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Red
2013 Kata Beckstoffer Bourn St. Helena Red Bordeaux Blend
2/22/2019 - whits Likes this wine:
97 points
decanted for a couple hours, proved to be a classic, big aroma of coffee, mocha, cedar and raspberry jam, classy, elegant, and super sexy, feels plush, the palate shows espresso, cherry, cassis and cocoa, the long finish sails on and on with a distinct chocolate covered orange character, was a perfect accompaniment with a center-cut rib eye steak blanketed with a rich balsamic glaze, drinking well now with no signs of slowing down, one of my personal best wine experiences
  • slaughterer commented:

    4/13/19, 11:17 AM - Your tasting note describes every detail of what I am tasting now from the 2013 Kata. We have similar palates and language. I would give it the same total points as well: 97.

White
2013 Antica Terra Chardonnay Aurata Willamette Valley
7/8/2015 - Deb293 wrote:
92 points
Crazy lichee-melon nose! So surprising after a Cali Chard...this is incredibly floral, with no hint of oak...blind tasted you would not guess the grape, I suspect. So aromatic, and light and soft on the palate, it almost reminds me of a great Saki...hard to describe and not like anything I have ever had in a Chardonnay. Complex and intriguing..smells and tastes a bit like lemon balm..both citrusy and herbal at the same time.
  • slaughterer commented:

    5/27/17, 1:58 PM - Lovely and accurate description of this wine.

White
2007 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Meursault 1er Cru Charmes Chardonnay
4/13/2016 - DAN BAILEY wrote:
Reached into my vertical case of this wine (07-12) and grabbed the 07 thinking it would be ready for business. Double decanted back into the bottle and enjoyed a glass over the evening in a riedel sommelier montrachet glass.

Quite a young, light gold colour. Nose was a bit subdued. The palate was very tight, even hard. All kinds of granite and sour lemons. Very tough at this stage and a real surprise that it was showing so young. Indeed, the first white burg of this age I can recall in a long time that was absolutely not ready to play. No question that it will get there with time. It will be interesting to see what kind of development there is tonight after 24 hours of air.

2nd night. Only marginally more friendly. Absolutely at the linear, austere end and very unwilling to come out and play. Imagine a grivot richebourg or old school faiveley at about the same age to get an impression of how closed this was! Unclear whether it's the bottle or the wine as I've not had it before in this vintage. First time I can recall being disappointed with a PYCM.
  • slaughterer commented:

    4/13/16, 7:35 AM - Surprised this PYCM was so tight and tough. Would be interested in what effect 24 hours had on it.

Red
2005 Château Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
1/28/2016 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
97 points
Ruby red mixed with black. Sensual nose of sweet plums, cherry pits, marzipan, baking flour, clay, and dandelions. Very fine, round palate with lots of finesse and complexity. Cherry drops, cranberry, currants, milk chocolate, malt make their appearances in a fine structure, with a long decay. Very creamy, ethereal mouthfeel, with the liquid just sliding across the palate. Refined and charming. The Patek Philippe of Saint Emilion.
  • slaughterer commented:

    1/29/16, 7:40 AM - He he. Of course, Cheval Blanc would be a Vacheron Constantin, Ausone would be a vintage Panerai, Pavie would be a Hublot, and Angelus would be a Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.

Red
2009 Château Pavie Macquin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
1/14/2016 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
98 points
The most grandiose, and best PM I have ever tasted. Nose of sweet, over-ripe, rotten apricot, mango, pralines, a little Nutella, coffee beans, Valronha chocolate. Thick, rich, voluminous, creamy (the hallmark of 2009) palate of fresh blackberry, blueberry, fig, cassis, black cherry, gooseberry. What is hitting out at you is the incredibly dense and forward and powerful fruit, but it is not like marmalade. The mineral content of limestone, salt, and chalk gives the wine finesse, delicacy and raciness. Very Barolo-esque, very masculine, very handsome in a Saville Row 60s way. Extremely powerful, yet a wealth of finesse, polish and poise. This blew me away.
  • slaughterer commented:

    1/15/16, 1:06 PM - Wine was decanted and drank over 3 hours.

Red
1993 Château Ausone St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
9/9/2012 - Paul S wrote:
91 points
The Ultimate BBC (Burg, Bordeaux and Champagne) Dinner (Absinthe, Boat Quay): This was the most disappointing of the wines on show. Still a decently good wine all things considered, but you would expect much more than that given the Chateau's reputation and the corresponding price tag. It did have a nice enough nose, with notes of plum, toasty cigar smoke and something that smelt like talcum powder along with a lilt of green capcisum and vine stems. It was the palate that was a bit of a let down. I very much liked the feel of the wine, with its silky tannins and well-judged acidity, but it was unfortunately also a bit insubstantial as it wafted through the mouth in otherwise pleasant flavours of black seasoned with more tobacco and capsicums. It was just a bit weak at the finish too, where the dark fruit notes subsided behind a layer of toasted almonds and a touch of mocha. A supremely elegant wine, but unfortunately lacking in authority. Time to start drinking I would say - while rather pedestrian, it was at least very pleasant.
  • slaughterer commented:

    12/1/15, 6:26 AM - Never had this experience with this vintage. Maybe bad bottle?

White
2010 F.X. Pichler Riesling Smaragd Dürnsteiner Kellerberg Wachau
5/15/2012 - Keith Levenberg wrote:
98 points
Pretty aromas like some kind of aloe-scented cream, but they don't even begin to prepare you for the tour de force that comes when you taste it, which is a bona fide "holy crap!" experience. I don't think I've had any 2010 Austrians yet so I was bracing myself for an acid bomb like so many 2010 Germans, but that's not the case here -- this is expansive and generous, with a dense, enveloping flesh that kind of feels like the Batard to Steinertal's Chevalier, but even with all that richness of material it seems to buffer something glittery and glistening underneath. "Complexity" is too pedestrian a term for the endless and indescribable details the fruit leaves in its wake, but it seems to combine stuff on the sunnier side like fresh spring greenery with something more dark and primal, closer to the dirt and soil and whatever earthy stuff you might find underfoot. I've been reading the Drops of God manga lately which employs this recurring melodramatic trope of metaphorically transporting the characters into some foreign landscape whenever they taste a particularly transcendent wine; if that was to happen here it would be one of those expansive Rocky Mountain vistas with towering evergreens, lush forestry in the foreground and icy mountainpeaks in the distance like the kind of thing you'd see in a Bob Ross painting. Anyway, it's hard not to be in awe of this wine.
  • slaughterer commented:

    5/28/14, 7:44 AM - Amazingly well-written tasting note. Convey your enthusiasm for this tour de force wine.

Red
2001 Yarra Yering Shiraz Underhill Yarra Valley
2/12/2014 - JulianSkeels Likes this wine:
94 points
I'm impressed. From my experience Yarra Yering needs at least 10yrs, ideally 15yrs, like a decent Bordeaux - and this is yet more proof. Double decanted for 90mins and cooled down, and the wine lasted for another 4hrs in the glass without fading much (I had work calls...). Very elegant and nothing like a typical Aussie shiraz, this has only medium body and is noticeably lighter with wonderful balance and freshness from the slight acidity and a gorgeous nose of white flowers and taste of almost Burgundy (Musigny-like) sweet but not sickly red fruits, with a soft and lingering finish tending towards only slight eucalyptus. Only 13% alcohol and absolutely no heat, just great aromatics and freshness. Silky tannins. Really wonderful and bags of life left. Try double-decant and cool-down 2hrs next time and serve in either burgundy glasses for the mouthfeel or narrow-top spanish/hermitage glasses to savour the aroma. Drink now-2025. The good news is that people drink this producer far too young and write off the wine and 'green' and 'tannic' before if blossoms... meaning that gems like this can be picked up with 10-15yrs of bottle age for only $45/bt.
  • slaughterer commented:

    2/12/14, 9:13 AM - Really a thoughtful review of a wine I am interested in but never bought. Thanks.

Red
1995 Château Angélus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
5/12/2013 - slaughterer Likes this wine:
98 points
Best showing of this vintage Angelus ever. Much fatter, almost goopy black cherry fruit flowing into all corners of the palate by comparison to drier, tougher, leaners showings. One gets a real sense of substance and power here, of 1st growth caliber. There is also a blackberry component that emerges on the back end, as well as wet clay, sand, sage, mint and some waxy stem and skin component. The tannins are quite substantial and gripping still, and might be a bit too much for some drinkers. 2 points substracted from perfection for the fading in the decanter--rarely does Angelus show the best when first opened, and then recede or go to sleep within a few hours decant, as was the case here. Quite simply, the wine's gutsy, rock-star performance upon opening showed a little fatigue after screaming its lungs out on the stage for an hour. Kind of like a middle-age Scott Weiland in 2007-2009--mighty voice for 1 hour on stage, and then diminishment as the drugs and divorce and depressive aspects of his mania rise to the surface.
  • slaughterer commented:

    9/23/13, 6:52 AM - The Weiland comparison is precise and justified.

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