Tasting Notes for Take Two

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Red
2009 Château Lilian Ladouys St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/26/2020 - Take Two wrote:
89 points
Smooth, light, nice color. Not a lot of fruit, a little licorice, lead, pencil, tobacco. Uninspiring. More cellaring won’t help.
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Red
9/20/2020 - Take Two Likes this wine:
88 points
Big, thick, dark. Medium finish, nice notes of dark fruit. Unfortunately, a little too much alcohol coming out of the glass.
Red
2006 Bodegas Muga Rioja Aro Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
6/27/2020 - Take Two Likes this wine:
91 points
Dark Ruby red. Cocoa. Soft and smooth. Medium-to-full body. Short finish. Overrated.
Red
6/11/2020 - Take Two wrote:
87 points
No nose, or if anything it smells like plonk. Smooth on the tongue. Some fruit can be detected if you concentrate :-)
Red
6/5/2020 - Take Two Likes this wine:
91 points
Popped the cork. Vinturi. Decanter. A brown/orange color. Nice notes of strawberry, tobacco leaves, short finish. Don't wait any longer; wine is over the top.
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Red
2012 Château de la Huste Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/14/2020 - Take Two Does not like this wine:
87 points
Had a Magnum bottle. Drank it over a couple of days. Used a decanter the first day. The wine is in perfect drinking window (at least from a magnum).

Medium legs, and smooth finish, but little fruit or anything notable.
Red
5/10/2020 - Take Two Likes this wine:
93 points
Picked up from cellar, decanted for 2 hours. Lots of fruit on the palate, mostly black cherry, but also a little raspberry, and some blueberries.

Very smooth and velvety. Medium finish.
Red
5/1/2020 - Take Two Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted for 3 hours. Cherry notes, cranberry, medium finish. Also, it felt a little boozy. I think I'll wait another couple of years before trying next bottle.
Red
2009 Domaine de Trévallon Vin de Pays des Alpilles Red Blend (view label images)
3/21/2020 - Take Two wrote:
94 points
Decanted for an hour before drinking. Lots of sour cherry, red brick, some barn, some basalt rock (salt?).

Delicious wine for those who like an oomph in their glass.
Red
2017 Saxum Broken Stones Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
2/6/2020 - Take Two Likes this wine:
91 points
Popped the cork, used the Vinturi but no decanting.

Very young and tanny wine. Lots of notes of cherry, blueberry, some dark chocolate. Short finish.

Do yourself a favor and let this wine rest for awhile. It's way to young to drink it now.
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Red
2008 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Red Blend (view label images)
12/22/2019 - Take Two wrote:
92 points
At its prime. Dried cranberries, leaves, tobacco. Medium finish. Unlikely to improve from here on, but one could still cellar for another 2-3 years.
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Red
7/7/2019 - Take Two wrote:
88 points
Peppery and uni-dimensional.
Red
2015 Château Pavie Macquin St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/26/2018 - Take Two wrote:
89 points
Pavie Macquin 2015 - opened a 375ml and drank it over two nights. One glass each night.

On first night -- tight tannins, nice bouquet. On sipping, extremely velvety, strong hints of rosehip mixed with some notes of leaves. Nice, elegant, felt like it needed another 5 years min to open up. 92 points.

On second night, things took a wrong turn. Felt like a New World wine with lots of alcohol. The only redeeming quality is that you could feel some plums (prunes) notes if you really try hard. 85 points.

Average: 89 points (but more like 88.5).
Red
3/23/2018 - Take Two wrote:
86 points
Light ruby color, short legs, short finish. No bouquet. The Wine Spectator rating is a mistake. Not a bad wine to pair with a slice of pizza. Pass.
Red
2010 Château Gloria St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/26/2017 - Take Two wrote:
87 points
Poured through vinturi and decanted for two hours. Drank with a simple, unsophisticated dinner. The positives -- I love a French wine who doesn't want to punch you in the face the way Americans think wine should be. Beautiful color, good body, short finish, medium texture. The negatives -- little taste. Instead, all you get is dull juice with little flavor. I thought long and hard what is it that I taste in this wine. The only word that comes to mind is rubber, but I think that's unfair to the wine.
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Red
4/22/2017 - Take Two wrote:
90 points
Decanted for 2.5 hours. The wine has started to oxidize. It's all downhill from here. So far, plumy, cherry jam, a little tobacco and yellow leaves. Medium finish, low acidity. Try it with lamb or duck, or even bigger meats. No cheese, no fish.
Red
2/12/2017 - Take Two wrote:
88 points
Flavor of cherry, yellow leaves, and tobacco. Light on tannins. Short finish, medium acidity.
Red
2008 Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah Walla Walla Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/21/2016 - Take Two Likes this wine:
89 points
Dry, short finish. Notes of tobacco, yellow leaves, red clay, and blackberries. A little bit of pencil also felt. Reminiscent of Washington State wines, yet without the big punch. This wine is at its prime now. While it won't do any damage, cellaring it longer will add little to this wine.

My suggestion is to come home on a Friday evening, make yourself a steak, and pour this in a big glass. It'll be a hit.
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Red
8/19/2016 - Take Two wrote:
91 points
Well cellared. Drank over two days. First days, lots of cherries, ruby color. Second day, cassis, leaves, perhaps a tad of vanilla.

I very much enjoyed. I thought it was great Bourgogne.
Red
2007 Brancaia Ilatraia Maremma Toscana Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/14/2016 - Take Two wrote:
92 points
Decanted for 3 hours.

Very smooth, no tannins. Medium finish. Very typical super-Tuscan. I doubt this will improve with age any longer.
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Red
7/31/2016 - Take Two wrote:
90 points
Decanted for two hours. Peppery, spicey, and hot. Almost like a young Zin. Subdued tannins, medium finish, some fruit (raspberry?), and some leaves. Not a bad wine, but more sizzle than steak.
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Red
5/14/2016 - Take Two wrote:
93 points
Huge wine. First glass was after half-an-hour of decanting. Don't make that mistake. This wine is huge and needs a ton of time to mellow down. Ripe plum jam with raisins mixed together. Great Zenato. I think it can last another 5 years easily. (Got another half a case left, will wait longer).
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Red
4/29/2016 - Take Two wrote:
93 points
This is superb now. Unclear whether it can get any better with age. It has improved a lot from release. It was solid on release, it's superb now. Very earthy, good body, robust, not fruit-forward (thank God!).
Red
2003 Château Charmail Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/1/2016 - Take Two wrote:
88 points
Bottle decanted for an hour. First impression --- very, very dry. Smooth, medium finish, no aromas. Not bad, but nothing there really.

Next day it turned into an amazing wine. Still dry, but lots of floral notes, perhaps some licorice and black currant.

Bottom line: Plan to drink it now and give it ample time to decant.
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Red
2007 Col Solare Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/19/2015 - Take Two Does not like this wine:
87 points
What happened to this wine? It has way too much alcohol, no aroma, and no bouquet.

I tasted this two years ago and remember it being quite floral and delicate.

I'm planning to leave the remaining bottles in the cellar for a couple of more years. Maybe it can get some of the aroma back and tamper the alcohol. Any thoughts? Help!
White
2014 King Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Gris (view label images)
8/3/2015 - Take Two wrote:
88 points
Crisp, soft peach, a tad of flint, medium finish.
Red
5/18/2015 - Take Two Likes this wine:
89 points
Had a bottle with cold cuts in my hotel room. I know it sounds pretty sad, but hey, life could be worse.

Deep tones of black cherries. Soft, medium finish. A little dry, but not too bad. Surprising value for 20 euro bottle picked at Carrefour.
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