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Red
6/1/2019 - FullPolicyLimits Likes this wine:
95 points
From Magnum. Bought from Spectrum Wine Auction for $412 with premium. Still had grocery price sticker on it for $145!! Nose was fecal early on but blew off, very similar to a well aged bordeaux. Acid was in the forefront initially and I thought crappola. Came together after about 45 minutes and was wonderful. More tertiary flavors with tannins resolved. Not a powerhouse, but not anywhere near dead. Kinda like a smokin hot woman at 25 that returned to the party 37 years later and everyone was like "Damn still built like a rocketship." I know back in the early 80's the vineyards of the power cab boys werent exceptionally clean compared to todays standards but this is an example that Randy Dunn knows his shit and proof is in the bottle.
White
Amazing stuff...i think it surpasses Lail upper SB's
Red
Takes about an hour to open up. Do not decant, pop and pour. Ridge at it's finest. Yummy.
Red
Hitting on all cylinders, incredible wine once the poop blew off. From Magnum. Exquisite.
Red
still in the mix, drinking beyond the window...what do you want? its oakville fruit and can handle the bottle age
Red
Still holding...drank from Magnum with splash decant
Red
3/7/2018 - FullPolicyLimits wrote:
93 points
Much prefer the Howell but wow. Hitting on all cylinders. Solid cork. 4 bottle lot from Heritage Auctions. Cant wait to down the other 3 with Wagyu Ribeye.....life is good
Red
12/3/2017 - FullPolicyLimits wrote:
91 points
Agree with Deetz. Nice weekday drinker. SOMM Select selection with a great price point. Decanted for about an hour. Awesome QPR. Bitterness backed off considerably on finish. A little more bottle time paid off.
Red
Wow. Clean and lovely. 2 hour decant. Glad to have 1 more bottle....
White - Sparkling
Excellent. Crisp and aggressive.
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Red
11/25/2017 - FullPolicyLimits wrote:
94 points
Drank from 3 liter. Hitting on all cylinders.
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Red
11/11/2017 - FullPolicyLimits wrote:
93 points
Clean and robust. 2 hour decant. Going to be really good soon.
Red
11/2/2017 - FullPolicyLimits wrote:
91 points
Wine evolving nicely. Perfect with Wagyu Steakburgers grilled.
Red
10/20/2017 - FullPolicyLimits wrote:
94 points
Slow oxed for 2-3 hours. Wow. Wine was fresh on the nose not showing 9 years of bottle age. Tannins peaking ever so slightly. Palate was fruit forward and ripe and delicious. Mid palate to finish was long and it expressed itself with the Christmas chocolate covered cherries with the vanilla filling!! Wife was adiment with that flavoring and loved the wine. No old world here (which we adore) but definitely an eye opener. Can't wait to try my 2006 Pandora and my 2001 Seymour's. Had with a Wagyu Tomahawk Ribeye from Snake River Farms. Life is good.
Red
Exactly as advertised by notes below. Just kind of "Meh." Vino had good color, nose okay, but as my wife said-not very exciting, not a lot going on. Was part of a 6 bottle "Mystery Case" from Last Bottle. Won't be buying any more of those buggers.
Red
Definitely not dead. From a lot of 2 750ml's and a magnum of 1993 from Spectrum auctions. Less that $200 for the three of them. Nose was classic claret still. Fruit somewhat mute but tannins smooth and secondary notes present. It's like a hot older chick. Body is showing age, but the swagger is still there and SEXY. Looking forward to the magnum, I might get surprised.
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White - Sparkling
7/21/2017 - FullPolicyLimits Likes this wine:
92 points
Drank with apertifs-cheese and fruits. Very rich... that took a minute for me to adapt. Toasty for sure. Creamy finish. Acid definitely not in the forefront. We love champagne and this is only our second or third Peters experience. Lovely.
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Red
6/28/2017 - FullPolicyLimits Likes this wine:
91 points
Decanted for about 90 minutes. Fecal blew off. Nice wine emerged. Smooth with tannins still slightly forward. Ripe fruits. Sexy in style, even though on the light side in comparison to other vintages I have had of Olga. Enjoyable. Was a little hesitant with the mixed reviews. Not sure if the wine was just in a holding pattern, or not but this was pretty good but not spectacular.
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Red
6/27/2017 - FullPolicyLimits Likes this wine:
89 points
Well spank my ass and call me Sally! I took a gamble on this bottle. Cork broke 3/4 way down. Lotsa sediment. Buuuttttt it was pretty damn good. Color was slight brown on the edges. Nose was very dried fruits. Palate was smooth with definitely some fruit left. Makes me wonder how much Spring Mountain cab juice was put into this Napa cab. Dr. Keenan has always surprised me.
Red
2012 Château Sénéjac Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Solid everday drinker. Classic bordeaux profile even if not complex. Great QPR.
Red
Definitely not dead yet. Still kicking some fruit in your face. Good value on auction sites.
Red
Fading but still good. Still in balance. Attribute to real fruit from Pritchard Hill and Titus knowing his craft.
Red
Great pop and pour. So drinkable.......cherry and chocolate, medium body. Enough flesh to appeal to Pinot drinkers. Great QPR if you can find.
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Red
Acid presence just a little too much. Decanted for about 45 minutes. Great nose but just lost its palate, probably in last couple of years. Better with food.

Day 2- I knew better than to throw Olga under the bus. Fecal backed off and acid backed off also. Pretty damn good considering its Day 1 showing.
Red
Part of the "Mystery 6 Pak" from Last Bottle. Just mehh. Wife said it tasted like a fruity Pinot. I got a cherry explosion on a few sips with my NY strip Wagyu from Snake River Farms. Too new world for me. Bring on the Ceretto and the Clerico and the Armando Parusso. I'll stick with my dirt and earth old world. Thanks. I do appreciate the winemakers effort. Alot of this property's Barolo's on discount sites though, not just Last Bottle Wines. Decanted for 90 minutes.
Red
5/28/2017 - FullPolicyLimits Likes this wine:
90 points
In a great place right now. Tannins resolved, fruit still mouth coating.
Red
Nose was Wow. Palate was tired and started out sour and never really recovered. Drinkable by all means, even color was still present just didnt have the mileage like the spring mountain fruit of his other offerings. Keenan knows how to make wine. Just a gamble at this age. Oh well.....
Red
I would agree David T and Mr. October. I let it decant for 90 minutes and color and nose had more non pinot characteristics. Color kinda bothered me. Could still get heat after 90 minutes also but not enough to deter. Wife was commenting more new world pinot and was getting cherry but no earth. hmmmm prob not the winemakers intention....only bottle so i guess no stress just a learning experience....
Red
2009 Reignac Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/22/2017 - FullPolicyLimits Likes this wine:
90 points
Drinking solid. Mid week everyday drinker. Classic light bordeaux characteristics.
Red
2001 Spring Mountain Vineyard Elivette Spring Mountain District Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/18/2017 - FullPolicyLimits Likes this wine:
91 points
We all know Cab. We drink Bordeaux and Napa Cab young and old and figure out what we like. I like aged Cab and especially Mountain fruit. This was a WTF bottle that had a PERFECT cork and was just amazing. If you are in to aged mountain fruit and funky Bordeaux I know you get it and you are like me and the wifey. IF it's not your thing then cheers and I hear ya. This wine was on point, rich and sexy with secondary notes that were an olfactory and palate experience. I really appreciate when I find this stuff on the auction sites and it has a sense of pedigree that gives a 16 year experience. This wine is not tired at all for us mountain fruit peeps. Cheers.
White - Sparkling
5/13/2017 - FullPolicyLimits Likes this wine:
92 points
Solid. Always solid. Watch a "Year in Champagne" on Netflix to see this house, miles of underground caves under city of Champagne. Still hand labels champagne. This is cult stuff. Only seen available on Somm Select. Buttery, Yeasty yumminess.
Rosé - Sparkling
consistent with previous notes....on the prowl for more from this esoteric house
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Red
Consistent with previous notes. Drinking very well right now.
Red
Never shy away from these guys. They know how to make juice. Last bottle was still hitting on cabernet cylinders. Can't complain on whole lot-5 bottles from Relic.
White
My first bottle of a LEROY wine ever. Not a big fan of chardonnay especially from Cali. Anyways 3 bottle lot from Spectrum Wine Auctions. Mold on cork. Good color but nose and palate was muted for sure for the first 60-90 minutes. Then the minerality both on the nose and palate showed up. Tasted very "clean" but nothing extraordinary. Palate started to show some fruit. Acid was balanced but just "mehh."

Didnt score because I just dont know what the bar is. Starting to load some bottlings of the Maison to start the burgundy experience both red and white. We shall see. I have some 2002 Maison Leroy Mersault-3 bottles coming so that should be a step up?
Rosé
2015 Luc Pirlet Languedoc Roussillon Cabernet Sauvignon (view label images)
First of all I am all for finding the $10-$15 gems. This is not one of them. This is a ridiculous example of the a ripoff to the American consumer because we expect at LEAST something from France. Especially in a Rose wine. This swine has little to nothing on the nose and the palate is even more useless. Its water with food coloring in it. Really?? How do you even import this shit into this country. There are decent Rose's in this price point and respectable. This is ass rot. Apologies for candidness.
Rosé - Sparkling
4/3/2017 - FullPolicyLimits Likes this wine:
91 points
Just a gorgeous bubbly. Fine powerful bubbles, acid in balance. Clean strawberry and floral taste profile with a creamy midpalate. Finesse here. Not a Grand Cru but damn, not far off either. Definitely on the lookout for more of this.
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Red
4/2/2017 - FullPolicyLimits Likes this wine:
91 points
This is an exceptionally pure example of Oregon Pinot. I did not expect it to be so clean and focused. Great color, young nose of sour cherry and a hint of flowers. Palate has moderate weight and acid is impeccably balanced. Just clean. Great QPR if you can find. Mr. Mack is on point.
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Red
3/30/2017 - FullPolicyLimits Likes this wine:
90 points
Howell Mountain fruit. Yummy. Very young wine still in my opinion. Minimal sediment. 60 minute decant. Moderate tannin structure present (might go another 5-7 years?) Leather and red fruits on the nose, did not get a lot beyond that (needed more air.) Palate was dried red fruits with tannins pronounced especially in the midpalate with some dryness on the finish. Looking forward to another bottle in about 7 to 12 months. If your in to old world Chinon or Cab Franc based bordeaux this wine is probably not going to appeal. This is mountain power franc.
Rosé
3/29/2017 - FullPolicyLimits Likes this wine:
87 points
Strawberry on the nose. Acid is controlled and not overbearing. (Cabernet/Merlot blend Rose keep in mind.) Palate was clean and crisp. Good with salad and chicken middle of the week so you can stay away from your big dogs and save them for the weekend.
Rosé - Sparkling
Just too sweet. More for entry level palates, actually perfect for entry level drinkers. Good price point for beginners also. No shame here. I could have easily drank this 10 years ago like water.
Red
3/27/2017 - FullPolicyLimits wrote:
90 points
Young but impressive. Decanted for about 90 minutes. 2011 was a lighter vintage as we all know so the earthy, berry and leather nose was not overpowering but present. Palate was mid weight-tannins present but tamed, cherry, and a touch of pepper on the finish. Will hold for a bit. Great QPR. 4 bottle lot from WTSO.
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White
Oak, oak and more oak. And the finish.........here it comes.....butterscotch...really!! Scary thing is I could see a lot of newbie drinkers out there actually liking this wine which I guess isnt a bad thing. We all started somewhere...
Red
3/18/2017 - FullPolicyLimits Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted for about 90 minutes (needed it for sure) Moderate sediment, make sure you strain. Nose of dried red fruits, cherry and some raspberry, hint of floral but subtle. Has full body with mid palate structure impressive for the price point. Palate has juicy red fruit with a touch of spice and vegetal (good.) on the finish. More classic Cab Franc than expected with the 15% power behind it. This wine is in a good place right now.
Rosé
3/11/2017 - FullPolicyLimits wrote:
88 points
Monolithic in nature. Palate and nose non offensive. Acid in check. Great summer day drinker with light seafood.
Red
3/7/2017 - FullPolicyLimits wrote:
86 points
Commercialized palate-lotsa oak (vanilla) overripe fruit but very drinkable for the masses. Not a bad effort for $10 bottle.
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Red
3/6/2017 - FullPolicyLimits wrote:
89 points
Decanted for about an hour. Out of balance initially with a muted nose. Opened up to a little heat, asian spice and red ripe berries. No effervescent thank god. More sediment than anticipated, so make sure you use a Vinturi or strainer of some sort. Palate was a little more than expected as initial fruit led to spice on the midpalate with the finish you could feel starting to break up from once was a hair curling ride. I've said it all along that real mountain fruit and high alcohol usually leads to a wine that holds up much longer than anticipated.
Red
3/5/2017 - FullPolicyLimits Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted for about an hour. Nose of dried cherry and raspberry. Color still great considering bottle age. Sediment on cork, light sediment in bottle. Palate definitely shows resolved tannins with a little gritty on the mid palate of coffee and dried red fruits. Finishes a little vegetal. Still had some life, left but definitely running out of gas. Still very drinkable.
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Red
3/3/2017 - FullPolicyLimits wrote:
88 points
The fact that it's mountain fruit with high alcohol kept this together up until this point. Still has good color. Pepper on the nose with a touch of fruit left. Palate is again pepper and dull fruit with the acid imbalance peering through because the fruit is tired. Definitely needs food but still very drinkable though. Interesting to taste these big dog cult zins when they are on the downside because it lets you see the structure that made them just scrumptious when hitting on all cylinders.
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