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Red
11/23/2022 - eudora Likes this wine:
96 points
This wine was mind-blowing. I bought two cases 10 years ago for short money from a distributor looking to clear inventory … under $20/bottle. Most I drank quickly with Tuesday burgers or Thursday pizza, or brought as a host gift. I found a stray bottle in the cellar last night and gave it a shot with Provençal beef stew. This wine was at an absolute peak, with an explosive bouquet of Asian spices, lavender, and cedar; ripe plums and tarry on the palate, 75-second finish. Balanced, with silky tannins and a decent acidity.

After writing this, I looked at the Parker write up. Apparently I stumbled upon one of the greatest bargains of my life and largely squandered the wine before it was ready to drink.

Anyways, I am now on the search for Legon.
White
11/7/2022 - eudora Likes this wine:
93 points
Spectacular experience. Deep golden hue , Rich flavors of ripe pear and apricot, still enough acidity to work beautifully with a spicy shrimp scampi over white rice.
Red
9/5/2022 - eudora Likes this wine:
96 points
This has aged beautifully and drinks like a six-year (my sweet spot for Steve Kistler’s Pinots). Well-balanced, loaded with bright strawberry and raspberry fruit and lots of cassis. This wine more than held its own with my wife’s shrimp scampi using freshly dried garlic from our garden. I’ve never tried a Pinot with scampi - it worked!
Red
3/20/2022 - eudora Likes this wine:
97 points
Opened for a friend who cancelled last minute. I consumed the bottle over six hours, just pouring into the glass I enjoyed it with charcuterie, which brought out the gaminess and meatiness of the wine over the course of the evening, the cherries, fresh raspberries and anise or black licorice emerged. Also cedar and tobacco. Complex evolving wine; massive; another 20 years of life easily.
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Red
1/14/2022 - eudora Likes this wine:
91 points
This bottle captures my original experience with traditional Brunellos. Lean, more expressive bouquet than flavor, tart cherry, balanced, ok before dinner but opened up when we started our meal of breaded pork cutlet with mushrooms and broccoli rabe. There is nothing modern or lush about this wine, and while not a high-water mark for B-S, it was unmistakably a Brunello and a well-made, clean example at that.
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Red
1/11/2022 - eudora Likes this wine:
95 points
My first post-COVID wine and it did not disappoint. Beautiful bouquet of black berries and fruits and cassis, and a bit of wet earth. Flavor was similar. Nicely balanced, worked seamlessly with mild grilled sausages.
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Red
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.
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Red
2006 Château d'Issan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/30/2021 - eudora wrote:
93 points
This elegant, balanced, almost tight D’Issan exemplifies left-bank Bordeaux. At 14 years old, it’s nearing its best drinking window but has a ways to go (I consumed a 375, so it might have a long way until reaching peak). Dark fruit, a reserved bouquet that opened up after thirty minutes in the glass, graphite and gravel. Clean, well-balanced.
Red
12/29/2021 - eudora Likes this wine:
98 points
The single best CDP I’ve tasted in years. Consumed from a half-bottle so take that into account on the drinkability window, but I think this wine is at its zenith. Medium weight, beautiful acidity, dark ripe fruit (plum, black cherry), silky tannins. We had this in a cold winter night with a vegetarian bean stew and lightly toasted French bread (no garlic bug that would have worked). Spectacular wine with the perfect complementary peasant meal.
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White
12/22/2021 - eudora Likes this wine:
93 points
Drinking perfectly balanced, structured, gorgeous fruit.
White
11/24/2021 - eudora wrote:
Thanksgiving guests loved it. I had a head cold so barely tasted it.
White
11/24/2021 - eudora wrote:
93 points
Thanksgiving guests loved it. I had a head cold so tasted it it poorly. Rating based on guest expressions.
Red
11/24/2021 - eudora Likes this wine:
92 points
This was a failed consumption. I like pinot noir with Thanksgiving. My guests claimed to have loved it, but I was getting over a head cold and experienced only acidity. My rating is based solely on guest expressions of enjoyment. I have more and will update my review on the next tasting.
White
8/29/2021 - eudora Likes this wine:
95 points
Beautiful fruit, spectacular balance. Taut.
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Red
2003 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/27/2021 - eudora Likes this wine:
96 points
Spectacular.
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Red
2007 Bernardus Winery Marinus Carmel Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/12/2021 - eudora Likes this wine:
92 points
I found 12 half-bottles lurking in my cellar. Had no expectations but have to admit it was really really good. Plums, black licorice, spice box, a bit of tar. I would have believed this was St. Emilion if tasted blind. No sign of pruniness, still good balance. Such a treat!
Red
4/30/2021 - eudora Likes this wine:
93 points
This is an excellent wine but I differ from those claiming it's getting better with age. I found the fruit to be fading faster than the tannins are softening, with the acidity more prominent than I remember. I drank this on its own; but for my final bottle, I will definitely have it with a sirloin. In general, I've always viewed left-bank Bordeaux as food wines, but the 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2010 vintages had persuaded me that they do wonderfully on their own. I do not think that's the case with the 2000 Malescot.
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Red
2005 Château Monbousquet St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/28/2021 - eudora Likes this wine:
95 points
Outstanding. Consumed a 375. Sweet tannins, ripe cherry, anise, perfect balance. This is a serious but generous wine. I have 11 more 375s and font expect many to see 2022. It’s really drinking as well as I could imagine.
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Red
2003 Château Sociando-Mallet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
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.
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Red
2003 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/25/2021 - eudora wrote:
93 points
Alas, my final bottle. The 2003 vintage has outperformed predictions, and the Lascombes was no exception. But this bottle would not have improved. The fruit had faded compared to past tastings. Cedar still prominent, and it is still balanced with beautiful hue. But I’m glad I waited no longer.
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Red
2010 Melka Mekerra Knights Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/25/2021 - eudora Likes this wine:
93 points
Technically strong but overextracted and not well-balanced. More power than finesse.
Red
2003 Château Duhart-Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/5/2021 - eudora Likes this wine:
95 points
Hanging on and drinking great. More proof how well 2003 is performing. I bought this for $28 in 2004 futures and would pay $200 for the experience. Anis and cedar and lead pencil; rich silky tannins. A wine in full.
Red
2011 Melka Métisse Jumping Goat Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/30/2021 - eudora Likes this wine:
94 points
This has benefited by being left alone for a few years. It tasted like it could have been from St. Emilion, with tobacco, cedar and red fruits and tannins that had softened and knit together better than when I last tried this. It is outperforming the vintage and the predictions.
White
1/30/2021 - eudora Likes this wine:
96 points
Extraordinary- purity of fruit, not a trace of oak, perfectly balanced and citrus and tart apple exploded in the glass as it warmed up. Maybe the best Chardonnay I will drink this year!
Red
11/13/2020 - eudora Likes this wine:
94 points
Opened this way too young. It has all the ingredients of a beautiful PM Pinot but way too young and not yet knit together. Cherries, raspberries, exotic spices, dark chocolate, even some eucalyptus- but the spices overwhelm and it’s just not knit together yet. I’m sitting on other bottles for another couple or three years.
Red
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.
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Red
11/17/2020 - eudora Likes this wine:
93 points
Drinking gorgeously. The window has not closed. Silky tannins, great fruit still, well-balanced. I’ve got a few more bottles and am not in a hurry.
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Red
2010 Fattoria Viticcio Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
11/16/2020 - eudora Likes this wine:
89 points
Holding up surprisingly well. Good fruit, acidity. Still a solid match with red-sauce fare.
Red
2011 Melka Métisse Jumping Goat Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/22/2020 - eudora Likes this wine:
93 points
Ample fruit and better balance and structure than I remember. Truly pleasurable
White
6/1/2020 - eudora Likes this wine:
93 points
These are exceptionally well-made, consistent Rieslings, with balanced acidity and fruit. I’m unaware of any American producer that makes better Rieslings. They deserve to be better known.
White - Off-dry
5/16/2020 - eudora Likes this wine:
94 points
This is an off-dry Riesling, created specifically to pair with spicy pineapple rice, larb gai and crazy noodles prepared by the “hot” chef at our local a Thai place. My son took one bite, said “hot chef” and, like the student who surpassed the master, headed straight to wine fridge for a Trisaetum Riesling.

This is a just-enough wine: just enough sweetness, just enough acidity, just enough fruit (pineapple, lemon, even a hint of honey). Trisaetum wines always are balanced, and this was too.

I don’t know a more consistent producer of high-quality American Riesling.
White
2015 Château Magrez Fombrauge Blanc Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
4/14/2020 - eudora Likes this wine:
91 points
Hint of spring outside, so we made squash soup with ample sides of cheeses and raw vegetables. The Magrez Fombrauge completed the seasonal meal, matching perfectly with the meal. We were having too much fun to dissect the wine, which lasted barely longer than the meal. My technical evaluation: “geez that wine was great.” Can’t wait you actually taste it next time!
White
2015 Château Magrez Fombrauge Blanc Bordeaux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
5/11/2020 - eudora Likes this wine:
92 points
More round than angled, slight grassiness, green apples and peaches. Excellent food wine, paired nicely with a spicy Mediterranean chicken. Prototypically balanced white Bordeaux.
White
5/14/2020 - eudora Likes this wine:
93 points
Crisp, balanced, honey and peach scented, rounded mouth feel with just enough acid. This house consistently delivers Chablis without steel; all the things to love about the appellation and none of the calisthenics.
White
5/9/2020 - eudora Likes this wine:
94 points
This is fairly compared to Kistler Chardonnays, especially Durell. Balanced, weight but not too much, bright fruit, pineapple and apple notes, light vanilla, great finish. Plus this wine is awesome at 6 years old, which IMO is the sweet spot for most Kistlers. I don’t have any idea what the Grechetto adds (will need to learn about that grape), but I hope they don’t change a thing.
Red
5/10/2020 - eudora Likes this wine:
90 points
Found this dusty orphan bottle on its side in the corner of the cellar tonight. I think it was a $15 bottle - I cannot remember why or where I bought it, but my notes from several prior bottles indicated some nice structure. It’s burger night in Social Distance Land; what’s the downside? So here goes nothing.
Ding! Such a juicy, gentle, interesting wine. The fruits are more red than black at this point, spicy mouth with touches of tar and tobacco, nice acid, decent tannins and zero off-notes. It worked perfectly with the pan-fried burgers and home fries. What a treat... what a surprise!
Red
5/6/2020 - eudora Likes this wine:
95 points
The 1998 is a long-time favorite. We opened it to celebrate my son’s 22nd birthday and, like him, the wine has matured and softened and is more complex. The prominent tannins of its first ten or twelve years have evened out, providing structure but not dominating. The acids remain balanced as always. It is the bouquet that has exploded - sweet cherry and plum burst out of the glass. I rated this 95 but, honestly, I’m not sure I’ve enjoyed a better bottle of CDP ever. Such a gorgeous wine.
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Red
5/1/2020 - eudora Likes this wine:
93 points
Never the jammiest anyways, this Clarendon had enough fruit but is mainly notable for its balance. The 2001 showed exactly as I expected based on several prior experiences - aging gracefully and still a fine accompaniment to hearty stew.
Red
4/23/2020 - eudora Likes this wine:
93 points
Road tar and tobacco - I would have thought this was a Bordeaux except for the bright acidity and cherry fruit and enough tannins to work with a pan-fried rib-eye. I felt like I was in a small town in Spain.
I saw it in the cellar and figured it was way past peak. Wrong. It was close to peak.
An underrated wine.
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Red
4/20/2020 - eudora Likes this wine:
94 points
Loved it. Kicking ass at 16 - a powerful RDD that worked beautifully with our mixed grill of steak and chicken. Tempranillo at its best.
Red
4/17/2020 - eudora Likes this wine:
94 points
Spectacular. Blackberries, blueberries, structured but velvetty tannins, 45-second finish. This is what aged Barolo should be.
Red
4/18/2020 - eudora Likes this wine:
94 points
This held up spectacularly. At age 19, it is drinking better than any previous time in its life. It was balanced, loads of cherry and plum, a hint of classic anise flavors, paired exactly with our pasta and bolognese sauce.
Red
4/10/2020 - eudora Likes this wine:
93 points
This has held up beautifully. Balanced, dark fruits, good acidity and enough tannins to hold up to a savory lentil and beef soup.
Red
4/9/2020 - eudora Likes this wine:
94 points
Spectacular. Bright fruit, balanced, long finish.
Red
3/27/2020 - eudora Likes this wine:
87 points
I’m hoping it’s just in a dumb stage. It was showing almost nothing. Well-made, balanced but nothing remarkable.
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Red
3/16/2020 - eudora Likes this wine:
93 points
It just keeps getting better.
Red
2/19/2020 - eudora wrote:
92 points
A forgotten bottle that at 12 years old was awesome. Great fruit, good balance, paired great with a winter beef stew. Such a nice surprise from a producer and region not well known in my part of the US (Massachusetts).
Red
1/8/2020 - eudora Likes this wine:
93 points
This has aged gracefully and is at the top of its game. Balanced, beautiful cherry notes, powerful Sangiovese character. An exemplary wine of the 2005 vintage.
Red
2011 Peter Michael Les Pavots Knights Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/7/2019 - eudora Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful and complex, but it was actually a bit jammy.
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