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  •  Recent Wine Tasting Notes
  1. 1998 Rene Rostaing Côte-Rôtie La Landonne

    1. Close to full maturity, this is better in the nose with its dark fruits, plum, underbrush and pepper scents. I liked the wine, it had some roundness to its texture coupled with ripe berries, but it felt more well made than exciting.

      92 points - Tasted
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  2. 2007 Clos du Mont-Olivet Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Cuvée du Papet

    1. Popped and poured. This is one of those wine you knew was going to be good the moment the wine hit the glass. The garrigue, fresh red fruit, pepper, thyme and mint nose rocked it. Even better, the palate was pure lushness and silk. The perfectly ripe, sweet, old vine Grenache leaves a lasting impression in your mouth. This could get better, but it's so good now, if you have a bottle, you need to pop a cork and taste this for yourself.

      97 points - Tasted
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  3. 2010 Château Petit Faurie de Soutard

    1. Tart, crisp red fruits with too much tannin and oak. Not my style of wine.

      82 points - Tasted
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  4. 1996 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch

    1. Rich, yet not even close to over the top, the wine is still fresh, vibrant and lively. Served double blind, this tasted 10 years younger than its true age.

      96 points - Tasted
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  5. 1990 Château Cheval Blanc

    1. A stunning wine in every sense. The explosive nose serves up black and blue fruits, truffle, tobacco, blackberries, flowers and forest scents. The texture is silk and velvet. If that does not grab you, the finish lingers and expands. Bottled decadence.

      100 points - Tasted
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  6. 1982 Château Cheval Blanc

    1. One of the best bottles of this beauty I've tasted in years. Sweet, luscious, opulent, velvet textured and aromatic. Fully mature, this is not a wine for long term aging, but it certainly delivers a lot of pleasure today if well stored.

      96 points - Tasted
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  7. 1966 Quinta do Noval Porto Vintage Nacional

    1. I do not get to taste a lot of Port. And out of all the Port I do get to taste, I almost never see Quinta do Noval Porto Vintage Nacional. The chocolate covered cherries, figs, raisins, orange peel, date and thyme scented perfume hit the spot. Light in color, served double blind, I was sure this was a much older wine. The finish, with its ripe, sweet, red berries and dark chocolate was supple and long. However, I must admit, I was shocked to discover how much this wine sells for! For the quality and price, I'd much rather buy a bottle of Grahams or Taylor.

      96 points - Tasted
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  8. 2001 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch

    1. Stunning! This was rich, concentrated, dense, intense, full bodied, balanced, complex, powerful and elegant, which is quite a balancing act with so much concentration. Drink now, or wait, either way, this is beauty.

      99 points - Tasted
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  9. 2002 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch

    1. If Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is your thing, this wine belongs on your bucket list. This is so rich, the fruit coats your mouth and palate and stains your teeth, in all the best ways. Luscious, intense, yet perfectly balanced, the sweet, ripe, opulent fruit remains on your palate for more than 60 seconds!

      100 points - Tasted
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  10. 2005 Château Montviel

    1. Fully mature, medium bodied, soft textured, earthy wine that ends with plums and licorice in the finish. This requires consumption over the next few years 3-5 years.

      87 points - Tasted
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  11. 2009 Château Pape Clément Blanc

    1. Fresh, forward and fun to drink, there is the right amount of minerality, ripe citrus, flowers, vanilla, honey and butterscotch to get your focus. On the palate, the wine is concentrated, soft, polished and bright with a lot of sweetness and acidity in the finish.

      96 points - Tasted
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  12. 2009 Château Lafleur-Gazin

    1. Earthy, medium bodied, with a crisp, red plum personality and dusty tannins. This is not up to the level of the vintage.

      86 points - Tasted
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  13. 2009 Château Broustet

    1. Delicious, value priced, medium bodied Sauternes that drinks well young, offering a sweet, open, apricot and honey profile.

      90 points - Tasted
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  14. 2002 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon Rosé

    1. Vibrant, fresh, lively, soft and forward, the zesty, effervescent, fresh, sweet, ripe red fruits shine. Very polished, creamy, elegant expression of Champagne.

      96 points - Tasted
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  15. 1997 Château d'Yquem

    1. Another fabulous tasting experience. It's a treat to sample the balancing act between the layers of perfectly ripe, honeyed tropical fruits and the acidity that keeps everything lively and fresh. Still young, you can pop a cork today for its youthful exuberance, or wait a few decades for the caramel, butterscotch and spicy notes to appear.

      96 points - Tasted
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  16. 2001 Château La Clusière

    1. Fully mature, soft, silky, rich and supple textured, the wine serves up fresh black raspberries, smoke and earthy characteristics. There is no reason to ge this any longer.

      92 points - Tasted
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  17. 1964 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

    1. Much better than my previous bottle from the same case, the complex perfume truffle, black cherry liqueur, thyme, forest floor, spearmint and wet earth was really singing. The vibrant wine is soft, with just slightly jagged edges to the texture, finishing with a blast of juicy, ripe plum and licorice notes.

      92 points - Tasted
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  18. 2000 Château Marojallia

    1. Here's something you do not see everyday, a Garage styled wine from the Left Bank! showing well, with its licorice, tobacco, black cherry, cocoa and liqueur charms. Soft, open, east to drink, it could develop more secondary characteristics, but it does not need additional cellaring at this pot. Ths 500 case production was consulted by Jean Luc Thunevin.

      93 points - Tasted
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  19. 2007 Domaine de la Mordorée Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de la Reine des Bois

    1. Wow! Pure silk and velvet. Layers of perfectly ripe, juicy, pure fruits coat your palate with pleasure. There is an intensity of flavor, concentration, purity and so much silk, it was impossible to put my glass of this delicious glass down.

      98 points - Tasted
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  20. 2010 Château la Roncheraie

    1. Open, soft, round and sweet, with licorice, fresh dark cherries and chocolate tones. This easy to like wine is not for cellaring. Drinking over the 5-7 year.

      90 points - Tasted
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  21. 2010 Château Siran

    1. Medium bodied, pleasant, straight forward, with a focus on earthy, black fruits, with a rustic, chalky quality to the tannins in the finish.

      87 points - Tasted
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  22. 2009 Anakota Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Dakota Vineyard

    1. The easy to find nose pops with licorice, stone, jam and ripe, dark fruits, Concentrated, lush, sweet and round, this is ready to drink.

      93 points - Tasted
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  23. 2009 Anakota Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Montana Vineyard

    1. Stony, with a crisp, sharp, tannic edge, the wine is classic in style, finishing with ripe, cruncy, red fruits and tannins in the finish.

      90 points - Tasted
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  24. 2006 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau

    1. Concentrated, tannic and structured, this classic styled wine has a core of fresh, peppery, red berries, earth and herbs. A few more years should help the wine develop more nuances.

      91 points - Tasted
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  25. 2012 Modus Operandi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

    1. Deep in color, with a chocolate covered, black and blue fruit, licorice scented nose, the wine is soft and lushly textured, finishing with ripe, dark jammy berries.

      92 points - Tasted
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