2018 Continued Notes

2009 Château Figeac

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2009 Château Figeac

  

Classification: Premier Grand Cru Classé B


Location: St-Emilion, Bordeaux, France


Blend: 1/3 Merlot, 1/3 Cabernet Sauvignon, 1/3 Cabernet Franc


This gorgeous ruby red wine had an amazing bouquet of bright black cherries, blackberries, cassis fruit, crushed minerals, cut herbs, exotic spice, coffee, tobacco, and toasted oak. The wine was full bodied with rounded tannins that gave way to a luxurious long finish displaying hints of figs, blackberries, black currants, cherries, tobacco, baking spices, espresso, oak, and a touch of refined dusty forest floor. The wine is complex with beautiful layers of ripe fruit that harmonize perfectly with the supple terroir notes. This wine is approachable now; however, has the ability to cellar for another 15 years. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: June 2018

2007 Château Guadet

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2007 Château Guadet

  

Classification: Grand Cru Classé


Location: St-Emilion, Bordeaux, France


Blend: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc


This was a lovely red wine with a bouquet of cherries, black plum, red currants, licorice, violets, cigar box, cut herbs, wet gravel road, tar, and toasted oak. The wine was medium bodied with subdued tannins and a plush finish displaying hints of dark plum, crushed cherries, soft spice, herbs, tobacco, tar, toasted oak, and dusty minerals. The wine was a bit closed and needed some time to open up. This wine is quite complex with lush fruit flavors that are blanketed with dusty terroir notes. The wine is made in that classic old world style that pairs perfectly with food. This wine should be decanted about 30 minutes to an hour before approaching, but is drinking beautifully right now. Recommended! 


Tasted: June 2018

2014 Château Clinet

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2014 Château Clinet

  

Location: Pomerol, Bordeaux, France


Blend: 90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc


This rich aromatic wine had a bouquet of crushed black cherries, fig, blackberries, violets, chocolate, graphite, wet gravel, salted caramel, soft spice, and toasted oak. The wine is medium ++ in body with gripping but rounded tannins that give way to a beautiful finish showing hints of blackberries, boysenberry, fig, cherries, toasted oak, mocha, 5 spice, and dusty earth. The wine is complex with velvety layers of red and black fruits that are encompassed with muscular dusty terroir notes. This is a rich beautiful wine that is approachable now when decanted; however, will reward those that cellar it for 10 more years. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: June 2018

2012 Château Lascombes

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2012 Château Lascombes

  

Classification: Second Growth in 1855


Location: Margaux, Bordeaux, France


Blend: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot


The wine had a dark inky purple color and a concentrated bouquet of blackberries, cherries, cassis fruit, chocolate, fresh cut herbs, caramel, spice, and toasted oak. The wine was full bodied with rounded tannins that gave way to a nice long finish displaying hints of ripe blackberries, juicy black cherries, dried herbs, chocolate, crushed minerals, and toasted oak. The wine is complex with layers of fruit and earth that are beautifully balanced. This wine could use another 5 years and has the potential to be cellared for another two decades. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: June 2018

2013 Chevalier de Lascombes

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2013 Chevalier de Lascombes


Location:  Margaux, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc  


This wine was surprisingly quite nice for a Second Wine in an off vintage.  The wine was a dark purple in color with a bouquet of blackberries, black raspberries, cherries, toasted oak, smoke, and dried herbs.  The wine was full bodied with rounded tannins that gave way to a nice finish displaying hints of juicy black fruits, dusty earth, dried herbs, and toasted oak.  The wine is nicely balanced and very approachable now, but should soften a bit over the next few years.  Recommended!  


Tasted:  June 2018

2011 Chateau Tronquoy-Lalande

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2011 Chateau Tronquoy-Lalande


Classification:  Cru Bourgeois in 1932 


Location:  St.-Estephe, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 11% Petit Verdot  


This beautiful dark purple wine had a lovely bouquet of black berries, currants, cherries, licorice, herbs, and toasted oak.  The wine was full bodied with chewy tannins that gave way to a nice long finish giving off hints of fleshy black fruits, toasted herbs, dusty burnt wood, and chalky minerals.  The wine was complex with beautiful dark fruits that blended nicely with supple terroir notes.  This was quite a nice wine with good density and old world elegance.  The administrator of this estate is Herve Berland, the same as Chateau Montrose as they are both owned Martin & Olivier Bouygues.  These wines have shown great improvement since 2009 and are worthy of your attention.  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  June 2018

2011 La Dame de Montrose

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2011 La Dame de Montrose


Location:  St.-Estephe, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  72% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon  


This is the Second Wine of Château Montrose, and is made with the same care as the first and with grapes from the same vineyards.  This dark red beauty had a bouquet of crushed cherries, black raspberries, dried herbs, chocolate, wood shavings, and toasted oak.  The wine is medium + in body with rounded tannins that give way to a concentrated palate showing hints of blended red berries, herbs of time & cumin, chocolate, and sweet oak.  The wine is complex with harmonizing flavors of fruit and earth that are nicely balanced.  The wine is in its plateau of maturity and drinking quite nice right now.  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  June 2018

2011 Chateau Montrose

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2011 Chateau Montrose


Classification:  Second Growth in 1855 


Location:  St.-Estephe, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot  


This powerful decadent wine was giving off a lush bouquet of black currants, blackberries, cassis fruit, tobacco, powdered chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, minerals, and toasted oak.  This full bodied wine had gripping tannins that gave way to a luxuriously long finish displaying hints of concentrated rich dark fruits, chocolate, tobacco, salted caramel, herbs, dusty limestone, and toasted cedar.  This is a big beautiful wine with complex layers of fruit and earth that that dance and play perfectly together.  The wine is still just a baby and should soften for those with the patience to cellar it for another few years or even a decade or two.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  June 2018

2007 Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Brut Cuvée Spéciale Millésime

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2007 Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Brut Cuvée Spéciale Millésime


Location:  Champagne, France 


Blend:  40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Meunier   


This beautiful gold Champagne had a floral bouquet of lemon blossoms, honeysuckle, apricots, peaches, and warm toast.  The wine had a nice acidity with a rich palate being painted with hints of ripe stone fruits, lemon curd, pear, honey, and toast.  The wine is complex and well-structured with elegance and balance.  The wine is showing no signs of decline, but is in its window of maturity.  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  June 2018

2012 Lacoste-Borie

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2012 Lacoste-Borie


Location:  Pauillac, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc  T


he wine had a nice purple red color and a bouquet of cassis fruit, blackcurrants, cherries, chocolate, tobacco, white pepper, and oaky vanilla.  The wine was medium ++ bodied with integrated but gripping tannins that gave way to hints of red berries, cassis fruit, blueberries, chocolate, dusty earth, minerals, and lightly toasted oak.  The wine had a juicy finish or rich dark fruits that blended harmoniously with notes of dusty earth.  The wine is elegant and has an impressively fruit profile that plays with the dusty minerals and earth.  The wine is in its plateau of maturity and is drinking quite nice right now; however, shows the potential to soften if aged for another few years.  Recommended!    


Tasted:  June 2018

2012 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste

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2012 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste


Classification:  Fifth Growth in 1855 


Location:  Pauillac, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc  


This dark ruby wine had an expressive bouquet of bright crushed cherries, blackberries, cassis fruit, licorice, cut herbs, spice, tobacco, minerals, damp earth, and toasted oak.  The wine was full bodied with gripping but rounded tannins that gave way to a luxurious palate painted in ripe plum, dense cassis fruit, blackberries, coffee, tobacco, forest floor, dusty minerals, and toasted oak.  The wine is complex with rich savory terroir notes that harmonize and balance the supple fruit profile.  The wine is elegant yet expressive and is approachable now, but should improve for those with the patience to cellar it for a decade.  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  June 2018

2017 Château Léoville-Barton

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2017 Château Léoville-Barton


Classification:  Second Growth in 1855 


Location:  St. Julien, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot  


I was indulged with this barrel sample at the estate and found it to be extraordinarily delicious.  Wafting from my glass was a decadent bouquet of blackberries, concentrated cassis fruit, plum, blackcurrants, black licorice, violets, herbs, spice, burnt caramel, animal fat, crushed gravel, and toasted oak.  The wine is full bodied with rounded but gripping tannins that give way to a powerfully rich and luxurious finish of crème de cassis, blueberries, blackberries, chocolate, refined dusty earth, minerals, tar, burnt sugar, smoke, and toasted oak.  The wine is complex with a rich density of black fruits that harmonizes beautifully with the refined terroir notes.  This wine was extremely generous yet elegant and restrained.  The wine was impressive and left quite a memorable impression.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  June 2018

2017 Château Langoa Barton

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2017 Château Langoa Barton


Classification:  Third Growth in 1855 


Location:  St. Julien, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc  


I tasted this at the Estate and was quite pleased!  The wine had a lovely bouquet giving off aromas of black cherries, blackberries, cassis fruit, vanilla, burnt sugar, sage, minerals, and toasted oak.  The wine was medium+ bodied with rounded tannins that gave way to hints of plums, black cherries, cassis fruit, herbs, graphite, tobacco, and dusty earthy minerals.  The wine has a nice concentration of generous fruits that blend and harmonize with the earth terroir notes.  This wine was showing quite nice, but should be outstanding in about a decade.  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  June 2018

1995 Château Lynch-Bages

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1995 Château Lynch-Bages


Classification:  Fifth Growth in 1855 


Location:  Pauillac, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot  


I enjoyed this bottle of wine with some good friends whom indulged me with such.  The wine had a nice ruby color with a bouquet of black currants, plum, blackberries, chocolate, spice, herbs, minerals, and sweet toasted oak.  The wine was medium+ bodied with dissipating tannins and a velvety plush palate painted with hints of dark fruits, graphite, dusty chalky earth, dried herbs, and sweet smoke.  The wine is in its plateau of maturity and drinking quite nice right now.  This is an elegantly soft old world wine with nice complexity and a beautiful balance between fruit and earth.  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  June 2018

2009 Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux

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2009 Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux


Location:  Margaux, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot  


I enjoyed this Second Label of Château Margaux at the Estate at the end of a tour; thus, it was a wonderful prelude to what was to come.  This wine had a floral bouquet giving off aromas of crushed ripe cherries, blackberries, cassis fruit, plum, sage, dusty gravel, and toasted cedar.  The wine was full bodied with rounded tannins that gave way to a generous finish displaying hints of plum, cassis, black raspberry, dried herbs, forest floor, gravel stones, and toasted oak.  The wine is beautifully balanced as the core black fruits harmonize nicely with the supple terroir notes.  This wine is approachable now but should soften over the next decade.  Truly a beautiful wine!  Highly Recommended!    


Tasted:  June 2018

2004 Château Margaux

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2004 Château Margaux


Classification:  First Growth in 1855 


Location:  Margaux, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc  


I enjoyed this wine at the Estate after a lovely tour and found it to be intriguing with a seductive bouquet of red currants, cassis fruit, plum, mocha, black tea, herbs, salted caramel, graphite, earth, and toasted oak.  The wine was full bodied with rounded but gripping tannins that gave way to a plush palate painted with hints of fleshy blackberries, red currants, black raspberry, chocolate, soft spice, refined dusty earth, wet river rocks, and a touch of cedar.  The wine was complex with supple layers of red and black fruits harmoniously blended with layers of terroir.  This wine is a show stopper and was bold, yet elegant with power and finesse.  The wine is extremely approachable now and is drinking quite nice; however, could continue aging for another decade with no problem.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  June 2018

1983 Les Forts de Latour

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1983 Les Forts de Latour


Location:  Pauillac, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot  


This is the second wine of Chateau Latour, created around 1680 and is one of the oldest vineyards in the Médoc.  My understanding is that this second wine is made from grapes harvested from plots at Latour whose vines are less than eight years old; thus, some wine enthusiasts don’t look at this as a second wine but rather a wine in its own right that would be ranked with a level of Fifth or fourth Growth Classification.  This particular vintage did not get friendly reviews from the critics, but I found it to be quite lovely.  It had a beautiful light red color with some bricking at the edge.  The wine had a fragrant bouquet giving off aromas of fading ripe fruit, leather, vanilla, spices, minerals, and toasted oak.  The wine was medium bodied with tannins that instantly dissipated leaving you with a cleanly painted palate of tired cherries, fading currants, rich vanilla, earthy minerals, walnuts, spice, and oak.  The wine is still quite elegant and has some nice earthy nuances that are starting to overwhelm the fruit characteristics in the wine; however, it is still very enjoyable and fun to drink.  I understand why the critics were hard on this wine, but feel it has held up better than anyone expected.  Drink Now!  Recommended!  


Tasted:  June 2018

2006 Château Ducru Beaucaillou

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2006 Château Ducru Beaucaillou


Classification:  Second Growth in 1855 


Location:  St. Julien, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot  


In 2009 Wine Spectator ranked this wine #96 out of its Top 100; thus, I knew I was in for a treat when it was pulled from the cellar while visiting the Estate.  Our tour and tasting was given by Mr. René Lusseau whom worked for Baron de Rothschild before coming to Château Ducru Beaucaillou in September of 1978.  Mr. René Lusseau speaks very little English and we speak no French; however, together we all had a fantastic time and somehow ended up comprehending the gist of what was being conveyed.  This classic vintage displayed a perfumed bouquet giving off aromas of crushed cherries, cassis fruit, blackberries, black raspberries, graphite, vanilla, chocolate, licorice, sage, and toasted oak.  The wine was full bodied with muscular tannins that gave way to a luxurious finish giving off hints of cassis fruit, blackberries, sour cherry, currants, soft spice, fresh cut herbs, dusty minerals, and toasted oak.  The wine is exquisitely balanced with dense fruit that harmonizes beautifully with the supple terroir notes.   The wine is complex, bold, dense, and elegantly sophisticated at the same time.  The wine is drinking great right now, but has the ability to be cellared for another decade or so with no problem.  If you are going to enjoy this wine now I recommend you decant it at least an hour before approaching it.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  June 2018

1985 Château Mouton Rothschild

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1985 Château Mouton Rothschild


Classification:  First Growth in June 21, 1973 


Location:  Pauillac, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot  


This classic old world styled First Growth wine had a beautiful bouquet of currants, wild berries, cedar, leafy tobacco, led pencil, truffles, earthy minerals, and soft spice.  The wine was medium bodied with silky smooth tannins that gave way to a nice long finish giving off hints of black currants, raspberries, pencil shavings, exotic spice, herbs, toasted oak, and dusty earthy minerals.  The wine is complex with traditionally elegant layers of fruit and earth that are seductive and beautifully balanced.  The wine is still in its plateau of maturity but is showing signs of approaching its beginning stage of going into decline.  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  July 2018

1986 Château Mouton Rothschild

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1986 Château Mouton Rothschild


Classification:  First Growth in June 21, 1973 


Location:  Pauillac, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot  


What an incredible bottle of wine!  The bottle was decanted about an hour or so before we approached it and when we did it was amazing!  Wafting from my glass was an elegantly decadent vivid bouquet of black currants, crème de cassis, ripe red and black fruits, violets, leafy tobacco, graphite, mint, black pepper, chocolate, licorice, and toasted oak.  The wine was full bodied with firm tannins that gave way to a beautifully balanced palate painted in concentrated red and black fruit, cassis liquor, pencil shavings, smoked cedar, herbs, minerals, and toasted oak.  The wine is muscular with a rich backbone of dense fruits that harmonizes and plays perfectly with the supple velvety terroir notes.   The wine is complex and continued to evolve in the glass opening up and revealing itself ever so slowly.  Truly a brilliant bottle of wine that is still quite youthful and showing no signs of decline.  If you are going to enjoy this beauty I recommend decanting it several hours in advance.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  July 2018

1988 Château Mouton Rothschild

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1988 Château Mouton Rothschild


Classification:  First Growth in June 21, 1973 


Location:  Pauillac, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot  


This is a wine that when it first came out was underrated by Robert M. Parker Jr. (89 Points / tasted, 1/1993) in my opinion.  I recently tasted this wine along with the 1985, 1986, 1998,1999, and 2002 vintages; thus, this was one of the better wines in the lineup.  The 1988 vintage had beautiful aromas of black currants, cassis fruit, black cherries, vanilla, mocha, burnt sugar, pencil shavings, cigar box, exotic spice, minerals, and toasted oak.  The wine was medium ++ in body with soft rounded tannins that gave way to a velvety smooth finish that painted the palate with hints of dark berry fruits, crème de cassis, baking spices, vanilla, tobacco, coffee, vanilla, refined dusty minerals, and sweet toasted oak.  The wine is complex with outstanding layers of concentrated dark fruits that harmonize with the supple terroir notes.  The wine is somewhat rustic yet maintains its bold elegance.  This is one of my favorite vintages from a value perspective!  Extremely Highly Recommended!    


Tasted:  July 2018

1999 Château Mouton Rothschild

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1999 Château Mouton Rothschild


Classification:  First Growth in June 21, 1973 


Location:  Pauillac, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc  


This beautiful wine is just now starting to reach its plateau of maturity and should develop nicely for those with more patience.  The wine had a rich bouquet of currants, blueberries, cassis fruit, graphite, vanilla, tobacco, chocolate, cedar, and smoke.  The wine was full bodied with rounded tannins that gave way to a nice finish painting the palate with hints of red berry fruits, plum, cassis fruit, earthy minerals, sweet cedar, and smoke all being encompassed with velvety vanilla notes.  The wine was quite tight and seemed to be quite closed off; however, it did begin to evolve in the glass and continued to become more and more generous.  I wish this wine had been decanted several hours before approaching as it would have benefited from it immensely.  The wine is layered with rich fruits that dance nicely with the terroir nuances; thus, the wine is beautiful but needs more time to develop.  I would love to try this wine again in another 8 to 10 years.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  July 2018

1998 Château Mouton Rothschild

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1998 Château Mouton Rothschild


Classification:  First Growth in June 21, 1973 


Location:  Pauillac, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc  


CORKED WINE  


Explanation: Unfortunately this wine was tainted with TCA (trichloroanisole) which is found when natural fungi comes in contact with certain chlorides found in bleaches and other winery sanitation or sterilization products.  This affects the smell and taste of the wine; however, is not harmful other than the disappointment of not being able to enjoy the wine.    


Tasted:  July 2018

2002 Château Mouton Rothschild

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2002 Château Mouton Rothschild


Classification:  First Growth in June 21, 1973 


Location:  Pauillac, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot  


This dark beautiful red wine had a concentrated bouquet of ripe cassis fruit, currants, blackberries, minerals, pencil shavings, vanilla, cigar box, leather, and toasted oak.  The wine was full bodied with gripping but rounded tannins that gave way to an expressively curvy finish of dense dark berry fruit, fleshy red berries, tobacco, herbs, vanilla, baking chocolate, licorice, crushed minerals, and hints of cedar.  This wine is still quite youthful and will benefit from being decanted several hours before approaching. On first approach the wine was tight and closed, but as it evolved in the glass it became very lovely and quite expressively beautiful in a bold yet elegantly restrained old world classic style.  This is a wine that will continue evolving nicely for those with the patience to continue cellaring it for another decade or so.   Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  July 2018

1983 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

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1983 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou


Classification:  Second Growth in 1855 


Location:  Saint Julien, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot  


This was truly showing better than expected, as the bouquet was elegant with aromas of black & red berry fruit, cigar box, crushed gravel, herbs, and toasted oak.  The wine was medium + in body with dissipating tannins and a palate painted with hints of blackberries, cherries, thyme, cedar, tobacco, minerals, dusty earth, soft spice and toasted oak.  The wine was elegant with delicate berry fruits surrounded by supple terroir notes, as the wine was nicely layered.  The wine has held up nicely and showed much better than expected, but I would not wait too much longer for this one.  If you have it in your cellar it is definitely time to enjoy it.  Recommended!  


Tasted:  July 2018

1999 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

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1999 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière


Classification:  St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe 


Location:  St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon  


This opaque purple wine had a classic old word bouquet of blackberries, black cherries, cassis liqueur, cigar box, tobacco, graphite, herbs, animal fat, and toasted oak.  The wine was full bodied with rounded tannins that gave way to a plush palate painted with hints of cherries, blackberries, cassis fruit, leafy tobacco, herbs, graphite, dusty earth, minerals, and toasted oak.  The wine was complex with layers of red and black berry fruit that blended and harmonized nicely with the terroir notes.  The wine is still coming off quite youthful and showing no signs of going into decline anytime soon. This is truly a beautiful wine that should continue to soften over the next few years.  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  July 2018

2006 Notre Vin "Cuvée L’Étrier" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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2006 Notre Vin "Cuvée L’Étrier" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot  


This beautiful dark red beauty had hues of purple and a floral bouquet of cherries, cassis fruit, blackberries, currants, soft spice, tobacco, cedar, mocha, and sweet oak.  The wine was medium to full-body with rounded tannins and a powerful finish layered with notes of cassis fruit, blackberries, huckleberries, licorice, leafy tobacco, baking spices, herbs, and oak.  The wine is still showing very youthful and just now coming into its plateau of maturity.  This is a complex wine with gorgeous layers of fruit and earth that blend and harmonized perfectly together.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  July 2018

2004 St. Supery Cabernet Sauvignon

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2004 St. Supery Cabernet Sauvignon


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  Cabernet Sauvignon  


From a magnum bottle this wine was truly a nice example of aged California cabernet sauvignon, as the bouquet wafting from my glass had hints of blackcurrants, blackberries, cassis fruit, vanilla, toasted herbs, mint, leather, and toasted oak.  The wine had polished tannins that slipped away and left your palate painted with notes of cassis fruit, blackberries, cherries, herbs, baking spices, dusty earth, soft minerals, cedar, and smoky oak.  The wine was evolved and in its plateau of maturity; thus, showing quite lovely.  This is a wonderful value but definitely needed time to evolve, as when I approached it years ago I was not a fan.  However, I’m a fan today as it is truly in a wonderful spot and drinking outstandingly.  Recommended!  


Tasted:  July 2018

2016 Silverado Vineyards Vineburg Vineyard Chardonnay

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2016 Silverado Vineyards Vineburg Vineyard Chardonnay


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  100% Chardonnay  


The wine had a pale gold color and a bouquet of green apple, melon, stone fruit, citrus, minerals, and a very slight hint of oak.  The wine was crisp and clean with nice acidity, and a beautiful palate of milky minerals, soft pepper spice, green apple, pineapple, melon, and a hint of honey suckle on the finish.  This medium to full bodied chardonnay is well balanced and layered with oily minerals and crisp fruit.  The wine continued to open up and develop as it sat in the glass.  This is a beautiful wine.  Highly Recommended!    


Tasted:  July 2018

2016 Far Niente Chardonnay

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2016 Far Niente Chardonnay


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  100% Chardonnay  


Far Niente has been making wonderfully high-end chardonnay since 1979, and it was the first varietal cultivated and bottled by the winery.  This is a very nice vintage giving off a bouquet of ripe melon, peaches, creamy lemon curd, minerals, baking spices, and toasted oak.  The wine was full bodied with balanced acidity and a creamy palate painted with hints of citrus oil, peaches, melon, nuts, minerals, light baking spices, and a touch of oak.  This is a beautifully layered wine with ripe fruit notes and a creamy oiliness, yet it maintains its elegance and brightness.  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  July 2018

2016 Robert Lloyd vineyards Chardonnay

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2016 Robert Lloyd vineyards Chardonnay


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  100% Chardonnay  


The wine had a beautiful golden yellow color and a bouquet giving off aromas of pear, apple, vanilla, buttery oak, and roasted almonds.  The wine was crisp and rich on the palate with bright acidity that gives way to a plush finish of ripe apples, stewed peaches, guava, yeasty pie crust, creamy vanilla, hazelnuts, and oak.  The wine is layered with hints of fruit and baking spices that blend and harmonize nicely together.  The wine is powerful yet restrained, and is made in a new world style.  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  July 2018

2013 Domaine Dagueneau "Pur Sang" Pouilly-Fumé

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2013 Domaine Dagueneau "Pur Sang" Pouilly-Fumé


Location:  Loire Valley, France 


Blend:  100% Sauvignon Blanc  


This was a complex and beautiful wine that gave off an expressive bouquet of lime curd, apple, mango, mimosas, dried violets, minerals, and soft spice.  The wine was full bodied with a nice creamy palate and hints of sweet orange, apple, kumquat, spices, sea salt, and chalky minerals.  This is a complex wine with layers of decadent yet bright fruit, that harmonize with beautiful baking spices and creamy minerals.  This is a beautiful wine with amazing power and elegance while maintaining its purity.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  July 2018

2003 Henry's Drive Padthaway "Reserve" Shiraz

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2003 Henry's Drive Padthaway "Reserve" Shiraz


Location:  Australia 


Blend:  100% Shiraz  


We carefully decanted this wine as there was a bit of sediment, but the wine had a beautiful opaque purple color.  The wine had a bold expressive bouquet of blackberries, plum, black cherries, cassis liqueur, spice, dark chocolate, vanilla, and violets.  The wine was full bodied with resolved tannins and a palate painted in decadently concentrated dark fruits, licorice, burnt sugar, dusty baking spices, soft pepper, and coco powder.  The wine is in its plateau of maturity and was a favorite at our blind tasting table.  The wine is nicely layered with rich dark fruit flavors that harmonize and play nicely with supple baking spices and soft pepper.  This wine was decanted in advance about an hour before we approached it, and it was showing quite nicely.  Highly Recommended!    


Tasted:  July 2018

1999 Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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1999 Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  Cabernet Sauvignon  


The back of the bottle says this Cabernet Sauvignon was blended with small amounts of other Bordeaux varietals; however, I was not expecting too much out of this wine.  I pulled this from my cellar at the end of one of our blind tasting sessions, so it was quickly decanted and introduced to the group.  On first approach most thought it was an old world French Bordeaux wine, but a few sommeliers said it was too dark in color and had too much fruit on the palate to be old world.  The wine had a Bordeaux like bouquet giving off aromas of currants, plum, black cherries, dried herbs, spices, cigar box, and sweet oak.  The wine was medium bodied with elegantly dissipating tannins that gave way to hints of black currants, plum, cassis fruit, dried Provence herbs, tobacco, dusty earth, and cedar.  The wine was quite nice and has held up beautifully, but is starting its decline from its plateau of maturity.  Recommended!  


Tasted:  July 2018

2013 Mark Herold Wines Uproar Cabernet Sauvignon

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2013 Mark Herold Wines Uproar Cabernet Sauvignon


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  100% Cabernet Sauvignon  


This beautiful opaque purple wine had a concentrated bouquet of blackberries, black cherries, currants, licorice, crème de cassis, sweet cedar, pine nuts, and oak.  The wine was full bodied with smooth but gripping tannins that gave way to a fleshy seductive finish of ripe dark berry fruits, baking spices, jalapeno, nuts, and toasted oak.  The wine is quite interesting and should develop some secondary characteristics for those with patience and cellar it.  The 2011 vintage had a strong jalapeno characteristic and this vintage (2013) has just a hint of it.   The wine is delicious with intense up-front jammy fruits that are blended with supple baking spice notes.  This is a wine I would like to revisit in the next 5 to 8 years.  Highly Recommended!    


Tasted:  July 2018

1998 Field Stone “Staten Family Reserve” Cabernet Sauvignon

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1998 Field Stone “Staten Family Reserve” Cabernet Sauvignon


Location:  Alexander Valley, California 


Blend:  Cabernet Sauvignon  


The wine had a lovely rich red color with hints of bricking at the edge.  The wine had a bouquet of blackberries, cherries, plum, vanilla, herbs, dusty earth, cigar box, and oak.  The wine was medium in body with dissipating tannins and a palate painted with hints of cherries, wild blackberries, baking spices, dusty earth, and toasted oak.  The wine was quite nice and had held up beautifully, as my expectations were very low going in.  This wine surprised me and ended up being very enjoyable, with its layers of dark fruits and supple terroir notes.  I wouldn’t hold on to this much longer; thus, if you have it, drink it now!  Recommended!  


Tasted:  July 2018

2007 Château Haut-Brion

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2007 Château Haut-Brion


Classification:  First Growth in 1855 


Location:  Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc  


We got together with some good friends and both couples brought a bottle of Château Haut-Brion to the table to enjoy with our dinner; thus, we indulged in the 2007 and 2001 vintages.  Being friends with Master Sommelier Luis de Santos we went to his newly opened establishment called MORDEO Boutique Wine Bar.  Here we were advised that both wines would be decanted, but it was subjected to begin with the 2007 vintage, as delicious culinary compliments were created by Chef Khai Vu.  This was an extraordinary wine pairing that elevated our enjoyment of an already outstanding wine to new heights.  The wine had a floral bouquet of cherries, black raspberries, plums, sage, incense, olive paste, graphite, wet river rocks, and toasted oak.  The wine was medium ++ in body with fine tannins that gave way and painted the palate with hints of cassis fruit, cherries, plums, tobacco, crushed gravel, led pencil, soft spices, and toasted oak.  The wine was complex with layers of decadent fruit that harmoniously blended and played with the supple earthy terroir notes.  The wine was rich yet elegant with a nice intensity of reserved boldness.  The wine was showing no signs of decline and came across quite youthful, but is in its drinkability window.  Highly Recommended!    


Tasted:  August 2018

2001 Château Haut-Brion

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2001 Château Haut-Brion


Classification:  First Growth in 1855 


Location:  Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  52% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc  


We enjoyed this vintage along with the 2007 vintage, and this was served later on half way through our dinner.  We still had some of the 2007 left in our other glasses to compare, but the 2001 quickly became my favorite.  The order of serving these wines was suggested by Master Sommelier Luis de Santos, as we were enjoying our evening at his establishment, MORDEO Boutique Wine Bar.  Here his partner Chef Khai Vu indulged us with some delicious bites that paired beautifully with our wine; thus, nothing better than a Great Chef and a Master Sommelier working together to elevate the enjoyment of food and wine together.  This gorgeous purple wine had a floral bouquet of violets, black currants, cherries, licorice, crushed granite, herbs, graphite, baking spices, and toasted oak.  The wine was full bodied with silky smooth tannins that gave way to a long luxurious finish of wild berry fruits, crushed minerals, cut herbs, exotic spices, refined dusty earth, and toasted oak.  The wine is complex and beautifully intertwines and plays with the layers of fleshy fruit and dusty terroir notes.  The wine is in its plateau of maturity and drinking outstandingly right now.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  August 2018

2003 Viña Almaviva S.A. Almaviva

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2003 Viña Almaviva S.A. Almaviva


Location:  Maipo Valley, Chili 


Blend:  73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Carménère, 3% Cabernet Franc   


This wine was ranked No. 24 in the Top 100 Wines of 2006 Wine Spectator review; thus, I was anticipating an awesome experience and this wine did not let me down.  The wine wafted from my glass a beautiful bouquet of blackberries, black currants, plum, crème de cassis, chocolate, coffee, graphite, animal fat, spice, and toasted oak.  The wine was full bodied with rounded tannins that gave way to a bold yet elegantly long and refined finish of blackberries, cassis fruit, black cherries, licorice, graphite, mocha, soft spice, and sweet oak.  The wine is complex with layers of dark fruit and terroir notes that harmonize and intertwine with one another gracefully.  The wine is elegant and polished, yet bold and shows great strength.  The wine was showing no signs of going into decline and came across quite youthful.  Extremely Highly Recommended!    


Tasted:  August 2018

2015 Evening Land Vineyards Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Chardonnay

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2015 Evening Land Vineyards Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Chardonnay


Location:  Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon 


Blend:  100% Chardonnay  


The wine had a beautiful yellow color and a floral bouquet of apricots, sliced apple, lemon curd, honey suckle, toast, and crushed minerals.  The wine was medium bodied with a nice acidity and a luxurious palate painted with hints of bright stone fruits, citrus oil, sweet honey, toasted rye bread, and refined minerals.  The wine is vibrant and wonderfully balanced with complex layers that play and harmonize perfectly together.  Extremely Highly Recommended!    


Tasted:  August 2018

2015 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay

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2015 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  100% Chardonnay  


This chardonnay was quite extraordinary with an exotic bouquet of pineapple, pear, ripe apples, mango, citrus, anise spice, honey, smoke, and light minerals.  The wine was full bodied with bright acidity and a palate similar to its aromas but more layered and simply beautiful.  This light golden wine is complex with harmonizing layers of tropical fruits and smoky minerals balanced with a hint of citrus oil that gives the wine opulence.  This wine was clean and refreshing yet complex with depth and character.    Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  August 2018

2015 Jean Edwards Cellars Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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2015 Jean Edwards Cellars Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot  


Always a treat and never disappoints, this robust yet balanced wine had an alluring bouquet of cassis fruit, blackberries, cherries, herbs, chocolate, and toasted oak.  The wine is full bodied with rounded tannins that grip the palate and paint it with lush red and black berry fruits, roasted herbs, mocha, soft spice, dusty minerals, and smoky oak.   The wine is bold yet displays strength with elegance and has a luxurious mouth feel.  The wine is balanced and the layers blend and play beautifully together.  This is an outstanding wine and I’m always amazed that it is priced so reasonable; thus, it is a great quality wine for its price point.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  August 2018

1999 Chateau Leoville Poyferre

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1999 Chateau Leoville Poyferre


Classification:  Second Growth in 1855 


Location:  Saint Julien, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot   


The wine had a dark purple color and a perfumed bouquet of violets, dense cassis fruit, blackberries, plum, chocolate, truffles, cedar, minerals, and toasted oak.  The wine was medium ++ in body with silky smooth tannins and a long finish giving off hints of black cherries, cassis fruit, blackberries, dusty minerals, vanilla, chocolate, herbs, and toasted oak.  The wine is very elegant yet yields power and is beautifully complex with thoughtful layers that harmonize and blend nicely together.  The wine is in its plateau of maturity and drinking wonderfully right now!  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  August 2018

2013 Chateau Montrose

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2013 Chateau Montrose


Classification:  Second Growth in 1855 


Location:  Saint Estephe, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc  


This beautiful dark ruby wine had a closed bouquet that opened after an hour to expose aromas of black raspberries, currants, cassis fruit, mint, graphite, tobacco, and toasted oak.  The wine was medium ++ in body and had rounded but gripping tannins that gave way to an elegant finish displaying hints of dense juicy fruits, sage, rosemary, caramel, mint, tar, minerals, dusty earth, and smoke.  The wine is powerful yet polished with complex layers of fruit and earth that have nice depth and balance.  The wine is still quite youthful and should benefit from further cellaring; thus, I would like to revisit this in another 10 years.  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  August 2018

2013 Alban Vineyards Lorraine Edna Valley Syrah

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2013 Alban Vineyards Lorraine Edna Valley Syrah


Location:  Central Coast, California 


Blend:  100% Syrah   


I enjoyed this beautiful deep dark purple wine with some great friends over lunch.  The wine was flamboyant with a bold bouquet of blackberries, cassis fruit, cherries, ripe blueberries, anise spice, olive paste, chocolate, and smoky incense.  The wine was full bodied with rounded tannins that gave way to a plush finish painting the palate in concentrated black fruits, chocolate, vanilla, cola, and minerals.  The wine is quite decadent with its rich layers of fruit and supple baking spices.  The wine is drinking quite nice right now and has beautiful complexity and structure.   Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  September 2018

2015 Flowers Vineyards & Winery Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

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2015 Flowers Vineyards & Winery Sonoma Coast Chardonnay


Location:  Sonoma County, California 


Blend:  100% Chardonnay  


This was a wine enjoyed with good friends over lunch, and on first approach the wine had beautiful aromas of white flowers, lemon confit, apples, hazelnuts, wheat, and soft oak.  The wine was crisp and clean on the palate with medium acidity that gave way to hints of citrus, wet stone, cut apples, and a hint of oak.  The wine is presenting itself beautifully and should drink well over the next few years.  Recommended!  


Tasted:  September 2018

2006 Fontodi "Flaccianello della Pieve" Toscana

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2006 Fontodi "Flaccianello della Pieve" Toscana


Location:  Tuscany, Italy 


Blend:  100% Sangiovese  T


his deep dark beautiful wine had a floral bouquet of violets, blackberries, black cherries, plums, licorice, incense, black pepper, and rich minerals.  The wine was full bodied with rounded tannins and a dense luxurious palate painted with hints of dark plum, blackberries, cherries, earthy minerals, and smoke.  The wine is complex with fantastic balance and depth; thus, this wine could easily last another decade in the cellar.  The wine is quite youthful and drinking outstandingly, but benefits from being decanted an hour before approach.  Extremely Highly Recommended!    


Tasted:  September 2018

2014 Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Clos du Prieuré Monopole

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2014 Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Clos du Prieuré Monopole


Location:  Burgundy, France 


Blend:  100% Pinot Noir  


Wafting from my glass was a bouquet of cherries, strawberries, sandalwood, soft spice, and wet minerals.  The wine was medium in body with fine tannins and a silky finish giving off hints of wild cherries, black currants, strawberries, wet earth, spice, and minerals.  The wine was elegant with rich flavors that were balanced and harmonized nicely together.  The wine had a nice long finish that lingered on the palate with notes of ripe fruit and spices.  This wine should evolve nicely for those with patience and it needs another few years in the cellar.  I anticipate maturity in 2022 and it should drink well till 2032.  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  September 2018

2014 Yount Ridge Proprietary Blend

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2014 Yount Ridge Proprietary Blend


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 10% Malbec  


My Sommelier friends and I had the opportunity to taste all of the Yount Ridge wines side by side.  I decanted the reds about an hour before we approached them; thus, I knew we were in for a treat as these wines were made by the winemaker at Scarecrow, Celia Welch.  The wine had a deep purplish red color and a bouquet of black cherries, blackberries, cassis fruit, plum, mocha, graphite, cut herbs, baking spices, and toasted oak.  The wine was full bodied with gripping but rounded tannins that gave way to a long finish showing hints of blackberries, black raspberry, plum, soft minerals, spices, leafy tobacco, and toasted oak.  The wine is complex with succulent layers of fruit and terroir notes that harmonize and blend beautifully together.  The wine expresses power in an elegant and sophisticated way and has a luxurious mouth feel.  This wine should continue to evolve nicely over the next decade and will reward those with a little patience.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  October 2018

2014 Yount Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

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2014 Yount Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Malbec, 0.5% Merlot  


Another great wine enjoyed with my Sommelier friends at one of our tastings.  The wine had a deep dark purple color with hues of red, and a bouquet exploding with aromas of blackberries, black raspberries, red cherries, cinnamon, vanilla, espresso, graphite, cedar, and toasted oak.  The wine was full bodied with gripping tannins that gave way to hints of cassis fruit, blackberries, currants, baking spices, cedar, nutmeg, and ripe plum.  The wine was restrained yet boldly complex with a balanced structure of ripe fruits dancing with lush baking spices, and encompassed with soft cedar notes.  This wine should be enjoyed over the next 12 years.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  October 2018

2014 Yount Ridge EPIC

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2014 Yount Ridge EPIC


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  100% Cabernet Sauvignon  


My Sommelier friends and I indulged in this opulent beauty (out of the Yount Ridge lineup) last, as it is the flagship for the Estate.  The wine had an opaque purple color with a beautiful bouquet of violets, cassis fruit, blackberry, blueberry, cinnamon, vanilla, cedar, minerals, and a hint of eucalyptus.  The wine was full bodied with finely rounded tannins that gave way to a luxurious palate painted in dark berries, plum, cinnamon, vanilla, dusty earth, minerals, soft herbs, and toasted oak.  The wine was decadent with supple terroir notes that blended perfectly with the ripe berry fruits.  This wine is complex with rich and bold layers that are elegantly structured with finesse and sophistication.  This is an outstanding wine that truly needs another few years in the cellar; however, it should last another two decades for those that have the patience.  Truly a masterful wine that will only get better with time!    


Tasted:  October 2018

2001 Daniel Moine-Hudelot Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru

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2001 Daniel Moine-Hudelot Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru


Location:  Burgundy, France 


Blend:  100% Pinot Noir  


The wine had an old world Burgundy style bouquet of black cherry, raspberry, earth, leather, sandalwood, and soft wet forest floor aromas.  The wine was medium bodied with good tannins that gave way to an elegant palate painted with hints of cherry and lush terroir notes.  The wine was nicely balanced with layers of fruit and earth and had a touch of black tea on the finish.  The wine is in its drinking window and showing quite nice right now.  Recommended!    


Tasted:  October 2018

2003 Sbragia Family "Rancho Del Oso" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

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2003 Sbragia Family "Rancho Del Oso" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc  


This beautifully aged wine had a deep dark purple color with aromas of currants, blackberries, cherry, anise, soft earthiness, and toasted oak.  The tannins were soft and rounded giving way to a luxurious finish displaying hints of red and black berry fruits, soft spice, dusty earth, chocolate, and cedar.  The wine was medium ++ in body and is just now starting to show signs of beginning its inevitable decline, but is in a really nice spot.  This is a wine that will benefit from a nice steak, as it has some beautiful secondary notes.  Not the best I’ve had from this producer but a nice wine none the less.  Recommended!  


Taste:  November 2018

2014 Bethel Heights Vineyard The Cauldron Estate Pinot Noir

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2014 Bethel Heights Vineyard The Cauldron Estate Pinot Noir


Location:  Eola Amity Hills, Oregon 


Blend:  100% Pinot Noir  


The wine had a beautiful red color with a lush bouquet of black cherries, black raspberries, soft pepper, dried herbs, hints of forest floor, wet minerals, and other seductive terroir notes.  The wine was medium + in body with firm but rounded tannins that gave way to a magnificently brilliant finish that was long and luxurious.  The palate was painted with lovely berry fruits that danced in the supple terroir notes.  This wine is complex and thoughtfully balanced with generous but restrained lush fruit flavors.  This is a must try for any Pinot Noir lover, as you won’t be disappointed.  The wine will benefit from some time in the cellar and reward those with patience.  I would like to revisit this wine in another 8 to 10 years as it’s just an infant right now!  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  November 2018

2011 Dominique Lafon Bourgogne Blanc

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2011 Dominique Lafon Bourgogne Blanc


Location:  Burgundy, France 


Blend:  100% Chardonnay  


This pale yellow beauty had a lovely bouquet of lemons, green apple slices, citrus blossoms, pears, pineapple, baking spices, and a hint of oak.  The wine was almost Chablis like with a nice acidy and a crisp palate, but lush with notes of honey, chalky earth, pear, citrus, and other orchard fruits.  The wine has a nice texture and is sophisticatedly layers with bright fruits and chalky minerals.  Highly Recommended!    


Tasted:  November 2018

1997 La Massa Giorgio Primo Chianti Classico DOCG

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1997 La Massa Giorgio Primo Chianti Classico DOCG


Location:  Chianti, Italy 


Blend:  Sangiovese  


This wine had a beautiful Bordeaux style bouquet with youthful aromas of crushed red cherries, currants, blackberries, vanilla, cloves, nutmeg, anise, sandalwood, balsamic, and toasted oak.  The wine was full bodied with dissipating tannins that gave way to an elegantly mature palate painted with hints of cherries, black currants, cinnamon, mushrooms, wet leaves, cut herbs, spice box, vanilla, and toasted oak.  The wine is complex with stimulating layers that brilliantly harmonize together and bring balance to the wine.  This wine is in its plateau of maturity and is drinking excellent right now.  This was a wonderful wine that was enjoyed with good friends and paired with butternut squash soup.  The pairing was magical and elevated out tasting experience.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  November 2018

1997 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Champoux Vineyard

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1997 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Champoux Vineyard  


Location:  Washington, USA 


Blend:  Cabernet Sauvignon  


I decanted this bottle to enjoy with some friends, and as I decanted it a lovely bouquet wafted up of blackberries, cassis fruit, black currents, black cherries, vanilla, baking spices, and toasted oak.  The wine was full bodied with present but subtle rounded tannins that gave way to an elegantly refined finish displaying hints of blackberry, black currents, cherries, vanilla, crushed chalky minerals, and oak.  The wine is perfectly balanced with beautiful depth and complexity.  The wine displayed boldness yet is restrained, showing elegance and sophistication.  Although the wine was showing no signs of decline it is in a really nice drinking window right now.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  November 2018

2004 Turley Petite Syrah Library Vineyard

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2004 Turley Petite Syrah Library Vineyard  


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  Petite Syrah  


This wine was expressive and delicious; thus, it has matured beautifully.  The Library Vineyard is unique due to the fact that it is mainly comprised of Petite Syrah; however, you will also fine Peloursin, Cinsault, Syrah, Grand Noir, Grenache, Carignan, Zinfandel, Muscadelle and a few more grape varietals.  It is my understanding that this field blend is picked together to make the wine.  The bouquet was rich with flamboyant aromas of blueberries, crème de cassis, blackberries, led pencil, black pepper, vanilla, and toasted oak.  The wine was full bodied with velvety smooth tannins that still gripped the palate and painted it with black cherries, blackberries, licorice, cassis fruit, dusty minerals, spice, and smoke.  The wine was complex with layers of concentrated dark fruits that blended nicely with the dusty mineral terroir notes.  The wine had no signs of decline, yet has matured elegantly and shows beautiful sophistication.  This is a beautiful wine that is drinking outstandingly right now.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  November 2018

2012 Albert Bichot Bonnes Mares Grand Cru

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2012 Albert Bichot Bonnes Mares Grand Cru  


Location:  Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, France 


Blend:  100% Pinot Noir  


This beautiful wine had a lush bouquet of fruit compote, black cherries, soft spices, dried herbs, and a hint of forest floor.  The wine was full bodied with ripe tannins and a wonderful finish painting the palate with notes of red and black cherries, cooked berry fruits, baking spices, soft toasted herbs, earth, and a touch of honey.  The wine is complex with generous layers of fruit and earth that harmonize and blend perfectly together.  The wine is showing a little tight and needs more time in the cellar, as another decade will reward those with the patience.  We decanted this bottle and after our first approach left it alone for a few hours; thus, on return it was more giving and had started to open up.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  November 2018

1989 Chateau Mouton Rothschild

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1989 Chateau Mouton Rothschild  


Classification:  First Growth in 1973 


Location:  Pauillac, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot  


I enjoyed this beauty from a magnum on New Year’s Eve with very special friends.  The wine had an expressive old world bouquet of blackberries, cassis fruit, cherries, chocolate, cigar box, graphite, leafy herbs, vanilla, and toasted oak.  The wine was full bodied with silky rounded tannins that gave way to a luxurious finish displaying notes of plum, black & red berry fruit, baking spices, caramel, sage, nuts, and cedar.  The wine is complex with beautiful layers of fruit and earth that balance perfectly on the palate.  The wine is in its drinking window and is showing quite elegant right now.  Extremely Highly Recommended!    


Tasted:  December 2018