Customer Reviews - Kyle Hailey


2009 Joanin Bécot, Côtes de Castillon
Review Date: 09-05-2013
This is a surprising beauty. Figs and chocolate with red fruit an some leather. Love it. And love the bottle. So bright given the ridged traditions. I admit, I'm a bit of a snob. I'd rather have a bottle labeled St Emilion or Pomeral certainly and after having lived in France and drunk many a bottle, I never anything on the right bank outside of Fronsac, Pomeral and St Emilion that I liked, so this was a surprise.
Drinks well now, but IMO should age nicely as well.

1998 Grandis, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 01-20-2013
Classic aged Bordeaux. Nothing spectacular but all the pieces are here in balance. Though it's not rich, it's not cheap either. If you like old bordeaux and want something for more ordinary occasions this hits the spot. I personally like a bit of richness or uniquness but at the same time this wine was a surprise in that it was so well balanced and correct and perfectly aged.
Drink from 2013 to 2013
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2009 Lilian Ladouys, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 01-20-2013
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I bought several of the 2009 Bordeaux in the $10-18 range which were all disappointing. The Lilian Ladouys lives up to the 2009 hype. beautiful.
Nice fine tanins, red ripe but not over ripe fruit and nice toasty framing. Elegant. I also bought Lilian Ladouys back in the 89, 90 vintages, and this is a step above. It's nice and accessible now but betting that it will close up soon and open in another 5-10 years
Tasted tonight and last night. As predicted this has closed up enormously. Instead of being a California fruit bomb that we downed in an hour 6 months ago, the wine is now showing it's St Estephe heritage. Its closed, dense and refined. We had it opened for 2 days and decanted 3 times. By the end of the 2 days it was much more approachable - well refined, elegant and integrated. Still a lot of backbone an tanins. Should be a beauty in another 10 years

2011 Marchesi di Barolo "Maràia" Barbera del Monferrato
Review Date: 01-20-2013
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Giving this a 3.5 because it is unusual, complex and strong. On the other hand it's not a date night wine. The comment that it's "easy drinking" its about as far from my experience as possible. There is a lot going on and I'd describe as a bit of a monster. It's got an aggressiveness that's powerful, at the same time it's got a young, simple, naive ripeness. I've had this open for 2 weeks and it's still inky and dark and not dead. It's a curious wine. I won't buy another bottle nor finish the one I have but it is interesting. I don't know if it will ever come together. I'd definitely leave it in the cellar for another 5 years at least.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 90

2010 Antica Masseria di Sigillo Primitivo di Manduria
Review Date: 06-21-2012
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I had a Puglia Primitivo (maybe Luccarelli) at Delfina that was quite delicate if not a bit tight on it's own but was absolutely lovely with their pizzas. I never would have guess it was related to Zinfandel.
I'm not a big fan of Zinfandel but after the above experience I thought maybe Italians do it different and that I'd try another one. This one is much more Zin like, sweet, thick than the Delfina experience though a lighter touch than most of the American ones I've had. Nothing new though really verses and American one. Giving it a 4 star since it's a good Zin but not the experience I was looking for
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List