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Simon Chen

Simon Chen

1064 days ago

Simon scored this wine: 92/100

I'm usually not a big fan of Rioja, but this is one of the best ones I've had at the $30 range. The wine is aromatic and full of pure black fruits. Complex palate, juicy, and excellent balance of acid and tannin. Let it open in the glass for 30min. It is drinking perfectly alone by itself!

Mas La Plana

Torres Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Penedès D.O., Spain
1160 days ago

Simon scored this wine: 93/100

Decanted for 2 hours and drank over 3 hours. In the beginning, the wine showed more herbal notes, eucalyptus, and very grippy rustic tannin on the finish. At the 2 hour mark, it started to show dark chocolate, mocha, tobacco profiles. It's rich but not overly sweet. Very good structure, complex, and the tannin was fully integrated by the 4th hour.

Alexander Valley

Robert Young Estate Winery Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States
1208 days ago

Simon scored this wine: 95/100

OMG! This is probably the best California Cab you can find for this price. At $60 at LCBO, this wine has everything you wish for for an old-school California cab. It is not overly oaked and has the Sonoma-characteristics of green pepper and freshness. Big structure, long fish, and grippy tannin. I would guess this is a $100+ cab at a blind tasting. Definitely, a wine to keep for 10+ years.


Strewn Winery Terroir Riesling 2018

Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
1562 days ago

Simon scored this wine: 90/100

love this wine. not overly sweet (8.2 residual sugar) and with good balance of acid. Aromas of lime and a touch of floral aromas. A nice wine to start the meal in the summer

Concannon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Paso Robles, California, United States
1562 days ago

Simon scored this wine: 91/100

wow, what a great value for a paso robles cab at $21!! Not over oaky and vanilla! just the right amount of mint, freshness on the aroma. juicy, medium structure, and medium finish on the palate. This can be go-to california cab without breaking the bank!

Simon Chen

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Memorable Wine

Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepase 1999


First Wine

Stag's Leap Wine Cellar Artemis 2007


Unusual Wine Experience

a vertical of Inglenook Rubican, spanning from the 87 to the 2012 vintages


Current Fav Wine

Italian (Super Tuscan, Bruenllo)





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