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Tasting Notes for KenPlace

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White - Off-dry
9/7/2022 - KenPlace wrote:
97 points
Simply fabulous. Tried it next to 1964 Schloss Johannisberg Riesling Grünlack Spätlese. 55 year difference, but you could tell they were from the same vineyard.
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White
4/5/2022 - KenPlace Likes this wine:
97 points
Decanted for 30 minutes. Slight petrol nose, but overall this bottle was stunning. For 27 years, this bottle was still very much alive due to its great acidity. Happy to have 2 other bottles.
Red - Sweet/Dessert
2/7/2022 - KenPlace Likes this wine:
97 points
Excellent. One of the most balanced dessert wines I have had.
Red
12/22/2021 - KenPlace wrote:
96 points
Smooth, elegant, delicious. PnP.
Red
12/13/2021 - KenPlace Likes this wine:
98 points
Incredible wine. As soon as I opened I knew it was special. Certainly mature, but so elegant. Tawny color in line with its 21 years. Nose of pomegranate, garrigue, funky. One the palate, smooth, very elegant, completely integrated. Notes of dark cherries, pomegranate, garrigue. Long. One of my top 5 wines of the year.
Red
2010 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/5/2021 - KenPlace wrote:
93 points
Too young. PnP. Needed at least 4 hours. Good nose, but closed.
Red
12/2/2021 - KenPlace Likes this wine:
95 points
Drinking beautiful! Balanced, super smooth, no hard edges. What a wonderful wine.
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White - Fortified
11/26/2021 - KenPlace Likes this wine:
96 points
Excellent wine. Viscous. Figs, raisins with an orange liqueur note.
Red
11/26/2021 - KenPlace Likes this wine:
97 points
Wow wine. Fabulous nose that showed some development. The fruit was sweet. Long. Excellent wine. Tasted alongside the 2010 and the 2009 won by concensus.
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Red
11/26/2021 - KenPlace Likes this wine:
96 points
Tight, even after two hours decant. Tasted along with 09. 09 was better this day (97 pts vs. 96). The nose and sweetness of the fruit in the 2009 was better. The 2010 had great structure and tannins, which in my opinion will help it be a better wine in 5-10 years.
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Red
2000 Château Pavie St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/23/2021 - KenPlace Likes this wine:
96 points
Awsome wine. Great nose, structure, length. It has everything. Drinking well with many years ahead for development. Buy more!
Red
11/4/2021 - KenPlace wrote:
93 points
Fully saturated cork and signs of seepage. Decanted for 2 hours. Gorgeous wine. In my opinion, it outperformed a 1999 Groffier Clos de Beze. It also over delivered above the regional "Bourgogne" classification - Village or low 1er Cru vineyard at least. You could tell that this has stem inclusion in the winemaking. Beautiful wine.
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Red
1999 Domaine Robert Groffier Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
11/4/2021 - KenPlace wrote:
93 points
WOTN for some, not for me. Definitely had some development, but still could you a year or 2 more. It kept improving once in the glass, but was overshaddowed by a 2009 Leroy Bourgogne.
White - Sparkling
11/4/2021 - KenPlace Likes this wine:
96 points
Exceptional bottle. Fizz is almost gone, but the wine is phenomenal.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
11/1/2021 - KenPlace wrote:
100 points
What a fabulous wine. Nose of figs, raisins with a hint of honey. Same on the palate, but with marmalade. Unctuous, sweet but not overly so. Great with a cheese platter.
White - Sparkling
9/15/2021 - KenPlace wrote:
94 points
Great champagne. Everything you expect from a special club.
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Red
1996 Dominique Laurent Echezeaux Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
9/15/2021 - KenPlace wrote:
92 points
Drinking beautifully. Integrated oak. Took 5 minutes for the funk to blow off, but then a beautiful nose of undergrowth, dark cherries, mushrooms rose from the glass. Decanted for 30 minutes before enjoying it.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2002 Château Doisy-Daëne L'Extravagant Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
9/5/2021 - KenPlace Likes this wine:
95 points
Excellent wine. Super concentrated and botrytis. Definitely sweet but not as acidic as a d'Yquem, but this is a showstopper of a wine..
White - Sweet/Dessert
9/5/2021 - KenPlace Likes this wine:
98 points
Extremely elegant, finesse. The acidity balances the sweetness so much so that this wine feels dry. Initial whiff of petrol that fades quickly, but then you get this elegant beauty of a wine.
Red
9/5/2021 - KenPlace Likes this wine:
96 points
Decanted aggressively for 9 hours - an needed it. Depth, concentration, length, it has it all. Initially very tannic, but through the decanting process this turned into a beauty that went extremely well with lamb.
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Red
2008 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/19/2021 - KenPlace wrote:
92 points
Decanted for 2 hours and it took another 30 min in glass to begin to open up even more. Very good wine. Well integrated with minor terciary development, but in a good place. It will get better with another 3 years or so in bottle.
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Red
7/10/2021 - KenPlace wrote:
91 points
Still very young even after one hour of aggressive decanting. Very good wine - concentration, nose, length - but needs 5 more years.
Red
5/30/2021 - KenPlace wrote:
95 points
Wow wine. It has everything. Structure, acidity, depth, incredible nose, length. Kept improving in the glass. Out of 15 wines that evening, this was the wine everyone kept talking about.
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Red
5/28/2021 - KenPlace Likes this wine:
93 points
Very good wine which is beginning to show terciary characteristics.
Red
5/28/2021 - KenPlace Likes this wine:
98 points
Wow! Wine has evolved since the last tasting. Gorgeous nose of dark cherries, licorice, and a touch of forest floor. On the palate this has everything - power, depth, complexity - and of course, it tastes delicious! I am glad I have 6 more.
White
5/3/2021 - KenPlace wrote:
94 points
At this stage a one hour decant is recommended. This wine kept opening up in the glass
Red
4/11/2021 - KenPlace wrote:
94 points
Very good wine. A surprise. Density, complexity, and kept improving with air. Dark cherries, forest floor. This wine is going to continue to improve.
White - Sweet/Dessert
4/11/2021 - KenPlace Likes this wine:
97 points
Wow. Incredible nose of peach, apricot, honey, nuts. Palate very balanced, sweet but not cloying. Fabulous wine.
White
4/6/2021 - KenPlace Likes this wine:
92 points
Double decanted before serving. Even after that, it is better after 1 hour of decanting/drinking. Beautiful floral notes of peaches, white flowers, lemon, a little honey. Beautiful wines. Will improve with a couple years of age.
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White - Sparkling
4/4/2021 - KenPlace wrote:
93 points
Not as good as prior bottle, but still an excellent wine.
White - Sparkling
4/4/2021 - KenPlace wrote:
95 points
Second time I have had this wine and it was fabulous.
Red
2/26/2021 - KenPlace wrote:
91 points
Good wine, but this bottle seemed to be a little less well integrated. It was missing a mid-palate. Yet overall, it was very good. Worth $190? Probably not.
Red
2010 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
2/14/2021 - KenPlace wrote:
94 points
Decanted for one hour, consumed over 3. Did not change at all. Seemed to be very one note - but excellent.
Red
1964 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/10/2020 - KenPlace wrote:
93 points
Very good wine, in great shape for a 56 y/o wine. Still lots of fruit, but it did not compare favorably to the 1964 Cheval Blanc, it's neighbor a mile away.
White
11/10/2020 - KenPlace wrote:
92 points
Great fruit - pineapple.
Red
1964 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/10/2020 - KenPlace Likes this wine:
98 points
Wow! Ullage was suspect (1 inch), cork totally wet through, but the cap held everything sealed. Initially, dark bitter chocolate which opened up to a gorgeous cherry, leather, dark chocolate. The wine was silky smooth, it kept opening up and improving, and did not fade. One of the best Bordeaux I have ever had. Great birthday/birthyear wine! An incredibly, it still had lots of life (5-10 more years).
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White - Sweet/Dessert
11/8/2020 - KenPlace wrote:
85 points
Disappointment. Nothing wrong with the bottle, fill level, etc, but wine was flat, did not have SGN level sweetness. Bad bottle? Don't think so.
Red
2010 Camus Pere & Fils Chambertin Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
11/8/2020 - KenPlace wrote:
95 points
Decanted for 4 hours. Outstanding wine. Very long with some development. Still long, but tasting fabulous!
Red
11/3/2020 - KenPlace wrote:
flawed
flawed. :( (cooked/maderized)
Red
11/3/2020 - KenPlace wrote:
94 points
Great wine, but not a wow wine.
Red
1990 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/3/2020 - KenPlace wrote:
98 points
Perfect bottle, cork. Gorgeous claret, with a little funk but still had great fruit.
Red - Sweet/Dessert
11/3/2020 - KenPlace wrote:
96 points
Thick as oil. Everyone thought it was a PX. Wonderful chocolate, orange marmalade. Very balanced between sugar and acidity
White
11/3/2020 - KenPlace wrote:
94 points
Beautiful wine. Complex, deep amber color. Decanted initially and let breathe.
White - Sparkling
11/3/2020 - KenPlace wrote:
97 points
Wow! Bright, intense, complex. Apple and caramel above a layer of citrus. Really complex and opened further with air. What a fabulous champlagne.
Red
11/3/2020 - KenPlace wrote:
98 points
Wow wine! Beautifully integrated. Bigger wine than 2007 XXL despite 2 extra years. Needs another 5-10 years to get to the 100 pts.
Red
11/3/2020 - KenPlace wrote:
95 points
Huge and complex, but too young. Needs another 5-10 years to fully integrate and evolve.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2003 Château Doisy-Daëne L'Extravagant Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
11/3/2020 - KenPlace Likes this wine:
95 points
Thick, unctuous, marmalade, honey, botrytis, very long and complex. Wonderful wine.
Red
10/26/2020 - KenPlace wrote:
94 points
Clearly a great wine, but still very young. Wait 10 years to open the next one.
Red
10/16/2020 - KenPlace Likes this wine:
94 points
Drinking really well. I pop-n-poured which did not help.
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