Tasting Notes for Tony Poli

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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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White
2016 Idlewild The Bee North Coast White Blend (view label images)
6/20/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
90 points
Light straw color. Pretty nose, some floral notes, citrus, a bit of honey. I was surprised by the palate, having read the previous notes. Lots of acidity, citrus, primarily lemon notes, good mouthfeel. Med/long finish. Not a tremendous amount of complexity, but a nice summer quaffer.
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Red
6/7/2019 - Tony Poli wrote:
93 points
At a tasting, red, 25 years old or older. Opened at the tasting, no decant. Followed some Bordeaux and our Varozza Vineyards Cab. Dark garnet, with some brick at the edges. Juicy nose, still lots of fruit, some earthiness. Palate was resolved, again still plenty of fruit, good structure. Long finish. Flavor profile was closer to the Bordeaux’s than the Varozza. Many guessed old world. Terrific wine, was worth the wait.
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Red
6/7/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
91 points
At a tasting, red, 25 years old or older. Opened at the tasting, no decant. Dark garnet, almost no signs of age. Lots of dark fruit on the nose. Palate was smooth and resolved, good complexity. Plenty of fruit left, some spice and forest floor. Long finish. Most guessed new world - the tasting was Cab heavy, some nice Bordeaux’s preceded this. It prompted a discussion of how the big, fruity California wines age so differently than the ones from Bordeaux. Good stuff.
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Red
6/4/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
90 points
Still a baby. Lots of cherries, nose and palate. Good structure. My last ‘06, wish I had more.
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White
6/4/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
92 points
Last of 6. This has improved over time. Really good balance and complexity. Color was still fresh, no darkening or signs of age. Citrus and melon on the nose. Palate still had good fruit, minerality, some spice. Long finish. I’d call it a good, mature Chablis, but I would guess it has significantly more life left.
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Red
6/3/2019 - Tony Poli wrote:
88 points
Not bad, but i agree with other tasters that say the tannins and acidity overwhelm the fruit. Balance could be better. Sour cherries are there, but muted. A bit of bitterness on the finish.
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White
6/2/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
89 points
This was a surprise. Gift from my brother, who has a house in Stone Harbor. Pale straw color. Quiet nose, hints of citrus. Palate was round, yet with plenty of acid. Citrus, some spice. There was a touch of bitterness when the wine was cold, which dissipated as it warmed. Med/long finish. Very credible Grillo, compared favorably to Sicilian Grillo’s that we have had.
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White
6/1/2019 - Tony Poli wrote:
94 points
Consistent with my previous note, if anything, this has improved markedly over the past year.
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Red
5/31/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
93 points
At a Loire Valley tasting, blind. First of our theee bottles, and my first Saumur-Champigny. At a tasting unsurprisingly dominated by whites, this stood out among the reds. Another cab franc, a more conventional one, was quite nice. This blew it away. Dark, purple color. Complex nose, dark fruit, some lovely floral notes and a mix of spice. Palate was also complex, blueberries, plums, some pepper in the back - lots going on. Long finish. We were pairing these with goat cheese that one of the group flies in from the Loire every spring - the whites paired really well. So did this, but I think this could be quite comfortable on a table with grilled meats as well. Should have bought more.
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White
5/31/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
91 points
At a Loire Valley tasting, blind. The table had mostly whites, not surprising for Loire. This stood out to me among the Sancerre’s. Definitely Sauvignon Blanc on the nose and palate. Lots of acidity, citrus, grapefruit, definitely some spice. I thought a long finish, though another taster whom I respect had less kind things to say, especially about the finish. Well, she was wrong...
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Red
5/28/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
90 points
Bright, fresh, easy drinking.
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Red
5/24/2019 - Tony Poli wrote:
91 points
Theme was Australia or New Zealand, blind. This was really too young. We decanted for about 3 hours, and the nose changed over time. Dark purple color, lots going on in the mouth. Good stuff, just needs more time.
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White
5/24/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
90 points
Theme was Australia or New Zealand, blind. Blind was kind of silly, our group really doesn’t know these wines. And they were all surprisingly good. We had a concentration of wines from Margaret River (both of ours were, from our cellar, and I had suggested that region to another member, who was shopping for this week). This had good acidity, more than a typical French Chard. Light gold color, citrus dominated the nose. Most guessed Chardonnay, that was the flavor profile. Long finish.
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Red
5/4/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
92 points
Theme was Piedmont, blind. Decanted for about 90 minutes. Lots of sediment in the decanter. Typical Piemontese Nebbiolo color (I need to add that qualifier, having discovered Valtellina Nebbiolo, which is much more purple). There were three Barolo’s that preceded this, it seemed as big, same flavor profile. Some guessed Barolo. I read a note calling this a “whiff” for Garagiste, I disagree. Good stuff, glad I have a couple more bottles.

Up at least a point on day 2. Smoother, more balanced.
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Red
5/4/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
90 points
Theme was Piedmont, blind. Decanted for about 90 minutes. Bright purple color, which gave away the grape for some. Didn’t run with the Nebbiolo’s on the table, but an interesting and complex wine nonetheless. Dark fruit, some cassis on the nose. Palate was round, somewhat soft, balanced. Long finish.
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White - Sparkling
5/4/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
93 points
Poured after the blind offerings from Piedmont. One has to cap off a Piemontese tasting with a nice Moscato d’Asti, and this fit the bill. Less citrus than I remembered, just a lovely, complex dessert sparkler. Could drink this anytime.
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White
5/4/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
93 points
Theme was Piedmont, blind. Second of two Arneis on the table, this was wonderful, lived up to Giacosa’s standards.
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Red
5/1/2019 - Tony Poli wrote:
89 points
Not terribly complex, but a wonderful every day drinker.
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White
4/28/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
90 points
Not tremendously complex, but a lovely drinking Pinot Grigio. We thought the 2016 was a bit better. Very fresh, lots of citrus. Paired with grilled halibut, couldn’t have been much better.
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Red
4/28/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
88 points
I was a bit disappointed based on other notes. Decanted this for about an hour, based on the drinking window. This did have a darker color than many Barbarescos. Tons of sediment. Some bright cherries by the third pour, but it was quite muted at first. Not bad, but not great. I think I will wait a while before I try another.
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White
4/28/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
94 points
Theme was Rhone white, blind. There was another bottle of this on the table, bought at the same time (same shipment, actually, we collaborated) and they initially were quite different. Served at different temperatures. As ours warmed, the flavor profiles got much closer together. These two led off, so we didn't have anything to compare them to initially, and there were some other wines that seemed to out-perform this Hermitage, but taking another taste at the end, I and a couple of others were quite impressed. Somewhat quiet nose, but complex. Smooth palate, a lot going on, plenty of fruit and structure. Long finish.
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Red
4/12/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
91 points
This has aged well, gained complexity and smoothness. Most thought it was of the other, more highly thought of villages, Chateauneuf or Gigondas. Last of our six, was worth the wait.
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Red
4/24/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
91 points
Our first Teroldego. We bought it because we are going to Alto Adige in the fall, and we wanted to try a red. This was quite interesting. More Pinot Noir/Nebbiolo like than anything heavier. Bright, rich purple color, more dense than Pinot. Interesting nose, muted fruit, some spice. Complex palate - not like anything I had tasted before, plenty of fruit, good structure. Long finish. Rosalie thought it would go with cured meats and cheese. Interesting find, I would happily buy more.
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White
4/21/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
94 points
Other notes said this was almost viscous. We didn’t get that at all. This was elegant, light on its feet, more playful than Chave, but a serious wine nonetheless. We have a Rhône White tasting this week, we will bring another bottle and see what our Rhône-ophile friends think. We absolutely loved it, paired with a smoked trout dish that was to die for.
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White
4/19/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
90 points
Theme was Napa or Sonoma white, blind. We brought this one, and a 2015 WS Allen Vineyard Chardonnay, to see the contrast. Interesting. This was lighter in color, crisper, a bit shorter. Tasters were appreciative, and somewhat evenly divided on which they liked best.
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White
4/19/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
92 points
Theme was Napa or Sonoma white, blind. We brought this one, and a 2015 WS Unoaked Chardonnay, to see the contrast. It was a good experiment. One could get the oak influence, but it was definitely a light touch. The color was a little richer than the unoaked. Nose also had a touch of butterscotch, a nice touch, no cloying. Palate was, to me, classic WS Chardonnay, which I love. Pears and apples, a touch of citrus, very smooth. Long finish. Delightful.
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Red
4/17/2019 - Tony Poli wrote:
91 points
Still dark purple, no signs of age. Nose is gaining complexity, lots of dark fruit and some forest floor. Palate is smooth and resolved, but with structure that indicates additional aging potential. Plenty of Freitas, some earth, muted spice. Long finish. Worth the wait.
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Red
4/12/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
92 points
Theme was Chile or Argentina. There were 5 Catena wines on the table, all were quite impressive. This was a dark, brooding Cab that needed time to open up. After some air, sweet nose, big, complex palate. Tons of dark fruit. Probably drank too young.
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Red
4/8/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
90 points
Our second Cote du Py. This was quite good. Another reviewer said it screamed “freshness.” I would agree. Medium garnet, quiet nose out of the bottle. But the palate was alive with sour cherries, nice acidity, and a surprisingly long finish. Glad I have a couple more. Our previous Cote du Py was Domaine Robert, which benefitted much from bottle age. We will let our other two bottles sit for a while.
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White
3/30/2019 - Tony Poli wrote:
93 points
With Rosalie’s birthday dinner, seafood at Eleven. Straw gold. Crisp nose with citrus notes. Typical Giacosa palate, rich and complex, with citrus in the background and on the long finish. We like this much better than the 2015, which was quite good in its own right.
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Red
3/27/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
93 points
This has gained complexity and balance with age. Popped and poured with dinner, roast pork. Still dark garnet, with a lot going on on the nose. Palate was smooth, lots of dark fruit, and a pleasant earthiness. Ned/long finish. Love Matt Cline’s wines.
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White
3/24/2019 - Tony Poli wrote:
93 points
Popped and poured with dinner. This is our favorite Vire Clesse, even better than Bonhomme. Bright, citrusy, smooth - need to get some more.
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Red
3/24/2019 - Tony Poli wrote:
92 points
Definitely in the wheelhouse. We popped and poured with dinner, roast pork, and it was wonderful. Dark garnet, expressive nose. Lots of fruit on the palate, plenty of structure. Long finish. We buy The Chateauneuf from Beaucastel, we may buy more of this in the future. Nearly as good, more reasonable.
Red
2003 Château Le Crock St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/22/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
92 points
Theme was unclassified Bordeaux, blind. This was quite a surprise to the tasters. Many thought it was right bank, it was soft and balanced. Quiet nose, but we pulled it from the cellar just before the tasting, and it was a bit cold. The nose came alive a bit as it warmed. Lots of dark fruit, plenty of structure. Decent length. The only real negative was the name, I took some ribbing for that.
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Red
2011 Château Lavergne Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Theme was unclassified Bordeaux, blind. This was one of three wines from the Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux on the table, and likely the first three wines that I can remember having from what got to be termed the “alt-right” bank at the tasting, or the easternmost part of Bordeaux. Rosalie caught a bit of unpleasant bitterness on the finish, termed it “odd.” Balance was a bit off, as well. But quite drinkable, overall.
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Red
3/19/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
92 points
Popped and poured at a St. Joseph dinner, heavy on the chickpeas and chicken. Typical Nebbiolo color, just a hint of brick at the edge. Dark fruit and earthy nose. Complex palate with dark fruit, forest floor, earth and cherries which came late, primarily on the finish. Long finish. Good pairing, good Barbaresco.
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Red
3/17/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
90 points
Brought by a friend to a gathering at my place. Typical Rioja profile. I found it delightful, and more complex than the other tasting notes led me to believe. And not too short either. Perhaps aging it past the drinking window helped.
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Red
3/17/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
93 points
Theme was Classified Bordeaux, blind. This wine, Rosalie’s, and my 2009 led off. Both had been decanted about 5 hours, based on other notes. Also dark, inky purple. Not everyone thought they were from the same producer, no one thought they were only a year apart. This wasn’t as big as the 09, but a terrific, structured Bordeaux nonetheless. Good stuff.
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Red
3/15/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
96 points
Theme was Classified Bordeaux, blind. This and Rosalie’s led off, hers was the 2010. We decanted both about 5 hours, based on reading other notes. Dark, inky purple. Very complex nose, with leather and earth mixed with red and dark fruits. Lots of tannins, plenty of structure. Terrific mouthfeel. Long finish. Really good stuff.
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White
3/16/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
90 points
Took a flyer on this at the PLCB store, $9.99. It was quite a surprise. Half Chardonnay, half Vermentino, just a touch of effervescence. Light, refreshing, nice nose, complex palate. Paired with a light shrimp risotto that Rosalie concocted, it was just perfect. Punches well above it’s weight. Will get some more to drink this summer.
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Red
3/3/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
92 points
First of our 2014’s. Fruity and smooth, just delightful.
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Red
3/1/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
91 points
Decanted about an hour. A bit of brick at the edges, not as purple as a Cali Pinot. Nose a bit muted, but quite complex, and picked up as the wine took on more air in the glass. Palate showed good balance, plenty of fruit, acidity that should be expected of a Burgundy. Good mouthfeel. Long finish. Not sure this needs any more time, also not sure this has a whole lot of life left. Good village Burgundy.
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Red
2/28/2019 - Tony Poli Likes this wine:
91 points
Popped and poured at a restaurant. Fruity and peppery, quite nice.
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