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Red

1989 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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, John Kapon
A Double Dose of Angry Man Action (3/7/2005)
had a great nose, wild, gamy and meaty with Provencal spice, plummy fruit and leather, earth and cassis as well. It was complex and delicious with lots of flavors of game, Provencal herbs and tangy black cherry fruit. It was very tasty 95 points
Red

1998 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin

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, John Kapon
A Double Dose of Angry Man Action (3/7/2005)
Its sweet, beefy nose was incredibly rich, full of sweet, beefy fruit, both syrupy and decadent. The wine was rich, creamy, lush, pure and surprisingly smooth on the palate, with fine and gritty tannins 98 points
Red

1990 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Célestins

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, John Kapon
A Double Dose of Angry Man Action (3/7/2005)
There were loads of t .n a in this enormously well-bred beauty of a beast. The fig, Provencal herb and meat qualities were nothing short of awesome. The wine was incredibly enormous, well-endowed yet super smooth. It was the best bottle of this wine that I have ever had, and it was an Acker auction bottle, of course. It was a wine that needed three hours of air (and got two anyway), and it was actually drinkable in that hair-raising on the back of your neck kind of way 98 points
White

1973 Bouchard Père et Fils Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières

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, John Kapon
A Double Dose of Angry Man Action (3/7/2005)
The first white had old and mature white Burgundy aromas and flavors, possibly Leflaive, I mused. There was nut, corn, butter and a lot of earth and yeast. There was also a touch of almond marzipan. The wine was still firm in its alcohol, which was well intertwined with its earth components. The center of the wine was a hair short, but the wine was still very good and bordering on excellent as its texture was very oily. Ray kept insisting how the nose was better than the palate 92 points
Red

1978 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

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, John Kapon
A Double Dose of Angry Man Action (3/7/2005)
courtesy of Jim and the one Angry Woman, Wendy. The nose was the best impression a 1978 Chave had ever given me with its smoky, earthy, lightly rusty and gamy qualities. There was soy, sweet Asian spice and .mint,. as Wendy observed. There was also alcohol and a touch of roasted earth. The palate was chalky, and some were grumbling that Mike.s advice of extra aeration hurt the wine. It was earthy and chalky, with some plummy fruit there, same as it ever was to me, still excellent but not outstanding. With time in the glass, the wine got more earthy and herbal with a garden impression. Time was not on its side as far as staying in the glass despite the magnum factor 93 points
Red

1989 Château Clinet

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, John Kapon
A Double Dose of Angry Man Action (3/7/2005)
was no slouch either, possessing an incredible nose that was so pure and chocolaty, earthy and a touch gassy in a positive way. The wine was smooth and lush, .great. with lots of charcoal, leather and chocolate flavors and an incredible A to Z balance. Minerals, bacon and length rounded out this kinky and distinctive Pomerol, whose unique flavors held it back actually 95+ points
Red

1934 Delphine Côte-Rôtie

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, John Kapon
A Double Dose of Angry Man Action (3/7/2005)
It was the best 70 year-old Rhone I have ever had, delicious, old and smooth 93 points
Red

1983 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline

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, John Kapon
A Double Dose of Angry Man Action (3/7/2005)
Perhaps the greatest La Mouline of the last quarter century, the 1983 was rusty, earthy, roasted and rich. There was chocolate, cherry, velvet and more rust. It was awesome 98 points
Red

1989 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Turque

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, John Kapon
A Double Dose of Angry Man Action (3/7/2005)
was so juicy in that chocolate thunder kind of way. I really felt this wine on this night 96 points
Red

1990 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Turque

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, John Kapon
A Double Dose of Angry Man Action (3/7/2005)
I did not feel as much; maybe it was the bottle. It was very wound up, tight and lacking weight. There was power to its finish at first, but it flashed quickly. .It reminds me of myself,. Ray chipped in, .a little dirty and very sexy&muscular,. he continued. Maybe that.s why I didn.t like it as much! 93+ points
Red

1991 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Turque

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, John Kapon
A Double Dose of Angry Man Action (3/7/2005)
was similar to the 1990, but better. How.s that for a tasting note? 94 points
Red

1928 Château Haut-Bailly

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, John Kapon
A Double Dose of Angry Man Action (3/7/2005)
The next wine made us quickly forget the last wine, as it had a great nose full of chocolate, rose and red, velvety fruits. Gorky came out with a low blow, calling it .Dr. Barolet Algerian wine,. and someone else said Camille Giroud 1940s, while I settled on .La Miss/Haut Brion. due to its gravelly nature. Jim noted its .blood and iron. qualities, and there was also nut, minerals and alcohol. The palate was ripe and saucy with a touch of liqueur, definitely mature, and rich and fleshy with hickory smoke flavor 94 points
Red

1928 Château Haut-Brion

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, John Kapon
A Double Dose of Angry Man Action (3/7/2005)
he third wine made someone say that .this is definitely not a horizontal,. although it was! The wine was super chocolaty with minerals, alcohol and long acids. Wendy and Mike were both all over its .tapenade. qualities, while Gorky was in a .sage. stage, and Jim was feeling .lavender.. There was leather to its thick and chewy palate, and Ray started thinking Hermitage and said .make sure you quote me.. The wine had .band-aids. someone said, and I also noted coffee flavors, and an old Cali Cab camp started to form when it was revealed 95 points
Red

1989 Château Haut-Brion

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, John Kapon
A Double Dose of Angry Man Action (3/7/2005)
I wonder how many times I am going to have this wine, I thought, and settled on 100 times as a goal. I have already had it at least a dozen times if not more, and it continues to be one of the all-time greats&for a young wine, that is. Mike noted .lots of spearmint,. and it was minty but also long, smooth and earthy, full of leather and alcohol. The wine was amazing: great, long, spicy and intense 98 points
Red

1990 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle

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, John Kapon
A Double Dose of Angry Man Action (3/7/2005)
Wendy was all over the .chocolate chip cookie dough. aspect, which I saw. The nose was incredibly complex full of deep, meaty, figgy fruit. There were raisins, molasses, menthol and roasted earth as well. The nose was far ahead of the palate, which was tight, rusty and earthy with black fruits. The wine was certainly outstanding, but the fruit on the palate was not in a great spot. The structure was amazing, however, with a huge, long and well-bred finish full of earth, dust and spice 95+ points
White

1989 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault

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, John Kapon
A Double Dose of Angry Man Action (3/7/2005)
The Lafon showed very well, fully mature but still very tasty. Due to the fact that I only got a swallow, I can.t say much more except for the fact that it had already been open an hour, which is not the recommended procedure for a 16 year-old village wine 90+ points
White

1992 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières

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, John Kapon
A Double Dose of Angry Man Action (3/7/2005)
had a more intense nose, much deeper and more minerally than its Clos de la Barre brother, with that .banana. that Mike picked up on, as well as butter, corn and vanilla. The nose was classic, for Lafon, 1992 and Perrieres as well, although it did not have the power or length on the palate that I thought it would based on the nose. Ray made his .pumped up Kistler. analogy that he made regarding the 1990 Lafon Montrachet at the Top 100 weekend. Now you know what not to get Ray for Christmas. Gorky found it racy, and it was in a very elegant and stylish way 93 points
White

1992 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre

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, John Kapon
A Double Dose of Angry Man Action (3/7/2005)
Ray remarked that it was a .typical 1992. right away, muscling in on the opinions of the group as he is prone and known to do. He tends to be right though, so he can do that. I found the nose to be buttery and toasty, although I had a glass issue that I politely categorized as .floral.. The wine was definitely at its peak; I cannot imagine the wine getting any better than it showed at age thirteen on this February night in 2005. Mike was ahead of the curve and noted a .banana flavor. on the Perrieres; I noticed it on the Clos de la Barre as well. The wine was bready, tasty and mature 92 points
White

1982 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Désirée

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, John Kapon
A Double Dose of Angry Man Action (3/7/2005)
There were lots of oohs and aahs for its mature, buttery nose that was also full of freshly peeled corn, alcohol, minerals, caramel and bread. It was almost younger than its 1992 counterparts with its great dust and minerals on its finish. Surprise, surprise 94 points
White

1996 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet

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, John Kapon
A Double Dose of Angry Man Action (3/7/2005)
Where is Rudy when you need him? This was a very rare occurrence, that being a razor sharp guess by me when served blind. The acids, minerals and earth were great on the palate, and the wine was stunning 97 points
White

1996 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet

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, John Kapon
A Double Dose of Angry Man Action (3/7/2005)
The final white of the evening was more flowery but still very wound and intense a la wine #2. Ray guessed 1995 Leflaive Batard, and I could not disagree with his reasoning as there was definitely signature Leflaive. There was earth, yeast and bread dough on its smooth yet gritty palate. 95 points
Red

1928 Château Léoville Las Cases

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, John Kapon
A Double Dose of Angry Man Action (3/7/2005)
The next wine was .real wine. according to RR, aka Big Boy. There was citrus on its finish and a warm, meaty, lush nose that was nutty and full of tobacco, probably La Mission, I wrote. The wine was meaty, fleshy, earthy and leathery with sweet tobacco and .hazelnut coffee,. someone noted. The wine was more open and lush than the Haut Bailly, and Gorky also noted the .citrus peel. 92 points
Red

1947 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Bosconia

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, John Kapon
A Double Dose of Angry Man Action (3/7/2005)
The first wine had a great nose that was deep and meaty with traces of caramel, carob, earth, tobacco, iron and rust. It got metallic quickly, but there was still hickory and gravel, prompting Jim to wonder if it was a Graves, but Ray was all over Spain and .old Rioja.. The wine held on the palate well and was sturdy and leathery with flavors of tobacco and chocolate. It was a good showing 92 points
Red

1964 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Bosconia

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, John Kapon
A Double Dose of Angry Man Action (3/7/2005)
beef bouillon. from Jim, .sour milk. from Ray and .oysters. from Gorky. Jim felt the .clam wine. factor, and Ray jumped on with .low-tide marsh,. that Gorky felt was more .saltwater.. Mike came out of the woodworks with .wood shavings.. It was a smooth, satiny wine, and a very good one despite all the controversial adjectives being thrown around 91 points
Red

1968 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Bosconia

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, John Kapon
A Double Dose of Angry Man Action (3/7/2005)
had a super-duper fruit and nut combo in the nose, and we were feeling the older to younger trend. There were raisinet flavors, almost strawberry dipped in chocolate which I think Jim picked up on first. It was sexy, velvety, leathery, meaty and chocolaty. The palate was very meaty and great, both mature and youthful 94 points
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