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2004 Greenock Creek Shiraz Alices

Barossa Valley more

5/26/2015 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine: 91 points

Big Mama, but Small B**bs.

This is a hefty wine, with a lofty oak treatment, but it is overly perfumed (like an elderly lady can be) and lacking layers, complexity and refinement.

Insanely too expensive for what it is.

Had with yakiniku in Tokyo.

  • Comment posted by StefanAkiko:

    6/11/2015 8:05:00 AM - Sounds like a proper strategy.


2004 Mauro Sebaste Barolo Monvigliero

Nebbiolo more

12/1/2012 - Wine-Strategies wrote: NR

Aerate to decanter 3 hours, served at cellar temp. A crowd-pleasing, blowsy gait with slightly above-average fruit quality and structure (thanks to the vintage). Not something I would seek out, too modernly styled.

  • Comment posted by StefanAkiko:

    6/5/2015 11:49:00 AM - Pls chk out our thrashing of this wine with a medioum cork...

  • Comment posted by StefanAkiko:

    6/5/2015 12:03:00 PM - 我慢。

  • Comment posted by StefanAkiko:

    6/5/2015 12:05:00 PM - If I was mr Sebaste, I'd be happy for anything that's above 70p.


2008 Achával-Ferrer Malbec Finca Bella Vista

Mendoza more

5/27/2014 - Harley1199 Likes this wine: NR

High Altitude Vineyards (Plus Private Dinner at restaurant García de la Navarra) (Vila Viniteca - Madrid): Obscure colour with violet edges.
Quite floral nose. Notes of pencil savings and crude carob bean.
Too much wood at this point but elegant although lacks that power and complexity of Altamira that I admire the most.
Extremely young on the palate, fresh and very persistent. Fine acidity with some diluted tannins.

Oscura con bordes violáceos.
Más floral en nariz. Notas a minas de lápiz y a algarrobas verdes. Madera demasiado presente en este momento pero elegante sin la potencia ni complejidad de Altamira.
Extremadamente joven en boca, fresca y larga. Acidez afinada y taninos muy disueltos.

  • Comment posted by StefanAkiko:

    5/25/2015 3:09:00 AM - We had this yesterday and were rather disappointed :-(

  • Comment posted by StefanAkiko:

    5/26/2015 8:39:00 AM - I can't help, but see it as proof of a Jay-something being a corrupt (paid per extra point) wine journalist. His scoring is as oof the charts as the Italian Maniac or Halliday in Australia...

    Scoring journalists gone completely MAD... And probably paid under the table as well.

    Enough banter. But THAT was my feeling from the disappointment of this not so special wine.


2005 Benanti Etna Rovittello

Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese more

5/22/2015 - Zorg wrote: 90 points

For 5 h this wine felt dead, or was like a delicate young wine that you thought was gonna develop in to a grande dame but unfortunately just ...... became a rotten log. Nose was OK with some brett, leather and alcohol soaked cherries, but the taste was ..... like a rotten log. But then, after 2 h in an open bottle and 3 h in a decanter it opened up and you suddenly had a much better wine that got better and better by the glas, and the last glas was just what you had hoped for.

  • Comment posted by StefanAkiko:

    5/22/2015 1:01:00 PM - Fjädrarns! Den här gillar du riktigt bra nu. Vi skall nog spara vår sista flaska ytterligare några år. Bådar gott.

    'Rotten log' :-)

    Du är skoj du :-)

    Hur tro du den skulle gå med ost?

  • Comment posted by StefanAkiko:

    5/26/2015 8:36:00 AM - Blir verkligen spännande att dricka detta den dagen det beger sig :-)


2011 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso

Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese more

5/22/2015 - Zorg wrote: 87 points

Just wanna copy-paste Kernel's TN, or in my words: A burgundian-like wine with a very nice nose but with a taste that starts out fine but ends rather abruptly. Worked fine with home-made pizza.

  • Comment posted by StefanAkiko:

    5/22/2015 12:59:00 PM - Woah! Du scorade den högre än jag :-)
    Har hittat vissa känslor av att dricka dessa lätta fjädrar med mat OCH de liksom hakar i varandras kugghjul på ett underbart sätt.

    Oftast blir det mest som om att kuggarna är så feldimensionerade i förhållande till varandra, att det inte blir något "drag".


2012 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso

Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese more

5/5/2015 - StefanAkiko wrote: 84 points

Overly perfumed, overly acidic and underly performance.

This is not at all costly, but it is poor. Wife dismissed it as a "grape-tainted-wine". I laughed, and agreed. Even if I drank it all, rather than pouring it down the drain. I mean, at the end of the day, after all, I'm not a barbarian :-)

But overly cherry aromas on a thin, overly acidic expression in a wine that cost almost nothing, was raised to the skies by some... At any rate, it performed no great show tonight. Tar and feathers 'R Us :-)

Minerality, check
Acidity, overcheck
Tannins, mnjae , some. . . check
Length, nope.
Intensity, uhu, hardly, but . . . check
Concentration, really? . . . nope *WATERY*
Our taste: ferk no!

  • Comment posted by StefanAkiko:

    5/6/2015 3:20:00 AM - We need to keep the spirits high :-)
    I should have added that the wine is not technically wrong in any way. Just a taste preference. My score reflects what I (as objectively as possible without blind tasting it) think that this wine's quality is. My text is a bit too long just to say that we didn't like it.

    (Our preference: 70-ish = drinkable)

  • Comment posted by StefanAkiko:

    5/8/2015 7:58:00 PM - Trots alla lovord om viner från Etna, så är vi inte på just lovpriståget. Vi åker fortfarande på fattarintetåget.

    Despite all the praises for wines from Etna, we're still not on the halelujah-train. We're still on the dontgetit-train.

  • Comment posted by StefanAkiko:

    5/18/2015 8:49:00 AM - studleytrey: Please be happier :-) We're all here because we enjoy wine and enjoy to have fun and share ideas, impressions and descriptions.

    Did you never have a "boring" wine for your palate, which by all means is a great wine? Just not for your palate? Or at a tasting, all the other ones had the opposite view on a wine compared to your POV?

    Most of us invariably return to all the grapes, districts and producers that we "don't get" because of the love of wine. And M-A-Y-B-E we get it this time.

    Enjoy :-)

  • Comment posted by StefanAkiko:

    5/18/2015 8:51:00 AM - ...and I always feel as if we (usually) drink GREAT wines at (usually) GREAT restaurants :-)

  • Comment posted by StefanAkiko:

    5/18/2015 10:56:00 AM - Yes, for sure: we all have different preferences and Darlings. Sorry to have bashed one of yours. But happy you are among those who enjoy this style. My view is, that I'm trying to help ppl who prefer more heft and less acid to, simply, move along.

    Please check out wife's and my Instagram account: @japanmat and I'm sure you will agree that at least SOME of the plates from the Tokyo restaurants we frequent are quite nice. Enjoy!

  • Comment posted by StefanAkiko:

    5/18/2015 11:51:00 AM - Just busy enjoying the best things in life and having fun :-)

  • Comment posted by StefanAkiko:

    5/18/2015 11:34:00 PM - Well, Studley, I sure think you very well deserved that sweet tackle from Zorg :-)

  • Comment posted by StefanAkiko:

    5/21/2015 9:50:00 AM - Studley: from your TN's, it seems that blind tastings are not your cup of moonshine or too frequent?

    Have you ever challenged yourself with writing your TN, including score etc BEFORE knowing what's in the glass in front of you? (Can't find that among your TN's.)

    As a side: we do that on a regular basis, however IMHO, not regularly enough. Nevertheless: it's sh*t hard. And you very soon learn that you just have to leave all your pretentiousness at home. Else you suffocate. I must say that 100% honest blind tastings are quite revealing of many things, including your own TRUE preferences and your MUlTITUDE of blind spots.

    Is a lovely way to grow. And, as we all know: most pros score their wines only after having seen the label. Not so brave and, honestly, not so useful...


2005 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

5/15/2015 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine: 87 points

A solid Grenache wine with Rhône typicity.

Colour: dark red with slightly maturing brim.
Nose: non-descript shy Grenache aromas with herbal qualities. A very humble part of "La Garrigue."
Palate: with all the anticipation that comes from knowing what you will have and what so many others think... Our first impression was: total faceplant. But, this is a solid Grenache based wine. Not much more. And not showing much potential for the future either...

Terribly poor QPR.

One more btl, hoping and praying to Thor, Huitaca, Athena, Vishnu and the Flying Spaghetti-Monster for a complete makeover until 2021. Or, maybe we just got a poorer btl than you other guys...

Home dinner, wonderfully cooked WAGYU and giant green asparagus by wife (same wine score).

  • Comment posted by StefanAkiko:

    5/15/2015 12:15:00 PM - How on Earth could I forget Mrs Bacchus?!?
    But, of course!

  • Comment posted by StefanAkiko:

    5/15/2015 12:50:00 PM - Oj

  • Comment posted by StefanAkiko:

    5/15/2015 12:58:00 PM - Just checked Wikipedia, and there seems to be over 2000 Gods and Godesses out there. Geee! And some are quite recently invented/found at that... So, as the numbers are not shrinking, it makes it increasingly difficult to understand who's to blame for evol juice and who's to cherish for the good btls. And who to turn to in times of hope/need. Or, if there's only ONE God!?! Then: which one would be ready to take all the juicy responsibility without chickening out and blaming someone or something else (like all the poor bosses, parents, teachers, etc do)? And how to choose the most suitable one? Will there be a vote? Maybe the elephant headed God with extra arms? At least, he seems capable...

    Blaming our bottle seems like another good choice, given the fact (funny word, that: "fact") that so many others have had so much more wonderful relationships with this wine than we got.

  • Comment posted by StefanAkiko:

    5/16/2015 1:22:00 AM - Recently went to a Shinto shrine. The priests and their helpers wanted me to buy all sorts of holy stuff. I didn't know which one or ones to choose. Maybe last night's wine was a punishment for that. Or that cactii have, up until now, never been on my prayer radar...

    Old texts, written by self-righteous scribes and poets with (luckily or hopefully) long gone views on topics like: fairness, equality, DNA, apostasy or dogs, can be interesting to read, but not overly useful. Unless, of course you read The Lord of the Rings and apply all the wisdom therein to your Life. Sauron is a dangerous God... I wonder how he/she prefers the prayers? With pudding?

  • Comment posted by StefanAkiko:

    5/16/2015 1:28:00 AM - No, I never sinned. At least according to Loki, there is no sin. Only opportunities to have fun and see what happens when you poke a stick in a can of worms. Or beating about the birds in the bush.

  • Comment posted by StefanAkiko:

    5/16/2015 7:35:00 AM - Ha-ha :-)
    That's the way to keep up a good relationship:
    Be a little blind and have a short memory.


2003 Tormaresca Castel del Monte Bocca Di Lupo

Aglianico more

4/6/2015 - andtheodor wrote: flawed

Touch of the Portuguese menace. Opened at a family dinner and nobody else really noticed so we drank it anyways.

  • Comment posted by StefanAkiko:

    5/15/2015 12:23:00 AM - I'm a little slow, sorry. Would you be so kind as to explain to me what you mean by "Portuguese menace"?

  • Comment posted by StefanAkiko:

    5/15/2015 6:33:00 AM - I was little leaning towards that guess. But why a Portugese problem? We've had 8 already this year (a total of 2 last year) and none from Portugal. Corks, we see this as a bark-related problem.

    Stelvin FTW!

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