Tasting Notes for ebharrigan

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Red
7/28/2015 - ebharrigan Likes this wine:
97 points
Super concentrated but with exceptional clarity. Rich ripe black fruits dominate the nose and on the palate the full throttle cassis and berry flavors meld seamlessly into the oak and tannins. While the tannins are substantial they don't seem to be over baring which gives the impression that this wine, while absolutely delicious now, will age effortlessly over the next few decades. While the price point is quite high, it is difficult to find a Napa Cap of this quality for much less these days. Mondavi's To-Kalon Cabernet reminds me of an even more famous cabernet, Hillside Select by Shafer.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1989 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
11/20/2010 - ebharrigan Likes this wine:
88 points
In the glass the '89 Suduiraut is a bright honey color, more so than most sauternes of this age and quite different from the '90 Suduiraut, which is a beautiful dark caramel color. The '89 Suduiraut provides wonderful notes of vanilla and crème brulee on the palate. There is nice acidity to pair with the sweetness of the wine. This sauternes will not wow you but has very nice structure to it that suggests it should be drunk now and should continue to l be drunk over the next 10 years. A pleasant wine that will not disappoint.
Red
11/19/2010 - ebharrigan wrote:
88 points
It appears that my rating of this wine continues to decline after each tasting. My first impression of this wine was a blockbuster in the making in 2006. While quite tannic it had underlying structure which I though would allow this wine to age for some time. When I revisited this wine in 2008 I reduced my rating of 95 to 91 due in part because the tannins still had a firm grip on the wine but felt that potential still existed if the tannins ever loosened. Last night my wife and I drank this wine with grilled asparagus, grilled bone-in ribeye and salad. While I was happy to see that then intense tannins have finally started to loosen I found that the hints of oak that I tasted in 2008 are now in the forefront almost to the point of dominating the aftertaste of the wine. On top of that the bite to this wine suggests a higher alcohol content than listed on the bottle which might have been disguised by the strong tannins of earlier tastings. All in all the 2002 Amici is a pleasant wine but not much more than that. I must bow my head in frustration as I thought I was onto something spectacular four years ago but find my self relegating this wine to a typical everyday bottle of drinking wine.
Red
10/30/2009 - ebharrigan wrote:
65 points
The Buena Vista Pinot Nior Grand Reserve falls way below expectation especially for the price. Luckily this was given as a gift. Very alcoholic with no disenable flavors or background notes. Very flabby with a note of rotting fruit. Nearly undrinkable. After the first taste the rest of the bottle was emptied into the sink. Very disappointed.
Red
2001 Opus One Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/28/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
92 points
This bottle was included in a blind wine tasting with a '04 Rubicon Cask, '06 Caymus Cabernet, '02 Stags Leap Fay Vineyar, '99 Beringer Moncroft Mountain Merlot and 2005 Justin Justification. The '01 Opus came in third behind the Rubicon and Caymus. All wines were decanted a minimum of 2 hours prior to tasting. The '01 Opus One still feels young in the mouth with loads of tannins that are now just starting wane after 7 years of cellaring. Made in the traditional Napa meritage style Opus continues to delight with well current and balckberry with a hint of pencil shavings and well rounded oak.
Red
10/29/2009 - ebharrigan wrote:
89 points
The Gundlach Zinfandel is quite young but about a half hour of decanting really brings out this terrific wine. This Zinfandel is a major fruit bomb. Dark black berries explode on the palate with hints of fresh mushroom and oak in the background. This Zinfandel could use a couple year of cellaring and should drink well over the next 5 to 6 year. Hard to resist but those that are patient should be rewarded. In a year or two I expect I will raise my rating into the low 90's. Time will tell.
Red
10/15/2009 - ebharrigan wrote:
88 points
One of my more favorite California Pinot. Gundlach makes big in your face Pinots which are quite different from the more subtle refine Pinots of Burgundy. Stawberry and rose of the nose with loads of ripe sweet fruit on the pallate. The tannins are well integrated and the finish last for a good 15 to 20 seconds. Due to depth of this wine I would expect that the producer kept the skins in contact with the juice for quite some time. I would recomment decanting about an hour or so, you will thank me for it.
Red
11/5/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
My wife drank a portion of this wine last night and I did not have any so no rating to report although I doubt if it differs much from my prior reivew.
Red
11/5/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
97 points
I must say when I cut the foil I was worried because there appeared to be seepage through the cork although the wine level was still at high shoulder. I was worried about how much oxidation if any occurred because of this. However, fortunately it appeared to have little if any impact on this terrific wine. I look forward to my other bottle to see if any at all the difference due to the cork issues.

The color of the wine was rusted dark brick with intense bouquet of crushed dried roses, and dried dark fruit. The wine plays skillfully on the palate with lush dried plums, dark cherries, flowers, soft vanilla and spice. Tannins are very well integrated with an exceptionally smooth finish that lasts of 70 seconds. A profound Private Reserve that is drinking absolutely beautifully now but should last another 5 to 10 years if not longer. I did not have the pleasure to try this wine while it was young but time has certainly blessed this bottle.
Red
2004 Montes Alpha M Colchagua Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/2/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
92 points
I feel that maybe the 2004 Montes M is playing games with me. My last rating I scored in the mid-80's, however this bottle was significantly improved of the last two that I had from my cellar. This bottle was oozing with ripe blackberry, current and cassis. The huge tannins flex their muscle on a very young but age worthy M. This wine will require several more years of cellaring before it start to reveal its true self. Drink 2011 to 2021.

This wine continues to perplex me. I don’t know if the two bottle I had earlier are the true representation of this wine or the wine I had last night. If it is the wine that I had last night this is an outstanding wine deserving of the $55+ per bottle cost. If it is the wine that I had from the last two bottles $55+ would be grossly overpaying for this bottle of wine.
Red
10/31/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
94 points
Very big in your face syrah with lots of lush ripe blackberry, blueberry and load of spice and pepper. Very well rounded, well integrated tannins will allow this wine to age for some time and would recommend, thought drinking fairly well now several year of cellaring. I have read that the wine was name Folly because the syrah grapes used for this wine are gown high up on the hillside of a mountain, higher than what conventional wine makers would recommend. It appears the Montes, bucking the trend, have found a very special area to grow these grapes and it shows in this wine. The Folly just goes to show that Montes is on top of their game and is clearly become one the top quality producers in Chile (with the exception of the 2004 Montes M, see my review). While although the 2003 may be a slightly better structured wine the consistency of the Folly is with out question right on.
Red
2004 Château Lascombes Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/15/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
92 points
The 2004 Lascombes is a huge wine the holds lots of future promise. The wine was decanted about 2 hours prior to dinner and it probably should have been decanted closer to 5 to 6 hours. This wine holds it flavors and nuances close to it but as it gradually began to open up there were terrific flavors crushed black fruit, glycerin, cassis, damp earth and spice. Only on the finish does the vanilla and oak begin to show themselves. I would guess that this wine needs a minimum of 5 more years of bottle time before it even begins to loosen its grip on all the potentially wonderful flavors going on in this wine. This could be a sleeper of a wine in a very good year overshadowed by the 2003 and 2005 vintages. I'm looking to add more of this to my cellar.
Red
10/31/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
85 points
Another example of a very pleasant and drinkable wine produced from Columbia Crest. This is a fruit forward slightly oaky merlot with tidbits of chocolate on the finish. A great cooking wine for beef bourgogne or makes a terrific sangria because it is not an overly powerful or barring wine.
Red
10/31/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
90 points
The 2004 Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet is a well rounded easy drinking wine. Nice hints of spice and lush berries on the palate. The finish is smooth and consistent although no very long. Chateau Ste. Michelle continues to produce easy drinking nicely structured wine that can be enjoyed everyday or even for special events and given the very reasonable prices one can't go wrong with this producer.
Red
10/30/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
94 points
This wine has started to take on a rusty brick like color suggesting it may be older than it really is (9 years). This is a very well structure hedonistic wine that if tasted blind one would think it was from Châteauneuf-du-Pape rather than from southern Australia. Wonderful flavors of dark blueberry, stones, pepper and tar with muted wet earth. The finish is smooth and caressing and lasts over half a minute. This wine is drinking very well now and should have a least 5 to 10 more year of life left in it if stored properly. A great example of the fine wines that are coming out of the Barossa Valley.
White
10/30/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
83 points
A pleasant and passable Riesling that is perfect for a late summer afternoon.
White - Fortified
10/30/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
87 points
During my trip to the Douro I had an opportunity to try this very pleasant white port. While I must confess that prior to that trip I knew very little about this type of port I was very impressed by the number of produces making high quality, or more what my palate thought was high quality, white ports. In the end I opted for the more value conscious purchase in the Càlem white port which was not only good but a great buy as well.

The Càlem white port is a fine example of a light but well structure port. The higher acidity and combined with the subtle sweetness of the port played out well. Although not nearly as complex as the more traditional dark tawny and LBV this is the kind of wine that no one will be disappointed with. Due to my limited knowledge of white ports I would expect this to not have the shelf life of most ports say 10 year at the max.
Red
10/30/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
90 points
This Barolo while a big wine early on has begun to soften and expose nice nuances of rose pedals, black fruit, strawberry and soft oak. This wine should continue to improve for a few more years and last 10 years longer. Drink 2010 to 2020.

Ca' Bianca manages to make very consumer friendly wines that can be drunk early (rare for Barolos) or cellared for several years. While this producer won’t blow you away they are consistent, plus the price is also quite attractive. Even though it seems that the Super Tuscans have taken top billing in Italy recently, Piedmont is producing some top notch Barolos over the past several years.
Red
10/30/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
82 points
This wine was tasted at a Chaine de Rotisours wine auction. Wine is a bit flabby with very little hint of fruit, mint a bit vegetal on the palate. Lots of wet old earth and an undistinguishable finish that left me neither disliking nor enjoying this wine. Close if not already over the hill. Drink within the next year or so.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2003 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
10/29/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
96 points
One of the best young Sauternes that I have ever had. This color is a soft straw color. Unlike the 2001 though the 2003 vintage did not have the laser like focus of acidity but this is a terrific example of how good Sauternes can be even in non-banner years. There are terrific flavors of light honey, fresh apricot and grilled pineapple with terrific acidity to balance the sweetness of the wine. I expect flavors to become more focused as this bottle has some time to age. Drinks well now but anyone who has the patience to let this bottle sit for another 5 years should be rewarded greatly.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1990 Château Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
10/29/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
93 points
Dark honey in color and much darker than most early 90's Sauternes that I have. This Sauternes looks almost as if it is closer to 40 years old than 20 years old. However, that all changes when you pull the cork. Flavors of honeydew, crème brulee, pineapple and a little burnt sugar coat the mouth with nice acidity. This wine was pared perfectly with the foie gras with flambéed bing cherries, balsamic reduction and quail pinot jus. Even thought the color of the wine suggests that this wine has hit its peak, it has continued to improve over the past 4 years. I expect this wine will continue to surprise and will have a longer life than most think. Drink now through 2018.
White - Sweet/Dessert
10/29/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
82 points
This 1990 late harvest Riesling from the Sierra Foothills is a dark caramel color. The bouquet is of wet earth, dried apricots and honey. The palate is a little disappointing and I feel that this wine's better days are behind it. There are subtle nuances of dried apricots, palatable sweetness but not enough acidity to make it special. The finish is short and uneventful. If you have any bottles left I would suggest drinking over the next year or two.
Red
10/29/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
The 1999 Fanti is a monster of a wine. Super concentrated with thick chewy tannins, loads of blackberries, cassis and glycerin with just the right amount of acidity. This is a huge wine that sill needs plenty of time. As the tannins soften the 99 Fanti should prove to be one of the superstars of an excellent year for Brunello di Montalcino.

The brunello hybrid of the sangiovese grape has really been shown to have star power with the wines that have come out of Tuscany. Over the past decade or so this grape has really shown its versatility with some estates getting back to quality and producing 100% sangiovese Super Tuscans.
Red
10/29/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
87 points
This 2004 Casa Lapostolle is a very young, very big and very tannic wine. There are small notes of black fruit and oak that is nearly drowned out by the large amount of tannins. This wine reminds me of a young, closed down Bordeaux than anything else. It is tough to tell whether this wine will come around with some bottle time but given that there appears to be little ripe fruit to counter act the massive tannins, even as the tannins wane this should be a passable but not very exiting wine. I hope the future proves me wrong. One should not even think of opening this wine until after 2011.
Red
10/29/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
83 points
A very drinkable but forgetable wine. Very little tannin and soft acidity makes for an easy drinking wine. A little light fruit on the palate and a short and quipped finish.
Red - Fortified
10/29/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
91 points
Taylor Fladgate continues to make top notch ports all the way from the elegant and massively structured vintage ports to ruby ports. The 20 year tawny is no exception. Well structured tones of chocolate and pencil with mounds of sweet dried dark fruit keep you coming back for more. The finish is long and at around $40 a bottle one can have a truly terrific port without breaking the bank. If you are just getting into ports and want to taste a perfect example of how terrific these wines can be without breaking the bank with a 20 year vintage port I highly recommend starting with the 20 year tawny from Taylor Fladgate, you will be hooked.
Red - Fortified
10/29/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
95 points
Dark brick and iron soil color. The palate is of dried dark cherries, chocolate sweet cassis and crushed dried rose petals. The finish is long and smooth. A terrific tawny that is better than many vintage ports of the same age and at nearly half the price is a real steal. If you are a port lover this wine is a must and should be part of your cellar. A terrific example of just how profound the ports can be from Taylor Fladgate, the Latour of the port world.
Red
2004 Montes Alpha M Colchagua Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/29/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
86 points
The quality of the 2004 if quite different than that of the 2001 M, which was a very well structured wine that I scored in the low 90’s. It appears that the 2004 may have shut down in the bottle. The palate displays characters of spice and almost vegetal qualities and un uneventful finish that is disappointing from an estate that typically has terrific wine up and down is spectrum of wines. I am hoping that this wine will improve with some bottle time but based upon my first two bottles I am wary.
Red
10/29/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
91 points
A full body Pinot that needs a lot more time. I have drank this wine right out of the bottle as well as several hours of decanting. Decanting had a profound effect on the wine which brought out the loads of ripe cherries and earthy nuances of the wine. 5 years of cellar time should to wonders for this wine.
Red
2005 Montes Purple Angel Colchagua Valley Carménère (view label images)
10/29/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
93 points
Another outstanding Purple Angel by Montes. I need to taste the 04 with the 05 but it appears to me that the consistency is right on for both of these vintages, as it seems that quality can differ, sometimes significantly (as is the case in Montes flagship wine the M) with Chilean estates. Like the 2004 the 05 Purple Angel has loads of dark fruit, with vanilla and toast. Needs a bit more time though but drinking quite well now.
White - Fortified
10/28/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
99 points
Started from a solera of Pedro Ximenez 80 years ago. As solera go this may be the finest Pedro Ximenez sherry I have had. Unlike the sherry made from the palomino grape which makes up dry sherries the Pedro Ximenez grape exudes cloyingly sweet flavors. This sherry made by Alvear exudes dried raisins, prunes, mild hazelnuts and old damp cellar flavors. It is cloying sweet but is balanced perfectly with just the right amount of acid. Almost petrol in viscosity it coats your mouth and tasted buds in every sensuous way. The finish lasts for over 2 minutes. I brought this wine to a 6 course French dinner I cooked for two couples. One of the couples kept (and stored in their cellar) the last quarter of the bottle which I was able to try about three weeks later. The wine had showed almost no waning of intensity even after that that time. A truly tremendous sherry that can hold its own even with some of the greatest vintages of port.
Red
2004 Montes Purple Angel Colchagua Valley Carménère (view label images)
10/28/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
94 points
A fleshy and ripe Carmenère with loads of blueberry, ripe plums with soft notes of vanilla and toast. The lingering finish last over 20 sec. It's hard to imagine this wine getting better over time but I'm anxious to see. Drinking absolutely beautifully now with about an hour of decanting.
Red
10/28/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
93 points
The 1997 Clos du Val is a concentrated rich cabernet that is now just starting to show its true self. Lush berry undertones come through wonderfully, has great mouth feel and well integrated cedar and wet wood notes on the finish.
Red
10/28/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
92 points
The 2005 Justification is a full bodied silky Cab Franc blend. Loads of blueberries, leather, and with earth with nice notes of crushed pepper on the palate. Made as an in your face hedonistic wine that is elegantly constructed but needs a bit more time in the bottle to be fully appreciated.
Red
10/28/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
89 points
Terrific example of a Paso Robles hand crafted cabernet. Well structure with loads of fleshy ripe fruit, well integrated tannins and nuances of oak. I am anxious to retry this wine in a year of so.
Red
10/28/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
92 points
I've had a love affair with this 2000 Justin Cab. ever since it was released. While the 2000 was quite tannic and just a little off balance when it was young the years have shown how mesmerizing the transition wine can make over the years. I drank a bottle of this every year sine I purchased it in early 2000 and the wine has continued to gotten better, although it seems to have hit its peak this year and last. The bouquet is dried roses, plums and wet bark. This Justin simply makes you come back for more and more. Drink over the next 2 years.
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Red
10/28/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
94 points
The Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the benchmark wines of California and the 2005 is not exception. While quality can range up and down the scale from vintage to vintage of other wineries Caymus manages to continue to produce elegantly styled full bodied cabernets year in and year out. The 2005 is drinking well now and should have many years ahead of it. The palate is fresh blackberry, current and dark cherries with wonderful vanilla and oak to round out the finish. I would recommend decanting the 2005 for 1 to 2 hours. This wine should reach its apex in 2 to 3 years and last another 10.
Red
10/28/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
94 points
An expressive and well structure Chilean made in the Bordeaux style. There are rich thick tannins that hide beautiful nuances of cassis and dark fruit. I feel as if this wine has closed down a bit. As the tannins wane with time this should prove to be an elegant and supple wine, one that is built to age for many years. If your inventory is limited to a couple of bottles I would not touch for another 4 to 5 years.
White
10/28/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
71 points
Finish is markedly short and dull with an unpleasant aftertaste. Drinkable but not a good wine and would not recommend it.
Red
10/28/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
93 points
This petit has a bouquet of tar and black mushrooms. The win is so inky purple that it is almost black. An intense wine of tobacco, pepper, tar and leather that is will simply drown out any meal less gamy than lamb. This wine has years ahead of as its profound flavors begin to and should expose a very elegant like Northern Rhone quality.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2001 Château Rabaud-Promis Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
10/22/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
95 points
An exemplary case of just how profound the 2001 vintage was. The color is a bright honey gold. Ripe pineapple and honey with a perfect hint of marzipan and crème bruleé on the finish. This sauternes is cloyingly sweet with just the right amount of acidity to balance everything out perfectly. The finish lasts for over 30 sec. This is a very young Promis that promises to age quite well. I would think this wine shouldn't be touched for another 5 years (although very tempting now) and will age gracefully 10 to 20 years thereafter, a real top notch performance for this estate.
White
10/21/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
85 points
Nice minerality with a touch of pear nuance but with a little too much acidity. Vanilla and buttery notes suggest it was aged in oak for several months. Nice everyday white burgundy.
Red
10/22/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
89 points
This bottle was included in a 2001 blind tasting which included a '01 Beringer Private Reserve Cab, 01' Plumpjack Cab, '01 Columbia Crest Reserve Cab., '01 Piatelli Cab. (Argentina) and the '01 Opus. The 2001 Piattelli came in a respectable 4th place behind Opus One, Columbia Crest Reserve Cab. and the Beringer Private Reserve. The Piattelli is a new world meets old with lots of jammy dark fruits on the palate well integrated oak and hint of wet earth. Still a fairly tannic wine that needs at least 2 hours of decanting. This should prove to be a very good wine as it should evolve over the next 5 years. Dinking beautifully now but patients should make it even better.
Red
10/22/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
94 points
This bottle was included in a 2001 blind tasting which included a '01 Beringer Private Reserve Cab, 01' Plumpjack Cab, '01 Columbia Crest Reserve Cab., '01 Piatelli Cab. (Argentina) and the '01 Opus. The 2001 Columbia Crest Reserve came is second in the tasting behind only the '01 Opus One (see my rating at that wine). A refined fruit bomb that one finds typically in higher priced California and Washington Cab. Well integrated tannins with lush blackberry with hints of blueberry jam, vanilla and oak to round it out. Cassis notes come out on the long finish of this well structure wine. This may be the finest Cab for under $30 I have ever had.
Red
2001 Opus One Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/21/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
95 points
This bottle was included in a 2001 blind tasting which included a '01 Beringer Private Reserve Cab, 01' Plumpjack Cab, '01 Columbia Crest Reserve Cab., '01 Piatelli Cab. (Argentina) and the '01 Opus. The 2001 Opus One was the clear unanimous winner of the blind tasting. The Columbia Crest Reserve Cab was a relatively close second. My rating of 95 was given on the wine itself and does not factor the price. The 2001 Opus has a dark inky purple garnet color with perfumes of ripe dark fruit and a little earth. It is a well structured and opulent Opus with large notes of black fruit and oak on the palate with nice acidity (but not as good as the '99 Opus). The finish lasts well over 30 sec. This wine has a great mouth feel and the tannin structure, while strong, does not seem to detract form the loads of ripe blackberry and cassis and make for a wine that is very enjoyable now but could still age for several years to come. Note: All bottles were decanted a minimum of 3 hours prior to tasting.
Red
10/19/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
91 points
Deep purple garnet and still incredibly tannic even after an hour of decanting. Underlying notes of prune and blackberry with nice notes of oak and glycerin. Tastes a lot like a young Bordeaux without the pencil and earth. Could this be a sleeping beauty? I would have rated it higher but after several years of cellaring this wine shows little if any give on the mouth searing tannin levels. The could be a phenomenal wine in 5 to 10 years if the tannins loosen their grip. Anxious to try again in a year or so and see how the wine has evolved.
Red
10/19/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
92 points
Huge fan of Peachy Canyon Zins. The 2005 Snow Vineyard Zinfandel is youthful, full bodied and smacks of fresh raspberries and blackberry jam with nice acidity to bring it all together. The finish last about 20 sec. The wine begs to be drunk now but a few years of cellaring should bring it more together and peak over the next 6 to 10 years.
Red
2001 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/27/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
96 points
Tasted with a flight of '89, '95, '98, '99, '00 & '01 Cos. All bottles decanted about 3 hours prior to tasting. Wow. Huge wine. Wonderful wet earth that I come to love and fine common in Cos with dark cherry or blackberry and pencil shavings on the palate. The tannins take time to soften but I have a feeling this will be monumentus wine in another decade, and at 70% the price of the 2000 Cos this is a steal. It has the potential to be as good as the '95 or even the '90.
Red
2000 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/17/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
93 points
Tasted with a flight of '89, '95, '98, '99, '00 & '01 Cos. All bottles decanted about 3 hours prior to tasting. Dark purple color very reminiscent of Cos. Wonderful earth and dark berry flavors on the bouquet. Wonderful mouth fell with pencil some wet earth and blackberry flavors on the palate but still closed down after decanting. By the end of the night I came back to this one and had opened a little more. Much improvement over the '98 and '99. I have a feeling I will be upgrading my rating in the future on this bottle.
Red
1999 Château Cos d'Estournel St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/17/2008 - ebharrigan wrote:
89 points
Tasted with a flight of '89, '95, '98, '99, '00 & '01 Cos. All bottles decanted about 3 hours prior to tasting. Very dark purple garnet color. The cork looked troubling to me but the 99 had complex layers of mocha, dark berries and nice hint of oak that brought it together in the end. Better than the 1998 Cos but not outstanding. Looking forward to trying in a year or two.
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