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Red
2000 Château Rauzan-Ségla Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
2/18/2016 - paulst Likes this wine:
90 points
Rubber and tar with rugged texture and loaded tannins; great in 20 years.
  • curtr commented:

    1/10/20, 4:36 AM - We had a bottle at the meeting last night. At 2 hours in the glass, started showing glimpses of what the future holds. This is early drinking window. I would check in again in 7-8 years. 90-91 pts now with upside.

Red
2000 Château Lafon-Rochet St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
1/16/2019 - paulst Likes this wine:
88 points
Light color; light soft cherry; soft fruit; light structure w/o tannic support; lean finish; not a great effort.
  • curtr commented:

    1/17/19, 2:40 PM - I have 3 bottles in my cellar and none left in Providence. I will try one soon and see what I find. It was drinking well in 2017 and seemed to have several years of life left.

Red
1995 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
No soup for you, come back 10 years. Starts off entirely fruitless with scents and flavors of cigar box, late-autumn rot, and musty attic, along with sandbags of dry tannin. Eventually it drops the staleness and freshens up just enough to show a hint of black fruit while holding on to the dry tannin, and later still shows some more fruit in more typical crimson tones along with gravel and metal shavings on the back end. But even then it remains very dry and strict with the fruit showing more aged patinas than many lesser wines of the same vintage. But that doesn't translate into being weak or thin in any way; to the contrary, it's big and powerful - not the elegant Palmer of reputation but a heavyweight (with the searing tannins to match), and it likely has the material to come out of its grumpy mood and be very impressive a decade from now, but today there is no joy in Mudville.
  • curtr commented:

    1/10/19, 4:51 AM - Provenance is important. I bought my 2 bottles from a retailer and they were more advanced in age. See 5/25/2014 post from PetitBlanc. He had the same experience as you. I buy most of my wines as futures, this shows what happens when you don't trust the source. Sometimes a good experience and sometimes not.

Red
2011 Herdade do Mouchão Alentejo Red Blend
This is a cool wine to know about for folks like me who can see something appealing in the idea of Chateauneuf-du-Pape in theory but end up hating the taste of actual Chateauneuf-du-Pape in practice. The grape here is alicante bouschet, a genetic relative of grenache, and it has a similar warmth and heartiness but thankfully only a more distant resemblance in terms of flavor, none of that candied kirsch. It is still seriously rich stuff that calls for a winter stew. It combines red and black berry flavors with a minerality reminiscent of metal shavings and a more developed leatheriness that gives it a more Iberian feel. I'm told this is one of *the* signature dry reds from Portugal - first time I've ever had one so I can't evaluate it in that context or say anything about how it might develop - but I'd kind of hope it can mellow out a little because winter-stew nights aren't the norm around here.
  • curtr commented:

    12/15/18, 7:58 AM - I had the 2003 in my cellar. The wine was fully developed at 14 years of age. Patience is important.

Red
1982 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
Big, rich and closed at the moment. I see the potential, though I will have to be patient. Try again in 2025.
  • curtr commented:

    1/26/17, 11:31 AM - The 1982 seems to be in closed zone at the moment. I got very little pleasure on 12/31. I am hoping that the Mouton will emerge again in 8 years. I have 2 bottles remaining from my original case bought in the 80's. We will see if I can be patient.

Red
2012 Soos Creek Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend
2/2/2016 - SMHalps Likes this wine:
90 points
Brought it to a pizza party. I thought it would show better, but I did open it a day after it arrived via cross country shipping. Not bad, just seemed a little thin. Not as much fruit as I was expecting. Maybe the next bottle will be better. I haven't had the Ciel Du Cheval in years. I usually only get the Champoux, which I always enjoy.
  • curtr commented:

    5/26/16, 1:35 PM - I have experienced bottle shock from drinking bottles after shipping. I recommend waiting 2-3 months to allow shock to go away.

White
2010 Domaine Henri Boillot Meursault 1er Cru Les Genevrières Chardonnay
7/27/2015 - WoodieBayArea wrote:
89 points
this was the first of a six pack bought from WineBid (via Amazon) -- wondering now if that combo isn't optimal... this wine was disjointed and didn't work for me or my wife, tried over three days and didn't see the great fruit, acid, or minerals that we usually love about the copious amounts of white burg with drink... was surprised, hopefully just an off bottle, 89 might be generous for this specific bottle... never think of bottle shock for young white burgs -- anybody disagree? (we did drink soon after receiving the shipment)
  • curtr commented:

    1/30/16, 1:47 PM - I have a rule that I don't drink red or white bottles for at least one month that have been shipped. No one has confirmed that white is affected too. However, I have twice had white Burgundies shipped 10 days to two weeks before a dinner that came across muted. I now buy bottles earlier and allow them to rest for at least a month.

Red
1996 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
8/9/2014 - paulst Likes this wine:
94 points
Tar and cedar; complex; textured; blackberry; long finish.
  • curtr commented:

    8/13/14, 3:16 PM - I found some Magnums for sale. Probably too expensive.

Rosé
2011 Château de Peyrassol Côtes de Provence Château Peyrassol Rosé Blend
1/21/2013 - Kirk Grant wrote:
Dinner with Doug & Becky; 1/20/2013-1/21/2013 (Waltham, MA): FROM MAGNUM: Excellent. Lovely and elegant with an almost fragile sense on the nose that if you don't inhale fully there may be something you miss. While I'm glad to have tried this wine...I will not be spending the coin for another magnum of it. Maybe this really deserves more attention in the summer...because it just wasn't as exciting as I had hoped...
  • curtr commented:

    5/5/14, 11:49 AM - My rule for Provence Rose is to begin drinking when released in late April/ early May and finish my last bottle by the October. The acidity begins to disappear in November/December and by January is well on its way to being a flat lifeless wine. I believe you held this wine too long. I found a bottle of 2011 that I misplaced and tried it in May 2013. There was no acidity or character remaining in the wine.

Red
2009 Reininger Syrah Walla Walla Valley
4/5/2014 - WaWineWill wrote:
91 points
Decanted briefly. Enjoyed over the course of an afternoon and evening. Bouquet of black fruits, smoke, sweet earth and hoisin. On the tongue -- plum, cassis, macerated cherry, fig compote, smoke and molasses. With more time and air, roasted meat, iron and tar notes emerged. There was a touch of heat that never really seemed to mellow, nor did the somewhat tannic finish. Guessing this needs more time in the cellar, and with the lovely flavor profile potential, this is a good thing.
  • curtr commented:

    4/18/14, 10:34 AM - I had a bottle during a visit to Seattle in November and the wine remained very tight for entire 3 hour dinner.

Red
2008 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
Big, balanced, lots of potential. I will try my next bottle in 2022. Long life ahead.
  • curtr commented:

    10/11/13, 7:08 AM - I have tasted at least 8 different vintages of Pontet-Canet. I really like the style of the Chateau. However, you must be very patient with this wine as it takes many years of evolution to truly enjoy the wine. As I stated in my tasting note, I will wait 14 years past the vintage date before I will start sampling bottles from my case. I find you can get a general impression of the wine after release. Then it takes a period of time before the secondary complexities start to appear. Pontet-Canet takes a long time for this to happen.

    If you taste some of the better 2008 less expensive wines, the time it takes to reach the developed stage is much shorter. The wines may never reach the level of complexity of the wines like Pontet-Canet, yet will still be very enjoyable. I am still drinking my wines from the 80's and 90's as I wait for my younger wines to mature. Many of my friends put a few bottles away of the very good vintages of the better wines while drinking the better value wines on a regular basis.

Red
1982 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/5/2012 - Sleepy Dave wrote:
Alcohol :: 12.5%
The legendary Latour. Almost hit the peak (at least for the bottle). It has all the greatness of a Latour: incredible depth, scale and class. However, the overall profile is not as bright as I would expect from a great Latour, a little bit musky which I thought took away some balance and purity. Well, I ain't complaining though! I will reserve my rating until I have tasted another bottle to compare.
  • curtr commented:

    1/13/13, 10:59 AM - I respect that you did not rate what might have been a slightly off bottle.

Red
2008 David Arthur Meritaggio Napa Valley SuperTuscan Blend
9/14/2012 - mflesh wrote:
93 points
Enjoyed tonight at Del Frisco's in Fort Worth. Wine was uncorked to a dark red stain with zero bleed. The wine was decanted. Some was poured into the glass. The wine had a very herbal and brambly nose, with some flint, minerality, leather, smoke, and an herbal kind of component, rather dusty. I'll start reviewing the wine after it had been opened for 30 minutes. The wine was, from start to finish and even after opening, very elegant. Soft, full bodied wine. On the palate was a blackberry fruit front with maybe some young slightly ripe plum, trending towards a creme de cassis and some dark chocolate mocha, but had a very interesting flinty, rocky component that would sometimes show itself. Finish was leathery, spicy with food, but rather subdued without. The best thing about this wine was that it went with Italian marinated shrimp, a salad with an avocado ranch, steak, creamed spinach and broccoli and each one of these courses showed a slightly different side of the wine. The shrimp showed more of the mid and finish. The steak accentuated the spice and the front. Overall quite a treat. Thank you to the Sangiovese component! This wine is still fairly young. Definitely don't agree with the 2014 community "drink by" date at all. Drink now with decanting, or hold for probably up to 5 years.
  • curtr commented:

    1/10/13, 11:44 AM - I appreciate your comment on aging this wine. Predicting how long a wine will last has never been an area I am comfortable predicting.

White - Sparkling
1996 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame Champagne Blend
12/31/2012 - curtr Likes this wine:
91 points
Starting to lose its fizz. Still a nice bottle, yet on the decline.
  • curtr commented:

    1/5/13, 6:23 AM - I have stored it on its side since I purchased it. The temp in my cellar is 56 F at all times. I was unaware that I had a bottle remaining(it was in its original gift box on top of one of the racks). The previous bottles were consumed more than 6 years ago and all were in great shape. Bottle variation? I had a bottle 96 Dom Perignon that was at its peak drinkability last winter and should stay there a few more years.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
12/24/2012 - curtr Likes this wine:
89 points
I agree with John Gilman that this champagne has not aged enough to come together. Try again in 2014.
  • curtr commented:

    12/26/12, 5:06 PM - The bottle I had on December 24, 2012 stated on the bottle label that it was disgorged in 2012.

  • curtr commented:

    1/3/13, 11:29 AM - Yes, I believe it is the new packaging. I think it's great that Charles Heidsieck puts the disgorge date on the back label of the bottle. I wish more champagne house would consider this practice.

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