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Red
N.V. Berryessa Gap Gozar Yolo County Red Blend
Had the hardest time placing this—clearly new world but what are these grapes? Tempranillo and Petit Sirah—I mean, who wouldn’t figure that out??? Way drinking and rich, but without too much extraction or alcohol. Light tannin don’t prevent current enjoyment and good acidity to carry through the finish. An interesting wine, certainly.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    9/24/22, 7:50 AM - FYI, 39% Tempranillo, 35% Petite Sirah, 18% Zinfandel, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon

Red
N.V. Gratsi Old Country Red Columbia Valley Red Blend
Retail $40 (3 liter box). The most I could find about this wine was that it is a Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Wahluke Slope in the Columbia Valley, Washington. The nose presents a wheelbarrow-full of fruit along with a bucket-full of earth, and maybe a water bottle-full of intrigue. The palate follows the theme as the fruit is paramount, followed by a bit of gritty determination, and then just enough sophistication to ponder whether your stance on box wines needs a reassessment (it does).

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  • VinoHunter commented:

    9/8/22, 5:55 PM - Thanks for the review, this red box intrigues me. $88 for two boxes and free shipping also intrigues me if the juice is good. I have a feeling we are going to see more “premium” boxed wines in the future.

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2018 Tenuta di Trecciano Daniello Toscana IGT Red Blend
This was good, but, in contrast to the previous bottle, I think this one was too young. I will probably wait 2 or 3 years before opening the next one.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    7/25/22, 8:31 AM - James Suckling says to drink now, how dare you go against the almighty! 😂

Red
2019 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis Napa Valley
5/13/2022 - Vino Loco wrote:
89 points
Bait and switched at a restaurant - 2018 advertised, 2019 delivered and didn’t have energy to turn it down and start over.

The wine is simply not ready - so it’s likely unfair to judge it too much at this time. It opened as being super juicy, reminded me of Oceanspray Cran-Blackberry. The alcohol was in check, and the oak didn’t stand out in either a good or bad way. Low to mid tannin. While it slightly improved over dinner, it just made no sense to be drinking it at this stage, particularly at its price point.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    6/30/22, 5:31 AM - Same thing happened to me, what restaurant? This wine was way too sweet for me, very disappointing

Red
2014 Orin Swift Machete California Red Blend
5/6/2022 - ogres3 Likes this wine:
92 points
Drank in San Antonio. Unfiltered. Full bodied. Ripe complex rich fruit. Quite good.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    6/3/22, 4:55 PM - Did you mean to score an 85?

Red
2010 Pio Cesare Barolo Nebbiolo
5/5/2022 - Mhbeaune wrote:
89 points
I’ve been following this wine ever since buying 6 bottles upon release. Back in the 70’s and early 80’s Barolo was amazing value and generally 10-15 years in the bottle. Today it seems to me a product that is overpriced in the market and modern Barolo’s simply don’t pack the punch. No real body or length.
This is no exception. Pleasant enough but nothing special. I know it is an entry level Barolo from a well renowned producer but really £25 10 years ago from a supposedly very good vintage.
Technically a correct wine But nothing remarkable certainly not to persuade me to part with £100 to buy a top notch example.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    5/5/22, 6:16 PM - Carlo, when would you say to open this?

  • VinoHunter commented:

    5/6/22, 12:40 PM - No worries Carlo, I got the info just the same. Cheers! 🍷

Red
2018 Cardoza Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Patriarch Reserve Napa Valley
5/30/2021 - kevrob822 Does not like this wine:
85 points
Wow, I actually think the first bottle may have been better. 😁
  • VinoHunter commented:

    2/25/22, 6:45 AM - Send it back to WTSO, they will take care of you…

  • VinoHunter commented:

    2/25/22, 8:46 AM - Love their customer service!

Red
2012 Weese Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Rockpile
2/2/2022 - jeremy_ross wrote:
91 points
What I wish my typical $100 Bordeaux purchase tasted like. Has some musty cellar on nose. Rich, tart fruit on palate. Some dark fruit too, maybe black currant. Plenty of structure for you structure whores.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    2/4/22, 12:05 PM - "...structure whores." lol! Love it! Cheers!

Red
2012 Weese Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Rockpile
1/6/2022 - oakville72 Likes this wine:
92 points
Sort of a cross between the 2010 and the 2011: the intensity of the 2010 coupled with the more Médoc-like nature of the 2011. Great color. Fruit is still reserved, tannins are apparent. If tasted blind, I would not have guessed it was almost 10 years old.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    1/6/22, 4:54 PM - I appreciate you taste this vertical! I only ordered two of each so I don't want to go racing through them. Cheers!

Red - Fortified
2018 Quinta do Vallado Porto Vintage Port Blend
12/5/2021 - Order66 Likes this wine:
92 points
Mother of peals; What. A. Wine. This thing is massively thick with a glycerin rich texture that seems to glide. The only drawback is that the fragrance isn’t there that I tend to find in Antonia Ports, alas this is one fine Port. Seamlessly classy, intense tannins, the singe-iest bit of charcoal complimented by velvety date/fig notes. This has all the makings of a great wine. Wouldn’t be surprised to pin this as a 97-98pt wine in some 20-30 years. The waiting game begins.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    12/17/21, 1:55 PM - Thanks for the awesome tasting note. Bought a few of these for my daughters 21st birthday, 2018 is her birth year.

Red
2016 Meander Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
12/13/2021 - 716_cellar Likes this wine:
91 points
Consistent. It'd be tough to find a better 2016 Napa cabernet for the amazing WTSO price point of $20. 4 down, 2 to go...would love to acquire more as this would last for years as well.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    12/14/21, 5:22 PM - The 2016 on WTSO has been the cheapest. Other vintages I believe have been $30.

Red
2019 Hillside Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Calistoga
10/18/2021 - kevrob822 Does not like this wine:
83 points
I’ve now had 3 (of 4 🤦🏼‍♂️) bottles of this wine now, and they have all been terrible! Seriously, Absolutely Awful!

This is as flat-footed as any CS I think I’ve ever had. Aroma is “not there” and hot to boot. Flavor has some black fruit, but is just so unbalanced, one-dimensional and flat.

I’m going to repost this review twice more, so that it properly reflects (at least in my opinion!!!) the 3 bottles I’ve had. Honestly, I hadn’t posted any reviews before as I thought, “oh, it’s me”, or “awww, it’s just this bottle”, or “I know the next one will be better”… well, I’m done covering this shiz up. This is horrible! I don’t think 5+ years wil help this swill! It’s not even spaghetti sauce-worthy! More then happy to field any differing opinions on this waste of grapes!

#1 of 3 reviews.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    12/5/21, 5:49 PM - Are you sure it wasn’t cooked in the shipping process again? 😂. Cheers to better bottles!

  • VinoHunter commented:

    12/6/21, 12:47 PM - If you have an off day, how can I trust your reviews anymore! 🤣. Cheers!

Red
2015 Château de la Rivière Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend
2/3/2021 - VinoHunter wrote:
87 points
Been about a year since my last bottle. Similar results, Mild, light and a little sour. Maybe I am missing something here, but not my cup of tea. I see no reason to hang on to my remaining bottles much longer.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    11/28/21, 11:10 AM - Thanks for the info. Maybe I will just forget about my remaining bottles in my cellar and revisit…

Red
2016 Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Cavaliere d'Oro Gran Selezione Bellezza Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese
Corked - completely oxidized and volatile.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    9/19/21, 7:55 PM - Cooked during shipping?

Red
2013 Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Il Margone Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese
8/26/2021 - sfwinelover1 Likes this wine:
91 points
First of 4 ($25.99@) from online clearinghouse #2 a few months ago. On the nose and palate, spicebox led by sage and baking spices (which manage to be spicy rather than sweet), cherries, which became sweet with air, earth and smoke, with fairly inhospitable tannins on the back end. Dark garnet (great observation on Rhone coloring, as well as tasting notes, as always, PFX!), medium bodied and legs. Intense tannins and only slightly less acidity, no heat. Medium complexity, medium+ intensity and persistence. I take a backseat to no one when it comes to love of Tuscan wines, but the catch is that while this covers BdMs, Super Tuscans and many non-classified sangios, Chiantis are usually a notable exception, despite my efforts to like them (kind of like CA cult cabs). I've found them, with the partial exceptions of of Felsina, Badia, Volpaia, and the complete exception of Sorbo (are we really sure that's even a Chianti?), to be overly driven by intense, unrelenting tannins, wood, earth, pyrazines and non-appealing spices like dill. But while the initial taste of this wine did nothing to disabuse me of my prejudices, this opened up really impressively after 3+ hours of air, similar to (but quantitively well below) the Sammarco, with the tannins pulling back and the fruit intensifying and sweetening. Even after this, this was just a very good standalone wine, but it was outstanding with spaghetti and turkey meatballs, and on the second night, with mixed grill. As Booznooz observes, the fruit didn't hold very well on night 2 (and has continued to drop off on night 3, so it's difficult to place where this is in its drinking window, since on the one hand, it took quite a while to open, but on the other, didn't show great staying power. Very difficult to score, since the wine was all over the place, 88-89 out of the bottle, 91-92 on its own on night one and 94+ with food, a point or 2 lower on both on night 2 and again on night 3. I think if you give this wine a few hours of air on opening, drink it with food and either finish it or cork it immediately after, you'll have a dandy wine at great qpr, but if you're looking for a PnP while you put your feet up on the deck or something to sip at while open for 5 days, this won't be your best choice. 91-92+, with the thought that this could go in either direction at this point. Not enough for me to do a major Chianti reassessment, but a very good bottle for the right spot.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    8/27/21, 8:04 PM - I met the owner in Tuscany, he said Chianti is always supposed to be consumed with food. Maybe that is why your score is higher while eating something? I have found his assessment to be true when drinking good Chianti. Cheers!

Red
2018 Cardoza Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Patriarch Reserve Napa Valley
5/15/2021 - kevrob822 wrote:
85 points
Wow, pretty darn mediocre. And this is $150 at the winery?!?!? You’d think at that price (which is sadly becoming a pretty common price point for Napa CS!), there’d be something enlightened or elevated, or just special about this wine, but not really. Wow, big disappointment. Giving this 85 Points and a Terrible QPR. Obviously, no need to get more.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    7/21/21, 3:10 PM - Slap “Napa Valley” on the label, $100+ 😂

Red
2015 Plumpjack Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Oakville
6/25/2021 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
93 points
Finally, down to my last bottle of a Gov Newsome owned winery in the cellar. Now that I've cancelled him, no more Odette, Plumpjack, Cade and Adaptation in my house......this was a nice drinker, but a tad thin and higher red fruited. Nothing to indicate it's worth the pricepoint, IMO........kind of an empty feeling drinking this one and I mean that from the palate and not from the heart. It just didn't have much 'there' there for the price compared to the rest of this evening's wines.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    6/26/21, 5:55 AM - How did I not know about Gavin owning this winery?! Good thing the wine was a gift! Hopefully my bottle shows better then yours and the owners hair…cheers!

Red
2016 Meander Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
6/14/2021 - kevrob822 wrote:
flawed
No Review... opened my last bottle (#3 of 4) and it was the most flawed of all the bottles. I can't help but think these got cooked while traveling across the US.

I updated my review of the one "decent" bottle I had as well. I decided it was also flawed, but just not as badly.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    6/14/21, 6:44 PM - 😬

  • VinoHunter commented:

    6/14/21, 6:47 PM - I am not having mine shipped until things cool down, so probably not until the fall…

Red
2016 Meander Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
6/9/2021 - kevrob822 Likes this wine:
89 points
Much better then the two earlier bottles last night (both flawed 🤦🏼‍♂️). Tonight, after opening and seeing it was good, I decanted for ~2 hours, but even then, it continued to open up over the next 2+ hours of drinking. More time in the bottle would be good though.

Lots of deep dark black/blue fruit, plum, vanilla and oak with some acidity and tannins. Currently it’s a nice, quaffable wine, working best with food. No major liabilities, but nothing outstanding either. I’ve had some pretty exceptional wines lately, so my opinion may be colored by those bottles. I’d give this 89 Points, but that being said, for the price paid, this is still a Good QPR.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    6/10/21, 5:45 AM - Make sure to get a refund on those two flawed bottles from WTSO…

  • VinoHunter commented:

    6/10/21, 8:40 AM - I've only "returned" a few bottles to them and they were top notch! Cheers!

  • VinoHunter commented:

    6/11/21, 9:26 AM - I'm wondering if your bottles got cooked during delivery? I chose to wait to receive these bottles until things cool off.

Red
2014 Forward Kidd Napa Valley Red Blend
Second bottle and just as bland as the first. This is like drinking water with food coloring. The ages old saying of turning water into wine can be reversed in this case.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    4/25/21, 8:21 PM - The blend is very unique, but man this wine sucks!

Red
2015 Casalforno Opera Rosso Toscana IGT Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
4/2/2019 - 3daywinereview.com wrote:
88 points
Day 1: I had to try this as Luca Maroni gave this 98 points. Well to no one's surprise this is not even close to 98 points nor did I think it would but if it is a solid 90 win for the price. Nice overall with cherry, spice, floral and dust. A bit sweet on the palate. Certainly drinkable and not bad. 88 points
Day 2: This always exposes these cheap wines. This wine is terrible on day 2. Sweet fruit, dust and some spice. Weak on the palate and finish. Really a wine that should be consumed on the young side. Again 98 points by Luca Maroni is an insult to the great Bordeaux wines from the Left Bank. 80 points
Day 3: Flat and undrinkable.
Recommendation: Drink these on the young side. No upside on this wine and great scam in terms of a 98 point wine. Had to try it just because someone who claims to be a critic gave this 98 points.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    4/2/19, 7:05 PM - I think one simply needs to deduct 10 points from Luca’s scores and that will give a better idea of the quality of the wine...

  • VinoHunter commented:

    4/20/21, 5:37 AM - I ignore his scores completely now...

Red
2016 Basel Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
2/9/2021 - wino121 wrote:
91 points
Vinturied into decant, consumed over several hours.
True Columbia Valley fruit here with a mix of French and American oak giving this a slight herbal note along with tamed tannins helping to round this wine out.
Very flora on the nose and beautiful fruit that jumps out of the glass, med + on the finish.
I can see where a person might get the funkiness from the American oak. Aka Oakville72
This has nothing to do with mechanical or hand picked grapes, technology has overcome any decreeable difference.
A serious bargain and a winner for any weeknight drinker, or weekend drinker for that matter.
Drink now with decant thru 2025.
A rebuy in spades @$15!!
  • VinoHunter commented:

    4/10/21, 7:01 PM - One of the best purchases I have made in a long time! Cheer!

Red
2019 Kirkland Signature Cabernet Sauvignon California
When I saw the year on this wine, all I could think about is the movie the Jerk:

“ Ah yes, but no more 1966. Lets splurge! Bring us some fresh
wine! The freshest you've got - this year! No more of this old
stuff.”

Just like the 2018, this is cheap drinkable jug wine. No this is not a fine complex California cab. Great for the occasional glass of wine when one doesn’t want to open a bottle...
  • VinoHunter commented:

    12/20/20, 8:48 AM - 👍 Epic movie, Cheers! 🍷

Red
2013 Domaine de Fabrègues Coteaux du Languedoc Le Coeur Red Blend
12/13/2020 - Marais Does not like this wine:
78 points
Nasty grapefruit/wet dog taste, when first opened and even after open for awhile. Don’t like; can’t drink. Don’t understand WSpectator rating.
Tried second bottle a few months later with same results.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    12/13/20, 9:06 PM - Maybe a corked bottle?

Red
2016 Rutz Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Notre Vue Estate Vineyard Chalk Hill
3/23/2020 - kevrob822 wrote:
flawed
Bottle was terribly corked...
  • VinoHunter commented:

    4/2/20, 6:21 AM - If you got your bottles from WTSO let them know and they will take care of you...cheers!

Red
2016 Refugio Ranch Petite Sirah Santa Ynez Valley
Received my 4 bottle delivery today. Had to drink one bottle as the cork had moved up to the point of almost falling out. Apparently some cold weather between NJ and Oregon. I don’t have a lot of experience with PS. I decanted the bottle for 2 hours and drank the wine over the proceeding hour. Rich, deep and tannic. Good thus far!
  • VinoHunter commented:

    2/5/20, 8:28 PM - Kev, not a fan of pinot and rarely drink it. I am more of a cab, Bordeaux, Italian red varietal. But I am starting to think I need to explore more petite sirahs. Cheers!

Red
2012 Kaiken Cabernet Sauvignon Terroir Series Corte Lujan de Cuyo
12/14/2019 - DesMarteau wrote:
Not sure I want to rate ...I can’t agree with vinohunter more....my additions ...disjointed. Has plenty of power and fruit...but is out of balance and the carmelized edge is concerning. I also have 1 more of 6 so I’ll wait a bit and see how it changes. put 1/2 bottle in a clean 375ml, vacuum pumped and stored overnight in the fridge. Greatly improved the next day...much more integrated and harmonious. funny a Carmel edge still is integrated in with the fruit core....which doesn't make it seem like an oxidation flaw :). My assessment is this needs more time and I drank most of them too fast.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    12/16/19, 12:24 PM - Wines like these make the number rating system difficult to use...

Red
2012 Bordigioni Family Winery Estate Blend Sonoma Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
12/11/2019 - Rosebud-OH Likes this wine:
92 points
Wish I had bought a case or two from WTSO. Performance to price is off the charts.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    12/12/19, 8:36 AM - Did you mean to put an 83?

  • VinoHunter commented:

    12/12/19, 8:58 AM - Happens to me all the time. Cheers!

Red
N.V. Tinazzi Vinum Italicum N.3 Opera Vino da Tavola Red Blend
8/3/2019 - Bsharmastl wrote:
89 points
Hot wine. Alcohol almost kills other smells. Very dark candied fruit on the palate, with an alcohol aftershock.
Second pour after 3 hours was a little better but not mind blowing.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    8/4/19, 3:59 PM - Spot on, cheers!

White - Sparkling
2006 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
1/3/2019 - VinoHunter wrote:
Not a champagne person. This bottle was good, but not good enough to justify its price. The wife loved it so it was worth every penny. 🤷‍♂️💸
  • VinoHunter commented:

    1/11/19, 11:12 AM - Indeed! Cheers!

Red
2014 Robert Storey Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Napa Valley
10/28/2017 - BBinSC wrote:
Vintner Intl/Jonathan Newman wine.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    1/7/19, 8:55 AM - It is very important that people know this info! Cheers!

Red
2015 Velenosi Lacrima di Morro d'Alba Superiore Querci’Antica
4/3/2018 - MrOctoberfest wrote:
82 points
Luca Moroni rated this wine a 98, and while his rating system is as moronic as his last name, he’s on point with this wine. It is a sloppy mess from a region that will never produce a great wine, and made from a grape that could never produce a wine of distinction. This wine pretty much hit it’s very low ceiling by being drinkable and having a pleasant bouquet.

I spent three months in the Marche region, and I love the area very much. Urbino is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but they should stick to Renaissance art and Verdicchio, because Lacrima tastes like table grapes mixed with arugula and garlic.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    12/18/18, 5:52 PM - I wish Parker wrote tasting notes like this! Cheers to better wine!

Red
2007 Arbor Bench Reflections Dry Creek Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
12/6/2018 - redmancge Likes this wine:
89 points
Took to family Thanksgiving and it was the groups favorite. Nice deep red color and fruit. Some blackberry bit of smoke and a smooth drinker with nice finish. Only had a small taste since there were 6 of us with one bottle of this. My son especially liked as this is Merlot dominate and that's his favorite. Nice to have gotten these bottles with some decent age on them for sale price at $15. Think the current drinking window is about right but would probably err on sooner than later like over the next year.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    12/7/18, 3:03 PM - Did you mean to rate the bottle as flawed?

  • VinoHunter commented:

    12/10/18, 8:23 AM - Cheers!

Red
2012 Iron Door Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection Alexander Valley
5/24/2018 - VinoHunter Likes this wine:
88 points
WTSO wine. I have a theory and maybe I am not the only to have this theory. I enjoy sites like WTSO and Last Bottle. But I have noticed that wines offered by WTSO that don’t have a winery website are hit and miss. This is one of those wines. For $20 this wine checks all the boxes. Decent fruits, minimal tannins, easy drinking. This wine is a wine that you take to your friends that don’t know any better and your tell them, “This is a cab from California and its $20.” It does have some classic Alexander Valley flavors, but at every sip you just want more. Decent stuff, but better wine out there for the price. I don’t see it getting any better so I will put the other three bottles ahead in the rotation...
  • VinoHunter commented:

    10/21/18, 6:02 AM - Thanks! Cheers!

Red
2013 Baer Winery Ursa Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
5/19/2018 - kevrob822 Likes this wine:
86 points
Upon opening, lots of really juicy red fruit with bright acidity. Decanting the rest of the bottle. Will update my notes later with more details if things change. Have to say, at this time, this seems like this is not my type of wine. I’m not seeing what the others CT Fans are seeing in this though. Maybe too early... we’ll see.

To be completely transparent, I also didn’t realize this was primarily a Merlot and Cabernet Franc blend, with 84% split evenly between the two varietals, and while not typically a Merlot fan, I love CF.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    5/22/18, 1:46 PM - FYI, full grape breakdown: 42% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Franc, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot

Red
2014 John William Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
10/11/2017 - BBinSC wrote:
Vintner Into/Jonathan Newman wine.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    2/25/18, 2:03 PM - I know who J Newman is, but what does it mean its his wine? Style? Production?

  • VinoHunter commented:

    2/26/18, 7:24 AM - Great, thanks! I get a little skeptical when wines that WTSO sells don't have a website that goes straight to the vineyard...cheers!

Red
2010 Tenuta La Novella Chianti Classico Casa di Colombo Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
11/5/2016 - epiphany Likes this wine:
93 points
Just fantastic and only $15 on WTSO
  • VinoHunter commented:

    2/15/18, 5:55 PM - Thoughts on the drinking window for this wine?

Red
2014 Bryter Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Maritus Napa Valley
9/25/2017 - dman7 wrote:
Bought from WTSO. Big Napa Cab blend - I presume some merlot/cab franc/petiteverdot. Super tight initially. Lots of dark fruit and oak but its fairly soft and very well balanced. Needs a few years. Much more open on day 2. Really loved the mouthfeel and texture.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    10/25/17, 8:56 AM - FYI:

    Grape Varieties
    65% Cabernet Sauvignon
    35% Petit Verdot

Red
2010 Foley Johnson Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
8/13/2017 - elevwine Likes this wine:
91 points
Fruit forward with strong blackberry/boysenberry notes. Dark and powerful, but lacks complexity. Still very good on day 2, suggesting several more years of cellar life. Great wine with steak and a remarkable value. Wish I had bought more than 4 for the price.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    8/14/17, 7:25 AM - I am in the same boat as you with only getting 4 bottles...great bottle of wine for the price!

Red
2009 Elevage Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon Raised by Wolves Walla Walla Valley
11/5/2016 - foobarski Likes this wine:
90 points
Still wonderful. Definitely mellowed, but still not meek. A earthy, green peppery nose now, backed up by rich cherry cola, vanilla and pepper, and a smooth solid finish.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    11/5/16, 8:14 PM - Thoughts on how much time this has left? Cheers!

  • VinoHunter commented:

    11/8/16, 6:07 AM - thanks!

Red
2012 Sapphire Hill Rubineaux Sonoma County Red Blend
1/9/2016 - Parnelli Likes this wine:
89 points
I'm not sure of what the blend is, but I'm thinking it is primarily cab based as it poured that color and had that cab nose and tasted like a cab. Nice balance and went very well with the left over filet.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    1/10/16, 7:54 AM - The blend: Bordeaux blend with 55% Alexander Valley Cabernet (from the Mountain Pine and Red Grav vineyards), 14% Alexander Valley Cab Franc (from the Gerrard Vineyard), 8% Alexander Valley Malbec (from the Trione Vineyard) and 20% Dry Creek Merlot (from the Seaton Ranch) with a tiny dollop of Nero D’Avola.

Red
2012 Ross Andrew Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Taylor Mag Red Mountain
9/28/2015 - Castle Peak wrote:
92 points
PNP and was impressed with how approachable this youngster was. Deep red/purple color with ripe blackberries on the nose and discernible alcohol heat, which I atrributed to the PNP. Ripe and remarkably soft, with blackberries, currants, violets and toasty oak. Plenty of tannins to insure some aging potential.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    12/13/15, 3:42 PM - Any idea on the drinking window for this? Cheers!

Red
2013 Robert Storey Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Stags Leap District
10/3/2015 - ROrmand Does not like this wine:
82 points
Blah X 2. Major disappointment. Touted as Chimney Rock juice. Does not even taste like Cabernet. Minor flavor interest. Way overpriced @ $25. Who is Robert Storey and why did he rip me off?
  • VinoHunter commented:

    11/10/15, 8:07 AM - Great tasting note!

Red
2007 Castello del Terriccio Tassinaia Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
I was expecting so much more clarity and profundity from this bottle. I was expecting to kiss the sky. But the whole affair, while revealing super hints of promise, - complexity on the nose and palate, a deep well of promise and a great provenance, this bottle reminded me of a relationship that starts off great but kind of runs out of gas or loses its magic after 6 months or a year. It may need more time but there was no single component that alluded to that. It may be integrated but just needs more time to be ready for the prom. After an hour of air it wasn't bad or even a disappointment, it just was muted and indifferent. Maybe the 2011 Colli Tortonesi Barbera that preceded it stole the show (Now that was an amazing bottle of wine - but then I had low to no expectations of it) Maybe my dream of the Tassinaia was over reaching - like the french girl who faded after 6 months.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    10/25/15, 7:24 PM - Love the tasting note, but this wine was top notch the last time I had it. Hopefully your other bottles will treat you better!

Red
2012 Robert Young Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Red Winery Road Alexander Valley
9/5/2015 - kingboo wrote:
92 points
Great juice.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    9/28/15, 4:28 PM - How was your cork? Difference experience than AWINEO?

  • VinoHunter commented:

    9/28/15, 4:56 PM - Great! Thanks for the reply!

Red
N.V. Flora Springs Gamut Napa Valley Red Blend
3/24/2015 - VinoHunter Likes this wine:
90 points
Was able to get another case of this through LB @ less than $17 a bottle and I am glad I did. A wonderful fruit foreword smooth bottle of wine. I emailed the winery and they suggested to drink this within 2 years and I will be happy to oblige them...
  • VinoHunter commented:

    3/25/15, 8:53 PM - Cheers!

Red
2011 Château Rousset-Caillau Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend
1/14/2015 - pkbowen Likes this wine:
88 points
WTSO bottle three. We were spurred to drink another bottle by a recent note that was quite critical.

Aerated into a decanter and poured into Burgundy stems. First glass was light-bodied, fairly tannic, but well-perfumed. After about half an hour in the decanter it really blossomed into a medium-bodied pleaser (if not exactly a "stunner"). Our tasting notes from before hold true. A dark and brooding Old World character and "fuzzy" tannins give this a very enjoyable flavor profile and mouthfeel. The flavors are still a bit muddled, indicative of this wine's youth. It is a 2011, after all. We haven't seen much change since October so the other bottle will stay in the thermoelectric cellar for a while.

If you drink this and conclude that it's "thin," you're not letting it open up properly. If we have the means to cellar this for another 3-4 years we will; it could be quite good when it matures, perhaps around 2018. We'll call it "very good," 88/100, now, but that could improve significantly with a little patience.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    1/15/15, 6:53 AM - I let mine open up properly and would still call this wine thin like many others. I will let my three others sit for a while to see if time improves this one...cheers!

Red
N.V. Flora Springs Gamut Napa Valley Red Blend
12/27/2014 - MC2 Wines wrote:
The NV surprised me. Wine is more dark fruits, prunes, annise. It's drinking very well right now although not sure of release year. Wine was enjoyable. Very easy drinking.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    12/28/14, 2:11 PM - FYI, from the winery: "It’s a blend of reds that we had left over from blending into the Trilogy and Poggio del Papa in 2011 and 2012. So it is non-vintage because of the combining of years. Retail price is $28. It is not made to age, it’s made to drink now, so maybe keep for 2 years at the most. Here is the make up:63% Cabernet Sauvignon; 27% Merlot; 8% Cabernet Franc; 1% Petite Verdot; 1% Malbec"

Red
2002 Pahlmeyer Merlot Napa Valley
1/3/2014 - H*3 wrote:
91 points
1st experiment with our new Coravin. Drank over two nights and 2nd night was indistinguishable from 1st night. Great bottle and still in prime drinking form. Lots of dark fruit with enough structure to balance. Drinking great.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    12/18/14, 12:27 PM - How do you like your Coravin?

  • VinoHunter commented:

    12/18/14, 1:10 PM - Thanks for the feedback. I think I need to pull the trigger on this and get one... Cheers!

Red
2008 Château Saint-Roch (Languedoc) Maury Sec Kerbuccio Grenache Blend, Grenache
This was superb. Deep earthy great fruit, yielding tannins and just enough of everything else to make me believe the Medaille d'Or Pris 2010.

I had pasta Alla nonna. (Tomatoes, eggplant, ricotta salata) and Fiorello's fennel sausage. This wine killed it. I have only two more, damn! A great value and a memorable wine. Big big recommendation.
  • VinoHunter commented:

    11/14/14, 7:35 AM - Any thoughts on how much time this wine has left? Cheers!

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