Rennie G. Wine Reviews



 

 

1997 - Clos Pegase Cabernet Sauvignon Hommage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Wow, a 1997 That Exceeded Expectations

Aug 03, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

i've been a fan of clos pegase wines for a long time.  particularly their "hommage" series of cabernets.  i've collected them since 1988.  they've always been absolutely marvelous.  so, last night i was shopping in the wine room and my eyes beheld a bottle of the 97.  i picked up the bottle with some skepticism because of all the negative press that the vintage had received over the past couple of years.  WTF i thought, i think i'll check it out.  so, i took the bottle inside and opened it and sniffed at the bottle edge.  no evident flaws or mustiness emanating from the bottle itself.  so, i got my favourite riedel stem and poured a taste.  WOW and blow me down, this wine was amazing.  a dark ruby red colour with a incredibly frooty nose that talked about cassis, black cherry and raspberries.  as i gave it an adventurous sip, the aromas translated seamlessly into flavours on my palate and much to my surprise, there were unctious tannins that left the flavours lingering seemingly forever...

Five Rennies outta Five on this beauty.  and i have another bottle to boot!!

 

 

 

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2003 - Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Thooper Dooper Cab

Jun 18, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
2003 sexquoia grove RESERVE cabernet

opened this bad boy on a whim last night. i drink lotsa wine based on whims. it's kinda whimsical.

at any rate, this is a fabulous bottle of wine-fragrances and aromas popping out of the glass like a genie out of the bottle enticing you to wish that the palate was the same or even better than the aromas. and i have to say, that damn genie was right. all the froot of a well made cabernet was on display-including currant, black cherry and cassis with a hint of tobacco and maybe some tar as well.

5 sooper dooper rennies outta 5 on this one.


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2005 - Von Strasser Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Signature Diamond Mtn

Jun 15, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
2005 von strasser diamond mtn cabernet

i loved this wine up one side of the decanter and down the other...signature diamond mtn cab. i decanted it for a few hours since it was such a youngin. it needed time. sniffed and sipped a bit from time to time. finally, it really started to explode out of the decanter, so i poured a small taste and swirled the bejeezus out of it. wow, the fragrances were rampant and powerful. lots of cassis and black cherry coupled with a hint of vanillin (could it be american oak?) on the nose that translated perfectly on to the palate. the mouthfeel was plush and the frootiness came through and the tannins were a bit on the coarse side, but that's ok with me. the finish was long and lingering. so, i got up and poured myself a bigger glass. yummo to the last drop.

a solid 5 rennies outta 5


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1975 - Potensac  Bordeaux Blend

Potent Stuff

Jun 14, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

this was nice, very nice.  it was stronger than i thought it would be because it came out of the bottle quite translucent with a burnished, oxidized colour in the decanter.  the nose was quite jammy.  i waited for about an hour before i sipped at it and was very pleased at the froot that was still in the wine.  the palate was quite lush and plush and full and the finish had plenty o'acid and soft, smooth supple tannins

chaching!!

4 rennies outta 5 which ain't bad given the age of the wine.

:renegating:renegating:renegating:renegating

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1961 - Pape Clement  Bordeaux Blend

Soft and Supple

Jun 12, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
this was a very delicious surprise for me. i was very concerned about this wine because it showed some signs of seepage and the label was torn up a bit. i was EXTREMELY careful with the cork, and removed it gingerly from the neck of the bottle using a pronged corkscrew that slides in between the neck of the bottle and the cork. it came right out and was wet up about 2/3rds of the side of the cork.

the aroma out of the bottle was musty, as are all older boredohs in my opinion. it's when they open up that the bordelais magic starts to happen. i figgered there would be some significant sediment in the bottle, so i decanted it while being careful to leave most of the sediment in the bottom of the bottle. i let it sit for about 1/2 hour in the decanter and in a riedel vinum extreme stem. the colour was lighter than a younger boredoh with some browning from oxidation around the edges. as i stuck my nose in the riedel stem the first time, there were faint, yet delicate aromas emanating from the bowl. it was almost floral in its fragrance with a hint of plumminess. i sipped it gingerly and it was thin on the palate but the flavours were very similar to the aromas on the nose; somewhat floral with a packground of plum. i had another glass out of the decanter a bit later and it was much better-more of the plum coming through. needless to say, it didn't last the night.

straight up 4 rennies outta 5-not bad for a 47 year old.


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2005 - Peju Cabernet Franc Rutherford Reserve  Cabernet Franc

Peju is Back on Track with This One!

Jun 08, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
2005 peju rutherford bench reserve cabernet franc

got this bad boy in my most recent club shitpment, so i had to try it immediately if not sooner!

peju is way back on track with their cab francs! this one is fabulous. it's all about the bright red froot, the signature cabernet franc aromas and flavours with enough acid and tannin to make the finish incredibly pleasing. if you want some, let me know, cuz i get a nice interwinery discount from them.

straight up 5 rennies outta 5!!


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2002 - Peju Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Reserve  Cabernet Sauvignon

2002 Peju Petit Verdot

Jun 08, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
2002 peju petit verdot

i remember this wine distinctly when it first came out. it was all dark froot and tannins. i tasted it on friday night and the dark froot is still there, plum and currant jelly with just a hint of tobacco, but the tannins have smooooooooooooooothed out immeasurably. this one has gotten better than i thought it would, however i do miss those signature tannins when the wine was first available

a very nice score 4 rennies outta 5



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2005 - Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

2005 Calix Cab

Jun 01, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star

this is a review for the 2005 calix napa valley cab, but it wasn't on the list, so i just picked something at random

to the review

2005 calix napa valley cab

after we drained the 2004 ahnfeldt, we fell back to the 2005 calix cab. again, another very nice cabernet, don't get me wrong, but after the experience with the 2004 ahnfeldt, i was a little underwhelmed with the calix. it was a bit lighter than the ahnfeldt-and that could just be the result of the very prolific froot bearing year that was the 2005 vintage in napa. but it was most enjoyable, more froot forward with a sufficient amount of tannins to make the experience complete. but it didna measure up to the ahnfeldt.

3 rennies outta five's da best i can do

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2004 - Ahnfeldt Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Nice Cab

Jun 01, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
2004 ahnfeldt cabernet

had this last night at la provence after a long afternoon of selling wine at the capitol cellars wine shop in roseville. i swear, one couple, ruby and rob, sat at the bar and talked and talked and talked and didna leave until after 7 pm. i think they just didna wanna go home to their kidz.

at any rate, i first tasted this cab a few weeks back when our wine brokers, andy and dave, were at capitol cellars conducting a wine tasting of some of their new wines.

this one is a dandy-totally representative of napa valley cabernet that is pleasing on the nose, the palate and with a long finish. this is a small producer and the price was VERY reasonable in the wine shop at $49.95.

i give it 5 rennies straight up.



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2004 - Revana Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

Excellent Balance

May 30, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
2004 revana cabernet
opened this one last night with a short decant time of about an hour. recanted the wine into the bottle and used an aerating pour spout to pour the wine into my stem.

this a very elegant and well made wine. it's a complete experience from the aromatics to the long finish. there is plenty o'froot on the nose and palate and the tannins in the wine are soft and supple. an excellent job of balancing all of the attributes that a classic cab should have. way to go heidi!


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2001 - Coutet Cuvee Madame Sauternes Blend

A Sticky not a Sicky

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

i've had this wine once before and this is definitely a sticky worth trying.  it's all honey and sweetness on the nose that translates right to the palate with a rich profusion of honeysuckle and maple syrup (just not that viscous).  the acid balance is just right in the bottle to keep you from believing that you are drinking molasses. 

another 5 outta 5 starzz.

 

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2002 - Lynch Bages  Bordeaux Blend

One Rockin' Lunch Bags

May 28, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
2002 Lynch Bages-maggie format.  took it to a friend's house for dinner on saturday night.  i had opened it on friday night and let it sit out open in the decanter ALL NIGHT LONG and then recanted it back into the maggie the next morning.  WOW, this wine was rockin-showing everything it had to show for such a youngin.  there was froots galore as well as a long and lingering finish.  fer sure 5 outta the usual 5 starrzz.
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2003 - Kobalt Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

2003 Kobalt Cab

May 20, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
2003 kobalt cabernet...

opened this late on wednesday evening...took about 4 ounces out of the bottle and sipped on it. really tight and way wound up. corked it up with a vacu-vin cork and let it stand til last night. talk about a night and day difference!! wow, this wine was robust from the nose to the finish-a classic napa valley cabernet! cassis and black cherry with a hint of eucalyptus and cigar box on the nose. when it hit the tongue, it was an explosion of froot and acid and tannin with a finish that lingered seemingly FOR FOOKING EVER!!

damn.
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2000 - Clos du Marquis  Bordeaux Blend

A Bad Bordelais Boy

May 20, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

2000 clos du marquis

decanted this bad boy for about 6 hours before serving. it was MELLOW! nice and smooth right out of the decanter. lightly frooty on the nose, merlot based? and silky on the tongue, in the mouth and on the finish. nicely done!

 

5 outta 5 starzz

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2004 - D R Stephens Cabernet Sauvignon Moose Valley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

A Disappointing Hunnerd $ Bottle O' Wine

May 20, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star

ok, so last night at 58 degrees,i bought a bottle of 2003 DR Stephens moose valley vineyard cab...

it was tasty. had a nice cab-like bouquet and was pleasant on the palate with a somewhat tannic, drying finish. but it wasn't "all that"...certainly NOT a $100 bottle of wine.

i was disappointed cuz i've had other dr stephens wines that were MUCH better

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2005 - Switchback Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Peterson Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

THIS Wine is Fabulous

Apr 30, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
2005 switchback ridge cab sauv-peterson family vineyard

wow and holy sheet brothers and sisters, this is one wallop of cab!! it's young (and therefore will age very nicely) and incredibly robust. the froot outta the glass is rich dark cassis and black cherry with vanillin overtones (had to be some americanski oakski there somewhere!) hints of eucalyptus and cigar box. the mouth was fooking luxurious and the finish quite lingering and tannic. i recommend a 3-4 hour decant time on this puppy cuz it was all wound up when it came outta da bottle.

on that fabulosity scale, this girl gives THIS wine 4 snaps and a tushy pinch!!
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2005 - Kobalt Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

2005 Kobalt Cab Just Needs Time

Apr 23, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
2005 kobalt

broke one of these bad boyz out on monday night with our wine brokers dave and andy. this wine is already very approachable and very pleasing from start to finish-although i wish i had decanted it. but it was a spur of the moment call, so i live with the decision. pleasing notes of cherry, raspberry and kumquat on the nose and a totally plush, luxurious, opulent and unctuous mouth feel. the finish was long and lingering and i had to drink more. so i did...
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2005 - Kobalt Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

It Just Needs Time

Apr 23, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
2005 kobalt

broke one of these bad boyz out on monday night with our wine brokers dave and andy. this wine is already very approachable and very pleasing from start to finish-although i wish i had decanted it. but it was a spur of the moment call, so i live with the decision. pleasing notes of cherry, raspberry and kumquat on the nose and a totally plush, luxurious, opulent and unctuous mouth feel. the finish was long and lingering and i had to drink more. so i did
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2005 - Kobalt Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

It Just Needs Time

Apr 23, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
2005 kobalt

broke one of these bad boyz out on monday night with our wine brokers dave and andy. this wine is already very approachable and very pleasing from start to finish-although i wish i had decanted it. but it was a spur of the moment call, so i live with the decision. pleasing notes of cherry, raspberry and kumquat on the nose and a totally plush, luxurious, opulent and unctuous mouth feel. the finish was long and lingering and i had to drink more. so i did
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1992 - Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

1992 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cab Sauv

Apr 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

had this wine about a week ago at dinner at smith and wollenksy's on the vegass strip.  personally, i love aged napa valley cabs like i love aged boredohs and a 1992 napa cab should be showing really really well now-especailly one with a well known lineage such as araujo.  and i wasn't disappointed when i opened this bottle paired with a ribeye steak and smith's famous mac and cheese as a side.  the wine held up to the rigors of the steak easily and shown wonderfully in contrast to the 95 beaucastel that was also opened. the wine was absolutely elegant as an older wine should be.  the tannins had softened to impart a plush tasting experience and not a harsh one.  the finish was velvety smooth.  loved it and i'd do it again!

 

solid 4 starzz outta 5

where's my gift certificate, eh?

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2003 - Dominus Proprietary Red Wine Proprietary Blend

A Complete Wine

Apr 21, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

ever had a wine that was perfect from beginning to end?  a wine whose aromatics translated from your nose to your palate down your throat with a lingering finish that left you begging for more? this one is like that.  i've had wines that were gangbusters on the nose, promising an profusion of froot that disappeared on the palate with nothing left behind to remind you that you were actually drinking wine.  not this wine.  it was a seamless (i often wondered what that meant in vinous terms, now i know!) from beginning to end-and nary a flaw to be found.

definitely 5 outta five starzz.

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1986 - Rieussec  Sauternes Blend

A Taste of Honey

Apr 20, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

drinking this wine last night at the end of a fabulous meal was the inevitable hit of the night.  to steal the lyrics from a beatles song: a taste of honey, a taste much sweeter than wine.  well, this wine was a honey DEW.  golden in colour and sweet nectar on the nose with gardenias, star jasmine and honeysuckle on the nose it evolved into a pure honey expression on the palate and was unctious on the finish.  i wish i had more!

10 starzz outta 5 on this one!

 

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2004 - Outpost Cabernet Sauvignon True Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

2004 Outpost Howell Mtn CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Apr 20, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

since there was no cab to pick from in the listing, i mysteriously am posting my review under the petite sirah.  go figger. 

had this last night at a friends house for our mutual b'day party along with some other fabulous wines.  this one, however, stuck out as a complete wine experience.  i'm a big time howell mtn cab lover anyway, but this is one of the best ones i've had.  dark and brooding black cherry and cassis on the nose with just a hint of eucalyptus and seegar box on the nose that exploded onto the palate with a full profusion of froots followed by a finish that i can close my eyes and still taste and feel today (yes, through the wicked hangover!)

unquestionably 5 outta 5 starzz

 

 

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2005 - Herb Lamb Vineyards EII Napa Valley Red Proprietary Blend

2005 Herb Lamb EII Blend

Apr 15, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star

took this to dinner at rosemary's restaurant in viva las vegass on saturday night last. 

it was a decent wine, but VERY VERY young.  this wine needs time in the bottle-at least another year before i come back to it.  it certainly didn't perform as i expected.  i probably should have had it decanted-that would have helped some.  if you have some, i HIGHLY recommend decantation rites before you drink it.

a solid 3 outta 5 starzz-with a higher rating to come.

 

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1995 - Beaucastel, Chateau Chateauneuf du Pape Proprietary Blend

1995 Ch. Beaucastel CDP

Apr 14, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

had this wine with dinner at rosemary's restaurant in viva las vegass.  paired with a perfectly cooked grilled veal tenderloin, the wine was in its element.  very earthy and spicy on the nose (all spice) with a plush mouth that was fully frooty and a sweet lingering finish.

 

5 starzz outta 5 starzz for the wine and the pairing and the restaurant.

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2002 - Martin Ray Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

A Big Deal From an Under Appreciated Sonoma Winery

Mar 27, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

i've become a big fan of the martin ray winery wines.  especially the diamond mountain cabernet.  recently, during the russian river barrel tasting weekend, we went to martin ray and barrel sampled the 2005 version.  i found this vintage to be underwhelming, so departing from my tradition, i didn't buy futures that day.  (i'm usually good for 1/2 case).  so, imagine my delight when i saw a dutch auction of the 2002 version on wine commune last weekend.  i snapped up a 1/2 case for less than 1/2 the retail price of the wine. 

this wine is a traditional diamond mtn cab (yeah, that's fairly cliche and presumptuous of me to think that EVERYONE has had a diamond mtn cab) however, the rocky soil on the mtn gives the froot a unique flavour. it's much more concentrated because the vines froot at maybe 1/3-1/4 the usual tonnage per acre.  this wine is no exception.  the froot characteristics are quite concentrated with huge notes of cassis, black cherry, tobacco, leather and cigar box-and that's just on the nose!  the mouthfeel is pleasing and full and there is this trailing note of bright red cherries as it washes delightfully down the back of your throat.

yum.

4 starzz outta 5 fo sho!

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2005 - Edgewood Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Edgewood Comes Back!

Jan 30, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

much to my surprise, i found an old friend at the new total wines store in roseville the other day. EDGEWOOD ESTATES!! they used to be the ultimate QPR producer in the napa valley (in my opinion of course).  it looked as though they had their full line up of wines, so i purchased the 2005 tradition (blend) reserve cab and napa cab.  i've had both the tradition and the reserve cab ($19.99 each) so far and i have to say i am NOT disappointed at all.  in fact, i am VERY pleased.  both wines were complex and well made from an aromatic, palate and finish point of view.  typical napa valley/oakville cabs with great black froot noses and plush palate feel and long, lingering and somewhat tannic (these were 2005's!) finishes.  YUM.

welcome back edgewood, we missed ya!! 

tradition 4 starzz outta 5

reserve cab 4 starzz outta 5 and both HUGE QPR ups.

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2003 - Chateau Suduiraut  Sauternes Blend

If You Love Sauternes, You'll Love This Suduiraut

Jan 20, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

popped the cork on this beauty (RP95) last night after dinner.  it was at about 60 degrees (fresh from the wine cellar) and not overly chilled.  the aromatics exploded out of the glass...peach, honeysuckle, a hint of brown molasses.  the wine is golden in colour (it's still very young at only 4 vintage years old).  the aromatics did not disappoint on the palate.  this is an unctious wine-very luxurious and almost decadent in the mouth.  the honey and molasses were there, without question, along with a myriad of other succulent froot flavours.  the wine coated my mouth for what felt like forever.  it's a lot richer and thicker than you might expect. 

5 stars, no question

 

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2005 - Conn Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Prologue Cabernet Sauvignon

Great QPR Napa Valley Cabernet

Jan 20, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
i picked up 6 bottles of this wine on an wine auction website without having tasted it, based mostly on todd anderson's reputation and the fact that i like most of the wines that he makes.  i paid $15 a bottle for the wine.  so, i opened one bottle, and it's definitely a down scaled package with an amalgam cork.  however, the wine inside is most enjoyable indeed!! i was pleasantly surprised with the aromas of dark cherry and currant emanating from my riedel vinum extreme with a hint of vanillin (i'll bet he uses american oak on this wine-shame on him!) in the mix.  the taste on my palate did not disappoint me as the aromas translated nicely with inclusion of a full mouth feel, and a long and tannic finish.  wow, this wine could be ageable too.  now i have to go find myself some more!!  i would give it a solid 4 starzz outta 5. 
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