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2004 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
10/27/2016 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine:
92 points
While this took 5 hours to open up as I poured a glass from the bottle and monitored it, the barnyard went along with the palate tightness and revealed a lovely Barton with plenty of creme de cassis, red Barrie's and some dark plum, earthy, wooded green notes but all nice in the structural sense with that nice pencil lead more common of Pauillac but not uncommon in the Leovilke properties. Very nice, but I should have sweated as the steak I had to pair was long gone by the time this came around.

It just goes to show how different storage situations with temperature, humidity and the like are so different. In my cellar this would easily hold another 10 years. I'll wait some time before popping my last LLC from this same vintage. No rush if stored cool and damp.
  • Pour Boy commented:

    10/31/16, 4:39 PM - Good advice, I have a magnum of this that I will continue to lay down.

Red
2010 Domaine Saint Préfert Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
3/6/2015 - Sennma wrote:
84 points
One of my first disappointing 2010 CDP's. This is all gloss and doesn't show much character. While nothing technically wrong, it shows no sense of place at all.
  • Pour Boy commented:

    3/8/15, 6:19 PM - I have a few bottles of this, too. Give it time, the 2010s are still not in their drinking window.

Red
2000 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
7/8/2014 - tbuysse wrote:
98 points
Tasted yesterday in Paris with JM Cazes. Absolutely stunning. So much going on in the glass and a perfume of Porto, tobacco, leather and dark red fruits explodes on the nose. Still in early stage, but already excellent now. Kept on evolving in the glass. Our table was 50 – 50 divided whether this would surpass the 1990 in the long haul. Not worth the discussion. Both are legends and MUST haves for any serious Bordeaux fan. Excellent!
  • Pour Boy commented:

    7/13/14, 9:50 AM - I have two bottles of this and am eagerly looking forward to popping them. Have been holding them patiently, but sounds like they are ready to drink.

Red
2009 Viña Herminia Rioja Excelsus Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
3/25/2014 - Þórr Þunraz Likes this wine:
92 points
The wine looks ruby colored. The legs are medium. There is light sediment in the bottle. It smells like blackberry, black currant (cassis) and verbena. It tastes like red currant, gooseberry, light toast and vanilla. The body is light. The wine has juicy texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has low acidity. Frankly, for $8, one of my best purchases ever.
  • Pour Boy commented:

    3/28/14, 8:15 PM - $8! Where did you find this wine for $8?

Red
2008 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection Napa Valley
9/21/2011 - cartime wrote:
90 points
Caymus Vineyards Wine Dinner (Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Houston, TX): Cassis, cocoa, and plum on the nose with some slightly earthy herbal notes. Rich, tooth-staining palate with dusty tannins. Best in 3 to 4 years. A nice wine, but too ripe for my tastes. Interestingly, this is the first vintage of Special Selection that is blended with Merlot (a full 14%). Having tasted the 1987 Special Selection on the same day, I can honestly say I prefer the older, less ripe style to this modern, overripe one.
  • Pour Boy commented:

    2/8/14, 2:16 PM - My sentiments exactly. To me, this resembles cough syrup more than cabernet -- a poster child for what's wrong with wine-making in Napa.

Red
2010 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five Stags Leap District
2/7/2014 - Dvsdude Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP and it was delicious. Bright red and black fruits on the nose with a smooth, lingering texture and mouthfeel. Looooooong finish leaving you wanting for more.

These are special wines from Shafer and should be enjoyed at multiple stages of their lifetime. Given the quality and breadth of their lineup Shafer should be in the discussion as one of the top producers in California if not the world!
  • Pour Boy commented:

    2/8/14, 2:09 PM - Agree that this is a very special winery. Their Hillside Select and Firebreak are also notable.

Red
2005 Château Pipeau St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
8/24/2013 - WineLover422 wrote:
88 points
Great red fruit nose upon opening, but decanted 2 hours and the nose closed down a bit and became more lead and oak notes. Silky and smooth on entry, but a bit short and bitter on the finish...where did the fruit go? Went well with a herb-crusted NY strip with blue cheese butter, but certainly not a standout. I'm concerned that the tannins need another 5 years to mellow, but the fruit has already left the building; unfortunate, as I still have another 9 bottles in the cellar (bought a case en premiere and cellared at 57 C since). Don't expect this to improve with more age.
  • Pour Boy commented:

    8/26/13, 5:55 PM - Maybe part of the problem is you're cellaring this at 57 degrees C! Just kidding-- I bought a case of this as well but have not opened one yet.

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