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Red
2016 Realm Cellars The Bard Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
9/28/2019 - dmwilsondvm Likes this wine:
97 points
Wonderful. Classic Realm. Power, yet with finesse. Bouquet is deadly Love it.
  • rashcar commented:

    9/29/19, 7:16 AM - Thanks for the tasting note. Should I age my 3 bottles or drink?

  • rashcar commented:

    9/29/19, 4:05 PM - Thanks! I will do that! Cheers!

Red
2012 Odette Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Stags Leap District
6/22/2019 - MDRwinos wrote:
93 points
Two hour decant. Allow it to breathe, then enjoy. Well integrated. Good balance of fruit and tannins. High quality Napa cab. While I'd like to have more, price point makes it less accessible than other similar quality bottles from the region.
  • rashcar commented:

    7/12/19, 10:27 PM - Thank you for the tasting note
    What others that are more affordable that come close in taste?

Red
2010 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo Nebbiolo
6/19/2019 - Klugi Wine wrote:
98 points
WOW this is one of the best rather young Barolos I had so far. Found this in Milano for less than 130€.
The bouquet is a fascinating blend of sour cherries, mint, roses, apricot and some remote truffles (just wait).
It’s so long and intense, one should wait at least another 2-5 years and enjoy it over the next 2-3 decades. I’m happy to have 6 more bottles which I bought at the cantina 4 1/2 years ago.
  • rashcar commented:

    6/19/19, 3:51 PM - Thanks for your tasting note. If one was to open a bottle now do you have any suggestions in regards to decanting.

  • rashcar commented:

    7/2/19, 1:09 PM - Thank you.

Red
2015 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Red Bordeaux Blend
6/3/2019 - IvanLi Likes this wine:
95 points
The wine shows trademark Sassicaia aromas of sweet flowers and fresh Cabernet stems as well as notes of blackberry compote, plums, licorice, hints of classy oak as well as future promises of leather, earth, cigar box and tobacco. In the mouth it is rich, fresh, succulent and totally drinkable. As with all wines of this caliber you would better wait another 10 years to let it round up and develop even more complexity and grace.
All that being said, it is still not on par with the best Bordeaux stalwarts.
  • rashcar commented:

    6/4/19, 5:13 AM - Agreed with Federico. I purchased this wine for $190 per bottle. First Growth Bordeaux average cost is $800! Not sure how one can compare the two. Precise note about the wine though.

  • rashcar commented:

    6/17/19, 9:31 AM - All in all it does not compare to first growth Bordeaux but what does(minus Burgundy).

Red
2015 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
4/15/2019 - rashcar Likes this wine:
95 points
Great wine. Amazing texture and balance. This wine is so smooth with two hours in the decanter. Delicious too. Buy now as this will go up in price.
  • rashcar commented:

    6/17/19, 9:29 AM - Hello Dave. I have been buying lot of 2000 and 2003 Bordeaux because they are starting to drink well. On the other hand some experts are into young wine in a way they enjoy the wine beyond the tannin. You just have to drink the young wine at cooler temperatures so it won't bite as much and enjoy the structure and the finish. To enjoy full maturity one has to wait at least 10 years. My friend Eric Jensen who is the founder of Booker wine out of Paso Robles told me that he does not believe in aging wine. If wine is made well it is ready to be drank right away. I think the key is to become familiar with a particular young wine and not to decant it rather drink it slowly out of the glass and see how it develops and base on your finding then you decide whether to decant or not for the next bottles.

White - Sparkling
2004 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
5/21/2019 - Yunj wrote:
77 points
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  • rashcar commented:

    6/2/19, 12:01 PM - 77 points!! Oh my God I would give that score to a decent vinegar!

Red
2015 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
5/14/2018 - andrewdodd86 Likes this wine:
100 points
It happened. Worth the cost of admission? No. But on par with Schrader etc. Remeber liking Harlan better.

Blackberry & dark cherry core, chocolate, cigar box, graphite.
  • rashcar commented:

    4/30/19, 1:32 PM - Hi Which Harlan. What year? Thanks.

Red
2006 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Sangiovese
4/27/2019 - oldwines Likes this wine:
95 points
Tasted at a local wine shop with the winemaker/owner who is an American woman from NYC. Medium to dark garnet, opaque in the center. Wonderful nose that is floral, fruity, minerally, and spicy with just a touch of vanilla. Great texture and viscosity. Palate has great structure and layers of complex flavors...tar, chocolate, spice, chewy red and black berry and plum, cedar and tobacco on the long finish. Really delicious. I could just smell this for hours.
  • rashcar commented:

    4/27/19, 11:38 AM - Really delicious. Could smell this for hours and you give it 86!!!
    I only cook with 86 points wine.

  • rashcar commented:

    4/27/19, 1:29 PM - Makes sense now :) Thanks and your daughter will have a good bottle one day! Cheers.

Red
2000 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
3/6/2019 - dcwino wrote:
98 points
Haut Brion vs La Mission Haut Brion dinner with Bernard Burtschy (Taberna del Alabardero, Washington D.C.): Incredibly concentrated and intense wine. One of two most youthful wine of the evening, along with the 02 Haut Brion. More concentrated and powerful than the 00 Haut Brion but ever so slightly less refined. It can easily improve for another half century. Monumental wine with imposing scale.

Dominant Fruit: Intense red and black fruit, crème de cassis, cherry and plum.
Balance: 10
Expressiveness: 10
Complexity: 9
Ripeness: 10
Purity: 9
Intensity: 10
Silkiness: 10
Precision: 9
Tannins: 8
Acidity: 9
Concentration: 10
Maturity: 3
Modern (Oak): 0
Over ripeness: 0
Condition: 10
  • rashcar commented:

    4/9/19, 10:02 AM - Thank you for a fantastic tasting note. You gave it a 3 for maturity. If I wanted to open a bottle now what do you recommend regarding decanting the bottle. How and for how long? Thanks.

  • rashcar commented:

    4/16/19, 8:02 PM - Great. Thank you!

Red
1998 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
4/3/2019 - dchain Likes this wine:
92 points
Deep ruby. Very closed on the nose. Strangely beefy earthy and savoury. Not dirty but certainly not something you want to linger over. Not really showing much exotic spice and soil notes that you would be hoping to see in a 21 year old first growth! Palate is quite a bit more exciting. A lot of density and complexity, beautiful ripe plummy fruit. Texture and density again. Many layers but hard to separate out indicating it is still far from ready. Very long. Great fruit with wonderful balance. 94+ on the palate!

I think this just needs more time. At least 2-5 years before I expect some of the more effusive notes described by others might be forthcoming from this en primeur case. 35 of 36 to go which is the good news!!
  • rashcar commented:

    4/16/19, 7:50 PM - Did you air it out? If so how and for how long. Thank you.

Red
2009 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
1/11/2019 - WINE_I_LOVE Likes this wine:
99 points
Deep ruby core with fading, almost colorless rim. With air time, bursting aromas of blackberry, tar, bonfire, expresso, vanilla, nutmeg and black truffle. Silk like palate despite of its immense concentration of milk chocolate, mineral, ripe blue and red fruits, well integrated toasty sweet oakiness, earth, hint of savoury and nuttiness developing on the lingering finish. Layered, transparent and focus.
  • rashcar commented:

    2/27/19, 4:33 AM - Hi. Did you decant and if so how and for how long? Thanks.

  • rashcar commented:

    4/15/19, 7:30 PM - Thanks.

Red
2010 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon RBS Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard Oakville
4/13/2019 - brianngibson wrote:
99 points
I haven’t decided what perfection tastes like. But this has to be close.
  • rashcar commented:

    4/15/19, 6:01 AM - I am glad I have one bottle and sad I don't have more since I read your note. Did you decant the bottle and if so how and for how long. Thank you.

Red
2010 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo Nebbiolo
3/31/2019 - axisx Likes this wine:
97 points
97+. You need to drink this alone, over 3 days, but better do so from 2022. The bouquet is floral, fruity, mineral, savory (starting 2nd day) and sweetly spicy. It ripples gently yet surely on one's palate, w/ effortless concentration, finishes long and gentle. no hurry. Great wine indeed.

Well the wine could be shut downhe wine should be shut down now as fellow cellartrackers mentioned. But in preparation for this tasting, I took the bottle from wine chamber last september and it sit thru winter heating with me, so it should be softer than your normal bottle.

Also, my comlaint besides the fact that i didn't grab more bottles when it's available twice as "cheap“ as today : the cork is way too short! The wine can live 50 years for sure, most not likely the same for the cork.
  • rashcar commented:

    4/15/19, 5:56 AM - Great note. Did you stand the bottle since September when you took it out of the wine chamber or lay it down? How about decanting before drinking? Thank you.

Red
2010 Pian dell'Orino Brunello di Montalcino Bassolino di Sopra Sangiovese
Not one of my favorites
  • rashcar commented:

    4/9/19, 10:52 AM - But 80 points!!! That's what grade you give vinegar!! Come on dude!! You just messed up the real average on this bottle!! Please leave cellartracker or learn before you play.

Red
2013 Jean-Marie Fourrier Latricières-Chambertin Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir
2/6/2019 - Collector1855 wrote:
97 points
PoB - Roulot / Fourrier Magnum Dinner (Hong Kong): Showed even better than the great 2014 Clos St.Jacques next to it. Lots of flowers, violets, a nose to die for. On the palate sappy and fresh like so many 2013 with polished tannins. An awesome wine. If you find these in Magnum go for it before prices of the non-domaine Fourriers Grand Cru rise to the Griotte level.
  • rashcar commented:

    3/31/19, 8:20 PM - Great tasting note thank you. I have few magnums should I open one now? How about decanting?

  • rashcar commented:

    4/9/19, 5:49 AM - Thank you Collector1855.

Red
2012 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
4/7/2019 - tomoem wrote:
93 points
Still so great but declined over the last year. Still it is perfumed and better than most. Aromatically sour after a 3 hour decant. On the pallete it feels past its prime. It is in the mid pallete that this wine shines. Long and lingering notes of mulberry and cherry fruit. Finish is stinging with cherry tannins and acid. The wine is weird. I thought it could Improve but it is in a strange spot. I think it would improve given this phase.
  • rashcar commented:

    4/8/19, 9:15 PM - Do you think it's going through the dumb phase? Where the wine shuts down.

Red
2003 Château Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
2/4/2019 - Jeff Leve wrote:
98 points
Opulent, silky, lush and sensuous, the wine is concentrated, deep, long and yes, it is also fresh, The layers of perfectly ripe, velvet-textured fruits come at you in layers. The wine is refined and intense.
  • rashcar commented:

    2/17/19, 9:01 AM - Thanks Jeff for the TN. I love the 2000 Margaux but it's almost double the price of the 2003 vintage. How does it compare to the 2000? Is the 2003 in in the beginning of its drinking window?

  • rashcar commented:

    4/7/19, 6:12 AM - Thank you and I did go to your site which I enjoy very much.

Red
2010 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova Sangiovese
4/3/2019 - ddingley Likes this wine:
97 points
Just a fantastic wine. Reminded me of a lighter 90s Araujo Eisele vineyard Cab with a combination of fruit and Cuban cigar. This was not overpowering, but rather fabulously deep in a midweight wine. Only drink this paying close attention, like a great Burgundy.
  • rashcar commented:

    4/4/19, 11:05 AM - Fantastic review thank you. Did you decant the bottle and if so how and how long.

Red
2009 TOR Kenward Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 6 Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard Napa Valley
3/18/2019 - Squilber Likes this wine:
96 points
Amazing Cab. Rich, full bodied, with dark fruits, spice, oak, and chewy tannins. Still can age another 5 years but drinkable now. Day 2 was even better than Day 1 as it really opened up more overnight. Another great entry from Tor Kenward,
  • rashcar commented:

    4/1/19, 11:44 AM - Did you close the bottle back up for the next day?

Red
2003 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
3/25/2019 - liber Likes this wine:
92 points
2nd of 12, decanted an hour, perfect cork and level, more definition than bottle last February and developing attractive chocolate component (noticed before in Branaire), fresh and pure for 03, early maturity. Strong F (17.5).
  • rashcar commented:

    3/26/19, 5:54 AM - What's a "strong F"? Thank you.

Red
2000 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/19/2019 - grossie Likes this wine:
95 points
In Breck, before dinner. A wonderful wine. Has structure, sweet fruit, fine tannin. Elegance, class, finesse, and power. It's ready to roll and I think will likely stay on a plateau for a bunch of years before aging out.
  • rashcar commented:

    3/19/19, 9:11 PM - Any decanting instructions? Thanks.

Red
2016 Booker Vineyard Syrah Fracture Paso Robles
12/31/2018 - MGoodwine Likes this wine:
91 points
Not to rock the boat, but I was disappointed with this wine. Decanted for 2 hours and drank over the next 3. Not much nose to speak of. Round mouth feel. Soft, elegant and balanced. Modest tannins, but not much finish. A well-made wine for sure, but I found it to be pretty simple. For me, it lacked depth and complexity. Maybe, I was expecting too much...but, I have had other Paso Robles syrahs that I have enjoyed more, and at much lower price points. Perhaps, it is too young and will improve and show more in a few years? Time will tell.
  • rashcar commented:

    3/8/19, 4:43 PM - Hi and thanks for your tasting notes of this Booker Syrah. I am always looking for good value wine. What Syrah you liked better for less price?

  • rashcar commented:

    3/16/19, 11:00 PM - Thank you!

Red
2000 Château Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
2/24/2019 - tcosgriff wrote:
Deep purple color with a bouquet and flavor of eucalyptus, tar, and leather, with hints of cassis. Still quite closed and will likely improve with more time in bottle. I have decided to withhold a rating. This wine went through Hurricane Katrina and may have suffered as a consequence.
  • rashcar commented:

    3/3/19, 6:19 PM - Hello sir. 90 points for 2000 Château Margaux? I am thinking it's an error.

  • rashcar commented:

    3/6/19, 5:49 AM - Stounberg, if you go to his tasting notes which are over 1,000 and sort by ratings you'll see that he has give hundred Acre a perfect score and 2000 Château Pavie a 98 points. 2000 Château Margaux is the best wine I've tasted thus far and I am sure his score of 90 points is an error especially that he wrote "too bad I don't have another bottle"!

Red
2016 Booker Vineyard Syrah Fracture Paso Robles
9/18/2018 - Neras Likes this wine:
98 points
Vauw. This is outstanding. In total balance with deep layers. Smooth like velvet, but with a strong, proud structure. Nothing is out of place here. Maybe it is 100p, but I dont have the guts to call it.
  • rashcar commented:

    2/27/19, 4:54 AM - Hi. Did you decant? If so for how long and how? Thanks.

  • rashcar commented:

    3/5/19, 8:41 AM - Thank you and cheers!

Red
2012 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
3/3/2019 - joshabramson Likes this wine:
92 points
A fine wine, but nothing memorable. I was a little disappointed, not as much here as other vintages of Clos des Papes.
  • rashcar commented:

    3/3/19, 10:46 AM - Thank you for your TN. Did you decant? If so how and for how long?

  • rashcar commented:

    3/3/19, 11:35 AM - Thank you for replying. Cooler temperature is recommended by many for young wine. Cheers.

Red
2003 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
2/11/2019 - tbabes wrote:
95 points
Purple core turning to ruby at the rim. Notes of ripe blackberry and plums, with hints of spice box. Medium to full bodied, with a round mouthfeel, good depth, nice balance for an '03, and a long and focused finish
  • rashcar commented:

    2/25/19, 3:57 AM - Mark Robert Parker gave it a whopping 96 points!

Red
2009 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate St. Helena
2/14/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
95 points
Valentines dinner with 3 other couples. A wonderful wine tonight. Aromas with floral notes and lavendar. On the palette the wine starts with blueberry fruit and then morphs to add smokey dark cherry and then tobacco leaf. The wine is deep dark colored with a long finish with resolved tannins.
  • rashcar commented:

    2/15/19, 6:15 AM - Hello Tom. Thanks for the tasting note. Can you tell us whether you decanted the bottle and if so how and for how long? Also are you suggesting to drink now or is it better to wait.

  • rashcar commented:

    2/23/19, 11:15 AM - No worries I do the same with my writings... Thanks.

Red
2010 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova Sangiovese
2/17/2019 - jcasey555 Likes this wine:
92 points
Superb.
  • rashcar commented:

    2/18/19, 7:06 PM - Hi. Shouldn't a superb bottle score more than 92!!

Red
2000 Château Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
2/4/2019 - Jeff Leve wrote:
100 points
One of the best bottles of this vintage I can recall tasting. This continues to soften, fill out and add nuances to the concentrated, lush, rich, full, floral, pure style of the vintage. With a genuine depth of flavor, rich, silky textures and soft tannins, the sweet, deep red fruits in the finish hang with you for close to 60 seconds. By 2025, this should enter its plateau of maturity and will offer pleasure for at least 40 more years after that.
  • rashcar commented:

    2/4/19, 7:06 PM - I am fortunate enough to have few more bottles. I tried one last year and it was everything Jeff wrote. Go ahead and open it but decant it for couple of hours and drink it over the following few hours and enjoy!

White
2016 L'Union Sacré Gewürztraminer Belle de Nuit Santa Barbara County
6/10/2017 - Ben Christiansen wrote:
98 points
Mineral and some earthy funk on the nose with the gewurtz perfume buried underneath. And some power on the back.
  • rashcar commented:

    1/23/19, 6:20 AM - Hello Ben. Thanks for all your helpful tasting notes. What's a great red you've had lately for under $100.

Red
2000 Château Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
11/27/2018 - onboisduvin Likes this wine:
94 points
Great wine in the great year.
  • rashcar commented:

    11/28/18, 6:01 AM - 94 points! I drank two bottles thus far and I gave it 99 both times. Only reason I didn't give it 100 in case I ever had something better.

  • rashcar commented:

    12/20/18, 11:44 AM - Mark1npt thanks for your comment. I understand that there is also bottle variations due to many reasons one being storage and handling. I tend to agree with Jeff Leve on this amazing juice. I just don't see how wine could be better. The layers of characteristics and aromas. The structure! The complexity! The balance! The finish the coats the mouth for more than one minute!! Again I don't see how wine could be better.

  • rashcar commented:

    1/2/19, 12:39 PM - Cheers Mark! Good luck with your new wine room that's very exciting.

  • rashcar commented:

    1/2/19, 3:41 PM - I am 59 today and I intend to follow your plan!! Enjoy, peace and cheers!

Red
2011 Brigaldara Amarone della Valpolicella Corvina Blend, Corvina
10/9/2015 - Vinveden wrote:
75 points
Young and friendly considering the big alcohol 17%
Smell of cellar, taste of raisin and chocolate
  • rashcar commented:

    11/27/18, 7:34 AM - Hi I am a bit confused with tasting note. Your words lead me to believe that you enjoyed and liked the wine but your score of 75 means it is a horrible wine! Did you punch the wrong number on your keyboard?

Red
2000 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/19/2018 - Todd French wrote:
WAIT! NOWHERE near ready - seriously, at least a decade
  • rashcar commented:

    11/20/18, 5:14 AM - Did you try and decant it? If so for how long?

  • rashcar commented:

    11/20/18, 8:20 PM - Probably bottle variation!

Red
2009 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/2/2018 - Jeff Leve wrote:
99 points
There is much purity here, this is like eating, perfectly ripe fruit off the tree. The supple-textured berries with their luscious flavors coat your palate with flavor. Yet, the wine is not heavy. Everything is in perfect balance, due to the lift and acidity. Full-bodied, concentrated and with a serious depth of flavor, this is still young, but on the other hand, it is so good, it is not a bad idea to pop a cork in its youth, just to see what all the fuss is about. Else, wait another decade. Either way, this wine rocks!
  • rashcar commented:

    11/19/18, 10:53 PM - Hi did you decant the bottle? How and for how long? Thank you.

  • rashcar commented:

    11/20/18, 9:12 AM - Thank you and happy thanks giving. Cheers.

Red
2014 Vérité La Joie Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend
11/18/2018 - cincybt Likes this wine:
97 points
Interesting eucalyptus elements on the nose with fruit being surprisingly shy, but it drank beautifully with stunning mouthfeel and a lasting finish that came in waves. An epic wine.
  • rashcar commented:

    11/19/18, 9:36 PM - Thanks for your TN. I only have one bottle when do you suggest I drink it based on your experience.

  • rashcar commented:

    11/20/18, 6:02 AM - Thank you!

Red
2014 Prisoner Wine Company The Prisoner Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
Very lovely, enjoyable wine.
  • rashcar commented:

    11/18/18, 2:33 PM - Sorry but was it flawed or was it enjoyable! The two don't coexist.

Red
2015 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Red Bordeaux Blend
11/17/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
97 points
WS 2018 wine of the year and it deserves to be! Soooo smooth my goodness it's so good. Berries and perfume nose. Such an unbelievable balance at this early age! Love it. Great finish and delicious!
  • rashcar commented:

    11/18/18, 6:13 AM - It is drinking so smooth and balanced right now. Slow ox for 3 hours and drink slowly. Great experience.

Red
2010 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova Sangiovese
10/4/2018 - John McCabe wrote:
98 points
Prestine beauty. Majestic.
  • rashcar commented:

    10/5/18, 6:33 PM - Hello John. Is it ready to be drunk? Did you and if so how and how long did you decant it? Can you please elaborate. Thank you.

  • rashcar commented:

    10/6/18, 11:23 AM - Thanks John. Cheers.

Red
1998 Château Trotanoy Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
8/30/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
95 points
Decanted for two hours but needed more. Drank over next two hours and second glass it started to show its stuff. Ripe Berries and some earth tones. Well structured in the glass with slow legs
Good delicious finish. I am glad I have more.
  • rashcar commented:

    9/13/18, 5:54 AM - Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

Red
1990 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
7/26/2018 - magicchef Likes this wine:
98 points
A pure pleasure, enjoyed with good friends who are serious wine lovers. The first impression was: smooth, supple, and rich. Nose and flavors of cedar, tobacco, gorgeous fruit, and cassis. Dark red, very slight browning, almost opaque. 12.5% alcohol, thank-you-very-much! We drank it over two hours, and while I was half expecting the common decline to spoilage, this beauty only developed more smoothness and intensity. This is the joy of well-aged Bordeaux.
  • rashcar commented:

    8/29/18, 6:20 AM - Hi what do you recommend for decanting?

Red
2009 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
8/21/2018 - camachodavalos Likes this wine:
100 points
Splendid. Deep wood flavor. Easy and smooth to the mouth. Velvety. Some tobacco and leather. Fruits present. Extraordinary. Still many many years to drink.
  • rashcar commented:

    8/24/18, 7:03 AM - Hi how long did you decant it for? Thanks.

Red
2000 Château Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
8/21/2018 - camachodavalos Likes this wine:
100 points
The best Margaux I’ve had. Smoothness all through. Tanins. Subtle fruits and tobacco
  • rashcar commented:

    8/23/18, 8:30 PM - Make sure you treat it like a romantic date. No crowd no noise never take your glass outdoor and each glass should take 2 hours to drink. Enjoy the journey and definitely drink it with someone who loves finest wine

Red
2016 Booker Vineyard Syrah Fracture Paso Robles
8/19/2018 - joshabramson Likes this wine:
96 points
Big & delicious but not over the top. Really liked this one!
  • rashcar commented:

    8/19/18, 9:23 PM - Any decanting? If so how long. Thanks.

  • rashcar commented:

    8/20/18, 5:41 AM - Good to know. I had the pleasure to dine with Eric Jensen the owner of Booker. Quite a character and fun person. He did not believe in aging. Just enjoy the wine. Thanks for your tasting note and response.

Red
2009 Château Duhart-Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
7/27/2018 - VimP wrote:
Removed
  • rashcar commented:

    7/28/18, 1:59 PM - ??

Red
2010 Pertimali (Livio Sassetti) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
4/30/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
95 points
This wine keeps impressing. Excellent nose of earth, spices, chocolate and dark fruits. The finish is really good as it demands your attention after swallowing. Excellent wine for the money. Decanted for 3 hours and drank slowly and again it did not disappoint. Will even get better in the next 5 years.
  • rashcar commented:

    4/30/18, 9:37 PM - You welcome! 2010 is a great years for BDM and this bottle is a good representation. I will keep my eyes open for another good vintage.

Red
2004 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino Nebbiolo
11/17/2017 - Anonymous wrote:
Wine for TJ Martell wine dinner on 11/16/17
  • rashcar commented:

    4/29/18, 9:50 AM - Not sure if you liked it or not!

Red
1998 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
3/15/2018 - la turque wrote:
98 points
After four hours of air, this was singing! Classic claret-like aromas of cassis, cedar, cigar-box, graphite. Huge nose, jumping out of the glass. Impeccable balance, with lovely, sweet, complex fruit balanced with perfect gentle acidity and tannins. Drinking beautifully.
  • rashcar commented:

    3/16/18, 3:20 PM - Thanks for your tasting note. What kind of four hour air? Did you decant it or just opened the bottle?

Red
2003 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
Utterly unremarkable
  • rashcar commented:

    3/14/18, 4:49 PM - OMG. Must be a bottle variation. I had to decant my bottle for 4 hours and drank over next 3 hours. It was a stellar for me in every way. I am sorry you did not have the same experience. Did you decant your bottle?

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2010 Hundred Acre Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Kayli Morgan Napa Valley
12/16/2017 - 1964vintage wrote:
91 points
91 based on price-to-value. Fruit is clearly high quality, however, it doesn't materialize to be memorable. Wines costing $400-$600 per bottle should awaken all senses and leave an indelible impression. Sadly, this did neither.
  • rashcar commented:

    2/22/18, 5:55 AM - Thank you for your TN. I like your approach with scoring wine in relation to value. Have come across a bottle or two that has an exceptional taste to value. One that awaken all the services senses.

Red
2013 Opus One Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
2/20/2018 - andrewdodd86 Likes this wine:
93 points
Decent. Good fruit. What the hell justifies $250-$300? What a rip off. If you're going to go crazy in that price range there are a million things better
  • rashcar commented:

    2/20/18, 8:20 PM - Can you share a bottle or two that are awesome for the money. Thanks.

  • rashcar commented:

    2/21/18, 12:04 PM - Thanks Andrew. I am sure if I cellar it for few years it will get better. I am interested in knowing of a good bottle or two for the money.

  • rashcar commented:

    2/21/18, 2:09 PM - Got it! Thank you.

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