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Red

1995 Château Cos d'Estournel

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/10/2015 - Javachip wrote: 92 points

Allowed to breathe in bottle 30 minutes, then decanted and tasted over three hours. Clear dark garnet color. Classic bouquet of cigar tobacco, cigar humidor, red currants, truffles, saddle leather, stony soil, hints of lilacs and roses. Similar on the palate, wonderfully balanced, seamless, silky smooth polished tannins. Aristocratic, refined, showing more complexity with each passing minute. This bottle seems to be at late maturity based on the predominance of cigars on the bouquet, with fruit clearly on the wane.

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Red

2001 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

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5/4/2015 - Javachip wrote: 91 points

Allowed to breathe in glass one hour before tasting. Clear dark garnet color. Brooding bouquet of creme de cassis, blackcurrant paste, blackberries and cherries, cocoa, sage, forest floor, sweet vanilla bourbon. Similar on the palate, full body, rich, elegant, balanced. Hints of caramel and cashew appearing on the third day under vacuum stopper. Outstanding wine at any price, and outstanding value for a $20 supermarket wine. Has held up remarkably well in a passive cellar all these years.

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Red

1961 Château La Lagune

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/28/2015 - Javachip wrote: 93 points

Tasted at Spectrum pre-auction tasting in San Diego. Not decanted. Clear medium mahogany-chestnut-brick red color with coarse sediment in glass. Superb bouquet of red currants, cider, nutty sherry, spice box, cigar humidor, old leather, hints of shellac or varnish. A stunning example of a very old bordeaux that is very much alive.

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Red

1976 Bertani Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

Corvina Blend, Corvina more

4/28/2015 - Javachip wrote: 94 points

I am not sure whether this bottle was designated a classico, a classico superiore, or a recioto, but it was probably the former. It showed a clear medium blood-ruby-mahogany-rust-brick red color. The bouquet suggested a blend of Amaretto and Grand Marnier without the alcoholic heat; along with hints of cloves, cinnamon, and sherry. Other than the red color, there were no aromas or flavors to suggest this liquid ever originated from red grapes. Nevertheless it was crisp, pure, vibrant, and thrilling to enjoy.

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Red

1990 Château Cheval Blanc

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/28/2015 - Javachip wrote: 97 points

Tasted at Spectrum pre-auction tasting in San Diego. Decanted. Clear medium blood-garnet color. Classic bouquet of fresh red fruit, truffles, dried porcini mushrooms, dried roses, and leather seats of an old Porsche. Silky smooth, refined, aristocratic, supremely balanced, power without weight.

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1995 Château La Cardonne

Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/28/2015 - Javachip wrote: 92 points

Clear medium garnet color. Wonderful bouquet of mixed red fruit, rose petals, charcoal, forest floor, leather, green tobacco. Similar on the palate, balanced, seamless, smooth, medium-full body. Fully mature but showing no signs of fatigue.

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Red

1998 Château La Croix de Gay

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/28/2015 - Javachip wrote: 94 points

Decanted. Clear ruby-blood red. Wonderful notes of tart red fruit, tobacco, leather, cedar. Balanced, seamless, medium-full body, classic bordeaux, fully mature but showing no sign of fatigue.

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Red

2000 Henschke Shiraz Mount Edelstone

Eden Valley more

4/28/2015 - Javachip wrote: flawed

Decanted. Clear medium ruby-garnet red. Vegetal, meaty, savory bouquet with notes of shoe polish, stewed fruit, soy sauce. Slightly better on palate but overall not a great showing. Possibly heat damaged bottle? After seeing other notes for this wine I will call this bottle flawed.

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Red

2002 Torbreck Descendant

Barossa Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah more

4/28/2015 - Javachip wrote: 93 points

Clear dark garnet color. Wonderful bouquet of mixed black, blue and red fruit, charcoal, earth, anise. Similar on the palate, rich and generous, full body.

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Red

2002 Branson Coach House Shiraz Single Vineyard Greenock Block

Barossa Valley more

4/28/2015 - Javachip wrote: flawed

Heat damaged bottle? Nice inky garnet-blood red color, but wine smelled like stewed fruit, shoe polish, mincemeat.

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Red

2003 Les Forts de Latour

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/28/2015 - Javachip wrote: 93 points

Clear medium garnet-blood red color. Wonderful bouquet of red currants, cherries, rhubarb, forest floor, charcoal, cigar humidor. Similar on the palate, balanced, seamless, polished and refined, medium-full body. Seems to be at early maturity but likely to improve. If the Grand Vin is a symphony orchestra, this is a superb chamber orchestra, worth considering for those wishing to experience this legendary chateau for a fraction of the price of its big brother.

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Red

2003 Arietta Variation One

Napa Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah more

4/28/2015 - Javachip wrote: flawed

Heat damaged bottle? Wine smelled like shoe polish, Band Aid, stewed red fruit, aspirin.

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Red

2005 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Les Greffieux

Hermitage Syrah more

4/28/2015 - Javachip wrote: 95 points

Clear garnet color. Fresh bouquet of mixed red fruit, gravel, dried flowers, dry soil. Balanced, classic wine. Approachable now but likely to improve.

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Red

2005 Château Branaire-Ducru

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/28/2015 - Javachip wrote: 94 points

Clear dark garnet. Bright fresh bouquet of black and red fruit, sous bois, charcoal, fennel. Similar on the palate, balanced and elegant, classic wine. Still too young but already very enjoyable.

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Red

2004 Joseph Phelps Le Mistral

Monterey County Red Rhone Blend more

4/17/2015 - Javachip wrote: 84 points

Dark dull garnet-blood red. Bouquet of stewed red fruit, rusty nails, beef blood, charcoal ashes. Full body, velvety, generous wine. After reading other notes on this wine, maybe it needed a longer decant, or perhaps past prime?

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Red

2002 Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder

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4/17/2015 - Javachip wrote: flawed

Seven out of seven tasters thought this bottle was corked, but two of us said we would drink it anyway because of the nice underlying fruit.

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Red

2012 Chappellet Mountain Cuvée

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/17/2015 - Javachip wrote: 88 points

39% cabernet sauvignon, 35% merlot, 12% malbec, 8% petit verdot, 3% cabernet franc, 3% syrah. 14% alcohol. Clear dark garnet color. Bouquet of stewed, roasted red fruit, melted red licorice, sweet oak, vanilla, bourbon. Full body, dense, rich, a bit flabby and unbalanced, seems overripe.

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Red

1995 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve

Napa Valley more

4/17/2015 - Javachip wrote: 97 points

Impeccable provenance. Clear dark garnet-blood-rust red color. Stunning bouquet of red cherries, currants, creme de cassis, freshly crushed boysenberries, nutmeg, cloves, vanilla, unobtrusive sweet oak. Full body, rich and regal, seamless, magnificent wine with balanced acidity and refined tannins. A quintessential Napa cabernet at its best. It will likely remain at peak for a long time.

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Red

1995 Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/17/2015 - Javachip wrote: 94 points

Impeccable provenance. Clear dark garnet color. Glorious bouquet of red cherries, currants, creme de cassis, cloves, nutmeg, forest floor, vanilla, sweet oak. Similar on the palate, full body, balanced, really singing tonight, nearly as impressive as the GdL.

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Red

2007 Saxum James Berry Vineyard

Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend more

4/17/2015 - Javachip wrote: NR

41% grenache, 31% mourvedre, 28% syrah. Clear dark garnet color. Outlandish, flamboyant bouquet of blueberry pie, bourbon, lavish sweet oak, crushed boysenberries, cloves, allspice. 15.8% alcohol contributes its own sweet perfume, but also, unfortunately, makes the wine hot and harsh on the palate. As with bourbon or other liqueur, I savored the aromas and took tiny sips. 94 points for bouquet, 84 points for palate. Overall rating withheld.

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Red

2012 Mark Haisma Cornas Les Combes

Syrah more

4/17/2015 - Javachip wrote: 93 points

13.0% alcohol. Clear dark garnet-purple color. Beautiful bouquet of fresh red fruit, stony red soil, anise, hoisin, campfire. Medium-full body, balanced acidity, seamless, harmonious, polished tannins. Outstanding.

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Red

2003 Almus Seven Almvs 7

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/17/2015 - Javachip wrote: 92 points

14.5% alcohol. Clear inky garnet color. Beautiful bouquet of fresh black cherries, blackberries, black currants, and their respective liqueurs, with lavish sweet oak, bourbon, vanilla, red licorice, cloves, allspice, forest floor. Full body, rich and generous, not overly ripe or alcoholic, very nice.

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Red

1999 Robert Mueller Pinot Noir Emily's Cuvée

Russian River Valley more

4/17/2015 - Javachip wrote: 90 points

14.5% alcohol. Clear medium ruby-brick-rust red color. Bouquet of musk, mixed red fruit, clean animal fur, underbrush and soil. Medium body, balanced, excellent, fully mature.

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White - Sparkling

1996 Henriot Champagne Brut Millésimé

Champagne Blend more

4/17/2015 - Javachip wrote: 91 points

Clear light straw yellow with fine mousse. Delicious notes of lemon, apple, quince, showing its age with hints of alfalfa and sherry.

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Rosť

2014 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Rosé

Russian River Valley more

4/17/2015 - Javachip wrote: 90 points

Light clear pale pink color. Delicious wine with notes of tart mixed berries, flinty minerality, mixed herbs. Refreshing and thirst quenching.

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