Go Big or Go Home Wine Tasting Notes

October 7, 2011

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Go Big or Go Home – Wine Tasting Notes!

The following wines were carefully evaluated by Richard D. Steinberg, CFA
Wine Editor / DinnerReviews.com©
and edited by Billy “Wisdom” Jilla /
International Food & Wine Editor at DinnerReviews.com©.

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09 Jaffurs Viognier Santa Barbara CountyUSA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County
Tastes a little like Gerwurtzraminer.
Sweet grapefruit, melon, and peach wrapped around nice minerality. Light viscosity.

2004 Foxen Pinot Noir Sea Smoke VineyardUSA, California,
Central Coast, Santa Rita Hills – Sta. Rita Hills

Beautiful and inviting bouquet of Roses and Violets. Visible Purplish Hue in a dark bowl. In spite of being a 6 year old Pinot Noir, it looked young. Well balanced, smooth integrated tannins and heavy weight with a sweet hedonistic finish. Wisdom was present at the tasting and would like to ask ‘The Foxen Boys‘ Did some Syrah sneak in this bottle?


2000 Château Angélus – France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
Elegant and regal mouth feel. Milk chocolate and dark cherry balanced with minerals and earthiness. Tannic structure and long finish reveals that this wine will live a very long time.  Next Bat Time, Next Bat Channel, and next episode will be a cliff hanger. This wine is unfair to compare with Cali Cabs and got lost in the shuffle.


2000 Harlan Estate – USA, California, Napa Valley
2000 was supposed to be an off year in California red wines. Not the case here. Perfect acidity and backbone. This wine is all about structure. A memorable wine with coffee, mocha and black cherry profile. The purity of the black plum and cherry is monumental. Tattoo on the brain. Ignore tough vintages and focus on great producers. This wine is a benchmark for the vintage. Tobacco, olive tapenade and cocoa to finish and round it all out.


2001 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection – USA, California, Napa Valley
Voted close to WOTN (Wine of the Night). Jump into the glass type of wine. Pristine and pure Bliss. Mountain berry, cherry and Cassis flavor. This was at its peak.


2003 Bond Pluribus – USA, California, Napa Valley
WOTN- (Wine Of The Night) for me. Black as night with a perfect balance. Possessed such Thick Syrupy Viscosity that could have been spread with a knife. Teeth licking, and Chewy. A symphony of Blueberry Pulp and Black Fruit Jam explosion in the entire mouth that lasted for ever. Joy is the word. Too young to be legal.


2005 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – USA, California, Napa Valley
Black and beautiful. Power on the palate and on the roof of the mouth. Still a great young pup and slightly closed. Watch out in 5 to 10 years. As Bob Dylan said “Save your judgment for yourself”.


2007 Robert Foley Claret – USA, California, Napa Valley
Some alcohol on the nose that eventually blew off but was somewhat a tough starter. Rich, ripened viscous blackberry and blueberry heavy weight fruit. Dark Chocolate and Mocha Flavors. Decadent, yet this bottle variance lacked structure and did not merit 99 Points that RP generously awarded.


2008 Maybach Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Materium -
USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville

Deep dark oasis of  dry black fruits. I would have guessed this to be a Grace  Family Vineyard wine in a blind tasting. Vibrant fruti, plump and juicy. Presence of vanilla with a hint of possibly American Oak. Young with an awesome floral bouquet. (Will possibly revisit for a revised rating).

See you next time our wine loving readers!

“When I put my nose in a glass, it’s like tunnel vision. I move into another world, where everything around me is just gone, and every bit of mental energy is focused on that wine.”  - Robert Parker


Introducing Richard D. Steinberg, CFA / DinnerReviews.com© Wine Editor:
Richard is the President and Chief Investment Officer of Steinberg Global Asset Management, Ltd., a registered investment advisor.  Steinberg Global actively manages approximately $500 million of assets for private clients, retirement plans, corporations, foundations, profit sharing plans and pension accounts.

Member of multiple prestigious wine mailing lists, and a Celebrity Wine Reporter for Wine Enthusiasts World Wide. Richard is an avid wine collector. Richard is a long time charter member of an exclusive South Florida enophile group by the name of Wine Wizards.

Richard is a frequent guest on CNBC’s Squawk Box and PBS’ Nightly Business Report.  He is often quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Business Week, Bloomberg, and other national press publications. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a graduate of Emory University.

Richard lives in Boca Raton, Florida with his wife, Naomi, and his children, Alana and Jack.


5 Stars = [99-100 Points]

4 Stars = [ 96-98 Points]

3 Stars = [93-95 Points]

2 Stars = [90-92 Points]

1 Star = [87-89 Points]

½ Star= [86 Points and below]

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