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2010 Fattoria La Lecciaia (Pacini) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
12/8/2016 - CondorKhan wrote:
91 points
Pours deep garnet with orange rim.

Exuberant nose of berries and baking spices. On the palate, cherry, dark chocolate, earth, spices. Finishes with very fine tannins and a streak of salty blood. Simply delicious. A great value.
  • robertdtwo commented:

    8/12/17, 7:53 PM - I just posted a TN saying that this is perhaps the nicest USD$40 BdM out there...so I certainly agree with your value statement! Cheers...

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2004 Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Sangiovese
10/4/2016 - Iceman611 wrote:
85 points
To me the bottle is obviously past prime. It was drinkable but I wouldn't order it again. Too bad. I'm sure it was amazing a year or two ago.
  • robertdtwo commented:

    2/24/17, 1:33 PM - I couldn't agree with portman63 more! I have stored these myself since release, and decanting gave me a brief scare, too... For whatever reason, this looked as if it aged ten or more years in the last three since my last try, and I have to wonder if storing conditions weren't optimal, then perhaps it would be easy for this vintage to head south on you. Sorry for your disappointment. Cheers!

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2006 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
12/30/2016 - Sundbyberg wrote:
98 points
Gently modernized, yet made with great respect for the Bordaux heritage. Great oak and some early complexity. A bit sweet. Long.
Enjoyable straight out the bottle, but improves with a very long slowox, over several days.
97-99 for now, but could potentially reach a 100.
  • robertdtwo commented:

    2/2/17, 10:31 AM - Well-spoken and I hope your prediction comes true!

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2003 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa Valley
11/19/2016 - lifebreath wrote:
87 points
Over-ripe, over-extracted, alcoholic and over-oaked! How's that for over the top?!? Admirable core flavors, but poorly integrated.
  • robertdtwo commented:

    1/31/17, 5:02 PM - Dude...if you are unable or unqualified to identify a tainted specimen, let me tell you that it's OK to say so. Bottle variation? Perhaps. More likely, you have some agenda other than just casually informing your CT brethren 'bout what you found in that bottle. Your use of the word, "admirable," doesn't give you a pass in my book...I see through you!

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2003 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa Valley
9/9/2016 - pablopilot wrote:
97 points
Whoa. When is a California Cabernet not a California Cabernet? When it's a hermitage, or better yet a very high end Shiraz... This is one of those special wines that defies rating and beggars description. A real category killer, far and away at the top end of California wines. Deep. Dark and inky. Lovingly balanced, hint of plums over blueberries, menthol, tar resin. Plenty of backbone, both tannic and acidic. Thick mouthfeel. Earthy. Very young for a 12-year old. Overall, it just makes you feel good to taste and enjoy it; and then, aloha, the heady alcohol kicks in. I've got a few bottles left to savor for the next 30 years. Hurray!

We drank from the bottle, which left a decent residue of fine and large-grained residue in our glasses. Decanting might be wise.
  • robertdtwo commented:

    1/31/17, 4:44 PM - Sorry, Pablo...nothing I could say could improve upon your assessment, so I stole it!!!

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2010 O'Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder
10/25/2015 - robertdtwo wrote:
93 points
Smoky cherry and dark fruit are coming forward just a bit since last try over 18 months ago. Tannins still lurking, but rounding just a bit. I'd better try to hold on to a couple of these to see where they go, but they're already calling out for me to drink 'em up. Delicious!
  • robertdtwo commented:

    8/4/16, 10:44 AM - Tim, I haven't found an O'S I didn't like, so I would definitely agree! Cheers

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2008 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
6/15/2016 - robertdtwo wrote:
92 points
I waited a year since last try but wanted to check in and see where this was. Two-hour Vinturi decant may have been too brief knowing this is an absolute youngster. Beautiful floral nose on decant but dusty tannins still a bit firm. I've been a tiny bit disappointed, as I felt this might be one of the sleepers of this difficult vintage, but more time is required to assess... An earlier post nailed it: I hope the fruit outlasts the tannins. Wait or air aggressively.
  • robertdtwo commented:

    6/16/16, 3:48 PM - TightLettuce, thanks for your cautionary note...I hadn't heard this comment before re: Vinturi and love to gain knowledge, expertise and hints from my CT brothers and sisters. Cheers!

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2004 Château Pavie St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
4/16/2015 - Rosengoo wrote:
79 points
This wine was drank at home without decanting. It was slightly orange in colour and a bit cloudy when poured. The nose had some cherry and medicinal smells to it. In the glass was a wine that had lots of red cherries and some vanilla tastes. It was also quite sour and had strong acidity to it. The tannins were strong but at a good level.
This wine gave no obvious signs that it was corked or spoiled but I certainly didn't enjoy it tonight.
  • robertdtwo commented:

    6/2/16, 11:39 AM - All I can say is, "Wow. Strange..." I found your TN while researching what to decant for our anniversary tonight and I must say that I've never heard Pavie described as you have here, and wonder if perhaps this was a bad bottle. Davie at '79' seems patently ridiculous and had I found what you did in this bottle, I believe I would have gone with 'NR' and chalked it up to a bad bottle.

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2010 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
Would rather not comment but if you like extracted brunello that doesn't taste like Sangiovese then this is a great wine!
  • robertdtwo commented:

    5/16/16, 4:09 PM - You dove down to '80' for your perception/opinion on overextraction? Tough room.

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2006 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
1/15/2016 - robertdtwo Likes this wine:
91 points
Two-hour Vinturi decant. Still tannic and a bit musty with tobacco and earthy notes most prominent. I've been waiting for years for bottle age to justify this purchase, but it's just not happening. HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT and since this was my first foray into this vineyard, I think I'm bailing...no thanks! When the threshold is a hundred bucks, expectations are high. Goodbye!
  • robertdtwo commented:

    1/25/16, 5:34 PM - Community, especially Zurich & Tooth, thank you for your input on Montrose. This was my first foray into the vineyard and I guess I became a whiney child waiting for Christmas Day to arrive. I'll heed your sage advice, wait, and revisit those Montrose bottles that have had a chance to nap before I wake them from their slumber and decant them to my glass.
    Cheers, all, and thank you for your wisdom! Those who can't learn a lesson from those who've been there are fools who rush in when they should be learning from their elder wino brothers!

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2007 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli Sangiovese
11/13/2015 - JulianSkeels Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted for 2hrs and drank over the following 2hrs. This already drinks wonderfully. I can't relate to many of the CT notes below (e.g. soaring aroma), but this has a lovely combination of density, mouthfeel and acidity to make it a pleasure to drink - but it needs food at the moment. There are tannins, but the sweetness and acidity counters them. Really opened up in the glass, then became somewhat dumb after 2hrs. I'm struggling for any specific taste/smell descriptors, but still enjoyed this enough to give it 93pts based on current drinking - mostly for the mouthfeel/balance. It will improve for sure, but it is not in the same league as the 2010 (I have not tried my 2004 or 2006s yet) and since it's great value this will continue to be one of my go-to pizza wines for the next year. I doubt I will cellar my cases for more than another 3-4yrs.
  • robertdtwo commented:

    12/21/15, 2:07 PM - I love this producer and will gladly accept any invitations for pizza at your place! Cheers!

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2007 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli Sangiovese
2/15/2015 - frqntflyr wrote:
NR. This bottle may have been ever so slightly corked. Literally nothing on the nose. Either this shut down hard judging by previous reviews or it was barely corked. I think the latter and if anyone has experience with this wine (it was my first bottle) thoughts would be appreciated.
  • robertdtwo commented:

    12/21/15, 2:03 PM - This is one of two brunellos taking over my cellar (the other is Casanova di Neri) so we are obviously fans; however, this vintage is proving to be reticent in the nose department...your assessment is spot-on. I understand that this was a hot vintage, perhaps that's the reason? At any rate, I have great faith in this producer and hope a little rest brings these around.

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2003 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
7/6/2015 - tp096255 wrote:
85 points
I like it because I can drink it, but I hate it because I have been cellaring this freaking punk-a** bottle for a decade and just now realized this is the same stupid kind of bor-dough plonk I've been wasting my time on all along. How did James Suckling rate this a NINETY-EIGHT in 2006 and then change that to a 92 (NINETY-TWO!!!!!) in 2011?!? It's not even a 92 in my book. This is drinkable but it has the same ol stupid bor-dough funk in the nose, insipid ash-tray mouth muddled with some blackberries, followed by more ash tray in the mouth. Oh man, I am angry. I am so glad I stopped buying any bor-dough wines about 5 years ago. I know, not all of them SUCK, just most. Yikes. What an utter disappointment. I am going to sell off every single bottle of bor-dough in my cellar. Left-bank, Right-bank, and all the other banks. Oh, that's what it is! They are all used to going to the "bank" after I buy their wines en primeur! Well, maybe in some future century when bor-dough catches up to Napa in the making of fine wines I will entertain a purchase or two. Pretty sure I'll be dead by then.

Bye bye and good riddance bor-dough!

Sincerely,

Troy Peterson

(Epilogue: This is only a rant about RED bor-dough, not white/sweet ones. And this was no PnP willy nilly tasting, it was a full-on decant with tastings every hour for several hours and at a consistent temperature. And yes, I am still waiting to taste Petrus, any vintage!)
  • robertdtwo commented:

    10/11/15, 4:22 PM - I understand your frustration with the Bordeaux growing region; I have HUGE issues with them, but for vastly different reasons. I still enjoy a good portion of their output, but I refuse to join in the bidding war for Parkerrific ratings of solid, but not stellar, bottlings.
    I have shifted my gaze towards Italy (chiefly BdM) and Napa (especially Howell Mountain), and have found that I'm really not missing France and its self-appointed grandiosity as much as I thought I would.

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2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary Napa Valley
8/19/2015 - WineGuyFL Does not like this wine:
82 points
I bought 6 bottles of this late last year and have been watching the bifurcated reviews with interest. I had a glass of this wine at a dinner from a bottle brought by another guest to a party a few months back. That glass merited a rating of 93-95. The bottle I had tonight was syrup.....awful stuff. If the cause is my wine room, how do you explain that I opened a bottle of top cabernet a couple of nights ago, and it was terrific? That bottle has been in my wine room for years, not months. I have also had at least 3 other bottles of various reds over the past ten days from my wine room that have been up to expectations. Only one of those bottles have been in my wine room for less time that the bottle of Caymus I opened tonight. The source for my bottles is a reliable retailer from which I have purchased countless bottles without incident. I find it hard to blame their storage or shipping based on this past experience. I have had my share of wine that tired before the time forecast by the pro reviewers. I have had bad corks (in fact had one over the past couple of weeks with a French white Burgundy). I have kept a few bottles too long that were tiring when I drank them.......my fault. My experience tonight was none of the above.....what I drank was not really wine. I can conjure up a handful of explanations of how this all happened, but they all center on Caymus, storage of a large part of the production before shipment, and, possibly the transportation of a large part of the 2012 production. I do not believe the bad reviews come from people who mistreated the bottles, are bad reviewers, or just do not really like the style of cabernet associated with Caymus. I hope that Caymus is trying to understand what got off the rails here.
  • robertdtwo commented:

    8/30/15, 12:59 PM - I've stopped bashing Caymus and focused on drinking it all out of my cellar. Overextracted, too sweet, flabby, but *wow* guests still just gush all over themselves when I open a bottle... The last vintage I really enjoyed was '07 so, that's it, I'm done, no more Caymus purchases for me! Too bad, 'cos I really did enjoy what they used to stand for. It seems to me someone there decided it was time to make immediately approachable steakhouse name-brand wine, which is fine, but I'll find another vertical to keep going. (They're doing some truly beautiful things up on Howell Mountain, you know!) Cheers!

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2009 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
2009 Bordeaux arrivage tasting (Baur au Lac Hotel, Zurich): Originally rated 73 points, but as I god some agressive comments, I took away the note. I still feel that it is the wine, as I have not had a good bottle of this wine yet, but apparently, everyone else seems to diagree. I love Lynch Bages, but this one is not good in my opinion.

Original Note: This was open for a day but stored cold with the cork put on, this was not very good, irish candy, green bell peppers. We couldn't believe that this was so bad so we opened another one, which was a bit better but was only 79 points, weird...
  • robertdtwo commented:

    8/3/15, 3:39 PM - While I agree with the vast majority of your tastings, I am puzzled by these two Lynch TNs... These '73' and '79' scores seem to point to improperly stored/corked wine or perhaps a personal bias that may or may not be intentionally designed to skew the ratings downward. I'd prefer to choose the former, and send my best wishes that the remaining ten bottles in your case are much more to your liking in the future.

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2010 Sartori di Verona Amarone della Valpolicella "Estate Collection" Corvina Blend, Corvina
5/17/2015 - wbbartels wrote:
79 points
Spices are overpowering especially pepper. If the spice was less it would be really good. Slight orange rim with darker ruby color
  • robertdtwo commented:

    7/21/15, 4:38 AM - I tried this by-the-glass as a restaurant recommendation (as it is outside my familiarity zone for Italian wines) and I'm puzzled by such a low score. While I much prefer the brunellos I'm accustomed to, I did enjoy this wine as an everyday-drinker kind of wine. I can see a sub-90 rating, but just don't understand going sub-80. Maybe you had a bad bottle? Maybe you didn't have the time to decant/aerate? Oh well...hope you enjoy it more next time.

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2007 Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
6/20/2015 - rosenst1 wrote:
90 points
Decanted for 2 hours before having with a Father's Day dinner. This was a noticeable reddish brown which was surprising. On the nose - sage, pine needles, and generally spicy note with minimal fruit overtones. Good depth on the palate with a long classic Sangiovese high acid finish. I think this needs more time but the color is concerning. Went very well with a well-aged ribeye.
  • robertdtwo commented:

    6/21/15, 9:34 AM - I just finished my last bottle of this 2007 (bought these to keep me away from my Conti Riserva BdM!) and wanted to voice my agreement with your review, especially on the points of seemingly-early bricking as well as pairing with aged ribeye. Cheers!

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2008 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
2/13/2015 - georgenmil wrote:
78 points
The wine looks ruby colored. The legs are medium. There is no sediment in the bottle.
  • robertdtwo commented:

    4/8/15, 9:33 AM - Hey, all! I opened one at release, one a year later, and a third two years after that...it's a solid low-90s at present waiting to shine even brighter with some cellar rest, as I'm sure most people understand. It was interesting that, even after a lengthy decant, the nose was nearly nil, but it did open up a bit maybe 7 hours after opening! Wall of tannins guarding the fruit...

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2011 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
7/13/2013 - Rick 4 Wine wrote:
86 points
2011 seems off for Caymus. Is this a break in the formula or just a bad year?
  • robertdtwo commented:

    2/9/15, 2:52 PM - I believe you've nailed it; there must be a break in the formula...I've been building a Caymus vertical for years, and the last three vintages have convinced me to stop. While guests absolutely LOVE these when I open 'em up, I'm just finding them too, too sweet for my taste.

  • robertdtwo commented:

    2/22/15, 6:06 PM - CCestaro stated in 2013 that we were drinking these too young, and now in 2015 noted the sweetness in this wine as a mild negative. It's my belief that perhaps these are being deliberately crafted for early approachability and consumption. Copied below is my most recent TN on the 2009 Caymus...it illustrates my opinion and details why I'm no longer bashing Caymus, but I am drinking them earlier than I thought I would be doing when I purchased them...

    12/22/2014 - I LIKE THIS WINE: (Edit) 92 Points
    OK, I'll admit it. I've been a little tough on Caymus lately, especially with the release of 2009s/10s/11s. Overextracted. Too sweet. While that may be true...my opinion is evolving...I'm starting to think that maybe they're just (intentionally?) producing CAbs for drinking NOW, rather than later. Instead of bashing them, I'll just drink 'em young and enjoy it while I wait for other cellar dwellers of mine to mature. Nose of sweet dark fruit; black cherry, blackberry jam & red currant on the palate; distant campfire on finish. Ready to go, no reason to wait.
    It's funny: I recognized this trend earlier in some of what I call 'steakhouse expense account' Napa blends, but I failed to see it here until now.
    4 people found this helpful / Comment (1,347 views)

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2006 Delectus Cuvée Julia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
1/26/2015 - annerk wrote:
95 points
50+5+14+18+8 What a nose! Decanted about 60 minutes, aromas were present from two feet away while decanting.
Full bodied, high alcohol, M+ tannin, beautiful ruby day bright with slight rim variation. No flaws, no signs of gas. Light sediment. Nose of ripe juicy blackberry, ripe black plum, dried roasting herbs, vanilla extract, smoke, black licorice. Palate agrees with nose and adds ripe black cherry, shale, dill, black currant jam, some baking spice. There's a lot going on here, nice complexity, well balanced. Fruit appears as western or southern exposure (northern hemisphere) mountain grapes due to ripeness. Very expressive. Balanced despite the high ABV. Outstanding wine. Drink now or age another 2-5 years.
  • robertdtwo commented:

    2/20/15, 5:36 AM - Loved your TN! We discovered Gerhard & Co. on our first Napa trip and love what he's doing, yet wonder why more people aren't even aware of Delectus... Maybe I shouldn't question it, so I can still get my hands on this great wine without fighting for it!

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2005 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
1/29/2015 - PanosKakaviatos Likes this wine:
94 points
Bordeaux 2005 : Ten years on (Bordeaux Index London): Tasted next to Lynch Bages… Very Bordeaux nose. Pronounced notes of cassis and tobacco. Palate is medium plus body with tight aspect today… Tobacco and tar. Beef blood hints. I think I prefer this to Lynch Bages as it seems fresher. Bordeaux Index's Giles Cooper agreed, and – given the better pricing – a no brainer. He said that he had sold 60 cases of GPL in the last 18 hours… An excellent if relative bargain for this expensive vintage.
  • robertdtwo commented:

    2/9/15, 6:39 PM - Spot-on call re: Lynch and QPR; I like the way you think! Cheers! Bob

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2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary Napa Valley
11/12/2014 - ilbotto Does not like this wine:
82 points
It is sweet and it lacks structure.
  • robertdtwo commented:

    12/9/14, 8:21 PM - Your comment IS helpful.
    Caymus has become cloyingly sweet and flabby! It's a huge disappointment and a terrible shame...I miss what they once were - say, 2007 and earlier.

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2006 Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
9/6/2014 - robertdtwo wrote:
92 points
Sweet floral notes have subsided a bit, but wet leather and cherry are hanging in there just fine. I've been a tad disappointed that this hasn't lived up to my expectations given a retailer's recommendation of this as a WA95 vintage, but totally resolved tannins are revealing a bit more of the lush fruit that's here for the taking. A wonderful hybrid of old world and new.
  • robertdtwo commented:

    9/6/14, 8:02 PM - From one Bob to another...I already understand what you're saying and completely agree. What you're not aware of is that I'm "sacrificing" these non-riservas (or is it regulares?) in order to allow the riservas in my cellar to come into their prime. Cheers!

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2009 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
6/27/2014 - ThistleB wrote:
91 points
A bit sweet compared to most Cabernets. Dark fruit, a hint of tobacco, and heavy vanilla on the palate. We enjoyed it, but there are way better Napa cabs out there at this price point. I likely won't buy this one again.
  • robertdtwo commented:

    7/8/14, 6:56 AM - Couldn't agree more! I have been a huge Caymus fan for years but the last three vintages has me questioning whether or not to continue my vertical... Tons of people love this; it's a crowd pleaser when I pop one for company, but to me it's a sweet mess that just pales in comparison to vintages of old.
    The Special Selection reserves are still nice, but I have mixed feelings supporting them at that price point given what they've chosen to do with base level Caymus.

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2009 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
7/2/2014 - Rick 4 Wine wrote:
90 points
Good wine but overrated.
  • robertdtwo commented:

    7/8/14, 6:48 AM - RickV, Spot on review! I have been a huge Caymus fan for years but the last three vintages has me questioning whether or not to continue my vertical... Tons of people love this, it's a crowd pleaser when I pop one for company, but to me it's a sweet mess that just pales in comparison to vintages of old.
    The Special Selection reserves are still nice, but I have mixed feelings supporting them at that price point given what they've chosen to do with base level Caymus.

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2011 Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
2/11/2014 - MC2 Wines wrote:
James Suckling/Zachy's Super Tuscany Tasting (City Winery (Varick Street in NYC)): 100% sangiovese. A bit of alcohol on the start. Fruity, ends with an almost caramel flavor that I saw/liked in some of the other wines. It almost reminded me of a sweet tea but without the overt sweetness. Had that combination of natural earthy flavors.
  • robertdtwo commented:

    6/2/14, 3:04 PM - I'm a huge sangiovese grape fan, and believe that this wine has a merlot component in the blend (10%?). Nice catch on the earthy note...

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2003 Delectus Dog In Style Napa Valley Red Blend
6/18/2012 - Joegish Likes this wine:
91 points
Excellent as always. Sadly, only one more bottle in my cellar. Nice cab blend, paired well with a fillet.
  • robertdtwo commented:

    2/25/14, 10:32 AM - I saw your TN on 2003 Delectus Dog In Style cab. Delectus is having a "make room in the cellar" sale and you can buy their Dog In Style for $216/case of 12. Give them a call quickly; I just received email and picked up a couple cases myself; I think there's only a couple dozen cases of this left.

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2010 O'Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
12/26/2013 - ledocq Likes this wine:
94 points
Wow, what an education. Decanted half the bottle, taking a glass as I was pouring -- great nose, terrific, deep, complex aroma that reminded me of the 2009 Lagune. Initial sips were out of this world but also weirdly disjointed - like flipping too quickly through a novel. I could catch brief sensations of deep fruit and an almost Washingtonian funk, and then the wall o tannins came in. 3 hours later, it wasn't that great, honestly. I kept getting cranberry and I wondered if it was my taste buds that were off. Then: second day. Fantastic. Just mellowed, integrated, long and lingering and exciting, not unlike Larkmead, only deeper somehow. This might be one of the best California cabernets I've had. Perhaps needless to say, I'll be waiting some time before drinking the next one.
  • robertdtwo commented:

    1/28/14, 7:34 PM - Thanks for the review! I've yet to pop one; I'll will wait based on your assessment, knowing that if I get curious and can't wait, tons of air will be required.

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2007 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
8/19/2013 - krhaugh Likes this wine:
99 points
This might not be a huge Cab but I haven't tasted a better Cab, ever. This is like being a kid in the 70's and going to A&W Root Beer and having an ice cold A&W RB float. UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!
  • robertdtwo commented:

    8/29/13, 4:11 PM - This wine is certainly consistent, and generally very good, but a rating of '99' borders the ridiculous! Take it easy, cowboy!

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2010 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
15% ABV stated, probably 15.9%.

Super sweet fruit and oak. Went great with crab puffs dipped in plum sauce. Really not a "Napa Valley Cabernet," more like an ambiguous red that's over-ripe and over-oaked. Similar flavors to a Manhattan- cherries and bourbon. (NOT varietally correct.)

It is what it is, and lots of folks love this wine. In Asia, they mix it with Coke. Whatever, it's successful for a reason: People talk dry and drink sweet.
  • robertdtwo commented:

    5/10/13, 4:24 AM - While I fully agree that this wine is overly-sweet and overly-oaked, I have to comment that a rating of '82' strikes me as ridiculously low for what is actually a well-made wine that just doesn't fit BOTH our preferred taste styles (and seems to be so purely for some sort of CT punishment to skew the tasting note results). You could probably achieve the same result with an '89' without losing your credibility... The Coca-Cola reference is so off-the-wall that I have to believe it's actually true, although I hadn't heard that one before!

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1999 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova Sangiovese
8/15/2009 - John Dunlap wrote:
94 points
This 750ml bottle was stored in a cool cellar since purchase and had good ullage. Drank this wine at Delfina Restaurant in San Francisco. Limited table notes include: Very nice, dark color with many years of life ahead. Noticed lots of licorice in the nose plus prunes. Tasted licorice, prune, raspberry, and a wonderful Indian spice and cumin seed component that some might equate with leather. Very appealing, given that this wine was decanted for only a short amount of time. The upfront balance and complexity, as well the nice tannins all work. Nicely put together with no harsh tannis. Lovely with an entrée of duck. I look forward to trying this wine five years from now at age 15.

(Wine Spectator June 15, 2004: "Warm and ripe red with lots of blackberry and cedar oak character. Full-bodied and very thick, yet refiend and silky. [Rated] 94 $64.00.")

Lastly, in what was otherwise pretty good service, I would like to make one suggestion to management/staff at Delfina Restaurant. Specifically, the wine that I brought to the restaurant was opened at the table, but then taken to the bar for decanting - which I thought was a bid odd. Personally, I would prefer to have the decanter brought to the table, where I could perform this task or elect to have restaurant staff decant. Yes, a small detail, but the decanting process should be very transparent if you are bringing very nice wine to the restaurant and paying for corkage.
  • robertdtwo commented:

    4/24/13, 10:55 AM - Enjoy your TNs, JD...I, too, am puzzled by my favorite restaurant's removal of my bottle from the table to another location for decanting. I don't think they're going to switch out my bottle and serve me a cheaper wine from their cellar, but I have to wonder why they do this.

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2007 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
9/23/2012 - randyjc wrote:
96 points
Dominus is the onlyNapa cab of which I know that consistently builds Old World wines reminscent of Bordeaux. The nose, lacking Bordeaux earthiness, is expressive with black fruit, leather and eqrth with only hints of its Napa roots coming in with eucalyptus or mint. The mouth feel is seductive, and givenits youth the acid and tannins are in balance. Flavors are cassis, black plum, leather and dark wet earth. A caution, though, is that i worked at getting this wine to open up. Decanted at noon, it was tight and rough. By late afternoon, it remained the same. I splashed it between two decanters eight or ten times then let it be for two more hours before dinner. Then it was a beauty. I am going to wait as this wine will, I think, develop great depth and tertiary flavors over the next ten to twenty years.
  • robertdtwo commented:

    4/16/13, 11:49 AM - Thank you for the details re: getting this wine to to open up. I was disappointed on a recent tasting of this, and now I know to give it the full treatment as you described to get all I thought might be in this wine.

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2007 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
2/3/2011 - vegasoenophile wrote:
86 points
- Tasted at Wine Spectator New World Wine Experience 2010
  • robertdtwo commented:

    2/2/13, 9:24 AM - No offense intended, really... Where you tasted this wine is a great personal note, but doesn't really help the community. I really enjoyed this wine and am much more interested in your '86' score and the underlying impressions that sent you there. Cheers!

Red
2006 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova Sangiovese
6/11/2011 - Jochems wrote:
95 points
Since this wine was not available for tasting during my last trip (both at the winery and in town), I had to open a bottle to see what the buzz is all about. I popped and poured the first glass. This was quite open, full and rounded, but with an (IMO) over-pronounced oak tone on both the nose and the palate. Full, ultra smooth and layered, but not my kind of Brunello.......

On the second night:
Lots of blackcurrant, dark cherry toast with hints of mint and cedar. Following trough full bodied, concentrated and round with layered, silky smooth tannins, lots of ripe fruit, some balanced acidity and still some oak. Following trough to an ultra long finish that turns slightly bitter.
This is a huge wine that needs quite a bit of air to get its act together. I would never decant a Brunello, but this is such a modern variety that decanting might actually work better than the Slow-Ox approach I took.
Much better than on the first tasting. While I can appreciate some of the qualities of this wine, it is over-oaked for my palate. Still, it has some typical freshness and acidity balance to it that give it an unmistakable Tuscan character. This wine doesn't match to well with my classic Brunellophile palate. I can't see this wine being a perfect 100pts, but its an extraordinary wine in its own right.

Leave it alone for a few years, and it might even balance out the oak elements a bit more.... Drink 2014 - 2020.
  • robertdtwo commented:

    1/26/13, 7:58 PM - I am very interested in your 'never decant brunello' statement, as I have only been drinking them for a few short years, absolutely love them (and usually do decant them), and want to learn as much as I can in as short a time as possible.
    What is the advantage to slow-ox and how do I go about that?
    Thanks!

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