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White

2010 La Colombera Colli Tortonesi Derthona

Timorasso more

2/6/2016 - wine strategies wrote: flawed

corked

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Red

2010 Casa Emma Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

1/24/2016 - wine strategies Likes this wine: NR

Not very pleasant as a PnP, this needed all of 90 minutes aeration in decanter to blow off some unpleasant reduction. Afterwards, quite pretty; a real Jekyll & Hyde, as before. Medium-bodied, feminine in style, with plenty of fresh acids to balance out the leathery, cherry-driven fruit. Really good food wine. Drink now, with air, or thru 2021

Served non-blind.

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Red

2001 Argiano Solengo Toscana IGT

Red Blend more

1/23/2016 - wine strategies Likes this wine: NR

Consistent with the bottle of just a few months ago, this is a fully mature wine. In fact, I'd say it's on the back side of its curve. Aromas of black truffle, some wood, dried violets; the medium-bodied palate largely follows the nose. Moderate length, moderate enjoyment (thanks to really good acids) with food. 13,5% abv., drink NOW.

Served non-blind over 2 nights; a fair amount of pretty chunky sediment, fyi.

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Red

2010 Jessup Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley more

1/21/2016 - wine strategies Likes this wine: NR

Dark ruby color, with a nose that's broken free of the primary aromas, but still finding it needs an hour of air before the secondary sails are full of wind. Sensibly full bodied, this begins pretty tight at first, with subtle aromas of grilled meat and soil, but with proper aeration, lovely scents of red currant, red plum, cedar and soil fill the air. This wine completely avoids over-ripeness/extraction, and at the same time it's got a very cool vein of fresh acids. Really well put together, and best enjoyed at 60F - watching it evolve as it comes to temp is most of the magic here - after 60-90 minutes of aeration in decanter. The 14,8% abv is fully resolved at this point. A very fair value at ~ $50.

Double decanted (only very fine sediment) and immediately returned to bottle. Served non-blind several hours later.

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White

2014 Kruger-Rumpf Riesling trocken

Nahe more

1/15/2016 - wine strategies Likes this wine: NR

Wow, what a beautiful, exciting wine. Crystalline straw, big watery edge. Explosive aromas of lime pith, seashells, green apples and the nearly fully-hidden touches of honey and slate. Dry, with excellent balance of acid and fruit, i.e. not any enamel peeling going on here; light>medium-bodied. This has moderate structure but is clearly meant for consumption today and over the next year or two. If i were teaching a class on entry-level Riesling trocken, this is my bar. Another TT homerun. 12,0% abv., highly recommended

Screw N Pour, served non-blind.

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Red

2007 Ciabot Berton Barolo

Nebbiolo more

1/14/2016 - wine strategies wrote: NR

Beginning to show some tawny at the rim. Dominant aromas are of black tea, roses, second day tar/asphalt (not the hot, freshly laid sweet stuff), dried cranberry. Flavors largely follow to the medium-bodied palate. Acids could be a little more fresh, but it's 2007 and all. Anyway, a nice mid-week drink that finishes with decent purity and length. 14,0% abv (fully resolved). Drink now.

PnP aerated 60 minutes in bottle then served non-blind.

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White

2011 Domaine Thibert Père et Fils St. Véran Bois de Fée

Chardonnay more

1/9/2016 - wine strategies Likes this wine: NR

If memory serves, this is my first time with this wine/producer. That said, I truly hope it is not my last time, as this was really quite lovely. A crackling spine of crushed oyster shell and mineral, with just a dab of honey on the nose, though bone dry on the broad, cool yellow and white-fruited palate. Medium-bodied, great length and, again, immensely satisfying. This should be drunk now or the next 5 years - though if I had a case of it, none would last longer than a few years as this is firing on all cylinders now. A superb value under $30. 13,0% abv., recommended

Served non-blind, PnP.

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White

2010 M. Chapoutier St. Joseph Blanc Les Granits

Marsanne more

1/9/2016 - wine strategies Likes this wine: NR

Allowed to breathe in bottle for one hour before we enjoyed it, this is showing very well at the moment. Not the thick, chewy Marsanne expression that part of me was dreading, instead, a nose and palate of solid distinction and total enjoyment. The Granite character on the nose is spot on - not too much, not too little; same of the palate, the flavors are delineated just so. This is ready to drink now, but should hold for some time thanks to impressive structure. 13,5% abv., highly recommended

Served non-blind.

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Red

2003 Château Cos d'Estournel

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/9/2016 - wine strategies Likes this wine: NR

Like bumping into a good friend of many years, this is an experience to cherish. Not showing any age yet (we should be so lucky); the nose is better with a few hours of air. The palate is just blissful, with silken layers of red fruits, mounds of spice and freshly turned earth backing it all up. A joy to drink, this should hit its preferred window in the next 3-5 years. very highly recommended

Until next time, old friend...

Served non-blind.

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Red

2008 Neely Pinot Noir Spring Ridge Vineyard Hidden Block

Santa Cruz Mountains more

1/8/2016 - wine strategies wrote: flawed

cooked

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Red

2008 Bodega Numanthia Toro Termes

Tempranillo more

1/8/2016 - wine strategies Likes this wine: NR

decanting fool nailed it. I'd add that this is deftly structured, medium-bodied and chock full of earthy, ferrous and yes, chocolaty aromas. Very nice with pulled, smoked pork and slaw. The 14,5% abv is fully resolved, the tannins, thin and sweet. Drink thru 2019. recommended

PnP, served non-blind. This got even better by the 2nd glass.

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Red

2012 Skewis Pinot Noir Ridley Vineyard

Anderson Valley more

1/8/2016 - wine strategies Likes this wine: NR

Classic Skewis and Classic Anderson Valley, too. Bright garnet, very clear and engaging color. The nose stumbles upon PnP, so I let this rest in the glass for 10 minutes - a quick swirl or two and this is ready to go. By the second glass this was fully opened and never looked back. An excellent, medium-bodied, red-fruited accompaniment to some smoked pulled pork in a cherry sauce. The textures are as suave and lovely as the flavors. 13,6% abv, drink thru 2021. recommended

PnP, served non-blind.

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Red

2008 Mas Doix Priorat Costers de Vinyes Velles

Grenache Blend, Grenache more

1/8/2016 - wine strategies Likes this wine: NR

Powerful and tight at first, this really benefited from 60 minutes in a wide-bottom decanter. Very dark ruby, no sign of age. Once the nose has opened up, the aromas are piercingly clear - ferrous, earthy, with equal parts of red and black fruits. For my palate, somebody really had the pick date just right as this is balanced and offers a classy, lengthy finish. Plenty of cool acids here to round out the solid structure. 14,5% abv, drink thru 2023. recommended

Served non-blind; a fair amount of very fine, purple sediment

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White

2013 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc

White Rhone Blend more

1/8/2016 - wine strategies wrote: NR

Not a very good vintage for this normally very reliable workhorse. Subtle, uninteresting aromas, with a body and palate to match. Bistro/table wine and not much more. Surely the '14 is better. 13,5% abv, drink now.

PnP, served over 60 (very linear) minutes, non-blind

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White

2013 Pieropan Soave Classico

Garganega more

1/7/2016 - wine strategies wrote: NR

xavier and bignightout capture the wine's essence quite well. I would add that this 2013 pales in comparison to the 2014 bottling that I had just before it. The 2013 is more akin to quaffing juice as compared to the finely crafted and very eager-to-please 2014.

SnP, served non-blind.

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White

2014 Pieropan Soave Classico

Garganega more

1/7/2016 - wine strategies Likes this wine: NR

SnP, restaurant list purchase. Very fresh, and much more of everything when compared to the 2013 bottle we had just after this 2014 was finished. Verve, minerals, racy yet balanced, though clearly eager for the next sip and/or forkful of food. The color kind of says it all, bright, clear, and again, eager, whereas the 2013 seemed to lack most of the aforementioned, instead presenting as slightly dull. This 2014 is easily worthy of a case purchase for those that enjoy the area and the producer. recommended, drink thru 2018

Served non-blind; very thankful for the screwcap on these

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Red

2004 Poderi Luigi Einaudi Barolo Costa Grimaldi

Nebbiolo more

1/7/2016 - wine strategies Likes this wine: NR

PnP restaurant list purchase for just $63. Still a dark garnet toward ruby with no tawny at the rim yet. The nose presents a good amount of VA for the first 10 minutes in the glass, but afterwards, red fruits, and subtle tar and roses. The nose never wows, but thankfully the palate manages many fine moments. Most especially, perhaps, is that it is a food wine and not hampered by either too much EtOH or wood influence. In fact, this has far more acidity and balance than I was expecting. Rather enjoyable with a heavy bolognese on a cold Colorado night.

Served non-blind. Drink over the next 6-8 yrs.

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Red

2011 Williams Selyem Zinfandel Papera Vineyard

Russian River Valley more

1/6/2016 - wine strategies Likes this wine: NR

Really quite nice. Allowed to slow-O for an hour or so, this deeply ruby colored wine had an explosive, expansive nose full of pine tree, rosemary, thyme, purple flowers, and farther in the background, spice and pie crust. The palate is med-full, it runs slightly wider than it does deep, and it finishes with good class and persistence. The 14,8% abv never once appears as unresolved. And perhaps most importantly, the abundant acids, balanced with just enough red and black fruits, make this a really solid food wine. No need to wait, it's ready now, folks. recommended if you can afford the $56 retail.

Served non-blind.

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Red

2008 Château La Confession

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/5/2016 - wine strategies wrote: flawed

light TCA

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White - Sparkling

NV Hugues Godmé Champagne Extra-Brut Premier Cru

Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay more

12/24/2015 - wine strategies Likes this wine: NR

Crisp, clean and bright, this is mineral-driven and cut like a stone. Disgorged only 11 mos ago, this could use another year or two to soften up, or if you prefer (as I do), drink now. Very good value at $60, and excellent as an aperitif.

This was allowed to breathe in bottle for 30 minutes before serving.

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Red

2001 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakville more

12/27/2015 - wine strategies Likes this wine: NR

Showing a very restrained style, with acids that will (surprisingly) outlive the fruit - though this is in no danger of falling off a cliff tomorrow, either. Earthy, with plenty of black dirt and minerals in the background to keep it interesting. Served with an assortment of chocolates, this was good on its own, but also tugged as if to say it needed a proper meal to show even better. Some tertiary development, with tannins mostly resolved at this point. 14,0% abv., drink this over the next 3-5 years though I doubt it's getting better from here. An excellent $40 wine, and a very poor $100 wine.

PnP, served non-blind (aeration in decanter would have been completely unnecessary)

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White

2013 Bernhard Ott Grüner Veltliner Am Berg

Wagram more

12/27/2015 - wine strategies Likes this wine: NR

jvg's note is spot-on. This is better (for my palate) on the warmer end of the spectrum. Corn, sweet peas, sea bed/oyster shell, it's all here. Nicely fruited and very ready for drinking. 12,0% abv., recommended

SnP, served non-blind as an aperitif; a Michael Skurnik import.

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Red

2011 TOR Kenward Family Wines Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

Oakville Red Blend more

12/27/2015 - wine strategies wrote: NR

My wife called it a fruit bomb - I'm not sure I'd go so far; ripe, certainly but balanced for what it is, too. This 2011 bottling contains 28% Cabernet Franc, with as much richness and sweetness as one would expect from both the label/producer and the region. Ripe red fruits dominate, with a backbone of black fruits and glossy, sweet tannins providing the frame. 14,9% abv noticeable on PnP, and fully resolved thereafter. I preferred this on night 2 as the sweetness seemed to have integrated more. Just ten barrels produced. Good now and for the next 5-7 years.

PnP, served non-blind and consumed over 2 nights.

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Red

2012 Skewis Pinot Noir Peters Vineyard

Sonoma Coast more

12/27/2015 - wine strategies Likes this wine: NR

When this wine was first released, the 14,8% abv on the label had me worried. Well, after 90 minutes of aeration in decanter and over the following 90 minutes that it was enjoyed, this never once showed EtOH or ripeness/jam, etc. Instead, this was lovely cool-climate, red fruits tossed with earth and a handful of mushrooms. Just the slightest bit of tart cranberry on the lengthy, cool and very classy finish. Going to see if there is more I can buy, as this was just great. recommended, drink thru 2019

Served non-blind.

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Red

2008 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia

Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/21/2015 - wine strategies Likes this wine: NR

consistent with my note of August, 2013, "Full-bodied, and quite juicy, this offers up espresso roast, black cherries, pipe tobacco, earth, crunchy minerals and somewhat chewy, ripe tannins. Delicious(!) with the braised lamb, the wine and the food both going up a notch or two; alcohol mostly resolved. drink thru 2026", though I would shorten the drinking window given last night's performance, say to 2022, as I think this might be best in its youth. Pretty, delicious and a very good food wine, too. recommended, 13,5% abv.

PnP, served non-blind; very good from the start and held that line for the following hour until it was gone.

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