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2007 Château Pradeaux Bandol Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre
12/19/2017 - violistus wrote:
94 points
This was ravishingly and energetically tight and closed tonight right from the bottle. The juice is inky ruby purple, and there were prominent dusty tannins on the finish, which closes off sharply at the moment. Mesquite and berry aromas leap from the glass, and there's quite a large, polished, and mature frutti di bosco note. A slight chill flattered this baby. I have a few more bottles and will wait 5 years at a minimum. Patience for this wonderfully traditional beast!
  • DaddyNeedsPow commented:

    1/2/18, 7:29 PM - I loaded up on this last summer, and couldn't help cracking one open just to see. Loved it, loads of potential!

2015 Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône Syrah
5/3/2017 - DaddyNeedsPow Likes this wine:
90 points
Love the (grenache-heavy?) nose, with lots of red fruit character buffered by some sort of milk chocolate thing. The palette is a bit less interesting and thinner than one may expect from the nose. Definitely an extraordinary value.
  • DaddyNeedsPow commented:

    5/5/17, 9:10 PM - Interesting--I wouldn't have guessed that! I just read the Spectator note, which doesn't line up with mine at all! I might just have to open another and see what's up. :-)

2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Old Vine Zinfandel California
An addendum to my prior note. Still very much to like, but this is the first time wine has survived in the bottle to taste on another night. The second night showed the wine hotly and bitterly alcoholic...lesson learned. NO LEFTOVERS!
  • DaddyNeedsPow commented:

    10/29/15, 4:46 PM - Good question, as I've never noticed it before either. But at least one other note mentions it as well. And this bottle on the first night wasn't showing the burn, it was just a nasty surprise the next evening.

2004 Tenuta Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
7/31/2015 - vinorsk Likes this wine:
95 points
What can I say, another fantastic vintage for this wine. Tremendous QPR for a big, rich, complex, earthy Brunello with great tannins, fruit, earth, leather, and finish. Decanted an hour and drunk with roast whale. Delicious wine and very vibrant. Drinking well now but no signs of flagging.
  • DaddyNeedsPow commented:

    8/2/15, 9:13 PM - Roast whale?!?!?! Is that even legal?

Red - Fortified
2011 Dow Porto Vintage Port Blend
3/14/2015 - Motz wrote:
98 points
I had the good fortune of retasting this elixir--the remaining portion of two 10-hour-long decanted bottles, subsequently repoured into one of the bottles and recorked, non-refrigerated--four days (about 100 hours) after they were first opened. It had shed some of its baby fat and showed prominent dry wine qualities, including minerals, tobacco, ash, and Douro terroir. Overall, while grapey, the wine featured a liquified, candied mineral-terroir element all but impossible to describe. Incredibly dense, rich, and pure. Drink through 2060. 97-99.
  • DaddyNeedsPow commented:

    3/14/15, 12:22 PM - We've been gathering as much of this as we can, as 2011 was our wedding year. Haven't tried it yet, but figure the two magnums will be pretty good for a 50th anniversary blowout!

2007 Château Lassègue St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
11/25/2013 - DaddyNeedsPow Likes this wine:
91 points
A hit. Why can't anyone else make Merlot like the Right Bank? Great earthy tannins let just enough posh blue fruit poke through. Would love to see if it puts on a bit more palette weight in a year or two. Try again in 2015.
  • DaddyNeedsPow commented:

    11/20/14, 11:08 PM - Try again in 2015? What the hell, this is really drinking well right now. I keep going back to the store for more.

2012 Szöke Mátyás Irsai Oliver Mátra
4/9/2014 - Motz wrote:
89 points
A powerful wine that features a Gewurztraminer-like bouquet. It drinks nothing like it smells. The potent taste profile is reminiscent of phenol disinfectant cleaners used in India, alcohol fuels, and creosote. This is a different wine, but a well made one, without flaws. Enjoyable in its own unique way. The only wine I know with a similar taste profile is the 2010 La Cadalora Traminer Aromatico Vallagarina.
  • DaddyNeedsPow commented:

    10/20/14, 10:02 PM - A friend brought me a bottle back from Dornan's. Can't wait to try it. I liked the 2011 Szöke Mátyás Királyleányka quite a lot.

2010 Tikal Malbec Amorio Mendoza
11/5/2013 - Amjn wrote:
89 points
The Tikal malbec is smooth and big in style with sweet dark plum, light cocoa, oak and a heavy dose of herbaceousness. Almost too much. Interesting and really approachable. All in all a little bombastic and lacking complexity.
  • DaddyNeedsPow commented:

    12/8/13, 11:30 AM - I think it was exactly that herbaceous quality that made me say "more complexity than I expected." At least it made it stand out from other mass-market Malbecs, IMO. Cheers!

2008 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
12/6/2012 - Patrik H wrote:
91 points
Had it blind. So Parker gave this wine 99p...

On the nose. Black currant! Black currant! Black currant! Fudge and some pepper, white pepper.
On the palate. Guess what! Black currant, candy, some alcohol with a good lenght. A little to much for my taste will perhaps be nice and more balanced in the future.
  • DaddyNeedsPow commented:

    12/7/12, 11:50 PM - How long did you decant? -Thanks!

2009 Cave de Pomérols Picpoul de Pinet Hugues de Beaulieu Picpoul Blanc
5/31/2010 - DaddyNeedsPow wrote:
80 points
  • DaddyNeedsPow commented:

    8/30/10, 11:24 PM - Elaboration: Evian has loads more character.

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