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Red
2012 Ayoub Pinot Noir Estate Dundee Hills
10/24/2014 - g & t wrote:
92 points
A beautiful pinot that needs some bottle age. A little too aggressive up front with the sour red fruits, but some real class on the finish. Going to wait for bottle #2.
  • g & t commented:

    7/15/20, 12:27 PM - I always drink his wines too young :-(

Red
1984 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
6/24/2019 - g & t wrote:
97 points
Purchased online from K&L on June 5 2019, “from a private collection”. Mid-to-top shoulder fill, crumbly cork, tons of sediment, yet a pristine label (which was suspicious). Decanted and immediately served to enjoy over the following 3 hours. Assuming legitimacy, I am shocked by the freshness of this wine. Minimal bricking, with deep ruby color, vibrant nose of classic cab (mixed fruit and prominent bell pepper). Lively red fruits on entry that transitions to dried herbs and an earthy/mushroom finish with that tell-tale Dominus medicinal/green/cedar streak that lasted a good 60 seconds. If it weren’t for that streak and finish length, I would have doubted this was an old-vintage Dominus - it was just too alive to be 35 years old! Maybe someone spiked it with some young Dominus? The mouthwatering acidity went well with food, and the tannins were pure silk. Superbly balanced. Lots of life left, but those who crack one now will not be disappointed. I would love to have another bottle (from a different source) just to double-check! The somm remarked “this is what old Bordeaux tastes like”. When looking at my old notes, this one clearly showed better than the ‘99, ‘06, ‘07, ‘08, and ‘12 in the past - although now I wonder what those would have been like had I waited 35 years ...
  • g & t commented:

    6/25/19, 9:55 AM - Definitely try it out now if you like ‘em “young”, or hold if you want more savory flavors. I just can’t understand how young it tasted. I doubt anyone’s counterfeiting Dominus, so the likelihood of a fake is low. But if it is real, then I can’t even conceive of the wizardry Christian Moueix is employing to make his wine. And it wasn’t even a great Napa year!! No - it’s not a “perfect” wine (and maybe those more experienced with old Bordeaux might not be impressed), but a surprising treat for me! I pushed all of my more recent Dominus purchases to the back of my cellar in hopes that they may show similarly at that age.

Red
2015 MacDonald Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
6/15/2019 - g & t wrote:
92 points
Very tight at this stage. Despite a purity of dark fruit upon entry, it's immediately overtaken by a shield of tannin, acidity, and alcohol that makes it tough to feel what's underneath. I don't get any of the "sumptuous" or "explosive" qualities put forth by AG. As I don't give extra points on "potential", at this moment it's far too tight for me to be as enjoyable as described by other posters; I regret opening one up this early (although it was more open a year ago!). Future scores will likely improve.
  • g & t commented:

    6/16/19, 5:03 AM - Popped, decanted, consumed over three days. It just wouldn’t give up the goods!

Red
2010 Château Beauséjour Montagne-St. Émilion Pentimento Red Bordeaux Blend
10/16/2014 - g & t wrote:
88 points
unremarkable bordeaux - neither good nor bad - a moderate amount of everything: fruit, length, acid, tannin; but nothing to really grab your attention.
  • g & t commented:

    1/23/18, 8:03 AM - I'm more of an optimist I suppose - I give it praise for not being a bad bordeaux, of which there are tons out there at this pricepoint. This is one of those solid B efforts.

Red
2015 Trivento Malbec Reserve Mendoza
10/15/2016 - g & t wrote:
90 points
A 95-pt wine this is NOT. Leaner than most Argentinian Malbecs, with good acidity and a vegetal streak running through bright red fruits. Fine tannins, moderate length. I can see how it would stand out in an all-malbec tasting panel, but by itself, it tastes like a $12 wine.
  • g & t commented:

    10/24/16, 9:11 AM - I was expecting a little bit more than grocery-store level quality. I was hoping that a Decanter 95 should give me something on the palate that would warrant me stocking up at $12/bottle - it just didn't do it for me.

Red
2011 Haras de Pirque Cabernet Sauvignon Hussonet Gran Reserva Maipo Valley
4/16/2016 - g & t wrote:
79 points
I wholeheartedly disagree with the professional reviews regarding this wine. Perhaps there is bottle variation, but this wine did nothing right for me. At least had it been "flawed" then I could mark it as such. This wine had a very sour cherry on entry, with the unmistakeable Chilean cab flavor that dominated the palate (it's almost like a rubber/synthetic fruit quality), without any balance. Short-lived, without any depth or evolution. Basically a single sour note, then gone. I've had better wines at wedding receptions ...
  • g & t commented:

    4/17/16, 11:34 AM - I also bought from K&L! I wonder if we could have them re-taste their inventory and see if they still feel that it was worth their own hype.

White
2014 Massican Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley
12/7/2015 - msuwine Likes this wine:
93 points
The best SB coming out of Napa for under $50 (and this is closer to $30!). Pale white in color; light in body; nose of grapefruit and flint. Tastes of grapefruit, slate, and wet grass. 13.9% alcohol. Intense but energetic, this is more than a tremendous value; it is a fantastic wine - far better than the Spottswoode and Mondavi To Kalon, in my opinion.
  • g & t commented:

    4/16/16, 2:17 PM - I completely agree. In good years, I still fine Quintessa's Illumination to be enjoyable, but still a different animal than Massican.

Red
2011 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Abbott Claim Vineyard Willamette Valley
12/14/2014 - g & t wrote:
50 points
I normally don't numerically rate faulted wines, but I suspect that this isn't something that's isolated to my bottle alone, given the other reactions on this board. There is something very "funky" on the nose - definitely not TCA, rather, a peculiar petrol + manure + acetone smell that is very unappealing. The palate is very abrasive, with high acid and high "funk". Didn't bother to examine anything else, as I immediately spit it out and flushed with water. I'm all for savory flavors in my wine, but this is too much to be intentional. I'll write to Ken Wright and post any response.
  • g & t commented:

    9/17/15, 5:06 PM - Nope - Ken Wright wrote no response. That's sad. Oh well, life's too short for bad wine and unresponsive producers. Fortunately, there are other excellent producers out there.

Red
2010 World's End Cabernet Sauvignon Good Times, Bad Times Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Oakville
7/13/2015 - Yack Man wrote:
87 points
Very disappointing. Lite, tart, and acidic. I enjoy Beckstoffer To-Kalon fruit source and this wine drinks nothing like that appellation to me. It is not terrible but I expected much more. I picked this one up on sale and I'm glad I didn't pay more for it. I will stop at this point, as there is not much good that comes to mind about this Cab. I WOULD NOT recommend this wine.
  • g & t commented:

    7/14/15, 6:45 AM - Do you feel like the wine was compromised when it was found on sale? Or do you just think that this was the intentional style of the winemaker?

  • g & t commented:

    7/14/15, 12:24 PM - Thanks for your input - I appreciate it immensely!

Red
2012 Textbook Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
5/6/2015 - g & t wrote:
86 points
Sadly, yet another Parker-overrated wine. Very hot on the nose and mouth, with only a moderate amount of fruit and unremarkably structure. Just another sadly over-extracted wine with a bad medicinal edge. No point in wasting the $22 on this one.
  • g & t commented:

    5/7/15, 9:53 PM - I'm not sure if time will tame the alcohol presence (one of my major gripes), but maybe the other flavors will harmonize better, yes. At the same pricepoint, I find the 2012 Hardin to be a step up in every domain, from flavor profile to balance with acidity and tannin.

Red
2009 Château Sénéjac Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
4/28/2014 - Flyfish1219 wrote:
92 points
- Slow forming legs - Way better than its 2010.
  • g & t commented:

    4/29/14, 10:48 PM - I concur in every way - it's not just more plush, rather, more complexity and nicely balanced.

White
2012 Ayoub Pinot Noir Blanc de Noir Dundee Hills
Much more convincing than the prior bottle, which was no doubt opened too soon after shipping. Pronounced aromas, tart citrus, juicy acidity, all integrating into a satisfying mouthful. My only quibble is that pesky wax capsule. . .
  • g & t commented:

    2/13/14, 8:41 PM - I find that the wax capsules are best removed by melting them over a candle's flame - and then followed by a cold water quench so the bottle doesn't stay hot for long.

Red
2008 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Laurène Dundee Hills
1/18/2014 - g & t Likes this wine:
92 points
Initially very tight, needing several hours to blow off the sour-patch-kid-nail-polish-remover. Afterwards with lush cherry and a texture as soft as biting into a ripe plum. A nice dose of Oregon earth. Not bad for a mass-produced Oregon pinot.
  • g & t commented:

    1/18/14, 9:32 PM - With nearly 3000 cases made, it's an order of magnitude larger than similarly priced 200-300 case productions by other brilliant Oregon producers like Alexana, Ayoub, and Brittan.

Red
2009 Château Rollan de By Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
6/25/2013 - g & t wrote:
88 points
Interesting "finesse" - some balanced fruit and acid and Bordeaux earth, with dusty fine tannins. But altogether unremarkable - certainly not even threatening a score in the 90's. It'd be a great $16 wine.
  • g & t commented:

    6/27/13, 10:04 PM - To clarify, it was $24 by the time I got it - probably because it was after the WS91 rating came out.

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