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1991 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Trailside Vineyard Rutherford
1/26/2017 - Mrbuzz Likes this wine:
96 points
One of my all-time favorite Heitz wines...never has disappointed, and continues to show its immortality. Total cork failure though...funny, as I was just telling a friend how great Heitz corks are...so of course this one crumbled in the bottle. Well...didn't affect the wine at all, except for some cork bits. Dark as a barrel sample...plum, black cherry, currants, blackberry fruits...wonderful dusty old cellar/cedar spice, dried herbs, graphite powder. Silky smooth on the palate, yet plenty of structure for future age...in fact you can totally tell there is reserve in everything, holding a little back for that one day it really takes off! Aged nuances of leather, walnut oil, beef bouillon, rich compost round out this perfectly balanced beauty! Great wine, with a lot of great memories attached to it. Always going to be a lifetime wine for me.
  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    3/31/17, 5:07 PM - MRBUZZ,

    Any notes on decanting? I already planned to filter out the decant for sediment and cork (planning on it). Wondering if you can remember any notes on the decant time.

    Best,

    Howard

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2012 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate Napa Valley
9/20/2015 - HowardTheDuck Likes this wine:
89 points
Fantastic product from an old famous hounddog. Bought half a case and testing one now with football on a lazy Sunday. Soft tannins. Deep earthy after taste. Pairing with Kobe Beef steak and cheese silders and wishing this was a 45 decant in 4-5 years for a big roasted chicken dinner. Very excited about my purchase and plan on relishing my 5 remaining bottles. Confident to serve this during Thanksgiving or Xmas "weeks", but it's not tested enough to serve on the actual night.
  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    9/21/15, 8:58 AM - I rated this harshly at an 89, I'd say by the end of theday/tasting it was much more of a 92. My 89 is more of a note to myself that I want to store this wine for 4-8 years.

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2007 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
My second of these and although very approachable and delicious, IMHO this wine will reward patience. I think 2017 would be a good target date for the next bottle.
  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/12/15, 7:43 PM - I just bought two of these and was thinking of serving both at a dinner party for 7, that will start with some nice whites, so I was hoping these would be some dynamite closers. Your note makes me think of breaking one off and stashing it?

    Also - any decanting notes?

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2007 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
6/1/2015 - Ombibulous Likes this wine:
92 points
Poured through aerator into decanter. Then swirled and let to breathe for a while. Then from decanter again through aerator into glass. This was not sufficient. This wine requires traditional breathing of letting it sit for quite a while. Once I had been drinking it for a couple hours, it really came into its own and was one of the most elegant wines I've ever had.
  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/12/15, 7:06 PM - I just snagged two of these and plan to decant through aerator. I was thinking of letting it sit for 45mins, you're saying hours? Please share any advice.

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2007 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
6/7/2015 - Hollowine wrote:
Nice bottle (375ml). Found it took about 90 min of air to hit its stride.
  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/12/15, 7:04 PM - Was that 90 mins in decanter or being poured and served from bottle?

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2007 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
6/28/2015 - wondersofwine Likes this wine:
92 points
No written notes on this occasion. I will open another bottle in August and may take notes then.
  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/12/15, 7:03 PM - Any decanting notes? Asking since you gave it a 92 and have another on reserve. I just bought two bottles, looking for any tips I can get, stoked about trying this wine.

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2007 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
7/10/2015 - ifishtoo Likes this wine:
93 points
Lovely stuff. Just hitting its stride. Classic CdP with just enough funk to tell you what it is. Happy to have more and will space them out over a decade it we can.
  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/12/15, 7:02 PM - Any decanting notes?

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1973 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard Oakville
11/8/2013 - NathanT wrote:
This bottle performed very well considering that there were a few of Bordeaux first growths on the table. As a matter of taste, it has a beautiful fruit layer that covering different ends of the spectrum, mixed with different spices. These old Napa wines are always a real treat.
  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/9/15, 4:07 PM - I plan on pooping one of these lovely ladies in mid-August with the best man in my wedding.

    Thinking about a double decant. One hour in a decanter, than pouring it back into the bottle and surprising my best man with the bottle as we go for an early morning fishing trip.

    Any thoughts?

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1973 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard Oakville
8/12/2011 - fclarity wrote:
92 points
From an excellent looking bottle with a low neck fill, this wine had a red center with orange at the rim. The nose was classic with an early hint of mint followed by coffee, black cherries, and soli.

These flavors were reiterated in the mouth. It had nice rounded tannin and good length. The wine was a touch sour initially but in opened up nicely after 2 hours of decanter time. Overall, it was less dense & fruity than the '74 and more evolved than the '75.

This is a nice wine that is drinking well now. While this (typical of Martha's Vineyard) will continue to drink well for many, many years, I see no reason to defer gratification.
  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/9/15, 3:44 PM - Do you have any notes on decanting time?

    I plan on pooping one of these lovely ladies in mid-August with the best man in my wedding.

    Thinking about a double decant. One hour in a decanter, than pouring it back into the bottle and surprising my best man with the bottle as we go for an early morning fishing trip.

    Any thoughts?

  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/9/15, 4:05 PM - Thanks for the notes!

    Yes I will be inheriting a near mint condition bottle with a well documented history of being properly stored.

    I absolutely plan on savoring it slowly, so I think we are in agreement for the best approach.

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1973 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard Oakville
Ok, this was an extended lesson on opening old wines. Honestly, for the first two hours, this was equal parts of an ill-timed visit to a bathroom and weathered barn stall. At the 3 hour mark (in decanter), this showed just a wee glimmer of fruit under the heavy fog of black soil, cedar and decaying leaves. But, by the 8 hour mark, and well into the 10th hour this just got better and better.

Dull garnet core, faded to the rim. A nose of classic eucalyptus, dark chocolate, mint, rhubarb pie, Asian spice, green wood/stem. A deep core of sweet red fruit, freshly cut tobacco, and ripe tannins that offered plenty of grip and expertly framed the package. Medium bodied, lively acids, with no sign of waning, dusty cherries on the extended, grippy finish. Just remarkable, and has another decade (or two) of very good drinking yet ahead.
  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/9/15, 3:43 PM - Do you have any notes on decanting time?

    I plan on pooping one of these lovely ladies in mid-August with the best man in my wedding.

    Thinking about a double decant. One hour in a decanter, than pouring it back into the bottle and surprising my best man with the bottle as we go for an early morning fishing trip.

    Any thoughts? Reading your post, I think I might give it a solid 1.5 in the decanter.

  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/9/15, 4:03 PM - I will be lucky enough to be inheriting a near mint condition bottle that has a pretty well documented history of being properly stored.

    I'll take your notes into consideration along with the other tasters I've pinged here and report on my adventure!

    Absolutely stoked, this will be my 2nd Martha as I scheduled to drink a 1980 only days before.

    2 Martha's in one week and I've never had one before!

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1973 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard Oakville
1/4/2014 - Lord Rayas wrote:
93 points
Spot MNSC (Chez Juliano): sweet, rich and plummy. pomerol-like. quite a few guessed Petrus!
  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/9/15, 3:42 PM - Do you have any notes on decanting time?

    I plan on pooping one of these lovely ladies in mid-August with the best man in my wedding.

    Thinking about a double decant. One hour in a decanter, than pouring it back into the bottle and surprising my best man with the bottle as we go for an early morning fishing trip.

    Any thoughts?

  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/9/15, 3:57 PM - I was actually lucky enough to score a near mint condition bottle. I think I'll do something like 20 mins or so to be safe no?

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1973 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard Oakville
Shows fiery aromatics of cinnamon, tart red fruits, spices, and roasted vegetables. Flavors repeat on the palate, with a strong eucalyptus, along with plenty of spices and vibrant acidity. Features a lengthy, graceful finish. This needed quite a few hours (6+) before it was ready to roll. Big tannins out of the gate, quite a wine.
  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/9/15, 3:44 PM - Do you have any notes on decanting time?

    I plan on pooping one of these lovely ladies in mid-August with the best man in my wedding.

    Thinking about a double decant. One hour in a decanter, than pouring it back into the bottle and surprising my best man with the bottle as we go for an early morning fishing trip.

    Any thoughts?

Red
2013 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Abbott Claim Vineyard Willamette Valley
After hearing a lot about the Ken Wright wines, I finally got around to trying one. I enjoy Oregon wines a lot, so this was going to be a special treat. After opening and decanting for an hour, the aromas seemed welcoming and the color on the medium to light side. It never got past seeming like a "nice" wine...yet at the $50 price point you expect special qualities and characteristics to emerge. All I got was hints of raspberry. Even after a day or two, I noticed no changes. Trying this along with a Northern California pinot from Potter Valley made by Folk Machine, I was left way more impressed with that the latter--and it was half the price.
  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/9/15, 2:10 PM - I have two mags of this and plan on sitting on them for 5 and 10 years respectively. However I did buy a half bottle as well to test it and it did not blow me away. I actually really agree with your mid-high 80's note.

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1984 Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
5/3/2015 - wconnolly Likes this wine:
89 points
While past prime, this wine is still interesting for someone who has experience with older wines. This still retains its indigo color but is showing some bricking. On the palate, while there's still some fruit present, leather, tobacco and cedar flavors are more apparent. Tannins have given way to glycerine. Still this was very approachable, reasonably priced, better than the last bottle. A fitting birth year wine in recognition of second sons impending wedding and the wedding shower given by friends Rick and Linda.
  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/5/15, 8:41 AM - Same here, going for a birth year surprise for the maid of honor. Any notes on decanting time?

  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/5/15, 1:45 PM - I have this and an 1984, I am planning on doing a blind vertical for a small party(6 people), would you decant or pop and pour these?

  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/5/15, 5:12 PM - Sorry... *this and a 1994*

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1980 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard Oakville
5/12/2015 - jlgnml Likes this wine:
97 points
Wow, incredible bright and clear glass of wine. So young, drinking as if it was 20 yrs old, mature, eucalyptus, fragrant, cherry hint.
  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/3/15, 9:57 PM - so excited, slated to drink one of two I own in mid-August. Stoked.

  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/5/15, 3:51 PM - Decant time? I'm thinking 45...

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1994 Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
2/16/2014 - snowman94114 wrote:
Drinking very well. Did not decant and that was the right call. Opened softly and was consistent over two hours. Probably a year or two past its peak. 92.
  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/5/15, 8:43 AM - Really? No decant. I have this and an 1984, I am planning on doing a blind vertical for a small party, would you pop and pour both of these?

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1973 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
5/30/2007 - noppakit s. wrote:
93 points
6 times testing last year 2006, I rated this wine between 89 - 93 points.

From the only 1 best bottle :
-Light to medium ruby colour, look very nice. ( other 5 bottles were amber edge )
-Scents of clean Mouton, cedarwood, alcohol, redberry, watery, quite good and better than I expected ( 65/100 PP )
-Light to medium-bodied, a little bit high acidity, not complex but acceptable, Burgundy taste...Umm...I love this wine....
-Long finished more than 60 seconds was very impressed.

Recommend :
-For everyone who has it, if it cames from the best cellar, please drink it now or within 2 years.
-This is one of the Classic Mouton and let see how the wine-maker worked it out in this poor vintage.
-Come feel the Glory....Drink the beautiful Label of 1st Growth History....

Cheers,........
  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/4/15, 1:13 PM - I am sharing one of these with my best man prior to wedding. Any advice on decanting time?

    Plan on drinking in late August.

Red
1973 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
Bought a case. Lost about 4 bottles in the case due to age. But the ones that were good were *really* good. Wine is a living thing, and this wine demonstrated that with layers in the nose, earth and beautiful tannins in the front; tobacco, leather, cashew, cinnamon all in the mid; and a finish that went on for ages. Not the best vintage of this producer, but a good showing none the less.
  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/4/15, 1:11 PM - I am sharing one of these with my best man prior to wedding. Any advice on decanting time?

    Plan on drinking in late August.

Red
1973 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
9/16/2014 - Mathijs81 Likes this wine:
80 points
The fourth bottle of my 1970-1979 collection, the first year they went PGCCA.

Condition of the bottle - dirty and damaged label ( mould on cork )
Level - lower neck / shoulder level, clearly stored too moist.
Heavy on the sediment, required some gentle filtering.
Nose - somewhat peppery, earth, coffee and tobacco.
Taste - same as above, still very nice flavour coming out of this one

Guess over the top and not much left, so enjoy this bottle now !
  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/4/15, 1:10 PM - I am sharing one of these with my best man prior to wedding. Any advice on decanting time? I also have a low shoulder that concerns me.

    Plan on drinking in late August.

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1973 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
4/13/2014 - PDavisMarble wrote:
92 points
Some bricking. Nose of cedar, earth and leather. An earthy, dusty wine with little fruitiness. Cigar box, some toast and leather. A lovely older wine and a treat -- thank you Tom!
  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/4/15, 1:10 PM - I am sharing one of these with my best man prior to wedding. Any advice on decanting time?

    Plan on drinking in late August.

Red
1973 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
1/18/2015 - amirzadeh Likes this wine:
92 points
The smoothness and flavor were still there 40 years after production. Nose had almost nothing left but it was still a delicious wine with a great taste. It's over the hill at this point but still very enjoyable. If you have it, drink it NOW.
  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/4/15, 1:04 PM - I am sharing one of these with my best man prior to wedding. Any advice on decanting time?

    Plan on drinking in late August.

Red
1973 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/29/2014 - Goldstone Likes this wine:
91 points
'Farewell Jason' Long Lunch (Hong Kong Wine Vaults, Aberdeen, Hong Kong): Faded but clean plum and damson colour. Nose is high piano note of phenolics..... just super complexity. Palate is thin and faded but still showing its former glory. Not much length or resonance but still a treat......thanks Steve!
  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/4/15, 1:04 PM - I am sharing one of these with my best man prior to wedding. Any advice on decanting time?

    Plan on drinking in late August. Any advice on food pairings? Think Brunch.

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1973 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/7/2015 - mwanasheria Likes this wine:
92 points
Mouton-Rothschild Tasting (Kronenschlösschen, Eltville): Certainly better than expected. Attractive nose of moss, damp earth, leather. On the palate a beguiling sweetness even if not terribly complicated. Nice alongside food.
  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/4/15, 1:03 PM - I am sharing one of these with my best man prior to wedding. Any advice on decanting time?

Red
1973 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
9/16/2014 - EMAZurich wrote:
93 points
Transparentes Ziegelrot, orange gegen den Rand, breiter Wasserrand.

Nase nach... nach... whooooow, da kommt eine Aromenvielfalt, nicht aufdringlich sonder eher zart angedeutet, aber so viel wie ich es noch bei keinem Wein erlebt habe. Gewürze, Leder, erdige Aromen, Pilze, doch Frucht aber gedörrt, trotzdem nicht eingedickt süss... eher fein und elegant, sooo feingliedrig.

Am Gaumen kein aufdringlicher, arroganter Superstar, eher ein introvertierter und schüchterner Denker, ein tiefsinniger Zeitgenosse. Die Aromenvielfalt präsentiert sich wieder mit einem leicht süsslichem Finale.

Ein toller Wein der eher kurz endet, aber dieses kurze Ende bleibt irgendwie trotzdem lange haften... ein toller Wein, der vor allem durch seine Feinheit und Eleganz beeindruckt. Es ist wie... wie wenn man einen noch so tollen Designeranzug aus feinstem Hause mit Handwerkskunst eines erfahrenen Herrenschneiders alter Schule vergleicht - das kann dann doch um einiges mehr! Bin schwer beeindruckt!

Der Wein hält sich unbeeindruckt für ca. eine Stunde, dann beginnt sich das Aromenspiel Richting Säure zu verabschieden, aber gaaaaaanz
langsam... sagen wir mit der Abgeklärtheit und Ruhe eines alten aber über allen Dingen stehenden Weisen.
  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/4/15, 12:38 PM - TRANS:

    Transparent brick red, orange against the rim, wider waters edge.

    Nose ... to ... whooooow, there comes a variety of flavors, not pushy special indicated more tender, but as much as I have never seen it in any wine. Spices, leather, earthy flavors, mushrooms, but fruit but parched, although not concentrated sweet ... rather delicate and elegant, sooo delicate.

    On the palate, not intrusive, arrogant superstar, rather an introverted and shy thinker, a profound contemporary. The aromas will again be present with a slightly sweet finish.

    A great wine which ends rather short, but the short end still remains somehow long stick ... a great wine that impresses mainly by its finesse and elegance. It's like ... like comparing a still so great designer suit made of the finest home with craftsmanship of an experienced master tailor of the old school - that can then quite a bit more! Am very impressed!

    The wine keeps unimpressed for about an hour, then the aromas begins Richting to adopt acid, but gaaaaaanz
    slowly ... let's say with the serenity and tranquility of an ancient but standing above all, wise.

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2010 Domaine Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Origines Red Rhone Blend
5/29/2015 - mtolerico Likes this wine:
92 points
Absolutely drank too earlier, wait 4-5 years before drinking. Loads of fine gritty tannins, dark fruit, tar, licorice and spice. Oak is well integrated but this needs a lot more time to calm down.
  • HowardTheDuck commented:

    7/4/15, 9:29 AM - I have 3, getting married in napa early sept, thinking of testing one? Thoughts?

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