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2012 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
8/21/2018 - henryd1 Does not like this wine:
89 points
This was a big let down. Served with friends who expect me to bring decent wine and no one paid this any attention at all. It may just be closed but no other tasters seemed to have come to that conclusion. In any case, as it stands, it's really quite non-descript. Quite full bodied, dark colour for a CNDP, generally quite mute... My recommendation would be HOLD, but without any great hope it'll ever turn into a decent wine. I seriously hope my 2015 is a step up as this is at present much worse than my 2012 bois du boursan at less than 1/3 the price. 89+
  • Crunge commented:

    8/22/18, 7:41 AM - Henry, how familiar are you with Clos des Papes? I've had the 07, 09, 10, and 12, and I just don't get the scores given here on CT. I love CdP, but Clos des Papes always leaves me underwhelmed. I think it just doesn't fit my flavor profile, and I wonder if it's the same for you. Anyway, thanks for the tasting note (and like you, I have some of the 15 and am hoping it is an improvement... if not, I'll quit buying Clos des Papes.)

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2015 Keplinger Mars Moon Mountain District Red Rhone Blend
5/1/2018 - YankeeRobio Likes this wine:
94 points
Great GSM. Blueberry, anise, cassis. Rutherford dust mouthfeel. Decadent wine
  • Crunge commented:

    5/2/18, 6:43 AM - Thanks for the note. Did you decant? Do you feel it's ready to drink? I ask because Helen normally makes wines for aging, but I've had several vintages of Mars while still young and they have all been excellent.

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2012 Hundred Acre Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Few and Far Between Napa Valley
3/16/2018 - SAS54 Likes this wine:
98 points
It is the olive finish. No one but JW does it right.
  • Crunge commented:

    3/17/18, 10:28 AM - SAS54, did you decant this? If so, how long? Thanks.

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2012 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
12/10/2017 - Double-A wrote:
85 points
Ruby colour. Fruit-centric, dark berry nose. Med-full-bodied palate; dark, ripe berry finish.
3/5

*sampled from 375mL bottle as a vertical tasting: 1990, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2012
  • Crunge commented:

    12/18/17, 11:20 AM - How did this compare to others in the vertical? Do you think it can improve with age?

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2014 K Vintners The Boy Washington Grenache
12/18/2017 - CMz Does not like this wine:
88 points
The 2014 The Boy Grenache Syrah blend was the first disappointing entry in an otherwise stellar series of the new 2014 releases. A light ruby in the glass that portends the emerging overall perception of thinness and lack of substance on the palate. The nose is a lovely Grenache varietal montage of red berries, smokey Prime Rib, leather and flowery notes that continue into a light but distinct mix of berries and smokey meats on the palate. The wine seems almost too light to support the sense of high alcohol and acidity which disrupts any finesse to this bottle. The finish is smooth and lingers - perhaps the only part of this wine i actually enjoyed - unfortunately delivering only on the finish is not enough to swing my score into the 90's - it's just not there now. Perhaps with some age in the cellar this one will come into it's own. If you already own it, lay it down; otherwise move on to some of the other stunning K 2014 releases.
  • Crunge commented:

    12/18/17, 11:17 AM - CMZ, you are spot on. I've had three bottles of this and it's thin and light; nothing like other K wines and a shadow of what Grenache can be. I'm letting my other bottles rest for several years, but I don't know if it can beef up any or not.

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2009 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Laurence Red Rhone Blend
5/19/2017 - WineWimpie wrote:
96 points
An explosion from what we call in Belgium 'cuberdon candy' smell: a mix of raspberry and menthol (pharmaceutical) aroma. The complexity on the nose increases with time in the glass/decanter to include more spices. Beautiful soft tannins and enjoyable acidity are intermixed with nice fruit flavours. Wow! Already very enjoyable but will improve further ...cuvée Laurence seems to be the Top cuvée in the off-Da Capo years and I like this, because the price is much more accessible!
  • Crunge commented:

    5/19/17, 2:07 PM - Thanks for the note. I just have one bottle, a magnum, so I'll let it sleep a few more years per your comment on further improvement.

Red - Sweet/Dessert
1959 Antonio Ferrari Solaria Jonica Puglia IGT Primitivo, Zinfandel
2/23/2017 - bablues wrote:
96 points
Finally had the opportunity to open this and I was amazed. Such a deep concentrated nose and palate. The grip on the finish is truly outstanding. Hopefully more will become available and very sorry I didn't pull the trigger on multiples of this when they were available.
  • Crunge commented:

    2/24/17, 3:18 PM - One of my favorites. Currently No Limit Fine Wines has some in stock. I've had good luck with No Limit but otherwise I have no affiliation.

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2010 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Alberdi Reserva Tempranillo
2/14/2017 - shleepy Likes this wine:
90 points
Dark ruby (but not super dark or with any orange tinging at the edges that I can see). Fresh dill on the nose. A lot more dill and vanilla in the taste. I think Rioja Alta's policy is that there can never be enough American oak. Ever. The mouthfeel is very smooth, somehow. For an oak bomb, it somehow feels... light bodied? Maybe all this dill is just making me crazy.
EDIT: About an hour or two after opening, I noticed that the wine gained quite a bit of complexity, with dark berry/fruit notes. I recommend keeping it open for a little while.
  • Crunge commented:

    2/18/17, 7:08 AM - Thanks for the review. I like a touch of American oak, but only a bit. Your comment about this being an oak bomb convinced me to stay away.

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2008 Clarendon Hills Astralis Shiraz Blend, Syrah
10/1/2016 - bonedoc wrote:
96 points
Perfect pairing for grilled ahi tuna, ponzu, fried rice.
  • Crunge commented:

    10/1/16, 8:19 PM - Awesome pairing. Sorry your other bottle was flawed.

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2009 Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta Colchagua Valley Red Blend
1/16/2016 - Bam_Man Likes this wine:
94 points
Brought with us to Seared 1200 Chophouse in St. Pete Beach ($10 corkage). We gave this almost an hour of air time and that seemed to be enough. Shows a pretty - though subtle nose of crushed dark berries, earth and a hint of cassis. An attractive dark crimson in color, right up to the edge. Full-bodied and rich, but not over done. So incredibly velvety in texture. Bursting with delicious, mouth-watering plum, boysenberry and dark currant fruit, backed by a moderate acidity. Displays excellent depth and intensity, without an excessive amount of weight. Finishes extremely long, with loads of ripe, sweet fruit, and hints of oak, violets and spice. The tannins are fully-integrated and silky smooth. Big, rich and delicious - yet so balanced and refined. Mostly Carmenere, but drinks very much like a fine Bordeaux. A gorgeous wine that paired beautifully with our Porterhouse for two. 94+
50+5+12+18+9=94
  • Crunge commented:

    1/17/16, 7:48 AM - Bam_man, can you explain the scoring system you use? I've seen it a few times but don't know what each number means. Thanks.

    And yes, great note.

  • Crunge commented:

    1/17/16, 1:10 PM - Thanks! I'd figured out the 50 but wasn't sure on the others.

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2012 Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
11/29/2015 - Mech-E Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted 4 hours. Poured inky black and viscous. Drank next to the 2012 Mount Veeder.

Nose is more impressive than the palate but the mouthfeel is insane here. Oak is present and maybe too in the forefront, similar to the Veeder, but is more in balance than the less expensive Veeder.

Fruit is more upfront here as well. Tannins are also less severe but certainly could get this puppy through till 2020 and beyond.
  • Crunge commented:

    11/29/15, 8:15 PM - Thanks for this and the Mount Veeder review. I have six of each on the way and am looking forward to them.

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2011 Torrin The Banshee Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend
11/26/2015 - rustyRudy Likes this wine:
96 points
Blind Syrah tasting followed by retasting after being open for several hours. Big wine, filled with some red fruit, but more blueberry and dark fruit, black olive, cinnamon, and desperately needing the extra time to open up. Decant if you drink now. Was my favorite in the blind tasting.
  • Crunge commented:

    11/26/15, 7:11 AM - I have both this and the Saxum Broken Stones in my cellar so it was nice to see your notes on both.

    Have you ever tried a Torrin Akasha? Give that a try if you haven't.

Red
2013 Relic Wines Petite Sirah Old Vines Napa Valley
11/6/2015 - tfharris Likes this wine:
92 points
Very young and needs some time in bottle. However, day 2, it had mellowed and was delicious. This is a great wine.
  • Crunge commented:

    11/6/15, 3:38 PM - Thanks for the note. I've been a big fan of the Relic PS since tasting the 2009. I have 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013 sitting in the cellar, and can't wait to do a (slightly broken) vertical.

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2010 Torrin Akasha Paso Robles Syrah
9/27/2015 - Cow Town wrote:
flawed
Corked. Ugh.
  • Crunge commented:

    9/27/15, 10:41 AM - Cow Town, what a shame. That's a great wine, and to have one corked... ugh.

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2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary Napa Valley
8/19/2015 - WineGuyFL Does not like this wine:
82 points
I bought 6 bottles of this late last year and have been watching the bifurcated reviews with interest. I had a glass of this wine at a dinner from a bottle brought by another guest to a party a few months back. That glass merited a rating of 93-95. The bottle I had tonight was syrup.....awful stuff. If the cause is my wine room, how do you explain that I opened a bottle of top cabernet a couple of nights ago, and it was terrific? That bottle has been in my wine room for years, not months. I have also had at least 3 other bottles of various reds over the past ten days from my wine room that have been up to expectations. Only one of those bottles have been in my wine room for less time that the bottle of Caymus I opened tonight. The source for my bottles is a reliable retailer from which I have purchased countless bottles without incident. I find it hard to blame their storage or shipping based on this past experience. I have had my share of wine that tired before the time forecast by the pro reviewers. I have had bad corks (in fact had one over the past couple of weeks with a French white Burgundy). I have kept a few bottles too long that were tiring when I drank them.......my fault. My experience tonight was none of the above.....what I drank was not really wine. I can conjure up a handful of explanations of how this all happened, but they all center on Caymus, storage of a large part of the production before shipment, and, possibly the transportation of a large part of the 2012 production. I do not believe the bad reviews come from people who mistreated the bottles, are bad reviewers, or just do not really like the style of cabernet associated with Caymus. I hope that Caymus is trying to understand what got off the rails here.
  • Crunge commented:

    8/20/15, 6:14 AM - WineGuyFL, it isn't your storage. I've had two bottles and they were very different. The first was a disgusting purple vanilla extract, and the second was a decent, but pedestrian, wine. Nothing like the Caymus I've enjoyed for 20+ years. I won't be buying any more of the 2012, nor will I buy the 2013, at least until I've tasted it several times. I'm not sure how Caymus managed to mess up the 2012 so badly, but shame on them. And how Parker gave this a 96 is beyond me.

  • Crunge commented:

    8/30/15, 5:08 PM - robertdtwo, you're certainly correct about Howell Mountain. Dunn, Cade, O'Shaughnessy, Robert Craig, and many others are producing amazing cab savs from Howell Mountain.

    As for the Caymus, some people on here give it 95-100 points. I'm glad they like it, and they'll be happy that I'm not buying any, so they will have more available.

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2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary Napa Valley
Finally got to drink a bottle and I now understand the see-saw of opinions about this wine. Personally, I hated the wine, but I can see why some people love it! "artificial" would be the best word I can use to describe this wine. Felt like I was drinking a glass of Welchs grape juice mixed with root beer. Going to age my other bottle to see if somehow magic happens and it becomes worthy of it's anniversary tag.
  • Crunge commented:

    8/11/15, 7:16 PM - Couldn't agree more. A manipulated, over-oaked train wreck. I have been drinking Caymus for over 20 years but this vintage has ruined me on it.

Red
2003 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
5/8/2015 - napasoutherner Likes this wine:
90 points
This wine underperformed in my opinion. I know 2003 was a very hot vintage but the wine was almost an Amarone style wine. Deep, very hot, very grape-y, chewy, brooding wine. You could almost taste the texture of the grape skins in this wine. While other 2003 Pegau's were wonderful, this one wasn't as pleasing as I'd hoped. Opened for 30 minutes before drinking then after 1 hour after tasting it started to mellow out and take it's full stride.
  • Crunge commented:

    5/9/15, 5:47 PM - I've had 8 of these so far, sourced from different sellers, and I've had wide variation. The good ones have been amazing. Some have been average at best. Others have said there were multiple bottlings and that the first was the best, but I don't know if that's accurate. Regardless, keep trying it; when you get a good one, it's an incredible experience.

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2007 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
3/14/2015 - Steve20 wrote:
85 points
Still very young and very good. Used aerator into a decanter a complex silky wine that could use a little more time in the bottle. But the prim rib said why wait.
  • Crunge commented:

    3/14/15, 11:13 AM - Steve, your comments are very favorable, so why the low score?

Red
2005 Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra Nebbiolo
1/27/2015 - Bam_Man Likes this wine:
93 points
Very pretty and aromatic, with gorgeous notes of spice, flowers and pine forest on the nose. Full-bodied and rich, but silky in texture. Big and chewy, offering a tangy mouthful of ripe cherry and strawberry fruit, with plenty of chocolate, oak and licorice on the long, mouth-puckering finish. A big, powerful Barolo that manages to display a surprising sense of elegance. Still needs a bit more time though for the tannins and oak to fully integrate. Paired very nicely with Kerry's pork ragu.
50+5+13+17+8=93
  • Crunge commented:

    1/28/15, 7:18 AM - Bam_Man, thanks for the review. I have four of these sleeping now and am curious to see how they mature.

    I sometimes see a score like you have (50+5+13...) Where can I find a description of what the different numbers mean? Thanks.

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2010 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
1/24/2015 - Sifu111 wrote:
99 points
Inky black. Nose dark wet earth, A heavy, volatile aroma that cleared with 1hr decanting. Palate has minimal fruit (black currant?) and cedar/woodsy. Great structure, powerful tannins, lovely balance. Long finish. Impressive.
  • Crunge commented:

    1/26/15, 1:40 PM - The recommended drinking window on here starts in 2020. Did you feel it was young, or was the 1 hour decant enough to bring it to full form?

Red
2011 Bodegas Alto Moncayo Garnacha Campo de Borja
1/12/2015 - jviz Likes this wine:
94 points
Best bottle I've had in a while. This has great depth and body. Long legs and a crimson rim. Just incredible concentration of fruit, but not so subtle notes of clove, vanilla, blackcurrant, cheese rind. Unreal QPR. 94+ and can see it getting 1-2 pts better once it settles down. At this point, I didn't find it as hot or syrupy as some described, but probably would still hold a while longer.
  • Crunge commented:

    1/12/15, 5:12 PM - Good review. I've had four bottles and am holding six more. I also can't believe the QPR on this wine.

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2012 Melville Syrah Estate Sta. Rita Hills
Very aggressive big style warm weather Syrah with gobs of fruit and beastly animal. I don't like it at all. While it's clearly well made and will satisfy many, and at a very attractive QPR, I just find it too much of everything, and lacking restraint and elegance. The mineral quality which syrah requires for balance is just missing, or buried deep underneath the fruit which is brash and top heavy.
  • Crunge commented:

    12/22/14, 2:58 PM - My gf and I were disappointed on a PNP. We each had one glass and then resealed and let it sit overnight. 24 hours later and it was much better. Still not my favorite by any stretch, but my gf actually liked it on day two. I'm going to let the rest sit, or at least give any I open soon a long decant.

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2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary Napa Valley
11/20/2014 - Hamersly wrote:
70 points
Sweet, pruney and simple with virtually no structure. I can't see this wine going anywhere positive, it just doesn't have the stuffing to evolve. A sad showing from this splendid winery. Parker's 96 rating is inexplicable and very worrisome. Tasted three times from three different cases over a five week period with consistent results.
  • Crunge commented:

    11/21/14, 4:57 AM - I'm glad to see a comment from someone tasting from multiple cases. My only bottle so far was the first Caymus I've ever had that I didn't like. It was terrible. I don't understand all the reviews on here praising it. The bottle I had might as well have been pure vanilla extract. I've been wondering if I just had a bad bottle but your review makes me think not. I'm sorry I have more bottles.

Red - Fortified
1994 Fonseca Porto Vintage Port Blend
11/12/2014 - Didman wrote:
99 points
Cork in perfect condition. The wine was all it should be. Was stored since release in my controlled cellar. Over the years I have had a lot of the '63s as it is our wedding year, as well as other vintages. We often have a glass of Port on cold winter evenings, living in the north woods. This is the most impressive Port among many in my recollection, although it is also our first of the '94 vintage to be opened. Very hard not to give this "100", but who knows, maybe some day something better will come along.
  • Crunge commented:

    11/12/14, 3:56 PM - Nice review. I've had one bottle and have a second in the wine fridge. That first bottle was incredible, so I'm saving the second one for a special occasion. Now if my 2011's age as well as expected, I'll be enjoying more ports like this in just 12+ years...

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2012 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
10/1/2014 - Normann Likes this wine:
91 points
A young but lovely wine. Understands that 2012 is a great year, and this does not disappoint. Fresh nose and taste of rich spices and black berries, good balanced, but maybe a little young. Goas very well with lamb with port wine sauce. Looking forward to the next bottle!
  • Crunge commented:

    10/1/14, 6:39 PM - I love lamb and the port wine sauce sounds delicious. Do you care to share the recipe?

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2012 Melville Syrah Estate Sta. Rita Hills
9/25/2014 - topher2411 wrote:
92 points
Delicious wine. This needs some air right now, but really opens up with dark blue fruit, stemmy notes, and pepper. Well balanced, slightly dry tannins. Medium long finish. Another great 2012 for Melville.
  • Crunge commented:

    9/25/14, 3:32 PM - Awesome, thanks. I just ordered six of these earlier today. Can't wait.

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2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary Napa Valley
6/29/2014 - wineotim wrote:
91 points
I had to weigh in on this wine as it seems so many others on CT are giving it varying reviews.

Give this wine at least 30 minutes of air time. I agree with some who said this vintage does not have the tannic structure of previous vintages. On the other hand, to me it did not seem over the top on vanilla or coconut. The tannins and finish do feel relatively sweet, but It's still in the traditonal Caymus style/flavor profile. Drink sooner rather than later. This wine had only been in its bottle 6 weeks. Very enjoyable with a juicy steak.
  • Crunge commented:

    6/29/14, 7:20 PM - Glad you enjoyed it! It's too heavy on the vanilla for me, but a lot of people are still enjoying it. Part of the beauty of wine is finding what you like and don't like, and how your taste buds differ from others. See, all your fears from my review were unfounded, and you enjoyed it. I'll mark down that I'm more sensitive to the vanilla than most, and go from there.

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2003 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
6/27/2014 - Christoffer78 Likes this wine:
98 points
Magic in a bottle and an utterly compelling Pégaü. This 2003 Cuvée Réservée displays an array of the classical Grenache fruit with kirsch, raspberry, blackberry and sun warm strawberries. The nose is clean (quite impressing for this producer) and there is a secondary layer of cinnamon, the classical Asian spice box and tea leaves. The palate is stunning with perfect integration and subtle signs of maturity. Acidity is there as are the velvety tannins and a length on the finish which lasts for more than a minute. This is a profound wine and I wish all wines from this producer and appellation could show the same complexity, elegance and power. Yet, if all wines were this good we would get totally spoilt! (score is 98+)

Please note that the above tasting note is for the first bottling of this wine. According to my understanding, the second and third bottlings are not as good.

(Tasted in a flight with 2003 Domaine de la Mordorée Cuvée de la Reine des Bois, 2003 Domaine du Pégaü Cuvée Réservée, 2004 Malleolus Valderamiro and 2007 Château de Beaucastel Hommage à Jacques Perrin.)
  • Crunge commented:

    6/28/14, 8:30 AM - Thanks for the information about the different bottlings. I was unaware of this. I wonder if that accounts for some of the variation many people see in this wine (including me.) I've had some of these that were just amazing and some that were good but not great.

    I do know that some bottles have maroon foil and some have red foil. I was told this was due to different importers but I wonder if it had to do with the bottling.

  • Crunge commented:

    6/28/14, 7:13 PM - That's funny... this was the first CdP I'd ever had and I was blown away. I've been drinking CdP since.

    Have you ever tried a Domaine LePlan-Vermeersch Châteauneuf-du-Pape GT-1? I bought six bottles of the 2010. It's 100% Grenache and kind of the opposite of Pegau in the sense that it's a very modern style. Still, it's an amazing wine. It's kind of like when I'm listening to music: sometimes I want to hear Pink Floyd, sometimes Mahler.

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2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary Napa Valley
6/21/2014 - Crunge wrote:
83 points
When I drink a Caymus, I usually know what to expect. Caymus is one of the in-your-face, oaky fruit bombs. There's nothing wrong with this style, and when you're in the mood for power over subtlety, Caymus is usually a safe choice.

For me, the 2012's fruit is hidden by oak at this point. On a pop and pour, the nose and flavor were all vanilla. I like vanilla and don't mind it in my wine as one of the flavors, but I don't care for it as the dominant flavor. Over the course of an hour, the vanilla changed to coconut. Strong, unpleasant coconut.

After a night sealed with a Vacu Vin, the vanilla had faded ever so slightly. It was still the dominant flavor, and fortunately the coconut didn't reappear.

There is an undercurrent of black cherries and plum, but the vanilla is far too strong at this point for my tastes. The rest of my bottles will sit for a year or more to see if it mellows out.
  • Crunge commented:

    6/22/14, 7:26 AM - Wineotim, don't let my review scare you. A lot of people still like this wine. To me, it's just over-oaked. I normally like some vanilla, but this is overpowering. Just look at all the reviews and search for the word "vanilla" and you'll see it mentioned many times.

    My gf liked the wine, though. Her first impression was black cherries and plum (we agreed) but she said the aftertaste was strong vanilla. Try it and see what you think.

  • Crunge commented:

    6/24/14, 8:56 AM - Millerarner, it's worth trying one. There are plenty of people on here who like it. Perhaps I am more sensitive to the oak and it won't overpower the fruit for everyone as it does for me. However, I agree that I don't see the backbone for long-term aging on this one.

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2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary Napa Valley
6/22/2014 - Yack Man Likes this wine:
90 points
As many have stated, you pretty much know what your are getting with Caymus, so..... If you don't like this style, don't drink it (no offense). I say, if you drink it now you should give it a long decant. There are certainly some very dominant quality / sensual aspects to this 2012 vintage, but I think it get better with some aging and the point score will ascend with time. 90 points for now.
  • Crunge commented:

    6/22/14, 10:51 AM - I agree, you know what you're getting (or SHOULD be getting.) I've never had a bottle of Caymus I didn't like... until this one. Next time I try this, I'll give it a long decant and maybe some of the overpowering oak will dissipate.

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2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary Napa Valley
Oh Boy; A disclaimer first of all, I do like structured wines where large fruit is balanced with acidity and finishes off with some substantial but well integrated tannins. So keep in mind, Caymus is not quite up my alley! However, I still like previous Caymus Cabs- they were typically fruit forward with a mellow mid palate but pretty balanced overall.
I usually don't post my tasting notes and never post such low scores. However, we had this at a wine tasting with 6 or 7 other people. It was totally out of balance. The smell of vanilla and cheese cake was overpowering. It tasted just like it smelled. None of us could get over the candy sweetness, vanilla taste and the utter lack of mid palate. Others called it over extracted, reeking of melolactic fermentation. Most of us poured the wine down the drain.
In short, this is more like a bad dessert wine. If you normally like Caymus, dont waste your money. If you have bought it, drink it soon, because it doesnt have enough acidity or tannins to make this an aging wine. Sorry!
  • Crunge commented:

    6/22/14, 7:35 AM - I agree with this review. As I said in my review from last night, I smell vanilla and I taste vanilla. It's just overpowering at this point. Hopefully age will mellow that, but I'm not sure. What a disappointment.

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2010 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
1/11/2014 - Philippe_C wrote:
97 points
Black as ink, impenetrable, loads of black fruit, lead pencil, black characoal... loads, tons of silky tannins and black fruit, 60 seconds finish
  • Crunge commented:

    1/11/14, 9:22 AM - The drinking range here says 2020-2060, but obviously you found it excellent now. Do you recommend holding it for 6+ years or drinking now?

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2007 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
8/24/2013 - sandwich Likes this wine:
97 points
Damn fine wine. Damn, damn fine. Sun ripened summer blackberry and a long, long, long, dusty finish. This damn fine wine is damn good. Silky, smooth, and damn fine.
  • Crunge commented:

    8/25/13, 6:41 AM - But was it damn fine?

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2003 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
7/20/2013 - spatchmo2 wrote:
95 points
Had this wine at a Grenache tasting. It didn't do well vs the competition but that's not to say its not an outstanding wine. Opened up nicely after 6 hours in decanter. Just the right amount of a funky barnyard like nose. Not overdone like in the case of the cayuse Grenache
  • Crunge commented:

    7/24/13, 1:00 PM - Interesting... so what DID do well vs. the competition?

  • Crunge commented:

    7/24/13, 8:15 PM - I've had fairly mediocre bottles of this, and incredible bottles of this. Hard to imagine it finishing so low but it happens. Like I said in one of my tasting notes, when you get a good bottle it's hard to beat. I'm glad you at least enjoyed it.

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1998 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
7/5/2013 - Crunge wrote:
91 points
Much better than my previous bottle. This one had more depth to it. Still not heavy but a great summer red. It has an interesting mix of dark red fruit, sweet orange, and plenty of oak. A medium finish this time.
  • Crunge commented:

    7/5/13, 4:11 PM - Harley, that was my last one, but I may buy some more. It has a decent QPR and if it continues to improve, it will be a very good wine.

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2003 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
7/4/2013 - Eric wrote:
98 points
Mmmm, deep, bloody, plummy, spicy. Classic Pegau. Wild, gamey, screaming with white pepper, starting to open up and get ready to play. This is definitely a 2003 but a raging success for sure. All of the vintage challenges (lots of alcohol, very roasted and sweet) and yet all of the successes (deep, tannic, insanely spicy and pleasurable). This is Châteauneuf-du-Pape on steroids, but this one works oh so well.
  • Crunge commented:

    7/5/13, 4:07 PM - Planowino, I just posted a review as well. This was my fifth bottle of this wine. The first was amazing (about a year ago now.) The second was good, but not great. The third was corked, the fourth just wasn't very good, and the fifth was stunning. People are seeing a lot of variation in this one, so don't be too afraid to try again. When you get a good one, it's something special.

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2009 Xavier Vignon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Anonyme Red Rhone Blend
6/23/2013 - Anonymous wrote:
Notes consistent with others -- out of the gate, it appeared more like a new world syrah than a CdP. With time, it started to open up and with some goat cheese even more -- still not tasting like a CdP (lack of true garrique profile) but became enjoyable.
  • Crunge commented:

    6/23/13, 6:15 PM - Thanks for the comment. I'll continue to let this sleep in the cellar for 2+ years.

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2009 Araujo Estate Altagracia II Napa Red Wine Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
6/8/2013 - conga523 wrote:
90 points
2nd bottle 6 months later and doesn't seem to have calmed down much at all. Very hot. This one needs a few years to mellow out
  • Crunge commented:

    6/8/13, 8:28 PM - Conga, not surprising that it needs time as the drinking window is set about 18 months out. Your note helps reinforce my resolve to sit on this until 2015. Thanks for trying it six months ago and now... I'm curious to see how it evolves as its pedigree points to great things ahead.

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2007 Bodega Catena Zapata Nicolás Catena Zapata Mendoza Red Bordeaux Blend
5/25/2013 - Crunge Likes this wine:
94 points
I clearly like this more than most people, but both bottles I've had have been excellent. On a PnP, the nose was a perfect balance of fruit, spice, and alcohol. Upon tasting, the wine is not at all a fruit bomb. The dark fruits are there but elegant. A bit of pepper underlies the fruit and makes it interesting. The alcohol is in perfect balance and the tannins are present without overwhelming. While I normally like more fruit (I'm a big fan of some Howell Mountain cabs), the balance and harmony of this wine really impress me. Not cheap, but something I truly enjoy.
  • Crunge commented:

    5/26/13, 7:15 PM - Wren460, thanks for the comment. I'll try the 2008, and if you want to send me a bottle or two of the 2007, I'll be happy to drink that too.

    I really did like the 2007, but wish the wine was cheaper.

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2009 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
3/23/2013 - ttzhaott wrote:
79 points
Opened 3hours earlier. Too much sense of animals! But not pleasant at all. 5 persons at table all don't like it. Half the bottle was undrinked. Decanted for one more day, and all the same. So we Opened it too early?
  • Crunge commented:

    3/25/13, 9:11 AM - My understanding is that Pegau is very much old-world; I don't believe they de-stem as is done by most CdP these days. For that reason, I think the variability is higher; I've had several 2003 Pegau CdP and they've all been good, but noticeably different.

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