Tasting Notes for Phin

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Red
1/19/2019 - Phin Likes this wine:
First experience with this unknown rarity. Hard to find information on the wine but the back label Luc "gathers some of our most passionate collectors and supporters to blind taste individual barrels in order to select the most impressive wine of the year. The single prized barrel of this special bottling is a symbol of gratitude toward our best supporters as the "jury's prize". With a 6 hour decant, I found the wine to have tremendous mouthfeel, crispy lightly acidic structural edges that integrate nicely. Super viscous and micro density to the body giving it great depth and complexity. Red fruit with black currant and cedar tones. $500 is really excessive but it reflects the rarity of the wine (guessing 25 case production from the single barrel).
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Red
80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc 2% Malbec. Only 50 cases. This is the former Reverie Diamond Mountain site. The Von Strasser site nearby, also purchased by Nigel's same client, has been completely pulled and replanted. These CS/CF vines are all around 30 years old. Nigel cofermented varietals together as he pulled blocks in harvest (like Abreu). This wine has bigger tannin and darker fruit compared to the Sleeping Lady, but is still approachable in primary youth. The integration of fruit, especially with tamed mountain tannins, weaves really well. Very excited for the evolution in bottle.
Red
100% Clone 22 cabernet. 125 cases. This is a different section of the vineyard from Fait Main. Pure red/black currant fruit tones. Super fine with great integration of tannin and length. Long warm blanket of clean fresh tones. Well concealed edges of acid structure as it should in youth. There is a common thread between Accendo and Kinsman – a resonating smoothness. Both incorporate the Sleeping Lady Clone 22 cabernet, although Kinsman is a single-vineyard designate so you are seeing only the compelling 22 fruit in pure form. Stellar!

Very excited for the evolution in bottle by both of these wines. This was an early 'look' for a promising future.
Red - Sweet/Dessert
10/24/2017 - Phin wrote:
97 points
Prune, tar, espresso, chocolate. Not syrupy. Brownish. Totally new dessert wine to me. Very impressed. Wow!
Red - Fortified
10/29/2017 - Phin Likes this wine:
97 points
Wow, magical. A maidera style without the hard spirit alcoholic edge. Subtle, complex, surprisingly delicate and aromatic, with orange zest, caramel, fig and faint smoke.
Red
9/23/2017 - Phin wrote:
New cabernet sauvignon from the Houyi Vineyard on Pritchard Hill. Made by Julian Fayard. Full bodied, wet black fruit with a ripe red edge. Excellent quality and length. Not sure what it costs, but it can't be cheap.
Red
8/13/2016 - Phin Does not like this wine:
89 points
Higher toned acid. Watery light color. Very very light body, pinot-like. Red currant and pomegranate flavor. Super disappointing. 87
Red
8/4/2014 - Phin wrote:
96 points
Just bottled June 2. Bright streak of ripe fruit through the solid background of dense black and red. Lively and long. One of the best Vineyardist's yet! Can't wait to taste in a few years. 96+
Red
6/11/2014 - Phin wrote:
92 points
Pop-n-pour at cellar temp. High fill bottle, perfect cork. Initially delicate and very muted/monotone/simple dark cherry. In 30 minutes, wine had warmed a bit and with the air, the complexity blossomed with an undertone of black fruits, cigar, and tannins. The interest didn't last long and in about 20 minutes, it fell down and disappeared to its original form.
Red
2010 Kongsgaard Fimasaurus Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/27/2014 - Phin wrote:
96 points
Double decanted in morning back into bottle. Huge black and blue fruit. Parker's "earthy and meaty" notes are on. Surprisingly easy to drink (if you love huge Cali cab beasts like I do). Well integrated oak with some chocolate tones. Opened this by accident and would love to revisit with age.
Red
2/24/2012 - Phin wrote:
97 points
Benoit Toquette's new Las Piedras project. Preview tasting. Didn't take great notes but was blown away by the richness, depth and length of this great new cabernet project.
Red
7/11/2013 - Phin wrote:
96 points
I had the same notes as "tooch" above however that's exactly the style of cab I love today. Little youthful twist today that will burn off with age. Exciting new wine!
Red
6/14/2012 - Phin wrote:
96 points
With only a one hour decant, the wine is so approachable, vibrant and open. A deep fragrant classic mountain cab nose bombs out of the glass. Rich layered plush blackberry, black currant and black cherry fruits integrate with soft subtle sweet density.
White
5/9/2012 - Phin wrote:
54% Chenin Blanc, 17% Roussanne 13% Grenache Blanc, 10% Chardonnay, 5% Viognier, 1% Clairette Blanche. Great new project from Andy Erickson. The winery's notes are on the money: Fresh fruit and melons with creamy, leesy undertones; finishes with a clean limey acidity. Great summer drinker.
Red
5/12/2012 - Phin wrote:
100% Syrah. 3000' elevation. This and the Lion's Whisker are easily the best red wines I've ever had (by a long shot) from South Africa. Not even on the map for me before. Great new project from Andy Erickson. Worth attention especially for the money!
Red
5/9/2012 - Phin wrote:
80% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre. 3000' elevation. This and the Bobbejaan are easily the best red wines I've ever had (by a long shot) from South Africa. Not even on the map for me before. Great new project from Andy Erickson. Worth attention especially for the money!
Red
11/29/2011 - Phin wrote:
95 points
45 minute decant initially through a Vinturi. Wet edges on the palate. Robust rich core of bitter chocolate, black cherry and blackberries. Lengthy chewy finish. Super smooth for a 2009 with little decant and young age.
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Red
11/6/2011 - Phin wrote:
93 points
Decanted 2 hours. Medium body. Fantastic mouthfeel, micro dense black fruit with impressive richness up front and middle. Finished OK but had an odd twist and mild clip at the end. Air did not improve. 95 for the first half, 91 for the finish, call it a 93. First experience with this wine. Left me a little confused.
Red
10/8/2011 - Phin wrote:
97 points
Thanks to Aaron Pott for sharing this baby, rested for just one month in bottle. All day decant. Deep and dark with black fruits. A little less red tone/mix than I’ve noticed in past Seven Stones vintages. Phenomenal density balanced with body, not “heavy” (a la Aaron’s style). Microfine tannins with a long long finish. Great purity of fruit and ripeness. Very smooth and resolved for such a young bottle. 97 pts for my tastes.
Red
2008 Skipstone Oliver's Blend Alexander Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/10/2011 - Phin wrote:
96 points
I've been a fan of this wine since the 2005 release and I think the 2008 is the best yet. Full bodied black fruit with great layers and complexity. Unbelievable dark richness and chocolate for Geyserville/Alexander. The only big non-Napa cab blend that I love other than Pavots. Richard must have had a bad bottle below. This stuff rocks. 96+ easy.
Red
8/18/2011 - Phin wrote:
94 points
3-liter bottle. Pop and pour. Deep black mountain fruit. A cab-drinker's merlot. Very rich and full bodied without being heavy. A touch dry. Age is perfect in large format. Smooth integrated acidity.
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Red
5/1/2011 - Phin wrote:
91 points
Mature. Pop and pour. Tasted like 30 year old bordeaux. Cassis, black cherry. Light to medium body. Smooth and flavorful, but high toned.
Red
3/23/2011 - Phin wrote:
95 points
Acquired upon release and cellared perfectly for 30 years. Beautiful cork. Pop and pour. Tasted 10 years old. Beautiful nose and full body ripe red/black fruits. Mature finish but with life and legth. Quite a bit of sediment. What a treat.
Red
2/11/2011 - Phin wrote:
94 points
I've been drinking through the Dalla Valle vintages and they normally need a heavy decant. With the 2000, it's a pop-n-pour today. Goes flat if decanted. Pour it fresh and it's got big body, friendly grainy tannins (for big cab lovers) and great black fruit.
Red
1/29/2011 - Phin wrote:
95 points
Overnight decant. Red currant and black cherry. Nice density, silky soft and fantastic balance. Medium body, not big. Didn't get black fruit others note, followed with a Bond Melbury...now that's black.
Red
9/11/2010 - Phin wrote:
98 points
Insanely good. Blackberry, blueberry, smooth black wave with perfect density, balance and finish. Wow.
Red
2003 Colgin Cariad Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/4/2010 - Phin wrote:
96 points
Decanted 6 hours. Followed a "warm up" V29 cru. Great density, big bold flavors, touch rustic at first, settled in nicely. Tannic in a good way, plenty of life and aging left. Black cherry, earth, leather. Just above cellar temp was perfect. 96-7
Red
10/15/2010 - Phin wrote:
92 points
Few hours of air. Average prformance in all categories. Red fruit, black currant mix. Medium body. Little disjointed, short finish.
Red
8/13/2010 - Phin wrote:
96 points
30 minute decant. Smooth red currant with black undertones, blend with soft creamy body. Awesome. 96+
Red
8/20/2010 - Phin wrote:
94 points
From 6 liter. Decanted in pieces for 1 hour, consumed over next 5. Good black fruit, age is perfect (in large format) nice grit black fruit with black currant undertones. Fruit to tannins ratio is great at this point. Glad it wasn't corked!
Red
8/10/2010 - Phin wrote:
95 points
30 minute decant at Tra Vigne. Nice rich dry tannins and density. Blackberry with soft red fruit woven in. Jayson Woodbridge's brother Cameron makes this wine. Great stuff, check it out! $80 at ACME.
Red
6/19/2010 - Phin wrote:
97 points
Great to see the other CT lovers on this wine. I think it's phenomenal. Awesome density of red and black fruits. Layers and depth with a huge finish. Just killer.
Red
7/2/2010 - Phin wrote:
94 points
Decanted 1 hour. Good density with dry raspberry and black fruit. Tannins are well integrated but youthful with decent finish.
Red
6/26/2010 - Phin wrote:
93 points
Sweet black fruit. Little simple, light on depth and finish but solid up the middle wine.
Red
6/18/2010 - Phin wrote:
96 points
3 hour decant. Perfumed nose with great complexity. Medium body. Silky red currant and black cherry. Not as deep, rich and layered as the Prop IX blend.
Red
6/12/2010 - Phin wrote:
93 points
90 min decant. Super rich. Black chocoalte with red velvet, like a sauce. Very sugary like a shiraz. Fat and lush. I like the Kobalt cab better, is it the miniscule malbec that makes it over-lush?
Red
5/30/2010 - Phin wrote:
95 points
Very acidic upon initial opening. Decanted all day. Red berries, red currant mixed with black fruits. Sorbet-like blend and smoothness. Great body and balance. 95+
Red
5/29/2010 - Phin wrote:
95 points
Rich soft blackberry smoke and a little chocolate. Very black. Decanted all day. Very smooth and balanced. Med+ body. Towards end of bottle felt tannins built up on the dry side a bit.
Red
5/21/2010 - Phin wrote:
91 points
Rich red currant, dry. Decent body. Litt bitter cocoa dust at finish.
Red
5/12/2010 - Phin wrote:
93 points
Needed an hour to open. More raspberry and tart than I'd expect from Howell Mtn. Black fruit later emerged with medium body. Very good, not sure it's worth $60 to me.
Red
5/8/2010 - Phin wrote:
96 points
From 6 liter bottle, decanted 4 hours. Totally smoking. Black fruits, tannins well alive. Great body, crushed rocks, bitter chocolate. Not as sweet as other Hillside vintages. Long finish. In this format, tons of life left.
Red
5/6/2010 - Phin wrote:
99 points
Huge viscous density. Unbelievable layers of velvety rich black fruits. Finishes forever. As good as it gets for me...
Red
5/1/2010 - Phin wrote:
94 points
Tannic rustic blackberry and black cherry. Some grit, needs a lot more age to soften. Settled down w/ lots of air. Food also cut tannins in a good way.
Red
4/30/2010 - Phin wrote:
95 points
dannykoz review is right on. Decanted for many hours.
Red
4/24/2010 - Phin wrote:
91 points
Medium body. Ripe with red currant and black cherry.
Red
2006 Ovid Experiment M9.36 Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/17/2010 - Phin wrote:
95 points
Blackberry liqueur with coffee and dark chocolate. Dense, wet and cool. 3 hour decant.
Red
4/16/2010 - Phin wrote:
96 points
Decanted all day. Super-fine grain tannins provide excellent density and length of finish. Great display of fruit in red currant, dark cherry and plum flavors. Great balance. Very young, acids are not ready, obviously but couldn't wait to test drive it. Score will rise with age.
Red
4/15/2010 - Phin wrote:
94 points
Agree with WineForRob's review. Right on.
Red
4/9/2010 - Phin wrote:
90 points
Fresh flavors of bright raspberry and black cherry. I think the winemaker notes are tremendously overblown. There is no mocha, chocolate or coffee nor much complexity. Silly marketing.
Red
4/4/2010 - Phin wrote:
96 points
Red and black tannic fruit with a finish of coffee, chocolate and super fine grain tannins. Ripe. Theme on Aaron Pott's style, great flavor without heaviness. 96+
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