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Red

2012 Alain Voge Cornas Les Chailles

Syrah more

1/23/2015 - JohanOhman wrote: 93 points

Wow wow wow. Så otroligt gott, men också en på sätt och vis otypisk nordrhonare. Färgen är rätt så ljus och lite transparent, doften är nästan lite portugalfunkig även om man kan hitta syrahpeppar också. Vinet känns otroligt sofistikerat, såväl i frukten, lättheten men också i den fantastiska eken. En upplevelse! 93-94p

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Wonderful, light version of Northern Rhone Syrah. Tremendously sopfisticated, with delightful fruit and luxurious french oak. A wine to experience!

  • Comment posted by wtianseter:

    5/12/2015 8:24:00 PM - Google Translate:
    So unbelievably good, but also in some ways atypical nordrhonare . The color is quite light and slightly transparent , the scent is almost a little portugal funky although one can find Syrah pepper too. The wine feels incredibly sophisticated, both in the fruit , the ease but also in the amazing oak. an --------

Red

2006 Fontanafredda Barbaresco Coste Rubín

Nebbiolo more

10/25/2014 - tusiltusil Likes this wine: 80 points

알맞게 익은듯..

목넘김도 좋고 적절한농도.

그리고 올라오는 향긋한 꽃향기들~~

  • Comment posted by wtianseter:

    5/12/2015 8:41:00 AM - Translate translation:
    It seemed moderately ripe ...

    Neck Wrap is also good and proper concentration.

    And sweet-smelling floral scents are coming up ~ ~

Red

2009 Viña Eguía Rioja Reserva

Tempranillo more

7/23/2014 - wtianseter wrote: 88 points

My score is based on the first glass which was consumed in about 5 or 10 minutes. Nice smoky oak on nose and up front with medium dark fruit and a light vanilla and tannin. The next glasses were not at all complex and much more fruit forward and rated about 86. I really like that first glass but it all seemed to fall apart quickly.
On day 3 the wine was all fruit and alcohol just muddled together-- still drinkable but not a wine of any significant character..... rate an 80. All this put together leads me to say a bottle to buy and drink now and quickly once opened. Recommend no aeration or decanting

  • Comment posted by wtianseter:

    7/25/2014 10:57:00 PM - On day 3 the wine was all fruit and alcohol just muddled together-- still drinkable but not a wine of any significant character..... rate an 80. All this put together leads me to say a bottle to buy and drink now and quickly once opened with no aeration or decanting

Red

2009 Michael-David Vineyards Zinfandel 7 Deadly Zins

Lodi more

4/8/2014 - Mjurgaitis Likes this wine: 90 points

Great on day 1. Lots of pipe tobacco, vanilla and fruit. Faded on day 2. Great weeknighter if u can drink the whole bottle.

  • Comment posted by wtianseter:

    4/28/2014 3:31:00 PM - I can't resist! Seldom does it happen that a bottle doesn't get finished in my house! ;^)
    Happy tasting, Happy drinking, and Happy times!

Red

2010 Show Stopper Durif

Riverina more

3/29/2014 - wtianseter wrote: 81 points

Had my bottles in my cellar for about 6 months to settle down.

I had forgotten that Durif was Petit Sirah and I did not recognize this wine as PS....Is that the terroir showing through or just crappy grapes?

Color was medium dark ruby and nose lightly fruity, more like a Pinot Noir. To me the only thing that stood out was the long tart dry tannic finish that held on to a bit of the fruitiness.

I am not a fan of this wine but I have 2 more bottles in my cellar; we'll see how they respond. The name here is anything but representing the quality of this wine.

Based on this bottle, don't waste your money and go buy yourself some Bogle Petit Sirah, you will spend less and have a significantly better wine.

  • Comment posted by wtianseter:

    3/31/2014 10:19:00 AM - I gave the bottle a second chance the next day and it was day 1 all over. I then opened a bottle of 2011 Bogle Petit Sirah to compare with it....not even a contest!. The Show Stopper was 1/3 the color intensity and acid and out of balance. I did still like the long finish but my original rating is right on for this bottle

White

2003 Grgich Hills Chardonnay

Napa Valley more

8/21/2013 - Arch57 Likes this wine: 93 points

I bought this 6 years ago and as an experiment I decided to hold and age this in my natural cellar until it reached 10 years old. Well folks the experiment was a stunning success. I drink 97% red and the whites I do buy are usually consumed immediately so I wanted to try and age a Chard but did not want to invest in Grand Cru burgs so I aged a reputable Napa Chard.
Color was a noble brass, way different than any other white I ever had. On the nose was nutmeg and mango. On the palate it was velvet butterscotch with aged dried apricot. I had the pleasure to share this with my Wife's best friend who drinks 100% white wines, usually high-end Cali Chards and it was an eye-opener for her as well. Will have to stash some more Napa Chards and invest in some White Burgs for the cellar.

  • Comment posted by wtianseter:

    1/25/2014 1:29:00 PM - ARCH57 -- Just to compare see my recent tasting of this wine....I have another bottle which I hope is more like your recent tasting. I have recently intentional tasted several "Too old" Chards and have not found the success I was hoping for. I am looking forward to one which has been properly aged to reap those benefits you recently found

White

2004 Far Niente Chardonnay

Napa Valley more

9/4/2013 - La Cave d'Argent Likes this wine: 95 points

For those lucky enough to be holding a well-cellared bottle of this wine, I can only say...enjoy! Medium-to-deep golden and very complex, it struts aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, citrus peel, butterscotch, apple pie and baking spice. Full-bodied, almost unctuous, it is a lush, mouthfilling combination of creamy structure and vibrant acidity (which hides its 14.0% alcohol well). Solid in the middle, it concludes with a long, crisp finish. Few will ever experience a Napa Valley Chardonnay with this type of age-worthiness. In years past (and now), Hanzell and Stony Hill could rival this bottling...but even those fine producers would be pressed to outdo it. Drink now-2018.

  • Comment posted by wtianseter:

    11/24/2013 9:12:00 PM - Did you aerate your wine in this tasting? My bottles, while nice have not shown this well (See my last tasting note, in particular). I got the wine at a fantastic price because they had been stored several years upright in the liquor store so it may be a bit stressed, but this last bottle had strong signs the wine might benefit from aeration.

Red

2011 Angeline Winery Pinot Noir Reserve

California more

4/21/2013 - RBOND wrote: 88 points

Very good wine. Nice hot tub wine

  • Comment posted by wtianseter:

    10/4/2013 9:22:00 PM - This is a PN not a cab franc but I agree can be a good hot tub wine

Red

2005 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

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2/7/2013 - wtianseter Likes this wine: 88 points

The wine is a nice blue-plum red. Nose is a very fruity with some chocolate notes. The wine has a really nice dry texture with lots of muddled berry fruits and a bitter cassis mid-palate and a smooth oaky flavor. The finish is primarily oak and tannin. To be sure this is a nice wine but not as good as I expected; there is not enough layering nor does it strike me as very complex. My perspective is if a wine hits $50 retail, it should unquestionably break the 90 point barrier; this was not a 90 pointer in my opinion.
My wife and I had this by itself, and with rare beef tenderloin, sweet potato, and an avocado/pomegranate seed “salad”. It did ok with all these items especially the beef but the pomegranate seeds washed out much of the fruitiness of the wine.

  • Comment posted by wtianseter:

    2/8/2013 2:10:00 PM - After writing this I looked at my 05/2012 review of the 2006. It looks like the 05 and 06 struck me almost identically...It looks like I am consistent if nothing else!

Red

2008 Becker Vineyards Claret les trois dames

Texas Hill Country Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/1/2011 - ericindc wrote: 65 points

ok, nose a bit closed, but some mild fruit. Taste, very litte, could have been the bottle, but it had very little fruit, harsh tannins, and a strong window cleaner note throughout. We dumped it after half a glass.

  • Comment posted by wtianseter:

    2/3/2013 10:15:00 PM - Eric: I read your review looking back at other vintages after I tasted the 2010. I would encourage you to never throw a bottle out like you say you did on this wine unless you are sure it is bad (i.e. Corked, Turned to vinegar) I think what you call strong window cleaner taste may be what I call a metallic taste. That metallic taste, I find, tends to be one that really masks the flavors that can be hidden in the wine. Two days sitting on the counter and the distracting taste was gone. I've recently run into a large number of wines that have improved significantly with simple sitting in a re-corked bottle over several days.
    I started doing this after reading "Love by the Glass" by Gaiter and Brecher and I think it has helped me educate my palate and figure out if some wines may need time to develop.
    Happy tasting!
    Life is too short to drink bad wine but don’t be afraid to taste a “bad” wine over time—It may be we just opened a great wine too early…You can always throw it out later!

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