1988 Chateau Leoville Las Cases
Saturated cork. Opened two hours before serving and decanted for an hour. Light sediment. Surprisingly dark clear garnet in the glass. Intriguing woody nose. Initial intensity broadens out into a luscious, poised, rich palate. Sigh of satisfaction. There's no need to make up flavor similies; this tastes of genuine classical old-style claret. Which is really like nothing else. Gorgeous.
96 Jeb Dunnuck
From a late, difficult vintage (harvest didn’t come in until October), the 1988 Léoville Las Cases is nevertheless a beautiful wine that’s drinking fabulous well today. Ripe currants, green tobacco, cedarwood, and loads of spice emerge from this medium-bodied, fresh, elegant yet charming Saint-Julien. It’s not getting any better, but still has plenty of life. Drink it any time over the coming 7-8 years.
96 James Suckling
What a complex nose here with forest floor, bark, sliced wild mushrooms and tobacco. Full-bodied and round with a very juicy, savory character. It is long and flavorful with leather, forest flowers and mushrooms at the end. Drinking wonderfully now.
95 Wine Spectator
Wow. Really youthful on the nose, with currant, blackberry and hints of vanilla bean. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and lots of mint and fruit. Goes on for a long time. Surprisingly youthful. Give it a couple of years. So focused and beautiful.
94 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1988 Léoville Las Cases is composed of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Pale to medium garnet-brick in color, it wafts slowly, gracefully out of the glass with aromatic notions of dried cherries, rose oil, sandalwood and cigar box over a core of preserved plums, figs and fruitcake with a touch of dusty soil. The medium-bodied palate has a soft, satiny texture and tons of freshness supporting the fragrant earth and floral notes, leading to a long mineral and exotic spices-laced finish. This is so good to drink right now, but no rush.
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Driving down Ventura Blvd in Studio City in the 1960’s has something in common with today, Flask Fine Wine & Whisky- Flask first opened its doors to the public in 1962. Decades later and it still remains a respected fixture in the Los Angeles community.
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