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Red
2015 Herencia Altes Terra Alta L'estel Red Blend
5/11/2017 - Christine Havens Likes this wine:
90 points
A blend of 60% Samsó, 25% Garnacha Negra, and 25% Syrah, Herencia Altés L’Estel has a dark undercurrent running through it—preserved meat, matchstick, flint, dried blood and spice swirl about this wine like a secret waiting to be told—a beguiling top note anchored in black cherries, blackberries, and juicy ripe plums. L’Estel is aged five month in new French oak, as such, it’s fresh and slightly wild, up-front tannins giving way to an earthy tempo. Bark, lichen, damp minerals. 14.5% ABV | Sample
  • guribh commented:

    9/10/19, 6:38 AM - Gotta love a wine that gives 110%....!

Red
2016 Kirkland Signature Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de Nalys Red Rhone Blend
2/1/2019 - AnytimeWineTime Likes this wine:
95 points
S: scents of forest floor and candied fruit
T: an amazing balance of dark ripe bing cherries, chocolate, and toast. Really good balance. Lots of structure. Tannins are strong but in a good way. May be one of the best Kirkland brand wines I’ve had to date. Would buy more.
  • guribh commented:

    2/20/19, 5:51 PM - To each their own, I get that part.. However, I have a hard time justifying a rating most people would resreve forba rare, outstanding phenomenon. Are you related to James Suckling, per chance?

Red
2014 Panther Creek Pinot Noir Schindler Eola - Amity Hills
12/3/2018 - guribh wrote:
86 points
I concur with @KLEZMAN note. On the savory side of American PN. On the positive side - I could mistake it for a Cru Beaujolais (which I love...). On the negative side - I could mistake it for a Cru Beaujolais (which it should NOT be, and MSRP is double). Nothing to re-stock on, unless magic happens and it emerges 3 years from now as a White swan. My search for stateside PN that could offer comparable QPR to a good $20-25 Burg will continue, with my usual pessimism (realism?)
  • guribh commented:

    12/5/18, 5:58 AM - Fair enough. I'll try to clarify: I paid around $20 for these bottles. Yes, a significant discount to going rate at Garagiste a WA retailer/online vendor. I am not unique in my affection for quality Red Burgs, and try as might to judge each wine on the merit, I tend to compare wines of similar varietals & price categories to their peers of different origin/producer/vintage years. Therefore, my comparison of this bottle (at the $20 I paid, let alone at the $35-40 MSRP) fell short IMHO against peers from Burg. If you would be kind enough to point me to the your favorites - I'd be delighted to give those a try and maybe become a convert or at least gain some faith...

Red
2014 Acumen Cabernet Sauvignon Mountainside Napa Valley
9/7/2018 - andrewdodd86 Likes this wine:
94 points
Amazing QPR for $40 Napa Juice. Blueberry, nice minerality, touch of earth and spice. Love it. Cali Cab has become such a rob shop lately, but this is stellar
  • guribh commented:

    12/3/18, 4:24 AM - https://www.internetwines.com/49157.html

Red
2014 Acumen Cabernet Sauvignon Mountainside Napa Valley
10/5/2018 - timedborg Likes this wine:
91 points
butter. Onion. Smooth. Very nice. Got ripped off though. Looks like can buy around $52. I paid $65
  • guribh commented:

    12/3/18, 4:23 AM - Not to add to the pain, but rather to help you "cost average" should you so choose: https://www.internetwines.com/49157.html

Red
2015 Domaine Lucien Lardy Fleurie Les Roches Gamay
8/2/2018 - Ahaight1 wrote:
79 points
Ok. Interested to see how this goes over the next five years. Candied plum, a little tart. Not thrilled but curious for more
  • guribh commented:

    11/19/18, 5:53 PM - And did you try again? No disrespect, but your notes are slightly incompatible with the score you assigned the wine, if we are following common conventions. I would say anything under 80 points is a throw away. I have no problems buying and drinking wines rated 80+ by myself or most main stream rating (CT included). My $0.02

White
2014 Dierberg Chardonnay Dierberg Vineyard Santa Maria Valley
10/23/2018 - Mattshank wrote:
90 points
Nose: Bright lemons and assorted citrus aromas. Palate: Bright and high toned with bracing acidity, lemon zest and a light to medium length finish.
  • guribh commented:

    11/3/18, 7:18 AM - I noticed your notes differ greatly over 2 bottles, drank about a month apart. Bottle variation? We had the first (of 6 purchased) last night and felt a bit of oxidation. Hoping the rest will show better, but having doubts.

Red
2015 Feudo Montoni Nero d'Avola Vigna Lagnusa Sicilia
I cannot improve upon Ian D’Agata’s tasting note (indeed, there are violets for days in this wine), but I will observe that this wine really challenged my belief of what Nero d’Avola is/can be. This is such a beautifully elegant mid weight wine that I think many of the classic leaning palates here would enjoy it.

At ~$15, this is a no brainer case buy.
  • guribh commented:

    11/2/18, 7:15 AM - Spot on. I am looking forward to my next bottle to post a review, but last night's first bottle of the batch was close to an epiphany re affordable Nero D'Avola (had plenty of forgettable ones)

Red
2016 Les Vins de Vienne Syrah Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes
12/2/2017 - studleytrey wrote:
85 points
I think Last Bottle used terms like "deep," "long," and "powerful" very liberally here for this syrah. It drinks like a lighter version of its southern cousin "Cotes du Rhône," or maybe like a lighter Chinon. The color is purplish ruby. Aromatically tight, with some dark red fruits and chalky minerality peeking through. Light to medium body with bright acidity, medium finish, and flavors of dark red and tart black fruits like black raspberry, along with lemon, a drying tea-like note, and notable minerality. It's a light, bright, and mineral expression of syrah that's more about food accompaniment than sipping (Portuguese BBQ chicken would be good), even though I'm currently doing the latter. I don't know, it's young, so maybe it fills out a bit with a little time, but it's not quite as "serious" as billed, and perhaps priced appropriately (rather than a steal) at $15. So not mad, but not exactly blown away either.
  • guribh commented:

    8/11/18, 10:52 AM - I find LB tends to blow a bit harder than other flash sale sites, although Wine Access is no slouch. WTSO TN by JHN with food matching suggestions are simply ignored.

Red
2005 Château La Tour de Mons Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
5/28/2015 - guribh wrote:
89 points
Pretty cross of Bdx and a hint of Tuscany type dried herbs and flowers. Somewhat drying, so I would be curious to see if it rounds up.
  • guribh commented:

    12/27/16, 5:59 PM - Had another bottle 2nite. Tannic, yet with developed palate. My guess is it is as good as it'll get, complexity-wise. However, it'll hold in this state for 10 more years

  • guribh commented:

    7/14/17, 5:31 PM - Not showing well. Charred fruit, medium everything else....

Red
2009 Castelli del Grevepesa Chianti Classico Castelgreve Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
10/25/2016 - Bruce Duthie wrote:
Let breath before serving
  • guribh commented:

    2/8/17, 6:07 PM - And then what....?

Red
1989 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
12/15/2016 - Jamie Manley wrote:
97 points
Does this wine ever disappoint? Seriously, ever?! Sixth bottle out of a case and the consistency is downright remarkable. Oh man, this is why we sit on this expensive grape juice for so long. Just approaching its peak, this is a spectacular wine. Pauillac through and through, what a beauty. Soaring nose of pencil, briar patch, cassis, plum, earth, tobacco, and more pencil. The palate is even better, rich fruit and seamless from start to finish. I am partial to Lalande and this 89 is now my security blanket. Just when I am about fed up with the deep valleys that we sometimes experience with wine, I open one of these puppies and the wine gods are smiling again. Great stuff! 97 Pts
  • guribh commented:

    1/15/17, 7:18 AM - Nice review. Had similar experience last nigh. I read your review after posting mine and you articulated my own experience much better...

Red
2014 Sacred Hill Pinot Noir Marlborough
11/30/2016 - guribh wrote:
85 points
Just OK for me...Medium color, strawberries and some cherry notes. Not too syrupy. Rather plain. I do not have hopes of it turning into a swan, so no point in holding on to more bottles (let alone re-stock). Over-hyped by Last Bottle (my first purchase from this outfit, after many years of Wine Access and WTSO. I should have applied the same discounting factor to their excellent copy writing as i do with the creative writing of Wine Access and the point rating of JHN at WTSO...)
  • guribh commented:

    12/1/16, 5:54 PM - Appreciate your insight. Looking forward to your own impression. To clarify: I am NOT claiming it a dud, or a loser. I consider it a decent value for the price at best...

White - Sparkling
2013 Gruet Winery Grand Blanc de Noirs New Mexico Champagne Blend
10/16/2016 - guribh Likes this wine:
91 points
Very classy. Would put against (really alongside...) big house champagne and it will hold its own. Fine, delicate nose of white flowers, apple and a hint of yeast. Bubbles are possibly a tiny bit larger, but overall very classy. Got as a gift so not sure where it falls on the price scale. Have not seen it online (not even on Gruet's own website), so would appreciate additional info..
  • guribh commented:

    10/19/16, 7:13 PM - Worth the fare you stated IMHO... Awaiting your impression...

White
2006 Domaine Jo Pithon Savennières Roche aux Moines Chenin Blanc
A Savennières for 12€? I should have known better. Not premoxed exactly but a victim of malactic fermentation - nearly orange in colour, the taste bludgeoned into submission - sad, really, because you can sense the minerality struggling to emerge. Not undrinkable hence the score but rather akin to UHT milk.
  • guribh commented:

    6/30/16, 5:36 PM - Thanks for sharing your fine brand of humor. I share your pain..

  • guribh commented:

    7/1/16, 6:51 AM - Thanks for the tip. Took a flyer yesterday on 2 "close out" bottles of 2010 Baumard plain Savennières at $14 each. Not holding high hopes, but risk/reward is tempting. Most great Chenin Blancs still under the price radar, thankfully.

  • guribh commented:

    7/27/16, 6:08 PM - Hi Julian, finally got around to pop open my Baumard Sav (straight - no special cuvee) 2010 I bout at $15/bott. Loved it. Sad only managed to get 2... just for reference and discussion.

Red
2013 Domaine Lafage Côtes du Roussillon Bastide Miraflors Syrah Blend, Syrah
7/12/2015 - Oechsle Likes this wine:
88 points
Syrah 80%
Grenache 20%

Excellent Value, Parker rated 93 this is not.
They must have given him the old vines, reserve cuvee, single vineyard, south facing slope, picked by Romanian virgins in its place.

Fresh, high tones, alcohol, black olive pits, hints of something deeper, earth, red fruit peeking through. On the palate, light medium bodied, goes down like water. Short finish, no noticeable tannins or grip, Balanced, fruit and acidity, fresh figs, green herbs, red apple skins. You’ll think me crazy but, Chill this wine down to 55-60 and serve, so much more enjoyable as this temp showcases the fruit. Drinking window now, no reason to wait on this one… Na zdrowie
  • guribh commented:

    7/20/15, 2:34 PM - They were Hungarian, I am quite sure of that.

White
2012 Hill Wine Company Chardonnay Napa Valley
10/13/2014 - S-E wrote:
84 points
I do not agree with the famous "WineAccess Travel Log".
This tasts more like an average Pinot Grigio, Like King Estate.
  • guribh commented:

    11/1/14, 7:26 AM - Would not be the first time the Pulitzer Prize winning copywriters of Wine Access have lured some otherwise savvy buyers into taking a flyer on a bottlling of the next La Tache/La Mouline/La Montrachet - take your pick - that proves to be mediocre... I have a few of those myself (not that it's of any consolation)...

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