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2006 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Poetry Stags Leap District
9/27/2018 - Corrie Likes this wine:
93 points
I think WS missed on this one.
  • ONEFIVE commented:

    11/25/18, 6:06 PM - Had to look up the score based on your comment. 87 points??? What a joke. This is easily in the mid 90’s.

1996 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
A little quiet on the nose. Some nice dark rich fruit comes out initially. Some spice and vanilla character as well. A touch of coffee.
On the palate, there is some intensity here. Acidity and tannin wise this has a bit of astringency. It is delicious but the brightness and grip need to chill out. This wine will last another lifetime.
  • ONEFIVE commented:

    10/10/18, 5:02 PM - You could absolutely hold off for another 5+ years. This got much better with air, but remained firm and drying.

1976 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
9/15/2016 - MNig Likes this wine:
93 points
Only high shoulder, but the cork was still completely intact and the nose appeared free of any flaws, so I decided to serve the wine slightly chilled and without decant. Enjoyed with a couple bisteccas fiorentina, fagioli cannellini, grilled zucchini and mushrooms.

Well, what can I say? I must have picked the best bottle there was, when I bought the wine some 17 years ago. The wine was in perfect condition, considering its advanced age, and was going to gift me with a birthday experience I had rarely had, when dealing with 40+ wines. The evening resulted in a concert of 2.5 hours, with the artist never ceasing to sing and to amaze me during the entire performance.

Shortly after uncorking the bottle my nose was greeted by dried cherries, Vieilles Prune, old leather, old parchment paper, dried tobacco leaves, fallen leaves on a damp forest soil, balsamic notes, graphite and already brittle wood.

Despite its age, the wine still offered a vivid display on the palate, reminding me of cherries, enwrapped in leather, once more Vieilles Prune, dried Pachino tomatoes, old wood and an aroma of aged balsamico. Medium acidity and nearly completely melted away, very fine-grained tannins that still offered some measure of austerity. Medium-bodied and rather elegant like an elderly gentleman. Long finish. What a great surprise this bottle was!
  • ONEFIVE commented:

    10/8/17, 7:25 PM - Great description. I feel that the bottle I just tried was in similar condition to yours.

2011 Benessere Estate "Sorridente" Estate & Collins Napa Valley Red Blend
I will stand up and be harsh since no one wants to do it. Even at the discounted price I find this wine weak and awkward. Granted I don't drink too much Sangiovese this particular wine is just super pleasant. The nose is subdue with hint leafy things (hard to describe) and canned veggies. In the mouth it has decent fruit structure but just weak. I don't like is it's almost fizzy without any carbonation. Lastly I find it bit too hot but within my tolerance.
  • ONEFIVE commented:

    12/16/16, 2:50 PM - I appreciate the honesty. Got this wine in a mystery box from Last Bottle Wines. Don't think I'll take my chances with that again!

2013 Cliff Lede High Fidelity Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
12/12/2016 - csimm1161 wrote:
89 points
Some of my previous notes apply, but this was indeed more accessible than six months ago. With a short decant, it was drinking at what I would expect to be close to its apex. It developed over time, but I'm not sure its "development" was an evolution worthy of high accolades. Fell pretty flat after three+ hours in the decanter.

This wine had moments of being "ok," but never could completely blossom into anything worth really talking about in my opinion. I don't think it is because it needs more time; I just think it is a bit of a lessser wine. I think 89-90 points is more than fair, but the devil on my shoulder tells me I'm being too generous.

A bit of a plummy, cedary, and flat aftertaste. This wine was almost instantly forgettable. I have one bottle and could honestly care less when I drink the next one. Gun to my head, I'll say mid-2017 is a safe bet. However, I also predict this will offer only humdrum enjoyment.

Drink now and over the next few years.
  • ONEFIVE commented:

    12/16/16, 2:40 PM - I think it is worth noting that along with the high accolades, Parker suggests allowing more nuance to emerge in time with this wine. He recommends bottle age on pretty much all of Cliff Lede's 2013s.

2010 Jax Vineyards Y3 TAUREAU Calistoga Red Blend
10/18/2013 - Vino Me wrote:
89 points
A blend of 79% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon. Full bodied with creamy dark red fruit. Notes of blackberry, cherries and chocolate. Firm tannins. 89 points
  • ONEFIVE commented:

    6/26/13, 1:50 PM - Just FYI the blend on the 2010 is 79% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon.

2010 Mollydooker Shiraz The Boxer South Australia
7/18/2012 - riversedge Likes this wine:
92 points
I really loved this bottle of zin. deep color, interesting complex flavor. Spicy nose.
  • ONEFIVE commented:

    7/18/12, 10:59 AM - You spelled shiraz wrong.

2008 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Poetry Stags Leap District
4/12/2012 - rh marcin wrote:
85 points
Drank one bottle to check on delivery issue (left in hot car). No appreciable damage, but wine is still too young to drink now.
  • ONEFIVE commented:

    5/24/12, 11:46 AM - 85 points? Maybe there was appreciable damage.

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