Tasting Notes: Weekly Roundup

Happy Friday! Before we celebrate the coming weekend, we want to look back on drinks the Delectable community enjoyed and consumed this week. We've gathered a handful of reviews and notes that caught our eye. From detailed notes to standout photos, the Delectable community was busy this week, and there are so many great posts to read. Mark your favorites and pick up a bottle to try this weekend. Cheers!

Château Lynch-Bages

Grand Cru Classé Pauillac Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1989

Shay A

This is an example of a wine that surpasses all expectations and is an absolute knockout in every way. I acquired this a few years back in anticipation of my wife’s 30th, and what an experience we were treated to when finally opening it to celebrate her!

The cork on this wine was so impeccable it had me wondering if this was fake. Hardly any seepage, and pristine at the top. Great lower neck fill. I expected this to have funk to blow off, but it didn’t need it, that’s how youthful it was! In the glass, it was dark in color with a slightly fading ruby rim. Explosive aromatics with ripe black cherries, bay leaf, new leather, herbal spices and black currant. Mind blowing profile and structure on the palate...graphite, blackberries, smoked plum, sweet cherry tobacco, and cedar shavings evolve and show layers upon layers of complexity. Seamless and clean, but...I can’t believe I’m saying this...probably still has another 10-15yrs of enjoyment. Aging marvelously and glacially!
— 4 years ago

Betsy, Vanessa and 70 others liked this
Deborah M

Deborah M

@Shay A that would be great. I did a general inquiry from their website, but have not received a reply.
Shay A

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Quilceda Creek

Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Alex Lallos

Always a hit! What a cab. Has its own style always and always lovely — 4 years ago

Shay, Stuart and 6 others liked this


Caravan Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

On this day Saturday I have opened the 2016 Darioush Caravan from Napa Valley. A Bordeaux blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot.

The nose is very expressive with notes of black cherry, blackberry, plum, black currant, cedar, vanilla, creamy chocolate and a rich dark soil.

The palate reveals ripe decadent fruit of dark cherry, blackberry, plum, black currant, green bell pepper, vanilla, spice, cinnamon and a nice earthiness.

This wine is a beautiful full bodied wine with a supple mouth feel, medium + acidity and medium + firm gripping tannins that move effortlessly into a long spicy fruit finish. What a wonderful relaxing experience from a wonderful producer. Always enjoy the weekend with a quality wine. Have a great rest of your weekend and stay safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— 4 years ago

Dawn, Severn and 21 others liked this
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Delicious 😋

Guillaume Gilles

Nouvelle Les Rieux Cornas Syrah 2016

Lyle Fass

Stunning nose. Lavender, clay, granite, dark flowers, wild game and olive, so expressive. Palate is classically 16 and very refined with dazzling purity and so ultra silky and refined. Grippy and dense but ripe tannin and so pure and balanced. Elegant and long with distinctive mineral notes on the finish. Concentrated and fresh but with the grip and depth to age. Loads of olive throughout. Awesome. — 4 years ago

Chris, Aravind and 13 others liked this

Bodegas Numanthia

Numanthia Toro Tempranillo 2011

Ron R

A great bottle gifted from, @Mo Salem’s cellar - thank you, bro.
We tipped a glass while we discussed the next phase of our renovations.
This wine is rich, contemporary and tightly wound. Notes of strawberries and forest floor on the nose. Tannins are underripe, but well assembled. Nice notes of barrel toast and coffee on the mid-palate. Finishes with sweetness, tobacco, focus and precision. This is a cellar buy.
— 4 years ago

Mo Salem
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Shay, Eric and 42 others liked this

Arianna Occhipinti

Terre Siciliane Il Frappato 2016

So much to please! Bright red berries but with enough minerality to complement and capture your attention. — 4 years ago

James, Amr and 19 others liked this

Louis Roederer

Cristal Brut Champagne Chardonnay Pinot Noir Blend 2008

2008 Cristal on my 54th birthday. I found it easier to describe the character of this wine than its flavors. It was tense, then vibrant, then balanced, and at all times fresh, mineral, and elegant. To do it justice, I think I should open my other bottle on my 74th birthday (should I be fortunate enough to get there). This is definitely made for the future. — 4 years ago

Ron, Severn and 26 others liked this
Manny Abascal

Manny Abascal

Thanks all! Yes Steve I need to buy more. Hoping to toast with each of you sometime before the 55th birthday.
Alan Weinberg

Alan Weinberg

Happy birthday, youngster! It’s a super wine.


@Manny Abascal Happy Birthday Cheers 🍷

Cape Venture

Lubanzi Chenin Blanc 2018

Floral and lanolin nose with lemony tart citrus dominant on the tongue. Wonderful medium finish with just a touch of sweetness. Excellent value. — 4 years ago

Forest, Stuart and 2 others liked this

Domaine Robert Arnoux / Arnoux-Lachaux

Vosne-Romanée Pinot Noir 2016

Nose of raspberries, spices and a hint of flowers. Very fine, almost not noticeable tannins and a floral element in the mouth that is medium lenght and ends on licorice and flowers. Interestingly accessible today but lots of potential. More to hold than to drink. Highly recommended. Charles Lachaux does less new oak and less extraction, more whole bunches, and it shows. Very elegant overall. — 4 years ago

Adriana Pagliano
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