Recent Wine Tasting Notes

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  •  Recent Wine Tasting Notes

  1. 1998 Château La Conseillante

    1. Ready to drink, I can easily like this wine, but it is not a wine to love. Lacking the concentration and freshness found in the top vintages, the wine really tries its best to deliver. While the fruit is ripe, the texture is polished and the aromatics are pretty, this is a good, but not great vintage for La Conseillante .

      92 points - Tasted
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  2. 1997 Château d'Yquem

    1. On a rapid path to full maturity, the wine delivers a beautiful, purity of ripe, and over ripe tropical fruit, honey, floral and spice notes, all wrapped up in an elegant, silky, opulently, textured bundle.

      96 points - Tasted
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  3. 1990 M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac

    1. Beautiful, elegant, polished, silky textures and good concentration of ripe, dark and light red fruits are the highlight of the wine. Over the years, the nose has developed an intense barnyard aromatic quality that was almost too much for me. This was not quite as present in previous examples. This is fully mature. There is no reason to hold off popping your corks if you are sitting on a bottle. This was my last bottle from its original case.

      92 points - Tasted
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  4. 2012 Château La Fleur Peyrabon

    1. Easy to drink, forward, medium bodied correct Pauillac with plenty of cassis, blackberries, tobacco and an elegant, fresh, crisp, dark, red berry finish. Drink it now, or age it a few more years.

      88 points - Tasted
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  5. 1995 Château L'Eglise-Clinet

    1. More compelling on the nose with its savory, earthy, black plum, smoke, thyme and cherry tobacco nose than on the firm, palate. Even with 4 hours of air, the wine is still on the strict and firm side of the style range. It has a soft side that is begging to come out, but with the wall of tannin, it's having a hard time being heard. Perhaps like 1975, the vintage only needs 40 years to come around. I have 8 more bottles to go to find out.

      93 points - Tasted
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  6. 1983 Château Brane-Cantenac

    1. Elegant, refined, silky and soft, with a floral, tobacco, truffle and sweet cherry nose, this medium bodied charmer is fully mature.

      91 points - Tasted
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  7. 2013 Jaffurs Syrah

    1. Loads of ripe, juicy, dark, red fruits, black pepper, round textures and good sweetness with balancing freshness in the finish.

      90 points - Tasted
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  8. 1989 Château Coutet

    1. Fully mature, medium bodied, with a lean to the candied orange and tangerine side of the style range offers a palate painted with sweet pineapple, apricot, custard and white peach, all coated with macadamia nuts and honey. This is not a wine to hold on to for further aging. But it is a wine of pure, sweet pleasure for today.

      91 points - Tasted
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  9. 2013 Villa Creek Willow Creek Cuvée

    1. Lush textures, sweet, ripe, juicy and fresh black raspberries with a hint of jam and licorice in a supple textured finish. This is ready to go.

      92 points - Tasted
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  10. 2013 Jaffurs Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard

    1. Super wine in a great style that combines luscious, ripe, sweet, dark red fruits, pepper, thyme, fresh herbs and a long, fruity finish that lingers.

      93 points - Tasted
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  11. 2013 Andrew Murray Roasted Slope

    1. Luscious, dark red, sweet, ripe berries complicated by the floral note brought on by the addition of Viognier really kicks this off right. The round textured, sweet, spicy fruits in the finish bring it the rest of the way.

      91 points - Tasted
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  12. 2012 Qupé Syrah Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard

    1. Spicy, crisp, peppery, red berries and with bright, fresh, medium bodied finish.

      89 points - Tasted
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  13. 2013 Halter Ranch Syrah

    1. Fleshy, sweet, fresh and spicy, with an open personality and loads of juicy, dark red fruits in the peppery finish.

      90 points - Tasted
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  14. 2012 Epoch Estate Wines Ingenuity

    1. Super nice style of wine, with a forward personality that is already serving a a lusty, opulent, blast of ripe black cherries, licorice, smoke and vanilla beans. Stylish, fun and quite easy to drink.

      93 points - Tasted
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  15. 2014 Andrew Murray Espérance

    1. Light, elegant, fresh and refreshing, with a spice and floral accent to make things more interesting.

      89 points - Tasted
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  16. 2011 Tercero Grenache Camp 4 Vineyard

    1. Medium bodied, forward and fresh, with a crisp, strawberry and kirsch end note that is already fun to drink.

      89 points - Tasted
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  17. 2013 Qupé Grenache Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard

    1. Light in color and fruit, forward, with a single red cherry note. Simple and correct at best.

      85 points - Tasted
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  18. 2014 Tablas Creek Côtes de Tablas

    1. Forward, medium bodied, fresh, easy to like and drink styled wine with a focus on spicy, fresh, red fruits.

      90 points - Tasted
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  19. 2014 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas

    1. This value priced wine is light, fresh, correct and made for early, uncomplicated drinking.

      86 points - Tasted
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  20. 2014 Stolpman Grenache

    1. Round, sweet, fresh, ripe, wild strawberries and black raspberries with a bit of spice create a medium bodied, forward, early drinking wine of pleasure.

      90 points - Tasted
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  21. 2014 Ridge Carignane Buchignani Ranch

    1. Rustic, drying, harsh textures with sharp, crisp, bright red fruits and spice. This is clearly not my style of wine.

      82 points - Tasted
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  22. 2011 Qupé Syrah Bien Nacido Hillside Estate

    1. Bright, fresh, tangy, peppery red fruits on the nose and palate. There is a lot of lift and freshness in the medium bodied, spicy, red berry finish.

      90 points - Tasted
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  23. 2014 Ridge Petite Sirah Lytton Estate

    1. With a deep, dark color, with the wine is big, robust and backwards, with a blast of dark berries, but it is slightly monolithic, hence the good, but not great score.

      90 points - Tasted
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  24. 2011 Tercero Verbiage (Rouge)

    1. Soft, open and ready to serve up its sweet, ripe, spicy, bright red fruits.

      88 points - Tasted
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  25. 2011 Tercero Syrah White Hawk Vineyard

    1. My favorite wine from the extensive 2011 Tercero line up is packed with loads of sweet, lush, dark, red berries, jam, thyme and pepper, ending with a crisp, black raspberry note. This is already drinking quite well.

      90 points - Tasted
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