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1992 Private Reserve Cabernet SauvignonB-C"Good length" Little fruit remaining, but a good finish10/25/08
1993 Bancroft Ranch Howell Mountain MerlotBOlder tasting Merlot with minimal fruit, but still some structure. Past it'...10/25/08
1993 Bancroft Ranch, Howell Mountain MerlotC-DAnother blind taste - nose of wet leaves, fills the mouth with really good ...07/12/08
1994 Bancroft Ranch, Howell Mountain MerlotC-DTasted in a blind tasting, dry but bold red with big tannins, mouth feel an...12/09/06
1995 Bancroft Ranch, Howell Mountain MerlotCTasted blind - brownish colour with good tannins and dryness on the palate....07/12/08
1995 Private Reserve Cabernet SauvignonC-DVery nice wine. Tasted blind which was great (Sue even picked the year). Wo...10/28/06
1996 Bancroft Ranch, Howell Mountain MerlotC-DStill got some good fruit in this - hard to believe it is a '96 with this m...07/12/08
1996 Private Reserve Cabernet SauvignonC-DGreat berry aroma, definitely an older cabernet. Long finish 12/09/06
1997 Private Reserve Cabernet SauvignonC-DStrong berries on the nose, tastes like an old and robust cab. Good long fi...11/23/04
1997 Third Century Cabernet FrancA-BVery tannic, tastes like leathery grape skins. Probably past its peak, shou...03/21/09
1998 Private Reserve Cabernet SauvignonCLess fruit than other (older) PRs tasted today, but a decent medium finish ...10/25/08
1999 Bancroft Ranch, Howell Mountain Cabernet SauvignonBMore fruit and flavour in this wine than the others tasted, but a slightly ...02/18/06
1999 Private Reserve Cabernet SauvignonB-CDry with good structure, but no fruit and a medium finish. Drinkable, but n...11/04/06
2000 Bancroft Ranch, Howell Mountain MerlotC-DGreat nose, excellent Howell Mountain aroma. Choclatey, velvet polished win...09/01/07
2000 Montagia, Napa Valley Cabernet SauvignonBBlended by Joe Montana from 49er fame. I think Joe is amazing, but the wine...02/18/06
2001 Alluvium MerlotA-B"Watery lettuce" - smells funky and has little on the palate03/21/09
2001 Bancroft Ranch Howell Mountain Cabernet SauvignonCSuperb nose, decent fruit and balanced finished. Shane thought it was a "Go...10/25/08
2001 Bancroft Ranch, Howell Mountain MerlotC-DGood fruit and tannins, lots of structure, should last for years. Another i...12/09/06
2001 Montagia Cabernet SauvignonB-CGood fruit, good mouth. Nice finish - a good drinking wine.02/17/08
2001 Private Reserve Cabernet SauvignonDWow. Huge wine. The finish goes on and on. Tasted blind alongside the 2002 ...10/28/06
2001 Quarry Cabernet SauvignonBThe "Quarry" name matches this wine - tastes like dirt and leaves a hole in...02/18/06
2001 St Helena Cabernet SauvignonB-CGood nose, undertones of tar on the palate with some fruit and smooth tanni...10/25/08
2001 Steinhauer Ranch Cabernet SauvignonCTasted and bought the 2001 Steinhauer at the Beringer Cellar Sale so the no...03/24/12
2001 Third Century Howell Mountain Cabernet FrancCGood tight tannins and nice finish. Good mountain fruit on the nose, and go...09/01/07
2002 Bancroft Ranch, Howell Mountain MerlotCMore fruit than the 1994, but still a huge Merlot that could be confused wi...12/09/06
2002 Rancho del Oso Cabernet SauvignonB-COpened up the bottle in front of us so it definitely needed some time. Very...10/28/06
2002 Steinhauer Vineyard Cabernet FrancB-CNice drinkable Cabernet Franc, would be great in a blend.10/25/08
2003 Bancroft Ranch, Howell Mountain MerlotB-CVery smooth with medium finish. not much body, middle palate. Nice midweek ...02/17/08
2003 Chabot Vineyard Cabernet SauvignonBBig finish, but nothing up front - better in a blend.10/25/08
2003 Knights Valley Vineyard Cabernet SauvignonB-CTasted from 3L bottle - mouth filling, very smooth and short-medium finish10/25/08
2003 Marston Vineyard, Cabernet SauvignonCStunning nose. Big wine with big fruit, chewy and good tannins. Not sure if...02/17/08
2003 Napa Valley Cabernet SauvignonB-CVery drinkable midweek cabernet.10/25/08
2003 Private Reserve Cabernet SauvignonCAnother great showing for this premium of wines. Oaky flavours with hints o...07/04/07
2004 Alluvium RedCGreat value wine, fruity and smooth witha very pleasing finish. Spectacular...10/25/08
2004 Bancroft Ranch, Howell Mountain MerlotCVery fruity and smooth - "like fruit yoghurt". You can taste the mountain f...07/12/08
2004 Chabot Cabernet SauvignonB-CNice and choclatey, good drinker03/21/09
2004 Knights Valley Vineyard Cabernet SauvignonB-CTobacco on the nose. Chewy finish. Needs some time. Would like to come back...08/23/08
2004 Private Reserve Cabernet SauvignonDFills your whole mouth. Stunning fruit, lingers and amazing finish. Great s...02/17/08
2004 Private Reserve ChardonnayB-CMade from the best grapes of four vineyards, this is a Chardonnay that a wh...10/28/06
2004 Rancho del Oso Cabernet SauvignonCChalky tannins with good fruit int he middle and medium long finish. 03/21/09
2004 Sbragia Napa Valley ChardonnayC-DSingle vineyard Chardonnay (Gamble Ranch). Less than 3000 cases produced. C...10/28/06
2004 Steinhauer Cabernet SauvignonC-DGreat body, dark fruit with long finish. Excellent wine - easily wine of th...03/21/09
2004 Steinhauer Ranch, Cabernet FrancCBeautiful Cab Franc from Howell Mountain. Dark ruby red with the essence of...08/23/08
2005 Bancroft Ranch Howell Mountain Cabernet SauvignonB-CVery approachable, good fruit with a medium finish. Part of the blend for P...10/11/08
2005 Knights Valley Cabernet SauvignonBGood fruit and balance, a good match for a steak dinner. Not a lot of tann...07/01/08
2005 Marston Vineyard Cabernet SauvignonBAniseed and berries - medium fruit10/25/08
2005 Napa Valley Cabernet SauvignonB-CMedium depth, good tannins shorter on finish, but has potential for aging.07/11/09
2005 Napa Valley Pinot NoirBTight and fruity flavour but drinkable at $1210/25/08
2005 Private Reserve Cabernet SauvignonDA great aroma, strong fruit on the palate with good body, balance and nice ...10/11/08
2005 Rancho Del Oso Cabernet SauvignonCVery big, good fruit and tannins, will improve in time.10/11/08
2005 Spring Mountain Cabernet SauvignonCVery drinkable out of the bottle, very soft with lighter tannins than other...10/11/08
2005 Steinhauer Vineyard Cabernet SauvignonCSmoky cherry and caramel flavours - very chewy and drinkable10/25/08
2006 Private Reserve ChardonnayB-COakier with more caramel than the Sbragia - but with a relatively sharper f...07/12/08
2006 Sbragia Napa Valley ChardonnayCLight and balanced Chardonnay. A little oak and grapefruit flavours. We may...07/12/08
2006 Stanly Ranch Chardonnay, CarnerosBWe were offered the Stanly Ranch Chardonnay at $12 a bottle. At that price ...08/23/08
2007 Napa Valley Pinot NoirBRegularly $25, we were offered bottles at $15 each, which is again a steal....08/23/08
2007 Private ReserveDWow. Beautiful wine. According to Robert Parker, "this is one of the finest...07/30/11

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