Recent Wine Tasting Notes

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Recent Wine Tasting Notes

2016 François Villard Le Gallet Blanc  (Côte-Rôtie) 92

Forward in style, the ripe plums and cherries come along wine a touch of smoke. thyme and flowers that is quite nice. Medium-bodied, the fresh, energetic red fruits pop on the palate and in the finish. Give this a few more years in the cellar, though it is going to be easy to drink in its youth.

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2013 Delas Frères La Landonne  (Côte-Rôtie) 92

Medium-bodied, round, soft, open and fresh, the wine offers lifted, crisp red berries, plums, pepper, herbs, smoke, vanilla and floral essences on the nose and palate. The wine is already easy to drink.

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2017 Château Barde-Haut  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

This is developing right on course. The wine is richly textured, round, lush and even now, you can already enjoy the smoke, licorice, black cherry, wet earth and floral sensations. As good as this is today, if you can hold off for another 3-5 years, it should be even better!

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2014 Le Carillon de l'Angélus  (St. Émilion) 91

Much better in bottle than in barrel, this is ready to go. The wine offers dark cocoa, licorice, wet earth, plums and ripe, juicy black cherries on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied, elegant, soft and inviting, this should be a lot of fun to drink over the next decade or so.

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2013 Cobblestone Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon  (Atlas Peak) 88

This is one of the nicer value Napa Cabs I've had in a while. For about $25, if you look around, you get an open, ripe, round, fruity wine with a touch of heat on the palate, but plenty of ripe fruit to make it fun to drink.

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2019 Ronan by Clinet Blanc  (Bordeaux) 89

This fresh, lively gem already hits the spot with all its ripe citrus, flowers and gentle touch of honey. This is a perfect summer poolside wine.

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2017 Pomerol by Clinet  (Pomerol) 87

Round, soft, plummy, earthy and with a dab of chocolate, the fruit is soft, ripe, fresh and sweet. Medium-bodied and ready to drink, this is a top value wine from the owner of Chateau Clinet.

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2016 Ronan by Clinet Pur’Cab  (Pomerol) 88

Herbal, with leaf, pepper, red berries and licorice, the wine is light, with soft, easy to like, ripe, red fruits. Already charming on the palate, the finish is fresh and easy. This is a steal of a deal from the owner of Chateau Clinet.

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2016 Pomerol by Clinet  (Pomerol) 90

Soft, approachable, silky, elegant cherries and plums, with a side of flowers, smoked leaf and spice. Medium-bodied, sweet and fresh, drink this over the next 3-5 years with pleasure. This is a top value wine from the owner of Chateau Clinet.

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2016 Ronan by Clinet  (Bordeaux) 87

Medium-bodied, forward, soft and fruity, this easy to like and even easier to drink elegant charmer, ends with bright, lifted, red cherries with a licorice tint. Enjoy this over the next few years. This well-priced beauty comes form the owner of Chateau Clinet.

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2018 Domaine de Marcoux  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 94

Sweet, juicy kirsch, flowers, black raspberry, herbs and a touch of pepper create the perfume. Round, juicy, fresh and sweet, the purity of kirsch in the medium-bodied finish is a total turn on. Because no VV was produced this year, this is especially strong and worth seeking out.

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1966 Château Latour Grand Vin  (Pauillac) 95

Lots of power here. The tobacco, herbs, spice, crushed rock, leaf, red currant, cigar box and cedar notes are strong here. The wine is full-bodied, concentrated and still shows a lot of intensity. There is a wealth of ripe, tobacco infused, spicy, cedary fruit on the palate, but the tannins are a bit gruff, giving the wine a rustic, old-school, long, classic finish.

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1985 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia  (Vino da Tavola) 100

Full-bodied, concentrated, rich and with incredible intensity, the fruit offered a beautiful purity, vibrancy, elegance and supple character that was equally youthful and luscious. The intensity was in the nose and palate. Just an incredible tasting experience.

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1988 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia  (Vino da Tavola) 97

Just a bit lighter and less intense than the otherworldy 1985, here you find a multi-layered, voluptuously textured wine showing off its tobacco, pepper, sweet, fresh, juicy, cherry and licorice notes at every twist and turn. This is drinking just great today.

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2001 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia  (Bolgheri Sassicaia) 91

Medium-bodied and probably fully-mature, the wine opens with fresh, bright red fruits, herb, tobacco, cedar, pepper and leafy notes. Soft, round and developed, this should provide nice drinking for up to a decade.

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2014 Colgin Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill Vineyard  (Napa Valley) 97

The inky, dark, almost opaque color lets you know this is still in its youth. Full-bodied, dense, powerful and balanced, the wine is loaded with perfectly ripe blackberries, smoke, licorice, black cherry, vanilla, chocolate and herbs. Opulently textured, the seamless finish feels just great on your palate. I am sure this has at least another 2 decades or more left in the tank.

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2016 Alter Ego  (Margaux) 93

Semi-quiet at the moment. But with a bit of air and coaxing, you find spice-box, boysenberry, dark chocolate and tobacco notes in the nose. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, refined, elegant, sophisticated and fresh. The finish, with its cocoa-dusted, ripe red fruits is soft and bright. Give this a few more years and it should be an even better wine.

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1998 Ojai Syrah Lot E.H. Roll Ranch Vineyard  (California) 95

With only 200 cases made, this is not easy to find. But if you ever see a bottle, grab it! Youthful and fresh at close to 23 years of age, this deeply colored beauty is loaded to the gills with smoke, licorice, black cherry and creme de cassis. Full-bodied, rich, lush, round and deep, the finish goes on and on. The 15% ABV is buried beneath the wealth of fruit. This is one of the top older California Syrah wines produced. I wish I had more than one bottle remaining.

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1969 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon C-91  (Napa Valley) 95

A revelation for the vintage and the wine, which I've not seen before. Produced with a large percentage of Heitz Martha's, this is still going strong. Round, full-bodied and loaded with sweet, dusty, pure, fresh cherries, earth, tobacco, cedar and cassis, the wine is complex, deep and interesting on the nose and palate. Roughly 125 cases were produced so it is not easy to find. But if you are a fan of classic California Cabernet, if you see a bottle at auction, it is worth the price of the ticket.

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1967 Château d'Yquem  (Sauternes) 98

This was majestic. The gorgeous, orange, copper mahogany color looked great in your glass. Butterscotch, creme de caramel, orange zest, cinnamon, caramelized pineapple, apricot and cashew nuts that create the perfume are showstopping! At almost 54 years of age, the wine has filled out, fleshed out and gained in richness, delicacy and decadence without losing its vibrant lift. The opulence in the sweet, honey, caramel, spice box and honey-coated frut and nuts lingers on your palate. In their youth, other sweet wines might compete with d'Yquem. But, at maturity, there is nothing else like it.

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2019 Famille Fabre l'Equilibre  (Corbières) 87

Forward, early-drinking, medium-bodied, fruity, round wine that gives uncomplicated pleasure right out of the gate. This is a nice wine in this price category.

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2019 Le Clos du Caillou Blanc Les Safres  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 93

It is young, but already fun in your glass with all its flowers, orange and yellow citrus, vanilla and white peach Lush, round and a bit oily, this hit the spot with grilled prawns.

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2014 Château Le Pape  (Pessac-Léognan) 89

Soft, silky, open and already quite easy to drink, the wine is medium-bodied with a nice smoky, tobacco, cedar, leaf and red pit fruit character. This is not going to make old bones. It is ready now and will show best over the next 5-6 years or so.

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1997 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave  (Hermitage) 93

Splash decanted, it took no time at all for the earthy, smoky, stony, ripe red berries, pepper, barnyard and touch of orange citrus aromas to pop up. The wine is medium/bodied, fresh, almost bright and elegant with a sweetness to the fruits and soft textures in the finish. This is drinking at peak today. I’m going to finish my remaining few bottles over the next 4-5 years.

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2010 Vieux Château Certan  (Pomerol) 98

The wine is very tight at the moment. The power is there as well as a wealth of perfectly ripe black cherries, plums, licorice, very dark chocolate and hints of flowers. Full-bodied, concentrated and dense, the wine demands at least 7-9 more years of sleep before it is ready to go.

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