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Red
2008 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
4/16/2022 - mclanew wrote:
89 points
Slow ox for one hour. I must say a bit disappointing. Maybe I didn’t decant it enough. It starts well with a attractive, classic bordeaux nose but the palate feels a tad austere and drying. Not sure if this was specific to this bottle or a more general issue with this cuvee.
  • mclanew commented:

    4/16/22, 11:03 AM - Thank you for that feedback. I will keep that in mind in future tastings.

Red
2017 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Heritage No. 9 Durant Vineyard Dundee Hills
3/4/2022 - mclanew Likes this wine:
95 points
Slow ox for thirty minutes. Beautiful transparent shimmering red color. Nice floral nose with hints of red cherry. The palate is medium bodied, well balanced and elegant but serious. Red cherry, strawberry, herbs and spice. Still very youthful and probably holding a little back.
  • mclanew commented:

    3/4/22, 6:06 PM - I drank it over only about an hour so didn’t get to see the same spectrum as you did but I would believe it. These are terrific wines. I’ve just got to have the patience to age some of them!

White
2012 Aubert Chardonnay Eastside Vineyard Russian River Valley
2/11/2022 - mclanew wrote:
89 points
Popped and poured. This wine hasn’t aged well. The oak seems to be too pronounced and there are some mushrooming flavors. The wine has depth and some good fruit notes but it doesn’t really come together.
  • mclanew commented:

    2/12/22, 6:53 PM - Thanks for the feedback. I was puzzled by this bottle as I have had many excellent Auberts from this vintage. But I gave this plenty of time. And it just wasn’t that well integrated and didn’t come together. Bottle variation? It can happen with ten year old Cali chardonnay.

Red
2010 Domaine Maume Mazis-Chambertin Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir
12/2/2021 - mclanew Likes this wine:
94 points
Slow ox 30 minutes. Blackberry and cherry with a wild streak on the nose. The palate is ripe blackberry, earth, smoke and spice. Medium to full bodied, high toned, classic but a little rustic. This has the 2010 elegance. As good as Maume gets.
  • mclanew commented:

    12/21/21, 12:16 PM - They drink well now and actually don’t need a long decant but there is still plenty of time so don’t feel rushed

Red
2004 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate Calistoga
10/16/2021 - mclanew wrote:
90 points
This wine has perplexed me previously and did again this time. Slow oxed for one hour. The wine is quite bordeaux like in style, not at all decadent or flamboyant as was the fashion for cabs of the time - which is a good thing. But it is also austere and seems to be in a shell with the oak not fully integrated lending a bit of a woody taste to it. It will be interesting to see if this blossoms over time or always stays a bit disjointed.
  • mclanew commented:

    10/17/21, 5:57 PM - Oldwine, thank you for your comments. That is very helpful guidance. You are probably right. Next time I try one I’ll give it a long decant.

  • mclanew commented:

    10/18/21, 6:54 AM - Thank you very much again for the advice. Will write a review when I get there. I’ve got a bunch of 1991s, a mag of 1997, some 2001s and 2004s in storage. The 1991s in particular have been amazing.

Red
2013 Marchesi Mazzei Chianti Classico Castello di Fonterutoli Gran Selezione Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
7/18/2021 - mclanew wrote:
92 points
Slow ox for twenty minutes. Ripe red cherries, licorice and some herbal notes come from the glass. This decidedly modern in style, medium bodied, leading with ripe fruit, but lacking the complexity you might hope from this type of bottling. Maybe it needs time.
  • mclanew commented:

    8/15/21, 7:01 PM - Thank you for that background information.

Red
2015 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
8/14/2021 - mclanew Likes this wine:
95 points
Slow ox for one hour. This is surprisingly open for business. Pretty floral nose with plum and spice notes. The wine is medium bodied, quite elegant, pure and precise. This is quite different than many other pontet canet’s I have tasted. What it lacks in power and concentration it makes up for in elegance and sophistication.
  • mclanew commented:

    8/15/21, 6:59 PM - Thanks for all your comments. Yes this wine surprised me. If you taste the 2005 and 2010 they are quite powerful, structured wines. Despite the relatively warm year in 2015 this wine is made in quite a different style and is much more approachable early IMO.

Red
1967 Damilano Barolo Nebbiolo
11/28/2020 - mclanew wrote:
flawed
Just going over the hill.
  • mclanew commented:

    8/8/21, 8:14 PM - A little over an hour then tried it. Generally with very old wines I try not to decant to much until I get a feel for how they are reacting to air so I don’t overdecant. After it tasted off I let it sit around for another couple hours to see what would happen but it just got worse

  • mclanew commented:

    8/8/21, 10:26 PM - Yes agreed. Pretty sure about this one though. Pretty oxidized and vinegar like.

Red
2017 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Heritage No. 9 Durant Vineyard Dundee Hills
6/13/2021 - mclanew Likes this wine:
94 points
Popped and poured. Black cherry, herbs and a little smoke. The wine is transparent, elegant and graceful, light on its feet but showing a lot of underlying concentration. This seems to have tremendous potential although it was so light in feel I wondered how it would age - perhaps it puts on some more weight over the next few years?
  • mclanew commented:

    6/14/21, 10:00 AM - Thanks for that insight and fits with where my instincts were headed after tasting it

Red
2004 Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Barolo Monprivato Nebbiolo
5/14/2021 - mclanew Likes this wine:
95 points
Decanted three hours. A little shy but a very pretty nose. The palate is stunning with flavors red cherry, mint, a little tar and herbs. The wine is satiny, well balanced and Burgundian. This is an early phase of maturity and will have a long life ahead of it.
  • mclanew commented:

    5/15/21, 5:30 AM - Thank you for catching that! All fixed now. My second bottle of this and they are terrific

White - Sparkling
2002 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
3/10/2021 - mclanew Likes this wine:
96 points
Terrific showing for this. Complex, sophisticated nose of orchard fruit, seashells, saline and minerals. The wine is starting to really show layers of complexity while retaining some of its youthful vigor. Really in a terrific place but I suspect the best is yet to come.
  • mclanew commented:

    3/11/21, 4:06 PM - Thanks for the advice. Luckily I have several more of the 2002 to enjoy in the future. I recently finished off my 2000s and 2003s of which I preferred the 2000s. I haven’t touched my 2004s yet but you are right I probably should start. And I don’t think I have any 2005s

Red
2018 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Langhe Mores Langhe DOC Nebbiolo Blend, Nebbiolo
2/9/2021 - mclanew Likes this wine:
90 points
Slow ox for 30 minutes. At first it was a little reticent but after 20 minutes it came to life with aromas of blackberry, tar and violets. The wine is medium bodied, quite light on its feet for nebbiolo without a lot of evident tannin, simple and delicious. For everyday drinker this delivers the goods and at the price it’s a great buy
  • mclanew commented:

    2/10/21, 9:12 AM - Actually I hadn’t focused on the fact this has some barbera in there. That probably does explain it. Do you know what percentage of barbera is included? Anyway I think you’ll enjoy these when you receive yours.

Red
2006 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
12/29/2020 - mclanew Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted one hour. Attractive, majestic nose of black fruit, tobacco and underbrush. The wine is still very youthful. Big and concentrated with flavors of black currant, plum and herbs this is certainly delicious but falls a bit short in terms of the complex layering Haut Brion can often deliver. This still has many years of life ahead and I suspect it will improve with age.
  • mclanew commented:

    12/30/20, 6:13 AM - Yes sure. Definitely hold longer.

White
2004 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Viña Gravonia Viura, Macabeo
12/19/2020 - mclanew wrote:
flawed
Premox
  • mclanew commented:

    12/20/20, 12:13 AM - I know what you are saying because I have had it before but this bottle was definitely over the hill

  • mclanew commented:

    12/20/20, 12:30 AM - Me too. I had to keep tasting it because I thought I was missing something but it only got worse as the night went on. I’ve got 3 or 4 more of these And I’m definitely going to drink another soon to see if I’ve got a bad batch

Red
2018 Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rouge Pinot Noir
10/31/2020 - mclanew wrote:
87 points
Popped and poured. Rather ordinary and four squared pinot with a dark fruit profile for sancerre.
  • mclanew commented:

    11/7/20, 6:43 AM - So far I haven’t had much luck either

Red
2005 Clos Mogador Priorat Grenache Blend, Grenache
10/31/2020 - mclanew wrote:
91 points
Slow oxed for 30 min. This has a floral nose with hints of dried herbs and cloves. The palate is fairly big and overt with ripe dark cherries, plum, herbs and earthy notes. The oak treatment in the wine is noticeable and is a bit too much. This is a fairly straight ahead wine which is fully mature now but lacks the complexity and subtlety to warrant a higher score.
  • mclanew commented:

    10/31/20, 7:43 PM - Happy to. Unfortunately I have not had good luck with aged Mogadors relative to expectations. They aren’t bad but they aren’t particularly well balanced wines and don’t develop much complexity in my experience. Had a similiar experience with a 2001 several months ago.

Red
1973 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Imperial Reserva Tempranillo
10/24/2020 - mclanew Likes this wine:
94 points
Popped and poured. Nice nose of red cherry, olives and leather but a little rustic. The palate on the other hand is outstanding and very much a live with red cherries, strawberry with complex leather and earth notes coming through. Medium bodied with fully resolved tannins but good energy this feels like it can continue to hold at this state of maturity for a long time
  • mclanew commented:

    10/25/20, 1:02 AM - I have generally good luck with riojas from the 70s and interestingly sometimes the Riservas can be as good or better than the Gran Riservas

Red
1996 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
7/20/2020 - mclanew Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted two hours. Classic nose of black currant, earth and underbrush. The wine at first came off a little thin but fleshed our nicely over another hour so giving this wine a long decant is recommended. The paltr shows red and black fruits intermixed with licorice, lead pencil and tobacco. This wine is built for a long life but it’s not overpowering - in fact it quotes well balanced and complex. This may continue to improve over the coming years.
  • mclanew commented:

    7/21/20, 7:00 PM - I was underwhelmed a bit too when I first started drinking it after a two hour decant but 45-60 minutes later it really evolved into some much better which is the basis of my note.

Red
1999 Château La Croix St. Georges Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
4/24/2020 - mclanew wrote:
91 points
Decanted three hours. The nose is a little muted but mostly lead pencil and a little red fruit. The palate is fully mature and has entered the secondary phase. Black fruit, lead pencil, leather and herbs this has a reasonably classic palate but feels a bit short and lacking in complexity. Drink up- this is at peak.
  • mclanew commented:

    5/1/20, 3:42 PM - Unfortunately I did not! I usually would but I was preoccupied with some other things so I just decanted it. That’s interesting. I guess with 1999 Bordeaux they can be quite forward wines?

Red
2005 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
4/5/2020 - mclanew Likes this wine:
93 points
This wine has had an unusual evolution. Early on exuberant and decadent, then it seems to go through an awkward phase for many years so the last few of these I had I was underwhelmed. But this bottle shows that this wine is emerging from its awkward phase. One hour decant. The nose is still a bit shy. The palate however was delicious. Black currant, plum, tobacco and forest floor this has a nice core of sweet fruit and long finish. The wine has become better integrated with time and should continue to improve over the next ten years.
  • mclanew commented:

    4/5/20, 1:40 AM - Thank you for the comment. I increasingly realize many people taste wines too young and write them off as out of balance or over oaked. Sometimes that is true but many wines are designed to age a long time and they become better integrated and balance with time. This wine seems to be a good examples of this. When I tried it two or three years ago it was a bit awkward and I didn’t love it. But now I feel quite confident this is going to get better and better.

White
2016 Bevan Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Dry Stack Vineyard Bennett Valley
1/10/2020 - mclanew wrote:
89 points
I think I waited to long on this. It lacked the freshness and exuberant tropical flavors I had experienced with earlier tastings of this wine. Not surprising I suppose as most new world SBs are not structured to age.
  • mclanew commented:

    2/20/20, 2:59 PM - I wondered that too but it was stored pretty well and bought direct from the winery on release.

Red
2008 Hundred Acre Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Few and Far Between Napa Valley
2/16/2019 - mclanew Likes this wine:
96 points
Decanted one hour. The wines nose is exuberant cherries, raspberries. The palate is super silky and refined with tremendous purity. Although the wine is quite high in alcohol it’s not noticeable and there isn’t any jamminess or heaviness. The palate sports flavors of cassis, raspberries, tobacco weed, and oak. The finish is very long. This is really delicious now but can continue to age for a lot longer.
  • mclanew commented:

    12/25/19, 12:21 PM - Unfortunately I haven’t opened my 2008 Kayli Morgan yet so I don’t have any reference point.
    Kayli is the more classic of the two as he has been making it a long time. But I’ve have had really good experiences with Few and Far Between recently so I think you won’t go wrong either way. Let me know how it goes!

Red
2006 Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard Edna Valley
8/21/2019 - mclanew Likes this wine:
93 points
I know this a 100 point wine in RP but I didn’t see it. Great nose with black fruits and smoke meat notes check. Full bodied singing palate of black currant, tobacco and underbrush check. Long satisfying finish check. So this is an excellent Cali Syrah in a prime drinking window now but it lacks that extra verve or complexity that would make it a 100 pointer in my world. I just don’t step away from this thinking it’s that much better than the other leading syrahs from CA. But happy to drink more of this anyday and thankfully I have several more bottles.
  • mclanew commented:

    10/2/19, 5:33 AM - I am hard grader. For me 95 points and above needs to be something really special that combines power, complexity, balance and subtlety. This just didn’t have all those elements for me at least on this drinking. Because it’s a big wine with some more decanting or the next day it would have scored a little higher.

Red
2008 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
9/25/2019 - mclanew wrote:
91 points
Decanted one hour. Decent nose of black currant, flowers and a touch of herbs. The palate is thick and full bodied with concentrated black fruits, smoked meats, lead pencil and some herbaceousness. I felt this wine need more time to unwind because it felt a little monolithic and the oak hasn’t fully integrated into the wine yet but the underlying materials are excellent. My score will probably be higher next time I try it.
  • mclanew commented:

    9/26/19, 1:13 AM - Yes but I can’t tell with this one. It’s just a guess now so I go by what is in the glass.

Red
2009 Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru 150th Anniversary Cuvée Pinot Noir
7/21/2019 - mclanew Likes this wine:
93 points
This continues to be delicious. It needs about an hour of air to strut it’s stuff. It leads with pretty aromas of raspberry and wood. The wine is blackish red with reasonable structure and tannin although they are pretty integrated now. There are lovely flavors of cherry, raspberry, and spice in a savoury mid palate. The finish cuts a little short but overall this delivers the goods and I think can continue to age and develop a degree of complexity.
  • mclanew commented:

    9/16/19, 6:52 PM - Thank you!

Red
2013 Alban Vineyards Grenache Alban Estate Vineyard Edna Valley
7/11/2018 - mclanew Likes this wine:
94 points
Without any decanting this is a supercharged decadent wine with fantastic aromatics and a complex swirling palate of black jammy fruit, minerals, smoked meats, and spice. Medium bodied, fleshy with a long finish. The only thing that holds me back on this is it lack finesse and focus but ummm it’s very delicious.
  • mclanew commented:

    6/25/19, 8:46 PM - Fair maybe finesse not the right word. Should have used balance instead.

Red
2007 Mollydooker Shiraz Carnival of Love McLaren Vale
6/5/2019 - mclanew wrote:
89 points
Decanted one hour. This is a powerful, jammy modern style wine which no doubt delivers over the top hedonism but lacks a certain distinctiveness. Nice nose with blackberries and violets. The palate is concentrated and jammy but also smooth with a heavy application of new oak. Flavors of blackberry jam, chocholate and spices are prominent. Alcoholic but I didn’t sense much heat. Full bodied with a long finish. The question is will this evolve and be able to absorb some of its jamminess and oak with time. It certainly can age longer. So probably will revisit in a few years.
  • mclanew commented:

    6/5/19, 7:25 PM - Thanks for the advice! I have 5 more of these. Sounds like I should get to work on those sooner.

Red
2007 O'Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder
4/15/2019 - mclanew wrote:
89 points
Disappointing. After a one hour decant the nose on this won’t come out to play at all. Barnyard and awkward herbal aromas indicate a poor nose on this wine. The palate is much better. Full bodied and clearly a big wine not showing much age. There are flavors of black currant, blackberry, tobacco and oak made in a fairly new world style that generally works. Did I catch this at an awkward phase that it will come out of. Possibly but that is not generally been my experience with California cabs.
  • mclanew commented:

    5/5/19, 10:30 PM - Well I definitely wasn’t expecting or hoping for a fruit bomb. I actually was quite optimistic about the wine- heard good things and have a few more bottles of this and the Howell Mountain. Admittedly, I seem to have a different tasting experience than you and others but that is what I experienced - a fairly awkward wine with a substandard nose. There are a couple possibilities - 1. The bottle had some taint. If I recall this is a bottle I bought at the winery and somehow it has ended up in my cellar in Hong Kong where I live so compared to most of my wines it’s travelled a lot. 2. Maybe I didn’t decant enough? It is a big wine and I have it around an hour but maybe that is not enough. Anyway I’ll wait a year and try another with an open mind. Anyway thanks for your post!

Red
2003 Torbreck The Factor Barossa Valley Shiraz, Syrah
4/11/2019 - mclanew wrote:
91 points
Overall I was a bit disappointed by this. It fulfilled the fears that big Parkeresque wine don’t age as well as predicted as this hasn’t really developed complexity over time although it still isn’t fully mature. The nose is quite modest even after an hour decant. The palate is jammy black red fruit, smoked meats and healthy dollop of spice. Full bodied with a long finish but a touch of heat running through this feels overwrought. Does it need even more time to sweat the alcohol off? Personally I don’t think it will help much.
  • mclanew commented:

    4/28/19, 5:16 AM - It was a cork

  • mclanew commented:

    4/29/19, 6:17 PM - Yes I was disappointed. I have generally been pleasantly surprised by aged Australian shiraz even some of the high octane names but this one wasn’t working.

Red
2012 Castellani Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
10/15/2018 - mclanew wrote:
88 points
Muted nose. Dark cherries, mushroom, spices on the palate. Fleshy, open modern style of chianti. Tasty but the body is a little out of balance and the finish is modest. Drink up.
  • mclanew commented:

    10/22/18, 8:57 PM - I could see it being his sort of wine and with his grade inflation are scores may not be all that different on a relative basis!

White
2006 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series Margaret River
10/4/2014 - mclanew wrote:
93 points
Another excellent bottle of this wine, in a perfect drinking window. Tropical fruits and tangerines, butter toast and minerals. Nice structure and finish.
  • mclanew commented:

    11/9/14, 3:02 AM - Agreed you have to watch these new world chardonnays carefully. I just had a view Kistlers go over the hill around the same vintage - real bummer.

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