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White - Sweet/Dessert
1983 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
10/20/2020 - Jeff Leve wrote:
92 points
This bottle was in outstanding condition. Coppery, orange in color, the perfume showed off its apricot, creme de caramel, butterscotch, candied orange and honeyed apricot profile easily. Lifted, energetic, yellow and orange honeyed fruits and molasses with caramel notes finished this sweet treat off. This is not a wine to hold for more development. If you are sitting on any, you should drink these sooner than later before the sweetness and fruits fade.
Red
10/20/2020 - dsimmons Likes this wine:
95 points
Beautiful aged cab drank with grilled beef tenderloin. Opened an hour prior to drinking. Elegant fruit. Beautiful integration. Drink or hold.
Red
10/20/2020 - dsimmons Likes this wine:
95 points
Delicious PS drank with wild duck gumbo. Opened an hour before drinking. Super concentrated fruit. Integrated tannin, beautiful balance. Happy to have one more. Drink or hold.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2008 Note d'Or Cuvée Réserve Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
10/20/2020 - Seneg wrote:
Used for cooking
Red
10/20/2020 - Jeff Leve wrote:
96 points
Certainly a contender for the wine of vintage as this gem manages to avoid the excessive heat and overripeness found in many 03 Chateauneuf's. Rich, lush and captivating, the wine fills your palate with wild, earthy, peppery, herb, leaf and tobacco coated fruits. Ripe, but not too much, this is drinking beautifully today. If you have been waiting, pull a cork and enjoy the ride.
Red
10/20/2020 - Jeff Leve wrote:
95 points
At the moment, the wine is quiet. Even with 1-2 hours of decanting, it took coaxing to find the peppery, earthy, garrigue and kirsch notes. Full-bodied, rich, classicly styled with good concentration, ripeness and purity in the fruits, perhaps a few more years of cellaring is needed before popping another cork.
Red
10/20/2020 - robferguson1 wrote:
92 points
I am realising how drinkable 09s are , lovely and long , I kept sipping for 2 great hours
White
10/20/2020 - Mr T wrote:
This bottle was singing and showed the crispness and structure/bite that didn't get from prior bottles. Drank with crusted halibut and just terrific
Red
2016 Moonrise Winery Heritage Lake Michigan Shore Red Blend (view label images)
10/20/2020 - Vino Me wrote:
86 points
Tasted at the winery. A blend of CS, Merlot and CF. Leather with blackberry and spice notes. Lightly oaked. 86 points.
White
10/20/2020 - magyarsvensk Likes this wine:
94 points
Flowers and buttered toast with marmalade on the nose. Mineral-driven palate with concentrated white and citrus fruits and a gentle, dynamic finish. Pretty much everything I look for in a white burg.

The last bottle must have been flawed, because this one was magnificent.
Red
10/20/2020 - Vino Me wrote:
85 points
Tasted at the winery. 2nd time I have had this. Oaky with tobacco and cassis notes. 85-86 points.
Red
10/18/2020 - MikeATL wrote:
89 points
A little tight and closed at the moment, as opposed to a much brighter 2013 tasted with it.
Red
10/20/2020 - Jeff Leve wrote:
93 points
Bright, lifted, stony, fresh and vibrant, with a peppery red fruit profile, texturally, the wine is fine. It is concentrated, clean and youthful. At least another decade or more of cellaring is warranted.
White
10/20/2020 - melzar wrote:
91 points
Perhaps the best dry Chenin Blanc I've ever tasted. Good fruit and acidity. Avoids the metallic aftertaste often present in dry examples of this varietal. I still think Chenin Blanc shines brightest with a little residual sugar. High tariff for the quality level.
Red
10/18/2020 - MikeATL wrote:
Bright purple fruit but lacking structure and a little diluted on the palate. Time to drink up.
Red
10/20/2020 - Jeff Leve wrote:
82 points
Drinkable, but well past its prime, the wine focuses on spices, earth and tobacco, with glimpses of red fruits found now and again. Medium-bodied, bright and with an earthy finish, this is not a wine to hold as it is probaby decades past its prime.
Red
10/20/2020 - Odedis.Wine.reviews Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark ruby (almost black) in color with a reddish rim.

Strong nose of baked cherries, black plums, red currants, light cedar, vanilla, licorice, tobacco, eucalyptus, dark chocolates, spices, black pepper, pencil lead, dirt and herbs.

Medium plus in body and smooth, with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, sweet strawberries, currants, wood, spices, light vanilla, tobacco, light alcohol, espresso, earth, pencil lead, coke and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty, and nicely aged, Cabernet Sauvignon from Mount Veeder in Napa Valley. Showing a great nose and a complex palate, with a nice mouthfeel.

Not a typical Napa Cabernet, and very unique for the region. A good quality wine with a pretty nose.

This 10 year old is still young and not showing its age much. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

Needs 2 hours to open up properly, so be patient.

Tangy and good with food, too. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Great with the brie cheese.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$105.
Red
10/20/2020 - Kerino wrote:
90 points
Stewed prunes. Cardamom. Vanilla. Iodine and figs. . Bit of a pot of various unctuous smells and flavours. Tannins are light and bracing.
Red
10/20/2020 - Vino Me wrote:
84 points
Tasted at the winery. 2nd time I have had this. No formal notes. 84 points.
Red
1996 Bodegas Murua Rioja Veguin Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
10/20/2020 - Michael Mackenzie Likes this wine:
89 points
Worth noting that the Veguin is now called a Gran Reserva. In 1996 it just said Reserva on the back label. This may explain why Cellar Tracker has two entries for the same wine.
Bottle 3,553 of 40,000, 13.5% ABV.
Difficult to know the blend but obviously dominated by Tempranillo with touches of Graciano and Mazuelo.
Colour: deep brick red, med rim, brown tinge.
Nose: very elegant, mature yet still fresh, American oak mostly blows off swiftly, good ripe fruit, plums, blackberries, thyme, oregano.
Taste: Med body, rounded, soft, still notes of oak but good ripe fruit to balance it. Long finish, soft, blend of oak and ripe plums.
Overall, it develops well from being lean and closed at first to exciting plum and blackberry flavours after two hours decanting. Lacks a little structure but elegant nevertheless.
Red
10/20/2020 - Vino Me wrote:
81 points
Tasted at the winery. Third time I have had this and it did not show as well. Lighter redwith cinnamon and raspberry notes. 81 points.
Red
10/19/2020 - daveyk39 wrote:
88 points
Medium ruby color. Offers plums, 5-spice powder, and pepper. Big and supple, rich on the palate, with flavors of plum, cherry and spice.
Rosé
10/20/2020 - Vino Me wrote:
69 points
Tasted at the winery. This may be labelled NV but I was told the fruit came from the 2017 vintage. Orange red color. This just tasted flat with clay notes. 69 points.
Red
10/20/2020 - beatles wrote:
91 points
Southern Accents here, spice, toasted presence, would have guessed spätburgunder from Baden, well made, quite smooth, deep and rich
#podcast
White
10/20/2020 - Vino Me wrote:
85 points
Tasted at the winery. This may be labelled NV but I was told the fruit came from the 2017 vintage. Lean and crisp with apple notes. Better than the 2016 vintage. 85 points.
Red
2013 Charles Van Canneyt Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
10/20/2020 - phynes wrote:
94 points
Not a Burgundy person by any means but this was delicious. Fragrant with notes of plum and raspberry and well-balanced. Drinking well but felt on the young side.
Red
10/19/2020 - BobMilton Likes this wine:
92 points
Good red fruit (strawberries and cherries)
White
10/20/2020 - tedcholl wrote:
85 points
I got some definite petrol on the nose and palate which was totally unexpected and not mentioned in any of the reviews I read so not sure what that means. As was expected some green apple, lemon, minerals and saline.
Red
10/20/2020 - probraided Likes this wine:
92 points
This is just an amazing Bourgogne. Needs about an hour to open up, but after that it's just a great ride. Keeps evolving as I follow it. Great with food, but complex enough (actually, surprisingly complex) for its level. It costs about 2x of an average bourgogne, but has the weight and complexity of a good village wine or a decent 1er Cru. Will probably age well and further improve in 2-4 years. Highly recommended.
Red
10/20/2020 - Messorio wrote:
93 points
Loads of dark fruit, youthfull, complex, supporting acidity, smooth tannins. Just perfect price to quality, wish I had some in my cellar. Blows many other more expensive bottles out of the gate. At least 5 years ahead at this level. Nice concentration, some sweetness from the extract. Perfect now!!! One of my top surprises from Austria
Red
2011 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/20/2020 - SOMUCHBETRONDAY5 Likes this wine:
88 points
Wondered if I needed to decant while decanting, of course. Answer: No
Not alot going on the 1st 2/3 of the sipping, other than tedious virtues like pedigree and breed. Red cherry and cedar; Anytown, fr. Beautiful, almost long, finish, however, squelches any creeping doubts about where one had wandered
If I really loved this, I'd have judiciously waited a few days to divulge that Bauer on Newbury is selling this for 30USD
Red
10/20/2020 - Motz wrote:
93 points
Tasted over two days.

Expected more of this, grip, intensity, and tannin, given the vintage. Instead, this showed quite rounded, plush, and in a solid drinking window. While wholly delicious as it sits, difficult to get excited about. A full 24 hours of air did not change the wine in any significant way. Based on this showing, I would not hold bottles beyond 2025 or so. 92-93.
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Red
10/20/2020 - Snoman Likes this wine:
93 points
Drinking perfectly now with 5 or more years at peak. Wonderful!
Red
10/20/2020 - bacchus of knockholt wrote:
87 points
Black fruit and cedar aromas and a palate of sweet blackcurrant and soft tannins. Easy drinker but much prefer the Capaia One, worth pay the extra £3.
Red
10/20/2020 - Covehaven wrote:
92 points
The wine looks ruby colored. The legs are medium. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like red currant. It tastes like red currant. The body is medium/full. The wine has silky texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has medium acidity. Young wine that I will try in 2 years hoping to improve finish
Red
10/19/2020 - stamperb Likes this wine:
91 points
Dark purple in color, lots of dark berry fruit and oak on the nose. Flavor had good balance of oak/cedar and fruit (cherry and dark berry). Strong tannic structure that softened with decanting (2 hours). Very enjoyable but lacked broad complexity.
Red
10/20/2020 - tedcholl Likes this wine:
94 points
100% Tuscan Merlot goodness. Big and bold but smooth and well integrated at 14 years. Blackberry, blueberry, chocolate, leather, dark dirt, and baking spices. Wonderful.
Red
10/20/2020 - The_Cat Likes this wine:
93 points
Intense brick red. Lots of mushroom and truffle but still some red berries left. Medium bodied with soft textured tannins and elegant long finish.
Red
2019 Château Lacombe Cadiot Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/20/2020 - ZaphodB Likes this wine:
88 points
Deep ruby red with purple red brim. Nose is somewhat contained, but with some dark fruit such as plums, black currants, dark cherries and a touch of licorice. Mouthfeel is rich and generous, fruity and quite full bodied, with fine, mature tannins, good acidity and notes of plums, black currants, dark cherries and some licorice.

No oak here, only matured on steel tank, so this is clean, dark fruit. Rich style of Bordeaux for quite early drinking.
Red
10/20/2020 - Jon Mills Likes this wine:
93 points
Perfumed, elegant and delicious.
Red
10/16/2020 - malbrecht wrote:
92 points
This had a wonderful floral nose of cherries and crushed red fruit. Cherries and raspberries on entry, transitioning to notes of light mushroom and flowers and herbs. Nice acid sugar balance, and the tannins seemed well integrated. I’m curious where this will go in the next 5 years, and if time will tame the floral notes exploding out of the glass. Not that they need to be tamed. In any event, a wonderful and elegant wine and a good example of what Oregon Pinot can be.
Red
10/20/2020 - LWI wrote:
90 points
Lighter body, pine tree, slim, lacks complexity.
Rosé - Sparkling
11/13/2018 - fmiskolc Likes this wine:
92 points
Very good with a lot of enjoyable characteristics.
Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc (min) 1 yr. 12.5 ABV $23
North Fork of Long Island / Long Island / New York
WVR 32.40: Good value at the price point.
White
10/20/2020 - Anonymous wrote:
89 points
A better 2013 than my last few White Burgundies. This is well done and will last.
Red
10/20/2020 - Wuhan Joe Likes this wine:
89 points
Initially rather closed, improved by 2 hours breathing.
Briars, black cherries and raspberries. Dry with fine tannins and hints of sweetness from the fruit. Medium bodied, feminine and elegant. Drink now and for 5 years.
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Red
10/20/2020 - malbrecht wrote:
89 points
Notes of cherries, blackberries, vanilla, and a slight floral finish. Tannins were integrated. This seemed like it was made in a heavier style, with the alcohol occasionally peeking through the other flavors and making its presence known. Well made.
Red
1978 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/15/2020 - Comte Flaneur wrote:
93 points
A beautifully resolved and pristine bottle of Ch. Gruaud-Larose 1978, medium-bodied with bell pepper, tobacco, smoke and tar. One of the best mature clarets I have tried this year I would put it marginally behind the Talbot 1966 and D’Issan 1985. First of three, all pristine, no rush to drink these, based on #1.
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