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Red
2005 Masperla Priorat Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
6/5/2014 - bwaverley wrote:
88 points
Earthy, full bodied red with a long finish. Raspberries, vanilla, oak and eucalyptus. Could cellar another five years.

Red
3/26/2014 - bwaverley Likes this wine:
91 points
The persistence of "heat" in the finish prevented me from rating this more highly, but the bouquet was the best in memory - baking spices, rhubarb pie, raspberries and other dark fruit.
Red
3/22/2014 - bwaverley wrote:
93 points
Drinking very well. Bouquet of dark berries, anise, floral notes and spices. The finish had more herbal qualities, but dark fruit was prevalent. This will cellar for many more years and continue to evolve. I wouldn't be surprised to see this going strong 10+ years from now.
Red
2/21/2014 - bwaverley Likes this wine:
93 points
Most "Burgundian" of the Brewer Clifton Pinot's I've had. Minerals, earth and spices in the finish. Fruit is well balanced.
Red
1996 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/15/2014 - bwaverley Likes this wine:
92 points
Reiterated previous tasting notes; dark fruit and currants present but fading. Didn't feel the complexity on the finish was as pronounced as other reviews.
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Red
1/31/2014 - bwaverley wrote:
91 points
Surprising that this wine needed as much as 6-7 years for the heat on the finish to subside. Definitely better than previous bottles.
Red
1/30/2014 - bwaverley Likes this wine:
91 points
spices, earth, toasted oak and layers of dark red fruit on the finish. hard to believe this is a 15% alc. wine. Very good balance and structure. One of the best examples of the remaining relative values in French wines.
Red
2001 Giorgio Pelissero Langhe Long Now Langhe DOC Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo (view label images)
1/29/2014 - bwaverley wrote:
88 points
Past peak, but still very good. Reiterate previous notes, with less fruit and bit more "minerality."
Red
1/17/2014 - bwaverley Likes this wine:
90 points
Initial bouquet of smoke, petrol and funky earth. Over time the nose softened to minerals, red fruit and subtle vanilla. The finish is more old world in style than many (most?) American Syrah. This drinks like a young Cornas. Raspberry, pepper, blackberry and minerality in the finish. Not as fruit forward a wine as I expected.
Red
1/10/2014 - bwaverley wrote:
92 points
Reiterate previous tasting note, but bringing the rating down a bit due to some fading of the dark fruit qualities (bouquet and finish) and a little more oak in the finish.
Red
1/4/2014 - bwaverley wrote:
94 points
Sadly, my last bottle. Consistent with previous notes, with bittersweet/dark chocolate more prominent in the finish than I recall. Makes we want to add to my shrinking stock of Aussie Shiraz....
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Red
2005 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/25/2013 - bwaverley wrote:
93 points
Toasted dark cherries, mocha and liquor. Remarkably well balanced wine for the level of fruit forward quality. Finish lasted nearly a minute. This could easily age another 8-10 years.
Red
12/20/2013 - bwaverley wrote:
91 points
Hard to imagine that a single additional year of cellar time made such a BIG difference, but it did. The heat and oak have settled and the fruit and "earthy" complexity come through nicely in the nose and finish. Still doesn't compare to the '02 '06 and '08 vintages...
Red
11/16/2013 - bwaverley Likes this wine:
91 points
Should have resisted temptation and given this another few years. Very long finish with cherries, peppers, oak and grilled meats. Bouquet and finish are consistent with the nose vanilla and "earthier" qualities. This will last another 10 years easily.
Red
10/11/2013 - bwaverley Likes this wine:
93 points
Still quite young. Drank it in comparison to a Maiden and Sloan (same vintage).
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Red
2002 Flora Springs Trilogy Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/14/2013 - bwaverley wrote:
90 points
Probably passed the peak, but still a very nice wine. Mocha is more subtle on the finish and the bouquet is muted. Dark berries still present with a very smooth finish.
White
9/26/2013 - bwaverley Does not like this wine:
82 points
Underwhelming, and I think that's a generous assessment. Given the other bottles in this batch were flawed, possibly this bottle was not "up to par." That said, the oak overwhelmed the fruit (which was a nice blend of pear, melon and subtle lemon) and the "earthy" qualities were too sharp. Unbalanced acidity. By no means a "bad" wine, but clearly not living up to the repute of the maker.
Red
2006 Mollydooker Enchanted Path McLaren Vale Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
9/15/2013 - bwaverley Likes this wine:
92 points
Marked improvement over the last bottle, with more, subtle fruit as opposed to the high levels of "heat" experienced previously.
Red
8/24/2013 - bwaverley wrote:
93 points
Superb pairing with grilled salmon
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Red
7/19/2013 - bwaverley wrote:
92 points
Bouquet of strawberry, rhubarb, baking spices, and funk. The finish reinforces the nose with a big dose of black cherries and cola. Perhaps the most "Burgundian effort in an Arcus over the last five years.
Red
6/28/2013 - bwaverley Likes this wine:
93 points
Bouquet of raspberry, graphite, earth, anise, and sweet oak. The finish has the characteristic CDP "minerality", dark berries, more oak and hints of cherry. With time, the finish will hopefully catch up with the bouquet, making this a really extraordinary wine. Probably needs another three years to really hit peak drinking timeframe, but will try to hold off until 2015 before opening another.
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Red
6/23/2013 - bwaverley Likes this wine:
93 points
I have heard and seen references to "No Girls" becoming the "next Bionic Frog." Well, not this vintage. While an impressive effort, it lacks the complexity characteristic of most Cayuse Syrahs and many "high end" CA Syrah. Nose of cherry, cola and rocky minerals- subtle tar. The finish is dry and acidic, but has Rhone-like earth, dark berries, spice and rhubarb. The alcohol is not "off-the charts", so hopefully in 3-5 years it will have a bit more fruit and complexity. It's clearly very young now.
Red
6/15/2013 - bwaverley Likes this wine:
91 points
At peak, even slightly past.
Red
4/20/2013 - bwaverley wrote:
94 points
Bouquet of sweet strawberries, cedar, baking spices, boysenberry and vanilla. The finish is cinnamon, a variety of red berries, currants and chocolate.
Red
2005 Bodegas Tritón Tempranillo Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León (view label images)
4/16/2013 - bwaverley wrote:
92 points
Cellaring clearly improved the wine, softening the tannins and reducing the heat. The fruit never really elevated in the finish. Nice spices, dark chocolate and (still too much) oak.
Red
3/28/2013 - bwaverley wrote:
93 points
Candied plums, baking spices, cherries and subtle oak on the finish. The bouquet is red fruit, cedar and earth. Very good wine!
Red
3/16/2013 - bwaverley Likes this wine:
94 points
One of the best Conn Valley bottles I've ever had. Very supple fruit - raspberries, blueberry liquor spices. Earth, spice and tobacco in the bouquet and vanilla infused oak on the finish. By no means a "cheap" wine, but also a very good value considering the over-oaked fruit punch coming out of other CA winemakers at much higher prices....
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Red
3/7/2013 - bwaverley wrote:
91 points
Blueberry, currant, mocha and vanilla. Still needed two hour decant to "unwind". I'm hoping there's another 2-3 years of development in the cellar for the fruit to evolve.
Red
3/2/2013 - bwaverley wrote:
92 points
Supple wine that restores my belief in the aging potential of wines with 14+% alcohol. Nice combination of dark berries bittersweet mocha, vanilla and cola.
Red
2/9/2013 - bwaverley wrote:
89 points
Viscous, opaque and heavy wine. Not particularly well balanced, but a rich bouquet and finish. Long finish of spice, tobacco, berry currants and a touch of mocha. Not sure how long this will cellar- quite a bit of heat.
Red
12/14/2012 - bwaverley Likes this wine:
93 points
Elegant, classic Barbaresco. Bouquet of earth, red berries, subtle mocha, tar and morels. Finish was slightly spicy combination of cherries, eucalyptus, bitter dark chocolate. SHould drink well for another five years.
Red
12/14/2012 - bwaverley Likes this wine:
92 points
This wine has another 3-5 years of cellaring potential. Tobacco, baking spices, dark cherries and espresso are prevalent. Decanted two hours before drinking.
White - Off-dry
11/22/2012 - bwaverley wrote:
93 points
Growing complexity- wonderful wine that paired nicely at Thanksgiving.
White
11/24/2012 - bwaverley wrote:
94 points
Superb Example of the aging capability of high quality German Riesling. Reinforced all previous notes, but the petrol qualities have dissipated.
Red
11/22/2012 - bwaverley wrote:
82 points
Clear disappointment from this maker. Heat and oak still far too prevalent. Bouquet had lingering qualities of ripe red fruit, spice and earth. Finish of dark earth, plums and tart red fruit. Time may help, but under any circumstances the wine needs to decant a while. Both bottles exhibited similar qualities.
Red
11/2/2012 - bwaverley wrote:
92 points
Raspberries, dark plums, cherries, and powdered cocoa. Nose is subtle oak and earth. Very nice wine; more old world in style without the funk on the nose.
Red
10/27/2012 - bwaverley wrote:
90 points
Cellaring really hasn't served this wine well. Still quite hot. Cherries, strawberries, rhubarb, plumb and OAK. A good wine, but in so many ways the antithesis of good Burgundy.
Red
10/7/2012 - bwaverley wrote:
87 points
Solid value. Dark berries/cherries, cacao and burnt oak. The finish is thin on fruit and earth, long on heat. Rating reflects optimism that this will improve after a year.
Red
2005 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/14/2012 - bwaverley wrote:
90 points
Classic CA cabernet blend. Quite fruit forward with bing cherry and blackberries leading the way. The bouquet is over-oaked, but the duration of the finish is impressive. This wine is probably more suited to opening in 2014.
Red
9/14/2012 - bwaverley wrote:
95 points
One of the most balanced California cabernets we've ever had. Bouquet of sweet red fruit along with vanilla and a touch of sweet maple. Finish was very dynamic; herbs. smoke, mocha and dark red fruit. This can age for quite a long time. This is a highly differentiated wine from much of the over-oaked crap being made in CA today (even at these price points).
Red
9/9/2012 - bwaverley wrote:
93 points
Drank with Natalie and John McNicholas
White - Sweet/Dessert
9/2/2012 - bwaverley wrote:
94 points
Candied mangoes, marmalade, sweet melon in a smooth, almost buttery finish. This a great, concentrated Sauternes that needs another five years to deliver.
Red
2003 Ca' Marcanda (Gaja) Magari Toscana IGT Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/2/2012 - bwaverley wrote:
93 points
Reaffirming previous notes. May have another 2-3 years of evolving in the bottle...
Red
8/13/2012 - bwaverley wrote:
92 points
Bouquet of black tea, cherries, strawberries, orange peel and mint. Less complex finish, with cherries, dark chocolate and raspberry. Probably more time needed in the bottle, but a great wine.
Red
7/8/2012 - bwaverley wrote:
84 points
An unbalanced, hot, intensely oaky disappointment of a wine. Positive notes were a lingering complexity of dark fruit in the finish and a nice, spicy quality to the bouquet. I doubt this will age gracefully.
Red
6/28/2012 - bwaverley wrote:
91 points
With nearly eight years in the bottle and 14% alcohol, I would have expected more heat to "burn off" by now. The biggest change with time has been less prevalent dark fruit and much more spice and dark chocolate.
Red
6/2/2012 - bwaverley wrote:
90 points
Not the best vintage from this estate. This Arcus lacks the Burgundian complexity to which I've become accustomed. Spices, subtle vanilla ad dark fruits on the bouquet (hard to distinguish). The finish still has a fair bit of heat and oak, but BIG with cocoa, cherries and an earthy/mineral quality. Still quite good Pinot, but the least appealing Arcus I have ever had with seven years of aging.
Red
2005 Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
6/1/2012 - bwaverley wrote:
88 points
Good value. After two years of cellaring the improvement has been modes. More fruit (blackberry and dark cherry along with rhubarb, yes, rhubarb), but not much balance.
Red
5/29/2012 - bwaverley wrote:
92 points
Deep red fruit pinot with subtle baking spice and cedar on the finish. Still a bit of heat. The bouquet is a modest disappointment, but by every measure a great wine.
Red
5/29/2012 - bwaverley wrote:
88 points
A very good wine, but not living up to the winemaker's pedigree. The bouquet is very thin, almost nonexistent. The finish is all vanilla and graphite with the fruit being quite unstructured and marginalized. Giving this more time is hopefully the right answer....
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