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  • 2010 Casa Emma Chianti Classico

    Not very pleasant as a PnP, this needed all of 90 minutes aeration in decanter to blow off some unpleasant reduction. Afterwards, quite pretty; a real Jekyll & Hyde, as before. Medium-bodied, feminine in style, with plenty of fresh acids to balance out the leathery, cherry-driven fruit. Really good food wine. Drink now, with air, or thru 2021

    Served non-blind.

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  • 2001 Argiano Solengo Toscana IGT

    Consistent with the bottle of just a few months ago, this is a fully mature wine. In fact, I'd say it's on the back side of its curve. Aromas of black truffle, some wood, dried violets; the medium-bodied palate largely follows the nose. Moderate length, moderate enjoyment (thanks to really good acids) with food. 13,5% abv., drink NOW.

    Served non-blind over 2 nights; a fair amount of pretty chunky sediment, fyi.

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  • 2010 Jessup Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

    Dark ruby color, with a nose that's broken free of the primary aromas, but still finding it needs an hour of air before the secondary sails are full of wind. Sensibly full bodied, this begins pretty tight at first, with subtle aromas of grilled meat and soil, but with proper aeration, lovely scents of red currant, red plum, cedar and soil fill the air. This wine completely avoids over-ripeness/extraction, and at the same time it's got a very cool vein of fresh acids. Really well put together, and best enjoyed at 60F - watching it evolve as it comes to temp is most of the magic here - after 60-90 minutes of aeration in decanter. The 14,8% abv is fully resolved at this point. A very fair value at ~ $50.

    Double decanted (only very fine sediment) and immediately returned to bottle. Served non-blind several hours later.

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  • pmk says:

    7/17/2015 7:27:00 PM - re moscadeddu - I have used 2017 as the outside

  • pmk says:

    7/17/2015 7:26:00 PM - re moscaddeu - hard to say how long it fan cellar, especially since it is hard to find and so darn good I can't keep in my cellar very long!

  • rickv2wine says:

    6/15/2015 9:55:00 PM - Hi, No I have not tried the Skewis Wines and frankly have not heard of them. I love Anderson valley wines though, as both Ted Lemon and Wells Gutherie make some great wines from grapes up there. I'd love to get some recommendations from you in places to visit. We most often stay apin Healdsburg, although we will stay a day at Farmhouse Inn either coming or going to SFO to visit RRV peeps.

  • StefanAkiko says:

    6/11/2015 8:09:00 AM - Have been in bed for a ~week now. Caught something terribly nasty, it seems. I went from completely strong to 42.2C (104.4F) in just a few hours. Geee... Long since I was last this sick. Will try to sip some wine on Saturday.

  • vindictive says:

    6/7/2015 3:59:00 PM - Thanks. Agree with your profile on the '64 barolos

  • theronware says:

    5/25/2015 10:23:00 AM - Yes, our Cellars are quite similar. Really find your notes useful. Your recent one on the 2005 Vallana Gattinara has persuaded me to pick up some of this vintage -- I just finished my last 2004 last night. Cheers!

  • dcwino says:

    5/1/2015 7:46:00 AM - 2012 Peby Faugeres, Bob just rated the wine 96 points. Now one point higher than me.

  • quaffnov says:

    3/20/2015 4:46:00 AM - Thanks for the thumbs up on my novice cellar, it is going in the right direction, not many red varietals left for me to find locally, I am going to have to resort to the online approach to continue the hunt. I do have a barbarossa I am picking up tomorrow, the Italians know how to grow interesting grapes! White wine is next on the agenda, all that stands in the way is cellar space, I am on the lookout for a new unit, if you know of anyone interested in parting ways with a 250 bottle or larger cellar let me know. Cheers!

  • jnewman77 says:

    3/18/2015 8:11:00 PM - Thanks for the message. Always nice to meet other people who are more interested in describing wines than just putting a number up. Also noticed in your info section that California wines were at one point a big portion of your wines and now are not… my cellar seems to be in that same transition point currently.

  • pilot360 says:

    3/11/2015 7:55:00 PM - Considering opening Chapoutier l'Ermite 1998 rouge for a dinner coming up. too young ? did you see a much greater potential in its future?

  • Sourdough says:

    3/7/2015 9:15:00 AM - My wine guy found the Texas distributor for the 2008 Casalone Barbera del Monferrato Superiore Bricco Morlantino and is checking on availability. Wine Searcher only shows two sources in the northeast. This doesn't seem widely available. Supposedly imported by Vinus in Manhasset, NY. I would go to a local store and give them this info and see if they can find it. My guy did so they should be able to also. Good Luck!

  • Tim and Bonnie says:

    2/12/2015 10:02:00 AM - We've heard there's good Mexican wine out there, but is there a bit of BigFoot thrown in? Ha. Come to Richmond and we'll have a grand ol time

  • Tim and Bonnie says:

    2/12/2015 9:45:00 AM - Any recommendations on a good red and white from Mexico?

  • jerwin1943 says:

    1/6/2015 6:49:00 AM - My 1997 Vallana Gattinara won't ship out until weather conditions improve here. Have you tasted it? How was the year in Alto Piemonte? If it is as awesome as the 2000, I will be very happy.

  • pilot360 says:

    12/11/2014 5:45:00 AM - - never mind about the Zenga- just realized I've never been there!

  • pilot360 says:

    12/10/2014 6:48:00 PM - Would love to. Next time your in Denver, give a little advance (few days or a week)notice, got a swell group of peeps that make my cellar look like a a bunch of Thunderbird. I'll let you know of our next get-together. Soon after the holidays I am sure. I may have drank with you once about 5 years ago at Zenga with a group. Your profile pic looks familar.

  • SveHj says:

    10/30/2014 2:44:00 PM - Thanks Wine-Strategies! And same to you.

  • chatters says:

    9/15/2014 5:59:00 PM - Hi WineStrategies...thanks for your comment. Hmm, great question...Yes, it is a move in that direction: The Senejac 2010 is definitely meandering across the Atlantic or, perhaps, towards Australia. I'm not sure on relative cost comparison but the lack of length on the Senejac could cause some disappointment if it's not at a good QPR. Cheers, chatters

  • quaffnov says:

    8/30/2014 9:49:00 PM - Hello, I am relatively new to the wine drinking experience and am working my way through as many varietals as I can while at the same time enjoying favorites. I live in the Denver area and am wondering if I am missing any local locations to buy from and am also looking for any recommendations as to which stores to buy from online out of state so I can continue to expand my horizons. Thanks in advance for any info you can send my way!

  • bretrooks says:

    8/11/2014 10:19:00 PM - 2008 Chariot Gypsy - now there's a blast from the past! I still remember that as one of the wines that helped me realize that I'm not a fan of RS in reds. Hope your summer is going well...

  • StefanAkiko says:

    8/1/2014 12:23:00 PM - I think you will be just right on its sweetest spot in 2018. And your anticipation of 2000 Monbousquet is spot on as well. Darn delicious juice :-)

  • StefanAkiko says:

    7/31/2014 1:58:00 PM - I'd never argue against you on that sentiment. But still. I must confess to be looking forward to a 92+ wine in this btl but not counting too high on the terroir aspect. Still hoping though.

  • StefanAkiko says:

    7/31/2014 6:27:00 AM - We're thinking of de-corking our 2000 Monbosquet tomorrow. As you also have one, we're kind of curious as to WHEN you've planned to decapitate yours.

  • honest bob says:

    7/20/2014 4:29:00 AM - Black Slate Porerra - no, I don't regret having bought a case! For my palate the entry-level Acustic (Monsant) does a cleaner, slightly less sweet job for the same price, and I would prefer it given the choice. There was something almost fizzy about the acidity of both bottles of BSP 2011 I have thus tried. Perhaps I am just cautious after having had to chuck out/return a whole case of bubbling, refermented 2010s, but I do wonder whether this feature will resolve without going stinky over the coming year.

  • JGerbasIII says:

    7/8/2014 12:32:00 PM - Hello, Nice cellar. Can you tell me where you purchased the bottle of 2012 Hofgut Falkenstein Niedermenniger Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett trocken? Thanks, John

  • odds says:

    6/24/2014 6:21:00 AM - I was able to find few more Marc Tempe which of course made us very happy... have you had any recently?

  • bretrooks says:

    5/10/2014 11:52:00 AM - I've got one of those Casa Emma Chianti Classicos set aside for near-term drinking, so thanks for the tip. We just opened our first of the Ginestraia Pigatos yesterday evening at a friend's house, and we all enjoyed it quite a bit, just to mention it. Welcome back to the states...I enjoyed following your trip in the forum. Post more photos!

  • pigdaddy says:

    5/5/2014 8:51:00 AM - just a smidgen of guanciale, mostly vegetables, really great w/that riesling and yes, verdicchio would be stellar as well. would delight in a synopsis of your trip.

  • bacchusnyon says:

    4/10/2014 1:43:00 PM - ohhh. Sorry I won't be in Piedmont, but if you pass via Geneva, let me know. I agree w. you on CT, and on points. By the way, if you have a chance, book an appointment at Borgo Maragliano for their "methode champenoise" brut and rose. Aside from being wonderful folks at a tasting, it walks all over mass marketed champagne at less than half the price!

  • jsroge says:

    4/3/2014 6:23:00 PM - Sounds good, enjoy Italy! We'll plan something for June. My email is my username at the gmail.

  • yofog says:

    3/18/2014 3:31:00 PM - Broc isn't distributed in Connecticut, but I was in NY today for a tasting and scored a bottle of it! I've heard so many good things about Broc and your note on it made it sound fantastic. Could not resist. Will pop it sometime this week and let you know what I think!

  • jsroge says:

    3/13/2014 8:53:00 AM - Thanks for the note! I have my beginner cellar with its peculiar selections and biased concentration. I enjoyed yours, with plenty of Italians and a greater variety of Calif (I have some but not much diversity). We went to a wine dinner this past Sunday in Boulder at The Bitter Bar hosted by Natural Wine Co, they poured many Italians and the fun part for me is that most of the varietals I hadn't heard of. Can't ever say that for my French bottles.

  • andtheodor says:

    3/12/2014 1:20:00 PM - I saw the MdM pop up at that price before all the WS100 stuff came up but you might be right about the exchange rate. In general the wine market seems livelier than I can recall in the past 5 years.

  • Tim and Bonnie says:

    3/12/2014 10:24:00 AM - Re: Broc Cellars...on it,thx!

  • kevinacohn says:

    3/11/2014 7:46:00 AM - I saw the announcement of the Dressner event in my inbox this morning. I'll be in Florida that weekend (annual Spring Training tripa chance to finally escape this brutal winter). I didn't realize until reading the full list that Dressner had so many producers from Touraine. Interesting.

  • jsroge says:

    2/27/2014 9:05:00 AM - Thanks for your note. Appreciate & agree with your perspective on pros, points, palate. CT is great, I've only recently gotten into using it and discovering the social aspects. If I head south I will ping you and bring a bottle. Who's in charge of the CT Front Range Social know, a bring-a-bottle event with eight folks +/-. Someone must own a restaurant...cheers! Yes I've become a Chinon fan, though I enjoy much that is French & German. Even a bit of Swiss PN but tough to get much here. There's so much to still discover. I do a lot of mail order but my local stores carry good variety.

  • MJHDC says:

    2/27/2014 7:15:00 AM - Thank you for the link. It's hard to paint with a broad brush here but this does a reasonably good job. The Rocca I had was clearly in the modernist camp based on what I tasted. I have enjoyed those types of wines from time to time, but this bottle not as much. There was also an interesting write up by Greg Dal Piaz on snooth regarding a 2001 Barolo tasting (and a detailed thread on wine berserkers)

  • paolonardi says:

    2/14/2014 12:52:00 AM - hello! i still haven't planned to go to vinitaly but i'm thinking about it, my english is good, i'll let you know, my email address is: keep in touch!

  • pigdaddy says:

    1/27/2014 7:17:00 AM - Hey, WS - occasionally we are ambitious, but not quite to the degree that we would attempt strozzapreti yet. cavateppi is about as complex(?) as we've gotten so far. So what are you drinking on Sunday? Good luck, if you care!

  • pigdaddy says:

    1/14/2014 9:02:00 AM - it was gumbo - esque in style, so in fact, worked pretty well in the early stages of the bottle. as the wine tightened up with air, the spice in this bottle clashed a bit w/the zippy notes in the stew. would still pair in this direction, though. . .

  • Tim and Bonnie says:

    1/12/2014 6:27:00 AM - Amazing photos. Professional quality

  • Tim and Bonnie says:

    1/11/2014 3:28:00 PM - Trying to view your photos, but the opening page is gray. Hitting "Browse" takes me to photos but I'm not sure they're yours. Can you clarify the navigation? Would love to see.

  • chefdilletante says:

    1/5/2014 7:21:00 AM - Thanks for your comment on one of my reviews. The recipe for the lobster salad is below. We omitted the red onion, and used the celery sparingly in a very fine dice.

  • StefanAkiko says:

    12/5/2013 9:38:00 PM - Hi WS, no plans for the US as of yet. 2014 already sees plans of 3 travels to Europe (apart from my many trips to Sweden.) But a joint trip to the US for wife and me is on the desktop for possibly 2015.

  • jdunlap says:

    12/3/2013 6:17:00 PM - Hi Wine-Strategies, thanks for the nice note on the the madeira wine. Your bio is cool too. Would like to add you as a wine friend. Cheers, John

  • buffyst says:

    11/25/2013 9:00:00 PM - Hello, Wine-Strategies! Arrived in Denver today. My wife remained home with failing, geriatric pets. Staying with brother and sister-in-law in Elizabeth until Friday. Other family members arriving Wednesday. Available Tuesday for possible introduction. With short window, realize this may not work. Still, best wishes for thanksgiving.

  • colowino says:

    11/25/2013 7:27:00 PM - Thanks for reply this evening, wine -strategies. Io you know Mike Gilmore, wine guy at Castle Pines GC?

  • Tim and Bonnie says:

    11/17/2013 6:40:00 PM - If you're ever in Richmond stop by for a visit. I'm sure our convos about vin and vie would be energizing!

  • Sotto325 says:

    11/2/2013 2:17:00 PM - Enjoyer your missive. May I suggest before going to dry German try the 1990s Christoffel auslesen . Underpriced, not sweet any more. Perfect wines. Vinopolis in Portland Oregon has them.

  • Zoomin Z says:

    10/22/2013 9:59:00 PM - I corrected my Campo Viejo review thanks to your careful proof reading! Salud!

  • pigdaddy says:

    10/20/2013 1:36:00 AM - Hey there, we are in Umbria traveling and wondered if you can help me understand how to create notes on wines that aren't in the data base, or are a new vintage to the data base? Thanks for your help.

  • La Cave d'Argent says:

    10/18/2013 3:10:00 PM - Thanks for noting that I had inadvertently logged my James Cole Cab note under the Malbec label. I have made the correction. :-)

  • pilot360 says:

    9/30/2013 6:14:00 PM - Thanks for your note - That was my first Giocoso, it was fabulous and beautiful. I was told they are a traditional producer, and make wines in an old world style. If you have any thoughts on a few producers that are of excellent quality, made for aging, and in the old world style, let me know. Our paths will cross one day. The circles are small here. Look forward to sharing wine with you in the future.

  • honest bob says:

    9/29/2013 10:31:00 PM - Good question! My brother lives in San Francisco and tries to keep me posted about West Coast wines, most of which are unavailable in Europe. But when I get to visit... He pulled the 2006 Antica Terra PN from his cellar, and we relished it this evening along with some superbly tender USA prime rib (another wonder of civilisation, practically unobtainable in the tough-sinewy-chewy meat paradigm back home).

  • buffyst says:

    9/24/2013 4:30:00 PM - Dear Wine-Strategies: Thank you for the invitation. As it happens, I have family in CO (in Elizabeth and in Englewood). I hope to visit again around Thanksgiving. Would enjoy sharing a glass. Cheers!

  • honest bob says:

    9/17/2013 2:50:00 PM - Hey, now I finally got your point: Indeed it was misleading for me to have written about "samples", as that can mean many (and several quite evil) things! I've modified the TNs accordingly. Thanks!

  • honest bob says:

    9/17/2013 2:41:00 PM - Hi Wine-Strategies. No, just on vacation, paying my own way, and visiting a range of producers to broaden my knowledge and stock up the cellar. This bottle I didn't buy today, but both of the other Guy Charlemagne wines tasted I did.

  • Tomasio-1 says:

    9/13/2013 1:01:00 AM - Thanks for your posting. If you are still interested in dry German riesling from Pfalz I could give you some recommandations... I like your cellar too.

  • pepmi says:

    9/11/2013 9:21:00 AM - Good luck in your search for Dunn at auction. I just bought a magnum of '99 Howell Mountain for $125. Probably last another 20 years!

  • pigdaddy says:

    8/24/2013 6:59:00 AM - thanks for the invite, will keep following your notes. speaking of, read your post on '05 Janasse VV, so will throw that up against some lamb shanks w/friends this evening.

  • Marc.F says:

    8/21/2013 11:21:00 AM - Hello, You had asked about the 2000 Flora Springs which I posted a note. It was a 750ml. I have had a magnum not too long ago as well it was definitely ready to drink. I wouldn't wait more than a year or two on the magnum.

  • pigdaddy says:

    8/19/2013 2:38:00 PM - thanks for the endorsement. i want to record the food we have with the wines for reference down the line; i'm hopeful that doesn't detract from the purpose of the cellar notes. without being overly dogmatic about it, we set out to achieve tasty pairings with every meal. i look forward to continue reading your notes; we have similar cellars/palates.

  • thesternowl says:

    8/16/2013 1:45:00 PM - Well...I don't know her beyond a couple of conversations about how much we enjoy her food and her restaurant...and I have no idea how she found her way to Bahrain...but one thing is for sure, this world is stupidly small. Her wine list is quite impressive too.

  • thesternowl says:

    8/16/2013 12:57:00 AM - How do you know Suzy Massetti?

  • StefanAkiko says:

    8/4/2013 9:57:00 PM - 2004 Domaine de Courbissac is (today) a difficult to find wine. Seems very interesting, I must say! As you have two btls, why don't you pack one and come over to Tokyo for a nice wine-dinner and sak exploration?

  • StefanAkiko says:

    5/6/2013 12:01:00 PM - 2004 Pintia. I think you do the perfect thing to wait some more years for a more unveiled evening of pleasure. I'd probaably wait for 5 years for the next btl if I had two (and self-discipline). Depending, of course, how you like your wines and how you percieve this one... Maybe you throw it out the window? In that case, I'd love to be the catcher :-)

  • jrockman says:

    4/30/2013 8:15:00 AM - Saw your comment on the Saviah PV Tim; I didn't make it to Saviah this trip, but I did taste there my first time in WW 5 years ago; of course, I didn't know anything about wine then! I have always enjoyed their product, quality stuff - that's why I picked the bottle of PV at the wine bar.

  • Chapel says:

    1/19/2013 2:55:00 PM - Dear Mr wine-strategies. I happen to come across your profile looking at comment section. I am pleased to see you like Barolo. I could use your advice as I just discovered in in June spending 3 days in Alba, La Morra and Borolo. I love the theme of the Barolo, the patience and of course the taste. However, I am unable to bring that here. I bought several cases and varied producers. the few I have tried are not holding up well. The bottles are not flawed. Rather, this is not a stand alone wine but a pairing wine. That is how I was introduced to it anyway. suggestions? I put an invitation as "Friend" on Cellar Tracker, I hope you agree. I look forward to conversing with you. LN

  • jerwin1943 says:

    12/7/2012 11:15:00 AM - re: 2001 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia $34.99 plus free ship on 6+. I believe that sale ends today.

  • Caroline Decoster says:

    11/28/2012 7:50:00 AM - Dear Sir, We read your messages about our 07, and were both sorry and surprised with your disappointing tastings. I suppose that the least that we can do is to welcome you at the estate during your next trip to Bordeaux (if you plan to come there soon), and to share together new bottles of 07... and other vintages of course. Best regards, Caroline Decoster Chateau Fleur Cardinale -

  • bretrooks says:

    1/2/2012 9:56:00 PM - I just now saw your comment on my 12/22 Mas Blanc note; I liked that wine, but not quite enough to keep me from my MO of branching out when I find new and interesting things within my budget (which is limited enough that I'm pretty sure some people in the moratorium thread still spend more than I do). Our Christmas and New Year's were low-key and enjoyable this year...I hope your holidays were good as well.

  • pjaines says:

    11/15/2011 1:32:00 AM - Thanks for the comments on the French mix. I'll stick another one up this weekend which is better (I think)