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Red
2009 Abreu Thorevilos Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
8/4/2020 - msuwine wrote:
99 points
This is one of the greatest Napa Cabernets I have ever tasted, with mind-blowing concentration, depth, and balance. I loved the 2010 Thorevilos, but the 2009 achieves an additional level of originality and complexity. Yup, this is a wine that inspires adjectives, but for good reason: it's fantastic.

Dark purple in color and full in body, the wine offers an explosive nose of graphite, coffee bean, dried rosemary, and sour cherry - the kind of aromas that, like turtles, go all the way down. The flavors, too, come in layers, with notes of cardamon, dark chocolate, boysenberry, and graphite, with grainy and integrated tannins. The mid-palate is the opposite of thin, with an incredible mixture of spice and fruit that tells you this a wine built to grow, not fade, with time. Blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot, and 4% Merlot. 14.5% alcohol.

I know Abreu is the opposite of an under-the-radar bargain, but this wine is the vinous equivalent of Ella Fitzgerald singing a classic from the Gershwin songbook - it is so beautiful and original, that you forget that anyone else has ever sung the song. This needs a few more years to settle down and enter the tippity top of its drinking window, but this wine is already knocking on the door of perfection. It shows the ability of Grimes and Abreu to achieve fulsome ripeness, while still maintaining freshness, complexity, and beauty. There are so many high-end Napa wines that taste great - but great in a similar way - and this wine stands on its own terms. Simply put, the 2009 Thorevilos is unique, delicious, and remarkable.
  • Vinomnivore commented:

    8/25/20, 12:05 PM - Hi - great note, and agreed this is an amazing wine - great density but also lovely freshness and energy. I have a few more bottles and while there is clearly amazing upside, its going to be tempting to open a bottle sooner rather than later.

Red
2016 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Hillside Santa Cruz Mountains
2/27/2020 - t_moderne wrote:
93 points
This was a Falltacular auction purchase, and paired with the 2006 Alpine Hillsides.
Dark ruby color.
Nose offers wisp of wood smoke, with red berries and herbs.
Light, fresh vibrant wine. Bright red berries, hint of forest floor, with a fresh orange peel note on the finish. Light, elegant with bright, tangy fruit. Has a slight sweetness to it from the ripe red berries.
Delicious.
  • Vinomnivore commented:

    3/4/20, 1:31 PM - Thanks for the note! Time to open these or do you think they would benefit from additional aging?

  • Vinomnivore commented:

    3/4/20, 1:31 PM - Thanks for the note! Time to open these or do you think they would benefit from additional aging?

Red
2006 Bressler Cabernet Sauvignon Premiere Napa Valley St. Helena
Excellent buy from K&L in the $30 range - a steal for mature cab of good quality. Defiantly some heavy and stale funk upon opening—blows off after two or so hours and this bottle became progressively more fresh and vibrant with time from there.
  • Vinomnivore commented:

    6/24/19, 7:10 AM - To qualify my review a bit -- I have opened two bottles so far. Both had a heavy stale funk. Both recovered with air but only one really came to life. Also, the mature tobacco/earth/menthol flavors are prevalent so this isn't a great bottle for people looking for a wine where the fruit is very forward. I think there is balance and I am happy for the price as this was somewhat of a gamble anyway. Would love to know your thoughts when you open a bottle.

Red
1979 Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains
12/12/2017 - MC2 Wines wrote:
Acker BYO 2017 (Tribeca Grille): A bit off the beaten path. This was very much your old aged Cali. Get some balsamic quality to it. Some leather. Fruit more faded. Hear the Pinot from same year was rocking. Would say this was more fun (esp because birth year for one of us).
  • Vinomnivore commented:

    2/21/19, 9:42 AM - Hi! You may have heard, but Jeff Emery winemaker/owner of SCMV is hosting a wine dinner in March (3/16). I thought you might be interested in attending. He is opening up a number of library wines.

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/santa-cruz-mountain-vineyard-wine-dinner-hosted-by-owner-and-winemaker-jeff-emery-at-the-culture-tickets-56676796825?aff=SCMVInsiders

Red
2014 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah The Tribe Vineyard Walla Walla Valley
2/2/2019 - Vinomnivore Likes this wine:
93 points
Elegant and burly, sweet and savory. Dark fruit, game, leather, spice, floral/violet notes, a touch of white pepper plenty of acid on the finish. Extremely smooth for its age.
  • Vinomnivore commented:

    2/4/19, 5:51 AM - Interesting. I still had a quarter of the bottle left on Sunday and tasted again. I definitely got a pleasant mouth watering acidity on the finish that imparted a little more life and energy to the wine after a heavy/savory mid-palate. I have less experience with these wines, so I cant really speak to the acidity relative to other bottling or upon release.

Red
2007 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
1/29/2019 - europat55 wrote:
92 points
Fresh and lively. Much better than the previous bottle I had a few months ago!
  • Vinomnivore commented:

    1/30/19, 5:27 AM - Just curious about how long you let this breath/if you decanted it?

White
2016 Rhys Alesia Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains
Peach and caramel on the nose with some oak. On the palate there’s a slight creaminess with peach, pineapple, tropical fruit notes, and some oak. Minerality on the finish. What most disappointed us about the wine was the near absence of any acidity, resulting in a wine that was flat and lifeless. That's surprising in light of others' notes. Did we get a bad bottle?
  • Vinomnivore commented:

    1/22/19, 10:42 AM - Sounds like it may be a bad bottle... The lack of acid seems very odd given my experience with this a few months ago. I will crack another one in a few months and report back.

Red
2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
11/17/2018 - Vinomnivore wrote:
89 points
The first glass was the best. Became quite flat after 30 min. Would have rated much higher for the first glass.
  • Vinomnivore commented:

    11/18/18, 5:43 AM - Thanks for the suggestion. The note is based on drinking a portion of the bottle over three hours. The remainder was vacuum sealed and stored overnight. I will update my note tonight, hopefully describing great improvement!

  • Vinomnivore commented:

    11/19/18, 5:39 AM - Unfortunately, this didn't improve much on day two, still relatively flat with hints of bret. This is a purchase from winebid, so it could be a poor showing relative to other bottles.

Red
2013 Hidden Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 55% slope Sonoma County
1/14/2018 - Badmonkey wrote:
94 points
Picked-up a bottle in the secondary market after enjoying the 2012 vintage and also in light of Parker's 97+ rating. Dark black fruit - blackberry, dark currants, and some plum. Smooth mid-palate coupled with solid depth/concentration. Nice flavors of dark berries, plum, and some spice/licorice. Fairly rich and a little sweet - as some others have noted some zin like qualities. Fairly long finish. Decanted for one hour and drank over another three. Improved a little with time but drinking well after the decant. A really nice wine but a lot of tough competition at the new price point. I miss the days when I could buy older vintages of this wine at Costco for around $50. 100% cab.
  • Vinomnivore commented:

    1/24/18, 1:59 PM - The mailing list price was $97 and it looks like the unsold wine that wasn't picked up by list members is being sold by retailers with a good online presence (e.g. Wine Access, Westgate wine) for $89 (before shipping). Not a huge discount, but I imagine the price could come down further.

  • Vinomnivore commented:

    9/7/18, 6:17 AM - Thanks for the recommendations both.

    I agree that its harder and harder to find solid cabs at the $50 price point. One little secret I have really enjoyed is Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards Cabernet (although a bit leaner and greener in a way I like than plush napa mountain cabs). Their website is a little out of date (I think the current release is the 2015), but they have a great Cab for under 50 bucks. It comes from the Luchessi vineyard which has a severe slope and is a close neighbor to Ridge's Monte Bello vineyard. Its a steal when purchased through the wine club ~$40.

Red
2013 Hidden Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 55% slope Sonoma County
3/8/2018 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
94 points
Decanted 1 hour then back into the bottle for 2-3 more. Roasted, stewed, and pruned all around with a undoubtably dark character. Tasty and structured but lacking freshness representing a definitive stylistic departure from other years. Young but designed to enjoy immediately or 10 years from now.
  • Vinomnivore commented:

    3/9/18, 6:28 AM - Completely agree that HR shows well young and probably is best consumed on the younger side. I will need to try another bottle and look closer for the stewed/roasted flavors (I don't know if there is some bottle variation). I had a recent tasting, but the wine was served closer to 55 which probably created a sense of lift/freshness balancing out the sweet rich fruit/dark tea/pencil lead that may not be there from an acid perspective. Did you consume closer to room temp?

Red
1975 Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains
1/24/2017 - jsteach Likes this wine:
95 points
One-of-a-kind spectacular Coco & coffee notes on the nose on the palette . soft berry fruit.
  • Vinomnivore commented:

    1/9/18, 9:53 AM - I agree, its an amazing wine. I am always trying to find more. Let me know if you have any extra bottles you are trying to unload!

  • Vinomnivore commented:

    1/9/18, 3:22 PM - Agreed. I was lucky enough to get exposed to Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards when the proprietor (Jeff) made a trip to NYC for a dinner hosted by a local wine merchant. It turned me on to the Santa Cruz AVA as a whole. Do you have any other favorites from Santa Cruz? I recently got on to the Rhys list and I purchase from Ridge. I am wondering if there are any other hidden gems out there that I need to discover!

Red
2013 Hidden Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Impassable Mountain Reserve Sonoma County
10/26/2017 - oldwines Does not like this wine:
90 points
This wine...is a puzzlement to me....clearly a Parker favorite (100 points) but I tasted this at a Fairchild wine event in NYC and as several of us tasted it we all looked at each other with raised eyebrows. The Finish described by Robert Parker in his note as "the staggering finish of more than a minute" was almost nonexistent. In my mind this would be a good $20-30 bottle of wine but bore no resemblance to 100 points and for the money is a waste. For me it is out of balance super fruity (red and blue), it did have a pretty strong anise flavor to both the palate and nose, but with little structure and while smooth and rich did not exhibit the distinction others have noted. I will readily admit to not liking this style of "Cult Cab" as a rule but in comparison to the Fairchild "Stones" wines this was not in the same league. It seemed to me to be falling apart and hardly likely to last the 25-35 years Parker thinks.
  • Vinomnivore commented:

    10/30/17, 10:01 AM - Thanks for your note. I own a bottle but am a bit concerned that it won't live up to the expectations created by a huge rating. Do you know if the bottle had been given time to breath or if it had been decanted before the tasting?

  • Vinomnivore commented:

    11/2/17, 6:29 AM - Thanks for the thoughtful reply!

White
2013 Château Simone Palette Blanc White Rhone Blend
10/9/2016 - Seb Frefranc Likes this wine:
91 points
Great stuff. Intensive yellow colour. Apple juice like. Nose opens up with air. Nuts, honey, spices. Minerality. Elegant texture on the palate. Some cream. Again this nice minerality paired with honey and spices.
  • Vinomnivore commented:

    4/10/17, 6:14 PM - Nailed it!

Red
2013 Bokisch Vineyards Garnacha Terra Alta Vineyard Clements Hills
2/25/2016 - VeniceCalif wrote:
90 points
Decanted 1 hr. ahead. Medium cherry color, with orange flashes. Nice nose of red berries with very pleasant floral notes; fragrant. Light-bodied and flavorful on the palate, resembling a pinot noir. Finishes fast. I recommend ignoring the tasting notes on the winery website. This is a very attractive wine, and when you consider the QPR, it's a wonderful wine for this price. Think light-bodied red with moderate acid balance and good aromas. Completely useful.
  • Vinomnivore commented:

    2/10/17, 4:52 PM - Agree, spot on.

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