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Red
2016 Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir East Ridge Sonoma Coast
2/14/2020 - lebo wrote:
88 points
Not that great upon open or through 1/2 the bottle. Not sure if it closed down or faded substantially over the past year. Just not much going on at all on the nose or palate. Very flat, blah and one dimensional. Will see if opens up on second night.
  • UofM commented:

    2/17/20, 8:29 AM - Did night two provide anything different?

  • UofM commented:

    2/18/20, 6:37 AM - Thanks for the comments.

Red
2010 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
8/17/2019 - pavel_p Likes this wine:
94 points
3 years since my last bottle. Pnp as I do not decant wines if I have no idea where they stand in their evolution. Much improved from 3 years ago. Transparent garnet with slight bricking towards a clear rim. Herbs and spices, more red fruited than what I am used from Poggione, good acidity providing freshness, very elegant and aromatic indeed, slightly drying tannins, good length too. Il Poggione is usually not my preferred style of Brunello but this 2010 is really excellent and the best Poggione I have had. This will last but I will start drinking mine now (short decant only needed). 93-94

PS: Upgraded from 93 to 94 as this is showing really well at the 1.5h mark in the open bottle with tannins now fully integrated. Wow QPR
  • UofM commented:

    8/19/19, 11:31 AM - Thanks for sharing your thoughts. You mention this is not the typical style Brunello you tend to drink. Can you share some of the other styles? I love Brunello, but not well versed the variations.

  • UofM commented:

    8/23/19, 3:16 PM - Very helpful. Cheers.

White
2014 Arnot-Roberts Chardonnay Trout Gulch Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
Candied (but barely) lemon is a fair tasting note. It still has that puckering acidity that is so distinctive

Drank side by side w the Ceritas TG ‘14. Nose was quite similar on both but they diverge on the palate
  • UofM commented:

    8/19/19, 11:33 AM - which bottle came out the winner?

  • UofM commented:

    8/19/19, 4:22 PM - I’ve been buying the AR for years but haven’t tried the Ceritas. Guess it is time... thanks for the tip.

Red
2012 Booker Vineyard Grenache The Ripper Paso Robles
3/10/2019 - UofM Likes this wine:
94 points
Another beauty from Booker. Glad I popped this when we did. Don’t see it improving much more with age, but in a sweet spot right now. Strawberry and floral notes. Finish didn’t linger, but definitely left me wanting more.
  • UofM commented:

    3/10/19, 1:04 PM - Yes...typo

Red
2013 Orin Swift Cabernet Sauvignon Mercury Head Napa Valley
Not going to assign a score to this wine because I do not believe I had an accurate tasting. Brought this wine to a steakhouse in NYC. Had a series of wines that night - 2008 Buccella Katrina Eileen Cuvee and a 2006 Dancing Hares, some really big powerful wines.

Drank those first, so I believe my rating would be skewed, but this wine tasted hot, flat, and shut down. All I got on the palate was alcohol, oak, and more alcohol. This was probably due to have the Buccella right before which just blew me away.

Hoping that my assessment was off that night and will revisit my other bottle soon.
  • UofM commented:

    1/21/19, 8:57 AM - Just curious - what has your typical experience been with MH? I haven't had it before, but I am holding 2 bottles in my cellar.

Red
2013 Tensley Syrah Colson Canyon Vineyard Santa Barbara County
9/30/2018 - UofM Likes this wine:
93 points
As good as I had remembered from previous years. Well made, fairly priced.
  • UofM commented:

    11/7/18, 7:03 AM - Not sure I'm the expert on cellar time, but my experience has shown that Tensley ages well

Red
2010 Il Poggione (Proprietá Franceschi) Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese
5/20/2018 - UFGators Does not like this wine:
88 points
Extremely dry and acidic. Wood not integrated. Not sure will get better with age. Very little fruit. Too many other good 2010 Brunello to waste money on this one.
  • UofM commented:

    5/23/18, 7:33 AM - I am a fan of Brunello's, but not always sure which ones to target. Any suggestions for the most recent vintage?

Red
2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah North Coast
Last of the 2012s and loved it. Will wait and dig into the the 13s for a few months.
  • UofM commented:

    2/16/15, 7:20 AM - will do. Thanks for the tip.

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