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2007 Zlatan Otok Zlatan Plavac Grand Cru Sveta Nedjelja

Hvar Plavac Mali more

12/21/2010 - Rob-Rah wrote: 94 points

Bouquet of this one different from previous vintages I have tried. Less of the baked fig. More freshness, and an unexpected precision of cassis (almost cabernet-esque!). Palate elegant and rounded. Again, less of the heady mix of wet hay, baked figs and raisins and port flavour. There seems to be less residual sugar than previous vintages as well as carrying its alcohol level more deftly and lightly. More freshness of blackcurrant. Superb structure.

Lovely, and remarkable for Plavac mali. But I hope this marks a vintage variation (2007 was the most recent very good vintage in the region since 2002 amd 2003), and not a change towards a more "international" style. I like all that caramel-fig-and-eucalyptus stuff that is typical for coastal Plavac mali...!

  • Comment posted by Rob-Rah:

    2/22/2015 2:57:00 AM - I don't yet know the 2009 personally - though the vintage conditions were good. The wine is normally made to be able to be drunk on release if you want to though: the fruit quality is very high and is fantastic in youth. I like them at 7-10 years best, but they will keep longer. Open it if you like - you ought not to be disappointed.


2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Arana Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

1/23/2015 - NineteenEightyTwo wrote: 87 points

Medium-light rosewood color. This has an airy, bright nose of red fruit. The palate is similarly light-bodied; smooth, with very faint flavors of cranberries. Overall this is very clean, showing minimal oak. There's a little bit of tannin left, but this wine has basically reached maturity. Several hours of aeration did not cause the nose or palate to expand at all. An understated effort that pairs easily with food, this is neither dramatically overpriced nor a screaming value at $25/bottle.

  • Comment posted by Rob-Rah:

    1/24/2015 11:21:00 AM - I suspect a badly-stored bottle.... the ones I have had have been youthful, full of fruit and gloss


2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

3/23/2014 - Crispin Likes this wine: 91 points

Excellent. Brick red. Took an hour to open up, still plenty of tannin but once open it was fruity with vanilla and cedar. Going to leave remaining bottles for a few years.

  • Comment posted by Rob-Rah:

    3/23/2014 10:06:00 AM - Harley... that comment seems to refer to my own latest review of this wine today. If you look at my range of comments on this same wine, you will see that I am indeed describing bottle variation, and tracking each bottle quite open-mindedly, and have posted quite a few notes about this wine and its different qualities in each bottle. Judging from my own experience of the half case I have had so far, and that of other reviewers here, there is a significant issue with bottle variation for this wine in this vintage.

White - Sweet/Dessert

1993 Kiona Chenin Blanc Ice Wine

Red Mountain more

1/26/2014 - Deven Blackburn Likes this wine: 95 points

Heaven on the nose. Peachy, white flower aromas - I could sniff this all night without getting bored. Surprisingly fresh fruit on the palate for 10+ year old ice wine. Pleasant surprise!!

  • Comment posted by Rob-Rah:

    1/27/2014 11:53:00 AM - 20+ year!


2010 A.J. Adam Hofberg Riesling Kabinett

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

6/24/2013 - Orlandus wrote: flawed

Rich Riesling character with some complexity. However, its natural sweetness was overwhelmed by a strong sour fruit taste evident on opening and which did not improve after two days in the fridge. Judging from other comments, this is just a bad bottle, although it had been well stored since purchase and did not show any oxidation. I have drunk hundreds of Mosels over the years, so it's not that I don't know what to expect. Approach with caution.

  • Comment posted by Rob-Rah:

    6/26/2013 2:43:00 AM - I've had several bottles of AJ Adam Kab and Spat from 2009, 2010 and 2011, and never had a problem with any of them. You must have been very unlucky as at the moment there's no reason to worry about the quality of the bottling in general.

Red - Fortified

1994 Quarles Harris (bottled under Tesco label) Porto Vintage

Port Blend more

1/10/2013 - mattmoy_2000 wrote: NR

A nice port, opening up to honeyish flavours after a (long) while decanted (a couple of weeks). Still fruity and young, but with an ever so slight colour change towards the orange/brown.
No detailed notes, but an enjoyable glass.
Was opened for a birthday party meal on 08/12/12 but not really touched. Drank slowly over the next few weeks, watching the flavour evolve. Re-bottled half-bottle of decanted stuff in a smaller bottle to travel home for xmas with.
Cork showed no signs of staining, and was simply branded "Vintage Port 1994", suggesting a re-corking to hide the Quarles-Harris origin of the wine. (Label simply said "Symingtons"

  • Comment posted by Rob-Rah:

    1/10/2013 10:00:00 AM - I'm not sure that the 1994 Symingtons from Tesco is still technically "Quarles Harris".... I created this CT entry as at the time I purchased that was what I was told. Though my initial purchase was almost 10 years ago if my memory serves me. Tesco will probably have a range of option from Porto when it comes to filling their bottles.

    There's a little discussion about this here:


2009 Zlatan Otok Crljenak Kaštelanski Vinogorje Makarska

Split-Omiš-Makarska more

9/21/2012 - mstrigel wrote: NR

a slight taste if plum, much less intense as classic zinfandel (crljenak supposingly the grandfather if zinfandel)

  • Comment posted by Rob-Rah:

    10/16/2012 1:16:00 PM - Crljenak Kaštelanski IS Zinfandel. Not the grandfather of it.

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