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  1. 1992 Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard

    1. Fully mature, elegant, soft, refined style of California Cabernet, with an earthy, spice filled, sweet cherry, tobacco and cassis sensation in its core. There is no reasons to age this wine any longer. Pop and pour or 20- minutes of decanting is more than ample.

      93 points - Tasted
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  2. 2009 Patrick Jaume Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tour de l'Isle Domaine des Chanssaud

    1. Ready to go, this full bodied, round wine is loaded with ripe cherries, black pepper and garrigue. Forward in style, this is already quite tasty.

      91 points - Tasted
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  3. 1995 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon

    1. Incredibly young, but it's impossible to miss the quality here. Intensely concentrated, powerful, tannic, fresh and lively, with a wall of fruit and a nose that combines ripe fruits, earth, smoke, thyme and mint, 3 hours of decanting was not enough. Time and air are needed for this wine to deliver the goods.

      96 points - Tasted
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  4. 1990 Château Raymond-Lafon

    1. It's possible this wine is slowly beginning to drop its fruit. The sweet, lush textures and honey drenched, yellow tropical fruits are not as apparent today. Instead, you'll find more caramel, butterscotch and candied orange rind. There is not real hurry to polish off your bottles, but there is clearly no advantage to aging this wine any longer.

      92 points - Tasted
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  5. 2005 Château Clinet

    1. Deep in color, the wine is still youthful. 90 minutes of air added a lot of softness to the texture and helped bring out the plum, chocolate, truffle and black cherry notes. The supple textured, silky finish just feels great.

      94 points - Tasted
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  6. 2012 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    1. Tight at the moment, air and coaxing helped, but it took effort to find the fresh, bright, red berries, thyme and assorted herbs. Medium bodied, and on the fresh side, the finish leaves you with just picked strawberry, kirsch and spice sensations. I'm waiting a few more years before popping another cork.

      92 points - Tasted
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  7. 2010 Domaine de Marcoux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

    1. What a great bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape is all about. Stylish, supple, rich, full bodied, lusty and packed with ripe, sweet, juicy, black raspberries, kirsch, garrigue, cracked black pepper and thyme. This is great now, but it's still just a baby. All that sweet, ripe fruit makes it fun and easy to drink. But it's only going to get better with age.

      97 points - Tasted
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  8. 2012 Château Gazin Rocquencourt

    1. Blending 55% Cabernet Sauvignon with 45% Merlot produced a forward, round, smoky, espresso, black cherry and thyme infused wine in an open, easy to like, medium bodied style.

      90 points - Tasted
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  9. 2013 Château Doisy-Daëne

    1. The distinctive notes of honeysuckle, ripe and over ripe, juicy pineapple, apricot and white peach slathered in honey start things off. But its all that racy acidity that keeps this fresh, lively and vibrant, and allows you to go to more of this sweet, unctuous treat.

      95 points - Tasted
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  10. 2013 Château Couhins-Lurton Blanc

    1. Fresh grapefruit, lemon peel and green apple help to combine sweetness, crisp refreshing acidity and a stony, yellow citrus filled finish.

      91 points - Tasted
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  11. 2013 Château Poesia

    1. Finesse in style, medium bodied, elegant and approachable, the wine delivers a fresh, plum and cherry spicy sensation that is already drinking well.

      90 points - Tasted
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  12. 2013 Château Montviel

    1. Light red cherry and plum fruits, soft, medium bodied and focused on its red berry character, this is definitely vinified for early drinking pleasure.

      87 points - Tasted
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  13. 2013 Château Berliquet

    1. Medium bodied, light in color, with a fresh, spicy, red fruit and thyme core that needs to be tasted early in its life.

      87 points - Tasted
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  14. 2013 Château Larcis Ducasse

    1. With silky textures, forward character and a sweet, fresh, red cherry core of fruits with mineral essences, this is a Larcis Ducasse to enjoy in its youth while you wait for the 2015 to develop.

      92 points - Tasted
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  15. 2013 Château Pavie Macquin

    1. Soft, easy to drink and charming, there is freshness and sweetness to the medium bodied, mineral driven fruits, licorice, spice and smoke in the finish.

      91 points - Tasted
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  16. 2013 Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse)

    1. Fruity, forward and offering a spicy, red berry palate with polished tannins, earth and crushed rocks, this is a wine you can enjoy on the young side or age it for a few years for more secondary development.

      92 points - Tasted
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  17. 2013 Château Margaux

    1. A lighter style of Chateau Margaux , due in part to the lack of Merlot in the blend offers a perfume of flowers, red fruits, spice, earth and a hint of tobacco. Soft, smooth, and easy to drink, with a noticeable lack of depth in the mid palate, this is a wine to drink in its youth, while waiting for vintages like 2010 and 2015 to mature.

      92 points - Tasted
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  18. 2013 Château Pontet-Canet

    1. Already showing its tobacco, forest floor and cassis filled charms, this elegantly styled, forward, already drinkable wine offers sweet, fresh, plums, cocoa and smooth textures in the finish. Give it 2-4 years and this should be even more charming.

      93 points - Tasted
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  19. 2013 Clos l'Église (Pomerol)

    1. Medium bodied, with an earthy, black cherry, wet earth and leafy personality, the wine is fresh, leaving you a bright, black raspberry finish with a touch of oak in the end note.

      91 points - Tasted
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  20. 2013 Château Magrez Fombrauge

    1. Medium bodied, with a ripe, dark cherry, smoke, espresso and earthy character, round textures and a fruity, smoky finish.

      90 points - Tasted
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  21. 2013 Château Montrose

    1. Medium bodied, surprisingly early drinking Montrose which is perhaps more interesting on the nose than on the fresh, spicy, charming palate. For consumers not willing to wait for vintages like 2010 that take 20 years to come around, this is a nice, easy to drink style of Montrose.

      92 points - Tasted
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  22. 2013 Château Calon-Ségur

    1. Fresh, crisp, red fruits thyme and tobacco in character. The wine is sharp, and fresh, with bright red, crisp, fruits and tobacco from start to finish.

      90 points - Tasted
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  23. 2013 Château Cos d'Estournel

    1. Quite successful for the vintage. Medium bodied, but with more depth and color than you would have expected, the wine is fresh, spicy, and polished, leaving with you silky tannins, crisp, crunchy cassis, blackberry and cherries. Give to 2-4 years in the bottle and it could be even better.

      92 points - Tasted
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  24. 2013 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

    1. Fresh, forward and charming, while it lacks the complexity and power experienced in the best vintages, there is a richness here that is quite impressive for a 2013 wine. The sweet, ripe, plums and cassis are right there where you need them. This is a vintage of Ducru Beaucaillou to drink early in life while you wait for the bigger, more powerful years too age and develop.

      93 points - Tasted
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  25. 2013 Château Léoville Las Cases

    1. Elegant is used in a variety of ways with tasting notes in either a complimentary sense, or in a pejorative manner. With 2013 Leoville Las Cases , it's a positive trait as Leoville Las Cases is not usually a wine that can be enjoyed before it's 10th birthday. With the 2013, the fruits are ripe, present, elegant and even soft, as are the tannins. The wine is fresh, clean and correct. If you're looking for an LLC to enjoy in its youth, while waiting for the more powerful, tannic years to come around, this is the vintage.

      93 points - Tasted
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