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Red
2009 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Botanica Willamette Valley
11/12/2017 - slywka7 Likes this wine:
95 points
Duck Four Ways at The Spread in Norwalk (The Spread in South Norwalk): This was my favorite Pinot Noir on the night. Nose of game, dried cherry, mushroom and soy sauce. This led to flavors of cherry, soy sauce, mushroom and earth. Ends with a 35 second finish. This had some uniqueness to it. Kind of tough to characterize this as either new world or old world. Whatever was, it was working for me.
  • Jhiggy1986 commented:

    5/25/19, 11:36 AM - Did you feel as though the fruit was still vibrant or has the fruit faded considerably? I was considering grabbing a bottle at my local wine store, as they have one left, and I’m a fan of the Botanica.

Red
2016 Becklyn Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
4/11/2019 - Badmonkey wrote:
94 points
Decided to revisit because I'm considering buying more and wanted to see how it would show over two days. However, I didn't get to day two - too darn good on day one. Quite an improvement from around a month ago - the fruit has softened/opened-up some more and the glaring plum profile of the 3 Twins fruit has really subsided. In addition, the dark cherry/currant profile of the McGah/Scarlett fruit appears to be coming around . Dark ruby fruit - blackberry, dark currants, dark cherry, blueberry, and a little plum. Smooth mid-palate with solid depth/concentration and purity of fruit especially for the price point. Vibrant flavors of dark berries and some spice box/baking spices. Fairly long finish. Popped/poured but drank out of a decanter for a couple hours. Not much improvement with time but drinking extremely well right away. 100% cab.
  • Jhiggy1986 commented:

    4/20/19, 8:55 AM - I’m holding my ‘16 right now. A few months ago I opened my bottle of the 15, and was disappointed due to it being extremely “plummy.” It was all I could taste.

    Thanks for the informative note.

  • Jhiggy1986 commented:

    4/20/19, 12:54 PM - Thanks Badmonkey. Yes, I think you’re likely right regarding its phase, at least as it relates to my personal palate. I know others who had a somewhat similar impression , but not to the extent I did. My experience was akin to drinking Welch’s, and I’m not usually affected by a profile in which plums are in the forefront.

    I was thinking of trying the ‘16 this fall, so I’ll report back. Take care!

Red
2017 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Steltzner Vineyard Stags Leap District
3/2/2019 - csimm1161 wrote:
97 points
Myriad 2017 & 2018: The blackest, densest, most mineral-driven in the lineup, the 2017 Steltzner impresses with its rocky, black minerality and deeply pitched black fruit core. A truly awesome example of the site and a remarkable accomplishment for the vintage. An awesomely powerful mid-level drop, with black/purple berry fruit and a wheel-barrel full of black rock and obsidian shards immediately satiating the palate. Finishes black, rocky, crunchy, and gothic. A liquid example of a Victoria Secret coal miner model getting duded-up for the Erotic Exotic Ball (yeah that's right, let that image set in for a few minutes).

The Steltzner is up there in quality with the Elysian, and I might even be underscoring it a little just because I’m trying not to let my palate preference for dark fruit and minerality totally rule my assessment of this wine. 96-97+ points, with upside in the coming years. Once in-bottle, give it a year or two to fully come together. An undeniably prodigious wine!
  • Jhiggy1986 commented:

    3/8/19, 6:46 PM - Hi Csimm, great note as always. Have you had the opportunity to try the inaugural release of Vice Versa’s Steltzner, and if so, how does it compare to the Myriad? Thanks!

  • Jhiggy1986 commented:

    3/9/19, 8:31 AM - Thanks csimm! I added a bottle to my order a few days ago. I figured it’s definitely worth taking the chance on. Always appreciate your feedback!

White
2016 Vice Versa Chardonnay Platt Vineyard Sonoma Coast
5/23/2018 - jeffmudd Likes this wine:
95 points
Had the privilege of a tasting at the home of Vice Versa and how to put it bluntly... complete mind blowing Chardonnay. White Burgandy style wine simply amazing. Was very lucky to corral 3 bottles as a certain group of Cellar Tracker posters are threatening to buy up this meager bottling.
  • Jhiggy1986 commented:

    6/17/18, 6:07 PM - Nice note! What was the price point?

Red
2016 Vice Versa Pinot Noir Platt Vineyard Sonoma Coast
2/8/2018 - csimm1161 wrote:
96 points
3-Day Napa Cab Taste-Off: Vice Versa, B Cellars, Memento Mori, Alpha Omega, Purlieu, Janzen, Realm, Myriad, MACDONALD, Maybach, and more...; 2/7/2018-2/9/2018 (Napa): Previous notes apply. Every time I am able to revisit this Pinot, I come to a greater appreciation for the site and the winemaking craftsmanship behind it. Black cherry, evergreen, underbrush, tobacco leaf, spicebox, and a burt ripe orange rind. A stellar example of a cooler climate Pinot, delivering concentrated fruit flavor wrapped up in a fascinating earthy frame (without being stemmy). 96+ points.

Thanks to Patrice and Samantha for providing these amazing VV Platt wines! My new favorite Pinot!
  • Jhiggy1986 commented:

    5/26/18, 4:40 PM - Csimm, will this and the Chardonnay be future offerings to the mailing list?

Red
2016 Vice Versa Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
4/27/2018 - jimyeni Likes this wine:
96 points
Tasting in Napa during Campovelo cycling; 4/27/2018-4/30/2018 (Napa, CA): Barrel sample. A little powdery on the finish. Lots of fennel and baking spices. The mid palate is slightly smoother than the 2015 a bit richer. This is going to be amazing when it is released.
  • Jhiggy1986 commented:

    5/17/18, 12:30 PM - How do you feel that this holds up for its price point? I’m very intrigued by it and am on their mailing list with an allocation of a few bottles, and was thinking of pulling the trigger. From what I gather, this is a wine each year that is enjoyable young but also built for aging.

  • Jhiggy1986 commented:

    5/18/18, 7:54 AM - Jimyeni, thank you very much for your response!

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