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Château Mouton Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1995

Still remarkably youthful, it’s rich, dense and dark fruited, layered with classicism of cigar box, cedar and spices. The palate is concentrated and powerful with a silky texture and incredible length. 95 is nowhere near its peak. Many more years to go. And while I’ll never be a real Bordeaux lover, it’s clear what makes these first growths special. — 10 days ago

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Château Latour

Premier Grand Cru Classé Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2002

Celebrating with a couple of fun bottles tonight. 2 hour decant(decent chunky/fine sediment). A stunning dark garnet with bricking. On the nose: lightly fragrant notes of stewed red fruit, cassis, floral, little cigar box, herbaceous. Taste: silky, elegant, soft wine with a great mix of dark plum, currants, iron, scorched earth, tobacco, and cedar/bitter chocolate medium plus finish. YUM! Drinks well with the decant and more time to go. — 2 months ago

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Château Léoville-Las Cases

Grand Vin de Leoville du Marquis de las Cases Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1989

Red & black fruits, cassis with cedar, earth, saddle leather, graphite, spice box & tobacco. Still going strong. — 2 months ago

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Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

Herbal and minty ROSEMARY. DARK CHOCOLATE. Red cassis, currant, crushed minerality. Empty cigar box. Intensely concentrated. — 24 days ago

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Heitz Cellar

Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1985

Finally lost my Heitz MV virginity. One word, wow. The mint-eucalyptus was there on the nose. A very powerful wine that smelled powerful and tasted powerful. Besides the mint , hints of earth & cigar notes but clearly in the background. I was having a hard time trying to grasp how youthful and balanced the wine was on the palate. I found the fruit was on the darker side with lingering tannins. I left this in the decanter for three days. The nose really never diminished, the palate grudgingly. If I had to nitpick I felt it was lacking some of the complexity that I would have expected at this stage. — an hour ago

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Definitely a Napa produced wine for the ages. Let’s hope the new corporate owners keep it that way.

Château Lynch-Bages

Grand Cru Classé Pauillac Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2006

Classically styled Pauillac with plenty of currants, leather, pencil shavings, spice box. Nice firm tannins that ads a youthful posture. Starting to enter its peak. — 2 months ago

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Château d'Armailhac

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2018

Cigar box, tobacco leaves, blueberry, red plum, gripping clayey high levels of tannins. Moderate acidity — 24 days ago

Château Léoville Poyferré

Saint Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2000

Showing well with notes of black fruits, graphite, sweet tobacco & spice box — 9 days ago

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Bodegas Faustino

Gran Reserva Faustino I Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2006

Popped and poured, enjoyed over two hours. The 2006 “Faustino I” Gran Reserva pours a deep garnet color with a near opaque core. Medium+ viscosity with moderate staining of the tears and no obvious signs of sediment. On the nose, the wine is vinous with notes of dark, cherry, dried leather, cigar paper, organic earth, pencil eraser, mocha, and a hint of warm spices. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium+ tannin and medium+ acid. Confirming the notes from the nose. The body is silky and lean. The finish is tart and long. Tasty now but should drink very well over the next decade. Definitely a more traditionally made Rioja and I’m here for it. Bottle No. 1629/247680. — 2 months ago

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Château Cos d'Estournel

Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2010

Cherry,dried and black; scribbles of graphite in a tinder box. Campfire smoke, and dark tobaccos brood in clusters of black currant. Glints of plum skin and baked raspberries. Cinnamon and cedar shavings. Dried cherry and black berries persist into the palate, with green peppercorns and dried violets dusted in graphite. Smoke snakes around black bread with currants, fig and black raisins. A phenomenal fall treat. That’ll do the trick!

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