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2018 B Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Ehrlich Vineyard Oakville
5/18/2021 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
95 points
Opened by HMC before our 5 Guys burgers......needed every bit of 2 hours to calm down. Tannins and fruit were pretty heavy but nothing like 6-8 months ago. By the 3rd hour, confectioner's sugar on the nose, beautiful red/black fruit and the typical Ehrlich flavor profile emerges. This wine is singing at 3-4 hours, just doesn't have the glycerin mouthfeel of the '16. To me, this is the purist vision of Ehrlich thus far. I love it! And I think it will only get better from here....
  • Fractals888 commented:

    7/10/21, 1:58 PM - Thanks Mark for the review, I visited B cellars yesterday, ended up buying a couple bottles of the Ehrlich. Looking forward to opening one next year.

2018 Aperture Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
5/14/2021 - Fractals888 Likes this wine:
94 points
Licorice, bell pepper, white pepper, baking spice, cedar box, black currant, and blueberries. Initially was a bit closed, decanted for 3+ hours (at room temp) and it really came together. Sweet and soft tannins. Moderate finish. Really good now, but would benefit from a few more years of cellaring.
  • Fractals888 commented:

    5/14/21, 2:40 PM - Couldn't agree with you more! I don't see 97, maybe the glasses/labels got mixed up somewhere during the tasting, LOL. Cheers my friend!

  • Fractals888 commented:

    5/14/21, 5:30 PM - @sf, lol, what makes you think that I won't try to corner the market first? How about I message you offline with links to my auctions? LOL. Have a good weekend my friend and cheers! :)

  • Fractals888 commented:

    5/14/21, 6:09 PM - @sf, for sure, I have yet to find one at less than 100 price point that I would give 97 points. All kidding aside, I wouldn't be cornering any market. I'll just enjoy it and move onto the next bottle, but yes, I will for sure let you know if I come across any! Cheers my friend!

  • Fractals888 commented:

    5/14/21, 6:35 PM - @mark, wow, that's quite the embarrassment. That's why these days, I tend to weigh more heavily on CT ratings...

    Thank you for the recommendations, I've been looking at B cellars, will definitely add them to my list of wines to try! :)

2018 Aperture Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
5/2/2021 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
91 points
First bottle of this producer, ever. Pnp at dinner at a local restaurant with family....sat airing for 30-40 min then poured. Seemed a tad oak heavy at first, fruit was clean and dark but rather unspectacular. It drank nicely but again, rather plain Jane, if you will. Hoping this puts on weight and layers with some aging. I have absolutely no idea how this gets a 97 from WA.....oh wait, it wasn't Robert Parker, who gave it that!
  • Fractals888 commented:

    5/14/21, 2:29 PM - Hey Mark, was about to mark my score for this bottle when I saw your posting. I, too, didn't understand the WA97 after opening this bottle, but after 3+ hours of decanting, this bottle started opening up. But agreed, 97 is too high of a score.

2018 Fingers Crossed Syrah Off The Record California
5/3/2021 - csimm1161 wrote:
100 points
Holy heaping heaven of heathen Syrah gloriousness. From the first pop of the cork, the nose immediately lets you know that you’re in for the best beefy Syrah amazement you’ve ever experienced. Is this a Clape Cornas that fell in the Mediterranean Sea for a decade and reemerged as a modern and stylish message in a bottle?! (though this particular bottle has a nihilist vampiress shooshing me on the label).

Aromas of fresh sliced charcuterie and even fresher sea breeze (like an Italian butchery in Bora Bora) rocket up the nose and make the salivary glands kick into 7th-gear before the juice even hits the palate.

On first sips, blasts of dark berry fruit, olive brine, sanguine, salt rock, pepperoni, hot terra-cotta, garrigue, smokey brisket skin, and subtle white pepper notes wash over the palate. The perfectly pure red and purple berry notes repeat mid-palate, then are almost instantly carried off by a literal ocean wave of sea salt and bloody game. The acidity is deftly balanced, providing a honed grip that nails both speed and tension.

The saline note is so intense it washes over the palate with power and persistence the likes of which Mono Lake in a windstorm would be envious. This is a serious no messin’ around type of ambrosia (the Greek God kind of ambrosia; NOT your grandma’s fruit salad from Bumpingrub South Dakota). I mean, I don’t wanna be some kind of goofy fanboy or something, but if you take the requisite time to sit with this wine, how can you help but not be compelled to open a macelleria in Capri immediately after tasting this?! If you’ll excuse me, I have to make a call to my Avvocato (NOT the green fruit) on retainer and put a down payment on a beachfront salumi factory.

98-100 points. Such vibrancy, while consistently maintaining a textural sophistication throughout consumption that even the best of geometrists wouldn’t be able to find a hard edge here. Drink now with some air if you’re just a speed freak who wants a face-full sack of salty cured meats and berries, or hold for a few years to allow for even deeper development and complexity. This WILL be a three-digit score in a handful of years. Epic Syrah.
  • Fractals888 commented:

    5/5/21, 4:53 PM - Wow, great tasting notes! So jealous...add another hunter to the mix...

  • Fractals888 commented:

    5/5/21, 7:43 PM - Yes, I signed up for the waitlist about 4 weeks ago, a lot of others on wineberserkers were raving about it as well...after your review, I may have to bite the bullet and purchase it at current market rates!! LOL, cheers my friend!!

2018 Aperture Red Blend Alexander Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
4/18/2021 - Fractals888 Likes this wine:
93 points
Tobacco, baking spice, oak, capsicum, supple tannins, ripe red fruit; cherries and raspberries. Really nice, can't wait to try their other wines.
  • Fractals888 commented:

    4/19/21, 10:09 AM - @mark, same here! Currently have another Alexander Valley cab that I'm itching to try as well :). Interested in your tasting notes when you do get a chance to open it up. Cheers!!

2019 Myriad Cellars Syrah 100% Whole Cluster Las Madres Vineyard Carneros
2/26/2021 - csimm1161 wrote:
96 points
If Cote Rotie and Cornas conspired to smuggle overseas and genetically modify the essences of a litter of feral vineyard puppies from Carneros whose only diets consisted of olives and flowers, you'd have the Myriad Whole Cluster Las Madres Syrah. The nose is like sticking your face in a blackberry smoothie stuffed with a runaway bride's bouquet of salty tears. On the palate, this thing spits crunchy blackberries and black raspberries, violets, olive tapenade, crispy turkey skin, rainbow peppercorn, and just the right amount of sauvage. Though incredibly young, as overtly exhibited by its current energetic execution of flavor, the focus remains intact. With a decent amount of air, it starts to fill-in and deepen, with the more complex flavors making their marks with enhanced precision. Finishes with verve and tension. This ain't the kind of movie you sleep through folks. A lot going on here and a wine that will likely reach additional heights of complexity and depth in 4+ years. I absolutely love the intensity here.

This 2019 Myriad Whole Cluster Syrah (AKA: The Auguste Clape booger-sugar go-fast juice) was served side-by-side with the 2019 Quivet Las Madres Hulda Block Syrah, which was more medium-bodied and chillax than it's bad boy Myriad cousin.

95-96++ points.
  • Fractals888 commented:

    3/22/21, 7:53 PM - lol, awesome tasting note, my shipment is due to arrive in a couple weeks, and was wondering if there was anyone out here on CT that has tried this.

  • Fractals888 commented:

    3/23/21, 9:32 AM - @csimm, thanks for the rec, will definitely lay them down for at least few years...sounds like an epic bottle though, will be hard to resist! Cheers!

2015 Cirq Pinot Noir TreeHouse Russian River Valley
1/27/2019 - csimm1161 wrote:
92 points
Initial pull was a linear delivery of subdued red raspberry and pumice. With some air, additional notes of red and black cherry, graphite, strawberry cream, and faint bark emerged. Mid-palate remained medium, with a kiddypool depth and a primary, straight-line finish.

Currently, the overall profile here does not display nor support any flavor elongation across the palate. After two+ hours of open air, the red raspberry note dominated, washing over the other peripheral components.

There is potential upside in a couple of years, though I’m unsure of the totality of stuffing making up the would-be core of this wine, at least from the perspective of showing like a top shelf domestic Pinot Noir in the price bracket by which it exists. After you cut through all the circus show “Come one, come all; see the Great Bambini” packaging, I’m left with juice that is less enthralling in its current state. 91-92/93+? points. Try again after 2021.
  • Fractals888 commented:

    8/9/19, 6:07 PM - My sentiments exactly, wonderful review.

2016 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Oakville
5/16/2019 - Cristal2000 Likes this wine:
99 points
Coravin pour. Stunningly gorgeous purple in the glass. Serious and striking nose of blackcurrant, black cherry, blueberries, violets, cigar box, asian spices, cedar and hints of scorched earth. Very powerfully built full bodied wine, but with tremendous elegance and weightlessness - a beast in a velvet robe. Hugely concentrated black and blue fruit ensconced within wonderful fine grained powerful tannins with a huge backbone of structure. Earthy and mineral notions abound inside layers of complexity, finishing ridiculously long and pure. This is a very age worthy and wonderful expression of BTK. Optimum drinking window is nowhere close, so hold it unless you feel like experimenting a little.

On a side note, I find it interesting that this wine which is very critically acclaimed (nearly always 98-100) and from perhaps the most famous site in Napa sits for so long direct from the winery. All the while Tynan's own label sells his cab for $50 more with similar or lesser scores and it not only sells out right away, but gets a huge markup in the aftermarket. Many less cases I realize, but still interesting.
  • Fractals888 commented:

    7/30/19, 12:49 PM - Great insight, I've also found it interesting on why it sits for so long. I posed the same question to someone who worked at the winery, and he said "185 dollars isn't cheap"...I highly doubt his conclusion though... :)

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