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  • 2016 Kinsman Eades Cabernet Sauvignon Rhadamanthus

    This wine will be ready in 3 to 5 years from now. I opened this on Thanksgiving, decanted for 2 hours and it was too tannic, so back in the bottle it went. On Friday, I decanted the bottle at around 1pm and by 7pm, it was finally ready and I could taste all of the goodness in the bottle.

    Dark red and purple, strong fruit smells; primarily with black and blueberries, and plum. Lot's of mineral -- as in lot's. Chocolate covered blackberries.

    I had to work with this wine over 2 days and it was one of the more memorable bottles that I have had recently. It was a great experience!

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  • 2017 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard

    I have only tasted a few 2017s thus far and this offering was just outstanding. It was, unfortunately, the 1st good/great bottle of 2017 that I have had. When you drink this, you can forget about the year and concentrate on the wine.

    Dark purple with slight red notes, a nice sweet (but not too sweet) smell, rich, luscious and creamy Mike Smith style that not over the top; just right. Lot's of purple and red fruit, notes of chocolate and coffee, and signature earth and gravel from the Dr. Crane Vineyard.

    I coravin'ed a glass but it was so good, I opened it up and finished it off!

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  • 2015 Carter Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon La Verdad Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard

    This wine joins the ranks of the 100 point club; an elusive club with only a few participants and all great company (Abreu Madrona Ranch, Fait Main's LPV, and Chris Tynan's Meleagris Gallopavo Vineyard) with great winemakers (Brad Grimes, Benoit Touquette, Chris Tynan and now Mike Smith). Not surprisingly, all are from the St. Helena AVA and two are from my favorite vineyard, Beckstoffer's Las Piedras Vineyard.

    When I had a Coravin pour last weekend, time stood still as it was just remarkable. Opaque purple throughout, medium-bodied, a strong smell of primarily black and blue fruit, intermixed with cocoa and earthy gravel notes. This is very well made, it has perfect balance and harmony, just the right amount of acid, nicely integrated tannins, stunning purity and quite a long finish.

    I opened the bottle last night and I was worried that it would have changed but fortunately, it did not -- it was just as great as it was last weekend. I saved one glass for tonight and can't wait!

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  • cablover123 says:

    11/20/2019 7:24:00 PM - I forgot to say on Venge, age 5-7+ years or decant 3+ hours based on my Hunnicutt experience. This is NOT a Carter. I am thinking that the Trespass will be similar. Dan

  • cablover123 says:

    11/20/2019 7:03:00 PM - Cheers! Based on your earlier notes/comments, I ordered Trespass Cab and Intrigue. Thank you for your notes as I have enjoyed the Venge Hunnicutts.

  • HowellMountainCru says:

    11/3/2018 8:08:00 PM - Hi, Love your reviews. From Johnstown originally. Keep on posting. BTW had a very nice 15 Palmer Stagecoach, and 16 Venge Silenceux and 12 Dollarhide elevation tonight. all very good in very different ways. jim

  • rustyRudy says:

    7/18/2018 6:36:00 PM - We have a lot of similar wines and likes. I look forward to reading your notes going forward! Regards,

  • joe40 says:

    3/12/2018 7:15:00 PM - Have you tasted the Melka Jumping Goat?

  • Mark1npt says:

    7/12/2017 10:08:00 PM - Enjoy reading your take on things.....we share many of the same wines, and yet you have plenty of names I've not sampled yet in all my travels out to Napa. Look forward to reading more of your notes......Mark

  • bestdamncab says:

    5/6/2017 10:09:00 AM - Thank you for becoming a Fan of my Tasting Notes. Your Tasting Notes show you drink great Cabernets and I will enjoy reading them.. Congratulations.

  • BuzzzzOff says:

    1/3/2017 4:55:00 AM - Good to be friends as well. Aiya,, still waiting to taste those? We await, with salacious anticipation, to read your experiences!

  • #1Winelover says:

    1/3/2017 2:38:00 AM - Still waiting to taste it, BuzzzzOff!

  • BuzzzzOff says:

    1/2/2017 6:29:00 PM - Great to be fans, #1Winelover. Even ore interesting is the fact we do not know ONE of your "Dream wines". Do tell!?

  • #1Winelover says:

    10/9/2015 8:26:00 AM - Gotcha. Realm is on my top 10 list. Thanks.

  • #1Winelover says:

    10/9/2015 5:28:00 AM - Nope - I missed the 2012, purchased the 2013 and am hoping for the best! Is there a way to send a message/email privately or is everything public on Cellartracker?