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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by maxnix Click here to enlarge
    Malbecs never develop in the glass. They are like IPA in beers. Nothing ever happens.

    I kind of agree with your comparison. Someone once told me that Malbecs are the wine you drink when you are tired of the same old cabs and merlots.
    I would say that IPAs are the beers you choose when you are tired of the Lagers or easy to drink beers. Although , you are correct , leaving it in the glass, it doesn’t become “better”.

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    Needed something to try out my new wine glasses and the 2017 Justin Cab was in at the local store.

    GREAT value. Really enjoying it! Could use some time in bottle but a solid all around cab. 91-92 points.

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    Thought this would be an interesting wine with the 60% Cab Franc and 40% Merlot blend. It indeed is and this certainly stood out in my view from other Daou wines I've tried. Initially, it was very dark with a muted nose offering mostly black fruits. It opened up (some cellar time needed here) after an hour or so in the decanter and slowly but surely began to sing. It evolved into a more playful and slightly lighter style but I was still surprised how the black undertones dominated. It's big, brash, and needs some time but after a decant of a few hours can be enjoyed now. I would have liked some more complexity in the finish and transitions which for me puts it closer to 92 points rather than 94 points.


    93-95+ points, Jeb Dunnuck
    92-94+ points, Robert Parker


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    Vintage 2017
    Varietal Red Blend
    Appellation Paso Robles
    Alcohol % 14.4


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    Sippin' on the Montenegrin wine that my brother brought for me from Europe.

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    Finally got on the list for Quilceda Creek after I don't know how many years.

    Ordered the 2017:

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    It's pretty good stuff:

    Vintage Wine Advocate Issue Date Reviewer
    2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 98 #154, Aug 2004 P. Rovani
    2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 100 #164, Apr 2006 P. Rovani
    2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 100 #164, Apr 2006 P. Rovani
    2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 99 #172, Aug 2007 J. Miller
    2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 100 #177, Jun 2008 J. Miller
    2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 99 #185, Oct 2009 J. Miller
    2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 100 #190, Aug 2010 J. Miller
    2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 99 #196, Aug 2011 J. Miller
    2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 99 #207, Jun 2013 J. Dunnuck
    2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 98+ #207, Jun 2013 J. Dunnuck
    2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 96 #213, Jun 2014 J. Dunnuck
    2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 98 #219, Jun 2015 J. Dunnuck
    2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 99 #225, Jun 2016 J. Dunnuck
    2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 100 #231, Jun 2017 J. Dunnuck

    Vintage JebDunnuck.com Issue Date Reviewer
    2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 99 April 2018 J. Dunnuck
    2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 98+ April 2019 J. Dunnuck

    This represents an average score of 98.9 points over 16 vintages, with three different reviewers.
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    $224 better be good lol

    Not a big fan of Shiraz but this is good.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by quattr0 Click here to enlarge
    $224 better be good lol

    Not a big fan of Shiraz but this is good.
    Penfolds is just sublime. It's what immediately comes to mind when thinking of Aussie wine.

    I have yet to try the Grange... it's like a white whale that eludes me.
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    Put my 2015 Sine Qua Non up for sale. I want to taste it but turning a profit on it is hard to ignore:

    2015 Eleven Confessions Estate Box (3) 750ml Syrah "M" & (3) 750ml Grenache "E"

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    This is a single-vineyard Grenache-dominated, barrel-selection blend coming from the Eleven Confessions Estate vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills. It bears Elaine Krankl?s initial and a portrait Manfred made of Elaine on the label. The blend is 82% Grenache, 12% Syrah, 5% Petite Syrah and 1% Viognier, and 56% was fermented using whole clusters. It was aged for around 38 months in French oak, 28% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Grenache E slides beguilingly out of the glass with a powerfully evocative, earthy/meaty nose of wood smoke, grilled meats, fragrant soil, truffles and iron ore with a core of kirsch, blackberry pie, Black Forest cake and aniseed plus touches of wild sage, rose hip tea and Indian spices. The palate is full-bodied, surprisingly muscular and built like a brick house with an unbelievable structure of very fine, densely pixilated tannins supporting the generous, multi-faceted layers, finishing with epic length, jaw-dropping texture and tons of cerebral mineral and spice nuances. WOW! 900 cases, 228 magnums and 30 double magnums were made.
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    Click here to enlargeL to R: Opus One, Ridge Monte Bello, Harlan Estate / Illustration by Feifei Ruan

    4. Opus One

    Appellation: Napa Valley
    First Vintage: 1979
    Current Release: 2016, $365, 21,900 cases
    Current Winemaker: Michael Silacci
    Average Recent Market Prices: 2010 – $475; 2005 – $500; 1995 – $450
    Average Six-Year Appreciation: 71%

    Napa Valley producer Opus One is a French-American wine estate located in Oakville. It was founded by two larger-than-life figures in 20th-century winemaking, local icon Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Bordeaux, who came together in pursuit of a classic, ageworthy red wine from Napa grapes through traditional French techniques. While Rothschild owned the first-growth Château Mouton-Rothschild and brought instant celebrity to the venture, the wine wouldn’t have become such a success if it didn’t live up to that hype. The duo built a monumental winery, and, within only a few years, their enologists perfected the wine’s layered, sculpted style. Eventually, Opus One became the first American wine sold through négociants on La Place de Bordeaux alongside the elite classified growths.

    5. Ridge Monte Bello


    Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains
    First Vintage: 1962
    Current Release: 2016, $225, 5,150 cases
    Current Winemaker: Eric Baugher
    Average Recent Market Prices: 2010 – $195; 2005 – $265; 1995 – $350
    Average Six-Year Appreciation: 67%

    Ridge Monte Bello has the longest track record of California’s top collectibles, and it’s the only one made outside Napa Valley. The firmly structured, intricate and famously long-aging wine grows on Ridge Vineyard’s home property situated between 1,300 and 2,700 feet above sea level, where it sits above the high-tech campuses of Silicon Valley and catches cool breezes from the Pacific. The 2016 was made from 72% Cabernet Sauvignon blended with Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. After a period of lower recognition, Monte Bello’s value has begun to appreciate quickly. Meanwhile, bottlings at peak maturity and those from fascinating vintages from the 1980s and 1990s remain available at lower prices than new releases.

    6. Harlan Estate


    Appellation: Napa Valley
    First Vintage: 1990
    Current Release: 2015, $1,500, 1,800 cases
    Current Winemaker: Cory Empting
    Average Recent Market Prices: 2010 – $1,000; 2005 – $750; 1995 – $850
    Average Six-Year Appreciation: 64%

    William Harlan, a former real-estate developer, built Harlan Estate from the ground up. He envisioned a classic estate winery that could grow and produce wines on the same site, one with the potential to last for many generations. In 1984, he chose a beautiful hilly location in Napa Valley’s Oakville district that overlooked famous properties like Martha’s Vineyard and To Kalon, and, having previously been an owner of Merryvale Vineyards, tapped former employee Bob Levy to be his founding winemaker. Harlan Estate’s signature red became a classic from its first vintage in 1990, with its bold Cabernet Sauvignon flavors, massive structure and slow aging curve keeping it near the top of today’s collectors’ wish lists. Note that older, drinkable vintages can be about half the price of new ones.
    Click here to enlargePaul Hobbs Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (L), Robert Mondavi To Kalon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (R) / Illustration by Feifei Ruan

    9. Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

    Appellation: Napa Valley
    First Vintage: 2003
    Current Release: 2015, $285, 815 cases
    Current Winemaker: Paul Hobbs
    Average Recent Market Prices: 2010 – $350; 2005 – $345
    Average Six-Year Appreciation: 50%

    Sonoma County-based winemaker Paul Hobbs is adept at both Russian River Valley Chardonnay and Argentine Malbec. But it’s his Napa Valley-grown Cabernet Sauvignon from a St. Helena vineyard first planted in 1858 that’s become his most collectible wine. The warm, flat site known as Dr. Crane Vineyard has been owned and managed by Beckstoffer Vineyards since 1997, and it features deep, gravelly loam soil well-suited to the four clones of Cabernet that grow there. Hobbs touts the wine’s powerful aromatics, while others remark on its silky tannins. Collectors have shown their intense interest, as average prices have surged 50% since 2013.

    10. Robert Mondavi To Kalon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon


    Appellation: Oakville
    First Vintage: 1971
    Current Release: 2016, $175, 8,829 cases
    Current Winemaker: Geneviève Janssens
    Average Recent Market Prices: 2010 – $135; 2005 – $125; 1995 – $85
    Average Six-Year Appreciation: 50%

    With the least expensive release price on this most-collectible list, the Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet is an ideal starting place for a wine collection. Mondavi began to make Cabernet in the winery’s inaugural vintage of 1966, and the “Reserve” term was started with the 1971 vintage. Grapes from the famed and subdivided To Kalon property, on which the winery was built, have been included from the beginning. However, it’s only been called out on the label since 2011. While it’s aged in all-new French barrels each year, the winery has refrained from crafting the wine with too much ripeness, and it retains a distinctive sage and currant character that sets it apart. Some beautifully mature older vintages can be had for half the price of new releases.
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    1. Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon

    Appellation: Oakville
    First Vintage: 1992
    Current Release: 2016, $2,500, 780 cases
    Current Winemaker: Nick Gislason
    Average Recent Market Prices: 2010 – $3,510; 2005 – $3,310; 1995 – $3,750
    Average Six-Year Appreciation: 103%

    Screaming Eagle is the most collectible California wine, based on its secondary market value and average price appreciation. The story of its beginning has been told many times. Real estate agent Jean Phillips bought a vineyard along the eastern edge of Napa Valley’s Oakville appellation in 1986. It turned out to have a small block of exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. She later hired Heidi Barrett as her first winemaker, and the wine was launched with a memorable name and striking bottle. Since then, new owners have come in, vineyards have expanded and production has increased from around 200 cases to as many as 800 cases per year, and yet the glow of this silky, polished and beautifully concentrated wine has never diminished.

    2. Dominus


    Appellation: Napa Valley
    First Vintage: 1983
    Current Release: 2016, $299, 5,500 cases
    Current Winemaker: Tod Mostero
    Average Recent Market Prices: 2010 – $295; 2005 – $200; 1995 – $185
    Average Six-Year Appreciation: 93%

    Christian Moueix belongs to a Bordeaux wine merchant family whose assets long included Château Pétrus in Pomerol. He first fell in love with Napa Valley as a grad student studying enology at the University of California, Davis, during the 1960s. Dominus Estate, a minimalist stone winery in the historic Napanook vineyard in Yountville, is his monument to that moment. The brand has consistently released one of the most long-lived and classically styled wines in California, mostly from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Collectors have invested in Dominus for a generation, but it’s recently appreciated in value almost as fast as Screaming Eagle.

    3. Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon


    Appellation: Rutherford
    First Vintage: 2003
    Current Release: 2016, $400, 2,000 cases
    Current Winemaker: Celia Welch
    Average Recent Market Prices: 2010 – $605; 2005 – $650
    Average Six-Year Appreciation: 80%

    In the early 2000s, photographer Brett Lopez acquired a home and vineyard property adjacent to Inglenook on the west side of the famed Rutherford appellation of Napa Valley. Planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1945, it had belonged to his grandfather, J.J. Cohn, who, as the chief of production for MGM, had been instrumental in making The Wizard of Oz. When Lopez began to make wine from these vines stretching toward the mountains in 2003, he borrowed the name of one of the bravest characters from his grandfather’s classic. Previously, the Scarecrow estate supplied grapes for classic Cabernet Sauvignons from Inglenook, Niebaum-Coppola, Opus One and Joseph Phelps Insignia.
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