Tasting Notes for Jimmyjules

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Red
10/18/2019 - Jimmyjules Likes this wine:
94 points
Prior posted notes accurate with the addition that this is flat out delicious. I give it a 94 at least.
Red
10/12/2019 - Jimmyjules Likes this wine:
90 points
Not at all past prime, drinking quite nicely. Cellared since release. I also tasted the eucalyptus, but this is something I have never really liked in cabernet, and think it detracts. Take it away, and I would score this several,points higher. Nice balance and length.
Red
10/12/2019 - Jimmyjules Likes this wine:
97 points
Slo-oxed for 5 hrs, then decanted for another 1.5-2 hrs. Tight as all get go from the initial bottle opening. Showed nothing but structure and balance until in the glass at dinner after the decant. And then some fruit and chocolate notes start to emerge, earthy tones. Beautiful balance. This will be great, give it maybe 10 years.
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Red
3/31/2019 - Jimmyjules wrote:
80 points
Sorry to the lovers of this. Overripe for me, more a dessert-like wine. Opened it to take along to a progressive dinner, took a couple sips, and left it for dessert. Even then, very few takers.
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Red
4/4/2017 - Jimmyjules Likes this wine:
92 points
Much like other notes, this starts with grippy tannin, followed by some nice black fruits and decent length. This can go, and will likely improve or at least smooth out, for years.
Red
3/18/2017 - Jimmyjules Likes this wine:
95 points
Wow. Terrific 10 year old cabernet. Silky, long, complex notes of wild berries, boysenberry, sour cherry with some spice on top, and a lingering finish. So far, candidate for woty 2017.
Red
2/18/2017 - Jimmyjules wrote:
flawed
Second bottle opened within a month, both purchased direct from the estate via their futures peogram. First note as a comment to another taster. Both bottles were to my taste, pretty DOA. Secondary even tertiary notes, but no fruit, kind of dead. Very, very disappointing because so much more is expected from this winery. A year or so ago, the 2002, sourced and stored similarly, by comparison absolutely shined.
Red
2/18/2017 - Jimmyjules Likes this wine:
95 points
Opened this to substitute in for another DOA 2001 Montelena. I always worry a bit about tannins when I open a Seavey, but the worries were unfounded here. First few tastes opened with a very distinctive spiciness, some tannin, but also a wave of mostly black fruit. It quickly integrated well, that spiciness faded a bit, but the glycerin/thick mouth feel and layers made this very unctuous wine showed beautifully. It was gone all too soon. I think this is entering a very nice drinking window. If you like them older, you can probably wait a long time.
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Red
2010 Château Lilian Ladouys St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/14/2017 - Jimmyjules Likes this wine:
91 points
Bought off a restaurant list in Vermont. Ski day, then V-Day dinner. Despite decades of experience with Bordeaux, never had one of these from any vintage. Very good wine. Some smokiness, iron, black fruits, decent length. Still young, will improve imo. Plenty of flavor and a relative bargain vs the California- based wines ont he list.
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Red
2/3/2017 - Jimmyjules Likes this wine:
90 points
I am not completely sure of this wine. I have been buying Lewelling on their "futures" program for maybe about 15 years? This bottle out of retail locally, $42. Good proce and a good wine. But for a '13, surprisingly drinkable, approachable. Actually drinking very well. Nice balance, delicious, nice fruit.....but missing an excitement factor. Is that all in the Wight?
Red
1/27/2017 - Jimmyjules Likes this wine:
95 points
Terrific bottle of wine, still very youthful, maybe only beginning adolescence. Blast of deep black fruits, tannins still evident, long finish.
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Red
1/15/2017 - Jimmyjules wrote:
Rating withheld, but maybe a 90. Closed so tight. Giving very little. Saved half in a screw-cap 375, retried 2 nights later. Still closed tight. The only "opening" I got was when I accidentally inhaled some into my trachea, coughed, and voila, there is some nice stuff going on in there! Sorry for the weird, not particularly helpful note, but I noted other earlier tastes indicating an open wine, but I don't think so. At least no longer. I have reached a conclusion that much like the big brother Seavey Estate, that these need patience, a lot of time to really come around. I have never been a big fan of Caravina, but love the estate, but I think I just open them up too early expecting a "second wine" experience.
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Red
1/15/2017 - Jimmyjules Likes this wine:
93 points
Tasted alongside the 2014 Scarlett, I give this the edge. Scarlett more fruit forward, this a bit deeper, better integration of all the component parts. Style preference. Both offer a lot of value for the price.
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