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Red

1996 Château Calon-Ségur

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

8/9/2014 - paulst Likes this wine: 94 points

Tar and cedar; complex; textured; blackberry; long finish.

  • Comment posted by curtr:

    8/13/2014 3:16:00 PM - I found some Magnums for sale. Probably too expensive.

Rosť

2011 Château Peyrassol Côtes de Provence Rosé

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1/21/2013 - Kirk Grant wrote: NR

Dinner with Doug & Becky; 1/20/2013-1/21/2013 (Waltham, MA): FROM MAGNUM: Excellent. Lovely and elegant with an almost fragile sense on the nose that if you don't inhale fully there may be something you miss. While I'm glad to have tried this wine...I will not be spending the coin for another magnum of it. Maybe this really deserves more attention in the summer...because it just wasn't as exciting as I had hoped...

  • Comment posted by curtr:

    5/5/2014 11:49:00 AM - My rule for Provence Rose is to begin drinking when released in late April/ early May and finish my last bottle by the October. The acidity begins to disappear in November/December and by January is well on its way to being a flat lifeless wine. I believe you held this wine too long. I found a bottle of 2011 that I misplaced and tried it in May 2013. There was no acidity or character remaining in the wine.

Red

2009 Reininger Syrah

Walla Walla Valley more

4/5/2014 - WaWineWill wrote: 91 points

Decanted briefly. Enjoyed over the course of an afternoon and evening. Bouquet of black fruits, smoke, sweet earth and hoisin. On the tongue -- plum, cassis, macerated cherry, fig compote, smoke and molasses. With more time and air, roasted meat, iron and tar notes emerged. There was a touch of heat that never really seemed to mellow, nor did the somewhat tannic finish. Guessing this needs more time in the cellar, and with the lovely flavor profile potential, this is a good thing.

  • Comment posted by curtr:

    4/18/2014 10:34:00 AM - I had a bottle during a visit to Seattle in November and the wine remained very tight for entire 3 hour dinner.

Red

2008 Château Pontet-Canet

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/27/2011 - curtr Likes this wine: NR

Big, balanced, lots of potential. I will try my next bottle in 2022. Long life ahead.

  • Comment posted by curtr:

    10/11/2013 7:08:00 AM - I have tasted at least 8 different vintages of Pontet-Canet. I really like the style of the Chateau. However, you must be very patient with this wine as it takes many years of evolution to truly enjoy the wine. As I stated in my tasting note, I will wait 14 years past the vintage date before I will start sampling bottles from my case. I find you can get a general impression of the wine after release. Then it takes a period of time before the secondary complexities start to appear. Pontet-Canet takes a long time for this to happen.

    If you taste some of the better 2008 less expensive wines, the time it takes to reach the developed stage is much shorter. The wines may never reach the level of complexity of the wines like Pontet-Canet, yet will still be very enjoyable. I am still drinking my wines from the 80's and 90's as I wait for my younger wines to mature. Many of my friends put a few bottles away of the very good vintages of the better wines while drinking the better value wines on a regular basis.

Red

1982 Château Latour Grand Vin

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/5/2012 - GRAPE JUICE wrote: NR

Alcohol :: 12.5%
The legendary Latour. Almost hit the peak (at least for the bottle). It has all the greatness of a Latour: incredible depth, scale and class. However, the overall profile is not as bright as I would expect from a great Latour, a little bit musky which I thought took away some balance and purity. Well, I ain't complaining though! I will reserve my rating until I have tasted another bottle to compare.

  • Comment posted by curtr:

    1/13/2013 10:59:00 AM - I respect that you did not rate what might have been a slightly off bottle.

Red

2008 David Arthur Meritaggio

Napa Valley SuperTuscan Blend more

9/14/2012 - mflesh wrote: 93 points

Enjoyed tonight at Del Frisco's in Fort Worth. Wine was uncorked to a dark red stain with zero bleed. The wine was decanted. Some was poured into the glass. The wine had a very herbal and brambly nose, with some flint, minerality, leather, smoke, and an herbal kind of component, rather dusty. I'll start reviewing the wine after it had been opened for 30 minutes. The wine was, from start to finish and even after opening, very elegant. Soft, full bodied wine. On the palate was a blackberry fruit front with maybe some young slightly ripe plum, trending towards a creme de cassis and some dark chocolate mocha, but had a very interesting flinty, rocky component that would sometimes show itself. Finish was leathery, spicy with food, but rather subdued without. The best thing about this wine was that it went with Italian marinated shrimp, a salad with an avocado ranch, steak, creamed spinach and broccoli and each one of these courses showed a slightly different side of the wine. The shrimp showed more of the mid and finish. The steak accentuated the spice and the front. Overall quite a treat. Thank you to the Sangiovese component! This wine is still fairly young. Definitely don't agree with the 2014 community "drink by" date at all. Drink now with decanting, or hold for probably up to 5 years.

  • Comment posted by curtr:

    1/10/2013 11:44:00 AM - I appreciate your comment on aging this wine. Predicting how long a wine will last has never been an area I am comfortable predicting.

White - Sparkling

1996 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame

Champagne Blend more

12/31/2012 - curtr Likes this wine: 91 points

Starting to lose its fizz. Still a nice bottle, yet on the decline.

  • Comment posted by curtr:

    1/5/2013 6:23:00 AM - I have stored it on its side since I purchased it. The temp in my cellar is 56 F at all times. I was unaware that I had a bottle remaining(it was in its original gift box on top of one of the racks). The previous bottles were consumed more than 6 years ago and all were in great shape. Bottle variation? I had a bottle 96 Dom Perignon that was at its peak drinkability last winter and should stay there a few more years.

White - Sparkling

NV Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve

Champagne Blend more

12/24/2012 - curtr Likes this wine: 89 points

I agree with John Gilman that this champagne has not aged enough to come together. Try again in 2014.

  • Comment posted by curtr:

    12/26/2012 5:06:00 PM - The bottle I had on December 24, 2012 stated on the bottle label that it was disgorged in 2012.

  • Comment posted by curtr:

    1/3/2013 11:29:00 AM - Yes, I believe it is the new packaging. I think it's great that Charles Heidsieck puts the disgorge date on the back label of the bottle. I wish more champagne house would consider this practice.

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