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Chateau Mouton Rothschild, 1966, Bordeaux
John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Chateau Mouton Rothschild, 1966, Bordeaux

Wine Rating: 95

This month brings with it an interesting situation for me. For the first time since starting this review, I didn’t have a wine on hand to write about. This is not to say I don’t have any wine in my possession—in fact, quite the contrary. The cellar is stocked with beauties that are resting comfortably until they reach the perfect age. As I didn’t have a reasonably priced wine to offer up this month, I’ve decided to punch things up a notch and go old school, the keyword being old.With flashlight in hand, I venture down into the darkened corners of the wine cellar, making my way through cobwebs outlined in dust. Here, in the sweet smell of wood crates, their sides branded with markings from all over the world, I feel right at home. Haut Brion, Petrus and Gaja stare back at me. Some of the older bottles have peaked and, as a result, have leaked a bit, that moisture seeping into the shelves over the years, perfuming the air.


Château d'Yquem, 2003
Champagne & More, John Turi - Wine

Château d’Yquem, 2003

Wine Rating: 97

Well, another December has found us and the merry feeling that grabs me during this month is nothing short of nostalgic. Even though the chill that we get living in Southern California is modest, I find it very welcoming. If I need a fix of some real winter weather, I just drive two hours up to the mountains and feel like a kid again, playing outside in the snow like I did growing up in New Jersey.

At this time of year I really start to revel in the delights of the season: the enjoyment of family and friends, the blended moments of pleasantries, the gift giving. And the foods and beverages as well—hors d’oeuvres, hot chocolate, and, of course, really great wines, which are never lost on me.