By: AJ McClellan

Happy birthday to Don! We had a great night just hanging out and drinking some stunning juice and reminiscing about our trip to Bordeaux….


2010 Opus One – This wine was surprisingly open and drinking very well. The fruit was powerful and backed by a forest of oak but still in balance.

1989 Cos d’Estournel – This is always one of my favorite wines. The 89 Cos was drinking lovely with earthy aromas of moss, forest floor, and wet foliage. The fruit was still sweet showing black berries, currants, and cherry.

1999 Trapet Chambertin – The 1999 Trapet Chambertin is one of my favorite bottles of Trapet I have ever had. It is in a perfect place right now with still fresh fruit showing ripe Bing cherry and loads of cranberry. There is a wonderful mineral note of limestone on this wine as well adding to the complexity.

2010 Greer Cabernet Sauvignon – I was not super impressed with this wine. It may have just needed more time to open up but to me it was a little one dimensional with hard oak notes and flat fruit.

1998 Lynch Bages – It has probably been over half a year since I have had a 98 Lynch Bages. I must say that this bottle was very surprising to me. The last time I had one it was tight and closed down, no so with this wine. The Lynch Bages was full and fruity with lovely rich body and very pretty earth notes on the end. A very impressive bottle…

1994 Dominus – No surprise here, the 94 Dominus was drinking AWESOME. This bottle always shows very well when we have had it. A slight green note on the front of the palate but nothing that detracts from the sweet red and black fruit as well as the great spicebox notes that linger on the finish.

2007 Gargiulo Vineyards G Major 7 Cabernet – I was very impressed with this bottle. I remember when it first came out and I was saying this is going to be a stunning bottle of wine. A year later I can tell you I am still excited to see how this bottle will develop. Sweet red fruit on the palate with lush tannins and a long savory finish.