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  • 2013 TH Estate Wines 5 Blocks Cuvée

    2013's vintage of 5 Blocks is drinking really beautifully and I'd even say it has the girth to continue cellaring for a few more years. I'm not sure if it will improve in that time as it seems very well integrated now, so drink up, but if you're holding a few bottles, I wouldn't rush to finish them as I don't feel it is past its prime at all.

    For what it's worth, I am sorry that TH Estate has shut down. I have enjoyed their wines for many years and hope the tradition continues under new ownership now that the Hoages have retired.

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  • 2020 Requiem Cabernet Sauvignon

    They might not be Cabernet Sauvignon, but there are plenty of other decent and better options available for $20. Just not very good.

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  • 2018 The Mascot

    I haven’t had a Harlan, Bond, or Promontory wine, so I’m not able to offer a comparison, but compared to other pedigreed Napa wines I am familiar with (Hundred Acre, Colgin, Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer To Kalon), I think it’s only fair to note that those wines offer refinement that’s not present here, but they also start at a multiple of The Mascot’s $125 entry price. Fortunately, The Mascot shows well compared to other Napa Cab blends at a similar price point. I gave it a bit more than two hours in bottle after opening and we then consumed it over the next hour with a filet mignon. Nearly opaque garnet color with aromas of blackberry, cherry, and mild herbs/spices. On the palate, it's not a fruit bomb, but the primary notes are cassis and cherry, with secondary notes of black fruit and some minerality. Medium/full bodied with relatively firm tannins, mild acidity, and a long finish. While it offers a silky mouthfeel, it’s not fully integrated yet, and the somewhat chewy tannins suggest it should continue to evolve and soften for several years to come. That said, it drinks pretty well right now and I wouldn’t hesitate on opening a bottle for an early reference point, but will hold my remaining bottles and consume over the next 2 – 10+ years.

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