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Simon Chen

Simon Chen

1968 days ago

Simon scored this wine: 98/100

I know we don't post reviews on future release on this website much. I visited Chateau Mouton Rothchild during my Bordeaux trip in October. They were generously enough to let us try the 16' barrel sample. Oh my, you would not guess this is a bordeaux wine. The fruits is lush and velvty, big and powerful. But it's not an oak monster like napa cab.

La gaffeliere

Chateau Canon La gaffeliere 2015

Bordeaux, France
1895 days ago

Simon scored this wine: 96/100

UGC Bordeaux Tasting in Montreal - Full body, big fruits and long long tannin. Best wine for the right bank

2240 days ago

Simon scored this wine: 96/100

LCBO Grandi Marchi Italian Tasting @ Toronto - My favorite wine of the night, and I rated higher than Sassicaia 2013. Blackcurrant, leather, touch of vanilla and cream on the nose. Full body with smooth and long lingering tannin (15 sec finish)


Penfolds Grange Syrah Shiraz 2011

South Australia, Australia
2176 days ago

Simon scored this wine: 96/100

A BIG, BIG, BIG wine. Personally, I'm not a big fan of the nose, american oak, stewed tomato, and cherry. Structure-wise, although it's 100% shirax, but it tastes like a bordeaux. Elegant structure, firm body, and long and long finish.

Howell Mountain

Dunn Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Napa Valley, California, United States
2069 days ago

Simon scored this wine: 96/100

One of my all time favorites. Old world style with firm and elegant structure. Berry, green pepper, spices on the nose. Full palate and endless flavor when you swirl in your mouse. Strong tannin and a long long finish. The 13' is way better than the 12'. Glad to see Dunn Howell Mountain is back to the old Bordeaux style.

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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