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2016 Château Malescasse Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
1/11/2020 - mkribar wrote:
89 points
Saturday Bordeaux Tasting at K&L: Nose of cocoa dusted cassis, with more cassis and dusty earth on the palate. Medium plus tannin, which probably comes from the 9% petit verdot. A little rustic now, but this will end up in a good place.
  • wineotim commented:

    1/14/20, 3:43 PM - Rustic is ok with me, I'll open one soon.

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2016 Rudd Oakville Estate Proprietary Red Red Bordeaux Blend
12/20/2019 - Cailles wrote:
95 points
Rudd Estates (Zurich): Comprehensive tasting of the Rudd Estates lineup (Sauvignon Blanc, Edge Hill Chardonnay, Samatha’s, Estate Red). The Samantha’s and the Rudd Estate are both marked by their cool profile, the dark and blue fruit. These wines are to Napa Valley what St. Julien is to the left bank: hardly ever early charmers but with a great purity, intense terroir expression and a sense of classicism. I find that style difference quite appealing, not only intellectually. Young, these Rudds probably don’t reach the heights of other superstar Napa wines but a comparative tasting at 20 years of age might have a different outcome. Anyway, it’s great to have some variety in the cellar that’s why I buy St. Julien and that’s why I should probably start buying some Rudd Estates Red (which clearly outshines Samantha’s in terms of depth and precision). What is missing to the most prestigious Napa Cabs? The weightlessness the very best wines (think Harlan) show.

TN: I’m a big fan of the 2016 vintage and this wine is no exception. On the palate this wine shows much more depth and terroir expression than the 2015 and 2014 and is more giving than the 2013. Dark and blue fruits, lots of earthy and especially herbal aromas. More sexy fruit expression than the 2013 with less exuberance and ripeness than the 2015. Best of both worlds here. Great length, superb tannin quality and signature freshness and cool style. Definitely a 96/97 point experience on the palate. The downside here was the nose which was not open for business but that seems is just a matter of time.
  • wineotim commented:

    1/14/20, 3:17 AM - Great notes, will look for some.

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2013 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label
1/11/2020 - DrEdwardo Likes this wine:
91 points
Screwcap (yes!) Dark ruby colour. Big red nose, dark & red fruit with typical Coonawara dirt. Good lift, looonnnng finish. World-beating QPR
  • wineotim commented:

    1/13/20, 3:02 PM - I've been looking for this vintage locally. I've reviewed the '10 and loved it.

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2013 Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Double Lariat Napa Valley
12/12/2019 - laznad wrote:
91 points
Tried another bottle. Been saving it for while and was worth it. Delicious wine and getting better
  • wineotim commented:

    1/11/20, 6:52 PM - This is a memorable wine for me...in the uniqueness category. Value too.

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2016 Château Fonplégade St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
9/6/2019 - Best QPR Tracker wrote:
94 points
A V10 engine today running on 6 cylinders. This is a wine clearly built for the long haul, which leaves the impression to hold the cavalry backwards; I suspect it's entering in a closing phase. Impressive purity of flavor (mainly purple plums and licorice), precision of the tannins with profusion from the mid-palate, mouthwatery chalky tension which provides svelteness and verticality. 92 for the immediate pleasure, technically 94 today with the possibility to reach 96 in due time. I would bet that this will not fully deliver before 15 years.
  • wineotim commented:

    1/11/20, 4:53 AM - Good notes, I loved the '10 for its firmness like you describe. Maybe time for me to revisit this.

  • wineotim commented:

    1/11/20, 8:54 AM - I bought a '16 today. I don't have anymore '10...sadly.

  • wineotim commented:

    1/11/20, 3:27 PM - I'm hoping its a beauty!

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2016 Château Fonplégade St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
1/10/2020 - Ianjaig wrote:
89 points
Decanted for 3 hours with most of it had on day 2. An intense core of dark, ripe fruits, distinctively plummy with a soft, balanced underbelly. Medium bodied with firm tannins. Pleasant, but I'm mystified as to the high scores over this.
  • wineotim commented:

    1/11/20, 4:57 AM - I hate it when that happens to me.

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2016 Château Lilian Ladouys St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
10/4/2019 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
93 points
Amazing. Agree this is tight, looking at the Grand Canyon through a pinhole, but what a view into the future. And so very hard to not revisit. Delicious.
  • wineotim commented:

    1/11/20, 4:42 AM - Wow, this is getting good reviews, keep posting your notes.

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2010 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label
1/9/2020 - wineotim Likes this wine:
92 points
This really showed well once again. Dark garnet color, all the flavors and aromas you'd expect from an Aussie Cab. Last bottle of this, still drinks fresh.
  • wineotim commented:

    1/9/20, 1:07 PM - Thanks! Corrected!

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2008 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa Valley
1/8/2020 - Ranjan wrote:
95 points
Needs 1 hour decant. Still lots of life left. Awesome wine.
  • wineotim commented:

    1/9/20, 3:46 AM - Wow, would love to have one of these!

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2017 Turkey Flat Shiraz Barossa Valley
12/20/2019 - Jason Wu Likes this wine:
94 points
Appearance: clear, medium purple
Nose: clean, medium(+) intensity, hazelnut, smoky, very floral of chamomile & honeysuckle (co-fermented with viognier?), sour cherry, black cherry, black olive, toast, nutmeg, redcurrant, milk chocolate. It's developing.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium(+) tannins, high alcohol, medium(+) body, medium(+) intensity, plummy, apricot, chocolate and caramel/toffee coming through, medium(+) finish.
Overall, very good wine. Can drink now, but has potential for ageing. If the finish is a touch longer, I would give it outstanding rating. Also tried 1997 vintage a few weeks ago, still very vibrant, fruity and floral, comparing with 2002 Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz (fully developed). Its future is guaranteed under the right storage conditions.
Got half dozen when it's on clearance at AUD30. It's absolutely a steal...
  • wineotim commented:

    1/8/20, 5:27 PM - I remember the days when this was available in the USA. Really enjoyed it I think I posted a review or two. Miss it. Looks like pricing has gone way up too.

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2009 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
1/5/2020 - englishman's claret wrote:
96 points
Just after popping the cork, the 2009 Montrose shows a réticent but pleasing, deep nose of blackberry, leather, and mineral. 4 hours in the decanter is helpful but 24 hours of air is better yet, adding blueberry and lavender notes with greater density and cohesion. This is a huge wine on the palate with a wall of blackberry, pencil, and masses of tannin that are well balanced by the acidity and body. The finish does come across as slightly hot initially (14%), but after 4 hours of air that sensation is lost as the fruit fills out. Ultimately this develops an impressively potent finish, full of blueberry and pencil. It should be fun to watch this evolve.
  • wineotim commented:

    1/6/20, 4:42 PM - Thanks for posting, good notes! I'll open one soon. i'll give this a lot of air time to develop.

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2008 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
12/28/2019 - LiteItOnFire Likes this wine:
93 points
Wonderful Charity Event (Arizona): Blind flight with 2008 Insignia & 2006 Opus One. While these are not my typical wines of choice, they were great names to have at a charity function and a fun faceoff. The crowd was split on which they preferred better but were enjoyed by all. 2006 is in a perfect drinking window with a two hour decant (was a Mag) as well as the Insignia with a similar decant. The Opus showed more of a Bordeaux profile while the Insignia displayed a nice fruit vs spice compliment. The Opus is in a great spot for my palate with fruit, acid, tannins and secondary all well integrated and showing beautifully. black fruit with earth and minerals. If Opus is your wine, this should be well received.

Insignia has a different profile than the Opus moving to more secondary components even though it is two years younger (although Mag vs 750s). Insignia had more peppery, cherry, cedar, rocks.
  • wineotim commented:

    1/5/20, 5:37 AM - What a great cause(s)! I've had a lot of exposure to this vintage. Love Insignia.

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2016 Teeter-Totter Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
12/28/2019 - LiteItOnFire Likes this wine:
92 points
Wonderful Charity Event (Arizona): Not sure if this one is rated higher due to the placement in the flights but it was fun to drink, silky mouthfeel. Surprisingly enjoyed this more than I expected (was at the end of the night so not sure how much is due to timing vs wine itself). Will try it again.
  • wineotim commented:

    1/5/20, 5:35 AM - I agree, it is fun to drink.

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2015 Château Troplong Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
12/31/2019 - englishman's claret wrote:
89 points
I am generally a Troplong Mondot fan and the 2015 is a good example of why wines are worth tasting young before committing to large volume purchases. Despite loads of positive attributes, the 2015 Troplong Mondot is not my cup of tea. The nose is voluminous and the plum, mineral, oak, and black truffle are poised to come together to make a great wine with a rich, supple texture - but there is a LOT of alcohol coming through on the nose and palate. I guessed 14.5-15% ABV, but it's *labeled* at 15.5% (so, 15.5-16?). It's such a shame to encounter a wine that has so many positive attributes but one glaring, irreconcilable flaw. Don't write this off as coming from a reactionary who hopes for the return of lean, hard Bordeaux - that's not me. So many have found great success in years like 2016 where remarkable depth and purity are achieved without generating Oakville-like ABVs, and I hope that Troplong is able to balance depth and ABV more successfully in the future.
  • wineotim commented:

    1/4/20, 11:07 AM - I doubt future vintages for this wine will yield lower ABV.

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2010 Château Troplong Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
10/22/2019 - SlimShaney Likes this wine:
92 points
Initially 95 almost I'm thinking but it got worse over 4 hours not better. Initially juicy velvet merlot then after that drying and no hint of luxury.
  • wineotim commented:

    1/3/20, 6:16 PM - I had a similar experience.

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2015 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
1/3/2020 - gt7868d wrote:
Really a savory wine. On the nose, deep ripe blackberries followed by lots of savory things like licorice, tobacco, and something herbal like mint and tomato leaf; slight hint of something floral like violets. A monster wine, tannins are high, fairly heavy weight wine.
  • wineotim commented:

    1/3/20, 5:44 PM - Interesting, I found it to be more of a finesse style wine, but I only had a couple of tastings, not a whole bottle.

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2016 Cade Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Howell Mountain
1/1/2020 - Franken Berry Likes this wine:
94 points
Medium to full bodied, nicely layered, deep fruit (not too jammy) with cassis, blueberries mixed with toasty oak, spice, cedar, tobacco leaf. Actually better on day 2. Similar blend I think to the 2016 O’shaughnessy I Drank next to it. I thought this was tastier, as it was more open
  • wineotim commented:

    1/2/20, 6:42 AM - Did you review the O'shaughnessy?

  • wineotim commented:

    1/3/20, 2:41 PM - I am a big fan of O'shaughnessy and am looking for some HM or Mt. Veeder '16. Prices have really gone up though.

  • wineotim commented:

    1/3/20, 5:42 PM - I bought one bottle based on a tasting, it's was a lot different than the O'Shaugnessy style though. Anyway, I liked enough to buy one.

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2009 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
1/2/2020 - PSUSteve wrote:
Drank double blind after a four hour decant. Very young but a nice wine that most likely has tons of upside.
  • wineotim commented:

    1/3/20, 2:45 PM - Just curious, why no score for this wine?

  • wineotim commented:

    1/3/20, 5:40 PM - Ok, fair enough, I am going to open one soon I think.

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2015 Montes Purple Angel Colchagua Valley Carménère
1/1/2020 - NateA3 Likes this wine:
97 points
Shocked. This wine was incredibly smooth & balanced. Ripe fruits, great finish. Decanted for 2 hours and was ready to go. Also consumed a 2016 which didn’t have the balance nor fruit profile of this 2015.
  • wineotim commented:

    1/3/20, 2:43 PM - Thanks for your comparison notes between the '15 & '16.

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2016 Teeter-Totter Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
12/30/2019 - msuwright wrote:
93 points
This is more juicy and less rustic than previous Teeter-Totter wines - all in a good way, if you ask me. Dark purple in color; medium in body; nose of plum, cardamon, and graphite. Tastes of boysenberry, blueberry tart, peppercorn, and gravel, with an earthy and tannic finish. Blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon with the remaining portions of Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc. 14.1% alcohol.

This is a solid entry in a bleak portion of the market (read: there isn't a lot of impressive Napa Cabernet in the $50-75 price point). Within the 2016 vintage, a few comparative thoughts: the Teeter-Totter lacks the purity and depth of Di Costanzo's DI CO, and it doesn't have the polish of Vice Versa's Le Petit Vice. If anything, it tastes like a more lean, shallow, and funky version of Kata's Ghost Dog (read: if you want rustic Benoit, go there first). Still, it's easily the best Teeter-Totter I've tasted to date. 92-93 at the moment, and it could grow into something quite tasty in another 12-18 months.
  • wineotim commented:

    12/31/19, 5:38 AM - Good comments, I agree with your review of the wine, but I am not familiar with Benoit's other offerings. I'll check out your reviews.

  • wineotim commented:

    12/31/19, 7:54 PM - Thanks for the clarification. I've had a few vintages of the Melka CJ, which I liked.

  • wineotim commented:

    1/1/20, 10:39 AM - BTW, I have two more bottles of the '16 Teeter-Totters, will see how long I can keep my hands off of them, I will post my reviews.

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2016 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
12/6/2019 - seijaro wrote:
89 points
Kind of bland and still tannic. Way overpriced by our standards, I don't have to pay $41 to drink an 89, I can do that for $15. Maybe it gets better with some age but it doesn't seem to pack the gear for it.
  • wineotim commented:

    1/1/20, 7:46 AM - That's why I haven't bought one yet, I'd probably have the same reaction.

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2017 Penfolds Shiraz RWT Bin 798 Barossa Valley
This is new.to penfolds - mid 1990s. This is 100% barossa valley fruit. Which is its market. And in french oak. 15.months with 70% new. Meant to be silky and chocolatey on the palate and wonderfully aromatic. Wonderfully rich and.mouth filling.

What does RWT stand for. Red wine making trial. What's the bin number? The number from the phone code for rwt.
  • wineotim commented:

    12/31/19, 9:46 AM - Thanks for explaining the Bin #.

Red
2010 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
6/29/2018 - jmoon Likes this wine:
96 points
Sooo... first taste I’m thinking what’s the fuss
Tasted lovely but tannic classic obvious Cabernet only (92)
Left him a couple of hours while I cooked our risotto
Then, the blooming began..93/94
Wow, he opened up to be wide, clean, calm, powerful and juicy
Ripe delicious perfectly balanced deep dark mysterious delicious st Julian with all the strides required
And at the end I’m very very happy I have 5 more bottles which will bloom into a potpourri of ripe delicious Cabernet in all its mystery 96
  • wineotim commented:

    12/29/19, 3:47 PM - Hope I have the same experience, thanks for posting.

White
2015 Ridge Chardonnay Estate Santa Cruz Mountains
12/29/2019 - bob23 Likes this wine:
93 points
Lovely - great acidity, nice fruit, leaning towards flirting with too much reductive/struck match, but that’s my consistent experience with ridge chard, and it usually blows off. Overall, a real pleasure.
  • wineotim commented:

    12/29/19, 3:23 PM - This sounds great.

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2016 Château Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
3/25/2019 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
90 points
Kind of surprising on the first sip given how structured other wines from the vintage have been, as this features a very polished texture, smoothed of most of the tannin, and fresh red fruits that come across more gently concentrated than most from the vintage, to go with its clear neon-bright ruby color. The tannin does come out of hiding with time, so the structure isn't absent, just glossed over for now. But one thing that doesn't come out even the next day is much personality beyond the fruit. Other Malartics have had the classic Graves earth-and-smoke front and center even on release, while this one is still hiding whatever it's got beyond the primary.
  • wineotim commented:

    12/28/19, 7:22 AM - I agree, and said similar things in my review.

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2016 Klinker Brick Zinfandel Old Vine Lodi
12/11/2019 - Motz wrote:
85 points
Sure you can drink it...but why would you want to? Certainly rich, and perhaps a touch 'sweet'. If you must...pair it with heavily sauced BBQ ribs.
  • wineotim commented:

    12/25/19, 8:43 PM - LOL. Sounds like a good pairing. It's been a few years since I had this Zin, the 2010, it was a touch sweet.

  • wineotim commented:

    12/27/19, 10:39 AM - Ugh...the dreaded wine headache, hate those.

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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.

  • wineotim commented:

    12/26/19, 5:02 PM - I bought the '16, will see how it stacks up.

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2015 TOR Kenward Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Tierra Roja Oakville
6/24/2019 - Badmonkey wrote:
95 points
Purple fruit - currants/cassis, dark cherry, blackberry, plus a little blueberry and dark plum. Nice depth/concentration and purity of fruit, however, I believe this vintage needs another year or two for the tannins to soften/open-up some more. Nice rich flavors of dark berries, some spice/licorice, and a little chocolate/cocoa. Fairly long finish. Decanted for two hours and drank over a couple more. Improved with time but drinking pretty well after the decant. However, like the 2015 Tor Melanson cab I believe this vintage will benefit from some more time which isn’t a surprise in light of its youth. In my opinion, right there with the 94 rating from WA and 95 from Suckling - 94/95 for me at this stage. However, I expect another point or two higher with another year or two. WA anticipated maturity 2020 to 2036 which makes sense. 100% cab.
  • wineotim commented:

    12/24/19, 7:27 PM - Wow, my bottle was no where near 95 points, strange. Can't believe some of the scores on this. My one and only TOR experience.

  • wineotim commented:

    12/25/19, 8:34 PM - I wouldn't describe it that way, it just didn't have the depth and layers it should have for the price.

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2016 Kamen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Moon Mountain District
11/20/2019 - Cabernetking wrote:
94 points
Brilliant wine from what's becoming one of the most consistent Cabernet houses in the valley.
  • wineotim commented:

    12/24/19, 12:40 PM - Wait a minute, did you know this was from Sonoma County? Or did you mean Sonoma Valley? Anyway, I've had the '14 and I just bought a '16 BTW.

Red
2013 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
9/28/2018 - BlancdeBlanc Likes this wine:
93 points
Find tannins , BlackBerries
  • wineotim commented:

    9/29/18, 9:55 AM - I have one of these left, I am a fan of this wine in good vintages. What are some of your favorite wine stores in ABQ?

  • wineotim commented:

    9/30/18, 6:36 PM - We just got the '14 Oakville in FL, cost is just under $40.

  • wineotim commented:

    12/24/19, 6:22 AM - Just drank my last bottle of this, a rather how hum 91 points...

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2012 Arkenstone Obsidian Howell Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend
12/23/2019 - iamandyc Likes this wine:
97 points
Drank this alongside a 2012 Tor BTK Blend and this blew it away...eventually. This bottle took a solid 5 hours in the decanter to finally emerge from its impenetrable shell and then you could hear the heavens sing! Very similar to my last bottle but with a little more heft. This was an amazingly sexy bottle of pure smooth suede. So balanced, so nuanced, so lovely... The fragrant nose and palate ooze of reddish fruit, milk chocolate, coffee and vanilla bean. The fruit and other flavors are seamlessly intertwined. While I enjoy big, rich, extracted, amped cabs very much, this was much more refined -- so sexy, so classy and so delicious -- put me in a trance smelling and tasting it. Long finish that lingers and slowly fades away. Left me smiling. Wish I had more!
  • wineotim commented:

    12/24/19, 5:03 AM - I'm considering a Coravin too, but I can't seem to muster up the courage to do it. Mark, make the case for Coravin and I might. I'm a Bills fan and liked the Cowboys getting spanked at Thanksgiving.

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2017 Jess and Jules Red Blend Sonoma County
11/30/2019 - mtolerico Likes this wine:
88 points
Cherry, strawberry, pomegranate, loads of cedar, tea, cigar box, a bit heavy on the oak profile for my liking. Still, not bad.
  • wineotim commented:

    12/22/19, 7:13 AM - Still learning about this new label, I might try the North Coast Cab.

  • wineotim commented:

    12/23/19, 6:00 PM - Ok, it just showed up at my local TW stores for $35/bottle.

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2016 Purlieu Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Oakville
10/21/2019 - BigAngryWino Likes this wine:
97 points
bought this bottle last year hid it from my wife in the back of the cellar and got to drink it all by myself before her yoga instructor came over. Haha my win!
  • wineotim commented:

    12/23/19, 1:16 PM - I drank the '16 Teucer all by myself, loved it.

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2014 Moone-Tsai Vineyards Hillside Blend Howell Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend
7/7/2019 - BigAngryWino wrote:
95 points
My wife drank it with her drunk friend. She said it was ok. Never got my permission. Asking for divorce.
  • wineotim commented:

    12/23/19, 1:14 PM - I don't blame you...bummer!
    BTW, I loved the '13 vintage.

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2016 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
10/17/2019 - JS1056 wrote:
90 points
This is a very nice wine. But it is really all about value, especially on restaurant wine lists. At St Elmo’s steak house in Indy, where the list had about a hundred cabs many over 300.00 this was 63.00. When you are ordering for a table and don’t want to spend other people’s money, this is always an excellent choice.
PnP sat in glass for about 20 minutes. Drinking well now, it shows some complexity already. Smooth tannins, good acidity it stood up to the delicious ribeye. Dark fruit, clove, spice.
Never the best wine on the list (not even close) but always the best value.
And when you have a wide range of wine sophistication at the table, this will satisfy everyone palette and wallet.
  • wineotim commented:

    12/23/19, 10:26 AM - Nice comments, thanks for posting. I'll get some.

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2016 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
7/11/2019 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
90 points
Bunch of Samples: Medium purple color. The nose is sweet and inviting , with plums, black currants and fig paste, and notes of cedar, cocoa, coffee and scorched earth. Full-bodied with a bold presence on the palate, smooth tannins but they provide some grip, medium acidity. Flavors of juicy dark plums and blackberries (deep but the fruit has a nice tangy edge). Notes of cocoa, cedar, coffee grounds and mint add complexity. A nice warm, slightly earth aesthetic. This is really pleasant yet complex — Louis Martini’s Napa Cab is killer for the price.
  • wineotim commented:

    12/23/19, 5:10 AM - I'll check this out for its value factor, thanks for posting.

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2016 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
12/4/2019 - TobinGunvalson wrote:
90 points
Black and red fruit notes. Cedar and smoke. Not getting a ton of green notes, maybe a touch of mint.
  • wineotim commented:

    12/23/19, 5:07 AM - Sounds good, I'll try this. Last bottle for me was the '14 vintage, which I liked.

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2010 Château Malescasse Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
5/27/2013 - Andre Brattland wrote:
90 points
Has it with a 1979'malescasse. Of course a huge difference, but a fun test. The 10' was better day two. In both aroma and at the palate it was closed. Would be better with time. Would i save a bottle for 31 more years? No. But good for the price. Wait 5-10 years.
  • wineotim commented:

    12/22/19, 5:57 AM - I'll try a '16. Have you tried any recent vintages?

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2016 Château Malescasse Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
The fruit, tannins, and acidity are all there, but I find this a bit rustic and hard to drink. I suspect it needs a few years to soften. If I were scoring it now, I might give it 88 points, but I hope it gets better.
  • wineotim commented:

    12/22/19, 5:38 AM - I loved the '10 Malecasse too, nice value.

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2012 Moone-Tsai Vineyards Hillside Blend Howell Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend
12/21/2019 - Mark1npt wrote:
90 points
Wanted to like this...just hard to. It's got a little fruit, a little acidity, a little, meh. It's just nothing special.
  • wineotim commented:

    12/22/19, 5:17 AM - I get it...I liked the '13 a lot though.

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2013 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
12/21/2019 - patatty Likes this wine:
96 points
Tight when first opened but beautiful dark purple color. After decanting for 3 hours, the wine softened dramatically and flavors of cherry that transitioned to dark chocolate and almond and eventually mint appeared. Long finish. Great wine.
  • wineotim commented:

    12/21/19, 7:54 PM - Sounds like you finished the bottle in one day?

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2016 Château Bellevue St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
9/26/2019 - Jeff Leve wrote:
95 points
Silky, lush, round and concentrated with dark cherries, licorice, espresso, plums and wet earth, The wine is opulently textured, fresh and long, leaving you with a serious depth of flavor, silky tannins and layers of plummy fruits covered with dark chocolate.
  • wineotim commented:

    12/21/19, 9:24 AM - This property is very close to Angelus, correct?

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2009 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
12/18/2019 - Bam_Man wrote:
92 points
This seems to have held up quite a bit better than the 2008 - which was a more widely acclaimed wine. Still offers plenty of tangy, delicious plum, black cherry and dark currant fruit, with a moderate acidity. Shows excellent depth on the front-palate, immediately saturating the mouth. Tails off a bit into the mid-palate, but then finishes very long. Tannins still provide just enough grip, while subtle notes of smoke and spice add a bit of complexity. Not particularly complex, but this is polished, balanced and delicious. Can almost stand toe-to-toe with its big brother (Mondavi Reserve Cabernet) at less than half the price.
50+5+12+17+8=92
  • wineotim commented:

    12/21/19, 4:43 AM - I scored this the same. I recently opened the '15 Reserve and was disappointed especially when compared to a good vintage of Oakville.

Red
1982 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
10/18/2019 - wineismylife wrote:
93 points
WIML93

Tasted non blind.

Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, fairly clear looking. Nose of dried herbs, dishwater, anise and a mix of red fruit. Flavors of red berries, plums and minerals. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink now.

Madison offline
  • wineotim commented:

    12/20/19, 9:06 AM - How was the ullage level?

Red
2016 Dominus Napanook Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
Lovely. Quadruple decanted and rebottled to bring to dinner. Already very expressive. Features the elegance of a Medoc with some Napa oomph. Cassis, currants, tobacco leaf, pencil lead and loam. Should continue to develop for a decade or more. But drinking well today with a vigorous decant. Drink 2022 to 2030. Outstanding.
  • wineotim commented:

    12/20/19, 4:37 AM - I like to use the vigorous method too, thanks.

Red
2013 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
12/17/2019 - Cuellar's Cellar Likes this wine:
92 points
Today is the day. Drink this. Very settle, and silky. Cheers
  • wineotim commented:

    12/19/19, 4:05 AM - That's a big score from you, I only have one left, I'll pop it soon,

Red
2018 Saint-Cosme Côtes du Rhône Syrah
12/18/2019 - isaacjamesbaker wrote:
88 points
For $30 for a bottle at the bar with some friends, I snatched this up. So yummy for the price.
  • wineotim commented:

    12/18/19, 6:22 PM - A decent price for a bar setting!

White - Sparkling
2008 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Vintage Champagne Blend
Champagne vs The World (Maple and Ash Chicago, Illinois): While I may like to knock the major houses like Veuve because of all the marketing and branding, it is hard to fault the wines. A blend (I think with pinot noir predominant?) well balanced, orchard fruit, toast, elegance.
  • wineotim commented:

    12/18/19, 6:19 PM - I agree about the branding, but the quality is there.

Red
2015 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve To-Kalon Vineyard Oakville
12/16/2019 - wineotim wrote:
92 points
I set my expectations relatively low for this, so as it turned out I wasn't disappointed. Not sure what the winery is trying to pull off with this, but I can tell you it's rather elegant, ripe, balanced, but no significant density or concentration of fruit. I prefer some more firmness and power. Quite a blase showing in my opinion.
  • wineotim commented:

    12/17/19, 5:16 AM - That's what happened to me, I got this discounted too. Wish I'd passed.

Red
2015 Markus Schneider Shiraz Holy Moly Pfalz
12/16/2019 - Weinberg Falls wrote:
90 points
Strawberry, dark chocolate and green peppercorn on the nose. Full body and long legs in the glass. Big whack of jammy fruit on the palate, plums and rhubarb with vanilla custard. Spicy firecracker finished laced with nutmeg and cinnamon. Voluptuous German red - intrigued to see if it could age.
  • wineotim commented:

    12/16/19, 4:25 PM - Wish we could get it here in the USA.

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