OCKevin's latest tasting notes Subscribe
To make use of this information, you have to download and install an RSS feed reader like SharpReader. Every so often, the aggregator checks the RSS feeds you selected. You log on to the aggregator and see the updates to your favorite sites, blogs and stores, all in one place. For more information on RSS, please visit:
If you are ever in possession of one of these wines from minor vintages, treat it with humanely, respectfully and with dignity. It is past its prime and, like a dying sun, giving off only vapors of its former vigorous shine. Barely noticeable were hints of apricots and creme caramelle; all but gone were the quintessentially Sauterne elements of green vegetables and olives. My friends and I knew we were tasting something on its last legs, as it were, and we gave it the respect it deserved. Goodbye, and godspeed 1969 Sauterne.
Montepeloso - Eneo Rosso
Thickly laden with dark fruits, plum and cherry, with some mint in the finish. Dark violet color coats glass as you swirl. Hedonistic drinking now or for 5 more years. Will yield a little more additional character and panache in the intervening years.
Lagrange (St Julien)
Tasted the same vintage at the chateau back in 2009. The intervening years have given the wine an opulently smooth mouthfeel, a nice focus on black fruit and active but subtle tannins. I wish I had more than just one bottle!
Noticeably tannic, with nice earthiness, tobacco, spice and minerality on the palate. Maybe a little early to open? For me, perhaps it's just a matter of personal taste, but I found the bottle lacked some of the character I would have liked to have seen from a wine of this pedigree (and price tag).
Two Hands - Shiraz Bella's Garden
A quintessential fruit bomb. In time, finesse and subtlety will take over to make it a terrific food wine. For now, it's a big, bold adult grape beverage.