Tasting Notes for bhalljr

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Red
9/10/2014 - bhalljr Likes this wine:
98 points
Had this with a '98 L'Eglise Clinet, 08 Shafer Relentless, and '94 Dow. Amazing bottle that as it began to warm and open up showed the classic cedar and violet nose. This just might be the second best bottle of wine I've had to date. Still have one more!
Red
9/20/2014 - bhalljr wrote:
95 points
Had this with a '98 Lafite, 08 Shafer Relentless, and '94 Dow. Great bottle and nice floral nose, however, the Group unanimously picked the '98 Lafite. I'd be happy drinking this bottle any day of the week. Glad I still have 3 bottles remaining.
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Red
Had this with a '90 Latour. Incredible Pomerol nose and finish. In a perfect place right now. Love this wine!!! 96 points
Red
This wine ranked First out of the following 5 bottles:

1. '07 L'Eglise Clinet
2a. '99 Hartwell Estate
2b. '05 Cade
4. '06 Buccella
5. '09 Caymus
Red
This wine ranked Second out of the following 5 bottles:

1. '07 L'Eglise Clinet
2a. '99 Hartwell Estate
2b. '05 Cade
4. '06 Buccella
5. '09 Caymus
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Red
10/1/2013 - bhalljr wrote:
This wine ranked 5th out of the following 5 bottles:

1. '07 L'Eglise Clinet
2a. '99 Hartwell Estate
2b. '05 Cade
4. '06 Buccella
5. '09 Caymus
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Red
This wine ranked Second out of the following 5 bottles:

1. '07 L'Eglise Clinet
2a. '99 Hartwell Estate
2b. '05 Cade
4. '06 Buccella
5. '09 Caymus
Red
This wine ranked 4th out of the following 5 bottles:

1. '07 L'Eglise Clinet
2a. '99 Hartwell Estate
2b. '05 Cade
4. '06 Buccella
5. '09 Caymus
Red
2005 Ovid Red Wine Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/16/2013 - bhalljr wrote:
93 points
Consumed against '05 Cos d'Estournel. Great nose, however, could definitely detect the heat and alcohol compared to the Cos. Overall, the group preferred the Cos.
Red
2005 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/16/2013 - bhalljr wrote:
95 points
Consumed against '05 Ovid. Seemed a little muted on the nose compared to the Ovid, however, the taste was Bordeauxesque! Winner over the Ovid.
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Red
2/2/2013 - bhalljr wrote:
92 points
Had this along with an '08 Cos d'Estournel. Both were slow oxed for a little over two hours and drunk over three hours. The Shafer had a great nose at first but noticeable heat on the back palate. Towards the end do the evening and wine, the Cos pulled away with the typical Bordeaux nose and soft, silky finish. A couple of my other buddies agreed the Cos started out slow but pulled away in the end.
Red
2008 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/2/2013 - bhalljr Likes this wine:
93 points
Had this along with a '99 Shafer Hillside Select. Both were slow oxed for a little over two hours and drunk over three hours. The Shafer had a great nose at first but noticeable heat on the back palate. Towards the end do the evening and wine, the Cos pulled away with the typical Bordeaux nose and soft, silky finish. A couple of my other buddies agreed the Cos started out slow but pulled away in the end.
Red
10/17/2012 - bhalljr wrote:
94 points
I absolutely love this and now understand the greatness of the Pomerol region. The floral and espresso with hints of tobacco make this wine delicious. This is now one of my top 5 favorite producers!
Red
9/29/2012 - bhalljr wrote:
94 points
I was surprised at how light and smooth drinking this wine was to be only 4 years old. My buddy, who likes Napa Cabs, mentioned he wondered how much he would like this in 10 years thinking there might not be enough fruit for his palate. I really liked this and would like to put it up to some other Napa Cabs and Bordeaux too.
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Red
9/8/2012 - bhalljr wrote:
I enjoy Caymus SS. Can definitely tell it's a Cali Cab. Would like to see about 5 more years on my next one.
Red
2004 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/12/2012 - bhalljr wrote:
93 points
My first Pomerol, and I was amazed at the floral aspect compared to that of the Left Bank wines I've had. Nice wine and am glad I know where there's more.
Red
5/5/2012 - bhalljr wrote:
92 points
Screwcap that had nice freshness for an off vintage.
Red
1997 Opus One Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/16/2011 - bhalljr wrote:
90 points
We had a few friends join my wife and me for dinner last night at Maggianos. I brought 5 bottles - '97 Opus, '97 Latour, '86 Caymus Cuvee, '06Agharta Exhibit B, and '05 Guiraud.

I had my bartender buddy pop and decant the Opus, Latour, and Agharta. I took a sample of both the Latour and Opus to the table to share with the others the difference in Cali vs France. I didn't tell them which glass was which wine. The results were amazing. 5 of the 6 all chose the Latour. My wife initially thought Latour but changed her mind at the last minute to the Opus. I couldn't believe that all the others chose the Latour.

I went and pour another helping of both and was amazed how much the Latour had opened. It was so much smoother and the nose was so much more expressive compared to the Opus. What's funny is that '97 was considered a lackluster vintage for France while supposedly a great one for Napa.

As for the others, I didn't drink the Agharta and did the Caymus, which wasn't bad bud fading.

We had a great time with great friends and great food!
Red
7/16/2011 - bhalljr wrote:
92 points
We had a few friends join my wife and me for dinner last night at Maggianos. I brought 5 bottles - '97 Opus, '97 Latour, '86 Caymus Cuvee, '06Agharta Exhibit B, and '05 Guiraud.

I had my bartender buddy pop and decant the Opus, Latour, and Agharta. I took a sample of both the Latour and Opus to the table to share with the others the difference in Cali vs France. I didn't tell them which glass was which wine. The results were amazing. 5 of the 6 all chose the Latour. My wife initially thought Latour but changed her mind at the last minute to the Opus. I couldn't believe that all the others chose the Latour.

I went and pour another helping of both and was amazed how much the Latour had opened. It was so much smoother and the nose was so much more expressive compared to the Opus. What's funny is that '97 was considered a lackluster vintage for France while supposedly a great one for Napa.

As for the others, I didn't drink the Agharta and did the Caymus, which wasn't bad bud fading.

We had a great time with great friends and great food!
Red
10/22/2011 - bhalljr wrote:
92 points
Nice fruit and nose. Seemed fresh. Can't wait to try the Hillside Select from some of the better years!
Red
6/18/2011 - bhalljr wrote:
96 points
My first full tasting of the Hillside Select other than that from the winery. Amazing nose and reminded me of the '99 Hartwell I had a couple of weeks earlier yet so much more depth and complexity than the Hartwell. I definitely understand now the rave reviews and consistency associated with the Hillside Select. Definitely plan to stock up on this wine in the future!
Red
6/4/2011 - bhalljr wrote:
91 points
This wine seemed off...not corked, just off compared to the many. bottles I've had before. We all commented how "hot" the wine was especially for a 12 year old Napa Cab. It literally never seemed to open up and it was decanted and drunk over 2-3 hours. It seemed to have the muscle to handle the Peppercorn Crusted Strip I had for dinner. Had this along with a '97 Marcassin, '75 Latour, and '86 Caymus Cuvee at Seagars in Destin with wife and friends. The Latour was in a whole other world. It well out classed the competition and proved great bordeauxs can age well.
Red
6/4/2011 - bhalljr wrote:
91 points
Different nose...at times sour cherry almost like cough syrups. Was expecting more from such a proven name. Had this along with an '86 Caymus Cuvee, '75 Latour, and '99 Hartwell at Seagars in Destin with wife and friends. The Latour was in a whole other world. It well out classed the competition and proved great bordeauxs can age well.
Red
6/30/2011 - bhalljr wrote:
90 points
Nice nose...somewhat Bordeaux-like with tobacco and earth smells. The wine was drying out on the back palate but still fine to drink. Had this along with a '97 Marcassin, '75 Latour, and '99 Hartwell at Seagars in Destin with wife and friends. The Latour was in a whole other world. It well out classed the competition and proved great bordeauxs can age well.
Red
12/4/2010 - bhalljr wrote:
94 points
Very Smooth and Bordeaux like nose of tobacco and dust with a nice smooth cherry and cranberry type taste.
Red
6/4/2011 - bhalljr wrote:
96 points
Amazing bottle and nose. Classic Bordeaux with tobacco and earth smells but incredibly smooth almost as though I was drinking water. Had this along with a '97 Marcassin, '86 Caymus Cuvee, and '99 Hartwell at Seagars in Destin with wife and friends. The Latour was in a whole other world. It well out classed the competition and proved great bordeauxs can age well.
Red
5/14/2011 - bhalljr wrote:
94 points
Nice dark fruits and opened up after decanting for an hour. Surprised at the tannin level for a 12 yr old Napa Cab. Think it has several more years to go.
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Red
8/18/2010 - bhalljr wrote:
92 points
Drunk this a few weeks ago. Really pleased with this bottle considering it wasn't considered a great vintage.
Red
2005 Treana Red Paso Robles Red Blend (view label images)
8/5/2010 - bhalljr wrote:
91 points
I like this blend of Cab and Syrah. It has a nice nose with hints of blueberry and sweet cherry. It has a silky finish and is well worth the money. I need to purchase more of this to drink on a "Tuesday" night.
White
7/17/2010 - bhalljr wrote:
90 points
Not a bad wine. Needed more time to open. Definitely very oaky with good scents of citrus and hint of mint. Would like to wait a few more years to open my next bottle.
Red
7/17/2010 - bhalljr wrote:
93 points
Drank this bottle along with a '91 Latour. Initially, I enjoyed the nice fruit from Hartwell but the taste of the Latour was smooth with the classic earthy and tobacco flavors. I was really impressed at how well the Latour held up to the Hartwell, and my buddy, who prefers Napa to Bordeaux, ended up saying he thought the Latour was better this evening than the Hartwell. Either way, both were great bottles and showed just how differently Napa bottles are compared to their Bordeaux counterparts.
Red
2000 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/10/2010 - bhalljr wrote:
90 points
Cork was in phenomenal condition. Not a bad wine but seemed to be missing a little on the taste side. Didn't come together like I thought a 2000 should.
Red
5/26/2010 - bhalljr wrote:
93 points
Nice Bottle with good fruit that were not overwhelmed by the tannins. Fine now but should improve over the next 3-5 years too.
Red
5/21/2010 - bhalljr wrote:
91 points
Nice nose but the fruit was somewhat buried by the alcohol still. Seemed to be missing something. Not a bad overall bottle with a great nose. No Hartwell '99, though.
Red
5/4/2010 - bhalljr wrote:
93 points
Another great bottle!
Red
4/24/2010 - bhalljr wrote:
95 points
Amazing nose that had the Bordeaux earthy taste on the mid palate. I simply love the vintage of this wine!!!
Red
3/27/2010 - bhalljr wrote:
92 points
Nice Fruit on the nose but appeared to be lacking the midpalate pizazz I have had from the "99 Vintage. Not a bad bottle of wine. Tannins were present upon initial opening but soothed over 2-3 hours.
Red
2006 Arkenstone Obsidian Howell Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/20/2010 - bhalljr wrote:
93 points
Bottle much better than the first. Probably had more time to settle from being shipped. Tannins were nice for a 4 year old bottle of wine. I would highly recommend someone trying this winery.
Red
2/24/2010 - bhalljr wrote:
96 points
Bottle was beginning to seep so I figured I must open it soon or else risk it possibly spoiling. Upon first opening, there wasn't much going on. However, after about 30 or so minutes, the taste and especially smell began to come together. The nose was floral but didn't have too much of the earthy, cigar, smoke smell. The taste was as smooth as drinking water. I offered the waiter a glass, and he agreed it kept getting better and better. After all those years, the wine needed a few minutes to unlease its power. Good thing is I have another bottle.
Red
3/12/2010 - bhalljr wrote:
92 points
Bottle had a decent nose but at this point the alcohol overwhelmed it. I could tell there was potential. I imagine with time this could resemble some of the great Caymus SS of the 80's I've had and enjoyed. I would leave this another 5-7 years at a minimum. I can't wait to taste this in about 15-20 years.
Red
1999 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/8/2010 - bhalljr wrote:
94 points
Had a lot going on with cooking and playing cards. However, I remember smelling the wine even before the cork was completely removed. Very nice tannins and great fruit in this bottle. More berry and cherry smells with no earth tones at all. Very impressed with this wine as were the guests.
Red
1/27/2010 - bhalljr wrote:
93 points
This bottle was tasted against a 2002 Hartwell Estate. They Caymus SS like other older 80's SS had a very bordeaux-like smell and taste. In fact, the wine didn't even begin to open until after about 45 min to an hour after decanting. It smell very musty and earthy and had the tobacco with hints of mocha on the palate. With the Hartwell, there was an elegant floral smell with a nice fruit tast but nothing overpowering on both the smell and taste. Smooth tannins and this bottle was drinking very well on this evening. The overall winner was the Hartwell. The '89 Caymus SS was now where near the '86 SS I had back 6 months ago.
Red
1/23/2010 - bhalljr wrote:
92 points
This bottle was tasted against a 2002 Hartwell Estate. They Caymus SS like other older 80's SS had a very bordeaux-like smell and taste. In fact, the wine didn't even begin to open until after about 45 min to an hour after decanting. It smell very musty and earthy and had the tobacco with hints of mocha on the palate. With the Hartwell, there was an elegant floral smell with a nice fruit tast but nothing overpowering on both the smell and taste. Smooth tannins and this bottle was drinking very well on this evening. The overall winner was the Hartwell. The '89 Caymus SS was now where near the '86 SS I had back 6 months ago.
Red
2006 Arkenstone Obsidian Howell Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/9/2010 - bhalljr wrote:
93 points
I have read the great reviews here and wanted to taste for myself. There were 3 tasters including myself on this wine this evening. We all agreed this is a good, well made wine. The tannins were evident but not too overbearing. The initial nose on opening the bottle was very spicy and peppery. After a brief decanting and pouring into my glass, I swirled the wine aggressively and let it sit for about 3-5 minutes. I then sniffed the glass smelling a caramel butterscotch mixed with vanilla and lavender that was awesome. The taste was the lacking part. We agreed there was the making of something incredible but it wasn't quite there yet. I will definitely put my remaining bottles down for a few more years. Not a bad first vintage at all!!! Can't wait for the '07's
Red
1983 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/12/2009 - bhalljr wrote:
93 points
Very Smooth with cork in perfect condition. My first Haut Brion and definitely seemed more silky than some of the other First Growths I have tasted. Lots of coffee and earthy flavors that turned to a cigar taste on the finish. Very impressed!!!
Red
11/25/2009 - bhalljr wrote:
94 points
Great Nose, ultra smooth. Appeared to be drinking well right now. I have had the '89 Margaux, '89 Lafite, and '89 Latour throughout this year. Based on my memory, the '89 Lafite slightly eclipses the '89 Latour. I didn't feel the bottle of '89 Margaux I had was ready yet. It appeared to be somewhat mute and closed on the nose.
Red
11/7/2009 - bhalljr wrote:
93 points
A great overall wine. The nose was very floral and still had remnants of fruit. The taste wasn't as comparable as the nose. It had the classic Pauillac earth and tobacco flavors but didn't seem to have as much fruit as the nose would leave to believe there would be. This was better than both bottles of the '95 Latour...probably b/c it had sufficient time to age properly.
Red
10/2/2009 - bhalljr wrote:
Tasted against an '05 Darioush, and this wine blew the Darioush out of the water on the nose. The nose had a nice lavendar, floral smell. The taste of the two were somewhat similar. I could tell the Darioush was beginning to open and 2-3 more years might develop the overall quality of the wine. For the price point, I wasn't too impressed impressed with the Darioush but was with the JC Syrah.
Red
10/2/2009 - bhalljr wrote:
90 points
Nothing Special. Tasted against an '01 JC Cellars Syrah, which blew the Darioush out of the water on the nose. The taste of the two were somewhat similar. I could tell the Darioush was beginning to open and 2-3 more years might develop the overall quality of the wine. For the price point, I wasn't too impressed. I should give it another try to ensure it just wasn't an off bottle.
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