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2000Angelus, ChateauBordeaux U-11,12,13,144504  97/WS 96/RP 95/ST
An outrageously ripe, concentrated, dense effort, the 2000 offers up aromas of blackberry liqueur and vintage port. As the wine sits in the glass, graphite, wet stones, smoke, barbecue spices, and olives also make an appearance. It unfolds on the palate in layers, is full-bodied, big and rich yet incredibly poised, well-balanced, and pure. Quite backward, this may turn out to be the greatest Angelus made to date. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2030. Bravo - Robert Parker ***** Out of this world. Incredible aromas of crushed blackberries and cherries, with wet earth, mineral and mint. Full-bodied, with fantastically refined, silky tannins and a long, long finish. Terrific. Greatest Angelus I have ever tasted. Best after 2010. 7,080 cases made.- Wine Spectator ***** Impressive saturated ruby. Black fruits, shoe polish, licorice, truffle, leather and a hint of game on the nose; at once superripe and fresh. Fat, sweet and deep, but retains lovely inner-mouth aromatic character and precision of flavor for such a rich wine, thanks to sound acidity. Effortlessly carries its 14% alcohol. This builds impressively on the back end, finishing with strong but lush tannins and powerful fruit. This wine was racked a total of three times. - Stephen Tanzer
Purchased 4 bottles 3/06 from Pop's End-of-Bin. (018000)
2004Antinori TignanelloSangiovese D-7,8,9,10,11,121506  95/WS 94/RP 93/ST
The original Super-Tuscan, Tignanello is produced exclusively from the Tignanello vineyard, a 47 hectares (116 acres) southwest-facing, calcareous rocky-marl and limestone soil plot with tufaceous elements, planted between 1,150 and 1,312 feet above sea level at Antinori’s Santa Cristina Estate. It was the first Sangiovese to be aged in small oak barrels, the first red wine in modern times to use a non-traditional grape variety, Cabernet, in the blend, and among the first red wines made in Chianti with no white grapes. In all three instances, it set the example for a new breed of exceptional top-of-the-line Italian wine. Tignanello, originally a Chianti Classico Riserva labeled Vigneto Tignanello, was first vinified as a single vineyard wine in the 1970 vintage, when it contained 20% Canaiolo and 5% Trebbiano and Malvasia, and was aged in small oak cooperage. With the 1971 vintage the wine became a Vino da Tavola della Toscana and was named Tignanello after the vineyard from which it originates. Beginning with this vintage, Tignanello stopped adhering to the rules laid down by Chianti Classico Disciplinare, and with the 1975 vintage, white grapes were totally eliminated. Since the 1982 vintage, the blend has been 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Tignanello was not produced in the 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1984 and 1992 vintages. Offers aromas of blackberry, with hints of raisin and lots of spices. Full and velvety, with wonderful concentration and a long, rich finish. Very stylish and exciting. Best after 2012. 26,665 cases made. Named #4 wine in Top 100 Wines of 2007 by Wine Spectator. –James Suckling, Wine Spectator (10/15/07) ***** The 2004 Tignanello presents a livelier shade of ruby along with fresher aromatics and flavors. Deeply expressive, it reveals black cherries, licorice, tar and sweet toasted oak on a linear, silky-textured frame of great class and elegance, showing outstanding presence on the palate and fine tannins to round out the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019. (June 2007) - Robert Parker ***** Medium dark ruby. Captivating nose redolent of pretty red and black fruits, black pepper and graphite, with complicating suggestions of tobacco and prune. Very fresh and buoyant on entry, with pure flavors of ripe fruit and black pepper, then long and extremely fresh on the back end. Here one can find evidence of all three varieties. Silky tannins, noteworthy definition and impeccable balance make this the best young Tignanellos in recent memory. (July 2007) - Stephen Tanzer
Purchased 6 bottles 11/07. (007000)
2005Beaucastel, Chateau - (Rouge)Rhone E-9,10,11,121204  96/WS 94/RP 97/ST
Really dense and locked up now, this is packed with dark fig, currant and blackberry fruit shrouded by layers of tar, hot stone, bittersweet licorice and espresso. The long, dense finish has a great tug of iron buried within it. Best from 2011 through 2030. 15,000 cases made. – (Moleworth) Wine Spectator ***** The 2005 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is a wine that probably needs 7-10 years of bottle age. In the mouth is a weighty wine exhibiting a dense ruby/purple color and tight aromatics consisting of new saddle leather, porcini, meat juices, licorice, tar, and black fruits. The wine is full-bodied, powerful, very tannic, and structured in a dramatically masculine, ageworthy style. I do not see it being drinkable before 2014, but it will last for 30 or more years. A truly outstanding vintage for Beaucastel. (Jan 2007) Robert Parker ***** Ruby-red. Blackberry and cassis on the nose, with a complex set of earth, herb and floral qualities adding complexity. Deep and sweet, with bitter cherry and candied licorice flavors and youthfully firm tannins but no hardness. Turns more lively on the finish, picking up a spicy red berry character and leaving a long, pungent herbal trail behind. This needs time. (Feb 2008) ***** Just named a Top 10 Wine of the Year (2008) by Wine Spectator (#8). They say, "The Beaucastel vineyard produces dense and explosive wines from a collage of 13 different grapes, most notably Grenache and Mourvèdre. Each is fermented separately in concrete or wooden vats. The third year of drought, 2005 only intensified the concentration and structure of this ageworthy red." - (November 2008) Wine Spectator
Purchased 4 bottles 11/08 from JJ Buckley. (008000).
2008Bodegas Bioenos Gorys Crespiello - Old Vine ReserveCrespiello  1000  93/WA
The 2008 Gorys Crespiello is the reserve wine from the Bodegas Bioenos vineyards and winery. It is sourced from 110 year old Crespiello vines and aged for 24 months in seasoned French oak. Racy red and black fruits, balsamic, incense, and floral notes inform the nose of this supple, smooth-textured, elegant offering. Beautifully proportioned and lengthy. (Wine Advocate, 2011)
100% old vine Crespiello (110 year old vines). Crespiello is an almost extinct dark-berried variety from the region of Zaragosa in Aragón in northeastern Spain. Drink through 2018. Purchased 3 cases 11/27/2013 from WTSO (003000)
2008Bodegas Bioenos Gorys Crespiello - Old Vine ReserveCrespiello  1000  93/WA
The 2008 Gorys Crespiello is the reserve wine from the Bodegas Bioenos vineyards and winery. It is sourced from 110 year old Crespiello vines and aged for 24 months in seasoned French oak. Racy red and black fruits, balsamic, incense, and floral notes inform the nose of this supple, smooth-textured, elegant offering. Beautifully proportioned and lengthy. (Wine Advocate, 2011)
100% old vine Crespiello (110 year old vines). Crespiello is an almost extinct dark-berried variety from the region of Zaragosa in Aragón in northeastern Spain. Drink through 2018. Purchased 3 cases 11/27/2013 from WTSO (003000)
2003Boisrenard, Domaine BeaurenardRhone V-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,1210012  97/WS 94/RP 96/ST
The luxury cuvee of inky/ruby/purple colored-2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Boisrenard is made in a stunning, somewhat modern style, but it possesses a classically southern Rhone nose of melted licorice, cassis, black cherry liqueur, smoke, white chocolate, and background oak. It leans toward being internationally styled, but pulls back with a reassuring blast of pepper, Provencal herbs, black cherries, and currants in a full-bodied, powerful, intense style that is super pure and long/persistent. The best ever from this grand Domaine. - Robert Parker ****** Loaded with rich, dark black currant, blackberry, truffle, tar, mocha and bittersweet cocoa, this pumps out both fruit and terroir on the gripping finish. Immense in scale and depth, this should be even more impressive when its drops its muscle to show more elegance. Best from 2008 through 2030. Best Boisrenard ever produced - classic. - Wine Spectator ***** Deep, dark red color. Highly expressive, very ripe aromas of dark cherry, plum liqueur, black cardamom, bitter chocolate, espresso and exotic oak spices. An enormous, outsized wine, with broad, sweet dark fruit and mocha flavors accented by pepper and oak spice. Boasts a lush, even unctuous texture, but as rich and reflective of the vintage as this is, there is also wonderful focus and energy. Classic. - Stephen Tanzer ***** Named to Wine Spectator's list of Top 100 Wines of 2006 (#19)
Purchased case 2/06. (006000).
2005Canon La Gaffeliere, ChateauBordeaux Q-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,1213512  96/ WS 94/RP 94/ST 94/WE
Very intense and powerful, with blackberry and chocolate aromas. Full-bodied, with fabulous velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This coats every inch of the palate. Gorgeous and stylish. Best after 2017. - Wine Spectator ***** This is one of the strongest efforts from Canon-La-Gaffeliere since their spectacular 1990. Tiny yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare and a final blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon have resulted in a wine of exceptional complexity. Aromas of roasted herbs, spice box, sweet and sour cherries, licorice, incense, and black fruits are followed by a wine with tremendous opulence, full body, and moderately high but sweet tannin. Excellent acidity gives precision to this big, but impeccably well-balanced, pure 2005. A brilliant effort, it should be drinkable within 3-4 years of bottling, and will keep for two decades. - Robert Parker ***** Medium ruby-red. Lovely lift to the aromas of black raspberry, chocolate and minerals. Sweet, lush and smooth, with excellent density and fine-grained texture. Very complex, elegantly styled wine that already shows enticing inner-mouth aromatic character. Impressively broad and long on the back end, with the tannins dusting the teeth. - Stephen Tanzer
Purchased futures case 6/19. (007000) from SPEC's Liquor in Houston --- In Wine Cooler at Notated Location
2002Clarendon Hills KangarillaGrenache J-13,14602  96/WS 95/WA 95/ST
"The 2002 Grenache Old Vines Kangarilla Vineyard (planted in sandy soils overlaying heavy clay) is the richest of the 2002. Provocative aromas of black cherries, raspberries, earth, sandstone, and balsam are followed by a wine with huge body, fabulous concentration, and wonderful minerality/delineation. Noticeable tannin suggests 1-2 years of cellaring is required; it should drink well for 10-15." - Wine Advocate ***** The expansive, full-bodied 2002 Grenache Old Vines Kangarilla Vineyard offers aromas and flavors of pure kirsch liqueur. With in-your-face levels of fruit and glycerin, an unctuous texture, and a huge finish, it should drink well for 10-15 years. Roman Bratasiuk is one of Planet Earth’s greatest winemakers, and obviously a top-notch viticulturist given his obsession with sourcing extraordinary fruit from ancient McLaren Vale vineyards. - Robert Parker (10/04) ***** Dense, ripe and tightly wound, a closed bud of a wine that's holding in acres of dark berry, cherry, rose petal and white pepper flavors that are bursting at the seams of superfine tannins to get out. Has impeccable balance, just needs cellaring to show what it has. Best from 2008 through 2020. 400 cases imported. - Wine Spectator
Purchased 2 bottles 9/05. (004000)
1989Clerc Milon, ChateauBordeaux  1100  96/WS
Big, young, chewy wine. Good dark-ruby color. Black cherry, green tobacco and mint aromas. Full-bodied and tannic, yet there's lovely mint and cherry character. Still tight and closed. Needs time to show what it's got. Best after 2002. (Wine Spectator's 1989 Bordeaux horizontal - James Suckling, May 1999. ***** Superbly made, giving the essence of Cabernet Sauvignon. Lots of cassis and earth aromas and flavors, spiced with excellent new wood; there is a classic backbone of well-integrated tannins. Best after 1999. 8,700 cases made. This is the greatest ever wine produced by this venerable Chateau and is our #2 wine in our top 100 wines of the year. - Wine Spectator.
Purchased case 11/07 from Cellar Raiders. (008500) This vintage of 5th growth Clerc Milon is considered to be the greatest ever wine produced at this Chateau and was named to the number 2 spot in wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 1992. This competing against a classic "year of the century" in Bordeaux against the likes of such classics as Mouton-Rothschild, Latour, Margaux, Petrus - and yet finishing in a higher position in the Top 100 than all of these. Gave one bottle of this wine to Ron Kurdyla for his retirement and brought another upstairs to enjoy soon, 11/07. .11/14: NEE did not hold up well, lost fruitiness, some corks leaked.
2006Clerc Milon, ChateauBordeaux I-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,147014  92/RP 91/WS
The 2006 Clerc Milon, despite the relatively high percentage of Merlot (44%) combined with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Cabernet Franc, is dense, rich, tannic, and backward. Surprisingly muscular for this offering, which often exhibits a more precocious side, it offers up abundant amounts of creme brulee, chocolate, cedar, and black currants. This full-bodied Pauillac displays gorgeous purity and depth as well as moderately high tannins in the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028. - (Jan 2009) Robert Parker ***** Offers a gorgeous nose of crushed blueberry and cream, with a hint of milk chocolate. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a pretty finish. Best after 2014. 15,000 cases made. - (March 2009) Wine Spectator
Purchased 14 bottles from MacArthur Beverages in DC (003400) in March 2009.
1994Clinet, ChateauBordeaux W-13,141102  94/WS 95/RP
Since 1987, this estate has consistently produced one of the most concentrated and complex wines in Bordeaux. The decision by Jean-Michel Arcaute and oenologist Michel Rolland to (1) limit yields, (2) harvest physiologically ripe grapes with an element of sur-maturitie, and (3) bottle the wine without fining or filtration has resulted in a bevy of splendid wines where the terroir and varietal composition are fully expressed. Inky purple/garnet-colored, with an outrageously intense nose of black truffles, licorice, cedar, and black fruits, this phenomenally extracted wine borders on being too concentrated for its own good. This massive, huge wine possesses 25-30 years of potential longevity. The fruit's remarkable intensity and purity, as well as the liqueur-like richness and unctuosity are something to experience. This is an exceptionally dense, massively-endowed, controversial style of Pomerol that will reward those with patience. The tannins are strong, but so is the extract level. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2025. - Robert Parker ***** Exotic aromas of violets, berry and toasted oak waft from this full-bodied wine. Packed to the brim with fruit and tannins and impressively long on the finish. Superb red from a producer known for opulence. 3,900 cases made. - Wine Spectator ***** Named as one of Wine Spectator's Top 100 wines of 1997 (#41)
Purchased 4 bottles 11/06. (006000) Enjoyed first bottle in May, 2007. I liked the damp forest floor notes imparted in this Pomerol. Definitely a wine meant to drink with food with its understated elegance.
2005Clos Des PapesRhone M-3,4,52003  98/WS 97/ST 96/RP
In the Southern Rhône's recent trio of great vintages starting with 2003, no other Châteauneuf-du-Pape domaine has produced better wines than Clos des Papes. Under Vincent Avril, quality has improved steadily, and the 2003 (97 points) was Wine Spectator's No. 2 wine in 2005. At 98 points, the 2005 is Avril's best wine yet, displaying an enormous core of fruit and minerality along with massive structure. The Clos des Papes red (the estate also produces a white) is a blend of 65 percent Grenache, 20 percent Mourvèdre, 10 percent Syrah and other grapes from 74 acres of vines around Châteauneuf. Avril keeps yields low, picks vineyard blocks separately for ideal ripeness and vinifies the destemmed grapes in ceramic-lined vats. The wine is aged in large wooden foudres for up to 12 months before the final blend is assembled. This is really tight now, but it's packed with dark fig, currant, espresso, licorice and chocolate notes. Superfleshy but seriously structured, there's layer after layer of sweet spice, fruit and minerality pumping through the finish, with lots of latent depth and power. Far more backward than the 2003 and 2004 on release, but considering this typically puts on weight as it ages, it should be a monster--à la the 1990--when it reaches its peak. Best from 2009 through 2030. 7,500 cases made. Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year 2007 –(JM) Wine Spectator ***** The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape (15.3% alcohol) has a deeper color than the 2004 and 2003 that I tasted side by side, and with its dense ruby/purple color to the rim, the wine has a fabulous bouquet of kirsch liqueur, raspberries, licorice, and a combination of spice and Provencal herbs. It is rich, full-bodied, with high but sweet tannin, good acidity, and a blockbuster finish of close to 45+ seconds. This is a knock-out wine that will probably need 4-5 years of bottle age and last for 20-25 years. - Robert Parker
Purchased 3 bottles 11/07. (007000) #1 in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines for 2007.
2004Cos d'Estournel, ChateauBordeaux ZX-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 (Case Bottom Right 2nd level)14012  95/WS 93/WA 92/ST
Loads of currant and blackberry, with hints of Indian spices. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. Round and generous. Best after 2011. 15,000 cases made. - (JS) Wine Spectator ***** A beautiful example of the vintage, proprietor Michel Reybier and his top-notch winemaker, Jean-Guillaume Prats, have fashioned an exceptional wine displaying a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet perfume of boysenberries, black currants, cherries, pain grille, roasted herbs, and licorice. Medium-bodied with impressive density for the vintage, sweet tannin, and outstanding richness and length, it should be at its finest between 2009 and 2020+. - Robert Parker
Purchased case 4/08 from Binny's (006000)
1991Dominus Estate - Christian MoueixBlend G-3,4,64003  98/RP 97/ST 95/WS
The 1991 is the finest Dominus to date, although the 1994 may eventually rival it. The wine is incredibly expansive, rich, complex, fragrant, concentrated, and compelling in all respects. The opaque ruby/purple color is followed by huge quantities of sweet jammy fruit nicely touched by tar, licorice, and earthy scents reminiscent of the aroma of fresh black truffles. The wine is extremely concentrated, opulently-textured, and voluptuous, with huge reserves of juicy fruit. It is a marvelous Pomerol-like wine of exceptional purity and harmony. Although approachable, it requires 2-4 more years of cellaring; it should last for 2-3 decades. - Robert Parker ***** Very saturated dark red-ruby. Youthful, supercomplex aromas of plum liqueur, currant, brown spices, leather and chocolate, plus an ineffable animal/vegetal/mineral element. Wonderful penetrating sweetness in the mouth; dense, thick, very intensely flavored and pungent. Sharply delineated. Perhaps not quite the sheer size of the '94. Finishes extremely long and focused, with fine tannins and a note of superripeness. - Stephen Tanzer ***** Wonderful complexity and youthfulness, from the initial aromatics to the follow-through on the finish. Serves up a mix of complex currant, tobacco, earth, brick, mineral and cedary tobacco. Holds its focus and finishes with a long aftertaste without being too heavy or tannic. - Wine Spectator ***** Named as a Wine Spectator Top 100 Wine of 1994
Purchased 2 bottles from POP's 10/05. (020000) Had first bottle in May, 2007. One of the most memorable (if not the most memorable) wines I have had. Amazingly mellow and food friendly in a classic left bank Bordeaux style. Although richly textured now with 16 years of age on the bottle, still has plenty of fruit and will definitely last another decade at its peak (maybe longer?). A true classic. ***** Purchased another 3 bottles from JJ Buckley 11/07. (0225)
1994Dominus Estate - Christian MoueixBlend G-7,84002  99/RP 97/ST 98/WS
"Christian Moueix and his talented winemaking team continue to rewrite the definition of a Napa Valley reference point wine. I have had a difficult time keeping the corks in my bottles of 1994 Dominus. Eight-thousand cases were produced from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot. In this vintage, 174 days passed between bud break and the harvest, a remarkable period of time for any wine region in the world. The 1994 is a strikingly thick, compellingly rich wine with the texture of a great Pomerol, despite being made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine exhibits a dense purple color, and an incredibly fragrant nose of jammy black fruits, spice, smoke, and loamy, truffle-like scents. In the mouth, it is full-bodied, with thrilling levels of extract and richness, but no sense of heaviness or harshness. This seamless Dominus possesses no hard edges, as its acidity, tannin, and alcohol are beautifully meshed with copious quantities of ripe fruit. This wine offers early drinking, yet has the potential to last for 30+ years." - (99 pts) Robert Parker ***** Saturated deep red-ruby. Knockout nose combines currant, Cuban tobacco, earth, tar, bacon fat, cedar, leather and game; conveys an impression of totally ripe, almost roasted fruit. Lush and sweet; already offers extraordinary inner-mouth flavor and great depth. One of those rare wines that too big for the mouth. Finishes with great velvety texture and magical persistence. Mouthdusting, building tannins coat the entire palate. - Stephen Tanzer ***** A complex and concentrated red, with a pretty, earthy core of anise- and currant-tinged Cabernet flavors, it slowly unfolds to reveal notes of coffee and spice. Smooth and polished in texture, it's approachable now and over the next few years. The latest in a long line of distinctive Cabernet-blend wines from Dominus. 8,500 cases made. - Wine Spectator ***** Named as a Wine Spectator Top 100 Wine of 1997 (#12)
Purchased 2 bottles from POP's 10/05. (017000)
2001Dominus Estate - Christian MoueixBlend J-3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,1220010  95/RP 94/WE
"The impeccably made 2001 Dominus boasts a dense plum/purple color in addition to a fragrant, promising perfume of cocoa, cedar, coffee, roasted herbs, and copious quantities of black fruits. There are 7,000 cases of this 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot blend. Rich and medium to full-bodied, with sweet but noticeable tannin, a layered mid-palate, and a long finish with obvious tannin, it will require 3-4 years of cellaring. It should last for two decades." - Wine Advocate ***** This vintage has a deep ruby color with a complex nose of cloves, blackberries, and dark chocolate. The structured tannins are enrobed with an enticing aroma. This wine explodes in the mid-palate, with essences of spices and worn leather. The long, lingering finish displays a harmony of tobacco, coffee and fruit. This wine is a blend comprised of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. We recommend decanting the wine prior to serving to allow it to develop its full potential. ***** "94 Points" - Wine Enthusiast;s Top 100 Wines of 2004 ***** As good as the 2001 Napanook is, this wine is more intense. The fruit is lusher, the oak newer, the control more complete, but the kicker is the tannins. They're powerful and dusty, and conceal the flamboyance, for now. Needs time; hold until 2010 and beyond. - Wine Enthusiast ***** Good ruby-red. Superripe aromas of plum, cherry, licorice, mocha, smoke and minerals. At once sweet and gripping, with very intense, nuanced flavors of cherry, plum, currant, tobacco, minerals and currant leaf. Despite the very high pH of 4.01, this shows no shortage of energy in the mouth. A muscular, firmly tannic, serious wine for aging. (A second sample that had been decanted for four hours prior to my visit was sweeter and more seamless, but still showed solid tannic spine.) - Stephen Tanzer ***** Very Bordeaux-like in its presentation, with a mix of cedary oak, ripe currant, fresh clay, earth and rose petal flavors. Rich and supple, it's well-focused and elegantly styled, gaining richness and depth on the finish, where the tannins become more evident. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 7,000 cases made. (JL) - Wine Spectator
Purchased 10 bottles 10/05. (009000)
2002Dominus Estate - Christian MoueixBlend F-5,6,7,8,9,10,11,122308  96/RP 94/W&S 93/ST
The 2002 Dominus gets my nod as the greatest example of this cuvee since the 1991 and 1994." "There are 4,500 cases of this 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, and 3% Merlot blend fashioned from minuscule yields ranging from 1.8 to 2.8 tons of fruit per acre. Christian Moueix told me that the phenolic material was higher analytically in 2002, as were the acids, which surprised everyone. The deep, saturated purple-colored 2002 boasts an extraordinary perfume of roasted coffee intermixed with black currants, cherries, cocoa, cedar, cigar smoke, and new saddle leather. A classic, full-bodied palate possesses great structure, tremendous depth, loads of tannin, and a multilayered, concentrated yet elegant finish. It is difficult to predict when this beauty will plateau in terms of maturity. My best guess is it needs 3-5 years of bottle age, and should last for 25 years. Decanting several hours in advance is recommended. Kudos to the brilliant Christian Moueix for these achievements ... the most distinctive and individualist Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines of Napa Valley. - Robert Parker ***** Red-ruby. Cool, shy aromas of currant, blackberry and licorice. Dense, fat and structured but also quite penetrating and powerful, with black fruit, licorice and herbal flavors and a strong impression of extract. This offers noteworthy energy in the mouth, and finishes quite claret-like, with fine-grained tannins and sneaky length. A sample from another bottle that had been decanted for 24 hours showed a suaver texture but had not lost its solid tannic spine. - Steve Tanzer (6/05)
Purchased 8 bottles 11/05. (009000)
2004Dominus Estate - Christian MoueixBlend E-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,81508  95/CG 94/RP 92/ST
The elegant, dark plum/purple/garnet-colored 2004 Dominus exhibits a big, sweet, cedary, roasted herb, mocha, black cherry liqueur, black currant, and earth-scented perfume. Medium to full-bodied with silky tannin as well as a luscious mouthfeel and finish, it should be more accessible in its youth than many of its predecessors, but easily last for two decades. - (December 2006) Robert Parker ***** Deep red-ruby. Deep but reticent aromas of dark raspberry, cocoa powder, hot rocks and minerals, with notes of menthol and wintermint. Very firmly built and backward, conveying a tightly coiled spring for a 2004, and an almost Saint-Estephe-like menthol austerity. This firmly structured wine is quite aromatic on the back and opened nicely with aeration. - (June 2007) Stephen Tanzer ***** This very generous and well-ripened offering starts out with an involving display of cherries, cassis, herbs, sweet oak and loam in its deep and decidedly complex aromas, and it follows with equally wide-ranging flavors that show a real sense of layering and plenty of depth. Ripe, but always in balance and firmed by a good dose of youthful tannins, this latest Dominus bottling is among the winery's very best efforts ever, and it is certain to get better yet over the next decade. - (August 2007) Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
Purchased 8 bottles from POP's 11/2008, end-of-bin. (008500)
2003Fortia, Chateau - Cuvee du BaronRhone  400  94/RP 92/WS
"The dense ruby/purple-tinged 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee du Baron boasts a gloriously perfumed nose of acacia flowers, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, and hints of licorice as well as incense. Full-bodied, with tremendous intensity, purity, glycerin, and alcohol, it should drink well young (because of low acidity and high glycerin/ alcohol), but evolve for 10-15+ years."" - Robert Parker ***** A gorgeous Châteauneuf from one of the oldest estates in the appellation, the 2003 Cuvée du Baron from Château Fortia is the color of violet-red ink and has wonderful aromas of blackberries, plums and blossoms. It drinks like berries laced with dark chocolate. Equal parts Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, this dense, chewy wine is the best Châteauneuf the estate has made in years. Uncork the Cuvée du Baron to drink with roasts and braises, with roast duck or squab. It can stand up to big, bold flavors but will show even better against something simple. A great bottle by any measure. - LA Times (Wine of Week 9/05). ***** Packed with bramble, tar, red currant, licorice and cocoa, this muscular Châteauneuf gives way to briary tannins and smoke. Big, fruit-packed finish. Equal parts Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2006 through 2020. 3,750 cases made. (JM) - Wine Spectator
Purchased case 10/05. (002500)
2009Godeau, ChateauBordeaux  450  96/WS 93/JS 91/RP
Fab nose. Licorice and dark cherries. What a palate. Full body, with super silky tannins and a long, long finish. Seductive juice, polished and gorgeous. This is next to Tertre Roteboeuf. 95 Merlot, 5 percent Cabernet Franc. - Wine Spectator ***** A rich and opulent red with a wonderful depth of fruit with plum, chocolate, and light cedar aromas and flavors. Full and juicy with silky tannins. So wonderful now, gorgeous. - James Suckling ***** The 2009 is the best Godeau has ever produced. Made from 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc from 35 year old vines, this deep purple wine exhibits notes of blueberry and blackberry fruit, a creamy, super-intense, full-bodied texture, low acid and ripe, velvety tannins. It is a stunning Godeau with only 2000 cases made. Drink it over the next 20+ years. - Robert Parker
Futures purchase form The Chicago Wine Company in April, 2010. Delivered fall 2012. (003000)
2002Haut Brion, ChateauBordeaux C-1,2,3,44004  94/WS 93/ST 92/RP
Complex aromas of blackberries, tobacco and cedar follow through to a full-bodied palate, with ripe, velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. Very beautiful. Best after 2009. – (03/2005 JS) Wine Spectator ***** Full, bright ruby. Aromas of smoked game and black raspberry. Pliant and lush in texture and deep for the vintage, with terrific flavor intensity and volume in the middle palate. Ample and consistent. Finishes with dusty tannins and excellent length. ***** Aromas of minerals, forest floor, fresh mushrooms, plums, and currants are present in the moderately fragrant bouquet. Angular, with hard tannin, medium body, and sweet plums as well as currants. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.
Purchased 2 bottles from Old Naples Wholesale Wines in June 2008. Purchased 2 more bottles from POPS in January 2009 as end-of-bin sale. (017000)
2003Haut Brion, ChateauBordeaux F-1,2,3,45004  96/WS 95/RP 96/ST
Complex aromas of black licorice, tobacco and cedar with red fruits. Full-bodied, with superseductive, silky tannins, loads of fruit and a finish that lasts for minutes. A beauty in all the sense of the word. Best after 2012. 10,000 cases made. - (James Suckling - March 2006) Wine Spectator ***** The blockbuster 2003 Haut-Brion (13% alcohol) possesses extremely high tannin, but that component is well-concealed by a cascade of mulberry, blackberry, cherry, and plum-like fruit. There is even a hint of figs under the blue and red fruit spectrum. While broad and ripe with a sweet, glyceral mouthfeel as well as a long, powerful, persistent finish, it retains its elegance and nobility. A wine of both power and finesse, it will benefit from 3-4 years of cellaring, and keep for 25-30. - (April 2006) Robert Parker ***** The 2003 HB offers slightly high-toned smoky raspberry, minerals and graphite. Offers great breadth and early charm, but also possesses very firm underlying structure. Finishes with big, ripe tannins and outstanding grip and length. - (June 2006) Stephen Tanzer
Purchased 4 bottles from POP's 11/2008 and 01/2009, end-of-bin. (025000)
2004Hexamer, Helmut - Auslese Nahe Sobernheimer MarbachRiesling  850  96/WS
A Fabulous Riesling - crystal clear, pure and electric. This Riesling enlivens the palate with its peach, apricot, honey and grapefruit flavors. It's very racy and intense, yet with a lot of character and personality packed into its sleek frame. Fine length. Drink now through 2030. Only 27 cases made, so it may be extremely difficult to find in the States, but you should attempt to seek it out. - Wine Spectator ***** Though small in area, Germany's Nahe makes some of the country's most scintillating Rieslings. Rieslings from the upper Nahe are delicate and filigreed like their counterparts in the Mosel. But unlike in the Mosel, where the soil is almost uniformly gray slate, the Nahe enjoys a complex mix of soils. The volcanic melaphyry and porphyry rocks give aromatic lift to the wines. There is also a mix of slate, sandstone, quartzite, clays and loams. Auslese indicates it is made from very ripe grapes, typically in a semi-sweet or sweet style, sometimes with some noble rot character. May be served as a dessert wine. ***** Auslese (literal meaning: "selected harvest"; plural form is Auslesen) is a German language wine term for a late harvest wine and is a riper category than Spätlese. The grapes are picked from selected very ripe bunches in the autumn (late November-early December), and have to be hand picked. Generally Auslese wine can be made in only the best harvest years that have been sufficiently warm. A small proportion of the grapes may be affected by noble rot (botrytis cineria) in some regions although this never dominates the character of the wine. Auslesen are sometimes considered a German dessert wine, especially the wines made from botrytis infected bunches, though it is not as sweet as Eiswein, Beerenauslese, or Trockenbeerenauslese dessert wines.
Purchased 7 bottles 9/08 from POP's. (003000). Had first bottle with the Most's for dinner in September 2008. Not being a white wine lover, it was quite a surprise (to all of us) how much we enjoyed this wine. Tremendously aromatic, with focus, and punch ... it was not overly sweet. Look forward to the next bottle.
2003Jadot, Louis - Corton PougetsPinot Noir R-13,141002  92/BH 91/WS 92/ST
Saturated medium red. Distinct suggestions of surmaturite to the aromas of plum, currant, loam and chocolate. Sweet, dense and lush, with deeply pitched flavors of minerals and chocolate. Wonderfully concentrated and deep wine, finishing long and sappy, with big, dusty, sweet tannins. The wine offers notes of strawberry, cherry, minerals, flowers and earth emerged. A great vintage for this bottling and likely to be long-lived. - Stephen Tanzer (03/2006) ***** This is slightly more elegant and fresher still with really pretty earthy and ripe red pinot fruit that also merge seamlessly into sweet, mineral-driven and precise moderately full flavors that are beautifully textured and well detailed on the strikingly persistent, ever so slightly dry finish. This is unquestionably a stylish wine by the standards of the vintage and this will require at least a decade to come into its own. - Burghound (03/2006)
Purchased 2 bottles 11/07. (005500)
2003Jadot, Louis - Domaine Gagey, Grand CruPinot Noir B-11,12,13,141804  95/BH 93/WS 94/RP
Classy. Dark-colored, ripe yet elegant, full-bodied and chewy, with blackberry, spice and toast notes, this wine races to a long, delicious finish that pumps out the pure flavors in exciting little waves. Tempting now, but worth cellaring. Best from 2010 through 2020. (Wine Spectator) ***** Cherry, raspberry and resin also dominate the nose of the 2003 Clos St.-Denis, with almond and cherry pit notes emerging with air. Rich but clear in the mouth, this displays formidable tannins, yet at the same time an emerging creaminess. Pure fresh fruit allied to low-toned smoky, stony notes inform one of the longest finishes of any of Jadot’s wines. This surely has more than a decade of aging potential during which it can be expected to pick up further complexities and nuances. (Robert Parker) ***** A wonderfully refined and distinctly floral nose with hints of wood spice and powerfully concentrated and ripe fruit marries with intense, precise and serious big-bodied flavors that retain the tender side of a fine Clos St. Denis yet it cedes nothing in terms of power to the Clos de la Roche. There is another dimension here and this is a knockout. (Burghound)
Purchased 4 bottles from Pop's End-of-Bin in Jan 2008. (008000). Clos St. Denis is the smallest of Morey-Saint-Denis' grands crus, and is typified by a ripe, focused wine with black cherry and raspberry fruit flavors and aromas offset by spicy oak and toast notes ending in a firm yet silky finish.
2003Lagrange, ChateauBordeaux ZU-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 (Case Bottom Center 1st level)7012  93/WS 92/RP 91/ST
Aromas of blackberry and currant with just a hint of black licorice follow through to a full-bodied palate, with fine tannins and subtle ripe fruit, giving licorice and mineral undertones. Complex and refined. Very well done. Best after 2011. 24,165 cases made. - (Wine Spectator - March 2006) ***** Dense purple in color and surprisingly open-knit and velvety textured, the full-bodied, fleshy, succulently styled 2003 Lagrange is more accessible than most Northern Medocs. With low acidity, silky tannin, and loads of chocolatey black currant and cherry fruit as well as nicely integrated, toasty oak, this sensual wine should drink beautifully in 2-3 years and last for 15-18. - (Robert Parker - April 2006) ***** Good red-ruby. Captivating aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, cedar, coffee and mocha. Sweet, silky and lush, but given shape by firm underlying minerality. Wonderfully round wine with palate-saturating flavor. Finishes with major toothcoating tannins. This is developing very well in barrel. - (Stephen Tanzer - June 2005)
Purchased case 8/05. (003000) Ordered from
2010Laleure-Piot - Pernand Vergelesses 1er CruPinot Noir ZC-1,2,3753  94/Newman
Sensual aromatics of cherry, blueberry and dark raspberry with touches of a spice box. The palate is stunning with concentrated fruit and layers upon layers of vibrant fruit including black cherry, pomegranate, red plum, with attractive hints of violets, cinnamon spice and vanilla. - Jonathan Newman
Purchased case from WTSO in November, 2012 (003000). Laleure-Piot has been producing great red Burgundy for over 300 years. 100% Pinot Noir from the Les Vergelesses vineyard. Les Vergelesses is a top premier cru vineyard in Cote de Beaune, Burgundy.
NVLallier, Champagne - Cuvee Grande ReserveSparkling Wine  600  93/BH 92/WS 92/ST
The nose displays a very pretty combination of floral and freshly sliced apple. The delicious, intense, pure and beautifully detailed middle weight flavors are quite dry but not aggressively so and it's clear that this could be aged to good effect if desired. However, the good news is that it's not necessary as there is already a good level of complexity. This is lovely juice. - Burghound ***** Vivid yellow. Deeply pitched orchard and citrus fruit aromas and flavors are enlivened by notes of singed orange, anise and buttered toast. At once rich and lively, showing impressive clarity and finishing thrust. This wine's suave blend of power and vivacity should make it a great companion to an array of foods. - Stephan Tanzer
Purchased 6 bottles 10/2012 from WTSO. (003000). 65% pinot noir and 35% chardonnay; disgorged April, 2011. 500 cases imported.
2003Lascombes, ChateauBordeaux  750  95/RP 92/WS 92/ST
Perhaps the finest Lascombes ever made and a wine that recalls the opulent, viscous, almost Port-like 1947s and 1949s, the 2003 boasts an inky purple color as well as a gorgeously sweet nose of flowers, blackberries, cassis liqueur, graphite and incense. Exotic with impressive intensity, marvelous viscosity, and tremendous purity and depth, this is a tour de force in winemaking and one of the stars of the vintage. Last year I thought this was the best Lascombes I had ever tasted, but it has put on even more weight and seems destined to be a superstar. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025+. - Robert Parker ***** Aromas of blackberry and chocolate follow through to a full-bodied palate, with big velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. Best after 2010. 17,500 cases made. - Wine Spectator (March 2006) ***** Excellent deep red. Very sexy, expressive aromas of plum and milk chocolate. Sweet, lush and ripe, with considerable power and thrust for the vintage. Very 2003 in its slightly roasted character but this boasts very good concentration and finishes with sweet, broad tannins and excellent length. Fleshy and evolved enough to give pleasure now, but should hold up well for the next 10 to 15 years. A Margaux standout in 2003. - Stephen Tanzer (May 2006)
Purchased 6 bottles 1/06. (004000).
2004Leoville Barton, ChateauBordeaux ZT-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 (Case Bottom Left 1st level)10012  94/RP 93/ST 92/WS
Proprietor Anthony Barton continues to fashion beautifully elegant yet powerful, masculine, virile wines meant for long-term aging. In addition, he exhibits a humility in pricing that is both refreshing and noteworthy. The outstanding 2004 comes close to equaling the spectacular 2000. It boasts a dense purple color as well as aromas of forest floor, underbrush, creme de cassis, new saddle leather, and background oak. There is superb intensity for a 2004, wonderful sweetness, and a surprisingly fragrant perfume. However, the beautiful bouquet does not mean this wine will be drinkable young as it will require 5-7 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030+. (04/05 - Parker) ***** "...Perfumed aromas of cassis, black cherry, licorice and violet. Suave entry, then lush, dense, concentrated and seamless, with terrific inner-mouth perfume and palate coverage. Subtly sweet flavors of black cherry, tobacco and minerals are framed by harmonious acidity. Finishes with very suave, horizontal, fine-grained tannins and terrific subtle mineral length." - Stephen Tanzer ***** Currant and dark chocolate, with hints of mineral. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Balanced. A more delicate and refined style. Best after 2011. 21,250 cases made. - (JS, Wine Spectator, March 2007)
Purchased case 8/05. (004000) Ordered en primeur from PJ's and took delivery in April 2007.
2005Leoville Barton, ChateauBordeaux R-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,1215012  96/WS 96/RP 95/ST 94/CG
Delivers breathtaking aromas of blackberry, currant, licorice and flowers. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and supersilky tannins. Dark chocolate, currant, berry and licorice follow through. This is racy and beautiful. Best after 2015. 20,375 cases made. – (JS) Wine Spectator ***** What can you say about Anthony Barton? He has made yet another classic wine that will not be approachable for a decade, but will last 50 or more years. The inky/blue/purple-colored 2005 Leoville Barton offers up aromas of forest floor, cedar, spice box, black currants, and background oak as well as smoke. Boasting massive concentration, full body, and exceptional purity, but excruciatingly tannic and backward, this cuvee is meant for those with 19th century tastes, but also exhibits the purity and precision of modern winemaking. Patience is demanded with this beauty as it will take many years to approach any level of accessibility/maturity. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2060+. - Robert Parker ***** Deep, dense and optimally ripened curranty fruit is teamed with neatly fit oak and hints of dried flowers in the sweet and very involving aromas of this lovely young Saint-Julien, and, while is arguably shows a touch of "California" ripeness, it is classically structured with finely fit tannins that will take time to resolve. It should be reaching its stride in five or six years, but it might not show its best face for twice that time. - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine. ***** Good deep red-ruby. Floral, scented nose shows cassis, violet and licorice. Very lush and rich but with terrific vinosity; large-scaled for this wine but impeccably balanced, with a strong mineral character. Anthony Barton was not a late harvester in 2005, and this wine boasts lovely verve as a result. Finishes with big but broad tannins and superb persistence. Built for a long and graceful evolution in bottle. - Stephen Tanzer
Purchased futures case 6/06 (009000) from The Chicago Wine Company
2000Leoville Las Cases, ChateauBordeaux L-1,24252  100/WS 99/RP 100/ST
The hard work and dedication of owner and director Jean-Hubert Delon have helped realize his family's dream: The 2000 Las Cases is absolutely fantastic. This is one of the most exciting young reds I have tasted in a long, long time. It shows intense aromas of berries, currants, and minerals, with hints of mint. Full-bodied and packed with fruit and seamless tannins, it is refined, silky and long on the finish. A benchmark for the vintage. Best after 2012. Voted as one of Wine Spectator's Best Ten Wines Worldwide in 2003. - Wine Spectator. ***** Leoville Las Cases continues to make a wine meant for very long-term cellaring. When I did my earlier tastings of the 2000, my projected maturity dates were 2012-2040, but it is looking more like 2020-2050. This full-bodied blend of nearly 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.4% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc still has a youthful ruby/purple color, notes of graphite, kirsch liqueur, black currants, and lead pencil shavings, with good acidity, the tell-tale purity, layered ripeness and intensity, and a profound finish. However, with its high level of tannin and brooding backwardness, this superb effort needs to be forgotten for up to a decade.. - Robert Parker (2010)
Purchased 2 bottles from POP's 8/05. (024500)
2009Lilian Ladouys, ChateauBordeaux  350  92WS 93/JS
On the toasty, modern side of the spectrum, with ambitious roasted fig, apple wood and blueberry confiture notes followed by racy graphite, espresso and blackberry pate de fruit. Not shy, but has the density for balance. Best from 2013 through 2024. - Wine Spectator ***** Best wine ever from here, with layers of ripe fruit, spices and milk chocolate character. Full and long. Velvety. Gorgeous. Best after 2018. - James Suckling
Futures purchased from MacArthur Beverages in April, 2011. (002000). Delivered Spring, 2012. 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc.
2005Malescot-St.-Exupéry, ChateauBordeaux N-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,1216012  97/WS 97/RP 95/ST
Exhibits blackberry, mineral, currant and dark chocolate. Full and velvety, with lots of fruit and chewy tannins. Long and caressing, with incredibly sweet fruit and tannins on the finish. Goes on for minutes. A thoroughly gorgeous wine. Best ever from here. Best after 2015. 6,615 cases made.60% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot and 10% petit verdot. - (JS) Wine Spectator ***** The 2005 is a prodigious effort from this estate, which, despite some dazzling wines over recent vintages, rarely receives the attention it deserves. This cuvee is off the charts in terms of richness, intensity, power, and overall elegance. A stunning black/purple color is accompanied by scents of graphite, blackberries, cassis, and minerals. Incredibly pure, beautifully textured, and medium to full-bodied with sweet tannin for a 2005, this compelling Margaux will be at its finest between 2010-2030+ - Robert Parker
Purchased futures case 6/06 (006500) from Sam's Wines
1989Meyney, ChateauBordeaux  900  93/WS 92/RP
Dark-colored, sporting loads of minty, berry and chocolate aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, with plenty of velvety tannins and a long, rich finish. Built for aging.--1989 Bordeaux horizontal. Best after 2005.- Wine Spectator (05/1999) ***** The 1989 Meyney is one of the finest Meyneys ever produced. The opaque, black/ruby color, a bouquet of minerals and damson plums, the alcoholic, massive flavors and the mouthcoating tannins all combine to create a sensory overload. The 1989 will prove uncommonly long-lived as well as profoundly flavored. Anticipated maturity: 1995-2020. Robert Parker (02/1993). ***** This beautifully balanced Bordeaux has rich berry, plum and spice flavors and silky tannins on the finish. Try after 1996. 25,000 cases made. One of Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 1992 (#53) and highly recommended in its March 15, 1992 issue –Wines Spectator (JS - 03/1992)
Purchased 14 bottles 11/07 from JJ Buckley. (006000)
2001Mission Haut Brion, Chateau LaBordeaux U-1,2,3,42804  93/ST 92/WS 92/RP
Like its more famous neighbor, Haut-Brion, the 2001 La Mission Haut-Brion has closed down considerably since bottling. A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc, it possesses an inky/purple color (deeper than Haut-Brion’s) in addition to a tight but promising bouquet of scorched earth, wood, tar, black currants, and a hint of hickory wood. Medium-bodied, firm, muscular, and virile, it is a candidate for long term cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020+. – Robert Parker ***** Very complex, with blackberries, flowers and minerals. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a fresh, sweet fruit aftertaste. Refined La Mission. Beautiful. Best after 2008. – Wine Spectator ***** Ruby-red. Black cherry, tobacco and minerals on the nose. Dense but juicy and sharply delineated, thanks to its firm spine of acidity. A bit compact today, but finishes with lovely musky sweetness, firm but ripe tannins and superb length. - Stephen Tanzer
Purchased 4 bottles 3/06 from Pop's End-of-Bin. (007500)
2003Montelena, Cabernet Sauvignon EstateCabernet  1000  93/RP 93/ST 91/WS
Good full ruby. Very pure flavors of cassis, blackberry and licorice. Dense, rich and pure, with quintessential cabernet flavors of cassis and licorice. Like a finer-grained, fleshier version of the classic but tightly wound 2001. As rich as it is, this also boasts terrific inner-palate energy. Carries a distinctly moderate 13.8% alcohol. Finishes with big but ripe tannins and superb length. This should age for 15 to 20 years. - (May 2005) Stephen Tanzer ***** It exhibits an opaque ruby/purple color along with a sweet, spicy nose of black currants, licorice, herbs, and damp earth. Rich and concentrated, it is the most accessible, and possibly the most elegant and French-oriented of the Cabernets produced between 2002 and 2004. This top-notch effort should be cellared for 2-3 years, and consumed over the following 20-25 years. - (December 2006) Robert Parker
Birthday gift from Tom/Kitty (from their Napa/Sonoma trip). (006500) NEE Drank on NYE 2016.
2007Neyers Ranch - Conn ValleyCabernet X-1,2,3,4,5,6506  95/WS
Very tight and structured, but with brilliant ripe dark berry and date-nut fruit flavors that are intense, compact and concentrated, yet layered and expansive, with blackberry, wild berry, cherry and plum notes that are slow to unfold but very impressive. Drink now through 2020. 575 cases made. - Wine Spectator
Purchased 6 bottles 8/10 (005000) Direct from winery.
2001Pavie, ChateauBordeaux G-9,10,11,122404  96/RP 94/WS 93/ST
One of the candidates for wine of the vintage ... again, the 2001 Pavie, from a magnificent south-facing vineyard planted primarily on limestone soil, is a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. After a six week maceration, it spent nearly 24 months in new oak prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Some Bordeaux brokers think it might be even better than the 2000 Pavie. The inky/ruby/purple-colored 2001 exhibits a tight but promising nose of crushed stones, a liqueur of blackberries, cherries, and black currants, and subtle smoke and licorice in the background. Powerful, with impressive elegance, fine harmony among its elements, a multi-layered texture, it has a finish that lasts for 50+ seconds. There is considerable tannin, but it is well-integrated. Give it 3-4 years, and drink it over the next two decades. A profound effort for the vintage, it is an example of a perfectionist proprietor pushing the envelope of quality. - Robert Parker ***** Powerful, with loads of smoke, vanilla, berry and chocolate character. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. Modern and rich. Well-done. Best after 2008. 7,500 cases made. - Wine Spectator ***** Saturated dark ruby-purple. Aromas of roasted black fruits, licorice, bitter chocolate, mocha and minerals. Like liquid velvet in the mouth; concentrated, superripe and deep, with complex sweet currant, tobacco and mineral flavors. This seamless wine is remarkably full and sweet yet comes across as quite suave. Finishes with huge but lush tannins that coat the entire mouth. From very ripe fruit macerated for six weeks. - Stephen Tanzer
Purchased 4 bottles 11/06. (010000)
2005Pavie-Macquin, ChateauBordeaux ZV-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 (Case Bottom Right 1st level)25012  98/RP 97/WS 97/ST
It appears consumers can’t go wrong with any 2005 with the word “Pavie” in its name. This outstanding terroir, elevated to Premier Grand Cru Classe status in St.-Emilion’s reclassification, is run with impeccable attention to detail by Nicolas Thienpont, who is assisted by winemaking guru, Stephane Derenoncourt. The 2005 Pavie Macquin may turn out to be this duo’s finest wine to date. This is a moderately large vineyard (37 acres) for the area, and the blend tends to be 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. A black/purple color is accompanied by aromas of charcoal, burning embers, crushed rocks, sweet, pure, blueberries and blackberries, chocolaty creme de cassis, and licorice. It possesses massive concentration, phenomenal levels of tannin, and good acidity, but it is even more backward than either Pavie or Pavie Decesse. A modern day elixir that should prove to be monumental in 15-20 years, it will last for 40+ years. - (May, 2008) Robert Parker ***** Black in color. Aromas of crushed berry, chocolate and licorice follow through to a full body, with a chewy, velvety palate of ripe tannins. Long and very flavorful. A real mouthful. Best after 2015. 4,165 cases made. – (JS) Wine Spectator ***** Bright ruby-red. Captivating aromas of black raspberry, cocoa and licorice. Opulent and silky on entry, then wonderfully full and sweet without any undue weight. This is actually a bit youthfully closed today but already displays lovely inner-mouth perfume. Offers a superb combination of concentration and finesse. This is likely to require at least a decade of bottle aging, and will be long-lived. - Stephen Tanzer
Purchased futures case 6/06. (006000) Ordered from MacArthur's. Received in April 2008.
2001Phelps, Joseph - InsigniaBlend Z -5,6,7,8,9,102456  95/WA 94/ST 92/WS
The 2001 Insignia is an inky/purple-colored effort representing a return to the superb quality of such vintages as 1997. Aged in 100% new French oak, this blockbuster reveals gorgeous aromas of melted licorice, creme de cassis, liquid minerals, and hints of chocolate and spice box. The finish is long, full-bodied, opulent, and voluptuous. Considerable tannin is largely concealed by the lavish richness, extract and glycerin. Score: 95. —Robert Parker ***** The flagship wine, the 2001 Insignia Proprietary Wine, an 18,000-case blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, and 3% Malbec, continues to live up to my high praise from last year. Rich, elegant, and nuanced, this dense ruby/purple wine offers a nose of creme de cassis, incense, licorice, chocolate, and spice box. It is full-bodied, opulently styled with plenty of tannin, but the structural aspects of the wine are well-concealed by its intensity and overall richness. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2020. The bulk of the fruit for the Insignia cuvee comes from vineyards on Manley Lane as well as the Stags Leap area. All the Petit Verdot and Malbec utilized is from the vineyard adjacent to the winery. The Insignia cuvee has been one of Napa’s great Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines since its inception in 1974. In the eighties, this offering seemed to fall off a bit, but it was phenomenal in the seventies, and most of those vintages are still alive. Moreover, it has been absolutely brilliant since 1991. Remarkably,18,000-20,000 cases of this wine are produced in top vintages. - Wine Spectator ***** Saturated bright ruby. Wild aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, currant, game, espresso and licorice, with a liqueur-like sweetness. Then fat, broad and sweet, with impressively deep flavors of black raspberry, minerals and dark chocolate. Lush and large-scaled, but impressively well-balanced. The tannins are buried by fruit and mineral flavors on the very long finish. - Stephen Tanzer
Purchased case 10/05. (010000). ***** Donated a bottle to United Way Gala Auction in Sept 2010.
2002Phelps, Joseph - InsigniaBlend S-3,4,5,6,7,8,93507  96/WS 96/WA 95/ST 96/CG
"A triumph. Aged nearly two years in all-new French oak, this massive wine stuns with its superb balance. Manages the elusive challenge of reining in hugely ripe black currant, cherry and oak flavors and sweet tannins while keeping the palate impression soft and alluring, almost feminine. Just gorgeous right out of the bottle, but should develop effortlessly through the decade and beyond." - Wine Enthusiast ***** "Ruby-red. Sexy aromas of black raspberry, cedar, coffee, tobacco and bitter chocolate. Lush and smooth on entry, then dense and juicy in the middle, with intense, layered, sharply delineated dark berry and dark chocolate flavors saturating the entire palate. A powerful wine that is already quite expressive. Builds impressively on the back half, showing superb extract and a sweet finishing flavor of dark chocolate. This is consistently one of California 's very few great cabernet-based wines that is not from a single vineyard. Williams ranks this '02 with the winery's top recent vintages: 2001, 1999, 1997, 1994 and 1991." - Stephen Tanzer ***** " The 2002 Insignia is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec. This wine has put on considerable weight since last year. An exotic nose of spice box, soy, creme de cassis, chocolate, espresso, and various spices is followed by extravagant fruit on the attack, a voluptuous, medium to full-bodied palate, and a long, ripe, concentrated finish with the tannins well-concealed behind significant glycerin and concentration. This beauty is more extroverted than the 2001. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2023." - (9/05) Robert Parker ***** Wine was just named WINE OF THE YEAR for 2005 (#1 wine in the Top 100) by WINE SPECTATOR. Wine Spectator's 2005 Wine of the Year is one of California's greatest success stories. After 29 vintages, Insignia is recognized as one of Napa's signature red wines and routinely one of its finest. It's fascinating for its ever-changing varietal composition, remarkable consistency from year to year and ability to improve with age. The wine spent 26 months in a mix of new French oak barrels from coopers Taransaud, Nadalie and Demptos. As seductive as the 2002 Insignia is, don't be fooled by its plush layers of currant, mocha, berry, mineral and spice. This is classic Insignia with its precision, balance, concentration, power and finesse. With time, the best Insignias slowly soften yet retain their rich layers of fruit complexity. Expect the 2002 to reach its peak by age eight to 10, and to drink well for 15 to 20 years. - Wine Spectator ***** 78% Cabernet Sauvignon; 14% Merlot; 7% Petit Verdot; 1% Malbec. Once again showing the extraordinary combination of polish, fruity depth and wonderfully rich oak that is particular to the very best of the Insignia lineup, this concentrated, intensely aromatic wine comes up long on character and style. Its evident ripeness is manifest in a touch of last-minute heat, but its fleshy feel, superb balance and neatly fit tannin bring it a peerless sense of refinement that will tease us all long before this stunningly compelling bottling reaches its finely polished peak some five to seven years hence. - Connoisseur's Guide
Purchased case 11/05. (010000) Gave first bottle to Dr. Kolansky in May 2006. ***** Already a classic and highly sought after (in large part due to being named Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year 2005), the retail price of this wine is now $300+/bottle. Although may be opened in 2008, I would prefer to wait several more years, as Insignia's tend to be rather tannic and require a bit of bottle age to them. Can't wait to open the first one!!! ***** Donated a bottle to United Way Gala Auction in Sept 2010.
NVPhilippe Prie Champagne - Brut TraditionSparkling Wine  500  92/WS
A focused structure and hints of Janagold apple, apple blossom, biscuit and ginger. Lightly juicy, with a subtle texture and a touch of honey on the finish. - Wine Spectator
Purchased 6 bottles 11/2012 from WTSO. (002300). 80% pinot noir and 20% chardonnay.
2005Pontet-Canet, ChateauBordeaux ZW-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 (Case Bottom Left 2nd level)17012  96/WS 96/ST 95/CG 95/RP
Black in color, with aromas of blackberry, black licorice, tar, mineral and fresh flowers. Full-bodied and powerful, with ultrafine tannins that last for minutes on the palate. A polished, though-provoking wine. Shows wonderful purity of Cabernet Sauvignon. Best ever from this chateau. Best after 2014. 20,830 cases made. – (JS) Wine Spectator ***** A black/blue/purple hue precedes a classic perfume of creme de cassis, melted licorice, cedar and spice. Full-bodied with superb concentration, fabulous opulence, and huge tannins and muscle, this is uncompromisingly made, boasting sensational concentration, power and aging potential. It requires at least ten years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2040. - Robert Parker ***** Here is a rich and powerful wine that shows off the ripeness of the vintage without losing its varietal and territorial ways. Deep, keenly defined curranty Cabernet Sauvignon fruit sits at its heart while hints of cigar box, briar and forest-floor keep it very much in the Pauillac fold. Its rounded entry is soon followed plenty of gripping tannins, and, while structured for keeping, it conveys a wonderful impression of fruity volume even now. - Connoisser's Guide to California Wine ***** Deep ruby-red. Spectacular aromas of black raspberry, minerals, lead pencil, coffee and brown spices. Hugely rich and suave, with outstanding inner-mouth perfume allied to great structure and depth of flavor. Voluminous and utterly seamless wine with captivating flavors of currant, graphite, spices and minerals, all lifted by a minty nuance. Finishes with great breadth and extraordinary palate-staining persistence. With time in the glass, the wine's firm acidity became apparent. This is first growth quality, and should evolve positively in bottle for the next two decades or more. - Stephen Tanzer ***** Just named a Top 10 Wine of the Year (2008) by Wine Spectator (#7). They say, "While Pauillacs such as Château Mouton-Rothschild and Château Latour draw much higher prices, Pontet-Canet too crafts powerful wines, built for aging, that express its vineyards planted on gravel soils half a mile from the Gironde River." - (November 2008) Wine Spectator
Purchased futures case 6/06. (007000) Ordered from Binny's and delivered in April 2008.
2006Pontet-Canet, ChateauBordeaux O-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,1216012  95/RP 94/ST 93/WS
The 2006 is a wine to stockpile, especially for those in their thirties and forties as it needs another decade to reach maturity, after which it should keep for 30+ years. This vineyard, just south of Mouton Rothschild, has produced an opaque bluish/purple-colored 2006 with an extraordinarily pure nose of graphite, charcoal, sweet creme de cassis, and a hint of scorched earth. Incredible concentration, stunning richness, and a 60-second finish result in a wine that transcends the vintage as well as this estate’s 1855 classification. This enormously endowed, modern day classic is a legend in the making. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2050+. - (Feb 2009, Robert Parker) ***** Saturated medium ruby. Inky cassis, black raspberry, graphite and pungent minerality on the very ripe nose. Dense, rich and silky, with a brooding inky minerality and an almost liqueur-like dark fruit sweetness leavened by a savory peppery element. This very ripe, deep and concentrated wine boasts wonderful lushness without any undue weight thanks to its sheer energy. Like its neighbor Mouton-Rothschild, Pontet-Canet's 2006 conveys a powerful impression of soil character. Finishes with serious dusty tannins and superb lingering sweetness. Should be very long-lived. - (June 2009, Stephen Tanzer) ***** Blackberry, currant and plum tart aromas lead to a full body, with a solid core of fruit, sweet fruit and silky tannins. Generous and round, with lovely richness for the vintage. Best after 2014. 23,330 cases made. - (March 2009, Wine Spectator)
Purchased case 7/09 (006000) from JJ Buckley.
2005Rauzan-Ségla, ChateauBordeaux Y-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,1218012  97/WS 95/RP 96/ST 94/WE
One of the most beautiful Rauzan-Seglas made in decades, this blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest primarily Merlot and tiny dollops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot exhibits a gorgeous perfume of spring flowers, subtle mint, black cherries, black currants, licorice, and a hint of new oak. It offers medium to full body, sweet tannins, and a layered mouthfeel that builds incrementally to a sensational finish. Although this beauty is performing well, it remains a decade away from its plateau of maturity. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2030+. - Robert Parker ***** Very beautiful aromas of crushed berry, flowers, currant and Indian spices follow through to a full body, with ultrafine tannins and a long, long finish. Extremely polished and beautiful, with a seamless texture. Best after 2014. 10,000 cases made. – (JS) Wine Spectator ***** Good deep red-ruby. Sappy dark raspberry, coffee and cedar on the nose. Silky, superrich and concentrated; unusually opulent for a wine from this property, showing a palate-caressing sweetness. As ripe as this is, it's still classically dry and highly aromatic. Finishes with fine, dusty tannins and perfumed berry flavors that spread out to saturate the palate. - Stephen Tanzer ***** Named the #2 wine in 2008 Wine Spectator's top 100 wines. They say, " The estate's grand vin, which reached a quality pinnacle in 2005, is 54.5 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 39 percent Merlot, 5 percent Petit Verdot and 1.5 percent Cabernet Franc, selected from 74 of the 128.5 acres of vineyards." (11/13/2008) Wine Spectator
Purchased futures case 6/19. (007000) from SPEC's Liquor in Houston
2006Rauzan-Ségla, ChateauBordeaux A-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,1010010  93/RP 92/WS
On the same qualitative level as this estate’s brilliant 2005, but with slightly less sucrosite, this blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot, exhibits a 1986-like personality ,a very successful vintage at Rauzan Segla. Its deep ruby/purple hue is accompanied by sweet aromas of bay leaf, black currants, licorice, truffles, and a touch of toast, dazzling fruit, and plenty of ripe, but not astringent tannin. This is a medium to full-bodied, classic, pure, surprisingly approachable Rauzan Segla that will be at its finest between 2012-2025+ ***** Raspberry, violet and blueberry on the nose. Full-bodied, with soft, refined tannins and a long finish. Such finesse and precision. Best from 2014 through 2020. - (March 2009) Wine Spectator.
Purchased 10 bottles (all they had) from MacArthur Beverages in DC (004500) in March 2009.
2005Rol Valentin, ChateauBordeaux ZY-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 (Case Bottom Left 3rd level)9011  95/WS 93/RP 93/RP
Black licorice, tar and fresh mushroom aromas lead to a full-bodied palate, with soft, velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. Balanced and juicy. Velvety and attractive, yet powerful and structured. Best after 2016. 2,080 cases made. —J.S. (Wine Spectator) ***** Proprietor Eric Prissette has fashioned a sensational 2005 with the assistance of consultant Stephane Derenoncourt. It boasts a deep purple color as well as a perfume of charcoal, smoked herbs, crushed rocks, blackberries, ripe cherries, and espresso beans. This full-bodied, formidably endowed St.-Emilion possesses high tannin, abundant extract, superb texture, and admirable purity. A beauty, it may be the finest Rol Valentin made to date. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030+. - Robert Parker ***** Deep, bright ruby. Highly aromatic nose offers liqueur-like notes of blackberry, violet, licorice and spices. Fat, sweet and dense; fleshy and very ripe, but with excellent supporting structure. Very broad, large-scaled wine with sexy flavors of black raspberry, minerals and bitter chocolate. Strong and fresh on the back end, finishing with building tannins and noteworthy grip. This will evolve slowly in bottle and last well. Prissette included 75% of his press wine, and noted that the final blend is 92% merlot, the rest cabernet franc and sauvignon. - Stephen Tanzer
Purchased futures case 6/06. (006000) Ordered from Daniel Posner @ Grapes - The Wine Company and received in April 2008.
2007Saint Prefert, Domaine Collection Auguste FavierRhone  600  96/RP 95/WS 94/ST
A wine for patient connoisseurs and long-term cellaring is the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Auguste Favier. A blend of 85% Grenache and 15% old vine Cinsault, half is aged in cement tanks, and the rest in 2- to 3-year-old 600-liter demi-muids. This inky/blue/purple-tinged 2007 offers up aromas of graphite, camphor, incense, blueberries, and black fruits. Full-bodied, young and unevolved, with massive depth, great concentration, and super purity, texture, and length, it requires 2-4 years of cellaring, and should easily age for two decades or more. (10/2009) - Robert Parker ***** Jam-packed with hedonistic layers of crushed plum, warm fig and macerated blackberry and boysenberry fruit, all inflected with notes of pepper, tobacco, sweet tapenade and smoked apple wood. The long, flattering finish has a creamy mouthfeel. Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2025 (11/2009) Wine Spectator ***** Glass-staining ruby. Strikingly complex, scents of blackcurrant, graphite, incense and potpourri. Cherry-cola and dark berry compote flavors saturate the palate, picking up exotic notes of lavender and rose with air. The bright, gently sweet finish is dominated by zesty minerals. Offers impressive balance and clarity. (Jan/Feb 2009) Stephen Tanzer
Gift from Tom and Kitty on New Year's day, 2010
2003Saint Prefert, Domaine Collection Charles GiraudRhone L-9,10,11,12704  96/WS
This is showing a beautiful, seamless texture now that sets it apart from the typical profile of the vintage. Exotic flavors here—anise, licorice, blackberry confiture—along with cocoa, floral and tar notes. Dense, but plush and silky smooth, with a raspberry ganache–loaded finish that won’t quit. A real beauty. Drink now through 2025. 415 Cases made. - Wine Spectator (7/05)
Purchased 5 bottles 9/05. (004000) First bottle opened in May, 2007 and fruit is provencal spices instantly are apparent in the nose. A bit tannic at this point, but after some bottle aging - perhaps in 5-10 years it will be more resolved.
2006Selbach-Oster Auslese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Zeltinger Schlossberg SchmittRiesling ZC-121201  93/WS
Loads of honey, apricot and golden raisin flavors permeate this lush white. There's a hint of dried apricot and lemon candy too. It's very rich, yet has enough acidity to keep it from getting too heavy. Long finish. Drink now through 2030. 5 cases imported. - (4/30/2008) Wine Spectator
Purchased 3 bottles 8/09 from POP's. (006000).
2005Selbach-Oster Beerenauslese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Zeltinger SchlossbergRiesling  1900  96/WS 95/RP
A tangy dessert Riesling, this matches candied lime, mint, apricot and cream notes with sweetness and a lively structure. Well-integrated and elegant, with a mouthwatering finish. Lovely expression of place. Best from 2009 through 2040. Only 5 cases imported. - Wine Spectator ****** Beerenauslese - meaning "select berry harvest" - is made from individually selected overripe grapes, often affected by noble rot, making for a rich, sweet dessert wine. Selbach-Oster Riesling vineyards lie on a 4-mile / 7 km strech along the Mosel starting in Zeltingen. ***** The Selbachs' 2005 Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Beerenauslese offers aromas of honey, candied grapefruit rind, site- and botrytis-typical smokiness, and spicy pungency. On the palate, it brings together with phenomenal intensity candied citrus rind, white raisin, vanilla cream, honey, marzipan, and malt yet also a reservoir of remarkable fresh, juicy, apply fruit such as the Sonnenuhr Beerenauslese, too, somehow managed to tap. The finish pours on fruit and honey with ginger spice and smoky accents. This is a truly superb wine. - (February 2007) Robert Parker
Purchased 2 bottles 9/08 from POP's. (009000).
2004Tenuta Sette Ponti OrenoRed Wine ZJ-8,9,10,11,121005  95/WS 93/RP
Fabulous aromas of ripe blackberry, cappuccino and toasty oak. Full-bodied, with masses of fruit and supervelvety tannins. Long and gorgeous. All there. Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2007. 3,330 cases made. –JS Ranked #5 in Wine Spectator’s 2006 Top 100 list. Wine Spectator 95 points (Oct 31 2006) ***** Tenuta Sette Ponti’s second release was Oreno, named after a stream which runs through the estate. The blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from vines of an average age of 15 to 20 years results in an internationally-styled, super Tuscan wine. The wine’s dense, violet color suggests its Cabernet component which is confirmed in aromas of cassis, black stone fruit and wild cherries offset by notes of herbs, spice and sweet oak. These carry into ripe, densely fruited palate marked by firm yet elegant tannic structure and integrated vanilla oak, ending in a long, refined finish. ***** Wine Maker's Notes: A green harvest in May reduces clusters to one or two per stock. At harvest the clusters are handpicked, sorted, destemmed, and the skins broken rather than crushed. Fermentation with selected yeasts takes place in a combination of temperature controlled stainless steel and lined open-top fermentors. A maceration period of 25 days including fermentation, with gentle manual punching down of the cap, is followed by natural malolactic fermentation in tank. The wine is placed in new, 225-liter Allier oak barriques for a period of twelve to eighteen months. A first blending of lots takes place when the wine is placed in barrique; a second at the first racking. The finished wine is bottled without filtration and rests one year prior to release. 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot ***** The 2004 Oreno is bursting with generous super-ripe dark fruit and sweet toasted oak notes, showing much concentration, length and vitality on the palate, as well as finessed tannins to round out the finish. Made in a restrained style, it will require several years of bottle age to come together. Best 2009 - 2020 - Robert Parker
Purchased case 9/07 from Chicago Wine Company. (006500)
2004Tenuta dell'Orenellaia Bolgheri Superiore OrnellaiaBlend D-1,2,3,4,5,62406  97/WS 98/RP 95/ST
Dark ruby-purple in color, with complex aromas of dark chocolate, cola, vanilla, cedar and currant. Full-bodied yet ultrarefined, with dense, seamless, caressing tannins. Everything is in the right proportion. Superb. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best after 2009. 11,710 cases made. – Named in the top 10 (#7) of Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2007. Wine Spectator (10/31/2007) ***** The gorgeous 2004 Ornellaia is a great way to start this tasting. A lively dark ruby, it is a vibrant effort bursting with expressive aromatics and layered, well-delineated fruit, showing much purity on the palate and closing with a long, finessed finish. Readers hoping to catch this wine’s full array of nuances will have to wait at least another few years as the wine remains quite primary today. This exquisite effort is not to be missed. - Robert Parker (4/2007) *****Deep bright ruby with purple highlights. Extravagantly rich, multidimensional aromas of raspberry, ripe black plum and violet are complicated by black truffle, espresso, milk chocolate and mineral, with high-quality vanillin oak remaining in the background. Wonderfully silky on the palate but with immense power, this is real iron-fist-in-a-velvet-glove. The imposingly rich fruit avoids coming across as overripe, and the notes of leather, tobacco, tamarind and mocha linger on the palate for minutes. A compellingly suave and smooth wine whose extremely fine-grained tannins and hint of slightly sharp acidity bring the wine's rich, complex flavors into full focus. This is a must purchase for collectors with deep pockets. - Stephen Tanzer (8/2007)
Purchased 6 bottles 11/07. (013500) This Super-Tuscan is a Bordeaux blend and this year, for the first time, Petit Verdot was added. It is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.
2001Tenuta dell'Ornellaia MassetoMerlot G-215001  100/WS 98/RP 99/WE
This is fantastic, showing incredible length and richness. Supersilky and caressing. It's an absolute joy to taste. Full-bodied, with blackberry, light vanilla and a long, long finish. The aftertaste goes on for minutes. This is the best Masseto ever made and a monument to Tuscany. I have tasted it more than 10 times already in the last two years. It's always great.--Masseto non-blind vertical. Best after 2012. 2,670 cases made. - (3/2005) Wine Spectator ***** Wonderful aromas of blackberries, raspberries and fresh tobacco, with a hint of exotic fruit. Full-bodied, with loads of velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Very silky indeed. A gorgeous, seductive, classy red. A monument to Tuscany. Layers and layers of fruit and tannins. Perhaps the greatest Tuscan red ever. Best after 2012. 2,670 cases made. – (10/2004, James Suckling) Wine Spectator. ***** Even better than the highly acclaimed 2000 vintage, this Merlot from a tiny, clay soil vineyard in Bolgheri is just about everything you've ever dreamed of tasting. Gorgeous, generous, voluptuous, cheerful, succulent and intense: Masseto is all those things. The aromas are seamless and capture the essence of chocolate fudge, sweet cherry, blackberry, spice and vanilla. It boasts thick, dense extraction, excellent structure and amazing persistence. The best Tuscan wine I've ever tasted. (4/2008) Wine Enthusiast
Purchased 1 bottle (5/08) from Suburban Wines in Yorktown Heights, NY; where it was kept in a temperature and humidity controlled vault since importing. The 2001 is considered by most critics to be the greatest vintage ever for this venerable Super-Tuscan wine. Year after year, this wine is selected as a Top 100 Wine (often top 10) by Wine Spectator, and of course did so this year also (in its greatest vintage ever). Comprised of 100% Merlot.. (048900). Wine Spectator's perfect score means this is one of only 15 reds that Wine Spectator has given a perfect score to in over 30 years of tasting (250,000 wines). James Suckling calls this vintage of Masseto the greatest wine ever to come out of Italy.
2002Two Hands Ares Barossa ValleyShiraz N-13,142002  98/RP 96/WS 96/ST
"Virtually perfect, the 2002 Shiraz Ares (100% Shiraz from an ancient Barossa vineyard) spent 8 months in old oak, and 12 months in new French wood. Inky/blue/black to the rim, with an extraordinary nose of smoked meats, camphor, blackberries, creme de cassis, and a notion of bacon fat in the background, this is great stuff. Full-bodied with a sensational texture as well as stunning purity, balance, and length (the finish lasts nearly a minute), Michael Twelftree believes it has at least 20 years of cellaring potential, and I see no reason to disagree. Like many of the finest wines of South Australia, it is accessible now." - Wine Advocate (RP) ***** An extremely seductive wine - in the best possible way. The oak is apparent but entirely subdued, the fruit just a massed wave of sweet, extreme, varietal charm. It's blessed with saturated flavours of sweet juicy blackberry, anis, flint, clove and tobacco - yet it never overwhelmes or over-does it. More: because the oak is so well contained it's already drinking beautifully now - though it will of course drink well far into the future. It's a classic. Take time to drink it, and it knocks your socks off. Drink: Now-2020. 200 cases made. 96 points. - Wine Spectator
Purchased 3 bottles 10/05. (010000) Had first bottle in May, 2007. It is a bit young with tannins strong but fine ... but very fruit forward in typical Aussie style. Concentrated and powerful. So it has the stuffing to allow for aging to resolve the tannins and in perhaps another decade it will be nearly perfect!!! I definitely like the aging potential and possibilities for this wine!
2002Verite La JoieBlend U-5,6,7,8,9,101906  98/RP 96/ST
The full-bodied, classically-styled, Bordeaux-like 2002 La Joie’s (64.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28.5% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and .3% Malbec) deep ruby/purple color is followed by gorgeous aromas of black truffles, scorched earth, tobacco leaves, blackberry and cassis liqueur, and notions of minerals as well as acacia flowers. This stunning red can be drunk in 2-3 years, or cellared for two decades. (Issue #157, February 2005 - The Wine Advocate) - Robert Parker ***** Bright ruby-red. Blackberry, licorice and mocha on the nose. Densely packed and juicy, with sharply delineated dark berry and floral flavors. Large-scaled but light on its feet owing to its lovely lift. Serious, gripping wine with a long, bright finish. (International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 05) - Stephen Tanzer
Purchased 6 bottles 3/06. (010000)
2004Veuve Doussot, Champagne - Memory Cuvee Guy JolySparkling Wine  1500  93/WS 93/ST
This is a beautiful, ripe, full-bodied sparkler, balancing rich fruit with bottle age to produce a round, elegant character. Lively and accessible, with lovely balance to the fine bead and open-knit structure, offering notes of Gala apple, pastry, smoky mineral, black raspberry and candied pineapple. Mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2024. Only 333 cases made - Wine Spectator (11/30/2012) ***** Light, bright gold. A complex bouquet displays Meyer lemon, pear skin, anise, toasty lees and minerals, with spice and floral qualities building with air. Deeply flavored yet strikingly fresh, offering gently sweet citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a sexy floral element. The mineral and floral notes come back strong on the long, incisive finish, which features a touch of bitter blood orange. - Stephen Tanzer (Nov/Dec 2012)
Purchased 6 bottles 12/2012 from WTSO. (004800). 40% pinot noir and 60% chardonnay.
2003Vieux Donjon, Le RougeRhone T-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8508  95/RP 94/WS 93/ST
"A very strong vintage for this traditionally made Chateauneuf du Pape, the 2003, a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and the rest Mourvedre and Cinsault, has a deep ruby/plum/purple color and a big sweet nose of dried Provencal herbs, licorice, seaweed, and spice box. The wine is massively concentrated, relatively high in alcohol by the standards here (15% plus on their component parts), and has a long, concentrated, chewy finish with high tannin and equally high extract. If there is one Chateauneuf du Pape that smells like an open-air Provencal spice, flower, and food market, it is Vieux Donjon. It is a classic, concentrated essence of Provence, all in an alcoholic beverage. This wine will need 4-5 years of cellaring when released and drink well for 15-20 years." - Robert Parker ***** "Hard as nails now, this is packed with ultraripe plum and blackberry fruit all supported by brawny, muscular tannins that romp through a licorice and tar finish. May be ferocious for some, but those who sock it away in the cellar will be rewarded. Best from 2008 through 2025. 5,000 cases made. (JM) ". - Wine Spectator ***** This traditionally made Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah with some Mouvedre and Cinsault. It is a gorgeous deep ruby in color and has a wonderful nose of licorice and spices. It has flavors of tobacco, earth and a hint of semisweet chocolate. This is a massive wine that will reward anyone with the patience to cellar it for 4 years; it will drink well for another 20. ***** Dark red. Sweet, exotic aromas of blackberry, cassis, molasses, bitter chocolate and dried flowers. Richly textured and dense, offering ripe dark berry flavors and nuances of floral pastilles and dark chocolate. A fat, unctuous wine that also boasts excellent purity of fruit and length, with soft, rounded tannins. - Stephen Tanzer
Purchased case 8/05. (003500)
2005Will, Andrew - Sorella Horse Heaven HillsBlend  800  96/WS 94/WE
Impressive for its purity of flavors and generosity. This gorgeous red fills the mouth with rich black cherry, blackberry and hints of cedar and sweet spices, waxing and persisting on an expressive finish that goes on and on. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2009 through 2017. 805 cases made. - (H.S.) Wine Spectator ***** The Sorella is deep and dense with thick textures and tannins. The typical black currant and black cherry fruit character is here in spades, and yet at 14.4% alcohol the wine avoids any fatiguing jamminess or heat in the finish. It leaves a slightly chalky, chocolatey impression as it exits the throat, and promises a long life ahead. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot - Wine Enthusiast
Purchased 1/2 case in April 2008 (006000) from Liquid Discount in Blauvelt, NY.

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