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2005 Château Talbot St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
Absolutely singing right now - probably the first 2005 Bordeaux I've had that is not as hard as nails. This ticks all the St Julien cliches, and has the depth of fruit from 2005 to beef out its frame a touch. Beautiful balance, compact and showing some evolution. Lacks a bit of depth on the finish, but that is just nitpicking. Excellent right now. Good value.
  • jhannah27 commented:

    9/18/15, 6:32 PM - If you sold me. Although I hold you personally responsible if it doesn't work out.

  • jhannah27 commented:

    9/18/15, 7:09 PM - Haha...you are safe Buzz. That was for Pjaines. ��

Red
2005 Château Faizeau Sélection Vieilles Vignes Montagne-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend
4/27/2010 - fingers wrote:
88 points
My first '05 Bdx. Like others mention, it takes a lot of airtime to balance out. I gave it overnight because it was just very tannic and aggressive for several hours. 2nd day is much nicer. Very dark purple, almost 100% opaque. Medium intense nose is full of currant, perfume, light oak, and alcohol. Big body and mouthfeel with a nice balance of ripe fruit and smoky oak but again, the (14.5%!) alcohol feels more Paso than Euro. There is some delicacy and nuance with a hint of unique terroir, but I don't find much to call "French" about it. I'm sure it will improve with a little more time but I don't think it will ever turn on the little light in my head that makes me think, "Wow, this is what '05 Bdx is all about" (5+10+16+7) = 88
  • jhannah27 commented:

    5/3/10, 4:13 PM - Nice note Bob. I had the 03 at a tasting a couple weeks ago and found it to be similarly styled. I think they are just more new world than most Bordeaux. Not bad, but like you said, there is nothing particularly "French" about it.

Red
2002 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/13/2010 - mathwonk wrote:
Another potential bargain, thanks to Parker's 88 score 5 years ago.

I liked it, but still a little young to enjoy maximally.

At $30 bottle locally it seems an excellent choice, especially if you have the patience to

let it mature and calm down a bit. Very fruity at present and tasty, but not smooth enough for my

palate. I think it will be appreciated at the dinner I'm going to tonight.

Probably I'll take the advice here and open it early.

I'm new to this wine, but here is a comparison. The store had another year, maybe the 2001,

at about $45 and to me they tasted about the same, only this one tastes younger, and not as smooth

so if you like this label I would give this a try.

The current internet prices on other years for this wine run from $60 to $100.
  • jhannah27 commented:

    4/6/10, 11:14 AM - What is the name of the store where you got this and the 01 for those prices? Very nice! Do they have an online store? Thanks!

Red
2007 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese
3/7/2010 - Rob MacKay wrote:
83 points
This is a pretty simple Chianti Classico. I was certainly expecting more given the price in comparison to the 06 Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva, which is only $4 more but much better. This wine shows mostly just simple grape juice notes all around. Decent enough and food friendly but for $19, I would really like more out of it.
  • jhannah27 commented:

    3/7/10, 2:40 PM - I agree, the CC is a big step down in quality to the CCR for not much difference in price.

Red
2000 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
3/7/2010 - brigcampbell wrote:
75 points
Silver Oak Vertical by Traci (Traci's House): Earthy nose with a little smoke and a lot of mud. Very light in color compared to the other 5 in the vertical. This is very flat with no structure, even watered down. The finish is completely missing. not a good wine. This was last on everyone's list of favorites for the entire night. It was not corked.
  • jhannah27 commented:

    3/7/10, 2:29 PM - Hey Brig, How did the cork look on this one, do remember? If it was soaked through there might be a chance that it was Oxidized. Bummer because not that I have ton of experience with Silver Oak, but in my experience, they are the epitome of the big CA cab style so for it to show so flat and water seems like a contradiction in terms. ;-)

    Looks like it was a great night of wine!

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