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2005 Montirius Gigondas Terres des Ainés, France, Rhone - Wine Review

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
91

This is an example of why to buy and cellar "lesser" wines in great vintages.  This is certainly improved since the last time I had it in 2010.  Right now it seems to be at peak.  It

2012 Domaine de la Côte Sainte-Epine St. Joseph Vieilles Vignes, France, Rhone - Wine Review

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
92

What a great value.  This wine is in a wonderful place right now.  Still youthful with some upside but delicious.  Purple in color.  The nose has black raspberries, black olives

1976 Zind-Humbrecht Eau de Vie Marc de Gewurztraminer, France, Alsace - Wine Review

Grade: 
A

Hard for me to score this since I have no real frame of reference.  Given though that it was made the year I graduated from high school.  That I bought it at the winery in Alsace.  A

2004 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, France, Bordeaux, Graves - Wine Review

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
92

Very nice showing.  Perhaps a bit past prime, but very good nonetheless.  Golden in color.  The nose has a very slight oxidation to it.  Minerals, limes, slight wax, slight melo

NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 164eme, France - Wine Review

Grade: 
A
Score: 
98

What a week.  My second time trying this amazing Champagne.  I opened this bottle about an hour prior to serving and I think it helped it.  It seemed to bring out more fruit.  L

2015 Markus Molitor Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett (Golden Capsule), France, Alsace

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
92

This is young and tight.  Light golden in color.  The nose is nice with peach and minerals.  On the palate, this is rich.  Not quite the acid I might like but plenty of deliciou

2005 Domaine Michel & Joanna Ecard Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Peuillets, France, Burgundy - Wine review

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
91

Checking on a 2005 Burgundy.  Not ready yet.  Ruby/purple in color.  The nose is nice but primary with cherries and spice.  On the palate, this has cherries, slight tannins and

1988 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, France, Bordeaux, Sauternes - Wine Review

Grade: 
A
Score: 
94

From a 375ml bottle.  This was very impressive.  Drinking very well.  Deep golden in color.  The nose has honey and burnt orange peel.  On the palate, this is sweet not clo

2010 Château d'Yquem, France, Bordeaux, Sauterne

Grade: 
A
Score: 
95

What can you say about d'Yquem?  An amazing wine.  The nose has honey and crem brulee.  Unctuous.  Sweet not cloying.  THe honey and crem brulee continue thru to the palate

1999 Château Mouton Rothschild, France, Bordeaux, Pauillac - Wine Review

Grade: 
A
Score: 
94

Really nice showing for this first growth from an under appreciated vintage IMO.  Ruby in color with purple swirls.  The nose is great.  Classic.  Cassis, barnyard, cigar tobacc

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