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2006 Bodegas Muga Rioja Torre Muga Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
7/23/2016 - Life At Your Leisure wrote:
94 points
Deep ruby turning violet at the rim with a reflective edge. The nose is gorgeous with lots of ripe red and dark fruit accompanied by sandalwood, scorched earth, vanilla and dried herbs. The palate displays ripe, full-bodied, polished, velvety texture - an attractive modern-style Rioja that bridges ripeness with Old World charm. Flavors of dark cherry, raspberry, dark chocolate, red licorice, and Rioja earthiness brings this to near classic levels. Finishes long and juicy with dusty tannin. Drink now until 2026. 94
  • Life At Your Leisure commented:

    7/30/16, 3:02 AM - Thanks for the acknowledgment, Buzzoff.

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1998 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
6/6/2016 - Life At Your Leisure wrote:
94 points
Popped and poured, though it needs about 15 minutes in the glass to let things settle and about 2 hours to let the bottle stand though no substantial sedimentation took place. In addition to my previous tasting last September 2012, here are my notes: Dark crimson turning rust at the rim with a transparent edge. Smoky cherry aromas with oak and herbaceous nuances. The palate is soft and elegant with an attractive grip. Flavors of tobacco, leather, earth, dried herbs, vanilla oak and espresso have crept to prominence over the candied cherry and licorice notes. Still very elegant, subtle and traditional in approach. Finishes long and silky smooth with hints of scorched earth. Drink now until 2023.
  • Life At Your Leisure commented:

    6/8/16, 7:35 PM - I've edited my tasting notes to incorporate answers to your query. Thank you for your comments.

Red
2011 Quinta de Foz de Arouce Vinho Regional Beiras Tinto Red Blend
1/28/2016 - Life At Your Leisure wrote:
89 points
Opaque purple hues turning violet at the rim with a transparent edge. The nose gives off fatty cherry, blackberries, blueberries, plum sauce, nectarines, glycerin, and dark licorice at a ripe, highly elevated alcohol levels. With all the lushness, ripeness and boldness of the vintage, the palate, quite contrastingly, is soft. It isn't deprived of adequate structure and power, nor does it hollow out on the mid palate, but rather appears diluted of some sort. Yet, the fleshy tannin and grip are very evident. Having said this, I would go further by recommending that this be served at slightly lower temperatures in the range of 14 to 16 degrees centigrade to keep it more enjoyable. The aforementioned flavors abound in the palate as well, which are complemented by medicinal notes that tend to be overbearing - truly a wine of numerous contrasts. In the end, it did not integrate too well. Hoping that time may cure this. Finishes long and earthy. Drink now until 2017.
  • Life At Your Leisure commented:

    1/28/16, 11:32 AM - Thank you, wine strategies, for your vote of confidence. In the end, I found this wine lacked integration. Hopefully, it will resolve in a few years.

Red
2010 Bodegas AAlto Ribera del Duero AAlto Tempranillo
12/22/2015 - Life At Your Leisure wrote:
94 points
Bright ruby color turning violet at the rim with a reflective edge. The nose is deeply complex and layered with notes of ripe, high octane dark and red berries, smoke, vanilla, toasted oak and sweet Ribera del Duero earth. The palate is rich, juicy, and ripe with a velvety texture. Flavors of blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, plum, dark chocolate, espresso and seared meat. Finishes long, fleshy and juicy with hints of dried herbs. An exceptional effort from Bodegas Aalto putting the winery amongst the forefront of modernizing the region. Drink now until 2025.
  • Life At Your Leisure commented:

    12/26/15, 9:34 PM - Life is too short. I have one bottle left in my chiller and won't hesitate to open in my next gathering. Besides, the 2012's are equally if not better (just decant). Cheers!

Red
2012 Ramey Claret Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
11/8/2015 - Life At Your Leisure wrote:
91 points
Dark ruby turning violet at the rim with a perfumed nose of raspberries, lilacs, candy, cinnamon, and earth. The palate is rich and full-bodied with a velvety texture that makes it approachable as it evolves in the glass. Flavors of licorice, cassis, candied cherry, mocha, vanilla bean extract, and balsamic notes. Well-balanced, elegant and supple with notes of cardamom spice on the long, refined finish. Very approachable today in contrast to many of Ramey's wines. Drink now with a 15-minute decant until 2022.
  • Life At Your Leisure commented:

    11/9/15, 6:23 PM - Thanks for the kind words. Glad to be of help. Cheers!

Red
2011 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Red Rhone Blend
7/12/2015 - Life At Your Leisure wrote:
88 points
Deep ruby red color turning crimson at the rim with a transparent edge. The nose is very fragrant - giving off red and black berries scorched earth, tobacco leaves and dried herbs. The palate is full-bodied with a fleshy texture. Flavors of dark cherry, currants, plum, chocolate, meat, smoke, toasted oak and cigar box. Very round and elegant. Finishes with a hint of spice. Drink now until 2021.
  • Life At Your Leisure commented:

    9/6/15, 4:45 PM - Glad to be of help. Cheers!

Red
2008 Quinta do Vale Meão Douro Red Blend
5/10/2015 - Life At Your Leisure wrote:
95 points
Opaque purple color turning violet at the rim with a reflective edge. The nose gives off ripe dark berries, tobacco, and dried herbs. The palate is rich, dense, and fruity with a creamy, velvety texture. Flavors of blueberry compote, plum, dark cherry, black tea, and espresso meld together with layers of fleshy grape skin that provide great texture and a long, chewy finish. This is how old world meets new, blending rich, earthy flavors with ripe fruit and high alcohol content (14.5%). Drink now until 2023.
  • Life At Your Leisure commented:

    7/12/15, 4:50 PM - Glad to be of help. Tannins are still evident, but they're quite attractive. So it depends on how you like your wine: young or aged? Either way, it's good to go.

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2000 Château Troplong Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
7/7/2015 - Life At Your Leisure wrote:
97 points
Dark garnet in color turning ruby/crimson at the rim with a transparent edge. The nose is perfumed, seductive, and utterly complex with notes of attractive barnyard earth, ripe gooseberry, alliums, vanilla, and smoked cedar. The palate is powerful, densely packed, and persistently intense with flavors of black currant, black tea, hoisin sauce, roasted fig, dark roasted espresso, dark chocolate, clover, anise, black pepper and bright embers. This is at a league of its of its own in Saint-Emilion. It has a meaty character with a long, fleshy, leathery finish. Still youthful at this stage, and will drink beautifully for the next fifteen years. Drink now with a 40-minute decant until 2030.
  • Life At Your Leisure commented:

    7/10/15, 11:28 PM - Glad to be of help. Yes, it's that good. Though I am partial to Saint-Emilion, this wine, particularly this vintage, is exceptional. Very multi-dimensional. Just give it time to evolve in the glass. Don't drink right away if you open it. Save for a special occasion. :-)

Red
2010 Justin Vineyards & Winery Isosceles Paso Robles Red Bordeaux Blend
7/5/2015 - Life At Your Leisure wrote:
92 points
Opaque purple color turning violet at the rim with a reflective edge. This has a densely concentrated, profusely lifted nose of lilac, cocoa, dark berries, licorice, and Paso Robles earth. The palate is full-bodied, lifted, with a creamy, velvety texture. Flavors of black currant, cassis, blueberry compote, dark chocolate, darkly roasted espresso bean, vanilla, earth and a hint of plum. Ripe, opulent, structured, powerful and persistent. Finishes long and tangy with hints of spice and vanilla. The old reliable is what it is. Somehow, I expected more from this vintage. Drink now until 2025.
  • Life At Your Leisure commented:

    7/7/15, 5:37 PM - You're welcome. Glad to be of help.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Bruno Paillard Champagne Brut Premiere Cuvée Champagne Blend
2/6/2015 - Life At Your Leisure wrote:
92 points
Medium straw color with golden hues. The palate is dry with hints of citrus, nectarine, ripe banana, ginger and grapefruit on the front palate. But as you go towards the mid palate, there's some dark fruits as well - cherry, currants and toasted almonds. Very lively acidity and long on the finish with hints of fig, anise and slate minerals. This is just delicious, and well-worth the price. It's complex, yet so easy to drink and attractive. Drink now until 2020.
  • Life At Your Leisure commented:

    3/2/15, 6:39 AM - Sorry, Mr. Wine Strategies, I have no idea. I received this bottle as a gift last Christmas 2014 from my local wine store. Their inventories move pretty fast, so the bottle could not have come in earlier than 2013, if that helps.

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2010 Antinori Chianti Classico Marchese Antinori Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
Tasted blind alongside a 2004 Sassicaia; 2004 Antinori Pian della Vigne Brunello di Montalcino; 2009 Talamonti Montepulciano d'Abruzzo ModA'; and a 2008 MGM Mondo del Vino Amarone della Valpolicella Sopra Sasso. Very dark garnet color turning violet at the rim with a powerful nose of red currant, earth, and incense. The palate is young, vibrant, dense and powerful. Still tannic, but only shows good structure and a bright potential for medium-term aging. Flavors of currant, black tea, pencil lead, meat, and cowhide leather. Finishes long and velvety with hints of dried herb, mushroom and pepper spice. I am truly amazed at the quality and showing of this wine - fantastic value. Drink now with a 1-hr decant or better from 2015 to 2030.
  • Life At Your Leisure commented:

    12/13/14, 5:57 PM - I gave the 2004 Sassicaia 89 Pts on blind tasting. Great build-up, disastrous finish.

Red
2004 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
Dark purple, almost black in color turning violet at the rim. Notes of dark chocolate, espresso, dark berries, and Pauillac earth on the nose. The palate is full-bodied, structured, voluptuous and velvety. Flavors of dark cherry, cacao, blackberry, cola, espresso, vanilla, smoke and graphite form the core. This is very attractive, balanced, and a bit on the fruity side that ends with a long, heightened finish with hints of bay leaf and meat. Fantastic! Drink now until 2029. 94+
  • Life At Your Leisure commented:

    10/27/14, 4:35 PM - Popped and poured, sir!

Red
2007 Castelgiocondo (Marchesi de' Frescobaldi) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
7/10/2014 - Life At Your Leisure wrote:
94 points
Dark ruby turning crimson at the rim with reflective edges. The nose gives off aromas of cola, tobacco, and leather. The palate is bold, muscular, and very, very dry; heightened by bright acidity. Structured; densely concentrated with flavors of currant, black tea, cigar box, graphite, espresso and meat. This wine stays lifted all the way until the very long finish with hints of dried herbs. The structure is still very firm as of tasting, and the tannins haven't fully resolved. This will be better from 2015 or 2016 up to 2032. 94+
  • Life At Your Leisure commented:

    7/29/14, 7:51 AM - Thank you!

Red
1995 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 890 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
Dark crimson color turning rust at the rim with a nose of dried herbs, currants, cola and Earl Grey tea. The palate is medium-bodied with an ultra-silky texture featuring dried currant, saddle leather, pipe tobacco, and smoke. Finishes long on refined tannin with hints of dried thyme. Amazing wine - graceful and elegant. Drink now until 2019. 95 Pts.
  • Life At Your Leisure commented:

    3/5/14, 1:07 AM - Hi Cheungtp, I drank it without decanting. I just opened it for about 15 minutes before drinking. Decanting will definitely help, but not that necessary as it opens up in the glass after a few minutes.

Red
2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
Dark ruby color turning light-to-medium at the edges with a transparent rim. The nose is utterly perfumed with red berries, earth and smoked vanilla. The palate is dry but with a light coating of fruit; medium-to-light-bodied with a silky texture featuring lush flavors of red cherry, dried strawberry, pomegranate, cranberry, red licorice, medium-toasted vanilla and tobacco that rides on vibrant acidity and an elegant, balanced, graceful, seductive, ultra-refined layering. Finishes at least one minute long with hints of saddle leather and Rioja earth. This is the pinnacle of La Rioja Alta - just unparalleled at this point. Drink now with at least 20 minutes of decanting until 2024.
  • Life At Your Leisure commented:

    2/21/14, 5:35 PM - Thanks for the tip! I will. Cheers!

Red
2008 Tua Rita Giusto di Notri Toscana IGT Red Bordeaux Blend
Dark purple color turning violet at the rim with a perfumed, floral nose of ripe blue and black berries. The palate is bold and cruises at high altitude balanced by lively acidity with flavors of ripe currant, plum, pipe tobacco, black tea, and graphite. This is very delicious. The fruit is ripe yet the palate remains dry due to the young tannin and bright acidity to give it a sumptuous, delectable experience. It would be interesting to taste this several years down the road. Finishes long and supple with hints of espresso. Drink now with 1-hr decant up to 2028. 94+
  • Life At Your Leisure commented:

    12/12/13, 4:14 AM - Thanks for the comment. :-)

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2005 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
9/13/2013 - Life At Your Leisure wrote:
87 points
Dark crimson color with a nose of cherry, vanilla, and leather. The palate is rich, intense, thick and dense with notes of smoke, dark berries, oak, and espresso. The finish rounds off pretty well and lengthily with hints of tobacco and pencil lead. Well-balanced and good acidity. This has enough structure to drink now with 30-minutes decant until 2025.
  • Life At Your Leisure commented:

    9/15/13, 3:40 AM - The only reason why I drank it now is because I'm running out of storage space. Ha ha! But seriously, you're right about Lanessan being one of the few reasonabley-priced wines that have a long ageing potential. But for me that's about as far as it goes. Time to pop the cork. :-)

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2008 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT Sangiovese
(magnum). Slow-O 1 hour, served non-blind. No need to rehash what others have already said, though it's worth noting that life at your leisure's notes come awfully close to my own. There was no prior aeration, yet this was on-point from the first moment. Casually elegant, but equally profound in texture and flavors thanks to precise, fine-grained tannins and very fresh acids. I liked this as much as the 2008 Sassacaia, but for different reasons. Quite nice and exceeded my expectations for an '08. 14,5% abv, drink thru 2028. highly recommended

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  • Life At Your Leisure commented:

    9/9/13, 8:39 PM - Thanks for the acknowledgment. Cheers!

Red
2009 Réserve de la Comtesse Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
Really can't add much further to what "Life at your Leisure" has already noted. Well structured, evenly balance with a long satisfying finish. Classic Pauillac!
  • Life At Your Leisure commented:

    9/9/13, 8:36 PM - Thanks for the acknowledgment. :-)

Red
2009 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard Oakville
5/26/2013 - Life At Your Leisure wrote:
95 points
Dark garnet color with a chocolaty nose of berries and bramble. The palate is full-bodied, brightly acidic, and rigidly structured with highly concentrated flavors of dark cherry, plum, espresso, and dark chocolate, toasted vanilla and oak. There's a little jammy character on the long, persistent, high-pitched finish with hints of dried herbs and Oakville earth. Quite an amazing drink, but certainly expensive. I rated the 2005 Ramey Jericho Canyon 95 Pts, which costs half the price of the Pedregal Vineyard. Still, this is different and somehow yummier! Perhaps a 1-hr decant just won't do it. Drink from 2018 to 2030.
  • Life At Your Leisure commented:

    8/22/13, 5:26 PM - You're most welcome, David.

Red
2005 Château Sénéjac Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
1/31/2011 - redbat wrote:
91 points
Drinking well now but can certainly hold. Would only suggest you give this one a go if you like a very powerful, but not fruity wine. Drying tannins currently stand out a bit at the moment.l Punching far above it's weight. A great buy and only wish I had a few more in the cellar. Very classic old style left bank wine
  • Life At Your Leisure commented:

    12/30/12, 5:06 PM - I could not agree more!

Red
2009 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Rich, thick, creamy texture with loads of dark cherry and vanilla flavors - almost candy-like with hints of warm maple syrup. Overwhelmingly sweet and extracted. Fills the mouth with alcohol, and a little over the top. Not really a balanced wine, more of a fruit bomb or grape juice on steroids. Very far from the 2007 and the 2004 vintages. Drink from 2012 to 2017.
  • Life At Your Leisure commented:

    12/20/12, 7:36 AM - Oddly enough, I really don't like it. However, my score remains as I try my best to keep an objective assessment in spite of my personal preferences. I say this because some people do like high-octane fruit bombs that have upfront, in-your-face flavors, whereas I prefer the subtle nuances that can be discovered over a longer process, but that's just me. As a matter of fact, I've scored some of my favorite wines in the mid 80's because they're just so enjoyable to drink. Corollary to this, I've scored a 2007 Clos Des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape a 97, and I'm not so hot on it.

Red
2004 Yarra Yering Shiraz Underhill Yarra Valley
Very rich nose of Australian earth, forest leaves and flowers, and a hint of curry. You would think that it would be full-bodied given the preamble, but it's surprisingly mellow with a concentration and core of crushed berries, oak, and graphite. It's a fantastic wine that makes you think because of its layered complexity and it leads you to expect one thing but experience another albeit in a pleasantly surprising way. Drink now until 2017
  • Life At Your Leisure commented:

    12/1/12, 4:58 PM - I kept it in a chiller for about a year at 16 degrees Celcius. I tasted twice with consistent notes.

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