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Red
2016 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave St. Joseph Syrah
3/20/2021 - Rote Kappelle Likes this wine:
92 points
Good depth of colour that speaks of the power to come. This is drinking really well now, but you need to give it time - 5-6 hours open in bottle minimum. At first it is dominated by what is politely referred to as barnyard but I call a bad day for the plumber. This will blow off after a few hours. Once given some time the nose is still dominated by smoke, tar and roast meat, as well as some underlying sweet plum fruit and some clove.

It smells like a strong wine and in the mouth it delivers. There is a lot more fruit evident in the mouth and it is ripe and succulent. There are also plenty of secondary characters to add complexity. Fresh acid and some firm tannins will allow this to age for a long time. Intense and with good length. This is a really superb Northern Rhone. Drink with roast meats, or other similarly potent, robust dishes. As Paul commented in a sadly neglected part of his Letter to the Colossians "He that loveth not this wine is no Colossian, nor a good fellow."
  • jmoon commented:

    3/27/21, 12:11 AM - Very good and true notes Rote, thank you

Red
2005 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
3/19/2021 - Mon.Maultiere wrote:
92 points
Drunk with cheeses. Dark garnet all the way to the rim. A good nose of medium intensity black cherry, boiled beetroot, tobacco and ripe plum. The tannins imposed somewhat on the fruit, disturbing the balance and unsettling the palate. They still had a harsh bitter element to them so the wine did not feel smooth, nor did this settle over time. The tannins dominated the midpalate and while there was some length it was not a wine I could savour. This wine (case) has been stored perfectly from new, so my bottle did not agree with the notes of other recent drinkers. The wine gave the same impression over days 2-4, without improvement. Overall, my experience today was a bit underwhelming - I will try again in 5 years!!
  • jmoon commented:

    3/26/21, 1:25 AM - These 2005s are mysterious beasts that test our patience.

White
2017 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series Margaret River
9/5/2020 - jmoon wrote:
90 points
Fairly oaky, very chardonnay ish, for
The price I’d go for burgundy any day
  • jmoon commented:

    3/11/21, 1:04 AM - Fair call. I was thinking there’s great Chablis available that is more interesting and layered than this for the same or half the price at village level. Thinking Billaud-Simon, Fevre, Picq etc
    Cheers Jeremy

Red
2004 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
2/15/2021 - nigelb wrote:
Not happy with this wine. Other CTs think it is ok to drink but I will leave it until 2024. Not much to recommend it at present.
  • jmoon commented:

    2/28/21, 8:35 PM - Well put Nigel, so true. Question w the Montrose 04... did you decant or pop n pour?

  • jmoon commented:

    3/2/21, 12:58 AM - I should have heeded your warning!! Even after 5 years more sleep I’m not convinced this will blossom i hope to be proved wrong.

Red
2004 Château Trotanoy Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
1/18/2021 - jmoon wrote:
90 points
Plummy and over ripe on opening. Heat blew off after 30 min to reveal fairly attractive core, but not enough energy or interest to recommend even after two hour decant.
  • jmoon commented:

    2/26/21, 5:30 PM - A fair question but there was no decant, my note was confusing sorry, these notes are from first opening and tracking over two hours. I finished it next day and no improvement. Other vintages can be so great. If you have some 04 I hope you do better than I did!

Red
2001 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
2/24/2021 - jmoon Likes this wine:
96 points
Delicious from first pour, ripe, open and surprisingly fleshy but feeling very well built. Really opened up after about an hour or so. An almost merlot like lusciousness Coming through which I’ve never seen in the 2001. I’ve had a few bottles of the 01 and this was by far the best experience. it’s really hit it’s strides. given this is the latour clearly no rush I guess a couple of decades of ageing runway left but it’s so good now why wait?
  • jmoon commented:

    2/26/21, 5:25 PM - Yes we are lucky! I hope you enjoy your Les Forts, they can be great. My first proper mind blowing Bordeaux was the 1990 Forts, it’s opened the door to an expensive habit !

Red
2010 La Vinya del Vuit Priorat Carignan
11/28/2020 - SlimShaney wrote:
91 points
Bought this on a recommendation, how unique and special it is - but it isn't. Its ok. Better after 2 hours but just totally yeah whatever. Got 5 more. Let me know if you want to buy them
  • jmoon commented:

    2/15/21, 1:39 PM - Quite the sales pitch! Lol

Red
2000 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
1/30/2021 - Derek Darth Taster wrote:
93 points
Davyd's bday at Dakota poolside. Already poured into decanter to air for 3 hours. Totally shut down! Showing zilch on the nose, utterly shut! I decided to takeaway and let my 150ml portion sit overnight in the wine chiller.
Got up at 6am to taste. Carefully followed it over 1 hour as it warmed up in Grassl 1855 glass.
Appearance is clear, deep intensity, ruby colour. Legs.
Nose timid light intensity, with bare bits of cedar, light herbs, cassis, blackberries, black cherries, dark red plums. Opening up with air in the glass into red berries, dark liqueur ink, some floral spice, and then very nice iodine scents. Developing.
On the palate, dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (13.5%), very silky fine medium+ tannins, slowly but surely mouth-filling full body. Medium flavour intensity, with flavours of dark red plums, redcurrant, hints of black fruit, cassis, cedar. Long finish. Very poised.
So painfully tight and primary now. Top quality appreciable now is probably the sensuous mouth-feel texture. Rest of the material is just waiting for future (glacial) development.
Big waste of money to have popped this and anytime soon...another 8-10 years at least.
  • jmoon commented:

    2/15/21, 1:05 PM - “Got up at 6am to taste...” committed!!!! (And honest!)

Red
2002 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
2/9/2021 - jmoon Likes this wine:
91 points
Enjoyable and fully mature. Fruit now slipping the slippery slope, thinning and souring as you’d expect from 02. Drink up. No decant required as enjoyable after 10-15 min.
  • jmoon commented:

    2/9/21, 9:44 AM - My last bottle was in 2019 and was a more solid showing. Both stored the same, but bottle variation v possible. I’m findind the 02s are at peak as a rule though, with this one being the first I’ve tasted that’s slipping. And yes, could be the bottle. Pull a cork and tell me!

  • jmoon commented:

    2/14/21, 11:50 PM - Especially with the 02s. 01 and 03 are gold, 04 can be great, 05 still tends to be the shy one with undoubtedly great potential.

Red
2014 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
1/30/2021 - Jake Barnes Likes this wine:
95 points
(1/30/21) This bottle spent six hours in the decanter. There was a fair amount of smoke-like sediment in the last half centimeter of the wine when poured from the bottle. In the glass, the wine appeared a deep, impenetrable garnet.

A powerful wine clearly packed with fruit, this bottle was just barley approachable through the tannins and was not particularly nuanced. There was a vague richness to the fruit but that’s about all. This bottle was also way out of balance for my palate, with the alcohol distinctly detectable in the mid-palate and the watery finish. The person I shared the bottle with, however, detected nothing amiss in this or any other quarter. She found it concentrated with good fruit and said it had a good finish. She also found no alcohol bitterness. Go figure.

Maybe this would have become a stellar bottle of wine for me down the road, but for me, tonight, this bottle was merely slightly below average/adequate. 14% abv. (**/14/87)

Day 2: After 24 hours under vacuum seal in the fridge, this is a different wine to me tonight. The person I shared it with last night says it’s exactly the same to her, so I think my palate was just off last night. Tonight, my perception is of a wine that is deep, dark, powerful, concentrated, intense, and very well balanced. There is no sign of alcohol bitterness at all. The score has been updated to reflect tonight’s experience. (****/17.5/95)
  • jmoon commented:

    2/8/21, 11:59 PM - Insightful notes. Sometimes I’m guilty of blaming the wine when it probably a tired palette.

Red
2001 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia Red Bordeaux Blend
1/12/2021 - jmoon Likes this wine:
96 points
Fantastic and great wine. Really came alive after an hour decant. Thrilling after 3 hours. Gorgeous lush fruit perfect tannin and acid. Beautiful expression of Tuscany at its best, better than any 01 Bordeaux but also confusingly reminiscent.
  • jmoon commented:

    1/12/21, 3:11 PM - Yes no rush, but also just so good now

Red
1996 Château Léoville Las Cases St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
12/29/2020 - Sean Tay wrote:
91 points
Had a 1990s blind tasting Bordeaux theme. Key observation was that despite different individual palate, drinking experiences and how food will impair/change the wines, like previous tasting together; the WOTN and the least preferred is always the most distinctive and obvious. Leaving the rest to individual taste. Also, based on RP vintage chart, 1996 is extraordinary vintage; 96 pointer with remarks of still tannic, youthful or slow to mature. Sometime, off vintage might be a better choice for its readiness and price point.

Bottle 1: 1994 Chateau Latour
Medium garnet in colour, tight nose with grippy tannin. Nose of red/black fruits, oak, toast. Medium+ acidity and high tannin. Decanted for 1 hour. Poor vintage for Bordeaux and show that even in poor vintage, the winemaker still can blend and produce good wine. Will not improve and should drink up to enjoy.

Bottle 2: 1990 Chateau Mouton Rothschild
Medium garnet in colour, savoury, mushroom, wet forest, red/black fruits, toast, oak, toast. Silky in the palate. Could guess it’s most probably early 90s. Very enjoyable. Did not decant. My thought aftermath was should drink up and will not improve.

Bottle 3: 1996 Chateau d’Estournel
The taste is way better than the nose. Infact felt that the nose was rather closed. On the palate, its mellow, smooth and elegant. Blackcurrant, black fruits, with some toast notes. It lost out due to the nose. Decanted for 1 hour. Previously when tasting d’Estournel I remember always tasting smoky, toast, oaky notes. Should drink up now, in its drinking window.

Bottle 4: 1993 Chateau Angelus
Deep garnet in colour. Nose is pronounced of all. Savoury, wet forest, black fruits, oak, toast. Medium+ acidity and high tannin. Though high tannin, it is resolved and smooth in the palate. Double decanting for approximately 1 hour. Another poor vintage but performing at its peak. Surprisingly, based on the notes, it can still probably improve and can be kept easily 5-10 years.

Bottle 5: 1996 Leoville Las Cases
Deep garnet in colour. Nose is restrained. More red fruits than black fruits. High tannin and acidity. Very grippy tannin. Slow ox for 2 hours. Personally felt that Las Cases should be showing better than this. Should benefit if it’s decant longer. I felt that it’s in the early drinking window and will improve with more cellar time.

Bottle 6: 1996 Pichon Baron
Deep garnet in colour. Nose is poorest compare to all. Full of green, mint, pepper, some slight tints of black fruits. High acidity and tannin. It did not perform well despite a good vintage and wine producer. Probably due to not decanting ahead. Will definitely improve with decanting and cellar time.

Bottle 7: 1996 Carrudes de Lafite
Deep garnet in colour. Pronounced notes of red/black fruits, savoury notes.
High tannin and acidity. Tannin is smooth in the palate. Did not decant. Drinking very well and will improve with 1-2 hours of decanting. In its optimum drinking window and also will benefit with cellar time.

My blinded choice:
1) 1990 Chateau Mouton Rothschild
2) 1996 Chateau d’Estournel
3) 1993 Chateau Angelus
4) 1996 Carrudes de Lafite
5) 1994 Chateau Latour
6) 1996 Chateau Leoville Las Cases
7) 1996 Pichon Baron

The WOTN as per average consensus:
1) 1990 Chateau Mouton Rothschild, followed by
2) 1993 Chateau Angelus
3) 1996 Chateau d'Estournel
4) 1996 Carruades de Lafitte
5) 1996 Leoville Las Cases
6) 1994 Chateau Latour and lastly
7) 1996 Pichon Baron
  • jmoon commented:

    1/8/21, 4:11 PM - Excellent notes, thank you

White - Sparkling
2010 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
12/5/2020 - Lahontan Likes this wine:
91 points
I got this to keep a bit, but upon reading the description included with the cardboard box presentation uncertainty raised its head....
The description basically says 2010 was a terrible year for Champagne! Yes, that's right... and keep in mind this is basically add copy. They could have skipped this vintage -- but the imperatives of the quarterly revenue report likely got in the way of preserving the integrity of the name... LVMH is myopic that way -- look at what they are doing to Ardbeg....
So what to do, age it or drink it?
I asked Jeff Leve (of wine cellar insider fame) and he said he would drink it. So we did that.
And as is often the case with Dompe (with an accent aigu on the e), the first sip was underwhelming.
Then slowly, some lemony, cake-like notes emerged. The texture was also different from your standard mass produced NV, champagne. Softer. The color was even, a persistent yellow that seemed strange.
So, all in all, this is not bad for a champagne, though pretty disappointing from a sensory perspective -- but then again, as Americans love to say, "it is what it is": a mass-produced vintage champagne.
But who buys it for the taste these days? Post it on instagram, edit the picture so that the pretty label really jumps out and impresses. Because what's in the bottle won't.
  • jmoon commented:

    12/10/20, 9:46 AM - Try the 2008 instead and have your mind blown, still some floating around.

White
2014 Pierre Morey Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières Chardonnay
12/1/2020 - jmoon Likes this wine:
92 points
Lacked the oomph of earlier this year. Feels like it’s now sliding into middle age. Drink up as the stuffing isn’t there for old bones.
  • jmoon commented:

    12/1/20, 9:51 AM - The bottle I had at the start of the year certainly had the energy for longevity, perhaps this was an off bottle. But it was from the same case thus my comment and decline. There wasn’t ox, just tired fruit.

Red
2003 Château Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
9/26/2020 - JustBreathe680 Likes this wine:
96 points
I opened this bottle for a very special occasion with family. I say this because this is not a regular bottle in my cellar and I've always struggled with the right time to pop the cork on a bottle of this stature. Tonight the stars aligned to pull the trigger on this beauty.

The wine was paired with a grilled CA Reserve Picanha steak. It was drank out of a Riedel SOMM Bordeaux glass. I have minimal experience with First Growths but I have previously enjoyed a 1982 and 2004 Château Margaux. This was my most memorable experience with the wine.

The wine was decanted for 2 hours, in part thanks to the guidance from Jeff Leve. It was drank over another 2 hours and it continued to improve with each glass poured. The color was purple with dark brick red edges. There was a nice bouquet with some hints of black fruits/berries, leather and cedar. There were primary and secondary flavors present. There were hints of black fruits/berries, plum and fig present. There were flavors of cedar, spices and some minerality providing a hint of sweetness. The body was medium to medium-full with medium minus acidity. The tannins were well integrated and smooth. I agree with other reviews that there was no signs of heat, which was a fear of the 2003 vintage.

This wine was a true delight to drink. However, it fell just short of being mentioned as my WOTY, which to date is the 1990 Ridge Monte Bello. My score is a 96+ and definitely has some room to improve with a little bit more time in the cellar. However, it is definitely in a very good drinking window and if you have the right reason to open this bottle, I would not hesitate to pop the cork!
  • jmoon commented:

    11/29/20, 11:52 AM - Very good note thanks, you’ve inspired me to track one down

White - Sparkling
2004 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Blanc des Millénaires Chardonnay
9/3/2020 - rocknroller wrote:
93 points
Virtual Single Blind ABC Wines (Home): Light gold color. Drank a glass over 30 minutes. Poured into jars for transport at 4:30pm and then tranferred to the various locals. I poured this last hoping to preserve the bubbles as much as possible. This was something of a test to see how a 5 oz pour of a Tete de Cuvee would hold up to transport being well sealed in a 6 oz jar. Since I was "hosting" my wine did not have to travel. However, I was still late to my own party so to speak and was scrambling to get my wines out and started. The talk was about how few bubbles there were on this. Now in my case, the bubbles were still moderate on pouring into glass (once I had the correct wine, but that's a long story), but they did seem to fade fairly quickly. The theory was that the jostling of driving them around may have had some impact.

At any rate, this was really quite nice, albeit clearly young. I expected as much, but given how spectacular the '95 was, I really wanted to check this out and see where it was and what kind of potential there might be. There is a fair bit of yeast and bread dough, not really any toastiness at this point; mainly green apple and pear notes, a little nuttiness, and a good streak of minerality, fairly creamy texture and prominent acidity. Very poised and classy. I'm not quite sure this will live up to the '95, but hey, the '95 didn't blow me away at first either. It was fairly similar to this actually - so hopefully that bodes well for the long haul. I probably won't open another for 3 to 5 years. Currently 93(+)pts.
  • jmoon commented:

    10/21/20, 2:50 PM - Interesting note thanks. Agree with you on the 95 Blanc, an exceptional wine and wonderful experience!

Red
2015 Château Prieuré-Lichine Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
9/24/2020 - jmoon Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent to drink now, full and ripe and delicious
  • jmoon commented:

    10/17/20, 4:43 PM - Yes a one hour decant worked well.

Red
2014 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Red Bordeaux Blend
10/9/2020 - jmoon wrote:
91 points
A disappointing experience. Tight, lacking body or depth, high acid. Took an hour to begin to unfurl but never delivered. Hopefully will come right in a few years. Long decant recommended.
  • jmoon commented:

    10/9/20, 4:08 PM - Well put and I tend to agree. Other vintages are just so good and this wasn’t close to “a Sassicaia”. Ornellaia 14 was very enjoyable after a long decant which proves good wine can be made in this vintage but these guy dropped the ball.

Red
2001 Dry River Pinot Noir Martinborough
A very interesting wine! Served blind, and I probably would have gone through a dozen grapes before landing on pinot noir. This was so big and structured. Very ripe and oozing with ripe red fruits. For 19 years this is still in great shape. Overall, a wonderful wine, but I would never have guessed pinot! Shared by SJW
  • jmoon commented:

    9/11/20, 4:06 PM - I’m Sure they add Syrah into the blend which confuses the wine ... in Nz you can add 15% of another grape and not specify and they also grow great Syrah. Very interesting !

White - Sparkling
2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
8/15/2020 - timothynbond Likes this wine:
94 points
Drank this at my wedding, so obviously did not take detailed notes, but presented with the same vanilla bakery and green apples I remembered from previous bottles.
  • jmoon commented:

    9/1/20, 4:21 AM - Good choice! We had it at our wedding also, last year

White - Sparkling
2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
8/30/2020 - acheng wrote:
95 points
Second time I had this vintage now and it cements its spot as a great champagne. Makes me want to dip into the 2002 for comparison. It’s full of youthful energy, flint, gun powder minerality with an explosive bouquet. A raveneau with bubbles! Last time i had it made me purchased some. I see no reason to exercise restrain given its consistent performance on this afternoon showing.
  • jmoon commented:

    9/1/20, 4:19 AM - I adore the 08 but the 02 is even better. Worth a dip! (Give it air)

Red
1989 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
8/24/2020 - Jeff Leve wrote:
100 points
It is the surreal levels of concentration that coat every nook and cranny of your palate that continues to be the show stopper here. This is pure, bottled intensity of Pessac Leognan with all smoking wood, campfire, tar, black fruits, wet forest and cigar box you could ever hop for. There is not a hair out of place. This is what seamless is all about. The gradations of intensity continue expanding, building and lingering long after the wine went where it was intended to go. This is one of those legendary wines that deserve its legendary status.
  • jmoon commented:

    8/28/20, 2:07 AM - So Jeff I have a question. On the night you had this, the 24th you had a dozen or so wines, from 85 points to 100. How many of these do you drink as “wine” for enjoyment vs tasting as a skilled taster?

Red
2013 Puriri Hills Pope North Island Red Bordeaux Blend
8/21/2020 - jmoon Likes this wine:
94 points
On opening with no decant initial impression was solid new world Cabernet good but noticing exotic to discover. Things changed at the 40 min mark when tannins dropped, fruit broadened away from primary and a softer nuance emerged, black fruits, and earth and the stinger which excited me for the rest of the night was a lovely salty tang that kept me going back for more, like a great cote rotie in a Cabernet cloak.
  • jmoon commented:

    8/27/20, 3:20 PM - Go the salty tang!
    In your parlance the score is “highly recommended”

Red
2003 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
7/28/2020 - maaike2 wrote:
95 points
Seven hours in decanter (Lendl form Bougainville could follow the rapid development in th decanter, definitely needed this time). Stunning wine. Beautiful balanced with primary, secondary and tertiary notes, backed up by beautiful tannins and acids. Long finish. 2003 is developing to one of my favorite vintages for the left bank in this and last century.
  • jmoon commented:

    8/21/20, 3:26 AM - I agree, I feel the reviewers were too quick to dismiss, coming out of the wines shutdown period they are now more balanced and the fruit has softened to be delicious and exciting.

Red
2009 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
2/16/2020 - Philippe_C wrote:
99 points
Nose of mokka, coffee, torrefies, very black ripe cherries, still very primary... WOW, super concentrated and elegant, very seductive and sappy tannin, ripe black fruit, lenght of 90 Sec.
  • jmoon commented:

    8/18/20, 1:08 AM - Great notes on these leoville poyferre

Red
2016 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
2/16/2020 - Philippe_C wrote:
98 points
WOW, huge nose of roasted meat, ripe strawberries, loads of exotic wood... Load of ripe tannins, super sappy black fruit, very delicious, lenght of 60 sec, great great Poyferre!!
  • jmoon commented:

    8/18/20, 1:03 AM - Hi Philippe thanks for your notes but I’m a little confused by this one as LP16 given two different ratings and notes on the same day??

White
1989 Château Haut-Brion Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
11/8/2019 - steinersing wrote:
99 points
Stellar - such a perfect balance and depths. Great freshness but tells an interesting story. Very impressive.
  • jmoon commented:

    8/16/20, 1:44 AM - Reading through past Haut Brion Blanc notes and there you are consistently across many vintages... I’m guessing this is a favourite

White
1999 Château Haut-Brion Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
1/13/2019 - JJYoyo Likes this wine:
98 points
An hour of air. Continued to open up as we drank it. Light citrus, almond, butter, wet rocks on the nose at first. About a half hour later ( ie 90 minutes after opening) an amazing scent of the Atlantic Ocean just washed over me - more than just chalk or salinity, I have never quite smelled this before. On the palate steel, beurre noisette, green apple, touch of apricot. Elegant and understated. Haunting.
Score 98-99. Relative to expectations: +++
  • jmoon commented:

    8/16/20, 1:34 AM - Bloody hell! I need one

Red
1996 Château Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
8/7/2020 - Ozen Does not like this wine:
92 points
After having Chateau Margaux at least some 20 times I just continue to be utterly surprised this is a premier cru. I am in the ridiculously luxurious position to have enjoyed premiers crus from 1959 Lafite to Mouton 1982 etc and will testify those as legendary but never had a single Aha moment with this Margaux. I had Palmer 1983 next to this. Both bottles were opened well in advance: Margaux was a shadow of Palmer. A correct wine for sure but never close to the 600 euro bottle value. Palmer on most occasions is a personality, Margaux is your next door neighbor, and uninspiring. I wonder how many tasters would recognize a Margaux blind when in a line up with Palmer, Pichons or Montrose of top vintages.
  • jmoon commented:

    8/16/20, 1:17 AM - I too would rush to her defence but misterstarr said it all, a life changing moment for me was a vertical of Margaux, I have been sniffing it down like a dog at a park ever since.

Red
2016 Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
7/30/2020 - alexisonsmith Likes this wine:
90 points
So first let's talk about what the critics gave this...JS 95, Tim Atkin - 94, RP - 93. Powerful aromas on the nose of dark cherry, licorice, vanilla, baking spices, dried herbs, and a whiff of smoke. The palate hits you with all that tannin and dark lush fruit, this is full-on. The mid-palate sort of fades quite fast and the finish a little disappointing, I suppose I am being picky due to the high rating JS gave this wine. I just don't see it. However, if I ignore all reviews, for $23 CAD this is a very solid Spanish wine I would buy again. This will improve in the coming years (probably 5ish or so), however I doubt this is the best Rioja can offer, JS says this is real Rioja, in which case Rioja sucks!
  • jmoon commented:

    8/15/20, 9:15 PM - I find JS the move unreliable of the lot... he gives 96 to sweet mucky wines and lower scores to well structured wines... seems like a bit of a show pony guy.

Red
1995 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
8/5/2020 - Rogershkg Likes this wine:
93 points
Had 2 bottles from same case but one had been kept in a wine fridge at higher temperature than the other for about a year. It was obviously more mature and rounder. The other was slightly more tannic- both very acceptable
  • jmoon commented:

    8/5/20, 4:17 AM - Very interesting observation around temp. Is this something you’ve seen with other wines? I really enjoy pichon 95&96

Red
1997 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto Toscana IGT Merlot
12/26/2018 - jdtonic Likes this wine:
98 points
Unbelievable.

Opaque Ruby/Garnet

Aromas which at first appear overëxtracted or mascerated minty plum, book leather, blackberry spirits and fine sand castle sand, give way into

Mouthwatering. Repeat. Mouthwatering flavors of blue currant, crême de cassis, leaded petrol, leather and indescribable spices.

The finish is around 47 seconds. Birch bark, camphor and underbrush complicate minty plums and crême de cassis are dominate. A superlative blend with white truffle risotto.
With black truffles shaved high on a black truffle tart? ? ?
Like being fucked my the maximum queen, long past WORDS like rape, death and incest are bleached of their meaning unlike and very much like the skeletons of starved monkeys laughing at one on a deserty dune which is comprised of the dust of every fine restaurant sign from this galaxy and the next couple (scrawled in Roswell hyroglyphs) where whack-a-mole, Like, space space spacepuking dolphins fill the Saharan air with

Camphor, loam crême de cassis, Blue currants, leaded gasoline, leather and blueberry coffee.

You adjust your toe, eye, tie and fly, rueing the
94?

(Their bottles andor brains are heat damaged badly.)

98. Drink.
  • jmoon commented:

    8/3/20, 4:57 PM - Very good notes thanks. Inspired me to track one down.

White
2019 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
6/8/2020 - Jeff Leve wrote:
97 points
Fresh pomelo, newly-squeezed lemons, honeysuckle and an intriguing orange tropical note with mangos and white peach. On the mouth, the wine pops with its freshness, zest and energetic fruit. Lemon, lime, vanilla, rocks and stones. This future rockstar will age for decades, getting better and better. But this is tasty now, I drank it at 9 in the morning! The wine was made from blending 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon. 97 Pts
  • jmoon commented:

    6/23/20, 1:27 AM - Thank you for these Bordeaux 2019 notes Jeff, I trust your palette more than many of the other critics, your notes and commitment are greatly valued and appreciated.

Red
2016 Château Belair-Monange St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
12/25/2019 - csimm1161 wrote:
97 points
Dark black cherry, blackberry, black raspberry, bitter chocolate, unsmoked cigar, Christmas spice, wet cedar, and the slightest bit of animale. Deep and saturated while maintaining a medium+ bodied weight and profile overall. Perfect speed and balance for such a young wine. A superb expression of St. Emilion, with a bit of funky personality on the tail to raise an eyebrow, look around the room and ask, “Hey...?! Anyone else notice that?!”

Hold for 3-5+ years, but a fun ride even now with some air. Super sexy and silky. The darker fruit and chocolatey smoothness here makes for an even more alluring execution. The bottle was empty well before I wanted it to be. 95-97+ points. Try to hold out until after 2023+ minimum.
  • jmoon commented:

    6/18/20, 2:07 AM - Amen!!

Red
2009 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
5/1/2020 - jmoon Likes this wine:
92 points
It’s a mess.. with potential. Burly, Broad shouldered and brambly. I bet this was great fun in 2013, where it probably got its high points, but now, despite a 3 hour double decant, in awkward transition. Neither charming nor poetic, this is a street fighter looking for a fight. Quite un-Cos. Will hold on to my others hoping for a transformation in 5-10, which is quite on the cards.
  • jmoon commented:

    5/17/20, 5:53 PM - The context is it would have been fun to drink 7 years ago in 2003 when it was fruit driven, but now it’s at integration phase the puppy fat has blown off and to my palette it’s currently dark serious and unforgiving.

  • jmoon commented:

    6/16/20, 11:22 AM - Yes thanks for picking this up, corrected now.

Red
2009 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
9/26/2019 - Jeff Leve wrote:
100 points
The wine is just starting to establish itself. The baby fat has melted away. Now you find a wine of intensity. Intense concentration, intense aromatics, intense palate presence and an intense finish. But everything is in balance and harmony here. The fruit is lushly textured with a velvet drenched touch. While your palate is coated with layers of fruit, nothing is overwhelming. This is power and refinement, the true velvet fist in an iron glove. Still primary, give this another 7-8 years and you should have a legendary Bordeaux in your glass by that time.
  • jmoon commented:

    5/1/20, 2:48 AM - So Jeff are you rating this Cos entirely on potential? The bottle tonight was brambly, raw, unforgiving, and a thump in the chest. Dominated not only the food but the company.
    How do you expect this to unfurl? I find your notes a very reliable guide but this i don’t understand.

Red
2009 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
12/26/2019 - kr522 wrote:
92 points
I’ve owned this since release and check in occasionally to see how it’s doing, and while it’s fine i have to confess i don’t get the excitement. It benefits from the great vintage - deep fruited - but it’s burly and a bit ponderous. Heavy-handed wine making here.
  • jmoon commented:

    5/1/20, 2:36 AM - Yes I agree.. very fair insight thanks

Red
2015 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
9/18/2019 - Mark1npt Likes this wine:
96 points
Coravined a glass off after reading some of the reviews here. After all, who doesn't like a great BDX they don't have to wait 25 years to drink?
Nose is dead closed, on pouring from the Coravin. No barnyard, no nothing. With an hour of air in the glass and some swirling, a light perfumed red fruit emerges with a little black licorice as well. At between 2 and 3 hours just a beautiful classic lead pencil/shavings nose wafts from the glass, no swirling needed.

Initially, the first sip displays a darker, smoother, dryer sweeter fruit with great weight to it. There is solid flavor here! Chalky tannins are integrating very well already. The acidity seems perfectly matched. The fruit loses just a little of its sweetness over 1-2 hours and a slight semi sweet red finish rounds out the palate. This is extremely approachable right now and very enjoyable. Late to the party is a load of fresh tobacco leaf and espresso about 10 seconds after you swallow. The finish lingers another 10-15 seconds. A little toasted oak creeps in at the very end. This is a BDX wine that I think even entrenched Napa cab lovers might like. Delicate levels and nuances the likes of which many young BDX are simply not capable of producing. One wonders where this ends? Is it at its peak now, or will the years be even kinder to this vintage? Best drinking between hours 2 and 3, maybe only because I didn't let it get to hour 4!

Heads up! Next day Coravined a few glasses from the same bottle with a wine buddy. Obviously the fast pour needle did not allow the cork to seal fully so it's been slow oxing overnight. First pour today was like 2-3 hours in , last night. Great nose, great fruit. Another 1-2 hours of air and it turns more BDX like with softness, a little chalk and a little red tart fruit on the end. I guess this is what hours 4-5 would have been like last night. I still like it. My Napa buddy who liked it earlier, not so much toward the end. 96 last night, 93+ tonight, IMO.
  • jmoon commented:

    4/30/20, 1:51 AM - Very good note thanks mark
    Day 2 probably shows its future I’m guessing as I noticed on tonight’s bottle it got darker harder and more bramble as the night continued

Red
2009 Château Phélan Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
12/12/2019 - ProfByron Likes this wine:
89 points
Thick texture. Rich but still green.
  • jmoon commented:

    1/10/20, 12:16 AM - A score that reflects poorly on you. If you rate it 91 months prior either your palette is off or the bottle should be rated flaw and not scored. Please consider amending as you throw the whole wine rating which is against the spirit of CellarTracker

White
2006 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos Chardonnay
6/3/2019 - MQuentel Likes this wine:
96 points
super clear, deep and clean nose, lively freshness, green pomaceous fruit, wet limestone, lime, lime leaves, sorrel. Delightfully fresh and vital on the palate, with lots of pressure and substance. An acid - pulled like clockwork - from front to back. Aromatically pure and lively as fresh spring water; green fruit, citrus fruits and leaves; deep, calcareous minerality. Complete wine with intoxicating depth, freshness and complexity. You can spend hours. Very long finish.
  • jmoon commented:

    11/15/19, 11:55 PM - Very nice note. Glad it was so fresh and wonderful for you. Mine was past it.

Red
2016 Château Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
11/9/2019 - jmoon Likes this wine:
96 points
Open and more accessible than other 2016 first growths. Plush ripe but fresh and clean - hallmarks of the vintage. Light and ethereal but to me the least distinctive at this stage.
  • jmoon commented:

    11/10/19, 9:44 AM - Yes I would Eric. (Or drinking the best of all was the pichon comtesse 16, amazingly complex. ) Anyway the mouton is stunning as always and as long as there is a long slow ox it should deliver for you.

Red
2010 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie Syrah
3/15/2019 - Collector1855 wrote:
98 points
In the "as good as it gets" category if you love elegant, racy Syrah. This only has 12.5% Alc. Right off the bat the nose is captivating with leather, beef, smoke, farmyard, dark fruit, utterly perfumey and complex. The palate is precise and elegant but also mouth filling. Drank surprisingly well with a short decant, tannins are silky (still, early drinking window). A very grand Syrah. Too bad Jamet used to be a not so well know connoisseur's wine with Parker's attention being mostly on the LaLa's and Chapoutier's single parcel wines. These days are unfortunately gone...
  • jmoon commented:

    8/6/19, 4:34 AM - Very helpful note thanks. Just enjoyed an unbelievable 1998 and have been struggling to find supply but I note the 2010s are avail. Would you recommend half a case ?

Red
1990 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
6/30/2019 - King Julien wrote:
97 points
Decanted 3 hours. Nose was nice but stayed subtle. Palate continued to evolve over a couple hours being best at the end and on what score is based.
  • jmoon commented:

    7/31/19, 3:19 AM - Interested... why are you drinking so much 1990 Cheval??

Red
2005 Château Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
5/19/2019 - jdtonic Likes this wine:
99 points
From .375

Aired three hours during gAme 5 versus the accursed St. Louis fucking blues..

A great call though, as the almost black ruby beverage easily halved my disappointment with the Sharks, who missed a few first period opportunities, and then started circling not bait, not downed pilots, dying humpbacks or the ACCURSÈD AND BORING LUNKHEAD “STYLE” OF HOCKEY -that cynically tries to fill the zone with giant slabs of guys too slow to play lax St. Louis fucking blues, but rather, to circle the big proverbial porcelain bowl...

KO nose of bdx dust, raspberry liqueur, violin rosin, cedar, Margaux herbs and violets and mmmmmarzipan. Completely seamless— others found it difficult to pick out flavors so I withdrew the offer of another taste and I guess I got it except for “glove leather and blueberries and or strawberries” but those aren’t quite right. It’s a note more like the black cherry put in coke. That raspberry liqueur is sweeter than any raspberry.
Let’s call it BLACK CHEERY.

Im upset I sold any of this. I predict it will become one of the greatest wines in history. And I mean in the next ten years, too.

But I won’t sandbag. It’s a remarkable and stunning wine of power and also impeccable balance.

Fresh and simply delicious in the palate. Rich black cherry compote, herbs, rasp, earth and smoky cedar notions. Finish of 50-60 seconds. Her resolve is dry and reminds you that the best is a half decade out. Easily.

The 1990 Haut Brion is not jealous of this wine, all things considered, but it’s makers would immediately agree that this drink just tastes better.

Or they’d be lying outright.

Spectacular.
98-99 points.
Ready from .375 with some air .
Obtain.
  • jmoon commented:

    7/23/19, 5:11 PM - Wow! What a review
    Inspired to find half a case

Red
2015 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia Red Bordeaux Blend
10/26/2018 - SlimShaney Likes this wine:
93 points
Charismatic yes. Restrained sexy. Dark mysterious. Subtle chocolate with leather ties. Reflective joy.
  • jmoon commented:

    6/14/19, 7:30 PM - Very nice note thanks

Red
2009 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/24/2019 - Collector1855 wrote:
95 points
Bordeaux 2009 Grand Cru / 10-years on / tasted blind: Tasted next to the Ducru 10 and Montrose 09. A good Lynch for sure but could not reach the heights of the other two when juxtaposed. Ripe fruit, some torrefaction. Definitely feels young, oak not yet fully absorbed. As always with Lynch Bages, give this proper time to let the cigar box and pencil aromas emerge. Best after 2024.
  • jmoon commented:

    5/15/19, 1:13 PM - Helpful note thanks. What is Torrefaction?

Red
1971 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah
5/4/2012 - Goldstone wrote:
100 points
Farewell Runny....at least for now! (Chez Patrick Restaurant, 2/F, Garden East, 222 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong): Left to settle vertically several days beforehand then decanted roughly 5 hours before serving. Slightly dusky, semi-opaque deep ruby gemstone red colour with no bricking whatsoever. Nose is OFMG....I just wet my pants....sorry, teacher but I couldn't help myself......it's taken me to somewhere very Freudan and basic....incredible precision of fresh, light, linear, newly-sharpened pencil, high toned......still so fresh and with no hint of tertiary notes.....it has a resonance and reverberance inside the head even when you have done no more than sniffed the nose....that is my definition of profundity. Palate is all the same but with deeper, liquorice and opium paste intensity that is just totally mesmerising, mesmerising.....did I mention mesmerising? It has a lighter Opium reverie on the finish than some previous bottles I have drank but it is compensates by a blow-away chiffonesque and totally profound endless resonance in the central cortex of the brain. It has a lightness and finesse that is just so silence-creating....oh, oh, oh.....it's the definition of "profound". I still find it hard to believe that our very diverse and normally deliberately contentious group of 10 wine buddies all just totally rolled over and surrendered and said " 100 points, no debate" on this wine tonight. There was not a single dissent....which is even weirder when some of the group have insisted on never scoring any wine above 95 points or so on principle.
  • jmoon commented:

    5/14/19, 3:53 AM - Amazing note! Thanks

Red
2003 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
4/29/2019 - jmoon Likes this wine:
92 points
In a dumb phase right now despite few hours slow ox. Blocky dense and dull. 92 because I’m sure it’s a phase else 90.
  • jmoon commented:

    5/5/19, 2:41 PM - I agree with you about most 2003s drinking very well now and I think you are spot on about the slow ox vs need for a full decant . I have another 5 bottles and won’t repeat the same mistake!

Red
2009 Château L'Evangile Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
4/27/2019 - dead puddle wrote:
Blind tasting. Hue very dark. Nose perfect, refined, of a pure cherry juice, with an imperceptible oak. Suave mouth, elegant like a pînot and so balanced, so silky, with a hint of tobacco. Tannins imperceptible. Very Long after taste. Mistook for a Clos de la Roche 2009. A kind of perfection. Very humble face to this experience. No rate , neither potential evaluation, I feel like a beginner face to this.
  • jmoon commented:

    4/28/19, 3:44 PM - Bit confused by your note... it’s not a Pinot it’s merlot predominant

Red
2008 Château L'Evangile Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
3/28/2019 - jmoon Likes this wine:
94 points
Very good from first pour, after 30 min.
Dark deep delicious and wonderfully balanced right bank plums and chocolate. Really delivering After the one hour mark, then a little lean at 2hrs. My recommendation is to pour and start tasting from the get go but really swill at the one hour mark. Ish.
  • jmoon commented:

    3/28/19, 5:37 PM - no. swill, ie get it down your gullet at the one hour mark as it lost some oomph at the 2-3 hrs

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