Tasting Notes for fdaner

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Red
12/26/2019 - fdaner wrote:
91 points
Nice base level Brunello with notes of dried cherry and flowers. It really picked up some weight and depth with some decanting. I think it's in a good spot now and would drink in the next few years. Not up to the 13 but a solid wine and showed better with food.
Red
11/30/2019 - fdaner wrote:
93 points
Opened for Thanksgiving this is showing so much more than it did a few years ago. It has a lovely red nose of strawberry and cherry that give hints of whats to come. Really nice silky tannins on a light/medium weight pinot. It's deep in flavor of red cherry and a bit of baking spice. Just delicious.
Red
10/27/2019 - fdaner wrote:
94 points
The 2012 is a real beauty that is just starting to emerge. If you drink now decant for 1 to 2 hours. Wonderful nose of red and black fruit that follows on the palate. There is a slight richness to it and the tannin is silky but present providing nice structure. This is still pretty young but very much in the Bressler style. A beautiful wine.
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Red
10/24/2019 - fdaner wrote:
97 points
The 2010 I believe is just starting to enter it's drinking window. Brought to dinner and followed over 90 minutes after decanting. The wine is very deep in every aspect of color, nose and taste. It has dark fruit showing black raspberry and plum along with cassis and some smoke and mineral elements that add a layer of complexity and depth that separates this from many other Cabs and put's it in the extraordinary level for me. Nice acidity and fine grain tannins support an extremely long finish that coats your palate. This was at it's best after one hour and it kept rising to new heights. Very ripe and modern but classically made managing oak influence. Open now and decant for an hour or 2 or let it continue to develop as it still is young and built to last for many years.
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Red
10/21/2019 - fdaner wrote:
93 points
Tasted at Frog's Leap winery. Consistent with the house style this is a mid weight classically made Rutherford Cabernet. Bright deep nose of dark cherry and a bit of plum. Similar notes on the palate with moderate tannin and acidity. This has some nice depth and complexity now and a clean bright finish. This drinks well now but given a few more years I expect it will pick up a bit of weight and depth. We also tasted the 12 and 08 which were wonderful. If you're looking for more classically made Cabernet with little oak influence and not over ripe flavors then Frog's Leap is for you. It's also a terrific value especially at the club price of $55. Excellent and recommended.
Red
10/20/2019 - fdaner wrote:
92 points
Bottle might have had a bit of travel shock but it was closed and not revealing much. It took several hours to open up and still was pretty closed but with dinner it came alive and shows tremendous promise. This has serious structure and tannin and should be left for several years. It has serious potential.
Red
10/13/2019 - fdaner wrote:
92 points
Dark in color with a nose of red and black fruit. Taste very similar on the palate with cassis and earth tones complementing the fruit very well. It has a nice backbone of acidity and silky tannin. This has some real verve and energy to it and is outstanding for it's price point. Upon initial opening it's a bit bigger and there was a slight bite in the finish but one hour in the decanter brought everything together. This is still young and should age wonderfully. It's made in a classic style that I really appreciate.
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Red
10/6/2019 - fdaner Likes this wine:
94 points
I brought to dinner and decanted about 45 minutes. This wine is still young and has deep primary notes of blackcurrant and dark fruit. It's seemless, silky and somewhat lightweight on the palate. The dark fruit and currant notes standout along with some cedar and earth tones. Everything is balanced by nice acidity and it has a long persistent finish. It's excellent right now but I think it will peak in 3 years or so and pick up another point or 2.
Red
9/29/2019 - fdaner wrote:
93 points
Deep and dark in the glass. The nose has black fruit with a little smokiness on the end. It has ripe blackberry and current with silky tannin and nice length on the finish. It needs some time in the decanter for a bit of the alcohol to blow off but slightly drying tannin shows up with air. The additional time adds to a long finish w some grip. This is still 2-3 years from peaking but worth trying if you have a few. A modern Napa Cab but in no way overdone or too ripe. Very good to excellent.
Red
9/3/2018 - fdaner wrote:
93 points
Wine opens up with an expressive nose of red fruit, mineral and slight pine notes. It is deep and pure upon tasting with fine grain tannin and some structure showing as the wine was consumed over several hours. If you have several I would not hesitate to open but expect this will be outstanding in 3-5 years.
Red
7/17/2016 - fdaner wrote:
92 points
This is just starting to hit its zone. Needs 90 minute decant and then it opens up into a real beauty. Light red color then cherry and slight cranberry with a touch of orange zest and zip. Acidity and tannin balance out the expressive zesty red fruit. Love Murto and this one is going to be really nice for the next few years. Great qpr
Red
5/25/2016 - fdaner wrote:
94 points
After a 1 hour decant this is hitting on all cylinders. This came after an 07 Kapcsandy Grand Vin so it had a tough compare but while the wine was excellent I felt it lost a little since the last bottle from 7/15. It has a deep dark nose and palate of rich black fruit and mineral. Everything is integrated and the wine is clearly in it's drinking window but I think it's lost some of the depth and weight it had last year. It's somewhat one dimensional and almost a bit too much. It finishes with a slightly sweet note.

This is a great wine but my experience with the Larkmead 07's as well as many other 07's is to consume them within the next year or so.
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Red
5/24/2016 - fdaner wrote:
98 points
This opens with a huge nose of dark black fruit, exotic spice and flowers . The nose is intoxicating and a great preview of what's to come. First sip impressive at pnp but I could tell from previous experience decanting would help. At the 2 hour mark the wine coats your palate with rich black fruit, cassis and graphite. It builds at the mid palate and ends with a very long finish that has a slight saline almost umami note. Tannins are starting to peak out and there is some structure though the wine is seemless and just about in perfect balance. This is just starting to hit it's drinking window and unlike many 07's can still use a little time. A stunning Napa cabernet and absolutely fantastic now with decant.
Red
5/15/2016 - fdaner wrote:
94 points
Deep dark nose of pure cabernet. Black fruit and a bit of scorched earth and bbq. It's very polished with nice acidity and it's starting to hit it's zone. It's drinking very well right now with a short decant but has the tannin and structure to hold a few more years. It will be tough not to drink before as it's so darn good now !
Red
2009 Alienor Grand Vin Lake County Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/17/2016 - fdaner wrote:
93 points
A beautiful wine made by a wonderful couple. RIP Denis. You will be missed.
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Red
1/2/2016 - fdaner wrote:
94 points
Consumed on NYE with some great friends. Opened and followed over 2 hours . This is a bruiser and the elegance, depth of fruit and fine grain tannin that showed so great young are starting to duck into the shadows. It's now time to bury these and let em sleep IMO. 2016 sounds about right to check in again.
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Red
10/28/2015 - fdaner wrote:
94 points
This wine has a real classic sense about it. Starts off with dark fruit, a bit of tobacco and dark slightly bitter chocolate. It's still very young and needs a few hours of slow ox to unwind and show it's best. It unfolds and slowly peaks out to reveal deeper levels of flavor and complexity. This was at it's peak at day 2 so if you open now I'd give it 8-10 hours of slow ox. A beautiful wine especially if you prefer your Napa wines with a bit of restraint and nod toward classic style. Excellent today and I expect it will be even better around 2020+
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Red
9/13/2015 - fdaner wrote:
93 points
Very fragrant nose that is open and inviting. On the palate it has dark red plum and cherry fruit intermixed with tar. It firms up through the mid palate and finish with some iron notes and firm tannins. I knew this was way to young to open but wanted to try before buying more. Opened up a bit more with food (Humboldt Goat cheese was a great match) and right now it's an excellent wine with good potential. We followed the wine over 2 hours with some improvement. Hold at least 2- 3 years if not longer.
Red
8/30/2015 - fdaner wrote:
93 points
This wine is dark and has a great nose of black fruit and pure cab flavors. Deep dark blackberry fruit that is rich with some mineral notes and dusty tannins on the finish. This is just starting to peak and needed about an hour to pick up length and complexity. This is not the head turner or showy flash in the pan wine. This is though what Napa is all about with upfront fruit and enough acidity and tannin to wrap it all up in a beautiful package. Give this another year or so or short decant.
Red
8/30/2015 - fdaner wrote:
95 points
What a beautiful wine this is. Dark red in color with floral and dark red fruit tones on the nose. Dark red cherry on the palate with cassis and a distinctive herb/tobacco note on the finish. This needed several hours of air slow ox and by hour 3 the tannins had pulled back a bit and the mouth feel turned silky and the wine exhibited more depth and length on the finish.

This is not your typical 07. It clocks in at a modest 14.1% alcohol and is built to last. I've gone through several now and each time say give it another year. I think this is several years from peaking and will try not open another until the 10 year mark. It's outstanding now with potential to move into extraordinary territory. A beautiful and classic wine.
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Red
8/23/2015 - fdaner wrote:
97 points
The wine is incredibly aromatic and the nose is deep with red fruit, floral tones and hints of smoke. It's silky and glides across your palate with red cherry mixed with smoke and cassis tones. The tannins are fine grained with the mouth feel silky and almost juicy in quality. The wine picks up depth and closes with a deep complex finish. An extraordinary wine already that might pick up a point or 2 with a few more years. This is drinking really well right now. This note is based on the first hour of tasting. With further decanting the wine became deeper but a bit more primary and closed. If you open now I would pnp and follow over time.
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Red
7/12/2015 - fdaner wrote:
96 points
the notes from Robert P and Cards and Wine below are spot on. The only thing I would add is to decant this at least 90 minutes. Brought to dinner and decanted and the additional time allowed the wine to blossom and show layers of depth and the finish picked up quite a bit. This wine blew us away. Perfect balance, subtle tannins, serious depth of flavors. It was outstanding with and without food. I wish I bought a case from the KL sale....
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Red
7/8/2015 - fdaner wrote:
98 points
Dark red and black fruits, flowers and currant on the nose. First sip is surprisingly smooth and silky. The tannins have melded into the background and the wine is juicy and pure cabernet. A 2 hour decant takes the wine from outstanding to extraordinary. Notes of black fruit, smokey bbq and mineral become more present. The mid palate and finish pick up considerably and it is now a wine that demands your attention. As you snap to you realize now the finish sails on for what seems like forever and you smile at what's in the glass and know that you were lucky enough this night to catch this wine at near perfection.

The 05 Solari and 07 Salon have been my all time favorites from Larkmead. I thought the 07 Solari had great potential if the tannins would calm down. Well they have and I was really surprised at how good this was at pnp. The 2 hour decant shows this is just starting to show it's full potential and enter it's prime drinking window. I think this could still improve a notch or 2 and reach perfection.
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Red
6/6/2015 - fdaner wrote:
93 points
Deep nose of sous bois and dark cherry and spice that is so inviting. This covers the palate with shades of red and dark fruit followed by spice and sous bois. It's got perfect acidity and with some air the wine picks up weight and punch and has a deep long finish. We followed this over 2 hours or so from pnp and it really opened up with time. I'll decant next time. This is just starting to enter it's drinking window. Outstanding RRV appellation wine that punchs well above it's price.
Red
5/30/2015 - fdaner wrote:
93 points
This has terrific potential. Eric's note below is spot on. This has supporting structure and depth to continue to develop. 2 hour decant revealed more tannin that turned a bit to dry on the finish. The best glass was on day 3 as it was perfectly integrated. I'll hold 2+ years or pair with a ribeye. Very good with outstanding potential.
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Red
5/18/2015 - fdaner wrote:
94 points
I was very excited to try this wine and it reminded me of some of my favorite Etude Cabs, Black Cherry, Tobacco, some dark cocoa and mineral. Initially, I was a bit disappointed as a few hours slow ox had no affect on the wine. I then moved to the decanter and like some of the older Etudes I've loved, this beauty slowly revealed herself. By hour 3 the mid palate and depth had really started to fill out and the last half glass was outstanding. The additional air also revealed firm yet silky tannins that completed the package.

To me this wine is pretty young right now and if you open I'd go with 3+ hours in the decanter. The pedigree is there on this one and it's a throwback visit to some of my favorite Cabs of the 90's and early 00's.
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Red
1/31/2015 - fdaner wrote:
92 points
Dark red in color with an inviting nose of dark red spicy fruit and earth tones. Lots of energy and freshness on the palate it has darker red cherry and some plum notes with some spice and earthy tones I think from some of the whole cluster. It has medium weight and a nice mid palate with some lift on the finish with a bit of tannin and slight structure. This is delicious now and as good as any of my favorite appellation wines. Drink now with short decant or hold for 1 year for possible upside.
Red
10/30/2014 - fdaner wrote:
94 points
Expressive and exotic nose of black cherry, spice and pine it starts off light and airy with similar notes on the palate of dark red fruit, exotic spice and a touch of pine/forest floor. With air it gains power and depth and the tannins turn very fine and provide nice structure that carries it to a very long finish. The depth of flavor, complexity and finish are impressive. We followed the wine over 3 hours or so before and after dinner. Very young now and I think can actually improve in a few years. Drink now with decant or hold. Excellent !
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Red
10/30/2014 - fdaner wrote:
92 points
Lighter red in color with a deep nose of red cherry and spice. Medium body with red cherry, spice and tea notes that unfold with time. Nice supporting structure from fine tannins with a long finish. This needs about 1 hour of air to show it's best and is just starting to enter it's drinking wine.
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Red
10/26/2014 - fdaner wrote:
87 points
Light and airy Chambolle that has an expressive nose of crunchy red fruit and spice. Starts of with a nice silky mouth feel and the same fruit and spice profile but a green note start to pick up in the mid palate and becomes more pronounced through the finish. For me the wine is good but the green note is robbing its potential to turn into a very good Chambolle. I don't have enough experience with greenness in Burgundy but wouldn't think this is going to go away so I will drink mine early. Good
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Red
8/31/2014 - fdaner wrote:
94 points
At Troquet in Boston with Jamie Manley, wonderful expressive nose and a melange of berries, flowers and spice. Slides silky smooth and has layers of red berry fruit with spice and and a long slightly rich finish. Tannins are silky smooth but the wine is still pretty young. Followed over 2 hours in the decanter and it really opened up. I think still has a little bit of impact from the oak and will continue to unwind and reveal itself with time. Now I just need to find a bottle. Hold for a few more years if you have it or decant 2-3 hours. Excellent.
Red
8/28/2014 - fdaner wrote:
94 points
Took to Bones for a business dinner. Decanted about 1 hour at the restaurant. Deep expressive nose of black fruit, smoke and spice. It glides onto the palate with similiar notes of dark black cherry interwoven with smokey bbq and a nice mineral component. It's deep and complex and the mouthfeel is silk as the tannins have softened but provide nice structure. This was one of my favorite 09's at release and it's really developed well. No rush to drink now but excellent with 1 hour decant.
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Red
7/20/2014 - fdaner wrote:
93 points
Wonderful nose of red fruit and earthy tobacco notes that entice you to take a sip. More red then dark fruit continue on the palate w slight cigar/tobacco notes framed with a little cedar on the finish. The oak is well integrated and the wine is silky smooth and very balanced with nice supporting structure. Air is it's friend as it evolved in the glass significantly. The nose and first taste are very good but your missing the depth and complexity if you don't let this unwind. Decant 1-2 hours if you drink now. Drinks above it's price point. Very good !
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Red
7/12/2014 - fdaner wrote:
93 points
Fresh dark ripe fruit on an inviting nose. It starts off with blackberry then shifts to sour(in a very good way) dark cherry on the palate. It's juicy and fresh from the start and really nice. With about 1 hour in the decanter it picks up weight with iron and sous bois notes added to the tart dark cherry. This is now starting to resemble a top Village level Gevry. It's transformed from good to an excellent wine that is the total package. Fine tannins and very balanced throughout it's evolution. I believe it's just starting to hit it's drinking window. So much better then the first bottle 2 years ago. Drink now with at least 1 hour decant or hold. I'm going to save one for at least 5 years as i believe their is still some upside. This is also a terrific QPR for pinot fans...
Red
7/10/2014 - fdaner wrote:
93 points
Deep and dark color with a shy nose that slowly reveals black fruit along with some tobacco and mineral elements. It's similiar in the mouth initially and a bit closed. After 2 hours of slow ox'd it really opens up to show additional layers of flavor and supporting tannins that add a touch of richness and a firm mouthfeel. This is another top vintage for DP where it shows the wonderful balance they seem to hit each year but a touch more in verve and the overall package. Very good today and expect it to be excellent in another 2 years or so. Drink now with several hours of air or hold.
Red
6/30/2014 - fdaner wrote:
94 points
Bright and expressive nose of red fruit and spice. The first taste reminds me of a top 1er CM. Dark cranberry turns into dried cherry and layers of spice. Picks up richness and depth after being opend 90 minutes or so but never heavy or out of balance. Supporting structure and fine tannins show up with some time. This is at least 2 years away from when you should open but if you do give it at least 1 hr of air. Excellent !
Red
6/30/2014 - fdaner wrote:
94 points
Deep dark color, wonderful nose of expresso and black fruit.It glides onto the palate and reveals mocha, dark fruit and tobacco notes. It's layered and complex with nice supporting structure and a silky mouthfeel. This was double decanted at home(sediment) and taken to a restaurant. Somm decanted again before i could stop him. The wine tightened up later at dinner and some drying tannins emerged at the end. I believe this wine was heading higher and closed down a bit. Drink now with slow ox for a few hours or short decant. Excellent wine.
Red
1/24/2014 - fdaner wrote:
92 points
Bright red with a nose of spice and a touch of animale. This is juicy with red fruit tones, spice and some little meaty animale and mineral notes. It's bright and balanced with nice acid and tannins that are supple and fine. This is in a great spot right now with a quick decant. Would have liked to have followed it a bit more but it went quickly as it was quite tasty.
Red
1/20/2014 - fdaner wrote:
92 points
This is just starting to emerge and show itself. Really nice lighter red fruit interwoven with complex spice and supporting structure. Much more expressive than the bottle tried in 2010. Would have like to have watched it evolve all afternoon but it was the last bottle pulled on Championship Sunday and got a short decant. Drink now with a longer decant or give it another year or two. I believe some additional upside is possible. Beatiful wine and dare I say Burgundian in style. Sweet spot Pinot for me.
Red
12/15/2013 - fdaner wrote:
93 points
Much better than the bottle last year. Tannins are starting to soften and now dark fruit surrounded my a mineral and slight iron compenent. Very balanced and just starting to enter it's prime. Very good.
Red
12/1/2013 - fdaner wrote:
flawed
2nd one that was full of spritz and VA. Undrinkable and down the drain. NR
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Red
11/4/2013 - fdaner wrote:
93 points
The Suacci is my favorite from Ryan and this one did not disapoint. The prior note is spot on. This has really developed over the last year. It's light red color really delivers starting with cherry that was a touch sour then it folds in lively spice, nice acidity and great forest floor notes. It's very true to the site and it really is in a perfect spot if you have any. Excellent !
Red
10/10/2013 - fdaner wrote:
93 points
Deep dark blue and black fruits with dark chocolate. Expands across the palate and finishes with some mineral and a bit of salty caramel. 2-3 hours of decant really brought out the complexity and depth of flavors. The mouthfeel got silkier and the finish longer. It was balanced and very drinkable and in the typical Bressler style. I'd leave these alone for 2-3 years or make sure you decant for the wine to reach full potential. The 07 is in a superb place and these usuallyl reward 5-6 years of cellaring so no rush. Very good to excellent with potential to reach outstanding for me.
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Red
6/9/2013 - fdaner wrote:
88 points
Sauvage and red cherry nose leads to bright red fruit along with mineral and forest floor notes in the palate. Moderate acidity keeps the wine fresh and almost juicy but the finish is a bit short. Needs about 1 hour of air and better than a bottle a few months ago. Would not decant or over expose to air as it shut down after 4-5 hours. Prefer the Corbeux bottling but this is a solid GC VV for the $.
Red
6/5/2013 - fdaner wrote:
93 points
This wine is in a terrific spot. The nose explodeds from the glass with light red cherry and asian spice. It's so light and airy it glides across your palate and is a wonderfull collage of flavor. Very balanced and silky fine.The wine was decanted for 30 minutes and then followed in the glass for about 90 minutes and it continued to reach new highs up to the last sip. No rush i believe but so good right now.
Red
6/2/2013 - fdaner wrote:
92 points
Decanted and followed over 2 hours. Shy nose that gives up a little dark fruit and spice. Cool dark fruit intermingled with an earthiness more soil than mineral. Excellent balance framed with firm tannins that are a touch dry but fan out with time. It already has a long and persistent finish. It really opened up in the glass at the 2 hour mark as the fruit took on more pronounced red and sappy tones. A very pretty wine and very good but will give the next one a few years as i believe it has nice upside.
Red
4/28/2013 - fdaner wrote:
93 points
This wines bursts from the glass with dark cherry, floral notes and strong iron/mineral notes. It is vibrant and powerful with a firm structure that carries through to a racy fantastic finish. Still very young and should rate a point or 2 higher in a couple of years. This is an excellent wine and a terrifc QPR. Was decanted for about 20 minutes and consumed within an hour. Leave for a few years or give it extended air.
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Red
1/5/2013 - fdaner wrote:
92 points
gave this several hours of air but it started out strong from pnp. Air turned the mouthfeel fine and added layers of complexity. Cherry with a bright zing of cranberry and a touch of citrus and pine on a long juicy finish. Really balanced with bright acidity and drinking very well right now. One of my favorite Rhys to date and one to drink while you wait on some of the other lineup.
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Red
1/6/2013 - fdaner wrote:
92 points
Gave this 3 hours of air slow ox and then followed over 2 hours or so. Very similiar showing to my first bottle. First taste upon opening and it was heavy with tar and earth. It really unwinds with air and becomes very aeromoatic and just explodes from the glass . Fresh and ripe with strawberry, dark cherry, tar and rose. It really picks up weight and the tannins become fine with a long finish. Wonderfull balance and went excellent with some rollatini and sausage.I think this is still pretty young so will give the others a bit more time or make sure to slow ox. This wine seriously delivers for the price. Have gone through 3 from my 6 pack.
Red
12/27/2012 - fdaner wrote:
92 points
This is in a really fine spot right now. After 1 hr or so of being open light red strawberry and cherry perfumed nose that follow on the palate with some pine and a little spice on the finish. Very balanced and the wine gains stregnth with air. Tannins are now really fine and the wine has a terrific silky mouthfeel. No reason to wait on these but give it an hour or so of air. Another great Zepaltas wine !
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