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2016 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
8/19/2019 - GTFreek wrote:
New bottling from the producer from younger vines. Instead of Mt. Veeder, it's Napa Valley AVA. Medium nose gives graphite, sweet herbal tone, black fruit, fresh coffee grounds. Palate is fresh fruit, some red layers, red plum, blackberry, black plum, coffee note is lessened, a touch tart, drinks with very little oak influence as expected, then structure backs things up well, medium plus tannins, medium acidity, medium plus body. All that being said, lacks a mid-palate and might be a touch tight relative to it's fruit. Cool to see entry price point from this producer.
  • mjmal commented:

    2/23/21, 2:26 PM - I picked some up at a retail wine shop but they said they got it from a local restaurant chain that had liquidated their cellars as part of a re-org or sale of some kind. So, I think maybe it is a restaurant-focused release? Anyway, cracking one this weekend to check in on it.

1988 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne Syrah
12/11/2018 - Musigny1955 Likes this wine:
95 points
{Bought on release, ullage gap between cork and wine < 0.5 cm, decanted and tasted at Troquet with monthly wine group at "Bring Your Best" annual dinner}. Super wine, tasted young and not 30 years old, was initially (to my palate) almost too full of sweet ripe fruit initially but with time this wine's balance, grace and refinement won out. Rich, bigger forepalate, Very fragrant, excellent, zillions of layers. Others thought this might be post-2000 Chave (!). A killer wine and probably little benefit to holding it much longer. My top wine of the night, but group (marginally) voted for the 1966 La Mission Haut Brion with this number 2. (This blew the LMHB out of the water in my view, my tasting group sometimes gets led astray...).
  • mjmal commented:

    12/12/18, 8:24 PM - Hey, I thought it was a wonderful bottle, thanks for sharing!

2007 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses Pinot Noir
10/2/2017 - Musigny1955 Likes this wine:
91 points
bought on release, decanted and tried (blind) with tasting group over 2.5 hours. Bottle 0030.
Voluptuous, ripe, tasted to me like Oregon pinot noir and did not get the aristocratic les Amoureuses nose I expected. In retrospect I would decant and try this starting at 2 or 3 hours; have one more bottle. Once we revealed what we had brought and knew the wines, I was really quite puzzled, as expected more of the Musigny weightlessness and beauty. To its credit the wine was quite long and had full liquerishness to it. In time might be 93 or 94 point wine. Do not open this wine lightly now!
  • mjmal commented:

    10/4/17, 10:17 AM - I never really bought into the Oregon pinot notion, but I agree with everything else. It got better as the evening went along, and had a very nice ripe flavor profile, showing good length. I would not have guessed Chambolle, never mind de Vogue Amoureuses, but as you say maybe that will come with time in cellar? Thanks for sharing! -Michael

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