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Red
2001 Viña Almaviva S.A. Almaviva Puente Alto Red Bordeaux Blend
9/8/2017 - tomoem Likes this wine:
94 points
This wine has a juicy bouquet of dark fruits. The mouthfeel is soft despite the presence of some tannin. The flavors are pure Cabernet and include blackberry, some cedar, leather and cigar ash. The wine is very well structured and should continue to resolve its tannin over the next 3-5 years.
  • tomoem commented:

    3/22/19, 1:30 PM - Yes I do decant. I try immediately and then wait 2-3 hours and retry. I remember this wine being quite closed so I would be surprised if 8 hours is needed. Hope this helps

Red
2000 Turley Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard St. Helena Petite Sirah
2/19/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
94 points
Immediately out of the bottle the wine has enormous aromatics of grape jelly, and freshly laid pavement of asphalt. On the palette there is an immediate grape jelly flavor and a vegetable background. Tobacco leaf comes through at mid pallete and the finish is long and with acidic core that allows the fruit to linger for literally 30 seconds.

Thick and viscous mouthfeel. Color is deep and dark with a cloudy in glass appearance.
  • tomoem commented:

    2/19/19, 8:00 PM - Yes thanks for your comment Winotim.

    I have followed your notes over time and often concur with your tasting notes.

    I think these Turley “hayne” vineyards are a really special block that needs more attention. Love them. And at nearly 20 years they show me why.

Red
2009 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate St. Helena
2/14/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
95 points
Valentines dinner with 3 other couples. A wonderful wine tonight. Aromas with floral notes and lavendar. On the palette the wine starts with blueberry fruit and then morphs to add smokey dark cherry and then tobacco leaf. The wine is deep dark colored with a long finish with resolved tannins.
  • tomoem commented:

    2/15/19, 7:23 AM - The decant was 1 hour. The beauty of the wine revealed itself nearly immediately. Having had a number of older Spottswood’s I would that this is best right now. Acidity and tannins are you well balanced. Window is now through 2024.

  • tomoem commented:

    2/15/19, 7:26 PM - Terrible spelling/grammar on my last response.

    ...other Spottswood's I would SUGGEST that....

    ... acidity and tannins are ALSO well balanced .

Red
2016 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
1/25/2019 - Woodbridge Brad Likes this wine:
96 points
Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux Tasting of the 2016 Vintage (Metreon San Francisco): Okay at $88 this should be really good and in my opinion it is even more. As mr. Mondavi would say 'an iron fist in a velvet glove", it has tremendous strength of character and power in a nicely restrained presentation. Awesome.
  • tomoem commented:

    2/1/19, 8:27 PM - What a great note on a wine that I love and concur with your tasting notes.
    Bravo !

Red
2016 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
1/26/2019 - La Cave d'Argent Likes this wine:
94 points
Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2016 Vintage Tasting (Las Vegas, NV): The 2016 Lascombes is a heavily-extracted, opaque crimson bruiser that is laden with blackberry, boysenberry, dark chocolate and licorice on both the nose and palate. Full-bodied, fresh, seamlessly alcoholic and with excellent purity of fruit, it wraps its flavors with abundant sweet tannins, has impressive mid-palate density and concludes with a lengthy finish that carries some tannic grip. Give this outstanding wine several years in the cellar. It has a very bright future and may merit a higher score once all of the components have melded. Drink 2026-2046.
  • tomoem commented:

    2/1/19, 6:59 PM - Just as I begin eating notes I come across this spo on one. Bravo. I cannot improve on it

Red
2016 Château La Lagune Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
1/25/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
La Lagune is back on track to make Haut Medoc wines a force to be reckoned with. This was the most classic and age worthy LL that I have tried in ages. It was so sneaky on entrance, but it fanned out in the mouth with flamboyance, and confidence and just grew and grew and grew. Once this wine settles down, this can grow at last 2 more points and rival the best vintages of LL. I can't remember what the details of the wine were, as I tried it as the last wine of the night on a whim, but it made a huge impression on me after trying lots of classy wines. Will definitely buy to revisit...Chateau LL, an Haut Medoc, and one of the original teachers of Bordeaux to my inexperienced beginner palate has been lost, but now we have reconnected. One to seek and try.
  • tomoem commented:

    1/31/19, 8:21 PM - Great and thorough notes on the Ch LaLagune. I have always loved there wines given there expression of Haut medoc and one of the best at that.

    Bravo !!!

Red
2016 Château Gazin Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
1/26/2019 - La Cave d'Argent Likes this wine:
93 points
Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2016 Vintage Tasting (Las Vegas, NV): Although this deep ruby wine (a blend of 87% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc) is a structured Bordeaux, there is a degree of elegance to it that many would refer to as "feminine." Up-front floral notes are buttressed with dried cranberries, coriander, black tea and pipe tobacco. Medium-bodied and fresh, this shows beautiful integration of the alcohol, oak and tannin components, making it a joy to drink. The middle palate is nicely dense, leading to a smooth, lengthy finish. This is a superb wine that could easily merit a higher score in the future. Drink 2024-2041.
  • tomoem commented:

    1/30/19, 8:03 PM - Really great notes on this. My wife loved this wine. I found your points spot on. Bravo !

Red
2010 Seavey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
12/30/2018 - Cyclin wrote:
flawed
Not corked, but we have drank 2 bottles of this, and both have had some sort of defect. Totally lacking in fruit and tasteless. Immediate negative reactions from most tasters in our group. Wine has been cellared with many other high end wines, so the issue is with this particular case
  • tomoem commented:

    1/20/19, 3:38 PM - Having been a fan of seavey and at the Vineyard I caution people to give this a solid 4 hours of decant, I just today am posting day 2 notes. These are much more extracted and right out of the bottle tend to smell musty and bad. I hope you were able to experience day 2 like I did

Red
1998 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
12/1/2017 - Vmaster007 Likes this wine:
95 points
Open 2 hours prior , the cork was in top shape and could have last a lot longer. Typical Haut-Brion, a great nose of tobacco and subtile spices. This wine is a superb wine still in its youth, but enjoyable now, it has a good lenght and could last for decades. Will wait at least 10 years to open my last and only bottle.
  • tomoem commented:

    1/18/19, 9:43 PM - Why post a score without notes ? Hard to make sense out of this. Please put tasting notes behind your score.

  • tomoem commented:

    1/19/19, 7:39 AM - Hmmmm ... ok. this is a great venue for wine and I see so many scores that move the needle and many have no backup notes. I Appreciate the response.

Red
2008 Peter Michael Les Pavots Knights Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
12/31/2018 - gesusser Likes this wine:
94 points
See last note in April..age has helped along with a 2 hour decant; excellent right outta the gate
  • tomoem commented:

    1/18/19, 9:49 PM - Why post a score without notes ? Hard to make sense out of this. Please put tasting notes behind your score.

Red
2012 Marcassin Pinot Noir Marcassin Vineyard Sonoma Coast
1/13/2019 - CornDoggyDogg Likes this wine:
98 points
Spectacular wine, and it's exactly the same as I remember from when I first had it and fell in love with it. Amazing acidity, with even a little bit of a spritz which I love (some may not). Really complex nose with both earthy (truffle, leather, etc) and fruity notes (strawberry, jolly rancher cherry, etc). I kept getting different notes each time I went to the glass. The palate largely matched the nose, with some minerality and great mouth feel. Just enough tannin to give it a backbone with a nice finish. Would have scored it even higher if it had coated my mouth a bit more and lasted a touch longer. Can't wait to have this wine again. Drinking great now and will last at least another few years.
  • tomoem commented:

    1/18/19, 9:26 PM - Great notes on. Fabulous wine. Makes me want to re-taste tonight.

Red
2003 Château Pavie St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
1/17/2019 - Paul D wrote:
88 points
2003 Bordeaux (Piccolino, Exchange Square, London): Nose shows ripe dark fruit, plum, vanilla. A touch of raisin. Palate is full bodied, soft and voluptuous with ripe dark fruit, a touch of alcoholic warmth, moderate acidity and a good length fruity finish. Interesting if not overly enjoyable.
  • tomoem commented:

    1/18/19, 8:53 PM - Are we tasting the same wine ? Your notes seem fine your score on this seems way off.

Red
2016 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Botanica Willamette Valley
10/27/2018 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine:
93 points
Black cherry, floral notes and light spices on the nose. A bit above medium bodied (14% ABV) with black cherry and some raspberry notes upfront. Adds some plum, additional black raspberry and and some blackberry notes through the mid-body and into the finish. Picks up some tart red cherry notes along with spices on the backside. Solid tannins lead into the mineral driven finish. I opened this bottle two hours in advance and it wasn't nearly enough as the wine still showed as extremely tight and spice/acidity dominant at that point. Began to open up at the four hour mark and by five, it was showing beautifully. Mid-body in particular took on that expressive elegance that showcases the fruit, but framed with structural notes, leading to a more complete experience. Like the Ceras from two days ago, I had an opportunity to try a bottle and assess where this wine was so as to better judge what I'd purchased from the winery. Based on this, I would hold these bottle until at least mid-2020 to give this time to integrate as based on what this wine showed today, I would expect it will be noticeably improved in that time.
  • tomoem commented:

    1/17/19, 6:30 PM - Great note on the 16’ Botanical. Take a look about midway through your note at the use of terms “asses”. I believe you might want to update.

Red
2016 Turley Zinfandel Dragon Vineyard Howell Mountain
10/11/2018 - Mark1npt wrote:
88 points
Neutral to I don't like it....doesn't resemble a Turley in any way, shape or form. The '15's were a bit disappointing overall but this '16 is...meh. Just a bunch of nothing. Thin, tart fruit......no clove/spice, tastes watered down and out of place like the winemaker screwed up and tried to save it somehow. I hope this stuff improves with time in bottle or this may go down as my least favorite Turley vintage ever.
  • tomoem commented:

    12/24/18, 8:13 PM - You posted a great note on the Turley Dragon Zin. I like most of the wines from Turley but did find this to be different.

Red
1994 Costers del Siurana Priorat Clos de L'Obac Grenache Blend, Grenache
2/2/2018 - andtheodor wrote:
There's some nice classically Priorat berry and slate aromas but the palate is fairly washed out, not oxidizing or getting nasty, just dilute. Drink by 2012.
  • tomoem commented:

    12/24/18, 7:58 PM - Great notes and quite succinct and on the money. I agree with the washed out note, but OWE that aromatic nose...... !!! Simply the peak and a letdown in mouth.

Red
2006 Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
12/4/2018 - buckeye76 wrote:
Though there were similarities in my notes from a bottle opened one year ago (95), this was almost over the top. Lots of dried black fruits and cocoa. I'm not really sure how to rate it.
  • tomoem commented:

    12/5/18, 7:36 PM - I agree with your words on this. I opened this bottle on Monday and am getting glass #3 tonight. Just so goooooood !

Red
2015 Outpost Immigrant True Vineyard Howell Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend
8/23/2018 - msuwright wrote:
92 points
This warm and ripe Cabernet blend seems a bit superficial to me right now - it's pleasing and likable, but it's also a little soft. Drinking this now is a little like watching Draymond Green his freshman year at Michigan State: the kid is a little pudgy and lacks an outside shot, but he has a work ethic and a knack for the ball. The question then was: how far can he go? The question is the same now as to this wine - and I can't quite tell at the moment.

Ruby red in color, full (almost milky) in body, and nose of cherry pie, anise, and baking spices, with a hint of warm straw. Tastes of boysenberry, milk chocolate, and vanilla, with a soft and lingering finish. 14.7% alcohol. Blend of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, and 23% Cab Franc. Decant at least an hour, since this deepened with air.

This is the first Outpost I've been able to follow at home, and I came away a little mixed. It has beautiful fruit (and is almost top heavy with it) - but I'm not sure if it has the tannin or acidity to develop into something more compelling. In TRB I trust (usually), so I'll cross my fingers that this develops over another year or two. I agree with csimm, though, that this deserves more time: the potential is there; now it just needs to slim down and work on that jump shot...
  • tomoem commented:

    9/13/18, 7:45 PM - Once again your review is so spot on. Had this last night with my wife. Bravo !

    I love these wines but this felt just a little thin.

  • tomoem commented:

    9/13/18, 7:46 PM - Once again your review is so spot on. Had this last night with my wife. Bravo !

    I love these wines but this felt just a little thin.

  • tomoem commented:

    9/13/18, 7:54 PM - Once again your review is so spot on. Had this last night with my wife. Bravo !

    I love these wines but this felt just a little thin.

Red
2015 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
4/1/2018 - Cristal2000 Likes this wine:
97 points
A treat to try this so early in its life. Having had the 2014 edition not long ago, I was struck by how much more old school/french this vintage tasted. A really wonderful nose of black cherries, menthol, tobacco leaf, iron and spring flowers. Initially this had a bit of jam, but that went away after a couple hours in the decanter. Showing a ton of complexity, really exceptional balance and that amazing texture I always get from Scarecrow in a good vintage. No hard edges, nice blue and black fruit, full bodied and nuanced, this finishes very long and pure. Very young to be pulling this out, but with enough air it still delights.
  • tomoem commented:

    7/24/18, 7:12 PM - Great notes. I did also have this and concur with your review. Bravo !

  • tomoem commented:

    7/26/18, 5:45 AM - Thanks, Great stuff that Scarecrow ! Worth getting and still a value if you are on their list. In the after market these are getting pricey.

White - Fortified
N.V. Equipo Navazos Montilla-Moriles La Bota de Oloroso "Montilla" nº 74 Pedro Ximénez
12/2/2017 - PacoHigon Likes this wine:
97 points
Magnífico Oloroso montillano que procede de las Bodegas Pérez Barquero, procede de una selección de botas de la Solera Diógenes, ubicada en tercera en la Bodega El Puente de Pérez Barquero. y cuenta con una edad media cercana a los 30 años. De color ámbar tiene una nariz potente, muy intensa, pero con excepcional definición y profundidad, las notas de azúcar quemado, los toques de frutos secos tostados y los toffes acompañan a un paso por boca impactante, intenso, pero que es pura finura, buenos amargos, seco y muy largo.
  • tomoem commented:

    7/23/18, 8:56 PM - Wow. Looking at your notes and scores (very few). I wonder how this possibly accrued a 97 score. I will find try to find this wine. Thank you. !

  • tomoem commented:

    7/23/18, 9:03 PM - Wow. Looking at your notes and scores (very few). I wonder how this possibly accrued a 97 score. I will find try to find this wine. Thank you. !

Red
2014 Château Mauvesin Barton Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
4/22/2018 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
88 points
This is definitely approachable right off the bat, but I enjoyed it more as it opened up a few hours. Aromas of floral, cherry, dried cranberry, a little lemon, damp earth, and graphite. Medium bodied with medium acidity and finish, a bit of tannic grip yet, and flavors of black cherry, plum, some dark fruits as well, iron, and mineral. I think one of the pro reviews mentioned "rustic" and I can see that. No worries popping now, but I think it could improve with short term cellaring, so maybe I'll space them out a little.
  • tomoem commented:

    7/18/18, 8:03 PM - I can't tell you how much my notes are spot on with yours. Bravo !

White
2015 Failla Chardonnay Sonoma Coast
Smells a touch like herbs. HOney and kinda a honey nut CHerrieos thing going on. With some crispiness, fresh, easy does it. Now based on one of their own vineyards where Aaron lives. ANd now organic farming as well. 15% new french oak, neutral large oak. ANd some eggs in there too.
  • tomoem commented:

    7/9/18, 6:31 PM - I must say that I have never read a "honey nut Cherrios" analogy to a wine. I have had it tonight and must say that after 1 minute of finishing my first tasting. I thought it was an awesome correlary note. Bravo !

White
2015 Turley The White Coat California White Rhone Blend
4/2/2018 - guitarguy wrote:
86 points
The 2015 version of the White Coat shows lemon balm and lanolin in the nose. Flavors are dry and lean, bitter citrus peel, slate, and a hint of lime in the finish. Okay.
  • tomoem commented:

    6/22/18, 6:26 PM - Great notes. I agree with the flavors you describe.

Red
2010 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
6/25/2017 - Decanthor Likes this wine:
90 points
PnP. Nice nose with notes of cocoa and blackberry/blueberry jam. With some time in the glass a few light earthy notes emerged, including black pepper on the back end. Short finish. A good napa value at around $20.
  • tomoem commented:

    5/18/18, 8:09 PM - Really well described comments. I Concur.

Red
2001 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg Richebourg Grand Cru Pinot Noir
4/24/2018 - ve23 Likes this wine:
97 points
DRC on 24 April 2018 (Le Restaurant, Moscow): 97/100

Dark and a notch cloudy Richebourg, pensive and melancholic.

Classic burnt notes somewhat subdued, with mint, menthol, and dark berries, juicy yet a bit jammy.

Looks overly aged for its humble seventeen, as if it were a teenage boy who matured too fast - but now it’s at the top of its prime, quiet and winking slyly.

I wouldn’t keep it for long.

DRC night at Le Restaurant, 24 April 2018
  • tomoem commented:

    5/13/18, 10:14 AM - Awesome notes on an even more awesome night with 3 DRC's !!!

  • tomoem commented:

    5/13/18, 10:16 AM - Awesome notes on an even more awesome night with 3 DRC's !!! Bollinger was the low (at your 93 score notes less) so what can you say ☹️ Other than trully special night.

Red
2001 Clos Erasmus Priorat Grenache Blend, Grenache
12/17/2016 - Doc90 Likes this wine:
95 points
Tasted blind. The nose is saturated in delicious fall spices, rich cherries, and white pepper. The texture is so silky and open, sensuous even. Rich cherry ice cream palate. Cinnamon, Old Spice, lovely red fruit. Long finish of cinnamon and cherry ice cream. Festive and harmonious. Drinking wonderfully, and doesn't necessarily need any more time. I wish I could drink stuff like this all the time.
  • tomoem commented:

    5/9/18, 8:10 PM - Really spot on notes on this Erasmus. Bravo! I love this wine

White
2012 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard Sonoma Coast
4/25/2018 - clayfu wrote:
Round, very rich, filled with citrus and white flowers. There's a weight to the full bodied nature of the wine. It's soft and broad. Clean waves of pear and peach envelope the palate. You can see the oak is giving the wine some weight. Any comparison to white burgundy is laughable, but in the vein of an unabashedly rich and oak wrapped California Chardonnay , it's good.
  • tomoem commented:

    5/9/18, 6:50 PM - What succinct and quite accurate notes you have posted. I just had this and found your notes spot on. BRAVO !!

Red
2014 CrossBarn (Paul Hobbs) Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
4/17/2018 - J.S wrote:
91 points
Coravin pour with the aerator.

This wine opens with a tremendous bouquet, of dark red cherry, currants, cassis, and a slight hint of heat.
Dark inky red in the glass, this wine looks and smells worthy of its Paul Hobbs name.

Diving in, a smooth mouthfeel of dark red cherry and tart blueberry coupled with subtle spicyness leads into a slightly dryer then average delicate sweet tannic finish. This wine doesn’t come across as overly “full bodied”, as its maximum width and depth doesn’t last long, and never really packs much of a punch. This is definitely on the delicate side of Napa Cabs. This wine is easy drinking, and invites you back in for more. The subtle heat felt on the nose isn’t noticeable on the palate. The biggest attribute is definitely its fruit, Paul has let the pure fruit take centre stage on this, and likely performed minimal new oakage, which also probably explains its lack of substance. Think a more sophisticated Orin Swift Palermo.


After trying the true Paul Hobbs premium wines previously, such as the Dr. Crane and Nathan Coombs, this wine is not even in the same universe, its simply so much lighter, and perhaps watered down as a comparative term? Nothing stands out as overly impressive. I would say it has nicer fruit however...

If this wine had more substance its rating would definitely go up. Would love to try this after its sat in some premium French oak, Marcel Cadet water bent barrels and their butter scotch power would go a long way.
  • tomoem commented:

    4/30/18, 7:41 PM - Bravo on your very succinct notes. I found them spot on. I tasted this wine alongside P. Hobbs Cabernet (non single vineyard). The P. Hobbs is much better but is also more than twice the price but .....worth it.

    This is thin, slightly watery, but well flavored with cherry and cedar wood dominating the flavor profile. I would say it is an OK wine but not much more.

Red
2000 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Spottswoode Estate Vineyard Napa Valley
2/14/2018 - stockshooter Likes this wine:
94 points
After reading some notes on this wine and vintage, I wasn't sure whether or not to open this up on Valentine's day, Feb. 14th ?

Thankfully I did ... an Awesome bottle of wine !!!

On opening, the cork was full of dark fruits and berries ... a great sign !

Decanted about 1hr and drank over the next 3hrs+ .. it really started to shine after about 1hr into the decant.

A bit of sediment on the bottle edge as one would suspect.

At the start, maybe a bit astringent but that went away after about 30 mins.

After 2 hrs in, although the nose was still a bit muted, a good amount of fresh dark berries, herbs, spice and almost a 'forest' floor, maybe even some cedar notes come through.

Just a great bottle overall .. not sure of the other comments, but I sure wish I had more of this one.

An exceptional bottle in maybe not such a great year ? Definetely a treat to drink !!!

Paired with roasted rack of lamb & mashed potatoes.

An easy 94+ !!!
  • tomoem commented:

    3/1/18, 7:25 PM - Really thorough note on the 00' Spottswoode. Well written

Red
2008 Alban Vineyards Grenache Alban Estate Vineyard Edna Valley
3/5/2017 - ogres3 Likes this wine:
94 points
Let breathe for over two ours. Attempted to pair with filet. Big/Donald Trump Huuuugeee fruit forward wine. Big hit with all the relatives - racked up some points with the mother in law but may be too much for me (both the wine and the mother in law). Don't see pairing this wine with food.
  • tomoem commented:

    2/26/18, 6:44 PM - Hmmmm...... invoking the The old ....... "mother-in law" tasting note. Great notes and got me smiling. Bravo !

Red
2015 Hartford / Hartford Court Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
12/16/2017 - Snag One Likes this wine:
91 points
Wonderful Pinot for the price. Nice layers of strawberry, cherries, mint and licorice.
  • tomoem commented:

    2/24/18, 11:36 AM - Just had this last night and totally agree with your notes. Especially recognizing mint in their. I concur Bravo

White
2014 TOR Kenward Family Wines Chardonnay Cuvée Torchiana Napa Valley
4/4/2017 - tomoem Likes this wine:
93 points
Improving ever so slightly on my previously posted notes. Dare I say that I sense that these Kenward Tor Chardonnay's needs time !

After all these are chard's so why or how age them ?
I say..... yes in the case of these Tor's. Just 1-2. Years more
  • tomoem commented:

    2/14/18, 6:07 PM - Nice to find another Tor lover. Friend me and I will do same so that I can see what you are drinking

Red
2007 Francis Ford Coppola Archimedes Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend
1/6/2018 - terry j Likes this wine:
91 points
This Cab blend is still drinking as quite youthful. It has a taut, pleasant nose of summer berry flower, and a sweet, opulent, straightforward, somewhat simple palate.
  • tomoem commented:

    1/31/18, 7:47 PM - What a convenient ncing and great note. I will try to pick this up if I find it

White - Sparkling
N.V. Besserat de Bellefon Champagne Cuvée des Moines Extra Brut Champagne Blend
1/18/2018 - TashNYC wrote:
91 points
A WineBid tasting you won't forget - NYC (Mandarin Oriental Hotel, NYC): The tasting began with a pour of this champagne. It was light and tasty, with small, elegant bubbles and some proper toast.

And then the food guy handed me a grilled lamb chop. Turns out, this is not a great pairing! (Who knew?). I was so distracted by the lamb chop I didn’t get the year disgorged.
  • tomoem commented:

    1/19/18, 7:00 PM - Great briefly meeting you last night at Winebid event in NYC. Probably the most intimate highest end tasting event I have been to. Bravo on the prompt note entry. I a man just starting mine.

Red
2014 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon Monsieur Ètain Rutherford
1/5/2018 - ashikoh Likes this wine:
95 points
Easy Bistro Bottle Share (Easy Bistro): Dark ruby red in the glass. Very aromatic with black cherry, crème de cassis, licorice, vanilla extract, and hints of graphite. Dense, concentrated fruit on the palate with a bit of the Rutherford dust on the back end. A blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot, this is the second wine produced from the J.J. Cohn estate after Scarecrow. Although still in its infancy, it was a pleasure with Wagyu Steak Frites. 14.9% alcohol. $190.
  • tomoem commented:

    1/6/18, 12:01 PM - Great comments on a wine family that I am a huge fan of.

Red
2015 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
12/21/2017 - TomNichols Does not like this wine:
76 points
I have been honored to share with others, many bottles of the great Caymus Special Reserve 1990, and Latour 1982. These wines were criticized in their youth as being "too fruity". I have enjoyed a few bottles of intense Belle Gloss. This wine, however, is definitely a disgrace to the family. It is only appropriate for pancakes. Five years from now, thirty years from now, it will only be for pancakes. Much better to invest in Vermont maple syrup. If you think this is Cabernet, you are the victim
of fake news.
  • tomoem commented:

    12/21/17, 7:45 PM - So I take that this means you don't like it !

  • tomoem commented:

    12/21/17, 7:45 PM - So I take that this means you don't like it !

Red
2012 Pott Wine Cabernet Franc La Carte et Le Territoire St. Helena
7/2/2017 - csimm1161 wrote:
94 points
Previous notes apply. Black cherry and black raspberry notes dominated. This was smooth and approachable right out of the gate. Some purple plum flavors emerged after a couple of hours. I didn't get the chocolate or floral nuances that I have picked up from this wine in the past.

Some of its momentum faded (a slight letdown) after about two hours of air, with a rounder, more plump Merlot display taking over; this seemed to rob the Cab Franc of its push on the back end, resulting in a slight flatness on the finish.

Enjoyable nonetheless. 93-94 points this go-around. Although Aaron's wines (especially his namesake Cabernet Sauvignons) tend to perform optimally after about 6-8+ years in bottle from vintage, I'd say this particular wine is a more near-term drinker. Drink now and over the next few years (if you like some energy and intensity in your wine). It will likely go much longer, but I don't imagine it's drive or depth really increasing with any significant age.
  • tomoem commented:

    12/10/17, 7:16 PM - Great notes on this Pott wine. Couldn't have stated this any better than your notes.

Red
2013 Seavey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Caravina Napa Valley
11/17/2017 - tomoem wrote:
90 points
I decided to open one tonight and agree with my prior notes to hold. This wine is quite youthful and is likely to get better. Today it is dark colored with a distinct cherry aroma. Mixed berries and juicy. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy with flavors that are lighter and delicate. Kind of a weird mix but easy to drink. Te wine is also quite acidic on the finish. This will likely improve.
  • tomoem commented:

    11/23/17, 2:32 AM - Firstly thanks for the note.
    I gave it no time as it was a PNP. Throughout the night (3 hours) I did revisit my impressions. I wrote these next AM.
    I really think that when a wine has a higher acidic profile it tends to improve, but after opening it does not, unlike higher tannin wines which tend to mellow and settle down hours after opening.

Red
2006 Colgin IX Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
11/20/2015 - fcxj wrote:
96 points
Very fine.
  • tomoem commented:

    11/20/17, 8:29 PM - Perhaps elaborate a bit ! I do not appreciate posts such as this where no notes. Especially on a 96 !

Red
2012 Pott Wine Cabernet Sauvignon Kaliholmanok Kicu'me Spring Mountain District
2/21/2017 - csimm1161 wrote:
92 points
PnP was extremely tight but still giving off some wonderful and brambly fruit flavors, purple and red berries, black cherry, limestone, and alcohol. A chalky (but not bitter) finish that made me smile, but also made me want to wait if I could. After a couple of small pours, I corked the bottle and put it back in the cellar for a slow O2 over the next 24 hours.

DAY 2: This didn't develop as much as I was hoping. It displayed some nice licorice and cedar notes, but lost a little momentum and was fairly shut down. It wasn't tight at all, but came across lighter bodied than expected. I think the sweet spot is somewhere between PnP and the 24 hours I allowed it to endure. Lesson learned. The next bottle I'll wait a year on. I'd bet a simple decant of 3-4 hours would be enough to open this wine up without over exposing it to lengthy airtime.

I'll wait until 2018+.
  • tomoem commented:

    11/7/17, 7:04 PM - I am on the Pott list and I get their wines. I have had a number of the bottles and generally refrain from drinking because of the well crafted ageability of the wine. Your notes over a modestly long period of time seem to indicate a wine in decline.

    Tonight I opened one for the first time in a while albeit not this particular wine. I was, simply put...... blown away. Possibly because of all the inferior wine I have had for the past few months but perhaps also because this is a killer wine.

    Do you continue to feel that this wine is in decline ? Curious, as I read your earlier notes and most recent.

  • tomoem commented:

    11/20/17, 8:18 PM - You know ..... I tend to agree with your assessment on the Pott wines. I had to spend a few days thinking about how to respond. I tend to look at the comment CT with a skeptical eye. Your points are quite developed and more importantly ... I think ... Accurate. Bravo.

Red
2014 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Three Palms Vineyard Napa Valley
11/17/2017 - PerfectVintage Likes this wine:
94 points
Initial nose and palate impression of stone & earth quickly incorporate loganberry, rhubarb, cherry and spice notes. The complexity & balance really stands out in this wine. There is engaging fruit to enjoy now and proper acid to carry it into a promising future.

W.O.T.Y. designation is the very definition of subjectivity but as California Merlot goes, this certainly belongs in the conversation.
  • tomoem commented:

    11/20/17, 7:34 PM - What great impressions. I am looking forward to having such similar experiences. Good for you to post as quickly as you have. I think duckhorn merlots have long been under appreciated. I await my case from duckhorn.

Red
2014 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Three Palms Vineyard Napa Valley
11/17/2017 - tomoem wrote:
Congratulations on the receipt of Wine Spectator wine of the year to this wine. I must say that I am looking forward to getting my case from the winery, since it is impossible to find. I wonder if it has been distributed widely outside of CA.
  • tomoem commented:

    11/17/17, 11:15 AM - Yes it is now a 2 bottle limit, and I give it till the end of this weekend and this wine will be gone. At 11:00 am this am I ordered 12 bottles, 30 minutes later there was a 6 bottle limit, and then 15 min later it became 3, and I believe this will be gone soon.

  • tomoem commented:

    11/17/17, 3:31 PM - It took one of the great Merlot houses to get the damn grape appreciated. I have had a number of really good ones this year.

Red
2014 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Three Palms Vineyard Napa Valley
11/17/2017 - Stanner51 wrote:
Try letting this set until 19. Needs a hearty food to a company
  • tomoem commented:

    11/17/17, 1:59 PM - no score ? Did you like or neutral

Red
1998 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Chabot Vineyard St. Helena
12/31/2013 - mflesh wrote:
93 points
Still has life left in it. Drink by 2010? Yeah, not so much, but I didn't think much by the 100+ drinkability report. Beringer always has the gusto. Heck, the 1982's are still drinking well. This one was uncorked with the Code38 - not taking any chances, but the cork was still very sound and only with about 4mm of cork bleed all the way around. There was a nice amount of sediment on the neck, but none of it was in the bottle. This one was aged nicely in Beringer's cellar before it was bought by Cellar360. The wine poured a clear ruby red into the glass. The nose was cherry liqueur with age. The front of the experience was cherry, a little earthy, but incredibly soft and silky on the front with a nice beautiful beginning. The mid-palate turned a little darker, with some aged fig and even a slight amount of plum. I thought the finish kind of had some cedar spice- - there was a sweetness associated with it, with some earthy loam. The aftertaste was actually quite pleasant - more of an aged cherry liqueur aftertaste than a plum/fig/nastiness aftertaste. This wine still probably has 6-7 years left with good care, but I wouldn't say that it has much more. If you have over a half dozen of these, it's time to start drinking it. But done? Meh....drinkability report is just plain wrong here. This one isn't done until 2020.
  • tomoem commented:

    11/3/17, 9:36 PM - I had the wine tonight which I acquired from the winery. What great and succinct notes from this CT member. I wholeheartedly agree with these these tasting notes. Spot on !!

White
2014 El Molíno Chardonnay Rutherford
10/21/2016 - Xanthen wrote:
84 points
Not bad.
  • tomoem commented:

    10/5/17, 6:43 PM - Totally disagree with your score on this wine. Not sure what you consider a good chard but respectfully think you should re-examine.

Red
2014 Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba
8/31/2017 - brujazz wrote:
85 points
Typical Barbara profile; soft, big body and lots of fruit. Excellent pizza-pasta wine. Ultimately, not worth the full $30 cost and even at the discounted $21.99 price paid it's not great QPR. Really gets by on the Giacosa cachet.
  • tomoem commented:

    9/30/17, 2:16 AM - I thought your notes on the Bruno Giacosa Barbera D'Alba were spot on and succinct. Great posting, I agree wholeheartedly !

Red
2015 Doña Paula Malbec Estate Valle de Uco
9/23/2017 - valecnik Likes this wine:
87 points
Slight cedar on the nose. A robust, flavorful style, with powerful, tangy acidity. Earthy dark berry fuit makes up the core, but there's a savory, meaty edge with notes of tomato leaf. The finish lingers with ripe orange and maybe even some mint.
  • tomoem commented:

    9/30/17, 2:06 AM - Very well described notes on this wine. I could not have described them any better...... Bravo !

Red
2012 Hope & Grace Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District
5/1/2016 - La Cave d'Argent Likes this wine:
91 points
This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced entirely from the Regusci Ranch in Napa's Stags Leap District. Opaque ruby, rich and musclebound, it teems with black cherries, lavender, espresso, violets and charry oak. Full-bodied, freshly acidic and with big firm tannins, it has a chewy mouth texture from the tannins but shows no heat from its (reported) 14.4% alcohol. Dense on the mid-palate and concluding with a lengthy, albeit grippy finish, this is one for the cellar. It may merit a higher score when the oak and tannins have had time to fully integrate. Drink 2019-2035.
  • tomoem commented:

    9/27/17, 6:27 PM - Once again a very well written note which I cannot expand much on. Bravo!

Red
2015 A.P. Vin Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands
5/13/2017 - t_moderne wrote:
86 points
Twist and pour and followed over the course of two days while the bottle was opened in the wine cellar.
The nose at first is funky. Manure and wet earth masking any fruit. That blows away with some time. Wine is a bit rustic, showing that wet earth/ fresh manure note along with ripe blackberries. Improved on the second day to show a savory side of brown spices to go with the ripe black and red fruits.
  • tomoem commented:

    9/21/17, 7:53 PM - Wow ! Do I disagree with your posting, but on the other hand think your notes were spot on !

    AP Vin makes a great Pinot with exotic flavors and fruit forward expression. While on there face, "manure" and "funky" are perhaps avoidable expressions, I tend to look at them as quite expressive and perhaps desirable. So while I do agree with your notes and look at those flavors as positive I knew d of thought your posting was negative.

    Bravo on the writing but not so bravo on the your score. Nevertheless I am always appreciative of postings with unique notes. Thanks

Red
2013 Jordan Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
10/24/2016 - RajivAyyangar wrote:
84 points
Institute of Masters of Wine - 2013 Cabernet Walk-Around Tasting (Hyatt, San Francisco): Balanced and elegant but the quality doesn’t seem as high as the others - length, complexity of fruit character, mid-palate intensity. 13.8%.
  • tomoem commented:

    9/21/17, 7:45 PM - I thought your notes on the Jordan 13' were quite spot on. I agree not worth it because of the quality.

Red
2007 Bodegas Elías Mora Toro Gran Elías Mora Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo
7/27/2015 - scott w Likes this wine:
91 points
Yes it's big with dark fruit but a very pleasant nose of blackberry blueberry, earth and hints of vanilla, palate follows suit. but the tannin is accessible and nice acidity. I think this wine has a bright future. Have not had a big Spanish wine in a while and tonight I am digging it.
  • tomoem commented:

    9/7/17, 8:56 PM - Great notes tonight on the 05' Elias mora tora. I whole heartedly concur

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