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Red

1998 Mastroberardino Taurasi Radici Riserva

Taurasi DOCG Aglianico more

7/6/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

I can't add much beyond IJC's well-written note, except to say that I've held this since release and have had pretty high hopes; I didn't get the terroir and tertiary expression I was looking for, but, I did serve it with some Bison/jalapeno brats and a fresh, heirloom tomato and garden-basil red sauce and the wine 'popped' once the meat (esp.)/food was put into the mix; obvious purity throughout. Not sure it's going to get any better from here, so choose your pairing (salsiccia/meat!) carefully, and enjoy.

Slow-O 2hrs, served non-blind.

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Red

2009 Lillian Winery Syrah

Santa Barbara County more

7/6/2015 - Wine-Strategies wrote: NR

Looking back at my note from Feb '03, not a whole lot has changed. This is still compact and keeping things very close to the vest - but as before, I do like what I see. In the moments the cork was first pulled, the nose and palate had little to offer. By the one hour mark, it was slowly unfolding. It wasn't until the last glass, more than 2 hours into it, that it really signaled what it was made of. Trim and fit, as opposed to thick and muscled, this one's got good tannic and acidic structure to see this another 7-8 years; HOLD for another 3-4 years, needs time to build on its foundation of complexity. 15,2% abv. (resolved) recommended

PnP; served non-blind and follow over 2+ hrs (best to aerate in decanter at LEAST 90 minutes if serving anytime during the next few years.

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Red

2006 Cascina Adelaide Barolo Preda

Nebbiolo more

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

Rich, creamy, and glossy, with rounded edges and somewhat matted layers of flavors - exactly why I bought this stuff, for guests that prefer this style of wine. Very little in the way of typicity of grape or place, so after my first pour was gone, I switched to a nice, dry German Riesling and watched as the Preda was emptied in what had to be record time. Harmless, and avoids being boring thanks to some freshness and basic purity. 14,0% abv.

Audozed 1 hr; served non-blind.

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Red

2009 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Les Motelles

Cabernet Franc more

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

The lighter side of medium-bodied, with good acidity and clean lines but lacks any real signature of charm. Audozed for 1 hr, and consumed over the following hour, this was rather linear throughout. I do love the varietal/place expression, with its raspy leather, dried tobacco and earthy soil notes upstaging any attempts at fruit/berry expression. In the end, I was disappointed, but not that badly, and hey, it's my first such disappointment with anything from this house, so no real worries. I'll drink my remaining two within the coming 2-3 years as I see no point in cellaring beyond that. 13,0% abv.

Served non-blind.

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Red

2007 Domaine le Sang des Cailloux Vacqueyras Cuvée Lopy

Red Rhone Blend more

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

If last night's bottle was representative (purchased on release), this is getting a little long in the tooth as the acids seem to be having the upper hand on the fruit. Granted, I just did a PnP, and probably should have decanted one hour, but it was served during one of the many holiday weekend dinner parties at the house this weekend and was drained in no time by those that had been at it a while...so decanting wasn't necessary according to the well-watered guests. 14,0% abv (fully integrated).

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Red

2002 Penley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Coonawarra more

7/1/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

#5 of 6, purchased on release. I've followed this one from the beginning and I think it's time to admit to myself that it's never really lived up to my expectations. Is it good? Yes, it is, and I'd even say it does a fine job of veering toward very good; it's certainly balanced and pure. But, it's always had this peppery spine, kind of a mix between peppercorns and green tobacco. And it's not that I find said spine distracting or overbearing, it's just that this is pretty much the (only?) interesting feature here. On the back side of its trajectory, but should hold for 2-3 years at this level. Medium-bodied, with good, lively acidity and very fine tannins; with cassis, soil and forest undergrowth on the nose and palate alike. 14,5% abv.

Served non-blind; slow-ox 1 hr, better at 65F than 70F. No sediment.

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Red

2007 Mongeard-Mugneret Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Narbantons

Pinot Noir more

6/29/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

I was nicely surprised by this, as notes had me thinking it was either well into the backside of its curve, or worse, weedy and/or thin. Instead, sauve and supple as drwine2001 says, and yes, the color shows obvious bricking and some orange at the rim, but it's good now and safe for the next 2-3 years no problem. It doesn't take a DRC to have a quality Burgundy moment, this simple wine, very well-priced btw, proves that - for me, anyway. Elegant, spicy, with flowing lines and a gentleness that comes with some age. 13,0% abv., recommended

Slow-ox 1 hr; served non-blind. Excellent with a shiitake, goat cheese and braised fennel risotto.

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White

2013 Domaine du Salvard Cheverny Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc more

6/28/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

Yes, I like it, but with the caveat that I'd have to be in the mood for this vintage's expression: heavy on the grapefruit, green hay, lemons, white pepper, and a whisper of jalapeno. With more body than the 12,0% abv might suggest (and a deeper straw color, too), this is tart and tangy, and makes all the right moves if in fact that's what you're in the mood for/pairing with; quite a long persistence. Deeply recessed at the base of it all is this orange liqueur thing that adds yet another, interesting dimension. I clicked "like it" but I'm hesitant to recommend it as no doubt it has a pretty narrow following. Now and the next 3-5 years.

PnP, served non-blind over 2 days (day 2 slightly better, more integrated)

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Red

2012 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Ferrington Vineyard

Anderson Valley more

6/21/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

ewsds's note is spot on. I purchased this at the winery last month as it was available for purchase but not for tasting, and I kind of wanted to know, having been in the Anderson Valley just the day before (and tasted a lot of '12s). Precocious, to be sure; best enjoyed in its youth, imho, with bold stuffing and ripping good character. 13,9% abv., recommended

Aerated to decanter 60 minutes, served non-blind.

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Red

2012 Castello di Verduno Verduno Pelaverga Basadone

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6/24/2015 - Wine-Strategies wrote: NR

My second one in the past year, and again, a so-so experience. I love the grape (thank you, Fabio!), but this particular bottling is mediocre at best. Lacks the freshness/acidity that it needs, in addition, the aromas are nearly on 'mute'. At $25, quite a poor value. I'll stick with Burlotto's efforts in the future. 13,5% abv., drink now.

Served non-blind; double-decanted (1 hr), served 2 hours later.

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White

2011 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvée Ste. Catherine

Alsace Grand Cru more

6/24/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

With just 60 minutes of slow-ox, this was ready to go; it remained in fine shape over the following 2 hours. Seriously pure, with really fresh, ample acids; the kind of structure that will no doubt see this well into the next decade if you should choose to hold it that long. It's been some months since I had one of Laurence's wines, and now that the memory/taste is so fresh in my mind, it'll be hard to keep my hands off the rest of my stash (read: I'm weak, and will buy more, probably today). This just drips with class and nobility, love it. highly recommended

Served non-blind.

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Red

2006 Azienda Agricola Sant'Elena Pignolo Quantum (L’Autoctono)

Friuli Isonzo more

6/24/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

Not sure if this bottle (which was served warmer than ideal, couldn't really be helped) was representative, but if so, this wine is fully mature. The light side of full-bodied, with ample black and red fruits, soil, coffee, raisin and milk chocolate. Acidity is sufficient, but this lacked a spark, and therefor, some charm. Nonetheless, quite a good food wine. Again, if this is representative, drink now.

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Red

2006 Cantina di Santadi Shardana Valli di Porto Pino IGT

Carignan Blend, Carignan more

6/24/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

Consistent with the prior 5 bottles, good>very good, with excellent purity of fruit and fresh, cool acids. In its peak plateau now, this simply requires a 60 minute aeration in decanter before it's firing on all cylinders. Oak and EtOH fully integrated; good by itself, better with food. 14,5% abv., recommended

Served non-blind

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Red

1997 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

6/22/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

In very good shape at the moment. Cork soaked 1/3, color holding fast with a dark brick red/ruby hue. I was fully expecting this to be a little more advanced than it was, but in fact the nose was kind of tight - the palate, too, so be sure to give this 90 minutes of aeration in decanter as the last glass was the best. Medium-bodied, well-lifted, red-fruited, with a nice balance of leather, scorched earth and dried herbs framing the sweet core of red fruits. We had it with BBQ chicken, but really, all I could think about was pairing it with some veal. 13,5% abv., drink thru 2020. recommended

Served non-blind after 2 hour slow-ox; be sure to decant for sediment.

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Rosť

2014 Remy Pannier Rosé d'Anjou

Rosé Blend more

6/18/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

Not what I was expecting - instead, nicely dry, delicate and well-balanced. More light bodied than medium, this has a striking, pale rose color - with that same lightness found on the nose and on the palate. Good, crisp acids, with strawberry, and cherry folded into seabed and minerals. At just $13, I'm definitely going to reload as it's perfect for summer, and more than just a quaffing wine. With Buffalo quail legs, creamy gorgonzola and arugula. recommended

Served non-blind; screw-cap (yay!)

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Red

2004 Terredora di Paolo Taurasi Pago Dei Fusi

Taurasi DOCG Aglianico more

6/19/2015 - Wine-Strategies wrote: NR

Fully mature, full of tertiary goodness. Notes of the recent past convinced me to move my drinking dates forward, and I'm glad I did, as this is already at peak development. Leather Club chairs, the lobby of your favorite tobacconist, a touch of soil and dried herbs are all in great harmony and proportion. Acids are still fresh, but clearly on the back side of their evolutionary curve now, too. A joy to drink last night; delicate, medium-bodied, with a firm suggestion of what it once was playing second fiddle to what it is at present - an older gentleman. 13,5% abv, drink thru 2018. recommended

Double-decanted at 5pm, served non-blind 2 hours later (minimal/no sediment).

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Red

2013 Brigaldara Valpolicella

Corvina Blend, Corvina more

6/17/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

Some serious bottle variation going on here - some are fine, and ready to go on open, others are bretty, dirty. Either way, quite surprisingly, they're both good to go after 1 hr open/decanter. In the instant case, tonight's bottle was quite off-putting: some unresolved CO2, dirty barnyard, crap-laden soil, etc. But after just 15 minutes in the glass and some heavy swirling, a sweet core of fruit emerged, and hope was restored. Once it all shakes out, this is a good wine (and moreover a good food wine) for just $12.99. Med(-) body, med. acids, avg. finish; not so enjoyable on its own, needs food. Been drinking these for more than a decade, and this is the first vintage I've noticed this (high) level of variation. FWIW. 13,0% abv.

Aerated to decanter one hour, served non-blind.

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Red

2006 Château Lafon La Tuilerie

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

6/4/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

Pretty straightforward juice here. It's clean, with decent purity to the fruit, but it lacks charm and complexity. A pedestrian St.-Em, but I'll take that over a spoofulated one any day. Very easy drinking, restrained but in no way austere or thin or drying. The type of stuff you would kill for if you're (stuck at) at a work conference and the hotel poured its regular open-bar juice. Drink now or in the next 5 years. 13,5% abv

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Red

1994 Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard

Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

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

Fell short of the great performance from last October's bottle; perhaps a storage provenance issue, and/or just a less than perfect cork seal. Either way, it was good and certainly had its moments where it was very good, but just not enough of them.

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White

2013 Knipser Laumersheimer Kapellenberg Riesling Kabinett trocken

Pfalz more

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

Having gone thru nearly 2 cases, this is a pretty reliable wine. Medium-bodied, dry, with a sensation of sweetness on the mid-palate. Well composed, good finish. Orchard fruits with a touch of citric/guava. Excellent with the salad course. Just 11,5% abv.

PnP, served non-blind

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White

2013 Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina Sannio

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6/4/2015 - Wine-Strategies wrote: NR

Bitter melon and citrus rind, tangy. Not my favorite vintage, and this is one we get by the case(s) each year. Perhaps it'll settle down some, as the acids are just too much right now (or is it that there's not enough fruit ? or both, whatever). Some might say it's austere. Going to reload with Mastroberardino's Falanghina for just a couple of bucks more, instead. 13,0% abv.

PnP, consumed over 2 nights.

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Red

2010 Paitin di Pasquero-Elia Barbera d'Alba Serra

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

Consistent with prior bottles; quite good. I see this hitting peak in another year or two. thru 2019, recommended

2 hour aeration in decanter; served non-blind

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Red

2007 Cantine del Notaio Aglianico del Vulture La Firma

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6/2/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

Not as good on day 1, as the nose and palate don't have a lot to share. But on day 2, this is fully open for business, with a very full/complete nose of aniseed, plum, ash, saline and soil; a touch of EtOH is ever-present, but thankfully, it's just a touch. The palate is full-bodied, but well-lifted, too, though if I had any nit, it would be for more fruit delineation. Some clove, vanilla extract and raw meat emerge with significant airtime in the glass; this punches above its modest price-point. Medium finish, with a not-so-perfectly-clean attitude about it. I like it, but not only because it favors red pepper flakes :-) three to five solid years still ahead. 14,5% abv., recommended

Slow-O 1 hr (day 1), refrigerated 2/3 of bottle overnight; served non-blind.

** update** Day 4: 200 ml left in the bottle (refrigerated) was by far the best and most complete; served at 58F cellar temp.

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Red

2013 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Rosso di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

6/1/2015 - Wine-Strategies Likes this wine: NR

Served side-by-side with the 2012, this seems less structured; a little flabby around its mid-section. The round, glossy tannins and supple fruits will likely appeal to many, but I prefer the 2012, at least at this moment in time. Notwithstanding that, I'll pick up a few more 2013, always good to have this producer in the household. The leather and scorched earth so prominent in the 2012, takes a backseat here to ripe-ish red and red/black fruits; the acidity seems lower in this vintage, too.

Slow-O 1 hr, served non-blind.

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White

2010 Bodega Catena Zapata Chardonnay Catena Alta

Mendoza more

5/30/2015 - Wine-Strategies wrote: NR

still quite flavorful, but acids are waning. it is time to drink up

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