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2000 Château Martinens Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/20/2020 - rerail84 Likes this wine:
89 points
Drinking well right now, but showing signs of peaking for sure.
Red
12/20/2020 - rerail84 Likes this wine:
89 points
Magnum. Stood bottle upright for 24 hrs. Capsule showed some signs of seepage, but we purchased from the winery, so we were not too worried. Base neck fill. Cork was saturated but came out in one piece. Beautiful aromas of stewed fruit and a touch of spice on the nose and wonderful bricking on the color. On the palate, the tannins had all but faded, leaving a fairly sharp acidic mouthfeel. The wine continued to evolve in the decanter for hours. Overall, the wine was not spectacular, but the experience of opening a definitely drinkable wine after 34 years is nothing short of amazing.
Red
11/16/2020 - rerail84 Likes this wine:
88 points
Nose of pepper, strawberry, & cherry Blossom. Light, tart body with strong acid and little tannins. Short finish. Good with rich food.
Red
11/13/2020 - rerail84 Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted for 1 hr. Dark garnet, with a touch of heat on the nose. The nose also expresses strong notes of cassis, pencil shaving and cigar box. Mouth feel is a bit jagged at this point, but shows promise. Med finish.
Red
11/1/2020 - rerail84 Likes this wine:
91 points
Delicious. Opened for 2+ hours before drinking. Beautiful nose with a great mouth feel. Drinking well right now, but has the legs to go the distance.
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Red
Decanted for about an hour. Still too tight. This will be an outstanding wine, but it needs time.
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Red
10/14/2020 - rerail84 Likes this wine:
90 points
Softening ruby color, with slight bricking. Nose of leather, cigar box and vanilla. Silky mouthfeel with balanced tannins and acid. Short finish. Decanted 1 hr prior to drinking. Drinking well right now.
Red
9/26/2020 - rerail84 wrote:
88 points
Not as good as I remember it to be.
White
9/25/2020 - rerail84 wrote:
89 points
Color is deep straw. A little bretty on the nose. Body is full and complex. Oak presence is a bit too much.
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2017 L'Aventure Optimus Paso Robles Willow Creek District Red Blend (view label images)
9/25/2020 - rerail84 Likes this wine:
92 points
Nose, black cherry, blackberry, a bit of vanilla, pomegranate and leather. Full body with nice balance and a long finish. Decanted for 1 hour.
Red
9/20/2020 - rerail84 Likes this wine:
91 points
PNP. Color has faded to a rust. Dark fruit nose with a solid mouth feel. Strong acid backbone and med finish. Still plenty of life left in this wine.
Red
9/19/2020 - rerail84 Likes this wine:
93 points
Needs about 1 hour to open, after that it is absolutely delicious. Very Burgundy driven with a bit of sweetness on the nose. Long finish
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Red
10/18/2019 - rerail84 wrote:
89 points
PNP. Nose of cream de cassis, pepper, with a light touch of heat. On the palate, med body, quite angular, short finish. Felt bigger at the winery. Rated 89 for nose alone.
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Red
10/18/2019 - rerail84 Likes this wine:
88 points
Nothing fancy. Enjoyable wine that pairs well with rich food. Upfront fruit with minimal tannins.
Red
10/15/2019 - rerail84 Likes this wine:
89 points
Purchased from the winery library. Neck fill, clean cork. Color is dark garnet with bricking around the edges. Nose of dark leather and slight sweetness. Full/med mouth feel. Tannins are present but fading. Acid is sharp and finish short. Paired with chicken parmigiana. Nice surprise for a 12 year Napa zin.
Red
11/23/2013 - rerail84 wrote:
Drinking great right now. No formal notes, but we enjoyed it thoroughly.
Red
11/30/2013 - rerail84 wrote:
Excessively sweet, yet a big zin. May need more time in the bottle to calm down a bit.
Red
11/30/2013 - rerail84 wrote:
Drank at thanksgiving. What an awesome wine. Swee, spicy nose, great body with med body. Everything is in harmony. Wish I bought a ton more.
Red
5/10/2013 - rerail84 wrote:
Not showing much right now. The structure is there, but more patence is needed.
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Red
5/8/2013 - rerail84 wrote:
Masculine nose of dark currents, vanilla, and a sweet sent like lavendar on the tail end of the nose. Palate is strong and balanced, almost heavy in the mouth. Finish is on the bland side. Lovely wine that will be fun to revist in a few years.
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Red
5/8/2013 - rerail84 wrote:
Drinking really wonderfully right now. Bright fruit and very floral. A bit on the sweet side, but just enough. Great wine.
Red
2009 Château Haut-Bergey Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/6/2013 - rerail84 wrote:
- Purple color. It's balanced with a medium body. Juicy texture - Stood bottle up for 3 day prior to opening. Tasted before decanting. Nose was very expressive giving off notes of graphite, pencil lead, and dark berry. On the palate strawberry, notes of greenness and a bit of chocolate on the finish. After decanting for 30 min more bright berry is coming through on the nose and palate. Finish is still on the short side.
Red
4/28/2013 - rerail84 wrote:
Not as nice as at the winery unfortunitly. Quite simple, with strong notes of oak and vanilla. This would be a great wine at half the price.
Red
3/31/2013 - rerail84 wrote:
89 points
- Brick color with medium forming legs and aromas of molasses and rose. It's somewhat balanced with a light/medium body. Oily texture with a medium finish - Drinking well right now. Beautiful floral nose with hints of brown sugar, molasses, and Forrest floor. Lively acid.
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2009 Leviathan California Red Blend (view label images)
3/17/2013 - rerail84 wrote:
Strong Bordeaux nose of forest floor, saddle leather, and cassis. Huge wine with notes of lavender and a touch of eucalyptus. Needs to sit for a few more years to settle down. Good but not great.
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2010 Del Dotto Cave Blend Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/17/2013 - rerail84 wrote:
No formal notes. A bit shut down. Needed about 30-45 min in the decanter to start showing its stuff. Good wine for the price.
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3/16/2013 - rerail84 wrote:
PnP from 1.5 L. The cork was is perfect shape for a 12 year old bottle. Beautiful color with heavy bricking around the edges. The nose offers notes of carmel, stewed fruit, graphite, and pencil lead. On the palate the tannins are nearly non exsistant at this point although the acid is still quite lively. Med bodied at best with a satisfying finish. My have missed the best of this wine by a couple of years. would not sit on any 750's much longer.
Red
3/14/2013 - rerail84 wrote:
Black cherry, mocha, vanilla, tabacco, and a touch of mint are developing nicely on the nose. The palate is still pretty tight and the tannins a bit grippy. Everything seems to be in balance. The finish has gained some weight since the last time I tried it. Probably going to sit on the remaining bottles for a few years.
Red
3/8/2013 - rerail84 wrote:
PnP. Very tight right now. Very little fruit coming through on the nose. Blackberry and soil mostly. The palate is no exception, tight and tanic. Starts to open up after 30 min in the glass. Firm tannins and a nice acidic backbone. Finish is muted and on the short side at the moment. Kind of have to agree with some of the other notes on this wine being in a wierd place right now. Give it another year.
Red
3/5/2013 - rerail84 wrote:
PnP. Drinking so great right now. One of the best QPR's I've ever had the chance to try.
Red
3/5/2013 - rerail84 wrote:
Had at Il Fornio with a generous helping of lagnassia and wow was this wine awesome. So supple and smooth, yet masculine and refined. At $65 it is on the pricer side but it is so good you quickly forget the price. Bright color, stunning nose and a finish that will leave you longing for more. Fantastic wine which will last another 5 years without issue.
Red
2/15/2013 - rerail84 wrote:
Outstanding! No formal notes but well balanced and smooth. A perfect example of its AVA.
Red
2/15/2013 - rerail84 wrote:
A bit of Brett on the nose but it blew off after 30 min or so. Not as bright and fresh as last time but still a solid Pinot.
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12/30/2012 - rerail84 wrote:
Drank at Christmas. Closed down. Decanted for 2-3 hours before any life started to show. From half bottle.
Red
12/30/2012 - rerail84 wrote:
Drank at Christmas. Beautiful Spring Mountain nose that leapt from the glass. A little tight at first, but after an hour in the glass it opened up quite nicely. Great body and long finish.
Red
12/30/2012 - rerail84 wrote:
Drank at christmas. Decanted for 2+ hours. Big, powerful nose of dark fruit. Nicely structured and balanced. Drinking well right now, but could go another 10 years.
Red
11/20/2012 - rerail84 wrote:
Great QPR. Nice body and pretty well balanced. If it were more than $10 it might be over priced though...
Red
8/20/2012 - rerail84 wrote:
Pop and poured. Opened up after about an hour. Much different than a year ago. It's starting to hit its stride. Nice body and great finish. Will visit in another year.
Red
7/29/2012 - rerail84 wrote:
What a great wine. drinking great now.
Red
2000 La Bastide Dauzac Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/16/2012 - rerail84 wrote:
Slight bricking around the edges but still bright and vibrant color. Nose is quite muted, altough there is a aromas of spice, rose pedal and a bit of oak. The palate is med and quite merlot like. A bit tart but fades quickly. finish is pleasent, but short. Deffinitly drink up.
Red
6/8/2012 - rerail84 wrote:
Opened way too soon. Decanted for 2 hours and it was very closed up.
Red
5/20/2012 - rerail84 wrote:
Drinking great right now. Decanted for 1.5 hours. Really nice Napa cab.
Red
4/24/2012 - rerail84 wrote:
Extremely tart at first. After a few hours in the decanter this really opened up. Ripe fruit with nice balance. Would be better if laid down for another 2 years.
White
4/13/2012 - rerail84 wrote:
Fresh and lively. A bit sweeter than I normlly like. Crisp finish.
Red
4/12/2012 - rerail84 wrote:
Very light color and ever so slightly hazy. The nose explodes with ripe red fruit, pumpkin spice and minerals. A touch of heat is present but does not take away from the bouquet. The palate is light with crisp acids and very light tannins. The finish is short. Overall this is a well made wine and has room to grow.
Red
4/9/2012 - rerail84 wrote:
Kind of shut down. After decanting for 3 hours this wine really opened up. Great aroma of spice, lavender, and a bit of eucalyptus. The palate is smooth and quite balanced. Finish is long and elegant. What a great wine. This will definitely improve over the next 5 or so years.
Red
3/26/2012 - rerail84 wrote:
Really great Pinot. Decanted for 2 hours. Fruit started to show about 3 hours into it. Very, very young. Will try again in 2 years
Red
2/20/2012 - rerail84 wrote:
What a spectacular wine. This wine is drinking so great rigt now and for 10-15 years for sure. A bit sweeter than last bottle. Beautifly integrated and a great finish.
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2/20/2012 - rerail84 wrote:
Bland nose, gritty tannins with very little fruit. Decanted over night with not muc change the next day. What a bummer.
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2004 Paloma Merlot Spring Mountain District (view label images)
2/12/2012 - rerail84 wrote:
93 points
What a gorgeous wine. Decanted for 30-45 min. What a beautiful aroma of spice, vanilla, rose peddles and meaty characteristic that is just wonderful. The color is slightly fading but no bricking around the edges what so ever. The palate is smooth and composed. Everything is in perfect harmony. Finish is on the shorter side but very nice. This is truely one of the best Palomas I have had and it even gives most other merlots a run for the money. Drink now or over the next 3-4 years.
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