2018 Tasting Notes

2015 Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

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2015 Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  Cabernet Sauvignon  


This beautiful deep opaque purple wine had a rich bouquet of cassis fruit, black cherries, blackberries, chocolate, caramel, anise spice, and soft oak.  The wine is full bodied with rounded tannins that make the wine extremely approachable even now.  The wine paints the palate with decadent concentrated notes of juicy black fruits, crème de cassis, chocolate, caramel, and soft toasted oak.  This wine is extremely fruit forward and over the top generous with respect to its flavor profile.  I enjoyed this wine but found it almost too bold and too aggressive; however, I expect it will defiantly improve with age.   If you love fruit bombs then this is something to drink now, but if you prefer a more elegant style then put this baby in the cellar for another 8 to 10 years.  Recommended!  


asted:  January 2018

2005 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino

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2005 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino


Location:  Tuscany, Italy 


Blend:  Sangiovese Grosso, Sangiovesse  


This seductively elegant wine has an intriguing bouquet of black fruits, cherries, tar, herbs, toasted oak, and forest floor.  The wine is full bodied with present but integrated tannins and a powerful finish of beautiful blackberries, cherries, oak, exotic spice, leafy herbs, minerals, and soft earth.  The wine is balanced allowing the fruit and earthy terroir notes to harmonize nicely together.  This wine is rich with character and should pair outstandingly with food due to its complex plush old world style.  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  January 2018

1979 Cantini Dei Barbaresco

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1979 Cantini Dei Barbaresco


Location:  Neive, Italy 


Blend:  Nebbiolo  


I pulled this old bottle from my cellar during a blind tasting with my sommelier friends.  I decanted the bottle and brought it to the table to enjoy their feedback.  The wine had a nice red color with some bricking at the side and a bouquet that displayed hints of dried red fruits, sweet mulberries, tar, herbs, soft spice, and rich dusty earth.  The wine was medium in body with velvety smooth tannins that gave way to a long finish that painted the palate with notes of red fruits, mulberries, licorice, spice, and dusty earth.  The wine is complex with layers of fruit and earth that blend and balance nicely.  No one thought this wine was as old as it is, and everyone was shocked when the bottle was presented.  This is absolutely a wonderful wine that has aged beautifully.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  January 2018

2001 Nada Fiorenzo Barbaresco

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2001 Nada Fiorenzo Barbaresco


Location:  Treiso, Italy 


Blend:  Nebbiolo  


The wine was quite nice with a bouquet giving off aromas of red fruits, coffee, spice, and sandalwood.  The wine was medium bodied with present tannins that gave way to a long finish that seduces you palate with ripe red fruits, licorice, coffee grounds, exotic spices, and wood.  The wine has a nice complexity and its layers of fruit and earth harmonize and blend nicely together.  Overall this is a very nice wine.  Recommended!    


Tasted:  January 2018

2011 Duckhorn "The Discussion" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

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2011 Duckhorn "The Discussion" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot  


We were at a friend’s home for dinner and they indulged us this this outstanding wine!  Wafting from the glass was a bouquet of black fruits, cherries, dried herbs, vanilla, and toasted sweet oak.  The wine is full bodied with integrated tannins that give way to a long elegant finish displaying hints of cherries, blackberries, fig, herbs, tobacco, black pepper, and toasted oak.  The wine is complex with layers of black and red fruits that harmonize brilliantly with the earthy nuances.  I’m always suppressed by the quality of the 2011 wines from Napa as the overall vintage did not get a very good critic rating; however, I have found that some wines from high end producers are quite lovely.  The 2011 vintage seems to be more balanced and less fruit forward to my palate.   Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  January 2018

2014 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon

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2014 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Malbec, 3% Petite Verdot  


This beautiful massive wine needs to be cellared for another 10 years or so before approaching.  Although many of us are drinking these wines now, I know they will be better with some patience.  This quality wine has a beautiful bouquet of cherries, black plum, licorice, mocha, baking spices, and lovely minerals.  The wine is full bodied with well-structured tannins and a brilliant finish that paints the palate with cassis fruit, blueberries, black cherries, plum, cinnamon, herbs, pepper, leafy tobacco, and soft oak.  The wine is complex with layers of fruit and earth that are balanced and blend perfectly together.  This wine has an elegance that will blossom as it ages.  Truly a wonderful bottle of wine!  Extremely Highly Recommended!    


Tasted:  January 2018

2005 Bond "Matriarch" Napa Valley Red Wine

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2005 Bond "Matriarch" Napa Valley Red Wine


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  Bordeaux (Left Bank) Style Blend  


We were on vacation in Jamaica and some friends (whom joined the trip) of outs surprised us with this bottle at dinner.  The wine had a deep red color with hues of purple and a bouquet that seduced me with aromas of black cherries, blackcurrants, blueberries, exotic spices, mocha, and leafy tobacco.  The wine was full bodied with soft rounded tannins that gave way to a creamy finish displaying hints of concentrated cassis fruit, black cherries, currants, baking spices, chocolate, cola, and oak.  The wine was complex with lavish layers of fruit and earth that were alluring and delicious.  This wine is in its window of perfection and drinking outstandingly right now!  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  January 2018

2013 Honig Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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2013 Honig Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot  


This wine is at a fantastic price point for the quality, and is defiantly a nice value for around $40 a bottle!  I enjoyed this bottle with some good friends and found it had a beautiful bouquet of black cherries, blackcurrants, blackberries, anise spice, baking spices, and toasted oak.  The wine was full bodied with integrated tannins and a supple mouthfeel with hints of black cherries, blackberries, toasted spices, and smoky oak.  The wine is beautifully balanced and had a nice easygoing complexity.  Recommended!  


Tasted:  January 2018

2007 J.-F. Coche-Dury Meursault Blanc

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2007 J.-F. Coche-Dury Meursault Blanc


Location:  Meursault, Burgundy, France 


Blend: Chardonnay   


This outstanding White Burgundy was enjoyed with great friends over dinner.  The wine had an alluring bouquet of bright citrus, apple, honey, and chalky minerals.  The wine was velvety rich on the palate yet crisp with nice acidity that gives you a brilliant finish showing notes of limestone, golden apple, lemon rind, and a touch of honeysuckle.  The wine is showing no signs of decline and is absolutely one of the best White Burgundy wines I’ve ever had.  Extremely Highly Recommended!    


Tasted:  February 2018

2012 Domaine Maillard Père & Fils Corton Grand Cru Blanc

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2012 Domaine Maillard Père & Fils Corton Grand Cru Blanc


Location:  Corton, Burgundy, France 


Blend:  Chardonnay  


This beautiful White Burgundy took some time to open up, but when it did the bouquet was elegant with aromas of white peach, lemon rind, nuts, white flowers, and soft minerals.  The wine had a nice acidity and a clean finish displaying hints of crisp orchard fruits, tropical fruits, light butter, and crushed minerals.  This is an elegant wine with nice complexity and did not disappoint.  Recommended!    


Tasted:  February 2018

2014 Bevan Cellars Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

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2014 Bevan Cellars Sonoma Coast Chardonnay


Location:  Santa Rosa, California 


Blend:  100% Chardonnay  


A good friend indulged me with this beauty and it had a lovely bouquet of stone fruits, crème brulee, and earthy minerals.  The wine has a nice acidity and was plush on the palate with a long finish giving hints of white peach, apricots, chalky minerals, and other stone fruits.  This is a beautiful wine that lingers and has layers of fruit and minerals.  The wine is fresh yet has a powerful long finish.  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  February 2018

2009 Hyde De Villane De La Guerra Chardonnay

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2009 Hyde De Villane De La Guerra Chardonnay


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  100% Chardonnay  


I enjoyed this wine with a group of friends and felt this was one of the stars of the evening.  The wine had a medium bright yellow color and a rich bouquet of lychee, pears, apricot, toast, and brown spices.  The wine was complex with a rich mouthfeel giving off hints of lychee, pineapple, crème brulee, lemon zest, and a touch of honey on the finish.  The wine has a bright acidity yet if full and rich on the palate, with a nice complexity.  Beautifully balanced and drinking quite nice!  Enjoy now!  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  February 2018

1994 Ferrari-Carano Tressor Reserve

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1994 Ferrari-Carano Tressor Reserve


Location:  Sonoma County, California 


Blend: Bordeaux Blend  


We enjoyed this at a tasting event with Sommeliers and Winemakers.  The wine was absolutely outstanding!  This full bodied Bordeaux styled blend is made with classic varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc.  The bouquet was wafting with aromas of currants, anise spice, sage, led pencil, cedar, and other dark berry fruits.  The wine was rich and juicy with velvety smooth tannins that gave way to hints of blackberries, currants, baking spices, tar, vanilla, and dusty earth.  The wine is complex and sophisticated with a concentrated dark fruit profile that harmonizes with soft yet ever present dusty herbs.  Drink Now!  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  February 2018

2012 Jeff Chon Cellars Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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2012 Jeff Chon Cellars Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  Cabernet Sauvignon  


This sleeping giant needs more time in the cellar, in my opinion!  If you like a rich powerful in your face fruit forward wine, then pop it and drink it now.  But if you prefer your wines more balanced and showing hints of beautiful terroir then just give it time.  This beautiful purple wine has a rich opulent bouquet of cassis fruit, blackberries, olives, tobacco, vanilla, and soft oak.  The wine is full bodied with integrated tannins that give way to a plush rich finish of blackberries, cassis fruit, black olives, herbs, soft spice, and hints of dusty earth.  The wine is complex with decadent ripe dark fruits and savory herbs and spices.   I think this wine is going to be outstanding in another 5 to 8 years and will reward those with patience.  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  February 2018

1998 Domaine de la Mordorée Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de la Reine des Bois

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1998 Domaine de la Mordorée Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de la Reine des Bois


Location:  Rhone, France 


Blend:  Red Rhone Blend  


This wine is showing some maturity and was not quite as good as I expected.  I have had the wine in the past and it was outstanding; however, this time it seemed a little tired.  I did not notice any cork taint or any other issues, but still the wine did not reflect the way I thought it should.  The wine had a bouquet of blackcurrants, chocolate, graphite, spice, and soft leather.  The wine had rounded tannins and a dirty dusty palate blended with plums, blackberries, licorice, herbs, and toasted oak.  The wine was nice but not as spectacular as I had enjoyed in the past.    


Tasted:  February 2018

1996 Albert Bichot Domaine Du Clos Frantin Echezeaux Grand Cru

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1996 Albert Bichot Domaine Du Clos Frantin Echezeaux Grand Cru


Location:  Burgundy, France 


Blend:  100% Pinot Noir  


We paired this wine with Thai Duck Curry and it actually worked brilliantly.  The wine had a complex bouquet of red and black berry fruits, spicy citrus, oak, and forest floor.  The wine had excellent acidity yet was somewhat jammy on that palate with dusty earth notes.  The wine had polished tannins and a luxurious finish that lingered giving off hints of red berry fruit, baking spices, citrus, and dusty forest floor.   The wine was complex with great balance and the fruit and earthiness of the wine harmonized perfectly together.  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  February 2018

2013 Eco Terreno Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon

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2013 Eco Terreno Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon


Location:  Alexander Valley, California 


Blend:  97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot  


This beautiful deep red wine had an expressive bouquet of cassis fruit, currants, black cherries, mocha, herbs, spice, and oak.  The wine is medium ++ in body with rounded tannins that give way to a long finish displaying hints of black currants, ripe cherries, herbs, soft spice, chocolate, and toasted oak.  The wine is concentrated with a rich fruit forwardness, yet is nicely balanced with oak and supple terroir notes.  The wine was complex with layers of fruit and earth that harmonized nicely together and gave the wine balance.  This wine should age nicely and will reward those with patience that give it another 5 years.  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  February 2018

2015 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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2015 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape


Location:  Southern Rhone, France 


Blend:  30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 5% Cinsault, 15% Vaccares, Terret Noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardan, Bourboulenc, Rousanne  


This is an amazing wine with 13 grapes used to produce an outstanding blend!  The wine has a fruit forward bouquet with aromas of blueberries, plum, boysenberries, black cherries, violets, white pepper, and baking spices.  The wine is full bodied with a nice tannin structure and a luxurious mouthfeel painted with hints of bold dark fruits, exotic spices, cola, coffee, and herbs.  The wine is complex with brilliant layers and textures that harmonize and balance nicely together.  The wine needs time in the cellar, as I would give it another 8 years before approaching it.  This is a wine that could be cellared for several decades and is absolutely beautiful. Extremely Highly Recommended!   


Tasted:  February 2018

2006 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

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2006 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée


Location:  Southern Rhone, France 


Blend:  80% Grenache, 6% Syrah, 4% Mourvedre, 10% Other  


This wine is drinking fantastic right now!  Wafting from my glass was a beautiful bouquet of red and black berries, cherries, fig, chocolate, tar, minerals, and leather.  The wine is full bodied with polished tannins that give way to a rich finish displaying hints of currants, cherries, licorice, spice, minerals, and earthy smoke.  The wine is decadent yet elegant with complex layers of fruit and earth.  The wine is drinking beautifully right now and is showing no signs of decline.  In my opinion the wine is in its prime drinking window and should be enjoyed over the next 5 to 8 years.  Extremely Highly Recommended!    


Tasted:  February 2018

1999 Clos Du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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1999 Clos Du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc  


Wafting from my glass were classic aged Napa aromas of leather, pepper, chocolate, tobacco, cassis fruit, black cherries, and plums.  The wine was medium ++ in body with integrated tannins that painted the palate with hints of blackcurrants, black cherries, blackberries, tobacco, herbs, soft spice, oak, and dusty minerals.  The wine was perfectly aged and showed brilliantly, with complex layers of fruit and earth that harmonized beautifully together.  This wine is in a really nice drinking window and is just hinting that it is about to start declining.  If you have this in your cellar enjoy it now!  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  February 2018

2001 Feudi di San Gregorio "Serpico" Irpinia

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2001 Feudi di San Gregorio "Serpico" Irpinia


Location:  Italy 


Blend:  Aglianico  


The wine was purple in color with some hints of age.  The wine had a bold bouquet of black currants, licorice, cherries, tobacco, leather, and cedar.  The wine as full bodied with integrated tannins that gave way to hints of black currants, black raspberry, leafy tobacco, spices, chocolate, and dusty minerals.  The wine is beautifully structured with harmonizing fruit and earth.  Wonderfully complex and still drinking quite youthful; thus, is powerful and impressive.  This is a wine that needed time in the cellar to soften and is now in its window of maturity.  Highly Recommended!    


Tasted:  February 2018

1993 Domaine Michel Gaunoux Beaune

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1993 Domaine Michel Gaunoux Beaune


Location:  Burgundy, France 


Blend:  100% Pinot Noir  


On first approach there was a bit of a funk coming off the bouquet, but that dissipated with time.  The wine opened up to have a perfumed bouquet with aromas of cherries, barnyard hay, raspberries, soft spice, and minerals.  The wine was savory with resolved tannins and balanced acidity that gave way to clean palate of red fruits harmonizing with earthy barnyard notes.  The wine had a touch of sweetness and seemed to improve with each taste.  Recommended!  


Tasted:  February 2018

2008 Pierre de Crillon Bonnes Mares Grand Cru

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2008 Pierre de Crillon Bonnes Mares Grand Cru


Location:  Burgundy, France 


Blend:  100% Pinot Noir  


This wine was elegant and classy with a beautiful bouquet of red berry fruit, cherries, subtle spice, minerals, and soft earth.  The wine was rich on the palate with gripping yet silky tannins and excellent acidity.  The wine had a lingering finish displaying hints of cherries, ripe red berry fruit, wet river rocks, spice, and a nice earthiness.  This is a fabulous wine that kept evolving in the glass and exposed its beautiful layers of fruit and earth.  The wine was complex and sophisticated with depth and balance, showing little to no signs of aging.  Truly a beautiful wine!  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  February 2018

2004 Patz & Hall Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir

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2004 Patz & Hall Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir


Location:  Santa Lucia Highlands, California 


Blend:  100% Pinot Noir  


This was enjoyed at a blind tasting and no one thought it was as old as it was.  The wine was amazingly dense with a rich bouquet giving off aromas of black cherries, raspberries, currants, blueberry, coffee, smoky vanilla, minerals, spice and a hint of forest floor.  The wine was full bodied with creamy tannins that painted the palate with ripe dark fruits, dusty minerals, vanilla, coffee, and oak.  The wine is quite concentrated for a Pinot Noir and drinking quite youthful.  We tasted this alongside some beautiful Burgundy wines and it was night and day in comparison.  Most of the sommeliers at the table did not care for this style of Pinot Noir, but those that did love it.  If you enjoy bolder more fruit forward wines then this is a wine you should try.  Recommended!  


Tasted:  February 2018

2001 Legacy Winery Red Wine

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2001 Legacy Winery Red Wine


Location:  Alexander Valley, California 


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


I feel that too many people overlook Sonoma when it comes to Cabernet Sauvignon or a Bordeaux style blend; thus, there are some really nice wines coming out of Alexander Valley that deserve the attention of wine enthusiasts.  Not only are the wines quite nice but they are often reasonable priced and what I would consider a deal.  This purple wine was really quiet nice with a bouquet of black currants, cassis liquor, asphalt, smoke, vanilla, and toasted oak.  The wine was full bodied with rounded tannins that gave way to hints of currants, cassis fruit, tar, and earthy minerals.  The wine has a nice balance and displays complexity and depth. This is a food friendly wine and would go perfect with a nice steak.  Recommended!    


Tasted:  February 2018

1998 Conti Costanti Brunello Di Montalcino

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1998 Conti Costanti Brunello Di Montalcino


Location:  Italy 


Blend:  Sangiovese  


I really enjoy perfectly aged wines and this was no exception!  Wafting from my glass were aromas of burnt wood, leather, mushrooms, blackberries, and cherries.  The wine was medium + in body with plenty of tannins and a nice acidity.  The wine painted the palate with hints of rich dusty earth, minerals, wood, blackberry, cherry, and fruit drop.  The wine is more terroir driven than fruit driven, and gives of a rustic style.  The wine was complex with layers of earth and fruit and still solid in its core.  Recommended!  


Tasted:  February 2018

2013 Giracci Vineyards and Farms Reserve Pinot Noir

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2013 Giracci Vineyards and Farms Reserve Pinot Noir


Location:  Paso Robles, California 


Blend:  100% Pinot Noir  


This winery is located in Silverado California but is sourcing the fruit for this wine from Paso Robles.  I had the opportunity to enjoy this bottle with the proprietors, Chad & Linda Kearns.  The wine had an expressive bouquet of black cherries, currents, plum, spice, herbs, and chalky earth.  This is a full bodied pinot noir with rounded tannins and a long finish displaying hints of black cherry, black currents, plum, black tea, hay, and dusty chalky earth.  The wine is fruit forward yet balanced with supple terroir nuances.  This wine is complex and although drinking quit nice now will only improve with time.  Extremely Highly Recommended!      


Tasted:  February 2018

2013 Optima Cabernet Sauvignon

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2013 Optima Cabernet Sauvignon


Location:  Alexander Valley, California 


Blend:  100% Cabernet Sauvignon  


Boasting from my glass was a plethora of rich aromatics; thus, the bouquet was beautiful with aromas of blackberries, cherries, chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla, herbs, and toasted oak.  The wine was full bodied with rounded tannins that gave way to a layered finish displaying hints of concentrated red and black fruits, cassis liquor, vanilla, mocha, and oak.  The wine is complex and bold yet elegant with fruit and earth that harmonize and balance perfectly together.  This is a wine that will continue to evolve and get better with time, although it is drinking quite lovely right now.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  February 2018

1998 Louis Jadot Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru

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1998 Louis Jadot Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru


Location:  Burgundy, France 


Blend:  100% Pinot Noir  


Unfortunately this bottle had a very slight hint of trichloroanisole (TCA) or better known as cork taint.  My good friend described this wine whereas he was trying to enjoy it and listen to what it was telling him, all the while someone is screaming in the background.  Apart from the TCA we were able to enjoy the wine to a degree, as the TCA was ever so slight.  The bouquet was dressed with red currants, cocoa, plum, meat, minerals and forest floor.  The wine had soft tannins and lots of acidity that gave way to a chewy palate with hints of red berry fruit, currants, plum, meat, earthy minerals, menthol, and forest floor.  I would defiantly like to re-taste this wine as it showed extreme promise and a high level of excellence.    


Tasted:  March 2018

2001 Nicolas Potel Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Gaudichots

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2001 Nicolas Potel Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Gaudichots


Location:  Burgundy, France 


Blend:  100% Pinot Noir  


This baby DRC was enjoyed with friends and had a deep beautiful bouquet of cherries, dark berries, leather, minerals, pepper, wood, and light smoke.  The wine was a little tight at first but opened up nicely in the glass over time.  The wine had rounded soft tannins and integrated acidity that gave way to a balanced palate painted with hints of dark cherries, soy, pepper, wood, dusty minerals, and meat.  The wine is elegant and sophisticated with complex layers of fruit and earth that compliment and harmonize beautifully together.  The wine is in a nice place right now but is showing no signs of decline.  Truly a lovely wine!  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  March 2018

2000 Moccagatta Barbaresco Basarin

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2000 Moccagatta Barbaresco Basarin


Location:  Italy 


Blend:  100% Nebbiolo  


This wine had a nice bouquet of plum, blackberries, cherry, toasted oak, and soft exotic spices.  The wine was medium + in body with integrated tannins and a long finish showing hints of plum, cherries, toasted nuts, cedar, and soft spice.  The wine is nicely balanced with a layered palate of supple fruit and earth.  The wine is a bit tart, but had nice acid on the finish.    


Tasted:  March 2018

2012 Gianfranco Alessandria Barolo San Giovanni

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2012 Gianfranco Alessandria Barolo San Giovanni


Location:  Italy 


Blend:  100% Nebiolo  


This is a beautiful old world wine with a bouquet of black & red fruit, licorice, balsamic, tobacco, oak, and baking spices.  The wine is medium ++ in body with bold tannins that give way to a rich palate painted in creamy savory cherries, toasted herbs, oak, white pepper, and soft oak.  The wine is complex with rich fruit and savory terroir notes.  This is a wine that needs more time in the cellar and will be brilliant when it reaches its window of maturity.  Cellar this one for another 5 years and it should be quite lovely.  Recommended!  


Tasted:  March 2018

2011 Evening Land Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

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2011 Evening Land Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir


Location:  Oregon 


Blend:  100% Pinot Noir  


This beautiful red wine had a vivid bouquet of cherries, wild red berries, white pepper, exotic spices, smoked meat, and toasted oak.  The wine was plush on the palate with rounded tannins and a nice acidity that gave way to a long finish displaying hints of wild blue and red berry fruits, pepper, soft spice, smoke, a touch of forest floor, and wet river rocks.  The wine is complex with generous layers of fruit and earth that harmonize and bleed into one another.  I enjoyed this wine at a blind tasting and thought it was from Burgundy, France.  This producer is making some outstanding Oregon Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as I visited them earlier in the year with a friend and had a fantastic tasting experience.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  March 2018

2009 Domaine Joseph Faiveley Vosne-Romanée

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2009 Domaine Joseph Faiveley Vosne-Romanée


Location:  Burgundy, France 


Blend:  100% Pinot Noir  


The wine had a beautiful ruby red color and a bouquet of black cherries, light woodiness, and earth.  The wine was medium in body with rounded tannins and a nice creamy palate.  The wine seemed quite nice but lacked depth and complexity.  There was a nice velvety richness to the palate that made the wine quite enjoyable but it lacked expression.    


Tasted:  March 2018

1999 Altagracia

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1999 Altagracia


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  100% Cabernet Sauvignon  


This was a stunning example of perfectly aged California cabernet sauvignon!  The wine was still quite dark red with some bricking at the edge and the bouquet was elegantly expressive with aromas of red currants, cassis fruit, black raspberries, soft cedar, pinecone, baking spices, and rich dusty earth.  The wine was full bodied with extremely smooth tannins and a luxuriously long finish giving off hints of red currents, cassis, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and dusty earth.  The wine has a nice complexity with layers of fruit and earth that beautifully balanced.  The wine is still in its plateau of maturity but should be enjoyed now.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  March 2018

1998 Chateau Lagrange

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1998 Chateau Lagrange


Classification:  Third Growth in 1855 


Location:  Saint Julien, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot  


This purple beauty with hues of garnet was still quite youthful and had a wonderful bouquet of black currants, wild red & black fruits, tar, cigar tobacco, leather, and soft oak.  The wine was full bodied with rounded tannins that gave way to a long finish of solid black & red fruits, dust in earthy minerals.  The wine is complex and showing quite elegantly.  There are no signs of this wine going into decline anytime soon, but is very delicious right now.  This is a wine that deserves to be enjoyed with feed, as it will enhance the overall experience.  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  March 2018

2010 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel

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2010 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel


Location:  Germany 


Blend:  Riesling  


This medium gold color wine was absolutely lovely!  The wine had beautiful aromatics of sweet lemon, peach, flowers, honey, wet slate, and soft spice.  The wine was light and crisp yet rich and complex with layers of stone fruit harmonizing with earthy slate and soft spice.  The wine has nice acidity with a bit of sweetness to balance it out.  On the palate this wine had hints of white pears, quince, peach, citrus, minerals, and notes of honey.  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  March 2018

1989 Couly Dutheil "Clos de l'Olive" Chinon

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1989 Couly Dutheil "Clos de l'Olive" Chinon


Location:  Loire Valley, Chinon, France 


Blend:  Cabernet Franc  


I tasted this wine blind and though it was Right Bank Bordeaux!  This wine was absolutely outstanding and I was pleasantly surprised when it was reviled.  This wine is made from cabernet franc vines that are well over 100 years old, and grow in a unique limestone and clay soil.  Wafting from my glass were elegant aromas of plum, herbs, soft spice, pepper, minerals, and earth.  The wine was medium + in body with dissipating tannins that left you with a plush palate painted in rich plums, toasted herbs, pepper, and dusty earth.  The wine is complex with fine layers of fruit and earth.  This wine is nearing the end of its plateau of maturity and is drinking wonderfully right now.  Extremely Highly Recommended!    


Tasted:  March 2018

2001 Chateau La Couspaude

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2001 Chateau La Couspaude


Classification:  St.-Emilion Grand Cru Classe 


Location:  Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  70% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon  


This dark ruby wine had hues of purple and a beautiful bouquet of black cherries, nutmeg, espresso, tobacco, chocolate, and lightly toasted oak.  This full bodied wine was opulent with melting tannins and a palate painted with black cherry liqueur, cassis fruit, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, minerals, oak, and dusty earth.  The wine is balanced with complex layers of fruit and earth that harmonize beautifully together.  This wine is drinking outstanding right now and is in its window of perfection. Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  March 2018

2013 Daou Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Patrimony

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2013 Daou Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Patrimony


Location:  Paso Robles, California 


Blend:  Cabernet Sauvignon  


This beautiful dark opaque purple wine had a powerful bouquet of blackberries, cassis fruit, chocolate, pepper, soy, and soft oak.  The wine is full bodied with structured tannins that give way to a very long finish showing hints of blackberries, cassis fruit, blueberries, cocoa, spice, graphite, and soft oak.  The wine is decadent yet restrained, yielding elegant complex layers of dark purple fruit and savory earth.  This wine is intense with enormous bold flavors that effortlessly harmonize and come together brilliantly.  The wine should soften over the next decade, but is drinking outstandingly right now. Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  March 2018

2007 O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

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2007 O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 11% Malbec & Petit Verdot  


This dark purple wine displayed an intense bouquet of blackberries, black cherries, cassis fruit, dark chocolate, smoke, and crushed minerals.  The wine is full bodied with integrated tannins that give way to a silky luxurious finish giving off hints of crème de cassis, blueberries, blackberries, crushed gravel, and creamy chocolate.  The wine is seductive with complex layers of gorgeous dark fruits and savory terroir notes.  This wine is drinking brilliantly right now but has the capability to be cellared for another decade.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  March 2018

1991 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon

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1991 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  Cabernet Sauvignon  


This bottle was enjoyed with some sommelier friends during a blind tasting, and almost everyone thought it was Left Bank Bordeaux of a younger vintage than 1991.  This beautiful cabernet sauvignon has some merlot added from the Hillview Vineyard to make the final blend.  The wine was elegant with a bouquet of black cherries, cassis fruit, sandalwood, cedar, tobacco, leather, oak, and allspice.  The wine was medium ++ in body with tannins that melted away leaving the palate painted with hints of dried black fruits, cherries, tobacco, touch of chocolate, kitchen spices, and very fine dusty earth.  This wine is complex, balanced, and sophisticatedly elegant with supple earth notes blended with rich dried black fruits.  The wine is nearing the end of its plateau of maturity and should be enjoyed now!   Recommended!  


Tasted:  April 2018

2004 Silverado Vineyards SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon

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2004 Silverado Vineyards SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  100% Cabernet Sauvignon  


I enjoyed this wine at the winery and found it to be a beautiful wine!  The wine had a bouquet of black cherries, black currants, plum, tobacco, vanilla, and toasted oak.  The wine was full bodied with gripping tannins that gave way to a palate painted in black currants, plum, licorice, baking spices, leather, and toasted oak.  The wine is still quite youthful and truly requires more time in the cellar to soften and finish evolving.  I believe this wine needs another 6 to 8 years and will reward those with patience.  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  April 2018

1993 Silverado Vineyards Limited Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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1993 Silverado Vineyards Limited Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  Cabernet Sauvignon  


I had the privilege of enjoying this vintage at the winery, and later again with my blind tasting group of sommeliers.  The wine has an elegant old word styled bouquet giving off aromas of currants, cherries, blackberries, herbs, tobacco, grilled animal fat, sea salt, soy, and wet earth.  The wine was medium ++ in body with tannins that melted away leaving your palate painted in sour cherries, currants, herbs, toasted oak, and wet earth.  The wine is complex and balanced with savory brined earth and tart fleshy dark fruits.  In my blind tasting group half thought it was Napa and the other half thought it was Bordeaux.  The beautiful dark color and rich fruits were the signs that made half the group think it was aged Napa cabernet sauvignon.  Truly a beautiful wine that is in its prime right now!  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  April 2018

2015 Modus Operandi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

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2015 Modus Operandi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  100% Cabernet Sauvignon  


Wafting from my glass was a beautifully rich bouquet of blackberries, cassis fruit, licorice, vanilla, pecan pie filling, cinnamon, and toasted oak.  There were only four barrels of this wine produced, and this vintage is outstanding!  The wine is full bodied with gripping but rounded tannins that gives way to a rich plush palate of blackberries, cassis fruit, currants, black licorice, candied pecans, baking spices, and toasted oak.  The wine is concentrated with rich dark fruits that harmonize with savory baking spices and soft notes of earth.  The wine is complex with layers of fruit and earth that are seductively elegant yet bold.   This wine is extremely approachable now, but will soften and reward those with patience whom cellar it for another 8 to 12 years.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  April 2018

2014 Seven Stones Cabernet Sauvignon

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2014 Seven Stones Cabernet Sauvignon


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  100% Cabernet Sauvignon  


I had the honor of visiting this winery and tasting their 2014 vintage.  This Estate can be found in the same hills as Meadowood Napa Valley Resort, and you will drive past it on your way to the property.  The Estate is quite charming with wonderful sculptures found throughout the grounds, including the sculpture that gives the winery its name.  The wine had an expressive bouquet of black currants, cassis fruit, figs, black tea, vanilla, chocolate, burnt sugar, toffee, cigar box, and toasted oak.  The wine is elegant yet voluptuous with rounded tannins and a smooth silky palate of blackberries, currents, plum, red cherries, crème brulee, cedar, black tea, licorice, and soft dusty earth.  The wine is complex with layers of rich baking spices that harmonize and enhance the black and red fruit profile.  This is a beautiful boutique wine of extremely low production, but extremely high quality.  The wine should age brilliantly for those that want to lay it down; however, it is approachable now if decanted for a few hours.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  April 2018

2014 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon

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2014 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot  


This wine was previously known as CASK Cabernet Sauvignon, but Inglenook now refers to this wine as Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon.  Other changes have occurred such as Mr. Philippe Bascaules came to Inglenook in 2011 to become the General Manages and oversee all winemaking.  The name Mr. Philippe Bascaules may sound familiar as he is also the Manager Director at the world renowned First Growth French Bordeaux estate, Chateau Margaux.  This wine is of the highest quality; thus, don’t let the friendly price fool you into thinking it’s not a serious wine!  Understanding that “friendly price” is subjective please note that a bottle of 2014 Chateau Margaux made by Mr. Philippe Bascaules is sells for around $700.00 U.S. Dollars a bottle.  This 2014 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon had a deep dark ruby color and an intense yet refined bouquet of cassis fruit, currants, cherries, tobacco, soft spice, caramel, dark chocolate, and toasted oak.  The wine is full bodied with rounded tannins and an impressive finish giving off hints of blackberries, cassis fruit, currants, plum, honey powder, tar, graphite, and other dusty earthy minerals.  The wine is complex with harmonizing layers of fruit and earth that are brilliantly balanced.  This wine can easily be cellared for a decade but is also extremely approachable right now.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Taste:  April 2018

2014 Inglenook Rubicon

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2014 Inglenook Rubicon


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot  


Gustave Niebaum first planted Cabernet Sauvignon on this property in the 1880’s, and Francis Ford Coppola acquired the property in 1975 to reestablish the world class wines that this property was known for.  The Rubicon wine is made from estate grown fruit that comes out of the original vineyard site planted by Gustave Niebaum.  This wine is an absolute head turner with a fragrant bouquet of black cherries, blackberries, cassis fruit, cigar smoke, chocolate, molasses, soft herbs, and oak.  The wine is full bodied with rounded tannins that give way to a lushes palate painted in elegant black cherries, cassis fruit, currants, cocoa, tobacco, exotic spices, vanilla, minerals, and a touch of caramel on the finish.  The wine is complex yet harmonious as the rich fruits balance perfectly with the supple notes of earth.  This is another outstanding wine under the direction of Mr. Philippe Bascaules.  The wine is truly a baby and should be cellared for at least a decade.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  April 2018

2014 Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage

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2014 Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage


Location:  Alexander Valley, California 


Blend:  80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 5% Merlot, Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc  


We enjoy this wine at the winery in a beautiful outdoor setting.  On first approach the wine had a lush bouquet of black cherries, plum, blackberries, anise spice, herbs, minerals, and soft oak.  The wine was full bodied with rounded tannins and a plush palate giving off hints of blackberries, currants, cherries, fig, soft baking spices, caramel, and dusty minerals.  The wine is complex with layers of red and black fruits that harmonize and blend beautifully with the dusty minerals and baking spices.  This wine is outstanding for its price range and should become even better for those with the patience to let it cellar for a few more years.  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  April 2018

2013 Rodney Strong Alexander Crown

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2013 Rodney Strong Alexander Crown


Location:  Alexander Valley, California 


Blend:  100% Cabernet Sauvignon  


This beautiful single vineyard wine has a luxurious bouquet of cherries, plum, currents, crème de cassis, chocolate, herbs, burnt sugar, graphite, and toasted oak.  The wine is full bodied with gripping yet rounded tannins that give way to a silky smooth palate painted in black cherries, cassis fruit, licorice, sage, chocolate, minerals, and soft toasted oak.  The wine is complex with supple layers of fruit and earth tones that are balanced and harmonize beautifully together.  This wine is cellar worthy and will reward those that wait a decade before opening it.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  April 2018

2013 Rodney Strong Brothers

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2013 Rodney Strong Brothers


Location:  Alexander Valley, California 


Blend:  100% Cabernet Sauvignon  T


his single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was enjoyed at the estate in a wonderful outside setting.  The wine had a lovely bouquet of black cherries, blackberries, cassis fruit, plums, vanilla, chocolate, burnt sugar, herbs, and toasted oak.  The wine was full bodied with gripping yet rounded tannins that gave way to a luxurious finish displaying hints of blackberries, blueberries, cassis fruit, herbs, minerals, and toasted oak.  This complex beauty has gorgeous layers of fruit and earth that blend and play perfectly together.  The wine is concentrated with a dark fruit profile that is bold yet elegant.  This cellar worthy wine will reward those with the patience to lay it down, but is approachable right now.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  April 2018

2015 Plumpjack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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2015 Plumpjack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon


Location:  Napa Valley, California 


Blend:  88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec


Wafting from my glass was a beautiful bouquet of crushed cherries, blackberries, cassis fruit, vanilla, chocolate, roasted coffee, cigar box, minerals, soft spice, and toasted oak.  The wine was full bodied with gripping tannins that gave way to a decadent finish painting your palate with hints of cassis fruit, blueberries, blackberries, chocolate, coffee, spice, toasted oak, and a touch of caramel on the back end.  This elegant yet bold complex wine has beautiful layers of fruit and earth.  The wine is extremely approachable now but will reward those that lay this down in the cellar for a decade or so.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  April 2018

2009 Alienor Cellars Grand Vin

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2009 Alienor Cellars Grand Vin


Location:  Healdsburg, California 


Blend:  51% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot  


This beautiful wine was served to our blind tasting group by May-Britt Malbec herself.  May-Britt Malbec has an impressive resume that includes working as a sommelier at some of Stockholm’s top restaurants, and due to her level of excellence received the Prince Henri-Melchior de Polignac award in 1992.  In 1994 she tasted wine with Francois Pinault, the owner of Chateau Latour whom after such made her an offer to come work for him at Chateau Latour.  Here she met Denis Malbec whom was the cellar master and enologist at Chateau Latour; thus, they fell in love and got married.  In 2000 May-Britt and Denis Malbec moved to California where they developed their own enological and vinicultural consulting business.  Together they consulted on wine making for a number of top wineries in the Napa Valley and throughout California.  Unfortunately Denis Malbec died in 2016, but May-Britt continues the impressive work that they started together and is producing some outstanding wines.  This is her wine, and it was nothing short of excellent.  The wine had a beautiful right bank Bordeaux bouquet with aromas of crushed red cherries, mushrooms, herbal intensity, toasted oak and refined minerals.  The wine was full bodied with supple tannins that gave way to a long luxurious finish displaying complex layers of crushed red berry fruit, hay, mushrooms, toasted oak, smoke, herbs, and dusty minerals.  The wine is beautifully structured with complex red fruits that are harmoniously balanced with the supple terroir notes.  Most of us thought this was Right Bank Bordeaux, and never expected it to actually be a California wine.  Right Bank Bordeaux is known for highly sought after merlot blends as they are some of the most expensive in the world.  This wine is drinking beautifully right now but is showing no signs of decline.    Extremely Highly Recommended  


Tasted:  May 2018

2009 Alienor Cellars Cote de Castelero

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2009 Alienor Cellars Cote de Castelero


Location:  Healdsburg, California 


Blend:  100% Syrah  


This beautiful purple color wine had an expressive bouquet giving off hints of bright red fruits, blueberries, blackberries, black pepper, soft herbs, wood, and leather.  The wine is full bodied with rounded supple tannins that give way to a luxuriously long finish displaying notes of ripe black cherries, wild red berries, blackberries, cassis fruit, cut herbs, and soft toasted oak.  The wine is complex with a bright and fresh fruit profile that compliments the supple hints of terroir.  The wine is concentrated yet elegant and restrained like that of a fine Hermitage wine from the French region of Northern Rhone.  The wine is drinking outstanding right now and is in its plateau of maturity.    Extremely Highly Recommended  


Tasted:  May 2018

2016 Domaine L. Chatelain Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

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2016 Domaine L. Chatelain Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos


Location:  Chablis, Burgundy, France 


Blend:  100% Chardonnay  


This pale straw color wine had a floral bouquet giving off aromas of stone fruit, citrus, lemon zest, cut hay, river rocks, and chalky minerals.  The wine had a bright acidity and was crisp on the palate with a nice finish giving off a slit hint of stone fruits, lemon zest, grapefruit, barnyard hay, and briny chalky minerals.  The wine was quite tight and truly need some time to open; thus, probably needs another few years to cellar.  When it did open it was a nice refreshing wine with some layers of complexity.    Recommended   


Tasted:  May 2018

2014 Wayfarer Chardonnay Wayfarer Vineyards

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2014 Wayfarer Chardonnay Wayfarer Vineyards


Location:  Sonoma County, California 


Blend:  100% Chardonnay  


This is just a gorgeous wine that hits all the right marks one looks for in an outstanding chardonnay!  Wafting from my glass was a floral bouquet of orange blossoms, ripe apricots, nectarine, tangerine, lemon zest, butterscotch, almonds, and creamy minerals.  The wine is decadent on the palate with a crisp creamy texture that gives way to a long finish displaying hints of sliced apple, nectarine, lemon curd, grapefruit, sea salt, and crushed minerals.  This full bodied chardonnay is complex with beautiful layers of stone fruit that harmonize brilliantly with the chalky minerals.  The wine is lively with nice acidity and outstanding length.    Extremely Highly Recommended  


 Tasted:  May 2018

1990 Louis Jadot Pommard 1er Cru Les Arvelets

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1990 Louis Jadot Pommard 1er Cru Les Arvelets


Location:  Burgundy, France 


Blend:  100% Pinot Noir  


What a truly beautiful wine that had a rich deep garnet color with hints of bricking at the edge.  The bouquet was expressive with aromas of crushed cherries, stewed raspberries, cigar box, burnt caramel, herbs, and soft spice.  The wine was bull bodied with plush rounded tannins that gave way to a luxuriously long finish displaying hints of cherry compote, wild red berry fruit, animal fat, tobacco, cut herbs, spice and soft earth.  The wine was complex with intense layers of fruit and earth that harmonized beautifully together.  There is richness to this wine yet it is elegant and mellow, with a hint of acidity.  The wine is drinking outstanding right now and is showing no signs of going into decline anytime soon.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  May 2018

1999 Viansa Winery Ossidiana

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1999 Viansa Winery Ossidiana


Location:  Sonoma County, California 


Blend:  Red Blend  


The wine has a deep dark red color with hints of bricking at the edge.  The wine gives off an old world style bouquet of cherries, wild red berries, led pencil, tar, tobacco, herbs, toasted oak, and earthy minerals.  The wine was full bodied with silky smooth tannins that gave way to a nice long finish displaying hints of concentrated cherries, raspberry jam, charred oak, tar, leather, coco powder, spice, and dusty minerals.  This is an outstanding example of a Right Bank Bordeaux style wine being done successfully in Sonoma County, California.  The wine is in its plateau of maturity right now and has a velvety complexity of layered red fruits and earth.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  May 2018

2012 Château Biac

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2012 Château Biac


Location:  Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  57% Merlot 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12, Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc  


This beautiful deep dark wine had a captivating bouquet of cherries, blackberries, cassis fruit, soft baking spices, sage, cocoa, nutmeg, and toasted oak.  The wine was full bodied with gripping but rounded tannins that gave way to a nice finish focused on dark berry fruits, nutmeg, coffee, vanilla, cocoa powder, and toasted oak.  The wine is complex with layers of ripe fruit and lovely spices that harmoniously blend and balance with the supple oak nuances.  The wine is approachable now but should continue to evolve and soften for those that have the patience, and want to cellar it for another few years.  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  June 2018

2010 Château Biac

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2010 Château Biac


Location:  Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  85% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon  


I tasted this wine next to the 2012 vintage, and as good as the 2012 was this was even better!  Wafting from my glass was a bouquet of crushed blackberries, cassis fruit, mocha, cut herbs, graphite, and toasted oak.  The wine was full bodied with gripping tannins that left your palate painted in ripe blackberries, cassis, coffee, mocha, sage, led pencil, crushed gravel, and toasted oak.  The wine is complex and beautifully balanced and layered with ripe dark fruits and supple terroir notes.  This wine will reward those that lay it down in the cellar for 5 to 7 more years and let it develop and soften.  Truly a wonderful wine!  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  June 2018

2012 Secret de Château Biac

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2012 Secret de Château Biac


Location:  Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux, France 


Blend:  99% Semillon, 1% Sauvignon Blanc  


The wine was golden with hues of yellow and a sweet floral bouquet of Mango, guava, pineapple, vanilla, cinnamon, and orange blossoms.  The wine is full bodied with rich lush flavors of honey, mango, pineapple, peach, vanilla, and cinnamon.  There is a nice complexity with layers of fruit drizzled in honey and balanced with supple baking spices.  Château Biac is on a beautiful hillside opposite of the Sauternes region, and this wine was as opulent as any Sauterne I have ever had.  The wine is sweet but not too sweet, and has a very plush decadent mouth feel.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  June 2018

2012 Château Petit-Figeac

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2012 Château Petit-Figeac


Location:  St-Emilion, France 


Blend:  40% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon  


This is the Second Wine of Château Figeac, a Premier Grand Cru Classé that dates back to the 2nd century.  The wine had a rich red color with a fragrant bouquet of lavender, crushed cherries, blackberries, cassis, tobacco, nutmeg, cocoa, dusty gravel, and soft oak.  The wine as full bodied with gripping tannins and a beautiful dusty palate with hints of blackberries, cherries, licorice, roasted coffee, iron, spice, herbs, and soft oak.  The wine is fantastically rich with layers of red and dark fruits blanketed in supple dusty terroir notes.  The wine is extremely approachable now, so drink now and over the next 4 to 7 years.  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  June 2018