Have been enjoying wine for over forty years; love French, Italian, Austrian, in pretty much that order. CA not so much, esp alcoholic fruit bombs.
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This perhaps gives a new meaning to the term “still wine.” Fill level: low shoulder. Cork shattered on opening, had to use the port filter. Yes, it’s still wine, a bit brown around the edges, surprisingly sweet in the mouth. A bit port like in fact. Too bad the winery did not invest in better corks, or that I had opened it 20 years ago..... — 18 days ago
Leoville Barton 1978, August 18 2017.
Cellared since winter 1981-82(?). Upper shoulder, cork moldy at the top, sound underneath. Perfect condition, cedar bouquet, slightly orange in color but no oxidation, no thinness in the mouth, wonderful long finish. Stellar wine! It makes one think it might be worth getting old just to appreciate what a treat an older wine like this can be!
— 3 months ago
What possessed these folks to mix Pinot noir and Mourvèdre in this wine? Well, each one makes a superb example of the respective grape from this great vineyard, so why not? What we have here us probably a one-off but well worth the experiment. — 4 months ago
This gets better with time....Hardy I hope you have some library bottles! What is it with this app that thinks it’s from Australia? — 24 days ago
Who in his right mind would open an 20-ish year old California Chardonnay with any sort of expectation of pleasure? I am not a fan of the oaky vanilla high alcohol style, and my view is that they generally do not improve with age. I have had some pretty well-known names (nameless for now) that have been downright disappointing at half the age of this one. But every rule has an exception, and this is one. Serendipity left it in the cellar until it was too old to risk with friends, except very good ones, and so it was up to Janet and me to try half of it last week with roasted cod, and the other half this week with salmon. Savory, good acid, no oxidation, the oak that might have been too forward in its youth now more balanced, this is a fine wine, meursault-like but for the fatiguing effect of 14.5% abv. By which I mean I wish I could have drunk the whole bottle the first night, but it was just too heavy.....on the plus side, it was still good with the salmon after a week in the fridge! — 3 months ago
Delectable's website notwithstanding this is not a Santa Barbara wine... fresh and lively at 12% abv, this is further proof that CA winemakers can make balanced, savory wines without letting the alcohol take over. Hardy, stay true and don't let'em make you pick later! — 2 months ago
Ch Palmer 1983. Mid-shoulder, saturated cork. Ripe purple in color, full in the mouth, hint of strawberry in the bouquet. Lovely wine, but the Leoville takes the prize! — 3 months ago
This is coming into its own, very drinkable now but with a great future--if only it wasn't my last bottle! 2012 vintage. — 3 months ago