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Red

2012 Paitin di Pasquero-Elia Langhe Nebbiolo

Langhe DOC more

5/22/2015 - Wine-Strategies wrote: flawed

TCA despite Diam.

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Red

2012 Paitin di Pasquero-Elia Langhe Nebbiolo

Langhe DOC more

5/21/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

This was a PnP, but my next bottle will definitely see at least one hour of air in decanter. Primary aromas mainly, with some cranberry bitterness, plum and soil. Flavors largely follow the nose for this red-fruited, well-lifted Langhe. The finish is medium at best, the tannins ripe and round. Not terribly complex, but then very few at $15 are these days. Will likely pick up a few more for mid-week dinners. The 13,5% is fully resolved. recommended

Served non-blind.

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Rosť

2014 Tercero Mourvedre Rosé

Santa Barbara County more

5/11/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

(tasting room visit} I suppose anyone can claim anything when it comes to marketing jargon such as 'inspired by (insert region/style here)', but it's entirely another thing to actually deliver on that claim. And, for my palate, that's exactly what Larry's done here, to capture the essence of Mourvedre in a rosè that brings me as close to Bandol as I'm going to get this year. Absolutely begs for food, with my mind immediately drawn to how many wonderful things I could serve this with - from salads to BBQ pork. Foot stomped and tank fermented, this is an excellent expression of Mourvedre's unique character in a fresh, and inviting style. Worthy of a case(s) purchase, get some before it's gone. recommended.

Served non-blind.

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White

2013 François Villard Viognier Les Contours de DePoncins

Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes more

5/11/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

Notes of orange oil, seashell, melon, minerals all in a trim, very correct package, balancing freshness, place and grape in such a way that the whole easily exceeds the modest price-point. An apertivo wine, or one to enjoy with salads and other lighter fare. This is my preferred style of Viognier as compared to the ones coming from CA/WA - no trace of heat/EtOH, extraction, etc., here, just bright and lively. recommended

Served non-blind.

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Red

2001 Perillo Taurasi Riserva

Taurasi DOCG Aglianico more

5/11/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

This is so in my wheelhouse it's not funny. Acids, fruit and tannin all in perfect harmony, and to make things better, this bottle was in perfect condition showing its fresh, very pure aromas and flavors in such an elegant, yet understated way. A new producer for me, thanks to the kindness of a fellow CTer. Has another 5 very good years ahead before it begins any type of decline. Brilliant stuff. highly recommended

Served non-blind.

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Red

2013 Littorai Pinot Noir Mays Canyon

Russian River Valley more

5/8/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

{winery visit} This one seems to have it all - structure, complexity and lots of detailed personality. Hard to process at times, this one takes the brain in a hundred different directions - aromas, flavors, change, repeat. Has the stuffing to be a wow wine on several levels. My favorite on the day, just brilliant. highly recommended

Served non-blind; slow-ox 1 hr.

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Red

2013 Littorai Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

5/8/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

{winery visit} Finely structured, with a darker core than I was expecting, this has good raw material; I think it needs another 12-24 months to more fully integrate. Some inner beauty, but it's having a little difficulty with its lines right now; at least today's bottle was.

Served non-blind; slow-ox 1 hr.

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Red

2013 Littorai Pinot Noir Platt Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

5/8/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

{winery visit} Certainly in a more forward, richer style than the others in the lineup, this would no doubt be the crowd favorite. But, for me part of the enjoyment is the search, the inquiry; with this one, it's all front and center. Drink now with some air, it's completely delicious and for my tastes, not one that's likely to improve on today's fresh, vibrant showing. recommended

Served non-blind; slow-ox 1 hr.

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Red

2012 Littorai Pinot Noir Les Larmes

Anderson Valley more

5/8/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

{winery visit} Same impression as yofog, " Darker, herbal, sous bois Anderson typical fruit, herbal...". Textbook Anderson Valley profile, with a great sense of place and variety. An understated tension and purity of fruit here that bodes well for the future. Give it a few hours of air if opening anytime soon, this one's got a lot to say. recommended

Served non-blind; slow-ox 1 hr.

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White

2013 Littorai Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

5/8/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

{winery visit} I had more questions after tasting than I did before it - this one is a head-scratcher in that it's keeping the secrets deep inside for now. A rich display of minerals, orchard fruits, loam, sweet hay and even some spice and nut tones weaving in and out; there's a lot of raw material here, give this another 18-24 months in bottle, it's going to be great. highly recommended

Served non-blind; slow-ox 1 hr.

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Red

2007 Justin Vineyards & Winery Isosceles Reserve

Paso Robles Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/7/2015 - Wine-Strategies wrote: NR

Given the purity of the fruit and the overall level of complexity here, this seems over-priced by a factor of 2. Nice by itself, even worked pretty well with food, but nothing memorable here - I was hoping otherwise.

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Red

2001 A. Rafanelli Cabernet Sauvignon Terrace Select

Dry Creek Valley more

5/17/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

Really beautiful juice; just inside its preferred window. Aromas of great purity, with a textural component that highlights the purity of the fruit, not the hand of the winemaker. Continued to open over the course of the two hour dinner, picking up hidden nuances as it did. Impressively balanced and structured, this can be enjoyed now with air, but I'd be holding these for at least 5 more years as there's a clear promise of secondary and tertiary upside. 14,5% abv (seemed more like 13,5). An old school feel here that I'm really digging. highly recommended

** LOTS of sediment, decant **

Slow-O 7 hours, served non-blind.

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Rosť

2014 Domaine Saint André de Figuière Côtes de Provence Cuvée Magali

Rosé Blend more

5/10/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

Peach skin, light strawberry, faint mineral notes. Some fruitiness skews the body from light toward medium. The finish is medium<clipped, the tension, good, not great. Not going to repurchase, though it is awfully easy drinking. Syrah 30%, Cabernet 30%, Grenache 25%, Cinsault 15%. 13,0% abv.

Served non-blind.

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Red

2010 Seven Stones Cabernet Sauvignon

St. Helena more

5/17/2015 - Wine-Strategies wrote: NR

Hmm, what to say? This is a prodigious wine, pretty in its way. The creaminess/low-acid style, while not my preference at all, worked if for no other reason than it was a great study in contrast to the other wines that were open: 2001 Rafanelli Terrace Select, and a 2000 Amarone. Certainly has its own identity in tonight's company, but I can see this one-note style (that note is 'delicious'), growing somwhat tiresome (i.e. boring) by the second glass - for me, anyway. Monolithic, with blueberries and lavender; all too subtle notes of soil, of place. The back label says "non-interventionist winemaking" (deep pause) that has me scratching my head as there really is no 'grown' component to be found, just a 'designed/styled' one. 15,0% abv.

Double-decanted for sediment, served non-blind 4 hours later.

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Red

2000 Villa Girardi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Opere San Pietro

Corvina Blend, Corvina more

5/17/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

On the back side of its ageing curve; enjoyable, fully mature/resolved and restrained in style - some might say rustic or traditional. Medium>full-bodied, with notes of raisin, soil and ripe plums. Average acidity, avg+ length, with average flavors. Worked well with grilled meat and was made more interesting served side-by-side with a 2010 Seven Stones Cabernet Sauvignon if for no other reason than they are pretty polar opposites - so their details tend to show more clearly. Only 14,5% abv (the lowest of any Amarone Classico I can ever recall having before). The original $80 price-tag seems about 2x too high based on what this showed on the night. Still, I enjoyed it.

Double-decanted for sediment, served non-blind.

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White

2012 Caruso & Minini Inzolia Terre di Guimara

Sicilia more

5/17/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

If you're looking for a wine with a mouthful of fruit, or oak, or both, move on, this isn't it. Having said that, I like it for what it is, which is a very light-bodied wine that's more akin to sucking on seashell than anything else. Would be fine on its own on a very hot day, or, better still, in the company of fresh clams or even oysters. Minerals, sea breeze and plenty of fresh, steely acids; very dry. 12,5% abv.

Served non-blind.

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Red

2002 Gemstone Cabernet Sauvignon

Yountville more

5/16/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

Enjoyable, with moments of interest, but seemed to lack that extra dimension. In fine shape, perhaps this might have shown all it had if it were not a PnP, but rather saw 3+ hours of air in decanter prior to service. Would be fun to taste again in 5-7 years, it's certainly not going downhill anytime soon. 14,9% abv.

Served non-blind.

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Red

2006 Podere Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione

Sangiovese more

5/16/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

Wow, talk about in my wheelhouse, this is just gorgeous. swapdoc's note pretty much says it all, though I'll add that this is one of those rare birds that has structure to go the distance, but doesn't require a few decades before it can be fully enjoyed. Be sure to give this at least 2 hours of air in decanter, then sit back and take your time with it - it has a lot to say. Medium-bodied, graceful finish. Lovely. highly recommended

Served non-blind; 2 hours aeration in decanter, then 2 hr Audoze.

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Red

2012 Caliza Winery Syrah

Paso Robles more

5/6/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

{tasting room visit} A great wine, and my favorite in the Caliza line-up today. Dark ruby core, slightly cloudy, with crazy spices, licorice, cured meats, cement, cedar closet. Entry is full, mid-palate is huge, and deeply expressive. A gentle unfolding leads to very good persistence. 15,5% abv. highly recommended

Served non-blind; be sure to aerate to decanter at least 90 minutes.

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Red

2011 Caliza Winery Cohort

Paso Robles Red Blend more

5/6/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

{tasting room visit} Does not work as a PnP, this needs a lot of aeration. A lot. Opens with black pepper, olive brine, soil, sour mik, spice, black and red fruits. With 5 minutes of swirling, aromas and flavors of grilled meats. Enters cool, gains weight as it warms and unfolds; veers dark side, maintains a good persistence. This is HUGE and needs to be HELD for 3-5 years. 15,5% abv (resolved), recommended

Served non-blind.

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Red

2012 Caliza Winery Sympatico

Paso Robles Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

5/6/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

{tasting room visit} As a PnP, this displays fresh nutmeg, cinnamon, cedar chest. The entry is cool, graceful, but then the enamel-peeling tannins kick in and wowsers. The mid-palate shows no holes, the acids are lively and fresh, but it's clear, this is not a wine for PnP, this needs 3+ hours in decanter, minimum. That said, I'd double-decant the day prior if it were my bottle. Shows great promise. Sealed with wax/cork. 14,7% (resolved) abv.

Served non-blind.

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Rosť

2013 Caliza Winery Pink

Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend more

5/6/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

{tasting room visit} Tasted after the recently bottled 2014 Pink, this comes across less fruitier on the nose, but again shows a long, stony finish. Dry, this is now absent the 'sweet-ish' core of fruit the 2014 is currently showing. Nice stuff. 14,3% abv.

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2014 Caliza Winery Pink

Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend more

5/6/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

{tasting room visit} Strawberries, stones, and cherries, with a sweet-ish impression, but finishes dry, and crisp. Not your average rosè, in a good way, with a coppery salmon color and a rich, long finish. Begs for a summer grill-out, with our without food. Enjoyable effort. 14,3% abv.

Served non-blind; screwcap.

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White

2013 Caliza Winery Kissin' Cousins White Rhone Blend

Paso Robles more

5/6/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

{tasting room visit} My first Caliza, and a great first impression. A blend of Viognier, Grenache Blanc and Rousanne, that begins and ends with great freshness and balance. Chalky, stony, white pepper, melon rind. The taste has yet to integrate (for me, anyway) as it shows a wee graininess to it. The finish is warm and zesty. Serve cooler than warmer, and you've got a winner on your hands. Under screwcap now, 200 cs produced (I was tempted to buy a case on the spot, for the hot summer days on the near horizon), but had 7 more days in wine country and little space in the car, so I passed. 14,1% abv., recommended

Served non-blind; give this 30 minutes in decanter, serve cool.

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Red

2014 Alta Colina Syrah Toasted Slope

Paso Robles more

5/6/2015 - Wine-Strategies wrote: NR

{barrel sample} Too young to comment/evaluate, this was part of Paul Lopez's discussion on Alta Colina's dialing in their barrel profiles to match certain grapes/styles. As it is now, this has 10% Viognier. Shows great potential.

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