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2005 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
10/1/2019 - Grinner wrote:
94 points
Decanted at 5pm, back in the bottle at 6pm, start tasting at 7pm at Bar Purlieu.

My last bottle on 11/1/15 note:
WOTFlight, this was BIG, dark, and deep with stone notes vying with the cassis, blackberry, earth, and cedar. Tannic and long. Wait, decant (we did 17 hours), and wait some more. Next in 2-3 years. 93 on day 2. (8322 views)

Tannins have settled down 2 notches and have 1-2 to go. Otherwise very similar and great with lamb chop and the pork belly skewers!

Good chance I'll save my last for another 3-5 years.
  • rooman commented:

    10/15/19, 12:48 AM - Personally I would wait at least another 10 years to open the last bottle if you only have one.

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2010 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
4/23/2019 - Verb wrote:
90 points
medium red, brick rim - black cherry, raspberry nose - asian spices in the mouth with good fruit/acid/tannin balance - medium body - 20 sec finish finish - a good but not great 2010 that will likely continue to drink well for another 5-10 years
  • rooman commented:

    5/10/19, 2:53 PM - Still far too young too drink now IMO. I will wait another decade or so before opening the first of several cases.

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2005 Cullen Wines Diana Madeline Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend
4/24/2019 - ricard Likes this wine:
93 points
On the nose I would not distinguish this from a left-bank Cabernet-dominant claret - blackberries, plums, cedar, pencil shavings/graphite. Tremendous energy (for a 2005!), peppery, minty, eucalyptus, a herbal component, and so vivid for its age. Really fantastic wine of its type. I expect this to rival many second-growth Bordeaux wines at a fraction of the price, and surely age impressively.
  • rooman commented:

    5/1/19, 6:55 AM - Absolutely also thought it could be left bank decent growth from say St Julien. Super refined but great structure

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2005 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
11/11/2018 - chatters wrote:
Catching up with Axel (Freds, Oxford Street, Sydney): Initially I thought my LB Hoodoo was continuing. This was decanted for about 90 minutes. On the nose blackcurrant, cassis, savoury, cedar, spicy and a little smoky. Juicy, savoury but still with plenty of black fruit, lashings of tannins that are drying but, for me, it's a little flat. I'm goo pull out a 2010 and see how it is to see if my 'young' hypothesis is correct...After about three hours, though, the wine grows with masses of wild blackcurrant and cream and cassis coming to the fore backed by brambles, leather and spice. The tannins are still grippy but less drying. Bit more yum. Note to self - 3 hour decant!
  • rooman commented:

    11/18/18, 4:12 AM - Did you get Fred’s to allow you to bring your own wines? Didn’t know they were BYO

Red
2002 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
8/25/2018 - Geoff Harry Likes this wine:
90 points
This is my favourite wine, but I was disappointed with this bottle. The palate was short and the fruit was missing. I'm hoping this was a glitch as I have several bottles.
  • rooman commented:

    11/14/18, 4:37 PM - I’m guessing bottle variation. I had one recently and it was only just entering into its drinking window. Superb wine.

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2004 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
2/6/2017 - graemeg wrote:
NobleRottersSydney - Penfolds prior to 2007 (360 Bar & Dining, Sydney): {cork, 14.5%} (Aaron) Decanted at start of dinner. Still fairly youthful, but flanked as it was by slightly older St Henri’s, it seemed very baked, sharp and harsh to me. The palate is raw and blocky, with medium gritty tannins, blackberry and sour cranberry fruit, medium/full body, and a medium-length finish tending hot and harsh. Not convincing. Age will tone it down, but the gritty heat it shows won’t help I suspect.
  • rooman commented:

    10/22/18, 6:12 AM - Until the last month or so I’ve really struggled with anything from the 2004 vintage. The tannins have been harsh and the fruit subdued. Finally how starting with a Balnaves Tally ‘04, I’ve started to see the wines emerge and blossom. I’m guessing the 2004 389 is still another 2-4 years off emerging however.

White
2016 Seppelt Riesling Drumborg Vineyard Henty
5/28/2017 - graemeg wrote:
{screwcap, 11%} Pale, almost colourless. Restrained nose of a little apple and lime, along with a schisty mineral character. It's light-bodied, but seems tightly-would somehow, with medium acidity, and crunchy fresh finish, and for all the cool, light flavours, they gently linger for some time. Pleasant now, if not immediately impressive; seems like a wine built for the longer haul, and with a nod at Rheingau; same dry style, same crunchy texture. Give it a decade I reckon.
  • rooman commented:

    9/24/18, 6:37 AM - Based on the odd bottle of 2006 I’ve taken out of the cellar a decade at the minimum.

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2004 Penfolds Shiraz St. Henri South Australia
8/19/2018 - Collector1855 wrote:
92 points
Medium amber, brownish. Wow, this looks and smells very mature. Lots of tertiary notes with nutmeg, cloves, leather, autumn leaves, cured meat. Alcohol and body on the high side but just about enough acidity to tame it. A solid but not grand Barossa wine. I wonder if all bottles are this evolved.
  • rooman commented:

    8/20/18, 6:43 AM - I’m finding the wines from the 2004 vintage in SA are taking a long long time to come around and for the tannins to soften. I’ve opened one from the case but won’t try again for another few years.

White
2017 Pikes Riesling Traditionale Clare Valley
2/7/2018 - CamWheeler wrote:
91 points
Riesling Riot 2018: Floral and perfumed nose with lime, orange and smoke - really quite pretty nose already. Really good length on the palate, the fruit balancing well with the youthful acid. Will leave my bottles to have a lengthy stint in the cellar before I look at them again.
  • rooman commented:

    4/12/18, 6:21 AM - I have started drinking the odd 2012 and they are only just starting to peep out from underneath the covers. I wouldn’t touch these for min7 years preferably 10

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2002 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
11/20/2016 - graemeg wrote:
NobleRottersSydney - Christmas Lunch 2016 (360 Bar & Dining, Sydney): {cork, 14.5%} And here is Penfolds offering in the same style, with a big leather and tar nose full of baked red fruits of all types. The colour is very brick-tinged for this age and label; and indeed the palate seems prematurely aged too. The inherent character remains; those ripe fruits and big oak, with raw gritty tannins and medium acid, but the finish is rather shorter and simpler than expected too. Storage? Part-oxidised at any rate I think, and possibly not typical, although I don’t generally think these early century, drought-infused Penfolds reds with their baked fruit qualities are aging well in any event.
  • rooman commented:

    4/7/18, 4:25 AM - Had the first out of my cellar. Earlier bottles were disappointing but it is now coming out of its shell. Almost Old World in style.

Red
2009 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
3/18/2018 - PortlandSeth Likes this wine:
95 points
Well integrated and balanced fruit and oak. So well integrated that I found individual flavors difficult to identify, something not usually a problem for me. Tremendous depth of flavor but not much complexity. The flavor did not evolve in the mouth, it was kinda one-note. But what a note! Absolutely delicious, everything in proportion, but missing some perfumed aromatics of other great Bordeauxs.
  • rooman commented:

    3/23/18, 6:47 AM - I opened my first bottle from the case at Xmas. I believe it is still far too young and doubt I would open another bottle this decade, probably even longer.

  • rooman commented:

    3/25/18, 6:50 PM - Sadly I think you are about a decade too early on this. I only opened it to see how the rest of the case might go. If I only had one, I wouldn't be trying it now and not at that price.

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1998 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon John Riddoch
2/5/2018 - graemeg wrote:
NobleRottersSydney - Penfolds at 10 20 30 years (360 Bar & Dining, Sydney): {cork, 13.5%} [Aaron] Had a 40-minute decant. Big, chocolate and cedar nose. Liquorice too. Very ripe, powerful. Plenty of oak on the palate, too, with sweet chocolate and currant flavours. Medium chalky tannins, medium-bodied with lowish acid. Makes a bit initial impression in the mouth, then flattens out a bit, and only finishes medium length. Weaker back-palate, despite the pleasant flavours it’s just a bit hollow and simple for a Coonawarra flagship red. The more I taste JR from the late 90s the more I understand why they ripped out so many vines and re-thought the oak treatment.
  • rooman commented:

    3/23/18, 6:42 AM - Do you think it may be still too young and in a dormant phase?

White
2012 Grosset Riesling Springvale Watervale
9/14/2016 - TightLettuce wrote:
91 points
my first clare valley riesling,

mixed feelings about this wine. pale, very pale. first thing I noticed was a breath of gun flint. apple and pear fruits are backwards, urethane notes hit intermittently. acids are not overwhelming, rather moderate actually. The after palate coats the mouth with a round glycerine like texture, the flavor lasts on your tongue forever.

So very different, not bad, but hard to pin point on a point scale. My wife hated it, wouldn't even drink it. I find it very precise, all aspects of the wine played well together.

I would say 89-91+ , served cold on a hot summer day like today, was thoroughly enjoyed
  • rooman commented:

    2/23/18, 4:13 AM - If it’s your first then this vintage is far to young to open. Fine if you have a case or two and tasting it is part of watching its development but I’m only just starting to try the 2007 vintage.

White
2012 Grosset Riesling Springvale Watervale
1/14/2017 - CamWheeler wrote:
91 points
Riesling Rampage 2017: Bath salts, roses and graphite. There is real cut and composure on the palate with the fruit and acidity well integrated but providing good interest and spark. Very good length. I thought that this was a step in front of the Grosset Polish Hill at the current point.
  • rooman commented:

    2/23/18, 4:11 AM - I find the Springvale more enjoyable than the Polish Hill which really needs a phenomenal amount of time to come into its own (min 15 years)

White
2012 Pikes Riesling Traditionale Clare Valley
1/14/2017 - CamWheeler wrote:
90 points
Riesling Rampage 2017: Floral with musk and lemon. Really good purity on the palate, the balance here is excellent with push and drive from the acidity and the fruit sweetness countering it with style. Not quite as much depth as I'd like to be able to love this, but it may well come with time.
  • rooman commented:

    2/23/18, 4:05 AM - 12 months on it is starting to take on additional depth of palate. Still some way to go but the butterfly is starting to emerge.

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2004 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
10/2/2017 - rooman Likes this wine:
91 points
Sort of into the solid and dependable phase. Tannins have softened and integrated but there is still little secondary development showing with this full bodied wine. I do suspect however in another 5-6 years as the wine takes on more complexity that it will be more interesting. It’s just not quite there yet. I will try and not open another bottle this decade.
  • rooman commented:

    1/24/18, 4:02 AM - What did you think?

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2005 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
10/5/2017 - Plabella Likes this wine:
98 points
this wine is perfect and could not be better. Great balance great mouth feel.
  • rooman commented:

    1/24/18, 3:59 AM - Having tried one over Christmas, I believe this wine has a min 10 years before even approaching it optimal drinking window.

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2004 Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend
8/25/2017 - alexisonsmith Likes this wine:
91 points
@ Penfolds Wine evening at 'Les Cavistes'. Very dry tannins. This wine was very closed, after being opened 3 hours prior I was expecting more however I feel this wine was missing something. It was still great however compared to the other 389's it was disappointing. Smokey. It worked a lot better with some beautiful confit d'agneau however this is one of those wines that need some food to elevate it. If holding some of these bottles I would recommend leaving another few more years prior to opening.
  • rooman commented:

    10/2/17, 2:10 PM - Depending on your storage conditions, I would hold off opening another this decade. I get the feeling an interesting wine is lurking in the background- it just hasn’t come out to play yet. This seems to be a very common theme with many of the 04 from South Australia.

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2007 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
4/29/2017 - rooman Likes this wine:
94 points
Lovely balance. After some notes I've read I was expecting more of a robust tannic monster but this wine is anything but that. Still not much secondary development going on but excellent balance and medium bodied, dark red fruit. Still has years to go.
  • rooman commented:

    9/23/17, 1:17 AM - Whilst it is just at the beginning of its life, if you have a case or six pack then definitely worth trying one now. Some of the early reviews had me worried I’d purchased a tannic monster but this was far from that. Yes it is full bodied but the pieces are definitely coming together. If you only have a couple of bottles then probably wait another 5 years to allow more complexity to develop.

Red
2010 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
4/29/2017 - rooman Likes this wine:
91 points
Tannic, unyielding, the 2010 vintage is not just not one to try early unlike the 2009 which is far more fruit drive and lush. It could easily go 15-20 years with not problem. I won't waste opening another for at least a decade.
  • rooman commented:

    4/29/17, 11:21 PM - My pleasure. My cellar does mature wines slowly as it's set at around 14c but I definitely won't be rushing to open another for quite some time.

Red
2007 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Red Rhone Blend
4/21/2017 - Vancouver Likes this wine:
94 points
No formal tasting note- drank at first Passover dinner a few weeks ago with traditional fare- roast brisket of beef, beef meatballs etc.

This wine showed amazing and to my taste is fully mature. Matched very well with the rich meat dishes .

This wine is full bodied and has decadent aromas and flavors - candied red and black fruits, garrigue, herbs, tobacco etc.

I would suggest drinking up as the wine seems very ripe, but wow- what a bottle.
  • rooman commented:

    4/29/17, 7:23 AM - I just tried the first from my case tonight. Lovely balance now but secondary development still to come and at least a good decade ahead of it, more if stored in a cool cellar.

Red
2014 Seppelt Shiraz St Peters Grampians
11/21/2016 - CamWheeler wrote:
94 points
TWE 2016 Expo: Floral, spice, iron, redcurrant and plenty of perfume here. Fine acidity with great structure and delicate fruit. Great length. Seriously impressive. Wine of the Tasting for me.
  • rooman commented:

    1/17/17, 1:20 PM - Agreed. This was the only red I brought that evening. PS didn't see you there.

Red
2001 Château Dassault St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
4/1/2010 - HIT wrote:
89 points
Deep purple color, but already fading on the rim. Aromatic nose with a spicy feel to it. On the palate: red berries, creme de cassis. Decent structure and finsish. Overall a pretty respectable St. Estephe '01, but on the lighter side. Drink now-2014
  • rooman commented:

    9/24/16, 5:24 AM - Looks like you're mixing up your St.s. This one is right bank not left bank.

Red
2005 Clos du Marquis St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
8/21/2015 - roboto wrote:
93 points
a perfect example of a wine that was closed on day one at (87p) anynomous, redberry-tart, herbal , the mouthfeel was high quality but the aromas were not there to support it. It was actually a quite mediocre wine. Day2 was a completely different wine: Hello Bordeaux! Clear dark berry fruit, hints of forestfloor, dark coffe, herbs, prunes. The wine is concentrated and rich with a lovely spicy texture. A wine for 2025. Not now. Not now at all.
2005 truly needs time. Wait and be rewarded.
  • rooman commented:

    12/19/15, 8:33 PM - I'm curious, when people say they leave the wine open for two days, is that completely open at the top or do they recork after drinking a portion and left the air caught within do its stuff.

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