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Red

1996 Ridge Monte Bello

Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/22/2015 - KenK Likes this wine: 97 points

Double decanted. In a wonderful place and came across much younger than I would have expected. Offers up large scale, black cherry fruit with bold dark minerality. So well integrated with perfect structure and balance. Goes on for at least a minute. Nice complexity for such a bold wine. Amazing stuff, no hurry to drink up. Can you tell I liked this quite a bit and it was up against a Harlan and a Shafer HSS. Who woulda thunk?

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Red

2004 Harlan Estate

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/22/2015 - KenK Likes this wine: 96 points

Decanted for several hours prior to drinking. In nice place, showing very lovely deep flavors of red and black berries with interesting layers of floral perfume, black spices, and touch of black earth. More elegant and complex than I would have expected and was interesting to see it develop in wonderful way with each sip. Clearly many more years of life, but don't be afar to pop one. This was regal and refined, not the bombastic fruit bomb one might expect. First growth Napa quality for sure. Could see moving this up a point or two in time.

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Red

2010 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Stags Leap District more

7/22/2015 - KenK Likes this wine: 97 points

Big momma. Dense lush creamy sweet intense dark rich chocolate cherry flavors in super concentrated powerful style. Very nicely done, but almost over the top. Amazing it's five years since vintage and tastes like a barrel sample, purity of fruit cannot be denied and well balanced with soft set tannins and finshes with a friendly well hidden acidic brightness that goes on and on. Highly drinkable with a perfectly done medium rare 3" thick Flannery ribeye. I will not open another for at least a few years unless my headonisic cravings surface.

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White

2008 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

7/22/2015 - KenK Likes this wine: 97 points

Maybe as good as Cali chard gets. Lush rich dense aromas of sweet ripe yellow fruits with vanilla bean oil. Big concentrated fruit forward flavored that coat the mouth with superb minerality and complexity. a waxy floral essence adds a layer of intrigue. Some lychee nut and citrus create nice freshness and add some zip. A true wow wine.

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Red

1999 Domaine Daniel Rion et Fils Vosne-Romanée

Pinot Noir more

7/18/2015 - KenK wrote: flawed

seemed oxidized burnt bitter and lacking fruit

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Red

1995 Dalla Valle Maya

Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/17/2015 - KenK Likes this wine: 91 points

Good, but not great, which was disappointing

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Red

2000 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

7/16/2015 - KenK Likes this wine: 91 points

Very nice racy wine with good fruits and fun to drink, but just a tad more straight forward then I would hope. Perhaps a bit closed, but maybe time to drink up?

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Red

2000 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend more

7/16/2015 - KenK Likes this wine: 94 points

In a great place. Rich sweet black cherry fruit with black spices dominate the nose. Ripe, yet balanced well endowed fruit forward palate is truly both dense and vibrant. Full of spice, black berry, and classic hints of animal that creates complexly and depth. This was a real crowd please tonight!

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Red

2000 Domaine Bois de Boursan Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Félix

Red Rhone Blend more

7/16/2015 - KenK wrote: 89 points

Too much brett for me on the nose in a wet horse, black shoe polish way. Quite rustic aromatics in classic funky Cdp way. Palate is way better, showing dark rich black fruits and a rich milky texture with province herbs, finishes nicely, although a bit gamey.

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Red

2004 Turley Zinfandel Ueberroth Vineyard

Paso Robles more

7/16/2015 - KenK Likes this wine: 91 points

Drinking nice with good dark berry fruits and in a racy, zippy way. Fruit beginning to slightly fade, so would be leaning toward drinking up.

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White

2002 Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières

Chardonnay more

7/15/2015 - KenK Likes this wine: 89 points

Fully mature, oily rich fat smoky with good intensity. Fruit fading, but highly drinkable.

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White

2002 Henri Boillot Meursault 1er Cru Charmes

Chardonnay more

7/15/2015 - KenK Likes this wine: 94 points

Really in great place, nice sweet floral aromas with stony mineral quality. Great density and clean quality. No rush to drink up, but likely at peak. Yummy

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Red

2007 Claude Dugat Griotte-Chambertin

Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

6/28/2015 - KenK wrote: 95 points

Perfumed aromas of black dusty cherries, kirsch, dark flavors full of spice broad shouldered ripe big bold. Broad. Bit more muscle. 95

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Red

2007 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Clos de la Roche

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

11/29/2014 - KenK Likes this wine: 93 points

Dark berries blk pepper rich ripe aromas. Tense slightly hard with a very good sour cherry flavor. Dry edged. Long spicy finish. 93

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White

1999 Paul Pernot et ses Fils Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet

Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay more

11/29/2014 - KenK Likes this wine: 94 points

Sweet fragrant aromas of lemon orange rind and virus with a honeycomb note. Ripe fat rich with wonderful underlying structure, nice baking spice. Special stuff. 94

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Red

2007 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée St. Vivant

Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

11/29/2014 - KenK Likes this wine: NR

Sweet cherry blossom so elegant raspberry strawberry. Pretty. Light soft rich elegant ripe red fruits . Light and precise. 95 really improved over night. Delicate and refined.

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Red

2007 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin-Clos de Bèze

Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

11/29/2014 - KenK Likes this wine: 94 points

Dark rich dusty floral edge
Dry sweet earth driven 94

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Red

2007 Claude Dugat Charmes-Chambertin

Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

11/26/2014 - KenK Likes this wine: 92 points

Black cherries smoke underlying sweetness. Rich but dry tense bit chewy 92

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White

2012 Domaine Christian Moreau Père et Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos Hospices Dans Les Clos

Chardonnay more

6/28/2015 - KenK Likes this wine: 91 points

Rich fresh aromas of apple, pear, and citrus with a dusty element. Nice crisp wine with good lemon and lean apple flavors. Medium weight, quite good, although perhaps not profound as somewhat primary and just a tad compact. Solid wine.

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White

2001 E. Guigal Ermitage Blanc Ex-Voto

Hermitage White Rhone Blend more

6/21/2015 - KenK wrote: flawed

Oxidized

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Red

1998 Château Lafite Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/17/2015 - KenK Likes this wine: 94 points

Classic Bordeaux wine, but seemed to have gotten lost a bit in the shuffle up against 1998 Cheval that was singing and a great 2000 Latour, but this was a damn good bottle and classic Lafite. Dark black fruit quality with a hint of smoke, black cherries and a mineral driven lead pencil element. This bottle seemed a touch more advanced then I would have expected, yet very refined and regal vs the Cheval Blanc that had a richer denser fruit profile. Like a finely dressed solider vs an elegant queen perhaps. The wine was drinking very well and had a nice finish. While a lovely wine on all accounts, a tad disappointed based on the reputation of the 1998 Lafite. Maybe I need to try another bottle?

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Red

2000 Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/17/2015 - KenK Likes this wine: 93 points

This has serious upside potential and I really enjoyed this, but still a baby and quite restrained and somewhat primary. After coaxing with lots of swirling, the wine gave us peaks at what it may become. However, on this night it came across somewhat closed. Dense with good ripeness and nice verve, well balanced and hints of spice and black graphite. Good length, but need to flesh out more. I have just a single bottle and makes me want to put away for 5-10 years. If you can't keep your hands off decant aggressively.

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Red

1998 Château Cheval Blanc

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/17/2015 - KenK Likes this wine: 98 points

This wine was singing and simply popped and poured. Rich exotic aromas of creme de cafe, black cherries, toast, and baking spices. Palate was rich and full with a creamy texture that really showed off dense the red cherry fruits. Layers and layers of depth and wonderfully still fresh and vibrant. A decadent wine, yet nuanced and spicy. Long rich finish and plain old yummy. Keeps you coming back for more and more. This was a great wine and one of my wines of the year so far. Just wish I owned some. Need to fix that soon ;-)

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Red

1986 Château Latour Grand Vin

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/17/2015 - KenK Likes this wine: 92 points

Nice wine, yet not in the league of the 2000 version tasted along side. Classic Bordeaux with a regal edge, a fine wine with just a bit of a rustic dark black edge. Mature, although still likely to go a long way before being over the hill. Very nice, yet served blind, not sure I would have guessed a first growth. Fruits are of a dried variety and a tad tired, but don't get me wrong on any other night this would be an impressive wine. Wine is just showing its age. I think the competition tonight did not help (1998 Cheval Blanc, 2000 LMHB, 1998 Lafite, 2000 Latour)

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Red

2000 Château Latour Grand Vin

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/17/2015 - KenK Likes this wine: 97 points

Potentially a perfect wine in time, needed decanting and clearly improved as bottle was slowly drained. Just beginning to flesh out, but still a tad tight. This reeks of quality from the first whiff. Dense black fruit aromas with graphite and wet earth. Broad mouth coating richness, yet sleek and powerful. Dark clean pure black fruit profile with wonderful underlying minerality and richness. Needed a little coaxing to find depth of flavors and complex subtle spicy quality. Finish long with wonderful lingering elements. Despite giving great pleasure and beating out the 1986 version tasted alongside, will not touch another bottle for 5 years as I think this will get even better with more age. If you must drink now, decant a couple of hours and you will be very happy.

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