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2012 Topel Cabernet Sauvignon Battuello Vineyard St. Helena
Definitely on the lighter end of modern napa cabs, good fruit, minimal oak and alcohol. Seemed better on day 2 with a bit more development. Still not overly complex though. I'm not sure what retail was on this. The $15 at GO I found it for was a nice find.
  • TottenCellars commented:

    12/3/19, 4:57 PM - GO is grocery outlet, a west coast brick and mortar food discounter. Has lots of bad wine but a few gems here and there. Mostly a dumping ground.

2011 Wellington Vineyards Syrah Estate Vineyard Sonoma Valley
2/20/2018 - klezman wrote:
Quite good. The meaty quality has increased since the last bottle and it's settling into a nice phase.
  • TottenCellars commented:

    2/24/18, 5:28 PM - I completely agree with you in this one. I had a bottle last week and remarked on how meaty/savory it had become.

2015 Campesino Grenache Isa Sonoma Coast
Should'a gotten the full case and not split; but no room.
  • TottenCellars commented:

    5/14/17, 10:18 PM - Agreed!
    We already killed 4 of the 6 we had.

2011 Wellington Vineyards Merlot Sonoma Valley
8/13/2016 - merryberry Likes this wine:
89 points
Dark, garnet-tinged ruby. Crushed raspberry, baking spice and leather nose. Medium bodied, cranberries, sage, bing cherries, sweet dry tannins, smoke, and a medium to long red juicy fruit finish. Delicious and a great value.
  • TottenCellars commented:

    8/14/16, 6:19 PM - I've always thought his Merlot was under appreciated.

2012 Michael-David Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Earthquake Lodi
5/15/2016 - Swekman wrote:
91 points
This wine has a nose of blackberries, strawberries, white pepper, and pencil shavings. The finish has some residual alcohol; yet, it is relatively smooth with nice tannins.
  • TottenCellars commented:

    5/15/16, 5:35 PM - What is residual alcohol?

2010 Astrale e Terra Arcturus Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
Atlas Peak fruit with Scott Harvey's help. I've liked other AeT bottles and no exception here. First purchased from WineSpies for $25, found additional for $8 plus tax and grabbed a case bringing my average down to $12.
Need to revisit for better notes, but recall reserved dark fruits and bramble, strong acidity makes this better with hearty meals and the lower 14.2% AbV is a plus.
This still seems quite young, and it drank better after three or four days in the fridge. Seems it may well go beyond the suggested 2020 of one user.
  • TottenCellars commented:

    3/13/16, 1:41 PM - $12? Try $8 at my local GO.

2006 Wellington Vineyards Victory Reserve Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend
12/6/2015 - boylan wrote:
87 points
Thought it was tasting old. Fruit pretty much gone. Coffee and leather.
  • TottenCellars commented:

    12/7/15, 6:14 PM - Maybe a bad bottle. Had one a year ago that drinking very well.

2014 Charles Smith Riesling Kung Fu Girl Washington
10/23/2015 - klezman wrote:
Bone dry. Initially we wondered if this was even Riesling, as it had some grassy and tropical notes we associate more with Sauv Blanc. After being open for a bit, and as it warmed up a touch, it displayed more typical Riesling qualities of citrus and mineral. Tasty wine, and at $8 a killer value.
  • TottenCellars commented:

    10/24/15, 6:02 AM - Interesting. I was under the impression this wine was off dry.

2012 Ramsay Pinot Noir North Coast
4/27/2014 - OliverHM wrote:
88 points
Big fruit, smooth, short finish. For $17 from Whole Foods, drinks quite nicely. Light wine, definitely good for a weekday. Paired well with roast chicken and an assortment of cheeses.
  • TottenCellars commented:

    4/27/14, 8:31 PM - You can get it at costco for $12.

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