Just capturing the last few wines of the reviewed wines of WS "Insider", I was curious if anyone had followed many/other reviewed wines in the past to see if they were accurate. I think RP does a stretch for the life, but in proper storage and with all conditions perfect, it's possible. I was just really surprised that "B.S." would predict a great french burgundy to easily outlast a top notch pinot noir producer and a single vineyard cabernet sauvignon of the US while "J.L." gives a short and safe window of life. I can bet I can inline skate better and faster than Bruce, but I would not bet anything against him and his colleague's knowledge of wine. But in my short time of experience in wine, I think they are both wrong in their "Drink through" windows. Is there some publication that differentiates WS and RP with their similar/competing rating systems?
Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Blue-Slide Ridge Vineyard 2007
97 points | $90 | 250 cases made | Red
A gorgeous Pinot that is striking from the get-go. Ripe and
sublime, with sweet plum, blueberry and wild berry flavors that
are fresh and vivid, this is at once intense and persistent, yet also
graceful and refined. Drink now through 2022. From
Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley 2010
96 points | $215 | 300 cases imported | Red
Pure floral, cherry and spice aromas and flavors highlight this
aromatic, lush and silky red. Finishes on the taut side, but with
intensity and a vibrant structure. Shows fine length, with soft tannins and a savory mineral aftertaste. Best from 2014 through 2029.
Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Marcassin Vineyard 2007
96 points | $125 | 1,250 cases made | Red
Ripe plum, olallieberry and black cherry fruit flirts with jam in
this intense and focused Pinot that is seemingly big and full, yet
also graceful and refined, ending with a touch of soy and porcini.
The richest and ripest of the 2007 Marcassins. Drink now through
2022. From California.—J.L.
Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Beckstoffer To Kalon
95 points | $275 | 509 cases made | Red
Big, rich and concentrated, with a gutsy yet soothing core of
tannic currant, blackberry, black licorice, fresh earth, cedar and
graphite. Very young and tightly wound, this is not quite ready
to drink and should only get better with time. Best from 2014
through 2024. From California.—J.L.
Puligny-Montrachet Champ Gain 2010
95 points | $90 | 100 cases imported | White
A haunting combination of creamy texture and bright structure
sets the pace for floral, peach, apple and hazelnut flavors in this
balanced white. Stays fresh, with the aftertaste honing in on
orchard fruit, spice and mineral. Drink now through 2022. From
Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Three Sisters Vineyard 2007
95 points | $75 | 325 cases made | Red
The magnificent aromas are centered on spicy, floral black cherry
and raspberry, with a dash of porcini and toasty oak. The texture
is seamless, gliding along gracefully, showing subtle hints of maturity and nuance. Drink now through 2022. From California.—J.L.