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1993 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon
Dalla Valle Cab '93
93 points
Drink by: Now to 2 years
63 out of 134 people found this review helpful.
Sampled 5/21/11. Opened in short order. A very nice Dalla Valle in what many found to be a tough year in Napa. Typical Dalla Valle layering of red and black fruits. Smooth, if not quite silky. A nice 20+ second finish.
Posted on May 28, 2011
 
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2005 Muga Rioja Seleccion Especial Proprietary Blend
Muga seleccion especial '05
95 points
Drink by: 8 to 12 years
66 out of 136 people found this review helpful.
Sampled 5/13/11. Wow. A powerhouse of a wine. Took over an hour in the decanter. At first, the spice and black pepper was a kick in the face but one you kept going back to. After an hour in the decanter dark and dense fruits emerged and overpowered the spices and the wine started settling into a more silky feel but still huge. 70% Temp / 20% Grenache / 10% Mazuelo, with the latter two grapes making the wine so dense. The wine just kept evolving in the glass all night and it kept getting better. Will come back to this one in a few years and probably over the next dozen +.
Posted on May 28, 2011
 
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2004 Fanti Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese Grosso
Fanti Tenuta San Filippo Brunello Montalcino '04
93 points
Drink by: 8 to 12 years
73 out of 143 people found this review helpful.
Sampled 5/10/11. A wonderful Brunello that took about 60 minutes in the decanter to get going. Nice dark color with a nose of dense fruit and perfumed flowers underneath. The finish seemed a bit short, but I suspect it was becase the wine is simply too young still. Plenty of dark and red fruits with a wonderful terrior. Just enough Oak and dried herbs. It will improve.
Posted on May 28, 2011
 
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1995 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890
La Rioja Atla Gran Reserva 890
93 points
Drink by: 3 to 7 years
53 out of 131 people found this review helpful.
Sampled 5/6/11. With dinner at Encantada in Barcelona. The wine was very good and it dramatically outperformed this Michelin starred restaurant. Worst Michelin starred restaurant I`ve ever been to and it is one of the very few fine dining restaurants where BOTH me and my wife had to say - "take this [sh-t] away" to at least one dish on the tasting menu. Other restaurants in Barcelona were dramatically superior, even the casual but sophisticaed Bar Mut and Pla. Back to the wine. Took about 45 minutes in the decanter to fully open. Elegant, red fruits and currant with some spice and Oak and leather notes. A very good wine that is aging beautifully.
Posted on May 28, 2011
 
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2002 Behrens and Hitchcock Cabernet Sauvignon Kenefick Ranch Cuvee Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Behrens Kenefick Cab '02
70 points
Drink by: Past maturity
93 out of 173 people found this review helpful.
Sampled 4/29/11. Damn purple rubber corks. Wine was oxidized and nothing but prunes, raisins and alcohol.
Posted on May 3, 2011
 
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1977 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Port
Taylor's Vintage Port '77
96 points
Drink by: 8 to 12 years
65 out of 134 people found this review helpful.
Sampled 4/29/11. A ruby colored wine that shows a little age at the edges but not much. Plenty of sediment, but not so much as the Dow`s `77. This wine taste`s younger than the Dow`s and probably has another 10 years in it. Wonderful red and black fruits, beautifully layered. Little hints of spice and even some vanilla Oak. A long finish of at least 45 seconds. Masterful.
Posted on May 3, 2011
 
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1994 Togni, Philip Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon
Togni Cab '94
95 points
Drink by: 8 to 12 years
74 out of 137 people found this review helpful.
Sampled 5/2/11. Dark garnet color. On the palate the wine has some still gritty tannins that are covered with velvet. Makes no sense? You`ll have to try the wine. Dense blackberries and black currant. Pencil lead. some spice. Cedar/oak elements. A huge wine that still has another 10 years to go. We should have decanted it first, as it started off greate and got slowly a little better over a couple hours. Next bottle will be at least a 2 to 4 hour decant.
Posted on May 3, 2011
 
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2006 Ortman Chardonnay Chardonnay
Ortman Card Edna '06
87 points
Drink by: Now to 2 years
65 out of 134 people found this review helpful.
Sampled 4/27/11. Slightly more Burgundian than Cali Oak and Butter. Not bad wine some lemons, orange peel, a little straw and butter and Oak. A few off elements that hurt the score. Decent acidity. It won`t improve.
Posted on April 27, 2011
 
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2007 Fess Parker Viognier Viognier
Fess Parker Voigner '07
89 points
Drink by: Now to 2 years
69 out of 136 people found this review helpful.
Sampled 4/27/11. Very nice floral notes with some faint melon and citrus elements. Still going strong. A very nice sugar acid balance. But it is still just a Voignier.
Posted on April 27, 2011
 
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2006 Arroyo, Vincent Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon
Vincent Arroyo Cabernet '06
91 points
Drink by: 3 to 7 years
56 out of 119 people found this review helpful.
Sampled 4/24/11. At first, the brussel sprouts dominated, but after an hour the wine settled in and it was rather interesting and pleasurable balance of blackberries and black currant with some brussel spouts and spice. Very smooth with probably another 5 - 7 years of quality drinking ahead. Very good price point for a Napa Cab of this quality.
Posted on April 25, 2011
 
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1991 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rose Champagne Blend
Taittinger Comtes Rose '91
93 points
Drink by: Now to 2 years
94 out of 168 people found this review helpful.
Sampled 4/24/11. I brought this thinking I would use it to color Easter eggs, given prior experiences. Much to my pleasant surprise, the wine was more than in tact. The bead was quite strong for a couple hours. The color was clearly showing age as the pinkish hue was turning more golden brown. Nonetheless, the wine`s character was wonderful and quite good. Cherry and citrus fruits with hints of walnuts. A wonderful acidity balance and a long finish. Definitely drink up and hope you`ve got a good one because it won`t get better, but if you get one that is alive, it is very good.
Posted on April 25, 2011
 
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2002 Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine Proprietary Blend
Insignia '02
93 points
Drink by: 3 to 7 years
64 out of 131 people found this review helpful.
Sampled 4/23/11. Dense. Loaded with blackberries, black currant, licorice, some mocha notes and dried herbs. The tannins are still a bit chunky and the wine is in a disjointed phase right now. There is plenty of good things in this wine, but it needs time to come back together. Try again in a couple years, it will get better.
Posted on April 25, 2011
 
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1992 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Groth Reserve '92
96 points
Drink by: 3 to 7 years
63 out of 117 people found this review helpful.
Sampled 4/23/11 in MAGNUM. When I first opened it, it seemed as though there was a little rust color to it, which surprised me as I expected the wine in Magnum to be younger in color. I immediately tasted the wine and the fruit seemed a bit muted, but it was perfectly fine (probably a 92 point wine). I put the cork back in and headed to the restaurant an hour later. An hour into the dinner, the wine started to blossom and soar. Soft, elegant and silky, the blackberris and black cherries and some raspberries came through in beautiful layers. Some Oak but it was sweet Vanilla Oak, with very little Vanilla. Clear spice notes and a long finish. The magnum had no sediment. So despite the color showing a little age, the wine did not. Pure beauty and it blew away the `02 Insignia.
Posted on April 25, 2011
 
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2008 Schild Estate Shiraz Syrah
Schild Estate Shiraz '08
90 points
Drink by: 3 to 7 years
60 out of 119 people found this review helpful.
Sampled 4/22/11. Everyone knows that WS completely hosed Schild in 2006 when the `04 did not get anywhere near 1 WOTY. The `04 is still a great wine. It seems like WS has been kissing Schild`s ass ever since. Giving this wine 94 points is a joke and making it 7 on the 2010 list is equally a joke. Although a very nice wine in a number of respects, it is just another reminder of why I really hate WS so frequently. The `08 (a very tough year down under generally) has a fair amount of vegital qualities to it. Not quite herbaceous, but not the same dense and powerful fruit you are used to from Schild. Still, and especially for such a tough yeaer, the wine is pretty good. Smooth, well balanced, some nice black fruits and a little licorice underneath. The wine might improve by a point or so over the next 3 to 4 years, but it`ll likely be at its best by then. Still a reasonable value at $20, but don`t let the guilty hype of WS fool you. This is not anywhere near a 94 point gem.
Posted on April 23, 2011
 
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2007 Gargiulo Vineyards Merlot Money Road Ranch Merlot
Gargiulo Merlot Money Road '07
90 points
Drink by: 3 to 7 years
66 out of 132 people found this review helpful.
Sampled 4/22/11. Popped and poured. A mistake. The wine is too young. Garnet Ruby color. Alcohol is huge the nose right out of the bottle but a bit more subdued on the palate. Huge black cherry and red currant flavors with a little spice and vanilla Oak. A big wine that has very long and drying tannins with plenty of bite (but no truly tart elements). It`ll be interesting to see where this wine goes. My fear is that 14.9% alcohol will never be fully resolved, despite the massive fruit and while this wine might soften and round out a little more the alcohol might always be thing that holds this wine back from a bigger score.
Posted on April 22, 2011
 
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1992 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Montelena Cab '92
94 points
Drink by: 3 to 7 years
74 out of 130 people found this review helpful.
Sampled 4/16/11. I keep coming back to this wine because it is so hard to lay off of. Another pop and pour, but hit is peak after 30 to 45 minutes in the glass. This bottle was very smooth but not quite silk. Same overripe but not jammy blackberries and black cherries. This time wth black cherries had little more sour notes to them. A little vanilla Oak and dried herbs in the background. No sediment to speak of in this bottle. Only complaint was that the sour element of the black cherries was a little stronger than in other bottles, but the finish was better lasting 30+ seconds.
Posted on April 17, 2011
 
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2006 Darioush Caravan Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Caravan (by Darioush) Cabernet '06
90 points
Drink by: 3 to 7 years
64 out of 127 people found this review helpful.
Sampled 4/14/11. A rather straight forward and linear wine that gets on a path of pleasant black fruits, some vanilla, a touch off Oak, smooth but with firm yet pliable tannins, excellent balance between acidity and alcohol. Not a fruit bomb but still plenty of good overripe fuits with a touch of class. The lack of layering and more lineal nature of the wine took it down a few points on the sophistication side, but it is quite good and would be pleasing to most all red wine drinkers. This wine probably has at another 5 years of quality drinking.
Posted on April 15, 2011
 
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2003 Behrens and Hitchcock Cabernet Sauvignon Herrick Moulds Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Behens Herrick Moulds Cab '03
90 points
Drink by: 3 to 7 years
76 out of 151 people found this review helpful.
Sampled 4/10/11. Dark purple color. Nose of blackberries, cassis, tar, hard leather and herbs. On the palate much of the same. Not particularly well layered and the tannins still have a little roughness to them. An interesting wine that is still holding together quite well but doubt it will ever develop into a layered and smooth wine before it starts to fall apart. Nontheless, you`ve got probably another 5 years on this wine to see if I`m wrong.
Posted on April 11, 2011
 
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2004 Behrens and Hitchcock Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon
Behrens Cabernet Napa '04
89 points
Drink by: 3 to 7 years
55 out of 116 people found this review helpful.
Sampled 4/3/11. Inky purple, but green vegetables on the nose and palate. A little disjointed and it is not clear it will ever come around fully. Some good black fruits are present but they don`t really dominate the way they typically do with B&H wines. On the good news side of the equation, the alcohol is kept under wraps.
Posted on April 4, 2011
 
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2000
Clerico Ciabot Mentin Barolo '00
94 points
Drink by: 3 to 7 years
74 out of 149 people found this review helpful.
Sampled 4/2/11. Smack in between WS95 and RP93, but much better than ST91. Glorious red fruits and currant with hints of dark plum and a touch of spice and Oak. Smooth with a long finish. It needed the full 2 hours in the decanter before it really came through. No sediment
Posted on April 3, 2011
 
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2001 San Leonardo, Tenuta San Leonardo Vallagarina Proprietary Blend
San Leonardo Tenuta Prop Blend '01
93 points
Drink by: Now to 2 years
88 out of 162 people found this review helpful.
Sampled 4/1/11. Opened fully in the glass in 30 minutes. At peak. Smoother than it was a couple years ago when I had it last. A real bargain at under $40. 60% Cab Sauv 30% Cab Franc and 10% Merlot. Rich black fruits and cassis with a very distinctive layer of earthiness to it - real terroir coming through. Long finish. Tanzer rated it at 93 and Parker at 92. Only drawback to this wine is that I suspect it will start heading over the hill within 5 years. Enjoy now and be happy.
Posted on April 2, 2011
 
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2006 Monticello Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Corley Yewell Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Monticello Corley Yewell Cab '06
89 points
Drink by: 3 to 7 years
86 out of 153 people found this review helpful.
Sampled 3/27/11. A nice enough Cab, that can generally be found at a pretty good price. Some black cherries, green vegitable elements, some red currants and cassis in the background but the wine drops a couple points on being still a little disjointed. It might come together in a few more years. If so, 90 or 91 point then and a bargain.
Posted on March 28, 2011
 
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1998 Lokoya Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
Lokoya Mt. Veeder '98
93 points
Drink by: 3 to 7 years
75 out of 145 people found this review helpful.
Sampled 3/25/11. A great `98. Dark fruits with rich smooth texture. Typical `98 green elements that add character and complexity but without being herbaceous as so many other Napa `98s are. A nice lingering finish.
Posted on March 28, 2011
 
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2001 Behrens and Hitchcock Cuvee Lola Proprietary Red Wine Proprietary Blend
Behrens Lola '01
80 points
Drink by: Past maturity
83 out of 166 people found this review helpful.
Sampled 3/24/11. Turning to alcoholic prune and raisin juice. Half a glass and the rest down the drain.
Posted on March 28, 2011
 
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1987 Simi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Simi Alexander Reserve Cabernet '87
93 points
Drink by: 3 to 7 years
74 out of 148 people found this review helpful.
Sampled 3/25/11 in Magnum. Almost no sediment. Rich sweet cassis and tannins, some blackberries and raspberries. Smooth and elegant.
Posted on March 27, 2011
 
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