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2013 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
1/18/2021 - elevwine Likes this wine:
89 points
Will give remaining bottles more time.
  • timbobwhite commented:

    1/19/21, 5:25 AM - I've been a big CDV Cab (and Merlot!) fan up to the 2012 vintage when they shifted away from purchased fruit - and raised prices - the wines seem harder, less fruity, less nuanced, less elegant. For me, their Cabs have always needed at least 7 years in the cellar and at least 2 hours in the decanter, but the 2012 and 2013 reg bottling have not shown nearly as well as almost any of the early 20xx bottlings. Holding mine as well, hoping they come around. Same for me with the 2013 Reserve Cab.

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2017 Castle Rock Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa Valley
8/31/2020 - elevwine Likes this wine:
91 points
The $12.99 price tag clearly influences this review. Bought several decent Napa cabs (e.g. Mica) and saw this wine. A “reserve” at this price? Worth a flyer. What you pay for a small snort of anything Napa at your local eatery. Waited a week because I thought it might just be a bad joke by my wine shop. It’s not. Really decent wine, dark fruit, moderate complexity, mocha and cedar notes, some dustiness, medium finish. Frankly a very serious wine at a ridiculously low price. Balance a bit off but still quite good. If you can find this sub-$20, buy lots of it and make it your weeknight wine
  • timbobwhite commented:

    1/19/21, 5:19 AM - Didn't know they made a 'reserve' bottling. Regular bottling gets play here in Orange, MA (where they filmed the TV series). Around $9.00 or so. Sonoma? as I recall, but a nice weekday wine. I'll keep an eye out for the 'reserve.'

Red
2016 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
10/29/2020 - Wine Lover 1964 Likes this wine:
90 points
Blind tasted against 2017 Artemis and like this better. Nice nose and tannins that I think will age nice. $20 less than Oakville with not too much of a drop off.
  • timbobwhite commented:

    10/30/20, 4:34 AM - I typically don't touch the Mondavi Napa CS for 7 years. Can drink sooner but they tend to begin to blossom (with some air) in 7-10 years.

Red
2016 Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
7/13/2020 - Wine Lover 1964 wrote:
88 points
Little disappointed with where this wine is now. Harsh and not the normal rounded fruit feel in the mouth. Maybe it will round out soon. Acidity a little high.
  • timbobwhite commented:

    10/30/20, 4:32 AM - Harsh or hard at 4 years not unexpected. These have always needed 7-10 years to soften to my taste. Even then, they have usually shown a strong tannic background. If you have more, let them sleep. I think they'll be fine in 2025 or so.

Red
2013 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
9/13/2020 - E1855 wrote:
92 points
Last of my 12 bottle case and by far the best one, likely not because this bottle was much better than the others but it was just the right time to drink it. Tannins and oak were much better integrated than in the previous bottles I drank, which is expected, and fruit was still strong to provide a great balance and a pleasant experience. Not overly complex but just the confirmation that drinking even a not too expensive cab before 5-7 years should be avoided, if possible.
  • timbobwhite commented:

    9/14/20, 3:28 AM - I agree 100% on aging Mondavi Napa cabs. For me, the window for these has always been 6-9 years, hitting stride at 7.

Red
2013 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
10/12/2018 - Wade Shanley wrote:
88 points
I really wanted to like this wine but this final bottle from my 6 pack is just leaving me a bit disappointed. Red fruits dominate with minerals but the oak and wood is just too gritty and dry for my taste. There are silky smooth wines then there is this. There is notable bottle variation that I can see even in my TN across my bottles consumed over 2 years.
  • timbobwhite commented:

    10/13/18, 4:07 AM - I'm a long-time CDV fan - almost all Napa bottlings. My initial tastings of their cabs almost always match your description. Hard, tannic, dry but with potentially good fruit behind. When I taste all of that, I buy with confidence. All have needed 7-10 years (and a couple of hours in the decanter after) to shed those hard edges. Now we come to the watershed vintage of 2013 where they went to all Estate fruit. I have 6 in my cellar as well. Will not crack the first until 2020. The only experience I've had with Estate fruit is a pair of '08 CDV cabs from Stag's Leap. Both were excellent at 9 and 10 years respectively. Hoping for much the same from the '13 and '14 vintages in my cellar. BTW, their Merlot, at 7 years and a couple of hours of air has been a 'go to' treat for many, many years. Not at all sure what's going to happen with that now ...

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2012 Bodegas Borsao Garnacha Campo de Borja Tres Picos
3/24/2015 - DesMarteau Likes this wine:
91 points
concur on the QPR value of this...tasted blind would rock peoples worlds....funny how the mental framing of a $12 bottle doesn't get me excited to drink it even though I know it's good. dark opaque purple, fruit forward concentrated. basically a deep chocolate covered cherry with kirsh, licquor, a little mint and menthol...more coating chocolate and a long finish. only knock is it's extracted, candied and a little hot. will take time to settle and will always be of the modern style.
  • timbobwhite commented:

    4/10/15, 4:27 PM - Needed a couple of hours to open up (drank 4/9/15) but near the end we got the "deep chocolate covered cherry..." Very good note. Thanks. Bought a couple more bottles today. Will decant for sediment (first bottle threw a serious bunch) and let breathe for a couple of hours.

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