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Red
2013 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso Toscana IGT Cabernet Franc
7/21/2021 - rcg62 wrote:
No rating (have a cold, my nose not up to it). Dark color. First taste out of bottle super tannic. Gave it a couple hour decant. Softened, but still a bit grippy. Definitely a “big” Bordeaux in style. But I don’t get the classic cab franc notes, which I suppose was disappointing as I bought it for that uniqueness (Italian CF). Suspect it needs 5 years. Think it’s nice one with time 90-94
  • rcg62 commented:

    7/21/21, 9:13 PM - Thanks

Red
2016 Château Puygueraud Francs Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend
2/10/2021 - rcg62 Likes this wine:
92 points
This is a terrific wine for what it is — super value for minor Bordeaux region, in a great vintage. Deep ruby, even purple. Nice nose. But loaded dark fruit palate, delicious. I think it’s drinking great, no reason to cellar (but may soften and will last 10 easy). Amazing value ($25-30!?)
  • rcg62 commented:

    3/23/21, 7:32 PM - Thank you. That’s very kind. I’ve been on a bit of a “value Bordeaux” kick (have left some others) but this one was high up. From what I’m reading the 18 will be great too.

Red
2017 Deep Sky Vineyard Malbec Big Bang Cochise County
3/1/2021 - rcg62 wrote:
87 points
Tasting flight at The Art of Wine, Sedona AZ.
Merkin, Chupacabra 2019. GSM blend. Big nose. Hard to place: red fruits, more pinot like, but a bit kerosene? Decent. Nice tart berry, acidity. 87

Chateau Tumbleweed, Cousin IDD 2019. Bordeaux blend, cab dominant. Nose kind of dusty, some raspberry behind it. Not a lot there on palate. Innocuous, meh. 82

Deep Sky Vineyard, Big Bang Malbec 2017. Deep color. Blueberry on the nose, raspberry too. Soft on the palate, but feels “manufactured”. There with some of the “value” Argentinians. 87

Flying Leap Vineyards, Union 2018. Bordeaux blend: cab franc led, with cab sauv and petite Verdot. Good red fruit nose, with some green there. Definitely get the cab franc on the palate. Good juicy acidity here. Drinking fine but might improve with another year or two. Favorite of this tasting. 89

Laramita, Dos Compadres 2019
50-50 primitivo and petite sirah.
Deep ruby. Nose was a bit eye watering initially (maybe the 15.5%?) but mellowed. Dark fruits. Soft but medium/big palate. This one got much better with air! Decent. 87
  • rcg62 commented:

    3/7/21, 7:56 AM - (-;
    I did the whites flight as well. Reds were definitely the way to go!

Red
1996 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/20/2020 - rcg62 Likes this wine:
94 points
Nose really ripped as I was decanting. Super dark. Dark cherry, violets and tobacco on the nose, but also some iodine and anise. So plush on the mouth. Lots of tangy black cherry. And there is again that anise, or even eucalyptus. I get something a tad green on the finish, maybe it’s that eucalyptus again. (Not to be picky but it’s a tad funky.) Drinking well but youthful.
  • rcg62 commented:

    11/20/20, 8:37 PM - An hour and a half?

  • rcg62 commented:

    11/21/20, 4:11 AM - I think decant was fine. Didn’t improve in the glass materially.

Red
1986 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
6/19/2020 - rcg62 Likes this wine:
94 points
Drinking great. Past the peak maybe, but only just heading to other side. Color still terrific with very limited sign of age. Nose brings the berries, but there’s also earthy notes, coffee (?) and some very subtle pine. Interesting that I only decanted a half hour before, but it kept improving over the next hour plus. Lots of tangy dark fruit. Elegant, medium bodied at best. Long finish. Very classy.
  • rcg62 commented:

    6/20/20, 4:38 AM - Thx! You may be right on the peak/non-peak. Definitely got a lot better with air. Doubt it’s getting much better from here though. To be honest this bottle was a pleasant surprise as I was a bit worried about its storage as it had been left down at my summer home (passive cellar)

Red
2011 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py Gamay
6/13/2020 - rcg62 Likes this wine:
92 points
Not your mother’s Beaujolais. Big gamay. But wow beautiful wine and it can age further. Nose has musty raspberry but with deeper leathery notes. Lots of red fruit on the palate. Cranberries, red fruit, but still something darker. Rocking now but I think this is great in ten too.
  • rcg62 commented:

    6/13/20, 6:44 PM - My last bottle. ):

Red
1995 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
10/15/2016 - rcg62 Likes this wine:
95 points
From magnum. Amazingly youthful looking. Fruit bomb with so much dark cherry, raspberry, and notes of cassis and wood. Really nice. Obviously, magnum may help, but this baby has 15-20 years of great drinking ahead. And great today.
  • rcg62 commented:

    10/19/16, 3:49 PM - I would guess the 750s will be terrific. Especially with turkey!

Red
2005 Clos Mogador Priorat Grenache Blend, Grenache
8/18/2015 - sharkarama Likes this wine:
93 points
I have had some mixed experiences with this wine and vintage but this was excellent - powerful and elegant, full of flavour. Really good
  • rcg62 commented:

    7/16/16, 5:32 PM - Agree, had a bottle over a year ago I loved...tonight, meh.

Red
1997 Dalla Valle Maya Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend
9/23/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote:
100 points
The first bottle was heat damaged tragically. The second bottle more than made up for it with its attention seeking baked cherry, smoke, caramel, thyme, tobacco and herb nose. Silky, full bodied, lush, sweet, ripe and mouth filling, with true intensity of flavor, this could get even better with a few more years of age.
  • rcg62 commented:

    7/16/16, 4:56 PM - I think you got very lucky with that second bottle.

Red
2001 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Oakville
10/31/2015 - capacious Likes this wine:
93 points
Big, no - huge, now beginning to evolve, still purple dark, but perhaps some secondary notes, very well built wine. My only complaint is my usual complaint. I feel like this could be any of ten or twenty well made Napa wines. Readers are probably tired of my saying that and might reasonably say- capacious- why do you have so many if that's how you feel. The answer is we didn't think or really taste this way until perhaps the last three or four years. The more different Bordeaux, Burgundy and Italian wines of all regions we have, the more clear it is how terroir matters. Ok probably most have stopped reading by now and I won't do this tirade again. And yes, I didn't discover terroir. But some things you can talk about and know about, and then they finally become truly meaningful. The same good again and again can sort of bore.
  • rcg62 commented:

    7/15/16, 7:58 PM - I just posted the same wine, and liked it....albeit had during a wine dinner where it was the only Cali cab. But generally I must say I agree with your lament.

White
2005 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses Chardonnay
2/4/2014 - BurgAndy wrote:
flawed
More premox. I'm thinking best to drink Fevre Chablis young. Sad indeed.
  • rcg62 commented:

    5/24/15, 3:52 PM - Agree. Happens too often. Beautiful when they last, but....

White
2005 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses Chardonnay
5/4/2014 - Bob H wrote:
Light gold in the glass; pre-moxed ;^(
  • rcg62 commented:

    5/24/15, 3:50 PM - Had the same experience with a recent bottle. Was well stored too.

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