Tasting Notes for sasvino

(399 notes on 347 wines)

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Red
1/13/2015 - sasvino Likes this wine:
96 points
Big fruit forward cab, good balance and complexity...plenty of life to age but peak....mid 90s
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Red
8/8/2013 - sasvino Likes this wine:
94 points
Strong mountain cab, this is my last bottle and I think it has aged well over the years, full bodied big flavored cab, midpalate has gained depth with a dark choco vanilla texture, bing cherry as well, I think its nearing peak and should be enjoyed now or soon. I think it was in the low 90s during its early years where it was not as well balanced. I think its a touch higher now. -S
Red
4/23/2013 - sasvino Likes this wine:
92 points
Its just about year since my last notes, flavor notes seem to be similar but I sense that its gaining some depth and opened up earlier. Fruit forward in nature, darker fruit dominant, midpalate is bit disjointed and the tannins to mellow out to gain a higher score. Finish is solid. Moved it up a point to 92. -S
Red
4/8/2013 - sasvino Likes this wine:
91 points
For such a young cab, it is lively with a solid nose. Good fruit on the front and some earthiness and dark choco notes in the midpalate but the flavors lack a bit of depth at this young age. I think its got decent structure to improve with 1 - 3 years. 91 but i think it can go higher. -S
Red
4/7/2013 - sasvino Likes this wine:
92 points
I enjoyed this malbec which I thought I had very good fruit on the front, blueberries, bing cherry and cranberry notes. Midpalat had a good sweetness with toffee notes, Solid finish. Could use a year or 2 but it is drinking particularly well now. Low 90s -s
Red
4/6/2013 - sasvino Likes this wine:
93 points
Its been about a year since I have it and it has certainly improved. Decant atleast 2 hours as it need time to open up. The nose which was non existent on first pour opened up with black fruit and dark chocolate. I think it is gaining some depth, fruit is starting to show but far from peak, sense black cherry on the front, a crisp midpalate bittersweet choco and cedar, finish is chewy with some legs. Should improve with a few more years. lows 90s. -s
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Red
2006 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/15/2013 - sasvino Likes this wine:
94 points
While it was a pleasure to drink, I think it could use a few more years to peak or flush out the midpalate a bit. I would give it a good decant (1+ hours) as it evolved well over 2 - 3 hours. Dark black fruit dominant with very good complexity and balance, the sweet notes in the midpalate have not fully grown but did see hints of cocoa and vanilin. mid 90s but with a few more years it will get better. -S
Red
3/3/2013 - sasvino Likes this wine:
95 points
Has everything that you want from a flavorful cab, great depth, complexity and full of fruit with balanced midpalate into a very long lasting finish. Even the color is impressive jet black with red on the edges, aromas were rich black licorice, vanilla, spice, cocoa, several layers of black and red fruit on the front, velvety mouthcoating midpalate with vanilla, caramel, light tobacco, cherry, it is drinking poignantly well not but does have the structure to further improve. Mid 90s. -S
Red
12/12/2012 - sasvino Likes this wine:
92 points
Business dinner so I did not take detailed notes but recall medium to full bodied, good structure and fruit flavors, midpalate had good depth, should improve with time. -S
Red
12/12/2012 - sasvino Likes this wine:
95 points
Business dinner so I did not take detailed notes but its been 6 months since my last note, still a big full bodied cab, very good structure that will improve with time, great depth in the midpalate. -S
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Red
12/11/2012 - sasvino Likes this wine:
92 points
Business dinner so I don't have detailed notes but it had very good structure and fruit, will definitely improve with time. -S
Red
12/11/2012 - sasvino wrote:
88 points
Business dinner, good bordeaux but not terribly complex. -S
Red
12/11/2012 - sasvino wrote:
90 points
Business dinner so I did not take notes but recall it was a bit underwhelming for the price point, just did not have the complexity and structure to impress. -S
Red
12/8/2012 - sasvino Likes this wine:
92 points
It has been several years since my last notes but I think its a great red for the price point, full bodied and tons of fruit on the front red dominant, hints of blue, midpalate has gained some complexity with hints of cocoa, vanilla, with a solid finish. low 90 and still has complexity to further improve. -S
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Red
12/6/2012 - sasvino Likes this wine:
90 points
Business a dinner, so I did not take notes but a bit underwhelming for the price point, but its a good cab, maybe improves with more time. -S
Red
2009 Figgins Estate Red Wine Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/6/2012 - sasvino Likes this wine:
94 points
Business Dinner: did not take extensive notes but recall it was a full bodied cab, very good structure, nice depth at the midpalate and strong finish. Should get better with time. -S
Red
12/6/2012 - sasvino Likes this wine:
94 points
Business dinner, had a few months ago and still think its great with the structure to further improve. -S
Red
12/6/2012 - sasvino Likes this wine:
89 points
Business dinner, good cab but nothing stood out. -S
Red
12/6/2012 - sasvino Likes this wine:
91 points
Business dinner, but recall it was a solid cab, good fruit medium bodied. -S
Red
11/16/2012 - sasvino Likes this wine:
90 points
Solid cab, medium bodied, slightly fruit forward, was not as big as other Lewelling cabs, peaking now and I do not sense it has the structure to improve significantly with time. Drink now. -S
Red
11/14/2012 - sasvino wrote:
91 points
Business dinner so I did not take notes but good cab, seems near peak, fruit was balanced but not big. low 90s. -S
Red
2/23/2013 - sasvino Likes this wine:
93 points
Certainly a massive Petite syrah which just layers and layers of fruit, blackberry, blueberry, plum, black cherry, i was expecting more tannin but it had a fairly crisp demeanor, complex with a structure that will improve with more time, very tight on the open, so i would decant 1 - 2 hours, low 90s with upside. -S
Red
12/13/2012 - sasvino Likes this wine:
94 points
Great CDP, did not take detailed notes at dinner but did note that it had great structure and fruit flavors. -S
Red
12/14/2012 - sasvino Likes this wine:
92 points
Second time in 3 months but at a business dinner so I did not take notes. With that said, very enjoyable. -S
Red
11/15/2012 - sasvino Likes this wine:
92 points
Solid cab, medium to full bodied, darker fruit on the front, midpalate needs time to add depth but appears to have the structure to do so. low 90s. -S
Red
2007 Orin Swift Papillon Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/7/2012 - sasvino Likes this wine:
93 points
Its been about 6 months and its still drinking great, fruit forward in nature, will improve with time. -S
Red
10/29/2012 - sasvino Likes this wine:
92 points
Solid cab, good fruit throughout, well balanced, but still young, could use some time to gain some complexity. low 90s. -S
Red
10/26/2012 - sasvino Likes this wine:
93 points
Really nice fruit forward cab, could use a few more years, full bodied, very nice bottle, good blend of red and black fruit on the front with balanced sweet notes in the midpalate-vanilla and dark choco, solid finish with legs, young wine needs time and should improve. -S
Red
10/25/2012 - sasvino Likes this wine:
91 points
A very good WTSO deal, very nice fruit on the frontdark cherrry, good midpalate little big of vanilla, and pretty nice finish. Low 90s. -S
Red
10/25/2012 - sasvino Likes this wine:
93 points
Its been 6 months since my last rating and I still think its great for the price point. I think the midpalate is developing gaining some complexity and denser cocoa tobacco notes. Should still improve in a few more years. -S
Red
10/22/2012 - sasvino Likes this wine:
92 points
Its been about a year since my last rating, medium to full bodied, still fruit forward with blue/black fruit dominant, good structure and probably will improve for a few more years. Low 90s -S
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Red
10/23/2012 - sasvino Likes this wine:
96 points
Another great CDP from 2007, still very young but has the structure to improve over several years, let it decant for atleast an hour as it is pretty tight on the open, the nose is phenomenol offering licorice, dark berries and spice, full bodied, rich well integrated black and red fruits on the front, fantastic grenache. mid 90s. -S
Red
10/23/2012 - sasvino Likes this wine:
90 points
Lots of fruit flavors, not well balanced but if you want something juicy off the bat this will do the trick. Could use sometime and maybe it comes together for a higher score. -S
Red
10/17/2012 - sasvino Likes this wine:
92 points
Solid fruit forward cab, good balance, seems to be near peak in my mind, finish had good legs. Low 90s
Red
10/16/2012 - sasvino wrote:
94 points
Another strong cab from Lewelling, a mild fruit forward style, a balanced midpalate highlighted by complex layers of sweetness dancing with dense chocolate, vanilla and light tobacco notes, I thought the front was red fruit dominant. Full bodied throughout, with a smooth flavorful finish which i think needs time to add body. It will improve with time but drinking well for a young age now after a good hour in the decanter. Mid 90s with upside with time. -S
Red
10/15/2012 - sasvino wrote:
92 points
Solid cab that needs time to open up, it got much better after an hour in the decanter, full bodied, darker/black fruit dominant on the front, mid palate also had darker notes, dark chocolate/tobacco, finish was ok, the midpalate did not have the depth or complexity for a higher score imo but its a fun cab to drink. low 90s and could improve with a few more years. -S
Red
9/15/2012 - sasvino wrote:
92 points
A solid cab, fruit is just coming out but i think willl get better with a few more years, good balance, medium to full body with intertwined earth and sweet notes, finish was solid. Low 90s. -S
Red
2009 Orin Swift Papillon Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/14/2012 - sasvino wrote:
92 points
Full bodied, fruit forward, nice layers of vanilla and dark chocolate notes in the midpalate, strong finish. Needs a few years to brighten the fruit flavors, good potential for upside. low 90s -S
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Red
9/29/2012 - sasvino wrote:
92 points
Winery Tasting with Hayfork at the Lewelling Ranch which offered a fun and beautiful setting at the Lewelling Ranch. A fun petite syrah with layers of flavors, strawberry bright blueberry on the front with a balance midpalate with mocha/milk chocolate notes. Full Finish had good legs. low 90s-S
Red
9/29/2012 - sasvino wrote:
93 points
Winery Tasting with Hayfork at the Lewelling Ranch which offered a fun and beautiful setting at the Lewelling Ranch. With that said, I thought this was another great rendition of Lewelling grapes. Fruit forward darker berry dominant, balanced sweetness and earth tones throughout the midpate, finish has very good legs. Low 90s but it needs more time to brighten. Good longer term potential. -S
Red
9/6/2012 - sasvino wrote:
93 points
Great rendition of the lewelling vineyard, big full bodied cab, good blend of dark black and red fruit on the front, a developed sweet midpalate layared with mocha, cocoa and vanillin, flavors are well balanced with solid finish. Low 90s, drinking quite well now but could improve with a few more years. -S
Red
9/7/2012 - sasvino wrote:
92 points
I would agree in the mid point, strong red fruit in the back field, I would just prefer to see if her run at a good choice. -S
Red
9/12/2012 - sasvino wrote:
91 points
I did not sense that bottle has improved a lot since my last posting in late 2011, still had good structure and support, Shooint and accuracy whould continue to improve which could add for more upside longer term. -S
Red
8/24/2012 - sasvino wrote:
92 points
Really nice cab, good vanilla, good depth, very nice cab to drink, finish is pretty good too, choco in the midpalate, fairly smooth, i like it low 90s. 92/93
Red
8/18/2012 - sasvino wrote:
93 points
Been about 6 months since last posting on this one, i still think its drinking very well with solid structure and black/red notes layered througtout midpalate. Low 90s -S
Red
8/17/2012 - sasvino wrote:
91 points
No major changes to last posting in terms of flavors but continue to sense this is a good window to take this one down,. -S
Red
9/9/2012 - sasvino wrote:
93 points
A great full bodied napa valley cab, solid balance with a strong finish, Dark fruit dominant but had a good hints of sweetness in the midpalate. Low 90s. -S
Red
7/27/2012 - sasvino wrote:
92 points
No major changes from the last note, but continues to exhibit and high fruit concentration with several layers of sweet notes. -S
Red
2007 Orin Swift Papillon Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/27/2012 - sasvino wrote:
93 points
Another strong showing from Orin Swift fruit forward in nature with good balance between black and red fruit, Has very good structure and should continue to improve. Low to mid 90s potential. -S
Red
7/24/2012 - sasvino wrote:
91 points
Solid zin, had nice fruit on the front, red dominant, midpalate finish was good but did not the depth or complexity, fun every day drinker type. -S
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