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2005 Majella Cabernet Sauvignon

Coonawarra more

6/23/2015 - Rob-Rah wrote: 94 points

Not as sheerly exciting as when young. Maybe caught in a slightly awkward phase. Still a delicious Cabernet though, with Coonawarra written all over it. Drink or hold as this ought to reveal more with time.

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2007 d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz-Viognier

McLaren Vale Shiraz Blend, Syrah more

6/23/2015 - Rob-Rah wrote: 92 points

A completely different experience again. This bottle jammed with fruit and sweet up front. Lovely glossy fruit, with olives and bitter herbs and a long dry finish. Reminiscent enough of the d'Arenberg Dead Arm bottlings that I picked up the bottle again to check I'd opened the right one. Bottle variation! (91-92)

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2007 Domaine Tempier Bandol Cabassaou

Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre more

6/19/2015 - Rob-Rah wrote: 89 points

Not convinced by this. Clearly a well-made Mourvedre. Tasty. Almonds, bramble-fruit and all that. Fruit is glossy, but a bit jumbled. Alcohol protruding (14.5% now I glance at the label). Rustic. Hot climate wine. But...... no better than quite a lot of *good* Mourvedre now coming out of the south of France (especially Languedoc) at a third of the price. I was expecting more verve and class, and it's rather one-dimensional. At the moment I don't see this evolving into anything mind-blowing.

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2007 Domaine de Mourchon Côtes du Rhône Villages Séguret Family Reserve Grenache

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6/17/2015 - Rob-Rah wrote: 94 points

Slightly fizzy in the bottle! Needed a good shake up to dissipate the petillance.

Anyway, a lovely archetypal jellybaby Grenache here. It has picked up a few darker and deeper notes with age, and a better balance, but not much has changed since 2010! Bouquet is high-toned leather, sea-breeze and strawberry liqueur with the merest whiff of minty herbs. Palate lovely, sweetish, soft, again tonnes of very in-your-face strawberry liqueur. An assertive bitterness kicks in to shape the flavour. Alcohol high, long finish. Oak and warming spices. Like the first bottle, at heart a simple thing, but done brilliantly and better now than before with a tad more going on. This is unabashedly, deliciously wonderful.

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2007 Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines

Red Blend more

6/14/2015 - Rob-Rah wrote: 89 points

Dense. A bit reticent. The impression of weight hidden within. I found it a bit too diffident. Others rated it higher. Maybe needs more air.

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Red

2005 Noël Verset Cornas

Syrah more

6/13/2015 - Rob-Rah wrote: 92 points

Similar to DRWINE's note.

Good colour, smells of sweat and raspberries. Some brett and fecal notes. Bracing acidity nice medium body. Again raspberries on the palate along with sweet esters and leathery/sweaty notes. Taught and lean, but complex fruit and organics. Ultra-classic Cornas, which is not really made like this any more. Maybe not as full or round as it could be. A treat to have a case of this, which is no longer being made sine 2005/6 vintages.

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2005 Mas de Daumas Gassac Vin de Pays de l'Hérault

Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/11/2015 - Rob-Rah wrote: 80 points

Given a little air. Really no scent, no flavour. Good combination of tannins, acid and sugars. Good texture. But just no actual flavour at all. What is this liquid?

Maybe yet this will emerge from its shell, but I doubt it.

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2007 d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz-Viognier

McLaren Vale Shiraz Blend, Syrah more

6/4/2015 - Rob-Rah wrote: 89 points

Hmmmmmm. Again the bottle is a bit weak. Nothing wrong exactly. Just where is the depth and leather? Fresh. Bright. Anonymous. A bit tarry, a bit bitter. Dry finish. Medium body. Sour cherries, cranberry and redcurrants. Some smoke, some olive. Puts on quite a bit of weight with air, but remains very "savoury". I'm complaining but on the other hand the flavour profile is rather similar to real Cote Rotie, just not somehow convincing me. Good for all that, just lacking a "deliciousness" factor. (89-90)

2007 appears to be different to my other Laughing Magpie experiences.

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2001 Château Pradeaux Bandol

Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre more

6/3/2015 - Rob-Rah wrote: 90 points

Colour no longer youthful. But the wine is still taught, young and not quite ready. Amazing vigour. Better after a long decant. Lovely fruit and character. Really good... now it just needs some real secondary notes. 90 on this occasion as it is a bit caught between two phases, but a few more points if it continues to age well and doesn't lose its fruit (no sign of that yet).

[Half bottle left with the cork in for 24 hours. Still good the next day, softened slightly. No real loss of fruit. This really can take more age in the cellar.]

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2007 Château Simone Palette

Red Rhone Blend more

5/31/2015 - Rob-Rah Likes this wine: NR

Aha. The first bottle which has started to come out of a the dumb-phase (See my previous notes for this wine's evolution).

A nice dusty nose, good fruit, well balanced. A little lacking in vibrancy. Palate balanced, dryish, medium body, nice acid - the fruit countours a bit muddied and imprecise. Moderately refreshing. No hint of 2007 "heat" or overripeness. This could benefit from 5 more years age, to develop the real secondary notes. The tasting in youth showed that the fruit really is there to support it. It juts needs time. A graceful, if not compelling, wine for now. But leave it a bit longer. (89-90 if drinking now?)

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Red

1988 Château La Lagune

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/19/2015 - Rob-Rah wrote: 93 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. Margaux smoke. 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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Red

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: 86 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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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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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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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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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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