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Red
2015 Smith Story Cabernet Sauvignon Pickberry Vineyard Sonoma Mountain
2/14/2021 - vancouvermatt wrote:
96 points
This is probably the best California Cabernet I've had in 6+ months.

Elegent and silky, with well integrated tannins and juicy acidity that keeps you coming back for the next sip.
  • vancouvermatt commented:

    2/14/21, 3:42 PM - It was amazing now, I think it should remain at peak for 2-3 years

Red
2015 San Fabiano Calcinaia Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Cellole Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
2/10/2021 - vancouvermatt wrote:
95 points
Terrific, full bodied, modern style. Would buy again
  • vancouvermatt commented:

    2/10/21, 5:38 PM - I agree, Suckling tends to inflate scores by at least 3 points... but this was super fun to drink. Only 2 or 3 stores in BC have this left.

Red
2018 Marchand and Burch Pinot Noir Mount Barrow Mount Barker
1/16/2021 - vancouvermatt wrote:
92 points
Creamy, silky, good mouth feel, well balanced and ripe but not overdone. Some nice savory stalky elements
  • vancouvermatt commented:

    1/16/21, 6:24 PM - Yes, bclb carries this

Red
2015 Domaine Saint Préfert Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
10/17/2018 - InternationalWineReport wrote:
93 points
The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Domaine Saint Préfert is a beautiful showing. It begins with aromas of raspberries and plums which come together with spices, iron, wild herbs and lavender nuances all coming together in the glass. This medium-bodied red is well balanced and beautifully structured around fine tannins. It continues to impress with its remarkable poise, as ripe red berries are underlined by a lovely touch of acidity keeping it fresh and inviting through the finish. A wonderful job from Isabel Ferrando, which should thrive in the cellar for many years to come. (Best 2020-3032)
  • vancouvermatt commented:

    10/17/18, 8:37 PM - 3032? :)

Red
2014 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
9/16/2017 - vancouvermatt wrote:
97 points
Top 2 of 10 at 2014 BDX tasting.
  • vancouvermatt commented:

    9/17/17, 11:43 AM - Leoville Poyferre.

Red
2004 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon John Riddoch
8/18/2017 - vancouvermatt wrote:
95 points
Fantastic.
  • vancouvermatt commented:

    8/21/17, 10:46 AM - I'm sure it'll last another 5-10 years, but will it get better? I don't have enough experience with the John Riddoch wines to know how they evolve over time. In general, I'd rather drink too early than too late.

Red
2004 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
7/11/2013 - vancouvermatt wrote:
94 points
A stunner! Bought on release and stored in cellar since 2007 (but still widely available for puchase for $70). Modern, ripe with notes of charcoal, earth, and dark fruits like cassis. Great finish.
  • vancouvermatt commented:

    7/11/13, 3:36 PM - No doubt it's very modern in style, but I don't think I'd confuse it with a blockbuster Napa cab...

    Definitely can go for another 10+ years, just depends where on the maturity scale you like your wines. Personally, I like both ends of the spectrum - I recently polished off Lafite's 2nd wine from 1983 and it was terrific as well (currently about $200/bottle).

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