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1995 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
2/14/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
96 points
Immaculate bottle in my cellar since release, mid neck ullage, impressive cork. Dark color, minimally translucent. Gorgeous nose of red and a little dark fruit, smoke, oak, multiple layers of secondary and tertiary notes, medium body with sweet resolving tannins. In full stride with a good way to go. Long long finish. Stunning wine.
  • dpolzien commented:

    2/15/21, 2:34 PM - Enjoyed the note and clearly, great minds think alike for Valentine's day wine pairings! Cheers!

Red
2007 Realm Cellars The Falstaff Rutherford Red Bordeaux Blend
5/19/2020 - walkerjfw wrote:
94 points
Home with some carnitas, needed something "bold" to pair with them...been a few years since last bottle. Cork broke/crumbled on the way out, strained and decanted for about 30 minutes, drank over an hour.

Dark, inky garnet. Nose showing dark berries, cherry, licorice. Palate of dark berries, blue fruits, savory, smoke(?), leather and earth notes. Persistent through the mid palate with some sweetness showing. Medium weight and finish.

In a great spot right now. I have bee skeptical of Calif Cab Franc but this one is really nice and seems to be going the distance...Would drink remaining bottles in the next 5 years
  • dpolzien commented:

    11/29/20, 6:48 PM - +1 on the note about the cork - thanks for the heads-up! Based on your note, I used a durand to open mine and was glad I did, as I could definitely see mine having the chance to come apart.

Red
1999 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend
8/25/2019 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
92 points
My first MB ... Decanted for 3 hours in the cellar and noticed what can only be described as a shocking salinity in my first try. Let it evolve in glass for about 30 min, and came around to start tasting as the other notes suggest, very much like a solid vintage Left Bank. Returned half to the bottle, stored in cellar overnight, and enjoyed much more on day 2. Agree with the notes below, drinking well, not sure much upside and will likely finish my last bottle within the next year or so.
  • dpolzien commented:

    10/26/20, 11:00 AM - Open Air - Would definitely give it more than three hours, maybe at least 5 on day 1 and recommend saving some to follow on day 2.

Red
2016 Vice Versa Cabernet Sauvignon Le Petit Vice Napa Valley
9/20/2020 - sean7711 Likes this wine:
94 points
Drank over 3 nights. Also drank next to a 2016 Carter Carter which outperformed it, but also has twice the price. This is dynamite QPR as always.

I asked Samantha about future vintages a month ago, and she said given the prices for grapes in the valley, it's difficult to maintain the quality for this price range that is up to the VV standards. So this (the 2016) was the last year for Le Petit, but they'll have new offerings for the 2019 vintage (hopefully one at a lower than $200+ starting point, too!)
  • dpolzien commented:

    9/21/20, 7:28 AM - Thanks for the intel from Samantha on future offerings - had been hoping they just sat out the 2017 vintage, but it looks like this is not the case. This really is a killer QPR!

Red
2016 Kinsman Eades Cabernet Sauvignon Rhadamanthus Diamond Mountain
7/15/2020 - msuwine wrote:
98 points
This wine is awesome, but this note is long, so here goes:

The reason I love college basketball is that sometimes you get to see the future before it arrives. I remember watching Draymond Green as a pudgy college freshman who just knew where the ball would go. I saw Jason Richardson play in his first exhibition game, with a bounce in his step that made you know he was going to be a pro. Every fan has their own story, but you watch college sports because you might see something new; you watch because you might see something great... and see it for the first time.

This wine is one of those new - and great - things that make the watching (and buying) worth all the while. This wine has a ripeness and power that are fulsome, like a young Abreu - a full-court press of flavor (entry, mid-palate, finish) that somehow doesn't tip the scales of excess. There is also an earthy, savory, and classy core, like a Promontory - a Napa wine, to be sure, but with a wildness and originality that are absolutely captivating.

So, yeah, I loved this wine. I could clearly count the ways, but I'll quote blarmston as to the bottom line conclusion: holy s--- this is a great wine.

Dark purple in color and medium in body (feels more full in the mouth, but few tear drops on the glass), the wine offers incredible, pungent, almost urgent aromas of boysenberry, espresso, cocoa powder, pencil lead, bay leaf, underbrush, and menthol. The flavors are generous and integrated, especially for such a young mountain wine, with notes of blueberry tart, mocha, crushed gravel, spice cake, and anise, with a beguiling finish that is equal parts fruit, acidity, tannin, and tannin (read: still a bite, but sweet enough to go down easily after 2-3 hours of air). Blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot. 14.9% alcohol.

This is one of the best, if not the best, 2016 I have tasted to date. The intensity, integration, and class are off the charts. Perhaps this will narrow with time in bottle, but the core of the wine is remarkable. If you have more than one bottle, open this now, but I can't wait to follow these over the next 5-10 years. Just amazing.
  • dpolzien commented:

    7/16/20, 7:58 AM - Go Green! As a fellow Spartan and Kinsman fan I thoroughly enjoyed your review and comparison to the early days of some of our best players. I've been heeding Nigel's pleadings to wait on these, but it's hard not to dig in after reading this!

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