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2019 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
6/8/2020 - Jeff Leve wrote:
97 points
Quite deep in color, the initial nuances of chocolate mint, flowers, spice, incense, espresso and smoky red fruits fills your nose and glass. On the palate, the wine is fleshy, seductive, soft and loaded with dark sweet fruits. Expansive, silky and long, the layers of sweet fruits linger in the finish. The fruit shows a beautiful purity and sensuous quality in the fruits. The wine was made from a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, reaching 14.2% alcohol with a pH of 3.7. The harvest took place September 23 through October 10. Yields were 38 hectoliters per hectare with the grand vin produced from only 40% of the harvest. 96-98 Pts
  • G SQUARED commented:

    6/23/20, 1:22 PM - Thanks for all the great tasting notes Jeff. First vintage I've purchased futures for since 2010.

2006 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Reignots Pinot Noir
4/6/2019 - MC2 Wines wrote:
Acker April 2019 (Marea in NYC): Not terribly flawed, but clearly off. They pulled this bottle as a result, but sometimes part of wine is trying the stuff that isn't full on as well (e.g. we asked to try it anyway). This came across as mostly just tired. Not awful, but just missing all of the brightness you would expect.
  • G SQUARED commented:

    5/23/20, 2:36 PM - Exactly how I felt. No "lift" at all.

  • G SQUARED commented:

    5/23/20, 2:50 PM - If anything, possibly a heat issue but won’t know until I try another. Got it from a collector buddy of mine. He probably has a couple more so may have another with him.

  • G SQUARED commented:

    5/23/20, 2:54 PM - Lol, I was on that drinking that wine! Asked Louis Michel about how COVID changing the wine world.

2017 Betz Family The Untold Story Columbia Valley Red Blend
3/29/2020 - BenNoir wrote:
85 points
Bought 6 as a new Betz offering, opened one to try it out.
Mix of 50% Cab Sauv, 40% Syrah, 10% Merlot, sourced from the Columbia Valley AVA.

Pop and pour, the color was dark and inviting, but when it hit the mouth it was an unexciting greeting, and upon exit it did not linger. It appears to be a wine assembled from a gathering of second tier fruit. Drink up, for aging will not be of benefit.

The Untold Story should have remained untold. It compares with $20 grocery store red blends.
  • G SQUARED commented:

    4/12/20, 1:52 PM - Give it as a gift. :)

2012 BRAND Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon "BRIO"
9/19/2015 - kkoshkin wrote:
95 points
Decanted for an hour. First glass was still very tightly wound with firm tannins. As the wine opened, it showed wonderful earth on the palate and a seductive velvet quality. Loooooooooong finish. Very good now, and will be much better with some more age. Score reflects how this wine drinks now with a slight bump up for where I think it is going.
  • G SQUARED commented:

    11/26/15, 11:28 AM - Thanks Keith! I agree. Very young, especially for a "second" wine. When Philippe tasted me on this wine just after the blend was finished, I looked at him and said "too good for a second wine"! Haha. Enjoy!

    Greg Gregory
    BRAND Napa Valley Estate Director

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