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2006 Tensley Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard

Santa Barbara County more

3/9/2015 - pmarlo Likes this wine: 94 points

3/9/15-Didn't make my last one out to 5 years more like I said, but no regrets. Cork fell completely apart and if it wasn't for the fine screen of the venture, I'd be pooping cork. But nothing wrong with this wine. Confused a fellow taster and I as we thought there was grapefruit flavors. But after a bit decided this was indeed pepper. Fruit was nice and on the softer side but not at all faded. Really nice syrah, one i think should be on the short list of best in Cali. Age has made the balance almost perfect. Fruit and alcohol and tannins all seemed about as good as one could hope for. Has that nice syrah bitterness on the back and side of tongue. and on the third day it rose again. Fruit hasn't faded nor have any off flavors showed up. This is the kind of wine that makes one ask why am I not buying more of this producer? Recommended and even though CT says past it's prime a year ago, this one was decent and may be able to make it another 2-5 years. But I think it is ready and well developed now.

  • Comment posted by pmarlo:

    3/10/2015 6:46:00 PM - I am glad to hear that my review gave you some insight on how your wines are doing at this point in their evolution. I've noticed that the sediment has settled nicely out to the glass of the bottle which tells me there was some evolution of this wine occurring. Treat yourself to one now.

Red

2004 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

6/13/2014 - pmarlo wrote: 94 points

6/13/14. Cork broke in half, darn gimp cork, but pulled the rest out and no integrity lost. Very aromatic; was at the other end of the counter looking for glasses and I smelled it. Very fruit. cork stained deeply and close to black. taste: very bright, almost like a Granache, but then thicker flavors arose. Reacted with sides and front of tongue. The few other brunello's i've had did not taste like this to Ct users comments about being modern style might be accurate. But a real good wine. This is like the ultimate food wine. I usually use that term to be generous and fair to a average wine, but it's apparent this would pair extremely well with many types of food. Now tasting tannins; thought they were non-existant at first but what I mistook for brightness is drying on the surface of the tongue. Nice acidity too. It's been opened now for a half hour and perhaps this is why I can now detect tannins. Legs running in waves and the first wave very fast and almost all tears reached the surface of the wine at the same time. Consecutive waves running much slower. Flavors are concentrated on tongue and cheeks. Will be intrigued how this will further mature as at ten years now and doesn't feel like it's settle down or smoothed out yet. Feel like there is a lot here to come together. Enjoying this and awaiting each new sip. Only concern is...will the fruit I initially tasted but has receded go the distance? Recommended and a good five years before I may sample the next.
2nd to 3rd night: has greatly improved, the bright acidity and the tannins have clicked further into balance and the fruit has come forth in a big way. one of the nicer wines I've had in a while. Recommended and should have an interesting development ahead. 10 years more easy.

  • Comment posted by pmarlo:

    6/19/2014 8:11:00 PM - 6/13/14. Cork broke in half, darn gimp cork, but pulled the rest out and no integrity lost. Very aromatic; was at the other end of the counter looking for glasses and I smelled it. Very fruit. cork stained deeply and close to black. taste: very bright, almost like a Granache, but then thicker flavors arose. Reacted with sides and front of tongue. The few other brunello's i've had did not taste like this to Ct users comments about being modern style might be accurate. But a real good wine. This is like the ultimate food wine. I usually use that term to be generous and fair to a average wine, but it's apparent this would pair extremely well with many types of food. Now tasting tannins; thought they were non-existant at first but what I mistook for brightness is drying on the surface of the tongue. Nice acidity too. It's been opened now for a half hour and perhaps this is why I can now detect tannins. Legs running in waves and the first wave very fast and almost all tears reached the surface of the wine at the same time. Consecutive waves running much slower. Flavors are concentrated on tongue and cheeks. Will be intrigued how this will further mature as at ten years now and doesn't feel like it's settle down or smoothed out yet. Feel like there is a lot here to come together. Enjoying this and awaiting each new sip. Only concern is...will the fruit I initially tasted but has receded go the distance? Recommended and a good five years before I may sample the next.
    2nd to 3rd night: has greatly improved, the bright acidity and the tannins have clicked further into balance and the fruit has come forth in a big way. one of the nicer wines I've had in a while. Recommended and should have an interesting development ahead. 10 years more easy.

  • Comment posted by pmarlo:

    6/20/2014 7:35:00 PM - thanks to jdunlap and arch57 for their comments. This is first Oooch I've ever had and was greatly impressed with it.

Red

2003 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Don Melchor

Puente Alto more

3/24/2014 - LIBERO wrote: 94 points

Last bottle drunk was March 2013. By now, one year later and eleven years old, this Don Melchior continues to be a great wine. Like most Chileans wine has almost no dicernable aromas. My wife and I just smmarize as crushed red berries. At taste is a different story. Full body, round , smooth and balanced as the best Merlot from Bordeua. Yes it is close to Merlot than to Cab. Tannins subdue and complex taste justify, for me, an amateur a 94 rate.

  • Comment posted by pmarlo:

    3/27/2014 6:43:00 PM - I liked your comment about the bouquet almost not there for Chilean wines; found the same. Drinks more like a bordeaux blend than full throttle cab, and these are some of the most slow to open up wines I encountered. Nice comments.

Red

2010 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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12/3/2013 - prasm Likes this wine: 92 points

Consumed over 3 days, note from day 3. Nose: High expressiveness, big brown sugar and black cherry components, undertones of cola and ice tea. Palate: Medium bodied, sweet ice tea, cherry, black berry and spice attack, enough acidic presence mid-palate to balance out the sweet fruit attack, mid-palate shows a distinct increase in the volume of spicy fruit and cola which build in intensity right thru the back-end and dominate a high-toned finish that lingers for for 60+ seconds.

I can see how some would consider this over the top. Since I've been able to spread this experience over 3 days (single glass per day) it hasn't gone over the top for me, however a second glass in a single setting might put me there also. By the way, it held up very nicely over 3 days - perhaps showing the most power on day 3.

  • Comment posted by pmarlo:

    12/4/2013 5:47:00 PM - I've always thought that this wine performs better after a day or two after opening. Reviewers who give it so so ratings seem to have had it in one sitting. I think this is one of the more structured pinots out there, and that it just needs more time in the glass to strut its stuff.

Red

2005 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Don Melchor

Puente Alto more

7/31/2013 - pmarlo wrote: 90 points

I did not like this wine as much as back in 2012. I felt it had taken a step back in flavor. the fruit seemed to have dropped off, and that would not have been so bad if other more complex flavors came forward, but that was not the case. Made me wonder if this Chilean wine will go some distance. I reserve a more final judgement for later down the road, but please note this was had at it's 8th birthday. At this point, I notice CT users have consumed about 1/4 of the total bottles in stock.
PSS: Revised above comment, as for some reason i had the 2003 in mind when I mentioned age. Thanks to Zorba for pointing that out.

  • Comment posted by pmarlo:

    8/2/2013 9:14:00 PM - Perhaps it is in a dumb phase; I can't tell for sure. It felt pretty not there and I kept hoping it would be. I've had 2003 also and tried the 2005 a year or so ago, and tasted what I call the Chile profile, which to me seems to be forest and organic decomposition flavors. Think it's their soil.

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