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2011 Alzinger Riesling Smaragd Steinertal

Wachau more

4/25/2016 - Rieslingfan wrote: NR

Total mistake to open this, as it was shut down tight. Not much showing except acidity and minerality. Very little in the way of fruit. Too early for developed character, so it was largely an empty shell. Stay away from this. Stay far away.

  • Comment posted by sawira:

    4/25/2016 5:36:00 PM - Sitting on this, so thank you!


2002 La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Clos des 60 Ouvrées

Pinot Noir more

4/17/2016 - johnh1001 wrote: 90 points

sweet ripe red fruit. Upfront nose, but this is a bit thin on the palate and a bit short on the finish. Very pleasant but I won't be holding

  • Comment posted by sawira:

    4/17/2016 5:39:00 PM - A bit what on the palate? I'm holding, so filling in that word will be helpful. Thanks!

  • Comment posted by sawira:

    4/18/2016 6:59:00 AM - Thanks, John. Cheers!


2002 Carlisle Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley


1/16/2013 - sawira wrote: NR

The last of nine bottles, I've chased this since release every time it shows up on wb.c or elsewhere. A great wine comes to the end of its run. This remains, after many years on Mike's list, my single favorite zin he's ever produced. (Some have been close.) This bottle is just beginning to fade, and lose its Pet oriented structure. Still outstanding however, with huge, fat, almost cab-like notes of red and black fruit with deliciously granular tannins fading to the background. Mike, if you're reading this, go for the high Pet formula at Dry Creek again when the vintage permits. This wine is a revelation, thank you for the great run. Drink up, and enjoy!

  • Comment posted by sawira:

    4/2/2016 7:11:00 PM - Thanks for taking the time to comment! Maybe with enough nudges Mike will go for more PS again'

White - Off-dry

2001 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Auction

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

3/22/2016 - salil wrote: 97 points

A few good men, many great wines (My place, CT): AP #14. This is on another level compared to any of the other regular Fritz Haag wines I've had. It's basically a ripe, botrytis-free Auslese, packed with an array of orchard fruits, vivid slate and stony mineral flavours beneath, and all sorts of other sweeter floral, creamy, and vanilla accents that keep emerging with more air. There's amazing acidity beneath that keeps it feeling incredibly light and racy, and an absurdly long finish. Still incredibly youthful - but this is already amazing.

  • Comment posted by sawira:

    3/23/2016 5:57:00 PM - Thank you! Have 3 bottles and am waiting, so your note helps! I so respect your palate, notes and especially choices in wine. :)


2008 Amalie Robert Pinot Noir Vintage Debut

Willamette Valley more

1/26/2015 - sawira wrote: NR

Bottle #9 of 12. Tried over three nights. This bottle subdued, seems on the downhill slide. More sassafras and older fruit flavors, with a thin mid-palate and very short dilute finish. Did I wait too long? Next bottle soon to verify. Off bottle?

Last sips on the fourth night - this is finally showing something that bodes well - bits of metallic, bitter bite and deeper focused/delineated fruit that lend some structure and ooomph to this otherwise surprisingly out of character and soft bottle. Still not sure if this is going up or down, and I tried to ascertain as best I could from that last half glass. If I had to bet, I'd say this still has a bit in the tank, and this is in a short term, weird, off or hibernating place, but I wouldn't wait too long - fruit does seem to be rapidly thinning. Still scratching my head though, this really fell off the cliff fast.

  • Comment posted by sawira:

    1/27/2015 7:52:00 PM - Thanks for the note, I like your take on Oregon Pinots.

    Any change on the 08 Amalie this evening? I updated my note, and am interested in your take on this wine. Seemed to fade quickly....


1995 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Goldridge

Russian River Valley more

5/8/2012 - sawira wrote: 93 points

Vibrant, deep burgundy red, shading to mahogany at rim. Slightly candied black cherrries initially on the nose. Delicious, perfectly mature CA PN. Understated balancing acidity, some earth, excellent mid-palate, outstanding length. Minimal, but noticeable, sassafras/element. Outstanding mature New World pinot. This isn't going anywhere anytime soon, but not improving either. At at a perfect peak now. Drink up, unless you're a tertiary fiend like me :-)

  • Comment posted by sawira:

    10/28/2014 7:48:00 AM - Thanks. And I just scored three more bottles! Hope they've been well stored. I appreciate the update, and looking forward to tracking these as they (hopefully) gracefully decline.

  • Comment posted by sawira:

    10/28/2014 8:02:00 AM - Good ole Mostly successful in the past with storage, that's where I got my original bottles too. Maybe someone doesn't like older pinots. :)


2003 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste

Nebbiolo more

10/9/2014 - sawira wrote: 93 points

Starting to just barely brick in color. Beautiful subdued, building nose with tarry florals and sensuous sweet cherries. Just starting its movement to leather and pleasant varnishy nuances. Soft and easily approachable at first, this shows it's Nebbiolo heritage over time in glass by revealing more backbone, depth and still present though hidden tannins. Great fruit, acidity and especially balance. Delicious now and will easily hold.

  • Comment posted by sawira:

    10/10/2014 10:16:00 PM - I'd say it's just starting its window, and not sure it will improve much. And I like all my wines, and especially Baroli, aged. Not that it's behaving like the 90 Paruso Bussia recently ;) but given the softness of the vintage, it's just delicious now and showing plenty of secondary nuances. The tannins at the end emerged more from beginning imbalances and just plain lack of verve, than from youthfulness, and weren't that firm or dry, just there, increasingly, and maybe even pleasantly.
    Thanks for the message, hope this helps, and definitely let me know what your impressions are next bottle of this you open. Cheers!


1996 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

7/3/2014 - sawira wrote: 94 points

Brilliant gold color. Nose of baked red apples (Schaefer trademark for me), laden with brown baking spices, yellow fruits, talc, lime, brown sugar, lanolin, all the usual tertiary suspects. Teeth searing acidity roars to the fore on the palate and lasts through the lengthy, extremely persistent and very dry finish, with the beautiful ripe yellow fruit more as an accompaniment. For my palate this is a balanced wine, as I love the acidity of the 96 vintage, especially with a substantial mid-palate like this. Grows in the glass, though so tasty this bottle didn't last long. If you own this, you have a gem, and it will last for a decade plus, though no reason to defer, this is very slowly subsiding. For me, Kabinett doesn't get much better, and this is at a perfect peak. Awesome.

  • Comment posted by sawira:

    7/6/2014 2:44:00 PM - :) Just had a 90 Schaefer GD Auslese last night. Yum.....!

  • Comment posted by sawira:

    7/8/2014 6:37:00 AM - Just too busy to post yet, but I will. It was spectacular! Thanks for the touch-in, and cheers to your excellent notes, Seth.

  • Comment posted by sawira:

    7/16/2014 1:53:00 PM - Yes, Seth, let me know if you get out this way, would love to share some gems with you :)

Red - Fortified

1998 Noon Grenache Vintage Port

McLaren Vale more

5/23/2014 - sawira wrote: 84 points

Hmmm. Interesting. I've saved this bottle for years, thinking it would be a treat. Maybe too young, but I doubt it. The fruit is fading, and this is such a cough syrupy, alcoholic, hot finish, mess. Just not my thing. I'd say this is falling apart and was better in 09, when last tasted.
Two nights later - this has potential to be something in a decade. Let the last bottle rest. Caramel notes coming through that make it somewhat appealing. One sixth of this bottle is sediment at this point, not exaggerating.

  • Comment posted by sawira:

    5/26/2014 7:38:00 AM - Thanks, Seth. Hope you're having a tasty Memorial Day.

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