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2009 Igino Accordini Ripasso della Valpolicella Classico Superiore

Corvina Blend, Corvina more

7/30/2015 - quaffnov Likes this wine: 88 points

Two hour decant, the nose is dark raspberry, bing cherry, light pomegranate. The palate is a little syrupy and sweet with raspberry, cherry and a little minerality mixed with flabby tannins and soft acidity with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Not the best valpolicella I have had recently.

  • Comment posted by wine-strategies:

    7/30/2015 8:27:00 PM - Sounds more like a 83 than 88. From this vantage point


2009 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo

Nebbiolo more

7/30/2015 - bags wrote: NR

a delicious wine; Burgundian as noted; but a bit of alcohol that may not integrate. It will improve, but fully drinkable now and not that much upside. I should revisit in 3-5 years.

  • Comment posted by wine-strategies:

    7/30/2015 7:27:00 PM - Helpful, thanks


2012 Elian Da Ros Abouriou Côtes du Marmandais


7/30/2015 - quaffnov Likes this wine: 89 points

Two hour decant, opaque purple in the glass. The nose is plum, blackberry and licorice, all of which carries into the palate. Very light on tannins and on the medium side in acidity with a slightly short finish, the stand out aspect of this is clearly the nose. Hard to find and worth a try, this bottle is the French version of the varietal, I need to track down an American version of this and see what the difference is, if any.

  • Comment posted by wine-strategies:

    7/30/2015 7:15:00 PM - Where did you find it?


2006 Azelia Barolo San Rocco

Nebbiolo more

7/29/2015 - Collector1855 wrote: 94 points

Medium-dark brownish garnet. Expressive nose of tar, tobacco, raspberry, cloves. Brooding and tannic on the palate but with good fruit and alcohol stuffing to make a nice balance. Softened after 1h of decanting. More structured and a bit sturdier than the 07 but also very good.

  • Comment posted by wine-strategies:

    7/29/2015 9:52:00 PM - Does this strike you as one that will get better over the next decade, or two?


2009 Moshin Vineyards Pinot Noir Halo's Hill

Russian River Valley more

7/28/2015 - rickv2wine Likes this wine: 91 points

Drinking beautifully at this point, it's still very fruit forward and is missing some of the musty and fungal characteristics that older Moshin pinot Noir often develop at age. This one is a sweet spot right now and should be drunk before the fruit degrades. Drink in 2015.

  • Comment posted by wine-strategies:

    7/28/2015 9:05:00 PM - You really have these dialed in, bravo!


2012 La Vieille Ferme (Perrin & Fils) Ventoux Rosé

Red Rhone Blend more

7/28/2015 - WNissen wrote: NR

I lost this bottle, but thanks to its Screwcap there is still plenty of fresh, fruity character to be had. Good+.


2004 Calabretta Etna Rosso

Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese more

7/27/2015 - wine-strategies wrote: flawed

Tappo. Shi+!

  • Comment posted by wine-strategies:

    7/28/2015 7:11:00 PM - I think that's a fair question. Because some that may not have purchased yet will consider it is part of the equation.


2011 Wind Gap Wines Chardonnay James Berry

Central Coast more

7/28/2015 - blanquito wrote: 92 points

Another beautiful, classy chardonnay from WG. Subtle, restrained, ideally balanced for my tastes, this is a real Chablis look-alike, with perhaps a touch more fruit. Clear colored with minerals, ethereally framed with lots of lemon, this could get lost in a big tasting, but it beguiles if followed over a full evening. Grows deeper with air. So drinkable now, probably can improve for a few years.

  • Comment posted by wine-strategies:

    7/28/2015 2:32:00 PM - is this part of the HDH haul?


1999 Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi Piano di Montevergine

Taurasi DOCG Aglianico more

7/25/2015 - wine-strategies wrote: flawed

held since release only to find it's corked. so pissed.

  • Comment posted by wine-strategies:

    7/27/2015 2:56:00 PM - It sure does, Barry. If it were just me, I guess it wouldn't have been as bad, but I opened it to share with some good friends. They did like my back bottle - the 2006 Oreno, so at least there was that.


2012 Domaine David Clark Côte de Nuits Villages

Pinot Noir more

7/25/2015 - gilrbo Likes this wine: NR

Red and darker berries, roses, but also deeper mineral tones, almost ferrous.
On the palate it is concentrated, serious, with fruit but strongly mineral and ferrous, again. With a nice finish lightly salty and bitter. On the first day one could feel the tannin, but this integrated well on day two and three.
Despite the concentration it's not heavy at all, to the contrary, it drinks wonderfully.
In a great shape right now, very pure, precise and with good complexity.

  • Comment posted by wine-strategies:

    7/27/2015 10:24:00 AM - sounds like a heck of a value, thanks for the note


2013 Kirkland Signature Pinot Noir Carneros


7/25/2015 - AlarmGuy79 Does not like this wine: NR

Smoky, tastes and smells like a fresh pack of cigarettes. Hyper decanted after two glasses poured with no improvement. Stemmy, green, just not enjoyable.

  • Comment posted by wine-strategies:

    7/25/2015 9:16:00 PM - Thanks for the note. I want $10 wines to be good, I really do. But, they so seldom are these days that I'm happy to spend the extra $5 or $10 and pretty much get at least what I paid for, sometimes more. So, sadly, $18 is the new $10. Times change, I suppose.


2013 Montalbera Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato La Tradizione

Ruche more

7/21/2015 - wine-strategies Likes this wine: NR

PnP. Murky ruby color, with aromas of rose water, Off! bug spray, new rubber ducky, soil, and with some swirling, sweet red currants and rhubarb. Medium(-) palate, with above-average persistence, but in need of additional definition on the mid-palate; flavors of Rhubarb and cherry phosphate. Probably better to stick with antipasti than it is to pair this with a primi or secondi. By the second glass, this has become quite pretty and in the way that Ruché can, it becomes elegant, too; dry, with ripe, thin tannins. A lovely Ambassador for the tiny village of Castagnole and the humble Monferrato. Quite brilliantly balanced, too; a definite reload. 13,5% abv., thru 2016. recommended

Served non-blind. I'll save the 2nd half of the bottle for tomorrow's lunch and update with anything of note.

  • Comment posted by wine-strategies:

    7/23/2015 7:56:00 PM - Ha! Well, if those aromas had lingered for more than a few seconds, and I still liked it, well, then I'd really be off my rocker. You coming out this way any time soon, Joe?


2009 Domaine Katsaros Cabernet Sauvignon Krania

Larissa more

5/28/2015 - Richard Jennings wrote: 94 points

Saturated very dark purple red violet color; appealing, very aromatic, savory, tart black currant, pepper, tar nose; delicious, characterful, tart black currant, roasted tart berry, pepper, violets, mineral palate; could use 5 years and will go 30+; long finish

  • Comment posted by wine-strategies:

    7/21/2015 4:40:00 PM - Any idea what this would retail for, Richard?


1990 Château Certan de May

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/19/2015 - gsquireh Likes this wine: 90 points

Refined and classic and revealing the elegance of its age, this wine is still strutting its medium body and beauty as a monument wine, a quarter of a century wine that provides pleasure. The blackberry, plum and cassis still linger with a hint of expresso, a scent of cedar and event less of tobacco. Chocolate and hazelnuts are scant, but still linger. This wine's primary characteristic now is balance. The tannins are soft and supple, the oak is a memory. Drink now, do not decant, and delight in the ease of this surprising wine.

  • Comment posted by wine-strategies:

    7/21/2015 9:44:00 AM - Great note, thanks. Plan on popping one soon.


2013 Velenosi Lacrima di Morro d'Alba Querci’Antica


7/20/2015 - quaffnov Likes this wine: 90 points

Short decant, the nose started out with a coarse meatiness to it, reminded me of an Italian syrah. This diminished in the glass with plenty of swirling and the aromas of lavender, rose and a smattering of nutmeg appeared. The palate was more tannic than I expected and the acidity less, with black cherry and more rose and lavender apparent. Paired with sharp cheddar and Manchego cheese, very tasty.

  • Comment posted by wine-strategies:

    7/21/2015 8:30:00 AM - very helpful to someone that's never had the wine before. I really like the direction you've taken your tasting notes and 'studies'.


2009 Denner The Ditch Digger

Paso Robles Grenache Blend, Grenache more

7/18/2015 - rickv2wine wrote: 89 points

I had this preceding an '09 Rasteau, which was superior for nearly half the price.

The digger is a big juice bomb. It's enjoyable yes and self-indulgent, but not an interesting wine. The nose is fruit. The body is fruit. The finish is fruit. And by fruit I mean big, black berries squeezed twice.

All that said, we paired with a gamey duck dish and it was excellent

  • Comment posted by wine-strategies:

    7/18/2015 9:32:00 PM - Well said, Rick


2005 Caves Duplessis Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre

Chardonnay more

7/18/2015 - christyler wrote: 90 points

After a mediocre experience with a 99, I was not expecting much here. However, this was a very nice middle age Chabils. Very stony full of minerality. Although it was no fault of this bottle, I found myself realizing that I'm less crazy about Chablis than any other type of burgundy.

  • Comment posted by wine-strategies:

    7/18/2015 9:24:00 PM - Well, that's a pretty big revelation. Might need a night to sleep on that

  • Comment posted by wine-strategies:

    7/18/2015 9:26:00 PM - But, there is GC Chablis, so never give up up hope :D


2009 Rombauer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Selection

Napa Valley more

7/18/2015 - Coachron13 wrote: 87 points

Too sweet and fruity, overpowers anything else going on in the wine. It's decent with food, not that great on its own.

  • Comment posted by wine-strategies:

    7/18/2015 9:20:00 PM - Yup, pretty much

White - Sweet/Dessert

2007 Tenute Dettori Moscadeddu

Romangia IGT Moscato, Muscat more

7/17/2015 - pmk wrote: 93 points

an amazing and unique dessert wine with the combined characteristics of a sauterne and a tokay - with an incredibly long finish, glycerine mouthfeel, spice and exotic flavors layored one on top of the other, very complex.

  • Comment posted by wine-strategies:

    7/17/2015 7:11:00 PM - what do you think, a few more years? Ten? more?


2011 Casal de Santa Maria Colares Malvasia branco

Malvasia Bianca, Malvasia more

7/6/2015 - Gargantua Likes this wine: NR

Creamed corn and latex and a huge midpalate weight perfectly offset by just enough acid. Buy all you can. Menthol allusions on finish, but no heat at all. Daaaamn

  • Comment posted by wine-strategies:

    7/17/2015 11:07:00 AM - nothing showing up in W-S Pro, any recco as to where I can buy all I can?



2007 F.X. Pichler Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Loibner Berg

Wachau more

7/16/2015 - christyler wrote: NR

Well, this is an appealing nose. Very fresh despite the age. There's very lively acidity - lots of tingle on the palate. This is balanced out by a very round and rich profile. A big wine in a lithe package.

The flavor profile is....interesting. There's a very strong lemony minerality to it, and it's becoming a bit secondary. Unfortunately I just don't love the taste of this. It's also a little hot.

Interesting wine - nose and palate are quite different! I can smell this all night, but it's not quite my style when it comes to drinking.

  • Comment posted by wine-strategies:

    7/16/2015 9:15:00 PM - nice job here -- not always easy to do with a hard(er) to understand wine


2010 Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard

Carneros more

7/16/2015 - Chainthroer wrote: 94 points

Last tasted on Memorial Day, in memory of a fellow serviceman, LCDR Larry Michael Jordan. The wine is just about the same as those notes of 5/27/15.


2011 Michel Magnien Fixin

Pinot Noir more

7/16/2015 - MoscowVino Likes this wine: 87 points

Pnp'd, and for about the first 15 minutes this was open, it was especially bright and fruity, with a dominant note of strawberries. Blind, I would have mistaken it for a well-made fruit-forward Chianti (it's also on the dark end of the spectrum for a Burg); and if you had told me it was a pinot, I probably would have guessed Willamette Valley. Then it lost some of its youthful exuberance, the strawberry notes receded and I got more cranberry, red currant, and herbal notes, and started to taste more like a good modern-styled Burgundy villages. Good acidity, with a certain creaminess that together with the fruit would make this a good introductory Burg for anyone transitioning from warmer, riper regions.

  • Comment posted by wine-strategies:

    7/16/2015 2:25:00 PM - great note, and, as you say a 'transition' wine.


2012 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Rosso di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

7/12/2015 - wine-strategies wrote: flawed

heavily corked

  • Comment posted by wine-strategies:

    7/16/2015 8:13:00 AM - I believe something may have gotten lost in translation -- because even a know-it-all a$$hol3 like me can't tell someone they did or didn't smell TCA from across the pond :D

    But, to pkamp's point, this wine does need another year or two (or 5). I've had about 6-7 now in the past few months and that is consistently my take-away here: the 2012 rosso needs time. I haven't been updating as I should be in CT, and I'm sorry for being such a slacker.

    Additionally, I need to update my note for the 2013 rosso. It's just fantastic now (my only note was on my very first bottle, a one-off, as the following 5-6 bottles have all been superb and way over-delivered).

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