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2010 Château Fleur Cardinale, France, Bordeaux, St. Emillion - Wine Review

Score: 
96
Grade: 
A

Great showing for this wine.  It needs some time to develop but not as much as many of the better 2010's I have tasted.  Purple in color.  The nose has nice dark cherries but this also has an earthy Bordeaux funk going on along with some sandalwood.  Those who don't like the funk might want to consider drinking this earlier and certainly look for weel stored bottles.  On the palate, there is great black cherry fruit.  Juicy acidity.  Already showing a depp complexity.  Long finish.  It will be interesting to see how this develops further but it is awesome today!

2009 Château Grand Mayne, France, Bordeaux, St. Emillion - Wine Review

Score: 
96
Grade: 
A

What a showing for this wine.  Performing way above my expectations.  A tremendous value in Bordeaux.  Purple in color.  A huge nose with dark cherries, charcoal, spice and cherry juice.  On the palate, this has a lush texture.  It seems to have shed a lot of the oak it had in its youth and is pretty close to the young side of peak.  Dark and fresh cherries.  Deep.  Mild tannins.  Long finish.  Delicious yet interesting.  Excellent.  

2009 Château La Tour de Mons, France, Bordeaux, Margaux - Wine Review

Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

Some real value here.  Probably one to loof or in 2015/2016.  The 09 was purple/ruby in color.  The nose has spice and dark cherries.  Very soft, accessible and seeming at peak but not past.  A very pretty wine and true to Margaux.  Light tannins.  Some cassis and some dark cherries on the palate.  Nice finish.  food friendly.  

2009 Château Larcis Ducasse, France, Bordeaux - Wine Review

Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Purple in color.  The nose has black cherries and baking spices.  Perhaps a bit of smoke.  On the palate, this is tannice bu very good black cherry fruit.  It opens in the glass and gets better all night long.  A slightly bitter note on the finish is a bit distracting.  Still not at peak, there is certainly room for some upside improvement here.  

2010 Château Larcis Ducasse, France, Bordeaux

Score: 
95
Grade: 
A

This is young and its best days are ahead of it.  Lots of upside potential  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose is intense with cherries, dark cherries, sandalwood, smoke and anise.  On the palate, this is quite lush.  Firm tannins.  Black cherries with lots of depth.  Voluptuous texture.  Long finish.  Pop and pour, this got better all night long.  Great wine but I would hold for until 2025 at least.  

2014 Domaine Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc La Fontaine, France, Rhone, Chateau Neuf du Pape - Wine Review

Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

Deep golden in color.  Blind I guessed the was a Chardonnay.  Oh well.  Seems like a fair amount of oak in terms of vanilla and saw dust (to a lesser extent).  On the palate, lots of citrus (grapefruits) and a bit of wax.  At the same time, it has an oily texture.  Still, I found this very compelling.  Excellent acidity.  While it seemed like it needed time, it is also fresh and vibrant.  Going back to it after a few hours, it was as fresh as ever.  Very enjoyable.  

2009 Château Tour Baladoz Le Centenaire Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, France, Bordeaux - Wine Review

Score: 
96
Grade: 
A

What a treat to try this.  It has been difficult finding anything out about the wine.  Apparently it is from a small vineyard that is planted on its original root stocks and over 100 years old.  They make a regular wine but this wine is limited to two barrels and is quite expensive.  Luckily, a good wine buddy opened this for one of our tasting groups.  It is very rare indeed.  Purple in color.  The nose has plums, smoke and dark cherries.  Very tight on the nose but with air it opened.  On the palate, it is incredibly concentrated.  Dark cherries with a great texture.  Ripe but tight.  Ver

2003 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel

Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

This was purchased at the winery.  Pop and pour.  Served at about 62F.  Golden, slightly deep, in color.  The nose is clean with pineapple and slight wet rocks.  No petrol.  On the palate, this is slightly sweet and given the style and vintage, not nearly as sweet as expected.  That's a good thing.  On the other hand, a bit more acidity would have improved the wine to the next level.  That said, plenty of apples, a bit of pineapple and nice minerality.  Good texture.  No real sign of age and it should easily go another 20 and probably more.  Went great with an assortment of cheeses.  

2014 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Napa - Wine Review

Score: 
99
Grade: 
A

Another stellar wine from one of the best producers in Napa.  This is still quite tight but with air opened up beautifully.  That said, this still needs time.  Inky purple in color.  The nose is classic, old school Napa cabernet.  Cassis, slight pencil lead, and a slight violet notes on the nose.  On the palate, this has a great juicy texture.  Almost seamless.  Again, give this a few years and this probably merits a perfect score.  Cassis, graphite and cedar notes.  Long finish.  

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