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2002 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
5/24/2018 - Mrbuzz Likes this wine:
93 points
Manresa (Los Gatos, Ca.): Intense 2002 citrus acidity, very fresh and just the slightest of ox notes...creamed up better as it opened, but seems to need some serious time. Nice florals and smoky minerality, honey ginger mousse...in need of some aged polish. +pts
  • PopularCar commented:

    6/18/18, 7:54 PM - It sure which has me more jealous: ‘02 Krug or dinner at Manresa!

White
2014 Morlet Family Vineyards La Proportion Doree Sonoma Coast Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
6/9/2018 - JS1056 Likes this wine:
100 points
Bricco Dinner to support the Symphony: Ignore the score, it is my attempt to note that this is one of the best wines I have ever tasted. I don't know if it is perfect or not, but that is beside the point.
The nose was huge, and so complex I really can't apply any descriptors.
The first thing that is noticed is that the wine is so rich on the palette, just coating the mouth from the first sip. Citrus, honey, and stone fruit. There is bright acidity balancing out the richness, and a really interesting spiciness which I can't place winding through the whole thing. The finish went on forever.
As others have noted, the serving temperature is absolutely critical here, since when too chilled it creates a little bitterness and throws the balance out of wack. Also, although the bottle was opened about 1/2 hour prior to serving and it was fine, I would agree that an hour or two prior would be best.
  • PopularCar commented:

    6/18/18, 7:09 PM - +1. Morlet could be the only mailing list you need to be on with such great wines across the spectrum. It’s also one of the best winery tours in Napa if you get the chance. We had 3 hours with Luc Morlet wandering the winery and tasting wine. He’s a great host

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2013 Booker Vineyard Tempranillo Paso Robles
6/18/2018 - jeagle wrote:
flawed
No fruit, all bret. Depressing.
  • PopularCar commented:

    6/18/18, 7:00 PM - That sucks. Maybe send it back to Booker? They’re pretty good about replacing bad bottles

White
2013 Enfield Wine Co. Chardonnay 'Chardonnay on Skins' Heron Lake Vineyard Wild Horse Valley
5/2/2017 - Rieslingfan wrote:
A couple of years of age has made this more interesting than it was on release. Peachy, spicy, waxy, caramelly, and a bunch more y words came to mind when I first smelled the wine. There is palate richness to spare, and freshness that seems incongruous for an orange wine, but is more than welcome! Overall it's fun, and carries the spice and peach from start to finish.
  • PopularCar commented:

    5/6/17, 10:46 PM - Yes! Fun & interesting wine.

Red
2006 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District
5/6/2017 - WineForRob wrote:
94 points
On pnp gave off blackberries smoke and some forest floor. Like others have pointed out this is not your typical ripe lush HSS. 06's are average at best in my opinion. Still juicy in the mouth with a bit of energy left and well integrated tannins. This was a good wine but not HSS worthy. Don't let this be your only Hillside Select bottle. Had this next to 09 Solari and this held up but was not as good.
  • PopularCar commented:

    5/6/17, 10:44 PM - Elias Fernandez at Shafer agrees. The '06s are stuck and may never evolve further. That being said p, Shafer had a great 2000-2010

White
2014 Morlet Family Vineyards La Proportion Doree Sonoma Coast Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
5/3/2017 - msuwright Likes this wine:
95 points
A profound and unique CA White Bordeaux that is still a year or two from reaching its peak - but is awfully good at the moment. Light yellow in color, full in body, nose of grapefruit, lemon, and beeswax, with a hint of ocean air. Tastes of lemon, orange peel, honey, and almond, with a finish that goes on and on. Make sure to give it some time in the decanter - both to open up and reach a warmer temperature - where the flavors really start to blossom. Blend of 66% Semillon, 32% Sauvignon blanc, and 2% Muscadelle. 14.8% alcohol. I've never found a similar CA blend that comes close to this in terms of intensity, complexity, or class, and the 2014 is no exception: even if it might not be perfect, it is damn good.
  • PopularCar commented:

    5/6/17, 9:22 PM - Make sure you visit Morlet next time you're in Napa. It's an amazingly personal tour/tasting because it's not quite open to the public.

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2014 Memento Mori Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
2/27/2017 - blarmston Likes this wine:
94 points
Such a beauty... Tasted with Genevieve at V Wine Cellars in early FEB.

This wine is a treat. She popped it and after a half hour of learning about MM, we dove right in. Such an elegant mouth feel, with nicely polished tannins. A solid 30 plus finish.

I couldn't believe this was a 2014, but the more I taste from this vintage, the more I love their complexity and also their readiness to get up and go.

A bit disappointed that I could only try the regular bottling (fruit from Weitz, Las Piedras and Dr Crane), but without tasting the Las Piedras and Beckstoffer single vineyard, grabbed those as well.

Sam Kaplan is doing some serious things with these sites.

A bit reluctant to put this review out there, since it will hit more radar screens, but felt like I needed to further get the word out.

A solid 94 with potential upside of a point or two. If MM was a stock I would be loading up...
  • PopularCar commented:

    3/5/17, 3:09 PM - Totally agree. It's easy to support Memento Mori because the people & wine are so good.

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2013 Odette Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Stags Leap District
1/27/2017 - Yack Man wrote:
94 points
Dark ripe purple fruit, ripe dark berries, ripe black cherries, cassis, graphite, pencil shavings and graceful tannins. A big and nice depth on the palate. A great Napa Cab but pricey at over a hundred and a quarter. There are tasty competitors out there at a better price point. 93.7 Points.
  • PopularCar commented:

    1/31/17, 5:54 PM - I'm with you. Great wine but steep price. Shafer is around the corner making great wine at a much lower price.

White
2013 Booker Vineyard White Paso Robles White Rhone Blend
11/25/2016 - RCCVINO wrote:
flawed
2nd flawed bottle from this vintage. Like drinking soda.
  • PopularCar commented:

    11/27/16, 9:02 PM - Contact Booker and they will probably replace it

White
2013 Booker Vineyard White Paso Robles White Rhone Blend
11/8/2016 - danielbleier wrote:
flawed
fizzy and clearly flawed
  • PopularCar commented:

    11/13/16, 12:04 PM - Check with Booker for a refund or replacement. This is a known issue

Red
2010 Sine Qua Non Grenache Five Shooter Central Coast
8/13/2016 - ageverett Likes this wine:
96 points
This was a "bonus" wine that our host pulled after we had consumed 2012 Schrader and Realm cabs. Popped and poured.

Trademark SQN style. Big wine. Still very young, and think it will round out with time. But boy, it is powerful stuff right now. And who doesn't love the label on this one?
  • PopularCar commented:

    8/16/16, 8:00 PM - I agree. The label is fantastic. Good wine too

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2012 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah The Tribe Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
8/13/2016 - rustyRudy Likes this wine:
96 points
My favorite of the three " Cayuse " wines. More subtle funkiness. Some earthiness, deep and complex dark fruits, balanced tannins and acidity. Opened and tasted from a Coravin pour over 30 minutes. I suspect it and the others would have improved with a decant and air time.
  • PopularCar commented:

    8/15/16, 5:46 PM - *Cayuse
    Thanks for the note. I badly want to open a bottle but I know I should wait

White
2009 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard Sonoma Coast
7/3/2016 - Redrum Likes this wine:
96 points
I didn't appreciate chardonnay until I tried this.
  • PopularCar commented:

    7/7/16, 8:19 PM - We just drank the 2010. Also amazing. Hope we can get together again and share a few

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2012 4 Winds Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District
5/14/2016 - eschaefer wrote:
94 points
Dark ruby purple color but retained ruby on the edge. Black fruit explodes on the nose with a touch of cedar. Well integrated tannis for a young wine and cery well balanced. Kerrin Laz introduced us to this wine in Yountville. Decent price too for a cultish small production napa cab. Well recommended.
  • PopularCar commented:

    5/14/16, 10:28 PM - Maybe the wrong wine?

White
2014 Morlet Family Vineyards La Proportion Doree Sonoma Coast Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
4/8/2016 - NorCal1849 wrote:
99 points
Luc Morlet has brought Premier Cru Pessac-Léognan to the new world. This is the best California white wine I’ve tasted. Opened a bottle with friends, and we were all blown away. Dry, complex, honeycomb, a hint of candied bergamot. Huge full body, and totally enjoyable.
  • PopularCar commented:

    4/17/16, 7:35 PM - If you're a fan of Morlet then you must visit the winery next time you're in Napa. Four of us went two weeks ago and spent almost three hours with Luc Morlet himself. I've never had a more intimate and personal tour & tasting.

Red
1997 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District
3/5/2016 - levinml wrote:
94 points
Maybe my expectations for Shafer Hillside have just gotten too high, and when you add in almost 20 years old from stellar vintage, drinking in Riedel Grand Crus and decanting a couple hours, I was expecting fireworks. While it's clearly a great, elite wine, I think it was still so dense I couldn't find flavors to enjoy. Maybe just too much. Not sure, but I'm disappointed. High class problem, I guess.
  • PopularCar commented:

    3/13/16, 8:55 PM - Any thoughts on the drinking window? Do you think it will improve with more time in the cellar?

  • PopularCar commented:

    3/14/16, 7:07 AM - LEVINML-I just picked up a bottle and want instant gratification! But I bought it to hold for a few years.

Red
2001 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon 25th Anniversary SunSpot Vineyard Stags Leap District
2/7/2016 - Burgundy Al wrote:
94 points
Extremely ripe and extravagant, but with enough acidity and texture to remain fresh and refreshing. So much fun.
  • PopularCar commented:

    2/14/16, 6:49 AM - Any thoughts on the drinking window? I've got one stashed & I'm not sure if it's a wine I should drink or a souvenir I should save.

Red
2009 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District
2/12/2016 - BigTex22 Likes this wine:
96 points
Decanted. First glass, this was tight and the nose was faint. Strong tannins and long finish. Ager, too young. Walked away and came back 2 hours later. Wow. Wine had totally transformed. Asian spice, symphony on the nose. Balanced, silky. I'll hold my other bottle for several more years - probably another 5-10 years from peak.
  • PopularCar commented:

    2/14/16, 6:41 AM - There is no better flagship Napa cab than Shafer Hillside Select, considering the price. I just opened a 2012 Odette Reserve, also from Stag's Leap. The Odette is amazing but costs $100 more than Hillside Select.

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2012 Keplinger Lithic Amador County Grenache Blend, Grenache
2/5/2016 - rustyRudy Likes this wine:
91 points
Wine store tasting pour. Big, tannic, closed up, but has real potential.
  • PopularCar commented:

    2/7/16, 8:35 AM - She makes great Rhone style wines!

White
2013 Booker Vineyard White Paso Robles White Rhone Blend
12/29/2015 - dcwino wrote:
80 points
Big cab dinner at Morton's - 07 Maybach, Ovid, Insignia and etc. (Morton's - Reston, VA): Rotten apple and cabbage, a noticeable spritz. I suspect secondary bottle fermentation. It reminds me badly made, unstable “natural” wine. Caveat emptor!
  • PopularCar commented:

    12/30/15, 9:57 PM - Booker had this problem with their sweet wine recently and accepted returns of the bottles. Still disappointing

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2010 The Mascot Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
12/8/2015 - JRM75 Likes this wine:
93 points
Lots of tobacco and cedar. Really came together
  • PopularCar commented:

    12/10/15, 5:33 PM - I'm so conflicted with the Mascot. It's fine but expensive. Plus I'm not sure where it fits in the expanding Harlan portfolio. It's not the 2nd wine because of the Maiden. I'm still buying it but not sure how much longer

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2002 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche La Tâche Grand Cru Pinot Noir
11/4/2015 - dcwino wrote:
95 points
2015 Villa d’Este Wine Symposium - Kelly and Kevin's excellent adventure; 11/3/2015-11/9/2015 (Villa D’este, Lake Como): Kelly generously brought this. It is a bit murky due to travel shock. Nevertheless expressive nose displaying ripe sweet blackberry, a slight hint of stem, Vosne spices, soy and earth. Excellent concentration, a bit earthy not pure as it should due to shaken sediments, intense dark fruit driven palate impression, mineral, bright acidity, a hint of tannins and long finish. It could be purer but still really impressive and enjoyable.
  • PopularCar commented:

    11/11/15, 1:30 PM - Any thoughts on the drinking window?

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2012 Booker Vineyard RLF Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend
8/6/2015 - GTFreek wrote:
71/29 Grenache/Syrah. Most approachable of the Booker red lineup, which I think is the best top to bottom in Paso. (though Saxum doesn't have a tasting room...) Fresh and balanced presentation of mostly red fruits, light black fruits underneath, silky tannins and smooth finish. Not quite Chateauneuf in style, but a quality expression in it's own right.
  • PopularCar commented:

    10/12/15, 3:18 PM - I totally agree & Booker is on a great run recently. I'm trying to discipline myself and not touch any of the 2012s except the RLF.

Red
2011 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District
10/9/2015 - floridawinedrkr Likes this wine:
90 points
Tasted at the winery. Lacked the depth I would expect from Shafer HSS. Not much of anything going on. Seemed flat and one demential. We had a 2002 and 2010 Shafer HSS with us also and the 2011 was miles behind. Not even in the same league. 10 people in the tasting and no one was impressed with this at the stage it was at. I have consumed loads of Shafer HSS and this was perhaps the weakest one I have consumed. Perhaps this will turn around with some time.
  • PopularCar commented:

    10/12/15, 3:15 PM - I wonder how the 2011 HSS compares to other Napa 2011s? It's hard for any wine to keep up with 2002 HSS especially from a bad vintage like 2011.

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2012 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah
10/9/2015 - Dagman Likes this wine:
91 points
Still too young. No where as much depth as I expected. Maybe after 3-4 years additional. Disappointing only because of the high price point.
  • PopularCar commented:

    10/12/15, 3:03 PM - Thanks for the note. I think you're right about additional time in the bottle. I had the '08 & '09 recently. The '08 is mature with more complexity compared to the '09.

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2012 Blankiet Estate Prince of Hearts Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
9/19/2015 - Purple Tooth wrote:
92 points
This wine is like a cheeseburger made from fillet mignon and nestled on top of a fresh baked bun, right out of the oven...One might wonder what that means...?
Because when your first wine is made from the best of everything at almost any expense, the second wine tastes like Prince of Hearts. I don't know if Claude's investment into quality is more evident here or in his grand crus, but, when its evident here, you can imagine what is in the estate wines. So heres a few notes about the profile of the wine!
If there are 2 words to describe this wine and what makes it shine, its Luxury Red.... coming from the quality of the oak barrels (the bun) used. The fruit shows medium/full bodied red, sweet, and beautifully counter balanced with acid, with a middle of cocoa dust and a luxurious wood finish with plush tannins that are acting as the mouth coating agents that drive its lingering finish. Nice wine! DRINK or hold...But no reason to hold, its ready.
  • PopularCar commented:

    9/21/15, 5:41 PM - Definitely the best second wine coming out of Napa when considering QPR

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2009 The Mascot Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
8/11/2015 - Buhever Likes this wine:
89 points
Still needs time in the bottle to integrate and for tannins to soften. Very dark in the glass with concentrated aromas of dark fruit and plum. Flavors mirrored the nose and tannins seemed to be covering up additional complexities. Enjoyable now, but given a few more years in the bottle I think it will show much better. Too many people are comparing this to Harlan and I don't understand why. Harlan painstakingly chooses the exact grapes they want from each vine. This wine has fruit from vines that "Might" eventually end up in Harlan wines, but they are young and not yet of the pedigree Harlan would use. Different winemaker as well. Give Will Harlan a break and understand that he is not working with the same fruit or wine-making budget that goes into the MUCH more expensive wines. You will enjoy this wine more if you do so.
  • PopularCar commented:

    9/1/15, 2:48 PM - I agree with Petiger. The Mascot backlash is because of the price. Harlan already bottles Maiden as a 2nd wine (also high priced- compare to Blankiet Prince of Hearts). Is this supposed to be a third tier Harlan wine?

Red
2013 Big Table Farm Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
8/23/2015 - Sourdough Likes this wine:
92 points
This remains for me a very different and special PN. The color is rather pale. The nose is of light ends, minerals and acidity reinforcing the expectation of a light bodied wine. But the flavor is medium bodied and delightfully complex. This bottle has come together nicely. Still young and I expect it to improve for several years. Cherry is dominant with hints of more aromatic red fruit - strawberries and raspberries. Some vanilla. Lots of acidity giving an ethereal effect. Very impressive and right up my alley. Love it.
  • PopularCar commented:

    9/1/15, 11:29 AM - Same! I tell everyone who will listen to buy Big Table Farm

Red
2002 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District
7/13/2015 - jclary Likes this wine:
94 points
This was a bit of a disappointment compared to other HSS bottles, but still very very good. Out of magnum, decanted for 2 1/2 hours. HSS is my favorite cabernet, and I have probably served it to guests more than any other wine. Everyone else loved it, so I am probably being overly harsh. It does need more time to fully show all that it has to offer.
  • PopularCar commented:

    8/10/15, 7:46 PM - I just had the same experience. Wine never opened up after 3 hour decant but also tasted flat. Drank the 2002 next to the 1997. 1997 started slow but really opened up nicely. This was my only "bad" experience with the 2002. Usually love it so I'm writing it off to bottle variation.

Red
2010 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah
8/3/2015 - michigan dogs Likes this wine:
93 points
Everyone loved it at recent tasting, big fruit, rich, best bottle of the vintage yet
  • PopularCar commented:

    8/10/15, 7:25 PM - Michigan Dog-I just had the '08 Relentless on July 4th. It was great, as expected. Just starting to show secondary flavors. Haven't opened any of the newer vintages yet though. Makes me curious to see how your tasting goes. I'm looking forward to your notes

Red
2002 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Washington
7/25/2015 - Harry Cantrell Likes this wine:
93 points
Deep garnet. Nose has mellowed out a bit but still quite youthful. Hints of blueberries, cinnamon. Taste was like a 3 year old wine. Blueberries, blackberries, cinnamon. Very good, but 100 points?? Don't think so.
  • PopularCar commented:

    8/10/15, 7:22 PM - I totally agree. I think I rated it lower than I should have because my expectations were too high based on the 100 WA score. That being said, it is a great wine and drinking well now.

Red
2012 Horsepower Vineyards Grenache Sur Echalas Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
8/2/2015 - Motz wrote:
96 points
Tasted double blind...what a mind-bender! Light and translucent in color but showing as much north Rhone character as any Old World tribute wine I have tasted. Peat, black earth, sous-bois, pepper, mushroom, meats, worn leather, barnyard (in the best possible way), Herbs de Provence, fennel, rosemary, mint, smoke, and charcoal on the bouquet. Refined texture, medium plus to high acid, medium minus tannin, impeccably balanced. A wine that plays with the senses, flamboyant yet reserved, hedonistic yet a wine of the earth. Ridiculously long, complex finish. Guessed north Rhone (Côte-Rôtie) with Old World tribute Grenache as a possibility.

Incredible now but it will be better in three to five years and should drink well through 2025-2028. Many thanks for sharing this treat Bajayngo! 95-97.
  • PopularCar commented:

    8/10/15, 7:03 PM - Have you had the 2011 Horsepower Grenache? If yes, how does 2012 compare?

Red
2010 Stanton Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
11/16/2013 - Jeff Leve wrote:
85 points
Bright, with cherry, strawberry and hints of citrus, there is a sweet and tart sensation in the old school, styled finish.
  • PopularCar commented:

    7/23/15, 8:42 PM - I just poured a taste straight from cellar and my first thought was strawberry. Wine showed well after sitting open for 4+ hours

Red
2007 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District
6/28/2015 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
100 points
1500 Parker Points of Wines (GHT): In an amazing flight, this was my and most peoples WOTF. A couple found the oak a bit problematic though. I love SHS. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, cigar tobacco, spice, and some licorice. On the palate, the texture is incredible. Juicy, velvety and muscular. Delicious. Each sip makes me want another. Complex. Accessible but there are some smooth tannins. This has a long life left as well. The is the third straight time I have scored this wine 100. Gorgeous.
  • PopularCar commented:

    6/30/15, 5:45 PM - Great notes. My last bottle in November 2014 never really opened up after an hour in decanter and another 30 minutes in the glass. Phenomenal wine when it's at its best

Red
2001 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District
Part of 1994/2001 California tasting. Decanter for 2 hours. This one is way over the top. Overripe dark red fruit and alcohol on the nose; very port like. Mouth coating very fine tannins and long finish, unfortunately too alcoholic. I dislike this style of wine so to be fair I will not rate it.
  • PopularCar commented:

    1/6/15, 5:15 PM - I wish more Cellar Tracker users shared your attitude - "not my style so I'm not going to rate it".

White
2011 Lillian Winery Roussanne Santa Barbara County
6/9/2014 - Italiana wrote:
At this price point, this is a wine that one should taste before buying, which in this case, I wish I had done. Surprising impression of off-dry and sweet without much acidity to redeem it. Too early to drink? Also need to research this more--the cork was branded "Antica Terra."
  • PopularCar commented:

    6/20/14, 3:36 PM - Maggie Harrison is the wine maker at Lillian and Antica Terra. That's why you have an Antica Terra cork. I had the same experience with the Lillian Rose. I haven't tried the Roussanne yet but I love both of her Lillian Syrahs.

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