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Red
1996 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah
12/2/2017 - wineguy1975 Likes this wine:
96 points
5hr decant. Drank blind against 1999 Chave and the Grange was the better of the two wines to me but the room was split.
  • Jchen01854 commented:

    12/4/17, 5:58 PM - I saw at least 2 types of labels in CT for the 96 vintage, one has bin 95, the other doesn't. Does the one you tried either one? Just curious what's the difference between the 2 labels. Also, I saw the wine note in Penfolds website states it was 14.2% alcohol,but the labels here are 14.0%. Is this right? Thanks for your help!

Red
2013 Blackbird Vineyards Illustration Oak Knoll District Red Bordeaux Blend
12/16/2016 - bestdamncab Likes this wine:
88 points
Tasted at Blackbird today, blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, nose of burnt cinnamon, subdued nose that needed lots of coaxing, same on the palate, fairly fruit forward, big fruit, enjoy with a short decant, about 4 years to peak, and drink over the next 10 years, nice stuff, medium/big body, and medium/long finish. retail $135. Preferred the Arise to this wine.
  • Jchen01854 commented:

    6/22/17, 7:16 AM - Thought 2013 is an exceptional year for Napa, kind of surprise the rating lagged from previous years. Do you think it is a good value for $135 wine or $100 wine?

  • Jchen01854 commented:

    6/22/17, 8:03 AM - Thank you very much!

Red
2014 Vice Versa Cabernet Sauvignon Le Petit Vice Napa Valley
3/4/2017 - Badmonkey wrote:
91 points
Primarily red fruit with a little blue - dark cherry, raspberry, and a little blueberry. Smooth mid-palate with decent depth. Fairly long finish. However, we drank this bottle next to the 2013 vintage which was quite a bit better in my opinion - more vibrant, fuller fruit, more flavorful etc.. Popped and poured but drank over a couple hours. Improved a little with time. I believe this vintage could use a little more time for the fruit to open-up which is no surprise in light of its youth.
  • Jchen01854 commented:

    4/3/17, 10:14 AM - Thanks for your information! based on your score, 13 is better than 12 which is better than 14, right? Is this base on current performance or take info future development? If just for right now, any prediction down the road? BTW, do we know it is currently all by Shawn now or still some consulting winemaker? Thanks.

  • Jchen01854 commented:

    4/3/17, 10:43 AM - Thank you very much for sharing the information! Appreciated

Red
2013 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
10/24/2016 - bestdamncab Likes this wine:
96 points
MW Institute Sit Down Tasting 2012/2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Panel, nose of warm blackberry pie, briar, black currents, and lush oak, same on the palate, big body, needs 10 years to peak and last 30 years easily, tasted better than the 2012, structured, medium/large amount of tannins present, long finish. Tod Mostero present and mentioned that in 1983 they used 25% Merlot in the wine and today 0%, 70% to 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and today the remainder is Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, also use a Y shape trellis system today.
  • Jchen01854 commented:

    1/21/17, 5:35 AM - Thanks for the information!

Red
2013 Dominus Napanook Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
10/24/2016 - bestdamncab Likes this wine:
93 points
MW Institute 2013 American Cabernet Tasting, nose of black currants, black cherry, licorice, forest floor, and spring flowers, same on the palate, medium/big body, Bordeaux blend that hints at future greatness due to the great 2013 vintage, needs 3 years to peak and will go 15+ years, good acid, soft tannins, very tasty, subtle today with an elegant future, long finish.
  • Jchen01854 commented:

    1/21/17, 5:28 AM - Glad to know it is very good, guess will have to wait 3 more years.

Red
2013 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District
10/24/2016 - bestdamncab Likes this wine:
91 points
MW Institute Sit Down Tasting 2012/2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Panel, nose of rich briar and rich earth, and blackberry pie, same on the palate, more open, more structured, bigger body, and more intense than the 2012, long finish. Genevieve Janssens present.
  • Jchen01854 commented:

    1/21/17, 5:20 AM - Thanks for the information

Red
2012 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District
10/24/2016 - bestdamncab Likes this wine:
90 points
MW Institute Sit Down Tasting 2012/2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Panel, nose of black cherry fruit, baked blackberry pie, and minerals, opened nicely, same on the palate, medium/big body, tasty, easier to appreciate, and a medium/long finish. Genevieve Janssens present.
  • Jchen01854 commented:

    1/19/17, 12:41 PM - Glad to know this is very good. Hope the 2013 release will be as good.

  • Jchen01854 commented:

    1/19/17, 1:18 PM - Thanks for the information. That explains why I do not see many notes on 50th anniversary Wines except the maestro.

  • Jchen01854 commented:

    1/19/17, 6:55 PM - Thanks again for the detail explanation!

  • Jchen01854 commented:

    1/21/17, 5:18 AM - Thank you very much! I did find your review for the 2013 stag's leap Mondavi, but it seems to be a different chain from this. Sometimes CT record could be confused.
    Do you have any opinion on their harvest of joy cab? I saw 2 consumed, but no note so far.

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