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2015 James Cole Privado Napa Valley Red Blend
9/20/2019 - Brett wrote:
93 points
A bit early to drink, but delicious just the same. Give it a couple more years.
  • alsatl commented:

    9/21/19, 12:23 PM - Completely agree. Just opened a bottle last night. A bit green and sour, but definite lots of quality waiting to emerge!

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2012 Larkmead Vineyards Firebelle Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
8/20/2017 - Troon wrote:
91 points
Opened this bottle to see if it's worth the continued price increases. The wine has been in my cellar since release. I decanted it for two hours. It took another hour to really open up. There are still a lot of tannins, and I believe the wine has a good 10 years left in it. I got red and black fruit on the nose. I thought there was blue fruit on the palate once it started showing life. The finish was medium. The wine is really good. I'm just torn on it compared to other wines available at $125 for the current release. I also have the 2013 and 2014.
  • alsatl commented:

    8/20/17, 6:46 PM - Agreed. Opened the same wine tonight and your comments are spot on. Good now but hoping for more in a few years.

Red
2014 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
7/30/2017 - Shaun Mondavi wrote:
93 points
Now here we go! I've had like 5 bottles of this and they've been getting better each time. Not sure why the variation but this last one was delicious. Nose of blueberry, blackberry, chocolate covered raspberry and minerals. Fresh and really nice. I think the first bottle I has was either off or in a dumb phase.
  • alsatl commented:

    7/30/17, 8:13 PM - Nice, Shaun. Drink or wait? I have 2 left. Thx.

Red
2014 James Cole Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Part of an 08- 14 vertical
  • alsatl commented:

    6/3/17, 6:04 PM - How did it taste given that it is still young?

Red
2014 Carter Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Napa Valley
6/2/2017 - #1Winelover Likes this wine:
98 points
WOTN and it sure was an interesting tasting: Carter's '14 LPV, Chat du Pape '10 (100 points), Continuum '08 and a 1st growth Grand Cru Bordeaux from 1985. I listed these in order of preference for both of us (a good friend).

The Carter LPV needed 2 hours in a wide bodied decanter and it was just awesome. It tasted like a Carter/Mike Smith/Las Piedras Vineyard wine. 1st off, the bottle was very heavy :). 2nd, the wine was awesome. Typical LPV notes of dark purple and blue/red fruits, lots of minerality and charcoal and chocolate on the finish. Mike did a really nice job with this wine. It's 98 now, but it could go higher as it really needed more than 2 hours of a decant. It's ready, but will be better in a year or three. Enjoy it -- I am very confidant that you will!
  • alsatl commented:

    6/2/17, 8:06 PM - Better than Quivet LPV at this point? I saw you rated that high as well. I haven't popped either yet but will soon. Thanks for the note.

Red
2013 Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Solari Napa Valley
11/21/2016 - #1Winelover wrote:
93 points
This was the best from my tastings, but still just ok -- for the price. It is a nice dark big boy, but not for the price. I don't know what happened at Larkmead, except they jacked the price up 30-50% and reduced the quality of the wine.
  • alsatl commented:

    11/21/16, 2:05 PM - Hi Winelover, Aside from the price hikes (which I also complain about), what did they taste like? I have all if them from my recent allotment, but I probably won't touch them for a while. Thanks.

  • alsatl commented:

    11/21/16, 3:53 PM - Thanks! Given the price hikes you already referenced, I'm debating which wine clubs to shift to. Probably something from Mike Smith. Cheers.

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