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Red

2007 Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

1/27/2015 - SLOFred wrote: 88 points

Hard time justifying $33. Brickish on opening, not much in the nose, tannic with little fruit. Thinner than I would have expected for a brunello. 3 hour decant. Next time it will be a 3 hour decant with Vinturi and see if it is any better. I wish I did not have 8 more bottles.

  • Comment posted by Grill Factor:

    1/27/2015 3:11:00 PM - Il Marroneto is a fairly northern location so the wines are always characterized by higher acidity and minerality than warmer more southern sites. I'd give these wines another chance in a few years. Or, you can sell them to me!

Red

2005 Cantina di Santadi Shardana Valli di Porto Pino IGT

Carignan Blend, Carignan more

1/13/2014 - bevetroppo Does not like this wine: 85 points

What was I thinking when I bought this? I must have been in an exploratory mindframe, but then, I shouldn't have shoved it onto an inaccessible shelf where I wouldn't find it for 8 years or whatever.

If it was ever any good, it's now weary, stale and unprofitable. Ponderous, syrupy, and dull. It's not BAD, per se, just a thick mass of faded prune-like brambly fruit that breaks down in the mid-palate on its way to a weak yet hot finish. Could be my fault entirely cause who knows how long this is supposed to last? I may have to get a jump on spring cleaning my cellar, or perhaps the more appropriate term is winter pruning?

Update: for those of you who may not have seen my notes before-I never look at any other notes before tasting and recording my own. But I was struck by two things after I made my initial posting. First, the community seems to love this wine, so maybe I just got an off bottle. I don't recognize it from any of the 90 or so other mostly positive notes. Second, the wildly favorable "professional" review is from Gary Vaynerchuk. As my father used to say, "you pays your money, you takes your chances."

  • Comment posted by Grill Factor:

    1/13/2014 6:45:00 PM - Antonio Galloni, formerly of the Wine Advocate, scored the wine 94 points, which is a really big score from him. Interestingly, the last bottle I had seemed to show the structure falling apart a bit...

Red

1999 The Standish Wine Company Shiraz The Standish

Barossa Valley more

11/2/2013 - Jubby Likes this wine: 92 points

Outstanding. In the brick-red phase of it's life so I wouldn't leave too much longer, drinking perfectly now. All the tannins have melted away to leave a lovely, delicately structured wine with soft earthy tones on the nose and a long, savoury gentle finish. Pair this carefully as it would be overpowered by anything vaguely spicy or gamey.

  • Comment posted by Grill Factor:

    12/3/2013 7:39:00 PM - Great review. Where did you get such a rare wine?

Red

2002 Charles Melton Shiraz

Barossa Valley more

7/13/2013 - Jubby Likes this wine: 92 points

This wine is drinking perfectly now, although I wouldn't leave it too much longer as it's definitely starting to turn the corner. Lovely savoury nose, meaty dark plum palate, soft tannins and a wonderful silky finish. Drink in one sitting as it becomes almost port-like by day 2.

  • Comment posted by Grill Factor:

    7/21/2013 8:28:00 PM - uh oh...will my case last til 2014??

Red

2010 Rockford Shiraz Basket Press

Barossa Valley more

5/5/2013 - azzah Likes this wine: 94 points

Beautiful red/purple colour.

This is a such a beautiful Barossa Shiraz. Who said Barossa shiraz can't be balanced and approachable? Aromas of violets, berries - red and dark, and hints of anise. Raspberry, boysenberry, chocolate, licorice and gentle spice in the mouth. Really velvety tannins. So easy to drink with food. Will be great with 5 - 10 years on it.

  • Comment posted by Grill Factor:

    5/6/2013 4:48:00 PM - Been waiting for a solid review of this wine. My 3 will be sleeping for a while I reckon. Nice one!

Red

2009 Calera Pinot Noir

Central Coast more

3/10/2013 - rojoloco Likes this wine: 91 points

Good right out of the bottle. I saw the bottle variation notes from others. This was fine. Round and delicious but not too deep or complex. Ready to go.
The glass cork, if you can call it that, is a little odd though. Be careful.

  • Comment posted by Grill Factor:

    3/10/2013 9:13:00 PM - I agree - I almost took out a waiter with that glass cork...

Red

2009 Marcel Lapierre Morgon

Gamay more

12/27/2012 - Weston3220 wrote: 90 points

Showing well, opened during a wine-a-thon, excellent would like to find and buy some more of the 09s!

  • Comment posted by Grill Factor:

    1/8/2013 9:50:00 PM - I love this wine. What's a wine-a-thon??

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