Tasting Notes for Sniffy-Sniff

(790 notes on 665 wines)

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Red
11/19/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
90 points
Really well made and in a great drinking window. Held up nicely over 2 days. Paired nicely with meat and spinach lasagna. Will buy more. Excellent QPR.
Red
11/17/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
88 points
This is a nice weekday table wine to have with casual fare. Nothing memorable here, and nothing off-putting, either. Drink now.
Red
11/15/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
94 points
Masters Sunday. A fantastic wine, just entering drinking window. Was super tight on day-1 but opened nicely day-2. Would have been even better on day-3 but it was so good I finished it. Unbelievable QPR @ $75. Lots of years in this.
Red
11/14/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
95 points
Masters Saturday. Stunning wine. Started out day-1 a little more perfumed. Day-2 it opened up and became rich and luscious. Dark cherry, coffee, menthol, velvety texture, with perfect minerality. This was one those bottles where each sip the wine seemed to get better. Paired perfectly with dry rubbed, slow roasted, baby back ribs.
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Red
11/10/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
89 points
For a riserva, this definitely under delivered. Drank over 2 days and there was no improvement. Nothing off-putting, just very pedestrian.
Red
11/1/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
91 points
Ready for business with some air in the glass. Beautiful dark fruit, touch of spice and leather. Nicely balanced, can drink with or without food. Held up over 3 days.
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Red
10/31/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
91 points
So much to like here. Fantastic with food or without. Held up nicely over two days. Definite rebuy.
Red
10/28/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
92 points
Agree with other tasters on this one. Super tight and not giving up a lot of fruit. Drank over 3 nights and it was still tight. Hardly a hint of oak. Grippy, drying tannins on a 45-second, tongue coating finish. A definite old-world style Cabernet that traditional Bordeaux lovers will appreciate. I have one more and will let sit another few years. Drink now with a *long* decant and pair with food.
Red
10/24/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
93 points
Very tight, youthful. I think this needs a few hours of air time to really show itself. Lots of life ahead. If you give a try and can't decant, cork bottle and save some for day-2.
Red
N.V. Ojai Ojai Red California Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
10/22/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
90 points
Enjoyed over 3 days. Savory, olive, touch of spice. Very typical of Rhône blend. Solid.
Red
9/30/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
90 points
Very nice on day-1 right out of the bottle. A little “grapey” on day-2.
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Red
2010 Sarget de Gruaud Larose St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/28/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
92 points
Tight on day-1, definitely more relaxed on day-2. I think I prefer the grainy tannins day-1. A lovely wine, showing some character in its 10 years of age and drinking way above the $23 I paid for it 7 years back.
Red
2005 Château Moulin Saint-Georges St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/22/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
93 points
Fruit is there but it’s more secondary flavors at this point. Super long finish. Best on day-3.
Red
9/19/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
91 points
Drinking nicely with 30 minute decant. Not a powerful wine, but certainly nuanced and great with food. Picked up a little more weight on day-2.
Red
9/5/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
90 points
Enjoyed this. Classic Santa Barbara county pinot. A touch on the thin side. Best on day-1.
Rosé
8/30/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
90 points
Refreshing, crisp, strawberry, little spice. Perfect minerality. Love it.
Red
8/26/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
94 points
Wowser! Super tight at first but opened up nicely after an hour. Dark fruit, spice, gamely, olive, and a long finish. Serious juice. Give this another 1-2 years if you can wait.
Red
8/14/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
94 points
Classic Atlas Peak terroir. Powerful, sleek, and mineral-driven long finish. Best on day-2. Fantastic QPR @ $45.
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Red
8/8/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
92 points
Amazing transformation from day to day 2. Perfect pairing with rigatoni sausage, kale, and white beans. Has many more years ahead. Decant for at least an hour if drinking now.
Red
8/3/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
94 points
Such a unique and complex wine. My first from this producer. Paired with braised short ribs and butternut squash risotto. Heaven...
Rosé
7/23/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
90 points
Better on day 2. A rose with a serious side. Perfect pairing with pork tenderloin tacos.
Red
2016 Halpin Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/28/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
91 points
A lot to like here. Fresh, with nice minerality and length. Needed about 20 minutes in the glass to smooth out. A ridiculous QPR. Wish I bought more.
Red
6/12/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
90 points
Fresh strawberry, clove, and touch of spice. Nicely balanced, crunchy tannins and medium length finish.
Red
6/9/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff wrote:
87 points
A bit simple, lacking complexity. First glass out of bottle was best. Serve slightly chilled. Faded on day-2. Drink now.
Red
2010 Château La Tour Carnet Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/7/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
92 points
Beautiful dark fruit, framed by just right amount of acidity. Paired very nice with homemade pizza.
Red
2015 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
6/1/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
91 points
Better on day-2. Lot to like here for $20. Baby Brunello.
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Red
5/11/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
93 points
Classic Rioja style in a fantastic vintage. Incredible nose right out of the bottle. Nose softens on day 2 but tannins firm-up. Drink now or hold for another 5 years.
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Red
2013 Matthews Reserve Red Wine Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/30/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
92 points
Drank over 2 nights. I actually liked it better on day 1 because there was more intensity.
Red
4/25/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
92 points
At $25, this is maybe my best pinot score to date - and I only bought one! Argh... Cross between Sonoma Coast and Burgundy. Delicious right out of the bottle. Drink over next 3-4 years.
Red
4/11/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
92 points
Really good right out of the bottle and drank nicely on day-2 as well.
Red
4/7/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
89 points
A nice weeknight drinker. Strawberry licorice on the nose, little rose petal. Very feminine, although tannins are present. Didn’t really improve over 3 nights other than rounding-out a touch.
Red
4/3/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
88 points
Have to agree with previous reviews. A pleasing week night wine, but much better options out there in same price range.
Red
3/29/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
90 points
Fantastic entry level barolo. Paired with pasta, grilled eggplant in a rose sauce. Better on day 2.
Red
3/22/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff wrote:
89 points
Big disappointment as I was expecting so much more. If tasted blind, I would have guessed middle-end Barbara - $20 wine. So while it was a good Barbara, it was a not so good Napa Cabernet.

Day 2 update. Much improved over last night. Some Cabernet characteristics starting to emerge. Still a bit on the lighter side, although it did gain some weight. Score based on day 2.
Red
3/18/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
91 points
Very good, but still a bit primary. Drank over 3 nights. Try again in a year.
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Red
2016 ONX Reckoning Paso Robles Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
3/1/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
91 points
Very tasty. Initially, perfumed nose that calms down over 20 minutes as the wine takes on more rustic notes. Would love a little more structure, but certainly lots of enjoyment. Drink now.
Red
2/23/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
94 points
Just a fantastic, classic, powerful Napa Cabernet. Leather, tobacco, cassis, touch of mushroom. Fantastic structure and minerality. Long finish. Held up over 3 days. Ridiculous QPR for $50 and one of the best Napa Cabernet deals I’ve come across. Drink now and over next 5 years.
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Red
2/1/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
90 points
Fantastic weeknight drinker and ready to go now. Better on day 2 - more restrained. Paired nicely with our gourmet burgers.
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Red
2/3/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
95 points
Agree with other tasters that this is just a touch primary at the moment. An hour of air in the bottle gave you a glimpse at the amazing potential. This is powerful and yet refined. Super long finish.
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Red
2010 Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/27/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
92 points
A little thin on day 1 but gained weight and complexity on day 2 and really impressed. Classic Bordeaux profile with nice balance and long finish. Wish I had bought more. Drink now with 30 minute decant or hold for another 3-4 years.
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Red
1/24/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
93 points
Open for business and absolutely singing. Even better on day-2. Top 10 in terms of QPR @ $30.
Red
1/19/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
93 points
Really hitting its stride. Silky texture, little barnyard funk, coffee, and tobacco. Long finish. Ridiculous for $25.
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Red
1/18/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
91 points
Very solid offering. Deep, dark fruit, and lots of structure. Drinks well above price point.
Red
1/16/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
92 points
Very tight out of the bottle but softened after about 30 minutes. Muscular and lean at this point. Will definitely improve with time. Try again in a year.
Red
1/12/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
91 points
Just entering drinking window. Needs a little more time to develop those subtle Nebbiolo flavors. Try again in a year.
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Red
1/4/2020 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
92 points
Fresh, with lots of energy. Superb balance. Held up over two days.
Red
12/29/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
89 points
Fantastic weeknight drinker to pair with casual fare. Held up over three nights. Would buy again.
White - Sparkling
12/31/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
92 points
Hit all the right notes. Yeasty, apple, lemon curd, lovely finish.
Red
12/31/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
97 points
Right out of the bottle this was absolutely captivating. Paired with braised short ribs and butternut squash risotto. It was the best food-wine pairing that I’ve experienced. Drank over a few hours, but it didn’t change all that much. It gained some weight and the fruit expanded. I actually liked it better earlier in the night. Would have scored a point or two higher had it not been for a little heat on the backend. Thanks to my buddy, Don Tirsell, for turning me on to this wine several years ago.
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Red
12/26/2019 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
92 points
Very approachable right out of bottle. Nice structure, firm, dusty tannins. Did not improve much over 2 hours. Excellent QPR. Drink or hold for another 3-5 years.
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