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1970 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
4/17/2019 - JonnyG Likes this wine:
93 points
A stellar showing, really more secondary than tertiary, with a decade+ of life left. All the Graves signature notes: cherries, muted green pepper, tobacco, ash and a fine acidity which added energy to this beauty. Fully integrated tannins. Easily outclassed its enjoyable but straightforward sibling from 2003.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    4/18/19, 7:52 AM - This is one of the best drinking 1970 Bordeaux, above many first growths...Agree lots of time in this one yet.

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N.V. Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único Reserva Especial 1991, 1994, 1999 (2012 Release) Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
3/14/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
A nice wine, with no distinct character other than a very nice aged wine with typical Spanish heavy wood treatment. It lacks uniqueness and character and seems like it was balanced down to a meh...I prefer the vintage bottling of Unico that lean more one way or another. Drink or Hold

*Not a re-buy.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    4/9/19, 7:47 AM - True! Hopefully that will help keep prices in check too :-)

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2015 Domaine Lafage Côtes du Roussillon Bastide Miraflors Syrah Blend, Syrah
4/7/2019 - ogres3 Likes this wine:
90 points
Same as it ever was...
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    4/7/19, 8:52 AM - Bu you may ask yourself...

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2010 Campogiovanni (San Felice) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
3/24/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
95 points
This is so spot on for me...I love the San Felice wines more and more and more...So much expression of terroir packed into this wine in a modern style. It's the best expression of a hybrid style (old world forward) that I can imagine possible. Needs about 45 minutes to bloom and throws beautiful bouquet of earth, mulch, and roasted herbs. In the mouth its fulll, with lush cherries and a punching,changing long finish...Just beautiful . Drink or Hold- Just in the door of a long life with much improvement to await.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    3/26/19, 6:56 AM - Hey, good to read from you v. You should try the San Felice Chianti Classico Reserva, Il Grigio II...What a freaking bang for the money if you like earthy Chiantis..These are daily drinkers with so much more than Napa for my taste. If you can find one with about 7 to 10 years of age on it, go for it.

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    3/26/19, 2:32 PM - I have a few bottles of the 2010 Gran Selezione, and have drank a couple so far. Its GREAT, but, the lower bottling is equally gorgeous in a more fruit forward way. Both great wines and I have been meaning to try them blind and me thinks that the time is here! Im thinking of doing a Chianti party this weekend. Just bought a few bottles from Winexchange that I need to go grab....Cheers!

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    3/26/19, 2:53 PM - Yes I'm in So Cal...I buy from those guys more and more often now. Pizza it is...

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2009 Château Lilian Ladouys St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
3/3/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
94 points
WOW, WOW WOW! Now I KNOW bottle variation...This wine was not supposed to drink this good. I had to look at the label 3X to make sure I had not grabbed a Montrose. I have gone through over a case of this wine, and have 2 cases to go, but this was the best damn bottle and so above and beyond the others. This was on fire! Held its own and ran several laps ahead of the 2009 Marojallia that passed up a Chateau Margaux 2006 next to it...What a surprising night. It was an evening of the underdog. Money doesn't always buy you the best wines, and I am so lucky to experience that over and over again, having tried so many head bending wines.

The wine was thick and magenta in shade, with shades of brown starting to form. It was clear and healthy. The fruit was incredible and there was no denying the St. Estephe dirt and living Margaux style violets were everywhere, intermixed with gobs of red and black fruit. Somewhat Pape Clement in style...Blind, I might have guessed 2005 Pape Clement...Yes that good!

*For what its worth, this came from a case that has been sitting in a cold hobby room for 6 months now, because of space issues in the cellar...The cork was brittle and broke during extraction. F*&^ the cellar, Im moving a few cases into the hobby room for faster aging...
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    3/23/19, 12:10 PM - Yes, I can't imagine some of the lackluster notes and floored by the negative ones. I have drank almost 2 cases of this and thankfully have 25 bottles left! I guess you gotta like and get Bordeaux first and foremost to like this. Cheers and happy drinking!

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1986 Château Bel-Air Lagrave Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
3/16/2019 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
90 points
Got at Wine Exchange $30. Re-bottled, re-labeled and re-Corked at chateau. What a score! Fun to drink a BDX from such a great vintage without having to have aged it. I did a PnP but I recommend a 1 hour decant and make sure at RT. Classic BDX. Cigar/cedary characters. Fruit is definitely fading, but the soft and complex tannins kind of make up for it.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    3/16/19, 12:05 PM - Good score! I picked up a case of this when it came out and vanished in a flash. I was really impressed with the second one I drank...These bottles should drink well for at least 7 years or more...

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2016 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
There's such lovely ripe, cedary, blackberry fruit, but Beychevelle so often smells a bit of potatoes. Is it the oak?
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    3/9/19, 6:50 AM - Yep, ill take an order of those fries too! Now if I can get my 2.00 fries to taste like the 82,00, or the 16 Beychevelle, I will stop drinking wine and just get fat!

    * Your note on the 2016 Talbot was spot on.

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2004 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Valbuena 5° Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
4/2/2018 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
95 points
Same bottle as previous notes, now pulled cork and decanted remainder (half bottle) for half an hour and follower over two hours. I underrated this wine probably in previous notes. There is something hauntingly beautiful about this - tobacco, bay leaf, it is long and sticky once the wine gets air. So scoring it 95 cognisant of previous scores (92, 93), so my blended would be a 93-94. Great intensity, this wine has got character. Drink now till 2035. Certainly not a second wine but an accomplished wine in its own right.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    2/28/19, 11:32 AM - BB, Im going to open this next weekend. I'll report...Thanks for the fine and encouraging note. Im opening this blind in a mix of Unicos. Cheers mate!

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    3/8/19, 11:31 AM - Tomorrow! :-) We are opening 1991 Unico, 1994 Unico, 2012 Unico (Blend of 91,94,99) and Unico 2006. Serving this and the baby Pingus as blinds in the mix...Also serving 2012 as blind. Plus an array of other hopefully good stuff....

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2009 Château Marojallia Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
4/1/2010 - dcwino wrote:
97 points
Considering this Chateau is right next to Chateau Margaux, what a different interpretation. Licorice, jammy, silky, excellent concentration but very modern. Margaux equivalent of Valandraud. 96-98 pts.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    3/3/19, 7:24 AM - DC, you NAILED, NAILED this wine back in 2010. I'm not going to post, because I don't want to hype it too much until I find more bottles. Wow! Every bit a 97 today and maybe even more..And to your point, Oh Sooooo St. Emillion....You de man!

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    3/3/19, 9:55 AM - I agree on 09 being peak of hang and squeeze. Great point...I am very encouraged by 2016 style. We may be back on track again to make crazy good clarets.

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1996 Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
3/2/2019 - Otaku Oenophile Likes this wine:
94 points
Oldest wine to date.

Although the fruit has faded there is still plenty of life and evolution in this unlike the 99 Verite La Muse which I felt was past it's prime. Despite that I like the flavor profile of the Muse more than this Dominus.

Cedar, fennel, cherry and sweet tobacco on the nose and same on the palate. I don't get tons of complexity but it's the integration that age has given it framed with silky tannin.

This experience sorta makes me want to try the 94 and 91 more out of curiosity sake even though I like more exuberant fruit.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    3/3/19, 6:56 AM - Nice note and comparison to the 99 Muse. I think that you are spot on for trying the 94. Not sure about the 91, but you should most definitely scribble 1997 on your list based on your profile picture. Its very Bordeaux for a Napa...Don't see too many posts from El Paso, so cheers to you!

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2005 Château La Vieille Cure Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend
2/14/2019 - walkerjfw wrote:
Drank over 2 nights in Chicago. Second night 1/2 bottle opened for about 30 minutes prior to drinking, drank over 2 hours

Prior notes:"Dark purple color, still looks young. Nose of dark fruits, smoke, plums, cedar. Pungent at first, settles in after 30 minutes. Really jumped out on the decant..."

Still full bodied, smooth texture. Dark berries, licorice a bit more prominent with this bottle. The air time benefited the wine. In a good spot, should last a while but not likely to improve (IMO). Great QPR
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    2/15/19, 6:58 AM - Walk, I had a very similar experience with this 2 nights ago. Glad I kept the bottles. I think Its definitely in drinking window, finally. Thanks for posting!

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2010 Citille di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Poggio Ronconi Sangiovese
11/5/2016 - Snoman Likes this wine:
95 points
Just might be the value of the century, at only 6 years on the vintage and decades to evolve. Classic, textbook Brunello hitting all the right notes now, literally blew the table away with power, intensity, richness and structure. Wish we would have bought a pallet.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    2/11/19, 7:56 AM - Hey thanks for your note on this wine. I just picked up a case blind, thinking what the hell, how bad can an obscure brunelllo from the 2010 vintage be for 35.00 a bottle. Worth a chance...I think that after reading your note, I am glad I did. Its an obscure wine that has very little information and availability. Would you buy this again?

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2016 Château Tour Saint-Christophe St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
Theres something unpleasant about squeezing Merlot too hard and it shows in this wine...Drank alongside a 2015 Dufrey Vivant from Margaux, it was almost unpleasant, especially in the bouquet. It came across hot and racy, but it was clearly a powerful wine. What was killing it next to the Margaux wine was the bouquet. It had chicken coop features (not to be confused with barnyard/brett), like what a Monstrall/Mourvedre throws off. I just received my case and my magnums and I'm a bit deflated and miffed. I won't rate this until I try another bottle...XXX
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    2/3/19, 8:09 AM - I think that we can become very judgmental about wine because we are usually drinking more than one wine in one sitting. If I was drinking this wine by itself, the chicken poop/coop may not have been as pronounced. As for the wine itself, I think that even a clean version would be over rated as it was in 2015. I will be opening a magnum soon to see what the hell is going on...Good luck on yours and drop a line when you do try one. Adios :-)

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2005 Château Malescot St. Exupéry Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
1/31/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
94 points
Lots of earthiness throughout the bouquet that carried through the violet and flowery botanical verve of the wine. The tannins are spot on right now, creating enough firmness to give you a nice caressing ending. I would say this is about 3 years from peak. Drink or Hold

**Made the mistake of serving it at cellar temp. These wines MUST come up to room temp to glow. By the time I got to the bottom of the sediment filled wine, this baby was firing on all cylinders and the glass was so hard to out down. I think if would have let this warm up it would have scored a point higher for sure.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    1/31/19, 11:47 AM - Wise is the right word. And for whites, sever the good ones SLIGHTLY chilled and the ok ones COLD...Cheers

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1961 Château Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
12/29/2018 - Purple Tooth wrote:
96 points
Incredible how fresh and fruit forward this 58 year old gent is. Pure garnet, with an amber, glossy rim and a deep sea of lush red juice that got darker and looked quite healthy and big for its age. Antiqued, musty red fruit, cedar chest, coffee grinds, and dancing violets on the back end with a long fantastic finish. I made the mistake of opening this with an idiot that had no idea what we were drinking, and all he could comment on was how much fruit remained in the wine. Its a shame that this bottle went to waste, but all I could think of was how lucky I was to be drinking this..Drink
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    1/28/19, 6:12 PM - Yup.. This was a doozy. The dude was French too! Fuuuuudge
    Thanks for the comment. Saw a few of your note on the 2016 BDX (Think?)..
    As you know, Bordeaux is an allure and its haunting good. Either you get it or you don't...I was lucky. Thank you for your kind understanding :-)

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2004 Château Lalande D'Auvion Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
9/2/2018 - Purple Tooth wrote:
90 points
Hey, what a surprise in this wine. Deliciously aged Medoc on the cheap. Most interesting thing about this wine is the cute mid palate with the violets and flower shop nuances (assuming from some cabernet franc). A great gateway wine on the way to something great. Fantastic value. No shame in drinking this..Drink but can hold.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    1/20/19, 8:05 AM - How can you go wrong? I think you scored some nice aged table wine that should be healthy. I am always happy to hear about the helpfulness of notes on obscure wines. Let me know what you think when you start drinking them. If you like aged wines, you should like these.

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2000 Château Clos de Sarpe St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
1/4/2019 - DougLee wrote:
94 points
Decanted for 45 minutes. Opaque dark garnet-purple. Fully-charged, billowing nose of hyacinth, red currant, cedar, meaty tones, smoke, graphite, and rock. Dense, concentrated layers of currant, red plum, blackberry, schist, mocha, and beef blood planted on the palate like an ediface. Firm, structured tannin and fresh young acidity, leading to a ringing finish of pure dark berry, coiled dense earth, and grip. This is a monumental wine. Score is conservative, reflecting its young age.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    1/5/19, 10:28 AM - Your killer note make me want to reach into the cobwebs for one of the bottles that I need to unearth or run out and buy another one...Thank you!

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2007 Staglin Family Cabernet Sauvignon 25th Anniversary Selection Rutherford
12/25/2018 - walkerjfw wrote:
95 points
Christmas day in OCNJ with the family. Bottles purchased direct at release, in my cellar since. Its been a few years, good excuse to check in on this. Improv decant, into a pitcher and rebottled. Open for about 30 minutes, drank over an hour.

Medium garnet color. Nose showing dark cherry, cedar, cassis. Rich palate of blackberry, blue fruits, leather, herbs, garrigue. Layered, savory notes through the mid palate. Rich and elegant texture, fined tannins. Long finish.

Really gorgeous wine on this evening, perfect with the prime rib and veggies. The short decant made a difference, wine was tight when first opened. Has aged nicely, better than last bottle 4 years ago, a long way to go - best guess is well stored bottles can go another 15 years...great stuff from Staglin
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    12/26/18, 3:59 PM - That's my way of decanting...Works pretty well. I gotta drink this wine soon. Thanks for the note Walk

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2005 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
2/27/2018 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
94 points
I was looking forward to retasting this as I had this last around 2 years ago and felt it was a tremendous wine then with great potential (rated 94 and 95 then). What has changed? In short, not much. Double decanted this the night before and left without cork for the night then recorked in the morning and took to restaurant for dinner where it was decanted and then drunk over 2 hours. The colour of this wine is almost blue purple, the nose soars with blue fruits and intense blueberry notes are also still dominant on the palate. Very little evolved in terms of secondary or beyond. But it is drinking with the prep it had in its youthful exuberance. High tannins but refined. I think this is a 40 year wine easy. Thinking that the 1990LP I feel is also still fairly youthful and I see similarities with the 05 and the 90 - probably more so then with the 96 for its fruit which is subdued in the 96. It probably is a hypothetical blend of 75pct 1990 and 25pct 1996, and that is certainly no bad thing. I have 4 cases of those and look forward to following this wine's path for as long as I can. Drink 2020-2050 (with sweetspot for my liking I'd forecast at 2030 onwards, but I won't wait that long for the next). In my view this is a very good value high quality 2nd growth from a great vintage. The Poyferre to buy given prices vis a vis other top vintages for sure. I must add that this was drank side by side a Canon 05 and the Canon was a tad more developed and showed beautifully to just best the Poyferre... On this occasion...
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    12/20/18, 9:27 AM - I finally picked up a handful of these...I will receive them in the spring. Cant wait to try it after your notes and recommendation from a while back. Cheers and happy holidays BB!

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1983 Château Brane-Cantenac Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
12/23/2017 - misterstarre Likes this wine:
95 points
The best drinking ‘83 Margaux, I’ve had, including the Palmer and the Ch. Margaux, which are both still so primary, it’s not a fair comparison. The Brane Cantenac has tertiary development, yet the fruit lives on. A beautiful gamey aroma with bright red fruit, straw, soil, and cigar box. On the attack, the wine is soft but not meek. Gentle tannins provide structure, but no texture, really. You get raspberry, plum, mushroom, sous bois, tobacco leaf, graphite, and something very subtly spice-cakey on the entry through the mid-palate with the earthier notes and spice outlasting the fruit. There’s a medium length finish of wet forest floor, pencil shavings, and truffle. Medium body. Fruitier than the very mushroomy and meaty ‘00. Plenty of time left on well stored bottles. (12-23-17, Chez Panisse)
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    12/20/18, 8:33 AM - I notice that you are a fan of 83' Margaux, it is in fact an undervalued vintage that was very generous to left bank wines, especially in Margaux and St. Julien. Thanks for the enjoyable notes and happy holidays :-) Try some 98's from left bank (especially from Pessac)...I think they may be right up your alley as well. I will take the cork out of at least one of these this weekend.

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2012 Château Poujeaux Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
8/23/2018 - DENKMAELER Likes this wine:
92 points
phantastischer Jahrgang, absoluter Schmeichler der unsere Gastgeberin sichtlich berührte!
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    12/15/18, 7:08 AM - Nice cellar!

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2005 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
12/10/2018 - unrelenting Does not like this wine:
89 points
Muted Leather nose. So flat on the palate. I'm not sure whether there's enough to this wine to evolve further but it's disappointing right now. A little acidity very low tannin. Try in 2021?
Coravin so I'll try in a month.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    12/11/18, 6:52 AM - Ive had the same bad luck with this wine. Three cases, three different sources. Though I must be honest and say that I don't know which cases I have pulled from thus far...So I scattered all the bottles into pairs and stored them in different bins in my offsite storage, hoping that one day I will be surprised. I'm hoping to find one of those 95 point wines that Parker scored and others here have found. Like UNRELENTING, I'm not too optimistic about that. Happy Holidays!

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    12/11/18, 4:54 PM - Coincidentally, all my bottles came from John hart wine (now HDH). I have bought lots from all 3 of those guys with the majority coming from hdh. The Chicago wine company is a class act as well. I’ll try one of these before Xmas. It’s been a couple of years since my last.

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1999 Fanti (Tenuta San Filippo) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
12/8/2018 - Rollerball wrote:
96 points
Started with quiet persistence and over a two-our dinner became more plump, offering dark chocolate notes and a chorus of mature, gorgeous fruit. A deep sweetness and comfortable consistency purr to the very end of the long finish.
Last bottle :(. Drink now.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    12/9/18, 2:44 PM - Been thinking of a good time to crack me mag. Christmas is here! Thanks for the note Roller

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2015 Château de France Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
11/12/2018 - Motz wrote:
92 points
Tasted over two days. This rides an intriguing line between fruitiness and real substance, with effusive fruit on the bouquet and attack, which also holds form through the middle, back, and finish, but is backed by earth, graphite, and a powerful frame. Lovely balance, utterly delicious!

Reminiscent of Malartic-Lagraviere, at roughly half the price.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    11/12/18, 8:36 AM - This is so hard to find. I managed to find a case that I am happily sitting on for early drinking over 5 years...Thanks for the note on this lost wine.

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2009 Château Batailley Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/9/2018 - Faylolai wrote:
Now worth 150, 2015 is 90 plus tax
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    11/10/18, 7:18 AM - I think you’re talking about haut Bailly...this is about 65 quid now.

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2000 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
10/19/2018 - Southfield59 Likes this wine:
94 points
First of 8 bottles, and probably the first of my bigger left bank 2000 Bordeaux. Even after all the hype of '05, '09, '10, '15, '16, etc., etc., I'm not sure that 2000 won't still be the best. No sign of aging, but probably hitting its early drinking somehow - dark color, wonderful fruit, gorgeous nose.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    10/26/18, 7:13 AM - South, Gruaud is my thing, and I tell you my friend, these wines need to age a long, long time before they lift their skirts above the knees. The 2000 is still about 10 years too young and probably the last of the classic CGL style of terroir packed, green, age requiring wines. I don't know what the hell they are producing now. I stopped buying after 2010 and clearly had no interest in anything that I tasted since, especially the 2015. For what its worth...HOLD HOLD HOLD.

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    10/27/18, 7:07 AM - South, you are a smart man. Yes, I have a couple of cases of this, and I have a couple o mags as well.I drank this in a lineup of some mid-level bordeaux earlier in the year and was not as impressed as I was when I started accumulating it (around 2008)...But I know this wiine is going to be a light-footed, weightless, stinky bordeaux of old with time. Cheers amigo, be well.

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2015 Domaine Lafage Côtes du Roussillon Bastide Miraflors Syrah Blend, Syrah
10/10/2018 - Purple Tooth wrote:
91 points
Ho Ho Hold your horses...I rated this as an 88 previously and now I understand that I did not give it enough air. When it gets 2 hours of air it gets into a totally strong and funky zone with scorched earth and vibrant fruit character. After 4 hours it seemed to be settling down and lose that middle term punch. At times it reminded me of a young bordeaux. Its still a bit sweet for my taste, but its clearly a steal for 12 bucks! Drink and be merry.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    10/26/18, 2:31 PM - Air is the key here...But who has time to wait for 2 hours :-) So at this price, open 2.

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2005 Château Lagrange (St. Julien) Red Bordeaux Blend
10/19/2018 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
94 points
From half bottle first of a case. I love Lagrange and would rate it top qpr Bordeaux but never had this vintage. So naturally I was very curious to try it finally. Good news this is a great Lagrange. Quite dark ruby in colour visually very attractive already. Splash decanted and drank over an hour the wine sports a very classic Bordeaux nose from a riper vintage, structure is evident - some earth, dark fruit, smoke, oak and tobacco. On the palate it follows through and reveals a very healthy core fruit which is at present slightly fighting with the oak but from my experience with the chateau this will resolve further and integrate beautifully. As it got more air the wood already seemed to give way to more juicy fruit, loving it. If you like some toasty oak and prime fruit this is drinking extremely well now already out of half bottle. Stylistically I feel it should end up somewhere in between the spellbinding 90 and great 96. It should be in its prime in 10-20 years from standard bottle I think, halves are going to be super duper in - few years time but no crime drinking some now. Clearly better then 2000 I think although I have some doubts if previous samples that I tried of the milennial vintage were perfect bottles. Bottom line another truly superb showing from a somewhat under appreciated chateau which thanks to its large size and consequently high production levels is not a wine commanding astronomic prices. Are there better Bordeaux? Yes, but pound for pound it is very difficult to match. It has got everything I look for in Bordeaux left bank wines. A drinkers / consumer wine rather then collectors/speculator and good those wines exist. Very glad I have a case of halves and standard size - I look forward to each and very bottle! 93 today with potential to add 2-3 points in time (hence the 94 score as I have high confidence in its further melioration). One where I am firmly with Neal rather then Bob! A must buy/try for any left bank lover.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    10/19/18, 12:57 PM - BB, I just kept buying this vintage, and kept adding and adding, just guessing that it was going to be great. I tried the first bottle about a year ago and rated it 93. I agree that this is another great Lagrange and somewhere between 1990 and 1996 seems right. Its safe to say that this is another Fantastic Lagrange to BE....Thanks for confirmation. Your opinion always matters!

    PS_Curious to know have you tried any of the lower end 2015 wines from Pessac? Man, they are drinking spot on! Some Haut Medocs as well. I am LOVING the 2015 vintage and might venture to say that to me, its even better than 2010. Now that's a mouth full! Cheers BB, keep up the good hard work :-)

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    10/19/18, 2:03 PM - I would try Saint Pierre (St. Julien) and a dirty little beauty from Chateau de France and also La Garde (Both Pessac). I also loved SHL and stocked up that and CLB. I thought Barton was a home run for the long run....I thought SHL was in the top 5...At least. Good luck on finding de France.

    Also try Chateau Caronne St. Gemme from Haut Medoc. This one is another beauty for the price.

    Cheers BB!

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1994 La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon Anniversary Release Howell Mountain
10/5/2018 - WineAggregate Likes this wine:
94 points
Should have let this open up more, as it was consumed too quickly. Still, a great balanced cab with lots of woodsy character.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    10/5/18, 4:27 PM - This is a rare one...I thank you for your note! Definitely lots of positive reviews on this. I am waiting for my case to arrive so I can join the fun. Thanks Aggregate

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    10/5/18, 9:24 PM - I picked it up from a private broker. It was a gamble, but 1994 was stellar and this producer makes long lived wines (rare for Napa), so it comes down to storage conditions. Perfect fills, so we shall see...

White - Sparkling
2006 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne Chardonnay
10/3/2018 - rustyRudy Likes this wine:
97 points
Drank to celebrate my wife's birthday . Had with fresh fruit, cheeses and cured meats. I have to agree with Frank Murray III that the finish is the most remarkable attribute of this wine. I did not think it was too sweet or rich for my personal taste however. Great bubbles. Tart lemon and lemon curd, well balanced from start to finish. Terrific bottle of wine but there are other bottles that come close to matching this for less $.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    10/5/18, 7:26 AM - Thanks for your note. Based on your score, I am curious to know what champagnes come close to this for less? I would love to discover something this good for less. Cheers PT

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2000 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
10/4/2018 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
92 points
Splash decant small taste. My notion so far on 2000 is that it is overrated - this was a very solid classic left bank effort that showed a good potpourri of what we look for in aged left bank - library, tobacco and spice box on the nose and classic palate with some wild strawberry notes and (less so) blueberry. Good but knowing that the chateau only went on a qualitative biodynamic tear being inundated with very high scores a few years later this is probably not going to be the best they can get out of their terroir. Does little to change my impression that the millennial year was a good but not necessarily great year across the region.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    10/4/18, 8:20 PM - BB my friend, I can’t get this past a 93 as much as I’d like to because of my inventory. I prefer the 2003over this and agree with you about 2000 in general. I think the 2015 bordeaux is one of my favorite to date. It seems so correct. Great reading your notes again and glad our paths crossed.

Red
2010 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
9/21/2018 - danielk168 wrote:
88 points
developing and already fine tannins, however body was quite weak, surprised, storage problems?? Fruit also clearly lacking, lots of woody spicy aromas but not living up to a great vintage. Bottle variation??
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    9/22/18, 7:09 AM - These wines are made in the classic style (no sweetness from fruit, just underlying stuffing for future complexity) they need time (15 years is pretty correct from great vintages such as 2010 to me too- the 2000 is now drinking and the 2005 its still clenched). Don't kill babies and cry. Get a nice stash going and have patience and smile...And learn to love gray, its the new black. Cheers

Red
2014 Woodward Canyon Charbonneau Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
9/16/2018 - Motz wrote:
90 points
Extracted, pithy, gritty, and polished. At once brawny and pretty. Alcohol somewhat angular at present. It should evolve for five+ years. 90-91.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    9/16/18, 6:07 PM - Our paths cross on an obscure wine this time Motzie. I tried this at the winery and the wife bought it. Been wondering when its time to drink it...Not necessarily a big wine for my wine buddies to enjoy...How much time do we have there with these in your opinio?

Red
1988 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
9/14/2018 - Motz wrote:
95 points
Hammer75 brought this to a tasting, for which I am grateful. Nine days have since passed, and this wine, the most memorable non-fortified wine poured that evening, continues to hold my attention.

It is the finest Gruaud Larose I have tasted. At thirty years of age it showed remarkable freshness, on the bouquet and palate, with blackcurrant, pepper garden, and graphite strikingly expressive. The wine also featured effusive secondary and tertiary elements, and still, its liveliness stood out. Indeed, this juxtaposition of vivacity and maturity ranks among the most beguiling tasting experiences of my wine lifetime.

Funk, sous-bois, root vegetables, tobacco, dried thick petal flowers, cedar, worn saddle leather, and deep minerality also showed prominently. The mid palate captivated with its lithe power. The back featured the finest tactile senses of traditional Bordeaux. The evocative finish had no quit in it. It will last for another decade...but why wait? Liquid pleasure!
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    9/14/18, 5:17 PM - I have a small stash of these....Nyuc Nyuc Nyuc...Thanks for the note!

Red
2004 Showket Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
Imagine going to a BYOB…the cork breaks…the waitress is convinced she can pull the remainder of the cork out of the bottle…she takes it back to filter/decant…and the decanter cracks/breaks on the way to the table. Unfortunately I never got the opportunity to try this bottle and am regretting it!
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    9/6/18, 8:21 AM - What? Did this really happen?

Red
1996 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
10/20/2017 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
Horsetrail, antique books, and warm cocoa...We are not hitting coffee tones yet, but you can bet your ass they are coming! Wowza of a nose on this...Just incredible. A nose of 96 with a lean palate of 91...What a fun wine to drink! Very dry in sugar, with warm chocolate, dusty flower petals and lots of tannins. Slightly sour and very lean in fruit..Blind, I would have said 1995...Drink or Hold
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    8/27/18, 9:26 PM - A hallmark of vintage (lean) with Gruaud signature. The 1998 wines are also showing that slight acidic (sour) tone. These wines are going to be very long lived, but their best days are now. Glad you liked it. Start plowing through those 2 cases!

Red
2005 Château Branon Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
8/25/2018 - UFGators Likes this wine:
93 points
A high quality Bordeaux with a modern style. I cannot dispute the quality of the wine but I often did not taste the Pessac Leognan flavors I was expecting. Tastes more like a Napa bdx style blend which isn’t a bad thing but not what I was expecting.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    8/26/18, 7:19 AM - Spot on...I think that wines from lesser vintages should be more bordeaux. But in the optimum vintages, lookout.

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    8/27/18, 9:23 PM - Welcome to CT! We are finally free from the numeric dependence on a single review. Have fun!

Red
2000 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
8/21/2018 - aagrawal wrote:
94 points
Bordeaux Wine Dinner (Wine Kitchen, SF): Just lovely, aromatic nose with black fruit, graphite; palate is rich but fresh, rounded but balanced acidity, integrated black fruit; medium-plus finish. Classical Pauillac, lovely. 94
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    8/21/18, 8:10 PM - Just so you know, this is your 5,000'th note. A reason to celebrate in its own. I hope that we all get to try 5,000 bottles of promising wine, and the 5,000th one be this good. Thanks for the note! I am glad i have 11 bottles left from my case bought back in 200?....Cheers and best wishes for bottle 5001 :-)

Red
2015 Château Capbern St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
7/16/2018 - Motz wrote:
92 points
Tasted over four days, the first two alongside the same vintage Siran. This wine delivers a true to place experience, from the suave bouquet through the layered finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot play beautifully here, creating a layered amalgam of red and purple berries, pithiness, and velvety textures. Not lacking for substance or power, it needs at least five years to come together. Even on the fourth day the wine promised more than it currently delivers. Likely to evolve through 2025 and last through 2032+. 92-93.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    7/16/18, 3:45 PM - Motz, this wine is getting some nods from many, and now I'm glad from you. I picked up a test bottle that I have been sitting on for a couple of months, I'll pop it this week. I had the St. Gemme 2015 last night and was quite impressed with it....My kind of Bordeaux at a steal. You should check it out if you have not. Thanks for the notes. Keep up the hard work :-)

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    8/9/18, 7:24 PM - Just had this...Great! Very Bordeaux right out of the box. Missed a nit of middle heft, but its on point. I would call if a 92 as well. Nice call Motz.

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    8/20/18, 4:42 PM - I picked up a test bottle from a local shop after your note. If its what I hope it is (Funky, soft merlot dominated right banker) I will have to buy by the case. Thanks Motzie. Will report back once I drink..Salute

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    8/21/18, 7:11 AM - Yup...had a genuine brain fart. Too much on my plate and not enough in my glass. Thanks Motz :-)

Red
1982 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
8/17/2018 - Charles HK Likes this wine:
98 points
Ok, if I had to describe this wine in one word: amazing. Honestly, if you have this wine and it has been cellared properly for its life: please wait at least five years. It is unbelievably youthful for a 1982. The colour looked so youthful. A dead ringer for a 1995 or 2000.

Opened three hours before dinner. A tasting sip right after opening and the wine was thin and weedy and slightly acidic. So much so that I thought, "past it," rats, and opened a back-up wine (Domaine A 2000) as a reserve. Took both to dinner.

At three hours the wine had added a lot of depth and fruit and everything was in balance. It was still holding a lot back. Served blind to extremely discerning wine loving and knowledgable friends they thought it was a Bordeaux from 2000 to 2005; then 1995 to 2000; then flummoxed. At the three hour mark I thought it tasted like a 1995 Calon Segur with more depth. We could not believe this was an 82.

As it opened up over the evening, it exuded class and structure. It is the most structured 1982 I have tasted--judged against Meyney, Leoville Barton, DD Chevalier, and Mouton. Perhaps one of the most structured wines I have ever consumed. It wasn't as giving or as open as the Mouton. It had a lot more depth than the Chevalier and Meyney. The wine has remarkable structure, depth, concentration, and length. Dark red fruits, a bit of green tobacco, and all the focus and restrained, assured, intensity you could ever hope for in a 36 year old Bordeaux. Wow.

Simply magnificent.

A lot more structured and deeper and focussed than the 1983 Gruaud Larose which exhibited a bit of greenness and barnyard quality. The 1982 is all structure and class. I know, I have used the word structured a lot in describing this wine. It is.

Honestly, when I drink a wine like this I think of all of the things that have to go right to enjoy a 36 year old wine with friends: planting, vineyard management, picking, wine making, maturation, transportation, cellaring, waiting, serving with wonderful friends and having it with a delicious meal. Bravo wine!
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    8/17/18, 10:51 AM - Nice note! I love this wine. Its worth the 400 Quid

Red
2000 Château Lagrange (St. Julien) Red Bordeaux Blend
8/15/2018 - djhammond Likes this wine:
94 points
Last tasted a year ago, this has moved forward in another stage of its development, and is only a year or two away from full maturity. It is already a very approachable wine, packed full of cherry and cedar with crisp tannin on the palate. The wine has great depth and complexity on the palate, and its relative youth is most apparent on the finish which needs for the tannin to fully resolve. This is the best Lagrange approachable at present, and I agree with Purple Tooth, that we are still to see its best and it will continue to improve over the next few years. This was decanted for 8 hours and it paid dividends. 94+
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    8/15/18, 5:52 PM - D, its definitely for a Bordeaux seeker. But to guys with good palates (:-o (yes that comment intended for you,BenBlu,several other posters here..and me me of course!), its getting close to the center. Whats another 2,3,5 years at this age, right?

    Ehhhh, we will just have to wait...Never knew there was so much damn waiting in the future when I first got drunk on my first great Bordeaux:-)

    Cheers mate, be well!

Red
2000 Château Lagrange (St. Julien) Red Bordeaux Blend
8/13/2018 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
Wine is so subjective and relative to your mood, and accompanying wines. This one, again and again, shows to be a classic Bordeaux, well rooted by its graceful and glacial aging due to high acidity and awesome tannin content. It seems to be in the window of phase 2, and I cant wait till it puts both feet into the door. I still believe that this is a great Lagrange, and while I have always hoped that it could mirror 1990 with time, its clear that this is mostly likely another 1996 in the making, with more elegance. The 1996 is still very well alive, so I think this will hit peak in 3 to 5 years. drink with 2 to 3 hour decant or wait a while more.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    8/13/18, 8:58 PM - Why I hope we are both close on our bet and these puppies start coming home. Thankfully, this is one wine that I went big on. Enjoy!

Red
2008 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
8/13/2018 - Purple Tooth wrote:
92 points
This is still finding its way home...Its got the structure and the substance to get better. Right now its starting to get some cedar, with drying fruit, and there is evidence of vanilla from the oak treatment. With another 2 years of integration, it should hit the early drinking mark. Hold
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    8/13/18, 12:31 PM - hey there d, yes many of us bought this on the highly optimistic parker rating of 96. I bought a case too. But, now that I am 8 years older and wiser, I know that critics ratings are mostly not agreeable to me. For me, highly unlikely this taste like 96 notches to 100, but I guess that depends on other factors. One thing is sure, this will either get better or dry out and become empty. Time will tell...Feels kinda 1998 left bank or 2004 left bank to me...

Red
2010 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
7/12/2018 - Purple Tooth wrote:
95 points
What's better than a 2010 Pegau now? A 2009 Pegau, but not much more. This is definitely a long haul CDP that is DEFINITELY drinkable now, but you are wasting the upside. Its firm, full of garrigue, underbrush, smoke, earth, funk, exotic spices, and blackish red fruit. Full bodied and full of confidence! Wow! If the Reserve is this good, forget about it...can drink but a big HOLD
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    8/11/18, 5:05 PM - South, you've put me on the spot here (on the count of you going out and buying more without trying this wine), but, Its a bet I will take all day long and if you don't like your bottles, ding me and I will buy them from you. I have drank this wine blind, in flights of La La's other astonishing wines in the hundreds of dollars a bottle, and this, was right up there and actually favored by me over many of those wines. This is a no brainer if you like funk, but some don't. In comparison, I would say the 2010 Reserve is one of the least funkiest of the vintages, but its not because there is a lack of funk, its because there is so much other substance in the wine that the funk gets overshadowed. Cheers, enjoy!

Red
2015 Château Tour Saint-Christophe St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
7/29/2018 - jeffreylubowski Likes this wine:
89 points
Far too young to assess fairly but that never stopped me before. This was just a gigantic wine at this stage. Tons of cherry and alcohol, almost raspberry liqueur like. Not a whole lot of terroir here. You'd be forgiven for picking this as new world. I think i may have thought a shafer merlot or something. I think it will improve when it calms down a bit. Good qpr.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    7/29/18, 1:06 PM - Its a shame...Bordeaux (mostly St. Emilion) producers have abandoned "slow maturing wine" and developed some long hanging, high fueled, ready to drink, California envy. At least there is SOME France in the bottle...These wines tend to best at release...Back in the day, you would not DARE to drink any Bordeaux wine with less than 7 years of age on it. It just tasted green...Now, its release and pour Baby! Thanks for your note and indeed, still a good QPR. Yes, Im a whore...I bought case.

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    7/30/18, 7:14 PM - Motzie, that makes you an honest ho...In a nice way :-)))))

White - Sparkling
2006 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne Chardonnay
Can't believe it's 4 weeks since I last had this!
One word, perfection. What a great way to have a day off!
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    7/27/18, 10:31 AM - I love the picture!!! Im gonna come and hang out with you mate...

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    7/27/18, 1:20 PM - Yes, the empties...From the same night I hope...

Red
2000 Château Le Bon Pasteur Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
7/26/2018 - djhammond Likes this wine:
92 points
In its drinking window, but basically still in its early stages of maturity, it has closed down slightly from a year ago. The fruit is still dominant on the nose, and carries through to the palate, but it is still fighting a wall of tannin. Depth and finish are good and hold good promise, but I think another couple of years is necessary to start enjoying a Pomerol opulence. I think it will eventually live up to its initial plaudits on release, but patience is required, as with the vintage as a whole, with some exceptions.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    7/26/18, 5:27 PM - Dj, I have yet to drink one of several bottles of this from my stash, but I have been following your notes and I am happy that you are bullish on this one, because you know your Bordeaux. I will have to try one soon...Keep drinking the good stuff!

Red
2005 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
7/20/2018 - dsheahan wrote:
flawed
I held this wine for three years in cool dark conditions. I saved it for a special occasion, my 50th birthday. Overall, this was a major disappointment for the four of us who tasted it. I found the dominant taste of petroleum. I can only imagine that this bottle was bad, considering the overwhelmingly positive reviews from others online. The other tasters said it was drinkable, but not an enjoyable experience.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    7/23/18, 8:30 AM - Sorry about a 50th birthday miss. Make it up to yourself and try another bottle from retail. If you like Bordeaux, i'm sure you will like it allot.

Red
2004 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
3/23/2018 - Southfield59 Likes this wine:
94 points
Another excellent bottle. I'm torn between trying to savor my last couple of bottles of the '04 and starting in on my case of the '06. I've always been a Francophile with wine, but Brunnello continues to be the best value of the "great" wine regions.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    7/20/18, 11:36 AM - Thanks for the note on the Ucce. Do you have any experience with the 1999 vintage? I tend to really like the 1999 wines from Tuscany, and since you know this producer, I was wondering if you had the 1999. I just picked up a case of it on an auction bid...Thanks!

  • Purple Tooth commented:

    7/20/18, 12:11 PM - Thanks South, I agree with you about the 99's being great. In fact the case in mention came from yesterdays HDH auction and I picked it up for a great price! I really like the Ucce earthy style. Its a perfect marriage of french wine style with tuscan fruit. Probably one of my favorite Brunellos aside Cassanova Neri Nuova. The ladder is sheer power. Enjoy your 2010 CP, that wine is fantastic and will require 10 years of patience yet.

White
2008 Carte Blanche Chardonnay Sonoma Coast
9/27/2015 - dlcass Likes this wine:
96 points
Delicious wine. Oaky but balanced. Great texture, nose and complexity. Has aged nicely. Burgundian.
  • Purple Tooth commented:

    7/19/18, 6:00 PM - Good note, spot on. You're the man.

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