• levinml wrote: 94 points

    March 7, 2021 - Drank upon return to KC from Rufus pick up. Celebratory in nature. Still an excellent wine. Great underlying fruit, just a hair of an acidic tinge, but nice drinking over two nights. Don't throw this out.

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  • John McCabe wrote: 93 points

    May 10, 2020 - Always my favorite of the Whitehall Lane Reserve vintages going back, this really sings with masses of blackberry, as always. It's long in the tooth now and I really shouldn't be seeking it out any more - this would have been more in prime about 12 years ago. It hasn't faded but rather it's tannic spine has weakened it just feels slightly awkward. One to enjoy but not really seek out.

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  • spacewrangler wrote: 90 points

    April 13, 2020 - This bottle showed a little less fruit than previous bottles, but still lovely old school Napa cab. Acid coming to forefront more than tannin for now.

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  • WoodieBayArea wrote: 92 points

    March 22, 2020 - superb again, clearly time to drink up but I think these will be good for at least a few more years... I have 5 left so no problem... take to dinner with friends and they will be happy!

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  • WoodieBayArea wrote: 92 points

    December 28, 2019 - beautiful once again... thinking these bottles should be had in the next year or two... this has been a favorite for almost a decade

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  • WoodieBayArea wrote: 94 points

    November 11, 2019 - Oh my goodness, this delivered a truly exceptional cab experience on this night... like my last bottle (very recently) it popped in the mouth with bright red fruit and lifting acidity and a reasonably high (Bordeaux drinkers would not like it I suspect) level of sweetness -- which in this package was fine and balanced the acidity / tartness... opulent and luscious if you like acidity and red fruit in your wine... going very strong and should last another 5 - 10 years in my view

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  • WoodieBayArea wrote: 95 points

    October 31, 2019 - Wow... this bottling -- assuming it fits your taste preference -- continues to ROCK THE WORLD... I went to find more but, of course, I had already ordered up 8 more bottles... this wine was LOADED with red and purple fruit and with some sweetness / ripeness... didn't feel like it was fading AT ALL, and had some decent acidity but no tannins left... an opulent and gorgeous cab... full bodied but with elegance as well, and to be clear it wasn't only fruit (just had the fruit in the front seat)... LOVED by my brother and sis in law, served alongside an awesome Paul Jaboulet '03 Hermitage La Chapelle and lucky me I got to drink most of that because they were falling all over this bottle of Whitehall Lane... ADD ON a moment later: looked at my note from six years ago and amazing how consistent it was, doesn't feel like it has aged at all, and couldn't help notice the ref to the cork... amazingly the cork on this bottle only had wine stain about 2 mm's up the cork from the bottom

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  • Mrbuzz Likes this wine: 94 points

    July 20, 2017 - An old friend! Cellared since release...reserve blend of Morisoli and Leonardini vineyard fruit...healthy dark plum, slight brick rim color...wonderful nose of cigar wrapper, leather, wild blackberries, dusty oak barrel spice, bay leaf. Smooth and polished in the mouth, with a good dose of tobacco and wood spice, still quite structured with polished tannins, sour skin acidity, spicy and youthful. Blackberry, plum, cherry, currant fruit still fresh with some sour skin...love the intermix of spice and bayleaf/tobacco green with the old school 13.4 abv berry fruits. A wonderful bottle!

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  • Jokermac wrote: 90 points

    April 9, 2017 - - Garnet color - Past peak but still drinking well. Age showing on the nose.

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  • Jokermac wrote:

    April 9, 2017 - - Garnet color - Past peak but still drinking well. Age showing on the nose.

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