Tasting Notes for eudora

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2003 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/13/2019 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
93 points
The B-D drank beautifully, with an expressive bouquet of cherry, spice, dark berries and cedar. Beautiful tannins, plenty of acidic core and tons of fruit. This wine just keeps getting better — it is in full glory.

While I’m on the topic, I was at a tasting with some Bordeaux aficionados last week, and a few of them opined that the 2003 vintage is fading. That has not been my experience. Every 2003 I’ve had in the last two years has been integrated, full-bodied, well-balanced, and lots of fruit. The B-D is just the latest example of a great wine from an underrated vintage.
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Red
2/16/2019 - Anonymous wrote:
97 points
As good a domestic pinto noir as I've ever tasted. Burgundian.
Red
2011 Celani Family Vineyards Tenacious Oak Knoll District Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/7/2017 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
94 points
Rounding I to form. Blew away the Melka. More elegant than the Pahlmayer. Really shined at our Napa dinner.
Red
2010 Melka Mekerra Knights Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/7/2017 - Anonymous wrote:
flawed
Corked. We ran it over cellophane three times, which removed the taint. It also removed all flavor.

Oh well.
Red
11/7/2017 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
94 points
Young with terrific structure and typical flavor profile. Part of a 1995-2005 vertical.
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Red
2003 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/15/2017 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
91 points
Good not spectacular ... actually in something of a dumb stage. Opened four bottles for a dinner party and the the tasting was consistent.
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Red
2003 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/15/2017 - Anonymous Does not like this wine:
86 points
Deeply disappointing. Fruit gone. Waited too long.
Red
2003 Château Branaire-Ducru St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/15/2017 - Anonymous Does not like this wine:
86 points
Deeply disappointing. Fruit was gone, tasted like stewed tomatoes.

I waited too long.
Red
1999 Château Pavie St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/7/2017 - Anonymous wrote:
flawed
Corked
Red
2000 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/7/2017 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
98 points
Ten years too early.
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Red
1/17/2017 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
98 points
Lala tasting
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White - Sweet/Dessert
12/9/2016 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
95 points
With Sue, Bill, Annie and Blair Kloman in Middlebury
Red
2000 Château Plaisance (St. Émilion) St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/5/2016 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
88 points
Way past its peak but still solid.
Red
1/17/2016 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
95 points
Fantastic. This wine went through a significant dumb period. That's over. I can't remember a better surprise than opening this up with low expectations and being blown away.
Red
2003 Château d'Issan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/18/2015 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
92 points
Peak drinking window
Red
11/23/2015 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
93 points
Gorgeous Priorat. Matched with beef tenderloin. Rich and fruit-forward with blackberries, currants and coffee. Enough structure to stand up to the beef.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2003 Château Rieussec Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
11/23/2015 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
96 points
Spectacular. Golden hue. This is fully mature it shows no hint of declining any time soon. Apricot, peach, honey, orange peel.
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Red
2006 Château d'Issan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/30/2015 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
92 points
After opening and decanting and then pouring into a glass, a strong barnyard-ish odor emerged and took a few minutes to blow off. It was worth the wait, as the wine developed beautifully in the glass. Good structure, but approachable and a lovely mouth-feel. No astringency, classic Bordeaux flavor set - blackberries, blueberries, plums, even some ripe cherry, plus tobacco and wet earth. No confusing this with being from anywhere but the left bank of Bordeaux.
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Red
10/31/2015 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
96 points
This is just fantastic and getting better. Big deep red fruit, terrific structure. At nine years old, it has hit its stride. I have one left and will drink it soon, as I can't imagine this wine has anywhere to go but down.

I should mention that this is a great food wine, but I've found that I like it best on its own. There's so much going on -- it's a great wine to sip with a friend and just talk about.
Red
10/31/2015 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
88 points
Sorry to see the last of this case. At ten years, it held up well but the peak drinking window probably closed two to three years ago. Ten minutes in, the wine really opened, with beautiful dry cherry flavors. After an hour, there was not much left.
Red
2010 Fattoria Viticcio Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
10/30/2015 - Anonymous wrote:
88 points
Starting to fade. Acidity and structure still present but fruit was muted. Better on the second night. Only drink with food!
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White
6/13/2015 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
94 points
Bones of a great chardonnay, but way way way too early.
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Red
6/27/2015 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
93 points
Unusual pairing with chicken marsala, but the mushrooms played well with the wine, which is drinking beautifully.
Red
5/4/2015 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
94 points
sweet juice. drinking fantastically. Tastes like the juiciest Bordeuax with zero of the pain.
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Red
4/30/2015 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
94 points
Fully mature and drinking powerfully. We opened one hour ahead and consumed with grilled filets. Awesome pairing -- the wine holds up to and enhances the meat, and vice versa.

several years of life left.
White
1/24/2015 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
95 points
The biggest Sauv Blanc I've ever tasted. The tropical fruit is way in the front on this wine, with plenty of grapefruit to make you remember its varietal. There is oak, but not so much as to be distracting. Overall a fresh, young, expressive and yet muscular wine. I'm not sure many wines are worth $150, but at least for this price you get a singular wine.
Red
1/12/2015 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
92 points
This wine is in its absolute total 100% sweet spot now. I enjoyed this on a snowy New England night with a beef stew. Just sensational. Aromatically expressive, lots of structure, dark fruits and almost a Bordeaux-type tarriness. I did not get the sour cherry notes that I associate with Barolo -- definitely more on the drk fruit side.
Red
2011 Peter Michael Les Pavots Knights Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/7/2015 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
93 points
I brought these two bottles to round out a small local tasting sponsored by the Peter Michael Foundation that included 2012 L'Apres-Midi and 2012 Ma Belle Fils (both superb, the latter being the star of the tasting) plus the 2006 Les Pavots (too young but a gorgeous wine). The 2011, at just over three years, is ready to drink and should be enjoyed now. Classic Bordeaux structure, with lots of chocolate, smoke and red fruits. I don't plan to cellar the 2011 long-term.
White
1/26/2015 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
93 points
Consumed over two nights, the first with spicy Thai food and the second with baked salmon with a honey mustard sauce. Honey-hued with a vibrant floral nose and apricot and nectarine flavors. I checked the Parker review just now and was surprised that he had a drinking window that ended in 2010. This wine is alive and gorgeous at age 14.
Red
12/31/2014 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
90 points
Balanced, lovely fruit, and worked well with our beef tenderloin.
Red
12/31/2014 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
94 points
Drinking beautifully; vibrant fruit, great structure. Great match with a grilled pepper-crusted beef tenderloin.
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White
11/27/2014 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
93 points
This wine keeps getting better. More balanced and integrated than prior bottles. Worked well with pre-Thanksgiving appetizers (smoked salmon, olives, cheese crostinis). Always a crowd pleaser.
White
11/2/2014 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
93 points
Served before Thanksgiving dinner with smoked salmon, olives, cheese crostinis and other apps. My god this is a great Chablis - structured but generous, precise chardonnay flavors with no oak to get in the way, awesome with a variety of appetizers.
Red
11/26/2014 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
89 points
Yummy. Drinking really well at 10 years old - still good fruit, and plenty of structure.
Red
11/27/2014 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
92 points
Great standby red which worked well with a variety of pre-Thanksgiving appetizers (smoked salmon, cheese crostinis, California olives, etc.)
Red
11/25/2014 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
94 points
Marinated a salmon filet in a soy/ginger sauce and broiled in the oven. Perfect pairing.
Red
2005 Januik Syrah Lewis Columbia Valley
11/27/2014 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
93 points
Outstanding Thanksgiving wine.
Red
2009 Château haut castenet Côtes de Bourg Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/13/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
91 points
Delicious Bordeaux - a real bargain. And I think it's got a good five or six years to go.
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Red
2000 Château Martinens Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/12/2014 - Anonymous wrote:
88 points
Holding up ok, but it does not have a long window remaining.
Red
10/18/2014 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
91 points
stupendously good value; great with grilled steak tips and grilled chicken; handles the smokiness and char without overwhelming the chicken, compliments the beef.
Red
4/1/2014 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
94 points
Delicious. Lots of fruit, glycerin, and classic Bordeaux flavors of cedar, tobacco and some tar. Good structure kept it in balance.
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Red
12/26/2013 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
91 points
Improved with an extra year of bottle age. Added weight and flavors knitted together.
Red
12/13/2013 - Anonymous Likes this wine:
100 points
A perfect wine. Brawny, muscular but a rush of nuanced flavors on nose and in mouth. Classic meaty, smoky flavors, dark fruit, cassis, even some graphite. Reminded me of a St. Emillion. 120-second finish. Wow!!
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Red
12/13/2013 - Anonymous wrote:
98 points
Almost Burgundian. Feminine compared to 1997 La Landonne. Gorgeous fruit, some dark cherry on the nose, lighter bodied and a 90 second finish
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