Recent Wine Tasting Notes

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  •  Recent Wine Tasting Notes

  1. 2007 Ridge Monte Bello

    1. A fresher, bright, crisp, focused styled wine here, with sweet, dark, red berries, earth, tobacco and a blackberries. Blind, I thought it was a Left Bank Bordeaux . Classic and classy in character, this should be even better with another 5 or more years in the bottle.

      93 points - Tasted
  2. 2001 Château La Pointe

    1. Fully developed, medium bodied, with a black cherry, wet earth and thyme centered nose, the wine straddles the fence between its elegant side, with a bit of rusticity in the tannins.

      88 points - Tasted
  3. 2007 Merryvale Profile

    1. Served double blind, this was a knock out! This has really improved over the years. It's lush, round, fleshy, flashy and packed with sweet, ripe, juicy, fresh, dark fruits, licorice, smoke, earth and black cherry liqueur. From a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon , 15% Merlot , 15% Cabernet Franc , 6% Petit Verdot , and 4% Malbec , this is just tasting great today!

      95 points - Tasted
  4. 2007 Opus One

    1. A super wine, produced in a great style, that takes the best of the lush, ripe, sweet, fat, juicy, California Cabernet Sauvignon grapes , yet also serves up freshness, balance and harmony. I am sure this will get better, but why wait? It's just great today...

      95 points - Tasted
  5. 1991 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne

    1. Stunning in every sense of the meaning, in the nose, with its its cornucopia of fragrances, on the palate, with its layers of dense, fresh, sweet, earthy, perfectly ripe berries and the finish that stuck with you for close to 60 seconds. WOW... While this is drinking great today, it's going to get even better with another 5 years in the bottle.

      99 points - Tasted
  6. 1964 Château Lynch-Bages

    1. Extremely light in color and density, the nose was all about the cedar wood, tobacco and bright, red berries. The nose was better than the palate, which although extremely light, and even dilute, the patina of age was quite charming and made the wine fun to drink.

      80 points - Tasted
  7. 1988 Château La Fleur de Gay

    1. The first in the run of strong vintages is still showing well. In fact, it's fared better than a lot of wines from 1988. Rich, plummy fruits, round, soft, elegant, sensuous textures and a blast of chocolate covered cherries, mint, truffle, tobacco and thyme to round things out. Fully mature, there is no reason to hold this any longer.

      92 points - Tasted
  8. 2001 Château Hosanna

    1. The double decanting for 2 hours really helped, as the wine softened and lost its oaky qualities, morphing into a soft, elegant, sensuous, plummy, chocolate, floral and truffle filled treat.

      93 points - Tasted
  9. 2007 Joseph Phelps Insignia

    1. Rich, fleshy, concentrated and deep, with loads of sweet, ripe and very ripe blackberries, black cherry, plum, licorice and vanilla. Flashy in style and more than tasty, this is drinking great today as it approaches its 10th birthday.

      96 points - Tasted
  10. 1999 Château Hosanna

    1. The debut vintage from this new Pomerol winery is medium bodied, bright, fresh and elegant in style, offering a red berry, herb, earth and espresso character, with notes of thyme. This is at peak and does not want, or need further aging.

      89 points - Tasted
  11. 2001 Château Vray Croix de Gay

    1. Medium bodied, fully mature, with an earthy, fresh, red plum, cherry and espresso core. The wine requires drinking over the next 5 years or so, to get the most from its soft, textured fruits.

      88 points - Tasted
  12. 2010 Château Fayat

    1. Medium bodied, forward, lighter style of Pomerol, with freshness, soft textures, but not a lot of depth to the red plums and cherries, although there is a nice thyme and espresso note in the nose that adds to the wine.

      88 points - Tasted
  13. 1995 Château Gazin Pomerol

    1. Medium/full bodied, firm, tannic, and austere in style, with a stern plummy character. The nose was much more interesting than the palate, with its truffle, dark chocolate and cherry characteristics.

      88 points - Tasted
  14. 2001 Château du Domaine de L'Eglise

    1. Fully mature, medium bodied, soft in texture, with fresh, red cherry and plum tones, mocha, earth and licorice. There is no reason to age this any longer. It is fully ready to go.

      89 points - Tasted
  15. 2008 Château La Clémence

    1. Not for the oak averse. This example of a modern styled Bordeaux is round, fleshy and flashy. The dark plummy fruit is ripe. There is enough freshness and interesting aromatics, but the espresso notes are still quite noticeable.

      89 points - Tasted
  16. 2001 Château La Croix de Gay

    1. Fully mature Pomerol, with soft, silky textures, a medium body, and a floral, plummy, truffle essence. Popped and poured, this is drinking in its sweet spot. And because it is not really that well known, you should be able to score it for a fair price today.

      90 points - Tasted
  17. 2012 Château La Croix Taillefer

    1. Easy drinking, simple, correct, round, forward, dark cherry and coffee bean profile, with a soft, but not very complicated mocha and cherry finish.

      86 points - Tasted
  18. 2001 Château La Cabanne

    1. Medium bodied, light in color, with a bright, red berry center of fruit, paired with spice and earthy aromatics. Simple and already mature, this is not a wine for further aging, as more time will only lighten the fruit, and exacerbate the acidity.

      86 points - Tasted
  19. 2012 Château Larose-Trintaudon

    1. Simple, easy drinking, uncomplicated quaffer, medium bodied with a fresh, soft, red berry center of fruit, with a hint of espresso.

      87 points - Tasted
  20. 2012 Château de Lamarque

    1. Easy drinking forward, medium bodied, fresh, earthy, cassis and blackberry dominated wine for current drinking, at a fair price.

      88 points - Tasted
  21. 2001 Château La Lagune

    1. Light, fresh, fruity, soft, and fully ready to go, with its sweet, floral and cherry essence. The wine is pleasant, but lacks depth and complexity.

      88 points - Tasted
  22. 2012 Château Les Ormes Sorbet

    1. Forward, medium bodied, fresh and more on the red fruit, than the darker berry side of the style range, this is already, easy to drink. It is not a wine to lay down.

      87 points - Tasted
  23. 2005 Château Maucaillou

    1. Fully mature, with a sweet core of fresh black cherries, made even better with the essence of forest floor and thyme notes, leaves you with a round, cherry finish.

      87 points - Tasted
  24. 2000 Château Camensac

    1. Medium bodied, firm, slightly rustic, but in a classy way, with fresh cherry, cranberry, earth and a hint of tobacco, this is fully mature.

      89 points - Tasted
  25. 2001 Château Cantemerle

    1. Nice style of refined, elegance, with sweet, bright, fresh cherry blossoms at its core. But it lacks the weight and substance needed to make it a really interesting experience.

      88 points - Tasted