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(91 notes on 77 wines)

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Red
1/30/2023 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
94 points
Still excellent wine- a bit mustier than before. Good expression of Mike Smith wine.
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Red
2017 Realm Cellars The Tempest Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/31/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
91 points
Not as great as I thought- nice color but bland. Will see if this changes
Red
2015 Realm Cellars Moonracer Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/26/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
92 points
Not as good as it was last year- good color, nice body - nose was not as forthcoming as earlier- majority cedar notes for me- blue fruit subdued now with more of the red coming through. Not sure if it was what I ate but getting a slight off putting aftertaste- can’t quite place it. I think Cellar Tracker is right in saying these should be drunk now!!
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Red
11/20/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
92 points
Nice color good tannins. Solid wine but as it ages the fruit forward goes away, which is what I look for.
Red
10/18/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
91 points
Good color- even tannins but just not much punch left for my palate. Nose is bright- cedar red fruit. Clean finish but not much fruit on the tongue. Still a good wine
Red
10/17/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
92 points
This wine holds up over time- good color, nice even tannins, good mix of blue and red fruit. A little musty on the nose but that blew off with some air. I got some cedar as well. Nice wine with a bit of age on it!
Red
9/23/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
94 points
Nice deep purple color, excellent blue fruit on the nose with a tinge of bright red- a good bit of cedar on the nose as well. Very smooth on the palate with slight sour aftertaste but not bad. Very integrated tannins now. Interesting how this wine will evolve. I know I drank this too early but it is really drinking well for me now. Wow it will be interesting to see how this wine changes! Pretty darn good right now!!
Red
9/15/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
93 points
Nice deep color, getting cedar, blue fruit on the nose, slightly “hot” on the nose. Good blue fruit on the palate, clean finish. This is a good wine but a bit “hot” at 15.6 alcohol. Will be interesting to see how this develops. This wine is right up my alley with the strong blue fruits!!
White
9/11/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
90 points
Good wine but a little sweet. I am more of a red drinker so this is not a good review, but I actually enjoy drinking this
Red
8/30/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice purple color- at bit musty on the nose but as it gets more air this goes away. Smooth, good red fruit and slight blue fruit notes. Good alcohol. This is a good wine but may need more time- just not quite put together yet in my mind, but I can’t really place why. Good components but together not yet ready.
Red
7/14/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
93 points
I really like this wine, but I did not let it air much- will see how it is today. Blue fruity, nice color, good mouthfeel- very enjoyable .
Red
6/16/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
93 points
Good purple color, nice fruity nose which is a bit hot after a bit of decanting. Great mouthfeel, nice blue fruit profile that has a nice clean finish. This wine is much more in my wheelhouse - not as acidic but still good acidity. Nice midpalate fruit. Wondering if I also drank this too early?? Beck stiffer has some nice fruit.
Red
6/10/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
93 points
This is a great wine that I probably drank too early. Nice color. Subdued nose but with slight red fruit hints. Nice mouthfeel. Good blue/red fruit mixture on the palate with a hint of something like cotton candy which I have not tasted before, but I really like it. Solid wine. Will be interested in seeing how this evolves .
Red
5/21/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
92 points
Good blue fruit - well integrated alcohol - little sour/ bitter on the mid palate but overall a great wine.
Red
5/17/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
90 points
Light color, definite bright red fruit, cedar notes in the nose. Bright, acidic wine compared to the other B cellar offerings. Good but definitely not my favorite . Slight must on the aftertaste. For me not great but an okay effort.
Red
5/10/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
95 points
This is a very solid smooth wine- good color, integrated tannins and alcohol on the palate- good blue fruit taste with slight cedar. On aeration getting some menthol notes which I do not like but seems to even out. Overall a great wine!!
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Red
5/2/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
92 points
Coming out of the cellar this had a nice blue fruit nose, nice color- nice clean finish. Alcohol 15.2 is well integrated . Will see how this changes after being out of the cellar. Good wine for the price but I have a feeling with a bit more time out of the cellar and more decanting I may not like it as much. Will see
Red
4/23/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
90 points
Light color typical of Pinot, bright fruity nose that had a bit of off putting earthy smell (for me). Bright red fruit- clean finish. Would agree with the one dimensional comment. Nice wine but not really my cup of tea.
Red
4/20/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
93 points
This wine is drinking really good right now. Nice deep purple color, getting a touch of vanilla on the nose - good blue fruit with a touch of mellow red on the palate. Integrated tannins- nice clean finish. Great mouth feel. I am glad I have a couple of bottles left. I remember drinking Ghost Block before and really liking it. This is a solid wine .
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Red
4/16/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
93 points
On opening this wine seemed hot and acidic- but as it decanted and opened up it turned into a totally different wine. Nice floral nose with cotton candy coming to mind. Good color, nice subdued red fruit taste which really mellowed out, which I like. This wine really turned into a great experience. Really enjoyable.
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Red
4/15/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
93 points
I had this at a hibachi restaurant - the great smells of the hibachi actually hurt my wine nose but it is all good. Good color, great subdued red and blue fruit nose. Great cedar taste with good blue fruit. Alcohol well integrated . I am not scoring as high as the others but still a great effort- great overall wine- agree that it is work $100.
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Red
4/14/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
92 points
Really had a good combo of cedar and fruit. This is a powerful well balanced wine that I think will get better with time- I think I drank this too early. Alcohol at 15% was a bit hot but not bad. Good color and clean finish. I would wait a while for the next bottle. To me I think the 19 may be superior to the 18.
Red
4/3/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice strong effort but for me not as enjoyable as the B cellars Bridgeline. Nice color, nice fruity taste with more red than blue fruit. Good alcohol at 15.2 but does seem a bit “hot.” Has a bit of a musty taste which may be this bottle so will be interesting to see how the others age.
Red
3/30/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
92 points
This has gotten a bit better over time- strong tannins that should age well over the next few years. Nice deep purple color, cedar notes on the palate. Good mix of blue and red fruit. Needs more of a decant but I couldn’t wait!! This is still a strong wine that should last a while.
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Red
3/23/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
92 points
This wine really impressed me because I had it before and I didn’t like it. Good deep purple color, nice fruity nose, solid tannins nice blue fruit as well as red. Cedar notes and decent alcohol round out this. Overall this wine is put together well.
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Red
3/16/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
93 points
This is another great QPR wine!! Nice color, great tannins! Nose with great cedar notes, good mix of blue and red fruit! Alcohol 14.3 but seems bigger. Did a pop and pour and was not good right out of the cellar but with air and warming really improved. Will see how this evolves tomorrow but am very happy with this!!
Red
3/14/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
92 points
Must concur with my previous assessment. I enjoyed it a bit cold but actually on this drink has improved the next day- I actually gave it one point extra from my last review. This is a good QPR wine. I am very happy with this purchase.
Red
3/5/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
88 points
Maybe a decent wine with food but just not my cup of tea. Nice color, not much fruit on the nose- dry, good tannins but no fruit. Decent alcohol- overall would pass on this but good with Italian food.
Red
2/1/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
90 points
Another wine that I like right out of the wine cellar. Although the nose is slightly better on day 2, flavors seem stronger and more vibrant day 1. Nice purple color - good strong blue fruit which has waned on. Good tannins that are great day 2. Definite cedar/oak notes on day 2. Good alcohol at 14.5%. Overall another great QPR wine, but I am finding that these wines are better a bit cold!
Red
1/28/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice bottle for the price! Decent nose, strong fruit flavor- alcohol at 15.2% was well integrated. Next day fruit and alcohol seemed a bit subdued but still good. Great QPR!!
Red
1/27/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
91 points
I drank this after pop and pour and then 1 day later. It was very good on the pop and pour with a nice fruity nose- good tannins and nice clean fruity finish. More dark blue fruit. The next day I was pleasantly surprised that the wine held up. Smooth clean finish. Slightly more red fruit on Day 2. Agree with the other reviewers - not great for $100 but I will split the difference and say I am happy with this for $75!! Still believe of the 18’s that Juliet is superior.
Red
1/2/2022 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
92 points
Definitely agree with the prior posts but I do believe this wine needs some time to open up. Strong fruit flavor, but seems to be a good mix of red and blue- I am getting cedar notes as well. Well integrated with the alcohol- seems to me to be superior to the Romeo.
Red
12/25/2021 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
91 points
Very pleasant floral nose- good tannins, deep purple color. Blue fruit seemed to turn to red fruit. Well integrated alcohol- also cedar came out as it aged. Good wine but may have been better earlier?? Overall good wine but for the price??
Red
12/25/2021 - goonar182 Does not like this wine:
89 points
Good fruity smell, blue fruit on opening but dissipated quickly. Some kind of clove/menthol medicinal flavor to the wine which I did not like. Good tannins and great deep purple color. Unfortunately it was a bit hard to drink by the end. Will see if this changes in the future.
Red
2015 Realm Cellars The Bard Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/18/2021 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
93 points
Good nose cedar- strong tannins- blue fruit, nice clean . Drinking with steak and going down well. Not as good as before but still an excellent wine.
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Red
2015 Realm Cellars Moonracer Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/27/2021 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
95 points
Boy this was a great, evolving wine. Drank periodically over 15 minute increments- improved over time. Definite cedar/oak throughout. Blue fruits in the beginning but slight red fruit in the end. Full palate- great finish. Full bodied- well integrated. Definitely a nicely put together wine
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Red
2014 Bond Matriarch Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/26/2021 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
92 points
Not as good as I was hoping- not much fruit- nose was so fruity on opening but really dissipated as time went on. Good tannins- finish was a bit off on opening but that went away. I would say 92 overall- still a great wine, and even better with food.
Red
11/18/2021 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
93 points
Still powerful- good blue fruit- smooth. Cedar notes: Very satisfying
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Red
10/2/2021 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
93 points
Really enjoy this wine- great blue fruit taste, great alcohol integration- great mouthfeel. Will be interesting to see how this evolves.
Red
9/22/2021 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
92 points
This was way better than I expected- good color great fruit, nice tannins. Alcohol 15.1% packs a nice punch. Easily 92 points- will see how it drinks tomorrow.
Red
9/9/2021 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
91 points
Nose is better, very floral- nice tannins- bright red fruit but not much of it . A good wine but had not improved overall from 1 year ago. Still solid.
Red
9/2/2021 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
91 points
May have to wait a while- popped and poured from the cellar. Needs time to warm up. Powerful, good young cab- not much nose and clean finish but not much flavor. I do like it but want to see how this changes.
Red
2018 B Cellars Blend 26 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (view label images)
8/27/2021 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
90 points
A bit cold but not much of a nose- cedar?? Great mouthfeel- more red fruit- a bit acidic good alcohol. A good wine.
Red
8/22/2021 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
91 points
Little aftertaste- a bit hot- good fruit but not as good as before. Still good tannins but still not that old. Will see how this changes.
Red
8/16/2021 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
93 points
Still strong tannins, great color- excellent wine but not much fruit, dry. May change as it gets more air and warmer.
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Red
8/12/2021 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
94 points
Really liking this wine- right up the alley!! Strong tannins, good blue fruit, alcohol very integrated. Great floral, bright nose. May last even longer! Glad I have a few more bottles left.
Red
8/10/2021 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
94 points
Great blue fruit, strong tannins, great floral nose- wow was really impressed with this
Red
7/8/2021 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
95 points
Nice fruity nose right on opening that improved as it warmed. Good blue fruit and cedar notes- good tannins. Nice and heavy wine. This is my type of wine!!
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Red
2016 Realm Cellars The Bard Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/20/2021 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
96 points
Still just as good as before- drinking with steak so even better!. Slight amount of sediment in the bottle. Strong blue fruit flavor- nose perked up after warming but still not that fragrant. Overall taste wins!!
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Red
2012 Darioush Duel Napa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
4/1/2021 - goonar182 Likes this wine:
91 points
Great fruit and nose on day one. Next day fell off a cliff. Oxidized perfectly on day one. Drink quick if you open one of the 2012’s! Good wine.
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