Comments on my notes

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Red
2010 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie Syrah
5/19/2019 - Schweigaard wrote:
94 points
Nose is about as good as Syrah can get. Deep dark perfume. Freshly milled pepper, blackberries, blackcurrant, flowers, fenalår. Layer upon layer, but balanced and tethered. Clean and harmonious in the mouth as well. Fresh and relatively quaffable with pleasing tannins. There's good depth in the fruit, and it's long.
  • OmiyaDrinker commented:

    8/14/19, 1:33 AM - I've had some issue with flawed bottles also - 2 of 3 so far actually. I love this wine so hopefully bad luck but have some trepidation.

Red
2005 James Irvine Merlot Grand Merlot Eden Valley
10/13/2018 - OmiyaDrinker wrote:
50 points
I honestly believe this is an April fools day joke that the rest of the world has not let me in on. I like to think I’m reasonably open-minded about wine & taste but I can’t understand how people like this yet alone understand the almost universal acclaim. This wine is an abomination.
  • OmiyaDrinker commented:

    10/27/18, 7:21 AM - Thanks for the comment. No, it wasn’t corked. I know that fault and this is the 2nd bottle of this I have tasted. Both were identically horrid. Usually I can explain a gap between my preference and others but I honestly can’t in this case. For me, it is an emperor has no clothes moment and a genuine example of putrid, faulty winemaking. I tasted with 3 other of my WSET level 3 alumni and we were all similarly incredulous.

Red
2006 Podere Scopetone Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
7/23/2013 - OmiyaDrinker wrote:
90 points
Nice brunello. Still quite primary but this will be really good in 5 years.
  • OmiyaDrinker commented:

    4/11/18, 5:09 PM - I wish I had some more!

Red
2013 Paolo Scavino Barolo Monvigliero Nebbiolo
12/16/2017 - OmiyaDrinker wrote:
85 points
No. The oak just ruined this for me and felt it completely misses the point.
  • OmiyaDrinker commented:

    1/11/18, 3:33 PM - Thanks for the comment - I can see the contradiction. For me, it’s the context in which that oak is added rather than absolute level. I’m not someone who is against oak at all. The oak makes sense to me when I drink a Rioja but I just felt frustrated while tasting this. My current benchmark for Monvigliero is the Burlotto 2012 which gives me a purity of expression that I felt was masked in this by the oak. On the score, I’m definitely being harsh in giving it an 85 and I’m sure I’d score it higher if I tasted it blind. However, with the availability of all information, I just felt annoyed while drinking it so gave it what I felt to be personally accurate at the time. Hope this helps explain my logic and thanks for getting me to put my thoughts down.

  • OmiyaDrinker commented:

    1/11/18, 4:02 PM - Absolutely on the scores. I use my CT scores to track my personal thoughts and progression rather than trying to objectify quality for others as a critic should do or as I would do for a wine exam. A little selfish and not the most helpful thing for the community at times as I can be scattered! And I assume scattering among everyone else also! Unfortunate that the days of moderately priced Burlotto Monvigliero may be over...

Red
1964 La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva 904 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
6/26/2017 - OmiyaDrinker wrote:
94 points
Family trip to Rioja - June 2017; 6/20/2017-6/26/2017 (Rioja): Immaculate bottle and cork. Tawny, orange colour. Nose of sour cherry, saddle leather, dried sultana. Still very much alive in the palate and while fully resolved willl continue to drink well for at least another 10 yeas. First impression is an aged Barolo (in a good way) but the sour cherry component on the finish characterises it. Excellent. Testament to the power of provenance and great vintage. Drank at El Portal in Ezcaray.
  • OmiyaDrinker commented:

    7/30/17, 4:45 PM - Enjoy those bottles!

White
2002 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia White Blend
6/23/2017 - OmiyaDrinker wrote:
87 points
Family trip to Rioja - June 2017; 6/20/2017-6/26/2017 (Rioja): Tasted a little tired and thin to me. Honey, lemon peel, fresh and light style and had the classic LdH Bodega aromas. I much preferred the 07 Gravonia I had the day before but don't know whether this was just bottle variation / mood etc. Must drink more to find out!
  • OmiyaDrinker commented:

    6/23/17, 3:10 PM - Ah yes! I had it with dinner last night in Haro and it was served very cold. That's when I jotted my note. I returned to the wine at the end of the meal when it had sat on the table for 1 hour plus and your comment has reminded me that it was much better. Great advice for future.

Red
2013 Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
1/1/2016 - OmiyaDrinker wrote:
90 points
Dark purple appearance. Clean fresh nose of pure, cassis fruit with some clove and medicinal, fennel character. Silky fruit and fine tannins. Very tight at present but should improve in a few years. Rightly or wrongly, I always compare this to the Ornellia 2nd wine of Le Serre Nuove and never think this comes of well in comparison given they are at a similar price point. For me, It's worth paying a little more for the Le Serre Nuove although this doesn't of course have to be an either / or.
  • OmiyaDrinker commented:

    1/1/16, 5:23 PM - Many thanks. I'd never noticed that before and a quick check of the stores where I buy in Japan and Singapore shows it is reflected here also. I shall edit my note and opinion to remind me.

  • OmiyaDrinker commented:

    1/13/16, 6:30 AM - Thanks Bplant. In addition to the pricing differential, it's also a good reminder for me on the blend difference. More lazy comparison on my part! Stimulated by the discussion on this, I can sense a true tasting coming on of the 1st / 2nd / and 3rd wines (Le Difese / Le Volte) of each tasted blind. I'll have to do this when back in Japan though as the Singapore prices are crazy....

Red
2001 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
8/8/2015 - OmiyaDrinker Likes this wine:
94 points
Medium, purple appearance. Noticeable bricking around the rim. Fantastic nose, almost Barolo like, with violets, cherry, tar, and leather. No way I would pick this if tasted blind. Lovely fruit up front, well balanced, and long finish with deep acidity. Drinkable now but this is going to be even better in another 3 years and will continue to improve for at least another 10 after that. A wine to get excited about especially given the price.
  • OmiyaDrinker commented:

    8/9/15, 7:02 PM - Thanks Harley. I already owned a case of the 01 and a half case of the 04 but went out and bought a case of the 05 after drinking this bottle. I'll be enjoying these for the rest of my life I'd imagine.

Red
2007 Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Red Bordeaux Blend
12/24/2013 - OmiyaDrinker wrote:
90 points
Superb nose that reminded me of an acidic Super tuscan - cranberry, cassis, metalic. Smooth and creamy profile with slight hole in mid-palate. Interesting spice - hint of clove. Long finish but just a little asringent and sharp.
  • OmiyaDrinker commented:

    2/13/14, 3:01 AM - You've just joined some dots! I had a Ridge Geyserville 2011 just this weekend and posted a note of "Italian". I had no recollection that I posted a "SuperTuscan" note for this wine until now....Must be something in the Ridge style.

Red
2009 Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
4/10/2013 - OmiyaDrinker wrote:
90 points
Nice stuff but suffered a bit against the Flacianello 09 we tasted side by side. No shame in that but I would spend a bit more for the Flacianello or signifcantly less for "regular" Chianti Classico (e.g. Fontodi's regular bottling).
  • OmiyaDrinker commented:

    1/28/14, 7:28 AM - Ha Ha, Super! This has been my strategy since posting this note.

    You can't go wrong with any vintage of Fontodi Chianti Classico but the 06 was tremendous as with most Sangiovese in Tuscany. The 06 Flacianello is now very pricey though if you can find it. Looking forward to the 2010 once available.

White - Sparkling
2002 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année Champagne Blend
10/20/2012 - OmiyaDrinker Likes this wine:
91 points
Lia and Shiu 1st Birthday: Lost my notes unfortuntely but was super.
  • OmiyaDrinker commented:

    11/3/12, 5:33 AM - Pop one then buy another one to replace it. It works like magic. No harm done. Will look out for your note as it'll help me to decide on whether to finally buy a case....

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