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Red
2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904 Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
10/14/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
95 points
What a beautiful bottle of wine here; I'm really loving it tonight, and a perfect pairing for our ropa vieja which had been sitting and developing flavors for a few days now, so this was a real treat all around.

Medium garnet color with some transparency. Gorgeous aromatics from the pop and developing in the glass, showing notes of red and transitioning to dark and dark red fruits, cedar, flowers, dill initially and then fading, clove, licorice, orange peel, lemon, vanilla, potpourri, and a bit of earthy funk. Fantastic. Medium body and acid, medium (+) finish, with flavors of cherry, raspberry, bitter red apple skin, lemon, black tea, clove, and an herbal hint. This is incredible. It's drinking great right now but I think it could age at least 2-5 more years as well, and with 2 more of this vintage in holding, I think I'll give the next a few more years and see what happens. I gotta give it up, 95 pts. for me.
  • studleytrey commented:

    10/15/19, 7:12 AM - Good to hear. I also have some '07s as well, which is my anniversary year, and a I splurged on a few 890s from '01, so I should have some pretty good longevity. Also had an '04 Ardanza earlier in the week, which was not quite at the same level as this wine, but also very, very nice. I'm a fan.

    BTW, looks like we are neighbors (I'm in Maplewood)—small world!

Red
2010 Château Belrose Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend
3/22/2013 - Augoo wrote:
91 points
Drinks well with chocolate and pasta.
  • studleytrey commented:

    9/9/19, 8:55 AM - That's an odd combination. Don't believe I've ever had chocolate with pasta.

Red
2011 Evening Land Vineyards Pinot Noir La Source Seven Springs Vineyard Eola - Amity Hills
Not sure what was going on with this bottle. I remember seeing this at a local wine shop for $275 as it was touted as greatness. Upon opening, the nose of funk was so strong I thought it was a bad bottle.

After letting it open up, it was approachable but not good at all. Reminded me of a northern Rhône vs Pinot noir. There wasn’t much there to remark about.

Tried again the next day and it did not improve at all. Very disappointing showing here. I had several bottles of the 2011 eola amity and they were all solid offerings.
  • studleytrey commented:

    9/5/19, 6:04 PM - Surely what you saw was a different bottle from this; I got them for $25. I'd also say that it's a lighter style, but definitely varietally correct, based on the 3 bottles I've had.

Red
2013 Belle Fiore Vineyards Numinos Rogue Valley Red Blend
2/24/2018 - vinoceros wrote:
90 points
Really well-balanced in all ways. Drinking very well right now. I'd like to know what the blend is.
  • studleytrey commented:

    4/29/19, 11:52 AM - It's a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

Rosé
2018 Jean-Paul Picard Sancerre Rosé Pinot Noir
3/7/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
90 points
Received these today and got right into one, as it seemed a good option for Cuban marinated and spiced chicken with beans and rice, mango salsa, and fried bananas, and as it turns out, it was a perfect pairing.

Medium to deep pink color. Aromas of strawberries and cream, grapefruit, lime, and wet stone. Medium (+) body, acid, and finish, with flavors largely following suit. Maybe a little cranberry; definitely on the high toned red fruit spectrum. Drinking well nice and fresh and should be good over spring and summer, although the winery notes say this can be laid down for 4-5 years, so we'll see if I can hold on to any. This is a nice rose; I like it. 90+
  • studleytrey commented:

    4/19/19, 5:52 PM - Agreed; wish I bought more! Cheers!

White - Sparkling
2011 Sleeper Brut Reserve Extended Tirage Sonoma Valley Champagne Blend
3/31/2019 - studleytrey wrote:
88 points
1st of 6 and this is not as complex or enjoyable as the '02 vintage Robert Hunter (this wine), so I'm not sure if it's just difference of vintage, or needs more time or what, but it's still enjoyable enough for $5 less I guess ($19). Straw yellow color with medium fine bubbles. Aromas of lime and slate. Mouth-filling mousse, medium acidity, and flavors of lemon, lime, iron, toast, and minerals.
  • studleytrey commented:

    4/4/19, 11:43 AM - Good to know; maybe I'll give that a try with the next. I'm thinking I'll probably sit on at least a few of them a little bit as well to see how they do. Cheers.

White
2016 Antica (Antinori) Chardonnay Atlas Peak
3/25/2019 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
91 points
This is nice. Light straw yellow color. Aromas of wet slate, sliced almonds and hazelnuts, and a light flinty, smoky character. Maybe a little waxy yellow and green fruit, but generally not a lot of fruit on the nose here. Medium body, acid, and finish, with nice texture to it, and flavors of pear and green apple, saline, and almonds. This was well made with a lighter touch and a nicely judicious use of oak (read: noticeable but balanced); dare I say "Burgundian?"—at any rate, well done. Should've probably gotten more than 4.
  • studleytrey commented:

    3/27/19, 6:00 PM - Yep, I really enjoyed it. Cheers.

Red
2009 Giovanni Manzone Barolo Castelletto Nebbiolo
2/26/2019 - MrOctoberfest Likes this wine:
95 points
Bold and expressive from the moment the cork opened. This is really heavy on the tar notes right now, but there is still ample red and black fruit. The tannins are par for the course for a 9 year old Barolo, but so what? I didn’t expect this to be so alive, and there is still plenty of room to grow. Flashiest Nebbiolo that I’ve had in a long time. This completely overshadowed the 2016 Volnay Taillepieds that was tasted beside it.
  • studleytrey commented:

    2/26/19, 6:15 PM - It's 2019 ;)

  • studleytrey commented:

    2/26/19, 8:51 PM - You said it's a 9 year old Barolo. Thought maybe your head was still in '18, as tends to happen the first month or two of a new year.

  • studleytrey commented:

    2/27/19, 11:06 AM - Haha, ok, fair enough then. Cheers.

  • studleytrey commented:

    2/28/19, 7:46 AM - Nah, that's ok, I didn't read it that way. I actually thought the "those tannins are about 9.25 years old" line was funny.

    So yeah, I have 4 of these and not in a big rush, as I do tend to like 'em a little dusty. I tend to start looking at Barolo around the 10 year mark, so I guess in this case I still have a few months yet. ;)

Red
2010 World's End Merlot Little Sister Reserve Napa Valley
12/25/2017 - Baron Slick wrote:
92 points
If I tasted this blind I wouldn't have guessed Merlot. The dark fruit bouquet displays cedar, graphite, spices, black tea, and Jolly Roger grape candy action. Sinuous and savory, rich and glyceriny, with no heaviness whatsoever. Softens considerably with air, with a shade of chocolate on the back end. The finish is long, broad, and expansive. Lovely.
  • studleytrey commented:

    2/21/19, 11:00 AM - What would you have guessed?

Red
2014 Château Recougne Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend
3/8/2018 - mjwstickings Likes this wine:
87 points
Aromas of plum, raspberry, cherry, smoke, green pepper, brown spice, and minerals drive this nice, value-oriented ($16 in Ontario) blend of 90% Merlot, 2% Carménère, and 8% Cabernet Franc from the generic Bordeaux Supérieur appellation, specifically a right-bank expression in this case, from a producer located directly north of Libourne. As with so much inexpensive Bordeaux, the flavours don't live up to the aromas, but there's still decent red fruit and various earthy, spicy notes on the palate (including a licorice-tarragon herbal quality), with just enough uplifting acidity and grounding tannins to maintain structure. It doesn't really hold up, thinning and drying out through the second day, with more and more acidity taking over -- perhaps a couple of years could help, though it doesn't seem to have a ton of substance behind what's already at the fore. In any event, it's unabashedly, and refreshingly, old-fashioned, a savoury match for everyday cuisine, the sort of wine you imagine flowing freely at every Bordeaux table.
  • studleytrey commented:

    2/21/19, 10:11 AM - My bottle shows on the back label a blend of 78% merlot, 12% cabernet franc, and 10% cabernet sauvignon. BTW, carmenere is not a Bdx variety. Just FYI.

Red
2009 Château des Annereaux Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
2/11/2019 - studleytrey wrote:
85 points
Medium garnet color. Aromatically tight, with a little dark and dark red fruits and some crushed rocks peeking through. Light to medium body, medium acid and finish, with flavors of dark fruits, licorice, and minerals. Not too complex or interesting, and I don't know if there's enough fruit to suggest much longevity for development. It's just aight for me, dog.

Put the second half in a 375ml in the fridge, so if anything changes tomorrow, I'll update.
  • studleytrey commented:

    2/13/19, 11:05 AM - 2 days later and no real change to speak of.

Red
2016 Domaine La Millière Côtes du Rhône Villages Vieilles Vignes Red Rhone Blend
12/9/2017 - studleytrey wrote:
85 points
I think this is a little young yet, maybe by a year or two, as it seemed a little light and had that candied purple fruit thing going on, but evened out and seemed to put on a little weight after being open for 3 or 4 hours while we were passively sipping it this snowy afternoon. It also worked really well with our "Thanksgiving leftover" inspired vegan sandwich on rosemary bread with apple slaw, cranberry sauce, vegan mayo and gravy.

Medium (+) purplish ruby color. Aromas of purple, blue, and black fruits, violets, clove, and graphite. Medium body and finish, medium (+) acid, and flavors similar to nose, with some oak spice. An ok to pretty good CdR with some upside potential.
  • studleytrey commented:

    2/12/19, 6:43 PM - As a general rule, I don't score on potential or alter it based on anything other than how it's drinking at the time I'm noting it. It is what it is. :)

    If there was anything that might throw it off, like a fault or something, I'd just leave the score off. After all, the review itself is what really provides the value and context to a somewhat arbitrary and subjective numerical score around these parts.

Red
2009 Gómez de Segura Rioja Reserva Tempranillo
Gifted to Terri Ingrum in exchange for bike jerseys
  • studleytrey commented:

    2/6/19, 5:21 PM - FYI: there is a private note/comment section you can use to note this type of thing.

Red
2013 Cascina Adelaide Barolo Blue Label Nebbiolo
11/12/2018 - D'Yquembe Mutumbo wrote:
90 points
Nice young wine, not very complex or layered at this stage but very easy to drink. Nice Monday night wine but nothing special.
  • studleytrey commented:

    1/25/19, 11:04 AM - Ha, nice username!

Red
2013 Las Palmeras Cabernet Sauvignon Monterey County
12/7/2018 - reklein wrote:
92 points
92 Tastings.com (Beverage Testing Institute)

"Dull garnet black color. Smoky, savory aromas and flavors of grilled peppers, olives, roasted berries, and hint of jerky with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, delightful, medium-long spiced cherries, dried currants, and chocolate mint finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. An interesting combination of smokiness and juiciness that will play nicely with grilled meats–very distinctive."
  • studleytrey commented:

    1/9/19, 6:52 PM - FYI: you can enter pro reviews by clicking on that tab and click the "add pro review" button.

Red
2014 Château Cap Saint-Martin Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend
11/6/2017 - Monieh Likes this wine:
72 points
Drink before 2022
  • studleytrey commented:

    12/18/18, 8:30 PM - Did you mean to score this 72?

Red
2011 Tinto Figuero Ribera del Duero 12 Tempranillo
12/11/2018 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
89 points
Well, after coincidentally drinking the previous two bottles on 10/11/16 and 11/11/17, I had to try to drink my last one tonight and amazingly succeeded in that endeavor, so here we are.

Still pretty dense coloring, with purplish ruby edges. Aromas of dark fruits, violets, graphite, fennel, and dried spices. Medium body, medium(+) acid, and long, spicy finish, with flavors of tart black fruits like black raspberry, lemon, and minerals. Worked well with a vegetarian lentil chili tonight and drinking well now and I'd imagine for at least a few more years.
  • studleytrey commented:

    12/14/18, 6:21 PM - I don't know, but not this! ;)

Red
2014 Mauro Molino Barolo Nebbiolo
10/29/2018 - WineKnurd wrote:
82 points
$94 by the bottle at Farina in Raleigh, decanted through a cascade funnel. Very young and on the modern side- some cherries and leather but mostly tannin, very one dimensional. I knew it was young, but wanted a Barolo. Money is better spent elsewhere on the list until this gets some age. B- (82) as a restaurant purchase.
  • studleytrey commented:

    12/10/18, 7:04 PM - That's the unfortunate thing with ordering off restaurant lists (in general). Obviously there are examples (at a hefty price) of aged Barolo and Barbaresco on a list, but generally, even in nicer places with nice bottles, it's infanticide what they're serving and simply not worth it. If there's not a Langhe nebbiolo or reasonably priced Gattinara (Traviligni a restaurant fav), I'll usually look for a suitable sangio or something like that, but I'm lucky up here in Jersey, as we have a lot of BYOB and eat pretty well at home.

Red
2014 La Casa Maguila Toro Cachito Mío Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo
6/15/2018 - cono_sur wrote:
87 points
Medium+ intensity nose in the glass is ripe and a touch sweet with blackberry, licorice, sweet oak, and chocolate aromas. It's heavily oaked on the dry palate with more sweet oak spice flavours surrounding the core of dark berry, blackberry and black plum fruit. Gritty tannins are grippy, while juicy acids provide freshness. Mocha chocolate and oak flavours linger on the long finish. Made in a more commercial style that should have wide appeal.
  • studleytrey commented:

    12/10/18, 6:07 PM - Great note, thanks.

Red
2010 Bello Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford
12/3/2018 - studleytrey wrote:
89 points
I got these at a special 5 case price of $30 by going in with others. The regular $50 price would be pretty disappointing to me, and the $30 one is fine I guess, but if you were to have me taste this and ask how many I'd take at $30, I'd likely pass. It's a fine enough wine and well made and all that, just not that complex or exciting.

Dense coloring with purplish ruby edges. Aromas of dark fruits, clove, anise, dried spices, and graphite. Medium body and acid, medium (+) finish, and lush and round on the palate, with flavors of dark and dark red fruits, chocolate, and a bit of mineral and spice. Fine with a steak, but a little uninspiring. I used to not be that into Napa cabs, and this is the style that comes to mind as the reason for that.
  • studleytrey commented:

    12/5/18, 7:47 AM - Yeah, this was my second as well; 4 left to go, which I'm not all that stoked about, but hey, they've already been paid for and I have some people in mind that I could drink them with who'll love it.

Red
2007 Rocca di Castagnoli Buriano Toscana IGT Cabernet Sauvignon
2/16/2016 - Grape_ape wrote:
90 points
great value at the cindy price... wish I had bought more than one.
  • studleytrey commented:

    12/4/18, 6:05 PM - 2010 up tonight.

  • studleytrey commented:

    12/5/18, 7:42 AM - Yeah, I grabbed 3. Good QPR at $20, and potentially even better in 2010. If they're not actually sold out, I bet they'd hook you up if you reach out.

Red
2013 Società Agricola Nativ Irpinia Campi Taurasini Eremo San Quirico Aglianico
11/14/2018 - honest bob wrote:
86 points
From 75cl, absurd overweight bottle. Sweet, thick, amarone/shiraz/primitivo/merlot-blend-style red with 14,5% alc. Clean, well made, boring, cloying, hard to identify as 100% Aglianico but I guess it is. Who actually drinks or buys this stuff? 1. People who like big fat sweet heavy alcoholic reds (but wouldn't be seen dead ordering a full-throttle Australian Shiraz). 2. Restaurants who wish to lure punters with a "99 point" (Maroni) Italian at a price point well below Tuscany or Piedmont. 3. Idiots like me who were persuaded by Maroni's ridiculous rating and bought blind. How I wish I hadn't purchased 6 of these. Give me D'Arenberg or the likes of, any time. 86P(?)
  • studleytrey commented:

    11/14/18, 1:01 PM - Yeah, I've come to recognize a high Maroni score as more of a red flag than an enticement, even more so than a Parker or Halladay. That said, I did take a flyer on a couple of these also; one for a nearish term experiment for a hedonistic mood, and another to see how it ages. I guess we'll see...

Red
2013 Bindi Sergardi Chianti Classico Calidonia Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
9/26/2017 - studleytrey wrote:
89 points
Very consistent descriptors as my previous note, but somehow this bottle is drinking more balanced and complete. It's a lighter style, which I don't think is necessarily a bad thing, and the finish is a bit short, but there is complexity, nuance, and finesse to this wine that I'm enjoying quite a bit at this sitting. Aromatically more complex than on the palate, but this is a perfectly suitable pairing for your usual red sauced affair, and I'm enjoying it post meatball hero lunch today just the same. Cheers.
  • studleytrey commented:

    11/12/18, 5:56 PM - Haha, nice. Tell your wife she's welcome. For the reviews of course. ;)

    Since this was a gift and you may not be aware, here's an interesting piece from Last Bottle's pitch for this wine:

    "A client favorite, the Bindi Segardi family is LITERALLY royalty in this part of Tuscany, dating back to the mid-1300's when the family led an army that defeated the Aretines and were installed as governors of the Republic. As they have for 600+ years, they continue to farm grapes, olives, and animals on their landholdings. VERY cool story here for history buffs, check it via Google or maybe just put on the first season of Game of Thrones and pour a regal-sized glass of Tuscan ambrosia!"

    Pretty wild, huh? Cheers, Knurd and Mrs. Knurd.

    BTW, your wife checks CT for wines? That's awesome. My wife says, "this label is pretty."

Red
2013 Bodegas la Magdalena Tempranillo Ribera del Júcar Sueño
9/9/2018 - Mahaneys Likes this wine:
88 points
Bin 66 favorite of Mike
Parker gives it 90
I’m not as impressed but will buy again
$15 before Sunday discount
  • studleytrey commented:

    10/31/18, 9:34 AM - Just as an FYI and FWIW, Luis Gutierrez does the Spanish reviews for Parker's Wine Advocate, and as such is the one who gave this the 90pts. and score to which you're referring.

    Also, this is being offered currently on Cinderella Wine (http://cinderellawine.com) for $12.88 w/ FS on 4 if you're interested.

Red
2016 Les Vins de Vienne Syrah Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes
I like to think I fall into the camp of "value(ing) elegance and delicacy" per one of the responses to studleytrey's note below, and didn't buy this hoping for an overblown hot-vintage Californian syrah. Still, this one was disappointingly simple and tart. I'd give it a few years, or at least a decant.
  • studleytrey commented:

    10/11/18, 7:29 PM - I somehow missed those comments until seeing this note pop up on my homepage, bringing my attention to them, but clearly I agree with you there. :)

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.
  • studleytrey commented:

    10/11/18, 7:02 PM - @guribh: While LB is certainly not shy with the hyperbole, I've found them to be a trusted merchant and can generally read between the lines to determine which offers are not for me (which tends to be things like "not for the shy," "full throttle," and "if you like dainty wines, close this page"—ironically, considering the other comment here).

    BTW, I've lived in the northeast for a while now, but I was born in Smyrna. :)

  • studleytrey commented:

    10/11/18, 7:23 PM - @bobbywine: I was referring to Last Bottle Wines, who is a merchant that described this wine as such. I think they're generally fair, if elaborate, with their descriptions, and fairly transparent as to the nature of the given wine (you can tell if it's a Parkerized fruit bomb for instance by reading between the lines), which I appreciate, and which triggered me to call that out here, as the description very much didn't match my experience (also echoed by Charlie's more recent experience noted above).

    Incidentally, I know you don't know me, my palate, or preferences, but Italy and France are the top 2 sources of wine in my cellar, respectively, and I very much value subtlety, elegance, and nuance over power and concentration. I also quite enjoy the examples I gave of Cotes-du-Rhône and Chinon. I was merely reacting to the contradiction to what was billed. Cheers.

Red
2014 Bodegas Ondarre Rioja Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
7/25/2018 - CWilliam wrote:
90 points
If you were led to believe this was a 95 point wine I understand your disappointment. If you taste it for what it is - a $12-$15 bottle Rioja that can age 8-10 years from vintage, it's a nice wine.

Sampled over 3 nights and didn't degrade much. Medium red color. Cherry, black cherry, red currants & sweet tobacco on nose. Similar flavor profile on palate. Medium body, medium+ acidity and medium tannins / finish. 90+/-

Excellent QPR and good traditional Rioja.
  • studleytrey commented:

    10/11/18, 6:40 PM - I haven't had this vintage yet (it's up on WTSO right now and I just ordered some), but I would agree with this assessment of this wine. The '12 is drinking earlier (now), but generally I think these are great at around 8-10 yrs.

    Also agree with the pro reviews comment, although interestingly, Suckling gave this one an 84 and said "drink up." Go figure. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Red
2012 Pine Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Encantado Oakville
5/15/2015 - vincemcd61 Likes this wine:
88 points
Had with Pizza and Anna Heineman
  • studleytrey commented:

    10/11/18, 6:49 AM - How was Anna?

Red
2015 Domaine Giraud Châteauneuf-du-Pape Premices Red Rhone Blend
10/21/2017 - srh Likes this wine:
Red Châteauneuf-du-Papes (Vintage Wines Ltd., San Diego, CA): 100% Grenache, destemmed, 2/3 aged in concrete tanks, 1/3 aged in barriques; 915 cs made

N: Closed; Berries, garrigue with notes of smoke

P: Med, poss LM, body; ALMOST swtish frt met by a bit of puckerish astringency which quite resolves by the LONG, slightly tangy, almost swtish finish. Certainly approachable now, though might improve into early Summer '18, then drink nicely through '20, poss longer. 92 pts ea WA & WS, 90-92 Vinous, and 15.5/20 Jancis Robinson. [IF still available, this vendor's $32.95 is $2 < the next lowest of wine-searcher's late June 2018 postings.]
  • studleytrey commented:

    9/26/18, 9:24 AM - I see your mentions on the competitive pricing you've found on this one. FYI, it's $25 right now at Wine Library (winelibrary.com & cinderellawine.com) w/ free shipping on a case.

White
2016 Dr. Konstantin Frank Riesling Dry Finger Lakes
5/21/2018 - mwneil Likes this wine:
89 points
Tart, light to medium bodied, good fruit, lots of flavor, drank with sushi and Chinese veggies and clams with black bean sauce, earthy, great value, will drink again.
  • studleytrey commented:

    7/31/18, 11:52 AM - This wine is perfect for sushi. Happily paired with our Mt. Fuji takeout lunch today. ;)

Rosé
2015 La Domitienne Sur le Sud Vin de Pays d'Oc Cinsault, Cinsaut
Kinda tired right now, but yet here it is.
  • studleytrey commented:

    7/31/18, 11:12 AM - LOL

Red
2012 Bodegas y Viñedos Maurodos Toro Viña San Román Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo
6/17/2018 - gteran76 Likes this wine:
93 points
Very good and balanced wine, good level of alcohol without feel hot. Ate with Fetuccini Alfredo and salmon, paired well. This bottle (magnum) can still improve more over the next 2-3 years. That’s my plan for the 1.5L bottle I have left...
  • studleytrey commented:

    7/19/18, 8:48 AM - The regular bottles age 10 years with ease; I've not had a magnum of it yet (or the '12 vintage), but I think you certainly have time if you want it. I can't even imagine pairing this wine with fettuccini alfredo and salmon, but I would highly recommend you try the next one with braised short ribs or similar; it just might blow your mind. Cheers.

Red
2010 Château Léoville Poyferré St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
4/6/2018 - L Wine Views wrote:
89 points
I am not a fan of French wines. I don’t like the overabundance of the strong floral aromatic fragrance.
  • studleytrey commented:

    7/19/18, 8:40 AM - LOL

Red
2014 Château Mauvesin Barton Moulis en Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
4/22/2018 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
88 points
This is definitely approachable right off the bat, but I enjoyed it more as it opened up a few hours. Aromas of floral, cherry, dried cranberry, a little lemon, damp earth, and graphite. Medium bodied with medium acidity and finish, a bit of tannic grip yet, and flavors of black cherry, plum, some dark fruits as well, iron, and mineral. I think one of the pro reviews mentioned "rustic" and I can see that. No worries popping now, but I think it could improve with short term cellaring, so maybe I'll space them out a little.
  • studleytrey commented:

    7/19/18, 8:34 AM - Cheers! :)D-

Red
2013 Liparita Cabernet Sauvignon V Block Yountville
6/6/2018 - kevrob822 Likes this wine:
89 points
Very nice. Dark, but clear, purple color with a light red rim. A nice smooth aroma with subtle dark black and blue fruit. The taste is very similar, nice, smooth and balanced.

Overall, everything about this wine just oozes smooth, balanced and silky. Very nice and at the price paid, it’s a Great QPR.

Get more, no doubt. Check with WTSO tomorrow.
  • studleytrey commented:

    6/15/18, 9:11 AM - FYI: back on WTSO right now.

Red
2015 Domaine Tour Saint-Michel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Deux Soeurs Red Rhone Blend
8/21/2017 - Jeff Leve wrote:
91 points
Provencal herbs, with kirsch and thyme on the nose. On the palate you find freshness, juicy kirsch and olives with black pepper. On the palate, you get these great, soft tannins, more herbs, olives and red fruits in the finish.
  • studleytrey commented:

    6/14/18, 8:07 PM - Hey Jeff, always appreciate your notes. Any thoughts on longevity here?

Red
2011 Vitanza Brunello di Montalcino Andretta Sangiovese
9/20/2016 - bsmorin16 wrote:
Gift from Opa for wedding anniversary on 09/19/16.
  • studleytrey commented:

    5/31/18, 8:30 AM - FYI: there is a "private consumption note" above the drink date that you can use to enter this type of information.

Rosé
2016 Mas Carlot Costières-de-Nîmes Cuvée Tradition Rosé Red Rhone Blend
5/4/2018 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
88 points
Solid rosé QPR around $10 or less. I got one in the Garyvee wine club and it was originally offered at $12, but ended up picking up more when it went on special for $8. Someone mentioned $5--I never saw this, but that is back the truck up pricing for this.

Pretty coppery salmon color to this one. Getting a lot of citrus on the nose--lemon, grapefruit, and lime--along with some strawberry, cherry, and mineral. Medium body, acid, and finish, with flavors of strawberry, cherry, tangerine, lime, and mineral. I enjoy sipping this, and it paired perfectly with a simple pasta dish with roasted cherry tomatoes, basil, and ricotta salata.
  • studleytrey commented:

    5/4/18, 6:25 PM - I see. Yeah, it's always hard to determine the breakdown on pack offers like that. I tend to log the going price with that vendor and personal note the deal deets, but have also divided evenly as well. It's not like you could get as much as you wanted of a particular thing at that price, but it's also what you paid, so I can see both sides.

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2010 Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco Toscana IGT SuperTuscan Blend
1/19/2018 - NostraBacchus Likes this wine:
95 points
Tasted blind. Very appealing notes of black cherries, plum, smoke, some minerality/graphite and some notes of tobacco leaf and flowers. It's pretty full-bodied but with excellent freshness and medium-high acidity, as well as medium-high tannin of great ripeness. Long finish with a lot of tension. An excellent Sammarco that will age nicely for many years. (95+)
  • studleytrey commented:

    3/14/18, 8:57 AM - Me too, Motz!

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2014 Wade Cellars Three by Wade Napa Valley Red Blend
12/2/2017 - manny651 wrote:
88 points
nice fruit forward merlot based blend with some cab and syrah for body and spice.
  • studleytrey commented:

    3/1/18, 6:09 PM - FYI, this is 55% Syrah, 18% ZInfandel, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petite Syrah, 6% Merlot 2% Petite Verdot.

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2012 Biggio Hamina Cellars Pinot Noir Caroline Zenith Vineyard Eola - Amity Hills
5/1/2017 - scott w wrote:
flawed
Just slightly corked damn
  • studleytrey commented:

    2/17/18, 7:16 PM - We had a bottle of this tonight that was delicious, but this is some great customer service right here! Well done.

    Hey, Scott, did you try the cellophane trick? I've had pretty good success with that on lightly corked wines.

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2012 Montalbera Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato L'Accento
2/1/2018 - SLOFred Likes this wine:
90 points
Definitely on the lighter side for an Italian wine, but none the less, excellent. Hard to know what grapes are in this, but a fine blend.
  • studleytrey commented:

    2/1/18, 2:29 PM - 100% ruché grape. It is similar to nebbiolo with high acidity and floral aromatics. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruch%C3%A9

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2010 Shaw Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Finger Lakes
12/9/2017 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
94 points
Fantastic. I could smell this indefinitely. Garnet to ruby color with some bricking. Aromas of dark and dark red fruits, wet soil, lavender, clove, anise, rosemary, coconut, and graphite, and with a little time, dry leaves, coffee, and tobacco as well. Medium body and acid, long finish, with very consistent flavors, maybe pushing more to the red fruit and red hot candy side.

What a gem from a region I most definitely don't associate with cabernet sauvignon, but from which Shaw Vineyard seems to be busting its own beat. Well done. Respect. Will be back soon to pick up more.
  • studleytrey commented:

    1/29/18, 4:17 PM - I have another of these and two each of the Keuka Hill Reserve red blend and pinot reserve. I haven't tried their cab franc (oaked or not), but I'm trying to make it back up that way this summer and will look out for it.

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2011 Domaine des Enfants Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Suis l'étoile Grenache Blend, Grenache
1/24/2018 - MicklethePickle Likes this wine:
91 points
This is such a remarkable bottle of wine. It's hallmark is it's chameleon-like personality, that changes from a Rhone-type wine into a nutty, tawny port-like wine with 24 hours of air. The only wine I have ever seen this with; and it happens with every bottle, at least with this vintage. Crazy! 4-12-17-8: 91/100.
  • studleytrey commented:

    1/25/18, 8:40 AM - That's interesting. Are you leaving it in a decanter or in the open bottle or what?

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2009 Bodegas y Viñedos Maurodos Toro Viña San Román Tinta de Toro, Tempranillo
1/18/2018 - gresch Likes this wine:
92 points
This was really quite solid, if far too young. Silly me, I went by the cellar tracker window.
I left this open for about an hour & it was foursquare - tannic & monolithic. Early on, there was a strong (but not unpleasant) cocoa characteristic, especially in the finish. That all made the wine a pretty good pairing to the tortilla soup that I had w/ it.
After another couple hours, especially toward the end of the bottle, the wine started to really develop. The tannins became more polished as a lot of sediment precipitated. The fruit got to show through a lot more. All in all, it turned into a pretty, elegant Tempranillo. Will try to seek out more - and give them more time.
My first Toro.
  • studleytrey commented:

    1/19/18, 8:03 AM - Yeah, I'm on my '06s now and they're drinking great; won't be touching the '09s for at least a few more years.

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2010 Château L'Argenteyre Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
9/25/2017 - GoBlue2002 Likes this wine:
86 points
A Medoc Bordeaux not trying to be anything but.
Dark fruit, tannic / rough, spice. Paired OK with eggplant
Parm. Not the style we were looking for tonight.
  • studleytrey commented:

    1/9/18, 6:28 PM - I'd wager a sangiovese based wine is what you were looking for this night.

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2015 Domaine Diochon Moulin-à-Vent Vieilles Vignes Gamay
1/2/2018 - Motz wrote:
93 points
Had a hankering for high tension, gripping, tart red and purple berry flavors conveyed through precious stone hardness, backed by mineral and metallic ore top notes. This fit the bill perfectly and it did not disappoint. Remarkable depth here, and while fascinating now, it needs time...a lot of it. Cru Beaujolais does not get much better. Spectacular!
  • studleytrey commented:

    1/2/18, 11:51 AM - That's a pretty specific hankering! Glad it scratched the itch. I have a feeling I will regret only purchasing 2 bottles of this when I finally get around to popping one...cheers.

Red
2015 Domaine du Grand Montmirail Gigondas Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Red Rhone Blend
10/18/2017 - studleytrey Likes this wine:
90 points
Fresh off the truck! Literally...these just arrived as I was heating up lunch and had already pulled something else, but since I grabbed these as a potential option to bring to Thanksgiving dinner and I'm having roasted chicken and leeks with a tomato sauced pasta with herbs, why not get into one? Let's do it!

So right off the bat this is reminding me of a previous instance where I've had Rhône wine made by a Burgundian winemaker—in that case it was a Cotes-du-Rhône, but the approach and style is quite similar, with their grenache-driven blend (60% here, along with 30% syrah and 10% mourvèdre) and more delicate touch. Straight ruby color with transparency. Nose is a little tight —I should note that I rarely drink wines of any kind this young, but this was sold as approachable now and I have a near term plan for it—but I'm getting some dark red fruits, white pepper, chalk, and Provençal herbs. Coming back to edit this as I sit with it longer, I'm also getting some lavender and soil notes, along with a vegetal component like radish. The body, acid, and finish are medium, and I'm getting flavors of mad cherry here —kirsch, red and black, and cough drop is all there—along with plum, black tea, orange peel, and a lining of minerals. I'm getting a light tannic grip post meal, but this really is accessible already. This will go fantastically with turkey day meal, especially considering the cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and all that good stuff, but would also rock with roasted duck with hoisin sauce, pork carnitas, or BBQ. Kinda wish I'd have bought more than 4 @ $20/ea. Good QPR and enjoyable juice. ��
  • studleytrey commented:

    1/2/18, 11:48 AM - I got these from WTSO, and actually saw them pop up again just the other day (grabbed 4 more myself), so maybe they do. Good luck!

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2005 Orma Toscana IGT Red Bordeaux Blend
10/20/2015 - rhialto wrote:
91 points
It's nice. It's pleasant. Victoria says she's not crazy about it. I say, a little bit better than that. I'm doing the data entry so I pick the rating.
  • studleytrey commented:

    12/19/17, 2:29 PM - Haha, nice. I feel you, cheers.

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2012 Château Hervé-Laroque Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend
9/3/2017 - dbenadon Likes this wine:
92 points
Amazing QPR!!! Complex and rich through the entire palate. Would buy more in a heart beat.
  • studleytrey commented:

    12/16/17, 6:10 AM - On Last Bottle right now for $18 if you can catch it.

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