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Red

1998 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro

Toscana IGT Sangiovese more

5/23/2015 - kuumies wrote: NR

A beautifully deep, bricking color. A complex and compelling, savory nose of dark cherry, wet leaves, tobacco, prune and dried herbs. Very vivid and nuanced. On the palate first mouth caressingly silky, then the polished tannins emerge, gripping quite powerfully. Completely dry, yet abound with sweet, almost liquor-like cherry fruit, along with some iron and leather notes. Pleasantly coarse and extremely bright with great sense of vitality. Finishes very dry but balanced and tangy. Absolutely devoid of fat or notes of oak, this is a beautifully matured and integrated Sangiovese (or -veto, whatever) with all the vibrant acidity one would wish for. Not going downhill but I would guess that this is peaking right now, at least for my personal preferences.

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White

2012 Weingut Kranz Sylvaner vom Ton

Pfalz more

5/20/2015 - kuumies wrote: NR

A spicy nose of citrus, honeydew, Earl Grey and jasmin. Fairly full bodied with solid acidity, finishing spicy and a bit warm (13.5 %), leaving a really dry aftertaste. Strong presence, really surprisingly powerful and intense. A Sylvaner with character and attitude, definitely something that should be enjoyed only with food.

Day2: A day later the positive development is evident. The fruit seems brighter and the mouthfeel is more relaxed, airy even, though this is still quite compact and firm. At the winery I was told this to offer good aging potential and I don't see any reason to doubt it.

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White

2014 Bernhard Ott Grüner Veltliner Am Berg

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5/13/2015 - kuumies wrote: NR

A fantastically bright and fresh nose of green apple, tangy citrus, iodine and a hint of white pepper. On the palate very lively and tangy with high, slightly spritzy acidity. Loads of salty minerality, with some bone dry yellow fruit also! Some classic white pepper action on the finish. A fine firm texture. A bit on the austere side, so perhaps not the first option for a conversation wine, but absolutely great with pan fried perch. At 11 € a really nice buy.

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Red

2013 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barbera d'Alba

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5/11/2015 - kuumies wrote: NR

Deep, dark color, almost crimson. The nose is a bit simple yet delicious and more importantly very authentic, possessing notes of dark cherry, cranberry, dust and iron. On the palate crisp, bright and lively with a bit of spritz on the finish. Quite structured with superb acidity and polished, sticky tannins. Very tangy on the finish, making its presence felt on the way down in a really mouthwatering way. Immensely drinkable, like a Piemontese version of Foillard's wines. The succulent, yet lean texture is like nothing I've found in Barbera before. Impeccable balance and truly seamless, though definitely not in a too polished way. Simply put the best Barbera I've come across, nothing like those super premium Barberas with 200 % new oak, 15 % alcohol and the price tag of a Barolo. The only problem I have with this wine is that it is ridiculously teeth staining, but thankfully I have a dental professional in the family.

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White

2013 Patricius Sárga Muskotály Tokaji

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5/7/2015 - kuumies wrote: NR

Amazingly pale color, basically like water with just the slightest green hue. On the nose very floral, perfumey and fruity, with notes of pear and peach. While most varietally correct, the nose is not in-your-face in any way, but instead quite restrained, stylish and very bright. On the palate medium bodied with solid, surprisingly high acidity. Once again to flavor profile is true to the variety in an elegant way, possessing also a good deal of salty minerality. Bone dry with quite a lot of body and structure, this wine paired really well with pan fried salmon and green asparagus. Really nice on its own too, even though there is perhaps just the tiniest bit of heat (12.5 %) on the finish. Overall a high quality dry Muscat that massively overperforms at its 6.2 € price point.

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White

2005 Sauska Tokaji Cuvée

White Blend more

4/25/2015 - kuumies wrote: NR

A vivid dark orange color. A haunting honeyed nose of apricot, lemon (as in lemon ice tea), bitter almond, beeswax and botrytis. On the palate rich, sweet and supple with great acidity that never lets things go flabby or heavy. Highly concentrated with notes of apricot, orange and spices. Very bright and lively with a mighty nice, pithy finish. This has obviously a lot of residual sugar but the drinkability is just crazy. With a selection of cheeses, walnuts and an apricot compote from Wachau this sweetie was nothing short of the perfect drink. Frankly I'm amazed this sort of greatness is available at 10.90 €/0.5 l. A very complex and complete dessert wine.

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White

2013 Legli Balatonboglár Gesztenyes Riesling

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4/25/2015 - kuumies wrote: NR

Some sulfur on the nose, but not enough to cause trouble. Dry, sour citrus, sur lie and salty minerality. On the palate very focused with strong, piercing acidity and a hint of sweetness. A bit nervous and tight; definitely a bit awkward at the moment. Quite fruity with lemon and apple notes, finishing in a fairly sour fashion. Not expensive, but not all that enjoyable either right now. As a side note the capsule is made of some nasty hard stuff: be careful when opening this thing.

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White

2013 Gróf Buttler Chardonnay

Eger more

4/25/2015 - kuumies wrote: NR

A very rich, bright nose of apple, banana and quince along with hints of oak. Surprisingly not over the top in any way. On the palate round and rich, yet still bone dry and flavorwise quite restrained with good overall focus. The entry is very much fruit forward, but the finish is very leesy, minerally and saline with some spicy hints. Yellow fruited, not as tropical as the nose. Most of the time I'm not a big fan of oaked Chardonnay but this is a really nice one and extremely well priced.

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Red

2006 Le Piane Colline Novaresi

Croatina more

4/17/2015 - kuumies wrote: NR

A strong, vibrant ruby color. PnP straight out of the wine fridge this possessed really bright and transparent fruit both on the nose and palate, but unfortunately there was no preventing the strong coconutty oak note from emerging. It's not repulsive, but on the nose it is literally all over the place, forcing the dry, beautifully ripe red fruit to play the second fiddle. Some smoky and floral aromas are to be found also, but there is simply no denying that mostly one is smelling the oak here. On the palate the oak - while obvious for sure - is unable to mask the ripe, explosively juicy fruit. Fairly full bodied with quite gripping tannins, but polished and drinkable. Firm and dense, but not jammy or overblown. Red fruited with floral and minerally nuances. An interesting and good wine from the unknown parts of Piemonte, although I would have preferred it to stay as it was right after opening.

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Red

2006 Fattoria Selvapiana Chianti Rùfina Riserva Bucerchiale

Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

4/11/2015 - kuumies wrote: NR

Decanted for 2.5 hours. A pretty dark garnet color, far from opaque. A very beautiful, most typical nose of ripe sour cherry, tar, smoke and sweet mushroom. The last one really balances nicely the typical dryness and savoriness of the nose. Just a fantastic wine to sniff! On the palate surprisingly lean and light on its feet but definitely not thin. Extremely juicy, vivid and energetic, while still seriously structured with high acidity and somewhat grainy, gripping tannins. Bursting with dry cherry fruit, possessing the sort of joie de vivre that the best natural Beaujolais have. Magnificently combines strong presence and weightlessness. How can a wine this structured feel so mouth-caressing? Really traditional yet not austere at all. Excellent with beef tenderloin and Appenzeller Extra, but really excellent without also. I didn't want to buy into the hype but this is just Sangiovese at its purest, at a price that is funny. I just might have to get a case of this.

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White

2011 Freie Weingärtner Wachau / Domäne Wachau Riesling Smaragd Singerriedel

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4/8/2015 - kuumies wrote: NR

Slightly spritzy. A very ripe nose of peach, stonefruit, lemon and beeswax, along with a hint of something floral. Very fruit forward with a warm feel to it, not really my kind of a Riesling nose to be honest but at least it is expressive. On the palate likewise rich, ripe and mouth-filling with some alcoholic warmth. I'm sure there can't be much residual sugar but the ripeness and ABV together create an illusion of sweetness. It does not really lack acidity but freshness? I would say so, unfortunately. It's hard to believe that this is the same wine that I tasted at the winery two years ago. We'll see how this one develops but right now I'm not too optimistic.

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Rosť - Sparkling

NV Champagne Savart Champagne Bulle de Rosé

Champagne Blend more

4/6/2015 - kuumies wrote: NR

Started off shy but quickly began to open up, revealing its highly vinous nature. Lots of crisp cherry and cranberry fruit, marred with high acidity and elegant bubbles, although this is definitely the kind of fizz where the bubbles really feel secondary to everything else. I could not find any autolytic notes, which I'm totally fine with. This would probably work really well with many different kinds of food, but was just fine as an aperitif also, really whetting the appetite.

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White

2011 Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Ruchottes

Chardonnay more

4/6/2015 - kuumies wrote: NR

A toxicating nose of nuts, butter and salty minerality. I'm sure there was fruit also but being mostly a Chablis/Champagne drinker those were more obvious to me. On the palate rich, decadent and powerful. Really firm and dense with high intensity. Quite spicy with a long finish marked by a spearmint note. Due to its good acidity and well managed oak this was a pleasure to drink and paired well with a creamy celeriac soup and a surprisingly bold and rustic whitefish dish.

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Red

2009 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Angles

Pinot Noir more

4/6/2015 - kuumies wrote: NR

A bright nose of bold red fruit (cherry, cranberry) and stony minerality, along with hints of truffle and forest floor. Nice crispness, great purity. On the palate a bit restrained yet very lively with plenty of bright red fruit. Really classy, balanced and nicely structured with silky tannins that keep on growing, gripping quite strongly on the last sips. Not the most generous wine at the moment but really promising and already went well with both lamb tartare and Mimolette cheese.

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Red

2008 Fontodi Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

4/3/2015 - kuumies wrote: NR

Decanted for an hour or so, served slightly chilled (~16 degrees Celcius). A classic, charismatic nose of ripe red sour cherries, leather and some barnyard. A little VA going on, but in a way that really adds to the whole. I can't remember previous vintages having much if any VA/brett but I'm definitely not complaining. The palate is classic first class CC action with a mouthfeel that separates this wine from the field. There is a certain satine-like quality to the texture even though there is some serious structure underneath. Full-bodied, beautifully bright and lifted, just as enjoyable as the previous few vintages. Worked wonders with lamb tenderloin.

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White - Off-dry

2009 René Muré Gewurztraminer Vorbourg Vendanges Tardives

Alsace Grand Cru Gewürztraminer more

4/1/2015 - kuumies wrote: NR

Quite a strong yellow color. The ripe, perfumey nose is textbook Gewurztraminer: lychee, rose petals, honey and beeswax. Really delicious and promising. I was expecting a warm year VT Gewurztraminer to be really concentrated and opulent but this is surprisingly firm and compact on the palate. Far from thin though, packing a good deal of ripe fruit similar flavorwise to the aromatics. Along the fruity and floral notes there is the classic, distinctive spiciness that is so characteristic of this variety, taking the wine towards dryness on the finish. Overall quite springy and not really that sweet at all, which results in a surprisingly easy drinkability. Not amazingly complex, long or though-provoking, but definitely a decent, authentic drink at 17 €/500ml.

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White - Sparkling

NV Guillaume Sergent Champagne Les Prés Dieu

Champagne Blend more

3/28/2015 - kuumies wrote: NR

Disgorged 17.6.2014, 881 bottles produced. Pale color, very fine tiny bubbles. The nose surprises in the sense that while there is the classic seashell-thing going on along with some delicious toasty notes the fruit is a lot riper and darker than on the more common Côte des Blancs -BdBs. Quite earthy with plenty of red apple fruit. On the palate quite rich with great focus and high acidity. Strong, firm effervescence lingers on for quite some time. Fairly primary with plenty of red apples and cherry, tasted blind I would be absolutely sure there is some Pinot Noir here. Very vinous with a long, sour finish. While Extra brut this is far from austere with the fruit being fairly ripe and round. Quite different from the Côte des Blancs counterparts - not as great a sushi wine - but not a bad fizz by any means. Would benefit from aging.

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Red

2011 Ridge Lytton Springs

Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel more

3/25/2015 - kuumies wrote: NR

From a half bottle. First of all it needs to be stated that while this wine won't fall apart in room temp it does have a much better focus and brightness, with little to none coconutty oak aroma, when properly chilled. The nose is bursting with ripe, superbright fruit of blackcurrant and cherry. Quite earthy and dusty with a savory olive note. Overall a very elegant and exciting nose which made the better half guess Tuscany. On the palate extremely juicy and lively with considerable yet polished, powerfully gripping tannins that lead to a dry, somewhat bitter and spicy finish. Some nice sourness and a good lift provided by the surprisingly high acidity. Not quite as bright as on the nose, some licorice action going on, but not overripe by any means. Very drinkable and delightfully approachable while quite robust, paired excellently with entrecôte steaks.

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White

2011 Moreau-Naudet & Fils Chablis 1er Cru Les Forêts

Chardonnay more

3/18/2015 - kuumies wrote: NR

The slightly honeyed, very much floral nose is pure iodine, possessing also strong smoky and citrusy aromas. Some hints of wood, though not really sticking out at all. Overall very crisp, bright and on point - easily one of the best white wine noses recently. On the palate dry, savory and gripping with calm, yet mouth-watering acidity. Medium bodied with fine focus and little to no fat. Again the oak presence is felt, though not so much flavorwise as structurally. The mouthfeel, though firm at the same time, is quite ethereal; there is nothing forced about this wine. The restrained fruit is very much of the citrusy kind, with quite nice spicy notes emerging towards the finish. Surprisingly not that much about minerality or super-high acidity, yet I still definitely feel like I'm drinking Chablis here. Great balance and drinkability, this went down fast alongside arctic char first and Brebiou cheese as a dessert.

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Red

2009 Cantina dei Produttori Nebbiolo di Carema Carema Riserva

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3/11/2015 - kuumies wrote: NR

Decanted for 1,5h. Quite transparent and already a bit brownish in the glass. On the nose as classic and recognizable as it gets: lots of bold red fruit in a tarry, slightly smoky wrapping. Beautifully perfumed with a mushroomy hint. On the palate extremely juicy, chewy even, with friendly, polished tannins that grip in a very gently manner. Open and inviting, with a bit simple yet delicious, classic Nebbiolo flavor profile. Somewhere between medium- and full-bodied, with no extra fat to be found. The fruit is that of a young wine, but structurally this seems quite approachable and drinks really well at the moment. Finishes clean and refreshing, like a good food wine should. A really honest Nebbiolo at a really good price (18 €), perhaps even better than its Barbaresco cousin.

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Red

2012 Azienda Agricola Montevertine Pian del Ciampolo Toscana IGT

Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

3/6/2015 - kuumies wrote: NR

Nicely transparent in the glass. A pretty savory nose of red cherries, strawberry, dust and cinnamon. Very bright, pure and classic. On the palate bright, juicy and succulent with terrific acidity and lift. The flavor profile is pure Sangiovese goodness with no trace of oak, alcohol or overripeness. A bit simplistic perhaps, but does not really lack anything. Really dry and savory with gently gripping tannins. Just like its big brother Pian del Ciampolo is Sangiovese as its most authentic and just a delight to sip. Very unusual for us, but a bottle was finished alarmingly easily with a Raclette dinner between me and the better half, which says a mighty lot about this wine's drinkability and palate-cleansing ability.

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Red

2009 Valdipiatta Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Sangiovese more

2/27/2015 - kuumies wrote: NR

Decanted for 1.5 hours. A fairly dark color, though not opaque by any means. A most savory, leathery nose possesses a really deep sour cherry note along with lesser notes of iron, orange peel, herbs and dust. Overall quite robust and earthy with ripe fruit nowhere to be found. On the palate quite dense and powerful, and sadly unable to hide its alcohol (stated 14 %). Very dry and savory, dominated by notes of sour cherry and licorice. High in acidity with gripping, drying tannins. Instantly recognizable as a Tuscan Sangiovese, but the warmer it gets the more clear its flaws become, with the nose developing a medicinal note. I find it hard to agree with some of the other notes here; this is neither light nor especially easy-drinking due to the heat. When well chilled and/or served with food (in our case a tomato-based dish with chicken, olives and capers) still definitely serviceable, although even at 14 € the value is questionable due to the lack of balance.

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Red

2011 Schloss Gobelsburg St. Laurent Haidegrund

Kamptal more

2/20/2015 - kuumies wrote: NR

A savory, somewhat barnyardy nose offers notes of raspberry, bitter cranberry, olive and consommé. On the palate firm and focused with lively acidity and gripping, polished tannins. Very much red-fruited and quite zesty with notes of cherry and cranberry. Extremely juicy and mouthfilling, full of life. On the finish has a feel of oakiness though not really the flavors. Otherwise finishes dry and lip-smacking, with a really long aftertaste. On its own this wine is distinct, interesting and most definitely of very high quality, but screaming for food. Challenging, yet captivating. To my surprise it paired beautifully with beef teriyaki despite the (moderate) sweetness of the food and the dryness and savoriness of the wine. There is definitely a Burgundian quality to this wine but the mouthfeel reminds more of a Syrah from the Northern Rhône. After this and the 2010 Alte Haide Pinot Noir I'm starting to view Schloss Gobelsburg as one of Austria's premier red wine producers.

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White

2013 Tissot (Bénédicte et Stéphane / André et Mireille) Chardonnay Arbois Patchwork

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2/19/2015 - kuumies wrote: NR

To my understanding this is a blend of different plots that did not produce enough in this vintage to deserve their individual bottlings. A few sips were had initially, after that some 20h of slow-oxing in the bottle (these Jura whites do seem to enjoy plenty of breathing). A notably sour, somewhat dirty nose, reminiscent of many oddball Belgian beers. Unripe lemon, apple, some smoke and a lot of hay, with clear signs of oxidation. Sour on the attack, sour midway through and finally sour on the finish. Medium bodied and seemingly not incredibly acidic, but it's the intense sourness that gives this wine its strong structure. Really firm and quite seamless, appealing to me greatly in the most AFWE kind of a way. Bone dry and fairly discreet flavorwise, though lacking none of that unripe(-ish) lemon and a bit riper apple that first appeared on the nose. Drinkable and refreshing, delivering nice value at the discount price of 12.50 €.

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Red

2011 Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Sangiovese more

2/11/2015 - kuumies wrote: NR

After some 2 hours in the decanter the nose is generously open and expressive, reminiscent of a smoky, dusty cloud filled with pure, ripe sour cherry fruit, sandalwood and hints of licorice. Most savory and bright, exactly as one would hope it to be. On the palate medium bodied and quite silky on the attack, though with a formidable structure that soon reveals itself. Along with the typical high acidity there are gripping tannins that lead to a dry, slightly bitter finish. Very juicy and lifted, full of vitality. It is quite a contrast between the silky entry and the drying finish, but still the wine sports a fine balance and high drinkability. There is absolutely no new oak to be seen, ditto any fat, thus making this seem like a very traditional, delightfully austere expression of Sangiovese. No doubt there is upside, but I have no problems enjoying this at the moment.

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