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2009 Château Lynch-Bages

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/2/2012 - PinkMoonWinery Does not like this wine: NR

2009 Bordeaux arrivage tasting (Baur au Lac Hotel, Zurich): Originally rated 73 points, but as I god some agressive comments, I took away the note. I still feel that it is the wine, as I have not had a good bottle of this wine yet, but apparently, everyone else seems to diagree. I love Lynch Bages, but this one is not good in my opinion.

Original Note: This was open for a day but stored cold with the cork put on, this was not very good, irish candy, green bell peppers. We couldn't believe that this was so bad so we opened another one, which was a bit better but was only 79 points, weird...

  • Comment posted by PinkMoonWinery:

    8/15/2015 1:39:00 AM - I took down the notes. I did rate this wine, because it was not just one but three bottles in total from two different sources that were bad and I have heard this from friends of mine as well, so I guess this was representative of at least part of bottles of the wine, as there might be some regular flaws here. Like with the 1982 Mouton... So how do you rate the 82 Mouton as a perfect wine, because some of the bottles are stunning, or as slightly below, because many are really not as spectacular at all...

White - Fortified

1946 Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Convento Selección

Montilla-Moriles Pedro Ximénez more

10/31/2014 - PinkMoonWinery wrote: 96 points

I really don't trust the statement that there are only 825 bottles produced, as this wine appears all over the place here in Switzerland alone. I myself have already drunk 4 bottles, so I really can't think that it is true.

Do I care? Not at all!!!!!

There is no bottle variation at all, so the tasting notes feel really a bit of a copy-paste exercise. The wine is incredible, massive, crazy fat and rich while avoiding being sticky or too sweet.

Nose excels with dried figs, rose water, dried fruit bread, and tons of umami! And again the Vasa Museum' all over the place.

Crazy elegant for such a thick wine and very very very very long.

  • Comment posted by PinkMoonWinery:

    11/24/2014 9:28:00 PM - It's not fortified it's a PX de Anada

  • Comment posted by PinkMoonWinery:

    12/18/2014 1:18:00 PM - Howard, I would not at all pair it, just after dinner with all the focus on the wine, it deserves it!


2004 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon "Old Sparky" Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

Oakville more

5/1/2011 - tp096255 wrote: 95 points

COLOR: Deep crimson center with a medium ruby rim, slight haze but otherwise brilliant
NOTE: If you don't like long notes, please move along now...

I brought out the magnum decanter, double-rinsed it with purified water and gave it a thorough dry. Then I pulled the cork on this bad boy and thus began my adventure...

I got my first waft before I could insert the pourer into the neck. Faint, but a sweet concentrate of black fruits, always a good sign. I was nervous about this bottle because it was purchased on WineBid for the same price as the current vintage of Old Sparky was being sold to the mailing list. Best buy ever!!! I started decanting this very lightly into the side of the decanter for minimal oxygenation (it's a magnum and since I only share Old Sparky's with my wife we had to siphon off half of it for the next day), stopping as soon as I began to see sediment enter the stream through the crystal pourer (SOP). Unfortunately this left around 3 ounces in the bottle! With a current retail value of about $22/ounce I wasn't about to just pour it out. So I got a natural, unbleached tea filter bag and poured the dregs through that. The deep, hazy purple emulsion that emerged was so soft, velvety, full of ripe black fruts and balanced that it merited a 93+ score of it's own with no decant! THE DREGS!!! Un-be-lievable! I poured half the decanter into a separate bottle so we could sin and have it with In-And-Out burgers the next day.

After a 4-hour decant this coalesced into Schrader magic. A voluptuous, seductive and hedonistic bombshell in my glass!!! (Apologies for all the exclamation points, but hey). Even in this huge bowl (Riedel Sommelier Series Grand Cru Bordeaux) the nose wafts out 6 inches beyond the rim. The nose is rich with blackberry jam, grilled black plum, black currant, cassis, melted brown sugar, oiled leather, hints of nutmeg/cinnamon/cracked black pepper, 60% dark cocoa powder (is that Rutherford dust?) all poured over hot cracked granite. Mouth is rich with blackberry liqueur, raspberry jam, creme de cassis, velvety tannins, superfine and sweet, just ever so slightly rough and subtle heat. It feels like a high-quality raspberry-infused dark chocolate bar melting on my tongue. This is in such a sweet spot, so fully present and gratifying that it's unbelievable. The wine just kept adding nuances over time and it was mind-blowing. Tasting history here folks! Finish is a real yin & yang of black fruits and dark chocolate for the first 20 seconds. It goes on for 60 seconds and the dark chocolate wins. Such a wonderful melange, so balanced. Without that hint of heat it would be a 96+ wine for me.

For you diehards that read this far, it was still great the next day, but the heat was slightly more pronounced. Went great with the burgers & fries though!!! Sinning!!!

DECANT: 4+ hours
GLASS USED: Sommelier Series Grand Cru Bordeaux
TASTE: 9.5+
COST: 330
VALUE: 8.2
PAIRING: Fennel & caramelized onion potatoes gratin, smothered in Gruyere & heavy cream. Grilled hangar steak marinated in EVOO, 2006 McCrea Sirocco Blanc (white Rhone blend), Zahtar, Fleur de Sel and cracked black pepper. Asparagus roasted in EVOO, lemon juice, sea salt & black pepper.

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  • Comment posted by PinkMoonWinery:

    2/7/2014 2:59:00 PM - Love that note!


2009 Sine Qua Non Syrah The Thrill of...

Central Coast more

12/1/2013 - Monaco Likes this wine: 94 points

First time trying SQN. After all the hype behind these wines, I was left wanting a bit more. Opened and decanted through Vinturi about 6 hours prior to drinking. Dark, purplelish and inky. The complexity and changing characteristics of this wine are what made me enjoy it the most. I get why people would like this Syrah, just don't think it warrants the upper 90's scores. Will let my Five Shooter sleep for 3-4 years before drinking that.

  • Comment posted by PinkMoonWinery:

    12/1/2013 12:51:00 PM - I think that your feeling of wanting /expecting a bit more probably comes from the fact that the recent SQNs have shifted significantly towards the more elegant and mineralic style (beginning after the 2006s Ravens) away from the super opulent 02-05 period. If you can find it at a reasonable price, try the 1998 E-Raised...


1990 Azienda Agricola Montevertine Le Pergole Torte Riserva Toscana IGT

Sangiovese more

9/25/2013 - PinkMoonWinery Likes this wine: 94 points

Had next to the 1988 and the 1999 (regular bottles, while the 1990 was the riserva). This had clearly more punch to it than the 1988 especially in the aftertaste, where this intense espresso aroma appeared 15 seconds or so into the finish. Really long but also very very elegant. Still many many years ahead!

  • Comment posted by PinkMoonWinery:

    9/26/2013 3:08:00 AM - Hi. Yes it was the riserva, the one with the added little sticker label on the neck. The other of course were the regular ones, probably wasn't clear in the tasting note.


2010 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia

Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/13/2013 - PinkMoonWinery Likes this wine: 93 points

Way too ypung, super tannic but appears to be with more longevity potential than other vintages

  • Comment posted by PinkMoonWinery:

    9/13/2013 2:33:00 PM - Yes, you are absolutely right, i bought a case and wanted to see how it is now. Painfully young, which is a truly positive sign. Remembering the 97s how they were hyped and how they were so approachable even young but are slowly going downhill now, this wine makes me very hopeful for the future!


2008 Charles Smith King Coal Stoneridge Vineyard

Columbia Valley Red Blend more

10/29/2012 - Gestalted wrote: 93 points

Super polished texture. Some really intense blueberries and cream flavors with just a slight touch of tar and smoky olive. Beautiful finish. Really enjoyed this wine!

Consumed at at cellar temp: 60°-65° F. Friends don't let friends drink red wine at room temp!

  • Comment posted by PinkMoonWinery:

    12/27/2012 11:39:00 AM - A wise word: Friends don't let friends drink red wine at room temp!

White - Sparkling

2002 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne

Chardonnay more

11/24/2012 - ginfizz wrote: 95 points

95 points with room to grow. Big for a Comtes, with a rich open nose of citrus, apples, and vanilla oak, medium to full bodied on the palate with large bubbles that toned down with time. Rich on the palate, long finish, classic acidity and zip. Can't get over how big this is. All the structure is there for long term aging, and this is more approachable than the '96s. I'd say similar to the '95 but fruitier.

  • Comment posted by PinkMoonWinery:

    12/6/2012 3:15:00 AM - Quick question, do you think the 02 Comte de Champagne will go well with Turkey dinner or is it still to young? Just got it and wondering whether to open it for the Christmas Turkey or not. Thanks for helping out!

  • Comment posted by PinkMoonWinery:

    12/20/2012 11:37:00 PM - Thanks!


2002 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs

Pinot Noir more

12/2/2012 - jcoleman wrote: 85 points

as before this wine really lacks stuffing for a grand cru from a great vintage. really disappointing!

  • Comment posted by PinkMoonWinery:

    12/18/2012 3:21:00 AM - I agree, patience will heal wounds here... I will try one out of a half bottle tomorrow, which should be more evolved. Let's see

  • Comment posted by PinkMoonWinery:

    12/18/2012 3:22:00 AM - And BTW, it's a premier cru not a grand cru, so maybe it deserves some slack :-)

  • Comment posted by PinkMoonWinery:

    12/18/2012 7:20:00 AM - If only he knew :-)


2006 Mollydooker Shiraz Carnival of Love

McLaren Vale more

12/17/2012 - tom_wine wrote: 85 points

Dense, alcoholic fruit bomb. Jammy raspberry and strawberry flavors, a dash of anise and black pepper. I could lay this on toast.

  • Comment posted by PinkMoonWinery:

    12/17/2012 7:46:00 AM - Interesting note, so you don't like fruit bombs judging from your score :-)
    Is it keeping up well, or should it be drunk up?

  • Comment posted by PinkMoonWinery:

    12/18/2012 3:13:00 AM - Thanks!


2008 Paul Lato Pinot Noir Suerte Solomon Hills Vineyard

Santa Maria Valley more

12/15/2012 - beezer6 wrote: 93 points

Brunch with Wine (Wasabi - Chicago, IL): Another flashy voluptuous styled wine before the Gallica Grenache.
This Pinot displayed strawberries and cream, cotton candy as well as some darker barnyard and dirt road qualities. Some white pepper on the back end. I get more of the white pepper on the palate as well as some white truffle, and light blood orange and pomegranate.
Really a tasty wine. This needed more time to open up but I have yet to taste an underwhelming wine from Paul Lato. Looking forward to cracking a Syrah soon.

  • Comment posted by PinkMoonWinery:

    12/17/2012 7:49:00 AM - Brunch with wine, awesome!!

    If you like Paul's pinots and you like Syrah, you are going to love the 'Il Padrino' - so rich, opulent yet still elegant with again these slight blood orange notes, just great!

White - Sparkling

2002 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne

Chardonnay more

10/14/2012 - bza wrote: NR

Very elegant. Minerals, gunpowder and citrus on the nose. The structure of this wine is so delicious with it´s creamy texture and complex layer upon layer taste of lemon, biscuits, wet stone, whipped cream and coffee. All of this wrapped up in a very elegant toasted finish. Super!

  • Comment posted by PinkMoonWinery:

    12/6/2012 3:16:00 AM - Quick question, do you think the 02 Comte de Champagne will go well with Turkey dinner or is it still to young? Just got it and wondering whether to open it for the Christmas Turkey or not. Thanks for helping out!

  • Comment posted by PinkMoonWinery:

    12/15/2012 3:02:00 AM - Thanks!


2007 PharaohMoans Syrah WestSide

Paso Robles more

12/12/2012 - Anonymous wrote: 93 points

young but approachable - should develop with some time

  • Comment posted by PinkMoonWinery:

    12/12/2012 6:01:00 AM - Interesting, did you decant it? I decanted it for 2 hours and it was still absolutely closed down, wasn't too long ago neither...

  • Comment posted by PinkMoonWinery:

    12/13/2012 6:34:00 AM - Interesting, thanks!


2001 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

Napa Valley more

12/12/2012 - slugme wrote: 85 points

Everyone keeps writing restrained and muted and then giving it good scores. The fruit is definitely restrained and muted. Aeration doesn't help, leaving the wine open for multiple days doesn't help. It's just not giving much at all right now. No clue if it will in the future.

  • Comment posted by PinkMoonWinery:

    12/13/2012 1:19:00 AM - I love your review, pure honesty, I do agree sometimes a wine is just muted and restrained and you don't dare giving it a good score just because of the reputation of the wine.

    That's the beauty when you taste blind, you're forced to score it whatever you have when not knowing the wine. Happened to me brutally with a Lafite 1986:

    So either this Montelena will become awesome in 30 years, or it's just muted and restrained and not a good wine :-)


2008 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Deus-Ex Machina

Red Rhone Blend more

12/11/2012 - Ekoostik wrote: 95 points

Just an awesome wine and value at its discounted price purely based on the vintage reputation I imagine. Loads of escalading fruit, red, blue (ever so slight black) berries with a full palate but never feeling overripe or leaning prunish. Has the density and power of a super cuvee but still retains more lithe than most would. Really long finish with some tannin at this point, but still a pleasure to drink. (drink or hold - No brett noticed)

  • Comment posted by PinkMoonWinery:

    12/12/2012 6:02:00 AM - So true! When you can look beyond a vintage's overall reputation and pick the best you can get awesome value wines! I love this deus, just fun to drink now!


2006 Saxum James Berry Vineyard

Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend more

12/5/2012 - Anonymous wrote: 94 points

Rich, delicious, full-bodied blackberry fruit with very smooth black olive, violet, and licorice flavors, excellent structure, flavors very well integrated, long finish, beautiful bottle of wine, this is clearly the precursor to Saxum's great 2007 JB Syrah.

  • Comment posted by PinkMoonWinery:

    12/7/2012 11:09:00 AM - Like the comment on being the precursor to the 07. Wait for the 2012, this will shape out to be a fantastic JB. Tasted the only couple of days old wines from barrel that will make up the JB 2012 and it will rival the 2007!!!!


1989 Château Cantemerle

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/4/2012 - le fouloir Likes this wine: 92 points

This is a wonderful mature Bordeaux. It was complex beyond its original price would have suggested and could have passed easily for a classified chateau. It might not get any better but I'll bet that, if cellared properly, it will continue to taste and smell this good for a number of years to come.

  • Comment posted by PinkMoonWinery:

    12/7/2012 10:59:00 AM - Just had this wine and couldnt agree more with your note... Really good tasting note!


2009 Hobel Wine Works Cabernet Sauvignon Engelhard Vineyard

Napa Valley more

12/6/2012 - Uglypinga Likes this wine: NR

Man what a great wine. Awesome nose of beef, dark fruits, cedar and smoke. The palate is velvety smooth with intense fruits that never go over the top. Mouth coating and delicious. Tannins to spare. Great.

  • Comment posted by PinkMoonWinery:

    12/7/2012 1:01:00 AM - Completely agree, an awesome wine, one question though, why did you not rate it and what would you have scored it? I rated it 95 last time I had it...

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