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2015 Hartford / Hartford Court Pinot Noir Sevens Bench Vineyard Carneros
7/11/2019 - LindaR wrote:
87 points
Awesome
  • bplant13 commented:

    11/7/19, 5:19 PM - You are a tough scorer!

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2015 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
5/18/2019 - tob100 Likes this wine:
94 points
So... i'm not the biggest fan of italian wine.. I avoid them, because there is very few that taste of something else then oak & blueberry.
This is the very first italian wine that got my world rocking.
This has been tasted over 2 days.

The nose: cherry, raspberry, blackcurrant, all dusty with smoked meat.

The Palate: cherry, blackcurrant, strawberry, raspberry all very immature. There is this big layer of a thick & creamy jam with vanilla pudding.

The acidity is medium but soft, the tannin is high but SO silky. Cant tell if this is 4 years or 10 years old.
Not much complexity but a really fruity wine to enjoy now, with about 3-6 hours of decantation (depending of it's in bottle or decanter)

On day 2 with a 24-hour decant in bottle, Tignanello really shows it's quality!
It comes up with a ton of red fruits, even more complex, the acidity is still medium, tannins has fallen down, it's more soft and juicy to drink.
All the notes has become more harmonious on day number 2.

So, if you want this vintage now, make sure to decant it at least 18-24 hours before drinking.

Otherwise I would keep this in the cellar until 2026 and drinking till 2040.
  • bplant13 commented:

    5/21/19, 7:43 AM - I second dhp's comment! Sangiovese's biggest flavor is typically cherry, so not surprising it's your first descriptor (even if this is only partially sangiovese). Try an aged (at least 10 years) Brunello and experience this varietal at its finest!

    Back to the Tignanello, I've introduced many to it as their first Italian wine, and for those who love Napa/Sonoma Cab's, always love this wine. It's a gateway wine into the world of fine Tuscan wines :)

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2015 Myriad Cellars Syrah Halcon Vineyard Yorkville Highlands
3/21/2019 - Rockyii Likes this wine:
91 points
Pnp thru a powered aerator. Deep opaque purple. Nose of smoke, blackberries and beef jerky. Taste is similar but with cranberries, iron and a stone slate quality. High tannins give it a lot of dryness and chalkiness which pairs well with the meat and stone flavors. A touch sour on the finish. Nice wine but I don't get some of the 94+ ratings I see on here.
  • bplant13 commented:

    3/21/19, 7:43 PM - I find Mike's Cabs are awesome in their youth, but his Syrahs always benefit from a few years of sleep. The Halcon is probably the most approachable in my opinion, but it still needs more time and a good decant.

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2013 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
1/28/2019 - OttawaB Likes this wine:
92 points
Drinking nicely. Tasty and smooth. Medium fruit, medium acidity, dusty tannins, drying. Thought it might be a bit bigger.
  • bplant13 commented:

    1/29/19, 6:57 PM - I've been a fan of the Ridge LS for a long time, but they need about 8-10 years to reach peak. And yeah Ottawa! My hometown :)

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2010 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
12/19/2018 - ddavoust wrote:
flawed
Past its time. Tried two bottles
  • bplant13 commented:

    12/20/18, 8:57 AM - That’s unfortunate:( Did you buy both bottles at the same time/place? Perhaps they got compromised along their travels? I find it hard to think a BdM would be past it’s time, only 3 years past its release.

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2015 Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Battuello Vineyard St. Helena
7/21/2018 - bplant13 Likes this wine:
92 points
Gave it an hour decant. Initial floral notes on the nose give way to licorice, cola and dark fruits. Medium Body is rich but elegant with well integrated tannins. Medium finish. I’ve found all the CC cabs to drink really well young and the lack of structure leads me to believe these aren’t built for a long haul, but I’m excited to see how they evolve over the next 2-4 years.
  • bplant13 commented:

    11/29/18, 5:52 AM - Thanks sean7711! I signed up for their top tier club after a visit to the winery this past February. We did the blending experience which I highly recommend. I'm not sure I'll continue with the club next year. With the 25% off their top tier club membership, the CC AVA series offer pretty good value at $67/bottle, but 2 cases a year is a little much for me. I'm keeping at least one of each AVA release in my cellar for at least a few more years, and now that I've tried all 8 of the 2015 releases, I may take one more club shipment (6 bottles) in the early spring, of just my favorites, which would definitely include this Battuello! I'm a big fan of SLWC as well and thinking they may come in to my wine club rotation next year. Cheers!

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2016 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Three Twins Vineyard Napa Valley
11/4/2018 - bplant13 Likes this wine:
94 points
This wine is good, even great, but I don’t see the 97+ that Lisa from WA gave it last month. The nose has nice black fruits, camp fire smoke, leather and oak. Big body with more dark berries and some plum. More smoke near the finish which is a nice 20+ seconds of mouth watering goodness. My first 3 twins, and Quite a different wine from the Crane or G3 offerings, but a solid wine. Myriad consistently offers great QPR, but I’m still not sure this warrants a 97+... This did improve with air, so I’m curious to see how my next bottle evolves in a couple years.
  • bplant13 commented:

    11/6/18, 3:30 PM - @seijaro, I'm not sure I agree with you entirely. While I don't bother with color influencing my rating, the nose most certainly matters in a rating. A great nose can be half the enjoyment of drinking a fine wine. And as Badmonkey stated, I also agree with just about every other rating from Lisa, of this 2016 Myriad lineup, just not on this one.

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2016 Myriad Cellars Syrah Esther Block Las Madres Vineyard Carneros
9/28/2018 - chrischap01 Likes this wine:
97 points
Just a beautiful, fantastic wine. Full-bodied, strong notes of cherry, plum, and dried fruit. A bit of chocolate, with a long and slightly spicy finish.
  • bplant13 commented:

    9/28/18, 11:18 AM - Wow, strong score! I like this over the Madres Whole Cluster, and while I love Syrahs in general (love everything Mike Smith), they just never capture the extra layers you get out of a cab; so, I hope you've got some of the Myriad cabs, because they'll be off the charts! ;)

  • bplant13 commented:

    9/28/18, 12:16 PM - That is a neat philosophy for wine rating. Never really though of it, and while I like the idea, it could get murky when you start dealing with blends. But, a good wine is a good wine! Cheers!

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2007 Robert Foley Petite Sirah Napa Valley
5/3/2018 - Hamersly wrote:
92 points
Bplant13 below has pretty much nailed it. Blueberries, fresh acidity, and delicious. I'm looking for a little more depth and power from a Foley PS, but that's a matter of personal preference.
  • bplant13 commented:

    5/4/18, 1:22 PM - Thanks for the shout out! It is an interestingly and unexpectedly, elegant PS.

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2015 TOR Kenward Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Tierra Roja Oakville
3/31/2018 - rdma Likes this wine:
97 points
Cab with 5% Cabernet Franc, deep purple color is followed by bouquet of blackcurrants, black cherries, scorched earth, flowers, and loads of rock minerality. Nicely full-bodied richness, impeccable balance, and plenty of depth, it’s the purity, nuance, and elegance that set this beauty apart. I only bought 2 bottles, so this one was a bit young. Seems like another 4 years will help and given depth I'd bet you could get another 15 years of cellaring - assuming you can wait that long.
  • bplant13 commented:

    4/24/18, 8:53 AM - I wonder if you have this confused with the TOR Oakville Hillside (grey label), which uses 95% Tierra Roja and 5% Cab Franc from various Napa vineyards (according to the fact sheet). The (red label) Tierra Roja, should be 100% Cab Sauv from this TR vineyard. Either way, I've got a bottle of each coming and excited to compare the two!

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2016 Myriad Cellars Syrah Esther Block Las Madres Vineyard Carneros
4/16/2018 - dclaggett wrote:
93 points
14.4%abv. Purple black color. Thick texture, long legs. Bramble berry, licorice, sweet spice cake. Med + mouthfeel, subtle tannins, slight acid gives nice lift. This leans towards sweet fruit style versus funky barnyard, some notes of earth, red wine reduction, black pepper. Great value, will store rest of 6 pack to see what unfolds.
  • bplant13 commented:

    4/17/18, 10:03 PM - Nice review, and encouraging to read. Forgetting about Mike's cabs of a second if I can, I fell in love with the Sugarloaf Syrah, which unfortunately came to an end in 2014, and have been searching for something with a Napa fruit to it ever since. The Petaluma and Halcon don't seem to do it; although I still really enjoy them :) I just took delivery of my mixed case yesterday and can't wait to try the Syrah! We opened the Semillon tonight which we was great!

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2012 Hartford / Hartford Court Pinot Noir Far Coast Vineyard Sonoma Coast
3/31/2018 - bonedoc wrote:
Oaky Syrah in a Pinot bottle.
  • bplant13 commented:

    3/31/18, 9:26 PM - April Fools! Are you a comedian, or just a rich guy who pretends to like wine, or just a pretentious snob who doesn't care to really make comments on mediocre wine? Sorry, jokes aside, this is a big Pinot, but Oaky Syrah? Really?

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2016 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard 'Elysian' Napa Valley
12/15/2017 - csimm1161 wrote:
99 points
Concentrated and explosive. What a captivating attack; the kind that makes you interrupt the conversation and blatantly inquire, "Wait, WTF is this I'm drinking?!" Layers upon layers of gorgeous and lively black, dark red, and purple fruit flavors. The purple and black raspberry notes repeated on the back end, extending the progression of the glide on the mid-palate, deepening the overall display of flavors. An interesting, faint but heady floral note (acacia? - a semi-sweet fragrance...lavender? lilac perhaps?) provided lift on the very tail end of the finish.

The drive on this wine is incredible. Yes, it's a barrel sample, but I have little doubt this can't help but translate superbly into a true gem when it is bottled in a few months. 98-100 points given the trajectory this is headed. Thank God 2016 yields are up!
  • bplant13 commented:

    1/18/18, 3:38 PM - Great convo guys! I was happy to snatch up some 16s before they sold out! I gave Mike Smith a hard time about the size of his bottles when we went to his NYC event a couple years back. He didn’t seem to care for my comments, lol. Most wine fridges just can’t accommodate these giant Napa bottles. I don’t get it (both with the fridges and the winemakers). I’ve got 2 edgestar fridges in my Manhattan apartment and no room any more...

  • bplant13 commented:

    1/18/18, 9:51 PM - Wish I had the space and fridges that you guys had! Please tell me what fridges can fit these bottles!!! I find my Foley, Hobbs, TOR, and others seems to be long but not thick, which fit fine in my smaller fridge, which seems to have more space between front and back bottles, but not the big fridge, other than the top and bottom rows where I jam in the large bottles. Can't really relate to the parking situation, but my condo's valet guys can, because they've banged up my bimmer more than once cramming it into the garage.

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2014 Carlisle Syrah Sierra Mar Santa Lucia Highlands
12/28/2017 - bplant13 Likes this wine:
94 points
Needed an hour of air and this was singing. Beautiful nose of red fruits and eucalyptus. Big, smooth body filled with red and blue fruits, with some pepper spice and licorice. Long finish. Best Carlisle I’ve had. Great QPR!
  • bplant13 commented:

    12/29/17, 9:39 AM - Thanks for catching that mistake! Certainly not flawed, but I must have clicked it by accident when using the iPhone app.

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2013 TOR Kenward Family Wines Cabernet Franc Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard Napa Valley
11/24/2017 - fournet Likes this wine:
93 points
This is really nice. I was in Napa in 2014 and tried some 2013 Cab Franc’s in barrel. Many were amazing. Nearly everyone uses their CF for blending with CS, and I unsuccessfully tried to convince winemakers to offer the CF as a single varietal for 2013. So happy Tor offered this. Tannins just a bit too prominent today, but this is enjoyable to drink now. I suspect it will improve over the next 5 years or more as things integrate. NIce, long finish.
  • bplant13 commented:

    11/26/17, 12:56 PM - So glad to finally see a tasting note on this wine! I 100% agree with you and wish there were more offerings of this varietal. A really good CF can be really special! I’ve only got one bottle, so I’ll be holding it for at least another 3 years before even considering opening it, but I hope there are more reviews to come. Cheers!

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2008 Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Nebbiolo
11/19/2017 - slapsht007 Likes this wine:
89 points
The strength of a Cab. The sophistication of a Burg. Ah! The things I like about Barolo!! And this was merely good.

A little amber on the edges of the deep red. Earthy truffle on the nose and palate. Definitely ready. Drink ‘em if you got ‘em.
  • bplant13 commented:

    11/19/17, 10:16 PM - You really think a $70, 2008 Barolo is ready with an 89 point rating? I'm really confused at what good wine is and/or means...

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2013 Robert Foley Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
10/2/2017 - Ecbatana Likes this wine:
95 points
A rich, inky, redolent wine. Clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, barberry & middle eastern spice right away. Then dense, rich fruit cake, some Chambord, blackberry compote followed with a little sea air. Quite an introduction. Palate on this little beauty, while not super dense, brings with it meaningful tannins and noticeable mountain fruit minerality and intensity (and less sweet than many of its compadres using valley floor fruit). Great stuff. Coravined a glass, put the rest away for another day. My loss for not discovering Bob Foley's wines before now.
  • bplant13 commented:

    11/19/17, 10:06 PM - Foley is one of the most underrated wine makers in the USA. He makes some incredible wines with great QPR.

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2014 K Vintners Charlotte Walla Walla Valley Red Rhone Blend
10/14/2017 - Apollo5710 wrote:
92 points
Very solid, full-bodied CdP like wine! Compared to the 2013, this is darker, richer, and bigger! It was great immediately after popping the cork, but then went into a shell for a few hours. We decanted 3-4 hours before it eventually re-emerged, revealing an aromatic profile of roasted herbs, rosemarry, dark fruits (plum, blackberry), leather, cocoa, spice, and a touch of game. it is smooth and refined in the mouth, with a fairly big, nearly explosive finish of the same assorted flavors. We enjoyed this one, but will hide our second bottle in the cellar for a few years. 92+
  • bplant13 commented:

    10/15/17, 7:30 AM - Are you a part of their wine club? I just signed up for the Rocket88 club last week and am expecting my fall shipment of 2014s very soon. I've only ever had the 2013 Hidden Syrah but was blown away, so I can't wait to try the entire K range.

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2014 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
8/27/2017 - Verb wrote:
90 points
dark purple, no oxidation - vibrant blackberry briar nose with vanilla - full bodied mouth with a medium long finish - still young , but drinking very well now - probably not much aging potential, but doesn't need to develop more than what it is now
  • bplant13 commented:

    8/28/17, 2:51 PM - You'd be surprised! I've been drinking these Lytton Springs since the 05 vintage, and they consistently drink well young, but benefit immensely from about 5 years of bottle aging. The problem is it's tough to keep them that long LOL! I drank my last 2010 a year ago, skipped the 11s as I've done with most Cali wines, and will wait until 2019 before drinking anymore of my 12s. Either way, they're always an enjoyable experience :) Cheers!

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2014 TOR Kenward Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Cimarossa Vineyard Howell Mountain
8/19/2017 - Badmonkey wrote:
95 points
Although awfully young for a Howell Mtn cab, I'm considering buying more to lay down but wanted to see where this vintage is at first. Primarily dark black fruit with a touch of red - blackberry, dark currants, and a little dark cherry. Smooth mid-palate coupled with nice depth and flavors of dark berries and a little spice. Fairly long/deep finish. Decanted for three hours and drank over another two. Improved a little with time. According to WS, best from 2018 through 2030, however, I'm inclined to give this vintage at least another one to two years because it's a big wine and the fruit needs some more time to soften-up. I believe Parker under-estimated this wine with his 93 rating. In my opinion, more so in line with the WS rating of 95 - although I also expect it to get better with more time. 100% cab.
  • bplant13 commented:

    8/20/17, 8:10 PM - So great to hear Badmonkey! I discovered and fell in love with Tor after I came across the 2011 Cimarossa which I found at Total Wine for $75, and have been hooked ever since. Their mailing list is overpriced and I'm of the same thought to get them through secondary markets (although the wine shop in my office building has the 13 Cim at $175). I've got some 12s, 13s, and one 14, as I try to grab at least one or two from each vineyard every vintage, but I may have to look to add one or two more of the 14 Cim! :)

  • bplant13 commented:

    8/20/17, 8:13 PM - @RayT, I've been buying off of Winebid for 3 years now, purchasing well over a 200 bottles, and drinking at least 50-75 of them, and have never had a bad wine. I typically stick to recently released wines, but even a 1997 Brunello last year was in perfect shape.

  • bplant13 commented:

    8/22/17, 7:22 PM - CT is just as, if not more powerful than the pros... You find the ones that have a similar palette and latch on! That's why I'm conversing with you fine gents!!! ;)

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2012 Hunnicutt Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
8/7/2017 - sean7711 Likes this wine:
91 points
Finally opened up my only bottle of the '12. Decanted for about 1.5 hours and drank over 2 nights/meals. Very impressed - I found this on sale for about $50 which I thought was good QPR... however, it appears the '14 is now about $80 around me... which may be a bit too much to buy again. Wish I had stocked up on the '12. If you got them, I'd drink them soon because it's good juice.
  • bplant13 commented:

    8/7/17, 8:52 PM - The 12 is a beautiful wine for the price. The 13 is far more contreversial given its 95 points by Parker, but yet it has a Caymus type sweetness showing thus far, which has upset some. I haven't tried the 14, but have 3 of them in the cellar. I'm hoping the '13, which I thought showed so well young, but hasn't been much over the past 2 years, develops into something great... I'm not going to bother trying the 14 for another few years. I am, too, stumped and disappointed by the price increase in recent years. The 2012 was one of the greatest QPRs in Napa.

  • bplant13 commented:

    8/9/17, 8:58 AM - Not a part of their wine club, but I have placed orders from them directly for their Zin and GIII, now Brinkman Block Cab. I've got a local store where I grab the regular cab, but I feel the exact same way. I thought this was my special secret; best cab for the price at $50, but that's getting difficult to justify now.

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2012 Tenuta Guado al Tasso (Antinori) Bolgheri Superiore Red Bordeaux Blend
12/8/2016 - Cathair Chaladinn Likes this wine:
94 points
How fantastic to find a wine that slips somewhat under the radar. From the moment you pull the cork the aromas from the bottle are highly engaging. The excitement builds once you decant the wine what tremendous extraction and depth of color. The wine still needs time to soften but you can enjoy it now a pity not to if you have a few bottles. The overall balance to the wine is quite stunning what a mouthful with an aftertaste that lasts a long time. This wine may well merit an even higher score in time for me its of first growth quality don't miss out ! Class in a glass ! Shop around there is a wide fluctuation in price between merchants.
  • bplant13 commented:

    5/7/17, 7:24 PM - Thanks for the great review! However, I'm not sure I agree with the "below the radar comment", lol. This had 96 points from JS and 95 from WA, WS and Vinous, making #71 of the top 100 WS wines in 2015. I"m still sitting on my 2010s, but I"m sure the 12s will be great by the time I get around to them.

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2014 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
4/18/2017 - Heynetty Likes this wine:
88 points
Had this over 3 days

A: a deep purple color
N: blackberry jam, Plum jam, black cherry, white pepper, vanilla, a drop of dark chocolate powder and tobacco
Youthful if chocolate and tobacco are oak , developing if its from deliberate oxidation
P: Dry. High acid, medium (+) body, medium (+) tannin), high alcohol (14.5%), medium (+) intensity, medium finish .
flavors same as nose but as it warms, the cocoa powder and tobacco more pronounced
C: BLIC? Points for balance, intensity and maybe for length but not seeing a lot of complexity here. Very Good Quality wine. Drink now but has potential for aging. More fruit forward than i usually like but definitely a zin for adults. Would prefer it with some age on it. Got this for $30.49 a bottle.
69% zin, 18% petite sirah, 11% carignan, 2% mataro (mourvedre)
  • bplant13 commented:

    4/20/17, 8:29 PM - The Lytton Springs are always consistent, but consistently demand 4-6 years of sleep post release to get them at their peak, which is truly incredible!

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2013 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis Napa Valley
3/31/2017 - Badmonkey wrote:
89 points
Purple fruit - blackberry, dark cherry, and a little plum. Smooth mid-palate with decent depth for the price point. A little rich and somewhat sweet. Solid finish but not overly long nor deep. As usual, a solid/reliable wine for the price but it doesn't over achieve in my opinion. 95% cab, 4% merlot, and 1% malbec.
  • bplant13 commented:

    3/31/17, 8:27 PM - I totally agree. I've been able to find these at $35-$40, so I alway buy a couple from each vintage just for when we have casual wine drinking dinner guest. It always pleases, but won't wow a real wine fan. I gawk at the $60+ price tags I see on this wine in NYC wine stores...

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2012 TOR Kenward Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Cimarossa Vineyard Howell Mountain
3/17/2017 - csimm1161 wrote:
99 points
One of the best Tor wines I’ve had in a long time, and possibly ever (even more so than the BTKs of the past). This was a PnP at a restaurant. From the first “pop” of the cork, I could instantly smell a medley of fruit and stone aromas. Once in the glass, I already knew it was going to be a great ride. On the palate, phenomenally beautiful black fruit and asphalt notes. Flavors of mulberry, wild blue and blackberry, dark olallieberry, asphalt, road tar, black pen ink, and some dark mulch. This is all about black fruit and black rock.

The attack was so momentous and harmonious at the same time. Fruit and minerality in absolute rocking harmony (a gothic rock). It was as if Type O Negative and Nine Inch Nails had a gargoyle baby and fed it perfect grapes all day. (Sorry, two people here might know who Type O Negative actually is). Complexity and layered flavors were through the roof. The finish went on for 60++ seconds.

I should probably just be done with it and rate it 100 points, but I’d rather avoid the stigma of rating this particular wine as “perfect,” as it would follow me rating a couple of other wines 100 points recently (which they deserved in my humble opinion), but this wine might be just a little unique for some. And for those who prefer Bon Jovi over Tool or Soil, a deducted point in your honor brings this down to 99. Otherwise, if you harken back to your college days of White Zombie and Prong, then this is YOUR 100 point wine. It's the kind of wine you drink with the long black haired girl who has a tattoo of Jack Skellington (Google it) on her back.

Clearly, I totally loved it. Among the four of us, this wine bottle was empty inside of 10 minutes. We just couldn’t stop drinking it. Time stood still, the Heavens parted, I swear I saw baby Jesus briefly appear before my eyes with a look on his face like I was committing some sin, whispering, “You sure you should be enjoying that voodoo juice elixir so much son?” Of course I answered with a firm, “Hell yes!..........eh....sir…”

This was served alongside a 2013 Venge Bone Ash, which was also very good. But the Tor showed so much more layered complexity and a wonderful mineral-driven frame, that the Venge just seemed like a blueberry smoothie next to the more sophisticated Tor. It has the frame to last many years, but I say why wait. Drink now if you want that wonderful flavor intensity to be in full gear.
  • bplant13 commented:

    3/21/17, 3:27 PM - Love the review CSIMM1161! The 2011 Cimarossa is what got me hooked on Tor wines a few years back, and I've been collecting them ever since. I've got a couple of these 12s left and may just have to pop one sooner than later, after reading your review :) I prefer my Tool over Bon Jovi too!

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2014 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
3/20/2017 - dhp. Does not like this wine:
83 points
I don't see how this wine is ready to drink at all. Nice nose of blueberries, roasted meats, and earl grey tea. I may be oak sensitive, so for my tastes this has way too much oak. Finish isn't very long. Not much body to this wine, which is fine except that it's not enough to balance the oak.
  • bplant13 commented:

    3/21/17, 3:21 PM - Did you decant? I agree that it is way too young, especially to PnP. I'm giving my 12s at least another year. I find these wines hit their peak about 6-10 years from the vintage. That said, I alway try a couple bottles younger than that, and I found this 14 needed 2-3 hours of air before it started to balance out.

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2014 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
3/12/2017 - Slaz wrote:
After studying this wine over 3+ hours, I am not convinced this is one of the best LS in recent years. There is a lot of promise in various components of the wine that will undoubtedly come together with several more years of cellaring, but only time will show how phenomenal this will be. Hold until 2019+.
  • bplant13 commented:

    3/15/17, 2:08 PM - I agree. I'm still aging my 12s and won't touch them for another year at minimum. These are great mid term age-worthy wines!

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2015 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Napa Valley
11/30/2015 - csimm1161 wrote:
100 points
2013 Carter Tasting - non-BTK lineup (Carter Cellars (Envy Wines) - Calistoga): Barrel sample during racking.

Though it is absolutely not fair to "rate" this wine, as it hasn't even become close to a finished product yet, I was fortunate enough to have had an opportunity to sample the juice from the 2015 Dr. Crane harvest that will ultimately go into the standard 2015 Myriad Dr. Crane bottling (and possibly make some of its way into the Elysian). I was also able to try juice from the 2015 Quivet Kenefick Ranch.

All I can say with the 2015 Myriad Dr. Crane is "Watch out!!" The waves of flavor blasting from this juice are like nothing I've ever experienced. It's not just a party in your mouth, it's like a week-long bender following a 1999 New Year's Eve spectacle at the Bellagio in Vegas!...(you get the point)...

Electric purple berry notes reverberating over and over again as they race across the palate; I swear I can still taste it 24 hours later. Again, not that one can "technically" or accurately assess an unfinished product like this (prior to barrel aging, blending, etc), but given the intensity and ethereal flavors of the core fruit, in the phenomenal hands of Mike Smith, and further considering the history of past finished products of this wine, I'd say you're looking at a potential 100 point Myriad Dr. Crane from 2015! Absolutely unreal!
  • bplant13 commented:

    3/14/17, 10:35 AM - Just took advantage of the pre-release for this, and the Elysian! Can't wait to pop a bottle this fall :)

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2010 Pian Delle Vigne (Antinori) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
3/10/2017 - Whinojb wrote:
90 points
Good. Maybe a little past- drink them while u have them!
  • bplant13 commented:

    3/11/17, 7:29 PM - Not sure I agree, but if you like young brunellos, then I'm glad you enjoyed it. I had one last year and I personally think it's got 5 more years before I even think of trying the next one.

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2008 Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Nebbiolo
2/16/2017 - Rechrom wrote:
92 points
Fine for drinking now but not in a great spot. After 4 hours decant, very nice nose with leather, dark fruits. Palate has good fruit and depth, finish is long but with drying tannins still present that detract. The tannins need to integrate. Plenty of stiff underneath, still a nice red with plenty of acid, and this should improve with time. How much time??
  • bplant13 commented:

    2/16/17, 7:52 PM - I recently opened an 07 and has the same experience. The tannins just overpowered what is sure to be a killer wine someday. Even on day 2 it was still dusty, and given that I'm not touching the next bottle for at least another 5 years.

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2007 Switchback Ridge Petite Sirah Peterson Family Vineyard Napa Valley
1/21/2017 - bplant13 Likes this wine:
94 points
This is a great wine! Nose gives mushroom at first, which lead way to big blue and black fruit, and licorice. Big body, which is thick and syrupy, but not sweet. Everything as integrated so well while this wine remain so well balanced. Blueberry and blackberry pie with a great finish. I've never seen so much sediment, and even after being filtered, this wine coats the glass but yet feel like silk on the mouth. I'm disappointed it's my last bottle. Good thing I have an 08 and 12 to look forward to down the road.
  • bplant13 commented:

    1/22/17, 3:22 PM - Thanks csimm! Tough to find these, but I'll keep my eye peeled!

  • bplant13 commented:

    2/6/17, 6:57 PM - I just grabbed 2 bottles of the 2010! I hope that wasn't you I outbid on WineBid.com ;)

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2013 TOR Kenward Family Wines Grenache ROCK Cuvée Cooper California
5/12/2016 - bplant13 Likes this wine:
92 points
2nd bottle update: you'd almost think Pinot, but with this sweet berry that goes above and beyond, but doesn't over power, or over sweet. Sweet strawberry and raspberry, with silky smooth earth and floral notes mixing in. Balanced tannins and acidity make this a gorgeous wine.

Decant for 1 hour, or hold for another couple years. This is a unique wine, that's an interesting and welcome change most Pinot lovers.
  • bplant13 commented:

    1/27/17, 2:41 PM - Thanks for the note tomoem! Cheers!

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2011 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
In need of serious rest. This is most likely destined for a bright, balanced future, but for right now, I get some round/fat fruit juxtaposed with angular, grainy tannins. Not pleasant at the moment, not even on day 2. Let this rest for at least five years, and even then, it's likely to need a fair amount of aeration. Grumpy.

Aerated to decanter 5 hours, served non-blind.

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  • bplant13 commented:

    1/15/17, 8:16 PM - Not pleasant? You must really be picky! I try to wait 10 years before opening my first, and 12-15 for the second, but I have the great opportunity to drink these young at many a business dinners, and they're great. A different dimension, but still great.

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2012 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
1/10/2017 - spicy1 Likes this wine:
91 points
I have been aware of Ridge for many years (30?) but it was always outside of my price range. In the last year or so I have started buying the bottles when I find it on sale. Have had five or six and every one of them has been totally drinkable. The Zin blends seem to smooth out the big tannins that some Zins have. I think Ridge goes to the top of my list.
  • bplant13 commented:

    1/11/17, 7:04 PM - I love the Ridge wines, and as someone who drinks $10 to $100 bottles, I think they're one of the better values available for a rich, balanced and interesting wine. This is a great wine to break out on a special occasion and these Lytton Springs will age great for many years.

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1997 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
12/28/2016 - kronfeld wrote:
Possibly a bad bottle. Light and elegant like my prior bottles but seemed past it prime. Fruit long gone. Slight brown tinge to the red color. Not offensive but not affirmatively good either.
  • bplant13 commented:

    12/30/16, 7:21 AM - Can I ask where you got this? I bought one (of many) on WineBid, but I won't receive shipment until the spring. I figured it was past prime but would try it anyways.

  • bplant13 commented:

    12/30/16, 9:07 PM - Thanks! I will pop mine as soon as it arrives this spring at let you know what I think. Cheers :)

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2010 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard St. Helena
12/9/2016 - Millennial Drinkers wrote:
94 points
Deep ruby red with high intensity. Dark and brooding nose with lots of baking spices, smoked berries, and blackberries. Nose carried and easy to smell as soon as we opened the bottle. Heavy tannins (8/10) and full bodied. Thick and plush palate with notes of dark cocoa, dark berries, both black and red. Super long and lingering finish. Absolutely delicious and easy to see where this will go in a few years since two hours was nowhere close to a long enough decant. Drink from 2017 till 2030.
  • bplant13 commented:

    12/30/16, 9:05 PM - Great review, however I'm slightly surprised to hear you suggest a drinking window at 2017, based on the heavy tannin and the fact that a 2 hour decant wasn't close to enough. Your tasting seems to agree with most others, that this won't really be in it's prime for several more years. We each have our own system for ratings and aging, so I greatly appreciate your detailed review, which really makes this community so great! I'm trying my best to hold on to my one bottle for a little while longer! Cheers! :)

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2012 TOR Kenward Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard Napa Valley
12/3/2016 - tomoem wrote:
93 points
A little bit of a let down having had this before and it was just terrific. Not as velvety as I remember, slightly more harsh on the mid palette. Still a lovely wine.
  • bplant13 commented:

    12/4/16, 7:12 PM - Thanks for the review. I had this a year ago and it was amazing. I've been thinking about opening another, but recent reviews say otherwise. Hopefully this is in a dumb phase, but it's surprising to hear it so young. I've got 3 more and so want to open one and see the progression, but maybe next year.

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2013 Honig Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Suggestion: Don't decant; let her unfold in the glass over the course of two-hour dinner. Taut and quiet in the glass when first opened, this blossomed at the 30-minute mark, offering deep fruit and some secondary flavors that matched well with the grilled filet mignon. Cherries, cedar, blackberries and gentle spicy elements on the palate. But the action is in the finish, where those flavors are joined by cinders, charcoal, cassis and blacktop. Drinks like an $80 Cab at a fraction of the price. Still a baby, this promises at least a decade of enjoyment. (������= Outstanding)
  • bplant13 commented:

    11/21/16, 3:46 PM - Great suggestion! Even when I decant, I always love a small glass right out of the bottle, just to compare the evolution; I think it's part of the fun :) This is one of my favorite cabs for the price, but I do find it a little tannic. Great with a steak, but a little hard on it's own right now. I've got a couple 12s and a couple 13s laid away, and hopefully I can keep my hands off them for a few more years... Cheers!

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2014 Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Sonoma County
11/19/2016 - srh Likes this wine:
90 points
Turkey Reds (Vintage Wines Ltd., San Diego, CA): N: Muted; Berries with toasty undertones; Intensity lurking?

P: Med, poss MF, body; Ripe entry, yet not sans elegance; VERY long, dustily tannic finish; VERY well made -- & with sufficient structure to improve for a couple! My score reflects the QPR of this vendor's $18.95 87 pts WE, 93 pts WS
  • bplant13 commented:

    11/21/16, 3:36 PM - I'm siping on a glass as I read your review, which showed up first on my home page as I opened it. This definitely needs 30 minutes or so to open up, but when it does, it's a fantastic QPR. The Costco wine shop here in Brooklyn has this at $16.95! Cheers!

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2013 Honig Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
11/18/2016 - Redstone wrote:
91 points
First time for me on this gem. Need to let it open up. First taste before doing so was thin and disappointing. About 45 to an hour later really full and beautiful tannins and finish. Bought 2 bottles and will get more.
  • bplant13 commented:

    11/19/16, 6:36 AM - I fell in love with this wine a few years back, but agree that it needs a good amount of air. Tannins are pretty big to have on it's own right now, but I find this goes so well with a good steak, or slow cooked short rib. I have a couple 12s and 13s laying away that I try to forget about. Can't wait to see what these bring in another 2-3 years. Honig is a tremendous value!

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2014 Quivet Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Kenefick Ranch Napa Valley
11/6/2016 - Qventoid#11 Likes this wine:
92 points
This needs a LOT of time to open, not sure how all these folks are drinking this so early and enjoying it. After 30 hours slow ox, this started to show what it could be. On the pop, I could barely get it down. I wouldn't touch again for 2-3 years minimum, should be singing in 5+.
  • bplant13 commented:

    11/6/16, 7:37 PM - i just had the 2013 2 nights ago, and even with an hour decant, it was so tight and edgy. I barrel tasted this 2014, and while great, it could have been open to air for who knows how long... Glad to hear someone feels like I have with the Quivet wines, at least young. Going to keep the 14s for a several years. Thanks!

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2014 Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Sonoma County
10/25/2016 - FullPolicyLimits wrote:
90 points
Always consistent. Spice and more spice on the nose, obviously extremely dark in color. A little heat on the PNP but blew off (14.8%.) A ton of fruit on the palate. Tannins present; maybe should have let ox for an hour or so. Always a good value considering Turley's and Kinsela's price tag and easily accessible.
  • bplant13 commented:

    10/26/16, 7:26 PM - Not sure where you live, or what price you find this at, but here in New York, we grab this at Costco for $16.99, which is one of the best values I've come across. A fantastic wine regardless of price, but its value is incredible!

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2013 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
10/22/2016 - SlimShaney wrote:
90 points
I really enjoyed the 2012 (94pts) and based on CT reviews hoped the 2013 was even better - but it isn't. The 2013 has more of a herbacious (hibiscus) vibe, compared to the 2012 which I found more modern and fruit forwardly and sensual in the palate.
  • bplant13 commented:

    10/23/16, 5:57 AM - Did you decant for extended time? As a Tig fan, I've found that opening these bottles this young, within a year of release, can take on strange personalities. Even 1 extra year can make a big difference, and I've stopped drinking these until they're at least 5 years old, where they become a beautiful and predictable young wine. At the same time, I hold a few back and wait to see what 10 years or more brings. From what I've read, 20 years is a magic number for Tigs; I just don't think I have the will power, lol! Cheers!

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2007 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
Tignanello Tasting dinner with Renzo Cotarella (La Pizza Fresca Ristorante, NYC): The '07 is also drinking well right now, but still quite youthful. The fruit is a bit more primary and stealing the show. I will continue to hold my '07's and let them age gracefully for maximum enjoyment.
  • bplant13 commented:

    10/22/16, 8:18 AM - Thanks for your notes on the Tigs! How was the overall event? I really wanted to go, but was out of town on business this past week. I've never been to any of their wine tasting events, but they sound like they're really well done.

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2011 Achával-Ferrer Malbec Finca Bella Vista Mendoza
9/16/2016 - fotomill Likes this wine:
92 points
Quite a famous Argentinian Malbec from Finca Bella Vista. Deep purple but the liquid is just above medium body, not very alcoholic either. A little different from expectation, it's not a thick, powerful, oaky Malbec, but rather quite subtle. Nose and palate are rather quiet, with notes of blackcurrant, oak, menthol and mushroom. Maybe this is all about it or quite closed now. 89~90/100 for now.
***
On the 4th day it became softer and richer, and cedar box flavor came through which was not there at first. Now 92/100.
  • bplant13 commented:

    9/16/16, 1:23 PM - I popped a bottle just over a year ago, and found it very tight. I gave it a 90 as well as it was underwhelming compared to the 2010 which I had tried days before and was incredible. I have one bottle left and figured it only needed a year, but I think I'll hold for another year and open it gets better. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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2012 Dominus Napanook Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
9/2/2016 - Nutty08 Likes this wine:
91 points
Decanted and followed over 3-4hrs. More understated and closed than expected as many '12's are wide open. Mild, red fruited nose with a little flint. Red and blue fruit palate, fine and acidic. Stately. Finish has plenty of polished tannin and red fruit in reserve. Adds just a hint of vanilla on the back end. A nicely put together rather sophisticated if aristocratic Napa cab. Needs a few years to open up, but don't expect the massive concentrated lush fruit here. I wish more Napa cab was in this style. 91-92+

Didn't really open up on night 2. Still quite tight. Hold.
  • bplant13 commented:

    9/4/16, 9:42 PM - Great review and thanks for sharing! I share the same feelings, but I've found that both Christian Moueix wines (Napanook and Dominus) to be the most old world I've ever tasted to come out of Napa, and he doesn't hide from it.

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2012 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis Napa Valley
2/3/2016 - bestdamncab Likes this wine:
85 points
Tasted over two nights, a gift to Kathy from a fellow worker, label showed fading due to sun and light. Nose of black cherry, sage, and earth, more of the same on the palate, touch simple, lacks fruit and winemaking skill, medium body, medium finish.
  • bplant13 commented:

    8/25/16, 3:14 PM - You do not need a cellar to properly store wine, unless your aging wines for year/decades. Simply keep it out of direct sun, extreme heat or cold. A sun faded label all but guarantees the wine was comprimised in some regard. I really hope you have the opportunity to give it a second chance; there is no shortage of wine making skill from this producer.

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2012 Dominus Napanook Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
8/13/2016 - blackcrowb wrote:
87 points
I have had this wine on a number of occasions with similar notes. I find this wine correct as there is no obvious faults other than dullness. There is no spark or vivacity to it. It needs more of an acidic spine for me to feel it isn't going to just fade into nothingness. For all the hype I have felt this way about most of the 2012 California cabernet blends. At the same time I haven't had a 2011 I haven't loved.
  • bplant13 commented:

    8/14/16, 10:23 PM - I've got one in the cellar, but haven't tried it yet. Personally, I'm not a fan of the old world style they put out. The 11 wasn't anything special, and neither have any of the top tier Dominus that I've tried. Just cause 11 was a bad year, doesn't mean that good wine makers can't produce good wines. I think the style of this wine, both top tier and Napanook, are kinda of Blah.

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2013 Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Russian River Selection Russian River Valley
8/13/2016 - wino121 wrote:
88 points
Vinturi/decant, 1-2 hours.
Not even close to prime time.
Although the nose begs you on its not yet developed into a drinkable btl.
Tart red fruit dominated the spectrum,
ESP the finish.
Not sure it will ever be a 95pt WE??
2 yr min before it's ready for another try.
  • bplant13 commented:

    8/14/16, 10:19 PM - While I'm not sure about the 95 WE either; I do find that this wine, which I had last week, has a lot going on. Yes, it still needs a year or two, but decant it well, and it's very interesting. I disagree with ones who say it's typical RR, which I don't get. It's got a split personality between a cooler climate funk and Sonoma fruit. It's got an old world style, but Cali fruit always in the back of your mind. I think it will never appeal in great fashion to one style, which may hurt its average rating in the long run, but when you consider the complexity of what its got, it's fairly impressive.

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2012 TOR Kenward Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Cimarossa Vineyard Howell Mountain
8/14/2016 - csimm1161 wrote:
97 points
Unbelievable showing this time around. Similar to my specific tasting notes six months ago in terms of specific flavors, except that the black licorice and asphalt notes circled even more superbly around the core black currant and blackberry notes. A hint of cedar on the back end with some beautifully forward minerality added a wonderful river rock/pebbly cut.

Decanted for nearly two hours at 54 degrees in a small decanter. Hit the palate perfectly, kicking out black fruit and oodles of black minerals and black licorice to keep everything in harmony. Never overly plush or fat. My style of wine for sure.

I still think mid-2017 for optimum drinking, but this wine was singing great today after a few hours of air at cellar temperature. I was at 96+ points; my other half was a solid 97.
  • bplant13 commented:

    8/14/16, 10:13 PM - So great to hear! I grabbed four of each (Cim/BTK/TR), and sampled one of each when I got them. They were all so incredible, but recent reviews seem to have them improving which gets me itching to open one soon. I do my best to hold my napa cabs to a min of 5 years and my BdMs to 10, but sometimes patience loses... Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

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