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2009 Château Cantemerle

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/16/2015 - bestdamncab Likes this wine: 88 points

Bordeaux Confidential USA, Nose of cigar box, pepper, and currants, more of the same on the palate, medium body and medium fruit, simple tasting, better in two years, medium finish.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    7/15/2015 11:49:00 AM - try holding on to some of these for 10 years past vintage and you will be happily rewarded. Cantemerle really shows well with age, like its close neighbor La Laguna. Serious qpr contenders of classified Medoc grand vin.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    7/15/2015 4:57:00 PM - The last 10 years over the entire Medoc quality is up, but especially the 2000, 2005, 2008-2010. 2006 will take patience and some of the 04 and 01 and 02 are really just starting to get good. I tried a bottle of the 2006 a couple years back. It was a in complete shutdown. again I think the better vintages will prove to be better in the long run. A case of Cantemerle is always a good thing. Why not give it a try? I am glad you did.

Red

2007 Andrew Will Ciel du Cheval Vineyard

Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/14/2015 - stevenjstein Likes this wine: 93 points

Balanced and complex, with soft fruit and some herbal and chocolate notes.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    7/15/2015 11:56:00 AM - I love this wine. Year in and year out it is my favorite from WA and even with AW heavy hitters like champoux and Solara, it still has the graceful red mountain character.

Red

2010 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

7/8/2015 - Bob in NC Likes this wine: 89 points

We are far from experts on Chianti Classico wines, but this seemed to be a solid tasty wine for the money. We wanted a sangiovese based wine to go with our red pasta sauce and this worked perfectly. Wish we gave it a decant before serving as it improved significantly over an hour.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    7/9/2015 6:56:00 AM - you pretty much can't go wrong with Monsanto, as they produce good, reasonably priced Chianti every year. I think a touch of Merlot with the Sangiovese adds a good dimension but definitely a good food wine.

    Give a Vino Nobile de Montipulciano a try some day. Argiano makes one and another with some guy on it in a Tudor style neck piece. I can't remember the name off hand but you will laugh seeing the outfit the guy is in. It is a good version of Sangiovese for red sauce pasta as well, in that $18-$22 range as well.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    7/15/2015 11:53:00 AM - All is well, if just a bit hectic. Another great but reasonably priced Sangiovese from Tuscan is from Tua Rita, Perlato de Bosco drawing a blank but at $22 per this is a great fruited and structured wine and can cellar a decade as well. Tua Rita makes great wines from so many grapes. A Tuscan favorite, but Chianti always does well with pizza and red sauced pasta.

Red

2008 Rasa Vineyards Creative Impulse DuBrul Vineyard

Yakima Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/6/2015 - Mindmuse Likes this wine: 97 points

Double decanted and taken to a wino gathering. Another stellar showing for this gem. Perfect rich ripe mid dark fruit and gorgeous aromatics on silken frame. Palate filling and satisfying all the way through. Such a pleasure every single sip. 96-97+

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    7/8/2015 4:22:00 PM - gotta try my only bottle now. I have been disappointed by so many 2008 that were thin and hot. I remember loving this in C-town for its primary but monstrous structure and finish.

White - Sparkling

2002 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Vintage Reserve

Champagne Blend more

7/1/2015 - RolfT wrote: flawed

3rd out of 4 bottles. First two were excellent. This third one was below par.

Rather odourless except for a little stinkyness. I think I at one point caught a wiff of cork taint?

Pretty tasty, but nothing exceptional. A hint of "cooked wine".

I really did not enjoy this as much as previous bottles which we drank in 2014. I think this was a bad bottle, so I wont rush the last one left.

Cork was completely straight but swelled slightly after a while. Im guessing 2011 disgorgement.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    7/1/2015 9:48:00 PM - perhaps rather than throwing up a point score, you could mark it flawed. It certainly seems the case. I hate corked wines but especially champagne. I wish you could have taken it back for replacement or store credit. Its what I do if bought locally.

Red

2009 Château Capbern-Gasqueton

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/29/2015 - Herschel Krustofski Likes this wine: 92 points

A trial balloon: First bottle of the case.
Great St Estephe; harsh at first but accessible with lamb after 2 hours of decanting (even on the second day: a third was stored in a small bottle with little air exposure apart from the pouring process).
Agree with SJG415: It actually improves in the second evening.
Lovely now. Probably needs another 4 years before it enters the peak drinking window. Astonishing value for the price, but patience will be rewarded.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    6/29/2015 2:36:00 PM - so many 2009 are shut down and really can't be woken right now. I would let them sleep another 3-4 years before opening another bottle unless you have good access to replacements.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    6/30/2015 6:29:00 PM - nice grab. I wish I had a case. I just have a few individual bottles.

Red

1996 Château Cos d'Estournel

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/28/2015 - Anonymous wrote: 95 points

Right up there with my favorite Cos vintages. Decant for at least 30 minutes. Will last another 10 years with ease. There is no California version of St. Estephe.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    6/29/2015 2:41:00 PM - maybe Lilian Ladouys in 2009 and 2010, but in the classified wines you are correct.

Red

2006 Château Léoville Barton

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/21/2015 - DeGuoRen wrote: 89 points

Typical cabernet nose, slightly alcoholic. Mouth: After PuP tannic, quite acid, slightly watery and nothing going on. After 6 hours in the decanter much better, more dark cabernet aromas with fine tannin and balancing acid. After two days in the open bottle and decant for another hour the remaining half bottle, everything quite balanced. Rather cold style, at the moment still to young, will open the next bottle in some years.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    6/24/2015 7:33:00 PM - I think that 2006, rather than 2002 will require the most patience to thoroughly enjoy the wines for everything they have built into them. Some small exceptions like d'Armailhac, but even that chateau should hold until the better wines of the vintage are into their prime drinking window.

    I wait at least a decade for most classified cru Left Bank Bordeaux. There are so many Bordeaux Bourgeois and Superiore, that drink well young and have the bones to go into the second decade, while these great wines can get the cellar legs, and thicken up, let the tannins soften up and the oak to integrate into nicely polished examples of what Bordeaux can really do with a dry red wine.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    6/29/2015 2:32:00 PM - yep, hang on to that Montrose as long as you can, as they are best when old. I have been told that my friend and prior owner of Century Wines, said his best bottles of bordeaux have been off year Montrose that were tucked away and enjoyed at 50 years. This guy has been going to Bordeaux to buy and taste since 1967. He is old but still loves the juice, but trying Burgundy as he really has mastered Bordeaux. Plus he drinks a lot of it on his trips.

    I am holding a 1996 Cos, and I drank all my 1996 LB, though I have access but at $100, I have other options.

Red

2000 Château Rauzan-Gassies

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/27/2015 - Old Doug wrote: 94 points

Dark purple ruby. Cedar, lead pencil, violets on the nose. Deep, rich flavors of red and dark fruits. 2000 vintage is a big one, and this wine is very young and has a long time to go. Nevertheless, it has the stuff that makes Bordeaux lovers of many of us. From the first sniff, you know you hold substance.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    6/29/2015 2:28:00 PM - I went back today and grabbed another pair of these. Funny as RMP has updated these from the original to 92. I agree tat it drinks even better than he gives it credit for. I think they will improve a bit more, but should last another 20 years. Serious wine that I think caught him of his normal ability to predict the path and distance of a Bordeaux. As good as the Rauzan-Segla, in my thoughts. $56US is a crazy good price. I'm certain they had a few cases they forgot about in the warehouse. Glad they haven't marked them up for aging them. Probably should have grabbed four of them.

Red

1999 Camus Pere & Fils Chambertin

Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

3/8/2014 - red_man wrote: 85 points

magnum, perfect level, good if rather short cork, relatively light and distinctly brown colour, not a good start, should be much less brown for age, vintage, location/classification, and magnum, nose has typical strawberry-Pinot character, initially a slight farmyard component that blew off with time, overall quite good but a bit "flat", no real vif or concentrated lift, palate similar, rather sweet stewed Pinot, not flawed just not really exciting considering the pedigree, poor purchase on my part even if it was moderately priced, still not worth it, poor advertisement for Camus wines considering the general reputation of the vintage, I should have heeded the warnings rather than been tempted by the relatively low auction price, oh well, live and learn, 6 magnums left so hopefully just a poor bottle

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    6/24/2015 8:13:00 PM - Camus has such big shares of GC holdings, but I think they really focus on selling the best fruit and making the wine in an older more classical style, which really could use an upgrade. This may have been done prior to the 2005 vintage, but such a shame that with some techniques available for quite a while this couldn't be much better, like many 1999. I have found the 2002 much better and given the nature of the vintage much more in context, with a light color but full structured wine. Best of luck with the magnums. I think this is a solid producer that offers value but the price is soaring on the West Coast, but still a GC Chambertin for under $120US in 2009-2010, is ridiculously good. Hopefully more modern techniques make this a better purchase going forward. I have always picked up their Latricieres and their Mazi, because the qpr was so good.

White - Sparkling

NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grand Cellier Brut

Champagne Blend more

6/23/2015 - wineduggery Likes this wine: 92 points

A tremendous value as farmer fizz goes!

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    6/24/2015 7:38:00 PM - did you happen to note the disgorgement date. Its on the front label in red, rather than the back where there is a spot on the label for it. Peter Liem recommends 3 years under cork. I have one disgorged in 2012, but have tried keeping track on most of the postings to get a better feel for NV Vilmart. The price of it in MV is getting into the high regions of Krug and a few others, but their vintage is still a decent value, compared to other house's tete de cuvee.

Red

2013 Fattoria dei Barbi (Colombini) Brusco dei Barbi Toscana IGT

Sangiovese more

5/5/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 86 points

this would have made a very good food wine and the wood hadn't fully integrated but nice Sangiovese fruit, tannin and mineral. The secondaries had a touch of green tobacco and the cedar wood going. I think if this was held in the cellar for the next 5 years maybe more might be seen from this bottle but an entirely acceptable pizza or pasta wine. Red fruit dominant.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    6/13/2015 7:26:00 PM - similar palates. Thats always a good find on Cellar Tracker. I will add ,myself to the fan club, as people with similar palate make for better purchasing decisions, over critics that sip a wine for about 30 seconds and through up a number with some poetic description. Thanks for the comments.

Red

2005 Château Léoville Poyferré

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/11/2015 - gsquireh Likes this wine: 96 points

Decanted for two hours and drank leisurely with red meat entre. Wonderfully balanced, this purple palate pleaser has a mouth feel close to perfect acidity with carob, date-like note with cocoa powder facets, black current and plum. Smooth as a silk. From the glass cassis, licorice, blackberry and boysenberry, roasted tobacco leaves swafting the senses combine with a hint of cappuccino and tonka bean. A superlative accomplishment from nose to finish.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    6/11/2015 8:26:00 PM - Sounds wonderful. I had this almost 2 years back and it was almost the same way. I had a chance to buy another bottle as I was down to one, and at $80 was a no brainer. Glad to hear its standing up nicely.

Red

2007 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve

Napa Valley more

6/11/2015 - wpd Likes this wine: 92 points

Same as my previous notes. Excellent wine, still young. It can use more time in the bottle. Long decant reveals more complex flavors.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    6/11/2015 4:40:00 PM - yep, drink after 2017 or you don't get to see the wine reopen and be great. Great reds shut down.

Red

2010 La Colombina Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

4/8/2015 - wine & laughs Likes this wine: 85 points

This was a great Brunello for the price! Wine enthusiasts seeking the Holy Grail of a lower end Brunello, look no further... At $35 it doesn't get any better than this. 2010 is proving to be an amazing vintage, in fact I haven't tasted anything I haven't liked yet. It tastes very much like the 2007 Fattoria La Lecciaia (Pacini) Brunello, in fact it could be her younger sister, but without the wait. Enjoy (:

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    6/10/2015 4:44:00 PM - I actually love Leccaia, as through the years its a very enjoyable and easy to like version of old school brunello.

Red

2000 Château Léoville Barton

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/3/2015 - jrobs7777 wrote: NR

Is this really 15 years old? It is developing at a glacial pace, but based on the tasting notes from the mid-2000s, it has already shed some baby fat. It is in a fresh spot, with a lot of bright fruit that sits over some secondary development. A touch of herbal and cedar on the nose, giving way to bright fresh red and blue fruit. There is incredible density here but it is so well balanced and structured that it comes across as very light and delicate. It is remarkable to think about what Bordeaux "can be" which is to say, powerful but balanced. Way too many Bordeaux these days are straight ahead bruisers. This is in a completely different style and to me is not only much more versatile, but it should appeal to a larger audience. Some of the numeric scores are probably a touch high but this style of Bordeaux at this price point has become rare so I can understand the enthusiasm.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    6/6/2015 2:43:00 PM - Build like a Brick $hithouse is how this wine has been described many times. Leoville Las Cases and Leoville Poyferre are brilliant but the Poyferre is a more flamboyant style but usually drink better, and sooner, Las Cases needs a long cellar nap and is quite expensive, but a seriously great wine. I only have one Barton from 2000. Wish I had more. I am always happy and impressed by most Barton, even Langoa even though the styling is quite different. it why the Barton family have continuously owned and run these estates and Chateau. They also charge much less than others with similar quality. the negociants and retailer often really mark up these wines, which keep them in business in the hard years. Anthony Barton says he wants a wine that can be drunk anytime, and for any occasion. great stuff.

Red

2010 Château Puech-Haut Coteaux du Languedoc Saint-Drézéry Prestige

Red Rhone Blend more

6/5/2015 - f22nickell wrote: 88 points

Deep ruby core, going almost all the way to the rim. Nose has black cherry, raisin, licorice, spice, and (ugh) dark chocolate. Palate followed the nose, but with a meaty aspect to it as well. Ripe and soft tannins. Medium acidity. Finish not particularly long, and bitter (like dark chocolate.) Mildly complex, but as normal, not my cup of tea. My rating due to my perceived "disjointed" aspect of the flavors not working well together tied with the bitter finish. Interesting to see how others might view it. Probably good QPR for those who like this style, but for me, can't wait to get these southern Rhone blends out of my cellar.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    6/6/2015 2:38:00 PM - Me too, except for some specific CdP, that use a high quantity of Mouvedre. I have lost any love for Grenache. It may return but I just am not fond of the harsh smells and tastes of herbs de Provence. I cook with them all the time, but I don't want medicinal wine with all sorts of flavors that don't always work together. I am buying much more Northern Rhones now, Bordeaux, Burgs (though almost done with those as they need time) and some Spanish reds, and Italy. The rest is white or or sparkling, if not a dessert. I have two of these bottles, and somehow they have Mouvedre but not the mouvedre taste. Like some WA wines from warm vintages they are thin and hot and don't thrill me at all. I am done with Bila-Haut, even if others love it. They have shut down and I am not cellaring $15 wine just in case.

Red

2010 Château Montrose

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/3/2015 - LWI wrote: 97 points

31 Vintages of Château Montrose: 1928-2010; 5/2/2015-5/3/2015: Dark, serious, much more restrained than the ’09 and thus much more difficult to evaluate. Structured, but big fruit beneath. Will this ever match the ’09? I am not sure I will live to see.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    6/5/2015 9:18:00 PM - and there in lay the rub about buying a bottle of this.

Red

2007 Fattoria Petrolo Galatrona Toscana IGT

Merlot more

6/3/2015 - eeeeeradicator wrote: 93 points

A delightful wine, but doesn't quite live up to its price point. Some of the last few $40-$50 wines I've had are equally good and equally interesting.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    6/4/2015 2:02:00 PM - But will they be in another 10 years? That is when the Galatrona will be hitting its stride.

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    6/5/2015 6:56:00 AM - yep. I have 2 that will cellar for another 12 years. They just get better and with the acids the whole wine is intense. The average mans Masetto.

Red

2004 Château Léoville Barton

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/3/2015 - similan wrote: 94 points

Drank for the third time and I wish I could wait a few more years to drink my last bottle, but it is just too good to hold. It improves each year. The two of us rarely finish a bottle of wine at dinner, but we knocked this one out and had to stop ourselves from opening another. Pretty close to spectacular

  • Comment posted by Champagneinhand:

    6/4/2015 1:59:00 PM - I always love Leoville Barton. I think my local retailer has some of this left. I am down to a single bottle as well.

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