cooberp

User #136,373 signed up 8/15/2010 and last accessed 1/27/2016

Member since August 2010

Real name: Dan Rosenheck
Locale: New York, New York, USA
Favorite region: Tuscany, Bordeaux
Dream wine: 1955 Biondi-Santi Riserva, 1947 Cheval Blanc

  • 1989 Château Haut-Brion

    Translucent crimson. Super-powerful nose that kicks off with pure, rich cassis and a light floral touch. After some aeration, it started to show cigar and graphite and--only after a decent wait--the classic Graves smoky-barbecue character. At its peak it complemented all of this with a tarry, bitter-herb note. The wine was also exceptional in the mouth, simultaneously lightweight and mouth-filling, with extremely well-integrated tannins that provided structure without creating any astringency. It meticulously hit every spot on the palate and delivered an almost unreal length--you couldn't get the taste out of your mouth even if you tried.

    This is drinking absolutely great right now--it's wide-open, intense, and accessible. But I still think it's showing only a fraction of the complexity it's capable of: I've had plenty of older vintages of HB and LMHB that I've liked nearly as much as this one despite their lesser pedigree and stuffing, probably just because I seem to prefer my Pessac further along in its evolution. As hard as it is to resist drinking this now, I expect those who manage to be patient will be amply rewarded. My score reflects exclusively current-drinking pleasure--I presume this will reach towards the top of the scale after another 10-15 years in the cellar, but I'll need to taste it in 2030 or so to be sure. The wine did start to deteriorate after around 2.5 hours of air--I don't know how much of a cause for concern that should be.

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  • 1997 Penfolds Shiraz RWT

    At a very nice point in its evolution. This wine still has lots of ripe, very dark blackberry fruit, but it's come into balance in a medium-plus-bodied package with lively pepper aromas and really good length. Impressive ageability.

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  • 1995 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia

    This tasted pretty tired. Amaro, licorice, some bitter dark fruit, short. Not madeirized, possibly a touch heat damaged but not enough to mark it as flawed.

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