Tasting Notes for 89grange

(63 notes on 60 wines)

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1978 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
11/26/2020 - 89grange wrote:
96 points
Thanksgiving wine. Rich, dark and quite supple tannins. A little off putting "old" nose at first but was gone within 20 minutes. A friendly monster to be thankful of surviving 2020 with less bruises than most. I have one more bottle from the 70's so will be drinking it within the next 3 months...
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Red
11/20/2020 - 89grange Likes this wine:
91 points
Huge surprise. Zero brown edges. Remarkably youthful.
Red
11/19/2020 - 89grange wrote:
96 points
Beautifully balanced CA Cab.
Red
11/11/2020 - 89grange wrote:
96 points
A great wine, well made and easily approached but long complex finish.
Red
11/1/2020 - 89grange Likes this wine:
94 points
Tremendous surprise. Fantastic and way out paced my expectations. Subtly ripe but not overly ripe. Great balance. $100 wine that cost only 30 bucks...
Red
9/24/2020 - 89grange Likes this wine:
95 points
Big long finish. Decanted 2 hours.. Needed more. Will hold for a while on any other 2016 Realm bottles
Red
9/9/2020 - 89grange Likes this wine:
95 points
Almost criminal, but drank on golf course with wine buddy. Great bottle, 2 birdies (including last hole to win). O yeah, the wine. Bright berry, great finish. New world big time. Hey, I'm a patriot. Cheers
White
9/11/2020 - 89grange Likes this wine:
95 points
Aubert Chard never disappoints. Light and yet profound lingering finish. Sadly 1 left...
Red
6/21/2020 - 89grange wrote:
95 points
Amazing balls!!
Red
6/21/2020 - 89grange wrote:
96 points
Great bottle...! And ready now
Red
6/17/2020 - 89grange wrote:
flawed
Very disappointing
Red
5/24/2020 - 89grange Likes this wine:
96 points
Despite the challenging year, great fruit, power, and layered finish...Paired with a top notch Italian restaurant with big flavors.. Wine was beautiful and not over powered.
Red
1981 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
5/23/2020 - 89grange Likes this wine:
95 points
Drank on first restaurant visit off quarantine... Still full of flavor, raspberry, blackberry and full finish...Only one left...Will probably drink in the next 12 to 18 months....
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White
4/13/2020 - 89grange Likes this wine:
96 points
A fantastic Aubert Chard! Disappeared quickly. Light but tremendous finish. Only one more left...
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Red
3/27/2020 - 89grange Likes this wine:
98 points
Was expecting very good but was even better. Big, refined, approachable and simply delicious.. Too bad I quit buying because of escalating price... Still have a few to enjoy for special occasions... Like the birth of our first grandchild last night.. Cheers!!!
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Red
2/24/2020 - 89grange Likes this wine:
90 points
A little awkward... Not showing as well as it usually does...
Red
2/19/2020 - 89grange Likes this wine:
92 points
Young but tasty
Red
2/18/2020 - 89grange Likes this wine:
91 points
Ready and ready... Glad I opened today... Bright, fruit solid but not going to get better and if opened tomorrow would be fading...
Red
2015 Bryant Family Vineyard DB4 Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/8/2020 - 89grange Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted for 2 hrs... Great at the onset. Integrated, complex and nice fruit...
Red
1/3/2020 - 89grange Likes this wine:
96 points
Rich, dark, and less like older style Araujo. Still with great complexity, beautifully long finish and the star of the night! Wish I could still afford to stay on the list...
Red
12/31/2019 - 89grange Likes this wine:
94 points
Bursting with fruit and complexity for a reasonably priced Ca Cab... I need to get more..
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Red
1987 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
12/26/2019 - 89grange Likes this wine:
96 points
Don't believe them... This wine was far from tired... Definitely not going to get better, but perfect for wife's 58th birthday... she couldn't get enough.... More blueberry flavors than the usual raspberry for older Granges....
Red
12/18/2019 - 89grange Likes this wine:
93 points
Drinking perfectly now...Mellow as Zins go. Not overly ripe and paired well with a medium spicy sushi dinner.
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Red
12/11/2019 - 89grange Likes this wine:
96 points
May be the best Araujo Syrah I've ever had. simply seamless, complicated, smooth and delicious... I've got 4 more and they won't last long....
Red
1999 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
11/25/2019 - 89grange wrote:
flawed
Corked... But couldn't pour down drain until I tried the saran wrap in the decanter trick.. Left in for 30 minutes, checking nose every 5 minutes. At 30 couldn't detect musty nose. Turned out to be enjoyable albeit not up to normal grange standards...
White
11/23/2019 - 89grange Likes this wine:
92 points
Consistent year after year... Could easily have been 1997 15 years ago...
Red
11/22/2019 - 89grange Likes this wine:
92 points
Had to try one...Tried to taste/smell smoke from the 2017 fire.. I couldn't pick up on it.. Too early to drink, I know.. Good backbone but not a Scarecrow...Will see how it evolves... Drank a 2003 Bond and it was ready and clearly superior...
White
11/14/2019 - 89grange wrote:
94 points
Elegant, crisp apple and pear.. Goes with anything!
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Red
1997 Dalla Valle Maya Oakville Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/14/2019 - 89grange Does not like this wine:
85 points
Very disappointed. Cellared impeccably and right out of the gate old and tired. Fruit gone. I have 5 more... Anyone interested?
Red
9/28/2019 - 89grange Does not like this wine:
85 points
Uninspiring, obscure flavors, monolithic... Just plain...
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Red
9/26/2019 - 89grange wrote:
98 points
Elegant, smooth tannins. Great fruit...
Red
9/20/2019 - 89grange wrote:
95 points
Pretty approachable for the 2014...
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Red
2013 Realm Cellars The Bard Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/21/2019 - 89grange wrote:
97 points
Great to the last drop
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Red
9/6/2019 - 89grange wrote:
95 points
Classic BV, plenty of life. My last 1995..😩
Red
7/23/2019 - 89grange Likes this wine:
95 points
Agree, 30 minutes to open and Boom... Great flavors...
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Red
7/11/2019 - 89grange wrote:
92 points
Restrained but complex. Fruit is great but not overpowering like some Martinelli Pinots....
Red
2012 Bryant Family Vineyard DB4 Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/11/2019 - 89grange Likes this wine:
92 points
91 Wednesday, and 94 Thursday... Needs a little more bottle time...
Red
2001 Peter Michael Les Pavots Knights Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/10/2018 - 89grange wrote:
97 points
Drinking perfectly right now
White
10/28/2018 - 89grange wrote:
96 points
Great!
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Red
10/26/2018 - 89grange wrote:
93 points
Tannic, but great potential... Try it!
Red
9/7/2018 - 89grange Likes this wine:
96 points
Beautiful fruit, and hitting perfectly
Red
1989 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
8/16/2018 - 89grange wrote:
98 points
Beautiful wine. Ripe raspberry. Plenty of life! Wish I had a cellar full...
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Red
7/20/2018 - 89grange Likes this wine:
95 points
Great balance. Decanted an hour. Big but approachable..
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White
6/3/2018 - 89grange wrote:
93 points
Smooth, refined. No hard edges.
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Red
5/27/2018 - 89grange wrote:
98 points
Berry, raspberry and mature tannins...Excellent
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