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2011 Fattoria Petrolo Galatrona Toscana IGT

Merlot more

11/11/2014 - Anonymous wrote: 97 points

Rating is more for potential than how it's showing now but it's still showing just fine. This is a big brooding monster, but refined and elegant at the same time. It's actually quite open and read to drink now, but will likely take on more complexity over time. This is supple, full-bodied, no edge anywhere, a bit one-dimensional right now but what a dimension. Very satisfying. I can see why Suckling rated it so high - my tastes tend to align with his vs. other reviewers'. 97+pts.

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    12/5/2014 11:08:00 AM - Hi Dave, I'm not sure if I remember sweetness per-se, but it was certainly very tasty and drinking well. I think this will benefit from many years of ageing - at least five. From experience with other Italian merlots (Avignonesi Disiderio is a case in point, of which I've had many), they really shine with a few extra years of bottle age - more darker fruit is probably a good addition to expect with ageing here. I would try to hold onto these '11 Galatrona till about 2019 or so. Lovely wine

    Regarding the 2011 Fattoria Petrolo Galatrona Toscana IGT-does this wine
    exhibit sweetness across the entire palate or is there just a touch of that aspect? Also will the wines fruit take on darker aspects with time in the cellar? -Dave

Red

2006 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova

Sangiovese more

8/20/2014 - Anonymous wrote: 99 points

A rich tapestry of red and dark fruit married to a broad range of stoney, led pencil and licorice notes. There's a slight creamy tone too. It's uncanny - striking and balanced at the same time. Everything is so deft and expressive. I love this wine. A lot. Drink or hold - you can't lose either way. Just don't kick the bucket before you finish your stash.

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    9/4/2014 9:54:00 PM - Hi Vintage1949,
    The '07 is definitely not in the same league as the '06 in my estimation. I don't think you will regret buying more of the '06 but it might be worth trying one before you buy. The Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova does seem to vary quite a bit per vintage in terms of how closed it can be. I had six of the '01 and it was virtually impenetrable - it was a brick, even two years ago (I decided to sell the three I had left), whereas the '06 seems quite open already to me. The '99 is also an etherial gem if you can get it. Am not sure about decanting time - I tend not to decant that long - I'd be surprised if you were to find the '06 anything but open after an hour or so of decanting. It is one of my favorite Brunellos if not my outright favorite. Another contender was '04 Collemattoni, which I can't find any more.

Red

2003 Château Lascombes

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

8/1/2014 - Anonymous wrote: 94 points

Intense, lovely licorice, coffee and chocolate and blackberry notes with an almost creamy texture. I really like this style across the five or so vintages I've tried.

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    8/6/2014 11:26:00 PM - I find this '03 close to the quality of the '05, of which I've drank about ten bottles. Am not sure if the classic Margaux style is represented in the '03; there is elegance and finesse though probably not the best example of such. What I do find is a supple, intense, fragrant, exuberant range of flavor that puts me in a happy state; am glad I have a magnum of it left. I've generally found the '03 vintage to be quite wayward, overdone and over-hyped when it was released. I've found the Lascombes, Paviollon Rouge du Chateau Margaux and Duhart Milon to be over-achievers for the vintage though. The '03 Duhart Milon is far superior to the '05 for example, based the the few bottles of each vintage I've enjoyed.

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    8/7/2014 1:45:00 PM - Hi Harley1999, I agree about how lovely the classic Margaux style can be when that elegance and finesse manifests; Margaux is probably my favorite appellation because of this. You might try d'Issan (the '05 is a stunning beauty, under-rated in my opinion), Malescot St. Exupery (the '09 is again under-rated, though probably fairly priced now) and Rauzan Segla. The Rauzan Segla in particular has that classy finesse, though it tends to be pricey these days - I got to taste the '10 and '11 at the UGCs for those vintages and found them very compelling.

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2005 Ramey Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

8/27/2012 - Anonymous wrote: 93 points

I've drank a few of these over the years now and this has evolved into something very nice. Really needs a couple of hours of decanting to settle - initially it's a bit too peppery and spicy. This strikes me as a style of syrah that may or may not match people's taste. Some may prefer a more concentrated yet laid back vanilla-toned style of syrah, but this is a bit more forward, direct and edgy with very little in the way of subtlety or elegance.

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    5/17/2014 4:44:00 PM - Hi Vintage1949,
    Thanks for the question. I agree - I prefer that style of Syrah too. A few recommendations to consider:
    2005 Montes Folly La Finca de Apalta - not so cheap, especially for a Syrah from Chile, but don't be fooled - this is stunning and otherworldly.
    Starr Ranch Estate Syrah. Generally I love the Syrahs from Paso Robles, and this is among the best I've had - it really has that creamy vanilla tone - I bought several of the '07. You might also try and fine Pipestone Reserve Syrah, also from Paso - deeper and more serious.
    You might also want to look for some Italian Syrah, from Il Bosco - can be had fir about $30 - really lush and rich.
    Finally, I bought a case of the '05 Miraflores Syrah - you cant get it any more and the price has gone up, but to a mere $25 (I got it originally at $17) - the best value Syrah I've ever had. Am guessing its worth trying other vintages - sumptuous, rich but balanced and definitely not too peppery or spicy , more soft and rounded fruit.

    Hope the above helps.
    John

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    5/18/2014 1:49:00 PM - Hi Dave, yes that's the Italian Syrah. I had the '07, which was particularly good. You might be able to get the Starr Ranch from the winery; I got it at the winery for about $30 and it was a great wine at that price. Generally, it may be worth trying some Syrah from Paso Robles - they tend to be of the style you're interested in and they tend to be reasonably priced too.

    Cheers,
    John

Red - Fortified

1994 Taylor (Fladgate) Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

12/1/2013 - Anonymous wrote: 99 points

Probably the best port I've had from the two or three dozen good vintage ports I've tried. Really rich and decadent but at the same time somehow weightless. Almost transfixing and mesmerizing. So much power but also subtlety, ease and poise. Worth the price of admission.

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    12/2/2013 10:13:00 AM - Hi Atkinsoj, yes, this port definitely still has a long life ahead of it. Honestly, I was tempted to rate this 100pts, but felt a bit to self-conscious doing it. This really is what seems to be a faultless gem of a wine.

Red

2009 Château Meyney

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/5/2013 - Anonymous wrote: 93 points

Lovely sweet tannins, floral tones with some tobacco and earthiness. Lovely wine.

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    10/11/2013 12:10:00 AM - Hi Motz,
    To be honest, I don't remember the Meyney as well as I do the Petit Haut Laffite, as I've had quite a few of the latter. Overall, I believe the Meyney has a bit more pedigree and weight. The Petite Haut Lafite is not as concentrated but is very stylish and racy. I think it may come down to which appellation you tend to be more drawn to. The Petit may be the better value for the price.

Red

2009 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Le Petit

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/11/2013 - Anonymous wrote: 93 points

Excellent as always. One of my favorite go-to Bordeaux in this price range. I compared it on the same night to the >2x-priced'06 Leoville Poyferre and frankly this was the better wine by quite a margin. Another ten years might yield a different result but still. This is excellent stuff - so much life and energy, a very pleasant creamy tone to it and lovely earthy, leathery delicate fruit that's so typical of some of the best wines from Pessac Leognan. Drinking well already but may improve more with time.

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    9/11/2013 3:05:00 PM - That's so great that you got to stay at SHL - would love to some day! I'll see can I try some Gloria and Rouget from '09- I've enjoyed both from some previous vintages, especially the '00 Gloria. Cheers!

Red

2003 Château Lascombes

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

8/16/2013 - Anonymous wrote: 94 points

This was excellent. So balanced with a lovely sweetness to it, but a slightly dry backbone behind it - so classy. Everything in the right place and nothing awry. Lovely dark blue and black fruit, with some slight earthiness. I can't see this getting much better. Might be missing the n'th degree of power or weight that the '05 has, but still a wonderful wine. This is the type of Bordeaux that reminds me why I adore Bordeaux so much. Tasted on the heals of a highly rated '05 Rioja which was forgettable by comparison.

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    8/20/2013 3:54:00 PM - Hi Harley1199,
    It's hard to tell, but I've had some poor experiences recently with some '03 Bordeaux and this Lascombes was beautiful, so it seemed to have eluded some of the downsides to that super hot vintage in '03. I think this bottle is mainly performing so great as it's in the sweet spot of it's maturity now, whereas the ones I had before just weren't quite ready yet.

    The Rioja I mentioned that I drank alongside was the 2005 Señorío de San Vicente Tempranillo Rioja San Vicente, which received 97pts from WE, though is rated a lot less by some other reviewers. This had a lot of structure and intensity but just completely lacked the finesse and elegance of the Lascombes, though it may be unfair to compare two wines of such different styles.

Red

2009 Château Fleur Cardinale

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/9/2013 - Anonymous wrote: 93 points

Rich coffee and dark chocolate notes. Quite approachabe now but a few years will allow it to show better. Somewhat dry, and not so much obvious fruit, but in a good way. This is big and classy. The '05 has more reach and extension, but this is likely the better value. Glad I have five more and may look for more besides. This seems like an under-the-radar over-achiever.

  • Comment posted by Anonymous:

    1/10/2013 10:23:00 AM - Ah, yes, thanks for catching my error ;-) I'll update it.

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