Balance

Château Latour

Premier Grand Cru Classé Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1964

Dan
9.3

Still so young and good fruit. Great balance and earthy notes. Good acidity. So smooth and balanced. — 7 days ago

Château Lynch-Bages

Grand Cru Classé Pauillac Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1990

Dark ruby center with lighter tawny rims. Not quite opaque. Nose is quiet at first and doesn't bloom until 3+ hours in a decanter. Notes of dark fruit, tobacco, leather saddle, barnyard ground, some stones and minerals, brush-like spice and some mocha. Seductive in the mouth. Great balance between very present fruit with good structure and softened tannins. Haven't had this in awhile, and this wine still is hitting it out of the park. At peak but it'll be around for the long haul. Started out second to the 94 Dominus and then took the race by a nose in the stretch. — 2 months ago

Juan, Bob and 26 others liked this

Shafer Vineyards

Hillside Select Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 1990

Too young need more time good balance love love it — 2 months ago

R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2001

As close to perfect as it can get. Dry, dusty with fruit. Beautiful balance. — 24 days ago

Ira, Ray and 9 others liked this

Château Mouton Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

Still tightly wound but the more air and time the more it opened up to dark berries and leather with refined balance. — a month ago

William Douglas
with William
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Taittinger

Comtes de Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Chardonnay 2006

Plush and sweet edges. Chalky stone, citrus. Lovely zesty balance and good acidity — 2 months ago

Ira, Juan and 12 others liked this

Château d'Yquem

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2015

Perfect balance between acid, bitter and sweet drenched in tropical fruit. Lovely botrytis, primary fruit for now and irresistible but will improve so much more. — 3 months ago

Barberry, Skip and 16 others liked this

Château Musar

Bekaa Valley Red Blend 2016

The 2016 Chateau Musar, the winery’s latest vintage on release, is much less forthcoming on the nose than the 2013 and ‘15 that I’ve tried recently, despite - or perhaps because of - the fact that the Hochars consider 2016 to be a successful and very ageworthy vintage.

The nose is quite dense and tightly wound, much like a left bank Bordeaux presents in its youth, not yet revealing its cards besides aromas of cedar, steeped plum, smoked beef and cinnamon. The palate, however, is open for business - powerful and saturated, striking that wonderful Musar balance between dark fruit and tangy acidity, expanding towards a puckering finish with good length.

The lasting impression here is of a very modern rendition of Musar, with great clarity and purity to the fruit, fine tannins, refreshing acidity on the palate and great drinkability now (though equal potential to age). My preference of late remains the 2013, but that’s now quite hard to buy - so I’d happily have a case of this instead.

94+
— 13 days ago

Severn, Ted and 8 others liked this

Caymus Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

Dark Ruby with aromas of ripe berry fruit and floral spice, pure Caymus signature style, easy drinking, approachable as always. On the palate flavors of ripe blackberry, black cherry and currants with complex spice showing notes of cacao, cinnamon and rich vanilla oak. Fine soft tannins, nice mouthfeel, great balance with acidity, long finish, ending with notes of oak and mineral notes. Nice! — 2 months ago

Daniel P., John and 4 others liked this

Louis Roederer

Cristal Brut Champagne Chardonnay Pinot Noir Blend 2000

Dan
9.5

Golden perhaps almost orange color. Lemon, cream, yeast, richer fruit, great balance and acidity, just so smooth to drink, hard to pick up nuanced tertiary notes but so delicious. — 2 months ago

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