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  • 2013 Lobo Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Wulff Vineyards

    Full disclosure, I work for the brand. Revisiting past vintages since I started. As of today, the aromas have an interesting interplay of light and dark. Brigh red fruits are balanced by a darker, dusty note. Red and black currant, drying lavender, violet, plum and an iron/graphite note with a savory, umami edge. Dense and dark on the palate, it leads with cassis and plum, lifted on the mid-palate by red currant and pomegranate notes. Fine-grained tannins are somewhat reminiscent of "Rutherford dust" adding a nice minerality to the fruit. Elegant and finessed, it has plenty of power and structure to continue a nice ascent for a decade or more. I am finding these wines really show their beauty after about 5 years.

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  • 1978 Kenwood Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series

    Medium garnet to a browning rim. At first, the dank basement and dried leaf notes were dominant. With some time and air, garrigue blended with cigar tobacco, cedar, suggestions of dried mint and still-thriving fresh black currant aromas. It has a Port-like entry on the palate with an interesting interplay of oxidation and tertiary notes with somehow fresh berry flavors and leans toward Chambord. There is a dried tarragon sweetness elevating the currant and plum fruit and it seems this vintage must have been a big, juicy wine in its youth. One the the more impressive older Napa/Sonoma wines I have had. Proof of a well made wine, property cellared. Scores as it drinks now.

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  • 2016 Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

    Nice purity of currant on a nose driven by wet stone minerality. Aromas of black cherry and black currant and hints of warm spices. Elegant entry with polished, fine tannin, and lively acidity. Dark flavors of bitter cocoa, toasted vanilla bean, boysenberry, blackberry and black plum skin with bay leaf and suggestions of hot tar. Just starting to show itself.

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  • vegasoenophile says:

    5/21/2019 7:21:00 PM - I can help you as well! Haha happy to have made a connection beyond the Spire emails.

  • Mark1npt says:

    5/21/2019 7:13:00 PM - OMG dude. just realized you're at Spire and I'm a member! lol...just sent Erik Ackerman an email about 10 min ago telling him I needed to contact Ryan to set up an appt for our next trip on October....small world! Amazing.....glad to be friends!

  • vegasoenophile says:

    1/24/2018 6:16:00 PM - Mark1npt- Someone misinformed you. Freemark Abbey was just painstakingly restored and is very much there to stay. St, Clement across the street a bit, did close and is, I believe, becoming Orin Swift. Anyhow, do let me know if you need any insight on La Jota, etc. Cheers!

  • Mark1npt says:

    1/24/2018 2:39:00 PM - Hey vegas......enjoy your notes, so became a fan. Noticed we have some similar wines in our cellars. Thanks for the comment on the Keyes Merlot and its may being in its dumb phase right now. That would explain a lot. Was in St. Helena over the holidays and was told the Freemark Abbey tasting room was being phased out and Orin Swift was going in there. How is that affecting you? Mark

  • ggimpelevich says:

    10/26/2014 9:39:00 PM - Hey there, I was wondering if you might know where I could track down a 2007 kunde barbera. It was something they offered briefly. I understand it might be a complete shot in the dark, but I figured if anyone might know, you would be the one to talk to. Thanks Greg G.