay down for a bit. Try again after 2018
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Red
1/31/2016 - texag96 Likes this wine:
92 points
Still has some life left in it, improved about an hour after opening. Seemed to firm up a bit as we pretty thin when opened. Still good color and lots of fruit, but still have some life left in it. Don't rush to drink it.
Red
1/3/2016 - texag96 Likes this wine:
90 points
Hard to rate, took to a party and was tasted in plastic cups. Need to redo with real glasses.
Red
12/31/2015 - texag96 Likes this wine:
90 points
Similar to most 2011's, lots of vegetation notes. Green pepper though a little more balanced than some other wineries. This isn't a 30 year Carter, but probably drink nicely through 2020.
Red
11/28/2015 - texag96 Likes this wine:
93 points
Was great after 3 hours in the decanter. Lasted another 4 or so then started to really mellow.
Red
11/25/2015 - texag96 Likes this wine:
95 points
Great right out of the bottle.
Red
11/25/2015 - texag96 wrote:
86 points
Very green. Almost overwhelming green pepper. Some fruit finally came through, but not a great Far Niente
Red
5/22/2015 - texag96 Likes this wine:
95 points
Excellent
Red
2/28/2015 - texag96 Likes this wine:
94 points
Very musty upon opening, originally thought it might be corked. Decanted for over an hour and let rest and glad I did. Turned out to be a great wine with lots of life left. I can't imagine this improving any further with age, but likely will drink well for another 5 - 7 years.
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Red
1/3/2015 - texag96 wrote:
90 points
still had a little life left, was gone after about an hour. Was fun to try
Red
10/1/2014 - texag96 Likes this wine:
92 points
Marked improvement over previous tasting
Red
10/1/2014 - texag96 Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice, really solid wine right now. Definitely in drinking window. Lots of fruit
Red
9/24/2014 - texag96 Likes this wine:
88 points
Time to drink this one up. Showed significant deterioration from 2 years ago. Still a good wine, but drink it up in the next year.
Red
9/12/2014 - texag96 Likes this wine:
96 points
Great after decanting over 24 hours. Still a big wine even then. Still needs more time to develop.
Red
9/7/2014 - texag96 Likes this wine:
90 points
Left open for 48 hours and really softened. This one has a ways to go.
Red
8/10/2014 - texag96 Likes this wine:
87 points
Flat and bit empty. Expected more.
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Red
8/10/2014 - texag96 Likes this wine:
95 points
Excellent. Sat overnight for second half and was fantastic.
Red
8/1/2014 - texag96 Likes this wine:
94 points
Drank half and the other half 24 hours later. Had really opened up. Wait a while.
Red
6/27/2014 - texag96 Likes this wine:
88 points
Light, a bit disappointing. Doubt this will hold up very well. Not the same complexity and richness as in previous vintages.
Red
5/14/2014 - texag96 Likes this wine:
93 points
Drank over three days. Definitely opened up a lot. Great at the end.
Red
1/28/2014 - texag96 Likes this wine:
93 points
Liked this way more than I thought I would. Really nice wine.
Red
1/5/2014 - texag96 Likes this wine:
96 points
Awesome.
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2008 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/1/2014 - texag96 Likes this wine:
95 points
Decanted for about 5 hours and was still big. Great wine.
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Red
10/31/2013 - texag96 Likes this wine:
90 points
This one needs a while. Was so tight at opening that it felt like if drew all the moisture out of my mouth. After about an hour, finally started to get some vanilla flavor followed by berry and cedar. I'd let this one set for a while or decant at least an hour before drinking. Once opened, was a nice wine. Another solid wine from Hall.
Red
10/26/2013 - texag96 Likes this wine:
95 points
Opened and let sit for about 2 hours. Was still pretty tight when I first drank but really opened up over the next 2 hours. Fantastic wine.
Red
10/18/2013 - texag96 Likes this wine:
94 points
Tasted blind and was my favorite of the night. Wait a few more years to drink.
Red
2009 Bevan Cellars Ontogeny Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/10/2013 - texag96 Likes this wine:
94 points
Doing well, but still needs time to open up. It's got a number of years left. Leave it if you can.
Red
9/18/2013 - texag96 Likes this wine:
90 points
Really nice Syrah. Good balance even at opening. Just got better the longer it was opened. Makes me want to try more Syrah.
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