Recent Wine Tasting Notes

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  •  Recent Wine Tasting Notes

  1. 1998 Château Malartic-Lagravière

    1. Fully mature, this has developed quite nicely. The smoky, tobacco, cigar box nose has a spicy complexity that adds to the ripe, dark red berries. Silky, soft in texture, with length in the finish, this is drinking really well today.

      91 points - Tasted
  2. 1983 Domaine de Chevalier

    1. Just starting to fade, you can see it in the color, and on the palate. But the complex nose is a beauty, with its plethora of cigar store aromatics, forest, floor, herbs, cherry and plum notes. Medium bodied, soft, and silky, the finish is a bit short, leaving you wanting it to last just a but longer. This is the debut vintage for Olivier and Anne Bernard.

      88 points - Tasted
  3. 1989 Château Lynch-Bages

    1. This is such a great wine. From start to finish, it's a complete experience. Beginning with the tobacco, cedar wood, cassis, and wet earth perfume, the wine is full bodied, concentrated and allows it weight to carry through to the spicy, sweet, fruit and tobacco filled finish. I am sure well stored bottles will continue evolving for another 2 decades with ease.

      97 points - Tasted
  4. 2012 Staglin Family Cabernet Sauvignon 30th Anniversary Selection

    1. Lush, plush, rich, ripe, fat, round, opulently textured and delicious. The wine serves up a blast of ripe, sweet, black and blue fruits, vanilla bean, licorice and smoke. Full bodied and intense, this velvety wine is already hedonistic and should be even better in a few years. The wine was made using a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon , 10% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot .

      95 points - Tasted
  5. 2012 Seavey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

    1. Powerful, big, fat, dense, tannic, full bodied and concentrated. The wine has character, complexity and length, balancing ripeness with fresh attributes. Based on previous vintages, this needs time in the cellar, but it has proved time and time again that it has the ability to age, and evolve. A little oaky, and primary at the present, I expect this will be even better with a decade of sleep under its belt. The wine was made from a blend of 94.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5.5% Petit Verdot.

      94 points - Tasted
  6. 1974 Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Family Vineyard

    1. A rare treat indeed, even if the fruit is starting to fade, leaving with more tobacco, sweet and tart cherries, earth, cassis and cigar notes, than fruit. Soft textured and holding on by a string, with just enough fruit to hold back the onslaught of acidity that will arrive in a few years, give or take. The wine needs drinking if you are lucky enough to have a bottle.

      91 points - Tasted
  7. 2013 Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc

    1. Fresh, bright crisp, piquant grapefruit, lemon peel and rocky, tastes and textures show through here. Acidic, fresh and refreshing, the wine cuts a nice, straight path on your palate.

      90 points - Tasted
  8. 2010 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon Bosché Vineyard

    1. Medium/full bodied, fresh, bright, almost classic style of Cabernet Sauvignon, with crunchy cassis, crisp blackberry, tobacco and oak. Nice, but perhaps a bit strict in style.

      90 points - Tasted
  9. 2012 Vineyard 29 Cabernet Sauvignon 29 Estate

    1. This remains such a great style of wine. It's finesse driven, but still has weight, density, concentration and ripe, sweet, fruits, with silky, polished tannins, freshness and purity. What's not to like?

      96 points - Tasted
  10. 2010 Vineyard 29 Cabernet Sauvignon Cru

    1. Elegant, soft, refined, fresh, and ripe, the medium/full bodied, wine is forward in style, with a red and black plum palate of fruit, with added nuances of thyme and tobacco .

      91 points - Tasted
  11. 2012 Ridge Monte Bello

    1. Don't confuse 2012 Ridge Monte Bello with all those lush, sexy wines from Napa Valley, because you will be sorely disappointed. That being said, this is a beauty, but in a completely different style. From a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot , 8% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot, this wine would be quite at home in the Left Bank Bordeaux , with its crisp, fresh, ripe, but firm tannic structure. The fruit has a great sense of purity, and a crisp, vibrant character, that will demand 10-15 years of age. If you have the patience, it will be worth the wait. My treasured 1991 Ridges are now drinking great, and I am sure this will age along the same path.

      95 points - Tasted
  12. 2013 St. Supéry Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

    1. A blend of Bordeaux, with its freshness, ripe cassis, juicy blackberries, thyme, smoke and oak. Medium/full bodied, with a softness to the tannins, this is a nice wine.

      90 points - Tasted
  13. 2010 Continuum Proprietary Red

    1. Stylish, Left Bank Bordeaux blend with round, textures, soft tannins, ripe, dark fruits and a polished finish, with just enough oak to flesh out the wine, but not too much so that it takes away from the fruit.

      93 points - Tasted
  14. 2010 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon

    1. Just a gorgeous style of California Cabernet Sauvignon here. The deep, dark fruits are ripe, sweet, supple textured and fresh. The wine has weight, density, complexity and length. Balanced and already open, while this clearly can age for another decade or 2, if you like young wine, it is not a bad thing to pop a cork.

      94 points - Tasted
  15. 2010 Opus One

    1. Luscious, silky textures, forward in style, and creamy, ripe, sweet, blackberries galore are impossible not to notice. With its concentration of flavor, balance and sensuous style, this is a truly, sublime style of California Cabernet Sauvignon.

      95 points - Tasted
  16. 2012 Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon

    1. Full bodied, round, forward, fleshy styled wine, with a smoky, blackberry core of fruit in the center.

      91 points - Tasted
  17. 2013 Charles Krug Winery (Peter Mondavi Family) Sauvignon Blanc

    1. Light, sharp. bright, acidic yellow, citrus fruit oriented wine with a strong grapefruit character. This is one of those, best on a hot summers day wine.

      85 points - Tasted
  18. 2012 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

    1. A massive wall of sweet, ripe, powerful, black fruits, vanilla, smoke, licorice, chocolate, black and blue fruits just keep on coming. There is a lot to take in here as this is no shy, little sister. It is a powerful, forward, take no prisoners style of wine.

      96 points - Tasted
  19. 2012 BRAND Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    1. Inky dark in color, with layers of ripe, fat, sweet, juicy, lush, dark fruits, a blast of oak and a sweet, ripe, round textured finish with the right amount of licorice and dark chocolate that makes you happy, that the flavors linger.

      94 points - Tasted
  20. 2012 Melka Mekerra

    1. This wine would be at home in any tasting of Bordeaux Right Bank wines. Produced from a blend of 51% Cabernet Franc and 49% Merlot, the wine is ripe, full bodied and rich, but it also retains freshness and the spicy, floral and licorice notes make all the sweet, ripe fruits even better.

      96 points - Tasted
  21. 2013 Opus One

    1. This sexy, voluptuous, charmer is probably the best wine the estate has ever produced. Layers of perfectly ripe, sweet, fresh, black and blue fruits, opulent, silky textures and a fruit filled finish that does not want to quit. I really like this style of wine, as it pairs ripeness, with freshness and never even considers going over the top, yet there is no denying this is a California Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was made from a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec .

      98 points - Tasted
  22. 2012 Clos du Val Cabernet Franc Estate

    1. Medium bodied, fresh, bright, lively, with a focus on fresh red fruits, with a forward personality and soft, easy to like textures. Perhaps, not a lot of depth, but it's fun and easy going.

      87 points - Tasted
  23. 2007 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon

    1. Powerful, full bodied, concentrated and still quite young, there is a lot going on here. But the wine is still young, tight and holding back a lot in reserve. Like all Philip Togni wines, it is going to require time and patience. When people say, "They don't make them like used to" have them try a Togni Cabernet.

      93 points - Tasted
  24. 2010 Ridge Monte Bello

    1. On the fresh, bright, crisp, structured side of the style range, the wine is powerful, restrained, firm and you would expect, quite young. Give it another 8-10 years of sleep and lets see what we really have. Ridge Monte Bello has such a great track record for aging, I am sure it will be worth the wait.

      93 points - Tasted
  25. 1998 Château Trotanoy

    1. This is one sexy beast that is only starting to show its real essence. Purity of fruit, layers of concentration, silky, opulent, velvet drenched textures and a finish that leaves you begging for another pour, after your glass was emptied, far too quickly!

      97 points - Tasted