Tasting Notes for HowardTheDuck

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2005 Château Simard St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/20/2017 - HowardTheDuck Likes this wine:
90 points
Exceptionalism. Earthy nose off the taste and only got smoother as the night went. Matched with tenderloin and lamb at the world famous Hotel Waliea in Maui, Haiwaii - I spotted this gem at a $90 price point and had to dive in. Ruby red, cigar, hobbits feet, stupendous front, back and swallow, really a great showcase of how important Bourdeueax and 2005 were. If you see this bottle and are out and about - BUY!
Red
3/7/2017 - HowardTheDuck wrote:
89 points
Exquisite wine. At $12.99 a bottle, this is a legend already. Without thinking, I bought a case half way through the first bottle. Wine certainly opened and grew in complexity as it decanted. Clearly the Best in Show at the 2016 Decanter Awards for a reason. Buy it and drink it. Perfect everyday wine as a guzzler or gift giving.
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Red
10/12/2015 - HowardTheDuck Likes this wine:
96 points
I am in absolute love this wine. The 2014 tastes nothing like the 2013 reviews, I will guarantee that!

- Wonderful earthy nose that reminds me of a solid Bordeaux.

- Bright ruby red color.

- The 50%Franc/50%Sav mixture is absolutely delightful.

I have gone through multiple bottles, and purchased two magnums. I fear this wine can't last decades, but I think I've been so impressed by it, that I may wait 5 years on one of the magnums.

Will buy again if given the opportunity.

Great f-ing wine.

Would love anyone's feedback on the shelf life of this wine/vineyard.
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Red
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.
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Red
2001 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/12/2015 - HowardTheDuck Likes this wine:
96 points
Delicious. As a commenter noted in May, "youthful" is an amazing way to describe this superstar. Theres so much going on, but it's got so much more life in the bottle. Everything you'd expect and want from a Bordeaux of this class. Buy, buy, buy, buy.

Decanted for 45 mins. Drank happily over two hours.
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Red
7/29/2015 - HowardTheDuck wrote:
96 points
Silky smooth butter. Goodness what a fun, smart, bright bottle of wine.

This wine stole the show in my opinion in a one on one battle with the 2004 Shafer Hillside Select. The Schafer was clearly the the more dominant, bigger, more importnat wine btw the two, but this Pape took my heart by the end of the night.

I am avidly looking to acquire bottles of this for my cellar.

96+
Red
7/29/2015 - HowardTheDuck wrote:
96 points
An all-star in its prime. Enjoyed this at the Tribeca Grill in Manhattan with a lamb loin and holy ****, is this wine throwing 97 mph fastballs right now in nose and finish. Pure ruby red in color, velvet smooth up front with a deliciously long finish. This wine is ready to drink tonight and easily for the next 10 years.

This wine is worth it's price, don't be afraid.
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Red
7/22/2015 - HowardTheDuck Likes this wine:
92 points
Wow, I was positive this wine was going to a total dud, but it definitely shut up and played the hits. Agree in the previous comments that the nose is soft but this wine delivered in taste. Earthy earthy tones, with a brilliant brick red hue. Paired with a lamb roast, couscous in a lovely au jus, this hummed. Thoroughly impressed, would be tempted to purchase this vintage again given its market rates.
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