Recent Wine Tasting Notes

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Recent Wine Tasting Notes

2008 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 96

Rich, lush, round, full and deep, the wine now leans to the honeysuckle, orange rind, apple, pear and vanilla side. The fruit-filled finish really lingers.

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2009 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard  (Sonoma Coast) 95

Vanilla not, mint, clove, pears, green apples and citrus ring out on the nose and palate in this hedonistically styled white. This is fully ready to go.

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1959 Château Latour Grand Vin  (Pauillac) 98

Cigar box, tobacco leaf, smoke, cedar, mont leaf, cherry pipe tobacco and currants shine on the nose. The wine has a soft, silky, nature to the tannins with just a hint of rusticity in the texture. The fruit retains a spicy, tobacco and herb character that adds to the natural sweetness of the bright red berries. The remarkable finish gets you going back for sip after sip.

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1982 Château Latour Grand Vin  (Pauillac) 100

Clearly in contention for wine of the vintage, the nose, with its roasted deep red and black fruits comes along with a plethora of scents headed by smoke, tobacco, spice, cedar chest and forest leaf. Rich, full-bodied, powerful and intense, the wine perfectly meshes its power with a refined, regal elegance that never seems to quit.

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1996 Château Latour Grand Vin  (Pauillac) 98

Youthful, but even at this stage it is an absolute pleasure to imbibe. Full-bodied, concentrated, deep, long and intense, the wine lingers, builds and expands at every stage. You can enjoy this now quite easily. Or if you are patient, you can wait another 2 decades for a different experience.

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1990 Château Cheval Blanc  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 100

Purity, hedonism, silk and velvet textures produced a wine that is best described as bottled sex. Long, pure, rich and intense, the wine doesn’t know how to quit. And you never want it to. I am sure Calligulus drenched his nights in this nectar. The finish sticks with you in an expanding show of ostentatious characteristics. Yes, I could have written a bunch of adjectives and descriptors here, but you can read those in previous notes I've posted. It is the overall impression you should focus on, as that is what matters most. This bottle was remarkable. Bought on release, stored in a cold, dark cellar and never moved showed provenance counts.

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1990 Château Angélus  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 98

Fully-developed, this is clearly close to being off the charts. The wine is rich, concentrated, opulent and silky. The lush, ripe, sweet, dark red fruits, truffle and chocolate are accompanied by velvety, cashmere textured tannins. The finish is all about those endless waves of perfectly ripe, pure, fresh, earthy fruits that feel as good as they taste.

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1970 Château Palmer  (Margaux) 93

At full-maturity, this is not a wine for further aging. But that is just fine. It is already 50 years old. Still, if you are lucky enough to have a bottle, you can find an earthy, tobacco laden, cherry-filled wine with earth, cedar and cigar box notes. This is medium-bodied, silky and refined with a gentle, bright finish. If you are sitting on any, you should be consuming your bottles over the next 5 years or so.

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1970 Château Latour Grand Vin  (Pauillac) 95

My scores for this seem to go up and down quite a bit, which I am sure has more to do with storage for the past several decades than not. That being said, this bottle was a gem. Powerful, intense, long, stoic, stern, and yet refined, this is showing true Pauillac character with all its layers of cassis, currants, tobacco, crushed rocks, cedar and cigar box notes.

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2015 Couvent des Jacobins Calicem  (St. Émilion) 91

Deep in color, the wine offers licorice, smoke, espresso, jam, black cherry and wet earth. Full-bodied, fleshy soft, round and forward, the texture is soft, the fruits are ripe and you find chocolate-covered red fruits in the finish. This is a nice first effort. From the owners of Couvent des Jacobins, this is a parcel selection of old vine Merlot planted in 1961. The wine is micro-vinified, meaning that the wine was fermented and aged in 35% new, French oak barrels ranging in size from 600 liters to 225 barrels. The production is under 250 cases. This is debut vintage.

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1920 Château Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan) 84

Probably 20 years past its prime. But so what? This is liquid history. Elements of tobacco, smoke, campfire and bright red fruits with forest leaves and a definite oxidative quality to the wine. It was drinkable. But the knowledge this was history was better than the wine.

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1955 Château Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan) 98

You can talk dirty to me like this anytime. By dirty, of course, I mean all the tobacco, smoke, tar, earth, burning wood, truffle and red fruits. Lifted, elegant, refined, silky and mind-blowing in every direction, this is the quintessential example of what great aged Bordeaux is all about. I could drink this all. OK, we did.

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1982 Château Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan) 98

Holy Cow this is rocking! It is like being in a high-end smokers lounge with cherry pipe tobacco, Cuban Cigars and cigar wrappers galore! Smoked red fruits, tar, leather, campfire embers and baked red fruits are all over the place. Elegant, silky, long and intense, this is at or close to full maturity.

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1990 Château Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan) 99

WOW! Off the hook in every sense. The wine is rich, full, deep and intense. Concentrated, long, rich, balanced, elegant refined and harmonious, there is nothing out of place here. This is close in quality, but a bit less concentrated than the majestic 1989. Slightly less intense, but it sells for fraction of the price. Haut Brion lovers with deep pockets should be all over this gem!

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1964 Château Mont-Redon  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 82

Drinkable, but well past its prime, the wine focuses on spices, earth and tobacco, with glimpses of red fruits found now and again. Medium-bodied, bright and with an earthy finish, this is not a wine to hold as it is probaby decades past its prime.

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2005 M. Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite  (Hermitage) 93

Bright, lifted, stony, fresh and vibrant, with a peppery red fruit profile, texturally, the wine is fine. It is concentrated, clean and youthful. At least another decade or more of cellaring is warranted.

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2010 Domaine du Pégau Cuvée Réservée  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 95

At the moment, the wine is quiet. Even with 1-2 hours of decanting, it took coaxing to find the peppery, earthy, garrigue and kirsch notes. Full-bodied, rich, classicly styled with good concentration, ripeness and purity in the fruits, perhaps a few more years of cellaring is needed before popping another cork.

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2003 Domaine du Pégau Cuvée Réservée  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 96

Certainly a contender for the wine of vintage as this gem manages to avoid the excessive heat and overripeness found in many 03 Chateauneuf's. Rich, lush and captivating, the wine fills your palate with wild, earthy, peppery, herb, leaf and tobacco coated fruits. Ripe, but not too much, this is drinking beautifully today. If you have been waiting, pull a cork and enjoy the ride.

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1983 Château Rieussec  (Sauternes) 92

This bottle was in outstanding condition. Coppery, orange in color, the perfume showed off its apricot, creme de caramel, butterscotch, candied orange and honeyed apricot profile easily. Lifted, energetic, yellow and orange honeyed fruits and molasses with caramel notes finished this sweet treat off. This is not a wine to hold for more development. If you are sitting on any, you should drink these sooner than later before the sweetness and fruits fade.

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1988 Lur-Saluces "Y"  (Bordeaux Supérieur) 94

A fabulous wine. Lemon wax, honeysuckle, orange rind, vanilla and butterscotch hit your nose. On the palate, the wine is silky, lush, rich, round, fresh, fruity, long, sweet and clean with a honeysuckle tinge to the citrus. Every sniff and sip was a pleasure.

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1988 Château Haut-Brion Blanc  (Pessac-Léognan) 80

A definitive maderized character took over the wine. Tasting decades than what I would have expected, this is not a wine to purchase today. If you have any in your cellar, I would open it sooner than later, before it further degrades.

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1955 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 95

This show stopper of a wine was a treat. Ruby tea in color, the wine was loaded with smoke, cherry pipe tobacco, red plums, truffles and tobacco leaf. Long, earthy, silky and plummy, this is at full maturity.

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1964 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 94

Much better than the bottle tasted earlier this year, this was gorgeous. The perfume, with its notes of roses, truffles, dark cocoa, truffle and cherries was on fire. On the palate, the wine offered a rich, round, lush wave of earthy cherries, plums, tobacco and very dark chocolate. Just great. I am happy to have one more bottle remaining in my cellar.

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1970 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 96

Rich, plummy, silky, lush, showy and fresh, the wine is loaded with truffle, cherry pipe tobacco, cocoa, black and red plums, cherries and wet earth. At full maturity, if you are sitting on any of this gem, you are a lucky wine lover as well-stored examples of this wine are stunning!

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1982 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 98

Bottled decadence is all you need to know what this is like. For those wishing for more details, here you go. Silky, sexy, rich, flamboyant, supple and sensuous, this stunner is at or close to its peak. The fruit is pure, ripe, velvety and lush. This truly hits all the high notes if you are seeking hedonism in a glass.

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