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Red
4/2/2024 - dcwino wrote:
97 points
Expressive nose displaying perfectly ripe opulent black fruit, crushed black berry, blackberry jam, a hint of sous bois and stem, Vosne spice, mint, mocha, rose, sweet spices and limestone. Excellent concentration, layers upon layers of concentrated sweet black fruit, rich and opulent, but perfectly harmonious, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, very fine tannins, and a seamless long black fruit driven finish with a hint of mint at the end. Like the 99, this is a super concentrated youthful La Tache that has a long life ahead.
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Red
4/2/2024 - dcwino wrote:
98 points
Expressive nose displaying unbelievably concentrated black fruit, blackberry concentrate, blackberry liqueur, black cherry, licorice, Vosne spice, oolong tea, rose, dark spices and limestone. The stem note is masked by concentrated fruit. Exceptional concentration, layers upon layers of intense black fruit, rich and opulent but also beautifully detailed and harmonious, perfecta mount of acidity and mineral, and a long perfectly ripe black fruit driven finish with licorice and rose at the end. This remains incredibly youthful. It can easily improve for a few more decades, i.e. gaining sous bois and strong Chinese medicinal cabinet.
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Red
4/2/2024 - dcwino wrote:
97 points
Expressive exotic nose displaying concentrated red fruit, raspberry preserve, cherry compote, light caramel, stem, Chinese medicinal cabinet, sweet spices and limestone. Excellent concentration, beautifully layered concentrated red fruit, rich yet fluid and sensual, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a long sweet concentrated red fruit driven finish with a hint of stem at the end. This is more concentrated than the 08 GE. Clearly expressing the exotic 08 vintage characteristic. Drinking beautifully.
Red
4/2/2024 - dcwino wrote:
96 points
Perfectly mature nose displaying bright red fruit, cherry, strawberry, strong sous bois, grilled cep, Vosne spice, Chinese medicinal cabinet, stem, cinnamon and nutmeg and limestone. Fully integrated palate, very finely layered generous red fruit, silky and airy, beautiful detail and precision, bright acidity, fine limestone mineral, and a seamless long sweet red fruit driven finish. There is a hint of bitterness that is not bothersome. The 08 DRCs very unique and special. They were showing a lot of Vosne spice from the beginning. They matured quickly and now are perfectly mature, which is not a bad thing.
Red
4/2/2024 - dcwino wrote:
97 points
Expressive nose displaying super concentrated rich black fruit with a hint of red, blackberry concentrate, blackberry liqueur, red currant, classic DRC stem, Vosne spices, licorice, liquid smoke, dark flowers , spicy spices and limestone. Excellent concentration, layers upon layers of concentrated black fruit, incredibly rich and oily, excellent balance and precision, bright acidity, strong mineral, and a long concentrated black fruit driven finish with a hint of stem at the end. This is a big scale wine clearly reflecting the 15 vintage. Although this is drinking really well, it can easily improve for a three decades or more, especially if you prefer mostly tertiary expression.
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White
4/16/2024 - dcwino wrote:
93 points
Classic mineral driven Chablis nose displaying slightly coiled yellow citrus fruit, lemon curd, apple, honey, a hint of lanoline, spicy spices and limestone. Excellent concentration, slightly coiled but concentrated yellow citrus fruit, oily and dense but very precise, bright acidity, strong mineral, and a long concentrated lemon curd and honey driven mineral finishing. You gotta love the 14 vintage Chablis.
White
4/14/2024 - dcwino wrote:
91 points
Much better than the first bottle. Shy sweet yellow fruit, remnant of apricot preserve, dry peach, oyster shell, burnt sugar, honey and limestone. Medium concentration, shy yellow fruit, good precision, bright acidity, fine limestone mineral, and a medium long shy yellow fruit driven mineral finish.
Red
4/6/2024 - dcwino wrote:
95 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Served blind. Intense dark color. Expressive nose displaying ripe concentrated black fruit, blackberry concentrate, licorice, cedar, ink, coffee, dark spices and earth. Excellent concentration, generous ripe black fruit, rich and slightly rustic, bright acidity, earthy mineral, noticeable tannins and a medium to long concentrated ripe black fruit driven finish with latte at the end. This is a big scale wine that needs another decade or two.
Red
2000 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Red
2000 Château La Clusière St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/6/2024 - dcwino wrote:
flawed
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Initially, I notice TCA. Others think clean. I also think it is clean. Tasted later, corked. Others disagree. A bit of controversial showing.
Red
4/6/2024 - dcwino wrote:
100 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): The color remains opaque which surprises us. Perfect textbook old claret nose displaying intense concentrated red fruit with a hint of black, cherry pie, crème de cassis, leather, lead pencil, truffle, strong cedar, sous bois, a hint of VA, sweet spices and earthy mineral. Unbelievable concentration, still showing so much fruit, incredibly rich, round and dense, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and the finish that never ends. There is so much fruit and structure that a couple guys comment that it can be mistaken for a thirty year old wine. There is incredibly sweet red fruit which I only find in fifty plus year old wines. About one seventh of the bottle is sediment. With air, the fruit gets even sweeter. This is incredibly rich and complex. This is more concentrated than the monumental 59 and 61. Since I am passionate about great old wines, this is perfect for me.
Red
4/5/2024 - dcwino wrote:
92 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Medium expressive nose displaying super ripe dry red fruit, dry cherry, cherry liqueur, sweet spices and earth. There is pretty noticeable heat at the end. Very good concentration, slightly coiled concentrated red fruit, medium acidity and mineral, and a medium long alcoholic finish. There is not enough blue or black fruit to mask alcohol. Based on this wine, there is a good reason why we don't find too many domestic Gracianos.
White - Fortified
4/5/2024 - dcwino wrote:
96 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Bright amber with a tint of red. Expressive nose displaying intense dry yellow fruit, dry fig, dry apricot, raisin, orange rind, caramel, toffee, cinnamon, clove and limestone. Excellent concentration, layers upon layers of dry yellow fruit, oily and deeply toned but also very precise, mouth puckering acidity, fine limestone mineral, and a long concentrated dry yellow fruit driven spicy finish. Drinking incredibly well.
Red
4/5/2024 - dcwino wrote:
95 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): PJ mentions that Juge picked the earliest and always shows a hint of green/pyrazine and he is spot on. Expressive nose displaying generous black fruit, blackberry, licorice, black cherry, white pepper, tapenade, petrol, garrigue and mineral. The green/pyrazine note is quite evident as the front note. Very good concentration, generous black fruit, rich and oily yet also beautifully detailed, bright acidity, strong mineral, and a long ripe black fruit driven finish with tapenade at the end. Justin mentions the green note is like Clos Rougeard and I agree. This is a fascinating wine that combines the unripe expression of Loire Cab France and the full-bodied ripe expression of Cornas.
Red
4/5/2024 - dcwino wrote:
96 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): En Magnum. Beautifully mature nose displaying sweet red fruit, raspberry, strawberry, rose, a hint of sous bois, grilled fat and mineral. Fully integrated palate, finely layered sweet red fruit, elegant and fluid, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a long sweet red fruit driven floral finish. I had a magnum from the same batch in 2017 and thought the bottle was not quite ready. This is drinking beautifully.
Red
4/5/2024 - dcwino wrote:
93 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Excellent provenance, cellared a bonded warehouse in London. Dark color. Expressive nose displaying sweet slightly dry black fruit, blackberry, black cherry, mint, rose, licorice, grilled cep, a hint of sous bois, dark spices and earth. Excellent concentration, generous black fruit, a bit rustic and rich, bright acidity, earthy mineral, a hint of tannins, and a medium to long ripe black fruit driven earthy finish.
Red
4/5/2024 - dcwino wrote:
95 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Mid shoulder fill with remarkably dark color, almost black. Initially a bit of damp cellar but blows off with air. Expressive nose displaying black and blue fruit, dry blackberry, crème de cassis, licorice, eucalyptus, lead pencil, leather, petrol and iron. Excellent concentration, still showing ample black fruit, unctuous, rich and deeply toned, bright acidity, iron mineral, still noticeable soft tannins, and a long ripe black fruit driven finish with iron at the end. The fruit expression is unique, a bit like a pre phylloxera Bordeaux. Perhaps around 93pts but adding a couple more points for the uniqueness and age.
Red
4/6/2024 - dcwino wrote:
94 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Medium expressive nose displaying ripe red fruit, dry cherry, black cherry, fruitcake, tobacco, garrigue, dark spices and mineral. Excellent concentration, generous sweet ripe black fruit, rich and deeply toned, bright acidity, earth mineral and a long ripe black fruit driven finish with licorice at the end. Justin is a bit disappointed for not finding "white pepper" and I agree. This is a bit riper and more black fruit driven than ususal.
Red
4/6/2024 - dcwino wrote:
97 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Expressive nose displaying concentrated rich black fruit, blackberry, blackberry tart, licorice, dark spices and earth. Exceptional concentration, layers upon layers of concentrated black fruit, rich and deeply toned, bright acidity, earthy mineral, and a long concentrated black fruit driven finish. This is a big scale wine that needs more time. With air, the fruit becomes purer and more expressive.
Red
4/6/2024 - dcwino wrote:
99 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): En magnum. Exquisitely perfumed nose displaying perfectly ripe black and red fruit, blackberry, raspberry, Vosne spice, classic DRC stem, a hint of sous bois, rose petal, licorice, spicy spices and mineral. Excellent concentration, incredibly layered opulent yet pure black fruit, rich yet perfectly harmonious, beautifully detailed and weightless, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a long pure black fruit driven finish with stem and rose petal at the end. This is drinking perfectly. This can easily improve for a couple more decades.
White
4/6/2024 - dcwino wrote:
95 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Brilliant golden color. Beautiful nose displaying very ripe yellow fruit, pear, peach, peach marmalade, caramel apple, strong beeswax and limestone. Excelled concentration, layers upon layers of ripe yellow fruit, rich and deeply toned but also showing a nice balance, bright acidity, fine mineral, and a long ripe yellow fruit driven finish with beeswax at the end. This is a unique mineral driven wine.
White
2010 Louis Latour Bâtard-Montrachet Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay (view label images)
4/6/2024 - dcwino wrote:
95 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Beautiful perfectly mature nose displaying delicious yellow fruit, peach, pineapple, banana, crème brûlée, vanilla, spicy spices and limestone. Perfectly integrated palate, delicate yet generous yellow fruit, elegant and airy, perfect amount of acidity and mineral and a long ripe yellow fruit driven elegant finish. This is a super pleasant surprise. Drinks more like Chevalier.
White - Sparkling
4/6/2024 - dcwino wrote:
96 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Beautiful mature nose displaying decadent sweet yellow fruit, baked apple, lemon curd, strong brioche, oyster shell, light caramel and fine limestone mineral. Perfectly integrated palate, finely layered sweet yellow fruit, delicate and airy, incredibly fine medium generous mousse, bright acidity, fine limestone mineral, and a seamless long yellow fruit driven finish with strong brioche at the end. Super fine mousse is really attractive. This is exceptional fined wine that is drinking beautifully.
Red
4/6/2024 - dcwino wrote:
92 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Served blind. Slightly rustic color. Fully mature Burgundian nose displaying shy mature red fruit, a hint of cherry and strawberry, sweet spices and earth. There is a hint of oxidative note. Medium concentration, shy red fruit, lean and cool, bright acidity, earth mineral and a medium long finish with oxidative end. It is not terribly complex. My guess is a 1er cru mid tier burgundy from the late 80s.
Red
4/5/2024 - dcwino wrote:
94 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Fully mature complex nose displaying generous ripe red fruit, cherry liqueur, maraschino cherry, leather, sweet spices, a hint of sous bois and earth. There is a hint of wet sox in the beginning but blows off. Excellent concentration, nicely layered generous sweet red fruit, rich and generous, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a long sweet red fruit driven finish with leather at the end. It is pretty consistent with the 2017 bottle. It is showing really well.
White
4/5/2024 - dcwino wrote:
94 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Expressive nose displaying ripe yellow tropical fruit, pineapple, peach, kumquat, caramel, butterscotch, sweet spices and mineral. Very good concentration, generous sweet yellow fruit, warm and round, medium acidity and mineral, and a medium to long ripe yellow fruit driven finish with butterscotch at the end. This is very round.
Red
4/6/2024 - dcwino wrote:
93 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Expressive nose displaying rich concentrated black and red fruit, blackberry liqueur, maraschino cherries, beef blood, strong oak, cinnamon, clove, tree bark and mineral. Excellent concentration, rich concentrated black and red fruit, rich and silky, bright acidity, earth mineral, and a long ripe black and red fruit driven spice finish. The oak note is super strong.
White
4/6/2024 - dcwino wrote:
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Expressive nose displaying generous yellow and white fruit, lemon curd, lemon, Granny Smith, honeysuckle, flint, smoke, oyster shell, oyster jus and crushed rocks. Excellent concentration, opulent lemon curd fruit, oily but perfectly precise, bright acidity and super mineral, and a long concentrated lemon fruit driven finish with oyster shell at the end. A great classic Raveneau Chablis.
White
4/6/2024 - dcwino wrote:
94 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Very focus nose displaying strong lemon and lemon curd, cool mountain stream water, saline, iron and crushed rocks. There is a hint of pyrazine which is not too bothersome. Very good concentration, concentrated lemon curd and lemon oil, razor like focus and precision, mouth puckering acidity, strong crushed rock mineral, and a long lemon curd driven mineral finish with a hint of pyrazine at the end. A classic mineral Chablis.
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White
4/5/2024 - dcwino wrote:
95 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Very PYCM nose displaying concentrated ripe yellow fruit, apple pie, lemon curd, butter scotch, vanilla/oak, sweet spices and limestone mineral. Excellent concentration, layers upon layers of concentrated sweet yellow fruit, dense, rich and deeply toned but also very precise and focused, bright acidity, strong mineral, and a long rich yellow fruit driven finish with a hint of matchstick at the end. This strongly expresses the PYCM style, i.e. generous fruit and very reductive. Although drinking incredibly well, I doubt this will benefit from further cellaring.
White - Sparkling
4/5/2024 - dcwino wrote:
94 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Beautiful mature nose displaying ripe yellow fruit, baked apple, tarte tartin, burnt sugar, brioche, lanoline, sweet spices and limestone. Very good concentration, generous mature yellow fruit, fine but medium to shy mousse, decadent and sweet, bright acidity, fine mineral, and a medium to long ripe yellow fruit driven finish with smoke at the end. This is a fully mature example. The mousse is surprisingly shy.
Rosé
4/5/2024 - dcwino wrote:
93 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Delicious nose, perfectly ripe yellow peach dominates, red currant, apricot, sweet spices and limestone. Nice friendly palate, medium acidity, strong mineral which is surprising, and a medium long finish. This is a delicious mineral driven rose.
Red
4/4/2024 - dcwino wrote:
95 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Served blind to Justin and I. I declare Burgundy but RJ is trying to trick us. I smell again and my conclusion is the same. The fruit expression is not ripe enough to be a domestic Pinot. It is apparently a Burgundy. Justin and I guess Vosne as it is very spicy. Than we guesses Morey, then Gevrey. If it is Gevrey, the spicy note tells us that it has to be Rousseau. We both guess the 05 but apparently 13 which doesn’t surprise me. The vintages like ’08 and ’13 seem to mature faster. Beautiful spicy nose displaying perfectly ripe red fruit, raspberry, pomegranate, Vosne spice, white pepper, a hint of sous bois, grilled cep, spicy spices, stem and mineral. Medium concentration, finely layered red fruit, silky and delicate, bright acidity, fine mineral and a medium to long perfectly ripe red fruit driven spicy finish. It slightly lacks the mid palate and material. Nevertheless, it is drinking beautifully.
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White - Fortified
4/4/2024 - dcwino wrote:
95 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Beautifully nutty nose displaying dry yellow and red fruit, dry fig, dry peach, candied orange peel, light caramel, toffee, marzipan and earth. Fully integrated palate, generous sweet dry yellow fruit, rich yet very fluid, super strong acidity, earthy mineral, and a long generous slightly dry sweet yellow fruit driven finish with toffee at the end. This displays strong acidity. Drinking beautifully.
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Red - Fortified
4/4/2024 - dcwino wrote:
93 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Nice mature nose displaying dry sweet blue and black fruit, blueberry liqueur, black cherry, dry fig, cigar, leather , milk chocolate, baking spices and earth. Very good concentration, nicely layered generous blue and black fruit, warm, soft and round, medium acidity, earthy mineral, and a medium to long ripe blue and black fruit driven finish. This is drinking nicely.
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Red
4/4/2024 - dcwino wrote:
95 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Expressive nose displaying ripe red and black fruit, red currant, strawberry jelly, crème de cassis, lead pencil, vanilla/oak and mineral. The oak expression is super strong which is surprising. Very good concentration, layers upon layers of generous red and black fruit, warm, and round but also silky and polished, medium acidity, medium mineral, a hint of sweet tannins, and a medium to long sweet red and black fruit driven oaky finish. The fruit expresses a lot of red fruit. Although concentrated, this is rounder than typical cult cabs. Hopefully, the oak expression will lessen with further cellaring.
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Red
4/4/2024 - dcwino wrote:
95 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Expressive nose displaying concentrated sweet red fruit, chocolate dipped cherry, strawberry jam, a hint of blackberry liqueur, light caramel, licorice, beef blood, sweet spices and earth. Excellent concentration, layers upon layers of opulent red fruit, rich yet silky and fluid, bright acidity, medium mineral, and a long concentrated red fruit driven finish. Although super concentrated, this seems light compare to the Ode to E.
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Red
4/4/2024 - dcwino wrote:
95 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Served blind, the fruit is dark and super concentrated. Jim guesses Syrah but I am thinking that this is a mature Maybach. Explosive nose displaying concentrated sweet black fruit, blackberry liqueur, licorice, baked blackberry, fig, ink, mocha, vanilla/oak, caramel, liquid smoke, black pepper, dark spices and earth. Exceptional concentration, layers upon layers of super concentrated rich black fruit, rich and opulent, round, sweet and warm, medium acidity, not much mineral, no noticeable tannins and a long opulent concentrated black fruit driven finish. I noticed a hint of heat. The oak expression is still strong. This is a big scale SQN. With air, the Syrah expression of pepper and grilled meat is more evident. Although I enjoy the wine, the others love the wine even more. I actually prefer the Atlantis for the red fruit expression and strong acidity. If you are a fan of SQN EBA, you may find this wine to be perfect.
White
4/4/2024 - dcwino wrote:
94 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Initially Justin and I worry that this might be too ripe. The color is still pale. Rich expressive nose displaying sweet rich yellow fruit with a hint of white, pineapple, lemon crud, guava, honey, a hint of vanilla/oak, sweet spices and crushed rocks. Excellent concentration, layers upon layers of concentrated yellow fruit, rich, warm and opulent but also showing excellent precision and focus due to bright acidity and strong mineral. The finish is quite long and displays strong mineral. Although showing the 18 ripeness, it retains nice balance and precision. Drinking well. Given a choice, I would rather buy and drink the 19.
White - Sparkling
4/4/2024 - dcwino wrote:
96 points
Another Wine gathering at RJ’s; 4/4/2024-4/7/2024 (Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina): Beautifully mature nose displaying sweet yellow fruit, peach, baked apple, brioche, honey, creme brulee, white pepper, sweet spices and mineral. Excellent concentration, nicely layered generous sweet yellow fruit, rich yet harmonious, fine medium generous mousse, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a long sweet yellow fruit driven finish with caramel at the end. Consistent with the last year’s bottle, drinking beautifully.
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White - Sparkling
3/31/2024 - dcwino wrote:
93 points
Nicely mature nose displaying caramel apple, apple peel, brioche, marzipan, sweet spices and limestone. Very good concentration, generous sweet yellow fruit, generous slightly coarse mousse, i.e. not creamy, bright acidity, medium mineral, and a medium to long apple fruit driven finish. The complexity can be attributed to the age. Slightly masculine style of Champagne.
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Red - Fortified
3/30/2024 - dcwino wrote:
96 points
Expressive nose displaying concentrated red and black fruit, chocolate deep cherry, blackberry liqueur, dry fig, licorice, cinnamon, clove, leather and earth. Excellent concentration, layers upon layers of slightly dry red and black fruit, rich but harmonious, bright acidity, coarse mineral, fine tannins and a long ripe black fruit driven finish with a hint of clove at the end. Although youthful, it is starting to show a hint of maturity. Once again, Port and Sauternes represent great values. It sill needs another a couple of decades to reach the peak.
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Red
3/30/2024 - dcwino wrote:
93 points
Expressive nose displaying ripe but cool blue and black fruit with a hint of red, blueberry, blackberry liqueur, a hint of strawberry, liquid smoke, beef blood, a hint of garrigue, leather, black pepper, tapenade, dark spices and crushed rocks. Very good concentration, finely layered generous blue and red fruit, silky and cool, bright acidity and strong mineral, a hint of sweet tannins and a medium to long cool blue and red fruit driven smoky finish. Just like the 19, the fruit is very ripe, “sur maturite”, yet also displays coolness. It reminds me the fruit expression of Tertre-Roteboeuf. This is not as concentrated as the 19 and also shows a bit more red fruit, It is also fascinating to compare to Chave Hermitage as the nose is really similar but the palate is not as refined.
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Red
2014 Blankiet Estate Mythicus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (view label images)
3/6/2024 - dcwino wrote:
95 points
Dinner with Paul and Jeff (The George Town Club - DC): Generous black and blue fruit, good complexity. Rich, round and generous but also showing a good balance and detail. Not a blockbuster but still very Napa. Drinking well.
Red
2001 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/6/2024 - dcwino wrote:
95 points
Dinner with Paul and Jeff (The George Town Club - DC): Expressive nose with generous black fruit, crème de cassis, blackberry, tobacco, leather, dark caramel and mineral. Beautifully integrated palate, generous mature sweet black fruit, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a long ripe black fruit driven finish. This is drinking really well.
Red
1999 Carruades de Lafite Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/6/2024 - dcwino wrote:
92 points
Dinner with Paul and Jeff (The George Town Club - DC): Classic Pauillac nose but a bit straightforward. Good concentration a bit chunky and rustic. Still quite youthful with generous fruit but not sure if this will improve. Terrible QPR.
Red
3/6/2024 - dcwino wrote:
93 points
Dinner with Paul and Jeff (The George Town Club - DC): Super exotic, a lot herbaceous notes, cannabis, roasted meat, cherry jam, dry cherry, animal, fruit cake and a hint of heat at the end. Very polished palate, medium acidity and mineral, and a medium long finish with cannabis and roasted meat at the end. This reminds me Cayuse a lot, almost identical nose. This is also unsuccessfully trying to mimic Rayas. Nevertheless, I like it.
Red
3/6/2024 - dcwino wrote:
93 points
Dinner with Paul and Jeff (The George Town Club - DC): Apparently very "natural" wine making. Starts with strong tapenade and black pepper, then become super grapy, i.e. welch juice concentrate, and blackberry jam, then comes back to tapenade and black pepper. There is a hint of "animal" a la Beaujolais. Excellent concentration, super rich. I get more Corans than Hermitage. Sort of getting Beasujolais and Prieuré Roch. Fascinating but I would have guessed Hermitage.
Red
3/6/2024 - dcwino wrote:
95 points
Dinner with Paul and Jeff (The George Town Club - DC): Despite being forty years old, it remains very youthful character with an abundance of generous fruit. A hint of cassis but mostly red fruit, plum and cherry, scorched earth, lead pencil, a hint of green, leather and crushed rocks. Excellent concentration, generous red and black fruit, rich and unctuous but also fluid, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and a long ripe red fruit driven finish with ash at the end. This reminds me the 92 Phillip Togni cab a bit, but more oaky, perhaps sweet American oak. May be a combination of Togni and Montebello. It doesn't have the complexity of a great Bordeaux but shows a lot of fruit. Really enjoyable and no need to hurry.
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