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Red
2013 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Estate St. Helena
Amazing stuff. Decanted for 5 hours. Gorgeous dark purple color. Beautiful nose with tons of fruit. Tight on the palate but nice earthy notes, some cherry cola and dark fruit. This definitely needs more time to come together and I will need to patient with my other bottle.
  • Richard Henriksson commented:

    10/17/20, 9:31 AM - You and me both. Will wait on my other bottle. But I enjoyed it all the same. And don’t regret popping it.

Red
2016 Colgin IX Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
1/5/2020 - Artbreadman wrote:
93 points
I agree with the prior comments. It’s young but I don’t see the potential to rate more than 94. It doesn’t stand out at all. Quite smooth but lacked depth and long finish. Maybe a bit closed? I’m waiting 3 years before opening another.
  • Richard Henriksson commented:

    1/10/20, 2:01 AM - I don’t have much experience with Colgin. But had the 2010 IX shortly after release. I had the same impression then. Yet I remeber feeling this will be magnificent with some bottle age. I think that is what Tauziet is aiming for. I sure hope the 2016 IX will come around. Got two.

Red
2013 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
3/16/2019 - Niagara wrote:
99 points
How does this continue to get even better? It is pure joy in a bottle, the smell and taste of the best days of your life.
  • Richard Henriksson commented:

    3/17/19, 10:45 AM - Great comment. I take it I should let my bottles lay. At the same time, you make me want to bring it always.

Red
2008 Hundred Acre Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon The Ark Vineyard Napa Valley
12/29/2018 - peterk Likes this wine:
94 points
This is in a really nice place right now. Great rich, intense Howell Mountain fruit. Served it casually to family and friends alongside a 2006 Alban Reva. Every body tasted and perked right up!
  • Richard Henriksson commented:

    12/31/18, 4:18 AM - Thanks! I plan to pop a bottle tonight. Should a be on the watch for something? Or how come it didn’t merit a higher score?

  • Richard Henriksson commented:

    12/31/18, 4:23 PM - Works for me. I’d take your comment over any score. Exactly what feeling you want the wine your serving to elicit. Our guests enjoyed it too. Happy new year!

White
2016 Paul Cluver Chardonnay Seven flags Elgin
I am not going to rate this wine as my low rating would be controversial considering the praise this wine has received here.

This wine to me was shockingly out of balance, the nose was ruined by the level of smoky oak. There may be something behind all the oak that I couldn't notice.
  • Richard Henriksson commented:

    7/15/18, 12:00 AM - I’ve had this multiple times over the past 12 months and temp now seems to be critical; it’s best right out of the cabinet (12-14°C). I don’t mind some smoky oak, but there’s been a lack of structure and complexity as of late. The wine seems subdued compared to a year ago.

Red
2007 Staglin Family Cabernet Sauvignon 25th Anniversary Selection Rutherford
7/4/2017 - Hamersly wrote:
97 points
A truly spectacular Cab, clearly California but nuanced and balanced. No fading at all, this has many years if not decades to go.
  • Richard Henriksson commented:

    5/14/18, 10:32 AM - Couldn’t agree more. A spectacular wine.

Red
2013 Lillian Winery Syrah Gold Series No. 3 Central Coast
11/25/2017 - Richard Henriksson Likes this wine:
92 points
Opaque. Dark fruits on the nose. Add vanilla, licorice and black pepper on the palate. I like this vintage better than the inaugural gold series one, but if that wasn't rich enough, 2013 is perhaps a bit too extracted. When Maggie strikes the perfect balance, these wines will really stand out.
  • Richard Henriksson commented:

    12/1/17, 12:41 PM - Gave a 2nd bottle more time in the decanter (ca 2 hrs) and that really made a difference. Revealed more structure and varietal. 94+ points.

Red
2013 K Vintners Syrah Royal City Washington
4/28/2017 - Richard Henriksson wrote:
91 points
Sweet spices on the nose. Licorice dipped in vanilla on the palate. No sense of varietal. Reminds me of The Klein 12. (Thus, a very good wine still.) What happened? This is nothing like previous vintages.
  • Richard Henriksson commented:

    5/6/17, 8:27 AM - I gave a 2nd bottle more time in the decanter (2+ hrs). Better. Still nothing like the 12 though. Good even after a couple of days in the fridge. Maybe hold off for a year or two?

Red
2013 Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
12/29/2016 - Richard Henriksson Likes this wine:
92 points
Napa 101. To calibrate your palate with. TEXASBOB nailed it. Great value. Our red for New Year's Eve. Cheers!
  • Richard Henriksson commented:

    12/31/16, 4:42 PM - Not shallow anywhere. Gorgeous throughout.

Red
2012 K Vintners Klein Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
11/13/2016 - Richard Henriksson Likes this wine:
94 points
Beautiful. Dark, dark ruby. Sweet spices on the nose. Add blueberries on the palate. A stunner. Mrs Witasp Henriksson says it's an 8 (10 is max), but admits it's wines like this that have ruined red wine by the glass for her.
  • Richard Henriksson commented:

    11/19/16, 9:05 AM - There's structure inherent to the dominating varietal here as well. Other dark fruits, licorice and black pepper. Wine of the year for me.

White
2012 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant Savennières-Coulée de Serrant Chenin Blanc
Golden. Smack on the nose aromatic. Slightly oxidized. Pear, minerals and honey. Longevity? Not sure as it's already showing signs of maturity. Judging from the Les Vieux Clos 13, public perception of this producer is about to change.
  • Richard Henriksson commented:

    1/17/16, 1:17 AM - My understanding is Joly used to make age-worthy wines that were austere in their youth. I've really only tired the last couple of vintages (2011-), but my impression is that he's progressing "fast" towards natural wines. In fact, I perceived the Les Vieux Clos 13 as oxidized and dead upon release. The bottle of Coulée de Serrant 12 I had yesterday was good, but much less lively and mineral-driven than the one I had last summer. Could be it's entering a muted state and will come around, but my gut says it's past zenith already. In sum, Joly's "quick" move across the Loire valley chenin blanc spectra is not a preferred development IMO.

    All the best,

    Richard

Red
2010 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir La Bauge Au-dessus Santa Maria Valley
Ruby. Crisp and savory with hints of Coke and pomegranate seeds. Pair with a salad, galette or white meat. Not that you can't drink it on it's own, I do. It's just that it will make great company.
  • Richard Henriksson commented:

    4/29/15, 12:09 AM - Pop and pour.

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