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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Anything other than Silver Oak Napa is a waste of time. You had the Alexander Valley at that price.

    I get my Silver Oak Napa for $60 a bottle Click here to enlarge I get my Caymus for $40...

    If you liked the Caymus Chardonnay try the Caymus Conundrum Savignon Blanc. Half the price if you get it at Costco and just as good if not better.

    Ok, never had either so will look for the Napa in future... was not impressed overly so may just give the name a miss

    BTW did you drink the Stags leap in the above pic... always a favorite producer for mind
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Itsbrokeagain Click here to enlarge
    I gotta put up a few pics later of the wine I drank over the holidays. Thought it was pretty nice for $25 bucks. Considering Ive tried some stuff in the $200 range that tasted like crap.
    What in the world is $200 a bottle that tastes like crap?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Alex325i Click here to enlarge
    Sticky, what's your opinion on wines that contain sulfites?
    Helps maintain freshness and eliminate bacteria. The amounts are regulated, I wouldn't stress about it. Certainly not from wine bottled in the USA.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Group.america Click here to enlarge
    Trying a Turnbull Cabernet today.... very young 2010... a lot of cedar and ash... not enough fruit but it is good at $40
    The Turnbull isn't bad for what it is. I'm just spoiled with cabs in general.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Group.america Click here to enlarge
    BTW did you drink the Stags leap in the above pic...
    Yes I did. Was not impressed and felt it was drinking way below its price point. My dad likes Stag's Leap because he doesn't really know new wineries. IMO it's overrated but the Cask 23 is the wine to get from Stag's Leap.

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    They sell the 2009 Stags at my local but it was just okay and at $40 it was like a $20 wine...... there is a great vintage wine shop in Westhampton Beach about 3 miles from my house that has a great selection of collectors wines.... check out their website

    http://www.westhamptonfinewine.com/


    I have bought $150 Australian wines there for $30-$50 a bottle... way underpriced... The guy who owns the place is rich and does it for a hobby so he gives great value... I wouldn't give it a plug but if you are into some of the great 1990s - early 2000s Cabernets, he has some awesome stuff for sale

    I retried the Turnbull later last night... meh... did not improve with time and air
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    2004 Lewelling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Wight Vineyard Napa California

    will be the wine for tonight.... tasted it once last year and rated it highly.. almost the perfect American Cabernet
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Group.america Click here to enlarge
    2004 Lewelling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Wight Vineyard Napa California


    will be the wine for tonight.... tasted it once last year and rated it highly.. almost the perfect American Cabernet
    They make a good cab. The Wight is the way to go.

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    Tonight 1998 Robert Mondavi "Napa - Reserve Unfiltered" Cabernet - pretty good

    Tomorrow - 1997 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet (on your recommendation Sticky)... the guy in Westhampton also has the 2003 Caymus at around $139 a bottle I think
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    The 1998 was a weak vintage.

    1997 on the other hand was spectacular. If that bottle was cellared correctly it should be drinking just about at its peak.

    2003 is inconsistent.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    The 1998 was a weak vintage.

    1997 on the other hand was spectacular. If that bottle was cellared correctly it should be drinking just about at its peak.

    2003 is inconsistent.

    98 Mondavi ??? - I decanted for a bit and it is showing well... I would give it a 91/100 so far but we will see what my wine expert mate thinks

    The place I buy from only buys private collections that have been expertly cellared ..... the owner inspects each sale and does it personally... of all the wines I have had from him in the last year only 1 bottle was off and that was a 1990 Dom Perignon which from my experience is very temperamental in any vintage


    I will try the '97 Caymus tomorrow and maybe get a 2003 Caymus later in the week..... I had a later vintage Caymus someone gave me for a house warming and some asshat drank it from my cellar during my housewarming.... effing NuYorkurs

    The '97 Caymus got these reviews on Cellartracker


    • "12/29/2013 - JOHNBHAMRICK WROTE:94 Points


      I had this bottle opened at the Palm restaurant in Atlanta about 2 weeks before Christmas while having dinner with my wife. It was decanted and tasted immediately. Needed to open up some so we let it sit for 30 minutes and then had it poured. A magnificent wine fully ready to drink. Long on the aftertaste and lots of fruit flavors. Tannins fully gone. A true pleasure to drink and not over the hill yet!!!
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      12/26/2013 - DANIELK168 WROTE:93 Points

      bottle decanted about 1 hour, very smooth and long finish, good fruit and herbal notes, matured and still holding.
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      12/25/2013 - CBFOREVER1 LIKES THIS WINE:95 Points

      Truly good stuff, still very young. Very intense on the nose, long in the mouth, sharp and precise.
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      10/19/2013 - H*3 LIKES THIS WINE:93 Points

      Very enjoyable and not beyond the drinking window. Loved the overall balance with plenty of dark fruit left to compliment the more mature cab notes. Should continue to drink well for the next several years.
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      6/15/2013 - MARK H. LEQUIRE WROTE:92 Points

      Drank in 2013 past the drinking window & held up perfectly. No tannins and still had many of it's fruit flavors.
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    grape juice new wine.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Group.america Click here to enlarge
    The '97 Caymus got these reviews on Cellartracker
    I'd say 93 if I remember correctly. My review is somewhere in there. I really love cellartracker.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Group.america Click here to enlarge
    98 Mondavi ??? - I decanted for a bit and it is showing well... I would give it a 91/100 so far but we will see what my wine expert mate thinks
    It's certainly not a bad wine but the '97 kicks its ass. The 98, 99, and 2000, are all 'meh' IMO. The 2001 makes up for it but it's not like the weather is Mondavi's fault.

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    Decided to have a glass tonight. Finished off a bottle of Cricova Chardonnay the other night. Tonight is Cricova Cabernet Sauvignon from their Prestige collection. I doubt anyone has this unless from europe, I believe my friend is one of if the not the first importer in the US.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by mjmarovi Click here to enlarge
    Decided to have a glass tonight. Finished off a bottle of Cricova Chardonnay the other night. Tonight is Cricova Cabernet Sauvignon from their Prestige collection. I doubt anyone has this unless from europe, I believe my friend is one of if the not the first importer in the US.
    Never heard of this stuff.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Never heard of this stuff.
    Cricova, Moldova. Pretty interesting winery. They are one of the very few places in the world that still produce sparkling wine using the methods invented by Dom P. Here's their website. My friend is from Russia and said it took him 3 years of negotiations to get them to distribute to him over here. I'm not a wine expert by any means so can't really tell you how it stacks up to something else.

    http://www.cricova.md/en/main.html
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by mjmarovi Click here to enlarge
    Cricova, Moldova. Pretty interesting winery. They are one of the very few places in the world that still produce sparkling wine using the methods invented by Dom P. Here's their website. My friend is from Russia and said it took him 3 years of negotiations to get them to distribute to him over here. I'm not a wine expert by any means so can't really tell you how it stacks up to something else.

    http://www.cricova.md/en/main.html

    My missus' mum is originally from Bessarabia which was Romania before WWII and now Moldova.. I actually like a lot of EE wines, especially some of the Hungarian reds from around Sopron, some of the Croatian wins are great and the Moldovan/Romanian higher quality reds....
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    It's certainly not a bad wine but the '97 kicks its ass. The 98, 99, and 2000, are all 'meh' IMO. The 2001 makes up for it but it's not like the weather is Mondavi's fault.

    Funny, cause all the old reviews for the '98 are meh but to me it was like a mid 80's Mouton Rothschild on the light side... tannins are almost gone but there is great fruit... I am going to get a mix of the 2006-2010 ('10 gets RAVE reviews) Mondavis from a local collector at cost price... he doesn't drink them
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    I need a decanter, any recommendations? I'd love to see some pics for ideas.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Group.america Click here to enlarge
    Funny, cause all the old reviews for the '98 are meh but to me it was like a mid 80's Mouton Rothschild on the light side... tannins are almost gone but there is great fruit... I am going to get a mix of the 2006-2010 ('10 gets RAVE reviews) Mondavis from a local collector at cost price... he doesn't drink them
    The 2010 is good. 2006-2010 is just fine. 2011 is the one to avoid.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by mjmarovi Click here to enlarge
    I need a decanter, any recommendations? I'd love to see some pics for ideas.
    I recommend either of these:

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Those look pretty cool, but can't imagine they pour too well...lol
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by mjmarovi Click here to enlarge
    Those look pretty cool, but can't imagine they pour too well...lol
    http://www.wineenthusiast.com/glassware/decanters/

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