Tasting Notes for Tony Poli

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Red
2/12/2020 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
93 points
2015 seems to have been a great year for Turley. This was no exception. Fruity, peppery, wonderful Zin.
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Red
2/7/2020 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
91 points
Theme was Priorat, blind. Dark purple. Wonderful complexity and structure. Long finish. There was a 2004 Vall Llach on the table, which had aged well. This has the stuff to do so, as well.
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Red
2/7/2020 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
91 points
Theme was Priorat. This was dark, fruity, good structure. We have had several previous vintages, this was right up there.
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Red
1/26/2020 - Tony Poli wrote:
93 points
Well. Third bottle of four. First was really good, needed time. Second was a bit disappointing. This was terrific. The vintage is supposed to be really good, this lives up to it.
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Red
1/25/2020 - Tony Poli wrote:
95 points
Just a gorgeous wine, right out of the bottle. It changed in the glass, so it could improve, though it is difficult to see how much better it can really get. Dark garnet, fruity, expressive nose. Palate was smooth and approachable, but with lots of complexity and structure. Dark fruit, some cherries, cassis on the front palate, some forest floor and a hint of eucalyptus on the back. Long finish. Glad I have more.
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Red
2012 Villa Spoiano Chianti Classico Le Querciole Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
1/22/2020 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
92 points
Popped and poured at a restaurant, paired wonderfully with the Tuscan food. Probably benefitted from the bottle age. Dark garnet, just a little brick at the edge. Complex nose, lots of fruit, some spice. Cherries predominant early on the palate, good structure and acidity. Long finish. Glad I bought three, wish I had more.
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Red
1/16/2020 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
94 points
Took to one of our favorite restaurants, opened it there, they offered to decant it, and we took them up on it. Probably could have used a bit more air, but it was quite wonderful as it changed in the glass. Classic Beaucastel, it paired wonderfully with a mushroom risotto. Representative of the vintage, which I believe was a good one. Our guests poured a white 2015 Chateau Mont-Redon, so we were "high on the hog" for this dinner.
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Red
1/13/2020 - Tony Poli wrote:
89 points
At a restaurant. I had never heard of Raboso, or the producer. We were in the Veneto last fall, so I took a flyer. Light in color, and body as well. But good structure, nice balance. Plenty of fruit, some tart and sweet cherries. Medium finish. With pasta, was a good choice.
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Red - Sweet/Dessert
1/10/2020 - Tony Poli wrote:
95 points
At a Valpolicella tasting, we hosted. Last wine tasted. This was quite a surprise. 2 percent less alcohol than the Amarone, light on its feet, just wonderful. My first Recioto, I need to try more of these.
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Red
1/10/2020 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
87 points
At a Valpolicella tasting, we hosted. This was slightly disappointing, we had it at the winery last year, and on the beautiful terrace at Ugolini, we had fonder memories than we tasted tonight. But for what it was, it was quite pleasant. Clearly an entry level wine compared to the others in the line-up, it has its place.
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Red
1/10/2020 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
90 points
At a Valpolicella tasting, we hosted. Tasted with the 2013 Ugolini Amarone. Similar color, again lighter than expected for such a full-bodied wine. Not as intense as the big brother, but quite interesting. Same touch of sweetness, plenty of fruit. Long finish. One of the tasters liked it better than the Amarone.
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Red
1/10/2020 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
93 points
At a Valpolicella tasting, we hosted. Color deceptively light for a wine of this depth. Quiet, but complex nose, cherries, dark fruits. Palate was incredibly smooth and balanced for such a young Amarone. Touch of sweetness, tons of dark fruit. Long finish. We tasted this at the winery last year, it was better tonight.
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Red
12/28/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
93 points
Drinking perfectly right of the bottle. Smooth and resolved. No hurry, but these are wonderful now.
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White
12/13/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
95 points
Theme was Napa or Sonoma Pinot Noir, and this was the token white at the end (a tradition in our group). Wine of the night. It was spectacular. Darker gold, it looked like it might have a bit of age. Terrific nose, honey, a hint of citrus, a floral component. Great mouthfeel, good complexity. Oak was there, but in no way dominant - good restraint. Long finish. We have the next three vintages, looking forward to them.
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Red
12/13/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
94 points
Theme was Napa or Sonoma Pinot Noir. This was a bit darker in color than many WS Pinots. Nose was full, fruity and complex. Lots of cherries on the palate, but very balanced, good acid, some spice. Long finish. This followed a 2009 Westside Road Neighbors - they were quite similar. I think the Westside had pretty much peaked - it was very good - but this may still have some upside. No hurry to drink, and it may get better.
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Red
12/12/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
91 points
Popped and poured with dinner, grilled Arctic char. This was really good, better than some of the WS single vineyard stuff. Delightful.
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Red
12/10/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
95 points
Popped and poured with dinner. This has matured wonderfully. Very smooth right out of the bottle, lots of fruit remaining, but balanced. Long pleasant finish. Wish I had more.
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Red
11/22/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
94 points
Brought this to our Friday group tasting on Nov. 22. It was quiet, seemed perhaps in a bit of a dumb stage, and was outshone by a number of others on the table. Pumped it down, and did not have occasion to go back to it until today, a week later. Tonight, it was almost ethereal. A bit of brown throughout, looked older than the week before, but with a bright, complex nose. Palate was very smooth, with bright cherry flavors on the mid palate, and throughout the long finish. Burgundy is such a puzzle.
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White
11/28/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
91 points
For Thanksgiving dinner. Paired wonderfully with the traditional turkey dinner and sides.
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Red
2014 Woodlands "Margaret" Margaret River Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/23/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
93 points
This was drinking perfectly tonight. We liked it before, on its own. Tonight our guests ordered steak, so we opened this (after starting with a Xanadu Chardonnay, also from Margaret River). Paired well with the steaks, and was enjoyable with our lighter entree’s. Good effort.
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White
11/23/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
92 points
Light on its feet, enough acid to stand up to food, wonderful mouthfeel, good fruit on the palate. Pears and some melon. Long finish. At dinner (in Pittsburgh) with a friend from Perth. This was representative of the better Margaret River Chardonnays that we have tasted.
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Red
11/15/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
91 points
At a Gevrey Chambertin tasting. All were good, all were village wines. This was more fruit forward than most, but good complexity. I need to drink more Burgundy.
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White
11/12/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
88 points
Our first Rodney Strong Chard. Decent balance, good QPR.
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White
11/4/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
88 points
Very light gold color, almost clear. Melon, honey, a touch of citrus on the nose. Palate had a reasonable amount going on, somewhat light bodied, a surprise given the nose. Not a lot of acid, pears and melon, primarily cantaloupe, some spice. Long finish that starts out fruity, but quickly becomes puckeringly dry. Interesting, but not a wow. I would think a bit before buying more.
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Red
2015 Xavier Vignon Arcane XIX - Le Soleil Côtes du Rhône Villages Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
11/2/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
92 points
Wanted to try this, based on Xavier and the notes. Dark purple, slightly lighter at the rim. Big nose of dark fruits and spice out of the bottle, quieted a bit as it took on air. A bit sharp on the palate initially, but smoothed out considerably with some air. Lots of dark fruit, good acidity and structure. I found the finish quite long. This seems a bit more traditional, less modern than my other Xavier experiences. Two more in the cellar, will let them sit for a while.
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Rosé
10/27/2019 - Tony Poli wrote:
88 points
I liked this, paired with baked cod. I really can’t provide a better description than kdubler’s note, so I won’t try. It was spot on.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2015 Château Doisy-Védrines Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
10/27/2019 - Tony Poli wrote:
92 points
Smooth, light on its feet, without any cloying sweetness. I’m a bit of a novice with dessert wines, I really liked this.
Red
10/23/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
92 points
Terrific Cali Cab, but this followed a couple of bottles at a family dinner of DeSante Calder, DeSante's Bordeaux blend, which is no longer made. As good as this was, it was less complex and interesting as the Calder. Still, paired with roast beef, it was quite good.
Red
2005 DeSante Calder Napa Valley Red Blend
10/23/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
95 points
Opened our last two bottles with grilled beef tenderloin, a family dinner. No decant. This was clearly right in the drinking window, and David DeSante really did well with his effort at a Bordeaux blend. Pity he doesn't make this anymore. Dark garnet, no real signs of age. Rich, complex nose with dark fruits and spice. Palate was smooth and resolved, tannins were integrated, plenty of fruit still there, long finish. We had 9 people, and had to open more wine - we went with DeSante Oakville Cab, very nice, but not as good as this.
Rosé
2016 Viña Otano Rosado Rioja Garnacha, Grenache (view label images)
10/22/2019 - Tony Poli wrote:
88 points
A little late in the year for Rosado, but this was quite good with our baked cod. A bit sharp, but worked well with the food. Quiet nose, but a big palate of strawberry, some melon and a bit of spice. Not particularly long.
Red
10/12/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
93 points
This has come into its own, drinking wonderfully now. Popped and poured with dinner, a beef pot pie that we worked on most of the afternoon. Lots of cherries, bright fruit on the nose and palate, with some pepper from the old days of Raffi Zinfandel. Long finish.
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Red
9/5/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
89 points
Typical (Piedmontese) Nebbiolo color (Nebbiolo from Valtellina is more purple). A bit tight out of the bottle. But after a bit of air, this was quite nice. Fruity nose, but some good complexity. Palate was balanced after it settled down, and it coated the mouth with some cherries, a hint of figs, good acidity. Long finish. Nice surprise. Could get better.
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White
9/2/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
90 points
We are fans of Giacosa Arneis, this didn’t quite measure up. But that is hardly an insult. A bit more playful, a bit lighter. Good stuff, we will get more.
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Red
9/2/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
91 points
A bit fruit forward and primary at this stage, but quite drinkable now. Could get better.
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Red
9/1/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
94 points
Well, I didn’t take my own advice, but this was really good tonight. Better, more resolved than this spring. But could get even better. Loved it with grilled burgers, and loved sipping it while I was grilling.
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Red
8/12/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
86 points
Well, Sarabz76 really doesn’t seem to like this stuff. Consistent 70 point ratings. It’s not great, but quite a bit more drinkable than 70. A tad bitter at the finish, but decent fruit, both on the nose and palate.
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White
8/12/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
89 points
Nice white. A bit less playful than the Walch Pinot Grigio, a bit heavier, more full bodied. Good length.
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White
8/4/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
94 points
Paired with grilled salmon, this was perfect. In the past, this wine seemed very temperature sensitive. Not great if too cold, etc. Tonight it was singing at all temperatures. A little darker than in past vintages, a bit more body. We and our dinner guests loved it.
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White
8/2/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
93 points
In dark contrast to the 1992 Kabinet that preceded it, this was fresh, delightful. No sign of age on the color, it was almost clear. Complex nose, some petrol, melon. Palate was lively, hard to believe it was a quarter century old. Med/long finish. Last bottle, wish I had more.
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White
8/2/2019 - Tony Poli wrote:
82 points
Disappointing, seemed over the hill.
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Red
8/3/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
90 points
Dark purple, can't say garnet, less red in the color. Nose was quite nice, some floral, dark fruit. Initial sip was fruit forward, pleasant. More structure on the back of the palate. Med/long finish. Rosalie was disappointed in the mid and back palate, thought it was harsh. That might be dolcetto, more than anything. I thought this was quite representative of the variety, and very drinkable now. Will be interesting to try day 2.
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White
7/24/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
89 points
Bright gold color. Complex nose, dominated by citrus. Smooth palate, with a bit of a bite at the finish. Good QPR.
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Red
2016 Turley Casa Nuestra St. Helena Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
7/15/2019 - Tony Poli wrote:
85 points
Popped and poured. Lots of grapes in the blend. Interesting but quiet nose. Palate was mostly alcohol. Disappointing, hoping for better tomorrow.
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Rosé
2018 Idlewild Flora & Fauna Mendocino County Rosé Blend (view label images)
7/12/2019 - Tony Poli wrote:
92 points
Theme was New World Rose, and this was one of the best on the table. Fresh, easy drinking, but plenty of guts and complexity. Will enjoy drinking through the other 5 bottles this summer.
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Rosé
7/12/2019 - Tony Poli wrote:
85 points
Perhaps this is getting old. Or perhaps it is just not as good as I remember. Theme this week was New World Rose, and this did not show well. Darker color than most, a bit of orange. Nose was ok, decent fruit, some citrus. Palate was a bit flabby. Shorter finish. Actually got a bit better with some air, and as it warmed up a bit. But as we tasted other, fresher and much more fun roses, this paled by comparison.
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Red
7/6/2019 - Tony Poli wrote:
87 points
Not bad, bit disappointing given up the vintage. We bought this, and stored it properly, at the PLCB store. They weren’t known for good storage back then, so perhaps that contributed. Dark, with very little brick. Nose was much better than thevpalate. Opened with a 1985 Mascarello, this didn’t hold a candle.
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White
7/5/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
94 points
Perhaps some bottle variation, but this was the best we’ve had of this vintage.
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Red
7/4/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
94 points
Somewhat typical of WS cherries explosion flavor profile, but more depth and balance. Elegant wine. Popped and poured with dinner, and it did get better with air. But it started out so good, I hardly noticed. With grilled pork tenderloin, wonderful.
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Red
6/30/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
92 points
Much better than the last bottle, about a year ago. Smoother, more resolved. Still plenty of fruit, but the structure is more evident, the flavor profile is softer, yet still bold. More Cali Pinot than Burgundy to me, a good thing.
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Red
6/21/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
93 points
Theme was “Open that bottle (back-up required)”. The CT drinking window on this closed in 2012, which was the last time we opened one. This was our last bottle, and I think CT missed the window. Dark garnet, just a bit of brick at the edge. Complex nose, dark fruit, earthiness and some leather. Palate was alive, lots of fruit left, still some tannin, good balance. Long finish. Might have been wine of the night. Despite other notes, still has time left. Wish I had more.
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