Tasting Notes for TXRDW

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Red
2/16/2020 - TXRDW wrote:
98 points
First VHR and I wasn’t let down. Insane finish and mouth feel, this wine sneaks up on you as it is quite understated... at first. Incredible balance, initially showing dark fruit and minerals with secondary notes of plum and black cherry. This wine is quite young, with strong tannins that as they soften over the coming years will reveal the truly stunning wine that is still hidden behind the curtains. 98 for now... but over time should likely grow into its full 100 point potential.
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Red
2/9/2020 - TXRDW wrote:
93 points
Very nice wine, but a little one dimensional. Strong notes of cherry and a little spice, medium finish with noticeable tannins and well balanced. Definitely a step down in complexity from the 2016, but still a good wine in spite of the vintage. I tried this right out of the bottle and it wasn’t impressed, but after a 6 hours in the bottle the wine opened up. While a very enjoyable wine... not the best QPR.
Red
2016 Bevan Cellars Ontogeny Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/26/2020 - TXRDW wrote:
92 points
Very hot right out of the bottle, decided to slow ox for several hours. Very acidic and light on tannins but a pleasant wine. Notes of spice, blackberry and eucalyptus with secondary flavors of vanilla and cola. Definitely a decent wine, not sure if it has the structure to improve much with age. Slightly lower score than my notes from 8 months ago... so I my advice is to drink up and don’t hold for very long.
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Red
12/29/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
96 points
This wine is surprisingly good. I’ve had several Corras, but never a Melanson. Very elegant, with a long, smooth finish. Chocolate, pencil shavings and dark, spicy fruit. Drank from a Coravin, so it might not have opened up completely. Definitely a unique tasting wine as it isn’t an overpowering fruit bomb, yet it is quite complex. I suspect in several years this wine will score in the 97-98 range. Glad I purchased a few bottles.
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Red
12/29/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
92 points
Very pleasant wine, but nothing special. A little lighter than Don Melchors I’ve had in the past, with raspberries, strawberries and a touch of sweetness. Not a very long finish, but a very enjoyable wine. What surprised me the most was the lack of spice and boldness I’m used to in this wine. Drank through a Coravin, so maybe that had an affect.
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Red
2016 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/22/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
94 points
This was my first SHL ever, and one of the few French wines I’ve tried. I typically stick with the Napa fruit bombs, mainly because of familiarity. Notes of cassis, blackberry, red licorice, herbs and a touch of mint. Very well balanced with a substantially long finish. Decanted half the bottle on day one, slow ox day two. The wine mellowed quite a bit overnight as it initially was a little hot and overpowering. What impressed me the most was how smooth this wine became on day two, very balanced even though the tannins were quite dominating. Much more subtle than the Napa wines I’m used to, which is refreshing.
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Red
12/1/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
98 points
Really an amazing wine. Decided to prematurely open a bottle, mainly on a whim based on a bit of curiosity about wanting to try a high end 2017 Napa cab. Given the mixed reviews of this vintage I was pleasantly surprised with what a great bottle I had opened. This wine is extremely smooth with ultra fine tannins, showing off the distinctive Stags Leap terroir reminiscent of a much older HSS. Very dark fruits, spice and an earthy quality that should improve quite a bit as the wine settles in over time. I was taken back by how approachable this wine was so early on, which is a good indication that this is truly a star in the making.
Red
11/24/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
94 points
Fruit forward and ready to drink. Very fresh Spring Mountain fruit, one of the better Sherwin vintages. I have been drinking this wine for years and 2016 looks to be a very good vintage for Sherwin.
Red
11/23/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
92 points
One of the better Scraps that I have tried throughout the years. Appears to contain quite a bit of the 2016 Estate Cab from Sherwin. Great QPR.
Red
11/17/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
95 points
This is truly a great wine, though a little overpowering at first due to the strong tannins. Lots of dark fruit and earth notes, but very smooth and well structured. Definitely needs several hours exposure to air prior to drinking, not a good candidate for a pop n pour. What surprised me the most was the balance of this wine. I expect this wine to continue to improve over time as the intense tannins start to soften.
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Red
11/10/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
94 points
Very smooth with a long finish. Fresh Spring Mountain fruit with loads of dark fruit and a touch of sweetness. Not sure this wine will improve much going forward, but a most enjoyable wine. Over the years I have tried many different Sherwin vintages and I’ve come to the conclusion that the wine doesn’t improve much after 7-8 years from bottling.
Red
11/9/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
92 points
Drank over several hours. Very closed at first and a little disjointed. Re-corked and came back about 5 hours later to finish the rest of the bottle. The wine started to come together, but not to the extent I had experienced in the past. In hindsight I should have let the wine slow ox for several hours. In any case I think the wine was at or past its peak drinking window.
Red
2014 Quilceda Creek Palengat Red Wine Horse Heaven Hills Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/8/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
96 points
With a rich nose of leather and cedar, this wine jumps from the glass in an enticing manner. Quite a bit less acidic than my last bottle of over a year and a half ago, this wine is in a very nice place. Very... very long finish with primary notes of chocolate and dark fruit complimented by pleasant and distinctive secondary notes of chalk, tobacco and spearmint. A most unique wine that is entering a very good drinking window. Definitely a fun and unique wine that should pair well with a nice filet.
Red
11/3/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
92 points
This bottle wasn’t quite as good as Fortunas in the past. Overly sweet on day 1, much better 24 hours later. Tart black cherry, a hint of vanilla and almost a cola flavor... surprisingly acidic. Seems a little off compared to past bottles. Still a very enjoyable wine.
Red
8/23/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
96 points
Dark fruit, yet very fresh with a distinct hint of menthol. Much more approachable than Dunn wines in the past signifying a significant stylistic change. Have to wonder if Randy Dunn is allowing his son Mike much more control in the winemaking decisions. Best Dunn wine ever, which is saying something given the fact that I was years premature in opening this vintage. 96 now but I suspect in time the score will be even higher, reflecting an absolutely epic wine.
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Red
2015 Château Poesia St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/20/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
92 points
Graphite, bitter cherry and very acidic. Intense flavors, but a bit disjointed. Hard to tell where this wine will end up, but seems to be well structured. My guess is that time will be a friend to this wine.
Red
2015 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/18/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
93 points
Very nice, interesting wine. Strong tannins combined with earth notes, dark fruit and yet with a subdued, almost chalky sense. Hard to describe what I was tasting, which is an attribute supporting the uniqueness of the wine... or maybe the uniqueness of this particular bottle.
Red
2015 Château Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/17/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
91 points
Decent wine, but not great. Started off OK, but didn’t open up at all. Most likely way to early to try a bottle of this vintage.
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Red
8/11/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
96 points
Surprisingly good wine, definitely an upgrade worth the premium price vs. the Sherwin Estate. Slow ox 3 hours, decanted 1 hour. Well balanced and fine, bordering on intense tannins. Mixture of minerals and very dark fruit, including graphite, pepper and blueberry. Not nearly in the prime drinking window but a truly great wine. I’ve had many Sherwin wines going back to 2003 and this is my absolute favorite.
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Red
8/11/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
94 points
Seems to be in a good drinking window. PnP at a restaurant and the bottle was ready to go, but it did improve over the next hour. Fresh red fruit, balanced, but a little light on the tannins. Not sure how much the Fortuna will improve over time, if at all. Definitely a great QPR wine.
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Red
2009 Château Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/21/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
94 points
Smooth and balanced are the first two words that come to mind. Earth notes, spice and very smooth dark fruits work in harmony to form a very good wine that over time will continue to integrate, resulting in an exceptional wine 3-5 years down the road.
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Red
2009 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/20/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
96 points
Slow ox one hour, followed by a quick decant. Spicy, tart and exceptionally balanced, yet somewhat shut down. Loads of dark fruit, yet not quite the complexity I had anticipated. Decided to let the wine decant another 90 minutes and I was rewarded with a glimpse of the highly regarded VCC prowess. At the two hour mark I started to get a hint of all sorts of secondary flavors, from mellow cherry, to bits of spice and a touch of sweet apricot, perfectly timed to balance out the dark fruits. My sense is that at the 10 year mark the VCC is showing just a glimmer of its potential. Almost perfectly balanced with fine tannins and exquisite acidity, my guess is that I opened this bottle at least 5 years too early. 96 for now, with the potential of 2-3 points higher as Father Time works his patience and magic.
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Red
2015 Château Tour Saint-Christophe St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/17/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
92 points
Unbelievable QPR, one of the best wines for under $30. Decanted for 3 hours and the wine really came to life. Smooth, well balanced and a solid finish. Graphite, anise and a touch of black cherry. Not close to its prime, but given the vintage not unreasonable to try a bottle early on. 93-94 over time.
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Red
2009 Château Langoa Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/15/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
91 points
Very nice wine. Ripe plum, graphite and mid palate touch of pine. After 3 hours hints of lavender and earth notes. Nice acidity and medium finish.
Red
7/6/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
94 points
Opened a bottle way too soon. Well structured with heavy tannins, should improve exponentially over time. The wine is somewhat disjointed now, more a factor of time than structure. Compared to the 2015 this vintage is nowhere near ready to drink this early. 94 for now... 2-3 points higher with time.
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Red
6/26/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
98 points
Decided to try a 2013 HSS a decade or two too soon, especially given the vintage. Had 2 ounces upon opening and a little more after a 3 hour slow ox. Super disappointed at first, escpecially considering this was my bottle of choice to take to a wine group. Literally had nothing going on the first few hours. Decided to wait another couple of hours. To my amazment the HSS came alive and was one of the best HSS ever. Heavy mineral notes, elegant tannins and a most unique flavor profile, unlike anything I’ve tried in Napa. Overwhelmingly the WOTN, beating out some high end Bordeauxs. My take on this vintage is that with patience this wine will develop into something approaching 99-100. I can’t stress enough how much this wine benefited from several hours of exposure after opening. I would consider this particular vintage unique to HSS and definitely a throwback to a more subtle and elequent style, more consistent with a classic Bordeaux than to some of the high octane Napa cabs of late.
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Red
6/23/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
95 points
Decided to try the Fortuna after recently consuming the OG and the Verdad, the three Carter wines I bought in a mixed case. The Fortuna is absolutely stunning given the QPR. Fresh and concentrated, the lighter red fruit jumps out at you while showcasing an alluring mixture of raspberry, cherry, strawberry, plum and a hint of spice. While a bit lighter than its bigger brothers, I can’t remember a better wine under $100. The visceral reaction I get from the 2016 Fortuna is an overwhelming sense of freshness. Really a great wine irrespective of price point.
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Red
6/16/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
98 points
Second Maybach ever, after recently trying the ‘16 Materium. Given the namesake I was curious if Maybach could perfect wine to the same degree as Maybach’s affect on the Diesel engine. In this case the Amoenus sputtered a bit at first as the wine was slightly astringent off the line. Over several hours the Amoenus was firing on all cylinders with heavy notes of black currant, distinctively sour cherry and rounded off with a hint of sweet plum. Definitely a supercharged wine, passing on the Maybach lineage of perfection and luxury. Much like breaking in a fine car, the Amoenus definitely needs more miles under the hood to be properly broken in, but this wine is a classic.
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White
6/13/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
92 points
Decent Chardonnay, just a bit overpowering. I think I need to let my last two bottles sit for a year or two.
Red
6/2/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
97 points
I’m often amazed at how much a great wine can change year over year. Compared to the 2015 vintage, this Verdad replaces concentration with finesse and exchanges power for subtleness. Excellent wine, but young. Notes of dark fruit, earth tones and spice, with a distinctive mid-palate combination of red licorice and ripe cherries. This wine might grow into the WA 100 pt. rating, but as of now it is a solid 97 with lots of upside.
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Red
2016 Bevan Cellars Ontogeny Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/19/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
93 points
Slow ox for 4 hours. Notes of black cherry, graphite and vanilla, which gives this wine a hint of sweetness. Massive wine and a bit hot, however the wine settled down a bit after several hours. Great QPR, definitely one of the best wines out there under $100. Rivals the Carter Fortuna at this price point, but I would give the nod to Bevan as it seems to have a little more finesse.
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Red
5/16/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
98 points
The Bevan Wildefoot is a very substantial, super-full bodied wine that started out great and got even better. Reminds me somewhat of a Bordeaux, but with a much higher alcohol content. PnP first glass and then finished out of a decanter. By the 90 minute mark the wine really came to life and was hitting all the right notes. Our group followed up with a 2015 Hundred Acre cab that scored at the same high level, though the two wines were uniquely different. I actually liked the Bevan slightly more, but not by much.
Red
5/3/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
94 points
First Bevan red, ever. Very young, hot and closed at first. Slow ox for 3 hours and the wine finally started to show hints of complexity. Layers of dark fruit, spice and a hint of sweet vanilla. Still young, reminiscent of a talented athlete still on the JV but with 3 years left to make the varsity. Loads of potential, time will tell...
Red
4/20/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
99 points
Materium 2016 vs. Carter OG 2016 side-by-side.

Given CT scores consistently in the 97-100 range for these two great wines I wanted to use each bottle simultaneously as a benchmark for the other. I was trying to avoid finding one wine “a perfect 100” one week and then later liking the other wine better without showing a relative preference. Given the near religious experience one can find in great wines, I decided Easter weekend was appropriate in my quest for perfection. To assist me with my quest I enlisted the help of my daughter, taking a break from her CPA exams to help in my own audit.

Upon opening, both wines seemed tight. The OG was a brooding beast, though slightly acidic. The Materium was super smooth, but not as substantial as the OG. Decided to slow ox for a few hours, then decant. The extra time benefited the Materium far more than the OG, allowing the wine to really come to life and show off it’s impressive structure. Not to be outdone, the OG established itself as a truly transformational beauty of a wine.

Of particular note was how much better the Materium performed at the the 6-7 hour mark, while the OG was consistently great.

My sense is that the OG slightly outshines the Materium at this point in time, but the Materium seems to be more suited for time in the cellar. I would suggest that the OG is much closer now to its optimal drinking window than is the Materium, but I would not be at all surprised if 3-5 years from now the Materium develops into the better wine.

For now - Materium 97, OG 99
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Red
4/20/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
97 points
Materium 2016 vs. Carter OG 2016 side-by-side.

Given CT scores consistently in the 97-100 range for these two great wines I wanted to use each bottle simultaneously as a benchmark for the other. I was trying to avoid finding one wine “a perfect 100” one week and then later liking the other wine better without showing a relative preference. Given the near religious experience one can find in great wines, I decided Easter weekend was appropriate in my quest for perfection. To assist me with my quest I enlisted the help of my daughter, taking a break from her CPA exams to help in my own audit.

Upon opening, both wines seemed tight. The OG was a brooding beast, though slightly acidic. The Materium was super smooth, but not as substantial as the OG. Decided to slow ox for a few hours, then decant. The extra time benefited the Materium far more than the OG, allowing the wine to really come to life and show off it’s impressive structure. Not to be outdone, the OG established itself as a truly transformational beauty of a wine.

Of particular note was how much better the Materium performed at the the 6-7 hour mark, while the OG was consistently great.

My sense is that the OG slightly outshines the Materium at this point in time, but the Materium seems to be more suited for time in the cellar. I would suggest that the OG is much closer now to its optimal drinking window than is the Materium, but I would not be at all surprised if 3-5 years from now the Materium develops into the better wine.

For now - Materium 97, OG 99
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Red
3/29/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
97 points
What an amazing wine! Decided to buy a few bottles on the recommendation of LITEITONFIRE and I wasn’t disappointed. Started with a few ounces upon opening and the wine was acidic and closed. Decided to decant for about two hours and the wine became a beast. Seductive bouquet of dark, black fruit complimented by a beautiful opaque color, I was soon to be hooked. After two hours of anticipation I found the wine to be at that plateau when the taste screams “I’m at that level where few wines reach”. Notes of bramble, fig, plum and a touch of cedar, this wine is definitely not a fruit bomb. More of an understated elegance that sneaks up on you. 97 for now and some upside with a bit of patience.
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Red
3/8/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
91 points
I’ve had this wine several times and sometimes it is better than others. Tonight is a “tweener” night as it decent but not semi-great. From a QPR standpoint it is consistently in the slightly above average to moderately below great range. What is consistent is the Pott pedigree and the need to decant. Definitely not a wine to peek early, but after an hour or two it definitely moves into that wine that you don’t fall in love with, but at the same time you’re not dismissive of a second date.
Red
2/16/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
93 points
Very nice bottle of wine. Like many CT reviewers I also found the 2014 Dunn to be unusually approachable this early on. I’m fact the winery is suggesting drinking the 2014 ahead of the 2013. I decanted and then drank over an hour, noticing a substantial improvement halfway. Not as tannic as previous Dunn’s, definitely a more profound fruit profile, with dark berries, earth notes and a very pleasant hint of plum.
Red
12/15/2018 - TXRDW wrote:
96 points
My first Vice Versa ever and I’m hooked. I’ve tried the Melka CJ before, but the Vice Versa is at a whole different level. Well structured and balanced, I can only imagine this wine improving in a few years. Unfortunately for my wallet I’m now going to have to start trying the higher end Vice Versa wines.
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White
11/16/2018 - TXRDW wrote:
91 points
Interesting wine, but way too early to drink. Vivid and numerous fruit notes, but completely lacking any integration. In fact the wine was quite oddly very cloudy. My though is that this particular wine needs quite a bit of cellar time, but the fruit is undeniably of the highest quality. Glad I have three bottles remaining.
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Red
11/12/2018 - TXRDW wrote:
96 points
One of the best Sherwin Family Cabernet vintages ever, rivaling 2004 & 2008. Spring Mountain fruit balanced with velvety smooth tannins. I need to acquire several more bottles of this vintage. Drank alongside a 2013 Dunn and the Sherwin Family was the near-unanimous favorite.
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Red
9/28/2018 - TXRDW wrote:
93 points
On a whim I decided to open my last bottle of 2013 Pride after much disappointment from previous bottles (see last note). Much to my surprise this was a far better wine than in the past. Storage has been consistent, so the other main variables that come to mind are method of pouring, aging and consistency of vintage. I popped and poured with the first glass being very good and the wine tasted even better an hour later. My last (disappointing) bottle was recent, so aging wasn’t a factor. This leads me to suspect that the 2013 Pride was inconsistent for reasons unknown. In any case, my final bottle was quite good.
Red
9/16/2018 - TXRDW wrote:
93 points
Slow ox 3 hours before taking it to a restaurant several hours later. Rich, concentrated and highly extracted. Lots of intense, dark fruit flavors. Medium finish, and the wine was sweeter (a little too sweet) than a previous bottle last year.
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Red
8/31/2018 - TXRDW wrote:
93 points
Took to a BYOB restaurant and popped and poured. Very unique Napa wine, with all sorts of Bordeaux characteristics, not surprising given the wine maker’s background. Nice tannins, not too concentrated, yet complex. The wine really started to open up midway through dinner. Probably would have been slightly better with more time to open up. Very good QPR.
Red
9/2/2018 - TXRDW wrote:
91 points
Smooth wine, fine tannins with notes of blackberry, boysenberry and black cherry. The opposite of a fruit bomb. This wine is a little light in concentration, but enjoyable.
Red
8/25/2018 - TXRDW wrote:
96 points
Very interesting, complex wine. Slow ox for 2 hours, followed by 1 hour decant. Initial impression was disappointment as the wine did not seem to open up at all. Very spicy, with lots of smoke flavors... but very linear. Much to my surprise at hour 4 the complexity kicked in, offering nuanced hints of black cherry, plum and other subtle fruit flavors balancing out the noticeably strong tannins. My sense is that the 2013 vintage is teasing us at year 5 with the gradual conversion from potential to actualization.
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Red
8/19/2018 - TXRDW wrote:
95 points
Amazingly long finish, very smooth and balanced. Notes of black cherry, graphite, a touch of smoke and a hint of sweet vanilla. Last bottle, I’m sure I drank a year or two early.
Red
7/14/2018 - TXRDW wrote:
85 points
Overwhelmingly syrupy and sweet. Decanted to see if the wine would improve, but three hours later the wine was the same as when opened. I’ve noticed quite a few very high scores on this wine, and if you like a very extracted wine, much sweeter than Caymus, then the higher scores are justified.
Red
7/4/2018 - TXRDW wrote:
93 points
Opened my 2013 Sherwin etched flag bottle for 4th of July celebration. Definitely the best 2013 Sherwin I’ve had as the wine was finally starting to open up. Very smooth with softened tannins. Popped and poured as there was little opportunity at the party to let the wine sit, however I would recommend several hours of air time to get the most out of this vintage as the wine was noticeably smoother towards the end of the bottle.
Red
6/30/2018 - TXRDW wrote:
90 points
I had this wine on the heels of a 2015 Pride Reserve. Big step down, even after considering the relative QPR. Decanted for 2 hours, strong notes of black cherry and spice, but with an almost bitter finish. I’m a huge Pride fan, but this particular bottle was a bit disappointing.
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