Recent Wine Tasting Notes

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Recent Wine Tasting Notes

2012Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon  (Oakville)99

Rich, but not mouth-coating. Ripe, but not overripe. Sweet, but not cloying, the wine is the epitome of balance, harmony and a unique sense of character. Still young, the wine maintains its intensity without ever coming close to being over the top. Cost aside, this is truly what great wine is all about. I am not sure I'll taste this again. But it was clearly a thrill a sip experience.

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2012Screaming Eagle Second Flight  (Napa Valley)94

Open, forward and approachable, the wine is soft, medium-full bodied and fresh, with layers of sweet, ripe, dark red fruits, just a bit of chocolate, licorice and vanilla tour round things out. This is drinking quite well today.

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1998Château L'Evangile  (Pomerol)94

This is close to full maturity. The plum, truffle, dark cocoa notes really come through. Medium/full-bodied, with plush, round tannins and a dark chocolate, espresso and plummy finish, this is ready to go.

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1998Château Pavie  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)94

With a nose of smoke, licorice, dark chocolate, espresso, herbs, black cherry, plum and a tiny background note of fig, the wine is full-bodied, rich, soft and stony. The wine ends with sweet, deep red fruit, salty tannins and licorice in the finish. With about 30 minutes of air, the wine continued filling out as it remained in the glass. This is showing close to full maturity. There is no hurry to drink it. But if you have been waiting to pop a cork, your wait is over.

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2017J.L. Chave Sélection Mon Coeur  (Côtes du Rhône)90

The perfect restaurant wine, Forward, soft, medium-bodied, fruity and with complex herbal accents, the red fruit is ripe, sweet and delicious. Drink it now and over the next 5 years or so for maximum enjoyment.

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2009Sloan  (Napa Valley)95

Forward, easy to drink, medium/full-bodied with an open, lush character and plenty of blackberries, espresso, fudge and smoke. The wine is soft and refined in the finish.

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2012Sloan  (Napa Valley)98

Deep, dark and powerful, the wine is equally round, plush and polished. Mouth-filling, sweet, multi-layered and complex, the fruit has a great sense of purity that comes through easily. If you like young Cabs, pop it now, else this will age for decades.

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1995Château  (Margaux)95

Firm style of Chateau Margaux, that seems like its a modern-day version of their 1986. As time evolved in the decanter and glass, the wine filled out, softened, gained in aromatics and generosity. Full-bodied, powerful and concentrated, this is still quite tannic. Give it another decade and the wine should be markedly better, else allow it 3-4 hours of air, so it can flesh out and open.

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2015Sloan  (Napa Valley)99

Deep, dark, brooding, powerful, rich, lusciously textured and packed with layers of sweet, polished, black, dark red and blue fruit. The tannins are soft and polished giving the wine the right balance between tannins, power and elegance.

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2001Sloan  (Napa Valley)96

Still holding on to its youth, the wine is massive, powerful, dense and intense. It is also a bit oaky, although there is more than enough ripe, sweet, dark fruits, chocolate, licorice and smoke to keep you satisfied.

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2008Sloan  (Napa Valley)96

Ready to drink, medium/full-bodied, soft, fresh and polished. The wine serves up its smoky, blackberry, black cherry, smoke, coffee bean and chocolate essence with little effort.

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2013Sloan  (Napa Valley)97

Smoky, with an espresso tone on top of all the layers of inky, dark black and blue fruits. Powerful, concentrated, lush and rich, the fleshy character retains freshness and purity, awarding you a long, mouthcoating finish.

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2010Sloan Asterisk  (Napa Valley)93

Purity, refinement, and elegance, with soft, silky tannins and sweet ripe fruits in a forward style that is drinking at close to peak today.

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2014Sloan Asterisk  (Napa Valley)92

Soft, fresh, sweet and elegant, the purity in the fruit and the open, forward, refined style are the hallmarks of this wine.

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2006Harlan Estate  (Napa Valley)98

Wow! Talk about a wine with a lot going on. Initially, you discover the multiple layers of fruit. But it is the refined character, the soft, polished, silky tannins and the complexity that keeps you going back for another taste of all that ripe, deep fruit. Powerful, but elegant, this is gorgeous. Still young, it's a nice time to start opening your bottles, but there is no hurry, as they are going to age for decades with ease.

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2006Colgin IX Estate  (Napa Valley)98

Spicy, suave, silky and intense, the fruit is perfectly ripe, sweet, fresh and pure. The wine offers that unique combination of density paired with refinement, lift, complexity and length. And this is still young, so pop a cork now to check it out, if you have a few bottles, or age it for another decade to see what happens.

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2010Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select  (Stags Leap District)96

Massive, powerful, concentrated and loaded to the top with layers of ripe, dark berries, jam, smoke, espresso, vanilla and licorice. Still primary, it is not ready for prime time drinking yet, as everything still needs to come together.

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2002Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select  (Stags Leap District)97

It's been ages since I last tasted this gem. It is hard to believe, this is almost 18 years old. The color remains dark. The fruit, which has softened over the years, continues to hold on to its youth. The oak is better integrated. But this is still about the power and layers of decadent berries, so I'd wait another few years before popping another cork.

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2007Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard  (Napa Valley)94

Clearly not a wine of power, this is all about the elegant nature, soft tannins, balance, lift and vivacity. There is a purity to the fruit that shines though, along with touches of toasty oak, licorice, smoke and black fruits. This is ready for prime time drinking today.

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2009Abreu Cappella  (Napa Valley)98

Silk and velvet textures make the wine. This is such a great style. The showy, perfectly ripe fruits, soft, polished tannins, and layers of ripe, sweet, fresh and fleshy berries never quits. The fruit filled finish, with its nuances of smoke, dark cocoa, licorice and espresso hang wth you for ages. Drink this now, or wait a decade. This is a very special wine.

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2013Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon T6 Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard  (Oakville)100

Just stunning in every sense of the word. Still inky dark in color, the wine is opulent, silky, sexy, lush and pure. Concentrated, balanced and energetic, the texture is polished velvet and the fruit tastes as good as it feels. It's a knockout wine! The last time I tasted this was in 2016 and I noted it could eventually hit triple digits. Today, I no longer wonder as this is so above and beyond, it deserves 100 Pts.

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1919Château Giscours  (Margaux)55

Light, bright and packed with more VA than the Veterans Administration. I found it impossible to drink. Others liked it, though I am not sure why. This is a birth year wine, if you don't want another birthday.

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1919Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)75

Pale, rosehip tea in color, the wine has taken on sherry characteristics on top of the light, bright red fruits. It's a drinkable part of history.

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1929Château Léoville Poyferré  (St. Julien)85

More on the secondary side, as you would expect at 90 years of age, but there was enough tobacco, flowers, cherry pipe tobacco and hints of red berries to make this light, bright, soft wine fun to imbibe.

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1929Château Cos d'Estournel  (St. Estèphe)90

Even at 90 years of age, this still has a lot to offer. Light in body, the wonderful nose was filled with Asian spice, flowers, tobacco leaf and fresh white, crisp cherries. With soft, silky textures, but not much weight, the wine retains some sweetness in the lifted red fruits found in the finish.

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