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2017 Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert California Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
11/19/2021 - WineGuyFL Likes this wine:
93 points
Best bottle yet. Was very disappointing a couple of years ago. We should be drinking this one now.
  • WineGuyFL commented:

    11/21/21, 2:56 PM - Thanks for confirming my experience.

Red
2018 Sojourn Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast
9/6/2021 - wcf1946 wrote:
88 points
I've had other vintages of Sojourn that were great, but this one was a big disappointment. It might be closed, and I'll open the next bottle in 1-2 years. Drank over 3 days with same notes. Nice cherry nose and good color and finish, but flavors were muted and flat. Outrageous price of $75; worth $25 in this state unless it improves in several years.
  • WineGuyFL commented:

    9/7/21, 8:17 AM - I have had good luck with Sojourn wines at all price points. I last had a bottle of this particular wine in May, 2021, and found it to be up to Sojourn standards and the price point. There are other reviewers that have the same view.......as to the point rating. Perhaps your bottles underwent some bad storage along the way to you.

Red
2008 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
8/26/2021 - WineGuyFL wrote:
90 points
This wine continues to frustrate me. I have (and still have) two other Montrose vintages in my inventory. Both are stars. This one just will not come around. Decanted for 3 hours. I am beginning to think it was damaged in shipping. Just not what it should be.
  • WineGuyFL commented:

    8/27/21, 6:47 PM - 1989 and 2006

  • WineGuyFL commented:

    8/28/21, 11:44 AM - Thanks for the input. This case was purchased after I moved to South Florida. There is always a chance it was heat damaged during shipping/storage.

Red
2015 Château Gloria St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
4/18/2021 - WineGuyFL Likes this wine:
93 points
Drinking well. I agree with other tasters......dark fruit, pepper, classic Saint-Julien. I sense that it might improve a little over time, but would not expect a radical change.
  • WineGuyFL commented:

    5/2/21, 10:12 AM - I usually note how long I decant a bottle of wine, but for some reason did not do so for this bottle. However, I do remember that I did decant it. I would have never decanted for less than an hour. If I had decanted for more that 2 hours, I would have remembered that. My best recollection is that the decant was in the range of one and a half hours.

Red
2006 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
6/25/2020 - WineGuyFL wrote:
92 points
The last bottle of this one was terrific. This one backed down a little. I have found the bottles I have had of this wine to be very inconsistent...hard to understand.
  • WineGuyFL commented:

    6/26/20, 12:36 PM - It certainly could be a retail sourcing problem.....this case was purchased from one of the well know Internet suppliers. However, when I have thought I have had a sourcing problem in the past, the problem I had was virtually always the same on all bottles across the board.....not random events as with this one. Also, the purchase was a full case that came in a box from the winery. Hence, all of the bottles had to be together along the way. Wine is not a game of perfect.

Red
2015 Ledson Merlot Estate Sonoma Valley
7/14/2019 - WineGuyFL Likes this wine:
93 points
I am not a big fan of Merlot as a varietal, but this is a good wine.f
  • WineGuyFL commented:

    4/29/20, 12:41 PM - I agree......the wine has a style that should appeal to most anyone.

Red
2005 Bodegas Altanza Rioja Lealtanza Artistas Españoles Gaudi Tempranillo
6/14/2019 - WineGuyFL wrote:
89 points
An 89 at best. I should have drunk my remaining bottles earlier. This drinking experience echoed a review another cellartracker.com drinker posted in mid-May. It could be this bottle is a one off......I hope so. My previous tastings of this one yielded 93 ratings.
  • WineGuyFL commented:

    6/14/19, 1:38 PM - I did not decant, but opened the bottle about 2 hours ahead of drinking. It drank steady throughout the evening. Then, the remainder was not as good on the second night. Most of the time that I did not decant (or did not decant enough)…..the wine is noticeably better on the second night. That was not the case here. I have a couple of bottles left and will definitely decant them, especially to see if there is a difference in the experience.

Red
2013 Elena Fucci Aglianico del Vulture Titolo
2/24/2018 - WineGuyFL wrote:
90 points
I have been a little disappointed in this one. Still.....not a lot going on. It would seem to be drinkable by now. Others seem to be having a better experience;
  • WineGuyFL commented:

    2/25/18, 12:29 PM - That seems to be the smart move.....

Red
2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary Napa Valley
7/24/2017 - WineGuyFL Does not like this wine:
88 points
Continues to be one of the very worst values in my wine inventory.
  • WineGuyFL commented:

    7/26/17, 12:22 PM - I have also had wines that rate an 88 that are good. However, they are usually relatively inexpensive. I can find those wines for $20 per bottle and less......not Caymus prices.

Red
2009 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Gamay
7/13/2017 - WineGuyFL Likes this wine:
92 points
This is my last bottle. The couple of bottles before this one had declined a little. This one was back to the prior experience. Has been one of the best values in my inventory for a good while.
  • WineGuyFL commented:

    7/16/17, 12:37 PM - i have not been able to get my hands on any vintages since the 2010.

Red
2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary Napa Valley
The second of six bottles. The first, drunk about a year ago, was awful. It was mainly syrup. This bottle was still not good wine, but while the taste of syrup is still there, it is not prevalent as it was a year ago.

I stick to my theory that something happened to a significant part of this vintage's production/storage/shipment. My bottles are no good. I have had this wine on 3 other occasions from bottles that were sourced differently. On all three occasions the wine I tasted was a 93-95 rating experience. That tends to prove that my reaction to the bottles I have is not due to my taste preferences.
  • WineGuyFL commented:

    9/6/16, 1:05 PM - I do not want to name the source because I have bought a lot of stuff form them without ever having a problem. Also, the negative comments about this wine last year were very large in number.....which means it is very unlikely all of it could have come from this one source. For 2-3 months the reviews were bifurcated.....around 85 or around 95.

Red
2013 Clos du Val Three Graces Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
4/13/2016 - WineGuyFL wrote:
89 points
The experience was in line with the price point, but the review of the wine was more glowing on wineaccess.com. Their reviews are usually valid.......at least with wines I have bought from them. Maybe this one needs more time to settle down from the shipping.
  • WineGuyFL commented:

    6/8/16, 11:25 AM - $24.99 per bottle from wineaccess.com

White
2005 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Blanc Chardonnay
9/18/2015 - WineGuyFL wrote:
89 points
Third bad cork in a row. At least this one was drinkable. One bottle left. I hope my experience is isolated, as there are a lot of bottles left out there in the CT inventory. My earlier bottles were fine (both the cork and the drinking experience)......something happened to the corks over just a very few years.
  • WineGuyFL commented:

    9/19/15, 2:32 PM - The bottles have been stored horizontally. A bottle in March, 2015, was fine. Then, three bad ones in a row. I had a similar experience a while back with a Oregon pinot noir. The first two bottle were extremely good....then the others were bad (just bad......not the cork). In this case, many others had a similar experience. The current reviews on this wine are either 92-94 or 80 and below, which is very unusual. I believe some thing bad happened.....a part of this production was damaged during shipment or storage (not at the winery). .......or something happened to the wine in a particular fermenter at the winery. However, this is only the second time I have had multiple bad corks for the same wine. The other case was a few bottles of Opus that I might have kept too long.

Red
2010 Black Kite Pinot Noir River Turn Anderson Valley
3/25/2013 - WineGuyFL Likes this wine:
93 points
Very enjoyable wine. Fruity and complex. Ready to drink now. However, I do not believe this wine will last as long as some professional reviewers imply for some other vintages. I say drink by 2017.
  • WineGuyFL commented:

    3/26/13, 3:54 PM - I believe there is one other tasing note on the 2010 vintage that it might not last as long as other BK pinots.

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