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Red
12/6/2021 - KevinS Likes this wine:
94 points
Big, ripe, smoky, interesting -- a wine worth savoring and contemplating.
Red
12/28/2015 - KevinS Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice mature Barbaresco, showing lots of saddle leather and secondary notes. Drink up now...
Red
5/31/2014 - KevinS wrote:
91 points
Too young. Lots of charcoal and minerality with a little dark fruit, this just seems in a dumb phase right now. Decanted and consumed over 4 hours, it didn't change much at all. I have to believe this will emerge and give more pleasure down the road, but avoid for now or you may be disappointed...
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Red
5/12/2014 - KevinS wrote:
95 points
First drank several years ago, this struck me as incredibly powerful and mineral-y, but WAY too young. Roll the clock forward and this is in a fantastic spot now, and tastes incredibly classic -- fantastic balance and loads of complexity. My goodness this is excellent -- it'll be a challenge to keep my hands off these. I vacillated between scores of 94 and 98 -- it's hard to choose a single number at these levels, but regardless it's simply brilliant...
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White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Clos Haut-Peyraguey Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
4/18/2014 - KevinS wrote:
93 points
Deep golden color. Orange marmalade and lemon peel on the palate, and maybe some other tropical fruit notes (papaya?). Rock solid, deeply satisfying, and really just about all a guy could want to cap a celebratory dinner.
Red
3/23/2014 - KevinS wrote:
90 points
Cherry/vanilla Haagen Dazs on the nose. Lots of cherry fruit on the palate, with SOME depth and complexity. Still drinking great, this is delicious if not profound...
Red
3/18/2014 - KevinS wrote:
Fantastic stuff, drinking beautifully once again. Great concentration, complexity and balance. Sorry this is my last bottle...
Red
2004 Nicolas Potel Clos St. Denis Clos St. Denis Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
2/1/2014 - KevinS wrote:
85 points
Nice nose, but it's a little lean, a little green, and a little metallic on the palate. Seems like a classic 2004 unfortunately...
Red
2006 Saxum Broken Stones Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
12/31/2013 - KevinS wrote:
87 points
Popped and poured. First impression is hot -- alcohol overwhelms pretty much everything. There is some red and black fruit and kind of a charcoal note, but the finish is hot. Maybe I just caught this at the wrong time or it's going to get better with air as others have noted, but this is hugely disappointing so far...
Red
12/19/2013 - KevinS wrote:
95 points
Brilliant wine drinking right in its prime. Reminiscent of a great Bordeaux, this showed incredible complexity, nuance and silkiness. Fantastic stuff, and was consensus WOTN amidst some pretty heavy hitting reds...
Red
12/16/2013 - KevinS wrote:
91 points
Deep ruby purple. Really ripe nose of blackberry compote. Tastes like a high quality Aussie Shiraz with good deep fruit -- somebody really followed the recipe on this one. Not the most complex or nuanced, but good for the price if not particularly representative...
Red
12/10/2013 - KevinS wrote:
93 points
Took to a group tasting last night and it's fair to say I was much more impressed with this wine than others. My tasting notes closely match my prior bottle, but the others tasters felt the wine was still highly tannic and disapprovingly "modern." I still like the damn stuff a lot, but the decanter still had a fair bit left in it at the end of the evening (to be fair, so did just about every other decanter/bottle)...
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White - Sweet/Dessert
12/10/2013 - KevinS Likes this wine:
90 points
Well, this has certainly come a long way. From memory after a long evening of consumption, I was pretty pleased with this. Darker golden hue, with a nice nose. I don't remember the specifics of the fruit profile, other than there was a range of nice tropical fruits and nuts. Only medium weight and moderate concentration (I expected bigger/heavier), but this showed good complexity and a pretty long finish. Didn't blow anyone away, but was certainly pleasing and had most folks going back for more. If I can wait another 9 years I'm sure the next one will be even better...
Red
12/4/2013 - KevinS wrote:
96 points
Absolutely singing. Rocking stuff -- outstanding Napa cab in all respects!
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Red
11/8/2013 - KevinS wrote:
94 points
Beautiful wine. Starting to show some bricking and hints of brown. Dark fruit nose of prune/fig, caramel and maybe cedar. Silky mouthfeel, with great focus and tremendous length. Palate similar to the nose, with classic Barolo flavors with great complexity and balance. Seems on a pretty quick evolutionary path -- I'd have guessed it was older, so I'd say drink up!
Red
2000 La Massa Giorgio Primo Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
10/29/2013 - KevinS wrote:
92 points
Really impressive. This is very youthful and concentrated. Dark, dried cherries on the palate, with lots of spicy underbrush notes adding complexity. Still reasonably powerful, this reminded me of a CdP in some ways with the dark fruit and brambly flavors. Very interesting, and quite tasty. I expect more evolution tomorrow when I finish the bottle...
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White
10/7/2013 - KevinS wrote:
90 points
Couldn't wait any longer, so I broke open the case and checked in on this one. Not a great idea -- this is youthful and tight. Laser focused with lots of acidity, this shows lemon curd and lots of minerals, finishing with a little vanilla. Totally Burgundian in style, as expected. The finish is super-long so I'm confident it'll reveal lots more over time, but it'll be 2+ years before I open another one of these. I knew better...
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Red
10/1/2013 - KevinS wrote:
90 points
Sweet cherry fruit, some chocolate and a hint of green pepper. Soft, easy-going palate. Very nice, but not as distinguished as other examples of this I have had...
White
9/29/2013 - KevinS wrote:
91 points
Another vote for super-tight. I get baked apple and some tropical notes, but not as much nuance or complexity as I would like. Where the class and pedigree really show up for me is in the incredible length -- finish just goes on and on...
Red
8/19/2013 - KevinS wrote:
95 points
Absolutely gorgeous bottle. Beautiful red fruit, with a N. Rhone streak of prominent minerality and bacon fat. Quite complex and nuanced -- like a hybrid of N. and S. Rhone (with none of the heat or alcohol notes reported by others). Outstanding if perhaps a bit atypical...
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Red
8/17/2013 - KevinS wrote:
89 points
Nice. Dark fruit of blackberry/blueberry compote with some mint or menthol notes. Nice and balanced, but shows a little heat and only moderate concentration and complexity. I like it, but I don't love it...
Red
2004 Glaetzer Godolphin Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
7/6/2013 - KevinS wrote:
93 points
Ripe blueberry/blackberry compote thing on the nose, complemented by a cool eucalyptus/spearmint note as well. On the palate there's gobs of ripe sweet fruit, but it's not overly thick or cloying for me. On the finish I get some minerality not unlike a N. Rhone, which provides a nice complement to a wine this ripe. FWIW this is a 70/30 Shiraz/Cab blend, and I think this pulls it off well.
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Red
6/4/2013 - KevinS wrote:
94 points
Superb stuff. A little metallic on the palate when first opened, but that eventually went away leaving behind a wonderful, pure, silky Grenache. Classy, complex, smooth, with no rough edges, this is drinking beautifully now.
Red
4/19/2013 - KevinS wrote:
88 points
Didn't think much of this on the open, but really warmed up to it over time. Definitely iron/mineral notes on the nose, with more black plum on the palate. Almost Gigondas/Vacquerays-like. Warm, but not showing obvious alcohol. Enjoyable if you have low expectations, but as other have said, drink up!
Red
3/12/2013 - KevinS wrote:
93 points
Deep ruby color. Thick nose of blackberry compote and maybe a cedar or eucalyptus note. On the palate, dark fruit and medium chocolate combine wonderfully -- tastes like a Godiva bonbon, though a touch less sweet. Nice balance, medium length on the finish, and no real heat to speak of. This is hedonistic but not at all over the top, and drinking wonderfully now...
Red
1996 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/10/2013 - KevinS wrote:
92 points
Glorious, deep and rich right out of the bottle, but softened up with an hour in the decanter. The second half of the bottle, while lovely, was less impressive and just didn't pack as much punch and the reported score represents the average...
Red
12/24/2012 - KevinS wrote:
93 points
Man is this impressive Barolo. Thick, rich and expressive, packed with dark fruit and floral notes. Drinking well now, but should only get better with age. Can't imagine what's up with the prior note -- I love this stuff and will buy more given the reasonable price...
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Red
12/9/2012 - KevinS wrote:
Decent, not great -- certainly showed some maturity and the benefits of aging with smoothness and balance, but an odd medicinal note came through that I haven't perceived before (perhaps a flaw?) that was kind of off-putting.
Red
12/2/2012 - KevinS wrote:
90 points
Popped and poured right from the cellar. Super tight initially, with neither the nose nor the palate giving up much. After 90 minutes, it's opening up some. Nose of iron on bacon fat. On the palate, incredible iron/minerality, blackberry jam and some charcoal. Just a little heat, but great length. This is showing well and I think will only get better over the next 7-10 years...

EDIT: On another note, I'm now trying the other half of the bottle on day 2 and this has pretty much fallen apart. Not much fruit left, just some minerals and mostly heat. Downgrading score, and I think these need to be consumed...
Red
11/16/2012 - KevinS wrote:
87 points
This seems to be coming apart a good bit. Compared to what I recall from prior bottles, this is seems a little raw and lacking some focus. Wihle still tasty, I think it's showing its age and these need to be consumed pronto...
White
11/3/2012 - KevinS wrote:
91 points
Absoloutely fascinating wine on several levels, and like nothing I've had in years. Deep, rich golden color, maybe even heading toward orange-ish. Apricots on the palate. Thick, rich and maybe a little sweet even, but light on its feet nonetheless. Missing a little mid-palate, but an incredibly long on the finish. Perhaps more interesting intellectually rather than hedonistically, but still a real drinking experience nonetheless...
Red
10/31/2012 - KevinS wrote:
89 points
Very tight and primary. There's lots going on here in terms of concentration and power, but not a lot of complexity and the palate is charcol and minerals without a whole lot of fruit. Either my palate is changing, or these are going the wrong way fruit-wise...
Red
10/27/2012 - KevinS wrote:
91 points
Deep, dark ruby color. Nose of crushed blackberries and black pepper. Palate has lots of dark fruit and good concentration, but seems to lack some focus. A little more acidity would help, as it's just a touch flabby/warm but still very nice and tasty. I presume the age is starting to show, so drink 'em up!
Red
10/18/2012 - KevinS wrote:
93 points
Almost black in the decanter. Raw, wild blackberry on the expressive nose, with charcoal, iron and blood. More fruit on the palate than nose -- sour cherry and cranberry with smoke moving to ash/charcoal and into iron through the very long finish. Seemed to get a little bit leaner with air and time in the glass -- will revisit tonight and update...
Red
10/2/2012 - KevinS wrote:
87 points
Didn't like this one as much as others I've had in the past I don't think. Palate is mostly cranberries and sour cherries, which I'm kind of lukewarm about. A little acidic and seemingly not as well-integrated as I remember, this was just OK...
Red
8/26/2012 - KevinS wrote:
Medium ruby color with a pink robe, and quite easy to see through. Right out of the bottle the nose explodes with macerated mixed berries and a hint of sappiness. Tight on the palate -- red fruit is there, but lots of vibrant acidity gives it a real tension. With time it opens up well, with gorgeous Nebbiolo flavors of high-toned red fruit underpinned with tobacco/asphalt. Excellent, and will certainly improve with age...
White
8/24/2012 - KevinS wrote:
Drinking absolutely beautifully. Very light gold color, with a reticent nose of citrus peel (not surprising since this shipment just arrived today). Palate is more lime than lemon, with lots of minerality and salinity coming through on the very long finish. Lovely stuff...
Red
7/24/2012 - KevinS wrote:
85 points
Popped and poured, and I'm disappointed. Nose is beautiful - red fruit, garrigue, baking spices. But the palate is hot, the fruit is subdued and there's a hint of a metallic note on the finish. Perhaps this is well past peak? It's not horrible and maybe it'll settle down with some air, but this is a one-note wine and it's not a very good one...
Red
7/21/2012 - KevinS wrote:
91 points
Big, juicy and lovely right out of the bottle, but surprisingly seemed a little light and thin by then end of the meal.
Red
7/17/2012 - KevinS wrote:
90 points
In thinking about what I wanted to write for my note, I came up with several words in my head as I was logging in. Then I read my note on this wine from more than two years ago, and I was blown away that the words (and score) were essentially the same. So I'll just reprint it:

Man, I love this wine for what it is. Solid nebbiolo character, with incredible balance and good complexity. Classy way beyond what one would expect in a LN. And what it lacks in structure to be a true barolo it makes up for in sheer drinkability...
Red
6/16/2012 - KevinS wrote:
91 points
Surprisingly unimpressive effort. All of the hallmarks of classic CA cab, but a little lightish and thinnish relative to my expectations. It's fine, but I love this producer and this being a solid vintage I had high expectations and this didn't deliver on this night.
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Red
5/19/2012 - KevinS wrote:
91 points
Big, ripe and juicy, but I'm hard pressed to believe there isn't a healthy dollop of Syrah in this. Tasty, but a little atypical for my preference...
Red
2002 Yalumba The Signature Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
4/22/2012 - KevinS wrote:
89 points
Thoughts this was past peak. Very strong flavors of mint/eucalyptus coming through, which overpowered the fruit for me. Still good and enjoyable, but not nearly impressive as the prior bottle...
Red
4/11/2012 - KevinS wrote:
95 points
Absolutely rocking stuff. Big, deep, rich, and not as tight for me as others notes. Drank great...
Red
4/8/2012 - KevinS wrote:
83 points
The last bottle I had of this 6 months ago seemed just past peak and it was time to drink up, and this bottle totally confirms that. Hot, medicinal, disjointed -- just a shell of its former self. Too bad, really -- I have absolutely loved the other 10 bottles I've gone through. Ah well...
Red
4/5/2012 - KevinS wrote:
91 points
Big and ripe in the Pride style, but the fruit is showing more roasted notes than I might prefer. Definitely shows its vintage. Probably at its apex (if not getting a bit beyond), but still good depth of flavor. Drink up...
White
3/2/2012 - KevinS wrote:
92 points
Alive and well! Lovely mature GC Chablis
Red
2/28/2012 - KevinS wrote:
85 points
Once again this strikes me as a little rustic for my palate. Gets better with a little air, but nothing special...
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