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1988 Château La Lagune

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/19/2015 - Rob-Rah wrote: 92 points

Really enjoyed this!

No decant, just poured carefully from the bottle into glasses. There was in fact very little sediment though. Good deep colour, not showing orange at all. Rich ruby. Lovely scents of bright cherry, cassis, cedar and sous-bois. Very flattering. Some complexity. "Marker pens"? Some graphite. All rather lovely. Very "Bordeaux", but not particularly specific. Palate deliciously smooth on entry, the front of the mouth is caressingly wrapped in chocolately silk, then the acid picks up further back on the tongue and brings things into perspective. Good structure. Lovely mouthfeel. Medium body (12.5% alcohol). Gentle rich fruit plaited into sous-bois. The tiniest waft of brett? Calm, classy. Poised and elegant, although not quite feminine. Like an old friend. Assertive where it needs to be, beguiling otherwise. Quite a depth of fruit and flavour. Zesty in some ways even. Refreshing too. A long, rich and comforting aftertaste, full of fragrance, lingering away. Not massively revelatory but just really, really nice. At its peak.

I am going to explore more La Lagune. I bought this in 1995 for £21 GBP and I see that it's now ~£45, which still represents good value.

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2006 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Don Melchor

Puente Alto more

5/2/2015 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine: 95 points

Ah good - after a few muted ones, this bottle is super. Dark opaque. Young. Nose not very suggestive, but slightly chocolatey, antique furniture, dusty. Some tomato and spice, and the merest whiff of ethereal blackcurrant. Hazelnuts. Delicious initial palate, deep fruit. Cor, really good attack and mouth-coating deliciousness. Coffee, chocolate, Asian spices. Lovely silky texture at first. Round. Some mint and a long lingering and delicious sexy finish. Nice acid propping it all up. However, the tannins are somewhat coarse at the end in this. A little rough unfortunately, bringing up the rear with a bit of heft instead of the grace needed to score higher. Still, this is excellent and the spectrum of sheer flavour is stunning. (95-96)

No idea what's wrong with some peoples' bottles! This is drinking OK without a long decant, but will benefit from a few more years to calm down the tannins a little more. Nothing shows any sign of fading of doing anything other than being being better!

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Red

2010 Domaine Denis Mortet Gevrey-Chambertin

Pinot Noir more

4/20/2015 - Rob-Rah wrote: 89 points

As others have said, very pretty. Vibrant strawberryish fruit, and good classic earthy pinot stuff blended nicely. A little thin and a little shallow and simple perhaps. Drinking nicely, but better with a couple more years behind it. Attractive and worth seeking out if it's not too expensive. (Currently going for £40-£50 GBP which is basically nearly twice as much as it's worth..... but that's Burgundy) 88-89

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Red

2004 Rochford Pinot Noir Reserve

Macedon Ranges more

3/19/2015 - Rob-Rah wrote: 89 points

This bottle a bit better. Charming, light. Feminine. Strawberry icecream. Just too "heavy" for the flavours.

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Red

2012 Bodegas Castaño Yecla Solanera Viñas Viejas

Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre more

1/28/2015 - Rob-Rah wrote: 87 points

Yecla is often difficult to appreciate, being more rustic and rather tarrier more stewed, and more dark-coffee, than Bandol or Languedoc incarnations of Monastrell/Mourvedre. This needs some air time. But even with that, I don't understand what Parker was on about. This is a serviceable wine with the right sense of place about it. Dark fruits. Lots of black mocha. Very Mediterranean. Would benefit from food. Muddy maquis and brambles, but somewhat anonymous. Perhaps would benefit from a few years ageing, but I don't see what that would achieve.

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Red

2007 Domaine Gauby Côtes du Roussillon Villages La Muntada

Red Rhone Blend more

1/21/2015 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine: 93 points

Delicious bouquet. In a good place of middle-age now, with fruit and yet nice complexity of age too. Violets, stagnant water, poo, cherries, cranberries, strawberries, strawberries, strawberries, leather, sweat. Lovely taught frame, extremely stylish. A friend commented "it goes very up and down, instead of spreading side to side like most fruity wines!". The fruit is polished and slick. Oak is integrated fully. Refreshing, and versatile with food. A good long lingering finish. Haunting but largely faecal bouquet left in the glass! I liked this a very great deal. Such class for Languedoc. A bit like a mix of Burgundy and Rioja.

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2004 Rochford Pinot Noir Reserve

Macedon Ranges more

12/26/2014 - Rob-Rah wrote: 86 points

Decent enough. Dark colour. But overextracted, graceless and lacking pinot typicity beyond a rather shrill acidity. Not very good.

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Red

2005 Château Lamartine Cahors Expression

Malbec more

12/26/2014 - Rob-Rah wrote: 90 points

Lovely mature Cahors. Distinctly brambley fruits, gentle sous-bois and chocolate. Again that sense of a slightly flabby middle. I can't quite believe it's 14.5% alcohol - it's so soft and gentle. Improved by food, especially garlic.

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Red

2005 Branson Coach House Shiraz Single Vineyard Greenock Block

Barossa Valley more

12/26/2014 - Rob-Rah wrote: 91 points

Another high alcohol Australian shiraz, and again one which manages to conceal this with great balance. A very attractive scent. Lots of fruit. Palate a little less exciting than bouquet, but very plush and yet taught. A rather beautiful wine. (91-92)

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Red

2005 Wild Duck Creek Shiraz Springflat

Heathcote more

12/26/2014 - Rob-Rah wrote: 92 points

Very good wine. The high alcohol is completely balanced. Deep fruit. Lacking perhaps that final touch of shiraz sweat and mint. Very tasty. (92-93)

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Red

2007 Firriato Nero d'Avola Sicilia Harmonium

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12/26/2014 - Rob-Rah wrote: 88 points

Dark, powerful wine. Masses of fruit. Along the lines of Argentine Malbec. Verging on fruit-bomb. Some nice stony aspects. Ultimately lacking interest though. (88-89)

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Red

2005 Bodegas Alejandro Fernández Ribera del Duero Tinto Pesquera Reserva

Tempranillo more

12/21/2014 - Rob-Rah wrote: NR

Still much much too young. A mess of elderberry and oak.

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Red

2008 Damianitza ReDark

Struma River Valley Red Blend more

12/15/2014 - Rob-Rah wrote: 93 points

Delicious wine. Plush, plush, plush fruit. Such gloss. Fragrant and deep. Backed up by powerful tannins and structure. I love this.

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Red

2010 Ghost Block Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

Oakville more

12/15/2014 - Rob-Rah wrote: 90 points

This bottle musty, though not fully corked like the old one, a little cabbagey but this blew off with some air. Nose is reticent, but fruity. No "fragrance" as such. Rather large-scale wine. Big quality fruit and tannins. Lacking a certain glossiness and polish. Clunky and square. The fruit is full and powerful, but generic and lacking cabernet style and fragrance. A little tarry/incensey. But the acid/sugar equation is quite beautifully balanced. Obviously very good, and put a few other bottles to shame. Just on balance lacking depth, life and sheen.

Massively overpriced (!) too.

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Red

2011 Montes Purple Angel

Colchagua Valley Carménère more

11/23/2014 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine: NR

Dark. Massive. At this stage, monolithic and rather closed on itself. Very reticent. Lots of air-time brings out deep fruit but also formidable tannins at the moment: (fortunately the fruit is ripe and sweet. A dribble left in the bottle after 4 days was generously fruited. What I can detect is very well balanced, well made, with great underlying quality of cassis fruit. I'm thinking cellar this 5-10 years, then re-try.

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Red

2011 Gérard Bertrand Minervois-La Livinière Château Laville Bertrou

Red Rhone Blend more

11/8/2014 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine: 91 points

Nice wine. Deep black-purple. Coffee, chocolate, deep fruits. Old-world character, but loads of fruit. Spice. Tasty. Would buy again. (91-92)

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Red

2004 Chateau Musar

Bekaa Valley Red Blend more

11/6/2014 - Rob-Rah wrote: 88 points

Bright colour. Cherry, steawberry and a waft of marker pens. Light style. A bit characterless. Not very Musar.

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Red

2011 Mollydooker Shiraz Blue Eyed Boy

South Australia more

11/5/2014 - Rob-Rah wrote: 86 points

Sampled over two days. Alcoholic. Graceless. Overripe. A bit of lactose/reduction. Where is the classic Shiraz perfume (Rhone OR Aussie - both absent). Jammy-sweet. It's "delicious" in the way junk food is sometimes "delicious". Tannins too soft to age this for too long, which is a shame, as the fruit might have aged out into something more haunting and beautiful with 10 years. But the balance is a bit of a disaster area, albeit held in check for now by some expert vinification. Fun, sort of, but not a purchase I'll make again.

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Red

2010 Ghost Block Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

Oakville more

11/2/2014 - Rob-Rah wrote: flawed

Corked. And at only a couple of years in bottle. Annoyed.

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Red

2007 Château Simone Palette

Red Rhone Blend more

10/7/2014 - Rob-Rah wrote: NR

Remaining rather closed down. Dusty. Fruit. Nice, but there is more hiding in this than it's giving away at present. NR

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Red

2002 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

McLaren Vale more

9/18/2014 - Rob-Rah wrote: 88 points

The bottles are a bit varied. Some more vibrant than others..... However, all in all, a bit lacklustre, generic fullbodied Aussie wine. Not much in the way of Shiraz character, a bit "hot". I've tried lots of this wine now before reviewing. Nice, no-one will fail to enjoy it. But disappointing. (88-89)

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Red

2000 Château du Cèdre Cahors Le Cèdre

Malbec more

8/22/2014 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine: 90 points

Dark colour. Not much sign of age, apart from a heavy sediment. Bouquet is all flowers and fruit. Quite lovely and charming. Structured palate, good fruit and balance. Blackberries and plums. Feminine. Lacking any particular wow factor though.

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Red

2000 Pamidovo Mavrud Special Wine

Upper Thrace more

8/21/2014 - Rob-Rah wrote: 93 points

Like a dry good-quality vintage port. Pruney, figgy, leathery, but plenty of nice fruit. Needs some air. Quite robust and a little rustic. A good wine. Blew the accompanying table red clean out of the water.

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Red

2009 Rudolf Fürst Bürgstadter Centgrafenberg "Hunsrück" Spätburgunder "R" Großes Gewächs

Franken more

7/23/2014 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine: 91 points

Very pale colour! No concession to overextraction here. Bouquet classic pinot. Strawberry, smoke, sous-bois. A dollop of heady aniseed. Fresh, like the sea. But also roses and moss. All quite beautiful. Palate young. Tannic and very acidic. Some sweetness. Drying slight bitter end, but good. A bit monolithic at this stage. Smokey strawberries. Spicy minerals and wood. Lacking grace and charm. Bitterness slightly cloying with time. Unsure of potential but 90-91 now. A slight disappointment.

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Red

2009 Azienda Agricola Vignalta Colli Euganei Gemola

Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/12/2014 - Rob-Rah wrote: 93 points

Really delicious. Graphitey, blackcurranty. Very Bordeaux and very Cab Franc. Deep, structured, complex, refreshing, delicious, and all the table were gratified by this wine purchased in a Padova restaurant. I need some for the cellar.

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