Mike Pobega's Wines
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May 12, 2009 at 6:41pm
Added May 12, 2009 at 6:41pmVery pretty cranberry & crimson edges. Not very brooding. The nose has some dark currant, rose petal and black cherry. There is a medium body mouthfeel that is very rich and plush. Very plush. There is a tiny touch of heat that quickly dissapated with some air (I popped and poured). Then some chewy tannins with a clean and pure acid level (Steaks?). This has all the stuffing of a world class cabernet. A decent elegant finish completes this nicely.This is my favorite retailers (Gary's NJ) own label and he will tell you on his website that he is 'unable to tell you where it comes from'. I can tell you that the back label says Girard, and I'm thinking more Rudd. A great deal with tons of upside for the next 2-5 years drinking.
Mar 25, 2009 at 7:19pmCompare and Buy
Average Price: $49.99
Added Mar 25, 2009 at 7:19pmThis had a very admirable sweet fruit profile with some spiciness. A very nice balanced Zin with tons of character that does not bruise the palate or the senses. Wonderful red fruits. Very nice. 90/100
Mar 15, 2009 at 8:17pmCompare and Buy
Average Price: $39.99
Added Mar 15, 2009 at 8:17pmPitch black and brooding color with purple/magenta tinged edges. The nose is all black fruits. Nice.The palate reveals some sweet black fruits of cassis, black cherries wit some cola and dusty chewy tannins. A wonderfully balanced cab with lots of full fledged cab stuffing. Very full bodied and plush mouths feel, this had a long elegant finish. Very nice wine albeit slightly four square and a bit clumsy this time around the edges. A few years will tame but surely enjoyable now. I look forward to meeting the winemaker Mike Hirby when he visits and has dinner with my tasting group CLONYC later this year.
Added Sep 13, 2008 at 12:00amNice deep color (Do I always need to tell you that?) A great nose of crushed fresh black cherries with some black currants and red plums. This has a very elegant and precision driven pure core of chewy tannins and a medley of most of the cab fruits I want, with a slightly elevated level of oak that should quiet down nicely (oak is not an enemy of mine). Good vanilla bean and espresso with some freshly scratched wet leather and earth. After some amazing cabs tasted in the last 8 days, this shows amazingly well for its price point. I'm a fan and will be stocking up.
Mar 11, 2009 at 9:35pmCompare and Buy
Average Price: $179.99
Added Mar 11, 2009 at 5:56pm2005 Staglin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon- Dark purple tinged color. This has the classy crème de cassis and camphor I so love. A mid to heavy weight cab with great cassis, black cherry notes, some earth and some pencil shavings. Very seductive and pure, just what I believe these are known for. A year or two would surely make this a stunner. 92/100
Mar 11, 2009 at 9:32pm
Added Mar 11, 2009 at 9:31pmThis is an awe-inspiring ode to Bordeaux. Some beautiful exotic red and black fruits. Black currant and crème de cassis. Some scorched earth with soy, led pencil shavings, and leather. Amazing. This is an elegant and classy wine
Mar 11, 2009 at 9:23pm
Added Mar 11, 2009 at 7:29pm6 hour decant. Deep ruby color. The nose is pure crème de cassis and kirsch royal. The palate reveals a nice pure sweet red & black fruit profile, and not the bad sweet type I detest. Great black cherry, black currant, cherry cola, pomegranate, with some soy, soil, and lead pencil shavings. This has a lushness not normally associated with wines at this price point. A medium to full bodied mouth feel that is long, elegant, and beautifully structured. The tannins are on the biggish side and a few years in the cellar will most certainly reward the owner. A creamy extended finish completes the package. I wanted to try this as I seen the Jones website still offering me more. I ordered 6 more. One of my favorite list purchases and one to surely keep on. A QPR in its class.
Mar 11, 2009 at 6:35pmCompare and Buy
Average Price: $83.99
Added Mar 11, 2009 at 6:35pmNice and fragrant nose. The mouth feel is lush and super structured. Some black and red fruits of cassis, blackberries, and pomegranate. A wonderful Cella’s chocolate wrapped cherry note. Some anise and tar. A good long finish. 91/100
Mar 11, 2009 at 5:51pmCompare and Buy
Average Price: $79.00
Added Mar 11, 2009 at 5:51pmBig bold and showy style of rough and ready cabernet. Dense black currant with some camphor and tar. Some slight vanilla notes. Big chewy but sophisticated tannins with a nice balance throughout. I like the turn these have made with the re-branding of One Point Five. 91/100
Mar 11, 2009 at 12:40pm
Added Mar 11, 2009 at 12:39pmGreat structure and showful, this has the crème de cassis and kirsch notes I enjoy with a full mouth feel that is plush, elegant and abrupt all at the same time. A great value in today’s world of runaway pricing. A great QPR and rated as such.
Feb 25, 2009 at 8:59pmCompare and Buy
Average Price: $99.99
Added Sep 28, 2008 at 12:00am1 hour decant. This wine is in such a wonderful place right now. Dark as a moonless night. Perfect blueberry pie, crushed pebbles. Phenomenal structure. Very consistent with my last 3 times with it. Maybe less showy and more exact and precise if anyhthing. Less perfumey. Some pretty asian spice and cedar. Steamed meat. The tannins are ironing themselves out nicely. Chewy and elegant all at once, this remains one of the best bottles of Syrah I have had recently alongside the Lucia Susans. A toned down Cali Syrah or a Rhone on steroids....you choose. Glad I got 6 more and will still seek more. 3 to 5 yars of great promise here.
Added Aug 24, 2007 at 12:00amNot decanted as long as usual. Super dark purple color. This is one of the smoothest syrahs I have ever come across. Pretty blueberry pie on the nose as well as bruised prrple fruits; plums are the highlight. A wonderful intergration of tannins and acid creat an ultra refined mouthfell for a syrah. The finish goes on 'til midnight, or at least 40 seconds. Glad I got 5 more in reserve.
Added Dec 23, 2006 at 12:00amDecanted for six hours. Tremendous opaque color. The nose did not give up much, a little black fruits was about it. The palate revealed an ultra smooth Syrah that was packed with blackberries, blackcherries, some light chocolate notes and some tar. The finish was long with a touch of sweetness.This is a lush and refined Syrah, to me more in the northern Rhone style than Cali. A bit different from the one we had back in August at CLONYC 3. All I could think of was Ben Sherwin's 'bindbender comment'. This was more of a 'mindsoother'. Sometimes there is a disjustice of a quantity of wines at an offline. This is one wine that deserves the table all to itself. Glad I got 3 more. Well done Abe!