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Red

2012 Heron Hill Cabernet Franc

Seneca Lake more

1/17/2015 - Tbac20 wrote: NR

Awesome!

  • Comment posted by epiphany:

    7/12/2015 4:05:00 PM - Right on!

Red

2010 Clos du Mont-Olivet Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

3/15/2015 - grayfont Likes this wine: 91 points

A proper CdP with a spicy finish, this is balanced, solid, and lovely. A real winner.

  • Comment posted by epiphany:

    7/10/2015 3:39:00 PM - Do you think this is best drunk young?

Red

2006 Marchesi Mazzei Chianti Classico Castello di Fonterutoli

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

7/9/2015 - BoulderWine wrote: 88 points

Big and rustic. Still quite tannic and not sure if additional aging will help. Good pasta wine.

  • Comment posted by epiphany:

    7/10/2015 3:38:00 PM - Spot on tasting note

Red

2004 Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/10/2015 - pavel_p Likes this wine: 91 points

My fourth bottle since 2012. Slow ox'ed over 2h and then poured into decanter. Dark garnet almost to the rim. In the first 30 min or so you still get a glimpse of the former lushness and richness of this wine with plenty of blueberries. Later the fruit fades a bit and you get more leather and some herb and coffee notes. Medium (-) finish.
Am curious to see whether / how this wine develops over the next years given both Parker and Martin indicate that this is only at the beginning of its drinking window (NM until 2030!). Personally I would only give it a short decant and will try to drink most of my bottles over the next few years. 90-91

  • Comment posted by epiphany:

    7/10/2015 3:37:00 PM - I agree, this is a great wine but also curious about how long it will last and will it improve.

Red

2010 Château Teyssier St. Émilion Grand Cru

Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/10/2015 - Lakefarm wrote: 83 points

This wine shows notes of burned coffee, coffee grounds, blackcurrant and a green, vegetal touch on the nose. On the palate it's medium bodied, with low tannins and medium acidity, and as the nose, not showing a lot of fruits. Instead it's burned, vegetal and sweet on the finish. Just another mediocre St. Emilion GC.

  • Comment posted by epiphany:

    7/10/2015 3:35:00 PM - Bummer, I loved the 2005 so I bought a few of the 2010 hoping for similar. I guess I'll hold the bottles I have for later.

Red

2005 Château de Pressac

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/8/2015 - davidrh1 wrote: 92 points

Great nose, black fruit and smooth tannins.

  • Comment posted by epiphany:

    3/8/2015 5:07:00 PM - Your note gives me some hope on my remaining bottle. My first 2 bottles were faulty.

Red

2009 Bodegas Hermanos Peciña Rioja Señorío de P. Peciña Crianza

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

9/27/2014 - yofog wrote: 90 points

Killer juice, frankly textbook. There's plenty of fruit stuffing here, slightly mellowed and leather-ed by its two years in oak, but it maintains that perfect balance between fruit and oak, neither overwhelming the other. Really nice tart red berries, and great, classic leather and spice, along the lines of nutmeg, plus coconut/vanilla, but nothing sticks out to much here: it's just super composed and pretty.

  • Comment posted by epiphany:

    1/23/2015 5:11:00 PM - Spot on note!

Red

2007 Montes Cabernet Sauvignon Alpha

Colchagua Valley more

1/10/2014 - tenor12bucks wrote: 87 points

Still plenty of tannin left, but without the underlying fruit structure to reward further substantial cellaring. Industrial rather than artisanal, consistent rather than individual.

  • Comment posted by epiphany:

    3/7/2014 7:19:00 PM - nice note

Red

2004 Château Lalande-Borie

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/11/2014 - epiphany Likes this wine: 91 points

For the price point this is a really great wine. Finished off the bottle night 2 and it was drinking just beautifully, with all of the characteristics as night 1 with just a bit darker profile and even smoother. Will be back to the store were purchased to pick up a few more for the cellar.

  • Comment posted by epiphany:

    2/12/2014 6:33:00 PM - Oldworlddrinker,

    Sure, I picked up this bottle at Century Wine http://centuryliquorandwines.com in Rochester, NY. It is probably one of the best shops in New York and possibly the northeast. They have a great Bordeaux futures program so always have an abundance of great wine on the shelf. I have been mining the 2004's for a couple months now given the quality of the wine and the still relatively low prices…..even at 10 years old now. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) they do not have an on-line retail outlet.

Red

2003 Château Barde-Haut

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/2/2013 - jperez68 wrote: 94 points

Great bordeaux bought at closeout 29 bucks probably best buy ever since the wine is wonderful,soft tannins well integrated fruit I think me and my friend drank this in 25 minutes( very yummy) sad I only have 2 more bottles.

  • Comment posted by epiphany:

    11/6/2013 10:17:00 AM - I picked up the same deal from my local shop but was dissapointed with the bottle. I suspect there is alot of bottle variation, especially given the vintage.

Red

2007 Fattoria La Lecciaia (Pacini) Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Manapetra

Sangiovese more

8/9/2013 - Twopawsup Likes this wine: 92 points

The wine looks Salmon colored. The legs are Slow. It smells like Red Currant, Cherry, Forest floor, and Oak. It tastes like Strawberry Jam, Cherry, Light toast, Oak, and Stoniness. The body is Medium. The wine has Leathery texture. The wine finishes Long.

  • Comment posted by epiphany:

    9/21/2013 6:44:00 PM - spot on tasting note.

Red

2010 Vignoble Guillaume Pinot Noir Vin de Pays de Franche-Comté Vieilles Vignes

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6/12/2013 - pjaines Likes this wine: NR

Dont go expecting to crack this one open and slug it down straight away - this takes its time to open up. At first I'm wondering why the hell the I bothered listening to the shop assistant who insisted this was a good wine. Tight, thin, mean, shut. Then over 2 hours this starts to slowly unfurl like a flower to reveal roses, dry soil, cherry, strawberry. Very light with tannins and acidity that need time to integrate. Not for those who think wine should be all about fruit. This is a shy and retiring type - not one for big parties and loud crowds.

  • Comment posted by epiphany:

    6/14/2013 5:33:00 PM - Spot on note.

Red

2011 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley more

5/3/2013 - bajayngo wrote: NR

Falling in love with these. Very cool earthy, mineral funk think going on with classic tart strawberry and raspberry fruits, spicy, great acids and just a nice framework. Great structure from start to finish. Will get more for sure.

  • Comment posted by epiphany:

    5/3/2013 6:06:00 PM - Nicely described. You nailed it. I just stopped back at my local wine shop and grabbed what was the last bottle of their stock for the vintage. Loved the first bottle I had a couple weeks ago.

Red

2008 Ravenswood Zinfandel Teldeschi

Dry Creek Valley more

3/30/2013 - The_Grey_Fox wrote: 87 points

Decent after it opened up, nothing special.

  • Comment posted by epiphany:

    4/7/2013 4:19:00 PM - Then why a 97?

Red

2009 Bodegas Castaño Yecla Solanera Viñas Viejas

Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre more

3/20/2013 - Mike Kopanski wrote: 89 points

Popped and smelled the cork, got that aroma of steely, graphite minerality, then poured a glass. Perceived this wine had plenty of potential, but was pretty tightly wound. Drank about half the glass then poured everything into a decanter. The decanting immediately released some serious French oak. I'm sure this is one of those wines that will taste much better tomorrow, so we will describe what we have now, and save a glass or two overnight. There is serious deep purple color. Decanting released the oak aroma, but not much else beside a hint of roses. You get the impression some good things are hiding, or asleep. The mostly red fruit profile has the kind of spicy sharpness just made to age a little. So balanced, the fine little tannins, adequate, but not overpowering acidity, and even the oak are working in seamless harmony. At this point, there is a slight bitterness on the finish that is accompanied by an emerging rich dark cherry floating in vanilla.

  • Comment posted by epiphany:

    3/24/2013 5:38:00 PM - Wow, you nailed it with the "rich dark cherry floating in vanilla." I'm actually getting that on the nose 2 hours after opening.

Red

2008 Zugibe Cabernet Franc

Finger Lakes more

1/28/2013 - epiphany Likes this wine: 88 points

The wine looks Rosy colored. The legs are Fast. It smells like Red Currant, Cranberry, Mineral, and Leafy and fresh tobacco. It tastes like Red Currant, Sandalwood, Light toast, Mineral, and Cranberry. The body is Light. The wine has a light Juicy texture. The wine finishes Medium. Nice wine. I always enjoy the nod to Bordeaux that Cabernet Franc provides.

  • Comment posted by epiphany:

    1/31/2013 6:12:00 PM - Still solid and I think even better on day 3. Preserved with Argon.

Red

2003 Château Haut-Bailly

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/21/2013 - MattTM wrote: NR

Commanderie de Bordeaux: 2003 Left Bank Dinner (Pastis - Vancouver, BC): Quite restrained on the nose, giving off aromas of black cherry, asphalt, earth, black plum, and menthol. This moves more to the red side of the fruit spectrum on the palate, showing red cherry, black plum, tar, menthol, and black pepper. Moderate acidity with soft round tannins. Medium finish ending on notes of black cherry and black pepper. Less ripe and much more elegant than many of the others tasted on the evening. Nice balance, but overall lacks any real interest. My favorite of the flight. Very good

  • Comment posted by epiphany:

    1/23/2013 5:31:00 PM - Would you hold this for further development? thanks

Red

2008 Wyatt Pinot Noir

St. Helena more

5/28/2010 - Anonymous wrote: 87 points

Ruby red. Let breathe for 2 hrs. Earthy, herbaceous & spicy aromas w/red berries. Likewise flavors w/anise at the end. Rhone-like red that's light-bodied & fruity w/soft tannins & crisp acidity.

  • Comment posted by epiphany:

    1/23/2013 5:26:00 PM - I agree completely with your analysis.

Red

2008 Château Saint-Pierre

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/16/2012 - OttawaB wrote: 92 points

Nice bright purple .... red on the edges. Not too dark ... able to see through it. Not coating the sides of the glass .... seems pretty fluid (not thick). I can smell this already. Beautiful dense dark fruits, cassis, ash/smokiness, spice, pepper. Nice depth to the flavours. Decently long finish. Tannins are smooth and drying. A bit lower acidity then I would have thought with bordeaux. Acidity - , tannins medium, medium weight. Dark fruits, spice , tobacco .... and a savoury element. Touch of earthiness. Very nice, and will improve with time.

  • Comment posted by epiphany:

    1/12/2013 6:00:00 PM - I love the line "I can smell this already". Nice

Red

2004 Château Talbot

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/5/2013 - Perthor01 Likes this wine: 91 points

Once again a great Bordeaux experience - Great nose, tar and something yeast-like but nice, cigarbox a bit of chokolate and petrol. On the palate soft tannins, good and plenty of dark berry fruit, cigar box and forrest wood and again the yeasty feel to it in an extremely nice way. Good length.

  • Comment posted by epiphany:

    1/5/2013 6:41:00 PM - As a fellow Bordeaux maniac I appreciate the insightful tasting note. I am sitting on a 2004 Talbot and looking forward to opening it, although not before its 10th birthday. Drank one a few years ago and it was delicious then.

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