The Competitor

Matsui Distillery

Aged 12 Years The Kurayoshi Malt Whisky

A real competitor to the yamazaki 12 and I consider the Yamazaki 12 the gold standard! a little sweeter on the profile but the flavor is incredible! A steal at current price point. — 2 months ago

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Château Palmer

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 1989

🏅 Rating 96/100 (4,6🌟)

Super Vintages of SuperSeconds🍷

Classic Margaux with graphite of pencil shavings, rich in fruits, black tea. Fragrant and graceful. Pure elegance.

3eme GC Classé, but considered as SuperSecond. 47% CS, 47% M, 6% PV. Fermented in steel cone-shaped vats. 21mo aging in 45% new oak. Fining, no filtration.

'89 was a super vintage for Palmer.

The only true competitor to Ch.Margaux.

Significant cellar rennovations in late 90s make even better wines now.
— 2 years ago

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Beautiful
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@"Odedi" Yes! It is beautiful both from the outside and the inside. Beautiful label and amazing tastes and aromas 🍷

The Competitor

Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Itemse baking spice, pepper, wild thimbleberry jam on the nose.All combines for an intense micro cola on mid palate. Acid and alcohol very balanced on the lush finish......delightfully surprised this is only 13.8% ALC.......thought it would be higher! Pretty well made nonetheless. Crowd pleaser! — 3 years ago

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Nice. What the hell is a thimbleberry?

Alpha Omega

Two² Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

Delicious! Compared against Caymus; a real competitor!
— 8 months ago

Hall Wines

Kathryn Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Been saving this one & it is in the sweet-spot of its prime. Never forget the first time I had it at the Wine Spectator, Grand Event “Tasting of the Ages” Thing at the Marriot Marquis back in 2014. In the highest of company it beautifully defined itself as more than just a “competitor” with some the most sought-after Cabs in the world- it was in a Leauge of its own. Good chance it’s my favorite Cab of all time.
@tonight its in its prime.
— a year ago

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Two nights to remember. Cheers. When you get the chance, open a 15 .
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I most certainly hope I get such a chance!

Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Mike R
9.4

It was great but the Myraid Cab was better and not as good as the last time I had it

Now that said I would not be embarrassed or kick it out of the bed (excuse the analogy in these days of
#metoo) but just unfortunately had a stronger competitor last night

Still I think the wine is beautiful with a highly structured palette and silky tannins made it smooth but lacking in the boldness I wanted and the finish was not extraordinary

That said I love it and recommend it and even though it will cellar I am not sure it will get better so drink it if you got it

Big smiles last night
— 3 years ago

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@Joe Lucca will call this weekend bud
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@Mike R sounds great. Wanted to call you on Monday but shit blew up. So far 2018 is a crazy year for me.
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Nice juice 👍

Trimbach

Alsace Riesling

Find me a better entry-level competitor (there isn’t one) — a year ago

Byron Blatty Wines

Tremor Los Angeles County Grenache Blend 2016

Beautiful. Silky. Balanced complex jam with subtle baking spice and sweetheart vanilla love in a bottle. Deathbed wine competitor. — 2 years ago

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Schramsberg Vineyards

Reserve Sparkling Blend 2008

12.9% ABV
82% Chardonnay, 18% Pinot Noir.
35% fermented in barrel.

Serving this next to another $120 bubbly (2006 Taittinger Comte) I have to judge with both my wallet and preference. Unfortunately that doesn’t fall in the favor of this Schramsberg which showed a bit of reduction notes (noticeably some lead pencil shavings).
No doubt a great US sparkler but not a competitor with great Champagne at this price point.
— 2 years ago

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Ata Rangi

Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014

Very interesting, my first PN from New Zealand. Very spicy, my description is Mahogany. It took more than an hour, but at the end of our dinner it opened up as true Gevrey-Chambertin competitor. My advice - must be decanted. — 3 years ago

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