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1990 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
12/19/2021 - hkbob Likes this wine:
92 points
Did not decant. Fully mature, this poured a clear brick red. A pronounced nose of saddle leather, unsmoked cigar, deli meats, and loamy earth. The palate was lighter than expected with a bit of astringency in evidence and both the nose and flavours began to slowly recede after about an hour. Perhaps not the best bottle of this despite having been well-stored.
  • hkbob commented:

    12/20/21, 8:03 AM - Thanks for your comment jmoore431. The bottle was stood upright for 48 hours prior to opening to allow the sediment to settle and then carefully poured. The wine poured clear and the remaining 10% or so was left in the bottle. I am generally cautious about exposing older wines to aeration. I think this was just an off-bottle as I too have had this wine previously that was a far better tasting experience.

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2001 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
7/16/2021 - hkbob Likes this wine:
95 points
Opaque purple. Essence of cassis with saddle leather, fresh pipe tobacco, mesquite charcoal and Asian spice. Full through the mid-palate with rich, sweet dark berries and an interesting mineral tone. My only qualm was this was a bit drying on the back-end. Still, a fantastic bottle.
  • hkbob commented:

    7/18/21, 5:02 PM - Thanks Mark. Fingers crossed the fruit will hold up to those tannins. A minor criticism at this stage but may become more of an issue over time. Enjoy your evening!

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2003 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
6/17/2021 - hkbob Likes this wine:
96 points
Purple with a rusty hue. The nose grabs your attention from the first pour with its sweet smoky blue and black-fruited scents. Fully resolved tannins, this glides effortlessly across the palate with a long cassis, dark berried fruit and tobacco-tinged finish. A match made in heaven with beef cheek goulash. This did not require much of a decant although there was some fine sediment so suggest standing the bottle upright for a day before consumption. In a fantastic place right now. 96 pts.
  • hkbob commented:

    6/21/21, 3:23 PM - Thanks Mark, I appreciate the comment. Not sure this will improve further as it seems to be advancing pretty fast. I've been through 7 of these bottles and plan to finish the remaining ones over the next few years.

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2012 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
5/24/2021 - hkbob Likes this wine:
95 points
Deep purple. Ripe cherry and plum with tobacco, incense and mineral notes on the nose. Still youthful and energetic. Full-bodied with broad swathe of dark brambly fruit, cassis, BBQ and spiciness on the long finish. This was a great bottle from an unheralded vintage.
  • hkbob commented:

    6/6/21, 6:16 PM - Hi Mark1npt, glad to know you enjoyed this wine as well. I'm a big fan of the Pessac appellation and really enjoy Pape Clement as a value producer of high quality wine. I did not decant the wine, just allowed the bottle to stand upright for 24 hours prior to opening at room temperature - in Vancouver this time of year, that's about 19 degrees celsius. I used a Riedel Bordeaux glass and watched the wine unfurl in the glass over an hour or so before working through the rest of the bottle. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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2016 Marchesi Mazzei Chianti Classico Ser Lapo Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese
2/27/2021 - hkbob Likes this wine:
92 points
Bright cherry red. Cherry and vanilla notes dominate the nose together with a hint of warm spices and smoky embers. Lots of energy on the predominantly red-fruited palate and a mineral-toned finish. Medium-bodied. This is still youthful and will benefit from a couple more years in the cellar.
  • hkbob commented:

    3/18/21, 7:47 PM - Thanks srh and thank you for the vintage details! :)

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1995 Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret Napa / Sonoma Red Bordeaux Blend
3/6/2021 - hkbob Does not like this wine:
87 points
Bottle and fill were perfect but the cork was soft and needed the Durand to remove in one piece. Purple colour just starting to take on a rusty hue. Subdued nose revealing not much more than suggestions of old leather and herbs. Palate was primarily oak and, while not off, the fruit was too distant a memory to provide a very pleasurable drinking experience.
  • hkbob commented:

    3/8/21, 9:09 AM - I think the heavy oak simply outlasted the fruit on the 1995 Reserve Claret. My wife and I have worked our way through quite a few bottles of the Cab Sauv Reserve from the 2002, 2005 and 2006 vintages and found them all to be very enjoyable. Albeit much more to my wife's taste than my own.

  • hkbob commented:

    3/8/21, 12:02 PM - Yes, I reside in North Van and I believe you are in beautiful Birch Bay (I seem to recall reading that on one of your posts). Hopefully this pandemic will be in the rear view mirror soon so we can get back to in-person socializing and wine gatherings. Please do let me know the next time you are headed our way! :)

  • hkbob commented:

    3/8/21, 4:00 PM - Same here, good to meet a wine lover in close proximity. We went to BB for the first time in 2019 and really enjoyed a full day there exploring all the sights. Lovely part of the world. Fingers crossed on vaccinations real soon!! :)

  • hkbob commented:

    3/9/21, 11:56 AM - Wine collecting can be a slippery slope. I have actually scaled back my cellar and will probably still reduce further - can't have any dying in the cellar. I'll keep a good selection to pass across to my kids when they hit drinking age. My preference is generally old world with a bit of age. Sounds like we may have a wine gathering in our future!

  • hkbob commented:

    3/9/21, 5:01 PM - That's a great way to put it re: buying problem. I have a broad range of tastes and am open to drinking just about anything good depending on who and what I am drinking it with. I was born in Montreal but we moved constantly within Canada while I was growing up. After I completed my articles I moved to Hong Kong for 20 years which is where I developed the wine bug and did the WSET. I returned to Canada about 15 years ago and settled in North Van to be closer to family. You?

  • hkbob commented:

    3/11/21, 8:41 AM - Good move on the move north - Pugent Sound is such a beautiful place to call home. And WA does make some great wines, better than most of what BC is making. I don't buy much BC stuff as the QPR really isn't there IMO, although I do take an annual allocation of the Blue Mountain pinot reserves including their new single vineyard reserves. I'm about 90% old world in my cellar. I hope your Bob is a wine lover too. :)

  • hkbob commented:

    3/11/21, 11:28 AM - Fantastic, happy to have a fellow North Vancouverite join in the conversation! Glad you like the Blue Mountain pinots. I still have a few magnums dating back to the 2009 vintage so will be interesting to see how they've fared.

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2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection Napa Valley
5/8/2016 - wineotim Likes this wine:
95 points
Cork was red right to the top, it pulled out very easy. A little concerned but this turned out great. Drank this with a filet. This bottle showing a little nutmeg on the finish.
  • hkbob commented:

    5/22/16, 6:51 PM - Thanks for your comment wineotim! Glad to hear you enjoyed this wine too. :)

  • hkbob commented:

    5/25/16, 9:50 PM - It will be interesting to compare the two vintages. Look forward to your tasting note on the 2013... in the fullness of time.

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2009 Château Haut-Bailly Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend
5/7/2016 - hkbob Likes this wine:
96 points
Vivid Welch's-grape-juice purple. Captivating nose of dark fruit, hoisin sauce, violets and seaweed. Full, dense, plummy mouthfeel with luxurious fruit, svelte tannins and a long finish. Great balance. Just starting to exhibit aromatic complexity. This is a fabulous, polished young wine which promises even better things with extended cellaring.
  • hkbob commented:

    5/22/16, 8:14 PM - Wineotim, I can't wait to read your tasting notes on the 2010 which I haven't yet tried. If the 2009 is anything to go by, you'll be in for a real treat!

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2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection Napa Valley
2/21/2016 - hkbob Likes this wine:
96 points
Inky glass-staining purple. Blackberry, dark cherry, licorice, creosote and boot polish on the nose. Glossy, rich, mouth-filling dark fruit with loamy earth, truffles and hints of espresso on the lush, ripe and balanced palate. Very enjoyable now and should go for decades.
  • hkbob commented:

    5/22/16, 11:30 AM - Thanks for your comment wineotim! Glad to hear you enjoyed this wine too. :)

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1961 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
7/30/2010 - hkbob Likes this wine:
100 points
Brick red/ruby. Astounding nose displaying purely defined aromas of cedar, truffle and rich cigar box. Liquid velvet with an immense and regal palate presence and an eternal finish. Essence of Cabernet. Paired beautifully with beef wellington and white asparagus. Lost for words.
  • hkbob commented:

    2/21/16, 8:32 PM - Many thanks for your kind words wineotim. Sometimes words just do not do justice to what a wine like this delivers - crossing the threshold from beverage to spiritual encounter. The holy grail that every wine lover hopes to experience every time he/she pulls a cork.

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