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2010 Ovid Experiment F6.0 Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
7/4/2015 - jrobs7777 wrote:
Drank from a bottle that had been opened for several days, with all the air removed. This is chock full of mineral and graphite. It is rich and dense but austere. The fruit is no where to be found. This probably needs a good amount more time in the cellar to open up. Then again, it may be what it is - a rich but austere California Cab. Either way, its good but do not open this expecting a fruit driven wine (at least not now).
  • drycab commented:

    7/16/15, 8:31 AM - Are there any notes from the first day?

2004 Arns Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
5/17/2015 - cellar.dweller Likes this wine:
93 points
Slowly working my way through a case of this. Amazingly fresh for it's age. still another 3-5 years of prime drinking. From the base of Pritchard Hill, this Napa Cab was one of my great discoveries, I think I originally paid $45/b, though I really don't know for certain.
  • drycab commented:

    5/17/15, 2:50 PM - We is actually at the base of Howell Mountain as I recall!

2005 Gemstone G Yountville Red Bordeaux Blend
Served s/b/s with a 2005 Livingston-Moffet Gemstone CS (which was mostly flawed/brett). Beginning to brick, the nose and palate, too, confirm this is at peak right now. Cassis, leather, cigar tobacco, beginning to lose some brightness on the nose, though the palate is holding firm; a touch of blackberry by the second glass. I doubt this will get better, but if the (~) CT avg of just $51 is correct, this is a pretty darn good value CS. Excellent with a juicy rib-eye steak. Medium>full-bodied, 15+ second finish that's clean and tasty. Thru 2017

Served non-blind.
  • drycab commented:

    1/13/15, 8:25 AM - I appreciate your recollections, Tim, but I believe you have them backwards. At least that's how I remember them.

2009 CT Barrel Project Cabernet Sauvignon Gerlach Ranch Vineyard Coombsville
4/27/2014 - drycab wrote:
Of the 2 drank from magnum so far, the Blend was OK and this was undrinkable, even by the drunks at the party!
  • drycab commented:

    4/29/14, 1:08 PM - I thought it was just a little young, really sharp and had no depth. My guests poured it out (all of them!) and went to the Burgs and more full bodied Cabs (Hourglass and Switchback Ridge) that I had out instead. I was actually much more pleased with the blend that had some complexity and body that this didn't. However, I don't feel the raw materials are there for this to make a great wine let alone a good one. I kept some for the next day and it wasn't any better.

2006 Detert Family Vineyards Cabernet Franc Oakville
12/25/2013 - IJC Likes this wine:
Dark in color, deep in texture, and full of flavor, this wine seems to have reached a point in its development when the tannins are fully integrated, and the darker fruits dominate. I would almost say brooding in its nature, except that as I was drinking this during an Xmas day dinner, when everyone was into festive spirits (some of which were in other bottles nearby), I did not have an adequate moment to reflect. I did not catch the notes of bright red cherries, violets, anise and tobacco of which the vintner has written, but I did note more than a trace of oak, and just enough of the California heat to remind me that this could never be confused for a French Cab Franc. This wine was not cowed by spaghetti drenched in garlic butter; the beef filet on its own might have been overwhelmed, but in this pairing, the wine actually knit flavors together very nicely.
I opened this bottle 2 hours before it was drunk; regrettably, I did not try it immediately, so I cannot say how that affected it, though I have no doubt it helped. That being said, I would be inclined to move forward the drinking window to no later than 2015.
Recommended. Rated 1 on a scale of -1 to 3.
  • drycab commented:

    12/26/13, 4:04 PM - A scale of -1 to 3? Why not 1 to 5 as is the norm in other places?

2005 Quintessa Rutherford Red Bordeaux Blend
11/20/2013 - Smith32USA wrote:
- Brick color with medium forming legs.
  • drycab commented:

    11/20/13, 8:24 AM - This is almost the most useless comment I've seen in a long time! What about the taste of the wine?

White - Sparkling
N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Champagne Blend
1/1/2013 - dod Likes this wine:
80 points
Way over priced, I much prefer Vilmart 01/03 for the money.
clean but no body
  • drycab commented:

    9/10/13, 7:55 AM - I believe that reviews should be based solely on the qualities of the wine, not based on its price. Therefore, based on the wording of your review, your review has absolutely no value to me.

2005 Long Shadows Wineries Syrah Sequel Columbia Valley
Outstanding value for a "year-round" rosé. Spiced berry and melon, with a hint of that Corbières garrigue.
  • drycab commented:

    4/10/13, 4:21 PM - Last time I checked, Sequel is NOT a rose! Please rewrite the note!

2010 Continuum Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
2/19/2013 - walkerjfw wrote:
At PNV tasting, not yet released. Very young but drinking well now. a spectacular wine. Will wait to put a number on it, I suspect it will be 95+

Very special evening at the continuum property...
  • drycab commented:

    3/19/13, 12:28 PM - Why say flawed when you are essentially late barrel tasting? Just foolish!

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