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Red

1993 Azienda Bricco Rocche (Ceretto) Barolo Bricco Rocche

Nebbiolo more

11/12/2011 - PurpleHaze wrote: flawed

Corked.

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Red

1999 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

9/25/2011 - PurpleHaze wrote: NR

From 375. Dark. Reluctant nose initially gave way to dark fruit, spices and earthy nuances. Powerful black fruit, with black liquorice and cherries. In time the black liquorice gave way to some red liquorice. Intruiging. Long finish. I've had a half dozen bottles of this over the years, and there's been a bit of bottle variation. Not traditional Brunello, but a very fun glass of wine.

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Red

1997 Agricola San Felice Chianti Classico Riserva Poggio Rosso

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

8/9/2011 - PurpleHaze wrote: NR

Still dark, with some bricking. This wine opened up quickly to reveal a nose of dark berries and black plum. Beautiful secondary characteristics of fresh mulch, earth and leather. Dark fruit and spices on the palate. Medium finish. Great balance, with tannins still evident but soft. A great example of aged CCR. Drink now but will hold for a few more years if well stored.

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Red

2003 Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo Toscana IGT

SuperTuscan Blend more

7/14/2011 - PurpleHaze wrote: flawed

Corked.

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Red

2003 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Don Melchor

Puente Alto more

7/14/2011 - PurpleHaze wrote: flawed

Corked.

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Red

2002 Bodega Numanthia Toro Termes

Tempranillo more

6/2/2011 - PurpleHaze wrote: NR

Remarkably dark still. Dark plums and spice on the nose. Tannins have integrated a little, but still hard. Flavors of plum and dark cherry. 30 seconds + on the finish. Served with charred steak, a wonderful pairing. Tasted after dinner without the benefit of food, the tannins still outweigh the fruit. My last bottle of 6, and I think the tannins will win out in the end. Drink now. With burnt meat.

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Red

1996 Massolino Barolo Parafada

Nebbiolo more

3/12/2009 - PurpleHaze wrote: flawed

corked

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Red

2005 Le Cadeau Pinot Noir Rocheux

Willamette Valley more

2/20/2009 - PurpleHaze wrote: 91 points

Medium ruby. Intriguing nose of dark fruit (like black raspberrries and black cherries mixed) and a decided light gamy funk that never got in the way and didn't diminish much over time. More dark fruit and mixed berries, with a touch of spice in the mouth. Medium finish. Nicely balanced with bright acidity. Remarkably open for business when popped and poured. Showing very nicely at the 2 hour mark.

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Red

1999 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

2/11/2009 - PurpleHaze wrote: flawed

profoundly corked.... : (

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Red

1995 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero

Sangiovese more

11/10/2008 - PurpleHaze wrote: 91 points

My last bottle of 9. The last few have been hit or miss, and I was pleased that this last one showed so well. Showed the lovely spicy plum nose and palate that I love when this wine is showing well. I think that my estimate of longevity in my previous note was overstated. Drink up.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1955 Château Suduiraut

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

9/2/2008 - PurpleHaze wrote: 92 points

What a treat to drink something in this good a shape that's even older than I am! Medium amber, with a lovely candied botrytis nose. Strong acidity perhaps a little overwhelming the remaining sweetness of this wine, but all together quite nice. Some caramel, tropical fruits and smoke. Finish just a little short.

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Red

1982 Château Mouton Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/2/2008 - PurpleHaze wrote: 99 points

Holy cow..... Yet another stellar performance by this wine. This bottle may have seen a little better provenance than the last one I tasted, as it took an hour longer to start singing. After 3 hours open, this wine exploded with dark cherry, sweet cedar, earth, leather, mushroom and spice. Finish of well over one minute. I cannot find a fault with this bottle, but am reserving a perfect score. Perhaps on the next bottle!

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Red

1982 Château Lafite Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/2/2008 - PurpleHaze wrote: 94 points

Dark ruby. A bit closed on the nose, and it continued to be reluctant for the whole evening. Given the excellent provenance of this bottle, I must assume that this wine is still not ready. Mostly secondary aromas and flavors of cedar, graphite, earth and leather; there was just a touch of cherry and pomegranite to add some balance to this wine. Tannins were plentiful, but not overpowering. The potential is exceptional, however this wine did not show as well as any of the other 1982 First Growths this evening. Hope to pop one in 10 years. If I owned this wine, that's when I'd open my next one!

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Red

1982 Château Latour Grand Vin

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/2/2008 - PurpleHaze wrote: 97 points

Dark ruby. As another taster proclaimed on first sniff of this wine, "Blackberries!" This wine was redolent of crushed blackberries, sweet wood, earth and spices. Easily the most accessable of the 1982s served this evening, the wine continued to evolve and develop over 6+ hours. Tannins still evident, but balanced and very fine. Finish of over 60 seconds. Stunning.

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Red

1982 Château Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/2/2008 - PurpleHaze wrote: 98 points

Medium ruby, a bit lighter than the Margaux served the same evening. I was a little worried about this bottle, as it exhibited a definite "funk" on the nose, which persisted for at least 45 minutes after decanting. Eventually, this "stank" blew off to reveal a stunning nose of dark fruit, currant, spices and saddle leather. In the mouth, more dark fruits and earthiness followed by a finish of close to a minute. Tied for the best HB in my experience with the Philly bottle of last year. Killer stuff.

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Red

1982 Château Margaux

Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/2/2008 - PurpleHaze wrote: 96 points

Medium ruby, with little bricking. Nose of wildflowers and dark fruits. Currant, spices and dark berries in the mouth. A touch of leather and earth later in the evening. 45+ second finish. Damn!

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White - Sparkling

1990 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut

Champagne Blend more

9/2/2008 - PurpleHaze wrote: 98 points

Medium/dark straw color. Nose of lemon-lime, with ginger, toast, vanilla and a lovely stony minerality on the nose and palate. Incredibly long finish of well over one minute. The best bottle of bubbly I've had in my life. Stunning.

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White - Sparkling

1990 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame

Champagne Blend more

9/2/2008 - PurpleHaze wrote: 93 points

Medium gold. Toast, orange zest, honey and a little sherry combined with a gentle toastiness. More serious than expected. Very nice.

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Red

2000 Podere Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione Alta Valle della Greve IGT

Sangiovese more

7/18/2008 - PurpleHaze wrote: 92 points

Very dark. A shade lighter than a black plum. Plums, vanilla and floral notes. 35 second finish. A bit more acidity would make this wine classic. Drink now or over the next 2-3 years. Lovely stuff.

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Red

1997 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

4/16/2008 - PurpleHaze wrote: 92 points

Amazingly dark at this age. A little bricking and a fully clear rim. Nose of dark fruit and spices. Plum, cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg in the mouth. A late explosion of dark cherry fruit midway. Still has plenty of acidity, with tannins softening, but still evident. Long 40+ finish. Truly wonderful CCR. Fine now, but will hold for a few years for sure. Glad to have a few more.

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Red

2002 Bodega Numanthia Toro Termes

Tempranillo more

3/2/2008 - PurpleHaze wrote: 88 points

Decanted and aired out for an hour. Nice blast of vanilla and dark fruit on the nose. More plum, cherry liquor and vanilla in the mouth. Tannis are very evident and overwhelm the fruit. Medium finish strongly influenced by gum coating tannins. I wonder if the fruit will last long enough for the tannin to settle down. For $20, I'm not complaining, but the wine is a little out of balance at this stage. Hold.

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White - Off-dry

1999 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

12/25/2007 - PurpleHaze wrote: 90 points

The last of 4 bottles consumed over the past 2 years. This bottling has exhibited a bit of bottle variation, but this one was the best of the lot. Stong petrol on the nose, mixed with soft tropical fruit. Full bodied, with more tropical fruit with a balanced mineral touch. As with previous bottles, there was a noticeable spritz, although with this bottle it was more evident visually against the glass than it was on the palate. Moderate finish. Very good with a mildly spicy chicken curry.

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Red

1995 Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/11/2007 - PurpleHaze wrote: 89 points

Almost as dark as the 1997 consumed the same evening. Much more expressive on the nose, with currant, cocoa and fresh berry notes and a touch of toast. Fruits slighly eclipsed by the remaining drying tannin, but still a nice bottle of wine. Drink yesterday.....

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Red

1997 Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/11/2007 - PurpleHaze wrote: 92 points

Amazingly dark for its age. Slightly muted nose of currant and crushed berries. After 2 corked bottles of this wine in a row, I was not optimistic when I opened this one. A nice way to close out my 97 Tap collection. Much more full in the mouth than the nose would indicate, with dark fruits and a little spice. Tannins fully integrated. Soft and silky. 30 second finish.

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Red

2001 Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta

Colchagua Valley Red Blend more

10/29/2007 - PurpleHaze wrote: NR

Closed for business. Hold. No score.

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