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Red
1996 Château Lafite Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
4/28/2022 - dream wrote:
Corked!
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    4/28/22, 6:46 PM - So sorry to hear that.

Red
2006 Quinta de Lemos Dão Dona Santana Touriga Nacional
3/11/2022 - dmitchell4 wrote:
Past it peak.
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    3/11/22, 3:02 PM - Hope your experience was a one-off based upon the most recent comments ahead of yours.

Red
2013 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon Tanbark Hill Spring Mountain District
3/5/2022 - GJVines Likes this wine:
89 points
After about an hour decant. A bit vegetal for my tastes, with lots of green pepper on the palate. Seemed overly extracted, but even with all that it was not terrible.
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    3/6/22, 9:41 AM - Don't let Togni discover that you drank a bottle with less than 10 years of age. He'll remove you from his mailing list. Seriously.

Red
2018 Banknote Cabernet Sauvignon revenue Atlas Peak
5/12/2021 - kevrob822 Does not like this wine:
86 points
I didn’t care for this at all. It was fairly flat & out of balance. Not up to WTSO‘s normal spectacular standards. Horrible QPR.
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    7/14/21, 3:46 AM - User drinking window says wait until 2023. Maybe too young now?

Red
2010 School House Mescolanza Zinfandel Blend Spring Mountain District
2/6/2018 - NapaInBaltimore Likes this wine:
94 points
Most amazing Zin blend, dry farmed on Spring Mountain
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    6/18/21, 6:08 AM - I have a vertical of this 07, 08, 09, 10, 13, 14. Very much an under acclaimed bottling.

Red
2018 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Post & Beam Napa Valley
1/31/2021 - vino777 wrote:
87 points
Wanted to l ike this one but very disappointed. Decent fruit but not much balance. Very overpriced and much better quality out there at this price point (and less)
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    1/31/21, 8:16 AM - I found it for $27. Will I still be disappointed? Thx

Red
2010 Foyt Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon No. 77 Napa Valley Reserve Mt. Veeder
Simply not knocking my socks off as a $40 cab should. Seems too disjointed and lacking. Love to hear from anyone who thinks differently. I loved AJ Foyt as a driver, just don't appreciate his efforts nearly as much in the vineyard.
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    10/9/20, 11:43 AM - 2010

White
2017 Stony Hill Chardonnay Spring Mountain District
6/11/2020 - Mds319 Likes this wine:
90 points
First time trying Stony Hill. Definitely a bright, acidic, dryer Chardonnay. Lots of citrus flavors mixed in with some floral notes and Granny Smith apple. No oak influence so lighter mouthfeel. Also lots of minerality. Good but not sure I would buy again.
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    6/12/20, 6:42 AM - I agree. Really good quality but they spend a lot on marketing.

Red
2001 Faustino Rioja I Gran Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
2/22/2014 - FjordogFjell wrote:
81 points
Rufsete lukt, kork? åpna to flasker omtrent lik. 2 t i karaffel gjestene (L&B) er gått. Veldig eik fortsatt, reduktiv, som dekker over det som kan være god frukt. 1 dag i flaske: Bedre i dag. Eik og rufs er redusert. Søt tung frukt. La ligge 5 år +
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    4/28/20, 2:00 PM - Please do not score corked or spoiled bottles. thx

Red
2011 Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District
2/20/2019 - TallMikeWine Likes this wine:
94 points
There was a vintage, characterized by some in the wine writing community as being a "bad year". But if course people working in that community need things about which to concoct stories. The stories of 2011 being a "bad year" have been greatly exaggerated. Know this.

Beautiful wine. Dark, rich, ripe fruit. Loads of spice, and a fi dish for days. And this is good to go now, or hold for a other 5! The Smith brothers know a thing or two. They will not let you down.
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    2/21/19, 10:53 AM - The score seems inconsistent with your comments. Was it a typo?

Red
2015 Justin Vineyards & Winery Isosceles Paso Robles Red Bordeaux Blend
1/28/2019 - gmal wrote:
Just opened a bottle that was the definition of “corked”. Smelled and tasted like moldy newspaper and graphite. Purchased last month in San Diego from an established wine store and restaurant, anyone else recently buy a bottle that had this issue?
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    1/29/19, 5:53 AM - Unfortunately, your care of the bottle and its provenance have nothing to do with a bottle being corked. The bacteria that causes "corking" is found naturally in cork and affects roughly 1/1000 bottles. Most reputable wine shops and all restaurants will accept a return/replace with no questions asked. Hope that helps.
    Please remove your 70 score as a corked bottle should not be counted.

  • 1961Vintage commented:

    1/29/19, 2:34 PM - Totally random.

Red
2012 Elio Grasso Barolo Gavarini Chiniera Nebbiolo
1/25/2019 - mikeaukenbals wrote:
90 points
Probably stored poorly at retailer
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    1/25/19, 9:41 AM - What do you think the score would have been if properly stored?

Red
2002 Young Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Premium Estate Napa Valley
11/30/2018 - Dale Rattles Likes this wine:
91 points
Bought 4 bottles on WTSO for $27 each. Was expecting one or maybe two to be drinkable, but with 3 down these have been remarkably consistent. Of course, shows a bit of bricking on the edges, but the legs remain nice and this drinks quite well, and like a proper “library” wine. I double-decanted and removed the sediment which heightened the experience. I’m glad I tried this one, I’ve made poor WTSO choices in the past....
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    12/1/18, 3:11 AM - I agree. This was a pleasant WTSO surprise.

Red
2013 Donelan Syrah Kobler Family Vineyard Green Valley of Russian River Valley
9/1/2018 - LandoMT Likes this wine:
94 points
Reallllly good.
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    9/1/18, 7:32 PM - 76 points..Doesnt mesh to your comments.

Red
1995 Château Bel-Air Lagrave Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
I didn't get what many others experienced from this wine. I found it to be over the hill, lacking fruit and complexity.
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    2/26/17, 3:57 PM - Ben,

    I've had two of these and found both to be quite nice, especially at the $20 price point. See you next week. Are you arriving by dinner Sunday?

Red
2014 Venge Vineyards Scout's Honor Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
2/3/2017 - jayjoyce Likes this wine:
91 points
Beautiful, dark smooth flavorful
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    2/4/17, 5:48 AM - Is the 50 score correct?

Red
2005 Paraduxx (Duckhorn Vineyards) Postmark Howell Mountain Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
5/30/2015 - theduck Likes this wine:
83 points
Lovely wine, big structure that is also showing its age, a little softer than I remember. Big dark chocolate covered cherries, a bit hot but resolved quickly to a lovely soft lingering finish. If you have any of this left, it's time to drink up. -t
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    4/22/16, 7:21 AM - Like the review. Your score however does not seem to mirror the words.

Red
2014 G.D. Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo Claret J.C. Langhe DOC
3/25/2016 - Davetroup Likes this wine:
90 points
Even better the second night (used wine preserver but might not have needed it.). I really like this wine. There was an initial "this is weird" reaction to the fizz, as my previous review demonstrates, but after I got past that, I could drink this stuff all day long. Not that I would, mind you. Unfortunately, life's responsibilities won't allow me to be in "enjoying wine" mode all day long. But it's a nice goal! Haha

Glad I have five more bottles to enjoy and wish I'd bought a whole case.
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    3/26/16, 7:06 AM - Your 54 point rating does not sync with your comments. Would you like to edit the score?

Red
2007 Terra Valentine Marriage Spring Mountain District Red Bordeaux Blend
10/4/2015 - emf Likes this wine:
75 points
Very good wine, no sign of age, bright, great aromas of fruit with tastes of bright red fruit and soft tannins that linger on the palate.
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    12/12/15, 6:48 AM - Nice review, but are you sure the score is correct? It doesnt seem to fit with the commentary. thx

Red
2010 Kiepersol Estates Winery Barrel No. 33 Texas Red Blend
5/22/2015 - mflesh Likes this wine:
92 points
Probably the nicest medium-to-full bodied Texas red wine I've had to date. Aged for FORTY ONE MONTHS in New American Oak (wow!...?). This wine poured a dark red with hints of violet. Served pop and pour slightly below room temp. The nose out of the glass is anise, strawberry and mint. On the palate, this one has zero acid, and levels of RS that are very much in check. The palate of this one is quite different from the nose. Mint, black cherry and terroir show right up front. Cocoa sits in the middle, mixing well with both the terroir notes that become more expressive, and the black cherry notes that become more subdued. Finish is oak and ripe red berry without being overly tannic. I definitely believe this one could hold 1-2 more years, but beyond that I'm not sure.
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    5/22/15, 4:44 AM - Stopped into their tasting room just off I20 in East Texas and was similarly surprised by the quality of these wines. Thx for the review. Extremely helpful that someone else agrees with us.

Red
2001 Bodegas Balbas Ribera del Duero Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
3/7/2015 - cuffthis wrote:
85 points
This was a completely different wine than the one I tasted on 3/3/15. It was not the least bit expressive. It barely had any fruit. Talk about bottle variation!

Purchased recently for $20US, this bottle was a 180 degree difference from the first bottle I tasted. I was concerned with this wine based on the reviews of others. My bottles appear to be freshly labelled and the cork certainly wasn't 14 years old. It looked brand new. Hmmm.

Imported by Holiday Beverage Inc., Clarkston, MI.
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    3/9/15, 7:42 PM - boatdrinker had similar comment

Red
2011 T-Vine Cellars Zinfandel Stonebridge Vineyard Calistoga
1/16/2015 - 1961Vintage Likes this wine:
92 points
For $20 bucks got two words for you...OUT STANDING!
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    2/25/15, 1:30 PM - Paid $21.27 at Last Bottle.

Red
2001 Bodegas Balbas Ribera del Duero Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
This is the first time I've done this, but this wine is bullshit. I ordered 4 from WTSO last year (or so), and they were good. This is my first of the next batch - the best way I can describe it is it tastes like fake wine, bullshit in a glass. Camus Conundrum Red thinks this is weak.
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    2/13/15, 2:51 PM - I will open my last bottle and check it out. Will look at the cork as well. Appreciate your post.

Red
2011 La Ferme du Mont Côtes du Rhône Villages Le Ponnant Red Rhone Blend
10/11/2014 - mad_dog2020 wrote:
90 points
Opened my first bottle last night. Starts out with a rich rasberry taste then comes the lingering pepper with tobacco flavors. Great with a chorizo and goat cheese flatbread. At this price I wish I purchased several cases.
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    10/12/14, 6:55 AM - Agree wish I had purchased more as well.

Red
1998 d'Arenberg Cabernet Sauvignon The Coppermine Road McLaren Vale
7/24/2013 - 1961Vintage wrote:
88 points
Feels like its getting tired. Not past peak but not rising anymore. Dried fruits evident. Less on the finish. Decant for at least an hour. Would shorten drinking window..
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    7/15/14, 2:48 PM - If I recall, the wine was initially closed, then opened after a decant of about an hour to reveal as indicated. Hope that helps.

Red
2011 Keplinger Sumo Amador County Petite Sirah
3/5/2014 - tooch wrote:
76 points
Keplinger Tasting (Domaine Wine Storage - Chicago, IL): Very young and a total brute. I liked this more than the 2007 since there was at least more going on than just the alcohol's heat. Still, not my style of wine at all...amped up flavors with zero elegance.
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    3/8/14, 1:42 PM - Hope it settles down. I have enjoyed Helen's wines over the years...just takes a little more time..

Red
2011 Keplinger Lithic Amador County Red Rhone Blend
2/27/2014 - sqn19 wrote:
87 points
Last bottle of this - better than my experience in January - not austere and unappealing like the last bottle, there is jammy fruit here - but it's not integrated at all, drinkable but disjointed. Something went wrong here. And based on CT notes, there's clearly significant bottle variation. Disappointing based on previous experience.
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    2/28/14, 1:59 PM - I think you tried this wine way to early in its life. Check the drinking window...put one down for a few more years, I think you will have a better experience.

Red
2009 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
2/20/2014 - wtianseter wrote:
86 points
Perhaps a bad bottle or it's in a "dumb" phase. The wine was tight and never opened up with time-in-bottle or air. The wine has a lot of fruit, but this bottle seemed closed and out of balance compared to past bottles. You could see hints of a very nice wine but nothing developed. On day 3 in open bottle - it was the best but only that one glass left and it had the misfortune that I followed it with a killer Brunello that blew it out of the water.
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    2/21/14, 7:20 AM - Cant even compare this wine to Brunello...

Red
2005 Bodegas Arrayan Méntrida Premium Syrah Blend, Syrah
Just a mess. Nice fruit but a lot of alcohol and little structure...dissapointing
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    1/26/14, 6:47 AM - Most definitely the Premium. Perhaps just going through a funky phase, though I'll never know since this was my last and only bottle.

Red
1982 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
12/22/2013 - dcwino wrote:
flawed
Lazy Sunday group Holiday dinner (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): Bummer! Slightly corked. Exceptional concentration and intense sweet fruits. A great wine based on my past experiences.
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    12/23/13, 1:29 PM - Bummer could be the vino understatement of the century. Sorry to hear..

White
2009 Marimar Estate Chardonnay La Masia Don Miguel Vineyard Russian River Valley
4/25/2013 - drdecanto wrote:
Unbalanced oak bomb. Plus there is some bitterness. Just getting started with WTSO and this doesn't bolster confidence in their offerings.

After tasting another bottle, I have removed my prior score of 83 as I think it unfairly drags the overall scores on this down. he 2nd bottle that I had was in the 90 range.
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    4/26/13, 9:51 AM - ve been with WTS fir 3 years. Anytime wine is shipped please allow at least 2-4 weeks for the wine to settle. Then try another bottle...Hope that helps..

Red
2009 Switchback Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Peterson Family Vineyard Napa Valley
Won 3rd place in a Cabernet Sauvignon tasting against 14 other cabs 90 rating or higher.
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    2/19/13, 6:02 PM - Which wines one first and second?

White
2008 J. Wilkes Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley
9/29/2012 - 1961Vintage wrote:
92 points
Another great bottle. And for the price, perhaps pound for pound one of the best ever.
  • 1961Vintage commented:

    12/1/12, 7:00 AM - 14.98 on Lot18. Great value for sure if you can find more!

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