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Red
2012 Familia Zuccardi Aluvional Paraje Altamira Malbec
10/21/2019 - cavedivr Likes this wine:
95 points
Wow. Really nice. Reminds me of the River Stones from Catena Zapata. Big and dense. Triple decanted and still opened up further with time in the glass. Very cab-like, but with some chalky salinity. Loved it.
  • wineotim commented:

    10/21/19, 3:41 PM - Yes, I agree it was Cab-like.

Red
2005 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
10/18/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
95 points
I think this is really really good! It has all the Bordeaux signature attributes of crunchy red plums, cedar, flowers, and earth, with youthfull mouth cleansing pull that keeps it light on its feet. But my only concern is that it peter'ed out on the 4th hour, becoming a bit disjointed and losing its focus. A great and holdable bordeaux or any great holdable wine, should get better as it bottoms out. This had me questioning the health of the perfectly presented bottle...Im iffy on holding this, but still give it the marks it deserves based on initial delivery. Will try another soon...If this is standard representation of the wine, I consider this a wine to Drink rather than holding. A great Montrose never the less...
  • wineotim commented:

    10/19/19, 5:53 AM - When you say "losing it's focus" did you mean that it lost some intensity and firmness?

Red
2014 Château Meyney St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
10/17/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
92 points
This is just making a wide slow turn towards France! I can now detect some scorched earth and see that this is heading into a long slow ride into the right direction for my taste. Still has a new world or Califforniaesque front, but the back end is now showing Bordeaux. I'm happy about this buy! drink with a 90 minute decant or better yet, HOLD for 3 years before next one if you can.
  • wineotim commented:

    10/17/19, 7:07 PM - Very interesting review, I'll check for the slight evolution to a Bordeaux profile.

Red
2016 Leviathan California Red Blend
10/15/2019 - GlenviewGSW Likes this wine:
92 points
Enjoyed this wine much more than I anticipated. Fairly nuanced with layers of fruit and reasonably complex for a wine at this price point. Will buy more of the 2016.
  • wineotim commented:

    10/15/19, 5:27 PM - I'm hoping to say similar things when I open one.

Red
2015 Alban Vineyards Syrah Patrina Alban Estate Vineyard Edna Valley
10/11/2019 - squidboy007 Likes this wine:
94 points
Great example of a highly powerful wine that stops short of excess- friendly and calm, despite the very high ABV. Beautiful dark purple fruit, blackberry pie (complete with crust!) plus plenty of cedar, stony minerals, violets and a velour-like texture from gentle tannin. Makes me think of amethyst- beautiful, purple, mineral, dense, found in a forest, but polished and sparking with light.

Maybe it could use 10% more acidity, but it's definitely there. Except for a very tiny high toned pepper note right at the front of the nose, for better or worse I think this could be mistaken for a high-quality Napa cab, especially with the cedary oak accent.
  • wineotim commented:

    10/11/19, 9:29 AM - Oh I love pie crust in wine, good notes.

Red
2013 La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
10/9/2019 - bonedoc wrote:
90 points
This could pass for a Bordeaux, beefy, dark fruits and some earth - somewhat of a departure from Napa. Wishing for more fruit.
  • wineotim commented:

    10/9/19, 4:26 AM - i hear you, but the intensity was there. IMO.

Red
2016 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley
10/8/2019 - Martin Redmond Likes this wine:
90 points
Color - Garnet
Aromas - Blackberry, plum, cassis, violets, black tea, suede with a hint of heat.
Body - Full bodied, with medium acidity and fine-grained well-integrated tannins
Taste - Blackberry, plum, boysenberry, cassis, black tea, cacao, roast coffee and vanilla.
Finish - Long

77% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 0.5% Malbec, and0.5% Petit Verdot aged 15 months in French oak (40% new/60% neutral) 14.5% abv|SRP - $56
  • wineotim commented:

    10/8/19, 6:56 PM - Scores are rather high, maybe I should re-visit this...

White
2015 Kistler Chardonnay Sonoma Mountain
10/8/2019 - bobbylion Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent. After so much burgundy, this is a welcome change. To heavier, but overall delicious wine. I normally like somewhat more aged whites of this level, but this is just right now. Enjoying it with grilled salmon.
  • wineotim commented:

    10/8/19, 9:24 AM - This is a bucket list wine for me, thanks for posting.

White
2017 California Claassen Vermentino Elba "Balboa Park Lily Pond" Winexpert Limited Edition
10/3/2019 - duckyfufu wrote:
Getting old - drink up!
  • wineotim commented:

    10/3/19, 6:39 PM - Getting old!

Red
2015 Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz
6/25/2019 - 3daywinereview.com wrote:
88 points
Day 1: Better than the last bottle. I am sure there is bottle variation with the many cases this wine moves. Not an over the top fruit bomb. Floral, cherry, blackberries, dust and underbrush. Medium finish. A crowd pleaser. 88 points
Day 2: Holding steady. Picks up some spices and perfume qualities. Medium finish. Solid. 88 points
Day 3: Not as good as day 1 and 2. A bit humdrum. No score.
Recommendation: This wine should be consumed now to 2021. I don't see this possess the ability to age much longer than that.
  • wineotim commented:

    10/3/19, 9:06 AM - I've found this to be a reliable producer, hope to score this the same as you. Will open one soon.

Red
2014 Château Meyney St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
10/2/2019 - Puckish Likes this wine:
94 points
A beauty. I ordered this while dining out and was surprised at how well it was drinking right out of the bottle. It only got better as it opened up in the glass over the course of the next two hours. Dark fruit, cedar, cassis, and eucalyptus. Deep color with long finish, and controlled acidity. Tannins were not overpowering, but the prominent fruit tells me that this wine still has some years ahead of it. No discernible oak. A great example of a fantastic old world wine at a reasonable price.
  • wineotim commented:

    10/3/19, 4:07 AM - A real gem this is.

White
2017 Harken Chardonnay Barrel Fermented California
9/20/2019 - tomoem wrote:
90 points
A nice follow up tonight to a viognier from Pott vineyards. Sweeter and slightly more wood oriented. I and many tonight loved it in comparison. Nothing great but for $11.00 ... awesome !

I have been trumpeting this wine as a great wine for the price for the last 2 years. It is poorly treated in the formal prof wine crit's.
  • wineotim commented:

    9/21/19, 5:22 AM - I'm hoping for the best...$9.99 my local price!

  • wineotim commented:

    9/29/19, 6:06 AM - I posted, very nice wine.

Red
2009 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
9/20/2019 - Jeff Leve wrote:
100 points
Full-bodied, powerful and concentrated, the wine clearly takes up a lot room on your palate. Opulent, as well as refined, now, you find an oceanic influence with its saltiness in the tannins. The wine has depth, freshness and perfectly ripe, soft tannins. If you are lucky enough to have a bottle of this gem in your cellar, try to wait another 10 years for it top really start opening up and displaying all of its incredible charms.
  • wineotim commented:

    9/26/19, 3:36 PM - I have one bottle and it will never make it another 10 years but thanks for the recommendation.

Red
2016 Pendulum Red Table Wine Columbia Valley Red Blend
5/13/2019 - Mikecu6 wrote:
90 points
What a great value & a steel. Full bodied blend with deep color & nice bouquet.
  • wineotim commented:

    9/25/19, 9:55 AM - I hope to agree with you, I bought one!

Red
2001 Grant Burge Shiraz Meshach Barossa Valley
9/12/2019 - oldwines Likes this wine:
94 points
Three Wines From Three Continents (Private Event): Cellared properly in OWC since release. 4 bottles double decanted at 9pm the evening before bringing to the tasting. Large amounts of grainy sediment. Picture is just one bottle’s worth of sediment.



The wine is a translucent medium ruby/garnet with a slight brick tinge. The nose is spicy with vanilla/oak, cedar, plum and charcoal. The palate has medium+ acidity and medium tannin. It is rich and chewy with a slightly drying mouth feel and layers of savory and sweet spices, black plum, black raspberry, tar and chocolate. Finish shows some leather and some tartness lasting moderately long (20-30 seconds). Nice balance and elegance for such a big flavored wine but it begs for some food.
P.s. For me this may have been one of the most interesting wines of the evening. Having been decanted the evening before and recorked for transport and originally being quite light colored and ended up much darker and richer than when I tasted it upon decanting. It had lots of blackberry jam but balanced with good acidity, spice and velvety texture. Score raised from 93 to 94.
  • wineotim commented:

    9/21/19, 3:38 PM - I would have loved to try this, incredible sediment...great descriptors too.

  • wineotim commented:

    9/21/19, 4:54 PM - I loved the food pictures too, nicely put together, bravo to you.

Red
2016 Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon California
2/24/2019 - AnytimeWineTime wrote:
84 points
Standard grocery store Cali cab fruit forward wine. Tastes of cherry cola, raisin, and a bit of smokey oak.
  • wineotim commented:

    9/21/19, 3:51 PM - I bought one today to check out, it's been a few years for me I think on this one.

Red
2015 Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz
1/6/2019 - Motz wrote:
88 points
Strong Australian Shiraz markers, including eucalyptus and earth. Also noteworthy: none too jammy, extracted, or alcoholic. There is substance and structure to this, notably more than one might find in comparably priced 'critter' wines. Fine varietal expression, generous mouthfeel, solid finish. Likely to pair well with beef stew. 87-88.
  • wineotim commented:

    9/21/19, 3:44 PM - I've had good experience with this label for the price. I bought one of these today.

Red
2015 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River
1/24/2019 - wineotim wrote:
89 points
Not typical of an Aussie Cab. This is more Bordeaux like. High intensity fruit, high acid, youthful medium ruby color. A classy and restrained style, there's also noticeable grip on the finish.
  • wineotim commented:

    9/20/19, 7:07 PM - Thanks, glad you read it.

Red
2008 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
4/10/2019 - j@$0n p€++y wrote:
95 points
Its unlike any domestic pinot noir I’ve ever smelled. Like sticking your nose in a freshly shined unworn new pair of leather dress shoes right off the shelf that your father would have worn 50 years ago. It’ like a new baby smell but of leather goods. Like walking into your neighborhood cigar store or hookah lounge only to be inundated with an incredible perfume of green smokey flavored tobacco. Stems too. Wow what a way to start.

No spritz. Soft med texture, seamless, weightless, red-fruited but incredibly layered with a strong tobacco varnish thing I can only assume coming from age, maybe the oak? Citrus, orange peel, lemon, more leather, black tea, a little rose hip, fine tannin, looong. Fruit definitely takes a back seat to some of the tertiary flavors. Makes you just sit there and think. But then the more I play with it in the mouth, more wild strawberry, rose water and underbrush come out and hit your senses. So complex. Nothing out of place but this rustic varnish brick note (maybe from age) I can see you either like or dislike. But with so much going on I can’t complain, I just sit on the porch and enjoy the Thomas ride.

I read somewhere where John mentioned his wines are best consumed around the 10 year mark. 11 years here, pretty spot on. Yet, I can still see this incredible vintage improving for another 5 years or so.
  • wineotim commented:

    9/20/19, 7:04 PM - Hookah lounge...I learned something.

Red
2007 Three Saints Sixty-Seven Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara Red Blend
5/12/2019 - Alaskawino wrote:
92 points
Dark purple with thin rim. Deep dark fruit and earthy spice. Palate is dark cherry and cassis with a raspberry finish. Long acid and fine tannins finish.
  • wineotim commented:

    9/19/19, 6:42 PM - Wow, just like me you scored the last bottle the highest. I miss this wine a lot.

Red
2014 Alban Vineyards Syrah Patrina Alban Estate Vineyard Edna Valley
9/16/2019 - jviz wrote:
91 points
Coarse with wood tannins showing through. Good meatiness, balanced acidity. A huge wine that needs 5 years minimum. (Unfortunately I’ve already consumed my other bottles)
  • wineotim commented:

    9/16/19, 10:10 AM - Meatiness...now that's a word that's been lacking in my reviews for a long time. I hope I use it too when I open my bottle of this. Thanks for posting.

  • wineotim commented:

    9/16/19, 1:39 PM - I also have a '13 Reva. Have you tried any?

White
2017 Harken Chardonnay Barrel Fermented California
4/8/2019 - tomoem Likes this wine:
91 points
An awesome value modern Napa Chardonnay. Are there shortcomings? .... yes but these are expected for a wine at this price point. I like this wine but it is just good, and not great. The price makes this wine near the top of my QPR for a white this year.

The wine feels slightly high in sugar, overly woody and quite acidic. For many this would be judged as a savory wine for a white and I would add .... hard to dislike.
  • wineotim commented:

    9/15/19, 10:22 AM - Thanks for posting. I bought one to check out.

Red
2013 Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva Tempranillo
8/17/2019 - arperrymd Likes this wine:
92 points
Medium ruby color. Off dry. Medium alcohol. Fairly acidic. Fine tannins. Black cherry, vanilla, baking spices and cigar box on the nose. Cherry, tobacco, and warm baking spices on the palate. Finishes with a pucker of tart cherry and black pepper. I think this should drink well for another 5-10 years.
  • wineotim commented:

    9/15/19, 10:20 AM - Wow, that's a high score. I bought one to check out. Thanks for posting your review.

Red - Fortified
2011 Sandeman Porto Vintage Port Blend
9/13/2019 - Motz wrote:
96 points
Bouquet of blueberry and boysenberry liqueurs, thick petaled flowers, potpourri, dark chocolate, exotic spice, and many other wondrous essences. Spectacularly balanced and structured, and built for the long haul. The challenge lies in keeping one's hands off bottles for two to three decades.
  • wineotim commented:

    9/13/19, 1:06 PM - Must be very impressive, nice notes.

  • wineotim commented:

    9/13/19, 1:11 PM - I've only tried the Dow's, have one left. Awesome is was.

Red
2015 Montes Purple Angel Colchagua Valley Carménère
6/16/2019 - wineotim Likes this wine:
94 points
Super heavy bottle, anyone else notice this? The wine needs a few hours to start to shine and then it is glorious. Big, bold, vibrant, fresh, muscular! Would have scored this higher but the length seemed a bit short. In other words I wouldn't describe this as rich. But I'll still buy more.
  • wineotim commented:

    9/12/19, 2:19 PM - I bought another, that's the ultimate compliment from me.

  • wineotim commented:

    9/13/19, 8:01 AM - A co-worker told me about this wine. It's Carmenere with structure and balance.

Red
2005 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
9/11/2019 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
95 points
Small glass at Bdx Paulee and side by side the 89 Montrose. The 05 was double decanted. Immediately quite open thanks to that prep and it reconfirmed my impression from a year ago that this is coming into very fine form indeed. It was possibly actually drinking more mature than the undecanted 89 alongside which was a true behemoth. The 05 showed some softening in tannins and structure. Given the market price if you don't already own this I think this is a wine to buy.
  • wineotim commented:

    9/12/19, 2:23 PM - Yes, agree the market price is decent but climbing, make no mistake.

Red
2016 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
9/11/2019 - KTelaak_Buffalo Likes this wine:
90 points
Wine is young. Tried out of the bottle but then again after 4+ hours. Lots of alcohol on the nose. Good blend of fruit, earth and tannis. Good finish and overall got better in the glass. I feel like it needs a little more time. Will try other bottles again in 2-4 years.
  • wineotim commented:

    9/11/19, 6:35 PM - Nice review of this wine, I recently bought one to revisit after a long time away from Caymus. I'm originally from WNY, what wine shops do you like up there?

  • wineotim commented:

    9/12/19, 4:19 AM - Thanks! I usually go up to BUF twice a year or so. I like to go during NFL/NHL season is underway. I've been to Premier but not the others you listed.

Red
2017 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Casillero del Diablo Chile
8/29/2019 - geoffjb Does not like this wine:
84 points
This wine was deep ruby with aromas of burnt spice (toast, maybe?), green pepper, smoke, and oak. It had medium(+) tannins, medium acidity, and medium alcohol. On the palate were cedar and green pepper; fruit was there but it was difficult to pin down. Overall I wasn't a fan of this and would not buy it again.
  • wineotim commented:

    9/2/19, 11:57 AM - I'll probably say similar things, thanks for posting. I got it really cheap and might use most of it for cooking.

  • wineotim commented:

    9/3/19, 11:43 AM - BTW, on the two bottles I bought there's a label that says "90 pts from James Suckling. !

  • wineotim commented:

    9/10/19, 6:47 PM - I reviewed it.

Red
2016 Stolpman Syrah Ballard Canyon
8/10/2019 - rmalloy Likes this wine:
91 points
Very good. Although I did guess California syrah tasting blind, I also thought it could be Northern Rhone -- it reminded me of Cornas. That is a compliment. I dislike the big, jammy California syrahs that professional critics score highly; they taste like syrup for an ice cream sundae. This wine is more legit. Although the structure is flabby by Northern Rhone standards, comprising just moderate tannins and low acidity, the wine is reasonably balanced. I liked the wine's flavor profile of slightly jammy dark berry fruit, ground spices, and gaminess. Concentration was good, and I felt there was some unexpressed weight. This wine should improve over the next couple of years.
  • wineotim commented:

    9/7/19, 5:40 PM - Very interesting notes, I'm considering buying one locally.

Red
2015 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Knights Valley
8/2/2018 - Cuellar's Cellar Likes this wine:
91 points
Heres the thing. This wine is very drinkable today. Doesn't need much time to "Open up". It is well balanced. Cheers
  • wineotim commented:

    5/22/19, 4:40 PM - Good value at $40? Interesting... I scored the non reserve at 90 points.

  • wineotim commented:

    9/7/19, 11:40 AM - I bought one to check out.

White
2016 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Mosel Saar Ruwer
8/16/2019 - Motz wrote:
93 points
Gooseberry, white currant, honeydew melon rind, white peach, white flowers, etc. Striking sense of variety and place with this, Graacher Himmelreich all the way, with that impression of mineral and metallic ores suspended in the liquid. Buzzsaw acid! This will be longer lived than the pretty yet overly ripe 2015 vintage. Just gorgeous! 93-94.
  • wineotim commented:

    9/4/19, 4:45 AM - Always seem to love Prum, and big acid too!

Red
2015 Château Sénéjac Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
8/3/2019 - king-bing wrote:
Fine but rather dull and anonymous right now. Shame as I had higher hopes.
  • wineotim commented:

    9/4/19, 4:35 AM - I can relate, I had the same type of feelings on this.

Red
2013 Sharecropper's Wine Co. Syrah Columbia Valley
3/26/2019 - BaylinBoy Likes this wine:
90 points
Great welcoming warm red fruit with strong body smooth finish. A very good mid-market Owen Roe
  • wineotim commented:

    9/3/19, 11:38 AM - I wish I'd seen this one sooner. Looks like a value Syrah.

Red
2016 Vice Versa Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
9/2/2019 - wineotim wrote:
92 points
Opened this to help cope with hurricane Dorian. Took me two days to finish this bottle, a few things I kept thinking about. This is very expensive. this is what Caymus Cab used to taste like in its best vintages/days. Also, Cliff Lede Stag's Leap is now a value Cab in my opinion. I guess I'm living in the past but still can't help but feel some disappointment with this.
  • wineotim commented:

    9/3/19, 11:36 AM - I expected to score this very high, but it didn't deliver.

Red
2015 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve To-Kalon Vineyard Oakville
9/1/2019 - Rockyii Likes this wine:
93 points
Wine no 2 waiting for hurricane Dorian to make its turn north away from me. 1 hour decant. Deep semi translucent garnet color. Nose of blackberry, oak and smoke. Taste is similar with prominent acidity and medium tannins. Some black pepper and charcoal on the finish. Has an austere feel about it rather than the Napa punch. Medium plus body. About 92-93.
  • wineotim commented:

    9/2/19, 12:00 PM - I opened a couple of big Cabs in anticipation of Dorian too, I was considering this one. How long did it take to finish the bottle?

  • wineotim commented:

    9/2/19, 12:19 PM - I'm in Clearwater...on the west coast. I opened a '15 Carter Cellars, posted the review, and will post my review of the '16 Vice Versa Cab tonight I think. OMG ...Wellington was looking that storm right in the eye! Scary.

  • wineotim commented:

    9/2/19, 6:20 PM - I posted my Vice Versa review.

Red
2015 Hestan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Meyer Vineyard Napa Valley
10/1/2018 - wineotim wrote:
Good berry aromas, medium violet color, medium ripe fruit. Lots of alcohol that's not very integrated. Unbalanced, short on fruit, can't see time being on the side of this wine. Three days to finish...unimpressed.
  • wineotim commented:

    8/31/19, 5:29 PM - Glad you had a good experience. One of my worst purchases, had almost forgotten about this one, damn. Someone once said there are no great vintages only great bottles, I'm starting to see evidence of this theory at times.

  • wineotim commented:

    9/1/19, 4:44 PM - I'm a Dunn lover too.

Red
2017 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Old Vine California
6/30/2019 - Dionysusx Likes this wine:
94 points
It doesn’t get much better than this for the price. Dark berries, rustic herbs and layers of smoke, mocha and spices that pack a punch. Rounds out with a finish that won’t quit. Outstanding
  • wineotim commented:

    9/1/19, 8:28 AM - Sold out quick locally for me...dang.

Red
2015 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
8/23/2019 - TXRDW wrote:
96 points
Dark fruit, yet very fresh with a distinct hint of menthol. Much more approachable than Dunn wines in the past signifying a significant stylistic change. Have to wonder if Randy Dunn is allowing his son Mike much more control in the winemaking decisions. Best Dunn wine ever, which is saying something given the fact that I was years premature in opening this vintage. 96 now but I suspect in time the score will be even higher, reflecting an absolutely epic wine.
  • wineotim commented:

    8/31/19, 5:48 PM - I agree that Dunn is much more approachable in recent vintages.

Red
2009 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
8/30/2019 - dsimmons Likes this wine:
95 points
My first bottle of this beauty drank with a slow cooker pot roast. Delicious as expected.. Concentrated fruit. licorice, well integrated tannin. Drink or hold.
  • wineotim commented:

    8/30/19, 12:26 PM - Sounds like a great pairing.

Red
2016 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
8/29/2019 - jmoon Likes this wine:
98 points
Double decant 10 hours prior.
Absolutely stunning purity and depth with an ethereal beguiling finish. Clean fresh and pure left bank lusciousness.
Best LP I’ve ever had... but the slow ox was crucial.
  • wineotim commented:

    8/29/19, 4:51 AM - You got me pumped now!

Red
2015 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
5/6/2019 - englishman's claret wrote:
96 points
Glorious; clean, deep, pure wine with loads of stony minerality and blackcurrant. Rich and full but still so very elegant and focused. There is so much sculpted, classical beauty here.
  • wineotim commented:

    5/10/19, 9:22 AM - Did you give this a lot of air time? Or was this at a tasting?

  • wineotim commented:

    8/28/19, 4:41 PM - Good answer!

Red
2013 La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
4/8/2019 - wineotim Likes this wine:
93 points
I was concerned when I saw some recent reviews of this wine...calling it thin, so I opened mine. I would not characterize this as thin, I would instead call it intense. A wine doesn't have to be heavy or full to be better, this wine did not disappoint, it is light on its feet and provides big and intense dark fruit flavors. Don't look for richness here, expect tightly coiled fruit. The tannins are built for the long haul for sure, but this is Howell Mt. fruit so there you go. I give the scoring edge to the '14 vintage, it had a bit more depth. Two days to finish.
  • wineotim commented:

    8/27/19, 4:30 AM - I'll be looking for the '15 and '16.

Red
2016 Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Santa Cruz Mountains
8/26/2019 - rlesher wrote:
94 points
Love this Cab!
  • wineotim commented:

    8/26/19, 8:21 AM - You've got the honors, scored it the highest so far.

Red
2014 Kamen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Moon Mountain District
7/22/2019 - wineotim Likes this wine:
93 points
Hard to know where to start with this wine. Here goes, big, bold, open and broad style, cuts a wide swath on the palate. Took me three days to finish this big brute and the alcohol at times seemed hot. Bottle claims 14.8% but it felt higher. Interesting that I scored this 94 on the first day but it faded a bit after that.
  • wineotim commented:

    8/26/19, 8:21 AM - I agree, I'd love to open one in 2024.

White - Sparkling
N.V. De Margerie Champagne Grand Cru Brut Champagne Blend
3/7/2019 - mathwonk wrote:
I am not a big fan of champagne but have enjoyed Dom Perignon, Veuve Cliquot, and la Grande Dame. This was recommended to me as similar to Veuve and it proved to be so for us. Everyone enjoyed it, and it was a few dollars cheaper than the Veuve NV.
  • wineotim commented:

    8/22/19, 1:31 PM - My bottle was given to me, i think Total Wine recommended it to my friend and he gave it to me. I've read some of your tasting notes and enjoy your insights into evaluating wine.

Red
2005 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
8/21/2019 - mclanew Likes this wine:
96 points
Decanted an hour. This is a spectacular wine with a lot of potential ahead. The nose is lovely blackberry, tobacco and leather. The wine is full bodied, concentrated but also very refined and focused. The wine reveals delicious cascading flavors of black currant, lead pencil and tobacco into a long satisfying finish. This wine is very good now and still young but it will improve and gain complexity. I expect my rating will be higher in future tastings of this wine.
  • wineotim commented:

    8/22/19, 4:21 AM - Nice notes, can't wait to open my other bottle.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2009 Château Guiraud Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
8/21/2019 - Arch57 Likes this wine:
93 points
Served this with dessert and I don't drink much Sauternes but this was crisp and apricot tasting and a treat. We also lit up a couple of Cuban cigars a friend had brought us but this diminished the wine quiet a lot which was a bit unfortunate and now I see why the sip brandy with cigars!
  • wineotim commented:

    8/21/19, 4:45 AM - Montecristo or Cohiba is my guess.

Red
2016 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
8/15/2019 - B Paul wrote:
From 375. Have seen a number of notes indicating this was drinking well and open for business so decided to try. Dark fruit and spice. This is approachable and delicious now, but there are significant tannins here and, for my tastes, this needs some time. While it was fun to take an early look at this, I will hold my remaining bottles for several years. Very good.
  • wineotim commented:

    8/16/19, 3:54 AM - I second that!

Red
2015 Bibbiano Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
8/15/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
93 points
Very expressive on the nose, offering alluring, complex scents of cherries, earth, baking spices and dried herbs. Full-bodied, rich and velvety in texture. Bursting with tangy black cherry and plum fruit. Shows amazing depth on the front-palate, along with a bracing acidity. Tails off a bit into the mid-palate. Tightly wound and tremendously tannic on the mouth-puckering finish. You can tell there's an incredible amount of material here, but it's still very restrained. Just needs time in the cellar to unravel. Drinks like a very good young Brunello. Delicious now, but with such tremendous potential. Could be a real stunner in a few years, once it has softened a bit and loosened up.
50+5+13+17+8=93
  • wineotim commented:

    8/15/19, 3:42 PM - Wow, nice notes, nice value!

Red - Fortified
1858 Coimbra de Mattos Porto Valriz Colheita Very Old Tawny Port Port Blend
8/15/2019 - Papies wrote:
Typical story, something ancient in the family cellar and after some time the heirs decide to bottle and sell. like the 1959 Solaria Jonica :)
We believe this was re bottled in 2013 .
  • wineotim commented:

    8/15/19, 4:11 AM - Wow, that's very old indeed.

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