Mission Bell Winery

Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Cru Classe des Graves Red Bordeaux Blend 2000

2000 vintage. Great fill. Awesome cork. Decanted and tasted after 45 mins and 4 hours. Some sed but not as much as expected. Plenty of sleepy time funk for the first 10 minutes in the decanter. Then, things started to unlock. Medium body. A little bit of everything: spice, richness, tannins, concentration, softness, fruit, earth tones. Phenomenal now and may not improve but wagering that another 3-10 years might just find this at the absolute zenith of the bell curve. There's a reason why this estate is one of my two fave BDX estates. 2.15.24. — 5 days ago

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Chateau Grand Traverse

Dry Riesling 2020

Classic dry Riesling, hints of petroleum, lemony citrus and minerals. Aftertaste lingers. Around here it’s hard to find dry Riesling which is always a pleasure to discover a good one. — 3 months ago

Bell Wine Cellars

Clone 337 Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

My favorite of the clones. Floral and dense. — 5 months ago

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Bell Wine Cellars

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Inky color. Dark fruit, spice and acidity. Complexity in progression of flavors throughout. — 5 months ago

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Black Star Farms

Arcturos Pinot Noir Rose 2021

From my home state of Michigan comes this surprisingly good rose of Pinot. — 4 days ago

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Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2003

2003 vintage. Last tasted 10.16.22 (9.1) and a relatively disappointing showing then. This time round, decanted and tasted multiple x's after 1.5 hours-3 hours. Decent sed yet less than expected. Good fill but cork seemed a tad dry. The blueberry, cocoa powder nose was there with the quintessential, P-L hallmarks. Light-medium body. A billowing, smoky initiation, then plum along with graphite and touches of cedar + espresso crema. Left me wanting just a little more and thinking a different bottle of this same P-L vintage just might yield a 9.5. This and La Mission Haut-Brion fave two red BDX producers and this did nothing to change that. Hopefully, another P-L 2003 cycles through soon enough to prove my theorem. Thanksgiving 11.23.23. — 3 months ago

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Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 1998

Absolute banger in a extraordinary flight — 17 days ago

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Château La Mission Haut-Brion

Graves Red Bordeaux Blend 1975

Perfect btl so fresh at 48 yrs that was classic La Mission showing red & black fruits, tar, sweet spice, menthol, cedar & cigar box. — 2 months ago

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Bell Hill Vineyards

Old Weka Pass Road Pinot Noir 2016

See previous notes here on Delectable. Mid to pale ruby in colour. Pale yet powerful. Great aromatics of pansies, rose petals and violets also stalkiness. As Barb said the aromas of a beautiful garden. After a while an Animale, feral note not unlike some Burgundies we’ve had. Medium bodied palate - dried red fruits with a sweet yet savoury twist. A very polished new World Pinot by any measure. Tasters often identify with Central Otago and Martinborough for quality NZ Pinot Noir. Don’t forget about Canterbury in the South Island not far from the city of Christchurch. Luckily I have 2 left. Bob Campbell MW says drink through to 2025. — 4 months ago

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@Bob McDonald So funny I just had their ‘09 Chardonnay. Drinking beautifully.
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Wlll do Byron. Will get back on Monday.
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That’s a good bit of age on a New world Chardy. Good to hear it was drinking well.