Recent Wine Tasting Notes

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Recent Wine Tasting Notes

1996Château Latour Grand Vin  (Pauillac)98 Pts

A little more air would have added more to this stunner. Still, it would be impossible not to grasp the power, refinement, purity and length. This is the perfect blend of stoicism, firm tannins and regal fruit and textures. This bottle seemed younger than previous examples. Perhaps as mentioned, more decanting would have added to the experience.

98 points - Tasted
2003Château  (Margaux)99 Pts

Lush, sensuous, rich, opulent and perhaps decadent levels of perfectly ripe fruits are impossible not to get caught up in. Length, purity, seamlessness and textural delights are what you will find here. This is one of the top wines of a mixed vintage and a great Margaux.

99 points - Tasted
2001Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon  (Oakville)98 Pts

I was surprised by how elegant this was showing. It was grace and purity of fruit. The sweetness in the cherries with the addition of licorice, smoke, truffle and tobacco were there on the palate and in the perfume. It's hard to say where this is going. My instincts say if you're going to pop a bottle, this is the right time to be tasting it.

98 points - Tasted
1985Château Haut-Brion  (Pessac-Léognan)96 Pts

What a beauty! This is probably drinking at close to perfection. This is all about the blend of ripe, sweet, cassis and red fruits with smokey, tobacco and cigar wrappers. Elegant, easy to drink, fresh and with silky fruits and tobacco in the endnote.

96 points - Tasted
2005Balthus  (Bordeaux Supérieur)91 Pts

Lush, round, ripe, fat, dark, juicy fruits, licorice, smoke and espresso notes are all over the place. Concentrated, full bodied and rich, the wine is long, with intensity of flavor in the chocolatey, black cherry and even blacker licorice in the finish.

91 points - Tasted
2003Clos des Papes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)95 Pts

Concentrated, lush and full bodied, the powerful wine kicks off with jammy black cherries, pepper, figs and Provencal herbs. Not exactly delicate, this is more focused on the volume and stylistic character. There is a touch of dryness in the finish that is not off putting, but part of the wines character. There is no touch of heat or over-ripeness here. Still young, this is not your grandmother's Clos des Papes.

95 points - Tasted
1996Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste  (Pauillac)94 Pts

With 2 hours of decanting, the full bodied, concentrated wine starts to show. The nose, with its bend of cherry, cassis, cranberry, cigar wrapper, cedar and green pepper struts its stuff. On the palate, the wine serves up soft tannins and a red berry wine with bite, vigor and sweetness with a judicious amount of Pauillac strictness and fresh, peppery, cassis in the finish.

94 points - Tasted
2007Domaine du Grand Tinel Alexis Establet  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)92 Pts

Rich and lushly textured, full bodied and loaded with sweet, ripe, fleshy, lusty, red fruits, garrigue, cherries and black licorice, this is in its prime time drinking spot. The wine was made from 100% old vine, Grenache.

92 points - Tasted
2004Château Larcis Ducasse  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)93 Pts

As is often how it goes, the last bottle from the case was the best. Still youthful in color, the nose offers chocolate fudge, black cherry, truffle and floral notes. Silky and fresh, with plenty of sweet, dark red fruits in the finish, the only thing holding this back, is a lack of hangtime in the finish. Decanted 30 minutes, this was rocking! On to my case of 2005!

93 points - Tasted
2011Château Doisy-Védrines  (Sauternes)95 Pts

Just a super wine, with honey slathered, white peaches, pineapple, apricot and mango, with vanilla custard caramel and floral notes that are impossible to avoid. Fresh, vibrant, sweet and luscious, with a melange of apricot, pineapple and honey in the finish. This should age and develop for at last anppther 20 years with little effort.

95 points - Tasted
2001Château Rol Valentin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)90 Pts

Fully mature, this is elegant, silky, medium bodied and quite easy to drink. The secondary, truffle, smoke, licorice, tobacco and fresh, earthy, red fruits are at peak, or just slightly past its high point today.

90 points - Tasted
2014Domaine de Courteillac Merlot Cabernet  (Bordeaux Supérieur)88 Pts

Medium bodied, fruity, soft textured, ripe, black cherry, espresso and licorice accents and a round, fruit filled finish. The wine was made from a blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is perfect for current, near term drinking.

88 points - Tasted
2011Château de Francs Les Cerisiers  (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)86 Pts

Fully mature, easy drinking, medium bodied, fresh, red plum, earth, espresso bean, green herb and thyme centered wine.

86 points - Tasted
2011Clos Puy Arnaud  (Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)87 Pts

Forward, soft textured, easy to drink, medium bodied, earthy, plum, cherry and thyme focused wine for current consumption.

87 points - Tasted
2014Château Carignan Prima  (Premières Côtes de Bordeaux)87 Pts

Medium bodied, bright, crisp and very fresh red fruits with touches of olive, herbs and espresso in the soft, forward finish.

87 points - Tasted
2012Château Gigault  (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux)85 Pts

Fully mature, medium bodied, easy drinking crowd pleaser with a black cherry profile for current consumption.

85 points - Tasted
2006Château La Prade  (Bordeaux Côtes de Francs)87 Pts

Medium bodied, crisp, slightly rustic, fully developed wine with an earthy, forest slant to the red fruits. This wine requires drinking in the near future.

87 points - Tasted
2011Château La Rousselle  (Fronsac)86 Pts

Medium bodied, almost, but not quite light, fruity, soft, dark cherry filled wine with earthy, floral accents. This is not a wine to hold for future drinking.

86 points - Tasted
2016Château Bolaire  (Bordeaux Supérieur)90 Pts

With an unusual blend of 50% old vine Petit Verdot and 50% Merlot , it's easy to find the floral, ripe, very fresh, black raspberry fruits. Ripe, with length and lots of freshness going on here.

90 points - Tasted
2014Château Bel Air la Royère  (Blaye)88 Pts

Spicy, earthy, forward, medium/full bodied, charmer with loads of peppery, sweet, dark, red berries.

88 points - Tasted
2005Château Nairac  (Barsac)90 Pts

Perhaps a bit more on the candied, orange and tangerine side, than on the tropical range of fruits, there is still a lot to like. Floral, fresh and honeyed, with custard overtones, the medium bodied, wine is bright, almost zippy in the sweet, honey coated, apricot finish.

90 points - Tasted
2010Château de Myrat  (Sauternes)90 Pts

Ripe, lush, sweet, honeyed tropical fruits with orange accents and that perfect combination of sweet, honey and acidic vibrance ar found here. Medium/full bodied, this is a nice, well priced sweet, Bordeaux wine that is already drinking well at 8 years of age.

90 points - Tasted
2001Château La Gomerie  (St. Émilion)92 Pts

Incredibly seductive says it all. Pure silk and opulent textures allow the perfectly ripe, black cherries, plums, chocolate, licorice and truffle notes to shine. It's good to know that my last bottle was pulled when this is drinking at peak.

92 points - Tasted
2007Domaine Grand Veneur Vieilles Vignes  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)97 Pts

One of the best wines of the vintage, this just rocked! The sensation of minerality added to the mouthfilling layers of ripe, sweet, dark, red berries, licorice, garrigue, pepper and extremely dark chocolate. Dense and intense, the wine had length, complexity and purity of fruit and benefited from time in the decanter.

97 points - Tasted
2008Les Angelots de Gracia  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)90 Pts

Full bodied, concentrated and showing a strong minerality edge to the dark red berries and black frit. Here, you also find espresso, licorice and chocolate accents. This is round, fresh, richly textured and drinking fine today. The wine was made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.

90 points - Tasted