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Red
2004 Hundred Acre Vineyard Shiraz Summer's Block Ancient Way Barossa Valley
8/10/2019 - MC2 Wines wrote:
Smokin Meat and Serious Syrah 2.0 (Westport, CT): Fitting with the Aussie theme and transitioning into some of the US new world. I always like Jayson's wines. They are hedonistic (as are the SQN), but there's something also very approachable and engaging about them. And while they are intense he seems to achieve some balance. Not over killing the fruit. Some decent acid. This was similar to that. You can't really tell the age (I wonder if one ever will - we have some of the early 2000's Napa versions sleeping), but it is as I said quite approachable and quite drinkable.
  • cjsavino commented:

    11/15/20, 1:54 PM - Opened one of these tonight, nice mature nose. A lightness on the body that is more than made up for in the flavors.

Rosé - Sparkling
2011 Schramsberg Vineyards J. Schram Rosé North Coast Champagne Blend
12/24/2019 - eoin harkins wrote:
94 points
Another vintage and another great showing of this wine 2011, last time I was in Napa! Gorgeous nose of dried earthy minerals, cranberry and raspberries palate is a bit tense with lots of fruit, acidity and fine pin point mousse and a really long finish
  • cjsavino commented:

    12/25/19, 1:49 PM - We opened one tonight, beautiful color and apple nose

White - Off-dry
2015 Paetra Riesling "S" Eola - Amity Hills
2/10/2019 - dsgris Likes this wine:
92 points
Light golden towards orange tinge, Kiwi fruit nose. Slight off-dry with light acid, medium fruit and a good balance of the rs and acid. Drinking very well with a lovely mouth feel, some candied lemon rind and lighter limoncello. Super good sipper, need to try with some spicy Asian. Drank with some Tak-a-Way hot and sour soup, should be good with some Pok Pok hot wings. Getting some Mandarin orange and white peach notes on night two, smooth and velvety.
  • cjsavino commented:

    2/11/19, 3:57 AM - We had a bottle this weekend and I was getting similar faint orange taste. Almost a mandarin orange

Red
2012 Jean Edwards Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard Napa Valley
1/5/2019 - Grape_ape Likes this wine:
92 points
Great aromatics, dark fruits, black currant, dusty old world flavors add some nice complexity. Nice long finish. Really enjoying this with some a grilled T-bone.
  • cjsavino commented:

    1/5/19, 4:44 PM - We had the 2010 of this wine last week, fantastic

Red
2004 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric dël Fiasc Nebbiolo
8/11/2018 - rashcar Likes this wine:
94 points
My friend Johnny decanted for one hour. Great nose of lead pencil and earth to later become perfume. Great structure and well balanced. In drinking window right now.
  • cjsavino commented:

    8/12/18, 5:36 AM - Based upon your review, why a 50 point rating

White - Sparkling
2004 Schramsberg Vineyards J. Schram North Coast Champagne Blend
9/3/2017 - eoin harkins wrote:
94 points
This showed so well tonight lots of mature golden apples,nuts and spices in the nose, plenty of expressive macerated golden apples and Lear on the palate developed elegant effervescence with pleasant acidity keeping the fruit fresh and lively
  • cjsavino commented:

    6/29/18, 4:59 PM - Had this tonight, excellent

Rosé
2016 Tercero Mourvèdre Rosé Santa Barbara County
5/29/2018 - brigcampbell wrote:
Mourvedre based Rosé? The best. This stands with any rose on the planet. The good news it's made by a great guy and love supporting the cause. Complex aromas of earth and leather with ripe apricot and peach. Fresh cut peaches and a little grit for good measure.
  • cjsavino commented:

    5/30/18, 5:05 AM - Bought a mixed case earlier this year, after trying bought another case.

White
2015 Paetra Riesling Yamhill-Carlton
* (close to **)

Very smooth, no rough edges. Dry but with a touch of sweetness. Light weight. Consistent on the palate with very good length. Not as interesting as the Eola-Amity Hills cuvée, a bit one-dimensional and less precise, so I rated it lower. Perhaps it will gain character with some time in the cellar.

Just as good the second day, after a night in the fridge.
  • cjsavino commented:

    10/28/17, 3:45 PM - Having this tonight and getting some strong orange zest, well made

White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
12/18/2016 - akov wrote:
Reportedly well stored bottle. Vast disappointment. Colour is deep, tea-like. The wine has certainly an age, a bit of oxidation, cold tea notes, a bit of volatile and a very very strong medicinal character that renders it undrinkable. Cork was healthy, no TCA taint or other problem.
  • cjsavino commented:

    12/18/16, 5:37 AM - Sounds like a flawed bottle, should be a light gold even at this point. Based upon the track record would return for a refund.

Red
2000 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
9/18/2016 - Loren Sonkin wrote:
88 points
A lot of Wines at Tommy's Clambake (again again) (Tommy's): This was disappointing. I waited until it had been open for a while and was down to the last few pours. i do own a couple of these. Very little fruit showing. Thick tannins. Not much complexity. I could not detect any obvious faults, but it just seemed old and tires. Hopefully, just a not great bottle. I had this a few times and it showed better but always needed a lot more time.
  • cjsavino commented:

    10/1/16, 5:02 PM - Think you had a bad bottle, opened one tonight that is part of a case I had from release, very fragrant and silky.

Red
2011 Jean Edwards Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Seventy Four - Forty One Napa Valley
Very good for a 2011. Pretty firm with some red and black fruit hiding behind some strong tannins. Needs time, and I would like to try another vintage.
  • cjsavino commented:

    3/19/16, 4:59 PM - These will age gracefully. Had a 2009 recently and was excellent.

Red
1997 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate Napa Valley
3/6/2016 - Valbonne Likes this wine:
96 points
Outstanding. Still drinking well. red fruit - some chocolate and vanilla notes.
  • cjsavino commented:

    3/6/16, 4:08 PM - We had this a few nights ago, still powerful with many years to go.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2003 Château Tirecul La Gravière Monbazillac Cuvée Madame Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
1/17/2016 - Burgundy Al wrote:
92 points
1989/1990 Bordeaux Dinner (Feast & Imbibe - Evanston IL): Intense dried apricot and marzipan hints. Very good concentration, less impressive acidity. Best now through the next 5 years, not a wine to cellar long term. Also better with dessert than on its own.
  • cjsavino commented:

    1/18/16, 6:00 AM - Have always been impressed with these wines that Tirecul puts out, on par with some great Sauternes.

White
2010 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay
Touch of oak and crushed apples on the nose. Full bodied, complex and well integrated wine that matched the guinea hen ballotine perfectly. Medium plus acid and extract will allow this to age for some years. Overall, beautiful wine to come back to 5 years.
  • cjsavino commented:

    12/3/15, 4:47 AM - I opened one of these back in September. Found it needed a good 4-5 hours or air to help it open up, will save my other bottle for 4-5 years down the line

Red
2000 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
5/9/2015 - MikeATL wrote:
84 points
Brisket, Bordeaux, and Rhones: Totally dominated by green bell pepper, to the point of being unpleasant even for a lover of Loire cab franc like me.
  • cjsavino commented:

    5/12/15, 1:06 PM - I have found the same problem with my 2000 S-M. Recently had the 2005 that was very pleasant with out the bell pepper

Red
2007 Two Hands Cabernet Sauvignon Charlie's Patch Napa Valley
4/7/2015 - J @ y H @ c k wrote:
95 points
Popped and poured to celebrate my son taking his USMLE Step I exam. He wanted his kind of wine, which is Scarecrow, but since I am a meanie and wouldn't open a Scarecrow, I picked this. It is REALLY DELICIOUS. An incredible, outstanding wine. Extremely dark with red highlights around the edges. Nose is dark red fruit with plum. Palate still has tanins with red fruit, acidity and, in an odd way, a tiny touch of sweetness on the back of the palate. For a TRB wine, this is actually more sexy than brawny. There are tiny hints of other flavors, like a bit of chocolate, coffee and spice, that I am convinced will flower with some more age. Takes on additional red fruit flavors as it gets some air. Give it an hour or two decant. Long finish. This is no where near its peak. Space out the remaining four bottles over the next decade or so.
  • cjsavino commented:

    4/8/15, 7:11 AM - I have several bottles of this vintage, plus some of the 2008. These were really a steal when they were on closeout sale.

Red
2009 Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
6/14/2014 - cjsavino wrote:
92 points
Deep garne color, earthy nose, palate shows some forest floor, strong tannins, coffee, and plum skin.
  • cjsavino commented:

    6/14/14, 6:45 PM - This wine needs a few hours of air, even better with 2-3 hours in the decanter.

Red
2011 Novy Family Wines Syrah Sierra Mar Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands
This was a really lovely surprise. Very good wine and excellent for the price point. Has some nice rich fruit (lots of plum coming through) but a great balancing earthiness that keeps it together. Maybe some mocha and cinnamon contributing as well. A WineBerserkers purchase and wish we'd gotten more.
  • cjsavino commented:

    4/25/14, 8:07 AM - Send Adam Lee an email for more, sure he will help you out.

Red
2011 Sojourn Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast
3/12/2014 - cjsavino wrote:
94 points
A real special wine that hits you in the nose like summer time at a fruit stand. Delicious on the palate the fruits and acidity dancing together.
  • cjsavino commented:

    3/13/14, 12:19 PM - This was young, but so good. Will last several more years. These were a direct purchase from the winery.

Red
2000 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
9/12/2013 - mgstull Likes this wine:
88 points
Black fruit, tobacco, and the same bell pepper streak as in previous bottles.
  • cjsavino commented:

    9/20/13, 8:18 AM - I am amazed how this wine keeps showing the strong bell pepper taste. I have to be vary careful with this when paring with food. Not sure how others accept it.

Red
2000 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
Tense, assertive (I'm starting to get the green pepper controversy in this wine--in the end, not my favorite Bordeaux style), a bit rasping (esp. next to my favorite Pauillac): 17.5
  • cjsavino commented:

    8/27/13, 5:22 PM - Had this a few years ago and the roasted pepper taste was too much for me, it can work with the right food pairing.

Red
2010 Sojourn Pinot Noir Sangiacomo Vineyard Sonoma Coast
7/20/2013 - Phredd Likes this wine:
94 points
NC Cindy Tasting, Pinot Noir (NC Wino's Stately Wayne Manor): Darker than the Rodgers Creek which immediately preceded it, this wine still has substantial youthful purple. The nose is less pretty and more muscular than the Rodgers Creek, with a significant bit of funk which blows off quickly. There is also solid red fruit. One the palate, this comes across as a touch sweet and if anything, even more delicious than the Rodgers Creek. It still has a bit of cola, but is just starting to take on some secondary earthiness. The wine is quite acidic, with a long, mouth-watering and well-balanced finish. There is plenty of time to go with this wine, which should only get better over the next 3-5 years, but it is more than drinkable right now. Smooth, well-made, and extremely inviting, this wine just gets better as the hours unfold. The best of the California Pinots that were opened this night by a significant margin, at $44 this is an excellent buy. A magnificent effort.
  • cjsavino commented:

    7/28/13, 6:09 PM - We had this bottle on Friday night, an exceptionally well made Pinot

Red
2010 Silver Decoy Winery Cabernet Franc New Jersey
7/21/2012 - brigcampbell wrote:
Born to Rhone - Wine Tasting in Central New Jersey (Central New Jersey): Barrel Sample: This wine has not been blended yet but the bones are outstanding. Cherry and a bit more fruit than '09, tar, spice, and earth notes. Big showing of tannins so the sructure is there. The finish is long. This could be really something special and is cellar worthy.
  • cjsavino commented:

    6/8/13, 1:32 PM - We opted to visit the winery today and tried the cab franc, this is a very well made wine with a super long finish, bought 3 bottles

  • cjsavino commented:

    6/8/13, 2:39 PM - The whites were fair, the reds were well made and surprising for NJ, enjoyed the cab and Sangiovese

Red
2004 Masseria Felicia Falerno del Massico Etichetta Bronzo Aglianico
11/5/2012 - cjsavino wrote:
89 points
In the glass a bit muddy in glass with a ruby color, very tannic on the palate, dry leather and dusty
  • cjsavino commented:

    4/2/13, 3:01 PM - I picked this up originally on a last bottle sale. Did like the wine, more old school Italian. Did buy 3 at the forum special

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