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  • 2012 Clusel-Roch Côte-Rôtie – France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie (2/27/2018)
    WIML90

    Tasted double blind.

    Garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of potpourri, rose petals and leather. Flavors of red cherries, raspberries and plums. Medium to bright acidity, medium to firm tannin, medium to full bodied. Drink now with air or continue to hold.

    My guess was this is a Tempanrillo or a Tempanrillo/Cabernet Sauvignon blend from the Toro region of Spain, likely a 2012 Bodegas y Viñedos Maurodos Toro Viña San Román or similar. (90 points)

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  • 2010 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (2/23/2018)
    WIMLNR

    Tasted double blind.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, fairly clear looking. Nose is a bit muted giving way to aromas of berries and tobacco. Flavors of cherries, berries and pepper. Medium to bright acidity, firm tannin, full bodied. Drink now with air or continue to hold.

    My guess was this is a Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, perhaps the 2010 Shafer. Man, talk about missing the barn during target practice.

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  • 2000 Château Clerc Milon – France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac (2/23/2018)
    WIML92

    Tasted double blind.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of spice box, pepper, leather and mixed dark fruit. Flavors of tea, black berries and plums. Medium to tangy acidity, firm tannin, medium to full bodied. Drink now with air or continue to hold.

    My guess was this is a Bordeaux Blend, the 2000 Clerc Milon from the Pauillac, Bordeaux, France. (92 points)

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  • 1986 Château Mouton Rothschild – France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac (1/4/2018)
    WIML94

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over about two hours.

    Garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of leather, smoke, berries and cherries. Flavors of berries and raspberries. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink with a little air to blow off bottle funk and help awaken the wine after a long sleep or continue to hold. In theory plenty of years ahead for this bottle just now emerging from hibernation. (94 points)

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  • 2006 Le Clos d’un Jour Cahors Un Jour sur Terre – France, Southwest France, Cahors (1/3/2018)
    WIML89

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of underbrush, raspberries and plums. Flavors of Bing cherries and red berries. Medium acidity, medium to firm tannin, medium body. Drink now. (89 points)

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  • 2003 Delas Frères Gigondas Les Reinages – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Gigondas (1/3/2018)
    WIMLNR

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately.

    Garnet color in the glass, little dusty looking. Nose was maderized in nature and a bit vegetal to boot. Some flavors of berries and cherries on the palate (yes, I actually tasted it). Medium acidity, resolved tannin, medium body. Drink now if not yesterday. I suspect a provenance problem here as well as being too long in the tooth for this particular bottling. Therefore not rating. (NR/flawed)

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  • 2004 Domaine Christian Moreau Père et Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos – France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru (12/10/2017)
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over about 90 minutes.

    Light yellow to yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of orange foam, lychee and wet stones. Flavors of lychee, peach nectar and apricots. Medium acidity, full bodied. Drink over the next couple of years. Pretty dang tasty right now. (93 points)

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