My notes are a bit shorter than usual tonight.
2004 Blankiet Estate, Paraise Hills Vineyard This was a nice wine that was a bit hot and a bit oaky as it sat in the glass. It is a nice wine, but it already on the downslpe and tasting a bit old. It also fell apart as it sat in the glass, so I would advise drinking this sooner rather than later. Only 1 vote for WOTN. 90 points
2005 Trefethen Halo Easily the most unheralded Can estate in Napa. Their 98 was WOTV, and this one is also very good. However, it too fell apart after about 30 minutes, although it cam back a bi ater more air. A good wine, but I guess don’t linger over it? Still, I liked it a lot. 93 points
2005 Shafer HSS I have had this wine three times, and it is awesome every single time. I am a French guy, not a California guy. Still, is there any winery that gets it right year after year like them? No, not really. 98 points. WOTN by me ane everyone else. Gained every vote possible.
2006 Phelps Insignia This is a favorite estate of mine, with the 97 being as good as it gets in California. The 05 is excellent, but they also pull some big boners, including the 2001 which is a horribly overrated wine. This wine is every bit as bad as teh 2001, and maybe even worse. Who would pay $200 for this? There is ntohign there. A little fuirt. Thats it. no finish. No palate. No nose. No complexity. 85 points.
2006 Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer To Kalon Well, there is just nothing wrong here. This wine has it all, and it continued to open up in the glass as the night eneded. I lost faith in the 06 vintage with Insignia, but regained it here. 96 points. 10 votes for WOTN.
2005 Duckhorn Cab A decent wine, a bit green. If it was priced well, I’d have it with dinner. 87 points.
2007 Shafer one point five a very nice wine. No problems here. Not terribly complex or long lasting, but you’d drink this with dinner anytime. 92 points.