Mondavi Reserve is another personal favorite that seems to just wow me no matter the vintage because it ages so gracefully and even the 30 year old wines still have a lot of punch. Like the Insignia it was solid but not spectacular, and that could be the company it was keeping. I think both would have been excellent with dinner and drank with less fanfare. This wine was extraordinarily balanced and silky with a cherry, tobacco and cedar profile. Losing some depth but still showing strong. — 8 days ago
PNP > Jeb = 98
Fabulous Bevan Cellars Napa Bordeaux Blend!
Kudos & Bravo! 👍🏻👏🏻 👏🏻Already integrated tannins, deep concentration of blue, black & red Oakville Vineyards fruit. Killer QPR in under $100 range. Blend is: 62% CS, 19% CF, 15% PV, & 4% Merlot
Thx @David L , @Eric LaMasters for input! — 15 days ago
Did I drink this really late after I’d had 40+ wines with very little pour out? Yes, yes I did your honor. My takeaway is that it is also showing very young. Silky mouthfeel, marked purity, dark chocolate. Very high octane well made wine that needs ample air. — 8 days ago
Another classic. This was from the Helen Turley era at Pahlmeyer and was one of the bottlings that helped introduce me to finer wine. Superb mint dark chocolate and violet aromatics. This has a dash of Cab Franc in it and you can catch it. Very dark and full with fine grained tannins, black cherry and rich earth. Classy and muscular. — 8 days ago
Off the hook generosity from @Eric LaMasters this was a toddler but already showing extraordinary purity of fruit. Voluptuous texture, black currant and subtle integrated oak. I saved a little in a glass and it was my last taste before we left the restaurant. It was still accelerating. — 9 days ago
I’ve been wondering why I have been grabbing these at half price lately, 3 bottles so far.
Parker 96🤷🏼♂️ not quite seeing that yet. I would be so disappointed if I paid $250.00-$300.00 thats the norm now.
$150.00 is still pushing it. It’s good but not great. For a major wine producer to screw up the 2012 vintage is just unacceptable at this price point, — 17 days ago