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2000 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
7/9/2019 - Purple Tooth wrote:
92 points
Regardless of its cold steeliness of pencil lead and its vigor, this wine still leaves me a bit empty and hanging. The mid palate is lacking from the promises of its elegant bouquet and its persistent finish...You would just expect this to be sensational from the bouquet! But limp it goes...This one still needs about 10 years. believe it, or not! HOLD
  • g-man commented:

    7/9/19, 5:26 PM - Thank you for the perspective. I can totally see where you're coming from. The 1989 is just beginning to enter it's drinking window IMHO.

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2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
11/6/2018 - Anonymous wrote:
Decanted 2 hours. From the same case as previous bottles but this was on the roasted/pruny side and not what I was expecting given previous bottles. Not flawed, but showing heat and a roasted element that I did not enjoy, so hoping this was an off bottle or I was not in the mood. B+
  • g-man commented:

    11/6/18, 8:28 PM - Hey MC, I've had the same experience. I've had mine since release and just don't see and development of the tertiary or earthy characteristics as I did with the 89' and 90'.

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1989 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
5/19/2018 - Jamie Manley wrote:
97 points
One of my all time favorite bottles of wine, and this just confirms Lalande as my favorite Chateau. Wow, this was good. Quintessential Lalande on the nose, strong pencil, black cherry, cassis, tobacco, graphite, earth, briar patch, and more pencil. Fantastic fruit on the palate and sheer velvet in the mouth, I cannot say enough about this wine. Completely sorted and ready to go. PnP, perfect provenance, mid neck fill, and a cork that made me work. Consumed over 8 hours. Majestic. 97 Pts
  • g-man commented:

    5/20/18, 6:50 AM - Take it easy on me Jamie, every time you write a review on this find myself reaching for a bottle and I only have two left! lol.

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2014 Château Meyney St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
2/22/2018 - Motz wrote:
92 points
Tasted over four days. Pulled the cork, inhaled the deep purple and sweet oak perfume, tasted a half ounce, and let the wine sit for a few hours. (Intending to enjoy the bottle over a few days, did not decant.) Poured a couple of ounces and enjoyed with tri-tip. Four elements stood out: deep purple in color with blue hues, unintegrated high quality oak, a fleshy, viscous mouthfeel, and tannic grip. Overall, as reticent as many 2014 Classed Growths I have tasted. The wine made its mark on the second and third days, as the oak receded, allowing the wine to strut its brawny substance. There is a sense of extraction to this, which imparts the chewy viscosity. Lesser quality, over extracted wines tend to throw heavy sediment by the fifth to seventh year from vintage, after which they turn pedestrian. I expect this will throw sediment by then too. The amount, the less sediment a young wine throws the better, may be the real test of its quality.

The bouquet and profile feature blue, purple, and black fruits, lavendar, olives, light-roast fresh ground coffee beans, cacao, herbs, and essential oils. Very pretty and decidedly modern. Juicy 'sweet' attack, expansive and bracing middle, gripping back, gritty and smooth finish. On the fourth day it returned to reticence, similar to the first day, a likely indicator of its youth and quality. The wine is very well balaced, wearing its alcohol well, and stalwartly framed. The Meyney style appears to have changed, and the house style that it most put mind to is Pontet-Canet. The wine rides a line between flamboyant modernity and gripping rusticity. Its hallmark after this experience, a two word phrase by which I will remember it: Purple-Blue. The wine would hold its own, and hoodwink experienced tasters, in a blind flight of Fifth to Third Growths. If enjoying now, decant for several hours. Worth revisiting in three years; its true quality will most likely be revealed by then. A delightful kick in the pants right now! 92-93.
  • g-man commented:

    2/23/18, 3:56 PM - Great note Motz! I completely agree with your assessment. I have a little over a case of this left after already trying a few bottles. This is definitely one of the best values for the vintage.

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1982 Château Dassault St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
1/1/2018 - dprentiss Likes this wine:
92 points
We were surprised at how fresh this was. Decanted and sampled in about an hour--still plenty of fruit as well as tannins. Both fruit and tannins held up over the next hour as we drank with meal. Lovely--last of a case I bought decades ago.
  • g-man commented:

    1/5/18, 4:37 PM - Thank you for the note. I had a very similar experience. I bought two bottles as part of a mixed auction lot at a bargain price and was just blown away by how enjoyable it was. I look at bottles like this and realize this is why we drink wine and chase wines like these,

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2001 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate Napa Valley
9/21/2017 - g-man wrote:
90 points
Starting to show its maturity but rather reticent on the palate. It seems to be in a dumb stage where it's very good showing secondary traits but in a very subtle style. Very unlike any other Monty Estate I've had.
  • g-man commented:

    9/22/17, 4:07 AM - You could be right with the extended decant. I recanted this for 1 hour prior to trying but consumed it over 3 to 4 hours following. No taint at all, which I was fearful of when opening, and was otherwise a sound bottle.

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2014 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
4/4/2017 - brian przyzycki wrote:
93 points
Maybe not a 97 pointer, but I'm really glad I snagged a half dozen of these. Clean floral nose with a little licorice. Glycerin smooth palate with mixed red and blue fruits paired to a mocha/graphite finish. Doesn't have that Napa snap but it is a Sonoma wine. Very nice. Great balance and long finish. The 2013 clos due Val was lasts years bargain cab. This wine is the solid 2014 winner IMHO. CHEERS!
  • g-man commented:

    4/4/17, 8:49 PM - I'm just curious how you think this will evolve? Drink short term or let a few age?

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1996 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
2/23/2017 - Jamie Manley wrote:
96 points
Folks, I am now more convinced than ever that perfectly stored 1996 Bordeaux (top chateau) still need more time. This is my 3rd bottle from an immaculate case and these puppies need, possibly, another 5 years. Perfect cork, fill, label, color, and also a ton of sediment, this still needs to flesh out some more nuance and tertiary flavor. Having said all of that, this is a blockbuster of a wine. The expression of cabernet fruit is exemplary and this is a massive wine. A little shy on the nose, but textbook young Lalande - hint of green (good), cassis, cherry, briar patch, and pencil. The palate is the star with dominating red fruit followed by light tobacco, that hint of green, cedar, and fine pencil. Significant tannin and a large frame, this should all come together over the next half decade. Currently, 89 Lalande is drinking significantly better, but the 96 has the goods to surpass it. For now, 96+ Pts
  • g-man commented:

    2/25/17, 2:42 PM - I love reading your comments on PLL, you're such a Pichon Lalande whore! :)

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1989 Château Palmer Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
11/1/2016 - The Vines That Bind wrote:
flawed
Château Palmer Vertical: Corked. Was hoping to compare to the 1990.
  • g-man commented:

    11/2/16, 4:59 PM - So sad, I hate to hear that. I have one bottle that I've been holding back opening. It's so true when talking about older vintages, no great wines only great bottles.

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1996 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
9/24/2014 - Jamie Manley wrote:
97 points
Wow! From impeccable storage and with perfect fill and cork, this is the second best Lalande that I have ever had, trailing only the immortal 1982. I still contend that the 1989 is currently in a better place, but the 96 is clearly the better wine and will be mind blowing upon full maturity. Based on this bottle, well stored examples should sleep for at least another 5 years. That said, this is textbook Pauillac and just beginning to show secondary notes. Screaming nose of black cherry, cassis, cedar, briar, menthol, and pencil. Swirling brings out hints of earth and tobacco. The palate is rich and lush, and clearly representative of the high percentage of cabernet used in the 96. Fruit driven currently, with all of the flavors of the nose, your palate is immersed with sensory overload. Long and layered, this is a Lalande that you will not soon forget. I was amazed at how fresh this was. 97+ Pts.
  • g-man commented:

    9/25/14, 7:32 AM - Jamie, it was because of you that I went out and bought 3 bottles of 89' PLL and agree with your assessment. Combining this with your thoughts on 2003 and 1996 I can only come to one conclusion....... you are obviously a whore for Pichon Lalande, and I mean that in the nicest possible way! :)

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1991 Seavey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
12/10/2013 - Wine_lvr wrote:
93 points
Tasted blind: the nose did not show much. But the wine has plenty of power is long and shows nice complexity. Still on the dry side but shows wonderful dark fruit flavors. Decant for an hour. Drink now - 2025.
  • g-man commented:

    12/10/13, 10:25 AM - Thanks for the note. I'm happy to hear its' not going anywhere fast. While i enjoy most vintages of Seavey, I find the nose usually to be reticent while the palate delivers the goods.

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2005 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
8/31/2013 - Jamie Manley wrote:
96 points
Had these side by side over 2 nights. First off, let me say that these are 2 fabulous young, repeat YOUNG, Bordeaux. If you have just a few, please let them sleep.

2003 Cos - A little tight on the nose, but it does come around a bit with air. Cassis, graphite, leather, oak, and pencil. The palate definitely has more to offer. A sweet entry with candied cassis, plum, dry earth, and toasty oak is finished with hints of tobacco and pencil. A very nice mouth feel with prominent tannin and more acidity than I expected, given the year. 2003 Cos is a complete winner with nothing but upside. 95 Pts

2005 GPL - A nose that screams Pauillac. Cassis, cherry, briar, menthol, burning embers, and pencil. Rich palate of black cherry, cassis, cigar ash, briar patch, and pencil. Exquisite mouth feel that unfolds like a gentle waterfall. I love this wine and I love GPL in great years....the little train that could! 96+ Pts
  • g-man commented:

    8/31/13, 3:12 PM - Jamie, If you've had the 2000 how does this compare?

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2005 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
6/9/2013 - Jamie Manley wrote:
97 points
This is such a great wine and still widely available for a very reasonable price. About a year since my last bottle and this shows no sign of shutting down. It is a classic young Pauillac with all of the goods. Aromas of crème de cassis, black cherry, menthol, briar, oak, and pencil. The palate mirrors the nose, but there is a richness of fruit that leads me to believe that this may rival the 82 when it is ready. Beautiful balance and mouth feel make for a very focused wine. Probably 10 to 15 years away at least, this will be a fun one to follow. Load up ladies and gents! 97 Pts.
  • g-man commented:

    6/9/13, 3:11 PM - Baby killer!!!:)

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