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1995 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
9/23/2021 - GenY Likes this wine:
94 points
Birth year Pontet-Canet on my birthday. Impeccably fresh - cigar box, pencil, deep blackberries on the nose and mineral, dark fruit, and harmonious tannins on the palate. The color is deep ruby, no bricking whatsoever. I could have been convinced that this was bottled in 2015 based on the color and freshness. Perfectly integrated and ready to go. Cork in perfect condition. Pontet-Canet does it again. If you’ve got this, drink it - you’re in for a treat! Salut!
  • Zingrrl commented:

    9/24/21, 3:42 PM - Happy Birthday!

Red
2018 Ridge Evangelho Contra Costa County Red Rhone Blend
6/25/2021 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Yes, this is clearly a Ridge wine. That said, after a brief interlude it becomes all Evangelho. The sappy, soul of the deep fruit that always characterizes the vineyard shines through and stakes its place. I have said it in the past, but it bears repeating, Evangelho has a life force. Grape blend doesn’t matter. Producer doesn’t matter. Terroir wins out unless Wile E. Coyote drops an ACME anvil on the fruit.
  • Zingrrl commented:

    7/17/21, 8:02 PM - that rascally coyote!

Red
2014 Seghesio Family Vineyards Sangiovese Venom Alexander Valley
11/1/2018 - Redteeth wrote:
First time I've tried this wine. Not sure what the name infers. But, I thought it was pretty good. it is definitely a CA take on Sangiovese, nonetheless enjoyable.
  • Zingrrl commented:

    10/4/20, 8:21 PM - Hi, just drank one so read your post. The grapes are from a vineyard on Rattlesnake Hill. Thus the name.

Red
2015 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon The Reserve To-Kalon Vineyard Oakville
Double decanted 6 hours prior to serving

Like many who started tasting wine in the early to mid 90s, encounters with late 70s to early 80s Mondavi Reserve Cabernets, notably the glorious 1979, were some of my first glimpses of just how great California wines can be. And so shame on me for paying too much heed to critics at the time who were panning recent vintages for not conforming to the new waves at the time. Happily, on a whim and as I plan out the final year of actively purchasing new releases for the cellar, I decided to see for myself just how this wine is of late.

deep purple color, cassis and plums on the nose, classic and refined, lovely herbal notes, on the palate sheer magnificence, a pristine and elegant young Cabernet Sauvignon, rich with the ripeness of 2015 on the mid-palate in an array of pure red fruits, long mineral-laden finish, right on the edge of being too ripe but never does it cross that line, tannins evident and the structure continued to build over the course of two hours but never once did it lose its beautiful and forward primary presence that was all the more breathtaking for being classically restrained and in perfect harmony, this is California Cabernet at its greatest and a wine that seems as though it may be enjoyable for its entire life, though I plan to lock mine away for a few years since history clearly suggests what great things are yet to come. *(****), 2025-2045.
  • Zingrrl commented:

    9/15/18, 4:23 PM - Wonderful note. I just received my one bottle, kissed it, and put away until 2028.

Red
2001 Richard Partridge Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
3/24/2018 - AllRed wrote:
92 points
4th Saturday Group brown bagger (R&D's): Single blind. Opens with a hint of roasted bell pepper, violet, red currant fruit, herbal/green aromas and tobacco. A simply gorgeous bouquet. Medium-bodied, with softened tannin and flavors of plum, currants and cigar tobacco with a lengthy finish.

At first I thought this might have been Bordeaux (the rest of the group thought Bordeaux- R guessed 2003 St. Emilion), but the fruit pointed toward new world and I began to suspect it was our bottle. This had been quickly double decanted off its sediment about 1.25 hrs before the flight was poured. For my palate, this is at peak. I hope my last two bottles show as well as this one did. 92-93 pts.
  • Zingrrl commented:

    8/4/18, 2:18 PM - I had two left and opened them last night. The first was gone. Thin vinegar. The second was still in good shape. Sorry to see them go, it was indeed a great vintage.

Red
2003 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
7/16/2018 - Cailles wrote:
90 points
A "porty" nose with dried and very ripe fruit, dried herbs, clean and not marked by alcohol. On the palate a beautiful tar minerality, just hints of dark chocolate, hints of meat but above all the dried ripe strawberries, figs, cherries, raisins. Good structure with mellowed tannins and a good acidity backbone. Medium bodied with a long finish.

I liked the structure and the aromatic precision but the aroma profile is not mine. Too port wine like, too much raisins, too ripe. I have an ambivalent relationship with CDP wines. On one hand I had some great, elegant wines (incl. some younger Clos des Papes) but on the other hand too many (older) supposed to be "fine wines" turned out to be just too much for my taste (too ripe and/or too extracted and/or too extreme aroma profile). It's a matter of taste and to be fair, others at the table liked this wine clearly better than I did (but nobody on a goosebumps level).

Decanted it for roughly two+ hours. Opened up and gained weight, hence I advise to decant at two to three hours.
  • Zingrrl commented:

    7/18/18, 6:39 PM - Totally agree with your assessment. Extracted. Good but not my cup of tea either.

Red
2015 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend
3/22/2018 - floridawinedrkr Likes this wine:
92 points
Just got this in today. Loads of baking spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice. A little heat cause its so young. Really smooth for a 2015.
  • Zingrrl commented:

    3/23/18, 8:51 AM - I am surprised you opened it already! I got 4 of the 375s and 2 of the 750s. I imagine I'll wait a few years. Thanks for reviewing, its always nice to get an early note.

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2001 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova Sangiovese
12/10/2016 - Zingrrl wrote:
85 points
This was my last bottle and luckily for me, it was still ok. 3 out of my 6 were cooked. This one was a little sharp, but still enjoyable. Bright fruit with a little funk. Medium finish. If you have this, drink it. All of mine were stored properly since purchase in 2006.
  • Zingrrl commented:

    12/11/16, 9:39 AM - Through a broker based in Napa. I've purchased quite a bit of wine from them so won't name them. Don't think this is their fault.

Red
2001 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova Sangiovese
11/29/2016 - geneswine wrote:
flawed
This bottle is flawed in a way that is hard to describe. It is not corked. It is not overly bretted. It is a little oxidized, but that is not it's only problem. It also seems to be cooked. All of my bottles that I tried since 2012 have been similar. The cork looked perfect and there was no leakage. I bought these from The Chicago Wine Company in 2006 and they have been stored in a 57 degree cellar since. In the same shipment from TCWC I also bought 3 other 2001 Brunellows, and every one of those is excellent. Perhaps something happened to these bottles before they were shipped from Europe to Chicago. I have one bottle left and am open to ideas on what to do to try to figure out what happened to these.
  • Zingrrl commented:

    12/1/16, 12:23 PM - I had 5 of these bottles left a month ago. I have to drink from the "ready to drink" report to best manage my cellar and these are supposed to be ok through 2021. I read a comment from another user that said their bottles were going...so I opened one up. Terrible. Cooked is probably the best description. I've opened two more since - one was also flawed and the other was just on the edge. I drank it. I have two left and will either drink or toss between now and Christmas. No reason to hold them.

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2001 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova Sangiovese
11/20/2016 - Hi.its.Don.4.Wine wrote:
flawed
Corked. Wish I had one that wasn't as I could get a feel for what the wine would have been like.
  • Zingrrl commented:

    11/20/16, 10:28 PM - That is too bad and now I am worried for my remaining bottles. I will open one soon to check.

  • Zingrrl commented:

    11/21/16, 7:30 PM - Oh well. I just opened one of my remaining 5 and it is corked. Like you - stable storage since purchase. Sigh.

Red
2000 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric dël Fiasc Nebbiolo
1/23/2016 - gaveaux Likes this wine:
92 points
Had this over four nights. This wine really takes time to open up. On the first night, not a lot of floral aroma, more tar, sour cherry along with impressive tannin and acidity. Second night - for a while beautiful mushroom/truffle aroma, then shut down. Did not have on the third night waited for night four and really opened up with floral, perfume and tea aroma. This is an imperessive wine but you do have to be patient
  • Zingrrl commented:

    1/27/16, 6:00 PM - Curious, did you vacu pump close each night?

Red
2001 E. Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
2/20/2015 - skinnydave Likes this wine:
92 points
Who set the window on this? This wine is still holding.

I bought two bottles ages ago. I drank one on my birthday in 2007, and I remember it being a nice wine that didn't blow me away.

Well, I forgot all about this one in a random case in our wine locker. So last week I am doing some cleaning and I take it out (along with half a dozen CA wines that are now vinegar, and tonight because I had no reason not to, I pop the cork. Upon first sniff I am certain the wine is done. I Pour it. Color is nice, so I let it sit for 15 minutes or so. I take a sip and its absolutely f***ing fantastic! This is a lovely CDP, and it only got nicer as the hour went on. Dare I say that this may have another couple years that you could play with?
Tabacco, Cherries, dark pruned syrah. Everything right about CDP with a little age and a little less bite than I have come to love. It has elegantly maintained a decent structure and quality.
Admiring the bottle now, I see the original price tag of $44.99 - which in my book is a steal for what I had tonight.
  • Zingrrl commented:

    2/21/15, 10:44 AM - I have a bottle or two of this. Now I want to drink one tonight!!

Red
1999 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
8/1/2013 - Zingrrl wrote:
flawed
This was pure crap. Iodine. What a waste.
  • Zingrrl commented:

    8/2/13, 4:19 PM - I did not know that. This was my only bottle. Oh well. I am trying the 95 Vieux Telegraphe now and while not spoiled, it too is not living up to my expectations.

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