Tasting Notes for rickwunderwood

(44 notes on 44 wines)

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2005 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/3/2019 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
100 points
The 2005 Harlan Estate is open-knit, sensual, perfumed and super-expressive today. Like so many 2005s, the Harlan is a bit lacking in intensity and overall structure relative to the very best years. The 2005 is a terrific choice for drinking now and over the next 15-20 years. At some point during that arc of time, the 2005 is likely to become a bit frail, but that does not appear to be imminent. Even after thinning to a cluster per shoot, the clusters and berries were large, which required some bleeding in the tanks, a technique that is not often used at Harlan Estate.
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2009 Harlan Estate Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/3/2019 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
100 points
The 2009 Harlan Estate has soft contours, plush fruit and tons of sheer immediacy. Now with a few years in bottle, the 2009 is just beginning to show the first signs of aromatic development. Deep, creamy and pliant, the 2009 can be enjoyed now, although it is sure to gain complexity over the next two decades.
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2012 Bond Melbury Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/3/2019 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
98 points
The 2012 Melbury is in a perfect spot today. Radiant and succulent to the core, the 2012 captures the essence of the vintage in its racy, succulent personality. The 2012 is not a huge wine, but it is quite open and accessible. Overall, though, the 2012 lacks the pop and sheer energy of the finest vintages.
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2002 Bond Melbury Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/3/2019 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
100 points
The 2002 Melbury is super-expressive stellar wine today. Rich, ample and inviting, the 2002 is endowed with soft contours, radiant, rich fruit and fabulous balance. Mocha, smoke, leather, red stone fruit and sweet spices build into the resonant, deeply satisfying finish. The 2002 is one of the more overtly ripe, forward wines in the first flight of this tasting.
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2009 Bond Pluribus Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/3/2019 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
100 points
Ready to drink now - much to admire in the 2009. Beautifully resonant on the palate, the 2009 possesses striking depth and nuance. Time in the glass seems to bring out the wine's natural richness and generous, inviting texture.
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2006 Bond Pluribus Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/3/2019 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
100 points
The 2006 Pluribus is a pleasant surprise from this largely overlooked vintage. All things considered, the 2006 has retained striking freshness and energy. There is plenty of raciness to the blue/purplish fruit, along with the heavy oak signature that was the norm at the time. Even so, the 2006 has aged beautifully.
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2005 Bond Pluribus Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/3/2019 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
100 points
A dense, powerful wine, the 2005 Pluribus is just starting to show the first signs of maturity. Blueberry jam, bittersweet chocolate, spice, leather and tobacco all take shape in the glass. There is no shortage of density to the 2005, but like many wines from this era, the oak component is quite pronounced.
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2013 Bond Vecina Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/3/2019 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
100 points
Ample and creamy yet also tannic, the 2013 is outrageously beautiful today. Raspberry jam, tobacco, smoke, dried flowers and herbs build into a crescendo of aromas, flavors and textures. Although the 2013 won't be ready to drink any time soon, it is simply thrilling on this afternoon. There is not much more I can say than that.
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2012 Bond St. Eden Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/3/2019 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
100 points
Sensual and silky in the glass, the 2012 St. Eden comes across as a bit subdued and even light, with less concentration and fewer shades of dimension than most other vintages. Perhaps the 2012 is in a bit of a closed phase. We will see.
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2009 Bond Quella Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/3/2019 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
100 points
The 2009 Quella is a gorgeous, deeply expressive wine showing beautifully. Mocha, plum, bittersweet chocolate and raspberry jam give the wine its sumptuous, up-front personality. Exotic, ripe and racy to the core, the 2009 is a true joy to taste today. Silky tannins add to the wine’s considerable appeal. This is an especially full-bodied, voluptuous wine with all of its elements in the right place.
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2007 Bond Quella Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/3/2019 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
100 points
Voluptuous and racy in the glass, with terrific freshness, the 2007 Quella has it all. Raspberry jam, blood orange and sweet floral notes add brightness throughout. Silky, ripe and alluring, the 2007 is one of the many standouts in this vintage. The 2007 drinks well now but it will hold for another 10-15 years.
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2006 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/11/2017 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
98 points
Perfection. Had side-by-side with the '05, and the '06 outshined by a hair.
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Red
8/22/2017 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
90 points
Really nice nose - just the slightest intriguing CdP funk. Smooth and mellow.
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1999 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/13/2017 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
97 points
Worth every penny!
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2013 Harlan Estate The Maiden Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/16/2017 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
96 points
Had with Underwoods Good Friday party. Chuck brought.
Red
10/12/2016 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
92 points
Very nice, and expect to improve further.
Red
10/12/2016 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
98 points
Wow, this is fantastic! Brand new to the club, and stoked to be included. This was my first shipment, and I already cannot wait for the next.
Red
10/12/2016 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
88 points
Good mid-week Pinot.
Red
10/3/2016 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
96 points
Beautiful - with great further potential.
The French Laundry’s Sommelier picks this wine one of his Four Most Exciting Napa Cabernets
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2014 Dylan's Ghost Proprietary Red Stags Leap District Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/28/2016 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
94 points
Way too young, but loads of potential.
Red
8/28/2016 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
91 points
Excellent recommendation by our server, Tido, and wonderful with beef bourguignon at La Poule au Pot in London.
Red
7/16/2016 - rickwunderwood wrote:
93 points
Plum, raspberry, blueberry, and cranberry fruit is round and pleasant, with oak, tea, and tobacco-spice elements that denote fine-wine territory. An exceptional value.
Red
4/1/2016 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
92 points
Where can I get more?! Like the maker, liked the bottle, and loved this juice. Complex, smooth, intense and lasting. Well done.
Red
2014 Prisoner Wine Company The Prisoner Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
4/1/2016 - rickwunderwood wrote:
92 points
Wait for it...this fantastic blend needs a little time to get going, but when it does - so good.
Red
3/15/2016 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice, young, smooth Brunello.
Red
2013 Judge & Jury Sonoma County Red Blend (view label images)
3/11/2016 - rickwunderwood wrote:
87 points
Solid mid-week juice. Nice full fruit with depth and finish.
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Red - Fortified
3/11/2016 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
89 points
Fine everyday port - good, but nothing exceptional.
Red
2011 Dylan's Ghost The Beast Stags Leap District Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/11/2016 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
94 points
Fantastic!
Red
2/22/2016 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
94 points
Busted open for Anniversary at Mastro's. Wonderfully smooth upon opening, and sublime after an hour decant. The wine looks purple colored with no sediment in the bottle. Nose of chocolate, forest floor, mineral, medium toast, vanilla, verbena, black currant (cassis) and blackberry. Flavors like black currant (cassis), blackberry, fig, mineral, vanilla, coffee, black pepper, verbena and chocolate. The body is full with very round texture, and nice long finish and medium acidity.
Red - Fortified
2/15/2016 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent! Full of candied fruit and rich spice and roasted hazelnuts. Nose alone is worth the price of admission.
Red
2013 Department 66 D66 Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
2/8/2016 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
90 points
Not sure about this one - great nose! pretty hot at pour, developed and mellowed after about 1/2 hr., but almost port-like in intensity and alcohol. Need another shot.
Red
2/8/2016 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
88 points
Little light, not my fav. Was highly recommended, but fell asleep little short.
Red
2012 HiJinx Paso Robles Red Blend (view label images)
2/3/2016 - rickwunderwood wrote:
84 points
Pretty smooth, I agree, but not much going on with this one. A funky nose initially which settled down and became rather enjoyable. Overall, no bad, just a little boring.
Red
2/1/2016 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
93 points
A nose of cherry, strawberry, floral, vanilla, and waft of mint. The palate is smooth and medium weight with flavor characteristics of stewed cherry, chocolate, toffee, and warm sweet baking spices. Refreshing acidity. An elegant wine from start to finish.
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Red
2/1/2016 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
94 points
This is gorgeous, showing the sophistication and complexity. It’s delicate and bright, but it shows power and determination at the same time. The aromatic intensity is very impressive, and the bouquet recalls notes of cassis, leather, licorice, cola and dried ginger. Hold for 10 years or more.
Red
1/26/2016 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
87 points
Surprisingly, good. Better second night - opened up.
Red
1/7/2016 - rickwunderwood wrote:
89 points
Pretty darn good. Really opened up and was quite full after 30min. in the glass. Let it breathe and you'll be rewarded.
Red
12/26/2015 - rickwunderwood wrote:
88 points
Bit of a disappointment after reading some positive reviews. Was fine, but alcohol a little hot.
Red
12/19/2015 - rickwunderwood wrote:
Disappointed - I think overrated.
Red
12/19/2015 - rickwunderwood wrote:
Smooth, wonderful, crowd-pleaser at Christmas party.
Red
12/15/2015 - rickwunderwood Likes this wine:
93 points
Fantastic! Found in the cellar, and worried oast its orime. As a wild card, served last night along side 12 other wines - was the croud fav.
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