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Tasting Notes for ArntErik

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Red
5/10/2018 - ArntErik wrote:
Gjær og uhumskheter på nese. Forsåvidt behagelig smak, men ikke noe å kjøpe mer av.
Red
2/8/2013 - ArntErik wrote:
Based on the current «drink from 2010» I decanted this in the morning and drank 14 hrs later. I really shouldn't have. Oh, the power of CT. Granted, it showed promise, but ready to drink it is not. Please hold!
White - Sweet/Dessert
1/26/2013 - ArntErik wrote:
I'm always a bit nervous when opening something this old (this had the price tag still on, 42.000 lire no less...) Especially something with no notes so here's my contribution, for the benefit of the 3 other persons having this in their cellar.
Rest assured; it's still drinkable, and I'd go as far as to say it was quite enjoyable. Style-wise I'm uncertain as to what to compare it with, but it reminded me maybe of vin santo, although I enjoyed this much more than I usually enjoy that. We served this with a type of Norwegian sponge cake («bløtkake» for those in the know), and Italian guests, and the focus was on the conversation and not the wine, so we did not really taste as such. But I do recall it as
-having a wonderful amber color ( much darker than when I purchased it sometime in the nineties)
-having a delicious nose
-being not overly sweet
That being said, I would suggest popping this within a year or so, as I do suspect it is declining. Mine had been in a cool cellar since I purchased it, so if yours has lived under less favorable conditions you probably need to hurry. I haven't rated it, since I feel I would need to be more familiar with the style to do it justice, but if you wring my arm I guess it merits 84 points.
Red
1/19/2013 - ArntErik wrote:
Bought a case of this because of a 25 % prize reduction, without properly checking its merits. No discount can make up for the smell of yeast. To be fair, the yeast is not dominant, so the wine is passable I guess for the price.
Red
11/21/2012 - ArntErik wrote:
80 points
A short note to balance the rather absurd score of 89,5 at the moment. This is a plane jane that merits no more than 80 at most. We've had three bottles of this over a period, and the impression is consistant. For the price it is probably decent, but let's face it; the predominant impression here is the typical sign of a low to medium quality wine: yeast. If you need a really cheap everday drinker you can probably do worse, but I for one consider the 6 bottles I purchased - based on that very same absurd score - a mistake.
Red
11/17/2012 - ArntErik wrote:
90 points
Wonderful subtle nose with a hint of oak. Smooth palate. A high quality wine.
Red
11/6/2012 - ArntErik wrote:
84 points
Gave it 12 hours in decanter, which it benefited from, when comparing the morning and evening nose. Unusual floral nose. Somewhat acidic taste.
Red
11/7/2012 - ArntErik wrote:
Gave it 12 hours in decanter, which it benefited from. Floral unusual nose. Somewhat acidic taste.
Red
9/4/2012 - ArntErik wrote:
Here's a rosé with a darkish red color. Really, it looks like a barolo. Doesn't taste like a rosé on my palate, and frankly I didn't appreciate it much, as it has a peculiar almost bitter taste. Iren loved it though, so what do I know...
Red
7/28/2012 - ArntErik wrote:
87 points
Typical translucent nebbiolo color, and a brown edge. Delicous nose. Clearly an oak presence, but from botte. On the palate nice round pleasant taste, despite the tannins. A microscopic vinegar hint on the finish leads me to advise drinking within a year. Somewhat short and medium to light bodied, but all in all a good wine at a good price.
Red
7/6/2012 - ArntErik wrote:
This wine may have been delicious previously, but is seriously over the top now. There are at the moment 35 bottles listed in CT user cellars; they should all be consumed the sooner the better. Some may even find it's too late, unless you find the beginning taste of vinegar unresistable.
Red
4/13/2012 - ArntErik wrote:
80 points
Seriously folks, this is our fourth bottle of this, and we're equally disappointed every time. Watching the remaining two bottles of this my spine cries YEAST, and that's one sound I do not want to hear.
Red
4/11/2012 - ArntErik wrote:
92 points
Gave it 3 hours in a decanter. This has loads of sediments, so it must be decanted, not only for the airing.

So why is it every time I feed Iren a supertuscan blind she goes crazy with joy? I'll tell you why; it's because they're awesome, and this particular specimen of noble grape nectar is an absolute stunner. This settles it, this summer we're going to Bolgheri!
Red
2006 La Gravette de Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/9/2012 - ArntErik wrote:
88 points
Rarely have I smelled a wine more blackcurrant dominated. A delicious high quality wine.
Red
3/29/2012 - ArntErik wrote:
70 points
Could I interest you in a yeast bomb? Look no further!
Pure plonk.
Red
3/27/2012 - ArntErik wrote:
88 points
A high quality wine, that despite the fact that it was made in the middle of Chianti has little to do with Chianti wine taste wise, even though it is in part sangiovese (the other part being cabernet). It may not usually be mentioned along with the other super-Tuscans, but that in my mind is just what it is. Delicious nose with just a hint of oak, and a very pleasant palate, although the finish was on the bitter side.
White - Sparkling
3/26/2012 - ArntErik wrote:
A delightful surprise! Attractive floral nose. 180 g sugar per litre suggests intense sweetness, but that was not the case, it is sweet but not excessively so, and with a nice fizz. This to me is the perfect summer night patio refreshment. Only 5,5 % alcohol.
Red
2/3/2012 - ArntErik wrote:
87 points
Flowery spicy delicious nose. Pleasantly tannic. Overall delicious.
We gave it 13 hours in decanter, which I believe is important for this wine.
Great value.
Red
2008 Signorelli Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
7/14/2011 - ArntErik Likes this wine:
87 points
A very good chianti. Unusually evident oak presence for a chianti that's not even a riserva. I'll buy all I can get of this. We had it with a T-bone prepared like a bistecca fiorentina on the Weber.
Red
3/12/2011 - ArntErik wrote:
This is a wine I find hard to rate (and therefore haven't done so), but it's difficult to see how it would deserve over 90 points. I read on Wikipedia that the sagrantino grape is concidered one of the world's most tannic varieties. Whoever wrote that wasn't kidding; it was quite overwhelming tannin-wise. I'd suggest keeping this for some years before attempting to drink it, at least that's what I'll do.
Red
3/5/2011 - ArntErik wrote:
84 points
Serious bottle variation here, this is usually much better.
Red
3/4/2011 - ArntErik Likes this wine:
87 points
You rarely see this quality/price ratio; a killer wine for the money. Pleasant, harmonic, ready to drink. I'm ordering more.
Red
3/2/2011 - ArntErik wrote:
85 points
Weren't expecting much from this wine that was a gift from a friend, because of previous notes, but we were pleasantly surprised. Albeit it being a Cabernet sauvignon it had a strong Spanish flare to it, lots of oak and strong but pleasant tannins. Previous tasters must have had badly stored bottles because this one was not over the hill at all.
Red
2/13/2011 - ArntErik wrote:
84 points
4 hrs decant. Very unusual nose; fruit, raspberry, there was something almost Beaujolais nouveau about this. Not unpleasant on the palate, if somewhat too acidic, it almost had a lemon feel about it. Tannic. We have no experience with the Northern Rhone, but can't imagine this is what it should be like. I guess I'll keep the other bottle till next year to see what happens.

We hade duck confit with it, not a bad match.
Red
2005 Domaine du Pech Le Pech Abusé Vin de Table Français Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/7/2011 - ArntErik wrote:
79 points
A strange fluid. Funny smell reminding me of my socks with a spoonful of my cat's droppings thrown in. No, really. Sediments in abundance, even from the first glass, this one really should spend time upright and then be carefully decanted. Memorable, but not in a good way.
Red
2/3/2011 - ArntErik wrote:
Not much better second time around. Avoid.
Red
1/29/2011 - ArntErik wrote:
Clearly there's something wrong here. I'm taking this back.
Red
1/29/2011 - ArntErik wrote:
79 points
I should probably have written a proper note, but you'll have to excuse me as I need to concentrate on torturing myself for having purchased more than one bottle of this plonkish juice.
Red
1/28/2011 - ArntErik wrote:
87 points
1 hour decant, should've had more.Whiff of yeast that blew off fast. Pleasant nose otherwise. Tannic and not very acidic. Tobacco and spices. Interesting. Will probably benefit from another year in cellar.
Red
1/25/2011 - ArntErik wrote:
88 points
2 hrs decant. Dark red. Delicious vanilla nose. Tough tannic peppery spicy gem. Wish I had caseloads of this. I don't...
Great match with lapskaus!
Red
1/23/2011 - ArntErik wrote:
84 points
7 hours decant. Surprisingly light burgundy color. Undefinable nose. Tannic and rather high acidity. Better with food. Did not present a great appeal to us.
Red
1/22/2011 - ArntErik Likes this wine:
87 points
7 hours decant. A nice inviting spicy nose, faint hint of oak. Sweetish palate, good acidity and considerable tannins. Fully drinkable now, but I would probably hold it a year if I had more. A nice acquaintance.
Had it with pizza margherita of course; after all it's Saturday...
Red
1/11/2011 - ArntErik wrote:
87 points
2 hrs decant. A red from the Basilicata; don't think we've had that since we were there ten years back, and since it is a well known fact that wine ALWAYS tastes good when you're in Italy that doesn't count. A high quality wine, dark and delicious tobacco and licorice on the nose. Tannins in abundance but of the best kind. Will last but delicious now.

We had simple but delicious spaghetti with a garlic and butter sauce.
Red
1/9/2011 - ArntErik Likes this wine:
90 points
4 hours decant. Haven't had a Barbaresco in years, and this was a pleasant surprise. The color is not very dense, rather, it is surprisingly translucent. Iren's first nose notion was that of truffles, funnily enough since we're in truffle country and she is tasting blind. A very pleasant nose that reminded me of the gattinaras we've had this last year. On the palate very tannic, but in a very pleasant way. Although the wine will last for may years it is a pleasure to drink now.

Great match with the wonderful lasagna I made.
Red
1988 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Vino da Tavola Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/24/2010 - ArntErik wrote:
Much better than the bottle we had in May. Family dinner so not really tasted (and therefore not rated), but an excellent wine that can be kept for years still.
Red
12/1/2010 - ArntErik wrote:
80 points
A strange and uninteresting wine, at a too high price. Look elsewhere.
Red
11/30/2010 - ArntErik wrote:
84 points
A plane Jane of a wine. Not very expensive, but not worth the cost. That's not a very informative note, admittedly, but we had it yesterday and have already forgotten it...
Red
11/27/2010 - ArntErik wrote:
87 points
Very dark. On the nose forest mushrooms, mold, vanilla; quite delicious. Palate spicy; oaky but not exaggerated. Round warm tannins. Very drinkable now, no reason to wait. Very good value for money. You won't win anything for guessing this to be a Rioja.
We broke our «Italian-wine-with-Italian-food» rule and had our home made pizza margherita. A perfectly good match.
Red
11/26/2010 - ArntErik wrote:
87 points
More black than red. Interesting and delicious smell of spices, hint of cinnamon. Didn't come through on the palate. Fairly round tannins but slightly tart finish. If it's oaked it is barely discernible.
We had reindeer carvings with mushrooms in sour cream casserole, mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts. The food was a greater experience than the wine, but still - nice enough.
Red
11/24/2010 - ArntErik wrote:
86 points
1 hour decant. Unpretentious but charming nose of wet dog fur and a slight unobtrusive hint of yeast. Pleasant spicy, sweet, tannic palate. Amazing value for money. Drinkable now but maybe better a year from now.
We had home made tagliatelle with garlic/butter/oregano/parmesan sauce. An OK match but we should probably stick with the Italians when cooking Italian.
Red
11/13/2010 - ArntErik wrote:
87 points
Consistent with previous note.
Red
11/12/2010 - ArntErik wrote:
88 points
2 hours decant. Very dark. Delicious nose (in what we perceive as a Rhone type of way) of plums, wood, spices. Tasted sweet, very round, some licorice maybe, and pleasant acidity along with the round tannins. We liked this! Got even better with the food. I have to get more!
We had a barbecue chicken with salad.
Red
11/9/2010 - ArntErik wrote:
86 points
2 hours decant. Transparent red. An exquisite fruit nose. On the palate surprisingly acidic, but also delicious licorice, spices, hint of vanilla, medium tannins. A well made and nice enough wine with more acid than we appreciated. Not worth its price.
We had a garlic and rosemary stuffed leg of lamb with haricots vert and creamy mushrooms. Surprisingly, not a good match.
White - Sweet/Dessert
11/8/2010 - ArntErik wrote:
I'll admit it: I've never been crazy about vin santo. This seemed a textbook version, which to me means funny smells of yore and watery consistency. It was long gone over the hill.
We had a dessert consisting of quark, blackberries and crumbled cantucci. A very good match that made the wine significantly better.
Red
11/5/2010 - ArntErik wrote:
1 hour decant. Wow, a tough one. D-a-a-rk. On the nose the most licorice smelling wine I have ever smelled. Palate has pipe tobacco and sap along with the licorice, and heaps of tannins. Not really my kind of wine, but certainly interesting; this one stands out in a crowd. I'd wait a year though.
We had turkey burgers with it.
Red
11/3/2010 - ArntErik wrote:
83 points
Almost jet black. Pop'n'pour. Big mistake; needs air. Withdrawn nose, some yeast. Overly tannic. Blueberries, spice. For the life of me I don't understand how this can be considered drinkable now, will save other bottles until at least 2012.
Had parmeggiano and salume brought home from Greve.
Red
10/29/2010 - ArntErik wrote:
80 points
1 hour decant. Don't remember why I bought this, and now that I've tasted it I know I shouldn't have. Yeast on the nose, yeast on the palate. Some fruit on the nose. Acidic, tannic. Other bottle may wait till 2011. Not that I think it necessarily will be better, but I doubt it will be worse.
Red
2003 Château de la Cour St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/13/2010 - ArntErik wrote:
85 points
Fairly pleasant nose, if somewhat alcoholic. Nice oak hint and spices. Rather tannic, but not overly. Somewhat bitter on the palate, transforming into sweetness on the aftertaste. Fully drinkable, but waiting a year or two will probably be rewarded.

Drank it with fårikål. Not the best of matches, because of the bitterness that didn't go well with the cabbage.
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