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2012 Riecine Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

1/25/2016 - theronware wrote: 87 points

Such a well-behaved chianti. Harmoniously balanced fruit and spice with acid and tannin reined in decorously. Have to dissent from the other reviews here....I like my chianti with grainy tannins and acid verging on the excessive. This was altogether too well turned-out and polite for my taste and barely whispered of its origins. When I want "burgundian", I'll open a burgundy. My favorite entry level chianti remains Monsanto, with its ungainly elbows, street-bruiser cred and intriguing angles and shadows.

  • Comment posted by strickt01:

    1/26/2016 2:24:00 PM - I'm a big fan of Riecine but I take your point about it being too refined and silky for some palates. On that note I have to say the 2011 had more character. Hot vintage but managed really well with orange peel zing and a more mouth-filling, satisfying flavour profile than the 2012.

Red

2014 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Vieille Vigne

Pinot Noir more

1/20/2016 - nc99 wrote: 89 points

Very smooth and accessible even at this stage. Its always a sweet spot but its not as good as the 09 and 10 fourrier gevrey vv. The sweetness of the fruit and overall structure were not as profound as 09 and 10.

  • Comment posted by strickt01:

    1/20/2016 6:58:00 AM - You seem to describe the 09 and 10 as the "two previous vintage(s)". Is this a review of the 11 or the 14?

Red

2009 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée

Pinot Noir more

3/22/2015 - Cote d'Or wrote: flawed

From restaurant list, decanted tasted over 1.5 hrs
-semi-translucent, some color development early bricking
-muted, touch of Vosne spice
-med- acidity, med weight/concentration, shy but opened up a little after an hour, simple, pretty dark berry and a bit of spice element, trace TCA?
-may have been slightly corked but seemingly more advanced than expected too

  • Comment posted by strickt01:

    3/26/2015 2:38:00 AM - Interesting, or should I say troubling. Jancis Robinson's tasting note from 2011 described this wine as "a little worryingly evolved". I shall have to broach my case as a pattern seems to be emerging. Anyone else had a similar experience?

Red

2008 Dry River Pinot Noir

Martinborough more

1/11/2014 - Pinotphile123 wrote: 89 points

Same as my 13/3/2013 comments. Quite thin and astringic, still not a patch on the 07 and you can get much better NZ Pinot's for half the price. Couple of bottles left so may leave for another year to see how develop.

  • Comment posted by strickt01:

    1/11/2014 5:13:00 AM - Dry River do say on their website that their pinots can shut down, normally between the ages of four and six. That would put the 2008 towards the end of that window. I hope that is the reason for the thin, astringent nature of your last bottle and that your experience isn't indicative of the quality of the wine going forward. I've just had a case delivered...!

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