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2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Nebbiolo
Freaking majestic. Red fruit, roses, licorice. I wish I could find more.
  • bularry commented:

    8/16/22, 1:43 PM - I know where I can find some more, I think I'm going to go buy them after this affirmation

2015 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon RBS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Oakville
6/30/2022 - Francois Le Mouel Likes this wine:
98 points
Absolutely stunning! A concentrated version of cassis and spices. Very structured, but with highly polished tannins. This can be cellared for another 10 years without any trouble. Unfortunately selling at a not very healthy price:)
  • bularry commented:

    6/30/22, 2:56 PM - wow, I paid much less for my bottle. I'd part with it for $500, LOL

2018 Sandlands Red Table Wine Contra Costa County Red Blend
Seems grumpier than my previous bottles. Or maybe it’s me, I’m also grumpier.
  • bularry commented:

    1/18/22, 7:39 AM - I, too, am grumpier.


2018 Ceritas Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard Sonoma Coast
5/18/2021 - Diane (LI) wrote:
Badly corked.
  • bularry commented:

    5/19/21, 9:49 AM - oh, dang, hope that isn't an issue with their production on these

2014 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah Stonessence Walla Walla Valley
1/23/2020 - Swaggering Beaunie wrote:
88 points
(Tasted after a 2-hour decant): This was the first bottle of our 2014 Stonessence that we we have opened, and after a 2-hour decant, it was thoroughly underwhelming.....thin, short finish, not much character at all. However, toward the end of the second glasses, it started to open. So we're going to let it sit in the decanter for a while longer, and see where it goes. We'll post an addendum if necessary.

Addendum: after an additional 2 hours of aeration, the wine is now longer and deeper, but still disappointing relative to its price. Including shipping (for which Reynvaan charges an exhorbitant fee!!) the wine cost us $125.50, and realistically it strikes me as worth about 1/4 of that.
  • bularry commented:

    1/24/20, 9:29 AM - I drank one on NYE and found it to be magnificent. Different strokes for different folks, I guess

2013 Kristine Ashe Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Entre Nous Oakville
12/26/2019 - Siebs Cellar Likes this wine:
95 points
Fruit was bright and vibrant. Body and texture were wonderful. Will miss this wine since it is no longer being made.
  • bularry commented:

    12/30/19, 12:21 PM - I drank one on Christmas and agree, it was an excellent wine. 1 more left in my cellar

2018 Limerick Lane Rosé Russian River Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah
5/30/2019 - MTC2 Likes this wine:
88 points
I Love Limerick Lane wines, and the 2017 Rose was the wine that taught me good Rose could be had in California. That being said, the 2018 version is not what i had hoped for. This year, the blend is 63% Syrah, 24% Mourvedre and 13% Grenache. Last year was a Syrah/Grenache blend, and the addition of Mourvedre is not an improvement. I wanted to love this wine...
  • bularry commented:

    5/31/19, 7:46 AM - I, too, thought the '17 was an unbelievable wine but I find the '18 to be almost equally compelling rose.

  • bularry commented:

    6/4/19, 9:17 AM - thank you, I'm going to get some of the Arnot Roberts!

2015 Domaine Louis Cheze St. Joseph Blanc Cuvée Ro-Rée White Rhone Blend
1/21/2019 - Heynetty Does not like this wine:
87 points
Wine Dojo - Rhone Rangers (Annette's House): Tasted Blind

A: Medium gold
N: Medium (+) nose. Grilled nectarine, vanilla, almond, honeysuckle, jasmine, chamomile, pineapple, mango liqueur
P: Dry, medium (+) acid, medium (+) alcohol, full body (almost oily), medium intensity and medium finish
C: BLIC? The alcohol felt far too hot and out of kilter. Half marks for L and I and none for complexity. Acceptable Quality but not wildly interesting. Drink now, little potential for ageing here. More fruit intensity needed. 60% Marsanne, 40% Roussanne (aged 9 months in French Oak barrels).

yes, I brought this one too. It cost about $30 at Party Pantry and was in no way worth it. Most thought that this was an overcropped New World version of Marsanne/Rousanne and that was because of the color and alcohol burn (ie. warm New World) and lack of intensity and complexity (ie. overcropped).

Colour threw everyone.
  • bularry commented:

    5/10/19, 9:51 AM - just saw your note - big bummer as I have a couple of bottles I also bought at Party Pantry.

2013 DeLille Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Shaw Vineyard Red Mountain
5/23/2018 - cartey Does not like this wine:
88 points
I don't think this bottle holds up well. Upon opening the wine was jammy and on the sweet side, slightly hot too. After 2 hours, wine softened without changing, but complexity fell apart. Sweetness/jamminess became more obvious.
Should've drunk it on release.
  • bularry commented:

    5/24/18, 11:06 AM - any chance it is just in some sort of dead spot between "young" and a bit of age? I've got a couple but never tasted one at release.

  • bularry commented:

    5/29/18, 7:17 AM - excellent information, thanks for sharing

2012 Donkey and Goat Five Thirteen El Dorado Red Rhone Blend
12/19/2015 - rocknroller wrote:
A few CDP's at Sunfish (Sunfish Cellars, St. Paul, MN): Very dark red color. Slow-O for 3 hrs. Followed 1 glass for 30 minutes. Frankly, I couldn't drink this. Very herbal, green streak, unusual fruit mix, dark plum, grapefruit, phenolic, heat, lots of wood. Can this age and improve? I don't really care. Score withheld, but impression is low 80's.
  • bularry commented:

    12/22/15, 9:00 AM - I wonder if that was a bad bottle or something. those flavor notes are inconsistent with my experiences with this wine over several vintages.

2012 DeLille Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Ciel Red Mountain
Served blind at last night's Bordeaux tasting. Obviously new world. Stood out for it's richness and fruit forwardness.
  • bularry commented:

    7/31/15, 9:15 AM - has this even been released yet?

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