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2009 Luce La Vite Lucente Toscana IGT

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11/4/2012 - Genghis88 wrote: 87 points

Some petulance on the pour
Dark, black, full bodied
Ripping tannins, medium metallic finish
Dry, a little thin, medium- finish

Food pairing wine for sure. Not really a good representation of the better wine they produce

  • Comment posted by RATER:

    11/30/2012 7:17:00 AM - I hear you, but isn't this their entry level one?

  • Comment posted by RATER:

    12/19/2012 1:19:00 PM - I knew, but the reason I asked was because I don't understand if this is very distinct from their highest line, if how so? Thank you!

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2006 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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12/9/2012 - dkhale4 Likes this wine: 94 points

Just a wonderful bottle of wine to enjoy all night long. Took to dinner in Bellevue, WA, sipped on it through a pork stew appetizer, New York strip entree, and molten chocolate dessert. Black fruit dominated early on, and they softened through the night and the fat from the steak complimented the wine to achieve a very long and creamy finish. It probably gets better than this, but not at this price point. Great wine, great night.

  • Comment posted by RATER:

    12/13/2012 10:59:00 AM - I enjoyed your note.....I have a bottle! This has been my best ever wine experience so far....

Red

2005 Achával-Ferrer Quimera

Lujan de Cuyo Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/20/2012 - vinomex wrote: 90 points

Decanted for 30 mins. Pleasant not memorable. Aged has helped this wine smooth out its tannins, beautiful mineral and earthy core. I would not wait much longer as the fruit seems to faded a little.

  • Comment posted by RATER:

    12/4/2012 9:12:00 AM - Good to read from you. Since we have a bottle of this, then wonder what is your take in terms of tasting it before it dies? Thanks....

  • Comment posted by RATER:

    12/7/2012 12:10:00 PM - Thank you, I would make this my Xmas bottle then; how about that?

Red

2009 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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11/29/2012 - La Cave d'Argent Likes this wine: 88 points

This deep-to-opaque ruby wine was splash-decanted and enjoyed over then ensuing two hours. The nose shows moderately intense aromas of tree bark, black currants and minerals. Full-bodied and round on the palate, with medium sweet tannins and well-integrated alcohol (despite being listed as 14.5%). The flavors mirror the nose and the middle is solid. The finish is medium-length, albeit a bit dry on the back end. This winery is delivering the goods...excellent price point here! Drink now-12/22.

  • Comment posted by RATER:

    11/30/2012 8:14:00 AM - I am glad to read your note on this, since I have 3/4 of a case at home, and wonder if you have tried prior vintages on this and how does this compare?

  • Comment posted by RATER:

    12/3/2012 8:26:00 AM - I am happy to share, we tasted this yesterday in celebration of my 3 year princess who was born in 2009...what an exquisite wine this is, right now. And we wonder how long can we cellar it, I want to say 2-3 years, any guess?

  • Comment posted by RATER:

    12/7/2012 12:09:00 PM - Thanks D, ....will do either way!

Red

2007 Ruffino Modus Toscana IGT

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11/18/2012 - hudamang wrote: NR

Much better than when I had it in 2011. The metallic taste has gone away. Still not a lot on the nose but a pretty good value. I still think this is more of a B+/A- vs a 96 pt wine. Suckling scores minus 6 or 7 points = normal.

  • Comment posted by RATER:

    12/4/2012 12:57:00 PM - I agree with you, but I still continue to see people rating this very, very high; wonder what did we miss?

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2009 Achával-Ferrer Quimera

Lujan de Cuyo Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/12/2012 - Garbots wrote: 94 points

Elegant finish, nice dark fruit forward

  • Comment posted by RATER:

    12/4/2012 9:20:00 AM - WOW, you rate this quite high! It really got my attention since I have a case and wonder what qualities you found on this that made you rate it that high.

Red

2004 Achával-Ferrer Quimera

Lujan de Cuyo Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/22/2012 - Leigh Johnson wrote: 89 points

Opaque, inky purple. Pronounced ose of black fruits, a floral violet note amd a whif of oak. On the palate, sweet, black fruits, a touch of pepper, blkack olive. Soft integrated tannins and noderate acidity. O long finish. A lovely wine very much in its drinking wndow. Deceanted an hour in advance and this wine needs this to fully open out and becuase it has quite a sediment.

  • Comment posted by RATER:

    12/4/2012 9:11:00 AM - This vintage really got me interested in this producer. My wife and I tasted back in 2007 for our 3rd anniversary at Delmonico, Las Vegas, and what a fascinating and memorable wine experience that was. From then on, we've buying and enjoying year after year....we have a case of 2009 not yet tasted though.

Red

2009 Luce La Vite Lucente Toscana IGT

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10/14/2012 - adehoop wrote: 92 points

solid super tuscan! I've had this wine twice and its been a hit both times. Nice dark cherry, mocha, and spice on the nose. Firm tannin structure, big mouth feel but nice balance but does have more fruit and cocoa then earthiness.

  • Comment posted by RATER:

    11/30/2012 7:28:00 AM - I wonder if you note reflects two different vintages of this or just two instances of the same? Thank you!

  • Comment posted by RATER:

    12/3/2012 8:23:00 AM - Good to know, thanks!

Red

2007 Franciscan Estate Merlot

Napa Valley more

10/11/2012 - RATER wrote: NR

Incredibly very good wine now, with great potential!
I came across this one last month, in particular the 2007 vintage, and got ¾ of a case. This was our four bottle so far my wife and I enjoy. Not to replicate my previous note on this, but I could only add that we are very pleased with it: neat appearance, enticing nose, bold enough structure, harmonious balance, and an elegant taste and after taste; at an unquestionable price. Definitely recommended! We only regret not have gotten more on this…five more bottles to go, though.

  • Comment posted by RATER:

    11/30/2012 8:34:00 AM - And our fifth and sixth bottles were any different, loved it to the last drop (3 more to go, just regret not having more)!

Red

2007 Franciscan Estate Merlot

Napa Valley more

2/20/2012 - RussK wrote: 91 points

RussK. 1 hr decant. Nice nose. Pleasant dusty chalk finish. Buy more.

  • Comment posted by RATER:

    11/30/2012 8:27:00 AM - Simple, right on the mark note, and I did exactly that: I bought 3/4 of a case, which we have enjoyed to the last drop....3 more bottle to go and we love the consistency on this wine. A very good and well made wine, Thanks....

Red

2009 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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7/27/2012 - Jobu wrote: 86 points

Red fruit, red bell pepper, marjoram. Not bad, but not really my cup of tea.

  • Comment posted by RATER:

    11/30/2012 8:22:00 AM - I have to agree with you, this tasted a great deal vegetable like....

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2009 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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8/28/2012 - bmartz1 wrote: 84 points

Good weekday Cab.

  • Comment posted by RATER:

    11/30/2012 8:19:00 AM - at $20+, I don't think so.....

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2009 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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11/2/2012 - swayzeeee wrote: 83 points

Dominated by a strange minerality that runs through the palette. Not an attractive characteristic for this wine, rather a flaw I would think.

  • Comment posted by RATER:

    11/30/2012 8:17:00 AM - I agreed with your on the minerality here, I also noticed some vegetable taste, despite I like this wine.....I thought it was mainly my palate, Thanks.

Red

2009 Luce La Vite Lucente Toscana IGT

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11/3/2012 - iWineReport wrote: 91 points

The 2009 Lucente offers up a hefty dosage of fresh blackberries, black cherry, leather, sandalwood, licorice, mocha and even some spicy molasses notes. This is full-bodied with rich layers leading up to the beautiful long chewy finish. Composed of 75% Merlot an d 25% Sangiovese, this is the best Lucente I have had to date. (Best 2013-2022)

  • Comment posted by RATER:

    11/30/2012 7:19:00 AM - Then, what other did you taste so far? For instance, I have tasted this particular one since the 2005 vintage; but never the other lines.....

  • Comment posted by RATER:

    11/30/2012 7:35:00 AM - Good to know; also isn't this their entry level one? Do you happen to know?

  • Comment posted by RATER:

    11/30/2012 7:45:00 AM - I knew, just wanted to confirm because someone notes states this does not compare to the other from the same line....

Red

2009 Concha y Toro Merlot Marqués de Casa Concha

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8/26/2012 - SmoothPalate wrote: 86 points

Very dark crimson colour. Nose is dominated by coffee and vanilla tones; there is dark, plummy fruit underneath, not yet fully emerging to the surface. Palate is almost full bodied and is well balanced; it also has that New World type of sweetness that I am not a big fan of. Good length. Well made wine, tastes good, but it is just so predictable and lacks originality. Almost like drinking perfume.

  • Comment posted by RATER:

    11/29/2012 9:14:00 AM - Your note seems to suggest there are a great deal of good qualities on this wine. However, you ended out saying you did not like it...but if you agree it was well made, how come it lacks originality? Thank you!

  • Comment posted by RATER:

    11/30/2012 6:10:00 AM - Thanks also for your response....It might have to do with your own liking too. For instance, I preferably enjoy and like well-made Napa Cab kind of wines, but after they have mellowed or aged a bit. On the other hand, my wife like them too but young. RATER

  • Comment posted by RATER:

    11/30/2012 7:12:00 AM - Interesting, most of my wine experience is with NW, Tough, my OW experiences so far are Spanish and Italian wines, which in my opinion tend to need more time to open....Again I prefer wines that are at their peak, which is very tricky to guess and find, don't you think? Thank you, RATER

Red

2005 Bodegas Ondarre Rioja Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

11/30/2012 - RATER Likes this wine: NR

Very good wine one third of the time, despite the 3-1 bottle variation (per case)!
After tasting and enjoying this wine at EL PORRON, NYC, back in April this year, we went ahead to get a case. However, there is clearly a bottle variation here…good thing it is not an expensive wine, but the ratio seems to be at 3-1, which in the end costs us a great deal to finally enjoy a good bottle within our case. I have to say, even the other ones are not bad, but the ones that taste better are so far distant in terms of quality. For Instance, 1/3 of a case (in our case) can be qualified as very good, while the other 2/3 are just above average; but not bad though.

  • Comment posted by RATER:

    11/30/2012 7:01:00 AM - Degustamos este espectacular vino de un color rojo intenso, con una textura espesa pero docil al paladar. Que decir de los encantadores aromas que despedia a lo largo de una hora, perfumados de especias, frutas rojas, y minerales. Tenia un gusto encantador y progresivo, con un balance incomparable.

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