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Red
2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
10/20/2021 - aerosol Likes this wine:
94 points
The nose is maple oatmeal, fresh cut flowers and oak. Opened for an hour and the wine is still fresh and young. It swirls on my palate a little to the sweet side and I get deep ripened blackberry, oak, and a light tannins in the finish with a hint of vanilla. I tasted it side by side with a Margaux and it wasn’t a fair thing to do. This is a great wine, very enjoyable with a lot of dark fruit left that still has time and should be decanted and not quaffed down immediately.
  • aerosol commented:

    11/10/21, 9:52 AM - 2000 Pavilion Rouge du Château Margaux. It depended on your palate and state of mind. My palate is moving away from the sweeter CA wines to the Cali-Bordeaux-Nia wines as they are starting to merge. JPI is a great wine but it seemed a little too sweet in comparison to an old school Bordeaux.

  • aerosol commented:

    11/10/21, 7:10 PM - Ditto. I'll read your notes if you read mine. I am drinking down all my 2000's

Red
1995 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
5/7/2021 - aerosol Likes this wine:
96 points
Opened last night at a Cos tasting with wines spanning from 1973 to 2018 and the 1995 was the wine of the evening and was in a dead heat with 1982
The wine was professionally decanted several hours earlier at the Wine Watch and we went through a vertical, Beyond a doubt, the 95 was in a great place, The nose was floral, a little green, and vanilla oak. Inspecting the color and the 95 showed no visible sign of age. The palate was filled with a fresh swirl of dark black cherry, with hints of vanilla, mushroom, tobacco, earth, and pencil lead going down with enough tannins and enough light acidity for a finish that is till tight, but very elegant. This was my #1 Cos of the evening followed by the 1982, 2000, 2005, and 2010. 2009 drank like a good California wine and the 2018 is approachable and I think is the Cos to buy now.
Cos 1995 is in an excellent spot and I strongly recommend you try it if it's in your collection because it's in an amazing place
  • aerosol commented:

    6/28/21, 5:29 PM - Thank you very much.
    My advice is to open the bottles at different times and have 1 opened 1 hours and 3 hours decanted before drinking; definitely not PnP! This will give you a chance to see how the wine evolves through the evening, I made the comment on the wine after 4 hours of being opened, so seriously enjoy yourselves. Cheers!

White - Sparkling
2005 Drappier Champagne Grande Sendrée Champagne Blend
3/6/2020 - aerosol Likes this wine:
95 points
A great nose of honey and maple with some intoxicating floral components. It swirls around in the mouth with crisp pears and lots of effervescent, bright acidity. It’s almost worth the price
  • aerosol commented:

    6/11/21, 2:35 PM - Nailed it

Red
2014 Peter Michael Au Paradis Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
11/30/2020 - erictayl wrote:
90 points
In my cellar since release. I stopped buying PM a couple yrs ago and this bottle reminds me why. Gobs of oaky vanilla that reminds me of caymus. (yeah...I said it) Beyond the vanilla, there is some additional vanilla. After a little more vanilla, I found some cherries and spice...covered in vanilla. At a cost of $230, it’s hard to find a worse value. Note: They sell their wine wholesale for much cheaper than to their members, who they must regard as suckers. You can find this wine at any decent shop for under $200. If they can find enough suckers, good for them, but I’m out.
  • aerosol commented:

    1/3/21, 1:42 PM - Yup, I agree with you. I go on WineBid ad get it cheaper. The real deal at PM is the L'Esprit Pavot

Red
2016 Charles Krug Winery (Peter Mondavi Family) Merlot Napa Valley
5/31/2020 - Oechsle wrote:
88 points
If your sense of smell and taste can penetrate through the lumber yard of oak in this wine, you'll find it well made and uninteresting. Krug makes over 100,000 cases a year and the lab tech did a good job with: fruit check, tame tannins check, jammy fruit check, acidity check, its almost a bargain at the price point for a label stating Napa Valley. Na zdrowie
  • aerosol commented:

    8/23/20, 2:10 PM - LMAO
    I opened a bottle today and felt it was an 88 point wine and adequate for every day use. It's not getting better with age.

Red
2002 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
6/5/2020 - aerosol Likes this wine:
94 points
The nose is heavy perfume like Chanel #5. Great color, great nose and and the wine swirls on the palate with deep, dark fruit. It’s got a good amount of tannins and is just amazing
  • aerosol commented:

    7/3/20, 7:58 AM - Yes it is.

Red
2002 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
4/25/2020 - thebonnydooner wrote:
91 points
Another lovely showing for this wine. Showing only a little brick on the rim. Nice earthy, red plum dark cherry fruit. Polished and smooth on the palate, with nice freshness to go with the earthy leathery red plum and currant fruit. There is some nice sweetness, but this comes across as more savory than anything else. Really nicely drinking wine with nice complexity. I'm guessing that I need to hit the other 4 bottles sooner than later.
  • aerosol commented:

    6/6/20, 5:17 AM - Why wait for a good wine to go bad. I had a bottle yesterday, so don't rush it, but this wine is starting to sing now

Red
1990 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
3/28/2020 - aerosol Does not like this wine:
82 points
A fine example of waiting for a great wine to go bad!! The nose stinks and is not inviting. I am with other people who want to extol this wine but it’s DEAD! The nose is old and rubbery. The palate is even worse. This is a great producer, but this is a great wine to drink at 10 years old, but not at 30!! It’s dead! And it stinks too. I am sorry to have to say this because I want a different result, but I won’t start lying to you now
  • aerosol commented:

    3/30/20, 4:12 PM - I love Spotteswood, too, and I am not sure of the provenance as this was opened off the shelf at our wine shop. A few of us split a bottle and it was a stinkbomb, and sometimes that happens; not every bottle will be perfect.

Red
2005 Château Fleur Cardinale St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
2/21/2020 - aerosol Likes this wine:
93 points
Pure stink on the nose! Like having your nose in a garbage can and it takes about 3 hours aeration to blow the nose. If you can get passed the funk, underneath is an exquisite Bordeaux with sweetness, dark fruit depth, mild acidity, and chewy tannins. I really like this wine and I hope yours doesn’t smell as bad as this, so lots of air
  • aerosol commented:

    2/24/20, 3:19 PM - I don't think it was Brett because there were a bunch of serious wine aficionados there, drinking their collectables as well, who would have picked it out in a hurry. The wine just had a funk like garbage and wet dog hair which did blow off. But that does make a good point. I am always keen for the wrong odor, especially ethyl acetate, when it comes to wine.

Red
2001 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District
6/9/2019 - Stirling Likes this wine:
96 points
Still very dark with slight fade at rim. Absolutely gorgeous nose of cassis, blackberry, and forest notes. Blackfruit flavours are delivered with intensity and lots of complexity comes from the cedar, earth and mineral notes. While some Napa Cabs lean toward the sweet side of the spectrum, this wine definitely sits on the savoury side. The finish is long and spice-infused. The mouthfeel is terrific: medium+ body, good acidity and lots of ripe, polished tannins. There is definitely a Bordeaux-like sense to this wine with its savoury and elegant qualities. On point now but showing the balance and fruit to go another decade, maybe even two. Extraordinary. www.advinetures.ca
  • aerosol commented:

    10/25/19, 2:31 PM - I had the same experience with this last night

Red
2000 Château Latour à Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
7/28/2018 - maxima wrote:
92 points
Bu au resto AVV La suite de Sherbrooke avec Bulle, Meursault et FrançoisD.
Laissé debout 2 jours avant l’ouverture,
bouteille décantée pour enlever le dépôt et
remis en bouteille épaulée avant le repas.
Le nez est sur le souffre, un peu funky et sur le cuir.
En bouche, super velouté et bien équilibré. Des cerises,
du chocolat et du cèdre.
Les tannins sont fondus et la finale assez longue et
toute en finesse.
Le vin est à point et je ne tarderais pas à ouvrir…à
moins que vous aimiez vos vins sur les feuilles
mortes et les champignons sans fruit…c’était ma dernière heureusement!
  • aerosol commented:

    4/21/19, 5:36 AM - What a nice thing to do and I enjoyed the wine review as well

Red
2014 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Galitzine Vineyard Red Mountain
10/27/2017 - TXRDW wrote:
98 points
Thought I had opened a Palengat, initially popped and poured. To my dismay I had actually opened my one and only bottle of Galitzine, a wine I had planned on saving for a year or two. I need to be more careful with QC labels in the future. Ended up drinking a glass the first night, then in my futile attempt to age the wine (slightly), I let it sit overnight. The wine Gods must have had pitty on me as I was rewarded with a substantially improved flavor profile the next evening. Not even close to the first glass. Very smooth, fine tannins, infinitely long finish. Earthy, notes of menthol, spicy and several unique flavors I'm at a loss to place. I'm giving this wine, unfairly, a 98 only because of my ineptness at reading the label and opening the wine prematurely. My impression is that this wine ultimately is a 99-100 with a year or more aging... or at the very least with a long decant.
  • aerosol commented:

    4/6/18, 4:31 PM - I made the same mistake as you. I am only posting to warn any would be quaffers to hold off. Glad your 2nd night was enjoyable as that is evidence this wine will age well.

Red
1998 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate Napa Valley
1/26/2018 - aerosol Likes this wine:
91 points
Opened at a restaurant for 20th anniversary. Cork cane out soft and this was stored in a vinotech at 54 F. The initial nose was earthy and a hint of must. The mouth was full of dark cranberry, cooked cherry, and soft silky tannins. The wine popped with steak and was enjoyable through the 2 hour window and opened up a little better at the end. I would have thought this to be a left bank Bordeaux and not at all from California. This is a wine going past its prime and should have been drunk a few years past. If you have this, then don't push it into a few more years!
  • aerosol commented:

    1/27/18, 9:19 AM - I couldn't agree with you more about your observation. I do like my wines a little younger, but this had some cooked fruit notes to it that may have needed more time to breathe in order to resolve, and that swayed my opinion towards a 'drink now' rating. We all felt that we got to this wine just in time, but it was a massive effort that reminded me of Bordeaux. Another wine in this category would be Dunn Cabernet. Chateau Montelena is a classic wine with a big style and your comment was probably quite accurate. I have some 2000 Bordeaux that I still won't consider opening yet.

Red
2000 Château Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
11/18/2017 - aerosol Likes this wine:
94 points
I have to disagree with some of the other tasting notes here, but I opened a spectacular bottle last night at the Symphony of the Americas dinner at Pier 66. I opened this next to a bottle of JP Insignia 2004 and the comparison was stark. The Figeac opened quickly and had an elegant floral nose. After 1/2 hour it was drinking nicely and complemented our steak dinner perfectly. The wine was ruby in color with a good amount of floral bouquet with lots of dark fruit and a nice long finish. The insignia in a side-by-side comparison was sweet, but I preferred the Figeac especially with food. BTW, I recommend drinking this now because it as at its peak!
  • aerosol commented:

    1/4/18, 6:36 PM - Thanks Rimbe; it's always a pleasure to meet a good seasoned Bordeaux aficionado

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