Tasting Notes for Mark1npt

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White
4/8/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
91 points
Very, very similar in mouthfeel and flavor profile to Quintessa's version 'Illumination'. Lots of green apple, white grapefruit on the nose and in the mouth. This is crisp with very well matched acidity. I think I've given the 'Illumination' plenty of 91's and 90's here and this is in the same ballpark in performance and price. Nice wine that goes great with a chicken Caeser salad with Persian Star artisinal garlic. Great match.
Red
4/7/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
94 points
Coravined after a full day of food and wine with M/M HMC...chilling, watching tv at home, etc. Carol needed one more glass to cap off the evening...a touch fruity and maybe old on the pour but after 1 hour in glass it calms down to a nice classic red fruited cab/cassis/lead pencil nose. It picks up class, it is cleanly made with a nice bead of acidity throughout. There is a touch of caramel and maybe some salinity? It still has plenty of cedar and woody tannins, so much so, that you'd think it has at least 5 more years at this level. Very nice......toward 90 minutes the nose turns floral with rose petals and deepened in dark red fruit. Wish I had more in my glass, but alas it's late and I've had plenty........
Red
4/7/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
98 points
WOTN to me.....it had nearly the nose of the B Cellars, which was also a Las Piedres, but this had more mouthfeel, more energy, more glide, slightly less dark fruit, in fact over 2-3 hours there was a nice blueberry component that emerged. I just think this wine was best by 1-2 points over anything else we drank over 7 hours today and we drank some really nice stuff today/tonight. Much thanks to HMC for opening......I thought it was a 96-97 when drinking it but being home and reflecting an hour later and I can still taste and feel it. I have to score it higher. This bottle score's high with me. Kinda like that special meal you have once a year, where can still taste it a week or two later.......so very good. Can't thank my buddy enough for opening.
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Red
4/7/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
96 points
Dark, dark fruit on opening after the previous Coravin pour from HMC....so maybe a few weeks after that pour. As with most Coravined bottles we feel this slow ox's over time and it seems to be much draker than previous bottles. To me the nose is so good, so pure, with an herbal component, lead pencil and some briar notes. The fruit is strong, deep and did I mention, dark? This has quite the strong pedigree. Second WOTN to me.
Red
4/7/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
94 points
Very nice nose on opening.....very classic. The wine is best after 1 hour of air. It is deep, dark layered fruit, sweet soft tannins, tastes like some of the fruit comes from Las Piedras but don't know for sure. Drinks comparable to the '16 Carter La Verdad which is from Las Piedras Vineyard which HMC opened today. This is at a very nice pricepoint right now...great value.
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Red
4/5/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
93 points
Good at the pnp, and good at 4 hours of air......there is a perfumed nose that stays pretty consistent throughout. The flavor profile and performance of the wine do, too. This is on the lighter side as far as weight, and fruit but quite enjoyable. You'd be hard pressed to identify this as a PS...there's a sweetness to the fruit, freshly tilled black dirt and some light forest floor. Amazing how consistent this stays over 3-4 hours of air. Minimal change. Not a blockbuster but quite nice.
Red
4/5/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
92 points
Entertaining.....stewed prunes on the pnp and for the first 90 minutes. This blows off and you are left with a nice aged Napa cab, not too deep or multi-layered but good nonetheless. 3-4 hours in and it becomes a little more acidic, a little more tart and yes, a little more shallow. If you like aged Cali cabs this is nice but only for a certain window, 1-3 hours. I don't think it would be good the 2nd day given how it is at 3-5 hours but I'm not going to find out. The last of the bottle is going down the drain in about 10 minutes.......
Red
4/5/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
94 points
96 the first hour, 93 the second hour......initially at the pnp, this had an electricity, an energy that was reminiscent of the best of B Cellars. Beautiful, rich fruit, sweet tannins......but it faded over 2 hours to an iron rich, cassis rich, great red wine....this had beautiful extraction to the fruit, density and depth. An excellent qpr here......
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Red
4/4/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
89 points
I think my CT brothers have this pegged about right. Nothing special, just a decent everyday drinker, but perhaps a tad over priced even, to be an everyday drinker. And how you drink it is key.

1st night......thin, black raspberry fruit, a little alc, not much else. Very one dimensional. Very basic. 85pts
2nd night.....a little more weight, depth and body to it. The fruit is richer, more black cherry/currant. Moderate tannins, the acidity seems a bit high, late and hidden. If you are a fan of Freakshow (all but the '17 version) you will probably like this. 89 pts.
Red
4/3/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
94 points
This is in such a good place right now......pencil shavings on the nose with soft red fruit. Pine needle, maybe a touch of forest floor. Wow! Gentle spice and red fruit. Carol says "it's French", I say...."it's good, really good." This is in a great secondary phase right now. Who knows how long it goes for?
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Red
4/2/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
96 points
First bottle of this '15...had a '12 a few weeks ago and really loved the winemaking. Pure class.....

This bottle has an enormously Napa nose right on opening and for 1-2 hours in. Gentle rose petals, pencil shavings and a certain spice/herb quality. NOTHING is overbearing in any way. If you close your eyes and sniff, you'd swear you were sitting on a veranda somewhere in Napa sipping this wine. Beautiful. One hour in, the fruit hits its stride.....a mix of red/black fruit, it's soft, it's silky, it's feminine. It has a superb front palate, mid and ending in the mouth. It is supported by a nice bead of refined acidity throughout and powdery tannins that are neither in the forefront, nor too integrated. In other words there is really nice balance to this wine. This is one classy bottle. HMC and I immediately ordered more online before calling it an afternoon.......at 3-4 hours in the fruit becomes just a tad thinner/redder, the body a tad lighter and the nose a little less present.
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Red
3/31/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
93 points
Dark garnet in the glass, flinty dark fruited nose with a hint of herbs and peppery spice throughout. Medium weight in the mouth, pleasing dryness to the tannins without being very astringent. This is a restrained, understated version of syrah, with limited black olive, tapenade and gamey notes. I find those so heavy and overbearing some times, but not here. There is plenty of acidity to take this for a good 5-10 years minimum. The spice/pepper notes carry all the way through to the end. I think I'm going to let these sit for a few years and then revisit.
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Red
3/29/2020 - Mark1npt Does not like this wine:
84 points
I'm not feeling it with this bottle......picked up at auction from winebid. Just a bunch of stewed fruit. In fact, it's not even stewed, it's nose is that spoiled, rotted fruit stink you get when you leave a piece of fruit sitting in the basket in the window in the kitchen for a week too long. The actual wine is drinking older than a 2010, maybe more like a 2000 if that helps you to get a feeling for it. On this bottle the cork was a bit crumbly which makes me think this bottle was not stored properly to begin with and that I was very lucky onthe first bottle. Such a difference from the last bottle in this lot. Another great winebid experience......not. Seems more and more they are offering a mixed bag of wines when you buy multiples...a mix of good and bad. Buyer beware.

Addendum: 3 more hours in and the spoiled fruit stench leaves, replaced by just old fruit. Prunes, plums, and so on......it's actually a few points better but still not something I would buy again. I originally gave this an 84.....now it may be an 89....I won't buy this again, even if it's at $50/bottle.
Red
3/28/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
96 points
OMG! A perfectly aged Napa cab from Howell Mtn......this has it ALL together. For those of you who love a Napa cab in the primary/secondary window....this is it. The nose is deep, loads of lead pencil, classy and rich, right from the pnp. Classic. The fruit is still rich, sweet and powerfully restrained. It is dark Howell Mtn fruit, it is smooth. The tannins are also sweet and round and still in the back round. Goes exceptionally well with a pan seared prime sirloin, peppers/onions and a nice marsala mushroom sauce. This is a beautiful wine in a really good place right now. Thank you to CC for gifting it. It is so VERY appreciated.
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Red
2016 Rupert & Rothschild Classique Coastal Region Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/28/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
93 points
Wow! Was not holding out much hope for this $20 SA wine, bought it soley for its pedigree, knew nothing about it. Wow! Did I say that already? This was absolutely nothing special on opening. Thin, semi tart black fruit, very odd nose, was just ok....maybe an 87?

2.5 hours in.......Wow! Weight has increased threefold. The sweet round tannins are mouthwateringly good, combined with rich sweet blackberry fruit and perfectly matched acidity. The ending is a good 45 seconds long. How did I get so lucky?
94 right now....will see what the next 2 hours bring, cuz it's not gonna last much longer than that.

Addendum: 2 more hours of air for a total of 4.5 hours.....the wine has taken a step back. The fruit has become more bright red cherry, the weight a little lighter........everything a little more fruit juicier? Still very, very good, but clearly this hits a sweet spot at the 2.5 hour mark. Maybe a 91-92 at this stage. Just picked up another 6 bottles for myself at $15/bottle. Unbelievable. I'm adjusting my score down 1 point to a 93, but this wine is fun to ride.
Red
3/26/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
97 points
Surprising. Had the '16 a while back and graded it at 98 if memory serves. After having a '17 zin the other night that tasted like my dad's ash tray, this is beyond beautiful. Sweet fruit, great acidity/tannins and balance, this was indeed the WOTN. Beautiful nose, great weight, awesome structure. Mike Smith took a crummy '17 crop and made a great wine out of it. Thank you, Mike!
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Red
3/26/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
95 points
Not the highest scoring, but the classiest WOTN. This has a great cab nose on opening and blossoms further after 1 hour of air. Deep, layered dark red/black fruit. Even some blue fruit after a while. Perfectly round sweet integrated tannins make this a great drink! So very, very good!
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Red
3/26/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
93 points
Dark black fruit...perfectly aged tannins/acidity and complexity. Only a couple of levels but they are good ones. Chalky feel/fruit and well integrated. Great qpr! Get some if you can find it......
Red
3/26/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
95 points
Great qpr at $88/bottle in the secondary market. This has complexity, herbaceousness, levels of fruit, integrated tannins, beautiful acidity. This is a great wine at a great price, drinks way above so many other wines.....2nd WOTN tied with the On Q, IMO.
Red
3/25/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
94 points
This bottle an easy 94...it's getting better/deeper with age. Hard to believe this was $37/bottle. Drinks like a wine at twice the price. Great depth to the cherry fruit, rich, smooth with gentle spice. Great qpr.
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Red
3/24/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
92 points
Another nice rendition, close to a 93, which is nice for a '17 red. There is nice fruit, great fragrant perfumed nose, nice barrel treatment with clove and spicebox. A slight ending of 10 seconds with bracing acidity that goes on for 20-30 seconds. This is a decent pinot not to be confused with a great vintage but I wouldn't hesitate to buy more.
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White
3/24/2020 - Mark1npt wrote:
85 points
This is a beautiful bottle.....no, not the wine, just the design of the bottle. It makes a beautiful candle.

The wine? Barely passable at $20 as an everyday drinker. This is really a $10 wine and you are paying $10 for the decorative bottle. Drink it if you want but there are way better $20 chards out there.
Red
3/24/2020 - Mark1npt Does not like this wine:
75 points
Lol....if anybody thinks they like this they should have their palates examined. They must have bought every ounce of smoke tainted zin they could find to put in this.

This wine is so full of smoke taint, it ain't even funny! If you like a little bit of black fruit with a pack of Marlboro ashes from your dad's ashtray in the back of your throat, finishing for a full 2 minutes, please go buy this wine and enjoy!
Red
3/23/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
95 points
3/21/2020 - I LIKE THIS WINE: 95 pts. Mistakenly placed this review under the wrong Del Dotto wine the other night.....

Wow! This is THE most complete wine of the night, but maybe not THE WOTN. This is drinking especially well right now. The most balanced of the wines tonight and the most well put together. Everything is in balance. If you have some of these, please enjoy. It is drinking exceptionally well right now. There is great fruit, balanced cedar, tannins and a beautiful finish. This may be my fav of the night.
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Red
3/21/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
97 points
Ok......the WOTN brought by HMC to the dinner tonight but it took a while to get there. Maybe 4 hours. Just a point better than the Fourmeaux. Got better over the 3-4 hours of air. The wood/tannins had to calm down a bit to reveal the fruit and acidity for what it was. There is a bit of shoe leather and shoe polish here on top of the fruit at the end. This is a big wine, but you can't just pnp. There is some prodigious sediment in the bottle so pour carefully. Curious to see what my lone bottle of this does over the next 2-3 years.
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Red
3/21/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
94 points
I liked this....good to see my score was inline with others on here. My question is.....is it really worth the price? This vintage....no. Maybe yes for others. This has bright, but thin red fruit, just a hint of cab franc notoriety. It is well made, but my quandry is......how much vs the vintage. Does this need more time? Does it develop weight? It is extremely well made and classy. Does it need 5 more years to stand out? I don't know......
Red
3/21/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
96 points
Oh boy........this has such a different feel than so many of the other Napa '16s out there. It has depth, along with the sense of great fruit and integrated tannins and balanced acidity...it has Napa fruit with BDX class. What a fantastic wine! Glad I have a few more of these!
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Red
1996 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/21/2020 - Mark1npt wrote:
90 points
Color me disappointed......picked up a couple of these at auction, gave this plenty of time to decant......I'm talking 3-7 hours. Didn't help it one bit. The fruit started out red and tart, and ended red and tart. This had the requisite barnyard funk on the nose and it did take 3-4 hours to burn off. The fruit and the flavor profile however didn't budge an inch after opening and an hour or 5 of decant. I'm sorry, but this bottle just isn't floating my boat. Great aged BDX nose, but that's about it.......

Addendum: left about 1/4 of the bottle in the decanter with a lid on it overnight. Tasted the next day.....more pencil shavings, darker fruit, dryer, more prunes. I actually liked it a little better. But still, it's quite disappointing given the price.
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Red
3/20/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
92 points
It's a pleasant drinker......basic zin nose....its strength is in its BALANCE........not a powerhouse, but a very, very pleasant well put together zin. Worth its price, and sure to be a crowd pleaser. Nice red fruit, gentle spice and astringency. Very drinkable now, might be good for a couple more years but I wouldn't keep it long term.
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White
3/19/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
90 points
This bottle not as good as others. An ok 90 with some nice creamy malo. A bit overoaked, bordering on just a tad flabby, is this particular bottle. Still, it's enjoyable. Been 10 months since my last bottle, hope this doesn't mean the rest of my bottles are headed down the wrong road......
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Red
3/18/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
95 points
Opened by good friend HMC tonight.....initially so very dark and black fruited drinking much like the B Cellars '16 MH we had last week, also made by Kirk Venge. However........at hours 2-3 this developed sweeter, brighter dark red, not black fruit and an acidity that uplifted the wine a good 2-3 points from when it was first opened and added considerably to its ending. This is very different than the Quintessa opened tonight, different vintage too, but am I ever amazed at how both wines reached their peak performance at the 2-3 hour mark. Both wines just awesome tonight, hard to pick which one was the best WOTN. They each had several strong points. This might have been .5 points better in the end.
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Red
2013 Quintessa Rutherford Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/18/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
95 points
At the pnp I was a bit disappointed. The fruit was rich and deep, but boy, was the ending ever truncated! It stopped on a dime.....over 3 hours of air, this wine changed into a beautiful rich, deep, superbly balanced example of a great Rutherford cab. It's sweetspot was hours 2-3, after that a little dropoff began. But boy......those 2 hours, ummmm, good. Beautiful Rutherford dust tannins throughout. This wine could def benefit from more time. If opening now, you must decant to get the performance you expect.
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Red
3/17/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful zin nose and flavor profile. Classic briar and fruit notes, nice white pepper component and spicebox. One of the better '16 Turleys for sure. Wish I had more of these.
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Red
3/14/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
94 points
Impressive.....especially with an hour of air in the glass. This is a classic Cali zin with great dark berry/briary fruit, white pepper/spicebox and just a classic zin ending. Very, very nice, but loses almost everything if you give it too much air. At 5-6 hours it kind of falls apart, losing its fruit and pepper but retaining a bit of its nose. I have the feeling the last bottle a year ago was a bad bottle as it was lifeless on opening where as this bottle didn't hit that point til it was open for 5-7 hours.
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Red
3/14/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
93 points
A nice bottle....$120 at auction. Don't think I'd pay more than that for this bottle. Nice red fruit, uplifting acidity. A tinge lighter weight in the mouth but it gets better with time in glass. Best at 1-2 hours of air. Solid wine, just nothing extra spectacular.
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Red
3/14/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow! Has this wine ever backed up and closed down! High quality. Tons of dark black fruit, the sweet fruit forward character is gone. Powdery sediment lines the glass, tannins are integrating, acidity gives it a little lift but man this is dark and backward compared to all the sweet fruit bombs earlier in '19. Can't remember when I've seen a wine back up as much as this bottle has. I think I'll let my other MH sit for 6-12 months before trying again.
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Red
3/14/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
95 points
Started out a 93-94 but def improved a point over the 3 hours we had it. Dark fruit, extremely well integrated tannins/acidity. Earthy, dark components that were uplifted by the acidity at the 2-3 hour mark. This is smooooth and ready. May not get any better than it is right now. Very nice.
Red
3/13/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
92 points
92 with an (*). This was a bit of a weird one. On the pnp it is brilliant! A 95 with dark rich silky fruit, a bit of a muted cab nose, good weight and well integrating sweet tannins and acidity. It drank very well for about an hour. Then......it kinda fell apart. Became darker, denser, less sweet, tannins picked up a little grit, flavor profile dulled. A 90 at that point so I kinda averaged the scores. Seems this particular '14 is in a weird window. It's my only one or else I'd open and decant for 3-5 hours and see what it turns into. I am def curious.
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Red
3/11/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
92 points
Interesting......coravined a few glasses of this a month ago. For whatever reason this didn't bleed out like so many other coravined wines do. Still fresh and vibrant tonight with the bottle opened. Still a slightly sweet, fragrant black fruit nose. Big weight on the mouth with balanced acidity and tannins. Well made wine! No hint of tartness to the fruit, no weakness in the mid palate. Has a strong dark fruit/tannic finish tied together with perfect acidity. This was not my fav Chad when purchased but it's beginning to sing a bit now. Has been through it's dumb phase, another year and could easily be a 93-94 or more. Great qpr.
Red
3/11/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
96 points
Fresh, vibrant, juicy fruit on the coravin pour......slightly perfumed/floral nose. In the mouth this is elegant yet forceful. A combination of great fruit, subtle power, pleasing acidity and nice length. This is an unheralded wine from an unheralded producer. Just wonderful.

2 nights later.....and after a little slow ox bleed (apparently from the coravin again), this was opened. Slight tart/bitter component, still a nice power/fruit acid component but tastes just a tad darker and a little less energy up front. Both nights are good but I prefer slightly the first one. Probably a 94 after the coravin bleed 2 nights later.
Red
3/11/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
94 points
An unbelievable wine in an unbelieveable vintage. Opens after 1 hour of air in the glass to a sweet blackberry nose and even better fruit. There is a pleasant acidity and mild tannins. Very approachable now. A touch of sweet tobacco, black tar and/or iron on the back end with nice fruit and acidity throughout. Gets even better in the 2nd hour and flavors evolve. There is good weight and power here, the only knock is not many layers to the fruit but for the price this remains one of the best bangs for the buck in Cali cabs. Well done!

ps...have had this in the past where the 2nd night was its best......this bottle didn't make it past the first night.
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Red
3/7/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
97 points
Opened by HMC....easily the WOTN.......don't let anyone tell you otherwise. The '16 vintage and in particular this vineyard excel.....this has density of fruit, depth, life, acidity etc........thanks, pal.
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Red
3/7/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
94 points
An interesting drink between the Pontet Canet and the Myriad wines. Middle of the road blend, nice at 1-2 hours, worse at 4 hours. A shame. I held high hopes for this.......it was nice fruit, plenty of aged nuances...some secondary and later in the evening tertiary characteristics. This is a good wine but it might be in a weird place...maybe needs a few more years and the right circumstances to hit a home run?
Red
3/7/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
93 points
I thought this was a nice wine, a decent '17.....until HMC opened the '16. OMG......no comparison. I failed to appreciate the 'greenness' of the '17 until I drank it side by side with the opulent '16. I'm sorry......maybe against all other '17s this is a 96 but against a good '16 it's a 92-93 at best, on a good day, with the wind blowing in the right direction. I hope it gets a point or two better, but what are the chances?
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Red
2003 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/7/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
95 points
Slightest of garnet edge in the glass as you swirl, still dark ruby center. Nose of briar, graphite and lifted perfumed red/black fruit. At 1-2 hours in, there is some nice weight/strength to the fruit with modrate acidity and tannins indicating this wine has a ways to go! Yay! There is a lot of cherry early and mid, and faint strawberry in the background. Maybe a little chalky quality? The fruit early on has a slight tart quality on the very back end. I'd say a 93 early on.

3-5 hours in and it's a soft, aged BDX with still bright red fruit and acidity, briar, more pencil shavings and a nice feathery fruit/acid ending. This has many more years to go but with the right decant is a lot of fun right now. Final grade, because of class, and the fun ride.....95.
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White
3/5/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
92 points
First bottle of this SA producer.....very pleased. This is a rich, creamy old vine Semillon. Peach and citrus front end, nice weight in the mouth with a great acidic structure throughout. It's the acidic backbone that keeps this from getting flabby. Oak is prevalent but in good balance. Splitting the bottle between 2 over dinner with chicken and a spinach, white cream butter sauce, it goes very well and by the end of the meal makes you wish there was a 2nd bottle.
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Red
3/5/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
94 points
Had this back in October and wasn't a fan much then. Change is coming though. 6 months more in bottle has improved this considerably, like 3-5 points better! The structure is evolving as are the flavors. The depth is beginning to be felt for the first time. The acidity is bracing but close enough in balance. Perhaps this is just a tad less 'feminine' than most years? In any event, I am so very happy to see these '17s (Carter, B Cellars) evolving. My worry was all the monolithic, thick, red Caymus like cough syrup fruit would just be how they would stay for all eternity. Glad to see I was wrong.
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Red
3/5/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
93 points
First bottling and first taste for this one courtesy of HMC.....standard cab nose of briar and pencil but a bit muted on the pnp. Fruit is darker, black raspberry. Good weight, moderate tannins, decent depth and acidity. This also improved a point with air over 2 hours, maybe a 94 by the end.....while not a blockbuster it is a very, very nice wine especially so for the very challenged '17 vintage.
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Red
3/5/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
93 points
Shocked! Shocked I tell you! Not at all like my previous bottles from '17. This had me fooled from the pnp, almost tasted and drank like their Missouri Hopper cab. Unmistakable B Cellars barrel treatment, nice lifted red fruit/acidity, not the monolithic cherry cough syrup so many of the '17s have been. Way better than bottles from 5-6 months ago. A very pleasant surprise.
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Red
3/5/2020 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
94 points
91-92 at the pnp...thin, red fruit, kinda plain. Kept evolving over 2-3 hours of air, gained weight, grew darker, fruit strengthened, acidity tied it all together nicely with the integrating tannins. There's some chocolate, maybe some coffee bean. 94 pts at the end of the evening. I can see where some on here would call this a 'French' style of cab as it is not a big fruit bomb for being a '12. Maybe elegant, is more like it.
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