Sharing wine experiences with an emphasis on "terroir" wines of great character in the absence of scores.
2004 Château Montrose. What can I say…decent vintage + great winemaker and estate = awesome wine. This bottle proves yet again that while Bordeaux is expensive, it may very well be worth the price of admission. This bottle was pure class. Blackberry and black currant with graphite, tobacco and tons of menthol eucalyptus. Very firm and masculine wine that is still a baby of sorts. Yes, the power is impressive. But the balance here is even more impressive. When I bought this on futures more than a decade ago, this was still very inexpensive and worth every penny I paid. Even the wife commented on how good this was.
I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.