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Red
2/3/2023 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
92 points
I like this wine, although it seems further along than it should be for a 2015. Lots of secondary notes already. Mushroom and compost for sure. Blue fruits on the palate with strong tannins. The tannins alone will carry this for another decade. Cheers!
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Red
1/31/2023 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
93 points
For the price, this wine delivers and then some. Needs a couple hour decant. Afterward, there’s some initial oak and baking spices, but once you let it open further in the glass, the oak fades and the fruit sings. Explodes with red fruit and fine, velvet tannins. Really great stuff. Cheers!
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Red
1/5/2023 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
93 points
I don’t have a ton of experience with Barolo’s, but it feels very stereotypical. Dusty tannins, floral, rose petal. Not a ton of tar, but I can see it in the distance, if that makes sense. I love the tannins. Way different than Napa. Not juicy or sweet. Dry and inviting. Not off-putting at all. Really coming into its own. I think in a couple years, this could be magical. Cheers!
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Red
12/14/2022 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
96 points
Drinking beautifully right now. Smooth and majestic. Long finish. Doesn’t get much better than this. Cheers!
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Red
10/6/2022 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful wine. I get notes of cola, cherry, strawberry, jams and cigar box. Hard to believe this is current release and is as old as it is. Hard to see it getting any better. Cheers!
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White
9/15/2022 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
91 points
Great Riesling for the money. Solid QPR. Good acidity. Nice off dry quality to it. Awesome nose. Cheers!
Red
8/31/2022 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
92 points
Hardcore vanilla right out of the gate. Almost noxious. Blue and black fruit. Super smooth and delicious. Glad I have two more to enjoy in the coming years. Cheers!
White
7/17/2022 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
91 points
Fresh and vibrant. Medium acidity. Typical Riesling nose and flavors.
Red
7/3/2022 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
93 points
Clearly past its prime, but thoroughly enjoyable. The color is fairly brown, light reddish. Prune and raisin. Decanted for an hour. Vinegar initially, but faded after a while and turned very pleasant. Cheers!
Red
6/24/2022 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
92 points
Very balanced. Typical CDP. Raspberry and charcuterie. Dried fruits. Plenty of tannin. Very well rounded and pleasant. Has life left, but drinking really well. Cheers!
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Red
6/18/2022 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
92 points
The color hasn’t changed a bit. No sign of age whatsoever.

Barolo bracing acidity, firm tannin, slight bell pepper, sour cherry, raspberry, cigar humidor.

Years left for this one. Come back in 5 years and see what’s up. Cheers!
Red
6/11/2022 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
94 points
Unctuous and seductive
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Red
5/25/2022 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted, however pretty much ready to drink out of the gate. Tannins are nicely integrated. Still fairly oaky. Some blue and black fruits on the nose and palate. Agree with the average score of 92. Cheers!
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Red
1995 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/20/2022 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
91 points
This needs a significant amount of time in the decanter. Right out of the gate is a significant amount of oak/tobacco/cedar. Two hours in decanter mellowed a bit. No real fruit to speak of. Kind of an oak monster. Good, but a tad disappointing if I’m being honest. Perhaps would be better on day 2, but didn’t have that luxury as I was in a restaurant. Cheers!
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Rosé
2021 Lorenza Rosé California Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
4/25/2022 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
91 points
Beautiful bang for your buck Rosé. Bubble gum, peach and strawberry on the nose. Nice balance of fruit and acidity on the palate. Would be amazing on a hot summer day. If you enjoy rosé, you can’t go wrong here. Cheers!
Red
4/22/2022 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
93 points
No signs of age. Still lots of grip. Color still deep purple. This was a joy to drink with a steak. Soil, coffee, chocolate, black fruits. Should age gracefully for another 15 or 20 years. Cheers!
Red
2004 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/29/2022 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
93 points
So young and lively for 18 years. Undeniably Bordeaux. Crushed stone, dust, dirt, red and black fruit. Maybe even a little black olive.

Lots of lively tannin still. Starting to integrate well. The color is very dark and opaque. No signs of bricking or age whatsoever. Feels like this could go for another couple decades.

Definitely needs a decant and a steak. Cheers!
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Red
1998 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/25/2022 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
93 points
Oak monster at first. With two hour decant it starts showing what it has. This has so much life ahead of it. The 2019 drinking window is way off. This will be fine for another decade.

I don’t know if I didn’t wait long enough or what, but it never really moved beyond oak city. The tannins smoothed out and I got the slightest hint of fruit, but even after two hours was still 90% cigar box. Wish I had another bottle to hold for another 5 years to see what it would be like.
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Red
2/19/2022 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
96 points
Beautiful wine. Blueberry galore. Out of magnum. Decanted for two hours prior. Don’t see it getting much better. Cheers!
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Red
2005 Château Gloria St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/22/2022 - Hawkeye_Addict wrote:
90 points
Kind of a basic bitch. Especially for the infamous 2005 vintage. Tannins nicely resolved. Color still great, limited bricking. Just kind of flat. Cheers!
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Red
2003 Château Saint-Pierre St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/7/2022 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
91 points
The 2003’s, for what they are, are drinking about as well as they can I think. For the difficult vintage, they’ve reached peak in my opinion. Quite a bit of oak and cigar box on the nose, with a hint of dried fruit and plum. The palette isn’t as exciting. The tannins are still very much present, which is nice. Giving it some body and weight. With that being said, they’re nicely integrated and resolved. Some ripe cherry and strawberry with the rest of it being tertiary flavors. Mainly mushroom. Drink up!
Red
2003 Château Moulin Saint-Georges St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/23/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
91 points
The 2003 Bordeaux’s are odd. A hot vintage as I’ve come to understand. This wine is young as all get out. If I were tasting blind, I would’ve guessed 2011 or 2012. So much structure and tannin still. This wine will easily go for another decade. The color is purple with a hint if bricking on the edges. The slightest raisin character on the palate.
Red
2017 Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
12/19/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
91 points
Awesome nose. Sweet apple, cherry, smoked meat. On the palate tremendous acidity, smooth but youthful tannins, withherry pie for days. Excellent QPR.
Red
12/14/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
90 points
Needed a good 2-3 hour decant. Plenty of oak. Ripe strawberry on the palate.
Red
10/4/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
91 points
The color is insane. Black and inky. So dark. Very floral on the nose. Tannins are starting to integrate well. Went well with my ribeye.
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Red
8/19/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
92 points
Still has some youth to it. Tannins are still very present. Agree with the comment below that it is Bordeaux like. Pencil shavings, cigar box, forest floor. Has a cedar chest old car smell that I enjoy. Not a ton of fruit left on the palate, but it hasn’t gone completely tertiary. Dark fruit for sure of what’s left. Enjoyable with my ribeye. Enjoy!
Red
7/24/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict wrote:
95 points
Beautiful. Bacon fat on the nose and palate. Surprisingly strong tannins still. Fruit still there but a nice mix of that and the tertiary notes coming through. Dried fruit and candy on the backend. Lots of years ahead on this, but drinking about where I like them…still fruit, bust starting to subside, with integrated tannins.
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Red
2012 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
7/20/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
93 points
This was beautiful with my wagyu ribeye tonight. Bright acidity with some oak at first, but opened up to some secondary notes after about an hour. Well integrated and starting to show some age. Very smooth and lush. Decent QPR.
Red
7/3/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
90 points
Out of magnum, nose was better than palate. Nose was candy like, leaning toward strawberry. Palate was unbalanced, fairly acidic with minimal finish. Definitely past it’s prime but still drinkable. Paired well with our lamb chops. Could’ve been worse for a 37 year old wine.
Red
7/1/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
95 points
This is drinking beautifully. The nose is full on tertiary with mushrooms and forest floor. The palate is a little different than the nose in that it is much more fruit forward. The color is still very purple, which leads me to believe it is in a good window between the nose, palate and color. Depending of course that you like aged wine. Chocolate on the palate along with creme brûlée, black berry, cigar box and cedar. I haven’t had a 98+ wine that I’m aware of, but I can’t imagine it getting much better than this. How do we know what a 99-100 point wine is? I need to get my hands on a first growth. In the end, glad I popped this when I did. A fantastic combination of earth and fruit.
Red
6/22/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
96 points
This was an absolute treasure tonight. Eucalyptus to the nines. A hint of mint. With some bacon and smoke mixed in. Not as earthy as some 90’s cabs have been for me, but I enjoyed it tremendously. Dunn has quickly become a favorite of mine. I HIGHLY recommend Dunn to anyone dipping their toe in aged Napa Cabs. This was from a 1.5 liter bottle with the cork and color perfect. The wax seal was a beast to remove. Prepare for a mess.
Red
2016 Château Bernadotte Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/15/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
90 points
Awesome QPR. Easy drinker that prevents me from raiding my cellar.
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White
6/11/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
90 points
Beautiful golden color. Stereotypical SB on the nose. Grassy, green apple, etc. The palate is much more interesting. Coats the tongue like a Chardonnay can. Has some Riesling-like qualities. Easy drinking. Wants food with it. Delicious.
Red
2001 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/8/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
92 points
For 20 years old this is still incredibly youthful. Still quite a bit of tannins, but nicely integrated. Pencil shavings, cigar box, sour cherries. Went well with my steak. Can’t wait to see how my 2016’s develop over time.
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Red
6/3/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict wrote:
90 points
Past its prime. Virtually no tannin left. Decent flavor, just nothing of substance to it.
Red
5/30/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
93 points
Charcuterie and masserated strawberries. Enough said. Delicious.
Red
5/29/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
93 points
Enjoyed with family on a sunny Iowa day. Grilled ribeyes. Decanted for an hour. Very smooth. Cedar and compost on the nose. Very woody and forest floor like. Decent finish, but falls off a cliff. Cherry and other stone fruit on the palate.
Red
5/26/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
89 points
For twenty bucks, not bad. A good easy drinker.
Red
5/18/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
95 points
Beautiful showing. Late Mother’s Day dinner at Fleming’s. The acidity and tannins balanced each other perfectly. I can’t imagine this getting any better at this point. Leather, smoke and tobacco were very forward. With raspberry and compost taking up the tertiary. Truly a beautiful experience. Opened up beautifully as the hours went on. Drink now if you have it.
Red
4/15/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
94 points
The blueberry note below is on point. Just gobs and gobs of blueberry. This is drinking tremendously right now. The structure and balance is on point. There are tannins left to give it body, but glides across your palate with ease. Acidity is on the higher end but not obscene. Finish is somewhat short, but that could be because I am having with food. If stored properly, this should be a winner.
Red
3/29/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
93 points
Fruitier and juicer than I anticipated. Color is more than of Cabernet than Rioja. Most Rioja I’ve had is lighter in color with dusty tannins, and very vegetal. This was way different in a good way. Definitely had the old world minerality I love. Very balanced on the palate with refined tannins and acidity. Good now but also could hold for another 10 years or more.
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White
3/19/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
94 points
Bruised apple and popcorn on the nose. On the palate, bright acidity but buttery at the same time. A great mouth feel that coats everything. A really nice golden straw color. Got better as the night went on and the wine came up in temperature. A fantastic value in my opinion at $30. Glad I picked up three bottles. Plan on keeping the other two for several years to see how they evolve in the cellar.
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Red
3/15/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict wrote:
93 points
Amazing how youthful this is at 29 years old. Fruit forward still. Overripe strawberries and raspberries on the nose, with some black soil and rich compost. Mushrooms on both nose and palate, but again a lot of fruit still. Also some baking spice. The tannins are still very present, yet soft and supple. I popped this thinking it could be at or past peak. I am sorely mistaken. This could go another 5-8 years. So glad I took the plunge and bought a couple old bottles. Cork was in perfect condition.
Red
3/9/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
92 points
Fairly high acidity. Sour cherries.
Green and lush on the nose. Mushrooms, oak and vanilla.
Smooth on the palate. Definitely smoothed out with the age on it. A nice deep garnet color with a hint of bricking. Alcohol is on point. Could probably go another 6-8 years.
Red
3/4/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict wrote:
90 points
Enjoyed with a ribeye. Decanted for two hours.

Red fruit on the nose, as well as some mocha and cigar box.

The palate is fairly uninteresting. Smooth, not a ton of structure. Seems to have flattened out a bit with the decant.
Red
2018 Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
2/27/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict wrote:
91 points
The QPR here is fantastic. $13 where I picked it up. An excellent option to prevent you from raiding your cellar.
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Red
2/19/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
92 points
Pure Malbec on the nose. I get that Malbec skunk that’s all too common. I enjoy it. Others may not. Beautiful mouth feel and viscosity. Smooth and balanced with a good amount of tannin. Blue fruit and cassis on the palate with some potpourri dashed in. Great wine to share with family.
Red
2/11/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
91 points
Half bottle. Beautiful nose. Dried fruits, raisin, tobacco leaf. Balanced with a pleasant mid-palate. Pretty short finish.
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Red
1/5/2021 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
92 points
This is a huge bang for your buck wine. At $20, it should be in your rotation. The color alone is worth the price of admission. Just a fantastic violet that literally made me “wow” when it was poured out of the bottle into the decanter.

The nose is very floral, with a hint of skunk. Not in a bad way, very subtle and unique. I kind of enjoyed it actually. The gravel of the terroir is there to meet you as well.

To round it all out, the same violet in color and floral in nose was there to awaken your palate. Absolutely fantastic rose and dark fruit. That typical Malbec pepper with a nice firm, dusty tannin. After a one hour decant, the tannins subsided a bit and formed a really great structure. A fair bit of acidity, but held up well and was pleasant. Would be exceptional with lamb or beef.
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Red
12/29/2020 - Hawkeye_Addict Likes this wine:
93 points
Hardcore blueberry on the nose. Just velvety smooth blackberry. It’s also kind of floral. Doesn’t smell like a Pinot to me. Doesn’t have any of that earthy, wet grass to it. Fairly acidic on the palate, but not in a harsh way, and the same berry on the nose is there to greet you on the palate. Luscious blueberry cobbler with soft tannins. An excellent wine for the value.
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