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White

2010 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Cuvée delle Vigne Niche

Etna DOC Carricante more

4/26/2015 - jerwin1943 wrote: 92 points

Our first of three bottles, this was served at ~50F with imported Strozzapreti (an elongated Cavatelli) with a sage, olive oil and ground pignoli pesto that was topped with toasted walnuts. To provide a flavor contrast, we had oven roasted plum tomatoes on the side.
A bright light golden color, this was initially restrained but opened dramatically as it warmed in the glass and took in some air. It had a silky smooth feel, medium weight, excellent balance, moderate length, and a clean finish.
As it warmed, it reminded me, in a subtle way, of a mature, but less weighty, Tondonia Blanco. There was a faint oxidative note with a delicate floral mineral, beeswax edge in the nose. In the mouth, there were subtle well focused impressions of marcona almond, hazelnut, pear, apple, white peach, and quince jelly.
This is an elegant white that is intriguing with the right food accompaniment. It was an exquisite pairing with our pasta dish and seemed in peak form with no indication of imminent decline. But, having no prior experience with this wine, I wouldn’t hazard a guess as to the aging capabilities.
This is not an aperitif candidate. I would strongly suggest serving it after 30 minutes of air and no colder than 58F with simply prepared fish, chicken, or lightly sauced pasta dishes.

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White

2003 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Crianza Viña Gravonia

Viura more

4/13/2015 - jerwin1943 Likes this wine: 93 points

This was taken from storage at 48F and opened for a light airing while allowing it to come up to ~57F. It was served with chicken provencal, porcini saffron risotto, oven roasted asparagus, and finished with a selection of Spanish and Vermont cheeses.
This was exquisite with our dinner. It is a distinctive style of white wine that you will love or detest, but never feel indefinite about. It is a wine that needs food and will find few friends as a solo sipper.
The angular, lightly oxidative, oaky, saline aspects provided a fascinating counterpoint to the green apple, lemon rind, beeswax, vanilla, honey, marcona almond group. With a solid weighty mouthfeel, it seemed very precise, energetic, and well balanced with a finish that slowly trailed off. This was my second bottle of this and I am smitten. Priced ~ $25, it is an outstanding value………if you like this stye.

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Red

2001 Aldo e Riccardo Seghesio Barolo Vigneto la Villa

Nebbiolo more

3/19/2015 - jerwin1943 Likes this wine: 93 points

This was the first of four bottles purchased on release. It was decanted for 3 hours leaving a substantial solid deposit in the bottle. The color was as expected; medium density, garnet hue, and noticeable bricking at the edge.
The aromatics were surprisingly strong with the earth notes more prominent than the restrained red fruits. Surprisingly, the roses and tar that I thought would be in the forefront were barely detectable on first pour but emerged during the next 90 minutes. Despite the 14.5 ABV, the alcohol was not obtrusive in the finish or on the nose.
In the mouth, this comes off very solid and muscular. Sour cherry was prominent with strawberry, licorice, orange rind, tobacco leaf, earth notes, and a hint of creosote in the background. Quite enjoyable now, there is nice complexity that should continue to add definition with time.
The balance is superb and the length was impressive. The tannins were quite evident at the end but not harsh or coarse. This wine is well structured and should benefit from a few more years of cellar time. In retrospect, I would have given this 4-6 hours of air time in the decanter.
AeR Seghesio Barolo is generally considered to be more modern but this 2001 is a very solid and impressive effort………..definitely not for the “faint of heart”.

Served with fusilli and a red Porcini sauce followed by a selection of Vermont cheeses. A Sicilian salad of orange slices, fennel, oil cured olives, and red onion with a drizzle of olive oil and Balsamic was the end cap for the meal.

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Red

2006 Aldo e Riccardo Seghesio Barolo Vigneto la Villa

Nebbiolo more

3/18/2015 - jerwin1943 wrote: NR

Note entered as 2006 by mistake. It has been moved to the 2001.

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Red

2004 L'Aventure Estate Cuvée

Paso Robles Red Blend more

1/26/2015 - jerwin1943 Does not like this wine: 86 points

Hot, clumsy mess. I made the mistake of buying two bottles just after release.

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Red

2003 Feudi di San Gregorio Irpinia Serpico

Aglianico more

12/26/2014 - jerwin1943 Likes this wine: 92 points

This was the first of six bottles, it was decanted for 2.5 hours leaving a significant sediment.
* deep garnet with a tawny rim
* full in the mouth with considerable weight
* aromatics and palate impressions reflect a maturing mix of dark ripened fruits, baking spices, tobacco, tar, wet soil, seared orange peel, and a faint floral component
* there is an intriguing acidic tension as the mouth impressions play across the senses, gaining momentum in mid palate, and ending with a slightly drying (but not harsh) finish
Although sometimes put down as a poor heat stricken vintage, this Serpico is in no way a clumsy beast. It is a powerful angular wine with good structure, great depth, and a complexity that is just starting to emerge.
Unfortunately, it was a little overpowering for the delicate spinach & ricotta crepes, wild mushroom sauce, sesame crusted eggplant steaks, and roasted red peppers I paired it with.
It is still a bit wound up at this stage and could have used more time in the decanter.
Give it another 3-4 years in the cellar and then enjoy it over the following ten. Drink sooner only with a good airing and a meal of big flavorful foods.

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Red

2007 Comte Louis de Clermont-Tonnerre Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Julie

Red Rhone Blend more

12/18/2014 - jerwin1943 wrote: 91 points

This was decanted for one hour leaving a moderate granular sediment. It was served with dinner several days ago and I did not make written notes so these comments are from fading mental impressions.
The aromatics were quite prominent right from the get-go with suggestions of dark berries, garrigue, green olives, and a subtle floral component. It has a very solid mouth feel with luscious ripe well defined flavors showing some nice emerging secondary components hinting of blackberry, raspberry, licorice, briar, mineral, spice, olive, and seared beef. Length and balance were very good with noticeable but not obtrusive tannins peeking out at the end. While there was a hint of heat, it was not overbearing.
I was not expecting to be wowed by this. But to my surprise and while no challenge to Pegau or Beaucastel, it was a very pleasing bottle that is drinking well now and has the balance, depth, and structure to maintain for several more years and a good value.

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Red

1999 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Classico Riserva

Nebbiolo more

12/13/2014 - jerwin1943 wrote: NR

This was our only bottle and was purchased about two years ago from a reputable east coast merchant. The bottle was in excellent condition and decanted for two hours before serving with raviolis and a wild mushroom sauce.
This wine is far from being ready to drink. It took about four hours after decant before even starting to open up. It has distinct Nebbiolo character even now but it would be unfair to try to evaluate it further at this stage. It was in no way flawed, just very closed up. Wait another 7-10 years if you have this.

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White

2011 Colli di Lapio Fiano di Avellino

Fiano di Avellino DOCG more

11/19/2014 - jerwin1943 Likes this wine: 91 points

This was very much in line with the 2009 of which we have only 2 remaining. Clear medium yellow in color with floral-melon aromatics and precise palette impressions of pear, lemon-lime, raw almonds, quince,and minerals. It opened up considerably as it warmed in the glass. Medium bodied with very good acidity, nice length and a fresh minerally finish.
This is a superbly drinkable white wine that pairs well with non tomato pasta dishes and simple fish preparations. It seems best ~ 50F so let it warm up a bit if you are pulling it right out of the refrigerator. Based on my experience with the 2009, I expect a year or two in the cellar could add depth and delineation but it can be enjoyed now for its youthful exuberance and purity of flavor. 91+

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Red

2008 1789 Wines Pinot Noir Single Vineyard

Chehalem Mountains more

11/2/2014 - jerwin1943 Likes this wine: 92 points

This was our first of four bottles and was decanted off a small amount of very light sediment for 30 minutes. It was served with salmon glazed with a sauce of maple syrup, tamari, and garlic. As sides, we had oven roasted cauliflower, and sautéed bok-choy with wild mushrooms. The bottle was finished with a selection of cheeses.
It is medium ruby with no browning, enticing floral, red raspberry-strawberry aromas with an edge of fall leaves and subtle spice. What was most striking to me was the texture and balance. This has a stunningly smooth mouth feel with silky tannins and no evidence of heat in the long finish. It is beautifully balanced and the initial primary flavors give way to an undercurrent of secondary characteristics as you hold it in your mouth. It is very clean from start to finish with no hint of heavy handed wood.
This was initially restrained but continued to open for another hour with our meal. It is still youthful in color, aromatics, and flavor and I would give it more decanter time if serving now but think that another year or two in the cellar will serve it well.

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Red

2001 Paolo Scavino Barolo

Nebbiolo more

10/23/2014 - jerwin1943 Likes this wine: 90 points

Our first of six bottles, this was decanted off a moderate amount of sediment for 2.5 hours before serving with chicken parmesan and pasta with fresh marinara sauce. On first pour, the initial aromatics showed good intensity but were somewhat lacking in definition and typicity. This same impression carried through to the palate. Over the next 90 minutes with dinner, it did seem to open up and become more varietal in character with better delineation.
It had a nice solid mouth feel and very good balance of primary and secondary characteristics, appropriate acidity, and polished tannins showing in the finish. I did not detect the excess of oak that some others have mentioned. While clearly made in a more modern style, it was none the less an enjoyable accompaniment to our meal.
Though my preference is for more traditionally made Nebbiolo, there is definitely a place at our table for this while awaiting our more traditional 2001’s march toward maturity. It is in a good drinking spot now and should remain so for another 10 years. I think another year or two might benefit this and bring it into a little sharper focus.

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White

2012 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

7/31/2014 - jerwin1943 Likes this wine: 93 points

Opened at a Thai BYOB with Tamarind Duck.
Yowzah……stunningly good.
Riccardo Malocchio, IssacJamesBaker, and Rieslingfan dialed this in very well.
Bought 2 cases @ $20/btl.
My “ytd” value, don’t miss it.

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Red

2012 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso

Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese more

7/2/2014 - jerwin1943 Likes this wine: 91 points

Our third bottle from a case. This was splash decanted (no sediment) for 2 hours before serving with spinach & ricotta raviolis with a mushroom-sage-butter-sherry sauce and broccoli rabe as a side. The bottle was finished with a selection of cheeses.
This is very similar to the 2011 but maybe a little fatter and more immediately accessible. This is an absolute delight to drink now, especially with pasta dishes. It is so alive. I have also served it with a Sicilian fish stew and it was a wonderful accompaniment. However, I cannot over emphasize the importance of giving it lots of air and serving it with food.
The balance is excellent and it has the structure to keep going for another 7-8 years. There is no chance that I will be able to keep any of it around that long though…..must get more.

UPDATE: 10/11/2014
Our seventh bottle, this was splash decanted for 2.5 hours and served with a Moroccan vegetarian stew over couscous. Both this bottle and the last (opened about a month ago) seem to be closing up in comparison to the earlier bottles. I did notice this with the 2011 (over two cases consumed to date) but to a lesser extent. Possibly a longer aeration might be warranted with the 2012 but I think we will just back off the consumption rate and let this take a nap.

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White - Off-dry

2009 St. Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Spätlese

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

6/18/2014 - jerwin1943 Likes this wine: 90 points

I neglected to write this up until almost a week after so details are a bit sketchy. It was served with a breaded pork chop, beet and apple puree, shredded red cabbage sautéed with with caraway and sesame sauce, and a potato salad made with a mix of Garnett and Japanese sweet potatoes and a light Dijon vinaigrette.
The wine was a wonderful pairing for this and delightful to drink. The balance of typical “peach-pear-apple” fruit and precise acidity was excellent. Subtle up-front floral notes with hints of petrol and minerality added dimension. It had a smooth texture and medium weight with a lightness that I enjoyed. This is eminently enjoyable now and should remain so for a decade or more. 90-91 points now with upside potential.

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White

2011 Domaine Yves Martin Sancerre Chavignol

Sauvignon Blanc more

5/31/2014 - jerwin1943 Likes this wine: 90 points

Served with swordfish that was pan seared and finished in the oven with butter, garlic, and lemon. This was a very nice pairing that didn’t overshadow the food like many of the more assertive NZ-SB. Its’ lighter citrusy character played well with the fish and the finish was crisp and very clean. At ~$18 delivered, this is worth giving a try.

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Red

2009 Lauren Ashton Cellars Cuvée Arlette

Red Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/19/2014 - jerwin1943 Likes this wine: 92 points

The first of four bottles purchased from FP. This was decanted for 90 minutes with no appreciable sediment.
This is a very vibrant and seductive wine. It is as smooth as a baby’s butt showing good balance, concentration, and length without being overdone. Despite being a merlot dominant blend, this comes off for me as clearly a WA style with no right bank pretense.
I don’t get the feeling that it will change significantly, either for the better or worse although I do think it can gain in flavor delineation and definition in the coming 2-3 years and last easily through this decade. This is quite well made for near and mid term drinking and should provide a great deal of enjoyment.

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White

2002 Domaine / Maison Vincent Girardin Corton-Charlemagne

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay more

5/1/2014 - jerwin1943 wrote: 89 points

I had been saving this single bottle for several years waiting for just the right occasion. It was taken from the cellar at 50F and opened for 30 minutes to air at room temperature before serving with a warm potato-leek soup as a first course we shared with wine loving friends. The color was lovely and there was an enchanting delicate floral aroma. But, in the mouth, it just fell flat. The lovely play of flavors I anticipated were AWOL. It seemed almost lifeless. Our guests were polite and called it quite nice, but it was a huge disappointment for me. It did not seem flawed; I don’t know if it was past prime, or just not that special to start with.
Fortunately, all was not lost. The main course of veal saltimbocca with polenta and wild mushroom sauce was accompanied by a magnificent 1952 Borgogno Barolo. The finale, a 1971 Coutet served with ripe red Bartlett pears, a Vermont Blue Cheese from Sugarbush Farms, and hand made goat cheese caramels was sublime.

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Red

2001 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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4/19/2014 - jerwin1943 Likes this wine: 94 points

This was the first of three bottles purchased on release. It was decanted for 1 hour then returned to the bottle to air for another 90 minutes before serving with a stir fry of peppers, onions, portobello, and moose meat over polenta and finished with a selection of cheeses.
This was a lovely Napa cab that is in the heart of its sweet spot. I was expecting something with an imposing presence, but found a wine of surprising elegance, subtlety, and class that continued to blossom throughout our dinner. It is medium-full bodied and beautifully balanced with silky tannins, solid mid palate, and long lingering finish. In spite of the 14.5% ABV, there is not a hint of heat.
I did not detect the overemphasis on oak that some others have mentioned; for me, it was spot on.
Still youthful in appearance, the black and blue primary fruits, while still evident, have evolved into a exquisite play of secondary and tertiary impressions that align more with Margaux than Pauillac. It clearly outclasses the 2001 Hoopes and Isosceles recently consumed.
It has the structure to go another 10+ years but it is so pleasurable now that the remaining two bottles will be gone by then.

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Red

2007 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Southing

Sta. Rita Hills more

4/19/2014 - jerwin1943 wrote: 90 points

This was the first of 3 bottles purchased on release and decanted for 30 minutes. It was certainly not an inspired bottling but it wasn’t terrible either. It just left me unimpressed; almost like the soul had been sucked out of the wine before it was poured.
Others have created a collective impression of the aromatics and palate experience that mirrors mine and there is little to add there.
Like many others, I consider it is a relatively poor showing for the price.
I don’t see this getting any better, but it isn’t on the edge of the cliff either.

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Red

2008 Bodegas y Viñedos Alnardo Ribera del Duero Psi

Tempranillo more

4/15/2014 - jerwin1943 wrote: 89 points

The second of six bottles purchased on release, this was decanted for 1 hour leaving a modest sediment.
The color was fairly deep purple-red with no browning at the edge. The aromatics were, for the most part, primary red and blue fruits with hints of some secondary development. It was medium-full bodied with good balance and a middle that was solid but somewhat lacking in definition and focus. It trailed off rather quickly and had a clean finish with no discernible heat. Generally speaking, it seemed muddled.
Even though it is technically well assembled, there just isn’t enough complexity or style to make it interesting much less something to inspire the palate. It is a pleasant enough wine that would be good in a restaurant setting where conviviality is the focus rather than what you are eating or drinking; but don’t expect it to be in the same league as Flor de Pingus, it’s not even close. It would be worth considering if priced in the low-mid $20’s, but not a worthy contender in the $30-40 range. 88 points
Half the bottle was reserved to try the next evening.

UPDATE: 04/16/2014
On the second night, there was a noticeable improvement but not significant enough to change my overall impressions.

UPDATE: 07/09/2014
Decanted for one hour. This was showing much better than previous bottles. Although this was a little lacking in complexity, it was nicely balanced and didn't have the disjointed quality of the last bottle. It was quite enjoyable with beef brisket.
I think this is as good as it will get now so I plan to finish my two remaining bottles over the next 2 years. 90 points

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Red

2004 Calabretta Etna Rosso

Etna DOC Nerello Mascalese more

4/13/2014 - jerwin1943 Likes this wine: 93 points

Our first bottle of this vintage, this was decanted off an insignificant amount of sediment then poured back into the bottle and allowed to aerate slowly for 5 hours before serving. Stylistically, it is very similar to the 2001 and 2002 I’ve had on several occasions. There seems to be more of a resemblance now to the 2001 as the 2002 seems a little lighter and shows a bit more acidity. The secondary and tertiary characteristics are in full bloom and are a sensual 3 ring circus with a delightful play of nuanced aromatics, crisp acidity, and mature flavors. It is beautifully balanced with subtle fine tannins showing in the finish.
Very highly recommended if you are a fan of artisanal red wines. You can expect some bottle variation if this remains consistent with earlier years. Extraordinary value.

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Red

2009 Domaine Guion Bourgueil Cuvée Prestige

Cabernet Franc more

4/10/2014 - jerwin1943 wrote: NR

This is the first bottle of this I have opened and I will wait 3-4 years before trying another. It was decanted for 90 minutes and served with a spicy Moroccan vegetarian stew over couscous. At this stage, the wine is very “ungenerous”. Structure dominates with aromas and flavors that are herbal and earthy leading to a rather rough acidic finish…..no fruit bomb this. There is nothing that seems off now, it is just very rustic and will hopefully round out and open up with time to provide the drinking pleasure that I find with the older bottles of Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses we are drinking now.
In a strange sort of way, it brought back memories of the bottles of 1975 Meyney that I drank at a much too early stage. I don’t recommend this for current consumption, even with a good airing, but aging may benefit it considerably.

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White

2002 Domaine Matrot Meursault 1er Cru Charmes

Chardonnay more

3/21/2014 - jerwin1943 Likes this wine: 91 points

My second of three purchased on release. This was taken from our passive cellar which is at 47F this time of year. The cork was very tight and the fill was med-high neck. It was served with salmon, baked potato, and sautéed snow peas. It started a bit reserved but really came alive as it warmed up with the meal and showed no signs of decline.
My experience with this bottle lines up very closely with the well done VANPE2003 note from 2010 and was a sharp stylistic contrast to the 2005 Beringer Sbragia Chardonnay Limited Release the previous evening. Setting aside common prejudices of how Chardonnay should taste, these were both really enjoyable bottles.

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Red

2004 Antonio Vallana e Figlio Boca

Nebbiolo more

3/20/2014 - jerwin1943 Likes this wine: 90 points

The first of 6 bottles, this was decanted for 2 hours leaving a small amount of fine granular sediment. It was served with pasta and red sauce with oven roasted asparagus.
Although we didn’t have them side by side, this seems to fall somewhere between the recently consumed 2008 Spanna and 2004 Gattinara from Vallana. The Boca has more fullness, but is less accessible now than the Spanna, and lacks the elegance, class, and ethereal aspects of the Gattinara. It was certainly a pleasant accompaniment to the pasta and did seem to be more giving with the cheeses that followed. I had intentions of reserving some to try the next day but alas……..we all know about good intentions.
With its high acidity, this is definitely a wine for food and should benefit from another 3-4 years in the cellar. But, I don’t see it ever stepping out of the shadow of the superb Gattinara.

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Red

2010 Agricola San Felice Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese more

3/16/2014 - jerwin1943 Likes this wine: 91 points

This bottle was splash decanted for an hour before serving with a simple tomato based vegetable soup. It benefitted significantly from the time in decanter.
It has an enticing assemblage of ripe red fruits and floral aromatics.
It is medium-light in weight with a vey solid feel in the mouth.
There is a good balance of fruit, acidity, fine tannins, and no heat in the finish.
The straightforward, but well defined, red cherry, red raspberry, and cranberry flavors have a subtle savory-earthy edge.
It holds well in the middle and finishes cleanly with good length.
This was not meant to be a profound wine with layers of resonating nuance. It is however, a traditionally made Chianti that is wonderfully pleasurable to drink now……enjoy it over the next 4-6 years for the simple purity that it offers. The fact that it is ridiculously well priced is a bonus. I went big on this one.

UPDATE: 7/16/2014
Having gone through more than a case of this over the last four months, I am even more favorably inclined than with my impressions of the first bottle. This is one of those extremely rare wines that is a stunning value and wonderful to drink young yet having the balance and focus to continue providing pleasure for several more years. 91 points

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