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The Montelena Estate Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Last night, a buddy of mine who’s a Disabled Veteran and Registered Architect, announced that he was assuming control of a SDVOSB Architecture firm. He had spent the better part of a year of trying to reach a purchase agreement. So it was an evening of celebration. He’s been a Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars fan for some time and he planned to pull the cork on a few bottles. We had a couple of rando bottles too but all were California Cabernet Sauvignon. The fourth bottle and the second of the two rando bottles. This was actually one of the better 2011 wines I’ve had from Napa. I thought it was not only an accurate representation of a cool and wet vintage, it was quite a delicious example of one and still has years to go. — 17 days ago

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Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Shima-san for Fracta gave me on October 15. — a month ago

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Calistoga Zinfandel 2016

A wonderful Zinfandel. Goes great with grilling....had it with Turkey burgers with Mayo, Provolone, and Microgreens (wasabi mustard and beetroot). Very smooths with a dark ruby color and medium body. Slight spice and earthy to the nose. Cherry and earthy to the taste. — a month ago

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Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1992

Shay A
9.3

Enjoyed trying this after the ‘91 Montelena. Similarities and differences. Picked up signature American oak here with notes of herbs and dill, but not as much of the coconut smell I normally get (maybe that fades with age?). Focused. Leather, baked black cherry pie, muddled rhubarb, bayleaf. Soft and round with very nice depth. Lingering finish. I thought this outdid the ‘85 it was next to quite easily (though that bottle may have been flawed). — 2 months ago

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@Matt Duncan : This was a standout and an impressive showing. The ‘85 was also the Alexander Valley but something just seemed off...wasn’t corked, and it certainly wasn’t bad, just seemed off/tired. Bummer.
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Was your ‘85 Alex bottle one we recorked at the winery? Should have a little sticker on the back if so.
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@Matt Duncan : Just checked...didn’t see a sticker. Just the label on the back.

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Napa Valley Chardonnay 1984

This is a continuation of the wines that were at the fourth Friday gathering in Fort Worth, TX. As @Shay A mentioned there were too many wines to taste them all. Here are a few other great ones that Shay did not post.

This was a fun wine to try. With the age, the Caramel notes stand out most.
— 16 days ago

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Pretty crazy to try a 35yr old chard. Direct from the winery just a few months ago. Drinking history!

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Calistoga Petite Sirah 2010

BBQ and rose petals and nice acids. — a month ago

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Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

Has been five years since I've enjoyed this one. Wrote a novel the last time, mentioning that the next decade would be kinder to this wine than this one, and I still for the most part believe that. I think the drinking window on this wine will be short. If you're holding a mag or 3L of this wine, I can imagine how much better off you're going to be than the holders of the 750's. Black cherry, dirty raspberry and graphite. A little more herbaceous than the 91, and also a little thinner. I think either this wine is as good as it gets, or can maybe see some improvement in the next couple of years. Best years for this wine IMO 2020-2025. — 2 months ago

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This may have shown better had it not been next to the stellar ‘91 (and a bottle of ‘05). Maybe in an awkward phase? More tart black cherry, cherry fig newton, and currant compared to the ‘91. Not only was it slightly darker (expected), but it didn’t seem as dense (semi surprising). Secondary notes are starting to reveal themselves.
9.2

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Premier Napa Valley Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

2011 was a tough year. I thoroughly enjoy most of Napa 2011 cab. This was no different. Beautiful — 10 days ago

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The Montelena Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1992

Shay A
9.5

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!

Able to taste this next to the ‘98...this is in a better spot now. A very round, soft and plush profile. There are mulberry, soft plum, fig and cherry liqueur aromatics while the palate showed more bayleaf, faint traces of herbs and leather, underripe blackberries and cherries. This actually drank quite youthful. Enjoy now! Thanks
@Will Adams .
— a month ago

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Sounds like fun.

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North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 1976

This is what cab is all about. I feel grateful when I have the opportunity to try California Cabernets from the 70s. This from a 3L - pulled from the Montelena library. Gorgeous fruit with healthy development but given the bottle and impeccable cellaring I think this is only middle aged at this point. — 2 months ago

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Very cool.