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Red
2006 Quivira Mourvedre Dry Creek Valley
4/30/2010 - beezer6 wrote:
89 points
Taste at Lush West Town.
Nice qualities. Fig, cassis, some dark all spice. Black, green peppercorn and some roasted red peppers.
Rounded out with a bit of anise on the back end the palate shows a little bit of heat at 14.8%, but overall is well balanced.
A unique thought provoking bottling.
  • TJolley commented:

    4/30/10, 11:11 PM - Nice, not a whole lot of Mourvedre's out there from CA. CLine owns most of the plantings.

White
2007 DeSante Sauvignon Blanc Old Vines Napa Valley
4/30/2010 - Racer117 wrote:
92 points
Wow! What a fabulous wine. Hedonistic aromas of grapefruit, honey/honeycomb, vanilla(?), lanonlin soon to be followed by a firm citric/acidic spine supporting prominent minerality. A moderate finish wraps it all up. Excellent. Can't recommend a food pairing as I just about dusted the whole bottle after work before I even got around to dinner. 13.5% abv. Yes, I'm a bit toasted. This review made by someone who drinks a dozen bottles of red juice for every white one.
  • TJolley commented:

    4/30/10, 11:08 PM - Tried this a couple months ago, very big for a sauv blanc, yet very well balanced.

Red
1978 Charles Krug Winery (Peter Mondavi Family) Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Funky, sweaty, cumin.
Palate was the richest and most intense, both in flavor and texture. Better than Martini but nowhere close to Inglenook.
  • TJolley commented:

    4/30/10, 11:06 PM - Very interesting.

Red
2006 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend
Gorgeous and wonderful, of course.
Different than other Montes. Fatter, early.
Mint basil nose.
Awesome.
  • TJolley commented:

    4/30/10, 11:04 PM - Nice, I know where a double vertical of this wine sits.

Red
2005 Pisoni Pinot Noir Estate Santa Lucia Highlands
Man, this is a nice wine with deep fruit and it stays the course and doesn't seem to get phat or sryupy. The dark color portends the wine to come, showing a maroon type color with some purple edges. Big plum, raspberry that sits on a dark core with yet the red fruited cherry acidity to help lift it and carry it. After about 2 hours, as it breathes out and warms from the chill I put on it at the start, it shows the same flavors but also some nice tannin on the finish with cherry acidity and mineral. You know, this wine is still a few years away from being ready and will live for several years after that. My drink window is 2011-2015. Delicious, lively and not heavy at all.
  • TJolley commented:

    4/30/10, 11:04 PM - Pisoni always makes some amazing wine.

Red
2001 Clarendon Hills Syrah Brookman
4/30/2010 - tbone wrote:
Tried to like this but proved to be too much of everything tonight. Even pairing it with a ribeye couldn't tame this beast of a wine.
  • TJolley commented:

    4/30/10, 11:02 PM - So was it just an all out monster?

Red
1994 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga Cuvée Napa Valley
4/14/2010 - jonradus wrote:
90 points
Red licorice, tar, violets, and leather (almost mature barolo-like) jump out of the glass on the nose. The taste continues to show off the red licorice and tar with some refined tannins. The finish is spicy, floral, blood-textured, almost chewy, but thin at the same time. This is a great wine that kind of reminds me of a French Bordeaux/Italian Barolo hybrid. Well-done, and not your typical overdone Napa cab.
  • TJolley commented:

    4/14/10, 3:44 PM - Great review

Red
2008 Giant Steps Pinot Noir Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley
4/14/2010 - Brad B. wrote:
83 points
Bright, red fruity nose with a touch of barnyard. Simple strawberry flavors that are a bit too candy-like for me. I agree with the Hawaiian punch description. Not terrible but I would not buy again.
  • TJolley commented:

    4/14/10, 3:42 PM - Agree

Red
1983 Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
4/14/2010 - Barry Notes wrote:
84 points
A friend bought wines from the mid 80 vintages when first released. Most were either German dessert or CA Cabs. Sadly, 10 years later while out of town, the AC in his apartment went out resulting in temps exceeding 100 degrees for a number of days. He kept them regardless but figured none were any good. A couple years ago, we started opening them. All the old whites were bad but some of the better reds prevailed. Every year, we hold an "Open That Bottle Night" and will try his 83 & 84 Jordans next month. This SL Cab's cork had only 1/4 inch left that was still intact, the remainder was rotten and/or badly stained and soft. The wine was slightly hazy and had some purple showing with brown edges. Althought not really corked, it did have the typical very old wine/old Napa nose. The bottle was certainly still enjoyable but clearly well over the hill, pretty much as expected. Even so, it was lots of fun drinking it even if not in very good condition. We hope for better luck with the Jordans, notes to follow.
  • TJolley commented:

    4/14/10, 3:39 PM - You never know what to expect on those old bottles, great story.

Red
2001 Arcadian Syrah Robert O. Fleming Cuvée Garys' Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands
4/12/2010 - Anonymous wrote:
really drinking nice right now
  • TJolley commented:

    4/12/10, 2:28 PM - Gary's vineyard fruit seems to always be great.

Red
2008 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Stump Jump McLaren Vale
3/27/2010 - TJolley Does not like this wine:
80 points
***IMPORTANT NOTICE***PLEASE READ***
The first shipment of the Stump jump that I received was exceptional, you can see in my previous notes. I just received another shipment, the bottle now has a 90 point WS sticker on it.

I hate to be the one to call out this wine, but it is in no way the same wine that received the 90 WS rating.

The first shipment needed nearly 3 hours to open up, the new shipment is pop and pour and lacks in complexity.
We tried the first shipment side by side with the new, and it is in NO WAY the same wine what so ever. I still do not understand how something like this could be legal.

Here are my tasting notes on the juice that is currently bottled with a\the 2008 stump jump label with the 90 point sticker on it on it.

Upon opening:
Aromas of herbs asparagus, and raspberry fruit. Rich and mouth filling, the essence of fruit. very flavorless on the palate. No minerality is experianced on the finish with this one what so ever.
Where WS brags about this wines Minerality
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Here is my brief tasting note I posted when this vintage first came in: Without the 90PT WS sticker on it.
Upon opening this bottle smells like a vitamin and mineral jar. I cannot stress enough that this wine must sit open in a decanter for at least 2.5 hours before the vitamin aromas, and flavor masking, chalky tannins dissipate.
At around 3 hours after opening, this Shiraz drinks like a $30+ shiraz.
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I couldn't figure out how this wine was getting such poor ratings on CT, and now I know why, and feel sorry for those who purchased this expecting something great and never had the opportunity to try the original Stump Jump which received the actual 90 Point rating.

I have tried 7 bottles of the first shipment, and now 5 of the new in the last 8 weeks
This discovery will be a tremendous outrage to the wine community.

---->I have also confirmed from one of my resources that my discovery IS a fact.<----
Here is what you will see in the future:
Soon you will see the 2008 Stump Jump with White screw caps rather than the red screw caps originally on it, at this point this will be the 3rd different wine bottled under the 2008 Stump Jump Label.
  • TJolley commented:

    4/12/10, 11:51 AM - Agree with Dave, since there are 3 separate versions of this wine, maybe we should some how create 3 different places to review.

    As I stated in my original notes, I have just seen the white screw cap version of the Stump Jump go into circulation. I will grab a bottle shortly and write a 3rd review on the 3rd bottling under this label. From what I have been told, the 3rd bottling of the Stump Jump (with white screw cap) is what was supposed to be the 2008 Footbolt.

    This is disturbing to me, I deal with wine on a daily basis and am always trying to further my wine knowledge and education to gain higher levels of expertise. If this starts through many producers when are they going to start using false vintages as well. Which raises another question, is the 2nd bottling even McLaren Vale fruit. If one day, I’m going for Master Sommelier these obstacles will interfere with my learning process. I guess at least I’ve already started jumping over these obstacles.

Red
2006 John Duval Wines Plexus Barossa Valley Red Rhone Blend
3/27/2010 - eporres wrote:
90 points
Decanted 3+ hours; berries still a bit too thick this young, chocolaty licorice combo as typically found in GSM combos, good nose, better QPR. Needs more time to mellow.
  • TJolley commented:

    4/3/10, 4:17 PM - Agree, needs more time, takes quite a while to open up, if you drink it upon opening, its has very chalky flavor masking tannins.

Red
2007 Cameron Hughes Campo de Borja Lot 98 Grenache Blend, Grenache
3/29/2010 - jdabrowski1027 wrote:
84 points
Thin and light. A good amount of dusty cherry plus some juicebox strawberry flavor. Some spice, but not what I would call delicious. Better with food.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/29/10, 1:17 PM - Pretty much all of the Cameron Hughes line that I have tried seems to be overly americanized.

Red
2006 Dominus Napanook Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
3/26/2010 - cgrimes wrote:
90 points
Similar to my previous note. This has put on a bit of weight with better balance. Great wine. Paired well with lamb loin chops grilled in the fireplace.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/29/10, 1:15 PM - Tried this one a little over a month ago, nice elegant wine.

Red
2006 Hahn Cabernet Franc Central Coast
3/22/2010 - daveste wrote:
85 points
Nice middle weight red wine, but generic fruit -- If had not known it was Cab Franc I would have had a hard time guessing. Maybe overly blended? Soft tannin, fair acid, not a long keeper.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/29/10, 1:13 PM - If I recall I gave this 87pt. about an hour and a half in a decanter really enhances this one. Lots of tart cranberry and vanilla essence.

    For the price this Cab Franc. is very well worth the money compared to all the others I have had. Pretty much every other cab franc I've had in this price range is junk.

Red
2007 Melka Cabernet Sauvignon CJ Napa Valley
3/27/2010 - wineismylife wrote:
91 points
Saturdays at One - Volume 15: WIML91

Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of thistle, licorice, black berries, plums and light notes of currants. Flavors of currants, plums, black berries and black cherries. Medium acidity, medium to firm tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink now with air or continue to hold into the medium term.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/29/10, 1:04 PM - Melka wines seem to always be very consistent.

Red
2005 Hartford / Hartford Court Pinot Noir Land's Edge Vineyards Sonoma Coast
3/14/2010 - Anonymous wrote:
95 points
Stellar California Pinot as usual. I just can't stay away from this wine! Both bottles were spot on and drinking extremely well.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/21/10, 7:36 PM - Nice, I have several bottles left, I need to drink one.

Red
2001 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah
3/19/2010 - GoCubsGo wrote:
94 points
Decanted for 2 hours. Very deep purple in the glass. Rich and big, I was hoping for just a little something (not sure what!) more in terms of complexity, but very enjoyable nonetheless.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/21/10, 7:33 PM - Its always possible the bottle could have been slightly off, I had one over 2 years ago, you could smell the wine in the decanter in the kitchen all the way in the living room. Talk about room filling aroma.

Red
2007 Carlisle Syrah Cardiac Hill Bennett Valley
3/20/2010 - Grape Stuff wrote:
92 points
Screwcap. 60-120 minute decant. Drank over an hour after a 60 minute decant. Great nose of dark berry fruit, dark cocoa and a spicy, meaty note. A sensually well balanced wine, with extremely pure, crisp fruit, great acid balance, good tannins (which still need a little time) and good length. Dark (yet fresh/crisp) berry notes on the attack, with a very subtle creamy licorice, spice, fruit-leather on the mid-palate to finish. Saved half bottle for tomorrow and will post an update...will probably wait at least a year to open my next. 92+ (definitely see this score improving over the next 2-6 years)
  • TJolley commented:

    3/21/10, 9:20 AM - I had 6 of these, all had a cork; Did they release these in screwcaps also?

    A side note, if you get a chance to consume another one soon, try letting it breathe far in advance, at least 6 hours, this will release a lot more of what this wine has to offer.

Red
1998 Château Simard St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend
3/19/2010 - nschmidt wrote:
87 points
Drank with Adrianne at Market. Nice medium weight. Tasted sort of like a muted California cab.Nothing offensive. Nice and enjoyable but not a repeat buy.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/19/10, 10:13 PM - Had this a couple weeks ago, seemed to dsplay much more fruit than expected.

Red
2006 Torbreck (Cuvée) Juveniles Barossa Valley Red Rhone Blend
3/17/2010 - viadomitia wrote:
75 points
feels like somebody added sugar to this. not for my palate. some people might like it, not me.
I gave an original score of 82 but downgraded after trying it on days 2 and 3. This was simply sub par and totally off for my palate!!
  • TJolley commented:

    3/17/10, 10:44 PM - I have some bottles of this vintage left, I need to try it again.
    The last time I had it, it seemed thin and rather old world style. It wasn't bad but not what I expected from Torbreck.

Red
2007 Famille Perrin / Perrin & Fils Côtes du Rhône Villages Red Rhone Blend
3/17/2010 - winolee wrote:
87 points
Unexciting. Fair table wine for the price. A little characteristic garrigue, otherwise one dimensional.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/17/10, 10:42 PM - thought the same thing upon opening, this wine does take an extended amount of breathing time to show its full character. 6 hours seemed to be where all the flavors started to jump out.

White
2008 J Vineyards & Winery Pinot Gris Russian River Valley
3/14/2010 - kaarti wrote:
83 points
too sweet for our taste
  • TJolley commented:

    3/17/10, 10:39 PM - The Au Bon Climat Pinot Gris/ Pinot Blanc blend has a much drier profile, with a very nice oaked finish giving it more character. It seems to have more style than most Pinot Gris.
    Might be worth a try.

Red
2007 Waterbrook Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Columbia Valley
3/17/2010 - pbard Likes this wine:
91 points
Rich dark fruit on the nose and the palette, opening through the mid palette and sustained in a long finish. Fair bit of oak but in line with what I enjoy. Acidity is adequate but not overdone, and the tannins well integrated. A very pretty wine.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/17/10, 10:32 PM - I still have not tried this vintage, thanks for the great review.

Red
1982 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve Napa Valley
1/27/2008 - Dave Smigielski wrote:
94 points
This wine still has plenty of legs left in it. We started the night with an 86 Viex Telegraph CDP then we opened this bad boy. Wow so much fruit and still a few tannins. This is what I wish I could drink everyday.

The bottle was opened and allowed to breathe for about 2 hours before we poured it into a magnum decanter. Then the fireworks started.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/15/10, 12:11 AM - I tried this vintage about 2 months ago, this was the year I was born and for some reason never recorded it. It was tasted next to a 78 that had lost its finesse. I do distinctly remember this wine still showing a fruit driven character, and an amazing flavor profile. The wine held up so well it was hard to believe it was 28 years old.

Red
2005 Layer Cake Shiraz South Australia
7/26/2009 - Dave Smigielski wrote:
88 points
The 05 seems to be getting a little cloying. still the grape nehi but the brightness has faded.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/15/10, 12:04 AM - Back in 07, I first tried this wine next to the 05 Desert Eagle. Both were very good but the Desert Eagle seemed to have more structure than the 05 layer cake. It would be nice to try it again now.

Red
2005 Viader Cabernet Franc Dare Napa Valley
12/25/2009 - Dave Smigielski wrote:
92 points
We drank this young, with Christmas dinner of prime rib, gourmet mac & Cheese and brussel sprouts w/ pancetta. Lovely dinner. Wine was decanted for about an hour in magnum decanter and sang to us all through dinner into dessert. wish I remembered more details.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/15/10, 12:00 AM - I have got to grab a bottle of this; reasonably priced cab franc (worth drinking) is not an easy find. If you know of any others let me know.

Red
2008 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Stump Jump McLaren Vale
3/14/2010 - jfinke wrote:
80 points
Fruity smell, but not crazy about the taste. Not sure I get the hype. Maybe I got a bad bottle. For $10, I will retry in the future.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/14/10, 9:31 PM - Hey, I don't think you had a bad bottle, this one just needs to sit open for about 3 hours before consumption and its great.

Red
2008 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Stump Jump McLaren Vale
3/14/2010 - CabIsKing wrote:
90 points
Same notes.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/14/10, 9:25 PM - This is one of the best Shiraz values i've seen for the 2008 Vintage.

Red - Fortified
N.V. Trevor Jones Jonesy Rare Aged Port Barossa Valley Port Blend
3/10/2010 - TJolley Likes this wine:
92 points
No detailed notes but a quick summery.
What an excellant value. Root Beer brown in color, raisin aromas, on the palate rich mollasis charactor, alcohol contnet not dectable until after the port has been swallowed.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/14/10, 9:16 PM - Paired this wine with creme brulee at a wine dinner. This pairing is perfect with this wine.

Red
2008 Novy Family Wines Syrah Garys' Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands
An early preview, as this is a barreled up final blend for the wine, as it readies to be bottled soon. Was pulled from barrel on Thursday, arrived on Friday and drank today, which is Sunday. It's had about 2 hours of air and we'll finish it by dinner, which is shortly: pasta with red sauce, chicken sausage and sund dried tomato. The nose shows a sweet incense, a lavender note, too. The wine shows a black raspberry and juicier core, although it's not thin in weight but medium to medium +. There is the requisite bbq notes, a creamy edge to the red and black fruit, licorice and a zesty acidity, much like the 2008 Novy Susan's Hill that I finished a similar sample of on Friday. This one seems wired the same way, and it appears that Adam got the acidity to speak more on both these wines, which livens up the finish. As the wine closes, the zing of the acid and the red fruit and a bit of char carry it along. More zesty and pointed than the 2008 Lucia Garys', too. Very nice and will favor both food pairings and drinking solo, too. Well done.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/14/10, 7:12 PM - This sounds very tasty, I am definetly a fan of the 07 Susan's hill and Gary's vineyard Novy. I find the Susan's Hill to offer a more unique flavor profile in both the Novy, and Lucia.
    Great preview! can't wait for them to come out.

Red
2007 Hahn Meritage Central Coast Red Bordeaux Blend
3/14/2010 - Dormouse99 wrote:
89 points
Good fruit. Medium body. Softer tannins. Excellent QPR.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/14/10, 7:06 PM - The aromas on this vintage are spectacular, lots of clove and spices.

White
2008 Loosen Bros. Riesling Dr. L Mosel Saar Ruwer
3/14/2010 - CWilliam wrote:
89 points
Great Wine. 89+
  • TJolley commented:

    3/14/10, 6:53 PM - Dr. L makes some great wines, I tried a 2002 library wine from them and it was fantastic!

Red
2007 Ampelos Dornfelder Epsilon Huber Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills
3/13/2010 - ListenToMeWine wrote:
87 points
Interesting offering. A very dark, dense purple in the glass. Deep and brooding on the nose, with violets and a flint like blue fruit. Was very tight upon opening but only took about 20 minutes to strut it's stuff. Opened nicely revealing more violets and deep blue fruit, very smooth and round on the palate. Similar to a Negrette I have had in the past, without the biting tannins.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/14/10, 10:58 AM - This sounds like a very good dornfelder. They seem to be hit and miss a lot of times, but i'm sure that has to do with whats available to me.

Red
2004 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
3/14/2010 - bluevespa wrote:
92 points
This cab blend is a fruit bomb, that is drinking nicely now. more syrah then cab, but fun to drink.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/14/10, 10:55 AM - We had this vintage next to a Ghost block single vineyard a few months ago, it did drink very well.

Red
1996 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
3/13/2010 - wineboat wrote:
Probably not fair to say anything about this bottle, certainly not to rate. Decanted and it was cloudy and not good from the get-go. A major disappointment that something had gone very wrong here. I had read the reviews below and was anticipating an experience like the best reviews reported. Just goes to show you there can be a problem no matter what the price - fortunately I received it as a gift.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/14/10, 8:45 AM - Man that sucks! There is always that chance, big bottles like this can definitely be a gamble.

Red
1998 Penfolds Shiraz St. Henri South Australia
3/13/2010 - UrbanRed wrote:
flawed
Lite lätt korkskadad enligt uppgift
  • TJolley commented:

    3/13/10, 9:32 AM - I had this vintage a couple years ago, it took nearly 6 hours of breathing time before it opened up.

Red
1934 Joseph Drouhin Romanée St. Vivant Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir
3/10/2010 - jamiekutch wrote:
Sourced from the Vanderbilt’s in NY. Stunning aromatics which lit up the room. Lively, ripe and sweet. Simply beautiful in every sense. Honestly, this was one of the greatest wines I have put across my palate. This shined for the good 40 minutes it lasted in my glass before my last sip.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/10/10, 7:11 PM - Tasting a 76 year old wine that held up as good as you describe had to be quite an experience!

Red
2008 Dain Wines Pinot Noir Savage Juliet Anderson Valley
3/10/2010 - rmodak wrote:
89 points
This wine certainly improved on the second day. A leaness, with herb and iron notes, was more predominant the first day, then fleshed out nicely on the second day. Drinks more French than Cali, espeically with the herbal tones.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/10/10, 7:07 PM - David Dain makes some killer Pinot's, he is assisting a lot of people through Crushpad making some amazing wines.

Red
2005 Hundred Acre Vineyard Shiraz Summer's Block Ancient Way Barossa Valley
3/10/2010 - nvandyk wrote:
96 points
Another wonderful bottle of this wine that seems to pick up complexity which only barely sacrificing the prominence of the fruit -- it still has oodles of the latter. There was something truly transcendent about that firs t bottle, as the two I have had since have been merely spectacular rather than mind-boggling. But this is a remarkable Shiraz from a remarkable winemaker.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/10/10, 7:02 PM - Can't wait to try one of these!

Red
2007 The Seventy Five Wine Company The Sum California Red Blend
3/10/2010 - chrismez wrote:
90 points
Picked up 6 of these from my wine guy in the Bay Area. At $16 a bottle delivered seemed like a good deal to me. Arrived today and couldn't wait, popped and poured immediately. Very dark in the glass and seemed a little closed at first. Not a big suprise though, due to my impatience. 07 Maybach arrived as well today, but won't be drinking that one any time soon....Anyways, after about 20 minutes it opened up very nicely and my wife and I enjoyed it. Fruit bomb, but thats my kind of wine. For $16 a bottle, will definately get more. Think I'll finish the night with a H Upmann Corona Major from a Oct/08 box...
  • TJolley commented:

    3/10/10, 6:58 PM - Love this wine, I paired it with a chocolate mouse cake, and the pairing was astonishing.

Red
2009 Maipe Malbec Lujan de Cuyo
3/10/2010 - eldiabloazul wrote:
86 points
Funky nose when opened -- Maybe that blasted rubber "cork" -- Decanted for 3 hours. Paired will Korean bbq skirt steak. Nice acidity cuts the fatty beef. Big dark fruit. Pleasant sweet nose. Chewy tannins. Hint of oak. Solid...would buy again. Gets better apre dinner with even more air in the glass. Air it out!
  • TJolley commented:

    3/10/10, 6:52 PM - Agreed on the rubber cork issue, would rather have screw caps.
    I really enjoyed the 07 and 08 vintage of this wine, 08 being much better. (Except for a large shipment of magnums that came in and were all corked)

Red
2003 Kamen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Valley
Dense, opaque and viscous...unmistakable California Cab with spiced currant, black cherry, ancho pepper and tomato leaf, chocolate box and light cedar notes on the nose. On the palate the wine is smoother than expected with chalky tannins, decent acidity and surprisingly balanced alcohol. The palate follows the nose but tastes riper with voluptuous black fruit charged with baking spice and a light graphite mid-palate through to a rich but moderate finish. Enjoyable.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/10/10, 6:48 PM - Nice! I have the 05, but have not tried it, I did try the 06, and the aroma was fantastic, but totally under-delivered on the palate. I'm guessing it was bottle shocked because I did try it the day it come in.

Red
1982 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
3/8/2010 - theprofessor wrote:
95 points
Cork was perfect, no seepage. Surprisingly there was no brown on the edges. Really started to open up after ~ 2 hours. Still chewy - classic Howell Mountain cab.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/10/10, 6:44 PM - Very impressive!

Red
2007 Chris Ringland Shiraz CR Barossa Valley
3/10/2010 - flwinos wrote:
88 points
Popped and poured. Initially, on the nose all I got was vanilla and on the palate, it was very heavy on the oak. I almost feel like it was like licking the barrel directly. However, we opened it knowing it was an Australian Shiraz, made by Chris Ringland - so we expected this.

After about an hour and a half of air time, on the nose I get some floral notes, creme de cassis, vanilla, and maybe a touch of smoke. On the palate, cranberry, bing cherry vanilla, and with a nice finish. Certainly, the oak subsides a bit, although it is still present throughout the nose, and palate. What else would you expect from an Australian Shiraz though. At $17, I would buy another bottle of this.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/10/10, 6:41 PM - A very great wine! It has a lot to offer for the money.

White
2001 Sine Qua Non Albino Central Coast White Rhone Blend
3/9/2010 - AJG wrote:
94 points
Showing well, though I doubt that it will improve more at this point. So, you might as well drink up. Otherwise, it is as rich, complex, and oily as ever. The viognier shows clearly on the nose. It went very well with seafood.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/10/10, 1:33 PM - Nice, can't wait till the day I try any Sine Qua Non product!

White - Sweet/Dessert
1945 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Le Haut-Lieu Chenin Blanc
3/9/2010 - AlexGarner wrote:
99 points
Domaine Huët Masterclass with Benjamin Joliveau (Prince Wine Store - Bank Street): Tasted at a Domaine Huët masterclass in Melbourne with Benjamin Joliveau. While the current stocks of this wine for sale by the Domain were all mostly re-corked and topped up (with the 1945 I might add) in 2005, the bottle we had was re-corked and topped up about 10 - 15 years ago. The cork was wet through two thirds and dry on the top third and was in good condition.

The colour is amazing for a 65 year old wine. Not only was it a deep gold, but it even still had green tinges at the edge.

The nose opened up quite quickly with a sublime melted butter dancing around delicate musky floral notes. Every type of citrus under the sun was present, with tangerine taking front row. Candle wax and soft peaches were right behind the citrus acid and were not taking a back seat.

The mouthfeel was immense - fresh lively peaches with a crisp citrus acidity and a lingering buttery, almost petroleum ending. The concentrated, oily and waxy mouthfeel, bordering on a fatty texture left a coating on the lips that could still be felt long after the last mouthful.

The first 10 minutes were spectacular - the colour and the acid made me wonder exactly how long this thing could be kept for. It almost feels like we are at the halfway mark, with another 65 years to go, but after 15 to 20 minutes, the wine started to dry and the palette became metallic, the crisp notes and acid falling away. We were lucky to get such a great bottle in such amazing condition and I would say that this should be drunk now if you have any. Bottles are now fetching up to AU$2,500 so I don't know how I'm going to see this one again.

Incredible.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/9/10, 8:30 AM - Very Impressive!

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2005 Torbreck Shiraz The Struie Barossa Valley
3/9/2010 - Praxis wrote:
87 points
This medium-bodied shiraz has a very dark purple color with a sweet nose of flowers and candied fruit. In some regards, this wine seems to be quite restrained with some degree of complexity characterized by savory fruit, floral freshness, earthy minerals and exotic spices with a very light touch of oak. However, this wine also contains way too much alcohol for its size and frame. As a consequence the finish tastes rather weak and diluted as the flavorful components inevitably gives way to the excessive residual alcohol after a few seconds in the mouth.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/9/10, 8:23 AM - How long did you let it open up for? I've noticed these Torbrecks can sometimes take a very long time to open up and unleash what they have to offer.

Red
2003 Bodegas Salentein Pinot Noir Valle de Uco
3/8/2010 - Zinister wrote:
88 points
Don't have notes on this, but I do recall we were pleasently surprised by the flavor. Not as earthy as some Pinot...but good flavors as I recall.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/8/10, 6:31 PM - I have quite a few 02 and 03 Salentein Cabs and syrahs, they seem to be holding up well also.

Red
2005 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlo's Ranch Russian River Valley
3/8/2010 - Screameagle wrote:
93 points
Another great bottle. So good it has to be at it's prime that's for sure. Carlisle for me is making the best zins available today. Count me as a huge fan as I have been since the first commercial vintage the '98.
  • TJolley commented:

    3/8/10, 6:19 PM - My first allocation was the 2007 Carlisle Zinfandel Papera Ranch. The way these Zins are built sure makes it hard to look at other Zins the same.

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