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2015 Daou Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Patrimony Paso Robles Adelaida District
9/7/2019 - sung251 wrote:
91 points
first sip and I felt like I got punched in the guts. It is massive, powerful, with very powerful dark fruits and dark chocolate bitter notes, lots of tannins. Not really my cup of tea but with 10 years or more of proper storage it can become something quite beautiful. To drink this now is literal infanticide. I strongly advise to try 10 years later with lots of upside. 91 points for now but can gain a few more points with age most likely. I was personally surprised such a serious wine could come from Paso.
  • sung251 commented:

    9/8/19, 7:58 AM - really could've used a long decant for sure. Unfortunately it was something that was opened by a friend last minute right before going to dinner with everyone so the experience was a bit rushed. Would be very interested to see how this wine develops over time though.

2015 Château de Pibarnon Bandol Mourvedre Blend, Mourvedre
7/13/2019 - RajeshA Likes this wine:
90 points
Nose: Red fruits, nutty.
Taste: Fruity, round, full bodied,
A true pleasure!
Was the perfect drink to go with à côté de bouef.
  • sung251 commented:

    7/13/19, 8:15 PM - it seems like you enjoyed the wine. Why is it marked as "Does not like this wine"?

1996 Napa Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville
4/26/2019 - mghomula Likes this wine:
92 points
This is a beauty of a wine. The Oakville Cabernet is from the “Rock Cairn” vineyard is a true gem in my humble opinion. This is 100% Cabernet and it is made in the classic old school style of Napa. The color gives away its age a bit with some bricking on the rim and at the core but it still has a nice amount of garnet in the core as well. For a wine that is 23 years old, the nose revealed some very lively fruit tones of black currant, plums, dried black cherry with baking spices, pipe tobacco, fertile tilled earth, cedar/cigar box and some herbs. On the palate it is medium to full bodied, which surprised me a bit with some very refined tannin structure balanced with just the right amount of acidity. Ripe plums, black cherry, currant, dried herbs, tobacco leaf and earth were prevalent and very well integrated/balanced on the palate. The finish was long and beautiful. Over another 4 or 5 hours in the decanter it held up very well. I think this is either just at peak or just edging past peak. It may have another 3 years left, maybe, so I would suggest drinking now or soon.

  • sung251 commented:

    4/27/19, 8:01 AM - thanks for the note, Will be drinking one later today during dinner.

  • sung251 commented:

    4/29/19, 12:14 PM - @mghomula The wine was quite beautiful and pretty much panned out as you described. Glad I have two more bottles left.

2015 Sandhi Wines Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills
2/21/2019 - sung251 Likes this wine:
90 points
Tasted good but at the same time tasted extremely young. In fact it reminds me of some very young Chassagne Montrachet Village wine I've had in the past. Currently the wine is a bit disjointed at the moment and feel it needs more time for the oak to better integrate and to further tame the perception of acid. Lots of upside. Would try 5 years later.
  • sung251 commented:

    3/4/19, 3:46 PM - I mostly found it disjointed mostly due to the oak profile. I found it to be too obtrusive and the fact that I had the whole bottle by itself without any food didn't do me any favors. I think its drinks fine right now and would go especially well with something like bbq or smoked meats but I felt all the elements had yet to all come together but will do so in several years. But i guess different people have different sweet spots when it comes to drinking it young/old.

2016 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
Tasted during SPEC's Bordeaux tasting in Houston, this was my favorite wine of the tasting. (1st growths, Leoville Las Cases, were not part of the tasting). Massive yet seductive, built for the long haul yet approachable today. It is the personification of balance and reminds me that truly great wines are often made in the fashion where its upside future is obvious while tasting great today at the same time. Would say 94/95 pts today with possible 3-4 additional points in its peak.
  • sung251 commented:

    2/19/19, 8:26 PM - Yes I was able to taste the Baron. It was also a terrific wine with tons of structure. As delicious as it was, it did not make as strong of an impression as the Pichon Lalande for the 16 vintage. QPR wise personally I would rather spend the money on a Grand Puy Lacoste for the 16 vintage instead of a Pichon Baron if you are looking for a serious structured wine

White - Off-dry
2015 Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Clos du Bourg Chenin Blanc
I really need to stop drinking this because I want to see how it is with some age... but its really delicious. The nose is still open and shows wool, earth, lots of pear, quince, and peach, hints of stone, straw, and honey. The palate is vibrant, yet rich, full bodied, yet lithe, a study in paradox maybe? Whatever it is, its damn good. I'm going to try to forget about the other two bottles I have for 5-10 years....
  • sung251 commented:

    11/15/18, 6:50 AM - Had a 1995 Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Clos du Bourg a few months ago. It is really worth the wait. This wines age spectacularly

2013 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
4/10/2017 - camachodavalos Likes this wine:
100 points
Tasted at French Laundry Restaurant, extaordinary. Rich, profound and absolute.
  • sung251 commented:

    4/15/17, 5:45 PM - was this served decanted previously before serving? If so, how long was the decanting done before serving?

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