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2017 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
12/24/2019 - KAT9 wrote:
88 points
Sweet on the nose. Candied. Low to no tannin. Low acidity. Seems one dimensional compare to other Napa cabernet in the blind tasting.
  • BigRed1000 commented:

    12/25/19, 8:14 AM - what were the other wines in the bling tasting, seems odd to just post this one wine with a negative note?

Red
2014 Vice Versa Cabernet Sauvignon Octavius St. Helena
6/20/2019 - msuwright wrote:
98 points
This rich and balanced wine redefines, for me, what 2014 can be, in the sense that it is just as ripe and tense as, say, a 2015 Napa Cabernet, but it also adds a density and nuance that many 2014s lack at this point in time. Dark red in color and medium in body, the wine explodes with aromas of blueberry, mulberry, graphite, and fresh flowers. The tastes are similarly dense and luscious, with notes of black cherry, mocha, anise, and fresh herbs, with an integrated and silky finish that goes on and on. 15% alcohol.

This blend of To Kalon, Las Piedras, and Crane is as good as its source material - which is saying something in my book. This has a fullness that is irresistible, along with a tension and balance that only the best sites (and winemakers) can provide. The only other 2014 I scored this high was a Christopher Tynan Cabernet - rarefied company, to be sure. I don't know how much of this was Hobbs or Melka (the latter of whom - at least according to the website - took over in 2014), but it is completely spectacular. Drink now or in next few years.
  • BigRed1000 commented:

    6/21/19, 5:03 AM - Im told Mike Smith made the Vice Versa 2014, 2015...and maybe 2016's...

Red
2015 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard 'Elysian' Napa Valley
2/8/2018 - csimm1161 wrote:
99 points
3-Day Napa Cab Taste-Off: Vice Versa, B Cellars, Memento Mori, Alpha Omega, Purlieu, Janzen, Realm, Myriad, MACDONALD, Maybach, and more...; 2/7/2018-2/9/2018 (Napa): Previous notes apply. This Elysian is a textural, silky dream, with wonderful purity of fruit and a finish that really provides a long-distance running feel on the back end. What a glide! Black, red, and blue core fruit, with an enchanting array of vanilla and spice notes to compliment the inviting fruit flavors. A 98-100 point wine all day long for me, especially when you factor in QPR - it's a no-brainer every vintage. This was inched-out of the #1 slot by a 2016 Vice Versa BBS Dr. Crane, which displayed even more elevated concentration and complex flavor levels (if you can believe that!)
  • BigRed1000 commented:

    2/19/18, 3:27 PM - Mike Smith was the winemaker on the 15 Vice Versa wines...makes sense
    great note - can wait to open one of these

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