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1964 Haut Brion [Pessac-Leognan]
[Bordeaux/Meritage-style blend]
Posted by Mike P. on 2014-12-23 15:48:57 [Show TN in Text Format]
Chateau/Producer:Haut Brion
Country:France
State:Bordeaux
AOC:Grand Cru Classe
Region:Pessac-Leognan
Wine Score:93
Notes:Ruby red to amber and watermelon at the edges; still a tremendous amount of richness of color given this wine's 50 (FIFTY) years of age. Not very noticeable legs.

Nose of peat, plums, prunes and minerals... gave way to a burst of clean, fresh vanilla oak, from there it morphed into leather and then an incredible explosion of violets that went on and on. Extremely floral and pleasing.

Medium to light-bodied with an incredible finish. The structure was starting to wain - this wine was undoubtedly very well-kept and it shows. The nose contains every last hint of all its glory, but on the tongue it showed a slight imbalance of acidity and oxidation. Not so much as to take away from the overall experience. This was a magnificent bottle that I would have drank ten times the quantity of had it been available.
Tasting Date:2014-12-23

Apothic Apothic Dark[USA]
[Red]
Posted by Mike P. on 2014-09-14 21:35:06 [Show TN in Text Format]
Chateau/Producer:Apothic
Wine Name:Apothic Dark
Wine Score:80
Notes:Apothic Dark is the latest "limited edition" wine produced by what appears to be a rather substantive wine production conglomerate, the "Apothic" company.

I've previously appreciated the "Apothic Red" low-end wine that has permeated liquor stores and gas stations from coast to coast. While it's not in the same league as artesional wine, it's a far cry from the Mogen David and Blue Nuns of the past in pop wine culture.

Unfortunately, I get the impression "Apothic Dark" is more "chemically-crafted" than anything else. The wine emits noticeable scents of vanilla, but not the kind of vanilla that would be the product of classical aging in wood; more like the product of "vanilla extract" added to the primordial ooze in a stainless vat the size of Pasadena that this vintage was born within.

The same goes for the color and texture. It seems "chemically-crafted". It's dark, "rich tasting" but in a chemical kind of way. I feel less-sophisticated palets would most-certainly be fooled, but I feel like I'm drinking a out of a test tube than a goblet when I sample this wine.

Nice try, but there's something wholly unnatural about this wine that I can't condone.

Still, I hate to admit I'd prefer it to "two buck Chuck" any day of the week.
Tasting Date:2014-09-14
Price US$:9.00

1995 Tinto Pesquera Ribera Del Duero Reserva[Spain]
[Red]
Posted by Mike P. on 2014-06-18 21:14:10 [Show TN in Text Format]
Chateau/Producer:Tinto Pesquera
Wine Name:Ribera Del Duero Reserva
Country:Spain
State:Ribera Del Duero
AOC:Ribera Del Duero
Wine Score:99
Notes:Dark, dark color, cork was so saturated it could not be extracted and instead was pushed into the bottle with minimal pressure. Virtually no signs of age in the wine visually, although a bit cloudy. Nose of minerals, smoke, hint of diaper, prunes.. deep deep fruits... amazing front end explosion of scents that lead to a medium finish. Best wine ever from Spain I've tried
Tasting Date:2014-06-18

1998 Larose-Trintaudon Haut Medoc[Haut-Medoc]
[Bordeaux/Meritage-style blend]
Posted by Mike P. on 2012-09-13 20:58:56 [Show TN in Text Format]
Chateau/Producer:Larose-Trintaudon
Wine Name:Haut Medoc
Country:France
AOC:Haut-Medoc
Wine Score:94
Notes:Very dense and dark-looking wine that is starting to shed its tannins, but the good news is the nose is amazing -- let this baby breathe and she'll give you blueberries, raspberries, milk chocolate and mimeograph paper. Medium to light-bodied, a bit astringent and fighting for its life but the bouquet delivers
Tasting Date:2012-09-13

2000 Chateau Boyd-Cantenac Margaux[Margaux]
[Bordeaux/Meritage-style blend]
Posted by Mike P. on 2011-05-25 09:42:13 [Show TN in Text Format]
Chateau/Producer:Chateau Boyd-Cantenac
Wine Name:Margaux
Country:France
AOC:Margaux
Wine Score:92
Notes:Deep ruby red in color with just slight pink traces at the edge; light but noticeable legs. Nose of earth, wood, minerals and dark fruits that later gives way to an explosion of violets and subtle floral overtones after the wine has been left to breathe. 10 second finish, medium-bodied and well-balanced. This wine has aged very well.
Tasting Date:2011-05-25

 
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