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2009 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
10/29/2018 - Keith Cooper Likes this wine:
89 points
Tasted at The Wine Society's Bordeaux tasting in London. I felt we were tasting this wine too young, it was somewhat closed. With 77% cabernet sauvignon, the blackcurrant flavours showed well and it was pleasant enough to drink. But I can't help thinking it will be so much better in about five to ten years time. Keep! Pricey at £89 a bottle.
  • wineotim commented:

    4/24/19, 4:46 PM - I've opened two, have one left, great wine! My notes do not reflect a tasting, mine were opened in the confines and control of home...always a big difference in my experience.

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1976 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon Bosché Vineyard Rutherford
4/24/2019 - allenadale wrote:
70 points
Unfortunately we waited too long before tasting this wine. We were in Napa at the winery in 1976 and tasted the 1975. It was wonderful. When I tasted this 1976, I recalled my grandmother's house...just a little musty. But deep down inside, there was that beautiful flavor I remembered from 1976, but unfortunately, the mustyness was just too much. I dumped the wine down the sink.
  • wineotim commented:

    4/24/19, 3:00 PM - Sad, but not too surprising, interesting story line though.

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2015 Kunde Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Valley
3/15/2019 - Tahlequahdave1972 Likes this wine:
91 points
It is not often I find a value wine that goes above and beyond. This Sonoma Valley cab definitely qualifies. Slow ox for an hour. Actually consumed over two days to verify initial tasting. Nose of rose pedals, oak, anise, forest and dark cherry. Flavors of Jolly Rancher hard cherry candy, plum, vanilla and glycerin, with hints of cranberry and dark chocolate in the background. Medium-full mouthfeel that is enticing and well-balanced with good texture, structure, and mild, supportive tannins. Medium, memorable finish.

This wine is easily a PNP but also has the backbone to mature for at least five years. I'm certain that few will rush out to buy this wine, but those who do will be rewarded with one of the best QPR's I have come across in 2 plus years. Weekday wine enthusiasts, this is a less than $20 bottle of wine that competes with the premier wineries' entry level offerings starting at $40 and above. Already ordered more!
  • wineotim commented:

    4/23/19, 4:29 PM - I agree this is a heck of a value, off the charts in fact, but I can only speak to the '13 vintage...I'll call it the poor man's Insignia. I will look at buying the '14 and '15.

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2015 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
11/16/2018 - Henry Miller Likes this wine:
93 points
Too young to judge at this point, but clearly shows a lot of restraint in a big fruit forward vintage. Maybe designed for the long-haul, but this is not a big, ripe wine, i.e., this is not 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2014, to name a few vintages. The exotic, decadent side of Ducru is lurking somewhere I suspect--just not showing right now in this med-bodied, closed-down version.
  • wineotim commented:

    4/22/19, 5:51 PM - This is exactly what I don't want when I open one.

  • wineotim commented:

    4/23/19, 4:29 AM - Thanks for the tip.

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2013 Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard Edna Valley
4/18/2019 - DonDon wrote:
97 points
Well I lasted a whole 2 months before having this again despite having written to try and wait longer. Last time I had this properly decanted at home with a perfect food pairing. This time I was on holiday (yes I take my own wine and the coravin!) and had this over two nights with no food at all - the first on the hotel balcony while watching Netflix on my own after already having enjoyed champagne with dinner and the second watching an outdoor show with the wife and kids the next night. Anyway I suppose I should leave some form of tasting note since this is CellarTracker and not trip advisor! I’ve already described this wine in my last note so this time I want to concentrate on the actual feeling of having this wine and the best I can say is that on both nights this is one of those wines where every single sip is unbelievably hedonisticly delicious. It made both evenings immensely more pleasurable to end them in this way. It was slightly cold out which helped to be able to have this wine at a cooler temperature which really benefited it when drinking it without food. It is inky dark and blue fruits with some caramel and cassis with massive length that just makes you smile. I am scoring this a 97 compared with my first bottle which was a 96 and I think The whole experience was a brilliant wine memory for me.
  • wineotim commented:

    4/22/19, 3:52 PM - Nice review, and I didn't mind the description of the setting and context of the tasting. Nice.

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2010 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label
4/15/2019 - Moloko Likes this wine:
93 points
Still quite a tightly structured wine. A bit of menthol, a little primary fruit, lots of drying tannins. Heaps of life in this, although drinking beautifully now. Hold.
  • wineotim commented:

    4/15/19, 9:48 AM - I am also surprised by how much life is still in this wine.

  • wineotim commented:

    4/16/19, 6:08 PM - Not an easy wine (black label) to find in the USA...any vintage.

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2013 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
4/15/2019 - willthethrill Likes this wine:
93 points
Dark and brooding. DT dinner.
  • wineotim commented:

    4/15/19, 9:46 AM - Sounds wonderful!

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2015 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve To-Kalon Vineyard Oakville
Nose: Dark blue and red fruits, there's juiciness on the nose, a pleasant soft oak and some soft forest floor. A little bit of flowers as well.

Palate: Darker fruits and slightly juicy fruits, rich and slightly bitter earth and soft oak.

Dark Ruby with very slight purpling. Dry with medium amount of chewy tannins. Medium-minus body with medium-minus acidity. Good finish of about 6-8 seconds. Might need to decant for an hour or two. Oak is slightly intense, especially with the acidity. The slightly bitter earth is rich and pleasant. I either did not decant this long enough or just not my preference. Okay quality to price, not sure if I would buy again though. You should be able to find something much more enjoyable for the price. Again, I might've not let this breathe enough (about an hour in the glass).
  • wineotim commented:

    4/13/19, 4:51 PM - Bam_Man...I bought only one bottle but feel the frustration and disbelief too!

  • wineotim commented:

    4/14/19, 6:09 AM - Wombat, you're not getting off the hook so easy. Just for comparison, and to put this in reference...you scored the $5 Little Penguin Cab 89 points.

  • wineotim commented:

    4/14/19, 6:50 PM - I recently had a Little Penguin too, no posting for me also. Blah! It was used in a party punch mix. What's next a review of Lindeman's Bin 50? Yeah, wombat did that one too. Oh, and so have I.

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2015 Château la Bienfaisance Sanctus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
11/21/2018 - Bam_Man wrote:
88 points
Tried this last Sunday at the B-21 Holiday Tasting, after buying a couple of bottles from them a few months before. Medium-bodied and fruity, offering a tangy mouthful of plum, raspberry and dark currant fruit. Elegant in style compared to some of the other New World-style Bordeaux I tasted - especially the 2015 Vieille Cure. Nicely balanced, but not particularly deep on the mid-palate, or long on the finish. Still very young and no doubt will improve with a few years of cellar time.
50+5+11+15+7=88
  • wineotim commented:

    4/13/19, 5:06 PM - I attended this event too, usually do every year. I scored this a bit higher, but did not buy another bottle.

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2016 Purlieu Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
1/23/2019 - msuwright wrote:
94 points
This rich Cabernet is drinking impressively right now, with fruit out front and intensity from start to finish. It reminds me of a young Bevan Ontogeny - for me, a compliment of the highest order for a $100 Napa Cabernet - in the sense that it has incredible ripeness, real structure, and the raw promise you expect in a wine this age. This is a real pleasure to drink, plain and simple.

Dark red in color; full in body; deep aromas of blueberry, espresso, tar, and fresh flowers. Tastes of boysenberry, black cherry, graphite, gravel, leather, and cedar, with a finish that coats the mouth with sugar, tannin, and sheer Napa goodness. 15.1% alcohol. If you can’t wait another year, give it at least a little air. (That said, the wine had a bit of a Bell Curve drinking trajectory tonight. Although it could be the cumulative effect of the wines, the Purlieu seemed strongest a half hour after opening until about two and a half hours, when it started to get a bit simple.) Still going strong on second day, with a more grainy and extracted profile.

I tasted this next to a 2016 Myriad Steltzner, which had the subtlety of a candy bar next to the Purlieu. The Myriad was more silky, refined, and sugary - but too much so on each count. As others have noted, the Myriad's sweetness was off the charts: it was like the difference between a fresh cherry cobbler and a red Jolly Rancher - both have lots of ripe and sweet fruit, but one tastes a little, well, concocted. (I’m going to wait to post a note on the Myriad until tomorrow; I can't promise a csimm-level Homeric Odyssey, but I’m curious if air addresses, even a little bit, the mind-blowing sugariness of the wine.)

The Purlieu, in contrast, occupies an intriguing place at the moment. It will surely be better in a year or two, but its raw power is a lot of fun right now - a barrel sample in a bottle, if you're into that kind of thing (as I am). It's a mouthful, in a good way. I'm currently holding off on most of my 2016s, but I'm glad I tried this, if only to realize I need to buy a few more bottles. 94 for now, with upside in the next few years.
  • wineotim commented:

    4/8/19, 5:47 PM - Nice descriptions of this wine...and the Myriad profile.

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2013 Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard Edna Valley
4/2/2019 - mliszt Likes this wine:
96 points
magnificent balanced smooth just well put together
  • wineotim commented:

    4/3/19, 4:37 AM - Glad to read your review of this wine. You have quite an eclectic mix of wines that you've reviewed...names I've not heard of, interesting. Booker, R.Young, H.Story.

Red
2014 Ivanhoe Shiraz Light Pokolbin
2/3/2019 - thebatcavewines Likes this wine:
92 points
Consistent with my previous notes but better :D
  • wineotim commented:

    4/1/19, 5:33 PM - Hey, are you doing ok? You've gone dormant.

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2016 Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz
2/17/2019 - Avid Wino wrote:
88 points
Pretty good medium weight Barossa shiraz. Dark fruit and black stuff, coffee oak. Perhaps drank better on night two but I left the score unchanged.
  • wineotim commented:

    3/30/19, 7:55 PM - I have been impressed with this wine in the vinatages I've drunk. Good value.

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2011 Château Meyney St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
3/25/2019 - Motz wrote:
89 points
Wine 1, in a blind flight of six 2011 - 2013 Bordeaux, including a Château Meyney vertical.

Modest bouquet. Tangy fruit, a touch acidic. Very good mouthfeel, acid, and balance. Showing well now and unlikely to improve. 88-89.
  • wineotim commented:

    3/30/19, 6:49 AM - I saw your other Meyney reviews, not too much excitement for the vintages reviewed. I just bought a '16, should be great!

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2016 Quilt Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
3/3/2019 - wineotim wrote:
89 points
I got this for $20 during an Xmas sale. This tastes like Caymus...lite. I found this really uninspiring. The women in my tasting group wanted me to score this a 93.
  • wineotim commented:

    3/26/19, 4:47 PM - Looking back now...this wine probably was worth the 89 points that you scored it.

  • wineotim commented:

    3/29/19, 6:03 PM - Done...89 points!

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2014 Château Lilian Ladouys St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
3/9/2019 - Motz wrote:
92 points
Tasted over three days. Very easy to like, suave, with more than a little nuance and depth. Merlot shows prominently, with pithy red fruits, and subtle, inflection-changing textures. If blind, I would have most likely called it Pomerol. Whatever the wine make lack in power, by Saint-Estephe standards, it makes up for with finesse and charm. Drinking very well now and it should last another five to seven years. Tasted it alongside the same vintage Château Bernadotte, and while this showed marginally better, the Bernadotte is more substantive and likely to age longer. 91-92.
  • wineotim commented:

    3/25/19, 9:56 AM - This property has shown me a lot of bottle variation, I will probably try the '15 and '16.

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2011 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/16/2019 - Burgnick wrote:
87 points
Light and green. It lacked ripeness and body. If it is not labelled as a lynch bages, it is perhaps worth 30 usd.
  • wineotim commented:

    3/25/19, 4:48 AM - Agree!

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1999 Lewis Cellars Merlot Napa Valley
3/13/2019 - jenmermaidia Likes this wine:
92 points
Wow!! I had to double check the label because the wine I had was so different from the CT reviews. Intense fruit and violet aromas and then more plummy fruit, leather tobacco and cedar on the palate. This wine was in great shape, still great acidity keeping it fresh. I honestly can’t believe how good this was.
  • wineotim commented:

    3/25/19, 4:42 AM - Sometimes CT reviews go against our experience. Good for you! I bought the Sena because of good CT reviews, but it back fired on me.

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2015 Seña Aconcagua Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
3/24/2019 - wineotim wrote:
Light bodied, medium violet color, tart, acidic, thin, dry. Some minor mushroom and earth aromas. Very expensive, very disappointed.
  • wineotim commented:

    3/25/19, 4:39 AM - I gave this wine a couple of days to open up, it didn't. I am not a believer in the theory that a wine gains weight and depth in the cellar.

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2017 Kicker Cane Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
3/9/2019 - DAVIDCROWE Likes this wine:
89 points
Red fruit - Cherry/Plum with oak. Medium acidity with ripe tannins. Finishes long with plenty of fruit & oak. Good Alexander Valley cab that won't break the bank.
  • wineotim commented:

    3/24/19, 7:43 PM - Thanks for posting, will check it out.

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2016 Sinegal Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
2/8/2019 - 1NOWNLY wrote:
95 points
Classic Napa fruit. My prediction is that wine spectator gives it 94pts which would be the highest score from WS ever for the estate cab.
  • wineotim commented:

    3/14/19, 1:47 PM - I think it got 95pts from WS.

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2014 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley
6/18/2017 - Neecies Likes this wine:
95 points
My natural distrust of high $$ trendy wines was completely disarmed by how much I loved this wine. In a six-wine blind tasting of Washington heavy hitters, the fruit and new FO spice was intoxicating, and the silky mouthfeel irresistable. Had been splash decanted about 36 hours earlier and left in bottle, sans cork, to breathe for the duration.
  • wineotim commented:

    3/13/19, 6:32 PM - I should drink more wine with a 24-36 hr splash and back in bottle to breathe.

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2014 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Don Melchor Puente Alto
Drank a little using the Coravin. This is hard to rate right now but like Winotim said this doesnt even come close to how approachable the 2010 was and is. The 2014 seems to have good guts and will hopefully fully develop into the 98pt wine its been rated to be. Right now it has a little way to go.
  • wineotim commented:

    3/13/19, 4:38 PM - Not sure if I will buy a bottle of the '15 or '16 vintage, how about you?

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2015 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
Coffe and ripe fruit and very powerful. Very precise vinification.
  • wineotim commented:

    3/12/19, 3:17 PM - I was hopin you'd say that...

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2015 Seña Aconcagua Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
3/11/2019 - UFGators wrote:
91 points
This wine seems to be entering a “dumb” phase. It’s either shutting down or it’s on its way out. Fruit and body light and somewhat watery. Wine is austere and acid forward. Didn’t feel like finishing my last glass. I will visit again in a few more years but I don’t feel optimistic at this point
  • wineotim commented:

    3/12/19, 3:15 AM - Very disappointing to read your notes.

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2015 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
3/2/2019 - Colorado3G Likes this wine:
91 points
Actually approachable now with a decant and very impressed. 92 in a few years! Definitely need to add several to the cellar - although this is starting to creep up in price to border on losing value. Locally I'm seeing it for $65 which is ridiculous.
  • wineotim commented:

    3/11/19, 3:08 PM - Ridicuously high! $49.99 here is FL.

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2016 Leviathan California Red Blend
2/16/2019 - vinomex wrote:
91 points
Solid effort, this wine remains young, like with previous Leviathans, I have found that they improve with a few years of age. Not a wine for the long haul but I'd give this wine 1-2 years to really come together.
  • wineotim commented:

    3/10/19, 12:41 PM - I've had my eye on this one, thanks for posting! Hope you are well.

Red - Fortified
2011 Dow Porto Vintage Port Blend
My annual bottle of this wine. It is delicious. Rich, complex port with beautiful fruit and a never ending finish, not a thing out of place. Dark chocolate (90%) paired perfectly with this.
  • wineotim commented:

    3/8/19, 6:23 AM - I'll remember to try the dark chocolate thing too!

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2015 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve To-Kalon Vineyard Oakville
3/3/2019 - gcarl wrote:
95 points
I cannot improve/change the notes left by bubbachumps & Masimum satisfaction.SPECTACULAR CA Cab!!Glad to have 5 more, but I will try to wait at least a year before trying another
  • wineotim commented:

    3/3/19, 7:13 PM - I bought one tonight...had to. Thanks for posting!

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2009 Robert Foley Claret Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
11/23/2013 - brianngibson wrote:
94 points
Seductive and tempting, it kept calling us back for more until the bottle was empty. Ripe plum, blueberry jam, cedar chips, and raisins. Complex, over extracted and beautiful. I know this style isn't for everyone, and it isn't for me every night, but some times it is just what is in order.
  • wineotim commented:

    3/2/19, 7:33 PM - I totally agree, sometimes we just want this style.

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2016 Château Poujeaux Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
1/21/2019 - tomoem wrote:
88 points
Zachys Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2016 (New York City, NY): Dense and chewy but closed and difficult to judge. I got some chocolate or is that cocoa ? I believe this wine would benefit from age. It seems the wares are there to benefit from some bottle age.
  • wineotim commented:

    3/2/19, 5:53 PM - I bought one...will see, I have high hopes for this.

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2010 La Dame de Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
12/23/2018 - ledocq Likes this wine:
93 points
Total delight. This might be cryptic, but maybe the way to think about this wine is that it's as to Montrose's Grand Vin as the Ridge Estate Cab is to the Monte Bello.
  • wineotim commented:

    2/26/19, 4:16 PM - I agree, good comparison.

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2015 Château de Macard Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend
2/23/2019 - Motz wrote:
91 points
I made Château de Macard's acquaintance several vintages back, and have been consistently satisfied with its quality. It features strong sense of place and blend, unencumbered by lumber and alcohol. In fact, Château de Macard offers a terroir similar to Château d'Armailhac, with funk, char, and old railroad tie, at about one fifth the price. The 2015 vintage is the finest offering since 2010, and also prettier, showing lovely, Merlot-driven textures. An overachiever, it packs the substance to evolve for several years. Exceptional QPR!
  • wineotim commented:

    2/25/19, 3:01 PM - Never heard of this one. I just finished placing an order from Empire Wine, they have it for $14, unfortunately I saw your review too late otherwise I would have ordered one.

  • wineotim commented:

    2/26/19, 4:05 AM - Ok, thanks there is a WM nearby me.

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2016 The Standish Wine Company Shiraz The Standish Barossa Valley
Dan explains this as being the right clone of Shiraz, grown in the right soil and with the right aspect. It is dense and tight as a drum. Blue and black fruits are shrink-wrapped close against a tannic spine. There’s some black cherry and a whiff of perfume in the form of violets. It has terrific drive and a long stony finish.
  • wineotim commented:

    2/25/19, 1:22 PM - Good review, glad you posted. I will probably open this in a month or two.

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2004 Clarendon Hills Cabernet Sauvignon Brookman
1/23/2010 - wineotim wrote:
flawed
Very dark...nearly black in color, but the fruit is muted and muddled. Wet earth, leaves, and/or cardboard. No significant tannins to speak of...not to good. Suspect flawed.
  • wineotim commented:

    2/24/19, 4:40 AM - You are right, I flagged this as flawed...better late than never!

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2016 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
Tasted during SPECS Bordeaux tasting in Houston, the wine was the most unexpected performer in the whole tasting line up that gave formidable competition to the classic heavy hitters. Tons of floral and mineral notes in conjunction with precise fruit profile, the high percentage of cab franc really stands out in an elegant and balanced sort of way. (My friend drinking with me told me it sort of reminds him of cheval blanc) Exceptional QPR for its original release price of ~$75 but not so sure about the price point now as the price has been climbing quickly. 93/94 points today with a possible upside of 3-5 points at its peak.
  • wineotim commented:

    2/23/19, 5:08 PM - Nice review, will put this on my purchase list.

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2013 Torbreck Shiraz The Factor Barossa Valley
2/18/2018 - vespasian wrote:
Exceedingly opaque core; very tight, dark and concentrated on the nose. Dark cassis and pepper. Dark plums. Dark chocolate; good weight, quite a thick texture. Builds in intensity. A strong oak element here too. Oak spice. Should age well providing the fruit subsumes the oak. Glass staining. Not such overtly high acidity as some of the other reds.
  • wineotim commented:

    2/23/19, 4:52 PM - Good review as usual.

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2012 Torbreck Shiraz The Factor Barossa Valley
11/26/2018 - swigna wrote:
flawed
Possibly flawed. I don't know what it was missing. It was full of flavors but kind of out of balance. The Ladies at the table did not finish. Bottle had sediment but also looked like a film of sediment spread evenly over the whole bottle. that's why I put the possibly flawed. I bought this a total wine and the price was $10-20 lower than market at the time. I suspect it got left out in a heated truck or something. Just a guess though.
  • wineotim commented:

    2/23/19, 4:49 PM - Yeah, definitely take it back for refund.

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2016 Château Fourcas Dupré Listrac-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
2/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
92 points
Tasted over three days. Bracing and tightly wound on the first day. The wine became quite appealing on the second and third, featuring ripe sweet berries, which approached crème de cassis-like flavors, distinct mintiness, and crushed rocks.

Leaning modern, the oak treatment marginally excessive, and lacking the dirty, gritty rusticity typical of Listrac-Médoc. This aside, the 13 abv was much appreciated, as was the overall balance. It requires time in the cellar to show its best, no less than three years. 91-92.
  • wineotim commented:

    2/23/19, 9:15 AM - Agree about the 13%.

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2008 Domaine Denis Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir
1/14/2019 - Tim2 wrote:
95 points
One of the most spectacular wines I’ve ever had.
  • wineotim commented:

    2/23/19, 5:11 AM - Good review, wish I could have tried it.

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2000 Turley Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard St. Helena Petite Sirah
2/19/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
94 points
Immediately out of the bottle the wine has enormous aromatics of grape jelly, and freshly laid pavement of asphalt. On the palette there is an immediate grape jelly flavor and a vegetable background. Tobacco leaf comes through at mid pallete and the finish is long and with acidic core that allows the fruit to linger for literally 30 seconds.

Thick and viscous mouthfeel. Color is deep and dark with a cloudy in glass appearance.
  • wineotim commented:

    2/19/19, 7:01 PM - Amazing

  • wineotim commented:

    2/20/19, 3:58 AM - Glad to hear! I follow your reviews too Tom.

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2015 Jean Edwards Cellars Malbec Melrose Vineyard Rutherford
5/6/2018 - ledocq Likes this wine:
93 points
I've had South American malbecs and cahors before but this feels like the most serious one I've gotten anywhere near. It's fantastic. I have yet to open a Jean Edwards wine that's anything less than magnificent and this continues the trend. I'm not an expert but it does feel young, and like the parts are still assembling themselves but with about 30 minutes of air, it was complex and delightful. The nose is a little more floral and forthcoming than the taste at the moment, but holy smokes that's hardly a flaw.
  • wineotim commented:

    2/19/19, 9:32 AM - You opened my eyes to JE wines, I have no regrets, thanks!

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2015 Lewelling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena
2/18/2019 - wineotim wrote:
90 points
Oh Gawd this is sweet. Reminds me of the Hestan Meyer '15 Cab. Ok, this one has a bit more depth than the Meyer but still... I have one left, also have one bottle of Wight vineyard '15. A very benevolent 90 points.
  • wineotim commented:

    2/19/19, 6:44 AM - I really wanted to score this wine higher, but it was at times like corn syrup as opposed to vanilla oak which I can tolerate more. I recently opened a Jean Edwards Cab '13 that was much more interesting, I don't think you've had any exposure to this label. but would be interested in your review if you did.

  • wineotim commented:

    2/19/19, 9:31 AM - I tend to prefer 100% Cab too....with some exceptions of course. The '15 Jean Edwards I might have to check out. Also consider Cliff Lede Stags Leap Cabs...I love em.

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2000 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
2/10/2019 - Tarpon222 wrote:
93 points
Last bottle and enjoyed on a beautiful Sarasota night with filet. Everything was right about this wine. Cannot imagine it gets any better
  • wineotim commented:

    2/11/19, 5:55 PM - Had this many years ago, and it was so impressive with steaks.

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2015 Mike Press Shiraz Adelaide Hills
1/19/2019 - thebatcavewines Likes this wine:
92 points
Consistent with my previous notes. Love it! At $13 a bottle you can't go wrong :D
  • wineotim commented:

    2/2/19, 12:35 PM - You're killin me mate! I can't get this stuff!

  • wineotim commented:

    2/3/19, 3:26 PM - Now that's funny!

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2015 Josh Cellars Family Reserve Lodi Red Blend
1/30/2019 - Motz wrote:
84 points
Somewhat confected fruit, over-the-top oak, and not much else.
  • wineotim commented:

    2/3/19, 9:46 AM - Yes, often times that confected fruit trait appears in wines at this price, and from Lodi too. A big turn-off.

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2016 Substance Cabernet Sauvignon Washington
12/23/2018 - whits wrote:
89 points
Blackberry and spice on the nose, dry and dark, notes of cassis, blackberry, black cherry and burnt wood in the mouth, bright with some grippy tannin, goes well with food, a solid value
  • wineotim commented:

    2/2/19, 5:40 AM - I scored this the same, will be interesting to see if I score the '15 TOR the same!

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2015 Château Sénéjac Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
2/1/2019 - wineotim wrote:
88 points
Nothing compares to the '10 vintage. This is medium ruby color, with stoney aromas. On the palate this carries the usual anise notes with high acid levels, but the red fruit is rather short, but open. There's some precision here but does not have the edginess, density, and depth of fruit like the '10. I have one bottle left and don't hold much hope for improvement.
  • wineotim commented:

    2/1/19, 6:07 PM - I'm spoiled by the '10 vintage, I admit it. It was a memorable value for me. Have you opened one of the bottles from Chicago yet?

Red
2016 Robert Biale Zinfandel Black Chicken Oak Knoll District
1/31/2019 - sdr Does not like this wine:
87 points
Well, it’s drinkable but so, so simple. Black cherry and vanilla, that’s it. Goodbye.
  • wineotim commented:

    2/1/19, 4:05 PM - Very funny review!

Red
2010 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
1/13/2019 - wineotim Likes this wine:
96 points
Amazing that it has been 3 years since my first bottle. Bought this one from HDH. It's now more integrated, smooth, complex, so beautiful just to look at and sniff, dark ruby red, bright, no bricking, lots of bottle sediment. Long and endless legs. Seamless, sublime, outstanding.
  • wineotim commented:

    1/31/19, 3:00 PM - This is only the second time I have awarded a wine 96 points. I salivate just thinking about this wine.

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