Jon B. 's Wine Reviews


 2005 - Shafer Vineyards One Point Five
 Aug 02, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Dark and extracted. I'm wondering if this was finished in a sherry cask, because the nose had this sherry note to it. It also had black cherry, warm dirt and vanilla. In the mouth, a monster. Spicy and quite tight. If you're buying a bottle or two, keep your hands off it for 8-10 years.
 2001 - Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Mazzano Classico
 May 16, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Dark brick red color. Stewed fruit, moldy cheese, and this minty/earthiness in the nose. Full bodied, spicy and intense. Lots of fruit with this wine. Heck of a wine.
 2001 - Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Campolongo di Torbe
 May 16, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Brick red color. Huge nose of stewed cherries with cinnamon. Big in the mouth with a lot of sweet tannins. Try this in a decade.
 2001 - Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Serego Alighieri Vaio Armaron
 May 16, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 2001 Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Serego Alighieri Vaio Armaron: After aging and before bottling, this wine saw two months in a cherrywood cask. Deep brick red color. Earthy nose, with a moldy cheese note. Also stewed fruit and you could definately get the cherry cask smell as well. Bright acidity, wonderful structure and balance. Stewed fruit plus earthy finish. This was a treat.
 2004 - Masi Costasera Amarone Classico
 May 16, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Beautiful dark purple color. Deep fruity nose of stewed fruits, ripe cherry some moldy cheese notes. Very bright and thick in the mouth. Fruit forward, juicy and has a nice amount of tannin. Great wine.
 2005 - Larrivet Haut Brion Blanc
 May 16, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Cloudy, with a green tint in the glass. Almost tropical/Moscato di Asti nose. Wonderful wine, very very ripe fruit in the mouth. Going to be a great value!  Tasted Jan. '08 
 2005 - Angelus 
 May 16, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 A monster. Fruity, floral and Earthy nose. Full bodied, huge tannins, with balanced acidity and fruit. Will be a classic wine.  Tasted January of '08.
 2005 - Branaire-Ducru 
 May 16, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Very dark in the glass. Very fruity and oaky nose. I really, really enjoyed the 2004 and it's under $35 a bottle. If the 2005 is the same price, I'll buy a case. But it won't be. Very good wine, though B+/A-
 2005 - Pavie-Macquin 
 May 16, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Another great one. Beautiful bright purple color. Lots of sweet berry fruit in the nose. Almost sweet in the mouth. Not as much tannins as most of the wines there. Great balance. Consider yourself lucky is you have this coming.
 2006 - Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
 May 16, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Tasted one week before bottling.  Dark ruby color.  Sweet nose of black cherry, creme di cassis, dry, warm earth and baking spice notes.  In the mouth, creamy, ripe, full bodied, strong, round tannins with a fresh and ripe finish.  Wow!
 2001 - Michael Winery, Peter Les Pavots Proprietary Red Wine
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 One of our customers came in on Christmas Eve and popped this. What a wine. I got a lot of mint, choclate, cassis, black cherry and some earthiness. Awesome balance in the mouth, lots of fruit and earth.  Long, long finish...
 2003 - Scavino, Paolo Barolo
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Translucent brick red in the glass. Wonderful, open nose with flowers, sweet berries, licorice and mint. In the mouth, chewy, teeth coating tannins, tart berry fruit flavors and a long finish. Great Barolo for the price. Give this at least five years. B+/A-
 9998 - Francesc Sanchez Bas Montsalvat
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Popped and decanted. Consumed one hour later. Transparent brick red in the glass. Nose of olive, dusty soil, pepper, toasty oak, mint, vanilla. In the mouth, bright acidity initally and it rounded out as it was consumed. Earthy and peppery notes with blueberry, cranberry and raspberry flavors. Wonderful balanced finish. It's all there right now.
 2002 - Cos d'Estournel 
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Popped and checked to see if decanting was needed. It was not needed. Dark purple color, fairly exctracted. Nose of new French oak, cassis, wet stone. Awesome nose, no hint of alcohol. In the mouth, smooth, low acidity, up front fruit, fine tannins. Great balance. Outstanding super second. Best Bordeaux to date for me.
 1998 - Certan de May 
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Poured after two hours of being opened. Bright, translucent purple color. No signs of aging. Lots of dark berries in the nose with some vanilla notes. Nicely balanced in the mouth. Smooth, nice fruit, fine tannins.
 2000 - Jaboulet Aine, Paul Hermitage la Petite Chapelle
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star

 Popped and consumed two hours later. Translucent light purple color, with a little bricking. Fleshy, peppery nose, with fresh cranberry and raspberry notes. Warm and spicy in the mouth. There was some acidity present as well. I think this would be better with food. Might have been an off bottle. It was semi-enjoyable.
 2002 - Kaesler Shiraz Old Vine
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Popped and poured. Dark inky purple color. Nose of Chambord, dark berries and some toasty oak. Full bodied, great fruit that balanced out some acidity. Great bottle of wine.
 2001 - Sanford Pinot Noir la Rinconada Vineyard
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Light bright purple color, quite transparent. Peppery nose, with tart cherries and spice. Light, peppery and fruity with a nice amount of acidity. Not worth the release price of $50, but still a decent bottle of Pinot. Drink now
 9998 - Taylor Twenty Year Tawny Port
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Popped and poured. After 9 reds this wine was like jetfuel. Explosive nose of caramel, butterscotch, brandied raisins and quite a bit of heat. Should have lowered the temp a bit. Nice sweetness and mouthfeel. Quite spicy, almost like a single malt scotch spiciness. This went wonderfully with a Roaring Forties Bleu Cheese. Great porto.
 2003 - Ramey Jericho Canyon Vineyard Proprietary Red Wine
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Popped and poured. Opaque purple color. Nose of cassis, black cherry, and cooked fleshy red fruits. Medium to full bodied. Nice structure, balance and tannins, but the flavors were a little off. Almost medicinal. Needs some time.
 2002 - Latour, Domaine Louis Corton Grancey
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Popped and consumed two hours later. Lots of fresh cranberry and tart cherry notes in the nose. Not too much earthiness, which was unexpected. Fresh and light in the mouth with nice acidity. Try in five years. B+
 2001 - Voerzio, Roberto Barolo Brunate
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Splash decanted and breathed for 1 hour. Brick red color, fairly extracted and translucent. Explosive nose of licorice, anis, roses, ripe strawberries, mineral and mint. I waited a solid ten minutes to taste this. Very bright and balanced in the mouth. Dark fruits were present wrapped up with the silkiest, sweet tannins. Long finish. Ready at the moment, I hope I can try this in 10 years. Easily the best red I've had.
 2004 - Aubert Chardonnay Lauren Vineyard
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Cloudy and bright yellow with a green tint in the glass. Nose of white peach, honeydew, citrus and baking spice. Wonderful. This was probably the most balanced wine I've tasted. The oak, the creaminess and the acidity were present but all worked together to make a great, great wine. Reminds me of a great Puligny-Montrachet.
 2004 - Leoville-Poyferre 
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Opaque purple color. Graphite, licorice, dark fruits and very perfumed. Very nice structure and balance, with round tannins.
 2005 - Two Hands Semillon Cane Cut For Love or Money
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 This was an interesting bottle of wine. Bright amber color, very thick. Nose of honey, dried apricot and a bit of saffron. I'm not sure if this was naturally infected with botrytis or not. Full bodied, creamy and too sweet. Like a sweet honey/vanilla creme brulee. Super long finish, however. It just needs some more acidity. It was okay.
 2003 - Lascombes 
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Popped and double decanted. Dark, dark purple color. Nose was fairly closed, initially. Lots of dusty, loamy soil and lead pencil. Then it turned into black cherry, cassis, coffee bean and cocoa. Wonderful mouthfeel. Balanced, medium bodied, low acidity, round tannins and a black cherry finish.
 2004 - Catena Zapata, Bodegas Catena Malbec
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Very dark purple color. Floral nose, with tar, lead pencil, baking spice and ripe plum. Very nicely balanced. Fleshy, nice fruit and mouthfeel. Great wine. I'm not popping one for two years.
 2005 - Merode, Prince Florent de Ladoix les Chaillots
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Beautiful transparent, bright purple color. Blueberries and raspberries dominate the nose, with some nice new oaky/vanilla flavors. Firm acidity with berry flavors in the mouth. There's a little heat on the finish, just needs a year or two to mellow. This is a great QPR Burgundy.
 2003 - Seven Hills Merlot Seven Hills Vineyard
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Dense purple color, nice nose of ripe, dark fruits, oak, mint and licorice. Nice acidity and fruit in the mouth. Soft tannins and a solid finish. Great QPR.
 2005 - Marquis Philips Sarah's Blend
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Loads of berry flavors in the nose keeps on evolving, including blueberry, blackberry, and ripe cherries. Licorice and lots of fresh dill round it out. Very soft and balanced in the mouth with fine tannins. Medium bodied with a tawny port style finish. High QPR.
 2001 - Castelnau De Suduiraut 
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star

 Bright golden color, clear along the edges. Nose of Botrytis, dried pineapple and saffron. Full bodied, overly sweet, needs more acidity. Finished with botrytis and saffron notes. Hot finish.
 2000 - Chateau Suduiraut 
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Bright golden color. Nose of burnt sugar, dried pineapple, dried apricot and a little botrytis. Medium-full bodied, with over ripened pineapple. Very nicely balanced, with saffron on the long finish. Nice value here.


 2003 - Chateau Suduiraut 
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 90% Semillion Grapefruity, grassy nose initially, very surprizing. It turned to the normal, pleasent mix of tropical fruits and saffron. Very tropical in the mouth. Passionfruit, melon and a bit of botrytis. Sauternes is my favorite type of wine, this was the best Sauternes I've ever had. Outstanding wine.
 2002 - Pichon-Longueville Baron 
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star

 Dark and extracted with some dark purple edging. Casis, mineral tar, vanilla and blackberry. After some time, vanilla became more apparent with some coffee aromas as well. Medium bodied, with tart blackberry flavors. Soft, spicy tannins and a fairly short finish. This will work with a steak, but I don't think this is worth $50 a bottle.
 2000 - Disznoko Tokay Aszu 6 Puttonyos
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Virgin olive oil color. Sweet honeysuckle, maple syrup, canned pineapple and fresh apricot in the nose. Full bodied, near perfect balance. Fine tannin and a long spicy finish. Loved it.
 2005 - Leonetti Cellar Merlot
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Not every day you get to taste an $80 bottle of wine on the clock. Splash decanted and breathed for 30 minutes. Deep concentrated dark purple. Lovely French oak, dark berries, some baking spice as well. Full bodied but very a refreshingly long, vanilla latent finish. Round tannins. What a treat. Let this sleep for 3 or 4 years.


 2004 - Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Dom Melchior
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Tasted today at a South America tasting. Beautiful translucent, dark purple color. Nose of cherries,cut grass, wet soil,anis, cassis and some cigar box action. Really no fruit showing today. A little green. It shows promise, solid structure and long finish.
 2003 - Phelps, Joseph Insignia Proprietary Red Wine
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star

 Tasted at Phelps. Beautiful dark, nearly black color. Sweet nose of black cherry, spice and some earthy notes. Fruit forward, balanced and round tannins. Can't wait to see what the 02 tastes like.


 1990 - Chateau Suduiraut 
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 

Drank at Courtrights in the Chicago suburbs. This was recorked in 2005, which was quite surprizing (Also 15% alcohol.) Beautiful golden amber color. The nose was etheral. Orange blossom honey, burnt sugar and caramel also present. Full bodied, etheral and balanced. Lots of caramel, got hints of amaretto, too. The finish was very spicy. We drank this with foie gras, creme brulee and a browned butter almond cake. The cake was unbelievable. It paired very well. Not so well with the creme. The burnt sugar was too much. The sommelier enjoyed this as well. Though this was my first truely aged Sauternes, I didn't enjoy it as much as the 2003 Lafaurie. 94 pts.


 1998 - Zenato Amarone
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Very nice first experience with Amarone. Dark brick red color. Nose of sweet cherries, rasins and a bit of anis. Medium bodied, nice balance, not too sweet. It didn't have much of a finish. Still tasty, though. I cooked for some friends and had opened this just because. Went quite well with pasta with a sun dried tomato pesto.
 1998 - Col Solare Proprietary Red
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Very tasty wine. Deep purple with slight bricking. Nose of sweet cherries, chocolate, fresh basil and some meatyness as well. If this was a blind tasting I'd figure a Syrah from this region. Soft wine and soft round tannins. Paired nicely with hot smoked bone-in prime rib.
 1999 - Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Infantacide indeed. Popped from cellar and poured to taste. The darkest wine I've seen. It looked like black coffee with a brick red tint. Initially, musty and woody. Left it alone in the bottle for 12 hours. Gave it a sniff still closed and musty. Decanted and left alone for another 8 hours. Got home from a Christmas celebration and it was finally showing well. Coffee and dark chocolate aromas dominated the nose, along with dark berries. It was a little bit hollow. Fairly acidic but very refreshing. Fine tannins. Long finish. I'm not opening any more bottles for another 7 years.
 1999 - Chateau Pajzos Tokay Aszu 5 Puttonyos
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Beautiful golden amber color. Closed nose, showed ripe pineapple, dried apricot, burnt sugar and grapefruit. Later on it showed some vanilla and candied cherries. Full bodied, started sweet and finished tart. Reminded my friend and I of Sweetarts candy. Grapefruit dominated the finish. I'd try this with Creme Brulee, might work really well with each other. This will be drinkable for a long time to come. Very happy with this wine. 94+
 2005 - Rieussec, Chateau Mayne des Carmes, Chateau 2nd wine of Ch. Rieussec
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Bright golden color.  Nose of saffron, burnt sugar, creme caramel and butterscotch.  In the mouth, thick, bright acidity and great balance.  Can't wait to see what it's big brother is like. 
 2003 - Rieussec, Chateau Mayne des Carmes, Chateau 2nd wine of Ch. Rieussec
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Beautiful bright amber color, thick along the tip.  Honey, botrytis and carmel notes with a little heat.  Thick and zingy 45 second finish. 92pts.
 

 2002 - Beaulieu Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star

 Beautiful dark/opaque purple. Nose immediately closed after opening the bottle. It consisted of dark plum, cassis, black cherry, milk chocolate and a bit of smoke. Nice fruit, round tannins and a 30 second finish. 91 pts. Needs a few years in the cellar.

 2002 - Lascombes 
 May 15, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Dark and opaque. Nose of jammy fruit and lots of vanilla. Round, chewy, mouth coating tannins. Long finish with notes of something between basil and dried fennel. Great balance! Had some sediment as well. Drink this with a bleu cheese or horseraddish crusted filet.
 2005 - Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Signature
 May 12, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Vanilla, creme di cassis, blackberry coulis. Full bodied and ultra ripe. Wonderful wine. Better than the 2004. A-

 2005 - Darioush Merlot Signature
 May 12, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star

 I loved the 2004 last year. This was not as good. Vanilla and some ripe fruit in the nose. Medium bodied, balanced, this contained 20% Cab Franc and being vegetal needs a year plus. B-
 2005 - Darioush Shiraz Signature
 May 12, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Huge, full nose, with vanilla, ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit. In mouth, full bodied and spicy with a berry fruit finish. Just needs time. B+
 2006 - Darioush Chardonnay Signature
 May 12, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star

 Lots of creamy citrus notes, a little vanilla and some heat. In the mouth, spicy and disjointed. Lots of heat in the throat. Not a fan this year. C
 2005 - Shafer Vineyards Relentless
 May 12, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Unbelievable wine. Huge amounts of fruit, a good amount of acidity and young, fresh tannins. I can't wait to try this on its tenth b-day. B+/A- 

 2005 - Shafer Vineyards Merlot
 May 12, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 I love this wine. I had it in Chicago and it smelled like Napa on a sunny day. This was my first experience with terrior. In Napa, nose of vanilla, plum and ripe berries. In the mouth, creamy and fruit forward. Medium to full bodied and a wonderfully balanced finish. A-
 2006 - Shafer Vineyards Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch
 May 12, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star

 I was not a fan of this wine. With food I think this would be fine. Lots of lemon and vanilla in the nose. In the mouth, puckering acidity, with key lime and spice notes. This did not go any malolactic fermentation and I feel it could have used some. C+/B-
 2003 - Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
 May 12, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 I knew it was going to be good, but I didn't think it was going to be the best red wine I've had. I smelled this for about five minutes before I tasted. Loads of creme di cassis, baking spice and ripe cherry. In the mouth, full bodied, silky tannins and a long (60sec+)finish.
 2003 - Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova
 May 12, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Popped and consumed over 8 hours. This has not shut down, yet. Very, very dark brick red color. Nose of creme di cassis, dried fruit and dry earth, beautiful. In the mouth, huge, but pleasent tannins, lots of acidity but a good amount of fruit to balance everything out. Lots of dried fruit character in the mouth. Very solid Brunello. A-/A
 2003 - Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino
 May 12, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Popped and consumed over an 8 hour period. I'm guessing it is nearly shut down. Very dark brick red color. Nose of dark fruits, menthol, tar, leather and licorice. Bright acidity, round, mouth coating tannins, and balanced with a long earthy finish. B+ Best after 2013
 2006 - Mollydooker Carnival of Love
 Apr 25, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star

 Popped, shaken and poured. Dark opaque purple color towards the rim. Way too much alcohol in the nose. It got in the way of all the fruit. Lots of sweet blueberries and raspberries in the nose. I also got some olive notes as well. In the mouth, full bodied, bright acidity, fine tannins. Nothing in balance (yet.)  B at this point, don't open for at least 3 years
 2006 - Two Hands Shiraz Angel's Share
 Apr 25, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Deep and dark color. Warm nose of vanilla, ripe plum and blueberry. In the mouth, spicy and balanced. This will be very good in 2-3 years
 2003 - Scavino, Paolo Barolo
 Apr 25, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Translucent brick red in the glass. Wonderful, open nose with flowers, sweet berries, licorice and mint. In the mouth, chewy, teeth coating tannins, tart berry fruit flavors and a long finish. Great Barolo for the price. Give this at least five years.
 9998 - Krug Grande Cuvee
 Apr 25, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 This is the kind of Champagne that makes you want to grab your checkbook and buy by the case. The color is that of dark straw with a nose of honey, nuts and citrus. In the mouth this just pops with flavors of citrus and apple. Heavy in the mouth almost creamy with a bit of acidity but not overwhelming.
 1995 - Viking, Domaine du Vouvray
 Apr 25, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Does not look like a 13 year old wine. Smokey nose of ripe pear, peach and mineral. Sweetness like a spatlese/auslese mix with the perfect amount of balancing acidity. The best Vouvray I've had.
 2005 - Merode, Prince Florent de Ladoix
 Apr 25, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Beautiful transparent, bright purple color. Blueberries and raspberries dominate the nose, with some nice new oaky/vanilla flavors. Firm acidity with berry flavors in the mouth. There's a little heat on the finish, just needs a year or two to mellow. This is a great QPR Burgundy
 2000 - Jaboulet Aine, Paul Hermitage la Chapelle
 Apr 25, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Popped and consumed two hours later. Translucent light purple color, with a little bricking. Fleshy, peppery nose, with fresh cranberry and raspberry notes. Warm and spicy in the mouth. There was some acidity present as well. I think this would be better with time. It was enjoyable.
 2005 - Faury, Philippe Condrieu
 Apr 25, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Toasty nose, with minerals and tart apple. In the mouth tart pear flavors, medium bodied but seemed very light. Very good quality.
 1998 - Certan de May 
 Apr 25, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star

 Poured after two hours of being opened. Bright, translucent purple color. No signs of aging. Lots of dark berries in the nose with some vanilla notes. Nicely balanced in the mouth. Smooth, nice fruit, fine tannins.
 2002 - Cos d'Estournel 
 Apr 25, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Popped and checked to see if decanting was needed. It was not needed. Dark purple color, fairly exctracted. Nose of new French oak, cassis, wet stone. Awesome nose, no hint of alcohol. In the mouth, smooth, low acidity, up front fruit, fine tannins. Great balance. Outstanding super second. Best Bordeaux to date for me.
 2003 - Chateau Suduiraut 
 Apr 25, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 90% Semillion Grapefruity, grassy nose initially, very surprizing. It turned to the normal, tropical fruits and saffron. Very tropical in the mouth. Passionfruit, melon and a bit of botrytis. Sauternes is my favorite type of wine, this was the best Sauternes I've had to date. Outstanding wine.
 2000 - Chateau Suduiraut 
 Apr 25, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Bright golden color. Nose of burnt sugar, dried pineapple, dried apricot and a little botrytis. Medium-full bodied, with over ripened pineapple. Very nicely balanced, with saffron on the long finish. Nice value here
 2002 - Pichon-Longueville Baron 
 Apr 25, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star

 Dark and extracted with some dark purple edging. Casis, mineral tar, vanilla and blackberry. After some time, vanilla became more apparent with some coffee aromas as well. Medium bodied, with tart blackberry flavors. Soft, spicy tannins and a fairly short finish. This will work with a steak, but I don't think this is worth $50 a bottle.
 1967 - Sigalas Rabaud 
 Apr 25, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Bright sherry color. Nose of saffron, honey, burnt sugar and lots of botrytis. Very balanced with honey and caramel notes. Went great with a dry stilton.
 2005 - Reignac 
 Apr 25, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Tasted 12 hours after opening. 75% Merlot, 25% Cab Sauv. Dark and dense purple in the glass that stains the glass. Lovely nose of creme de cassis, ripe blackberries and black cherry. If I tasted the blind, the nose would have thrown me off. The nose screams Napa Cab. In the mouth, though, powerful mouth coating tannins, earthy and a long, tight finish. It stays with you. It needs at least 6 months to mellow out. I won't open this for another 2 years. Great QPR for 2005 Bordeaux.
 2002 - Haut Brion 
 Apr 25, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Tasted from a 375ml. Popped for the heck of it. Fairly dark ruby color. Intense nose of cassis, vanilla, fresh flowers and graphite. Medium to full bodied. Bright acidity, nice fruit and fine tannins. It's a little bit musty and tight at this point, though. I'm not popping another for 5+ years.
 2005 - Duhart-Milon-Rothschild 
 Apr 25, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 This screams Pauilliac. Lead pencil and ripe fruit on the nose. This needs at least a decade with an awesome amount of sweet tannin. With air it can be "enjoyed."
 2005 - Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Vineyard
 Apr 25, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Dark purple color. Sweet and ripe nose, including sweet black cherry, raspberry, cassis, menthol, coffee, and a little bit of heat. In the mouth, heavier and less acidity than the 2004. It's a bit tight at this point, but IMO this wine will be better than the 2003 vintage. Good Cab.
 2005 - Spring Valley Uriah Proprietary Red Wine
 Apr 25, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 59% Merlot, 36% Cab Franc, 5% Petit Verdot.

Very nice opaque bright purple color that stains the glass. Nose of vanilla, warm, dry earth, and ripe, dark berries. In the mouth, bright acidity, nice amount of fruit and fine tannins. Hold off popping a year or so. Very solid wine.
 2003 - Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
 Apr 25, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Popped and poured. Fairly translucent purple color. Nose of coffee, mocha, cassis, ripe black cherries and dry earth. Nice structure, good fruit, including black cherry, quite bright as well. Very good cab that will rival any Napa Cab costing twice the price.
 1994 - Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon S.L.V.
 Apr 25, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Popped and decanted for cork particles. Despite the nasty cork, this was showing strong. Very dense brick red color. Perfumed nose with soft leather, dusty soil, tart raspberries and cassis. In the mouth, medium to full body, bright and balanced with fine tannins. Lots of fruit, not over the top, wonderful, wonderful wine. If you have some, pop soon.
 2000 - Rochioli, J Zinfandel Russian River Valley
 Apr 25, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Popped and poured. Dark dense purple color. Nose of cola, chambord, and this dusty gamey note. Huge in the mouth. Full bodied, cherry cola, ripe raspberries, baking spice, and spicy tannins. Wonderful wine, this is ready right now.
 2001 - Plumpjack Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
 Apr 25, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Tasted blind. Deep, dark purple color. Nose of creme de cassis, blueberry coulis, just all fruit. In the mouth, full bodied, a little out of balance, indicating quality and youth. I guessed 2001 Oakville Cab. The person pouring gave me three guesses and I got Plumpjack on the thrid guess. Needs to hibernate.
 2004 - Baldacci Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap
 Apr 25, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Tasted Blind: Dark dense purple color. Rich and fruity nose, with vanilla, sweet cassis and some baking spice notes. Full bodied, fruit forward and creamy in the mouth. Everything was in balance, fruit/tannins/acidity. Great vino.
 2001 - St Jean, Chateau Cinq Cepages
 Apr 25, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Notes taken from memory. This really opened up after1 hour. Perfumed nose of cassis, dry earth, tart raspberry and baking spice. Full bodied and almost creamy in the mouth. There is a nice amount of fruit and great balance. I'd love to have more of this.
 2005 - Covenant Cabernet Sauvignon (Kosher)
 Apr 25, 2008

1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

 Nice, deep ruby color. This is the most unique cab, I've had. Nose of marishino cherry, blueberry and honeysuckle. In the mouth, medium to full body, cherry cola flavors throughout. Awesome wine.



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