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Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Paul K
9.3

One of my favorite Napa cabs. This vintage continues to improve. Last had in ‘21. Not a ton of oak or alcohol. The fruit isn’t bombastic yet not austere either. Closer to austere, but not at all simple. It’s earthy, berry, cherry, and tobacco with round tannins. Love this! I wish more Napa cabs went down this route. — 2 months ago

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A. Rafanelli

Unfiltered Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2015

Excellent Zin with a ton of blackberries and some of those Zin brambles. Fully integrated with a long smooth finish. Not sure if drinking this earlier would have made the fruits brighter but still overall a very special wine. — 4 months ago

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Henriot

Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne

Paul J
9.0

Happy New Year!! On the sweeter side and not a ton of effervescence, but a lovely flavor. — a year ago

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Elyse

York Creek Vineyard Napa Valley Zinfandel 2015

Lots of “terroir” shines through in this Zin. Nose has the requisite blackberry fruit, but there is a ton of warm sandstone and crushed rock, along with moist humus, allspice, and wafty sandalwood smoke. Savory, soft, and tacky-feeling in the mouth. loads of crushed rock. A level of complexity rare for Zin. — 4 years ago

Peter, Hermes and 8 others liked this

Beaulieu Vineyard

Private Reserve Georges de Latour Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1980

David T
9.4

There are worse ways to start a Saturday then tasting & talking wine with Tor Kenward & Andy Beskstoffer having the 1980 BV George Latour Private Reserve & multiple vintages of Tor. Wine 94 technically but age & style 96. The overall experience is a 10.

These bottles came from his cellar so they are perfect. So silky smooth elegant. Beautifully ripe; blackberries, black raspberries, plum, dark cherries, understated baking spices, fresh & used tobacco, sandalwood, raspberry, limestone powder, fine, dark spice, bright, withering dark & red florals, excellent acidity, sheer, balance, elegance and perfect finish that lasts a full minute.

Andy Beckstoffer sold fruit for $150 a ton in the late 1970’s, early 80’s. Today, $50,000 plus a ton and a percentage of the producers bottle price.
— 2 months ago

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Severn Goodwin

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I've not tasted the '80 BV GdL, you're a lucky man.

Bollinger

Special Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend

A standard that still brings excitement and drama. Medium gold color with plenty of small bubbles. The nose is wonderful with a ton of apples and baked bread. Nice floral accents to match the dried cherry and blackberry notes. Really, really nice.

Composed of the three traditional grapes and injected with a nice bit of reserve wines, this is just one of those bottles that’s always right on time. Powerful, muscular, masculine, and sleek. Lovely fruit on the tongue and an elegant mouthfeel. A classic for a reason.
— a year ago

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Love the glass!
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Gorgeous!🥂

Château Latour

Premier Grand Cru Classé Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2012

At first Smoky smell, nose changed a ton over time even tho decanted, coffee honeycomb, long finish and round ish — 3 years ago

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Domaine Eden

Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Paul J
9.0

PnP. Better than previous bottles of older vintages. Started out nice but became too tannic and rough for me. Not a ton of fruit present, more earth, herbs, and minerality. Decent depth. — 3 months ago

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Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 1971

1971 vintage. Bottom shoulder fill initially had me worried. Decanted and tasted immediately and after two hours. Absolute ton of sed more appropriate for a vintage port. This was banging. Light-medium body. Chunky frontal palate. Plenty of charcoal in the mid-palate with some surprising freshness on a longer than expected finish. Not getting better but feel it can stay the current course for a spell (4-5 years). This was from a 750ml format but a larger format would undoubtedly be an upgrade. La Mission HB is a fave property and this reaffirmed those feelings. 10.13.23 — 8 months ago

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Mayacamas Vineyards

Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

This needs a ton of airtime and then food to really show well. I think it finally hit its stride after being out about 5 hours. — 2 years ago

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