To fully understand the Lurton family one needs to be a professional genealogist, but if you meet a Lurton in Bordeaux it would be safe to bet she/he is involved in wine business. Marie-Laure is one of the 10 children of Lucien Lurton, and she owns Chateau de Villegeorge in Haut-Médoc and Tour de Bessan in Margaux. Villegeorge 2010 is blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (79%) and Merlot (21%). Attractive nose of cassis, cedar wood and violets. Still plenty of very ripe fruit at 10 years old, good concentration and length. Fine value today at 28 euro. — 9 days ago
10, Mascot - Bill Harlan
10 is the third release of the Mascot, Bill Harlan's wine produced with grapes from the younger vines at Harlan Estate, Bond, Promontory. If you’re able to afford these three wines. This would be considered your everyday drinking Cali Cab🙂
90% Cab & the rest is PV & CF
Pulled the cork an hour before we went to dinner. Even better after a further hour of decanting when we arrived.
This bottle is firing on all cylinders. Deep ruby color in the glass. All the black fruit you can squeeze into a bottle, with some earthiness. Additional notes of a syrup/tobacco taste to it, dark chocolate. The tannins & acidity 6/10. The finished lingers for a good 30+ seconds.
Four - five years ago this wasn’t near as approachable as it is today. Enjoy them now or over the next decade. Cheers — 15 days ago
Fresh, juicy — 21 days ago
Still nice dark cherry spice and chocolate. If you Pop and pour.
... 2 hours in this is the best amarone ever. 30% of the grapes were dried. So it’s not shocking. You sort of need to reorient your brain and accept what it is. But once you do it’s amazing. It has elegant raisins but also blasting balancing acidity.
This is almost two wines in one at this point. Pop and pour is normal hot year lessona. With air it’s something altogether different. So in one level that’s confusing. On another it’s a beautiful surprise. Welcome to small production middle of nowhere alto Piemonte. — a day ago
Physically Distanced 🚧 but Socially Close 🤗 2020 Independence Day Party 🇺🇲 🥳 with several members of our Tastevin crew.🍷 Proof that our palates are wider than Burgundy, outside of sanctioned events.🍾
Notes may be light, scores will be honest. 💯🦄
This is ridiculous... I'm smiling so hard, my cheeks hurt. Decanted 5h. — 6 days ago
Some friends of ours brought this to our backyard dinner last night. This is not a producer I buy. So, it was nice to revisit and nice of them to share.
The first thing I would say, is this is a well made Pinot Noir. Having said that, I don’t buy it due to its pricing. If you are buying this from the winery, its price point is still too high for it’s quality and gets worse yet when you go to the secondary markets which, many do, due to its limited production & wait on their list.
I say this because I have had countless examples of Sonoma & CA Pinot Noirs that are as good for $75 or around that price point give or take a little. The Hendricks Pinot from Santa Lucia is a similar style and for me, is better than this Marcassin. The Hendricks is $75 on futures buying.
Our friends that brought it, whom we share a mutual friendship with another Sommelier. He told them they had to drink this as it was getting old. I can tell you that is simply not the case. This wine has another 7-10 years of fine drinking ahead. These statements happen when your consuming wine regiment is based on a steady stream of always drinking wines young...It just happens.
The wine shows beautiful mid & dark candied, floral fruits, heavy baking spices and too much cinnamon stick for me. Beautiful, dark, red, blue and purple florals. It is well balanced, lush, elegant, polished with nice round acidity.
A very nice wine just overpriced IMHO. You can do just as well for less and you would only lose out on the fact you are feeling good about opening a cult name Pinot for yourself or to impress others. Not a dig, just the wine psychology that experience has led me to through the devotion of studying wine and consumers feedback. Not all, but enough to call it what it is. I myself have fallen prey to those emotions & I’m sure will again.
Photo of, Marciassin Winery, Helen Turley-Co Owner, Ryan O'Donnell-Winemaker and a Sonoma vineyard they source fruit. — 19 days ago
Dark purple in color with a short purple rim. Not showing age at all.
On the nose blackberries, blueberries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, vegetables, bitter herbs, graphite, chocolates, earth, celery, peppercorn and tobacco. Great complexity on the nose.
Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with plums, currants, cedar, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, bell pepper, vegetables, tobacco, celery, peppercorn, dark chocolates and coffee.
Nice finish with fine grained tannins.
This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Earthier than I expected it to be at this point.
I had this vintage 5 years ago, and it seems better now, although I figured that much of the vegetable notes will go away by now. Nose is much nicer than the palate.
This 10 year old needs 3 hours to open up properly, although much fruitier right out of the bottle.
Thank you Sean for sharing this with me.
Peaking now and will continue to drink nicely in the next 5 years.
I paired it with light appetizers.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged in French oak barrels (65% new). A small production of only 7 barrels.
14.8% alcohol by volume.
$75. — 10 days ago
Glad I decided to open one after seeing the recent positive comments. The cab franc is really amazing in this blend. This is still developing but the fruit and oak are clearly up front on the nose. The tannins are smooth as silk but the alcohol is a bit high so drink closer to cellar temperature than room temperature. I believe this has room for improvement but is drinking fabulously right now. Glad I have a few more remaining. Cheers! — 9 days ago