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Red
1989 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
6/19/2021 - aquacongas wrote:
95 points
blind
Not the best bottle. Too much black tea and coffee notes. Missing the primary aromas. 95
  • ProfAvi commented:

    7/8/21, 1:27 AM - At 32 years old would you normally expect primary fruit aromas?

Red
2010 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Selección Especial Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
4/17/2021 - Panchoricardo Likes this wine:
88 points
First sensation is the acidity. Suprising at this age. Then the fruit and the ripe but grippy tannins. A nice drink, but it was gone in no time.
  • ProfAvi commented:

    4/27/21, 11:03 AM - I thought acidity is a constant in a wine.
    So as it ages while others aspects of the wine may change, like fruit, tannin, other flavours, etc., acidity is the same.
    I might be wrong though!

Red
2001 Bodega Classica Rioja Hacienda López de Haro Gran Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
2/27/2021 - Genghis88 Likes this wine:
91 points
Opened, decanted, and consumed over eight hours (it needed a long decant)

Inky dark burgundy with a rusty rim. Full bodied
Iodine, leather, loads of oak at first, which blew off after a few hours.
Very dry, grippy, tannin is still present. Tates like the nose. Wine is still boastful, youngish and brash but coming into itself nicely. Great bones. I will open my next bottle in 18 months or so. Expecting better things. That being said the wine really exceeded itself when paired with some BBQ baby back ribs.
  • ProfAvi commented:

    4/17/21, 4:09 AM - I have just bought three bottles of this wine - very reasonably priced too for a 20 year old red!.
    I was interested to read you think it needs 8+ hours decant as I thought that as it's had such a long exposure to air in its production it wouldn't need a decant other than to remove any sediment and I find Rioja is often sediment free.

White
2018 Domaine Pattes Loup Chablis Vent d'Ange Chardonnay
8/12/2020 - Brinckma wrote:
90 points
Good wine. M+ to H acidity. Fiji apples, lemon peel, vanilla wafers, honeycomb, grapefruit. Really good balance. Great wine but maybe a little heavy on the acid.
  • ProfAvi commented:

    8/27/20, 7:14 AM - what are fiji apples?
    my family is from fiji - bananas, mangoes, papaya, guava, coconut - yes; but apples I've never seen!

Red
2016 Château Moulin Saint-Georges St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
9/21/2019 - Jeff Leve wrote:
92 points
Ripe plum, black cherry, underbrush, smoke and a hint of espresso open the nose. On the palate, the wine is silky, spicy, fresh and shows a bit of tannin that needs to soften. A few years in the bottle will allow the juicy, fresh, red fruits to come alive, and for more length and softness to appear
  • ProfAvi commented:

    11/17/19, 7:09 AM - I'll give it 2024 before trying the first of my 6 bottles!

Red
2016 Château La Pointe Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
9/15/2019 - CarpeDiem! Likes this wine:
89 points
Typical right bank, but still difficult to judge on its potential, hence a conservative rating at this point. Nose and mouth still dominated by fresh red fruit, menthol and tannins, covering barely perceptible wood, liquorice and cocoa aromas. Roast aromas and herbal notes to be sorted, but I believe that time will sort this. To be revisited.
  • ProfAvi commented:

    11/17/19, 7:06 AM - I have a 6 bottle case and won't be touching the first for 8-10 years.

Red
2008 Château d'Angludet Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
9/23/2018 - Keith Cooper Likes this wine:
91 points
This is the first bottle of the case, having just been received from The Wine Society's reserves. Opened and decanted for 1 hour. Drinking perfectly and I'm confident that this is only at the start of what is probably a 5 or 6 year drinking period. Medium plummy colour. Rich hedgerow fruits on the nose and palate, blackcurrants, plums, good levels of earthiness and fairly complex. A treat for Bordeaux lovers.
  • ProfAvi commented:

    3/1/19, 4:00 AM - my case is still with TWS - guess I should withdraw it now.

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