Tasting Notes for Sniffy-Sniff

(722 notes on 602 wines)

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Red
9/15/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
94 points
Needed only 15 minutes in the glass to show itself. Beautiful dark cherry fruit, classic Rutherford nuances, fine grained tannins, and long finish. Should be even better in a few more years. A real gem.
Red
9/16/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
92 points
Delicious right out of the bottle. Drink now. Wouldn’t hold too much longer.
Red
9/16/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
88 points
Perfect weeknight pizza wine. A touch fruity. Maybe a point or two better with more time?
Red
9/10/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
91 points
Ready to go right out of the gate. Deep purple, coffee, tobacco, nice oak influence. Fine grained tannins, medium finish. Held up on day-2. Drink now or hold for another 3-4 years.
Red
9/7/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
91 points
A little game, pepper, and just a touch of sweetness from the oak. Ample minerality here to pair with a variety of dishes. Better on day-2.
Red
9/1/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
92 points
Really well made. Needed 30 minutes to open up. Bing cherry, coffee, tobacco, and hint of graphite. Tannins mostly resolved at this point. Just as good on day-3. Drink now or hold for another 3-5 years.
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Red
8/22/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
89 points
Very simple upon opening but gained in complexity with 30 minutes of air. A solid weeknight drinker to pair with a variety of fare. Drink now or hold for 1-2 more years.
Red
8/18/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
92 points
So much to like here. My top pick for sub $25 Napa Cabernet of the 2015 vintage.
Red
2010 Château Lilian Ladouys St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/10/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
91 points
In a really good place right now. Tobacco, leather, chocolate deliciousness. Better day 2. A steal for $22.
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Red
2013 Baer Winery Ursa Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/8/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
92 points
So much to like here in this Bordeaux blend. Fruit is there on front and mid palate but finishes clean due to ample minerality. Wonderful with food or on its own. In a great spot now but can go another 2-3 years if cellared properly.
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Red
8/6/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
91 points
Dead ringer for Caymus, but at a fraction of the price. Really good if you like this style. Drink now.
Red
2000 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/27/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
94 points
In a great place. Perhaps a touch short on finish, otherwise perfect.
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Red
7/4/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
91 points
Very impressed with this juice for the modest tariff. Nice structure and depth. Held up over two days. Would buy again.
Red
2010 Château La Confession St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/30/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
92 points
Very well made and true to the terroir. Love the grippy tannins. Better on day-2.
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Red
5/25/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
93 points
This is a delicious wine by all accounts. It’s big and rich and somewhat atypical of Brunello.
Red
5/11/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
91 points
Better on day-2. Decant at least 1 hour if drinking now. At 25 beans, this is a fantastic everyday Barbaresco. Wish I had bought more...
Red
5/4/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP. Quintessential SLH Pinot. Absolutely delish! Ridiculous QPR for $18.
Red
5/2/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
88 points
Solid wine but nothing stands out. It drinks like an everyday house wine.
Red
4/29/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff wrote:
90 points
Sadly, this go around didn’t show as well as my last bottle a 3 years ago. Drank over three days. If you have some I would not wait.
Red
4/28/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
93 points
Last bottle, and it was superb again. A little hot and disjointed right out of the gate, but within an 90 minutes of air time it was humming. Drink this with your favorite grilled steak. A real gem for $40.
Red
4/20/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff wrote:
93 points
Very much in the style of a Pinot. Beautiful bouquet, and equally delish. I like where this is now. Drink now or hold for 5 years. Case material.
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Red
2010 Château Gressier Grand Poujeaux Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/5/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
90 points
Best on day 3. Picked up some weight and everything about it was fuller and more pronounced.
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Red
2015 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
3/31/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
91 points
A beautifully crafted wine. Drinks like a Pinot Noir and punches well above modest tariff. Case worthy.
Red
3/26/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
93 points
Drinking great with brief decant. Held up nicely over 3 days. Rich, but it has structure and minerality to balance. Fantastic pairing with baby back spare ribs. Drink this over next 5 years.
Red
2/20/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
93 points
Drank over 2 hours. Last sip was best. Lots of life in this so no hurry. Decant 1 hour if opening now.
Red
2/19/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
94 points
What a gem. Absolutely classic CdP profile. So much going on. Best on day-2. Drinks 2x price point. Kicking myself for not buying more.
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Red
2/12/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
93 points
Drank over 3 days. Best on day 3 as it put on more weight. Very youthful. Secondary flavors emerging as it saw more air. Drink now with decant or hold another 3-5 years.
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Red
1/29/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
94 points
In a great place right now. Ready to go with 15 minutes of air. Still plenty of fruit and incredibly balanced.
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White
1/14/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
93 points
Fresh, floral, spicey, with a long finish. Winner, winner...
Red
1/14/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
93 points
This went from clumsy and fat day 1 to chiseled and refined day 3. Glad I waited on popping this last bottle. Easily another 3-5 years in this.
Red
1/6/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
93 points
This was a yawner day-1, and a stunner day-2. Lots to like here. Big fruit with grippy tannins ana a long finish. A steal for $26.
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Red
1999 Sarget de Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/27/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
91 points
Thoroughly enjoyed this. Plenty of fruit and acidity left making it a worthy companion for rustic fare.
White - Sparkling
12/24/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
95 points
Wonderful complexity, fresh, perfect acidity. Bravo.
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White - Sparkling
12/24/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
91 points
Just starting to open up. I think this is better in 2-3 years.
Red
12/24/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
93 points
Incredibly youthful. Kept unwinding over 3 hours. What a gem!
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White
12/23/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
92 points
Exotic nose. Fresh, great balance between fruit and acidity.
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Red
9/24/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
88 points
A little better on day 2 but not what I expected. Lacked any real Bordeaux personality. Don’t think more time in bottle will help improve.
Red
9/20/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
93 points
Wowser! This was stunning upon opening. Explosive nose that followed through on the palate. Perfect balance of fruit and dusty tannins. An absolutel perfect pairing with pasta, sausage, and kale. Fell off a bit on day-2. Drink now or hold for a few more years.
Red
9/19/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
93 points
Gave this about 30 minutes in glass and it was open for business. Classic brunello profile of tobacco, leather, and spice. Beautiful tension, dry, grippy tannins. Lovely with braised short ribs. Did not change that much over next 90 minutes. Held up nicely on day 2 and maybe showed some additional old world nuances.
Red
9/14/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
91 points
Best on day-2. Loaded with dark fruit, coffee, and spicey finish. Plenty of acidity here to pair with a variety of fare.
Red
9/7/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
91 points
Really came to life on day 2. Gained weight and complexity. Excellent entry level offering. Would buy again.
Red
9/3/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
91 points
Developed nicely over 3 days. Solid wine, true to what you’d expect from this terrior.
Red
9/1/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
90 points
Bright fruit, touch of spice and cola. Well made and a perfect weeknight drinker. Drink now.
Red
8/24/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
92 points
Big improvement over last showing 6 months ago. Put on some weight and gained in complexity and finish more pronounced.
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Red
8/21/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
93 points
Notes from day 2. Wowser, this was an unexpected surprise. Wonderful balance of blue/black fruit, white pepper, spice, and leather. Terrific minerality and long finish. In a great spot right now. Great QPR at $26. Wish I bought more...
Red
8/16/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
91 points
So-so day 1, singing on day 2, just as good day 3. Smoky tobacco, black cherry, mushroom earthiness. Nice grip and acidity on a lengthy finish. Paired nicely with spice-rubbed Pork spareribs. Solid QPR @ $18.
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Red
8/5/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
92 points
Very pedestrian one day 1, but really came to life on day 2 after a little time in the bottle. Paired great with pork ribs. Drink now with a brief decant or hold for a few more years.
Red
2010 Torrin The Banshee Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
5/26/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
93 points
Had the delicious factor going for it. Plenty of tannin and structure on the finish. Outstanding QPR at $55. Wish I would have bought more.
Red
7/27/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
89 points
Definitely improved since last bottle about 3 years ago. Much more evolved and interesting.
Red
7/27/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
88 points
Somewhat nondescript, with nothing standing out to get you exited. Not terrible but was expecting more.
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