Taken Wine Company

Chapelle St. Theodoric

La Guigasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grenache 2013

Pop and pour, notes from 1 hr open. Better than I remember my last btl being, but still not up to the level of that first '11. On the nose: lavender, incense, loads of garrigue, and soft red raspberry..very pure grenache. On the palate: serious acidity, hi-toned red raspberry, more herbal notes, with some salinity, almost olive brine/game, though I believe this is 100% grenache, and attenuated tannin on the finish. This has taken a very savory turn, and the tannin on the finish is slightly attenuated. Yum! — 6 days ago

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Château Lafon-Rochet

Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 1961

Mike R
9.8

1961- I mean 1961 - the Somm delivered and @David L and I were blown away - cork was in excellent shape - tannins were strict but silky - - nose on par - pine peach licorice- the color was brand new - crazy - I mean all you ever want in every way - it could go another 20 years - I was taken back - extraordinary- a Bordeaux grand cru that is actually grand — 2 months ago

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Sharon B

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@Mike R not too far from me! Wanted to go for our anniversary last year but couldn’t get a reservation. I waited too late. Cheers! 🍷🥩
leon egozi

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61 was a great year- especially because it’s my birth yr!😊
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@Sharon B do it when you can as Berns is back and then go to Haven - their sister property about 100 yards from Berns and @leon egozi - you lucky man - 61 was a great year for Bordeaux and of course your birth year 😉

Domaine Bernard Morey et Fils

Les Caillerets Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Chardonnay 2004

Taken to Flowers in Saratoga. Straw almost medium gold. Great color and weight. Inviting nose from the get go. Notes of citrus, apricot, river stones and tan spice. Great volume and impact in the mouth. This was singing. Great juice to go with great sharing plates at the restaurant. — 2 months ago

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California...
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Ok, well welcome to Eastern Daylight Time for a brief respite. 👍
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Ah, the west coast Saratoga! Nevermind.

Talisker

Talisker Storm Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Enjoyed this, though it does comes off a little harsh, which can perhaps be attributed to its youth. A NAS, but as I understand, the blend is at least as old as the standard 10 year old. It definitely has a pretty similar profile - pepper, brine, peat smoke, and citrus. Would be good to taste them side-by-side given the general consensus that the Storm's essentially the 10 taken up a notch. There's a really "sweet" inner core that pushes through to peaty, somewhat-medicinal finish. Medium length. Really liking this profile (particularly the saline character) so I'm definitely going to be checking out the rest of the range. — 5 months ago

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@Severn Goodwin Haha. I can see that. The older bottlings not worth the premium?
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@Aaron Tan They certainly are, but this particular bottle (Storm) does showcase their style with much greater affordability.
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@Severn Goodwin Great to know. Very keen to try more bottlings and when possible, aged examples... Particular the precursor to the 10.

Valdespino

Viña Macharnudo Alto Cask Fermented Palomino 2018

Beautifully crisp, dry, yeasty. Taken to a garden party ( yea!) to share. Enjoyed w appetizers, phyllo, and even salmon. — 2 months ago

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Umberto Bortolotti

Extra Dry Valdobbiadene Prosecco

To all the children of North East Italy who cannot play soccer because the fields are taken over by the Glera grape. — 2 months ago

Pol Roger

Champagne Vintage 2008

Youthful with some good complexity in the nose. No notes taken but this is showing well and was a great start to the weekend! — a month ago

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Taken Wine Company

Napa Valley Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Great aroma upon opening, well balanced, good by itself or with a meal. — 2 months ago

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Kir-Yianni Estate

Single Vineyard Xinomavro 2012

Now we’re cookin. This wine has taken a long time to come around. Note to self, wait 10 years before opening the first bottle in a case of these… still pretty tannic, prominent on the tongue but not so grippy around the rest of the mouth as before. Spice and cigar box box flavours mixed with earth and tart forest berries, though fruit fairly restrained. Must try and save one of these to try in another 10 years. And one more to try 10 years after that. — 2 months ago

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Kirin Distillery Co

Fuji-Sanroku Signature Blend Whisky

A well made clean and flavoursome Japanese whisky coming in at 50%ABV. An interesting story about the source of the water for the distillery which is near Mt Fuji. The purity of the water is always a key issue in the making of quality whisky. As the story goes the water used at Fuji Gotemba distillery is taken from 3 underground bores that tap into underground streams which are 100 metres deep. Analysis has shown that the water used today fell on Mt. Fuji as snow 50 years ago. — 2 months ago

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