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Red
2007 Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard Edna Valley
11/26/2017 - Winevestor Likes this wine:
95 points
Definitely a fruit bomb of a wine. Its not as funky as some of its WA Syrah peers. It was clean and good cherry and other red fruit flavors. Nice tannins and acidity making it very easy to drink. Good complexity and long finish. Good enough for me to look for more at the right price. Good WA year.
  • Winevestor commented:

    11/26/17, 6:00 PM - You are totally correct. I’ve been on a WA Syrah binge and I’d lumped the Alban into them. Totally CA, which explains my profile well ! Thanks for pointing this out.

Red
2009 Bodegas y Viñedos Maurodos Toro Viña San Román Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo
10/26/2015 - doctornoah wrote:
89 points
This is what happens to Tempranillo when you ripen the hell out of it and suffuse it with oak. If you go in for that sort of thing you'll like this a lot. People who rate 50 wines in one sitting tend to rate these things much higher than me. This is not unbalanced, but at almost 15% with dense, chalky tannins, deep, dark fruit and a surfeit of oak, it's like a balance that's achieved with every voice shouting at equal volume.
  • Winevestor commented:

    4/15/16, 4:24 PM - I was thinking of buying this and you've single handed put me off. Your description is exactly what I don't want in a wine! Thanks!

Red
1978 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend
6/1/2012 - Goldstone wrote:
93 points
Five Decades of Chateau Musar....with Serge Hochar (Shanghai Room, Langham Place Hotel, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong): Tasted blind as one of 12 vintages over 5 decades. Small serving. Amazing bright-jeweled transparent ruby colour....it must be a 1990s. Nose is reticent......you really have to chase it down corridors to get a whiff of the classic musar elements. Palate is absolutely classic Musar.......complex fruits, tons of exotic dry spices in an Eastern market, broodingly thunderous power rumbling in the background, gorgeous dusky powdered tannins like the dust from old bricks. Lovely! The 1978 is always a consistent pleasure....too bad it was only a small tasting....this one of the wines that would have shown better as a bottle drank on its own over a long evening. My #3, group's #3.
  • Winevestor commented:

    7/21/13, 11:26 AM - After your comment the other day, I went looking for a '78. Looks like I've found one. I will probably have it sometime this winter. I'll do a TN then. Thanks for the heads-up.

White
2008 Ridge Chardonnay Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains
11/13/2012 - Winevestor wrote:
92 points
Great nose - butter, pear and lemon. Bright acidity clothed with heapings of oak (vanilla) - a bit too much for me. I'm going to do a comparison with their standard bottling - I suspect I'll like that better - less oak. However not flabby (due to acidity), I reckon its got a couple of years left to run.
  • Winevestor commented:

    4/15/13, 5:36 AM - Phil,
    Good to hear from you. I tend to like to drink CA chards earlier, so this may be me. However I would advise you to try a bottle soon to see what you think. I would say that for anyone's palate this is in the drnking window. A case is a lot of wine to find that it is past!
    I'm a big Draper and Ridge fan; especially the Monte Bellos. The reds last a long time and the early 90s are beautiful right now.
    --Raef

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