Layton's Chance

Bodegas Muriel

Barón de Barbón Vendimia Seleccionada Rioja Tempranillo 2018

Cherry, strawberry, and a touch of oak. Soft tannins (after decanting for around 1 hour). Allowing this young rioja a chance to breathe neutralises the acidity, leaving an easy drinking, well balanced rioja. A little black pepper in the back that closes a medium finish. Medium body — 16 days ago

Beringer Vineyards

Steinhauer Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Didn’t get a chance to decant this wine at first , and it had so much mineral that it was jarring ... didn’t expect that. Left it open for a while and then decanted which helped ease the tension so as to speak ! Just wasn’t as predictable as a beringer , I guess. Volcanic for sure though it did show some fruit in the end. — a month ago

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Tobin James

Liquid Love Late Harvest Paso Robles Zinfandel 2006

Meh! Sauternes is a much better option if you have the chance. — 13 days ago

Tom, Anthony and 19 others liked this

Château Musar

Gaston Hochar Grand Cru Red Blend 1998

When the chance came around to buy a case of this from an ex Chateau library release I jumped on it. $44 is a steal for this wine. The first smell is ‘Bordeaux’ and the first taste as well, but then the wine opens up to earthier and herbal aromas. Just a really joyful wine. 23 years old and probably should be drunk soon ... An arduous task indeed :) — 24 days ago

Château Bellevue de Fourcas Dupré

Listrac-Medoc Merlot Blend 2007

Medium garnet
Intense aromas
primary: black cherry, blackberries, black currant, dried herbs
secondary: clove, cigar box, vanilla, tobacco
tertiary: meat, leather, coffee, forest floor, mushroom
Medium tannins, because of the age they have mellowed and integrated beautifully.
Medium acidity
Medium alcohol
Full body
Long finish
Mature flavors are intense with
primary: dried cherries, black currant, dried herbs, blackberries
secondary: vanilla, clove, tobacco
tertiary: cured meat, coffee, mushrooms, dried leaves

Found this bottle tucked away in a small liquor store and took a chance on it. Damn! What a happy find.
Drinking the 2007 in 2021 and it's good now, no further aging will improve it. The fruit flavors are still intact and in balance with the matured tertiary flavors.
Great long finish
Outstanding wine
— a month ago


Brisa Merlot 2019

Really nice Merlot that improves the longer it’s open - if it gets a chance! Fruity with a dry finish. Purchased from York Wines. — 15 days ago

Reeve Wines

Anderson Valley Riesling 2016

Finally had a chance to try a Riesling from Reeve. It’s so lovely! — a month ago


Apertura Piemonte Pinot Nero

This is really outstanding Pinot at a 20 usd range!
Please give Italian Pinot Nero a chance..
— a month ago

Myriad Cellars

McGah Family Vineyard Sémillon 2020

Refreshing. Nice grapefruit and citrus on the palate but I found this somewhat one-dimensional. Possibly it was a bit unsettled since it just arrived three days ago. Will give it another chance in a few weeks. — a month ago

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