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2018 Hawkes Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
2/4/2023 - Kaybrian wrote:
Not going to rate it. Not ready yet. Had decanted for an hour, and then on a whim threw the last 2/3 of the bottle in a blender. Marked improvement, though wouldn’t say it got over the hump. Hold.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    2/5/23, 11:38 AM - Blender for the WIN!

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2021 August Forest Riesling Columbia Valley
2/2/2023 - TallMikeWine Likes this wine:
91 points
It was chili-garlic shrimp night at my house and THIS wine was in the fridge. What a lovely pairing. Juicy, but NOT overripe fruit, apricot, lychee and minerality and some softness that all came together for an impressive package. Bravo August Forest!
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    2/3/23, 7:18 PM - Thank you!!!

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2020 JB Neufeld Syrah Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Mountain
10/9/2022 - ChrisinCowiche wrote:
93 points
Wow, luxurious, precise, pepper, length. Way young, but way good. Only way to go is up! Great job, Justin!
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    10/9/22, 9:37 PM - Justin is the best! And Brooke is also super cool.....

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2015 Château Fombrauge St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
8/3/2022 - TallMikeWine Likes this wine:
91 points
In an amazing "ready to drink" spot. Really. Things have softened, the color is bricking, smooth, not a tannin above a whisper.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    8/4/22, 9:41 AM - Yes, bricking. I did not decant. This was ready after popping and pouring. I don't think you can expect a long life from inexpensive Bordeaux, personally. The CT window is probably just a little off, as it can sometimes tend to be. IMHO.

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2005 Château Rauzan-Gassies Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
3/7/2022 - TallMikeWine Likes this wine:
92 points
This was a long night of observing this wine, a second growth bordeaux, a wine of esteem, go from "meh" to "hmmm" to "oh, okay" and on to "wow, hmmm". Opened with a fairly restrained nose of currant and cedar. Nothing too special. But eventually a bit of exotica moved in, bigger and better fruit flavors (it's an '05, so fruit was not what I was banking on). Later in the evening the fruit got all condensed, dried fruit, dark fruits. And my last few sips, probably 5 hours after opening the bottle, the tannins were the most notable thing. Drying, so dry, incredibly dry. This may have been an accumulative effect. I'm curious what will happen with these (I have 2 more) over the next few years. It's certainly ready to drink now, but yeah, another 5 years at this stage I am guessing.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    5/26/22, 4:17 PM - Hey, you've got a sharp eye!! Fixed it...

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2013 Tenuta di Arceno Valadorna di Arcanum Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
4/21/2022 - LovesBurgundy Likes this wine:
93 points
No change from my earlier note - delicious but would hold on to it for a few more years to allow the tannins to soften.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    4/28/22, 10:52 AM - You got that right! Pretty tight for a mostly merlot blend.

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2013 Rasa Vineyards Petit Verdot Living in the Limelight Dionysus Vineyard Columbia Valley
This happens sometimes. But I did not expect it to happen here! Going to a restaurant with your wine, to pay corkage. And the restaurant has no decent glassware. Sure, can happen anywhere, but I was at a "nicer" ($$$) place, IN SONOMA CA!!! They bring small water glasses to the table for the wine. WTF??? So, no rating here. I know it was good, but there's really no detail as to what we tasted (dense dark fruit, floral). The wine was good, food was good. Experience not good.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    4/21/22, 8:24 AM - I looked around and didn't see any glassware with stems AT ALL! I think they're trying to be "old world" rustic, it is a tapas place.

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2011 Proprietà Sperino Lessona Nebbiolo
3/15/2022 - TallMikeWine Likes this wine:
93 points
So much floral...dried roses, dried tree bark. Just a very dusty nose overall. Some cola, or Dr Pepper even. Medium body, still good acidity. This is something you could pour for a Pinot lover and convince them it's a Pinot's more interesting cousin. But it's not. It's a Nebiolo, from Italy. And it's certainly more Old World than new. A few more good years ahead of it, but in a nice drinking window now for sure.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    3/15/22, 12:35 PM - Thanks!

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2016 Long Shadows Wineries Merlot Pedestal Columbia Valley
2/20/2022 - SpinnerDan Likes this wine:
91 points
So good. Soft and round but rich and full. The flavors have melded well so nothing really jumps out but I’d say leather, cocoa, a little mellon, and a hint of cranberry. The residual tannins are there for presence but not bitter or sour at all. …honestly, I have no idea what I am talking about so read someone else’s review for how it tastes. I definitely like it and am thrilled I have a couple more bottles. These can easily cellar at least 5 years, maybe more, no problem. Enjoy
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    2/21/22, 10:12 AM - You may know more than you think you do. That wine, those Long Shadows wines, are pretty great. Cheers!

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2018 The Walls Vineyards Stanley Groovy Red Mountain Red Blend
12/13/2021 - TallMikeWine Likes this wine:
90 points
Buy it! As many as you can, if you find it on a deal ($25) and drink it every Tuesday night and live like a KING! Very creative packaging, blend of grapes, all of it. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    12/14/21, 12:36 PM - Love it!

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2016 JB Neufeld Cabernet Sauvignon Old Goat Yakima Valley
11/6/2021 - Ron Slye wrote:
92 points
Someone please slap my hand if I reach for this in the next two to three years. At first this has deep red fruit, some clear oak/vanilla. Still some nice complexity but not really together. Day two with just a glass left in the decanter, this is really great. Lovely savory flavors and everything seems nicely integrated. Note to self: stay away for a while!!
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    11/16/21, 8:18 PM - I can relate, that stuff is hard to resist!

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2014 Anthill Farms Syrah Peters Vineyard Sonoma Coast
6/14/2021 - TallMikeWine wrote:
89 points
A little thin for my tastes, though I think some people would rate this higher. Get to it before 2024 though.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    6/14/21, 11:21 AM - That's what this site is all about, right!?

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2013 Gundlach Bundschu Vintage Reserve Sonoma Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
3/6/2021 - bugdoced Likes this wine:
91 points
started off old world with a touch of oak
evolved into some sweet dark fruit
reminded me of a blackberry margarita I had in B.C. at the end of the evening
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    3/6/21, 10:12 PM - That made me smile...

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2015 Dandelion Vineyards Shiraz Lionheart of the Barossa
3/3/2021 - richard.presser Likes this wine:
89 points
A lovely Barossa shiaraz showing some bottle development.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    3/4/21, 9:24 PM - But.....do you think it needs more time? Drink now? What???

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2016 Hightower Cellars Merlot Red Mountain
2/16/2021 - TallMikeWine wrote:
92 points
Amazing brightness here. I am going to go out on a limb and say these are ready to drink and 3 more years of this freshness. Drink by 2024. Blue fruit and a ton of floral notes. Great finish!
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    2/17/21, 9:22 PM - The Merlot may be the pick of the litter....

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2012 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series Washington
1/11/2021 - Tomportwine wrote:
89 points
Waited too long. Fruits and other distinctive flavors are diminished, more muddled. Now I know this is a 6 yr lifespan wine, not 10. Still has echos of greatness, balanced, some cedar and tobacco.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    1/21/21, 10:49 AM - It's interesting, I've had a lot of these, various vintages. The '12 is certainly on it's downside - but some of them (2009) are certainly more ageable. Depends on the vintage really.

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2012 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova Sangiovese
12/30/2020 - Cailles wrote:
93 points
Tasted double blind. I’ve guessed this to be 5-10 years older as it was much smoother and more ready to drink than I would give a 2012. The long decant has certainly helped but in fact, it’s the second Sangiovese from 2012 I’ve had in a matter of weeks and both showed very well. Maybe a nice early drinking vintage. The highlights with this wine were the purity, the precision with quintessential Sangiovese aromatics of pure red fruit, a vegetal herbaceousness and earthy notes. With a lot of air this is perfectly ready to go but should develop more complexity with age (in this category, is not on par with the best wines and vintages).

TN: Herbs, underbrush, vegetal aromas dominate the nose with black fruit lingering in the background. Medium expressive and medium interesting at best. The palate shows better and is open and more harmonious. Candy like pure red berries, ripe but not too ripe. Bushes, leaves, tea leaves, herbs and hints of earthy aromas. Good concentration, good precision but not very complex. The finish is of medium+ length and with good tension and pressure. The tannins (with a lot of decanting) are soft, the acidity high but well integrated and the overall appearance is quite harmonious – especially on the palate.

Decanting: Decanted for roughly 10 hours.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    1/3/21, 7:58 PM - That's a great note!

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2014 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
1/2/2021 - TallMikeWine Likes this wine:
92 points
Great under $40 cab from The Napa Valley. And those are NOT easy to come by anymore. Not good ones anyway. Do not expect this to age for the long term however. I'd say this one is ready to go, and probably was ready from day one of release. A great pop and pour wine that hits all the bases...fruit, earth, wood, mellowed out tannins on the finish. Great stuff.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    1/2/21, 8:46 PM - Cheers to you!

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2014 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series Columbia Valley
Did not enjoy this. Maybe it was corked?
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    11/29/20, 8:02 PM - If the wine is truly corked you should classify it as "flawed" so your lower rating won't affect the overall wines rating.

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2012 Glaetzer Shiraz Amon-Ra Barossa Valley
9/18/2020 - mike410 wrote:
91 points
My third bottle and I have to say I am not so impressed. I expect a much more fruit forward wine as I have experienced with other earlier vintages. I'll wait a few years before trying the next bottle, and I hope there will be a significant change.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    9/21/20, 9:30 PM - I tend to get more "fruit forward" when these wines are a lot younger. They lose fruit as they age, typically.

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2009 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series Washington
6/8/2020 - dsimmons Likes this wine:
96 points
We drank our second bottle with grilled beef tenderloin. As good or better than the bottle we drank a year ago. Excellent balance. concentrated fruit, licorice,herbs and earth tones. Drinking at peak. Happy to have a few more.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    6/22/20, 6:25 PM - SO good!!!

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2013 DeLille Cellars D2 Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
4/3/2020 - pdbender Likes this wine:
90 points
I continue to tout and appreciate Washington State wines and here's another winner. The D 2 is medium to full bodied, very well made (don't know the winemaker, but kudos) and bursting with flavor, depth and concentration. To me Washington state is the new California with tons of potential. I can find no flaws with this bottle as it displays all the exact characteristics of a superb Napa or Sonoma cabernet blend. I only wish they would tell you on the label what the blend was???
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    4/12/20, 10:48 PM - 57% merlot, 33% cab sauv, 8% cab franc, 2% petit verdot. These things are fairly easy to research in the internet age. Glad you like it!

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2009 Château Haut-Bergey Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
12/8/2019 - TallMikeWine Likes this wine:
90 points
Solid value Bordeaux, not fancy, but getting to the part of the window I like. Medium body, balanced nicely. Will improve for a few more years.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    1/29/20, 8:14 PM - Hey, thanks for the comment!

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2015 Canvasback Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain
8/9/2019 - Gruner40 Likes this wine:
91 points
Having visited Red Mountain just a few months ago are there better wines out there from this area? Absolutely and wasn’t expecting top wine from Duckhorn but overall solid wine / fairly big actually and close to 15 percent abv. Would like to taste a little more mountain fruit to get that score up a little bit.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    1/4/20, 7:19 PM - Hightower, Fidelitas, Upchurch, all on Red Mtn. Stunners!

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2010 Montepeloso Eneo Toscana IGT Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
12/13/2019 - cbforever1 wrote:
94 points
From magnum, even better than last one
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    12/13/19, 8:29 PM - Keeps getting better, right?

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2006 Côte Bonneville DuBrul Vineyard Yakima Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
9/12/2017 - TallMikeWine Likes this wine:
94 points
Oh. OH. OHHHH!!!

This was the wine I picked out to be "the chosen one" for my birthday, which, alas, happened (again). And I really couldn't ask for anything more than this wine. SO full of layers, as it opened up from the decanter. Early on it was ALL red fruit, but superior red fruit. The BEST fruit! Cassis and candied cherries. Big and smooth. After a couple of hours (I attempted to savor) the menthol came out, really well integrated with the fruit. Shortly after that, the sticks, twigs and "tastes of the forest" hopped on. Really wonderful. Medium to full bodied. Drink now if you want. Maybe for the next 3-4 years.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    11/25/19, 10:21 AM - The DuBrul fruit is seriously dense, so these wines are more ageable than most. I would imagine both the Bonneville and the Owen Roe would still be good, but plan on drinking them soon, if you enjoy the bigger full-bodied wines. They will last longer, but the flavors will mellow, as will the texture.

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2012 Lauren Ashton Cellars Syrah Red Mountain
10/20/2019 - PIntag wrote:
86 points
Pretty similar to the last bottle on the pop 'n pour and I learned to give this one lots of air, so I did that and saved most of it overnight under vacuum seal. This brought out the fruit a bit more, but this still had a prominent volcanic ashy note that i was just not digging at all. I don't know if this is from the grape's Red Mountain terrior, the oak treatment, or a disgruntled ex-employee who dumped a cigarette ashtray into one of the barrels.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    10/21/19, 6:48 PM - Hahahaha....

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2014 Underground Wine Project Idle Hands Red Blend Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
6/24/2019 - ziavino wrote:
89 points
I was concerned about the VA warning below, but glad that my bottle showed well. Loads of plum and blackberry on the nose and palate, with smoke and vanilla notes emerging. Very ripe, and fairly simple.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    8/3/19, 8:18 PM - I think the VA taste before was perhaps just a flawed bottle. Enjoying another one tonight, all fruit, big, bold (a bit tart, but that could be me). Tasty for what I paid!

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2009 Château Haut-Bergey Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
3/24/2019 - Rollerball wrote:
Dark, mild, and a little heavy with a nose of coffee, graphite, jumbled fruit, and evening flowers and the impression of a steady cold river; medicinal notes add nuance. Tempted to rate 89 (very good), but want to give another bottle a try soon. Feels solidly into drinking window to me, and should hold for five more years. -2024
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    3/26/19, 11:05 AM - Steady cold river....I like it. But not sure I understand it.

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2016 Hightower Cellars Petit Verdot Red Mountain
Good bye Joe and Steff! Enjoy your new home!
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    3/13/19, 8:22 PM - Hey, I'm happy for Joe and Steff....but how was the wine???

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2011 Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District
2/20/2019 - TallMikeWine Likes this wine:
94 points
There was a vintage, characterized by some in the wine writing community as being a "bad year". But if course people working in that community need things about which to concoct stories. The stories of 2011 being a "bad year" have been greatly exaggerated. Know this.

Beautiful wine. Dark, rich, ripe fruit. Loads of spice, and a fi dish for days. And this is good to go now, or hold for a other 5! The Smith brothers know a thing or two. They will not let you down.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    2/21/19, 10:57 AM - Yes, major typo! This is what happens when guys with big fingers attempt to post using their smartphone (after drinking wine). Thanks for the heads up!

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2004 Elderton Shiraz Single Vineyard Command Barossa
9/8/2015 - TallMikeWine Likes this wine:
92 points
Had this on my Birthday, with duck confit! I think that birthday was done right, right? Fruit still fresh, earth nice and earthy, wood, vanilla, pencils, all present and wonderful.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    9/2/18, 8:12 PM - Well, that was 3 years ago, I'm sure it's still holding, but yes, drink up!

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2014 Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside & Benchland Dry Creek Valley
7/29/2018 - charlie190 wrote:
87 points
Medium body and medium tannins, with a surprising amount of acidity that made the wine feel almost sour. Left the glass alone for about 10-15 minutes, and after aeration you can taste the standard flavors of a Napa Cab.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    7/31/18, 12:32 AM - That's a Sonoma Cab.

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2012 Tamarack Cellars Petit Verdot Columbia Valley
5/1/2018 - TallMikeWine Likes this wine:
91 points
This had that nice roasty toasty thing going on from the get go. Blue fruit, hazelnuts, and then later some green pepper (but not overtly). As far as 100% PV's go, this one is pretty freaking awesome. Probably another few years at peak.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    5/6/18, 6:59 AM - I opened the bottle it sat for maybe a half hour, then I enjoyed it over the course of a few hours. Of course decanting would open this wine up faster.

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2010 DeLille Cellars D2 Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
4/6/2018 - jackiefeld Likes this wine:
92 points
Lots of sediment, eg chewy, but tastes great!
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    4/10/18, 9:18 PM - Mmmm, sediment...

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2016 Daou Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles
12/31/2017 - TallMikeWine wrote:
87 points
This was touted as the "reliable under$20 bottle". I really think one can do a lot better. To me this was a symphony played on one instrument, and to one note. Meh.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    2/2/18, 10:43 AM - Thanks for the comment! A couple of Washington wines come to mind, which I've had recently - the Ch. St. Michelle "Indian Wells" Cab is pretty widely available; and the Luke Cabernet "Wahluke Slope" - both pretty darned good for under $20.

  • TallMikeWine commented:

    2/7/18, 3:15 PM - There's another Washington winery, the second label of Sheridan, Crossfork Creek. They make a Cab and a Merlot. Both really nice for the price. Just remembered this one.

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2014 Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside & Benchland Dry Creek Valley
11/18/2017 - mpicasso wrote:
86 points
Agree with the other reviews. Its just a wine, started spicy then just sat in the fridge. Have had better at this price point
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    11/18/17, 8:21 PM - I'm not sure what you mean when you say this wine "sat in the fridge" - please explain.

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2010 DeLille Cellars D2 Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
8/30/2017 - amenenberg Likes this wine:
92 points
This is rocking out hard right now. The hedonistic nose has abundant sweet blueberries, blackberries and very dark cherries to go with crushed rocks, cinnamon, nutmeg, mocha and a pepper kick. The body is medium. Tannins and alcohol are well-integrated and the acid dances around the palate nicely. The fruit is integrated into the mid-palate and secondary flavors are on stage. There's black cherry, very sweet strawberries, blackberries, burnt orange rind, coconut, allspice, cinnamon and a fair amount of dusty cocoa. A lot of 2010 Washington wines lack concentration from the cooler vintage, and although this wine has the weight of a 2010 it hasn't fallen prey to thin flavors or density. This is really nice stuff, and just entering its prime drinking window.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    8/31/17, 1:35 PM - Great note!

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2008 Ramey Syrah Sonoma Coast
8/17/2017 - TallMikeWine Likes this wine:
92 points
Just open this and get ready to sink down deep into the blue fruit abyss. Really. Such pure fruit, with hints of herbs, dust, oh, maybe bacon fat? Just easy to suck down this one. Thanks David Ramey. Well done! And will probably still be great for another 5 years if cellared properly.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    8/18/17, 11:39 AM - David, you're welcome. I hope you got to see the video on Instagram. As for aging, it is a requirement, really.

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2012 Coho Cabernet Sauvignon Old Poodle Dog Napa Valley
5/12/2017 - stags22 Likes this wine:
90 points
Really great, strong out of the gate. Tobacco and dark berry. Strong QPR, drinks well beyond its price.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    5/15/17, 7:55 AM - Aging potential?

  • TallMikeWine commented:

    5/16/17, 9:42 AM - Good info, thanks! FYI the single vineyard Merlot "Michael Black" is truly a delight. A bit pricier, but smashing.

  • TallMikeWine commented:

    5/17/17, 4:30 PM - This was a 2007, but did NOT taste 10 years old. Delish.

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2005 Big Basin Vineyards Syrah Rattlesnake Rock Santa Cruz Mountains
11/2/2016 - rhanke wrote:
great, olives, smoky - cubs win world series
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    11/5/16, 4:38 PM - Congrats!

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2004 Elderton Shiraz Single Vineyard Command Barossa
7/5/2015 - cliffkol wrote:
93 points
Doris loved this
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    7/5/15, 9:30 PM - Doris has good taste!

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2011 Sanguis Misfit Central Coast Syrah Blend, Syrah
6/5/2015 - kylerogers wrote:
92 points
Nose: raspberry, blackberry, very heavy smoked meats, and coffee.

Palate: spicy blackberry, leather, wet earth, dried tobacco leaves.

I have found the ultimate barbecue wine. This thing begs for a slab of dry-rub smoked ribs and some baked beans with bacon.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    6/16/15, 8:12 PM - nice words

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2009 Owen Roe Merlot DuBrul Vineyard Yakima Valley
6/14/2015 - TallMikeWine Likes this wine:
92 points
This one, like most using Dubrul fruit, is multi-layered and tells quite a story. I decanted, and you should too. Big fruit on the initial nose, dark ones, preserved ones, oh the fruit! Then came the spice, dry spice, baking spice (not sweet). Then the earth and wood notes. Minerals, and something a little "dank" in a good way (yes!). Drink it now, OR hold another 3-4 years for prime drinking.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    6/15/15, 9:22 AM - Buzzzz - glad to know you. The Washington wines are my faves. Dig deep...cheers.

  • TallMikeWine commented:

    6/15/15, 6:03 PM - If you look through my tasting notes you should get some ideas. Where are you? Are you in the US?

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2009 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series Washington
5/4/2015 - millerarner Likes this wine:
91 points
Pretty good now, but this is still a baby & will get even better. It always seems that stylistically if you triangulate Cali & Bdx, you end up with WA state. Nice dark fruit, with some herbal, pepper & forest notes. This feels like it has some cab franc in it.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    5/4/15, 9:58 PM - 15% Franc, to be precise. I like your "triangulate" idea. I've never seen it put like that, but I agree 100%. Cheers.

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2004 Fattoria Le Pupille (Elisabetta Geppetti) Maremma Toscana Saffredi Red Bordeaux Blend
2/13/2015 - Frank Schneider Likes this wine:
94 points
Yummy !!! Nobody needs the . . aias when you get this in your glass.
Stunning opulent and liquid silk on the tongue. Hunt for it
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    2/13/15, 5:56 PM - Nobody needs the "..aias"? Please explain. I have one of these in my wine rack - is it time?

  • TallMikeWine commented:

    2/14/15, 1:33 PM - Thanks, the "aias" didn't ring a bell. Now they do.

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2008 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
1/25/2015 - Genghis88 Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark purple, inky, full bodied
Black cherries, oak, Cassis, hibiscus, red licorice,
Oak, tobacco, long finish, high alcohol, red licorice sweetness, chalky
with nice minerality, smooth tannins, kirsch cherry finish

WOW! What a spectacular product...

Kava loved it as well...
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    1/26/15, 9:37 PM - I like your enthusiasm! "WOW!" - do you think this wine will age long-term?

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2009 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
11/28/2014 - crispino wrote:
Drank with Thanksgiving dinner, and what with making the dinner and having good conversation with the guests, I don't have a detailed recollection of this one. Having said that, I distinctly recall enjoying it thoroughly, with a long, deep, rich pulse of fruit, well-integrated tannins, and a very nice long finish. Full of brambly fruit flavors without being syrupy.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    1/4/15, 4:18 PM - It's good to enjoy the people and the moment sometimes and let the wine take a back seat. I like this review.

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2011 Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District
11/10/2014 - TallMikeWine Likes this wine:
90 points
This vintage in Napa is getting pooh poohed by most everyone. And those people are spoiled brats! There is some kick-ass wine out there from the '11 vintage. Like this one. Yeah, it's a little peppery, bell pepper, some bramble. But it also features plush fruit and acid to counter. Then silky tannins on the back end. Old School Napa Cab, I think. And quite drinkable and lovely. You don't like it? Tell it to your Mamma!
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    12/11/14, 11:23 AM - More for us, indeed! Thanks!

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2005 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley
Purple color with a bouquet of cardboard. Little if any fruit in evidence, with flavor dominated by tannins and acidity. Possibly an off bottle.
  • TallMikeWine commented:

    11/28/14, 9:28 PM - that sounds like a corked bottle....too bad.

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