89 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
87 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
such a lower point score??can't be.... this is an excellent bottle of Napa cab
well. i don't usually write wine review, or any review, as i don't think i am qualified... but after see this 2001 BV GDL got a low score of 69? and 88?? i gotta write this... this a a super good bottle of napa cab, better then the 98, 00, and may beat the 99.. ( personal taste)..i have the BV DLT from 98 through 01... it finishes super, great on the palate , sniffs good, you can smell chocolate, some vanilla, and just a good bottle of napa cab should be , deep ,dark , blood like color, i would dare to give it a 91... don't drink and drive...
Not bad for a WS 69 point wine
Had the bottle last night with beef. A long 2+ minute finish with a slight grip. Tannin is still quite apparent but not harsh. Suspect this wine will last at least another 3-5 years but excellent now.
JL must be on the rag
This is a prestiege wine. How WS gives it a 69 is beyond me. It is a worthy wine for those who like BV, which I do. I have to think JL has a grudge against BV for the tainted corks in the past. The nice thing is that it might drive down the price. I dropped JL a note, but the Brit never responded...snob. I guess responging to a "Ratso" is beneath him.
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Wine Spectator, are you insane?
by Melissa McCall
I often check WS ratings before I buy expensive wines, but in this case, I'm glad I didn't. I tasted the '01 Georges de Latour in the BV tasting room the other day, and it's an outstanding wine. James Laube describes a "chalky taste" that gets worse with time; I enjoyed a 5+ minute finish that was both smooth and complex. Wonderful fruit, good structure. Loved it two days ago, and it will still be great in a decade.
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