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Tony Vincent
Tony Vincent
2006 - Alma Rosa Chardonnay
solid acidity & good fruit
Nov 03, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
a great companion with lobster last night at China Grill (Chicago)
Ken S.
Ken S.
2000 - Martinelli Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa
Thanksgiving Wine
Nov 03, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
What a treat to eat with Turkey. This wine is high octane 17.2 % but I did not notice. A rich silky wine with the bouquet of  leather, dark berries and pepper. The entire family enjoyed the wine and the colorful label.
WineontheWay
WineontheWay
2007 - Cuvaison Chardonnay Estate
Nov 03, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
On first look, the Cuvaison seemed to have certain lightness to it for a Chard. Often a Chardonnay will have a deeper, more golden color to it and maybe it was the sunlight in the yard, but it had a nice bright sunny color. For me, the nose spoke of honey. Other tasting notes call for more of a crème brûlée, custard, vanilla, caramel, crème fraiche or buttered apple aromas, so there is a definite creamy, rich sweetness there.  Tasting itself, the forward feel is that buttery sweeter goodness, but then the Cuvaison is surprisingly bright and crisp. It was very refreshing and not at all too heavy at all.  I found that the creaminess gave way to a pleasant citrus, mostly lemon, maybe a bit of grapefruit? It most certainly had a forward citrus fruit, though other tasting notes for this Chardonnay call for crisp apple, melon, caramel, Meyer lemon custard, pineapple. Bottom line: it's got a nice light fruit feel to it with that buttery creamy balance. After the fruit, the finish held on, but not too to long. Some oak as expected, but not at all too rough. It was much smoother than expected and very balanced.  It was all too pleasant, sitting in the crisp fall sun, drinking this bright and crisp wine with friends and talking about the sensations that were happening as we sipped.  If I had planned better, a tray of fruit, cheese and crackers would have made it complete, though a nice clam bake would have done just as well too! All and all, one of the best Chardonnays I have had in a while and I am looking forward to drinking it again. 
WineontheWay
WineontheWay
2007 - Ste Michelle, Chateau Eroica Riesling
Blind and in Bed; Eroica Wine Lives Up to its Name
Nov 03, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Blind and in Bed; Eroica Wine Lives Up to its Name I like to drink my wines blind. In other words, I don' t often read into the tasting notes or even the labels before going in and judging a wine based on what it tells me. Chateau Ste. Michelle's Eroica Riesling was to be no exception. After a bit in the fridge, I reached up to retrieve a wine glass from the cupboard and dug in the silverware drawer for the corkscrew. It amazed me that after years in the food service industry, I actually had to spend time looking for a wine key, but it was true and the task took longer than I would have liked. Finally, I managed to expel the cork. A Healthy Splash of the Chateau Ste. Michelle's in my Wine Glass. This is where I went black out blind. I knew I had brought home a white, but completely forgot that it was a Riesling and so, as I held the glass up to the light in my kitchen, I found the light clear color was surprising while pleasing at the same time. As I realized that I was indeed clueless as to what I was about to drink, I checked out the bottle and reminded myself that this bottle of wine was the fruit of a winemaking collaboration between Chateau Ste. Michelle's Bob Bertheau and famed Mosel winemaker Ernst Loosen. It was all coming back to me. Eroica, Erotica, Europa? It's from Washington State?? The nose was very fresh and clear to me; void of sweet coyness, no honeys, but a cool mineral earthiness. With a Riesling, I expected the sweeter, but the ideal of the dry Riesling came to my mind. Like the color, the first mouthful caught me by surprise. It also was light and fresh, when I had thought to expect a thicker heavier feel. A bright hint of zest and spice exploded and was immediately followed by the cooling sweetness of Eroica. True to its nature, no one really could say it was a dry wine; it could only be a Dry Riesling and I was pleased that I opened it after dinner as the Sheppard's Pie I made tonight would not have been spicy enough. Still, though, the Chateau Ste. Michelle held its own with a real drinkable delicious flavor. Eroica does not have a Wine Advocate Rating of 91 just based on a great sexy name. Dinner was late tonight, so I carried my glass upstairs while putting the kids to bed. The glass lost some of the chill and the immediate reaction of spice on first sip faded with the fourth and fifth. More open now, yet still not a tease; Eroica continues to be honest and forthright with no apologies. It is said that a Riesling is so much more complicated than other wine varieties because it has both horizontal and vertical dimensions. Plus, it's a variety that can be made in many different styles, from bone dry with high alcohol to moderately sweet with light alcohol, to lusciously sweet with very low alcohol. Eroica is pretty close to perfection. A long dark narrow bottle. An attention grabbing name. A collaboration between two great winemakers; as I continued to taste this wine it all made sense. Is Eroica a Wine for a Happy Ending Dessert? While the say the wine was named for Beethoven's Third Symphony, it's still very close to a play on words I thought and laughed to myself. I imagined a non wine drinker enjoying the sweetness until it went to her head; would the wine live up to its name after a hot date? I Laid in Bed and Drank Eroica It was fitting. After dinner, a sophisticated wine that was tasty enough to keep drinking. I craved some chocolate cake; specifically a thick flourless chocolate torte with a dollop of thick crème fresh, but post Halloween, made due with Reese's peanut butter cup. Cutting through the uber sweetness of the candy, post bite the wine still held up. It was a risky endeavor since one would think the Riesling go flat after all that sugar, but it didn't happen at all. Press on the wine claims that when crafting, the fruit goes direct to press after harvest, and then the juice is cool fermented to capture freshness and minerality. Those flavors come through strong. I could feel the citrus from the Mandarin and lime aromas and then the subtle mineral and slate flavors of the soil. Still delightful, to the finish which was now fruitful, leaving me with finally visions of perfectly crisp Granny Smith apples. I gave a distinguished nod to Chateau Ste. Michelle for their dedication to the classic European wine varietals and fully enjoyed my Eroica even though my dear husband was now sound asleep and snoring next to me. The wine was to be my only happy ending that night. 
Bill O.
Bill O.
2006 - Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon
Sep 22, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Zhao H.
Zhao H.
9998 - Beringer Pinot Noir Stanley Ranch
Sep 12, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
William W.
William W.
2005 - Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
the perfect wine
Aug 07, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
I splurged after eyeballing this wine for years. It was worth the wait. Downed the whole bottle and didnt pay the price in the morning. Wish I could afford it on a regular basis!
Guy B.
Guy B.
2005 - Artesa Elements
Unexpected
May 20, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Expectations were not high, but as the nose came to life the expectations also rose.  Very nice cherry and vanilla with soft tannin finish that lasted just the right amount of time. This medium body wine is showing nicely and should for a few years yet.  For the price, this is a great every day drinker or to serve to your friends.
David D.
David D.
9998 - McManis Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Great cab for the price
May 18, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Larry M.
Larry M.
1998 - Strong, Rodney Cabernet Sauvignon
Apr 10, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Luis M.
Luis M.
2007 - Gott, Joel Cabernet Sauvignon, 815
smooth like a dancers bottom
Mar 15, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
will write in near future
Curtis T.
Curtis T.
2006 - Calera Pinot Noir Ryan Vineyard
Jan 10, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Bob G.
Bob G.
2008 - Rombauer Chardonnay
Jan 09, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Lou V.
Lou V.
2006 - Ste Michelle, Chateau Merlot Indian Wells Vineyard
Great Merlot for this price range.
Dec 20, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
You will not be disappointed. I can get Indian Wells in NJ @ Bottle King for about $14.
Mike P.
Mike P.
2004 - Maybach Materium
Nov 30, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
3 hour decant.
A quiet beauty. Deep and dark with nary a sign of demise. The nose is all camphor, cassis, creme de kirsch and framboise. The palate has the cassis with a soft but firm mouthfell. There is the kirsch and the creme, but there is also some tar, and leather. Some black plums with a hint of super black cherry, This has surely quieted down since my last taste. A decent acid level keeps this lively and fresh. A long and exact finish beckons more.......and I'm glad to have more in the cellar. (94 pts.)
Mike P.
Mike P.
2003 - Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr Crane Vineyard
Nov 30, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
30 minute quadruple splash decant. Dark and brooding. The nose is fragrant with black cassis notes, black cherries, and crème de kirsch. The palate has a silky and pure mouthfeel that is lush and elegant. Totally open for business. There is the crème de kirsch with some cocoa, black currants, black cherries, super black plums and pomegranate. Amazing intricately weaved tannins with a lilthy acidic 'bounce'. A very long and poignant finish that goes minutes, not seconds. A fantastic showing indeed. No rush, but no need to postpone enjoyment either. 94 points
Mike P.
Mike P.
2002 - Gemstone Proprietary Red Wine
Nov 30, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
76% cab, 12% merlot, 9% cab franc, 3% petite verdot.. Time treats these Gemstones well. The last time I had this it was nice, but surely not monumental. Today, 4 years later it has added weight and class, but more importantly, structure. A very deep and dark reddish black color, this was very fragrant on the nose: cassis, flowers, and black cherries. On the palate there is a very concentrated mouth feel that I don't really remember this having previous time while sampling. Great structure with some great lushness. The black fruit profile is my playground. Great black currant, plums, blackberries with some kirsch notes, tar, and a hint of soy. A bit of leather and a hint of cedar box. The tannins are still noticeable but did not negatively affect his showing on ounce. It was decanted 4 hours (I believe), which surely was advantageous in this showing. A real elegant classy and uber balanced wine, with a long creamy smooth finish. (92 pts.)
Mike P.
Mike P.
2005 - Jones Family Vineyard The Sisters Proprietary Red
Nov 30, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
and dark as usual, this one needs a minimum of 1-2 hours to really show itself. Great creme de kirsch and cola on the nose. The palate has chewy black and dark red fruits of currant, blackberry and black plum pudding. The mouthfeel is plush and elegant. A wonderful balanced wine, this has all the hallmarks of a full-breed Napa cabernet, at half the price. The tannins are intricately weaved and spun to help create the great mouthfeel. The finish is a minute plus, and the fruit never quits. (93 pts.)
Mike P.
Mike P.
2004 - Rockledge Cabernet Sauvignon The Rocks
Nov 30, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena

30 minutes decant. This is one of the darkest, densest wines I have had in months. Swirling coats the glass with a ruby tint. The nose has some cherry cola, creme de cassis and black currant jam. The palate shows a wonderful explosion of black fruits: Currant, black cherries, black berries, black plums. There is some soy and a hint of vanilla. All this is engulfed in a blanket of chewy textured tannins. Pure and clean, this is huge! A wonderful acid reminder-note toward the finish. A very powerful cabernet that begs for a grilled steak or chops. I think time will soften this, but its so enjoyable now with an extended decant (My third bottle). A super finish that I can still taste after 2 minutes while typing this. Wow.
 (93 pts.)

Mike P.
Mike P.
2006 - Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Nov 30, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star

From 375.

Initially decanted for 1 hour.

Dark as would be expected. The nose has some very low key notes of cassis, vanilla, cherry cola, and black cherries. The palate is very subdued with an almost 'hollow' feel. After 2.5 hours this opened slightly. When food hit the table, even more so. Admirable cassis filled with eucalyptus, lead pencil , tar and leather. This has a medium weight feel to it. A very lively acidic base with some great 'things' hiding out. That's right, things.
A nice finish of 1 minute plus. This will never be a 'showey wine', but will be sure to please in 3-5 years. 89 points

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