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2012 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Our 40th Harvest Sangiovese
1/4/2022 - eudora Does not like this wine:
88 points
The wine was technically clean and balanced but devoid of body, fruit of life. Just an uninspired effort. I was disappointed and hoping I merely caught it in a dumb stage.
  • eudora commented:

    1/16/22, 5:12 PM - I do have some bottles left and will give it some time. I am a huge fan of this property and was surprised by the experience thanks for sharing the notes

2003 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
4/25/2021 - eudora Likes this wine:
91 points
Spectator and Parker diverged, the former saying to wait until after 2012 and the latter urging consumption by 2007.

Advantage Spectator. Barely. It’s drinking well. Thus never had a ton of fruit but was balanced and unmistakably a quality Claret. It’s still there.
  • eudora commented:

    4/26/21, 5:48 AM - I did not decant but intend to for the next bottle. Will report back.

    For the 2003s generally, I bought a slew for no special reason and put them away for 10 years. I started drinking then at about age 12 and loved them all. I would say that they have been holding up well, but I’m seeing signs of age - fading fruit in some like Sociando, some pruniness in Lascombes. I would err on the side of celebrating your daughter as often as possible.

    We have almost exhausted our children’s birth vintages (92, 95 and 98). But guess what ... we just had our first grandchild at the end of 2020, so we get to start again!

2007 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
11/14/2020 - eudora Likes this wine:
98 points
This is the best wine I’ve tasted in 2020. We drank this ahead of dinner, with charcuterie, over two hours. Bright vibrant red berry fruit, cherries and a bit of black licorice, spice and peppery on the back end. Long finish. We did not decant, and the wine at two hours in an open bottle drank like the first glass, but without the initial funk that came right after opening. I think it’s still pretty young. Since I’ve only been drinking good wine for 25 years, I cannot say what is a 30- or 40-year wine - but this bottle was fresh and even a bit tight. I do not feel any pressure to open remaining bottles.

This is Grenache at its best.
  • eudora commented:

    12/6/20, 8:41 PM - New world. Ripe massive fruit. Powerful but not alcoholic. Clean - no funk. Enough acidity to be balanced but not enough to make it even occur to you. This wine probably drives traditionalists around the bend.

White - Sparkling
1996 Joseph Perrier Champagne Cuvée Royále Champagne Blend
12/31/2009 - eudora wrote:
93 points
Citrus fruits predominate; precise, clean, gorgeous expression of Chardonnay
  • eudora commented:

    12/31/19, 4:00 PM - I still have a couple bottles. I am verklempt in anticipation of your review!

2012 Les Vignerons de Tautavel Vingrau Côtes du Roussillon Villages Tautavel Silex Tautavel Red Blend
8/30/2019 - eudora Likes this wine:
93 points
Ideal accompaniment to smoked salmon salad on a night we were not interested in a white.
  • eudora commented:

    9/2/19, 2:31 PM - That’s pretty funny. How it got opened at all is also funny. I picked out the wine from the cellar seeing only “Silex” on the label and was thinking Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé, handed it to my son and had him take it upstairs and open it, cam upstairs my self and got the bad news. We put it aside in favor of an actual white. An hour later we tried it with dinner and it worked beautifully.

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