Tasting Notes for Sniffy-Sniff

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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.
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.
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!
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.
Red
7/25/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
90 points
Fresh cherry with a little barnyard funk and earthiness going on. Ample minerality and just right amount of grippy tannins.
Red
7/7/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
90 points
Notes from day-2. Velvety texture and fully resolved tannins. Nice balance of fruit and some secondary flavors. Not overly complex, but certainly enjoyable. Drink now.
Red
6/30/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
93 points
PnP. Just lovely all around. Drink now.
Red
Still primary, oak needs to integrate. Lots of upside here. I’m holding out for 2 more years before I pop next one.
Red
6/17/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP. Strawberry, cherry, touch of spice and cola. Not a ringer for a burgundy, but on that spectrum. Lovely texture, medium length finish. A very nice wine, and good QPR for $35.
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Red
6/10/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
90 points
Not a great showing. While really tasty, this lack the deep complexity I expected. Didn’t really develop over the hour or so we had it open.
Red
5/29/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
93 points
Inky dark, spicy, smoky, complex, long finish. Great with or without food. Better now than I remember from our tasting at the winery last year. Rivals some of the cult Syrah in Paso Robles - at half the price.
White
5/25/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
92 points
Another fantastic showing of this wine. Love the riveting minerality and tropical flavors. For me, this is what I look for in a California Chardonnay. Not a huge fan of the fatter, oaky, styles. Paired great with my shrimp tacos.
Red
5/23/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
93 points
Absolutely delish. A big wine with incredible balance. Fantastic with or without food. Wish I had bought more.
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White - Sparkling
5/19/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
92 points
Fantastic bottle, hit all the right notes. Yeasty, creamy, and perfect amount of fruit and acidity. Would buy again @$35.
Red
5/19/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
90 points
Little funky Brett-like on the nose right out of the bottle. Thankfully, it blew off after 30 minutes. Dark purple, almost opaque in the glass. Gave up some earthy mushroom and a little leather. Not as complex as I expected. Tannins still there, but nicely resolved. If I had another bottle I would decant to see if it just needs more time.
Red
5/15/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff wrote:
89 points
Underwhelming. Nothing offense, just expected more from this producer.
Red
4/29/2018 - Sniffy-Sniff Likes this wine:
91 points
Notes from day 2. Tar, leather, spice, grippy tannins. Long finish. Amazing food wine. Drink now with brief decant or hold for another 4-6 years.
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