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  •  Recent Wine Tasting Notes
  1. 2003 Domaine Belle Hermitage

    1. Dark in color, lush, round and concentrated, with intensity of flavor and ample notes of stone, licorice, ripe blackberry, smoke, espresso and herbs.

      91 points - Tasted
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  2. 1988 Château Doisy-Dubroca

    1. Fully mature, with a deep gold and copper hue, the apricot, orange marmalade, honey and spicy tropical fruits are in full force. There is still ample sweetness and acidity in the honeyed, citrus finish to keep it interesting.

      90 points - Tasted
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  3. 2010 Clos Puy Arnaud

    1. Ripe spicy berries are led by fresh, black raspberries, jam, earth, licorice and a touch of espresso bean. Deep in color, young and fresh, this blend 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon should be better with a few years in the bottle.

      89 points - Tasted
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  4. 2009 Domaine de Bonserine Côte-Rôtie La Garde

    1. Soft, sensual, round textures, a bouquet studded with fresh sweet cherries, flowers and earth with a juicy, refreshing mouthful of black raspberries in the finish.

      91 points - Tasted
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  5. 2010 Château Côte Montpezat Cuvée Compostelle

    1. Forward, soft, easy drinking, ripe, sweet, round, uncomplicated quaffer for early drinking.

      87 points - Tasted
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  6. 1999 Domaine de Vallouit Hermitage Les Greffières

    1. This wine is almost there. It's fleshier, softer, more giving and complex than it was a few years ago. The ripe blackberries are soft, with silky tannins. The fruit filled finish, delivers a long impression of fruit and minerality. Double decanted for 20-30 minutes, the wine improved in the glass for more than 2 hours. If you're looking for a solid Hermitage, that will is not all that pricey, this is the ticket.

      94 points - Tasted
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  7. 1996 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. This is the right time to be popping corks on this beauty. With a short decant, tobacco, cassis, forest floor and cedar chest notes were all over the place. The texture is silky, slinky and the finish, leaves you with flavor, freshness and silk.

      95 points - Tasted
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  8. 1999 Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond Côte-Rôtie Les Rochains

    1. Floral, black cherry, liqueur, pepper, white peach and orange peel in the nose pop with no trouble. In the mouth, silky smooth sensations of sweet, ripe, black cherries, thyme and dusty cocoa flavors mesh perfectly with supple textures. This is right where it needs to be. It could get better, but why wait?

      93 points - Tasted
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  9. 2003 Ferraton Père & Fils Hermitage Le Méal

    1. I really like the style of 2003 Hermitage wine. 2003 is a mixed bag for most European appellations, but it really works in Hermitage. With lush, fat, rich, round textures, sweet, ripe and fruits that easily slide from the glass down your palate, the wine has weight, richness, complexity and length.

      92 points - Tasted
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  10. 2010 Château Cissac

    1. Soft, smooth, easy drinking, medium bodied, classically styled, fresh wine with cedar, crisp, fresh cassis, earth and blackberry. With an hour of air, this drinks well young and can age for at least 5 or more years.

      89 points - Tasted
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  11. 2003 Marc Sorrel Hermitage Le Gréal

    1. Round, lush, fat, dense, deeply colored, packed with rocks, ripe fruit, licorice, tannins and alcohol. A wine of pleasure that will be better in a few years.

      95 points - Tasted
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  12. 2009 Domaine du Colombier Hermitage

    1. Not a wine I see often. Poured blind by a good friend, the wine is dark in color, with concentration, intensity, tannin and loads of fresh, sweet, juicy blackberries and thyme. Rich, soft, vibrant and young, this will be smoking by its 10th birthday.

      92 points - Tasted
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  13. 2009 Yann Chave Crozes-Hermitage Le Rouvre

    1. Young, deeply colored, vibrant, tannic, full bodied and demanding time, with effort, peppery, fresh dark berries, earth and spices come to the forefront.

      90 points - Tasted
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  14. 2010 Domaine Porte Rouge Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Medium bodied, fresh, red fruits, herbs and pepper creates an open, bright, raspberry filled, spicy wine that drinks well young.

      89 points - Tasted
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  15. 2009 Château La Marzelle

    1. From a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine serves up fresh, sweet black cherries, earth and thyme on the nose. The wine is open, medium bodied and ends with a dusty, cherry and herb finish.

      88 points - Tasted
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  16. 2000 Château La Croix de Gay

    1. Probably close to mature, the wine is soft, round and supple in texture, with a dark chocolate covered red and black plum, truffle filled perfume. A nice value for a mature Pomerol if you can still find it for about $75 or less.

      91 points - Tasted
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  17. 2001 Vieux Château Certan

    1. This is at full maturity. The truffle, black cherry, tobacco and plumy nose was in full bloom. But the wine, although soft and round, seems to be lighter and showing less fruit making me think that I want to drink my remaining bottles over the next few years.

      92 points - Tasted
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  18. 2010 Château Greysac

    1. Pleasant, light, drinkable quaffer without faults that is meant for early drinking.

      84 points - Tasted
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  19. 2009 Domaine Roger Perrin Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Vieilles Vignes

    1. From a blend dominated by old vine Grenache, the wine is filled with espresso bean, black raspberry, thyme and fresh herbs. Medium bodied, soft, round and forward, there is an oaky, vanilla quality to the raspberry, cherry tinged finish that is going to make some people happier than others.

      90 points - Tasted
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  20. 1996 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. This is a stunner. If you have the money, run, do not walk and buy this majestic elixir. The fruit is perfect, mouth filling and palate coating. The tannins are soft, silky and refined. There is so much of everything going on in this wine, it knocks on the door of almost too much of a good thing. The wine was produced from a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.

      100 points - Tasted
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  21. 1990 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. One of the best bottles of 1990 Latour I recall having, with its showy notes of clay, black and blue fruit, smoke, earth and spice filled cassis. Powerful, soft and fresh, the wine is long, deep and complex.

      96 points - Tasted
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  22. 1989 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Tangy fruit and medium bodied with more power, depth and complexity on the nose than on the palate. The fruit has a regal quality in its cassis character, but the finish has some dryness and is far too short for a First Growth, especially in a good vintage.

      90 points - Tasted
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  23. 1970 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. There is a fresh and lively quality to crisp, crunchy cassis fruit that I quite like, But there is a stern quality to the tannins, coupled with an austere quality to the leafy, tapenade and red fruit in the finish that detracts. I think this was probably not a perfect bottle, as it was good, but more old school than I recall based on how the last bottle I tasted showed.

      92 points - Tasted
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  24. 1994 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Firm, with a sense of rusticity to the tannins, the red and black fruits have a crispness, while the nose and finish share a leafy, tapenade character. The nose is the best part of the experience. It's a nice enough wine, but not a great Latour. The wine was produced from a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. This represents the most Merlot ever used in a vintage of Latour.

      92 points - Tasted
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  25. 1998 Château Troplong Mondot

    1. The best showing of the wine yet. Popped and poured, truffle, black cherry, boysenberry and earthy scents were easy to find. With an hour in the glass, burning campfire embers and dark chocolate added to the complexity. The exposure to air added fat and softness to the wine, which finished with ripe, sweet, fleshy dark berries and cocoa. There is no reason to age this longer. I'd drink this over the next 10-12 years.

      94 points - Tasted
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