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2004 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection Napa Valley
12/5/2019 - wren460 Likes this wine:
95 points
Absolutely stunning !!!! It is NOT past its peak and I really think it is at the best place it will ever be at. Fruit is still there and alcohol has subsided a lot. The integration of fruit and tanins is beatiful and I dont think it will improve more but neither I think you have to drink this beauty right away. It is my guestimate that this wine still has 5 more years ahead of it although I think it will not improve as it is now. Caymus is all about fruit, it is not a Bordeaux and you do not buy a fruity wine to lose its fruit....sooooo.....open those bottles if you have at your cellar and drink up and enjoy.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    12/5/19, 8:33 PM - Thank you, thank you, thank you... The real bonus of being in the CellarTracker family. Having someone "in the know" tell you one of your 15 year old gems is still a delight!!! We believe we've been there for others, it's nice to see the "Year We Got Engaged" Caymus SS bottle is still in great shape!!!

    Maybe this July, 16 years later, we'll crack ours!!!

    Noroc!

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2016 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
12/1/2019 - bwillia Likes this wine:
95 points
I love this wine but it is in need of some maturing in the cellar. But what great potential! The acidity and tannins give it great structure. The color is inky dark. The nose and palate are slightly muted so far but very promising.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    12/1/19, 6:31 PM - BWilla, thanks for the Tasting Note! Keep em coming!... We see your top reviews were on decade old vins. That's how we look at Bin 389. It doesn't even enter its drinking window before a decade in the racks. "Maturing in the cellar" as you say, indeed.

    Story time, if you care... We have a restaurant nearby us, we enjoy walking to, which used to sell Bin 389 for $50, which was an unbelievable price retail- let alone at a restaurant. We would go in and order 389. We would always bring one of our own from years in our racks... The waiter would present a current vintage, maybe a 2012 or '13 and we would take out of our bag, one of our 2004s or an '05 to open. Then we'd bring home the youngling and put it in the cellar.

    Wonderful w red pasta, our fav!!!

    The restaurateur ran out of the batch, ordered again, and raised the price to $110 a bottle...

    Oh what fun while it lasted!!!

    Noroc!

Red
2012 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
11/28/2019 - schnurbie wrote:
91 points
I am a big fan of Heitz Cellars. This is yet another great wine. Happy Thanksgiving.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    11/28/19, 4:44 PM - Agreed. And Heitz is a flat-out fabulous Thanksgiving pairing, not too heavy and tasty as they come.

    Happy Holidays to you!

Red
2006 Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
11/16/2019 - Bin707LoversDetroit Likes this wine:
89 points
Our 100th Tasting Note. Ensures 100+ naps for CT readers!!!

A really nice surprise buried in our cellar. 2006, this bottle's been simmering in our racks for... who knows how long.?. Not us... At first sip, thought "past its prime" but after a bit in the decanter, hmmm.. Not bad. Coming together... Getting better and better...

The bouquet offered a held-back fruit, black & blue berries, the vanilla from the oak punches through in a smooth, inviting way, nearly buttery. Its richness grows... We should have decanted for 2+ hours before drinking, it may have made the 90s. The way it is, it's a great high B effort and wish we had more. The tannins had smoothed, no harsh bite, everything integrated, but no sophistication, no complexity to speak of, and the finish is OK+. Leaves a nice flavor well after it's swallowed.

It seems to have a backbone to hold up for more years in the racks. For those 184 bottles CT shows in user racks, know it still has life.

Glad we had it.

Enjoy.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    11/22/19, 7:16 PM - Ahhh, thank you the kind comments, Killer Jones! We'll keep on keepin-on whether they're read or not, but cool to think someone does spend a minute with our tropes. A while back you wrote of the "typical Napa generosity" of some particular Cali vin, we loved that comment. Great that you even get those Cali's Up North. Thanks for keeping all of us informed and entertained as well! While we're at it, you see our 12 April 2018 ramble on Odd Lot.?. Tried to convey our appreciation for the vin. Take good care, sir.

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2016 Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert California Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
6/26/2018 - Winedog1 Likes this wine:
96 points
Really dark color. Smelled like raw beef and brine. Apparently 56% Zinfandel, 34% Petite Sirah, and 10% Syrah. Comparable to a very high-end Turley, but not as sweet. Hint of vanilla on the finish.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    9/11/18, 11:45 AM - Good day Winedog1, we have a question about this Orin Swift beverage.

    The gift pack 8 bottle set with book and box runs about $1,000 and one of our local stores has one and told us they'll sell it for $950. OK. But, recently we found out Orin Swift is releasing individual bottles of "8 years in the Desert" next month (2017s?) , and at around $46 a piece...

    We were told by one of our local retailers that it is NOT the same wine and that the gift boxes are just one year- 2016- and that particular blend will not be made again (presumably to hold the boxed set value and not aggravate those who invested that grand).

    Our concern, of course, is spending that kind of money and a decade later having the gift set hold its value or increase; and so we are asking, have you heard of such thing?

    Did you purchase the gift set or just have the luxury of trying a bottle?

    Asking in the sense of- have you heard of any of this?

    Thanks.

  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    9/11/18, 11:56 AM - NICE FRIEND! WE WANT FRIENDS LIKE THAT!!! But that is a bit telling, that you tried it and would consider dropping a grand on eight... You really did love it... 96 pts worth!

  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    9/11/18, 6:14 PM - WineDog1, we learned this... Complements to CT User THaas:

    THaas says:
    9/11/2018 12:26:00 PM - In response to your question about 8 Years in the Desert:

    I was fortunate enough to be given a bottle of the 2016 from one of the gift boxes, so I only had the one bottle (label 5, for what it's worth). The 2017 production is going to be much, much higher (2600 8-packs of the 2016 were made, or just a hair over 1733 normal cases, while the projected production for 2017 is 50,000 cases).

    The blend will be somewhat different, and obviously the sourcing will be broader in 2017 than 2016, and that plus not being totally rare will tend to lower prices; whether $50 a bottle makes more sense than $125 is up to you (personally, I found the price point and sales structure of the 2017 to be a bit off-putting).

    I did get to try the 2017 in pre-release, and found it to be actually *more* drinkable than the 2016 (seemed like the alcohol was lower and better integrated). Would I pay $950 for 8 bottles of the 2016, versus $600 for 12 bottles of the 2017? Personally, probably not.

  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    10/11/18, 5:10 PM - HowellTime, thanks for the comment, we are still fretting over whether to purchase the 8 pack and try it when our elementary-school-age boys turn 21...

    Here is the - what appears to be one source over many pages- info I have read...

    Critical Acclaim
    RP 94
    Robert Parker's
    Wine Advocate
    Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Zinfandel Blend Eight Years (a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Syrah) comes bounding out of the glass with notes of raspberry pie, blackberry preserves and fruitcake with touches of hoisin and Chinese five spice plus and waft of underbrush. Full-bodied, rich and spicy in the mouth, it packs in the black fruit preserves, framed by chewy tannins and finishing on a savory note. 2,600 cases were made.
    Rating: 94+

    https://www.wine.com/product/orin-swift-cellars-8-years-in-the-desert-8-bottle-set-2016/427685

    https://www.klwines.com/p/i?i=1352779

    https://www.grapetray.com/products/13089826/orin-swift-8-years-in-desert-2016

    Let us know when we can come over and try a bottle! We'll bring a nice one too!!! We could use another wine road trip!!!! ; )~

  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    10/11/18, 6:50 PM - Thanks for all the great thoughts and words, folks. We love this community.

    Presently we have a Penfolds Bin 389 from each of their birth years put away (and we LOVE Bin 389- NO idea if they will when they're 21), but we'll see if that holds out for 21 years. We know our cellar is good for it, as we have enjoyed 1992s, 1999s and many 2001s & on, from so many years in our storage so far.

    Noroc to you all!

  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    10/16/18, 7:25 AM - Well thank you for the kind words, Vinomazing, tell us where you are and next time we travel that way we'll endeavor to bring a bottle (or three) and meet & share & enjoy!!!

    We love this CT stuff, it's almost like being on a cruise ship and dining at a large table with great strangers. Everyone is in a good mood because they're on a cruise and the stories & travel and wine-flow are fantastic! We once enjoyed an Opus One on a line, and the bottle was only $160...
    Opus One on a cruise ship for less than retail!!! We should have gotten three!!!

    Here on CT, we're all dissecting silly vins. Just as dynamic and engaging, and everyone should be in a good mood doing it too! We always are!

    WineDog1, did you ever think your five sentences would turn into a months-long convo? Great stuff! Thanks to all for posting!

    Noroc!

  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    10/26/18, 5:45 PM - Thanks Vinomazing, for that vendor information. My local shop still has the 8 pack and I am still on the fence.

    Take care!

  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    10/26/18, 7:14 PM - Thanks so much, I am sick in bed tonight, but would like to do that another time.

  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    11/7/19, 11:21 AM - Well... For good or bad... I found a 2016 gift box and pulled the trigger... Last night I even read Phinney's "poetry" book - story book... he incuded in the set... Read it in one sitting. Glad for him that he makes wine... He's no Don Winslow.

    Anyway, I think I really liked the "expiration of the non-compete" story, because I draft a lot of those non compete agreements as an attorney... and then D.P. talks about the sweat, tears and blood that he put into this 1st time back to Zin vintage...

    Also my retailer got me a photograph with him and the winemaker and this box, so that is pretty cool too...

    In 5 or more years we'll crack the 1st one and see what it's turned into...

    Loving that it's ALREADY 93 pointer- still in its youth!

    Oh, and I guess I was feeling a little flush, because along with this set, I bought the Adobe Road Grand Prix Racing Series four bottle set as well... Love being a Detroit Car Guy!!!

    Noroc!!!

Red
1999 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Napa Valley
7/11/2019 - BostonSteve wrote:
97 points
Never had a Chappellett Pritchard Hill before. Bought a six pack at Zachys auction. Was a little leery due to 20 years of age. Because of that I got a great deal so I risked it and took the plunge. I won this gamble. One of the best bottles I’ve had all year. Fruit starting to fade a bit but still a nose of dark berries and mocha. Silky smoothed tannins. Prevalent leather, forest floor and lead on the palate. Nothing short of spectacular. You don’t see much of this around anymore for obvious reasons but if I can find a few more I’ll grab them after trying this. Still has life.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    10/22/19, 7:33 PM - Love the Note, thanks. Interesting that prox 60% of CT holders of this vintage of this delicious juice, still have the bottle IN their cellar...

    We have one, and will to a special occasion in the next year or two for it!

    Noroc!

Red
2012 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
10/13/2019 - kfrench150 Likes this wine:
94 points
Pop and pour. Super dark and deep and rich maroon. Coats the glass when swirled. Nose is almost jammy but not quite. Black raspberry, black currant, kirsch, eucalyptus and iodine. Wow! Very full bodied. First taste is all about the Shiraz. Big, black and bold fruit flavours. Very ripe and in your face. Then comes the Cab with black currant and a bit of acidity to cut through the richness. Mouth coating richness. Very hedonistic! Long lingering finish that still has a tannic bite and comes across as dry. Full on Aussie fruit bomb that is delicious on it's own as a sipper, but would be hard to pair with anything but hunks of BBQ meat.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    10/14/19, 8:25 AM - KFrench150, great note, thanks! We LOVE 389 with rich red-sauce pasta dishes too! Some crushed red peppers in there and this is one of THE best combinations we've enjoyed in the wine world.

    If you haven't yet, try Stags Leap Artemis with your steak... Wow!

    Noroc!

  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    10/15/19, 9:25 PM - Y'all talking about Elderton Command, we know nothing of it, another can't wait to try, now... THANKS!

    As far as these BBQ & steak and meat comments, we truly do love the SL Artemis as mentioned, but as far as Penfolds, here's a comment from one of our RWT reviews...

    "...RWT offered a more smoky, dusty, grainy opening than others... As we read more CT notes regarding the nose: (“…not the fruit kind…” “spicy, herbal notes…” “smoked meat in the nose” “leather with minerality” “tobacco, cigar, wet earth”...)..."

    That sounds like a helluva balance to a strong beef cut to us!

    Enjoy, good people!

    But Bin 389 to us is more buttery, silky, smoother than RWT... That's why we LOVE 389 with pesto, toasted baguette, red-sauce pasta and a hint of Italian spice.

    Just Glorious!

    Are either of you John Duval fans? We love his Entity and Plexus. We just grabbed a Mollydooker 2007 Velvet Glove for the cellar too. We enjoy its Boxer.

    Noroc!!! Viaţă este bun.

    (Beef.?. We just watched the trailer for the new film Game Changers...) Hmmm...

Red
2010 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
Well CT readers of our reviews (the few of you that can handle our short books on each bottle) here it is, our Bin 389 review. After mentioning this King of Juice in numerous other Notes & Reviews, we finally get around to setting this one out on its own...

Drank after a two hour aeration, which allows one to take in its gorgeous whiff from half a room away, this big buttery red offers structure, richness, depth, complexity to describe it differently from the first sip to the last. Dry & still tight, it has girth, body; rack-able for another 10+ years. Muscular in its density, there's a lot to chew on here. Yet it is immediately approachable. A touch of dark chocolate on the finish. Big and delicious! You’ll be pleased with Bin 389 as a vin, BUT… pick up a better vintage! - maybe it was just this bottle.?.

We have been enjoying Bin 389 for decades, and each bottle, in general, became more legendary, more representative of what we LOVE in Aussie blends. Bigger. More story-worthy.

Until this one.

Maybe this is the only 2010 we have ever had. Maybe we do not know how this bottle was stored for 4 years before we brought it home.

Maybe 2010 was just not Penfolds’ best 389 year.?. We have not done the research.

Our score reflects what we think of this bottle after drinking it, not of this vin, enjoyed since 2001. It only reflects what we thought of this OK bottle.

But Bin 389 is such a pertineer perfect wine, that an OK Bin 389 scores 91, where the 389 WE remember is more of a 93-or-so pointer…

So glad we have a dozen of these in various vintages in the cellar. And honestly, we are glad they are NOT 2010s.

In general, not this bottle, but in general, this is our GO TO wine for a standard-bearing delicious big bold buttery red.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    6/2/18, 9:38 AM - So, BBPP, maybe this bottle was off (for a 389)... The fact that we were not as enamored with this particular bottle as we have been with dozens of other 389s, yet we still recognize the quality with which it is made, and the complexity it offers the drinker, we still did give it 91 pts... And 91 is right in line with the score this vintage has received here at CT. We in general think of 389 as a 93 pointer or so... That John Duval we recently had was more rewarding than this 389 we drank last night, but the Plexus is not as good as our memories of our 389 experiences in total...

    We have to buy bottles from the initial store, not years later unsure of how they were handled for extended times...

  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    9/27/19, 6:59 AM - AlohaShirt, thanks for your comments and insights. We too, have experienced "mediocre" Bin 389 bottles. So strange when some have been downright moving. So perhaps the fake or counterfeit wine comment is legit. Years back, like you say, in the late 90s and early 2000s, we never experienced a bad bottle. Only cork tops, have we seen here in Detroit. But we have seen photos of the screw bottles you mention. Anyway, it's one reason we've bought more John Duval and Mollydooker, we've cracked no poor standouts in these bottlings.

    So keep on keep'n on, and if we come across any articles about fake 389, we'll post the link here.

    Noroc!

Red
2001 Penfolds Shiraz RWT Barossa Valley
As magnificent as ever! Our last one was a while back and we wrote a book here on CT. This one, after further time in the racks, was more expressive. Less smokey, more fruit, a very big red. Great nose of quality vin. Nuanced flavors that change as the bottle is open. A richness and depth impossible to manufacture, only can be earned/enjoyed (from what we've experienced) through well over a decade of patience...

Amazingly, sediment on this aged beauty, was nearly nonexistent.

This wonderful bottle had plenty of life left, could have sat another few years for sure.

Wish we had more.

Thanks, Penfolds! Still love our photos here on CT from the last bottle, with the Christmas tree and food...
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    7/25/19, 4:11 PM - Can't wait to hear about that crack! I hope yours is as perfect as our many 2001 Penfolds have been... Best to you!

Red
2015 Meerendal Pinotage Intensio Durbanville
11/17/2018 - ChrisPage Likes this wine:
91 points
Beautifully balanced Pinotage Nose of dried black cherry and tar. Palate is consistent with black cherry, green undergrowth, dusty tannins. Gave it a few hours to breath. Could have done with longer but still outstanding.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    6/16/19, 9:38 AM - So is PRP wines and Australia as well? It is the only distributor we could find here in the States and we had a tasting at our home and this Intensio was really good. Memorable even...

  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    6/18/19, 7:15 PM - We would have liked to grab a bottle or two of Intensio from our home PRP tasting a few weeks back, it was US$60. But after back and forth (and emptying both bottles) we bought four 2012 Conte Ottavio Piccolomini d'Aragona Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane at $50 each instead. The Italian just seemed more sophisticated. Not as rich or lucious, but more complex, less tannic vin with no sweet-fruit, and better racking potential. Perhaps also because our friends bought about 6 Intensio bottles, so we can visit there in a few years with something from our cellar and enjoy Intensio too... Noroc!

Red
2013 Tierra Imperial Tempranillo Reserva Spain
Christmas gift... Nothing really to it... Won't dump the bottle, but a funk at the back of the palate... and a bottle so lite, we wondered if there was even wine in it... We were in Spain last year, nothing tasted like this... Probably no shelf life to speak of.... But, again, we have dumped some bottles... We'll drink this... So there's that... Low "B" on the ol' school scale.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    6/18/19, 7:06 PM - KillerJones, so if you ask us, we think winemakers that expect a bottle to go down for years, and possibly, if not likely, with weight on top of it (other cases) then you get a heavy, thick bottle with a deep punt and a turn slot for the tool that rotates individual bottles in commercial cellars.

    Ergo, if a bottle is lite, with no deep punt, and no tool slot, this winemaker is putting in that bottle, a beverage ready to go now, not with or expecting any real time in the racks.

    What do you think.?.

Red
2017 Coonawarra Premium Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Second Voyage South Australia
1/27/2019 - AnytimeWineTime Likes this wine:
91 points
Bright berry on the nose. Nice fruit and a hint of toasty oak. Big berry flavors of cranberry, cherries, blackberry. Short finish but nice at that.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    5/7/19, 6:17 AM - Hey, AnytimeWine, thanks for another great tasting note. You find this one at a Kroger-owned place too, like the Odd Lot?

    We just grabbed one, stupid cheap, like $9 bucks...

    Should we give it a year or so, buy more...?... Or maybe we'll crack it now and decide...

    BTW, the 2015 Odd Lot's don't seem quite as bright as we remember a year or two back... Maybe their window is three years not 4+... Anyway, our '15s are nearly gone and we have racked a few '16s...

    Enjoy!

Red
2003 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Don Melchor Puente Alto
4/24/2019 - Chainthroer wrote:
92 points
See prior notes. Fully mature. Last bottle of this wine.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    5/1/19, 7:31 PM - Yeah, we have 2 left of the '03s... We'll plan on taking them down this year...

    One of our FAV all time Cabs!

Red
2014 Michael-David Vineyards Petite Petit Lodi Red Blend
10/30/2017 - WineDr. Likes this wine:
91 points
This remains a favorite in terms of QPR. If you like a rich red with vibrant dark fruit flavors, it's highly recommended. 91+ points.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    5/1/19, 7:28 PM - So have you tried Odd Lot? Same goodness, or better, we thinks!

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2015 Scheid Vineyards Odd Lot Red Monterey County Red Blend
5/29/2018 - AnytimeWineTime Likes this wine:
91 points
A superb blend of Petite Syrah and Petit Verdot
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    6/7/18, 4:01 PM - We couldn't've said it better ourselves! But we wrote a book anyway... Multiple times... Did you buy it at Kroger or at a Kroger-owned store? From our research, Scheid made the deal with Kroger to sell it exclusively there....

  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    1/30/19, 4:11 PM - Judge by a label? Then how would anyone explain Bionic Frog - Right?!?!?

    We are still buying the 2015 vintage Odd Lot and fear the stores may run out some time soon! YUM!

    We keep thinking we'll rack-em but we keep crack-en-em! Odd Lot is just great juice!

    We looked through your tasting notes! The CT community thanks you for your excellent contributions! Folks like you make this "place" fun - great! And we don't say that just because out of your nearly 500 Notes, Odd Lot is in your top 20 or so...

    Noroc!

Red
2001 Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 707 South Australia
Two pretty amazing things happened with this bottle, and never before has either of these occurred with any wine we have ever cracked.

First, the moment we inserted the wine fork (which we like to use instead of a corkscrew because of corks that have cracked in half before) and it penetrated the cork/bottle seal, the bouquet flew out, enveloping us in panoply of fruity-good-sophisticated wine bouquet. We looked at each other. Wow! That’s never happened!

And after the bottle was history- enjoyed by us once again at The Huron House, four years after our first 707 from the 2001 vintage- about an hour later, standing at the beach chatting with some tourists, hubby licked his lips and the finish regrouped and said hello again. It was rich, opulent on the lips an hour after the bottle was empty- pretty unheard of for us, and pretty cool.

That said, in between, we are not near the 98 we scored it four years back. Not like we are going to change our rating from before. That bottle, that day, still set the All Time wine standard for us…

We brought this year's gem up to the beachfront B&B but we failed to have our decanter tag along, so unfortunately, this seventeen year old beauty was a pop & pour. We swirled a lot. We made it last in our glasses. We enjoyed it over three hours or so. As it unfolded in the glass, its smooth richness continued to develop. But, it may have offered more had we had it open for that long before we even put it to our mouth.

Now, perhaps our palates have changed,... but we don’t think it’s that, perhaps we have, in the last four years, consumed many more delicious beverages, so we have a better- or more complete 'palette' from which to choose and write about and score vins. We had not been introduced to the Don Melchors, Ilatraias, Heitz, Duvals, Gajas, RWT and more, of the wine world, when we gave the 2001 Bin 707 a score of 98 pts back in 2014…

This bottle still certainly offered us a WOW of peppery, substantive, layered complexity; velvety smooth licorice, the spice box in your pantry, the sweet bite of tobacco, exotic, cinnamon stick and cider scents; the complexity just goes on and on, so much to chew on, to get into, and to dig up and turn over… What do we taste next? This is a powerful, masculine vin with good definition and structure. We melt in our chairs. So Completely Yum. Opaque and heavy with quite a bit of sediment. Wonderful legs. We had no bitey-tannins, the vin was so beautifully smooth, it went down like a luscious coating of extra virgin olive oil, the viscosity just a bit lighter… Absolutely delightful.

This was our last Bin 707. We do have new gems in the cellar, and still a number of 2001-2009 beauties, so we’ll just keep on keepin' on, and continue to write about what we experience, and still- count on it- most certainly put you all to sleep.

NOTE: The bottle photo at the beach with the fence was from 2014. The other same-framed photo was from this 2018 visit. Note how much Lake Huron beach has been lost in four years. Same season and time of day... Rising waters?

Thanks for reading.

Noroc!
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    11/25/18, 5:27 PM - Hey SRH, thank you for the kind words!

    We do tend to write books... And we wrote one for Bin 389 as well. Bin 389 for us, is pertinear-heavenly... We have been enjoying it for almost two decades now, since- admittedly- before we even met each other!

    Glad we found you on CT here, and have enjoyed reading some of your notes as well.

    Noroc!

Red
2016 Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert California Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
11/16/2018 - LiteItOnFire Likes this wine:
91 points
PnP- wonderful nose of beautiful red/black jammy fruits, spicey with some dusty elements. Nose is wonderful but doesn’t roll into the tasting profile. It’s ok- should never have spent more than $25.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    11/18/18, 6:26 PM - $25 for a glass or bottle? These were part of that thousand dollar 8 pack limited edition thing...

Red
2014 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
9/23/2018 - Winedog1 Likes this wine:
93 points
I should put this syrup on vanilla ice cream.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    9/27/18, 6:52 PM - JDavis7551, perhaps Winedog1 likes the style...?... We think Caymus is very sweet, overdone even, and Napa Valley.?. What??? There's not enough acreage for all that Caymus production, in Napa Valley... But, when that's our mood- as opposed to say, a Bin 707 or Don Melchor- it really hits the spot!

    So we can see a "syrup-sweet" & 93 pts in one wine...
    Just not always in the mood for that.

    You?

Red
2016 Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert California Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
8/12/2018 - ChipP68 Likes this wine:
92 points
Wonderful blend moon Mtn Zinfandel with Piete Syrah , Syrah
Wait another year - more fruit forward with some age. Grar drink now - will even be better.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    9/11/18, 11:43 AM - Good day Chipp68, we have a question about this Orin Swift beverage.

    The gift pack 8 bottle set with book and box runs about $1,000 and one of our local stores has one and told us they'll sell it for $950. OK. But, recently we found out Orin Swift is releasing individual bottles of "8 years in the Desert" next month (2017s?) , and at around $46 a piece...

    We were told by one of our local retailers that it is NOT the same wine and that the gift boxes are just one year- 2016- and that particular blend will not be made again (presumably to hold the boxed set value and not aggravate those who invested that grand).

    Our concern, of course, is spending that kind of money and a decade later having the gift set hold its value or increase; and so we are asking, have you heard of such thing?

    Did you purchase the gift set or just have the luxury of trying a bottle?

    Asking in the sense of- have you heard of any of this?

    Thanks.

Red
2016 Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert California Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
9/9/2018 - THaas wrote:
93 points
Needed about an hour to blow off the alcohol, but once that happened, there was a great volume to the nose and the mouth, lots of raspberry and spice, with a nice hit of pepper and smoke on the finish. So, decant before drinking, and drink before 2022.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    9/11/18, 11:42 AM - Good day THAAS, we have a question about this Orin Swift beverage.

    The gift pack 8 bottle set with book and box runs about $1,000 and one of our local stores has one and told us they'll sell it for $950. OK. But, recently we found out Orin Swift is releasing individual bottles of "8 years in the Desert" next month (2017s?) , and at around $46 a piece...

    We were told by one of our local retailers that it is NOT the same wine and that the gift boxes are just one year- 2016- and that particular blend will not be made again (presumably to hold the boxed set value and not aggravate those who invested that grand).

    Our concern, of course, is spending that kind of money and a decade later having the gift set hold its value or increase; and so we are asking, have you heard of such thing?

    Did you purchase the gift set or just have the luxury of trying a bottle?

    Asking in the sense of- have you heard of any of this?

    Thanks.

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2005 Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta Colchagua Valley Red Blend
8/30/2018 - Fulcrum Likes this wine:
94 points
I am not generally a fan of new world big wines. If I drink Chilean it’s usually almaviva. I have perfect temperature and humidity controlled cellars, so have aged approprtiately. Out of two cases bought, I have about a case of this left.

Up until this point, the wine has been unimpressive, either too big or tight. Openend, decanted for an hour and drank. It’s fantastic, Bordeaux texture/complexity with a new world fruit. It’s still young, with my conditions, needs about 3-5 years of aging.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    9/3/18, 7:27 PM - Great note, thanks. Ever try Don Melchor? If so, thoughts on that...?

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2009 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
4/22/2018 - casoe Likes this wine:
94 points
'Bordeaux' blend 2009 blind tasting (Ch Lagrange, Bin389, Don Melchior, Ca’Marcanda, Magari, Promis). 51% Cabernet/49% Shiraz. Really just did everything right for me tonight. Blackcurrant, cola, licorice, spice, well-integrated oak and extremely well balanced, fresh and long. My clear winner of the night and I'm not sure it would have been if I knew what I was drinking. Probably also at its peak.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    6/2/18, 11:06 AM - Wow, WONDERFUL!!! What a great tasting you must have had! Appears that you had three of our fav's there, Don Melchor, Bin 389, Promis... YUM!!!

Red
2016 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Private Selection Aged in Bourbon Barrels Monterey County
5/27/2018 - Mahaneys Likes this wine:
85 points
Costco purchase. Should have bought several bottles but you never know.
Liked this a great deal.
Would buy again if it is there
Excellent with a nice steak
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    5/28/18, 7:12 AM - When you say should have bought several bottles-you never know... we would ask, do you use cellartracker when you're standing there at the store? We have found that it is a most valuable resource when we are deciding what or how many to buy and certainly if you would have opened it to read a few of the reviews about this really good RMPS Bourbon barrel aged Cab, you may have been influenced to- as you say, buy a couple...

    Just trying to say hey it's worked for us in the past, maybe it can work for you too...

    Unfortunately sometimes it extends our time in the wine-isles by many tens of minutes... OK, that can actually be really fun too!

    You see it as a solid "B" wine ~ 85 pts, yet you described it as "liked a great deal" and "excellent" ... Interesting... To us that would be a bit of a gap...

    Happy Memorial Day, hopefully you're enjoying another grilled steak and great steak wine today!!!

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2008 Opus One Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
8/12/2012 - kietkopelli wrote:
87 points
I am UNIMPRESSED! I had this around the mid point of a long day in Napa, I tasted 10 other wines before this and other 8 after. It ranked remarkably in the middle but came only second to a Sin Qua Non in cost. It is extremely well balanced with many many flavor profiles unfortunately none stands out. Frankly there are dozens of wines in the $50 range that delivers this kind of nose. In the mouth is where Opus One performs with a wide array of flavors and layers. Unfortunately none them stands out more than the others. In the tasting room, more like lounge, the participants savored it like it was holy water, I sipped, chewed, spit, and poured the rest into the bucket (which was only available upon request). Finished a but flat for something north of $200.

I admit I haven't had too many wines more than $200 and in my cellar I have less than 5 cases on them but I've had plenty of great wines between $100-150 and the Opus one bare qualifies for that group. I also admit that I like my pricier wines to be BIG, oil tanker like big, so it not surprising that Opus One did not impress.

Remember you don't dink the label.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    5/23/18, 9:12 AM - Just seeing your 2012 note, here... And we- just a few days ago- reviewed our 2008 bottle. We know just how you feel, as we too, were underwhelmed.

    As far as your wanting a BIG OIL TANKER of a wine, we have some you might enjoy, in our 92-98 scores from our modestly priced vins in our couple of tasting notes... Maybe Penfolds Bin 389 (a big buttery red, she once called it) or Don Melchor (The Don certainly delivers) from Chile or a nice MollyDooker. Heitz Martha's Vineyard is big (but pricey) too...

    Salud, CT Friend!

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2012 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Don Melchor Puente Alto
5/20/2018 - Mattshank wrote:
92 points
2 hour decant (mag decanter) Nose: Complex aromatics of loam soil, blackberry, pencil lead hints, and subtle violets with assorted herbs. Palate: Blackberries contrasted by firm acids, loam traces, pencil lead and some angular red fruits. Tannins are present but not over the top for such a young wine. The prevalence of acidity had me surprised as other reviewers have commented that this was a fruit bomb, but I'm not seeing it in this bottle. This is pretty balanced and given the high acidity I think this could age quite well. Next bottle will be opened at least two years down the road. Good effort. 92+ points.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    5/20/18, 5:41 PM - Great Note, Matt. You use the word "balanced" and that's what we think of with Don Melchor, as we stated more than once in our February review of the 2003 vintage. We'll hold our '12s for many more years.

    Great stuff!

    And thanks for saving the Tolstoy novellas for us! LOL

    Noroc!

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2013 The Paring Red Wine California Red Blend
5/8/2018 - patwjr wrote:
89 points
Pnp, drank over 1.5 hours. A bit unrevealing and light weight at first, got much better, thicker, fruitier with air and warmth. Nice but not wow.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    5/9/18, 7:38 PM - Love the descrip... Nice but not wow... We've often thought that about a vin, but never put it so succinctly.

Red
2015 Substance Cabernet Sauvignon Washington
4/26/2018 - AGELVIS Likes this wine:
89 points
PNP. Excellent QPR. How many other acronyms can I use? �� This is simply a quaffable, fruit forward CS that is not overly extracted. Nice dark fruit and vanilla on the nose. Smooth palate and modest tannins on the medium finish. Part of the score is that it can be had for $14.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    4/26/18, 3:00 PM - Right on! And if you have Kroger stores nearby, grab an Odd Lot to see what yumminess can be had for $11...!!!...

Red
2015 Substance Cabernet Sauvignon Washington
4/26/2018 - daveyk39 wrote:
89 points
Tried a little experiment to probe potential for short-term cellaring. Gave 3h air, double decanted, and drank on Day 2. Definitely mellowing of tannins and improvement. Black cherry, cassis, baking spice and leather aromas. Bold flavors of cherry and spice, less overwhelmed by (still powerful) tannins. Long dark finish. Will be interesting to see where this is in 1-3 years.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    4/26/18, 2:57 PM - Great Note, thanks for the creativity and experimentation, inspired beverage enjoyment!

Red
2001 Penfolds Shiraz RWT Barossa Valley
The rewards of patience indeed. This was kinda our Valentines this year as the kids were at the grandparents. We had it with cheeses, our sausage, grapes, pesto and eventually our homemade pasta. All so yummy. We put up a few pics too.

Well rounded and balanced, this 15-month French Oak Hogshead-aged 2001 Penfolds “Red Winemaking Trial- RWT” offered a more smoky, dusty, grainy opening than other 100% Shiraz we’ve had (COHIBA Esplendidos anyone?) Perhaps this was due to the single valley origin aspect of the berries. That doesn’t allow us to write about this bottle’s beautiful fruity & floral nose. That part just didn’t show up for us. As we read more of your notes regarding the nose: (“…not the fruit kind…” “spicy, herbal notes…” “smoked meat in the nose” “leather with minerality” “tobacco, cigar, wet earth” “…a chemical note on the nose”) we realize we did not need to be looking for the fruit in it… We focused more on the uniqueness and individuality of this vin, and we appreciated it more on the spot! Which actually led us to wonder, how does Penfolds even get this nose?

We opened and poured two small glasses, and decanted to aerate the rest in the cellar for over an hour. She said “Why wait on aeration- this is beautiful right now!” He thought how much will it grow and change with exposure time…?...

When we brought up the decanter and poured, the smokiness was still there. The vin came together like an orchestra. The opulence on the midpalate just flourished; it was rich, concentrated. A beautiful texture and voluptuous flavor offered and remained throughout the evening. A vin offering true complexity; changing, opening, differing flavors throughout the pour, from the nose to the finish, SO MUCH to chew on and taste and get into and discover. Our score on this lovely beverage is driven by the flavor, complexity and size of the midpalate, not the nose or finish.

The finish can’t be said to remain or linger like the Heitz we recently enjoyed, but the wine got so big in the mouth, that the lack of memorable length was overshadowed by the richness and luxurious flavor profile. Or perhaps we combined the two...

We built this up in our minds so high. We bought it in 2005 or so, for $70+/- and cellared since, At the same time we grabbed two 2001 Bin 707s (American Oak Cabernet). We enjoyed the first 707 in 2014, which we wrote about on CT and it set the standard for us for all wine, and this RWT was no Bin 707…

But as we grow in this wonderful world of tasting- dissecting- lovely, and sometimes costly wines, we will be trying to look at them more individually, for their own merits and offerings, and not against one another…

At today's prices, (and with how good Mollydooker's Boxer is) we probably will not buy another RWT, but we really did enjoy this big Shiraz. Maybe we'll grab a St Henri to check out too!

Lastly, not that any of you may care, but it is not lost on us, that our backgrounds include things like standing in line for family bread, daily, as a child; receiving “new” clothes as a hand-down if at all; having electricity for some hours of the day… Things like a clothes washer, a dishwasher, raisins even, and plumbed water are blessings, and here we are spending time writing about disassembling a silly wine… Life Is Good. We are humbled by our blessings, luck and beautiful children. We instill in them daily, that what they have must be earned by worthwhile efforts and brainpower, and to always remain unassuming, teachable, and hard working. These days, we believe this is what it will take, for them to someday also be able to have leisure time like this, and remain human and kind in all their endeavors.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    1/16/18, 5:43 PM - Thanks for both of your comments, we have enjoyed Penfolds Bin 8, 9, 389, 407 and 707, maybe some others too... Don't think we've tried the Bin 28 yet and we know we have not yet hit any St Henri (one store near us has two 2006s for $89 each). So thanks for the heads up, we'll get into that!

    BSmith457, we hope your last 2001 RWT offers you just as hauntingly original notes and embers as our did for us! We think our bottle may have held out for another year or a couple... But it drank wonderfully last weekend, as noted above.

  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    4/15/18, 5:13 PM - Thanks for your note and kind words, Arturoonwine. And so glad you enjoyed reading our novella.

    That's about all we write, is the stories...

    Our Dom Perignon, Bin 707, Cramele Recaş Uberland and our most recent Odd Lot "tasting note" are stories that matter to us. With a name like Odd Lot, we went a bit overboard on our descriptors...

    Your tasting notes of all those aged, 90+ wines make us want to hang where you're sipping!

    You obviously have a great cellar, with one of these RWT gems still in it, and we too, actually procured another 2001 RWT so, what the heck, we did buy another... Enjoy yours when you crack it this year. Tell us CT readers a tale, when you do! While we are most likely nowhere near each other's domicile, sounds to us like a table we'd like to share to hear & offer stories of travel, wine and life...

    Noroc!

Red
2003 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Don Melchor Puente Alto
7/19/2014 - Stevey Likes this wine:
93 points
According to my cellar inventory notes, this wine was bought in 2007 and stored in constant 13C ever since. Based on some tasting notes below that say this is on the down swing, I decided not to air out and just popped and poured. I was wrong.

The bouquet was strong dark berries on opening, very nice. The flavor characteristics are very much like previous DM's I've drank - blackcurrant fruit forward with growing tannins on the finish. This wine started out somewhat muted but 1.5 hrs later, it opened up was singing with medium-longish finish.

This leads me to believe that talk of this wine's demise (past prime, diminished fruit, etc.) is highly exaggerated, at least base on this bottle. On the contrary, I'd say the 2003 remains a fruit forward wine and well balanced with enough backbone to last many more years. In fact, I'd say it's yet to peak and I'm keeping my remaining 2003 in the cellar for another few years.

I mentioned storage above because maybe those who said the 2003 is past prime, possibly it was due to storage conditions were less than ideal?
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    4/7/18, 5:13 AM - Stevey, we just grabbed 3 of these in 2018- years after your great review. Cracked one; were knocked out by the 94 point CT review we gave it. Take a look at our Tasting Note if you like.

    A stunner of a wine; well racked, it still has years to go, we believe.

Red
2014 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
7/18/2016 - km5 wrote:
One of the better young Caymus' i've tasted in the last 7 years. After 1 week, it turned into dark ink. Better the first night. More harsh and less special after a week even though it was vacu vinned.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    3/30/18, 8:02 AM - You can vacu-vin in for a week? We have found we don't like the way wine tastes after 2 days of keeping it vacu-vin'd... Maybe it's just us, and we'll concede, often times that second day does add some friendliness, but beyond that, it simply has not really worked for us...

    Can you lay a vacu-vin'd wine down on its side and put it back in the racks? No leakage? Maybe that's what we're doing wrong, leaving it in a dark but warmer cabinet.

    Either way we guess it's good because these days it's got us to the point where we often enjoy the whole bottle in one sitting...

Red
2014 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
3/29/2018 - alabunka wrote:
94 points
This is a beautiful California cabernet - yes there is fruit but not the fruitiness, it is soft on the tannins, satin on the taste, and just very well structured in total - sometimes you are just in a mood for California - and this is one of the best in consistency and taste...served with NY strip steak - it doesn't get better than this; decanted, cooled, its drinking very well now....why wait...
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    3/30/18, 7:54 AM - Nice Note. Caymus a steak wine...?... While we've never thought of Caymus as 'gritty' with the girth to counter such food, the flavor profile is certainly large & powerful, as smooth-satiny Cali Cabs go... OK, so we'll 'buy' that steak comment, but we'd like to ask you to check out Stags Leap Artemis with a NY Strip, and if you do, please tell us what you thought!

    Noroc!

Red
2001 Penfolds Shiraz RWT Barossa Valley
3/23/2018 - pilot360 wrote:
A classy, well structured pure red fruit/ herbs/ earthy/loam palate. Very good, however, the finish was bitter, like cherry pit bitter, and detracted from the wine.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    3/26/18, 9:20 AM - Pilot 360, what would you score it then?

    We certainly hope the 2001s will at least last through the summer, before their decline...

    We just grabbed another one of these, the same wine seller that we bought our original from back in 2005 or so, still had another 2001 that we could have bought back then... It was still laying in his cellar rack, so we gave him $81 and grabbed it to move it to ours, and to probably consume this year.

Red
2014 Taken Wine Co. Taken Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
3/20/2018 - Tahlequahdave1972 Likes this wine:
91 points
This wine was opened, immediately tasted and plugged with our preferred stopper. The bottle was removed from the kitchen counter and placed in the liquor cabinet for some unknown reason. A week later I discovered the bottle residing where it had been placed and poured a glass with little expectation.

What a pleasant surprise! The wine was dark purple in the glass, revealing aromas of fig, cherry, toasted bread and truffles. Flavors included red fruits, dark chocolate, baking spices, mocha, plum, cherry and vanilla. A medium mouthfeel that was thick, rich and somewhat vibrant. Texture was balanced and focused, supported by dusty tannins, hinting at longevity and ageability. Reasonably expansive finish.

Pro ratings range from 88 (WS,WE) to 91 (AG) to 93 (JS). I'm always a little suspicious when the variance is that significant. Maybe the length of time uncorked and stored had an impact on my tasting. This is an excellent wine that I would purchase again.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    3/23/18, 7:05 PM - So, what's your preferred stopper? We use the Vacu Vin... Seems to hold a bottle for two days or so but we've never tried to lay a bottle on its side w the VV.

    Great note, thanks for all the details.

    Oh, and we love your cellar, we have a fair amount of similar vins, even if off a vintage or two...

    Noroc!

Red
2003 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Don Melchor Puente Alto
Inviting like few other vins we've ever enjoyed...

At the pour, the body is immediately evident, it moves slowly, purposefully into the decanter. Its viscosity tell us we'll enjoy complexity with this juice. The legs... It takes a full minute to travel from the top of the swirl back to beverage level... Ohhh yum...

On the nose the fruits hit- blues, blacks, berries, licorice, toffee, life! But wait, there's the earth, the terroir- Chile... 5% Cab Franc may account for this...Then the fruit re-groups and shows it's still there,... the entire experience opens the drinkers' mind to what balance really means, everything is everpresent and high in the glass. Volume is UP in this wine.

A big, bold, not-SO-buttery, but balanced vin indeed...

Then we drink it...

We melt in our chairs.

Complex is an understatement... The flavors change across the palate, the last second of the sip tastes better than the first... We want more!!! We bite a grape and nose the glass... Asiago cheese and nose the glass... Thai, hot, beef and this wine, The Don is so bold & strong, it holds up to the spicy yumminess like few vins could... More velvety than silky because this vin has girth, life, chewiness and body...

Clean... Fresh, heck, this vin even has the positive traits of good white wines... Makes us even wonder whether this vin actually has any tiny percentage of white grapes in it...

It's a stunner.

Delicious.

All the top shelf adjectives.

And we could go on...

This is our first time drinking this juice. We have had a half case of 2012 in our racks for a year but one of our local wine sellers happened to have three of these 2003s for $45 each in its cellar, so we couldn't pass up that price... And we cracked the first same day- TODAY...

And so glad we did!!!

We'll enjoy these 2003s by 2020 and not get into the 2012s for many more years...

A top three wine for us- of all time.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    3/22/18, 9:15 AM - Thanks, carisua78, we were in Chicago recently and visited Binny's, a GREAT wine store, and saw one of the ones you mentioned. We'll look into them and hopefully be able to locate and try them soon. Thanks again, for your recommendations.

    BTW, we just went back to the local cellar / seller and bought his last 2003 Don Melchor, still for $46.... So looking forward to these two!

    And we got another 2001 Penfolds RWT, which we also enjoyed our cellared bottle of, earlier this year.

Red
2013 Brancaia Tre Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
12/25/2017 - sean7711 Likes this wine:
89 points
Warm up wine before the 2010 brancaia illatria had later with dinner. Clearly below the illatria, but still a pleasant wine.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    3/21/18, 4:34 PM - Sean7711, thanks much for mentioning the Ilatraia in your review. A wine I had never heard of, saw your review, looked into and bought a half dozen 2009s. We have cracked one. Wow, that's a winner! We wrote about it here on CT. Thanks again!

Red
2008 Moschioni Colli Orientali del Friuli Schioppettino
9/14/2016 - BHP1994 wrote:
94 points
Enjoyed this stunning (& unusual) wine at Trattoria No. 10 in Chicago last night. Remembered this varietal from my time in Fruili in the late 90s. Very unique and powerful. Spicy, dark red fruits. Inky dark in color - simply gorgeous in the glass. Very fine tannins with a finish that just keeps going. Still youthful after 8 years. Should last for a decade or more. Seek this one out if you can find it.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    3/11/18, 9:41 PM - Thanks for your Note. We were in Chicago this weekend and came across this bottle at Binny's.
    While there we saw your comments and thought we'd stick one in the cellar... Maybe we'll get to it in a year or two... Looking forward to that!!!

Red
2001 Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 707 South Australia
Never had a bigger, silkier, more alluring, bolder, more buttery Cab (or any wine, for that matter) than this Bin 707 on this day. Absolutely Monumental. This bottle, this moment was the only time we ever experienced a wine move like Grand Marinier in the glass... Mesmerizing to watch it roll; the legs went on like Elle Macpherson's; the bold strength of the juice, like another Aussie, Mr. Jackman...

Simply put, the best bottle of wine we've ever had. Completely outclassed what we'd enjoyed before or since. Years later, we are still talking about this wine. We kept the bottle and didn't put any other vin in the glasses until we cracked an eleven year old 389 in 2017. Bin 707 for us is liquid silk. Just incredible.

Sorry we don't have the details of whether the wine tasted like tar, chocolate, pencil or blackberry, but what we remember is it is and was, simply the biggest, most fulfilling, rewarding, mouth pleasing, vin we have ever shared. We have one more of these 2001 gems in the cellar and wonder when we'll have that pleasure!

For him, it was the oral equivalent of driving the Ferrari 458 at MIS-Brooklyn at 150 MPH on the front straight. Simply put, smile-inducing and forcing uncontrollable giggles...

For her, it was like attending live, the Vienna Boys' Choir at its annual Christmas gala; awe inspiring and moving as an event, crescendos to an unforgettable experience.

Of course, we enjoyed it at The Huron House in Oscoda for the wife's birthday, so that couldn't have hurt any wine's chances for loving it.

Purchased at $90 for the cellar probably around 2005... Now we see it's $325 - $400 per, and we understand why. That's our photo of the two glasses flanking the 2001 bottle, with the Penfolds "Rewards of Patience" book in the foreground and Lake Huron darkness beyond...

Yes, we LOVE this wine.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    3/6/18, 8:30 PM - Never even heard of Elderton, will look into it. Thanks! But our Williamson Wine from Healdsburg CA, comes straight from a former Penfolds winemaker...

  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    3/6/18, 8:35 PM - We have been seeing Penfolds' St Henri for $69 (plus shipping) to $89 at local stores, but have not pulled the trigger yet because (1) Mollydooker Boxer is $26 and we gave that like 91 pts so why spend $80...?...

    And we left a note on our 2001 Penfolds RWT, did you read that novella of ours?

Red
2015 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
Put on your dancing shoes. This has you waltzing across the dance floor with your hair slicked back.

Balance, polish, silky power. How can it be so enjoyable at such a young age? Penfolds witchcraft.

Ahhhh, the sweet scent of vanilla from American oak ... to know you, is to love you.

Sensational wine right now, but it will dead set blow your mind in 25 years. I have a dozen, and a few magnums, I’ll be needing substantially more than that to cure my cellar anxiety on this one.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    3/6/18, 12:05 PM - Just about the most fun we have had reading a review on CT, thank you for it!

    The fact that happens to be for one of our favorite vins, regardless of vintage, just adds to our enjoyment...

    Penfolds has inspired us to lay down some creative text regarding a few of its beverages as well!

    Keep up the tough work of enjoying Penlfolds and telling the rest of us about it, please!

Red
2014 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Private Selection Aged in Bourbon Barrels Monterey County
6/1/2016 - joshwoodward wrote:
89 points
Totally didn't expect anything out of this, but it's actually really delicious. The Bourbon isn't out of balance, and adds a nice complexity.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    2/4/18, 9:31 PM - Great note, you wrote, in a few words, what took us paragraphs to lay out, regarding the '15 vintage..

    Salud!.

Red
2014 Taken Wine Co. Taken Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
2/1/2018 - mpricher wrote:
89 points
Strong Red with good fruit. Well made with decent finish. Food flexibile but more oak forward than I prefer.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    2/4/18, 1:00 PM - Thanks for the Note. So what do you think of the QPR then? From what we see this wine is typically over $30-$34 a bottle...

    We put one biytle in the cellar after a tasting and wondered- that one in and of itself, of the two total cases worth or so we bought- whether we wanted to include the Taken when we actually got them in and purchased them. We did, after all, and it'll probably sit for us for a while...

    If we recall- with the nights' discounts- we paid about $24 or something...

Red
2012 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Don Melchor Puente Alto
4/23/2017 - foyfrcs Likes this wine:
92 points
Really good. Closed even after decanted for 2 hours. Liquorice nose, full bodied. Will improve and develop over next few years.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    2/3/18, 6:21 PM - Just the thought of scoring a wine 92 points, while you still say it'll get better with time, we are so glad we have six of these in the cellar and we're going to hold them for a few more years before we crack the first... But we really "can't wait" though, because we have never tried this vin... Exciting! Small victories in life!!!

    Salud!

Red
2012 Yalumba Cabernet Sauvignon The Cigar Coonawarra
1/28/2018 - darrenv Likes this wine:
92 points
The guy who gave it 85 drank it way too young.
On the nose I got tar, tobacco, stewed prune reduction. The mouth feel was a nice balance of velvety tannins and acidity with leather and blackberries. The finish is brighter with cherries. Went better with food than as a sipper at this point. Decanted two hours. Hold this for a couple more years for a knock-out.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    1/29/18, 5:19 PM - Thank you for such a great note, we will do just what you said and hold our bottle for a couple more years!

    Noroc!

  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    1/30/18, 2:27 AM - How funny, being from Detroit, a nice 9 iron across the 'narrow straight', we practically 'feel' Canadian... We are there often and we bought ours at the LCBO also! We LOVE their glossy "Vintages" and "Food & Drink" publications. Canadian coins spend freely here, eh.

    We see in your notes, that you're a fan of Mollydooker and Penfolds RWT (we wrote notes on them) so you enjoy Aussie vin. We aplaud your taste & will review your other notes to find new gems for us! Thanks.

    Salud!

  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    1/30/18, 6:44 AM - Darren, we have really enjoyed some Canadian Niagara white wines & icewines, and cellard some over the years,. It's a fun area to vineyard-hop!

    On our Yalumba Cigar, if memory serves, with the exchange rate, when we bought it last year at the LCBO, we paid about $22USD...

    We have served Red Diamond to guests but don't know a lot of Washington state wines yet. Excited to get into their Pinots. We LOVE Duckhorn's Migration Pinot (from Cali though).

    We're eager to hear what you think of our notes on Penfolds RWT & Bin 707 as well as Mollydooker's Boxer.

    Take care.

  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    1/30/18, 6:41 PM - Boxer is the only MD we have had, to date... But years in the cellar mellowed it out, sir...

    We'll look into the others you mentioned. Thanks.

    You ever try John Duval, Plexus or Entity? We are intrigued by those, but never have we seen them...

    Cheers!

Red
2009 Brancaia Ilatraia Toscana IGT Red Bordeaux Blend
9/14/2013 - KingOkra Likes this wine:
94 points
Best ST I've had in quite a long time. It's the complete package- beautiful dark fruit, excellent structure, and flat out deeeeelicious. Definitely improves with air so I recommend at least an hour decant. Liz says, "We need more! Find more!". My kind of chore.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    1/30/18, 5:35 PM - Thanks for a great Note!

    Wife says "find more" Hubby says "baby, that's my kind'a'chore!" LOVE IT! We just bought a case (they come in boxes of 6) and we'll get to our first probably around year end.

    We also have enjoyed Brancaia's TRE, and wrote about it on CT...

    Noroc!

Red
2009 Noon Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Langhorne Creek
10/21/2012 - KingOkra wrote:
96 points
An epiphany wine. Glorious, delicious, balanced, stunning. Definitely on my all-time top 10 list. Intoxicating nose of mint and mocha, kind of like opening a tin of peppermint chocolate bark. Not your typical cabernet for sure. Round, sweet (but not overly so) entry and spreads out across the palate with juicy red and black fruit and a one-minute plus finish. How this wine at 16.5% alcohol has no heat is simply amazing. While the tannins are wonderfully integrated and fine, this wine has many years left to improve and delight. I lucked into this bottle as it is hard if not impossible to find in the U.S. I truly hope you get the chance to have a glass, or two, of this fabulous wine.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    1/30/18, 5:32 PM - Love your five year old review, just seeing it now for the first time... It really makes us WANT to try this wine, we will go looking!!!

    We LOVE big Aussies, if you care to read, we wrote notes on 2001 Penfolds Bin 707, 2001 RWT & Moollydooker's Boxer- like to hear what you think of our comments...

    Do you know the John Duval vins? Entity or Plexus?

    Salud!

Red
2009 Noon Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Langhorne Creek
11/4/2010 - wenderoth wrote:
94 points
This is a case in point as to why balance in a wine is far more important than specific measures of alcohol content and acidity, or even qualitative measures such as "oakiness". This wine is big. Really big. But it is so elegant and perfectly proportioned, despite a whopping alcohol content. The nose is dark fruit, chocolate and crushed rocks with a hint of mint, the colour an impenetrable inky violet. The palate is a super-intense mix of morello cherry, dark plum and blackberry with a wonderful chocolate/mocha finish which goes on for well over a minute. The oak is there, it is noticeable, but it is matched by everything else. The tannins are intense, but silky smooth and so elegant. In essence, everything about this wine is big and lush: but it is all so perfectly in balance that there are no overhanging edges. Bravo!
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    1/30/18, 5:30 PM - Love your seven year old review, just seeing it now for the first time... It really makes us WANT to try this wine, we will go looking!!!

    Also great comments on Penfolds Grange. We have yet to enjoy that beauty.

    We do LOVE big Aussie vins, if you care to read, we wrote notes on 2001 Penfolds Bin 707, 2001 RWT & Moollydooker's Boxer- like to hear what you think of our comments...

    Do you know the John Duval vins? Entity or Plexus?

    Salud!

Red
2010 Brancaia Ilatraia Toscana IGT Red Bordeaux Blend
3/22/2015 - Bam_Man Likes this wine:
94 points
Consistent with my previous note from a year ago. Maybe just a slight bit softer and not quite as tight and restrained now. This is such a gorgeous, complex wine, with piercing intensity on the mid-palate and a long, gripping finish. The Petit Verdot in the blend is very evident. Still just a baby though. This is going to really be spectacular in another 3-4 years when it has completely unwound and the tannins are fully resolved.
50+5+13+17+9=94
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    1/19/18, 8:01 PM - We just grabbed a 6-case of the 2009 vintage Ilatraia. We enjoyed the 2013 Brancaia Tre and wrote about it. With your comments here, we may just get into one of our six "new" 2009s this year!

Spirits
N.V. Buffalo Trace Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Sour Mash Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 45% Grain
12/16/2017 - mark2eye wrote:
good stuff. I've heard a lot of hype about this for a long time and finally got around to trying it today while watching the new star wars movie. odd combo, I know. In any case, the nose is a welcoming mix of caramel and cherries. the palate is smooth and just when you start thinking blantons, it hits you with the slightest bite of spice. a real treat.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    1/18/18, 3:27 PM - Nice Note, care to score it then?

Red
2013 Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz
This wine works for us. Nothing spectacular. But it's friendly enough for guests and tasty enough for us. It's easy drinking, decent, with an inviting nose, body and adequate finish. No obtrusive tannin bite. Everything seemingly in balance. No complexity to speak of, nothing to "chew on" or really "get into" but plenty to like.

Tasty bottles do not survive the night with us. It's a great wine to share with non-wine drinkers, to help introduce them to an inexpensive way into the world of vin...

It's so inexpensive, actually, we bought a half case ('13 & '15) from Kroger, and the importer/vineyard/company had a rebate going on, so we ended up at $6.79 a bottle. At that price this may be, basically, the best QPR we've ever had.
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    1/14/18, 4:22 PM - Thanks for your note.

    Your two reviews of the Cab! Right on, maybe with more time it might make it to 90 for you? We will try the Cab indeed. Thanks!

    We bought the Shiraz not the Cab for two reasons (1) we enjoyed the Shiraz at a tasting and thought, 'nice wine' and (2) the $10-$11 Cab we go to these days is the Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Barrel aged, which has been made in 2014, '15 and '16. We have a bunch in the cellar at present... The Bourbon aging takes what we would probably think was a bland, regular Cab otherwise and really does give it some, dare I say, complexity... Have you tried that one yet?

Red
2001 Penfolds Shiraz RWT Barossa Valley
9/13/2017 - pjhr Likes this wine:
93 points
Aging gracefully with a killer nose and incredible long finish!
  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    1/10/18, 4:49 PM - Thanks for your comments! We have a quiet house this weekend... We have decided, it's time... To crack our 2001 Penfolds RWT... It has been in our cellar for nearly thirteen years. We can't WAIT to enjoy it! We'll pull it tomorrow to stand it up, then open it Saturday, decant for prolly 2 hours (with a quick taste prior, of course) and pour on!!! We are so eager and intrigued... Pasta, cheeses, our homemade sausage, and RWT. Saturday night!

  • Bin707LoversDetroit commented:

    1/14/18, 12:02 PM - PJHR, you wrote about the "killer nose" and we'd love to read more about what you meant by that and see your comments as it relates to our description of the nose on this yummy beverage...

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