Search Results - Save This Search

Wine Type Vintage Name Variety Locale Date Posted Score Helpful Comments Comment Date Community Score More...
Red

1999 Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi Piano di Montevergine

Taurasi DOCG Aglianico more

7/25/2015 - wine-strategies wrote: flawed

held since release only to find it's corked. so pissed.

  • Comment posted by Barry Notes:

    7/27/2015 2:37:00 PM - Bummer, sucks when that happens.

Red

2000 Château d'Armailhac

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/26/2015 - Mrbuzz Likes this wine: 93 points

SO nice to break away from the Burgundy vortex every now and then…..this has always been a fan fav for me…..Pauillac on the cheap back in the day…….can't believe its been 6 yrs since my last bottle of this? Still very youthful….smooth and silky, yet still firm with a dusty tannic grip. Might not be fully open for biz just yet…..still statuesque….but the flavors are totally tasty Bordeaux…leather, pencil lead, smoked nuts, dried currants, raspberry, licorice, purple flowers, dusty cedar spice……super smooth feel…then kicker of spice and dried fruit finish. SO fun to sip on…..and more interesting than most Ca. cabs. Plenty more in the tank on this one…wish I had another case!

  • Comment posted by Barry Notes:

    7/27/2015 2:02:00 PM - Just drank mine this past Sat nt. Much better than expected. Plenty of power and absolutely nothing off or any sign of over the top.

Red

2010 Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Rockaway

Alexander Valley more

7/15/2015 - mflesh wrote: NR

This wine didn't show well tonight and it's definitely not because it's DONE, but it was just very restained and had a very thin presentation. Uncorked to a very lovely gingerbread cookie and blackberry and baking spice on both the very dark stained cork and on the nose. Poured a deep maroon into the glass. Decanted about an hour and served over an hour. Nose was actually the nicest part of this wine. Upon the entry, it was flat. Fruit seemed to be there, but not as punchy. A little while back I was thrilled to enjoy a 2006 of this wine, and it was 1000% more dense and complex than this was. It wasn't corked. It still had a nice middle, a good finish, but was just subdued. I really wish I had another few of these so that I could open another one next year, and then the year after that. No such is luck. Seemed to get perhaps a bit more interesting towards the second hour but was still a little underwhelming. I am not going to lie, I am a little disappointed in this wine tonight, but reserve a rating as I think (compared to library vintages) that this one is just in a strange place. Drink with caution at present, or decant 3+ hours (perhaps that's what this one needs is a ton of air at present).

  • Comment posted by Barry Notes:

    7/16/2015 8:01:00 AM - Bummer. I have high hopes but will sit on mine for awhile to see what happens. Will post comment then.

White - Sparkling

2005 Roederer Estate L'Ermitage Brut

Anderson Valley Champagne Blend more

1/24/2015 - StefanAkiko wrote: 87 points

Epic bubbles (blinded) (Zorg's place, Umeå, Sweden): Soap bubbles, autolysis (the unclean version) that renders the nose a big question mark for me.
Much better on the palate. Balanced. Acid-driven (far too high levels for my taste).

  • Comment posted by Barry Notes:

    7/11/2015 6:37:00 PM - This label usually produces good stuff. Hope it's just an off bottle.

Red

2007 Renato Ratti Barolo Conca

Nebbiolo more

5/28/2015 - wine-strategies wrote: NR

An utter disappointment in that it didn't speak Nebbiolo to me, nor did it speak Langhe. Muddled red fruits, with all too brief moments of floral perfume. Instead, (over) ripe berries, and a full mouth-feel. This is (more akin to) a cocktail wine, not something I want when reaching for a wine from Barolo region. I've saved 1/3 of the bottle, and will revisit on the second day, with updates if this somehow manages to redeem itself. Tasting this wine four years after its release is like running into the High School quarterback at the 25yr reunion to find he's 150lbs overweight with a face so red it's the color of a Christmas stocking, and remarking to yourself that 'he's really let himself go'. 15,0% abv.

Aerated to decanter 1 hr, served non-blind at cellar temp.

  • Comment posted by Barry Notes:

    5/30/2015 6:39:00 PM - Tim-you e too funny.

Red

2012 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Coastlands Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

4/26/2015 - NZBOY Likes this wine: 95 points

gorgeous pinot that's drinking beautifully and will only get better

  • Comment posted by Barry Notes:

    4/27/2015 4:26:00 AM - Great score. Haven't tried this vintage yet.

Red

2007 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

4/21/2015 - egh wrote: 88 points

Considering the producer, vineyard, and price, an ultimately disappointing drinking experience. Medium bodied with a straightforward, somewhat restrained, and surprisingly maturing/mature profile of red fruit and exotic spice notes. Seemingly resolved with a truncated finish. Not obviously flawed (purchased on release from the winery, so provenance/storage is not an issue), just not very exciting, and not offering the complexity, dimensions, vibrancy, length, or distinctiveness of the better examples of this producer/vineyard combination. In the 87-88 point range for this bottle.

  • Comment posted by Barry Notes:

    4/21/2015 6:56:00 PM - Bummer. Hope mine shows better.

  • Comment posted by Barry Notes:

    4/21/2015 6:56:00 PM - Bummer. Hope mine shows better.

Red

2009 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Koplen Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

4/21/2015 - Castle Peak wrote: 94 points

This wine is singing. Creamy textures and flavors of crushed cherries and strawberries. Subtle hints of cinnamon, violets and mild oak. Velvety tannins.

  • Comment posted by Barry Notes:

    4/21/2015 6:52:00 PM - Great news. Can't wait to pop mine.

Red

2010 Brancaia Maremma Toscana Ilatraia

SuperTuscan Blend more

4/21/2015 - texanoblues Likes this wine: 94 points

Deep-red/violet in the glass, with inky-black center. Lovely, floral nose with prominent blackberry, spice, vanilla, and ink notes. Blackberry, mint and anise on the palate. Intense and concentrated without any jammy or syrupy detractors. Vibrant acidity and nicely tannic. At 14%, the alcohol was right where it should be. Long blackberry, vanilla finish. There were present some earthy, forest floor undertones that added to the complexity of this wine. Also, some barely detectable herbaceous notes (from the Cabernet Sauvignon).

This was a really wonderful bottle. Concentrated, intense, and complex with exceptionally pleasing notes, supported by firm, lively structure. As big as this wine was, it never felt heavy, "hedonisitic", jammy, or syrupy. I think that Brancaia really hit the nail on the head with 40% CabernetSuvgnon / 40% PetitVerdot / 20% Cabernet Franc blend. I'll be buying more .......

  • Comment posted by Barry Notes:

    4/21/2015 6:51:00 PM - Great score. Hope mine shows as well.

Red

2010 Black Kite Pinot Noir Angel Hawk Reserve

Anderson Valley more

4/5/2015 - corka Likes this wine: 93 points

Decanted for an hour, which was a definite plus. This pinot is very reminiscent of Black Kite pinots in that at it reminds me of a pinot on steroids. Showing lots of nice black fruit on the nose, and big rich flavors that are enjoyable to drink. The balance isn't quite what I would have expected for what is Black Kite's pinnacle of pinot's in Angel Hawk Reserve. The heat was showing through a little too much on the back, but for one who likes the big bold pinot this is for you. Clearly very well made, fun to drink, and full of flavor; it just does not have the typicity of an elegant pinot.

  • Comment posted by Barry Notes:

    4/5/2015 3:22:00 PM - I could not agree more.

Red

2010 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

4/4/2015 - Schiffy Likes this wine: 94 points

Classic Kosta Browne...again! Rich, layered and fruit forward with intense strawberry/cherry notes along with a finish that goes on and on. Drinks like a rich Chateauneuf du Pape. Absolutely enjoyable to drink.

  • Comment posted by Barry Notes:

    4/5/2015 3:11:00 AM - Glad to read high score. Hope mine show as well.

Red

2008 Roberto Voerzio Langhe Nebbiolo

Langhe DOC more

3/26/2015 - wine-strategies wrote: NR

This is number 8 out of a case; sadly, they've all performed pretty much the same - poorly. It's as if there's a blanket of some type on top of the fruit. I mean, it wants to be pretty, but this damn blanket just suffocates the parts that I'm looking for. A muddled table wine that does not appear to have any real future. Some brett is always in the background as if to add insult to injury. I seriously doubt the producer intended for it to show like this; thinking it was a storage/shipping issue at some point between the Langhe and here in CO. 14,5% abv

  • Comment posted by Barry Notes:

    3/27/2015 11:50:00 AM - You've been posting like a fiend the past few weeks. Noticed many are from your trip last year. Always fascinating and interesting reading.

Red

2007 B.R. Cohn Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection Olive Hill Estate Vineyards

Sonoma Valley more

3/23/2015 - flydcjets Likes this wine: 93 points

A beautiful aroma, when opened and decanted, soft and smooth on the palate, it truly was enjoyable.
Cheers!

  • Comment posted by Barry Notes:

    3/25/2015 3:41:00 PM - Glad to see the high score. Hope mine show as well.

Red

2011 Teso La Monja Toro Almirez

Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo more

3/23/2015 - wine-enthusiast Likes this wine: 91 points

Re-tasting this wine. It is very dark- opaque. Full, tannic- it has plums red fruit some heat. Menthol, but tanniins masking fruit. I stand by my earlier rating of 91 pts- I think it is a very nice wine. It will mature nicely I think

  • Comment posted by Barry Notes:

    3/24/2015 6:16:00 AM - Finally a bottle we have in common. BTW took a part time merchandizing position with AB yesterday. Hoping it leads to a full time position. At least it's a beverage job. I was brought up on Michelob so in my wheelhouse. Will keep you posted.

Red

2011 Williams Selyem Zinfandel Bacigalupi Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

3/23/2015 - Terramare Likes this wine: 94 points

Pretty stunning... We know both Williams Selyem and Bacigalupi folks, and this bottle was a great contribution from both. This was probably still early in its life; many more years ahead for this bottling (2011).

  • Comment posted by Barry Notes:

    3/24/2015 6:13:00 AM - Glad to see such a great score. Hope mine shows as well.

White - Sweet/Dessert

2012 Kiona Chenin Blanc Ice Wine

Red Mountain more

3/20/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine: 92 points

Beautiful pure chenin fruit, with mineral but the creamy ice wine texture. The acids are there though not noticeable unless you sop drinking a notice your mouth watering. Great stuff, amazing price.

  • Comment posted by Barry Notes:

    3/22/2015 7:44:00 PM - I couldn't agree more. Exceptional value for great juice. Too bad all dessert wines aren't priced like this.

Red

2012 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso

Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese more

3/18/2015 - wine-strategies Likes this wine: NR

This wine continues to impress. On the back half of a case purchase from a year ago, and while I've noticed some bottle variation, it comes down to some bottles needing more aeration than others before they're showing their best. Tonight's bottle was Audozed for 2 hours, and was in excellent form from the moment it hit the glass. The essence of complex soil, strawberry and pomegranate on the nose, with a silken texture and great lift. A truly outstanding wine and one of the best QPRs out there. 14,5% abv. highly recommended

Served non-blind.

  • Comment posted by Barry Notes:

    3/19/2015 4:38:00 PM - If you happen to notice when the 2013's are available, let me know as I will likely order another case once again, providing you think that vintage shows well. Thanks.
    Barry

  • Comment posted by Barry Notes:

    3/20/2015 3:59:00 AM - Thanks Tim. I'll try and track one down. Don't think they are pouring it at the Argonaut tasting next Tues.

Red

2010 Opus One

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/14/2015 - BABLUES wrote: 97 points

375ml. Brought to Ruxbin. Didn't take detailed notes. This was very approachable from the start and didn't need time to open up. Beautiful cab characteristics and was by far the best Opus I have had. Stellar

  • Comment posted by Barry Notes:

    3/19/2015 6:27:00 AM - Glad to read. Hope I'm as lucky.

Red

2008 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Cinq Cépages

Sonoma County more

3/17/2015 - znickell Likes this wine: 93 points

So it was a mistake to pop and pour this a couple nights ago. It was good but tannic and a little confused. Wife and I both enjoyed it but very average and hidden. Fast forward to tonight. Whoa! Softened very nicely and really pulled together. Beautiful wine that would have been best served by another 5 in the cellar....or maybe more. Red raspberry, cherry, plum, blackberry. Well balanced and enough tannin even on the third night. Outstanding, but I highly recommend a significant decanting.

  • Comment posted by Barry Notes:

    3/17/2015 8:32:00 PM - Great note. I'll sit on mine for awhile after reading your comment.

Red

2000 Château Cantemerle

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/14/2015 - AllRed wrote: 92 points

Opened by VM. Deep inky crimson core. Notes of roasted bell pepper, dark fruit, herbs and barnyard. Medium-bodied and nicely integrated, this was much more advanced and ready than I would have anticipated. Flavors of dark fruit and currants, plum, forest floor and barnyard. A rustic wine that I thoroughly enjoyed. 92+ pts.

  • Comment posted by Barry Notes:

    3/17/2015 8:31:00 PM - Glad to read. Planning on drinking mine soon.

Red

2000 Château Cantemerle

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/14/2015 - Vino Me wrote: 92 points

Opened 6 hours before dinner but not decanted. Crimson color with a little bricking. Aromas of forest floor, soy and a vegetative component. Notes of cherries, leather, herbs and pencil lead. Earthy texture. This is a mature Bordeaux with interesting secondary nuances. 92-93 points.

  • Comment posted by Barry Notes:

    3/16/2015 6:36:00 AM - Great to read. Popping mine this year as well.

Red

2012 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands more

3/15/2015 - gunnm wrote: flawed

Not sure what happened, maybe the wine was corked. Almost no nose and a very flat palate. Did detect some cola notes on the palate later in the night but definitely did not show typical Gary characteristics.

  • Comment posted by Barry Notes:

    3/16/2015 6:34:00 AM - Suggest you contact winery directly. They may replace the bottle.

Red

2012 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Allen Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

3/10/2015 - wadesh Likes this wine: 94 points

Love it. Can't go wrong with Allen. Sweet tanins mellow oak a red fruit.

  • Comment posted by Barry Notes:

    3/11/2015 4:29:00 PM - Love that score. Hope mine shows as well.

Loading wine details...
loading

×
×