deon40g

User #305,388 signed up 7/25/2013 and last accessed 7/30/2015

Member since July 2013

Locale: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Favorite region: California

  • 2007 Castello di Ama Chianti Classico

    Both CellarTracker and Wine Spectator rate the 2007 Castello di Ama Chianti Classico as 90 points. I do not drink many chiantis, but I the Castello di Ama holds its own. This wine has a medium body, medium acidity, medium plus tannins, and medium sugars. I would be willing to give this another show in in my home. I rate the 2007 Castello di Ama Chianti 88 points.

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    Rating Scale: Extraordinary (95-100 points); Outstanding (90-94); Very Good to Excellent (85-89); Good (80-84); Average (75-79); Below average (70-74); Avoid (50-69)

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  • 2010 Tikal Júbilo

    I'll have to forego a tasting note for this wine. Unfortunately it was damaged by prolonged heat exposure. However, I will say the Tikal Jublio has a solid track record on Wine Spectator, albeit the ratings are far and few between. WS rated the 2008 as 91 points and the 2012 a whopping 94 points! Not bad for a $40 bottle. The CellarTracker community is currently trending at 90 points for the 2010 vintage.

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    Rating Scale: Extraordinary (95-100 points); Outstanding (90-94); Very Good to Excellent (85-89); Good (80-84); Average (75-79); Below average (70-74); Avoid (50-69)

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  • 2010 Del Dotto Cabernet Sauvignon Caves

    It appears the CellarTracker community has tempered it's opinion of the 2010 Del Dotto Cabernet Sauvignon Caves since my original review two years ago, moving from a 95-point rating to 91 points. On the other hand, my opinion has improved somewhat. I am now meeting the CT community at 91 points (that is a one-point upgrade from my two previous 90-point ratings of this wine in 2013 and earlier this year). I feared this bottle had suffered from heat damage about two weeks ago, which prompted me to pop the cork. The initial pour without decanting was not encouraging...very aggressive out of the bottle with high acidity, strong tannins, and a bit of vinegar. I walked away for an hour or two and came back to a surprise experience. I stand by the comments in my previous review, but I add that this wine has definitely shaped up a bit over past couple of years. This bottle was the last of my 2010s, but it has earned another showing in my home. Unfortunately, although Wine Spectator released a new set of ratings last month, there is still no rating for any vintage of Del Dotto Caves. C'est la vie. This is a solid Napa Valley cab. Plus I still love the bottle label.
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    Rating Scale: Extraordinary (95-100 points); Outstanding (90-94); Very Good to Excellent (85-89); Good (80-84); Average (75-79); Below average (70-74); Avoid (50-69)

    Note: Cost reflects base price only; it excludes any taxes and shipping.

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