I. Et S. Bernaudeau

Château Clinet

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend 1994

One of the better 94’s I have tried. This is still youthful & needed an hour of air to to show red & black fruits, plum, cedar, earth, mineral, lead pencil, spice box & tobacco. This btl came out of an owc purchased on release. — 5 months ago

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Bindi

Block 5 Pinot Noir 2010

Mid Ruby with a tawny rim. A little closed 15 minutes after decanting. Still contained and a little latent at 12 years of age. With air red berry fruits and florals and a touch of pepper. Wonderful palate intensity showing the quality of the fruit - raspberry notes coming through. One of Australia’s best Pinots although I have had better Block 5’s. — 8 months ago

Paul, Romain and 20 others liked this

Château Lascombes

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2003

David T
9.1

The right order with our Porterhouses. Still has the Margaux elegance presence but, lacks the quality of fruit & characteristics of the 06 Rauzan-Segla.

Not the best vintage I’ve had from Lascombes. Interesting as this was a warm vintage. All my previous 2003’s have shown bright, ripe fruit. The fruits were dull & lacked freshness which, is very different than the other 03’s I’ve had to this point. I don’t know if the staff trimmed too much canopy and the fruit got too much heat and UV light, therefore losing freshness along with a lack of water during the season.

This will still drink well for another 5-8 years before it declines. Our Porterhouses helped contribute to a better experience masking some of its shortcomings.

The wine showed dull, dark fruit with more earthiness than expected given its evolution from its bottle age. Dry soil & clay, stones, dry forest floor, dry tobacco, used leather and withering & dark flowers. The acidity was pleasant but not up to par. The finish lacked Margaux beauty but, it did pop up here and there. Just no consistency. The fruit was flat and lots of dry earth on the long set. Not bad just no up to what I expect from Lascombes and the vintage.

Photos of; Chateau Lascombes, concrete tank cellar, barrel room with some unique lighting for a Bordeaux producer and their tasting salon.
— 2 years ago

Aravind, Peter and 35 others liked this

Salon

'S' Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil Brut Chardonnay 1999

Night 1 of WineBoyz Wineapalooza. I hosted a pre-game before dinner at La Belena in Carmel, and opened two champagnes to kick off the blowout weekend our wine group has set up. This has a straw gold color. Vibrant with great energy in the glass. Chablis-like nose. Notes of citrus, wet river stone, vanilla, some iodine. Chalky with nice salinity in the mouth. Great, long-lasting finish. Got better with an hour of air. Killer juice. 96+ — 6 months ago

Shay, Bob and 13 others liked this

Domaine du Pegau

Cuvée Réservé Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2018

One of the few producers that I purchase each and every vintage. I find that Laurence Feraud’s wines are consistently some of the more interesting and enjoyable wines made in all of Chateauneuf du Pape; particularly when value comes into play. This bottle is my first experience with her 2018 vintage and the first bottle of a small tranche that I swooped up upon release. Popped and poured; consumed over 5 hours. The color is deep ruby with a near opaque core; glossy and gorgeous to behold. Medium+ viscosity. On the nose, this is classic Pegaü with loads of dark cherry and bramble fruit, a veritable hillside full of garrigue, lavender, black pepper, and something that reminds me of old books. On that palate, the fruit is equally generous, brambles and cherries, exotic spices, Herbs de Provence and a somewhat sanguine-like character to it. Substantial structure, though it seems to be a notch lower than the previous three vintages at this point in its young life. The tannins are very sneaky. Almost imperceptible for the first hour and yet, by hour four, they were very much making themselves known (in the Medium+ range). Acid is also Medium+ indicating these have an exciting life ahead. The finish lasts for well over a minute. All in all, another lovely Pegaü that will likely live in the shadow of some of the more heralded vintages in the last ten years however, that doesn’t mean this isn’t a stunner. Absolutely lovely stuff and I very much look forward to enjoying these well into the 2030’s. — a year ago

Ira, Ely and 16 others liked this

Vice Versa

Le Petit Vice Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

At home. Bought two bottles at $70 each. An OK wine but a bit disappointing at this price point. I suspect I wasn’t in the best tasting position when I had this s bottle. Hoping for a better experience with the next bottle. — 3 years ago

I. et S. Bernaudeau

Les Nourrissons Anjou Chenin Blanc 2019

Wow. A little residual sugar but so balanced. — 6 months ago

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I. et S. Bernaudeau

Terres Blanches Anjou Chenin Blanc 2013

Not a representive bottle — 6 months ago

Peter, Peter and 2 others liked this

Masciarelli

Marina Cvetić S. Martino Rosso Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2016

Drunk outside- in the cold, on a bench, in the middle of winter- but with my home boy. What one will do for wine & conviviality. I would say more about the wine save it was cold. It is a bigger, brasher, showy-ier style of this region. It’s good, rich- at 14.5 abv — 2 years ago

Owen Mazon
with Owen
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Castellare di Castellina

I Sodi di San Niccolò Toscana Sangiovese Blend 2015

B
10

2015 I. Sodi S. Niccolo. Decanted. Tried to drink right away, but it was too tight and not enjoyable. Started opening up at 3 hour mark and K thought it was great then. Ended up putting it back in the bottle and corking for dinner the next night. Tannins softened dramatically, but we thought a lot of the layers had disappeared. Sweet spot is decanting 3 hours in advance. — 2 years ago