2019 Continued Notes

1990 Château Figeac

1988 Château Haut-Brion

1988 Château Haut-Brion

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1990 Château Figeac

  

Score: 96 Points


Classification: Premier Grand Cru Classé B


Location: Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France


Blend: 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot


This illustrious red wine had a gorgeously developed bouquet of blackberries, cherries, plums, truffles, cigar tobacco, iron, forest floor, crushed minerals, and sweet oak. The wine was full bodied with matured tannins that softly gripped the palate to uncover a masterful and splendid array of complex layers. This wine presented a welcoming bounty of plum, dark berry fruits, tobacco, iron, dusty earth, dried herbs, truffle, and a delicately subtle hint of chocolate on the finish. The wine is drinking outstandingly right now and is in its plateau of maturity, but has not yet started going into decline. This is truly a beautiful wine that had aged perfectly. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: December 2019

1988 Château Haut-Brion

1988 Château Haut-Brion

1988 Château Haut-Brion

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1988 Château Haut-Brion

  

Score: 98 Points


Classification: First Growth in 1855


Location: Pessac Léognan, Bordeaux, France


Blend: 55% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot, 20% cabernet franc


This magnificent dark red wine was brilliantly aged and had a classic bouquet of black cherries, blackberries, currants, plum, cigar box, truffles, cut flowers, caramel, tar, dried herbs, earth, and smoky cedar. The wine was full bodied with velvety tannins that gave way and painted the palate with luxurious notes of sweet cherries, black raspberries, currants, licorice, truffles, tobacco, pepper, tar, herbs, toasted oak, and a subtle hint of salted caramel blended with a supple earthiness on the finish. The wine is complex with lavish layers of fruit and earth that are restrained; thus, giving elegance and sophistication to its lovely structure and balance. There is harmony and beauty that is woven into the backbone of this wine, and it is outstandingly impressive. The wine is showing no signs of going into decline, but is in a perfect spot right now. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: December 2019  

2016 Petroni Vineyards Chardonnay Moon Mountain District

2016 Petroni Vineyards Chardonnay Moon Mountain District

2016 Petroni Vineyards Chardonnay Moon Mountain District

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2016 Petroni Vineyards Chardonnay Moon Mountain District

  

Score: 93 Points


Location: Sonoma County, USA


Blend: 100% Chardonnay


This beautiful golden straw color wine had a lovely bouquet of ripe peaches, fig, warm apples, burnt popcorn, salted butterscotch, herbs, and chalky minerals. The wine was medium + in body with nice acidity and a palate painted with notes of stone fruits, soft baking spices, brine, burnt popcorn, chalky minerals, and hints of crisp citrus. The wine was nicely balanced with complex harmonizing layers. There is a simple beauty to this wine that I found compellingly attractive, as it effortlessly coated the palate with its tapestry of earthy minerals and fruits. Recommended!


Tasted: December 2019

2014 Petroni Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown

2016 Petroni Vineyards Chardonnay Moon Mountain District

2016 Petroni Vineyards Chardonnay Moon Mountain District

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2014 Petroni Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown

  

Score: 93+ Points


Location: Moon Mountain District, Sonoma County, USA


Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon


This deep dark reddish purple wine had an enticing bouquet of blackberries, black cherries, plums, cassis fruit, vanilla, warm baking spices, burnt sugar, eucalyptus, and toasted oak. The wine was full bodied with rounded tannins that gave way to concentrated notes of crème de cassis, dark berry fruits, cocoa powder, mint, anise seed, sweet oak, and a soft hint of molasses on the finish. The wine is complex with savory layers of earth that harmonize beautifully with the dark berry fruits. The wine is absolutely delicious but requires patience, and will reward those that give it another 5 to 8 years. There is an elegant backbone to this wine, with its graceful sophistication. Recommended!


Tasted: December 2019

2018 Jessup Cellars Chardonnay Carneros Napa Valley

2018 Jessup Cellars Chardonnay Carneros Napa Valley

2018 Jessup Cellars Chardonnay Carneros Napa Valley

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2018 Jessup Cellars Chardonnay Carneros Napa Valley

  

Score: 93+ Points


Location: Napa Valley, California


Blend: 100% Chardonnay


This beautiful golden wine had a marvelous bouquet of apples, lemon, pineapple, buttered popcorn, iodine, ocean spray, crushed minerals, vanilla, and a soft hint of honey. The wine had lovely acidity that brought brightness and balance to a creamy palate giving off notes of melon, apple, pineapple, lemon, brine, iodine, crushed walnut shells, chalky minerals, dried herbs, and a lovely finish with hints of smoke and honey swimming with Meyer lemons. There is a wonderful sophistication to this wine with its complex layers of fruit and earth that seamlessly play with one another. The wine is showing beautifully right now but should develop elegantly over the next few years for those with the patience to do so. Highly Recommended!


Tasted: December 2019

2015 Jessup Cellars Table for Four

2018 Jessup Cellars Chardonnay Carneros Napa Valley

2018 Jessup Cellars Chardonnay Carneros Napa Valley

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 2015 Jessup Cellars Table for Four 

  

Score: 94 Points


Location: Napa Valley, California


Blend: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7.7% Petite Sirah, 7.7% Petite Verdot, 5.6% Cabernet Franc 


This deep dark wine had a sensational bouquet of blackberries, plum, blueberries, mint, eucalyptus, vanilla, black pepper, wet river rocks, tar, and toasted oak. The wine was full bodied with rounded tannins that gripped the palate with a display of blackberries, black cherry, crème de cassis liquor, baking spices, vanilla, pepper, dusty minerals, and a hint of mocha on the finish. The wine is complex with layers of concentrated black berry fruits that harmonize beautifully with the supple terroir notes. The wine is age worthy and should develop nicely for those with the patience to lay it down. Highly Recommended!


Tasted: December 2019 

2016 Pedroncelli Wisdom Cabernet Sauvignon

2017 TWOMEY CELLARS Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir

2017 TWOMEY CELLARS Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir

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 2016 Pedroncelli Wisdom Cabernet Sauvignon 

  

Score: 92+


Location: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, USA


Blend: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec


This beautiful wine had a lovely bouquet of violets, ripe cherries, blackberries, cassis fruit, chocolate, graham cracker pie crust, cut sage, powdered sugar, and toasted oak. The wine was medium ++ in body with gripping tannins that painted the palate with hints of blackberries, boysenberry, plum, baking spices, dried herbs, burnt sugar, coffee, dusty earth, and sweet oak. The wine is complex with savory layers of earthy terroir notes that harmoniously play with the dark fruit profile. This wine is approachable now but will improve with some patience, as I hope to revisit it in about 8 years. This is truly a fantastic value, as the quality of wine for the price is outstanding. Highly Recommended!


Tasted: December 2019

2017 TWOMEY CELLARS Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir

2017 TWOMEY CELLARS Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir

2017 TWOMEY CELLARS Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir

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2017 TWOMEY CELLARS Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir

  

Score: 94 Points


Location: Santa Maria Valley, California


Blend: 100% Pinot Noir


This beautiful translucent red wine had a wonderful floral bouquet of rose petals, orange blossoms, cherries, strawberries, crushed walnut shells, brine, black cardamom, and soft dusty earth tones. The wine was medium body with rounded tannins that gripped the palate and gave way to hints of cherries, strawberry compote, orange citrus, salted chocolate, baking spices, and dusty earth blended with sweet oak. The wine is a tapestry of complex layers that interweave and harmonize beautifully together. There is sophistication and elegance to this wine with a nice acidity that brings balance and restraint. The wine has a juiciness to it that adds character to the supple terroir notes, but not in an aggressive way. Highly Recommended!


Tasted: December 2019