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2014 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
11/14/2017 - Jeff Leve wrote:
95 points
This is a super wine, and due to the uneven reputation of the vintage, it sells for a very fair price. However, the wine is already starting to shut down, so if you are thinking of tasting a bottle in its youth, to get the most out of the fresh, sweet, earthy, tobacco and cassis charms, full body and regal tannins, I suggest you pop a cork on this before the year runs out.
  • melal41 commented:

    7/27/19, 10:30 AM - Jeff , you meant 2024 in last comment?

2012 Bryant Family Vineyard Bettina Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
6/17/2017 - Collector1855 wrote:
93 points
During a CabSav Dinner. Oh my goodness, I cant believe my eyes. A flock of tasters on the CT site giving this wine between 95-98 points. Seriously? This is a good, but aromatically a fairly harmless CabSav that also feels too sweet on the palate. Don't get me wrong, decent, commercial Cab Sav but no way this is anywhere near the upper 90ies. Again, for Napa drinkers who like it plush, I suggest to attend a Bordeaux Left Bank 2009 tasting and you will see that richness and complexity can go together. Or, if it has to be Napa, try Colgin IX.
  • melal41 commented:

    5/25/19, 11:49 PM - what are you referring to by mentioning flock of tasters? there is only one I see before your note.

2011 Bryant Family Vineyard Bettina Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
This is pretty bad. Almost down right horrible. The finish is astringent and bitter with lots of green notes and bitter tea leaves. I would guess this is a $15 bottle. This vintage should have been dumped down the drain. What a horrible waste of money. I wouldn't take bottles of this if I was offered them for free.
  • melal41 commented:

    10/22/18, 11:49 PM - David Abreu and Michel Rolland are not good enough for a team?

  • melal41 commented:

    10/23/18, 9:32 PM - I agree with Jimaronson.
    Napa elite wine pricing is ridiculous. And they do not drop the price on average year like top Bordeaux do.
    I stopped buying Bryant for this reason and not because their quality suffered.
    Some of the most memorable Bryants I had were simply amazing.

2006 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard Napa Valley
4/15/2018 - JEP007 Likes this wine:
99 points
I normally only comment on wines from my cellar, but this one deserves a post. Thanks to Doug in our wine group for bringing this gem. It won WOTN by more than half of our group of 12. To me, it had almost every feature of a perfect wine including balance, complexity, tertiary flavors of tobacco, cedar, chocolate, vanilla, and incense. However, the only reason I cannot give this a perfect score is that I wish it had more density, as it was it was lighter than expected. A beautiful wine that is worth the current price ($300) it's going for on wine-searcher right now. Whoever bought this on release before Chateau Latour increased the prices, you are very lucky!
  • melal41 commented:

    7/29/18, 9:52 PM - I bought it for $140 plus commission on auction. Total wine $460 I believe.

2010 Harlan Estate The Maiden Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
2/13/2015 - PoetofPurpose Likes this wine:
96 points
As Valentine's day approaches, sometimes a girl just has to treat herself like the expensive Maiden saved in the cellar for a "special day!" On a reflective night The Maiden can make loneliness slip away into the warm velvet blanket of this Cult Wine Classic. Whether you like the hype or think this is worth the price, drink it with friends and impress, or alone and remind yourself YOU are worth it!
  • melal41 commented:

    8/16/17, 9:16 AM - I like this girl and her attitude towards wines and life. Thank you for sharing.
    Did you open it alone?

2009 TOR Kenward Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Cimarossa Vineyard Howell Mountain
6/14/2017 - Rollerball Likes this wine:
97 points
A magical Cabernet. Nose to long tail this offers breadth and depth of completely integrated fruits--dark, fresh, ripe, dried, with cherries, raspberries, and round berries large and small--plus smoke, brown-spiced earth, graphite, tar, licorice, and black tea. Impossibly the fruit is so layered and concentrated but with such subtlety and without any heaviness. Beautiful pebbly tannins. Completely drinkable. Enjoyed over a few hours without decanting, which was a nice way to experience its expansion. Drink now and for at least 10 more years.
  • melal41 commented:

    6/15/17, 8:32 PM - totally agree. Amazing cab and very young. Best of all 2009s I had.

2005 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
5/20/2016 - dcwino wrote:
90 points
Annual gathering with Chicago winos in Chicago - Burgs, SQNs and Cult cabs (David Burke's Primehouse): It is very similar to the 07 but even more ripe and more heat so it is a bit disjointed. Extremely ripe black fruits, blackberry liqueur but no fresh fruit, cinnamon coming from alcohol, baking spices and lead pencil. Excellent concentration, really muddy overripe black fruit driven palate impression and the heat clips the finish. This wine reminds me quilceda creek a bit. So if you like the post 2000 QC, you will more than likely like this wine.
  • melal41 commented:

    5/29/17, 4:37 AM - 2000 QC is my second best QC of all time and one of the most memorable wines ever. I am looking forward to try my 05 BF. Thanks for the note

2012 Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
9/30/2016 - Otaku Oenophile Likes this wine:
94 points
Drinks like a chocolate milkshake with caramel sauce and red fruit.
  • melal41 commented:

    12/10/16, 11:14 AM - Close to my experience. It is not a red dry wine. Sad.

2013 Pahlmeyer Merlot Napa Valley
9/17/2016 - ColluraJ Does not like this wine:
78 points
Deep ruby color and clear. Aromatic with aromas of red fruit, pepper and cork. Aged. VERY bone dry with a medium-full body. Crisp acidity with medium tannins. Unbalanced to tannin. Flavorful with flavors of chalk, red apple, cranberry and grape skins. Very long finish. This is a young wine. With age it could be great. Decent. Good merlot.
  • melal41 commented:

    9/17/16, 8:20 PM - what is your scoring scale?

2009 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select Stags Leap District
9/23/2013 - JDV.DDSPHD Likes this wine:
90 points
Shafer Tasting (Napa Valley): Very young. Honestly I really expected more for this price point. This is a $250 bottle and for that kind of money I expect to be blown away. I was expecting this to be massive and bold. For the tannins to be chewy and coating and for the finish to last for 30+ seconds. That was not the case. Don't get me wrong this is a good wine and the tannins are integrated and the finish is acceptable but this should be better than acceptable. It should be outstanding. The relentless was a bigger and in my opinion better wine. I know we are comparing cab with a syrah blend but this just didn't do it for me. Too bad my allocation of 6 bottles is already on its way before I did the tasting.
  • melal41 commented:

    2/9/16, 7:37 PM - i have a strong feeling you will not regret keeping 3 bottles. Lol

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