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Red

2010 Ca‘ Rozzeria Barbaresco

Nebbiolo more

5/9/2015 - drrobvino wrote: 91 points

PnP this Garagiste mystery Barbaresco.
Nose is shy, tart red cherry, new tupperware, orange rind, and violets.
Palate shows med bodied wine, lively acidity, firm and chewy tannins. Broad and deep flavors that fill in the mid palate beautifully, including sour red cherry up front, with faint, rich black cherry syrup flavors in the background, making it quite interesting. Tobacco, leather, faint anise, quite complex.
Will drink well now with a few hours in the decanter. Should drink well through 2022+. Delicious.

  • Comment posted by Sheila62:

    5/20/2015 3:12:00 PM - I have not received my bottles yet. any idea who the producer is?

Red

2010 Ca‘ Rozzeria Barolo Tre Comuni

Nebbiolo more

5/16/2015 - dbp wrote: 91 points

It is true that with the clues on the label a resourceful person can fairly easily, with near certainty, determine what this wine is. Multiple clues indeed lead to only one such wine. I had a fun hour researching and following leads to determine what the wine is, so I won't ruin the fun for everyone else who's interested in the exploration. :-) Indeed, current Wine-Searcher Pro shows said wine available for $65-80 in the US (30€ in Germany). On first blush, I am pleased with the "value" proposition (as I figured I would be). The winery in question does fairly short fermentations and uses all new oak barrique (as of 2008 vintage) for this wine, though, which is something I avoid like the plague, especially in Barolo.

So... how does it taste? I picked these up one week ago to the day, so I usually like to let things settle a bit longer than that before diving in, but I just can't wait. And honestly, originally on a pop and pour I wrote a fairly long, fairly disparaging note about this wine... instead of leaving it and posting my note "with time," let me just say do not pop and pour this wine. It tastes every bit its modern self and to me wasn't showing typicity, any sense of place, and tasted like an over oaked Pinot Noir. I was confused. It drank this way for hours, but after about 5 hours it started becoming much more typical. Roughly 20 hours with the bottle open to air, it began showing itself more enjoyable. So, decant this wine for a long time if you're going to drink it now.

Note at 20 hours open: The color is very much on the lighter side, nearly translucent. Some pleasing graphite note pokes through cherry tones (with other red fruit) and cola, including a slight floral inflection. Initial palate attack is quite tight and lean, showing some tart red fruits (cherry cola again) and lean, fine grained tannins begin dominating coupled with light bits of graphite. It's fleshy on the palate, light to medium in weight, showing silky texture for a young Barolo, and with additional time, offering more pleasing fruit integrated with that lean, acidic profile. Finish is lean, showing plenty of vibrant acidity and tart, slightly under-ripe berries. The lingering notes are quite nice and the wine stays on the palate for minutes, with very pleasing fine grained tannins hanging around. I will be very curious to see how these evolve, but this is probably a wine to drink over the short term (for Barolo), say 15 years or so. The modern profile has me worried, but this did come around quite a bit after time open. With proper decant time, it is approachable and enjoyable at this phase.

  • Comment posted by Sheila62:

    5/18/2015 2:04:00 PM - Please help me out here? who is the producer?

White - Sparkling

NV Diebolt-Vallois Champagne Cuvée Prestige Blanc de Blancs

Chardonnay more

5/5/2015 - Sheila62 Likes this wine: NR

LP11-base wines 2010, 2009, and 2008. Very young bottle of prestige..still tight and youthful. This has improved in my fridge for three days. This cuvee is best after 2-3 years in a cool cellar. Brioche, rep tart apple, with a hint of cream, citrus, and minerality, and good acidity. Good champagne

  • Comment posted by Sheila62:

    5/6/2015 5:24:00 AM - Thanks. I like your champagne notes as well

Red

2005 Éric Texier Côtes du Rhône-Brézème Vieille Serine Domaine de Pergaud

Syrah more

4/11/2015 - twy1997 Likes this wine: 91 points

Had forgotten about this wine,but really dining in its prime now. Acid balanced, tannins mellow. Much more in harmony than 6 years ago.

  • Comment posted by Sheila62:

    4/11/2015 6:45:00 PM - I have this wine in magnum. What would you guesss is the drinking window?. I have a good cool cellar.

Red

2010 Azienda Agricola Elvio Cogno Barolo Ravera

Nebbiolo more

11/11/2014 - Sheila62 Likes this wine: NR

Impressive...This is a really great 2010 barolo. I tasted this wine at the Elvio Cogno winery with Walter Fissore on 10/29/2014. Excellent Barolo with great elegance and finesse. Wonderful depth of fruit with perfect acidity. Drank out of Zalto Burgundy glasses. I only wish I had bought more at pre-arrival pricing.

  • Comment posted by Sheila62:

    4/11/2015 4:16:00 PM - What do you mean by pre pricing. I did not buy any at cellar door. I bought my own prior to the trip at pre arrival pricing of 49.

  • Comment posted by Sheila62:

    4/11/2015 5:06:00 PM - The 2011 Vigna Elena is amazing. Try to get your hands on that
    cuvee in that vintage as well.

Red

2012 Yvon Métras Moulin-à-Vent

Gamay more

3/20/2015 - Sheila62 wrote: NR

Some light structure here considering it is from a disappointing vintage. The wine is pure and fresh as one expects from Metras, but this is a wine that will always be stuck in 1st gear I believe.

  • Comment posted by Sheila62:

    3/20/2015 1:00:00 PM - it is light bodied with a slight frame. I don't believe the wine will offer much more in terms of complexity. It is very simple IMO and will remain that way. I am familiar with Metras' wines, and am most disappointed by this vintage!

  • Comment posted by Sheila62:

    3/21/2015 9:36:00 AM - Thanks for the insightful reference. I read that blog but did not retain that information.

    At the end of the day, 2012 is a weaker vintage.

White

2010 Domaine Abbatucci Ajaccio Faustine Blanc

Vermentinu, Vermentino more

3/1/2015 - french16 wrote: NR

Way better on day 2. Still a great wine, white flowers, hint of licorice and lemon. Oily texture but full of energy.
Textbook vermentino.

  • Comment posted by Sheila62:

    3/3/2015 1:29:00 PM - How does this compare to Leccia's

  • Comment posted by Sheila62:

    3/4/2015 7:55:00 AM - I am talking about the Patrimonio blanc which is 100 percent vermentinu.

Red

2011 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale

Pinot Noir more

2/7/2015 - Sheila62 Likes this wine: NR

Red and black fruited with a bit of spice and herbs. The acidity is high but is balanced by its minerality. The 2007 vintage drinks great now. I would cellar these a little longer. I still enjoyed the wine.

  • Comment posted by Sheila62:

    2/8/2015 7:07:00 AM - Thanks my comments were for the rouge not the blanc

Red

2010 Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo Villero

Nebbiolo more

1/18/2015 - Sheila62 Likes this wine: NR

Good traditional barolo. Visited the cantina in november and tasted this and the Bussia. This barolo will be great but right now a bit akward and young..but it is going to be another great 2010 barolo.

  • Comment posted by Sheila62:

    1/18/2015 5:20:00 PM - The Bussia is amazing. Great producer and good guy.

Red

2010 Domaine des Croix Beaune 1er Cru Pertuisots

Pinot Noir more

10/25/2014 - Xavier Auerbach wrote: 93 points

Wijnkoperij Okhuysen Annual Tasting (Haarlem, NL): Has all the purity, energy and drive of 2010, great style and longevity, depth and balance. A real star.

  • Comment posted by Sheila62:

    1/14/2015 7:05:00 PM - I bought a case of this wine. How long do you think this will last in a good cellar?

Red

2010 Antonio Vallana e Figlio Spanna Cuvee Bernardo Vallana

Piemonte DOC Nebbiolo more

2/20/2014 - bags wrote: NR

definitely the real deal. Out of the bottle, first glass needed around 8 hrs of air to drink. Coravined this and left it intentionally upright without a seal, to age quickly, and 3 days later...wow.

  • Comment posted by Sheila62:

    2/20/2014 7:08:00 PM - I bought a case plus of this. Nice to hear that it is the real deal. Any idea how long these can age?

  • Comment posted by Sheila62:

    2/21/2014 8:03:00 AM - I thought you would enjoy this email that I received from Marina Fogerty of Vallana:

    first of all, thank you so much for purchasing our wine and I really hope you will enjoy it with as much pleasure and passion as we put in producing it! As the word cuvee suggests, our Bernardo Vallana is not so much focused of enhancing a single vineyard (obviously a cru) but it is focused on expressing the style of our winery and what we think is the best expression of the «Spanna» appellation in the region of Alto Piemonte. For this reason, the grapes are sourced in a selection of sites spread around the whole appellation and a selection is made in the cellar, in order to choose only the best expression of the wine. The use of pesticides is kept to a minimum in the vineyard (we have laws that impose the use of pesticides against a specific insect which is the vehicle of Flavescenza Dorata, the most disgraceful epidemic which can hit a vine. The law is imposed by the government) and the common practice for canopy management is to spray with Bordeaux mixture against fungal diseases which are quite an issue in the area due to humidity.

    I’m sure you’ve already read a lot about how Nebbiolo/Spanna interacts with our terroir, but I also have some new information which come from a geological research which has very recently been published. Alto Piemonte literally lies on a super volcano crater which is set in Prato Sesia, a small town on the border between Gattinara and Boca. The composition of the soil in this small part of the world is virtually unique: from a geological point of view, this is one of the most interesting areas of the world, as there is an endless variety of minerals in the soil, and geologists have started to come from all over the world to explore the area. There is just another area in the world which can be compared to Alto Piemonte under this respect: the Supervolcano of Yellowstone (Rocky Mountains, Wyoming).

    The pH of the soil in Alto Piemonte is acidic, and such a rich composition coming from the (super) volcanic origin of the soil adds a unique character to the grapes. From a flavor point of view, the pH and the cooler climate (the landscape is hilly) explain why the wine has such an important acidic backbone which allows it to age for decades; and we also notice that the wine develops more floral notes and a more delicate body in comparison with Nebbiolo from the Langhe area (alkaline soil, warmer climate, less steep hills, different origin of the soil).

    We are very excited to have discovered that the complexity of minerals in the soil of Alto Piemonte is unique in the world: in fact, as I have mentioned above, ours is not simply a Volcano but a SuperVolcano (a rare phenomenon, it means that the composition of the soil is extraordinarily complicated as far as the minerals are concerned - much more than an ordinary volcano - although from a geologist point of view it is a much more complex story)!

    I just thought that this news would be interesting and exciting for you, since I'm sure that there is nothing in the internet about it yet!!! (or at least, there might me scientific articles but definitely nothing about in in wine related websites!). Oh…I must not forget: the super volcano has been completely inactive for millions of years and it is 100% extinguished! So we can now enjoy the benefits and we must not worry like for Etna or Vesuvius :-)

    Maybe you are interested in knowing that we will release single vineyard wines as well in the future: I’m sure The Rare Wines will be among the first to have them available!

    I hope this background will add excitement to your tasting! Please get back to me if you have further questions…and let me know your opinion on the wine! Best regards, Marina

    she also said in a letter email to me:

    I would drink some in 3 years (2017), some in 5 and definitely some in 10. After 10 years I would decide wether to finish it or leave some…we definitely have wines that age for over 30 years (even 50) but even in wines from the same lot there can be variation after such a long time…I have kept a few hundred bottles of that lot for myself too…maybe this is a sign for you that I’m betting the wine is going to keep well!

  • Comment posted by Sheila62:

    9/7/2014 12:44:00 PM - Just curious if you visited vallana. I will be southern piedmont in the fall.

Red

2007 Azienda Agricola La Torre Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

3/14/2014 - yofog wrote: 93 points

This was actually drinking great from the moment I popped the cork, which is not to say that it was showing much fruit, more like leather, dusty soil, a hint of brett, but that's what I want in a Brunello, anyway. Very aromatic, full of warmth and breadth, though again not fruity at all. This is really really solid, everything's just where I want it. It has volume, too, perhaps partly a result of the 14% but that isn't felt on nose or palate. Very old-school and charming.

  • Comment posted by Sheila62:

    6/25/2014 7:25:00 PM - what is the drinking window on these. I know the vintage is ripe, but I also know this is a very good producer that is underrated, and I have tasted some wonderful older bottles.

Red

1976 Château du Prieuré (Gérard Dutraive) Brouilly

Gamay more

5/11/2014 - french16 wrote: NR

Stunning. Nose makes you believe the acidity is going to be out of balance but this wine is still full of live and totally balance. Earthy, celery salt, dark fruits and cherry. Elegant and vibrant. Wow.

  • Comment posted by Sheila62:

    5/19/2014 10:16:00 AM - where did you find the 1976 Brouilly?

Red

2003 Castell'in Villa Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

9/2/2013 - bags wrote: NR

seems at its best now, but will probably remain at this level for at least a couple more years.

  • Comment posted by Sheila62:

    3/5/2014 9:50:00 AM - how fresh were these. I am looking at buying some from 2009 on sale, and thinking the vintage too warm for my palate..just curious

Red

2010 Agricola San Felice Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

11/23/2013 - Sheila62 Likes this wine: NR

This is a great basic chianti classico that taste like sangiovese and not like European varietals. This is not the most complex wine, but it is quite good. Great acidity, great red fruit with structure, with a hint of herb and floral, earth, and tea leaves. This will age but great with food as chianti classico was intended. Don't overthink this wine, just ENJOY!!

  • Comment posted by Sheila62:

    1/31/2014 2:13:00 PM - I think this wine will hold in the cellar for years.

  • Comment posted by Sheila62:

    1/31/2014 2:14:00 PM - I think it will hold in a cool cellar for 3-5 years.

Red

2010 Antonio Vallana e Figlio Spanna Cuvee Bernardo Vallana

Piemonte DOC Nebbiolo more

1/6/2014 - jerwin1943 Likes this wine: NR

This was decanted for 3 hours after a 4 hour slo-ox and served with a béchamel, porcini, and tomato lasagna. The robe was a slightly dull medium red with a light rim and no browning. On first pour, there were faint floral, earth, and tarry notes. With the first taste, I was met with a wall of tart red fruit and tannin that took another hour of swirling in the glass to crack open. The richness of the sauces helped to mitigate the dominating structure but this wine would be totally unlovable by itself at this very early stage.
It is a more muscular expression of Alto Piemonte Nebbiolo than the wonderfully elegant 2004 Gattinara which is just starting to show itself. The Bernardo reminds me very much of all those extraordinary bottles of 1964 and 1967 Montalbano, Campi Raudi, and Traversagna that I drank regularly in the 1970s at a much too early stage. This wine seems very much in that tradition and will reward the patient collector with the foresight to lay down a few cases at these absurdly low prices. Trying to put a numerical score on this wine now is meaningless; it will be another 4-5 years before the potential even starts to emerge. In the interim, drink the 2010 Spanna Colline Novaresi and 2004 Gattinara that are available.
If you appreciate the pure traditional expression of Nebbiolo and are of a patient sort, do not pass this wine up.

  • Comment posted by Sheila62:

    1/8/2014 2:52:00 PM - i bought a case but your notes make me think I should have two cases in my cellar. The bottle price is ridiculous...anymore insight. I know these wines can age, but do you know anything about the younger generation and the vineyard management?

  • Comment posted by Sheila62:

    1/9/2014 7:08:00 AM - Thanks I am familiar with vallana and its history. However what I can't get find jnfo on is vineyard management, age of vines; etc. I am sure the grandchildren are committed to making spanna like their grandfather but what happened to the soil and vines since the 1970's? I will contact them directly and let you know.

Red

2009 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes

Pinot Noir more

12/2/2013 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 92 points

Really pretty Volnay, and a steal if you bought it through the Premier Cru sale. This has the best features of the 2009 vintage, with its plush, fleshy, open-knit presence without any hard edges. It has cashmere-soft tannins running through it, making the texture more soft than slick - this is already past its primary gloss, and the flavors are in a very perfumed, floral place moreso than any juicy fruit, although it does have a nice blue berry tinge. This is super easy to drink and perfectly put-together.

  • Comment posted by Sheila62:

    12/2/2013 1:38:00 PM - I did buy some via PC and was curious about the structure for aging

White - Sparkling

NV Jacquesson & Fils Champagne Cuvée No. 736

Champagne Blend more

11/23/2013 - drwine2001 wrote: NR

Through the Heart of France; 11/17/2013-11/25/2013 (Centre, Aubrac, Languedoc and Paris): Light weight, dry, crisp and classic, particularly in contrast with the younger cuvée (737) which is based on the riper 2009 vintage.

  • Comment posted by Sheila62:

    11/23/2013 6:58:00 AM - 736 is 2008 base vintage
    737 will be 2009 base vintage

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