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2013 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District
5/15/2017 - alexisonsmith wrote:
88 points
I don't understand the excitement around this wine. For the price point I was expected to be blown away. I rate the Insignia above this by a long way. Tasted this at a wine event with other California wines. This is too young and for now difficult to see the greatness which everyone is referring to.
  • jmorgand commented:

    12/15/17, 11:48 AM - It is ENTIRELY too early to rate this wine. Even a long decant won't be enough to unlock it at this point.

Red
2013 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Fay Napa Valley
7/16/2016 - J3r0me H@n Likes this wine:
93 points
A big big wine that needs air to open up.

Not your typical napa cab with a beautiful nose of dark roasted plum, spices, earth, and bay leaf. Almost bordeaux-like.

The palate is a little more reminiscent than the nose but still not an overripe, extracted fruit bomb. Well-balanced with good acidity and complexity. Would have never figured it was 100% cabernet. Seems to have all the components to be an amazing balanced wine but there is a good amount of heat that gets in the way slightly before the finish.
  • jmorgand commented:

    4/21/17, 7:18 PM - I totally agree about the heat. It almost overwhelms.

Red
2014 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
2/15/2017 - Badmonkey wrote:
90 points
Valentines Day so I picked this up for my wife because she tends to enjoy the fairly rich/sweet profile of Caymus. Dark red and black fruit - dark cherry, currants, blackberry, and a little plum. As usual, fruit forward and fairly rich/sweet but the fruit isn't as big and over-extracted like the 2013 vintage which we had a couple weeks ago. Smooth mid-palate with decent depth. Fairly long/sweet finish. Although also somewhat rich/sweet, I really enjoyed the 2007 to 2011 vintages which had a little more structure in my opinion. However, since the 2012 vintage, they have stepped-up the richness/sweetness to another level which is just a little much for me. I enjoyed the first glass but then had to move-on to a more traditional style cab. However, my wife really enjoyed this vintage. Not my preferred style in wine but I can understand how others might enjoy it.
  • jmorgand commented:

    2/16/17, 4:48 PM - 2012 and 2013 are awful. I'm hoping for better days ahead.

Red
2014 TOR Kenward Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
8/27/2016 - csimm1161 wrote:
91 points
Tor Kenward Premier Tasting Event at Meadowood (Meadowood Resort, Napa): This was smartly the first Cabernet (+Cab blends) of the lineup. Medium bodied, and showing a little like a second-rate Cabernet at this stage, this wine struggled to come out of its shell and display any noteworthy flavors at the moment. A little thin mid-palate, with a fairly short finish.

Specific notes of red and faint black fruit, red currant, plum, cedar, and alcohol. Gained points for being smooth and accessible for a 2014. Lost a little in the intensity and complexity categories. Not worth the QPR in my opinion. Stick with the Vineyard Designate wines from Tor when it comes to Cabernets and BDX style blends.

90-92 points for now; likely topping out in that respective point range, max.
  • jmorgand commented:

    2/3/17, 10:19 AM - I'm willing to bet it's just a bit too young at the moment. I received my shipment today and will likely wait 3 years or so before popping one open.

Red
2011 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
10/14/2016 - jmorgand Likes this wine:
96 points
I waited for a while to take this one out of my Eurocave. I apparently hit the mother load. It's now amazing. 2012 and 2013 are awful. This is beautiful. Not too much oak or vanilla. Gorgeous fruit from beginning to end. This wine is now the equivalent of the best sex I ever had in my my early 30s. Amazing. I wish I had more.
  • jmorgand commented:

    1/26/17, 7:50 AM - Of course I wrote that note while a bit intoxicated, so please take it with a grain of salt! haha!

Red
2012 Harlan Estate Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend
9/21/2016 - globalflyer wrote:
98 points
Great wine but needs a few years. Opened fairly well for such a young wine over a couple of hours. Blackberry, tar and campfire on the nose. Rich with young velvet texture ready to evolve over the next 20 years. Way above my pay scale at $2200 in the restaurant.
  • jmorgand commented:

    10/4/16, 12:13 PM - $2,200 for a 750 ml bottle? Wow, that makes my $650 purchase price a bargain!

Red
2011 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard Oakville
Wine started out with lots of Oak. As time went on it seemed to become very thin, flabby and become very sweet. Was very tight. Perhaps needs more time in the bottle. Myself and my wife did not care for this at all. We didn't finish the bottle.
  • jmorgand commented:

    8/19/16, 11:09 AM - I'm not touching mine until probably 2020. Entirely too young at this point. Did you decant?

  • jmorgand commented:

    8/19/16, 3:23 PM - Wow, sounds like you did everything right. Glad I only have one bottle of the 2011. I have 5 of the 2012. I hope it has a much improved expression.

Red
2014 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
8/15/2016 - Gestalted Likes this wine:
94 points
After a strange 2012 and 2013 sweet chocolaty wines for Caymus, this bad boy returned with a vengeance. It pours such virtually black and it's high on the alc level, but it has much deeper black fruit to it. I just kept thinking I was drinking a boysenberry pie, crust and all. With a bit of black licorice added in, it kept reminding me of Shafer's Relentless. I loved this vintage of Caymus.
  • jmorgand commented:

    8/17/16, 1:49 PM - I totally agree. I couldn't stand the 2012 or 2013. They tasted like a vanilla and coconut concoction with some fruit accents. Terrible. I sadly still have a bottle or two in my collection.

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2007 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
2/16/2016 - Tiger1028 wrote:
Brace yourselves: I think this wine is past its peak. It's been open for over two hours and is weak. Lost the body it had a couple years ago. Acidic. Had with grilled lamb and it did not hold up. It's ok. But not what it was a couple of years ago. Has the body of a Pinot now.
  • jmorgand commented:

    6/23/16, 2:29 PM - I had the EXACT same experience a few weeks ago.

Red
2007 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
6/10/2016 - jmorgand Does not like this wine:
75 points
Weak. No complexity whatsoever. Decanted over 2 hours, and no life came to it. Extremely disappointed. I suppose this is one for the masses who don't truly appreciate great wines. If Walmart had a wine this would be their house wine.
  • jmorgand commented:

    6/23/16, 2:27 PM - Skyline634 - I actually tried the 2007 a couple of years ago and loved it. I don't know if my bottle was bad or if it was past its prime. I will say that I had the 2010 a couple of nights ago, though, and it was excellent. The 2007 may simply be dumb at the moment.

Red
2013 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Napa Valley
3/13/2016 - jmorgand Likes this wine:
96 points
Incredible after a good long decant.
  • jmorgand commented:

    3/18/16, 1:21 PM - That's great to hear about the longevity of your Eurocave! I have three of them and would cry if one of them died for an extended period of time.

Red
2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary Napa Valley
3/30/2015 - mrmedoes Does not like this wine:
86 points
I thought the tasting notes I've read were extreme, but after opening a gifted bottle with a group of 6, I totally get it. As polarizing of a bottle as I've ever had/seen. To me, it tasted like a "Zin Port" - ridiculously raisin with a viscous mouthfeel, but if I wanted what this has, I'd just go all in and drink a really young, but nice, vintage port. The other big takeaway, besides the fact that it is dark as night, is that it lacked any distinguishable acid or tannins. It is palatable, and jeez does it please certain parts of the crowd, but if you're a "serious" wine drinker, I highly doubt you'll like this. Undoubtable that "old world" drinkers will point to this wine as everything wrong with new world wines, which is supremely unfair - this is as extreme an example as I've ever seen, and this new world guy is simply not a fan.
  • jmorgand commented:

    4/26/15, 3:27 PM - I totally agree. This vintage is not making me happy at all, and I unfortunately have several more liter bottles to get through. The vanilla notes overwhelm everything else going on. I'm hoping it gets better with age.

White
2011 Fisher Vineyards Chardonnay Mountain Estate Sonoma County
Terrible QPR on this wine- I paid somewhere around $55.00 for this wine and it was something that I easily could have got for around $25-30.00.

That being said, Aromas of pear, vanilla, and lemon custard. Creamy mouth-feel with a crisp finish. Flavors of vanilla, cream, quince and pears. Not bad, but I have had better for less.
  • jmorgand commented:

    3/14/15, 5:12 PM - Just curious, do you know at what temperature you served the wine?

Red
2009 Il Borro Il Borro Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
12/8/2013 - jmorgand Likes this wine:
93 points
I'm liking this wine more as my palate develops.
  • jmorgand commented:

    1/4/14, 7:25 PM - I'm really enjoying it now. Not sure how much better it will get in the coming years - agree that 2018 seems like a short window. If you have it I would go ahead and drink it.

Red
2010 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
3/29/2013 - jmorgand Likes this wine:
95 points
This is a beautiful Cab. It's a very rich, very smooth, berry filled wine - not too dry and yet dry enough. It is most likely the best Cab I've ever tasted. I have one caveat. It MUST be chilled to the right temperature and decanted to achieve its full potential. My girl and I had it at room temperature, and it was not the same wine.
  • jmorgand commented:

    12/8/13, 4:00 PM - Just came back to this note. I've had a number of cabs that I've enjoyed more since this past March.

Red
2008 Reignac Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend
5/6/2011 - JN wrote:
87 points
Day1: Tannic shutdown, aromaticly challenged. Lots of pencil-wood. One glass consumed, rest of the bottle stored in the fridge. Day 2: One glass poured, waited 1 hour for it to warm up. More cassis, more fruit, hints of juniper maybe. Too acidic mouth-feel to enjoy. Day 3: Now we're talking! Starting to open up: dark chocolate, juniper berries for sure, lilac blossom. Actually this is fantastic on day 3 if you like GIN and juniper berries. Too soon to expect anything more. Better to wait until 2014-2018. Possible 88-92 pointer later years, at this stage drinkable only if you enjoy juniper berries and oaky pencil shavings.
  • jmorgand commented:

    4/5/13, 6:09 PM - Did you have it in the bottle or in a decanter for the 3 days?

Red
2010 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
3/29/2013 - KikeG wrote:
93 points
I just love this cab. Very consistent. Nice nose, smooth tannins, long finish. This is just so enjoyable. Paid $79.99 @ local Costco. Well worth it.
  • jmorgand commented:

    3/29/13, 7:45 PM - I paid the same thing and enjoy it just as much. Cheers.

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