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  • 2007 Giovanni Corino Barolo

    First one of these in just over three years, from a case purchased in early 2012. Still quite dark in color for a Barolo. A semi-opaque, deep purple in color - almost the color of eggplant skin - lightening a bit at the edge. Absolutely beautiful on the nose. So expressive, offering powerful, complex aromas of ripe, sweet cherries, earth, vanilla and spice. Full-bodied and incredibly rich. Almost syrupy in texture. Bursting with ripe, delicious cherry, raspberry and strawberry fruit. The depth and intensity of the fruit on the mid-palate is phenomenal. Finishes incredibly long, with lingering notes of ripe, sweet fruit, chocolate, mineral and spice. Almost port-like in the end, the finish goes on for almost a full minute. The tannins seem almost completely integrated already. Big, rich and powerful, this is definitely not an "Old School" Barolo. Will probably be even better a few years from now when its abundant fruit has faded a bit and more secondary characteristics are revealed - but this is incredibly good right now. 94+

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  • 2007 Cascina Bongiovanni Langhe Faletto

    An unusual Langhe Valley blend of Barbera, Nebbiolo and Cabernet. This bottle contained quite a lot of sediment, so a careful decanting is recommended. Still a youthful-looking, dark, semi-opaque magenta in color, lightening a bit at the edge. Plenty of menthol, earth and a bit of funk on the nose. Full-bodied and very velvety in texture. Initially bone dry, its ripe, delicious, black cherry and raspberry fruit gradually builds on the palate, achieving excellent depth and focus. Finishes very long, with silky tannins and attractive notes of mineral and spice. Rich, yet quite elegant and refined. Absolutely delicious.

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  • 2010 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo

    First one of these from a half-case just purchased. With all the hype surrounding the 2010 vintage in Tuscany, I was curious to see how this stacked up versus the fabulous 2006 Berardo. A pretty, semi-translucent garnet in color, lightening a bit at the edge. Attractive aromas of crushed red berries, earth, spice and flowers on the nose - along with a little bit of heat. Full-bodied and very rich. Bursting with tangy raspberry and blackberry fruit character. There's excellent depth and concentration to the front- and mid-palate. Much more Modern in style than the 2006. Finishes firm, with decent length, gripping tannins and notes of oak and spice. Rich and powerful - but is very tannic, compact and tightly wound. Still extremely primary. As others have noted, there is tremendous potential here. This should be really outstanding in another 3-4 years, once it has had a chance to soften, loosen up and add a bit more length and complexity.

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  • COWineLover says:

    1/20/2015 7:31:00 PM - Thanks for your note about the 2008 Monteti Toscana IGT. You know how much I value your notes, so when I received free ground shipping from a CA retailer lowering inventory before they relocate at $20 a bottle, a case was a no brainer.

  • partylikeakennedy says:

    12/8/2014 8:44:00 AM - OMG yes, it's drinking perfectly right now!! The sommelier at the restaurant did recommend that we get to it within the next 6 months or so -- he thinks it's peaking now -- but it's a pretty impressive run for a chianti nonetheless!

  • partylikeakennedy says:

    11/17/2014 7:27:00 AM - Right? I was very surprised! Pinot isn't the first thing I think of when I think of NZ either. Happy to make new discoveries like this!

  • COWineLover says:

    11/13/2014 9:08:00 PM - Bam_Man Have you tried the 2004 or 2006 Tenuta Carlina La Togata BdM? I would be curious on your thoughts if you have. I own but have not tasted the 2004 and wondering if I should procure some 2006. Many thanks as always.

  • COWineLover says:

    10/25/2014 8:03:00 PM - Thanks for your reassuring note on the 2004 Poggio il Castellare BdM. Every time I pull a Suckling rated wine I never know what to expect, so I appreciate the insight and the recommendation to give it some air time. Cheers :D

  • COWineLover says:

    10/23/2014 6:26:00 PM - Thanks Bam_Man for the comment on the 2009 La Tour de Mons. I think you and I share doubts about how Suckling came to his rating notes, and this wine bears that out. I hope Suckling proves me wrong when I finally pull a top on the 2004 Il Poggio Castellare BdM or the 2004 La Togata BdM. I worry about what I will find inside.

  • partylikeakennedy says:

    10/15/2014 9:09:00 AM - Oh man! Sorry to hear that the Margaux sucked, but I'm feeling validated too that you agree with me! Oh well, live & learn! If it's too good to be true, it probably is!

  • partylikeakennedy says:

    10/10/2014 10:44:00 AM - Lololol!!!! I don't believe in moderation, that's just boring! Let me know how the Margaux is....I'm hoping your bottles are okay!

  • partylikeakennedy says:

    10/3/2014 7:54:00 AM - Ha ha! Well you never know, we could have had a bad bottle. Since you've got four on hand, why not open one and give it a try? If it's good, let me know and maybe we'll pick up another bottle to give it another chance!

  • Motz says:

    9/11/2014 5:21:00 PM - Bam_Man, I tasted two Italian wines today that made a serious impression. One was the 2006 Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Vigna Asinone, probably the best Vino Nobile I have tasted. The other was the 2006 Rocca delle Mace Ser Gioveto Toscana IGT. That is a great wine that can be had for great QPR.

  • jdub679 says:

    4/10/2014 3:00:00 PM - Thanks for posting the scoring method you use. I've been looking for that.

  • Motz says:

    4/6/2014 11:00:00 AM - Bam_Man, Why don't you look through my cellar for a WA wine that appeals to you. As a starting point I can suggest the Ex Umbris, Robert Ramsay Par la Mer, 2010 Neufeld, and 2010 Fidelitas Champoux. I've written notes on the first three wines, and on the 2008 vintage of the last one.

  • Marquis du Vin says:

    3/30/2014 7:12:00 AM - Hey, thanks! Post was hilarious!

  • Motz says:

    10/26/2013 5:57:00 PM - You might want to check out this review too.

  • Motz says:

    10/26/2013 5:47:00 PM - Hey Bam_Man, I was impressed by this great wine. Do you know anything about it? At around $30 it's a steal. Thought you might be interested. I reviewed it here. 2009 Tre Monti Sangiovese di Romagna Superiore Riserva Thea

  • SonnyChiba says:

    10/18/2013 12:58:00 AM - Good call....I will definitely put some away to try again in a few years.

  • LindaFox says:

    10/13/2013 7:43:00 PM - Okay, but only because you asked nicely.

  • LindaFox says:

    10/11/2013 9:14:00 PM - You are hilarious and, yes, that is correct.

  • Champagneinhand says:

    10/1/2013 8:37:00 PM - That's awesome you admit to drinking white Zin from Gallo. I used to do Carlo Rossi every now and then with pizza or Italian food, but it was their mock Chianti. Masseto. Had somebody back out at the last second as that very bottle was on the agenda. Buy lots of Galatrona and hold on to it for 15 + years and I think you will not be disappointed. Same goes for almost every red wine from Tua-Rita you can afford.

  • CCestaro says:

    9/28/2013 10:38:00 PM - Our wine club is making an on line purchase from your main Florida retailer....all clear from your seat .?

  • Euge67 says:

    9/15/2013 8:41:00 AM - Mi faccia sapere se il vino Brancaia Ilatraia 2007, stato di suo gradimento.

  • Derek Darth Taster says:

    9/2/2013 8:18:00 AM - We share the same dream wine! Cheers!

  • roybivens says:

    8/19/2013 8:41:00 AM - I have noticed that you seem to have a specific, segmented scoring system to arrive at a final score for a wine. Is this true, and if so, would you be willing to share your method?

  • Motz says:

    8/9/2013 5:57:00 PM - Hey Bam_Man, I have an opportunity to pick up the Ricasoli Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio 2006 for $55. I noticed you have a few bottles, but I didn't see a tasting note from you on it. Any thoughts on this wine? Would you recommend the purchase?

  • soyhead says:

    7/24/2013 8:28:00 AM - Thanks for your note. Yes the oreno 06 is just not ready. Cheers!

  • Kris G says:

    5/8/2013 11:01:00 AM - I opened another bottle of the Bramasole 2006 Syrah : way over its top, I find it strange > I suspect a too hot storage before I bought it, this evolution is not a natural one : it has becomen "tertiaire" as the French call it, no fruit or tannins left : just rotten wood :( ashame : I loved this wine in an earlier stage

  • slrankin says:

    4/22/2013 8:20:00 AM - Bam_Man- I got your note about the 2005 Carpazo B di M.. You have more faith than I do in the ability of the wine to develop over time. I have 5 more bottles of this and will follow your lead and give them time. I hope your are correct. I do like the wine- am just hoping for a bit more heft. Thanks for the advice. Steve (slrankin)

  • wfdeacon says:

    2/28/2013 5:19:00 PM - I agree, lots of great '07 California Cab's, the year reminds me of '97, where you just stocked up. I have, but have not tried the '09. Just saying in general M's Oakville is a solid product.

  • Motz says:

    2/26/2013 10:50:00 AM - Bam_man, I am temporarily living in FL for school. My email is located on my profile page. Drop me a line if you're so inclined.

  • Bam_Man says:

    2/26/2013 7:53:00 AM - Yes, you're right. It was taken in the tasting room at Fattoria Lornano in Tuscany. Unfortunately, the lighting was less than ideal.

  • Motz says:

    2/25/2013 6:37:00 PM - Where was your profile picture taken? Looks like Southern Europe from the architecture.