Tasting Notes for ONEFIVE

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Rich golden hue.
Ripe apple, honey, toasted almond, creme brûlée and vanilla.
Concentrated, lengthy, balanced and overall wonderful on the palate. The wine has power and structure along with the acidity to last another 10 years easily.
Fairy simple nose consisting of raspberry, blueberry, coffee grounds and toasty oak.
Medium body, med+ tannin, and moderate acidity.
This was popped and poured so I believe it will open up. That said, on first impression I’m a little concerned there is a lack of depth and power here. Especially for Napa. It is a nicely polished wine but it’s pretty mellow and subdued. Will update the note if this turns around.
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9/19/2020 - ONEFIVE wrote:
A great shot at CA Beaujolais. Bright red fruit with a touch of carbonic and whole cluster. Bright acid, lightweight and easy to drink. There’s a nice grip to the tannin and overall this wine is fine. Worth the premium if you want to support CA wineries.
Crunchy red fruit. Cherry, raspberry and rhubarb. Silky on the palate with a nice line of acidity. There is a touch of Priorat character here with enough weight and fruit on the palate. Great everyday Priorat!
1996 Château Lafon-Rochet St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Dried black fruit, tobacco, wet earth and woody aromas.
Silky and fully integrated. The tannins are soft but tighten toward the finish. Acidity is low to medium, totally in check to allow the fruit to shine.
This is a wonderful wine that is likely in its prime. I don’t see much upside as it’s totally in the zone right now. It will last longer but I’d drink over the next 5+ years.
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Raspberry and dried cherry on the nose. Fresh green aromas, herbs, and a touch of spice. Dark fruit emerges with air.
Medium weight, moderate tannin and moderate acidity. It’s slightly tart on the palate with a bit of heat on the back end. All in all, nice now but it needs a good 2+ hour decant. Will likely improve with some age. Solid value at around $35
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2009 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
Fresh and vibrant at 11 years on with aromas of peach, nectarine, apple and wet stone.
The mouthfeel is perfectly lifted with layers, roundness, acidity and finesse. A pleasure to drink now and will go for 10+ years easily depending on your preference. A pretty, medium weight, and all around delicious wine.
Seductive nose of pomegranate, crushed cherry, cola, mossy forest floor, spice, and a touch of bramble. Deep and powerful on the palate, with med+ body, moderate acidity and light tannin. Concentrated and silky this beauty will please for years. It still seems on the primary side even at 6 years old. Very impressed.
A warmer year has taken some of the subtlety and replaced it with power. The nose is intoxicating with crushed cranberries, raspberry, blueberry and cherry. There’s a touch of iron, and spice in the background. On the palate there’s plenty of fruit that is not quite in harmony with the moderate acidity. Mild tannin frames this well but the wine need a bit more integration. Hold for another 3-5 years and revisit. I don’t doubt this will become a real beauty down the line.
Woody, lightly vegetal, yet harmonious and seductive.
Tobacco, mushroom and spice. The palate is medium body with medium acidity. Tannin is on the lighter side of grippy but there is a tartness here that amplifies.
All in all, not the best Latour I’ve had but still a great wine. Will drink we for the next 5-10 years before sliding if I had to guess.
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California chardonnay done right.
Ripe pineapple and tropical fruit with a touch of spice and minerality.
Medium bodied and silky in the glass with enough acidity and energy to keep this interesting.
A wonderful effort that is fantastic now. Why wait?
1994 Château Troplong Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Exquisite this time around.
Plenty of fruit, tannin, and life left here.
No oxidative quality as before. Better bottle this time. Grippy and delicious.
Similar experience to my March 8th note.
This is delicious and totally in the zone. It has time left but why wait? The grip might soften and it might slightly improve over the next 5+ years, but it’s perfect with a grilled steak right now. Enjoy.
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Red berry and cherry cola leap from the glass with an herbaceous (pleasantly steamy) quality.
Medium weight with enough grip to handle light meats and bright acidity.
It’s a decent drinking wine though not overly complex or thought provoking. Well made and solid for the price. Drink now.
1995 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Wonderfully seductive nose.
Black and red fruit, with a touch of tobacco.
Still quite youthful, moderate tannins and medium acidity. Medium body but powerful fruit.
This is great now and will go another 20 years. Try again in a couple years.
Barnyard, dried red fruit.
Seamless, slightly tense and long.
Wonderful right now.
Tart red fruit and earth.
Tangy, long, ethereal.
Drinking epic now!
Cassis, tobacco.
Tight, slightly tart, yet balanced.
Give it 3 more years.
6/1/2020 - ONEFIVE wrote:
Hedonistic heat.
Off balance with faded fruit.
Better in its youth.
1990 Château Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Explosive red fruit.
Silky mouthfeel, umami.
Plenty of life left.
5/16/2020 - ONEFIVE wrote:
Golden straw color.
Premox, pineapple and cream.
Rich, with verve. Drink now.
Subtle red fruit nose
Structured, deep, juicy, and quick.
Basic and ready
1996 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Similar note to last time.
Still lovey red fruit here and plenty of time left to enjoy. Grippy tannin, medium body, and moderate acidity.
1993 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Off year? Not so here.
Dark fruit, silky, pure and tense.
Come back in 3 years.
Brick edge, bloody core.
Clean, dried, red fruit, iron and chalk.
Damn good, 10 years left.
Light bricking at the edge. Ruby core.
Dried fruit, tobacco, leather, raspberry/strawberry compote, vanilla and a floral nuance as well. Very pretty.
Perfectly in sync on the palate. Tannin still has some grip with medium body and moderate acidity. The length on the finish is incredible.
Wonderful now and has at least 10 years left.
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1995 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
It’s been just about 2 years since I last had this. I believe I had an off bottle last time.
This is still showing some age visually, but the nose is much more alive than I recall.
Tobacco, leather, graphite, raisin, and a tinge of red fruit.
Medium body on the palate, moderate acidity and there is still a touch of grip to the tannin.
This is not bad at all. It will go another 5 years but I would drink up now, don’t expect it to improve.
1989 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Still stunning.
Plenty of raisin/tobacco/dried fruit with loads of spice and earthy qualities on the nose. Fresh soil, leather, and a dark core of fruit show beautifully with medium mouthfeel/tannin/acidity all in balance. Incredible, peaking I’d say. Drink now and over the next 5+ years.
Practically opaque black in the glass.
Loads of black fruit and cassis on the nose. Raspberry jam, and some bright fruit in the background as well.
Full body, medium tannin and perfectly balanced acidity. This is a pleasure to drink. The finish extends for over a minute. Glad I kept this the cellar as long as I did. It’s great going on 10 but will got another 10 easily.
1995 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Tons of energetic fruit on the nose.
Cassis, raspberry, slate, a touch of leather, very focused and pure.
The palate is medium body, acid is medium plus, tannins still grippy.
This is gorgeous right now, it has plenty of time left. Hold for another 2-3 years and enjoy for another 10+.
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Bright primary fruit with a touch of new wood on the nose. Red fruit, cassis, and a mix of baking spices. Quite intriguing.
Soft and elegant on the palate with tannin that creeps up on the finish. This is an incredible wine with a long life ahead. Decades. Wait another few years for the tannin to settle and enjoy over the next 20+.
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Earthy, with a nice core of black fruit in the nose. Seemingly very tight upon opening. A you big menthol, tobacco, and iron emerge.
On the palate, this is silky smooth with a solid frame of tannin and bright acid. The fruit is still there and all of the structural elements are holding this together well. Looking forward to this opening up. Drink now and over the next 10-15 years.
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Bright red fruit and notes of cedar on the nose. Low to medium weight with moderate acidity and a touch of bitter/black fruit on the back end. Drink now.
3/1/2020 - ONEFIVE wrote:
Brick edge. Garnet core.
Dried tobacco, cedar, raisin, an earthiness.
Light to medium body, medium tannin and mediums acid.
This wine is on the decline. Still enjoyable but certainly past its prime. Drink up.
2/29/2020 - ONEFIVE wrote:
Deep red core, garnet edge.
Subtle red fruit on the nose. Focused and simple in a nice way.
Well structured tannin, acid, and fruit come together nicely here. There is a touch of iron on the finish. Nice wine that is probably on a slow decline at this point.
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2/29/2020 - ONEFIVE wrote:
Garnet edge, ruby core.
Deep dark fruit aromas. Focused and hedonistic. A light bramble character and a touch of spice/oak make this quite pleasurable on the nose.
Silky palate with medium weight, medium acidity and a powerful core of fruit. Goegoues black cherry lingers on the palate in a 30+ second finish.
This is a beautiful example of CA Pinot.
1995 Tertre Rôteboeuf St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Light bricking at the edge, garnet core.
Loads of bright red berry fruit, black cherry, cassis, blueberry and fresh baked pie pie crust. Damp earth, tobacco, and savory elements linger in the background. Aromatically this is incredible.
On the palate, this does not dissapoint. Medium to full body, powdery tannin, and moderate acidity frame this well. Amazing balance and an extended finish make for one absolutely delicious wine.
This has years of prime drinking ahead, hard to resist now, but I’d wait another 3 before revisiting. One of my all time favorite producers in St. E.
Decanted for a few hours.
Bursting with juicy red and black fruit, cassis and vanillin oak. This wine is the perfect example of elegant modern Napa. Extended 45+ second finish with framing tannins and moderate acidity. Super polished, ready to drink, with enough structure to age gracefully for 5-10+ years.
With a bit of air this unfurled quite beautifully.
Rustic aromas with cranberry, tart cherry, herbaceous and woody notes dominate.
Silky entry with drying tannin and medium body. The acidity is fresh and in balance. The finish is quick but enjoyable.
All in all, probably at its prime with a few more years of good drinking left. I just don’t know if the fruit will hold on longer than that.
1997 Château Barde-Haut St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Rustic on the nose with leather, blueberry, vanilla, and various baking spices. Intriguing and slightly hedonistic.
Plenty of fruit on the palate with high tannin and medium acidity.
Pleasantly surprised. This is not bad at the moment, maybe a bit awkward with the grippy tannin, but not too out of balance. A few years might help but it’s hard to say. Try again in another year or two.
Similar note to last time.
This wine is still super young, but it’s incredibly pure and delicious. Tannins are strong, acidity is moderate and the core of fruit is still quite youthful.
Hold for 3-5 and drink over the next 15+ years.
1982 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Still a brilliant ruby red with a light brick edge.
Harmonious and interesting on the nose. Fruit is very focused - cassis, red and black dried fruit, a whiff of woodiness and cigar box.
Silky on the palate with moderate acidity and low tannin. There’s a decent hit of fruit left here but it is fading to the bitterness of the acidity. Now is likely the time to drink up.
2016 Domaine de Cambes Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Powerful, oaky, delicious, and well made. This exhibits pure and focused fruit with loads of blueberry and black cherry. For those that like big wines, this is good to go now with a bit of decanting. Otherwise, hold this for 5 more years to allow the oak to intergrate further. It has the tannin, fruit, and acidity to be epic in time.
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Unapologetic Aussie Shiraz.
Not for your IPOB lovers, or old world palates.
That said, there is much pleasure to be had here for those that love big bold reds.
The nose is bursting with ripe cherry, kirsch, blackberry jam, toasty coconut, and baking spice. It’s almost port-like. At 15.5% I expected a lot more heat on the nose but it holds it well.
Full bodied on the palate, with silky texture, settled tannin, low acid, and heaps of fruit. The finish extends over 30 seconds thanks to the massiveness of this wine. It’s slightly sweet but not cloying.
All in all, this has held up very well. It’s probably peaking and only had a few years left.

Edit: This started to fall off after a few hours. The punchy fruit faded and what was left was an awkward boozy, clingy, slightly bitter wine. Drink up!
Pretty nose of dried red fruit, cranberry and spice.
Silky on the palate. With nice framing tannin and acidity but really gorgeous and focused here. Great now but will live for another 10 years.
1995 Château La Dominique St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Clean on the nose with dried red cherry and cranberry, with a tinge of baking spice.
Silky on the palate. Moderate tannin and acidity frame this and just slightly overt take the fruit. If the fruit component holds on long enough for the tannin to mellow, this will continue to get better.
Drink now and over the next 5-10.
Saddle leather, dried fruit, tobacco, and some rustic charm on the nose.
Medium to full body, moderate acidity and moderate tannin. Decent amount of fruit as well.
All in all, this is a great wine. It’s still fairly young seemingly, but enjoyable now. Another 5+ years of prime drinking for sure.
1999 Château Lafleur Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Light bricking at the edge with a deep red core.
Rustic nose, smoked meat, spice, tomato chutney, with some red fruit in the background.
Silky on the palate. Pure and firm structure. Acidity is medium.
This opened up nicely after a couple hours but is still tightly wound. I would wait at least another 3 years before trying again. It will last another decade no problem.
Rich on the nose. Pineapple, melon, a touch of honey and roasted almond.
Full body, with loads of fruit, texture and length on the palate. Low to medium acidity keep this in check, but this is a hedonistic experience.
Delicious and will age beautifully. Hard to resist now.
Beautiful bright aroma of baking spice and dried red fruit. This is very much alive. Wonderful concentration, bright acidity and integrated tannin. The finish is short and grippy, but this is a wonderful wine. Drink now and over the next 5-10 years.

Tasted alongside a magnum of 1979. Over about an hour this started to fade and the ‘79 improved.
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