2019 Tasting Notes

2002 Piper-Heidsieck “Cuvee Rare” Brut Champagne

2002 Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d’Or Brut Champagne

2002 Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d’Or Brut Champagne

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2002 Piper-Heidsieck “Cuvee Rare” Brut Champagne  


Score:  96 Points 


Location:  Champagne, France 


Blend:  70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir  


The wine had an intense light gold color and a luscious bouquet of mango, kiwi, lemon, passion fruit, pineapple, honey, toffee, and marzipan.  The wine was rich and expressive on the palate with tropical fruits, baking spices, and crisp minerals.  There is a complexity to this wine with intricate layers of decadent fruit that swim in the powerful and intense baking spices.  The acidity is perfectly balanced and gives air to the richness of the wine.  The wine is drinking outstandingly but has the ability to continue cellaring for another decade; however, it brilliant right now!  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  January 2019

2002 Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d’Or Brut Champagne

2002 Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d’Or Brut Champagne

2002 Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d’Or Brut Champagne

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2002 Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d’Or Brut Champagne  


Score:  92 Points 


Location:  Champagne, France 


Blend:  Pinot Noir & Chardonnay  


The wine had a bright gold color and a bouquet that gave off hints of ripe apple, white flowers, anise spice, almonds, lemon zest, and pie crust.  The wine was focused with soft acidity that balanced the palate profile with notes of pear, apple, toasted baking spices, cookie crumble, and smoke.  The wine was complex with fresh fruits that harmonized with the layers of smoke and baking spices.  The wine has a nice depth and beautiful focus of richness.  This wine is in its drinking window now and is showing quite nicely.  Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  January 2019

1992 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon

2013 Sebastiani Cherryblock Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Sebastiani Cherryblock Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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1992 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon  


Score:  92 Pointes


Location:  Champagne, France 


Blend:  58% Chardonnay, 42% Pinot Noir  


This wine had a deep gold color and a fresh classically aged champagne bouquet of crème brûlée, caramel, roasted hazelnuts, lemon, lime, ginger spice, vanilla, toast, and chalky minerals.  The wine was rich on the palate with beautiful acidity and a luxuriously racy finish giving off creamy notes of caramel, lemon curd, macadamia nuts, green apple, almond paste, ginger snaps, toast, and crisp minerals.  The wine was drinking quite nicely, with lovely layers of ripe fruit and complex secondary notes that were brilliantly intriguing and delicious.  The wine is just starting that inevitable decline, but is still quite drinkable and showing well.  Recommended!    


Tasted:  January 2019

2013 Sebastiani Cherryblock Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Sebastiani Cherryblock Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Sebastiani Cherryblock Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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2013 Sebastiani Cherryblock Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


Score:  99 Points


Location:  Sonoma Valley, California 


Blend:  96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot, 2% Malbec  


This beautiful opaque velvety red wine was made from old Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted in 1961, with a small amount of Merlot and Malbec being sourced from nearby sites with similar soil and climate conditions.  Wafting from my glass was a decadent bouquet of crème de cassis, black cherry, blackberries, licorice, iron, led pencil, leafy tobacco, and toasted oak.  The wine was full bodied with gripping but rounded tannins that gave way to a luxuriously plush palate painted in concentrated blackberries, cassis fruit, black cherry liquor, cigar box, refined dusty earth, and toasted oak.  The wine is complex with composed layers of fruit and earth that brilliantly blend together in harmony.  The wine is absolutely outstanding and is drinking beautifully right now; however, this wine can easily last another two decades.  I see this wine really blooming in another 10 years and will reward those with the patience to leave it in the cellar.  Extremely Highly Recommended!  


Tasted:  January 2019

2006 Château Cos d'Estournel

2015 E. Guigal La Doriane Condrieu

2015 E. Guigal La Doriane Condrieu

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2006 Château Cos d'Estournel


Score: 93+ Points


Classification: Second Growth in 1855


Location: St-Estèphe, Bordeaux, France


Blend: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 2 % Petit Verdot

This dark garnet-red colored wine had a classically old world bouquet of cherries, black raspberries, currants, rosemary herbs, cigar box, graphite, and toasted oak. The wine was medium ++ in body with firm rounded tannins that gave way to concentrated cassis fruit, cherries, currants, leafy tobacco, pencil shavings, dried herbs, soft spice, iron, toasted oak, and a hint of mint.  The wine is complex with supple layers of earth and fruit that harmonize beautifully together. The wine was showing a little closed and decanting it is recommended, as after an hour it really started to open up. This wine is approachable now but should continue to evolve nicely for those that want to keep cellaring it. Highly Recommended! 


Tasted: January 2019 

2015 E. Guigal La Doriane Condrieu

2015 E. Guigal La Doriane Condrieu

2015 E. Guigal La Doriane Condrieu

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2015 E. Guigal La Doriane Condrieu


Score: 97 Points


Location: Condrieu, Rhone, France


Blend: 100% Viognier


This beautifully golden clear wine had a lovely decadent bouquet of apricots, peaches, apple blossoms, papaya, mango, ginger, white flowers, honey, river rock, soft exotic spice, and toasted oak. The wine was full bodied with nice acidity and a clean palate painted with layers of tropical fruits, orchard fruits, hazelnuts, crushed river rock, flint, soft exotic spice, piecrust, creamy honey, and toasted oak. This wine has freshness to it, yet that does not take away from the power of the wine. The wine is elegant, yet rich with layers of fruit and minerals that swim in a cloak of toasted oak.  Truly a beautiful wine that is absolutely brilliant! Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: January 2019

2013 Domaine Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

2013 Domaine Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

2013 Domaine Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

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2013 Domaine Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 

  

Score: 96 Points


Location: Burgundy, France


Blend: 100% Chardonnay 


This beautiful yellow wine had a concentrated bouquet of peaches, apples, pineapple, marzipan, soft spice, flint, and lemon curd. The wine has amazing depth and brilliantly harmonizing layers that are seductively intriguing.  The wine was rich with nice acidity and a creamy palate painted with hints of pear, peaches, citrus, wet minerals, brioche, toasted almonds, and honeysuckle. This is a wonderful wine and I am glad the Latour Family decided to replant this vineyard with Chardonnay vines, as it once had Pinot Noir vines that had to be removed due to phylloxera. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: January 2019

2007 Orma Toscana IGT

2013 Domaine Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

2013 Domaine Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

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2007 Orma Toscana IGT 

  

Score: 96 Points


Location: Tuscany, Italy


Blend: 40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon


This amazing wine was still quite youthful and gave off a rich bouquet of blackberries, blueberries, coffee, chocolate, herbs, licorice, and toasted oak. The wine was full bodied with rounded tannins that still had a little grip, but gave way to a decadent palate giving off notes of concentrated crushed dark berries, licorice, exotic spice, grilled herbs, mocha, and soft beautiful oak. The wine was complex with a plethora of layers that brilliantly harmonized together. The wine is rich and bold yet sophisticated and polished with an unmistakable old world classic style. The wine is in its drinkability window but is showing no signs of going into decline anytime soon. This wine has the ability to continue cellaring for another 8 to 10 years but why bother, drink it now! Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: February 2019

2015 Antinori "Tignanello" Toscana

2015 Antinori "Tignanello" Toscana

2015 Antinori "Tignanello" Toscana

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2015 Antinori "Tignanello" Toscana

  

Score: 97 Points


Location: Tuscany, Italy


Blend: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc


This opaque powerful wine had a robust bouquet of blackberries, black currants, violets, herbs, exotic spice, cigar box, leather, incense, and toasted oak. The wine was full bodied with rounded tannins and a decadently plush palate painted with hints of black currants, blackberries, crushed cassis fruit, cherry, graphite, grilled herbs, spice, tobacco, and toasted oak. The wine was incredibly intense with a rich boldness and concentration of dark fruits that blend and enhance the supple terroir notes. The wine is complex with a polished structure that empowers the layers to brilliantly harmonize together. The wine is extremely young and tight; thus, it needs another 10 years in the cellar before it reaches its window of drinkability. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: February 2019

2006 Clos du Marquis

2015 Antinori "Tignanello" Toscana

2015 Antinori "Tignanello" Toscana

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2006 Clos du Marquis

  

Score: 92 Points


Location: Saint Julien, Bordeaux, France


Blend: 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot


This dark red wine had a classic old world bouquet of blackberries, black cherry, violets, licorice, tar, cigar box, soft spice, and toasted oak. The wine was full bodied with velvety tannins that gave way to a palate painted with juicy blackberries, licorice, cedar, soft spice, herbs, toasted oak and a hint of cassis liquor. The wine was still bright with fresh dark berry fruits, and sexy layers of terroir notes. The wine has a seductive complexity of fruit and dusty earth that blend nicely together. The wine was showing no signs of going into decline, but is in its window of drinkability. Highly Recommended!


Tasted: February 2019

2007 Castelgiocondo (Marchesi de' Frescobaldi) Brunello di Montalcino

2007 Castelgiocondo (Marchesi de' Frescobaldi) Brunello di Montalcino

2007 Castelgiocondo (Marchesi de' Frescobaldi) Brunello di Montalcino

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2007 Castelgiocondo (Marchesi de' Frescobaldi) Brunello di Montalcino

  

Score: 93 Points


Location: Tuscany, Italy


Blend: 100% Sangiovese


This dark red wine had a rich bouquet of black cherries, licorice, plum, exotic spice, tobacco, chocolate, and oak. The wine was full bodied with chewy rounded tannins that gave way to a layered palate giving off hints of black cherry, plum, toasted herbs, exotic spices, cigar box, oak, and dusty earth. It’s supple with a decadent ripe fruit profile that balances nicely with the terroir notes and complex layers of the wine. Still showing off its youthfulness and displaying no signs of decline; thus, the wine should easily cellar for another 8 years. If you prefer your wine more fruit forward then drink it now as time will empower the secondary notes to mature nicely. Highly Recommended!


Taste: February 2019

2005 Chateau Arthemis Cotes De Castillon

2007 Castelgiocondo (Marchesi de' Frescobaldi) Brunello di Montalcino

2007 Castelgiocondo (Marchesi de' Frescobaldi) Brunello di Montalcino

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2005 Chateau Arthemis Cotes De Castillon

  

Score: 90 Points


Location: Bordeaux, France


Blend: Red Bordeaux Blend


The wine had a nice garnet color with hints of bricking at the edge. The wine was giving off a typical old world bouquet of cherries, plum, green pepper, truffles, licorice, soft spice, minerals, and toasted oak. The wine was medium ++ in body with plush tannins that polished the palate with hints of plum, concentrated cherry, coffee, graphite, pepper, truffles, dusty minerals, and soft toasted oak. The wine was lush but lacked depth and complexity. Overall it was a nice bottle of wine and is in its drinking window right now. Recommended!


Tasted: February 2019

2012 Emidio Pepe Pecorino Colli Aprutini IGT

2014 Lucien Le Moine Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru

2014 Lucien Le Moine Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru

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2012 Emidio Pepe Pecorino Colli Aprutini IGT

  

Score: 92 Points


Location: Italy


Blend: Pecorino


The wine had a beautiful soft gold color and an intriguing bouquet of lemons, flint, yeast, honey, and a funkiness I couldn’t really identify. The wine had nice acidity with complex layers of citrus and floral components that blended nicely with wet flinty minerals, savory honeysuckle, and a soft bitterness on the finish. The wine is quite unique with a rustic sophistication and soft creaminess that is balanced with the crisp acidity. Overall I truly enjoyed this wine and look forward to trying more of them. Recommended!


Tasted: February 2019

2014 Lucien Le Moine Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru

2014 Lucien Le Moine Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru

2014 Lucien Le Moine Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru

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2014 Lucien Le Moine Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru

  

Score: 95 Points


Location: Burgundy, France


Blend: 100% Chardonnay

 

This yellow gold beauty is still in its infancy, giving off a bouquet of lemon zest, orchard fruits, crushed granite, minerals, smoke, and other citrus notes. The wine has a crisp acidity that cuts through the creamy palate that is painted with hints of lime, orange peel, peaches, wet river rock, granite, and a touch of sweetness on the finish. The wine is complex with lush layers of fruit and minerals that blend and harmonize nicely together. The wine is still quite youthful and will benefit for more time in the cellar, but started to open up nicely after a few hours. Highly Recommended!


Tasted: February 2019 

2015 Chateau de la Tour Clos Vougeot Grand Cru

2015 Chateau de la Tour Clos Vougeot Grand Cru

2015 Chateau de la Tour Clos Vougeot Grand Cru

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2015 Chateau de la Tour Clos Vougeot Grand Cru

  

Score: 94+ Points


Location: Burgundy, France


Blend: 100% Pinot Noir


This beautiful dark ruby wine had an expressive bouquet giving off aromas of violets, black raspberry, plum, blackberries, cherries, black tea, soft spice, vanilla, graphite and a nice earthiness. The wine was medium ++ in body with rounded but gripping tannins that gave way to a luxurious palate painted with hints of blackberry, black raspberries, licorice, chocolate, herbs, and savory briny minerals. The wine was complex with concentrated layers of fruit and earth that blended harmoniously together. The wine was intense with a nice level of acidity and should evolve brilliantly over the next decade or so, for those with the patience. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: March 2019

2008 Orma Toscana IGT

2015 Chateau de la Tour Clos Vougeot Grand Cru

2015 Chateau de la Tour Clos Vougeot Grand Cru

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2008 Orma Toscana IGT 

  

Score: 94 Points


Location: Tuscany, Italy


Blend: 40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon


This big bold wine had an expressive bouquet of blackberries, blueberries, chocolate, cigar box, incense, tobacco, herbs, spice, earth, and toasted oak. The wine was full bodied with rounded tannins that gave way to a concentrated palate with hints of blackberries, plum, licorice, cedar, black tea, spices, tobacco, chocolate, dusty minerals, and oak. The wine is impressive with its seductive lush layers of textured fruit and earth that blend and harmonize perfectly together. The wine is powerful and rustic while maintaining an old world sophistication. This wine is in its plateau of maturity and is drinking beautifully right now, but has the ability to age for another 10 years or so. Highly Recommended!


Tasted: March 2019

2015 Aubert Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay

2015 Aubert Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay

2015 Aubert Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay

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2015 Aubert Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay

  

Score: 98 Points


Location: Napa Valley, California


Blend: 100% Chardonnay


I was at lunch with some Sommelier friends, and Master Sommelier Will Costello decided to join us and blinded the table on this beauty. The wine had a beautiful gold color with an extremely aromatic bouquet of lemon zest, pink grapefruit, orange blossoms, peach, candied ginger, and vanilla.  The wine was full bodied with a nice crisp acidity that gave way to a palate painted with hints of pear, honeydew, lemon oil, brioche, tea, soft spice, and toasted oak. The wine was complex with lush citrus and orchard fruits that harmonized perfectly with tangy minerals. This wine was spectacular, and beautifully balanced with a new world sophistication and elegance. The wine is in its plateau of maturity and is drinking quite nicely right now, but should last another 5 years or so. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: March 2018 

2013 Antinori Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore

2015 Aubert Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay

2015 Aubert Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay

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2013 Antinori Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore

  

Score: 95+


Location: Tuscany, Itlay


Blend: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot


This beautiful opaque wine had a ripe bouquet of black cherries, blackberries, plum, currants, blueberries, chocolate, tobacco, lavender, spices, and toasted oak. The wine was full bodied with gripping tannins that puckered the palate and gave off notes of ripe dark berry fruits, toasted herbs, dark chocolate, savory baking spices, supple minerals, and toasted oak. The wine is still in its infancy and requires more time in the cellar, yet should be absolutely stellar once it reaches its window of maturity. The wine is complex and powerful with bold layers of fruit and earth; that, give off a rustic old world style that is elegant and harmonious. I would enjoy revisiting this beauty in another 10 years or so. Extremely Highly Recommended!


March 2019

2012 Abreu "Rothwell Hyde" St. Helena Red Wine

2016 Williams Selyem “Three Sisters Vineyard” Chardonnay

2016 Williams Selyem “Three Sisters Vineyard” Chardonnay

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2012 Abreu "Rothwell Hyde" St. Helena Red Wine

  

Score: 95 Points


Location: Napa Valley, California


Blend: Bordeaux Blend


Abreu is a long standing Napa “Cult Wine” and is limited in production, as this vintages production was only 400 cases. We were invited and indulged with a tasting in the caves and given an opportunity to taste some of these legendary wines; however, this was one of my favorites in the lineup. It’s the least expensive wine from Abreu, but is absolutely delicious. The wine had a robust bouquet of blackberries, plums, black cherries, chocolate, coffee, dusty herbs, exotic spices, and toasted oak. The wine was full bodied with gripping but rounded tannins that gave way to a luxurious palate painted with hints of blackcurrants, black cherries, plums, chocolate, dusty earthy minerals, smoked herbs, burnt brown sugar, and notes of cedar. The wine was complex with layers of rich dark fruits that blended nicely with the rich supple terroir. This wine is drinking lovely right now but should continue to evolve over the next 15 years for those that want to cellar it. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: March 2019

2016 Williams Selyem “Three Sisters Vineyard” Chardonnay

2016 Williams Selyem “Three Sisters Vineyard” Chardonnay

2016 Williams Selyem “Three Sisters Vineyard” Chardonnay

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2016 Williams Selyem “Three Sisters Vineyard” Chardonnay

  

Score: 93+


Location: Sonoma County, Healdsburg, California


Blend: 100% Chardonnay


This beautiful chardonnay had a floral bouquet giving off hints of white flowers, pears, limes, wet granite stone, nutmeg, baking spices, and soft oak. The wine was balanced with a nice acidity and a crisp clean palate painted with notes of poached pears, lime zest, cinnamon, cut herbs, iodine, wet rock, touch of butter, and light oak. The wine showed a nice complexity with thoughtful layers of fruit and minerals that harmonized beautifully together. A beautiful wine that is showing wonderfully right now! Highly Recommended!


Tasted: March 2019

2016 Williams Selyem “Olivet Lane Vineyard” Pinot Noir

2016 Williams Selyem “Olivet Lane Vineyard” Pinot Noir

2016 Williams Selyem “Olivet Lane Vineyard” Pinot Noir

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2016 Williams Selyem “Olivet Lane Vineyard” Pinot Noir

  

Score: 94 Points


Location:  Sonoma County, Healdsburg, California


Blend: 100% Pinot Noir


The vines from this vineyard were planted in 1975, and only about 290 cases of this vintage were made. The wine had a stunning ruby purple color and a bouquet of black cherries, raspberries, plums, strawberry, cut herbs, black tea, orange blossoms, and earthy dusty terroir notes. The wine was medium to full body with rounded tannins and a nice acidity that gave way to a beautiful finish displaying hints of plums, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, citrus, dark chocolate, toasted bay leaves, soft spice, and dusty earth. The wine was complex and nicely layered with berry fruits that blended harmoniously with the minerals and dusty terroir notes. This wine had a nice lushness and concentration, yet held its elegance and sophistication. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: March 2019 

2009 Yao Ming Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Williams Selyem “Olivet Lane Vineyard” Pinot Noir

2016 Williams Selyem “Olivet Lane Vineyard” Pinot Noir

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2009 Yao Ming Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

  

Score: 95 Points


Location: Napa Valley, California


Blend: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot


When I see a celebrity put their name on a product I often think it’s a gimmick or lessor quality; however, that is not the case with Yao Family Wines.   When in Napa we visited their tasting room and found that all their wines are of an extremely high quality, and this was my favorite that we were indulged with. The wine had a rich bouquet of blackberries, black currants, cassis fruit, licorice, toasted herbs, soft spice, cigar box, dusty earth, and toasted oak. The wine was full bodied with chewy polished tannins that gave way to a palate painted with hints of dark berry fruits, savory herbs, soft spice, cedar, refined dusty earth, toasted brown sugar, and oak. The wine is beautiful balanced with lush layers of decadently elegant fruits, swimming in supple dusty terroir notes. The wine is complex and showing beautifully right now, as it is in its window of maturity. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: March 2019  

2016 Littorai The Haven Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

2016 Littorai The Haven Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

2016 Littorai The Haven Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

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2016 Littorai The Haven Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

  

Score: 98+ Points


Location: Sonoma County, California


Blend: 100% Pinot Noir


This beautiful wine had a layered bouquet of huckleberries, blueberries, red cherries, licorice, orange blossoms, baking spices, oak, and dusty terroir notes. The wine was concentrated with bold notes, yet elegant and sophisticated on the palate with nice acidity and rounded tannins. The palate was luxuriously savory with gorgeous earth tones that blended harmoniously with blackberries, blueberries, licorice, leafy herbs, sweet spices, and gently toasted oak. The wine is rich but not heavy on the palate and has complex layers of fruit and terroir. This is a brilliant bottle of wine that will require some patience that will yield fantastic returns. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: March 2019

2016 Littorai Platt Vineyard Chardonnay

2016 Littorai The Haven Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

2016 Littorai The Haven Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

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2016 Littorai Platt Vineyard Chardonnay

  

Score: 93+ Points


Location: Sonoma County, California


Blend: 100% Chardonnay


This beautiful golden straw color wine had an expressive bouquet of apples, pears, wet river rock, bright minerals, white flowers, and honey. The wine is creamy on the palate with a rich acidity and harmonizing layers of fruit and minerals. Floating on the palate is a rich creaminess with bright crisp minerals that lead to a luxurious finish giving off hints of baked apple, orchard fruits, savory soft spiced minerals, bees wax, and white flower honey. The wine is complex with supple layers of fruit and earth that dance wonderfully together. This is a wine that has a lot going on and will mature nicely with sometime in the cellar. Highly Recommended!


Tasted: March 2019

2017 Sojourn Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir

2016 Sojourn Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

2016 Sojourn Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

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2017 Sojourn Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir

  

Score: 94+ Points


Location: Sonoma County, California


Blend: 100% Pinot Noir


This beautiful wine had an expressive bouquet of chocolate raspberries, cranberries, cherries, black tea, soft spice, salted caramel, and leafy tobacco. The wine had gripping but rounded tannins that gave way to a plush palate painted with notes of gooseberries, cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, orange blossom tea, sweet brininess, toasted herbs, and soft oak. The wine is nicely complex with lush layers of decadent fruits that swim in an underlining pool of supple terroir notes. This wine is impressively balanced with respect to being bold yet elegantly well made with beautiful acidity. The wine is approachable now but should evolve nicely for those with the patience to cellar it. Extremely Highly Recommended! 


Tasted: March 2019

2016 Sojourn Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

2016 Sojourn Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

2016 Sojourn Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

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2016 Sojourn Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

  

Score: 95 Points


Location: Sonoma County, California


Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon


This dark beauty had a ripe bouquet of black cherries, cassis fruit, blackberries, toasted rosemary, bell pepper, crème brulee, soft spice, Rutherford dust, burnt brown sugar, and toasted oak. The wine was full bodied with plush gripping tannins that gave way to a brilliant finish with hints of crème de cassis, blackberries, dried herbs, vanilla, chocolate, leafy tobacco, supple baking spices, and charred dusty earth. The wine is wonderfully balanced and complex with gorgeous layers of dark fruit, sweet baking spices, and dusty terroir notes. This wine is approachable now but truly needs another 8 to 10 years, and could easily rest in the cellar two decades. The fruit for this wine is being sourced from the world famous Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III, in Napa Valley. Extremely Highly Recommended! 


Tasted: March 2019 

2016 Mountain Terraces Winery Viognier Moon Mt. District

2016 Mountain Terraces Winery Viognier Moon Mt. District

2016 Mountain Terraces Winery Viognier Moon Mt. District

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2016 Mountain Terraces Winery Viognier Moon Mt. District

  

Score: 95 Points


Location: Sonoma County, California


Blend: 100% Viognier


Soaring around 2000ft on the Sonoma side of Mayacamas is the Moon Mountain AVA, and if you haven’t heard of it you should pay attention. They are producing some outstanding wines and this beautiful Rhone styled white wine is absolutely wonderful. The wine had a floral bouquet of white flowers, peach, lychee, candied walnuts, wet river rock, and honey suckle. The wine had beautiful acidity and a crisp dusty chalky mineral palate being balanced with notes of white peach, lychee, supple stone fruits, cut grass, walnuts, wet gravel, and a touch of honey. The wine is lush yet crisp with layers of complex fruits that harmonize and play perfectly with the terroir notes. This is a stunning wine that is sophisticated and elegant with a gorgeous fruit profile. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: March 2019

2015 Ledson Winery & Vineyards Bellisimo Estate Vineyard

2016 Mountain Terraces Winery Viognier Moon Mt. District

2016 Mountain Terraces Winery Viognier Moon Mt. District

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2015 Ledson Winery & Vineyards Bellisimo Estate Vineyard

  

Score: 95+ Points


Location: Sonoma County, California


Blend: Bordeaux Blend


This beautiful dark ruby wine had a plush bouquet of cassis fruit, blackberries, cherries, plum, toasted sage, vanilla, caramel, soft dusty earth and sweet charred oak. The wine was full bodied with rounded tannins that gripped the palate and painted it with hints of dark wild berries, baking spices, chocolate, herbs, and complex layers of dusty earthy minerals that blended harmoniously with the ripe dark fruits. This decadent wine was sophisticated and wonderfully balanced with dark fruits and smoky supple tannins. This is a wine that will mature nicely in the cellar for those that have the patience to lay it down. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: March 2019

2015 Eco Terreno Reserve Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon Lyon Vineyard

2015 Eco Terreno Reserve Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon Lyon Vineyard

2015 Eco Terreno Reserve Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon Lyon Vineyard

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2015 Eco Terreno Reserve Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon Lyon Vineyard

  

Score: 94 Points


Location: Sonoma County, California


Blend: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot


Wafting from my glass was a rich bouquet of blackberries, cassis fruit, boysenberries, caramel, chocolate, cigar box, cut herbs, baking spices, and toasted oak. The wine was full bodied with gripping but rounded tannins that gave way to a palate painted with notes of black cherries, blackberries, gram cracker pie crust, mocha, and sweet smoky oak. The wine is complex with sumptuous layers of dark fruit that harmonize perfectly with the savory earthy terroir. This is a bold expressive wine that carries sophistication and elegance; thus, it will reward those with the patience to cellar it for 6 to 11 years. Truly a beautiful wine! Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: March 2019

2016 Eco Terreno Reserve Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon Lyon Vineyard

2015 Eco Terreno Reserve Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon Lyon Vineyard

2015 Eco Terreno Reserve Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon Lyon Vineyard

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2016 Eco Terreno Reserve Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon Lyon Vineyard

  

Score: 95+ Points


Location: Sonoma County, California


Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot


The wine had a deep opaque purple red color with a sensuous bouquet of violets, blackberries, currants, cassis fruit, molasses, chocolate, salted caramel, black tea, tobacco, and toasted oak. The wine was full bodied with rounded tannins that gripped the palate and painted it with luxurious ripe dark wild berries, blackberries, black cherries, blueberries, molasses, savory herbs, dark chocolate, dusty minerals, and toasted oak. The wine is complex with intense layers of dark fruit, baking spices, and dusty terroir notes. This is a stunning wine that is approachable now but will reward those with the patience to cellar it. The wine is decadent yet elegantly restrained with sophistication and poise, as this wine is beautifully balanced.  Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: March 2019

1999 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Cornas Domaine de Saint Pierre

2010 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault – Genevrières Premier Cru

2010 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault – Genevrières Premier Cru

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1999 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Cornas Domaine de Saint Pierre

  

Score: 90 Points


Location: Rhone, France


Blend: Syrah


This beautifully aged wine had a lovely bouquet of roasted coffee, chocolate, animal fat, plum, currants, and wet earth. The wine was medium ++ in body with dissipating tannins that gave way to hints of mocha, black cherry, plum, wet minerals, dusty earth, tobacco, herbs, and other terroir notes. The wine is well balanced with good acidity and complex layers that intertwine nicely together. The wine is starting to show a little tired but is enjoyable none the less. Recommended!


Tasted: April 2019

2010 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault – Genevrières Premier Cru

2010 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault – Genevrières Premier Cru

2010 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault – Genevrières Premier Cru

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2010 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault – Genevrières Premier Cru

  

Score: 93+ Points


Location: Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, France


Blend: 100% Chardonnay


This beautiful wine had an alluring bouquet of green apple, pineapple, vanilla, white flowers, white pepper, and soft oak. The wine was creamy with crisp integrated acidity that stirred note of tropical fruits, lemon, apple, vanilla cream, wood, rocky minerals, and soft spice on the palate. The wine is nicely layered but took some time to open up, as it is still showing quite youthful. The wine was quite elegant and sophisticated with excellent length and beauty in the finish. Highly Recommended! 


Tasted: April 2019

2013 Domaine Louis Jadot Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru

2016 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey St. Aubin 1er Cru "Cuvée Marguerite"

2016 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey St. Aubin 1er Cru "Cuvée Marguerite"

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2013 Domaine Louis Jadot Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru

  

Score: 91 Points


Location: Burgundy, France


Blend: 100% Pinot Noir


The wine had a nice bouquet giving off aromas of truffle, mushrooms, forest floor, exotic spices, dried red currants, leather, and oak. The wine was medium bodied with rounded tannins that gave way to a palate painted with hints of red berry fruit, herbs, exotic spices, orange zest, minerals, and oak. The wine was a bit closed and required time to open up; thus, giving this a few hour decant will help. The wine was nice but lacked depth and complexity, as the fruit profile is almost muted by the abundant terroir notes. Recommended!


Tasted: April 2019

2016 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey St. Aubin 1er Cru "Cuvée Marguerite"

2016 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey St. Aubin 1er Cru "Cuvée Marguerite"

2016 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey St. Aubin 1er Cru "Cuvée Marguerite"

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2016 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey St. Aubin 1er Cru "Cuvée Marguerite"

  

Score: 93 Points


Location: Burgundy, France


Blend: 100% Chardonnay


Due to the frost in 2016 they opted to blend Premier Crue plots in Saint Aubin (lieux-dits En Créot, Les Combes and Perrières) and in my opinion this was a success as the wine was absolutely delicious. This beautiful yellow wine had a lovely bouquet of crisp apple, pear, Meyer lemon, white peach, white pepper, fresh herbs, chalky minerals, and toasted nuts. The wine was impressive on the palate with nice acidity and an offering of lovely orchard fruits, savory herbs, crushed limestone, hard lemon candy, honeysuckle, white pepper, and toasted chestnuts. The wine is nicely balanced and complex with layers of crisp fruit and supple terroir notes. Highly Recommended!


Tasted: April 2019

2013 Domaine Louis Jadot Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru

2015 Domaine Louis Jadot (Heritiers) Corton-Charlemagne Grand

2015 Domaine Louis Jadot (Heritiers) Corton-Charlemagne Grand

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2013 Domaine Louis Jadot Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru

  

Score: 95+ Points


Location: Burgundy, France


Blend: 100% Pinot Noir


This beautiful dark red beauty had an alluring bouquet of cranberries, red currants, raspberries, vanilla, brined lavender, cocoa, earthy minerals, and smoky oak. The wine is full bodied with gripping tannins that linger on the palate and give way to hints of strawberry compote, dark cherries, cranberries, crushed limestone, ocean kissed dusty earth, vanilla, burnt wood, and soft spice. The wine is complex with harmonious layers of fruit and terroir that sing on the palate. The wine is solid and seductively sophisticated with savory components that highlight the fruit profile. The wine is truly an infant and needs another 5 to 6 years in the cellar; however, should age nicely for another 3 decades. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: April 2019

2015 Domaine Louis Jadot (Heritiers) Corton-Charlemagne Grand

2015 Domaine Louis Jadot (Heritiers) Corton-Charlemagne Grand

2015 Domaine Louis Jadot (Heritiers) Corton-Charlemagne Grand

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2015 Domaine Louis Jadot (Heritiers) Corton-Charlemagne Grand

  

Score: 94+ Points


Location: Burgundy, France


Blend: 100% Chardonnay


This seductive white Burgundy had an elegant bouquet of white peaches, green apple, lemon zest, orange blossoms, vanilla cake mix, exotic spice, and wet river rocks. The wine was full and plush on the palate with crisp acidity that gave way to hints of citrus, orchard fruits, hazelnuts, spice, wet minerals, and a creamy oiliness. The wine was complex with layers of fruit and terroir notes, which seamlessly blended and harmonized beautifully together. This is one of those wines that will benefit from some time in the cellar and can be enjoyed over the next decade. Highly Recommended!


Tasted: April 2019

2015 Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles

2015 Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles

2015 Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles

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2015 Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles

  

Score: 94+ Points


Location: Burgundy, France


Blend: 100% Chardonnay


This gorgeous white Burgundy took some time to open as it was a little closed to start; however, when it opened I was graced with a floral bouquet of citrus blossoms, apricot, pear, apple, vanilla, soft spice, smoky minerals, and honey. The wine was plush yet crisp with a focused acidity that gave way to a palate painted with hints of apple, pear, lemon, orange zest, toast, bees wax, and soft minerals. The wine is nicely layered with divine fruit and elegant terroir notes that dance beautifully together. There is a lovely creaminess to this wine that balances the bright acidity and gives harmony to the wine. The wine needs another few years in the cellar but should drink nicely over the next decade. Highly Recommended!


Tasted: April 2019

2006 Palazzo Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

2015 Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles

2015 Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles

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2006 Palazzo Riserva Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

  

Score: 92 Points


Location: Tuscany, Italy


Blend: 100% Sangiovese


This opaque red wine had hints of bricking at the edge and a lovely bouquet of plum, blackberries, black cherries, licorice, exotic spices, dusty brown earth, leather, cola, and smoldering oak. The wine was full bodied with rounded supple tannins that gave way to notes of plum, wild dark berry fruits, anise seeds, licorice, graham cracker pie crust, dusty minerals, and toasted oak. The wine is beautifully balanced and gives off a rustic elegance with harmonious layers of fruit and earth. The wine is drinking perfectly right now and is in its plateau of maturity. Recommended!


Tasted: May 2019

2007 Domaine Servin Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja, S.A. Gran Reserva 904

2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja, S.A. Gran Reserva 904

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2007 Domaine Servin Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

  

Score: 92 Points


Location: Burgundy, France


Blend: 100% Chardonnay


This beautiful bright straw color white Burgundy had a fresh bouquet of lemon, ruby red grapefruit, honey, vanilla, orange blossoms, wet stone, and toasted oak. The wine was medium bodied with nice acidity that gave way to a palate painted with hints of tangerine zest, sweet grapefruit, quince, almonds, white peach, citrus oil, chalky minerals, and toasted oak. The wine is nicely layered with concentrated citrus flavors and orchard fruits that blend harmoniously with the crisp limestone and chalky minerals. The wine has a nice finish that lingers beautifully on the palate with notes of honey and smoke. The wine is drinking great right now and is in its plateau of maturity. Recommended!


Tasted: May 2019

2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja, S.A. Gran Reserva 904

2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja, S.A. Gran Reserva 904

2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja, S.A. Gran Reserva 904

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2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja, S.A. Gran Reserva 904

  

Score: 96 Points


Location: Spain


Blend: 90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano


What an amazing wine for the price! Wafting from my glass was an almost Bordeaux like bouquet of dried cherries, tobacco, smoked meats, balsamic reduction, leather, truffles, toasted oak, and a hint of potpourri. The wine was full bodied with rounded but gripping tannins that gave way to a long luxurious finish painting the palate with notes of wild red berry fruit, dark cherries, sweet vanilla, exotic spice, wet earth, clay, dried tobacco, dried wild flowers, animal fat, and smoldering peat. The wine is complex with savory terroir nuances that envelope the dried fruit components of the wine in a seamless and harmonious way that is effortlessly balanced. The wine is drinking brilliantly right now but has the ability to continue evolving for those with the patience to lay it down and cellar it. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: May 2019

2009 Rolly Gassmann Silberberg de Rorschwihr Riesling

2009 Rolly Gassmann Silberberg de Rorschwihr Riesling

2009 Rolly Gassmann Silberberg de Rorschwihr Riesling

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2009 Rolly Gassmann Silberberg de Rorschwihr Riesling

  

Score: 91 Points


Location: Alasce, France


Blend: 100% Riesling


This light golden colored wine had a beautiful bouquet of apples, pineapple, mango, quince, citrus, walnuts, beeswax, flowers, and petrol. The wine was medium bodied with nice acidity that cleared the way for a palate painted with hints of sweet ruby red grapefruit, pineapple, golden apple, apricot, wet river stones, slate, marzipan, and a touch of honey. The wine has some residual sugar but it is moderate, leaving the wine with a creamy richness on the palate. This wine is in its plateau of maturity and is in a really nice drinking window. Recommended!


Tasted: May 2019

2010 Chateau Angelus

2009 Rolly Gassmann Silberberg de Rorschwihr Riesling

2009 Rolly Gassmann Silberberg de Rorschwihr Riesling

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2010 Chateau Angelus

  

Score: 98 Points


Classification: Premier Grand Cru Classe A 


Location: St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France


Blend: 55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc


This beautiful dark opaque wine had a glorious bouquet of blackberries, cassis liqueur, ripe figs, graphite, hot tar, tobacco, coffee, chocolate, and smoldering oak.  The wine was full bodied with gripping tannins and a voluptuous palate set with notes of fig, blackberries, licorice, chocolate, tobacco, toasted spices, truffle, iron, tar, coffee, and smoky oak. The wine is complex with velvety layers of earth and fruit that are perfectly orchestrated in harmonious balance. The wine is elegantly sophisticated yet profoundly bold and decadent. The wine was impressively youthful and will require 6 years or so to reach its plateau of maturity; however, should drink nicely for several decades after that. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: May 2019

2004 Chateau Palmer

2004 Chateau Palmer

2004 Chateau Palmer

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2004 Chateau Palmer

  

Score: 94 Points


Classification: Third Growth in 1855


Location: Margaux, Bordeaux, France


Blend: 47% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot


This deep dark reddish purple wine had a mesmerizing bouquet of blackberries, plums, currants, chocolate, cigar box, truffles, violets, soft spice, and toasted oak. The wine is full bodied with supple tannins that give way to a sumptuous palate painted with notes of black fruits, vanilla, chocolate, tobacco, iron, sweet cedar, and dusty earth. The wine is magnificently powerful yet holds grace and sophistication, with complex layers of harmonious fruit and earth. This is an expressive wine that has a beautiful richness and is in its drinking window now; however, the wine is showing no signs of decline, and has the ability to continue cellaring for another decade. Highly Recommended! 


Tasted: May 2019

2004 Chateau Pavie

2004 Chateau Palmer

2004 Chateau Palmer

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2004 Chateau Pavie

  

Score: 95 Points


Classification: Premier Grand Cru Classe A in 2012


Location: St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France


Blend: 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon


This wine has improved immensely since I last tasted it in December of 2014; thus, patience has rewarded me! Wafting from my glass was a rip bouquet of blackberries, cassis fruit, violets, licorice, graphite, coffee, soft minerals, herbs, cocoa, truffles, and sweet smoky oak. The wine was medium ++ in body with velvety tannins that gave way to a rustic chic palate painted with hints of plum, blackberries, black cherries, chocolate, crushed limestone, dried dusty clay, exotic spices, roasted herbs, and toasted oak. The wine is complex with lavish layers of robust dark fruits and delightful terroir notes that integrated seamlessly together. This wine is in its drinking window and showing strikingly well right now; thus, it is showing no signs of going into decline anytime soon. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: May 2019

1990 Château Mouton Rothschild

2007 Freiherr Langwerth von Simmern Hattenheimer Mannberg Riesling Spätlese Blaukapsel

2007 Freiherr Langwerth von Simmern Hattenheimer Mannberg Riesling Spätlese Blaukapsel

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1990 Château Mouton Rothschild

  

Score: 90 Points


Classification: First Growth in 1973


Location: Pauillac, Bordeaux, France


Blend: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 9% Merlot


The wine had a mature bouquet of blackberries, cherries, strawberries, sandalwood incense, leafy tobacco, roasted herbs, forest floor, soft spice, and toasted oak. The wine was medium + bodied with dissipating tannins that gave way to a palate enriched with hints of raspberries, red cherry, strawberries, cassis fruit, truffles, dusty minerals, herbs, licorice, tobacco, and oak. The wine lacked depth and was somewhat underwhelming, yet still a very pleasant wine to enjoy. The wines layers of fruit and earth are unified but lack concentration and energy; thus, the wine is quite elegant and beautify poised while maintaining a lack of power or backbone. Overall this wine is a disappointment when taking the pedigree and price into consideration. 


Tasted: May 2019

2007 Freiherr Langwerth von Simmern Hattenheimer Mannberg Riesling Spätlese Blaukapsel

2007 Freiherr Langwerth von Simmern Hattenheimer Mannberg Riesling Spätlese Blaukapsel

2007 Freiherr Langwerth von Simmern Hattenheimer Mannberg Riesling Spätlese Blaukapsel

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2007 Freiherr Langwerth von Simmern Hattenheimer Mannberg Riesling Spätlese Blaukapsel

  

Score: 92 Points


Location: Rheingau, Germany


Blend: 100% Riesling


This beautiful light gold colored wine had a luscious bouquet of candied white plum, apples, lychee, lemon zest, white flowers, honey, spice, and wet stone. The wine had refreshingly crisp acidity that unified nicely with a palate painted in hints of apricot, apple, fresh herbs, sweet honey, and crushed minerals. The wine has aged perfectly and is in a splendid spot for drinking right now. There is a lovely layering to this wine of profuse stone fruits and mouth-watering terroir notes. The wine has a sweet finish that was balanced with savory minerals and a touch of wet slate. Recommended!


Tasted: May 2019

1998 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia

1998 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia

1998 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia

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1998 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia

  

Score: 98 Points


Location: Tuscany, Italy


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


I was participating in a blind tasting and we were at the end having a discussion about Supper Tuscan wines when our host (great friend) got up and went to his cellar. He came back with this beauty that was the 2001 Wine of the Year for Wine Spectator, and put it in front of me! I looked at the bottle with admiration, and looked at him, and he said “how long are you going to look at it ……… open it up!” This beautiful dark lush wine had a rustic yet fruity bouquet with aromas of blackberry, cherry, cassis fruit, licorice, exotic spices, sage, chocolate, graphite, tar, dusty minerals, and toasted oak. The wine was showing quite youthful with plushly polished tannins that gave way to a luxurious palate painted with notes of red and black fruits, tarragon, Asian spices, chocolate raspberries, dusty dirty minerals, iron, toasted herbs, and sweet oak. The wine is somewhat rustic with an elegance and sophistication, as the terroir and fruit are perfectly balanced and harmonize brilliantly together. This is a classic that will continue evolving nicely in the cellar for a few more years, as it is showing no signs of going into decline anytime soon. The wine has an underlining power and concentration, as it’s a full bodied wine; yet, it is restrained showing finesse and grace. Extremely Highly Recommended! 


Tasted: June 2019

2006 Cliff Lede "Poetry" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

1998 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia

1998 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia

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2006 Cliff Lede "Poetry" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

  

Score: 96 Points


Location: Napa Valley, California


Blend: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2 % Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot


On first approach the wine had a bouquet of red cherries, blackberries, cassis fruit, chocolate, pencil shavings, smoke, minerals, pepper, and toasted oak. The wine is medium ++ in body with silky tannins that give way to a palate layered with hints of blackberries, tart cherries, crème de cassis, sweet cocoa powder, graphite, smoldering herbs, and divine supple dusty terroir notes. The wine is still showing quite youthful and is still in its infancy; thus, it has the potential to cellar for another decade. The wine is concentrated with an elegant boldness and sophistication. There is a beautiful layering and complexity to this wine that gives it finesse; all the while, maintaining an underlining backbone of exquisitely weighted power. Truly an outstanding wine! Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: June 2019

2016 Cliff Lede Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer to Kolon Vineyard

2016 Cliff Lede Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer to Kolon Vineyard

2016 Cliff Lede Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer to Kolon Vineyard

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2016 Cliff Lede Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer to Kolon Vineyard

  

Score: 98+ Points


Location: Napa Valley, California


Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon


This masterpiece is one that requires time in the bottle, in order to reach its full potential. Wafting from my glass was a plethora of aromas that were rich and textured; thus, the bouquet was showing notes of blackberry, black currents, blueberries, fresh cut violets, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, exotic spices, herbs of sage & lavender, toasted oak and dusty minerals. The wine was full bodied with robust but polished tannins that gripped the palate and painted it with a luxurious array of warm black & blue berry fruits, supple baking spices, intriguing dusty terroir notes, and kissed with sweet oak. The wine is complex with outstanding depth and balance that lead to a spectacular symphony of layers that play out in brilliant harmony. The wine is just an infant and truly needs a decade to mature; however, has the potential to be cellared for three decades. This is a massive powerhouse of a wine! Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: June 2019

2015 Cliff Lede Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain

2016 Cliff Lede Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer to Kolon Vineyard

2016 Cliff Lede Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer to Kolon Vineyard

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2015 Cliff Lede Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain

  

Score: 93 Points


Location: Napa Valley, California


Blend: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot


This beautiful dark wine had a sensuous bouquet of blackberries, cassis fruit, black cherries, figs, charcoal, mocha, vanilla, cut violets, minerals, and sweet toasted oak. The wine is full bodied with gripping tannins and a generous bounty of blackberries, cassis fruit, fig, blueberries, chocolate, dried bay leafs, exotic spices, minerals, and toasted oak. The wine is nicely balanced with lush layers of dark fruits and intriguing herbs & spices that harmoniously weave in and out of the supple terroir notes. The wine is wound quite tightly and requires decanting for several hours if enjoying now; however, should get better and mature nicely for those with the patience to cellar it. Highly Recommended! 


Tasted: June 2019 

2014 Stone Edge Farm Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Stone Edge Farm Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Stone Edge Farm Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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 2014 Stone Edge Farm Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 

  

Score: 93 Points


Location: Sonoma Valley, California


Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon


The wine was robust with ripe blackberries, black raspberries, crème de cassis, sage, minerals, and toasted oak. The wine is full bodied with plush tannins that paint the palate with concentrated blackberries, cassis fruit, black raspberries, toasted sage, baking spices, crushed gravel, iron, and sweet oak. This wine is beautifully balanced and complex with lavish layers of dark ripe fruits, toasted herbs, sweet baking spices, and supple dust terroir notes. The wine is elegant yet displays straight with a reserved boldness. This wine is approachable now but should continue evolving and maturing nicely for those with the patience to cellar it. Highly Recommended!


Tasted: June 2019

2013 Stone Edge Farm Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Stone Edge Farm Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Stone Edge Farm Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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2013 Stone Edge Farm Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

  

Score: 96 Points


Location: Sonoma Valley, California


Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon


This wine had an alluring bouquet of violets, ripe blackberries, cassis fruit, fig, bitter chocolate, exotic spices, minerals, and toasted oak. This wine is full bodied with plush rounded tannins that give way to a luxurious palate displaying harmonious layers of ripe blackberries, fig, raspberries, baking chocolate, burnt sugar, herbs, spices, wet asphalt, and smoldering sweet oak. The wine is complex with a concentrated backbone of ripe fruits that are enveloped by the polished sophistication of the supple terroir notes. The wine finishes with a dark blackberry note and hints of crème brulee that linger on the palate. The wine is still showing quite youthful and should continue evolving nicely over the next decade. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: June 2019

2016 Three Sticks Gap’s Crown Vineyard Chardonnay

2016 Three Sticks Gap’s Crown Vineyard Chardonnay

2016 Three Sticks Gap’s Crown Vineyard Chardonnay

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 2016 Three Sticks Gap’s Crown Vineyard Chardonnay 


  

Score: 95 Points


Location: Sonoma County, California


Blend: 100% Chardonnay


The wine has a wonderful bouquet of warm apples, pineapple, guava, lychee, orange blossoms, cinnamon, vanilla, and salted caramel. This wine has a nice weight to it that coats the palate with a crisp acidity that gives way to hints of soft tropical fruits, lemon curd, French toast, crushed gravel, brine, and a light kiss of sweet oak. The wine is complex with sexy layers of tropical fruits that blend beautifully with the sweet baking spices and crisp minerals. There is an elegance and sophistication to this wine while holding onto its robustness. The wine has a nice tartness that balances out the cinnamon toast and French toast notes that linger on the finish in a luxuriously restrained way. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: June 2019

2006 Schramsberg Vineyards J. Schram

2016 Three Sticks Gap’s Crown Vineyard Chardonnay

2016 Three Sticks Gap’s Crown Vineyard Chardonnay

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2006 Schramsberg Vineyards J. Schram

  

Score: 94 Points


Location: Napa Valley, California


Blend: 87% Chardonnay, 13% Pinot Noir


This beautiful light gold wine had an expressive bouquet of baked apples, warm pears, pineapple, guava, pressed ginger, cinnamon, salted caramel, minerals, and toasted almonds. The wine is medium bodied with integrated acidity that gives way to a creamy palate drenched with notes of  cinnamon apple,  tart pear, mango, guava, almond liquor,  smoke, lemon curd, and bright minerals. The wine is complex with layers of tropical and orchard fruits that swim in smoky sweet baking spices with a touch of honey on the finish. The wine is in its plateau of maturity and drinking wonderfully right now. Highly Recommended!


Tasted: June 2019

2014 J. Davies Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 J. Davies "Jamie" Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 J. Davies "Jamie" Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon

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2014 J. Davies Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

  

Score: 94 Points


Location: Napa Valley, California


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


This dark beautiful wine had a concentrated bouquet of blackberries, cassis fruit, licorice, light pencil shavings, tobacco, cocoa powder, vanilla, dried herbs, minerals and toasted oak. The wine was medium ++ in body with rounded tannins that gave way to a luscious palate engulfed with notes of black and blue berry fruits, mocha, crushed gravel, dried bay leafs, tobacco, earthy tar, and toasted oak. This wine has a nice complexity with its in-depth layers of rich juicy fruits and supple terroir nuances, as the wine is elegantly sophisticated yet maintains a looming backbone of power. This wine will continue evolving nicely for those with the patience to cellar it. I would give this another 5 years and then drink it over the next 15 years.  Highly Recommended! 


Tasted: June 2019

2014 J. Davies "Jamie" Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 J. Davies "Jamie" Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 J. Davies "Jamie" Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon

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2014 J. Davies "Jamie" Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon

  

Score: 97+ Points


Location: Napa Valley, California


Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot


This opaque purple beauty has an expressive bouquet of rich blackberries, sweet cassis fruit, blueberries, chocolate, sandalwood, wet road after rain, baking spices, and toasted oak. The wine is full bodied with lovely rounded tannins that give way to a palate painted with notes of ripe dark berry fruits, black cherries, chocolate cake mix, wet rocky minerals, sweet baking spices, black tea, herbs, and toasted oak. This wine has gorgeous complex layers of juicy ripe berry fruits that swim with elegant baking spices and herbs, which are dusted with hints of the supple terroir. This gives the wine a sophistication and elegance while maintaining its power in a harmonious way. The wine is still quiet youthful and requires some patience to reach its plateau of maturity; however, this wine should drink outstandingly over the next two decades. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: June 2019

2010 Laurel Glen Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 Laurel Glen Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 Laurel Glen Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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2010 Laurel Glen Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

  

Score: 95 Points


Location: Sonoma Mountain, California


Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon


This beautiful dark opaque wine had an inviting bouquet of violets, bold blackberries, concentrated cassis fruit, black currants, cumin, exotic spices, minerals, and toasted oak. The wine was full bodied with gripping but rounded tannins that painted the palate with notes of plush dark berry fruits, dusty earthiness, vanilla, black tea, exotic spices, and sweet toasted oak. The wine is sumptuous with extravagant layers of dark fruit and earth that are balanced with a nice acidity that lends complexity to this wine. The wine is still showing quite youthful and has the potential to continue cellaring for another two decades; however, should reach its drinking window by 2021! This wine will continue to evolve beautifully for those with the patience to cellar it as it is still just an infant.   Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: June 2019

2013 Laurel Glen 'Lot 45' Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 Laurel Glen Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 Laurel Glen Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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2013 Laurel Glen 'Lot 45' Cabernet Sauvignon

  

Score: 97 Points


Location: Sonoma Mountain, California


Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon


The Lot Series is an intense undertaking of a strict selection of just 6 barrels that adhere to a criteria, structure, and complexity deemed worthy of paying homage to the Laurel Glen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon wines of the mid 1980’s and 1990’s; thus, having the ability to age for decades. This beautiful dark wine had a concentrated bouquet of blackberries, plum, cassis fruit, cut herbs, chalky minerals, molasses, and toasted oak. The wine was full bodied with rounded tannins that led to an expressively luxurious palate with a bounty of dark berry fruits, savory herbs, burnt sugar, powdered mocha, dusty earth and sweet toasted oak. The wine is brilliantly complex with opulent layers of fruit and earth that interweave harmoniously together. The wine was showing quite youthful and truly needs a decade in the cellar to mature; however, will reward those with the patience to do so. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: June 2019

2017 Trombetta Family Wines Gap’s Crown Vineyard Chardonnay

2012 Trombetta Family Wines Sonoma Coast Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir

2012 Trombetta Family Wines Sonoma Coast Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir

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2017 Trombetta Family Wines Gap’s Crown Vineyard Chardonnay

  

Score: 94 Points


Location: Sonoma County, California


Blend: 100% Chardonnay


The wine has a beautifully expressive floral bouquet of white flowers, baked apples, pears, toasted popcorn, cut herbs, bees wax, crushed gravel, and candied walnuts. The wine was exquisitely balanced and had a plush acidity that lent harmony to a luxuriously painted palate with notes of orchard fruits, fig, crushed gravel, salted caramel, almonds, citrus oil, and earthy minerals. There is a nice depth and complexity of layering to this wine that I found quite alluring. The wine is solid with stunning finesse and truly showcases the beautiful terroir of the Petaluma Gap AVA. Highly Recommended!


Tasted: June 2019

2012 Trombetta Family Wines Sonoma Coast Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir

2012 Trombetta Family Wines Sonoma Coast Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir

2012 Trombetta Family Wines Sonoma Coast Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir

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2012 Trombetta Family Wines Sonoma Coast Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir

  

Score: 97 Points


Location: Sonoma County, California


Blend: 100% Pinot Noir


This seductive beauty had an enticing bouquet of black raspberries, blackberries, blueberry pie crust, wet river rocks, anise spice, forest floor, vanilla, and toasted cedar. The wine is medium ++ in body with gripping tannins that give way to a brilliantly layered palate showing hints of juicy wild berries, blackberries, cranberries, wet minerals, damp forest floor, exotic spices, toffee, and toasted oak. The wine is sexy and generous with complex layers of fruit and earth that unify with a captivating depth and balance that is exquisite. The wine is strikingly still youthfully and should continue evolving nicely for those with the patience to cellar it. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: June 2019

2015 Mauritson Wines “Loam” Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Mauritson Wines “Clough” Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Mauritson Wines “Clough” Cabernet Sauvignon

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2015 Mauritson Wines “Loam” Cabernet Sauvignon

  

Score: 96 Points


Location: Sonoma County, California


Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon


This is a proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the Positas, Suther, and Clough Vineyards; thus, these single vineyards are extremely prized by the Mauritson Family for their unique and coveted soil types. The wine had a robust bouquet of blackberries, cassis fruit, blueberries, caramel, gram cracker pie crust, dried sage, and toasted oak. The wine was full bodied with gripping but plush tannins that painted the palate with a brilliantly stirring array of delectable blackberries, concentrated cassis fruit, blueberries, dusty chalky minerals, wet gravel, iron, herbs, soft spice, and toasted oak. The wine is elegant with complex layers that seamlessly bleed into one another, leaving you with a lavishly empowered finish balanced with plush dark fruit and supple terroir notes. This wine is still quite youthful and can easily be cellared for a decade; thus, it should mature nicely and reward those with patience. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: June 2019

2015 Mauritson Wines “Clough” Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Mauritson Wines “Clough” Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Mauritson Wines “Clough” Cabernet Sauvignon

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 2015 Mauritson Wines “Clough” Cabernet Sauvignon 

  

Score: 94 Points


Location: Sonoma County, California


Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon


This beautiful dark wine had a lovely bouquet of cassis fruit, blackberries, salted caramel, chocolate cake mix, sage, tobacco, black tea, violets, and toasted oak. The wine was full bodied with gripping tannins that gave way to a luxurious palate painted with notes of concentrated dark berry fruits, wet gravel, soft herbs, savory spices, dusty cocoa powder, and sweet toasted oak. The wine is complex with luscious layers of fruit and earth that play perfectly together. There is boldness to this wine without being ostentatious; thus, it maintains an elegance and sophistication that blanket the strength and power of this wine. This wine is approachable now, but will reward those with the patience to cellar it for another 5 to 8 years. Highly Recommended!


Tasted: June 2019

2005 Penfords “Grange” Shiraz

2009 Castello di Amorosa La Castellana

2009 Castello di Amorosa La Castellana

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2005 Penfords “Grange” Shiraz 

  

Score: 98 Points


Location: Australia, South Australia


Blend: 96% Shiraz, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon


This dark opaque beauty had a seductive bouquet of blackberries, black currants, cherries, vanilla, leafy tobacco, rendered animal fat, white pepper, truffles, and toasted sweet oak. The wine was full bodied with rounded tannins that gave way to hints of blackberry jam, blueberries, toasted herbs, coffee, tar, iron, and a touch of burnt molasses on the finish. The wine is sexy and bold while remaining sophisticatedly restrained to a point of perfection. The wine is beautifully complex with interweaving layers of fruit and terroir that brilliantly unfold on the palate. The wine is still showing quite youthful and displaying no signs of going into decline anytime soon; however, with a proper decant hours in advance this wine is nicely approachable now. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: June 2019 

2009 Castello di Amorosa La Castellana

2009 Castello di Amorosa La Castellana

2009 Castello di Amorosa La Castellana

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 2009 Castello di Amorosa La Castellana 

  

Score: 91 Points


Location: Napa Valley, California


Blend: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 15% Sangiovese


This Super Tuscan style wine was a tannic monster when I first tried it on release; however, it is now in a nice pocket for enjoying. The wine had a lavish bouquet of blackberries, cassis fruit, black cherries, dried herbs, soft spice, minerals, and smoldering cedar. The wine was full bodied with tannins that painted the palate with hints of blackberries, cherries, cassis liquor, chocolate, grilled meat, dusty herbs, iron, and toasted oak. The wine is nicely layered, and boldly structured with dark fruits that harmonize with the supple terroir notes. The wine has just now entered its plateau of maturity and is showing well. There is a beauty to this wine with its rich fruits and rustic sophistication. Recommended!


Tasted: July 2019

1992 Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Bernkasteler alte Badstube am Doctorberg Riesling Auslese

1992 Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Bernkasteler alte Badstube am Doctorberg Riesling Auslese

1992 Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Bernkasteler alte Badstube am Doctorberg Riesling Auslese

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 1992 Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Bernkasteler alte Badstube am Doctorberg Riesling Auslese 

  

Score: 90 Points


Location: Mosel, Germany


Blend: 100% Riesling


The wine had a beautiful intense gold color with an inviting bouquet of rich ripe tropical fruits, sweet beeswax, gun powder, flint, mushrooms, and honeysuckle. The wine was velvety plush on the palate with a nice balance of acidity that lent harmony to a palate painted with hints of honey dipped tropical fruits, crisp flinty minerals, delicate orange blossoms, and a supple clean gun powder finish. The wine was remarkably delicious and not too overly sweet, as the acidity kept everything in balance. There is a nice complexity to this wine with its soft integrated layering of fruit and terroir that keeps you allured. Recommended!


Tasted: September 2019

1997 Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Beerenauslese

1992 Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Bernkasteler alte Badstube am Doctorberg Riesling Auslese

1992 Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Bernkasteler alte Badstube am Doctorberg Riesling Auslese

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 1997 Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Beerenauslese 

  

Score: 92 Points


Location: Mosel, Germany


Blend: 100% Riesling


The wine had a lovely golden color with a racy bouquet of lush tropical fruits, mint, cut time, brine, and crushed minerals. The wine was magnificently balanced with sexy notes of mint liquor, honey, melon, tropical fruits, menthol tobacco, petrol, and soft hints of brine. The wine had nice acidity that complimented the complex layers of fruit and earth that swam in a mixture of honey and mint. The wine carried a beautiful weight on the palate that was effortlessly poised with elegance and sophistication. Truly a beautiful wine for the vintage! Recommended!


Tasted: September 2019

1997 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Auslese

1997 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Auslese

1997 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Auslese

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1997 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich  Auslese

  

Score: 94 Points


Location: Mosel, Germany


Blend: 100% Riesling


This beautiful golden wine had an elegant bouquet of fresh cut herbs, crushed slate, candied orchard fruits, baking spices, poached pears, smoke, brine, citrus, and a hint of petrol. The wine had a nice sweetness but not too overly done, as the medium to high acidity brilliantly balanced the wine and gave way to a palate painted with hints of ripe pears, peaches, nectarines, crushed slate, herbs, soft spices, salted honey, bee wax, and a touch of smokiness. The wine was showing incredibly youthful, with its complex layers of ripe orchard fruits that seamlessly harmonized with the supple terroir notes. The wine is showing no signs of going into decline, but is drinking outstandingly right now! Highly Recommended!


Tasted: September 2019 

2015 Château Phélan Ségur

1997 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Auslese

1997 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Auslese

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2015 Château Phélan Ségur

  

Score: 94 Points


Location: Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux, France


Blend: 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot


This beautiful dark wine had a lovely bouquet of blackberries, cherries, cassis fruit, sage, saddle leather, espresso, chocolate, iron, graphite, and toasted oak. The wine was medium ++ in body with rounded tannins that gave way to a sexy palate with hints of black currants, blackberries, raspberries, led pencil, soft herbs, mocha, dusty minerals, savory spices, and toasted oak. The wine is textured with delightful layers of rich fruits and supple terroir notes. There is poetry to this wine as it is complex with layers that harmonize and play perfectly together. The wine has an alluring bold core that is sophisticated and restrained with beauty and elegance.  This wine is truly an infant; thus, I anticipate it will reach its window of maturity in another 5 to 8 years. Highly Recommended!


Tasted: September 2019

2012 Château Phélan Ségur

2016 Château La Tour Carnet

2016 Château La Tour Carnet

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2012 Château Phélan Ségur

  

Score: 92 Points


Location: Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux, France


Blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot


This wine offered an expressive bouquet with aromas of violets, rose peddles, black cherries, currants, fig, blackberries, tobacco, sage, paprika, salted vanilla, leather, soft spices, and toasted oak. The wine was medium ++ in body with rounded tannins that painted the palate with bold ripe blackberries, black cherries, cassis fruit, leafy herbs, spices, brined minerals, dusty earth, and smoldering oak. The wine was nicely layered with bold fruits and supple terroir notes that danced and played perfectly together. There is a core of boldness that is restrained with elegance and sophistication; thus, there is a seamless harmony to this wine. The wine is just now approaching its window of maturity and is drinking excellent right now! Highly Recommended!


Tasted: September 2019

2016 Château La Tour Carnet

2016 Château La Tour Carnet

2016 Château La Tour Carnet

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2016 Château La Tour Carnet

  

Score: 91 Points


Classification: Fourth Growth in 1855


Location: Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France


Blend: 62% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc


The wine had a deep red color with hues of purple and a captivating bouquet of blackberries, cherries, plums, black tea, tobacco, baking spices, iron, vanilla, and sweet toasted oak. The wine was medium + in body with gripping tannins that gave way to a welcoming finish displaying hint of cherries, blackberries, blueberries, vanilla, savory spices, brine, iron, baking chocolate, and charred oak. The wine was elegant on the palate with layers of fruit and earth that unified beautifully together. The wine needs time to evolve and should become more approachable in another two years or so, but has the potential to be cellared for another decade and a half. This is a really nice wine for the price and is a great value. Recommended!


Tasted: September 2019

2013 Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru

2013 Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru

2013 Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru

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2013 Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru

  

Score: 93 Points


Location: Burgundy, France


Blend: 100% Pinot Noir


This beautiful wine had an enticing bouquet of strawberries, raspberries, black cherries, vanilla, ground coffee, dried tobacco, black tea, dusty earth, minerals, soft wood, and a touch of orange blossom. The wine was medium + in body with rounded tannins that gave way to a plush palate painted with hints of red & black cherries, raspberries, soft smoldering herbs, dusty iron earth, and a nice acidity that brings balance. The wine is complex with layers of fruit and earth that harmonize with sophistication; thus, this elegant wine is poised and captivatingly sexy. There is a beautiful structure to this wine and it should drink wonderfully over the next decade. Highly Recommended!


Tasted: October 2019

1981 Marchesi Antinori Tignanello

2013 Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru

2013 Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru

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1981 Marchesi Antinori Tignanello

  

Score: 90 Points


Location: Tuscany, Italy


Blend: Sangiovese Blend


The wine seemed a bit tired on first approach; however, after a few hours the bouquet opened up and starting giving off hints of dried cherries, plum, leafy tobacco, baking chocolate, soft spice, and toasted oak. The wine was medium ++ in body with dissipating tannins that gave way to a palate dusted with hints of plum, cherries, dried herbs, soft spices, iron, dusty earth, and toasted oak. The wine had nice length and displayed supple layers of terroir that wanted to overtake the dried fruits. The wine is still very much appreciable but is in decline and should be enjoyed now. 


Tasted: November 2019

1985 Antinori Secentenario

2004 Marchesi Antinori Tignanello

2004 Marchesi Antinori Tignanello

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 1985 Antinori Secentenario 

  

Score: 93 Points


Location: Tuscany, Italy


Blend: Sangiovese Blend


This rare bottle was created at Antinori to celebrate its 600th anniversary in winemaking, and only came in magnum bottles. The wine was a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc from the Tiganello vineyards, and this is the one and only time this wine has ever been made. The wine had an alluring ruby color with an attractive bouquet of dried red cherries, tobacco, leather, licorice, floral notes, soft spice, dried herbs, and toasted oak. The wine was medium ++ in body with dissipating tannins that painted the palate with an elegant array of red and black berry fruits, soft tobacco, soft spice, supple dusty earth, toasted herbs, and hints of cedar. The wine is complex with beautiful layers of fruit and earth that harmoniously blend elegantly together. The wine is quite lovely and displays an undeniable backbone of power that is seamlessly restrained and balanced with nice acidity. There is life still left in this beautiful wine; however, I recommend drinking them up as they won’t last forever. Highly Recommended!


Tasted: November 2019

2004 Marchesi Antinori Tignanello

2004 Marchesi Antinori Tignanello

2004 Marchesi Antinori Tignanello

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2004 Marchesi Antinori Tignanello

  

Score: 95 Points


Location: Tuscany, Italy


Blend: 85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc


This beautiful dark red wine had a mesmerizing bouquet of red cherries, prune, blackberries, currants, licorice, vanilla, tobacco, soft exotic spices, black pepper, led pencil, and toasted oak. The wine was full bodied with rounded tannins that gave way to a velvety plush palate giving off hints of sumptuous crushed cherries, blackberries, tobacco, herbs, dusty earth, and toasted oak. The wine is complex with layers that unite and beautifully weave together the concentration of fruit and earth. There is harmony and balance to this wine that gives it sophistication and elegance; thus, allowing its masculinity to shine in an unintrusive way. The wine is showing outstandingly right now, and displaying no signs of decline. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: November 2019

2003 Château Mouton Rothschild

2003 Château Mouton Rothschild

2003 Château Mouton Rothschild

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2003 Château Mouton Rothschild

  

Score: 96 Points


Classification: First Growth in 1973


Location: Pauillac, Bordeaux, France


Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdo


This beautiful deep dark sumptuous beauty had a concentrated bouquet of black cherries, blackberries, cassis fruit, black currants, licorice, vanilla, caramel, toffee, mocha, graphite, cinnamon, sandalwood, and toasted oak. The wine was full bodied with rounded tannins that gripped the palate with layers of dark luscious berry fruits, baking spices, tobacco, savory silt nuances, iron, vanilla, and toasted oak. The wine has a plethora of flavors that harmonize and balance perfectly together. There is a sophistication and elegance to this wine that keeps its powerful backbone balanced, and giving way to its complex gamut. This is truly a lovely wine that seemed more reminiscence of Napa Valley than it did Bordeaux, as there is boldness to the dark fruit that overtakes the terroir notes and lets the fruit lead. The wine is still showing quite youthful; thus, has the potential to cellar for another two decades. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: November 2019

1996 Gaja Barbaresco

2003 Château Mouton Rothschild

2003 Château Mouton Rothschild

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1996 Gaja Barbaresco

  

Score: 93 Points


Location: Piedmont, Italy


Blend: 100% Nebbiolo


This alluring red wine had a rich bouquet of violets, plum, black cherries, black raspberries, black tea, dried tobacco, leather, truffles, minerals, and sweet smoldering oak. The wine was full bodied with firm tannins that seduced the palate and gave way to flavors of cherry liqueur, raspberry jam, cassis fruit, black tea, dried herbs, spices, bitter tar, truffle, earthy minerals, and sweet oak. The wine is complex with refined but rustic layers of fruit and earth that blend beautifully together and are nicely balanced. The wine is still holding onto some youthful notes; however, I feel this wine is nearing the beginning of its decline. Recommended!


Tasted: November 2019

2007 Tyrrell's Wines Vat 1 Hunter Sémillon

2007 Tyrrell's Wines Vat 1 Hunter Sémillon

2007 Tyrrell's Wines Vat 1 Hunter Sémillon

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2007 Tyrrell's Wines Vat 1 Hunter Sémillon 

  

Score: 96 Points


Location: Hunter Valley, Australia


Blend: 100% Semillon 


The wine had a soft golden straw color with green hues that danced beautifully in the glass. The wine had a restrained pungent bouquet of lemons, pineapple, green apple, lychee, poached pears, green slate, wet river rocks, straw, beeswax, and orange blossoms. The wine was crisp on the palate with medium acidity and a gorgeous palate painted with hints of lemon grass, mango, white peach, tart orange, wet river rocks, crushed minerals, light citrus oil, and soft honeysuckle on the finish. The wine was stunningly delicious with lovely layers of fruit and earth that were collectively balanced. The wine is showing no signs of going into decline and came across quite youthful. Extremely Highly Recommended!


Tasted: November 2019

1989 Château Léoville Poyferré

2007 Tyrrell's Wines Vat 1 Hunter Sémillon

2007 Tyrrell's Wines Vat 1 Hunter Sémillon

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 1989 Château Léoville Poyferré 

  

Score: 96 Points


Classification: Second Growth in 1855


Location: St. Julien, Bordeaux, France


Blend: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 9% Petit verdot, 2 % Cabernet franc


This deep reddish purple wine had a marvelous bouquet of plums, cassis fruit, blackberries, black raspberries, leather, salted caramel, iron, graphite, tobacco, damp earth, herbs, and toasted oak. The wine was full bodied with rounded tannins that gave way to a velvety plush palate painted with hints of blackberries, black raspberries, blueberries, caramel, smoked herbs, tobacco, wet earthy minerals, and smoldering oak. The wine is complex with supple terroir notes that intertwine and harmonize beautifully with the dark fruits. There is elegant power and sophistication to this wine, as it is splendidly balanced. The wine needed time to open up in order to display its marvelous and bountiful beauty. This wine is in its plateau of maturity but has the longevity to continue cellaring for another decade. Highly Recommended!


Tasted: December 2019