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Château Latour

Premier Grand Cru Classé Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2003

Medium deep ruby core , medium wide ruby garnet rim . Quite slow and fat tears. Quite exotic nose , slightly high toned, lots of ripe spicy blackcurrant , dark cherry , blackberry and underneath a grafite and earthy note , marine scents also . On the palate round, ripe and sweet dark fruits, blackcurrant , blackberry and dark cherry , touches of grafite and cigar box. Surprisingly good , even refreshing acidity , ripe ample tannins; there is great intensity here. Balanced alcohol even though it is quite decadent and rich, lots of glycerin . Very long and succulent but balanced finish with touches of mineral and tobacco. The plumpness and exoticism does come across as pretty atypical for Latour , though it is a real success for the vintage and an undeniably enjoyable wine. Drinking ok now , with a decant of an hour or two but really did improve over the 5 hours we had it open. Will obviously last and improve over the next 20 years and I’m sure go further still . — 6 days ago

Severn, Byron and 13 others liked this

Château Cos d'Estournel

Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 1990

Medium ruby still , with some light bricking on the rim . Surprisingly open when opened , tobacco with mixed red fruits , truffle , grafite , lovely definition , touch of blackcurrant and marine , oyster shell . On the palate good weight and mostly ripe red fruits , almost like a fruit jelly in style , but with great acidity and balance , noticeable rounded fine tannins on the finish . Good length , tobacco and mineral notes . Great now , gets better , really grows in the glass . Now and for the next 15 years I would imagine . — 2 months ago

Daron, Alan and 6 others liked this

Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1986

My sisters birth year and finally time to open it. Pairing with rack of lamb for Christmas dinner. Opened and decanted for a couple hours. Starts off light and not very expressive. Finished with dinner as an incredible robust Bordeaux with great fruit and depth. Wow. This wine showed why old Bordeaux rocks. — 3 months ago

Severn, Hugh and 21 others liked this

Caymus Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

very soft drinking Cab and probably should have waited a few years to open a 2020 vintage. Nice flavor profile but was expecting a bolder finish. lets see how it opens up. Very Good but not the powerhouse I was hoping for. — 3 days ago

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1995

A beautiful complement to fine food! Still a little tight although an hour decant let the wine open and reveal its brightness. Quintessential St Julien Bordeaux that still@has some years at its peak. — a month ago

Vanessa, LM and 7 others liked this

Château Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 1989

1st bottle of 2023 and had to open something fun.

1 hour decant(fine/cloudy sediment). A fabulous reddish tawny color. On the nose: Amazing notes of worn leather, cigar smoke, floral, some sweet cherry/plum, wet funky forest floor, white pepper. Taste: kaboom! Smooth, seemless, brilliant wine with cherry/raspberry, leather, tobacco, smokey, earthy, pencil shavings and velvety soft tannins lead to a LONG finish. YUM!! What a treat to start the new year.
— 3 months ago

Brenda Terzich-Garland
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Tom Garland

Tom Garland

@Nicolas Greinacher not had the privilege to try the 59 or 61, but this 89 was the finest HB I have had and blew me away drinking it. Cheers! and a happy new year to you.
Sharon B

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@Tom Garland cheers!! HNY! 🍷
Tom Garland

Tom Garland

@Sharon B Thanks and a happy new year to you!

Château Talbot

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2008

An elegant wine. Took a half hour to open up. Great balance and silky tannins. Showing secondary and tertiary characteristics — a month ago

Silver Oak

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

It took a couple of hours to open up. Not highly fruit forward. A moment of dark fruit gave way to bitter tannins which then gave way to a soft velvety finish with baking spice and cherry notes.

EDIT: On the second day open it was very soft, balanced, and lovely. It tasted, to me, like a truer version of what the wine was meant to be.
— a month ago

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Château Lynch-Bages

Grand Cru Classé Pauillac Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1996

Open and decanted for 30 minutes, the wine presented blackcurrant, and a bit of spice,tobacco and mint on the palate. After 40 minutes the wine was fully open and presented soft dark cherry & a bit of leather. It has a long satisfying finish. There is plenty of time left in this vintage as it presented no serious oxidation at the edges. Enjoyed with tenderloin of beef & roasted potatoes. Loved it! — 3 months ago

Pott Wines (Aaron & Claire Pott and Daughters)

Her Majesty's Secret Service Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Celebrating our 29th Anniversary! I am so guilty of opening wines before recommendations.. but I absolutely have zero regrets on this one! I absolutely love this and a huge thank you to @Eric L. for his recommendation on this wine! So many nuances in this glass! Tar, molasses, smoke, expresso, dark berries, red raspberries, licorice, bay leaf, graphite and oak! Positive I could keep tasting and add more notes! Super happy with this wine! — 3 months ago

Eric, Paul and 20 others liked this
Raul Puga

Raul Puga

@Dawn E. Happy Anniversary 🍷🥂!!
Dawn E.

Dawn E.

Thank you all for the greetings! 😊


Happy anniversary!💐