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  • 2016 Shibumi Knoll Cabernet Sauvignon

    More of a classic profile as somewhat expected in light of the Winery’s statement that they harvest the grapes when they are ripe but not overly so and therefore their cabernet shows many qualities of a great Bordeaux. Dark purple fruit - blackberry, currants/cassis, dark cherry, and blueberry. Smooth mid-palate with a nice purity and solid depth/concentration - medium plus body. Nice flavors of dark berries, some spice/licorice, a little chocolate/cocoa, and a mineral/graphite component. Decent finish but not overly long nor deep and a little tannic. Tried to pop/pour based on the Winery recommendation - they didn’t believe a decant was necessary. I disagree - it came across fairly tight/coiled especially on the back-end. Threw it in a decanter for a couple hours and drank over a couple more. Improved with time and took around three hours to open-up. Enjoyable at this stage with a decent decant, however, I believe it needs at least a year but more likely a couple to really show its stuff. Nonetheless, quality fruit and I expect another point or two higher with some more time. 100% cab.

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  • 2016 Kinsella Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Jersey Boys Vineyard

    Dark ruby fruit - currants/cassis, blackberry, and dark cherry. Really smooth and a nice purity, however, it has softened-up and isn’t showing quite the same depth/concentration as a couple months ago. In addition, it’s a little richer/sweeter. Once again, nice vibrant flavors of dark berries, some spice/licorice, chocolate/cocoa, and a little mineral/graphite component. Fairly long finish. Popped/poured but drank out of a decanter for a couple hours. Not much improvement with time but at a nice drinking point. In my opinion, in line with the 95 rating from Dunnuck this time around. 100% cab.

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  • 2017 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon

    Although awfully young and as expected ideally needs some more time, I’m thinking about buying more to lay down but wanted to see where this vintage is at first. A pleasant surprise in light of all the concerns that I’m hearing about 2017 Napa cabs. Derived from the Panek, Lore, and Kennedy Vineyards. Black and dark red fruit - dark currants/cassis, blackberry, dark cherry, and dark raspberry. Smooth mid-palate with solid depth/concentration especially for the price point - medium plus body. Nice vibrant/full flavors of dark berries, some spice, and a mineral/graphite component. Solid finish but not overly long nor deep and just a little tart - a little bing cherry profile that should resolve itself with a little more time. Decanted for two hours and drank over a couple more. Improved a little with time but drinking quite well after the decant despite its youth. Really enjoyable and approachable at this youthful stage with a decent decant, however, I’m going to lay my other bottles down for another 6 months to let it soften/open-up some more. From what was conveyed to me, the Winery apparently believes this is the best version of their Napa cab to date which I can’t argue - a nice vintage of this wine. 100% cab.

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  • GQG says:

    8/19/2019 6:59:00 PM - While out and about in Napa, on your suggestion, I popped into the Hall tasting room at closing time without a reservation. All of the staff were super friendly and laid back and greased my skids to get me a tasting. I've just posted my thoughts on the 2015 Jack's Masterpiece that I bought that day and which is really delicious. Thanks again for encouraging me to check out Hall.

  • fastcar888 says:

    2/25/2019 4:02:00 PM - You have given me some stellar suggestions. Hourglass Estate Cabernet 2016 is available right now. Suggesting you purchase some. It has unique, hedonistic characteristics. It is hard to calculate the amount of money I spend based on your excellent recommendations. But hey... thanks.

  • cablover123 says:

    10/27/2018 3:10:00 PM - Badmonkey - I need to stop reading your reviews. They make me thirsty which results in more drinking and purchases. lol Thank you for your notes as I find my tastes are very similar.

  • fastcar888 says:

    10/17/2018 10:04:00 AM - Badmonkey- your notes are more relevant to me than Wine Spectator, Vinous and (much of the time) Parker. I think you have superior knowledge of the boutique (Quivet, Myriad, Carter, etc.) wines than them. Thanks.

  • GQG says:

    8/6/2018 10:49:00 AM - Thanks for the tips! At Envy I'm planning Carter but Quivet would be great, too, as I've been pretty active on both 2016 mailing list offerings. I'm a latecomer to VV/Melka's style but find it extremely satisfying, although pricey. At Bevan I've arranged a deep dive into their library which should be fascinating as their style is also new to me. Read your reviews on Hall and will try to check them out on your recommendation, thanks again!

  • GQG says:

    8/3/2018 7:40:00 PM - Hey Badmonkey, think you're somewhere local to me (Birmingham). I'm headed out to Napa in late October with plans to visit Envy, Janzen, VV, Bevan, and ?? Got any tips?

  • Ebartone says:

    1/14/2018 9:03:00 AM - Badmonkey, cool to see someone else from the area! We've been here for about 14 years or so, and really like it, but with the kids moving out may decide to downsize. Love your cellar, and definitely hit that '12 Vogt! Ed

  • Screameagle says:

    11/30/2017 11:20:00 AM - Badmonkey - looking at your wine cellar we are huge fans of all the wines that Mike Smith and Thomas Rivers Brown make. We also love the Paso wines including the Epoch, Torrin, Law, and Herman Story. We've been on the Saxon mailing list since their first vintage the 2000. We find the Nicora and Ledge to be excellent daily drinker wine. Our first love however is Carlisle. We've been on their list since the 1998 vintage. Have a great trip to Paso.

  • tc from santee says:

    9/18/2017 5:14:00 PM - I look forward to trading notes with you. How was the trip to Napa. The next time you head to Napa, I'll give you some great places to visit. I'll be heading to Paso soon, Daou, Epoch, Torrin, Law, Herman Story, L'Venture.

  • Winowhyno says:

    6/22/2017 5:39:00 AM - BadMonkey....heading to Napa in late August for 1st time. What wineries can you recommend for 90+ Cab in the $30 to $80 range. I enjoy the Lewelling, J. Davies, Groth, Stumhuler, Ridge, Rocca, Pappilon, etc. Had some Silver Trident recently that was really nice. Looking for those somewhat uknown discoveries. It looks like you have quite a few in your cellar.

  • Queen Bandit says:

    6/2/2017 5:59:00 PM - Welcome BadMonkey -- with your good wines I think I should nickname you KingKong - look forward to reading your posts --

  • Mark1npt says:

    5/28/2017 10:11:00 AM - Hey badmonkey....welcome aboard! Looks like you and I like a lot of the same stuff. I may have a few questions for you going forward about some of them. I have not uploaded my cellar on here yet but will be as soon as I can find the time. Take care! Mark

  • BuzzzzOff says:

    1/23/2017 7:30:00 PM - Great to be fans, Badmonkey. Wow, you really have some interesting looking Cali wines in your cellar. Very cool as we do not know most of them...we will be looking out for notes so we can learn! Thanks!

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