2003 Château Montrose, France, Bordeaux, St. Estèphe,Wine Review

Pop and pour and consumed over two nights.  Much better on night 2.  I know many people say 2003 was such a warm vintage that the wines are already mature.  That might be true, but this one's best days are still to come.   62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.  Purple in color.  The nose has cassis, graphite, cedar, and smoked cigar.  On the palate, this is full bodied with medium tannins.  Lush cassis and black cherry fruit layered with forest floor, damp earth and tobacco.  Tightly layered.  Long finish.  This is delicious but very much from Bordeaux a

2008 Kapcsándy Family Winery Estate Cuvée State Lane Vineyard, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cab Franc.  Just a gorgeous wine that while still youthful, is showing some maturity.  We drank this pop and pour but I would recommend a lot more air or decant.  Purple in color.  The nose is great with cassis, black cherries, tobacco, slight leather, and spice.  Wonderful rich texture.  Great balance.  Medium tannins.  Plenty of fruit; cassis and black cherries layered with earth and tobacco.  Long finish.  This wine has a nice complexity that shows itself as it unwinds in the glass.  Its delicious but more than just that.  While it shows

2009 Château Faugères, France, Bordeaux, Saint Emilion, Wine Review

This is drinking youthfully but quite nice right now.  Purple in color.  The nose has cherries, dark cherries, chocolate and cigar tobacco.  On the palate, this has a lovely lush texture.  Lots of fruit; black cherries, some cherries with a bit of earth.  There is some oak but mostly integrated.  Light tannins.  Nice very smooth finish.  Drinking very well, it works well with food.  There may be some upside as it develops but I think mostly this is as good asa it gets.  

1995 Château Grand Mayne, France, Bordeaux, Saint Emilion, Wine Review

Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  Clear and bright.  The nose has black cherries but also some barnyard stink.  This only partially blew off with air.  On the palate, this has cherries, cherry juice, slight black cherries and layers of damp earthy forest floor.  Still has some tannins.  This certainly is at peak at best and probably a bit past but not too far.  There is a nice complexity and still fruit left.  I would drink these over the next five to ten years depending how you like your Bordeaux.  For my wallet, this house usually over delivers albeit not at the top level of Bordeaux eit

2007 Virginie de Valandraud, France, Bordeaux, Saint Emillion, Wine Review

Purple in color.  Ruby at the rim.  The nose is nice with cherries and cedar.  Some spice.  On the palate, there are medium tannins.  Plenty of cherry fruit.  A bit of earthy funk.  This has a good complexity.  Showing far better than I might have expected from the vintage or the second label status.  Good finish.  Seems to have plenty of life left.  Not sure if it improves but might gain some complexity.

2001 L'Ecole No. 41 Merlot Estate Seven Hills Vineyard, USA, Washington, Wine Review

Purple in color.  The nose is mature with cigar and cherries (fresh and dried).  On the palate, this has nice layers.  Cherries, slight dark chocolate and dried leaves.  Complex.  Seems to be at peak.  These should be drunk sooner than later at this point.  It won't get better and might start its downward slide.  That said, a really nice Merlot right now.  

2000 Château Monbousquet, France, Bordeaux, Saint Emilion, Wine Review

Purple/brown in color.  Not at the edges but the whole color.  Interesting and still bright.  On the nose, this has some black cherries, roasted fruit (not too much) and spice and vanilla.  On the palate, this is tight but opens in the glass with air.  Black cherry and black raspberry fruit with some spice.  The oak is prevalent here and the tannins, while present are diminishing.  I doubt this ever fully sheds the oak before the fruit is gone.  That said, there is plenty to like if one is not too oak averse.  I would still recommend drinking it sooner than later, say by 2022 which isn't to

2010 Château de la Rivière Aria, France, Bordeaux, Fronsac, Wine Review

Inky purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose has spice, oak and dark cherries.  On the palate, cherries and chocolate.  Seems like a fair amount of Merlot must be in this.  A new estate for me.  This is drinking well right now at 8 years from vintage.  It has a fair amount of oak on it, so if that is an issue, let it cellar for a while.  It should integrate in the next five years or so.  

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