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2013 Shafer Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah
3/30/2018 - AGELVIS Likes this wine:
90 points
Three hour decant. Nearly opaque, shimmering magenta color. Blueberry, wild flowers, almond abstract and black pepper on the aromatic nose. Smooth, dry, dusty, tongue-coating palate. Firm, grippy tannins on the long, spicy finish. This wine grew progressively more peppery over an hour of drinking. Fun, interesting Napa Syrah.
  • jda8600 commented:

    4/3/18, 10:02 AM - Thanks for the review. I absolutely love the 13's as I haven't opened any of my 14's as of yet. The spice kick at the end along with how smooth the wine comes across is special.

Red
2013 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District
5/15/2017 - alexisonsmith wrote:
88 points
I don't understand the excitement around this wine. For the price point I was expected to be blown away. I rate the Insignia above this by a long way. Tasted this at a wine event with other California wines. This is too young and for now difficult to see the greatness which everyone is referring to.
  • jda8600 commented:

    7/12/17, 5:03 AM - In the next 2-3 years, I expect to read more reviews which mirror yours. The 2013 HSS is a general reflection of the vintage at this point, backwards and will require patience. I believe this will be a stunner in the future. Happy to read that the Insignia is doing well.

Red
2013 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard 'Elysian' Napa Valley
2/12/2017 - csimm1161 wrote:
95 points
PnP with higher-toned red fruit notes that scream baby in a bottle. Purity of fruit is evident, as is the balance among the acidity, structure, and core fruit. However, as good a bottle of wine as this is, it is only hinting at the deeper and more complex potential flavors that lie ahead. Punchline: I opened this way too early. Wait until 2020.

A wine that is packed full of goodness and just waiting to strut its stuff...but can't get into gear just yet. Restricted only by its youth, the 2013 Elysian holds itself back in a similar way that a 2013 12C G3 Reserve seemed to be doing the other day. I'm rooting for this wine all the way, and I firmly believe it will be epic...but not yet.

The 2012 version of this is in a much better place than the 2013 is now. The more and more I pop open these 2013s, the more I find myself realizing they may have some years to go before their potential is actually realized. Will this be 100 points? Quite possibly indeed. But again, it is hard to fairly rate it given its somewhat narrow presentation at the moment. I followed this over three hours. It wasn't nearly enough time.

Specific notes of red and black raspberry, red and black cherry, some vanilla and alcohol, and hints of spice. The alcohol clipped the finish a bit, but it remained remarkably smooth for the most part, even though it maintained a somewhat restrained clip on the back end. As soon as I sipped this, I became instantly anxious to try it in 3-5 years.

I believe this is a special wine, but for those holding bottles... WAIT! 94-95+ points, with certain upside in three or more solid years.
  • jda8600 commented:

    2/13/17, 4:20 AM - Appreciate the detailed review, very helpful.

Red
2003 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
3/20/2016 - Kris G Does not like this wine:
88 points
unbalanced, way downhill, didn't perform even close to the level it showed a couple of years ago, very poor PQR
  • jda8600 commented:

    3/21/16, 5:00 AM - Due to previous scores, then reading your review, may I ask how long decanted, storage, etc...? I have a couple of bottles and before your review, things seemed to be trending up, that's why I inquire. Thanks.

Red
2005 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
3/15/2016 - MattLA Likes this wine:
96 points
Drank this next to the 2003 and the 2005 was noticeably better. Very round and lush with the perfect amount of fruit. Great mouth feel from start to finish.
  • jda8600 commented:

    3/16/16, 5:55 AM - Mattla, I own a couple of 2005's and was kicking around the idea of purchasing a few 2003's. In your opinion, what was the biggest difference between the two and were both decanted, PnP, etc...? Thanks in advance.

Red
2005 Château Pavie St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
12/17/2015 - cephomer Likes this wine:
90 points
Cepages Bordeaux Tasting (North End Grill; New York City): Drank at our Cepages bordeaux tasting alongside a '95 Clinet. Very generous nose of blackberries, plums & perhaps some truffles. Deep red garnet in color. This is a massive, full bodied, modern-style wine with an extremely tannic backbone, plenty of lush fruit & spice, that also still exhibits a lot of its oak. I can certainly appreciate where I expect this wine will be in 10 years' time, but on this occasion it was hard to drink. Most of us strongly believed this wine to currently be in its 'dumb' phase--as if it was a spoiled child holed up in his room not wanting to speak to anyone. This wine needs time to mature and become friendly. Decant and wait 5-10 years minimum. The wine should then be a 95 pointer minimum
  • jda8600 commented:

    2/9/16, 10:32 AM - Thanks for the comments, insightful and helpful.

Red
2003 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
1/12/2016 - fcxj wrote:
90 points
Dinner with Herve Berland. 2nd to last among the 6 Montrose we tried.
  • jda8600 commented:

    1/13/16, 5:49 AM - May I ask what the other 5 vintages were and complete rankings, I'm very interested in your feedback, thanks.

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