Recent Wine Tasting Notes

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Recent Wine Tasting Notes

2016Staglin Family Chardonnay Estate  (Rutherford)90

Medium-bodied, bright, fresh, crisp yellow citrus fruits with notes of flowers, honeysuckle and vanilla is ready to go. This is probably best for near-term drinking.

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2015Continuum Proprietary Red  (Napa Valley)97

Dark in color, the wine manages to offer its forward, lush, opulently textured, black and blue fruit profile easily, Full-bodied, concentrated and with depth of flavor and length, this blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc, 17% Petit Verdot, and 6% Merlot really tastes and feels great.

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2015Aubert Chardonnay Lauren Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast)95

Rich, round, lush and loaded with vanilla, tropical fruit, pears, citrus, flowers and orange peel, this forward, juicy, luscious wine is ready to go.

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2016Melka Cabernet Sauvignon CJ  (Napa Valley)92

Medium/full-bodied, dark in color and already expressive, the wine is balanced, round, forward and polished, with a core of ripe, sweet blackberries, licorice, smoke, espresso and earthy nuances. You can drink this for its upfront fruit, or age it 5-7 years for more earthy characteristics.

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2013Seavey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon  (Napa Valley)95

Full-bodied, powerful, concentrated and youthful, the wine is dark in color. Oaky, with loads of bitter chocolate, smoke, licorice and ripe, round, richly textured blackberries, the wine needs a few more years to soften its wall of tannins. But not too worry, there is more than enough, sweet, ripe fruit here to warrant the wait.

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2015Domaine de Ferrand  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)93

Elegant, medium-bodied, soft and silky, with a core of ripe, fresh kirsch, strawberry, flowers and wild herbs. Made from 90% old vine Grenache and assorted other allowable grape varieties, you can enjoy this now for all its delicious red berries or age it 5-7 years for more tertiary development.

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2006Château Rol Valentin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)88

More interesting on the earthy, red fruit and espresso nose than on the rustic, bright red berry and forest leaf oriented palate, this is fully developed and should be drunk up over the next 4-5 years.

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1978Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve  (Napa Valley)75

This bottle had a perfect fill. The cork looked great and it came out in one piece. The wine showed a good color for its age. But it fell apart in the glass in perhaps 5 minutes. Those initial moments were fine, showing a medium-bodied, round, bright red cherry core of fruits. But a few minutes later, the wine rapidly began falling apart, quickly turning into a stewed, oxidized mess.

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1994Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe)90

Firm, medium-bodied, classic, tannic and with an herbal, green olive and leafy herb accent to the sharp, bright red fruits, the wine offers some rusticity to the dusty tannins in the finish. The nose is more interesting than the palate here. This is clearly an old-school wine that those wishing for days gone by might appreciate more than I did.

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1995Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red  (Napa Valley)94

This charmer is going strong as it approaches its 25th birthday. The sweet, fresh, juicy fruits are still showing great. Medium/full-bodied with layers of, round textured, ripe blackberries and dark cherries with earth and thyme accents hit the spot.

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2015Château Rahoul  (Graves)87

Medium-bodied, forward, easy to drink, round, soft, approachable, red berry, earth and tobacco leaf filled wine for near term enjoyment.

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2000Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  (Pauillac)96

I like how this is showing today. The soft, silky textures and sweet, ripe red fruits with their fresh attitude stand out in the crowd. Elegance and refinement, with complexity, length, a touch of spice and a distinctive note of greeness on the backend are what you will find here. This is in a good place. The wine is already 20 years old. So, if you have been waiting, there is no reason to hesitate.

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2008Dom Pérignon  (Champagne)98

Clearly, this is in contention as one of the best vintages of DP ever produced. The power, levels of concentration, balance, freshness, purity and complexity are off the hook. The yellow citrus, green apple, honeysuckle and brioche are backed up with the perfect amount of refined effervescence, providing lift, energy and elegance. Texturally this is beautiful on your palate This is a high-end Champagne worth laying down a case for the future.

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2013Château Lamothe Guignard  (Sauternes)90

Yellow and orange candied citrus with a top note of honeyed apricot, vanilla and orange rind are on the nose and bright, sweet palate. You can drink this on the young side for its forward, fresh approach. It will also pair well with spicy foods.

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2007Château Léoville Las Cases  (St. Julien)91

The blackberries are ripe. There is some weight and richness, though there is a lack of complexity as most of what you find is sweet blackberries. The wine is a bit short in the fruity finish, which is accompanied by a distinctive green olive, herb, and leafy streak. For such a difficult vintage, this is a very strong effort.

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1988Château Gruaud Larose  (St. Julien)89

Better on the earthy, tobacco leaf, cedar, leafy, cigar box and red berry nose than on the herbal, peppery, medium/full-bodied, strict, sharp, crisp, crunchy, cranberry and cassis palate. This will probably score higher for those that prefer, old-school Bordeaux.

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2000Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac)94

A big juicy gulp of ripe, sweet, dark cassis poured over salty rocks with a touch of herbs is found here from start to finish. Slightly rustic, with time, the finish, with all its blackberries and sweet cassis takes on a creamier texture. Perhaps this is not overly complex. But there is a wealth of ripe juicy fruit that tastes and feels great! So dig in if you have a bottle as this is a joy to drink today. 90 minutes in the decanter helped as well.

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1990Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)98

If you own this stunner, it is time to pop that cork and dig into all that truffle, cocoa, wet forest and plum liqueur on the nose. As good as that is, the silky elegant, sensuously textured palate presence, with its layers of chocolate-covered plums and dark cherries will seal the deal. This is fully mature. There is no reason to hold-off for further development.

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1990Château Latour Grand Vin  (Pauillac)97

The best bottle of this I have ever tasted hit all the right notes. It is important to note that the has over the past few years come close to full-development. It is now showing a refined, soft, elegant, regal character. The fresh, blackberry, cassis, tobacco and leafy personality is right where you want it to be. It might improve a bit from here, but the wine is 30 years of age, so if you are sitting on any, it is time to enjoy it.

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1990Château La Mission Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)96

Textbook example of LMHB showing off its tobacco, cigar wrapper, leaf, smoke, cherry, cedar and tar aromatics at the drop of the hat. It is concentrated, full and offers ample depth, but there is a slight rusticity to the tannins that takes away from the tobacco-tinged, red fruit finish just a little bit. Still, this is a gorgeous wine that is showing just great today.

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1989Château Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)100

Sadly, since this has become so expensive over the past few years, I see it a lot less often. But when I do, OMG, it is off the charts! Explosive in nature, the wine is intense, full-bodied, complex, powerful, concentrated and all of that is balanced by its elegance, purity, richness and refined tannins. The finish, which surpasses the 60-second mark is seamless. This is a beauty today, and yet, even at days before its 31st birthday, I am sure there is room for more evolution!

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1986Château Lafite Rothschild  (Pauillac)97

If awards were given out for slow to develop wines, clearly this is a contender for the trophy. With coaxing, the leafy herbs, tobacco leaf, cedar, gravel, cigar box and cassis come to the surface. Medium/full-bodied, with a reserved red fruit character, there is an old-school, herbal accent to the spicy red fruits in the finish. I am not sure when this will hit full-maturity, but I feel the pain of anyone that purchased this as a future or on release.

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1959Château Suduiraut  (Sauternes)96

Copper hued, the wine offers its honeyed pineapple, apricot, caramel, creme brulee, molasses and marzipan charms as soon as the wine hits your glass. Sweet and racy, with a beautiful apricot, caramel and butterscotch palate presence, the wine miraculously holds on to its sweetness and vibrant lift. For a wine of this quality, I think it still sells for a song at auction markets.

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2004Château L'Eglise-Clinet  (Pomerol)94

In the sweet spot, it took only 30 minutes in the decanter to release all the chocolate, plum and truffle essences here. Lush, opulent and silky on the palate, you can age this longer but there is no reason to wait to pull a cork.

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2014Sine Qua Non Grenache Shakti  (Central Coast)96

Rich, round, fat, juicy, dark and deep, the use of mostly neutral French oak barrels allows the ripe, luscious fruit, flowers and herbs to shine. Made from a blend of 88% Grenache, 6% Mourvedre, 4% Petite Sirah and 2% Touriga Nacional, this is already beautiful in your glass. And it will be even better with 3-5 years of age.

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