Black Opal

Casella Wines

The Black Stump Durif Shiraz 2021

Enjoyed 2021 vintage on January 21, 2023 — 9 days ago

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Château Mouton Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1996

In line with the 96 Ducru I popped recently, fhis was a huge, almost slutty wine. Loads of black and blue fruit, soft cedar, but still extremely primary. On the palate: loads of black and red fruit, good acidity and a touch of leather. Stylish finely grained tannin on the finish. Lovely, but still needs 25 years. — 15 days ago

James GPeter C
with James and Peter
Severn, Iwan and 11 others liked this
Peter C

Peter C

Was fun drinking next to 95 Lafite.
9.3

Stella Rosa

Il Conte Black l'Originale Semi Sweet Red Blend 1917

Tried this because I couldn’t get my fav where I was at. Will buy it again. — a month ago

Château Gruaud Larose

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1982

Delectable Wine
9.6

This bottle of 1982 Gruaud-Larose came direct from the château cellars. It is just pure joy on the nose with fabulous scents of black fruit, hung game (less so than previous bottles), clove and a faint aroma of a stately home. It manages to offer both ample fruit and life-affirming complexity. The palate has aged little since I last tasted it; there's more red fruit here, with freshly rolled tobacco, cedar and a touch more spiciness on the finish than previous tastings, with a sweet yet structured finish. This may well represent the finest bottle that I have encountered. (Neal Martin, Vinous, January 2023) — 3 days ago

Gnarly Head

1924 Limited Edition Double Black Lodi Red Blend

I really enjoyed this wine. Smooth, tasty with a nice finish. I'll be having it again. — 6 days ago

Château Léoville Barton

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2014

Wow, showed stunningly already. Lovely black and blue fruited boquet, with soft herbs. Fantastic acidity, lovely density mirroring the nose. Soft tannin on the supple finish. Drinking very well if fairly primary right now. — 15 days ago

James GPeter C
with James and Peter
Peter, Severn and 12 others liked this
Peter C

Peter C

So glad this held up against the Mouton and Lafite. Everyone loved it!
9.3

Paul Jaboulet Aîné

La Chapelle Hermitage Syrah 2012

Drank this 2012 in early 2023 and I think it is still young! Could go another decade. Delicious nonetheless. Immediate scents of green bell pepper and herbaceous goods that morphs into blue and black fruits. Vanilla is present but definitely secondary. Upon drinking there is a solid structure with a focused power of restrained medium acidity. Spices and some grease come to the forefront. Great lasting finish. Would love to try again in a few years. — 15 days ago

Jessica MedvedJillian Varner
with Jessica and Jillian

Black Hills Estate Winery

Nota Bene Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2008

Holding up really well. Candied fruit, some cassis notes from the rare Cabernet Sauvignon dominant vintage. — 24 days ago

Château Léoville-Las Cases

Grand Vin de Leoville du Marquis de las Cases Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2003

Very 2003. Plush, leaning a touch overripe for my palate, but still well-managed. On the nose: dense black fruit, with loads of plum. Lovely density, weight and acidity. Comes off more elegant on the palate. Softer tannin than expected on the finish, but maybe it was just covered up by ripe fruit. — 15 days ago

James GPeter C
with James and Peter
Peter, Jeroen and 21 others liked this
Peter C

Peter C

Sadly only got to smell it. Was too busy. Sniff sniff.