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Red
2013 Cirq Pinot Noir Bootlegger's Hill Russian River Valley
3/8/2019 - air guitar & pinot noir wrote:
91 points
I don’t know really what to think as this is the first Cirq bottle I have opened and consumed. Clearly I had high expectations based upon the price point of the wine as well as the occasion of my wedding anniversary. It seemed like the perfect time to experience this bottle. It started out very tight and restrained. The nose was dusty rose, herbs and cherry wood. The palate was tart and clipped. It seemed like the structure was there and the components for success, but upon the first few sips I was non plussed. I exhibited patience and walked away to allow some air and time to unlock more. Upon revisiting there was only a slight discernible difference. It had smoothed out some, but it had already unfolded. The fruit seemed a bit tired and reticent- not even integrated, but rather absent. Was there a flaw in this bottle? Had I set the bar of my expectations too high? Unfortunately, in any case the bar was not reached, let alone cleared. Sadly I can think of outstanding wine I have in my collection that I could have had two bottles more of at the price point of this one bottle
  • Barry Notes commented:

    3/10/19, 4:43 PM - Disturbing as I've bought both Cirq labels since there inception but haven't popped one yet. Hopefully, you just had an off bottle. I would hate to think I paid that much for mediocre juice.
    Barry

  • Barry Notes commented:

    3/21/19, 4:45 AM - AG, I plan on popping a 2012 Treehouse on Easter weekend Monday with out of town guests as well as some Kosta Browne SV. Will keep you posted and with crossed fingers.

White - Fortified
1955 Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Convento Selección Montilla-Moriles Pedro Ximénez
10/17/2018 - Quiet Lion Likes this wine:
98 points
After trying several bottles of the 100-point 1946 in the past, tonight we opened a birthday bottle of 1955 for a friend. This vintage maintained the gossamer palate, perfect sweetness, and light body of the 1946 without quite as much magical spice. Still a beautiful wine if you're willing to pony up the tariff. Certainly great for a birth-year treat.
  • Barry Notes commented:

    10/18/18, 3:50 PM - I was born in 55 and can't wait to pull the cork on my bottle.
    Hope I'm as lucky.
    Keep your glass full.
    Barry

Red
2011 Poggio San Polo Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
3/19/2018 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
92 points
Pw/2 hr. decant. Clear, med ruby/purple. High intensity nose. Med body, well developed and integrated. Nice fruit, tannins fine and resolved with a touch of tartness on the finish. Paired well with Lasagna. Nothing off. $67
  • Barry Notes commented:

    4/15/18, 7:35 PM - Yes; I would drink again.

Red
2012 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
12/28/2017 - bemeyer Does not like this wine:
87 points
Very disappointed. Berries are light and out of balance
  • Barry Notes commented:

    12/29/17, 3:42 AM - Did you mistype the score?

Red
2012 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Westside Road Neighbors Russian River Valley
12/6/2017 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP, room temp, no decant. Clear, med purple/ruby color and legs. Med to full intensity nose. A continuation of CA style change from a decade ago. What used to be from the more premier producers was a fat, powerful, highly extracted product. Although the power is still there, this bottle drank much leaner with less cola, more red fruit and plenty of acidity. Good integration and balance, this will easily hold for years. Delicious, a wine you won't tire of drinking. Nothing off. $73
  • Barry Notes commented:

    12/17/17, 2:31 PM - Toni, I'm glad you agree. Regarding CA Pinot's bought directly from producer, my choice has been WS, Kosta Browne and Black Kite. The KB wines are especially different now then years ago. Not necessarily a good thing in some cases. WS are still very good and well priced considering. Keep your glass full. Barry

Red
2005 Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon Witz End Vineyard Rutherford
4/15/2017 - schott Likes this wine:
91 points
A gift bottle. Properly stored in 2 cellars. Cork broke in half on opening - not soft, wet or otherwise rotten - typical stain level for the age. Significant sediment in neck and on cork. Decanted. Quite dark and opaque violet red. Zero bricking visible. Significant alcohol on nose initially. Initial taste on opening is very promising. In decanter for 2 1/2 hours. Alcohol has diminished, but still medium high. Great dark fruit, cola, coffee, and aromatic spice. Tanins very resolved and really perfect now in my opinion. Medium to short length on finish. This was a very good bottle and not the least bit too old. Perfect with steak, potatoes au gratin, asparagus, and dark chocolate for dessert. Drinking very well now. 91-92 pts.
  • Barry Notes commented:

    4/16/17, 2:59 AM - The med to short finish is a bit troublesome but not altogether unexpected. Older wines often finish a bit light but should not be with this producer. I find N&N inconsistent. Glad your bottle was good and I think just over the top of ideal drinking window and although good for awhile, think best you popped it now. Ar, ar.

Red
2014 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Nebbiolo
Stunning. Tasted today during the Grandi Langhe event in Neive. In a room full of Barbaresco wines from dozens of producers, showing many vintages (to show a vertical context), this wine was in a category all its own. Electric was the word that kept repeating in my head, this is so fresh, so balanced. This may be my favorite new release classico in the past decade; likely even more than that. It's thrilling. Medium-bodied with great cut, the layers of red fruit come with plenty of citrus and pomegranate/strawberry aromas and flavors. If you're a fan of this house, I strongly suggest you consider multiple cases. May well end up being one of those wines that's always going to be on point; a life of 20+ years should be no problem at all. A masterpiece of freshness, structure and elegance. highly recommended+

https://ItalianWine.blog
  • Barry Notes commented:

    4/3/17, 10:51 AM - I'm on the couch, recovering from hip replacement (all went well), while you are in Italy, drinking fine wines. It sucks to be me. If you end up buying some of this, I would for sure take some.

  • Barry Notes commented:

    4/5/17, 2:45 AM - Tim, I don't need or always want the full bodied, in your face, high alcohol, fruit bombs. I also like and enjoy the softer, more delicate styles. Depends on venue, place and reason for drinking. I've yet to drink a wine of yours that wasn't lovely. Have a great time, hope you can go see my girl while over the pond. Yes, I hate the reason you have a sore arm and wish I was beside you with the same problem.

  • Barry Notes commented:

    4/7/17, 5:24 AM - Speaking of lighter wines, it's hard to beat sitting in a south of France café, pounding down escargot and rose. I could drink Beaujolais Village, every day. But you're correct that I love my big boy, in your face reds. I wish a had a sore arm (you) rather than a sore leg (me). Know you are having a great time.

White
2012 Williams Selyem Chardonnay Drake Estate Vineyard Russian River Valley
2/19/2017 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP, chilled. Clear, light straw color. Nice nose. This was beautiful stuff. Good Chard characteristics, bright, intense, powerful. Slight stony edge, minor oak, well balanced and integrated. Better as it had more air time. Long fruity finish. Well done, nothing off. $69
  • Barry Notes commented:

    4/3/17, 10:50 AM - That's a fact. My notes are generally pretty simplistic, like this one. Once in a great while, I write something more detailed and complex, like Tim always does. Keep your glass full. MM

Rosé
2015 Knipser Clarette Pfalz Red Bordeaux Blend
Searing acidity now, this is good, but could approach very good with another year or two in the cellar; light>med salmon color. Always reliable, and always over-delivers its very modest price, this shows excellent balance, and offers a tasty blend that slightly favors fruit over soil; excellent food wine. I have one left to try before deciding whether or not to buy a case, and I'm going to aerate it to decanter for an hour and make my decision based on that showing. As it stands now, I am likely to repurchase, but if it shows as I think it might with enough aeration, I will certainly repurchase. Precise and understated BDX blend in this rosé. Thru 2022. recommended

Screwcap, served non-blind.
  • Barry Notes commented:

    3/19/17, 5:21 AM - Tim, have a great trip to Italy, think you leave today. Please tell me this wine is not $400 a pop.

Beer
2015 FiftyFifty Eclipse Imperial Stout High West Rye Nevada County Malt
1/26/2017 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
95 points
Stupendous, like always.
  • Barry Notes commented:

    2/1/17, 11:16 AM - Will do. I have another bottle of the same for you and I. You missed an excellent Chinese dinner, wines OK, food exceptional. See you soon.

Red
2010 Bodega NQN Viñedos de la Patagonia Malma Universo Malbec Blend, Malbec
12/25/2016 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
91 points
PnP. Clear, deep dark purple. Nose of big, concentrated dark fruit. At first pour, sight funk and excess extraction which blew off in literally minutes. The change was dramatic. Super balanced/integrated, clean for a big wine, proper black fruit and correct Malbec taste. Ideal drinking window. Smooth and perfect with Bone-In Prime Rib Roast. Med to full body and med finish. No hint of harsh/bitterness, often found with lesser Malbec. Excellent drinking, nothing off. Good value, $17
  • Barry Notes commented:

    1/1/17, 3:56 AM - Maybe. I don't remember you liking Malbec so much but if you do, this one seemed more pure than most. It's for sure a good, decent example of a value bottle. We hit the timing right. Of course by the time I got to this, I'd already had a fair amount of sparklers and whites. Happy New Year.

Red
2013 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
A friend insisted, had to share, they said. A travesty, on every level. I gagged, more than once, and was unable to finish the glass. What a sad, sad commentary.
  • Barry Notes commented:

    10/6/16, 12:18 PM - I just laughed out loud. What is the deal with this wine? Is it just another overpriced, over extracted/oaked/tannic, high alcohol POS?
    Just about picked one up at Costco when in IA last week, glad I grabbed a Barolo instead (it was really good but way too young). Caymus used to be a decent label, I thought.

Red
2007 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve Napa Valley
9/19/2016 - COWineLover wrote:
86 points
Opened and slow oxidized for about 90 minutes from 55 degree cellar. The aromas on this were very promising. This has great definition with cassis, saddle leather, charcoal, incense, lilac, and crushed black cherry.

What followed next was an incredibly disjointed wine. This started out with tart red berries, sour cherry, and slightly dry tannin. This was hollow after the tart/sour notes faded with nothing to show as this had a modest chalky note into the finish. No complexity and nothing noteworthy.

The aromas here are a pure tease. Very disappointing and a very poor QPR. I can't believe I was waiting to open this bottle for over five years. A huge letdown.

Will see if it can develop overnight, but I am not optimistic.

Day 2 - Modestly improved on the palate overnight though this remains hollow and uninspiring given the price. Similar to some 2007 Beringer single vineyards, and Hall Cabernet from 2007, I am starting to doubt the fanfare bestowed on the 2007 CA wines. Score 87.
  • Barry Notes commented:

    9/20/16, 5:02 AM - I've popped a couple of GdL over the past few years and have had different results. A few years back, the wine showed like it should, last year, I had the same opinion as you. I will hold my last bottle for a few years yet and see what happens. I see you are from CO, I live in DEN.

  • Barry Notes commented:

    9/25/16, 2:45 PM - I agree with CinH that many wines do have a dumb stage. I will sit on my GdT's for awhile yet, including other vintages. Keep your glasses full.

Red - Fortified
1962 Domaine Piétri-Géraud Banyuls Grenache Blend, Grenache
Taking a moment to get caught up on some notes for wines that have stayed (read: haunted) with me since tasting at various times this year. In the instant case, we have a wine that really schooled me. I had no idea a Banyuls could last this long and be this good. Holy smokes, this is a masterpiece as all the components have not only survived > 50 years, they're totally on point. Full-bodied, in the best of (read: resolved, harmonious, with excellent depth) ways, this has another 5 -- or 10 years ahead of it. Having said that, I'm reminded I was already schooled once, this could live another 40 years, what do I know. In closing, we all know Banyuls and chocolate pair well. But what most don't know, is just how magical a 50+ yr old Banyuls and chocolate pair. Wowsers (and not for its age, purely on what was in the glass). recommended

Served non-blind; maybe I got lucky and our bottle was in better shape than the one BA had, sure seems so.
  • Barry Notes commented:

    9/20/16, 4:51 AM - Tim,
    Fingers is "friend" on CT. You lucky dog. Have a good time in So. Cal. I'm out of town until early Oct. Lets have a smoke and drink some juice when I get back.
    Barry

    Fingers,
    Tim good friend. If you ever get to DEN, lets pour a glass.

    Barry

Red
2013 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast
8/30/2016 - domco wrote:
Confirms that we just don't love the KB's. A bit too big, alcohol coming through.
  • Barry Notes commented:

    8/31/16, 5:59 AM - I see you are from CO as I am. You probably know this but sit on y our KB"s for 4 or 5 years and the flesh out nicely in most cases. When too young, they drink way too hot. Maybe we can share a bottle some time. Do you know Wine Strategies?

White
2012 Kosta Browne Chardonnay One Sixteen Russian River Valley
8/30/2016 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP chilled. Clear, bright med straw. Clean, bold and fruity nose. Full body and flavor. Strong acid, profile of tart green apples, touch of oak/vanilla, lemon. Clean, sharp finish. Classic big CA Chard. Paired w/ bacon wrapped scallops and mussels. Balanced and integrated but will hold easily yet for years. Nothing off. $69
  • Barry Notes commented:

    8/30/16, 5:51 AM - Perfect w/scallops. Seasoned with lemon pepper, Cal. lemon peel, smoked paprika, wrapped in thin bacon. Marc grilled them just right, not rubbery. The wine was big enough for the super rich food. We sure missed you, all the dishes were absolutely outstanding. Perfect night out, wines good too. I forgot to bring home the recipes/wines but Leslie is mailing to me. Will then write it up. Hope to see you soon and that your troubles/bad news are short lived.

Red
2007 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche La Tâche Grand Cru Pinot Noir
Love the exciting color; the marriage of underbrush and sweet fruits is equally as exciting, though it's far from reaching the apogee of its complexity. And even though this was Audozed overnight, this was still holding back - I suggest at least 7-8 years of rest; if your cellar is cold, let it rest for 15. Served blind, I guessed the producer, but not the vintage. What an unexpected treat, and a great way to wind up a 3 month long tour of Italy's wine regions.
  • Barry Notes commented:

    5/29/16, 4:32 AM - You lucky dog. I'm leaving for Europe on Sat. See you when I get back.

White
2015 Illahe Viognier Willamette Valley
Destemmed, all in stainless, powerful peachy fruit on then nose, has that salty tang. With a big salty mid palate, incredible, this is a very good vineyard. On yellow soils, that is really lovely. He thinks maybe its a wine making style but man, that is good stuff.
  • Barry Notes commented:

    5/22/16, 5:05 PM - Couldn't agree more. Had a few weeks ago for first time and was stunned how true to grape it was. Clean, fruity, refreshing, excellent balance. I picked up 2 today, all the bottle shop had. Keep your glass full. Barry

Red
2012 Cirq Pinot Noir TreeHouse Russian River Valley
5/5/2016 - Tom Warden Likes this wine:
95 points
This is an exceptional RRV Pinot. Rich with fruit, a bit of minerality to keep it from going over the top. WS rated this at 91 points... I am starting to lose my faith in their CA Pinot ratings as a result. Count me as grateful for having it in my cellar. It will likely get better over the next few years but don't be afraid to have some now.
  • Barry Notes commented:

    5/6/16, 4:06 PM - I just read a review rating this 89. I like my big CA Pinots to have 5 years before popping. I am still drinking 11's and anticipate better results when I get to the 12's. Glad to see your high score, I have high hopes mine show as well. Thanks. Barry

Red
2012 Cirq Pinot Noir TreeHouse Russian River Valley
5/5/2016 - Parkster Likes this wine:
89 points
Loved the berries and floral bouquet. Mid-palette was a bit flat for me and finish was missing some structure. I definitely did not get the kind of satisfaction as the other reviewers but then again, my palette also leans towards the classic burgundies with a well structured finish. Going to let it breath for longer next time as it only decanted for about an hour before we drank it
  • Barry Notes commented:

    5/6/16, 4:02 PM - Good note My experience is the better CA full body Pinot's like Cirq, Kosta Browne, Black Kite, William Selyem, etc. drink better with about 5 years of cellar time. Also, open it up at least 2 or 3 hours prior to service, you might have better luck. This should have shown better, maybe just had an off bottle. I run into that too now and then and have no reason why that is. Thanks. Barry

Red
2010 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino Ugolaia Sangiovese
An epic masterpiece. The type of wine that immediately becomes an experience, transporting you to that special, private place that is somewhere in between your mind and infinity. Words alone cannot express the beauty within, the purity that reaches out and takes your hand and says follow me - but you've already surrendered as you would to anything so noble, so virtuous. Buy all you can find. One of the greatest expressions of Sangiovese I've ever encountered. very highly recommended

Opened just 30 minutes before tasting at the winery with my new friends Carlo Lisini Baldi and Ludovica Lisini. This wine will be released in July, their 2010 Brunello Riserva, in September.

https://italianwine.blog/
  • Barry Notes commented:

    4/27/16, 3:25 AM - You lucky dog. How fortunate to find an epic wine that sets apart from the flood of mediocre swill so often offered by the masses.

Red
2012 Azienda Agricola San Martino Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
Ok, here's the story for this wine that I had to create in CT - it's in Gaiole, in the heart of Chianti Classico if you will, and it's vinified by the Enoteca I bought it from, Montagnani. The woman here, most likely one of the owners, as I could hear her TV in the adjoining living room - of her house/store (damn I love Italy!) doesn't speak a word of English, but after I'd bought a few bottles of semi-famous names (also ones that I really like), I asked her to pick one, and it had to be traditionally made. I told her I didn't care who made it or how much it cost, it had to be good, and it had to be traditionally made. She picked this wine, and honestly, I never even looked at the label, until I got back to my place about 30km from her, and realized they made it and sold it - their own private label. With all that out of the way, this little €8 bottle was the bomb. Rustic, feral, perfectly ripe in the best of old school ways. A touch of brett that yields after the first glass to new leather, dusty earth, day old cherries, and old leaves. Nothing fancy about it, nothing overly complex, but the honesty here - the transparency, the acidity - is so engaging, so satisfying. Grown, not made. Rant/note over. 13,0% abv. thru 2022, highly recommended

PnP, served over two days (fantastic! with Parm-Regg btw), with consistent results. Natural cork.

https://italianwine.blog/
  • Barry Notes commented:

    4/19/16, 6:09 PM - I hate you right now. Spring storm this past weekend brought much snow but no ice. 14" in city to 50+" in foothills. Know you are having a great time and love reading your notes. I will be leaving for Europe about the time you get back. Enjoy.

Red
2008 Cantine Valenti Nerello Mascalese Puritani Etna DOC
An absolute wow wine, couple that with the fact that it was just €28 off the list at San Giorgio e il Drago in Randazzo (honestly, where can you buy a perfectly aged, beautiful wine that's in its sweet spot just now for that kind of money - read: GET yourself to Sicily!). This was full of beautiful, savory, smokey tertiary notes with a gentle, almost feminine mixture of red and black fruits. The medium-bodied palate is full, dense, but also weightless thanks to loads of fresh acidity and fine tannic build. I could drink this every night - all the more reason to let your Nerello Mascalese/Etna wines get some good bottle age on them. highly recommended.

Served non-blind, PnP.

https://italianwine.blog/
  • Barry Notes commented:

    3/25/16, 9:30 AM - Hope you are having a good time. Looks like you are drinking some fine wines. Have fun and stay in touch.

White
2014 Kruger-Rumpf Riesling trocken Nahe
Wow, what a beautiful, exciting wine. Crystalline straw, big watery edge. Explosive aromas of lime pith, seashells, green apples and the nearly fully-hidden touches of honey and slate. Dry, with excellent balance of acid and fruit, i.e. not any enamel peeling going on here; light>medium-bodied. This has moderate structure but is clearly meant for consumption today and over the next year or two. If i were teaching a class on entry-level Riesling trocken, this is my bar. Another TT homerun. 12,0% abv., highly recommended

Screw N Pour, served non-blind.
  • Barry Notes commented:

    1/16/16, 7:13 PM - Tim, was this one of your wines? If so, where did you get it?

Red
2012 Skewis Pinot Noir Peters Vineyard Sonoma Coast
When this wine was first released, the 14,8% abv on the label had me worried. Well, after 90 minutes of aeration in decanter and over the following 90 minutes that it was enjoyed, this never once showed EtOH or ripeness/jam, etc. Instead, this was lovely cool-climate, red fruits tossed with earth and a handful of mushrooms. Just the slightest bit of tart cranberry on the lengthy, cool and very classy finish. Going to see if there is more I can buy, as this was just great. recommended, drink thru 2019

Served non-blind.
  • Barry Notes commented:

    12/28/15, 3:34 PM - Know you are not fond of big CA Pinots. Is this more on the French side or CA without to excess extraction. Another producer I've never heard of. Like usual, I am envious.

Red
2011 TOR Kenward Family Wines Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard Napa Valley Red Blend
12/27/2015 - Tim Heaton wrote:
My wife called it a fruit bomb - I'm not sure I'd go so far; ripe, certainly but balanced for what it is, too. This 2011 bottling contains 28% Cabernet Franc, with as much richness and sweetness as one would expect from both the label/producer and the region. Ripe red fruits dominate, with a backbone of black fruits and glossy, sweet tannins providing the frame. 14,9% abv noticeable on PnP, and fully resolved thereafter. I preferred this on night 2 as the sweetness seemed to have integrated more. Just ten barrels produced. Good now and for the next 5-7 years.

PnP, served non-blind and consumed over 2 nights.
  • Barry Notes commented:

    12/28/15, 3:30 PM - To-Kalon is a good source but so damn expensive anymore. Lucky you.

White
2013 Bernhard Ott Grüner Veltliner Am Berg Wagram
jvg's note is spot-on. This is better (for my palate) on the warmer end of the spectrum. Corn, sweet peas, sea bed/oyster shell, it's all here. Nicely fruited and very ready for drinking. 12,0% abv., recommended

SnP, served non-blind as an aperitif; a Michael Skurnik import.
  • Barry Notes commented:

    12/28/15, 3:27 PM - GV is generally under rated/appreciated and often a great value. Yum.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Hugues Godmé Champagne Premier Cru Extra-Brut Champagne Blend
Crisp, clean and bright, this is mineral-driven and cut like a stone. Disgorged only 11 mos ago, this could use another year or two to soften up, or if you prefer (as I do), drink now. Very good value at $60, and excellent as an aperitif.

This was allowed to breathe in bottle for 30 minutes before serving.
  • Barry Notes commented:

    12/28/15, 3:24 PM - Another label I've never heard of. How do you find all these gems. Happy New Year, hope to see you soon.

Red
2011 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Terra de Promissio Vineyard Sonoma Coast
12/10/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
92 points
Pw/4 hr decant. Clear w/some minor sediments. Med purple/ruby/black cherry color. Nice intense nose. Good intensity for an 11 vintage. Balanced, integrated, med body, nice CA Pinot fruit, not over exacted or lean. One of the better wines from this vintage. Nothing off. $59
  • Barry Notes commented:

    12/10/15, 2:36 PM - I have the 12 and 13 as well. For sure when ready to drink, I'll bring over.

Red
2007 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve Napa Valley
11/5/2015 - Barry Notes Likes this wine:
92 points
P/24 hrs prior, decanted and returned to bottle. Clear, very slight thin sediment. Med/deep purple color. Nice big nose. Med/full body classic tasting GdLT. Moderate tannins, needs more time to balance/integrate. Keep for 3 more years. Nothing off. Gift.
  • Barry Notes commented:

    11/21/15, 3:57 AM - I've drank maybe 5 or 6 bottles of GdLT 07 and although certainly drinkable now, it would be better to wait. If you do open, give plenty of air time. Keep your glass full.

Red
2005 Domaine des Perdrix Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Aux Perdrix Pinot Noir
11/6/2015 - Tim Heaton wrote:
flawed
Held since release to find it's riddled with VA. Going to take another look on night 2 as it was not at all approachable on this night. 13,5% abv

Aerated to decanter 1 hr, returned to bottle and served non-blind 2 hours later.
  • Barry Notes commented:

    11/7/15, 6:43 PM - Sucks when that happens

Red
2005 Bugay Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Les Rocheuses Sonoma County
A dark ruby core with no sign of age. Acids are still fresh and the fruit and tannins are ripe and balanced - this is in a nice place, and will no doubt stay there for another 8-10 yrs of pleasurable drinking. It began on the lighter side of full-bodied, but gained layers and complexity with each successive glass; last glass was the best, 2 hours in. Proved a perfect match for wood-grilled filets of beef with Butcher's rub. 14,2% abv. recommended

Slow-ox 3 hours, served non-blind. You may want to decant for sediment as there's plenty there.
  • Barry Notes commented:

    11/1/15, 5:27 PM - Yum!

Red
1999 Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi Piano di Montevergine Taurasi DOCG Aglianico
7/25/2015 - Tim Heaton wrote:
flawed
held since release only to find it's corked. so pissed.
  • Barry Notes commented:

    7/27/15, 2:37 PM - Bummer, sucks when that happens.

Red
2000 Château d'Armailhac Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
7/26/2015 - Mrbuzz Likes this wine:
93 points
SO nice to break away from the Burgundy vortex every now and then…..this has always been a fan fav for me…..Pauillac on the cheap back in the day…….can't believe its been 6 yrs since my last bottle of this? Still very youthful….smooth and silky, yet still firm with a dusty tannic grip. Might not be fully open for biz just yet…..still statuesque….but the flavors are totally tasty Bordeaux…leather, pencil lead, smoked nuts, dried currants, raspberry, licorice, purple flowers, dusty cedar spice……super smooth feel…then kicker of spice and dried fruit finish. SO fun to sip on…..and more interesting than most Ca. cabs. Plenty more in the tank on this one…wish I had another case!
  • Barry Notes commented:

    7/27/15, 2:02 PM - Just drank mine this past Sat nt. Much better than expected. Plenty of power and absolutely nothing off or any sign of over the top.

Red
2010 Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Rockaway Alexander Valley
7/15/2015 - mflesh wrote:
This wine didn't show well tonight and it's definitely not because it's DONE, but it was just very restained and had a very thin presentation. Uncorked to a very lovely gingerbread cookie and blackberry and baking spice on both the very dark stained cork and on the nose. Poured a deep maroon into the glass. Decanted about an hour and served over an hour. Nose was actually the nicest part of this wine. Upon the entry, it was flat. Fruit seemed to be there, but not as punchy. A little while back I was thrilled to enjoy a 2006 of this wine, and it was 1000% more dense and complex than this was. It wasn't corked. It still had a nice middle, a good finish, but was just subdued. I really wish I had another few of these so that I could open another one next year, and then the year after that. No such is luck. Seemed to get perhaps a bit more interesting towards the second hour but was still a little underwhelming. I am not going to lie, I am a little disappointed in this wine tonight, but reserve a rating as I think (compared to library vintages) that this one is just in a strange place. Drink with caution at present, or decant 3+ hours (perhaps that's what this one needs is a ton of air at present).
  • Barry Notes commented:

    7/16/15, 8:01 AM - Bummer. I have high hopes but will sit on mine for awhile to see what happens. Will post comment then.

White - Sparkling
2005 Roederer Estate L'Ermitage Brut Anderson Valley Champagne Blend
1/24/2015 - StefanAkiko wrote:
87 points
Epic bubbles (blinded) (Zorg's place, Umeå, Sweden): Soap bubbles, autolysis (the unclean version) that renders the nose a big question mark for me.
Much better on the palate. Balanced. Acid-driven (far too high levels for my taste).
  • Barry Notes commented:

    7/11/15, 6:37 PM - This label usually produces good stuff. Hope it's just an off bottle.

Red
2007 Renato Ratti Barolo Conca Nebbiolo
5/28/2015 - Tim Heaton wrote:
An utter disappointment in that it didn't speak Nebbiolo to me, nor did it speak Langhe. Muddled red fruits, with all too brief moments of floral perfume. Instead, (over) ripe berries, and a full mouth-feel. This is (more akin to) a cocktail wine, not something I want when reaching for a wine from Barolo region. I've saved 1/3 of the bottle, and will revisit on the second day, with updates if this somehow manages to redeem itself. Tasting this wine four years after its release is like running into the High School quarterback at the 25yr reunion to find he's 150lbs overweight with a face so red it's the color of a Christmas stocking, and remarking to yourself that 'he's really let himself go'. 15,0% abv.

Aerated to decanter 1 hr, served non-blind at cellar temp.

https://italianwine.blog/
  • Barry Notes commented:

    5/30/15, 6:39 PM - Tim-you e too funny.

Red
2012 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Coastlands Vineyard Sonoma Coast
4/26/2015 - NZBOY Likes this wine:
95 points
gorgeous pinot that's drinking beautifully and will only get better
  • Barry Notes commented:

    4/27/15, 4:26 AM - Great score. Haven't tried this vintage yet.

Red
2007 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Russian River Valley
4/21/2015 - egh wrote:
88 points
Considering the producer, vineyard, and price, an ultimately disappointing drinking experience. Medium bodied with a straightforward, somewhat restrained, and surprisingly maturing/mature profile of red fruit and exotic spice notes. Seemingly resolved with a truncated finish. Not obviously flawed (purchased on release from the winery, so provenance/storage is not an issue), just not very exciting, and not offering the complexity, dimensions, vibrancy, length, or distinctiveness of the better examples of this producer/vineyard combination. In the 87-88 point range for this bottle.
  • Barry Notes commented:

    4/21/15, 6:56 PM - Bummer. Hope mine shows better.

  • Barry Notes commented:

    4/21/15, 6:56 PM - Bummer. Hope mine shows better.

Red
2009 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Koplen Vineyard Russian River Valley
4/21/2015 - Castle Peak wrote:
94 points
This wine is singing. Creamy textures and flavors of crushed cherries and strawberries. Subtle hints of cinnamon, violets and mild oak. Velvety tannins.
  • Barry Notes commented:

    4/21/15, 6:52 PM - Great news. Can't wait to pop mine.

Red
2010 Brancaia Ilatraia Maremma Toscana Red Bordeaux Blend
4/21/2015 - texanoblues Likes this wine:
94 points
Deep-red/violet in the glass, with inky-black center. Lovely, floral nose with prominent blackberry, spice, vanilla, and ink notes. Blackberry, mint and anise on the palate. Intense and concentrated without any jammy or syrupy detractors. Vibrant acidity and nicely tannic. At 14%, the alcohol was right where it should be. Long blackberry, vanilla finish. There were present some earthy, forest floor undertones that added to the complexity of this wine. Also, some barely detectable herbaceous notes (from the Cabernet Sauvignon).

This was a really wonderful bottle. Concentrated, intense, and complex with exceptionally pleasing notes, supported by firm, lively structure. As big as this wine was, it never felt heavy, "hedonisitic", jammy, or syrupy. I think that Brancaia really hit the nail on the head with 40% CabernetSuvgnon / 40% PetitVerdot / 20% Cabernet Franc blend. I'll be buying more .......
  • Barry Notes commented:

    4/21/15, 6:51 PM - Great score. Hope mine shows as well.

Red
2010 Black Kite Pinot Noir Angel Hawk Anderson Valley
4/5/2015 - corka Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted for an hour, which was a definite plus. This pinot is very reminiscent of Black Kite pinots in that at it reminds me of a pinot on steroids. Showing lots of nice black fruit on the nose, and big rich flavors that are enjoyable to drink. The balance isn't quite what I would have expected for what is Black Kite's pinnacle of pinot's in Angel Hawk Reserve. The heat was showing through a little too much on the back, but for one who likes the big bold pinot this is for you. Clearly very well made, fun to drink, and full of flavor; it just does not have the typicity of an elegant pinot.
  • Barry Notes commented:

    4/5/15, 3:22 PM - I could not agree more.

Red
2010 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast
4/4/2015 - Schiffy Likes this wine:
94 points
Classic Kosta Browne...again! Rich, layered and fruit forward with intense strawberry/cherry notes along with a finish that goes on and on. Drinks like a rich Chateauneuf du Pape. Absolutely enjoyable to drink.
  • Barry Notes commented:

    4/5/15, 3:11 AM - Glad to read high score. Hope mine show as well.

Red
2008 Roberto Voerzio Langhe Nebbiolo Langhe DOC
3/26/2015 - Tim Heaton wrote:
This is number 8 out of a case; sadly, they've all performed pretty much the same - poorly. It's as if there's a blanket of some type on top of the fruit. I mean, it wants to be pretty, but this damn blanket just suffocates the parts that I'm looking for. A muddled table wine that does not appear to have any real future. Some brett is always in the background as if to add insult to injury. I seriously doubt the producer intended for it to show like this; thinking it was a storage/shipping issue at some point between the Langhe and here in CO. 14,5% abv.

https://italianwine.blog/
  • Barry Notes commented:

    3/27/15, 11:50 AM - You've been posting like a fiend the past few weeks. Noticed many are from your trip last year. Always fascinating and interesting reading.

Red
2007 B.R. Cohn Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection Olive Hill Estate Vineyards Sonoma Valley
3/23/2015 - flydcjets Likes this wine:
93 points
A beautiful aroma, when opened and decanted, soft and smooth on the palate, it truly was enjoyable.
Cheers!
  • Barry Notes commented:

    3/25/15, 3:41 PM - Glad to see the high score. Hope mine show as well.

Red
2011 Teso La Monja Toro Almirez Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo
Re-tasting this wine. It is very dark- opaque. Full, tannic- it has plums red fruit some heat. Menthol, but tanniins masking fruit. I stand by my earlier rating of 91 pts- I think it is a very nice wine. It will mature nicely I think
  • Barry Notes commented:

    3/24/15, 6:16 AM - Finally a bottle we have in common. BTW took a part time merchandizing position with AB yesterday. Hoping it leads to a full time position. At least it's a beverage job. I was brought up on Michelob so in my wheelhouse. Will keep you posted.

Red
2011 Williams Selyem Zinfandel Bacigalupi Vineyard Russian River Valley
3/23/2015 - Terramare Likes this wine:
94 points
Pretty stunning... We know both Williams Selyem and Bacigalupi folks, and this bottle was a great contribution from both. This was probably still early in its life; many more years ahead for this bottling (2011).
  • Barry Notes commented:

    3/24/15, 6:13 AM - Glad to see such a great score. Hope mine shows as well.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2012 Kiona Chenin Blanc Ice Wine Red Mountain
3/20/2015 - Champagneinhand Likes this wine:
92 points
Beautiful pure chenin fruit, with mineral but the creamy ice wine texture. The acids are there though not noticeable unless you sop drinking a notice your mouth watering. Great stuff, amazing price.
  • Barry Notes commented:

    3/22/15, 7:44 PM - I couldn't agree more. Exceptional value for great juice. Too bad all dessert wines aren't priced like this.

Red
2012 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese
This wine continues to impress. On the back half of a case purchase from a year ago, and while I've noticed some bottle variation, it comes down to some bottles needing more aeration than others before they're showing their best. Tonight's bottle was Audozed for 2 hours, and was in excellent form from the moment it hit the glass. The essence of complex soil, strawberry and pomegranate on the nose, with a silken texture and great lift. A truly outstanding wine and one of the best QPRs out there. 14,5% abv. highly recommended

Served non-blind.

https://italianwine.blog/
  • Barry Notes commented:

    3/19/15, 4:38 PM - If you happen to notice when the 2013's are available, let me know as I will likely order another case once again, providing you think that vintage shows well. Thanks.
    Barry

  • Barry Notes commented:

    3/20/15, 3:59 AM - Thanks Tim. I'll try and track one down. Don't think they are pouring it at the Argonaut tasting next Tues.

Red
2010 Opus One Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
3/14/2015 - bablues wrote:
97 points
375ml. Brought to Ruxbin. Didn't take detailed notes. This was very approachable from the start and didn't need time to open up. Beautiful cab characteristics and was by far the best Opus I have had. Stellar
  • Barry Notes commented:

    3/19/15, 6:27 AM - Glad to read. Hope I'm as lucky.

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