Tasting Notes for Jack O'Brien

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Red
2/2/2018 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
96 points
Pretty solid for such a shyte vintage; Porro never fails.
Red
1/5/2018 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
Still in a great place for optimal drinking. Astonishing how well this holds up.
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Red
1/5/2018 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
Such a viscerally intense bottle of Barbera. A superlative defying wine.
Red
1/4/2018 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
Not a great house...
Red
1/4/2018 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
This is a mediocre Barolo producer. There are no tannins in the wine, it is too light and it only whispers a semblance of Nebbiolo. Sure, it is a Pinot-like style and I get it, but there's well made wines and poorly made wines and this is the latter.
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Red
12/12/2017 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
99 points
Again, another flawless wine from a good Barbaresco vintage, despite what journalists are saying. Ask the people who live here and make the wine; 2014 is a good year and the 14 Serraboella from the Cigliuti family is as usual, the benchmark for this Cru. Fantastic wine.
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Red
12/12/2017 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
A bit baked when it opens up; certainly the vintage. Mild tannins. Overall enjoyable, but not the mind blowing experience one had come to expect from Cogno or Ravera.
Red
****
What a great vineyard from Verduno. Truly a unique and opulent bouquet and a wonderful expression of Nebbiolo. The alcohol was a little chubby and threw the wine off, but even so, this was one great friggin bottle.
Red
11/13/2017 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
****
Awesome drinking spot right now - so pretty and giving. Completely balanced and a damn near perfect barolo. Not as gritty or ballzy as other ginesra, but thats their style and it serves them well.
Red
9/24/2017 - Jack O'Brien Likes this wine:
99 points
This was beautiful and in a great drinkingspot. Loved the depth of fruit and overall terroir of the wine. Great composition and complexity. Hard as shit to find, but damn worth it.
Red
This wine is raw; it is pure, uncorrupted Nebbiolo. Definitely agree with some on the darker notes and spice, but there's no semblance of wood here, only large Slavonian oak. Delicious for sure.
***(*)
Red
8/26/2017 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
A fine wine. The nose is better than the flavor profiles. All Castellero producers are traditionally minded, so the wines are elegant and nuanced. Air and bottle age will prove to benefit the wines.
***(*)
Red
8/25/2017 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
Terrific. Savory and all about terroir. Most Gallina Barbareschi express more fruit, but this is a mineral bomb. Great balance and structure and needs a ton of time to come together. Oddero just kills it. ****
Red
8/19/2017 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
A little hot, but enjoyable. Spicy, really ripe fruit and somewhat fat.
Red
Way too young and a very big mistake to drink it now. Not expressing much, but has the potential.
Red
8/12/2017 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
Surprisingly fruity; almost too fruity. Not really much else going on here. Any terroir or nuances is lost in the fruit assault. **
Red
8/12/2017 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
Elegant wine - from old family vineyards in Sinio. Excellent Langhe Nebbiolo with firm tannin, terroir and soft fruit. ****
Red
Fruit-forwards. soft tannin and good concentration. A beauty of a wine, but other producers can work with the cru and get more out of the site than this. Andrea really kills it with Rocche more so than Brunate.
***
Red
8/10/2017 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
*
More like a Langhe Nebbiolo. Barley any discernible tannins. Light and generally just, meh...
Red
8/10/2017 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
****
Pretty damn good. A great example of Ginestra and sooooo much better than the Rive.
Red
Terrific as far as villero goes. Gamey and sinewy with mild tannin and pure Nebbiolo. Big fan of Oddero these days.
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Red
6/30/2017 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
****
Really fine tannins; elegant and classic style. Savory and dried fruits. A blend of fruit from Santa Maria and Castiglione, but it seems like Castiglione is the dominant village here due to the earth and minerality. Damn fine... Misunderstood wine I think...
Red
****
Day one - all barrique. Day two - barriqueville again. Day three - we have arrived. Super modern, but the Rocche cru manages to fight its way out and rally against all the fruit. Amazing wine, just needs room to breathe.
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Red
X
For the Rocche Cru, this wine is a colossal disappointment. No terroir, no character and not an acceptable level of quality.
Red
6/23/2017 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
*
Really soft all together... high alc, very light tannin and more on a medium level of excitability as far as a langhe Nebbiolo goes, never mind Barolo. The fruit is pretty, but I'm just not that jazzed...
Red
6/15/2017 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
100 points
****
Big score to balance out the s**t score otherwise. Sometimes I think people just don't understand Nebbiolo, Langhe Nebbiolo and or Barolo / Barbaresco. Tannins are well integrated and fruit has nothing to due with cutting them. And this doesn't need time... It is exactly where it needs to be right now. Overall, this is a BALANCED wine. Everything is in perfect harmony here. Fruit forward, but not to the point of being "modern" or slutty. Made in a Barbaresco style, in that it is not a lighter, softer Langhe Nebbiolo, but has a detectable presence of tannin and drinks like a grownup wine. A damn fine... easy going, jocular and crushable Langhe Neb.
Red
6/1/2017 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
97 points
Wow... superlative defying greatness here. This wine is like watching an old person running a marathon... still going and kicking ass. Love it.
Red
6/1/2017 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
94 points
This was a sneaky little mo-fo... The nose indicated it might have been past it's prime, but after an hour it was a totally different wine. An amazing bottle from a hot vintage and still has some left in it.
Red
4/24/2017 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
96 points
A perfect Barolo from an amazing cru. Sweet and soft tannin with dark fruit concentration and a screaming bouquet. 2013 is electric.
Red
6/26/2016 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
The Moino Cru are where they excel, but their style of winemaking sadly compromises the integrity of the vineyard's terroir and makes these a major pass for me. This is a big wine, but that is the Monlino style; BIG. Over-extracted fruit, discombobulated alcohol and relentless tannin, which is about the only thing that reminds me this is Nebbiolo. Molino is a good gateway producer to get new-world drinkers in to old-world wines, but given the price/value of this and the lack of typicity of the area, this is something to pass on.
Red
6/26/2016 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
92 points
I can understand this style of Pinot is not for everyone, given the cherry-cola bombs out there. This is real Pinot Noir and while it is lighter than even the most correct Pinots, this is a truly beautiful bottle. Its bouquet is rich with Pinot / red bush berry fruit, loamy earth and minerals. This is definitely not a crowd pleaser and you need to know what Eyrie is all about.
Red
6/26/2016 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
Time to drink up... this wine is fading.
Red
6/26/2016 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
92 points
Unmistakably Vinga Rionda. The signature of the vineyard never ceases to amaze. 2007 was a little hot, but there is a lot of elegance in the terroir, which was just a touch overwhelmed by the potency of the fruit. A fantastic bottle.
Red
6/25/2016 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
92 points
Always a solid wine, always a rockstar for the money. Beautiful nose of muddled strawberry, eucalyptus, cassis, violets, rose and balsamic notes. Very fine, but aggressive tannins in the mouth, which I love. The nose is more fruit driven but the palate is unmistakably Serralunga with the power it packs.
Red
6/25/2016 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
92 points
Great for Sta. Rita Hills Syrah. Dark, generous berry fruit. Touch smokey and some grapey flavors in there too. A definite presence of oak, but well integrated. These guys are more known for their elegant Pinots, but this was a great wine and worth buying.
Red
6/25/2016 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
The 2012 is better - they went a little heavy with the Merlot and Cab this year and it tastes as such on the palate. This seems more like a modern wine with a hint of the Langa terroir.
Red
6/25/2016 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
91 points
Probably a reflection of the vintage, but this was pretty forward and what I would consider "big" as far as profile goes. Lots of red current fruit, which I find in more of the modern Baroli out there. Still tons of tannin and it has some fat to it; slightly clumsy with the weight, alcohol and not terribly elegant, which is how I always characterize the Cicala cru. Again, probably vintage...
Red
6/25/2016 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
93 points
Definitely Bruna's best effort to date. These wines are progressively getting better year after year and this wine is excellent. More traditional in style with clean Nebbiolo fruit and brooding tannins. One of the best affordable Baroli on the market. She should be on more people's radar as her star continues to climb.
Red
6/25/2016 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
92 points
A solid Gattinara; really nice Nebbiolo fruit and a great representation of the area and varietal. 2008 is singing right now and I don't think it will benefit from further cellar time.
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Red
6/25/2016 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
98 points
Holy sh*t this wine rocked my world. This has to be the best Lessona I've come across to date. The femininity and prettiness of the Nebbiolo was trancing, nearly hypnotizing. Normal wines here are so acidic, but everything came together so well and has left me thinking about on the next day. 95% Neb / 5% Vespolina.
Red
6/25/2016 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
95 points
Showing some of it's age with tertiary flavors and aromas developing. This wine is rugged; tons of dry tannins that are relentless. I loved it. The nebbiolo really dominates the blend and the purity of the fruit is beautiful. Very long and loving finish.
Red
6/25/2016 - Jack O'Brien wrote:
95 points
This is Cru Barberesco from Basarin made from younger vines bottled as LN. That needs to be mentioned and noted. It needed some time to develop and open up and was much better on day two. This is definitely one of the better Langhe Nebbiolo examples out there and is even better than some Baroli. Sottimano just kills it with everything they do.
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