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Tasting Notes for Purple Grillz

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Red
11/16/2019 - Purple Grillz wrote:
91 points
Holding up extremely well. Other than a slightly out of place pink grapefruit note, this is a very well made wine. The oak has completely integrated and lends a creamy texture. Got a case for $80 on Spectrum which looks like an absolute steal. They had multiple cases so if you are looking for an excellent Languedoc with just the right amount of bottle age, go find this juice.
Red
1998 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/22/2019 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
91 points
From a 375. Strawberry tart, vanilla, faint herbs, tannins still there but civilized now. Excellent with Mediterranean dishes. No further development in this format, drink up.
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Red
10/1/2019 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
90 points
Solid, not spectacular. Slightly candied nose. Red Fruit with drying tannins. Opens with an extremely short pomerol like mid palate on entry. It seems like tighter berry selection and a little less oak would help. Very resistant to oxidation, I had a glass worth stored in a ball jar to check in on over a few days and it barely budged, definitely is better with at least a 24 hour decant.
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Red
8/29/2019 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
88 points
Probably was much better 4-5 years ago, and a bottle here and there may still be drinking well but it seems the ship has sailed. I have been giving older Languedoc a try and unfortunately did not get lucky with this one.
Red
I have no idea why this is so tannic and bitter, it completely overshadows the delicate red fruits. Little to no pleasure. Definitely not a wine to be enjoyed on its own. Much better with a tangy cheese, Feta revealed some floral notes and rhubarb. If you like low grade Burgundy or Beaujolais this might be your kind of wine.
Red
8/20/2019 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
98 points
From a 375ml. I am absolutely awe struck. The aromatics are just amazing, ripe strawberries, peaches, cocoa, cola, tobacco, wintergreen, no trace of alcohol. Incredibly smooth, what a great little bottle!!!!!
Red
8/7/2019 - Purple Grillz wrote:
96 points
One the most impressive bottles of Shiraz Ive ever had. I Let it decant overnight, upon opening the the acidity was racing so it needed to breathe, very glad I did. A day later, everything is integrated, a pomerol like nose of chocolate mixes wonderfully with the usual Aussie Shiraz aromatics of bay leaf, cured olives, fresh cracked black pepper, and black cherry.

On the palate, it is a dark berry driven drink with ample minerality, cured olives, violets, sour cherries, coconut, and rasberries. Reminds me a lot of Quilceda Creek for its balance, abundance of fruit, and deft handling of oak. Alcohol a little more in check than most Quilceda bottles.

Delicious now, especially with a fatty dish, but I would steer away from steak, pun not intended, I had this with a ribeye but I feel like of the nuance was lost by the overpowering beef flavors, where beef can bring out the delicate red fruits of Bordeaux, it covers up the subtle notes here. I would should for Duck or Salmon.

Delicious now but wont start the march to its peak for another 5 years or so. The only bottle from Australia Ive had better was 1982 Grange, which is a completely unfair comparison, as this is a baby.
Red
2003 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/14/2019 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
95 points
This time from a 750ml. What a different wine than the 375ml format. Absolutely unforgiving when I popped the cork. With every sip, it took out a ruler and slapped my tongue, punishing me for my lack of patience. Brutal, drying tannins, sour cherry picked young, only the dill pickle nose and fresh cut cedar kept it less than punitive. The bouquet was oddly reminiscent of a Roc De Cambes, which I always enjoy.
Fortunately this was not my first bottle of LB, so I know it is always a fight. I went back to my corner, corked the bottle and waited...
Day 2, still cracking me for insolence, telling me even 2023 would be infanticide. I retreat.
Day 3 After this beating the day before, I drove 3 hours to Long Island, not looking at it, talking to it, using the beach traffic to take my mind off of it. I came back at 1 am and dint even check on it. Glad I did.
Day 4, Sunday morning, take the bottle out, pour the tiniest glass, the nose has changed, my heart flutters. take the tiniest sip. All is forgiven! Its dinner time now and I have a proper glass. A beautiful LB in all its glory! Much more complex than the 375 and so many fireworks in al the right places. This is going to be a very fun wine to follow through time. If you don't have a few of these in your cellar, than get some.

If you need to consume immediately, this wine should not be opened until 2025, at least. Otherwise, it needs a lengthy decant. My method is to open the bottle pour out a glass, take a sip and pour it back in. It took a full 72 hours to relax like this. You may be OK in 24 hours in a wide base decanter.
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Red
2009 Château d'Armailhac Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/2/2019 - Purple Grillz wrote:
90 points
Changing a bike tire is a pain in the ass. The finger wrestling of odd little tools, getting grease all over your hands. Sweat coming from places they don't usually from your face. Frustrating, but in the end, when its done, you come to peace with it enough to actually enjoy the experience.

This wine is somewhat like that. Nothing likable whatsoever at the start. This wine took a full 3 days to uncoil, completely closed. It might as well have been wine soaked in a can of nuts and bolts. How they achieved this in such a generous year is beyond me.

Day 3: Textbook Pauillac.. everything you want to see and smell, the pencil shavings are sublime, the thyme and tarragon are well represented on the nose and finally we get a smattering of black cherry fruit. Finally something I can drink!

Overall this wine has failed this vintage horribly, all the other Pauillac producers had much lighter colored wines, soft, delicate, letting the vintage shine. What troll left this wine on the skins so long? What were they hiding? Who fell asleep at the wheel.

The wine is correct but what a pity they couldn't take more care. The fruit may not outlast the tannins. HOLD, check back in 2025. Lets see.
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Red
6/25/2019 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
91 points
Beautiful color, I uploaded a photo with the cork which came out perfectly from a top shoulder bottle.

Burgundian now for this vintage, everything subtle, everything quiet, soft, beautiful. If you love a 4 minute wintergreen finish, then you will love this wine. I went to an 82 tasting featuring no less than the 5 first growths, Petrus, Ausone, and Pichon Lalande, and my favorite wine of the night was Ausone because of the incredible wintergreen bouquet. Unfortunately, it tasted nothing like the bouquet, almost boring. Latour and Petrus were a tie for first as a drink.
This Baron is delivering what The Ausone suggested but lacking mid palate depth beyond library books, barnyard, and the lightest suggestion of strawberries. Unfortunately, the celery seed note you can get from very old Baron is seemingly covered by the wintergreen, which is not exactly bad, what a wonderful wine. What a wonderful world. Drink Baron!
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Red
6/19/2019 - Purple Grillz wrote:
91 points
Another gem from a cellar of unsung wines. Cork and fill was perfect. Cloudy ruby chocolate color and clear rim had me worried but the wine was sweet, delicate, and delicious. Nose wasn't great, slightly oxidized orange zest and strawberries, but this barely comes through when sipping. Not a multi-dimensional wine, but fully mature, extremely well made, and with recent vintages available for around $10, I will definitely be cellaring this producer. I imagine this bottle was mind blowing 5 or 6 years ago. Syrah Grenache Carignan Cinsault. 12% alc. Insane QPR here.
Red
5/27/2019 - Purple Grillz wrote:
93 points
Lucky enough to find my way into an obscure cellar of a serious collector who wasn't into trophy wines. Perfect fill, perfect cork. Tannins still barely present but this wine has another 5-10 years of development. Popped at 4pm and the wine needed serious air. I was slightly worried the wine was done but decanted it and gave it time. So glad I did, this wine has luxurious red fruit, reminding me of cherry candy! Secondary flavors of Black pepper, and roasted carrots. What a wine!!! too bad that it so hard to find.
Red
5/22/2019 - Purple Grillz wrote:
93 points
Fruit is still shining! Mocha and ripe cherries headlining. starting to knit together very nicely. Bought this at auction for $9?! Its amazing how really solid wines get ignored at auction if they aren't of the right pedigree. Unfortunately I only could get 2. I would say hold for 3 more years at most, really drinking perfectly right now.
Red
2/21/2019 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
92 points
Still chugging along, reminds me of a St. Julien with a touch of dried figs, cooked strawberries, and milk chocolate. Changes a lot in the glass, still plenty of red bright fruit left and tannins to melt but the dried and cooked fruits component is a little scary for hanging on to for much longer. Starting to take on some port characteristics. They seem to be oxidizing a bit. Probably excellent with some strong flavored cheeses.

Overall a success for this winery and standing tall at 21 years of age.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1967 Château Guiraud Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/30/2019 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
96 points
Cork was soaked through, high shoulder fill. Capsule did an amazing job keeping everything together. People who have not explored fully mature Sauternes are missing out. Enjoyed with a pear pie baked with juniper, by a brilliant local baker. A great finish to a wonderful meal with great friends. Orange liquor, antique wood, herbs, some petroleum, not a sharp edge in the glass. More rambunctious than the 67 Suideraut. Shows no signs of fading, this wine is going to 80 years. I wish I had more. I will seek.
Red
1998 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/28/2018 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
97 points
I haven’t enjoyed a wine this much for a long time, this bottle was singing, singing everything Pessac has to offer. The singular scorched earth profile shared with their neighbors was coated in ripe red fruit, the tannins have signed out and have already caught a flight for the 2019 harvest.
In the glass it’s a clear ruby red, consistent rim to rim. Beautiful. I recently had the 98 La Mission and this bottle danced circles around it. It is absolutely ready to drink right now and for the first time in my adolescence of wine appreciation, I can say without hesitation that this will not get better with age, it will always be a great wine but this is firing on all cylinders in the 750 format.
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Red
10/20/2018 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
93 points
Extremely pure, a wall of tannin comes after the initial burst of pomegranate and tuna sashimi, followed with cracked pepper and black cherry. Reminds me very much of a young 2001 Chevalier Blanc with more curves. This is day 2 of being open and it has not budged. Masterful wine making here. Decent QPR for right bank, amazing for Pomerol of this quality. Reminds me of better values from well made Chilean producers.
Red
10/17/2018 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
97 points
This is a Baron to buy and hold. It’s drinking now but in 10-20 years when it sheds the rest of the tannin, the vivid wild strawberry and cherries are going to congregate with the celery seed terroir for an outstanding wine. I’ve had many vintages of this wine and it is #3. #1 is 1964, I assume they picked early enough before the rain bloated the grapes, that they still had a special wine on their hands. #2 was 1989, a different wine, Dark in color, rich. In comparison to Lalande, I see the 1989 Baron as the 1996 Lalande. And the 2000 Baron like the 2009 Lalande, of which both you can read a book through.
Most vintages of Baron are not as flamboyant, they hold the fruit in favor of focus. And unlike the more delicate and floral Lalande, you will never detect any VA with Baron. Patience will be well rewarded here. And like all great wines it gains weight in the glass. The Baron lover that has these needs to fight the urge to pull the cork.
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Red
10/12/2018 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
92 points
The best part of committing to the study of wine is that you get so in tune with a producer, a terroir, a style, that it becomes a language. I love that Hundred Acre did an Australian wine, and specifically a Barossa Valley Shiraz. For everything I knew about everything going into the bottle, it actually came out exactly as I thought it would! I wish more winemakers did some globe trotting like this. No need for me to rehash all the tasting notes you have already read. You get the picture. However, I just don't see much difference in QPR from other top producers, especially Two Hands. I would expect another level of silky tannins and drinkability at this price point.
Red
2003 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/4/2018 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
95 points
From a half bottle. 3 hour decant. Wow. We have a firm second place to Latour for 2003. While missing the kaleidoscope of secondary characteristics of Latour, this wine is amazingly balanced for this vintage or many others. There isn’t a whisper of baked fruit, the alcohol is completely in check. Delicious almost candy like mid palate. Vanilla, does speak of California. If the finish were longer I would score higher but the every sip in between bites of steak are well worth the trip! If you are not familiar with Lynch bages and try this one first, this is not the typical Lynch Bages! If you like this one don’t be disappointed by other recent vintages. They usually take at least 20 years to get this drinkable. Even the spectacular 1989 needs a whole day of air to loosen up.
Red
10/3/2018 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
93 points
A Lalande sleeper, same approach they took to 95 and 09. Seems to be very little time on the skins. Herbs and bright berry fruit forward. Oak has completely integrated. This was ridiculously good upon opening 96+, but with some air, the dreaded volatile acidity showed up. Let it rest for 3 days and it blew off. Just finished the bottle with a broiled beef burger and fresh cut avacado, just some salt pepper. Absolutely delicious. A great Lalande for the price that is ready to drink. The tannins are very drying on the finish if you are not drinking it with a fatty dish.
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Red
2011 Tertre Rôteboeuf St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/27/2018 - Purple Grillz wrote:
97 points
I gave this BOTTLE 97 points but I am learning after trying a few different vintages and multiple bottles of the same vintage, including this one, variation is bordering on ridiculous. Both 2010 and 2011 are a 70/30 crap shoot. It will either be Lafite after doing 50 push-ups or some strange concoction of rusty metal and standard right bank. This bottle woke up on the right side of the bed and succulent red fruit, fresh cut pine, and mossy terroir are on full display. I feel like we should know what barrels the bottles come from... such an interesting wine. 2010 is not worth the gamble $$ wise, but 2011 absolutely is. I don't see much difference between the peak experience of either. But keep in mind, if this bottle comes short, it is very disappointing. If serving to guests, absolutely open before they arrive to see what character shows up.
Red
1975 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
8/26/2018 - Purple Grillz wrote:
93 points
My second bottle after last year's birthday. 1975 is my birth year and bordeaux has been disappointing so I am branching out. A less than perfect bottle. The cork was sunken about an eight of an inch. Color is extraordinary for a 43 year old drink. Dark Ruby to the rim but translucent upon close inspection. Complex nose of mild charcuterie, fresh cut oranges, and iron.
The nose is almost identical to the flavors except for some tannins standing guard. This bodes extremely well for this wine going forward. Gratefully I have had a decent amount of very old wine and I can tell this one has the stuffing to last another 5-12 years based on the fruit left and the quality of tannins still present. Monsanto did a wonderful job with this Monopole.
Red
8/18/2018 - Purple Grillz wrote:
95 points
Years ago, a family friend and I were talking about his experiences living in rural Vermont. He had barely anything to say except he kept arching his eyebrows and saying very slowly, "Its quiet". I understood immediately what he meant. This wine reminds of that moment. It comes in unannounced, polished, quiet. Its as if someone came in the room, said nothing and started taking care of their business without making a sound, no awkward glances, no shuffling paper. Just feels good to have company.

Same bottle from my last note via coravin.
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Red
8/4/2018 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
96 points
I have had 2003 Forts Latour and it is much lighter in bottle than the Grand Vin, it is delicious to be sure but it is not as if it was just the lesser barrels, it is, absolutely a different wine. a delicious wine, but just different. This 2004 Latour Grand Vin is coming across as the 2003 with the volume turned down a little, almost the true second wine of 2003. Cab Franc takes center stage right now but in 10-15 years the cabernet stalking you in the background will have its knives out, excellent juice, very long. So much going on in the glass, and for the first time ver with Latour, I am getting the same bubblegum note tucked in there that I get from Hoegarden hefeweizen. Weird but also very welcome.
Red
8/3/2018 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
91 points
Caymus regular cuvée clone, don’t be a dummy and spent 2x-3x for basically the same experience. Caymus Special Selection is on another level so don’t be confused, this is a substitute for the yellow label.
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Red
2005 Tertre Rôteboeuf St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/2/2018 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
92 points
Second bottle from the same lot, similar results so take that into account. Great nose of licorice mullberries, caramel, but again, this fading in and out rusty iron character as you drink it. I don’t know if it’s tannins fighting their last breaths as the fruit fades, but overall not enjoyable in a wine half the price.
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Red
7/31/2018 - Purple Grillz wrote:
95 points
Unbelievably consistent across time, superb wine making. Freshness, balance, complexity, the roasted herbs, the menthol, the beef blood and oodles of delicate, ripe, red berry fruit. Time has added library books to the flavor profile which integrate seamlessly. To be sure, this is dry as a bone, but it showcases all these flavors so well without any sweetness. Spectacular Pauillac, spectacular wine. A serious QPR for BDX. I am starting to view Lalande in the same light as the Haut Brions, somewhat awesome no matter what the vintage, is its their shared reliance on Merlot?

The nose is wild, heavy cream, candied orange peels, milk chocolate. So different than the drink. Wonderful stuff.

It should keep much longer, plenty of polished tannins that don't dry you out, but this seems to be at its apex in 750 format.
Red
2015 Château Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/29/2018 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
91 points
Just read Leve on this from April 20, 2016. I had the same exact experience.

Same body as 1986 but that extra layer of fruit just isn't happening.
Red
7/28/2018 - Purple Grillz wrote:
97 points
Mork calling Orson, come in Orson, what?! My first Hundred Acre and my first real dive personally into the deep end of the pool of California. No idea that the party is like this. I was expecting black as night motor oil like high end Napa Cabs in the $100 range. This is something else all together. I am not exaggerating when I say you can read through this wine in the the glass . It is simultaneously absolutely packed with ripe red fruit, caramel, cinnamon, but it absolutely glides along effortlessly in your mouth. I would barely peg it Cabernet Sauvignon, tasted blind I would have guessed it was some mad scientist's Pinot Noir that edited out all the strange medicinal flavors Pinot brings. That being said, this is a great wine, but sadly it is too expensive, but we can say that about so much great wine. To those who will never even sniff this wine due to the insane price tag be rest assured that the next time you crack a Meiomi Pinot Noir, you are actually not too far off the mark from this.
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Red
2009 Château L'Evangile Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/27/2018 - Purple Grillz wrote:
99 points
First growth quality. Smooth as a river stone with enough tannic backbone to promise a long beautiful life. Red and black fruit, almond paste, fresh baked biscotti, Could very well be a perfect wine for a very long time. Extremely long, a taste you can even remember, which seems impossible but you know what Im talking about, some wines you can taste just thinking about them. If you have the bankroll, stock up and stock up in large format if you are young or have heirs.
Red
2010 Château Duhart-Milon Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/27/2018 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
88 points
Decent wine here. But an absolute pass at its price point. There is a mountain of second wines and less er names that can hold their own against this. Its muddy, new worldish, well made, and boring. Go pick up a bottle of Lalande Borie of just about any vintage and you won't be able to tell the difference, and it is under $30. Yes, Lalande Borie is a great value but it underlines how overpriced this wine is with the Banker Stamp. This is a hard pass and a great wine for people who want to take Bordeaux's pants down.
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Red
7/26/2018 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
92 points
Surprising in a number of ways. Very open for business, don’t be afraid to pop those bottles. Very feminine, expecting something more along the lines of this estate’s 1989 or 1996, I would never have guessed this came from a spectacular vintage. It reminded me of a full bodied Barolo, within 30 minutes, the typical Lalande roasted herbs and menthol were in full display, accented by wild strawberries and even ripe nectarine. A very nice wine but not one I would pair with red meat. Duck, Mediterranean vegetable fishes are more it’s speed. It lost a lot of steam day 2 being open. Not sure how long this will live.
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Red
2001 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/15/2018 - Purple Grillz wrote:
94 points
I have never tasted a pitch perfect, exact flavor of a perfectly ripe black cherry until this wine. Wow. A beautiful nose to boot. Also, very, very young. So much of this wine's flavor profile is lost in the mud. The tannins are still roaming around, muddering to themselves and need 5-10 years to pass on to the next world. If everything breaks right, this wine could be an absolute Beast. The Chocolate milk nose of Cheval is there for sure but not as pronounced as 2000, and its a bit boozy as well. Please don't open this wonderful bottle now, there is no reason unless you are learning to track this amazing terroir through time.
Red
Freakshow is the best way I can talk about this wine. Super hot unfortunately, reminds me very much of a 2002 Quilceda I had recently, just in the vodka finish aspect. The more high alcohol wines I have, the more sensitive I get, so keep that in mind, readers. It is nothing like Quilceda's superb Cabernet fruit. The grapes have a wild character to them, my wife and I go wild berry picking in July and this wine seems to be made from a melange of all this strange little fruits, some are tart, and bright, some are sun baked and sweet. Sip to sip, this wine changes with your food, which is really nice but also comes off as manic is some strange way. The last sip I had tells the whole story for me, its as if someone put ripe cherries and chicken stock in a brownie batter with no sugar...
Red
2012 Roc de Cambes Côtes de Bourg Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/15/2018 - Purple Grillz wrote:
94 points
I would love to put this in front Jeff Leve in a blind tasting, I would bet my house, 88 points wouldn't come out of his mouth. Not trying to pick a fight Jeff, I love your reviews and your website! The nose isn't as good as 2011 but much more delicious at this stage. Just 30 minutes in the glass and it has integrated into a silky, light weight, forward expression of Merlot and this terroir's telltale sauerkraut and dill character. The alcohol is lingering a bit long for me but this is drinking incredibly well right now, it was a clear favorite tonight over 2001 Cheval Blanc and 2007 Masi Mazano Amarone when I served the wines in a blind tasting to my friends. It has become my favorite thing to do, sneaking Roc De Cambes into high end wine tastings blind. I am stocking up on Roc De Cambes OWC of all vintages,I doubt it will stay at its price point much longer.
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Red
7/3/2018 - Purple Grillz wrote:
94 points
What a nose. if you are craving quintessential Pauillac perfume, pull this one out. As a drink, it lacks the power of 96 but it also costs 30% less. Definitely pair with with lighter fair, the fruit and tertiary elements are delicate. Not sure about saving this much longer unless you are looking for it to really start to change into a different animal. If thats the case, and the nose is any clue, this could be a very interesting wine 15-20 years down the line for extremely well stored bottles.
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Red
7/3/2018 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
94 points
If we could magically knock off 2% alcohol from this drink it could be a perfect wine. It is extracted, but not a fruit bomb glob, AFWEs May disagree but I truly think this reminds me of Chateau Latour with a hint of chocolate covered cherry. The major flaw with this wine is the oppressive alcohol. It dominates the finish, which counts for a lot for me. Lingering Cabernet artistry is much more enjoyable than a slow burn of vodka.
I am going to let the rest of this bottle breathe overnight and see if the alcohol can blow off.
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2005 Tertre Rôteboeuf St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/29/2018 - Purple Grillz wrote:
93 points
I have never had a Bipolar wine before this puppy right here. I have sipped it over 3-4 days, from coravin, from bottle with an hour to breathe. One sip, seems ready to go, next sip, it starts to get rusty again, so strange. I don't think these bottles should be opened for 5 years or so, its still figuring itself out. If it trends toward its sublime moments this is a 98 point wine. 93 now.
Red
1994 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/27/2018 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
92 points
The fruit is fading, but it is so nice to enjoy an extremely well made, soft, easy drinking Pessac with no tannins whatsoever. I was always weary of the 94s until I had a Bahans 1994 last Christmas and it was the WOTN among a lot of heavy hitters for how refreshingly soft it was. I purchased 2 bottles of LMHB based on this experience and this did not disappoint! The Dillon family aced the 1994 vintage. I wish it had more fruit going forward but I may have to hunt down larger formats.
Red
2010 Carruades de Lafite Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Day 1 Coravin

Immediately upon pouring: Aromatics are much better than the drink. You can smell this from 6 feet away and its red candy and cream, once your nose is in the glass everything shuts down though. In the drink, a rock solid core of eucalyptus, strawberry rhubarb pie filling and braised beef, unfortunately some drying effects and some bitterness that seems to be fading.
After 20 minutes in the glass, everything coming together very quickly, red berry fruit and glycerin taking center stage. Bitterness receding. Covering it up to check in on tomorrow,
Red
6/22/2018 - Purple Grillz wrote:
92 points
I am usually disappointed by Lalande's second wine, but a good friend said I had to give 2015 a spin. I am very glad I did, this juice is punching way over it's weight class. It is seductive now and time should shave off the very few rough edges and reveal a beautiful wine. I cant wait to track this one over time. Its better than many lesser vintages of the Grand Vin. Do yourself a favor and stock up on this, it will be gone quick and unfortunately second wines barely make it to auction unless they are first growth.
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2011 Tertre Rôteboeuf St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/22/2018 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
95 points
Another beautiful wine from Francois Mitjavile, generous red fruit, warm spice that lingers through the 30 second finish. Absolutely ready to drink immediately in the glass, from the coravin. No bitterness whatsoever, no stems, no seeds, time will only make it silkier. You don't have to tear your hair out trying to find something to love here.
Red
2015 Château Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/18/2018 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
91 points
Good wine to be sure but I am not as enthusiastic as many about this. It is ripe but its a baked slightly. The nose has a really fun red candy aspect to it that made me very excited to sip but once in the trap, there was too much stem for me. The tannins are forgiving for such a young wine but the stemmy green center of this is too distracting for my taste. It could just be me today, because I haven't seen anyone talk about this. It is long, it is well made but it seems more like Washington State than Pessac. This a pass for me at $50+. 2015 has many better values.

JS96 VN96 WE96 DC94 JD92 RP92 WS92
Red
5/30/2018 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
93 points
Obviously not on the level of the first growths, Lalande, and La Mission, but this wine is an outstanding example of left bank 82. If you like a healthy dose of minestrone soup with your cassis, red raspberries, and vanilla, this is bottle for you. The vegetal notes are not overpowering at all, they seem like harmonious elements of a whole. Lots going on, tannins are pretty much gone, very soft mouth feel. Sadly, the fruit is makings way for the door, unless stored very cold since release, 750s should be consumed now, don't let this beautiful wine die in your cellar!
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Red
5/16/2018 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
91 points
These 86s are all over the map, seemingly identical bottles as far as storage go, can be extremely good or very disappointing, but well worth the gamble. The good bottles are similar to the 96 but a little faded.
Red
5/10/2018 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
96 points
If you are going to pick up some BDX for your cellar that could appeal to just about anyone, this bottle is it, it has enough fruit for Cali fans, enough subtlety for Burgundy fans, and still has all the stuffing a die hard Pauillac fan would need. A textbook wine for balance. Wow. And yes, it does have a place at the table with 1982, which I had the privilege of tasting alongside ALL of the 1982 First Growths in a horizontal recently. And the Lalande took second place to only Latour. I’m glad I have 9 bottles left to revisit over the next 20 years. It’s ridiculous to say, but this wine is a serious QPR value at current auction prices.
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Red
5/4/2018 - Purple Grillz wrote:
91 points
So many notes are accurate already. Very strange wine indeed. So much stuffing, plenty of fruit, plenty of tertiary things, smooth mouth feel, not tiring at all, but there is this bitterness that lingers.. not sure if it’s tannins that will melt, haven’t tasted enough serious Napa over time to tell. All I can compare it to is 96 Forts de Latour, which is in a very similar awkward stage. After tasting some extremely alive and delicious 1975 Forts, I would normally say maybe this wine is destined for the long haul, but like many have said, this wine has poor quality corks. It might actually be worth an inquiry to see if Shafer has an interest in recorking these.
Red
5/2/2018 - Purple Grillz Likes this wine:
98 points
Another beautiful bottle of 1989 Baron, the oldest bottle by 11 years in an amazing flight of mostly right bank and Napa. This wine is absolutely in the pocket right now, everything is in the right place. This wine might get more interesting with time but no way will it get tastier. The tannins have completely melted. What a treat.
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