Judge Palmer

Judge Palmer

Vinegrove Terace Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

An elegant cab. Strong flavors but surprisingly easy to drink. From a very small vineyard. Probably should have bought a case. — 18 days ago

Mary Hickerson
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Château Palmer

Echantillon Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2006

MRM
9.3

Not a Chateau that I gravitate to, but in great shape. — 4 days ago

Burt Street Cellars

Judge Vineyard Grenache 2015

Juicy and bight with some good depth. Pairs well with dessert, fruit and pirates booty! — a month ago

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Château Margaux

Premier Grand Cru Classé Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 1961

Tasted blind. Reddish amber tawny. Translucent. Better color than the 61 Palmer beside it. Herbal nose. Notes of red and black fruit, herbs, earth, gravel. Very refined and perfumed. Guessed 61 Mouton given the herbal profile. A really good but not great Margaux. (M's 60th bday 6th of 14) — 24 days ago

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Kongsgaard

The Judge Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016

What an endlessly fascinating quaff. The Judge is quite simply one of the greatest Chardonnays on the planet. Hats off to the Kongsgaard team for this spectacular effort. — 18 days ago

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Mike R

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Pretty damn accurate

Novy Family Winery

Judge Family Vineyard Syrah 2007

Blind tasting of six pinots - or pinot “impostors”. @delectable, this is the Grenache, not the Syrah. — a month ago

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Quilceda Creek

Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2018 vintage tasted June 2021. If I were to blind-taste this wine, I would have never guessed it’s a Cab! I think I’d say it was some sort of weird blend of Pinotage and Merlot. But if the tasting judge pulled off the wrapper, I would smack my forehead in embarrassment and exclaim, “of course it’s a Cab, but it’s soooo unique!” The tannic structure is not what you get from a Cab from its optimal growing regions (Napa, Sonoma, Coonawarra). The body is lighter, and its medium tannic structure lets a lot of spice through. I don’t think it’s quite as good as the 2016 vintage, but I have to give it same 9.8 rating which I gave the 2016. Maybe I should edit my 2016 rating and push it up to 9.9? (I’ve never given a wine a 10 or even a 9.9, but maybe I’m being too much of a wine snob?) Anyway, I taste so few wines at this level of sophistication that I worry I am underrating it and that I’m not damning it with faint 9.8 praise.

This wine is young, but I’m sure it will be fully drinkable in 20 years (long after I’m gone!). But I’m not sure it will get any better with age—rather it will only change from great to a different great.

Tasting notes: cinnamon and blackberries on the nose. Dry red fruit on the front. Medium tannic structure—not silky, but not puckery. It has a long finish with all sorts of spicy post-orgasmic pleasures.

All I can say is, if it you can get yourself on the Quilceda Creek mailing list, you will be blessed, and you will be one of the coolest wine drinkers around.
— 12 days ago

Château Palmer

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 1961

Tasted blind, although we are now told that all of the reds tonight are 61's so our tasting becomes a single blind horizontal exercise. This wine is brownish tawny, translucent and very old-looking. Perfumed nose with notes of cola, rhubarb, cherry and earth. Has a light structure with faded fruit at first. We're told this bottle was a leaker with the lowest fill of all of tonight's bottles. Guesses are all over the map including Italian and very old red burg (me). We've had spectacular 61 Palmers before and in the first part of the evening, this bottle was missing it. BUT, late in the evening (and 9 hours after opening) this caught its sea legs and grew in volume, complexity and delivery. My rating was crossed out three times as I upgraded this while we all marvelled at the improvement... and in the end, this 61 Palmer showed it's pedigree and overall power. Glad we waited it out! (M's 60th bday 5th of 14) — 24 days ago

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Jay Kline

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Awesome patience 👏🏼 👏🏼 👏🏼

Palmer & Co

Brut Reserve

Morsdagsvin - massa småbubblor, torrt och mumsig till mingel — 17 days ago

Château Montrose

Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2007

Felt a little tight and never really opened up even after decanting several hours. Hard to judge yet. — a month ago