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2018 Booker Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon My Favorite Neighbor Paso Robles
2/14/2021 - WineGold wrote:
94 points
Punches above its weight class. I tend to agree with the professional reviewer who said that if this were a Napa bottle, it would be 2-3x the cost. Over $100 for sure. This is focused with plenty of dark blue and black fruit, but also graphite, leather and tobacco notes. A bit on the masculine side, with no over-extraction or flab to worry about. 14.9% ABV. Well done bottle, and easy one to stock in the cellar for fun drinking any time! Many years of integration and improvement ahead, as well.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    11/5/21, 6:18 PM - Ghank you, great review and details. Couldn’t agree more. I just (accidentally 🤦🏼‍♂️) opened and drink mine tonight. Still needs 3 to 7 years!

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2019 Hillside Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Calistoga
10/18/2021 - kevrob822 Does not like this wine:
83 points
I’ve now had 3 (of 4 🤦🏼‍♂️) bottles of this wine now, and they have all been terrible! Seriously, Absolutely Awful!

This is as flat-footed as any CS I think I’ve ever had. Aroma is “not there” and hot to boot. Flavor has some black fruit, but is just so unbalanced, one-dimensional and flat.

I’m going to repost this review twice more, so that it properly reflects (at least in my opinion!!!) the 3 bottles I’ve had. Honestly, I hadn’t posted any reviews before as I thought, “oh, it’s me”, or “awww, it’s just this bottle”, or “I know the next one will be better”… well, I’m done covering this shiz up. This is horrible! I don’t think 5+ years wil help this swill! It’s not even spaghetti sauce-worthy! More then happy to field any differing opinions on this waste of grapes!

#1 of 3 reviews.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    11/5/21, 3:02 PM - Cellarweasil - Oh, I completely agree, at least in part. Yes, a ‘19 CS is exceptionally young, and while I don’t profess to be any sort of “Wine Expert” in any way, shape, or form, I believe I have enough knowledge and experience to tell when a young wine has an opportunity for some serious improvement with some proper cellaring. I’ve already had many 2018 and 2019 wines that, while very young, have great balance, fruit, body, and life. You can tell they’re well-built, with a excellent opportunity to be great… in due time. Sorry to say, this wine didn’t show any of that to me.

    And hopefully you didn’t also put any additional “value” into this wine just because it’s label said “Reserve”. In some regions, Reserve on the label actually means something, but in other areas, such as the USA, it means Absolutely Nothing. As WineFolly.com states, “In the US, ‘Reserve’ doesn’t technically mean anything.” Here’s a link to their full story. Cheers! :-)

    https://winefolly.com/tips/reserve-wine-well-depends/

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2016 Alta Wines Quatreaux Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
9/29/2021 - kevrob822 Likes this wine:
92 points
Amazing and Awesome! So much depth, dark fruit, oak, vanilla and tobacco, all while maintaining a great (rustic) balance, chewy tannings and body with medium acidity. Had this with a savory (wife made) homemade pea soup and some garlic toastettes! A Spectacular Pairing, or as I like to say A Damn Good Meal! 👍🏻

Over several purchases, I’ve bought a case of this at a great price and all were amazing. I wish I had another full case. Based on this last bottle, there’s several years left ahead of it!
  • kevrob822 commented:

    10/29/21, 8:38 AM - Thanks for the heads up, I actually did go back and buy four more a few days ago. Would have bought a case, but I have too much wine and my wife would kill me! Looking forward to getting them and seeing how they may have changed and if my primitive taste buds can notice any differences.

    Hope you enjoy it.

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2018 Meander Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District
10/26/2021 - kevrob822 wrote:
flawed
Flawed, just like last night’s bottle. Bummer, actually Double Pisser. The 1st bottle was so nice (post-decant). Hate it when a vintage has issues like this!!!
  • kevrob822 commented:

    10/28/21, 11:19 AM - Yes, these were from WTSO. I've actually tried several of the Meander Offerings listed on WTSO. Have to say, a couple of the shipments were sent in Aug/Sept and got cooked on the way to me (So California) from NJ. I think your best guide in regards to opening would be, when they were shipped, how far they had to travel and the weather at the time of shipment. If you open one and really like it, I think WTSO still has inventory on these.

    I love WTSO's guarantee, I've been buying from them since December, 2010... 1,284 bottles and counting. :-)

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2018 Cardoza Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Patriarch Reserve Napa Valley
5/15/2021 - kevrob822 wrote:
85 points
Wow, pretty darn mediocre. And this is $150 at the winery?!?!? You’d think at that price (which is sadly becoming a pretty common price point for Napa CS!), there’d be something enlightened or elevated, or just special about this wine, but not really. Wow, big disappointment. Giving this 85 Points and a Terrible QPR. Obviously, no need to get more.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    7/21/21, 6:24 PM - 😂😂😂 Exactly!

  • kevrob822 commented:

    9/19/21, 11:08 PM - Hahaha!!! 👍🏻

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2013 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Kathryn Hall Napa Valley
6/20/2021 - Jerry 3 Does not like this wine:
94 points
Decanted an hour + then enjoyed with a juicy veal porterhouse

Elegant with great fruit and full body

Sorry I only have one bottle same vintage leaf to enjoy later
  • kevrob822 commented:

    7/30/21, 10:13 AM - Just curious if you meant to mark this as “did not like”? Since you gave it 94 Points and some very nice comments. 🤔

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2015 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker Series Napa Valley
7/27/2021 - kevrob822 Likes this wine:
92 points
Awesome! Just love this wine. I’ve had 50 bottles of it over the years! 👍🏻
  • kevrob822 commented:

    7/27/21, 9:59 PM - Just had to make this addition as a "comment" and not just update my original tasting note. I forgot that I had about a 1/2 glass left and I headed off and got distracted. Came back about Three Hours later and MAN, this just blew me away. Some bottles (months/years?) ago, I stated that you should PnP this guy... have to say, I'm not so sure right now. That last 1/2 Glass was amazing. Still going to leave this at 92 Points, but I'm tempted to move it to a 93 (which I've only had 7 wines of that score) and nothing higher. Ever. When I say I grade hard, I'm not kidding.

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2016 Calla Lily Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Ultimate Red Napa Valley
2/3/2021 - Kentw wrote:
88 points
I have a different perspective from some of the drinking notes from which I decided to buy a few bottles from WTSO. It is medium plus weight, with a decent structure but lots of acidity throughout and a tart flavor profile. After an hour it showed somewhat a better balance but initial impression tends to linger. I would give it another few years before opening my next bottle.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    3/3/21, 7:43 PM - Decanting definitely helps, I believe I neglected to mention that! I also agree that more years will help and I still have a half case in the cellar. 😉

  • kevrob822 commented:

    6/6/21, 7:17 PM - I’ve had ~6 bottles since my last comment back in March. Of those 6, 2 were seriously corked, 1 was going bad and the other 2, while drinkable, were no where near as good as the bottles just 6-12 months ago. Until this experience with these last bottles, I would have agreed 100% that there was YEARS left in the bottles. Sorry to say, I’m not so sure anymore. Having my last bottle tonight and while it’s not flawed, it’s probably no better then 89 Points (and I grade exceptionally hard). And to be clear, all my bottles are properly stored.

  • kevrob822 commented:

    7/27/21, 9:22 AM - Thanks for the suggestion. I have been dealing with WTSO since 2011, absolutely LOVE their Customer Service and how they back ALL of their bottles 100%! Great Business Model for the Consumer!

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2015 Salvestrin Cavaso St. Helena Red Blend
1/5/2020 - kevrob822 Likes this wine:
91 points
I love their Cabernet Sauvignon wines, both their Estate ($$) and Three D ($$$$) CS. First time I’ve had this one though. Bought 4 bottles of this Italian Blend and am kicking myself for not buying a Case! Aroma is black fruit. The taste follows the black fruit along with the addition of olive and black pepper spice. Smooth tannins with nice texture, structure and balance.

This was excellent with a Great QPR. Love to get more, but thinks it’s sold out. Bummer.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    7/20/21, 7:30 PM - Wow, that’s crazy!!! Hopefully they were stored properly.

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2016 Meander Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
6/14/2021 - kevrob822 wrote:
flawed
No Review... opened my last bottle (#3 of 4) and it was the most flawed of all the bottles. I can't help but think these got cooked while traveling across the US.

I updated my review of the one "decent" bottle I had as well. I decided it was also flawed, but just not as badly.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    6/14/21, 10:25 PM - I drink too much to wait. :-)

    I'm even more bummed because I just got notified that they shipped my Meander '18 Rutherford CS today and the weather is forecasted to get even worse this coming week. I already told them I was going to take a close look at these bottles when they came in!

  • kevrob822 commented:

    7/15/21, 7:41 PM - Correction: the Rutherford coming in was 2016, not 2018. The bad news is that they were All Bad. What a total shame. My bad. I just need to remember/learn that in the Summer, it’s too just risky to ship from NJ to CA. Thankfully, WTSO’s has a Top-Notch Customer Service team. I’ve been buying from them since 2012… over 1,200 bottles. They are just Outstanding! Fan For Life!

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2018 Banknote Cabernet Sauvignon revenue Atlas Peak
5/12/2021 - kevrob822 Does not like this wine:
86 points
I didn’t care for this at all. It was fairly flat & out of balance. Not up to WTSO‘s normal spectacular standards. Horrible QPR.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    7/14/21, 4:12 PM - Too Young? Quite possible, but the vast majority of the Napa 2018 Cabernet Sauvignons I've had were just fine, some were spectacular.

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2018 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
5/18/2021 - Rosey133 Likes this wine:
94 points
Amazed with how good this vintage is. Had a ‘16 a month ago and was nowhere close to being this well made. Let is air in the bottle for one hour before pouring it through an aerator. Long drawn out finish. Case worthy.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    6/30/21, 8:25 PM - Just bought a case! 😉

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2016 Meander Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
6/9/2021 - kevrob822 Likes this wine:
89 points
Much better then the two earlier bottles last night (both flawed 🤦🏼‍♂️). Tonight, after opening and seeing it was good, I decanted for ~2 hours, but even then, it continued to open up over the next 2+ hours of drinking. More time in the bottle would be good though.

Lots of deep dark black/blue fruit, plum, vanilla and oak with some acidity and tannins. Currently it’s a nice, quaffable wine, working best with food. No major liabilities, but nothing outstanding either. I’ve had some pretty exceptional wines lately, so my opinion may be colored by those bottles. I’d give this 89 Points, but that being said, for the price paid, this is still a Good QPR.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    6/10/21, 7:29 AM - No worries VinoHunter, will be doing that later this morning. I've been dealing with WTSO since 2011 and have bought over 1,200 bottles through those years. I love that they stand behind every bottle they sell and to top it off, they have the absolute BEST Customer Service Team I've ever seen!

  • kevrob822 commented:

    6/11/21, 9:45 AM - It’s quite possible that’s what happened. Where I live in So Cal, our weather has been very nice, but the East Coast and actually throughout the whole Midwest, was exceptionally hot this past week. 😳

    Thankfully they back every bottle 100%! 👍🏻

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2016 C. Elizabeth Cabernet Sauvignon Game Farm Vineyard Oakville
2/15/2021 - Martin Redmond Likes this wine:
93 points
C. Elizabeth Virtual Tasting: Translucent ruby/garnet with very appealing black cherry, red currant, plum, licorice violet, cigar box, and baking spice aromas. On the palate, it's medium-full-bodied seamless, and fresh with suave tannins and red currant, plum black cherry, bittersweet chocolate, and a kiss of dried herb flavor with a long finish.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Rock Pit and Trailside blocks of teh Game Farm Vineyard. Raised in American Oak; 85% new, 15% neutral for 21 months. 14.5% abv|SRP - $150|212 cases produced
  • kevrob822 commented:

    6/6/21, 1:24 PM - Sounds like the ‘16 was your favorite vintage. I’ve only have the 2015 and 2016, but between those two I would definitely agree.

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2016 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Franc Winemaker Series Napa Valley
11/23/2020 - CCIABR wrote:
flawed
Mildew aroma ruined the wine.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    6/1/21, 6:23 PM - Bummer! 👎🏻

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2017 Peachy Canyon Zinfandel Westside Paso Robles
5/3/2021 - Mattshank wrote:
Nose: Some red fruits present but a tad musty making me think this bottle was insipid corked (very subtle). Palate: Cherries and some raspberry with decent acids and little tannins. Decent cheapie at $12/bottle but still wonder about provenance on this bottle as it seems a touch off hence no score. Would score about 87 based on this. We’ll see on the next bottle.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    5/4/21, 8:12 PM - Sort of what I tasted. Looking forward to your next review. Whoa, wait?!?!? this is a $12 wine, WTH? Why so concerned? 😂

  • kevrob822 commented:

    5/5/21, 3:52 PM - I couldn't agree with you more. I always try to provide the clearest and most transparent reviews. And I absolutely got your point about this Peachy Canyon being a "decent cheapie", actually my thoughts as well.
    Hopefully, your next bottle(s) won't be "a touch off".

    In regards to my comment about it being a "$12 wine", I will admit, I don't sweat it quite as much when I'm dealing with a daily drinker like this one. If it's something special, like a BV Georges de Latour, then it's a whole different story and I can really get lost in the weeds. In other words, if you've spent $12, there's not a whole heck of a lot to bitch or complain about, hence a neutral 88 score, but still an excellent QPR since I only paid $12 for it followed by a LOL emoji for emphasis.

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2017 Keiser Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
I completely agree with NutmegNative. I plan on not touching these for at least a couple years. Once mature, I have no doubt it will warrant 92 points or more.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    4/11/21, 9:01 PM - No point value?

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2017 Castle Rock Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa Valley
11/16/2018 - nzinkgraf wrote:
Ok, they did a fine job of putting this Cabernet together. It doesn’t totally suck, although I’d be hard pressed to spend $20+ retail on Castle Rock. Must be destined for upscale, casual on-premise, where people will spend $15 on a glass of anything Napa. Full-bodied, light tannin, black fruit, taut. Oak shows mildly on the finish.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    3/15/21, 8:39 PM - Classic, and such an oh-so-true a review. Solid <$15 bottle, but not much beyond that. Solid drinker... primarily due to its price point ($13 for me 😉).

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2017 Castle Rock Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa Valley
8/31/2020 - elevwine Likes this wine:
91 points
The $12.99 price tag clearly influences this review. Bought several decent Napa cabs (e.g. Mica) and saw this wine. A “reserve” at this price? Worth a flyer. What you pay for a small snort of anything Napa at your local eatery. Waited a week because I thought it might just be a bad joke by my wine shop. It’s not. Really decent wine, dark fruit, moderate complexity, mocha and cedar notes, some dustiness, medium finish. Frankly a very serious wine at a ridiculously low price. Balance a bit off but still quite good. If you can find this sub-$20, buy lots of it and make it your weeknight wine
  • kevrob822 commented:

    2/28/21, 10:45 PM - Don’t forget, Legally in the USA, “reserve” means absolutely. This wine could be exactly what the “core” bottling is with a new “reserve” label! I’ve had about a case of this and at $13, it’s a Great QPR and a Spectacular Daily Drinker!

    NTW, very nice review ELEVINE! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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2016 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Franc Winemaker Series Napa Valley
10/20/2020 - kevrob822 Likes this wine:
92 points
Yummy, another solid bottle! Didn’t have the ability to decant it, so it’s being poured and swirled glass, by glass. Very nice though. Having it tonight with a Hearst Ranch Beef Burger while watching the sunset in San Simeon at the hotel’s Chiminea (fire pit)… a Completely & Utterly Perfect night!
  • kevrob822 commented:

    10/20/20, 11:04 PM - About halfway through the bottle, this started to get really good! Raising it a point to 92!

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2015 Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Anthology Napa Valley
9/21/2020 - kevrob822 Likes this wine:
91 points
Really nice wine with an Excellent QPR (at least when on sale at Costco for $23!!!). Went back today and got 4 more, really glad as our Costco only had about 8 left!

Excellent. Smooth, ripe and balanced, but still very powerful with lots of black, blue and plum fruit. Two hours later, it was still a little acidic, but I’d still leave it at 91 Points. Still an Excellent QPR.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    9/21/20, 8:10 PM - Exactly! I couldn’t agree more! 👍🏻

  • kevrob822 commented:

    10/5/20, 6:54 PM - My local Costco was sold out, as were the other 3 within a reasonable driving distance. Was out in Rancho Mirage this past weekend with some friends. Happened to swing by the wine area (I had already brought 3 of my bottles with me) and they said they had 2 cases left, well, after let me tell you, after I left, they only had One Case left! 😉

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2017 Harvester Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles
As this one goes I'll pass. Absolutely no depth or structure to be found. Dry and gritty without and complexity and a bitter aftertaste. Not quite sure what they are going for here but it was an epic failure.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    8/29/20, 10:02 AM - Couldn’t help but laugh at your “epic failure” quote! I may have to steal/use it myself. 😃

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2012 Cameron Hughes Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 2012 Private Reserve Napa Valley
4/20/2018 - kevrob822 Likes this wine:
89 points
Wow, I can’t remember when I had a wine evolve as much as this one. Initially, upon opening (a PnP), it was very flat, tight and a real ho-hum wine. I didn’t have a decanter, so I just poured some good size glasses and let it sit. After about 2 hours, it really got much better. It had a richer aroma and the taste was more balanced and smoother. Medium Tannins and Acidity. Taste was dark fruit, blackberries with vanilla and earth.

I was debating after the 2 hours of raising this to 90, but think it’s more of an 88/89. At opening, it was only about 85! Still though, with the price paid of $40, I’d still only give it a Good QPR. Was expecting a bit more, but this did get better... much better.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    7/17/20, 3:37 PM - No problem srh 👍🏻. I always try and put in fairly detailed notes, as much for any future bottles I may have, as well as for the CT Community. Hope you enjoy your bottle! 😃

  • kevrob822 commented:

    7/18/20, 12:51 PM - 👍🏻

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2016 Salvestrin Cabernet Sauvignon Salvestrin - Dr. Crane Vineyard St. Helena
6/29/2020 - Franken Berry wrote:
90 points
This was my third go round with this wine. Not much has changed in six months. The wine opens with blueberries and plums on the nose, on the palate , medium bodied mixed red and blue fruits, minerals. Tannins are present but not obtrusive, but the wine finishes abruptly short. Again, was hoping for a bit more pizzazz. Would not put this on the same level as Beckstoffer Crane, despite the fact they are the closest of neighbors. More akin to a Pellet cab. Perhaps more time in the bottle would help the wine become more expressive
  • kevrob822 commented:

    7/12/20, 8:51 AM - Thanks for the great, well written review. I’m a big fan of Salvestrin, but haven’t gotten their 2016 CS yet. I find with most of their wines, while drinkable upon release, do much better with a few years in the bottle.

  • kevrob822 commented:

    7/13/20, 8:39 AM - Full agreement... so far I'm liking the younger 2016 better then the 2015! I think that bodes very well for the aging of a well made 2016 CS. Time will tell. ;-)

  • kevrob822 commented:

    7/13/20, 11:02 PM - Yes, some experience, but it's typically priced above my Pay Grade. What I've had has always been spectacular, but at twice the price, I don't believe the QPR is as good as their standard CS offering.

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2017 Brandlin Prince & Pedro Mt. Veeder Red Blend
4/24/2020 - Omadobs wrote:
93 points
Absolutely beautiful juice; reminds me of The Prisoner in the early days when Phinney was making it and his rightful reputation as a blending magician. More dark fruit than red, but the cherry cobbler is definitely there at the end and balanced by the blue fruits at the front. Mouthwatering tannins linger in the 30-40 second finish. Possibly better on Day 2; have never had the patience to see Day 3. A crazy good deal from WTSO; wish I had bought another case as it's currently the go-to wine for us.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    7/8/20, 6:44 PM - It’s still “available” at WTSO if you want more.

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2017 Encantado Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
5/19/2020 - kevrob822 wrote:
89 points
Sorry can’t help it, lowering this 1 Point, to 89. Pretty damn low for Howell Mountain Fruit. No need to get more. I think PRV just doesn’t spend the effort on this 2nd label as they do on their primary label, which (full transparency) I’m not really much of a fan of either. LOL

Again, I like both Mountain and Valley fruit, but this is not at all similar to any other Howell Mountain fruit I’ve had.

I’m not excited or jazzed with my reviews here. I buy wine to drink and enjoy it. Love to see other responses/comments here. What did I miss in this wine?
  • kevrob822 commented:

    6/2/20, 9:44 AM - Sorry McMalbec, PRV is Pine Ridge Vineyards in Napa Valley, along the Silverado Trail. Pine Ridge Vineyards is their primary label. I believe it's a fairly well thought of winery, but just not for me. They're website is at https://www.pineridgevineyards.com/

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2016 Alta Wines Quatreaux Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
5/17/2020 - kevrob822 Likes this wine:
90 points
Very interesting wine. Bought this strictly because I liked the Revival offering that was offered earlier (bought it twice, but its now gone 😢). But this is its own wine.

Medium aroma with a great deal of fruit and oak, but also a touch of heat. The heat does not show up in the taste, which is lots of black/blue fruit, soft cherry and plum, but a very nice balance with tons of texture and nice mouthfeel with a long finish. Very nice.

Get more? Probably, but sorry to say it’s already gone! 😢
  • kevrob822 commented:

    5/28/20, 7:47 AM - Thanks eyewino, I just saw that. Appreciate the heads up!

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2015 Hourglass Merlot Blueline Napa Valley
4/26/2020 - BeaverBob Does not like this wine:
93 points
Outstanding
  • kevrob822 commented:

    5/17/20, 11:11 AM - LOL, you give the wine 93 Points, state it’s “Outstanding”, but mark it as “didn’t like this wine”? Definitely giving conflicting remarks. 😃

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2012 Fleury Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon le fleur 29 Oakville
4/3/2020 - kevrob822 Likes this wine:
90 points
Wow, this bottle was a “freebie” to me and I still thought it was just ok. Not great, but no liabilities though either, but that’s only half the story. For a wine with this cost on CT, don’t you believe it should elicit a much stronger opinion from everyone. I believe this wine at the winery is $150! Seriously?!?!? CT’s Value is only $65. I’m used to a huge difference between the winery’s and CT’s price, but this was crazy. What type of discount does the Wine Club get?!?!?
  • kevrob822 commented:

    4/22/20, 8:11 AM - Yup, quite possibly the situation, less then 40 bottles have been listed in CT's Community Holdings. I still think a wine, any wine, with a Valuation like this one should still be better. It was just such so average wine. IMHO.

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2016 Rutz Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Notre Vue Estate Vineyard Chalk Hill
3/23/2020 - kevrob822 wrote:
flawed
Bottle was terribly corked...
  • kevrob822 commented:

    4/2/20, 10:41 AM - Thanks... I just checked yesterday and bought another four! :-)

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2016 Rutz Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Notre Vue Estate Vineyard Chalk Hill
1/19/2020 - kevrob822 Likes this wine:
91 points
Very nice. Tons of sediment inside at the top of the bottle and on the cork, but minimal in the bottle’s side or bottom. Interesting.

Decanted for 2 hours. Big aroma with a touch of heat. Taste was med-full with nice black and blue fruit and plums and vanilla. Decent oak with nice texture and balance.

For the price paid, an Excellent QPR. I’d get more, but showing sold out right now. Still worth the call... just to double-check. Just Sayin’.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    4/1/20, 8:00 AM - Yes, I too just saw, and missed, a chance to get more. Even though two of my bottles were bad, I thought it was excellent. Hope to see it come up on WTSO again, that's for sure!

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2016 Refugio Ranch Petite Sirah Santa Ynez Valley
3/24/2020 - kevrob822 Likes this wine:
90 points
Another solid 90 Pointer with an Spectacular QPR.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    3/25/20, 8:51 AM - LOL, sure seems that way, huh? Just such a nice PS, especially for the price. I just keep going back and buying a few bottles at a time.

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2010 Fleury Estate Winery Petite Sirah Napa Valley
3/16/2020 - kevrob822 Does not like this wine:
86 points
Decanted this 10 year old PS for 70 minutes before the following tasting. Wow, this is not tickling my taste buds at all and I really like PS. This was exceptionally jammy, with just an overabundance of fruit. Didn't seem to have any balance, texture or depth. Just a ton of fruit. Letting it decant longer to see if that helps.

Some people believe a well made PS can age for 20 years, but I don't believe this aged well at all. I have another bottle and fingers crossed that it's better. On this 2nd pass review, I'm actually dropping it a point to 86.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    3/17/20, 9:55 AM - Laz4wine... we drank both my bottles last night. Well, drank one, wound up pouring the first bottle down the drain. Of course, that was a bit rash as I should have kept it and cooked with it, or done something productive with it. Those poor grapes gave their lives for that wine and I just poured them away. :-)

  • kevrob822 commented:

    3/18/20, 12:58 PM - Or to be used as the "Blood of Christ" for us. ;-)

    A joyous Passover to you and your family... Shalom!

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2016 Refugio Ranch Petite Sirah Santa Ynez Valley
2/27/2020 - kevrob822 Likes this wine:
90 points
Fine bottle, dropping this one point though to 90.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    3/15/20, 4:43 PM - BINGO! Exactly.

  • kevrob822 commented:

    3/15/20, 6:43 PM - Nah, you won't regret it... just don't tell 'em how much you paid for it. LOL
    You can always check with WTSO about getting more?

  • kevrob822 commented:

    3/15/20, 10:41 PM - There you go! Yummy stuff, especially for the $$$!

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2007 Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District
2/8/2020 - kevrob822 Likes this wine:
92 points
Coravin Glass Taste: This is definitely a very nicely aged Cabernet. Nice aroma and plenty of fruit. Lots of depth, texture and smooth balance. Excellent. Being 13 years old, I was concerned with where it was “at”, but there is a ton of life and years still ahead of it. A very well-built wine. Man, I have just always like what the Smith Brothers do with their CS! Yummy! Get More? Hell yes!!!
  • kevrob822 commented:

    2/9/20, 8:20 AM - Wound up opening and drinking the bottle. Nothing more to add, spectacular!

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2015 Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
2/8/2020 - kevrob822 Likes this wine:
90 points
Coravin Glass Taste: Nice, aroma was very jammy, but that (thankfully) didn’t come through in the taste. Nice wine, lots of black fruit. Medium tannins and acidity. Nice balance, but not outstanding. Decent texture and depth. For the price a Fair QPR. Not sure I need to get more. Prefer Odette, but it’s twice the price. LOL
  • kevrob822 commented:

    2/8/20, 10:28 PM - Nothing to add. Wound up drinking this bottle.

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2014 Meli Melo Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
1/29/2019 - DorisES Likes this wine:
95 points
The wine looks garnet colored. The legs are slow. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like plum, cherry, forest floor, toast, bark, petrol, alcohol/hot and acetic acid. It tastes like mineral, phenolic, alcohol/hot and acetic acid. The body is medium. The wine has angular texture. The wine finishes long. The wine has high acidity.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    2/8/20, 5:19 PM - Great review & detail!

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2016 Refugio Ranch Petite Sirah Santa Ynez Valley
Received my 4 bottle delivery today. Had to drink one bottle as the cork had moved up to the point of almost falling out. Apparently some cold weather between NJ and Oregon. I don’t have a lot of experience with PS. I decanted the bottle for 2 hours and drank the wine over the proceeding hour. Rich, deep and tannic. Good thus far!
  • kevrob822 commented:

    2/5/20, 5:58 PM - It’s a great representation of the PS varietal. Being in Oregon, I’m guessing you’re more familiar with Pinot Noir... a variety that couldn’t be more different from a Petite Sirah.

  • kevrob822 commented:

    2/6/20, 2:10 PM - Your taste run very similar to mine. Check out more Petite Sirahs... I think you'll like them and you'll like the price too!

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2016 Refugio Ranch Petite Sirah Santa Ynez Valley
1/23/2020 - kevrob822 Likes this wine:
92 points
Just opened my 2nd bottle and took a quick taste. Yup, just like last bottle, tight and uninviting. Decanting it and then I’m going to pour it back into the bottle so I can take it to a Pizza Joint where we’re meeting some friends. This (decanted) should go Amazingly well with some rich, spicy and savory pizza! My mouth is already watering!!!
  • kevrob822 commented:

    1/27/20, 9:21 AM - @ercmlgs - it was a locally owned family (Italian, of course) pizza joint. With how big and deep PS can be, and this was no exception, my pizza was built a bit heavier with heavy meats so that both the food and wine would each "stand up" to the other. I also had some peppers, olives, spinach and artichoke hearts which one could barely (if at all) taste, but at least I felt like it was a bit healthier and I was getting my "veggies and greens". Hahaha.

    As for this post-decanted 2nd bottle living up to the first bottle, absolutely. I've actually gone back and bought another half case of this wine. I think this 2016 vintage wine has at least 3 (maybe up to 5?) more years ahead of it, so don't feel like you need to rush through the bottles you have in stock.

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2015 Robert Storey Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker's Reserve Napa Valley
8/18/2019 - kevrob822 wrote:
86 points
Yep, very consistent and in this case, that’s not a good thing. Nothing spectacular, but no major liabilities either. Just a slightly overpriced, easy drinking Cabernet. Obviously, no need to get more.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    12/6/19, 5:51 PM - Simple. I had multiple bottles, didn’t think the wine was all that great and wanted to clear the space up for other, better, stuff.

Red
2016 Provenance Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
11/10/2019 - kevrob822 Likes this wine:
90 points
This bottle seems particularly tight. Moving it down one point to 89, still an Exceptional QPR though. Understand this is quite a young Cab at ‘16, but all the previous bottles were more open, straight from the cork pop. Letting it decant to see if it opens up a bit more.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    11/10/19, 8:03 PM - Yup, this just needed some time. An hour if decantvdid winders. Moved back up to 90 Points. Yummy stuff. Bought 3 more bottles today. On sale through 12/15/19.

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2016 Provenance Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
Apparently the first blending from.the new winemaker. And the idea is bang for your buck.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    10/27/19, 10:36 PM - No thoughts re: a numerical review? I’ve had several vintages of this basic wine and think it way over-delivers for the the $. Thanks for the note about a new winemaker, news to me.

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2014 Miner Family Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard Napa Valley
10/19/2019 - kevrob822 Likes this wine:
91 points
Damn, this is just amazing. 87% CS and 13% CF. A solid 91 Pointer IMHO. Decanted for 2 hours. This is big, deep, rich, dark and powerful. Aroma is big. Taste follows with medium acidity and tannins, but great balance! Big fruit, primarily dark cherry and blue and a touch of vanilla and oak. This is just so big. Wish I was better at picking out individual flavors, especially in a great wine! Miner’s winery notes also mentioned licorice noted, which I did not catch until later.

Had this up at Mammoth Lakes (8.5K elevation) with an exceptionally bold and savory Bison Meatloaf with a Peppercorn Sauce (to die for). My favorite meal up here. I really can’t think of another wine I’ve had in 6+ months that could have stood up to this meal! My mouth and tummy are doing somersaults of joy!
  • kevrob822 commented:

    10/22/19, 6:14 PM - Finished the bottle the next day and feel my excitement was a little over-rated. Still a very nice CS, but at the price point CT has this (and Miner’s Oakville CS at), I can only give them a Good QPR. I received these as gifts from a friend in the wine business and was told the price was in the low $40s.

    I believe both of these Miner CS would be well served with a few more years in the bottle and that both of these wines are much better served with food vs. standalone.

Red
2008 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard Atlas Peak
8/17/2018 - kevrob822 Likes this wine:
89 points
Very nice. Had this at King’s with some friends. Very dark color with a nice aroma of dark fruit, Earth and oak. 9 years old and it still had a nice amount of fruit. Definitely aged and mellow. Big in Oak, which actually may be a bit much for the remaining fruit. Actually, I need to get working on my “First Decade 2000” Sequoia Grove Cabernets. Well made and meant to age, but there’s still a limit to them. For the money though, a Very Nice QPR.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    10/19/19, 6:52 PM - Woody57 - I’m actually pretty anal about my reviews and want them to be as solid and correct as possible. I’ve gone back and corrected it, as well (hopefully) made the review a bit clearer. Thanks again.

    I have to ask... how did you happen to find this review over a year after I wrote/posted it?

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2015 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
10/13/2019 - kevrob822 wrote:
90 points
Nice... decanted for 2+ hours. Very nice. I always try to keep 6+ of these around. Backup if I need “a touch more”. LOL
  • kevrob822 commented:

    10/13/19, 8:36 PM - Two hours later, this was an Solid 91 Pointer. Very yummy. Have to remember to decant!!!

Red
2013 Mueller Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain
10/29/2018 - kevrob822 wrote:
87 points
I believe this may have been my first Diamond Mountain Cabernet and I was expecting more. Much, Much More. I know I got a great deal on this, but even for the price paid, I thought it was way overpriced. And to clarify, I’m a Huge Fan of Mountain Cabernets. Maybe I should stick to Howell and Spring, but Diamond is so famous. WTH am I missing? Please reply with feedback, I’m serious... I’m looking for answers.

Poured and decanted for about 60 minutes. Color was nice and dark, but the aroma was lacking, almost non-existent. The tast was very one dimensional, flat and really not even appealing. I can see why earlier vintages of this wine were so low. Sorry, hate to be so tough, but it is what it is... especially when you pay $50. And I’m NOT a wine snob, but I do like good value for the $$$ I paid. Am I bummed? Without A Doubt!
  • kevrob822 commented:

    7/6/19, 9:28 AM - Thanks WineDr.... I just Call 'Em as I See 'Em, or should I say Taste 'Em? ;-)

  • kevrob822 commented:

    10/11/19, 9:30 AM - Thanks sfwinelover1, appreciate it. Love your "screagle" line, I may have to steal/use that in the future. :-)

Red
2016 Cantina Museo Albea Gran Maestoso Puglia IGT Primitivo, Zinfandel
8/28/2019 - Adamb2 Does not like this wine:
70 points
Lousy. Pop rocks with grape juice.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    9/14/19, 11:43 AM - Great Review!!! Loved It!

Red
2013 Frisson Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
7/17/2019 - kevrob822 Likes this wine:
90 points
A clear and dark purple color. Aroma was very big in the nose and full of plum, black fruit, vanilla and oak. A rustic and briary Rutherford wine and the taste was big, but it wasn’t as complex or deep as I was hoping. While there was a lot of “dust”, there wasn’t as cohesive a taste of the fruit and oak. There was a bit of spice as well. Decent finish with minimal acidity. Certainly this is a good wine, but was hoping for a bit more. Maybe another 4-5 years in the bottle? This taste was basically a swirled glass from a PnP. Will update if the remaining, decanted bottle has a significant change.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    7/17/19, 8:29 PM - OK, here’s the update. The wine didn’t improve. I thought for the price paid, it was overpriced.

    We needed a little bit more wine and I opened a Faust 2015 375ml half bottle, which absolutely blew this away in terms of complexity, balance and depth. Sorry, it is, what it is. My reviews do not blow any smoke up any skirts. Obviously, no need to get more.

Red
2015 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
7/2/2019 - kevrob822 Likes this wine:
91 points
Decanted for about 2 hours and it got better and better over the next 4 hours it was drunk. This is a big, in your face, type of wine. Lots of big, ripe dark fruit and yes, Oak. Lots of Oak. Every vintage has Oak in spades. Just need to know it and open this wine when you want a big oaky wine. This is much more of a food wine then a backyard sipper. I think I’ve had the last 4 years of vintage and this might be my favorite so far.

A solid 91 Points and a Very Good QPR. I should point out, my price of $36 is about 45% off the winery price. That’s a solid discount (or is it just overpriced at the winery?). All being said, definitely get more.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    7/15/19, 5:31 PM - Wine G - I agree completely, great QPR and I’ve also heard this is primarily from To Kalon.

Red
2014 Vincent Arroyo Cabernet Sauvignon Otra Vez Calistoga
2/8/2018 - Petrusha wrote:
Cabernet from Napa, California

needs a few hours to open up
good every day red.
  • kevrob822 commented:

    7/9/19, 6:34 PM - Hahaha, I’m with rhayes73, my “every day red” is not $40.

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