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Red
2013 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon S.L.V. Stags Leap District
9/28/2020 - gteran76 wrote:
90 points
I saved this wine for a future birthday dinner that occurred 2 days ago and I was expecting wayyy more for this wine. The body is medium plus, super high in acidity and lacking harmony between oak fruit and tannin.
  • hawkeye54 commented:

    10/2/20, 7:23 AM - Sounds like it may be in a backwards, shut down phase. I would guess it will be much better in 5-10 years.

Red
2008 Pisoni Pinot Noir Estate Santa Lucia Highlands
7/26/2020 - dsimmons Likes this wine:
95 points
Drank with wine group. My second favorite of the evening. Bold fruit. Integrated and balanced. Sorry I don't have more of this. My last of 9 bottles. Drink or hold.
  • hawkeye54 commented:

    7/26/20, 11:22 AM - Glad to hear this is still holding up. I have a mag that I'm still waiting to open when the mood hits me.

  • hawkeye54 commented:

    7/26/20, 1:16 PM - Thank you Dsimmons!

White - Sparkling
2002 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
7/14/2019 - rocknroller wrote:
96 points
Light gold color. Opened this for our 35th Anniversary. Split bottle over 3 hours plus. Beautiful and seamless; wonderfully toasted, brioche, pear and fine lemons, creamy mousse, roasted nuts, lightly chalky minerality. Quite elegant and a long finish. My wife always being more generous, scored this a point or two higher. I wil not be arguing with her. A great bottle on a special day. 96-K, 98-V.
  • hawkeye54 commented:

    7/15/19, 6:14 AM - Salud to 35 years. Picking your battles is a key to longevity!

Red
2008 Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas Syrah
4/12/2019 - robferguson1 wrote:
86 points
This was in the dead zone, colour all wrong brownish and wine hate left overs of quality only, I shudder because I have 10 bottles to go, I hope it’s an aberration, and my disappointment made deeper by having a great 07 a few days before
  • hawkeye54 commented:

    4/12/19, 10:17 PM - I had one of these several months ago and it was sublime. Fresh and bursting from the glass with wonderful aromas. I would guess just a bad bottle. Hopefully the rest of the lot is much better. Cheers!

Red
2010 Domaine Tempier Bandol La Tourtine Mourvèdre Blend, Mourvèdre
Pretty stinky and earthy on day one. Kept on mellowing out. Even at nine years, I guess I would give it longer and further still.
  • hawkeye54 commented:

    1/21/19, 3:35 PM - My experiences with the 2010's have been the same. Need several more years imo.

White
2010 Jacques Lassaigne Coteaux Champenois Blanc Haut Revers du Chutat Chardonnay
12/14/2018 - acyso wrote:
88 points
HDH December auction; 12/13/2018-12/15/2018 (Chicago, IL): Everything about this wine is great until the finish. The nose shows a touch of sulphur, but the palate is incredibly rich and broad, with great intensity. However, the back end is where this wine suffers a bit, showing tons of acid and sourness on the finish.
  • hawkeye54 commented:

    12/14/18, 3:24 PM - Couldn't agree more with your note. Have one more bottle that I'm going to wait on for awhile. Hopefully the acidity calms down a bit.

Red
2006 Robert Foley Claret Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
7/4/2018 - hawkeye54 wrote:
Over the hill. Toasted. Major dissapointment considering I've had it for eight years in my cellar.
  • hawkeye54 commented:

    9/16/18, 6:57 AM - Thanks Silveroak7. I'm sure I had a bad bottle. That is what the "toasted" comment was in my note. Tasted like it had been exposed to too much heat. Cheers!

Red
2008 Pisoni Pinot Noir Estate Santa Lucia Highlands
6/24/2018 - dougie Likes this wine:
94 points
Amazing. Decanted for an hour and drank over 4. At the end, not big. But it’s a fine line to get there. And, this is a great big Pinot! Two more years for the last one sounds good..
  • hawkeye54 commented:

    6/25/18, 1:46 PM - I have a magnum of this that I'm debating opening in the next year or so. Curious if you have any other history with this vintage?

Red
2005 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
1/17/2018 - acyso wrote:
83 points
Flickinger Tasting at The Casino (Chicago, IL): I love this estate, but this version of the wine is but a weedy wreck. It's thin and emaciated, with just a whole lot of acid and tannin. The finish has an unpleasant drying sensation. Where happened here? There's only upside to aging this, because it's pretty bad right now.
  • hawkeye54 commented:

    1/18/18, 4:52 AM - Sorry you had a bad experience with the wine but I love the honest review. ����

Red
2014 Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Santa Cruz Mountains
11/11/2017 - Eric Guido wrote:
88 points
The fruit here is much riper than I would expect from a Ridge estate Cabernet, and the oak is prominent. Purple fruits with cherry accents, sweet herbs, spice and tobacco showed on the nose. On the palate, it was silky in texture with concentrated black fruits, plum verging on prune with a sweet herbal mix. Brisk acidity and a bit of green tannin showed on the finish. I wanted more austerity here, but this vintage came across as very ripe. Considering the notes from other tasters here, I'll keep my mind open to tasting again.
  • hawkeye54 commented:

    11/11/17, 4:07 PM - I've tasted this several times and IMO it needs at least five years and probably 10 to come together unfortunately. The pieces seem to be there for something really good down the road.

Red
2000 Château Lagrange (St. Julien) Red Bordeaux Blend
10/4/2017 - Purple Tooth wrote:
93 points
This is still a solid 93+ and on its way up. Has traded in its thick p-coat for a suit but still has all the muscle underneath. Its far more elegant, refined, and sexy, while youthful and light on its feet. This is shaping up and shedding fat. I like it now with lots of air, and again, I think that this is very much in line with the 1996 vintage at this stage...can drink but I still think its a strong Hold
  • hawkeye54 commented:

    10/4/17, 6:47 PM - Thanks for the note. I had several of these over the last five years thinking they'd be entering a good drinking window only to be disappointed. Never been a bad bottle, just underwhelming. I'll wait another year or two to drink my last bottle.

Red
2012 Château Talbot St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
5/29/2015 - hawkeye54 wrote:
92 points
Drank over 4 hours. Kept improving in the glass. Medium bodied, slightly dusty, lush black fruits, fine tannins, medium + finish. This was just starting to show its identity in hour 4.
  • hawkeye54 commented:

    5/30/15, 6:28 AM - The tannins were not too much. There was much pleasure to be had after 3-4 hours of air time. I buy wine for a restaurant so I was doing "quality control". Have to make sure I know what I'm talking about. :)

Red
2010 Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
4/8/2014 - hawkeye54 wrote:
90 points
Too sweet for my liking. Hopefully this will show more structure later in life. Tasted a lot like the 2011 Caymus.
  • hawkeye54 commented:

    4/10/14, 2:40 PM - That's the plan. I've got a few more so we'll hold on to 'em for a bit. This was pretty surprising considering the 2010 vintage. Thanks Barry!

Red
2006 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
2/20/2014 - hawkeye54 wrote:
90 points
Decanted four hours. Dark red color with a little orange rim. Tart cherry nose with a little earthy background. Same tart cherries on the palate with a bit of leather and spicy oak. Finish was ok. I drank this over three days and I would say that the second and third day showed more fruit and smooth tannins than the first, without losing any appealing qualities. It's enjoyable now but I would hold on to a bottle or two for a few years if possible.
  • hawkeye54 commented:

    2/20/14, 1:17 PM - Yeah this stuff sucks! But it gives me an excuse to drink something nice by the fire.

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