Tasting Notes for hcampana

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Red
1/12/2018 - hcampana wrote:
94 points
The wine looks ruby colored. The legs are slow. There is moderate sediment in the bottle. It smells like red currant, raisin, mineral, stoniness, smokey bacon, cedar, lead pencil, Herbes de Provence and garrigue. The body is medium. The wine has round texture. The wine finishes long. The wine has low acidity.
Red
12/20/2013 - hcampana Likes this wine:
95 points
All you can ask from a Napa valley floor Cab. Dense, lush, ripe and full of flavor with enough acidity to derail flabiness. A wine for hedonists.
White - Off-dry
8/24/2013 - hcampana Likes this wine:
95 points
Just a wonderful Spatlese. Flamboyant, open and inviting, the nose was a smorgarsbord of Riesling aromas in the lime-pear spectrum. In the palate, the acifity and sweetness played each other very well. An all and out winner tonight.
White - Off-dry
8/24/2013 - hcampana Likes this wine:
90 points
Although pleasurable, this wine was restrained and unforgiving. The aromas were in line with what you should expect from a Riesling in this type of vinatge, but the "volume" factor was toned down. A somewhat bitter note in the finish kept this a distant second when compared to the 2009 Willie Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Spatlese we had afterwards.
Red
1999 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/24/2013 - hcampana Likes this wine:
93 points
From magnum. This wine continues to improve in the bottle. The nose was just out of this world and easily worth 95-96 points. Complex, exhilarating black fruits with complexing elements of underbrush, graphite and chocolate. In the palate, it was full bodied, elegant, with resolved tannins and very decent length. A winner from an un heralded vintage.
Red
8/24/2013 - hcampana Likes this wine:
93 points
This is probably the best Quilceda Creek red Wine I have had. It was ripe, voluptuos and full bodied. Just perfect fro the thick KC strips I grilled.
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Red
3/29/2013 - hcampana wrote:
89 points
I still don't get what the big fuzz w Pegau is. This is a decent wine, but is not a superstar. Nice complex nose that is not backed up by flavor intensity, power or length.
Red
3/30/2013 - hcampana Likes this wine:
91 points
Very nice wine but a far cry from WA's 98 points. It lacks depth, complexity and intensity to rate higher.
Red
3/30/2013 - hcampana Likes this wine:
94 points
From 750ml bottle. Pure hedonistic pleasure. It was a hit with my guests.
Red
8/23/2012 - hcampana wrote:
90 points
Slightly maderized, but good, mellow fruity wine.
Red
6/26/2012 - hcampana wrote:
91 points
From magnum. Tannin completely resolved. Pleasant with alcohol in check and a fruitful personality. I kind of miss the power it had in its youth.
Red
3/8/2012 - hcampana wrote:
95 points
2001 Cali Cab horizontal (Montelena Estate, Pride, Dunn Howell Mountain, Seavey) (Monterrey, Mexico): From 750 ml bottle. Tasted non blind. After the 2001 Montelena Estate & the 2001 Pride Cab, I thought this wine would be doomed. I was wrong. It is as compelling as those two wines, and surprisingly, more in the restrained, elegant line of the Montelena than the ultra ripe, flamboyance of the Pride. Pure, deep, elegant but full bodied and long. What a great wine this is. The rusticity often associated with Dunn is nowhere to be seen.
Red
3/8/2012 - hcampana wrote:
95 points
2001 Cali Cab horizontal (Montelena Estate, Pride, Dunn Howell Mountain, Seavey) (Monterrey, Mexico): From 750ml bottle. Tasted non blind. In the nose it has a deep core of very pure black fruits and a touch of cedar. This was the most concentrated wine of the night. Still tannic, but the tannins are very ripe so as to not impart an overy drying sensation. This is an excellent wine that is riperthan all other wines tonight, and made in a more hedonistic style than the 2001 Montelena & 2001 Dunn Howell Mountain. Simply excellent. Impossible to pick a winner tonight.
Red
3/8/2012 - hcampana wrote:
90 points
2001 Cali Cab horizontal (Montelena Estate, Pride, Dunn Howell Mountain, Seavey) (Monterrey, Mexico): From 750 ml bottle. tasted non blind. Tight as a drum. Not very open or forthcoming. It is even more shut down in the palate where very dry tannins dominate the mouth impression. I am unsure if the quality of tannin is mature enough so as to let the fruit escape in the future. This was the least favorite wine of the night and obviously in need of further bottle age. 90+
Red
3/8/2012 - hcampana wrote:
95 points
2001 Cali Cab horizontal (Montelena Estate, Pride, Dunn Howell Mountain, Seavey) (Monterrey, Mexico): From 750 ml. Not tasted blind. This wine had very tough competition tonight, but prevailed in the eyes of 2 of our tasters. This is a full to medium bodied wine that has no sensation of heaviness. Despite its obvious concentration, it retains a beautiful elegance that is very appealing. Mostly dominated by black fruit spectrum, it shows a lot of purity and length. Tannins are sweet and non obtrusive. A beauty. Impossible to pick a winner tonight.
Red
3/7/2012 - hcampana wrote:
93 points
From magnum. This wine was a beauty. Its early bright red fruit character has slowly been replaced with more mature notes of forest floor and leather. Its medium bodied frame covers the entire palate with mature flavors and a juicy stingy streak of acidity, and has tamed its tannin structure . This is why I age wine. Excelelnt wine that is nowhere near its decline.
Red
3/9/2012 - hcampana wrote:
93 points
1996-2009 Pride Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon vertical tasting (Monterrey, Mexico): The ultimate prototypical mountain cabernet. Very distinctive nose that nearly overwhems you with the purest montain berry fruit and a hint of green bell pepper that does not cross the treshold into the nasty herbaceous spectrum. It reminds me of a lot of Maipo Valley Cabernets. Very elegant, with excellent acidity and very terse tannins. I ignore whteher this newfound elegance is the product of a cooler vintage of a new wine making direction. I was very tempted to vote this wine as my favorite of the flight, but the 2006 contined to flesh out and improve all night long. It received one vote for wine of the flight.
Red
3/9/2012 - hcampana wrote:
88 points
1996-2009 Pride Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon vertical tasting (Monterrey, Mexico): This Cab is in a weird stage. A bit disjointed, it is affected by an off putting (although subtle) note of burnt rubber. The weight is medium bodied, adequately concentrated and with good fruit, but for some reason, it doesn't cross the outstanding treshold. maybe it needs time. It did not receive any votes for Wine of the Flight.
Red
3/9/2012 - hcampana wrote:
95 points
1996-2009 Pride Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon vertical tasting (Monterrey, Mexico): From the moment I un-corked this bottle it showed a very intense and attractive nose that filled the room. Dark fruits, animal fat and spice open up the way for a deep, concentrated wine that has a lot of ripeness, but is well balanced with very nice juicy acidity. Excellent wine. Everithing one can expect in a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. It received 8 votes for wine of the flight (including mine) and was the majority pick for Wine of the Night.
Red
3/9/2012 - hcampana wrote:
93 points
1996-2009 Pride Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon vertical tasting (Monterrey, Mexico): Very complete wine. Again, more restraint shows through. Nose is beautiful with very pure dark fruits and a touch of soy sauce. Complete, deep and long, it has very attractive acidity and firm tannins. Excellent wine. It received 4 votes as wine of the flight (including mine).
Red
3/9/2012 - hcampana wrote:
87 points
1996-2009 Pride Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon vertical tasting (Monterrey, Mexico): This wine had a muted nose with an un-characteristic aroma profile (bacon fat, sausage). A bit flabby and lacking a bit of acidity, it rounded off its nose with a cold steel note. This was the weakest wine in the flight and received no voted for wine of the flight.
Red
3/9/2012 - hcampana wrote:
92 points
1996-2009 Pride Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon vertical tasting (Monterrey, Mexico): Ripeness here is more restrained than with the 2002 (and obviously the 1997).Although there are milky, caramel notes, they are well complemented by fruit aromas and flavors. It shows better balance than most wines, which garners it 4 votes for wine of the flight.
Red
3/9/2012 - hcampana wrote:
92 points
1996-2009 Pride Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon vertical tasting (Monterrey, Mexico): This is a riper, softer, less tannic wine than the 2001, but nevertheless attractive. It is in a hedonositic, pleasureable chocolatey,lactic wine. The ripeness here does not run as wildly and un-controlled as with the 1997. It received 1 vote for wine of the flight.
Red
3/9/2012 - hcampana wrote:
94 points
1996-2009 Pride Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon vertical tasting (Monterrey, Mexico): In the nose it has a deep core of very pure black fruits and a touch of cedar. This was the most concentrated wine in the flight. Still tannic, but the tannins are very ripe so as to not impart an overy drying sensation. This is an excellent wine that is not as flamboyant and hedonistic as the 1997. Best midpalatae and finish in the flight and a serious contender for WOTN.
Red
3/9/2012 - hcampana wrote:
91 points
1996-2009 Pride Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon vertical tasting (Monterrey, Mexico): The nose on this wine is very interesting. Redolent of freshly ground roasted coffee, black fruits (black currant?) and a spicy note of cinammon.Somewhat elegant and more restrained than the 1997. This was a pleasant surprise as for some reason I wasn't expecting this wine to show as well as it did. It won the Wine of the Flight sweepstakes with 5 votes (although not mine).
Red
3/9/2012 - hcampana wrote:
92 points
1996-2009 Pride Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon vertical tasting (Monterrey, Mexico): Riper, lactic nose that is flamboyant and chocolatey. In the mouth, it is hedonistic, opulent, with caramel notes and very long. This may be the prototypical Bob Foley wine from the mid 1990s. This is the wine that made me fall in love with Pride. After so many years of drinking wine, I realize that I enjoy this bombastic style more in its exhuberant youth than with age. Unexpectadly (to me), it received no votes fro Wine of the Flight.
Red
3/9/2012 - hcampana wrote:
86 points
1996-2009 Pride Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon vertical tasting (Monterrey, Mexico): The nose is a bit weird to start with (a bit of VA?). In palate, it is medium bodied, fruity and with the tannins completely resolved. This wine is much better in the palate than in the nose. As the night progresses, the nose gets more off putting. Borderline flawed, but not enough to throw it down the drain. Surprisingly, one of my guests voted it his favorite of the flight.
Red
3/3/2012 - hcampana wrote:
92 points
From magnum. Not tasted blind. This was my last magnum of this wine (I already consumed 6 maggies plus a case of 750s). As this wine aged, it lost the very impressive wow factor that characterized it in its youth. In exchange, it gained smoothness, aromatic diversity and softer tannins. A delicious, hedonistic wine that made me very happy over the last 15 years. Farewell friend!
Red
3/3/2012 - hcampana wrote:
92 points
From magnum. Not tasted blind. This was my last (and best) magnum of this wine. I wish I would have waited to consume my other 5 magnums, as in its youth, this wine showed austere, devoid of fruit and mostly un-interesting. Last night, however, this wine was in its best shape to date. An attractive and inquisitive nose of smoke, red fruits and cedar was followed by a medium bodied core of complex fruits and afull mid palate. Beautiful, soft, long and intellectually pleasing. I wish I had more.
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Red
2/18/2012 - hcampana wrote:
93 points
Very ripe and jammy. Voluptuous, dense and very fruitful. Not for everyone, but oh so hedonistic.
Red
2/18/2012 - hcampana wrote:
flawed
This wine had a weird nose bordering on volatile acidity. Not a correct bottle-
Red
2/18/2012 - hcampana wrote:
93 points
From magnum. What a pleasant surprise. This was not a highly regarded vintage by Robert Parker. Surely the product of a cooler season. This Cab, however, really delivered tonight. Very fruity core with resolved tannin and very full mid palate coverage. The wine is a true delight in the company of medium rare rib eye steaks.
Red
2/18/2012 - hcampana wrote:
91 points
Very refined tannins after 10 years. Smoky, deep and medium to full bodied. Very fine indeed.
Red
2/11/2012 - hcampana wrote:
96 points
From a magnum bought on release and cellared since then. Not decanted. What a great wine this is! Initially a bit tight, this wine blossomed into a beauty after 45 minutes of been open. Intensely fruity, with attractive smokiness and cigar ash notes. Tannin has smoothed out with 13 years in bottle, and the length is remarkable. Acidity and oak are in check. Everything has come together for this bottle. Highly recommendable.
White
11/11/2011 - hcampana wrote:
92 points
Delicious wine. Light, crisp, long and flavorful. It never disspoints.
Red
11/11/2011 - hcampana wrote:
92 points
The best Mitolo GAM of the flight. Ripe, dense, with ample tannin and flavor. The aromatic profile was a bit lactic, but it performed very well overall.
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Red
11/11/2011 - hcampana wrote:
90 points
Very ripe and slightly hot, this was pleasing to drink for thse less susceptible to alcohol.
Red
11/11/2011 - hcampana wrote:
flawed
A bit of VA in the nose makes me think this may have been heat damaged. In the palate it was much better, but marred by slightly off flavors. My least favorite Mitolo GAM in the flight.
Red
11/11/2011 - hcampana wrote:
92 points
The best Pride Merlot in the flight. It had more energy and a purer fruit profile. Dense & flavorful.
Red
11/11/2011 - hcampana wrote:
87 points
A bit awkward and disjointed with the wood showing a bit too much. Lots of fruit, but those slight off flavors made it the weakest of the 3 Pride Merlost in the flight.
Red
11/11/2011 - hcampana wrote:
90 points
This wine has lost some of its early charm, but is still excelelnt.
Red
11/21/2011 - hcampana wrote:
91 points
This wine has lost all of its tannin grip. More subtel than in its youth, it also lost some grip.
White - Off-dry
10/30/2011 - hcampana wrote:
93 points
Deeply fruited, zesty acidity and long finish. Excellent Spatlese.
White
10/30/2011 - hcampana wrote:
92 points
Beautifully balanced, fruity & subtle (2nd bottle).
White
10/30/2011 - hcampana wrote:
92 points
Beautifully balanced, fruity & subtle.
Red
10/30/2011 - hcampana wrote:
87 points
From magnum. Slightly maderized
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Red
9/11/2011 - hcampana wrote:
82 points
From 750 ml bottle. Not tatsed blind. Surprisingly healthy, this is typical old style Rioja. Acidic, light bodied, dominated by caramel and offering only dried fruit aromas. This is not my cup of tea, given the lack of fresh fruit and overly tart palate, but it wasn't as horrible as I expected either.
Red
8/12/2011 - hcampana wrote:
90 points
From 750ml. Not tasted blind. Good density. Core of black fruits but lacking sufficient length to score higher.

De botella 750 ml. No probado a ciegas. Buena densidad. Núcleo de frutos negros pero carente de suficiente longitud para lograr una mejor calificación.
Red
5/28/2011 - hcampana wrote:
92 points
From 750ml bottle. Not tasted blind. Mark Neal's cabs are never too extreme nor showy. More traditionally restrained, but still offering fully ripe fruit, high density and tell-tale mountain Cabernet character. At 9 years of age, this wine has lost all of the oak influence, and is entering a beautiful mature stage, with sufficient tannin and body to stand up to the greasy Cowboy ribeye steak I had with it. excellent wine.

De botella de 750ml. No porbado a ciegas. Los Cabernets de Mark Neal nunca son demasiado extrovertidos o narcisistas. Tradicionalmente templado, pero ofreciendo frutas completamente maduras, alta densidad y carácter típico de Cabernet Sauvignon de montaña. Con 9 años de edad, este vino ha absorbido su roble totalmente y ha entrado hermosamente a su madurez. Con sufificente tanino para competir con el grasos filete ribeye Cowboy con el que lo tomé. Excelente cabernet californiano.
Red
5/27/2011 - hcampana wrote:
91 points
From 750 ml bottle. Not tasted blind. Initially, this wine had a rather muted nose. The palate strutted its stuff first, offering a full to medium body that surprised me given its appellation. A bit austere, it has firm tannin and a dusty texture. With about one hour, the nose opens up and offers a cedary, smoky, black fruit-laced aroma that is quite pleasing. All in all, this is a better wine than I expected, with more weight and density than one would expect from a Margaux. Recomendable.

De botella de 750ml. No probado a ciegas. Inicialmente, este vino se mostró reticente en la nariz. Abrió primero en boca, donde descubrió una corpulaencia mayor a la que esperaba dado su terruño. Un poco austero, tiene tanino moderado, pero firme, y exhibe una textura polvosa. Una hora después, la nariz finalmente abre, regalandonos aromas a cedro, humo de habano fino, y frutos negros. Mejor de lo que esperaba dado su pedigree modesto, y con más corpulencia de lo que uno podría esperard e un Margaux. Recomendable.
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