Tasting Notes for Niagara

(996 notes on 813 wines)

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Red
4/3/2020 - Niagara wrote:
90 points
A bit light and insubstantial for the lovers of Big Wines (I confess), but for a summertime red that’s friendly with food and easy on the wallet, a wine of this quality — for $38 — is an easy decision. Swill it with a clear conscience!
Red
2013 The Mascot Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/2/2020 - Niagara wrote:
92 points
Good wine, certainly worth the price, but one senses there’s a lot more below the surface if you could just get through the manhole-cover tightness.
Red
4/1/2020 - Niagara wrote:
92 points
Very drinkable now, though still surprisingly grippy. Light as befits the vintage; does not have the typical Hundred Acre depth, if that’s what you’re looking for. If you’re just looking for a very good wine that drinks well with food, this is a good choice but doesn’t merit the Hundred Acre price tag IMO. Lots of other equal or better Napa wines at half the tariff.
Red
3/30/2020 - Niagara wrote:
This fails only by comparison with Schrader’s typical standard. Not a great year for their big, bold style, but if you taste it blind it really is a very, very good wine. If you know ‘it’s a Schrader’ it seems a bit wan.
Red
3/28/2020 - Niagara wrote:
95 points
Some of the best QPR in CdP. Young and zippy now, but will put on weight as it ages. Really you can’t go wrong to drink now or later.
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Red
3/25/2020 - Niagara wrote:
93 points
i'm a little less enthusiastic about this than I was in 2014 when it was so new you could still smell the vineyard. it seems to have closed down a bit, not unusual for Clos des Papes in my experience. I tend to find them either delightful in very early youth or lovely and soft in older age. In the middle they are a bit less remarkable. Still fine wine on any given day, of course.
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Red
3/21/2020 - Niagara wrote:
97 points
It's getting better all the time, as the Beatles said. Even smoother than the bottle I tried a year ago.
Red
2012 Bond Pluribus Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/17/2020 - Niagara wrote:
93 points
Not quite ‘there’ yet, IMO ... still very primary and grippy.
White
2007 Y de Yquem Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
3/14/2020 - Niagara wrote:
93 points
Drinking beautifully. A kaleidoscope of tropical fruits, beeswax, and honey.
Red
3/14/2020 - Niagara wrote:
95 points
A never-any-buyers-remorse wine. Hommage year in, year out is one of a half dozen you can just count on being exceptional.
Red
2016 Ovid Hexameter St. Helena Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/14/2020 - Niagara wrote:
95 points
The Jim Morrison of Napa reds. Dark and complex, a croon and a scream. Worth every penny.
Red
2/28/2020 - Niagara wrote:
94 points
Amazing QPR. Really good old-style CdP at old-style pricing. Bright cherry fruit with a bit of dirty.
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Red
2/24/2020 - Niagara wrote:
94 points
With M. Étain, Scarecrow has succeed in producing a truly distinct second wine, instead of the usual wimpy version of the 'grand vin' that many wineries peddle. This is a wine that can easily hold its own when compared against others in its class -- without having to ride the coattails of Scarecrow. (I could not say the same about, say, Carruades de Lafite, Forts de Latour, Chapelle d'Ausone, etc., none of which would garner nearly so much praise as they do were it not for the prestige of the grands vins behind them.)
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Red
2/23/2020 - Niagara wrote:
95 points
Brooding, bloody, menacing, a feudal lord's castle keep of a wine. Impossible to ignore and 'just drink'; this demands to be the centerpiece of a meal, preferably one with peppery roast meat, nice and rare.
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Red
2/23/2020 - Niagara wrote:
95 points
Best vintage yet for this producer. Bright and multilayered, like a concert of handbells. You can either pay attention to this wine, or just enjoy it as background music. Rewarding either way.
Red
2/19/2020 - Niagara wrote:
Not sure how to ‘rate’ this. It’s the 454 Shelby Cobra of Cabernets ... just pure, straight ahead, pin-your-ears-back power. It’s a wine that makes no apology for lack of subtlety. For some, I think this is going to be a thrill ride, and for others, maybe just a bit much. I found myself in both camps — at first the former and then, as the bottle dwindled, the latter.
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Red
2013 Peter Michael Les Pavots Knights Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/19/2020 - Niagara wrote:
98 points
I really don’t know what ‘perfection’ is, but this has to be close to whatever it is. It’s just seriously good wine, demanding attention yet never over-asserting itself and taking over the meal. It’s young, but it’s very, very drinkable and there’s a freshness about it that IMO made it worth opening, even if ‘too early’. Life is uncertain and pleasures like this wine should be deferred with caution.
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Red
2/18/2020 - Niagara wrote:
95 points
No fooling, this was fantastic with chicken cordon bleu ... lots of mouthwatering acidity. This wine is punching WAY above its price class. Just wish I had more.
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Red
2/12/2020 - Niagara wrote:
95 points
Superb if you like a big CdP, drinking well. Worth paying up for, and paying attention to.
Red
2/8/2020 - Niagara wrote:
95 points
They really nailed this one. Big, reassuring wine. Like having a personal bodyguard.
Red
2014 Promontory Red Wine Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/8/2020 - Niagara wrote:
96 points
seriously good wine. drinking well now but has a long life ahead, if you can stand waiting.
White
2005 Les Plantiers du Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/28/2020 - Niagara wrote:
93 points
sad to see this one go. still plenty of life left in this; in fact it seems, if anything, a little young.
Red
1/28/2020 - Niagara wrote:
91 points
not picking up what Robert Parker was putting down on this as a 99-pointer. Seems underextracted for a Schrader wine (not that that's a bad thing), but instead of light & elegant it comes across as just sort of muted & uninspiring. Schraders are usually quite precocious, but who knows, maybe this one needs more time.
Red
2012 Bond Vecina Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/11/2019 - Niagara wrote:
Probably should have let this sit a couple more years, but just grabbed a bottle without checking first! Same observations as previously.
Red
12/11/2019 - Niagara wrote:
95 points
Drinking so very well now. Smooth but still with enough grit to give the palate a good cleaning.
Red
12/11/2019 - Niagara wrote:
91 points
A pleasant wine, but not unlike a fruit basket at Christmastime, soon forgotten.
Red
11/30/2019 - Niagara wrote:
95 points
Bought this bottle from WineBid, paid through the nose, but as is true not infrequently with auction wines (in my experience only), ‘buyer beware’ — because in an otherwise fine-looking bottle there was light seepage around the cork under the wax capsule, and the cork fell into the bottle under the slightest pressure of the corkscrew. So it’s probably a good thing I opened it when I did, and that it is sealed in wax, because I suspect a bottle in perfect condition is probably an even better wine than my rating suggests. This one seems to have the slightest whiff of funk about it. But even with all that in mind, this is a ripe, juicy wine that takes ‘decadence’ to the next level (whatever is the next level up from ‘decadent’).
Red
11/28/2019 - Niagara wrote:
92 points
Light on its feet for a traditional and usually somewhat 'dirty' CdP (a style I tend to favor). Had with Thanksgiving dinner and The Donjon was the perfect guest, neither overbearing nor a wallflower, and always likable.
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Red
2010 Promontory Red Wine Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/2/2019 - Niagara wrote:
92 points
a little flat or one-dimensional, short blackberry kind of finish. Nice wine but way too much dough.
Red
11/2/2019 - Niagara wrote:
88 points
decent wine, not worth the price IMO. Half this much would be more appropriate. Cool label though.
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Red
10/16/2019 - Niagara wrote:
97 points
Just as incredible as it was in its younger days. Not that this couldn’t last until the apocalypse, but much more fun to drink it now.
Red
10/15/2019 - Niagara wrote:
flawed
Old and faded.
Red
2012 Bond Pluribus Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/13/2019 - Niagara wrote:
95 points
This one is already great and promises to get better. But no cause to defer ... drinking very well now. Comfort food wine.
White
2008 Y de Yquem Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
10/7/2019 - Niagara wrote:
94 points
Glad I waited another 5 years to try my other bottle. This is really drinking well now, honeysuckle kind of thing going on now that's very nice. Still a long way to go, too.
Red
9/21/2019 - Niagara wrote:
89 points
kind of run of the mill. rather would buy one really good bottle at twice this price point than two of these.
White
2011 Y de Yquem Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
9/21/2019 - Niagara wrote:
93 points
drinking so well now, but lots of time left too.
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Red
2006 Château L'Evangile Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/31/2019 - Niagara wrote:
Meh
Red
8/31/2019 - Niagara wrote:
95 points
Another wine that you think you will recognize if you drink Rhone wines ... but won’t. Krankl takes the Grenache grape and sort of makes it his own thing. Big but light on its feet, loads of cherries and red fruit. Makes you wish there were more in the bottle.
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White
2012 Sine Qua Non In the Abstract Central Coast White Rhone Blend (view label images)
8/16/2019 - Niagara wrote:
95 points
This is about as good, as complex, as nuanced as white wine gets. Just fantastic.
Red
2015 Coup de Foudre Cuvée 37.2 Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/16/2019 - Niagara wrote:
90 points
All the ingredients of a good wine are here, but they seem not to be assembled quite right. It’s like putting together a piece of Ikea furniture and discovering that there are a bunch of parts left over at the end.
Red
2008 Harlan Estate Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/11/2019 - Niagara wrote:
97 points
Astonishing depth and delicacy at the same time. Drinking a wine like this every once in a while is like the feeling you get when your ears finally pop open after a long-lasting head cold. Suddenly what wine can really be becomes clear immediately.
Red
8/7/2019 - Niagara wrote:
94 points
OMG, finally a Pinot Noir that has enough oomph to register on my leathery palate and doesn’t require me to lift a pinky finger while tasting! This Pinot has balls. Not probably for the Burgundy fan, more for the Cabernet Sauvignon fan.
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White
8/2/2019 - Niagara wrote:
94 points
Delightful and drinking really well.
Red
7/19/2019 - Niagara wrote:
95 points
I can only imagine what the first wine would be like ... this was phenomenal.
Red
7/18/2019 - Niagara wrote:
I think this may be closing down. Still an amazing wine but neither in its precocious youth or mellow older age now. I’d wait.
Red
7/18/2019 - Niagara wrote:
94 points
Just really nice about now.
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Red
2009 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/11/2019 - Niagara wrote:
93 points
I think the bottle I had in 2013 was just too young. This is really smoothing out and becoming a very nuanced, well-crafted red wine.
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