HowardTheDuck

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  • 2005 Château Simard

    Exceptionalism. Earthy nose off the taste and only got smoother as the night went. Matched with tenderloin and lamb at the world famous Hotel Waliea in Maui, Haiwaii - I spotted this gem at a $90 price point and had to dive in. Ruby red, cigar, hobbits feet, stupendous front, back and swallow, really a great showcase of how important Bourdeueax and 2005 were. If you see this bottle and are out and about - BUY!

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  • 2014 Château de Landiras

    Exquisite wine. At $12.99 a bottle, this is a legend already. Without thinking, I bought a case half way through the first bottle. Wine certainly opened and grew in complexity as it decanted. Clearly the Best in Show at the 2016 Decanter Awards for a reason. Buy it and drink it. Perfect everyday wine as a guzzler or gift giving.

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  • 2014 Bow and Arrow Air Guitar

    I am in absolute love this wine. The 2014 tastes nothing like the 2013 reviews, I will guarantee that!

    - Wonderful earthy nose that reminds me of a solid Bordeaux.

    - Bright ruby red color.

    - The 50%Franc/50%Sav mixture is absolutely delightful.

    I have gone through multiple bottles, and purchased two magnums. I fear this wine can't last decades, but I think I've been so impressed by it, that I may wait 5 years on one of the magnums.

    Will buy again if given the opportunity.

    Great f-ing wine.

    Would love anyone's feedback on the shelf life of this wine/vineyard.

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  • bestdamncab says:

    9/21/2015 8:32:00 AM - Hope the wedding went well and we have a chance to meet and taste wine in Napa in the future.

  • dsimmons says:

    7/13/2015 10:41:00 AM - Howard On theVieux Telegraghe I would definitely save one for latter drinking. Re decanting. If it were me I would open the bottle an hour or two ahead and pour a taste. Really don't use a decanter very often. Some times I double decant especially if I want to get rid of sediment

  • bestdamncab says:

    7/12/2015 7:31:00 PM - I am one hour away from napa if you wish to taste some wine together.

  • bestdamncab says:

    7/12/2015 5:31:00 PM - Decanting is personal preference and a wine drinking habit that is hard to break. Decanting a bottle due to sediment into a container stirs it up unless you are extremely careful. In our wine group, a friend and I pour one bottle at a time by walking around the table into each person's wine glass at their assigned station. Otherwise you decant to aerate the wine which is usually a young wine. Do you live in California?

  • bestdamncab says:

    7/12/2015 8:07:00 AM - Thank you for becoming a fan of my tasting notes. Your comments about decanting wine are interesting. I never decant wine, especially older vintages as they have fleeting bouquets. The 15 bottles of Bordeaux or Madeira wine I have consumed prior to 1886 usually last 15 to 40 minutes in the glass without decanting.

  • Burgundy Al says:

    7/5/2015 1:14:00 PM - Howard, The easy part is to obviously taste the 1988 Beaunes in pairs. I would start with the Chouacheux pair (further south) then the Champs Pimont pair. I would normally not decant any of these, but would open them a couple of hours before serving. I'd probably only decant if serving at once to a large group of 8-10+ people and only had a small 15-20 minute for the wines to show well.

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