Le Petit Brosselin

Château Lynch-Bages

Grand Cru Classé Pauillac Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2000

2000 vintage. Never a fave L-B vintage as it has always seemed a little too much sizzle and not enuff steak. FF two decades and said wine is drinking more like a Napa cab vs a BDX. Chunky and in a state of transition (discombobulated) but still medium-heavy body after two+ decades. The 2005 is more affordable and drinking better, imho, currently. Will this effort will ever round into form for dedicated L-B fans going back to the 1985 vintage? Not tasting it. Storybook fill and cork. Decanted and tasted immediately, after 30 mins and after two hours. Aggressive sed. 7.3.24. — 7 days ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2000

Opened the evening prior at 7pm and double-decanted; the bottle was left at room temp with the cork pressed lightly back into the neck until service. The 2000 pours a deep garnet color with a near opaque core and a slightly water rim; medium+ viscosity with moderate staining of the tears and some sediment. On the nose, the wine is vinous and showing some real power with a compelling combination of ripe and desiccated fruit: dark brambles, cassis, leather, dill, olives, spiced meat, tobacco and soft baking spices. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium+ tannins and medium+ acid. Confirming the notes from the nose. The finish is long and whoa is it ever delicious. This has to be one of the wines of the vintage. Drink now through 2040. — 18 days ago

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Château Lafon-Rochet

Saint-Estèphe Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1996

Paul J

Great recommendation from the guy at the local wine shop.

45+ minute decant. Dark red color. Cigars, ash, dark red fruit, and some cedar on the nose. Medium plus depth and integrated finish. Paired nicely with burgers.
— 13 days ago

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Harlan Estate

The Maiden Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend 2010


Deep Inky in color with a short purple rim. Looks very young.

Soft nose of black fruits, cedar, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Full-bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, licorice, light vanilla, tobacco leaf, light black pepper, earth, herbs and black tea.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This 14 year old Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeaux blend from Napa feels very young. Rich and powerful. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Great right out of the bottle, and tightened up after 2 hours of in the decanter. Probably needed a longer decant, but it finished too quickly.

This Single Vineyard will continue to age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years.

Wine Advocate 92 points.

Tasty and enjoyable by itself or with food. Will pair nicely with a big piece of steak

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

— 10 days ago

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Château Chasse-Spleen

Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend 2006

Very dark rubi robe, nose of blackcurrant, flowers, asian apices and tobacco. The tannins are very elegant and the wine is very elegant and complex in the mouth. This is a fantastic vintage of Chasse Spleen and the wine is singing now. — 19 days ago

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Insignia Estate Grown Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1976

Nicho rodo ludo barush pozas keno — 8 days ago

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Château Malartic-Lagravière

Grand Cru Classe de Graves Pessac Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 2014

Deep ruby with light garnet rim. Warm crushed ripe plum on the nose. Medium acid, gentle but noticeable tannin that smooths with some air. Dark fruit at the beginning, which after some decanting turns to more plum, coffee, dark chocolate, oak and vanilla. — 9 days ago

Realm Cellars

The Bard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2019

2019 vintage. From a 375 ml format. Amongst what passes for the ne plus ultra in Napa cabbage these days. Rich. Overtly sumptuous. Modicum of umami on the finish. Restrained/polite company version of a fruit bomb. Too extracted/manipulated without representative tannins for this old-school Dunn/Diamond Creek/Mayacamas/Montelena guy but still verry nice for this style. Dunno where this settles in twenty years but that's someone else's problem down the road. 7.7.24. — 5 days ago

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Norman Gennaro

Norman Gennaro Premium Badge

Didn’t even know they made 375’s


Napa Valley Red Blend 2010

Matthiasson’s Napa white is one of my favorite CA wines but don’t sleep on the red. Predominantly merlot Bdx blend, elegant and finessed, purple berries and cassis, violets, black tea, cedar and cocoa. Just entering peak drinking IMO — 7 days ago

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Beaulieu Vineyard

Reserve Tapestry Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2007

David T

The one thing I get from this wine w/ this age is cognac notes and the 07 is just starting cognac notes on the long set. Still, rounded, medium plus, velvety tannins.

The fruits are ripe, juicy, lush; blackberries, black raspberries, black plum skin, darkest cherries, & red cherries on the long set, strawberry hues. Chocolate/ cake/pudding/mousse, dark berry cola, mocha, dark chocolate, caramel, dark spice, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, anise core to black licorice, dark spice w/ palate heat, dry, crush rock, limestone powder, dry top soil, dry twig, liquid, dry herbaceous notes, fresh to withering; dark, red, slightly blue flowers framed in a field of violets & lavender, round, summer rainfall with a softly tensioned state, tall structure, well balanced, finely but deeply knitted & evenly polish finish that is nearly endless.

If you can have patience, Tapestry is one of the best Napa Cabernet for the money & this one has plenty of life ahead. 10 plus years.

Photos of; sunset on a BV vineyard, their tasting from many vantage points & old Victorian House.
— 8 days ago

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