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Red
2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
5/27/2019 - BrunelloBob wrote:
Meh. I gotta stop buying Rioja
  • BrunelloBob commented:

    5/28/19, 2:54 AM - It's actually pretty similar to other Rioja I've had. I just don't like the typical flavor, just not my thing, I think. That's why I withheld score.

    Could be too young, but I've drank other wine young (Brunello, Bdx, Nebbiolo etc) and been able to say "Wow, this is gonna be really good in a few years." I just don't get that with Rioja.

White - Off-dry
2001 P. Licht-Bergweiler Brauneberger Mandelgraben Riesling Spätlese Mosel Saar Ruwer
1/26/2019 - BrunelloBob wrote:
90 points
Green apple, apricot, lime, a hint of almond. Nice complexity
  • BrunelloBob commented:

    3/7/19, 5:53 PM - Yo, Yo, John O'!

Red
2010 Terralsole Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Sangiovese
10/8/2017 - JoeD83 wrote:
90 points
Started with earthy notes and tobacco which opened up after about an hour into tart cherry and some red fruit and faint vanilla. Next time I'll decant for at least an hour.
  • BrunelloBob commented:

    10/4/18, 9:34 AM - Slo-ox it 6-8-10 hours rather than decant.

White - Off-dry
2007 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Scharzhofberger Riesling Spätlese Grosse Lage Mosel Saar Ruwer
9/23/2018 - BrunelloBob wrote:
92 points
Fantastic, like last bottle 8 years ago.
  • BrunelloBob commented:

    9/25/18, 3:54 AM - Saw that: You buy well.

White - Sparkling
2006 Henriot Champagne Brut Millésimé Champagne Blend
9/6/2018 - BrunelloBob wrote:
90 points
Big toast early goes to green apple and citrus as it warms. Decent length. OK at price but I'm not stocking up
  • BrunelloBob commented:

    9/7/18, 3:34 AM - $53

White
2015 Schäfer-Fröhlich Bockenauer Felseneck Riesling Großes Gewächs Nahe
4/12/2018 - BrunelloBob wrote:
90 points
Touch of petrol onthe PnP which fades. Lemon/lime. Mineral. Long, but a doubtful QPR.
  • BrunelloBob commented:

    4/12/18, 7:00 AM - Could be true.

  • BrunelloBob commented:

    4/14/18, 6:41 PM - Point made.

Red
1975 Angelo Papagni Barbera Madera
1/25/2018 - BrunelloBob wrote:
70 points
Auction purchase. Knew this was a long shot. Craps.
  • BrunelloBob commented:

    1/26/18, 3:50 AM - Cork came loose very easily on mine, though there was no real seepage. With a better seal, you may have better luck.

Red
2007 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
10/8/2017 - BrunelloBob wrote:
91 points
Best on Day 2, but I remain neutral on 2007. This wine has been better in some other years.
  • BrunelloBob commented:

    10/8/17, 3:25 PM - It's young but drinkable. I probably rushed it.
    2007 got very good press, but it's not in the same league as 2006 and certainly not near as good as 2010 in my opinion.

White
2013 Smith-Madrone Riesling Spring Mountain District
7/3/2017 - BrunelloBob wrote:
85 points
Watery, insipid. Flacid. Actually loses character as it warms. Inoffensive, but what's the point? Not sure where these other scores are coming from.
  • BrunelloBob commented:

    7/7/17, 7:59 AM - No, the bottle wasn't off, it just kind of sucked.

  • BrunelloBob commented:

    7/10/17, 6:01 AM - I disagree with you and that makes me "presumptuous at best"? Yet you can determine the quality of my bottle without tasting it? Who's being presumptuous?

    There may be some bottle variation here, but my bottle was not "off" and I presume I can tell the difference.

Red
1976 Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery Zinfandel Proprietor's Reserve Sonoma County
7/8/2017 - 41hijinx Does not like this wine:
50 points
Took a chance and purchased from Winebid not long ago. Low neck fill. Just looking at the color in the glass and you know its way over the hill. Some sludge at bottom of the bottle. Oxidized through and through. Undrinkable.
  • BrunelloBob commented:

    7/10/17, 5:58 AM - Thanks for this note, I was considering rolling the dice on one... Had a 1969 Sebastiani Barbera from WinBid that was really good.

Red
2015 Jules Taylor Pinot Noir Ballochdale Estate Vineyard Marlborough
5/14/2017 - JoeD83 wrote:
90 points
Drank with Wife and Mother in Law on Mother's day. Wife and I both got rhubarb with baking spices on the nose. Maybe a little raspberry with good acidity.
  • BrunelloBob commented:

    5/30/17, 9:50 AM - What's this "wife" stuff?

White
2014 Gilbert Picq & ses Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vosgros Chardonnay
2/18/2017 - BrunelloBob wrote:
90 points
Good Chablis. Buy more.
(Best tasting knoute ever)
  • BrunelloBob commented:

    2/19/17, 12:00 PM - Really? You spell your name wrong and you're calling me out for a typo?

White
2015 MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc Free Run Steen Coastal Region
6/30/2016 - BrunelloBob wrote:
87 points
Mineral, tropical fruit. Restrained fruit allowed it to pair well with foot--grilled chicken.
  • BrunelloBob commented:

    7/3/16, 9:17 AM - Foot is good food. Just make sure you get the stuff from Italy.

Red
2012 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
1/29/2016 - ageverett Likes this wine:
100 points
Popped to celebrate the arrival of our daughter, Alexandra Grace.

Slow ox for 6 hours in hospital room. Drank over two hours with takeout from Eatzi's. Much like our girl, this is perfection.

I really can't recall a wine that was so visually captivating upon pouring. Just vibrant and beautiful. Fruit is mostly black, some red. Persistent flavors of baking spices (particularly nutmeg) and some earl grey tea. Perfectly integrated long, balanced finish. Harmonious. Stunning. The perfect way to commemorate a momentus day. One that I will never forget.
  • BrunelloBob commented:

    2/1/16, 12:11 PM - Excellent Post Dude, Congrats!
    (and gotta be 100 points in this scenario!)

Red
1997 Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
9/26/2015 - bevetroppo Likes this wine:
90 points
A week later from memory, so adjust accordingly.

It's a unique and almost god-given aspect of wine that when consumed in the right place, right time, and with the right people, it can take on an indelible, exalted status, like a memory tattoo.

I have about 5 such wine experiences that resonate for me, and the '97 Pacenti is a cornerstone of one of them. My wife and I had an incredible al fresco lunch in Cortona in 2000 at a restaurant called Osteria del Teatro, where the food, the dappled sunlight, and the entire gestalt rendered a word like synergy meaningless. We drank a '97 Pacenti Brunello, which I had been hunting in the US for a year and was completely unwilling to part with for the prevailing price of near $100. We found it during this lunch on the list for $70, and it was as though it had been pre-ordained or at minimum deposited on the restaurant list by conspiring cupids. It was so good with a homemade strozzapreti with sausage, mushrooms, and broccoli rabe I feel like I can still taste them both.

Flash forward to a few weeks ago when, after I related a chopped down version of the above story, my friend Jay quietly disappeared into his cellar and returned with a bottle of '97 Pacenti, a wine I frankly thought I would never see again. So my wife and I drank it last Saturday night at a BYO restaurant in Bay Head, NJ, which doesn't quite contend with Cortona for romance, but what the heck.

I had no great expectations given the age of the wine, and the disintegrating cork didn't give me any early assurances. I had to do it myself when the waiter started to sweat, but it was hopeless and so I had to push the last quarter of the cork into the bottle and decant it.

It was noticeably browning on the rim and had aromas of dried cherry, leather, and wet leaves. It did not change over the course of an hour and a half, neither fading more or suddenly gaining a second life with oxygen. On the palate, it was smooth with soft tannins and flavors just on the downslope of ripeness.

In the end, it had no possibility of outperforming the expectations set during that magical lunch 15 years ago, but we drank it slowly, listening to its autumnal whispers, and for a night at least, warding off the vast edges drear and naked shingles of the world.
  • BrunelloBob commented:

    11/24/15, 5:18 PM - Dude: I just topped your not on this wine and caught your great reference to Osteria del Teatro--Freakin' Excellent restaurant! but you drank better their than we did: https://www.cellartracker.com/classic/wine.asp?iWine=1834030

Red
2012 Argiano Rosso di Montalcino Sangiovese
11/14/2014 - MC2 Wines wrote:
85 points
Carpe Vino!; 11/9/2014-11/15/2014 (Tuscany (Florence, Montalcino, Siena)): This was acidic at the beginning (and not in a good way). Very light flavor. A table wine for sure. This was almost rust-tasting. Love the Suolo from these guys, but this wine wasn't for me.
  • BrunelloBob commented:

    2/28/15, 7:48 PM - As a rdM, this is 100% sangiovese, it is NOT a blend. What you are describing is an IGT. Rosso di Argiano?

  • BrunelloBob commented:

    3/1/15, 8:55 AM - Sorry, but it's legally impossible for a blended wine to be sold as a rosso di Montalcino. I suspect you had the Argiano Non Confunditur 2012
    http://www.allendalewine.com/r/Red+Wine/argiano-non-confunditur-2012

Red
2004 San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucere Sangiovese
2/12/2015 - Troop1 Likes this wine:
91 points
Cellared from day one and was a pleasant surprise this evening. Extremely approachable now with cherry and plum notes. I don't think this wine needs much more time and is ready to go now. Decanted approximately one hour. No sediment.
  • BrunelloBob commented:

    2/14/15, 5:41 PM - Good First note, keep 'em coming!

Red
2012 Spellbound Petite Sirah California
1/31/2015 - Z1nnfull Likes this wine:
87 points
We got this on sale for $9.99, so who am I to complain? It was inky as all get out, but it ended up being a soft and silky Petite Sirah without a great deal of depth. That said, if it was the house wine by the glass at a restaurant, it would be OK, that's really all there is to it. We like our PS's with a little bit of meat on the bone, some heft, and this did not get there. In this price range, we would stick with the Bogle Petite Sirah.
  • BrunelloBob commented:

    2/7/15, 6:22 PM - Absolutely agree re: Bogle

Red
2005 Havens Wine Cellars Bourriquot Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
10/17/2014 - BrunelloBob wrote:
85 points
Dark fruit and that typical aging cab franc flavor that I've never been able to describe (and don't appreciate as much as some others). Butt the big news is the off-putting nose which kills all hope for any kind of love. Anyone want the other bottle?
Edit: Mellows a bit after about three hours. develops a smoky, mineral thing, but not much else to recommend it.
  • BrunelloBob commented:

    10/21/14, 3:57 PM - I'm gonna need a Free shipping code Phredd...

Red
2009 Montirius Vacqueyras Le Clos Red Rhone Blend
3/28/2014 - BrunelloBob wrote:
89 points
Cork bled 90% through all around, which is concerning...
Black tea, black fruit, a hint of black licorice. I'm no authority, but you could have convinced me this was a reasonably priceed CdP. Nice balance, drink now.
  • BrunelloBob commented:

    3/29/14, 4:44 AM - No, PnP on the first night and finished on night three. Didn't notice much difference between the two nights.

Red
2006 Tenute Loacker Brunello di Montalcino Corte Pavone Sangiovese
3/7/2014 - BrunelloBob wrote:
92 points
Slo-ox for 10 hours, like Franco taught me.
Beautiful. Dark cherry, olive, tobacco. Nice acidity, great length. Still some serious tannic grip. 92+?
Should have bought a case.
  • BrunelloBob commented:

    3/8/14, 5:11 AM - Sow-oxidation: Pop the cork, pour out an ounce or two, just enough to get the fill level past the shoulder (thus allowing a bit more air exposure), and just let the opened bottle sit. Other than that first couple of ounces, the wine remains in the bottle. No seperate vessel like a full decant. Cheers!

White
2009 McPrice Myers High On The Hog Paso Robles White Rhone Blend
7/4/2013 - studleytrey wrote:
87 points
Consistent with my previous note, but this bottle showed a little better than the last even (good friends and times might help). There was a pronounced and lingering pineapple vanilla note on the back end that we all really enjoyed this go round. I've had 4 bottles of this now, and it's been consistently enjoyable, with the little alcohol spike as my only detractor. Scoring it in the 60s or 70s is absurd, IMO. I also enjoy white Rhone blends and wouldn't consider them "kitchen sink whites."
  • BrunelloBob commented:

    7/22/13, 4:19 PM - You know these things aren't personal, right?

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