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2000 Château Lynch-Bages

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/11/2015 - Matt Scott Likes this wine: 95 points

Decanted for three hours. Of the Lynch Bages pantheon, this is the most backward left-bank chateau from the legendary vintage, and ultimately compelling. Slowly revealing pencil lead, blackberry, raw steak, rose petal and cigar box. The finish sails into any stunning sunset. Fine grained tannins in copious proportions, with a silky edge. So much aristocracy and ageless. Ending with spearmint. Decant or wait a few more years. Drink 2020 -.

  • Comment posted by Matt Scott:

    5/12/2015 9:31:00 AM - The '03, '05 and in some ways the '09 are more approachable. The '00 reminds me of the '82 Las Cases in that it will be backwards for awhile.

Red

2013 Carlisle Zinfandel Montafi Ranch

Russian River Valley more

4/21/2015 - Matt Scott Likes this wine: 97 points

Decanted for two hours. Gobbs of wild berries, Irish Spring soap, briar notes, soy sauce and chiseled granite. Exceptionally elegant and exhibiting the finest layers that I have ever experienced from such a young Zin. Cottony tannins that are pronounced through the wonderfully long finish. A Russian River deity from ground zero. This is truly the best young Zinfandel that I have ever tasted; this is the best Montafi yet. Drink 2017 - 2027.

  • Comment posted by Matt Scott:

    4/23/2015 6:25:00 AM - This is really that good. I've had the past eleven vintages (with it being Tom Feeney up through '05) and this is the best!
    All of us NorCal Carlisleheads should pull a bottle out and get together.

  • Comment posted by Matt Scott:

    4/24/2015 6:28:00 AM - I will see if it is possible to reach out to people on the mailing list for Carlisle.
    Hmmm....

  • Comment posted by Matt Scott:

    4/28/2015 6:08:00 PM - Thanks, Random122! Great idea!!

Red

2009 Château Laforge

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/13/2013 - Matt Scott Likes this wine: 95 points

Stunning on the anthological nose showing pitted olives, worn leather, feminine essence, blackberry, licorice stick and sour cherry. Violet and inky in colour, with enticing freshness on the echoing finish of invigorating qualities. This is the best Laforge that I have ever tasted. Decant this thick goddess or wait for a few years; you might notice a '90 qualaty-meets-'03's bodaciousness, with the idealism of '09. A stunning and layered Merlot. Drink 2015 - 2035.

  • Comment posted by Matt Scott:

    4/28/2015 9:12:00 AM - Hi Coffeecup,
    I'm glad that you enjoyed this forward and lovely vin.
    What I mean by anthological nose is that it is meant to be studied and watched over a long period of development, as it will have something that gives more to a collection, than any individual nuances. It is also quite poetic.

    Cheers!

    Matt

Red

2013 Melville Pinot Noir Estate Small Lot Collection Block M

Sta. Rita Hills more

3/30/2015 - Matt Scott Likes this wine: 94 points

She is a very serious Pinot that demands a decanter. Chiseled, then gorgeously round during the long finish. Nut meg, violets, raspberry preserves, garrigue and pottery. I decanted this stern chanteuse for two hours. So much going on, yet a little shut down. Drink 2017 - 2022.

  • Comment posted by Matt Scott:

    4/1/2015 4:02:00 PM - Thanks, Social! She was a seductress.

Red

2011 Shafer Relentless

Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah more

2/6/2015 - Matt Scott Likes this wine: 93 points

Decanted for three hours. Raw meat, roasted Kona coffee, brown sugar and blueberry. Long on the finish and more lithe than previous vintages. A lot of fine beauty, with a gliding acidity. I have never tried a Relentless that did not impress. This, along with Kongsgaard, is my favorite Syrah from Napa - year after year. Quite ready for immediate consumption. Drink now - 2022.

  • Comment posted by Matt Scott:

    2/8/2015 2:26:00 PM - Good question. I see this aging well, yet is ready now. I have two more bottles, and will not touch another one at least a year, just to see the evolvement. I would like to revisit this in two years or so.

Red

2012 Carlisle Zinfandel Papera Ranch

Russian River Valley more

9/4/2014 - Matt Scott Likes this wine: 94 points

What can I say? The acidity is lovely (as always from this vineyard); the colour is almost black with a sanguine rim; the nose explodes out of the glass; the palate is refined and long. Quite young and I would love to have this again in ten years, however, the Carlisle wines are usually so seductive at a young age, well, wish me luck holding onto more. Wild blackberry, sun-drenched hay, coal, pain grille and flower shop. Well-strewn tannins. Drink 2017 - 2028.

  • Comment posted by Matt Scott:

    9/15/2014 3:21:00 PM - Jdunlap: Thanks for your comment and I would love to try the '95 Alderbrook! I bet it is striding beautifully. Cheers!

Red

2012 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

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7/21/2014 - Matt Scott Likes this wine: 93 points

Decanted for an hour. Salty pebble rock, blackberry, white tea, sultana and cola. Long and enticingly engaged, I see no reason to wait: drinking this today will behoove the most scrutinizing palate. Agile with a solid core. Drink now - 2020.

  • Comment posted by Matt Scott:

    7/22/2014 11:52:00 AM - I see this aging for a few years, Barry, however, I was surprised how open this KB was. The decanting helped too

  • Comment posted by Matt Scott:

    7/24/2014 1:57:00 PM - The '11s are more for the cellar, where as the '12s - in general - are better young, with wonderful cellar potential.

Red

2005 Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/7/2014 - Matt Scott Likes this wine: 100 points

I am absolutely stunned by not only the Danaiden finish, but also the astonishingly chiseled, elegant and velvety mouth-feel. There's blackberry, scorched earth, river rock, incense, charred oak, Pad Thai and licorice. Your palate is ensconced in crushed velvet tannin - that is exquisitely polished - and sagacity. This is one of my favorite '05s, and I actually prefer her slightly over the '05 Haut-Brion (99 points). A Pessac that will ultimately out live anyone reading this today. She might be better than the über-classic '89 (100 points). If you own this and want to consume now, please decant for at least two hours. Drink 2020 -.

  • Comment posted by Matt Scott:

    2/9/2014 1:13:00 PM - Hi Jamie24,

    In ten years, this might still seem like a baby. Please don't get me wrong, she was rather enjoyable, however, this is more serious than the wonderful '98, which is really just starting to open up. I enjoy younger Bordeaux, along with well-aged, yet, if you typically enjoy your Bordeaux at the perfect stride, then I would wait at least fifteen more years.

    I never noticed a Pad Thai nuance from La Mission in the past. It was obviously intriguing.

    Cheers!

    Matt

  • Comment posted by Matt Scott:

    2/14/2014 9:15:00 AM - The '01 is a baby '90 in so many ways. I last had it maybe five years ago and it was just opening up. I bet she is in stride at the moment.

Red

2005 Clos l'Église (Pomerol)

Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/26/2009 - Matt Scott wrote: 95 points

Decanted four times, utilizing two decanters every half hour. The nose pure and clean. A lot of mocha, blackberry, fresh cut cedar and a little plum. The nose just screams from the glass, and yet relaxes in a soft way at the end. The palate caressingly coats your tongue with layered fruit and is quite elegant. The tannins are silky and the finish does not quite. What a classic Pomerol. Still young and would reward cellaring. Best from 2012 - .

2005 is my favorite Bordeaux vintage ever! some of them are starting to open back up and display the acidity, freshness and silky tannin character that we all fell in love with a year and a half ago. It's starting to get hard again to not drink them now. Some Chateaux will be in a dumb phase for a while - Leoville Barton, Cos D'estournel, Las Cases, L'evangile, La Mission Haut Brion, Pontet Canet and 1st Growth's (amongst others).
What a vintage!!! In my opinion, better than '86 (really starting to peak) '89 (which I love!), '90 (Inspirational), '95 (finally coming around), '00 (Love and wait!) and '03 (Love and deserves more credit from the Claret snobs). The aromatic qualities are out of this world!!

  • Comment posted by Matt Scott:

    2/10/2014 6:46:00 PM - Hi Coffeecup,

    Pomerol was the protagonist in '05, and this was just lovely. I'm glad you loved it - I still remember that stunning palate. In fact, I wish I had more!

    Thanks for your kind words.

    Matt

Red

2007 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Columbia Valley more

1/8/2014 - Matt Scott Likes this wine: 100 points

Brought to a restaurant after a four hour, double decant. Everything is there and all aspects worth critiquing are actually perfect. One of the best American Cabernets ever. See previous notes. Drink 2017 -.

  • Comment posted by Matt Scott:

    1/10/2014 10:02:00 AM - Thanks, Michigan Dogs! I'm actually saying to drink this from 2017 and on... This Cabernet will last for a very, very long time, however, is opening up more and more every year.

    Cheers!

Red

2010 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

11/22/2013 - Matt Scott Likes this wine: 96 points

This regal Pinot Noir will love your decanter, especially after an hour. Blackberry, cherry wood, chocolate cake, Porcini mushroom, strawberry and charred oak. A rush of flavor and voluptuous qualities that demonstrate unctuous grace - not to sound too oxymoronic. Supple tannins that show agibility as well. One of the most engaging '10 Pinots that you will find. Classic on all levels. Drink now - 2020.

  • Comment posted by Matt Scott:

    11/25/2013 11:09:00 PM - I love the '09 Kanzler! It is a solid 97-point Pinot, with soooo much depth. Enjoy!

Red

2005 Château Hosanna

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/22/2013 - Matt Scott Likes this wine: 96 points

Absolutely delightful. A Merlot of a legendary strut; micro-fiber tannins of the highest ilk. So much plum, cherry wood, dark chocolate, mixed olives and terracotta. Long, long, long and saline during the aftertaste. Zen and sexy at the same time. There was a two-hour decant and see previous notes; this has a long life to brag about. Drink now -.

  • Comment posted by Matt Scott:

    6/22/2013 11:15:00 PM - Great question. A slow decant would not hurt, however, it is not all necessary. After four hours this was open for all kinds of business. If you decant for longer, no harm will happen. This could be the most long-lived Hosana ever!

Red

2006 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova

Sangiovese more

5/5/2013 - Matt Scott Likes this wine: 99 points

Decanted for four hours. Thick and enthralling are the operative words. She absolutely encompasses a duality of forward elements and elegance. Fine tannins with a velvety edge; the minute-plus finish just throbs. Licorice, plum sauce, blackberry, Earl Grey tea, basil leaf and lava. There are hints of all things coffee near the end of every sniff. The palate just oozes every flavor imaginable. My favorite Tenuta Nuova on multiple levels and I am utterly lusting after every sip. Drink 2018-.

  • Comment posted by Matt Scott:

    5/6/2013 3:20:00 PM - Thanks for the comments hankj and jdunlop.

    Hankj: The scores that I give are taking into consideration all possible developmental levels. At this moment I don't see it being a 100-point wine, however, that door is never all the way closed. If you have two bottles, then wait at least five years till you open one of them. This wine was soooo close to perfect.

  • Comment posted by Matt Scott:

    6/22/2013 1:23:00 AM - I was so enamoured that I didn't even think about a pairing. Curve the culinary choice around the wine, at least in this case. Also, I drank it all on night one and did not give her the chance for a second life the next morning. Your second-day experience is concerning.

    Hmmmm.....

Red

2011 Carlisle Syrah Papa's Block

Russian River Valley more

3/16/2013 - Matt Scott Likes this wine: 98 points

I am astonished by this pure form of Syrah. Truly an effervescently enamored colour of violet and garnet, with a sanguine and purpling rim. The purity and length are immeasurable, with the most seamless structure ever from this hardly superfluous vineyard. Magnetic on the nose, exemplifying Blueberry cobbler, thyme, cedar, sweet 'n' sour sauce, sun-drenched earth and soy sauce. Layers and layers of structured fruit, showing a long finish of forest floor qualities. The mid palate shows the strength and inveterately chiseled qualities of marble. Truly classic in every sense of the word. Drink 2015 - 2027.

  • Comment posted by Matt Scott:

    3/16/2013 1:02:00 PM - I couldn't believe how engulfing this Syrah was, Frank. So long and elegant - in fact the most elegant Papa's Block to date. Mike Officer is right, this is their best ever. The '07 is at its peek and oh-so good.

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