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Red
2006 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/13/2021 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
92 points
Have 3 of these in the cellar from an Auction purchase, so decided to check in on them.

While this is slightly behind the '07 I had last year, the '06 is holding its own and in a great place right now. While you'll have to search a bit for the darker fruit notes, this comes across as classic Left Bank Bordeaux, reminiscent of some of my faves from the region. Cigar box, leather, cedar with just enough fruit, this could be difficult to pick out if not for the fruit, which would probably be the give-away. Tannins are there and well integrated, this can easily go another 5+ years. Decanted 3 hours on day 1, and held up just as well on day 2. Enjoy!
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White - Sparkling
6/11/2021 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
93 points
Drinking so well right now, may be my new favorite domestic sparkler (Ultramarine BdB is waiting in the wings though.)

Loads of brioche, biscuit, and maybe even some Parmesan with a touch of sweetness on the finish. Paired well on Day 1 with Pizza and just as well on day 2 with Grilled Lobster. Ignore the 'best by 2020' dates, this easily has another 3+ years to go.
Red
5/31/2021 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
94 points
Classic BTK nose and palate of graham crackers and dark fruits, with dusty tannins and some red hots on the finish. This wine is drinking extremely well right now, definitely has a few more years to go. Gave a 3 hour decant on day 1, felt like it picked up some weight on Day 2. For me Day 2 > Day 1, but trust me, it'll be difficult to wait that long!
Red
5/24/2021 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
90 points
Been doing quite a bit of checking in on the 2011 vintage across various producers, and can add this one to the 'solid performer' list. Showing primarily dark berries and a bit of cocoa at this time after a 1 hour decant. Feels like the fruit may be fading a bit, so agree with the drinking window that this is probably at peak or moving slightly beyond at this point.

I have one more in the cellar and will likely plan to drink it within the next year. Drink up and enjoy!
Red
5/21/2021 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
92 points
Drinking very well at 17 years old, with notes of cedar, cigar box, and spice. Definitely several more years to go. Ready to go with a 1 hr decant, and Day 1 = Day 2
Red
5/2/2021 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
94 points
Been drinking quite a few 2011's lately, and this one may be the best of the bunch. This is showing wonderfully at a decade into it's journey, with dried flowers and cocoa on the nose which really bring a smile to your face. Dark fruit on the palate with what seems to be a note of caramel on the long finish. With plenty of tannins and structure to go the distance, I'm really glad I have a couple more in the cellar to check back in on in a few years. 3 hour decant, with day 1 = day 2.
Red
4/16/2021 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
92 points
1 hour decant on day 1, pretty restrained. Really opened up on day 2 with dark fruit and tobacco predominating. Still has time left, but would encourage drinking up soon with a longer decant.
Red
3/7/2021 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted 4 hours on day 1. Black licorice and sweet vermouth on the nose, with blue/black fruits and minerality on the palate. Finish went on for what seemed like days. Showed even better on Day 2. In a great place at 11 years old and probably has several more left to go.
Red
3/5/2021 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
93 points
This "Baby 'Bello" is drinking so well right now after a few hour decant. Just a great balance between enough black fruits, drying tannins and acidity without going too far. Drink now with a decant or hold for several more years, you can't go wrong. Day 2 = Day 1
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Red
2/21/2021 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
90 points
Hand carried this bottle back from a 2017 trip to Mendoza where we met with Mr. Patti at his facility in Lujan de Cuyo. This was an enjoyable blend of Cab, Cab Franc, Merlot and Malbec. Probably at peak if not on a downward trajectory as tannins are holding but fruit seemed to be a bit more faded since my last bottle a couple years back. Recommend drinking up if you have one. Day 2 > Day 1

Paired wonderfully with an Argentine version of a Florentine Steak (Huge porterhouse charred and finished with Chimichurri)
Red
1995 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/14/2021 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
92 points
Is there a better wine to pair with Valentine's day than Calon Segur? Clearly not an original thought by me given the couple of folks who beat me to posting tasting notes on this one.

My first time trying the 1995, and happy to report it's in a great place right now. After a 1 hour decant, day 1 showed an enjoyable/comforting musty nose of old books and tobacco with red fruits on the palate. The nose calmed down a bit for Day 2 and was more reminiscent of tree bark with more blue fruits showing up on the palate. Tannins are fine, drying and well integrated.

Don't see this improving much more from here, so don't be afraid to drink now or hold, as it has the tannins and acid to go many years more.

Paired wonderfully with ribeye steaks simply seasoned with Maldon salt and a mix of white and black pepper.
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Red
2011 Bond Matriarch Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/6/2021 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
92 points
Checked in on this over a couple of days and happy to report it's showing quite well. At age 10, there are still plenty of red fruit and plum notes on the palate, with secondary cigar box, leather, and iron notes competing for attention. Plenty of smooth drying tannins ad acidity to go longer, I think it's in a great place to enjoy now. Recommend pairing with food, went great with filet mignon topped with a few pats of butter. Day 2 = Day 1
Red
2014 Bevan Cellars Ontogeny Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/3/2021 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
92 points
Gobs of black and red fruit up front with an extra long finish. Ran a bit hot on day 1, mellowed a bit more on day 2. Preferred with food, paired great with a Flannery dry aged NY Strip.
Red
1/31/2021 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
90 points
Surprised to not see any tasting notes in the last 4 years for this wine - the great news is that this is holding up well, and was a nice reminder of why Campesino (Las Madres Syrah, Steel Plow Grenache, Baybos) has become our go-to house wine. Gave it an hour in the cellar to open up, and boy, did it ever - walked in to a room entirely full of floral notes! Day 1 on the palate showed blueberry, tart cherry and bell pepper, with the pepper fading and blueberry/cherry predominating on day 2. Paired wonderfully with Kalbi-stile beef short ribs. In a great spot now and definitely several more years to go.
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Red
1/24/2021 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
93 points
Everything about this says 'throwback' to older Napa for me, and that's something I really enjoy (from the restrained style down to the lighter-weight green glass bottle). This one is still a baby with blue fruits fighting for attention behind a wall of chunky, drying tannings common to the '13 vintage - but it's all there. This has plenty of stuffing and acidity to go the distance, and would love to check back again in 3+ years. That being said, don't hesitate to try today with a long decant.
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Red
2016 Realm Cellars The Bard Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/19/2021 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
93 points
Was inspired by some of the tasting notes here to give this a try and was not disappointed. High toned notes of plum and cherries stood out after a 4 hour decant on Day 1 and mellowed out a bit more on Day 2 when paired with a Flannery dry aged KC Strip. Smooth drying tannins showed on both days. For my palate, I preferred day 2. Looking forward to checking back in after a couple more years, but don't hesitate to try now with a long decant.
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Red
1/17/2021 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
93 points
What a wonderful surprise this was ... I had to do a double-take when trying as I thought I may have accidentally pulled something from Bordeaux, as after 4 hours in the decanter, this came off very Left Bank (St. Julien?)-like. Unlike anything I have had from Napa in recent memory. While the fruit had faded a bit, there was plenty going on with savory earthy notes and fine drying tannins on Day 1. Day 2 came across almost similar to a Ridge Monte Bello of similar age. Quite the experience and am definitely keeping my eyes out for more of this!
Red
12/28/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
93 points
I knew I was trying this young, so do yourself a favor and give it 24 hours of slow ox as it's a completely different experience from Day 1 to 2. Day 1 was notable for a primary bell pepper note, but the fruits really showed up on day 2 along with hints of smoke and bacon. Will give my remaining bottles a couple of years before checking back in.
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Red
12/26/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
95 points
Christmas dinner pairing with a Flannery Beef Jorge Ribeye. Even after a 3 hour decant this was still tightly wound, but started really showing its stuff after another hour in the glass when black fruits and vanilla started showing up ... they were even more prominent on day 2. Fabulous wine, would strongly recommend pairing with a big fatty steak and an extended (6+ hour) decant. Probably has 10 or more years to go.
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Red
12/21/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
92 points
Ready to go with a 2 hour decant. Lots of blue fruits on day 1, which seemed to intensify and add a bit of a cherry liqueur note on Day 2. Paired great with a big fatty ribeye roast. Don't hesitate to drink now.
Red
12/14/2020 - dpolzien wrote:
92 points
Went with the recommended 24 hour slow ox in the cellar. Very little sediment to show after almost a decade, but had nice fine drying tannins and blue fruit along with a bit of a minty chocolate note that came around on day 2. Will check in on my remaining bottle in a couple years as this definitely has plenty of life ahead.
Red
11/29/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
93 points
Absolutely floored by this ... Love when I can get my hands on early Realm wines, and this was no exception! On tasting the first word that comes to mind is 'fresh', as if it was just released ... I've had wines a decade younger that weren't on the same level of freshness. Dark ruby at the core with only a hint of fading at the rim. Blue fruits (black cherry) dominated both on the notes and on the palate, but there were definitely some red fruits vying for attention as well. Nice dusty tannins and good acidity tells me that this has many years ahead. Day 2 = Day 1.

PSA - took heed of previous taster's note on cork coming apart, and used a durand. Glad I did as I could see the same thing happening to mine.
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Red
11/22/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
92 points
Successful pairing with Kalbi-style grilled beef short ribs. After decanting for about 3 hours on day 1 the Syrah notes were the star, leaping out of the glass and featuring prominently on the palate with green pepper notes. Day 2 was much more integrated with blue fruits coming out. Plenty of life left and would recommend a long decant.
Red
2011 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/15/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
93 points
Very similar to the '10 with notes of pickle brine, this is already showing well with very fine tannins. Felt like there was a bit more there on day 1, but still didn't mind watching the evolution over two days. Have a few more in the cellar, so will probably check again in a couple years. Don't hesitate to try now with a long decant.
Red
11/8/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
90 points
Day 1 - After about a 3 hour decant, primarily green bell pepper notes, really overwhelmed everything else. Poured back in the bottle and put in the cellar overnight
Day 2 - A completely different wine ... cherry cola and iron notes. Very little if any noticeable green bell pepper.

Day 2 >> Day 1 - Do yourself a favor and double decant with an overnight rest. Will drink my 1 remaining bottle within the next year.
Red
2017 Realm Cellars The Tempest Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/1/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
91 points
This was showing quite well at the Realm Practical Dreamer Tour stop at Mastros in Midtown last year, so decided to check in - good news is that it's even better today. Has the plum and violet notes you'd expect in a merlot-driven blend with additional notes of dark chocolate in the finish. Paired great with Filet Mignon steaks topped with a few pats of butter.

Will give my remaining bottle a couple more years but don't hesitate now with a long (3+ hour) decant. Day 2 = Day 1
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Red
2012 Matello Fool's Journey Deux Vert Yamhill-Carlton Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
10/29/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
89 points
Enjoyed the pairing this with homemade kalbi and kimchi. Very pinot-like with cranberry and pomegranate notes predominating on the palate. Day 2 brought a bit more fruit than day 1, so will give it a bit more air next time.
White - Sparkling
10/26/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
90 points
Great QPR on this find from Lastbottle at $30 - plenty of brioche and green apple on the palate. Paired great with salmon sashimi and our version of Pulpo a la gallega. Would buy again at this price.
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White
10/24/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
89 points
Tasted over 2 days - and at different temperatures - preferred after a bit of air and slightly on the chilled side (between fridge and cellar temp). Notes of white flower and melon. Day 2 > 1. Definitely a good buy and would consider again at $14 from the recent Lastbottle marathon.
Red
2/22/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
92 points
Was a bit worried as the bottle/cork showed signs of seepage, but was perfect, with classic Saint Julien notes of pencil lead and still a bit of blue fruit showing through. The mouth-drying tannins were tamed with a fantastic Flannery Beef Jorge ribeye. Don't hesitate to try now, but this clearly has a long way to go.
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Red
10/22/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
92 points
Exceeded my expectations at this price point, with loads of blackberries and just a hint of ter. QPR winner here as it has that 'it' factor normally seen in higher-priced wines. Give this a long decant (tons of sediment!) as I did 4 hours on day 1 and still preferred on day 2. Built for the long haul.
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Red
10/11/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
91 points
While I can't remember much from my last bottle of this from 2 years ago, I can say that this one was much more memorable.
Great QPR on this really nice blend of Zinfandel and Petit Syrah which held up very nicely against a Chimichurri with heavy-handed approach to garlic. In a great place now, so don't hesitate to enjoy.
Red
10/3/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
92 points
Bottle was bin-stained and had a fully soaked cork, but the inside was wonderful! The freshness showed that someone had really cared for this bottle.
3 hour decant on day 1 revealed notes of cedar closet and old books. There was still some fruit there on the palate if willing to search, but primarily the tertiary pencil lead and cigar box notes I expected. Tannins still there and plenty of acidity to keep it going, this easily has at least another 5 years ahead of it. Day 2 > Day 1
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Red
9/26/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
96 points
Kicked off the BDay weekend with this gem, and am happy to say that it lived up to the high expectations that I had. Compared to the M.Etain from a couple weeks back, it just had a whole other gear.

2 hour decant revealed a combination of cinnamon, butter, vanilla, and, cocoa, on the nose and black fruits on the palate. Plenty of tannins and acidity to go the distance. Preferred day 1 (with Flannery Jorge Ribeye) over day 2 (Cold water lobster tails with Garlic Butter), but that might just have been due to the pairing.
Red
9/21/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
91 points
Hand carried this back from a trip to Mendoza 3 years ago. A very unique expression of Malbec, this comes from the high altitude vineyards of Salta in the north, so likely different if you're used to drinking traditional Malbecs. While there's the typical blueberries and violets on the nose, the blue fruit on the palate is quickly followed by some salinity and a rush of olive tapenade. This reminds me of some Ridge Monte Bellos I've had recently (a good thing!) Day 1 flavors more prominent than day 2, so would recommend drinking after a decent decant on Day 1.
Red
9/13/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
94 points
Decided to check on one of these this weekend, and it was certainly a rewarding experience. PSA, give it a long decant (6+ hours) as even after 4 hours a wall of tannins predominates on day 1. By day 2 these had faided into much more dusty accompaniments to blueberries and chocolate. Plenty of acidity and deep, dark purple all the way to the rim, this as a great long life ahead. Will wait 3 years or so to check in again.
Red
9/8/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
92 points
Black cherries predominating on day 1 with more pepper notes coming on day 2. A real powerhouse as others have noted so make sure to give a good decant if drinking now. Plenty of life left.
Red
8/30/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
92 points
Enjoyed this over 2 days - provided a good counterpoint to the Kitchak To Kalon from the night before, as this showed red fruits just leaping out of the glass.
Still a bit of a bite from the alcohol, would give this a long decant (6+ hours) or lay down for longer. Day 2 = Day 1
Red
8/29/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
93 points
Wow - this was certainly a great find on Spectrum ... got it for less than a third of what comparable wines from To Kalon would go for (and can definitely hang with many of them) Went with a 6 hour decant, noted cocoa powder on the nose and graham cracker on the palate. Definitely many years ahead but don't hesitate to try now. Day 2 just as good as Day 1.
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Red
8/9/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted for 6 hours on Day 1 based on CT recommendations - glad I did as it needed every bit, and continued to evolve into the glass and only got better on day 2. Dark violet to the rim, mixture of black and red fruits with a hint of graham cracker and cinnamon. Plenty of tannins and acid to keep going for many more years, but don't hesitate to enjoy now with a long decant.
Red
7/22/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
93 points
Needed 3 hours in the decanter to calm the tannins down, but once they did, gobs of blue/black fruit came out to play. Standouts for me were a very long finish and mesmerizing color in the glass, which was somewhere right at the intersection of blood red and purple. Held up just fine on day 2. Easily 5+ years ahead, but really in a great spot right now, so don't hesitate to give it a try with a proper decant.
Red
7/12/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
93 points
Ready to go after 3 hours in the decanter. This is definitely ready to go and would be a great gateway wine for big cab lovers who are ready to open their minds a bit ... shows what Syrah can do in the hands of great winemakers.

Pours a dark purple and retains the intensity to the rim. You wouldn't think this is 7 years old at this point. Plenty of blue fruit, but also plenty of acidity to keep it going. Held up just fine on Day 2. In the window now, and figure it easily has another 5 years in front of it.

Paired this with hanger steaks and Wagyu NY Strips
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Red
2010 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/28/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
94 points
Made the happy mistake of pulling this as I had thought I had the '11 in my hands until after I popped the cork. Gave it about 3 hours of air on day 1 and it was good to go, deep dark violet to the rim, still very tight with grippy, drying tannins and a streak of salinity that reminded me of pickle brine (which I love). Fruit was definitely there with plums, blueberries and more vanilla coming out on day 2.
Paired well with strips, but could have done just fine with a big ribeye.

Thoroughly enjoyed its complexity, and this is probably right up there in my WOTY here at the halfway point. Don't hesitate to give it a try if you have a few, will probably wait another 5 years to check in on my next one.
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Red
2012 Continuum Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/21/2020 - dpolzien wrote:
92 points
A bit of a disappointment for me right now which I hope improves as I've got another 5 in the cellar. Pronounced bite (alcohol?) on Day 1, bit diminished on Day 2. In my opinion, would be difficult to drink without food right now but paired fine with a ribeye. Did not hold up to the fantastic 2016 i had last year out of a half-bottle, hoping this is just a phase its in. Check back in a year.
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Red
6/13/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
93 points
This was exactly what I was looking for to pair with a thick Filet Mignon -a young, fruit-forward CA cab and it did not disappoint. I'd been holding out on these for a couple of years given the 2021 start date in CT, but don't hesitate to give them a try now if you have more than one. Settled down a bit on day 2 after overnighting in the cellar. Will wait a couple years for my next one to see where this is after shedding some more of it's baby fat. This clearly has a long life ahead of it.
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Red
6/7/2020 - dpolzien wrote:
88 points
I hate to say it, but I was bored by this wine. I've tasted through a number of CdPs in the past, and this had to be the lightest in terms of color and least remarkable on the palate/finish that I've had. I almost thought I had residual water in the bottom of my decanter when I poured it in, as it took almost half the bottle for the color to show up.

Will check in on the next bottle in a couple years and maybe there will be some improvement. Kinda reminds me of introducing my son to the Star Wars Episodes 1-3 ... I was hopeful for the first one since it had been almost 20 years since I'd seen it, but once I got through, I dreaded the next two - hoping my remaining two bottles won't be as much work to get through!
Red
6/10/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
91 points
This paired well with a Flannery Bacon Burger as it let the Beef and Bacon flavors come through and added it's own hint of brown sugar and spice. Ready now, and Day 2 just as good as Day 1.
Red
2015 Bevan Cellars Ontogeny Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/24/2020 - dpolzien wrote:
89 points
Honestly was a bit disappointed in this, and since I have 2 more left, am hoping it's the combination of bottle variation discussed below, along with not giving it enough air. Struggled to get past the 'plumminess' on day 1, and was more reminiscent of a cocktail also as mentioned below.

Did see this becoming more integrated and tolerable on Day 2, so might just be an issue with not having enough air. Will check back in a couple of years
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Red
2015 Campesino Baybos Sonoma Coast Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
5/22/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
90 points
Bought as part of a Berserker day deal and very pleased. Very similar to the 2014 and holds up great on day 2
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Red
5/17/2020 - dpolzien Likes this wine:
92 points
Enjoyed over two days this weekend. Nice cocoa powder notes on Day 1 with more fruit showing up on Day 2. Held up just fine so recommend giving it plenty of air. Day 2 > Day 1
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