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2006 Buoncristiani Cabernet Sauvignon The Core Napa Valley
1/29/2014 - coreywb Likes this wine:
93 points
I had saved this bottle for a special occasion. Decanted 2 hours. Great pro reviews and CT reviews. Maybe my expectations were too high. A terrific bottle of wine but just didn't live up to the ratings. Beautiful crimson color. A little eucalyptus on the nose. Nice full body and delicious fruit, still some tannins but sweeter side. Finish disappoints. Too short and left me a little flat.
  • coreywb commented:

    1/31/14, 3:21 PM - To answer wren460 - We consumed The Core after a bottle of Caymus Special Selection 2011. As a comparison of the noses the Caymus was far more fruit forward and more indicative of many Napa cabs. The Core was more subdued, a hint of eucalyptus (mint), some dark fruit (maybe blackberries) and a hint of currants. The Core was a more elegant wine, finesse, but lacked the finish, at least to us, to warrant 95-98 scores.

2006 Agharta Wines Exhibit B North Coast Red Bordeaux Blend
11/10/2010 - TMacpherson wrote:
95 points
We decided to pop one of these open and have with friends over some grilled filets, lobster mashed potatoes, and baby bella mushrooms in a reduction sauce.

Decanted for one hour. An absolutely brilliant nose with the Franc jumping out of the glass. Not a hint of alcohol on the nose. The body was really well balanced -- raspberries, rhubarb, and a hint of creme brulee mixed with mild acidic back drop. The finish was highlighted by subtle kiss of sweet tannins and a hint of oak.

This was a beautiful wine for a late fall day in New England -- crisp with enough sweetness that left everybody sadly staring at the empty bottle. Congrats to everyone who participated in the creation of this wine. It was worth the wait!
  • coreywb commented:

    12/24/10, 3:45 PM - Excellent review of a wine that blew me away. Looked at your cellar and instantly became a fan.


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