Tasting Notes for Purple Tooth

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Red
10/21/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
94 points
What a treat! Violets everywhere...Blue fruit, violets and jasmine, and damp earthy forest floor. The fruit in here is still vibrant, but the secondaries are coming in strong. Some great stable notes to make me go wow! Drink now for its sexiness or hold for more intellect to develop.
Red
10/21/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
This needs 90 minutes in the glass and lookout! It throws coffee notes like a serious Cote Rotie in a Cote Rotie appearance with bordeaux light footedness. Has fruit to support the complexity, making it a well balanced wine. Very good! Worth every penny! Drink with a long decant or HOLD.
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Red
2005 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/18/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
95 points
I think this is really really good! It has all the Bordeaux signature attributes of crunchy red plums, cedar, flowers, and earth, with youthfull mouth cleansing pull that keeps it light on its feet. But my only concern is that it peter'ed out on the 4th hour, becoming a bit disjointed and losing its focus. A great and holdable bordeaux or any great holdable wine, should get better as it bottoms out. This had me questioning the health of the perfectly presented bottle...Im iffy on holding this, but still give it the marks it deserves based on initial delivery. Will try another soon...If this is standard representation of the wine, I consider this a wine to Drink rather than holding. A great Montrose never the less...
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Red
2014 Château Meyney St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/17/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
92 points
This is just making a wide slow turn towards France! I can now detect some scorched earth and see that this is heading into a long slow ride into the right direction for my taste. Still has a new world or Califforniaesque front, but the back end is now showing Bordeaux. I'm happy about this buy! drink with a 90 minute decant or better yet, HOLD for 3 years before next one if you can.
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Red
1990 Château Bel-Air Lagrave Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/17/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
91 points
Im a sucker for old bordeaux and the nose of this wine just takes me in...Old library, clay, meat juice...All the aged quality merlot components are there. The wine is still gutsy with a strong backbone and lots of will. However, its a bit raisiny now, and that tells me that its time to drink! Either way, this is a beautiful gem and the perfect provenance from the Chateau is definitely evident and a big part o this wine's present state. Fun as it gets...DRINK
White - Sparkling
10/17/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
91 points
This is quite bright, so it lacks complexity that you would anticipate, given the Rothschild mark. I would still drink this all day long, but I do think its a bit over priced for what t is. Still, I will not kick this out of bed! Drink
White - Sparkling
10/17/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
98 points
I dont think that I was prepared for this. This is one that is so easy to understand that even I get it! Nuts galore, with hints of butter and toast, lactic funk, and as fresh and bright as a silver button. This is a truly legendary champagne and one that will stick in my memory forever. Love this! Drink, but its pickled enough to stay here longer than many of my reds from 1996....Drink or hold...but why hold this??DRINK!
White - Sparkling
10/17/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
92 points
I don't think that Ive ever had a bad DP. With 16 years on it, this is as good as it can get and while its pretty snappy with hints of seashells and sea funk, it lacks mid palate and length..I think its all grown up with nowhere to go, but its quite delicious for a nice brunch under the sun or clouds...Drink
Red
10/16/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
In a medium frame, classy and elegant, yet somewhat lush for a 2000. Good length too! Probably the best Branaire I've had. This is in its perfect drinking window and ready to go! Drink
White - Sparkling
10/14/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
90 points
Slightly aged with straw colored appearance, this is mild mannered with good acidic lift. Just entering its drinking zone, but it needs time to get better. I think in 3 to 5 years it will get a raise...drink or HOLD
Red
2003 Château Roland La Garde Tradition Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/13/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
87 points
In the meaty stage, with evident sweetness and lots of alcohol..Blind I would have guessed it as an aged super tuscan because of the sweetness. Still has great bones as far as tannins and acidity goes, but I hear Taps playing in the background. DRINK
Red
10/13/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
Not bad, not great! Just a soft Margaux with a bit of in your face oakiness which was somewhat surprising for the producer. Still has good flowery elements and some pungent truffle that is in the background and should bloom with time. Needs about 5 years or can drink now if you like modern style French wines...drink or Hold
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Red - Fortified
10/12/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
I think that this is as good as its gonna get...Really nice wine with prunes and spices and long dry finish. The long, warm, and dry linger is what gives this the high mark. Rather elegant for a port. Drink
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Red
10/11/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
91 points
This gets 91 or 92 every time, but it needs about an hour or more of air. Does not fall apart over 4 hours...At full maturity with some secondary development singing as accompaniment! Drink

* Dont skip decanting, it needs time to fall into balance...
Red
2016 Château Capbern St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/11/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
90 points
I really loved the 2015 vintage for this producer, so I bought a few bottles as I think this in general, its a no brainer in good vintages. The 2016 shows bigger than 2015 and has more heft and less elegance at this stage. Its definitely cassis dominated with what seems to be allot of elegant nuances underneath that need patience to withstand the power of the licorice and cassis power from the youthful fruit. I did find it a bit hollow in the mid palate compared to the 2015, so I still think that the 2015 is a better wine for me. Still happy to drink this anytime...Best to lay down for 2 years and drink over next 10 years. drink now with 45 minute decant or HOLD
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Red
2008 Château Branon Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/6/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
The nose is a knockout! Wow this was sensational with lots of jasmine and white flowers everywhere. I was thinking Margaux....Earth, flowers, and lots of elegance and cuteness to boot. Just a tad short on the finish that stoped it from getting more love...and the fact that it declined in the glass..Still, because of the bouquet, it deserves a 93....Drink, this is at peak.
Red
10/4/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
90 points
Definitely cedar dominated (Signature of Lagrange Pomerol), but its mixed within a feisty young red fruited cuve with a long punctuated finish. Dry, dry wine....Theres a sense of creaminess that is coming from the oak , witch adds texture to this vibrant wine of 15 years...drink or hold
Red
9/30/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
92 points
Very nice and at its peak, this wine is leaning more on its elegant end by having surrendered some of its power in exchange for some smokiness and char. I would drink these over the next 2 to 3 years...Drink

*From Magnum
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Red
2005 Château Phélan Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/28/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
90 points
Meh...Its probably one of the least interesting Phelan that I have had to date. These wines tend to me very muscular and full of tar and coffee...Not here....Seemed like an attempt at elegance that just missed. I have 2 more, to be continued....But time will not hurt this because now, its just Meh...Hold for 5 years or more.
Red
2009 Château Lilian Ladouys St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/25/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
Another fantastic bottle, and a clear cross between seriousness and deliciousness. This is throwing tobacco and scorched earth while maintaining sweetness and grip...Very nice again! Drink or hold
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Red
2010 Saxum Broken Stones Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
9/22/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
94 points
A whopping big wine as expected. Opened with expected sweetness with lots of yin and yang and great balance. Got better over 2 hours and became bigger and started throwing creosote and traces of tobacco. Very satisfying and hard to finish. This is a nice expression of Paso Robles fruit. I like this right where its at and would not age it much longer, it may take away its mojo...Drink
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Red
9/22/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
92 points
Very very good California wine. Sweet, and somewhat serious. Drink
Red
2015 Château Capbern St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/20/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
91 points
A year has gave this wine some polish and allowed it more focus and sweetness, while keeping freshness and grip. A nice leap into the road ahead....drink or HOLD for another 2 years for next level which should be fantastic. Great QPR
Red
2015 Château Malescasse Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/18/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
90 points
Yup, heading in the right direction. Its getting chocolaty now, while maintaining heft and gaining balance. Its gained a point since I last drank it about a ear ago...This will go the distance...HOLD for at least 5 years before touching it.
Red
9/18/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
85 points
Super dark with lots of stuffing, way, way too much wood for my taste. More woody and planky and not pleasantly oaky. Slight bitterness, too much wood, not enough tannins to hold in my humble opinion. Will not buy again...Cheers
Red
9/16/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
89 points
2015 is a great year for wines like this. Such a terroir correct table wine. Its a bit too sweet for me, but it makes up for it in its herbaceous vibe and balance. Tannins are spot on for immediate drinking. This is a strong drinking candidate for 12 bucks. You need to share this with your Napa loving friends....DRINK
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Red
2006 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/15/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
Just had another bottle of this and must say that this one was oh so Bordeaux! Its transformation is just about there...Has shed the fat from fruit and replaced it with graphite and earth. Lots of graphite....The bouquet on this wine was dynomite and totally out of sight!
Almost Pauillac like, with the exception of the smokiness that gives it another layer. This combination, along with the dryness of its youthful health coupled with its maturity, make this wine a sexy lady. She's now in her optimum drinking window and should improve more over the next couple of years. It reminded me of a 1996 Lagrange...Drink or hold
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Red
2016 Château Lilian Ladouys St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/10/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
90 points
Way too tight and young...This is a substantial wine with allot of upside potential but right now, its just clenched up. Whiffs of vanilla cream, intermixed with tightly wound red fruit laying in a sea of gritty and chalky tannins. I would say this need 4 to 5 years to settle. Its be biggest LL I have encountered so far..In contrast, the 2015 is toothless and soft. HOLD
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Red
2016 Château Badette St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/8/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
As I expected, rich modern wine with gobs of ripe red fruit, with scents of vanilla and hints of some wood and char...This is beautifully balanced and has a huge tannin package that give the wine a very sandy and dry vibe now. Drank it next the 2015 and to me, this wine speaks more to what seems to be winemaking target than the 20015 does. I think these wines are lovely when young with lots of decanting...Time will tell how they age, but the 2015 seems to be falling off balance a bit from where it was 6/8 months ago....Drink
Red
9/5/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
90 points
Rustic and ready! What you can expect from a Selvapiana...Ripe fruit, earth and tobacco, balance, and lots of grip for a 17.00 bottle of wine! What else can you want for a wine under 20? Try finding this from Napa...

This bottle has hints of balsamic which makes it easy to place as an Italian stallion that is just purring now and ready to go. Just outstanding for the price and a 95 in its own class and price point. Drink now and over 3 years...
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White
9/2/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
89 points
Good, without being too rich like a slutty Charonnay can be...Good acidity with hints of France in the bottle. I wish there was more France in the bottle, but glad it lacked California...Drink
White - Sparkling
9/2/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
91 points
Very exciting entry with nuts and brioche vibe, transitions to citrus with descent acidity, yet has a hollowness in the mid palate...Kinda like the 2008...Needs time. HOLD
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White - Sparkling
9/2/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
94 points
This is quite exceptional with its toasty and nutty demeanor and freshness to boot. I would say it will benefit from time..About 5 years of it...Cool bottle too! Drink or HOLD
Red
2011 Saxum Broken Stones Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
9/2/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
I have had this wine twice in the last couple of months. Every time I have this, I realize its a one bottle drink. Meaning, it shines best on its own, in a one bottle evening. In a class of its own...Candied red fruit, baking spices, long finish...Still in good health, but ready to drink. Drink
White - Sparkling
8/29/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
97 points
This is what aged wine is all about. Its just that here, it comes in the form of a Champagne. This toasty and nutty beauty is definitely one of the most complex, yet straightforward champagnes I have had to date. Very well balanced, and clearly on the more ripe side, which gives it the richness that coats the senses. I hear Ben Blu's point about dosage, and I think it definitely works really well here for me. I loved this. DRINK, no reason to wait..They did all the holding for you.

* One last add: This will show best if served at the end of the night with cheese. It holds its own.
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Red
8/28/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
90 points
You know what? Not bad! Love the tobacco tinged nose and the balance between sweetness, acidity, and tannin. Not a wine for a long hold, but this is quite elegant for the price and has very good QPR. Drink now or over 3 years...
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White - Sparkling
8/28/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
94 points
This is fully mature and ready. Perfect balance between complexity, acidity, and extreme carbonation (being the most interesting of the 3 components)...Drink or Hold
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Red
2001 Château Pavie St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/28/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
95 points
The thick and lush Pavie from 2001 is probably one of the most mature Pavie made since 1995. Its a very well made wine that clearly shows sweeter and very St. Emilion, next to wines from the same vintage from the left side of the river. Its evident that it is deep rooted in Merlot and the smoke, char and mild meatiness give this wine easy placement as a serious and modern St. Emilion. I would say that this is still about 5 to 7 years from hitting all potential, and yet its clearly in its drinking window, showing freshness in a mature wine. Drink or Hold
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Red
8/28/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
Very good at opening, with typical strong 1986 super dark iron clad fruit and thickness. Aromas of strong tobacco leaf and stewed red fruit dominate this muscular wine and show the same on the palate. It was exhaling and getting better and better and getting me very excited, but after about 3 hours, it started fading and getting disjointed and watering down. This is a good example of how some of the great wines of 1986 can't withstand the time needed to overcome the stubbornness of the tannic structure of the vintage. I would say drink this with no hurry over next 5 to 7 years, but, drink it swiftly without over swirling and over waiting. Drink
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Red
2001 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/27/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
Good, but not the best Haut Brion example. In the 2001, I think you get a glimpse of the experience of what this wine can be in its mature form from better years (not necessarily acclaimed vintages) like the 1998 and in great years like the blockbuster duos of 1989 and 1990 (my favorite of the two..yes I know I'm out numbered on this). Nothing really stood out in this bottle, other than the fact that its not a candidate for getting kicked out of bed. I think that 3 to 5 years time will do this good because its on the cusp of maturing...Drink or HOLD
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Red
8/27/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
94 points
Floral wine, sitting right in the beginning of its pleasure zone. Full of pretty violets with faultless balance. It just lacks the depth and substance to score higher at this time and maybe forever. However, it still has not developed much terriratary traits, so this is the fresh and pretty stage for this wine. I think it will satisfy more bordeaux lovers as it matures more. Very classy Drink or Hold
Red
8/26/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
I loved this wine from the moment tasted it 20 years ago...I have memories of this wine's lightness and elegance, along with its exotic and floral character. Today, bottles from the case I bought back then are definitely showing me how old we are and the need to let go of that expectation from this wine. Though its still very alive and gains weight in the glass over time, it is lacking the punctuation of the power it once had. Could this be better for someone with less expectation? Yes... This is a perfect example and a reminder to drink your good wines when you find them to be good! Still excellent and still classy. DRINK
White - Sparkling
8/26/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
92 points
I gotta say, for drinking now, this is no match for a Comtes de Champagne 2006. Of course its not a Blanc de Blanc, but, who gives a shit. The most remarkable component of this at the moment is the intense acidity, which makes everything under it seem a bit hollow at the moment. Definitely felt like it was fighting with one hand tied behind its back, and got better as it warmed in the glass, which means that the future is good! For now, its just here to serve your sense of curiosity. Good things to come in about 10 years...HOLD
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Red
8/25/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
90 points
Well past its peak, this wine was meaty and pruny and just lacked freshness..It shows stewed red fruit, balsamic, and toasted oak with a short and tired finish. I wish that I would have drank this 5 years ago, it would have been really good! DRINK NOW
Red
8/22/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
90 points
Pretty weak for a Selvapiana. Its low on the earthy component, its a bit thin, and a bit hot. Sort of our of balance....Time will do this good. About 3 years....HOLD, don't waste it.
Red
8/17/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
90 points
Lovely balance with creme de cassis and gentle under toasted oak producing vanilla ice cream scents over a dry and very light footed, elegant table wine. I love drinking this and it keeps me interested throughout the whole bottle. Drink over next 5 to 7 years...
Red
8/15/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
88 points
Fresh, balanced, dry and long...A welcoming bouquet of tobacco leads you to the table wine underneath. There's nothing noteworthy or prolific about this wine yet....All in all, its just too young for that. I see this growing by a point or so more, but I like the 2014 better...Never the less, a great weekday wine. Drink or Hold
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Red
8/13/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
91 points
This is just becoming more soft and elegant. Lots of graphite in this wine, like a mid level, young Pauillac. Still has balance and tug and pull...I would say its 2 years away from full maturity, but needs to be room temp and needs a 1 hour decant. Drink or hold...
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Red
2008 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/11/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
92 points
Nicely balanced but still under-developed and young. I just don't think this is a Bordeaux drinkers Bordeaux...Its quite dry, intellectual, and sexy, but far from substantial or developed. Hints of graphite tell you this is a Pauillac and maybe the modern style will point to Pontet Canet or a Lynch Bages for that matter...drink or hold
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Red
2016 Château Sénéjac Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/11/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
88 points
I would say that this is light bodied with Pinot Noir appearance and green flavors. I would never peg this to a Bordeaux if blind. Its rather elegant, but I don't think it has the structure to allow secondaries to develop while maintaining freshness and grip...Probably at best in 3 years and will drink well for another 5.....HOLD
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