Washington Merlot

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Cs Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyard collection. Stoneridge Vineyard. Very ripe color. Vanilla and spice on the nose. Soft and mellow from start to finish. This is surprisingly delicious and would best be enjoyed with light food flavor profiles or just stand-alone by itself! Maybe just a tiny bit on the sweet side but I would absolutely buy it again — 6 days ago

Château Montrose

Saint-Estèphe Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1990

1990 vintage. Last tasted 01.20.23 (9.6) and 05.16.21 (9.4). This slots in just between. Tastes as if from a colder cellar because this specimen was as fresh (too fresh) as a daisy. Decanted and tasted after 2 hours. Tannins for tannins sake. And I love big tannins. Less evolved than the January visit and drinking better than the 5.16.21 visit. Still bleeping massive as it ever was upon release back in the day. Very little has changed. This wine and the 1989 Gaja Sorí Tilden Barbaresco the two biggest, uncompliant wines with years to go before really revealing those hidden charms that I've tasted in recent memory. Getting closer but not quite ready to settle down any time soon. Out of a larger format bottle, must be positively overwhelming…like jumping to hyperspace accidentally…or on a boozy dare. 9.21.23. — 11 days ago

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Toscana Merlot 2004

gorgeous perfume of plum, violet and back cherry. Subtle and delicious. Still young — a month ago

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IX Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2007

Finally opening a bottle with a 1.5 hour decant(decent chunky/fine sediment). A still majestic dark garnet with some bricking. On the nose: expressive notes of red fruit, smokey vanilla, cedarwood, pine, and pencil lead. Taste: silky, opulent, creamy wine with red fruit, cassis, chocolate covered cherry, earth, iron and a saline/slightly bitter graphite long finish. YUM! Drinks well with the decant, but still on the younger side and will be fun to see where it goes....fortunately have more bottles — 2 days ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Drank my 07 360 weeks ago according to my post, a tad early more than likely..
Tom Garland

Tom Garland

@Paul T- Huntington Beach Yep, drinks younger than its 16 years and will be fun to see where this goes. Cheers!

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Insignia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1995

1995 vintage. Decanted and tasted after 1 hour. Still, big nose and frontal palate. Dwindles somewhat in the closing chapters. Fairly harmonious and alive for the majority of another decade. Feel there could be some bottle variation here so wouldn’t surprise me if someone posted a 9.2-9.4 tomorrow. S’life. 9.20.23. — 12 days ago

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Marchesi Antinori

Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato Bolgheri Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2020

A blend of Cab Sauv, Merlot and Syrah. Deep Ruby with aromas of black and red fruits and floral spice aromas. On the palate black cherry and blackberry flavors with licorice, espresso and sweet oak spice. Smooth and refined tannins, long ending with fruit and sweet earthy tones. Consistent quality and good value. — 10 days ago

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Tenuta dell'Ornellaia

Le Volte Toscana Sangiovese Blend 2016

Vintage 2016 | spicyness in smell, red fruit and good balance in taste | paired with tunafish and stewed chicory. — 15 days ago

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Château Lynch-Bages

Grand Cru Classé Pauillac Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2006

2006 vintage. Lean and mean. Decanted and tasted after 1.5 hrs. Not too much sed. Nice little sprinkling of cocoa powder in a feminine nose but, otherwise, all business and very transactional. Difficult to love and hard to understand with this effort being pretty linear vs what we've come to know/expect/love from this property. Plenty of concentration but lacking that extra oomph of finishing depth and seems like it has topped out/not improving. 9.23.23. — 9 days ago

Severn, Ted and 13 others liked this

Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2017

Fantastic young MB that really didn’t need much air. American Latour. — 20 hours ago

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American oak wasn’t too prominent at this young age?