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Red
2015 Becklyn Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Moulds Vineyard Napa Valley
6/28/2018 - jaxpaj wrote:
94 points
Initially very tight with an acidic tone that dominated the wine. After an hour of breathing the wine opened. Soft, plush, and well balanced wine.
  • jaxpaj commented:

    6/25/19, 2:48 PM - I would guess another 2-3 years. This could become a 97 or better wine.

Red
2013 12c Cabernet Sauvignon G3 Reserve Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard Rutherford
12/3/2018 - jaxpaj wrote:
95 points
Ready to drink but seems to still have some time before it declines.
  • jaxpaj commented:

    12/3/18, 9:24 AM - Make sure you decant. After a few hours the wine improved dramatically.

    ENJOY!!

Red
2014 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard 'Elysian' Napa Valley
9/19/2018 - jaxpaj wrote:
97 points
Very plush and full wine while maintaining a gentle and sophisticated tone. Lived up to my lofty expectations.
  • jaxpaj commented:

    9/20/18, 6:59 AM - decanted for 1 hour. Could of used more time but the wine drank wonderfully.

Red
2015 Quivet Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Pellet Vineyard Napa Valley
8/23/2018 - jaxpaj wrote:
93 points
Drank along with '15 Chappellet Signature. This was a clear winner
  • jaxpaj commented:

    8/24/18, 5:36 AM - lol! We finished off the bottle last night and my wife asked what wine it was. I told her and asked why. She said this is was very bold and rich/strong. She liked it but it defiantly stood out to her. For the price I think it is a good value. One of Mike's least expensive wines. Just pair it with the right food.

Red
2015 Teeter-Totter Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
4/11/2018 - jaxpaj wrote:
93 points
My new find! I hope they stay reasonably priced!
  • jaxpaj commented:

    7/10/18, 3:25 PM - Enjoy! Rare to find a wine under $50 from such an acclaimed wine maker.

Red
2014 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
8/28/2017 - jaxpaj wrote:
95 points
I had side by side with '14 Carter OG and there wasn't a big difference. In the blind tasting I preferred the Carter but it REALLY liked both. From a QPR standpoint this wine was WOTN.
  • jaxpaj commented:

    8/28/17, 8:12 AM - This was over 2 nights. Night one was pop and pour (2 glasses). I didn't notice any heat. Vacuum sealed and put back in the cellar. Night 2 the wine went from being big and bold to having more depth with a plush finish. I think Mike makes this wine to enjoy early yet it still has potential to age. Great QPR.

Red
2014 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 1858 Napa Valley
7/31/2017 - jaxpaj wrote:
86 points
A sweat syrupy mess
  • jaxpaj commented:

    8/1/17, 11:33 AM - Others like it just not for me. I basically have use a point system that ranges from 85-100. No use in drinking wine if it isn't high quality, I would rather have a beer or mixed drink (what I do at weddings).

    86 is a wine that I will never purchase again (wine served at weddings)

Red
2014 Quivet Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Napa Valley
1/11/2017 - jaxpaj wrote:
98 points
By far the best effort from Las Piedras. Until this bottle I had been underwhelmed by the vineyard. Excellent.
  • jaxpaj commented:

    1/11/17, 12:57 PM - Are you using another system for your cellar now? I saw Mike this weekend and you came up in conversation.

  • jaxpaj commented:

    1/11/17, 1:41 PM - Sounds like you need to narrow down your friends list on CT. I now use CT to reference my thoughts, I rarely purchase a new wine based on reviews. Buying wine can become EXTREMELY expensive if you don't set a budget.

  • jaxpaj commented:

    1/12/17, 5:38 AM - I have some Fait Main sleeping lady '12. I didn't realize there were more than that one. Thanks for the heads up.

  • jaxpaj commented:

    1/12/17, 5:11 PM - amauryc1 we need to take a look at the calendar and set up a wine dinner. Downtown Ruths chris

  • jaxpaj commented:

    1/12/17, 5:29 PM - Yes, talk to you tomorrow

  • jaxpaj commented:

    1/13/17, 8:21 AM - LOL, fly down to Jacksonville and join us!

  • jaxpaj commented:

    1/13/17, 11:28 AM - Y'all are killing me, I need to be careful posting with you 3! I will become more of a wine addict than I already am. No wonder BlueGoose left. I already have plans on being there June 20-23rd. The only problem with a fall visit is trying to meet with winemakers. Harvest wears them out! Even if they meet with you they are exhausted and the extremely busy.

    Great list Winelover! Fairchild is one of the wines I resisted purchasing but have remained on the list. I bet meeting with David Beckstoffer was fun and unique!

  • jaxpaj commented:

    5/31/17, 4:57 PM - I will be in Napa in a couple of weeks and I am trying to set up tastings. So far looking at Bevan, Jones, Scarlett, Venge, Lewelling and Visiting Mike. Any other suggestions? Sorry for posting this here don't know how to send a private message through CT.

Red
2014 Becklyn Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Moulds Vineyard Napa Valley
12/26/2016 - jaxpaj wrote:
flawed
So disappointing. I guess it happens from time to time at no fault of the winery or winemaker. Just happened at a poor time.
  • jaxpaj commented:

    4/12/17, 10:40 AM - Becklyn replaced the bottle. Excellent customer service!!!

Red
2014 Myriad Cellars Syrah Esther Block Las Madres Vineyard Carneros
8/27/2016 - KJD45$ wrote:
85 points
Okay.....my question is.....is this label getting hyped up?...feel free to
Push back...too many high scores for their (and related labels)....
This wine...modest nose...all plum and cherry...legs form medium..
Flavor is tart berry...tannins light...not complex..very one dimensional tart unripe fruit...I am sorry..it's a mediocre Syrah at this point....
I have 7 various Syrah bottles left and will give more cellar time...
Ordered a bunch of cabs...hope it's not a mistake....
By way of reference...the 2014 Tensley Syrah was way better for $40...this wine QPR is not there.. At this point......
Update...next day better...up to 88 needs aging time
  • jaxpaj commented:

    1/30/17, 10:13 AM - I am a big fan of mikes wines but am 50/50 on his Syrahs. At times tart fruit and funk dominate the wine. I think you will be very happy with the cabs!

Red
2014 Becklyn Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Moulds Vineyard Napa Valley
1/22/2017 - ageverett wrote:
Ran this through a Vinturi and into decanter for about 2 hours. Drank over 3 hours.

Nose smacked of green bell pepper from opening. Did not subside. Was also present on the palate. Texture was . . . nothing like I remember from the 2013 version or the "regular" 2014 Becklyn opened last month. Nothing velvety or silky about it. Same can be said for the finish.

Not going to rate based on this tasting. I don't think this bottle was off; maybe my palate was. Suffice to say that I was quite surprised and disappointed. Hoping for better things next time I pop one of these.
  • jaxpaj commented:

    1/23/17, 1:18 PM - I had a very similar experience! Then we opened another bottle and it was WONDERFUL! I hope this isn't a wide spread problem with '14 Becklyn reserve.

Red
2014 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Napa Valley
1/11/2017 - jaxpaj wrote:
96 points
give it time. This should be held for another 2-5 years if you want to see its full potential.
  • jaxpaj commented:

    1/13/17, 8:18 AM - Absolutely hold off on opening a bottle. This week we opened a bottle and I was saddened I did. Nothing wrong with the bottle but there was no doubt we killed a baby. Some of his wines are huge powerhouse wines that when consumed early, remind me of barrel samples (Quivet LPV), Dr. Crane does not. This may end up being one of his best wines ever but needs time.

Red
2014 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
12/26/2016 - jaxpaj wrote:
94 points
Day one there was a harsh edge and a green tone which I have never found in any vintage. Day 2: WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!! Exactly what I originally hoped for, classic napa can with a great QPR. This wine demands to be decanting. Don't pop and pour unless you want to be disappointed.
  • jaxpaj commented:

    12/27/16, 7:12 AM - I would give it at least 4 hours.

Red
2014 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard Rutherford
12/12/2016 - jaxpaj wrote:
Don't open unless you have several others. Firm tannins hide the flavors. After decanting and giving a few hours of airtime I was able to get a glimpse. Tons of potential.
  • jaxpaj commented:

    12/14/16, 6:54 AM - If I had planned better I would of given the wine more airtime. I have a few '14 GIIIs remaining and prob will not open another for a while.

    I opened a '13 12c last night and it was wonderful.

  • jaxpaj commented:

    12/14/16, 7:12 AM - I just noticed that we both opened a '13 12c. Funny that we are on the same drinking schedule, yet scoring differently. Eventually we need to get together for a wine dinner.

  • jaxpaj commented:

    12/16/16, 9:35 AM - Black cat is one of my wife's favorites!! Merrill is a great lady and a lot of heart and soul goes into each bottle. If you purchase early the price is much better. I would look back at the CT rating on past vintages in order to find which is drinking best. EMH has been extremely consistent vintage to vintage.

    I tend to lean towards the standard and not special selection due to QPR.

  • jaxpaj commented:

    12/16/16, 9:37 AM - amauryc1, sounds great! You have my work number so just let me know when. I am always up for a nice wine dinner. I work downtown so Ruth's is right on the way. I have 8 cases of wine in my office right now so I am armed and ready.

Red
2009 Alpha Omega Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
11/30/2016 - jaxpaj wrote:
94 points
By far the best bottle yet. The others may of been stored poorly.
  • jaxpaj commented:

    12/5/16, 10:58 AM - Sounds great!! I have wanted to do something like this for some time. Please let me know how I can help.

    904-634-6056

    Ian

  • jaxpaj commented:

    12/5/16, 10:59 AM - I haven't visited AO but have heard good reviews from others. I know that the winemaker Jean is active on WineBerserkers and is very accommodating.

  • jaxpaj commented:

    12/5/16, 2:26 PM - Fly safely and make sure to visit Mike Smith (Myriad, Scarlett, 12c, Quivet, Becklyn, etc..) at Envy. Located on Tubbs ln. Same road as Chateau Montelena.

Red
2013 Becklyn Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Moulds Vineyard Napa Valley
3/23/2016 - jaxpaj wrote:
95 points
Tasted head to head with '13 Corra and It was a tie. Both are wonderful wines with room to grow.
  • jaxpaj commented:

    3/23/16, 8:27 AM - 2 bottles. One was no air time and the other was consumed over 2 days. There was a slight improvement after a couple of hours but was drinking nicely right away.

Red
2013 Quivet Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Kenefick Ranch Napa Valley
1/25/2016 - jaxpaj wrote:
94 points
Drinking better than the last bottle. My end up being a tremendous wine but needs patience. I would wait another year at least.
  • jaxpaj commented:

    3/10/16, 10:36 AM - I am still on the fence with Kenefick. The 2010 was EXCEPTIONAL. 2013 seems to be very shut/tight and I can't remember blue vs red. Hopefully it will open up and become a gem. It would be tough to say buying more isn't a good idea.

Red
2012 Carter Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Napa Valley
3/10/2016 - jaxpaj wrote:
95 points
Very nice and traditional Mike Smith/Carter wine. Drank side by side with Chimney Rock Arete '12 cabernet. This was WOTN for all 4.
  • jaxpaj commented:

    3/10/16, 10:32 AM - Delayed note from this weekend. Although there is never a bad time to drink great wine. Unfortunately this was my only bottle of Harbison.

Red
2013 Quivet Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
12/23/2015 - jaxpaj wrote:
95 points
QPR of the year. WOW!! I had to double check the label to make sure I didn't open the Las Piedras. Rich and wonderful
  • jaxpaj commented:

    12/24/15, 5:46 AM - Pop and pour. We finished the bottle off that night. I hope this isn't a wine with huge variation from bottle to bottle. Last night we opened a Scarlett reserve and a Carter three kings, the Quivet was very similar. I am fully expecting the next bottle to disappoint. I am guessing I just opened the best bottle.

Red
2009 EMH Cabernet Sauvignon Black Cat Napa Valley
10/14/2015 - jaxpaj wrote:
94 points
My wife's favorite wine
  • jaxpaj commented:

    10/14/15, 10:22 AM - Black Cat has been an extremely consistent wine. Since '08 every wine has been very good. Grab a couple vintages and let me know what you think!

Red
2007 Maybach Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Materium Oakville
7/28/2015 - jaxpaj wrote:
93 points
Waited too long to pop this cork!! The wine seems to be on the downslide. The richness of the wine has faded and has been replaced with notes of mineral, worn leather and a touch of prune. This is the best '07 I have tasted in the last year but still just a shadow of its past. I think '07s were wonderful young wines that aged poorly.
  • jaxpaj commented:

    8/4/15, 7:32 AM - I think '07 was just a wonderful, drink young, vintage. Maybe the '07s will u-turn and fulfill the expectations. Over the last 6 months, all of the '07s I have tasted have fallen short. I am not a huge consumer of Maybach but have tasted at least a dozen bottles. I have had at least 100 bottles of TRB wine. In my opinion the wines have been peaking 4-6 years of age.

  • jaxpaj commented:

    8/5/15, 5:52 AM - Thomas Rivers Brown is the wine maker for Maybach. He also makes Schrader, Outpost, Jones, GTS, Rivers Marie (he owns this winery), and several other high end wines.

  • jaxpaj commented:

    8/25/15, 12:35 PM - Very possible that it is in a dumb phase but I don't think the fruit core will ever return. This will always be a decent wine, just different. This reminded me of a late 90s grand cru. Flavors of worn leather, mineral, and tobacco have replaced the tanned leather, black fruit, and toast.

    Some may prefer the aged version of this wine. I just thought the younger wine was better.

Red
2012 12c Cabernet Sauvignon G3 Reserve Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard Rutherford
8/17/2015 - jaxpaj wrote:
98 points
I can't believe I only had 1 bottle. This rivals any bottle of Carter. An incredible wine by Mike Smith!!
  • jaxpaj commented:

    8/19/15, 9:10 AM - I will say that the GIII vineyard has made a huge improvement over the last 2-3 years. In '08-10 I preferred all of the other single vineyard/designated wines Mike had made (Dr. Crane, Spring Mountain, 3 Twins, Kenefick....). I would put his 2012 GIII, from all wineries, as his best of second best!!

  • jaxpaj commented:

    8/19/15, 10:14 AM - You are setting the bar high!! I think Becklyn 2012 was a top 5 wine. If the step-up is the same you may be looking at a 100 pointer!!

Red
2011 Quivet Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Kenefick Ranch Napa Valley
9/8/2014 - jaxpaj wrote:
89 points
Just an off year for this wine. The 2010 was in the 96-97 pt range and I hear the '12 and '13 are wonderful!!
  • jaxpaj commented:

    8/4/15, 7:36 AM - I would still purchase. I completely agree with your view on the '11s. His 3 twins was close to wine of the year!

    I would think that with a little more time in the bottle the '11 Kenefick has improved.

Red
2012 Quivet Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Kenefick Ranch Napa Valley
5/28/2015 - jaxpaj wrote:
Hold off. Not ready to drink
  • jaxpaj commented:

    5/28/15, 11:34 AM - The wine had an acidic edge that kept it from opening up. I have found that with time the acidity dissipates and reveal the rich core this wine has had in other vintage.

  • jaxpaj commented:

    6/1/15, 7:44 AM - We need to get togehter to drink some wine. I always love the wines you are opening!!

Red
2012 Quivet Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Kenefick Ranch Napa Valley
2/6/2015 - jaxpaj wrote:
92 points
This needs time to show the richness and depth I know is there. Traditionally this is one of my favorite wines. Give this time it will come around.
  • jaxpaj commented:

    2/6/15, 9:59 AM - Not with this wine but from talking to Mike and other wine makers, I know wines will go through phases. I saw you left several notes on this with 95-96pts, sometime a few months ago. I would think that sometime in the next 6-24 months this wine will shine!!

Red
2011 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard Rutherford
10/20/2014 - jaxpaj wrote:
95 points
This is drinking wonderfully. Exactly what I look for in a Cab: rich, full bodied, long finish. I still have half the bottle left. I am looking forward to revisiting tonight!
  • jaxpaj commented:

    10/27/14, 8:23 AM - Absolutely!! Mike is a talented wine maker and a great guy. I enjoyed reading your posts from the tasting.

Red
2010 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District
11/4/2013 - jaxpaj wrote:
95 points
Opened up after 30 minutes. A wonderful core that has a balance of perfectly ripened fruit, oak, mineral and a touch of vanilla. Fine silky tannins complete the long luscious finish.
  • jaxpaj commented:

    1/10/14, 12:35 PM - I would put the 2 '10s you mentioned as equals in QPR but would prefer the spring mountain if $ isn't considered. But my favorite for the price is the Three Twins 2010.

Red
2011 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
12/12/2013 - Krugman wrote:
90 points
This was my first Myriad. Knowing how young the wine was, I gave it a solid six hours in the decanter. While it did open up nicely, you can still tell how young and tight this feels. I would certainly wait at least another year or two to try another bottle. This did have a smooth and silky texture with blackberries and currants being the primary fruit flavors on the palate with some oak, vanilla, and spices. The only reason I am not scoring this Myriad cab beyond 90 points is because it had a very subtle bitter vegetable character that did not seem to dissipate. My guess is that this bitter vegetable trace will diminish with time. Overall a nice cab.
  • jaxpaj commented:

    12/16/13, 11:10 AM - I am a huge fan of Myriad and of the last 4 vintages this is the worst of the napa. I opened a bottle this weekend and also noticed a harsh edge, which you described as "bitter vegetable". I am hoping they will improve with time. You should expect and receive quite a bit more from future bottles of Myriad!

Red
2008 Corra Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
8/10/2011 - jaxpaj wrote:
95 points
Only changes from my previous notes are much more fruit forward than I remembered and the quality of the finish was wonderful.
  • jaxpaj commented:

    12/6/13, 9:41 AM - I looked back at my past notes and from memory I would lean towards '08. I think it is more indulgent, and I wasn't able to keep my hands off them. I already drank through a case. I only have a mag. left.

Red
2009 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon Monsieur Ètain Rutherford
11/14/2013 - jaxpaj wrote:
95 points
Chocolate jumps out. Wonderful wine with room to grow. Wait a few years.
  • jaxpaj commented:

    12/6/13, 9:37 AM - I would think this will hit its prime, according to my taste, in 2-4 years. Nothing wrong with popping a cork to see for yourself, you will not be disappointed. My general thoughts on '11s is to pass so I can make room for both '12s and '13s (which I have heard rave reviews from a couple of wine makers). With volume being so strong I am not worried about being dropped off the list because I didn't order.

Red
2010 Hobel Wine Works Cabernet Sauvignon Engelhard Vineyard Napa Valley
9/3/2013 - jaxpaj wrote:
89 points
A mere shadow of the '09. It has improved from 6 months ago but I am not a fan. This has so much more earth and fine cigar than the '09. I would never guess this wine came from the same vines. A perfect example of how a wine can vary from vintage to vintage.
  • jaxpaj commented:

    9/3/13, 8:02 AM - I did pass on the '11s. With 2012 coming I had to pass on a few. That is the tough part of buying vintage to vintage. The best '11 I have tasted is Myriad. Can't wait to get them in.

Red
2009 Kapcsándy Family Winery Endre Yountville Red Bordeaux Blend
5/11/2013 - Tim Heaton wrote:
Removed the cork on Friday morning, re-corked, then aerated to decanter for 3 hours on Saturday, prior to dinner service.

I believe this to be my fourth time with this wine since release, and it seems to be withdrawing, becoming slightly more tannic, and less expressive on the nose and palate. Still, with coaxing/swirling, it's obvious that the underlying fruit is of very good quality; the wine on the whole is very tasty, but not necessarily very satisfying. I'm left with a sense that better things are in store here with just 2-3 more years of bottle rest. Drink thru 2020, recommended
  • jaxpaj commented:

    5/14/13, 6:09 AM - I opened a bottle of 2010 last night, popped and poured and this was the best of the 3 bottles I have had since release. I Vacuum sealed half the bottle and will revisit tonight. Funny that my note was going to be the opposite of yours in that I was going to say the have entered a good phase. I will say that there was variation from sip top sip (very strange). A few where excellent and others that teetered in to the territory of your tasting note. Overall it was very enjoyable..

Red
2009 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon Monsieur Ètain Rutherford
5/8/2013 - 64 Squares wrote:
This was a huge disappointment. I decanted the bottle for over two hours (with periodic tasting sips to see how it was coming along) and it just never opened up and was miserably thin, with a nasty heat on the back-end. I have 3 other bottles, so I will give them some time in the cellar before popping open another one. I've changed my initial rating to an NR.
  • jaxpaj commented:

    5/8/13, 11:00 AM - Are you certain this wasn't a bad bottle? I have gone through a few bottles and have always been shocked at how well this drinks young and without a decant.

Red
2004 Corra Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
5/2/2013 - jaxpaj wrote:
93 points
I don't know if the fruit has faded with age or if it was just the '04 vintage. This reminds me of a good Bordeaux. Touches of dust, mineral and steal cover the aged fruit. Tannins are still there and the finish has cigar with a little heat. Not my traditional preferred style but a good wine.
  • jaxpaj commented:

    5/2/13, 9:49 AM - Did you have the '04 Corra when it was younger? Just wondering if the fruit was more prominent in its youth or if Corra's style has changed over the years/vintages.

  • jaxpaj commented:

    5/2/13, 10:25 AM - Great notes and insight. I meet with Celia last year at her office and did a tasting and we never got into this. I found Corra through the '08 vintage and have been acquiring back vintages on the secondary market. Corra continues to be one of my favorite wines!!

Red
2009 Robert Foley Charbono Napa Valley
4/17/2013 - jaxpaj wrote:
91 points
One of the prettiest corks I have ever seen, crystallized sugars coated the bottom of the cork. One of the darkest wines, yet it isn't thick or over the top. Wonderful change of pace and a great QPR.
  • jaxpaj commented:

    4/17/13, 1:03 PM - I only have 1 bottle left and I think the Charbono is becoming a must have in the cellar. Nice change of pace and price point.

  • jaxpaj commented:

    4/17/13, 1:18 PM - Not that it matters to me but I have been corrected in a VERY direct manner, Bob Foley and Robert Foley are 2 different people.

    As for the wine I would say that the Merlot is also wonderful. You can get the Claret at hdh wine, for a pretty good $. I think the '04(which is great) is @ $85-90.

Red
2010 Nicora Grenache Euphoric Paso Robles
4/16/2013 - jaxpaj wrote:
flawed
Brownish hue, heat, and funk. Drank a half glass and then vacuum sealed. Next day it had fully turned. This was my first Nicora...I guess bad luck getting a corked bottle right out of the gates.
  • jaxpaj commented:

    4/17/13, 6:15 AM - Not sure just know the result. The funk (wet newspaper) is where I came up with the corked thought. I wouldn't think heat damage because the weather was cool when the wine was shipped and it has been in my cellar for the last few weeks. Either way, it is always disappointing to have a bad bottle.

  • jaxpaj commented:

    4/17/13, 6:30 AM - Rich,

    Don't know if you are on Berserkers but Nicolas is hosting a virtual tasting of the 2010 Buxom Syrah on the 21st from 12 until 5 PST.

    http://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=82454&p=1137616&hilit=nicora#p1137616

Red
2010 Hobel Wine Works Cabernet Sauvignon Engelhard Vineyard Napa Valley
12/12/2012 - jaxpaj wrote:
I am withholding rating and hoping the bottle will open up overnight. Popped and poured, dark wine with a brownish hue that I usually see in some pinots. Tight and over the top oak. I don’t know if the wine needs air, is an off bottle or just pales in comparison to the 2009 Hobel. I have heard '10 was a rough year for some, I just haven't seen it yet.
  • jaxpaj commented:

    12/28/12, 11:08 AM - The wine may be closed but there is still a big difference in the tasting profile of the 2 wines. I would never guess they came from the same vines.

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