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2003 Château Sociando-Mallet

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/6/2015 - Roentgen Ray wrote: 90 points

This was far less mature than I had expected, likely a reflection of the Magnum format, and that it's been in cellar since release. The flavor reminded me of a 2008 Keenan Cabernet I tasted a few years ago that was yet to integrate the tannins and oak. Additionally, aromatics of the fruit was still primarily fresh, like it was just bottled a couple of years ago.

  • Comment posted by Roentgen Ray:

    12/27/2015 9:41:00 PM - Pour GAET:
    Merci, vous etes droit, je suspect.
    Qu'est que c'est "sur S.M."


2010 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT

Sangiovese more

10/2/2015 - Roentgen Ray wrote: 93 points

I scored this higher than I like this because the other person loved this bottle.
The tannins were cranked down tight, like a head lock on my tongue. The was nothing bad about the bottle, it improved after a day of air. For me, I'll keep this for years before opening another. It's packed dense with so much, and it's just coming together still.
One caveat, I could see opening this with vigorous aeration, and lots of fat, e.g. butter and prime grade beef.

  • Comment posted by Roentgen Ray:

    10/11/2015 9:17:00 PM - I had a great bottle from the 2001 vintage, purchased at a restaurant just outside of Siena, in Tuscany. That bottle turned me onto SuperTuscans.
    That was in 2006, and so I decided to pull the trigger on a bottle because I have a six pack. Similar aromatics in this one but WAYYYY more structure. This ain't no Napa wine, it's so old World and I'll taste again in 5-10yrs...


2007 Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

11/12/2014 - Roentgen Ray wrote: 92 points

It's a really good North Napa Cab from Calistoga, an AVA that should be and isn't. Its a warm Oak grove in a valley with beautiful fruit. I don't want to promote it because my price might go up. If you see it, and have a cellar, and you like balance and a little fruit, and a little stone, and a little strength, this might be a wine you like.

  • Comment posted by Roentgen Ray:

    11/25/2014 8:45:00 AM - Thirsty1, you are correct! I am happy Calistoga has its final recognition. It's one of the warmest AVAs in Napa, and its soil type is dominated by volcanic actions.


2011 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Beaux Frères Vineyard

Ribbon Ridge more

5/25/2013 - dbp wrote: 83 points

Willamette Valley for Memorial day weekend and a peak at 2012; 5/25/2013-5/26/2013: Soft aromas. Lean, mild, and tart. Similarly lean on the palate and really not much flavor, period. Something's in my mouth but I don't really care what it is (wine you say?). Soft finish, slightly green, tart and very lean. This really headed down hill from the barrel sample last year and became completely hollow.

  • Comment posted by Roentgen Ray:

    7/23/2014 5:10:00 PM - Sounds like bottle shock, thanks for the warning, I'll forget about mine in the cellar for awhile.


2003 Château Pontet-Canet

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/26/2013 - Roentgen Ray wrote: 92 points

Very inky graphite dark purple. Dusty graphite, cassis, tannic,,,it is medium bodied, and acidic. (caveat, popped and poured, this is an out of bottle reaction,this will change but I won't update my note, and don't judge me harshly, I'm a busy guy, will post update if I can!)

  • Comment posted by Roentgen Ray:

    10/1/2013 6:47:00 PM - The wine opened up and relaxed a little more on day two, but showed no sign of fatigue.


2005 Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas La Louvée

Syrah more

5/11/2011 - Dale M wrote: NR

Sure, we’ve all had the odd glass or bottle of a new world Cabernet, Merlot, or Bordeaux blend, and said “Hey, this kinda smells a like a good Left bank wine etc etc, but coming from a modernista Cornas producer – WTF? Indeed, just having had the 99 Palmer a few weeks ago, the nose on this puppy was damn near identical and in almost every way – perfumes of cassis and aged tobacco, cool mint tones, graphite and minerality up the Wazzu, it was all there leaving no doubt in my mind this would have fooled the best of em’. Oh man the palate was just a beast, and firmly in the old world Syrah camp, if just a tad (and I mean just a touch) modern. Tannic and pretty much impenetrable (yet light on its feet in that classic French manner), it was hard to really get a good read on this, but the high end raw materials are there, it just needs time. A lot of time. BTW this was decanted a good 8 hrs and I really wish I would have been able to track this over the course of a few days, oh well, it was really good even so. Having the 99 of this wine last year, Jean Luc knows his stuff, no question.

  • Comment posted by Roentgen Ray:

    9/28/2013 8:40:00 PM - 99 Palmer, I will make this a vin de gaurde. Thanks for the thread!

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