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White

2009 Domaine Leflaive Mâcon-Verzé

Chardonnay more

5/27/2015 - SimonG wrote: 87 points

In line with recent bottles. Pale to mid straw. Bright, fresh, nicely mineral with good line. Some mid-palate weight but nothing overblown. Pleasing line and minerality for the vintage. Very decent. ***

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2004 Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

5/26/2015 - SimonG wrote: 88 points

Mid ruby to mid garnet. Decanted an hour. Some fragrant notes, but relatively muted. Soft damson fruit, good acidity and reasonably grippy. Lacks depth, complexity and length. Perfectly drinkable, and some interest, but largely underpowered for what it is, and its price. ***

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Red

1996 Château Langoa Barton

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/25/2015 - SimonG wrote: 91 points

Decanted an hour. Deep ruby. Dark red fruit and a touch of cedar on the nose. A good core of ripe cassis. Really quite lush and sweet fruit on the attack. Mulberry, blackcurrant and cedar. Quite a fine mineral line through the sweet fruit. Lovely, relatively light but moderately intense though the mid-palate to finish. Drinking very well, really quite joyous, a good mix of sweet fruit and the early stages of development. ****

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White - Sparkling

NV Clément Perseval Champagne Blanc de Noirs

Champagne Blend more

5/23/2015 - SimonG wrote: 90 points

Drunk as an aperitif over a couple of days. Nicely rich, biscuity with a touch of crème pat. Reminds me of Bolly. Shows well over a couple of days. ***1\2

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Red

2001 Domaine Ponsot Morey St. Denis Cuvée des Grives

Pinot Noir more

5/24/2015 - SimonG wrote: 90 points

Ruby to deep garnet. Tangy cherry fruit, a pinch of caramel and some developing sous-bois. This has out on weight in the past there years. A sweetness to the fruit. Lovely, and engaging. ***1/2

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White

2004 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Cote de Bouguerots

Chardonnay more

5/23/2015 - SimonG wrote: 93 points

Mid straw. Decanted and drunk over three hours. Starts off with a nicely saline nose, quite crisp and with a fairly dense core of minerality. Enough zing and mineral edge to shout Chablis. With air, this takes on proper GC weight and viscosity, and has clearly moved forward since last tasted a couple of years ago. The mineral, saline zing rounds out and whilst a sappy mineral core remains the saline bite is joined by a slightly honeyed richness. Hard to see this getting better, but pox aside, should hold well for a few years. Showing ahead of a Preusses and Clos recently, but that's partially a function of this being in a decent glass (Riedel Montrachet), being decanted and being at a sensible temperature (both wine and room) and being allowed to evolve and develop over several hours. Really very good. Maybe just lacking a little intensity and persistence on the finish ****

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Red

2012 Siro Buzzetti Valtellina Superiore - Sassella Terrazzi Alti

Nebbiolo more

4/20/2015 - SimonG wrote: 92 points

artisan vintners — Friends & Family Tasting (The Sampler, South Kensington): Beautiful, bright amost Frapatto-like strawberry fruit. light but rounded and long. Fun without being frivolous. ****

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Red

2003 Petterino Gattinara

Nebbiolo more

4/20/2015 - SimonG wrote: 91 points

artisan vintners — Friends & Family Tasting (The Sampler, South Kensington): Curious nose. Boiling beetroot almost. Savoury. Light and refreshing. Curious but fun and with great energy. ****

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Red

2011 Giovanni Sordo Barolo Gabutti

Nebbiolo more

4/20/2015 - SimonG wrote: 83 points

artisan vintners — Friends & Family Tasting (The Sampler, South Kensington): Again, a touch confected and with a slightly chemical edge. Not my cup of tea. These Sordo wines seem perfectly serviceable in parts, but a little coarse, or at least, lacking refinement. **

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Red

2011 Giovanni Sordo Barolo Parussi

Nebbiolo more

4/20/2015 - SimonG wrote: flawed

artisan vintners — Friends & Family Tasting (The Sampler, South Kensington): Hmm, a rather off-putting burnt rubber nose.

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Red

2006 Giovanni Sordo Barolo Rocche di Castiglione

Nebbiolo more

4/20/2015 - SimonG wrote: 81 points

artisan vintners — Friends & Family Tasting (The Sampler, South Kensington): Something rather chemically about this. Not great. **

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Red

2010 Giovanni Sordo Barolo Rocche di Castiglione

Nebbiolo more

4/20/2015 - SimonG wrote: 88 points

artisan vintners — Friends & Family Tasting (The Sampler, South Kensington): Very fruity nose, bizarrely, of passion fruit. ***

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Red

2011 Giovanni Sordo Barolo Rocche di Castiglione

Nebbiolo more

4/20/2015 - SimonG wrote: 89 points

artisan vintners — Friends & Family Tasting (The Sampler, South Kensington): More fragrant. A nice lift. Again, grippy finish. Needs time. Plenty of tannin. ***

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Red

2011 Giovanni Sordo Barolo Monvigliero

Barbera more

4/20/2015 - SimonG wrote: 88 points

artisan vintners — Friends & Family Tasting (The Sampler, South Kensington): A bit fuller and less subtle on the nose. Rounded on the palate. Grippier on the finish. OK. ***

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Red

2009 Francesco Sobrero e figli Barolo Pernanno Riserva

Nebbiolo more

4/20/2015 - SimonG wrote: 90 points

artisan vintners — Friends & Family Tasting (The Sampler, South Kensington): Fragrant, but fresher, lighter and more floaty than the Tanasio. A surprising dryness creeps up on the finish. ***1/2

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Red

2011 Francesco Sobrero e figli Barolo Ciabot Tanasio

Nebbiolo more

4/20/2015 - SimonG wrote: 89 points

artisan vintners — Friends & Family Tasting (The Sampler, South Kensington): Another floral, lifted nose, but a little more confected than the Rizzi. Finishes with milk chocolate. ***

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Red

2008 Scarzello Barolo Sarmassa Vigna Merenda

Nebbiolo more

4/20/2015 - SimonG wrote: 89 points

artisan vintners — Friends & Family Tasting (The Sampler, South Kensington): Mellower and more interesting on the nose. Grippier. Tauter on the palate too. A little anaemic perhaps. ***

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Red

2007 Scarzello Barolo

Nebbiolo more

4/20/2015 - SimonG wrote: 90 points

artisan vintners — Friends & Family Tasting (The Sampler, South Kensington): A bit softer with a little less definition. Ready now. ***1/2

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Red

2008 Scarzello Barolo

Nebbiolo more

4/20/2015 - SimonG wrote: 91 points

artisan vintners — Friends & Family Tasting (The Sampler, South Kensington): Densely floral nose. Similar on attack. Some flesh to the structure. A warmth too. ***(*)

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Red

2008 Oddero Barolo Mondoca di Bussia Soprana

Nebbiolo more

4/20/2015 - SimonG wrote: 90 points

artisan vintners — Friends & Family Tasting (The Sampler, South Kensington): Slightly darker fruit and a little sweaty on the nose. Quite dense. Nicely sweet-fruited attack, but more obvious structure on the finish. More food-friendly. **(*1/2)

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Red

2009 Oddero Barolo Brunate

Nebbiolo more

4/20/2015 - SimonG wrote: 90 points

artisan vintners — Friends & Family Tasting (The Sampler, South Kensington): Richer and fuller. Denser fruit but broader and lacking in finesse. Decent but a product of the vintage. ***1/2

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Red

2011 Oddero Barolo Rocche di Castiglione

Nebbiolo more

4/20/2015 - SimonG wrote: 93 points

artisan vintners — Friends & Family Tasting (The Sampler, South Kensington): Similar to the Villero, a little less floaty floral and a little finer on the finish. ****

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Red

2011 Oddero Barolo Villero

Nebbiolo more

4/20/2015 - SimonG wrote: 93 points

artisan vintners — Friends & Family Tasting (The Sampler, South Kensington): Nicely fragrant. Classic rose-scent. Sweet-fruited and similarly fragrant. Good lift. very flattering. ****

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Red

2010 Oddero Barolo

Nebbiolo more

4/20/2015 - SimonG wrote: 90 points

artisan vintners — Friends & Family Tasting (The Sampler, South Kensington): Richer and more mellow on the nose. Positive attack and a smother finish. Seemingly lower tannin and higher acidity. Vintage differences evident. ***1/2

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Red

2011 Oddero Barolo

Nebbiolo more

4/20/2015 - SimonG wrote: 87 points

artisan vintners — Friends & Family Tasting (The Sampler, South Kensington): Grippier but also a dryness. Less attractive and probably needs food more. ***

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