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Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Paul K

Thanksgiving tradition with 2013 Heitz continues. Now doing every other year instead of every year to stretch it out. Love what time is doing for the complexity of the wine. Happy Turkeyday to you and yours! — 7 days ago

Tom, Severn and 21 others liked this
Ray Vanderhoff

Ray Vanderhoff

Liking your Thanksgiving Traditions, Sir. Enjoy the Holiday!
Paul K

Paul K

Thanks @Ray Vanderhoff !n. Right back at you!

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Beaux Frères

The Beaux Frères Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

Capitol Region Wine Collectors Club (WCC), USA West Coast Pinot Noir; 26 October 2023 at Fort Orange Club, Albany, NY

Group scoring, No. 2 bottle of the night.
(My cellar offer.)
— a month ago

Jay, Mark and 24 others liked this

R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2007

Jan A

Like the sour mouth watering effect of the wine on the palate. Already my last bottle of the case but this still has years of runway ahead. — 15 days ago

Dick, Ira and 11 others liked this

Caymus Vineyards

Special Selection Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

The oak on the nose is fantastic! — 12 days ago

Daniel P. liked this

Heitz Cellar

Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Medium to full bodied balanced and smooth . Clearly a step or 2 above the std Heitz cab but not sure if the 4 times multiple of price is worth it — 17 days ago

Gunja GargeshwariNorman Gennaro
with Gunja and Norman
Norman, Jonathan and 16 others liked this
Eric Urbani

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@Amit Srivastava ya did a double take when I saw the price and thought WTF has Heitz that high now ??
Norman Gennaro

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It was a good step above. You are a tough grader! I want Madan & Cookie grading my tests!

Château Pontet-Canet

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2003

A really nice vintage for this wine - not over ripe like some of the 03s. Tannins are softer and completely integrated after an hour of decanting. Time to open this vintage from your cellar!! — a month ago

Austin, Severn and 19 others liked this

Château Cos d'Estournel

Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

2005 vintage. Decanted and tasted immediately and through 3 hours. Great fill/appropriate aging cork. Medium sed. Noticeably dark color. Any trace of the usual Cos baby fat for the first decade+ after release long gone geek. Interesting. This was a lean, mean, street-fighting machine with "minerality" to spare. Intense. Compact. Unsure if it will continue to menace in the next decade of life or retreat into a reclusive, "turtling" period. Best guess? Street-fighter par excellence. Regardless of taking the high or low road, it's not devolving into a drink 'em if you got 'em any time soon scenario. Thanksgiving 11.23.23. — 7 days ago

Ted, Severn and 17 others liked this

The Mascot

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Jan A

The Mascot is made from the young vines of Harlan, Promitory and Bond and you can really taste the royal pedigree here. Still in the fruit/primary phase with drying tannins. Very singular palate with a lot of concentration. Give these some additional cellar time to really shine. 95/96 potential — 22 days ago

Tom, Peter and 13 others liked this
John Van Trijp

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Give it a day of decanter next time

Chateau Montelena

The Montelena Estate Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon 1992

1992 vintage. Very, very close to Japanese auction market quality with fill, cork, capsule and label nearly immaculate. Decanted and tasted immediately and over the course of 3 hours. Expected amount of sed. What a ride! Having tasted this back in the day when first released, recalled an unusual (for this property) amount of richness in the frontal palate. Wasn't there initially but rolled in for a cameo approx 45 mins after decant. Then...vanished at the 1 hour open mark. First whiff of the nose was fresh, clay kitty litter. This morphed into graphite after 15-20 mins. Body was surprisingly light early on, then fattened up after 30-40 mins to medium status. Impressions were of a leaner effort, then things got positively jammy with unexpected fruit hither and yon. This remained for approx 1.25 hours, then the entire performance, body included, thinned out with their old-school, estate-expected, aged leather punch combined with dark-skinned fruit, mountain grip and a little touch of grey sea salt. No food involved during the experience. The 1991 Montelena Estate Cab is nearest and dearest but this following vintage was an absolute, palate-bending acid(ity) trip. Looking forward to the next 11.25.23. — 5 days ago

Bob, Severn and 16 others liked this
Pinotman /// Andreas

Pinotman /// Andreas

What a story - nice.

Opus One

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2005

Decanted for 2 hours. This dark colored Cabernet has a beautiful bouquet and is full of heavy flavors including oak, spice, tobacco, black cherry and plenty more. The more it sits the bigger the flavors become. A good Thanksgiving dinner choice. — 7 days ago

Daniel Cammarata
with Daniel
Bob, David and 5 others liked this