Tasting Notes for Purple Tooth

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Red
4/18/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
92 points
Hitting on all cylinders from the pop, this wine takes you in. Very old school bordeaux and all Saint Estephe...I enjoyed this as much as a young Montrose. Lots of meat, earth, and game, wrapped in the licorice of its youth, with a long dry finish. Very nice find! Drink or Hold...But feel free. Great QPR
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2009 Château Duhart-Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/16/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
94 points
A very lush 2009, with good progress and the need for aging another 5 to 10 years to grow up into my kind of Bordeaux. Right now, its a transitional wine for California wine lovers. Lots of lush red and black fruit, some violets, hints of earth developing...Long persistent finish. One of the best Duharts out there...Drink or HOLD
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1987 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/14/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
92 points
My first 87' bordeaux. This was quite a nice surprise, with its green bell pepper notes and savoriness, coupled with a surprising amount of fruit. The acidity of this wine is high and its definitely kept the fruit intact and preserved for the last 30+ years, while letting everything else develop to its full maturity. This is fully mature, but not in danger of falling apart, as it stayed intact for 3 hours and got better. Very nice! DRINK
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2012 Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse) St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/14/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
94 points
Modern, with lots of fruit and depth. This wine is in need of time, time ,time....If you like fruit, then feel free to slaughter one. If you want bordeaux character, don't open for about 5 years or longer. Right now its showing ripe red plums, hints of licorice, violets, and charred wood. The very high acidity is an asset to keep this fresh for a long time and let the wood and all other goodies intergrade. I feel its best days are hidden in small bright lights ahead. HOLD
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2015 Château Haut Cadet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/12/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
89 points
Pretty solid young Bordeaux with lots of coffee, earth, and some meatiness to it. My kinda stuff. A bit alcoholic and acidic, disjointed in a way...But very nice on its own. Wont be a good accompaniment to other wines....Drink over next 3 years.

88-90 points
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2005 Château Clos de Sarpe St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/11/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
From Magnum: This wine, like so many other 05' St. Emilions, is a beast. It needs 2 hours of air and will keep growing for the next 2 hours....At first,I thought that it was overpacked to the point of uncrecognition with its deep dark red and black fruit. Then it started unfurling slowly and reveling itself with lots of pomegranate pith and spice.Turned more dense and deep and later bloomed into a rich wine, throwing hints of espresso and truffle while being anchored in enough acidity to keep all heavy components suspended in a floating freshness. Needs about 7 years or more, but this is just a monster. HOLD
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2016 Château Ducasse Blanc Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
4/8/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
91 points
Wow this is rocking good! Its so clean at the moment, yet it beams a stubborn streak of minerality wrapped in citrus. Its so elegant for the price and worth having on hand for warm evenings. Drink
Red
4/7/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
88 points
Very alcoholic in flavor, with fresh ripe fruit and vibrant acidity underneath. Long and strong finish for the modest price, with crisp red fruit dominance. I found no desire to finish the bottle. My only advice to myself would be to decant for 2 hours or more to let the free alcohol float off.

**Not a rebuy for me.
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2000 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/6/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
96 points
This was beaming and it grew for about 5 hours before it was gone. It was by far the best bottle from the case that I have been holding. Maybe this is just my kind of Bordeaux with its old school clay filled, earthyness and coffee notes. The fruit is red and super concentrated and feisty, giving the old stench all the lift it needs to make the old wine fresh and exotic at the same time. Long, bruising finish with lots of tannins...Ways to go...I see this getting better and better. 95-96 today and 96+ in the future. Drink or HOLD
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Red
4/5/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
89 points
Needs 2 hours of decanting to gain its footing and balance. Then it becomes substantial and mouth filling while being light on its feet and very dry and long. Good value and a good substitute for a Napa Cab lover. Drinkable now, but can go a few years...
Red
4/5/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
95 points
This was a great display of pure quality. Lots of substance and density to this plush, seamless, single pieced and velvety wine. Lots of black and ripe red fruit, intermix with exotic spices, with a firm punch after 15 years. It grew and grew in the glass and just got better and better, with every pour outscoring the last. If if it would not have vanished so fast, the rating might be even higher. A super wine to find and enjoy now, because its on point. Drink or hold
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Red
4/5/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
I don't know how to rate this uniquely strange wine. It is definitely made of quality juice. But what I can't understand is the style. If I had to take a stab at it I would say that this is styled after Quilceda Creek. Maybe the aim is to add lots of oak toast to rich juice and create something unearthly. This tasted sweet and super toasted, beyond chocolate or coffee and onward to something too strange for me to finish more than 2 tastes, leaving the rest of a whole bottle on the table...I would love to try again, but this was a gift and my only one.

I can say that I will not be seeking more of this on my own.
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2000 Château Bellefont-Belcier St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/4/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
Drinking spot on, with lots of sweet mature fruit under an earthy blanket. Perfect micro tannins to drive a long finish...This wine is at high noon...DRINK or hold
White - Sweet/Dessert
4/1/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
91 points
From 1/2's this is fading fast. My 750's are still straw colored while the 1/2's are honey and in the apricot stage. I would drink everything soon because I liked this way better on the fresh side...DRINK
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2013 Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
4/1/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
88 points
Light bodied and fresh, this is a pretty fun wine to drink now with about 45 minutes of air time.Delivering lush juicy fruit forward wine with hints of vanilla and proper acidity. Good, but nothing really exciting to me, just a nice well built easy drinking wine to drink in the kitchen..Drink or Hold

* Not a re-buy.
Red
4/1/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
89 points
Light bodied, punchy and fresh as one would expect, this wine is Italian to the core. So much tug and pull for its deceiving appearance. I couldnt pull anything specific out of the sample that I coravin'd, but I could say that this is NOT ready to drink to me yet. Needs about 3 years and should be lovely. The balance is evident and there is allot of structure to support some much needed bottle napping. I could see this becoming prettier and more charming and gaining another point or 2 with time. HOLD
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2013 Agricola San Felice Chianti Classico Riserva Il Grigio Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
4/1/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
91 points
When I crave a bit of Chianti, this is where I need to quench my craving with luscious cherry, wrapped in so much rusticity and old world earth, perfumed with that distinct tobacco pungent bouquet. Long and strong, this is yet another solid vintage for this masterful producer, delivering wines that rock at bargain prices, over and over and over. This is not good, its Grrrrrreat! Drink or HOLD
Red
3/31/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
91 points
Not too much experience with Chinon wines, I love where this is now and where it is going. Its earthy, with herbaceous vibes and some violets in the background. Long and dry finish tells you this is going to keep on a good path for a long time. This is totally drinkable to me now. Drink or Hold
Red
1989 Château Bel-Air Lagrave Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/31/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
This is damn good, perfectly aged Bordeaux, full of fruit, and full of life. At perfect maturity, this wine throws heaps of earth intertwined with coffee, while packing gobs of antiqued red fruit, with an awesome tannin package to drive a nice adequate finish. Rather sweet for a Bordeaux, this tells tales of the ripe fruit from the great 1989 vintage. Drink, Drink, Drink...Lovely.
Red
3/29/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
88 points
Medium bodied tuscan quattro uva mescolare di Sangivese, Merlot, Petit Vedot, e Syah.

Well balanced, but a bit too sweet por mois...Cherry cough syrup, vanilla, stone fruit extract, with good acidity and long well structured finish. Well made, but I would much rather drink their big wines which are fantastic, and lead me to give this a shot. I did not detect any savory meat and smoke notes that others posted that enticed me to give this a shot. Drinks like a 15 dollar wine and should score better points at a casual party. Drink
Red
2015 Château du Retout Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/25/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
91 points
Darn good cuve here and excellent QPR...Distinctly Bordeaux at such a young age. Aromas of graphite, cocoa, and smoke, over a dense and full bodied wine. Rich and complex for the price, just lacks length. Drink now or over next 5 years.

***Over Achiever Award***
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Red
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.
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Red
3/22/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
88 points
Very soft, very round, easy drinking. Shy bouquet, with oak creme and vanilla notes, and soft plums on the palate. No rough edges at all. Some plushness from ripe fruit, with lightweight construction. Definitely made for drinking in the short term and ready to go. Drink
Red
2015 Château Capbern St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/17/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
91 points
I cant keep my hands off of these young inexpensive Bordeaux that over deliver at such a young age. This one throws lots of meat juice and tobacco for its age, and balances it with ripe cherries and some balsamic and wood notes...Good structure to boot. Drink or Hold
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Red
3/17/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
Fragrant rasberry pie with lots of Buccella vanilla notes. Some whiffs of soil here and there...Well made, not too sweet, yet very Merlot black rasberry..Just shy of being overwhelming. Drink or Hold
Red
3/17/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
91 points
Typical napa wine, not too sweet. Drink or hold
Red
3/15/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
97 points
This wine is the most fruit forward Vega to date for me, and for that matter, it can be from anywhere. Very modern, very ripe, single pieced with no rough edges at all, this glides in and coats the mouth for a full minute, while the tannins throb the fruit into the back your senses. Very modern, very well made, and obviously right up the alley of the guy who scored it 100. For me, this was an undeniably delicious wine with the lack of identity. Drinks great now, but should improve for my taste in 10 years...so for me, its a HOLD
Red
3/15/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
Maybe a not so great bottle, but this felt a bit less dense than the writings and far behind my expectation and the price tag of 525.00...A big body appearance, with deep purple hughes of a serious RdD, but lacked the umph expected from the appearance. Entered with cedar, pen ink, and faded off into an American Oak lull of a good, yet dime a dozen aged RdD at 1/10th of the price...I found this to be a let down for the price. At this point, I would call this a SELL or Try again.

* Not a re-buy without a sample.
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Red
3/15/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
96 points
Elegant nose of dried cedar, and herbs in a deep garnet wine, this wine is still full of feist and fight after all these years. The palate starts a tinge acidic and then grows and grows across your mouth, trowing sweet and sour red fruit, earth and cedar, as it fades very slowly with a long punctuated ceylon tea finish. A wine that grows on you more and more, and by far one of the most interesting and aristocratic Vegas I have had. This is still not at the top of its arc to me, and has improvement yet ahead. Drink or HOLD
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Red
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.
Red
3/11/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
This bottle was a textbook perfect Rioja wine that I cant imagine needing more improvement. I have gone through about 2 cases of this, and one thing that I can attest to, by sheer accident, is that this wine drinks 3X better on the following day. It needs a huge exhale at room temp. Time and time again, it wows me. And Ill tell you one other thing that you may believe or not, but I drank this next to 3 Vega Sicilias and to me, it was in stride with the older Vegas and the Reserva..
Barnyard whiffs, followed by flavors of decaying leaves, red fruit potpourri, and bazaar spices are followed by big acidity and lots of good tug and pull from sneaky fine tannins...Lots of love in these bottles for the old wine lover and less so for the fruit hunter...Very, very nice!

Drink or Hold...No rush
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Red
2000 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/9/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
96 points
Light on its feet, elegant, substantially persistent and long, this wine is in the door of a long hallway of fun for years to come. Has entered second life and easily touts its Bordeaux snobbiness with serious earth, yet shows violets from its youth. Will get more interesting with time. One to own! Drink or Hold...Long life ahead.
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Red
3/7/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
94 points
Nice wine, full of good wood, balsamic notes, petrol, stone fruit pit...Nice finish. Great, but not the best QPR you can find out there for a Barolo. Drink or Hold

* Not a buy for me.
Red
3/6/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
91 points
Definitely mellowed and rounded out over the years and is now perfectly ready and at its best. Still fresh and dry, typical Napa cabernet flavors of cassis and licorice, with some soil development from age and good fruit quality. Drink
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2008 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/6/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
94 points
The 2008 is probably one of the most approachable, rewarding young Montrose and even more giving than some of its older brothers. You get a great balance between fruit and earth, but the length and freshness makes this cute and provides a relatively good QPR for the wine. The finish tells me that this young pup is not done growing, and it is growing in the right places. Drink or Hold
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Red
3/3/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
94 points
Very muscular for a Margaux, based on its youth. Definitely more fruit forward as well, with all the prettiness of the expressive terroir. This wine is somewhat rustic today and needs allot of time to settle in. The oak seemed a bit distractive to me, but that just means that its still not there for my taste. I would give this wine another 3 to 5 years before trying it again. It certainly has the stuffing, but has some fat to shed. HOLD
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2009 Château Lilian Ladouys St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
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...
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1990 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/2/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
98 points
This is why you buy good wine on release, and then painfully store it without touching it for 29 years. You get magic in a glass! Who knew wine could be this way, when I was happily drinking fruit filled wines in my twenties while this beauty was sleeping.

The 1990 is at its peak for the second stage of its 3 lives and will peak again in about 10 years or more in its final stage. Right now, you get greeted with an alluring musty barnyard bouquet, intermixed with evening flowers. Underneath it, you have a living jubulous cuve of youthful dried red fruit intermixed with old barrel spice, wrapped in earth and flowers. The wine exits with some feisty tug and pull for its age and lingers and departs gently, leaving sweet flowers and earth behind. For me, this is a Drink now and will get better and better with time. So, DRINK or HOLD
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2005 La Dame de Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/28/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
91 points
For a second wine, I must say that this is clearly a cut from the same cloth as the king's robe. Its in limbo now with just a start of its secondary development, given the good bones of a 2005 Bordeaux. A nose of raisin and wood transformed into chocolate and coffee after a long exhale, followed with red plum domination and mild oak spice. But its missing the finish that would warrant risking what its's giving now in exchange for hopes of improvement over the long term. I would say that this will peak in 3 years for my taste and hold much longer. Very nice! Drink or hold
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2006 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/28/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
A baby for a Montrose, but the good news is that its potty trained. Young, firm, crunchy, red fruit dominated, and medium bodied for a Bordeaux best describe this wine. The nose throws off scents of damp earth and mulch while the palate brings bright, firm red fruit and cedar to the party. I would say that this wine is lean and will most likely hold this profile for the near term, and will only be more interesting to my liking when it starts developing its secondary persona...So to me, this is a HOLD for about 5 more years or longer. Charming
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Red
2/28/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
This is a solid, well made Barolo at the center of its drinking window. It's matured to a perfection with a slightly rusted tinge that shines through the mid weight appearance of the wine. The wine throws scents of damp earth and violets and the palate follows the same vibe with sweet ripe cherries and sweet balsamic notes. The finish was quite long and bright and the use of wood was spot on. Quality stuff from this reliable producer that tends to produce awesome wines at a fair price. Definitely punches above its weight. 93+...Drink or hold
Red
2000 Clos du Marquis St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/23/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
Smack in the middle of drinking window! This is some liquid pencil with elegance and presence. Finishes a bit short, but reminds me of a well aged 1996 with all the elegance in the bottle. The Grand Vin is a beast and at least 7 to 10 years away from allowing gentle petting...But this puppy is howling in joy right now. Classic Bordeaux. Great value too...Drink
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Red
2/18/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
Floral, earthy, plush, soft, yet with backbone and lots of depth. I would say that this is very old world for what it is and quite an accomplishment for a California wine. I liked all the green notes that were intermixed with sweet black fruit, earth, and smokiness from the oak. Drinking at optimum. Drink or Hold
Red
2/17/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
91 points
On the the side of peak, this wine is drinking at its best and is now in decline for those who expect freshness. Herbaceous is a great way to describe it now, with good vibrance, but losing freshness. DRINK
Red
2/13/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
91 points
Its been a while since I had this and its definitely aged well and is in a good spot tonight, though this bottle still seemed tight and youthful. Earth laden bouquet, in a dense black licorice boned wine that is light on its feet from the youth and tannin package. Descent finish. Way better than the last one. I coravin poked this, so I'm looking forward to trying the distorted version again soon. drink or hold
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Red
2/12/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
Okay, you need to be in the mood for a Buccella. Its kind of like going out with a cougar who puts on too much perfume and then before you know it, you actually find it a bit sexy and its a hint that something kinky is going to happen later.

Hey, its nothing to be ashamed of if you are in the mood for some California nectar filled with pipe tobacco, intermixed with an earth laden cranberry punch with outstanding structure and balance. Never heavy, while being over the top. This is quality, well made wine. Its just that for me, its a once in a while thing...

Drink or hold
Red
2015 Château Lilian Ladouys St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/12/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
90 points
What can you say about this heavy lightweight pretty little thing...Has solid balance, good fruit to oak, to tannin ratio. Throws whiffs of St. Estephe dirt here and there. I think this will be spectacular in 5 years....But can I keep my hands off of all these bottles till then? No...But surely some will survive. Drink or Hold
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Red
2/7/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
95 points
Thick, tannic, vibrant, strong, full of red fruit pith and stealthy balanced toasted oak, this was was singing last night. We all had puckered pusses and were looking at each other in astonishment! A finish that lasted over 45 seconds...Glad to have kept my bottles of this...Another great find that I had overlooked due to lack of decanting. GIVE THIS 3 HOURS OF AIR! Wow good...Im deleting my last note of 91 on this wine and replacing it with a full blown 95. Drink or Hold
Red
2016 Château Tour Saint-Christophe St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/7/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
92 points
*Round 2- New Bottle

This was quite good, in comparison to the last bottle and in comparison to the 125.00 Napa Wine served next to it from 2013 Vintage, it was holding its own. Lots of tight red fruit with bold spiciness and bright acidity to balance the gobs of fruit. Modern, thick, and attention demanding wine. I liked this way more than the last bottle and now Im glad to own it. A nice friend wine! I would hold for 2 years to let it settle and then be sure to decant...drink or hold
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Red
2/5/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
91 points
This was a new wine for me. A second growth Margaux I had never tried before. The wine is definitely well made and balanced quite well. A bouquet of red and black fruit over a heavy middleweight wine with quality oak cream. The wine feels unsettled and too young and needs about 5 years to develop. I would say that overall this is made for short term delivery within its first 7 years and should drink well for at least double that. I liked the wine and will try to sample more in future tastings, but will not be looking to create my own position yet. Hold
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